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Shell_Seas's Journal
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May 25, 2024

I'm Watching The Texas GOP Convention, So You Don't Have To - Part Three

Texas Democrats Fight Back Against GOP Radicalism


Tomorrow is the last day of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Convention, but the party said tonight’s general session could go as late as midnight. Today, the party elected its new RPT chair, presented its legislative priorities to the entire delegation, and established its party rules. They’ve gone to a Gala this evening and are supposed to reconvene at 9:00 pm to vote on a Vice Chair and adopt the new platform. We’ll get into all that, but before the Republicans’ day even started this morning, the Texas House Democratic Caucus (HDC) showed up at their convention and held a press conference about their extremism.

This is why I love Texas Democrats. From breaking quorum to prevent voter oppression to Jasmine Crockett taking MAGA extremism to church in Congress and James Talarico confronting white supremacy from the back mic in Austin, you can rest easy knowing that Texas Democrats are going to work hard to protect your rights. (Most of them, anyway.)

In attendance at this press conference were HDC president Trey Martinez Fischer, Representative Vikki Goodwin, Representative Gene Wu, Representative Josey Garcia, Congressman Joaquin Castro, and Adrian Reyna with the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel.

May 24, 2024

I'm Watching The Texas GOP Convention, So You Don't Have To - Part Two

Inside the Madness of the RPT 2024 Convention


We’re on day four of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) 2024 Convention, and it hasn’t gotten any less deranged. Today, the General Session began and featured speeches from Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, Sid Miller, and your regular cast of degenerates. If you’re interested in watching, you can find it here.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick chose to spend his time on stage licking Trump’s boots. He told the audience how he went to New York to show his allegiance to Mango Mussolini during his criminal trial and complained about how rundown the courthouse was. He shouted on stage that Trump was innocent, and there were no facts or evidence showing otherwise.

Baltimore-Dan also spoke heavily about the legislative process and how he changed the Senate rules to ensure Democrats had no voice. Then, he claimed that any bills from the House and a majority of Democrats voting on them would wind up in the trash. Because who cares about what’s doing best for Texans? It’s all partisan politics for them.

One Republican woman is becoming famous for all the wrong reasons.

May 23, 2024

Republican Party of Texas 2024 Convention - GOP Women fight back.

I'm not even sure how to describe this movement. The GOP women are pushing back, but the men are shutting them down.




What? We can't embed Twitter posts anymore?

May 22, 2024

I'm Watching The Texas GOP Convention, So You Don't Have To - Part One

A Front-Row Seat to GOP Extremism.


If you aren’t already following me on Twitter (I’ll never call it X), that’s where I’ve been posting all of the bat-shit crazy video clips I’m seeing at the 2024 Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Convention. For some reason, I thought their convention didn’t start until this weekend, but I forgot it’s an entire week long, and their committees are meeting for 15 hours a day. My week is committed. I’ll listen for all the juicy tidbits and report all the crazy back to you. Get ready because some of this stuff is full-blown bananas.

Here is their full convention agenda.

I’ve been mainly watching their Legislative Priorities Committee and their Platform Committee, but their Rules Committee has also been meeting. I have to catch up on it later.

You can watch their full committee hearings here.

What does each committee do?
Some of you may remember the absolutely deranged Republican platform from 2022, which called Joe Biden an illegitimate president, said gay people were “abnormal,” and opposed critical thinking in schools, and that was all before they booed John Cornyn off stage.

May 17, 2024

How Important Is Dallas County In The 2024 Election?

The Battle for Texas: Why Dallas County Is Pivotal In This Year's Election


Did you know there are only 172 days left until the November election? So far, I’m feeling terrific about the engagement around the state and the energy being put into this election. For Colin Allred to win and for us to flip several House seats, multiple counties will be crucial for voter turnout. A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of Harris County, and as the second biggest county in Texas, it’s time we talk about my hometown and county, Dallas.

Dallas County is the second-most populous county in Texas and a majority-minority county. The population is 40% Hispanic, 28% white, 22% Black, and 6% Asian. Dallas County is much more diverse than Texas as a whole, being 13 points less white and 10.5 points more Black than the state’s population.

This matters, because based on exit polls for 2022 and 2020, the majority of Black, Hispanic, and Asian voters vote blue.

May 16, 2024

Crisis Behind Bars: Systemic Failures At Tarrant County Jail

An in-depth look at medical neglect, systematic abuses, and constitutional violations.


Several calls to action are at the bottom of this article.

A distressing appeal for justice has been laid out in a revealing document obtained from a coalition of concerned community organizations—including Broadway Baptist Church, ICE Out of Tarrant, A&M Law School, and United Fort Worth. The letter, addressed to the Department of Justice, uncovers the grim realities of life within the confines of the Tarrant County Jail.

This letter was sent with a plea for intervention, and it details a series of preventable tragedies and systemic failures that have led to numerous inmate deaths and significant human rights violations within the facility. The letter uncovers multiple layers of neglect, abuse, and oversight failures.

You can read the full letter here.

The Tarrant County Jail committed systematic abuses and neglect.
The letter outlines a continuous pattern of systemic abuse, medical neglect, and failure to maintain basic human rights standards. Specific cases, such as the deaths of Robert Miller and Javonte Myers, show negligence and cover-ups within the jail.

May 15, 2024

Voices Against The Racist DEI Ban And The Fight For Free Speech

Free speech is under attack in Texas as the Republicans continue to fight against diversity in higher education.


The Texas Senate Committee on Higher Education, chaired by Senator Brandon Creighton (R), met yesterday. They planned to discuss three topics: compliance with the DEI ban, combatting “anti-semitism” on campus, and campus free speech. As I expected, the hearing lasted for nearly 11 hours. Two hundred fourteen people signed up to testify against these restrictive measures, but only 148 stayed to speak by late evening.

Creighton pulled a typical Republican stunt by allowing several panels of invited testimony to speak first, making sure to drag out all of their time. Republicans do this when hundreds of people sign up against awful bills. They try to stretch the invited testimony out as long as they can so that eventually, people will have to leave to go to work, school, or family plans; that way, there are fewer people to tell the Republicans what terrible people they are. It was six hours into the hearing before public testimony began.

Each of the panels was the same: Republican-aligned guests saying the things that Republicans wanted to hear. When they spoke about “anti-semitism” on campus and free speech, they talked about Columbia University and other colleges that have been in the news, pointing to how those non-Texas universities had pro-Palestine protests that included graffiti and the taking over of buildings.

The panels discussed what they have done to eliminate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) on their perspective campuses. It was very business-like. They discussed getting rid of these programs and laying off the related employees while keeping the morality of it out of the conversations.

The first six hours of the hearing was a Republican circle-jerk.

May 14, 2024

There's Something About Living In A Red State That Makes You Scrappy

How Texas Democrats fight against the odds as voices rise from rural areas.


Today, I drove to Granbury to the Hood County Democratic Women’s (HCDW) monthly meeting, where Representative James Talarico and Democratic Candidate for House District 59 Hannah Bohm were the guest speakers.

As the Hood County Democratic Chair, Adrienne Martin, introduced Representative Talarico, she quoted his speech from the 2022 Texas Democratic Party convention.

“Our democracy is dying. A reactionary minority is taking over our government and taking away our freedoms. The Democratic Party is the only thing standing between this country and fascism. Yet, the most our National Party leaders can muster is spineless talking points and soulless fundraising emails. National Democrats, the ones that fly in to fundraise and then don’t spend a penny of that money in our state, they don’t know how to fight. They are comfortable on the coast and with the status quo, but there’s something about living in a red state that makes you scrappy because, Texas Democrats, we know how to fight. And that’s what this moment demands.” - Representative James Talarico.

You could hear the whispers of “wow” in the audience because it’s true, but also very heavy.

Martin followed up, “Nobody was saying that then, and not enough people are saying that now.”

May 9, 2024

Helen Kerwin: Fascist Granny For The Texas House

Behind the charming smile are extremist views that threaten Texas' diversity.


I initially was going to title this article “Helen Kerwin: Nazi Grandma,” but then I thought perhaps that would be a bridge too far. However, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a Nazi is “an evil person who wants to use power to control and harm other people, especially because of their race, religion, etc.”

After listening to a one-hour interview between Helen Kerwin and a podcast from Johnson County, there is little room to guess whether Kerwin is indeed a person who wants to use power to control and harm other people, mainly because of their race. I urge anyone with even a little curiosity to listen to it for themselves. Afterward, you can decide for yourself if Helen Kerwin fits the bill of a Nazi. Meanwhile, I’m going to break down her positions, her lies, and what Democrats in rural Texas can do to stop her.

Kerwin is running on the “Contract on Texas.”

Tim Dunn cooked up the Contract on Texas and is being pushed by the fascist-aligned members of the House (Harrison, Tinderholt, Toth, etc.). It’s a manifesto to remove political power from Democrats in Texas.

Here’s why that’s a problem:

The majority of Black voters in Texas are Democrats.
The majority of Hispanic voters in Texas are Democrats.
The majority of Asian voters in Texas are Democrats

May 8, 2024

Silence And Supremacy: Unmasking Tarrant County's Leadership Crisis

Racial injustice and political choices are colliding in local governance.


I had plans for something else entirely yesterday, but I got sucked into watching the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. It lasted for eight hours. What I saw yesterday was shocking and disturbing. Tarrant County has a white supremacy problem, which I previously discussed, but I didn’t realize how bad the situation was until I watched the eight-hour Commissioners Court hearing yesterday.

There were three major issues discussed at the hearing yesterday:

1. Since 2017, when Republican Sheriff Bill Waybourn was elected, there have been 63 deaths in Tarrant County jail. Two of those deaths happened in the last few weeks. Most of these deaths have been Black men; almost all of them were men who either had mental illness or intellectual disabilities.

2. The Trump-endorsed Tarrant County District Attorney, Phil Sorrells, has decided to go after Crystal Mason again after a Texas appeals court overturned Mason’s five-year prison sentence. Sorrells intends to re-convict her.

3. Community members wanted to make their voices heard about the racist display we saw last month from Tarrant County Judge Tim O’Hare toward Commissioner Alisa Simmons.

As you can imagine, the entire eight-hour meeting was racially charged.

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