To war or not to war......I donít
know if anyone cares, but I have changed my mind about this
war in Iraq. No, I havenít become a hawk, but Iíve decided
that those people are out to kill us (they are incited by
other countries whose deeds are then carried out by men with
religious fanaticism and no jobs and nothing better to do
Itís a lot like Teresa Raia and Brian
Gaston talking Mike Gibson into running against Eric Thode a
couple of years ago. You knew he wasnít going to win and
those that incited him to do that were not his friends.
Say what you want about the free
enterprise system, but we are too busy trying to make money
that we donít have time to make war. Oh, I know some of you
are going to claim that we are making money off war
(Halliburton) and we are really fighting for oil (Exxon,
Halliburton again), but remember those terrorists attacked
Then provoked Israel. I donít know where
they got that bright idea. Itís like poking a stick at a
snake. They know Israel is going to fight back and fight
mean. After all, thereís not much point in fighting ďnice.Ē
Taxes, taxes....I usually donít talk
about national issues in this space, but itís pretty boring
this time of the year. I was going over the front page
yesterday with editor Jean Sandlin and we both agreed that
higher taxes and lower taxes are pretty boring.
We already all know that most entities
will reduce their tax rate a teensy-weensy bit to show they
are ďfiscally conservative,í knowing full well they are gong
to get a bunch more money because the Central Appraisal
District increased everyoneís valuation, meaning you will
pay more taxes even with a lower rate.
Thank goodness for olí Tom DeLay......
We can usually count on him for a headline this summer.
I guess you probably know by now that Judge Antonin Scalia,
one of the most conservative judges of the Supremes, acting
as gatekeeper this session, passed on the Tom DeLay case and
rejected Texas Republicansí request to block an appeals
court ruling saying DeLayís name should remain on the
ballot. Simply put, this means itís Tom DeLay or no one for
the Republicans in CD 22.
Accordingly, the Republicans have
supposedly abandoned their attempt to replace him.
So yesterday, I heard from everybody from
a local TV reporter looking for DeLayís home number (I
didnít have it) to a Texas Monthly editor and a former State
Representative who now lives in Louisiana.
The burning question to me was ďWill
DeLay campaign?Ē And ďCould he possibly win?Ē My short
answer to the first question was, ďI donít know.Ē And my
short answer to the second question was, ďPossibly. Wouldnít
I canít understand CD 22ís fascination
with DeLay. I read a study recently that he voted 100
percent AGAINST middle class concerns. And since his
district is comprised of a majority of middle class voters,
it baffles me.
One thing is true of DeLay. Youíve
probably heard the adage that ďYou may beat the rap, but you
canít beat the ride.Ē This refers to the cost of legal
representation in both the criminal and civil cases.
Supposedly, DeLay is $500,000 into his lawyers and if he
continues to be on the ballot, he can raise campaign money
which can be converted to a legal fund later, but it is
public record and subject to the federal limits of $2,000
per individual. However, if he simply withdraws from the
ballot without all the Republican machinations to name his
replacement, he can raise money for his legal defense fund
without limits and contributions are not subject to open
If he is not running, the question is who
would contribute to the legal defense fund? Thereís no
future in it for contributors as he will not have any power
to influence legislation except as a lobbyist.
So the long answer is that I donít think
DeLay will seriously run. I think since the Republicans can
not name a replacement, he will stay on the ballot as long
as possible in order to raise money, then at the last minute
he will withdraw and keep his campaign funds for his legal
Too bad Tom didnít make any money like
his top aides have already pled guilty to. He could tap that
money to defend himself now.
I think it is time we start looking at
Nick Lampson and see if we can possibly work with him in
District 22. You know, it wonít kill us to vote for a
Democrat. No body parts will fall off.
Babies are for the young.... God was
very smart to give children to the young and strong. I am
baby sitting with baby Jack this week (even as I am writing
this, he is drooling into my keyboard. Why are babies
fascinated with keyboards and even the youngest - Jack is 7
1/2 months - want to bang on it themselves?)
Jack did sleep a lot at first, but he is
down to two naps a day (and short ones at that). Thank god
for Norma who not only watches the babies, but works at the
Star part-time. So today, she is at the Star and I have
total lone responsibility for Jack. I told his mother before
she left for a brief vacation (if you can call it a vacation
with Carter) that she could try to keep from killing him
when he was with her and I would try to keep from killing
him when he was with me.
Actually, this is the first time Iíve had
Jack without Carter around also. Iíve enjoyed our time alone
to bond. He is the sweetest baby and already developing a
distinct personality that we ignore so much because Carter
is so demanding.
Iím teaching him to crawl from room to
room following me because he is so heavy to pick up. Itís
time that kid learned to fend for himself.
Iím also teaching him to not fall off my
king size bed when we are napping. He now crawls to the edge
and looks over, then turns and sits up right on the edge as
The reason I mention this is that I spend
a lot of time lolling around on the bed with him trying to
get him to take a nap. (See above.)
So if I survive Michael and Lisaís river
trip, I will have formed a bond with my youngest grandson
that will serve us well when he reaches the terrible twoís
as Carter is now.
If my column is not here next week, itís
because Iíve checked myself into a ďrestĒ home.