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According to the Huffington Post, “A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.

“Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized ’17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,’ after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.”

I understand not liking okra, or other vegetables, but raiding organic farms is not the answer, unless of course Texas law enforcement was protecting young people from the influence of this gateway vegetable? One can almost hear some local Texas sheriff drawl, “They start using okra today, and tomorrow they might be hooked on cauliflower, or even spinach.”

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in Humor, War on Drugs

 

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Texas Judge says if the President is reelected it could mean civil war?

Sometimes you just have to shake your head in wonder, and this is definitely one of those times; it seems Republican Tea Party (GOTP) county judge, Tom Head, from Lubbock, Texas, is pushing a new justification for a tax increase in his county.

Head told the local Fox News affiliate, FOX34, Lubbock’s law enforcement needs extra tax dollars in order to be prepared for a full-scale uprising, which he’s predicted could be caused if President Obama’s reelected.

“Judge” Head’s claiming the President’s seeking to sign a variety of United Nations treaties effectively setting aside the Constitutional law of the United States.

“He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens?” Head asked. “I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.”

“Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!”

But wait, Head’s not done.

“Now what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want ’em in Lubbock County. OK. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say, ‘You’re not coming in here,'” the judge said. “And the sheriff, I’ve already asked him, I said, ‘You gonna back me?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll back you.’ Well, I don’t want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me.”

So, why is Head going down this rabbit hole? Because it’s what conservative voters like to hear; it’s what all the fashionable candidates are saying today.

“Turning to the United Nations to tell us how to raise our kids, or whether we can have the Second Amendment rights that our Constitution gave us, I mean, that is the wrong way to go, right? Do not cede sovereignty,” said GOTP presidential wannabe Willard Mitt Romney. “I’m happy to talk there. I’m not willing to give American sovereignty in any way, shape or form to the United Nations or any other body. We are a free nation. We fought for freedom and independence. We are going to keep freedom and independence.”

Welcome to the new political world of the GOTP.

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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Reverend Perry Defended Confederate Symbols?

The Associated Press is reporting that when the NAACP stepped up a campaign to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouses and other government buildings across the South, it found an opponent in Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential contender Reverend Ricky Perry.

Wow, who’d have ever thunk it; Ricky Perry defending Confederate symbols. What’s the world coming to when a good old boy red neck evangelical Christian from Texas is defending Confederate symbols?

It seems Texas had a pair of bronze plaques with symbols of the Confederacy displayed in its state Supreme Court building. The Reverend, then lieutenant governor, said they should stay put, arguing that Texans “should never forget our history.”

And later, when he became Governor, he said on a number of occasions that Texas should secede from the Union.

Perry has repeatedly defended “state’s rights” and Texas’ legacy in the Civil War, however – as the AP points out – while defense of Confederate symbols and Southern institutions can still be good politics below the Mason-Dixon Line, the subject can appear in a different light when officials seek national office.

But this is not the only albatross hanging around the GOTP presidential hopefuls’ neck; last week he began taking fire for a rock outside the Texas hunting camp his family used to lease that had the name “Niggerhead” painted on it, and GOTP rival Herman Cain, the only black in the conservative race, says the rock symbolizes Perry’s insensitivity to race.

And just in time for this falls race, Texas will soon be deciding whether to allow specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag as part of the commemoration of the Civil Wars sesquicentennial. The plates were requested by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a nonprofit organization the Reverend has supported time and time again.

“The romanticism around the Old South,” said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau. “It’s a view of history that ignores how racism became a tool to maintain a system of supremacy and dominance.”

Granvel Block, the Texas Division commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said the organization appreciated Perry’s previous position on issues surrounding memorializing the Confederacy.

“I would give him high praise for saying it,” Block said. “Honoring your ancestors, it’s something that the Bible teaches.”

OK now, hold the phone; while the Bible may teach us to honor our ancestors, and certainly the courage of those who fought should be remembered, sometime the South is going to have to come to grips with the fact it lost the war, and that the war WAS about slavery. Claim states rights all you want, but it was about the rights of the individual states to decide on slavery’s fate; there is no other reason, if there hadn’t been slaves there wouldn’t have been a Civil War. It’s really that plain and simple, and the Confederate battle flag has become a symbol of racism, ignorance and even hate in this country.

Many groups – like the NAACP – have been pushing to have all symbols of the Confederacy removed from state and local buildings; and along those lines Perry wrote to the Sons of Confederate Veterans in March 2000 that, “although this is an emotional issue, I want you to know that I oppose efforts to remove Confederate monuments, plaques and memorials from public property.”

“I also believe that communities should decide whether statues or other memorials are appropriate for their community,” Perry wrote in the letter, one of several obtained by The Associated Press under a public information request. “I believe that Texans should remember the past and learn from it.”

He added, “We should never forget our history, but dwelling on the 19th century takes needed attention away from our future in the 21st century.”

Perry elaborated publically on the issue, saying, “I think you’ve got a slippery slope when you start saying we’re going to start taking down every plaque or monument.”

The floor of the Texas Capitol’s rotunda still bears the seal of the Confederacy, and statues on the grounds memorialize Lee and Confederate soldiers. But civil rights organizations consider the battle flag the most objectionable symbol.

Public officials in Texas, as well as in the other Southern states, are called upon periodically to honor Confederate causes because related organizations – such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans – observe its anniversaries.

In a 2005 letter, Ricky welcomed attendees of a benefit hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “By learning about the past,” he wrote, “we honor our ancestors’ memories and contributions, and appreciate the people and events that preceded the present.” Perry’s great-great-grandfather David H. Hamilton fought at Gettysburg with the First Texas Infantry.

Today, Block’s organization wants to use the Confederate flag license plate to raise money to pay for markers on Confederate soldiers’ graves. “I know that to some people it’s an issue,” he said. “But our purpose is to honor our ancestors and to educate the public on the true cause of the war.”

To educate the people on the true cause of the war; and what would that be Mr. Block? No doubt the “true cause” has nothing to do with slavery, but deals with “the War of Northern Aggression; and this is where people take issue with the battle flag because of the ignorance surrounding it. The “true cause” was slavery, there is no other cause. Additionally, the battle flag is a symbol of treason; there is nothing honorable about breaking your oath to protect and defend your country, or to raise arms against the democratically elected government.

The real issue is that Perry can’t run for the Presidency having said he’d secede, having used a hunting area with the name “Niggerhead” on the entrance, and having protected the use of Confederate symbols and not think there’s a problem. On the other hand, does any of this really surprise anyone?

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Is Perry really electable? Hardly …

So, the political pundits and talking heads – particularly on the conservative side – all think Rick Perry (President of the 2nd Republic of Texas) should – or will – jump into the race for the Republican/Tea Party (GOTP) nomination. On what grounds do they – or Perry – think he’s electable? Do they think he’s electable because he’s uber-right conservative Christian; because he’s been governor of Texas; because he’s folksy, and has a cowboy’s swagger?

Now where have we seen those credentials before? Oh yeah, George W. Bush – quite probably one of the worst presidents in our nation’s history (which is saying something considering some of the past presidents); the man singly responsible for allowing terrorists to kill more than 3,000 Americans on U.S. soil; for taking our country into two wars, not paying for either, and lying to get us into one; for not only ending but dismantling one of the country’s longest running peace time economic expansions , spending away a budget surplus, expanding the debt, deficit and size of the federal government to new and exasperating levels. Yeah, let’s elect another uber-conservative Christian, former governor of Texas full of folksy cowboy humor and swagger …

“Texans, God love them, have that bigger-than-life persona about politics and that doesn’t necessarily play everywhere,” said (to the AP) Christopher Nicholas, a Republican political consultant who has worked extensively in the Northeast and Midwest. “I haven’t heard a lot of Republicans call Social Security a disease.”

According to the Associated Press (AP), Perry has. “He branded Social Security and other New Deal programs ‘the second big step in the march of socialism,’ according to a book published last year. The ‘first step” was a national income tax, which he has said stands alongside the direct election of U.S. senators as a major mistake among the amendments to the U.S. Constitution.'”

That’s right folks; Perry thinks a citizen having the ability to elect their senators was a major mistake; seems he’d prefer the good old days when state governments – or governors – chose who would represent each state in the senate.

Reportedly in the recent Texas legislative session, Perry’s “emergency items” included laws that require a photo ID in order to vote, a sonogram before a woman had an abortion and enforcement of federal immigration laws by local police.

While I don’t necessarily disagree with a photo ID for voting, requiring women to have sonograms and having the local police enforcing federal laws is the typical uber-conservative over-reach of late. Conservatives scream about government involvement until they want to become “involved” then it’s OK.

But will he run for president? While promoting his book last year, “Fed Up: Our Fight to Save America from Washington,” Perry said, “The best concrete evidence that I’m really not running for president is this book, because when you read this book, you’re going to see me talking about issues that for someone running for public office, it’s kind of been the third rail if you will.”

During the debate over health care Perry said outright that Texas should secede from the United States and pushed the idea of pulling Texas out of Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care for low-income people.

It’s the state’s rights stance that has placed Perry so far to the right that he would – in all probability – find it difficult on the national political stage. His pro state’s rights agenda has led him into raucous fights with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Last month, Perry signed a symbolic bill – meaning it has no teeth – allowing Texas companies to continue producing incandescent light bulbs banned by the EPA, as long as they are sold within the state. Texas is the only state that has refused to put in place the EPA’s new rules regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.

While the Texas style bravado plays well in Austin it is doubtful it will play well outside if the Lone Star State. In recent national polls Perry places a distant third – just behind Michelle (Krazy) Bachmann with 12% of Republican/Tea Party (GOTP) voters polled, while Mitt (Flopsy Mopsy) Romney is at 25%. Perry hasn’t shown up on any polls for Iowa, and in New Hampshire polling he is coming in with a dismal 7% tied with Herman (Pizza Man) Cain, and trailing Ron Paul (9%), Sarah (Ice Queen) Palin (11%), Krazy (18%), and Flopsy Mopsy who leads with 25%. Generally when one enters a political contest you want to poll somewhere close to the front of the pack; so far Perry ranks a distant third in some and very distant 6th or 7th place in others. But who knows, maybe his Texas size ego won’t allow him to sit back and watch. Maybe he’ll jump in and prove how uninformed he truly is on national and international issues, although one would guess he’d probably hold his own against Katie Couric.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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One More Thought on Texas Quitting the Union

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2009 in National Security, Texas

 

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