FBCStaff-Observing the activities in Ferguson Missouri, the word social justice keeps coming up. What is the meaning of social justice? Most would say there is little difference in the meaning of three words; mercy, justice and grace. At one time Americans looked at words from a biblical and a humanistic view. If we have the discernment to understand the difference it will shape our perspective on how we see things.
The bible teaches us the difference and the true meaning to these words. Man has changed the meaning of these words to fit their agenda.
Mercy means not getting what you deserve. Man’s definition is kind, gentle, or compassionate treatment especially towards someone who is undeserving of it
Justice is getting what you deserve. Man’s definition is the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals. Notice how man inserts the word fair into the definition? Who determines what is fair. Fairness is a subjective term and means different things to different people. Then man invented terms such as social justice. Social justice has evolved to mean, “the vilification of those who hold wealth in society in order to obtain that wealth through redistribution.”
Then we have grace. Grace means getting something we can’t earn. A divine gift given freely that cannot be earned. Man has defined grace as a special favor : privilege each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage.
American politicians have led us into a state of human apostasy, while a large majority of Americans still cling to their guns and bibles:
“The large majority of Americans — 77% of the adult population — identify with a Christian religion, including 52% who are Protestants or some other non-Catholic Christian religion, 23% who are Catholic, and 2% who affiliate with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Another 18% of Americans do not have an explicit religious identity and 5% identify with a non-Christian religion.”
read more Gallop Poll
Do you have a foundation based on a spiritual life or a man made creed? America was founded on the premise that we have the God given right to make this choice. Progressives have seduced many to buy into “social justice” under the guise of fairness. Progressives play on emotions of the weak because they know they can use them to further their agenda. As Aristotle observed, the rare skill “to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way.”
You are free to choose. Will you stand firm and exercise your liberties and bow to no man?
Continuing its long-standing tradition of placing citizens first, Missouri City was recently honored as one of the top 10 safest cities in Texas by real estate website Movoto. Compiling crime data from the top 100 most populous municipalities in Texas, Movoto used the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report to determine that Missouri City is the sixth safest city in Texas. According to Movoto, Missouri City’s average crime rate is 1,362 per 100,000 people, making it not only one of the safest cities in the Greater-Houston area but also in the entire state. The website also notes the City’s particularly low number of property crimes in 2012 – 1,241 per 100,000, including 66 vehicle thefts, 866 thefts, and 306 burglaries – as another reason for its high ranking. “Missouri City saw 121 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2012, including no murders. To see just how safe this really is, take a look at nearby Houston, the second-most dangerous place we looked at,” Movoto writers said. “In 2012, Houston had a total of 5,938 crimes per 100,000 people – 4,945 property crimes and 993 violent crimes, including 10 murders, per every 100,000 people.” Movoto’s list based crime rates on crimes per 100,000 residents to fairly compare small and large populations; each city was ranked from one to 100 in terms of murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, per 100,000 residents. “We have an outstanding force working to protect the residents of Missouri City, but we cannot do our jobs without the help of our concerned residents,” Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezin said. “We have a very involved public who notify the Police Department when assistance is required. This has been vital for us to know how to best protect Missouri City.” As the population of Missouri City increases, the Police Department has creatively and strategically adapted to the City’s growth. In June, a five-person motorcycle unit began patrolling City streets and neighborhoods. In 2012, the City launched a Prescription Drug Take Back program and has held Drug Take Back days in partnership with the DEA; the next drug take back day will take place on Sept. 27. In 2013, Safe Wise, a company that specializes in security systems, ranked Missouri City as one of the 20 safest cities in Texas. The Department also became the 26th Texas police department to receive re-recognized accreditation status from the Texas Police Chief’s Association; in acknowledging the accomplishment, independent TPCA auditors noted that the Missouri City Police Department passed an expanded 165 standards as part of the process. For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast). What a great place to live, safe city and a world class golf course.
Dear friends and constituents,
This is the first report of my recent trips and experiences with the immigration issues on our border with Mexico. We will be sending a second report next week and then as necessary in future weeks.
On August 4th I traveled to McAllen, Texas, with 4 other legislators to attend a legislative tour and security briefing in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) to see first-hand the operations being conducted by the Department of Public Safety along the Texas-Mexico border.
DPS Director Steve McCraw led and briefed us on Border Operations, Air Patrol and River Patrol, as well as discussed the current operations of Operation Strong Safety. The Rio Grande River has been the primary area for the illegal crossings. Why? Because this river area around McAllen is the shortest travel distance for the people and Drug Cartels who are crossing illegally and has proved successful previously for entrance into our country. But there is good news to report in the numbers now crossing the border in this area. Since DPS has deployed with additional resources and added to their riverboats and airborne assets, the number of immigrants being able to cross has been reduced approximately 52% less in the last three weeks.
While in the RGV Rep. Rick Miller boards a DPS helicopter to fly over the river and see from an altitude of about 500 feet what the DPS/Border Control forces face in their attempt to deter the illegal operations.
Prior to July, Border Patrol documented an overall increase in the apprehension of unaccompanied minors and adults from Central America. I was briefed on the aggressive campaign that has been put in place by the Department of Public Safety, Border Patrol, the National Guard and others to counter the rise of illegal migration into the Rio Grande Valley area.
The decrease in apprehensions reflects a positive trend and further proves that the resources Texas has recently allocated were appropriate and justified. There is much work still to do and we must continue to send the message that the Texas-Mexico border is not open!
Below are just a few bullet points to summarize my thoughts on the issue:
We clearly have a Border Crisis with hundreds of people crossing illegally crossing each day and with significant cartel sponsored drug and human trafficking activities. This is unquestionably a national security issue with an unknown number of criminals, gang members and terrorists crossing undetected.
Fact: It is ultimately the Federal government who has jurisdiction over immigration and border security.
Due to the lack of response from the federal government, the state of Texas has been forced to act. We MUST act for the safety and security of Texas citizens.
On June 18th, Governor Perry, Lt. Governor Dewhurst, and Speaker Straus authorized DPS to fund border security operations at approximately $1.3 million per week. These extra funds will support DPS’s ongoing law enforcement and Operation Strong Safety.
On July 21st, Governor Perry announced plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These additional troops will support DPS and other agencies in combatting the criminal activity along the border.
The combined cooperative efforts of the DPS, Border Control, Parks and Wildlife, National Guard and all local law enforcement agencies are making a significant difference. This coalition of forces is a clear deterrence in cutting back the number of illegal crossings in this area.
We must be resolute and steadfast in our support of our DPS already there on the Border and eventually our Texas National Guard members who will be deployed to the Texas Border for the mission of deterring and preventing illegals from crossing our border.
For certain, Securing the Texas Border is a very difficult and serious objective and mission
In summary, Texas is in a very difficult position by taking the leadership role in deterring the activities on the border. I firmly believe we have the mission clearly identified and that we are taking the necessary action we can and must at this point to make a difference in reducing the number of illegals crossing in this area of the Rio Grande River and cutting back on the drug operations and also reducing the horrible human trafficking situation. How long we can conduct this level of activity with our DPS and National Guard is yet to be determined. At this point, the answer is “whatever it takes” until the Federal government steps up and does its job to SECURE THE BORDER!
I will keep you posted with additional information as I receive it. If you have any questions, please call, email or write to my Austin office (512-463-0710). Please also keep our DPS and National Guard members in your prayers while they accomplish their assigned mission.
Very respectfully and appreciative of the opportunity to serve you in the Texas Legislature,
Pol. adv. paid for by the Rick Miller Campaign
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 17102
Sugar Land, TX 77496
By FBCStaff-Unable to stop the voter ID law, democrats have changed their focus to seniors and mail in ballots. It is so easy than ever to get a mail in ballots, they keep coming even if the voter doesn’t want one. If any program will be susceptible to fraud it will be mail in ballots.
Take a look at what democrats are doing by a democrat blogger:
“Republicans have put up all kinds of ID barriers. Folks have to use a computer to vote. Some of them don’t trust the machines and want a paper ballot. Then there are the lines and no public transporation to get the the polls. There’s an answer to their challenges: a ballot by mail! It’s a paper ballot. You don’t need a driver’s license to vote. You don’t have to stand in line. And you don’t have to have your ornery no-good kid drive you to the polls.
Adopt a voter and send them an application for a mail ballot!!! For just .38 cents we’ll send them one Hell, adopt a whole county.
Somewhere in Texas there are Democratic seniors who don’t have an ID or are too frail to go to the polls. Texas Democratic Party will mail them an application to vote if you help us by adopting a county. Donate here at the link below to help.
Mail checks made out to Texas Democratic Party, Attn: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
You can keep reading if I haven’t convinced you. If I have, just go back a couple of lines and donate.
Senior voters are an important part of the Democratic legacy, across our nation and here at home in Texas. They help us elect Democrats on every level statewide, from the courthouse to the state house. We plan to continue our proud tradition of standing with senior voters on the issues that matter most to them – including the right to vote.
Now, it’s easier than ever for seniors to vote. Under a new state law, disabled Texans and voters who are 65 + can apply to vote by mail. Once you apply to vote by mail your ballot will be mailed to you for every election: primaries, run offs, and of course the general election.
Voting by mail is easy and convenient. It allows voters to take their time and mark their ballots without the hassle of electronic voting machines. It also allows those who are who are disenfranchised by the onerous voter ID laws to cast a ballot.
There are close to 600,000 Democratic seniors who are eligible to vote by mail and its up to us to sign them up. This summer we need to teach them about the program and have them fill out their applications.
Any amount you give will go directly toward putting applications into the hands of a senior citizen or disabled Texan.
The earlier an application is received, the earlier a ballot will be mailed out, so time is of the essence!
Here’s a list of where I’m still trying to find funds. Any amount helps.
You might want to send some money so I can send applications to Smith County. It would be like a love letter to Louie Gohmert.
Count # ofpeople Cost
Anderson 755 $275
Aransas 348 $125
Austin 193 $75
Bailey 55 $20
Bastrop 1746 $650
Bee 1032 $400
Blanco 92 $35
Bowie 2265 $850
Brown 250 $90
Calhoun 905 $340
Cass 821 $300
Cherokee 679 $250
Clay 146 $50
Comanche 259 $100
Cooke 253 $100
Coryell 550 $200
Deaf Smith 165 $60
Ector 1522 $560
Erath 284 $100
Falls 349 $125
Fayette 391 $150
Freestone 364 $140
Gaines 36 $15
Goliad 137 $50
Gonzales 329 $125
Grayson 1500 $550
Gregg 1976 $725
Guadalupe 1960 $725
Hardin 390 $140
Harrison 1515 $550
Hill 437 $160
Hopkins 691 $250
Houston 463 $175
Howard 353 $125
Hunt 848 $325
Jackson 204 $75
Jasper 558 $200
Jim Wells 1239 $450
Johnson 1405 $525
Karnes 686 $250
Kaufman 1051 $400
Kendall 304 $125
Kleberg 711 $250
Lamar 940 $350
Lavaca 317 $125
Liberty 583 $225
Limestone 502 $180
Llano 326 $120
Madison 187 $70
Marion 395 $150
Midland 1270 $470
Milam 531 $200
Morris 605 $225
Nacogdoches 841 $300
Newton 409 $150
Orange 1403 $500
Panola 397 $150
Polk 771 $300
Rains 100 $40
Randall 832 $300
Red River 408 $150
Refugio 182 $75
Robertson 660 $250
Rusk 448 $160
Sabine 156 $60
San Augustine 354 $130
Shelby 430 $160
Smith 2848 $1,000
Tyler 186 $70
Upshur 491 $180
Van Zandt 413 $150
Wichita 1980 $750
Wilson 841 $300
Wise 407 $150
Wood 434 $160
Young 185 $70
Zapata 221 $80 “
read more from Fort Bend Democrats
What they failed to mention, is the possible help to fill out the ballot and mail it for you. All you have to do is put an X on the signature line.
What’s next, getting a lottery ticket for voting?
“With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city’s Ethics Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote.”
read more from New York Post
Turning a ballot into a lottery ticket, what could possibly go wrong with that?
Democrats are desperate and will stop at nothing to win, including indicting a sitting governor for doing his job.
Had enough yet?
By FBCStaff-Using the collective’s line of reasoning, we can do more together than separate, the progressives convinced the individual candidates to give them funding so they can control the messaging in the November elections.
By consolidating the power in a central location, candidates give up their individual right to disagree with the message. What if a candidate disagrees with the party line message? If they put out a different message than the official party line are they now running against their opponent and the party? Why take a chance on that happening?
Haven’t we learned anything from the progressives trying to grow government and centralize power the last 100 years?
Collectively centralizing power forces you to give up your individual control. The FBCGOP should support candidates by raising funds for them and not centralizing power. Promoting the party over the individual candidates is a very bad move for the candidates. Isn’t this what the DC establishment republicans are doing?
By FBCStaff-Gov Perry has been indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury:
“A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two charges related to his effort last year to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken driving arrest. Perry carried out a threat to veto a $7.5 million, two-year appropriation to the Public Integrity Unit, housed in the district attorney’s office, after Lehmberg refused to resign because of her drunken driving arrest in 2013.”
read more from Austin American Statesman
Some blame Perry for vetoing the funding for Travis County DA Lehmberg’s office, while maintaining this is a non-partisan indictment. Travis County DA Lehmberg’s Public Integrity Unit is housed inside the Travis County DA’s office and has been involved in other partisan indictments. The most recent was Congressman Tom Delay’s indictment and by now most know the appeals court overturned Delay’s conviction. Ex-DA Ronnie Earle publically stated he would use his office to target Congressman DeLay. Travis County DA Lehmberg ran on a campaign promise to convict Congressman DeLay.
Democrats use tax dollars to further their agenda. IRS Senior Official Lois Lerner is on record using her office to target conservatives. Gov Perry called for Lehmberg’s resignation after she was convicted for DWI. Gov Perry vetoed funding for Lehmberg’s office and Travis County stepped in and temporarily funded the office. The Public Integrity Office in the Travis County DA Office is funded by the State of Texas taxpayers but the DA over the office is elected by the heavily democrat Travis County voters.
Here’s the person Travis County voters elected to run the Public Integrity Unit:
watch video of lehmberg’s arrest from Hot Air
There certainly appears to be a connection between Lehmberg and the grand jury’s indictment of Perry.
Is the political motivation to harm Gov Perry if he runs in 2016 for national office? The next legislature should take a strong look at the Public Integrity Unit and the Travis County DA’s Office. So the question is, is it ok to use tax payer’s money to further partisan witch hunts? Should government employees be held accountable if they abuse their offices for political witch hunts?
By FBCStaff-We’ve tried bigger government and it simply doesn’t work. So is the elimination of most federal agencies the answer?
“This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates.
The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA’s federal regulations. Lehr writes that “incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option,” hence his proposal for a “Committee of the Whole” made up of state delegates that could slash 80 percent of EPA’s budget.”
read more from National Journal
Do we really need government employees using the power of the IRS to intimidate citizens? It may be time to push the reset button and slash federal agencies to the bare minimum and jump start our economy.
The US Constitution is based on we the citizens being governed by we the people at the local level. You can start by going to the polls and voting out anyone running for office who isn’t for smaller government.
By FBCStaff-President Obama has failed to lead as chaos exists along our southern border:
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show more than 85,000 total apprehensions of unaccompanied alien children during fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 through June. Information from the same time period provided to National Review Online by the DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review shows 41,592 total receipts marked as juvenile in immigration courts. Kathryn Mattingly, spokesperson for EOIR, tells NRO the receipts refer to new Notices to Appear (NTA) — the document the Department of Homeland Security uses to charge an illegal immigrant with being removable from the United States.
EOIR has recorded 20,814 receipts marked as juvenile in fiscal year 2014 as of June 30, but Border Patrol recorded 57,525 apprehensions of unaccompanied alien children during the same time frame. This means immigration courts have receipts for fewer than four out of every ten unaccompanied alien children apprehended by Border Patrol this fiscal year. Mattingly said EOIR stands behind the numbers of receipts it has recorded, but would not speak about the difference between the number of juvenile receipts and CBP’s apprehension data.”
read more from National Review
Government has fewer than 4 in 10 receipts of every unaccompanied illegal alien child apprehended?
Az. sheriff says some arrested have been deported 12, 15 times:
“Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu reported that his officers have arrested individuals who have already been deported “12, 15 times,” and said the U.S. immigration system has become a “revolving door.”
read more from Brietbart
How much damage can the democrats do between now and the elections in 2016? Immigration will be the number one issue in 2014 and 2016. Vote for candidates who address this issue first. If you hear a candidate addressing other issues and not immigration, they are out of touch. If you hear a candidate calling for amnesty they do not have the voter’s or the country’s best interest in mind but instead their political party’s. The border is in chaos and out of control.
Missouri City Presents
Thursday, August 14, 2014
B. Candace Beeke
Houston Business Journal
Revolution happening in American media and the changes in our news consumption.
About B. Candace Beeke
B. Candace Beeke is editor in chief of the Houston Business Journal, which she joined in 2010. Since joining the HBJ, the publication has won numerous Lone Star Awards, including Texas Print Journalist of the Year in 2013. Beeke was editor of the weekly Business Review West Michigan since May 2008, and began her career in journalism at Business Direct Weekly, a predecessor of the Business Review, as a reporter in 2001. Beeke graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in journalism. She taught advanced and basic journalism as adjunct faculty at WMU from 2003 through 2010. The Houston Business Journal is one of the nation’s oldest business-to-business news publications. HBJ is owned by American City Business Journals and represents the largest market of the 40 cities in which ACBJ owns publications. Beeke is married to Ben Beeke. The couple has three children: Lily, 11; Jack, 9; and Harper, 4.
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