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Tea Party Tells Congressman “No Thanks”
$1000 Donation Returned

(Forney, Texas) The struggle to protect life began in 1973 and rages still today.  Since the recently released videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s selling of its victims’ body parts became public, the war between life and death has intensified.

Planned Parenthood receives a half a billion dollars annually in tax revenue to subsidize what they fraudulently characterize as “women’s reproductive health.”

Congressman Jeb Hensarling opposes the right to abortion, and has a sterling record in defense of life.  In the fight to defund Planned Parenthood, he has supported several bills that would end taxpayer forced-contributions to this grisly industry.

He has signed two letters, one to outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, asking him to advance legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.  The second letter was addressed to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, asking her to initiate an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of the body parts of their prey.  The Kaufman County Tea Party greatly appreciates the congressman’s efforts.

However, there is one letter that Congressman Hensarling has refused to sign.  It is known as the “Mulvaney letter” and it is sponsored by Heritage Action for America.  The Mulvaney letter is singular in that it commits its signatories to not support any funding resolution, appropriations bill, omnibus package, continuing resolution, mandatory funding stream, “or otherwise” that contains funding for Planned Parenthood.

Recently, the Kaufman County Tea Party hosted its annual fundraiser.  Congressman Hensarling attended and generously donated $1000, for which the Tea Party is extremely grateful.

That generous gift, however, cannot be used to divert his constituents’ attention away from good and transparent government. Congressman Hensarling is well aware of our expectation that he reject corrupt Republican leadership, and sign the Mulvaney letter.  As of today, 37 courageous representatives have done exactly that, and more are expected–but Congressman Hensarling will not.  In light of his inaction, our steering committee has decided to do the principled thing and return his $1000 donation.

The Tea Party deals in the currency of conservative principles, not political expediency.  We encourage our congressman, as well as all public officials of every political stripe, to take everyopportunity to defend life.

A distinguished legal scholar once wrote, “I call heaven and earth to testify against you.  I have set life and death before you today: blessings and curses. Choose life that it may be well with you and your children.”  It is not well with America today, and our leaders’ determined reluctance to effectively engage the enemy is one reason why.

Kaufman County Texas Tea Party
Ray Myers, Chair

Texas Agency Wants To Silence Churches


In Texas’ legislative session this spring, the House leadership coalition of Democrats and liberal Republicans tried to pass unconstitutional legislation that would bully churches into silence and essentially revoke the First Amendment.

Legislation was pushed by House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) and his top lieutenants like Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) and Charlie Geren (R–Fort Worth). Disgustingly, House members went along with ………… read more here. 

via RedState

Kruckeberg: Kite Flying For Bigots

Childress Texas is a small town of 6,100 – barely more than a wide spot on Highway 287 in the southeast corner of the Texas panhandle.  It was named for George Campbell Childress, the principal author of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836.

Childress is the county seat of Childress County, which shares its eastern border with Oklahoma.  For a small town, Childress boasts ten churches – three Baptist, two Methodist, two Church of Christ, one Central Christian, one Catholic, and one Lutheran.

This is cotton and cattle country, and the people here are simple folk who live with the land, work hard for a living, and raise their kids to be God-fearing Christians.  It’s not surprising, then, that no one in Childress found anything amiss when Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia decided to place “In God We Trust” decals on the town’s police cars.

Someone else, however – someone from outside Childress and from outside the culture of Childress – took umbrage at the display of our country’s national motto on public vehicles.  The officious Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent Chief Garcia a letter requesting that he remove the motto from his police vehicles since it violated the (alleged) “separation of church and state” provision of the First Amendment to the Constitution of 1787.

Let’s be clear about one thing right up front.  There is no “separation of church and state” requirement in the United States Constitution.  The very first words of the First Amendment—and the only words treating of religion – are, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …” In other words, the federal government is prohibited by the Constitution from establishing a state religion or from interfering with my right to exercise my religion in private or in public.

Anti-Jesus freaks focus on the first phrase and loudly (and ridiculously) contend that any religious display on government property constitutes the imposition of a state religion.  In doing so, they completely ignore the second phrase, which prohibits the government from interfering with my right to display religious context on public property.

Besides, when James Madison penned those words in 1789, they were obviously intended as a restriction on the federal government, not as a prohibition against nativity sets on the court house lawn.

The Muslim-in-Chief, Imam Obama, has of course violated the second provision of the First Amendment with the un-Affordable Care Act, but the point here is that the FFRF has no Constitutional basis on which to sue police departments for displaying “In God We Trust” on their squad cars.

Being cognizant of this act, Police Chief Garcia wrote back to the FFRF: “After carefully reading your letter, I must deny your request in the removal of our Nation’s motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite.”  (Note that Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia is not the same Adrian Garcia who stepped down as Harris County Sheriff in May and is now running for Mayor of Houston.)

The absence of any defensible legal basis for an assault on moderation and decency has never, of course, deterred the left from their hell-bent crusade to remake the world in their evil image.  And the Freedom From Religion Foundation is no exception.

Dan Barker, co-president of FFRF, told a major news network that they “would love to sue over a case involving the In God We Trust decals.”  He lamented, however, that, “Even if we wanted to sue, we have to have a plaintiff there who’s willing to sign on.”

The chances of that happening in Childress Texas – or anywhere else in Texas (with the exception of “Little Baghdad” in southwest Houston) – is slim to none.

Until then, I suppose, Freedom From Religion will have to content themselves with writing poison pen letters – and maybe taking kite flying lessons.

G. E. Kruckeberg


Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD closer to voting rights accord

Photo: DMN Archives

Guillermo Ramos is pictured from 2007. In his suit filed Friday, Guillermo Ramos accuses the seven-member school board of effectively denying representation to Latinos in a school district with a growing Hispanic population.

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD school board voted Thursday to move forward with a settlement in a voting rights lawsuit that would change the structure of the board and force one member to resign.

The agreement calls for replacing the existing at-large electoral system with a cumulative voting system in which voters could cast as many votes as ………. read more here.

UP expands Texas intermodal terminal to handle rising cross-border traffic


Booming business at Union Pacific Railroad’s intermodal ramp in North Laredo, Texas is spurring a $90 million expansion at the facility tapping U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade.

The first phase of the project, slated for completion in 2016, includes the acquisition of approximately 37 acres, the opening of a new entrance, installation of an automated gate system and the construction of new buildings on the site.

The new entrance and automated gate system will allow for improved traffic in and out of the facility, which handled 47 percent of all ………… read more here.


Witt: Ten Stood Up

The killer entered the classroom, and ordered everyone to lie on the floor. After they did, he asked, “Who in here is a Christian?” He told those people to stand up. And ten stood up. Asking the first one again if they were Christian, he received an affirmative answer, whereupon he said, “Then you’re about to meet God in about one second.” Then the gun went off.


Of course Obama, and all the liberals wrung their crying towels, lamented about how long we have to experience scenes like this. There’s a simple answer, actually. We will see this again, and again until people realize it’s not the gun, it’s the nut behind the gun! In a state that has actually very good open carry, I’d venture to say there was not a pistol in that classroom, save the one in the hands of a mad man. More sheep slaughtered before the altar of political correctness.


Hillary, and others would ban guns altogether. I hate to be the one to tell you people this, but crazy people are just that. . . crazy! If there were no guns (which is an impossibility) the killer would just come in with a knife, just like they do in China, where they have excellent gun control, so you take all the knives. What’s next? Rocks? Cain slew Abel with a rock.


And it’s always some nerdy looking kid in a school somewhere that nobody suspected of being in the frame of mind he was in. The facts are still filtering in so I don’t even know what the final body count is, but I’d be willing to bet there’s a pill bottle somewhere. You just don’t get that crazy on a Miller Lite! I don’t know the exact gun laws in Oregon, but a quick look told me that they are far and above Texas, yet I suspect there was some law, or rule about campus carry, so there you go. Classroom full of unarmed kids, standing up.


I have never been in a more tense situation than when I picked up my granddaughter from her school and suddenly realized the security was non-existent, and no one had any guns.  All those babies milling around, and people coming and going. My gun was still in my car, because Texas law forbids one in a school. So who’s crazier, the gunman, or the legislators who pen such nonsense and march us all out to the killing fields?


The liberals are right. We have to fix this, but kneeling before the lion is not the answer. Ask yourself this; If CJ Grisham had be having one of his gun walks there, advocating campus carry, just how far do you think the killer would have gotten? He would have never got out of the car! And that’s a fact, children. . . class dismissed.


Wilbur Witt

Simple Ol’ Boy From Austin

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Supreme Court may hear Texas abortion case

Photo: womenonwaves

A ruling on the state’s requirements for abortion providers could roil the 2016 race.

Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to start the process of deciding which cases to take up this term, with all eyes on a challenge to a Texas abortion law that could roil the presidential race just months before voters go to the polls.

The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, centers on a series of far-reaching restrictions on Texas abortion providers and clinics, which led to the closure of about half of the state’s abortion facilities. It promises to be the most significant abortion case in at least two decades, and could …… read more here. 

Student boom is busting Texas taxpayers photo

As Texas classrooms bulge with nearly 100,000 more students each year, school-choice advocates say the state needs a private option to ease crowding and deflate ballooning debt.

“The reality is that Texas has been facing an onslaught of enrollment growth, and the growth is accelerating,” says Matthew Ladner, senior adviser on policy and research at the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

The 2010 Census showed 6.7 million Texans under 18. That figure is now closing in on 9 million.

The youth boom is ………….. read more here

By Kenric Ward 

Houston cutting road repairs in ’16, pensions to blame

Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle Staff

This is the second part of a two-part story on Houston’s pension crisis. The first part was published yesterday.

Pensions are swallowing the Houston budget.

Take Houston’s legendary dilapidated roads. Houston is spending six times more on pensions than road repairs, and even that’s not enough to cover the minimum payment on its ballooning pension debt.

The city’s property tax revenues have doubled over the past 15 years, yet the city plans to repave less than 1 percent  of its 16,000 lane-miles of streets in 2016.

On its present course, stressed by pensions and other post-retirement benefits, Houston will soon be forced to cut funding for police, firefighters, schools, parks, maybe even some bureaucracy, according to a recent study by the Greater Houston Partnership.

Houston is emulating Chicago, which is now ……… read more here. 

By Jon Cassidy 

Houston union money blocks pension reform

Photo by Traci Patterson/Creative Commons

This is the first of a two-part story on Houston’s pension crisis. The second part of this story is here.

The answer to Houston’s $13 billion dollar pension crisis is quite simple.

It’s right there in a bill by state Rep. Jim Murphy, just 293 words returning control of 13 pension funds, including Houston’s, to the cities that pay for them.

If only state lawmakers wanted to give up their authority and local officials wanted it back. And if the employee unions that support them decided they didn’t really want such generous pensions.

Simple, right?

In 48 other states, pension reform is ……….. read more here. 

By Jon Cassidy