Thursday, November 26, 2015

For which Texas Conservatives should be THANKFUL....

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!"
1 Chronicles 16:8

While Texas Conservatives are justifiably livid with the lousy legislative results we've seen at both the state and federal level in 2015, it's worth taking today to consider how far we've come since 2010.  Five years ago, we had nothing; today, we've got footholds across all levels of government that we can reasonably expect to grow over the next few cycles.  Consider the following:
  • Ted Cruz:

    We'll leave it to others to debate if he's the front-runner.  The fact remains, one of the strongest contenders for the Presidential nomination (who, if he were to secure the nod, would be the instant general election favorite as the Republican nominee) is someone grassroots Texans elevated to his current position against the wishes of both the Austin establishment AND the D.C. establishment.  By itself, that's something worth celebrating.
  • Dan Patrick:

    Historically, the office of Texas Lt. Governor has been the most powerful position in state government.  Today, we have not only the most conservative Lt. Governor Texas has ever seen, we have someone who consistently punches above his weight in political negotiations.  Even better, he's someone who understands how to use the power his office grants him to advance conservative policy objectives.

  • Ken Paxton:

    Over the past year, no one has done more to protect Texans from Washington D.C's ravenous appetite.  Closer to home, Ken has rebuked governmental lawlessness whether it comes from Travis County probate courts or the University of Texas.  No one has done more to protect our religious liberty.

  • Wallace Hall:

    Over the past five years, no one has been subjected to more personal abuse for doing his job than University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.  In doing that job, Wallace has turned up evidence that some of the most notorious RINO's in Texas have abused their offices to assist their cronies.  While the current days at the University of Texas are dark, patriots like by Wallace Hall make the long term future bright...#HookEmWallace!!!
  • Louie Gohmert:

    While the rest of Texas' congressional delegation is mediocre at best, Louie Gohmert remains a consistent conservative superstar.  Most recently, Louie voted against Paul Ryan for Speaker; similarly he voted against the TARP bailout and every screwy fiscal "deal" we've seen since Obama was inaugurated.  If the others Republicans acted more like Louie Gohmert, the other Republicans would be in a lot less trouble.
  • More Conservative U.S. House Challenger than we can count:

    Speaking of Congress, there are currently 25 Republicans in Texas' U.S. House delegation.  Of those 25, at least 9 have credible primary challengers.  Several of them will in 2016 and those that fall short will set Texas conservatives up for another fantastic cycle in 2018.

  • Konni Burton, Bob Hall, and Don Huffines:

     While the Texas Senate has been slowly trending conservative for a decade, last cycle these three kicked that transition into high gear.  All three knocked off notorious liberals, one of whom was a Democrat (honorable mention also goes to Donna Campbell, who accomplished something similar in 2012).  While other members of the Texas Senate are also more conservative than the person they replaced, none of these three had the luxury of running in a special election.

  • David Simpson:

    While there are a couple dozen solid conservatives in the Texas Legislature, no one understands Christian grace quite like David Simpson.  David Simpson brings a level of humility about the effectiveness of government others would be well served to match.  As Simpson explains: "Even when we make a wrong choice, it's usually self-correcting if it's not subsidized by the government."

  • Jonathan Stickland:

    "Mr. Speaker, does the gentleman yield for a question?!?"  Nothing strikes terror in the hearts of the criminals and reprobates that populate the Texas House of Representatives quite like that one.  For more reasons than we can count, Jonathan Stickland is a courageous voice for righteousness in a wicked legislative body.
  • Matt Rinaldi:

    See everything we just said about Jonathan Stickland and add a more conservative voting record.  Prior to being sworn in, Matt Rinaldi danced circles around of the most intellectually feeble RINO's in the Texas House of Representatives.  Matt Rinaldi is on our short lists of legislators we'd like to see run statewide the next time we play musical chairs in 2022.

  • The rest of the Scott Turner 19:

    It would take too long to personally thank each member of the Texas House who voted for Scott Turner for Speaker.  Suffice to say, this election season wouldn't look as promising as it does if we hadn't gotten that recorded vote on the first day of this past legislative session.  Kudos also to Scott personally for seeing that race through to the end.

  • More Conservative #TXLEGE challengers than we can count:

    We're not sure how many dozens of Texas Legislative primaries have solid conservatives running either against incumbents or for open seats, but it's A LOT of them.  March 1st is GOING TO BE a good night.  The inevitable long-term trend will continue.

  • Austin killing THREE BONDS IN THREE YEARS: 

    First the 2013 Austin ISD bond.  Then the 2014 rail bond.  Most recently, the 2015 Courthouse bond.

  • Don Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair:

    Finally, we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge our two spectacular conservatives on the Austin City Council.  Don and Ellen have stopped bad things, promoted good things where they could, and (even when unsuccessful in the final vote) forced the Council to discuss our agenda.  Don and Ellen are an example Republican elected officials across all levels of government would be well served to emulate.
Bottom Line: It's easy to become frustrated with the day to day nonsense, but that's a mistake.  Over the past five years, grassroots conservatives across the state of Texas have made head-spinning progress against a corrupt political class that has had decades to entrench itself.  While plenty of work remains, take today to appreciate how far we've already come.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Doug Miller and Austin LOBBYISTS: Just how close ARE they?!?

"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
Matthew 5:28

Interesting nugget from the American Phoenix investigation:


  • ONCOR has numerous bills before Miller's committee that would grant de facto monopoly over Texas' electric grid.
  • Mindy Carr is ONCOR's chief lobbyist.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#HookEmCommonSense: U.T. Administration ACTUALLY Gets One RIGHT!!!

"Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor."
Romans 13:7

[Author's Note: Not to let him off the hook too easily, Randy Diehl's fingerprints are all over this tuition increase.]

Last week, we reported on the anti-Semitic lynch mob that wreaked havoc in a class at U.T. ten days ago.  Considering the history, we didn't think anything good would come from the administration's response.  We stand corrected:
Amidst the current controversy concerning the disruption of an academic lecture sponsored by the Institute for Israel Studies, I want to reiterate my deep admiration for the work of Professor Ami Pedahzur and the Institute for Israel Studies in conducting courses and public programming that represent the highest standard of academic discourse and dispassionate reasoning and research on a controversial subject of enormous importance. Students and faculty of every background, including Palestinians and Israelis alike, have enthusiastically received Prof. Pedahzur’s courses and his supervision of undergraduate and graduate research.
Although reviews are still ongoing, I wish to emphasize that there are places on campus for responsibly discussing disagreements. Disruption of a visiting scholar’s invited academic lecture violates principles of academic freedom and free speech that are crucial to our mission as a great university.
Randy L. Diehl
(h/t LegalInsurrection via Pushjunction)
Well...we certainly weren't expecting THAT response!!!

Bottom Line: We still think the students should be expelled, but this statement in support of the Israeli professor is a VERY good start; in words we never thought we would publish on this website, kudos to Greg Fenves and Randy Diehl....

Texas Right to Life ENDORSES Jonathan Stickland!!!

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

Considering the history this isn't a surprise, but it's a good summary of what makes Jonathan Stickland a pro-life champion:
Texas Right to Life considers Representative Stickland a tried and true friend for the preborn, the disabled, and the elderly. Here are just a few examples of Jonathan Stickland’s unapologetic defense of Life:

  • When House Leadership refused to allow Pro-Life policies to be heard on the floor of the Texas House, Representative Stickland filed amendments forcing the liberal Speaker Straus/Byron Cook gang to the negotiating table. (Why should Pro-Life policies go to a negotiations table when 103 out of 150 House members vote Pro-Life?) 

  • Representative Stickland and his staff study and employ needed procedural rules to bring Life issues on to the House floor and to protect Texas Right to Life’s freedom of speech. 

  • On Planned Parenthood’s lobby day at the Capitol, Representative Stickland took the opportunity to showcase the humanity of the preborn by hanging a sign outside his office that proclaimed Representative Stickland as a “former fetus.” (Anti-Life members were filing bills to dehumanize the preborn in our state’s laws.) That same day, Stickland refused to be silent when some of his colleagues used obscure House administration rules to bully his staff into removing the harmless sign. 

  • Representative Stickland filed legislation aimed at eliminating the monopoly held by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) over Pro-Life physicians. The TMA has achieved a 12-year documented history of opposing all Pro-Life measures in the legislature.
Read the whole thing here.

Bottom Line: #StickinWithStickland

Monday, November 23, 2015

Matt McCall discusses the Border

“You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess."
Deuteronomy 19:14

Matt McCall discusses the failure of Washington D.C., led by 30 year incumbent Lamar Smith, to secure U.S. Borders:

  • No more explosive issue today.
  • "There was a time when you came to this country you had to prove you would not be a burden."
  • "I believe you can get back to the place...where the border actually means something."
Bottom Line: As Matt McCall explains on his website, "When Lamar Smith went to D.C. 30 years ago, we had 3 million illegal aliens in our country. We now have 13 million. It’s time for results on the border."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Economic Protectionism: Food Trucks in San Antonio and El Paso

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Proverbs 11:1

Spider House Cafe -- Last night, in an event sponsored by the Institute for Justice's Texas Office and the Texas Millennial Institute, Arif Panju spoke about economic protectionism and how those laws have been used to restrict the growth of the food truck industry in El Paso and San Antonio:


  • Economic liberty is the right to earn an honest living.
  • That right pre-exists government.
  • A lot of economic protectionist laws have their roots in Jim Crow.
  • El Paso: City Council passed anti-Food Truck laws in 2010.
    • Had to stay at least 1000 feet from brick and mortar establishments
      • Made almost the entire city a no-vending zone.
    • Couldn't stop unless a customer flagged you down.
    • Maria Robleto, IJ's client in the case, had build a business from scratch selling candies into an "old school, traditional, taco truck."
    • "We sued the city of El Paso in Federal Court" and the city caved and repealed the ordinance.
  • Economic protectionism has been around for a long time, but "picked up steam" during the New Deal.
    • "The only way that the government could grow was to change the way the courts reviewed economic legislation."
  • Saying no to the government is not activism, it's judging.
  • San Antonio: City Council passed laws saying you have to stay at least 300 feet away from brick and mortar establishments unless they give you a notarized note with permission.
    • San Antonio Food Truck association had no interest in challenging unconstitutional laws.
      • They were politically connected insiders.
    • IJ sued on behalf of their client Rafael Lopez and the city caved and repealed the ordinance this past week.

Roger Stone discusses "The Clinton's War on Women" in Austin

"Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly."
Proverbs 26:26

Brave New Books -- Two weeks ago, Roger Stone came through Austin on the book-tour for his and Robert Morrow's recent release The Clinton's War on Women; Stone's remarks below:

  • The Clintons are: "career criminals in a dysfunctional marriage that is really an unending quest for money and power."
  • "I spent 40 years in the corroded rectum of the two party system."
  • In D.C. "everything is for sale."
  • "Both parties have morphed into one party; it's the part of endless war, it's the party of the erosion of our civil's the party of massive debt and borrowing, its the party that puts higher and more oppressive taxes on working people while hedge fund managers on Wall St. pay almost nothing, it is the party of massive spending, it is the party run by the special interests for the special interests at the behest of the special interests."
  • "Bill Clinton is a Bill Cosby style sexual predator."
  • Bill Clinton has raped or sexually assaulted "at least 27 women.
  • Clinton "shouldn't have been impeached for the Monica Lewinsky affair, he should have been impeached for selling military secrets to the Chinese."
  • We know Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey, we don't know Christie Zercher, Carolyn Moffett, Becky Brown, Eileen Wellstone, Liz Ward Grayson, Dorthy Kyle Browning....
  • Bill's 'signature move' -- Biting the upper lip of his victim.
  • "Hillary's running the cover up."
    • Nuts and sluts campaign.
  • Ken Starr: "Frankly, he was in the tank."
  • Hillary has never paid women as much as men.
  • Janet Reno was Hillary's personal hire.
  • Clinton Foundation tax documents: "Permeated with fraud."
  • Clinton Foundation: "A slush fund for grifters."
    • Vehicle for the facilitation of bribes.
  • "Their partners in this endeavor are the Bushes."
  • Jeb was supposed to be "designated loser" to Hillary this cycle.
  • Haiti earthquake relief fraud.
  • Danney Williams -- Bill's son via Arkansas prostitute.
    • Bill Clinton is a deadbeat dad and grandfather.
  • Clinton aided massive drug smuggling through Arkansas in the 1980's and gave pardons to drug traffickers after they hired Hillary as their attorney.
  • Chelsea "is not the biological daughter of Bill Clinton."
    • "Bill learned Hillary was pregnant by reading it in the newspaper."
    • Webb Hubbell is Chelsea's real father.