FBCStaff-When I started this blog my sole purpose was to get the truth out in Ft Bend County because the local media was dominated by dems and we know how dems feel about the truth. Here’s a good example:
“THE SOUTH: SOLID ONCE AGAIN _ FOR REPUBLICANS
With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.”
read more from AP
However the truth is:
“Add it all up and Republicans now control 34 State Senates, up from 31 before the election. They also control 33 State Houses. One state, Nebraska, has a single, formally nonpartisan legislature that is dominated by Republicans.
That’s because Democrats lost a net total of 743 seats in state legislatures over the last three elections. Republicans over that time gained 811.
Adding to that, of course, the Republicans greatly exceeded expectations on Tuesday by winning governorships in Democratic strongholds such as Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois. There are now 31 Republican governors, many of whom are serious contenders for the White House in 2016. By comparison, the Democratic bench looks very thin indeed.”
Read more from Real Clear Politics
It was a hundred year election, undoing the gains democrats made the last century. Americans have rebuked democrats and their policies at every level of government.
Fort Bend County was under attack by the Turn Texas Blue crowd and they failed miserably. Rejected at every level of government in the state, democrats could only claim victory by supporting a Texas State Rep who was:
A Montgomery County jury Friday found state Rep. Ron Reynolds guilty of six counts of misdemeanor solicitation of professional employment
read more from the Chronicle
Democrats have not been elected to a statewide office in over 20 years. Because their policies do not work. My work is done here at the blog. It was a fun time filled with many learning experiences and many new friends.
Viya Con Dios
FBCStaff-We know why Loretta Lynch was chosen to replace Atty Gen Holder, she brokered an $8 million settlement against Mayor Giuliani and the NYPD.
But what will Atty Gen Holder’s legacy be? We know he was impeached by the US House. But do we know about the Wall Street coverup he managed while Atty General?
A brief synopsis on the financial scandal Holder covered up to protect democrats. President Clinton’s financial advisor Lawrence Summers and Sec Of Treasury Rubin convinced him to disband Brooksey Borne’s department. Borne’s department had oversight on derivative trading done by Wall Street. A little about why this was needed. President Carter created a vehicle called the Community Reinvestment Act to give loans to those who could not meet minimum requirements. The tax payers would then pay the interest on the loans while the home owners would pay the principle.
President Clinton used the Act to put pressure on the government backed loans of quasi-private lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to give more home loans. When Borne’s department started questioning the integrity of these unstable loans being bundled and sold as derivatives, Borne’s department was history.
When GW Bush’s administration questioned the stability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s loans he was blocked by Mass. Sen Barney Frank and other democrats. The Clinton administration used the two agencies to reward employees by sending them there and awarding them large bonuses. Clinton Budget Director Franklin Raines, had to return almost all of a $20 million bonus he received, after a Bush administration investigation.
Atty Gen Holder’s work is done after brokering settlements w/o court approval, with Wall Street for settlements far less than reported by the MSM:
” The banks finally settled with Holder’s Justice Department. After unnerving behind the scenes direct communications between the bank and senior Justice officials, a record fine was reached but the real details of what transpired remain a secret. The bank signed a watered down statement of facts that didn’t detail the facts.”
read more from Value Walk
Atty Gen Holder has been cleaning up the democrat’s mess that caused the financial melt down in 2008. It has not been reported by the media and involved some of the largest looting of tax dollars in our history. It has been estimated by some that the toxic loans sold as derivatives totaled $700 Trillion.
Atty Gen Holder’s legacy will be he was a good soldier, he protected the democrat party and their friends on Wall Street.
The question is will republicans prosecute him? If they don’t, it will appear that they don’t have the courage to stand up and represent the American people. They will lose any credibility they may have left with the American people.
FBCStaff-We know who liberals are, but what we don’t know is how far are they willing to go to control us while trampling our liberties.
We know the new owners of many hi-tech companies are friendly with democrats. Face book can now predict how you will vote based on your face book profile and your posts/comments. The Obama phone’s that you paid for are being used to send text messages to their base to urge/tell them how to vote. The day after the loses Tuesday President Obama knew who voted and who didn’t turn out. Does he also know of those who did vote how they voted?
History tells us what happens when liberal’s like George Soros manipulate the economy of a country for monetary gain. They created the federal reserve bank to control the money supply and fund groups like planned parenthood to control the undesirables in society, through abortions and other insidious means.
Now the liberals have access to hi-tech systems that can be used in elections to benefit themselves and control their base.
Liberals/progressives are dangerous because they will let nothing stand in their way to control the voters, including the US Constitution. This president has no respect for America, us or the constitution. The next two years are being called the most dangerous for the US since the civil war.
You should not vote against or protest vote, that is what dems do. Have a system that improves the candidates we pick to represent us. I use the Buckley system. First, know the issues and where the candidates stand on the issues. Second, under vote or skip a race where neither candidate is qualified or conservative. Third, always vote for the most conservative candidate, don’t be misled by progressives who pretend to be conservative. Vote always vote, even when it hurts. This is how we defeat liberals and liberalism.
The pushback started this election, are you ready to stand up for your liberties in 2016?
FBCStaff-It has been 20 years since Ann Richards got a gift from Clayton Williams. The morning was foggy and as the candidates and the media sat around after having a huge Texas breakfast courtesy of the candidate, Clayton cracked a joke about the morning fog. The media jumped on the story and swept Richards to victory.
Fast forward 20 years and republicans hold 58% to 41% for the 20th straight year:
Texas election results
Granted democrats did not have a strong slate of candidates, but it is more than that. Democrats are simply a political party that has lost touch with the voters.
If republicans want to continue their winning streak, they only have to do two things, stand for lower taxes and smaller government. It has been a winning formula for over 20 years.
FBCStaff-We know illegals are voting in our elections, maybe enough to change the out come. Now we know the e-slate machines have been rigged in two states to change the vote when cast.
“Even though election officials in both highly Democrat Party controlled states have claimed the “calibration error” excuse, a software developer and expert on touch screens used by U.S. intelligence agencies told Newsmax that the explanation was bogus.
“It’s a software issue, and it’s incredibly suspicious that a bug like that could slip through accidentally. It defies belief,” said Tony Heller to Newsmax.”
read more from TPPN
Have you had enough of the democrat’s hate rhetoric, that republicans “have a war on women,” “are racists,” and “homophobic?” Democrats have very successful preaching hate against republicans, “code name white males.” The democrat dog whistles have come home to roost.
Are you finally ready to show up, stand up and speak up?
Make 2014 more than a water shed election make it a tidal wave and vote republican!
Deron Harrington’s letter to the FB Star
“I wanted to follow up to your recent commentary “The Importance of the FBISD Bond Election”. I appreciate you taking the time to research the issue and applaud you using the Fort Bend Star in a responsible manner to highlight the importance of this bond referendum to our community. I fully concur that this bond proposal is in the best interest of our school district and also believe it is necessary to continue to maintain the quality of life of students, residents, and business owners in Fort Bend.
I have personal knowledge surrounding this proposal. As some may know, I ran for a Board of Trustee position this last May. While I was unsuccessful in getting elected for this position, the positive aspects included gaining more insight surrounding our school district, and resulted in me visiting with numerous community members about the issues concerning FBISD. Ms. Kristin Tassin was elected for that position and she is well qualified, genuine, and a great addition to that Board. I believe collectively — this current Board of Trustees is one of the best-qualified groups of individuals this community has ever assembled and they are working very hard on the affairs of this district along with a well-qualified school administration led by Dr. Dupre.
After the election, I was asked to serve on a Bond Oversight Committee that the district assembled to serve in an advisory capacity to the District, working collaboratively and cooperatively with the Board of Trustees, Superintendent and District administration regarding the prioritization and phasing of proposed projects to be included in the November 2014 bond election. That Committee included a cross cut of very talented and knowledgeable individuals that held knowledge in construction, business, finance, engineering, and other much needed areas of expertise. I am an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant so I sought to contribute in step with my areas of expertise along with my additional insight gained as the result of the recent election and community interface. I was deeply impressed and learned a great deal in areas I have no background in — such as construction and engineering. The composition of the skills on the committee was well served for FBISD. The work of the committee was business like, at times frank, and genuine effort by all in trying to act in the best interest of our school district.
The Bond Oversight Committee collectively contributed in many respects to the final bond proposal including a recommendation that the Board of Trustees adopt specific measures to ensure that any excess bond funds can ONLY be used on facility-related needs (land, renovations, repairs, etc.). Your Board of Trustees, based this recommendation from the Bond Oversight Committee, approved a Bond Accountability Resolution squarely addressing this. In addition, that Bond Oversight Committee will serve in a post bond election capacity to ensure any bond program proceeds approved by our voters are spent as intended.
The bottom-line is this bond proposal dynamically meets real and tangible student need. Over eighty-three percent (83%) of this bond is directly tied to providing student capacity for a growing student population. Our school district has grown and is continuing to grow – independent demographic projections point to our school district adding over 12,000 new students in the next ten years. Right now – over ten percent (10%) or over 7,000 of our students are in portable classrooms for their learning environment. We have let our needs go unmet and the impact is greatly impacting our students. The primary capacity constraint the district faces is in elementary schools and without this bond approval that need cannot be met. The remaining seventeen percent (17%) deals with much needed technology enhancements, safety/security, and transportation.
As with anything proposed – there are folks who propose arguments in opposition. While I respect the right of anyone in our democracy to have differing views, I want to briefly highlight some of the more creative and interesting views in opposition, why those views are misguided and not factually based, and not in the best interest of our community. I certainly will not address some of the views in opposition that are complete embellishments and sensationalism that rivals tabloid news.
“This whole thing has been rushed.”
FACT: Nothing could be farther from the truth. Within months of our Superintendent being hired, Dr. Dupre and the Board of Trustees implemented a visionary process starting back in September 2013 to begin assessing the long needs of our school district. That process has served as the foundation for a capital plan and in turn drove this specific bond proposal. Throughout that process extensive community engagement was undertaken. This whole process has been unprecedented for FBISD, was sorely needed, and has been extremely strategic in nature by any measure.
“We need to adjust zoning/feeder patterns first”.
FACT: This “which came first – the chicken or the egg” argument has no validity. The long term facilities master plan and the capital plan driving the needed capacity assumes fully optimized zoning/feeder patterns. In other words – the capacity needs do not go away with simply adjusting zoning/feeder patterns. A simple shuffle of the deck does not create additional capacity nor eliminate the need for new capacity. Even a modified argument such as “well, how do we know where to build” is intellectually flawed because the long term facilities plan and the bond proposal seeks to address broad areas and specific sites for many of the facilities will be identified as time goes on. The Board and administration recognize the need to minimize disruption to our children and their families. To do that, any zoning/feeder patterns will be phased in. This sort of delay argument is what got FBISD into the mess it is in now – delaying much need elementary school capacity additions for more “paralysis by analysis” and more hostage takers– these delay tactics are not in the best interest of our community — it’s time to get on with it.
“This going to raise taxes”
FACT: Approving the bond proposal simply authorizes the Board of Trustees to issue bonds in the future and allows them to begin implementation of a capital plan. Our tax base has been growing around ten percent (10%) and the plan assumes a very conservative growth projection in the six to seven percent (6-7%) – (the majority of which is new tax values not tax value increases). In addition, the very timing of bond issuance and build out largely prevents us getting into a “build it and they will come” scenario. In effect, we will be paying as we go with regards to debt servicing any new bonds as we get additional revenues from a growing tax base. In addition, the current bond portfolio has ample flexibility to ever prevent a tax rate increase. It should be noted that district on a comparative basis has very modest debt ratios compared to comparable school districts and largely is in great financial shape as a school district.
Let’s not lose sight of the big picture. Dr. Dupre, his administration, and our elected school board set broad strategic vision for our district. They undertook an extensive process to vent all of this. They believe we need to increase the capacity in our facilities to meet the educational needs for our children now and in the future. They base this belief on solid data, personal first hand observation, educational training, and a long process in getting to this point. I believe they are doing exactly what they should be doing in this regard. I applaud the vision in undertaking such a comprehensive long range-planning endeavor and the courage to act. Doing such is extremely strategic in nature and the district will be well served to implement the findings this process has produced – and that includes this bond proposal.
In my opinion – there simply is no valid weakness in the bond proposal that can overcome the precision and the strengths of this bond proposal. This bond proposal is hitting the nail on the head in terms of real need. We have an obligation to provide an adequate education for our children. Facilities play a critical role in doing that. Our children need a place to sit down. There is real identified need here and this bond proposal squarely addresses that. I would encourage anyone who has question surrounding the bond proposal to visit http://www.fortbendisd.com for comprehensive and factual information surrounding this bond proposal. In addition, I would be happy to visit with anyone to discuss this and share any insight I might hold or help point you to the pace to obtain such information. I can be reached at 281-598-0313. Thank you for your consideration on this important issue for our community.
Please vote YES on the FBISD bond proposal – and help us keep Fort Bend County moving forward.
Deron Harrington, JD, CPA”
Vote for the bond.
Local control of the district is important, keep the feds and unions out of our schools. If you want to ensure we have quality education in FBISD, then get involved and volunteer.
FBCStaff-The US Constitution says no.
“Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.”
read more from the Washington Post
It is documented that democrats have used non-citizens to vote since forming their party in 1828. Democrats deny voter fraud exists but don’t deny election fraud exists because it does.
If 14% of the estimated 14 million illegals in the US are registered, that is roughly 2 million potential voters. President Obama is preparing to give amnesty to the estimated 14 million here illegally. When this happens and it will, will the democrats still control the US Senate blocking any action against this president?
Democrats use voter/election fraud to win because it is the only way they can further their agenda. If the democrats win the 2014 elections will you be surprised?
Americans are staying at home refusing to vote, while democrats are using election fraud to take their country away from them.
FBCStaff-The Missouri City HCC branch located in Sienna is being revisited for relocation to Lexington Blvd. next to City Hall.
“Two vacant tracts totaling about 45 acres sit on either side of the Lexington Boulevard extension near City Hall, which officials have targeted for the possible relocation of HCC–Missouri City.
“These sites have some great opportunities,” Esch said. “We are looking to increase the temporary or permanent population along this area [to] create an opportunity for events and other activity.”
City officials have been looking at ways to redevelop Texas Parkway for several years by making the corridor more attractive to prospective developers and tenants. Various concepts—such as a possible charter school, a technical college, a multifamily development and a youth sports complex—have been reviewed, he said.
“We believe there was potential for development along Texas Parkway by relocating [HCC’s] entire campus here,” Esch said. “We believe it is a potential catalyst project. This is an opportunity that would provide significant capital investment.”
read more from Impact news
This is a smart move as it makes the campus more accessible and should increase enrollment and utilization.
FBCStaff-The malcontents are angry because ex-BOT Bruce Albright hasn’t been prosecuted or hung for stealing campaign signs.
If a District Attorney doesn’t prosecute the theft of property when a knife is NOT involved, will the use of a knife make the DA take another look?
This is the scenario in Harris County from just the other day.
Remember when Fort Bend District Attorney Healey would not prosecute the person who tore down and destroyed the campaign sign of FBISD Trustee candidate Kris Allfrey?
Kris Allfrey I am sure you do Mr. Sudhalter because it appears you do very little research before writing them. Your lack of knowledge in the FBISD Bond Package is very telling since you gave it a raving endorsement on the front page. I guess the community didn’t rely much on your reporting because they are still going at it over on FBISD Concerns. Mr. Sudhalter personally you and I get along fine but professionally I believe you have under estimated the political establishment in Fort Bend and you need advertising dollars to survive. That in and of itself leaves you in a very unique situation that is neither bad nor good unless you decide money and readers are more important than news and reputation. Just a suggestion you may want to just stick to your printed newspaper and leave Facebook alone, it is not helping you. IMHO.
Kevin Tunstall I am assuming those endorsements are contingent on advertising revenue by the vendor welfare recipients. Your tax dollars at work and our sorry excuse for “media” in the armpit of Texas.
Michael Lee The DA will probably stall until the statute of limitations expires. Michael Sudhalter the public wants to know what the DA is doing. Investigate, analyze, and report the facts. You are new to this area? Investigate the Stafford Ice House murder. I understand there were 6 perpetrators. How many were indicted? The public wants to know if the DA is earning his pay.
Are they still angry about the Star printing this?
Now people up and down the street are calling each other, emailing and comparing notes about what a man calling himself “Jim” has done. Meanwhile the real Jim Young snapped the picture included in this column of the purported “Jim” who has been identified as Chris Calvin, a Pecan Grove resident who has been barred from living in Sienna by the courts and supposedly can not live in any Larry Johnson development anywhere in the whole world. I guess that would make me bitter too.
Every time Missouri City has an election, Mr. Calvin stirs up as much trouble as he can, accusing everyone but himself with a lack of character. This is the same Mr. Calvin who had a blog and created several different bloggers to keep talking to each other. It was quite amusing to read. Talk about multiple personalities. Mr. Calvin gave them a home on his blog.
read more from the Star
Chris Calvin working for Kevin Tunstall was caught stealing his opponent’s signs by Bev Carter.
This is simply a group of juvenile malcontents fighting among themselves using tax payer monies. Albright was in Tunstall’s group until they had a falling out. Or is it? Is this destructive juvenile behavior or has it moved past that stage?
Wisely DA Healey has chosen not to take the case forward, and he shouldn’t Not one more penny of tax dollars wasted on this senseless foolishness by a group of immature malcontents.
By FBCStaff-After being on the left side of issues for many years the Fort Bend Star seems to be making an effort to right the ship. The left leaning rants of the Star was the main reason I started this blog was to refute many of the outlandish assertions f of the Star.
With positive well researched and written articles about the FBISD bond and Missouri City Golf Course:
“Missouri City’s acquisition of the Quail Valley Golf Course was one of the biggest developments in the city’s 58-year-history, and one of Mayor Allen Owen’s proudest accomplishments in two decades in office.”
read more from the Star
After the first full year of operations, the course only lost $300,000, and not over a million dollars as the malcontents alleged.
The refurbished course has enhanced home sales in Missouri City, proving the mayor and council made the right decision in purchasing the course.
I would retire but I have one more group of malcontents making false assertions I want to expose to the residents of Ft Bend County.
One poster is addlepated and may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s:
Jim White let me give my honest opinion…. bully is often someone who uses his or her position or influence to intimidate or manipulate others… When they dont like something that is not on their agenda or fits into their “box” they tend to retaliate rather than facing the problem or comments head on…. On facebook ,, its called blocking… In politics government officials verbally abuse citizens.(Ive heard it at MC council meetings).. These folks hit and run…. they are not man or woman enough to stay and conduct a debate… sort of like,,, “Its my ball, Im going to take it and go home”
Bless his heart, Jim a huge fan of candidate Chris Preston. He even carpooled several hundred of his neighbors to help Preston win. I won’t say I told you so…..but.