Thursday, October 27, 2016

UT Politburo: A Tale of Two Protests....

"And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?"
Romans 2:3

[Update: It gets better, apparently Gregory Vincent makes $331,500 per year.]

[Update II: From Vincent's official bio, "Since Dr. Vincent’s appointment by President William Powers Jr. in 2005, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has grown to encompass a $50 million budget and more than 400 employees, 50 units, and 300 community partners."]

We deliberately ignored the "Cocks not Glocks" (CnG) protest earlier this year because it was stupid.  Nevertheless, yesterday's kerfuffle over YCT's 'affirmative action' bakesale got us thinking.  There's a contrast.

Dr. Gregory Vincent, Vice President of the Division of Diversity and Community engagement, yesterday:
On Wednesday, the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) held a bake sale on the West Mall, where they sold goods to students at varying prices based on their race and gender. This is a repeat of a YCT bake sale held here on campus in September 2013. YCT joins a handful of student groups at other universities who over the years have used the same reductive tactic to garner the spotlight for their views on affirmative action.

Such methods are inflammatory and demeaning. Yet focusing our attention on the provocative nature of the YCT’s actions ignores a much more important issue: they create an environment of exclusion and disrespect among our students, faculty and staff. The West Mall is a place where free speech is exercised by all students, and rightly so, because it is meant to be an arena that inspires dialogue from diverse viewpoints. However, it is also meant to be a space where students exhibit respect for each other while holding those viewpoints. Although it is their right to do so, it is deplorable that a few students took advantage of this open forum to direct negative sentiment toward their peers.

In seeking an audience for their ideas, the YCT resorted to exercising one of the university’s core values to the detriment of others. Such actions are counterproductive to true dialogue on our campus, and it is unrepresentative of the ideals toward which our community strives.
During CnG Vincent said...bupkus.  Moving along, Greg Fenves also said...bupkus.  Eventually, we find this statement from Fenves' chief of staff in response to a press inquiry:
Thanks for writing President Fenves on the rally yesterday protesting the “Campus Carry” law. I am responding on his behalf.

As an institution committed to the creation of knowledge, UT Austin firmly supports free inquiry and robust discussion of issues. Political protests occur on campus regularly representing a wide spectrum of ideas and positions. The university has well established processes for reserving space, guaranteeing the free speech rights of members of our community and maintaining safety.

The university recognizes that many people may find protestors’ actions offensive. The First Amendment, however, protects expression no matter how offensive the content. UT Austin students are free to express themselves peacefully on all issues. The planned protests around campus carry appear to be examples of protected political speech. We ask students and others in the university community to maintain conversations around this issue in a civil manner, and we encourage students of all opinions to be a part of this and other discussions of public policy.
Bottom Line: It's not surprising, but still....

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#HookEm: YCT's "Affirmative Action" Bake Sale draws MASSIVE Protest!!! :D

"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."
John 17:17

[Update: Campus Reform has more here.]

From time to time, as the Fischer case has weaved it's way through the courts, the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) has held affirmative action bake sales.  The premise is to set prices according to race, with whites and asians paying the highest prices and 'protected classes' paying less.  It's designed to smoke out the absurdity of the campus left.  They get offended by this sort of 'favoritism' but have no problem with race based admissions policies.

Anyway, YCT held another one this afternoon:

We didn't explicitly set out to attend the event, but unrelated business brought us to the campus area while it occurred.  We came upon UT's west mall at approximately 1pm (the event began at 11am).  The SJW crowd was fully assembled.

To the best of our knowledge, here's how things went down: About 45 minutes after the event began, a large crowd assembled and attempted to shout down the YCTers.  Shortly thereafter, someone stole the YCTers sign and cookies.  Chaos then reigned until everyone got bored around 1:30 pm.

A small sample:

The Dallas Morning News has more here.

Bottom Line: HILARIOUS!!!


One thing we would like to point out: This entire event was contained within a corner of the West Mall.  99% of campus was unaffected by this.  While it's certainly worthy of a laugh, we would caution against overreacting.

Furthermore, if you needed any proof that God is in control and that He knows everything that's going on, this guy was preaching the Gospel about 5 feet away from this event the entire time:


While we were writing this report, YCT-UT sent out the following press release:
YCT-UT Starts Dialogue on Affirmative Action

Austin, TX - Today, Young Conservatives of Texas at UT (YCT-UT) held an 'Affirmative Action Bake Sale' on campus to bring attention to the absurdity of giving preferential treatment to individuals based on race, ethnicity or gender.

Affirmative action for university admissions was banned in Texas in 1996 (Hopwood v. Texas) but then overturned over by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 (Gratz v. Bollinger) stating that race, gender, and ethnicity can again be used as a factor in admissions as long as a quota or point system is not used.

"Our protest was designed to highlight the insanity of assigning our lives value based on our race and ethnicity, rather than our talents, work ethic, and intelligence," said YCT-UT Chairman, Vidal Casta├▒eda. "It is insane that institutional racism, such as affirmative action, continues to allow for universities to judge me by the color of my skin rather than my actions."

The event was streamed by Yerim Ashley Choi, a University of Texas spokesman for the Gender and Sexuality Center at the university. Choi titled the video: "Racists are live at UT Austin."

"The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees our organization freedom of speech and expression," continued Casta├▒eda. "YCT-UT will not be deterred by liberal elites that would love nothing more than to silence conservative, common sense voices on campus. We will continue to speak out against policies that are harmful or give preferential treatment based on nothing more than immutable characteristics."

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 21 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Notes on Corporate Welfare programs in Texas....

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

[Author's Note: For background on the '313' program, see here.]

This afternoon, we attended the UT Center for Politics and Governance's event "Inside the Insider Economy: Cronyism in America Today.'  Most of the discussion revolved around national issues.  During his remarks, however, Professor Nathan Jensen shared some eye-opening observations about various 'economic development' programs in Texas.

Jensen's academic work examines the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of various 'economic development' programs; his Texas-specific observations:

  • Over 95% of the companies in Texas that got '313's' were going to expand anyway.
  •  No correlation between campaign contributions and "Texas enterprise fund" grants.
    • Author's Note: So Rick Perry dodges that bullet.
  • There is, however, a correlation between the size of the company and the grants received.
    • ie. The payouts went to Big Businesses.
  • The only thing that swings voters against 'economic development' incentives is discussion of the opportunity cost.
Jensen plans to examine 'economic development' programs across Texas and intends to begin publishing his research next spring.   Obviously, that's going to be smack dab in the middle of the legislative session.  Could get interesting....

#ATXCouncil's "proposal" for 85th #TXLEGE Lobby Budget....

"No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!"
1 Corinthians 6:8

A source e-mails:


Fun Fact: Several years back, "Focused Advocacy" was involved in a lawsuit that aired a lot of the Austin lobby's dirty laundry; read the Trib's write up from the time here.


Bottom Line: This is a textbook example of why Texas needs to ban taxpayer funded lobbying.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Adler's "Corridor" Bond: Opposition launches TV Campaign!!!

"He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed."
Proverbs 13:20

This is great:


  • More Congestion.
  • $720 million in new debt.
    • Author's Note: Probably closer to a Billion and a half once you factor in interest and cost overruns.
  • Fewer Lanes.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Revelation 14:14-20 -- The Time HAS Come

Reaping the Earth’s Harvest
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”  So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Reaping the Grapes of Wrath
Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.  And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
Revelation 14:14-20

Pastor Danny Forshee.  Great Hills Baptist Church.  May 17, 2015:

The Time Has Come - Dr. Danny Forshee - May 17, 2015 from Great Hills Baptist Church on Vimeo.

  1. The Grain Harvest (vv. 14-16)
    -  Daniel 7:13-14
    - Joel 3:13
    - John 10:17-18
    - Philippians 2:7-8
  2. The Grape Harvest (vv. 17-20)
  • I am just so excited about the Lord's return.
  • When Jesus comes, it is going to be a day of reckoning.
  • You see the wrath of God poured out on sinful man.
  • We are past needing Judgement but God continues extending GRACE.
  • Whenever you come across a text like this you have two choices: Believe it or don't believe it.
  • The Jesus of the Gospels is the same Jesus as the Jesus of the apocalypse.
  • I know you don't want to hear it but, in Jesus' name, listen to me...either you repent or you go to hell and you will have no one to blame except yourself.
  • 70 to 80% of men in the Church watch pornography.
  • Either your sins will be paid by Jesus on the cross or by yourself in hell.
    • "I don't want to go to hell, I want to go to Jesus."
    • The person behind all of this is God.
    • "It's not that He's not speaking, it's that we're not listening...and we have only ourselves to blame."
    • "Just come, Lord Jesus, come."
      • "I hope that you know Him."
    • "God, please forgive us."
    • "God, come what us endure afflictions."
    • "Some of our people, Lord, need to get right with you."

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Patrick refuses to rubber stamp university hiring....

    "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord."
    Colossians 3:20

    This is GREAT:

    Bottom Line: There's a lot of inside baseball and "capitol speak" in Patrick's letter, but the most important takeaway is that the Senate will no longer rubber stamp this category of university expenditures.