Molly Ivins' appreciation of the Bill of Rights.
People should watch what they say. -White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, October 2001 We were wearing T-shirts, exercising our free-speech rights in the public square. And we were arrested? If you cede this, there’s nothing left.-University of Houston law student … Read More
My paternal great-grandfather maintained what might have been the last functioning outhouse in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana. Years after indoor plumbing had become available in the small, rice-farming community of Indian Bayou, he refused to install an indoor flush toilet. His … Read More
The Broken Branch: The cub reporter concluding his first day at the Legislature was appalled by what he had witnessed: vacuous oratory, ad hominem attacks, lobbyists buying votes, and a shoving match on the House floor. “If you think they’re … Read More
Leaving Children Behind: How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth Lester Maddox was never my favorite American politician. But the racist gargoyle from Georgia (or does that better describe his one-time aide Zell Miller) was good for the occasional one-liner. I … Read More
Will John McCain Let Republican Perps Walk?
On September 29, 2004, Arizona Senator John McCain made a promise to six Indian tribes defrauded in an $82-million lobby billing scandal perpetrated by two close associates of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: “To the aggrieved tribes and Native Americans … Read More