Friday, March 02, 2012

REST IN PEACE ANDREW

"I do what I do because the mainstream media chooses not to do it," Andrew Breitbart said. "The game of the left controlling the narrative ... is ending."

Our hats are off to Andrew this week at Liberty Dispatch as we celebrate the life of a man whose flare for battle with politicians and the media made him a warrior for truth. Andrew died Thursday. The websites he founded ran a statement Thursday morning announcing that at age 43, he died "unexpectedly from natural causes" in Los Angeles shortly after midnight.

"We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior," the statement said. "Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love."

Here is the concluding passage from Andrew’s book, Righteous Indignation and a great perspective from someone who chose to take full advantage of freedom and to speak up without counting the cost:

"I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and -- famously -- I enjoy making enemies. Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I've lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I've gained hundreds, thousands -- who knows? -- of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.”

Andrew Breitbart is gone from this earth, but no one can say he was unnoticed while he was here – no one can say he did not fight against the things he considered harmful to this great country. No one can say they did not know what he stood for. He was a modern day Samuel Adams. We salute you sir, RIP.

2012 Texas Primary Election Court Ruling

The judges in San Antonio have come down with a ruling as regards the 2012 Texas election primary time lines.

It has been made final- the Texas primary election will be held May 29th.  The last day and time for candidates to sign-up will be Friday, March 9th and 6:00pm.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

PORN IN THE COUNTY JAIL

Liberty County Sheriff Henry Patterson may be under the mistaken impression that ballots will be passed out in the county jail and he can hope to get the inmate vote in the Republican primary in May.

Patterson’s struggling bid for re-election just hit another major impasse as a widely reported story about Liberty County Jail inmates viewing pornography on the county jail’s community room television for two months is informing the public of yet another of Patterson’s problems. The Community Education Center, or CEC, and a close friend of Patterson’s, runs the day to day operations of the jail and that contract with the county is currently up for reconsideration by the commissioner’s court. Some have suggested that the county reclaim control of the jail. With Sheriff Patterson already overseeing the jail, news of more problems may detour any efforts to get away from hiring outside management unless one of Patterson’s opponents is considered in the decision making formula.

Patterson has expressed no interests in expanding his control and influence so he can have better oversight. And he has not been critical of the current management. On the other hand, Bobby Rader, Patterson’s chief opponent, is the only candidate to have asked to see the figures so he could analyze the feasibility of taking the jail back under the day to day management of the sheriff.

No explanation of why inmates possibly watched two months of porn on cable courtesy of Liberty County taxpayers. One would think the inmates were being more closely monitored and that Patterson would not allow something like this to go on for so long. If nothing else, the televisions could have been unplugged until the cable company blocked the porn channel. But who knows, maybe Patterson is hoping to get the orange jumpsuit vote.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Now there are maps- Texas Redistricting

Federal judges in San Antonio unveiled maps for the state's congressional delegation and for the state House this afternoon, and they did it in time to allow the state to hold its delayed political primaries on May 29. The court also signed off on Senate plans agreed to earlier this month.

The court has not ordered a May 29 election, but on Monday it asked the political parties to detail the election law waivers they would need in order to hold their primaries on that date. The judges put out the maps early enough to take comments from the various parties on them, but they didn't immediately seek those comments, and aren't required to do so.

Attorney General Greg Abbott said these maps are much closer to those originally approved by the Texas Legislature last year. "I consider these interim maps to be a substantial improvement over the maps previously issued by the San Antonio court," he said. "The court properly rejected demands by some plaintiffs to draw drastic and over-reaching maps."

The state objected to the court's first maps because the judges started their drawings from the current political maps instead of starting with the maps approved by the Legislature last year. The U.S. Supreme Court kicked those back, telling the Texas judges to start from the Legislature's work, correcting for violations of the Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act.

Gov. Rick Perry blamed the Democrat judges for the delay in the state's primary elections. "As the Supreme Court has agreed, the federal court in San Antonio overstepped its boundaries when it took it upon itself to draw new maps," he said in a press release. "Had the federal court done it correctly to begin with, the time, costs and inconvenience to our state could have been avoided, and we would be having our elections on schedule."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Children in Need...

There are some things in this world we can almost all agree on. One of those things is rescuing children from unhealthy and abusive situations. In stark contrast to our political writing and our normal confrontational and expose’ format, please find below excerpts from an excellent article written by Kevin Ladd and shared with the community via The Cleveland Advocate and The Dayton News that encourages helping children in the most vulnerable situations:

The number of foster children in Liberty County has risen dramatically in the past few weeks, depleting supplies at the local Rainbow Room and prompting Children’s Protective Services to seek additional donations — both monetary and essential items for the room.

CPS Board President Helen Green says the numbers have been stunning.

“We now have 230 children in foster care in Liberty County,” she said. “At Christmas we had 160. Eleven children were removed from one home in Dayton recently. Of course there are many other children under supervision that have not been removed from their homes.”

You can find the full story at: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cleveland/news/cps-board-seeking-donations-for-rainbow-room/article_cce6d789-1334-5564-94da-0b20bad89fda.html

HO HUM, WHEN WILL IT COME

For decades now, Americans have heard every four years how “this is the most important election of our lifetime”. Now that we have finally arrived at an election that fits that billing, Texans are being subject to the “sore loser” behavior of the state’s donkey party. Many conservative Texans have gone from feeling like nostril burning thoroughbreds waiting for the gate to open at the Kentucky Derby to more of a ho-hum, when will it come attitude toward the primaries because of a small coven of liberal magistrates holding up the final decision on re-districting maps.

The Democratic judges who have perpetrated this drug-like slumber on Texas voters may have lessened the impact conservative voters in the Lone Star state have on choosing the Republican nominee for President, and they may even lowered the overall turnout in both primaries, but trust me – the slumber will end. In November the idea that this is the most important election in the history of this country will drive Texans to the polls to weigh in on the fundamental changes President Obama has promised to America.

Local and state primary races in many Texas counties will be important to the Republican dominated state because of inter party efforts to elect true conservatives and not allow the recent popularity of the party be co-opted by candidates who are Republican In Name Only, or RINO’s, as they are disparagingly referred to by longtime conservatives.

As for the nationwide contest for President, there is little doubt the Republican nominee for President will win easily in Texas. But Texas voters are likely to want to send a message to the more liberal of the fifty states by squashing Obama and the liberals in record numbers. Election night, regardless of a few liberal judges from the central part of the state, will be anything but ho-hum. For many it will either be a victory for Republicans in the most important election in history, or it will be the last straw of an ever intrusive unconstitutional attack on what America has been for over two hundred years.