Tag: Texas

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Biden Confused by Free Speech

 

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Evidence provided by Biden campaign of terrifying protesters flying American flags on a public highway, new Covid-19 restrictions expected in response.
After encountering Trump supporter escorts as their campaign bus traveled in the Lone Star State, the Biden campaign expressed concern about the exercise of First Amendment rights on public highways, reported by Jack Phillips in the Epoch Times:

“Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas today instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way,” Biden campaign Texas communications director Tariq Thowfeek told news outlets, confirming several events would be canceled in the state.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Gonzales Flag: The Untold History of the Battle of Gonzales

 

“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 molṑn labé (meaning “come and take them”) is a powerful challenge to would-be gun grabbers. Seeking to remove arms from the people will not come without dear cost. For the Texian rebels of the Battle of Gonzales, these words were not mere tough talk. They were words the Texians were willing to die for.

The story begins in 1831. Texians in Gonzales, then a part of Mexico, requested a cannon from federal authorities to defend themselves from Comanche raids. The cannon itself was of little military use (historian Timothy Todish once said it wasn’t good for much more than starting horse races). Indeed, it probably served more as a visual deterrent to the hostile natives than a military one.

Curiously, Gonzales was one the communities preferring Mexican rule to independence, even after relations between Mexico and the Texians began to sour. The town went so far as to declare their allegiance to the Mexican government of Santa Anna. However, on September 10, 1835, a Mexican soldier beat a Gonzales Texian, sparking widespread outrage. It was after this incident that the federal government thought it best to retrieve the cannon before it was turned on the Mexican government.

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy the fun ad for GOP congressional hopefuls in Texas, an ad starring Rep. Dan Crenshaw and includes skydiving and multiple movie references. They also fume over the latest revelations proving the FBI knew the Steele dossier was based on a likely Russian spy and still sought FISA warrants without ever revealing the source to the FISA court. And they get a kick out Democrats suddenly wanting Supreme Court term limits since we may soon have an actual conservative majority.

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We really should have been getting these weekly, with members compelled to address the massive protests starting just about the supposed incubation period ago. But, the Vice President did not push and President Trump did not see the defensive value. So, here we are with them reacting to a new media and public official panic. […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Juneteenth at 155 years

 

This is the 155th anniversary of the day slaves in Texas received the news that they were free. On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger read General Orders, Number 3, to the people of Galveston. It read in part:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

Ricochet has taken note of this important historical event and its commemoration for at least the past three years:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Elections Have Consequences: A Tale in Two Tweets

 

From the local executive and judges to the presidency of the United States, all offices matter. People who have long been complacent, accepting of local officials, have had their eyes opened by public officials’ responses to COVID-19. Those offices and names way down the long ballot are suddenly obviously affecting peoples’ lives. Now, We the People are without excuse this election year and in the off-year elections ahead. Elections have consequences for you and me. Consider the local office of an elected judge.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Elections Have Consequences: Texas

 

You have doubtless heard of the hair salon owner who defied the diktats, based in wildly unscientific fear-mongering, of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. For Texas counties, that is the top elected position. A black-robed minion under him, a trial judge, also let the mask slip on camera, in his entirely unprofessional treatment of Shelley Luther. Now the Texas Supreme Court has sprung Shelley Luther from jail and Governor Abbott’s new executive order has slammed the door on any further tin-pot thugs dragging people off to jail for allegedly violating a COVID-19 emergency executive order. Elections have consequences.

Clay Jenkins is a Democrat, behaving as Democrats will when they become comfortable that their electorate will never throw them out for a Republican. The fear shifts to attacks from the left, covered by moving enough left to keep winning. So, the residents of Dallas County have exactly the government for which they voted or failed to vote plus volunteer to drive turn-out against the Democrats.

The Austin American-Statesman writing about the Texas Supreme Court’s order, helpfully points out that a string of elections have consequences, provided you use them well:

Hey, we actually have a good martini today! Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the apparent news that the Biden campaign is not seriously thinking about Stacey Abrams the running mate to a very wobbly nominee. They’re shocked – although in some ways pleasantly shocked – to see former longtime New York Times figure Martin Tolchin publicly admit he doesn’t want justice or an investigation of Joe Biden in the Tara Reade matter, he just wants a coronation of Biden from the media. And they cringe at the imagery of a SWAT team forcing a Texas bar to stay closed after the bar owner brought in second amendment activists to protect the reopening.

Join Jim and Greg as they walk through the Texas plan to re-open the economy that’s drawing rave reviews, but they also discuss whether re-opening should be statewide policy or based on local conditions and why Democratic governors are getting far less grief for re-opening than Republicans. They also walk through Politico’s cringe-inducing apology on how badly it mangled its story on debts President Trump allegedly owed to China. And they react to the fury of the Bernie Sanders campaign over New York’s decision to cancel its presidential primary. Is this a case of Sanders focusing on politics over the health crisis in New York or is it imperative for states to find ways to hold elections regardless of the conditions?

Kevin McLaughlin and Matt Whitlock of the NRSC sit down with Senator John Cornyn to talk about Buddy the Cat, Indian food, Texas sports, 40 years of marriage, and more!

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. [Updated] Texas Jury Abets Sex Transition for 7-Year-Old?

 

If any Texas Ricochet member can provide more/better background on this story it would be much appreciated.

Gateway Pundit posted a story about a case in Texas where a jury has severed the custodial interests of a father who is trying to keep his seven-year-old son from being transitioned to a girl at the insistence of the mother. What particularly caught my eye in this story initially was the involvement of a jury in what is generally a family court matter more typically adjudicated by a judge alone. And, then, a jury in Texas siding with the parent pushing for a sex change as opposed to the parent pushing to keep the child in the sex consistent with his genitalia. So I tried finding other online accounts to better understand just what the heck is going on?

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday. Book Review Historic homes show attention to detail, architecture By MARK LARDAS Sep […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Three Cheers for Governor Abbott

 

Yesterday, October 2, 2019 Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to Austin’s mayor demanding the mayor do something about Austin’s homeless problem. It has been out of control since the City Council passed a law legalizing overnight camping everywhere – except in front of City of Austin offices. As a result, Austin has been turning into San Francisco South-Central.

And if the mayor blows off the Governor? Abbott pledges to use state authority to clean up Austin if the mayor fails to solve the problem by November 1.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Howdy, Modi!

 

I’ve been making dinner and listening to the huge “Howdy, Modi!” rally in Houston with President Trump and Prime Minister Modi. It’s pretty enjoyable. It appears to be a huge crowd, and the Fox youtube clip I’m watching begins with awesome pounding drums.

After the drums stopped in a fabulous climax, a lovely young woman sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When she finished, the crowd burst into chants of “USA! USA!” After the Indian anthem, the crowd began chanting “Modi! Modi!” as the president also applauded.

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Friday evening (September 20) I had the opportunity to participate in the North American premier of a new composition, Te Deum Latinoamericano, prepared by composer Carlos Colon to honor the 2018 elevation to sainthood of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass. Preview Open

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have mixed reactions to the news that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is not going to run for governor of his state in 2020 and will remain in the Senate until 2024. They also shudder at the obvious warning signs surrounding the latest mass shooter in Texas and wonder why so few people did anything about them. And they roll their eyes as Beto O’Rourke insists he would ban AR-15’s and similar weapons and force gun owners to sell them to the government.

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I thought I knew what a hailstorm was. I’ve seen hail fall everywhere I have lived. It tends to be pea sized. It might sting a bit if it hits you. Ah, but everything is bigger in Texas. Over a three year period, I had the honor of serving with a great group of Army […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss reports that the Justice Department’s Inspector General plans to allege former FBI Director James Comey lied to Trump about the Russia investigation and even spied on him. They also relish Bernie Sanders acknowledging reality as he bumps up staffers’ hourly pay by cutting back on their hours. And they debate Wendy Davis’ electoral prospects in Texas as she launches a run for Congress.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America break down the news of Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta resigning over the Epstein scandal. They discuss concern amongst Texas Republicans that the Lone Star State may be in play for Democrats in 2020. And they cover AOC’s Chief of Staff admitting the Green New Deal’s true purpose.