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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Greening Up" Brownwood One Can at a time

USA: Competition inspires cities to recycle 107 million aluminum cans

Habitat builds home from can funds

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bible Belt Segregated Bathrooms

Jim Crow in America Timeline

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All GOP Lies are local !

Wish he had mentioned the Finkelstein formula in his floor presentation since it has been used so frequently in Texas' 11th Congressional District (includes Brownwood) !

Arthur Finkelstein Is Screwing Up America

#82: Arthur "Element of Hypocrisy" Finkelstein

"GOP Consultant Weds His Male Partner" (New York Times, 4/9/2005). There's a headline you don't see every day. Not that there's anything wrong with it. It wouldn't be worth mentioning if the consultant hadn't, through most of the 40 years of that domestic partnership, worked on behalf of some of America's most rabidly homophobic politicians; if he wasn't "the architect of Jesse Helms's political rise"; if he wasn't acclaimed as "the guy who slandered the term 'liberal' in American politics"; if he hadn't worked for presidents Nixon and Reagan; helped elect the likes of George W. Bush, New York Governor George Pataki, Senator Alphonse D'Amato, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "To the Right of Attila Sharon" Netanyahu; advised Sharon; helped the Swift Boat Smearers for Bush smear John Kerry's military reputation; and announced that he would be spearheading the "Get Hillary" campaign to defeat Senator Clinton's reelection campaign in 2006.

All that, and more, is on Arthur Finkelstein's resume. If you haven't heard of him before, it's because he made sure you didn't. As CNN reported in 1996: "He is the stuff of Hollywood: A man who can topple even the most powerful foes, yet so secretive that few have ever seen him." Finkelstein has been compared to criminal mastermind Kaiser Sose in The Usual Suspects, who lay so low that some doubted he really existed. CNN captioned its photo, "Only known photo of Arthur Finkelstein." This after 20 years in big-time politics.

Finkelstein, a Massachusetts resident, helped direct Republican strategy in 33 Senate races in 1996 alone. Typical Finkelstein ad lines: "Call liberal Paul Wellstone. Tell him it's wrong..." "That's liberal. That's Jack Reed. That's wrong. Call liberal Jack Reed..." "That's the Finkelstein formula," Democratic consultant Mark Mellman told CNN: "Just brand somebody a liberal, use the word over and over again..." Clients called this "Finkel-think." Among Finkelstein's most outspokenly homophobic clients were Lauch Faircloth (R-NC), Jesse Helms (R-NC), Don Nickles (R-OK), and Bob Smith (R-NH) -- four senators whose opposition helped defeat a bill banning anti-gay job discrimination. "I think it's clear that there is an element of hypocrisy where [Finkelstein] lives this kind of sedate, gay lifestyle while making millions of dollars off of candidates who bash gays," Stephen Rodrick, who outed the Fink in a 1996 article in Boston Magazine, told CNN.

Nor did being Jewish stop Finkelstein from helping to constantly remind voters in a 1978 South Carolina Congressional race that the Democratic candidate, Max Heller, was Jewish. (A poll Finkelstein conducted for the Republican, Carroll Campbell, referred to Campbell as "a native South Carolinian" and Heller as "a Jewish immigrant." Five days before the election, an independent candidate jumped in -- allegedly at the Republicans' behest -- and attacked Heller for not "believ[ing] in Jesus Christ." Heller lost by less than 6,000 votes.)

A classic Finkel-think tactic was the "independent expenditure" campaign, which, by remaining technically unaffiliated with any candidate, "can avoid spending limits while pummeling Democrats with ads GOP candidates can later disavow," Time explained. The beauty of this arrangement, a Fink colleague once explained, is that "a group like ours [Finkelstein's National Conservative Political Action Committee] could lie through its teeth, and the candidate stays clean."

Finkelstein's wedding, which was disclosed by an associate, took place in December 2004. "None of Mr. Finkelstein's better-known political clients" attended, the Times noted.

Friday, January 21, 2011

All conservative led discrimination/racism/segregation is local !

Note how the segregated conservative history of the Lyric is avoided in the following white washed "performance" !

'Gone with the Wind' shouldn't be romanticized
But it is romanticized in Brownwood

At least some in the community (Liberals like Towery) speak to the Brownwood "discrimination/segregation/racism" !
by Britt Towery
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Read about "No Negros Allowed" here

CHANDLER, WELCOME WILLIAMS | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

CHANDLER, WELCOME WILLIAMS | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

There is a State of Texas historical marker in Brownwood, Texas, dedicated to Welcome William Chandler with the wording below. A street in the town is also named for Welcome William Chandler.
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Q: How many other Brownwood Streets, besides Chandler Street, are named in honor of Confederate "Secession" Heroes ?

Steves' Market & Deli
110 East Chandler Street
Brownwood, TX 76801

Heritage of Shame: Events Celebrating Secession Glorify the South's Defense of Slavery | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

Heritage of Shame: Events Celebrating Secession Glorify the South's Defense of Slavery | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mazelle ‘Cheesecake Lady’ Bohacz dies at 53 | BrandeisNOW

Mazelle ‘Cheesecake Lady’ Bohacz dies at 53 | BrandeisNOW

Our World was a Brighter place with our Friend Mazelle in it ! Her Spirit will live on through the many Friendships she made along the way. To know Mazelle, was to love Mazelle. Peace be with you Mazelle, The Steves

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Global Deejays - What would "The Sound of Brownwood" sound like ?

Comanche to San Francisco: All Great Wine is local !

Congratulations to Brennan Vineyards on their recent awards in San Francisco.

2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Award-Winning Wineries

Brennan Vineyards 240 - Viognier - Up to $19.99
2009 Texas Viognier
$17.95 Gold
Brennan Vineyards 451 - Cabernet Sauvignon - $15.00 to $19.99
2008 Texas Cabernet Sauvignon
$17.50 Silver
Brennan Vineyards 496 B - All Other Red Varietals/Blends
2008 Texas Austin Street Red
$12.50 Bronze

Friday, January 14, 2011

All "Lilly Ledbetter's" are local !

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Big business, she said, "is too powerful" in much of the South.

WE: How did people in your community treat you?

LL: It was mixed. I go to a Southern Baptist Church, and I’d get a lot of flack for what I was doing. When you step out and stand up, there’s always going to be somebody who doesn’t agree with you. But then I’d go to department stores and people would recognize and thank me.

It was amazing how many men were supportive. Maybe it’s because I told people that this was not just a woman’s or minority’s issue — it was a family and economic issue as well. If the company that I had worked for had paid me at a rate equal to the men, I might have had a better car, more groceries, more steak instead of hamburger, better education for my kids, a bigger house, and more clothes.

Brownwood's Republican Congressman and Southern Baptist Deacon, Mike Conaway, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (see below)

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 01/27/2009 Nay Voted Against

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Texas proud?

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The Texas Omen

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

07 January 11

These are tough times for state governments. Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas.

Wait - Texas? Wasn't Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffered? Didn't its governor declare, during his re-election campaign, that "we have billions in surplus"? Yes, it was, and yes, he did. But reality has now intruded, in the form of a deficit expected to run as high as $25 billion over the next two years.

And that reality has implications for the nation as a whole. For Texas is where the modern conservative theory of budgeting - the belief that you should never raise taxes under any circumstances, that you can always balance the budget by cutting wasteful spending - has been implemented most completely. If the theory can't make it there, it can't make it anywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr Biography

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

'Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin'

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