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Who Is Behind “Texas Citizens Coalition”?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Back in the middle of January I got a four-page flyer form an outfit calling itself the “Texas Citizens Coalition.” The group is headed up by Rosenberg realtor Gary Gates.

Their ostensible goals sound conservative enough:

1. A smaller role for government at all levels

2. The elimination of over-reach and reduced regulation

3. A pro-business, pro-capitalism environment

4. Personal responsibility

All well and good. But why drop a flyer two months after the election?

My working theory is that Texas Citizens Coalition is another group created with the express purpose of supporting Speaker Joe Straus against his conservative critics.

Supporting evidence for the theory:

  • One of their first news blurbs is from Straus himself. (The fact that the most recent bit of “Latest News” is from January ninth suggests lack of follow-through on TCC’s part…)
  • Note that every single legislator singled out for praise in page 2 of the flyer was not among those backing Scott Turner for Speaker.
  • Note that many of those praised legislators (Giovanni Capriglione, Tan Parker, Drew Springer and Jason Villalba) were all notable for declaring themselves Straus supporters in November.
  • The only groups that have been dropping flyers to my mailbox post-election have been pro-Straus groups.
  • Finally, I sent an email through their contact address asking if they were formed explicitly to support Straus, and received no reply.
  • If anyone has an alternate explanation, I’d be happy to hear it. Here’s the flyer itself:

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    Those Two Crazy Kids Were Meant For Each Other!

    Sunday, January 18th, 2015

    From Milo Yiannopoulos comes the story of the man who taught Shanley Kane how to troll.

    San Francisco-based feminist troll Shanley Kane is a racist “full of hatred” who as recently as 2012 expressed disgust at interracial relationships and who uses racially-charged epithets to describe black people, a former boyfriend has claimed.

    “I’ve never made a sincere apology in my entire life, ”Andrew Auernheimer told Breitbart in an explosive interview that makes outrageous claims about Kane’s racist past. “The public largely despises me for my political views—I’m one of the most visible and public advocates of white nationalism—and my position as the world’s most notorious Internet troll. But I’ve never done anything that I think I should be sorry for, with one exception: for a few short months, I dated Shanley Kane, the technology industry’s feminist antagonist, and I taught her Internet trolling.”

    Auernheimer says that Shanley frequently shared his racist and antisemitic views while they were dating.

    Others may look at this as just a case of two horrible people hooking up together, but I choose to look at another way, the Hollywood way: as a sitcom waiting to happen.

    He’s a vicious racist.

    She’s the Queen of the Feminist technology trolls.

    When they get together as broke roommates in trendy San Francisco, the insults will fly—and LOVE will bloom!

    Internet Trolls in Love! Coming to FX this fall…

    (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

    (Previously.)

    Operation Choke Point’s Smoking Gun?

    Thursday, January 15th, 2015

    Via Instapundit comes updated news of Operation Choke Point, the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional attempt to force the banks and credit unions used by gun dealers (and other targeted businesses, most of which are entirely legal) to close their accounts. Bank regulator’s have denied they were doing this in the past, but now a gun business owner has recorded a credit union manager telling him the Feds have forced them to close his account.

    Here’s a Fox News report on the case:

    Imagine the media outcry if a Republican administration were using the same tactics against abortion clinics or gay bars.

    The new congress should investigate this along with Fast and Furious…

    Dave Barry’s Year End Roundup

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

    Dave Barry’s year-end roundup is out and, as usual, it’s well worth reading.

    Selections:

  • In a development that surprises film critics, Academy Awards voters, apparently hoping to woo a younger audience, award the Oscar for Best Picture to “Sharknado.”
  • On the domestic front, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the rollout of Obamacare, resigns from the Cabinet to take a position overseeing e-mail storage for the Internal Revenue Service.
  • In domestic news, the Department of Veterans Affairs is engulfed in scandal following revelations that some VA hospitals are just now getting around to treating veterans of the War of 1812.
  • In government news, the troubled Secret Service once again comes under withering criticism when an intruder is able to jump the White House fence, enter the White House through the front door, overpower a Secret Service agent, run through the Central Hall, enter the East Room, deliver a nationwide radio address and appoint four federal judges before being overpowered.
  • In politics, the big story is the looming midterm elections, which have President Obama crisscrossing the nation at a hectic pace in a last-ditch effort to find a Democratic candidate willing to appear in public with him.
  • In other political news, the debate over U.S. immigration policy intensifies when President Obama, in a move that infuriates Republicans, signs an executive order giving Texas back to Mexico.
  • Having An Intermittant Database Connection Problem

    Monday, December 29th, 2014

    I seem to be having an intermittent database connection problem for old posts. Not seeing it right now, but if you see it crop up again, let me know.

    Merry Christmas!

    Thursday, December 25th, 2014

    Enjoy a break from politics and spending time with your family. Here’s George Winston’s version of “The Holly and the Ivy” off his landmark album December:

    Merry Christmas!

    Instead of Actual Content: Saturday Edition

    Saturday, December 13th, 2014

    I slay me…

    What a “Sober” South Texas Democratic Judge Looks Like

    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

    For all the justified talk of Republican gains in the Rio Grande Valley, it’s still overwhelmingly Democratic at the county level. So it’s no surprise that when a Democratic 13th Court of Appeals Justice Nora Longoria got arrested for DWI, the charges were dismissed by Democratic Judge Rolando Cantu.

    You can take a look at what a “sober” South Texas Democratic judge looks like below.

    Texas Democrats: The Party of Drunk Drivers.

    Mary Landrieu Loses

    Saturday, December 6th, 2014

    So it was foretold, and so it has come to pass. Congratulations to Bill Cassidy for being elected to the United States Senate.

    But hey, she only lost by 12 points. Given some polls had her down by as much as 24 points, she still beat the spread…

    Now I Know What To Get Dwight for Christmas

    Saturday, November 15th, 2014

    Or rather I would, if it were available anywhere in Texas, and it wasn’t made in a country currently occupying parts of Ukraine:

    Yes, Red Army Vodka in a bottle shaped like an AK-47. It’s much classier than their previous bottle: