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    The Republic of Texas existed from March 2, 1836 until February 19, 1846, but Mexico's refusal to recognize annexation by the United States led to the Mexican-American War from 1846-1848.

    In many ways, Texas is STILL a foreign country. Like Arizona, it's been the "meth lab" of democracy (which Jon Stewart would agree with) for a long time.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Texas

    Louie Gohmert is a prime example of the fact that some of the politicians elected to office in the state are simply bat shit crazy - and it just got worse.

    Lt. Col. Allen West was elected to be the next chairman of the Republican Party of Texas this week, and he talked about his experience on the Saturday LIVE Stream. West gives his thoughts on the Portland riots and the effort by the left to label federal agents in Portland as the bad guys. What about the rioters and thugs? West addresses the Black Lives Matter movement and their true motivations behind so-called "police reform" and "systemic racism." . West believes Texas will be a focus of the Democrats as Joe Biden takes on President Trump in the 2020 election, but "progressive socialism" will not overtake Texas. West believes that America will rise to the occasion of turning back the radical left and the BLM movement.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_West_(politician)

    West represented Florida's 22nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013 and serves as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas since 2020.

    In July 2019, West announced that he would run for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, challenging the incumbent chair, James Dickey.[74] Among the issues he ran on, West stated he wanted to "strengthen our families," "stand up for life," and secure the U.S.–Mexico border.

    West ran for the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Texas in 2020. West became the new state chairman after he defeated the incumbent chairman, James Dickey, on July 20, 2020. Widely described as a "firebrand conservative", West has been criticized for comments about Islam, descriptions of President Barack Obama as a "low-level Socialist agitator", and unfounded accusations that 81 Democratic members of Congress were members of the Communist Party.

    West was a member of the Tea Party Caucus.

    A high school friend of mine from Minnesota is a Lutheran minister in a tiny town in the Texas panhandle that is THE most conservative district in the country. Some of his parishioners still believe that Obama was born in Kenya. Pete is just as liberal as I am, so has had to "bite his tongue" on more than one occasion.

    He recently commented that very few people in his town wear masks, and the local school boards just voted to open all the schools on time, without taking any special precautions. The closest library is 130 miles away, which means that most folks really aren't very interested in actually reading (as opposed to simply watching television).

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    Speaking of Louie Gohmert ...

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called for the ban of the Democratic Party this week when he introduced a resolution on the House floor calling on lawmakers to ban organizations or political groups that have historically supported the Confederacy or slavery.

    https://dailyboulder.com/gop-lawmaker-introduces-bill-to-ban-democratic-party-calls-it-racist-and-hateful/

    “A great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred. Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan,” Gohmert said in a statement.

    The resolution is co-sponsored by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Randy Weber (Texas) and Andy Harris (Md.)

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    wwjd reminded us in December that Texas, and 17 other states, was trying to overturn the election results.

    https://www.democratichub.com/posts/17930/texas-17-states-petition-us-sepreme-court-to-over-turn

    As the legislature in Austin returns for its first session since the mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to do everything he can to defend gun rights in the state, the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram reported on Monday.

    The governor, whose state has 3,000 people a year killed by a gun, said that “Politicians from the federal level to the local level have shouted: ‘Heck yes, the government is coming to get your guns,’” but vowed that “we won’t let that happen in Texas.”

    (Texas has the highest number of deaths from guns than ANY other state. In addition, Texas has executed more people, by far, than any other state since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated.)

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/199090/total-number-of-executions-in-the-us-by-state/

    When asked about measures offered by gun safety advocates such as “red flag” laws or universal background checks, Abbott emphasized that “the goal that I’m seeking to achieve is to do the maximum to protect Second Amendment Rights.”

    He elaborated on what he meant by a Second Amendment sanctuary state, telling the Star-Telegram.that “It would be a law that would prohibit any … state or local government official from doing anything to implement any law, state or federal, that would take guns away from any Texan.

    Some gun advocates and legislators who favor gun safety measures were let down that Abbott played up Second Amendment rights while not even mentioning the recent mass shootings.

    https://www.newsmax.com/politics/texas-greg-abbott-gun-rights-second-amendment/2021/02/08/id/1009050/?ns_mail_uid=55284481-e237-4dcf-a870-3b9d22910c8d&ns_mail_job=DM189080_02092021&s=acs&dkt_nbr=010102trs0x4

    Surprisingly, Texas is nowhere the worst when it comes to the death rate (per 100,000 of population) from guns. Alaska is the worst, but Alabama is close behind.

    9 of the 10 states that have the lowest death rate from guns are "blue states".

    The outlier?

    Arizona. (In Arizona, gun owners do not need permits or training).

    The 18 worst states for gun deaths are all "red" states.

    Texas comes in at #26.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearm_death_rates_in_the_United_States_by_state

    Texas, however, would be considered a "pro-life" state.

    The number of abortion clinics in the state has been steadily declining, going from 128 in 1982 to 79 in 1992 to 64 in 1996 to 40 in 2011 to 28 in 2014 to 19 in 2016. The number of legal abortions has also been on the decline in Texas in recent years, going from 97,400 in 1992 to 89,240 in 1995 to 91,270 in 1996 to 54,148 in 2014 to 53,940 in 2015. Rosie Jimenez is the first woman known to have died due to an illegal abortion after the Hyde Amendment was passed, dying in 1977 from an illegal abortion in McAllen, Texas.

    The state is home to an abortion rights activist community. They have founded organizations like Jane’s Due Process, been involved in events commemorating Rosie Jimenez Day every October 3, and participating in protests. The state is also home to an anti-abortion rights community, with Operation Rescue's national director befriending Norma McCorvey as part of their efforts, resulting in McCorvey announcing she was "pro-life" in 1995. They have also created organizations like Human Coalition. Anti-abortion rights activists have also been involved in violence in the state. This include arson attacks, butyric acid attacks and an attempted bombing. Harris County, which includes Houston, has been home to the most abortion violence in the United States as of 2000 with 10 acts of violence being experienced by clinics.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Texas

    (Since 2017, the abortion rate in Texas has INCREASED).

    https://www.lifenews.com/2021/01/06/texas-abortions-increase-as-more-women-use-abortion-pills-to-kill-their-babies/

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    HCR included some interesting details about Texas in last night's memo:

    "First up is the deep freeze in Texas, which overwhelmed the power grid and knocked out electricity for more than 3.5 million people, leaving them without heat. It has taken the lives of at least 23 people.

    Most of Texas is on its own power grid, a decision made in the 1930s to keep it clear of federal regulation. This means both that it avoids federal regulation and that it cannot import more electricity during periods of high demand. Apparently, as temperatures began to drop, people turned up electric heaters and needed more power than engineers had been told to design for, just as the ice shut down gas-fired plants and wind turbines froze. Demand for natural gas spiked and created a shortage.

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) told Sean Hannity that the disaster “shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal” for the United States, but Dan Woodfin, a senior director for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the organization in charge of the state’s power grid, told Bloomberg that the frozen wind turbines were the smallest factor in the crisis. They supply only about 10% of the state’s power in the winter.

    Frozen instruments at gas, coal, and nuclear plants, as well as shortages of natural gas, were the major culprits. To keep electricity prices low, ERCOT had not prepared for such a crisis. El Paso, which is not part of ERCOT but is instead linked to a larger grid that includes other states and thus is regulated, did, in fact, weatherize their equipment. Its customers lost power only briefly.

    With climate change expected to intensify extremes of weather, the crisis in Texas indicates that our infrastructure will need to be reinforced to meet conditions it was not designed for.

    You may remember that a Texas legislator, Kyle Biedermann, filed a bill in January to explore the secession of Texas from the United States (which it legally cannot do).

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/01/29/texas-secession/

    On Saturday, Governor Abbott asked for a federal emergency declaration from the Biden administration as the state faces some of the worst winter weather in years - and it was immediately granted by the Biden administration.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/abbott-asks-for-federal-aid-with-statewide-disaster-declaration-warns-drivers-to-stay-home/ar-BB1dEMpt

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    Yes Texas and Kentucky produced the worst idiots ever, who settled into the government here. So lets put an"wall" around both States and don't let anyone get "out" ; make it an kind of Australia were we ship the criminals to. May be Mexico wants to adopt Texas again and let's throw Kentucky into the deal for free. Ha ha.
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    Remember the movie, "Dumb and Dumber?"

    The mayor of Colorado City, Texas, could easily star in the sequel.

    "A Texas mayor resigned after seemingly telling residents to fend for themselves in a Facebook post amid a deadly and record-breaking winter storm that left much of the state without power Tuesday.

    As then-mayor of Colorado City, Tim Boyd wrote an insensitive message for people desperate for heat, water and power, saying "only the strong will survive and the weak will [perish.]"

    "No one owes you [or] your family anything; nor is it the local government's responsibility to support you during trying times like this!" he said. "Sink or swim it's your choice! The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I'm sick and fired of people looking for a damn handout."

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tim-boyd-mayor-colorado-city-texas-resigns-power-outages/

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    Do you think this idiot still thinks that socialism sucks?

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    Ted Cruz is currently on vacation in Mexico:

    https://news.yahoo.com/sen-ted-cruz-flew-mexico-163411500.html

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    The bulk of the problems in Texas are the fault of the Republican Party, who have had a strong lock on the state since Nixon's "southern strategy" of 1968 - but the Democrats are also partially at blame.

    The Texas Interconnected System — which for a long time was actually operated by two discrete entities, one for northern Texas and one for southern Texas — had another priority: staying out of the reach of federal regulators. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Power Act, which charged the Federal Power Commission with overseeing interstate electricity sales. By not crossing state lines, Texas utilities avoided being subjected to federal rules. "Freedom from federal regulation was a cherished goal — more so because Texas had no regulation until the 1970s," writes Richard D. Cudahy in a 1995 article, "The Second Battle of the Alamo: The Midnight Connection." (Self-reliance was also made easier in Texas, especially in the early days, because the state has substantial coal, natural gas and oil resources of its own to fuel power plants.)

    https://www.kut.org/energy-environment/2021-02-16/why-does-texas-have-its-own-power-grid

    From 1808 until 2020, Texas has had 48 governors, and 39 have been Democrats. Ann Richards was the last Democratic governor (elected in 1990). From 1873 until 1978, EVERY governor was a Democrat, but the last three have all been Republicans.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_governors_of_Texas

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    From someone who has been labeled the "most hated man in the Senate", what does it say for the Texans that voted for him? The guy is so arrogant and brazen, it's hard to see where he gets his support.

    On the other topic of "blame" for the energy shutdown, Abbott and his cronies have no problem shifting the blame to the renewable energy sources...another big lie. The gullibility of the Texans is being tested.

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    An 11-year-old boy died in an unheated Texas mobile home. Authorities suspect hypothermia.

    Cristian is among the youngest to die since Sunday, when winter storms left millions without electricity and water. So far, at least 47 people have died in the frigid weather, a figure authorities say is likely to rise as freezing temperatures continue and future wellness checks reveal the full magnitude of the tragedy.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/19/texas-boy-death-winterstorm-pavon/

    Beto O'Rourke is organizing wellness checks for seniors during Texas' blackouts. Ted Cruz is in Cancun.

    On Wednesday night, O'Rourke announced he and volunteers had made more than 150,000 wellness calls to seniors throughout the state. And in an interview with CNN, he called out Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who have inaccurately placed most of the blame for the power failures on Texas' renewable energy sources.

    https://news.yahoo.com/beto-orourke-organizing-wellness-checks-153000413.html

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    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday ( October 8, 2017) that any of his players who disrespect the flag during the national anthem won't play in games.

    Jones is the first NFL owner to publicly make a stand about disciplining players who kneel during the anthem. Jones didn't specify what kind of other demonstration he would consider disrespectful.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/cowboys/2017/10/09/cowboys-owner-jerry-jones-any-player-who-is-disrespectful-to-the-flag-won-t-be-allowed-to-play/

    The Frisco-based natural gas producer owned by Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones is cashing in on a surge in prices for the fuel as a brutal freeze grips the central U.S., leaving millions without power.

    Comstock Resources Inc. has been able to sell gas from its Haynesville Shale wells in East Texas and northern Louisiana at premium prices since Thursday. As demand jumps amid the cold, gas at some regional hubs has soared past $1,000 per million British thermal units.

    Gas from Comstock’s Haynesville wells was sold on the spot market for between $15 and $179 per thousand cubic feet, chief financial officer Roland Burns said Wednesday on an earnings call. That translates to between $15.55 and $186 per million British thermal units.

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife Gene joined Comstock Resources executives at the New York Stock Exchange in 2019 when the company acquired Covey Park Energy.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2021/02/17/jerry-jones-natural-gas-company-hits-jackpot-as-texas-freeze-drives-up-prices/

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared to spend the 2020 NFL draft in a comfortable spot: his $250 million super-yacht.

    ESPN's Don Van Natta tweeted that the feed from Jones' location was the "Bravo Eugenia," the 357-foot "super-yacht" he bought in 2019.

    jerry jones yacht

    https://www.insider.com/jerry-jones-super-yacht-nfl-draft-2020-4

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    Yes, people like that we can miss like any toothache as the Dutch say ; what does this $250 million yacht add to the "well being" of the people of this country? ( probably was not even built here) Again this shows that the "rich" here are not taxed enough in order to help the poor. The Texas "frost" disaster shows clearly where the "money" went; certainly not towards proper infrastructure or insulated water pipes. What a country; the gap between "rich" and "poor" has only gotten bigger.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday ( October 8, 2017) that any of his players who disrespect the flag during the national anthem won't play in games.

    Jones is the first NFL owner to publicly make a stand about disciplining players who kneel during the anthem. Jones didn't specify what kind of other demonstration he would consider disrespectful.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/cowboys/2017/10/09/cowboys-owner-jerry-jones-any-player-who-is-disrespectful-to-the-flag-won-t-be-allowed-to-play/

    The Frisco-based natural gas producer owned by Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones is cashing in on a surge in prices for the fuel as a brutal freeze grips the central U.S., leaving millions without power.

    Comstock Resources Inc. has been able to sell gas from its Haynesville Shale wells in East Texas and northern Louisiana at premium prices since Thursday. As demand jumps amid the cold, gas at some regional hubs has soared past $1,000 per million British thermal units.

    Gas from Comstock’s Haynesville wells was sold on the spot market for between $15 and $179 per thousand cubic feet, chief financial officer Roland Burns said Wednesday on an earnings call. That translates to between $15.55 and $186 per million British thermal units.

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife Gene joined Comstock Resources executives at the New York Stock Exchange in 2019 when the company acquired Covey Park Energy.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2021/02/17/jerry-jones-natural-gas-company-hits-jackpot-as-texas-freeze-drives-up-prices/

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared to spend the 2020 NFL draft in a comfortable spot: his $250 million super-yacht.

    ESPN's Don Van Natta tweeted that the feed from Jones' location was the "Bravo Eugenia," the 357-foot "super-yacht" he bought in 2019.

    jerry jones yacht

    https://www.insider.com/jerry-jones-super-yacht-nfl-draft-2020-4

    Please excuse me. I don’t know how to say this gently but fuck Jerry Jones. And fuck the fake patriotism of Jones and those like him. Stop playing the anthem at sporting events. There is nothing even vaguely patriotic about a sporting event.