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Monday, September 1, 2014

#ThirdWorldPractices: Greg Abbot proven right (again)....

"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

First, this has happened before. Second, Hidalgo County is the epicenter of the current crisis. Third, great find from Breitbart Texas:
A developing federal investigation has brought up allegations that a Hidalgo County Commissioner paid for votes with bags of cocaine while other politicians paid for votes also with cash, cigarettes, marijuana and beer.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the arrest of two women accused of buying votes show that during the democratic primaries in 2012, a campaign manager for a Hidalgo County Commissioner who said that during the campaign, he bought $50 worth of cocaine, commonly known as an 8-ball and split it up in order to give it to the two women so they could use it to entice voters.

Earlier this week Belinda Solis and Veronica Salazar went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby who formally charged them with vote buying and set their bond at $10,000.

The two women were part of a large year and a half long FBI investigation into election corruption in Hidalgo County.

The investigation began in January 2013 when agents met with a campaign manager for a Hidalgo County Commissioner, who told the agents that he bought cocaine so his campaign workers could give it to the voters in exchange for their votes. The court records do not identify the commissioner by name; however they state that he ran during the 2012 primaries. The women were paid campaign workers, also known as politiqueras, who targeted low income areas and elderly individuals enticing them to vote for a particular candidate.

Over the course of the investigation, agents met with the two women who told the agents that they had received the cocaine from the campaign manager who is only identified on court records as campaign worker 1 and then gave it to the voters. The women also told the agents that they gave cocaine to voters during the school board election in Donna ISD in addition to cash, beer, cigarettes, and marijuana.
This has a long history.   It's gotten worse during the current crisis.  Kudos to Greg Abbott for accurately describing the situation.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Texas Longhorn Defense Builds Coach Strong's Credibility

"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

Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium -- Charlie Strong's debut as Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns revealed a team with tremendous potential yet struggling with the legacy of expensive ineptitude bequeathed by outgoing University of Texas President Bill Powers.  Thankfully, the Longhorns won 38 - 7.  For his efforts, Coach Strong was rewarded with his first (of hopefully many) Gatorade showers:

The Longhorn defense scored more points than they allowed.  They hustled for four interceptions (including a PickSix from Demarco Cobbs) and four sacks.  They gave up less than 100 yards of offense during the game.

Unfortunately, David Ash still sucks.  While the rest of the team performed admirably, Bill Powers' legacy quarterback reminded fans why his era has been known for chronic underachievement.  Ash was personally responsible for three delay of game penalties, which likely cost the team at least one touchdown.  He also fumbled two snaps, one of which led to the only points the Longhorns gave up during the game.  While it doesn't excuse his otherwise crappy play, Ash did score one rushing touchdown (along with a TD pass):

The Texas offense was aided by solid performances from the offensive line and running backs Jonathan Gray (82 yards) and Malcolm Brown (2 TD's).  Wide receivers John Harris and Jaxon Shipley also did their jobs as assigned.  Unfortunately, an offense is only as good as its Quarterback and David Ash sucks.

Based on tonight's game, 2014 Texas Longhorn Football reminds this author of 2014 New York Yankee Baseball.  Both teams are good at preventing runs.  Scoring them has been a problem for the Yankees and will be a problem for the Longhorns when the competition gets tougher.  Nonetheless, the positives from tonight's game outweigh the negatives.  The Charlie Strong era holds a LOT of potential for Texas Longhorn football once they find a decent quarterback.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Dan Patrick's Secret #Dream14 Speech

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;"
Proverbs 29:2 (a)

[Author's note: We apologize for the video quality; cell phone camera, bad lighting, etc....]

Dallas, TX -- Earlier this evening, Texas Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick spoke to the Texas delegation at the Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream Conference:

First off, Peggy Venable of AFP Texas introduced Patrick:

  • "We are headed for trouble if we don't reign in local government spending and debt."
  • "We know in Texas we've gone a long way, but we've also got a long way to go."
  • "We have to make sure we're engaged in local politics and local policymaking also."
 Next, Senator Patrick spoke:

  • "We already have school choice in Texas: If you're rich enough you send your kid to private school, if you're mobile enough you move to the suburbs." 
  • "Nobody moves to the suburbs because they want to sit in traffic."
  • #TXSEN will kill 2/3rds rule.
  • "Last year we spent $53 billion in Texas on education."
  • Texas education spending: $38 billion in 1997, $53 billion today....
  • "If I'm Lieutenant Governor, there will not be a budget that passes the Senate without serious property tax relief, short term, medium term, and long term."
  • They owe their success to us activists!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Movie Review: Atlas Shrugged, Part 3; "Who is John Galt?!?"

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

Dallas, TX -- Earlier tonight, we were blessed to attend an advance screening of Atlas Shrugged, Part 3: Who is John Galt?!?  The film followed the arc of creeping, incremental statism to its logical conclusion.  Blackouts, deprivation, and tyranny was the result.

The movie won't please hardcore Randian purists.  Rand's book is 1000 pages long and editorial decisions had to be made.  For everyone else, the film is a worthy tribute to the power of freedom to promote human flourishing.

The film begins with the revelation of John Galt's origins in the takeover of the factory where he worked by new Marxist management.  Moving on, we see Dagny Taggart's time in the Colorado  valley where Galt and the leading entrepreneurs of his day have gone on 'strike' to the outside while creating a prosperous small community.  While she sympathizes with Galt's objectives, she eventually leaves to rescue her family's railroad, which is suffering from mismanagement under her brother Joe Straus James.

James is more interested in cronyism than productive economic activity.  During Dagny's absence, he supported a railroad centralization law.  While the law made him short term blood money, it proved disastrous for the railroad.  Dagny again fixes a problem created by James.  Eventually, James cannot handle the contrast between his crony failures and the successes of his counterparts who believe in freedom.

The climax of the film is John Galt's speech.  The first two-thirds of the film tease a speech by 'head of state' Harrison, where he's supposed to explain to the nation his 'solution' to the economic crisis: MORE STATISM!!!  In a manner reminiscent of Andrew Breitbart with Anthony Weiner, John Galt hacks into the broadcast feed of Harrison's speech and explains the ongoing producer strike.  To the horror of the crony government, Galt's speech becomes a rallying cry to the multitudes who don't support government policies.  Naturally, the government cracks down.

One MAJOR warning: the film contains an unnecessarily graphic sex scene between John Galt and Dagny Taggert.  While no body parts are exposed, they don't have to be.  This website STRONGLY encourages the produces to curtail this scene dramatically before the final cut of the film is released in two weeks.

Statism is a destructive, satanic philosophy that begets death and poverty.  Unfortunately, it also enriches a small crony elite, who go to extreme lengths to protect their blood money (hello Texas House).  Atlas Shrugged Part 3 follows this dangerous philosophy to its natural conclusion.  Blackouts, deprivation, and tyranny is the inevitable result.  Atlas Shrugged, Part 3 hits theaters September 12th.

Temptation's Threefold Nature

"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. "
Genesis 3:6

Fantastic devotion from ICR this morning:
Satan was so successful with his first temptation when he persuaded Adam and Eve to rebel against God’s Word in the Garden of Eden, that he has been using the same technique ever since. By this threefold temptation, he appeals to the body, soul, and spirit. He first appeals to whatever fleshly appetites a person may have (“good for food”), then to his emotional responses (“pleasant to the eyes”), and finally to his spiritual pride (“make one wise”).

John later would call these desires “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). James identifies them as “earthly, sensual, devilish” (James 3:15).

Satan even brought the same three temptations to bear on Christ Himself in the wilderness: “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread” (Matthew 4:3). That is, “satisfy your physical hunger.” “Cast thyself down” from the pinnacle of the temple, thus enjoying the exhilarating feeling of being borne up by angels (Matthew 4:5-6). “All these things I will give thee” without your going to the cross, Satan taunted (Matthew 4:9).

Christ, however, stood the test, in each case citing an appropriate verse of Scripture to gain the victory. Now, when we are tempted, we can draw on His strength and follow His example. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” (James 1:12). God “will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). HMM

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TPPF: What is REALLY happening on the Texas Border (Livestream)

"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

[Note: Unfortunately, due to technical issues, the stream was VERY spotty; we've posted the archive of what was broadcast and recorded.]

 Texas State Capital -- TPPF is hosting a panel on the Border; speakers include Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas, Texas Agriculutre Commissioner Todd Staples, Shawn Moran of the National Border Patrol Council, and Mike Vickers of Texas Border Volunteers:

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Austin Urban Rail Forum Livestream

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

Update: It didn't go well for the pro-rail forces....

Part 1:

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Part 2:
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