Despite the recent controversy about Paula Deen she’s actually the most popular person we asked about in our entire poll with a 25 net favorability rating- 46% of voters see her positively to 21% with a negative opinion. …

And regardless of what the New Yorker may think, just 8% of Texans think Bert and Ernie are gay, while 41% believe they are not.
Texas has always prided itself on its free-market posture. It is the only state that does not require companies to contribute to workers’ compensation coverage. It boasts the largest city in the country, Houston, with no zoning laws. It does not have a state fire code, and it prohibits smaller counties from having such codes. Some Texas counties even cite the lack of local fire codes as a reason for companies to move there.

But Texas has also had the nation’s highest number of workplace fatalities — more than 400 annually — for much of the past decade.
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He’s eager to be released, as you can imagine, after all these years. He’s kind of going to be Rip Van Winkle — he’s never held a cell phone; Reagan was president when he went in. There’s going to be a lot of adjustments, but he’ll be fine.
Houston lawyer John Raley, who works with the Innocence Project • Discussing the imminent release of convicted murderer Michael Morton, who is expected to be released today after DNA evidence exonerated him from the crime of killing his wife in 1986. DNA evidence implicates a convicted felon who has also been tied to a similar 1988 murder. Morton, meanwhile, was convicted on circumstantial evidence and otherwise had no history of violence. Enjoy your freedom, Michael — they have these things called iPhones now, and they’re awesome. (thanks Michael Cote for the tip) source (viafollow)

The Texas Miracle

"[Rick] Perry calls it the "Texas Miracle" and that miracle has profited corporations and the rich in our state extremely well. But if you’re a regular American, if you’re a regular Texan, a work a day person, this is not the kind of economy you’re going to enjoy. For example, Perry talks about all the jobs that he’s created. What he doesn’t mention is that those jobs are mostly jobettes, not real jobs. In fact, in his 10 years as governor, he’s created more minimum wage jobs than all other states combined. He’s also managed to create a state in which we’re:

  • #1 in the number of children and families without health care coverage.
  • #1 in the wage gap between the rich and the poor.
  • #1 with the most regressive tax system in the country.
  • #1 in the number of toxic releases from industrial plants and chemical factories. 

We’re number one in the things we ought to be number 50 in, and we’re number 50 in the things we ought to be number one in.” 

Jim Hightower, Editor of The Hightower Lowdown via MSNBC - Watch

(Reuters) - A Texas vote on middle school curriculum due on Friday has become the latest battleground over the teaching of creationism or “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution in public schools.

 At issue is whether Texas education leaders will approve supplemental materials, as recommended by Education Commissioner Robert Scott, that some Christian conservatives complain don’t adequately address “alternatives to evolution” as a theory of how life began.

 In 2009 in a move that grabbed headlines across the country, a more conservative Texas State Board of Education approved standards encouraging debate over the veracity of evolution science.

 Rejecting the supplemental materials on Friday would be a win for conservative groups who want the curriculum to reflect a “diversity of views” on science. That has made evolution proponents nervous.

 Debate on the issue grew heated during a hearing on Thursday, even as board members sought to reassure the crowd that none of the supplemental materials currently being considered mentioned creationism.

"Do you also plan to start teaching the philosophy of Astrology as science?" retiree Tom Davis asked the board.

Jonathan Saenz of the conservative Liberty Institute, which supports questioning evolution in classrooms, said the scientific community was not united on evolution.

"There are scientists who have all kinds of different views. That’s what the scientific community is all about."

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Evolution advocates are concerned over the views of the board’s newly appointed chairwoman, Barbara Cargill, a self-described conservative Christian and former biology teacher who has disputed the theory of evolution. She has said its weaknesses should be laid out in science classes.

She was elected in 2004 and appointed to chair the board earlier this summer by Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a run for president.