Hope comes a-shining, even to Waller County.

Though not part of the Dark Triangle of Texas (Beaumont to Waco to Texarkana), Waller County has long be the stronghold of asshats. One of the last citadels of the old “conservative” Dixiecrats, they have been a source of voter suppression in the form of throwing back all the way to the 1930s. But Hope has come to Waller.


Early voting starts today in Texas.  In Waller County, a primarily rural county about 60 miles outside Houston, the county made the decision to offer only one early voting location:  at the County Courthouse in Hempstead, TX, the county seat.

Prairie View A&M students organized to protest the decision, because they felt it hindered their ability to vote.  For background, Prairie View A&M is one of Texas’ historically Black universities.  It has a very different demographic feel than the rest of the county.  There has been a long history of dispute over what the students feel is disenfranchisement.  There was a lot of outrage in 2006, when students felt they were unfairly denied the right to vote when their registrations somehow did not get processed.  

Ah, the thought of the people rising up, from all creeds and make up, marching together as one to courthouse square of Hempstead brings a damn tear to my eye. Cowboys only cry in the movies, but this does look like a scene from The Texas Redemption. Nothing like seeing the best laid plans of mice and men to stiffle the vote blow up in their face.

They are known for this:


Waller County has faced numerous lawsuits involving voting rights in the past 30 years and remains under investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s Office based on complaints by local black leaders. Those allegations, concerning the November 2006 general election, related to voting machine failures, inadequate staffing and long delays for voting results.

March for Change, March for Hope, March to show even Texas is removing its head from its ever so red baboon ass.

Viva Prairie View!


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  1. a big hate on for both Germany and Texas, Germany for the ‘damn Nazi’s’ and Texas for ‘killing Kennedy’ so I grew up really prejudiced by her brainwashing. Johnson and Bushes did little to remove this. Molly Ivans and Austin City Limits have helped but I gotta say they need work.  

    • Edger on February 21, 2008 at 00:10

    Well, heh! If you were Texas…

    If you were Texas… wouldn’t you do your best to distance yourself from being associated with this?

    Even Texans have self-respect, I think. Don’t they?

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