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Friday, August 22, 2014

Texas' Economic Juggernaut Continues to Dominate California


"Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them."
Deuteronomy 32:35

Living well is the best...something....something:
The real action in Texas Tuesday wasn’t the klieg lights on Texas Governor Rick Perry being booked after vetoing funding for Travis County’s District Attorney and YouTube sensation Rosemary Lehmberg, it was that Texas businesses have continued to add more than 1,000 jobs every day over the last 12 months. Despite leading the nation again with 46,600 in July, there was no big celebration in Texas. In the Friendship State, job creation is just business as usual.

But in California, officials were high fiving that Employment Development Department data “showed state's unemployment rate remained flat at 7.4%” last month and that they actually picked up 27,700 jobs in the latest BLS report.

The U.S. economy was hit hard in the Great Recession, but since December 2007, Texas has added 1,078,600 net new jobs versus California’s 69,400 net new jobs. That works out to a ratio of more than 15 new workers added to Texas State’s payrolls for every one worker added to California payrolls.
The Texas Model is alive and well; read the whole thing here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travis County Democrats fluffing for Project Connect


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

Travis County's Progressive Mafia protects its own:
Last night at a meeting of the Central Austin Democrats, I witnessed a very similar exercise. Speaker after speaker stepped up to the microphone to make their stumbling and uninspired speeches. Like poor little Timmy, they each struggled to launch a winning pitch. It was so sad that it was almost painful to listen.

“I wish I could say that this is a great rail proposal,” the first speaker began. “It is not a great proposal. Maybe it is not even a good proposal. But at least it’s an OK proposal.” Then came the punchline that set the tone for all of the other good little soldiers…

“We have to start somewhere.”

One by one they marched in lock-step to the stage to deliver their remarks. They could have been lip-syncing to a canned recording. The lack of any real conviction or enthusiasm was pronounced. The best that could be said of the expressed pro-rail message was that the City Council supports it. Capital Metro supports it. Some big-name local Democrats support it. Therefore, it must be the right thing to do. And gosh, won’t it be exciting to take that first trip from Riverside to Highland Mall?

Yawn…

These speakers offered no compelling statistics to justify the staggering $1.4 billion cost. Nor did they explain where or how Austin would come up with the remainder of the $8 to $10 billion total cost of a citywide light rail system. If the November bond proposal would double our debt capacity and raise taxes far beyond today’s already unsustainable levels, how would we ever be able to afford to expand the system? One speaker even dared to suggest that building the rail would improve affordability.

A resolution in support of the rail bonds passed by a narrow two-vote margin. Central Austin Democrats accomplished what they set out to do. In the process, they tore a gaping hole in the fabric of democracy. At a previous meeting, they allowed a single presentation from a pro-rail organization. But they never offered equal time to the other side. This shows not only a measure of distinct unfairness, but also a huge dose of insecurity on the part of the insiders who never wanted a fair discussion in the first place. What were they afraid would happen if both sides had been given the same opportunity? And is this the model of behavior that they intend to stand on for all major issues in the future?

[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
 Sounds like how they passed Obamacare; read the whole thing here.

Bill Powers' allies attempted to destroy records....


"For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,"
2 Timothy 3:2

Isn't this interesting:
HOUSTON — Two regents of the University of Texas System pressed for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of records maintained by President Bill Powers’ office earlier this year.

The two regents — Steve Hicks and Bobby Stillwell — have been Powers’ strongest allies on the board. On May 21, they both asked Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to allow Powers to destroy “hundreds of thousands of emails,” as well as “written notes or sticky notes” his office had been saving for more than a year.

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But on May 21, when Hicks and Stillwell made their request, it looked like their side had won. So Hicks wrote Cigarroa, requesting “that the data hold that was placed on UT Austin in March of 2013 be removed…. as soon as possible.”

At Hall’s request, Cigarroa had ordered Powers to maintain his office’s records, particularly emails that would typically be deleted after a few months. Since that hold hadn’t required formal board action, Hicks and Stillwell asked that Cigarroa simply change the policy under his own authority.

It’s not known publicly whether Cigarroa took any action on the request. The board’s general counsel, Francie Frederick, asked Cigarroa on June 19 whether he did anything in response to the request, but Cigarroa hasn’t responded.
Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Travis County Democrats' anti-Perry narrative continues to crumble...


"He who speaks truth declares righteousness
But a false witness, deceit."
Proverbs 12:17

We apologize for forgetting about this last week, but the Austin-American Statesman makes a good point about the CIPRIT silliness the Travis County Democrats are pushing:
Amid the warring storylines over Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment, a claim has arisen from some Democrats that Perry wasn’t just trying to push a political opponent out of office – but that he was trying to stop a criminal investigation that could have been damaging to him.

Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, sent out an email Monday contending that Perry’s veto of money for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit was linked to that unit’s investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

....

Elleithee’s email, however, left out some key details about the CPRIT investigation — including that two months before Lehmberg’s arrest, she told reporters that none of Perry’s appointees to the CPRIT board were “under suspicion in the investigation.”

[Author's note: Emphasis added.]
The full article gives the detailed timeline, including the fact that the investigation continued after Perry's veto, here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hundreds rally for Governor Perry at Courthouse


"The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered."
Proverbs 11:9

Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center -- This afternoon, Governor Perry appeared at the Travis County Justice center.  He was met by several hundred passionate supporters.  The backlash against Travis County Democrats' partisan assault on the rule of law is obvious:



Highlights:
  • "I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law. "
  • "I'm going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal, but right."
  • "If I had to do so, I would veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit again."
  • "This issue is far bigger than me; it's about the rule of law, it's about the constitution that allows, not just a Governor, but allows every citizen to speak their mind free of political interference or legal intimidation."
  • "This indictment is nothing short of an attack on the Constitutional powers of the Office of Governor...and I will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand."


Highlights:
  • "It is our system of constitutional checks and balances that is being challenged here today."
  • "This prosecution would seek to erode the power of all Texas Governors, Republican or Democrat, to veto legislation and funding they deem inappropriate; it is a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."
  • "The actions that I took were lawful, they were legal, and they were proper."
  • Dems: "Seek to acheieve at the courthouse what they could not achieve at the Ballot box."
  • "We don't resolve political disputes or policy differences by indictments."
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Update: Looks like the guv has also released this video:



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TABC's Backdoor Gun Show Restrictions Fall Flat


"Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me."
Nehemiah 4:18

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission took public comment on its bizarre proposal to change the rules at gun shows; the fact that Open Carry Texas, C.A.T.I., and Moms Demand Action find themselves on the same side of this proposal tells you everything you need to know:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

First things first, we should note the final tally of comments about the proposal:
For: 1
Against: 22


Highlights:
  • The Commission is claiming legislative authority it doesn't possess.
  • When does "safety" become fascism?!?
  • Nobody drinks alcohol at a gun show.
  • The only person who spoke in favor of the rule change was the lobbyist for the person who requested it.
  • Texas Carry has gotten 30,000+ responses; all opposed.
  • "It's common sense that no one wants to attend a gun show that has no ammo."
  • Texas Carry will ask for an injunction against the rule from the Attorney General.
    • Author's Note: Hint, hint Ken....
  •  Open Carry Texas vehemently opposes rule.
    • TABC is already too involved with guns (bars and gas stations)
    • TABC modeling itself after Federal A.T.F.
  • "Stick to alcohol and let the legislators stick to guns."
  • If you can't transfer onsite, it hurts small retailers.
  • Alexandra Chase from MDA:
    • Called MDA pro-second amendment.
    • Half of gun related homicides involve alcohol.
  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • We can never prevent violence through law and regulation.

Texas Ethics Commission confesses lawlessness


"For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
Galatians 6:8

That's no good:
In an effort to defend a suit brought by Empower Texans President Michael Quinn Sullivan under the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Ethics Commission has doubled down on their lawless behavior. Late last week, the TEC admitted for the first time that commissioners met in secret to craft an order against Sullivan for his work informing taxpayers about the actions of the legislature.

On Monday, the TEC’s executive director testified in open court that the meetings were not called, were not planned, that no notice was given to the public, that no agenda or minutes for the meetings were kept, and that no recordings of the meetings were made. The commission is stipulating to their complete disregard of the Texas Open Meetings Act, arguing that the law which binds other governmental bodies doesn’t apply to them.

Never before has the TEC disclosed such secret meetings, or publicly claimed a right for commissioners to do so.

When the suit under the Open Meetings Act was filed, it was expected to require extensive discovery to determine how far the commission had gone in disregarding the law. However the TEC is now arguing that it has complete authority to meet in secret, and that orders issued by the commission need not even include the names of the commissioners and how they voted.

The commission has placed its self so far outside of the open meetings law that the case is moving fast for a determination on the legal issues alone. The facts aren’t in dispute, the TEC claims they are not going to be bound by the Open Meetings Act absent a court order to the contrary.
 Read the whole thing here.