Not because this last-minute amendment to a passed bill to let state Rep. Wayne Christian (an allegedly conservative Republican) rebuild his beach house on Ike-swept Bolivar Penninsula is particularly unusual. But because, in fact, this is just the sort of thing that gets smuggled into law in the last "chaotic" days of every biennial session. The last days are always "chaotic" because the Lege likes them that way. So much easier to slip stuff through when there’s so much going on that no one is likely to notice until it’s too late. Heh.
Via Lone Star Times.
The Texas Legislature has long been obstuse, but this one is in a class by itself:
"Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, apologized to Jewish groups after circulating a memo calling evolution a kabbalah conspiracy. On Feb. 9, Chisum forwarded a memo from Georgia state Rep. Ben Bridges, R-Cleveland, to members of the House. In it, avowed creationist Bridges proposed a draft bill outlawing teaching evolution in tax-funded schools. He’d failed to get it through the Georgia Legislature in 2005, but now he’s sending it to like-minded legislators in other states. In his covering letter, Chisum thanked Bridges for his ‘information on this important topic.’ However, ‘evidence’ in the memo comes from [an] anti-Semitic conspiracy theory Web site [r]un by former high school teacher Marshall Hall, [who] claims that many scientific theories of the past thousand years are part of a massive Jewish conspiracy and calls the Big Bang a ’15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee religion.’ Now the finger-pointing begins: Chisum claims he was just being a ‘Good Samaritan’ to Bridges and had not read the Web site, Bridges claims Hall wrote the memo without asking him, and Hall says that just because he calls evolution a Jewish conspiracy, that doesn’t mean he’s anti-Semitic. Bridge’s bill, if taken up by any legislator, would put the term ‘anti-Christ’ in the law books. – R.W."
But it won’t be taken up now it’s exposed. Via The Austin Chronicle, and Jewishly Correct.
My all-time fav lege story remains the East texas rep who, fearing he would not be re-elected, hired his brother to surreptitiously ambush him with a shotgun, to drum up sympathy for him as a fighter for truth and justice. Brother forgot to use birdshot and got too close and sent the rep to the hospital. When brother got caught, and fingered the rep, the rep hid from the Texas Rangers in some large audio speakers he used in his principal vocation: performing religious puppet shows for Sunday schools. He later lost the election, making room for the next boob in the procession.