Tag: Texas

Join Jim and Greg as they relish a stunning Washington post poll showing Republicans with a 10-point advantage on the generic ballot and Republicans with a big edge in the suburbs.  Given those political conditions, they welcome the news that Beto O’Rourke thinks this is is the cycle that Democrats can win back the governor’s office in Texas.  And they fire back as Jen Psaki suggests rapidly rising energy prices are proof we need to move away from fossil fuels and left-leaning media suggest the real story in this economic mess is that we need to lower our expectations.

Quote of the Day: Teaching Contending Perspectives in Texas

 

Open letter to my college classmates, including and especially those who teach yoga, and/or live in the northeast, and/or who would never even consider living in Texas among so many Deplorables:

Stop spreading misinformation, y’all. Now that I’m a Texan, I am compelled to defend my home state from your baseless attacks. The biased and uninformed tweets and memes that you post have the potential to further damage any remaining goodwill that might still exist in our fraying Republic. By sharing misinformation with the clear intent to mischaracterize and denigrate a well-meaning and carefully written Texas law, you demonstrate your disdain for your fellow Americans and your complete lack of interest in making even a minimal effort to understand them. Your goal is clearly to present the newly enacted sections of the Texas law on teaching social studies in its public schools as completely backward. The tweet that you shared from NBC News presents some factual information, but it does so in such a misleading way as to be untrue. If NBC had reported that the “school administrator [mistakenly] advised teachers” to include books about the Holocaust and books with an opposing perspective, then that would have truthfully captured to nature of what transpired. One word can make a big difference. Isn’t it funny how these frequent mistakes or omissions by “news” organizations always seem to support a preferred narrative?

Honorable Burial Policy

 

Greg Abbott Ashli BabbittNewsmax is good at clickbait headlines and videos but falls far short in real reporting on the apparent Air Force refusal to support military burial honors for Ashli Babbitt, an honorably discharged Air Force veteran. The Newsmax story just features the angry, grieving mother and one attempt to call one military office before publication. There is not even a minimal effort to check the basic policy and law behind death benefits and military honors for veterans. Newsmax baits, I dig for your consideration, and leave you with a provocative possibility.

There are two pieces to the federal government honoring a veteran in death. The first piece is burial benefits, including burial in certain cemeteries, grave markers, and a folded flag. These are the statutory responsibility of the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (the VA). The second piece is a military honor detail at the internment, what used to be called a burial detail. This is a statutory duty of the Department of Defense. Each service has a duty to its own, fulfilled by active duty, and drilling Guard and Reserve service members. The statutory minimum is two service members in the military honors detail.

The general rule is that veterans who were separated from service under honorable or general conditions are entitled to certain VA burial benefits and military honors. Not surprisingly, then, the relevant law shows up in both Title 10 (Armed Forces) and Title 38 (Veterans’ Benefits). Here are the relevant bits, with emphasis added:

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Click here to listen to the podcast! On this episode of the Resistance Library podcast, Sam and Dave discuss the forgotten history of the Gonzales flag. “Come and Take It.” It’s a slogan of defiance against government tyranny with roots in antiquity that continues to inspire freedom-loving patriots today. This updating of the classic Spartan […]

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Join Jim and Greg for three crazy martinis today! First, they cringe at the idea of taxpayers footing the bill for up to $50,000 in salaries for journalists in the new spending bill pushed by Democrats. They also fire away at President Biden and other lefties for trying to convince the public that their multi-trillion spending binge won’t add anything to the deficit. And they get a kick out of Beto O’Rourke criticizing Biden for being too tough at the border.

 

On Covid and Texas, Biden Courts a Constitutional Crisis

 

When Donald Trump was president, we heard a lot about Norms® and Standards. Trump was accused of violating this vague collection of unwritten rules, a convenient tactic when they couldn’t prove actual crimes. The good news was that Biden’s election would restore this Beltway-approved system of etiquette. How refreshing.

Eight months into his administration, Biden has folded, spindled, and mutilated our Norms® and Standards, even those mandated by the Constitution. Trump was erratic but Biden is openly courting a constitutional crisis.

Pressured by far-left backbencher Cori Bush in August, the White House reinstated an eviction ban already declared illegal by the Supreme Court. Biden knew it was a violation but said: “by the time it gets litigated, it will probably give some additional time.”

Vexing Vax Performance Puzzles

 

justice and COVID-19Bloomberg is hardly right-wing conspiracy central, nor is it a Hollyweird lefty anti-vax, anti-fluoride media organ. So, their recent straight reporting article on the comparative efficacy of natural versus vaccine-induced COVID-19 immunity against the Delta variant is a noteworthy from the leftist scientism party line. Bloomberg reports on a very large sample study of the Israeli population, and commendably links directly to the medRxiv paper.

While not conclusive, this study reinforces a century or more of human experience and underlines the abject failure of every single Republican executive, from your favorite governor to President Trump and Vice President Pence, to compel truth-telling in public health bureaucracy web graphics. From Day 1, we should have seen a steadily increasing number of Americans with naturally acquired immunity, eventually joined by a faster-growing number of Americans with vaccine-induced immunity. The first governor to force this truth into the open will be the prohibitive favorite for presidential nomination in 2024.

medRxiv is “the preprint server for health services.” All papers, and the web portal, bear the proper notice:

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After the shameful American surrender and withdrawal in Afghanistan over the past 2 weeks – leaving Americans behind after an armed conflict for the first time in US history – President Biden and Democrats understandably want to change the subject. Source: RasmussenReports.com Preview Open

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The Great Texas Abortion Law Freak Out

 

By now, those of you who are paying even a smidgen of attention to the news are aware that legislation titled the Texas Heartbeat Act (S.B. No. 8) went into effect yesterday.  The law prohibits a physician from performing an abortion, absent a medical emergency, “if the physician detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child.”  This occurs at about six weeks from conception.   Of most interest is the fact that the law–unlike some other state attempts–does not permit state officers to enforce it.  In a rather unique piece of draftsmanship, it permits a private party to sue in state court against anyone who violates the law or aids and abets in the violation.  If the plaintiff is successful, they are entitled to injunctive relief, attorney’s fees, and at least $10,000 in damages.

There is a somewhat complex procedural history leading up to yesterday’s Supreme Court action which I’m not going to track here.  The bottom line is that, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court denied abortion providers’ request for an emergency injunction preventing the law from going into effect.  This is not a decision “on the merits”–on the ultimate constitutionality of the law, but only a determination that the defendants in the suit–Texas officials (including the Attorney General) and a citizen activist–were not attempting to enforce the law, so there was (among other things) no “case or controversy” to be resolved.  That is, or should have been, a fairly simple resolution.  But not so fast.  It’s abortion.

Join Jim and Greg as they look at the good, bad, and crazy performances of the media in just the past 24 hours. They cheer Matt Lee of the Associated Press for doggedly asking an important question that the State Department refuses to answer. They also roll their eyes as much of the mainstream media honor the Biden administration’s wishes and push the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan much lower in their coverage. And they blast CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin – for several reasons – over his hysterical evaluation of the Supreme Court refusing to block pro-life legislation in Texas from taking effect.

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Click here to listen to the podcast On this episode of The Resistance Library Podcast, Sam and Dave discuss Davy Crocket and the forgotten history of the King of the Wild Frontier and the Battle of Alamo. David Hawkins Stern Crockett, fondly remembered as Davy Crockett, was born in eastern Tennessee to pioneer parents on […]

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Human Tragedy on the Texas Border

 

By any account, the situation along the Texas-Mexican border is spiraling out of control.  For each of the past three months, at least 170,000 illegal immigrants—the statutory term—have been stopped at the border. Thousands of them are unaccompanied children.  Some have been turned back. Some are held in various detention facilities. Some 50,000 have been released, without a court date, but with general instructions to report at some time to some Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) office—only about 13 percent have complied. Many suffer from COVID-19. Yet any plans to vaccinate this group have been delayed by the usual administrative disasters. Recent data about the number of cases suggest that a portion of the recent increase in COVID-19 has possibly been spread by a cross-section of these individuals.

The disquieting disconnect between COVID-19 at the border and COVID-19 everywhere else has sparked extensive commentary, largely negative. While American citizens are told to mask up or get vaccinated, illegal immigrants have received, by default, special privileges, in a peculiar reversal in immigration priorities. In response to the looming crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden’s border czar, has proposed a five-point plan to address the “root causes” of the crisis. Her menu includes such worthy objectives as “addressing economic insecurity and inequality” in Central America, fighting corruption, strengthening the rule of law, promoting human rights, and attacking local violence, including sexual abuse.

Rob Long is in for Jim. Today, Rob and Greg serve up two good martinis, plus a bad and a crazy.  They start by getting a kick out of the Texas Dems’ PR stunt getting more bizarre, as five members test positive for COVID while they remain on the lam.  They welcome public denunciation of China’s destructive hacking efforts but wonder just how tough the world will get in confronting Beijing.  They also fire back at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for suggesting that a user who is banned on one social platform for “misinformation” should be banned on all of them. And they get a kick out of the government renaming animals like Asian carp and gypsy moths to avoid offending someone.

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US Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and his colleagues are right to be upset over negotiations with Democrats in the White House and Congress over infrastructure spending. But the Senior Senator from South Carolina’s short-term prescription for playing hardball – denying the Senate a quorum to conduct business – probably isn’t going to work. Here’s why. […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they enjoying watching the Texas Senate pass a voting reform bill despite the publicity stunt from Democrats. They also unload on President Biden for absurdly calling state elections legislation the worst threat to our democracy since the Civil War. And they shake their heads as Senate Democrats start pushing a $3.5 trillion spending bill to accomplish many more horrible policy goals once the infrastructure deal is done.

Join Jim and Greg as they hammer Democrats in Texas for fleeing to Washington to avoid voting on an election reform bill. They also note how the media has very different views depending on whether Republicans or Democrats are trying to block legislation. They also rip the Biden administration for even thinking about injecting “fact check” messages into our texting threads to counter alleged disinformation. And they groan as the World Health Organization keeps catering to China, this time by buying 110 million doses of Chinese COVID vaccines that don’t work very well.

When Silicon Valley Values Meet West Texas

 

Texas ranching has been under economic siege almost since it began. It has always offered an opportunity to make a small fortune, nowadays by starting with a large one. Yet for all its flaws, ranching is addictive. So is abandoning ranching.

“The Big Empty,” a novel by Loren Steffy, steals one of the classic tropes of Texas letters: modern technology displacing ranching. The oil industry is the traditional disrupter. Set at the dawn of the 21st century, Steffy makes high tech, computers, and the internet ranching’s competitor. He adds a spin. The ranchers are rooting for high tech to win.

Conquistador is a dying West Texas cattle town. While not at the end of the world, on the flat West Texas plains it might as well be. Ranching is fading as a business. Conquistador’s residents are desperately seeking new industry to draw jobs there. They even tried getting the state to build a prison, just for the jobs, only to be turned down. Conquistador is too remote even for prisons.

Greg and guest host Chad Benson appreciate New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang being the only one to admit that mentally ill people committing violent acts are a problem for the city and that residents have the right to not be assaulted. They also cringe as Iran prepares to install a new president who is already under U.S. sanctions for leading the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s. And they react to Sen. Ted Cruz saying that he hopes actor Matthew McConnaughey does not run for governor in Texas because he would be a very formidable candidate.

 

Summary

The State of Texas is the epicenter of the illegal immigration crisis and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been setting the example for how states can challenge the illegality of Biden administration immigration policies. In this week’s episode, Paxton describes how his office has so far filed five lawsuits challenging Biden immigration policies and says more are likely. He also describes what he has seen and heard from law enforcement and local officials during several recent trips to the border.

In his Closing Commentary, Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director and host of Parsing Immigration Policy, addresses Vice President Harris’s plea to potential migrants in Central America not to make the journey to the U.S. border, claiming that they will be turned back. But the country’s actions matter more than Harris’s words. The message has already gotten back to Central America and beyond that her rhetoric is not true – the U.S. is not, in fact, enforcing its laws or securing its border.