WIN ONE FOR THE SKOAL REBEL GIPPER  11:20 am May 6, 2011

Texas, In Budget Crisis, Slashes Chewing Tobacco Taxes

by Jack Stuef

Skoal Rebel's LawThe state of Texas is understandably not very good at balancing its budget when an economy like this comes along, because it doesn’t care for book-learnin’ things like accounting, and would much rather spend its time perfecting its shooting-a-gun-in-the-air-indiscriminately skills. Unfortunately, it will have to eventually, but Texans are busy shooting their guns in the air indiscriminately in celebration of recently lowering state taxes on loose-leaf tobacco, which makes their budget situation even worse. But on the other hand, YEE HAW, CHEWIN’ TOBACCY! When asked by the “only [legislator] to question the measure,” state Rep. Jason Isaac (R), if he would could live with the bill leading to more tobacco use in the state, bill sponsor Allan Ritter (R) responded, “I’m very happy with that.” Texas!

Isaac was “shocked” when the bill showed up on the floor.

“We just created an incentive for people to use cancer-causing products,” Isaac said after the bill was approved. “When we have the fiscal problems that we have, it’s wrong to be cutting taxes on products like chewing tobacco.”

Is this guy sure he’s a Republican? He just SUPPORTED a tax. He’s a freshman legislator. Somebody’s never getting elected again.

Ritter said in an earlier interview that “for all of us that chew tobacco, it’s a damn good thing.”

It’s not clear from this quote if the “good thing” he’s talking about is the tax being cut or getting mouth cancer, but technically it’s both, right?

Texas is going to have to solve this shortfall sooner or later. It’s not clear if it’s possible to degrade services to the poor any more, so they may in fact have to raise taxes, as painful as that will be to pass. Maybe they can put a tax being gay? Sure, that would still be a tax, but it wouldn’t be levied on anyone Texas considers to be actual citizens. [Austin American Statesman via Wonkette operative "Leah"]

 
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ManchuCandidate May 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

The only things that come from Texas these days are math morans and mouth cancer victims.

WhatTheHolyHeck May 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

Don't forget the revisionist history books.

And Chili's. They can fucking rot in hell for that goddamn place.

Omophagist May 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Unfortunately, we won't be able to call them mouth-breathers for much longer, and will instead have to call them hole-breathers from all the tracheotomies.

DahBoner May 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

What happened to the steers?

Outsourced to Mongolia?

poncho_pilot May 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Mongolian Beef?

JustPixelz May 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

So things are getting better for them.

Madfall May 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

Gunshot victims also?

SorosBot May 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

Once again, Texas proves that that all our stereotypes about that backwards state are entirely correct.

While Arizona has claimed the mantle of the worst state today, in the long term Texas and South Carolina are the clear front-runners.

aguacatero May 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

… as long as you don't count Oklahoma as a state, which is reasonable.

SorosBot May 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

Did Oklahoma secede from two different countries so they could continue to own black people as slaves? Texas wins on that count alone.

DahBoner May 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

"Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States."

Some might call Texans "fickle" and say they just can't make up their minds.

I'd say that's a very generous statement to claim Texans have 'minds'…

aguacatero May 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

That is a strong track record to be sure. But a state that can elect and reelect James Inhofe as Senator, and pass a state statute to ban sharia law, cannot be lightly dismissed. Oklahoma has an illustrious history, too, as a vast concentration camp for Native Americans. Texas without Austin.

Not_So_Much May 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Might not be a bad time to revisit culling the state herd. We got a couple that clearly need to be taken out behind the barn and put down.

GeneralLerong May 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

You're totally forgetting Arkansas North, i.e., Alaska. Our gov just refused a gift of $600,000 for venereal disease prevention, despite Alaska's ranking at the top in STD infections.

Syphilitic idiot church members and Repubelicants who run this state think abstinence works better than condoms.

Personally, I think they should walk the walk and cut off their nuts.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

"refused a gift of $600,000 for venereal disease prevention, despite Alaska's ranking at the top in STD infections. "

I suppose that's one way to thin the herd.

zhubajie May 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

"
Personally, I think they should walk the walk and cut off their nuts. "

Government by eunuchs. It might be worth a try.

Sparky_McGruff May 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

If you weight ass-backwardness by population, Texas is ahead by MILES.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

"While Arizona has claimed the mantle of the worst state today, in the long term Texas and South Carolina are the clear front-runners."

ALASKA LIBEL!!!

Lucidamente1 May 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

"Jason Isaac": sounds kinda Jewy gay to me.

horsedreamer_1 May 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

He should take lessons from his Jewish Republican fellow in Utah, Jason Chafetz, on how to do obeisance.

Maman May 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

I briefly feared that Lucius Malfoy was a Texan legislator…

genxr May 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Sounds like a bartender on the Love Boat to me.

KeepFnThatChicken May 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

…because they'll make up the shortfall in oral cancer…?

nounverb911 May 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

As I have said before, only two things come from Texas….

Barb May 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

Whores and hockey players? Wait, wrong joke.

Hatrabbit May 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

Boots and bullshit?

DaRooster May 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

Steers and… cheap deeyup?

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Precious, precious oil and Rick Perry's hair?

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

You already said oil.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Needs something to sop it up before it hits the Gulf.

LabRodent May 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Mexicans and ZZ TOP?

DahBoner May 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Brangelina's new baby and Dr. Pepper?

Which reminds me, why does Dr. Pepper cum in a bottle?

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

[!!! The suspense is killing me!]

I don't know, why?

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Assholes and bigger assholes?

Not_So_Much May 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Inbred racists and inbred ignoranuses? Wait, that may be only one in most famblies…

Warpde May 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Bull and shit.
Wait, thats one thing.

Dudleydidwrong May 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Abbotabad and Costelloistan?

horsedreamer_1 May 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

Gadzooks! A Glory-Hole surcharge. I do say: those libruls in Pelosi Country should implement this, too. California could pay for single-payer with the money that would come in.

Mahousu May 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

Texas is going to have to solve this shortfall sooner or later.
Not as long as there are still taxes to cut. The more you cut, the more you make, or so I've been told.

DahBoner May 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

And Somalia with no taxes takes in billions every year!

Amazing, but true!

genxr May 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

If only Texas were near a major shipping lane, independent businessmen could rake in the same kind of profits.

GOPCrusher May 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I disagree. Piracy, no matter how you put it, is still taxation.

BarryOPotter May 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

What's worse, it's taxation on the well-to-do! For shame, Somalia! For shame…

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

They could always grind up the poor for fertilizer, or skin them for boots or something.

Ducksworthy May 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

I hope they hurry up and abolish their crappy Medicaid system before the mouf' cancer victims arrive.

zhubajie May 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

So what is their approach to Medicaid? Tithing to faith healers?

Hatrabbit May 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

Go Texas! Tongue cancer FTW!

memzilla May 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

Time Travelling Abe Lincoln says:

"Dear Confederacy: On second thought, go ahead and secede. But any black people crossing the Ohio River get their freedom immediately and forever."

CZL May 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

So Ritter basically wrote self-serving legislation and bragged about it?

What. The. Fuck.

HistoriCat May 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Where's Molly Ivins when we really need her?

Mort_Sinclair May 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

Candidly, I say we let 'em have chewee tobaccee for free.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Meth, too.

horsedreamer_1 May 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

How do we know Skoal Rebel isn't just Vincent D'Onofrio reliving his breakthru cinematic performance? VD is a method actor, after all….

skoalrebel May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

You just can't handle the truth, horse reamer! I'm a rebel, and I'll never be understood.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

And you never, ever do any good!

JustPixelz May 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

You are referring, of course, to his portrayal of Thor in "Adventures in Babysitting".

aguacatero May 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

How about making up for the revenue shortfall with a tax even the looniest of wingers should be able to support: a 100% tax on Mark Cuban's annoyingness.

Lascauxcaveman May 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

You can't tax him, he's extremely wealthy! Think of all the jobs that will be lost!

ifthethunderdontgetya May 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

Isn't it high time we gave Texas back to Mexico?

(Obviously, yesterday would have been even better timing.)
~

horsedreamer_1 May 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

That would mean Louisiana sharing a border with Mexico, in which case, Diaperman's false claims about Charlie Melancon imploring Messicans to invade the Pelican State might come true. About the Mexicans invading, at least; not Melancon abetting it.

Ducksworthy May 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Tried that. They invoked their "no returns with out receipt" policy.

Callyson May 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

The state of Texas is understandably not very good at balancing its budget when an economy like this comes along, because it doesn’t care for book-learnin’ things like accounting
Bless you, Wonkette. I'm taking an accounting class for work, which is not the most intrinsically interesting subject, but when you put it like this I am suddenly enthralled. Back to numbers-crunching!

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Every time you pass a quiz, a redneck angel cries.

Barb May 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

If the cut the tax on chewing tobacco, that covers one of the four basic food groups for Texans. What about the other three?

SorosBot May 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

In Texas, I think the other three are steak, bacon and beans.

Madfall May 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

But never Canadian bacon, of course.

SexySmurf May 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

Deep fried, chicken fried, and Fritos.

metamarcisf May 6, 2011 at 11:39 am

Fried twinkies, armadillo and Lone Star Long Necks

elviouslyqueer May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

Beer, barbecue, and bags of dicks?

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

And these aren't prissy East Coast bags of dicks, lightly sprinkled with a hint of sea salt. Oh no; these are bags of pork-fried, barbecue-slathered, parmesan-crusted onion dicks with a side of bacon. Really stick to your ribs.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Ranch dressing on the side for dippin'!
[and realism]

poncho_pilot May 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

dairy queen is the second food group.
jesus is the third.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Sugar, salt, and lard?

EatsBabyDingos May 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

New! Injectable Brain Skoal! Just put a pinch in the hollowpoint, and there you go!

nounverb911 May 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

Wait! They lowered the tax on tobacco to encourage tobacco use, increasing taxes paid for tobacco? Thereby lowering the stupid population of Texas?
That sounds simply Darwinian to me.

Arken May 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

BLASPHEMER!

Hatrabbit May 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

Texas Budget balancing plan:

Hand our ass to big Corporations. Check.

More chewin' tobacco. Check.

De-frost John Wayne. Working on it.

WordSaladNation May 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

I think it's time to re-post my SkoalRebel tribute video from a few years back. It's Oscar-worthy.

skoalrebel May 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

The soundtrack just isn't working for me. Got any Megadeath to go with that?

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

It's just a shame it's before his time.

JustPixelz May 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Oscar the Grouch worth? Oscar Madison worthy? Or do you mean The Oscar: Veal Oscar.

Sharkey May 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Oscar Mayer.

nounverb911 May 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

Won't lowering the tax on tobacco increase their Medicare costs?
I guess logic doesn't apply here.

Ducksworthy May 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Actually, they're considering dropping out of the federal/state funded Medicaid program to save money and because of all the poor brown people. Turning down the federal share of funding will save…….? No I don't know what their thinking is here. I think its mostly about brown people.

nounverb911 May 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

You mean the majority of the state?

Madfall May 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

Logic? Sounds like a foreign and communist concept to me.

HistoriCat May 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Jesus didn't need no logic!

skoalrebel May 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

Fuck yeah! [spit] Texas understands freedom. Not like that Kenyan muslim commie in the white house.

Arken May 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I thought he was a n****er slash jew? Are you changing your story?

JustPixelz May 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I agree. Texas' understanding of freedom is not like anyone else's. For example, their Freedom of Information Act is about keeping students free from information — about sex, history, mathematics, Demoncrats. And their Freedom of Religion covers both Protestants and Catholics.

OneDollarJuana May 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Freedom of Speech means you are free to say that liberals should be killed.

Freedom of Association means you are free to associate liberals with the Devil.

DaRooster May 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

Could they take a cue from Florida and maybe CHARGE people with the Death Penalty for their own executions?

Monsieur_Grumpe May 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

Chewing tobacco must be one of the most disgusting habits in the world.
I worked with a singer who liked to chew while rehearsing. He never failed to kick over his spit jar during a session.

under_score May 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

Megadittos! I have learned two valuable things as a higher-education professional here in the Lone Star state: 1) That carrying around a water-bottle filled with brown spittle to class is completely acceptable and 2) Asking questions in a cavernous lecture hall in a mumbly drawl between spits = I have no idea WTF you are saying, ask me after class

Gunner Asch May 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

One year as I was working wildfires we were staging at the Battle Mountain NV BLM. I was flabbergasted to see lots of sweet college girls on their summer job happily chawing away on Copenhagen. It was interesting to see them work it out of their back jeans pockets though.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

A former co-worker described the trashy girls from her high school as having "a ring in their pocket". I figured ring=jewelry, and I didn't see the sense of keeping a ring in your pocket, but I didn't see what was trashy about it, either.

Further conversation revealed that by "ring", she meant the circular impression left by a chewin' tabacca can.

ttommyunger May 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Here in Georgia I paid good money for gym membership in which it was perfectly acceptable to spit juice, chaw and all into the various corners of the interior of the "facility" (read shithole). I'm guessing it was shoveled out periodically, since it never grew large enough to crowd the members out into the street. Fucking disgusting, but I was a member for years until it closed. Seems the owner had a problem with nose candy and steroids. I have closed several shitholes, now that I think about it. Hmmmmm.

fuflans May 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

the rent is still too damn high.

SheriffRoscoe May 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

Start charging a tax for every foot of snow that falls in Houston in July. Budget woes be gone!

Goonemeritus May 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

On the plus side people with mouth cancer tend be the quieter Teabagger’s

user-of-owls May 6, 2011 at 11:39 am

Next up: Subsidized Polonium Popsicles!

deanbooth May 6, 2011 at 11:39 am

This one's for the poors. To be fair, they gave a tax break to yacht owners, too.

metamarcisf May 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

It's just basic trickle down tobacco juice economics.

Boredw/Gravitas May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

Having a lower jawbone is highly overrated.

user-of-owls May 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

And in Texas, they look down on opposable thumbs as well.

WhatTheHeck May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

Here's the rub. Chew for free, but you get fined for spittin’ the tabaccy on the ground.

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

When the measure came to the floor, a thundering chorus of robotic AYES rang out from every voicebox in the land!

From every throat hole in the nation, let freedom buzz! http://www.spike.com/video-clips/5pracv/the-best-

GOPCrusher May 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

No one forced those people to smoke! PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!

OneDollarJuana May 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hey Texas Republicans, you know who else likes "shooting their guns in the air indiscriminately in celebration"? That's right, Muslins!

DahBoner May 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

What's the difference between ignorant Texans and the Taliban?

nounverb911 May 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

The Taliban is smarter?

GOPCrusher May 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The number of letters in the words?

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Oh, goody!
I love riddles!
Um, OK, let's see, the difference…
*ponders*
One fucks sheep and goats, and…
No, that can't be it.
One's a backward theocracy, and…
No, that's not it either.
One keeps the wimmenfolk in their place and don't cotton to the Geigh..
Hmmm…
Ooh! Ooh!
One hates America and all the rights and freedoms that we stand for…
Um…
Poor personal hygiene, bad teeth, and weapon-quality body odor…

I got nothin' here.

elviouslyqueer May 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

Ritter said his bill corrects an unfair tax that's been levied on pouches of loose-leaf tobacco since the Legislature in 2009 created a weight-based tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes and cigars. The result: Heavier loose-leaf tobacco products were unfairly affected, Ritter said. "It destroyed an industry," Ritter said.

Dan Mulvaney, the director of government affairs for the tobacco company Swedish Match, said that since the 2009 law went into effect, sales of loose-leaf tobacco plummeted 50 percent.

In all fairness to Messrs. Ritter and Mulvaney, it was the tax that destroyed the terbaccy industry and not the fact that chewing tobacco is a disgusting, nasty habit that causes your jaw to rot off.

PsycWench May 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

"Dan Mulvaney, the director of government affairs for the tobacco company Swedish Match, said that since the 2009 law went into effect, sales of loose-leaf tobacco plummeted 50 percent"

yeah, god forbid people use less of a carcinogenic substance.

OneDollarJuana May 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Oh, be real. There are lots and lots of disgusting, nasty habits that cause various parts of your body to rot off, but people have been doing them for as long as there have been people.

Hence the origin of the word "Santorum".

Thurman Munster IV May 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

More Marxist propaganda

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Is that better or worse than Lennonist?

Schmannnity May 6, 2011 at 11:49 am

Good news for mouth, tongue, and jaw cancer advocates. Well done philosopher kings of Texas!

Hera Sent Me May 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

I live in Texas. I can attest that there is effectively a heavy tax on being gay here already.

In my town, even the local gay bar is in the closet. You wouldn't know it was there unless you knew it was there.

DahBoner May 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Me and my girlfriend once walked into a gay bar in downtown Des Moines to use the phone or bathroom. When we walked out, my gf asked, Did you notice that was a gay bar?

I looked up at the sign of the name of the bar: "Blazing Saddle"

DOH! I thought they were just Mel Brookes fans…

DahBoner May 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

“We just created an incentive for people to use cancer-causing products,"

Yaay! Part of the Republican Health Plan: Just hurry up and fucking die already!

Couldn't happen to nicer people!

In other important news, Paul McCartney is no longer dating one-legged skank whores

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

"In other important news, Paul McCartney is no longer dating one-legged skank whores … "

So, can we now assume that he's dating modest, virtuous women thirty years his junior who like him for himself and not his billions?

Not_So_Much May 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

How does "YEEEE-HAWWWW!" sound when the lower half of your face has dropped off from dippin'? Guessing not quite as patriotically awesome…

user-of-owls May 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

It's sort of a weak but high-pitched squeal. Closest sound I know of is when you step on a vole.

Madfall May 7, 2011 at 9:10 am

Lots more involuntary sibilants I imagine.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

Chew taxes are too damn high!

Serolf_Divad May 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

I'm kinda surprised Texas even taxes chewing tobacco in the first place. Isn't Chewing tobacco basically the Evangelical equivalent of Peyote? Wouldn't it be excluded from taxation on religious grounds?

iburl May 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Just as some people in this country have "American Jesus", Texas has "Texan Jesus." Texan Jesus is fat, drives a Ford F150, votes Republican, and spits chaw on homeless people.

Serolf_Divad May 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Give a homeless man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Spit a big plug of tobacco in his face when he holds his hand out and the shame of the experience will make him get off his lazy ass and get a job.

Luke 11:23 (Texas Bible)

neiltheblaze May 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

Let that Skoalrebel pic be a warning to these Texas folks. That could be you, chaw addicts!

SayItWithWookies May 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Everyone's gotta have a goal in life.

Lascauxcaveman May 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Maybe they can put a tax being gay? Sure, that would still be a tax, but it wouldn’t be levied on anyone Texas considers to be actual citizens.

It is my understanding that there are no gays in Texas to be taxed; or so a Texas acquaintance tells me.

Something about those extra-large belt buckles shielding the wearers' crotch areas from gay-rays or somesuch.

SayItWithWookies May 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hey, that's something else Texas has in common with Iran.

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Only two things come from Texas, boy.

twoeightnine May 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Queers? And queers parading as straights?

elviouslyqueer May 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

As someone who's recently visited the Houston Galleria, that would be an unqualified HELL YES.

HistoriCat May 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

And here I thought the Galleria was full of people who I would describe as some variant of "trailer trash"

Poindexter718 May 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

If you morans read the article, you'd see this here law will affect chaw and not dip. That's fuckin' gay. –SkoalReb

DemmeFatale May 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

You win again, Texas!!

(Suck it, Arizona!!)

Chillwaver May 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

"Don't Mess with TexasCancer"

MinAgain May 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hey, now. Chewing tobacco has its medicinal uses, now that mosquito season is here.

DashboardBuddha May 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I once saw an old cowboy movie where the heroes were hiding from the bad guys when a rattlesnake entered the hidey hole. The couldn't shoot the snake since it would give away their position, so one of the cowboys spit his chaw at it. I think I was 8 and I thought that was the coolest thing. Not surprisingly, my mom wouldn't let me chew. I owe that woman a great debt.

DaSandman May 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Fuck y'all libruls. Cancer is practically free in Texas!

Freedum!

BTWBFDIMHO May 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

It's part of Texas war against second-hand tobacco chewing.

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Maybe this is a secret plot by the NWO to covertly kill off all the stupids in the state of Texas.

I guess those Illuminati ain't so bad after all.

sportshort May 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Can't they just make poor people work harder, like at night when they're asleep? Cause that sure is some wasted time, that sleeping. Most people don't even need to sleep. Rich people do, cuz they uses they brain most times, but poor people don't even have brains because they is too poor to buy one. The end. Oh,. and get me a beer while yer up.

iburl May 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Well this is not surprising in any way:

PERSONAL PROFILE
Full Name:Allan Ritter
Birthdate:5-6-1954
Race:White
Occupation:Business Owner
Education:Diploma, Forest Park High School, 1972.
Spouse:Peggy
Religion:Baptist
Church:First Baptist Church (Nederland)

PsycWench May 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Guess this bill is his birthday present.

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Spouse:Peggy

If he sells propane and propane accessories, I may just piss myself.

MiniMencken May 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Better than propane. He runs a chain of "drive-thru" lumber yards, where, they advertise, "you don’t ever have to leave your truck if you don’t want to."

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

"Spouse:Peggy

If he sells propane and propane accessories, I may just piss myself. "

Boh-nuss dee-az.
[that's espa-noel]

elviouslyqueer May 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Hmmm. I wonder if also serves on Nederland's Trailer Park Board of Appeals.

MiniMencken May 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I believe he is some kind of cousin to John Ritter and John's daddy, Tex. Nederland is in the middle of a massive complex of refineries and petrochemical plants. Plenty of cancers to go around before you even start tabulating the smokeless tobacco stats.

baconzgood May 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

EVERY THING IS STUPIDER IN TEX-ASS!

__kth__ May 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Actually skoalrebel and his buds probably don't vote in noticeable numbers. The people who put the monsters of Texas into power (and hire assholes that make fun of the only Muslim in the math class) are mostly petit-bourgeois types holding BBAs from third-tier public colleges, going to unaffiliated megachurches, and would sooner let their children eat poison or watch CNN as allow them to consume tobacco of any kind.

No doubt TX gopers would like to change this. It's complicated by the fact that skoalrebel doesn't read newspapers, but if there's anyone that can get a message out to a loyal customer base it's Big Tobacco.

Gopherit May 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Okay, I have to ask. Who just shoves a goddamn tobacco leaf in their mouth and goes to town? That's just all kinds of 17th century fuckery to me.

Fare la Volpe May 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

If it was good enough for our Founders, it's good enough for us.

Like wooden dentures. Or slavery. Also.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

"It hath coloured my teeth a healthy brown."

genxr May 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

As a resident of the state of California, which has a budget that is looking better by comparison every day, I support this.

Arken May 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I saw lawn darts in a Toys R Us not too long ago. I don't know if they just never sold them back in the 80s or if the law changed or what, but there they were, lawn darts.

OneDollarJuana May 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I have a set of lawn darts in the garage. Should I be re-sharpening them for my trip to Dallas?

Arken May 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Make sure you use a giant photo of Obama as the target to show your patriotism.

genxr May 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

In Texas, our children is home-skoaled.

real_dc_native May 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Texas will balance its budget the way all truly patriotic conservative fiscally responsible states do it – with Federal money.

JustPixelz May 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

They don't call themselves "The One (or maybe it's Two) Star State" for nuthin'.

Repubicans used to brag about how Texas and other like-minded states balanced their budgets and had low taxes and were libertarian paradises. The economy has splashed some cold water on those notions, but the TP'ers have got a stranglehold on conservative politics. Do I catch a whiff of default in the (smokeless) air?

SystemError May 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Don't forget, Texas also passed a law to cap the sales tax on yachts. So load up on chaw, get on your yacht, and let's go TEXAS!

JustPixelz May 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

It'll come after the right to bear arms in prison. If the Second Amendment means anything, it's the right to defend yourself in the sanctity of your own cell.

BZ1 May 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

TX Rep. Allan Ritter (R) said about the chewing tobacco tax."It destroyed an industry," forgetting entirely the benefits to undertakers…

JustPixelz May 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Or is this really a plot by Al Queda to trick Americans into getting cancer? Step 1: Attack WTC & Pentagon; Step 2: Repubicans take over and lower "sin" taxes; Step 3 : Americans start dropping like fatwahs at a hooker convention; Mission Accomplished.

emmelemm May 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Step 4: Profit??

mayor_quimby May 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Folks, the usa is done, as has been said before. I just listened to a coworker call the McDonald's complaint line . His complaint? They messed up his large size big-MAC meal, with Apple pie by salting his fries when he said no salt. He said it is bad for his high blood pressure, yet he goes every other day.
Yes, the salt was the problem with that scenario. This is why we're fat, folks.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I'd be willing to bet money that your cow-irker doesn't believe in Darwin and evolution. Life's ironic, ain't it?

kissawookiee May 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Moar tabacky = moar holes in mouth = Twinkies fall clean out = obesity epidemic solved! Thank you Texas!

notreelyhelping May 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Taxing people for being gay? Man, don't even joke about that…some mouth-breather will take it seriously and decide it's their ticket to destiny.

twoeightnine May 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Texas sure does love Texaning Texas things don't they?

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Beer beer beer, beer beer.

littlebigdaddy May 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

But what about if you are using the baccy for a baccy enema, administered by your gay-married boyfriend? Double the tax?

mavenmaven May 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

They pay less for the chewing tobacco, but then the rest of us have to pay for their oral cancer treatment, and it ain't pretty: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hapshaw/4274585163/

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Good Lord, that'll provide fuel for more than a few nightmares!

starfanglednut May 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

NO WAY am I clicking that linky link.

owhatever May 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Never before has an entire state won a Darwin Award.

chascates May 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

It's the taxes on beer and ammo that keeps Texans living in poverty.

ttommyunger May 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Hey Texans! Handy tip; when your mouth starts to feel sore and your gums start bleeding and your teeth start falling out from all that pesky oral cancer, you can still shove that tasty chaw up your asses. Colorectal Cancer is even more deadly than the oral kind, so-you'll have THAT going for you! You're welcome.

Eve8Apples May 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm

"We just created an incentive for people to use cancer-causing products”

Best news I've heard from Texas in a long time. I encourage all Texans to use many cancer causing products and indiscriminately fire weapons at each other or themselves. Don't let a little thing like sanity or rationality hold you back.

Zombie_Reagan May 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I wish I had something snarky to write, but Texas and its citizens provide all the comedy needed.

SaintRond May 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Nothin' worse than a diseased, bigger'n all get out mouth from Texas.

lochnessmonster May 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Guess we can expect an increase in insurance premiums so we can pay for cancer treatment for those who choose to chew tobacco. Only way to pay for ppl who don't have, won't get insurance coverage on their own. That 's fair!

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

But not for people who can't afford it, cuz that would be soshulist and muslin.

tessiee May 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Hey, that's great!
Lung cancer is really difficult to manage, but lip, tongue, and jaw cancer, they can just slice the offending chunks right off!
Yay?

SonofSpermcube May 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

He's supporting this tax because it is regressive. This is entirely consistent with being a Republican.

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