Friday, December 19, 2014

Rabbi Lapin excoriates American Jewry

"Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.'
Numbers 11:1

Rabbi Lapin was on with GB this morning and BOY did he let his own people have it:


  • "You have a very large proportion of American Jews, a majority of American Jews, that has...forsaken the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and they've adopted...the sacred sacrament of secular fundamentalism."
  • Question for non-observant Jews: "If an invisible private detective followed you around 24/7, how long would it take him to discover that you are Jewish as opposed to a loyal member of the Democratic [sic] party?!?"
  • "If a Billion Muslims became Evangelical Christians tomorrow, would the world be a better place?!?"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Charlie Geren accuses private citizen of "Embezzlement"

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."
Ephesians 5:11

Gadzooks; from Michael Quinn Sullivan's personal blog:
Earlier today I received an email from a reporter at the Texas Tribune. The reporter is working on a profile of conservative State Rep. Scott Turner, who is running against Straus for the speakership. The reporter wanted my comments about a quote from “Republican” State Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth.

Rather than address Turner’s candidacy and the issues he has raised about House governance, Geren and Straus are making their campaign about me. Geren told the reporter he was looking forward to using a Straus win “to show Tim Dunn how much money Michael Quinn Sullivan is embezzling from him.” (Tim is the chairman of Empower Texans’ board of directors.)

Embezzlement is a crime in Texas, one for which I have never been accused or convicted. So there’s Charlie Geren, recklessly committing per se defamation.


While I appreciate that the reporter didn’t want to be complicit in defamation, there is a recurring theme at play in the Straus Team: they bully, they accuse, they attack, and the media plays along or looks the other way.

But let’s go to the substance of the speakership race here. Joe Straus and Charlie Geren want to ignore the significant opposition to their failed leadership from Texas conservatives.

The GOP executive committees of Texas’ largest counties have endorsed Scott Turner’s candidacy, as have a large number of the State Republican Executive Committee members and grassroots groups from around the state. Joe Straus’ speakership has been rejected at every turn by conservative activists. House members supporting Straus demonstrate their allegiance is to the Austin establishment and not their constituents.


Joe Straus and his cronies represent those bad old days. They are upset that more and more Texans are seeing their fouls and responding to their strike-outs.
 Read the whole thing here.

Hall nominated for Texan of the Year

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Well, well, well:
All Wallace Hall did was take on the most powerful people in Texas over the state’s most cherished institution.

All it cost him was years of having his name dragged through the mud, threats of being impeached from his position as a regent at the University of Texas and the lingering threat of an ongoing grand jury investigation.

His dogged fact-finding, though, led not only to an independent investigation about the link between politics and admissions at UT and its law school but it also contributed to the resignation of UT-Austin President Bill Powers, a Texas giant.

An independent firm is now investigating the connection between powerful people and UT’s admissions practices. The results could shake the state.

For his uncommon impact, Hall, 52, is a finalist for 2014 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year.


Hall kept digging, even as he faced more scrutiny — not just as a regent, but in his business and his personal life. The Texas House, under Speaker Joe Straus, set up a special panel that considered impeachment. It settled on censure, something many people considered a vindication of Hall.


The drama is far from over, but the role played by Wallace Hall leaves a mark that won’t soon be forgotten in Austin’s halls of power.
Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ted Cruz sets record straight

"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13

STC appeared with Bret Baier to clarify some of the nonsense folks have tried to spin about last weekend:


  • Notion he helped Reid: "That's just silliness."
  • The whole purpose was to force a vote on Amnesty.
  • He was clear with Reid and McConnell for a week in advance.
  • As a result of said vote, every D is on the record supporting amnesty.
    • A dozen criticized it when it happened.
  • "I believe in the primary process, I trust the grassroots."
  • Compares himself in D.C. to Uber; compares legacy D.C. culture to Taxi commissions.
  • "I'm not trying to play the Washington rules."

Casar under performs Obama by Eleven Points!!!

"Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it."
Matthew 24:26

A source e-mails:

Readers can view election results here; view district 4 boundaries here.

In other Casar related news, Battleground Texas let the cat out of the bag this morning:

That Casar received major league support from Battleground Texas has to be the least surprising news of this whole campaign; personally, we find it telling that neither side mentioned this until after the election.

Bottom Line: Not only did Battleground Texas get smoked statewide on November 4th.  Not only did three Republicans get elected to the Austin City Council last night.  But, even in their consolation prize in Northeast Austin, Battleground Texas' new golden boy trailed the previous golden boy by double digits.


University of Texas solicits Public Input into Presidential Search

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2

THERE'S an interesting fact they haven't publicized:

Public invited to offer input, nominations for UT Austin president

AUSTIN – Members of the public may submit nominations for the next president of the University of Texas at Austin via a UT System website launched today, Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster announced.
The website also provides a tentative timeline for the search process and gives the public the opportunity to offer comments about the successor to UT Austin President Bill Powers, who announced he will step down June 5, 2015.
The UT Austin Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which was named in September, will hold its second meeting Tuesday. Though meetings will not be open to the public, updates will be provided on the search website.
Spencer Stuart, an executive search consulting firm, is assisting the UT System with the national search. The firm’s experts already have assembled an extensive list of potential candidates who they have sought out or have expressed interest in the position.
Ultimately, the search advisory committee will make recommendations for potential candidates to the Board of Regents, which will make the final decision.
“I encourage members of the UT Austin community and beyond to provide input as we make this very critical decision,” Foster said. “UT Austin is one of the most influential institutions in the world, and we want to do everything in our power to find an energetic and innovative leader who will continue to enhance and advance UT Austin’s education, research and health care missions.”
 Readers can access the Presidential search website here.

UT Corruption BOMBSHELL: Pay-to-Play Admissions

"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
Proverbs 29:1

We already knew the institution was financially corrupt, and that the admissions process is corrupt, so it makes sense that there's financial corruption in the admissions process:
On Jan. 31, 2013, Leslie Cedar, CEO of the Texas Exes, wrote to Tom Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business, suggesting Gilligan admit a student who had been rejected in exchange for a $25,000 donation, according to one of the emails.
Tom Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, was willing to admit a connected student in exchange for a $25,000 donation.
Tom Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, was willing to admit a connected student in exchange for a $25,000 donation.
The applicant’s father, apparently, “hasn’t done much giving but was about to cut you a 25k check,” Cedar wrote. The original request came from RichardLeshin, former president of the Texas Exes, who is close to Powers and to South Texas power brokers Carlos Zaffirini and his wife, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini.
Earlier this year, Leshin, a Corpus Christi lawyer, wrote an op-ed in the San Antonio Express-News denouncing as “outlandish propaganda” reports that UT was admitting subpar students because of political influence.
Gilligan got back to Cedar and Leshin within a half hour, offering a deal in which the applicant “will be admitted into McCombs upon completing several of the prerequisites (e.g. Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics) with good grades (around a 3.5 GPA). Will that work?”
Gilligan declined to comment.
Leshin is a founding member of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, a group of Longhorn insiders established to maintain the status quo at UT. Members of the coalition and the alumni association have been quoted in dozens of news articles, creating the appearance of broad support for Powers.
Far from being independent voices, the email records obtained by find the coalition and the alumni association often looped in on message coordination emails from Powers’ PR staff.
Founding members, in discussion among themselves, are quite open about the fact their group was formed for the express purpose of supporting Powers while blocking reform proposals from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and that their talk of “excellence” is euphemistic “messaging” in defense of the status quo, the records show.
Cedar insists the Texas Exes’ “purpose is truly to be an independent and formidable network of supporters to champion the university.”
Yet in February 2013, when Powers’ hold on his job began to look tenuous, the Office of the President began paying the Texas Exes $100,000 every six months to support email blasts and other communications. The “game plan” for that campaign was coordinated with Powers’ deputy.
That was on top of the $158,600 that Powers had already approved in annual support for traditional alumni association activities, such as networking events, awards and scholarships.
 Read the whole thing here.