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Ha! The new dkos image thingie is great, easy to use!  Thought I would have a glass of wine and give it a try.  Not much of a diary, but grab a glass of your favorite beverage and leave a comment or three if you have time.


Keep Austin Weird!
If you have not been to Austin, you probably don't know that weird is a point of pride for many, that there are many  that are, in Texicanese, ' a half a bubble off.'

Over the years we have done our best to contribute to that weird.  Last week we were cleaning a drawer out at our old camp house in the Hill Country and  came across this old shot  from a late 70's Eyore's Birthday Party held back then on Thursday night instead of Saturdays as it is now.

Turning Texas Blue with Barack Obama

Even though  not there today was glad to see the diary today trumpeting the campaign's success in San Antonio. Just noticed that a friend from the Texas Hill Country who is on his way back from a wedding in Amsterdam and posted on Facebook his plane was in Houston waiting for the President's plane  to land in Austin .

So I decided go to Google News and see what was being written. Whoa, 7:22 Austin time and there are 177 articles already.

One, from the Houston Chronicle:

President draws supporters, few protestors in Austin


Barack Obama’s fundraising tour through Austin drew a large, diverse crowd outside of Austin Music Hall Tuesday. Supporters ranging in age, race and nationality formed a block-long line on Nueces Street as they awaited the POTUS.

Good news that he was well received, which is understandable since Austin in blue city in TX.  Read earlier that there two levels of fundraisers in Austin, one by teh gays at starting at $250 a head, another at a private condo for $25,000.

Weird not of the Keep Austin Weird Variety

I was sickened to see this from teh above Houston Chron article:

Three men held signs countering the overall pro-Obama sentiment across the street from the event. One, Bob Green, said he knew the Republican Party of Austin can not turn Travis county blue, but would work toward the reachable goal of turning it “purple.”

“I wanted to let people know this president doesn’t deserve to be re-elected,” Green said.

Secret Service approached the three men and carefully read each sign, one of which calling for voters to “take out” Obama in the same way Seal Team Six eliminated Osama Bin Laden.

“It’s just in a political sense,” Green said. “Voters will take him out collectively.”

(Whatever! Lame, yes, but IMHO I think they should have arrested there @sses.)

Never fear, The President does not disappoint supporters!!

Obama gives supporters what they want in speech

By Tim Eaton | Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 06:39 PM

By Tim Eaton | Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 06:39 PM

At his first stop in Austin today, President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of about 1,300 supporters and threw out plenty of political red meat (or the vegan equivalent) to the people who paid between $250 and $7,500 to see him speak at the Austin Music Hall.

Obama elicited loud cheers — and chants of “four more years” — when he talked about his accomplishments and his vision for another term in the White House.

Some of the biggest reactions came when the president mentioned ridding the military of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the old policy that required gays in the military to keep their sexuality secret or get kicked out; passing the Affordable Care Act; and changing immigration policy to allow children of illegal immigrants born in other countries to have the ability to stay in the U.S. legally.

Most of the president’s words were positive, as he spoke to the friendly crowd. Though he did bash the Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, on occasion.

Love to see the  President leading  the way to Turn Texas Blue!

6:25 PM PT: Full disclosure:   Want Texas Blue more than ever now that the Republican fraudster/privatizers at the state level are after ourteacher pensions in TX!!)

Originally posted to divineorder on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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  •  T/R for Keepin' Austin Wierd, and Turning Texas (26+ / 0-)

    Blue with Barack Obama.

    How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

    by divineorder on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 06:07:16 PM PDT

  •  Republished to TexKos (4+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, politik, nomandates, txcatlin

    where we love to see the Blueness creeping across the Lone Star State, even when the bluebonnets are long gone!

    Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

    by cassandracarolina on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 06:12:45 PM PDT

  •  Glad to know the KAW campaign lives on (4+ / 0-)

    I will always carry a bit of Travis County with me. Good luck with the rest of the state.

    •  Its complicated (4+ / 0-)

      "Keep Austin Weird" - Buy More Stuff
      Bad Guys Get the Trademark

      The folks at Absolutely Austin (a.k.a. Nobonz, Outhouse Design, Udamon, etc.), who make most of the T-shirts, hats, and some of the bumperstickers you see, got the trademark for "Keep Austin Weird" in October 2003. We realize most people don't care, and for good reasons. We invented the phrase, did the original bumperstickers, and put up this website before they were out of their diapers, so forgive us for being a touch defensive and probably egotistic.

      The real problem with this turn of events is that it points out the boring irony of the entire "movement" (to use a grandiose term). It was a small attempt to counter Austin's descent into rampant commercialism and over-development. Absolutely Austin getting the trademark rather than letting this chicken run free is a sad proof that commercialism is winning. Most people probably think of Keep Austin Weird as a marketing slogan rather than our original attempt to highlight those aspects of our town that are really weird. Making money isn't high on that list.  And they are enforcing the trademark, getting desist orders to folks who were making T-shirts.

      How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

      by divineorder on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 07:08:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  My daughter just finished her freshman year (8+ / 0-)

    at U-T in Austin.  Last year, we had lunch with her flute teacher, a lovely woman, but apparently rather conservative;  upon learning where my daughter was planning to go to college, she said, "Austin is really very...LIBERAL." I said, "that's why she wants to go there!"

    After being seriously outnumbered in middle and high school here in suburban Houston, my daughter was delighted to find other liberal, non-Christianist students in Austin.  Plus, great food and music!

    •  RE UT congrats to you and her! (2+ / 0-)
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      Hope she does her part to keep Austin blue.  Lots more rw moneygrubber types there these days.

      All the best!

      How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

      by divineorder on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 07:01:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I am from Ohio and I love! Austin! (3+ / 0-)
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    One of my favorite cities! Love the bats, the bars, the crazy shops, the split level roads (wtf is up with that?!).

    Yay for blue Austin and turning-blue Texas!

    •  Split level roads are tribute to corporate (3+ / 0-)
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      capture of Federal Highway Funds.

      I heard that  I-35  destroyed an old low income neighborhood and called it urban renewal?

      Important not to idolize Austin too much, it has many warts as well as the great parts you mention.

      How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

      by divineorder on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 07:04:41 PM PDT

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      •  I refuse to idolize anything... (3+ / 0-)
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        (see "Joe Paterno" or "religion" or movie stars or.... you get where I'm going.....).  

        I appreciate people, places and things, warts and all.  Nothing is perfect.  There should be no pedestals, no "halos", no "worship"!!!!  Such ridiculous concepts.

        I know Austin isn't perfect, I also got food poisoning there!!!  I still love it for its good qualities and great memories.  

        Heck, my narcissistic mother scarred me deeply, but I appreciate that she had a brilliant sense of humor and taught me to love learning.  I saw her flaws, yet was able to love her for the good things she taught me.  

        I see that the glass is both half full and half empty and I accept that.  

      •  I don't think it was I-35 I think (2+ / 0-)
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        it was Mopac that destroyed a small black community out west of 6th street. It was significant at the time because many of the blues artists who played on 6th Street lived there, that was the community that kind of fostered the local blues and it was pretty much gutted. Wish I could remember the name of the community, there was a spread about it in the Chronicle a while back ago.

        There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

        by frankzappatista on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 09:56:53 PM PDT

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        •  Mopac sliced through Clarksville. (2+ / 0-)
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          There is still some of the original housing stock but much of it has either been torn down or remodeled. Most of the houses were substandard construction, poorly maintained, and much too small by today's standards. Today the neighborhood is a very eclectic and sometimes ugly mix of older homes, newer homes, and multi-family/condos of various vintage. The neighborhood falls within the city's McMansion ordinance zone. Currently there are much tighter restrictions on the type of construction that can take place in Clarksville than there had been in the past.

          Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

          by jayden on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 01:05:57 AM PDT

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      •  Austin made the same mistakes many cities (2+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis, divineorder

        across the country made with the rise of the automobile. Whole blocks of turn-of-the-century houses were torn down to make room for state government parking lots. Gah! That's why Austin has very few Victorian-era mansions remaining. Unfortunately the city didn't have a large number to begin with either.

        I think the city is really coming into its own though. There is definitely a new and exciting vibe.

        Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

        by jayden on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 01:13:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  ahhhh Austin (2+ / 0-)
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    spent a lot of time there in the 70's and 80's, much of it we probably shouldn't talk about. But what I remember most were the times spent  drinking beer, eating nachos and arguing politics at Scholz Beer Garden.

    If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

    by texaslucy on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 09:41:50 PM PDT

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