too shall pass, but it’s now pure gas under the Texas dome what with the theocon assault on the “sex virus vaccine” (buy Merck stock now) and the Godbag memo (“The Earth is not rotating…nor is it going around the sun”) and the breastfeeding rally on capitol steps (“What do we want?” “Breast Milk!” “When do we want it?” Now!”). For the first time in two years I’ve got my rheumy eyes out of the leftysphere, and hate to miss out on the undemanding but compelling click-through discussions I’m addicted to, but as I sit here with the tabs open to all my familiar and favorite bloggers the ones that really get my blood boiling look more like this poor sap:
It was either watch American Idol (a show I despise until it makes it to the last three or four episodes) or find a committee still in session at this hour.
Luckily, Criminal Jurisprudence was still in session and just started considering HB 8 by Debbie Riddle (R-Houston)….
It looks like there are some witnesses on this bill, so this should be interesting.
The first witness of is from an advocacy group called “Their Voice,” and she just noted she didn’t have a position…
…Now an assistant DA from Tarrant County is giving testimony. He’s in favor of the bill as well.
Texas Eagle Forum has a representative there, they support. Kathie Adams from the Texas Eagle Forum also supports it. TMPA, for the bill; Justice for All, for the bill; Texas State Trooper’s Association, for the bill; ACLU, against the bill, Ruth Eppstein, and she’s going to testify.
…Now they are talking about the 25-year mandatory-minimum that is included in some versions of similar legislation brought forward.
Now a prof from UT Law School is speaking neutrally and he’s talking about some “genuine constitutional questions”
About what? Don’t ask, it’s not about the bill it’s about the fever, permission to be insane and let the circus inhabit you, and I do, with relish, but at least I’m not live blogging yet. And won’t, I plan to keep my focus fixed on what this blog is about. But I will say this about Appropriations, cause it’s been a long time coming and I celebrated my birthday in that committee, hearing the lege deny funding to the Texas Youth Commission, which is where kids who’ve been traumatized by adults go to get assfucked by dedicated advocates and are then re-re-traumatized as the supervisor in charge does the adult thing, confirms the abuse, then covers it up.
This has been a who-cares story for two years and counting. So Thursday I got to hear a democratic rep tell the executive director how they’re about to get all up in TYC business, next day the agency put this on their website:
TYC Does Not Condone Abuse of Any Kind
…We worked with parents, lawmakers, and interested media when this event happened in 2005, and we continue working with these groups as renewed interest in this case has unfolded, providing thousands of pages of documents, listening to ideas, and making great improvements in our ability to protect youth and staff from harm. We employ thousands of caring people who make significant personal and emotional sacrifices every day to help our youth transform their lives.
And a few hours later:
“I love too much this agency, the fine men and women who serve here, and the troubled children who come to us as a last hope to let myself be a distraction to the greater mission,” said Harris. “I wanted to stay through this session to promote our requests, but it’s clear to me now that my presence might actually get in the way of those things we gravely need.”
You might think of a few things they gravely need while he means more cameras and monitoring equipment. Normal, respectable best practices, somehow these implications are not coming through.