Cute of the Day
Say hello to Dumbo Duncan. He’s the newest and cutest addition to the Houston Zoo. He was born a healthy 385 pounds:
One Way Or Another — Texas will find a way to execute you, gosh darn it. Last year Texas began running low on its all-in-one deadly potion, pentobarbital, and the TDCJ infamously had trouble securing new drugs for lethal injections. And now, the “Texas Department of Criminal Justice says it is exploring the use of alternate drugs in executions,” according to KUT. The NPR affiliate confirmed through a Public Information Act request that the TDCJ possesses the same drug combo used last month in a controversial execution in Ohio, where the death row inmate “gasped and struggled for at least 14 minutes before dying.” An official for TDCJ told KUT that the department “continues to explore all options including the continued use of pentobarbital or an alternate drug(s) in the lethal injection process.” It seems pretty clearly to be cruel and unusual, though forcing TDCJ to be so, er, creative may show just how inhumane state-sanctioned killings really are.
Cruz’n For Another Bruisin’— Ted Cruz’s recent talking points shift to energy policy may have just been a red heron. The Texas senator turned back to the budget beat Wednesday, telling reporters that “under no circumstance will I agree to the Senate’s raising the debt ceiling with just 50 votes. I intend to object and force a 60-vote threshold.” By “force,” Cruz means only that he’ll encourage all Republicans to hold the line. Dems, with a bare majority of 55, just needs five additional votes from across the aisle to make the senator’s objections moot. As Politico notes, however, Cruz “indicated he won’t delay the vote as D.C. awaits a snowstorm.” So if anyone was hoping for story hour(s) with The Cat In The Hat or Horton Hears a Who!, you might have to wait until Cruz’s next filibuster.