Given his spectacular failure as a 2012 GOP Presidential candidate, Governor Rick Perry may very well be something of an authority on pipe dreams. With marked certainty, he continues to inhabit the kind of alternate reality that led to such shock and disappointment when, just as most reliable polls predicted, President Barack Obama was reelected. Why anyone cares what Gov. Perry thinks is beyond me, but when asked in a recent interview about Texas going blue, he laughed and dismissed such talk as
"the biggest pipedream I have ever heard."Because freedom. Seriously.
“It’s because of freedom,” he says. “People in Texas truly aspire to freedom. They don’t want government coming in and telling them how much of this or how much of that.”Y'all will have to forgive Texas Kossacks if we don't just take his word for it and work instead to GOTV. Last week, papa monzano posted Voter Registrar Info for Texas, and many of us are attending the required training to be Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars.
This weekend, we're having our first statewide meet-up in Austin, where we're going to eat, drink, laugh, and continue to organize to take back our state. Pipes are optional.
Tex Kos Inaugural Gathering - March 2nd, 2013
The Tex Kos Inaugural Gathering, our first statewide meet-up of Texas Kossacks and honorary Texas Kossacks, is this Saturday in Austin, our fabulous state capital! We will meet at Opal Divine's Austin Grill: Penn Field from 2:00-5:00 pm in the party room that teknohed has reserved for us.
Other events this weekend include the Texas Democratic Party SDEC Meeting on Saturday morning and Austin's 84th Zilker Park Kite Festival on Sunday (details below).
If you're planning to come, please post a comment or send me a kosmail (private message) and indicate whether you plan to bring any guests.
Tex Kos Inaugural Gathering in Austin
TIME: 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: Opal Divine's Austin Grill: Penn Field
3601 S. Congress Ave • Austin
RSVP: Post comment here or send kosmail to nomandates
3. papa monzano
5. Chrislove's BF (official photographer!)
8. mr pea
12. mr sue sue
13. blue armadillo
17. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
21. Mrs. Wino
24. Urban Owl
28. Mr. entrelac
30. Carol in San Antonio
31. belinda ridgewood (honorary TX Kossack!)
33. +1 from Harris County
36. Musicman (honorary kossack)
38. freerad's guest
39. just another vet
43. Sandia Blanca
44. Noisy Gong
49. Alice Venturi
50. Gary of Austin
yoduuuh do or do not
SDEC meeting in Austin on March 2ndKossacks and SDEC members krwheaton and JC Dufresne have been encouraging us to attend the Texas Democratic Party's next SDEC meeting, which is also in Austin on March 2nd beginning at 8:00am. Here's the schedule:
I am planning to attend the SDEC meeting until 1:00, then head over to Opal Divine's for our meet-up at 2:00. Hope to see you there!
State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) Meeting
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Location: Texas Democratic Party Headquarters
4818 E. Ben White Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX 78741
8:00am ☆ Legislative Affairs Committee - we'll want to see this one in action
9:00am ☆ Grassroots Committee - krwheaton is involved in this action committee
☆ Resolutions Committee - committee sends Resolutions to Legislations
10:00am ☆ Rules Committee - For the Tech guy or gal who wants to dig into the Party
☆ Communications Committee - Committee we all need and want to attend!!!
11:00am ☆ Legislative Update - This is a must attend for all.
1:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm SDEC General Session (see link for Agenda)
☆ = notes from krwheaton
Zilker Park Kite Festival on March 3rd
Austin's 84th Zilker Park Kite Festival
TIME: 10:00am - 2:30pm
LOCATION: Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd. • Austin
ORGANIZER: Send a kosmail to papa monzano to connect at this event.
As far as I'm concerned, the timing of the Zilker Park Kite Festival couldn't be more perfect. Festival events include a Kite Making Workshop, Kite Flying Demonstrations, and Kite Flying Contests, followed by a Mass Kite Ascent. Here's hoping for a gorgeous, sunshiny day!
Regional Groups in TexasThe TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans group, which formed in Feb. 2011, has 36 members. It helps us to meet one another, though, if folks see a more local group to join and/or to follow:
ETA: blue armadillo has expressed interest in starting a San Antonio Kossacks group!
Please consider stepping up to organize if there isn't a group in your area.
If you want to join a group, kosmail the organizer. And be sure to follow your group by clicking on the ♥ beside the group name so that you'll get group diaries in your stream. (Unfortunately, being a group member won't make that happen.)
I wish I could go, but I am insanely busy at work,
and so broke I could not afford the gas even if I could go!
But I will organize deputizations of faculty at my college--and try to do this at all local colleges in San Antonio, as opposed to just my own, just to celebrate your efforts.
It's time for a bluebonnet-blue Texas again!
See also Today’s the day: Democrats launch ‘Battleground Texas’ project to end GOP dominance from the Houston Chronicle.