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SOME AMERICANS STILL LIKE EACH OTHER!

My often guest writer sent me this material that made my day. If you live in the South you can be sure that this army of the most caring people on earth will show up when needed. I have spent a lot of time in every one the lower 48 United States, Hawaii and 32 different countries worldwide. I have never seen or heard of any people any place I have been that love their country and the people more than the South. I am proud to have lived every day of my 87 years in Texas. The following will never be seen on the media, including FOX, which is sad. They might show incidents but they never report how people in the South help each other all the time when needed.

 

This is the best description of Harvey’s aftermath I’ve read, so far.  (And it will be the only true story reported)

Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur and points East.  Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.

Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of “camo”.

Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump. These are the people the Left loves to hate; the ones Rachel Maddow mocks. The ones Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann, and so many Liberal Progressive elite’s just ‘know’ they’re so much better than.

These are The Quiet Ones.

They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.  But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging alligators, water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available, and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.

When disaster strikes, it’s what men do, real men, heroic men, American men, and, then they’ll knock back a few shots or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before and talk about fish or ten-point bucks or the benefits of hollow-point ammo or their F-150.  And, the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy” or “white male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.

In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be medals. They won’t care. They’re not heroes, they’re just good people. And that’s what important.  

Oh, BTW, there were many, many women that did just as much, worked just as hard, or maybe harder, in doing what had to be done for their neighbors and fellow American’s. What was so obvious was that the race or sex or social status of the victims or their rescuers was immaterial, the only thing that mattered was that someone needed help!

As the media would never share this I hope you will. This is not bragging it is just plain facts. Americans in the South don’t hate other Americans like the ones in the Liberal-Progressive states like California, New York and Illinois. In fact Illinois must be the hate capital of the free world. If we could export anything to improve America the fastest it would be every commentator from every national media network. There is one exception, Sean Hannity who needs to move South where he is beloved.  

Thanks Ron, I will call you when the fish start biting again.  Prove us wrong with facts.   C Brewer  

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ARE YOU SICK OF POLITICAL EVERYTHING – I AM!

Recent decisions by the Supreme Court proves that the laws of the land no longer apply if “Compassion” is the reason enacted laws are unfair. Sad day for those who lost freedoms to gain the votes of those who got new freedoms. I am writing an article on the impact for Christians that the courts are punishing again.

Avoiding the newspaper and TV news on purpose, I read a message from Jim Heck, who is an old golfing buddy. Jim lives in Lufkin Texas and we share our information frequently. As a native Texan I have known several of the facts he sent but I did learn some new ones. I achieved my goal and learned something new. I did throw in a few personal remarks to piss some Liberal’s off today. That’s my job!

 TEXAS TIDBITS

  1. Port Arthur to El Paso: 889 miles. Port Arthur to Chicago: 770 miles
  2. Brownsville to Texline (north of Amarillo): 956 miles. Texline to Canada: 960 miles
  3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
  4. World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, TX July 4, 1883.
  5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike – 2008!
  6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
  7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.
  8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
  9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
  10. The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.
  11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “Houston” but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
  12. The King Ranch in South Texas is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
  13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US rainfall record of 43″ in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.
  14. Texas is the only state to enter the US by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the US Flag, and Texas may choose to divide into 5 states. 
  15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
  16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.
  18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin
  19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the US which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, DC (by 7 feet).
  20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument.
  21. The name ‘Texas’ comes from the Hasini Indian word ‘tejas’ meaning “friends”. Tejas is NOT Spanish for Texas
  22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.
  23. The first domed stadium in the US was the Astrodome in Houston
  24. The Beck family ranch land grant is one days ride by horse (25 miles) in each direction from the headquarters.
  25. The name of the XIT ranch in Dalhart Texas stands for “ten in Texas”. That means 10 counties in Texas!

How many of these facts did you know? I learned ten new things myself. I did not ask whether you care about them.

Cowboy Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Farlie, Texas: (It’s not the grammar but the ‘intent’)

(1) Just one God.

(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.

(3) No telling tales or gossipin’.

(4) Git yourself to church meeting.

(5) Put nothin’ before God.

(6) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.

(7) No killin’.

(8) Watch yer mouth.

(9) Don’t take what ain’t yers.

(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.

 Did y’all git all that?

Never fear the ACLU, Muslim Brotherhood, Obama, the Supreme Court, Al Sharpton and MSNBC will be in action immediately after I publish this article.

Our Liberty is insured by 4 Boxes!

The Ballot Box.

The Jury Box.

The Soap Box.

The Cartridge Box

Democrats invented stuffing the Ballot Box and allowing dead voters, ask LBJ.

With our federal courts now controlled by politics the Jury verdicts against Liberals will be overturned anyway.

Obama has “TOTAL CONTROL” over all national soap boxes 

The Cartridge Box is next on the agenda and will be outlawed before Obama retires.  If he retires? 

C Brewer

LEADERSHIP

God and my parents gave me a mind and I made the decision to learn as much as possible in my lifetime. My goal every day is to learn something. Over the last three years I have posted over 630 articles on this blog in an attempt to share my conservative values and 83 years of experience, education and life as a free man. Two things motivated me to take the time to do this. One of my closest friends urged and helped me create this blog to share my writing ability. The second reason was watching America slowly lose its desire to be free and watching the rabid environmental extremists, Christian hating lawyers and politicians destroy the very things that made this country so great.

I sat down recently and made a list of traits that history has recorded as the reason we became the greatest free society in history. I have written two recent articles on Respect and Honesty and now, Leadership. I plan to continue to remind all Americans of how we have lost direction by comparing individual traits to current events or individuals. I am documenting factual comparisons to hopefully wake up those who are as disappointed as myself with the way our Republic is being destroyed from within. I am using Wikipedia as my source of defining the terms to stay consistent.

“Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.”

I found that there are hundreds of other in-depth definitions of leadership. Next is an additional Wikipedia quote.

“Leadership is “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal. The leader may or may not have any formal authority. Studies of leadership have produced theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others. Somebody whom people follow: somebody who guides or directs others”.

Now, I could bore you to death by quoting thousands of other philosophical passages that history has recorded. I am certain you expect the rest of this article to be another messed about the complete lack of leadership in our government. If I chose to just list the specific lack of our current supposedly leaders we have today, I would never finish. Before I reveal a specific event to watch, just absorb the following.

George Washington was a “Leader” and was surrounded with many others, too many to list. With maybe a few Presidents who actually tried to lead America we now have the worst leader in history who is nothing more than a raciest hell bent on destroying America. He has convinced 90% of African Americans to believe they control America and its future forever. To quote someone unknown, “If our forefathers had even dreamed what is happening today they would have picked their own cotton.” Today’s Black leaders in power are dividing America rather than actually becoming Americans instead of Black Americans. They will fail over time and look back and I hope remember my quotation. “Black Americans will regret the days they choose to go on welfare rather than pick vegetables for a living.”

Obama and his hate filled team has degraded, attacked, threatened, and thumbed their nose at the growing Hispanic population. The really surprising thing to me is he has conned the majority of white weaklings and 99% of all Hispanics to follow him to the like the Pied Piper leading the rats to the ocean to drown. He has no future worries as he is a multi-millionaire, destined for a lavish retirement in Hawaii, protected by the Secret Service, worshiped by the media and paid for by you for the rest of his life.

My primary objective with this article is to discuss how leaderless the Hispanic people are, have been and sadly look like they always will be. Someday if they ever wake up and find someone that they will accept as a leader who makes them Americans rather than Cubans, Mexicans, etc. they can return America to its past greatness.

Living in Texas gives me a perspective and vision of just how leaderless the Mexican people are following a bunch of leaders who are as bad as or worse than Obama and his mesmerized racist band of rabid Blacks like Eric Holder.

Trying to turn Texas into a Mexican territory like California is a big mistake. If they ever become smart, change direction and become Americans they can lead their people into a better and productive life and escape poverty their current leaders beg for. They could then teach the Blacks how to mow yards, pick vegetables and stand on the street corners in Houston begging for work and being exploited.

There are current Hispanic leaders emerging who know that sharing the welfare with Blacks is stupid. We have Black leaders who fully understand this but the Blacks will never follow them. You have read my feelings in other articles and I have predicted that the Hispanics will wake up and follow a real young leader like Ted Cruz someday. He is a leader and if he can just get support of his people, will lead them to a prosperous future.

A note to all Blacks who have no common sense, you had your opportunity to become leaders and choose a con man rather than someone with integrity to follow.

A similar note to all Hispanics with any common sense, learn to speak English, find a real leader and live a free and better life than your ancestors.

A note to all Americans who have lost their minds. We don’t have any leaders to follow because and we have let the tree huggers totally destroy nearly everything we once enjoyed. Before all of the unnecessary regulations anyone that wanted to work could find a job. Teenagers could work instead of joining gangs. Kids could sneak a smoke on a grapevine instead of drugs. Boys married the girls they knocked up and helped raise the child. Arabs still have the worlds greatest reserves of sand instead of our currency as we buy oil instead of producing it. Remember who to thank, as someday you will be the ones mowing yards and picking vegetables again. Thanks to Eli Whitney and technology we have machines to pick and process cotton today. Prepare yourself for the next civil war I have previously written about.

My next subject will be on “Success” which is the opposite of “Failure”. We have suffered without enough common sense far too long.

C Brewer

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Chicago, IL         Houston , TX
Population 2.7 million        2.15million
Median HH income $38,600         $37,000
% African-American 32.9%        24%
% Hispanic 28.9%        44%
% Asian 5.5%         6%
% non-Hispanic White 31.7%         26%

A reasonably similar matchup but analyze the following;

 

Chicago, IL        Houston, TX
Concealed gun laws       no           Yes
# of gun stores         0
84 dedicated gun shops,
1500 places to buy guns
(Walmart, etc.)
Homicides, 2012       506           207
Homicides per 100k        18.4           9.6
Average January
high temp, F
        31           63

 

Conclusion: “cold weather causes murder.”

Thanks Alan

EDUCATION TEXAS- A TOTAL DISASTER

Just when I thought no one could outspend Obama, this article was sent to me by a daughter who gets a newspaper. Living in rural Texas limits ones access to daily newsprint. Can anyone with any common sense explain to me the logic associated with this unbelievable fiasco, other than stupidity? The Texas education program is beyond stupid. Our Governor, legislature and the Texas Education Agency have created so many unfunded programs to require more teachers, then cut the budgets so success is impossible. I am now convinced that Washington D.C. may have more incompetents but Austin Texas has to have more per capita. I hope this reaches as many Texans as possible. CB

Texas Taxpayers Finance Formula One Auto Races as Schools Dismiss Teachers

By Darrell Preston and Aaron Kuriloff

Texas, which may balance its budget by firing thousands of teachers, plans to commit $25 million in state funds to Formula One auto racing each year for a decade.

Four years after motorsports’ most popular series left the U.S., Texas investors including Clear Channel Communications Inc. co-founder B.J. “Red” McCombs are building a 3.4-mile (5.5-kilometer) track to bring the event to Austin. Comptroller Susan Combs has agreed to pay $25 million for races through 2022, a subsidy questioned by critics and lawmakers as the state cuts costs to close an estimated $15 billion two-year deficit.

“I don’t understand why 25 people in Austin could not put up $1 million each if they thought this was a good opportunity instead of the state making a $25 million commitment,” said Senator Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican. “The developers should find the money through private sources.”

As many as 100,000 teachers in Texas may be fired because of spending cuts to cope with the state’s budget crisis, according to Moak Casey & Associates, an Austin-based education consultant. For $25 million a year, the state could pay more than 500 teachers an average salary of $48,000.

“I have to wonder why the state of Texas is all over funding for this racetrack and not the school-funding crisis,” said Ewa Siwak, 44, who teaches German in the Austin Independent School District and whose job at Bowie High School is being cut. “Tax dollars for education should be a higher priority.”

No Traction

Formula One races have failed to gain traction previously in the U.S. Since the 1970s, the series has been hosted by Long Beach, California, as well as Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and, most recently, Indianapolis. The races there ended in 2007 on declining attendance.

With 20 million Texans within 250 miles of Austin and a growing Formula One fan base in Mexico, the city’s annual race will be successful, Steve Sexton, president of track developer Circuit of the Americas LLC, said in a telephone interview.

By building the Circuit of the Americas track, backers aim to attract automakers such as Fiat SpA (F)’s Ferrari Group, Renault SA (RNO) and Daimler AG (DAI)’s Mercedes that compete in Catalonia, Shanghai and Istanbul. Racing-team owners include U.K. billionaire Richard Branson and Indian liquor magnate Vijay Mallya. Races from Montreal to Sao Paulo draw thousands of fans, including those paying $1,200 apiece for a seat in Monaco’s grandstands.

Each race in Austin is projected to generate enough tax revenue to recoup the $25 million from a state Event Trust Fund pool, according to Allen Spelce, a spokesman for Combs, a Republican. He said the plan calls for putting the $25 million into a revolving account for paying annual event-related costs.

$250 Million Subsidy

If the financing works as projected, the decision will use $250 million in state tax revenue for the races over 10 years.

“With places struggling, spending that much money on an essentially one-off event is tough to do,” said Michael Cramer, a former president of baseball’s Texas Rangers and hockey’s Dallas Stars who runs the sports and media program at the University of Texas at Austin. “It’s a very high cost of entry.”

Texas, like other states cutting budgets for schools, nursing homes and basic services, uses economic-development spending to bring in jobs and seed growth. That often involves giving up tax revenue generated by a project to pay part of the cost. New Jersey is providing $200 million of tax-increment financing to help develop the American Dream in the Meadowlands, which will be the biggest mall in the U.S. when it opens.

“I’m not sure of the wisdom of using tax dollars to fund a racetrack,” said Siwak, the Austin teacher. “They’re giving so much tax dollars away I don’t think they could make it up with the racetrack.”

Economic Outlook

Combs’s office estimates a Formula One race in Austin next year will spur $300 million of spending, Spelce said in an e- mailed statement. Construction of the $242 million track, which has begun, is projected to add 1,300 temporary jobs and pump $400 million into the economy. The venue will seat 120,000 fans.

The state isn’t investing in the track development, Spelce said in the e-mail. He said the Legislature authorized the use of the money from the Major Events Trust Fund in 2009.

“The funding generated by the activity offsets the state’s investment,” Spelce said. “It is important that the state continue to generate new economic activity to ensure that Texas continues to grow.”

Formula One racing attracts the wealthy who sponsor teams and draws fans from around the world, said Zak Brown, chief executive officer of Just Marketing Inc., an agency based in Zionsville, Indiana. JMI, as it’s known, focuses on motorsports.

Sport for Wealthy

“It’s a lifestyle of the rich and famous,” Brown said in a telephone interview. “The whole industry has a lot of wealth around it, a lot of politics.”

The cost of holding races has made it too expensive for sponsors without a public subsidy, said Mark Cipolloni, president of AutoRacing1 Inc. in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The company runs a website that covers motorsports.

“It isn’t cost-effective for an independent race,” Cipolloni said. “Most races in major cities wouldn’t be held without public support.”

The state’s $25 million is being paid to London-based Formula One Management Ltd. to hold the race in Austin, Sexton said. Formula One, owned by London-based CVC Capital Partners Ltd., a private-equity firm, is run by Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive officer of the series.

“It’s going to Mr. Ecclestone and Formula One to get them to bring the event here,” Sexton said.

Outside Intended Use

Paying such a fee goes beyond the intended use of the state fund, which was set up to support bringing annual events to Texas by rebating increased taxes they generate to cover costs including security and traffic control, said Richard Viktorin, an accountant with Audits in the Public Interest. The Austin- based group opposes government support for the races.

In the past, the event fund has been used to subsidize professional football’s Super Bowl championship game, college basketball’s Final Four tournament and business meetings such as a Chick-fil-A Inc. convention.

“It’s off-balance-sheet financing for a rich man’s sport,” Viktorin said. Combs is “supposed to be a fiscal officer for the state. She’s not controlling that fund.”

Formula One participants and sponsors have wanted to return to the U.S. since 2007, when the last race was run in Indianapolis, Ecclestone said in a telephone interview. Indianapolis began hosting the event in 2000. Interest waned after defective tires led most entrants to withdraw in 2005.

U.S. Venue

“No one wanted to hold it,” Ecclestone said, until the Austin promoters stepped in. “Carmakers and team sponsors are also keen to have a race in the U.S. to help leverage their backing of teams.”

Formula One’s popularity has declined in the U.S., partly because there haven’t been any races in the country in recent years and partly from a lack of successful American drivers since Eddie Cheever and Mario Andretti, JMI’s Brown said.

“It’s moved around,” said Brown, who praised the Austin track’s design. “There was a 10-year period where there was no Grand Prix,” or Formula One race, in the U.S, he said.

The Austin event is expected to benefit from its proximity to Mexico and South America, where the series has grown in popularity, said Ecclestone. Austin’s city government also may invest $4 million a year in tax revenue to facilitate the event, the Austin-American Statesman reported. The city hasn’t been asked to provide any incentives, said Matt Curtis, a spokesman for Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

Tourism ‘Booster’

“It’s going to be a major booster in our convention and tourism industry,” Curtis said. The “return is very significant.”

Formula One races won’t be the track’s only use. Developers have booked international championship motorcycle races, called MotoGP, starting in 2013, Sexton said. He said they’re also trying to bring in concerts, conferences and other events.

Austin and the state are unlikely to recover their investment directly, Cipolloni said. However, the race will expose the city to a wide audience of tourists and executives that could help recruit companies and create jobs, he said.

“They won’t collect tax money equal to the $25 million” from the state, Cipolloni said. “It’s just a way to get exposure for the city.”

Sexton, a former president of Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN)’s horse track in Louisville, Kentucky, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, agreed that events at the Austin circuit will do more than just generate new tax revenue.

“It will bring in an affluent audience that has never been to the city,” Sexton said. “It should have a substantial economic impact.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Darrell Preston in Dallas at dpreston@bloomberg.net; Aaron Kuriloff in New York at akuriloff@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

Thanks Lisa

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