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Bill Watch: Hurricanes and Merchant Marines

November 28, 2006

Multiple Birth Siblings in Public Schools
Parents may request their twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc. be placed in the same or different classrooms. If, after the first grading period, the principal and teacher determine the placement is disruptive, they can jump through some hoops to educate the parent about better classroom placement and help them make the decision. I wonder what incident(s) prompted this bill. Twins out of control!!!
Exempting Sales Tax on Hurricane Supplies
Hurricane preparation items sold in first and second tier coastal counties would be sales tax free between May 21 and June 1. See the bill text for what's considered a hurricane preparation item. Then hold off on that cell phone battery purchase until you visit Galveston at the end of May 2008 (if this passes).
Get Permission Before You Use That Armed Forces Action Shot in Your Advertisement
You'll need to get permission from the subject before you use a picture of a member (or former member) of the armed forces in a commercial advertisement.
Merchant Marines Deserve Love, Too
This is a concurrent resolution that would urge the United States Government to better recognize the contributions of the Merchant Marines of World War II. I didn't know anything about the Merchant Marines until I read this. This subject deserves googling. Yes... I'm using it as a VERB or whatever the word "googling" is in that sentence.

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Unconscious Mutterings

November 26, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Rhyme :: poem

  2. Substantial :: full-bodied heh

  3. Instant :: camera

  4. Greed :: money

  5. Brad :: Pitt (I'm watching Ocean's Twelve right now)

  6. Season :: Two

  7. Accomplished :: writer

  8. Invite :: party

  9. Sparkle :: My Little Pony

  10. Rainbow :: sun

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Dear Pants Angel

November 20, 2006

Dear Pants Angel,
Please bring me a vision about where to buy good pants. I have a few pair, but eventually they'll get a hole in them or something. The Avenue used to have good pants, but then they replaced the good pants with bad pants. I tried ordering some online, but they didn't work out. Anyway... let me know where the good pants are, and I'll go there and buy lots and lots of pants.

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Unconscious Mutterings

November 19, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Teacher :: school

  2. Fifty :: years

  3. Crossword :: puzzle

  4. Stuffed :: food!

  5. Family :: brother

  6. Purr :: kitty

  7. Toad :: frog

  8. Cocktail :: drink

  9. Insecurity :: nervous

  10. Magical :: dragon

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The Texas Legislature Stirs

November 18, 2006

The Texas Legislature is gearing up. They've already started pre-filing bills. Some I'm watching:

Don't Throw Your Dang Lit Cigarettes Out The Window
It'll be a Class A misdemeanor if this passes. Good.
Let's Build a Complicated Redistricting Committee
I don't have an opinion on this one yet. Should make for some interesting discussions in committee, though.
Make Election Days State Holidays
No one would really get the day off except State workers (like me). I hope it passes anyway... Tuesdays are great days for sleeping in. happy
Make Athens, TX the Original Home of the Hamburger
This one is a fun read.
Expand Sales Tax Free Weekend to Two Weeks
The first weekend of August is "Sales Tax Free Weekend" where shoes and clothing under $100 are sales tax free. This bill would increase the period to two weeks. It'll be fun to see the fiscal note on this one that shows how much sales tax revenue the state will lose. Not that I'm against the bill or anything.

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Unconscious Mutterings

November 12, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Nick :: of time

  2. Focus :: camera

  3. Police :: siren

  4. Miles :: roads

  5. Earn :: money

  6. Twice :: again

  7. Razor :: shave

  8. Personality :: person

  9. Dumped :: lonely

  10. Reliable :: there

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