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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Steve Toth being outspent 20:1


Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.”
Judges 7:7

Astonishing numbers out of SD-4:
Underwhelming fundraising numbers and an unwillingness to directly attack his opponent would appear to have handicapped state Rep. Steve Toth in his bid to defeat fellow Republican state Rep. Brandon Creighton in an Aug. 5 special state senate election.

Since last July, Creighton, R-Conroe, has out-raised his statehouse colleague nearly six-to-one and spent more than $1.6 million on the campaign to replace state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, who resigned last October after more than a decade representing Senate District 4.

Toth, R-The Woodlands, who placed a distant second against Creighton in a four-way race on May 10, spent just under $280,000 total on the election and raised even less in the last year.

Nonetheless, Toth, who toppled five-term incumbent state Rep. Rob Eissler in a 2012 Republican primary despite having a much smaller war chest, said he is confident history will repeat itself.

"Special interest groups in Austin have poured a ton of money into this campaign. They want politicians that want to maintain the hierarchy of the political establishment and I don't fall into that category," Toth said. "It wasn't an issue (two years ago). It won't be an issue this time, either."

Early voting for the Aug. 5 runoff begins Monday and runs through Friday.

The senate district, a rambling, Republican-leaning stronghold with nearly 816,000 residents, stretches from The Woodlands east down through Montgomery County to the Gulf Coast and spans portions of northern Harris County.
Read the whole thing here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Laundering "road" money into rail


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

[Standard Statesman Disclosure: This article is behind the paywall, text is transcribed by hand from a paper copy.]

Obviously, they think we're stupid:
As I truly hope you've heard, the Austin City Council on Aug. 7 probably will vote to call a $1 billion transportation bond election, to be held November 4, asing us simultaneously (which is an issue all by itself) for $600 million for a light rail line and $400 million for "roads."

Why put roads in quotation marks?!?

Because at least $50 million of the so-called road money would be spend to benefit light rail. [Emphasis added]

....

Start with what the city, in its "2014 Austin Strategic Mobility Plan," calls the "U.S. 183/Riverside interchange." Wait, some of you might be saying, Riverside Drive intersects with U.S. 183?!?

Yes, it does. Riverside continues east from its major confluence with Texas 71, cutting a gentle curve through the smallish MetroCenter development of hotels and restaurants. It empties out onto U.S. 183 at a decidedly quite spont on the road not far south of where Texas 71 passes over U.S. 183....

Nonetheless, the city proposes spending $34 million...on a "grade separated overpass and interchange" at this pastoral little place. Why? The overpass, the city plan says, "would remove turn conflicts at the existing intersection...and provide structure for a future Urban Rail expansion to ABIA.

Summing up: a wider-than-normal overpass to solve a nonexistent traffic problem while providing a way to get a notional light rail line up and over U.S. 183.
The remainder of the article details other road projects that will do nothing to relieve congestion while laying the foundation for future rail expansion.

Travis County Proposing Higher Taxes


"But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God."
Nehemiah 5:15

Ahem?!?
Rising property values mean that even with a lower tax rate — 47.72 cents per $100 in taxable value, down from the current rate of 49.46 cents — homeowners would see the largest lump-sum increase in their county taxes since 2009.

Compared to this year’s budget, next year’s $901 million preliminary budget would increase spending by $44.6 million.

The Travis County Commissioners Court will begin discussing the budget after an Aug. 11 presentation, and plans to adopt the budget and tax rate on Sept. 23.
Read the whole thing here.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Planned Parenthood, Sex "Education," and underage girls


"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."
Luke 17:2

Live Action has released their next video in the SEXED sting, this YouTube video contains the parts that can be discussed in public:



Highlights:

  • Different people have different Fetishes.
  • Receiving funding through Obamacare.
  • Some guys like feet.
  • Bondage: Make sure you have a safe word.
  • "Some people like to play the baby thing"... with diapers.
  • Advice on handcuffs: You have to go to the porno store, but you're 15 so you're underage.
  • "There are actually educational pornos out there."
    • Look online for Kama Sutra, the Joy of Sex.
That's the part they released to the public.  For those over 18, they can view the full graphic video here.  But we warn you it is very, VERY graphic (there's a reason they didn't release it to the public).

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Fee" Increases: Austin Energy thinks you're stupid


"nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."
1 Corinthians 6:10 [Emphasis added]

Via Austin Affordability:
When Austin gets embroiled in a formal Austin Energy rate case, it brings on tons of media attention and large crowds of customers at public meetings. The rate hearings can last for several months. What you may not realize though is that about 35% of your electric bill comes from the fuel charge. The bureaucratic name for it on your bill is the “power supply adjustment charge.”

Well, that charge is set to go up in a few months by 4.4%, which is on top of the 4.6% increase that we got last year. So, we’re talking about a 9% increase over a two-year period. Like so many City regulations and policies these days, the Austin Energy fuel charge needs a good thorough public review and much better transparency. It’s like one of those Facebook relationship status deals, where somebody says “It’s complicated.”

Supposedly, the fuel charges are passed through to the customer at no more than what it costs the utility. But when we hear that natural gas prices have fallen like a rock over the last several years, why would Austin Energy be jacking up the cost? And why would the increases compound themselves instead of leveling off? This is where I think Austin Energy has a lot of explaining to do.
Read the whole thing here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Austin Building Codes Strangle "Tiny House" Community


"[T]hat you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you"
1 Thessalonians 4:11

People coming up with creative ways to dramatically lower their housing costs and simply life?!?

Can't have that in Lee Leffingwell's Austin....



Highlights:

  • 10 x 16 house.
  • Forced by red tape to locate outside Austin.
  • Starts at $38,000
Who cares about housing costs when your real estate cronies have competitors they need eliminated?!?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Decentralization will undermine Cartels


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

Patrick Byrne follows up on his visit last week with Glenn Beck:



Highlights:

  • "Government shouldn't be involved in marriage anymore than it should be involved in first communion."
  • I get my value in marriage from God, not some stupid piece of paper from the government.
  • The point is to take decision making from the centralized institutions to households.