This is How It's Done

Shoemaker and Hardt
In 2010 our little town of Wylie had barely made it to the local news weather maps, but the growth was all wrong.  The little town that blossomed from 8K people when I first moved here consisted of nothing but a sea of vanilla rooftops and homes that were nothing spectacular.  It was cheap housing that brought a wave of blue collar workers with not much in the way of spending money.

Our Wylie Economic Development Corporation wooed in the big box Walmart store, then came a sea of drugstores.  Finally Target came and with it a bunch of cheap clothing stores with equally cheap quality.  Though I have complained about the discount feel, thankfully our WEDC did what they do best and brought in industrial businesses as they grow our unofficial business park on Hensley and they brought in a hospital. More business has arrived giving us a lot more choices, plus a lot more retail sales revenue, which increases every quarter.  And the nicer homes came in thanks to people on council like Diane Culver who suggested to council that it was perfectly acceptable to tell developers what percentage of larger, more expensive homes versus smaller less expensive homes they could build when they came to council to approve their plats.  Soon more expensive homes were snapped up and additional expensive homes are coming.  And as I said all along, these types of changes, if supported by our council, would go a long way in improving our home values and increasing our retail sales revenue as people who could afford to shop and dine would be doing so in Wylie.

During a very low point in our growth, I blogged about our school district and how we must not promote section 8 housing, and the high density, low-income housing which I fought bitterly against which would burden our school districts and lower their test scores, and I explained why the promotion of it would damage our property values and further bring nothing but dollar stores and citizens with no money. I seriously considered leaving, with sky-high taxes, low property values, and little to show for any of it.

Years ago the city council had relatively voted to ignore the downtown area  in favor of growth on 544.  I blogged that this was a bad plan, sharing how the rustic, old western town feel is what people fall in love with when they drive through Wylie.  When the City abandoned the downtown, the downtown merchants got together and formed the Wylie Downtown Merchants Association. These deeply dedicated people showed up at the council meetings every week, asking for help.  The City abandoned the summer concert series in 2009 when they hit a budget crunch as home values plummeted.  The merchants kept the one concert that had the most activity and our annual July Jubilee was continued.  They garnered the cities help and worked to make Boo and Ballard and the Wylie Arts Festival a major hit.  Ultimately they morphed our July Jubilee where a couple hundred sat in lawn chairs into the highly successful Bluegrass on Ballard where 10K festival-goers were expected last night.

Bluegrass on Ballard
 I wrote about promoting our lakes, but how could you when our boat sat, stuck in the mud in our slip on Lavon Lake, or Lake Lavon as the locals call it.  We have had no water in the lake for years, and suddenly, one freak May and June we fill the lake and then some with the most bizarre flooding many of us have ever witnessed in Texas.  Perhaps that can be next on our list of improvements in the area as it would be wonderful to further take advantage of the Trinity Trail that has been blazed by horses around a large portion of the lake, building something similar to Rockwall where there are condos and restaurants overlooking the lake.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to see well supported marinas and lake activities which make Lake Lavon a go-to destination like Lakes Lewisville or Texoma?

In the surrounding area, Murphy has been a wonderful accompaniment to Wylie, enhancing the shopping and dining experience along 544.  We have the awesome Collin County Farmer's Market we shop at every Saturday morning to support our local farmers.  We buy our meat from Truth Hill Farms, a local farmer in Farmersville where we can order our grass-fed beef, pork, free-range poultry, dairy, and eggs from them and pick it up at the Farmer's Market. We also have a wonderful farmers co-op program with Bountiful Baskets where we get our weekly produce fresh from the farm in Sachse.

Though we don't have anything like Macy's or Sephora here, I can get a little more upscale type items at Hobby Lobby and Home Goods and frankly, Macy's is just about 12 minutes down the road at Firewheel Mall.

Over the years, our council listened and our home values steadily increased since 2012, jumping dramatically these last two years as Wylie finally is becoming all that it could be. I blogged about our ridiculously high tax rate, which has slowly come down the last couple of years and this year, I am hoping and praying they do the right thing and lower it a full cent.  It is time.  Especially as our property values dramatically increase, the tax revenue cash cow has fattened despite the pittance of tax rate cuts. And this year, well a once cent drop is well deserved, and frankly well earned by taxpayers.

I blogged about property values and the mistakes made many times over the years.  Though I could never take responsibility for how Wylie has been transformed recently, perhaps I educated a few people through the years about ways to improve our property values and perhaps I inspired them to see all that Wylie could be.  This is how it's done.  Getting citizens who care about their community to come together and show council the error of their ways and push to replace those who's ideologies are harming home values.  Wylie has finally moved from a small jerk-town to a truly desirable place to live with activities for the family, a couple places to eat though we are still lacking in that department, and a great school district that ranks well in the DFW area.  As an added benefit, homes are somewhat scarce in the DFW area and because of this, our home value has jumped dramatically the last couple months.

I know I was entirely too hard on our mayor through the years.  After all, he was only 1 of 7 votes on council and he had the difficult task of maintaining Wylie in a positive light despite poor decisions made at times. Yet through it all, he has been a stellar supporter of Wylie and, though not perfect, has done us proud.  As our Mayor Eric Hogue prompts everyone who comes to a council meeting and has their picture taken, to say, "I love Wylie". And I finally do.

Christian Marriage

I posted this on my Facebook to which I received a reply that, "It's about equal rights for everyone."

No it's not.  It never was about equal rights. Read it carefully again because the important words here are "Christian marriage" and "God" and frankly I'm not even sure my friends that liked this understood it fully.

Gays can never have a Christian marriage blessed by God, and God will never dwell in a marriage that exists on paper only.  They can say they are married but in the eyes of God, they are not and that statement far outweighs any SCOTUS ruling.  Christians have not lost marriage ownership.

Oh, gays can get that piece of paper alright now that SCOTUS, or as I like to fondly think of them as SCREWUS, decided their liberal judicial opinions were more important than states rights, or the resounding majority will of the people who voted down gay marriage in one form or another across this country.

To combat this, I believe we should begin referring to ourselves as having a "Christian marriage" instead of whatever it is that was slaughtered by the Supreme Court. You see, a Christian marriage is a sacrament granted to us by God and involves one man and one woman for the purpose of procreation. Anything other than that is not a true marriage and is a sin in the eyes of God.  They know this. They know their "marriage" is still not equal in a true Christian's eyes.  Christian's own marriage still,  so why the farce? Why push for marriage, knowing it exists on paper only?

This is a fight they have picked against Christianity and it will not stop at a little piece of paper. Make no mistake, this is not about equality because the next thing they will move on to is forcing priests and pastors to perform their marriages in church.  And the SCROTUMS will go along with it because promoting their liberal ideologies from the bench are more important to them.

Nope, gays can never have that "equality" they claim this is all about, even now after SCOTUS filthed and defiled themselves and all their bench stands for in the name of equality. This is about demolishing our faith, our churches, and fundamentally changing our religions.

Judicial Retention Elections To Curb Lawlessness

Below is Ted Cruz's response to the lawlessness of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage published in the National Review online. . You can also read it here: 

The article is long, but it is very important for everyone to understand what has happened is a bastardization of the US Constitution.  Do not despair, it can be remedied.  But it will require everyone to help by supporting the right Republican Presidential candidate in order to get it done.

Assessment of each candidate's response will be posted here this week, starting with Senator Ted Cruz.

Constitutional Remedies to a Lawless Supreme Court
National Review Online
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
This week, we have twice seen Supreme Court Justices violating their judicial oaths. Yesterday, the Justices re-wrote Obamacare, yet again, in order to force this failed law on the American people. Today, the Court doubled down with a 5-4 opinion that undermines not just the definition of marriage, but the very foundations of our representative form of government.
Both decisions were judicial activism, plain and simple. Both were lawless.
As Justice Scalia put it regarding Obamacare, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ . . . We should start calling this law SCOTUSCare.” And as he observed regarding marriage, “Today’s decree says that . . . the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.”
Sadly, the political reaction from the leaders of my party is all too predictable. They will pretend to be incensed, and then plan to do absolutely nothing.
That is unacceptable. On the substantive front, I have already introduced a constitutional amendment to preserve the authority of elected state legislatures to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and also legislation stripping the federal courts of jurisdiction over legal assaults on marriage. And the 2016 election has now been transformed into a referendum on Obamacare; in 2017, I believe, a Republican president will sign legislation finally repealing that disastrous law.
But there is a broader problem: The Court’s brazen action undermines its very legitimacy. As Justice Scalia powerfully explained,
“Hubris is sometimes defined as o’erweening pride; and pride, we know, goeth before the fall. . . . With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them—with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the ‘reasoned judgment’ of a bare majority of this Court—we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.”
This must stop. Liberty is in the balance.
Not only are the Court’s opinions untethered from reason and logic, they are also alien to our constitutional system of limited and divided government. By redefining the meaning of common words, and redesigning the most basic human institutions, this Court has crossed from the realm of activism into the arena of oligarchy.
This week’s opinions are but the latest in a long line of judicial assaults on our Constitution and the common-sense values that have made America great. During the past fifty years, the Court has condemned millions of innocent unborn children to death, banished God from our schools and public squares, extended constitutional protections to prisoners of war on foreign soil, authorized the confiscation of property from one private owner to transfer it to another, and now required all Americans to purchase a specific product, and to accept the redefinition of an institution ordained by God and long predating the formation of the Court.
Enough is enough.
Over the last several decades, many attempts have been made to compel the Court to abide by the Constitution. But, as Justice Alito put it, “[t]oday’s decision shows that decades of attempts to restrain this Court’s abuse of its authority have failed.”
In the case of marriage, a majority of states passed laws or state constitutional amendments to affirm the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. At the federal level, the Congress and President Clinton enacted the Defense of Marriage Act. When it comes to marriage, the Court has clearly demonstrated an unwillingness to remain constrained by the Constitution.
Similarly, the Court has now twice engaged in Constitutional contortionism in order to preserve Obamacare. If the Court is unwilling to abide by the specific language of our laws as written, and if it is unhindered by the clear intent of the people’s elected representatives, our Constitutional options for reasserting our authority over our government are limited.
The Framers of our Constitution, despite their foresight and wisdom, did not anticipate judicial tyranny on this scale. The Constitution explicitly provides that Justices “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour,” and this is a standard they are not remotely meeting. The Framers thought Congress’ “power of instituting impeachments,” as Alexander Hamilton argued in theFederalist Papers, would be an “important constitutional check” on the judicial branch and would provide “a complete security” against the Justices’ “deliberate usurpations of the authority of the legislature.”
But the Framers underestimated the Justices’ craving for legislative power, and they overestimated the Congress’ backbone to curb it. It was clear even before the end of the founding era that the threat of impeachment was, in Thomas Jefferson's words, "not even a scarecrow" to the Justices. Today, the remedy of impeachment – the only one provided under our Constitution to cure judicial tyranny -- is still no remedy at all. A Senate that cannot muster 51 votes to block an Attorney General nominee openly committed to continue an unprecedented course of executive branch lawlessness can hardly be expected to muster the 67 votes needed to impeach an Anthony Kennedy.
The time has come, therefore, to recognize that the problem lies not with the lawless rulings of individual lawless Justices, but with the lawlessness of the Court itself. The decisions that have deformed our constitutional order and have debased our culture are but symptoms of the disease of liberal judicial activism that has infected our judiciary. A remedy is needed that will restore health to the sick man in our constitutional system.
Rendering the Justices directly accountable to the people would provide such a remedy. Twenty states have now adopted some form of judicial retention elections, and the experience of these States demonstrates that giving the people the regular, periodic power to pass judgment on the judgments of their judges strikes a proper balance between judicial independence and judicial accountability. It also restores respect for the rule of law to courts that have systematically imposed their personal moral values in the guise of constitutional rulings. The courts in these states have not been politicized by this check on their power, nor have judges been removed indiscriminately or wholesale. Americans are a patient, forgiving people. We do not pass judgment rashly.
Yet we are a people who believe, in the words of our Declaration of Independence that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations . . . evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security.” In California, the people said enough is enough in 1986, and removed from office three activist justices who had repeatedly contorted the state constitution to effectively outlaw capital punishment, no matter how savage the crime. The people of Nebraska likewise removed a justice who had twice disfigured that state’s constitution to overturn the people’s decision to subject state legislators to term limits. And in 2010, the voters of Iowa removed three justices who had, like the Supreme Court in Obergefell, invented a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
Judicial retention elections have worked in states across America; they will work for America. In order to provide the people themselves with a constitutional remedy to the problem of judicial activism and the means for throwing off judicial tyrants, I am proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would subject the Justices of the Supreme Court to periodic judicial retention elections. Every Justice, beginning with the second national election after his or her appointment, will answer to the American people and the states in a retention election every eight years. Those justices deemed unfit for retention by both a majority of the American people as a whole and by majorities of the electorates in at least half of the 50 states will be removed from office and disqualified from future service on the Court.
As a constitutional conservative, I do not make this proposal lightly. I began my career as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist—one of our Nation’s greatest chief justices—and I have spent over a decade litigating before the Supreme Court. I revere that institution, and have no doubt that Rehnquist would be heartbroken at what has befallen our highest court.
But, sadly, the Court’s hubris and thirst for power have reached unprecedented levels. And that calls for meaningful action, lest Congress be guilty of acquiescing to this assault on the rule of law.
And if Congress will not act, passing the constitutional amendments needed to correct this lawlessness, then the movement from the People for an Article V Convention of the States—to propose the amendments directly—will grow stronger and stronger.
As we prepare to celebrate next week the 239th anniversary of the birth of our country, our Constitution finds itself under sustained attack from an arrogant judicial elite. Yet the words of Daniel Webster ring as true today as they did over 150 years ago: “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” We must hold fast to the miracle that is our Constitution and our Republic; we must not submit our constitutional freedoms, and the promise of our nation, to judicial tyranny.

Weak Minded

Just another dastardly bastard who says American laws don't mean what they say.  Not your Grandma's revisionism.

Americana.  What is that?  Seems all things American have been placed on the warpath firing line. Evidently America is not supposed to have any sordid past.  Everything must be disinfected, sterilized, and wiped clean so as not offend anyone, and to make way for further eerie homogenization.  And it all started with a bratty blonde kid with an ugly bowl cut who hated America enough to burn her stars and stripes and step foot into the hallowed halls of God and shoot people because of their skin color. That was one evil monster.  That is not the rest of us who stand in those same churches shaking the hands of our brethren no matter the color or sex.  Defining America as racist is criminal and we should ask ourselves who is behind this.

This one kid who deserves a severe ass-whoopin' wanted to start a civil war, but blacks and whites came together and hugged and stood in church or at gatherings together reciting the Lord's Prayer instead.

Photo courtesy Travis Dove for the NY Times
Yet after those first days of mutually shared grief, something new and ugly has taken over and the red-horned devil that is the liberal news media is pushing it upon us.  Bans.  That ugly word has liberals the country over jumping on the ban-wagon and a new sort of war is raging.  It's not about the confederacy, or slavery, or racism.  It's about losing our liberty. This is the war we might fight.

It started with the confederate flag.  A flag which is a symbol for many folks who's ancestors died fighting for a country.  Never mind it wasn't the country we all ended up in, but those old Southern Democrats held strong to their desire to self-govern without interference from the north.  Yet because that flag has been adopted by the left as a symbol of the hatred they once held toward their black slaves, they are using it as a tool to get back at the liberty minded.  The confederate flag wasn't a Yankee thing.  In fact, it wasn't even a Republican thing. The Civil War was fought over two things, first whether the union could dissolve a confederation of sovereign states and assemble them into one indivisible and sovereign nation and last, whether all men were created equal. And that was a farce because even women weren't treated equally.  Whether we like it or not, the war is a part of our nation's history.  It is, was, and always will be and nothing can change that, not even hiding it.

Some would rather wish it away by banning anything to do with this piece of history. And so it begins. The history of America is about to be stripped away one piece at a time because a bunch of pantywaists want to sissy-whine about everything that has not been cleansed and made all purple and pink daisied with peace signs and smiley faces. Everything must be all peace, love, sex, and rock and roll. The feel gooders aren't supposed to be reminded of history, they just want to live in the present and not think about silly things like the past and the future.  They're called liberals.  

Soon these liberals will make sure that all statues having anything to do with the Civil War will be ordered removed. Confederate grave-markers will be removed too because those damned confederate soldiers don't deserve to be remembered by anyone, least of all their families. How dare anyone mention anything to do with the confederacy because it was only about slavery and never anything else. Somehow we have people desperate to tamp out our Civil War history and anything part of it is being hidden from view and swept away, despite it being a major part of our American history. 

Will it be scrubbed from our history books as well? Slavery has already been diminished in the books. Will students in the near future have no clue that there ever was a Civil War? As brutal and ugly as war and slavery were, it is a part of our American history. We need to know about it so we never repeat it. 

Now stores are afraid liberals might not shop there.  So Sears, Walmart, K-Mart, Ebay, Amazon and others are jumping on the ban-wagon.  New York Times Loon Loonenick, or shall I say Lou Lumenick just wrote a piece exclaiming that Gone with the Wind should also be banned.  Old Daisy in her Dukes should be banned also as discussion on the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee vehicle image banning has made the rounds. All this ban talk will only make sales go up, so though WallyWorld will lose some sales over their short-sighted politically correct merchandise gaff, someone else stands to make a veritable financial killing over it. Mark my words.

We are on a path to total self destruction and believe me, it's not over a flag. Quick, everybody just stick your head in the sand so we don't have to deal with that pesky US history or anything. Will all things cowboys and indians be next because they were treated just as horribly as blacks? No more chaps for you, my friend. No more saddle sales. We must close Caprock Canyon State Park because they have those dreaded Bison that belonged to the natives. Close Little Big Horn National Monument! Ban Sacagawea! 

Somehow we survived our history for hundreds of years but suddenly we cannot? Suddenly it's just too much to consider that the US used to be split in two with separate ideologies and somehow came together with one? We must be really weak minded. That is, if you listen to the media loons spreading this crap.

We the People?  We don't like the bans one damned bit.  Friend after friend has stated this southern cleansing needs to stop. Even many of my liberal friends. Even many black people have come out protecting the history and websites abound for those who's ancestors fought.  It's one thing to not fly the confederate flag on government property, but to ban it in some masterminded way to control American thought processes?  It's absurd.

We need to find new ways to love our brother, but pretending something did not happen isn't one of them. Nobody wins here, least of all American liberty.

We Own It

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You might have guess it, but I'll freely admit it, I'm one of those people that talks to my dogs. In fact, not only do I talk to my dogs, I sing to them, speak to them in Polish, and I even talk to them using a fake accent. Oh yes, I'm all sorts of interesting as they stop whining and cock their heads to listen.

Hey, I've been known to toss down a phrase or two at them when they are whinging at me and Beastie Boys, "What'cha, what'cha, what'cha, want?" is one of my all time favorites. Ha, my oldest son sniggers at me.  Seriously? I'm old, but I'm not that old.  Dude, do you have any idea how long the Beastie Boys have been around?  You don't own this stuff, you know.  It came out in 1992 when I was only 27 and you weren't even thought of yet, let alone born. Sheesh.

It's amazing what the younguns think about us.  Imagine.  My generation have the first punkers. Those ahead of me have the first rock and rollers.  Nobody seems to mind a bunch of long, white-haired hippies in leather and tats watching those octogenarian Rolling Stones wrinklies up on stage, but when I spout off a Beastie Boys lyric, somehow I'm odd?

My youngest sits at his desk and listens to AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bon Jovi on Pandora as if it's all new and it somehow means something to their generation. I'm not sure I have the heart to tell him that we owned all their cassette tapes back in the 80s and we played them ad nauseum. Hell, I'm pretty sure my mother even recognizes the lyrics after hearing the music float down the stairs for years.  Hmmmm, I wonder if she remembers The Cure?

Here's a pogo down memory lane for you punkers.

Remember the Sex Pistols?

 Ya well, here's Johnny. Um, Johnny Rotten that is.

And Siouxie Sioux, head woman in front of her Banshees?  Yup.

Then there's Bauhaus and Peter Murphy.

And my all time favorite Robert Smith from the Cure.  He was kind of cute and dreamy in the 80s with his pouty face.

Now he just brings me nightmares.

Ya, we still got it.  Not.

Still, the younger crowd will just have to get over the fact that we were first, and oy Chihuahua, we are old now too.

And for my son, here's the Beastie Boys for you.

Watch Russell Ramsland Slay Pete Sessions in One Sentence!

Russell Ramsland has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run against Pete Sessions for Texas Congressional District 32.  The district covers North Dallas, Park Cities, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett, Wylie and Sachse, yet Pete Sessions hands are far reaching.  In fact, this is a national race because Pete Sessions serves as the very powerful House Rules Chair and appears to be serving at the behest of Majority Leader John Boehner.  Indeed, Sessions is a full-fledged Boehner Boy Band member.

Watch Russell Ramsland share his opinion about Obama, Congress, John Boehner, and Pete Sessions.

Washington is no longer listening to us

With friends like House Rules Chair Pete Sessions in Washington DC, who needs enemies?  

Obama and Congress are out of control

We need to fund Ramsland's exploratory committee because he is just a stone's throw from his original financial goal.  Once there, conservative PAC money will then flow in like it should have with Katrina Pierson's campaign two years ago.

Why Laubenberg's Fiscal Index Numbers Are Terrible

The new 2015 Fiscal Index was published by Empower Texans and it shows that Wylie is in a world of hurt with regard to their state representatives.

Representative Jodie Laubenberg received 75% on key voted conservative measures and Craig Estes received 78%.

These numbers are dismal and proof that Jodie Laubenberg and Craig Estes no longer represent our conservatives Collin County principles and it might be time for someone else to run against them.

To get a better look at Jodie Laubenberg's results, here is an example of her key voted issues:

TX32 Candidate Number One

If you are looking to rid yourself of that Washington DC canker Pete Sessions, who is reticent to give up his cocktail hour elbow rubbing with his establishment Republican playmates, I've got another name for you.  Paul Brown.

From his campaign website:

"On Thursday, May 28 Marine Corps veteran Paul Brown announced his candidacy for US Congress. Paul will be running in Texas Congressional District 32 as a conservative, liberty minded Republican."

Stay tuned here for all the Congressional District 32 updates.

Rachel Dolezal: Dark Path to Pathological Liar

The black folk running the NAACP don't seem to mind that they have been duped for years by Rachel Dolezal.  She grew up as a lily white girl but decided the color black suited her better. Shes been lying about her race since 2007 and this telling video link shows just how delusional she is.. But is she the only one?

Some liberal bloggers are calling her racially misaligned.  Even the NAACP don't seem to mind that she is a liar.  I guess she's just transracial, a white woman in a black woman's body, and ticking the African-American box on your college, job application, or taxes doesn't really matter.

Hey, if she can get away with it,  then everyone should just mark whatever box they feel like in order to get jobs, scholarships, and other help.

She claims a Facebook post of her with a black man is her dad.

Yet these people came forward and claimed her as their child.

I suppose she'll just waive them away as unknown.  Except they seem to be in her wedding photo from 2002.

In my opinion, the woman is a sick, pathological liar and needs some help but the NAACP is behaving irresponsibly by allowing her to continue on with the charade.

I mean seriously, if a white chick can pretend to be a poor, maligned and mistreated black and get away with it for years, anyone can.

You just can't make this up.

Arrington Is On.

And the sun sets on another glorious day in the City of Wylie.  Oh, and Candy Arrington was successful in unseating Councilman Bennie Jones for seat 4. Yee haw, Cowgirl!

The vote was close, close enough that every vote counted anyway.  However most important is that she did this all herself.  I reached out to her to help but I could tell she wanted to do this on her own. I stood down and this result is all her.  Congratulations to Candy Arrington for all her hard work. Proof positive that Ms. Arrington is well loved in Wylie.

TPP & TPA: Why I cannot support it

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If you have been reading for a while, you know I am a Ted Cruz fan.  After all, we helped get him elected.  Despite Cruz's positive stance on TPA or TPP I do not support it, and here's why.

I will not blindly nod my head in unison with the swirling-eyed Ted Cruz followers just because he said we should.  Isn't that the prevailing attitude that has gotten us into trouble with the Boehner Boy Band in Washington DC?  With Republican friends like House Rules Chair Pete Sessions, Lindsey Graham, and Mitch McConnell, who needs enemies?

Though the TPP is shamefully off-limits for those of us who voted these people into office to do our will, I did read the TPA.  All 146 pages of it which you can read HERE.  And I didn't like it.

Readers need to understand that all this nonsense about sovereignty, 60 days to review, and presidential power usurpation being blabbed all over the blogosphere is just squirrel banter.  In this case, you do need to know what's in it to pass it.

My friend Ken Emanuelson said it best so I'm  not even going to paraphrase:

I recommend you read the text yourself using the link above, but here is the text I found so offensive:

And while we are on the topic, there exists proof of the usual dirty bill being passed in Washington DC and it couldn't be more clearly depicted than in this little bit of text buried on page Pg 143.

Again, Ken Emanuelson's educational posts also explain the relevance:

"The ENTIRE PURPOSE of TPA is to "fast track" the passage of TPP, TISA, TTIP and other now-secret agreements."

Enough said.  To brow-beat conservatives on the point of "free trade" is a losing stance once you have educated yourself on the matter.  For these reasons I cannot support Ted Cruz's stance on TPA or TPP.

The Mind Police

A new kind of witch hunt.  Liberal media hunted down this woman and got her suspended from her job.  They even hunted down a 911 caller who plead guilty of harming animals.When he was 18, he and a couple friends vandalized the rival high school's ag department.  As vile as that is, I still wonder what that has to do with him calling 911 when there was clearly a melee taking place in his neighborhood.

Of course all of this stalking supports the liberal narrative that McKinney is a racist community.

So if this woman is a racist for making those comments, then she's a racist.  Frankly, the alleged statements of these two women are a disgrace. However I will not assert the statements are accurate at this time since I have found no video evidence I can see to corroborate them as there is in the case of the little girl pushed to the ground for behavioral reasons I've stated quite clearly in a previous post which you can read here.

That said, we have a nifty little thing in this country called due process, and everyone seems to forget about that little formality.  So I find it highly disturbing that people's employment can be toyed with by mere social media pressure and influence before the investigation is even complete.

This brings up the question of just how far a company can go to monitor their employee's belief systems then.   As twisted as they might be, I fail to see how she's not entitled to them even if she is a racist. There is no law monitoring people's belief systems regardless of what they are.

Racism abounds in both black and white people, so you mean to tell me that makes them all instantly fireable? As distasteful as it is that unthinkable statements might have been uttered as to "Section 8" housing, it's not really any different than someone stating they believe in marriage between one man and one woman. Tough subject, isn't it?

So should companies fire people at will so long as they have social media mobs pushing them for it? What ever happened to self-governance?  Does this mean that the term Equal Opportunity Employer should now also encompass the mandate to fire anyone they find out is racist, or homophobic, or even Islamaphobic? Should I be fired because I believe in marriage in the biblical definition? Some gays find my stance just as highly offensive as I do theirs.

Are we led to become mind police monitoring the very thoughts of everyone and firing anyone we disagree with?

Just some food for thought.

The Other Oppression

I've been waiting for the hate mail over my #dimepiececookout post.  I wonder, has anyone put it together yet that "dime" is for $10 and "piece" is for a piece of ass?  Yup, the dimepiecegirls hosting that lovely event in McKinney bring a whole new meaning to pool party don't they?

It should be no surprise that little miss thing appeared on the news batting her eyelashes and claiming she did nothing wrong, however her furiously flung braids prior to her being taken down tell another story.  Yuppers, that little princess with her sassy mouth seriously needs an old-fashioned ass-whoopin'.  Literally, SIT DOWN and SHUT UP. I mean who isn't sick to death of hearing how oppressed black people are, yet some of them act like total buffoons?  It's like a broken record already.  Me, me, look at me!  Lookie how bad I have it!  Meanwhile these kids are living in Craig's Ranch, which is a very nice neighborhood.  Can I just insert a rolly-eyeballed smiley here?

Now we have these black "community activists", whom I've never heard a damn thing out of until now, suddenly and furiously want to talk about oppression and racism.  They want to do it while they are sitting in the street shouting, "You can't drive if we can't swim."  Um, I thought that whole event wasn't about swimming.  So is it or isn't it? Confounding.

Since I'm an equal opportunity offender here, and so as not to be called racist or anything, I will provide you with my views on the white and Latino bikers that brawled like two year old brats down in Waco as well.  Because what is a good old dimepiecegirl thrashing without a few Harley's and tats?

Bikers.  Now there's a word that will either make you nervous or make you wet. Some people googly-eyed love them, but I have to tell you my experiences have not been all that warm or fuzzy. I've watched bikers fly in and out of traffic, pop wheelies on the freeway, and rev their engines just to prove some sort of point that only they get.  The majority of them are completely obnoxious.  Then once a year they come to our city hall and ask for the city to enact biker awareness month.  Right. They are utterly hostile toward drivers, yet we have to take extra special care to give a shit about where they are on the road.  Then there's that old-fashioned shoot up in Waco. Yup, bikers go ahead and hate on me but the several ruin people's perceptions for the few. You want people to care?  Stop racing at high speeds down the freeways and weaving in and out of traffic on the side roads.

So the black activists I'm watching on the 6 o'clock news want to complain about oppression.  Well let me tell them about oppression.  Today at the local Kohl's I got an eyeful.

But first let me give you a little background to the story.  My son has been working nearly 30 hours a week in his internship and has found he doesn't have enough dress shirts and ties to make it through the week so he's been running us ragged with trips to the dry cleaners, because seriously who has time to iron shirts anymore?  On top of that he signed himself up again to work tech for a local community theatre. He's up at 6am and after work he heads to the theatre and doesn't get home until after 11.  Suffice to say there is barely time to wash the clothes as he hops out of them at night. Mix in the fact that he has outgrown nearly his whole wardrobe since he graduated high school, and we have drama in the making.  So on the way to work this morning he ran by Kohl's and had them set aside some black Levis for the dress rehearsal tonight and summoned me to go pay for it so he could run by the house and slap those bad boys on before running to the theatre.  Well you know, that's obliviously what I'm here for.  I guess because I work from a home office I must be available all the time, what with filing my nails and all.

So I pull into the parking lot and as I'm heading into Kohl's, there are two women in full burqa and the required man to escort them, because heaven knows they cannot possibly be on their own, never mind be allowed to drive or anything.  There I am, shaking my head at the utter stupidity of these two women wearing relative full-body wool carpets, while douche bag walks with them in a short sleeved shirt and sandals.  Nice.

But no, they aren't allowed to be seen, nor seen in public without a male escort no less.  Now I don't know about you, but the temperature in my car was reading 98 degrees so I'm wondering how the hell they do it?   Seriously? I get one hot flash and I want to sucker punch anyone that looks at me, but these women are in airless sacks? Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

Now there's the face of oppression.  Stupid, stupid women. They are here in the land of the free, where snot-nosed kids feel as though they can hop a fence and make a non-pool party, well, a pool party, and they allow themselves to be bound?  I could only imagine what infidel thoughts they had of me as I shopped next to them with my bare-armed tank top, capri's and flip flops. They seemed keenly interested in the fact that I was shopping for men's dress shirts and ties.  IDK, guess my infidel hands are not supposed to touch those things either?

So while the little princess who couldn't swim in the non-pool party feels as though she is being oppressed by da cracka po po, she should try wearing a full burqa in 98 degrees and let us know how that works out for her.

Girl's Gone Bad

I was initially shocked by the video of the McKinney pool party gone bad, however it is missing context.  The police were called because of the fight that broke out.  Now lets look critically at what prompted the police officers to show up.  They had a report of a physical conflict.  When they arrived, there were dozens of kids running all over the place. Why run if you were invited to a party and weren't doing anything wrong?

At the point the police arrived on scene it didn't matter who started it.  What mattered is that they heard there was a fight and saw a bunch of kids running away when they arrived.  The police don't have some sort of magic crystal ball.  They don't know what sort of situation they are arriving into. When told to sit down on the grass, nobody was listening to them. Even the two boys got up and were told to sit down again.  When the cop tells you to sit down, you sit down, it's not rocket science.

In the video, the officer's name is Cpl. Eric Casebolt, and he is currently in hiding due to death threats.  To be honest, the video was shocking the first time I viewed it. I had no understanding as to why that officer pulled his weapon the way he did, even the other two officers that flanked him seemed taken aback. I also don't care for the language he used either as these were kids and there was no reason to cuss at them.  However, upon multiple views of the video, it is clear one boy came up behind the officer and charged toward him to get him to leave the girl alone.  The officer then drew his gun as he would have been trained to do.  That is when the two officers chased him down and brought him back in handcuffs to sit next to her. To be honest, the video doesn't help the #blacklivesmatter cause, it's actually pretty damning.

Yet how do you get a group of quickly scattering kids to sit down when they are bent on ignoring that direct order, so the police can get backup and sort out the complaint of a fight?  Their goal is to keep everyone safe and making them sit down helps toward that end.  When you refuse to follow their directions, simple as they are, the police are left with no choice but to think you are part of the problem.

It isn't as if the officer did not give the girl several warnings to leave.  He didn't make her sit down initially like he did with the boys.  He told the group of girls to leave but little miss mouthy was having none of that.  In fact, everywhere I look in the video is evidence of a group of kids who clearly lack respect for the police. That comes from the home.  That comes from their upbringing.

In those painful minutes watching the video, it became clear to me that people would scream racism and call for justice.  Justice.  What a worn out and tattered word these days.  What exactly is justice? Is it punishing a cop for subduing the girl who taunted him and yelled back at him every time he told her to leave?  Is justice firing him for drawing his gun?  Is justice arresting him for using force on a snot-nosed little girl who refused to sit down when he ordered her to, even after having given her multiple opportunities to leave the scene?

The black community pulls the race card, and often. Turns out, it devalues the definition of racism. Suddenly someone who gives you an opened can of Diet Coke is racist and discriminating against you because you've asked for an unopened can. You just can't make this stuff up.

The HOA had no knowledge of any event to be held. Such an event would have required prior approval.

About 70 teens showed up and they were not there behaving peacefully.  Those who held the event claim the kids weren't invited to swim in the pool, yet a bunch of them were in swim trunks, bikinis, or carrying towels.  In fact, what part of the invite indicates that it is not a pool party, especially when the address listed is the pool and there is water and a pool float depicted?

The interview of the black mother who set up the party claims that unauthorized parties take place at the Craig Ranch community pool all the time, but when the black kids show up the police are called. The police were not called because there were black kids there, the police were called because there was a fight.  Race card much?

So when the girl in the bikini refused to lie down after the police officer told her to leave more than half a dozen times, he had no choice but to force her down like any criminal. Yet she kept pushing and lifting herself up rather than following a direct order.  Watch the video several times and see how she behaves since she is in most of it. Every time the cop tells her to leave she turns around and yells at him.  She was disrespectful and refused to leave despite being given the opportunity to do so without conflict.  Three times she walked away and came back to the scene.

After she is forced to the ground, with a lot less force than I've seen most criminals forced, she begins whimpering that she wants her momma.  Why?  Because momma is going to come tell her how perfect she is? That attitude is precisely what got her here in the first place.  A false belief of entitlement.  She obviously felt entitled to do as she pleased and not obey the direct order of a police officer.  She got what she got. And no, he didn't "slam" her down like the news is reporting.  He did his best not to slam her down, but as she flailed about like a ragdoll, she made it appear as though he was causing that. He finally forced her down on the grass where it was softer.  Several adults came up while the officer had her subdued and one of them, a black man, was clearly telling her to stop resisting and to lie still.   On what planet do you not sit down when a cop tells you to?  On what planet do you not leave when a cop tells you to?  Stupid, stupid little girl.  Stupid, stupid little kids. Yet somehow, now what has taken place is pure racism. No matter that most of the kids invited to this thing were black.  From what I see, the white people ignored by the police officer appear to be adult residents standing back after they attempted to calm things down.  Would the PD have cause to go after the adults on scene?  Only if they were causing problems like the one man arrested.  Now that big, bad, mean, old police officer was racist because he picked on a group of kids who scattered like they were guilty.

She's just so innocent isn't she?  However the video shows something different with her defiant returns toward the scene and mouth moving in the video syncing with yells.

How would you like to spend every day of your life wondering if it will be your last?  That is a police officer's reality.  They willingly run into a situation to help when you or I would refuse to.  They place themselves in harms way for all of us.  They don't select whose lives they will save and whose they will walk away from.  Yet they are being vilified because of the color of their skin and because the racism word can be used as a tool to manipulate the outcome of crimes. The folks calling for this officer to be punished have applied reverse discrimination.  They are claiming he purposely went after the black kids just because they are black, and for no other reason.  That is simply not true and is evidenced in the video as he went only after those who ran or were acting up.

There is a war on police and they are damned no matter what they do.

Une, Deux, Trois....VOTE!

Early voting in Wylie has become a biannual pain in the butt, and forget about a runoff.  SB100 approved by the ignoramuses running our state legislature in 2011 is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Thanks to the provisions of SB100, which force local city entities to partner with their counties in hopes to force greater county election turnout, and under the guise of helping those overseas military vote who mail their ballots in anyway, we got to select our county of choice so long as our locale resided within its borders.  In Wylie we got the special privileged of selecting one of the counties our district encompasses.  Wylie ISD voted to change their terms to 4 years and contract with Collin County for elections, leaving the City of Wylie to fend for themselves.  Council didn't want to change their terms from 3 years so they opted to contract with Rockwall County, and also because it was cheaper than contracting with Collin.  Thus a voting three ring circus has ensued.

Since then, voting has turned into a veritable horse and pony show, because the City of Wylie partnered with Rockwall County, making reaping the benefits of the confusion quite interesting.

There's nothing quite like voting for your council races at city hall, and then having to caravan over to the school administration building to vote for a bond.  Just how many of the usual Wylie pittance of voters bothered traipsing to the other side of the railroad tracks to vote?  Not the same numbers, that's for sure.  If you compare votes for school district items on the Collin County election site and votes for council races on the Rockwall County elections site, the numbers are staggeringly different and not just because the voting population between the entities is different either.

In May of this year however, we got a special treat.  We got to vote just outside the library meeting room doors for one race and then get in line again to vote inside the library meeting room for another race.   OK, OK, so there wasn't any line.  This is after all Wylie, with our traditional less than 4% voter turnout.  Then again, when you have to remember to vote all over creation, it can really thwart voter turnout.  In most normal cities, people expect a one-stop shop where they can get get all their voting needs satisfied immediately.  Not so in Wylie.  If you like voting, you get to do it over, and over, and over again each year, sometimes three times in an election if there is a runoff.

Speaking of a runoff.  If you intend to early vote in the runoff election this month, you'll have to take a trip to Wylie City Hall to vote for your council candidate of choice, and then take another nice long trip to either Murphy City Hall, Lucas City Hall, or Collin County Spring Creek Campus to vote for the Collin College Trustee runoff.  SURPRISE!

I wonder just how many Wylie citizens will bother taking the trip over to Murphy to vote? Considering this is a runoff, and considering the usual Wylie voter apathy, doubt there will be many.

Still, if you came here looking for my endorsements, they are: Candy Arrington for Wylie City Council and Jim Orr for Collin College.  Now go out there and vote, and vote.

Weapons of Can Destruction

Move over black peeps because a new racism is in town, and you're no longer hip.  That's right, the media has dropped your rioting tantrums in favor of a Muslim prima donna wielding an open can o' Diet Coke.

Tahera Ahmad, a chaplain at Northwestern University, resorted to webosphere whining because the flight attendant handed her an opened can of Diet Coke. She claims the attendant said she could make a weapon out of it.  I suppose the infidel hands of the flight attendant molesting the Diet Coke can were just too much for the precious and pious Ahmad. No matter that a perfectly good can of Diet Coke should be wasted, demands came for an unopened can.

Give me a an unopened can of Diet Coke or give me death, well the death of a flight attendant's career anyway.  Evidently Ahmad couldn't just suck it up and take the can like everyone else. Oh no, that would be infidel dead common. She claims refusal of a closed and hygienically swabbed Diet Coke can brought her to tears and a whiny mid-flight Facebook post claiming assault on her liberties.

Hey, she learned from the best.  All one need do is look to the rioting by black thugs claiming police brutality in order to see white cops fall to indictment for appeasement.  In order to advance a cause, whatever it is, the ridiculous must be claimed.  Thus a simple can of Diet Coke was manipulated in order to support her irrational claim of discrimination.  Had the flight attendant not given her anything I could see the point, but to her own admission the attendant came and asked her if she would like anything.  Interestingly, it was after that Ahmad picked up her pitchfork and decided to be obstinate.

The story improves from there. Ahmad claims all manner of havoc, from flippant comments after she complained about an unopened beer can handed to another passenger, to a miscellaneous male passenger leaning across the plane and yelling at her to, "Shut the F- up."  Really?  I have yet to find any of those acts or comments substantiated anywhere, especially since someone would have heard a man yelling  and hatefully cussing on an airplane.  I'm not buying a whole cabin-full of airline passengers sitting in silence, especially when as the story grows, the bizarre eye and face gestures grow to keep up with the fantastical.

Pay particular attention to her eyes and demeanor as she avoids answering a direct question toward the end of the interview. Credible?

Evidently it's hip to be discriminated against and the media will lap it up, never mind that granny and your 3 year old are being groped and molested by the TSA because her Muslim brothers blew up the World Trade Center and are beheading innocent Christians the world over.  The way the media has made a circus out of this is astoundingly asinine.

Will I be called an Islamaphobe because I tried my level best to ignore a Muslim woman wearing a hijab at Sprouts today who interrupted me as I read my grocery list of Vitamins? I don't care who it was, I didn't want to be bothered and I had my, "Leave me the hell alone," face on.

According to a People Magazine article,  United Airlines reported:

"The flight attendant on board Shuttle America flight 3504 attempted several times to accommodate Ms. Ahmad's beverage request after a misunderstanding regarding a can of diet soda," they continued. "The inflight crew met with Ms. Ahmad after the flight arrived in Washington to provide assistance and further discuss the matter." 
Notice in the interview above how Ahmad refuses to answer the question posed by the CNN anchor. Also note how her eyes dart all over the place, particularly to the right, indicating she is not being altogether truthful about her discrimination assertion. Not once does Ahmad address the fact this flight attendant attempted to correct the misunderstanding, rather it's about discrimination.  It is clear this woman is making a bunch of hooey out of this to advance a discrimination cause.

To add insult to injury, United Airlines put the flight attendant in "sensitivity training" and promised she will not come into contact with the general public again.  How stupid is that?  Now United Airlines looks dopey for attempting to back their flight attendant, and then walking that back under threats of boycott.

This sort of controversy is nothing new for Tahera Ahmad.  Ahmad jumped on the tweet to ban Ayyan Hirsi Ali from  receiving an honorary degree from Brandeis University.  The linked article alludes to it, but I'll take it one step further and show you the actual retweets.

Evidently Ahmad's lack of Diet Coke far outweighs Ayyan Hirsi Ali's forced female genital mutilation and fight for oppressed Muslim girls around the world amid continual death threats.   Ahmad's claim to fame is to be the first woman to read the Quran aloud in the US, never mind that it is a misogynist book of how to oppress women and other how-to terrorism stories.

But we come back to that pesky can of Diet Coke.  With that can Tahera Ahmad went from obscure to news with the "racism" buzzword. And that, folks, is how you make a weapon out of a simple can of Diet Coke.