It’s true!

If you want to buy Sudaphed at the drugstore, you have to show a photo ID and sign a registry.  They send a log of your purchase to the state, and if you buy too much of it the police will show up at your door with a search warrant to make sure you don’t have a meth lab in your garage, and even if they don’t find one you get a ticket because that’s the law.

It’s worth it, though, because now we don’t have any more drug problems in Texas.

So forgive me if I don’t drop the party balloons…

From CBS News:

Police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday.

In Texas, the police can get a search warrant with a phone call.  They don’t have to go to court and present any evidence; they just call a judge, he rubber-stamps their request, and they are free to do whatever they want.

It takes a matter of minutes.




Old Soldiers

It’s become the fashion locally to announce one’s veteran status before even the most mundane of statements:

  • “I am a veteran, and I didn’t get my newspaper today.”
  • “I am a veteran, and I would like to buy a gallon of paint.”
  • “I am a veteran, and I for $50 I will mow your lawn.”

A man was in the paper this week because his two kids were found unconscious in his pick-up on a hot sunny day.  They were hospitalized, and one of them died.  He whined in an interview, “Now everybody thinks I’m a bad parent.  And I’m a veteran!”

Last night Mona and went to see the play Always… Patsy Cline, about the life and music of (you guessed it) Patsy Cline.  Before they’d start the show, though, they made us all stand up, recite the pledge of allegiance, and give a round of applause for “any veterans that might be in the audience.”

They’ve really started laying it on thick.

I wonder to what end.

The Confluence of Church and State

From the Washington Post:

This morning the Supreme Court held in Town of Greece v. Galloway, that the town’s practice of beginning legislative sessions with prayers does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

They got it wrong.

Maybe things are different in the Town of Greece, but here in East Texas government-sponsored prayer has little to do with faith and a lot to do with political power.  Here religion is more social convention than anything else, and when local governments open with a prayer it’s for the specific intent of excluding the people different from them- the people they never liked anyway.

It’s not religious expression.  It’s political aggression.

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

“We’ll learn lessons about what occurred here and minimize the chances of this ever happening again.”  ~Texas Embarrassment Governor Rick Perry, on the most recent mass-shooting (source)

No we won’t.

The one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that there will be another mass-shooting soon, and it will be remarkably similar to past mass-shootings.

We’re not going to learn anything.  We’re not going to do anything differently.

We are not a smart people.

The Death Industry

Texas doesn’t want anyone to know where they buy the drugs they use to kill people, but they swear it’s not because they’re using a backwoods manufacturer that delivers an inferior product.  Instead:

…the Supreme Court agreed with Texas prison officials, who argued that information about the drug supplier must be kept secret to protect the pharmacy from threats of violence. (source)

Oh, bullshit.  Say what you want about death penalty opponents, I think it’s safe to say that they’re an intrinsically non-violent crowd.

What they’re really afraid of is that a light will be shone on the company and what its employees are willing to do for money.

Things like this are better done in the dark.