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G E Kruckeberg: Houston Wins For Common Decency

On Friday the Texas Supreme Court ordered openly lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker to either repeal the onerous Houston Evil Rites Ordinance (HERO) or put it on the September ballot and let the voters decide if they want dirty old men going into the bathrooms with their High School Freshman daughters.  The Court gave Ms (or whatever she/it is) Parker 30 days to comply.  The Court’s order also suspended the Evil Rites Ordinance until and unless the voters decide they want to reinstate it.
Governor Abbott said Friday that, “Today’s decision by the Texas Supreme Court appropriately returns jurisdiction over this matter to voters while reassuring the people of Houston that their personal values remain beyond the reach of government.  Freedom of expression can only exist once government removes itself from stifling free speech, repressing religious liberty and interfering with the lives of its citizens.”
Thus another in a long line of attempts by the queer coalition to force their unnatural perversions on the rest of us has been foiled, this time by the good and decent people of Houston.  Understand, we Houstonians are not anti-queer.  We’re anti-shoving it down our damn throats.  We don’t really care what queers do to each other behind closed doors, but we have a right to demand that they keep the flippin’ doors closed!  We’re not against them, but we are against their parading their perversions in front of our children.
And please don’t try to con me with the old tripe that their actions are not a perversion.  Anyone who’s taken a course in highschool biology knows the natural function of a couple, whether it’s cardinals, penguins, or humans.  And since a same-gender couple is biologically incapable of fulfilling that function, their union is unarguably a perversion of nature’s intent.
Nor is their battle cry of equality valid.  Equality is gained not by agitation but by activity.  Equality of opportunity is gained not by marching in protests, but by quietly exercising one’s skills and abilities to achieve an equal status with one’s peers.  Political equality is gained not through rioting and civil disobedience, but by voting knowledgeably and by being involved in the political processes of candidate selection and voter education, and by actively letting our elected representatives in government know what we want. 
And queer equality can be gained only by respecting the institutions of normality, not by trying to usurp them and destroy them.
C. S. Lewis said, “The claim to equality… is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior.  What it expresses is precisely the itching, smarting, writhing awareness of an inferiority that the patient refuses to accept.  And therefore resents.”  And therein, I believe, lies the source of queer agitation. 
Queers are obviously the result of a normal biological union between a male and a female, and they were raised by mothers and fathers who instructed them in the normally accepted rules of social propriety.  Their activities violate those childhood infused precepts of propriety, and on some subconscious level, that makes them feel guilty.  It is this usually repressed guilt that drives them to indulge in drugs and to abuse alcohol.  And it is this guilt that drives them to try to  implicate the rest of us in their delinquency.
The next thing you know, the Boy Scouts of America will be approving of queer Scout Leaders taking our sons on overnight camp outs.
Oh, wait!
G E Kruckeberg

Huh? Greater Houston Partnership hides their finances, exposes City’s

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Last month the Texas Supreme Court limited the public’s right to know how private groups operating as chambers of commerce and economic development councils spend your tax dollars. Today, a most bizarre email from the campaign of Bill King came into my inbox.

On June 26 in a 6-3 decision with the majority opinion written by Justice Eva Guzman, the Texas Supreme Court decided the Greater Houston Partnership is not a “governmental body” for the purposes of the Texas Public Information Act and ruled the Partnership does not ………… read more here.

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Rusk County Clerk Resigns Over Gay Marriage Ruling

Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas State Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015.

The Rusk County Commissioners Court on Monday formally accepted the resignation of County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle, apparently the first Texas elected official to quit office rather than abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.

“Before taking office, I was required to take an oath to uphold the laws of this State and the United States,” Lewis-Kugle, elected in ……… read more here.

by Liz Crampton

Is Harris County Department of Education Planning To Silence Critics With Legal Action…AGAIN?

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Is HCDE planning to silence critics with legal action…again?

Follow the trail and see what you think.

Then please take action if you think it’s true

A brief history:

HCDE is the dba of The Harris County School Trustees. They are a leftover government entity from a past era in Texas Education when Counties ran the public schools. All 252 other counties in Texas closed their county boards when Texas moved from county run schools to our current “independent” school district system. Only Dallas and Harris Counties continue to elect County School Trustees. HCDE is only school board in Texas elected by political party. Harris County citizens have been working to close ours since the 1980s – but HCDE uses the property tax they still collect to lobby the Legislature to stay open.

What we know happened:

In 2015, Senator Paul Bettencourt(R) sponsored SB 1216 to place HCDE under Sunset Review – which identifies …….. read more here

Colleen Vere
colleen@TexasTrashTalk.com

 

Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Service By All Of Them (WATCH THE SHOCKING VIDEO)

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Say that “Bestiality Is Wrong” or “Polygamy Is Wrong” and it’s not considered hate speech, but if you have the opinion that “Gay Marriage Is Wrong” the whole world jumps up and down screaming “racism” “bigotry” and “hatred”.

This is becoming the politically-correct norm, but no matter what one argues, this is suppressing free speech.

No one targeted pro-gay bakeries, but gay activists target Christian bakeries. “Support Gay Marriage” is one Christian bakery was sued for refusing to put that slogan on a cake for an event to support the gay agenda. Yet Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual marriage cakes are getting sued left, right, and center.  They get fined, they get death threats, and they lose their businesses. This experiment proves beyond doubt that the gay agenda is not just about their ………. read more here

By Theodore Shoebat

 

 

 

 

Former TPPF President Announces Challenge to Straus

Photo by Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with comment from House Speaker Joe Straus.

Jeff Judson, the former president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, announced Friday he is launching a long-shot challenge to unseat House Speaker Joe Straus, a perennial target of conservative activists.

“This was not an easy decision because I know what it is going to take to win,” Judson wrote to the State Republican Executive Committee, citing Straus’ $8 million war chest. “But I am confident that …….. read more here.

by Patrick Svitek

Henry: Texas Panhandle is not that red

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I’ve seen rankings through the years that claim Texas’ 13th Congressional District — the home of the Texas Panhandle — is the reddest congressional district in the country.

Certainly, the case can be made that the 13th is red-hot. (President Barack Obama managed only 18.5 percent of the vote in the 13th District in 2012, his lowest percentage in any congressional district.)

However, how do you explain this? If the Texas Panhandle is indeed so bright red, how does the area legislative delegation in Austin get colored with a much lighter shade of red?

Mark P. Jones, a fellow in political science at Rice University, routinely ranks state lawmakers from most conservative to most liberal.

I’ll spare you the convoluted formula Jones uses. (Terms such as “mean ideal point,” “credible intervals” and “ideological spectrum” will be a surefire cure for insomnia for many.) Let’s just say Jones uses voting records, which are as good an indicator as any.

In the House, you have to go down all the way to No. 47 before you find the most conservative lawmaker from the Amarillo area — state Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo. State Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, comes in at No. 74 (as far as most conservative), while state Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian, was No. 91. (There were 98 House Republicans listed.)

In the Senate, state Sen. Kel Seliger, R- Amarillo, was No. 18 (as far as most conservative), among 20 Republicans.

So, among these four lawmakers from arguably the most conservative district when it comes to ……. read more here. 

by DAVE HENRY

Iconic Texas restaurant says no to open carry of guns in restaurants, becomes target of debate

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

This Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo shows a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, taking a stand against a new law legalizing the practice.

An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places.

Whataburger — with some 780 locations in 10 states — has drawn a mix of praise and rebuke since making the announcement this month, including a prediction of boycotts from one of the state’s leading advocates for gun rights.

In an open letter on the company’s website, Whataburger president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are “uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm.” He described himself as an avid hunter with a ……… read more here

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Wilbur Witt: The Principle

“Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight”

Parties are born, they grow old, and die, but the  principle behind the Party can never die, and lends its light to a party only so long as the party obeys the principle. The rebirth of an eternal truth is blazing. It seems to have a life of its own. The founding of the United States was like that.  What the American Revolution was about wasn’t so much the advent of new ideas as the profound preservation of old ideas, understood by statesmen, and thinkers from far back in history. The understanding that people are born with a right to live simply by virtue of having been born, and that each should live their lives happily without destroying the happiness of those around them. These things came from something other than ourselves, something pre-existent, call it God, or the universe, or whatever, I call it the principle. These were the ideas that drove the revolution and cumulated into the Bill of Rights, where they were recognized, not formed. It was the principle.

The universe is built on opposites. Night turns into day. Mountains crumble into the sea. For all matter there is an equal and opposite anti-matter. For every principle given by that creation there is a force designed to tear it down, or dilute it, and that’s good, because that’s what reinforces, and makes it stronger! Light will always dispel the darkness. A party, such as the Republican Party is only a vehicle through which the principle can be expounded. It cannot create it, it cannot destroy it, it can only obey it, and when it ceases to do that, then the principle will destroy the party, and that’s exactly what is happening to the Republican Party right now!

The right to marry and have children, the principle. The idea of like marrying like, NOT the principle. The right to conceive a child, the principle. The theory that the child has no right to life before physical birth, NOT! To try to confound the simple purity of the principle is the definition of evil. The principle gathers and sustains, any effort to explain away, or ignore is in stark contrast. With the principle there is no right and wrong there just IS! The more you try to rationalize the more the principle condemns you.

The Republican Party was born to free slaves, and in its old age is enslaving everyone. It has abandoned the principle. Now the principle will abandon the party. The reaction of the entire leadership of the Republican Party to Donald Trump is a sign that this is so.  For too long we conservatives have struggled to work within the confines of the party, knowing that it had moved left of center, but afraid to speak out because we recognized the power of it and without even the illusion of what the party used to stand for the alternative was unthinkable. The only thing left that the party can use as a threat is if Trump is allowed to continue it will destroy the party and the Democrats will run full tilt to finish the demolition of the constitution. The party has completely abandoned the principle and now seeks survival, nothing more.  Donald Trump was sent to destroy the Republican Party.

After the Party is gone the principle will remain. The Party didn’t create the principle, it only recognized it. As liberalism filtered in the principle left the party. It didn’t fade, it didn’t become politically correct,  it left! Donald Trump displayed it to the Party, but by this time the Republican leadership had become so depraved it could not tolerate the light. Now, Trump is not Jesus, but the dynamics of what you see is almost exactly what happened in Jerusalem when Jesus confronted the Pharisees who had been in bed with the Romans so long they’d forgotten why they were even there. The politics were much more important than the laws Moses had handed down to them, the laws they were sworn to uphold. Forty years later the Romans tired of these spineless fools and dispensed with them, and their entire nation. The principle had left them. You can see parallels all over this. McCain, Chiapas. Obama, Caesar. Pilate, Rick Perry. There is nothing new under the sun. The principle does not forgive, and it does not forget.

Will the United States survive? It doesn’t matter. Will the Republican Party survive? It didn’t! It’s been dead a long time. Jesus could raise the dead, but He can’t raise the Republican Party, and neither can Donald Trump. The United States is just a land mass with a particular government. When that government falls, and it surely will, another will replace it, the land mass will remain the same, and a few men and women will come together and rediscover the Principle, the rights of the people, and it’ll all begin again. Jesus told us to know the signs. Donald Trump is a sign. Some people hold his wealth against him, but could it be that he was placed in a position of wealth for precisely this reason, to display the principle? I can’t predict the future, I’m nowhere near a prophet, just a simple old boy from Austin pointing out the obvious. When the scales fall from you eyes you’ll see it too.
“Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight”

Parties are born, they grow old, and die, but the  principle behind the Party can never die, and lends its light to a party only so long as the party obeys the principle. The rebirth of an eternal truth is blazing. It seems to have a life of its own. The founding of the United States was like that.  What the American Revolution was about wasn’t so much the advent of new ideas as the profound preservation of old ideas, understood by statesmen, and thinkers from far back in history. The understanding that people are born with a right to live simply by virtue of having been born, and that each should live their lives happily without destroying the happiness of those around them. These things came from something other than ourselves, something pre-existent, call it God, or the universe, or whatever, I call it the principle. These were the ideas that drove the revolution and cumulated into the Bill of Rights, where they were recognized, not formed. It was the principle.

The universe is built on opposites. Night turns into day. Mountains crumble into the sea. For all matter there is an equal and opposite anti-matter. For every principle given by that creation there is a force designed to tear it down, or dilute it, and that’s good, because that’s what reinforces, and makes it stronger! Light will always dispel the darkness. A party, such as the Republican Party is only a vehicle through which the principle can be expounded. It cannot create it, it cannot destroy it, it can only obey it, and when it ceases to do that, then the principle will destroy the party, and that’s exactly what is happening to the Republican Party right now!

The right to marry and have children, the principle. The idea of like marrying like, NOT the principle. The right to conceive a child, the principle. The theory that the child has no right to life before physical birth, NOT! To try to confound the simple purity of the principle is the definition of evil. The principle gathers and sustains, any effort to explain away, or ignore is in stark contrast. With the principle there is no right and wrong there just IS! The more you try to rationalize the more the principle condemns you.

The Republican Party was born to free slaves, and in its old age is enslaving everyone. It has abandoned the principle. Now the principle will abandon the party. The reaction of the entire leadership of the Republican Party to Donald Trump is a sign that this is so.  For too long we conservatives have struggled to work within the confines of the party, knowing that it had moved left of center, but afraid to speak out because we recognized the power of it and without even the illusion of what the party used to stand for the alternative was unthinkable. The only thing left that the party can use as a threat is if Trump is allowed to continue it will destroy the party and the Democrats will run full tilt to finish the demolition of the constitution. The party has completely abandoned the principle and now seeks survival, nothing more.  Donald Trump was sent to destroy the Republican Party.

After the Party is gone the principle will remain. The Party didn’t create the principle, it only recognized it. As liberalism filtered in the principle left the party. It didn’t fade, it didn’t become politically correct,  it left! Donald Trump displayed it to the Party, but by this time the Republican leadership had become so depraved it could not tolerate the light. Now, Trump is not Jesus, but the dynamics of what you see is almost exactly what happened in Jerusalem when Jesus confronted the Pharisees who had been in bed with the Romans so long they’d forgotten why they were even there. The politics were much more important than the laws Moses had handed down to them, the laws they were sworn to uphold. Forty years later the Romans tired of these spineless fools and dispensed with them, and their entire nation. The principle had left them. You can see parallels all over this. McCain, Chiapas. Obama, Caesar. Pilate, Rick Perry. There is nothing new under the sun. The principle does not forgive, and it does not forget.

Will the United States survive? It doesn’t matter. Will the Republican Party survive? It didn’t! It’s been dead a long time. Jesus could raise the dead, but He can’t raise the Republican Party, and neither can Donald Trump. The United States is just a land mass with a particular government. When that government falls, and it surely will, another will replace it, the land mass will remain the same, and a few men and women will come together and rediscover the Principle, the rights of the people, and it’ll all begin again. Jesus told us to know the signs. Donald Trump is a sign. Some people hold his wealth against him, but could it be that he was placed in a position of wealth for precisely this reason, to display the principle? I can’t predict the future, I’m nowhere near a prophet, just a simple old boy from Austin pointing out the obvious. When the scales fall from your eyes you’ll see it too.

 

Wilbur Witt

Simple Ol’ Boy From Austin

A Greek Tragedy in Houston

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As we go to work tomorrow and the next day, the reality of the City of Houston’s financial condition will continue to be glossed over by city leaders. Only recently did the city’s finance director announce that the city is out of magic tricks. They have sold every city asset with any value and these one-time cash infusions used to balance the city budget are over. It took us a few years to get here; but, I am now of the opinion that it is time to file for bankruptcy.

In case you missed it, I previously wrote about the city’s financial problems when council members called a special meeting to address the fire union contract. The city’s firefighters struck a backroom deal with the ……….. read more here.

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