Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The "American Laws for American Courts" bill is alive again in the Texas senate. I received a call today from Hilderbrans office asking for help. Hilderbran and team was able to get the bill reintroduced as HB79. They are asking us to mobilize once again and make calls to Senator Duncan and Lt Gov Dewhurst and ask them to concur with the bill. When you call please use the word "concur". We do not want the bill to go to committee where it will likely be voted out.
If you know anyone in the panhandle area of Texas which is Senator Duncans district, please pass this on to them. Thanks again for your help.
Sen. Robert Duncan
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amanda Robertson
House passes Public School efficiency measure and expands access to new classroom resources.
Representative Cain voted in favor of the bills citing the special applicability of both measures to rural school districts. "I supported these bills because they prioritize educators and ensure responsible use of taxpayer dollars," Cain stated after the record votes Thursday. He explained, "Educating our students is not a one-size-fits-all venture. Rural schools operate under much different circumstances than urban schools."
Senate Bill 8 allows school district officials the ability to budget their funds more directly in accordance to the needs of their respective schools. Senate Bill 8 eliminates unnecessary mandates that have come to burden many local districts. For example, the FITNESSGRAM , a national fitness assessment program developed to communicate fitness levels to students and parents, will now only be a requirement of those enrolled in physical education classes. Also, school districts will have more flexibility to obtain waivers for maximum class sizes.
"Local school officials understand the problems within their district,” Cain believes, “Management of fiscal decisions by each district results in efficient distribution of funds and ensures continuing excellence in education for our students."
Senate Bill 6 amends the education code to replace the state textbook fund with a state instructional materials fund. This will diversify the classroom experience beyond just simple textbook education. “Students are growing up in an age where technology is at the forefront of their education and it is an important and necessary tool for a successful future,” said Cain. Each district is allotted a specific amount of funding based on the number of students in its district. The materials purchased with district funds will remain the property of the school and district rather than be returned to the state.
Cain believes these local control measures will help teachers and administrators maintain high levels of quality education by allowing the school districts the flexibility to adjust to local needs.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
With the economy tanking and joblessness rising, you'd think the Obama administration would put their creative powers into jumpstarting the economy or at least figuring out how to stop choking it. Instead the President's team is pouring their energy and our resources into redecorating the nation in rainbow colors. Considering misplaced priorities of this White House, every month feels like "gay pride month." But this year, President Obama is taking its social activism to new heights--as in, above the Federal Reserve. Apparently, the administration's proclamation in support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender pride triggered a series of parties and other events at taxpayer expense. America's central bank interpreted the President's declaration as an excuse to fly the rainbow flag above its building in Richmond, Virginia. On the same pole as Old Glory, the Feds are celebrating a behavior that Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Va.) says is "still a class six felony in Virginia."
As Richmond's paper points out, the flag isn't the only thing that's been raised--so have objections. But despite the flood of complaints, bank managers refuse to bend. A spokesman for the bank said, "The flag is an example of our bank's commitment to diversity." The colors were reportedly flown at the request of an LGBT employee. I guess we'll see how supportive of diversity the bank really is when Christian Heritage Week rolls around next March in Virginia. Can we expect to see the Christian flag flying at the Fed? Here in D.C., the Obama administration isn't just pledging its allegiance to the rainbow flag, it's pledging countless taxpayer dollars too. This is just a snapshot of the indoctrination taking place in the halls of power.
- Earlier this month, the White House unveiled the first-ever webpage, www.whitehouse.gov/lgbt, devoted exclusively to the LGBT community. Complete with federally-funded videos, a special blog, and political resources, it's one-stop pandering for liberals.
- In partnership with Dan Savage (a bitter homosexual, who built a career on vile hatred toward Christians), President Obama, the First Lady, Vice President, and dozens of White House staffers also posted "It Gets Better" videos on the new site, which should give Americans a glimpse of just how many homosexual activists are entrenched on the Obama team. The campaign, which has been labeled an anti-bullying initiative, is actually a cultural assault on free speech.
- Yesterday, Health and Human Services (HHS), which should know the risks of homosexual behavior better than anyone, announced a "Cultural Competency Training" (read: indoctrination) about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender "identity" for federal workers.
- Also in HHS, David Hansell, who runs the Administration for Children and Families, admitted at Tuesday's Youth Summit that the Obama administration is now actively "recruiting LGBT parents" to adopt children. (CNSNews.com uncovered the speech, which was so secretive that the Department of Education barred reporters from attending.)
- In spite of the Defense of Marriage Act, HHS is ordering state Medicaid agencies to give homosexual partners the same financial protections and privileges as married couples. This "flexibility" applies to everything from estate assets to nursing home care.
- In partnership with the Department of Education, HHS has decided to host a gay film festival for federal workers during regular office hours. (This is in addition to the Bulgarian gay film festival hosted by the Department of State.)
- Obama's congressional allies are also getting in on the act, introducing a measure that would make same-sex partner benefits tax free (link requires subscription) in health plans. The plan was cosponsored by "Republican" Sen. Susan Collins (Maine).
She gets it right, You betcha
By Wesley Pruden
Sarah Palin is the hottest act in town, and the critics can only grind their teeth. She's playing the media like a violin, though the likes of Chris Matthews and Maureen Dowd look more like bass fiddles.
Her "secret" bus tour of America is a secret so closely held that she travels in a Greyhound-sized monster decorated with her name and an American flag the size of a barn. The lady who was mocked by the wisenheimers for saying she could see Russia from her backyard in Alaska now sees revenge through the windshield of her bus.
The media's Gaffe Patrol, ever on the scout for mistakes, errors, blunders, slips of the tongue and other erratum the patrollers think they see in our pols, pounced on the lady the other day in Boston for "mangling" the story of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. She had recounted the story that Paul Revere warned the British when every man riding in the press caravan was sure it wasn't the British he warned, but patriots.
The media's Gaffe Patrol pounced on Mrs. Palin for "mangling" the story of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
The great media ha-ha chorus jeered Miss Sarah for days. She felt the need to try to explain. "Part of his ride," she told Fox News on Sunday, "was to warn the British who were already there. 'That, hey! You're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms.'"
This makes perfect sense to the Americans she speaks to, but to the press claque this was only further proof that Miss Sarah was the usual Republican moron. She obviously hadn't mastered American history in elementary school—indeed, she didn't even get her diploma in the Ivy League.
Only now it turns out that she was right about Paul Revere's midnight ride and the press claque was wrong. Even the professors say so, though they're grudging to the point of churlishness. "Basically," says Brendan McConville, a history professor at Boston University, "when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, 'Look, there is a mobilization going on that you'll be confronting.'" Revere, an honest tradesman, probably didn't employ "professor-speak" in the heat of the moment, with words like "mobilization" and "confronting," but we can take the point. In the account of the most famous midnight ride in American history, the professor says, "the British are aware as they're marching down the countryside they hear church bells ringing—she was right about that—and warning shots being fired. That's accurate."
Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House in Boston says the midnight rider was probably bluffing his Redcoat captors, so maybe it could be construed that Revere was in fact warning the British. "But I don't know if that's really what Mrs. Palin was referring to." Prof. McConville was even less gracious conceding that Mrs. Palin had got it right. He wouldn't concede that her remarks were based on scholarship. No Ph.D, no tenure for her. "I would call her lucky in her comments." The rest of us would call her correct, but that's just how professors think. Though not all. "It seems to be a historical fact that it happened [her way]," says William Jacobson, a law professor at Cornell. "A lot of the criticism [of Sarah Palin] is unfair and made by people who are themselves ignorant of history."
Nobody knows exactly what Mrs. Palin is up to; the smart money, which is often wrong, says she isn't actually running for president, that she's only having a little fun teasing the liberals who wet their pants at the mere mention of her name. Too bad if she doesn't run, because she's by far the most entertaining politician on the scene. The media story line is that she's not smart enough to be president, that her "mangling" of history proves it. But from the looks of the chaos that Barack Obama has made of the economy, she apparently knows more about history than the president knows about economics (and the concerns of the people in Mr. Obama's "57 states").
Sarah Palin has hardly been scratched by the shot and shell showered on her since she streaked like a rocket across the landscape three years ago. She has a gift for feeling the love and expressing the enthusiasm Americans feel in their bones for their God and their country. For all his cool dispassion and occasional eloquence, it's a gift the president doesn't have.
By John Alaniz
In November of 2010, several months before the 2011 Texas Legislative Session began; Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes issued a press release stating that he had withdrawn his support from Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker ("Bryan Hughes PR," 11.10.10). Rep. Hughes explained that a member of Straus' leadership team had called and had "…brought up the subject of redistricting and explained to me how that process would be used to punish those members not on Speaker Straus's list of supporters."
Rep. Hughes went on to say, "More specifically, this member told me that maps were already being drawn to get rid of Representative-Elect Erwin Cain (R) and Representative-Elect Dan Flynn(R)."
In researching the facts for this story, I have discovered that other conservative House members were also threatened by Straus' minions.
Rep. Hughes' press release sparked a firestorm of debate with one side disgusted by the strong arm tactics and the other denying they occurred.
The member of Straus' leadership team who made the call to Rep. Hughes was identified as Rep.Larry Phillips.
A hearing was held by the House Ethics Committee chaired by a Straus appointee who was the recipient of a $42K campaign contribution from Straus ("Rep. Chuck Hopson, Who Chairs Ethics Panel Investigating Allegation Against Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Received $42K,"Texas Watchdog, 11.22.10). Rep. Phillips was also a member of the Committee.
In the hearing, Rep. Hughes asked that he be placed under oath as he gave his testimony; but Rep. Phillips did not volunteer to give his testimony under oath ("Texas House Ethics Committee Meeting Was Illegal, Only One Witness Put Under Oath, Most Details Hidden From Public," Liberty Institute, 12.1.10). Undoubtedly, as an attorney, Rep. Phillips knew that he could lose his attorney's license if he lied under oath. The hearing ended without judgment because of the "he said, she said" nature of the conversation.
Fast-forward to the end of the session and we can now see the threats that disgusted Rep. Hughes have become a reality. Rep. Erwin Cain, Rep. Dan Flynn, Rep. Wayne Christian, and other good conservatives have been deliberately disadvantaged by the House redistricting map that was recently passed.
Even worse, the conservative Republican members of the State Board of Education have also been placed in jeopardy by the SBOE redistricting map forced through by the chair whom Straus appointed.
As Representative Hughes stated, "The speaker's race should be decided not based on threats of punishment and not on promises of power, but on principle."
Certainly there are very good conservatives who serve in the Texas Legislature honorably, and they have fought long and hard during this legislative session to get their conservative bills out of committee. The problem is the "quid pro quo" environment that lures unprincipled legislators.
Straus and his supporters' arrogance in openly fulfilling their threats perpetrated on fellowRepublicans is an obvious indication of a sense of immunity from the will of the people. On the outside, it certainly has the smell of corruption and an abuse of power. With a closer look, there's no doubt in my mind the stink is real; and it is certainly disgusting.