Thursday, May 13, 2010

In response to Football, Steaks and Texas Politics.

The so called "tea party" was actually started by Ron Paul back in 2008. Ron Paul is a republican, but I doubt anyone would compare Paul to the rest of the republicans in power. He's more of a Libertarian. I'm sure if Libertarians ever got elected in Texas, he'd run as one. Now the tea party has been taken over by Fox news, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin. With those clowns running their absurd agenda, any opposition to Obama gets thrown into the "mainline republicans who are just angry because bush isn't in office" false stereotype. As I've said before: America needs a third party in the white house. This video goes into detail about the tea party being taken over:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A few reasons why Rick Perry shouldn't have been re-elected!

Toll Roads

As everyone in central Texas knows, since 2004, we've built many toll roads under Rick Perry. These new toll roads aren't like the ones in other states, where the toll pays for the road. In many cases, the new toll roads had already been paid for with tax payer money years ago, and were waiting to be built. It's interesting to note that the company we decided to use was from Spain. Why is a foreign company building roads in Texas?

Bilderberg group

Rick Perry is a Bilderberg Group attendee. The Bilderberg Group meets annually, is invitation-only, and is very secretive. Other members include: Timothy Geithner, Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and dozens of foreign officials. Why are all these people meeting in secret? Doesn't this violate the Logan Act?(

Dirty Politics

During election time, Debra Medina was interviewed by Glenn Beck. This is the interview:

This stunt was followed by Rick Perry's new ad saying Medina was a horrible 9/11 truther. Is this the way politicians should run their campaign? Is this the kind of person we want in the Governor's mansion?

Rick Perry is disingenuous. He's been known to modify his Texan accent depending on his audience. He claims to be a proponent of state’s rights, while pushing a globalist agenda (Bilderberg attendee, NAFTA, etc). Texans needs to wake up, and stop blindly voting for whichever Republican the party spits out. Texans need to start thinking for themselves. We need a third party candidate to win in Texas.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

In response to Texas State and Local Government with Cindy

I found an article on my colleague, Cindy's, blog about the Del Valle school district attempting to get rid of the Parent Teacher Association. She did a great job summarizing the story she read in an article in the Austin American Statesman and she made some good points as well.

I must say- as a mother, I couldn’t agree with Cindy more. Kids spend a big chunk of their life in school and it’s our job as parents to stay involved in our child’s life. I see no benefit in keeping the parents of these Del Valle students out of the loop on their child’s education. Parents want what is best for their kids, so I think by doing away with the PTA they would also be losing a lot of support, ideas and constructive criticism. Did the dummies who proposed this idea forget that parents are among the voters who decide who is elected to the district’s school board? Call me crazy, but if the school board told me to ‘get lost’ and discouraged me from being a part of my child’s education, I’d vote for a different group of administrators. This was a well-written and interesting commentary.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Texas School Board injects propaganda into curriculum

Texas is the second largest state in the union. This means we are the second largest customer to text book publishers. Because of this, Texas' education standards largely set the precedent for the entire country. The Texas School Board recently agreed to implement a revised curriculum. They are ultimately injecting far-right and fundamentalist propaganda into history books.

Joseph McCarthy was a US Senator who had a large part in fueling cold war hysteria. In fact, the term McCarthyism was named after him. Wikipedia defines McCarthyism as the "politically motivated practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence". In short, he started the trend of accusing political opponents of being Soviet agents. Thousands of U.S. citizens (mostly workers' union activists, people in the entertainment industry, and academics) were accused of being communist. Many people lost their jobs. Many people were "blacklisted". A lot of people had a very bad time because of cold war hysteria, and McCarthy is largely to blame. The Texas School Board decided that we should portray their Republican friend McCarthy in a more positive light.

The Texas School board has decided that the word "capitalism" should be eliminated from text books. They are to replace it with the term "free enterprise system". They think "capitalism" has a negative connotation. Cynthia Dunbar said "Let’s face it, capitalism does have a negative connotation. You know, capitalist pig."

Doublespeak is a term for changing words to bypass unwanted meaning. Instead of "firing" someone, we "lay off" employees, or "downsize" a company. Our culture is full of "political correctness" and euphemisms. Doublespeak plays a central role in the novel Nineteen Eighty-four. The Texas School Board has taken us one step closer to that type of dystopic society. For what reason? They say this makes text books more "pro-American," but I strongly disagree. Changing the name of our economic system to shake off the sting of a anti-capitalist slur once used by Soviets is very anti-American.

Thomas Jefferson is widely regarded as the most influential philosopher in United States History. He played a key role in the founding of the country. He WROTE the Declaration of Independence. He coined the term "separation of church and state" (which is probably why the conservatives in the Texas School Board don't like him). The Texas School Board has decided to take him off the list of people whose philosophy inspired the American Revolution. In his place, they now include Catholic philosopher (from the 11th century, a completely different era), and John Calvin, another religious figure. Calvin IS an important figure, who was set the stage for religious freedom in the United States, but he doesn't even come close to being able to take even half of Jefferson's place.

They banned classic childrens' book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," ( because author Bill Martin's political views. Banning books is overtly anti-American. Especially when it's for such a ridiculous reason. Brown Bear, Brown Bear is absolutely no threat to the children of Texas.

What does all of this mean? Well, it means that if things don't change soon, we're headed to a very authoritarian-type state. We're headed to society where 51% of people can take away the rights of 49%, which is what the Founding Fathers were afraid of. Propaganda should not be included in curriculum. This is not a unilateral problem. Democrats are pushing just as much propaganda to our youth. Things need to change. We need to become more active. Go to school board and city council meetings. Write to your representative. Even if your opinion is unpopular and no one wants to hear it, make your voice heard before we get to the point where people are being sent to jail for thought crimes.

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot."
- Mark Twain

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Communicating with angels... a Dallas jail cell.

I found an interesting editorial in the Texas blog, Grits for Breakfast. While the specific person who wrote this article is not identified, I believe the author has good credibility. A man with a mental illness was arrested for assault against his mother and was sentenced to 45 days in county jail. His mother insisted that he needed to be in a mental hospital rather than a jail. Instead, the 28 year old man spent over six months in a Dallas jail waiting for our court system to find a place to put him.
The author is not completely one-sided, he tells the reader both sides of the story. Although he lets his opinion be known, he leaves it to the reader to develop their own opinion of the story. The author provides several links throughout his editorial to different websites that further explain the facts. He also provides links that lead to other editorials that have been written on the same story that go into even deeper detail of what the judge, the man's mother, the man himself, as well as several other people had to say about the case. He even went the extra mile and told the reader about the man's family history and how his father and grandfather heard voices as well. All in all, I think this is a very well written editorial.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Think before you post

"Do people think that when they post a comment, a video, a photo on the Internet, only their confidants will see it? Have they forgotten it is called the World Wide Web?" -Ann Woolner.

I found this commentary on the Statesman website titled "Think before you post" by Ann Woolner. She identifies several different situations where freedom of speech and/or posting personal pictures via Myspace or Facebook has gotten many people in trouble. The author's targeted audience is most likely teenagers and young adults. She does not go into great detail about the cases where the owners of Myspace or Facebook get screwed over for posting too much information on their sites but the point she is trying to get across is obvious, therefore I suppose she has strong credibility. She cuts to the chase and says, "The point? MySpace is everyone's space." Things posted on individuals MS/FB accounts have been used against them in court on several different occasions. Is this okay? Probably not. Is it being done often? You bet.

I strongly agree with Woolner. Although we have the right to post all of our personal business on our Myspace or Facebook, it's probably not in our best interest. According to Woolner, an honor high school student got suspended for posting on her Facebook that her teacher was the "worst ever". Perhaps it's just me, but I think this is ridiculous! Things we post on our websites should not be used against us at school nor in court. Where are we supposed to express ourselves if not on our personal pages?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Debra Medina on 9/11

I found an article on the Fox 7 News website about the republican candidate for Governor, Debra Medina. She was on the Glenn Beck show the other day when she was asked what her beliefs on the 9/11 tragedies were. She was then asked if she believed it was an inside job and her response created a spark from Governor Rick Perry. She followed up with a statement explaining her answer to whether or not she thinks 9/11 was an inside job. Medina basically claims that the question was irrelevant, she doesn't know the answer and that Americans have the right to question our Government! Go Medina! There is an audio clip as well as a link to the article with Rick Perry's feedback. Go see for yourself!