Texas Won't Help

Texas will not be resettling refugees in the new fiscal year, Gov. Greg Abbott told federal officials Friday.

Source: Gov. Greg Abbott Says Texas Won’t Resettle Refugees In 2020

Governor Greg Abbot is not opting Texas into the federal refugees settlement program. Under President Trump, the program changed to require specific opt-in by local officials. After 40+ states opted-in, Texas became the first to opt-out.

I’m very disappointed in our state, in particular our governor. The same day that he celebrates how strong Texas’ economy is, he announces Texas will not opt-in because we have too many needs at home.

We must not create and maintain this fear in “the other”—those who are homeless or those who are being settled into the Unites States. Texas can do better.

Texas Forever

The Texas Standard, an public radio news show focused on, you guessed it, The Lone Star State. They had this wonderful folklore piece that, while you can read it on their site, is best experienced through the spoken voice, embedded above.

I’m a Texan, through and through. Texans are full of themselves and their state. Each and every Texan won’t agree on all of the politics of the day or the best place to get BBQ, but share an independent, git it done, spirit cultivated at a young age.

Texas history is the primary story arc taught in both 4th- and 7th-grade social studies in public schools. We’re all taught about the Native Americans that began history in Texas and the Caddo word “Tejas” (friendship) that gave this land a name once European settlement began. At one time, I could tell you all of the major sailing ventues and explorers that mapped and settled Texas (in European eyes, at least). We all know about Moses Austin, who first sought to bring Anglo settlers into then-Spanish Texas, who died before bringing a colony and left his son Stephen F. Austin to make the dream reality.

You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas.

While all American kids, Texans included, were taught about the Boston Tea Party, Lexington and Concord, and memorized the preamble of the Declaration of Independence, Texan kids can tell you about Santa Anna, the Mexican general who ultimately was defeated (at the battle of San Jacinto, can’t forget that) and about William Travis, Jim Bowie, and the rest of the Texans who died at the Alamo.

I’m not exactly sure what it is about it, but it is the foundation of the immense pride Texans have for their state. We’ll put a star on anything. Hell, the door hinges in the capitol building are proud of being in Texas.

Proud to be a Texan. photocredit: flickr/akasped
Proud to be a Texan. photocredit: flickr/akasped

Texas isn’t perfect and I assume there are plenty of places that are just as great, but no place else has the swagger.

Visualized: How the insane amount of rain in Texas could turn Rhode Island into a lake

water-2What 8 million acre-feet of water actually looks like.

Source: Visualized: How the insane amount of rain in Texas could turn Rhode Island into a lake

The Washington Post has become my favorite dead pulp media outlet. Almost daily, there is a story or two I want to share here.

In today’s round, 8 million acre-feet of water has gone into Texas lakes with the rains. What does that mean? Acre-feet is an odd term by itself: the amount of water needed to fill one acre of area one-foot deep. One acre-foot equals 1,233 cubic meters, the non-US standard.

But, what that actually mean? WaPo helps us to wrap our minds around it.

Spitballs into a War

But I think we could, in retrospect, with 20/20 hindsight, have sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed.”

Source: Second Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola At Dallas Hospital : The Two-Way : NPR

This is incredible. While Hollywood and pulp fiction loves to play up Ebola as the most-deadly virus ever discovered (it is not), it is still extremely serious. That it took the CDC “in retrospect with 20/20 hindsight” to realize they should have sent in a robust crew to help and/or manage the first “off-the-street” Ebola infection in the nation’s history is mind-blowing.

Other news reports, citing a nurses’ union report, that the hospital was, and still is, completely unprepared for the situation, including lack of proper protective equipment and numerous violations of protocol, if only half-true, are still unbelievable.