A picture is worth a thousand words

The mind games the Democrats use are so unproductive.

The following is from Senator Ted Cruz:

 
A picture is worth a thousand words.

Which for the Democrats meant boycotting today’s Finance Committee votes for President Trump’s nominees to Treasury & HHS.

The obstruction of Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats is now reaching unprecedented depths, one of my colleagues even stated this embarrassing display was “the most pathetic he’s seen in his whole time in the United States Senate”.

We can’t let them get away with it, but I need your help to fight back.

After his first week in office eight years ago President Obama had eleven Cabinet Secretaries confirmed, while at the same period of time President Trump received approval for only two nominees.

Democrats don’t have the votes to reject any nominee, but their delay games will severely impact the administration’s ability to implement policy. It’s a disgrace.

Anyone watching closely knows that Senate Democrats who boycotted today’s planned vote are only following the orders of their leftist financial backers, that is why we need to corral the power of the grassroots to take them on and call their bluff.
For Liberty,

Ted Cruz

 

Repeal Obamacare now. No excuses.

By Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation
Jan. 4, 2017
There’s been a lot of talk about change leading up to this week. Guess what? It’s go time. Republicans campaigned on repealing Obamacare and they won. It’s time to make good on that promise. Unsurprisingly, Democrats are already trying to slam the breaks on the president-elect’s Cabinet picks. But are they just being sore losers? History says yes. Plus, why President Obama’s sanctions on Russia are too little, too late. Conservatives have much to look forward to, but only if we get started in the right direction. Consider this your map.
—Michelle Cordero, Managing Editor, Heritage.org
Repeal Obamacare now. No excuses.
President-elect Donald Trump has committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare. But here’s the catch: In order to do this, Trump needs Congress to write legislation for him to sign. Congress can and should do this in January, before Inauguration Day. There is no excuse not to. Thousands of Americans have lost their insurance plans or their doctors. They’ve seen their premiums hiked up to unbelievable levels. Seventeen of the original 23 Obamacare insurance co-ops have collapsed. And, of course, there has always been the rotten, unconstitutional core of Obamacare: the federal government forcing citizens to buy a product. Congress has voted over 60 times to repeal all or part of it. They just need to do it one more time. Read Heritage President Jim DeMint’s op-ed and our report on a how to prepare a smooth transition for the repeal of Obamacare.
Attempts to block nominees won’t work.
If recent history is any guide, the Senate typically gives deference to a new president’s Cabinet picks. Such was the case for Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and even Barack Obama, who had 10 of his nominees confirmed within his first week as president. However, Senate Democrats are vowing to delay or reject at least eight Trump picks for major Cabinet appointments. At the top of their list is Trump’s choice for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions. Sessions’ confirmation hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10, just 10 days before Trump is sworn in as president. Heritage’s Rachel Bovard says conservatives should feel confident about the confirmation process since Democrats can do little to ultimately derail nominees (due to lack of votes). But they can still use various procedural maneuvers to delay the process. Among them: failing to show up to a committee meeting so that a quorum is not present, and on the Senate floor, prolonging debate for up to 30 additional hours.
Russia sanctions are too little, too late.
Last week, in response to evidence that Russia hacked Democratic Party officials during the presidential election, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on the Russian intelligence community and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the United States. While these actions are welcome, they are too little, too late, says Luke Coffey, director of Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy. As our 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength states, Russia seeks to maximize its strategic position in the world at the expense of the United States. Russia also maintains incredibly advanced cyberwarfare capabilities and the overall threat is aggressive and formidable. Any future efforts to investigate the extent of Russia’s actions by Congress and the White House must be independent, bipartisan, and thorough. Read more about the threat from Russia and our report on a comprehensive strategy to Russia.by Heritage Foundation 

Understanding the Threat

Last Friday, my dear friend, Marty and I attended a meeting on “Understanding the Threat.”  It was very revealing.  I highly recommend this to anyone who has an opportunity to get these gentlemen out to your area.

Muslims Targeting U.S. Churches

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St. Peter & Paul Chapel in Cairo Bombed by Muslims in November 2016 killing 25 Christians

In the shadow of the savage killing of a priest by muslims during Mass in Normandy, France (July 2016) and the bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul chapel – a part of St. Mark’s Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt – four weeks ago, UTT has received reports in the last several weeks from law enforcement, pastors, and citizens revealing muslims are conducting pre-operation surveillance inside U.S. churches during services.

The information received by UTT from different states indicates the manner of the surveillance is similar in each case.

Two muslim males will come into a church during the service and sit together in the back of the church.  They will often take pictures and record video.  When approached by concerned ushers they will either tell their questioners they are “interested” in becoming Christians or they will run.

This information has been passed to appropriate law enforcement officials, and UTT is aware of a joint investigation between local police and the FBI in at least one of the cases.

Relatedly, in February 2016, an FBI criminal complaint for Khalil Abu-Rayyan was filed in Eastern District of Michigan alleging he was a muslim who wanted to wage jihad in the U.S., and specifically quoted Abu-Rayyan as confessing his plan to kill Christians at a large church.

The affidavit for the complaint states Abu-Rayyan told an FBI Undercover (UC) “I don’t know the name of it (church), but it’s close to my job.  It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit…a lot of people go there.  Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”

Abu-Rayyan told an undercover FBI employee attacking a church would be “easy…(If I) can’t go do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

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Graffiti on a Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas reads “Islam or Die” (OCT 2016)

American pastors need to be aware their churches are significant targets.  See other related articles here and here.

UTT offers this important guidance for pastors of churches of all denominations:

  1. Understand the real threat the U.S. Islamic Movement poses and educate your flock.
  2. Stop conducting “interfaith outreach” with Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas organizations like ISNA, ICNA, CAIR, MAS and others.  They are part of the enemy’s program.
  3. Encourage parishioners who are properly trained to carry firearms to do so, and make sure it is known publicly.  Consider posting a sign in front of the church saying something like “The disciples carried weapons and Jesus was okay with it, so we are too.”  This would be a tremendous deterrent.
  4. Put together a team of active or former law enforcement officers, military, or other trained individuals from the church, and build a security team.  UTT offers training for security teams and can help as needed.
  5. Train the members of your church on how to respond to someone in the church who may be conducting pre-operation surveillance and what to do if an attack happens, so they can be prepared not scared.

In all of this, UTT stands ready to help.  Reach out to us at http://www.UnderstandingtheThreat.com.

If you have details of similar events at your church, please send them to info@understandingthethreat.com.  Please provide contact information.

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TEC SIGNS ITS DEATH WARRANT

According to attorneys involved in litigation against the agency, the Texas Ethics Commission agreed to an order today that will soon result in the commission being stripped of nearly all of its statutory authority.

“The TEC signed its own death warrant today,” said Trey Trainor, an attorney representing Empower Texans in litigation with the TEC. “In order to avoid giving depositions and paying twenty to thirty thousand dollars in attorneys’ fees, the agency has agreed to an order that will soon unravel all of its power.”

In Travis County District Court today, the Texas Ethics Commission responded to a motion filed by Empower Texans seeking an award of attorney’s fees under a state law that allows citizens to recover the fees when they are the subject of a frivolous enforcement action.

The TEC argued that the law, which is applicable to state agencies in the executive branch of government, did not apply because the commission is a part of the legislative branch. A district judge agreed and dismissed the fees motion.

But lawyers familiar with the case say the judge’s ruling will soon result in the TEC being stripped of all of the executive powers granted to it by state statute. In other words, the TEC as it operates today will soon cease to exist.

In 1991, voters created the Texas Ethics Commission, giving it the constitutional duty to set legislative salaries and per diem. The language creating the agency was placed in Article III, Section 24, of the Texas Constitution, a section dealing primarily with legislative salaries.

But the legislature subsequently adopted statutes granting the TEC executive powers to enforce state campaign finance and lobby laws.

The Texas Constitution in Article II enshrines the principle of separation of powers. Under that article, agencies in the legislative branch are prohibited from exercising executive powers, such as the enforcement and administration of state laws, unless those powers are expressly granted by the constitution.

The Court’s ruling that the TEC is, in fact, located in the legislative branch means that all statutes granting executive branch functions to the agency must be struck down. Functions such as enforcing state campaign finance and lobby laws will need to be relocated to the executive branch. One possible home is the Office of the Secretary of State, an executive branch office which housed the TEC’s predecessor, the Texas Ethics Advisory Commission.

Litigation in the Empower Texans case will continue and parts of Monday’s ruling will likely be taken up on appeal to the Austin Court of Appeals. However, if the courts are consistent in holding that the TEC is, in fact, a part of the legislative branch, then in about 18 months the TEC may soon be reduced to its constitutional functions of recommending legislative salary increases and setting the legislative per diem – restoring the constitutional rights of 27 million Texans.

That’s something for which every Texan can give a belated thanksgiving.

A MUST SEE for Catholics – all Christians #vote2016

A MUST SEE: Very eloquently and boldly, Rev. Lankeit speaks to Catholics about their duty to vote and warns them of the party that does not align with the teachings of the bible — non-negotiable issues.

He also speaks so lovingly to the women who have had an abortion, their real pain, forgiveness, and his joy in bringing them back to Christ.

 

Back by overwhelmingly popular demand!

Very Rev. John Lankeit from the Diocese of Phoenix delivers a clear and concise homily about which political/social issues Catholics can vote on based on prudential judgement, and which issues are non-negotiable.

WATCH HERE

East Texas elections office explains reported ‘switching of straight tickets’

Multiple reports surfaced Tuesday of electronic voting machines switching straight Republican party tickets to Democratic tickets or doing away with the straight ticket altogether.

A majority of the reports were from Wood County.

KETK contacted Wood County elections officials to get an explanation of what has been going on.

Officials say the switch is due to user error and not a mechanical malfunction.

Elections officials tell KETK, citizens are going into the voting booth and choosing straight ticket voting, then hitting “ENTER.” When voters do this, the cursor shoots back to the top and, depending on how many times you’ve hit “ENTER,” it either cancels out the vote or switches to a straight ticket of the opposite party. This will cause a discrepancy with your ballot and you will need to speak with an elections administrator.

Voters need to be aware, after hitting “STRAIGHT TICKET,” whether it be Republican or Democrat, you must then tap the “NEXT” button or use the dial to take you all the way to the end of the voting process to submit your ballot.

If you are in the voting booth and have questions about equipment and/or rules, please get the attention of the elections administrator.

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AG Paxton: Arrest of Backpage.com CEO Shows Texas Doesn’t Tolerate Human Trafficking

Texas is ever grateful to our Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton!

 

AG Paxton: Arrest of Backpage.com CEO Shows Texas Doesn’t Tolerate Human Trafficking

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Austin

In his office’s continued effort to combat human trafficking, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage.com, a notorious adult website that generates millions of dollars annually from its classified sex ads.

Ferrer, 55, was taken into custody this afternoon on a California arrest warrant after he arrived in Houston on a flight from Amsterdam. A lengthy joint investigation by the offices of the Texas and California attorneys general uncovered evidence that adult and child sex trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads that appeared repeatedly on Backpage.

“Making money off the backs of innocent human beings by allowing them to be exploited for modern-day slavery is not acceptable in Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I intend to use every resource my office has to make sure those who profit from the exploitation and trafficking of persons are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Nearly three dozen members of the Texas Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Unit participated in Ferrer’s arrest and the execution of a search warrant on the Dallas headquarters of Backpage, which is considered the largest advertiser of adult escort services in the United States.

Last January, Attorney General Paxton launched his office’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime (HTTOC) unit, which works closely with prosecutors around the state to bring human traffickers to justice. Recently, HTTOC helped the Nueces County district attorney’s office secure a 40-year sentence for the trafficker of a 15-year-old victim.

Governor Abbott Statement On Texas’ Intention To Withdraw From Refugee Resettlement Program

Decision Comes After Requests By Texas For Federal Government To Ensure Refugees Pose No Security Threat

The State of Texas today sent a letter to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) giving official notice of its intention to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program should ORR not unconditionally approve Texas’ state plan by September 30th. Today’s letter comes after ORR’s unwillingness to approve Texas’ updated state refugee plan, which would require national security officials to ensure that refugees do not pose a security threat to Texas. As required by ORR, Texas’ withdrawal from the refugee resettlement program will be effective 120 days after the September 30th deadline, on January 31st, 2017.

Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on Texas’ intention to withdraw from the refugee resettlement program:

“The federal government’s refugee settlement program is riddled with serious problems that pose a threat to our nation. The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence have repeatedly declared their inability to fully screen refugees from terrorist-based nations. Even with the inability to properly vet refugees from Syria and countries known to be supporters or propagators of terrorism, President Obama is now ineptly proposing a dramatic increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S.

“Empathy must be balanced with security. Texas has done more than its fair share in aiding refugees, accepting more refugees than any other state between October 2015 and March 2016. While many refugees pose no danger, some pose grave danger, like the Iraqi refugee with ties to ISIS who was arrested earlier this year after he plotted to set off bombs at two malls in Houston.

“Despite multiple requests by the State of Texas, the federal government lacks the capability or the will to distinguish the dangerous from the harmless, and Texas will not be an accomplice to such dereliction of duty to the American people. Therefore, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. I strongly urge the federal government to completely overhaul a broken and flawed refugee program that increasingly risks American lives.”

A copy of the letter from Texas’ State Refugee Coordinator can be found here.

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Conservatives: Why must you eat your own?

 

Pardon me while I get something off my chest.

Why do Conservatives keep ‘eating our own’? Progressives and Democrats are the ones that benefit from it. Why help the other side?

So, your guy or girl did something you do not like. You can either complain about it or you can use the disappointment for the betterment of the cause.

Texas Conservatives especially!

You’re going to try to unseat the most Conservative Lt. Governor Texas has had? A Democrat or a Progressive would be better? The delegate issue was not Patrick’s doing. It was the RNC. And what about those out of the 155 Texas delegates that didn’t sign a petition?  It’s more theirs and the RNC’s fault than it is Patrick’s in my view.

Or a Senator, that knows a particular piece of legislation does not have a prayer this next term, and thus doesn’t have your issue on her top 5? Does that mean the world is coming to an end? I suppose Wendy Davis would be better?

So Cruz didn’t endorse Trump. So what. Reagan did not endorse Ford. You seriously only vote for a Republican candidate based on wh0 Senator Cruz or say Senator Cornyn endorse?

So, some up north do not care about the blatant murder of unborn babies or other social issues. TEXANS DO!

We all have our reasons for being involved. Though, on the most part, those that truly seek to help the cause want a better future for our kids, right?

Progressives are copying what you say to voters. Yes, their promises are lies but the reality is they simply do not care. Whatever they have to do to win. They have no principles nor moral compass. Progressives know that principles and morals matter to you! But, we all know this, right?

So, why aren’t we calling them out for their lies? Why are we getting bogged down on one issue and talking trash about the folks a large number of Conservatives worked their tail off getting into office? Since when did we become ok with splintering and being a 1 issue voter?

Please. Please. Please. STOP EATING YOUR OWN! Focus. Keep your eye on the big picture.

We simply have too much to do to keep getting lost in the weeds.

ijs.