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Everything is bigger in Texas.
The chicken hawks are full of squawks,

Deep in the heart of Texas,
The oil wells
Are full of smells,

Deep in the heart of Texas.
—Gene Autry[1]
DALLAS (NBC News) — An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said.[2]
—Meanwhile, in Texas
If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent Texas and live in Hell.
—Gen. Philip Sheridan[3]

The Republic Of Texas (ROT), a.k.a. the "Lone Star Loonybin State", is an independent country adjacent to the United States.

Six flags have flown over Texas: the Spanish, the French, the Spanish again, the Mexican, Ancient Texas, the United States, the Confederate States, the United States again and Better Texas. Texas still shares a border with Mexico, who might try to annex the state for a second, third, FOURTH FIFTH time. Nice state you got there, Texas. Be a shame if something were to happen to it...

Texas has had independence from the United States ever since Governor Hairdo, High Prophet of the Most Venerable Family-Based Catholic Church of Texas, declared "independence" from them yellow bellied Yankees.


Like most passionate nations, Texas has its own history based on, but not limited by, facts.
—John Steinbeck[4]

So after independence from Spain, Mexico had a vast tract of land to its north that was mostly inhabited by natives. Mexico wanted to develop this territory, but the Comanche tribe begged to differ, constantly raiding or enslaving anyone that entered the area; the name of the tribe is actually "enemy" in another native language. Of course, the Mexicans (and Americans) didn't have any moral qualms about purchasing slaves from the Comanche, so there wasn't exactly a moral high ground there. So the Mexicans thought they could settle this area by letting Americans in and doing the dirty work for them. But more Americans showed up than expected (or allowed), which made Mexico a bit nervous, as they were neither Spanish-speaking nor Catholic. The irony of current Texans turning around and whining about immigrants from Mexico should not be lost on the rest of the country. Mexico tried to Catholicize the Americans, but it turned out that they were a bit better armed than the natives were leading to high tensions in the region. One of the last straws that broke the camel's back was when Mexico had the audacity to abolish Slavery in 1829, because of course it fucking was.[note 1]

So the moral of the story is… beware the camel's nose,Wikipedia or never outsource your war crimes? I guess?

Texas stuff[edit]

Everything you know that's awful about Texas can be found in the Dallas suburbs: racism, bad hair, gaudy displays of wealth, etc. It’s like a million Tomi Lahrens in one place.
—Drew Magary[5]

Texas is famous for its high quality ed-jew-ma-kay-shun system, which the northern states foot the bill for.

Further money is thrown at corporate raiders in Houston… so they can continue eroding the U.S. economy.

Heads of multinationals are cloistered in Dallas, a white-collar playground.

Austin is a giant political reverse-affirmative-action program for the rich and stupid. The governorship is traditionally seen as a do-nothing job, since the Lieutenant Governor holds the actual legislative authority. Bush's title made him sound much more important than he was; he spent most of his time making sure people liked him. If you're a total mediocrity it just doesn't get any better than Texas. (Every Congressman and Senator from there is a wacko-bird, as McCain put it.)


Screw the Cowboys.[6] Everything bad about modern sports (buy a sports franchise and use it to pry open your neighbors' bank vault) emanates from the Cowboys. Most of their fans don't live in Texas, Hank Hill notwithstanding. Texas's other football team is called (wait for it) the Texans.

Baseball in Texas has turned out to be a complete oof. There are two Major League Baseball teams in Texas: one of them is The Texas Rangers, a team from Dallas Arlington, Texas. They only had to throw a single strike to win the 2011 World Series (twice), yet ended up losing the game (and game 7 the following night) to the St. Louis Cardinals. What would have been Texas's first World Series Championship appeared to go the Rangers' retarded little brother: the Houston Astros, who in 2017 "won" the series in 7 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A 2019-20 investigation ended up proving that the Astros cheated by stealing catcher signs using a camera installed in the outfield. The results of the investigation resulted in the dismissal of Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow (Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach at the time, was also fired), a $5 million dollar fine, forfeited draft picks for 2020-21. In 2020, NBA Legend Lebron James announced that he would be producing a documentary on the Astros cheating scandal: Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, believed to have been in on the cheating, wasn't too pleased with the news[7].

In 2023, the Texas Rangers finally became the first baseball team in Texas to actually have a (so far) uncontested World Series title.

Oh yeah, get this, Texas even has a hockey team: The Dallas Stars, formerly the Minnesota North Stars. They even hosted their own outdoor game on January 1st 2020 vs the Nashville Predators. The event was complete with country music, horse acts, and pig races performed before the game and during intermissions.


They wanted their quarter to be larger than all the others.

Due to having entered the Union under unusual circumstances, as well as a prevailing spirit of plucky individualism, there are a number of Texans who claim not only that Texas should secede from the greater part of the United States, but that it has a unique right to do so, the outcome of the American Civil War notwithstanding. Despite claiming a constitutional right to do so, this right does not actually exist. The line in question was part of the first state Constitution, which was rewritten and a new state constitution was approved post-Civil War denying them that right, just like every other rebellious state. That few of its proponents know anything about said constitutional law, including (oops) Governor Rick Perry,[8] complicates matters significantly.[9][note 2]

Ironically, Sam Houston, the most well-known hero of the Texas Revolution and the Texan equivalent of George Washington, was an avowed Unionist who actually campaigned against his state joining the Confederacy (and was arrested for it).


Texas is an outrage when your husband is dead. Texas is an outrage when they pick up his head. Texas is the reason that the President's dead!
—The Misfits

Surprisingly, Nixon's Southern Strategy did not work in the first term election: Texas was the only Southern state to give its votes to Humphrey (D). He won the second time, though. Texans blamed the Civil Rights Act and hippie counterculture on the Democratic Party they had once loved. They have not supported a Democratic presidential candidate since Carter in 1976. Bill Clinton losing Texas in 1992, the first time a Democrat won the WH without the state, officially made it a red state. Despite these losses, Democrats continued to win at the state level. It's not because people liked Ann Richards (D) that much, it's because Clayton Williams (R) said something to the effect of "If it's [rape] inevitable, just relax and enjoy it, lol." He was almost guaranteed to be elected and was leading in the polls by a wide margin but that statement killed his bid.

Then in 1994, Governor Richards lost her reelection bid to George W. Bush and Bush's coattails brought every state office to the Republicans. Then in 2002 Democrats lost the Legislature, officially killing the party. The GOP has held the state ever since and Tom DeLay certainly wouldn't let go of it.

There was a lot of strife in the 2000s when Tom Craddick (R) became the first Republican Speaker of the House since 1971. With his newfound power he was under pressure from the party to push legislation, and he did so by breaking house rules. In 2001, 50 Democrats from the Texas legislature fled to neighboring Oklahoma — it was that bad. They did this because legislators tried to — and eventually succeeded at — gerrymandering the state. (Gerrymandering was one of the strategies used by Rove and DeLay in their efforts to create a permanent Republican majority throughout the U.S.) A bit of sensibility to the political environment was returned with the election of Joe Strauss in 2009. In the same year, though, the Tea Party began to emerge. Originally based on more libertarian principles, they were taken in by the extreme wing of the Republican Party.

California and Texas have the same percentage of Hispanics. They're a sleeping monster. Texas Republicans know the risk but they are also very confident that trends in the local Latino population are going their way, with things like increasingly English-dominant speakers. That, and that they have been pretty good about running conservative Latinos, like Ted Cruz and George Bush the youngest. The question is whether baggage from the national party will drag down their efforts. For instance, if the "Freedom Caucus" had their way and all their regressive pipe dreams were realized, every business would end up leaving the state and their economy would crash; the Freedom Caucus has proposed laws of their own, and killed other bills in retribution for the lack of a support they received.[10] It's a win-win for the Talibanis: They get to push their religious agenda and the resulting boycotts will only harm the 'liberal' areas of Texas. The GOP doesn't care if Amazon comes to Texas or not. Hell, they probably prefer they don't since most of the people who'd move here for Amazon live in the city and vote blue. The GOP doesn't care if the NCAA says no championships in Texas. Rural areas see no benefit from those events. Woodville would prefer a bathroom bill even if it means Houston, Austin, and Dallas lose out on billions in cash flow.

There is little hope for sanity in Texas. Texan Democrats don't even have their shit together to put up someone up for election.[11] Democrats are in the running for every Congressional seat in 2018. Texas Democrats also made their bed and took a shower today.[12] And lo and behold, they managed to defeat 2 Republican House incumbents (in the 7th and 32nd districts) while keeping all of their own seats.[13] It's not like things have gotten any better, with an incredibly restrictive voter suppression law and a ban on abortion after six weeks both being passed in 2021 despite the Democrats' best efforts to stop them, with the latter even being allowed by the Supreme Court, threatening Roe v. Wade.

It's not all bad[edit]

Sarah Davis is a Republican, and a pretty moderate one at that. In 2017, she tried to expand HPV vaccinations to girls in protective custody of the state. Her exasperation at her dipshit colleagues who were convinced this is some kind of Big Pharma ploy was pretty fun.[14]

Joe Straus was the last moderate in high office. He's done a lot to keep the state government from veering too far right, and he was pretty much the only thing preventing the bathroom bill from passing. They are now censuring Straus for… what exactly? Ah, ethical behavior. Republican kryptonite.[15]

With more than 40 wind farms in the state, Texas currently leads the United States in the producing more wind energy than any state in the nation.[16] This has lead Texas to be seen as a leading model in future states to adopt cleaner energy, which you would probably never have expected.


In Texas, you can’t gamble,[17] buy fireworks,[18] get reproductive health care if you are female (particularly if you are poor),[19][20] or prevent Christian indoctrination of your children in public schools.[21]

Can’t buy a car on Sunday, can’t buy alcohol on Sunday,[22] can't have pornography,[23] can’t be queer,[24] can't be brown,[25][26] can’t be non-Christian,[27] can’t vote by mail,[28] can’t vote on bills,[29] can’t have Barbie dolls,[30] can’t have Sesame Street,[31] can’t have electricity,[32] can't have a reliable location where you can vote,[33] can’t travel out of state without risk of being sued by someone,[34][35] can’t smoke weed, can’t buy weed,[36] can't have a Governor face questions from his constituents,[37][38][39][40][41] can’t have gun control after two very widely-covered mass shootings in two years...[42][43] One wonders if they consider 'controlling how other people live' to be the only form of freedom that they enjoy.

But: Some of the highest property taxes,[44] registration fees,[45] water taxes,[46] rip-off toll roads,[47] and homeowner and auto insurance rates.[48][49] The majority of municipal fines, license fees, and bureaucratic subcharges all, effectively, constitute the Texas state tax.[50] This makes for a pretty regressive system of taxation.[51]

In November 2023, the libertarian Cato Institute's "Freedom in the 50 States" analysis, while ranking Texas #6 for "economic freedom", ranked Texas dead last (#50) in personal freedom. In particular, Texas was dinged for its "generally aggressive" criminal justice policies, and cannabis laws that were "the worst in the country."[52]

Responsible Gun Owners[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Gun nut

So, you can wear brass knuckles on your fists,[53] a pistol exposed on your hip,[54] a samurai sword on your back,[55] and a switchblade in your pocket,[56] all while dishing out ninja stars,[57] but you can't buy beer before noon on Sunday?

Everyone in Texas is armed. Even the cows.[58][59] A law now allows for open carry of largely defensive weapons of gun at all state colleges as of August 2016;[60] the ban on plug-in air fresheners and waffle makers will remain in effect because they're dangerous.[61]

The long, flabby arm of the law[edit]

Texas is one of the few states where you can legally shoot somebody for robbery if you don't believe your life is in danger.

In Texas, if the police don't like you, especially if your skin is brown rather than white, then they can arrest you for nothing and say it was public intoxication.[62]

Texans don't need to worry about federal soldiers coming in and fucking them over. Their own law enforcement agencies do that.[63][64] State troopers circle the I40 like buzzards trying to pick off a citizen violating one of the many of thousands of regulations. It's obvious that their mission is extortion and not keeping the peace or protecting society.

The only thing Abbott has accomplished of note is to force law enforcement to take courses on canine education. Texan cops love to shoot people's pets for no fucking reason, other than the fact that they can't shoot minorities as freely as they used to, so they are taking their frustrations out on Fido.[65]

SECURE THE BORDERS!!!… only don't do it anywhere near our borders[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Secure the border

It sounds like a story treatment for a movie: despotic tyrant secretly invades one of his own states under cover of a military exercise. Because when you want to implement martial law in the US, where should you start? DC? The major cities? No, you gotta start with Bastrop County![66]

Did any of the folks suckered in by the Jade Helm conspiracy theory go back and re-evaluate the sources they get their "news" from and discard the media that lied to them to embrace actual news sites now instead? Nope, they will just rationalize it by saying that it was only the media exposure that made them give up their original Jade Helm plans. We did it, everybody! We saved Texas from the commies, yet again! Good work! But don't become complacent — freedom requires eternal vigilance.

It's funny, small towns usually love military exercises and all the saluting and fraternizing with troops. Not sure what lever was pulled and made that military-boner sour into fear.[note 3]

Separation of church and accountability[edit]

In 2008, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a 17-year old girl who was imprisoned and abused while hallucinating could not sue the church over damages done during the exorcism.[67]

Watch yourself: anti-abortion advocates in Texas are no joke. It's also the site of that "The only good abortion is my abortion" article which made rounds in 2000.[68]

Texan Science[edit]


Texas passed a law requiring the state to stockpile gold bars, starting in 2009. After amassing $1 billion in bullion, and losing $350 million due to price fluctuation, Texas passed a 2015 law that requires that the bullion be moved from New York to an undecided and unfunded facility within Texas. Not only will the transportation of the gold cost a substantial amount of money but the guarding and maintenance of the holding facility will be costly. In the meantime the value of gold might still decrease. Texas (fortunately) is the only US state that has its own gold hoard.[69]

More notable Texans[edit]

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower – Supreme Allied Commander Europe, mastermind of D-Day, and 34th President of the United States.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson – The President (36th POTUS) who requested extra space in the crotch when having his suits tailored.
  • The Dixie ChicksWikipedia – i.e. The only people leading the argument against the Iraq War. Of course they got a nice, understanding reception.

More notable crazies[edit]


Texas seceded from Mexico because the illegal (Anglo) immigrants wanted to keep slaves. Later it seceded from the US because the Texans wanted to keep slaves. One of the things Rick Perry claimed was grounds for secession was… wait for it… illegal immigration. And of course taxes which are like slavery.


External links[edit]


  1. One could argue that Texas has a history of rebelling against states that attempt to limit their rights to own slaves.
  2. It is rather more clear that most of the rest of the U.S. wishes that Texas would secede. "Don't let the door hit you on the way out" is a frequent response to calls for a Texit on Facebook.
  3. Answer: They managed to link "military" with "Obama." Apparently racism trumps nationalism.


  1. Deep in the heart of Texas International Lyrics Playground
  2. Texas Man Injured After Bullet Ricochets Off Armadillo KCEN
  4. Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck (1962 [1980]) Penguin. p. 177. ISBN 0140053204.
  5. Magary, "Is Mystique Horseshit?", Deadspin (2/6/17 at 2:39 PM)
  6. Redford, Patrick, "Cops: Priest Pulled Gun On 8-Year-Old Because He Was A Cowboys Fan", Deadspin (10/04/15 at 11:03am).
  8. What Perry Really Said About Secession
  9. Can Texas Secede from the Union?, CGPGrey
  10. Garret, Robert T., "Bill massacre: Texas House kills its own proposals with late-night talkfest", Dallas Morning News (11 May 2017, 12:07pm).
  11. Christine Ayala And Elizabeth Koh, "North Texas Congressional incumbents don't appear to be going anywhere", Dallas News 3.1.16.
  12. Lopez, Ashley, "There's A Democrat Running For Every Texas Congressional Seat Next Year", NPR 12 December 2017.
  13. Texas Election Results
  14. Davis, Sarah, "Davis: Why the debate? Vaccines do work", Houston Chronicle (updated 17 January 2017, 6:55pm).
  15. Svitek, Patrick, "Texas Republican executive committee censures House Speaker Joe Straus", Texas Tribune 27 January 2018.
  17. Solomon, Dan, "The Texas House Voted to Advance Sports Gambling. It’s Still Unlikely to Become Law.", Texas Monthly 12 May 2023.
  18. Carter, Simone, "Don't Even Think About Setting Off Fireworks in Dallas Today", Dallas Observer 24 July 2023.
  19. Jolie McCullough and Neelam Bohra, "As Texans fill up abortion clinics in other states, low-income people get left behind", The Texas Tribune 3 September 2011.
  20. Klibanoff, Eleanor, "Texas isn’t ready to support more parents and kids in a post-Roe world, advocates warn", The Texas Tribune 10 May 2022.
  21. Talia Richman and Allie Morris, "Texas plan to put chaplains in public schools is latest move to inject Christianity", The Dallas Morning News 10 May 2023.
  22. Gross, Samantha J., "Do 'blue laws' still exist in the Lone Star State? Curious Texas investigates", The Dallas Morning News 28 August 2019.
  23. Bareham, James, "Popular porn sites now display unproven health warnings thanks to Texas law", The Verge 12 October 2023.
  24. Platoff, Emma, "Texas House passes religious liberty bill amid LGBTQ Caucus' objections", The Texas Tribune 20 May 2019.
  25. Alcala Bach, Noah, "Texas state troopers are routinely stopping motorists of color in Austin, data shows", The Texas Tribune 10 August 2023.
  26. Ramsay, Ross, "Most white Texas voters believe the deaths of Black people in police custody aren’t a systemic problem", The Texas Tribune 3 March 2021.
  27. Yarvis, Olivia, "North Texas synagogues continue to fortify after Colleyville hostage incident in January", The Texas Tribune 9 September 2022.
  28. Alexa Ura and Mandi Cai, "At least 18,000 Texas mail-in votes were rejected in the first election under new GOP voting rules", The Texas Tribune 11 March 2022.
  29. William Melhado and Patrick Svitek, "Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes more than 70 bills amid property tax impasse", The Texas Tribune 15 June 2023.
  30. Kwan Wei and Kevin Tan, "Ted Cruz is getting really worked up about the 'Barbie' movie and accusing it of feeding young girls 'Chinese communist propaganda'", Business Insider 17 July 2023.
  31. Gillman, Todd J., "Ted Cruz Slaps Down Big Bird for Vaccine ‘Propaganda' and Gets Tarred and Feathered", The Dallas Morning News 9 November 2021.
  32. Malik, Naureen S., "Texas Faces Threat of Blackouts After Grid Fails to Secure New Power Supply", Bloomberg 17 November 2023.
  33. Mejia Lutz, Elena, "Report: Texas has closed most polling places since court ruling", The Texas Tribune 4 November 2016
  34. Elbein, Saul, "Texas bill aims to block wave of local abortion travel bans", The Hill 20 November 2023.
  35. Brooks Harper, Karen, "U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Ken Paxton’s challenge to California law banning state-funded travel to Texas", The Texas Tribune April 2023.
  36. Murney, Michael, "Texas weed reform bills die in Senate despite bipartisan support", Chron. 30 May 2023.
  37. Ross, Catherine, "Abbott Dodges Nugent Questions With “I Never Look Back” Response", NBC Dallas-Fort Worth Febuary 2014.
  38. Cobler, Nicole, "Gov. Greg Abbott dodges question on permitless carry bill after measure wins House support",. Austin American Statesman 20 April 2021.
  39. "Abbott dodges question on changing Texas abortion law for rape victims", Fox 7 Austin 27 September 2021.
  40. Doreen, Stewart, "Gov. Abbott dodges recapture question in Odessa", Midland Report-Telegram Febuary 2022.
  41. Barragán, James, "Gov. Greg Abbott won’t say whether he plans to attend NRA convention in Houston on Friday", The Texas Tribune, 25 May 2022.
  42. Mandi Cai and Craig Essig, "Texas has had nine mass shootings in the past 14 years, while lawmakers have steadily loosened restrictions on carrying firearms", The Texas Tribune, 8 May 2023.
  43. Dey, Sneha, "Abbott says raising the age to buy an assault-style rifle is “unconstitutional” based on recent court rulings", The Texas Tribune 31 August 2022.
  44. Fechter, Joshua, "As Texas home values skyrocket, state officials wrestle with how to slow property tax increases", The Texas Tribune, 2 April 2022.
  45. Foxhall, Emily, "Under new state law, Texas will bill electric vehicle drivers an extra $200 a year, The Texas Tribune, 21 August 2023.
  46. Borzarjian, Alex, "City leaders to Houstonians' concerns of high water bills: 'We have to figure that out'", ABC 1 Eyewitness News November 2023.
  47. Uranga, Francisco, "Texas drivers vexed by toll road payment problems got little relief from state lawmakers", The Texas Tribune August 2023.
  48. Faheid, Dahlia, "Texans pay 113% more on average than rest of U.S. for homeowners insurance. Here’s why" Dallas-Fort Worth Telegram 2 June 2023
  49. "Texas a key driver of US private auto insurance rate growth in Q2 2023", S&P Global 6 September 2023.
  50. Powell, Adam, "Texas House approves bill to increase Borderland vehicle registration fees by up to $10", El Paso Times 17 May 2023.
  51. Edgar Walters, Aliyya Swaby, "A Texas sales tax increase would hit poor people the hardest", The Texas Tribune 17 April 2019.
  52. "Texas Ranks Lowest State in Personal Freedom According to Cato Institute" by Cameron Abrams, The Texan, 2023 November 28
  53. Rolden, Rian, "Brass knuckles and other self-defense items will be legal in Texas starting Sept. 1", The Texas Tribune 28 April 2019.
  54. Roldan, Rian, "Here's everything you need to know about Texas gun laws", The Texas Tribune 6 April 2019.
  55. Coleman, Nancy, "Soon you’ll be able to openly carry a sword in Texas", CNN 13 July 2013.
  56. McPhate, Christian, "Knife Owner Learns Some Knives Are Still Illegal in Texas. Swords Are OK, Though.", Dallas Observer 12 January 2018.
  57. Platoff, Emma, "Now you can carry any knife (almost) anywhere in Texas", The Texas Tribune, 12 September 20167.
  58. Benning, Tom, "So many Texans want gun licenses, DPS adding staff to handle paperwork", Dallas Morning News (3/24/16 4:44 pm).
  59. Benning, Tom, "Misfire: How confusion, legal tweaks led Texas to allow guns in state mental hospitals", Dallas Morning News (4/22/16 8:30 am). A law was passed to allow open carry of guns virtually everywhere in the state starting on January 1, 2016. An exception was carved out for state hospitals — but not state psychiatric hospitals, wtf.
  60. McGaughy, Lauren, "Campus carry group may offer ‘cash prizes’ to UT students who call out anti-gun professors", Dallas Morning News (5/3/16 10:37 am). Gives a whole new meaning to the word "triggered".
  61. 'Armed with reason': Texas campus carry law sees pushback from academics: Anti-campus carry efforts given fresh impetus after Oregon college mass shooting as dissent grows about the implementation of the law by Tom Dart (Saturday 24 October 2015 08.41 EDT) The Guardian.
  62. Cop Walks Into a Bar And… Arrests You. For Having a Drink.
  63. Hastings, Deborah, "Texas state troopers caught on camera probing women's privates aren't isolated incidents: lawyers", NY Daily News (8/2/13, 5:45 PM).
  64. Burnett, John, "In Texas, Complaints Of Too Many Troopers With Too Little To Do", NPR (9/5/2015 at 8:00 AM ET).
  65. Khalid, Amrita, "How to keep your dog from being shot by police", The Daily Dot (11/19/15, 8:00am CT | Last updated 11/19/15, 1:54pm CT).
  66. "Abbott Orders Texas Guard to 'Monitor' Planned Military Exercises", KUT 4/28/15.
  68. Arthur, Joyce, "When the Anti-Choice Choose", via Affinity 5 November 2016.
  69. Texas' Gold Returning Within The State's Borders, But Officials Unsure When And How Repository Will Be Built by Chancellor Agard (July 04 2015 5:42 PM EDT) International Business Times.
  70. Brodkin, Jon, "Congressman: To stop ISIS, let’s shut down websites and social media", ARS Technica (11/17/15 12:30pm PST).
  71. Evan McMurry, "Alex Jones Doesn't Show for ABC News Panel on Jade Helm", Mediate (5-10-15, 11:00 am).
  72. Michel, Casey, "Rick Perry Blames Separation Of Church And State On Satan", TPM (September 20, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT). That's odd, most Texans blame Satan for Rick Perry.