Tuesday, February 9, 2016
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
This evening, the 40 Days for Life campaign held kickoff events in hundreds of cities around the planet; here in Austin, they met outside the Planned Parenthood facility on Ben White.
40 Days for Life is a global event that holds semi-annual prayer vigils outside abortion facilities. The goal is to peacefully and prayerfully put the facilities out of business. Globally, 40 days for life has saved over 11,000 babies from abortion and rescued 127 clinic workers from the abortion industry since it's inception in 2007.
Here in Austin, this is the fifteenth campaign. To our knowledge, at least 222 women have changed their minds during that time, saving at least 225 babies from abortion. Nine clinic workers have left the abortion industry during that time, including three in the past four months!
"This is mission work in our own backyard!"
Learn more and sign up to participate here.
"If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed."
We mentioned last summer how we were unenthusiastic about the alleged 'campus carry' bill that passed the legislature last session; while we suppose the bill that ultimately passed was better than nothing, that bill was substantially watered down from what was discussed at the beginning of the session.
Which begs the next question: How was the bill watered down and who voted to do so?!?
SB 11 was the campus carry bill. It passed the Senate in a strong form in late March. The Straus House then sat on it for two months.
In late May, shortly before sine die, the bill was brought up in the House; during floor debate, House Higher Ed committee chairman John Zerwas, a liberal Republican from Ft. Bend County offered the following amendment:
Subject to the approval of not less than two-thirds of the board of regents or other governing board of the institution and after consulting with students, staff, and faculty of the institution, an institution of higher education in this state may establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on specifically identified portions of premises located on the campus of the institution. The institution may not establish rules, regulations, or other provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution. The institution must give effective notice under Section 30.06, Penal Code, with respect to the portion of the premises on which license holders may not carry.In other words, the Zerwas amendment enables the respective Boards of Regents among the respective University systems to gut the campus carry law and establish gun-free zones on campus anywhere they think they can get away with it politically.
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
[Sidenote: While we're on the subject, it's worth pointing out that without the Zerwas amendment the vulgar protests we saw against campus carry last fall wouldn't have happened.]
Which begs the next question: Which REPUBLICANS voted for the Zerwas amendment?!? [Note: Representatives with primary opponents are in BOLD.]
- Doc Anderson
- Trent Ashby
- Jimmie Don Aycock
- Dwayne Bohac
- Dennis Bonnen
- Greg Bonnen
- CINDY BURKETT
- Angie Chen Button
- TRAVIS CLARDY
- BYRON COOK
- Tom Craddick
- Myra Crownover
- Tony Dale
- Drew Darby
- SARAH DAVIS
- Gary Elkins
- Wayne Faircloth
- MARSHA FARNEY
- Alan Fletcher
- DAN FLYNN
- JAMES FRANK
- JOHN FRUILLO
- Rick Galindo
- CHARLIE GEREN
- Craig Goldman
- Larry Gonzales
- Patricia Harless
- DAN HUBERTY
- BRYAN HUGHES (running for Senate)
- Jason Isaac
- KYLE KACAL
- Jim Keffer
- Mark Keough
- Ken King
- Phil King
- SUSAN KING (running for Senate)
- Stephanie Klick
- Linda Koop
- John Kuempel
- Lyle Larson
- J.M. Lozano
- Morgan Meyer
- DOUG MILLER
- Rick Miller
- Geanie Morrison
- Jim Murphy
- John Otto
- Chris Paddie
- Tan Parker
- Gilbert Pena
- Dade Phelan
- Four Price
- JOHN RANEY
- DEBBIE RIDDLE
- Kenneth Sheets
- J.D. SHEFFIELD
- Ron Simmons
- WAYNE SMITH
- John Smithee
- Drew Springer
- Phil Stephenson
- GARY VANDEAVER
- JASON VILLALBA
- PAUL WORKMAN
- Bill Zedler
- John Zerwas
Monday, February 8, 2016
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
The U.T. Board of Regents meets this week in Galveston. The tuition hike will be one of the items discussed. First things first, it's notable they didn't even have the guts to bring this up at a regular board meeting in Austin.
But, perusing the agenda book for the meeting (starting on page 275), we noticed something interesting. Instead of talking about the price increase PER SEMESTER, U.T. decided to present them per WEEK. In other words, by dividing the proposed hike by 15 weeks per semester, the system is able to downplay the full magnitude of the hike.
To calculate the full magnitude of the hike, multiply the weekly figure supplied here by 20.
U.T. San Antonio:
U.T. Permian Basin:
But, lest you think they were going about this willy-nilly, you'll be thankful to learn about the exacting standards U.T. applied to these tuition hikes:
"Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel."
Well, THAT'S Interesting:
Fiscal responsibility is the cornerstone of our campaign for Texas House. That's why anti-toll groups Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) and Texans for Toll-free Highways (TTH) have announced their endorsement of my candidacy.
My opponent Paul Workman has been a strong and vocal advocate of toll roads.
TURF is a non-partisan, grassroots, all-volunteer group defending citizens' concerns with toll road policy, public private partnerships, and eminent domain abuse. TURF promotes pro-taxpayer, pro-freedom, & non-toll transportation solutions.
Similarly, Texans for Toll-free Highways is a non-partisan political action committee also working to keep our highways toll-free.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,
‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’
Pastor Danny Forshee. Great Hills Baptist Church. April 13, 2014:
- Identification (v. 12)
A. The City -- Pergamos
- Lots of Pagan Temples; 3 for emperor worship alone!
- Capital City
- Similar to Austin
B. Christ -- Self- Revelation.
- Commendation (v. 13)
A. Works -- Good Deeds.
B. Dwelling -- Hostile, Pagan place.
i. "You hold fast to MY name."
ii. "Did not deny MY faith."
- This sermon was originally preached on Palm Sunday.
- John pre-supposes you know your Old Testament.
- "Them demonic spiders come out of the wood work whenever you preach on Revelation."
- Church at Pergamos had people in the congregation they refused to discipline.
- During the middle ages, the Church became VERY compromised.
- If God does a Good Work in your life, gossip about the gospel.
- "The things that have God in them are the things that last."
- Jesus is attracted to commitment and endurance.
- Don't quit; keep doing the right thing until God intervenes.
- "Our greatest challenge in the Church in America today is theological heresy and sexual promiscuity."
Saturday, February 6, 2016
"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
We obtained the following letter from the UT system via open records request. Remember, Carol Alvarado was Dan Flynn's co-chair on the Wallace Hall impeachment committee. For those unaware, Alvarado is from Houston:
Bottom Line: When you've lost the co-chair of the Wallace Hall Impeachment committee....
Friday, February 5, 2016
'Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” '
1 Corinthians 15:33
A couple nights ago, Dan Flynn made the following comment on Facebook:
Using some sort of newfangled technology called "Google" we took a trip in the way back machine all the way to 2014 and this Daily Texan article:
In a 7-1 vote Monday, the House transparency committee voted there are sufficient grounds for UT System Regent Wallace Hall’s impeachment. The committee will meet on May 21 and 22 to try and determine the nature of specific articles of impeachment.We pointed this out to Flynn:
Rep. Dan Flynn committee co-chair and R-Canton, said he encouraged Hall to resign, and noted that if Hall were to resign before May 21, the committee would not have to convene.
To which Flynn responded:
as Tony McDonald wrote at the time:
After a letter Tuesday from UT Regent Wallace Hall’s attorneys accused the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations of withholding an audio recording that exonerates Hall, Committee Chairman Dan Flynn (R–Van) has capitulated. In a self-serving and petulant letter from Flynn to Eric Johnson, one of the Democratic members of the Committee, Flynn was forced to admit that a report prepared by the committee’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, contained lies about Hall.In other words, Flynn backed the impeachment fiasco through every step of the process up until the moment Wallace Hall's lawyer threatened to expose the deceitfulness of Flynn's committee in a public setting; only at that point did Flynn back down.
The audio recording of the August 22, 2013 UT Board of Regents meeting apparently refutes several of the assertions contained in Hardin’s report. In response, Flynn was forced to walk back the four bases alleged by Hardin to justify Hall’s impeachment.
Dan Flynn should have done the honorable thing and apologized to Wallace Hall.
Instead, Flynn’s letter contains name-calling, attacks against Wallace Hall and continues to call for the regent to resign — despite admitting that Hall was justified in his actions.
In the letter, Dan Flynn attempts to indefinitely delay obligations to report on his committee’s findings by hinging further action on a final decision by the Travis County District Attorney’s office. At the same time, Flynn suggests that the committee should, as its immediate next step, begin investigating a scandal involving $1 Million in contracts given to Accenture by UT President Bill Powers. Flynn also suggests that the University of Texas System should pay his expenses for the whole boondoggle.
Bottom Line: For Flynn to claim he never voted to impeach Wallace Hall is, at best, semantic silliness.