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The Patriots Pocket Guide on how to spend a Memorial Day

It amazes me how many people do not know why today was a day of remembrance or that today was even Memorial Day. While I was happy at the number of flags I saw flying in and around my neighborhood, I was equally appalled by the lack of flags in my little conservative neck of the woods. Do we really need training on the do’s and don’ts in remembering the sacrifice of our national heroes? Apparently so.

On Friday, my oldest informed me of a UIL (University Interscholastic League) band solo contest that was occurring Monday. Wait – would that be the same Monday as Memorial Day I inquired as dad? The very same I was told. So at 04:30am today, my oldest and I drug our fannies out of bed to get him to school to catch a bus to Austin. Since his trumpet solo was semi-early, rather than him languish in Austin all day and get home at 10:30 pm, yours truly followed the bus to Austin. Since we were up at the fanny crack of dawn, I thought it was fitting to have a little discomfort in my day to bring some reality of why we celebrate Memorial Day. So on my 140 mile excursion to Austin, I recalled my favorite war movies, sang patriotic songs, and remembered our fallen heroes over the last 236 years. I got myself worked up on the drive over memories of friends and family lost in Beruit in 83 and the losses we have had in the War on Terror. I’m quite sure passing truckers thought I had spent some time in the apple cider….

While some minor inconvenience of going to a solo contest to support my son was nothing in comparison to the sacrifices made by our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines – the very fact that some intellectual idiot scheduled the event on Memorial Day was a sheer sign of the lack of etiquette that we have allowed regarding our history and respect for our military. Although that history and demand for respect is certainly in resurrection mode with the current conservative movement, it causes a moment of pause nonetheless.

So, here is a list of activities to participate in and some to stay the blazes away from:

Acceptable and Respectful Memorial Day observances –
Displaying the American Flag, calling-visiting-thanking a veteran, praying for the souls of soldiers – airmen – sailors – marines who have lost their lives and for those who protect us now, placing flowers at the grave of a deceased military person, watching war movies to attempt to imagine what our heroes have endured, attending a parade, and thanking God for being American. While there are certainly more, these hit the high points.

Unacceptable and Abominable acts towards Memorial Day:
Scheduling a UIL or other organized event on American soil on Memorial Day, neglecting to get off your sorry butt and fly Old Glory, not realizing it was Memorial Day, or not knowing what Memorial Day is about. I don’t want to hear you don’t have a flag when they cost $20 and take 5 minutes to display.

Now this little Pocket Guide of do’s and dont’s is for future reference. Today is over and I hope yours went very well. I’m happy to say that I flew my flag, watched some great war movies, prayed for our troops (alive & deceased), and got to visit with two veterans today. The first came on the drive back from Austin. My son and I stopped in Temple, Texas to get gas. A car pulled up beside us as my son was filling our car with gas. A young man got out of the car. He was young, but had lines of care on his face. He was stocky with a crew cut and had a prosthetic for his lower left leg. I looked at him and asked if he was a soldier and he smiled and replied that he was a marine. Silly me. I nodded toward the leg and he said one word –  Iraq. I reached out to shake his hand and said “Thanks.” He simply responded with “It was my honor to serve.” That shook me up and we nodded again at each other and went back to our respective cars. I did not say anything to my son at the time, as I was not sure if I would break down or not. During the remaining drive home that image stood in my mind. I tried to imagine the sacrifice and once again I thanked God for our special breed of military personnel we have in the US.

The second visit was to my 86-year-old cousin, retired Major USAF John H Yancy.  John was in World War II in the Army Air Corp that later became the Air Force. He was stationed in London in 1944. As a flight engineer to pilots of B17, B27, and B47’s – John was part of intense action in WWII. He would also serve in the Korean War as flight engineer for US bombers. John also was part of the first crews that saw our Air Force convert to the jet engine age. His crew was the first to fly Mach I and II, as well as test out Doppler Radar for then Carswell AFB. John is a treasure to this nation and part of history we are losing each year.

No matter how hard the liberals try to dumb down the nation on our history; no matter how disrespectful some UIL idiot is for scheduling an event on Memorial Day; our nation is a great nation for those that show the respect and rememberance our heroes deserve.

Maybe next year we won’t need this little guide…..

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Carroll Shelby – the Passing of an American Icon

While a tremendous amount of activity has been occurring in the world, we recently lost a pioneer and patriot to the American automobile industry when Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10, 2012 at 89 years of age.

Shelby embodied so many of the great items of success we have fostered here in America. He was a patriot to his nation in WWII as a “Flying Sergeant” and he followed his passion for speed and was a very successful race car driver for over 10 years. When health prevented his continued driving behind the wheel in racing, Shelby did not sit around and whine – he became a manufacture of high performance cars. Following one’s dream is all about being American.

These were not just any race cars, but the now-legendary Cobra’s. While we may view auto racing as a genuine American sport, the truth is that auto racing was very much the pride of Europe. Carroll Shelby changed that. He set his sights on beating the worlds best (at the time – Ferrari). Shelby teamed up with Ford to provide motors for the British AC body that would become the Cobra. The Cobra was created to de-throne Ferrari and begin to make a name for American racing. Shelby and his team won the FIA Championship in 1965. The next year his GT40 would capture the 24 hours of Le Mans.

To date – Carroll Shelby is the only man to have won the 24 hours of Le Mans as a driver, team owner, and manufacturer….

The Cobra Daytona Coupe that brought home the world championship to US shores sold for over 7 million dollars US in 2011.

Shelby was changing racing and his partnership at Ford brought changes there as well. Ford increased participation in racing in the early 60’s and began to live the notion of “Win on Sunday and sell on Monday”. Ford benefitted from Shelby’s Cobra and GT40 development in its motors for NASCAR and the drag strip. It was during the 60’s that racing – Sebring, drag strips, and NASCAR, began to become the American sports they are today. Carroll Shelby’s influence cannot be overstated.

As the relationship with Ford blossomed, Shelby created the Shelby Cobra Mustangs. The GT350 and GT500 were limited production, beefed up Mustangs with the Shelby flavor of performance. While Ford did not start the muscle car era, they made a dent in it with the Shelby Mustangs.

While the American demographic scene fueled the horsepower wars of the 60’s, putting a 400 plus horsepower beast in the hands of teenagers has problems. With rising insurance costs and the more government regulations , Shelby saw the immediate future in performance cars that met his standards coming to a close. His US operations were scaled back and Shelby sought performance outside the US.

When Lee Iacocca pledged to rebuild Chrysler in 1980, he had a long road ahead of him. Iacocca had been the contact to provide Shelby with the Ford motors for the Cobras and Iacocca needed help. in 1982, Iacocca called upon Shelby to breathe some performance into a woefully plain line of Chrysler products. So, Shelby created the Shelby Charger and the Omni GLH  (goes like hell). Now, having driven these pocket rockets back in the 80’s out of sheer curiosity, these cars screamed! These cars were part of a line up that non only helped Chrysler out of the red and repay their first government loan, but actually put Chrysler back in the profit game.

Shelby would have several great projects and cars over the years, but 2005 marked a reunion with Ford. The Shelby Mustang line was retooled for the modern era of safety, efficiency, and performance. This new line of Mustangs once again placed Ford in a superb light for benefitting from Shelby’s creative performance desires.

When Carroll Shelby died this spring, he was fresh off the re-introduction of the Shelby Mustange GT350. This beast could produce over 600hp, exceed 180 mph, and set track standards against such competitors as Porsche, Corvette, and Lamborghini. He was considering a 1000 hp Shelby Mustang for this year.

Whether he was serving his country as a pilot, bringing America prestige on the European race circuit, influencing vehicle performance the world over, or lending his creative talent to Chrysler to help create jobs; Carroll Shelby was an American patriot and icon.

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Thinking of voting for Chris DeCluitt? Here are some reasons to just not do it!

It’s early voting in Texas and time to get back into the swing of the political landscape. The winds of change (good or bad?) are upon us and as responsible voters in my state head to the polls, light needs to be shed on the darkness certain candidates operate under.

This warning is for the good people of Waco, McLennan County, Texas and in particular District 56. There is a snake trying to enter the henhouse….

In November of last year in central Texas there was a mild earthquake that ran the length of I 35 from Waco to Ft Worth when conservative Republican Charles “Doc” Anderson of House District 56 was challenged by fellow Waco resident Chris DeCluitt for the Republican Primary for this seat.

I’ll explain why the earth spun a little off its axis as we go through the story.

First, in the efforts of total disclosure, I need to stress right out of the gate my views towards DeCluitt are less than favorable. As a matter of fact, you could say I think the man is a sub-surface, fecal-based, paramecium.  It is my sincere desire to have all those that might cast a vote for this troglodyte know the truth about this person and vote for anything but him.

Doc Anderson is a solid conservative in the Texas House and has been advocate of the taxpayer – meaning he is a fiscal tightwad. He does not believe in government waste, he is socially conservative, and as an actual business owner he sees the ramifications of how bad legislation impacts the electorate. That is not to say Doc is perfect. He had some tax issues last year that caused some pr problems and his support for Joe Strauss did not set well with the conservative base that elected him. I was not fond of the Strauss support either, knowing Doc benefitted from over six figures in donations from Strauss. Doc is by no means perfect, but then no candidate ever is.

The reason DeCluitt is opting in for the run is because some of the political big wigs in Waco don’t feel that Doc brings in the bacon for McLennan County anywhere near enough. This is from a county that was home to the Lapdog of Nancy Pelosi Chet Edwards, put out to pasture by Bill Flores in 2010, and RINO State Senator Kip Averitt. Averitt was the Democrats answer to Waco and they loved him, but conservatives had enough of him in 2010. Yours truly got the process started in the State Senate Primary and uncovered a pile of trash on Averitt during the primary. Averitt faked heart issues to avoid having the press dig into the real issues surrounding Kip. Without digging too much into the details, let’s just say one of Kip’s companies (Hard 8 Realty) had some license, tax, and verifiable existence problems. If you want a real story, call the Indiana state prison system and see if any recognizable names show up on the list.

Then there is the boondoggle up at Possum Kingdom Lake and the Morris Shepherd Dam. Kip’s hip pocket was attached to TXU and Comanche Peak and that lead to the eventual closing of the hydroelectric power units at the dam, which has caused problems since. You can reference my earlier writings on the issue. DeCluitt, then President of the Brazos River Authority, was right in the middle of the mess. Now before we go too much more into this mess, as I want to properly disclose it, I need to complete my claim to you of the multiple reasons to not vote for DeCluitt.

Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Chris DeCluitt at the Ballot Box for District 56:

Reason #1 – DeCluitt is an attorney. We have had far too many lawyers in the State House over the last 30 years drafting legislation that requires more lawyers to interpret those laws and even more lawyers to keep them enforced. Keep the lawyers in the courthouse and not the State House.

Reason #2 – DeCluitt is a slumlord. This is a claim made by the Waco Tribune Herald, not me,  in an article published on February 8, 2010 http://www.wacotrib.com/…/Two-Waco-area-. The Trib has changed a few items and you may need a subscription to review this. DeCluitt lists on his website as being “…President of the Sovereign Corporation, a local company that deals in property management.” If you are receiving Section 8 federal money in addition to rent, why have such deplorable living conditions for your tenants? In my opinion, it says a great deal about how DeCluitt really feels about the masses he plans on representing.

Reason #3 – DeCluitt is a Democrat in hiding. It is a well know fact DeCluitt was a big supporter of former Senator Kip Averitt and US Congressman Chet Edwards, the darling of central Texas Democrats. With Kip gone, those same central Texas Dems are rallying behind DeCluitt to get back the “…significant political influence…” (from DeCluitt’s website) McLennan County had when the likes of Democrat Chet Edwards was in DC spending you and me into a mountain of debt and RINO Averitt was in Austin taxing the daylights out of your water rights. DeCluitt plans on working to resurrect those plans “To guard and direct the proper use of our natural resources, especially our limited water supply”. Interpretation – he plans on following in Kip’s footsteps to tax you to the poor house on your water rights. He has been endorsed by tax hungry pacs such as Texas State Teachers Association and Texas Medical Association TexPac. These pacs only rally around candidates committed to finding a way to funnel more pork to their cause regardless of how taxpayers feel about cutting cost. Oh, and for those of you thinking we need more money in education for teachers – you’re right. However, before we can pay teachers more, school districts need to trim the lard of administration and overhead we have in Texas that are not helping teachers or kids.

Reason #4 – DeCluitt has no respect for taxpayers. I’ll give you 2 specific examples. He has already claimed he will “… guard and direct the proper use of our natural resources…” yet he has no plan for this outside of creating tax districts to punish you for using your water. How else, other than rob you of your water rights through legislation, is he going to guard it? What is his definition of proper use? I am willing to bet that no one in District 56, or anyone in the rest of the state for that matter, just leaves the faucet running for the fun of it. We all know the value of water, especially our farmers and ranchers who have seen their water costs sky-rocket under Kip Averitt’s tax policies. So what is that proper use? Example 2 – in 2010 when I campaigned against Averitt in the SD22 primary, Kip claimed “health issues” for bowing out after filing. Funny, all the people in Waco and Austin thought he looked great. DeCluitt was being groomed to eventually replace Kip and this challenge disrupted the process. DeCluitt personally launched the re-elect Kip campaign so a McLennan County candidate could retain the seat. It almost worked, with taxpayers footing the cost for a Special Election and a Run Off Election when Averitt did step down after winning the primary to avoid the spotlight of the truth. The cost was well over a million dollars of taxpayer money to hold these elections.

Reason #5 – DeCluitt’s existing track record of mismanagement at the Brazos River Authority. This is a culmination of all that is wrong with this man and could be used as a singular reason to keep him away from the State House. The hydroelectric units at the Morris Shepherd Dam provided cheap, clean power for residents for decades. It also was the control valve, so to speak, for letting water down the Brazos River. That release system kept the Brazos flowing, preventing stagnation and other health issues, and allowed communities like the one in Granbury to grow and prosper. I am not going to rewrite the entire issue here, I have blogged in detail on this. Please refer to https://darrenyancy.com/2010/07/03/the-brazos-river-authority-all-excuses-for-inaction-washed-away/, https://darrenyancy.com/2011/02/24/the-water-flows-like-money-part-1/, https://darrenyancy.com/2011/03/04/the-water-flows-like-money-part-2/,https://darrenyancy.com/2011/03/19/the-water-flows-like-money-conclusion/. Not light reading, but most of you reading this now are most likely familiar with the story.  In short, several bond issues were done for maintenance on the dam and the hydro units at Morris Shepherd. The most recent was a 2005 issue for $12,875,000 which came on the heels of a 2001 issue for $8,925,000. In 2005, the Brazos River Authority (BRA) also started negotiations to sell off the power production unit at Morris Shepherd to Brazos Electric Power Corporation (BEPC). The reason for sale – according to papers on file with the BRA, the BRA was not able to make money on the power. This is such a misguided statement and is detailed in full in the other blogs. In August 2007 the paperwork was complete and BRA shut down the power to the dam in “tossing the keys” to BEPC.  This began the cause of a series of problems. The BRA claimed they needed to also focus on water, which meant selling water to the highest bidder. However, when the sale went to BEPC, over 3.8 million dollars of the 2005 bond issue was not used and unaccounted for. How do we know this? DeCluitt himself wrote it in response to the heat coming down on the BRA over the issue, especially from residents in Hood County. Eventually the sale to BEPC came unravelled and the BRA ended up with the power production units back from Morris Shepherd. Instead of completing maintenance, getting cheap power back to people, and improving water flow down the Brazos; DeCluitt oversaw that the power units would be removed. He, as then President of the BRA, ensured that the Brazos would have a “natural flow’, going against data from paid professionals that clearly showed potential problems with this approach to flow management. To date, you and I as residents of Texas are still paying for that 2005 bond funding and somewhere $3.8 million dollars still goes unaccounted for.Z7143_DeCluitt_Letter

There were also some nasty rumors on what DeCluitt did when GOP is for Me, a Republican grass-roots organization geared at increasing Hispanics within the party, was formed and seeking formal recognition. It is rumored DeCluitt snubbed the newly formed organization over issues of race. I do not have the full story and it warrants investigation.  Contact Duke Machado at the website http://gopisforme.com/ and get the story for yourself.

This is not a man of character or integrity. All the political, business, and community involvement DeCluitt touts cannot cover up the fact that at the center of his being is a great big, empty hole that DeCluitt needs to have filled with power from your tax dollars. In a time of crisis in our nation, state and individual rights need a champion to fight for them, not someone who has a clear track record of disregard for the common person.

Doc has a few battle scars, but he has been a taxpayer champion for District 56 and the rest of Texas.

As far as voting for DeCluitt – just don’t do it!

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