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Volume XIV Number 15 - August 13, 2015     RSS Feed   

A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

City Of Houston Ordered To Allow Vote On Gay Rights Ordinance

The Latest On The Iran Deal: It Just Got Worse

The Alternative To The Bad Iran Deal: Not War, A Better One

Obama's Climate Change Plan: Bring California's Disastrous Energy Plan To All Of Us

GOP Debate #1: Who Won, Who Lost, And Who Was MIA

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Thoughts This Fortnight

City Of Houston Ordered To Allow
Vote On Gay Rights Ordinance

Read the fine print of the ballot language passed by Mayor Parker and a majority of City Council. It is misleading to a fault.

The city has added everything but the kitchen sink to the list of who it wants to protect when there is no problem for those listed. It is also backwards in that if you oppose this ordinance, you need to vote for denial. The attorney for opponents of the ordinance, Andy Taylor, comments, "What she (Parker) did is she flipped the language around in an effort to deceptively control a million voters."

The real purpose is to obscure the purpose of the Equal Rights ordinance, which gives special preference to sexual orientation, genetic information (whatever that is) and gender identity (which originally was transgender).

What it's about is allowing the city to oppress its citizens who believe in traditional family and who believe in faith based education.

Who will protect them if this turkey stays in effect?

The Latest On The Iran Deal: It Just Got Worse

So if the Obama deal goes through, the Iranians will get $150 billion or so in money due to unfrozen assets release. The Obama team has suggested the money would be spent to help the people.

NOT SO, already announced for their money: 100 Russian refueling aircraft and 150 Chinese J-10 fighter jets, both of which run contrary to the ten-year arms embargo embedded in the nuclear deal just signed. Also, Iran has scheduled ballistic missile tests, claiming the nuclear accord should not limit their testing of ballistic missiles. By the way, the missiles are designed to carry nuclear warheads.

The Alternative To The Bad Iran Deal:
Not War, A Better One

Danielle Pletka, foreign policy expert and Vice President at the American Enterprise Institute, lays out how to make a bad deal better:

"A phased agreement linked to performance, an end to research and development on advanced centrifuges, a sharper reduction in operating centrifuges, shuttering the underground facility at Fordow and the Arak heavy water reactor, shipping out Iran's enriched uranium stockpile, anywhere-anytime inspections, and no lapse of Iran's obligation after 10-15 years."

"If Iran doesn't wish to sign on to a better deal, U.S. unilateral sanctions can still effectively limit even European cooperation with Iran. Bans on dollar transactions can constrain Iran's oil trade, and limit the $150 billion windfall now headed Tehran's way, and bans on weapons sales and ballistic missile work will certainly hinder Iran's conventional weapons efforts."

Obama's Climate Change Plan: Bring California's Disastrous Energy Plan To All Of Us

Having recently returned from California, your Editor can report he has seen the future of Obama's "clean" energy program. If your goal is gas lines and $2 more per gallon for gas, you will be very happy.

The Reason Foundation has reviewed the plan, and here are the highlights of their take: "It would be more accurate to say that, 'The Clean Power Plan is a centralized plan for electricity generation in the United States that is likely to harm public health, increase energy bills for households and businesses, destroy American jobs, and cause blackouts in communities across the country.' ...The White House asserts that the Clean Power Plan will, 'create tens of thousands of jobs.' This may be true, but it will also likely destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs... The EPA claims that these jobs will be created, 'while ensuring grid reliability." This is surely a joke, since the Clean Power Plan envisages a significant increase in the proportion of electricity supplied by 'renewable' power, much of which will come from intermittent sources such as solar and wind, which as the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation notes, tend to reduce grid reliability... The White House claims that the plan will, 'save the average American family nearly $85 on their annual energy bill in 2030, reducing enough energy to power 30 million homes, and save consumers a total of $155 billion from 2020 - 2030.' This assertion is based on the assumption that consumers will install energy saving devices because of the rule. In reality, the rule will almost certainly increase the cost of energy considerably over the next 15 years, and beyond, as a result of the massive increase in investment in costly 'renewable' generation that is required by the rule."

TCR Comment: If expensive and unreliable energy is your goal, you should pull for this Obama plan passing. Of course, its 1500 pages of rules and regulations probably won't be read in D.C. Why can't we just decontrol energy prices, and let them compete in the marketplace?

GOP Debate #1:
Who Won, Who Lost, And Who Was MIA

The first GOP debate of the 2016 election is history. Here is our take.


  • Carly Fiorina was the clear winner of the undercard. She is smart and quick on her feet. She now moves up to the top tier.
  • Ted Cruz performed well, and is emerging as "the" non-compromising conservative in the race. As the race tightens, he will become a big player.
  • John Kasich the personable and accomplished Governor of Ohio, was part of the Gingrich revolution in D.C., and is now competing with Jeb Bush to be the "establishment" guy.
  • Dr. Ben Carson was refreshing, brilliant and is very likable, moving up.
  • Marco Rubio was articulate and compelling. He made a lot of friends, but boy he looks young.
  • Mike Huckabee was good and quick on his feet taking it to Hillary, but can he overtake Cruz or Trump as "the" outsider?


  • Chris Christie was boisterous, but it seems the opportunity for him is quickly fading.
  • Donald Trump, a sideshow when he needed to show substance. And in a few days he goes from defunding Planned Parenthood because of the sale of baby body parts to just finding the good things they do. Flip flop.
  • The rest of the second tier, it's not happening for any of them.


  • Rand Paul's momentum is lost, but he did have good zingers for Christie.
  • Jeb Bush was quiet and seemed detached. Where's the fire? He has a lot of money, and will be in to the end. But as the field tightens, will he remain in his shell or emerge?
  • Scott Walker was not memorable, and so he needs a better performance next time. Iowa at this point is his firewall, which can boost him back up.

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About Your Editor

Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his sixteenth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last fourteen years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 12 years, Gary has published election guides for the GOP primary, general elections and city elections, all with the purpose of assisting conservative candidates. Gary is also in his 13th year of co-hosting Red, White and Blue on PBS Houston, longest running political talk show in Texas history. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.

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