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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bring it to Brownwood!

Tom Ford was poolside inspired in Brownwood. Bring it to Brownwood and get inspired.

Tom Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He grew up mostly in Santa Fe, but was greatly influenced by his family's Texas heritage. At 17, he landed in New York and loved the flashy gay clubbing scene he found. After graduating form Parsons School of Design in 1985, he went on to work in fashion. He is famous for turning around the Gucci fashion house and creating his own label.

Fashion designer. Born Thomas Carlyle Ford on August 27, 1961, in Austin, Texas. His parents, Tom Ford, Sr. and Shirley Bunton, both worked as real estate agents, and Ford spent much of his childhood at his grandparents' ranch in the dusty town of Brownwood, Texas. His favorite childhood pastimes included lying out by his grandparents' pool and visiting Ralph the Swimming Pig—a popular tourist attraction in nearby Aquarena Springs. Ford also took an early interest in art and painting. "I was always very visual, always interested in design," he recalls. "I don't mean that I sat around at age 5 sketching clothes. But if my parents went out to dinner and left me alone, I would rearrange all the living room furniture before they came back home." Ford says that his parents "encouraged me to do anything. If I wanted art lessons, they found paint and a teacher."

Ford had two early role models in fashion: his mother and grandmother. "My mother was very chic, very classic," he recalls. "My paternal grandmother was very stylish in a very Texas way—everything big and flashy, from jewelry to car." Ford would later combine those two styles as he reinvented Gucci's image in the mid-1990s. "The images of beauty you get in your childhood stick with you for life," Ford later explained. "So there's a certain flashiness at Gucci—Texas-inspired—with a certain Western feel."

Transformational? Trayvon Martin & Matthew Shepard

Transformational? Trayvon Martin & Matthew Shepard

Texas AFL-CIO Joins Protest Against ALEC

Texas AFL-CIO Joins Protest Against ALEC

The Role ALEC Played in Trayvon Martin's Death

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Texas awash in ALEC influence

Lawmaking by corporation started well before Citizens United ruling

Senator Troy Fraser ($314,583)

Bishop T.D. Jakes on Trayvon Martin Case

Bishop T.D. Jakes on Trayvon Martin Case: �This Looks Like a Hate Crime, Pure and Simple�

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

“ The focus of this statement is on hate crimes related to 9/11. We wish not to dismiss other acts of hate that have been leveled against people of color and the gay and lesbian community in Texas.
For one example, the ACLU, with local concerned citizens, is currently investigating a rash of hate crime in Brownwood, Texas. We suspect at least 10 hate crimes in that town alone-including murders and even murders of witnesses to those hate crimes. Local officials have repeatedly refused to investigate or prosecute these crimes according to the mandates of the the Hate Crimes Act. In one instance, a field officer drafted a crime report which clearly documented race as the motive of the violent crime. Nevertheless, the local District Attorney's office still refused to prosecute this at all, much less as a hate crime. Our conclusion is that the law alone is not enough. The Texas Attorney General, or some external body, must be vested with full authority to prosecute these crimes or at least monitor the law's enforcement in some meaningful way. ”

William Harrell, Esq. Executive Director, ACLU of Texas
To the House Judicial Affairs Committee Regarding
The Committee's Oversight of the Texas Attorney General's Office

August 15, 2002 San Antonio, Texas

source: House Judicial Affairs Committee
[PDF/Adobe Acrobat]
... the ACLU, with local concerned citizens, is currently investigating a rash of hate crime in Brownwood,. Texas. We ...

Don't be fooled by a brick and mortar Plaza honoring MLK Jr. !

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

.... and we've got the Pat Tillman Club here in Steeple Rich BuSh Country! Tillman was a Lighthouse.

Steves' Pat Tillman Club Sandwich

Video: Stephen Colbert, Pat Tillman Gate, Republican lies,-Pat-Tillman-Gate,-Republican-lies.html

New York’s Carnegie Deli Introduces “The Jetbow”

'They blew up their poster boy' A Times Editorial

Published May 25, 2005

Pat Tillman inspired the country after 9/11, giving up his professional football career to fight terrorism as an Army Ranger. But that sacrifice apparently wasn't enough for the Army. It misled the public about Tillman's friendly fire death as it exploited the false version to mass market patriotism. This fraud dishonored a fallen soldier and deepened his family's anguish.

Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in April 2004 in what the Army first claimed was a heroic assault on a hilly nest amid a storm of enemy fire. Yet according to the most recent investigation, the Army had determined almost immediately that Tillman was killed accidentally by his own men. Some later burned his uniform and body armor. Within days of the incident, according to the Washington Post, top Army officials were told the death was by friendly fire, but the Army waited for weeks to disclose the real story, after a public memorial service burnished the mythical firefight.

The irony of it all is that Tillman never sought acclaim for leaving professional football. He was motivated by ideals and a love of his country, his family said - an obvious contrast with Army officials who tried to sugarcoat a reckless accident. In an interview with the Post, Tillman's parents said the Army's "lies" have made it harder for them to accept their son's death. "They realized that their recruiting efforts were going to go to hell in a handbasket if the truth about his death got out," Patrick Tillman Sr. told the Post. "They blew up their poster boy." His family had to replay Tillman's final moments and digest how a selfless soldier had been used. Pat Tillman and his parents deserved better.

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. - Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

Tillman and Tebow

The Tim Tebow paradigm

It doesn't matter where the truth lies in his story, as long as we get to keep telling it

Sunday, April 1, 2012

“Hate-fueled incidents of this kind will not be tolerated in our country. The Justice Department is committed to vigorously prosecuting hate crimes against all persons.”

Man believes revenge drove assault
LAKE BROWNWOOD The owner of Lake Brownwood s Lakeview Inn was assaulted twice over the weekend, and the victim, a native of India, believes the attacks were in retaliation for last week s terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. The ...
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One arrest made in Lake B wood attack
ABILENE A man charged in the Lake Brownwood attack against local businessman Henry Bhakta has been arrested by the Abilene Police Department, according to Investigator Tony Aaron of the Brown County Sheriff s Department. Carl Leon Stewart is charge...
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Don't be fooled by brick and mortar plazas honoring MLK Jr. Watch the walk of church going community leaders when hatred goes unpunished and unprosecuted!

Kohler Co. pulls ads from Limbaugh show

One of Brownwood's largest employers pulls ads from Limbaugh show. That's a Bold move to make for a company with such a large manufacturing plant located Deep In The Heart of Rush Limbaugh Country (see Brownwood)!

Survey Reveals Plumbers Prefer KOHLER Toilets

D Magazine & Dallas Observer: Brownwood Civil Rights History


"When Anita Bryant announced her plans to make an appearance in Brownwood. west of Fort Worth, that same summer, the Caucus decided against staging any sort of group protest. Instead, they hired a professional writer, a layout artist and a newspaper production specialist to create a full-page ad denouncing Bryant that ran in the Brownwood paper."

"It was left to an NAACP chapter in faraway Brownwood to sue and force final desegregation of the midway and eating establishments."

The law west of the Pecos

The law west of the Pecos

Kay Bailey Hutchison, Big John Cornyn, Ken Mehlman, Lee Atwater, Arthur Finkelstein and Karl Rove know how much anti-gay sentiment there is in the Southern GOP base and especially the Texas GOP base. They all personally and politically benefited from these hate filled campaigns. These carefully crafted and planted seeds of hate do not go away with an apology, appointment or a nomination. I feel certain Robert is well aware of the dangers related to the conservative led anti-gay political atmosphere that has been created in the Lone Star State. Even though Texas is the midst of a historic and costly drought, many of these hate seeds have taken hold and flourished. Ask Kay Bailey Hutchison and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price about the risks involved when they are inclusive of the LGBT community! Moderate Republicans in Texas are often targeted if they are seen as LGBT inclusive!

GOP operatives and their apologies!

Lee Atwater's sorrow for the road taken

The Curveball of Karl Rove

On Mar 2, 2012, at 9:46 am, Igor Volsky reported
Ken Mehlman: ‘I Am Sorry’ For Helping Bush Exploit Anti-Gay Sentiment, ‘I Wish I Had Spoken Out’

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

Kudos to Robert Pitman. He's got a "tough row to hoe"!

“When hatred and bigotry are expressed through acts of violence and destruction, this office will use every resource available to ensure that those responsible are found, prosecuted and punished.”
Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas