Why I Am A Texan Exists

by Jon Williams

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Many folks see I Am A Texan as a fun FaceBook page which shares fun photos throughout the day which helps get them through their workday. Others see it as a forum which they can express their Texas pride to other like-minded Texans. Still others see it as just an online radio station which they can listen to, and even more see it as a portal to recipes and articles from Texans. Even more see it as a General Store which has items for sale from around Texas.

 

It is all these things and more.

 

I Am A Texan was created to help support local Texas businesses grow and expand. We use the tools of social media, blogs, online radio, co-branding, an affiliate program, and community awareness (fundraising and support of non-profit groups) to achieve these goals. We are a one-of-a-kind outlet for all types of Texans, and we want to keep it that way!

 

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Last year when I was in Afghanistan, I was watching a special on AFN (Armed Forces Network) News Channel in which the moderator made the claim, backed up by data which I haven’t been able to find (and if you can find it on the internet, I’d be obliged), in which he stated that if every American would spend just $100 more per person on American made goods then up to 30 million more jobs in America would be created.  Now, those numbers stuck in my head. Obviously, I can’t make a difference, at least now on a national level. But what if I can make a difference on a state level? What if I Am A Texan can cause Texans to each spend $100 more per year on Texas made goods?  If there are 300 million Americans and there are 27 million Texans, using the same math on a smaller scale, this would mean that 2.7 million jobs could be created in Texas. That’s not even counting the already strong economy we have in Texas!

 

Plus, it got me to thinking further. What if we took the power away from the big box stores? Sure, they have their place, and I’m guilty of shopping there myself. However, just $100 a year more at local Texan owned businesses should be pretty easy to do. I could train myself to do it. I could convince my friends to do it. I could make it easy for my fellow Texans to do it on an amazing website with a single checkout where they could buy candles from the Texas Hill country, books from Austin, handmade signs from Emory, and so much more. Eventually we could grow into the number 1 go-to place for Texans.

 

Yep, that’s the I AM A TEXAN dream.

 

That’s why we exist.

 

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Tales of Woe from a Misplaced Texan in Maryland

By Melvin Edwards

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I’ve lived away from Texas for 10 years now and except for the humidity and mosquitos, I try to recreate some of my old Texas experiences every day. Al Gore’s internet makes that so much easier than ever.

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The courageous inventor of the internet

Each morning, I wake up and open the Houston Chronicle site to see what’s going on back home. I’m a long-distance Texans and Astros fan, though the Rockets have dropped off my radar lately. I can’t really explain why. Occasionally, I also check out the Austin American-Statesman site because I lived in that city for a few years when I worked for the current land commissioner and governor.

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The Austin Skyline

With simple clicks of my mouse, I am back home and well-informed. I know what diminutive second baseman Jose Altuve is doing on the field and in the community. I can listen to or watch games in real time. Back when I was a kid, if I wanted to listen to an Astros game, I had to tune into a local AM station and listen through the crackles of the reception that didn’t bother me at the time, but would probably be unbearable now with modern technology. For an annual subscription, I can watch games on my phone, computer, or TV screen. Thank you, Al Gore!

 

All during the fall and early winter on either side of New Year 2019, I was struck with Texans’ fever believing they’d reach the Super Bowl after they shellacked the Baltimore Ravens. Living in Baltimore where the Ravens became the eventual Super Bowl champions, it was of little consolation that Houston beat the team that won the league title. But each weekday of the season, I could plug my phone into my car speaker and listen to local Houston sports talk radio and feel a part of the crowd. I was in Baltimore traffic listening to Houston traffic reports.

 

I try to give my children a feel of living in Texas, while living in Maryland. Watching the news and reading the papers here on anything political always ruins that experiment. And when I see the huge chunk that state income taxes take out of every paycheck, I’m starkly reminded that I’m not in Texas anymore. Still, I try to pretend I am. I have ordered shipments of Blue Bell Ice Cream from Brenham. I have bought – and regularly eat from – dinnerware with the design of the Texas state flag on them. Have you seen the Maryland state flag? Anyone trying to eat off dishes that with design may get motion sickness and lose their crab cakes.

 

Even sports are different here. My son made his high school baseball team as a freshman just last week. My friends’ children back home have been playing spring sports for over a month already and we couldn’t even have tryouts here until March 1 because of the weather. His best chance of eventually getting recruited to play college baseball will be in playing in expensive summer leagues.

 

The high school baseball season begins next week and the temperatures will likely be in the 40s. That’s been the hardest part about living so far away from home for me. Al Gore has made it easier to feel connected to Texas from 1,500 miles away, so I’m counting on him to bring in a little more global warming during the winter months because I’m not a fan of cold and snow.

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I’m always looking to connect with new and old friends back home, so if you ever want to send messages to cheer me up when I’m freezing, please feel free. Blue Bell Buttered Pecan would also be warmly embraced!

 

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Why I Love Texas

by Rhonda Wittmer

I am a telehealth RN whose co-workers are from all over the country.  It’s 0241 am, and the calls are not exactly pouring in right now.  People with good sense are asleep.  One of my co-workers and I were talking about men, and somehow, the subject changed from that to Texas.  Specifically, I was telling my co-worker from Virginia why I love Texas.

As a transplant of 14 years, I have lots of life experience in other places to which I can compare my life as a Texan.  I was born in Ohio and grew up in Georgia.  (Do you see the conflict already?)   Forgive me, but I also spent a few years living in Oklahoma. I’ve been half way around the world a couple times, too.  It wasn’t until I got to Texas that I felt as if I was really home.

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Narnia Tree – Rhonda Wittmer copyright 2019:
This magic tree can be found at Veteran’s Park in Arlington, Texas

Why do I love Texas?  It is a place where someone can unapologetically be herself.  Whether ‘country’ or ‘city,’ heathen or Christian, liberal or conservative, there’s a place for her here.  In Texas, she can wear her boots with a dress or with jeans.  She can be a ‘weird’ artistic type and a gainfully employed responsible person at the same time.  As for me, in Texas, I am who I am.  No one here knows my mama and everyone in my gene pool.  They have no one with whom to compare me.  It is a place where I have successfully invented and re-invented myself a few times.  All of these incarnations have found a comfortable home and an expanding network of friends.

 

My sister came from Calgary (the ‘Fort Worth’ of Canada) to escape the freezing weather in April.  Sunshine and blooming trees made her feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  We spent some time enjoying the outdoors at Veteran’s Park in Arlington.  This tree is one of my favorites, and of course, I have photos of this same tree several consecutive seasons.  Now that she has visited, she knows my network of friends, and she loves Texas, too!

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Ethics from the Barrel of a Gun

What Bearing Weapons Teaches About the Good Life

by Eric S. Raymond (Guest Contributor)

 

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The bearing of arms is the essential medium through which the individual asserts both his social power and his participation in politics as a responsible moral being… (Historian J.G.A. Pocock, describing the beliefs of the founders of the U.S.)

There is nothing like having your finger on the trigger of a gun to reveal who you really are. Life or death in one twitch — ultimate decision, with the ultimate price for carelessness or bad choices.

It is a kind of acid test, an initiation, to know that there is lethal force in your hand and all the complexities and ambiguities of moral choice have fined down to a single action: fire or not?

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In truth, we are called upon to make life-or-death choices more often than we generally realize. Every political choice ultimately reduces to a choice about when and how to use lethal force, because the threat of lethal force is what makes politics and law more than a game out of which anyone could opt at any time.

But most of our life-and-death choices are abstract; their costs are diffused and distant. We are insulated from those costs by layers of institutions we have created to specialize in controlled violence (police, prisons, armies) and to direct that violence (legislatures, courts). As such, the lessons those choices teach seldom become personal to most of us.

Nothing most of us will ever do combines the moral weight of life-or-death choice with the concrete immediacy of the moment as thoroughly as the conscious handling of instruments deliberately designed to kill. As such, there are lessons both merciless and priceless to be learned from bearing arms — lessons which are not merely instructive to the intellect but transformative of one’s whole emotional, reflexive, and moral character.

The first and most important of these lessons is this: it all comes down to you.

No one’s finger is on the trigger but your own. All the talk-talk in your head, all the emotions in your heart, all the experiences of your past — these things may inform your choice, but they can’t move your finger. All the socialization and rationalization and justification in the world, all the approval or disapproval of your neighbors — none of these things can pull the trigger either. They can change how you feel about the choice, but only you can actually make the choice. Only you. Only here. Only now. Fire, or not?

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A second is this: never count on being able to undo your choices.

If you shoot someone through the heart, dead is dead. You can’t take it back. There are no do-overs. Real choice is like that; you make it, you live with it — or die with it.

A third lesson is this: the universe doesn’t care about motives.

If your gun has an accidental discharge while pointed an unsafe direction, the bullet will kill just as dead as if you had been aiming the shot. I didn’t mean to may persuade others that you are less likely to repeat a behavior, but it won’t bring a corpse back to life.

These are hard lessons, but necessary ones. Stated, in print, they may seem trivial or obvious. But ethical maturity consists, in significant part, of knowing these things — not merely at the level of intellect but at the level of emotion, experience and reflex. And nothing teaches these things like repeated confrontation with life-or-death choices in grave knowledge of the consequences of failure.

This psychological insight both illuminates and is reinforced by one central fact of U.S. history that is usually considered purely political, and even (wrongly) thought to be of interest only to Americans.

The Founding Fathers of the United States believed, and wrote, that the bearing of arms was essential to the character and dignity of a free people. For this reason, they wrote a Second Amendment in the Bill Of Rights which reads the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.

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Whether one agrees or disagrees with it, the Second Amendment is usually interpreted in these latter days as an axiom of and about political character — an expression of republican political thought, a prescription for a equilibrium of power in which the armed people are at least equal in might to the organized forces of government.

It is all these things. But it is something more, because the Founders regarded political character and individual ethical character as inseparable. They had a clear notion of the individual virtues necessary collectively to a free people. They did not merely regard the habit of bearing arms as a political virtue, but as a direct promoter of personal virtue.

The Founders had been successful armed revolutionaries. Every one of them had had repeated confrontation with life-or-death choices, in grave knowledge of the consequences of failure. They desired that the people of their infant nation should always cultivate that kind of ethical maturity, the keen sense of individual moral responsibility that they had personally learned from using lethal force in defense of their liberty.

Accordingly, firearms were prohibited only to those intended to be kept powerless and infantilized. American gun prohibitions have their origins in racist legislation designed to disarm slaves and black freedmen. The wording of that legislation repays study; it was designed not merely to deny blacks the political power of arms but to prevent them from aspiring to the dignity of free men.

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The dignity of free men (and, as we would properly add today, free women). That is a phrase that bears thinking on. As the twentieth century draws to a close, it sounds archaic. Our discourse has nearly lost the concept that the health of the res publica is founded on private virtue. Too many of us contemplate a president who preaches family values and responsibility to the nation while committing adultery and perjury, and don’t see a contradiction.

But Thomas Jefferson’s question, posed in his inaugural address of 1801, still stings. If a man cannot be trusted with the government of himself, how can he be trusted with the government of others? And this is where history and politics circle back to ethics and psychology: because the dignity of a free (wo)man consists in being competent to govern one’s self, and in knowing, down to the core of one’s self, that one is so competent.

And that is where ethics and psychology bring us back to the bearing of arms. For causality runs both ways here; the dignity of a free man is what makes one ethically competent to bear arms, and the act of bearing arms promotes (by teaching its hard and subtle lessons) the inner qualities that compose the dignity of a free man.

It is not always so, of course. There is a 3% or so of psychotics, drug addicts, and criminal deviants who are incapable of the dignity of free men. Arms in the hands of such as these do not promote virtue, but are merely instruments of tragedy and destruction. But so, too, are cars. And kitchen knives. And bricks. The ethically incompetent readily (and effectively) find other means to destroy and terrorize when denied arms. And when civilian arms are banned, they more readily find helpless victims.

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But for the other 97%, the bearing of arms functions not merely as an assertion of power but as a fierce and redemptive discipline. When sudden death hangs inches from your right hand, you become much more careful, more mindful, and much more peaceful in your heart — because you know that if you are thoughtless or sloppy in your actions or succumb to bad temper, people will die.

Too many of us have come to believe ourselves incapable of this discipline. We fall prey to the sick belief that we are all psychopaths or incompetents under the skin. We have been taught to imagine ourselves armed only as villains, doomed to succumb to our own worst nature and kill a loved one in a moment of carelessness or rage. Or to end our days holed up in a mall listening to police bullhorns as some SWAT sniper draws a bead.

But it’s not so. To believe this is to ignore the actual statistics and generative patterns of weapons crimes. Virtually never, writes criminologist Don B. Kates, are murderers the ordinary, law-abiding people against whom gun bans are aimed. Almost without exception, murderers are extreme aberrants with lifelong histories of crime, substance abuse, psychopathology, mental retardation and/or irrational violence against those around them, as well as other hazardous behavior, e.g., automobile and gun accidents.

To believe one is incompetent to bear arms is, therefore, to live in corroding and almost always needless fear of the self — in fact, to affirm oneself a moral coward. A state further from the dignity of a free man would be rather hard to imagine. It is as a way of exorcising this demon, of reclaiming for ourselves the dignity and courage and ethical self-confidence of free (wo)men that the bearing of personal arms, is, ultimately, most important.

This is the final ethical lesson of bearing arms: that right choices are possible, and the ordinary judgement of ordinary (wo)men is sufficient to make them.

We can, truly, embrace our power and our responsibility to make life-or-death decisions, rather than fearing both. We can accept our ultimate responsibility for our own actions. We can know (not just intellectually, but in the sinew of experience) that we are fit to choose.

And not only can we — we must. The Founding Fathers of the United States understood why. If we fail this test, we fail not only in private virtue but consequently in our capacity to make public choices. Rudderless, lacking an earned and grounded faith in ourselves, we can only drift — increasingly helpless to summon even the will to resist predators and tyrants (let alone the capability to do so).

Joel Barlow, a political theorist of Jefferson’s time, wrote tellingly: [The disarming of citizens has] a double effect, it palsies the hand and brutalizes the mind: a habitual disuse of physical forces totally destroys the moral [force]; and men lose at once the power of protecting themselves, and of discerning the cause of their oppression.

We live with a recent history of massacres by governments that have dwarfed in scope and cruelty anything Barlow or Jefferson could have imagined. The Turkish massacre of the Armenians, the Nazi final solution, the Soviet purges, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Hutu-Tutsi massacres in Rwanda; each and every one of these vast and hideous slaughters was preceded by and relied upon the disarmament of the victims.

It is more important than ever, today after a century of blood, that we retain the power both to protect ourselves and to discern the cause of such oppressions. That cause has never been in civilian arms borne by free people, but in their opposite and enemy — the organized and conscienceless brutality of cancerous states.

It is time to recognize that we, as individuals and as citizens of our neighborhoods and our nations and our planet, have gone too far down a road that leads only to disintegration of both society and self — a future of atomized and alienated sheep, terrified by the reflection in each others’ eyes of the phantoms in their own souls, easy prey for demagogues and dictators.

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It is time for each of us to rediscover the dignity of free men (and women) in the only way possible; by proving it in the crucible of daily decision, even on ultimate matters of life and death. It is time for us to embrace bearing arms again — not merely as a deterrent against criminals and tyrants, but as a gift and sacrament and affirmation to ourselves.

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Reaffirming Texas' sovereignty under the Texas Constitution and the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This Non-Binding Resolution was introduced on March 7th, 2019 by Representative James White who represents Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties. Once you’ve read the text, feel free to comment below!

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Representative James White

By:  White                                       H.C.R. No. 77

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The Republic of Texas existed as an independent nation for nine years, and when it accepted admission to the Union in 1845, it remained a free and independent state subject only to the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, The United States Congress has passed laws requiring Texas to make expenditures that are unfunded by the federal government, which is a violation of the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; moreover, the federal government has caused the intentional devaluation of its currency through its reckless spending and borrowing, and this threatens the economic stability of Texas; and

WHEREAS, The United States government has allowed the use of its authority, credit, and goodwill for the benefit of private and foreign concerns in violation of its own constitution; in addition, its repeated failure to guard the border between Texas and Mexico has forced the state to spend vast sums in order to protect its citizens; and

WHEREAS, The federal government has further implemented thousands of laws, mandates, and agencies in violation of the United States Constitution and of the sovereignty of the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, Section 1, Article I, Texas Constitution, states that “the perpetuity of the Union depend[s] upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States”; Section 2, Article I, declares, “All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient”; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby reaffirm the state’s sovereignty under the Texas Constitution and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that this resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.

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Shaun Peter Cunningham is Making His Mark in the Independent Film Industry

by Julia Robb
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The story is always about the character, so let me tell you about the independent film industry through Shaun Peter Cunningham, an actor, screenwriter and producer who lives in Dallas.

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Shaun Peter Cunningham

First, independent filmmakers are like indie writers; they often produce great work, but must compete against big money.

Nobody hears about them.

Argo played on most U.S. screens, while independent films like The Note played at film festivals.

Festival committees must invite moviemakers to show at their venues, but not all festivals are created equal.

Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival and Tribeca are prestigious festivals, but others..not so much.

Many independent films are worth sitting in the dark for two hours munching a bag of popcorn, and moviegoers don’t listen to as many explosions as they do while enduring the endless “Die Hard” sequels.

But most independent films are financed on a shoestring–sometimes out of the filmmaker’s own pocket– and make shoestring profits (if any).

Think David and Goliath.

So why would anybody want to spend free time on this kind of glorified hobby?

Cunningham, 42, originally from Manchester, England (and with an accent to prove it), said he’s in the movies for one reason: Love.

He said he grew up “on a veritable feast of American movies” and was “intensely obsessed by them and fascinated by the process of script-to-screen; how a concept on paper could turn into a plausible, living reality.”

So Cunningham–a dark, rugged-looking guy–moved to the U.S. as fast as he could, in 2006, to work in the movie industry.

Since, he has had roles in 12 independent films, five of them leads, written numerous screenplays and founded his own company, Picto Films.

Cunningham wrote The Note and played the leading role. The film was subsequently nominated for five 2019 independent film awards.

The Note was also screened at the American Independent Film Festival in Hollywood and is still making its way on the independent film festival circuit.

But Cunningham, a Dallas resident, has to make a living, so his day job is working (think endless travel) for an IT company.

On top of work travel, he hops planes for film commitments. As if that isn’t enough, he escorts his actress daughter, Emma Lou, to auditions.

When I recently caught up with him, Cunningham had not slept for 36 hours.

Yeah, he said, snagging financing for an independent film is “as difficult as trying to arrange lunch with the Pope” because “it carries a very high degree of investment risk.

“Even the big studios are getting burned and slashing development budgets” so they need to invest in “dead certs,” like sequels, to make money.

And since the 2008 financial collapse, money is a lot harder to come by.

“…Typically, investors want to know the answers to three main questions; How much do you need, when will I get my money back and who’s in it?” he said.

It’s not all bad. Films can make a lot of money with DVD and video on demand.

“Some movies make much more via domestic and international distribution than they make at the box office,” he said.

And it’s not unusual for major production companies to buy films they spot at festivals.

The Weinstein Company bought My Idiot Brother after it showed at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011.

And some independent filmmakers have amazing luck.

First-time filmmaker Oren Peli shot Paranormal Activity in his own house, for $15,000, in one week.

Paramount picked the movie up, gave it major distribution, and it made more than $190 million.

“That’s what keeps things exciting,” Cunningham said.

Some independent films do achieve fame: Silver Linings Playbook Star Jennifer Lawrence garnered a best actress Oscar this year and Amour earned a best foreign film award

Silver Linings Playbook, however, was filmed with a $21 million budget.

What does Cunningham want?

Not money, although that would be nice.

“Independent film making is typically a stepping stone on a creative path to something else. You’d be crazy to be an independent filmmaker if your only motivation is to make money,” he said. “My motivation..is to entertain people through visual storytelling.

“If I can make a living out of it too, it’s a bonus.”

Also, “I like to differentiate myself on quality,” he said, adding his movies are being made on tiny budgets but “you wouldn’t know it.”

“I surround myself with good people who take pride in their work. When you make a good product, someone will always notice.”

Cunningham hopes a film he appeared in, Between the Strings, will do well on the 2019 festival circuit. He has high hopes for Stranger, now in pre-production, which he wrote and produced. He’s currently writing Seven Deadly Sins and starring in The Unwanted.

Cunningham is a busy guy. He’s also co-producing and appearing in The Long Run, a movie about a mixed race family.

 

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Survivor Texas (New Show)

From Stephen A.

Due to the popularity of the “Survivor” shows, CBS is planning to do one entitled, “Survivor, Texas-Style!”

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The 8 contestants will all start in Dallas , then drive to Waco, Austin, San Antonio, over to Houston and down to Brownsville… They will then proceed up to Del Rio, El Paso, Odessa, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo.
From there they will go on to Abilene, Fort Worth and finally back to Dallas …

Each will be driving a pink 1964 Volkswagen Van with bumper stickers that read:

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“I love New York”

“Jane Fonda is my Hero”

“I love the Dixie Chicks”

“Boycott Beef”

“I Voted for Obama”

“George Strait Sucks”

“Hillary in 2016”

And…

“I’m here to confiscate your guns”

The first one to make it back to Dallas alive wins.

 

I’d watch it.

Texas Bound by Connie Carson

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I’m fine …
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A farmer named Bubba had a car accident. He was hit by a truck owned by the Eversweet Company.

In court, the Eversweet Company’s hot-shot lawyer was questioning Bubba.

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‘Didn’t you say to the police at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine?’
asked the lawyer.


Bubba responded: ‘Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I’d just loaded my fav’rit cow, Bessie, into da… ‘


‘I didn’t ask for any details’,
the lawyer interrupted. ‘Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine!’?’

Bubba said, ‘Well, I’d just got Bessie into da trailer and I was drivin’ down da road…… ‘

The lawyer interrupted again and said,‘Your Honor, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the police on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question. ‘

By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Bubba‘s answer and said to the lawyer:

‘I’d like to hear what he has to say about his favorite cow, Bessie’.


Bubba thanked the Judge and proceeded.

‘Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my fav’rit cow, into de trailer and was drivin’ her down de road when this huge Eversweet truck and trailer came tundering tru a stop sign and hit me trailer right in da side. I was trown into one ditch and Bessie was trown into da udder. By Jaysus I was hurt, very bad like, and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moanin’ and groanin’. I knew she was in terrible pain just by her groans.


Shortly after da accident, a policeman on a motorbike turned up. He could hear Bessie moanin’ and groanin’ too, so he went over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.

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Den da policeman came across de road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, ‘How are you feelin’?’


‘Now wot would you say?’

Bubba won his case.

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Seriously, Just What is Going On In Our Texas Schools? (Part 2)

The Washington Times Reports:

These were the lyrics from the opening song, called “Feels Like Change,” reported by The Blaze: “Oh, I tried to believe in George Bush, I tried to trust. But it’s ashes to ashes now, and it’s dust to dust. Do you feel it baby? Oh do you feel it? It feels like change.”

As though that wasn’t enough, in a messianic style praise song they continued later in the program with this song from the same school assembly: “Hey, Mama, Obama. He got the mo’ jama. Talking about Americana. H-O-P-E, hope I get a new pajama … Obama, Obama we got the mo’ mama, we got the mo. Fujiyama, sing Obama from the top of Mount Asama. … You’re on a roll Obama, you’re on a roll.”

KPRC reports: (click here for video)

HOUSTON –

A Black History Month program at A Houston elementary school may have backfired after some parents complained that children were asked to sing a song with pro-President Barack Obama lyrics.

Isreal Palomo said his 8-year-old son took part in the program at HISD’s Katherine Smith Elementary School earlier this week.

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“I got nothing against him, but I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t see why they should be indoctrinated about President Obama,” said Palomo.

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The issue has been discussed nationally by conservative radio talk show hosts, who are urging parents to complain if their children’s school offered similar programs.

Meanwhile, HISD released the following statement about the controversy on Friday:

“The song lyrics you received were used as part of an after-school PTO program celebrating Black History Month at Katherine Smith Elementary School. Students who participated had signed permission slips from their parents to participate in this after-school event. They danced to the music, but did not sing or otherwise recite the lyrics. Copies of the lyrics were given to the parents, but not the students. This program was organized by three first-year teachers, who mistakenly failed to get the principal’s approval to distribute the song lyrics. After reviewing the lyrics, the principal agrees that some of the songs were overly political and should not have been included in the program. The teachers who coordinated the program have been reminded that materials such as this must receive prior approval by the principal in the future. The principal apologizes to those who may have been offended by some of the lyrics that were included in the PTO program.”

However, other parents told KPRC Local 2 they had no problem with the song about President Obama.

“He’s our president. I see nothing wrong with it,” said one parent.

“I thought all the songs were positive,” said another parent. “I’m just glad they did something for black history month.”

 

UPDATE: Houston ISD has reported that the three first year teachers involved will undergo training and the superintendent does apologize and recognizes that political activity like this has no place in schools.

 

 

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What’s the fuss about CScope?

by Lianne Russell (Guest Contributor)
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In light of the political landscape and recent loss for both Republicans and Tea Party conservatives alike, the fire that burned bright in 2010 has now become a seething ember of flame. People are suspicious of the government. I would not argue that they are wrong in their justifications. Without doubt, a majority of Texans are now rightfully angry at the loss of control for their children’s education and suspicious of those who administer the leftist agenda, including school boards and superintendents.

While some may feel their voice is not heard in DC or Austin, they are turning that anger towards the politicians and administrators in their own backyard. So it is understandable that parents and conservatives are upset with the Lumberton Independent School District for using the controversial CScope curriculum. Superintendent John Valestro believes that there is a small group of folks who are intent upon the spreading of fear.  (Click here for the initial dialogue)

The most recent occurrence that has come to light in regards to the Lumberton ISD teacher had students wear burqa’s for a lesson.  She was quoted by a student as saying, “I do not necessarily agree with this, but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists anymore, but freedom fighters.”  I dare her to say those words to the families and victims of the hostages kidnapped and murdered as these so-called “freedom fighters” use kidnapping as a cash cow.  I am stunned by the hypocrisy of Mr. Valestro when he states that detractors of CScope have, “an agenda that is not about our kids, but about their own self-interest – “money”.

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CSscope: propaganda machine or easy target for frustrated conservatives?

While CScope curriculum has been labeled as “liberal” in nature, there is flexibility by staff with the content of what is taught. What is concerning is that this flexibility does not appear to pertain to Judeo-Christian values and belief systems. While Superintendent Valestro responded appropriately with, “Lumberton does not “promote” Islam, but “teaches” a world history class as defined by the state of Texas’ objective called the TEKS.”

The fact remains that not all is taught on an equal basis. My initial response was to question whether or not the students were instructed with the facts of that religion-political-financial system. Were they instructed that Radical Islam allows for young women to be raped and stoned to death for the crime of being raped? Did the teacher instruct the young men that they were allowed to beat their wives for fun? That the women should be beat for disobedience?

While the political left want us to live in this utopian view of the world, facts demand to be respected. We live in a Judeo-Christian society where it is against the law to pray in school. No Ten Commandments, which teach good living practices, are allowed to be displayed and the birth of Christ celebration is relegated to a pagan ritual in our schools. Paganism is an accepted form of religion by our government so why is that religion favored over Christianity when it comes to Christmas vs. Holiday trees?

CScope is a political tool for mind control of our children. Parents have absolutely earned the right to be angry in Lumberton, Texas. While the teacher may not have meant any harm in teaching culture and history, she is failed by the system that requires her to use this curriculum in the first place.

Disturbing as CScope is, for me the most telling is Superintendent Valestro’s final comment to me, Question: What is more dangerous “fear and ignorance” or “education and understanding”?  Not only is his punctuation wrong but his attempt to call me ignorant in a passive-aggressive way was insulting.

While cultures and religious systems can be taught in our schools, I demand that my faith and belief system be taught in an equally favorable light as is other religions and cultures. At the very minimum, teach all equally and respectfully. In the old days, my grandmother used to say, “what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.” That still rings true today.

Parents do have a choice in their child’s education. More importantly, parents and caregivers have a duty to educate their children. It seems that there is a coordinated effort to take the parents out of the decision making when it comes to CScope. Parents aren’t allowed to see the curriculum and when any official is questioned, they treat parents with disdain. Get engaged with your student’s education. To start with, read your child’s textbooks and papers. Make sure you understand what your child is learning in Kindergarten on up. Stay in touch with your teachers and openly speak out against revisionist history.

Speak to your School board members and demand that as parents, you have the right to view the CScope curriculum. After all, you are the one who paid for it with your tax dollars. Set an appointment with your superintendent and ask him why he chose to spend school funds on a progressive program that teaches the glorification of Islam while reviling Judeo-Christian values.

CScope supporters will tell you it’s about being sensitive and having an understanding of other cultures. It is the politically correct view of the global world we reside in now. When questioned on whether Christianity and America is shed in a positive light on an equal basis with other religions and forms of government, they will reply with the well-used statement of, “We are required to teach it”.

It’s not about reading, writing and arithmetic any longer. It’s about teaching our children and grandchildren how to live in a socialist utopia alongside religions that believe we should be beheaded. It’s about how horrible we are as Americans because we are the terrorists and murderers.

I feel bad for the teachers who have to teach this garbage. They are forced to sign a non-disclose contract in order to teach it, and a threat of criminal charges are part of the contract language, which intimidates the teachers. Senator Dan Patrick has even released a statement about CScope as recently as January 2019 stating that more transparency for parents and protections is needed and that he had hopes for a resolution to the issues.

Should CScope be put under the microscope, not all would see a healthy environment. It’s up to us, parents and grandparents to ensure our children are being taught facts. Get involved with your local school and attend school board meetings. Demand the truth from your local school administrators. What you may find is the goose is doing what he told the gander they couldn’t do.

About the author:

Lianne Russell is a former School Board Member. Having served her term successfully in Rhode Island, Ms. Russell was instrumental in negotiating a 6 million dollar savings for the district in which she served.
Now, back home in Texas, Ms. Russell owns a New Media and Political Strategy company who focuses on the conservative and Constitutional principles and candidates.

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