Conservative Colloquium

An Intellectual Forum for All Things Conservative

Archive for the ‘Texas Politics’ Category

Texas-Born Muslim Supremacist Fundraises for Obama

Posted by Tony Listi on September 6, 2008

Here is a good summary video:

Why is Obama accepting the fundraising services of a wacko racist anti-Christian Muslim who is in bed with the Saudis?

In the following video, Percy Sutton says that Khalid al-Mansour “is raising money for [Barack Obama].” (Sorry about Sutton’s slow talking but please stick with it to the end.)

Sutton is a San Antonio, Texas native and former civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X, who was Muslim. Sutton actually went to Prairie View A&M as well, so there is an Aggie connection here.

This Obama fundraiser, Al-Mansour (aka Donald Warden), also born in Texas, mentored Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the founders of the Black Panthers, a violent black Marxist organization of the 60s and 70s. (As if the Weather Underground wasn’t enough for Obama!) He also became a top lawyer for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and OPEC in 1977. He now resides in San Antonio as well, apparently.

Al-Mansour is radically anti-Christian:

“…the Church Fathers were the architects of apartheid…. The church participated in discrimination. The church participated in segregation. But in South Africa the church designed it!”

For the correct analysis of the relationship between the Judeo-Christian tradition and slavery please see my post.

Like Jeremiah Wright, al-Mansour has a warped, racial view of the Bible:

A long version of his racist, anti-Christian diatribe:

Advertisements

Posted in Christianity and Politics, Elections and Campaigns, Government and Politics, Islam, Politicians, Politics and Religion, Race, Racism, and Affirmative Action, Religion and Theology, Texas A&M, Texas Politics, Written by Me | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Noriega Still Clueless on G.I. Bill

Posted by Tony Listi on June 26, 2008

In a previous post, I pointed out Noriega’s shameless attempt to deceive Texans. He is starting to feel the heat from this reckless ploy.

[blip.tv ?posts_id=1023602&dest=-1]

It looks like the Cornyn campaign is driving home the point about the necessity of transferability of unused benefits to military spouses and children. Good for him.

Will Noriega finally stop stonewalling and “answer the call” to support this improved G.I. Bill?

Posted in Elections and Campaigns, Politicians, Texas Politics, Uncategorized, Written by Me | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Petro-Dictator Noriega Supports Higher Gas Prices

Posted by Tony Listi on June 5, 2008

Petro-Dictator Hugo ChavezEverything is bigger in Texas. But gas prices shouldn’t be. And yet that is exactly what Rick Noriega and his extremely liberal friends in the Senate would like to impose on Americans!

Noriega has expressed his support for a disastrous bill (S. 3061, introduced  by ultra-liberal Sen. Boxer, but entitled the Lieberman-Warner Bill) that would more than double the price of gas and electricity. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would impose “tens of billions of dollars annually” on you and me in increased prices. By other estimates, the bill would cost trillions dollars to the US economy in total. Yeah, kick the economy when it is down, Democrats! Does that sound smart to you?

Energy is the lifeblood of the American economy; tax it and you tax the economy causing it to shrink, cutting off economic opportunities to American citizens.

.

Noriega claims to want to help those struggling at the pump by raising the price of gas through taxes? Talk about incoherent! Yeah, tax our gas, that’ll make it cheaper for all of us! Why would we want to send this fool to the Senate to represent us? Senator John Cornyn is the sane, rational choice.

We Texans would be especially hard hit by this bill. We take pride in the size of our state and our wide open spaces, but if Noriega has his way, the long distances between the major cities of Texas (compared to other states) will become a burden upon the average citizen rather than a badge of pride. Gasoline gives us the freedom to travel, whether it is to visit family, conduct business, or make a new start. Noriega apparently doesn’t care about our families, our businesses, and our freedom to shape our own lives. He would rather sacrifice us and our dreams at the pagan altar of Marxism-induced hysteria.

Hugo Chavez, watch out! Looks like another socialist Latin American dictator wants to seize the energy industry in a government takeover. I always knew Comandante Noriega would live up to his name.

Posted in Budget, Spending, and Taxes, Elections and Campaigns, Energy, Global Warming and Environment, Government and Politics, Political Philosophy, Politicians, Socialism, Texas Politics, Written by Me | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Noriega Op-ed Misleads the Public

Posted by Tony Listi on May 26, 2008

Rick Noriega, the Democrat challenger to Senator Cornyn, wrote a misleading op-ed in the Houston Chronicle.

The article criticizes Senator Cornyn for voting against Jim Webb’s GI Bill proposal but conveniently fails to mention that Senator Cornyn is supporting an alternative bill introduced by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham: S. 2938, the Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention, and Readjustment Through Education Act. According to a Congressional Budget Office report, Webb’s bill will harm military retention rates. Webb’s bill seeks to increase benefits to soldiers after only one enlistment. Does every soldier who enlists just once deserve a free college education anywhere plus a stipend? A four-year college degree and stipend for three years of service? Maybe the answer is yes, but the question should be asked and seriously considered. Is it even sustainable over the long-term?

Improved educational benefits for only one enlistment may increase the number of new recruits. But there is NO reason to believe that these new recruits will be of any higher quality. A piece of cheese attracts both the strong and the weak in the mouse hole.

Moreover, an all-voluntary military requires career soldiers who are committed to service for the long-term. New recruits are no substitute for re-enlistments! A great military is built on quality and experience, not raw numbers.

“I know it’s not his intention, but Senator Webb’s bill actually would encourage people not to re-enlist by providing an incentive to leave early in order to obtain the benefits they would receive after three years of service,” Senator Cornyn said on the Senate floor. “We need to make sure that we encourage continuation of service and retention in the military that is in the best interest of our all-volunteer military force. I believe that we ought to reward those who continue to serve. We especially ought to reward the families by allowing transferability of the benefit upon continued service to spouses and children.” (emphasis mine)

Examine Noriega’s duplicity: “The notion that we should limit benefits to force our troops to stay in the military is morally repugnant.” The denial of additional educational benefits is coercion?! There is a difference between an incentive and force, Noriega; it is called a respect for freedom of choice, something Democrats don’t understand when it comes to economics!

He tries to make it seem as if Sen. Cornyn doesn’t care about rewarding our troops for their service, but he is just playing political games, desperately trying to get traction for his campaign however he can. Senator Cornyn is merely trying to reward troops who give greater service with greater rewards. What is so wrong with that? Oh, that’s right, how could I forget that the Democrats are socialists.

Posted in Elections and Campaigns, Government and Politics, Politicians, Texas Politics, Written by Me | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Lobbyists Using Your Money to Lobby?

Posted by Tony Listi on March 3, 2008

http://www.americansforprosperity.org/index.php?id=5094&state=tx

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2008

Contact: Peggy Venable – 512.476.5905

Texas Association of Counties Loses Lawsuit to Taxpayers 

Today, Williamson County served an order against the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) commanding them to refrain from lobbying using dues paid by counties.  TAC has also been ordered by the court to pay attorney fees for the plaintiffs. 

The lawsuit filed by Williamson County taxpayers in 2005 was decided in favor of the taxpayers in October 2007, when the judge found that TAC has been in violation of the law using association dues paid by Texas counties in their advocacy and lobby work.

“TAC realized they were breaking the law and after we filed the lawsuit, the organization claimed they were no longer collecting dues,” said plaintiff Peggy Venable.  “However, they still purport to represent counties.  We don’t know what constitutes a TAC member county if they don’t pay dues.”

“This legal victory is a vindication of our lawsuit which TAC called frivolous,” said Venable.  “Texas counties and TAC had been in flagrant violation of the law for years.” 

Venable, Texas director of the taxpayer group Americans for Prosperity filed the lawsuit along with fellow taxpayers Janice Brauner and Judy Morris.  The taxpayers filed the suit stating that state law prohibited taxpayers from funding a county association that lobbies.    

“The Texas Association of Counties has consistently lobbied against taxpayer protections and legislation which most taxpayers support,” said Venable.  “It took a lawsuit to get their attention.”

Venable said taxpayers cannot spend much time celebrating this victory.  

“TAC has made clear that they are considering segregating dues from other fees so they can continue lobbying, or not collect dues from counties while continuing to fees.  This type of shell game may be acceptable to the court, but it is not acceptable to taxpayers,” said Venable. 

“As TAC may be able to segregate their dues, they continue to collect large fees from counties, and other local government entities and organizations are openly using tax dollars to hire lobbyists,” said Venable.  While not collecting dues, TAC collected well over $500,000 in fees from Williamson County during the time of the lawsuit. 

Just this month the Austin City Council voted to spend a total of $987,000 to hire 12 lobbyists and lobbying firms, and the City of Denton is also approving $81,000 to hire a lobby firm to prepare them for the 2009 legislative session.   

“In their meeting, the City of Denton cited three issues they opposed: property appraisal caps, city spending limits, and a sales tax holiday for textbooks.  Those are things most taxpayers want,” said Venable. 

“We expect our elected officials to communicate with one another, not to hire lobbyists to serve as intermediaries,” said Venable.  “We may have won a victory but we have a lot of work ahead of us to end our tax dollars going to pay lobbyists to lobby against taxpayer interests. “   

To view the Writ of Injunction issued today, click here: http://americansforprosperity.org/includes/filemanager/files/tx/venable_writ_of_injunction.pdf

# # #  

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional

Posted in Government and Politics, Texas Politics | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »