Super Hush Hush Candidate Forum - Shhhhh Don't Tell Anyone

Well folks, now I've seen everything. I found out about what must be the most un-talked about, unheralded candidate forum ever in the annals of Wylie, Texas.  No seriously, did you even know about it?  I didn't think so.  In fact, I barely found out about it this morning because I stumbled upon it while perusing my Facebook page with its totally nondescript blip by The Wylie News.  In fact, hardly anybody knew about it as there had to be only about 12 people there. But then again, when only 3 candidates show up for for your forum, why would you bother? Clearly this was an afterthought because none of the other candidates could make it, well they didn't try real hard anyway, except Diane Culver, Bennie Jones, and Brooke Lopez.

Not only was this forum kept on the down low, but some total nincompoop down at The Wylie News told Diane Culver the wrong date for it, and someone else there sent Brooke Lopez an email with the wrong time on it causing her to show up late.   Nice.  I mean, what's the point of having a forum with all this ridiculousness?  You know you're running a losing battle when you set up a simple candidate forum and practically have the moderating League of Women Voters outnumber the attendees.

This stellar evening of unrestrained insight started with opening remarks and the award goes to... Diane Culver for blowing away the audience with her great insight into the workings at City Hall as well as her no-nonsense, I mean what I say and say what I mean style.  Well, blowing away everyone but the huffy Butschek's who have made it clear they have no intention of supporting any conservative candidates this silly season in Wylie.  I wouldn't call Bennie Jones conservative; he's squishy moderate at best, and their publicly stated support in the Wylie News of cat scratch fever lady Lisa Mellers seems a tad like a red-faced temper tantrum selection to me.  For the Libertarian-loving Ron Paul fans of yore to be turning out for a couple of flagrant liberals is just weird, and questionable.

Honestly, Diane Culver could have raised both of her arms in the air and performed a massive Barbie pose and she still would have won hearts.  She's cute and spunky, tells it like it is, and I still love her for it.

It was clear from the questions asked at this little, and I do mean little event, that each candidate had their posse there.  It totally cracked me up when a question came up asking if any of the candidates had been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony and Bennie got all brusk and snippy about it.  I thought I saw his eyes roll around in his head and steam come out of his ears as he spit out his, "I'm not perfect!"  I sat there imagining his other opponents stating their polite little, "No," while he was forced to lay out his younger, more stupid days before everyone.  Lucky for him they didn't ask the question I submitted or he would have been laying out his more recent, stupid days as well.

During the short evening we heard Diane, ripping her heart out and laying it there for everyone to see, Bennie pretty much telling you what you want to hear cuz, well, it's election season again and he has to, and Brooke with her uber-professional poised and practiced responses while chewing gum, because she's just so young that she hasn't been through the entire school of hard knocks that comes with age. But you know what?  For 18 she's doing remarkably well considering none of the other candidates bothered to show up.  I was wondering if that rather elusive Brad Emerson in the realtoresque campaign signs was actually a real person and not just a cardboard poster cutout.  Now I'm beginning to believe.

So here's the quick and dirty version for all you folks who missed this minuscule shindig, with my own flavor on those candidates not in attendance added for a little extra flair, and because I can:

Diane Culver wants you to know she is as fiscally responsible as ever and will continue working toward lowering our city tax rate by small, sustainable increments.  She puts principles over politics and isn't on council with a pet project, such as in the case of her opponent, doggie diva Lisa Mellers who seems to like her pets more than she likes the taxpayers. Culver is concerned that transportation will be the buzzword of the near future as Wylie is built-out with another 15K residents, and as the Intermodal Transportation System comes online, dumping 200+ semi-trucks a day on Highway 78. Gee, won't that be fun?

Brooke wants you to know she has ideas about measured growth, and wants to include the citizens of Wylie in much of the decision-making process as possible, and she is against further regulations on people's lives when she stated, "I beleive in personal freedoms." Conversely Bennie wants to ban Purple Haze and even texting while driving.  Brooke wants you to know she has even researched ways to get state and federal funding to help offset the high tax burden citizens have.

Jones wants you to know his greatest achievement is being a pohhlice man and that he cares about the kids and the families and feels he needs to take care of, "The people that's here now." He wants to focus on the kids and families and he has lots of, "unfinished business" to do, like bringing in those family entertainment venues he has been promising for at least 5 years now, but has been unsuccessful in achieving.  He also doesn't care about not being endorsed by anyone and was all prune-faced and butthole puckered about it.  Sounds a bit like sour grapes to me, especially after he made that slight rant after Diane Culver stated, "I've been to lots of meetings, CARGO, American Legion, and I was endorsed by Empower Texans for Fiscal Responsibility."  Wow, them grapes was bitter weren't they?

To which the totality of his responses prompting me to have a tornadic effect of exceedingly rude words swirling about in my head, looking for an escape route where the most politically correct comeback I can allow is why would we want to vote for Jones on that platform when we have a stellar candidate in Candy Arrington if you want someone who cares about the kids and families year round not just during campaign season.  It also prompts me to further ask, why would we want to vote for anyone but Brooke Lopez who has shown up at a multitude of meetings and events and has tried her level best compared to the slackers she is running against? Out of sheer will, and intestinal fortitude, Brooke has outshone Candy and Brad who haven't shown up for hardly any event during this campaign season. Do they even want to be elected?  Stymieing to be sure.

Bennie's statements remind me of a show on TV called Parks and Recreation where the character Ben Wyatt runs his tiny city into the ground after being elected Mayor, because he insists on putting a skating rink in, despite the citizens having no interest in it.  Reminds me a tad of Bennie's amphitheater he so desperately wants behind City Hall.

But the statement that absolutely takes the cake tonight was that from Councilman Bennie Jones who in his opening remarks talked about why he got into law enforcement, "In dealing with the youth in Wylie I could only get so much information. Now in law enforcement I get all the info."  Chilling yet with a decided air of raging bat shit crazy.

In all, there was probably only one person there who didn't know who they were voting for, making this meeting a phenomenal waste of time.  But then again, if it provides me fodder for my blog, I suppose all wasn't lost.

Wylie's Council Candidates Are Quasi-Underwhelming

Well, you had to expect it.  I mean, if you didn't expect it then you set your standards way too high for some of our Wylie City Council candidates. The finance report is out for Wylie council candidate Lisa Mellers and, well, it is nothing but big fat zeros.

Ya, well it isn't a surprise to me considering she has been unable to raise the $400 application fee to become a 501c3.  Interestingly enough, she states she owns a 501c3 in her Wylie News candidate write-up published last Wednesday.  Except she's not folks, because she has been soliciting funds up until at least last month to cover the fee as well as to cover her personal rent and phone which was turned off.  She cannot get the 501c3 status that quickly, even if she had succeeded in obtaining donations.  And from what we can see above in her campaign finance report, she hasn't been successful in obtaining funds from anyone for her campaign either. In my opinion, I suppose that shows a massive no confidence in her ability to be fiscally responsible.  I mean, would you give her money at this point?  Ya, she's stellar.

It should also be no surprise to anyone that Councilman Bennie Jones' posse came out to defend him. I posted a note on our local Nextdoor neighborhood site urging people to research their candidates as well as vote and the only three people in Wylie who still plan to vote for him came out swinging.

Not true, even Nathan Scott apologized for messing up, and both gave  nothing but excuses for their utter stupidity.  Bennie Jones claimed he did not know about the misdemeanor question on his application.  Um, then why was it marked, "No?"  He claims he didn't know about the ethics rule about not bringing in family and friends and their companies as approved vendors.  Well sorry, but every idiot knows this.  He even blamed the City Manager saying she knew and thought it was OK. Sorry, but in my opinion this is inexcusable, especially since at 40 something, he wasn't grown-up enough to follow the ethics rules at his former job with the City of Dallas.  Mistakes are one thing, but this?  This was something else. This is perpetual intellectual dishonesty. Nope, not buying the contrite stuff especially when he began hiding from me.  It's just so easy to suddenly feel sorry for getting caught when you stand to lose your $80K+ annual salary and end up swapping it for $40K annual as a Police Reservist for the City of Lavon.

Then the heavens parted and the angles sang, and there was my response to these Bennie supporters. They were pwned. Oh, and in case you don't know what that means.  According to the Urban Dictionary website it means to own your opponent.

I'll take the thank you from Candy Arrington later.  No seriously.  If their argument in favor of Bennie is that he helps the kiddies of Wylie, um well, just how many?  Because Bennie's group of two dozen who get freebies and attention are supremely trumped by Candy's thousands who get freebies and attention.  Candy is well loved in Wylie.  In fact, there is no other name in Wylie that is more synonymous with helping kids than Candy Arrington.  Boom.

Despite this, Bennie's signs outnumber Candy Arrington's and Brad Emerson's signs combined.  But Bennie has placed the bulk of them in empty commercial realty property.  There are a couple on private property, but he hasn't appeared to be real engaging with Wylie's citizens.  I guess he thinks he'll garner the same old support he got last time.  Well he lost at least 25 votes I am aware of and probably more.

I saw Bennie show up at the Jazz Festival last weekend and he appeared to chat with a couple of his friends.  Not much of a presence.  Then again, I did not see anyone else there other than Diane Culver who showed up earlier during the school performances.  I found it amusing that he showed up in his white Vote Bennie T-shirt but then quickly changed into his Wylie Jazz Festival shirt. Interesting.

To be honest, I have never been so underwhelmed by a campaign as I am with this one.  I have heard of no candidate forum.  Most didn't bother doing a newspaper write-up.  Signs from anyone other than Culver, Jones, and Lopez are spotty at best.  And speaking of campaign signs, I mistakenly thought Candy's was bad but Brad Emerson's?  Geez Louise, other than that spiffy glow in the dark stuff on his name, they are so impossible to read while whizzing past them at 45 MPH that they are completely unremarkable.  Campaign, they do not scream.

Then there is the consideration behind why everyone is running. Some are to bolster their own pet projects and others are to help citizens in Wylie.  Yet others have political aspirations.  Not  much unlike any other political race in the United States.  I know snide comments have even been made about Brooke Lopez stating she merely wanting to add the title to  her resume, but isn't the title on most everyone's LinkedIn page already?  That stance is a tad hypocritical.

 Still, anyone running for Seat 4 would probably be better than re-electing Bennie Jones who has had his time and his 15 minutes of shame in the Dallas Morning News.

The two candidates I have been impressed with remain Diane Culver and Brooke Lopez.  Culver received financial support from the Collin County Realtor's Association as well as an endorsement by Empower Texans Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.  Culver also helped champion the Code of Ethics for Wylie's elected and appointed officials and helped get our city tax rate lowered while serving on council previously.

Lopez has received support from Texas Tactical Firearms, and as a member of Student's of Change had numerous write-ups and interviews as she attempts to change Texas Laws while working closely with our State Representative Jodie Laubenberg to bring a bill.  She is also the Secretary of  Network of Enlightened Women (NeW) against radicalized feminism.

So too I will give a shout out to Candy Arrington who has been a champion of Wylie is Hope, the massive backpack drive for Wylie's underprivileged as well as the highly popular Relay for Life  against Cancer in Wylie.

 As for the rest?  Yawnsville....

Congratulations to Diane Culver for a Great Endorsement

Congratulations to Wylie's own Diane Culver for receiving the much coveted endorsement from Empower Texans.  The Texans for Fiscal Responsibility endorsement is an important step in her current race for Wylie City Council Seat 2.  By being vetted by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, you can be sure your candidate holds strong conservative standards and fiscally responsible policies. 

The Obama Liberal Legacy

The Obama liberal legacy.  A shit can.  How apropos.

Don't you feel better knowing the White House has installed multi-gender potties?  Gee, I sure do.

My conservative friend in Michigan posted the article linked above on his Facebook page and here is a prime example of  the liberal mindset in response:

Wow. Just wow.

Let me get this straight, the LGBT folks need to feel accepted and supported when they go potty? Oh, I see. Right.

So what is wrong with one person and one pot then?  There are family bathrooms at nearly every mall.  You go in with your family and lock the door.  Oh but no, that's not what they want.  They want to go in the stalls side by side with you, your grandparents, and your tiny son and daughter. Yup, cuz we all know nothing nefarious could possibly ever go on in a bathroom.

In my whiniest little girl voice, "But dey wanna fee-ww Saaaafe!"

Um actually cupcake, the LGBT community wants to break down social mores and values and they want dummies like you to go right along with them.  That is until you finally wake up when you have a child of your own who has to go tee tee in the stall right next to a grown man.  Like nobody saw that coming.

This is a bad, bad plan.

However it is just another chink in the armor of the LGBT community.  You see, they are only interested in demolishing Christian values.  Have they sued a Muslim bakery yet? Nope, didn't think so.

Could that be because they view Muslims as unyielding, uncompromising, or just plain evil? Doubtful.  But Christian faith, ya well, that's open season.  As Christians, you must stand up against this blatant attack on you.

Completing God's Work

This is just plain sick.  A group exists that claims women who have had C-Sections are lazy and simply did not "complete God's work."

Check out the Facebook page and twitter account.  It is a FB community called Disciples of the New Dawn and more astoundingly it has 773 likes. For realz.

Indeed, this is a joke.  The fundamentalist group claims to be formed by a Father Patrick Oliver Embry, however fundamentalists hate Catholics so you can imagine the entertainment kick whomever created this page is getting out of it. The sad part is that someone is actually sick enough to maintain and actively participate in such garbage.

Interestingly enough the initials of his name spell P.O.E. and a quick looksee on urban dictionary tells us,

"A person who writes a parody of a Fundamentalist that is mistaken for the real thing. Due to Poe's Law, it is almost impossible to tell if a person is a Poe unless they admit to it."

So there you have it.  More proof that 2/3 of this planet's population will indeed perish.  Sick bastards.

In Today's News

Have you ever had one of those days?  Well I've had one of those months.  Honestly, I will be happy when this month is over.

After the household debacle during my travels to Florida began winding down, my oldest son came down with a nasty kidney infection and kidney stones, spent time in the local emergency clinic on Easter Sunday, and ultimately ended up in the hospital the very next day.  To say that I have had just about enough of hospitals and illnesses this month is an understatement.  It would be like calling the Grand Canyon a nice ravine. It would be like calling Niagara Falls a small riparian area.  It would be like calling President Obama an honest man.  Well, you get my drift.

So let's get caught up on a few current events topics, shall we?

Senator Ted Cruz is running.  Praise the Lord! We finally have our Reagan.

Hillary Clinton's numbers are down in the polls because people find her untrustworthy.  No surprise there, considering the perpetual damage control mode she remains in.  Good thing is, conservatives did so much damage to her image by holding her feet to the fire and armchair reporting on social media that the message of who Hillary really is was finally revealed.  Now the playing field seems wide open for a host of unknown Democraps to potentially dip their toes in the puddle and should they run, it will be from behind. Great news for conservatives!

On another note, a bunch of yahoo Muslim morons at the University of Michigan did not want the school to have a screening of American Sniper.  Weenies. It should be no surprise that the backlash ensued and UofM quickly changed their mind on the ban. Wise.

In today's news, our gropey-guy Vice President Joe Biden is just plain creepy yet again.  Seriously. The man clearly has no understand of boundaries as his most recent foible involves grabbing the pacifier from a baby and popping it in his mouth.  It's not even cute.

In typical ass-clown form, MSNBCs Ed Schulz is whining that Senator Rand Paul's harsh backlash against their dumb reporter questions is sexist toward female reporters.  They are pumping the "war on women" narrative like an un-neutered dog on a stuffed animal.  Right, like women around the world should all take cautionary advice warning off sexism from Ed Schulz, the man who called Laura Ingraham a, "right-wing slut."  Uncanny.

The Mice Did Play

I may not be the best housekeeper in town, but I do try to keep everything tidy at the very least.  So imagine my surprise to come home after more than a week in Florida visiting my mother, who had two mild heart attacks and a stent put in her main artery, to find that I must have left a house filled with toddlers in charge.

I suppose the week started out well enough.  My nightly calls home indicated that things were going well.  They seemed to put on a happy face. My oldest son had a bad toenail but he kept assuring me that the antibiotics and ointment from the doctor were making it better.  My youngest went easy on the hubs and was home most evenings instead of out with his friends.  The three of them were playing games and were staying out of trouble, and for that I didn't care that the game room was filled with empty snack bags and half-filled soda cans. My husband and sons assured me that I was missed with an abundance of warm fuzzies.

On Friday night, my nightly call revealed there were some ants in the house, but my oldest assured me he sprayed them and they were gone.  By Saturday night, I received an urgent text from the spousal unit telling me we needed pest control for the ants, to which I replied that he should grab the brand new bottle of Home Defense and spray the bejeezus out of them until I could call pest control. Seriously, did I really need to explain this to him?  Was he going to wait for me to come home and deal with ant mounds in the house?

The next text revealed a grainy nighttime image of my youngest son spraying,  and I began wondering what the the hubster was doing, seeing as I asked him to spray and all. I went to sleep hoping he was supervising, and the spray would take care of the problem.  I should have known better.

Sunday morning, I received a call from my youngest.  He was arguing with his brother who insisted he stop spraying in the house because he was certain to die from the fumes. That's when it dawned on me that bug spray shouldn't smell. So what in God's name was my son using?

Turns out he was spraying Spectracide grass and weed killer around the house. Oh, for corn sake.  My youngest grabbed the bottle in the shed that had the same sprayer-type mechanism without even reading it. No shit, Sherlock. So where was my husband during all of this?

He was outside enjoying the patio. Nice.

Thankfully the spray ceased immediately. They wiped down the walls and floor and opened the windows to air the house out.  I swear if I were home I would have killed someone.  I had hoped beyond hope that this would be the end of it all.  Honestly, I should have known better.

I arrived home earlier this week to find my house in utter disarray.  In fact, to say utter disarray actually sounds slightly appealing compared to what I found. My house was torn apart and stuff was everywhere. Dirty dishes were in the sink. Grass was all over the floor. Dead ant bodies were in the corner. Dog poop was in the living room. Furniture had been pulled away from the walls. Crumbs and smears were all over the kitchen counters. A layer of dust clung to everything. Clothing was piled all over the place. Groceries were sitting on the counter. Crumpled clothing sat in the dryer. Several stacks of newspapers were on the table. A massive stack of mail was left unopened in the kitchen. Surely I entered the wrong house. Not so.

On top of the mess, my son's toenail was even worse, clearly requiring a podiatrist visit. Jeez oh Pete I was livid. Who had I left in charge while I was gone, Dumb and Dumber?

It took me half a day to right everything as well as unpack. I was irate. Did he really think trashing the house would keep me from leaving again should another family emergency arise?  I stewed for an hour before the hubs came home from work with flowers to make it up to me. Had it not been for the pitiful, forlorn look on his face, I might have returned to my parent's home in Florida again. It was clear that he did not fare well without me. Well there's that. Small consolation.

Note to self - next time I have to leave to visit my parents, I must remember to hire a babysitter. Surely a 12-year-old girl could have done better.