Don't let anyone elect Tom Schieffer while I'm gone.
Well Peter denied and Judas betrayed
I'll bear with the roll of the drum
And the wind will tell the turn from the wheel
And the watchman is making his rounds
Well you'll leave me hanging by the skin of my teeth
I've only got one leg to stand
You can send me to hell
But I'll never let go of your hand
"And this is the cause of my life -- new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American -- north, south, east, west, young, old -- will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.
Yes, we are all Americans. This is what we do. We reach the moon. We scale the heights. I know it. I've seen it. I've lived it. And we can do it again."
- Ted Kennedy; 2008 Democratic National Convention Speech; August 25, 2008
The home of U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is listed as the No. 7 user in May, when 135,000 gallons were consumed. He said a leak in the underground sprinkler system was to blame.On a related aquatic note, Democrat and former McCaul opponent Larry Joe Doherty is helping to organize the South Central Texas Water Conservation Convention in October. Water conservation experts will convene in Brenham, TX to educate the public about the growing problem of water scarcity, which Doherty told me in a recent conversation he believes will be the issue of my generation.
"Unfortunately we didn't know it until my wife's plants began to die," he said in a statement. "We fixed it immediately."
But McCaul, whose Westlake-area lot measures 1.8575 acres, appears to be a consistently heavy user: His property consumed 93,000 gallons in February, 90,000 in March, 96,000 in April, 130,000 in June and 115,000 in July. Seven people live at the home.
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Kinky Bushfest 2010,
Senator Van de Putte of Texas said the only bad reaction she’s gotten over her “wise Latina” T-shirt came from a man at her sports club in San Antonio, who angrily yelled that he was also wise. “I said, ‘Great! Get a T-shirt!’ ”
I have a painful admission to make. I have been on Facebook since 2006 when I ran for governor - but not really. My campaign staff set up and maintained the page and even after all the campaigning ended, Matt Zeis at Lone Star Strategies, my fundraising firm, was kind enough to keep it going. So, for me, it was more like Fakebook.
It has led to an extraordinary sense of guilt and shame. People would tell me they had sent me emails via Facebook or saw me on Facebook and I would have to hang my head and mumble, "Well, that's really not me." Or like yesterday when my friend Sallie Alcorn assumed I knew about something because I "must have seen it on Facebook" but of course I had no idea what she was talking about.
Then today, Matt asked me if I would send something out to all my friends on Facebook to help one of their clients build her Facebook base or Face Base, for short, and yes, you could refer to my effort in sending the message out as a Face Based Initiative. This request sort of peaked my curiosity and I finally asked Matt how many Facebook friends I have. When he told me I have over 4,000, my guilt and shame soared. I haven't been that popular since high school! Imagine, thousands of people kind enough to become my social networking friends, waiting daily for some sincere expression of gratitude or friendship while I continued to hide behind the more advanced technological skills of Matt Zeis who obviously could maintain the page but who could never be expected to convey the warmth and kindness needed and deserved by my thousands of friends.
So today I said enough is enough; it shall be Fakebook no more. I shall go to Matt's office and I shall learn. I shall actually know my own password and I will begin to communicate myself. I shall look at the pictures people have posted. In fact, before writing this note, I even went so far as to crop a picture that I saw and liked and made it my new profile picture. How liberating!
My only concern is whether I will be able to maintain this torrid pace I have maintained these past few hours or will I soon succumb to laziness and procrastination and let messages go unanswered, proposed friends hang in limbo, photos become dated and irrelevant. Of course I will - sometimes. But other times, I really am going to try to be a good Facebooker.
In all seriousness, I do think this offers a great way to keep up with others in a world and in a city where that just seems to become increasingly difficult. As I announced at the beginning of this year, in addition to continuing as Of Counsel to Patton Boggs and developing business among those looking for representation in DC, I started my own Houston based litigation practice. As I hoped, it has proven to be the perfect balance. With all the change going on in Washington, there are a lot of folks in need of representation on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, there have been quite a few people who have asked me to represent them in civil litigation matters in court - sort of a mixed bag, everything from breach of contract to invasion of privacy. And I'm loving it. I called my former partner and great friend, Annette Henry, the other day after a particularly satisfying day at the courthouse and she asked, "Don't you wonder why you ever stopped?" Not really. At the time, I was ready for a break but now it's exciting and challenging again. And I'm getting to collaborate with some great people: Annette and I are handling some securities matters again - just like the old days when we tried to help as many investors wronged by stockbrokers as possible. And Ashish Mahendru and I have several interesting cases together and are proving to be a good team - if I say so myself.
As for politics, I'm having a good time helping others just like so many of you were kind enough to help me. As fundraising reignites in the coming weeks, I'll be co-hosting and attending a number of events for different candidates. And almost every week here of late, I have appeared on the local FOX-TV affiliate's early Friday newscast, a segment they call FOX Face Off (yes, another face based initiative) opposite former Council Member and now talk show host Michael Berry. And I do mean opposite but while we disagree on whatever the big weekly topic is, we keep it civil and it has actually been a lot of fun. Check it out some Friday.
That's enough for now but I wanted to share a lot to get past some of the guilt and shame discussed earlier. I promise I'll be back. And yes, it really will be me. It's all honest to goodness Facebook from now on.
"Gun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her own pantyhose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound."Doggett answered questions from the audience on a variety of topics, but most of the conversation was dominated by the healthcare debate. His talking points typically ended in a downturn, with Doggett conceding that the reform measures could have been better. Doggett seems to want to fight for progressive ideals but he appears too quick to compromise for the sake of bipartisanship. The Texas Congressman appeared much of the time as a caricature of his own sound byte—"progressives demand a third of a loaf and end up with a heel." He even distributed a photocopy of his recent commentary in the Austin American Statesman entitled "How an imperfect bill helps you,” a bulleted attempt to rationalize for the bill being “no panacea.”