Noah over at Texpate points us to the Houston Chronicle story on the latest effort by former Harris County GOP chairman Jared Woodfill's effort to get an immediate vote on the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance have asked the Texas Supreme Court to force the city secretary to certify the signatures on a petition they submitted seeking to trigger a repeal referendum on the law.
Houston's 14th Court of Appeals denied a similar request on Aug. 15, ruling that the emergency writ of mandamus would have the same result as a favorable ruling in the pending lawsuit opponents filed against the city earlier this month. The plaintiffs, the judges wrote, could appeal after a ruling comes down at the trial court level.
Trial in that case is set for Jan. 19.
The new filing with the Supreme Court, turned in late Tuesday, is similar to the group of conservative pastors and activists' previous requests. It seeks to have the court force the city to suspend enforcement of the ordinance, to put the ordinance to another vote of the City Council and, if the council does not repeal it, to put the issue before voters.
No good reason for mandamus here -- Woodfill and company are asking for the court to give them everything they demand now and then decide if they are entitled to anything later. That is a non-starter for me (hardly a fan of the ordinance) because it then creates the situation where the voters have cast a vote repealing the ordinance only to have that vote thrown out by the judiciary should it be determined that the repeal measure never should have been on the ballot in the first place. This is therefore nothing but a cynical effort to avoid having the case decided on its merits by mooting the case at the ballot box and leads me to question if Woodfill and company have polling data showing them that the repeal will fail any time but this November.
Both these guys are mentioned as candidates for President in 2016. Both are conservatives (though of different stripes) and both are popular among Texans and nationally. It even has the potential to split the vote of Texas conservatives in the GOP primary.
Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough?
After plummeting from prime contender to political punchline three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry has spent months gearing up for a second run. And he's turned his recent indictment on felony abuse-of-power charges into a campaign rallying cry.
But even as Perry works to convince conservatives that he'll be better at coping with the national spotlight this time, he's increasingly bumping up against his state's junior senator, tea party darling Ted Cruz, whose firebomb approach on Capitol Hill has grassroots activists clamoring for him to make a White House run.
Speaking as a Texas Republican, let me make a couple of observations.
Rick Perry? Not my guy – he wasn’t in 2012 and won’t be in 2016. I’m just not a big fan, though I think he might have a spot in an GOP cabinet.
Ted Cruz? Not in 2016. I didn’t think Obama was seasoned enough to be president, and his lack of experience has shone through over the course of his two terms. Ted Cruz has exactly as much experience as Obama did in at this point in his presidential run -- he’s just not ready. Of course, I’d be supportive of Cruz as a vice presidential candidate – or attorney general or (preferably) Supreme Court justice. But now is not the time for President Cruz.
Of course, I know who I am praying for in 2016 – someone with a long record of accomplishments who is currently praying for guidance on the matter.
Because nobody is going to hire someone when they explain an arrest over this.
A young man is facing charges stemming from an unusual incident in Westmoreland County Monday.
Skyler Connor, 18, of New Derry, is facing a disorderly conduct charge for waving a rubber penis at passing motorists.
According to police, the incident happened on Route 30 in Unity Township around 6 p.m.
Connor was a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle at the time.
Great move, kid.
Amazing, isn't it, that the “progressive” Democrat Party that is supposedly the friend to minorities and immigrants acts like the same old Democrat Party of slavery, segregation, and the Klan – using your tax dollars.
America’s newest federal agency, charged with regulating financial institutions to prevent another hostile economic downturn, is having troubles regulating hostilities and discrimination among its own employees.
Evidence gathered by congressional investigators, internal agency documents and Washington Times interviews with workers discloses scores of cases of U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees seeking protection from racially offensive, sexist or discriminatory behavior, including that:
• A naturalized U.S. citizen, with more than a decade of service with the U.S. government, was called an “f’ing foreigner” by management.
• A department was internally dubbed “the Plantation” because of the number of blacks working in it — all supervised by white managers — without any obvious promotional track or way to get transferred.
• White employees were twice as likely to get the most favorable personnel ratings in employee reviews, as were minorities.
• Managers intimidated and retaliated against employees for voicing complaints or offering an alternative point of view — from denying vacation requests to hiring unqualified friends to supervise jobs and then asking subordinates to train them.
This agency is the Democrat’s baby, created by the Democrats under this administration and staffed at the management level by Democrats appointees. No wonder the racial divide hasn’t healed under Obama – he and his crew are need to continue to purvey racism in order to hang on to power.
Are they finally recognizing that decades of encouraging extremism in the name of ridding the region of the Jewish state is undermining the stability of Muslim nations in the Middle East?
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister said that now is the time to recognize Israel as a legitimate entity in the Middle East, stressing that the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, terror group Hamas, is responsible for fanning the flames of war between Israelis and Palestinians.
Speaking at the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud reiterated that the Arab world must also reject Hamas as the representatives of the Palestinian movement, AWDnews reports.
Here’s hoping that this realization has not come too late for the Saudis – and for Israel.
A few weeks back I noted that Austin is a liberal island in the heart of Texas and is out of step with the rest of the state politically. Well, there is more proof of that -- and that deviation from the Texas norm is reflected countywide in Travis County.
Data from eight University of Texas/Texas Tribune Polls conducted among registered voters between May of 2011 and June of 2014 allow us to estimate the mean ideological position of the voting public in 20 of the state’s 21 most populous counties — counties which combined contain almost three-fourths (73 percent) of the Texas population. Insufficient survey data exist at the present time for Webb County, the 19th most populous county in the state.
The UT/Tribune Poll contains an ideology variable based on a question asking respondents to place themselves on a seven-point ideology scale ranging from “Extremely Liberal” (1) to “Extremely Conservative” (7), with a 4 indicating the respondent considers their ideological position to be “In the Middle.” A mean ideological position for every county is calculated by averaging the valid self-reported ideological placement of its residents.
The data was graphed as follows.
Of course, it is likely that the city of Austin skews the county as a whole and that the rest of Travis County is much more reflective of Texas as a whole. But it also accounts for how you got a grand jury like the one that indicted Rick Perry -- loaded with partisan Democrats and virtually devoid of Republicans.
Any doubt that we have a partisan hit on Rick Perry? Not only was the indictment based upon the complaint of a Soros-funded liberal activist group, but the grand jury was filled with partisan Democrats.
The Chronicle was able to identify nine of the 12 Travis County residents who served on the grand jury. Of those, five have voted only in Democratic Party primaries over the last 20 years, according to county records. One has voted in both Democratic and Republican primaries during that time, while three have not voted at all.
Having identified 3/4 of the grand jurors, you come up with only one who has EVER voted Republican -- and even then the grand juror is not a consistent GOP primary voter? But you get five who have never voted in any other primary except the Democrat primary? Looks like the grand jury was stacked.
But surely they were fair-minded, right? After all, look at this from one of them.
Rhoda Chambers, who is the only person listed in Travis County with her name but would only confirm her service on a jury that ended last week, said grand juries involve careful consideration of facts.
"For me, it's not a political decision," Chambers said. "That's what a grand jury is about - take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision."
Sounds very high minded, doesn't it? Except while she was serving on the grand jury in question, she was involved in some other activity as well.
Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings. Chalmers’ active participation in Democratic state politics is important because she claimed yesterday to the Houston Chronicle that her decision to indict Perry, a Republican, was not based on politics.
“For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers told the newspaper. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.”
More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.
Watson was a witness in front of the grand jury. On June 27, 2014, Chalmers shared a photo of the Watson event on a community Facebook page she started called Developer’s Dungeon. “Senator Kirk Watson telling the story of the Wendy Davis fillibuster (sic),” she wrote in a comment accompanying the picture.
While serving on the grand jury charged with hearing no other case except one against the sitting governor involving a conflict with a public official of a different party, she was a delegate to that other party's convention. Not only that, she served on the Rules Committee -- a position that as a rule only goes to the most active of party activists. Not only that, she was having outside contact with witnesses testifying before the grand jury while it was sitting. Doesn't this raise questions as to the impartiality of this grand juror? I would argue that it does -- and that it also raises the question of she may have tainted the grand jury's deliberations.
Frankly, this does not pass the smell test.
The indictment of a sitting governor for using his veto power is on its face a perverse violation of the separation of powers contained in the Texas Constitution. To allow a grand jury stacked with the governor's political opponents is even less acceptable. The judge assigned to hear this case needs to dismiss the charges with prejudice -- and if he does not, then the appellate court needs to do so in order to preserve the principle of separation of powers and that of not criminalizing what are disputes over politics and policy.
Has the Dictator-In-Chief finally decided that we have to create a barrier in order to stop the deluge of illegal border crossers created by his failed policies?
No -- it isn't the American border he wants to protect (thought part of the problem here is also due to Obama's failed policies).
As part of the U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine announced by the White House in April, the State Department awarded a $435,000 contract to B.K. Engineering System in Kyiv for razor wire to help “defend the newly imposed borders between Ukraine’s mainland and the Crimean peninsula.” The contract was awarded on June 12, but was just posted online this week.
So apparently a physical barrier will stop Putin's forces from invading Ukraine (in tanks and armored personnel carriers) but one will not stop people on foot from crossing into the United States.
If you aren't outraged, then you just aren't paying attention.
No surprise here -- after all, the dead are Christians and the killers are Muslims, so it is business as usual.
The death toll from Boko Haram’s takeover of the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza is nearly 1,000, not the 100 included in many reports, Nigerian relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku told Baptist Press.
The Nigerian military abandoned their weapons and fled Gwoza as Boko Haram attacked Wednesday (Aug. 6), burning government buildings, killing residents and taking hostages. Some residents managed to flee to the mountains bordering Cameroon and are without food or water; others made it 85 miles north to Maiduguri, Associated French Press (AFP) and others reported.
News surfaced just today (Aug. 15) of a separate Aug. 10 attack on the remote village of Doron Baga in northeastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram kidnapped dozens of boys and men, leaving women, girls and young children abandoned there.
I'm curious -- where is Barack Obama's humanitarian intervention to stop this genocide in Nigeria? Where is the international outrage?
And I think it is fair to sum matters up in a single tweet from the military arm of Hamas.
We are continuing our struggle. ALLAH IS OUR GOAL, THE PROPHET IS OUR LEADER, JIHAD IS OUR WAY, AND DEATH FOR ALLAH IS OUR MOST EXALTED WISH— Al-Qassam Brigades (@Qassam_English) August 16, 2014
Here's a report on the failure. Note the generous terms that were offered Hamas, the losing party in this conflict by every measure.
JERUSALEM - Hamas reportedly rejected a comprehensive, 11-clause long term ceasefire proposal on Saturday. Egypt has warned that this proposal will be its final effort to secure a lasting end to the Israel-Gaza conflict.
According to details leaked by Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk, the 11-clause proposal contained several key concessions to the Palestinian delegation, including the opening of border crossings between Israel and Gaza, the elimination of the so-called "buffer zones" along the Israel-Gaza border, the extension of the fishing zone to 12 miles off the Gazan coast, and the assistance of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in rebuilding the infrastructure of the Gaza Strip.
The proposal also called for negotiations to resume after a month of quiet, at which time the issues of a seaport and airport in Gaza would be discussed. Egypt has warned that its latest proposal will be its final effort, Israel Radio reported on Friday.
Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan said the Egyptian proposal did not meet the needs of the Palestinian people.
"Israel must agree to the demands of the Palestinian people, or it will face a long war of attrition," Hamdan wrote in a Facebook post.
Fine -- Hamas leaders insist that the "demands of the Palestinian people" be met and that they wish for "death for Allah"> Maybe it is time for Israel to give it to them without taking half measures or showing the sort of restraint that has limited their ability to wipe out the terrorists but still left them open to international criticism.