The not at all slow death of the Texas Democratic Party continues. I’ve just gotten word via press release that nine local Democrats up in northeast Texas just switched parties to become Republicans. From the release:
From PJ Tatler:
In what is believed to be one of the largest number of officeholders to change party affiliation in Texas, Lamar County GOP Chairman John Kruntorad and State Representative Erwin Cain announced today that 9 local elected Democrats have joined the Republican Party. This announcement follows unprecedented election gains by the GOP in 2008 and 2010 as Northeast Texans increasingly identify with the conservative platform of the Republican Party.
Those joining the Republican Party include District Attorney Gary Young; Pct. 1 County Commissioner Lawrence Mallone; Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace (JP) Don Denison; Pct. 3 JP Tim Risinger; Pct. 4 JP Ken Ruthart; Pct. 5, Place 1 JP Cindy Ruthart; Pct. 1 Constable Madaline Chance; Pct. 3 Constable Larry Cope; and Pct. 5 Constable Gene Hobbs.
They join a few dozen who switched from D to R in Texas leading up to the 2010 elections, and the two state Reps. who switched parties after the elections (bringing the total of state Reps. switching from D to R, to three). And today’s group of switchers is jumping ship in an area that has been considered yellow dog Democrat for generations.
Update: ‘Texodus’Jim Geraghty – “To the credit of Texas Democrats, they still have dozens and dozens of local lawmakers who haven’t flipped parties “yet.”
Circle that last word.
Update: D Kos blogger asks “Can Democrats rebuild in Texas?” Answer: Not when they’re still losing offices nearly three months after the le=3>
Update: In case you’re wondering where Lamar County is, it’s up in Texas’ northeast corner. The county seat is Paris, TX which, yes, has its own version of the Eiffel Tower. And has a movie named after it.
Recently, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it was creating a new center to substantially increase the number of I-9 form audits it conducts of businesses.
Though the increase in paper audits come at the expense of worksite raids, the audits are having an impact on the hiring of illegal immigrants. According to ICE, in the last fiscal year, it conducted audits of more than 2,700 companies. When illegal immigrants are discovered during the audits, the companies terminate them. Just this week, the fast-food chain Chipotle in Minnesota terminated 350–700 (accounts differ) of the 1,200 workers when ICE audits revealed the illegal immigrant status of the workers. The restaurants replaced the illegal immigrants workers with citizens or legal immigrants.
In other promising news, several states—including Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming—are looking to adopt legislation similar to Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Legislators in those states have introduced legislation, and debates on those bills are underway. Arizona SB 1070 is currently making its way through the legal system. A precursor piece of Arizona legislation, the Legal Arizona Workers Act, is currently under U.S. Supreme Court review, with a decision on its legality expected any day.
One area of uncertainty is what the Obama Administration will do to secure the border now that it has canceled the SBInet program. The SBInet program never lived up to its expectations, but the increased focus on the border with technology added another layer of security that border crossers, drug runners, and gangs had to navigate to enter the United States. The Obama Administration did not announce any replacement program when it canceled SBInet. Thus, we will have to await the rollout of the next budget to find out what plans the Obama Administration has for securing the border.
The other night on the Palin Promotions website we got a lovely little note from Carmine. Perhaps Carmine was moved by The Obama Murder Rally and has joined the presidents call for a more civil tone in our political discourse.
For the record I believe it would be unfair of me to suggest that Obama’s 2012 campaign rally Memorial speech influenced Carmine to send us this sweet little note full of hope, change, and civility. Carmine writes to us:
I am working to start an army to take up arms ( vote right?) against Sarah and you. The wrath of the real America is coming. I will advocate cross hairs and bulls eyes on her to everyone I speak. This shit goes both way.,You and your kind need to be taken out of the political scene and your party disbanded. It will come to pass as the Bible tells. Look it up . Good luck – we are coming after you and you and you . The time for arms as the Constitution says is here.
Martha Cano tried to send Carmine an Email asking why he would send us such a hateful threat. She quickly found out that Carmine had supplied us with a fake Email address (similar to Barack Obama’s fake centrism and fake patriotism).
To learn more about Carmine, hate mail, and Obama’s fake centrism be sure to tune into The Dewaine & Susie Live Show on Palin Promotions Blog Talk Radio: Upcoming Show: 1/23/2011 5:00 PM (PST)
The Un-Holy alliance between Barack Obama and the lame stream media are in full swing to silence dissent. They have lost the narrative; America has rejected Big Government Socialism and they know it.
Stop the message. Destroy the messenger.
These next two years we can expect more meaningless gestures of fake civility and ridiculous discussions about tone and rhetoric. And like Carmine, we can expect intimidation.
It won’t work. Masks are off, horns are out, and America sees what we must cast back into the lake of deception.
These next two years we must continue to STAND UP and speak out for a common sense, conservative, smaller, smarter government.
Obama’s collective salvation is not the American way.
These next two years while Obama’s Un-Holy alliance yells, screams, whines, and threatens lets lay our cards on the table.
When they cry, let them cry. When they scream: “Ooooh Negative Polls“, “Ooooh Divisive“, “Ooooh Dangerous“, “Ooooh Unelectable“, look them squarely in the eye and tell them what we believe in. Tell them what we know to be true. Tell them what we know to be right. Do not flinch. There is too much at stake.
In an article from Jack Cashill writing for American Thinker on January 21, 2011:
Successful propaganda is composed of equal parts deception and suppression, and the apparatchiks in the mainstream media are much better at the latter.
They may have erred in pushing the Arizona assassination attempt beyond its ideological limits last week, but they succeeded brilliantly a few months earlier in suppressing news of a nearly lethal attempt by a genuine leftist.
In September 2010 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to speak at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City.
At some point, wearing black clothes and a bullet-proof vest, 22 year-old Casey Brezik bolted out of a classroom, knife in hand, and slashed the throat of a dean. As he would later admit, he confused the dean with Nixon.
The story never left Kansas City. It is not hard to understand why. Knives lack the political sex appeal of guns, and even Keith Olbermann would have had a hard time turning Brezik into a Tea Partier.
Indeed, Brezik seems to have inhaled just about every noxious vapor in the left-wing miasma: environmental extremism, radical Islam, anti-capitalism, anti-Zionism and Christophobia, among others.
In his “About Me” box on Facebook, Brezik listed as his favorite quotation one from progressive poster boy, Che Guevara. The quote begins “Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism” and gets more belligerent from there.
On his wall postings, Brezik ranted, “How are we the radical(s) (left) to confront the NEW RIGHT, if we avoid confrontation all together?”
As good as his word, Brezik’s marched on Toronto in June 2010 to protest the G20 Summit, where he was arrested, charged, and deported. “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED,” he boasted.
IMO and yours I’m sure, the Liberal Progressives need to STHU! WE have long memories. ~JP
America’s federal debt just passed $14 trillion, Our nation is a war with Islam, Unstable tyrants run North Korea, Mexico border
Everyone knows what President Obama is going to say about the State of the Union on Tuesday night:
“At long last, America is emerging from eight years of abuse which was inherited by the current administration. At last, we are headed in the right direction.
“We have provided a reasonable and effective health care program that will significantly reduce the deficit while covering 30 million previously uninsured Americans.
Millions of good jobs are ours for the taking, provided we spend just a few trillion more dollars to stimulate the sick economy that was inherited.
As a result of New Start, the world has never been safer.
Because of Janet Napolitano’s dedicated work, the U.S.-Mexico border has never been more secure. So much so that border patrol agents in Arizona can be sent to Afghanistan to help those beleaguered folks keep thugs from Pakistan out.
In order to support the emerging economic boom, Congress must act quickly to increase the debt ceiling. Temporarily, of course.
Blah,blah, blah, blah.”
Everyone also knows that the president is following in the tradition of all previous presidents by exaggerating through his teeth about the State of the Union.
So, then, just what exactly is the true State of the Union?
From the perspective of a non-elitist, revolutionary citizen it is as follows:
* America’s federal debt just passed $14 trillion due to reckless spending by Obama and his liberal cronies in Congress. The ceiling must not be increased—the time to act responsibly is now.
* Our nation is a war with Islam, which our alleged Commander-in-Chief refuses to acknowledge as an enemy.
* Unstable tyrants running North Korea and Iran have, or are very close to having, nuclear capabilities that could wipe out the human species for several millennium.
* Civil unrest is brewing here at home as the lock box for securing Ponzi schemes has been repeatedly raided by liberals; thus, funds for Social Security, Medicare, and the like are running out.
On top of the horrendous shortfall in money needed to feed the entitlements monster created by progressives, a brand new Ponzi scheme—called ObamaCare—is about to go broke before it really takes off.
The border between Mexico and the U.S., the one that failed to keep 12-40 million invading criminals from coming to America, is more porous than the typical kitchen colander.
Janet Napolitano’s declaration that the border has never been more secure is a perspective possible only in a deranged liberal mind that views 12-40 illegal aliens as Newly Arrived Refugees.
On and on it goes. Serious challenges that need immediate action NOW! Or sooner.
So with economic collapse, nuclear Armageddon, civil unrest, and other calamities facing the nation, what are the duly-elected in the U.S. Congress applying their energies and talents to?
Would you believe that the mindless rascals are wasting valuable time trying to work out an accommodation that will allow Democrats and Republicans to sit together, side by side, during the State of the Union speech that Barack Obama will read from a teleprompter?
Like who really gives a tinker’s dam? Folks, you are supposed to embroiled in bitter partisan debate, if not saber rattling.
Forget all the nicey-nicey BS and get a handle on spending. And do whatever it takes to stop further erosion of America into a third-world Marxist state at the hands of Barack Obama!
To hell with fretting about whether the president or his liberal cohorts like you or not!
Do what is best for America. PERIOD!
Finally if any sort of seating arrangements are to be implemented, the following suggestions are offered, free of charge:
Please seat this South Carolina Republican on the podium right next to the president. Do this to assure that everyone in the building, and in the national TV audience, hears Wilson’s words clearly.
The Supreme Court:
Caution is in order after President Obama exploded and used the justices as punching bags during the 2009 SOU.
Best advice: Do NOT even invite the Supreme Court to the State of the Union. When the issue comes up after January 25, just say that there were not enough seats, or that the US Postal Service must have lost the dam invites.
Seating by Number of Ear Marks:
Under this scheme, the representatives and senators would be seated in ascending order according to the number and dollar value of ear marks processed by each Congress critter.
Seating by Number of Death Threats Received:
In honor of the victims of the January 8 Tucson horror, lets seat these Congressional bozos by the number of death threats received over the past 12 months. Not to include threats made by spouses, lovers, prostitutes, or serious significant others.
Seating by Number of Death Threats Issued:
As we have learned from exposing the unsteady mind of former Democrat Paul Kanjorski, there may be just as many death threats issued by Congressional members as received by these elitist buzzards.
Lets get a handle on this number and seat the critters accordingly.
This is but a partial list of endless possibilities, all of which are more creative and productive than seating these fools together!