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TEXAS-HERE’S YOUR CHANCE

Well, the Primaries are over in Texas, and it’s time for Texans to roll up their sleeves, put on their walking shoes (or wading boots) and hit the streets because they have a lot of work to do. While there will still be a few run-off elections, we pretty well know what needs to be done. Here is some information that may prove invaluable. November 4, really isn’t that far away.

U.S. SENATE

CornynJohn Cornyn (R) – walked away with the 59.4% of the vote in a field of 8 candidates. Cornyn is the incumbent since 2002, and the current Senate Minority Whip. His beliefs on same-sex marriage were published in the Washington Post via a quote:

“It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right…Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife”.

He is anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; anti- senior citizen; pro-charter schools; pro-gun rights; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; pro-English as the official language; anti-green energy.

His endorsements include: Texas Right-To-Life; former Senator Phil Graham; Dick Armey; Governor Rick Perry; the National Rifle Association; National Right-To-Life PAC; Texas Alliance for Life; U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He is a graduate of both Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law. He is a member of the Church of Christ. REBIBLICAN

Cornyn will face either:

david-alameel_jpg_800x1000_q100David Alameel (D) – dentist and businessman out of Dallas, who won 47.6% of the vote. Alameel is a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. He is the founder and owner of Jefferson Dental Clinics. His platform includes: Raising the minimum wage; forcing big corporations to pay their fair share in taxes; enforcing equal pay laws; a faster track program of lawful work permits for immigrants; a pathway to citizenship; protecting a woman’s right to choose.

David Alameel has been endorsed by (just to name a few): Wendy Davis; The Austin American-Statesman; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; The Houston Chronicle; The Dallas Morning News; The Beaumont Enterprise; The Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Bexar County Tejano Democrats; Hispanic Women for Better Justice; Mexican American Democrats of Texas, San Antonio Chapter; Texas Young Democrats Women’s Caucus; Grace Hernandez, Mexican American Democrats of Texas “ONDA” Chapter; Houston GLBT Political Caucus; Bexar County African-American Political Alliance; Bexar County Northside Coalition of Women; Bexar County Mexican American Democrats; Bexar County Second Chance Democrats; Bexar County Young Tejano Democrats; Rosa Rosales, former national president of LULAC.
Alameel faces:
RogersKesha Rogers (D) – a Lyndon LaRouche devotee. Kesha has called for the impeachment of President Obama. She ran in both 2010 and 2012, for the U.S. House of Representatives.
NOTE: It is unlikely that Rogers will win the run-off against Alameel. A showdown between extremist Cornyn and David Alameel will be the race to watch (and to get involved in if you are a Texan). Cornyn is hugely popular among conservatives and the religious right. With a very large war-chest and a lot of heavy-hitters it will be interesting to watch the drama unfold as he takes on David Alameel and his dedicated, socially responsible cadre.
This is one of several opportunities for Texans to take out the trash and bring in a little sanity to the United States Senate. Will they rise to the occasion?


With Governor Rick Perry taking the high-road after this year, we can only say don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Believe me when I say that Texas might be a whole lot better off after January of 2015. But the operative word there is “might.” A whole lot depends on November 4, 2014 – and I DO mean a LOT.

Now that the primaries are over we know that Greg Abbot and Wendy Davis will face off at the polls to fill that vacant governor’s seat. Let the games begin – not that they haven’t already been in a dog-fight; not that it hasn’t already gotten bloody; but look for the REAL fireworks to commence, because we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Here’s the skinny:

Greg AbbottGreg Abbott (R) – the 50th Attorney General of Texas, won 95.5% of the vote in the primary. He became the Attorney General in 2002, when his crony John Cornyn won the U.S. Senate seat. He is best known for successfully advocating for the display of the Ten Commandments in front of the Texas State Capitol. Previously, he was appointed by George W. Bush to the Texas Supreme Court. According to Wikipedia, “In the first six months of 2011, he raised more funds for his campaign than any other Texas politician, reaching $1.6 million.”

He is: committed to ending Obamacare; committed to defending the 2nd Amendment and any restritictions placed upon gun ownership; committed to the conservative values of faith, family, and freedom; committed to fight EPA regulations; committed to the enactment of strong Voter ID laws; committed to upholding the 10th Amendment.

Greg Abbott has been endorsed by: Sarah Palin; Texas Right-toLife; National Rifle Association; Mike Hucabee Huck PAC; Ted Nugent; Chuck Norris.

Abbott is a devout Orthodox Roman Catholic. REBIBLICAN

DavisWendy Davis (D) – Davis garnered 79.1% of the vote over challenger Ray Madrigal. She is an attorney out of Fort Worth, Texas where she served on the Fort Worth City Council. She has served in the Texas State Senate since 2008. Her rise to popularity came about when she held an eleven hour-long filibuster in an effort to block Senate Bill 5, which was legislation aimed at more restrictive abortion regulations in the state. She was successful in blocking the Bill for that session, however it passed in the next. She has been called the 4th most liberal Senator in the State.

On the issues, she is: pro-women’s rights; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-public education; pro-veterans services.

She is endorsed by the Texas State Teachers Association; Human Rights Campaign; Girl Scouts of America; Emily’s List; Progresssives United; Mayor Julian Castro; American Federation of Teachers.

NOTE: The fur has been flying for months now between Abbott and Davis, of that there is little doubt. The campaign will be a very dirty one, for certain. Abbott has the backing, the finances, and a lot of support from the old-guard, the religious right, and Texas Republicans. Davis, on the other hand has been bruised, battered, and bloodied while hanging on as the best hope that Texas Democrats and Progressives have for a saner, kinder and more palatable leadership in the state Capitol.

It is, truly, time for Texans to decide if they want to continue on the path of ignorance and insanity that they have been following, or if they want to participate in making their state one worthy of respect. Electing Abbott not only insures more of the same lunacy demonstrated by Perry, but promises to take that insanity to a much higher level. Texas – now is your chance.

HEADS UP TEXAS! I mean seriously? I know that there are serious issues in your state with poiticians, but this Lieutenant Governor’s race is a ridiculous state of affairs! There will be a runoff election between David Dewhurst (R) (the incumbent) and Dan Patrick.

DewhurstDavid Dewhurst (R) – as the incumbent he only garnered 28.3% of the vote, yet he is in a runoff. He is a businessman and rancher out of Houston, and a former officer in the CIA. It has been reported that he is worth in excess of $200 million. He has been Lieutenant Governor since 2002.

On the issues he is: anti-women’s right to choose; pro-charter schools and vouchers; pro-Voter ID laws; anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration; pro-gun; and anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.

Dewhurst is a member of the Second Baptist Church in Houston. He has been endorsed by: Texas Eagle Forum; Tea Party’s across Texas; Texas Coalition for Parental Choice in Education; Christian Coalition of America; Texas Association of Business; Texas Oil and Gas PAC; Texas Right to Life PAC. REBIBLICAN

pATRICK DANDan Patrick (R) – Talk show host and current state Senator out of Houston. During his first month in office, Patrick introduced a bill that would have made abortions in the State illegal. In 2010, Patrick was listed as one of the top 10 influencers in Texas by PolitiFact.

Dan Patrick fits the bill, not only of ReBiblican, but of Dominionist. While vehemently opposed to abortion, Patrick is no friend of public education. Not only does he support increasing the number of charter schools, he has proposed a 20% cut to public education funding, and is determined to establish the teaching of creationism in the school curriculum.

He is anti-immigration and has advocated the adoption of Arizona’s Immigration Enforcement Law.

When the Texas ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, Patrick quickly assured voters that he intended to fight that decision should he be elected to Lieutenant Governor.

His list of endorsements is a veritable of who’s who on the extreme right of religion and politics in Texas, including: Mike Huckabee; Concerned Women for America; Texas Values; Bum Phillips; NE Tarrent Tea Party; Pastor John Hagee; Conservative Republicans of Texas; Montgomery County Texas Patriots PAC; Dave Ramsey; The Liberty Institute; Family Research Council Action PAC; Ralph Reed; Faith and Freedom Coalition; Texas Conservative Review.

Dan Patrick took 41.5% of the vote in a field of four. He is a dangerous candidate for the second highest office in the State of Texas. Not just a conservative, but a religious-right uber conservative, placing Dan Patrick in a position that powerful could spell the downward spiral of one of the largest states in this country. REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

van de putteLeticia Van de Putte (D) – will be running against either Dan Patrick or David Dewhurst on November 4, 2014. She is a current member of the Texas State Senate. She has also served in the Texas House of Representatives. She is a pharmacist out of San Antonio.

On the issues, Leticia is: pro-women’s rights; pro-public education; pro-equal pay; pro-veterans benefits; pro-immigration.

She has been endorsed by: The Latino Fund; Democracy for America; Emily’s List; Texas Organizing Project; Annie’s List; Democratic National Committee; Texas AFL-CIA COPE.

NOTE: Both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s race inTexas are clearly races between common sense and extremism. The rest of the nation has watched as Texans have been noted for their number of executions, their support for secession, and their states-rights mania. We have watched, with bated breath, as their school board and text-book adoption committee made repeated attempts to include creationism in its science curriculum and to bastardize our history books with a white, Christian bias if revisionism.

On November 4, 2014, Texans have the opportunity to set things right. They have the chance to demonstrate to the rest of the nation that common sense does exist in Texas, and that religion belongs in church – not in government. Embrace the Separation of Church and State, Texas. Here’s your chance.

 

THE SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE – CONTROL THE KIDS & CONTROL THE WORLD

THE SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE – CONTROL THE KIDS & CONTROL THE WORLD

 

 

There is a lot of evidence that tells us plainly that man walked with dinosaurs. The Bible (Word of God) has many eyewitness accounts. One case in point is when Job seen a creature that God called Behemoth and even states that the creature was created the same time man (Adam) was created. Job 40:15a says, “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee”. (Dale Stuckwish)

 

“The belief that the world was created yesterday seems to hold great appeal to those born at that time.” (Gary Malone, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left)

 

EVOLUTIONIn 2010, the Texas State Board of Education adopted highly controversial new standards for school social studies textbooks emphasizing the Christian influences of the Founding Fathers. The changes were so egregious as to prompt the leading text-book adoption state of California to pass a Bill describing the Texas curriculum changes as ““a sharp departure from widely accepted historical teachings” and “a threat to the apolitical nature of public school governance and academic content standards in California,” and to call for their Board of Education to “screen state curricula for any of the new standards adopted in Texas.”

Well…Texas is at it again. At least six Creationist/Intelligent Design proponents have been asked to participate in the review of their high school biology textbooks which will be adopted in November. It’s important to note that with budget cuts and a financially embattled public school system these textbooks, once adopted could remain in high school classrooms for as long as ten years.

It is also important to mention that Texas is the second largest purchaser of public school textbooks next to California. Consequently, the adoptions made in Texas are often those which become most prolifically accepted throughout the United   States.

In actuality, there were to be 28 reviewers – only a dozen have shown up. Since their discussions and deliberations are held behind closed does away from public view, concerned parents, patrons, and educators will not know of the changes until the decisions are final.

The TFN Insider has provided us with a list of the known creationism/intelligent design proponents who are in attendance:

 

  • Raymond BohlinRaymond      Bohlin is vice      president of vision outreach for Probe Ministries in Plano      and a research      fellow for the Seattle-based Discovery Institute. The Discovery      Institute promotes the pseudoscientific concept “intelligent design” over      evolution. Founded in 1973, Probe works “to present the Gospel to      communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long      opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically      based scholarship.” Bohlin has a doctorate in molecular and cell biology      from the University of Texas      at Dallas, making him a star      performer for anti-evolution groups. He is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science Hall of Fame      website. Probe and the Creation Science Hall of Fame promote a      fundamentalist, literal interpretation of the Bible’s creation story. We      know that Bohlin is in Austin      this week to participate in the biology review panel meetings.
  • Walter BradleyWalter      Bradley is a retired Baylor       University professor of engineering      who coauthored a book, The Mystery of Life’s Origins in      1984, that essentially launched the “intelligent design” movement.      “Intelligent design” suggests a scientific basis for creationism      (creationism dressed up in a lab coat). Bradley, founding fellow of the      Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and      Culture, is also listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science      Hall of Fame website. He is participating in the biology review panel      meetings this week.
  • Daniel RomoDaniel      Romo is a chemistry professor at Texas       A&MUniversity      and is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science Hall of Fame      website. We don’t know yet whether Romo made it to Austin      for the biology review panel meetings.
  • Ide      Trotter is a longtime standard-bearer for the creationist      movement in Texas, both as a      source of      funding and as a spokesperson for the absurdly named creationist group      Texans      for Better Science Education. Trotter, listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on      the Creation Science Hall of Fame website, is a veteran of the evolution      wars at the SBOE and is participating the biology review panel meetings      this week. He testified before the board during the 2003 biology textbook      adoption and again in 2009 during the science curriculum adoption. In both      instances, Trotter advocated including scientifically discredited      “weaknesses” of evolution in Texas      science classrooms. Trotter, who has a doctorate in chemical engineering,      runs his own investment management company and served as dean of business      and professor of finance at Dallas       Baptist University.      He claims that major scientific discoveries over last century have actually      made      evolutionary science harder to defend:

“The ball is rolling and it’s going downhill. There are not enough forces on the side of Darwinism to keep pushing it back uphill forever.”

“…These are all well-known scientific problems with modern evolutionary theory, and they do not exhaust the list. The entire list is a very long one.”

White went on in his testimony to insist that teaching the mainstream scientific consensus concerning evolution without also presenting its alleged “weaknesses” amounted to forcing religious dogma on students. We don’t know whether White is participating in the review panels this week.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well, not only for the future of Texas young people, but for the future of students across the country. It signals the inroads that are being made by Dominionists into the public education arena. Once they can circumvent the separation of church and state, and indoctrinate our children into their worldview, they believe they will control the world.

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