JABbering Stooge

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

What's in a name?

The Austin American-Statesman reported on April 7 about how a bill by state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) to name a stretch of the upcoming Texas 130 toll road after country western singer and Austin native Willie Nelson was being challenged by Republican state Sens. Jeff Wentworth and Steve Ogden.

(Sidebar: Wanna see my fellow Austinites spontaneously combust? Ask them about all the coming toll roads - particularly the quixotic effort to turn Capitol of Texas Highway/Loop 360 into a toll road.)

If nothing else, the one thing that has come out of Republican dominance in the last two decades is this double standard where you have to meet an impossible burden of proof to show that anything the Republicans do is wrong, corrupt or otherwise, while the standard for proving the same for Democrats is so low, even a mole could pass it.

These people have been busy naming everything that isn't nailed down after their patron saint, Ronald Reagan, yet in order to get even a pathetic excuse of a library in Podunk, CA named after a prominent Democrat, you'd have to appeal to the Supreme Court (and good luck getting them to even look at the case). So how long will it be before I'm reporting to you from the corner of Ronald Reagan Ave. and Ronald Reagan Dr. in Reaganton, Gippersota? Only time will tell.

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