October 19, 2014
For the voters in our DFW Service area, the recommendation is very simple and does NOT come without thought:
VOTE STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN
It boils down to this: there are essentially NO good candidates on the Democrat ticket statewide or in our 4-county area that we could recommend. And, while the Libertarians HAVE fielded a few fairly decent candidates, they are only positioned to be spoilers in any close races. Especially at the county level and particularly in Dallas County, there is a DIRE need to devastate the Democrat ‘farm club’ of officeholders here. from the massively corrupt District Attorney to the phenomenally dangerous showboating Dallas County Judge, these folks need to be retired.
Sometimes the simplest choices are the best ones; we feel this year is a case for that. However, if the state and national GOP continue to trade away conservative principle for convenience and power-broker satisfaction, there is NO assurance that will be the case in 2016- and likely will NOT be.
Some may disagree with us on this, and give some specific example of a race where a Libertarian or Democrat is superior. In that case we would point out something many voters don’t realize: one can vote a straight party ticket, then go down the ballot and reverse that for a given office by casting an INDIVIDUAL vote in that office . (For example, select Straight Republican, then go down to Office X, and select Libertarian Candidate Z). But at bare minimum do one thing:
July 27, 2014
There was some concern and reluctance on the part of a number of our members to participate in the Overpasses For America rally. Rallying in a residential area could be taken as intimidating or unpleasant. Well, it worked out so ‘unpleasant’ with the 30 or so total that showed up, a neighbor’s kids threw together a lemonade and cookie stand and did a raging business with us (it was HOT). Highland Park police turned out in full force (3 at the Jenkin’s residence; 3 more on patrol for our ‘strolling’ portion). One wishes any given mile of our BORDER had that level of coverage. But the police were very pleasant and pleased with how we acted. BTW: the Jenkins were out on vacation- and we knew this well ahead of time; his residence was a symbol. The poster below said it best:
More great pictures here. A lot of our concerns are found on this Facebook page.
The one thing about controversy: it DOES bring out the media. As much media came for this one event than we saw with all of the recent corner and overpass rallies COMBINED. The Dallas Morning News had probably the best piece here The comments on this article is some of the type of discussion we were hoping for. Channel 5, 8 and 11 did small pieces on it; 8 and 11 heavily edited and slanted as expected (the editors doing more damage than the reporters). None of them mentioned a VERY important point we made over and over to them: over 85% of the unaccompanied ‘minors’ are OLDER (13-17) males. Some have been found to be gang members; think they’ve all (or even most) have been uncovered?
This was a one-off type effort, to drive home a specific point. Jenkins has SO badly thought this out that he was surprised schools and a warehouse can’t be magically turned into residents in a single month. The feds haven’t even finished ASSESSING the sites, but they would take MASSIVE reconstruction.
July 21, 2014
JoAnn Fletcher organized a press conference in Austin with a number of grassroots activists very concerned with the crisis at the border. We took video and broke it down into the individual speakers (our representative – Michael Openshaw is toward the end).
Margarita De La Garza-Graham
July 14, 2014
We are maintaining a bunch of specific link sites on Facebook, which has become a preferred medium for us to work. Currently, those of you with Facebook might want to review and like the following pages for topic-specific information:
BORDER CHAOS – a series of links to reputable new about our unsustainable border situation.
TEXANS DEFENDING THE RED RIVER – Addressing the Federal assault on private property rights via a number of agencies
OBAMACARE NIGHTMARE – a source of links detailing this healthcare disaster.
June 28, 2014
They fall in several categories, none of which means anything good. But be ready for it, because the Dallas County Judge openly invited the 2,000 the feds are planning for the city of Dallas alone Think Obama is going to actually send them back, as he says? Think again!
- BORDER SECURITY – The mobs of unaccompanied children or children with just their mothers is overwhelming everything we can throw at the border. And the Federal response is initially was to RELEASE THEM as quickly as possible. While agents are changing diapers, they very well cant be working to impede drug cartel business or chasing down anyone crossing the border with intent to do us ham.
- PUBLIC HEALTH – Even the Texas Tribune is worried. The unmanageable numbers, coupled with a nightmare journey, ending up packed into horrific ‘safe houses’ on the Mexican side, then in over-crowded detention facilities here, with many being released all over the country willy-nill, would generate a massive epidemiological risk with ANY population, much less one with uncertain exposures and vaccination histories. Just a fe of things ALREADY discovered.
- PUBLIC EDUCATION - The schools are saying nothing yet, but they will be under a LOT of stress
June 20, 2014
After a recent online dueling match with the Fort Worth media, we reflected on something. How many logical fallacies did our opponent commit. (A GREAT site for the description of Logical Fallacies is here). Then we though it could be great fun to list the types of logical fallacies in a Bingo card, to be used during television debates. It also would actually serve as a mechanism of stretching the mind in understanding the flawed arguments seen in debate.
So, here is a ‘starter’ template with a 4 copies of various cards. It would be up to you to copy them and rearrange the squares for enough variety for more cards .
So have fun learning during tedious debates about logical fallacies (and debating which ones are appropriate where with your friends). In doing so, with some practice, you should be able to peel away at the fluff and get just to the content of what candidates say (Probably not much after it’s all peeled away.)
June 17, 2014
UPDATE: it looks like even the Texas Tribune has joined Bud Kennedy’s ‘xenophobic racist sicko’ contingent in expressing deep concern for medical conditions associated with the flood of migrants at the border. But Bud somehow thinks their concerns are charitable as opposed to ours.)
Anyone watching the news recently has some inkling of the problem we have with an ever-increasing flood of illegal immigrants coming across the border. Many of them are underage and they are NOT coming for work. They are coming for the promise the current administration has given that younger illegals will be given legal status and the government benefits associated with that promise. This latest flood cannot by any stretch of the imagination be called ‘undocumented workers’. The Left is falsely claiming they are ‘fleeing violence’ (which the illegals have been instructed to claim). This “violence” is the same violence that has been going on in Central America for GENERATIONS and is NOT a sudden problem.
There is also the REAL threat of a serious epidemiological problem in this ‘surge’. Most of these populations do not have the proper BASIC vaccinations and/or come from regions where diseases essentially eradicated in the U.S. still exist and some of them are sick. They are being initially held in overcrowded centers and then being released willy-nilly across the country without proper medical screening (for example, six airplane loads to Boston). Any basic understanding of disease transmission tells one that this risks setting off epidemics across the country (And southern California has seen a huge surge in whooping cough in the last few months.)
(UPDATE: We’ve been called ‘xenophobic racists’ by Bud Kennedy of the Ft Worth Star-Telegran for raising this concern. Well, U.S. Rep. Juan Hinojosa must be one as well, since he’s calling for an investigation of a major scabies outbreak among these recent border crossers.)
The federal government refuses to address this (indeed, is ENCOURAGING this) so we need to find as much of a Texas solution as possible.
There are two approaches: one involves an emergency directive viewable here to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw “to plan and execute a 90-day surge operation of increased law enforcement in the border counties, beginning on or after September 1, 2014.” The problems with this is: 1) Joe Straus so far has refused to sign this and 2) by Sept. 1st, we very likely could have 50- 100,000 new ‘residents’ from this rapidly growing surge.
The second approach is a drive to call a special session of the Texas legislature to substantially increase Texas state resources on the border (Yes, we are talking about spending tax money: tens of millions to try to drastically reduce the BILLIONS in state aid that will be required for the current inflow.) To do this, we need to call on the Governor to call a special session (A petition to sign is here; the Governor’s phone number is 512-463-1783) and need to contact our local state Representatives and state senators to back this (locate your representatives here).
PLEASE ACT NOW!