Texas Attorney General to the feds: NO

Texas_FlagFrom Breitbart.com:

Exclusive–Texas AG Abbott to BLM: ‘Come and Take It’

After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action. 

“I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’  flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.”

[ That would be Molon Labe.-- BZ ]

Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab. 

“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” General Abbott wrote. “The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”

The great state of Tejas seems to draw a line in the sand and make a stand.

As to what kind of standoff might Texas might be facing with the BLM on this matter, Abbott said, “I think that we should be able to resolve this from a legal standpoint because, I believe, what the BLM is doing clearly violates the law. They don’t have any legal standing whatsoever to do this and that’s why I have issued this letter today.”

In the letter, Gen. Abbott details five issues for the BLM to address:

  1. Please delineate with specificity each of the steps for the RMP/EIS process for property along the Red River.
  2. Please describe the procedural due process the BLM will afford to Texans whose property may be claimed by the federal government.
  3. Please confirm whether the BLM agrees that, from 1923 until the ratification of the Red River Boundary Compact, the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma was the gradient line of the south bank of the Red River.  To the extent the BLM does not agree, please provide legal analysis supporting the BLM’s position.
  4. Please confirm whether the BLM still considers Congress’ ratification of the Red River Boundary Compact as determinative of its interest in land along the Red River? To the extent the BLM does not agree, please provide legal analysis supporting the BLM’s new position.
  5. Please delineate with specificity the amount of Texas territory that would be impacted by the BLM’s decision to claim this private land as the property of the federal government.

This is perhaps Rawhide Down.

Or is it not?



Another reason why Jeb Bush should be cast aside:

I wrote about Jeb Bush here, in re his ludicrous “act of love.”

Jeb Bush Act of LoveSo now: Jeb Bush is back at it again.

From Breitbart.com:

Jeb Bush Pushes Amnesty, More High-Tech Visas at Education Conference

At a prominent conference of education innovators, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country’s illegal immigrants.

Speaking at what is known as the “Davos in the Desert” event in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday evening, Bush said the United States needed “robust guest worker programs” and an expansion of H1-B visas for the high-tech industry,” even though the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers has been called a myth. He also called for a “tough but fair path to legalized status” for all of the country’s illegal immigrants and an end to immigration quotas for countries. 

Bush said that it was not an “American value to have 12-13 million people living in the shadows” and spoke about the need to protect borders and sanction companies that may hire illegal immigrants.

He asserted that the “rags to riches rate” in the country is only four percent and that the American Dream is being replaced with “stickiness at both ends,” as those born either wealthy or poor are likely to remain so while the middle class feels the squeeze.

Jeb Bush is just another RINO whose goal is to acquire votes any way he can.

His goal, most recently, is to ingratiate himself into the Mexican community and, more pointedly, into the illegal community.  He is out for votes and out to reduce the importance of federal rules — just perfectly in keeping with the Obama Administration.

And I am done with that as I am likewise done with Jeb Bush.

Just as we don’t need another Clinton fucking up our country, we don’t need another Bush fucking up our country.  I have had more than enough.

There is in fact a definite limit to “tolerance.”

I am done with Republicans embracing the discard of our federal laws.  If the laws are so onerous and so oppressive, then change the laws.

Until then, the laws that are in place are the rule of the land.  Until they are not.  And until they are kicked aside by politicians and lawmakers who purposely choose which laws they shall enforce and which laws they shall ignore.

Goose and gander.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

If you, ladies and gentlemen of DC, can purposely select which laws to enforce and which laws to purposely ignore, then I submit: I should be able to do the same thing.

What if people chose to not send checks into DC via taxes?

What if the Electorate decided to act as DC does?



Pushback: Michelle Obama unwanted at HS graduation

From the UKDailyMailOnline:

High school senior forms petition with over ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele Obama speaking at their high school graduation ‘because it would overshadow the students’ big day’

  • Taylor Gifford, 18, started an online petition on Thursday with over 1,200 signatures asking that Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation
  • Obama’s speech is tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools
  • Some students feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments and others feel limited seating will be a problem

If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.

As with most politicians at public events, they will find a way to make every speech about them or their craven agendas and about no one else.

Let the kids have their day, Mrs Obama, and go the hell away.  Your intrusion is naked, unwanted, presumptive and self-serving.

It’s not all about you.




Easter: Church or Heart?

DSC02229[I wrote this originally in January of 2010.  I find it is equally applicable for me, now, as then. -BZ]

Sunday Reflection: Church Or Heart?

I was listening to a radio program last week — it really doesn’t matter which one — and a caller indicated that religion was a matter of heart. The host indicated the opposite: that it was necessary to hold, yes, your religion in your heart but it was additionally and equally, if not moreso, necessary to hold your religion in a church.

That made me think, for a moment, about my place and how I hold my own personal religious feelings.

I very rarely speak or write about my religion or my beliefs. I’m of the opinion that my relationship with God primarily involves myself and my Lord. Individually, I’m not a “joiner” per se; my life doesn’t quite revolve around the approval of other humans and it never has. I tend to be a loner by nature and my friends — I’m not quite sure that I really have even one very close external friend at this point in my life. I have many acquaintances; that is true. I’d have to say my wife is my best close friend, amongst other roles.

It’s only within the past, say, five years or so that I’ve even taken time to consider my relationship with God. Predominantly, prior, He didn’t even really “factor.” Time and events will do that.

But perhaps my eyes were most recently opened when one of my friends at work, now retired, came back from a European vacation and presented me with an object he’d acquired at the Vatican. It was a cross, pictured above, blessed by Pope John Paul II in May of 2004. Since the moment he gave it to me, I’ve worn it every day. Not because I’m such a pious or sanctified or good man; but instead because it forces me, it reminds me, every morning when I look in the mirror, to remember my place in the grand scheme and to actually try to be a good man.

I don’t belong to a church nor do I attend weekly. But neither did Jesus, per se. Wherever he went, he carried his Father.

Where do you carry your beliefs? Church or heart?