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Orange County, Texas Proclaims April "Confederate History & Heritage Month"


by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Orange County, Texas Commissioners are under fire from some residents for a proclamation that declares April "Confederate History and Heritage Month." It is the 5th time in as many years that the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have been granted their request.

The proclamation caused intense reaction from the community, some reported by local media and much more can be found in the comment section of their reports. One of the prevailing arguments made by supporters was essentially "If there is a Black History Month, there should be no complaints of a Confederate History Month." Yep, they went there, and still others pushed the fallacy that the Civil War had nothing to do with the "peculiar institution" of slavery. That, of course, is what SCV wants everyone to believe.

In 2010 the group held a Sesquicentennial Event to "celebrate the beginning of the Confederacy" by marching in Montgomery, Alabama along the same route that Martin Luther King Jr. led Civil Rights protesters down in the 1965 march from Selma. SCV says it's mission is to ensure Americans remember the Civil War in the "right way."

See what SCV means by the "right way" below the jump...

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New Gun Safety Organization Launched To Directly Counter National Rifle Association


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

A year after the Senate majority blocked a bill that would have required background checks for commercial gun sales, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayor's Against Illegal Guns have announced a new umbrella effort called "Everytown."

The idea is to compete directly with the National Rifle Association on membership numbers and lobbying efforts.

The local Chapter of Moms Demand Action made their announcement at Austin City Hall today and were met by protesters from Open Carry Texas, a group that supports the open carry of handguns.

According to Everytown's website:

Everytown connects survivors to each other, creating a vital network of people who support one another and work together to make change. Everytown also acts as a resource to survivors, educating them about gun laws and the policy-making process so they can take more effective action together.

Click below the jump to see who pledged $50,000,000 of their own wealthy to kick start Everytown...

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Wendy Davis to Greg Abbott: Pre-K for 4 Year Olds, Not Standardized Tests


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 00:07 PM CDT


Image: Progress Texas
On Monday Wendy Davis held a press conference to talk about extending quality Pre-K to all Texas school children and to chastise Greg Abbott for proposing standardized testing of 4 year olds.

The Abbott campaign claims that the portion of his education plan that references "Direct Assessments, norm referenced standardized tests" for 4 year olds is "for informational purposes only." There is more on Abbott's backtracking here.

If Abbott is shying away from the standardized testing claim it is likely because a bipartisan bill (HB 5) that passed last session to reduce the number of standardized tests from 15 to 5 was incredibly popular with parents and teachers alike. However Jim Windham, a key Abbott advisor, was caught off message during an online town hall hosted on Abbott's campaign website when he confirmed that not only did he believe HB 5 was a "mistake," but referenced "normed Pre-K assessments" as a way test the "efficacy" of Pre-K that 4 year olds receive.

See how Abbott's campaign advisor responded below the jump...

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Civil Rights Summit In Austin Reflects on LBJ's Legacy & Continued Struggles


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

This Summer marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And, to honor those that fought and the progress they made, a 3 day summit was held this week at his Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Johnson's legacy has been haunted by the specter of the Vietnam War, and that has in many ways overshadowed his top accomplishments like the Civil Rights Act, fair housing, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Voting Rights Act.

Johnson also had the courage to use the Presidency as a bully pulpit to pass Civil Rights legislation during an election year. It would be his only election to the Presidency as he decided not to run for reelection due to the division and death toll of Vietnam.

Every living former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush was in attendance at the Civil Rights Summit. Thursday's keynote reflection on Civil Rights was delivered by President Obama, who acknowledged that he is President today because of the Civil Rights movement.

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Texas Home Boy G. O'Dell Due Millions Info led To Arrest Conviction and Death Several Terrorist


by: Arctotraveler

Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:25 PM CDT

Held as a prisoner in his home by protective services as criminal elements attack as well as a misinformed Texas Governor Rick Perry and Henry Cuellar Texas District 28th, who are now responsible for the appropriations check made payable to Gregory O'Dell. As reported in headline news by the Associated Press on July 5, 2011: "Private detective in UK tabloid hacking scandal issues apology in Guardian newspaper."

The contracting of private security firms by governments has been going on since the 1950s usually in a bodyguard capacity, but after the 9/11 Patriot Act they have been authorized to access information from the Department of Defense.

Is the United States Secret Service now a private corporation with the rights of a person? I don't know about you, just the idea is scary to me and explains a lot about the problems with breaches of classified federal government information and privacy intrusion of private citizens without due cause or regards to civil liberties.

According to the Associated Press,

"Yet the hacking case involving 13-year-old Milly  Dowler has horrified everyone; from British Prime Minister David Cameron to movie stars to people who commented on Twitter. [And G. O'Dell who reported to the Alamo FBI - the breach jeopardized National Security and my life. I worked for a British Company and I am a Witness, Informant, and Victim of several Terrorist Acts that led to the arrest, conviction, and or Death of several domestic and international Terrorist]

"(It is) shocking that someone could do this, knowing that the police were trying to find this person and trying to find out what had happened," Cameron said while on a trip to Afghanistan. Why is it, when private security firms get into trouble we call them private detectives; however, when private detectives are subsidized by the government, which is a mega-money expenditure in the balance of the federal budget, we call them private security firms" as if they had the powers of the CIA or FBI. Could this be why classified information once reserved for the CIA and FBI is now shared with private security firms assimilated to the street level, motivated as corporations for profit and not results?

In this case, it was only human to do anything possible to find a missing child; however, it shows that private security firms have the capacity to hack with high tech equipment in the UK, so we can say the same for the United States. The incorporation of private security firms should enhance our national security and we should always be wary; especially with such a strong market of manufactures of domestic surveillance devices and private security firms to use those ease dropping devices.

Suspensions are the rise when private security firms Incorporations who account for the majority of spending for national security intelligence, could very well be bias to a point of retaliating against an Obama administration that is working hard to build safeguards by regulating Wall Street.

The U.S. stock market biggest comeback was from the investment in private security firms and manufactures of domestic surveillance equipment. A recent example was the purchase of multimillion dollar surveillance radar equipment that penetrates steel to check for illegal Hispanic trafficking taken from the budget of Texas disable services; just investigated for trafficking disabled students in open public to slave farms across Texas State lines to Missouri. This was an authorized budget adjustment by Rick Perry to Digital Ally Incorporated.

After the backroom deal, a news release in 2006 revealed: "John Ashcroft and William S. Sessions Join Digital Ally, Inc. Advisory Board Former U.S. Attorney General, Former FBI Director Bring Valuable Experience To Company's Pursuit Of Strategic Objective [2006]."

The Obama Administration terminated the Bush administration NAO domestic surveillance policy of 2006 in June 2009. Last week media announced a new "Laser Focus" policy. No longer do the finest of American Patriots have to stay indoors crouching from fear of an ominous eye in the sky or be weary of a peak from the neighbors Venetian blinds.

Responsible adults can now use the Internet freely without fear on being targeted by political right wing extremist who cries wolf or terrorism to bring harm to fellow citizens or to distort relations with bordering countries to promote their extremist right wing ideologies and fleece the government by wasteful spending under the guise of National Security at the State level. National Security does not rest in the powers of the State but in the powers of the Federal Government God Bless America!

The Christen Monitor Journalist Howard LaFranchi Reports today, John Brennan, President Obama's chief counter terrorism adviser, in a speech Wednesday in Washington corrected a student's question "We intentionally do not use 'global war on terror' We're in a war with Al Qaida." We now can all rest with ease and move about freely while maintaining a high alert of watchfulness under the protection of due cause and civil rights at the street level while information that is collected by the Federal Agencies by any means necessary will not be used to intimidate, retaliate, or used against you at the State level including political adversaries expressing their opinions in media or social networks useless you're an actual National Security Threat. A threat is described as "promoting violence or succumb to Al Qaida's hateful ideology." According to the Christian Science Monitor report:

The new strategy will focus on such adherents inside the US, whom Brennan described as "individuals, sometimes with little or no direct physical contact with Al Qaeda, who have succumbed to its hateful ideology."

Among the examples Brennan gave was the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, allegedly carried out by an Army major shouting "God is great" in Arabic.

A key component of Obama's counter-terrorism strategy will be a renewed emphasis on building "strong partnerships between government and communities here at home, including Muslim and Arab American" communities, said Brennan, who chose Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies to make his remarks.

Most importantly, is the engagement between government and communities which allows all American Patriots to join forces against those that promote violence of Al Qaeda's hateful ideology, which is the duty of every American to protect our freedoms and democracy. The Monitor did not elaborate on the ways and means to build stronger partnerships, so until the plan is announced, just pick up the phone and call the 9/11 for emergencies of your local police department and file a report just like any responsible citizen would do.

The Ominous fear of being watched by our own government is now replaced by a sense of duty as participation in or an extension of the National Security network as the eyes and ears in your local communities against those who use violence as a way to promote hateful extremist ideologies We are not being watched, we are watching them!

Howard LaFranchi Report, is rich with other details concerning the change in approach to National Security threats, by all means I recommend reading the full article with emphasis on the Obama's administration "Laser Focus" that replaces the counter terrorism strategy of 2006 with a new policy to strengthen our security and protect us from National Security Threats Stay vigilant and participate as the extension or the eyes and ears of our National Security Defense!

As United States Citizens it has always been our duty to be Vigilant or Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties; however, our individual participation is especially important now while the treat is still real, especially at a time of war!

The Bush Administration in 2006, authorized the sharing of any information collected by any means with Law Enforcement and Civilian private security firms including intrusive equipment by Satellite or any surveillance devices not limited to electronic equipment.

These devices have been abused by Texas leadership which includes but not limited to Internet censorship, behavioral political control networks, and harmful biological or electronic devices that are classified; however, exist and have been used against targeted peaceful political adversaries, retaliation, illegal gathering of investigative information, threating intimidation, black list, employment to buy votes, hacking, and human behavioral experiments that have caused harm and injury to unknown numbers of Texas Citizens.

Fortunately, some Texans have come forward putting themselves at risk of more abuse, to insure fellow citizens are aware of the hazards and by all means protect themselves and resolve unexplainable harm by reporting damages to the Attorney General. We do not have yet to hear from the Texas Attorney General; nor will our district attorneys take our allegations seriously, because of the firm grip Texas Political leaders have over the Justice Department.

Supporting documentation is available in public domain titled "Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues" which questions violations of civil liberties of illegal searches not only from Satellite Surveillance but from any surveillance device or equipment and the sharing of the information between the Department of Defense and law enforcement authorized by the Bush Administration.

"In May 2007, the DNI designated DHS as the executive agent and functional manager of what was designated as a National Applications Office (NAO). There was, however, no public notice of the establishment of the new office at that time."

"Inside the United States (as well as abroad), DOD support for law enforcement agencies is authorized in accordance with chapter 18 of title 10, U.S. Code. Section 371 specifically authorizes the Secretary of Defense to share information acquired during military operations, and encourages the armed forces to plan their activities with an eye to the production of incidental civilian benefits. Under sections 372 through 374, DOD, DOD personnel are permitted to provide training and expert advice to civilian law enforcement personnel, and may conduct maintenance on equipment it provides."

"The Bush Administration delayed the establishment of the NAO and provided an opportunity for further congressional consideration of the issues involved but took steps to establish the NAO for some purposes even before important legal issues were resolved. Having conducted a review of the issue, the Obama Administration terminated the NAO [June 2009], but has not provided detailed information about current procedures for the domestic use of satellites for domestic purposes."

In my opinion and from personal experience based on tangible evidence, the Obama administration terminated NAO in June 2009 in order to protect all citizens of the United States and who are aboard from such abuses which allowed many leaders of state legislative and executive offices from using the threat of terrorism, trafficking, or threat of human lives as a harmful political control by the act of "Crying Wolf" to justify such intrusive harmful behavior to retain political power by those of public trust, not to mention the fleecing of our nations coffers.

Most importantly, the breach of classified information to police and civilians has made us vulnerable by attacks within and without the boundaries of the United States. What was once reserved by the CIA and FBI has been assimilated to the police operating at the community level exposing classified information in public domain and used to breach our borders as moles within police departments.

The most recent revelation is the three employees of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff, Joe Arapio of the Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff's office, involved in human and drug trafficking and a Texas Sheriff sentence to ten years for drug trafficking.

Logical reasoning leads us to at least two problems with information breaches at the community level that aids in such corruption. The Bush Administrations authorization to share information between the Department of Defense in 2006 and the incorporation of private security firms starting first in Texas as the model of a failed experiment in "Top Secret America" posted by the Washington Post that answers the question "Where did all those Billions go?"

See Top Secret America article at this link http://projects.washingtonpost...

Suspensions are on the rise as Private Security Firm Incorporations, who account for the majority of spending for National Security Intelligence, could very well be bias to a point of retaliating against an Obama administration that is working hard to build safeguards by regulating Wall Street from another Republican "Global Economic Crisis!"  

What Makes Me Such a Prime Target?

I received an email not long ago, which stated, "Who do think you are anyways?" What the writer was trying to say is why would anybody waste their time on me, or who I think am anyways to draw such attention?

I think the bigger question would be why haven't they just bumped me off if I was in their way? Simply put, they need me or I would be already dead. The other factor is I am being stalked by criminal elements as well as protective, which are not targeting me but each other.

The truth of the matter is your guess is as good as mine, but I have haunch that I was a target of solid state, and criminal elements have tried to subdue me and kill me by manipulating data and the same sold state system has foiled those attempts by adjusting itself to the breaches.

All I know is that I am still breathing and I corroborate with law enforcement and anytime somebody pulls my chain, I kick holler, and scream.

Keep in mind this I not Russia, we live in America and thank god there are more loving caring people then there are evil and do not care about the concerns of others.

An Email From The Texas Gang of Four "I Need Your Help?"
Update 03/22/2013: The Honorable Senator John Cornyn Thank you for your note, "I need your help"  

I needed your help but still you don't get it? See my story at this link:

http://solidstateindependence....

Don't have time for the long read then enjoy a 3 minute video of your constituents living conditions for the last 5 years, held captive in their own home in "a farm house at the end of some dusty Texas dirt road." @ the following link:

http://youtu.be/YJgb1aiRJdc

And please enjoy my view from street level or the reality of things @ this link:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/NAbPK...

Your Faithful Community Servant G. N. O'Dell  

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Greg Abbott Ducks Press While Adviser Charles Murray Doubles Down on Anti-Woman Rhetoric


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Greg Abbott has been under fire for citing Charles Murray in his education plan. Murray is a controversial libertarian thinker who believes women's brains are smaller than men's and that "women have played a proportionally tiny part in the history of the arts and sciences."

Charles Murray came to speak at the University of Texas last night, where he was greeted by a protest by the University Democrats. During his speech he doubled down on the same racist, misogynistic rhetoric he has been criticized for in the last weeks.

Murray was there to speak about his new book "Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010." He addressed a small but full room hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank for which Murray is a "scholar."

Murray began his speech with references to the controversy surrounding Greg Abbott and his "footnote." Murray said he was sorry he had caused him grief but curmudgeonly joked that he wished Abbott would have used more of his ideas, indicating he wasn't very fond of Abbott's plan overall. Murray ended his comments on the subject by saying he'd rather just stay out of it altogether, but let's just say he didn't do Abbott any favors.

Listen to the audio of Murray's comments about women below the jump.

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte Ends Statewide Bus Tour With Rally at UT


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

On Monday Senator Leticia Van de Putte ended her statewide bus tour at the campus of UT Austin in front of an enthusiastic crowd of students and other supporters. She was welcomed to the podium by State Representative Celia Israel who she had sworn into office herself only a month before.

She appeared with her family flanking her on both sides, whom she said had been with her throughout her tour. It was something of a homecoming for Van de Putte, even though she represents San Antonio, she is also a Longhorn.

She brought with her the stories from every corner of Texas. When she mentioned a different region you could hear sporadic cheers of young voices who who have found, at least their educational home, in Austin.

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte Speaks With Bloggers On "Core Issues" and Power of Social Media


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 05:01 PM CDT

On a conference call with Texas bloggers Senator Leticia Van de Putte gave a summation of her statewide bus tour that concludes today at the West Mall on UT's campus.

She launched her campaign in November with the line, "Mama ain't happy," and today she confirmed that that sentiment is widespread across our state -- including in the business community.

Her focus she said, was on "core priorities" of education, water, transportation and affordable healthcare.

See why LVP believes her message will resonate with Red State voters below the jump...

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Texas Association Of Business Distorts Wendy Davis' Position To Push Drug Testing Some Unemployed


by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond thinks it's "unconscionable" that the U.S. Labor Department is delaying a Texas' law that would drug test some individuals before receiving unemployment benefits -- even those who were not fired for the use of illicit drugs.

Hammond also touts "unanimous support" in the Senate, calling out Wendy Davis by name even though she spoke out against the bill on the floor and offered an amendment that was eventually accepted. The bill had zero Democrat authors, or co-authors in the Senate and zero Democrat sponsors in the House.

Senate tradition holds that many bills pass the upper chamber with unanimous consent, even some of those that are hotly debated. A bill passing the Senate chamber with 0 nay votes is no indication that the bill did not have objectors. TAB's press release also fails to mention that the House vote was 104 to 42, far from unanimous.

See what Davis said during the debate on the Senate floor below the jump...

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SXSW 2015: Austin Startup Says Drones Will Be Jetpacks You Were Always Promised


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

Move over rideshare! Get the hail out of the way taxicabs! Remember those jetpacks we were all promised? If an Austin startup has its way, by this time next year drones could be the newest form of alternative transportation in nation's fastest growing city.

A new startup called SkyWaze is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zachary Morris, who co-founded the company while working on another tech project at Austin's Capital Factory.

The concept, still in Beta testing, is simple, and essentially the opposite of what Amazon proposed last year. Instead of delivering packages to your door, SkyWaze plans to deliver you anywhere within a 10 mile radius of downtown Austin. Set your destination with your smartphone app and soon your air chariot will arrive. Morris says he got the idea when friends who were visiting town for SXSW could not hail a cab and were too far out for pedicabs.

Find out which Shark Tank host is financially backing SkyWaze below the jump...

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