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High Schools To Become Reeducation Camps

Posted by Cullin on May 1, 2009

Seriously, the working group assigned to Social Studies TEKS drafted this up?

First grade:
• In the section on holidays, customs, and celebrations, it removes Independence Day and Veterans’ Day.
• In the section on holidays, customs, and celebrations, it removes anthems and mottoes of Texas and the United States.
• In the list of character traits of good citizenship, it removes “a belief in justice and truth.”
• Removes the Liberty Bell from the list of patriotic symbols.

Third Grade
• Removes references to Daniel Boone, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, and Robinson Crusoe.
• Adds many new names including: Grace Hopper, Margaret Knight, Quanah Parker, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Maya Lin, Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros, Kadir Nelson, Jean Pinkey, Angela Shelf Medear, Elisabet Ney, Carmen Lomas Garza, and Bill Martin.
Fourth Grade
• Removes the suggested selection of a children’s biography of Stephen F. Austin.

High School
• Removes John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and English common law.
• In the section on economics, changes the phrase “free enterprise system” to “capitalist system.”
• In the section on science, technology, and society, removes the reference to the private sector as helping improve consumer products and only mentions government-assisted research.
• In the section on science, technology, and society, replaces the phrase “analyze how policies fostering competition and entrepreneurship have resulted in scientific discoveries and technological innovations” with the “U.S. Constitution protects scientific discoveries and technological innovations.”

This is just ridiculous. There’s not even a subtle attempt to push liberal agendas in there. Of course, our students don’t need to know about Locke’s writings, they were only kind of really important in influencing the foundation of our country. And, we all know that the only research and innovation in our country comes from state assisted research. God knows there’s not an economic incentive to do so, and that people haven’t been freely innovating without the government for millions of years now. No, all that economic theory that people have spent their entire life studying, developing, and teaching is just the inane thoughts of crazy extremists.

I really hope that someone at the SBOE is able to get this situation cleared up before it becomes law and our children are subject to this pure propaganda of the left.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted by Cullin on April 29, 2009

With finals and what not, it has been really busy on my end.

Specter changes party? Suprise, not. This guy has been a democrat for all intents and purposes for a while now, it’s not like we’re actually losing anything here. The guy is just trying to save political face, he even went as far as to say that he wouldn’t let his fate be decided by the electorate of the republican party. Actually, he was poised to have a lot of power, with democrats knowing that he would could potentially vote for them, and republicans hoping that they could get him on their side, he would be able to get a lot of concessions on both sides for his district, but it’s whatever. I never said he was very bright.

On another note, I’m kind of excited that swine flu will be the down fall of our society. Of course, it won’t be. It’s just another prime crisis that the White House is going to try to exploit to pass it’s desired agenda.

Surely there will be more government intervention and control of your life in the wake of swine flu, but what kind is still up in the air. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Gun Owner or Victim. You Choose.

Posted by Cullin on April 26, 2009

Laura Elizabeth Morales gets it.

The Young Conservatives of Texas debated the University Democrats at UT Austin last night over the concealed carry on campus bill…but this quote stood out to me:

“The University should be able to say that when you are on this campus that you are not responsible for protecting your life,” said University Democrats member Luis Soberon.

This is the logic the nanny state breeds.

I don’t know about you, UT students, but on my campus we have unarmed security guards who mostly help students cross the street, sit in golf carts and text message, or walk around the campus aimlessly. When I get out of class at night and walk to my car by myself…it’s up to me to defend myself. In fact, there’s been a shooting on campus and yet we still have no police on campus or armed guards.

When it comes to my safety…it’s up to me. And even if we did have armed guards and a police squad on constant patrol, who’s to say they will make it in time to save my life? No one.

You are responsible for your life.

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Big Labor’s Political Clout

Posted by Cullin on April 23, 2009

Not surprisingly the unions were able to secure some nice paybacks for helping democrats get seats in government.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department moved Tuesday to rescind a regulation approved during President George W. Bush’s last days in office that would have increased scrutiny of union finances to help root out financial corruption.

The agency said it considered the comments of numerous labor organizations that claimed the new rule was overly burdensome and would have little effect on efforts to detect fraud.

Unions had also complained that the previous administration failed to take into account how well existing compliance forms already worked. The agency agreed, saying it would conduct further review of current financial reporting requirements before deciding whether more regulations were needed.

What I find amazing is that this administration is willing to see that regulation can be “overly burdensome and have little effect” when it comes to labor unions (who for some reason have enough money to need fraud agents), however it’s apparently ridiculous to them that the same types of regulations won’t have the same effect on businesses.

But wait, it gets better:

A notice published in the Federal Register proposes to withdraw the rule entirely and seeks comments on the agency’s proposal.

Union officials praised the decision, the latest in a series of pro-labor actions taken since President Barack Obama took office.

“From our perspective, the only interest served by this rule was to harass unions,” said AFL-CIO attorney James Coppess.

Unions are required to file annual financial disclosure reports to the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. The agency’s criminal enforcement program uses the information to investigate embezzlement from labor unions and other types of union fraud.

Labor Department figures show that investigations of union fraud from 2001-2008 resulted in more than 1,000 indictments, with 929 convictions and court-ordered restitution of more than $93 million.

The new rule would have required unions to disclose even more information about compensation to union officers and employees, details about buying or selling union assets and additional information about union receipts.

Over $93 million worth of people stealing from the people they are supposed to be helping and represting against the “evil corporate greed”, and Obama is trying to help them.  The very people who advocate regulations to avoid fraud, are unwilling to accept regulations because they’re committing fraud.

What this goes to show is that the administration doesn’t care to treat everyone equally, but rather to give special benefits to those who voted in its favor.

Full story here.

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Cap And Traduce

Posted by Cullin on April 23, 2009

Yesterday saw the democrats bringing up their environmental agenda in the form of cap and trade.  And, while this is probably the least egregious form of emissions control, it’s still terrible economic policy.

Though cap and trade will allow for free market solutions as to who gets what as far as pollution vouchers.  However, it will only go towards creating more expensive energy in a time when energy costs have sent our economy into a heavy negative correction.  This financial crisis was started because energy costs went so high that people were not able to make the payments on their subprime mortgages that the banks were forced to make by the government through the CRA.  After this debt started going bad, banks didn’t want to lend, leading to a contraction in the financial market.  It’s quite simple to understand.

However, the democrats out on Capitol Hill either don’t get this or don’t care, I’m not sure which.  They keep raising taxes (on everyone not just those making over $250,000 like Obama had promised), and increases regulations adding on to costs that we Americans have to pay for goods and services.  Anyone who knows anything about anything can realize that we should not be increasing taxes and costs for people when we’re in the middle of a recession.

If one thing has ever been proven to work the same way every time, it’s that increased taxes and regulations only contract an economy.  So, what do the democrats do over the first 100 days of the Obama presidency?  Raise taxes and regulation.  You’re not the only one who sees that this is backwards thinking.

If we want people to be able to keep their houses cool over the summer, if we want to regain lost jobs in America, and if we want to ever get out of recession mode, we have to make sure that laws which only prevent growth, like cap and trade, are not tolerated.

Call your representative and let her or him know how you feel about cap and trade.

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Obligatory Earth Day Blog

Posted by Cullin on April 22, 2009

Today we celebrate the destruction of man kind in hopes of saving the environment.  And, this is exactly what environmentalists want to do.

To your average environmentalists, the planet is worth more than man kind.  Some people want to say that plants and animals have a value of equal value to humans, and as such we should try to make sure they survive also.  However, your typical environmental activists actually believe that plants and animals have a value greater than their fellow people, and would gladly sacrifice us for the sake of some sole fungus in the deep reaches of South America.

Now, let me take some time to clear up my thoughts.  Yes, we should avoid waste and pollute as little as possible.  But, we also need to make sure that we don’t allow people to suffer needlessly as we do so.

A lot of people think that we can enact environmental legislation without affecting many, if any people.  However, the opposite of this is what actually happens.

The best example of this is the use of ethanol in gasoline in the United States.  The entire US, after fear of global warming caused the federal government to pass the Energy Policy Act of 2005,  is required the use of ethanol for an additive in fuel.  Since corn is the major player in American ethanol, the demand for it was pushed way up after this law.  This caused the price of corn to rise.  And, since corn is a staple crop in Mexico, when the price for corn rose as much as it did in the name of environmentalism, Mexican citizens starved.  The worst part about this is that the environmentalists who fought so hard for this law, and others like it, have never and probably never will see this effect of their goals.  Or, they just do not care that their values are causing so much pain in other parts of the world.

Beliefs of anthropocentric global warming pose to cause the same type of calamity.  As pointed out in Lomborg’s “Cool It”, even if we were able to follow Kyoto Protocol perfectly, we would waste a lot of money world wide to only delay the full effects of global warming for a short time.  We would be much better using this money to invest in infrastructure to deal with rising water, cures for malaria and other problems that are expected to arise in the area’s that would be most affected by a changing climate.  And, the free market would do this on it’s own, people would recognize the problem and find a way to fix it.  However, Kyoto Protocol is only going to cost industrialized nations millions of dollars, and LDCs millions upon millions of lives because of the aide and normal development which cannot happen due to misuse of resources.

I mean, this is if they can ever decide if it’s “global warming” or just “climate change” or whatever they’re going to call it next.

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Public School Tyranny

Posted by Cullin on April 20, 2009

For anyone who has a stake in public education in Texas, you need to take notice of SB 2275. What this bill will do is effectively render the State Board of Education (SBOE) powerless, and by extension the citizens of Texas powerless in education.

Currently, decisions on text books used, curriculum, and other class room related items are handled by an elected SBOE, these board members represent us and allow us to have a say in the workings of public education in Texas. What this bill would do is transfer this power to an appointed commissioner of education, taking away the public voice in education.

While this may not cause a problem now, because we have by all accounts a good commissioner of education. However in the future this could be detrimental to any hope of oversight on public schools. We won’t have the ability to vote out members whom we believe to be unable to dutifully carry-out their incumbent duties and we will be stuck with a single person who will have the sole power of choosing what our students learn.

The power granted to one person in this bill would make Stalin jealous. And we need to make sure that our tax money is spent how we intend it to, and that the future of our children won’t be at the mercy of some faceless bureaucrat.

Take action today:
Senate Committee on Education
Chair: Sen. Florence Shapiro 512-463-0108 (SD8-Plano-R, florence.shapiro@senate.state.tx.us )
Vice Chair: Sen. Dan Patrick 512-463-0107 (SD7-Houston-R, Dan.Patrick@senate.state.tx.us )
Sen. Kip Averitt 512-463-0122 (SD22-Waco-R, Kip.Averitt@senate.state.tx.us )
Sen. Wendy Davis 512-463-0110 (SD10-Ft.Worth-D, Wendy.Davis@senate.state.tx.us )
Sen. Mario Gallegos, Jr. 512-463-0106 (SD6-Galena Park-D, Mario.Gallegos@senate.state.tx.us )
Sen. Steve Ogden 512-463-0105 (SD5-Bryan-R, Steve.Ogden@senate.state.tx.us )
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte 512-463-0126 (SD26-San Antonio-D, Leticia.VandePutte@senate.state.tx.us )
Sen. Royce West 512-463-0123 (SD23-Dallas-D, Royce.West@senate.state.tx.us )
Sen. Tommy Williams 512-463-0104 (SD4-The Woodlands-R, Tommy.Williams@senate.state.tx.us )

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U.N. Seeks Ability To Govern U.S.

Posted by Cullin on April 19, 2009

Via AP:

The U.N. plans to override Obama’s absolution (as though it were necessary) of CIA operatives who engaged in enhanced interrogation techniques, and charge them with war crimes.

(AP) President Barack Obama’s decision not to prosecute CIA operatives who used questionable interrogation practices violates international law, the U.N.’s top torture investigator said Saturday.

On Thursday, Obama absolved CIA officers from prosecution for harsh, painful interrogation of terror suspects under the former Bush administration.

The announcement was met with disappointment from human rights groups and former detainees who condemned such methods as torture.

In a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press, Manfred Nowak, an Austrian who serves as a U.N. special rapporteur in Geneva, said the United States had committed itself under the U.N. Convention against Torture to make torture a crime and to prosecute those suspected of engaging in it.

“They are party to the convention and the convention is very, very clear,” Nowak said when asked to confirm comments contained in an interview he gave Austria’s Der Standard newspaper. “The fact that you carried out an order doesn’t relieve you of your responsibility,” he said, adding it could be a mitigating factor.

This kind of prosecution has yet to be committed and finished with criminals going as far back as the Holocaust, and the U.N. is trying to imprison those who keep us safe from terrorists?

And, the best part is, they want to make up for inconveniencing terrorists, calling them victims!

Nowak, who said he would soon travel to Washington for meetings with officials, also called for a comprehensive independent investigation into the matter and added it was important to compensate the victims.

We all know that everything in the U.N. is backwards and nonsensical, the real question to watch here is:  Will Obama roll over for the United Nations and give up our right to self govern?

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Racism Circus

Posted by Cullin on April 18, 2009

Over at CBS, they have the story of how the Obama administration will be boycotting a UN racism meeting. I think this is the right action for the US. See, I can agree with Obama. The story here is the nature of the UN, and for what it is being used.

This meeting on racism is being used as a forum for countries to verbalize how much they hate Israel and the west. In 2001, when the Bush administration sent a delegation to the meeting, they had to walk out in the middle after a resolution was used to equate Zionism with racism and singled out Israel for criticism.

The UN is supposed to be an organization where countries have a fair representation, however it has turned into an organization that is used to punish the west and developed countries to prop up dictators in other countries. Do we need to drop membership in the UN? I don’t know, I really doubt it. But, there is a need for a restructuring.

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Giving into Federal Control

Posted by Cullin on April 18, 2009

Sometime between one and two this morning, while the Texas legislature was debating the budget for the next biennium, one representative brought up the notion that when they don’t have the stimulus money from the federal government, they will have to make “tough decisions” in the future.

These tough decisions would not have to be made in the future if the Texas legislature would just make the right decision now and not take the stimulus money from the federal government. The legislature has two big problems they will face with the acceptance of the Obama administration’s bribe and payback money: First, they are going to see themselves without the money in 2011. And, second, they will be giving up their sovereignty as a state legislature.

Our legislature does a funny thing that’s extremely inconsistent with normal human activity, they don’t spend based on future expected income. As pointed out by Milton Friedman, people spend money based on the income they expect to earn in the future. This is why you will see college students rack up debt to attend college, they plan to be able to make enough money from future wages to justify the current debt. And, this is why government spending sprees like the ones started by Bush and proliferated by Obama do not work to end a recession. When people get an unexpected check in the mail, above and beyond normal tax returns, from the government they save it or use it to pay off credit cards, which is really just a back door form of saving, because that money was already spent. This money doesn’t create new revenue for many people, and the taxes incurred (whether through inflation or straight forward) needed to pay for this spending will cause a crowding out effect that completely negates any new spending or investment, possibly even to the point of reducing spending and investment.

What our legislature does, instead of realizing that the money they are receiving from the federal government won’t be here in the future and tomorrow, they won’t be able to pay for new programs they start today. So, they go spending our money all willy-nilly without regard to what they are going to have to do in the future when their money runs out Either that or they are planning on more federal government money which is a dangerous precedent.

If the Texas legislature is going to depend on the federal government for money to fund its actions, it will become dependent on the federal government to sustain itself. And, to paraphrase Frederic Bastiat, when your financial sustainability is dependent on the government any freedom is purely illusory. In the same manner, when the state government depends on the federal money to sustain its programs, any autonomy of the state is purely illusory.

The Texas legislature needs to be making a point that they will be keeping their power as a state government to govern over the state and will not be accepting federal bribe money.

Support the sovereignty of states, call the House Committee on State Affairs, (512) 463-0814, and say yes on HCR 50 .

Also, check out the petition at Empower Texans.

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