Gohmert: No Town Hall Because Some Loony Lefty Might “2nd Amendment Solution” Him

Louie GohmertMy favo-right Texass Tea Potty filbert is back in the news. The one, the only, (thank goodness) “Screwy” Louie Gohmert! (I have a huge weakness for silly and in that category, “Screwy” Louie leads the league!)

As you may have noticed, this has NOT been a good week for Republican regressives, town hall wise. Those that have held them, faced angry crowds obsessed with the probable upcoming loss of their health insurance.

One explanation for this is that a lot of their constituents found out that the “Obamacare” that they hated was actually the “Affordable Care Act,” that they loved.

Another explanation, one much favored by these self-same regressive Republicans, is that it was all organized and paid for by elite lefties like George Soros and his ilk. (If so, why wasn’t I informed of this cushy gig?)

Other “representatives of the people” took the Yellow Road to Chickenville and refused to hold town halls or even meet with their constituents. Care to guess which group, Screwy Louie  joined?

Tuesday, (2/21/17) a group in Screwy’s district, called “Indivisible of Smith County” called for a town hall meeting. Sadly, their man(?) in congress declined. However, you do have to give him half a point for coming up with the sorriest excuse so far.

Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge. However, the House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at Congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed—just as happened there.

Point of clarification: Jared Lee Loughner, the Gabby Giffords shooter, was NOT an adherent of “leftist ideology!” He was a right-wing filbert with severe mental problems. (Btw, Screwy Louie just voted to give the mentally questionable greater access to firearms.)

As a back-up reason for avoiding the possible unpleasantry, he stated,

In the same amount of time it takes to have a town hall meeting, which usually has between 30 and 100 attendees in east Texas, I can communicate with thousands of my constituent bosses through a telephone town hall meeting.

The nice thing about telephone town halls is that they are easier to control and there’s none of those unpleasant “YouTube Moments.”

He finished his declaration of avoidance by saying,

Though I am saddened if you are upset with my positions, they do appear to reflect a majority of east Texans’ views.

Since he is desperately trying to avoid dialogue with his constituents, I’m not quite sure how he would know that.

Texas Attorney General Faces Two Felony Trials (Video)

The Texas Attorney General has been under indictment on three felony counts for almost two years and he’s still AG.

Well, what did you expect? This is Texas we’re talking about!

After a brief flurry of attention, this story has been more that a bit neglected. However, that’s about to change. In case your attention was otherwise occupied back then, a bit of background is in order.

The bigoted, anti-gay, Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, is TexASS-deep in a hot, steaming pile of his own doo-doo! And, it’s got nothing to do with Mexicans, Muslims or marriage equality. It seems Texas’ top lawyer (and tea party fave) may have committed securities fraud to the tune of $100,000+.

In May of 2015 he was disciplined by the Texas State Securities Board and paid a $1,000 dollar fine for acting as an investment advisor when he solicited clients for a friend’s investment firm, Mowery Capital Management (MCM).  Problem is, he wasn’t registered as an investment advisor. That’s a “no-no” under Texas law.

Paxton called this “an administrative error.”

This went down in 2004, 2005 and 2012, at which time he was also gainfully employed as a Republican state representative for District 70 in Collin County.

According to the disciplinary order,

Respondent was compensated by MCM for each solicitation resulting in a client relationship with MCM. Specifically, MCM agreed to pay Respondent 30 percent of asset management fees collected by MCM from each client that Respondent solicited successfully.

Somehow, Representative Paxton forgot to include this on his personal financial statements, filed with the Texas  Ethics Commission. (Probably just another three “administrative errors,” don’tcha know.)

After the disciplinary proceedings, a watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice, requested an investigation into whether Paxton committed any crimes in his dealings. This got tossed around like a hot potato until Colin County’s district attorney handed off the spud to the Texas Rangers. (And no, Chuck Norris wasn’t involved.)

The spud may have morphed into the proverbial can of worms. As Special Prosecutor Kent Schaffer put it,

The Rangers went out to investigate one thing, and they came back with information on something else. It’s turned into something different than when they started.

While not giving specifics, Schaffer said there are fraud allegations exceeding $100,000. Under Texas law, that’s a first degree felony with a potential reward of a 99 year vacation at the Iron Bar Resort. Also, acting as an investment advisor, without being registered, is a third degree felony.

In July of 2015 Paxton was indicted on three felony counts. One third degree and two first degree.

Ok, the back has been ordered and grounded. Flash forward to the present.

Last Thursday (2/16/17) Paxton found out he’ll be facing two separate trials on the three counts.

The first trial will be for the third-degree felony count: failure to register as an investment advisor indictment. Following that trial, he’ll find himself back in court on the twin first-degree securities fraud cases.

As the special prosecutor, Kent Schaffer, explained,

There’s nothing in common except the defendant. So for people who are sitting on a jury it’s a much more confusing situation.

Paxton’s lawyers were not pleased. They tried to object on monetary grounds.

That either double or triples the expense to Collin County. I think from a judicial resources standpoint given the fee structure that’s in place in this case that’s absurd. We are not opposed and indeed we request that they be tried together.

Sadly, for the AG, their argument did no win out.

The prosecutors also asked the judge for a change of venue. Schaffer explained that there has been an attempt to taint the county’s jury pool.

There were extraordinary and unusual things that were done in order to persuade people to form an opinion based on things outside of the courtroom.

The judge didn’t rule on the change of venue, but did say that he planned to move forward with picking a jury in Collin County.

They’ll start picking the jury in April with the first trial beginning on May, the first.

Stay tuned!

Did A Texan Find A Fossil From Noah’s Flood?

10115796_GA Texas troglodyte found a fossilized snail shell in his yard, so just natural, it must have gotten there during Noah’s flood.

As he put it,

From Noah’s flood to my front yard, how much better can it get? What’s really interesting to me is we’re talking about the largest catastrophe known to man, the flood that engulfed the entire world,

The fossil finder, who goes by the handle of Wayne Propst was a diggin’ in his aunt’s yard, replacing the dirt with some better dirt when he spied the shell. Of course now, he weren’t no fossil expert, but he knew just who to get hold of to make sure this weren’t no evil scheme laid out by “Old Scratch” to deceive him. So, he sent off a photygraph to a “real” expert. (Or, at least one that claims he is.) A feller name of Joe Taylor.

Ol’ Joe’s got a collection of fossils in his Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum. Not only that, but Joe’s a writer on the subject. In his “Giants Against Evolution” book, he “proves” that mastodon bones don’t come from no mastodon. Thems the bones of the giants who used to walk the earth. Ya’ll know, the one’s mentioned in Genesis 6:4. In his “Fossil Facts & Fantasies(Heavy on the fantasies.) he exposes the false claims made by evolutionists and the “truth” set forth in both the fossil record and the Bible.

Now, most of them pointy headed scientist fellers wouldn’t rule on a fossil unless they could examine the real thing, but that didn’t hinder ol’ Joe none. He knowed just by a lookin’ at the picture that it was the real thing, laid down back when Big Daddy was a givin’ the earth a bath. In fact, Joe was plumb impressed with the find.

I’ve never heard of anything about that from over there, I’m surprised he found it there.

That just made Wayne’s day. As he put it,

Now all I got to do is go in front of my aunt’s house and pick up something from back when it all began. I don’t even have to search anymore.  Who else can say they have a front yard full of Noah’s dirt?

Jewish scholars place the flood in 2150 BCE, which must have come as quite a shock to a lot of already existing bronze and iron age civilizations in Egypt, Ireland, India, Greece, Peru, Ukraine, China and a lot of other places. Funny thing is, every one of them forgot to mention it happening during their time.

The other problem for creationists is that there is absolutely no credible physical evidence of a simultaneous world-wide flood, and there should be lots.

Cretaceous_seawayFor a bit more info (albeit snarky) about the whole creation thingy, check out a pair of posts I published “The Theory of Evil-ution Vs The Myth-ology of Creationism (Pt 1)” and “The Theory of Evil-ution Vs The Myth-ology of Creationism (Pt 2)“. They’re a fun read if I do say so myself.

Of course, there was that snail shell. And, it was laid down when Texas was underwater. Thing is, Wayne and ol’ Joe only missed dating it by 65 million years. You see, back in the Cretaceous Period, Texas was covered by water. (That was when T-Rex and his smaller cousins were running the world.) In fact, as you can see from the map, North America was really three very large islands at the time, with a huge inland sea splitting them up. The whole state of Texas was home to sea critters.

Texas Politician: Obama Was a Male Prostitute

mary-louWHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO TEXAS?

The state used to produce some outstanding individuals, such as Ann Richards, LBJ and Barbara Jordan. Lately, we’ve been given the likes of Rick Perry, Louie Gohmert and Ken Paxon.

I think it’s entirely possible that fracking fluid as seeped into the aquifer.

Screen-Shot-2016-02-15-at-10.03.27-AMAnother prime example of the current crop of Texas filberts is one Mary Lou Bruner. That’s her on the right with Cruzy’s addlepated pater, Rafeal.

Ms Bruner is running for a position on the Texas School Board. (I’ll have a few cogent comments on the Board and Texas education in general a few paragraphs down the line, but one wacko item at a time.)

Ms Bruner has a 36 year history in the Texas educational(?) system as a teacher, counselor and educational diagnostician. She’s one of three persons running for the District 9 position on the 15 member board and is given a good chance to be elected.

For a supposedly educated educator, Ms Bruner has expressed some amazingly dumb things on her FB page, including anti-science and anti-Islamic rants. However, the one that grabbed my attention was this:Bruner-Conspiracy-Oct-26-2015_png_800x1000_q100Of course, she provides absolutely no evidence for her claims. But what does evidence have to do with truth? (At least according to Regressives.)

It seems, that like most Texas troglodytes, (as well as those from other states) she seems to have a bit of trouble with not only the LGBT community, but the Constitution as well. Back in August, she had this to say about the situation:Screen-Shot-2016-02-15-at-9.57.16-AMAre there a few problems with this rant? Oh lawdy, let me count the ways!

  1. Ms Bruner is clearly unclear on the ramifications of the 1st Amendment. Primarily, other than giving any idiot the right to spout any insanity, (Can you say “Bullshit Mtn?”) it requires the separation of church and state. SCOTUS cannot rule that preachers have to perform gay marriages. And the court has not done so. Preachers have the right to refuse, built into the 1st Amendment. However, marriage licenses are not issued by any church. They are issued by states. This is not a matter of “religious freedom,” this is a matter of civil freedom.
  2. So called “Constitutional lovers” have a very bad habit of forgetting about the parts they don’t like, such as Article VI, which clearly states that Federal laws trump (no relation) state rulings: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” And then there’s the fact that we tried “States Rights Ascendant” under The Articles of Confederation. That didn’t work out so well. Finally, we fought a war to settle that question: “The War of Northern Aggression.” (Most normal people call it the “Civil War.”)
  3. Gay marriage is also a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Many cultures, including the Greeks and Romans, practiced it. As for “bedrock of our society?” That is very open to debate.
  4. As for “over-ruling the voice of the people?” 55% of the people are in favor of gay marriage and the trend line is up. That’s opposed to 39% against it, with the trend line going in the opposite direction.

If elected, Ms will join a state school board already mired in controversy over reinventing history to reflect their fantasies and trying like hell to inject “Khristian” (As apposed to “Christian”) religion into education. For instance, they consider Moses a “founding father” and the Constitution, divinely inspired. Sorry, trogs, it ain’t! And, since evolution is a tool of the devil, they want Creationism installed as a viable alternative.

No wonder Texas ranks 39th out of 50 states in education.

Stay tuned!

Lone Star Loons Want Texas To Secede

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Can Texas secede from the United States?

Interestingly, there is nothing in the Constitution to prevent it. There are provisions for adopting states and splitting states (Article IV, Section 3, Clause 1) but when it comes to seceding states – NADA!

There are some who suggest that the issue was settled at Appomattox. In fact SCOTUS Justice Scalia has stated,

[The] answer is clear. If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.

And, on April 15, 1869, in Texas v White, the Supreme Court ” held the Union to be indestructable and, thus, not dissoluble by any act of a state, the government, or the people.”

So, in answer to whether Texas can secede – NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT!

However, never a group to let a little thing like reality get in their way, some tea potty Texans have decided that secession is an idea who’s time has come.

The Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) is circulating a petition to put a referendum supporting secession on the March, 2016 primary ballot. There is also a resolution (HCR 77) being considered by the Texas legislature that would do the same thing.tumblr_mahn6zAQy41qj8u1do1_1280Then, last month, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) introduced TNM’s resolution for consideration by the SREC’s Resolutions Committee. As TNM President Dan Miller stated,

This allows the TNM to begin a dialogue with the RPT [Republican Party of Texas] to discuss, what we know, is the defining political issue for our time – Texas relationship with the Union and the independence of Texas.

Our organization does not exist solely to petition. We will use every opportunity to get and win a vote on Texas independence until the job is done.

Last Friday, (11/4/15) the secession resolution passed the committee, requiring a full party vote on Saturday. The measure, which is non-binding, would gauge the desire among state Republicans to secede.

If the federal government continues to disregard the constitution and the sovereignty of the State of Texas, the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation
Among the reasons to vote for it,
  • It would be a harmless measure, allowing voters to only register their opinion on secession.
  • It would “get out the vote” among some Texas Republicans Troglodytes.
The goal of these is to take a thermometer of how Texans feels about an issue, and what better issue for Texans to do that with?
Among the reasons not to vote for it,
  • Since it was non-binding, it would be an unproductive way for Texans to register their dissatisfaction with the federal government.
  • Those new voters that found their way to their polling place might be Trump Tramps, which wouldn’t help Cruz’s campaign.

As the “Star-Telegram” put it,

Why vote for a Texas Republican? They don’t even want to stay in the Union.

On Saturday, a discussion and vote was held on the measure. It failed!
 After the vote, the Texas Dems (Yes, there are some) chimed in. The Executive Director or the Texas Democratic Party released a statement:

While Democrats put forth solutions that are going to improve the daily lives of Texas families, Republicans were considering whether or not to put an un-American, unpatriotic Texas secession proposal on their ballot.

At the very least the Republican party bosses still believe they are Americans. We’ll never know if their fringe primary base would have voted for secession. They didn’t get the opportunity.

What remains clear is that the Tea Party has taken over the Republican Party. Every hardworking Texan should be worried that fringe issues are now the hot topic in the same party that controls state government. Rest in Peace, GOP.

And, this being the 21st Century, there were a few twits tweeted, such as:

Guess @TexasGOP can’t make up their mind on if they want to secede or vote for @realDonaldTuump.

I hate to give them a clue, but there is one safe, non-military, way to secede from the Union. It’s called a Constitutional Amendment. Of course, it would have to get 2/3 of the House and Senate in favor of it. Or, it can also be started with a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. (No amendment ever has been.)  It would then need to get 38 state legislatures to go along. (If they would agree to take the Bubba/Bible Belt with them, I might just be in favor of that.) Let Texas and Florida take over their support.

plante042009Although this attempt failed to put the secession measure on the ballot, there is still the petition and HCR 77. This is not over.

Stay tuned!

Do Rapture-Waiting Students Need An Education?

S583VAFB6BV25BT7-cp0x0x600x449-fill640x360When I first ran across this story, I had to check to make sure it wasn’t an “Onion” post. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. But, it is the next screwiest thing, it’s TEXAS! (I swear, the fracking fluid must be seeping into their aquifer!)

Texas, in its infinitesimal wisdom, had already decided that home-schools don’t don’t have to teach state-approved curricula, (currently ranked 39th in the country) measure student progress with standardized tests or even register with education officials. Now, it could get even worse! The Texas Supreme Court is about to decide whether home-schooled students have to be educated at all.

Le’ me ‘splain! (With apologies to Desi Arnez’s script writers.)

Back in 2004, Michael and Laura McIntyre pulled their nine kids out of school so they wouldn’t be contaminated with all that elite secular nonsense like evolution and other Satanically inspired lies. Once they did that, they seemed to decide not to educate them. After all, why waste all that time and energy, when the children were just going to be “raptured” anyway. I mean, who needs an edjimication, when you’re going to spend eternity sitting around on clouds, playing the harp and singing “Hallelujah.” (No, not the Leonard Cohen song.) In preparation for that eternity of cloud choir, the kids’ class time was composed, according to Michael McIntyre’s brother, not of of readin’, ritin’ and ‘rithmatic, but just playing musical instruments and singing.

Well, it’s been 11 years and J.C. still hasn’t shown up with his heavenly elevator. All the kids, except for one, have “graduated.” Well, there was one other exception. In 2006, their eldest daughter ran away from home at 17 and enrolled herself back in Satan school. She was placed in the 9th grade, right where she was prior to her removal. In the previous two years of home-schooling(?), she had not learned enough (if anything) to be placed with her chronological peers.

The McIntyre’s local school district subsequently required them to prove the children were being properly educated. When the parents wouldn’t or couldn’t, they were charged with truancy. Instead of cleaning up their act, the McIntyre’s filed a lawsuit. (It’s the ‘Murican way!) The McIntyres claim that their school district is biased against the poor little Christian majority and is making a “startling assertion of sweeping governmental power.” They’ve asked to be relieved from the burden of actually having to teach because of the Texas Education Code, the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (TRFRA), the Texas Constitution, and the United States Constitution.

The primary issues in the case revolve around the boundaries of parental and religious rights and the parent’s obligation to actually teach their home-schooled kids.

According to the Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education,

Parents should be allowed to decide how to educate their children, not whether to educate their children.

So far, the McIntyres aren’t faring well. Last year, the 8th Court of Appeals ruled against them. As Chief Justice Ann Crawford wrote,

No parents have ever prevailed in any reported case on a theory that they have an absolute constitutional right to educate their children in the home!

Not happy with that slap-down, the McIntyres have appealed to the Texas State Supreme Court.

If the Texas Supreme Court throws out the appellate court ruling, it could have serious consequences for not only the estimated 300,000 home-schooled students in Texas, but also, for the other 1.4 million home-schooled students in the rest of the country.

Stay tuned!