Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Grassroots Army for Ted Cruz

Focus may be on the 2012 Presidential campaign, but let's not forget about the importance of the campaign for United States Senate. 

Keeping this in mind, Texas' own Ted Cruz is running for the U.S. Senate seat of Kay Bailey-Hutchison who will be will be retiring at the end of her term next year.

We really have found a true conservative candidate in Ted Cruz and I'm proud to support his campaign.  Cruz's grassroots team covers a presence in over 100 counties which are comprised of over 94% of Texas' GOP Primary Election turnout.  That's a damn good number to start.  :)

More endorsements for Ted Cruz include:

Check out the Cruz Leadership Team and please consider joining the grassroots team!

Be a part of the Cruz Crew today!

Do eeeeet!  

Monday, August 29, 2011

The 112th VFW National Convention

Every year, thousands of military veterans attend the Veterans of Foreign Affairs (VFW) National Convention.  They meet to elect new officers and delegates, vote on organizational by-laws and attend various VFW workshops.  The camaraderie amongst vets is unparalleled so I would imagine it like a big, bad-assed family reunion.

This year, the convention is being held in San Antonio, Texas and today, Texas Governor Rick Perry  took the stage to speak to the participants of the National VFW Convention.  He stressed that we should only risk American blood when our vital interests are threatened.  He also noted we should respect our allies while building coalitions amongst other freedom loving peoples and their countries.

There is no doubt where my heart lies when it comes to the military and so when Governor Perry said "the men and women of our military truly are the greatest ambassadors of freedom the world has even seen," it made the Army brat in me smile with pride for the service my father gave in the United States Army.  GO ARMY!  :)

Governor Perry also announced Housing4TexasHeroes, a new $3 million grant program administered by the Texas Veterans Commission to help veterans buy, build, rehabilitate or rent a home.  How fantastic!
"The sacrifices made by the veterans and their families who will benefit from these housing grants are nothing short of extraordinary," Thomas Palladino, executive director of the Texas Veterans Commission, said.
Read more about Housing4TexasHeroes here and how you can help support it.  Governor Perry's full speech below. 

So while there may have been some controversy as no representation from the White House was present for the first time in VFW history, I believe in the success for the 2 million strong membership of the VFW and its National Convention.   Please continue to help our military and their families by supporting one or more of the following wonderful organizations:
Watch the live stream of the 112th VFW National Convention here.

God Bless Our Troops Always!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

30 Things You Must Do Before A Hurricane - - - > Come On Irene!

Yes, whenever I hear news on Hurricane Irene, I sing Come On Eileen in my head.  The song will probably have more airplay in the coming weeks since the 80s.  Parodies are certainly being worked on as I type.  Watch.  =D

But seriously people.

After sitting in the 3rd "worst traffic jam in history" with Hurricane Rita, as well as hunkering down at home through Hurricane Ike, I thought I'd put together a quick list of important things to remember when preparing for a hurricane for all my friends and family who will be discovering first hand the mighty power of Hurricane Irene about to hit the east coast.

Better safe than sorry so here we go:

  1. Don't rely on FEMA.  The local, state and federal government are not there to help you.  One word: Katrina.
  2. Essential papers like drivers licenses, identification cards, credit cards, passports, SSN cards, birth certificates, marriage certificates, insurance documents, etc., should all go in a large plastic covered folder that can close and be protected or ziploc bag.  Keep this somewhere high and dry and easy to get to if you need to evacuate.  Yes, you can keep some in your wallet or purse, but don't forget what's in your filing cabinets and safes that is too important to leave behind.
  3. Have a list of important telephone numbers in the event your electronic devices that store this information has no power.  Yes, use a pen and write it down on a piece of paper.  Put that piece of paper in your plastic bag for safety.
  4. GET CASH NOW.  Hurricanes hate electricity.  (evil ATMs included).
  5. Charge your cell phones, handheld gaming devices and any external batteries.  Too late to get a land line set up if you don't already have one as they more reliable.  You may find yourself charging your cell phone in your car so be ready and make sure you have charging cords too.  Oh - and TEXT rather than call if you only have cell --- gets through faster.
  6. Fill 'em if you got 'em.  Gas up all your cars and fill any gas tanks/cans you have as back up in case you can't get to a gas station or it's shut down.  Refer to #4 on what hurricanes knock out first.
  7. First Aid kits.  Buy them for your house and for your car.  Better to be covered twice than be in your car miles from home with no band-aids when you get a hangnail.
  8. Treasured items - photos, mementos, baby shoes - keep them close and easy to put in a box if you need to get out fast.
  9. If you stay home, stock up on bread, canned food items, bottled water, and any other non-perishable food items.  Get a variety too.  If your power is out for 10 days, as many here in the Houston area experienced with Hurricane Ike, peanut butter sandwiches get boring after a couple days.  So think bread, saltines, crackers, nuts, candy, peanut butter, small cans of meat (yes, vienna sausages are yummy in a pinch), cereal, pop-tarts, lunchables, cookies, etc.  Stick to the evil middle aisles of the grocery store to find the best food not needing refrigeration.  Not many healthy food items make it very long without refrigeration, so consider this an early holiday feeding festival.
  10. Don't forget your pets!  They need food and water too.
  11. Purchase an ice chest and fill it with ice.  Fill your freezer with ice too.  You will use a lot of ice.  A LOT, if the power goes out.
  12. Know where to disconnect your electric garage door opener so you can get your car out if you need to evacuate.
  13. Buy Sterno in case your electricity is out and you need to camp out and cook in your back yard or on your patio/balcony.  Same for coal or whatever other product needed to use a grill.  Buy a grill if you don't already have one.  You can always use this later.
  14. Don't forget matches or lighters.  Duh.
  15. Move inland if you're living in a high rise.  Our house shook when Hurricane Ike hit the Houston area and we lived SIXTY PLUS (yes, 60+) miles inland from the gulf.  Don't think for a second that your building will not move in ways only rollercoasters should.  You may be safe from rising water, but not from wind damage and flying objects.
  16. Speaking of flying objects, pick up loose objects outside before the storm hits, so they don't become projectiles.  When Hurricane Alicia hit Houston in 1983, a large percentage of the buildings downtown had their windows broken.  It wasn't from the wind, but from gravel and other objects blowing off the roofs of buildings that did the damage.  So put away lawn chairs, tables, door mats, hammocks, potted plants, rakes, etc.  Tornados are family to a hurricane.  They go together.  Remember the cow in Twister?!  Be ready to possibly see the weirdest things fly through the air.
  17. Remember when I said fill 'em if you got 'em?  Prescriptions.  Important.
  18. Buy batteries.  Lots of them.  All sizes.
  19. Flashlight(s).  It's not just a funky song.  Have plenty around and know where they are if you have to find them in the dark.  Trust me on this.  :)
  20. And know where your tools are too!
  21. Candles.  Kerosene lanterns.  Buy them.  Just be careful not to start house fires.  Don't laugh.  It happens.  
  22. Purchase a battery charged TV or radio.  TV preferably so you can see what's happening around you and your family.
  23. Buy long extension cords.  You never know when you may have no power for days, but your neighbor is sitting pretty with A/C and full service of all things electronic.
  24. If you do have to evacuate, unplug all electronics and turn off your lights in the event of water/wind damage and power outages.  Put things up high that are of value in the event of rising water if you're on ground level. 
  25. Invest in an emergency tire inflator and make sure your spare tires are full. 
  26. A weather radio is a good investment.
  27. Fill your bathtub with water in the event city water lines are cut off.  You may need this for bathing AND flushing.  Yes, flushing.  See #28.
  28. If it's yellow, let it mellow.  If it's brown, flush it down.  Yeah, you read that right.  Just keep the lid down.
  29. Playing cards, reading material, board games ... there's nothing worse than a bored child.  Except a bored child in a hurricane with no video games or DVDs or TV.  Word.
  30. Prepare to cook everything in your refrigerator/freezer before it spoils if necessary.  Just remember you must limit the number of times you open them or else the food will spoil more quickly.
Oh.  And a bonus must have:  Alcohol.  You know what to do.

Please add to my list in the comment section below if I've forgotten anything, my fellow hurricane survivors!

Here's some more great info from our friends at Pajamas Media!

And even more ways to prepare from the fabulous @MelissaTweets here.

10 Mobile Apps for Tracking Hurricane Irene

God Bless and stay safe my friends!

Follow Hurricane Irene here.  h/t @the_zarf

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Senator Marco Rubio Lets His Light Shine

There will never be another President Ronald Reagan.  It's the truth, my friends. Accept it.  He was one of a kind.

HOWEVER, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida comes pretty damn close.  He just gets it.  Period.

Being an American is not just a blessing.  It IS a responsibility.

Senator Rubio: “We have the opportunity – within our lifetime – to actually craft a proper role for government in our nation that will allow us to come closer than any Americans have ever come to our collective vision of a nation where both prosperity and compassion exist side-by-side.”

How, you may ask?!

Click this video link and listen to Senator Rubio speak at the Reagan Library yesterday and help make it happen ...

Matthew 5:16
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

America is the light of the world.  Let her shine for all to see.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"The Tea Party Can Go to Hell and I Intend to Help Them Get There"

Riddle me this:  Why is the entirety of Congresswoman Waters' remark not being reported on our local and national news media outlets?!

This new tone is far from civil.

Shame on Congresswoman Waters!

Let your voices me heard, my friends.

Call and/or write your Congressman today and let them know this behavior of threats and vitriol are unacceptable!

And shame on those attending this event that applauded and gave a standing ovation to the hate being spewed by Congresswoman Waters.

I will pray for Congresswoman Waters and those condoning hate.

Join me.

Wishing you a Lovely Day

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Are you ready to Rock The Ivory Tower?!

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has launched a new campaign called Rock The Ivory Tower whose goal is to "get Texans engaged in the issue in order to help make universities more affordable, accessible and transparent for college students and taxpayers."

For me, this campaign couldn't come at a better time.  This year, we will have two children in college.  Two.  Dos.  Zwei.  And with two in college, our expected parental worry of their being on their out on their own comes alongside double expense.

In the past 10 years, the Texas Comptroller has shown that TX tuition has gone up 120% at the largest universities!  Parents and their children straining to find ways to pay for a college education, but AFP shows that almost half must take out loans.  This money is now taken away from our economy and is dragging our economic growth. 

We need to be looking for ways to make college more affordable and accessible to students.  In an ever worrisome economy, why aren't we?  We are the ones paying the bills.  We are the ones supporting our children's university at every chance and helping build that extra dormitory or science lab. We should also be verifying those costs = quality of education.  

AFP further shows how here in Texas, Governor Perry challenged the university community to find ways for college students to obtain a quality degree in 3 or 4 years for $10,000.  The Texas Public Policy Foundation has taken the lead in providing ways to cut costs of a college degree and if enacted, even the University of Texas would be able to cut their tuition rates in HALF!  Read more here.

Students from the state’s leading public universities are putting out a call for more accountability, accessibility and affordability in Texas higher education.

The students, Adriane Purdom of the University of Texas, Nathan McDaniel of Texas State University, Alicia Stewart of Texas A&M University, and Cole Bessner of the University of Houston, are featured in the latest video to be released by Rock the Ivory Tower.

"With no help from my parents, I've had to work countless jobs and rely on loans to help pay for college,” said Adriane Purdom. “With the rise in tuition, my loan debt is increasing. Trying to find more job hours in a suffering economy is a nightmare. We don't need the added stress of higher tuition when students are already struggling as it is."

Students are asking Texans to sign a petition calling for public university officials to:

-          Provide more transparency within the universities’ budget systems.
-          Ensure the most efficient and productive use of tax dollars.
-          Ensure that public universities are more accessible and affordable.
-          Provide a reasonable way for students to graduate without being burdened by overwhelming student debt.

Sounds very reasonable to me!  

The petition is available at www.RockTheIvoryTower.com.

AFP State Director Peggy Venable states:
Tuition at public universities in Texas has increased 83 percent since 2003. Nationally, the average student graduates with $24,000 in student loan debt, and student loan debt now surpasses all credit card debt in the country, nearing $1 trillion. If we want an educated workforce down the road, then this has to stop. Otherwise, education and all of the opportunities it brings will be out of reach.” 

With student loan debt now surpassing all credit card debt in our country, I am thankful we have the AFP, Rock the Ivory Tower, and engaged students who are getting involved and speaking out.  Now if we can get the university community and our elected officials to get on board and cease resisting, we would definitely be winning.

Please join me in signing the petition at www.rocktheivorytower.com.

Always remember: don't leave it to someone else.  You ARE someone else.  The future of our children is truly counting on it.  Sign the petition today.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Standing with Israel: Restoring Courage US - Texas

Next Wednesday, 8/24/2011, Restoring Courage US will hold an event right here in Houston, Texas.

For those of you who don't know what/who Restoring Courage US is, read on from their website.

Restoring Courage US is a series of coordinated events in states across the nation started by college youth to highlight the courage of the Israeli people and bring that courage to each state in the United States. These events will vary by state but will all include a viewing of the Restoring Courage events from Israel. The support for Israel is most certainly something that spans any generational, social, or political barriers and we hope you will get involved!

What a FANTASTIC event this will be and it's being coordinated by 18 year old born and raised Texan Matt Russell who cares for Israel's right to exist as a sovereign state.

In a society where most teenagers focus on reality TV, video games, Facebook and 24/7 entertainment hoopla, it warms my heart to see a young person be so involved in making our world a better place!  Take a good look my friends, this is REAL hope and change!
My new favorite verse thanks to Dana Loesch is from Ephesians 6:12:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

I hope you will join Matt and I in supporting and attending this wonderful event. Come and say hello and find out more below.

To Purchase Tickets Online, see links at the bottom!
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This Event is being held in the Brand New, Beautiful "Bayou City Event Center" Located at 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045!   
Conveniently located by the Reliant Center, this new event center is easy to get to!             
 Cannot attend, but wish to donate?  Click Here 

***A portion of the proceeds in excess of the costs of this event will be donated to an underground hospital being built in Israel!***   
From 610 South/East, take exit 1B to Fannin Street, turn right onto Fannin onto Holmes Road, then take right onto Knight Road, Bayou City Event Center is on the left.

From 610 North/West, take exit 1B to Fannin Street, turn left onto Fannin, go under freeway and continue to Holmes Road.  Turn right onto Knight Road, Event Center is on the left.  
We The People Are The 9-12 Association, Inc. is a non partisan, non-profit organization organized under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.   Contributions to We The People Are The 9-12 Association, Inc. are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.  Donate

Restoring Courage US - Texas inquiries, please email: restoringcouragetx@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

GOP Primary: Perry 29%, Romney 18%, Bachmann 13%

Yes, you read that right.  And enjoy the funny "movie poster" below, but don't get your panties in a wad.  The campaign is just beginning.  Hold onto your seats ... it's going to be a very bumpy ride!

From Rasmussen today:

Texas Governor Rick Perry, the new face in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann with the other announced candidates trailing even further behind.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29% support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, earns 18% of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13%.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who was a close second to Bachmann on Saturday, has the support of nine percent (9%) of Likely Primary Voters, followed by Georgia businessman Herman Cain at six percent (6%) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with five percent (5%). Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and ex-Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each get one percent (1%) support, while Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter comes in statistically at zero.
Sixteen percent (16%) of primary voters remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Still, this marks a significant jump in support for Perry, who officially entered the race on Saturday although his candidacy had been rumored for weeks. Just over two weeks ago, a survey of likely primary voters found Romney with 22% support, closely followed by Perry at 18% and Bachman with 16% of the vote. 
“Governor Perry is enjoying a bounce from entering the race at precisely the right time”, said Scott Rasmussen.  “Now the difficult part begins for the new frontrunner.  It’s much easier winning support when people are hoping you will get in the race, than retaining support when you are the frontrunner.”
(Want a free daily e-mail update ? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter  or Facebook
The survey of 1,000 Likely GOP Primary Voters was conducted on August 15, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. Likely GOP Primary Voters include both Republicans and unaffiliated voters likely to vote in a GOP Primary. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . Seemethodology.
Seventy percent (70%) of primary voters continue to agree with Romney’s assertion at a debate in June that any one of the Republican candidates would make a better president that Barack Obama.  Twenty percent (20%) disagree.
Perry captures 39% of the vote among GOP primary voters who say they are members of the Tea Party, with Bachmann a distant second with 21% support from this group. Perry barely leads Romney among non-Tea Party members 27% to 24%, but this marks a interesting change from the previous survey when Romney held a double-digit lead over Perry among these voters.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of primary voters hold a favorable opinion of Perry, with 38% Very Favorable. Bachmann is viewed favorably by 71%, with 32% who share a Very Favorable regard for her.
Romney has slightly higher overall favorable rating – 77% - than Perry and Bachmann, but there’s less enthusiasm in his support. Only 21% hold a Very Favorable opinion of him.
Roughly one-in-five hold an unfavorable view of the three front-runners.
Paul, who emerged as a Cinderella of sorts from the Saturday straw poll, is viewed favorably by 43% and unfavorably by 45%. Gingrich is in a similar position with favorables of 48% and unfavorables of 43%.
For Cain, Santorum, Huntsman and McCotter, name recognition is still a problem, with at least one-in-four primary voters still not aware of them enough to venture any kind of opinion.
A generic Republican continues to lead President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup.

Monday, August 15, 2011

From Herman Cain: "Inside the presidential debate: A missed opportunity for the voters"

Here is some info I received from the great Herman Cain:

Published August 14, 2011:

First, let’s clarify some of the media noise about my campaign and my intentions.

I am running for president, seeking the Republican nomination. I finished 5th in the Iowa straw-poll last Saturday ahead of six other candidates. The candidates who finished ahead of me spent millions on TV and radio advertising, and we spent $0.

We have no debt beyond travel and other expenses, which we settle within 30 days after the end of the month. We are raising money at a rate ahead of expenses. We are running the campaign like a business. What a novel idea, and it’s working!

With a national name ID of just 46 percent, I have no intentions of dropping out of the race. All of those predictions of the demise of my campaign are all self folly.

Now, last week all media eyes were on Iowa with the latest presidential debate and the Iowa straw poll. Both events are barometers of knowledge of the issues and their respective solutions, presentation, communication skills and how well a candidate can get his supporters to turn out for events. But neither event is a predictor of who will ultimately win the Republican Party’s nomination.

On most of the really important issues, the other candidates and I are not that far apart. We all generally agree on not raising taxes, reducing federal spending and the size of the federal government, and that the current administration has the nation headed in the wrong direction.

The differences in how we would each change that direction is what the public wants to know. But that was not easily apparent due to the way the questions were structured, and the disproportionate amount of time each candidate had on camera in front of a national Fox News audience. Most of the questions were directed at the politicians about what they had done, or not done, or said, or not said in the past to put them on the defensive – or to them against one another to spice up the exchange.

The fiery exchange set up between Representative Bachmann and Governor Pawlenty did not achieve a substantive outcome for the viewers. Both candidates were simply trying to hold their ground against each other over differences they had back in their home state of Minnesota. It was counter-productive.

During the break following former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s challenge to Chris Wallace about gotcha questions, I thanked him for doing so because gotcha questions were also counter-productive. Newt’s long political career gave him more inherent authority to do that without being perceived as a whiner.

And then there were the three questions from Chris Wallace to me, which I was suppose to answer in one minute, which was the time we were allowed to give a response – or we get that annoying bell indicating that we have gone on too long. During the following break, I pointed out to Chris that answering three questions in a minute was not practical. He vaguely agreed.

But I did manage to salvage part of that packed minute to point out my four-part solution to the immigration problem: Secure the border for real, enforce the laws that already exist, empower the states to enforce those laws, and promote the current legal path to citizenship. It’s called legal immigration.

As the lone businessman problem-solver, I had my hands full up against eight politicians in a tightly structured format. I was actually only on air for about 7.5 minutes of the two hour program, against the eight politicians who were all on camera longer except for one. Although Mitt Romney was a businessman early in his career, his tenure as a governor, as a previous presidential contender, and his on-going defense of RomneyCare makes him more of a politician.

One of the most rewarding moments for me was when I had the opportunity to distinguish myself as the candidate most focused on economic growth and jobs. I took advantage of two opportunities to give some specifics about my previously released economic vision for America (Commentaries on June 27July 4 and  July 11, 2011). Feedback from various sources suggested that the response connected with the audience.

Another enjoyable moment was when I responded to a question about being serious about securing the border with a moat with alligators and a barbed wire fence. Spontaneously, I simply said, “America needs to learn how to take a joke.”

Upon reflection, the American people do have much more of a sense of humor than a lot of media people, because people at rallies and town hall meetings get the joke. They laugh! Media people want to know if I’m serious. That’s a joke!

Although former Gov. Pawlenty has announced that he is ending his race after last Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, he was one of the most genuinely nice opponents in the race. I wish him well in wherever his future takes him.

Whereas the debate gave some people a chance to learn about some of the candidate’s ideas for solving problems, different people have different ideas about who won. So pick your favorite candidate and declare them the winner.

But clearly, the American people lost an opportunity to learn more than they did.


A Letter to My Readers

The 2012 Presidential campaign is going to be brutal.

But during this time, we must keep calm and carry on.  

And we must remain informed.  

We must be aware of where every candidate stands on every issue that is important to us while keeping an open mind that not everyone running is perfect. Seriously.  It's true.  Not one of them.  Although it sure would make it easier if we had a "perfect" candidate.  Ha!

This is why I research and will share information.  And this is why America is the greatest nation on Earth.  Because I CAN.  

So, in the coming days/weeks/months, I hope you visit my blog as I will begin sharing more and more information on my favorite candidates.  Despite what many may think, I am not 100% committed to any one candidate as of today. We still have a long campaign season to go ... 449 days to be exact ... so heads up.  I am fiercely loyal and biased to my top faves, faults and all.  And you'll read about all of it here from me, if you haven't already.  :)

I want to share candidate information with you so you in turn can share the good word forward to your family and friends.  I hope you'll share with me too.


The most important point I'd like to make in today's post is that I hope you will make a promise to join me in standing with whomever wins the Republican Presidential nomination ... even if they're not our #1 choice. 

We must UNITE alongside that candidate because our children ... and all of America .. cannot afford another 4 years of the Obama Administration. That's a fact.  And do not underestimate the power of President Obama's supporters. They are dedicated.  They are loyal.  

But so are we.  To our families.  To our country.  And to our God.

Please join me in not leaving it to someone else.  We ARE someone else.

Are you ready to fight like a girl?

I am.

Texas Senate Candidate Ted Cruz talks about Stopping President Obama's War on Jobs and Small Business

Must see!

Governor Perry's First Presidential Campaign Video: Time to Get America Working Again