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Democrats and Republicans Miss Deadline for Texas Ballot Access

Friday, August 29, 2008
This is hilarious. Somehow, both the Republican and Democratic parties have missed the August 26 deadline to file in Texas. What this means is Bob Barr, the mustachioed Libertarian candidate, is the sole candidate legally eligible to appear on the presidential ballot in November. What's so great about this is that when the two major parties make the inevitable big stink about not being on the ballot, Bob Barr gets to point out how disgustingly difficult it has always been for third parties to get ballot access. Seriously, Texas is going to have to break its own election laws if it is going to allow John McCain and Barack Obama on the ballot. If that happens, and you know it will, legions of screwed third party candidates will have a few words to say. I'm sure there will be some nice, little way of explaining the whole thing away, some verbal legerdemain to make the illegal sound perfectly legal, but the story will, hopefully, be big enough to bring the unfair nature of ballot access laws to light for many Americans. For a presidential election boasting so many historical firsts, I'd really like to see some big changes: the end of two-party domination and the first third-party candidate to make a serious run at the presidency. Not that it will happen this time, but let the Barrs and Ralph Naders and Cynthia McKinneys and Chuck Baldwins get fair ballot access and, maybe, one day we'll see some real progress made in this country.

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This Isn't Good

Friday, May 16, 2008
From the New York Times:

"Scientists do not quite know what to call them, they are so new. But folks in the damp coastal belt south of Houston have their own names (some of them printable) for the little invaders now seemingly everywhere: on the move underfoot; infesting woodlands, yards and gardens; nesting in electrical boxes and causing shorts; and even raising anxiety at Hobby Airport and the Johnson Space Center."

"The ant is a previously unknown variety with a staggering propensity to reproduce and no known enemies. The species, which bites but does not sting, was first identified here in 2002 by a Pearland exterminator, Tom Rasberry, who quickly lent his name to the find: the crazy rasberry ant."

"Variants of the species found in Colombia have been known to asphyxiate chickens and even attack cattle by swarming over their eyes, nasal passages and hooves, according to the Center for Urban and Structural Entomology at Texas A&M, which is conducting much of the research on the ants."


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