Your call is important to us

“Please continue to hold. And hold. Annnnnnd. …”

It’s my considered opinion that Texas (and the Supremes, and many other jurisdictions, institutions, and individuals) could benefit from the occasional kick up the hole.

That said, this tale about the Austin indie chamber-music group Montopolis and the Texas Workforce Commission Hold Music should remind us that hope remains. Even in Texas.

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9 Responses to “Your call is important to us”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Hope for Texas? Nope.

  2. Sharon Says:

    There are so many good people here who are embarrassed, frustrated, exhausted and furious about the slow drip turning into a full onslaught on our rights. I am quite sure we won’t live here after my parents pass unless something finally snaps and changes come. We still have our land on Arkansas River in Salida that’s looking better all the time, albeit it would be pretty pricey to build.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Sharon, long time no hear from. Hope all’s well with you and yours.

      We’ve had a parade of Texicans through here this year, visiting Herself the Elder, all of them reasonable, intelligent people. We know some of the other sort as well, but you can find that crowd pretty much anywhere. Geography does not restrict idiocy.

      Salida is pricey indeed. I don’t even want to think about what construction costs around there these days. Even Weirdcliffe is locked into a real-estate/construction frenzy, probably due to spillover from the hipper spots.

      I keep hearing people rave about Pagosa Springs, which I find interesting. It always struck me as a kind of Woodland Park sort of place, neither fish nor fowl, a wide spot in the road between Here and There. But I’ve talked to a few folks who have been day-tripping, vacationing, even buying second homes there.

      I’d like to have a bolt hole somewhere within an easy day’s drive, but not enough to buy one. It’d be just my luck to score some cute little pied-à-terre only to find out that everybody I was trying to get away from was already there.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Attorney Ken White, who tweets as @Popehat, commented “The immediate direct impact of Texas’ law and SCOTUS’ punt will be abortion rights, of course, but more broadly there will be an unstoppable temptation to draft nutty bounty laws in many states on many topics, right and left, which is going to be very bad for the court system.”

    David French, no fan of abortion rights, is not pleased, either, with this latest nutty example. I don’t know if this is paywalled, but here is a link.

    Your Questions About the SCOTUS Texas Abortion Ruling, Answered
    https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/texas-abortion-case-scotus

  4. Pat O’Brien Says:

    The Tao says if you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to expand. Well, the shit has risen to the top and expanded to the max in Texas. I suppose the right wingers in charge figure to get it while they can. They can’t govern effectively, but they sure can please the radicals and get the sound bites. And, that is what gets you elected. If the 40%, more or less, of the people who profess to care voted, especially in the mid-terms, I think things would be different in Texas and the country. Shit ain’t happened yet, and I ain’t hoping. But, I have sure lost my patience with stupid people and will no longer tolerate their bullshit gathered from social media and cable news echo chambers. I got a t shirt from the PBS store that says, “I’m old, and will say out loud what others are thinking.”

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