Because I’m pretty sure that in its heart, that coat is brown.

wendy davis big damn hero


Obligatory link for those who don’t get the reference: Firefly, “Big damn heroes, sir.”

Photo source: Patrick Michels / 

UPDATE: Please note this comment by Neocortex just made in the previous thread – all those folks in the gallery last night who yelled and stomped and cheered and brought it home in the last 10-15 minutes are giant Big Damn Heroes, too. Can’t stop the signal!


  1. BJonthegrid

     /  June 26, 2013

    Last night was awesome. Sadly we need about 100 more nights like this in several states in order for reproductive rights to be secured. So proud of Wendy Davis! I hope she doesn’t lose her seat. Texas needs her.

    • Yes, but what last night proved is that it’s actually possible. There was a piece of me that had really resigned and given up hope. Not this morning, baybee.

  2. Props as well to Texas State Senators Sen Leticia Van de Putte, Kirk Watson, Rodney Ellis, John Whitmire, Royce West, Judith Zaffirini and others who played the backfield so well last night. It was a real team effort.

  3. jamie lewis

     /  June 26, 2013

    yes, i was THERE! i loved the support of her fellow dems, too. much like jessica farrar got in the texas house on sunday to get the timing right for the possible fillibuster. and- you had to be there, i guess, but i have never been so proud of my fellow texans as i was of the stunning crowd support. it’s been a long time coming but i suspect the republican hand has finally been over-played. there were plenty of us old grayhairs there but i what drove the day was fired-up youth. our session ending yell was EPIC.

    • I am so jealous! Please know that as you were yelling, I was sitting in front of the Texas Tribune feed with chills up and down my body and tears all over my face. THANK YOU!

  4. Ain’t she just.

    (yes, I’m duplicating my comment from Ani’s place).

  5. Well played, Emily. This Browncoat salutes you.

    • Thanks! I only wish I’d thought of it last night. My blog would have BLOWN THE EFF UP. Which would have been fun.

  6. Darth Thulhu

     /  June 27, 2013

    Texas: YES!

    VRA: Noooooooooooooo!

    Windsor: YES!

    Such a roller-coaster of the feels, this week is.

  7. Snoring Dog Studio

     /  June 27, 2013

    I hope everyone has the energy for the next special session, which that idiot Guv Perry called immediately afterwards. Is there any chance at all that these Rs might have finally pissed off enough Texans that they can do some real housecleaning in the next election? The gutting of the Voting Rights Act and this attempt at squelching women’s rights ought to fire up a large swath of constituents in TX. Let’s hope for real change in that godforsaken state – there are real glimmers of hope!

    • jamie lewis

       /  June 27, 2013

      i’m in. clearing decks to spend more time in austin and hearing similar plans from others, particularly those that didn’t have a chance to participate last time. they feel[hooray] that they missed something. i’m a bit afraid we’re going to be ground down by the tedium of all those “recesses”. as for change: the key is having either wendy or leticia run for guv. blow it up. shake the roots. throw some fertilizer on the pink dome. i can’t swear to change but i’m certainly hearing deeper conviction from women[and the men that care about them] than i have in a long time. that hope-y, change-y thing alive and well. they’re getting ready to pour fuel on our fire, too.

      • Snoring Dog Studio

         /  June 28, 2013

        We can hope! The changes in Texas might just have to come from women and other disenfranchised groups.

  8. Neocortex

     /  June 27, 2013

    And now of course Rick Perry is saying condescending things about Wendy Davis and rather creepy things about the protesters (“the louder they scream, the more we know that we are getting something done.”).

  9. There’s not a lot that could have improved this moment. Possibly a dragon.

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