With vaccines on their way, we should not let our guard down. So keeping your distance, wear a mask around others, and avoiding big crowds, are probably good ideas.
However, we already are seeing the significant collateral damage to a lockdown. The Houston Chronicle, belatedly recognizes the problem. We say better late than never as they have been the major cheerleader for "lockdown Queen" Lina Hidalgo. You remember her, the $25 million plus temporary hospital with no patients.
Oh and don't close our schools because by doing so we compound the challenges for the less privileged. In the November 22, 2020, Chronicle they report: "Students across Greater Houston failed classes at unprecedented rates in the first marking period ...!"
So enjoy Thanksgiving, our plan is to have the immediate family in our backyard.
It Can And Has Happened Here:
Ballot Fraud In Texas,
It's Time To Tighten Our Laws
Despite the suppression of the story of fraud in our last election by the mainstream media, it in fact did occur. It could have been enough to swing elections!
In Texas, we dodged a bullet. The operatives behind Stacey Abrams' ballot shenanigans and lawsuits in Georgia were trying here too.
Here, some of the things they were up to:
- Ballot by mail fraud, massive mailing of unsolicited ballots to voters whether dead or alive, resident or not. No proof of voter identification, ballot harvesters collecting ballots and/or voting for them, and ballots get lost in the mail. FYI, this is what Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis tried to pull off through his handpicked tool, acting Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, seeking to mail 2.4 million unsolicited ballots.
- Don't purge the voter rolls of the dead and those who moved out of county.
- Fraud in ballot counting by illegal curing like in Wisconsin where if the witness' signature and address is missing, ballot wasn't to count. Yet they were "fixing ballots" for Democrats, but not Republicans!
- Fraud in voting machines and computer manipulation to add votes to favored candidates and take them away from opposed candidates.
We need to significantly strengthen our voting laws to ensure one person, one vote, one time.
Crime Stoppers Dissed By County Judge Hidalgo And Her Radical Allies, Victims Matter Too
In an open letter to Harris County (Houston) Judge Lina Hidalgo, Crime Stoppers lays out their profound disappointment in Hidalgo, et al.
They said in part, "On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Andy Kahan appeared before Commissioner's Court with the intention of sharing critical data and offering support. We thought the information would be relevant to maintaining public safety while navigating critical changes to felony bond reform."
The data presented shows crime is way up. More than 66 victims were killed by violent defendants RELEASED on lower free (PR) bonds.
Hidalgo's response was to mute Crime Stoppers representative, Kahan, during the Zoom meeting. She called him "someone with an axe to grind" and accused him of fear-mongering.
It is clear Hidalgo doesn't want to be confused by the facts of runaway crime and instead is intent on implementing her radical agenda to empty the jails of dangerous felons.
The moral: Voting down-ballot matters as well as being an informed voter.
Unfortunately, we have a little over two more years of this unqualified New Yorker in office who is foisting on us her radical values on Texas.
Iran Deal 2, Don't Go Back Joe, It Was A Mistake The First Time, This Time A Bigger One
At least two respected experts say no to resurrecting the Iran deal.
We now have the benefit of hindsight from former National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster who recently commented. We removed sanctions and paid Iran billions. What do they do? "They applied that money to intensify violence and across the region in an effort to put a (hostile) proxy army on the border of Israel." He called the 2016 deal a political disaster masquerading as a diplomatic triumph.
Former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate and Senator Joe Lieberman echoed those comments, calling the original deal cemented with pallets of cash sent to Iran a "mistake" and said the U.S. would be better off applying maximum pressure on the Iranian radical Islamic government.
Few people are aware of just how bad the Obama Iran deal really was.
- The expiration dates: The agreement anticipated the "conclusion of consideration of the Iran nuclear issue by the U.N. Security Council 10 years after the Adoption Day...Iran would be free to build nuclear weapons with no objections from anyone.
- The delay in inspections: The JCPOA contained the provision that Iran could delay requested International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections for up to 24 days - ample time to clean up for the inspectors.
- The removal of sanctions: The JCPOA was quite definite about removing all economic sanctions on Iran. This included the removal of sanctions that had originally been intended to be removed only when Iran definitively gave up its nuclear program.
- The lack of any consequences for breaking the agreement.
- Americans were not to be allowed to inspect Iran's nuclear sites.
- Iran could inspect its own sites: "Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work."
- No limits on ballistic missile development by Iran.
- No restrictions on the funding of terror groups around the world.
These terms were easy on Iran. What exactly did the rest of the world get out of this agreement? An increasingly bellicose Iran.
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