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May 31, 2014

Patrick Byrne On Economic Warfare And Transnational Organized Crime

This post brought to you by Deep Capture Blog. All opinions are 100% mine.

We all know that folks can manipulate companies in such a way as to loot them of their value and push them into bankruptcy.  Lord knows that the Enron scandal shows just how that sort of manipulation can occur.  But such looting of corporations happens much more frequently than the average person realizes, according to Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne.

Byrne begins by focusing on a  2006 case, United States vs. Milberg Weiss Bershad Schulman. What happened in that case?  A crooked law firm targeted companies that were teetering on the edge financially.  Once they found shill investors in the companies, the firm filed lawsuits that resulted in huge payments to the law firm as a result of securities fraud class action suits filed by their injured "investors" -- and then the firm gave kickbacks to the "injured plaintiffs".  In other words, they were engaged in a stock market manipulation scheme for profit. But how did how did Milberg Weiss Bershad Schulman know that a company was in such dire financial straits?  That's easy -- the "bust out" pattern.

A “bust out” in the vernacular of organized crime is when a business is systematically looted of value.  An inside man leverages the business assets, moves cash out of the business in seemingly legitimate transactions, and causes the business to enter a financial death spiral.  Those on the outside will then act on their knowledge to milk even more from the company, perhaps in a manner akin to that used by Milberg Weiss Bershad Schulman.

Byrne does not stop there.  he points to connections between terrorists and the  subprime mortgage fraud that devastated our economy not too many years ago.  He also points out global bust out patterns.  In the end, he seeks more regulation of economic markets and activities in order to protect America's national security from bust out attacks and other financial shenanigans that are nothing less than economic warfare

Well, enough of me telling you about the video -- watch what Patrick Byrne has to say yourself and then comment on it!

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May 27, 2014

REPOST -- GOP Primary Runoff Endorsements

TODAY BEING THE DAY OF THE RUNOFF, I DECIDED TO REPOST THESE FOR YOU.

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Meant to get these up this morning -- sorry for the delay. Please note that I'm only endorsing where I can vote.

CD 36 -- I'm not pleased with the pair of candidates we have. One does not live in the district, and one feels so entitled to the seat that he has repeatedly blown off scheduled events with grassroots groups -- and history of campaign finance issues that lead me to question his honesty. For that reason I'll pick Ben Streusand over Brian Babin -- with the understanding that I'm hoping for a better candidate to emerge in 2016.

Lt. Governor -- Forget bankruptcy, illegal alien employees, and mental health issues -- when it comes down to it, I'm not pleased with the thought of Dan Patrick holding the most powerful position in the state of Texas. David Dewhurst is experienced -- and Dan Patrick himself is on record as declaring Dewhurst to be a solid conservative (unless Dan lied to the voters during the 2012 senatorial primary and runoff when he endorsed Dewhurst and trashed Ted Cruz). Dewhurst has said he won't run four years from now, so I believe reelecting him will provide us with time to find him a worthier successor.

Attorney General -- Here is a case of me switching my endorsement from the March primary. As much as I like Ken Paxton and think he has the knowledge and experience to do the job, recent disclosures of law-breaking render him an unacceptable choice. I therefore endorse Dan Branch for Attorney General.

Agriculture Commissioner -- Of our two remaining candidates, Tommy Merritt appears to be the better choice due to his long experience in agriculture.

Railroad Commissioner -- Ryan Sitton has a wealth of experience in the energy sector, which is what the "Railroad Commission" actually deals with now. Vote for him or regret it.

State Representative, HD 129 -- On one level, this is a really tough race to call -- both candidates are longtime friends and either will do a superb job as our next state representative. But I'll be honest -- I've wanted Sheryl Berg to run for office for years and have urged her to do so more than once. I'm sticking with her in the runoff -- with all due respect to Dennis Paul.

247th District Court Judge -- We've got a choice between a superbly qualified jurist who has years of experience as an associate court judge or a guy who has the bare minimum qualifications for the job and wants you to look at everything except that fact. I'm therefore endorsing Judge M. L. "Meca" Walker in this race -- and let the next race on this list remind you what happened the last time Harris County Republicans picked the slate-backed candidate for a family court.

311th Family District Court Judge -- Denise Pratt made it into the runoff only to resign her bench and withdraw from the race in exchange for avoiding criminal charges. It is imperative that everyone vote for Alicia Franklin -- there is no other choice for an informed voter.

County Criminal Court at Law No. 10 -- Tonya Rolland McLaughlin has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Who better to serve on the bench of a criminal court?





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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

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Before You Vote In The GOP Runoff, Read This

Texans, you have been lied to by Senator Dan Patrick about his medical history -- and likely about his current mental state as well. If you have not voted yet, it is important that you read this before voting tomorrow.

We all know that some of Dan Patrick's mental health records -- public records as exhibits in a lawsuit -- have recently been brought to light. Patrick's campaign has claimed that he was depressed and exhausted -- but there was much more.

David Jennings over at Big Jolly Politics blows the roof off the story.

Here is what Dans campaign said about the two hospitalizations that he had in the 1980′s.

Nearly 30 years ago, Senator Patrick sought medical attention to help him cope with mild depression and exhaustion. Under the care of a medical doctor, he voluntarily admitted himself for treatment and spent a short time in the hospital. He has not required additional treatment or medication for nearly 30 years. See more at: http://www.danpatrick.org/news/#sthash.SOVEF3vY.dpuf

Obviously, that is a lie. We now know that Dan twice attempted suicide that is far more than mild depression and exhaustion. We know that in his 1982 stay at Memorial City, he attempted suicide after entering the hospital, he attempted to slice his wrists, was found with razor blades and a dinner knife, jumped out of a window, and required a 24 hour a day sitter. The medical record of this stay is troubling because Dr. Kramers consult was written on the day of discharge obviously a consult must be done on entry to the hospital in order to determine a course of treatment. His original diagnosis of acute exhaustion was scratched out (there is no diagnosis of acute exhaustion) and replaced by acute anxiety disorder (suicide is not typically a symptom of anxiety). Kramers daily notes say that the patient was doing well but the daily records indicate that Patrick was being treated as a severely depressed patient and was being given doses of medicine twice the normal prescription levels. And exactly how can a patient that did all of these things while in the hospital be described as doing well?

In his 1986 stay and a second suicide attempt, Dr. Kramers consult was once again on the day of discharge. Worse, Dr. Kramer listed this as a single episode of depression when in fact he knew it wasnt. Why was Kramer being so protective of this patient? Was it Patricks celebrity status in Houston at the time? It is also important to note that Patrick checked out early and was not cooperative with the attending physician and therapist.

And once again, Dan lied by saying that he was only coping with mild depression and exhaustion.

What's more, it appears that the diagnosis of depression and exhaustion are incorrect -- that more likely Patrick suffers from bipolar disorder. Jennings and the doctors with whom he consulted note these incidents from Dan's years in the state senate, not just decades' old incidents like were found in the old records.

Here is a short list of episodes that have happened while Dan was in the Senate:

  • During the 2011 session Patrick was carrying the sonogram bill and got into argument with House Sonogram sponsor Sid Miller. Patrick blew his cork one day and walked over to House where he threatened, in front of House members, to beat up Sid Miller. The House then got mad at Patrick; he went to see Straus and they had an argument and Straus told Patrick to stay away from the House.
  • On the night of the vote on TSA groping bill, Patrick said he had the votes. Patrick was recognized by Dewhurst to bring up the bill based on his telling Dewhurst he had 21 votes, but immediately senators started complaining he didnt have the votes, and Patrick pulled down the bill, then started yelling crazily at the Senators and Dewhurst and ran off Senate floor.
  • Another episode Was the this years education bill. Patrick agreed to an amendment dealing with requiring Algebra II, in front of the entire Senate caucusthen in characteristic style came out on the floor and announced hed changed his mind during the debate (unheard of in the Senate). Sen Tommy Williams carried the amendment to require Algebra II, which passed.
  • During the 2013 session Patrick always had to look good and would not accept challenges to his authority. His behavior as Chair of Public Education was embarrassing, yelling at witnesses and always having to be right. Houston education advocates Don Adams and Jim Windham complained Patrick continually told them he was going to do one thing, but did another.
  • There is another well documented event where Tommy Williams was furious at Patrick over the budget that Patrick helped write and later voted against for political grandstanding purposes.

There are, of course, many other recent examples I didnt even bring up John Carona.

Yeah, that Carona thing from two years ago was quite interesting -- and not atypical of the conduct of someone suffering from uncontrolled bipolar disorder.

Now is this about stigmatizing mental illness? No, it isn't. I've had more than one individual in my life who has struggled with mental illness. Left untreated, they can wreak havoc in personal and professional settings.

Rather than the second highest office in the state, Dan Patrick appears to need treatment. If he does not get it, he will spiral out of control in the high-stress position of lieutenant governor.

Assuming, or course, that the people of Texas don't decide to vote for Democrat Letitia Van de Putte in November.

Of course, this whole matter leads to a different question. Where has the media been on this one. Texas Tribune? Texas Monthly? Any one of the major newspapers in the state, starting with Dan Patrick's hometown paper, the Houston Chronicle? They should have uncovered and reported on the public records about Dan Patrick months ago, rather than allowing Jerry Patterson to dump it in the final days of the runoff and then leaving a local blogger to put the pieces together in the final days of the runoff. That is journalistic negligence -- or part of a scheme to influence the outcome of the race by disclosing the information closer to the general election.

And as an aside, doesn't this late-breaking story raise questions about the practice of early voting, which allows at least half the voters to cast their ballot before all information about the candidates is out?





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Pope 1, Netanyahu 0

Pope Francis publicly corrected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the pontiff's visit to Israel.

Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago.

"Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity.

"Aramaic," the pope interjected.

"He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back.

Yes, the prime minister is sort of correct -- Jesus would have known Hebrew. But the Pope is more correct, in that on a daily basis Jesus would have likely spoken Aramaic (the local vernacular) rather than Hebrew.

Oh, and by the way -- Jesus would also have likely spoken koine Greek, especially in any dealings he had with non-Jews in the region. Indeed, in the streets of Rome itself one would have been as likely to hear that dialect as to hear Latin.





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May 25, 2014

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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May 24, 2014

Sadly The Answer Is "Yes" In Our Entertainment Focused Society

Former Congressman Allen B. West asks the question.

Has our culture devolved to the point that the private statements of an NBA owner draws more outrage than the lies and deceit of the President of the United States?

The answer is yes. If you want proof, consider that half the US Senate -- all members of the President's party -- signed a letter complaining about the name of a football team.

Give them bread in the form of more food stamps and permanent unemployment checks.

Give them more circuses in the form of reality television and free cellphones.

Insist that the words and deeds of athletes and actors are more important than those of a failed "leader" who claims to be angry about scandals that he had to hear about on the news, who blames his opponents for the failures of his own policies and who seeks to undermine the Constitution because it gets in the way of doing what he wants.

Sadly, I am beginning to believe that a millennium hence there will be a historian who will write disparagingly of our time in a multi-volume work entitled "The Rise and Fall of the United States of America" -- and that we have reached the point where the decline is irreversible. But that does not mean that we who love this land should simply give up. Instead, we must continue to fight to save America and the world from this calamity because she is, as has been observed again and again, the last, best hope for freedom in our fallen world -- because if we stop, then the glimmer of light that shimmers forth from our nation's founding principles will be extinguished.





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Terrorist Attack In Belgium?

Sure looks like it.

A gunman has shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital Brussels, officials say.

A fourth person was seriously wounded, emergency services said.

The attacker arrived by car, got out, fired on people near the museum entrance, returned to the vehicle which then sped away, Belgian media report.

Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who was one of the first people to arrive at the scene, said he was shocked by the attack.

"I heard bursts of gunfire, rushed here and saw the bodies on the ground," he said.

Several observations.

Are my above observations harsh? Yeah, they are. But the reality is that this sort of attack is not going to turn out to be the result of some loser seeking revenge on all the women who rejected him.





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Sometimes Iran Gets Something Right

We bail out corrupt bankers -- Iran executes them.

A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam in Iran, the largest fraud case since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, was executed Saturday, state television reported.

Authorities put Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, to death at Evin prison, just north of the capital, Tehran, the TV reported. The report said the execution came after Iran's Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.

Unfortunately, this will never happen in America. Our Supreme Court won't let us execute rapists and child molesters -- it will certainly never let us execute those who steal the life savings of millions.





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Democrats Nominate Violent Sociopath For Congress In North Carolina

Former prime-time talent show loser Clay Aiken.

Mr. Aiken expressed a desire to punch Ann Coulter in the face, and later thought it would be okay to refer to Ann Coulter using the same vulgar anatomical reference Bill Maher uses to refer to Sarah Palin. He also became so enraged during a State of the Union address, he expressed a desire to punch members of Congress in the throat.

There was a time when these kind of threats of violence against women would have been frowned upon by polite society, but in the Democrat Party of Alan Grayson and Ed Schultz, vulgarity and threats of violence arent just accepted, theyre expected.

Just imagine if such comments were made by a GOP candidate about Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama or any other left-wing woman. I mean, just consider the hyperbolic, hate-speech filled overreaction to an ad critiquing gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis that we find at BayAreaHatemonger, the site run by Death Threat Democrat John Cobarruvias.

No word yet on whether or not Aiken will be invited to join Coby's one-man hate-speech shop after he loses his bid for Congress -- after all, John's history of homophobic statements may leave Aiken with a bad taste in his mouth.





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May 23, 2014

Sharpton Says Racism OK If It Is Directed At Only One Person At A Time

Well, he always has been a hypocritical racist scumbag -- which is why Democrats love him. After all, he fits right in with Democrat family values.

So if youre Sharpton and youre confronted about some of your greatest hits, what do you do? Scoff at the questioning and argue that one of your notorious racial slurs wasnt, in fact, a slur because it was meant for just one Jewish individual. No, seriously, that was Sharptons defense.

On the night of the glitzy Washington Correspondents Dinner, Daily Surge Publisher Jason Mattera asked the faux Civil Rights leader if he should be banned from television, in the spirit of Donald Sterling, for all the racist stuff hes said over the years. Sharpton, recall, threatened boycotts and protests if the National Basketball Association failed to ban Sterling from the league.

If you can believe it, Sharpton challenged Mattera to produce evidence of racism.

And when that evidence was produced, easily (see above) in this case, him calling Fred Harari a white interloper and David Dinkins a n***** Sharpton ignored the shot at Dinkins, but ridiculously claimed that whiter interloper didnt rise to the level of racism because it was directed at only one Jew, not a neighborhood of them.

When did I call Jews white interlopers? Sharpton demanded.
Mattera reminded Sharpton of Freddys Fashion Mart and followed-up with, Doesnt it take some serious balls on your end to accuse somebody of racism?

Sharpton blustered back, You went from one guy who paid people off the books and was wrong, before the Reverend rambled on about lies and distortions as though hes been misinterpreted all these years.

Of course, splitting hairs over anti-semitic comments is probably not the best position to find oneself in.

One guy!

So if I were to call Obama the N-word it would be OK, since he is only one black guy? Or maybe I can just call Obama a "black interloper" in the White House - you know, since he is only one black guy.

Especially since nobody would die from that - unlike what happened when Al directed his hateful words at "only one Jew".

But you know it wouldn't be OK -- either from a genuinely moral perspective or from the perspective of DemoKKKrats of Sharpton's race-baiting ilk. What a pity that the Left is so inconsistent that Sharpton doesn't get the Donald Sterling treatment.





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May 22, 2014

Stealth "Reelect Judge Denise Pratt" Campaign Emerges

Back in March and April, I noted certain realities about the resignation of corrupt and incompetent judge of the 311th Family District Court, Denise Pratt -- namely that with her name remaining on the ballot for the May runoff, she could still become the GOP nominee for that bench.

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Denise Pratt
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Yeah, that's right -- Denise Pratt could still beat Alicia Franklin on May 27. That would mean that Pratt would be the nominee for her old bench. She could always run a campaign and win in November, and claim vindication.

But that isn't the only option out there. Let me offer up all the scenarios out there if Denise Pratt wins the nomination on May 27. You see, a fellow Republican and I actually spent some time on Sunday afternoon considering the possibilities.

  1. Pratt wins the runoff, wins the November election, and serves as judge.
  2. Pratt wins the runoff, wins the November election, and immediately announces her intent to not serve -- meaning that the governor would appoint a new judge who would serve until a special election in 2014.
  3. Pratt wins the runoff and becomes ineligible -- whether through indictment or a move outside the county (or, less likely, disbarment, surrender of her law license, a declaration of incompetence, renunciation of her citizenship, or death) -- allowing the party to replace her as a candidate on the November ballot. This new nominee need not be Alicia Franklin -- or even one of the other candidates from the March primary.

And as I also noted, Pratt had texted supporters to urge Dr. Steve Hotze, the proprietor of one of the major pay-to-play slates of the sort the Harris County GOP condemned back in February, to not swing his endorsement to her runoff opponent, Alicia Franklin -- despite the supposed suspension of the Pratt campaign.

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While Pratt assured everyone that she really wasn't running a campaign, it is interesting to note how Hotze's slate dealt with the race for the 311th when the runoff edition was mailed out.

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One race conspicuously lacks an endorsement -- the one in which a judge who resigned under the terms of a plea deal has suspended her campaign and then urged her supporters to make sure he didn't endorse her runoff opponent!

Which leads us to the situation found at three of the major early voting locations as we approach the runoff.

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Campaign signs urging voters to "Re-elect Denise Pratt" have popped up outside at least three early voting locations this week, more than two months after the family court judge announced her immediate resignation and the suspension of her re-election campaign later revealed to be part of a deal with the Harris County District Attorney to avoid indictment.

"It's very puzzling," said local Republican activist Joseph McReynolds, who was handing out mailers for the Spring Branch Republicans outside the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center on West Gray, where there were 18 Pratt campaign signs on Thursday, including a row of nine along the street leading up to the driveway. Pratt signs also were found at early voting locations in Kingwood and George Bush Park in west Houston.

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Pratt's attorney, Terry Yates, is doing his best impression of Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes -- "We have no knowledge of that."

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Personally, I don't believe Yates for a second. Even assuming he is ignorant of this matter, I'm as certain as I can be without verbal confirmation that Denise Pratt knows all about it.

So yes, I'm blaming Denise Pratt.

I'm also blaming the corrupt slatemakers who gave us Denise Pratt in 2010 -- and in particular the one who still cannot see his way clear to endorse the only non-corrupt candidate on the ballot.

And most of all, I'm blaming District Attorney Devon Anderson for making the secret plea deal with Pratt and keeping it under wraps for weeks after the Pratt resignation. Prosecution was not only morally necessary to see that Pratt paid for her malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance, but also to preserve the integrity of the electoral process by getting Pratt off the ballot. If Anderson were in a runoff race, I would almost certainly be endorsing her opponent. As it stands, I cannot say that I won't find it necessary to endorse her opponent in the general election in November.

So, folks, I have to remind you of what is important in the waning days of the 2014 Harris County GOP runoff.

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Alicia Franklin for Judge
311th Family District Court

In the mean time, we have to remember to get out to vote in the May 27 runoff election, to make sure that Alicia Franklin wins the GOP nomination in the race for the 311th Court rather than the derelict vessel that is the Pratt candidacy.

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M.L. "Meca" Walker for Judge
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And while we are at it, it is important that in the runoff for the 247th Court that we nominate Associate Judge Meca Walker as our candidate for presiding judge of that court rather than her opponent, John Schmude. After all, Walker has years of experience as a Family Court judge while Schmude barely meets the legal requirements to be elected -- and is backed by the same slate-makers who assured Harris County Republicans that Denise Pratt was superbly qualified to be a judge and the same donors who were giving money to the Pratt campaign right up until the day she resigned. Because justice and competence -- especially in our Family Courts -- matters.

You can still vote on Friday, May 23 -- and, of course, on Tuesday, May 27. Get out there and make the only right choices available in these family court races.





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May 21, 2014

Harry Reid -- Hypocrite

It is pretty clear that the corrupt pol from Nevada has not a principled bone in his body.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) yesterday hailed wealthy environmentalist Tom Steyers emerging involvement in politics as a means to spotlight issues such as climate change and the Keystone XL pipeline.

Reid made the comments after speaking at a screening of clips from a film critical of politically active conservative energy magnates Charles and David Koch, whom he has slammed repeatedly by name ahead of this falls elections drawing Republican cries of hypocrisy given Democrats increasing ties to the Steyer campaign war chest.

Such GOP comparisons between the Kochs and Steyer, Reid told E&E Daily, bolster his push for a constitutional amendment limiting money in politics so we dont have to choose which billionaire we like the most.

Nonetheless, the Nevadan added, Im very happy that there are people out there willing to spend some money to focus on things like KXL and climate change. We need people like Tom Steyer.

Translation -- we need to silence the Koch brothers because they are bad, but we will find a way to make sure that folks who give money to things I like get to keep on doing so.

Especially since Steyer is planning on spending $100 million on political causes this year -- compared to less than $40 million from the Kochs.

Because you see, money is only corrupting to the political process if it comes from folks you disagree with -- it is fine when your friends are giving it to you and your causes.





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Now This Is An Understatement

Instapundit finds this quote that could have come from a conversation I had with one of my colleagues over lunch yesterday.

RON FOURNIER: How Obama Became The Superhero of Excuses. President Obama won, twice, and then didnt live up to anybodys expectations, including his own.

As I told someone the night that Obama gave the keynote address to the Democrats in 2004, he would be a formidable president after one or two terms as vice president under Hillary Clinton (or some other seasoned Democrat) and had developed LBJ-style finesse and ruthlessness. Unfortunately, Obama believed the sycophantic press clippings that heralded him as the hottest thing since sliced bread. As a result, he will likely go down as a below average president -- if not as an utter failure.





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May 20, 2014

Stranger Words Were Never Spoken

Burger King is dumping its old "Have It Your Way" slogan that they have used since I was a kid. The replacement, "Be Your Way", strikes me as strange -- but not surprising given the level of narcissism promoted in our culture.

But this bit from an article about the change is just odd.

nd Laura Ries, president of the brand consulting firm Ries & Ries, noted that companies can come across as trying too hard to be cool.

"The problem is that people don't see themselves as living the Burger King lifestyle," she said. "You've got to be realistic with the place that your brand holds in real life."

"The Burger King lifestyle"? Since when does fast food constitute a lifestyle?





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Remember When Questioning Someone's Americanism Over Political Differences Was Deemed UnAmerican?

Just a reminder that those days ended on January 20, 2009.

First there is this.

President Obama Monday dipped lower than usual in his attacks on the GOP, suggesting that todays Republican Party is not patriotic.

Speaking at a Washington-area fundraiser for congressional Democrats, Obama said he wanted a patriotic Republican Party, as opposed to the one hes stuck with today:

. . . I hate to be blunt about it, but thats the play. And, by the way, when I say a party has been captured, its because I actually want an effective, serious, patriotic, capable, sober-minded Republican Party. And weve had that in the past.

As we have seen repeatedly since the opening days of the Obama Regime, Barry Hussein believes that his electoral success means that opposition to him is opposition to America -- despite the fact that our system is built upon competing interests and philosophies being acted upon by the voters and their elected representatives.

And then there is this one.

A fundraiser for Colorado Congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff last week, former Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean had a message for people who aren't Democrats: Get out!

"They are not American. They would be more comfortable in the Ukraine, or Russia, but stay away from our country," yelled the bombastic Dean to a wildly cheering and supportive crowd.

Apparently dissent is now not merely unpatriotic, it is grounds for being deemed an enemy of the country and expelled from it.

Oddly enough, if a Republican declared that Democrats would be more comfortable in Cuba or North Korea and they need to get out, we would hear cries of McCarthyism from the media. But since it is only a prominent Democrat declaring Republicans to be fascists to be driven from the nation, there will be no coverage and no penalty.





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Judge Declares That DC Voters Cannot Override Constitution

Please note that the Constitution says this.

>The Congress shall have the power. . . To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States. . .

So the people of Washington DC cannot do this.

The Districts bid to win more spending freedom from Congress through a ballot referendum is not legally permissible, a federal judge ruled Monday, dealing a setback to officials who argued that voters had the power to amend the citys charter and change its relationship with overseers on Capitol Hill.

Now the question of whether or not Congress should give such autonomy to the corrupt government of the District of Columbia is one thing -- but there can be no question that the voters of the District of Columbia overriding the terms of the Constitution on their own.





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White Man Claims Right To Determine Which Blacks Are Authentic Enough To Be Role Models For Black Children

And does so based upon a really racist view of what it means to be authentically black.

Given Condoleezza Rice​s middle-class upbringing, black children in the inner cities should probably not look to her for inspiration, argues Fox News Democratic commentator Bob Beckel. [...]

Lets also keep in mind: She grew up in a middle-class black family, and were talking here about people in the inner city, Beckel said on Monday. Im not sure Condoleezza Rice​ is the person I would necessarily turn to as a symbol for these people who live in the ghetto.

Because, of course, authentic means being poor, living in the ghetto, and presumably not having an intact family. By that argument, Martin Luther King, Jr. is also not a fit role model for inner city black kids -- and neither is the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

But hey -- Bob Beckel is a long-time Democrat activist, so he'll get a pass.





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About That Cabinet Nomination, Mr. Mayor

It is a pity that you have shown yourself incompetent to oversee HUD funds.

San Antonio failed to properly spend funds approved by Congress to combat the housing crisis while President Barack Obamas expected nominee to run the Housing and Urban Development Department was mayor of the city, according to a 2012 report from the agencys inspector general.

San Antonio was awarded $8.6 million from HUD in 2008 as part of the national Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The city used the money to buy, refurbish and resell homes left vacant after eviction and to also renovate large apartment complexes in the city that were rented out to lower-income tenants.

The HUD IG audited how the money was being spent from 2009 to 2011 and found that city officials had awarded $2.5 million in renovation contracts without a competitive bidding process. Castro, 39, became mayor in May 2009, a job he continues to hold.

The report also found that the city misused roughly $1.1 million when acquiring and fixing properties because some of the properties were not put toward housing lower-income families as required by HUD.

If he can't manage a couple of grants, is Julian Castro competent to run the entire agency? And if he argues that his job as mayor is not a high-power one and that he gets $4000 for being a figurehead rather than running the city, the is he does he really have the experience for such responsibilities? Either way, does he really merit the post -- or the proposed vice presidential nomination?

But then again, after two terms of Obama one has to wonder whether Democrat voters really care about whether a minority candidate is actually qualified?





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May 19, 2014

Castro To Cabinet?

Looks like the Obama Regime is going to seek to bolster the reputation of a not-terribly-qualified potential vice presidential candidate by giving him a cabinet post.

President Obama is preparing to nominate Mayor Julin Castro of San Antonio as his new secretary of housing and urban development, elevating one of his partys Hispanic rising stars as part of a cabinet shuffle that has possible implications for the 2016 presidential race, Democrats informed about the plans said on Saturday.

Mr. Castro, who has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats, would take the place of Shaun Donovan, who would become director of the Office of Management and Budget.

No word yet on whether or not he will be changing his name to Sarai Paln in an effort to make him appear more qualified for to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. After all, the Mayor of San Antonio is less important and has fewer responsibilities than the Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska -- and a governor certainly has more responsibility than the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Personally, I look forward to publicizing the radical -- and hateful -- statements that have been made not only by Julian Castro, but also by his twin brother (Congressman Joaquin Castro) and his mother.





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Here's Why The DREAM Act Is A Problem

I teach a lot of Hispanic kids, including a bunch who I'm pretty sure do not have their paperwork in order despite having been in this country since a very young age. I can see the argument for giving them some sort of legal status.

Unfortunately, the promise of such status in the near future is having this unintended consequence that makes me question whether or not the proposed policy is creating a bigger problem.

After seeing children packed in a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Tex., during a visit last Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday declared a level-four condition of readiness in the Rio Grande Valley. The alert was an official recognition that federal agencies overseeing borders, immigration enforcement and child welfare had been outstripped by a sudden increase in unaccompanied minors in recent weeks.

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In an interview on Friday, Mr. Johnson said the influx of unaccompanied youths had zoomed to the top of my agenda after his encounters at the McAllen Border Patrol station with small children, one of whom was 3.

The children are coming primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, making the perilous journey north through Mexico to Texas without parents or close adult relatives. Last weekend alone, more than 1,000 unaccompanied youths were being held at overflowing border stations in South Texas, officials said.

The flow of child migrants has been building since 2011, when 4,059 unaccompanied youths were apprehended by border agents. Last year more than 21,000 minors were caught, and Border Patrol officials had said they were expecting more than 60,000 this year. But that projection has already been exceeded.

It is only May, but we have had over 60K unaccompanied minors picked up and detained for violating our immigration laws? And there are untold numbers more who have not been caught? This clearly has to do with the fact that it is clear that they will get some legal status (and likely citizenship) soon -- so send them across at great personal risk so that someone can bring the rest of the family across legally in a couple of years. That is a predictable consequence of the proposed policy for "DREAMers" -- and will create a predictable nightmare for this country as the parents, siblings, and cousins of these newly minted citizens start clamoring to come across our unsecured border.





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GOP Primary Runoff Endorsements

Meant to get these up this morning -- sorry for the delay. Please note that I'm only endorsing where I can vote.

CD 36 -- I'm not pleased with the pair of candidates we have. One does not live in the district, and one feels so entitled to the seat that he has repeatedly blown off scheduled events with grassroots groups -- and history of campaign finance issues that lead me to question his honesty. For that reason I'll pick Ben Streusand over Brian Babin -- with the understanding that I'm hoping for a better candidate to emerge in 2016.

Lt. Governor -- Forget bankruptcy, illegal alien employees, and mental health issues -- when it comes down to it, I'm not pleased with the thought of Dan Patrick holding the most powerful position in the state of Texas. David Dewhurst is experienced -- and Dan Patrick himself is on record as declaring Dewhurst to be a solid conservative (unless Dan lied to the voters during the 2012 senatorial primary and runoff when he endorsed Dewhurst and trashed Ted Cruz). Dewhurst has said he won't run four years from now, so I believe reelecting him will provide us with time to find him a worthier successor.

Attorney General -- Here is a case of me switching my endorsement from the March primary. As much as I like Ken Paxton and think he has the knowledge and experience to do the job, recent disclosures of law-breaking render him an unacceptable choice. I therefore endorse Dan Branch for Attorney General.

Agriculture Commissioner -- Of our two remaining candidates, Tommy Merritt appears to be the better choice due to his long experience in agriculture.

Railroad Commissioner -- Ryan Sitton has a wealth of experience in the energy sector, which is what the "Railroad Commission" actually deals with now. Vote for him or regret it.

State Representative, HD 129 -- On one level, this is a really tough race to call -- both candidates are longtime friends and either will do a superb job as our next state representative. But I'll be honest -- I've wanted Sheryl Berg to run for office for years and have urged her to do so more than once. I'm sticking with her in the runoff -- with all due respect to Dennis Paul.

247th District Court Judge -- We've got a choice between a superbly qualified jurist who has years of experience as an associate court judge or a guy who has the bare minimum qualifications for the job and wants you to look at everything except that fact. I'm therefore endorsing Judge M. L. "Meca" Walker in this race -- and let the next race on this list remind you what happened the last time Harris County Republicans picked the slate-backed candidate for a family court.

311th Family District Court Judge -- Denise Pratt made it into the runoff only to resign her bench and withdraw from the race in exchange for avoiding criminal charges. It is imperative that everyone vote for Alicia Franklin -- there is no other choice for an informed voter.

County Criminal Court at Law No. 10 -- Tonya Rolland McLaughlin has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Who better to serve on the bench of a criminal court?





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May 17, 2014

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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May 15, 2014

Hero Drafted In NFL Draft

And no, it was not Michael Sam. There is nothing heroic about being homosexual, nor is there anything heroic about doing a deep kiss with your boyfriend on television.

No, the hero was drafted earlier in the day -- and has a Bronze Star to prove it.

[H]as anyone heard even a peep about Alejandro Villanueva? Well, he was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles a strapping fella at 69″ and most important, a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, and a former Army Ranger.

The defensive lineman spent the past four years as an active member of the United States Army. The Eagles watched him perform at a regional combine in Detroit last month. He last played football in 2009 for Army as a wide receiver, converting to that position before his senior season. Villanueva served as the Black Knights offensive captain in 2009 and led the team in receptions (34), yards (522) and touchdowns (five). He began his career at Army as a reserve defensive lineman and transitioned to left tackle in 2008, starting all 12 games at that position as a junior.

Villanueva graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in systems engineering and was commissioned into the Army in May 2010 as a lieutenant in the infantry. During his first deployment to Afghanistan, Villanueva earned the Bronze Star Medal for valor for moving forward under enemy fire to pull wounded soldiers from an isolated position, according to the Eagles release. He later volunteered for the U.S. Army Rangers program and served two more tours in Afghanistan.

Villanueva will bring to the Eagles a sense of duty and honor and a toughness that goes beyond just playing the game of football.

So forgive me that I take offense at hearing how heroic Michael Sam is, and for finding it even more offensive that the 249th player taken in the draft has the second-best selling rookie jersey. For that matter, forgive me for being offended that the punk quarterback drafted 22nd by the Cleveland Browns has the best selling jersey. Neither deserves the title of hero.

On the other hand, Alejandro Villanueva is a US Army certified hero -- so if you want a jersey for a hero who has yet to play a down in the NFL, might I suggest you buy an eagles jersey emblazoned with the number 78?





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Sorry, But No College Or University Should Be Treating Felonies As Disciplinary Matters

If a student murdered another student on campus, would the university keep it in an internal forum? What about if a student robbed a fellow student at gunpoint? Of course not -- and it would be deemed absurd for them to try to do so. The police would be brought in, the suspect arrested, and criminal charges brought. So why are sexual assaults treated differently? And more to the point, why are the accused in such cases denied their constitutional rights in these situations?

As proof of the catastrophic scope of the problem, we are told that one in five college women will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate. But this figure comes from surveys in which the questions used to measure alcohol- or drug-facilitated sexual assault are worded so broadly as to lump together incapacitation and impairment, and in which most women classified as victims of rape do not believe they were raped and do not report the incident because they dont think its serious enough to report.

Much-publicized personal narratives of sexual assault are likewise plagued by fuzzy definitions, ranging from violent rape to intoxicated sex in which the woman feels she was too drunk to properly consent. A recent letter in The Harvard Crimson from an anonymous student who failed in her quest for redress illustrates these gray areas. The letter describes a drunken encounter in which the woman never said she wanted to stop, only telling the male student to stop kissing [her] aggressively, and obeyed when he asked her to satisfy him. When the account was posted on Slate, the liberal online publication, even many commenters usually sympathetic to rape accusers felt the mans behavior sounded boorish but not criminal.

At Yale, as an official memo released last summer reveals, the definition of non-consensual sex in disciplinary proceedings is so broad that it includes reciprocating a sexual act without an explicit signal to go ahead even if you stop immediately when asked to stop. Ironically, this creates a Catch-22, as universities find themselves criticized for insufficiently harsh punishments for nonconsensual sex.

Universities are under strong pressure from activists, backed by the federal government, to use a preponderance of the evidence standard in adjudicating sexual assault complaints. This is the lowest legal burden of proof, often defined as meaning that its more likely than not that the assault occurred. (Traditionally, disciplinary charges by students have been judged by the higher standard of clear and convincing evidence.) But what does that mean in practice, especially in he-said/she-said cases? Since anti-rape activists insist that wrongful accusations are extremely rare (and demand that college investigators and judges be trained in that dogma), the goal seems to be a presumption of guilt for any accused student, unless there is strong proof of innocence.

Obviously, this is not a question of sending people to prison. Nonetheless, it means that a student may be expelled from college, with a black mark that will follow him to other schools and places of employment, and in some ways acquire the equivalent of conviction for a very serious crime without any of the safeguards of a trial.

While the media have focused on womens claims of the universities inadequate response to sexual assault complaints, there is also a growing number of lawsuits by male students who say they were railroaded by kangaroo courts. This trend will no doubt continue if schools are strong-armed into a more hard-line approach.

But no matter how tough colleges may get on sexual assault, real victims are also ill-served by having such offenses treated as college disciplinary violations rather than crimes. Emma Sulkowicz, who is suing Columbia University after what she says was a badly botched rape investigation, describes a terrifying, painful, violent attack. If true, the answer is not to kick the perpetrator out of school and leave him free to seek victims elsewhere; it is to put him in jail. Yet Sulkowicz never went to the police, apparently believing the university process would be more victim-friendly.

Victims of sexual assault should be encouraged to report these crimes to law enforcement and document the evidence. While colleges certainly have a role in ensuring student safety, they should not be playing cop or judge or set themselves up as a morals police regulating non-criminal sexual behavior.

Now think about this.

Some of these cases involve truly violent situations. They belong in the courts, not before some disciplinary tribunal.

Others are he-said/she-said situations involving two students who kinda-sorta consented when they rolled into bed in a judgement-impaired haze induced by alcohol. When the regrets appear, the two students probably need to be referred for some sort of counseling designed to deal with making responsible choices about alcohol. Instead, the girl is classified as an assault victim and the guy is presumed to be a predator who committed a sexual assault -- even if the pair were equally inebriated..

What is worse, however, is that the male student in such instances is denied anything resembling due process. The right to an attorney? He does not have one. The right to confront the main witness against him and cross-examine her? Nope -- doing so is be deemed to be traumatizing and a revictimization. Neutral judges and jury? Nope. And the appellate process is virtually non-existent. Oh, yeah -- the newly dictated standard amounts to "yeah, he probably did what she said."

Perhaps most interesting is that the rush to judgement against the accused -- out of sensitivity to the accuser -- does not even allow for the fact that an examination of the matter by police and prosecutors might come up with a very different conclusion. Consider this case.

A student convicted of sexual assault and banned from campus by a University of North Dakota (UND) tribunal is free to return to school this week. After a year and a half, UND officials have determined that the universitys finding of guilt against student Caleb Warner was not substantiated in the face of the evidence. That same evidence led North Dakota law enforcement to charge Warners accuser last year with making a false report to law enforcementa charge for which she is still wanted by the police. UND finally reexamined Warners case only after the universitys behavior was exposed by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), to which Warner had turned for help.

Using a shamefully low standard of evidence, the University of North Dakota branded Caleb Warner a criminal. Meanwhile, based on the very same evidence, law enforcement officials charged Warners accuser with lying to them and issued a warrant for her arrest, said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. Cases like this vividly demonstrate the need for due process and fair procedure on campus, as well as a renewed recognition that fundamental rights are important for both victims and the accused.

The incident that led to Warners punishment took place on the night of December 13, 2009. Sometime before February 9, 2010, Warners accuser reported an allegation of sexual assault to the university and the Grand Forks Police Department. UND held a hearing for Warner on February 11, 2010, and informed him on February 16 that he had been found guilty of Violations of Criminal or Civil Laws, Sexual Assault, and Interference [with members of the university community]. He was banned from campus and suspended from the university for three years.

It took nearly two years for Warner to get his punishment vacated by the school -- despite the fact that his accuser had been indicted for lying about the incident by a grand jury! The school considered itself and its process to be superior to that of the criminal justice system -- and therefore the one deemed the victim in the courts would be held to be a perpetrator in the eyes of the university!

Of course, the application of this differential standard is being mandated by the federal government under the Title IX rules designed to eliminate sex discrimination. The problem is that the result is sex discrimination against men in the implementation. After all, how can two drunks having sex have only one victim -- and why is it that drunk males are perpetrators when their female partners are victims but not the converse? After all, didn't the women have sex with an impaired individual, too? Failure to treat both parties equally is sex discrimination -- the very thing that Title IX is supposed to prevent!

No, colleges and universities need to be out of the sexual assault adjudication business. They cannot be trusted to be even-handed -- nor can they mete out the appropriate punishment for the crime if one has occurred.





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The Reason For The Recent Hiatus

You may have noticed that this blog was gone for a couple of days. I was going to write about it last night, but was called away from the computer before I did so. My buddy Hube offers a good explanation, however.

The mu.nu community suffered a major server outage sometime this past Monday; most of the blogs had to be brought back online one at a time. This was NO small undertaking. Major kudos to mu.nu head-man Pixy Misa for all his hard work in getting us all back up and running.

We are, however, being spammed in an incredible way. I'm trying to keep up with spam comments, but if you find one, please be patient. And if I accidentally delete a real comment, accept my apologies in advance.





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Harry Reid Announces Intent To Stalk Americans Who Hold Different Political Views From Him

Seems to me that the Koch brothers need to get a restraining order against the demented fool from Nevada.

Reid also rejected concerns from many Democrats that his focus on the Kochs has done nothing to help the party.

The Koch Brothers, Im not walking away from them. Im going to be on their tail for the whole campaign because if they think Romney was watched closely by me, thats nothing compared to what its going to be like with the Koch Brothers.

So got that -- if you dare to seek to engage in constitutionally protected First Amendment activities that the Senate Majority leader does not like, you will be be stalked by the Constitution-hating Democrat. Where does the Ku Klux Klan Act come into play here, because it is clear that he is using his official position and acting under color of law to bring about the "deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws" of his political enemies. What a pity we no longer have a Justice Department that impartially enforces the laws.





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Chuck Schumer Declares August To Be Date For Obama Coup, Replacement Of Constitution By Executive Decree

The Party of Treason shows that not much has changed since 1865.

It is time for the House Republican leadership to decide whether they stand with the majority of the American people and the supposed majority of their conference, or if theyre really going to let Steve King continue to dictate the policy of the Republican Party on immigration. Just to be clear, right now Steve King is winning, Schumer said.

Schumer also set an August deadline for House Republicans to pass an immigration bill; and he said if nothing is done by then, President Obama would be more than justified in making whatever changes he feels necessary to fix the system for people who are unfairly burdened.

Yeah -- damn those laws that "unfairly burden" people by demanding that they follow them. I know that I was unfairly burdened by that speed limit sign a couple of years back when that cop wrote me a ticket at that speed trap.I've got a former student doing 20 years in prison because the law against armed robbery"unfairly burdened" him and his desire to get at the money he believed a family had in their home. And every year, millions of working Americans are "unfairly burdened" by having to pay income tax so that non-working Americans can continue to lounge around on their asses and collect various transfer payments from the government -- what about us and our unfair burdens?

Mind you, I'm sympathetic to some of those in this country illegally -- like some of my students who I know are not in the country legally and have spent almost no time in the country where they are citizens. I might be willing to go for some sort of status for them -- but folks who have flagrantly broken the law for years (even decades) by choice do not deserve that sort of consideration.

And before you start emoting about the "unfair burden" on the American citizen spouses and children of these illegals, let me remind you that there are plenty of American citizens in our nation's jails and prisons who have family members who are "unfairly burdened" because they are incarcerated for breaking the law. That would include the dying mother of my former student whose health does not allow for her to make the more than 500 mile trip to the prison where her son is located. That would include the many Americans "unfairly burdened" by the failed ObamaCare scheme that Schumer, Obama, and the rest of the Democrat scum in Washington have foisted upon them against their will.

Besides -- last time I checked, the executive cannot work by decree to make laws that Congress did not pass and overturn those that were duly passed by Congress and signed by his predecessors.

Or at least that's what the Constitution says.

But then again, since when did the poseur in the White House ever give a damn about following the Constitution rather than destroying it?





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May 14, 2014

A Question On The Donald Sterling Fiasco

I've avoided writing on the whole Donald Sterling matter, except to note a hypocritical double standard on racism that exists regarding racist comments by whites and blacks affiliated with what we in the RWR household call the National Why-Is-That-Crap-On-My-Television Association. But in the last couple of days, there have been a couple of developments that seem to bring up an entirely different angle.

Donald Sterling gave an interview to Anderson Cooper. I won't link it because its content is offensive to anyone with a sense of decency (especially given this next point). But in the wake of the interview, Sterling's estranged wife makes an observation that I had wondered about more than once since the scandal broke.

After watching embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterlings inflammatory interview that aired on CNN on Monday, Shelly Sterling said she thinks her husband has dementia and said she will fight to keep the Clippers.

I felt bad for him, she said in an interview that aired Tuesday morning on The Today Show. Because hes not the man I know. Or I knew. Theres something wrong.

When pressed by Savannah Guthrie about what exactly was wrong, Sterling replied: I really think personally he has dementia.

Let's be honest. The man seems confused and somewhat deranged. It is not out of the question that the old guy is suffering from dementia or some other form of mental illness. But if he is, there entire question of the ban on Donald Sterling -- and his family -- and the attempt to take the team away from Sterling -- and his family -- takes on an entirely different character.

Is it appropriate for the league to punish Sterling and his family because the man is suffering from a psychological or neurological illness? Should he and his family be forced to give up the business he owns because he has become disabled? And if there is some finding of dementia, doesn't that open the NBA up to long and drawn out litigation over the issue of the rights of the disabled and their next of kin?

You know, especially since LeBron James and many other players in the league have announced their intent to behave like a lynch mob if they don't get Sterling's head on a platter soon enough to suit them.

In other words, it seems to me that there may be grounds for Sterling and his family to be treated with compassion rather than contempt once all the facts come out.





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More Democrat Racism

Because they are the party that holds the patent on racist politics.

After meeting with Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, at a political event, Garcia reached out.

We talked on the phone he said he really wanted to help me and help my campaign, Otero said.

And Garcia stayed true to his word, sending an email addressed to Fellow House Members, Senate Colleagues, Elected Official Friends Monday night.

That email enthusiastically backed Otero and fellow Valencia County Democrat Andrew Barreras in their bids in neighboring districts to unseat Republican Reps Kelly Fajardo and Alonzo Baldonado.

But Garcia also lobbed race-based attacks against Otero and Barreras primary opponents, fellow Democrats Jim Danner and Teresa Smith de Cherif. Under a section titled Treachery in Our Ranks Undermine Barreras and Otero, Garcia wrote:

A minority of unsuspecting Democratic leaders are supporting the Democratic Anglo newcomer opponents in Andrews and Franks primary races. Anglo Democrats with egos as big as Texas, mouths as big as the Grand Canyon, and much green [moolah] from the East and the West Coast.

Because it is the color of one's skin and the homeland of one's ancestors that matters, not competence or anything else.

At least if you are a Democrat.





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Death Threat Democrat Threatens Loss Of NASA Jobs If CD36 Votes Republican

Because if a Republican congressman doesn't bow down and worship the dictator in the White House, Obama will just take those jobs away and move them to Florida.

Based upon his mailer and commercials, Streusand is to the right of Stockman and will vow to repeal "ObamaCare", put a gun in every pot, stop dem damn luberal gun grabbers, question Obama's birth place, and be against everything the Obama Administration stands for. And the Clear Lake area will pay the price for it.

I don't expect Streusand to work with the Administration to bring funding for projects in the district including flooding funding, disaster relief funding, and extended funding for the Space Program. You can't expect to be treated favorably after you kick someone in the nuts. The world just doesn't work that way.

The thing is, the blogger from BayAreaHatemonger isn't saying that Ben Streusand will do anything to move the jobs out of the Houston area. No, he's saying that Obama will have a temper tantrum and punish Americans who don't support his failed health care program and other policies.

But it seems to me that we need to look much closer at what is going to happen to NASA jobs under this administration because of its failed foreign policy.

Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis.

Russias deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea.

The two countries have long cooperated closely on space exploration despite their clashes in foreign policy.

The Space Station is manned by both American and Russian crew, but the only way to reach it is by using Russias Soyuz spacecraft.

Seems to me that John, who somehow has managed to keep his job despite Hatch Act violations and well-publicized terroristic threats against political opponents, ought to be focused much more on how Obama is destroying the entire space program through his utter incompetence as president.

Just saying.





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Boko Haram, Child Abduction, Sex Slavery, And Crimes Against Humanity

I think the boys at Jawa Report nail this one.

The UN sent a sternly worded warning to Boko Haram about kidnapping young girls and selling them as sex slaves (emphasis mine):

"We warn the perpetrators that there is an absolute prohibition against slavery and sexual slavery in international law. These can under certain circumstances constitute crimes against humanity," U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.

Just under "certain circumstances"? So, by default, the UN is conceding that under some circumstances slavery is not a crime against humanity.

If I were an Islamophobe, I'd suggest those circumstances involve Islam. The possibility of Muslims being offended is a greater concern than protecting the lives of 276 schoolgirls.

If it were the US or Israel taking little girls hostage and selling them as child brides or prostitutes, you know there would be immediate demands for international tribunals from the UN. But since these are Muslims, abducting Christian girls -- meh, not so much.

To think that there was once a time when the UN had a shred of moral authority.





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May 13, 2014

Just Imagine If A Conservative Journalist Wrote Something Like This

The fit would hit the shan if a Republican wrote about Democrats what Obama-worshiper Tina Brown did about figures from the Clinton-Lewinsky era.

The Monica Lewinsky confessional in Vanity Fair brings back a torrent of unfond memories of the appalling cast of tabloid gargoyles who drove the scandal. Remember them? Treacherous thatched-roof-haired drag-queen Linda Tripp, with those dress-for-success shoulder pads? Cackling, fact-lacking hack Lucianne Goldberg, mealy-mouthed Pharisee Kenneth Starrthe whole buzzing swarm of legal, congressional and gossip industry flesh flies, feasting on the entrails. And, of course, hitting send on each new revelation that no one else would publish, the solitary, perfectly named Matt Drudge, operating in pallid obsession out of his sock-like apartment in Miami.

Here, lets try this.

The Susan Rice confessional in National Review brings back a torrent of unfond memories of the appalling cast of tabloid gargoyles who drove the scandal. Remember them? Pump-wearing power-hungry Democrat doxy Nancy Pelosi, face immobilized by botox? Unaware, unconcerned unqualified Hillary Clinton, mealy-mouthed Baghdad Bob Jay Carneythe whole buzzing swarm of print media, broadcast network and administration chimpanzees, flinging feces to obscure the truth. And, of course, hitting send on each new regime-promulgated lie in an attempt to protect a disengaged president as his foreign policy failed , the Soros-funded liars of Talking Points Memo indulged their obsession with protecting their unicorn-riding demigod on behalf of the Nazi-collaborating kapo who kept their site alive.

And notice I didn't even reach the level of venom that Brown did, much less use one of Facebooks 56 newly-defined genders as an insult for partisan purposes. When will the grievance mongers of the LGBTQIA movement take her to task? When will Andrew Sullivan attack her? Oh, thats right ain't gonna happen. After all, she is on their side, so a little indulgence in homophobia is just fine. Just dont let a conservative do the same thing, lest they get the Donald Sterling/Brandon Eich treatment.





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May 10, 2014

Denise Pratt Scandal Just Won't Go Away

Well, more details have emerged about the Harris County District Attorney's deal with disgraced former judge Denise Pratt -- and those details don't do anything to inspire confidence in this supporter of justice for her thousands of victims

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The Harris County district attorney still could investigate and charge former family court Judge Denise Pratt, despite striking a deal with the freshman jurist to resign to avoid prosecution on charges of tampering with government records.

Asked to elaborate on the terms of the agreement that led to Pratt's March 28 resignation, a spokesman for District Attorney Devon Anderson said Thursday, "If new evidence is discovered, we can investigate and move forward with charges if warranted."

Whether the deal Anderson struck with Pratt made the former judge immune from future charges was one of many questions raised by her critics on Thursday, the day after the county's top prosecutor revealed the agreement in a statement that said pursuing a conviction would have been difficult.

The agreement, Anderson's statement said, was the best and quickest way to get Pratt off the bench and bring the "ongoing damage to a stop."

Of course, this raises a question in my mind -- was this really the best and quickest way to get Pratt off the bench. Personally, I'm not sure that it was. Especially since stories seem to change over time.

I'm not the only person left wondering -- and that includes the admittedly partisan Democrat bloggers at Off the Kuff and Texpatriate

Let's consider Kuffner's observations on the deal.

With all due respect, what enforcement mechanism is in place for this? What is to stop Denise Pratt from moving to, say, Polk County and running for judge there? Whats to stop her from becoming a visiting judge? Theres no official mark on her record, after all. As I understand it, the latter complaints were both misdemeanors, so the statute of limitations will run out on them before too long. What would stop her from running for judge, or maybe Justice of the Peace in a Republican-friendly precinct, at that time? And why is this a better outcome than presenting the evidence to another grand jury and letting them decide for themselves? Maybe with an actual indictment in hand you could have gotten an enforceable deal.

I have to think that at some level, Devon Anderson gets this. If this deal had truly been the best possible outcome, and if it had been something shed been proud of, or at least satisfied with, why wouldnt she have announced it at the time? Dont you tell people when youve done something good? Politicians running for office generally do. And when they do something theyre not all that keen about, they dont. Andersons actions here are speaking pretty loudly. She could have said her piece when Pratt resigned, but instead she kept her mouth shut while Pratt blathered on about how she was run out of town by her political opponents. Maybe Devon Anderson could make a case for the deal, but I dont see any merit to allowing the misinformation to stand. Am I the only one who thinks theres still more to this story?

Exactly. The deal cannot be enforced as it now stands, and the reality is that the statute of limitations might run out before the new DA could go after Pratt if Anderson loses to Kim Ogg in November. We speculated about what brought about the sudden resignation back in March, but there the DA said nothing at the time. It took Ogg's making a campaign issue out of the apparent inaction of Anderson's office to get the public the information about this great "triumph" -- even though Pratt and her supporters were out in force spreading rumors about death threats, shots fired at her house and the killing of one of her pets -- and the text message to her supporters.

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Frankly, Anderson should have gone public at that point, not waited another five weeks, once that message became public. Indeed, Anderson should have moved forward with an indictment right then.

Of course, there is the minor matter that indicting Pratt in March would have gotten her off the bench quickly, as Kuffner reminds us with this excerpt of Kiah Collier's coverage of the story in another Off The Kuff post on the deal.

Webster family lawyer Greg Enos, whose criminal complaints against Pratt prompted at least two district attorney investigations that resulted in no charges, took issue with Andersons contention that the resignation was the quickest way to get the judge off the bench.

He said the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the state agency charged with policing Texas judges, typically suspends judges who have been indicted, and that Any brand new attorney fresh out of law school could have gotten an indictment of Pratt.

Commission Executive Director Seana Willing confirmed that the commission typically votes to suspend indicted judges.

Get the indictment, let the Commission suspend Pratt, and let the process move forward -- ALL IN THE LIGHT OF DAY. No secret deals that reek of favoritism and trading political favors.

No wonder Noah over at Texpatriate brings us word that the Pratt Scandal and string of complaints brought by family law attorney Greg Enos will expand to include Anderson.

Perhaps the biggest point of the night is that Enos has now decided to continue his crusade after Anderson. Speaking on Facebook earlier, Enos wrote Devon Anderson is my next target. For those skeptical of Enos power, just remember that we wouldnt be having this conversation if the DA hadnt started investigating the complaints lodged by none other than Enos himself.

Six weeks ago I thought that the entire matter was over but for the minor detail of our needing to ensure that GOP voters rejected Pratt at the polls in the May 27 runoff. Instead I fear that we have yet to see this matter go away due to the clumsy handling of the matter by District Attorney Devon Anderson. Time will tell if that is the case -- and if the matter negatively impacts Republican candidates at the polls in November.

UPDATE: Kudos to Facebook friend Don Tequila for pointing me towards this case from right next door in Galveston County that led to the suspension of a judge from the bench after his indictment. Given that it happened last year, surely someone in the Harris County District Attorney's office might be vaguely familiar with it -- or at least should have been.





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Watcher's Council Results -- Wow, I've Gotten Way Behind Edition

All I can say is that I've been distracted by matters lately, as evidenced by my light blogging and failure to do even this regular a post for a while. Let me say that I love my Watcher's Council brothers and sisters and thank them for putting up with me being sort of MIA.

That said, here goes!

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Council Winners

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May 2, 2014

Council Winners

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Texas Democrat Senate Runoff Is "War On Women" Spectacle

On the one hand, you have Kesha Rogers, an African-American woman who has twice been selected as a congressional candidate. The Texas Democrat establishment has a history of spurning the voters' choice and reusing to allow her to participate in party events -- clear evidence that they don't like women and minorities who think for themselves rather than following the views of the party establishment. Not that I don't agree with them that LaRouchies are nuts -- but shouldn't a party that claims to be "democratic" respect the outcome of democratic elections?

But on the other side of the runoff, you have a guy who supports sexual harassers and fires women who complain about them.

A chain of dental clinics owned by wealthy Dallas businessman David Alameel, the Democrats' top choice in the U.S. Senate race, entered into a federal court agreement in 2008 to settle claims brought by four women who said they lost their jobs after complaining about a sexually hostile work environment.

Alameel strenuously denied any wrongdoing this week, as he did throughout a trial in Dallas County District Court and a subsequent federal suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Now there are some interesting issues in how this played out in court, but the key thing is that Alameel ultimately settled with the EEOC -- the same sort of settlement that has recently been held up as "proof" that Clippers owner Donald Sterling is guilty of racist acts, not just racist speech.

And let's consider the details of this matter, so you can make a more informed decision on the matter.

The May 2008 federal consent decree ended a five-year legal battle that started when four women claimed they were sexually harassed by their supervisor, Kadri Cumur, then chief financial officer of Jefferson Dental Clinics, which at the time included 11 dental practices in the Dallas area.

The women's 2003 lawsuit accused Cumur of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate personal remarks and offensive touching at the company headquarters where they worked. In one instance, he allegedly reached inside one woman's blouse and touched her bra. Another woman testified that he unbuttoned her blouse. When one of the women turned down his invitation to dinner, he allegedly called her a "whore."

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The four women who sued claimed that when they took their complaints to Alameel, he acknowledged that his wife and son had previously expressed doubts about Cumur's behavior. But after initially firing Cumur, the women alleged, Alameel immediately changed his mind and rehired him.

A few days later, according to the women, the clinic instituted new workplace rules prohibiting female employees from wearing sleeveless shirts and dresses. Three of the women, identified in court records as Heather Sooter, Carol Cantu and Linda Householder, were reportedly fired. A fourth, Esmeralda Jimenez, said she quit.

Apparently the new workplace rules ALSO included a rule that female employees were not permitted to "talk out of turn." I guess that makes it pretty clear what Alameel thinks is the proper place of women -- covered and silent. Are those the sort of values that Texans really want to get behind?

Of course, that does seem to be a value that Texas Democrats support. After all, she is a woman who regularly talks out of turn from the point of view of party leaders, and they want her silenced. And that, my friend, is a war on women.

UPDATE: I wrote this as a comment on a local left-wing blog the other day, and I think it fits here as well.

Even though I'm a Cornyn backer who endorsed him early, I might consider voting for Kesha in the general election just to watch the outpouring of racism that would come from the Democrats. I can see the headlines now -- "Democrats Refuse To Allow Black Woman To Caucus With Them", "Democrats Refuse To Give Black Woman Committee Assignments", "Democrat War On Black Women Continues", etc.

The words and actions of Democrats if Rogers gets the nomination -- much less wins the general election -- will be quite illuminating.





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May 09, 2014

DA Made Deal With Pratt -- And So There Will Be No Justice For Her Victims

Am I out of line having very little confidence left in Harris County DA Devon Anderson after reading this?

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Denise Pratt
Disgraced Former Judge
311th Family District Court

Former family court Judge Denise Pratt's resignation in late March was part of a deal to avoid indictment, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Wednesday, asserting that the document tampering case would have been difficult to prosecute and that the agreement was the best and quickest way to get the rookie jurist off the bench and bring the "ongoing damage to a stop."

In a shorter statement issued the day before, Anderson described Pratt's actions as "reprehensible" but made no mention of the deal, saying only that prosecutors concluded after investigating the judge that "while there may have been probable cause, her actions did not rise to the level of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed."

So let's see -- you had the backdated document, witnesses who were cooperating with the DA, and a pattern of such conduct by Denise Pratt in other cases. What do you mean "her actions did not rise to the level of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed." Your office prosecutes a dozen cases a day with less evidence than that, and wins them. So what is the real reason you refused to see that justice was done for the thousands who were harmed by the wrongdoing -- what it is now fair to call the criminal wrongdoing -- of Denise Pratt acting in her official capacity?

Frankly, this Republican is outraged. DA Devon Anderson has shown herself unwilling and /or unable to get an indictment and take to trial a criminal judge. I wish the re had been a primary opponent for Anderson back in March, and that there were a runoff for DA on May 27. Instead, Harris County will have to decide whether to give Anderson a term in her own right despite her failure to properly deal with Denise Pratt, or to vote for her Democrat opponent, Kim Ogg.

Ogg on Tuesday had called on Anderson to request an independent, special prosecutor be appointed to investigate Enos' complaints. Ogg said the county's top prosecutor should have done that in the first place to avoid the appearance of impropriety as she and Pratt shared the same political consultant, Allen Blakemore, at the time Enos' complaints were filed.

On Wednesday, Ogg said it was "unethical" for Anderson to use evidence that she suggested was insufficient to charge Pratt as leverage to force her resignation, describing it as a "secret plea bargain."

"An ordinary citizen is rarely, if ever, offered an opportunity to resign from their job in exchange for dismissal of a criminal complaint and this confirmation by the district attorney of a secret plea deal reveals this district attorney's double standard: One standard for fellow Republican judges and a different standard for ordinary citizens," said the former prosecutor and head of Crime Stoppers.

Noting that the statute of limitations for tampering with a government document does not expire for a few years, Ogg said that the case still could have been presented to another grand jury, "but now that the DA has confirmed a secret plea bargain, that is likely impossible."

That Ogg is clearly right and Anderson wrong doe s not help matters politically in November for Harris County Republicans. The appearance of impropriety here is stunning. She could parlay this incident into a victory over Anderson in November.

And that we are again dealing with the fallout from the pay-to-play slatemakers and one of their closely allied political consultants should surprise no one.

But in the mean time, we Republicans have a job to do in the primary, since Denise Pratt is still on the ballot and could still be our nominee if folks fail to vote correctly on May 27 in the runoff. I said this the other day, and I repeat it now.

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Alicia Franklin for Judge
311th Family District Court

In the mean time, we have to remember to get out to vote in the May 27 runoff election, to make sure that Alicia Franklin wins the GOP nomination in the race for the 311th Court rather than the derelict vessel that is the Pratt candidacy.

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M.L. "Meca" Walker for Judge
247th Family District Court

And while we are at it, it is important that in the runoff for the 247th Court that we nominate Associate Judge Meca Walker as our candidate for presiding judge of that court rather than her opponent, John Schmude. After all, Walker has years of experience as a Family Court judge while Schmude barely meets the legal requirements to be elected -- and is backed by the same slate-makers who assured Harris County Republicans that Denise Pratt was superbly qualified to be a judge and the same donors who were giving money to the Pratt campaign right up until the day she resigned. Because justice and competence -- especially in our Family Courts -- matters.

Devon Anderson may have taken the wrong course of action in her effort to clean up the problem in the family courts here in harris County -- but we voters in the GOP primary can solve it ourselves on May 27.





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May 04, 2014

Malfeasance, Misfeasance, And Nonfeasance -- Denise Pratt Redux

You may recall my focus on the failures of former Family Court Judge Denise Pratt, her resignation under fire, and the mess she left behind. Well, the Houston Chronicle's Kiah Collier is doing a public service with this first piece in a multi-part series on Pratt's failings and the harm she did to the families of Harris County.

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Denise Pratt
Disgraced Former Judge
311th Family District Court

For Kevin Bates, landing in Judge Denise Pratt's court meant not seeing his 16-year-old daughter for nearly a year while he waited on a contempt ruling to force his ex-wife to surrender the teen for weekend visits.

For Katrina Fischer, it meant being forced from her home on Thursday evenings and every other weekend after the freshman jurist said she was banning her from being around her fianc's three children from a previous marriage.

For Lance Ellington, it meant spending more than $44,000 fighting his ex-wife's decision to home-school their daughters only to find out that Pratt had dismissed the unresolved case without letting either side know.

In the weeks following the Pratt's surprise resignation on March 28, the human toll the family court judge's decisions took on Houston-area families in her three-plus years on the bench is coming into sharp focus. While it is difficult to objectively quantify wrongdoing in the high-drama family courts, interviews with dozens of families and lawyers make clear that her actions exacerbated situations for people already in the midst of the worst times in their lives.

Many of the complaints lodged against Pratt in recent months have centered on administrative issues, but lawyers also say her rulings sometimes strayed beyond the bounds of the law.

Pratt was out of control, imposing blanket rules that played havoc with families. Take, for example, this rule.

"When someone files for divorce who has children and they request a temporary restraining order that orders that the parents not have their children around their girlfriend, boyfriend, lover or paramour from 10 p.m to 8 a.m., we changed that to read: You are not to have your children around your girlfriend, boyfriend, lover or paramour at all," Pratt said in a campaign video.

In other words, not only was cohabitation while the children were present forbidden (a policy that one can argue either way about), but children were forbidden to even meet a future step-parent until after a wedding took place. Clearly that was not in the best interests of the children -- but it somehow fulfilled Pratt's own warped sense of morality.

And then there was this silly provision put in at least one order.

Some of Pratt's decisions, apparently guided by her personal philosophy, complicated Fischer's life in other ways. In a handwritten rendition dictating the terms of the temporary order, the judge ordered Fischer's soon-to-be husband and his ex-wife to meet every week to talk while the children attended Sunday school. She also said the children were not allowed to ride in an automobile with anyone except their biological parents, which meant they no longer could ride a bus to school.

No school bus. No car pools. No trips to the movies or swimming pool with friends where the friends' parents drove. The order is absurd -- but Pratt abused her discretion to impose a completely illogical provision. And for that matter, it appears that Pratt's order REQUIRED that the children attend Sunday School -- a clear violation of the First Amendment.

And don't forget the parade of horrors that resulted from Pratt's mass dismissal of cases at the end of 2013 -- a move that appeared based upon a desire to improve her efficiency statistics than upon a desire to more the wheels of justice.

In one of the cases, Pratt's dismissal allowed a soon-to-be ex-wife to return to the family home and demand to move back in. In another, a mother who had lost custody of her young son when she married a convicted sex offender, showed up to a supervised visitation site and demanded to take him back. Pratt had, according to court documents, found that "for the child to remain in the home of the mother is contrary to the welfare of the child."

"We had no choice but to turn him over," said Marinelle Timmons, executive director of the Victim Assistance Centre, which runs a decades-old court supervised visitation program, noting the new husband had been accused of holding a knife to the little boy's throat. "I went to the office and I called CPS and made a report and was begging them, practically, to see if there was any intervention they could do."

The sad thing in all of this? Despite Pratt's malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance in office, she remains completely immune from being held to account for the damage she has done to thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of people here in Harris County. As a judge, she has a virtually unassailable immunity from civil damages, meaning she will never be held personally accountable for the hundreds of thousands of dollars (perhaps even millions) in unnecessary and duplicate legal fees that she caused to those who appeared in her courtroom over the course of three years. Those folks will never be made whole financially -- and we won't even get into the human toll that no dollar amount could ever fully remedy. We can only hope for criminal charges and sanctions that strip her of her ability to practice law and, consequently, to be a judge. Perhaps, if the Department of Justice were to pay attention to protecting the people rather than covering up the failures of Barack Obama, the federal government might take an interest in what went on in Pratt's court.

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Alicia Franklin for Judge
311th Family District Court

In the mean time, we have to remember to get out to vote in the May 27 runoff election, to make sure that Alicia Franklin wins the GOP nomination in the race for the 311th Court rather than the derelict vessel that is the Pratt candidacy.

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M.L. "Meca" Walker for Judge
247th Family District Court

And while we are at it, it is important that in the runoff for the 247th Court that we nominate Associate Judge Meca Walker as our candidate for presiding judge of that court rather than her opponent, John Schmude. After all, Walker has years of experience as a Family Court judge while Schmude barely meets the legal requirements to be elected -- and is backed by the same slate-makers who assured Harris County Republicans that Denise Pratt was superbly qualified to be a judge and the same donors who were giving money to the Pratt campaign right up until the day she resigned. Because justice and competence -- especially in our Family Courts -- matters.





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Leading Dem Calls On Party To Help Cover-Up Benghazi Scandal

Because by refusing to participate in an investigation of the clear wrong-doing and policy failures of the Obama Administration and the Hillary Clinton State Department, they can pretend that the real scandal is GOP partisanship, not incompetence and lies from the current president and their presumptive 2016 presidential nominee.

A Democratic member of the House intelligence committee called Sunday for his party to boycott the newly announced committee tasked with probing the Benghazi attacks, dismissing new evidence that Republicans have called a "smoking gun" showing the White House politicized the tragedy.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told "Fox News Sunday" that Democrats should not give the select committee more "credibility" by joining.

"I think it's a colossal waste of time," he said. "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."

So the mere fact that four Americans at a diplomatic compound were killed in a terrorist attack while the Secretary of States was out of the loop and the President was resting up for a fundraiser doesn't need to be explored. And neither does the decision of the administration to use government officials to perpetrate a fraud on the American people by having them blame the attack on an obscure YouTube video rather than a failure of policy -- all so that the incumbent's reelection campaign did not suffer.

Seems pretty clear that the Democrats are hoping to once again use a false narrative to hide the truth.





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More Education Diversity BS

What next? A call to return to segregated education for the good of the children?

U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.

New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this "diversity gap" at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help teachers more accurately mirror the students in their classrooms.

Of course, this argument is nothing but bullshit.

For example, I teach at a school that is 92% Hispanic. Our top teacher in Economics? African-American., without question. Our kids learn from him despite not looking like him.

I could go down the list of different subject areas and note that some of the best teachers are Hispanic but many others are not. That might be because our faculty is not anywhere near 92% Hispanic -- many of us are white, many others are black, and we even have a small cadre of Filipino teachers on our campus who do an outstanding job teaching our kids despite coming from a very different background.

And, of course, there is the other question -- how is it that across the nation we see students of Asian heritage excelling despite having a mere handful of teachers who share their background. Based upon the logic of this latest study, these students should be having major academic deficits -- but instead they are disproportionately found as valedictorians and salutatorians on graduation days and affirmative action policies have been put in place on many college campuses to make sure that entering freshman classes don't have too many students of Asian heritage.

Sorry, friends -- the problem isn't the color of the students or the heritage of the teachers. The issue is whether or not we are holding those students to high standards and whether their communities -- and their cultures -- put a premium on education. Making the faculty of a campus mirror the ethnic diversity of the students is not going to solve those problems.





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May 01, 2014

Who Is The Uncle Tom?

The issue is relevant because of the words of Democrat Congressman Bennie Thompson.

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Wednesday stood by his remark that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an "Uncle Tom" and continued to suggest that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) opposition to President Obama is race-based.

In an interview with CNN, the Congressional Black Caucus member doubled down on his comments, first made over the weekend, that Thomas apparently "doesnt like black people, he doesnt like being black. His comments were first reported by BuzzFeed.

You know, I think Thompson has a point. After all, how could Clarence Thomas be a loyal member of the party of slavery, segregation, and the KKK without being an Uncle Tom? How could he have eulogized a KKK leader as a deeply religious Christian man whose life was bent towards justice? The only sort of black man who could say such a thing is the Tommiest of Uncle Toms.

Oh, wait those are things that are true of Barack Obama, not Justice Clarence Thomas. It is Obama who is a Democrat, and Obama who eulogized Robert Byrd.

Draw your own conclusion.





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Some Subways In UK Go Halal

Heres the story.

Fast food giant Subway has removed ham and bacon from almost 200 outlets, and switched to halal meat alternatives in an attempt to please its Muslim customers.

It has confirmed turkey ham and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules.

The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with 'the views of religious communities'.

To which I say Hurrah!

Now that may surprise some of you, because Im not known for being a big fan of Islam, especially not the more extreme variety. But the reality is that many good and decent people follow that religion and therefore deserve to have their religious practices respected. And if you have neighborhoods (like many in the UK) where there are high concentrations of Muslims, it is simply a good business decision to cater to those religious practices at locations in such neighborhoods. So just as I have no problem if a chain restaurant in a neighborhood with a high Jewish population decides to maintain a kosher kitchen, Ive got no problem with the same being done with regard to the halal dietary standards provided that the signage makes it clear and provides those who do not adhere to those practices the option of going elsewhere.

Heck, if there were overwhelmingly Hindu neighborhoods, I wouldnt object to seeing menus like this one from India in the local McDonalds.

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University Decides It Is Better To Let Sick People Die Than Accept Money From Donald Sterling For Medical Research

Warped priorities.

Researchers at UCLA will return a portion of a $3 million pledge that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made to support kidney research, school officials announced Tuesday.

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The school issued the following statement: Mr. Sterlings divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLAs core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterlings initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology.

Because, of course, disapproving of a racist scumbag is infinitely more important than healing the sick. Better that people die than a racist be allowed to do something that benefits all mankind.

And Im curious how many folks who applaud this wrong-headed decision believe that the state of California and the federal government should reject Sterlings tax payments less the profit by taking money from a racist. After all, how can the government use a racist's money to do good things?





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