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Video: Woman Hijacks Mic at ‘Texas Muslim Capitol Day’ Event, Decries ‘False Prophet Mohammad’

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The 11th annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day in Austin was interrupted on Thursday by an angry protester who grabbed the microphone and decried the “false prophet” Mohammad and the religion of Islam.

“The false prophet Muhammad!” the woman is heard screaming. “Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God it will not dominate Texas.”

See the video and read more here…..

By Jason Howerton

 

RER Op-Ed: That Pesty Ol’ Constitution

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
In Illinois, a new law aimed at curbing cyber bullying, gives schools access to kids’ social media account passwords, but some are saying the law goes to far.
You know, whenever liberals get hold of anything and try to twist it up they always say they’re trying to do something good, something noble. Did it with free speech, with guns, and now we have personal security. Back in the day liberals were always the ones in the street protesting the Vietnam war because it wasn’t a declared war, and they were leaning on their right of free speech and the right of the people to speak out. Where did that all change? Where did we go from hippies standing on their soap boxes defending the Constitution to the same people sitting back and watching the entire Bill of Rights get shredded like cheese at a Taco Bell?
Like I said, there’s always some noble reason behind this nonsense. Bullying. Yeah, yeah, yeah, big kids pick on little kids. Darnedest  thing I ever saw. God know’s that’s a new thing. Never happened before. I remember when I was in the fourth grade. There was this kid named Alvin. Alvin looked a little like Alfalfa from Our Gang, but he was a head taller than me and every day he found me in the school yard and pushed me around. Well, I was a nerdy kid with two left feet. I tried to dodge him, but old Alvin would seek me out and shove me around while all the other kids laughed.  Then one day I came upon a plan. It was a simple plan, actually. I hit Alvin in the mouth. He went to the ground and started crying and bleeding. Now boys and girls, this wasn’t sex, but it was close! So, I hit Alvin again. Matter of fact, after that, I hit Alvin in the mouth every chance I got.
So, anyway, this Illinois school has decided to end bullies by circumspection of the Fourth Amendment. It doesn’t stop there, people. What if some kid says something on his/her Facebook that the school thinks is dangerous? Well, by criketty, they’d just have to go to the police, now wouldn’t they? Then the police would have to look at the Facebook page, and of course, since the parents are responsible, they’d have to check out mom and dad’s pages too. Yep, we’s a gonna stop them bullies! Root ‘em out!
Now what was that line up there? Let me copy and paste it ‘cause I don’t want to misquote here. “. . . secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects” Now, I’m just a simple ol’ boy from Austin, but the way I read that is the word “effects” means stuff you own, like maybe, grocery lists, pictures of grandma, and FACEBOOK accounts. But then, I’m not a real lawyer.
What’s wrong with a good, old fashioned warrant. You know, some kid vocalizes for everybody within earshot that he would like to inflict bodily harm on some nerdy kid (like me) and the principle calls the police. The police go to a judge and tell him that they’d like to take a look at what this bully is putting out on his social media. Then the judge writes out this thing we call a warrant. It says, “These police fellers have the right to look at this kid’s Facebook account specifically for harmful threats against Elmer the nerd.” They show up at the bully’s house, present this paper and sit down and take a peak at the account. IF they see something that says, “I’m going to punch Elmer the nerd in the nose” then they proceed. They’re not WORRIED about how many beer cans are in the living room. They’re not WORRIED about the gun rack on the wall. They’re not WORRIED about Doc Greene streaming out of the TuneIn App. They center on one kid, making serious threats concerning the safety of another kid.
Where they go from there is totally up to the courts. Police gather information, the court sorts information. Wow! That’s so simple. But, you see, that doesn’t fulfill the liberal agenda. That won’t nullify that pesty old Constitution with all those out of date amendments, now will it? We can’t have people running around keeping their personal effects to themselves, can we? You can’t just tear apart a little piece of the Bill of Rights. When you punch a hole in a balloon it just pops. There is no “sort of,” or “just a little.” That’s like being a little bit pregnant. You’re either secure in your person, or you’re not. You’re either free to speak your mind, or you’re not. You have a right to defend yourself, or you don’t!
The parents of this boy should march into the principle’s office, with a lawyer, and remind him of these simple facts, and don’t be jelly fish about it. Don’t accept being told they HAVE to submit. Don’t just cower because some school marm tells them that if they don’t lay down, and play dead their kid will be thrown out of school or worse, here comes the CPS. That’s always the joker in the deck.  Now who’s the bully? First and foremost, public schools are an abomination before the Lord, anyway, but if you must allow your kids to go there, please don’t leave their citizenship at the house. Hey! That’s a radical idea right there. Teach your kids about the Constitution and its practical application. I outta be a school teacher, really, I should!
Wilbur Witt
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Dallas Morning News Op-Ed: Ugly anti-Muslim taunts by Texas lawmaker, protesters are embarrassments to Texans

Photo: Brittney Martin/The Dallas Morning News

And just when you thought that we might get into this Texas Legislative session without some foolish stunt to make Texas a national laughing stock.

Enter Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, who on her FaceBook page, directed staffers to ask Muslim visitors in to the Capitol for the seventh annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day to pledge allegiance to the U.S.

“I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws,” she said on Facebook. “We will see how long they stay in my office.”

On top of that, about 200 Muslims intending to speak with legislators about the session were heckled by about 30 ”Christian protesters,” who shouted such mindless things as ”Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God it will not dominate Texas.” Throughout the rally, Muslim children became upset when protesters shouted “get out” and “ISIS will gladly welcome you.”

So much for a warm Austin welcoming. It doesn’t get more hostile than this.

I wonder whether the protesters understand any part of Christianity, the Constitution, or what it means to be an American and whether White realizes she has made a fool of herself with streams of intolerance. It’s been a long time since I last heard a lawmaker so aggressively demonstrate such arrogance and insensitivity than White’s swear-allegiance-to the-U.S.-request.

Within two hours of her post, many criticized the freshman tea party Republican, which ………read more here.

By Jim Mitchell

Lt. Gov. Patrick: Open carry not a top Senate priority

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After pledging in his campaign to fight for open carry of handguns in Texas, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick now says it’s not a priority and doesn’t have the votes to pass.

The issue seemed to be gaining strong momentum for the 2015 session with support from Gov. Greg Abbott, Patrick and other top Republicans who swept into office in November. But Patrick doused the hopes of gun rights advocates with his remarks Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Texas Tribune.

Patrick, who has supported expanding gun rights in previous votes as a state senator, said “open carry doesn’t reach the level” of the Republican-dominated chamber’s other priorities, such as the state budget and public education.

Texas hasn’t allowed open carry of handguns since immediately after the Civil War. Several bills had been filed this session to allow open carry, ranging from requiring a license to letting anyone carry a handgun in public, also known as “constitutional carry.” While most have been filed in the House, at least two have been filed in the Senate.

Patrick’s campaign website, which is still online, notes he will “fight for open carry.”

But now that he occupies one of the most powerful offices in the state, Patrick walked back from that promise Tuesday.

“I don’t think there’s support in the Legislature to pass it,” Patrick said. “I haven’t had anyone bring it up to me.”

Patrick’s comments came a day after a small rally by open carry advocates at the Capitol, the second in as many weeks.

“I’m pretty disappointed in…..read more here.

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press

Dan Patrick on open carry: An explainer

Photo: Screenshot of a Dan Patrick campaign ad

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Tuesday refused to say how he’d vote on open carry legislation filed this session, saying while he doesn’t think the effort has the support necessary to pass in the state Legislature, he wouldn’t block the bill in the Senate if it had the necessary votes.

The remarks, made during a conversation with Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith, largely echoed statements he’s made in the past that the legislative will might be lacking to pass open carry. His unwillingness to take a hard and fast stance to promote the effort, however, goes against promises he made on the campaign trail to “fight” for open carry.

Speaking the day after pro-gun advocates again flocked to the state Capitol, Patrick said he thought “Second Amendment rights are important” but he didn’t think “there’s support in the Legislature to pass” a bill to legalize the open carry of handguns. In Texas, you can openly tote long arms like rifles and AR-15s, but the same has been illegal for handguns for more than 125 years.

“On open carry I’ve been very consistent, that if the votes are there, the bill will pass out of the Senate,” said Patrick. “But I’m not an open carry person myself. I wouldn’t open carry but I respect people’s right who want to.”

When Smith pressed the Houston Republican whether he would be a “yea” or “nay” vote for open carry if he was still a senator, Patrick deflected, saying, “I don’t have a vote anymore.”

“That’s not an answer,” Smith shot back, to which Patrick finally responded, “If I was going to vote against it, then as lieutenant governor I would hold the bill. I just said I’m going to let the bill move, OK?”

Patrick, who co-sponsored legislation in 2013 to legalize concealed carry on college campuses, also said he thinks the votes are there this year to allow gun toting at universities. On Monday, a campus carry bill filed boasted a super-majority of 19 co-sponsors, the exact number needed to pass the bill out of the Senate under new rules the chamber passed last week.

While Patrick’s comments on open carry Tuesday morning were nothing new – he ‘s made similar statements on news programs and at town hall meetings in the recent past – they seem to contradict campaign material that promised the then state senator and radio show host would more actively support the effort. On his campaign website, one of the five “Second Amendment” issues Patrick lists as…..read more here. 

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Speaker Straus raked in $1.4 million in end-of-year contributions

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AUSTIN–House Speaker Joe Straus, R- San Antonio, raised more than $1.4 million in campaign contributions in the final months of 2014 and has nearly $8.5 million cash-on-hand, according to campaign finance reports out Friday.

Earlier this week, Straus easily defeated his challenger, Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, to secure a fourth term as House speaker.

As TDMN writer Robert Garrett reported here, the race appeared over long before Tuesday. By late December, nearly 80 percent of the House had voiced their support for the San Antonio Republican.

In addition to the 127-19 vote in his favor, new finance reports and the size of Straus’ war chest show that “he has hardened his hold on leadership in the House,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

“As demonstrated by his easy reelection as Speaker, almost accomplished with just Republican votes, the mainstream of the Party has unified around him,” he said in an email……read more here.

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RER Op-Ed: The Tale of Two Cannons

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“… the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government.”– Article I Section 1 of the Texas Constitution

26 January 2015 There’s an old fable about a man who worked for the County.  His job was to polish the brass cannons that adorned the lawn of the CountyCourthouse.  After nearly 20 years at this job, the man grew impatient.  He had job security, but no chance of advancement.  He felt his life just wasn’t going anywhere.  So he bought a brass cannon and went into business for himself.

In 1831, the town of Gonzales in the MexicanState of Texas received a brass cannon from Mexican authorities as protection against Comanche raiding parties.  Then in 1835, newly appointed Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna dissolved the Mexican legislature and nullified the Mexican constitution of 1824, touching off rebellion in the Mexican States of San Louis Potosi, Zacatecas,Durango, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Yucatan, Tamaulipas, and Texas.

Alarmed at the unrest, the commander of Mexican troops in Texas sent 100 Mexican dragoons to Gonzales in October 1835 to confiscate their cannon.  They were met by some 140 armed Texans, waving what has become known as the Gonzales flag – a white field with the black silhouette of a cannon over the words “Come And Take It.”  The battle that ensued was indecisive, with the Mexican forces finally retreating without the cannon.  But the battle of Gonzales represented the first shots fired in the Texas Revolution, igniting a conflict that culminated at San Jacinto in April 1836 with Santa Anna’s defeat and the emergence of Texas as a free and independent nation.

These two cannon stories treat the same subject from two different perspectives.  The parable of the cannon polisher is meant to illustrate the necessity of government, while the history of the battle of Gonzales promotes the necessity of rebellion against government.  Both views are valid. Governments are necessary, but it is equally necessary that they be controlled.

Milton Friedman stated the case explicitly in a 1973 interview with Playboy Magazine: “I believe we need government to enforce the rules of the game.  By prosecuting anti-trust violations, for instance. We need a government to maintain a system of courts…  We need a government to ensure the safety of its citizens – to provide police protection.  But government is failing at a lot of these things that it ought to be doing because it’s involved in so many things it shouldn’t be doing.”

Friedman hit the nail on the head.  The problem is not government – the problem is that government is not doing its job.  And it’s not doing its job because it’s doing things We The People never gave it authority to do.

The Constitution of the United States was crafted by men who were well aware of the atrocities of which a government is capable, having just fought and won a war against such government atrocities .  They were equally cognizant of the need for an entity to oversee functions beyond the capabilities of the individual, such as national defense.  They wrote, therefore, a document that was essentially a contract between the People and the creation of the People – a government.  That document specifies the duties of the People’s government in Article I section 8 and restricts the powers of the government in the last ten articles, the Bill of Rights.

There are those who are clamoring today to change the Constitution to rein in our out of control government.  But the problem is not in the Constitution.  The problem is that the Constitution is being ignored.  Let’s not waste time in attacking the wrong problem and, in the process, opening the contract to destructive amendment.  We’re far better served by simply enforcing the Constitution at the State level and forcing the federal government to follow it.

If a cannon misfires, you don’t blame the cannon.

God Bless Texas

G.E. Kruckeberg 

Stop “Helping” Us, Kory Watkins

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The most effective campaigner for gun control in Texas over the past year isn’t an anti-gun Democrat politician, or one of Michael Bloomberg’s paid shills.

No, that dishonor goes to a cop-hating anarchist named Kory Watkins, who leads something called Open Carry Tarrant County.

Watkins is one of the knuckleheads that thinks slinging an AK across your back and walking into a store filled with families doing their grocery shopping is going to somehow to normalize or acclimate people to firearms, instead of generating the much more likely response of, “who is this idiot, and what are his intentions? Is he a threat to my family?”

Watkin’s latest stunt is the attempted intimidation of a Texas lawmaker. This was caught on film, prompting the installation of panic buttons in the Texas offices of the Texas legislature.

The Texas House approved rules Wednesday to be able to install panic buttons and eject hostile members of the public from their offices, after a confrontation between lawmakers and open carry advocates visiting the Capitol on the opening day of the 2015 session.

“I think that public servants and members of the public ought to feel safe and secure when they come to the Capitol,” said Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, who sponsored an amendment to add the safety measures to the house housekeeping rules. “That being said, it came to my attention there was some disagreement as to whether members have to accommodate individuals or groups that are acting in a threatening or belligerent manner.”

On Tuesday, around 15 to 20 members of the group Open Carry Tarrant County visited several lawmaker offices urging them to support House Bill 195, which seeks to undo Texas’ 125-year ban on the open carry of handguns. Several House members, including Democrats Poncho Nevarez of Eagle Pass and Celia Israel of Austin, said the group hassled them or their staff.

In a video posted to Facebook by Kory Watkins, the gun group’s leader, on Tuesday, open carry activists can be heard calling Nevarez “a tyrant to the Constitution” and telling him he “won’t be here very long, bro.”

Yes, Watkins issued a veiled threat to a politician, in public, while being recorded.

Thanks, Kory. You’ve done it, yet again.

Though it’s completely unfair to the vast majority of gun owners to be judged by your idiocy, anti-gun media and gun control groups are going to seize on your unhinged behavior and exploit it as they have so many times in the past.

Watkins and Open Carry Tarrant County have consistently portrayed gun owners in a negative light. They are the inadvertent stars of the gun control movement, and Watkins is arguably the best thing that ever happened to Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action.

Moms Demand was well on its way into fading into…….read more here.

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UT RGV will get behind efforts to retain in-state tuition for DREAMers

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UT Rio Grande Valley will be one the universities in Texas shouting loudest for the retention of in-state tuition for DREAMers this legislative session, says one of its vice-presidents.

Under House Bill 1403, signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry in 2001, certain undocumented students can receive an education at public universities in Texas at in-state tuition rates. These are much lower than the rates for non-residents of Texas.

“UT RGV’s position is that in-state tuition has helped so many of our students to be productive citizens, so we are very supportive,” said Veronica Gonzales, vice president for government and community relations at UT RGV. “We have 880 students between UTB and UTPA who benefit from the in-state tuition.”

Gonzales made her comments, exclusively to the Rio Grande Guardian, at the end of a Valley Legislative Tour event hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, the Valley’s regional chamber of commerce. The event, which included an appearance by Gov. Greg Abbott, was held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

At the conclusion of a panel discussion on healthcare, Dr. Carlos Cardenas, chairman of the board at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and moderator of the panel, asked if anyone in the audience had a comment or a question.

Eric Aguilar, a student studying for a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitative services at UT-Pan American, was the only person in the audience to raise his hand. He said he had a comment for the state legislators in the audience. He spoke about his experience growing up and getting an education in the United States.

“I am a product of the Valley. I am a product of the colonias the Governor talked about. I, like about 600 other students at UTPA, was not born in this country. I was raised here since I was four years old. I have pledged to this flag since as long as I can remember. This country is all I know. I do not remember Mexico,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar told the panel and the legislators that while he does not qualify for every financial aid package available to students, he has been able to get an education at UTPA at the in-state tuition rate.

“This year there are already legislators going into work trying to repeal (HB 1403),” Aguilar said. “I am about to finish my bachelor’s degree in rehabilitative services at UTPA. If that (HB 1403) was to be repealed it would make it impossible for students like myself and the 600 others at UTPA to pay for their tuition.”

Aguilar made a plea to the visiting legislators. “We need your support. We need your help with this. I know there is a lot of opposition but I think this (in-state tuition) benefits our area greatly. It is just the smart thing to do. We want the better-prepared people out there to keep Texas in the forefront. We just want your support to keep House Bill 1403.”

There was loud applause for Aguilar. Dr. Cardenas asked state Sen. Eddie Lucio, who was sitting at a VIP table close to where Aguilar was standing, if he would like to respond. Lucio said yes.

“I want to invite this young man to come to Austin and articulate what he said tonight. The most significant thing he said tonight was that he pledged his allegiance to the flag of my country and that is so important to me. I am extremely patriotic,” Lucio said.

“Some of these young men and women who grow up here are here through no choice of their own. They came here at a very young age and it is up to us to make sure that they continue to live the American Dream that they dream about every day of their lives.”

Like Aguilar, Lucio made a plea to the legislators in the room.

“I would ask my fellow legislators to pay close attention to what this young man just said. He pledges allegiance to the flag of this country. He knows no other. He has lived here all this time and I think we need to have not only access to healthcare but access to citizenship for those that need our help so I very much am in favor of helping him,” Lucio said.

There were no other questions or comments and so Dr. Cardenas closed the meeting. At this point, Lucio went over to thank Aguilar for his remarks. So did UT RGV Vice President Gonzales. “Thank you for being such a productive citizen for our state of Texas. I think you are going to go far in life,” Gonzales told Aguilar. He responded by saying: “Thank you. We really need the support, especially from our institution.”

Gonzales then gave her interview to the Rio Grande Guardian. Asked if UT RGV will get involved if there are serious moves to undo HB 1403, Gonzales said: “We have to be. We have the most (undocumented immigrant students),” Gonzales said. “We have seen it first-hand. We have seen the benefits this bill provides to our students and their families and to our community.”

Gonzales said the UT System is not……..read more here.

Lt. Gov.’s hand-picked citizen group to help craft Texas law

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick announced the first-of-its-kind Lieutenant Governor Advisory Boards — from the private sector. Patrick stressed the importance of having private businesses advising public policy, he also says the unique boards will consist of 55 private citizens.

“Why would you want a legislative body to disconnect themselves with the private sector? That’s what Washington has done and why the United States has major issues,” said Patrick.

The boards will have some of the most successful business and community leaders. He believes this will strengthen the ties between private business and public policy.

“During my 15-month campaign for lieutenant governor, I met with literally hundreds of successful businessmen and women from every kind of business one can imagine,” he said. “It quickly occurred to me that these entrepreneurs could be a valuable asset to the Texas Senate in helping craft policy initiatives. I began asking many of these business leaders that if I was fortunate enough to win this election, would they consider volunteering their time and expertise to address the major issues of today and tomorrow, that face Texas.”


Patrick announced boards for the following six policy areas:

  1. Economic and Workforce Development
  2. Economic Forecasting
  3. Energy/Oil and Gas
  4. Tax Policy
  5. Transportation
  6. Water
  • Roy Bailey: Lieutenant Governor Advisory Board Chairman
  • Gene Powell: Economic and Workforce Development Chair
  • Kent Hance: Economic Forecasting Chair
  • T. Boone Pickens: Energy/Oil and Gas Chair
  • Brint Ryan: Tax Policy Chair
  • Ned Holmes: Transportation Chair
  • Jack Wood: Water Chair

“I also look forward to announcing even more historic changes, such as the Lieutenant Governor Grassroots Advisory Boards in the coming days,” said Patrick. “Stay tuned.”

The new members of the boards are some of Texas’s most successful business people and community leaders. They also have political ties. The Texas Ethics Commissions lists nearly all of them as major donors to political causes. Some are Democrats, but most are Republican.

Thirty-seven of them are listed as donating to the Dan Patrick campaign. Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, and future head of the Energy Advisory Board, donated more than $30,000 in the last two years.

Joining him on that board is Tim Dunn, the money behind the conservative group Empower Texans. He’s donated more than $50,000 to Patrick’s campaign.

One of the largest,………..read more here.

By Phil Prazan