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  •  FAIR--what a wonderful term (none)
    Zarate, how refreshing, wonderful, uplifting that you find this judge FAIR, honorable and the go-to-guy for knowledge/truth.  I hate Delay, think he's a slimymotherfucker, pretty much think he deserves keelhauling etc., but that's when I am sinking to his level.  I do/want to believe there are men of integrity in our judicial system, that $ isnt the be all--especially on the bench in your mystifying state (what is the deal with your system of governance?)  So, unlike wingnuts, all I want to hear is that this is a judge of integrity.  Then, I assume, he'll call them like he sees them--and that allows some obstructed views, but not an agenda based on myopia.
    •  The deal with the Texas system... (none)
      ...of governance is that they're still running on their post-Reconstruction constitution, which elects everything from governor down to justice of the peace, and for short terms.

      Because of the carpet-bagging yankees who came in after the Civil War and took over the government, the God-fearing white male voters of the great State of Texas put in this constitution, which is incredibly restrictive of government.

      It's so restrictive of government that when I left Texas in 1990, it had been amended over 200 times.  To give you an idea of just how restrictive that constitution is, some of the amendments were necessary to take such gargantuan, liberty-endangering steps as establishing a mosquito control district for a county on the Gulf Coast.

      How many amendments y'all up to these days?

      The Chimperor Has No Clothes

      by DC Pol Sci on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 07:48:44 PM PST

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      •  You're no Alabama (none)
        they have 700 amendments for their 104 year old constitution

        "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

        by RBH on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 07:53:19 PM PST

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      •  The tradition started with the Republic (none)
        of Texas.

        Though the carpetbaggers forced a return to the system, the Republic of Texas had a notoriously short term election schedule and voted even for the mailman.

        Of course, back then there were under 200,000 citizens running around and everybody thought they deserved a shot at running things since most had fought in the war with Old Mexico.  

        Which brings me to a funny point about Texas and the Texas pride. What current sleepy little town is the original location of the first capital of the Republic of Texas? I am always shocked when flag waving Texans never know this.

        "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." -- Thomas Paine

        by pinche tejano on Fri Nov 04, 2005 at 09:40:12 AM PST

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