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May 31, 2013, 10:23 pmClint Eastwood and the AARP
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March 9, 2013, 10:46 pmTexas begins steps to protect financial solvency in case of US economic collapse
Texas legislators have begun steps to protect the State of Texas from US economic collapse.
In January, HB 568 was filed by Rep James White http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB568
AUSTIN — Rep. James White, R-Hillister, filed a bill Friday that would create a committee to review whether Texas could keep operating without receiving federal dollars.
The bill, HB 568, would create the Select Committee on Budget Dependence on Federal Funding composed of legislators, budget experts, and citizens from the non-profit sector who will analyze what will happen if the federal government is no longer able to provide full funding to the state because of "possible reduction in or elimination of federal funding on the state budget due to federal fiscal policy." The committee would present their findings in a report to state leaders.
“Due to the fiscal dysfunction of Washington, D.C., and the fact that more than a third of our state’s budget revenue comes from the federal government, Texas needs to study what it would mean if the Federal Government couldn’t meet its obligations,” White said.
Federal funds account for about $64.7 billion — roughly 34 percent of the House base budget of $189.9 billion. That money goes toward Medicaid, public education, transportation and other areas.
A November blog by reporter Dave Michaels highlighted what would happen to Texas if the U.S. went over the fiscal cliff. One solution to a loss of about $656 million of federal funding in that instance was to bring back the state estate tax, which would collect between $62 million and $317 million in 2013, “depending on the estate tax’s top rate and the amount of inheritance that is excluded from taxation.”
“Speaker Straus should be commended for naming a House interim committee on sequestration. However, we must expand on this work. My district in South East Texas, for example, has a higher proportion of seniors compared to the state overall percentage. What would happen in the event the Federal Government eliminated the funds normally allocated to them?” White said. “In the current economic climate, exacerbated by out of control spending in Washington, Texas needs to study possible responses to Federal financial turmoil and our readiness to adjust to such an event. Texans must govern Texas and Texans need to be concerned about Texas.”
In February, HB 1930 was filed by Rep Matt Krause http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB1930
AUSTIN, TEXAS - Today, Rep. Matt Krause filed H.B. 1930, which creates the Fiscal Risk Management Commission (FRMC). This commission would be comprised of elected officials and members of the public and be tasked with the assessment of, and planning for, a wide spectrum of potential economic threats to the state of Texas.
"Other states have already begun to take the initiative by studying and creating long-term contingency plans to protect their credit ratings, economies, and the delivery of fundamental government services," said Rep. Matt Krause. "With an unyielding $16 trillion debt, it is apparent that our federal government is fundamentally incapable of solving this crisis. If you look at the current uncertainty in D.C. with the sequester, and before that the fiscal cliff, and before that the debt ceiling, it's clear Texas needs to step up and take a leadership role in our citizens' economic security."
The FRMC would study all possible economic threats to Texas, including:
1. Significant reduction or elimination of federal funds on delivery of critical services and the state budget;
2. Effect of political or market-led default on state economy;
3. Impact of devaluation of U.S. Dollar and loss of reserve currency status on Texas;
4. Advisability and practicability of developing a contingency currency for Texas;
5. Risks presented by acts of economic terrorism (i.e. energy embargo) on Texas;
6. Any other macroeconomic threat to Texas FRMC considers appropriate.
"The FRMC would be charged with publishing a Fiscal Risk Management Plan, which would contain all research, findings, and drafts of proposed legislation the commission recommends," continued Rep. Matt Krause. "Governments have contingency plans for a wide array of threats, such as hurricanes and other storms. There is no need for our state to be caught flatfooted by any number of economic storms that are not only possible, but some of them are highly probable. Our citizens and business owners deserve strong action on this matter."
I for one, am proud to be a Texan.
March 2, 2013, 7:49 pmTexas Declaration of Independence, March 2nd
Declaration of Independence
made by the
Delegates of the People of Texas
in General Convention
at the town of Washington
on the 2nd day of March 1836.
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.
When the Federal Republican Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central military despotism, in which every interest is disregarded but that of the army and the priesthood, both the eternal enemies of civil liberty, the everready minions of power, and the usual instruments of tyrants.
When, long after the spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is at length so far lost by those in power, that even the semblance of freedom is removed, and the forms themselves of the constitution discontinued, and so far from their petitions and remonstrances being regarded, the agents who bear them are thrown into dungeons, and mercenary armies sent forth to force a new government upon them at the point of the bayonet.
When, in consequence of such acts of malfeasance and abdication on the part of the government, anarchy prevails, and civil society is dissolved into its original elements. In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness.
Nations, as well as individuals, are amenable for their acts to the public opinion of mankind. A statement of a part of our grievances is therefore submitted to an impartial world, in justification of the hazardous but unavoidable step now taken, of severing our political connection with the Mexican people, and assuming an independent attitude among the nations of the earth.
The Mexican government, by its colonization laws, invited and induced the Anglo-American population of Texas to colonize its wilderness under the pledged faith of a written constitution, that they should continue to enjoy that constitutional liberty and republican government to which they had been habituated in the land of their birth, the United States of America.
In this expectation they have been cruelly disappointed, inasmuch as the Mexican nation has acquiesced in the late changes made in the government by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who having overturned the constitution of his country, now offers us the cruel alternative, either to abandon our homes, acquired by so many privations, or submit to the most intolerable of all tyranny, the combined despotism of the sword and the priesthood.
It has sacrificed our welfare to the state of Coahuila, by which our interests have been continually depressed through a jealous and partial course of legislation, carried on at a far distant seat of government, by a hostile majority, in an unknown tongue, and this too, notwithstanding we have petitioned in the humblest terms for the establishment of a separate state government, and have, in accordance with the provisions of the national constitution, presented to the general Congress a republican constitution, which was, without just cause, contemptuously rejected.
It incarcerated in a dungeon, for a long time, one of our citizens, for no other cause but a zealous endeavor to procure the acceptance of our constitution, and the establishment of a state government.
It has failed and refused to secure, on a firm basis, the right of trial by jury, that palladium of civil liberty, and only safe guarantee for the life, liberty, and property of the citizen.
It has failed to establish any public system of education, although possessed of almost boundless resources, (the public domain,) and although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self government.
It has suffered the military commandants, stationed among us, to exercise arbitrary acts of oppression and tyrrany, thus trampling upon the most sacred rights of the citizens, and rendering the military superior to the civil power.
It has dissolved, by force of arms, the state Congress of Coahuila and Texas, and obliged our representatives to fly for their lives from the seat of government, thus depriving us of the fundamental political right of representation.
It has demanded the surrender of a number of our citizens, and ordered military detachments to seize and carry them into the Interior for trial, in contempt of the civil authorities, and in defiance of the laws and the constitution.
It has made piratical attacks upon our commerce, by commissioning foreign desperadoes, and authorizing them to seize our vessels, and convey the property of our citizens to far distant ports for confiscation.
It denies us the right of worshipping the Almighty according to the dictates of our own conscience, by the support of a national religion, calculated to promote the temporal interest of its human functionaries, rather than the glory of the true and living God.
It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defence, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.
It has invaded our country both by sea and by land, with intent to lay waste our territory, and drive us from our homes; and has now a large mercenary army advancing, to carry on against us a war of extermination.
It has, through its emissaries, incited the merciless savage, with the tomahawk and scalping knife, to massacre the inhabitants of our defenseless frontiers.
It hath been, during the whole time of our connection with it, the contemptible sport and victim of successive military revolutions, and hath continually exhibited every characteristic of a weak, corrupt, and tyrranical government.
These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the people of Texas, untill they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. We then took up arms in defence of the national constitution. We appealed to our Mexican brethren for assistance. Our appeal has been made in vain. Though months have elapsed, no sympathetic response has yet been heard from the Interior. We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therfor of a military government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.
The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.
We, therefore, the delegates with plenary powers of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and declare, that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations.
|Charles B. Stewart
Happy Independence Day, Texas.
Bolds and highlights are mine. Interesting parallels to today's 'modern' political issues. http://www.texasnationalist.com/
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November 10, 2012, 7:50 pmAggies beat Bama & Texas lines up in the Wishbone for Royal
Gig'em Aggies! http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=323150333 Dang but that was a fine game. Congrats to the Aggies, respect for the Tide.
November 3, 2012, 7:36 amPutting the election in perspective
I just wanted to share this with everyone since this upcoming election has both sides in such a tizzy. It really put things back into perspective for me. I felt uplifted after reading this because in the end, God is sovereign.
50,000 Feet Looking Down
October 31, 2012, 11:56 pmOsama bin Laden Donates to Barack Obama Re-election Campaign
Article partially quoted below. They have screen shots of the donation at the link along with information on other illegal campaign donations accepted easily by the Obama re-election campaign. Me thinks the Obama campaign has a lot of explaining to do. (not that the MSM would cover it or anything)
October 31, 2012, 11:13 pmI voted Tuesday!
Early voting in Texas started last week and ends on Friday.
I walked to the polling place from my office across the street. No line, but steady flow of people in and people out. It was very busy. The poll worker at the entrance (Hall Monitor) was instructing us to turn our cell phones off and have our ID ready. Per the Texas voting information website:
Q: What ID do I need to bring with me to vote?
A: Identification is not required to register to vote in Texas, but you must take either your voter registration certificate or acceptable identification when you vote.
So, what is acceptable ID?
Your voter application asks for one of three identification numbers. If you have not received any of these, you are still eligible to register to vote, but you will be required to provide proof of your identity at the polling place. Acceptable identification includes:
- A driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety. You may also bring a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;
- A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
- A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person’s identity;
- Your United States citizenship papers;
- Your United States passport;
- Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
Personally, I believe people must first prove they are a citizen, then prove they are that person in order to register to vote, and then prove they are that person when voting. This ensures that MY vote is not cancelled out by an illegal vote. Without photo ID proving that I am that person registered to vote, what is there to prevent someone from taking someone else's voter registration card and going to the polls to vote? It's about voting integrity.
Today, Wednesday, I walked with my boss across the street so she could vote. I just wanted to get out of the office and the day is such a pretty day outside. I did get the stink eye from the hall monitor dude at the entrance. Not that I tried to go in or anything. I just sat in the lobby to wait. Same no wait line, but very busy, steady stream of people coming in and going out. My coworker and her husband were at the same polling station Saturday and waited over an hour in line to vote.
It's good to see such a big turnout. It's a great day in America. God bless America.
October 4, 2012, 10:03 pmComment on the, uh, Debate
Uh, cut from, uh, the Denver,uh, debate, uh, last night.
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September 23, 2012, 11:18 amIs Obama Flaming the ME Anti-American Protests?
Rush is always good for 'food for thought'. Yes, I'm a Rush fan, have been for nearly as long as he's been on radio.
So, after the killing of OBL is brought up 21 times at the DNC, on the anniversary of 9/11 the US embassy in Egypt releases an apology for a very little seen video trailer, much less the supposed movie. Egypt explodes.
Obama and Hillary next pay $70k in OUR TAX DOLLARS to issue a PSA on Pakistan state TV, where only small and isolated protests had occured in a region of very shakey US relations. Pakistan explodes.
Now Pakistan's president has issued a $100k reward for the death of the movie producer. Pretty much none of these protesters have seen this trailer, nor had they even heard of the trailer until the Obama admin brought it up. Hell, even here in the US it was unknown.
Which relatively quiet Muslim country will Obama incite next? Turkey? Indonesia?
The more Obama and Clinton keep talking about the film, the more violent the protests become. I fully expect protests to occur here in the states. Just wait for it.
Keep in mind that is is all separate and apart from the Benghazi attacks. That wasaa pure terrorist attack planned to occur on the anniversary of 9/11 in retaliation for drone strikes killing Al Qaeda leaders and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
September 23, 2012, 8:45 amUN Passes Small Arms Treaty While Media Invents Romney Gaffs
The United Nations Small Arms Treaty passed in its second session. The Media was silent over its passage.
According to the UN’s press release,
Concluding its two-week session today, the second United Nations conference to review the 2001 Programme of Action on trafficking in small arms and light weapons adopted a consensus outcome document that highlighted the international community’s renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.
The document’s adoption represented a major achievement for delegations, who had failed to agree on a final outcome at the first review conference, held in 2006. “We accomplished something great today,” said U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria), President of the Conference, formally known as the United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.
According to the text, Member States renewed their pledge to rid the world of the scourge brought upon it by the illicit manufacture, transfer and circulation of small arms and light weapons, and their excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread in many parts of the world. They also committed to mobilizing the necessary political will and resources to implement the Programme of Action and the International Tracing Instrument, with the aim of achieving clear and tangible results over the next six years, through 2018.
Further by the text, States emphasized that the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons continued to sustain conflicts, exacerbate armed violence, undermine respect for international humanitarian law and international human rights law, aid terrorism and illegal armed groups, and facilitate increasing levels of transnational organized crime, as well as trafficking in humans, drugs and certain natural resources.
HOWEVER, I WILL ADD THIS ARTICLE THAT EXPLAINS WHY THIS PARTICULAR TREATY ONLY OPENS THE DOOR TO GLOBAL GUN CONTROL. THERE IS ANOTHER, MORE POWERFUL GUN CONTROL TREATY AT THE UN: THE INTERNATIONAL SMALL ARMS CONTROL STANDARDS
Those in a panic over the expected loss of 2nd Amendment rights, should the UN Small Arms Treaty be adopted, need to understand two very important facts:
1) the Treaty has no chance of garnering the 2/3rds vote necessary for senate approval; and
2) a real UN sponsored threat to gun rights in the US and globally does exist, going under the acronym of ISACS, “International Small Arms Control Standards.”
The UN has been actively working to disarm private individuals and a fair number of nations for thirty years. From its inception in 1982 to the current United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, the organization promotes not only nuclear disarmament, but also and perhaps most especially “disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, especially land mines and small arms…”
And 3 decades of effort have resulted in a program which hopes to impose international standards on virtually everything having to do with the types of weapons owned by some 130 million American citizens. For in its “Working Outline,” ISACS means to create and make mandatory:
1.) National controls over the manufacture of small arms and light weapons
2.) National controls over the end-user and end-use of internationally transferred small arms and light weapons
3.) National controls over the access of civilians to small arms and light weapons
4.) Stockpile management over both storage and DESTRUCTION of weapons and ammunition
5.) International legal cooperation, criminal offenses and investigations
Phase 1 in the United Nations scheme is the same that has been dreamed of for years by gun grabbing organizations in the United States, mandatory and universal gun registration. Offered under the ISACS protocol as a necessary means for the tracing of weapons which have been put to illegal use, ISACS means to collect, catalogue and offer to law enforcement agencies worldwide the following information on every gun owned by either state or private citizen: make, model, caliber, serial number, country of manufacture, physical characteristics such as barrel length, type of action, magazine capacity and naturally all pertinent information on the owner. Of course pictures are also preferred!
According to its project summary, this immense, internationally accessible data base would make possible “…the timely and reliable domestic tracing of illicit small arms and light weapons from their manufacture, import…up to the last legal possessor of the weapon…” Naturally the ability to trace ammunition would also be mandatory which means all bullets would have to be marked and their purchasers made part of the same worldwide network responsible for the tracking of guns!
After the global system of registration has been adopted by each UN member nation, Phase 2 of the ISACS plan will be implemented. And that of course involves the “Control Standards” incorporated in the ISACS acronym. This part of the scheme is defined as the ability of the United Nations to “work as one” with the nations of the world, or more properly, to impose standards of conduct and performance on a worldwide basis, blissfully ignoring the various laws of each nation along with the rights of their citizens.
Nothing like dictatorial authority to make a system run without a hitch! And should anyone wonder, the UN makes it clear “the primary beneficiaries of ISACS will be people all over the world who live in fear of their lives, as well as those of family and loved ones…” Isn’t it always the case that those who demand absolute power claim it is really for our own good!
So, although the Small Arms Treaty contains provisions contrary to the right of the American people to keep and bear arms, it bears repeating that any organization committed to the unlimited extension and exercise of its own power is prone to attack from more than one direction. The UN has engaged in that practice for decades and won’t rest until it has disarmed the American public.
September 16, 2012, 11:48 amOnce again we have to rely on foreign media...
Because the US media is in the tank for Obama and would not dare tell the truth about what happened in Libya. This malpractice of the media would not have happened if Bush had been in office.
What the media should be asking is:
1. Was there, or was there not, warning ahead of time that there would be violence against U.S. Embassies?
2. Who was given the warning? What did he or she do with the information? How far "up the chain" did it go?
3. Was the Ambassador sodomized during the time he was supposedly "being taken to the hospital?"
4. Is ritual sodomization of defeated victims a tenet of Islamic victory practices?
5. Were the Embassy Guards given live ammunition with which to defend the Embassy?
6. If the guards were not given ammunition, who gave that order?
7. Who was responsible for securing classified information, like the "Libyans Helping U.S." List?
8. Was there any heightened alert status at the Embassies in light of the date (9/11)? If not, why not?
9. How do you explain any discrepancy between the video posting date and the "outbreak of outrage" on 9/11?
But as Joe Scarborough says, the media was prevented from asking these questions because Romney chose to speak up. Seriously? How are we to believe that when reporters like CNN's Peter Hamby tweet the hyperlink to Obama's fundraising page from their official news accounts? How are we to believe that when Politico bloggers are allowed to use Politico blogs to repost Obama fundraising letters including hyperlinks to Obama's fundraising page? News for the newsmedia: the American people want answers, not continuous attacks on Romney by the supposedly nonpartisan 'news' reporters.
September 16, 2012, 9:31 am12 US Embassies & Consuls were attacked during Bush's tenure
Since the Obama supporters are shouting "Boooooooooooshhhhhhhhh" I thought I'd check into this claim. The statement is true, however:
Zero US Ambassadors and zero non-military US citizens killed.
Zero breaches, although several were burned
8 US Embassies/Consuls to date attacked during Obama's less than 4 years tenure (actually all occurred 2011-2012):
1 US Ambassador tortured, dragged through the streets and killed
Ambassador Christopher Stevens
3 non-military US citizens tortured, dragged through the streets and killed
Foreign Service Information Managment Officer Sean Smith
American private security employee Glen Doherty
Former US Navy Seal Tyrone Woods
4 breaches: Benghazi, Cairo, Sudan, Tunis
Cairo - US Flag torn down & replaced with black Islamist flag
Benghazi - small arms fired at the consul, which caught fire, building looted and sensitive documents missing. The attack appeared complex and professionally executed. Al-Qaeda has indicated responsibility and said it was revenge for US drone strike that killed a Libyan Al-Qaeda leader, not prompted by the anti-Muslim film 'Innocense of Muslims' (despite the insistance of our current administration)
Sudan - walls scaled, clash with guards
Tunis - walls scaled & trees set afire
But but but..... Booooooooooshhhhhhhhh!!!!! It's Bush's fault. All the time. Everytime. (koo-koo koo-koo)
September 8, 2012, 6:02 pmAre average people really duped by Democrat & Liberal lies?
I mean, really people. Do people really believe everything they are spoon fed by one party or the other? The lies being told by the Democrats have gotten outlandishly ridiculous. I'm surprised that during their speeches their noses don't grow and their pants don't catch fire.
Republicans want to go back to segregation? Ugh. Democrats are throwing the word "racist" around so much that it is becoming a diluted 2 cent word. This accusation is simply ignorant. Republicans, not Democrats, voted the Civil Rights Act into being. Republicans, not Democrats, freed the slaves in the Civil War. Democrats, not Republicans, are the party of the KKK, and of Lyndon Johnson who said these comments:
LBJ achieved his goal by expanding welfare and enslaving the poor (mostly blacks) to government support, tricking blacks into thinking only the Democrats were on their side. This myth continues to this day.
Republicans want to take away women's right to vote? Really? I don't believe that even Republicans are powerful enough (or stupid enough) to try to repeal an Amendment to the Constitution. As a woman, I can assure you not a single Republican as even suggested this.
Republicans want to take away women's choice? The Supreme Court has ruled on this, abortion is legal. What Republicans want is not force taxpayers to pay for abortions. Nor do I want to be forced to pay for people like Sandra Fluke's birth control that only costs $15 per month. Take some personal responsibility. If you can't afford the $15 per month, groups like Planned Parenthood have programs. (and good Lord, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood was a known racist and eugenics activist who spoke many times to the KKK about the inferior genetic makeup of the poor and the minorities.)
Republicans are the party of "no" and continue to block legislation like the jobs bill that will move the economy forward? The House has passed 15 jobs bills that the Senate refuses to allow to come to a vote. The Senate has passed a grand total of zero. Just to clarify, the House is controlled by Republicans, and the Senate is controlled by Democrats.
Republicans are haters and a party of old white men? HA HA HA HA. See my prior blog post regarding Democrat 'tolerance'. Even biased Jon Stewart can see Democrat intolerance. That's pretty bad, people.
Someday maybe Democrats will tell the truth, but I'm not holding my breath. Just like I'm not holding my breath waiting for bobbya to let people comment on his/her/its uneducated kool-aid rants. I could say that I'm not holding my breath waiting for politicians in general to tell the truth, but the Democrat lies being told and repeated in the media in this election cycle have gone beyond the pale.
September 7, 2012, 10:37 pmMocking the DNC Tolerance
When Jon Stewart can see it, there's a problem