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Volume XVII Number 20 - August 24, 2018     RSS Feed   

A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

Where's The Beef?

John Brennan's Loss Of Security Clearance Abridges No One's Free Speech

Send The Crazy Haters A Message, Eat At El Tiempo

Red, White, And Blue Begins 18th Season

Judge Who Signed FISA Warrant Raises Concerns

Socialism for America, What a Joke!

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Thoughts This Fortnight

Where's The Beef?

As we move toward the "official" start of the 2018 Election's fall campaign, conservatives are increasingly concerned about the fate of Senator Ted Cruz.

The race is a critical one on the ballot. Cruz's opponent, left-wing Congressman O'Rourke is out-running Cruz, out-campaigning Cruz and out-personalizing Cruz.

So when TCR asks, where is the beef, we are asking what happened to making this race about Texas vs. California values? What happened to making the race about Cruz's mainstream values vs. O'Rourke's out of step leftist values? Where is the Ted Cruz we know and love from his campaign six years ago and from his campaign for President?

If O'Rourke is allowed to make this race about personality and showing up all over, Cruz will lose. Yes, he needs more money, but first, the fighter Ted Cruz needs to re-emerge now.

John Brennan's Loss Of Security Clearance Abridges No One's Free Speech

On August 15, 2018, the Trump Administration revoked former Obama era CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance. The Democrats and the left went crazy and claimed that the President is assaulting the First Amendment.

Let me see. Brennan no longer works for the government, he is a commentator on left-wing MSNBC and is a critic of President Trump who went so far as to say, "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous."

This is from a man who in 1976 voted for Communist candidate Gus Hall for President. He was a big Hillary supporter. As CIA Director he lobbied President Obama to embrace the radical fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood and help place their leader Morsi in as President of Egypt.

Oh, there is more, he downplayed the ISIS threat. He assisted in the awful Iran nuclear deal sending $400 million in cash secretly in an unmarked cargo plane to the radical clerics "leading" Iran. He was part of the Benghazi fiasco when radical Muslims attacked our consulate murdering our Ambassador and the subsequent cover up.

All we can say is thank goodness and while we're at it why don't we revoke the millions of former government employees with security clearances?

The bottom line is that Brennan is a left-wing political hack whose only goal is to remove President Trump from office.

Send The Crazy Haters A Message,
Eat At El Tiempo

Many of you are aware that our friends on the left are boycotting El Tiempo because - get ready - Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a meal there.

What kind of country are we living in? The left now goes out of its way to harass conservatives they don't like when they are in public? Civility, tolerance, respect for different views, forget about it. That is not going to happen any more.

So, TCR's answer is simple, eat at El Tiempo when you are in the Houston area. The food is good. If you don't live near Houston send a letter to the CEO of El Tiempo to show support to Domenic Laurenzo, 602 Sawyer St. Ste. 110, Houston, TX 77007.

Red, White, And Blue Begins 18th Season

It's hard to believe that Red, White, and Blue, the weekly political talk show on Houston Public Media, PBS Houston (channel 8) and the internet at is starting its eighteenth season, co-hosted by your editor.

Red, White and Blue is now one of the longest running shows in PBS Houston's history. Your editor is proud of the long-time success of this show.

For our 2018-2019 season our first show is September 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm on Hurricane Harvey: One Year Later, featuring County Commissioner Jack Cagle, and two other guests. We return on September 24, 2018 with the critical topic - School Safety in the Lone Star State, featuring State Senator Larry Taylor, and other guests. The following week we preview the Midterm Elections with Democratic activist Barbara Ann Radnofsky and Republican Consultant Joe Brettell.

Finally the first month of the new season ends with NAFTA, Trade, and Tariffs, with Dr. Laura Murillo, President of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Taylor Landon, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Greater Houston Partnership, and Dr. Richard Sindelar, Assistant Professor, Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas.

Tune in and enjoy Red, White, and Blue's eighteenth season.

Judge Who Signed FISA Warrant Raises Concerns

The following excerpts of an article from Big League Politics and writer Tore Lindeman, describe an extensive manufactured conspiracy:

Last week the FISA documents pertaining to surveillance authorized on Carter Page were released and riddled with redactions. The redactions are key in order to understand just how incredible the plan to eliminate "Candidate #1" really was.

The judge who signed the first FISA warrant allowing Barack Obama's intelligence agencies to surveil Carter Page stated her strong concerns with the FISA request that Loretta Lynch and James Clapper submitted, which was supported by affidavits by the Directors of NCTC, CIA, NSA, and the FBI. In her memo here, which is 99 pages long, she identifies the rushed effort that coincided with the surveillance she herself authorized. This judge explicitly states multiple violations and abuse by the FBI and admits that raw intercepted communications were outsourced to intelligence community elements that are "contractors" (pgs.83-95).

Here are just a few of the concerns raised by Judge Rosemary Collyer:

Judge Rosemary Collyer references an oral hearing to that occurred on September 26, 2016 and October 4, 2016. Shortly after the hearing, between the 7th and 26th of October, the FISA warrant was submitted for Carter Page and signed by the aforementioned Judge, even though she indicates in her Memorandum of Opinion and Order that she had concerns in respects to FISA warrant minimization procedures and requests for access (pgs 1- 83). Notably, the first renewal is 14 pages longer than the initial warrant application. Now we know from these documents that the renewal occurred after the Obama administrationís January 3, 2017 changes to Executive Order 12333 but before January 21, 2017 when President Donald J. Trump took office.

With just days left in office, Barack Hussein Obama simplified the nation's intelligence agencies (all 16 excluding the 17th which is the Executive Office / POTUS) to share unfiltered information about innocent people. It was very well timed, as the Carter Page (and other FISA warrants that are not public yet) were due to expire and President Trump was to take the Oath of Office soon. It was a race against the clock and a failed attempt to delegitimize Trump's presidential win. This attempt failed in the eyes of the court as information presented was not legally sound.

The newly amended Executive Order 12333, signed and dated January 3, 2017, basically allows the NSA to share collected information without boundaries. Basically, this raw data can be accessed and shared, directly with agencies like the FBI, DHS, ICE, DEA and any other state or federal agency that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place.

Big League Politics reported on 14 states that quietly made such agreements with the Obama administration to share personal identifying information on state residents with the FBI.

Moreover, private companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media and private entities have an agreement in place. Very underreported was the contract between Amazon and the IC selling customer information reported by the Atlantic. Today, we were advised banks circumventing liability to privacy about customers by using intermediary and private sector intelligence asset Facebook in the WSJ article. In other words, 'if analysts stumble across evidence that an American has committed any crime, they will send it to the Justice Department,' the Times wrote. Information collected without a warrant, without a court involved, with no issues of foreign intelligence purposes can be accessed raw and unfiltered by domestic law enforcement agencies to prosecute ANY American even if they pose no threat to national security.

"It's important to understand the distinction between Executive Order 12333 and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: One very oversimplified way to think about it is that FISA is a statute that governs collection that takes place within the United States, but that is aimed at a foreign target; 12333 collection is aimed at a foreign target, and takes place outside the United States," said former attorney for the NSA Susan Hennessey. Focusing on the timing of the EO rewrite by the Obama administration, this extraordinary expansion of intelligence power over US citizens clearly does not benefit the citizens and conveniently accommodates the Mueller Investigation. ...

Concluding, the FISA applications and warrant requests we see on Carter Page are only a glimpse of how rogue the Intelligence Community is and how huge #Spygate really is. In respects to the case of illegal surveillance, abuse of power, racketeering and the Special Counsel appointed because of these illegal actions by the intelligence community unfolds, if I may be so bold and obdurately say that Barack Hussein Obama committed impeachable offenses against the citizens of the United States of America that should be enforced by President Trump, after he purges the FBI, DOJ and Intelligence Community that colluded with foreign governments to ensure "Candidate #1" was NOT elected.

Socialism for America, What a Joke!

The Democrat party is being taken over by Socialists. 57% of Democrats and leaners prefer socialism to capitalism!

We are not sure what the Democrats are smoking, but they are ignoring the disaster that socialism is. The most recent example is Venezuela where the country is collapsing and an estimated 1.3 million people have fled the country. Many of those left are dealing with starvation, runaway inflation, and harsh and authoritarian dictatorship.

Now here is a scary thought, if the Democrats take the House in November they will attempt to impose its radical, extremist agenda on the USA! Such crazy ideas as open borders, abolishing ICE, outlaw private insurance, national health care, free college, guaranteed jobs at $15 an hour plus benefits, student loan debt forgiveness, and on and on. Manhattan Institute senior fellow Brian Riedl estimated what all this "free" stuff costs, are you ready? $42.5 trillion dollars in 10 years. This could mean that instead of federal spending soaking up 18-22% of our GDP it would be between 40-45% of our GDP. So how would it be paid for? Riedl says it would take 100% of corporate profits and 100% of all family wage income above $90,000 to $150,000 if married, or we could add a national sales tax (VAT) of 87%!

You want to be Venezuela, Cuba or other failed socialist paradises? Then vote Democrat in November.

Tune In To KTRH 740 Monday At 7:15 AM

Your editor will be on KTRH 740 this Monday, August 27th at 7:15 AM to discuss the left's diatribe on impeachment.

TCR on the Air

Red, White & Blue featuring TCR Editor Gary Polland and liberal commentator David Jones on Fridays at 7:30 pm on PBS Houston Channel 8, replaying Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 8, Monday at 11:30 pm on Channel 8.2 and on the web at

Upcoming shows:
09-07-18 - Hurricane Harvey: One Year Later with County Commissioner Jack Cagle.
09-21-18 - School Safety in the Lone Star State with State Senator Larry Taylor.
09-28-18 - Midterm Elections Preview with Democratic activist Barbara Ann Radnofsky and Republican Consultant Joe Brettell.

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 twenty-first year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last seventeen years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 15 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 17th year of co-hosting Red, White and Blue on PBS Houston, longest running political talk show in Texas history. Gary serves on the Board of Directors of American Values, a national pro-family, pro-faith, conservative organization supporting the unity of the American people around the vision of our founding fathers and dedicated to reminding the public of the conservative principles fundamental to the survival of our nation. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.

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