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Dismantling the TSA

Our nation has never seen such a blatant attack on its 4 Amendment rights since the implementation of the TSA (Terrorist Searching Americans) enhanced pat downs last fall. It should have been no surprise that an Administration and Congress (pre-Nov 2010) would have allowed such assaults on the public, since this was the same leadership that has accosted our rights since January 2009. I am not about to embark on that list now since the primaries are just around the corner. However, this violation of rights has pushed this nation to the brink of outright rebellion. I am not sure if it was the video molestation of 6-year-old kids or grandma being raped via pat down that has struck a nerve Obama somehow missed in the past. It may just be another level of being fed up with The Communist One and his followers.

The funny thing is that here is a topic where conservatives and liberals seem to have some common ground – this is not the practice of a free nation. Both sides agree that this is an insult to our civil liberties and that without a correction in course will mean victory for the terrorists. TSA bashing is rampant all over the web. Here is a current YouTube parody song to the tune of Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer:

Taking shots at the Republicans in the 112th Congress for not stopping the assault is not proper here, as we have already seen where they passed the legislation to repeal Obamacare only to see it die in the Senate. Harry Reid knows his majority is slim, but a majority it is for now and he will wield that power until the bitter end on keeping the socialist agenda in place.

Just as it was the States that gave life to the Republic, it is up to the States to stop this nonsense. The 9th and 10th Amendments were penned with a purpose the Founding Fathers had witnessed all too well in Britain – too much centralized power in government erodes the liberties of mankind.

Obamacare has been challenged by over half of the States in the nation and are making headway through the Courts. With issues of zero enforcement of immigration laws on our southern border, States took the initiative to reign in the madness. Arizona took a bold step and a heap of criticism for SB1070, better known as the Arizona Immigration Bill. That bill, while taking some hits and blocks of hard-hitting portions of the bill by federal judges recently, sent a strong message that if the feds will not enforce US Law that the States will do it. While that fight will end up in front of the Supreme Court in the end, it has started other states to follow with similar legislation.

Now it is time to dismantle the TSA’s pat down and x-ray procedure and it will start at the State level once again. Texas is leading the charge on this with the passage of House Bill 41. Now, this bill is not the same version of the one introduced during the regular Session of the Texas Legislature. The original bill would have criminalized the procedures of the TSA. That version of the bill left the House and was on way to the Senate when it imploded during debate after US Attorney John Murphy suggested that the TSA might have to cancel flights over such a bill and challenge the bill in court. That was probably horse manure, but it was enough to derail the bill in the regular Session. Governor Perry added the bill to the docket of the Special Session after extreme pressure from the grass-roots and the bill has been at the top of the watch list of the Special Session.

What has added fuel to this fire has been current Texas Speaker of the House Joe Strauss’ comments regarding the TSA bill being in the Special Session. Strauss made an absolute ass of himself this past week calling the bill a “publicity stunt”. Guess Joe is not flying much these days or prefers the touch of latex across his business. The article was all over the state and here is one of many on the topic: http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2011/06/speaker-calls-governors-anti-groping-bill-a-publicity-stunt/ You may recall the stink made over Strauss being re-elected Speaker by House Member pledges and not the will of the constituents. In Texas, Joe has ensured that his name will be on the lips of every State Rep seeking election for 2012. Look for Strauss to be challenged in his District in the Spring Republican Primary.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has been engaging the Obama Department of Justice over Obamacare and has insight into their tactics, has made some wording changes to survive federal challenges that are sure to come. You can read the version at here: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=821&Bill=HB41 While the bill does not criminalize the TSA actions as prior, it is a version the Senate should adopt with minor revisions and be signed into law by Perry. The key changes are inserting “reasonable suspicion versus probable cause” as well as making the violations misdemeanors instead of felonies. What is left is the defining of the actions that can be enforced under Texas Law. If physical contact occurs where the person doing the touching could be perceived as provocative or offensive, it will violate Texas Law.

What this does is give the TSA notice Texas will enforce this issue for the people. Will the Obama DOJ go after the bill? Sure they will. However, the Federal Judges in the Texas Districts are pretty hard-core conservatives, so Obama’s DOJ will not get much help there. If they push it to the Supreme Court, the current TSA procedure is likely to come under 4th Amendment scrutiny. In either case, it will be a victory for liberty.

It’s about damn time.

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Press 1 for English

Unless you are from a native American tribe, we are mutts from across the pond at one time or another. Even our friends coming from Mexico have the Spanish influence of the Conquistadors in them. The point of bringing the masses from around the world under our roof was to blend under the principles of The Constitution. That meant adopt our ways, learn English and blend. Rejection of one’s origins has never been and never will be a pre-requisite for citizenship. Now, what I just wrote does not mean our great nation has not had its issues with immigrants. Bringing slaves from Africa was a mistake and caused horrors for our nation that took over 150 years and a Civil War to address. The Chinese and Irish in the mid 1800’s were also given terrible persecution by our citizens. The movie Gangs of New York is probably one of the best movies ever that illustrates just how bad our problems have been in immigration, acceptance, and blending.

After the Civil War and all the death and destruction, a nation yearned to heal. Now I am not saying we have been perfect, but our attitude toward immigration was more tolerant. That was providing the immigrants coming in followed the path of acceptance of American doctrine. One of the cornerstones of that doctrine was the use of the English language. Two World Wars and a stalemate in Korea reinforced the pride of America and its native tongue. The War in Vietnam brought the next great test of immigration to America when Saigon fell. That original generation of Vietnamese that came over learned quickly to make in America meant learning English. English opened the doors of opportunity.

All that began to change in the late 70’s and 80’s. Illegal immigration from Mexico began as a trickle during these times. Acceptance of the new labor pool was in part a rejection of the labor unions and in part just being friendly with our neighbors to the south. Mexicans came up and asked for jobs no one else was applying for, so why not hire them? Right? Why we all know it is wrong, the decision was looked upon with indifference in all walks of American life and began the path we are currently on with immigration today.

I have tried to remember back to when we first started catering to the “non-English” crowd and I am taking a stab that is was the early 1990’s. While I am certain “dual” language marketing in Texas and the nation goes back further, it seems to me that was when it really exploded. The signs, voice mail answering options, etc. From a corporate marketing standpoint, sales distribution channels were being force-fed the diatribe of diversity to minority needs and the adage of “if we don’t provide the service then someone else will”. Now while there is truth to ethnic groups preferring to spending within their own demographic when available, I have also dealt with a broad variety of ethnic groups over 30 years of sales to know that when in comes to money and buying that they all speak the language of the American Dollar. No interpretation required.

The groundwork being laid in the 1990’s was for a rejection of American values and adaptation – specifically targeted towards the growing Hispanic population. Why? If you know how to read demographics, birth rate trends, our immigration issues, and sort then you knew 25 years ago that Hispanics were well on their way to becoming a majority in under a century. Furthermore, if you are a Marxist that believes America is evil and you want a base change you focus on your future voting block. Thus another foundation for socialism was being laid right under our feet and being promoted in the name of “service”.

Now what started out as a marketing grab for dollars has morphed into political correctness of the lowest caliber. Ethnic groups, predominantly Hispanic, are outright rejecting English for Spanish as a way to politically demonstrate their opinions on US Immigration policy. No further example can be found than the incident that occurred in the Texas Senate a few days back during a hearing on legislation. A resident of Texas from Mexico, whom we assume to be legal to be in the hearing and who came to Texas in 1988, chose to speak Spanish through an interpreter to the Texas Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. The individual, Antoline Aguire, was there representing the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition was testifying against Senate Bill 9 that would help crack down on illegal immigrants in Texas. Republican Texas Senator Chris Harris took a bit of offense that the man had been in Texas since 1988 and could not speak English. The interpreter clarified that the man could speak English, but preferred Spanish. Needless to say, the good Senator from Arlington was none too pleased. Here is the clip:

What this exemplifies has been a liberal agenda to reject the dogma of the Great American Melting Pot where you follow the American Flag, speak English, abide by US laws, and be productive towards the benefits of the US of A. Instead, liberal Marxists want a total rejection of American values and culture, language, and denial of applicability of laws towards the generation of current immigrants. The attempts at the implementation of Sharia Law in our courts is another example to stand beside this one. In short, it is time as conservatives to reject this liberal diatribe openly and aggressively and stand our ground on the preservation and promotion of the conservative agenda.

I think it is important to point out that I am love with the Hispanic community – literally. My wife, Carol Gomez-Yancy, is Hispanic and that makes my 4 kids Hispanic. I love the culture, the family values, the love for Christ, and fiscal responsibility. What I do not like are groups like Laraza who are poverty pimps and want to keep Hispanics in lockstep with liberal Democrat policies. It is critical the conservatives get off their butts and get aggressive about involving Hispanics in the conservative movement. Groups like the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Texas’ own GOPis for Me are making great strides. My issue is that there should be no highlight of Hispanic and Republican – it should all be one. It underscores an issue we have to resolve and resolve now.

When we do that, then maybe we can get away from “Press 1 for English”.

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Of Pitchforks and Torches

Too often we believe that violations of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are exclusive domain of the federal government. While the loons at the federal level get more press regarding their gaffes, the sad truth is that there are just as many savage attacks on freedoms on the state, county, and local levels.

In Texas, we have seen some real eye openers on abuse of power. A few years back, current Governor Rick Perry mandated a vaccine for teenage girls that drew ire from all walks of life – including me. Former Senator Kip Averitt blew right past Texas riparian rights of property owners in drafting and passing laws that taxed owners that actually had the gall to use those rights.

However, some of the most egregious crimes against freedom are local in nature. If you really want to see a turf war, then go down to your County Commissioners Court or City Council meetings when budgets are being discussed. Start asking for copies of the budgets or show up with video cameras to record your own copy of events and hear the leather chairs howl as they are collectively sucked up into the butts of the public officials. The party affiliations matter not here – it is all about power and how to take more of your money.  Ever noticed those cameras at signal lights? Are they there to “protect” or to be a cash cow for a local government agency? More importantly, did the voters get to approve the expenditures and loss of freedoms? Sometimes voters do get to 86 these ideas. Last year Houstonians told the City to stick it on this subject by a wide margin http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7276380.html.

Our Appraisal Districts in Texas are amongst the most artful thieves in the nation.  Oil and gas leases are not uncommon in this state for individual property owners. These are payments from oil & gas companies for allowing them (choked by a laugh) to drill under one’s property. If the drilling hits a well, you get some moola.  Now – you pay taxes on the property being drilled under ( we have mineral rights in Texas), we pay tax on the production of the gas as it comes out of the ground, and we pay taxes on the actual income received. Pretty crazy, right? Well, the Texas Appraisal Districts felt the good citizens were not getting screwed enough, so they created another tax on the well site interest paying the property owner. Understand that this site is most likely not on your current property, as they need 5 or more acres to drill a well head. Now, in what I just illustrated the property owner getting the payment does not own the well head site, but gets ANOTHER tax for owning an “interest” in the site. It is a loophole in the Texas Statutes created long ago when Texas dominated the oil industry as a way to keep getting money back to the local governments. It was intended for “wealthy” land owners to participate more in the social injustices of big oil profits and the “lack of distribution” to the masses. Challenge was that this law stunk to begin with and never factored in Average Joe Homeowner getting the shaft in taxes. That zero lot line home that might pay a few hundred dollars a year in gas royalties costs more in the taxes  that the interest brings in.  Yeah, this screw up will never get fixed. The counties want the income and our Legislature does not have the brass pair to make amend the law.

This past week, the citizens of Cedar Falls, Iowa really took it up the nose when their city council decided that privacy and the 4th Amendment mean nothing and passed an ordinance requiring businesses, apartments, and certain rental houses to have keys in lockboxes for the City to have access to. The premise is that the fire or police department might have an emergency situation that could require access in advance of an owners permission. This clip is from the meeting to approve the measure:  My friends, when a government requires you to do anything beyond the laws from the US Constitution and those of a State Constitution modeled in its image in which you live, its time to grab the pitchforks and torches and have a large body protest. Once upon a time this was a common practice when the Lords of the land became a little too inconsiderate of the common folk in the laws passed and taxes levied. The showing of the mob with fire and farm implements was enough many times to force changes; sometimes it took violent actions to get corrective action. I think the citizens of Cedar Falls should start asking if the City Council is going to require chip implants next to track everyone in the event of an emergency. Hitler is laughing in hell right now on this one. I hope the good people of Cedar Falls vote in a new City Council as soon as they can to replace these Nazis.

So why do the locals abuse your rights and mine? For the same reason a dog licks their genitals – because they can. It is the same pervasive problem that we are turning on eyes on at the federal and state levels. We have allowed the lies of those who sought office to ring as truth to our ears and we turned a blind eye to their actions. It will take the same efforts to wrest loose the control of local government as the efforts being exercised towards the federal and state governments. Perhaps even more so because of the familiarity of the electorate to the officials in local politics.

It must be remembered that the efforts of the conservative movement in the current revolution of government change cannot overlook local politics. Conservative candidates must be recruited, sponsored , and elected to local positions. One we can re-take the local positions, it makes the next step at the state and federal levels even easier. If you doubt that, take a hard look at the number of Democrats that control local politics in your county and state.

In the meantime, keep the tar on the torches and a few sharp farm implements around. You never know when a quick protest at City Hall may be needed.

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