Thursday, September 14, 2006

Three Metal Snaps: Thank You, Ann Richards, and rest in peace!

For many of us on the left, it's easy to imagine the state of Texas as a place which has made at best a scant contribution to progessive politics of late. But we should remember that this is the state that gave us Kinky Friedman, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Willie Nelson, and perhaps most importantly, Ann Richards, who died yesterday of esophageal cancer. Richards will be remembered for her commitment to prison reform, funding of education (she TRULY left no child behind), equality and gay rights. But she will likely be remembered most for her incredibly sharp wit. Have a look at her hilarious speech at the Texas Observer's 50th Anniversary event at the following link (click on "watch 128K stream" or "watch 256K stream"). The fun starts about a minute and a half into it.


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