Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Oh the weather outside is cloudy
And I'm looking kind of dowdy
Sitting here working from home
Network is slow! Network is slow! Network is slow!
It doesn't show signs of speed up
And I've got some Facebook pics to put up
The boys are on Youtube, I know
Network is slow! Network is slow! Network is slow!
When they finally go out with their friends
How I love getting bandwidth back
But if they come on home too soon
All the day through I get no slack
My day is finally slowing down
And, my sons, they're still sitting around
But I don't care, thanks to Christmas break
Let it be slow! Let it be slow! Let it be slow!

To all my readers, thank you for another year of allowing me to entertain, and hopefully enlighten you. I'll post when I can these next two weeks.  As many of my long time readers know, this is the silly season of multiple birthday parties mixed with holiday parties and by New Year's Eve I'll be so over seeing the same damned faces I'll be ready to post something juicy again.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tolling the Bell

Just when you thought that pesky private Blacklands Toll Road project was dead and gone, you would be wrong.  Isn't it heartwarming to know you have been pwned?

According to Urban Dictionary: It basically means "to own" or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.

Indeed, that nasty business about splattering down tons of cement from Greenville, to Nevada, to Rockwall, through Wylie's Equest and country neighborhoods, on through to Rowlett and connecting with the PGB Toll Road never really died that slow, horrible, and terribly painful death we had all hoped it would.

Rather, a game of hide and seek has been played with it while the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) pretend it is dead as they ask the Texas Department of Transportation to keep it in their plans and hidden away from prying eyes.

Well those eyes, they did pry, and we can thank Texas State Representative Cindy Burkett and The Dallas Observer for tolling the bell on this.  The toll road has been placed on TXDOTs statewide road planning document.

What the hell does that response mean?  I'm thinking GI Joe has romped around the napalm just a little too much back in the day.

Rep. Burkett has requested a letter clarifying the nonsensical response from old Joe, to which his reply was he wanted to meet in person.  Right.  We all know meeting in person means he is too much of a wussy to put it in writing.  So much for transparency.

To date, G.I. Joe has requested the toll road be removed from TXDOTs nifty list, however they refused, stating they will take the matter up again at their February 2015 meeting.  Might be time to send those self proclaimed demi-gods at TXDOT some North Central Texas love.  Oh, and also the transportation director Saint Michael at NCTCOG, let's send him some love too.

Lt. Gen Joe F. Weber, USMC (Ret)
Executive Director
Texas Department of Transportation
125 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

North Central Texas Council of Governments
Michael Morris, Transportation Director
606 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

Now go shred those phone lines.

No Signs Given

Tuesday night, our little Wylie City Council met and on the agenda was the sign ordinance, once again.  Unbeknownst to most sleeping citizens, our council started the year with this topic and have ended the year with it as well.  Useful.

I get it, as the city grows, the ordinances must change, and this time was no exception.  Well, except for the fact that they made few if any notable changes.  I guess they needed something to do and my request about the length political signs can be erected proved fodder.

You see, back in 2003 they approved an ordinance which stated:

As you can see, political signs could not be erected earlier than 30 days prior to an election and must be removed within 14 days after the election.  Wouldn't you know that they quietly changed all that in January 2014?

In their infinite wisdom, they decided they needn't control how long political signs can be up and nobody gave that another thought, that is until I mistakenly thought that was still the ordinance and asked the City Manager Mindy Manson about it.  

Nope, that is not the case, but that did not stop Mayor Eric Hogue from asking a silly question about political signs at last Tuesday's meeting, well after that, then it just got plain stupid.

Every idiot knows you cannot censor who or what people support, yet the talk feigned this as a motive. I suppose this was this designed to look like they were actually working on something worthwhile that night? Stupid.

The real question that should have been asked is, why did they find a period of 44 days sufficient time for citizens to display their campaign signs back in 2003 and what changed to make any amount of days irrelevant?  I will use my good friends the Butschek's as guinea pigs here, since they had their Ron Paul sign up for something like 6 years, or was it 4?  Hard to remember now.  

I recall Mrs. Butschek's comment, wondering when they (the City) would make her take it down.  Well now we know they wouldn't have.  Right about now I'm thinking they should get out there and put that damned sign right back up, not that I'm a Ron Paul fan or anything, because I'm not and never was. 

Still, as luck would have it, we can now keep our signs up year round!  Goodie! This is one time regression would have actually been applaudable.  Cuz now? Cuz now people can put up as many political signs in their yards as they want, and it doesn't matter if the person is running or not and it doesn't matter if there is a political race or not.  Good times.

Hells, yous can put up your John McCain and Obama signs if yous want to. In fact, now would be a good time to confuse the bejeebers out of your friends and neighbors as they drive the streets wondering why the feck there is yet another election when we just had one.

Dumb thing is, you wouldn't be allowed to do this if you lived in a neighborhood that had an HOA.  Silly conflicting regulations don't you think?  Nothing like selectively deciding which areas of your city can become legally overrun with signs and trash in the yards.

To be honest, I'm not even certain why the sign issue was even addressed, unless they wish to go after my freak of nature neighbor and his dirge-worthy monument in the front yard. Except I view that as irrelevant now because he would be grandfathered in anyway at this point.  I mean, code enforcement wasn't exactly handy while he spent a month partially putting up his new fence nor the cement pad he had poured either, without a permit one might suspect. Would we have expected code enforcement to catch him when he was erecting a masonry sign in the front yard?  Do you have any idea just how many people in my neighborhood have put up new fences on their own, and without permits?  

What they need to be working on is keeping unsightly and frankly, downright dangerous splintering trash from decaying in people's yards as their 6 foot tall garden art blows around this spring.  More proof that in much of Wylie, there is no accounting for common sense.

Pete Sessions: Facing Facts

Is the writing on the wall for good old boy Pete Sessions?  I think so.

Brietbart Texas published an article that states:

"Pierson has floated the possibility of running against him again in 2016 and has made appearances on major national media like Fox Business Network fueling speculation she’s getting ready for another run."

Well bust my buttons.  Wouldn't you be tickled if she tossed her arsenal in the ring? In my opinion, now is the time too.  After all, RePete is getting all manner of amnesty love from the country's top conservatives at the moment:

Wouldn't you know Tea Party Maven Sarah Palin had some harsh words for the GOP establishment bait and switch. Did they honestly think they would get away with merely changing costumes and continuing on in the performance as the same characters?

I would have thunk they figured out that the voting American public is watching. But evidently the message we sent them November 4th was lost on them.  In one ear and out the other, but then again, there is nothing much between the ears in the likes of Pete Sessions, John Boehner, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Kelley Ayote, John McCain, gosh, the list just goes on and on.

Even Fox Business News Neil Cavuto had some strong words as he spoke with Garland's own Katrina Pierson.

Make no mistake, all of the love Pete Sessions is feeling has got to hurt.  Well, as they say, "Love hurts."

But most astounding is the email an acquaintance of mine sent to me from Pete Sessions himself.  It was an exchange back and forth that took place earlier this week.  It seems Sessions wanted to clarify some 'facts' after this individual called him a POS traitor:

"What is your address you don't understand. I want a chance for the facts. Pete"
To which my acquaintance replied:

"On second thought   I believe the quote below from you pretty well sizes up your agenda so I have to assume you say what you mean and mean what you say. Unless there is a significant change in your philosophy on immigration I really don't have any more to say to you." 
"I’m going to use my assets and resources in the new year to work with  
this Congress to have a well-understood agreement about what the law should be   and how we as communities   and farm communities   and tech communities   create circumstances where we can have people be in this country and work   and where not one person is quote thrown out or deported" (Sessions Quote)
Then there is also this masterful crack pipe response when this individual told him he didn't need to speak to him after Sessions had already made the statement in support of amnesty:

"Right they will be thrown the 30000 special interest alliens Pete 

My acquaintance asked me what the hell does that mean?  Love Pete's spelling by the way.

So what exactly are the 'facts' being concocted in the small mind of a career politician?  I can't wait to hear.

In reality, it seems to me that Sessions' 'facts'  are being uncovered over, and over, and over again by the conservative press and savvy voters. There is no smoke and mirrors in this.  These are the words uttered by Pete Sessions and they are a matter of record:

But hey, I guess he wants you to get your facts straight about this amnesty thingy anyway:

This is not the first time Peteyboy has traveled all expenses paid to visit with the amnesty whore Ripon Society and yes, I've blogged about this before more than once.

Indeedy, the Breitbart masterpiece was delivered today in this fact-filled article. Exactly what are the facts again, Pete?

Ya, he's pretty much feeling the love and as I see it, this is prime picking for a 2016 candidate.  If Katrina Pierson can elicit some sort of fear out of the man by torquing him about 2016 in interviews, more power to her.

Pete Sessions Amnesty Comments Are Very Befuddling

Honorable Rep. Sessions,

I worked against you on Katrina Pierson's campaign because I firmly believe in term limits, and I feel it is time for some fresh new ideas in Washington DC. In fact, I was able to assist in taking the majority of votes away from you in Collin County, so obviously I have the ear of Wylie's voters as well, and they shared my sentiment. 

On November 4th however, I stayed true to party lines and you received my precious vote, though I did not feel you deserved it.  Your knuckle dragging on forming a select committee to investigate Benghazi, your campaign manager's vile behavior,  as well as your iffy residency issues leave me quite concerned.  Then there were a few hat tips you made to Obama on amnesty as well as Obamacare over the last two years, and that left me wondering exactly what side you are on.

What brought you my vote is the philosophy I share with many others that the worst Republican is still better than the best Democrat, and throwing away a vote on any other 3rd party would be dangerous.  Besides, your actions for the next two years will either nail your door shut or garner you new support.  That fate is in your hands only.  That said, I am dismayed at the news making the rounds that you support full-on amnesty in 2015:

If this statement is not true, then I ask you to immediately submit a press release stating what your stance actually is, because you are doing Republicans no favors with any perceived capitulation to Obama's executive action and other illegal executive activities.  If you do not take immediate steps to publish a correction, I will be tossing my support and resources behind whoever runs against you in 2016, and this time I will not focus solely on the Collin County portion of your district.


Pamela Engstrom
(Address redacted)

The Red Frigging Baron

Neighbors. Who would live without them?  But sometimes you just have to scratch your head in a perpetual WTF way about some of their decorating choices. No, seriously.

I've got that proverbial neighbor from hell who doesn't have a clue about property values.  Indeedy, he cut a hole out of the middle of one arborvitae and a couple funky openings in another, you know, those landscape bushes in the front of the house that are suppose to amp up your curb appeal with their round, square, or conical shape.  Nope.  Not his.  He even built a monument along the sidewalk with a name placard on it that looks like a dead body might be buried under it. Coolio.

Yuppers, this is the same neighbor I wrote about before who hung a massive wood POW sign on the side of his house, drilling a screw hole through his vinyl siding.  Thank God it's gone now but when he had it displayed, as that sign swung back and forth in the wind, it left nice, permanent, colored scrape marks and gouges all over the siding.  Real genius.

Yes, this is the same classy neighbor that built a scrap wood airplane for his front yard that I'm taking bets on when it will take flight in the next spring storm season.  Indeed, Wylie's Red Baron seems mighty proud of that handy airplane because he decorates it every holiday.  He even busted it apart at Halloween and stuffed it with dead bodies and then rebuilt it again afterwards, this time adding some nice 2x4 wood supports apparently for the sagging plywood wings.  Righto. 

That bad boy is even lit up at night.

After a year of this crap, I've finally had enough and complained to the City of Wylie.  Now we all can imagine just about how well I'll fare with that.  It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, I mean this is me we're talking about.  Some of those people down there at that City Hall hate my frigging guts considering I've tossed them under the bus a time or fourteen. But hey, maybe I'll get lucky since my complaint really is a valid one.  If an ordinance doesn't already exist to cover massive structures being built in front yards, it might be time for them to warm up that pen.  But then what city contemplates one of their citizens building a full-sized airplane in their front lawn?  Put that shit in your back yard.

Now I know we don't have an HOA in our neighborhood, and honestly I bristle at those because I personally want as few regulations on my property rights as possible, but let's face it, wouldn't you think the ordinances would cover devaluing eyesores like this?  This is beyond yard art.  I can handle the 2 foot wood tractor down the road.  I can handle the small, rusted farm tools and broken barrels and even the cow skulls and strangely placed boulders in some of the yards.  But this?  This is a full-size freaking airplane. Seriously, I could sit in it. 

So we'll see what the City will do about it.  Mostly though, because I feel it is a safety issue to construct a tall structure on your front lawn that can go airborne and hurt persons and property while it splinters and rots in the elements.  Most important I would think the City would have ordinances that assist in keeping up property values.  I know of one that does not allow permanent fences built in the front yard, for example. After all, our City is in the business of not only providing essential services to the citizens of Wylie, but also growing our community and increasing property values.

At this point the hubs is begging me to put the house on the market, but I've been resisting because I'm not yet ready to move.  But if he wins this argument can you imagine our resident Wylie Realtor, Mayor Eric Hogue driving prospective clients down our street to show my house?  You know, the very least I can do is hire him so he can make some money off me after the grief and aggravation I've put him through and all.  So imagine him explaining the merits of the neighbor's life-sized airplane while watching the dollars slip away in earning some sort of commission off of my house. I find it hard to believe prospective home buyers will be digging that look. Oh please don't tell me the $5K in hardwoods I put in last year were a waste of money. 

I'm actually thinking about tossing a stuffed Snoopy and Woodstock on his lawn for effect.  That's it! I need to fight fire with fire.  I think I will build me some scrap wood horses, sheep, pigs, and some cattle humping and put them on my font lawn with a massive neon orange barn. Hey, it's all just lawn art, isn't it?  If the City has no ordinances for this, I'll make our street so obnoxious that they will have to deal with it.  Hey, just doing my part to keep your home values up.

Pete Sessions Comes Out of the Closet on Amnesty Support

I promise you, this is going to chap your hide if you live in CD32 and voted for Katrina Pierson in the primaries.  The moronic Dallas County GOP support of Pete Sessions is just now coming to fruition as our accusations about him all along are coming to light.  The truth shall set you free but unfortunately we are in a 2 year bind as this asshack kept his seat.

Below is my post on the Wylie Tea Party Facebook page.

Better have a glass or two of your favorite adult beverage in hand before you read this article and scratch your head as to exactly why it is we tried to show the world that we could place our trust in the GOP last month.  Top GOP Leader Promises Total Amnesty In 2015. And the demented Pete Sessions is right in the fray.  I can just hear the sucking sound all the way here in little Wylie, Texas from DC as Sessions' lips are planted on Obama's hiney.

Russell Ramsland's Letter to Rep. Pete Sessions on Amnesty

Below is a letter written about Obama's amnesty executive acction by one of the top conservative leaders in North Texas, Russell Ramsland.  It seems our Representative Pete Sessions has been making the local talk radio circuit and he has his titties in a twist over negative comments being made by top conservatives in his district about his take on amnesty. In fact, what is Pete's stance on amnesty?  Does anyone really know?  He seems to be squishy on this topic and for this, I feel compelled to share Mr. Ramsland's letter on the topic.

Russ's correspondence:
Recently I received a letter from Pete expressing concern that he'd seen an e-mail I had sent around, presumably the one entitled "DEFUND AMNESTY NOW", and I appeared to be struggling to convey his beliefs about Amnesty and the President's Executive Order. I appreciated Pete's concern, I read the letter, and I decided I needed to respond as you can see below. I am posting my response, as I told Pete I would, in the hopes we would truly have a dialogue about this. I believe it is critical to the future of the Country, not to mention the Rule of Law, the Constitution, our financial solvency and the future of the Republican Party. I apologize for the length, it grossly violates my belief in Shakespeare's dictum "brevity is the soul of wit", but it's that important in my mind.
Should you wish to join in the discussion, please feel free to telephone or e-mail Pete.
Local # 972-392-0505
Washington # 202-225-2231

 Russell Ramsland's Letter:

December 3, 2014
Congressman Pete Sessions
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4332

Dear Pete,

Thank you for your letter of November 18th relating to your stance on immigration reform. I appreciate the time and effort it took. In my e-mail you referenced, I conveyed the impression I have received by watching and listening to you, and the Republican Leadership, with regards to amnesty for illegal aliens and the apparent desire to capitulate to it, while pretending to “fight” against it for the people who elected you to do just that. I say this because the press is also full of accounts about the Republican Leadership trying to craft a plan allowing it to complain, but ultimately capitulate to Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive order because the Republican leadership wants and supports the idea of legalizing illegal immigrants, excepting those with criminal backgrounds. Your letter doesn’t appear to contradict this impression. If you believe it does, then I would suggest the very generalized nature of the language makes it difficult to understand specifically what you and the Republican Leadership will or will not pursue. And with immigration, the devil is always in the details.

For now, suffice it to say the question of whether records even exist for people who are intrinsically invisible to the system and who largely have fake or no social security numbers or any other form of reliable ID is a huge one. My friends in the FBI tell me the vast majority of criminality in illegals cannot be reliably or even adequately traced. So claiming the government could legalize all but those with a criminal background is essentially a fool’s errand.

While the Jonathon Gruber School of Government advocates offering shiny objects to distract “stupid” and gullible citizens, Boehner’s purported lawsuit to fool the American people into believing Republicans are doing something is a non-starter because Gruber is wrong and everyone is already aware lawsuits take years, the crisis is now, and the American people know it. You and your fellow Republicans were elected to STOP this deal dead in its tracks, period.
It’s also important to recognize the latest executive order is only secondarily about amnesty and immigration. That’s a shiny object designed by Obama for myopic Republican leadership. The executive order is really about precedent. And if it’s not stopped now, dead in its tracks, the Congress will be well on the path to irrelevancy by 2016 at the pace this President is going and the Republican Leadership is cringing.

The Republicans won an overwhelming landslide this election because people like Ted Cruz demonstrated that some Republicans will actually do something to stop this out-of-control disaster in the White House. I realize the media harps constantly on the idea that Cruz’s actions in the “shutdown” were a disaster for Republicans, but the data of November makes mincemeat of that. The Republican mistake in the “shutdown” wasn’t Ted Cruz’s actions, it was that Republicans never explained convincingly and morally why the actions they took were appropriate. But now the American people have elected Republicans to STOP this President, first and foremost.

If the Republican Leadership fails to use every bit of its power to do that, then the GOP has become meaningless. The American people don’t want Republican words anymore, they want deeds. And everything in your power includes using your power of the purse to pass a temporary continuing resolution now and then a permanent defunding of those programs that are illegally being pursued under Obama’s lawless executive orders after the first of the year.

Second, and again contrary to the news reports around Washington that pass as accepted wisdom, in Texas where the pushback against legalization of illegals is strongest in the nation and where the “Texas Solution” was defeated despite the best attempts of the statewide Republican to cram it down conservative throats at the State convention, Cornyn garnered 48% of the Hispanic vote and Greg Abbott garnered 44%. I don’t have to tell you that’s a huge increase in winning the Hispanic vote from 2012. And yet the State Republican Leadership said if we didn’t pass the Texas Solution we’d have gigantic losses of our numbers of Hispanic voters. Further, nationally, the GOP won 36% of Hispanic voters, up a solid 9% from the 27% that Romney garnered. For a large number of legal Hispanic immigrants, our polling shows that the substantial majority of Hispanic voters oppose amnesty for illegals. Even for those Hispanic voters who may be neutral or supportive of the idea, the topic is way down their list of the most pressing issues.

The Republican Leadership seems entirely unaware their credibility is about to run out. The National Chamber of Commerce may be able to write big checks, but they can’t supply the votes you need to win. The Republican Leadership also seems entirely unaware the National Chamber of Commerce no longer shares even a single goal with the grassroots that made up the Reagan Big Tent. In this last election, we worked tirelessly to try and get thoroughly disenchanted, former Republicans now listing themselves as Independents, to come out and vote Republican. And if we’d identified ourselves as Republicans, they’d have hung up the phone. And yet the Republican Leadership keeps digging the hole deeper and deeper by assuming Jonathon Gruber is right.

So what do I suggest, specifically? Here are some suggestions.

First, do something that hasn’t been done since 1834 - namely formally censure the President and his illegal actions against the Constitution. That will make headlines in newspapers around the country and message the moral case for responding to the President’s lawlessness, namely, if his actions are not stopped now it will set precedent and become the norm, and that will destroy our entire republican system of government. The American people don’t want an Emperor. A censure, after all, is a moral statement and if the Republican Congress intends to respond to the president’s executive overreach, it needs to make a strong moral claim to the high ground. You can make the point for days that Congress has no choice but to respond to the President’s lawless actions per se, and secondarily restore order to the immigration debate in the process. It’s called messaging. If you need some wording, here’s a start:

“Resolved, That the President, in the late Executive Order relating to non- enforcement of duly constituted immigration laws, has assumed upon himself authority and power not conferred by the Constitution and laws, but in derogation of both.”

Next, you do a short-term Continuing Resolution with a rider attached that expressly defunds the President’s illegal amnesty program. And if the President tries to suspend non-essential government services over this rider, you have already made clear it’s Obama’s lawlessness that will destroy the country you are sworn to protect, that Obama is to blame for any suspension of non-essential services. Not the GOP. As an aside, please stop referring to Obama's threatened suspension of non-essential services as a "government shutdown." You and I both know that there is no such thing as a "government shutdown." This is part of your messaging problem.

Third, you follow it in the new Congress with agency by agency spending bills that not only eliminate any further spending on lawless decrees by the President, but that cut other areas where spending can only charitably be called “profligate”. I keep reading how the Republican Leadership wants to prove it can govern, and yet you won’t exhibit LEADERSHIP. Whining is not leadership. What I am describing in this letter to you is leadership. Go explain it to them. The GOP landslide in 2016 would then dwarf 2014’s.

Fourth, you begin to reform the immigration laws in a measured, step-by-step set of bills to address various problems specifically, and in a targeted manner. You do NOT succumb to the temptation to do an omnibus bill on immigration and at this time you do NOT try to enact any sort of amnesty for those here illegally. I think Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, etc. all testify to the folly of these huge, all-encompassing attempts to make law. It’s a record of unmitigated disaster after unmitigated disaster. Is this the record of governing the Republican Leadership now wants to wrap around it’s own shoulders?

When you start reforming immigration, step one is to close the border, immediately turning illegals around and sending them home instead of admitting them. Set a time frame and measurement for proving the border has been successfully closed. Following that can be bills opening up the green card process for greater numbers of STEM immigrants, strengthening interior enforcement, requiring e-verify for all Federal positions (including contractors and subcontractors), requiring one parent to be a US citizen in order to obtain birthright citizenship and eliminating the use of languages other than English in any government document. Only after all this do you start crafting a true guest worker program.

Let me address two critical points regarding the latter, since that is where the greatest mischief is to be found. There is very substantial legal precedent in court cases that says if you grant legal status to a person here illegally while he remains in the country, you CANNOT deny him access to all the free social services. Obama already knows this. So if you are truly against free social services to guest workers - you should be - you cannot grant amnesty to anyone while they remain in the country. They will have to return home first in order to apply for guest worker status. Next, there is also absolutely no way a guest worker program can be tied to a path to citizenship. Citizenship needs to be on an entirely separate, parallel path. If you are willing and courageous enough to plant these as a cornerstone, you will find a far more receptive audience in this country to a guest worker program.

Pete, I believe this letter contains specificity, not sweeping generalizations that can be misunderstood and thereby ignored when convenient. If you will write to me a letter with specificity, then I would most gladly put it in my e-mails to my fellow members of the Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum. We can then all have an open discussion about it. I will try to start the ball rolling on this conversation by posting this letter. Otherwise I can send out your letter, but I fear you will be flooded with letters expressing similar sentiments to this one, and that hardly seems productive for either of us.

I appreciate your time and attention to this letter.

Russell J. Ramsland, Jr.

Rule of Flaw

This is about the most ignorant and illogical article I believe I have ever read about the black plight for equality.  Darlena Cunha, a Time Magazine contributor wrote a piece stating rioting was a necessary part of the American experience. Really?

What do these media morons not get about what happened in the death of Michael Brown?  The giant boy they so vehemently support did this:

This is my purportedly 'white privileged' viewpoint according to Cunha: the shithead robbed a convenience store and as the owner protested, he roughed him up and then turned toward him again in a threatening manner.  The boy child was a clear 12 inches taller than the convenience store owner, also very dark skinned I might add but that doesn't seem to matter to the riot and race baiters.  Black on black crime escapes them.

What seems to matter is that big boy wanted some cigarillos and felt he had the right to take them from someone else.  He was merely acting like all those superior black leaders have instructed him to do so through the ages; he deserved to take what he did not earn. People like Barack Obama, and Louis Farrakhan, and Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton have been yelling this in his inner ear since he was born.  It is the policy that has actually been put into practice in this country since the 2008 election of Obama.  I actually like to think of this as black privilege and frankly I imagine Martin Luther King to be rolling over in his grave over this bastardization of what he beckoned.

Armed or unarmed, the boy giant was a menace and his actions caught on camera speak a lot about what his behavior and mindset might have been like a mere minutes after this incident when he was stopped because he fit the description of the perpetrator reported in a convenience store theft only minutes earlier  Not only was he walking down the middle of the street and not yielding to traffic he was also openly carrying the box of cigarillos reported stolen, hardly a racial profiling stop by Officer Darren Wilson.  Did Brown deserve to get shot for this particular incident?  Hell no. He deserved to have his ass beat by parents who should have taught him to abide by the law and behave respectfully toward others.  Clearly they didn't do their job.

Where the story goes awry is when Brown forces the officer to remain in his squad car, reaches in and punches him, and places his hand and thus fingerprints on the cops gun, and turns around and comes back toward the cop during pursuit for you guessed it, illegal behavior.  His ass needed to be shot.  Period.  I don't care what color you are, if you wrestle for a cops gun, you deserve to be shot dead.  Police officers exist in this country to protect and enforce the laws. They aren't here to merely suggest compliance. That's what Wilson did, he attempted to enforce the law.  Would I have rather watched him shoot the dickhead in the legs a dozen times?  Yes.  The dumbass broke the law and laid hands on a copper, but that seems of no consequence here.

Why anyone is questioning the black white issue here is a waste of breath.  There are actually important overreaches of police brutality that should be debated, such as ripping a quadriplegic from his wheelchair and slamming him to the ground.  The Brown incident isn't one of them.  It's just another currently in vogue opportunity to bash conservative values.

Cunha goes on to state, "Because when you have succeeded, it ceases to be a possibility, in our capitalist society, that anyone else helped you. And if no one helped you succeed, then no one is holding anyone else back from succeeding. Except they did help you, and they are holding people back. So that blaming someone else for your failures in the United States may very well be an astute observation of reality, particularly as it comes to white privilege versus black privilege."  Da fuq?

Is she living in the same country as the rest of us? Apparently not.  I don't know anyone who fails to profusely thank those who helped them succeed in our oh so, 'capitalist society'. We are a thanks-giving nation.  We are a nation of recognition as well, what with all the awards handed out each year. This author is demented as she justifies the cycle of black minority failings.  Her take is that white privilege is to blame for all the ills of the world and it harkens back to those pesky, racist, bible thumping, gun toting Tea Partiers.

The author highlights comments made about the Ferguson rioters on Tea Party websites and calls the Boston Tea Party, the very namesake, a riot as justification for the behavior in Ferguson the last few months. 

noun: riot; plural noun: riots
  1. 1.
    a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.

However a quick google search for the definition of riot shows the Boston Tea Party was not a riot by its very definition.  There was no violence.  They weren't burning, "that bitch down."  Cunha would have done well to do a tad more research before making the illogical Boston Tea Party connection which is really just a thinly disguised conservative values bashing argument. 

Cunha's statement and quotes used would also indicate that all Tea Party members are white, yet there are scores of black, Asian, and Latino Tea Party members that don't seem to count.  She goes on to write, "Instead of tearing down other human beings who are acting upon decades of pent-up anger at a system decidedly against them, a system that has told them they are less than human for years, we ought to be reaching out to help them regain the humanity they lost, not when a few set fire to the buildings in Ferguson, but when they were born the wrong color in the post-racial America."  Really? Just how many of Michael Brown's 18 years did he spend being told he was less than a human being?  How many years while he was allowed to graduate with his class though he did not have enough credits and had just completed them before the theft incident? How many years of slavery and segregation did he or his parents endure?  Just wondering.

Cunha doesn't go on to explain how many white folks have come out in droves to assist black shop owner Natalie DuBose on GoFundMe, where over 8,000 donors of all colors and creeds have given more than $262,000 to help regain that old 'lost community'.  Not only has DuBose been assisted, but other shop owners in Ferguson have been assisted as well.  I suppose that little factoid wasn't important to the cause of bashing conservative values like giving to those in need.  Look ma, whitey bashing whitey and calling on more rioting by blacks makes Cunha one of the uber-nonracist proud. Forget logic. Forget that nifty thing called rule of law.

To Cunha, blacks ought to riot, and riot frequently.  "Blacks in this country are more apt to riot because they are one of the populations here who still need to." Gee, I wonder how the Latinos feel about that statement?

I suppose facts only matters to Cunha in reporting when it helps with the real gist of her article which is bashing conservative values and those who believe rule of law is a God given right that should be applied to all members of our society. What a ruby red ass-clown. 

Hope For Natalie DuBose and Her Bakery

On Monday night I honestly wondered if there was any hope left for this country as I watched people behave like animals after the announcement in Ferguson.  White Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the death of the black, unarmed Michael Brown.  As the chaos and carnage dragged on through the night, I wondered just how many people would be harmed by these senseless acts.

Natalie DuBose, a bakery owner had already lost business in August after protests took place over Michael Brown's death.  Her bakery was located 10 minutes down the road.

At that time DuBose was interviewed by local television about how that event had harmed her new business  which was just opened in June of this year.   Suddenly, the people of Ferguson rallied together and her business started to grow.

While the thugs of Ferguson proved to be real class acts that night, DuBose had hopes that the rioting would not make its way to her new business.

That was not the case as Natalie's Cake's and More was trashed along with at least 40 other businesses.

This is probably one of the sickest videos I've watched yet depicting the utter lawlessness that took place Monday night. Not even Detroit on Devil's Night could muster this much energy and hatred.

When the dust settled, a dream was shattered, as one life became somehow infinitely more important than all others.

This is the face of tragedy.  An unthinkable crime was committed which nearly took the livelihood from this woman.  A livelihood she worked hard to achieve.

Natalie DuBose, a single mother of two, saved money she earned while selling her baked goods at the flea market so that one day she might live the dream of owning her own bakery.  This is the American Dream in action.  Yet the bakery that this woman saved for was trashed by thugs that thought they were honoring a dead man, but in doing so they destroyed others in their path.

As I sit here watching the GoFundMe account created to help Natalie DuBose rebuild her business, increasing about $1K per minute at times, I am reminded that there are still decent people that walk this earth. Americans are generous, and there is no color in that.

Natalie, you have been given a great gift; the gift of American generosity.  As of this moment, the $20K you hoped for is now nearly $144K.  Now go do something great with it and make that bakery business shine as a beacon of American Dream light for all to see.

There is hope for humanity and there is hope for this little bakery that could.

Black Lives Matter

The new in phrase as people rally around Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown is Black Lives Matter.

Really?  If the black community was serious about their lives mattering, they wouldn't be killing one of every possible fourth member of their community through abortion. Since 1973, 16 million black babies have been aborted and that number is growing every day. 

This is the greatest genocide known to Americans and it is happening right here on our own soil.  Every year, the black communities in America fail to grow by 36% because blacks average 450,000 abortions every year. That is astounding. 

In fact, for the people carrying those signs, it would serve them well to understand who is actually killing those black lives they hold so dear. Themselves.

Black Monday

Photo credit Fox News
Happy Frigging Thanksgiving America.  This is the day the black folks in Ferguson have made.  Isn't it eternally heartwarming to know just how much many black people hate white people?
That became apparent last night as the world watched folks raging in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.  Yup, truly a moment to be proud of for these folks. They hurt themselves.

Here's just one snapshot of the aftermath from rioting & looting in Ferguson. Natalie DuBose crying after looters attacked her cake store to get "justice" for Michael Brown. She sold her cakes at flea markets to save up to own her own shop. ~ Via Josh Jordan.
Even famous black people came out last night and showed us their true colors. Rapper Azealia Banks said, "And what makes it even worse is the fact that I sleep with white men.....LOL. I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep!!"  Precious.

These riots were planned.  Below an activist suggests to protesters to target white areas.

In fact, these riots were prompted by the biggest race hustlers in the country. Protests have been prompted and prodded along by Obama, Sharpton, and Holder.

After the no bill decision was announced, the pre-printed placards came out in multiples and they set to marching through Philadelphia, and Times Square, lying down in the roads in Oakland, California and on the Triborough Bridge in NYC, and just plain destroying their own city in Ferguson.

Is it any wonder why when the parents of Michael Brown who once exclaimed calm and peace started shouting, "Burn that bitch down." 

Meanwhile, Brown's mother shouting, "You motherfuckers think this is a joke? You want me to be calm?"

After sunlight lit the smoldering backdrop of what was Ferguson, in all at least 40 businesses were broken into, robbed, smashed, or just plain destroyed. These are hate crimes of the most heinous kind. 

The decision was just plain logical.  You don't put your hands on a cop.  You don't reach in a cop car uninvited. You don't turn around and come back at the cop who has asked you to stop and has a gun pointed at you. Every idiot knows this. 

Happy Thanksgiving to the US as the inhabitants trash their own city rather than put that energy to good use like helping the teens better their education and break the cycle of poverty.  And more important, stop blaming and hating others for behavior that perpetuates  the cycle of poverty.  Leadership starts in the home, community and Washington DC.  Such a wasted opportunity.

I believe the days of blaming white folks for everything are far beyond over. White people gave them affirmative action, welfare handouts, freebies like putting their kids through college.  We've purchased their hit songs, watched their movies, we dance like them, we dress like them, and we even elected their president. It seems to me that the only people who can fix this intense hatred of whites, is blacks. The onus is on them.


Are Republican's happy when Republican leaders disagree? No. How do Democrats handle this situation?  Complete indifference.

I believe this is the fundamental chasm Democrats have with constitutional conservatives who cause the establishment GOP to get their panties in a wad.  Instead of embracing the fact that conservative Republicans stand on principle, the old-time establishment continue to brow-beat that side of their base.  Then in a titty-twister of irony, they complain that the Tea Party eats their own. 

Meanwhile, Democrats are completely content allowing their leadership to behave like buffoons.  Just look at Nancy Pelosi who was just re-elected House Minority Leader despite all the  bumbling, babbling nonsense that comes out of her mouth.  This woman is bat shit crazy, yet Democrats show their complacency as they support Pelosi, Thing 1 as well as  Harry Reid, Thing 2. The GOP would do well to spend their time exploiting the obvious complacency weakness in the Democrat Party rather than beating down conservatives who wish to infuse the GOP with original party principles.

Establishment Republicans have their own bat shit crazy people, who I am convinced sleep upside down.  A quick look at the social snotworking activities of Representative Pete Sessions' Campaign Manager, Kim Locus, highlight in shocking clarity what is wrong with the establishment GOP's attitude toward their own party.

The woman who likes to call others 'bat shit crazy' seems to be projecting her own affliction upon others. But here she goes again attributing the world of badness to Democrats disguising themselves as Tea Party members pushing Net Neutrality.

This is not the first or even second time this woman has bashed Tea Party conservatives.  I've blogged about it before, but her nastygrams have gone virtually unnoticed, that is until earlier this week when she wrote that little Taliban ditty and Breitbart Texas picked it up with links to a couple of my previous blog posts which outted old Kim for the wicked witch of Dallas Congressional District 32 she appears to be.

To be honest, I feel vindicated that someone else was just as mortified as I have been over the fact that our tax dollars are paying for this woman's lip service to Pete Sessions who seems to have no problem with her shitty attitude.  I'm still giggling over the fact that Breitbart reached out to Sessions but could not get any comment.  Of course not.  This man hired a mini-me who appears to mouth his own thoughts for him. Pictures speak louder than words and this picture speaks a lot to the values held by our philandering representative that married his mistress.

In fact, it seems there are quite a few people who have no problem overlooking the vile behavior of their US Representative and his staff. After the article was published on the secret Dallas County Republicans Facebook page of which I am a member alongside a dwindling 196 others, the whiners came out.

Did anyone really think the establishment supporters would comment on the actual argument being made?  Clearly it escapes them that Kim Locus does not appear to be fit to assist our representative.  She has an attitude like a filthy toilet. Rather, they immediately bash those who are offended by her behavior.

Truth is, that Taliban statement is highly offensive, especially coming from someone who calls on the awesomeness of God.

To add insult to injury, Loco Locus posts this in that secret Dallas County Republican's page.

I hate to break this to you old Kim, but the page was never touted as an official page and it clearly represents the opinions of those who are members and actually post anything on it.  Duh.

The secret page was started because your pals at the Dallas County Republican Party decided to stop allowing member posts on their Facebook page during the primary.  This change-up was attributed to the fact that your boss' opponent, Katrina Pierson, had a rather astute social networking team that was cleaning Pete Sessions' clock on the page.

It cracks me up that this seemingly elitist woman working for Pete Sessions has no clue how egocentric and out of touch she appears to be with Uncle Pete's constituents that she is supposed to serve.  Um, public servant much?

Awesomesauce.  Many of the people living in Pete's district cannot afford to take the toll roads or go work out at the yuppie Cooper Fitness Center, and many most certainly cannot afford to shop at Nordstrom.  Oh the lives of the entrenched and elite fundraisers.

In fact, if you don't like her behavior or bad attitude, don't dare attempt to communicate with her about it.

Except, according to her, she will fight for your right to free speech.  Ehem, except just not on her page.

Goodnight nurse.  Are ya'll with me on this still? So which is it?  My eyeballs hurt.

Yup, that's why I deleted her after she reached out to friend me, and I removed her from our Tea Party mail lists and Facebook page.  I simply could not stand the nonsense any longer.

Cat Tale

I always wanted to be holed up in a cozy cabin for the holidays.  The closest we ever got to that dream was the week before Christmas 2009.  The hubs and I rented a cabin at our favorite park in Oklahoma, Robber's Cave.  The cabin is certainly rustic, but it's clean and super affordable if you want to get lost in the wilderness with no phone or television for a few days.

I had selected the most remote cabin on the property and we spent our time hiking every day.  Ehem, OK, and other things.  Right, like playing double Solitaire and my favorite cabin game, Yahtzee.  If the weather is nice, you can rent a canoe on the cheap and make your way around the lake.  I take pleasure in paddling right up to the side of the cliffs and making the ducks nesting squawk like a son-of-a-gun. 

Did I say we like to hike?  We are quite adept hikers, well that is until this arthritis started getting worse and so I have to cut them a little shorter now.  That week we hiked up to the Robber's Cave and
I captured this bad boy, a Black Vulture at the top of the trail just outside of the actual cave. 

The cave was a hideout for the infamous Belle Starr, the Dalton Gang, and Jesse James among others. It's a pretty cool place, but I'm not going to lie, it involves a bit of climbing and some steep trails, but they aren't that long and it's a really nice hike for those who are not terribly adept at hiking, as long as you take your time.

On this particular trip, we knew there was a snow storm coming and we were to check out and head back home just before it was to start.   For those who know me, they know I'm pretty adventurous.  I'll try just about anything at least once and there was a trail just beckoning me.  In fact, that damned trail was screaming my name.

So we dropped off the key, parked our car, and got out our packs prepared earlier that morning with water, snacks, camera, and my monopod, a single stick with a sharp point I can dig into the ground to steady my camera.  I love it because I can hike with it like a walking stick, and not have a bulky tripod to carry around when I'm birding.

I was particularly adventurous this time, knowing a snow storm was coming.  We set off on a 5 mile hike through the woods, which were pretty much deserted because the massive storm had been brewing for days.

 It was just beautiful.  The drab sky was the perfect backdrop for brilliant purple, red, and rust colored berries.  All manner of animals were out in the greyness maniacally feeding.  It was clear they knew what was coming.  These Waxwings could have cared less that I was so close. 

When we made it around the back of the trail, along a cliff with a drop of about 30 feet, we stopped to admire the view.  I wondered what sort of animals lived in the rocky nooks and crannies.

As the birds became more manic, we decided we had better make tracks the last half.  We walked for only a short while when we heard it.  There was this low growl.  We instantly froze and looked at each other.  In that moment of seeing fight or flight cross my husband's eyes, I recognized that rat bastard actually entertained the idea of leaving me there to fend for myself!  He whispered that it must be a motor or something.  But then we heard it again.  A low growl. 

Now is probably not the best time to point out I have a hearing problem.  The audiologist said I have hearing loss at a couple frequencies:  normal speech, cell phone ringtones, and evidently growling as well.  I couldn't tell you where that was coming from, but neither could the spousal unit.  We made  hand motions determining if we should go back or go forward.  What would aggravate whatever was growling on the other side of that berm the least?  By now I'm guessing the hubs finally decided the best thing he could do was not run and leave me behind because he told me to use my monopod if anything comes a runnin'.  Right. 

We moved slowly ahead on the path and did not hear anything coming after us.  Suffice to say we made it back to the car in one piece. 

It was a week later that a guy my hubs works with informed us that a massive mountain lion was spotted in those woods that week and he sent us the news article.  Nice. 

To this day we have no idea where or what the growl came from, but we like to think it was emitted from Mr. Mountain Lion who was too busy feeding himself before the big storm and did not want to share.  Whatever it was, I'm glad it did not bother with us.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  

Rallying the Base

I have heard this several times from poll workers and poll greeters, and even witnessed it myself when working on Katrina Pierson's Congressional campaign. You can always tell who the Democrats are at the polls.  They are the most bitter, sour-faced people arriving to cast their vote.

I've mulled this over since this epic Election Day on November 4th and I'm pretty confident I know why.  These people are the ones who are so negatively affected by Obama's tragic policies that they can only believe that the negative consequences must be coming from the other side.  These people so desperately don't want to be wrong, they seek out illogical arguments to stand behind.

The Democrats sort of see themselves as the people's party.  They have ushered along unions and austerity plans that help the poor folk, and trees, let's not forget trees and failing, coughing, and sputtering mothership earth.  Seemingly altruistic in nature, I can see why so many people fall for their policies. What gutless wonder doesn't want to help the poor and unrecognized among us?

Therein lies the problem.  What used to be the greatness of President John F. Kennedy has now become something completely unrecognizable.  Kennedy's, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." did not mean that women could sign themselves up for WIC and pop out baby after baby in order to continue getting funds each month. It meant that this is truly a land of opportunity ripe for the picking.

When I hear a couple friends I graduated high school with complain about their minimum wage jobs, and whine that they deserve a 'living wage', it burns me up.  I think to myself, "You are nearly 50 years old.  What the hell have you been doing these last 31 years since we graduated?  Have you not even attempted to better your circumstances from that first lowly job at McDonalds? WTH?" 

Not to be overly harsh, because I can see the line of demarcation in my generation between those who wished to be a housewife like our mothers and those who wanted to be career girls like Melanie Griffith in Working Girl back in the 80s. I get it.  Some of my friends got married and stayed home to raise their kids.  Personally I was torn with that decision as well.  And it puts you behind your working girl pals, believe me.  Dramatically, degree or not.

Still, it's been 31 years since we graduated and unless you have done absolutely nothing with yourself  for a decade after your kids became legal adults, why the hell would you still be making $7.25 per hour?  Hello?  Launch already.

Life is choices and it is clear the choices people make affect which party they seek for their leadership. Believing in fallacies like Republicans are the old, white, rich dude party are just about as stupid as believing Democrats are the party of minorities.  That ideology sort of bit Democrats in the ass when 40% of Hispanics came out to vote for Republicans in Texas this month. 

It means Democrats are completely out of touch with their base and completely out of touch with reality.  For as many times as they claim the Republicans are splintered, I would suggest the Democrats are as well.  They are getting a bulls-eye view of what the ultra-liberal left is doing to their party and they obviously don't like it.

Now is the time for the establishment GOP to stop infighting with conservatives. Now is the time for them to recognize that their base has gone commando, so to speak.  The Republican base is back to au naturel, bare butt basics, and I don't mean the freakishly abnormal Kim Kardashian bubble-butt either. 

The Republican base consists of people who embrace what Tea Party groups stand for, the common sense principles that made our country great.  And I suspect the Democrat base now consists of those who are more moderate, rather than the amoral Hollywood types, and nutjob treehuggers of yore.  The question is, which party will transform more quickly and morph into a cohesive group that will take the presidency in 2016?  Chameleon Hillary Clinton is already playing to this.

If Republicans wish to win in 2016, they had better start rallying behind a strong candidate and recognize that when their base watches 11 candidates in a ridiculous line up debate as in the past, they will just shake their heads and anticipate defeat again. 

It's time for the GOP leadership to recognize who is running the show and rally their base.  It's time to create another Reagan.