Aug
17
2015
2

A federal minimum wage should be anathema to anybody who likes local city life.

(Via Hot Air) I was struck by something when I read this: “Neither Obama nor Clinton has spoken critically of a $15-an-hour federal minimum. But recent comments from the candidate, and from officials in Obama’s administration, suggest Clinton and Obama may be worried that such a large increase could prove too much for some parts of the country to bear.” To wit, that this may be one situation where the Democratic establishment may not actually understand the motivations of its own liberal base. For that matter, possibly the liberal base doesn’t really actively understand said motivations either. (more…)

Jul
09
2015
10

Rick Perry: stop paying sanctuary cities to defy federal law.

Former Governor Rick Perry of Texas wants to hit ‘sanctuary cities’ where it hurts: smack dab in the middle of their federal funding.

“Today, I am proposing to pull funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program—or SCAAP—from sanctuary cities. States with sanctuary cities will lose a proportionate amount of their SCAAP funding as well. SCAAP funding will also be restricted to jurisdictions that actively participate in immigration law enforcement programs. Cities and counties with sanctuary policies in place will also be prohibited from applying for federal law enforcement or Department of Homeland Security grants. Federal taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize the irresponsible behavior of these governments. Furthermore, the Justice Department should allow federal immigration officials, either through the executive branch or Congressional action, to have access to prisons and holding facilities in sanctuary cities and counties, so as to verify the immigration status of people in those facilities.”

(more…)

May
09
2015
13

The (liberal) Austin, Texas City Council’s War on Barbecue.

(H/T Reason): Yikes.

If you live on the outskirts of Austin, your suburb might be the new target for barbecue joints looking to open in Travis County. That is if prospective restaurateurs see a new resolution from the Austin City Council as too onerous. It requires that barbecue smokers (and other wood-fired cooking devices) be placed at least 100 feet from adjacent residential property lines, or that they “mitigate the impact of smoke emissions” on their neighbors.

And, yeah, this is serious: (more…)

May
08
2015
5

Obama judicial appointee Mary Helen Murguia put Elton Simpson back on the street.

Let’s unpack this.

[FBI Director James] Comey said that [Elton] Simpson was first placed under FBI watch since 2006, when the agency first learned the Phoenix-area man wanted to join al-Shabab, the al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia. Simpson was ultimately indicted on terrorism charges and convicted, but due to questions over the government’s case, he never went to prison and was sentenced to probation. The FBI officially closed its case into Simpson last year.

As in, let’s look at the timeline. (more…)

May
05
2015
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My Watchdog.org piece on Texas charter schools is up.

Found here.  Short version: they like the idea, over in Texas. Which may make a difference in 2016.

May
03
2015
9

Islamists* attack Garland, TX Muhammad exhibit, are promptly shot down in the street like dogs.

Personally, I’m not overfond of being casually rude about a man’s religion – unless it’s a Greenie’s, of course** – but America is chock-full of things that I’m not overfond of, and my opinion is ultimately irrelevant about just about every single one of them. That’s one of the glorious things about America. We don’t have to care if your nose is bent out of shape over something.

(more…)

Jan
14
2015
5

Ted Cruz and the space progra… Geez, people, he’s a Senator from TEXAS.

OF COURSE HE’S GOING TO BE FOR THE GORAM SPACE PROGRAM.  JUST LIKE THE SENATORS FROM ALABAMA, CALIFORNIA, AND FLORIDA ARE*.

Sorry.  It amazes me that some people can’t seem to get an elementary fact like that through their heads. Although I suppose it’d be more accurate to say that they won’t let an elementary fact like that get through their heads.  Anyway, here’s Sen. Cruz on NASA:

Q. For the last three years NASA has been building the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. Do you support the continuation of these programs?

A. SLS and Orion are critical to our medium- and long-term ability to explore space, whether it is the moon, Mars or beyond. Absolutely I support them. At the same time, I am deeply concerned about our inability to reach low Earth orbit right now. We are entirely dependent upon the Russian Soyuz system. It is unacceptable from the perspective of space interest and also from national security interests. I have repeatedly inquired of this administration about its contingency plans if the Russians shut off the Soyuz. The answers have been altogether insufficient. America should have the capacity to get to the International Space Station without the assistance of the Russians. Americans should have the capacity to launch a rescue mission to the station – should that prove necessary – without being dependent. America should have the capacity to launch our critical satellites without needing to acquire Russian RD-180s (rocket engines).

(more…)

Jan
08
2015
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Federal court tosses Texan(!) hair-braiding regulations.

Well, I guess no place is perfect.

A federal judge has ruled as unconstitutional Texas laws regulating businesses that teach African hair braiding.

The judge in Austin ruled the regulations do not advance public health and safety or any other legitimate government interest.

Melissa Clouthier sums it up pretty well, here: (more…)

Nov
01
2014
1

How the not-actually-mighty have fallen.

Well now.

I’m guessing that the consensus is ‘no:’

“[Wendy Davis] does well on TV. That’s a pretty well-tried path for people like her,” said Matt Bennett, former aide to President Bill Clinton and Al Gore and co-founder of the moderate Democratic group Third Way. “That is a path she might be happier on anyway. She of all people knows how tough it is to win in Texas.”

“She’s still a star in Democratic politics,” he added. “It doesn’t matter what Texas thinks of her.”

…By the way: that language above is how to poison the future political career of a problematic candidate on your own side.  It’s remarkably elegant, in its way. Not a single open insult in the excerpt; and yet you know that Bennett is providing Davis with the Kiss of Death.

Ach, well.

Oct
25
2014
10

MSNBC: those Nazis in Texas with their driver’s license laws! (…Which are much like, erm, Maryland’s*.)

OK, let’s set the scene:

[Lynne] Messinger said she spoke to a clerk at the desk, and explained that she had a California driver’s license. She has houses in both California and Texas and goes back and forth between the two, but decided several years ago to switch her voting residency to Texas.

The clerk left for a few minutes, then told her to take a seat. At that point, Messinger said, a state trooper summoned her into his back office, saying he needed to speak to her. Once inside his office, Messinger said the trooper insisted on seeing all the documentation she had brought, and demanded to know where she lives and pays taxes. He even told her she could be jailed for driving with a California license.* It is illegal to drive in Texas on another state’s driver’s license 90 days after moving into the state.

(more…)

Aug
27
2014
4

Expanding on that CSI comment.

I just wanted to add a little to this:

Not the bit about ‘No jury would convict;’ the bit about CSI. I think that thirty years ago, that guy would have been convicted of second degree murder, or possibly would have gotten to cop to a temporary insanity plea; because thirty years ago the fact that the guy had ammo of the same type as the bullet used in the homicide, but no gun* for that ammo, would have loomed larger than the fact that there was no powder residue on the guy’s hands or arms. Forensics is not actually magic, or a collection of Magic Plot Devices; if the guy knew what he was doing then he could have scrubbed the evidence, easy. If he did, that was apparently enough to let him go free. (more…)

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