Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hall nominated for Texan of the Year

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Well, well, well:
All Wallace Hall did was take on the most powerful people in Texas over the state’s most cherished institution.

All it cost him was years of having his name dragged through the mud, threats of being impeached from his position as a regent at the University of Texas and the lingering threat of an ongoing grand jury investigation.

His dogged fact-finding, though, led not only to an independent investigation about the link between politics and admissions at UT and its law school but it also contributed to the resignation of UT-Austin President Bill Powers, a Texas giant.

An independent firm is now investigating the connection between powerful people and UT’s admissions practices. The results could shake the state.

For his uncommon impact, Hall, 52, is a finalist for 2014 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year.

....

Hall kept digging, even as he faced more scrutiny — not just as a regent, but in his business and his personal life. The Texas House, under Speaker Joe Straus, set up a special panel that considered impeachment. It settled on censure, something many people considered a vindication of Hall.

....

The drama is far from over, but the role played by Wallace Hall leaves a mark that won’t soon be forgotten in Austin’s halls of power.
Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ted Cruz sets record straight


"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13

STC appeared with Bret Baier to clarify some of the nonsense folks have tried to spin about last weekend:



Highlights:

  • Notion he helped Reid: "That's just silliness."
  • The whole purpose was to force a vote on Amnesty.
  • He was clear with Reid and McConnell for a week in advance.
  • As a result of said vote, every D is on the record supporting amnesty.
    • A dozen criticized it when it happened.
  • "I believe in the primary process, I trust the grassroots."
  • Compares himself in D.C. to Uber; compares legacy D.C. culture to Taxi commissions.
  • "I'm not trying to play the Washington rules."

Casar under performs Obama by Eleven Points!!!


"Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it."
Matthew 24:26

A source e-mails:


Readers can view election results here; view district 4 boundaries here.

In other Casar related news, Battleground Texas let the cat out of the bag this morning:



That Casar received major league support from Battleground Texas has to be the least surprising news of this whole campaign; personally, we find it telling that neither side mentioned this until after the election.

Bottom Line: Not only did Battleground Texas get smoked statewide on November 4th.  Not only did three Republicans get elected to the Austin City Council last night.  But, even in their consolation prize in Northeast Austin, Battleground Texas' new golden boy trailed the previous golden boy by double digits.

#HAILSATANTX

University of Texas solicits Public Input into Presidential Search


"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2

THERE'S an interesting fact they haven't publicized:

Public invited to offer input, nominations for UT Austin president

AUSTIN – Members of the public may submit nominations for the next president of the University of Texas at Austin via a UT System website launched today, Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster announced.
The website also provides a tentative timeline for the search process and gives the public the opportunity to offer comments about the successor to UT Austin President Bill Powers, who announced he will step down June 5, 2015.
The UT Austin Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which was named in September, will hold its second meeting Tuesday. Though meetings will not be open to the public, updates will be provided on the search website.
Spencer Stuart, an executive search consulting firm, is assisting the UT System with the national search. The firm’s experts already have assembled an extensive list of potential candidates who they have sought out or have expressed interest in the position.
Ultimately, the search advisory committee will make recommendations for potential candidates to the Board of Regents, which will make the final decision.
“I encourage members of the UT Austin community and beyond to provide input as we make this very critical decision,” Foster said. “UT Austin is one of the most influential institutions in the world, and we want to do everything in our power to find an energetic and innovative leader who will continue to enhance and advance UT Austin’s education, research and health care missions.”
 Readers can access the Presidential search website here.

UT Corruption BOMBSHELL: Pay-to-Play Admissions


"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
Proverbs 29:1

We already knew the institution was financially corrupt, and that the admissions process is corrupt, so it makes sense that there's financial corruption in the admissions process:
On Jan. 31, 2013, Leslie Cedar, CEO of the Texas Exes, wrote to Tom Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business, suggesting Gilligan admit a student who had been rejected in exchange for a $25,000 donation, according to one of the emails.
Tom Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, was willing to admit a connected student in exchange for a $25,000 donation.
Tom Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, was willing to admit a connected student in exchange for a $25,000 donation.
The applicant’s father, apparently, “hasn’t done much giving but was about to cut you a 25k check,” Cedar wrote. The original request came from RichardLeshin, former president of the Texas Exes, who is close to Powers and to South Texas power brokers Carlos Zaffirini and his wife, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini.
Earlier this year, Leshin, a Corpus Christi lawyer, wrote an op-ed in the San Antonio Express-News denouncing as “outlandish propaganda” reports that UT was admitting subpar students because of political influence.
Gilligan got back to Cedar and Leshin within a half hour, offering a deal in which the applicant “will be admitted into McCombs upon completing several of the prerequisites (e.g. Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics) with good grades (around a 3.5 GPA). Will that work?”
Gilligan declined to comment.
Leshin is a founding member of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, a group of Longhorn insiders established to maintain the status quo at UT. Members of the coalition and the alumni association have been quoted in dozens of news articles, creating the appearance of broad support for Powers.
Far from being independent voices, the email records obtained by Watchdog.org find the coalition and the alumni association often looped in on message coordination emails from Powers’ PR staff.
Founding members, in discussion among themselves, are quite open about the fact their group was formed for the express purpose of supporting Powers while blocking reform proposals from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and that their talk of “excellence” is euphemistic “messaging” in defense of the status quo, the records show.
Cedar insists the Texas Exes’ “purpose is truly to be an independent and formidable network of supporters to champion the university.”
Yet in February 2013, when Powers’ hold on his job began to look tenuous, the Office of the President began paying the Texas Exes $100,000 every six months to support email blasts and other communications. The “game plan” for that campaign was coordinated with Powers’ deputy.
That was on top of the $158,600 that Powers had already approved in annual support for traditional alumni association activities, such as networking events, awards and scholarships.
 Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Your Grace is Enough" by Matt Maher


"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

LONG day on the road in North Texas.  Car trouble to boot.  Suffice to say, that HIS Grace is sufficient:



Monday, December 15, 2014

Katrina Pierson leads Jedi Counterattack


"And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”
2 Samuel 5:24

Speaking of Returning Jedi, Let's go Katrina:



Highlights:

  • "Battleground Texas takes a beating and Texas voters overwhelmingly support a BOLD border security and anti-Illegal Immigration platform."
  • "However, the one person who could allow these anti-American children policies to remain on the books is current House speaker from San Antonio, Joe Straus."
  • "Under Straus, more bills sponsored by Democrats than Republicans were passed last session, even though Republicans held the majority."