Obama organizers attempt to rescue Austin TX with Astroturf campaign

posted at 12:15 pm on May 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, the city council of Austin, Texas passed a resolution to boycott Arizona over its new immigration-enforcement law.  For those who don’t know much about Texas politics, Austin is as liberal as the rest of the state is conservative.  However, in an embarrassing display of just how marginalized the Austin liberals have become, the local newspaper has run 20 letters from readers regarding the council’s boycott — all of them opposed to it.

While the Austin city council has likely not read the bill — and neither has the White House — Barack Obama’s political organizing group has decided to take action to defend Austin’s boycott.  Will they actually read the bill?  Are they scheduling protests?  Not exactly.  In an e-mail from Organizing for America that went out last night (and provided to us by a reader), OfA announces an Astroturf campaign to flood the newspaper with letters supporting the boycott:

Wow!  Who knew community organizers could be this irrelevant?  The Left has seized on letters to the editor just a few years after blogs superceded them for grassroots communication.  Further, the message OfA sends is one of desperation.  In a town as reliably liberal as Austin, wouldn’t one assume that a few would stand up for the city council — if their action was at all defensible?  The fact that no one seems willing to fight for this silly boycott makes it clear just how important it is to the Statesman’s readers.

They’re practically marching themselves into irrelevance at OfA.  For that matter, so is the Austin city council.  Don’t they have anything better to do?


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Don’t they have anything better to do?
manual labor comes to mind.

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Manual Labor….isn’t that the President of mexico?

PatriotRider on May 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Well, the good news is that there will be 6 open council spots in the next 2 years. Come on my fellow Austinites, who’s up for it?

Vera on May 20, 2010 at 1:20 PM

The problem is, Austin doesn’t have single-member districts. The hipsters, college students, and hippies can rise up en masse and elect whomever they want.

Sekhmet on May 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Most of us Texans laugh at Austin liberals. Though, they have great music spots downtown. So we don’t want to get rid of them.

percysunshine on May 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

The Brazos doesn’t flow through, or near, Austin.

CDeb on May 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM

No duh.
But I like the way it flows off the tongue.
Catchy.

Badger40 on May 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Next, they’ll come for the taco trucks. Mark my words.

Sekhmet on May 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

And I wonder how many are run by illegals?
OK. Maybe none.
But it’s still tempting to mention.

Badger40 on May 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

selias on May 20, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Good analysis.

publiuspen on May 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM

So has anyone checked what the law in Texas says about illegal aliens???

Keith_Indy on May 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Most of us Texans laugh at Austin liberals. Though, they have great music spots downtown. So we don’t want to get rid of them.

percysunshine on May 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Even though I live in New Hampshire, I have met many Austin musicians in my musical travels. Most of them of course are liberals, but you would be surprised-there are a few closet conservatives among them. Not nearly enough of them, though!

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

As someone who used to work in the dying newspaper business, letters to the editor reflect the viewpoint of the readers. If 10% of readers are on a given side of an issue, 10% of the letters reflect that. Given the liberal bent of the city, and in particular, this paper, I strongly suspect that if they had received any letter in support, they would have printed it.

Vashta.Nerada on May 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Best thing about Austin is they finally finished the toll road that enables you to by-pass the city completely.

itsacookbook on May 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM

FILTHY LYING WRETCHES!!!

But who could this be referring to on the left?

You decide.

PappyD61 on May 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM

So has anyone checked what the law in Texas says about illegal aliens???

Keith_Indy on May 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

We shoot yankees on site…just kidding…chuckle

percysunshine on May 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM

It’s not surprising that White House officials admire Mao Tse Tung. They use Red China’s media techniques all the time. If you haven’t heard of it, read about China’s “50 cent army.”

Django on May 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Lived in Round Rock for years. Great city, just north of Austin. Like Georgetown, pretty Conservative. John Carter is from Round Rock. Former judge and heck of a good Congressman.

Austin’s good points are the music…it’s the live music capitol of the world, and it’s eats. You can find some serious eatin’ in Austin. Also some really nice parks, and of course,all of the lakes.

The politics are insane though. But with that said, Austin is a fun place to visit, and most people are really friendly.

gary4205 on May 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

As a begrudged Austin resident, rest assured that the Austin City Council is a bastion of tired hippies and raving moonbats, fortunately rendered nigh-irrelevant by the politics of the saner state at large. This is due in large part to Austin’s at-large council election process (a model used by no other city in the state), whereby similarly washed-out hippies in south Austin and minority ID-politicians in east Austin can dictate the nature of every sitting member, ensuring the interests of less radical citizens in west Austin, northwest Austin, and Westlake Hills are rarely, if ever, represented.

That said, I believe the appropriate term in this case would be “Austroturfing.”

Blacklake on May 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM

OT: Are we going to have any posts on The Democrats in congress giving Calderon a standing O for ripping Arizona’s law controlling illegal immigration?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 20, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Congressional DEMOCRATS give standing ovation to Mexican President’s attack on US state

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbaYJg8wloI&

DaMav on May 20, 2010 at 2:16 PM

The Statesman often runs collections of letters all forming a theme. Today’s has some letters (few) supporting the city council. Though Austin has liberal politicians and liberal academics, the broader population is harder to categorize. The ‘burbs are conservative generally. West Austin (especially Terrytown, which controls city elections) is liberal. But it’s a bit too harsh and broad-brushing to paint Austin as “Berkeley on the Brazos”, though that is funny. BTW, not sure if “small city” applies anymore. There’s 1.5 Million in the metro now (25 years ago it was maybe 450 thousand) and Austin ranks 15th (I think) in population in the US.

Even so, the Austin city council is well known for it’s “progressiveness” regardless of how most people feel. A few folks in liberal areas are more active and vote more often, so the rest of us get stuck. And who would really want to be on a council with most of these folks anyway. So we are stuck around these parts with silliness and foolish spending. But I love the Austin area and plan on living nearby for a very long time. I even know some decent liberals. Weird, huh?

BillyWilly on May 20, 2010 at 2:17 PM

It’s not surprising that White House officials admire Mao Tse Tung. They use Red China’s media techniques all the time. If you haven’t heard of it, read about China’s “50 cent army.”
Django on May 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

That must be financed by World Of Warcraft “gold farming.”

logis on May 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM

I raised my daughter as a conservative and after one year in Austin, she became a radical liberal. UT is the fifth most liberal university in the country. I think Texans should be worried about it.

Although, it is ironic that she has gained much financial success from attending UT. I try not to talk politics when I visit her by telling myself, “fine, you want all this cr@p – Obama’s coming after your large paycheck and you’ll have to pay for it”.

HellCat on May 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Ted, I am a Conservative Longhorn. In fact I come from a long line of Longhorns… all Conservative.

Remember, Texas is a red state.

redridinghood on May 20, 2010 at 1:09 PM

well, them longhorns sure do live in a blue barn.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM

The ‘GreenChoice’ program adopted by the city council of Austin is raising everyones electricity rates. Liberals seemed to think that the wind turbines in west Texas, hundreds of miles away, would magically transmit electricity through hyperspace to individual households.

Oops…

percysunshine on May 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Here’s an outline of President Obama’s stance

That would be pants around the ankles and bowing, correct?

ya2daup on May 20, 2010 at 2:27 PM

HellCat on May 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Don’t worry.
Your daughter is just going through a rebellious phase, like mine went through.
Now that my daughter is a mother, she is espousing more & mroe conservative viewpoints all by her lonesome.
It’s amazing what real life can do to liberals.
It often turns them conservative.

Badger40 on May 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM

They should change the Capitol from Austin to one of the safest cities in the country, El Paso.

Denverslim on May 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Ha! Like that will ever happen! Those of us in El Paso have resigned ourselves for years to the fact that we are the step child of Texas. We are more like New Mexico in environment,(desert), culture etc. Alot of Texans don’t even know we’re out here!

There are also just as many Libs here as in Austin, they are just a different kind of Libs. They are traditional, Catholic, Hispanic Democrats that tow the Dem line only because of who they are. Socially they have very little in common with Democrats from other places as they are mostly anti-abortion and somewhat religious, but have been taught all their lives to hate those mean, rich Republicans. If ask about their beliefs they really agree more with conservatives, but have been brainwashed into voting with the Dems all these years.

Susanboo on May 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Axlefraud Inc.

OxyCon on May 20, 2010 at 2:48 PM

So has anyone checked what the law in Texas says about illegal aliens???

Keith_Indy on May 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Why bother? Gov Goodhair sees fit to pony up 33 million dollars in Texas taxpayer money in student loans and reduced in-state tuition towards covering 12,000 illegals to attend state universities. Austin, Houston and Dallas are all sanctuary cities catering to illegals and the border towns may as well belong to Mexico since that’s where their loyalties lay.

Fletch54 on May 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Da Taco trucks come out of Pflugerville at 3 points and that is in Travis county so they may have to get the papers in order soon.
Sorry about Leslie I lost track of the time of Day. Leslie for the out of state folks is a cross dressin’ TuTu wearing’ fixture on Congress and 6th ish streets when he ain’t in jail.Local color for the tourist trade.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Congressional DEMOCRATS give standing ovation to Mexican President’s attack on US state

NOVEMBER the ads write themselves.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 20, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Leslie for the out of state folks is a cross dressin’ TuTu wearing’ fixture on Congress and 6th ish streets when he ain’t in jail or running for mayor.

FIFY

Vera on May 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

So when is Austin planning on a boycott of Kalifornia over PC Sec 834(b)?

GarandFan on May 20, 2010 at 3:21 PM

It’s not surprising that White House officials admire Mao Tse Tung. They use Red China’s media techniques all the time. If you haven’t heard of it, read about China’s “50 cent army.”

Django on May 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

That must be financed by World Of Warcraft “gold farming.”

logis on May 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM

I don’t know what that means.

Django on May 20, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I just emailed ofaAUSTIN.. YES WE CAN???? I don’t think so..

reshas1 on May 20, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Why is the word Treason starting to surface? hmmmm

johnnyU on May 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I raised my daughter as a conservative and after one year in Austin, she became a radical liberal. UT is the fifth most liberal university in the country. I think Texans should be worried about it.

Although, it is ironic that she has gained much financial success from attending UT. I try not to talk politics when I visit her by telling myself, “fine, you want all this cr@p – Obama’s coming after your large paycheck and you’ll have to pay for it”.

HellCat on May 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Just as a side note — The 2011 BCS national championship college football game is set for the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az. If the Longhorns are in the national title hunt, I eagerly await the Austin City Council’s resolution telling Mack Brown to forfeit the national title if Texas ends up No. 1 or No. 2 in the final regular season poll in order to protest Arizona’s immigration law (and I eagerly await the reaction of the UT fanbase in Austin if the council was actually dumb enough to pass that resolution…)

jon1979 on May 20, 2010 at 4:17 PM

My first born went to UT and when his brother was ready to start college was warned “Don’t come here!”. He withstood the barrage of liberalism and still bleeds the orange but he sure saved his Aggie brother a lot of hassle. Dragworms, steers and queers.

DanMan on May 20, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Hey, any Austinite HotAirheads wanna get a drink some time? Or at least a knitting circle?

Sekhmet on May 20, 2010 at 4:54 PM

There are also just as many Libs here as in Des Moines Iowa, they are just a different kind of Libs. They are traditional, Protestant, Blue Collar Democrats that tow the Dem line only because of who they are. Socially they have very little in common with Democrats from other places as they are mostly anti-abortion and somewhat religious, but have been taught all their lives to hate those mean, rich Republicans. If ask about their beliefs they really agree more with conservatives, but have been brainwashed into voting with the Dems all these years.
Susanboo on May 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I feel your Pain.

IowaWoman on May 20, 2010 at 4:57 PM

OPPS I meant Austin compared to Des Moines.

IowaWoman on May 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Is “Leslie” still dragracing in Austin?

Fallon on May 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Odumbo and all his minions are the epitome of incompetence, arrogance and progressivism’s worst attributes. Why do I never see any cries for impeachment? He has clearly violated his oath of office and is actively destroying the country.

ultracon on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Isn’t that against the law?

Skywise on May 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Why as amatter of fact it is, specifically, OofA is federally funded program being used (actually created specifically for) for strictly partisan purposes.
Not only is it against Federal law, but also against state law in all 50 states, example A;

http://www.sos.ca.gov/admin/press-releases/prior/2006/06_151.pdf

Archimedes on May 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

So how can this abuse of power be stopped? Is it a matter for the FEC? Who would bring the charges?

onlineanalyst on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

From now on I think I will shop elsewhere.

I would boycott Austin but I’ve been doing that for years already. If Austin’s the only place to get it, I don’t need it.

Eren on May 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Hey, any Austinite HotAirheads wanna get a drink some time? Or at least a knitting circle?

Sekhmet on May 20, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Count me in! I’d love to do a meet up. Did one at Opal Divine’s with the Ace morons awhile back and it was a lot of fun.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

O/T but related to the area: Any of you Austinites ever been to the Blue Hole at Wimberley? I grew up going there every summer in the 50′s and camping out. It is my favorite place on earth because of my fond memories there. Took the “grands” several summers a few years ago and had as much enjoyment watching them enjoy it. The greatest swimming hole you could ask for.

silvernana on May 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Although I work in Austin, I thank God that I live in Cedar Park and Williamson County.

We have no local La Rasa, NAACP, ACLU, no street corner bums with cardboard signs, and no transvestites wearing the American Flag as a thong/toilet paper, i.e., Leslie Cochran.

Bleed_thelizard on May 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM

In many ways Obama is using his own personal activist wing in the same manner in which ACORN’s activists organize.

OxyCon on May 20, 2010 at 6:07 PM

There are also just as many Libs here as in Austin, they are just a different kind of Libs. They are traditional, Catholic, Hispanic Democrats that tow the Dem line only because of who they are. Socially they have very little in common with Democrats from other places as they are mostly anti-abortion and somewhat religious, but have been taught all their lives to hate those mean, rich Republicans. If ask about their beliefs they really agree more with conservatives, but have been brainwashed into voting with the Dems all these years.

Susanboo on May 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Hey that sounds like Eastern AZ! Democrat by birth not ideology.

You would think in a free society more people would look around and make the choice for themselves. I guess it is too much like work.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I’m sure when city council members receive scores of identically worded letters, they will be entirely convinced of the worthiness of the cause.

Dipshits.

rogersnowden on May 20, 2010 at 6:19 PM

So how much drug money is Organizing for America getting to keep up this campaign?

There is something really really wrong with a letter campaign sponsored by the President of the United States trying to damage the economy of a State.

Has the President of the United States declared war on the State of Arizona?

Does that mean he has seceded us? I mean the President left us we didn’t leave him…

Well I’m taking comfort from the fact that Obama hates Arizona most of all. The rest of you 49 rank lower on his hate monitor.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 6:24 PM

This is not new here in central Texas. I live in a small town south of Austin that is very conservative. Around the time the tea parties started last year, the local “Dims” started writing letters to the editor in an obiously organized effort.

brtex on May 20, 2010 at 6:25 PM

As someone who used to work in the dying newspaper business, letters to the editor reflect the viewpoint of the readers. If 10% of readers are on a given side of an issue, 10% of the letters reflect that. Given the liberal bent of the city, and in particular, this paper, I strongly suspect that if they had received any letter in support, they would have printed it.

Vashta.Nerada on May 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

That does make one question the validity of only 61% support or whatever. Because if Austin can’t generate even one letter in support without manufacturing it. Whatever that 39% are feeling it isn’t very strongly felt.

Also, remember that letter writer, Elly something or other a few months ago… I wonder what kind of letters Organizing Against America sent out to generate them.

Letters with the same wording… makes me wonder.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM

WE’RE NUMBER ONE! WE’RE NUMBER ONE!

Arizona is the state Obama hates the most! Yesssssss!

He hates all of them, but us the most!!!!!!

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Austin desperately wants to be just like San Francisco. They’ve managed to duplicate the aggressive pan handlers and the smell of urine in the streets. City council loves this kind of easy, feel-good, crap. I personally stopped going down town quite some time ago.

chslop01 on May 20, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Maybe Austin learned an important lesson by watching Arizonans respond to:

CALIFORNIA DERANGEMENT SYNDROME!

Mutnodjmet on May 20, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Austin’s liberals only want to hang out near the UT campus and in the pricey hills on the west side of town — there aren’t a whole lot of the PC activists clamoring to live in the flatlands east of Interstate 35.

jon1979 on May 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Well, I do know a lot of libs who live in newly gentrified East Austin. They move there and then they complain about how expensive it is now (how did it get that way, hmm?) and how they really wanted to live in a “diverse” “integrated” neighborhood but darn it, it turns out that the crime rate is high (shocker) and that their “diverse” neighbors aren’t interested in making friends with the white folks who are moving in and driving their property taxes through the roof.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Any of you Austinites ever been to the Blue Hole at Wimberley?

I haven’t, but I have been to Krause Springs in Spicewood and that is one awesome swimming hole. The Blue Hole sounds fabulous – thanks for the tip…

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Any of you Austinites ever been to the Blue Hole at Wimberley?

I just jump off my dock into Canyon Lake to cool off. But, I’ll have to check out this Blue Hole, too.

LoneStarGal on May 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM

The City of Columbus Ohio is not going to allow travel by its employees to the state of Arizona. Funny they are not going to cancel their contract with the company FROM ARIZONA who shares revenue from red light cameras. Hilarious.

CWforFreedom on May 20, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Wow, I knew that a lot of out-of-state-ers go to UT, but I didn’t know there were THAT many in Austin.

Onus on May 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM

One San Antonian’s opinion of Austin:

http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss162/RustyBill/humor/Austin_Liberal_Park.jpg

Permission to use granted. If you want to include a credit, use “Rusty Bill at GrouchyConservativePundits.com”.

Rusty Bill on May 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Is this Organizing for America legal? I wish someone would tell me how a POTUS is allowed to have such an organization.

mtb on May 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Any of you Austinites ever been to the Blue Hole at Wimberley?
silvernana on May 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Grew up camping at the Blue Hole every summer. It is a city park now and still a great swimming hole, just not the same as it used to be when we were going there.

brtex on May 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I clicked on the link Ed gave for OFA-Austin and found this PDF file so people would know what to write in their letters to the newspaper. Dispicable!

Talking About Immigration Reform
Top Line Messages:

 As the President said today, America is an inspiration to people around the globe – people who seek hope, opportunity, and their own version of the American dream. President Obama is working hard to reform our immigration system so that it best reflects those most inspirational aspects of our country.

Right now, our immigration system is broken. The American people have sought, and they deserve, comprehensive reform that is grounded in the principles of responsibility and accountability.

President Obama’s commitment to such reform is unshakeable.

At the President’s direction, the Department of Homeland Security has begun to lay the groundwork for immigration reform, including by strengthening security at our borders, ports, and airports.

The President and Congressional Democrats have also begun to craft a framework for immigration reform in Congress.

Going forward, they will continue to work to build bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform and deliver the kind of strong solution the American people want and need.

Arizona Immigration Bill:

Unfortunately, while the President and Democrats in Congress are working to achieve a comprehensive federal solution to America’s immigration challenges, Republicans are pushing extreme fixes.

The Arizona immigration bill exemplifies the worst of such extremism.

Passed by Republicans in the Arizona state legislature, and backed by Republican Senator John McCain, this bill takes Arizona in the wrong direction on immigration reform.

That bill is counterproductive in several ways. It places an unnecessary wedge between communities and the police who are supposed to keep them safe. And it undermines Americans’ basic notions of fairness.

As the President has said, we must put aside such short-sighted measures and work to find a way forward on immigration reform that keeps faith with our history and our heritage.

Whatever immigration reforms America enacts, those reforms must reflect a nation that still welcomes those “yearning to breathe free.”

GrannySunni on May 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

The OFA website demonstrates a 2nd grade reading level. Short sentences; no big words.

They know the cognitive abilities of their supporters, do they not?

Grace_is_sufficient on May 20, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Wow, I had no idea that there was that much opposition to the Council’s boycott. We haven’t gotten the Statesman for a long time so I hadn’t seen the letters to the editor. If the boycott is that unpopular in this liberal utopia, opposition must be pretty strong.

Never heard of the Blue Hole, but Krause Springs is great (part of Spy Kids 2 was filmed there). There are so many great outdoor spots here in Central Texas and it’s nice to hear of another one we haven’t checked out yet.

inmypajamas on May 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Well, it gets even better. Now the Council is considering adding more park benches for downtown so the panhandlers will have a place to be comfortable. Austin-The Bum-Friendly City. We have bums arguing over who gets to beg on a particular streetcorner. It’s totally insane.

gordo on May 20, 2010 at 8:32 PM

So how can this abuse of power be stopped? Is it a matter for the FEC? Who would bring the charges?

onlineanalyst on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Hey, maybe if he reads up on the applicable law this time, we could get Eric Holder to look into this . . . then again . . . maybe not.

OneVision on May 20, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Austin, Houston and Dallas are all sanctuary cities catering to illegals…

Fletch54 on May 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Correction: As of the posting of this comment, the city of Dallas is not a sanctuary city nor is it joining the AZ boycott!
I am grateful for small favors!

Jenfidel on May 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Manufactured support is no support.

Losers.

hillbillyjim on May 20, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Just as a side note — The 2011 BCS national championship college football game is set for the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az. If the Longhorns are in the national title hunt, I eagerly await the Austin City Council’s resolution telling Mack Brown to forfeit the national title if Texas ends up No. 1 or No. 2 in the final regular season poll in order to protest Arizona’s immigration law (and I eagerly await the reaction of the UT fanbase in Austin if the council was actually dumb enough to pass that resolution…)

jon1979 on May 20, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Texas Exes will unite together to make sure that never happens. I guarantee heads will roll… liberal heads that is.

redridinghood on May 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM

We have bums arguing over who gets to beg on a particular streetcorner. It’s totally insane.

gordo on May 20, 2010 at 8:32 PM

I’ve wondered for years if some of those guys here in Austin aren’t actually homeless but instead homeless advocates posing as homeless. If you drive by and check them out up close, they almost always have good, well-fitting shoes on, often a quality running shoe or hiking boot. They are bronzed from the sun and their clothes are dirty, sure, but they often look healthy and well fed under that veneer. They disappear after dark and during the winter – why? And for a long while the ones at the intersection at 5th and Lamar would sell the homeless advocacy paper.

It makes me wonder.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I went to Austin once. I went to see Stevie Ray live. He opened with “Cold Shot.” It was pure awesome.

No reason at all to go back now. Texas is great, just stay out of the big cities.

shorebird on May 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Here’s my letter to the Mayor of Austin:
http://wannabeanglican.blogspot.com/2010/05/open-letter-to-mayor-of-austin-texas.html

In short, you boycott Arizona; I boycott you.

(And I have heard from others who are boycotting Austin now.)

WannabeAnglican on May 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM

So, A-towners:

Chuy’s off Duval sound good to y’all? Or somewhere more central?

Sekhmet on May 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

So, A-towners:

Chuy’s off Duval sound good to y’all? Or somewhere more central?

Sekhmet on May 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I like Rancho Martinez.

TXMomof3 on May 20, 2010 at 10:49 PM

So, A-towners:

Chuy’s off Duval sound good to y’all? Or somewhere more central?

Sekhmet on May 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I like Rancho Martinez.

TXMomof3 on May 20, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Sorry! El Rancho. Matt’s Rancho Martinez is in Lakewood, in Dallas, run by the son.

TXMomof3 on May 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

TXMomof3 on May 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Never been there, heard good things. Now, also, it’s downtown, but a sponsor of one of the Tea Parties: Anybody like Pecan Street Cafe?

Sekhmet on May 21, 2010 at 1:21 AM

Liberalism only exists because of the success of Conservatism.

Odd then that when Liberal policies fail, they manage to take Conservatives down with them.

Liberals need to stay in the nursery and not be trusted with running anything.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 21, 2010 at 4:09 AM

Although I work in Austin, I thank God that I live in Cedar Park and Williamson County.

We have no local La Rasa, NAACP, ACLU, no street corner bums with cardboard signs, and no transvestites wearing the American Flag as a thong/toilet paper, i.e., Leslie Cochran.

Bleed_thelizard on May 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I’ll never forget what I was doing on 9/11. Sitting in my 8 AM Organic Chem class at Welch Hall at UT. The professor was 15 minutes late to class, when he finally stammered in slowly and crying. He informed us there had been a terrorist attack in NYC, and because Jenna Bush also attended UT, the University was being shut down and evacuated.

I immediately high-tailed over to the Student Union, and standing there with a couple thousand other UT students staring at any one of the multiple TVs, so quiet you could hear Bevo fart from Memorial Stadium…we watched live as Tower 2 crumbled to the ground.

As I walked to the bus stop, naturally I was calling everyone I knew (parents, family, and friends) about what I just saw, waking most of them out of bed to inform them for the first time what had happened.

On the long bus ride home from just off Guadalupe St. to Manchaca where I lived in my friends’ folk’s condo…somewhere just over the S. Lamar bridge two of the biggest, smelliest trannies board the bus, one wearing the American flag as a skirt. Big blond wigs…just absolutely disgusting and high as a kite.

After watching the 9/11 news coverage all day with my roommates (I think I must have sat starring at the news coverage for about 2 hours before I realized I still had my backpack on), we flip over to the Austin Community Access channel, and sure enough, there are the trannies I rode the bus with, singing and laughing. They were Alex Jones’ lead-in program.

selias on May 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I know the excess of self-esteem training over the last 10-20 years wasn’t good, but this tar 0bama Supporter takes it to a whole new level.

http://www.ilovemikelitt.com/about/

iLoveMikeLitt started out as a phrase for a t-shirt in 2001. Shortly afterwards, iLoveMikeLitt was an officially registered campus club at the University of Texas at Austin. The club did very little from 2001-2005. Its main activity was the Mike Litt for Homecoming King campaign during the Student Government Elections in 2004.

LMAO!

MNHawk on May 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Mike Litt, any relation to Mike Hunt? ;)

Also, a couple of other posts mentioned “Manual Labor.” He is not the president of Mexico, but rather the Secretary of Labor, or whatever their equivalent is.

TQM38a on May 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Today’s plea for help.

Organizing for America

With elections around the corner and final votes approaching on Wall Street reform, now’s the time to organize for the big battles ahead.

So we’re holding neighborhood house meetings with OFA volunteers across Texas to learn more about the issues and the 2010 races — and get prepared. At the meeting near you, you’ll meet other folks from your area, find out what OFA is doing in the months ahead, and get trained on how to fight for change with us.

Can you make it? Click here to find and RSVP for a house meeting in your neighborhood.

RSVP for a neighborhood meeting near you

Whether you attended a phone bank last week or haven’t yet gone to an OFA event, this is the perfect way to engage locally to make big change happen this year.

And no experience is required — OFA volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

I hope you can join the meeting in your neighborhood. And please bring a friend, co-worker, or neighbor — this is all about getting your community educated and ready to go.

Please RSVP here:

http://my.barackobama.com/NeighborhoodMtgs

Thanks,

Jeremy

Jeremy Bird
Deputy Director
Organizing for America

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 21, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Well I’m taking comfort from the fact that Obama hates Arizona most of all. The rest of you 49 rank lower on his hate monitor.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Naw, it’s all the red states, not just AZ. Take Tennessee, for example; we had a massive flood that killed nearly 30 people. I’ve yet to hear the Obama say so much as “sucks to be you”. And the states that are going to be most affected by the oil spill it took him 9 days to notice — red states. He finally perked up and payed a little attention when it became likely florida would be affected (and not the red panhandle florida, but the deep blue keys).

You would think he’d have advisers to tell him “Mr. President, it really looks bad when you give the finger to all the states that didn’t vote for you”, but nope.

RegularJoe on May 22, 2010 at 8:00 AM

After watching the 9/11 news coverage all day with my roommates (I think I must have sat starring at the news coverage for about 2 hours before I realized I still had my backpack on),

My husband (then boyfriend) and my BIL and SIL were watching in our South Austin duplex. We chainsmoked and drank coffee and it wasn’t until about 4 pm that we realized we hadn’t eaten all day. We drove over to La Mexicana to get tacos and the vibe in there wasn’t too friendly. I haven’t been back since then.

Austin’s a weird place – sometimes good weird, sometimes bad weird.

Missy on May 22, 2010 at 10:43 AM

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