A prominent Texas politician, who is running to be the state’s next Attorney General, said this week his state is actively preparing to secede from the union and become an “independent nation” if the U.S. “falls apart.”

Barry Smitherman, currently the Texas Railroad Commissioner, made the comments in an interview published in World Net Daily (WND) on Monday.

“Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system,” Smitherman said.

Barry Smitherman

Barry Smitherman. (Credit: YouTube)

He added that the state is “uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid.”

“This was one of my goals at the Utility Commission and it is one my goals currently as chairman of the Railroad Commission,” Smitherman said. “That’s why I stress so vehemently oil and gas production, permitting turnaround times, and everything that enables the industry to produce as much as it can, as quickly as it can.”

Smitherman added in the interviewthat Texas has “been very strong leading in the charge agains the Obama administration.”

No More Flip-Flops, Cut-Off Jeans, or Sex-Slogan T-Shirts at This School District — But Dress Code Isn’t for Students

When was the last time you heard of a public school teacher needing a reminder to don underwear before entering the classroom?

Apparently that question, among other bodily garment observations, has been an issue at the school district in Little Rock, Ark., which has announced plans for a teacher dress code that reads more like a riot act for inappropriately dressed teenagers, the Daily Caller notes.

For starters, the Aug. 29 letter from the Little Rock School District’s Office of the Superintendent to all employees explains that pesky underwear rule:

“Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, and/or fabric. No see-through or sheer clothing shall be allowed, and no skin shall be visible between pants/trousers, skirts, and shirts/blouses at any time.”

And as for what’s banned starting in 2014?