Any new donations to the South Plains Red Cross will go to the general disaster relief fund. Shannon Smith says donations received now are going towards future disasters because as of right now, West has what it needs.
“The chapters there, because they’re so much larger, San Antonio and Austin, right now, their needs are being met at the moment. But of course that can change.” Said Smith.
This morning the Texas Legislature decided that the lottery was a bad thing and voted to kill it.
House Bill 2197 began as a seemingly routine proposal to continue the operations of the commission that oversees the lottery until September 2025. But opposition mounted after one lawmaker called it a tax on the poor, and the House eventually voted 82-64 to defeat the measure.
A short time after the vote, the House called an abrupt lunch recess and could reconsider the measure if any lawmaker who voted against it offers such a motion. Unless lawmakers reconsider, the commission would begin a one-year wind down, and cease to exist by Sept. 1, 2014.
Apparently some of the conservative reps believe that the lottery is a tax on the poor. Seems to me that if the lottery is really a tax it;s the fairest tax of them all, After all its the only tax that is purely voluntary.
Seems though they couldn’t figure out how to make up the 1.04 billion dollar shortfall they created in the budget. So they went and undid the damage they created.
After Sanford’s effort initially succeeded, lawmakers quickly questioned the fiscal impact of the move. After adjourning and meeting individually, House members voted two and a half hours later to reconsider and ultimately renew the commission. Afterward, Anchia said lawmakers were faced with a choice.
“We could eliminate the lottery, and then simply raise taxes or cut public schools by another $2.2 billion on top of the $5.4 billion cut from last session, or we could keep the lottery,” said Anchia. “And ultimately that’s what happened on the final vote.”
What were they thinking when they voted down the commision the first time.?
This has been an incredible week one of shock horror, and courage. The the differences and similarities tell a lot of about who we are as as a nation. The Boston Marathon was bombed and 5 Deaths and 160 + seriously maimed and wounded. The tiny city of West Texas was virtually blown up with at least 15 people killed . 200 hurt hundreds of homes destroyed.
Drawing a bead in Watertown
The Boston bombing had all the drama, the week unfolded like a Diehard movie, What’s interesting is that the agencies seemed so reluctant to share information. Its like they didn’t trust the people. When they released the photos identifying the bombers it was just hours until they were shaken loose. Watertown, Cambridge and Boston were locked down, people told to stay off the streets. on Friday Boston was under siege, and in effect a police state. The only folks allowed on the streets were police. businesses were closed while police searched private property, while the folks locked themselves into their house.It was only when the lockdown was released that it was a citizen that found the younger Dzhokhar Its interesting to note that for the most part the citizens were unarmed and defenseless. while the Dzhokhar brothers were well armed even though they didn’t have a permit. Pistol permits n Mass are on a “May Issue” basis and left to the cities discretion.
West, Texas.has been all but ignored. The explosion killed 14 people most of them were unpaid volunteer firerfighters and EMTs. 200 people injured Dozens of lives were spared because volunteers firefighters were evacuating the nursing home right up to the time of the explosion. .These people were self reliant, left to their own devices to respond and save themselves.
The main stream media doesn’t care to much about Texas especially rural Texas. They think and act different. They don’t understand the lack of reliance on government, and are a long drive away from the Major TV markets of the coasts. These are the people who arm themselves to protect themselves.
President Obama will visit Texas this week, to reap money for the Democratic party. He will not visit West Texas to offer support. Nothing in it for him I guess, not his kind of people.
Posting the email address Gary.email@example.com cost Tweeter his account.
Guy Adams is pretty upset with NBCs Olympic coverage and the way it is handling the time shifted coverage, and hasn’t been shy about letting the world know. He holds Gary Zenkel, the president of NBC Olympics, as the “moronic exec behind the time delay.” And he said Zenkel should be fired. When He posted Zenkel’s publicly known email address NBC complained to Twitter and Twitter cancelled his account.
Adams said in a column for The Independent that Twitter claimed he crossed the line by tweeting out Zenkel’s corporate email address and encouraging his followers to contact the executive directly.
The email address is easily identifiable, common with how thousands of NBC/Univision employees’ email addresses are determined.
Twitter soon suspended Adams’ account, he said. In a story he wrote in The Independent, Adams wrote that after filing an article critical of NBC’s coverage, he checked his Twitter account only to find it had been suspended. When he inquired why, he received the following response: “Your Twitter account has been suspended for posting an individual’s private information such as private email address.”
With that, the account was gone.
And a controversy was born.
Those who object to the heavy handed way that NBC handled this might wawwant to drop an email to. Gary.firstname.lastname@example.org
In Boston the Mayor Menino is positioning himself as the arbitor of political correctness and thought. If one dares to believe differently or independently of proper leftist dogma, Menino has declared it proper and right to deny permits and and licences to do business within his city. Chick-Fil-A’s crime is that they have spoken out against gay marriage. While I can understand while some might find offence with some of company president Dan Cathy’s remarks, there has not been any charges that he or his company have been discriminatory. As reported in the Boston Herald
… the company released a statement yesterday saying it has a history of applying “biblically-based principles” to managing its business, such as closing on Sundays, and it insisted it does not discriminate.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement read. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
This isn’t about discriminating policy or practices, and is solely about a Chick-Fil-A and Cathys belief systems and things they have said. What is treally ironic and strange are some of Meninos statements.
“It doesn’t send the right message to the country,” Menino said. “We’re a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all.”
I guess the social justice and opportunities for all are for those who don’t utilize their 1st amendment rights, and don’t offend the Mayors delicate sensibilities. I wonder if the Catholic Hospitals are in any danger of Menino’s retribution.
Its truly a shame that the historic Freedom Trail is where the right to freedom of speech is taking such a beating.
I found out today that our planet is a little poorer, We lost Art Hewitt.
Art was a remarkable guy who lead a remarkable life. As a young man he got shot down over Austria, and was a POW near Munich where he endured cold and near starvation. He came home and married his sweetheart.
I met him about 45 years later as a new recruit for League City Volunteer Fire Department. He introduced to me the art and science of pumping water on a fire truck. Art was the ultimate teacher, patient and quick to praise when a point was grasped, The first thing I learned about Art was that he appreciated and respected fine machinery. He had just repacked the leather seals in Granny, the engine , He had an old Harley Davidson that he had bought when he came home from the war, He had kept it up and took out for a ride every Sunday. He had bought it when he got home from the Army and had kept it up ever since. Like Granny she was an absolute show piece.
Most of us will meet only a handful of people that we can truly look up to, Art is one of those people. He will be missed by those who were lucky enough to have known him.
The sound in the first 3.30 minutes of this You-tube video is pretty lousy, but it does tell just a little bit about one of the best of the greatest generation.
This morning the Supreme Court announced that Obamacare is found to be constitutional. Most observers were surprised to find that it was not Kennedy but Roberts that was the swing vote. Libertarian and right thinking folks are outraged.
Conservatives gathering now for a low-tech lynching of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. need to take a quick breath of air and think about what he managed to accomplish by upholding President Obama’s highly unpopular, signature piece of legislation.
Though he shocked many by joining the left plank on the high court,Justice Roberts. pretty much did what he was supposed to do. He finally put a boundary on how much freedom the federal government can gobble up from states and individuals under the “commerce clause” — that most specious scheme for so much federal thievery.
Charles Hurt suggests that there are bigger more important issues at stake. While it seems as though Government takeover of the nations healthcare system is a pretty major issue. Some have claimed that there Roberts was handing over the battle to win the war.
Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals preciselybecause they are doing nothing would open a new and potentially vast domain to congressional authority. Congress already possesses expansive power to regulate what people do. Upholding the Affordable Care Act under the Commerce Clause would give Congress the same license to regulate what people do not do. The Framers knew the difference between doing something and doing nothing. They gave Congress the power to regulate commerce, not to compel it. Ignoring that distinction would undermine the principle that the Federal Government is a government of limited and enumerated powers. The individual mandate thus cannot be sustained under Congress’s power to “regulate Commerce.”
The business about “new and potentially vast” authority is a fig leaf. This is a substantial rollback of Congress’ regulatory powers, and the chief justice knows it. It is what Roberts has been pursuing ever since he signed up with the Federalist Society. In 2005, Sen. Barack Obama spoke in opposition to Roberts’ nomination, saying he did not trust his political philosophy on tough questions such as “whether the Commerce Clause empowers Congress to speak on those issues of broad national concern that may be only tangentially related to what is easily defined as interstate commerce.” Today, Roberts did what Obama predicted he would do.
Roberts’ genius was in pushing this health care decision through without attaching it to the coattails of an ugly, narrow partisan victory. Obama wins on policy, this time. And Roberts rewrites Congress’ power to regulate, opening the door for countless future challenges. In the long term, supporters of curtailing the federal government should be glad to have made that trade.
I don’t claim to understand all of this, I am not a lawyer, I work for a living. Time will be the ultimate judge, Perhaps Obamacare will be tossed by Congress and the Commerce clause will be take on limited application. Time will tell.
We live in a world where fame and fortune often have little to do with character or accomplishment. Wesley Brown died Tuesday, most of us didn’t notice.
Wesley A. Brown, a retired Navy lieutenant commander who endured intense racial hazing to become the first black graduate of the United States Naval Academy, died Tuesday in Silver Spring, Md. He was 85.
It wasn’t easy the hazing and harassment had caused others to quit. Midshipman Brown hung in tough with a little help and support from a few supporters.
But unlike his predecessors, he said, Mr. Brown had the support of a handful of fellow midshipmen, who were friendly to him despite receiving threats from hostile classmates, and from the academy commandant, who intervened to protect him from excessive harassment.
“If not for that, I’m not sure I would have made it,” Mr. Brown told an interviewer.
One midshipman who visited his dorm room to talk and encouraged him to “hang in there,” Mr. Brown said, was Jimmy Carter, the future president, who was then an upperclassman and fellow member of the academy’s cross-country team.
In a speech last year at a Naval Academy event, Mr. Carter recalled Midshipman Brown as part of “my first personal experience with total integration.”
I can’t help but think that maybe Wesley Brown was a positive influence in Jimmy Carter’s taking up fighting social injustice.
President Obama has achieved what was once thought of as the impossible. Both Houses rejected his budget unanimously. Yup not a single vote. no president has done this much in the name of co-operation and unity in bi-partisian politics on Capital Hill.
Senate Democrats and Republicans unanimously rejected President Obama’s proposed budget this afternoon. The final vote tally was 99-0.
Likewise, the House also unanimously rejected the budget in March.
Prior to the vote, Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions blasted the budget. “It was voted 414-0 in the House this year,” said Sessions. I suspect in an hour or so it will go down again on the floor of the Senate by unanimous vote. That speaks a lot. That says a lot. It indicates the sad state of affairs in which we are in. It’s deeply disappointing.”
Obama promised that Washington politics would be different.