Texas GOP Regrets A Fringe Teabagger They Inevitably Created

Twitter is a very useful place for making connections to people who would normally have nothing to do with you. A self-professed Republican implored my assistance on the social media site to anonymously expose a certain Texas Republican that is too crazy for the party of voter
suppression, unlimited NRA power, pro-death penalty, anti-woman, anti-science and anti-education. Morgan McComb has had close ties to representatives with ethics violations galore and some Dallas area Republicans want her to disappear. I hesitated to help this person, as I thought I might inadvertently help the GOP in Texas to rid them of those who make the party appear crazier. However, in this case, I figured it was an opportunity to expose Texas Republicans as the nutty, corrupt bunch they really are.

Dallas GOP is embarrassed by this.  They helped create it
Dallas GOP is embarrassed by this. They helped create it

I decided to check this woman out and see why they want to expel her from the political scene in Rick Perry and Ted Cruz’s GOP Paradise. They don’t want such an obvious racist as McComb in their conservative circles. Her Twitter profile reads:

A TRUE Conservative TX Mom & Patriot Activist LUVS Jesus, Family, Guns, Military, Boots & Jeans, My horses, Politics & my friends! FREEDOM! DON’T TREAD ON ME!!

I guess I’m a sucker for Republican infighting.

McComb has worked with Tea Party Senate Candidate for Texas’s District 10, Konni Burton. Burton’s ethics come into play with her support for Tea Party AG candidate Ken Paxton who admitted to securities violations.

She lists on her Facebook history that she worked with Jonathan Stickland For House Representative District 92. Here’s an interesting tidbit unearthed by a simple search. (from) the latest ethics reports that were published by the Texas Ethics Commission July 15th. Lot’s of numbers to say the least. One report jumped out at me though. It looks like Jonathan Stickland loaned himself $125,000.00 on June 25, 2013. Something does not smell right. Who are his clients and what exactly is Mr. Stickland doing to make all this money? What services does he offer? Stickland, who did not graduate high school, has netted far too much from the oil and gas industry as a ‘consultant’ yet doesn’t have any experience. McComb is very dedicated to Stickland and the Dallas GOP isn’t happy about her being a player in Texas politics. Stickland represents Texans currently in Austin.

TX. House Representative and mystery Oil Consultant Jonathan Stickland
TX. House Representative and mystery Oil Consultant Jonathan Stickland

Libertarians believe McComb is too racist and too extreme for the Dallas area GOP. Bottom line, they don’t want anyone out there that is quite THAT obvious. Because the GOP has been shaped by the John Birch Society and the Koch Brothers, these people are going to surface en masse. A few conservatives are realizing this can’t be good for the party. Is it too late for the GOP to recover from the inmates taking over the asylum? I sure hope so.

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A Closely Knit Mormon-Controlled City Gives Us A Glimpse Into A Romney Administration

 

Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn
Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn

In April, 2013, the seven-year term of the Boulder City, Nevada chief of police was fired from his position.  During that time period, the small community that touches the Hoover Dam experienced one of the lowest crime rates in Nevada.  He was fired for one reason: he was one of the very few non-LDS officials in town.  Finn states, “For the past seven years I applied my education, training and experience to lead the police department with the goal of making Boulder City the safest community in the state of Nevada,” … “That goal was achieved almost every year.”  

According to Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn’s allegations, ‘this bedroom burg is a seething cauldron of intrigue, revenge and discrimination, ruled by a small, closely knit cabal of power players, a group of folks who, you might say, are all cut from the same cloth.’  Much like the nepotism afforded to many of Willard Romney’s Mormon brethren during the hosting of the 2002 Salt Lake City (Pork Barrel) Winter Olympics, this closely-knit LDS run city has some dirty corruption.  Mr. Finn, now relocated to a Northern Nevada community is not giving up on exposing the unimaginable incompetence and abuse of power in Boulder City.  

Not just wearing a bowtie on a motorcycle, but really? A Teabag flag?
Not just wearing a bowtie on a motorcycle, but really? A Teabag flag?

The attorney who had it in for Mr. Finn, the lawyer for the Mongols Motorcycle Gang Mr. Steve Stubbs (Stubby), understands now that “Karma is a bitch.”  He is under investigation for shady law practices and corruption involving collusion with the BCPD   Regarding the concern of the former Chief of Police, Stubby was pissed his gang friends were being closely watched, considering their history of violence.  Stubbs complained,

 “He was going to have a zero tolerance policy against the Mongols for every little thing. People were given handlebar tickets, jaywalking tickets, unconstitutional tickets,” said Stephen Stubbs, attorney for the Mongols.  

How dare a police chief closely monitor a motorcycle gang who ordered to shoot to kill any member of the Hell’s Angels who show up near the Mongols.  Another interesting case related to more Mormon corruption is the case against the son of City Attorney Dave Olsen.  His son Brian Olsen was arrested, but not charged in court, after Henderson police (the city between BC and Las Vegas) received a complaint about him from a female classmate who knew him from a cosmetology school that both attended.  The classmate complained that Olsen, when borrowing her cellphone, located and sent two nude photos of her to his email address, court records from the lawsuit show. Mormons are the most sexually repressed —and thus deviously clandestine— of any group. There is a reason there’s more anonymously accessed porn in Utah than any other state. What I’d like to know now is, why the DA declined to prosecute. I wonder how they came to this conclusion, that, if the girl had nude photos of herself on the phone, it was her own fault and got what she deserved…? Probably. 

Dave Olsen sued the Henderson Police, on behalf of his son, alleging police violated his constitutional rights to be free of unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress. The judge ruled in favor of the Henderson PD and shortly thereafter, Finn was fired. 

Even the current City Manager is less than squeaky clean.  City Manager David Fraser has a problem paying his utility bills. In Boulder City, utilities such as power, water and garbage are paid through the city, which means the bills are public information. Records show that 11 times in the last 15 months, Fraser received delinquency notices from the city for not paying his bills. Four times, he was sent disconnect notices. Fraser, who earns $192,000 per year in salary and benefits, ordered city workers to stop the disconnections.

Mr. Finn and his wife Donna now reside in scenic Northern Nevada, far from the site of the misery inflicted upon him in Boulder City. Far from over, he intends to not only clear his own name and reputation which should never have been tarnished, but to show Boulder City who is running the show. He told a local CBS affiliate,

“I get regular contact from city employees and city residents who say, ‘you really may want to look at this.’ What else could they do to me? They tried to convict me of felonies. They fired me. They blast me still on a regular basis. I’m not going away,” Finn said.

Hopefully reason will prevail and Finn won’t stop pursuing his noble fight. Unfortunately, Willard Romney won’t go away, so we haven’t heard the last from him either. I’d much rather hear from the former BCPD Chief whose integrity far exceeds the members of the corrupt LDS community who served with him.  

 

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Eric Holder’s Racial Animus Claim Enrages Racists

Attorney General Eric Holder stated that part of the problem with this administration is racial animus, and the defensive right wing says he is absolutely unjustified.  The claim “we must take our country back” promoted by Right Wing Tea Party extremists insinuates that we are living in an America they are unable to recognize. The improving economy, falling jobless rate and the ACA, which is lowering the number uninsured Americans are all successes any Republican would highly tout and exploit for all they’re worth.  For those suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome , these positives actually represent the end of freedom, liberty and the American way. In the area of Foreign policy, Obama has been infinitely more successful than his predecessor Bush, yet is subject to merciless scrutiny.  On this Sunday’s appearance of GPS with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, WSJ deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens actually said (regarding NSA controversy),

“Sloppiness seems to be the order of the day with the administration,”….”You don’t have a sense of adult responsibility coming out of the White House. “

Apparently the entire NSA and the Patriot Act are the fault of  President Obama.  When asked about the subject of racial discrimination,  Obama’s Attorney General had this to say:

There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me, directed at the president.  You know, people talk about taking their country back.  I can’t look into people’s hearts, look into people’s minds, but it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others.  There’s a certain racial component to this for some people.  I don’t think this thing is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.  It’s interesting to me that for whatever reason, Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were simply not gonna cooperate with.

But there most definitely was an agreement and an actual meeting that occurred as President Obama was being inaugurated.

Yes, Limbaugh, This Actually Happened.
Yes, Limbaugh, This Actually Happened.

Rush Limbaugh, who harbors deep hatred for the president and the Attorney General, denies race is ever a part of his problem.  Limbaugh says, in his most patronizing voice,

The Republicans were bending over backwards to support this guy.  They were bending over backwards to not be seen as racists, and yet here’s Holder saying, “Republicans decided early on they were not gonna cooperate.” But this technique of smearing straw men and playing the role of victim. The president of the United States, attorney general of the United States, oh, poor guys, poor victims of a mean, racist America.

Consider a recent Gallup poll that asked whether the justice system was biased against blacks. While 69% of whites answered no, 68% of blacks answered yes. The Tea Party and the NRA, both groups are over 95% white and go out of their way to claim there is no racism, yet the prison population is disproportionately black and the rate of poverty for black Americans is disproportionately higher. The rise of hate groups (aka Patriot groups by the right) is pretty stark.  ir153_yih_patriot_groups_1995-2013_webNo, Mr. Holder, you are definitely not imagining racial animus.  You are right in the midst of the hate, and you’re doing a great job despite their efforts to thwart the administration in every way.

 

Always Playing The Victim: #WAAR Claims Republicans Are All Refugees

We Are American Refugees
We Are American Refugees

There’s a group of people, no matter what the factual evidence states, who cannot come to terms with the idea that their legitimately elected president is black.  These curious folks truly believe everything about President Barack Obama is “illegitimate, tyrannical and unConstitutional.” The latest fresh horror I encountered on Twitter? The hashtag WAAR, #WAAR stands for We Are American Refugees. Playing the victim, they feel their country is unrecognizable from when the Great White Hope, George W. Bush was our fearless leader. The patriarch of this “movement” is Roger C. D’Aquin.  The Refugees are described as thus: (bold emphasis mine)

We are strict constitutionalists who believe in liberty and a limited republican form of government. We reject the unconstitutional government lead by the criminal, Barack Obama. We are not terrorists. We do not advocate violence. We do advocate political and economic revolution. We also refuse to be disarmed and will not surrender our weapons. We will defend our homes, property, lives, and families against any illegal attack, even if it comes from government.

We were inspired by the great super hero, The American Refugee, Roger D’Aquin. Roger was rocked by the betrayal of Justice Roberts in the Obamacare decision. He did all he could in the next months to see to it that Obama was defeated. When voter fraud, a corrupt media, and dependent moochers left Obama in office, Roger gave up his career and his small business in order to go Galt, with a twist.

These Tea Partiers, the fringiest of the fringe, have actually scored victories in the Republican Party.  The quintessential hero of these ultra far right-wing Tea Partiers this year had to be the man who unseated Cantor, Dave Brat.  These folks who support Brat believe Republicans haven’t gone far enough to the right.   These are folks who deny there’s a war on women by simply photographing the women attending the victory party for the newly coronated Dave Brat.

The victimized people, the ones who via the Quinnipiac Poll claim to profess Obama is the “worst president since WW2,” deny the facts: (do they know) “federal discretionary spending is well below average? Or that the poverty rate has stabilized? And the stock market is, as mentioned, breaking records, benefitting rich white dudes more than ever? Also, people are buying lots of new cars, and there’s a fully recovered auto industry ready to meet all demand.

#WAAR is merely another “patriotic Republican group” like Oathkeepers, Stormfront or the Heritage Foundation.  What’s the common denominator in all these organizations?  They’ve hated, hate and will continue to hate the black man occupying the White House.

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Nobody Brazenly Grabs Power Like The Republican Party

We’ve heard the right wing spin machine call President Obama a King who has brazenly attempted to usurp power. A Christian Publication said our president is deceitful and added this:

(President Obama) …behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

Three recent events prove this accusation of alleged royal conduct are rather false.  First, the Republican House has erased any transparency with regards to disclosure of benefactors who fund “political” trips. Second, The Supreme Court has decided corporations can determine when life begins. And finally, two billionaires have used their money to successfully back a new segregation movement, Jim Crow-style, in states where they can buy politicians who will support their agenda.

The bill to eliminate disclosure of lobbyists’ gifts of travel was passed behind closed doors with minimal fanfare.  This bill eliminates disclosing who paid and how much did they finance.  Congress, when selfishly motivated, can quickly pass any bill they wish.

The move made behind closed doors and without public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal.

In the ruling of the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court decided not to cover certain forms of birth control, but rather classify some as abortifacients. The problem with this line of thinking:

This court has given corporations the power to decide when life itself begins.

Yes, corporations now have more decision making-ability than a woman herself when it comes to reproductive health matters.

Lastly, the Koch Brothers, the embodiment of Libertarianism served with a large side of unfettered capitalism, have ingrained themselves through ALEC into public education. Their efforts are directed towards increasing the inequality we tried to erase through the Civil Rights Movement.  The drive to end segregated education was the most radical and revolutionary aspect of the civil rights movement.  Alas, we learn this.

ALEC-endorsed candidates outspent their opponents hardily thanks to Koch dollars and took over the school board. They enacted ALEC-backed policies, even going so far as to resegregate the schools. (Emphasis mine)

Every time I hear a right winger refer to President Obama as a “King,” I’m immediately struck with the realization they are simply projecting their own guilty admissions onto Barack Obama.  Hey GOP, meet kettle.

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Tea Party: Don’t Give Us Your Huddled Masses, We Are Too Xenophobic

Tea Party Hates Brown People
Tea Party Hates Brown People

When a group is met with 

disdain or anger when they act against the established norm (e.g. when they don’t know or refuse to learn the language). 

it goes directly against the message inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.  When people are willing to risk never seeing their children again just to help them escape squalor, violence and instability, these people deserve a helping hand. The obvious hatred, especially from citizens of areas who largely vote Republican, for Central American refugees comes through loud and clear.  By waving American flags and signs like “return to sender,” these terrified people are greeted with the worst America has to offer: racist, ignorant bigots.

Happy Independence Day used to mean celebrating our freedom by fighting oppression and giving folks a fair chance for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Hard-working, destitute folks who simply want a chance to live free and raise their families are, like the early 1900’s, met with hateful protest.  Of course, in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, the animosity was directed at Jews and Italians.

The most dramatic case of lynching occurred in 1891 New Orleans, when 11 Italians were lynched by a mob. 

Italians, especially more olive-skinned Sicilians, were treated with distrust and hatred.  Sicilian-Americans like Justice Antonin Scalia would never be where he is today if America continued to treat immigrants like filthy refuse.

In Murietta California, the Mayor, Alan Long, urged residents to protest the federal government’s decision to move the recent influx of undocumented, largely Central American women and children, into the Riverside County City. The mayor gave this statement:

 “Murrieta expects our government to enforce our laws, including the deportation of illegal immigrants caught crossing our borders, not disperse them into our local communities…”  

It is antithetical to the American spirit of inclusiveness and acceptance to publicize these angry xenophobes, especially on this Independence Day.  Thankfully, there’s a counter movement which will hopefully make this trying time for these poor, undocumented people a little more bearable.  Their signs say things like “Americans ARE Immigrants,” which gives us hope our nation isn’t going the way of the Koch Brothers’ hate group, the Tea Party.

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President Obama Strikes Back After SCOTUS Attacks Women And Unions

There was an assault on organized labor unions and women by the Supreme Court earlier this week.  However, the day before our 238th Independence Day, we learn of great gains on the economic front.  Before you hear from conservative pundits how awful a 6.1% unemployment rate and 288,000 jobs gained in June truly is, remember, half the gains in the Stock Market were achieved during the Presidency of our Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, who is often accused of being a Socialist. 

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez knows we have a long way to go and Congressional cooperation with the President is essential to continuing these positive trends and healing our nation.  Perez said,

…On too many of these issues, Congress continues to sit on its hands instead of working constructively with President Obama to move the nation and the economy forward. Its refusal to extend emergency unemployment benefits has cut off nearly 3 million people who are trying their hardest to find work.

If only Congress loved America more than they hate President Obama, perhaps something could be accomplished, especially with the crisis at our Southern Border.  Perez adds,

Failure to enact immigration reform has come at a cost $8 billion less in economic activity. That’s why the president announced this week that he will look to fill the leadership void and take executive action wherever possible to bring our immigration system into the 21st century… In the spirit of Independence Day, let’s renew our commitment to meet shared challenges with unity and resolve.

The platform of the Republican Party mainly consists of  sabotaging the President’s efforts at reforming immigration.   At the June Texas State Republican Convention in Fort Worth a writer noted,

…by far, the largest concern was devoted to illegal immigration. 

Images of busloads of undocumented women and children surrounded by angry Tea Party protesters could spark empathy and mobilize women to vote in November. The greatest threat to Republicans are female voters.  In key swing states, women deem abortion very important.  In fact,

60% of female voters believe (abortion) to be an extremely or very important issue, compared with 39% of male voters.

Once again, the GOP’s “victory” against women and for corporations could spark the outrage needed to mobilize female voters.