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Carl Pittman Prevails Against Unconstitutional Social Media Policy in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office

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Contact: Carl Pittman 281.849.1336

Houston, Texas – On July 16, 2014, then Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia enacted a new Social Media Policy.  When Deputy Carl Pittman read the policy, he saw that it prohibited him from speaking out as a citizen on matters of public concern at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. Pittman believed that this violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and he contacted a lawyer, Ed Sullivan of Oberti  Sullivan LLP, to represent him.

The hard working men and women of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have a constitutional right to speak out about matters of public concern.  Mr. Pittman felt that the Social Media Policy did ……. read more here. 

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MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY DRIVING 151 MPH IN TOMBALL

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Jose Luis Quintanilla, 21, was arrested for reckless driving.

A man was arrested in Tomball for reckless driving after investigators say he was clocked traveling at 151 miles per hour.

Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables were called to the 24200 block of Tomball Parkway at a little after 6pm Wednesday about speeding vehicles. One responding deputy noticed a black Mercedes Benz traveling at a ………… read more here

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Waco, TX; Twin Peaks Shootings Arrests – June 10th Call Flood

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Texas CopBlock has requested this call flood as a result of the unfair treatment, excessive bail demands, and unsubstantiated arrests of bikers who were not actually involved in either the shootings themselves or even the altercation preceding the shootings. As of yet, charges for the majority of those arrested have either not been filed, or have not been made public.

In addition, …….. read more here.

 

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Harless Won’t Seek Re-election to Texas House

State Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, turns away from the front microphone after answering a question during voter ID debate on March 23, 2011.

State Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, announced Monday that she won’t seek re-election next year.

The five-term officeholder is the sixth member of the Legislature to say she won’t try for another term. The list so far includes Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, and Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen; Joe Farias, D-San Antonio; Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress; and Sylvester Turner, D-Houston.

Harless said she has become frustrated with infighting among ………. read more here

RERop-ed: The Fate of the Western World Depends on Texas

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Once again, storm clouds gather over the world as they did in the 1930s. Europe is being invaded by a population determined to erase the 2000 year history of its people, and subject Europeans to lives of abject poverty and slavery. Russia seeks to reclaim the empire lost with the collapse of the Soviet Union. A combination of old communists and socialists are allied with these forces to obtain power for themselves, and loot the wealth of those who have struggled to build decent and prosperous lives. A small band of western European warriors, with help of some the countries who suffered the oppression of Soviet occupation, fight to save their heritage. By so doing, those brave souls hope to preserve for Europeans the liberty and prosperity that the United States brought to them via sacrifices we made from 1942 to 1990. Those valiant fighters realize that they can not prevail by their efforts alone.

Asia is in the grips of expansionist powers. The Islamic Caliphate in its latest incarnation, threatens all of southwest Asia, northern Africa, and Europe. Billions of people are threatened with living under a theocracy that respects no individual liberty, permits slavery, and has no concept of a rule of law independent of the will of an individual cleric. It is self evident that this entity is determined on world conquest. Meanwhile, the Peoples Republic of China lays claim to international waters, is constructing military facilities on uninhabited islands, and is building an oil pipeline from western China to Iran. Clearly, the PRC is intent on being a world power. In opposition are nations that have in the past, grown under the protection of the United States. The US, Japan, and the Philippines are challenging the PRC to maintain free navigation of the seas and air. While these nations are not weak, they are doubtful that they can prevail against the PRC. Here, Israel, South Korea, the Republic of China, Japan, and our friends in the Philippines remain the hope for individual liberty should not perish from the region.

The liberties bequeathed to us from our ancestors are also under attack. For the last 60 years, those progressing toward socialist and communist ends have subverted the public schools and universities, acquired control of courts, and embedded their minions into the positions of government power. Each of these advantages have been used by people who label themselves progressives, as engines to destroy western civilization and conduct oppression against our culture and heritage. The federal Department of Education dictates what children will be taught. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes no limits to its power to destroy your wealth and livelihood based on any regulation established by whim, and not in concurrence with any law. Those who seek redress in the courts find their complaints dismissed without standing to sue, or our Constitution ignored as having some meaning other than the plain language used to write it.

Our efforts to right the situation at the federal level have been in vain. We have elected people to redress these grievances, and return our government to a properly operating federal system constrained by our Constitution. Those we have sent to the seat of the federal government have been either unable or unwilling to do what we have sent them there to do. The Federal Reserve prints currency without restraint, to be spent with abandon at the behest of interests who tolerate no dissent from those of us who believe in the virtues of western civilization. We are convinced that we became the freest and most prosperous people on the Earth via the principles of religious tolerance, the protection of private property, and a government established for the purpose of protecting the rights of the individual against physical harm and theft.

We are now in a similar situation as those Texans who met in February of 1836. The melancholy conclusion is that a number of our fellow citizens have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty and seem to wish no longer to remain free. As members of a federated republic, which no longer operates upon those principles of government, we will be impelled to separation. We can only hope that this can be done in peace with the good interest of all concerned. Do progressives want to fight a recalcitrant state opposed to all they believe? Let us be a good riddance to them. If it is their goal to steal our wealth to finance their schemes, then we will be better positioned to conduct the inevitable conflict. Let Texas lead the way.

An independent Texas has the power to change the world. The economy of Texas is the 13th largest in the world, ranking behind Russia and ahead of South Korea. Texas has natural allies in other states, who may be thus encouraged to preserve their cultures of ordered liberty with political and economic free markets. In current dollars, an independent Texas would have some $250 billion or more in a budget with a 10% sales tax and tariffs compared to the current $200 billion state budget. The $50 billion additional can allow for Texas to make up the $50 billion in Social Security payments and military retirement that will cease when the US goes bankrupt. This also provides funds for security and conducting the business of international trade relations and agreements.

Imagine the economic prosperity of a people who are not harassed by an income tax and the IRS. Your property remains yours after purchase because there is no property tax. There is no EPA to prevent you from using your land as you think best. You do not have to compete with non citizens for jobs. Texas exports oil and gas unhindered by the Department of Energy and other tyrants. It is a reasonable expectation that the almost $2 trillion Texas economy could grow to $2.5 trillion in short order. Texas would then need an immigration policy to attract talented workers and reward investors in the Texas economy.

Texas can show by example, the benefits of political liberty of a restrained government and a free economy. Texas can inspire others, and decide if others are worthy of assistance so that liberty can grow on our continent and give our allies around the world hope that the lamp of liberty will not be extinguished in our lifetimes.

There are challenges that require careful thought to ensure the success of the Republic of Texas. There is a need for a sound currency that preserves the hard earned wealth of the people. A constitution that establishes the framework of a government of a free people is an absolute. The right to vote and citizenship can not be taken lightly, but must be a solemn matter that is reposed in those worthy to decide the great issues which will confront a free people.

Thus, the fate of western civilization depends on Texas. And the fate of Texas depends on you.

Tommy Attaway

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Will Gov. Abbott “FIGHT” for Our Stories to be Told and VETO SB 313?

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Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dr. Terrence Moore, the author of  ” The Story Killers; A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core”. At the end of the interview I ask him; what do we do? He saidFight, Fight for your child’s mind, fight for your child’s soul and fight for America’s stories to be told.”   

Last week I was proud to join forces with leaders from across Texas who are doing just that. We have signed a letter sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, calling on him to veto Sen. Kel Seliger’s SB 313 which passed both the Texas House and Senate. Yet, the letter below written by Bill Ames, author of the book Texas Trounces the Left’s War on History, is a beautiful example of ……. read more here.

By Alice Linahan

Tea party displeasure with Legislature sets up primary fights in North Texas

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AUSTIN — The five-month legislative session, concluded last week, served as an audition for re-election season for many North Texas lawmakers, as hard-line conservatives develop report cards that will be used for or against candidates in the 2016 campaigns.

House members say at least 30 Republican incumbents will face primary challenges in the 2016 elections. Fort Worth Republican Charlie Geren and Republican Byron Cook of Corsicana, powerful allies of House Speaker Joe Straus, already have challengers for their seats.

“It’s going to happen. A lot of incumbents will get challengers,” said Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas.

North Texas has been the ………. read more here

 

Media Misinformation Could Be Costly For Texas Gun Owners Who Open Carry

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Pro-Gun Rights legislation has been sweeping the nation in 2015, with Kansas becoming the 6th Constitutional Carry (unlicensed open or concealed carry) state, Maine expected to join them shortly and Texas finally partially lifting a 140 year ban on the open carry of handguns. However, media coverage of the Texas open carry law, still awaiting Governor Abbott’s signature, has been woefully misleading and potentially costly to Texas gun owners who haven’t thoroughly familiarized themselves with the new law. For example the fact that ONLY state-issued Handgun License holders will be able to ……….. read more here.

RERop-ed: Farewell To The 84th

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The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is history.  We accomplished a number of things, but a whole lot of other things just didn’t get done.

On the plus side, HJR 77 is dead, and Tamara Colbert, the Texas Director of the COS Project, has returned to Washington DC to lick her wounds.  I don’t know whether Ms Colbert is an agent or a dupe of the federal plot to emasculate our Constitution.  But it doesn’t matter.  Her efforts to implicate Texas in the plot have been foiled – thanks primarily to the bravery and fortitude of three Texas Senators, Jane Nelson, Craig Estes, and Troy Fraser

It’s not too late to thank them personally for their efforts on your behalf.  Their email addresses are listed below along with a sample email you may copy over your signature if you haven’t time to compose one of your own.

Craig.Estes@senate.state.tx.us,
Troy.Fraser@senate.state.tx.us,
Jane.Nelson@senate.state.tx.us

Senators:

Thank you for standing firm against the witting and unwitting enemies of our Constitution.  The old girl may not be perfect, but she’s still the best the world has to offer, and she’s served us well for 224 years.  It’s up to us to see that she’s still around 224 years from now.

Thank you again for your unflagging patriotism under fire and for your unstinting service to the People of Texas.

(Your signature and town)

 

We also got open carry and concealed carry on college campuses through this legislative session.  But our loses outweighed our gains.

On the minus side, Representative Craig Goldman’s HB 413 comprehensive gun rights bill died in committee, as did Rep Matt Krause’s HB421 that would have exempted all firearms and accessories manufactured in Texas from federal regulation.  Rep. Krause’s HB 422, making it illegal for Texas law enforcement entities to enforce federal firearms legislation or regulations passed out of committee on 11 May but never made it off the calendar.

Rep Mark Keough’s HCR 31 tenth amendment bill died in committee, and Sen. Brandon Creighton’s companion bill SCR 1 passed out of committee 11 May and never got off the calendar.

Rep. Molly White’s HB 2553 religious freedom bill died in committee.

These and a host of other premature deaths of legislation critical to the health and survival of Texas should be a warning call to all Texans.  Spending only 140 days every two years attending to the legislative needs of a State the size of Texas just ain’t enough.

One of the efforts we must concentrate on in the next two years is getting the Texas Legislature to meet annually instead of biennially.  When Texas was a collection of sleepy cow towns connected only by railroads and telegraph lines, biennial legislative sessions were adequate.  Most Texans back then thought the State Government pokin’ into their business ever’ two years was too damn often, actually.

But today we are at war.  And we are at war with an enemy that doesn’t take 20 months off out of every 24.  The US Congress is in session for about 180 days (6 months) out of every year.  And the regulatory agencies they have authorized to harass us over the last century are at work 24/7.  We can’t hope to match that assault with a measly counter offensive of 70 days a year.

Other States who are of like mind with Texas, such as Indiana, modified their State constitutions years ago to accommodate the modern needs of their States by having their legislatures in session year round.

Article 3 Section 5 paragraph (a) of the Texas Constitution reads: “The Legislature shall meet every two years at such time as may be provided by law and at other times when convened by the Governor.”

So we need to amend the Texas Constitution to accomplish year round legislative sessions.  And how do we do that?

Article 17 Section 1(a) of the Texas Constitution states:” The Legislature, at any regular session, or at any special session when the matter is included within the purposes for which the session is convened, may propose amendments revising the Constitution, to be voted upon by the qualified voters for statewide offices and propositions, as defined in the Constitution and statutes of this State.  The date of the elections shall be specified by the Legislature.  The proposal for submission must be approved by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each House, entered by yeas and nays on the journals.” (Emphases added.)

The task before us, then, is to get Governor Abbott to include amendment of Article 3 Section 5 of the Texas Constitution as an agendum in all special sessions of the Texas Legislature he may call in the next two years.  And the fact that he will need to call special sessions is a further indication that such an amendment is needed.

Further, we must convince our State Senators and State Representatives that it is in the best interests of all Texans – including themselves – that they conduct the business of Texas more often than 140 days out of every 730.

G E Kruckeberg

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Jimmie Don Aycock: Good Riddance!!!

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Earlier this morning, in a personal privilege speech shortly before they broke for sine die, Jimmie Don Aycock announced his retirement from the Texas Legislature.

Long a voice for the government school lobby, as Joe Straus’ hand-picked public education committee chairman, Aycock squashed school choice and any …….. read more here.

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