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Rick Perry Just Laid Some Truth on Claims About ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle — And He Demands Action

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This is from Independent Journal. 

Sadly if it is not Obama insulting veterans and trying to demoralize them it is his lapdog media.

Thank God Rick Perry and Donald Trump are stepping up to the plate and challenging the media’s lies.

Chris Kyle is a hero and damn anyone trying to besmirch his memory.

Just before Memorial Day weekend began, The Intercept published an “expose” claiming that Navy SEAL Chris Kyle had exaggerated his medal count in his book, American Sniper.

According to the article, Kyle claimed in American Sniper that he left the Navy with 2 Silver Stars and 5 Bronze Stars, “all for valor.” That claim didn’t match the Navy’s official response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which listed in his medal count only 1 Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars.

But the FOIA response noted that some information had been redacted, and it did not line up with the medal count on Kyle’s DD-214, which is considered by all branches to be the service member’s official record.

That’s when fellow veteran (United States Air Force, 1974-1977) and former Texas Governor Rick Perry jumped into the fray, penning a rebuttal for Fox News.

Perry began by noting that veterans speak a different language:

“Veterans speak a language peppered with acronyms like DD-214, jargon like ‘watch your six’ and recollections of shared hardship that can leave others scratching their heads.

That gap of understanding between the protected and their protectors is typically bridged by mutual respect, but can also be a gutter in which liars and character assassins slither.”

But then he pointed out just how important the aforementioned DD-214 actually is:

As any veteran will tell you, a DD-214 is THE definitive record of a person’s time in the military, used to prove the authenticity, duration and character of said service. The official name for the form is Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and veterans learn early on to keep a copy handy. In separation briefings, service members are carefully coached to review it thoroughly because, once it’s filed, it’s filed.”

And what was especially interesting about Chris Kyle’s DD-214:

The writer’s assertion is that Kyle laid claim to more medals than the military had awarded him for his valor in combat. At issue was a disparity between Kyle’s account in his book, ‘American Sniper,’ records obtained from a seemingly indifferent Navy through a Freedom of Information Act request and Kyle’s official DD-214. The first mentioned two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, the Navy recalled one Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars and the DD-214 credited him with TWO Silver Stars and SIX Bronze Stars.

If there is any inaccuracy in Kyle’s account it’s that he didn’t take ENOUGH credit for his awards.”

The article cited a number of Navy officials and “current and former” SEALs, all of whom agreed that Kyle had exaggerated his record – and none of whom were willing to have their names printed.

Perry concluded his editorial with a request to the public:

“I am calling on people of conscience to join me in calling for the retraction and deletion of the offending article and reprimand of the Navy personnel who have fed this misperception with their lackadaisical handling of the original information request. Both also owe an apology to Taya, Chris Kyle’s loving widow, and to service members, past and present, for disparaging one of their own..”

 

He noted that “freedom of speech and deliberate libel are two entirely different things, and to honor the memory of an American hero, the latter cannot be tolerated.”

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Herman: Indicted Gov. Rick Perry can’t carry concealed gun or buy ammo

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This is from the Austin-American-Statesman.

You know the DemocRats are smiling and offering sacrifices to Lucifer for what they see as their good fortune.

They think they are going to be able to do away with Rick Perry.

 

Forget that it could ruin his presidential aspirations. Look beyond the possibility he could spend about a century in prison explaining to fellow inmates (with names like Mad Dog and Widowmaker) the intricacies of constitutional law and vetoes.

Those of you who wish ill upon Gov. Rick Perry (and shame on you for doing so) perhaps will find delight in the fact that his indictment already has hit him where it hurts. It’s right there in federal law, specifically the federal law known as 18 USC 922(n), and I quote:

“It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person (1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.”

Thanks to last week’s indictment, your fun-with-guns governor is now in that category.

For those of you who’ve been sleeping since it happened Friday, Travis County grand jurors indicted Perry on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. The first count carries a possible prison term of five to 99 years. The second, two to 10. I’m no expert on law or math, but I believe those potential sentences each exceed one year.

And there’s more. As an indictee, Perry’s state-issued Concealed Handgun License, assuming he still has one — his office didn’t know as of Tuesday afternoon — will be suspended until the case against him is decided. (Cue the cheering coyotes.)

The indictment’s impact on Perry’s gun rights was brought to my attention by a former Democratic state legislator who seemed happy to point it out.

“I’m surprised that you haven’t analyzed the most significant and immediate impact of the governor’s indictment,” ex-state Sen. Steve Carriker, D-Roby, told me in an email including the applicable federal law.

Carriker also was most helpful in providing the official federal “Firearms Transaction Record Part 1” form, which must be filled in by firearms purchasers. Question 11b asks “Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime, for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year?” (An information is a formal accusation of a crime by a prosecutor.)

For Perry that’s now a big ol’ yes. And yes means no new guns or ammo.

Houston lawyer Edwin Walker, who represents gun owners, said the federal law is pretty clear. Perry, while under indictment, can’t buy guns or ammo from a licensed dealer or from an individual. And he can’t accept guns or ammo as gifts.

Someone who sold guns or ammo to the indicted governor (or offered same as a gift) would commit a crime only if he or she knew Perry is under indictment, according to Walker. You, as a follower of the news, know that Perry is under indictment, so please don’t sell or give him guns or ammo.

Walker also said the Department of Public Safety, when made aware of the indictment — Hey DPS, Perry’s been indicted — will notify the governor that his concealed handgun license has been suspended until the case is concluded. He’d lose the license permanently if convicted.

“It seems to me the Travis County DA would gleefully file that form requiring that his CHL be suspended,” Walker said, evidencing a keen understanding of Texas politics.

Bottom line, he said, is that Perry’s gun acquisition rights now are severely restricted. He can keep what he’s got, but he can’t get any more.

“As long as the indictment is pending he cannot acquire a firearm and he cannot carry a firearm pursuant to his CHL,” Walker said, adding that Perry still can carry rifles and other so-called long guns.

And, he noted, Perry can no longer carry a handgun while jogging on public property, as he was doing when he famously gunned down a menacing coyote in 2010.

He can, however, jog with a rifle, which could be bad news for any elephants he encounters on the trail.

Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings

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This is from MediaTrackers.

Do not tell me this is not a political witch hunt against Rick Perry.

Why are the DemocRats so afraid of Rick Perry?

 

Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings. Chalmers’ active participation in Democratic state politics is important because she claimed yesterday to the Houston Chronicle that her decision to indict Perry, a Republican, was not based on politics.

“For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers told the newspaper. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.”

More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.

Watson was a witness in front of the grand jury. On June 27, 2014, Chalmers shared a photo of the Watson event on a community Facebook page she started called Developer’s Dungeon. “Senator Kirk Watson telling the story of the Wendy Davis fillibuster (sic),” she wrote in a comment accompanying the picture.

Rho Chalmers Kirk Watson Post

The grand jury was selected in April of 2014 and its proceedings did not conclude until it returned two indictments of Perry last week. While grand jurors are not generally prohibited from engaging in political activity, Chalmers’ apparent giddiness at attending an event for a grand jury witness calls into question her ability to objectively scrutinize his testimony. Watson had testified before Chalmers and the rest of her colleagues on the grand jury just one month before Chalmers attended his event. Knowingly seeking out participation in an event featuring a grand jury witness while grand jury proceedings were ongoing also seems highly questionable.

Numerous posts from both of Chalmers’ Facebook pages — her personal page, which she shares with her husband, Davis, and her “Developer’s Dungeon” page — make clear that she is a partisan Democratic activist, and that she was an active participant in the Texas Democratic Party’s state convention in June while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.

In one Facebook post on her personal page from June 28, she snapped a selfie showcasing her convention credentials.

Rho Chalmers TDPC Selfie

In a separate post on her “Developer’s Dungeon page,” Chalmers showcased her s and bragged about her participation on the party’s Rules Committee.

“The Rules Committee was challenging but fun. A little over half a day to resolve everything but we ‘got er done’!” she wrote. She then liked and shared that post using her personal Facebook page, where she noted that she was “pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t completely lost on this committee.”

Rho Chalmers TDPC CredentialsRho Chalmers Rules Committee Pleasantly Surprised

Each of these posts was made while the grand jury was convened and its proceedings were ongoing.

Other Facebook activity from Chalmers also demonstrates her partisan political leanings. Her personal Facebook page shows that Chalmers “likes” the following Facebook groups: University Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, Black Austin Democrats, and South Travis United Democrats.

The University Democrats Facebook page crowed about Perry’s indictment shortly after it was announced.

Chalmers also implied support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis in a post, photo, and comment from November 24, 2013.

Rho Chalmers Blue Texas Wendy Davis

“Wow, a blue Texas,” she wrote, referring to a national weather map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“[C]oming soon when wendy davis wins!” commented one of her friends.

“[G]rin,” Chalmers replied.

The Twenty Best Quotes of CPAC 2014

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This is from Town Hall

20) The president graduated from one of the best schools in the country. If I were him, I’d consider suing Harvard Law School to get his money back because I’m not sure what he learned in three years. — Bobby Jindal

  19) Crossroads, what a disaster. Hundreds of millions of dollars wasted and no one is held responsible….people ought to be asking, ‘What are you in business for?’ — Pat Caddell

18) It’s time for the government to scale back, not for people of faith to scale back! — Mike Huckabee

17) It’s not like illegal immigrants didn’t know what they were doing was wrong. — Ann Coulter

16) The tax code is 10 times the size of the Bible with none of the good news. — Paul Ryan

15) If you rent a U-Haul to move your company, it costs twice as much to go from San Francisco to Austin than the other way around, because you can’t find enough trucks to leave the Golden State. — Rick Perry

14) To President Carter, I want to issue a sincere apology. It is no longer fair to say he was the worst president of this great country in my lifetime. President Obama has proven me wrong. — Bobby Jindal

13) They couldn’t vote for Barack Obama, but they couldn’t vote for us, because they didn’t think we cared. So they stayed home. — Rick Santorum

12) My favorite network for humor is MSNBC. They’re always sneering, demographics are changing. No this isn’t a natural process. It’s like you’re being raped and the guy is telling you ‘my penis is in you.’ No, you’re raping me. Demographics are changing by force. There is nothing natural about it. — Ann Coulter

11) For all those House members who claim to want an investigation into the deaths of four Americans, while Obama slept and while those lying talking points were being crafted, if you were to march the leadership … John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Cathy McMorris Rogers, and Kevin McCarthy into a room, close the door and tell them ‘Investigate today, or tomorrow we will vote you out of leadership’ … it would be done. But there is not the will in Washington, even among those House members, to make this happen. — Pat Caddell

10) Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke. — Sarah Palin

9) We respect women and don’t insult them by saying all they care about is reproductive rights. All issues are women’s issues.” — Carly Fiorina

8) There’s no free ride. Someone always pays and if you don’t know who that someone is, it’s probably you. — Sarah Palin

7) If Greece could print money, they wouldn’t be in trouble either. — Ben Carson

6) If you vote for candidates who think it’s the role of the state to provide health care, don’t complain when your hospitals are as badly run as everything else run by the state. — Daniel Hannan

5) We don’t need a head of state who guts our defenses and draws phony red lines with a pink crayon. — Oliver North

4) I’m probably being too hard on the President (over Ukraine). After all, who could have seen this coming. — Sarah Palin

3) If this nation forgets our God, then God will have every right to forget us. — Mike Huckabee

2) If you have a cell phone, you are under surveillance. I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business. — Rand Paul

1) I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his health care scam. I do not like — oh, just you wait — I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their crony deals. I do not like this spying, man, I do not like, ‘Oh, Yes we can.’ I do not like this spending spree, we’re smart, we know there’s nothing free. I do not like reporters’ smug replies when I complain about their lies. I do not like this kind of hope, and we won’t take it, nope, nope, nope. — Sarah Palin

 

Holder takes on Texas over voting laws after court ruling

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Eric Holder like Barack Obama is ignoring a court ruling against him and

his loony leftist cause and views.

The outdated rules in the voters rights law were being used to punish

southern states for past discrimination.

Holder can not except the news rules so he is trying to change the rules to

match his warped reality.

n a move that drew the ire of Texas officials, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department asked a San Antonio-based federal court to force Texas to get permission from the federal government before it can make any additional changes to its voting and election laws.

The challenge to Texas’ authority comes after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The high court’s 5-4 decision invalidated a rule that singled out certain states, like Texas and North Carolina, and forced them to get Justice Department approval before changing their election rules.

The Voting Rights Act was a major turning point in black Americans’ struggle for equal rights and political power. The court did not unravel the law itself, but questioned the validity of the allegedly outdated criteria used to select which states would be singled out.

Following the decision, Holder had publicly pledged to aggressively use his department’s power to block or halt any new state laws it views as discriminatory. He took his first step in that direction on Thursday.

Holder, during a speech to the Urban League in Philadelphia, said that based on evidence of racial discrimination presented last year in a redistricting case in Texas, “we believe that the state of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices.”

The DOJ submitted the court filing later in the day.

Texas officials blasted the intervention.

“Once again, the Obama Administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country’s system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution. This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state’s common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process,” Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn accused Holder of trying to go around the high court. “This decision has nothing to do with protecting voting rights and everything to do with advancing a partisan political agenda,” Cornyn said.

But Holder, in calling for the court action, said that in Texas, there is a history of “pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities.”

It is the department’s first action to address the voting rights law following the Supreme Court’s decision on June 25, “but it will not be our last,” Holder said.

In the Texas case, the department is not directly intervening but was filing what’s known as a statement of interest in support of the private groups that have filed suit.

A three-judge panel in San Antonio has been looking at Texas voting maps since 2011, when the court threw out boundaries drawn by a then-GOP supermajority in the statehouse.

Under the direction of GOP Gov. Rick Perry last month, the Legislature ratified those interim maps as permanent over the objection of Democrats, who still believe the maps are biased and underrepresent minorities.

The requirement to obtain “pre-approval” from either the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes to voting laws is available when intentional voting discrimination is found.

Holder also said: “Despite the court’s decision, I believe we must regard this setback not as a defeat but as an historic opportunity for Congress to restore and even to strengthen modern voting protections.”

“Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the court’s ruling, we plan, in the meantime, to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to ensure that the voting rights of all American citizens are protected.”

The attorney general called the Voting Rights Act “the cornerstone of modern civil rights law” and said that “we cannot allow the slow unraveling of the progress that so many, throughout history, have sacrificed so much to achieve.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/25/ag-opens-new-front-on-voting-rights-protection/#ixzz2a6ozoLSN

 

Rep. Franks: Capitol Steps ‘Stained With the Blood of Our Own Children’

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This is from CNSNews.

We have murdered millions of babies since Roe V Wade.

How many future doctors,scientists and leaders were in

the numbers of the murdered?

We can not keep up murdering our future.

 

 

  

(CNSNews.com) –  At a press conference Friday announcing the introduction of Rep. Steve Stockman’s (R-Tex.) “Sanctity of Life Act,” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) criticized the lack of action that has led to “the steps of that capitol stained with the blood of our own children.”

 

Stockman’s bill would define human life from conception and take away Supreme Court jurisdiction over abortion-related cases, which “would be a landmark achievement for civil and human rights in the United States,” he said in a press release.

Speaking in support of the bill, Franks highlighted lessons from history and cited the role of the U.S. as a leader in the abolition of slavery.

“The thing that brought the birth of this [Republican] party was this idea in the minds and hearts of a few people that the African American was a child of God, a human being – even though the Supreme Court said they weren’t. They were wrong then, and they’re wrong now,” he said.

Steve Antosh of the National Pro-Life Alliance said that under Stockman’s bill, ‘not only do we define when life begins, but using Congress’ power to define the jurisdiction of courts, you [the Supreme Court] have no jurisdiction over this.”

That would be “a good club to hold over the court,” he added.

Stockman introduced the first Sanctity of Life Act in 1995. He is also a cosponsor of the Sanctity of Human Life Act introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) earlier this year. Other cosponsors of include Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

When asked by CNSNews to comment on the Texas abortion bill signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on Thursday, Stockman expressed excitement over the legislation that “protects women.”

“It’s very much a women’s bill – in terms of what happened in Pennsylvania where women were operated on would end up dying, this is a great women’s bill,” Stockman said, adding that he hopes his own bill “will be a companion to the Texas bill.”

Franks echoed the same urgency for pro-life legislation. Without it, he said, “the nation can’t survive. The republic is based on the rule of law, based upon the importance of everyone being protectable and equal. You can’t do that when you leave someone out.”

– See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/rep-franks-capitol-steps-stained-blood-our-own-children-0#sthash.KhIPe7Vy.dpuf

 

 

 

University professor says God is a white racist

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This is from BizPac Review.

This is why our colleges are graduating idiots.

Sadly many professors have such radical views.

The University of Pennsylvania has more than its share of idiots.

 
Anthea Butler

Photo credit www.bates.edu

 

While those on the left look to place blame for George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, a radical professor said it’s because God is a white racist.

In an editorial published on Sunday, Anthea Butler, a religious professor at the University of Pennsylvania, proclaimed God is “a white racist god with a problem.”

“God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”

Butler, who accused Walmart of being sharecroppers and slave owners earlier this year, acts like the country is still in 1950s Mississippi when she said “most good conservative Christians in America think… whatever makes them protected, safe, and secure, is worth it at the expense of the black and brown people they fear.”

“Their god is the god that wants to erase race, make everyone act ‘properly’ and respect, as the president said, ‘a nation of laws’; laws that they made to crush those they consider inferior,” she continued.

Never mind that a black man, President Barack Obama, is charged with the execution of the law, and another black man, Attorney General Eric Holder, heads up the federal department responsible for the enforcement of the law.

Nonetheless, Butler asks: “Is God the old white male racist looking down from white heaven, ready to bless me if I just believe the white men like Rick Perry who say the Zimmerman case has nothing to do with race?”

Joining Texas Gov. Rick Perry in that opinion just happens to be the Federal Bureau of Investigations — which falls under Eric Holder. After an extensive investigation of the Trayvon Martin shooting in June 2012, the FBI concludedthat there was no evidence to support Zimmerman acted out of racial hatred.

In drawing to a close, Butler is as divisive as she is politically expedient:

“As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history.”

Speaking of God, may He bless those with the misfortune of being students in her classroom.

A Texan Takes Manhattan

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This is from The Weekly Standard.

Governor Rick Perry(R.Tx.) is showing

companies Texas is business friendly.

Companies can operate with very  limited

taxes and government intrusion in business.

With Gov. Rick Perry in New York.

New York City
“Look up the definition of poaching,” Rick Perry told his press secretary Josh Havens. Perry was annoyed at being accused, in headlines and news stories and by Democratic governors, of trying to “poach” companies from blue states and carry them off to Texas, where he is governor.

Someday, all of this will be in Dallas: the governor in Midtown, June 18SOMEDAY, ALL OF THIS WILL BE IN DALLAS: THE GOVERNOR IN MIDTOWN, JUNE 18AP / MARY ALTAFFER

Perry didn’t think the word applies to his forays—to California in February, Illinois in April, and last week to New York and Connecticut. Sure, he wants to lure companies to Texas, bringing thousands of jobs with them. But “poach”? Nope, not that. It sounds sneaky, illicit, or, at best, would still be hostile conduct by one governor toward the state of another.

Havens tapped into an online dictionary and read the definition to Perry: “to take fish or game illegally.”

“Or jobs,” Perry said.

He felt vindicated. His high-visibility raids are unprecedented for a governor, but they’re clearly not against the law. Perry likes football analogies. He told Steve Forbes, the publisher of the eponymous business magazine, his efforts are “straight up, off right tackle.” He’s compared them to a hypothetical recruiting trip by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. “He flies in by helicopter to a small town to recruit a high school football star. He doesn’t quietly come in under the veil of darkness.”

Following the session with Forbes last week, Perry hurried across Manhattan to meet with Donald Trump. You’re trying to “grab all our people,” Trump teased. “Just giving them opportunity,” Perry replied.

After his freshman year at Texas A&M in 1969, Perry sold Bible-related books one summer in rural Missouri. “It took weeks before I sold my first books,” he says, but he learned salesmanship. “I look at myself just like a businessman trying to sell a product,” he says. Perry told Trump he’s selling the “opportunity” for business owners to flee the “high tax, high regulation, high litigation” environment of states like New York and thrive in a free market state that lets them keep more of the money they earn. Texas has no state income tax.

Perry is never bashful. When touting Texas as a safe haven for American business, he’s doing what no governor has done before. And he’s doing it with as much fanfare and buzz as possible. Some governors send letters, urging companies to pick up stakes and move. When Perry spent a day in Connecticut last week, he bumped into Dennis Daugaard, the Republican governor of South Dakota. Both were on economic missions. The Connecticut media latched on to Perry and ignored Daugaard.

Perry relied on Jeff Miller, a political consultant, lobbyist, and longtime friend, for advice in organizing the recruiting trips. Miller is a newcomer to Texas, having vowed to leave his native California if Republicans were crushed there again in the 2012 election. They were. He arrived in Austin on Christmas Eve.

The key to the Perry-Miller strategy is its focus on the big blue states (Connecticut was an afterthought) and advertising. Perry spent a meager $25,000 on radio ads in California, then benefited from Gov. Jerry Brown’s crack that the ad was “barely a fart.” Brown said the Perry visit was “not a story, guys.” But he made it one.

For his foray into Chicago, Perry spent $100,000 on radio spots. Again Democrats fell into his trap. Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel attacked Perry furiously. His visit became a major news story.

Perry and Miller figured New York would be different. A modest radio buy would be drowned out. So they spent $1 million on TV and radio spots that bragged about the business climate in Texas. The killer line: “If you’re tired of the same old recipe of over-taxation, over-regulation, and frivolous litigation, get out before you go broke.” Perry delivered the closer. “Texas is calling,” he said. “Your opportunity awaits.” The ads made a splash.

“Advertising works,” Perry says. “If it didn’t, people wouldn’t buy ad space. .  .  . We had different catch phrases for each state.” In California, it was: “Building a business is tough. Building a business in California is next to impossible.” In Illinois: “Get out while there’s still time.” In New York, it was the “go broke” line.

Accompanying Perry here were several dozen Texans from Texas One, a foundation that touts the state’s economy and pays for Perry’s trips and ads. A special Perry recruitment target was arms manufacturers who feel unwelcome in New York and Connecticut. At Colt Manufacturing, he fired pistols and rifles for 15 minutes. He also met privately with health care and financial management firms.

During Perry’s three days in New York, I joined him for most of his meetings, dinners, and speeches. Up close, Perry isn’t quite what I expected. He often notes he majored in animal science in college, but his interests have broadened as governor. He’s learned a lot about brain science. He knows a good deal about economics. After back surgery last year, he had to give up his cowboy boots. “My feet are happy,” he told Forbes. He made a point of being photographed under a storefront sign near Times Square. “Going Out of Business. Everything Must Go,” it read.

At one dinner, he sat next to Mark Teixeira, the Yankees first baseman who may run for office when his baseball days are over. Perry offered a piece of advice. “Mark, everybody loves you now,” Perry said. “You’re one of the best first basemen of all time. But the moment you announce, either as a Democrat or a Republican, half of those people are going to hate you.”

Perry had three goals for his trip. He succeeded, partially anyway, on two. In time, he may on the third. The first was to attract businesses to Texas. Perry insists it takes nine months from his pitch to a company’s decision to move. So we’ll have to wait on that. But Perry says he expects to hear this summer that an untold number of California companies are Texas-bound.

The second goal was to stir a national debate on “blue state versus red states policies.” Perry thinks he’s set this in motion and he may have. It should shine a favorable light on the Texas model of low taxes, light regulation, and less litigation—small government that works.

Perry didn’t acknowledge the third goal. It was a test of his skill as a potential presidential candidate after his disastrous performance in last year’s race for the Republican nomination. He says he “parachuted” into that campaign both too late and unprepared. He knows better now.

He passed this preliminary test with ease. His speech comparing the roaring economy of Texas to that of other states was impressive. I heard him deliver it to three separate groups. There were no uncomfortable moments or glitches. What’s significant is that he has a positive, upbeat message. Most Republicans don’t.

But it will take months of gaffe-free speeches and TV appearances to begin to overcome the legacy of 2012. His “oops” moment—when he forgot in a televised debate the third federal agency he would abolish—lives on. Before he arrived in Chicago, Mayor Emanuel said, “I hope when he comes he remembers all three of his reasons for coming.”

Wherever Perry went in New York, the same question was asked. Will he run and for what office? Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history, 13 years and counting. He’ll soon announce, possibly this week, if he intends to seek another term in 2014. My guess is he won’t.

But there are strong hints Perry will run again for president. He says candidates do better the second time. His speeches are geared to a national audience. So is his message. In Jeff Miller, he has a strategist he trusts. And he’s from a big state.

While running for president, “You find out so much about yourself,” Perry says. “Some of it is even true.” In 2012, a reporter discovered Perry is a distant relative of Sam Houston, the fifth Texas governor. Perry recalled this fondly, as if he’s ready to discover what a presidential bid in 2016 would bring.

FEMA denies additional aid to Texas town where fertilizer plant exploded

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This is from Fox News Politics.

How does figure the explosion does not meet the severity

and magnitude to warrant a disaster declaration? 

Could it be because Texas is a Red State?

Could it be that Governor Rick Perry told HHS to put

Obamacare where the sun does not shine?

The answer is beyond any doubt .

 

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The remains of a fertilizer plant burn after an explosion at the plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas early April 18, 2013. The deadly explosion ripped through the fertilizer plant late on Wednesday, injuring more than 100 people, leveling dozens of homes and damaging other buildings including a school and nursing home, authorities said. (Reuters)

HOUSTON –  The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state’s appeal to help but decided that the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.”

FEMA already has provided millions of dollars in aid to the town of West and its residents, but the decision prevents them from getting some of the widespread assistance typically available to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

The decision likely means less money to pay for public repairs to roads, sewer lines, pipes and a school that was destroyed.

The blast killed 10 first responders and brought national attention to the agricultural community. President Barack Obama traveled to the area to attend a memorial service for the first responders and others who died trying to help.

As of Wednesday, FEMA said the agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration had approved more than $7 million in aid and low-interest loans to West residents impacted by the blast. FEMA also is paying 75 percent of the costs of debris removal and will reimburse the state and the municipality for the initial emergency response.

FEMA denied the “major disaster declaration” both for public assistance — which would give money to the city to help rebuild — and for further individual aid, which would provide for crisis counseling and other services.

“I’m not sure what their definition of a major disaster is, but I know what I see over there and it’s pretty bleak,” West Mayor Tommy Muska said.

It’s not unusual for FEMA to turn down that level of assistance for emergencies not stemming from natural disasters. In 2010, for example, officials denied a request for millions in aid after a gas pipeline explosion that consumed a Northern California neighborhood.

Some funds would be available in West through insurance pay outs and because it believes the state or the municipality has the resources to cover the costs, among other things, agency spokesman Dan Watson said in a statement.

Individuals can still receive rental assistance and some funds for rebuilding, and the state can appeal for more public assistance but some programs for individuals will not be made available, he said.

But Muska said the rural community of 2,800 people cannot cover the costs of the repairs, and doesn’t believe that the state will provide enough money on its own. He estimated the cost of those repairs at about $57 million, including $40 million to rebuild schools that were destroyed or damaged when the West Fertilizer Co. blew up in April.

“We don’t have the money to go out and borrow the money. We don’t have the means to pay that note back,” Muska said. “There’s got to be some public assistance.”

The letter, dated June 10, is addressed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and signed by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

Perry noted in a statement that Obama attended a memorial service in April for the victims of the West blast and “stood in front of a grieving community and told them they would not be forgotten.”

“He said his administration would stand with them, ready to help,” Perry said. “We anticipate the president will hold true to his word and help us work with FEMA to ensure much-needed assistance reaches the community of West.”

The West Fertilizer Co. blew up after the plant caught fire. The cause of the fire remains unclear — and a criminal investigation is still open — but investigators say the heat of the fire destabilized tons of a potentially explosive fertilizer stored at the plant, leading to the massive blast that leveled chunks of the town. The incident highlighted how loosely regulated some chemicals are, including the ammonium nitrate that blew up, and has some critics saying the government needs to tighten its oversight of such plants.

The blast emitted a wave of energy so strong it registered as a small earthquake, knocked down people blocks away, blew out windows, left a massive 93-foot crater and curved walls of homes and buildings.

Marty Crawford, superintendent of West schools, said officials had requested the FEMA aid to help pay for structural damage. An intermediate school near the plant was destroyed, as were parts of the high school and middle school. The district expects to get tens of millions of dollars in insurance money to help pay for the repairs, but needs the FEMA funds to get the job done, he said.

Crawford believes the state could continue to push FEMA to reverse its decision, though it appears the chance of getting federal assistance is low.

“Now we’re not out of appeals, but in baseball terms, we’re probably facing a two-strike count and fouling a bunch of pitches off,” Crawford said in a phone interview. “As long as you’ve got another strike to fight with, we can hold onto hope.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/13/fema-denies-aid-to-texas-town-where-fertilizer-plant-exploded/#ixzz2W4Y28YyT

 

Gunmakers aim for greener pastures as states pass new firearms laws

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Stupidity has consequences.

While the Connecticut Lawmakers have jobs and cushy

retirement  funds and other perks.

The people being hurt the most are the ones these

politicians claim to care for and want to protect.

If you believe that I have unicorns for sale very cheap prices.

 

Arms manufacturers in at least two states with strict new gun laws are making good on their promise to move their operations — along with thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenues  — to locales they deem friendlier to the industry.

In Connecticut, where venerable gunmakers like Colt and Sturm, Ruger & Co. have been joined in the last decade or so by upstarts like Stag Arms and PTR, reform of gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings has left the industry feeling unwelcome. Bristol-based high-end rifle manufacturer PTR Industries announced this month via Facebook that it would be taking its 40 jobs and $50,000 weekly payroll to an unspecified new state, widely believed to be Texas.

“With a heavy heart but a clear mind, we have been forced to decide that our business can no longer survive in Connecticut – the former Constitution State,” PTR said in a statement earlier this month.

AR-15 manufacturer Stag Arms could soon follow suit, along with Colt’s Manufacturing and Mossberg & Sons. The moves could cost the Nutmeg State 3,000 jobs as well as the estimated $1.75 billion in annual taxable revenues.

Texas is making no secret of its desire to lure the gunmakers. This month, Gov. Rick Perry turned to Twitter to welcome PTR to move to the Lone Star state.

“Hey, PTR,” Perry posted on Twitter. “Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down!”

This month, Connecticut lawmakers approved a wide-ranging bill that includes new restriction on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. The 139-page bipartisan bill passed 26-10 in the Senate and 105-44 in the House. The new law adds more than 100 firearms to the state’s assault weapons ban and creates what officials have called the nation’s first dangerous weapon offender registry as well as eligibility rules for buying ammunition.

The push to reform gun control laws accelerated after the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Although proposals for strict new federal laws have not gained traction, states have taken it upon themselves to crack down on arms. Connecticut joins California, New York and Massachusetts in having some of the country’s strongest gun-control laws on the books.

Like Connecticut, the fight over tighter restrictions prompted several gun manufacturers in Colorado to threaten to leave.

In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills that would require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds

Magpul Industries, which manufactures firearms accessories and ammunition magazines, said on its Facebook page that it would have “no choice” but to leave if the magazine bill was signed, causing an opening for states eager to prove they’re more gun-friendly.

Magpul employs more than 200 people and generates about $85 million in annual taxable revenues.

Grassroots Facebook pages have popped up — some, before the Colorado bills were even signed — encouraging Magpul to settle in places like Alabama, West Virginia or Alaska.

Alaska state Rep. Tammie Wilson‘s staff created a Facebook page, too, called “Magpul Industries — Alaska Wants You.”

But no one has worked harder than Texas to make gun companies feel welcome. Lawmakers there have green-lighted a measure that would free up money to local and regional economic development agencies to offer incentives to gun manufacturers to relocate in the state. Perry says it’s all about bringing jobs to his state, “whether you’re a weapons manufacturer or whether you’re a tubular steel manufacturer.”

“There is still a place for freedom that is very much alive and well,” Perry said. “That place is called Texas.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/29/gun-manufacturers-start-leaving-states-that-passed-new-gun-control-laws/?intcmp=obnetwork#ixzz2SlfT0vlD

 

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