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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ted Cruz makes PETA angry

"Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:28

Apparently, Ted Cruz went shopping yesterday, cue progressive outrage:
Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, issued a written statement criticizing the photo.

“If the rug is real, Ted Cruz's use of it reduces a majestic once-living being to a doormat,” she said. “Gunning down wildlife in order to make umbrella stands, rugs, and ornaments is frowned upon in the 21st century, as most people have come to learn from and be awe-inspired by the lives, intelligence, and social make-up of other living beings.”
We're sure PETA wants to extend similar protection to unborn babies....

Wallace Hall Update: Student Government retreats while committee hides

"But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in You."
Psalm 55:23

Today's meeting of the Wallace Hall impeachment committee had already moved into executive session by the time we arrived.  Making matters better, the meeting was has held across the street in the Reagan building, rather than the Capitol.  As a friend we ran into shortly thereafter remarked: "Great Moment in Government Transparency!"

At the same time, it looks like the UT student government is getting cold feet:
Some Student Government members pulled their names off a resolution calling for the resignation of UT System Regent Wallace Hall, resulting in it not being brought up for formal discussion as scheduled on Tuesday, according to SG representatives.

“Know what you are sponsoring. I know a lot of people, once they understood the resolution, pulled their names off,” Liberal Arts Representative Sergio Cavazos said to the General Assembly at Tuesday’s Student Government meeting.

AR 4, “Calling for the Resignation of Regent Wallace Hall,” was initially on the agenda for Tuesday’s Student Government meeting, but was later removed and did not appear on the printed agenda handed out at the meeting.

Cavazos told the Horn that there was a “disconnect between the executive board and the legislative branch on the matter” and that they are working to build a relationship to improve communication.

“Not everybody knows who Regent Hall is or all the details on the matter, so that was the disconnect. People started pulling their names off because they didn’t really know what they were sponsoring,” Cavazos said.
Cahnman's Musings will continue to monitor the situation, but we doubt anything will happen today.


Update: Empower Texans has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more here and here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

About Governor Perry: An Open Letter to Travis County Democrats

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
Exodus 20:16

Dear Travis County Democrats,

Following the nomination of Sarah Eckhadt, we were fine.  Our worst fears assuaged, Cahnman's Musings was looking to engage in activities not related to local politics.  Then you pull this bullshit:
Mr. Perry is the subject of a criminal investigation in Austin over his handling of the local district attorney’s drunken driving arrest and the state financing for a public corruption unit under the district attorney’s control.
The charge is frivolous and won't withstand minimal scrutiny, as Michael Quinn Sullivan explains:
Many elected officials called for her [Lehmberg] to step down, but she refused. Perry threatened to veto the unit’s funding if she did not, and then later made good on the promise, questioning the legitimacy of the office under her leadership.

The liberal activist group, Texans for Public Justice, which brought the complaint against Perry has a long history of dogging conservatives. A report by Texans for Lawsuit Reform described it as being set-up by “veteran operatives of leftist, out-of-state organizations.”

“TPJ’s main mode of derision is a steady stream of reports targeting campaign contributions,” the report noted.

The group “has used an array of slanted, self-published reports to criticize a select segment of this state’s political spectrum,” according to the report. “The targets of TPJ’s attacks are almost exclusively Republicans, business leaders and organizations, and those interested in the reform of Texas’ civil justice system.”


“Every decade or so, Travis County liberals trump up false charges and try to indict a sitting Republican official, garnering many headlines for claims that are ultimately thrown out or overturned in court,” said Sullivan. “Governor Perry's actions were completely consistent with the Texas Constitution and aimed at preventing an embarrassing and admitted law-breaker from administrating the state's public integrity unit.”
This isn't about the charge.  It's about using the Travis County DA's office to create a bad headline for a Texas Republican.  And the fact that they have the chutzpah to pull something like this after the egregious misconduct of Lehmberg reveals Travis County Democrats haven't changed.

And therein lies our word of caution to Travis County Democrats.

The Travis County D.A. isn't up until 2016.  Following sine die of the 84th Legislature, this website doesn't have any 2016 political priorities.  We don't care about the next President.  If y'all continue this bullshit, we will have nothing better to do with our time than to elect a conservative District Attorney in Travis County.  We might not get the D.A.'s office in '16, but we can come a lot closer and set things up to make your life miserable heading into 2020.

Do not underestimate our persistence.

The Travis County District Attorney has been abusing power for decades.  Liberty minded folks in Travis County have always let the D.A. slide.  It never seemed like removing the D.A. was worth the work it would take.  After this past week, it might be.  Choose your move carefully, Travis County Democrats.

Adam Cahn
Austin, TX
April 23, 2014

Rick Perry Tells Cuomo and DiBlasio to Pound Sand

"He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him."
2 Kings 18:5

Following a suggestion we made late last year, Governor Perry is in NYC this week; Breitbart Texas reports:
New York City will get a brief taste of Lone Star State economics, as Texas Governor Rick Perry travels there to speak to various business leaders. TexasOne is hosting a reception from April 22-24, focused around Texas' pro-business policies and their positive effects on companies.

A press release from Perry's office stated that the governor plans to tout "Texas' message of low taxes, smart regulations, and job creation" during his brief stay in New York City.

TexasOne aims to market Texas "nationally and internationally as a prime business destination."

Indeed, Texas has consistently been ranked as one of the nation's best place to start a business and find a job. Perry's release pointed to a recent CNBC survey, which polled over 700 CEOs, has ranked Texas as the best U.S. state in which to conduct business for nine consecutive years.

Breitbart Texas has reported extensively on Texas' booming economy, which continues to extend into numerous industries.


Meanwhile, New York is home to one of the least business-friendly environments. CNBC ranked the state as the 49th best state to conduct business in.

It is not surprising that the Big Apple is rapidly losing inhabitants to Texan cities. Breitbart Texas previously reported on new data released by the federal government which shows that people from America's biggest cities, like New York and L.A., are moving to Texas cities. Using the new data, Bloomberg Businessweek compiled a list of the top fastest-growing large metros. Four Texas cities made the top ten: Austin (which ranked number one), San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. The bountiful job market and business-friendly environment have unquestionably been the driving forces behind the ever-increasing populations in Texan cities.
Perry is also airing this ad while he's in New York:

As someone born and raised in NYC, this topic hits home.  New Yorkers who want to keep their guns and their money have an option.  Move to Texas!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dan Branch acts like "a total Jerk"

"Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Psalm 37:1-2...7

From the Facebook Page of Northeast Tarrant Tea Party President Julie McCarty:

For the record: Julie's experience is consistent with what we've heard about Branch from numerous sources.

Monday, April 21, 2014

178 Years Ago Today

"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter."
2 Thessalonians 2:15

An AWESOME letter on the Battle of San Jacinto from TPPF's Brook Rollins, reprinted in full:
Juan Seguin had more reason than most to be discouraged.

As a youth, Seguin's father had traveled from the dangerous Texas frontier to the capital at Mexico City, and helped draft the liberal Mexican Constitution of 1824. Ten years later, as a man of 28, he saw that hopeful charter of relative liberty repealed by the dictator Santa Anna, and replaced with an autocratic order that offended his values as a free man. The next year, he was on the battlefield with the rebelling Texians, casting his lot with the Anglo settlers. They were newcomers versus the native-born Tejano and his deep San Antonio roots — but they fought for liberty, and that was enough.

Juan Seguin, a man of charisma and means, soon found himself in the embattled Alamo. His name entered the roll of heroes, but he was not among the dead. In the fortress’s final desperate days, he was entrusted with the last appeal from William Barret Travis — “Victory or Death!” — and so when the garrison fell, he was in central Texas, trying to scrape together what men he could for Sam Houston and the Alamo’s relief. Then he joined Houston on the Runaway Scrape, as the Texians uprooted themselves before the victorious dictator’s armies, and fled north and east from Santa Anna’s vengeance.

This was Juan Seguin’s life and experience on the morning of April 21st, 1836. He had seen his father’s work for liberty eradicated. He had seen his own life as a free citizen ended. He had seen his comrades in arms exterminated. He had seen his native land, his Texas, conquered and despoiled. He had seen a great flight of an entire nation. And he himself had fled with them.

On that morning, one hundred seventy-eight years ago today, that was what Juan Seguin knew. A lifetime of fighting for liberty — and losing. And he was with an army of Texians with largely the same experience. There were no rational grounds for hope. There were no reasonable expectations of victory. There were no decent prospects for Texas. “Victory or Death” was, by any calculation, now “Death or Exile.”

On that evening, one hundred seventy-eight years ago today, Juan Seguin knew something radically different. He and his Tejanos, shouting “Recuerden el Alamo!” had joined Houston’s Texians in one last desperate charge — and won. On that field at San Jacinto, whose fight we remember now, it was one last expression of bravery, one last exertion of courage, one last show of will, one last gesture of defiance that transformed defeat into victory. Juan Seguin woke up that morning a beaten man in a beaten cause. He slept that night a free citizen of the Republic of Texas.

And when Santa Anna’s garrison yielded the ruins of the Alamo a few weeks later, it was Juan Seguin who accepted the surrender.

On this 178th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, we remember Juan Seguin and the band of brave Texians who won a nation on a small field against long odds. His name is one among many whom we rightly recall as having secured the liberty that is our birthright as Texans today: Houston, Rusk, Burleson, Lamar, Smith, and so many others. As a battle, it was significant beyond its scope. Visitors to the San Jacinto Monument today can read the historical consequences inscribed upon the stone:

"Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican-American War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Almost one-third of the present area of the American Nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty.
That’s one way to measure it. But to assess San Jacinto from a political or even a historical standpoint is to miss its true significance. The Battle of San Jacinto, in the end, is not an episode of history for history’s sake. The story of Juan Seguin and his fellow Texians and Tejanos illustrate its true significance: it was a culminating moment in the hearts of men who burned for liberty, for themselves and for those they loved. They fought, and lost, and fought, and lost again — until they won.

If we understand San Jacinto, then, it is not a memorial of what we did yesterday. It is an instruction on what we should do today. We, the inheritors of Texas, if we are Texans, "worthy of all they had been and meant,” must look backward to their relentless endurance and steadfast heroism — and see our future.

Brooke L. Rollins 
President and CEO

Saturday, April 19, 2014

UT Football Spring Game 2014: Our Pictures

"However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
Mark 5:19

Cahnman's Musings said it on Facebook:

This website knows you don't care about the miracles that show up in DKR stadium; but they're real; enjoy the pictures:

But yah, it's cool: