Political And Other Miscellany From A Stout Democrat In Dallas Texas.
"Politics is the only game for adults." --from Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star

Monday, January 19, 2009

Blessed From The Past

In accord with the intentions of The Alternative Invocation for tomorrow's Inauguration, I have decided to post my own edited version of the classic prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Since part of the objection to Rick Warren is his sectarian theocracy, I've dropped the more theurgical or denominational phrases, and I've substituted plural for singular since it speaks to a crowd. Voila:

Make us an instrument of peace;
where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, confidence;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

No time for more, since I've been summoned to jury duty tomorrow, and presumably won't even get to watch the events live.

Tomorrow: Dallas County Democratic Party Inaugural Party

Join fellow Democrats at Trinity Hall in Mockingbird Station on Jan. 20 as we celebrate the swearing-in of our 44th President! We'll have the big screen on to watch the festivities in D.C. while making our own party right here in the Big D.

No cover charge!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

6 PM to 11 PM

Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant
5321 E. Mockingbird #250, at Mockingbird Station
(NE Corner of Mockingbird & 75 Central Expressway)
Dallas, TX

For more information, please contact Amy Cowan at 214-821-8331 or email to amywallacecowan AT


Above is the "official" DCDP party, but there are LOTS more local events all that day and evening -- far too many to list in the Upcoming Events below. I have shown those events sponsored by Democratic Party organizations, clubs, and officeholders, including those in four other surrounding counties. (I also listed here the Obama Bash held by our friend Gabriela at Cafe Lago, which has hosted many Democratic events for us over the years.)

There are lots more. Feel free to attend more than one!! Keep checking our website page for January 20, click on the blue titles, and you'll see lots of other listings. The whole world is going to be breathing a sigh of relief at the end of the worst misadministration in American history, and looking forward with Hope to a better future for everyone. Celebrate brighter tomorrows!!


(For the latest updates on local events, and links to more info about these, always check the DCDP website Calendar.)

Tuesday, January 20:
  • Mid-Cities Democrats Inauguration Luncheon Lunch with a champagne toast. Suggested donation is $20 or $15 for all 2008 and new 2009 MCD members. Payment in advance is requested. RSVP by email to rsvp AT midcitiesdemocrats DOT com or call Dorie Cranshaw at 817-685-0920. All proceeds from the inaugural luncheon will go toward the Jim Wright Scholarship fund. Pay online at this page. (10:30AM to Noon, The Miracle Home, 1805 Cranbrook Drive, Colleyville, 76034)

  • DALLAS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY INAUGURAL PARTY No cover charge. (6 PM to 11 PM, Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5321 E. Mockingbird #250, at Mockingbird Station [NE Corner of Mockingbird & 75 Central Expressway], Dallas)

  • Dallas County Tejano Democrats inaugural party Contact Phone: 2148686920. (6 to 8 PM, Beckley Brewhouse, 1111 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas)

  • Dallas County East Democrats inaugural celebration Dress: Your option. Admission: Free ($10 per person/$15 per couple donation suggested to cover costs) Refreshment: Heavy hors d'oeuvres Please RSVP to one of the following: Obama website link, or email to sergio AT, or phone Sergio Garcia 214-440-7561. (6 to 10 PM, La Quinta, 118 East US Highway 80, Mesquite)

  • Tarrant County Democratic Party Inaugural Ball Cocktails, Dinner, and Dancing. Black Tie Optional. Tickets $75 and up available on-line at this page. (6 PM to Midnight, Hilton Hotel, Downtown Fort Worth)

  • Irving Democrats Watch Inauguration Events on the big screen television following program on schools. (6:30 PM, Rancho Restaurant, 1210 East Irving Blvd., Irving)
  • Stonewall Democrats of Dallas Dallas County Elections Department officials will be on hand to deputize 2009 voter registrars. If you were a deputy registrar and would like to continue to be, you need to "re-up." (6:30 PM, Ojeda's Restaurant, 4617 Maple Ave, Dallas)
  • Texas Coalition of Black Democrats (6:30 PM, Moorland YMCA, 907 E. Ledbetter Rd., Dallas)

  • LoneStar Dallas Texas/Washington Inauguration Gala Reception Hosted by Southwest Dallas County Democratic Club, Oak Cliff for Obama, State Representative Yvonne Davis, Judge Gracie Lewis, and others (see website listing). This event will benefit Dallas United Way and Paul Quinn College of Dallas Texas. $65 each. Contact Phone: 214-574-9432. (6:30 PM, Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas)

  • Obama Bash Celebrate our New President with a buffet, live jazz, TV coverage and more fun. $20 per person. Price includes one drink. Drawings for some good prizes and some goofy prizes!! (6:30 - 9:00 PM, Cafe Lago, 9219 Garland Rd., Dallas)

  • Denton County Democratic Party inaugural celebration No cover charge. For more info 972-219-0401. (6:30 PM, Prairie House Restaurant, 10001 Highway 380, Cross Roads, Texas 76227)

  • Inaugural Gala Hosted by Obama Collin County and Texas Democratic Women of Collin County. Dance to "Memphis Soul Live" · Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar · Live Television Coverage of Inaugural Events in Washington D.C. Cocktail attire (Black Tie Optional). Tickets $50 and up; sponsorships available. To RSVP, please go to this page to pay by credit card or check. RSVP Deadline: Monday, January 12, 2009. (7 PM, Plano Centre, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano)

Wednesday, January 21:
  • Garland Democratic Womens Club (11:30 AM, Siciliano's Taste of Italy, 2210 W. Buckingham, Garland)

  • NW Dallas County Democrats (7:30 PM, Taco Cabana, 11824 Webb Chapel Rd at LBJ, Farmers Branch)

Thursday, January 22:
  • Judge Don Adams Fundraiser to retire campaign debt. To donate on line before 3-4-09 visit (5:30 - 7 PM, Sal's Pizza, 2525 Wycliff [between Maple & toll rd.], Dallas)

  • North Dallas Texas Democratic Women (6:45 PM, Northaven Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd [between Royal & Forest Lanes], 2nd floor, Dallas)

Friday, January 23:
  • Interorganization Council Hamilton Park (7 PM, Hamilton Park UM Church, 11881 Schroeder, Dallas)

Saturday, January 24:
  • Preston Hollow Democrats Volunteer Event and Food/clothing Drive honoring Barrack Obama's Call for Action. For more info contact Katherine McGovern by email to ksm1119 AT (9 AM - Noon, North Dallas Shared Ministries, on Merrill Road near Denton Drive)

  • Southwest Dallas County Democrats (10 AM, Crescent Real Estate Group, 400 North Main Street [at the corner of Main Street and Davis Street], Duncanville)

Monday, January 26:
  • Old East Dallas Democrats (7 PM, Grace United Methodist Church, 4104 Junius St at Haskell, Dallas)

Tuesday, January 27:
  • Richardson/North Dallas Democratic Club (7 PM, NOTE: NEW LOCATION Venezia Italian Cafe at 908 Audelia Road at Buckingham, Suite 500, Richardson)

Saturday, January 31:
  • Denton County Democratic Party Annual Chili Supper $15. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Marsha Keffer at 940-387-9068. (6 - 9 PM, Center for the Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory Street at Bell Avenue, Denton)

Saturday, February 14:
  • Dallas County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting Electing members of the Advisory Committee. (10 AM, Communication Workers of America union hall, 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, Dallas)

Monday, January 05, 2009


It's Monday and that means it is time for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's weekly round up. Enjoy the first one of the year!

BossKitty at TruthHugger sees the USA is not the "goodie two shoes" it claims to be. Among other discrepancies, euphemisms don't change hard cold facts, US Teaches Terrorism As “Irregular Warfare”

SHOCKING! How Exxon Fixes Benzene Leaks. Also at Bluedaze links to the five part series, Behnd the Shale. Part five highlights blogger TXsharon and her blog, Bluedaze.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes the monarchists are using words like 'insurgency', 'coupe d'etat' and 'overthrow' to describe the Speaker's race.

Neil at Texas Liberal wrote about how our terrible Texas Senator John Cornyn is silent on hard economic times in Texas, but quite vocal about the Senate race in Minnesota.

The Texas Cloverleaf looks at the possibility of a higher federal gas tax, and offers suggestion on new ideas.

Off the Kuff looks at various possibilities for the presumed eventual special election to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Senate.

jobsanger addressed both political and lifestyle issues last week. First, he answered those who questioned the qualification of Caroline Kennedy to be a senator in Is Kennedy Qualified?, and then expressed his amusement that a swinger's club exists in the absurdly religious Texas Panhandle in Panhandle Swingers - Who Knew?.

McBlogger this week takes a look at the hard times some are having the Bush's 'Economic Miracle'. Mayor McSleaze gives us an inside look at a Wendy's in DC metro that has a Supreme new employee.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson says that Ronnie Earle should run for Governor of Texas.

Vince at Capitol Annex takes a look at Joe Strauss, the candidate for speaker anointed by the 11 "Anybody But Craddick" Republicans and now the presumed Speaker.