In East Texas there lives people who don't know which cow ate the cabbage. Y'all kin be shure 'bout thet!
One of these is Betty Boop, oops, I mean Betty Brown. Betty Brown (not Betty Boop) is from the town of Terrell, which is way out thar in East Texas. She lives on a ranch way out thar.
Betty Brown (not Betty Boop) is a Repugnican Representative in the Texas Legislature.
Bud Kennedy, writing for the Star-Telegram, notes that Brown told "a Chinese-American lawyer at a 'Voter ID' hearing that if Asian-Americans can't get accurate IDs, they should pick new names 'easier for Americans to deal with.'"
Like Betty Boop, oops, Brown.
Yup. That's what she said. Thet's the way they talk out thar in East Texas.
Y'all kin read the whole story right here.
But don't go away! Betty Brown (Not Boop) is a darling of the Eagle Forum, which means she's farther right than Attila the Hun.
Well, if you don't believe that, here are three bills introduced into the Texas legislature that she "co-authored":
* House Bill 1034 - This gem "added the words 'under God' to the Texas pledge" which now reads: "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
Heh. Heh. "Thee"? "under God"?
* House Bill 1287 - This beaut "put the Bible back into the classroom. It strengthened traditional values in Texas by allowing an elective course on the Bible to be offered in Texas schools."
Whee! The course they chose was, of course, a fundamental christianist operation. And it seems not many are "electing" to take this elective.
Furthermore, I want the Qu'ran to be taught as an elective! Is this a free country or not?
* House Bill 3678 - Ah, yes. Freedom of speech. Ms. Boop, oops, I mean Brown wants Texas students to be able "to voluntarily express religious viewpoints in public schools, and to add to a discussion on art, literature, science, or other subjects in which the free expression of religious views has previously been excluded."
Right! Can't you hear it now? "I believe that Jesus saves me from my sins and thus I don't need to learn no biology!"
Or, "I'm a Wiccan, and I believe God is in everything, especially literature. Let's study books about pagan goddesses!"
Boop, Brown, whatever - is, unfortunately, not unusual in the Lone Star State. She is just as much as down-home Texan as a cowpie in an East Texas pasture!
h/t to McClatchy