Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Time to Cut FCC Budget

February 21, 2014

Created to uphold the First Amendment, not to undermine it
Created to uphold the First Amendment, not to undermine it

Honorable Ralph M. Hall
2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001

Subject: FCC Plans to ‘Study’ newsrooms to “figure out why they cover the stories that they do

Congressman Hall,

First of all, I acknowledge the fact that the FCC, due to public outcry, has withdrawn its plan to “monitor” newsrooms, but one must understand this president has no compunction from abuse of power. He pulls back now, but will move forward another time.

What President Barack Obama clearly intended to do was censor by way of intimidation conservative television newscasts and probably conservative radio broadcasts, too.

Thankfully, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai sounded the alarm, signalling he is not willing to violate the Constitution of the United States of America.

We owe a debt of gratitude to FCC Commissioner Pai for opposing abuse of his agency’s authority. This tactic of the Obama administration, if allowed to go forward, would violate the First Amendment. Mr.Pai understood this and elected to stand between us and more Obama tyranny.

When created by the Communications Act of 1934, and as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the role of  the FCC was to regulate use of radio spectrum and it has done so very well.

This agency was not created to govern or limit criticism of government.

Congressman, obviously this is an agency whose budget is ripe for cutting. Federal spending must be curtailed. Public indebtedness has grown astronomically over the last five years, to the point of being unsustainable.

I call on you to propose a review of the FCC budget to learn how much it can be reduced without diminishing its core purpose of regulating public communications.

Thank you,

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2014 Republican Primary Elections – My Choices

February 17, 2014

My Not-So-Secret Ballotvote

Listed below are my choices for federal, state, Senate District-2, Rockwall County
and Rockwall County Precinct 2 candidates. These are office holders and exclude Republican Party leaders.

Note: It is lawful for you to have with you a list of choices while voting.

2014 Republican Ballot – Link to Liveballot.com
LINE OFFICE MY CHOICE
1 United States Senator Steve Stockman
2 United States Representative, District 4 Ralph M. Hall
3
Governor
Greg Abbott
4 Lieutenant Governor Jerry Patterson
5 Attorney General Barry Smitherman
6 Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar
7 Commissioner of the General Land Office George P. Bush
8 Commissioner of Agriculture Eric Opiela
9 Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian
10 Chief Justice, Supreme Court Nathan Hecht
11 Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6, Unexpired Term Jeff Brown
12 Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 Jeff Boyd
13 Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 Phil Johnson
14 Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 Bert Richardson
15 Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 Kevin Patrick Yeary
16 Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 David Newell
17 State Senator, District 2 Bob Deuell
18 State Representative, District 33 Scott Turner
19 Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 3 Ada Brown
20 Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 6 David L. Bridges
21 Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 8 Bill Whitehill
22 Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper
23 County Judge David Sweet
24 District Clerk Kay McDaniel
25 County Clerk Shelli Miller
26 County Treasurer David Peek
27 County Commissioner, Precinct No. 2 Lee Gilbert
28 Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 2 Nancy Beaty
29 Party Election  
30 Party Election  
31 Religious Freedom YES
32 Second Amendment YES
33 Franchise Tax YES
34 Welfare Reform YES
35 No Lawmaker Exceptions YES
36 Obamacare YES

Vote Early

Early voting opens TOMORROW, February 18 and Election Day is March 4. I urge you to vote early because waiting until March 4 puts you at risk of not voting at all, if caught out of town on an emergency or if you should simply forget – something a lot of us do.

Where Do I vote?

Early Voting Locations – click on this link for county website 

Election Day Locations – click on this link for county website

What is my precinct? – click on this link for the “Precinct Finder

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12 February 2014

the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change
the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change

What is the ‘tipping point’? I reference dictatorial, autocratic actions by this sitting Democrat president.

One definition of ‘tipping point’: “the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.”

#Outlaw Barack Obama continues a series of small changes to the Affordable Care Act – #ObamaCare – that, left unchecked, will culminate in collapse of our Republic.

ObamaCare the law has specific mandates that, by law, must be enacted and nothing in the law empowers a sitting president to modify the law. However, a Democrat Senate majority fails its duty to our citizens by refusing to follow the law.

Personal to Office of Speaker Boehner: Obama doesn’t need your help. We don’t want you to “fix” the Affordable Care Act. We don’t want you to unleash ‘#amnesty’ disguised as “#immigration_reform.

Personal to my congressman, Ralph Hall: Congressman, we want a truly conservative Speaker who can courageously lead a conservative majority in the House of Representatives. It’s time for you and your House Republicans colleagues to openly talk about replacing John Boehner.

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Would Biden Be President? Lesson From History: He Goes, Too

February 11, 2014

About whom are they laughing?
About whom are they laughing?

A Lesson From History

In April, 1841, U.S. president William Henry Harrison died in office of pneumonia after serving only thirty-two days as president. It was unclear from the ambiguous wording of the Constitution exactly how to proceed. Was his vice president, John Tyler, supposed to become president or merely act as president? Would he hold the office, or just the “powers and duties” associated with the office? Would his cabinet cast equal votes in reaching decisions with majority rule, as suggested by Daniel Webster? Did he need to take an oath of office? And was he strong enough to truly lead or would he be a puppet for Congress and its leader, Senator Henry Clay?:

“For many, the tragedy of Harrison’s death was compounded by [John] Tyler’s ascension. Two former presidents of different parties were especially upset. Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, called Tyler ‘an imbecile in the Executive Chair.’ Jackson’s nemesis, Whig congressman John Quincy Adams, thought Tyler ‘a political sectarian of the slave driving, Virginian, Jeffersonian school … with all the interests and passions and vices of slavery rooted in his moral and political constitution.’ For Adams, Harrison’s death brought to the presidency ‘a man never thought for it by anybody.’ Like many of his fellow Whigs, Adams dismissed Tyler as merely an ‘Acting President’ temporarily exercising the powers of the office without lawfully occupying it.

“Others believed that Tyler’s mild, patrician manner meant that he would be easily controlled. ‘I fear that Tyler is such a poor weeping willow of a creature,’ the editor Francis P. Blair told Jackson, ‘that he will resign all to the audacious depravity of the political black-leg.’ That depraved black-leg was Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky, perennial presidential aspirant and leader of the congressional Whigs. The Whigs believed in a weak presidency dominated by a strong Congress, and Clay planned to govern the country from the Senate. Harrison tried to resist but had proved no match for the wily Clay. With Tyler widely viewed as but ‘a flash-in-the-pan’ whose main ‘defect’ was a lack of ‘moral firmness,’ Clay hoped to continue his domination until he could win the presidency in 1844. But Tyler, within hours of his arrival in Washington, showed the Whig cabinet that he was stronger than they had expected.

“The new president was aware that his actions would create precedents that would bind his successors. Indeed, if Tyler did nothing else during his years as president, this first decision would secure his place in history. Regarding presidential succession, the Constitution was vague and ambivalent. Article II, Section 1 stated, ‘In case of the removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President.’ But to what did the words ‘the same’ refer? The office, or just the powers and duties which the vice president would temporarily discharge until a new president was elected? The Twelfth Amendment, ratified in 1804, only added to the confusion. It created a system by which electors voted for candidates clearly designated president and vice president and stated that should the chief executive die the ‘Vice-President shall act as President’ — not become president. The records of the Constitutional Convention were not available to Tyler and his contemporaries; works by noted lawyers and jurists were equivocal, some arguing that the founders intended that the vice president assume both the office and its powers, and others disagreeing.

“Tyler tended to interpret the Constitution narrowly and in the past had been critical of Andrew Jackson’s aggressive presidency. But now he was willing to be guided more by circumstance than by principles. His colleagues had judged him by his quiet and passive manner but, in fact, Tyler was fiercely ambitious. None of the previous vice presidents had held so many political offices — state legislator, governor, U.S. congressman, senator, and vice president — and Tyler saw himself as the successor not simply of William Henry Harrison but of the other Virginia presidents — Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.

“With Harrison’s cabinet assembled, Tyler declared that he was not the vice president acting as president but the president of the United States, possessing both the office and its full powers. When Secretary of State Daniel Webster explained that President Harrison and his cabinet cast equal votes in reaching decisions and that the majority ruled, Tyler announced that he could not accept such a practice. ‘I beg your pardon, gentlemen,’ he said. ‘I am very glad to have in my cabinet such able statesmen as you have proved yourself to be. And I shall be pleased to avail myself of your counsel and advice. But I can never consent to being dictated to. I am the President and I shall be responsible for my administration.’ If they found this unacceptable, they should resign, although he preferred that they remain at their posts for the present. No one challenged Tyler or submitted a resignation. Webster then suggested that, given the uncertainty caused by Harrison’s death, it might be wise if Tyler took the oath of office. He agreed, though he personally did not think it necessary. A short time later, William Branch, the chief justice of the United States Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, administered the oath and Tyler formally became the tenth president of the United States, and, at fifty-one, the youngest man ever to hold the office.’

“Tyler must have been pleased with his first day as president. He established a precedent that would affect the future of the presidency long after he left office and he had managed to keep Harrison’s government intact, which provided stability at a critical time.”

Source: Excerpt from “John Tyler” by Gary May, Copyright 2008, pages 5 through 7 (courtesy, Delancey Place)

What Do We Learn?

If, WHEN, we successfully impeach and convict this sitting president, as it was with Vice President Agnew, Congress must arrange for Biden to either resign, or be impeached along with his president for complicity in “high crimes and misdemeanors” committed during the Obama administration.

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ObamaCare Taxes – BeatleJuice to make swallowing easier?

February 9, 2014
Find below Music and Lyrics to make the swallowing easier
Find below Music and Lyrics to make the swallowing easier

The Lyrics: Taxman by the Beatles

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

Don’t ask me what I want it for
If you don’t want to pay some more
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me.

The Music: Taxman by the Beatles

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A Little Constitution Trivia

  • ARTICLE 1, Section 7, paragraph 1 “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
  • Fact of History: All the ObamaCare taxes originated in the Senate, not the House. Justice Roberts doesn’t seem to much of a legal scholar, I would say.

CARGO Rockwall Gun Club – Legal Defense Arising From Armed Self-Defense

CARGO Rockwall Gun Club meets this coming Thursday evening, February 13

Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership
Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership

inside Soulman’s Bar-B-Que  private dining room, 6 to 7 PM.

What: February meeting of CARGO Rockwall Gun Club
Where: Soulman’s Bar-B-Que in Rockwall [South side of I-30,eastbound frontage road, just east of Ridge Road]
When: Thursday, February 13, 6 PM

Come early to go through the serving line, then find a good seat in the private dining room.

There are no fees or membership dues. We are a citizens-serving-citizens organization dedicated to educating and equipping citizens in every aspect of armed self-defense.

Do I know there is a political debate at Rockwall High School the same evening? Yes, but our meetings are planned, well prepared and scheduled months in advance. If you don’t know for whom you will vote, I urge you to be at the debate. Otherwise, come and be a part of something that affects the quality of life in Texas, and by extension, the whole of our nation.

Our theme this Thursday evening is about self-defense … with the services of a qualified legal team.

Meet professionals including law enforcement officers, attorneys, CHL instructors and federally-licensed firearms dealers.

BEFORE you draw your firearm in self-defense, come learn how to protect yourself AFTER you pull the trigger.

Texas Law Shield, LLP A Legal Services Company 1020 Bay Area Blvd Suite 220 Houston, Texas 77058
Texas Law Shield, LLP
A Legal Services Company
1020 Bay Area Blvd Suite 220
Houston, Texas 77058

Texas Law Shield Features:

– 24/7/365 Emergency Access to Your Attorney on an Emergency Hotline
– Preexisting Attorney Client Relationship
– Legal Representation Including All Attorneys’ Fees, CIVIL AND CRIMINAL
– Police Investigations
– Grand Jury Proceedings
– Trial, both Criminal and Civil
– Member ID Card with Emergency Hotline Number
– Education, Updates and Support

Visit the website of Texas Law Shield: http://www.uslawshield.com/texas/

I hope you and I go through the rest of our lives without ever firing on another human being, but some of us will be confronted with life-threatening situations that will demand an armed response.

Let’s be ready with our knowledge, well-honed skills and a legal team to protect us from lawsuits.

PS – Children are welcome. In fact, we encourage you to bring your children and grandchildren who are never too young to learn gun safety.

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No-Knock Cops – Is It Really Worth Dying For?

February 9, 2014

All Too Familiar Story

Cops execute no-knock raid. Resident hears a gang busting down his door, pulls

Is it worth loss of life?
Is it worth loss of life?

his gun and starts shooting. Often, it’s the homeowner or resident on the receiving end of lethal lead, but this incident near Burleson, Texas left Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders dead at the scene. (source: Mail Online – Texas man will NOT be charged for fatal shooting of sheriff’s deputy who entered home with search warrant, 6 Feb. 2014)

At this point I ask, is the capture of a few marijuana plants and seeds worth the lives of either the law enforcement officer or the resident? Is the answer obvious, or do I need to spell it out?

What IF?

So, what if the resident successfully awoke from sleep, managed to destroy his marijuana plants and flush those illegal seeds down the toilet: was it worth losing the life of a deputy sheriff? Was it?

Equally important question: would it have been worth the life of any of the residents? Would it?

The Obvious

The obvious answer to the two above questions is no, the marijuana posed no immediate danger to anyone, least of all to the deputy who died. And for what?

Troubling Pattern of Abuse of Authority

Grandfather Killed On His Private Property by Fort Worth Police
Grandfather Killed On His Private Property by Fort Worth Police


In recent times, two Fort Worth policemen respond to a burglar alarm, cross the street to see a 72 year-old grandfather standing with his firearm within his own garage – note: his garage was his property and he was lawfully in possession of his handgun. One or both of those policemen murdered Jerry Wayne Waller in cold blood, firing three shots into his chest, “single gunshot wounds to the right abdomen and left hand, and two grazing wounds to the left wrist and forearm”.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,

“Rookie officers R. P. Hoeppner and Benjamin Hanlon were responding a burglary alarm at 409 Havenwood Lane shortly before 1 a.m. on May 28 when they “inadvertently began searching” across the street at 404 Havenwood Lane, Waller’s home, according to a previously released search warrant affidavit.

Suspecting a prowler was outside, Waller, armed with a gun, had apparently gone to investigate when the shooting occurred.”

inadvertently – defined

  1. failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
  2. resulting from heedless action; unintentional

Next Story

Headline: Cop Shoots, Kills College Student for Speaking Disrespectfully

Corporal Christopher Carter of the University of the Incarnate Word campus police stopped 23 year-old for allegedly driving “erratically at a high rate of speed”. Moments later, un-armed 23 year-old honor student Robert Cameron Redus was on the receiving end of six shots from Corporal Carter’s handgun for nothing more than making a sarcastic remark toward the officer who pulled him over for speeding.

A student nearby said University of the Incarnate Word senior Robert Cameron Redus sarcastically asked 'oh, you gonna shoot me' during an altercation with Cpl. Chris Carter before the officer shot him.
A student nearby said University of the Incarnate Word senior Robert Cameron  Redus sarcastically asked ‘oh, you gonna shoot me during an altercation with Cpl. Chris Carter before the officer shot him.

Government’s First Duty

I quote, in part, the second paragraph of the U.S. Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

The first duty. This should be, must be, at the top of the mission statement of each and every law enforcement agency. Reading the two stories above, clearly law enforcement officers ignored, or didn’t understand, or whatever, their duty to secure the right to life, a natural right of Grandfather Waller and honor student Robert Cameron Redus.

CARGO Rockwall – One of Our Objectives

One objective of our Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership (CARGO) is to foster civil, respectful relations between citizens and law enforcement officers.

If we fail…

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