Open-Carry Passes Texas Senate

May 23, 2015 AD

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Thankful the Senate passed Open-Carry and that it’s on its way to Governor Abbott for his signature.

Rarely do Sen. Rodney Ellis and I agree, but on the prohibition of policemen that prevents harassment of law-abiding citizens and racial profiling of minorities, we are in full agreement.

Sen. Rodney Ellis
Sen. Rodney Ellis

Said Senator Ellis, “If somebody is going to be profiled for walking around the streets of Houston or Austin with a gun, someone who looks like me is more likely to get stopped.” Senator Ellis is a black man. I agree wholeheartedly.

44 of our 50 states were already open-carry states. Texas and California were among the 6 that prohibit open-carry. Why? In a word: racism.

Our post-Reconstruction state legislature (all Democrats) didn’t like the idea of former slaves walking around with handguns. A law prohibiting Texans from carrying handguns was passed to disarm the freedmen, but it backfired. As a consequence, all law-abiding Texans were barred from ordinary armed self-defense until 1995 when Gov. George Bush signed the concealed-carry bill into law.

It took a lot of years for many Texans, particularly business owners, to become accustomed to concealed-carry. It will take a lot of years for many Texans to become accustomed to open-carry. Let’s be patient with them.

You will notice that the appearance of an armed law enforcement officer in a public place does not arouse hysteria (Eeeek! He’s got a gun!). The subtle belief is “only government should have guns”. Well, our fellow citizens, including the liars from Moms Against Guns and Michael Bloomberg, must come to grips with a Constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.

Said Founding Father and First President George Washington, “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…

Our third President and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson spoke the obvious: “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

Assailants will soon learn whom they can and whom they cannot easily attack with confidence.

John White​

Green Thinking Will Bankrupt America

20 May 2015

Wind power, solar power, biomass, wood stoves, nuclear power, coal-fired power, natural gas-fired power and propane-fueled power – So many variables, how can we compare the efficacy of one electrical power source to another? The answer is “energy density”.

Energy density is an expression of how much energy can be extracted with 100% thermal efficiency and 100% burn-up.

At present, coal is the least costly and most abundant fuel source available for production of low-cost, reliable electrical energy. Some facts about coal:

  • 86% of coal extracted is used for domestic electrical production
  • 37% of ALL electrical energy in the US of A comes from coal-fired power plants
Coal isn't an optional fuel source. It it the singular most abundant and most reliable of all
Coal isn’t an optional fuel source. It it the singular most abundant and most reliable of all

If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas being emitted.” – Candidate Barack H. Obama, 17 January 2008 (full context in video below)

Here within our ERCOT service region of Texas, coal contributes 36% and natural gas 41.1% to our principle state electrical grid. Wind power at 10.6% is catching up to nuclear at 11.6%, but think about this.

Anyone who drives Texas will come across highly visible ‘wind farms’ where enormous windmills convert wind to electricity. Each blade of a given windmill is the length of the trailer of an over-the-road truck, as often seen on our highways.

texas wind farm
Pollution-free energy? How can we go wrong? Well, in fact, it’s not “pollution-free”. Do they emit audible noise? But, audible isn’t the noise to worry about. According to Dr. Alec N. Salt, (of Washington University in St. Louis), “There are several ways that infrasound could affect you even though you cannot hear it.”

References

Economics of Green Energy

Germany and much of Europe bought into the green energy scheme. How has green energy affected those countries? Focusing on Germany, consumer electrical rates have steadily risen from 26 cents/kWh in 2012 to almost 30 cents/kWh in 2014. [Reference: Eurostat Statistics Explained 2014 ]

Just for bonus points, note that Al Gore has a 100-foot houseboat and travels extensively. His ‘carbon footprint’ dwarfs the sum of all your neighbors. Likewise the Obama clan that squanders the national treasury to fund lavish and many vacations while burning hundreds of thousands of gallons of jet fuel.

Bottom Line

There is an inversely proportional relationship between the cost of energy (all, including electrical, gas, gasoline, Diesel, etc.) and employment. And, there is a direct relationship between the cost of energy and inflation. [Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics ]

Ideologues who worship the mantras of anthropogenic ‘global warming’, ‘climate change’ and all things ‘green’ eagerly and with great determination wish to prevent man from harming their god mother earth. Wrapped within their culture of ignorant idolatry are desires to destroy capitalism and to depopulate the earth in order to protect their false god.

Is the earth overpopulated? Even the nation of India, despite what you may perceive from movies and novels is not overpopulated. In fact, our state of New Jersey has a population density comparable to that of India and New Jersey is well known as “The Garden State” where deer are hunted. A zeal to depopulate the earth is the chief motivation behind vicious attacks on unborn American babies. Consider liberal New York State that recently passed a law allowing injection of poison into the hearts of babies yet in the womb. There is nothing glorious about the green agenda, my friends.

God gave us abundant natural resources to supply our every need for farmland, fuel, water and living space until such time as he brings to an end life on earth as we know it. That’s why we have virtually inexhaustible reserves of oil, natural gas, coal, farmland, forests, etc. I’ll publish more about forests and their relationship with our carbon cycle in another blog post.

John White

America Is Down On Democracy – As It Should Be

The United States of America is not a democracy. In fact, the words democracy, democrat, and democratic

Article IV, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government
Article IV, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government

appear no where in our founding documents. No where. Not even once.

Due to a widespread dearth of knowledge of civics, voters flock to the polls every four years to elect a president they can’t elect. No, not by any means whatsoever. If we were to elect presidents by popular vote, this nation would have long ago ceased to exist, because, as you will hear in the Prager U. video below, “Democracies always fail”.

Here are the rules for electing presidents right out of the Constitution:

Article. II.

Section. 1.

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

Source: U.S. Government Archives, The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription

Part One

Part Two

Elections that most affect your life are local elections for city councils, school boards and county offices. Unfortunately, due to widespread ignorance, only a tiny fraction of the vast majority of registered voters turn out to vote in the vital local elections. Here in Rockwall only slightly over 3% of our registered voters cast ballots in the May 2015 elections.

Former Democrat Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neil famously said, “All politics is local.” He was correct then. What he said is correct now.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Senate Bickers Over Obama’s Pacific Trade Deal – What About The Real Issue of Taxes?

14 May 2015

The reason used containers are inexpensive is they make a one-way trip from THERE  to HERE.
The reason used containers are inexpensive is they make a one-way trip from THERE to HERE.

It is said that if you like law or sausage you shouldn’t watch either being made. We’re talking about negotiations in the U.S. Senate around the president’s trade promotion authority (TPA).

Democrats correctly see this as another NAFTA-type trade deal that will leave even more Americans jobless as investment dollars flow offshore to cheap labor and better tax rates. It with the fact of joblessness in America the Democrats insist on trade adjustment assistance (TAA), a program for helping displaced U.S. workers.

Politicians most certainly know how to complicate business.

I talked this week with a very wealthy man moves within a circle of friends  who represent trillions of dollars in personal wealth, wealth they keep offshore to avoid the highest capital gains taxation in the world: the USA.

Capitalist prefer doing business in America, because we enjoy the rule of law that generally upholds contracts and ferrets out corruption. Corruption and arbitrary laws complicate overseas business investments, but a very low capital gains tax rate makes the risks worthwhile.

How close to home is this migration of capital to offshore factories? It’s as close as the Columbia Aluminum plant right here in Rockwall that has been transferring manufacturing equipment to Mexico where the company can make a decent return on investment dollars. It’s just common sense.

Free trade with nations on the Asian and African continents is not good for American workers, American taxpayers and American investors.

My trade proposition? Very simply lower capital gains tax to 0%, spelled out that’s zero percent. At least something close to zero. One trillion dollars await this change. Imagine a trillion dollars invested in American manufacturing.

We have a president with absolutely no business experience, no business training, communist parentage and he was mentored by communists. This is the man at the helm of this ship of state, the man crafting ‘trade deals’ with communists? What can go wrong.

Let’s, instead, tell Congress to dramatically lower capital gains tax to draw one trillion investment dollars back to our soil. National debt crushes the life out of our country. We can’t pay it off without productivity on OUR shores. Sending jobs overseas simply adds to our welfare roles and piles on more unsustainable debt.

As a parting reminder, Barack Obama is not our friend. He has not our best interests at heart. At best, he sees the USA as a ‘colonial power’ to be emasculated.

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. – Barack H. Obama, Dreams From My Father, Pages 99-101

God bless America.

John White

A Word to Law Enforcement Officers – F-ing Isn’t a Proper Adjective

5 May 2015

When two Muslim thugs fired on Garland Police officers as the Muhammad Art Contest drew to a close, a policeman fired back, killing both. This was a good outcome for the Garland Police Department, a good outcome for Texas courts and a good outcome for citizens. There will be no costly, multi million-dollar trial(s). Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) won’t come up short on chemicals to administer capital punishment and, in the end, Garland Police fulfilled the most fundamental duty of all governing authorities: securing the rights of citizens attending the event. As far as I can see, it was a fitting end to two would-be mass murderers. The sad note for the Muslim attackers was an almost immediate discovery there are no hordes of virgins awaiting them at their destination.

The above said, kudos to Garland Police on a job well done.

A second reason I write this morning is to address another matter. In particular, verbal instructions to citizens being evacuated by Garland LEO.

One news person reported how police ordered persons outside the building, “Get in the f-ing building.”

Screen capture from Breitbart.com
Screen capture from Breitbart.com

Frequently via the social portal of Facebook, citizens post videos of interactions between law enforcement officers and citizens in which the “f-ing” adjective comes forth. A few points on this adjective abuse.

  • This has been the norm in Chicago for as many years as I can remember. I’ve been visiting that city-state within the Land of Lincoln for over 40 years. The f-word spills from the lips of Chicago cops as naturally as breathing. Rest assured, profane law enforcement don’t contribute any value to the quality of community life.
  • In this day and age, it is imperative we all strive to cultivate civil respectful relationships between citizens and law enforcement officers.
  • “F-ing” isn’t a proper term, neither adjective, pronoun, article or adverb.

What is an “F-ing”?

Does it mean “wide”, “double”, “single”, “open” – exactly how does the f-word improve interpersonal communications, even in an emergency?

I remember doing a contract for Enron in Ponce, Puerto Rico some years ago. All our Puerto Rican system operators spoke only Spanish. When Enron construction workers wanted to communicate with them, they would speak slowly, speak loudly and use a lot of profanity. However, I can say with authority those Spanish-speaking system operators had no clue as to what the Enron people wanted from them.

Here locally in the City of Rockwall, our CARGO Rockwall Gun Club has as one stated objective this cultivation of mutual respect.

My encouragement to all law enforcement heads that all police department employees, whether law enforcement officer, janitor or dispatcher, be trained in proper use of language toward the goal of setting themselves ABOVE stressful circumstances.

Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. – Ephesians 4:29 AMP

F-ing is truly not a useful adjective.

John White

CARGO Rockwall Hot Topic: Active Shooter Training – first in a series

What:    CARGO Rockwall Gun Club meeting

When:  Thursday, May 14, 2015

Time:     6:00 to 7:00 PM

Where: Soulman’s BBQ by Lake Pointe Church

Imagine this. You are shopping at Walmart when you hear gunshots. Perhaps you are licensed to carry, a concealed handgun licensee (CHL). When you see the rogue shooter, you pull your handgun to return fire across the store to stop the shooter. You do this with all the best intentions, but something went wrong. Very wrong. Now, this well-meaning citizen lies on the floor watching his/her life’s blood pour out of you as the CHL holder slips into unconsciousness and dies before paramedics arrive.

In the above scenario, a well-meaning citizen, properly licensed to carry a concealed handgun, lies dying on the floor. To be sure, this was unexpected. The citizen’s relatives later are stunned to learn it wasn’t the rogue shooter that killed their loved one.

CARGO Rockwall begins a series on Active Shooter Training that will endure at least through August.

homeland security chief on new isis threat

BEFORE two heavily-armed Muslim terrorists attempted murder and mayhem at the Curtis Culwell center in Garland, ISIS had already threatened the Texas cities of Abilene, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Wyle, Fort Hood, Bedford, and Killeen.

Merely 14.1 driving miles separate the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland from our historic Courthouse on the Rockwall town square.

Was that shooting an “isolated incident”? Read this story on WFAA.com titled ‘Alleged ISIL threat promises more Garland-style attacks.’

Come a little before 6:00 PM this Thursday evening to go through the serving line. This is how the owner pays the bills for our use of the private dining room and our way of acknowledging his generosity.

SHOW AND TELL – Bring the sidearm, the pistol you normally carry concealed. Be prepared to say why you chose that particular weapon, how it performs on the range, ease of cleaning, type of ammo, etc.

SAFETY RULES:

  1. All weapons to be shown must be unloaded and encased before bringing them into the meeting area. A designated safety officer will double check all weapons to assure public safety.
  2. If you have on your person a loaded concealed handgun and you are licensed to carry, it must remain concealed.

As always, our meetings are open to the public and provided at no cost. We are citizens serving citizens. CHL instructors, law enforcement officers, elected officials, licensed firearms dealers are usually present for your benefit of information and exchange of ideas after the formal presentation.

See you this Thursday evening.

John White

Attention High School and College Graduates – Congratulations (maybe)

Are you either a high school or college graduate? I write this for you.

America’s greatest CEO Jack Welch says,

“Congratulations! Or perhaps we should say, “Congratulations*” – with a footnote reading:

“This salutation is reserved for graduates who majored in engineering, computer science, or finance at a top-tier school. All others, enjoy a primal scream.”

“Because, hello, it’s hard to get a good job out there. Make that very hard. With four kids in their 20s, we get that. The facts are: the economy is just not growing fast enough to absorb 1.8 million entry-level employees a year, with the noted brainiac exceptions. As a result, the vast majority of graduates – 73 percent by some estimates – end up in jobs not in their areas of study, too many at minimum wage.

“First, don’t think about finding a job. Think about finding your “Area of Destiny.”

“Have you ever known someone who’s blown up their career at 40 or 50 to do something totally different? Ever notice how much happier they seem?

“Area of Destiny is all about getting to that place long before a midlife crisis sets in. It’s a simple but powerful construct that posits career satisfaction and success are most likely to occur when you work at the intersection of two “super highways,” if you will. One is what you’re uniquely good at, and the other is what you love doing. Thus it was that our daughter, a poetry major who was always preternaturally adept at picking Oscar winners, and who (much to our chagrin) who loved nothing more than watching TV, landed in Hollywood in the casting business, where she is as happy as could be.” Read the full ‘salutation’ from Linkedin.com http://ow.ly/MQngz

What say the pollsters? No two agree, that’s for sure. You are somewhat on your own to get reliable statistics, but one place to start is the Bureau of Labor Statistics: THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2015 http://ow.ly/MQnZc

Allow this old man to give you a statistic you can rely on. The price of oil. Yes, the price of oil is the best benchmark on the labor market. When oil goes up, layoffs follow. When oil price goes down, people go to work. Cost of fuel directly and indirectly affects the profitability of a business.

In 2008 oil price per barrel shot up to a record $147. Subsequently, we had the most significant economic collapse in history. What can you do?

First of all, have faith in God, pray for wisdom and pray for all people in government from your city to the office of president.

Second, embrace fracking and every means to increase oil and gas production in this country. Lobby for the Keystone Pipeline.

America runs on energy and oil is that and more. Oil is the raw material from which plastics and rubbers are made. We use oil byproducts to build highways. Distillates are components of paints and medicines. Our financial future rests on the price of oil. It’s truly that simple.

I’ll save my rant against leftist environmental freaks for another posting. Just know they are NOT your friends.

John White​