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More Tea Party Coverage

On April 15th, tax day, I was excited to attend my local tea party. My mother found great signs online and had them printed out for us to carry. Going down to the Sugar Land Town Square with my mom and sister in law, Leah, we weren't sure what to expect. The only rally I've ever attended was the Houston Rally for America back in 2003, which was a celebration of our country and troops. When we walked out of the parking garage and out into the square we were overwhelmed at the number of people gathered. Wow! I can't find an "official" count, have heard the numbers were over 3,000, which is believable if you were there. We wandered around for a few minutes, signed in and found a good place to stand. Unfortunately the first few speakers, though fiery, were difficult to hear. Our 4th speaker was Dr Neil Frank, former Director of the National Hurricane Center and recently retired Chief Meteorologist for KHOU-TV. His speech, an excellent discussion on the falsehood

Secret Holocaust Diaries

To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day 2009, which fell on April 21 this year, I would like to share with you a new book being released this month. The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The untold story of Nonna Bannister When 23-year old Nonna Bannister arrived in the United States in 1950, she closed the door on her disturbing past. She married and raised three children and never told a soul about her experiences in Russia, the Ukraine, and Germany during the Holocaust. After 43 years of marriage, she finally introduced her husband to her past, the photographs and diaries she had miraculously saved and painstakingly transcribed into English. This book is her story. The book, a compilation of Nonna’s diary entries and family stories, opens with her 1942 transport from the Ukraine to Poland, bound for a “labor camp” in Germany. The horror is quickly realized as fifteen year old Nonna witnesses firsthand the murderous brutality of the German soldiers toward the Jewish prisoners. After this s

Integrity in California

It may seem trivial to some, but when Miss California answered Perez Hilton's question on gay marriage, she revealed integrity and resolve. When asked the question about her stance on gay marriage by an openly gay judge in the Miss USA pageant, she knew what the "proper" and seemingly popular answer was, but chose to answer true to her beliefs, faith and convictions. Carrie Prejean recognized at that moment that her answer could keep her from winning the title Miss USA, which she was heavily favored to do, but prioritized her integrity over her desire to win. For that she should be congratulated. Instead, she is publically ridiculed. The press is reporting as if Miss Prejean injected politics and faith into the Miss USA pageant, rather than the other way around. And just so you don't think Perez Hilton was a rebel and created this question off the cuff; gay marriage was a preapproved question by the Miss America organization. Mr. Trump's organization chose to prov
Did you see these comments on the Hill's Blog Briefing Room ? Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted "tea party" protests yesterday, labeling the activities "despicable" and shameful." "The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs," Schakowsky said in a statement. "It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt," she added. "Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians. Here is the response I sent to her email. Dear Congresswoman, I attended a

Tea Party!

Lisa and I each went to a Texas Tea Party tonight. She went with our mother and sister-in-law to their local Tea Party, while I took my daughters to our local Tea Party. Lisa will post a review of their area party tomorrow. First, let me say that I have never been to any kind of protest before and I didn't know what to expect. I skipped lunch and left work a little early so I wouldn't be late or caught in a crowd. While in the car, I called into our local conservative talk radio show and chatted with the former Harris County Tax Assessor "Tax Man" Paul Bettencourt on the air. The girls and I arrived at Clear Lake Park 45 minutes before the program. Parking was easier than I expected and the park was a great location for our gathering. I let the girls play on the playground as more people arrive and then we found some seats on the grass. I'm told that approximately 1500 people attended. We enjoyed chatting with others who share our sentiments, said Thank Yo

Why We Blog

I read this blog post on Fallible Blogma and really identified with his sentiment. Matthew makes an excellent point that Shelly and I share. We should be discussing two of the most important things pertaining to our lives and not shying away from them. That is one of the reasons we started this blog. I hope you identify with his post as much as I did. Always Talk About Religion and Politics Matthew Warner There's a weird understanding in our polite culture that we don't talk about religion and politics. I say always talk about them. I don't mean like constantly talk about religion and politics. But to always make sure and talk about them. And certainly don't never discuss religon and politics... read more

First Puppy

This morning I received a question from a friend: "Didn’t the Obamas state they were going to find a shelter dog, a Mutt like me?" Yes, he did. "We have two criteria that have to be reconciled," he said. "One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So whether we're going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household," he said. The Chicago Tribune ran a story in November to help the Obamas select a First Pup considering Malia's allergies: Allergist offers advice on Obama dog debate The Tribune reporter offered her own advice: But it might not be as hard as he thinks. According to, an online database of shelter

Strangle on American Businesses

At this time, Corporations in the United States pay the highest corporate tax rates in the world. They range from 35% to 41.6% of their income in combined state and federal taxes. While President Obama is promising to raise the rates to 46.2% in 2010, other countries have been lowering their corporate rates to encourage economic growth. Rates now include 34.4% in France, 25% in China and 12.5% in Ireland. What does this mean for American businesses? Many economists see the high taxes as prohibitive to economic and corporate growth. High taxes give corporations less incentive to retain and hire new employees, to expand their operations, to invest in research and development or pay more in dividends to their shareholders. Several economists are concerned that other countries lowering their tax rates while the US is raising ours will drive more American businesses overseas to remain profitable, taking their jobs, growth and profit with them. The current administration is also pushing ye

Call to Action

There is only one day left to comment on the President's proposed repeal of the HHS regulation called the "Conscience Rule," which protects health care workers who refuse to particpate in abortions or other objectionable procedures. See more details in my previous post . Recent polls show that an overwhelming majority (87%) of Americans support general conscience protections for health care workers. Over 62% oppose Obama's proposed recission of this Concience Rule enacted by President Bush. By law, the Obama Administration had to leave the matter open for a 30-day public comment period. This window is over at the close of business tomorrow, April 9th. If you haven't made your voice heard on this issue, take the 30 seconds and e-mail your comments directly to - tell them to ‘retain the conscience regulations!' You can also go through the SBA-List , Freedom to Care or the USCCB to utilize their forms for submission. It's not

Around the World

About the same time that North Korea demonstrated their new and improved missile launch capabilities, President Obama was in Prague calling for a world without nuclear weapons, pledging to cut the US nuclear arsenal. Here is the analogy I used to describe what is happening to my daughters. Imagine that all of the countries with nuclear capabilities are men standing in a corral with guns on their hips. For the most part we all get along, but there are always one or two who like to rest with their hands on the holsters. The US has always been the man with the biggest guns. We don’t need to put our hands on the holster, because everyone knows we’ve stared down the best of the big boys in the past. (Thank you President Reagan.) Right now President Obama is asking all of these men to toss their guns aside. Of course, it only works if everyone trusts the other and everyone does it together. But on the outside of this corral, you have North Korea leaning against the fence watching the

Tax Day Tea Parties

Does preparing your taxes for the April 15th deadline have you fuming at the Administration and Congress? Have you heard of the impending tax increases? The cuts in your deductions and tax credits? What about the unfathomable increase in spending and debt! If you are fed up, it is time for a Tea Party! Back in February, there was a smattering of protest parties planned around the country, but they were planned hastily and not always convenient to you. To read about the meaning behind the Tea Parties, see my previous blog post . Well, you will be pleased to know that - They're BACK! This time you are almost guaranteed to find one near you! Visit Tax Day Tea Party to find out where and at what time. There are reportedly over 2,000 Tea Parties planned all over the country for Tax Day - April 15th and more are constantly being added. Just here in the Houston area, we have 4 to choose from - Downtown, Sugar Land, Seabrook and the Woodlands. Texas alone has over 30 planned, includin

Notre Dame Scandal

I've debated whether or not to post about President Obama not only being invited to speak at Notre Dame's May commencement, but also to receive an honorary doctoral degree in law. There are so many unbelievably great articles and blog posts on this subject, any of mine would pale in comparison, but it is difficult to let this issue pass without mention. The simple fact is, President Obama is in blatant opposition to the basic values, beliefs and morals of the Catholic Church. As a state senator, Obama voted three times to allow Doctors to kill a baby that had been born alive after a botched abortion. As President, he has taken immediate steps to advance a culture of death by lessening the protections for innocent life. So why would a Catholic University invite the most pro-abortion President to not only speak but to confer upon him an honorary degree? Some would argue that it is beneficial to have a "conversation" with the President through this commencement addre

My Senator Gets it Right

One of our Texas Senators published a commentary in the Austin American Statesman why he is voting against President Obama's $3.6 Trillion budget. He gets it. COMMENTARY Cornyn: Why I'm voting against the budget John Cornyn, U.S. SENATE Thursday, April 02, 2009 This week, I will vote against the massive $3.6 trillion budget proposed by President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress, and Texans deserve to understand why. I believe this budget taxes too much, spends too much and borrows too much. This budget will delay economic recovery in Texas and across the nation, and it will reduce opportunities for all of us. This budget will reduce opportunities for people looking for jobs. Nearly three-quarters of all new private sector jobs are created by small businesses. In Texas, we understand that small businesses are the employment engines of our economy, and so we have put in place policies that encourage entrepreneurs to invest in our state and create more opportunitie


In those first few days and weeks after I signed up for a Facebook account, I was “friended” by people I hadn’t heard from in years. Did I go to high school with you? Friend! Did you go to elementary school with my little brother and I babysat you? Friend! Do our kids go to school together? Do we work together? Did you babysit my kids? Friend! Over 175 million people have decided that Facebook is a really cool social networking tool that allows you to pretty much share your entire life with the world, or just your friends, or your friends and their friends. You can post your status, post a link, post a photo. It’s useful for “reconnecting” with people and keeping track of their status and their photos and their lives in general. Some people use Facebook more than others and for different purposes. For example, I “friended” a local politician in our state legislature, who uses Facebook to keep us updated on what is happening in the state legislature. In addition to notes about bill

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