2016-09-03T14:50:12.223-06:00Ready for the debates between the presidential nominees? Maybe you are more interested in the debate scheduled for the vice-presidential candidate. Either way, here is the info:"Journalists from NBC, ABC, CNN and Fox News will moderate the three scheduled debates between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election, the nonpartisan group organizing the events said on Friday.NBC anchor Lester Holt will ask questions at the first debate on Sept. 26 in New York, while ABC global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will co-moderate the Oct. 9 "town meeting" style debate in St. Louis, the Commission on Presidential Debates said.Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, it said in a statement. CBS journalist Elaine Quijano will moderate the single vice presidential debate on Oct. 4 between Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his Democratic rival, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, the commission said. C-SPAN's Steve Scully will be a back-up moderator for all four of the debates, it added." New York, St. Louis and Las Vegas. You may have also noticed that the only shot at a somewhat balanced moderator is Chris Wallace. Sadly, this is what Republicans have come to expect. Is it any wonder that finally Republicans are demanding better from those who make these decisions?[...]
2016-08-19T07:23:22.937-06:00You may not have heard about it on your local news broadcast or read about it but South Louisiana drowned about a week ago and the people there could use some help. What is the difference of this catastrophic event and say, the last time South Louisiana drowned in Hurricane Katrina? Would it be the difference in a Republican president on vacation and a Democrat president on vacation? Apparently so.President George W. Bush will forever have his administration's clumsy response to Hurricane Katrina on his record yet the very same reporters and Democrat politicians so eager to write that story are silent. President Bush flew over the damaged landscape and surveyed it en route back to Washington, D.C. and you would have thought he was personally responsible for the event. The record was finally corrected that many preparations were in place but due to Democrats in office - in control locally - the worse results happened. As of today, there has not be so much as a public statement of concern from President Obama. He did declare the area eligible for federal assistance and FEMA is doing what can be done for the time being, but Obama has failed on a key responsibility of his job - that of comforter-in-chief. He hasn't even bothered to acknowledge the death, destruction and despair in an area already weary from police shootings, shrinking budget and services, and shrinking opportunities.The American Red Cross would appreciate your help. Over 40,000 homes have been affected and tens of thousands of people displaced. The American Red Cross declares it the worse event since Hurricane Sandy. You may remember that Hurricane Sandy occurred during Obama's re-election bid so he was all over that disaster from the onset of the storm. You may remember the famous photograph of Obama and N.J. Governor Christie walking in full embrace along the coast. Today there is a story in the Baton Rouge newspaper that Obama has now requested daily updates. Unbelievable."Gov. John Bel Edwards said he spoke to Obama Sunday night, when the president made the initial disaster declaration for four parishes. Since then, the disaster declaration has been expanded to 16 others. Obama offered his prayers for the flood victims during that private conversation, according to the White House."How about a public statement for the people? Sending Jeh Johnson, only today, is a positive step but doesn't fulfill the president's duty. As Lyndon Johnson was told during the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy: "We don't want your best man, we want you." Johnson arrived 24 hours after landfall.It has gotten to the point of such frustration that the newspaper has published a strong editorial demanding Obama at least make the effort to come to the area and pretend he cares about his fellow Americans, vacation or not."The optics of Obama golfing while Louisiana residents languished in flood waters was striking. It evoked the precedent of the passive federal response to the state’s agony in 2005, a chapter of history no one should ever repeat."The voices outside of Louisiana have been silent in coverage - no mentions from either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Barack Obama has grown the government's reach into our personal lives and expanded controls of our everyday lives to such an extent that more people than ever are wholly dependent on government assistance. Hillary Clinton promises more of the same. Clearly it is all about political control for them. When the chips are down, they are nowhere to be found. Twenty parishes (counties) are underwater in South Louisiana and the president parties on, living large on Martha's Vineyard. UPDATE: Republican nominee Donald Trump and Vice President nominee Mike Pence are visiting South Louisiana Friday, August 19, 2016. Trump cancelled previous commitments to do so. [...]
2016-08-02T12:04:11.101-06:00Today in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Lee of Singapore, the President of the United States declared the Republican nominee for President "unfit to be president" Fundamental change accomplished, Barack Obama. It is one thing for a sitting president to declare his support for the candidate running in his own party, it is quite another thing to declare the opposition party's candidate as unfit as the world watches.
2016-08-01T19:13:11.549-06:00Were you conned by the Democrats' version of politicizing a grieving Gold Star family at the DNC extravaganza labeled as their patriotic night? I hope not. After a bit of pondering over this latest media- generated kerfuffle and the willing #NeverTrump crew's help, suddenly GOP candidate Donald Trump is attacked for defending himself against the unprovoked rant from a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan via the UAE to Virginia. The willing culprit went onstage at the request of the DNC (Hillary Clinton), along with his wife, and claimed that not only would his son - a patriotic soldier in Iraq killed in action after saving many other soldiers, posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals, not be allowed into this country using Trump's guidelines on Muslim immigration but also that Trump surely has never read the U.S. Constitution. Dramatically, he then took a pocket-sized edition of the document and waved it while saying he would be happy to lend him his copy to read.The Democrats, who have to actually set aside a night to proclaim patriotism, as they usually are too busy disrespecting the military and America's defense to be taken seriously, lauded the man as their new hero. The mother remained silent at her husband's side.Let's contrast this to the reaction that Patricia Smith, the grieving mother of Sean, also killed while serving the United States in the Middle East - in Libya, Benghazi to be exact, - and her treatment from the media after her address to the RNC. She was called everything from a liar to being exploited by the Republicans. Hillary Clinton, as recently as yesterday on Fox's Sunday Show claimed that Mrs. Smith probably doesn't really remember events correctly due to her grief. I want to be clear here. The Democrats had to reach back to a soldier's death in 2004 - under the command of President George W. Bush - to use a grieving military family as political fodder and allow him to rant against the immigration and homeland security policy of GOP candidate Trump. Mrs. Smith's son was killed under the watch of Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. As Secretary of State, he was her responsibility as he served the U.S. ambassador in Libya. To this day, we have not been told where Hillary Clinton was that fateful night on September 11, 2012 or, for that matter, where President Obama was that night. She failed miserably in answering her 3:00 AM call and now she wants to be Commander-in-Chief. No thanks. Were there no soldiers of Muslim faith killed in action recently with parents willing to use him or her for a get- out- the- vote effort for Hillary Clinton? Probably not. Why? Usually, military families go out of their way to stay out of politics.So, I questioned why this father wanted his time on the DNC stage. Why did Team Clinton choose him? Then, after reading the transcript of his speech - since I didn't see it live that night - it became clear to me. Clinton's campaign wanted to make a statement about Trump's idea of strict immigration policy for those coming here from countries that are hotbeds of Islamic terrorism. It had nothing to do with disrespect for a Gold Star family - it was all about immigration policy. Again, Democrats don't show respect for military members unless it is to benefit their agenda. Democrats counted on Trump defending himself and he did. Then Democrats and willing helpers in the media and the #NeverTrump crowd reacted. Playing right into the hands of Democrats, there was much pearl clutching and proclamations that Trump has finally gone too far - he is attacking a Gold Star family! How convenient for them.To fact check Mr. Khizr Khan, he came to the U.S. via the UAE as a Pakistani citizen in 1980. His son was born in the UAE and was two years old when his parents brought him here. His family would not in any way be affected by the immigration policies put forth by Donald Trump today. This is all indignation for political convenience. Shame on them all.Trump wa[...]
2016-07-26T16:57:58.081-06:00Tuesday, July 26, 2016
2016-08-19T07:29:25.449-06:00From the Wall Street Journal:Mr. Cruz’s sudden burst of “conscience” would be more believable if Mr. Cruz hadn’t played Tonto to Mr. Trump’s Lone Ranger for most of the primary campaign. When it mattered last year, when Mr. Trump still might have been stopped, Mr. Cruz was lip-syncing the businessman’s lines. While other candidates were opposing Mr. Trump on immigration, Mr. Cruz was imitating him and even moving to his right. Mr. Cruz wrote an op-ed in this paper with Paul Ryan supporting trade promotion authority. After Mr. Trump opposed it, Mr. Cruz came out against the bill right before the Senate vote. If nothing else, the utter hypocrisy of the Cruz stream of conscience is suspect, given the introduction of the assaults on Melania Trump's character alone laid at the feet of the Cruz campaign. The pictures of Mrs. Trump from her modeling days are everywhere in the Internet universe and were indeed used by Cruzers. Using an unflattering photograph of Mrs. Cruz and a tweet from Mr. Trump implying he might mention her past troubles was his response. To clutch pearls and act as though that isn't anything other than ordinary behavior in today's politics is a bit much.Senator Cruz also noted the silly accusation that perhaps his father, a Cuban immigrant, was somehow involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. That was bad form coming from a tabloid grocery store rag - hardly an unusual occurrence. Trump says he had nothing to do with that story. It's politics, it's as old as time.Describing these incidences as just too brutal, Cruz decided to not honor the RNC pledge made at the beginning of the primary campaign season - each candidate agreed to support the eventual Republican nominee in exchange for access to the RNC databank. Senator Cruz now claims he's entitled to be a sore loser with hurt feelings as the voters hold him accountable for his less than gentlemanly behavior.The reality is this: Cruz lost this race and his ego is bruised. He is a bitter man who is a divider, not a uniter. He will always put himself over the Republican Party and rely on supporters who are perfectly ok with that. He will rely on blind support as he calls other Republicans "cartel" members - drug lord thug talk - and think that is bold behavior. It is not. It is boorish and juvenile. Cruz though he'd receive the Republican nomination by pandering to the evangelical voters and those more loyal to him than to the Republican Party - the newbies, the people not familiar with the party system or the workings of the RNC, those looking for an outsider. Does anyone really think someone who has been working in and around Washington, D.C. and Austin Texas since 2000 is an outsider? No. Cruz was caught off guard by two real outsiders - Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump. Neither were office holders in any form. Both from the real world of business. (I don't include Carly Fiorina because she ran unsuccessfully for office and also served as an adviser to previous Republican officeholders - she was a part of the system.) Instead of focusing on working to take out Donald Trump during the primaries, Cruz chose to focus on exaggerating and misleading on the records of others - including those he called friends. Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul were early targets. He distorted their records for his personal benefit. This, too, is politics; it is as old as time. His conscience didn't prevent that. He called Donald Trump his friend, a great man, and promised to "continue to sing his praises." Why? Cruz thought eventually Trump would drop out and Cruz would be the last man standing. Cruz thought he'd get those Trump supporters for himself. He was wrong.Not only did Cruz's overwhelming support from [...]
Sunday night, the 2016 Miss USA Pageant was held in Las Vegas with the usual array of beautiful young women and a musical performance by The Backstreet Boys. The contenders were a diverse group and for the first time, the last three finalists- Miss Hawaii, Miss Georgia and Miss District of Columbia-included two black women. The winner was Miss District of Columbia - the first winner serving in the U.S. military (Army Reserves).
"Chelsea Hardin acknowledged that there was no way to correctly answer the question during the beauty pageant. The question was framed with Clinton's likely status of being the first woman nominated by a major political party for the White House. Hardin responded that gender doesn't matter when deciding the next commander-in-chief. The 24-year-old college student from Honolulu simply said the new president should push for what's right for the country."
2016-05-04T08:36:53.539-06:00Donald J. Trump will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee at the completion of its national convention this summer. With the suspension of the Cruz campaign Tuesday night, a whole lot of drama is playing out on social media. Politics ain't bean bag.I get it, I really do. I was depressed for days when Marco Rubio suspended his campaign on March 1. He was the complete package. He also had the highest favorability numbers in all the polls. He was the most electable. He had years of experience - from local to state to national government. He has a penchant for foreign policy. He is an extraordinary communicator. I could go on, but in the meantime...Let's just take a breath.I feel you, my tribe. The anger and disappointment is everywhere. With this election cycle, we have reached the tipping point. Voters are no longer interested in political experience, policy points, electability, or frankly, a candidate you'd like to have a beer with. Donald Trump checks none of those boxes. He has higher unfavorable numbers than Hillary Clinton. He is loud, crude, egotistic, vulgar. He holds none of the Republican principles I hold dear. And the people can't get enough of him.A massive re-alignment has been brewing for both parties for years. The two political parties? The voters are over them. A majority of voters now call themselves Independents. It is increasingly difficult to recruit activists as candidates. The absence of women in elected office in the Republican Party is particularly distressing to me. Lots of things have to change.In a normal year, a more traditional Republican would be the nominee and the various factions would be going back and forth on whether that candidate would meet everyone's expectations. No candidate ever does, of course, because people aren't all the same. After decades as an active Republican, both publicly and privately, my idea of the best candidate may not be the same as yours. That is the beauty of a political party, though, and it is essential to embrace all those who would call themselves Republican voters in order to sustain and grow a party. This lesson still hasn't been learned by enough people, it appears. Ted Cruz thought he would be the outsider, though he has been in politics since the contentious 2000 election and the George W. Bush administration. Cruz thought his path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was on the backs of Evangelical voters. That didn't work either. Donald Trump drew in voters who have never voted, voters who are union members, voters who are solid working class people - those who get up every day and actually do the work that keeps America going. Trump even found some long lost Reagan Democrats. Are you getting the picture? This is what it takes for the Republican Party to win in November. A very broad coalition of voters must get out and vote or Republicans don't win. We start out behind the Eight Ball in the Electoral College map and in order for Republicans to win the presidency, states have to be won that are not traditionally in the R column. And swing states are crucial.Now, about those Independent voters - they don't care about parties. They vote for the candidate. In this year's cycle, not only do we have a man who has never held elected office as the party's nominee, he is running against a Democrat woman who holds as high unfavorable numbers as him. Plus, in her case, she may be facing federal indictment before the election rolls around. It's too early yet to expect a big kumbiya moment with Republican and conservative leaning voters to hug it out and vow to work together for November victories. Most Republicans will understand that ge[...]
2016-03-26T10:48:44.028-06:00If you are a political junkie, you have no doubt checked out some of the kerfuffle developing over the past 48 hours concerning the National Enquirer's piece on a sex scandal and GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX). Falling on Easter weekend, it is a particularly unsavory bit of tabloid fodder for the candidate in the race claiming to be the evangelical Christian conservative.
2016-03-12T12:30:53.505-06:00Opportunity knocked for former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and she answered the door. Wednesday Carly made a splash by appearing on stage with candidate Ted Cruz and formally endorsing him for President. Not only did she endorse him, she went into full snarl to do so.
2016-02-02T16:43:41.255-06:00"This is a new Republican Party". The statement, uttered by an insider Democrat now working in network television, acknowledged the diversity of the party's field of presidential candidates. It's a big field - someone for everyone.I met Ted Cruz in 2009, in Galveston. I was a delegate from Memorial West Republican Women to the TFRW convention. Cruz was there, along with this lovely wife, Heidi, introducing himself to the ladies. Everyone knows it is Republican Women in Texas who do the work of getting a candidate elected into office. Cruz, at that time, was running for Attorney General. I wrote at the time, "Sunday's closing session was filled with speakers Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul and Pete Olson, Texas Rep Larry Taylor, and Ted Cruz, former Solicitor General of Tx and current candidate for Attorney General of Texas. Cruz made a commitment to support the re-election of current Attorney General Greg Abbott should Senator Hutchison not resign from the Senate." Cruz was a fresh voice and effective speaker. I was impressed by his personal story and communication skills.As it happened, Senator Hutchison didn't resign from the Senate and Attorney General Abbott was re-elected. Ted Cruz then chose to run for U.S. Senate for the upcoming vacancy as Senator Hutchison carried out her plan to leave Washington. I was on board for a Cruz candidacy, even when the sitting Lt Gov decided to run for the same seat. I had - and have - huge respect for David Dewhurst. I chose Cruz to support in that race, though. I used my ability to blog for Cruz in his Senate run.I was all in. I made new friends in the Cruz inner circle and like those people to this day. It's not personal with me, it's politics. While I'm choosing to endorse a different candidate in the GOP presidential primary, I will still consider the Cruz crew as friends. Cruz made himself available to bloggers regularly and, through conference calls, assured us that he "knew what to say" to win an election in Texas. That struck me as an unusually cynical statement at the time, but I brushed it off.Remember that Cruz embraced the Tea Party when it formed. He boasted of his ties to George W Bush and elected officials in Texas before he used the Tea Party as a vehicle in his senate race.Against all odds, Cruz won the senate seat. He is a master communicator and that is a welcome relief to those of us who often criticize the messaging abilities of the Republican Party. Most importantly, Ted Cruz can raise money. Keep that in mind as this GOP primary progresses.Once Cruz went to the senate, his inner agitator came out and he morphed into a bomb thrower on the level of some of the most strident in politics. This is the last thing Washington, D.C. needed. Already bitterly divided, Republicans and Democrats were more often than not in stand-off mode in all efforts to work for the American people. Cruz never rose to the occasion and learned how to build a coalition of like-minded senators to push reforms. He promised lots of things and always boasted of his fighting spirit. However, when he actually had to perform, his inability to persuade others to come to his side in arguments resulted in defeats, not victories. Along the way, he was exposed as just another politician seeking out the bright lights of television cameras. After only mere months in elected office - his first elected office - Senator Cruz decided to run for President of the United States. What was once a call to be strong in conservative convictions became a taunt in his best imitation of a preacher's cadence - suddenly he[...]
2016-01-22T10:46:04.929-06:00In a recent campaign stop, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio was asked a question about faith and governing by a young voter professing to be an Atheist. Showing grace and compassion, Rubio gave a compelling answer. Faith guides many of us when we head to the polls to vote. Here is why that is important:
2015-12-13T00:24:59.641-06:00Hella race, Bill King. It was a nail biter watching the vote tallies come in Saturday night. My chocolate stash took a serious hit along the way.
2015-12-11T09:57:47.902-06:00Now is the time, conservative voters in Houston, to get out there and take the city back. Saturday, December 12, 2015 is the date of the Joint Runoff Election. If you didn't take advantage of the most convenient way of voting - Early Voting - HERE is where you can find all the information you could possibly need to vote Saturday. The weather should cooperate and there is no excuse for not doing what you know you should do.
2015-10-14T07:17:43.369-06:00I love a personal story. Everyone has a story to tell and Ann Romney has a great one. In her recently released book, In This Together, Ann Romney focuses on the life altering event of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a neurological disease without a cure. Far from being a sad story, Romney's book left me feeling inspired and impressed with her personal strength and determination to carry on with her life. She described this book as "a love letter to those people who are suffering" not just from MS but with any difficulty.Ann Romney writes about her upbringing, her family, her courtship with Mitt, her children and friends. The lion's share of the book, however, concentrates on her journey with MS. She shares her journey from the time she was diagnosed in 1998 through today. Her future plans include the opening of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, scheduled for October, 2016, for which she is the Global Ambassador.I had the privilege to be on a conference call with Mrs Romney during her book tour. Let me share some of that conversation.Along with a treatment of cortisone infustions, she learned about non-traditional treatment options from a friend of a friend also living with MS. Once a skeptic, she soon became a believer. After almost three years of seeing a Reflexologist three times a week and riding horses five days a week, she began to feel like she was doing a little better with the most devastating of her symptoms, fatigue. She never needed a walker or wheelchair but she said she did lean on Mitt for balance when she was at times unstable as she walked. The steroids reduced the numbness in her leg enough to be able to walk. She is still unsteady on her right leg.Her greatest disappointment in the loss of the national election for President in 2012 with Mitt, other than America being denied the talents of her husband's leadership, was the loss of using her megaphone as First Lady to make MS research her choice of initiative while serving in the White House. She has channeled that energy into the Center for Neurologic Diseases. Research and scientists conducting studies will all be under one roof, searching for cures for five different challenges - MS, Parkinson's Disease, Altzheimer's, ALS and brain tumors. Proceeds from this book go to Center.Why did Ann Romney write this book? Here are her own words, from the transcript of the conference call:Mrs. Romney:"When I decided to write this, I meant this to be a book that would really help others. And I thought the way to do that was to be as honest as I possibly could, to hold nothing back. And to really share how depressed I was, how difficult it was, how it affected my life in every single way. And to do that, I had to be completely honest. I just felt that that was really important, and yes, it was hard to share some of those things, and yes it was hard to write some of those things. But, I decided to do it so that people would really know that it’s a complete window to my soul, and there is nothing left, and it’s completely honest."This is a compelling human story of being knocked down with a devastating, life altering illness and finding the strength to carry on. Mrs. Romney is not only moving on in her life, she is thriving.FULL DISCLOSURE:I was approached by a representative of St Martin's Press and offered the book for review. Thanks to Karlyn Hixson for making it such a pleasa[...]
2015-10-06T11:15:09.722-06:00Please join Memorial West Republican Women and Houston West Chamber of Commerce for a candidate forum featuring the candidates running to fill the Houston City Council, District G position. The current officeholder, Oliver Pennington, is term limited out, so it is an important race. This is one of the few opportunities to hear from these candidates in a forum style setting.Come have a cup of coffee and connect with fellow Houstonians working to support Republicans running for office in a very Democrat run city! Memorial West Republican Women PAC'sCandidates Forum - City Council, District G Thursday, October 8, 20156:30 PM - 8:00 PM6:30 PM - Refreshments & Conversation | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - ForumTrini Mendenhall Community Center - 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055 Join the Memorial West Republican Women PACfor a Candidates Forum, featuring: Sandie Mullins MogerGregory Travis Free & Open to the Public[...]
2015-05-22T05:20:27.201-06:00Sarah Davis, State Rep District 134 and Debbie Riddle, State Rep District 150 are being stalked at the State Capitol in Austin. It is uncomfortable for them as the video Rep Davis' put on her Facebook page shows. Rep Riddle shared the video on her Facebook page and learned of those behind the project from a commenter. This is some eye-opening creepy gotcha stuff. As women, it is no wonder they are uncomfortable as a guy dressed in all black follows - too closely, I might add - a woman legislator around the Capitol. Any woman would feel a violation of personal space and on edge with concern for her personal safety.From Sarah Davis' Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/sarahdavisrep134/videos/10153942200534240/?fref=nfWhat you are witnessing in this video is what I have experienced four to six times a day for the last three weeks. If you want to know what it is like to be in politics today, watch this.Posted by Sarah Davis for State Representative 134 on Thursday, May 21, 2015From Debbie Riddle's Facebook page:"What Representative Sarah Davis has been experiencing with this creepy guy is what many of us have been dealing with at the Capitol. As I leave the House Chamber or go into a committee meeting, or even head down the hall to the underground parking, even getting on an elevator these creepy guys are stalking with their hidden cameras. It will be interesting to see who is financing their creepiness."Riddle notes that it is not just female politicians, but males, too, being closely followed by silent stalkers.What you notice in the video is the guy dressed in black looks at the camera and smirks after Rep Davis confronts him. Clearly he is enjoying her irritation.So, I wondered, who is financing this stalking? It turns out to be a "conservative" group, working to sabotage Republicans on video. The group is called American Phoenix Foundation. The Texas Tribune has a piece on this:The activist group employing people who have been secretly recording lawmakers has talked about having a bipartisan mission to root out misdeeds of lawmakers no matter the political stripe.But four large donors to the American Phoenix Foundation — the Strake Foundation, the State Policy Network, the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, and Jeff Sandefer's Ed Foundation — are well-known backers of conservative causes. The donations show what many had suspected — that money was coming in from institutional organizations active in other conservative causes.Then a spokesperson made the following statement:The four groups "did not donate to this project or to this year's budget at all," a man who identified himself as John Beria, a spokesman for American Phoenix, said in an email Thursday. He added that American Phoenix remains committed to targeting misdeeds by lawmakers from any party. Going further:American Phoenix is headed by Joseph Basel, who in 2010 was among four people who were arrested and charged with entering federal property under false pretenses in Louisiana. The group, pretending to be telephone repairmen, entered then-U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in New Orleans. Basel later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, serve two years' probation and perform 75 hours of community service. One of his co-defendants in that case, Stan Dai, is also an officer with American Phoenix. George Strake, [...]
2015-05-10T21:42:16.723-06:00If, like me, you are concerned by the way the media is betraying the good people of Texas by the reporting of a military operation that will happen this summer, I can help. You can find the facts about Jade Helm 15 here: https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/258605525?access_key=key-dS1ZhJJ4ZgCH6XXhBqWp&allow_share=true&escape=false&view_mode=scrollDo not let the conspiracy theory believers suck you into the world of tin foil hats. This is a drill run by the U.S. Army. How insulting is it to the military that they are being treated as though they are a part of a plot to take over the State of Texas? I don't think this silliness shows the military members the respect they deserve. And gratitude. Last I looked, the State of Texas is a part of the United States of America. The federal government already has certain controls over Texas. And all states. Why was Texas chosen to be one of the states used in this Special Ops training? Texas has, in the past, proven to be a state supportive of the U.S. military. This state has several large military facilities. Texas has the land and areas of low population needed by the operation. This is a state that military veterans come to or stay in to retire. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and Colorado are also part of this exercise. Texas will benefit financially from this training exercise. Supplies, fuel, food, lodging, etc. will all be purchased locally. Unfortunately, some politicians are using this unrest by some in our state for political gain. The governor has committed National Guard troops to supervise the exercises. This is a waste of taxpayer money and resources. What exactly would the National Guard do, anyway, if all this conspiracy theory that it is a scheme to enforce martial law on the state was true? GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have been asked about the near hysteria of some in the state. Cruz rightly said he has no reason to question the military motives or stated intent. Then, unfortunately, he launched into claiming he understood why some would be concerned, given the record of less than truthfulness from the president. Supporting the military was all that needed to be said. Rand Paul claimed he knew nothing about Jade Helm 15 but would have staff look into it. Support the military. America needs the honed skills of trained warriors, now more than ever. The Special Ops members are the top of the skilled warriors. Show gratitude, not contempt.[...]