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Fauxcahontas Two: Lone Star Edition – The Joys Of Honesty Relativism

by Flyovercountry ( 23 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Marxism, Progressives at January 23rd, 2014 - 7:00 am

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

So, in the race for Texas Governor, it would seem as though the political party most commonly associated with the left side of the aisle has once again come up with that, “charismatic 15 minutes of fame for pulling some form of protest shtick,” candidate, without of course bothering to vet the true life story of said candidate. Going back just the past four years, we have Richard Blumenthal who remembers a trip to South East Asia that he not only never took, but that his true life’s story included a massively orchestrated effort and some political favors by well connected family friends to avoid having taken. That however is just a warm up act for the top two contenders in the fuzzy life story sweepstakes.

This is especially fun for me to point out to those who belong in the, “women are superior to men types,” so eagerly and constantly pointing out that if women ran the world, we’d have no problems because women are less contentious, more honest, more willing to listen, less egotistical, than men. Then we all got treated to that viral video of the left’s next darling, Elizabeth Warren who gave an eloquent while also moronic case for hard core Marxism. She got to where she was because she was able to tout herself as a Native American, a true recipient of the wondrous gift of Affirmative Action. The trouble of course is that she literally is the poster child for what, “white as a snow flake,” means, and stole that slot meant for an actual Native American who might otherwise have filled it were it not taken by Warren. Her defense once found to have been lying was that she actually believed some grand parent’s story that an earlier predecessor had been a member of a tribe from somewhere near Kansas City, and that she might have actually been one thirty-second Indian. Even if every word of her defense, thin gruel that it is, were true, we can call that, “myth busted.”

Now we get Wendy Davis. Her particular 15 minutes came about because she filibustered a done deal vote in the Texas Senate, not having sufficient numbers of her own party win elections to do a darned thing about what it was that she wished to oppose. I am not going to fault her for that. If it were those of us on the other side of an issue, we’d be cheering on who ever it was that filibustered, and indeed many of us have. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz come to mind. I just do not believe that this one action in and of itself qualifies one for the Governorship of a State. Such is the state of the Texas Democrat party though, clinging to any ray of hope, no matter how thin that light seems to be. Davis, in case you haven’t figured it out yet is a sacrificial lamb, put there because she was dumb enough to take this beating for her party, and because the Democrats in general do not wish to have a State where they don’t even bother running a candidate.

A couple of months ago, I read some article at Slate where one of the Democrat Apparatchiks was boasting that they had turned Texas purple, and were working feverishly on blue. They pointed to Wendy Davis as that up and comer who was making all of this possible. (Quit laughing, there’s more to this than Ms. Davis’ boobs, which as we’ll see later on, are what got her those spiffy Harvard degrees.) I partially believed the whole purple thing then, and I can still see it somewhat now. Not because of Wendy Davis, who is what she is, but because of the droves of former Californians who are fleeing the State that they voted into malaise, and looking for work in Texas, which is suddenly in ample supply because Texas had the good sense to be Red for a while now. The problem for the Democrats is that the true narrative of why Texas might have a sudden shift to purplish in election night hue does not exactly paint a complimentary picture of their politics. They need their story spruced up a bit, which is why Wendy Davis was suddenly touted as their darling.

Wendy claimed to be a victim of all things unfair to our young urban youths, who somehow overcame her obstacles and make good for herself, and a family. She threw off the chains of oppression forced upon her by an unfeeling and uncaring society, at least according to the way that she told it, and made it all the way to a Harvard Undergrad, and Law Degree. The truth of her situation, while technically didn’t quite rise to the level of making her a flat out liar, has at least raised some eyebrows and will doubtless be the subject of late night comedic monologues for weeks to come. She had help, not from the state, but from a sucker, whom she convinced to take that matrimonial plunge with her. She let him have the privilege of babysitting her children, and paying in full her tuition, room, and board, while she matriculated a couple of thousand miles away. The day that he wrote the last check for her bills, she gave him the good old, “we’ve grown apart,” speech. She must have looked simply stunning in a bikini for her former husband to have been that stupid, and looking at her wearing that bikini would be my guess as to the full extent of marital satisfaction received for his money.

I can’t help but feel that there is something deeper here though. There must be some other lesson that I can take from all of this. I’ve heard this theme a lot recently, that Democrats go for the jugular, and Republicans are prone to writing strongly worded letters. We on the political right hold truth to be an objective thing, and absolute, while the political left seems to feel that truth is itself a subjective sort of phenomenon, and one that can differ for each and every person alive. You see, if Wendy Davis believes that she is something other than a gold digging prostitute who found a freakishly gullible sugar daddy with more money than brains, who are we to see it other wise? Don’t point any of this out to Wendy however, she’ll demand that some paraplegic walk a mile in her shoes. That’s what you might call the morally superior toleration of the political left.

Without diminishing Wendy Davis’ adversity, which she did over come, (even if it were by a method that you wish the angels of Karma would force the progenitor of to wear some sort of sign around their neck for utilizing,) it should be noted that Greg Abbott also had to overcome adversity in his life. He after all went on to become a Supreme Court Justice in Texas, and the Attorney General of that State after he lost the use of his legs. Somehow, I believe that Abbott would be willing to trade shoes for that mile walk of Wendy’s. (A wheelchair bound bikini wearing babe might not have been able to sucker such a wealthy sugar daddy, capable of sending her to matriculate in Boston.) I have yet to read a single article however about how Greg Abbott has utilized his handicap as a campaign device.

The reason for this is simple. For those of us on the right, we seek to sway opinion through battle in the arena of ideas. Our weapons are fact, logic, debate, evidence, and thought. For those who live life on the left, they seek to sway opinion through spin, narrative, emotion, envy, and fear. Enter the candidacies of Wendy Davis, Elizabeth Warren, and Richard Blumenthal, nothing if not consistent with the values of those whom they represent.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

US border patrol agents kidnapped, sexually assaulted a woman after getting permission from dog

by 1389AD ( 104 Comments › )
Filed under Crime at January 10th, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Following a false alert from a drug dog, US border patrol agents kidnapped and sexually assaulted an innocent female citizen returning to the US.

(h/t: Blazing Cat Fur)

Of course no contraband was found.

To put icing on the cake, the hospital that perpetrated this medical rape is billing the victim $5000 for the procedures because she refused to sign a consent form after the fact.

According to the complaint, the University Medical Center of El Paso routinely conducts body cavity and radiological searches at the behest of the authorities without the consent of the victim.

Evidently, medical rape at the behest of the police is also a routine procedure in New Mexico. See:

New Mexico traffic cops looking for drugs subjected an innocent motorist to a forced colonoscopy

Now this is disgusting: Forced colonoscopy administered to a SECOND innocent New Mexico motorist

This invasion of bodily privacy clearly violates the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

 

Rafael Cruz, father of Ted Cruz, tells audience how he fought for Fidel Castro for 4 years…

by 1389AD ( 13 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Cuba at January 9th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Until he woke up.

On YouTube:

Published on Dec 26, 2013 by PalinGrifter

READ MORE: http://politicalgates.blogspot.com/2013/12/in-suppressed-speech-at-freedomworks.html

Houston hospital can’t make payroll: Medicare reimbursement delays due to Obamacare

by 1389AD ( 128 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Healthcare at January 6th, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Man wearing 'bankruptcy barrel'
St. Anthony Hospital employees can’t pay their bills

Weekly Standard has the story:

Obamacare Contractor Blamed for Slow Medicare Payments to Hospitals

The contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov is being blamed by a Houston hospital for delayed Medicare reimbursements that have caused the hospital to miss payrolls for weeks. Novitas Solutions is the federal government’s new Medicare payment processor for the south-central region of the country hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) ABC-KTRK in Houston reports:

According to the CEO Jason Leday, more than 150 employees haven’t been paid in nearly a month.

“I understand that they have children and a house payment, bills. Not getting paid is wow,” nearby resident Theresa Gutierrez said.

The hospital is strapped for cash not because its not making money, but because Leday says a new Medicare payment facilitator named Novitas Solutions is taking too way long to pay out Medicare claims to the hospital.

Leday says he’s owed nearly $3 million in payments from Medicare and can’t make payroll…

The Texas Medical Association says they are familiar with complaints like this one regarding the medicare payment facilitator- and a representative told us smaller community hospitals like this one are in similar situations.

Novitas also runs the south-central region’s Medicare website which was launched just two days before the October 1 launch of Healthcare.gov. As THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on December 19, that site has experienced problems reminiscent of Healthcare.gov’s troubles, and the site will not be fully operational until well into 2014.

Novitas’s direct connection to Healthcare.gov stems from an emergency, no-bid contract for “financial management services” awarded in August and first reported by THE WEEKLY STANDARD in September. The services required included accounting, tracking of accounts receivable and accounts payable, documenting funds collected by CMS, and data validation, among other things. CMS justified the no-bid award because the “prospect of a delay in implementing the Marketplace by the operational date of January 1, 2014, even for a few days, would result in severe consequences, financial and other” and that the services required were “beyond what was initially anticipated and beyond CMS’ currently available resources.”

Continue reading…

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Christians: San Antonio pro-gay ordinance discriminatory, muzzles freedom of speech and religion

by 1389AD ( 23 Comments › )
Filed under Censorship, Christianity, Free Speech, Liberal Fascism, Political Correctness at August 5th, 2013 - 3:00 pm

This ordinance could also be used to exclude Muslims, but we all know that it won’t be.

CBN has the story:

A new nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio, Texas, could be used to discriminate against Christians.

San Antonio City Council members added new language to the city’s nondiscrimination policy. It now says anyone who may have “demonstrated a bias” based on sexual orientation cannot work with the city or run for city office.

“No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability,” the ordinance reads.

Christian leaders in the city are fighting back against this expanded policy.

President of the American Family Association Tim Wildmon said this is “yet another tactic to exclude Christians from the political process and silence them, not to mention the assault on religious liberties that this unconstitutional policy demonstrates.”

“This course of action is well on its way to thought control if people won’t even be able to voice their faith-based beliefs about homosexuality in a respectful way,” he said. “This leaves Christians with nowhere to go and backs them into a corner, which is exactly what the homosexual lobby wants.”

Video here.

Black Texan stands her ground

by Rodan ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, Second Amendment at July 24th, 2013 - 11:12 pm

Progressives are claiming that Stand your Ground laws are racist. In reality these self defense laws are an asset to Blacks since they tend to be the victims of crime. A case in point is a Black woman in Texas who was attacked by a knife welding thug. She used her gun in self defense standing her ground.

I support this woman’s right to stand her ground!

Gov. Rick Perry will not seek re-election

by Rodan ( 15 Comments › )
Filed under Election 2014, Headlines, Republican Party, The Political Right at July 8th, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Love him or hate him, but Gov. Rick Perry has been the most successful governor in Texaa and probably US history. His policies have help turn the state into an economic powerhouse. But all things must come to an end and Perry is announcing that he will not seek re-election.

Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history who famously muttered “oops” after forgetting during a 2011 presidential debate the third of three federal departments he’d pledged to close, announced Monday he won’t seek re-election next year to a fourth full term.

A staunch Christian conservative, proven job-creator and fierce defender of states’ rights, Perry has been in office nearly 13 years, making him the nation’s longest-sitting current governor.

The 63-year-old ruled out another try for the White House in 2016, but Perry’s decision not to run again for his current post likely clears the way for longtime Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to make a serious run at the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the March primary.

Perry had initially promised to divulge his future plans by July 1 but was forced to push that back following a rare political victory by state Democrats — a filibuster of abortion restrictions during the first 30-day special legislative session.

Rick Perry is doing the right thing here. It is never good to stay in office too long and his legacy will be the economic powerhouse that Texas has become.

#Caturday 3/16/2013: Texas Bobcats

by 1389AD ( 117 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Open thread at March 16th, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Urban Bobcats

(h/t: IOTW)

Published on Feb 18, 2013 by Kevin martuscello
Bobcats in Carrollton Texas neighborhood


The Texas growth machine is no mirage

by Speranza ( 126 Comments › )
Filed under Business, Economy, Regulation, taxation, unemployment at February 12th, 2013 - 7:00 am

Keep taxes low, regulations fair and predictable, and stand back and watch the jobs created. If you have ambition, confidence, and “know-how” – go to Texas!

by Wendell Cox

The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also—pace critics like the New York Times’s Paul Krugman—created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth, as a close look at employment data shows.

The first thing to point out is that Texan job creation has far outpaced the national average. The number of jobs in Texas has grown by a truly impressive 31.5 percent since 1995, compared with just 12 percent nationwide, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data (see Figure One). Texas has also lapped California, an important economic rival and the only state with a larger population. The Texas employment situation after the financial crisis was far less spectacular, of course, with the number of jobs growing just 2.4 percent from 2009 through 2011. But that was still six times the anemic 0.4 percent growth rate of the overall American economy.

The National Establishment Time-Series (NETS) Database, which provides detailed information on job creation and loss for firms headquartered in each state, can tell us more about Texas’s employment growth. NETS data are divided into two periods—the first from 1995 to 2002, the second from 2002 to 2009. During the 2002–09 period, small businesses of fewer than ten employees were the Texas employment engine, adding nearly 800,000 new jobs; of those, about three-quarters were in firms with two to nine employees, as Figure Two indicates. Larger Texas companies—those with 500 or more employees—lost a significant number of jobs over this span, and medium-size firms likewise shrank, trends that also showed up on the national level.

Figure Three, shifting back to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, shows that many of the new Texas jobs paid well. Indeed, Texas did comparatively better than the rest of the United States from 2002 through 2011. For industries paying over 150 percent of the average American wage, Texas could claim 216,000 extra jobs; the rest of the country added 495,000. In other words, the Lone Star State, with 8 percent of the U.S. population, created nearly a third of the country’s highest-paying positions. Texas also added 49,000 positions paying 125 percent to 150 percent of the U.S. average; the rest of the country lost 174,000 jobs in that category. As Figure Four shows, two sectors in which Texas employment did particularly well during the same period were natural-resource extraction (in fact, the state gained 80 percent of all new jobs in the country in that field) and professional, scientific, and technical positions. [........]Texas did lose 10,000 construction jobs, but that was a modest downturn, in light of the massive national slowdown in building caused by the crisis of 2008.

Vital to the economic health of Texas is that people are moving to its cities in droves. In 2011, Houston surpassed Philadelphia in population and became the country’s fifth-biggest metropolitan region, with 6.1 million people. Dallas–Fort Worth, with 6.5 million, was already the country’s fourth-biggest.  [.........]

Though the national downturn has slowed job creation in Texas’s cities, they’re still adding jobs, sometimes briskly, unlike many other American metropolitan regions (see Figure Five). Austin’s strong information-technology sector and government-related work (the city is Texas’s state capital) helped propel 4.3 percent job growth from 2009 through 2011 (and 15.3 percent growth from 2002 through 2009). The number of jobs in McAllen, which benefits from increased trade with Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement, grew 3.7 percent.  [.......]

What accounts for the resilience of the Texas economy, which has outperformed the rest of the country not only over the long term but during the Great Recession as well? A pro-business climate has unquestionably been a substantial advantage. In its annual ranking of business environments, Chief Executive has named Texas the most growth-friendly state for eight years in a row. (California has been last for the same eight years.) The reasons included low taxes and sensible regulations; a high-quality workforce (Texas ranked second only to Utah in that category in 2012); and a pleasant living environment (an eighth-place finish, slightly below sixth-place Florida but, perhaps surprisingly, far better than 28th-place California).

Part of the explanation for the high living-environment score is doubtless Texas’s low cost of living. In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis put Texas’s “regional price parity,” a measurement of the price level of goods in an area, at 97.1, a bit lower than the national level of 100 and far lower than the California level of 114.8. Adjusted for cost of living, Texas’s per-capita income is higher than California’s and nearly as high as New York’s. Factor in state and local taxes, and Texas pulls ahead of New York.

More than three-quarters of the cost-of-living difference between Texas and California can be explained by housing costs. As Figure Six shows, Texas mostly dodged the real-estate bubble of the 2000s: the affordability of houses in large metro areas spiked in America as a whole but rose only modestly in Texas. A major reason that Texas real estate is so affordable is that the state lacks the draconian land-use restrictions that drive California housing prices into the stratosphere.  [......]

All these considerations suggest that Texas is poised for further growth. And a final reason for Texans to be optimistic is that a major expansion of the Panama Canal will be completed in 2014. That could bolster the Lone Star State’s success by rerouting Asian commerce from West Coast ports to Texas alternatives, which are closer to the nation’s major markets.

Read the rest – The Texas growth machine

US Military Working Dog Teams National Monument

by 1389AD ( 171 Comments › )
Filed under Dog Day Afternoon, Military, Open thread at November 2nd, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Here’s to America’s military dogs and their human handlers!

Artist's model of US War Dogs monument
Artist’s model of US War Dogs monument

GOP USA: New national monument to honor war dogs

By Sue Manning October 30, 2012 12:00 pm

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The act of Congress is in the books, the bills are paid, the sculptures are being cast, and one of the biggest parades in the world will start a glory tour and countdown to dedication.

The first national monument to pay tribute to military dogs will be unveiled in California in just two months. The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument will honour every dog that has served in combat since World War II.

Some cities, cemeteries and military bases across the country already have such memorials. But none has been elevated to national monument level, where it will be in the company of the Statue of Liberty,Yosemite National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

In 2000, John Burnam, a 65-year-old veteran military dog handler, wrote a book called “Dog Tags of Courage.” A year later, he got an email from a reader wondering why there were no national monuments to the dogs of war.

In “Dog Tags” and a 2008 book, “A Soldier’s Best Friend,” Burnam wrote about his time with the Army’s 44th Scout Dog Platoon when he was in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968.

His first dog, Timber, was injured in an ambush a few months after they teamed up, so he spent most of his tour with a German shepherd named Clipper.

“He saved my life and saved the lives of others by alerting on ambushes, snipers and booby traps. I wanted to give something back to these animals that have done so much and asked for so little, except for food and water and the love of their handlers,” said Burnam, who received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Back then, handlers were not able to adopt their dogs when they were retired.

“I always worried about them but I know they died over there and they died as heroes,” he said.

In 2004, Burnam and two other dog handler veterans pursued the idea in earnest, forming the John Burnam Monument Foundation Inc. But it took two more years, until he met Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., that the monument project started to take shape.

In 2007, Jones introduced legislation authorizing establishment of the monument. Passed unanimously by Congress, it was signed the next year by President George W. Bush, then amended and signed by President Barack Obama.

Burnam designed the monument, which depicts the modern military handler and four dogs — a Doberman, German shepherd, Labrador retriever and Belgian Malinois, all breeds used in wars.

The silicon bronze handler stands more than 9 feet tall and weighs 1,500 pounds. Each dog is about 5 feet tall and weighs 550 pounds. Burnam called them “hero-sized.”

The figures will stand on a pedestal, in front of a large granite wall. One side of the wall will have photos etched in black marble veneer showing dog teams in combat from the different wars. The other side will have an inscription written by Burnam.

The sculptor, Paula Slater, said it was the largest and most complex monument she had ever done. She worked for thousands of hours, saying that finishing a project of that size “is like giving birth to a baby — five of them.”

The money for the monument came slowly. Burnam made one of many fundraising pitches on the reality TV show “Who Let the Dogs Out,” featuring Tillman, the skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding bulldog. The president of New Balance Pet Foods Inc., the company that Tillman represents, attended the show taping and volunteered to pitch in more than $1 million.

“Don’t do a thing. Natural Balance and Petco (Animal Supplies Inc.) will take care of it,” Joey Herrick said. To raise funds for the monument and its maintenance, Natural Balance created a jerky bark treat sold by Petco. Maddie’s Fund, a family-funded pet rescue foundation, also signed on as a corporate sponsor.

The public will get a sneak peak of the monument at the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1, when a floral replica will be used as Natural Balance’s float. Burnam, dogs and handlers from every military service branch will ride on it.

When the float goes on display afterward at Victory Park, the real bronze monument will make its public debut next to it, Herrick said. Then the bronze monument will go on tour as it heads to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The location was chosen as the site for the monument because that’s where most of the nation’s military’s dogs are trained.

Meanwhile, Tillman, the dog that helped get Burnam the monument funding, is also getting personal recognition for his military service. For his work entertaining troops at bases and for going through a mini Marine boot camp, the athletic bulldog has been made an honorary private 1st class.

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