SB4 – Fears and Facts

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Addressing Fear

Many Hispanics dread being stopped by police officers for fear of being profiled. SB 1074 specifically outlaws racial profiling. Read the full text: 2012 Texas Law on Racial Profiling

Specific to law enforcement officers: Art. 2.131. RACIAL PROFILING PROHIBITED. A peace officer may not engage in racial profiling.

Does racial profiling happen? Indeed, it does. Why? My best answer: human nature.

Unjust and unlawful profiling by some police officers affects people of all skin colors and all ages.

The vast majority of law enforcement officers are good citizens. They are not superhumans. Some – a few – are incarcerated in Texas prisons for murder, sex crimes, and other felonies. Some, thinking they are doing us all a favor, willfully disregard the prohibition against racial profiling.

I appreciate the fear. Over six decades of operating motor vehicles, a few police officers have unjustly stopped me on the pretext of alleged traffic violations. After checking my identity against lists of wanted persons, I’ve gone on my way without a ticket. An obvious conclusion is the officers profiled me because my vehicle or appearance closely matched another person.

Twice in my life, loaded handguns have been pointed my way.

The first time, it was when an angry Native American man in Minneapolis threatened to blow my brains out. He expressed his anger toward all white people. Obviously, he didn’t pull the trigger and this is a story for another day.

The second time, a police officer right here in Rockwall pulled his handgun on me in an attempt to cower me into giving him permission to search my place of business in downtown Rockwall. The rest of this story will also be for another time.

Born and raised in South Texas, I also knew Hispanics that were grossly mistreated by cops.

The fear of profiling is rational, if not necessarily realistic. Supporters of SB4 should respect the fear. Gun owners also have stories, well-documented stories, on incidences of unlawful profiling by police officers. I’ve been profiled by ICE solely because my name is one of 12,669 John Whites in this country.

Deleterious Dichotomy

On August 30, 2017, Orlando L. Garcia of United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, an activist federal judge, issued a temporary injunction to pause enforcement of the law. NY Times: Federal Judge Blocks Texas’ Ban on ‘Sanctuary Cities’. (Grammarians will see right away the irony of the article’s title.)

Of note is the parallel between so-called sanctuary cities in Texas whose leaders claim to uphold civil rights and the hostile, un-civil behavior of local law enforcement in those cities toward lawful gun owners. For the record, the arrest and conviction rate of licensed Texas gun owners is less than the rate for law enforcement officers. It’s not a huge difference, but one that should teach uncivil chiefs of police like Art Acevedo (Houston), Brian Manley (Austin), and Dr. Joel Fitzgerald (Fort Worth) that their irrational profiling of gun owners actually violates state law.

The Bottom Line

The stated, legislated object of SB4 is to get criminals off the streets and into the hands of ICE.  As all law enforcement officers in Rockwall County have publicly stated, undocumented immigrants can freely report crimes without fear of deportation.

Action

  • LEARN – Know the law.
  • RESPECT – Be respectful of the opinions of SB4 opponents.
  • LISTEN – Dignify opponents of SB4 by listening with an intent to understand them.
  • SPEAK – Contact your State Senator and your Representative in the Texas Legislature to express your view of SB4.
  • PEACE – Be a peacemaker. Don’t set up lines of confrontation. Reason flies out the window when confrontation displaces peaceful debate.

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:9

  • PRAY – The Bible says we are to pray FOR, not AGAINST, all who are in authority.

Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:2

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Impeaching the Impeachment Talk

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“I don’t see President Trump acting very differently as a President than he did during the campaign. He did win the Electoral College despite this bizarre behavior as a candidate. So, you can’t impeach somebody for doing what they said they were going to do as a candidate. And whether we like it or not, he is fulfilling all of the very reckless promises or trying to fulfill some of the reckless promises he made during the campaign.” – Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Is it possible the reason we, the American majority, expect great things from President Trump is due to the character quality highlighted by Senator Murphy? Yes, President Donald Trump is trying to fulfill the promises he made during the presidential election campaign.

In fact, as you can see for yourself, in at least the last nineteen years his views have been no different than they are at this moment in time. Tim Russert interviewed businessman Donald Trump on October 24, 1999.

Let’s demand that our U.S. senators and Representatives follow his example: Do what you promise to do.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Shall the pot call the kettle black? A word study on bigotry

Words have meanings. This is why laws and contracts feature definitions at the top of the documents. An all too commonly used word today is bigot. It seems appropriate to learn the meaning of this word. Don’t you agree?

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When someone disagrees with our president on any matter, that label of bigot gets thrown his way. There are folks labeling former Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a bigot because he defied an unconstitutional order from a federal judge.

It seems to me a lot of folks who freely use that word may not know what it actually i dont think it means whay you think it meansmeans. This is true for a lot of American English words, words like incredible; if truly incredible (unbelievable) why would use this word to describe something wonderful as something unbelievable?

Back to bigot and bigotry.

a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics or race

My understanding of the American English vernacular (estilo Tejano) is this – the person labeling another as bigotted is himself or herself a bigot.

Actions have consequences.

How does one gain advantage through bigotted name-calling? Answer: It doesn’t happen. Instead, name-calling self-identifies the person engaged in name-calling and sets up confrontations, battle lines.
The above came to mind because you see, I am also guilty of labeling persons who think differently than I do.

A debate of ideas is how peace is made. Name-calling spells the end of the debate.

I recently posted a discussion on HRES 257 a bill before the House to outlaw animus – thoughts. HRES 257 is a desperate, unwise attempt by Congress to quell public unrest. Has anyone in Washington, D.C. considered the consequences of outlawing thoughts? Do lawmakers actually think nullification of the First Amendment natural right to freedom of conscience a good measure?

Please join me in refraining from bigotry. As it is written,

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Hate! Don’t you just hate it?

What is hate?

Let’s look up the definition on WordReference.com.

Hate as a verb

1. to dislike intensely; detest: [~ + object] They hate violence.
2. to be unwilling; dislike: [~ + to + verb] I hate to say I told you so.
[~ + verb-ing] I hate getting up so early.

Hate as a noun

1-intense dislike; extreme hostility: enemies who are full of hate.
2-the object of extreme dislike or hostility: Murder and violence were his greatest hates.

Hate is thought

Freedom of thought is an intrinsic right protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. One of the five protected rights is freedom of speech. One speaks what one thinks. Words from our mouths are manifestations of the thoughts in our minds. That wasn’t so difficult to understand. Right?

 

HRES 257 outlaws animus and legitimizes islam

House Resolution 257 immolates the First Amendment freedom of thought to appease Muslims, LGBT activists and any other threat to our Judeo-Christian society.

Read the full text of HRES 257 via the link below.

House Resolution HRES 257 Effectively Promotes Sharia Law While Violating the First Amendment Right of Conscience

Senate and House – Working to legitimize Sharia

The full title of HRES 257 is:
Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States.” What is animus? Animus definedstrong dislike or enmity; hostile attitude;
animosity. Animus is thought, not an act.

HRES 257 authorizes federal authorities to censor speech deemed ‘animus’.

If this bill becomes law, you can bend over and kiss your First Amendment goodbye.

Action

Contact your U.S. Representative and tell them to oppose HRES 257.

If you don’t know your representative, find him or her here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

In the Fourth Congressional District of Texas, contact Congressman John Ratcliffe.

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Congressman John Ratcliffe Texas CD-4

Contact information: https://ratcliffe.house.gov/contact

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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President Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the liberals go nuts

President Trump pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. For what crime was he pardoned?

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United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton sentenced sheriff Joe Arpaio to prison for contempt of court. She ordered him to cease reporting illegal aliens to ICE. Yes, she ordered him to violate federal law – a federal judge orders a state sheriff to violate federal law. That was his so-called crime.

This morning I read via Twitter John McCain condemned President Trump’s pardon of Arpaio. Sen. McCain accused President Trump of not following the Rule of Law.

For the point of law, let’s understand what the president did. He followed Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution which states, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

The Constitution empowers the president to pardon anyone, anytime, for any reason except impeachment. Period. Precedent? How about President Bill Clinton’s pardon of a criminal fugitive Marc Rich.

It is John McCain and a rogue federal judge who do not follow the rule of law.

Now you know the rest of the story.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Thank you, Ohio, for the twins who helped us win our Independence from Mexico

The odds were greatly against Texians and Tejanos who, united, wished to be free of Santa Anna’s tyranny. Santa Anna’s well-trained forces vastly outnumbered those under General Sam Houston’s command and he had General Houston on the run. But, God had an ace up his sleeve, so to speak, and it was a resident of Ohio who was that ‘ace’.

Francis Smith convinced the people of Cincinnati, Ohio, to aid the cause of the Texas Revolution, the Ohioans began raising funds to procure two cannons and their attendant equipment for Texas. Since the United States was taking an official stance of neutrality toward the rebellion in Texas, the citizens of Cincinnati referred to their cannon as “hollow ware.” This wasn’t exactly a lie – they were shipped without ammunition.

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William Bryan, an agent of the Republic of Texas in New Orleans, took official possession of the guns on March 16, 1836. From New Orleans, the guns were placed on the schooner Pennsylvania and taken to Galveston Island where the two guns arrived at the beginning of April 1836.

April 21, 1836, saw the battle of San Jacinto and the securing of fame for the Twin Sisters. That afternoon near the banks of Buffalo Bayou the Texas army struck at Santa Anna’s unsuspecting troops. The Twins were probably near the center of the Texans’ line of battle and ten yards in advance of the infantry. Their first shots were fired at a distance of 200 yards, and their fire was credited with helping to throw the Mexican force into confusion and significantly aiding the infantry attack. During this battle, the Twins fired handfuls of musket balls, broken glass, and horseshoes, as this was the only ammunition the Texans had for the guns.

In minutes the battle was over. The fledgling volunteer army of Texians and Tejanos had defeated Santa Anna, a self-proclaimed “Napoleon of the West”.

When you chance to meet folks from Cincinnati, Ohio, remember to remember the Alamo and Goliad, and remember the Ohio Twins who were crucial to Texas independence.

Source of facts: Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) handbook online

May God bless Texas and may God bless the people of Cincinnati, Ohio.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

A Case for Emergency Preparedness – Empty Grocery Shelves

Home gardens are more popular than ever, but can they sustain the homeowner’s family in a time of emergency when the demand for commercial supplies exceeds demand?

Case in point: Hurricane Harvey

Harvey makes landfall tonight (8/25/17) or tomorrow morning (8/26/17). If landfall occurs at high tide, there can be extensive flooding far inland. The next high tides at the Texas Gulf Coast are at 8:00 pm tonight and 8:00 pm tomorrow morning.

On September 15, 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall. The timing was coincidental to high tide, flooding Bridge City, Texas. My wife and I worked with recovery teams to restore that city. Most of the residents were ill-prepared for disaster. Renters were hardest hit because none we met were insured.

Here’s a photo of the bread aisle in a Kroger store near Alvin, Texas in advance of Hurricane Harvey.

Bread Aisle in Kroger in Alvin as Hurricane Harvey advances on the Texas gulf coast 8-24-17
Photo credit: Pastor Ray Jensen | 24 August 2017

 Are You Prepared for Such an Event?

FEMA recommends a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit. You can upload the FEMA Emergency Supplies List via this link.

If disaster strikes either suddenly or while you are away from home when it hits, will you have time to return home, will gas stations, grocers, and pharmacies be open for business?

Preparation is easy | Unpreparedness can be very unforgiving

FEMA advises: “Just as every home should have a smoke alarm, every home should have an emergency supply kit packed and ready at the start of hurricane season…An emergency preparedness kit will make your stay away from home during an evacuation more comfortable, ensuring you have foods you like, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, entertainment and even treats during a stressful time.”

What’s the purpose of FEMA?

“FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.”

Sensible and Affordable Preparation

My wife and I have multiple preparations to address short-term and long-term post-disaster survival.

Go Bags

We have one Go Bag each we built ourselves and two more we purchased from COSTCO 5 Day Survival Pack - Wise Companyfor $40 each.

Food Pantry

Our food pantry features bottled water and canned food items, enough for several weeks. View all the products available from Wise Company’s website. The COSTCO price is about half the website price.

Energy

There are two small gasoline-powered generators, the larger to power our freezer and refrigerator, the smaller to provide lighting and to be able to open the electrically-operated garage door.

We developed a habit of maintaining at least one-half tank of fuel in each vehicle. Remember: If a major event knocks out electrical power, you will not be able to purchase either gasoline or diesel.

Ready Cash

As with motor fuel, loss of electrical power means no cash withdrawals from your bank. Estimate your cash needs and gradually set aside that amount and securely conceal it from burglars and thieves. If you purchase a small safe, be sure to secure it to the structure. Thieves are known to steal the safe.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Learn how to safely respond to man-made and natural hazards
  • Help organize basic disaster response
  • Promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community eventsFEMA CERT Logo
  • Prepare “go bags”, small backpacks with essential items: medicines, first-aid kits, emergency clothing, and other items you and your family may need to carry you over until temporary residency can be found.
  • If you were to lose 40% of your retail food supply, do you have a backup pantry to feed your family?

What Can YOU Do?

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:Join City of Rockwall CERT Serves Rockwall and Heath

My wife and I received this training in 2015.

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Here in Rockwall County, the Office of Emergency Management provides this training. Think. Prepare. Act.

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Questions?

Submit your questions via a reply to this posting and I will promptly answer. Or call the Rockwall County Emergency Management office via Phone: (972) 204-7080 or Fax: (972) 204-7099.

John White
Rockwall, Texas
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