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G. E. Kruckeberg: Texas Can Fight Back

President Obama, in his insane fervor to repeal the Second Amendment by executive action, has directed the Social Security Administration to enter into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the names of any Social Security recipients who have an “administrator” (e.g. wife) that receives and administers the recipients disbursements.  This would effectively prevent such recipient from ever being able to purchasing a firearm.

Obama is basing this Constitutional raiding party on the provision in the Gun Control act of 1968 that prohibits the sales of firearms to the mentally ill.  The blatant and unsupported assumption is that anyone who, for any reason, desires another person to handle their affairs must be mentally ill.  Of course, by that definition, Obama, who routinely abdicates the responsibilities of his office to Valerie Jarrett and others while he plays golf, must be mentally ill.

In truth, there is no tenable foundation for this dastardly attack on the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of senior citizens.  This is clearly an act of desperation by the President – an attempt to do something – anything – to look like he’s reducing access to firearms.

This nefarious assault on the Second Amendment rights of seniors has served one useful purpose, however.  It’s uncovered another unsavory fact.  The Veterans Administration is already placing veterans on the NICS who have an administrator receiving their benefits.

So the Obama mis-administration has for years been depriving the brave men and women who fought for our Constitutional rights of their own Constitutional rights.  These are people who have been trained in the safe and effective use of firearms.  To deprive them of their Constitutionally guaranteed right to possess a firearm would be ludicrous if it weren’t so insidiously evil.

Texas has an opportunity to lead the nation in a negative response to this Fascist assault on the Constitution of the United States.

Governor Abbott should convene the Legislature to enact legislation to the effect that Texas veterans and Texas seniors (over 65) are exempt from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  The Second and the Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States grant him, as the Governor of a sovereign Sate of the United Sates, the right to do that.  The legislation should state that, since the integrity of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has been compromised by the federal government, all firearms dealers in the State of Texas are prohibited from checking the NICS when selling firearms to a Texas veteran or to aTexas senior.  Furthermore, they are prohibited from providing any information on such veteran or senior to the NICS or to any other federal agency.

Since it is a federal requirement that all federally licenced firearms dealers report sales to the NICS, the legislation should further provide that no firearms dealer in the State of Texas will be required to have a federal firearms licence to conduct the business of buying and selling guns and ammunition within the State of Texas or to import firearms into Texas from other States.

If Texas will set the pace, other States will follow our lead.  It is the destiny of Texas to ride  point in the national stampede to trample the tyranny of Washington DCinto the West Texas dust from which Lyndon Johnson built it.

At some point, we’ve got to tell Washington DC to go to hell.  And this is a good place to start.

G. E. Kruckeberg

 

‘Ethics’ Agency Attacks Texas Homeschoolers, Protects Democrats

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At their most recent meeting, the commissioners of the Texas Ethics Commission voted to fine the Texas Home School Coalition $1,900 after the organization voluntarily corrected reports it had filed with the agency. Meanwhile, at the very same meeting, the Commission gave a break to a Democratic state representative who had missed reporting deadlines by more than nine months.

“Ethics” commissioners have publicly joked about whether “bribery works” when increasing lawmakers’ per diems

The Homeschoolers had voluntarily filed a disclosure statement with the Commission noting they had independently spent some of the organization’s funds urging voters to elect a slate of candidates the group supported. Less than two weeks after filing the report, the Coalition filed a corrected statement noting that it had spent less money than it had previously estimated, and correcting the list of candidates that were …………… read more here.

by Tony McDonald

 

 

McRaven trolls Dallas Morning News

UT’s board of regents don’t want anyone to see the data investigators dug up.

 

Chancellor Bill McRaven is trolling the Dallas Morning News, daring the paper to follow up on its above-the-fold story Tuesday on politicians and other influential figures who’ve pulled strings on admissions at the University of Texas in recent years.

“Letters of recommendation do not decide a student’s fate,” McRaven said in a long, nothing-to-see-here denial of a truth now apparent even to the least curious bovines in Longhorn Nation.

The public wasn’t buying the straw man argument, as comment boards lit up with ……….. read more here. 

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org

Cruz and Cornyn Clash on Senate Floor

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn sits with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and wife Heidi Cruz at the Fort Hood Purple Heart ceremony on April 10, 2015.

WASHINGTON — When John Cornyn was installed as U.S. Senate majority whip in January, he was optimistic that his party’s takeover of the chamber would translate into harmony between the establishment wing of the GOP that he represents and the Tea Party wing that includes his junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.

But that has not happened, and on Sunday the two men shared a strikingly tough exchange for two senators not just from the same party, but the same state.

“I have listened to the ………. read more here. 

by Abby Livingston

Anti-abortion activists rally at Capitol ahead of Senate panel’s Planned Parenthood investigation

Photo by Brittney Martin/Staff Writer.

Anti-abortion activists at a rally at the Texas Capitol Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

AUSTIN—Anti-abortion activists rallied at the Texas Capitol Tuesday to applaud the state’s Republican leaders for investigating Planned Parenthood.

The Senate Health and Human Services committee will meet Wednesday to investigate Planned Parenthood’s role in fetal tissue donation programs. The investigation is one of three called for by state leaders following the release of undercover videos showing several Planned Parenthood national officials discussing tissue procurement methods and reimbursement fees.

Fetal tissue donation for research is legal, but the group behind the videos allege that Planned Parenthood is ……… read more here.

 

By Brittney Martin

Houston’s debt passes Detroit’s

There’s money in Houston, maybe even enough to pay down the city’s pension debts.

Houston’s debts are now bigger than Detroit’s.

According to one key measure of fiscal health, Houston’s situation is nearly as bad as that of Chicago, which is starting to collapse under its debt burdens.

The city’s financial reputation took a hit earlier this month when Moody’s Investors Service revised its outlook on Houston to “negative.”

Even that review doesn’t capture the depth of some of the holes the city’s financial planners have dug.

Moody’s has gotten a reputation for a taking a more critical look at municipal pension debt than its competitors in the ratings business, but it ……. read more here.

 

By Jon Cassidy

Lawmaker asks Paxton if state agencies moved too fast to accommodate same-sex couples

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In this June 29, 2015 photo, Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case that legalized same sex marriage nationwide, is backed by supporters of the courts ruling on same-sex marriage on the step of the Texas Capitol during a rally in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN — A Northeast Texas lawmaker has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton for a nonbinding legal opinion on whether state pension funds and vital-statistics officials jumped the gun late last month in accommodating same-sex couples.

Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, says that state entities and local officials such as the Travis County clerk moved too fast after the Supreme Court declared on June 26 that states’ gay marriage bans are unconstitutional.

State laws continue to define marriage as between a man and a woman, he noted.

“Absent action by the Legislature, any state agency or local political subdivision action to award marriage or any other benefit arising under Texas law to same-sex couples is ……… read more here.

by Robert T. Garrett

Legislators’ Shameless Self Promotion

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With the 84th Legislative Session in the history books, lawmakers are returning to their districts to kick off their re-election campaigns. But they know conservative voters demand results, so many Republican lawmakers are showing off various awards as proof of their conviction and willingness to fight for taxpayers.

All Republican lawmakers like to boast during reelection of having a “strong conservative voting record” and some of them do. Lawmakers scoring an “A” (90 or above) on the Fiscal Responsibility Index are recognized as Taxpayer Champions because of their record voting in favor of taxpayers. A record 24 Texas lawmakers earned that distinction this session.

But like patting their own backs, some Republican lawmakers who can’t boast of strong ratings from conservative groups have created their own awards.

For example, State Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) is boasting to constituents that he has …………. read more here

by Cary Cheshire

 

Castro Accuses Abbott of “Pay to Play” Politics

Former Texas House member and current Congressman Joaquin Castro at TTEvents with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, directly accused Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday of engaging in possibly illegal “pay to play” politics by promising to help a major donor move legislation pushed by insurance companies.

In a letter addressed to the governor and written on congressional letterhead, Castro referred to a May 20 email exchange between Abbott’s office and Richard Weekley, CEO of Texans for Lawsuit Reform.

Weekley had asked Abbott to ………… read more here.

by Jay Root

Documents show hands-on governor

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AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott‘s emails to staff in the thick of the legislative session show a chief executive with a hands-on approach to everything from the big picture on child abuse to the details of getting the most impact from an “American Sniper” proclamation.

The peek behind the official curtain shows that Abbott delved into policy while remaining keenly aware of the importance of public perception in his dealings with lawmakers.

The emails show him in one instance eager to meet a “throw down” challenge on ethics reform and in another deliberating over whether it made sense to swing by the office of a ……… read more here

By Peggy Fikac