- Remember to bring your ID when you Vote! March 3, 2014
Steve Frantzich, Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy, answers this basic question. Frantzich’s most recent book, Citizen Democracy: Political Activists in an Cynical Age, tells the real life stories of over two dozen average citizens who used politics to affect national public policy.
He says, “You can’t win if you don’t play. Election outcomes are determined by those who participate. Elected officials make important (often life and death) decisions about how our society will expend its collective resources and the restraints it will place on individual behavior. Voting does not guarantee that one’s preferences will prevail, but choosing not to vote denies a person one of they key tools of having a say in a democracy.”
Click on one of the links below and find out where to cast your ballot!
- FlashPoints by TWR Military Expert Colonel John Antal (Retired) March 3, 2014
TOP THREE FLASHPOINTS-Focus on Ukraine: What will Happen Next?
- Early Voting Underway-Here’s a Voters Guide that can be Personalized February 20, 2014
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- Dear America, I Saw You Naked And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent. January 31, 2014
On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat.
It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare to sit down with her floor-level Transportation Security Administration officers—it usually presaged a termination—and so I was nervous as I settled in across the desk from her. She was a woman in her forties with sharp blue eyes that seemed to size you up for placement in a spreadsheet. She held up a copy of the newspaper, open to the letters page. My contribution, under the headline “To Stop a Terrorist: No Lack of Ideas,” was circled in blue pen.
One week earlier, on Christmas Day 2009, a man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had tried to detonate 80 grams of a highly explosive powder while on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He had smuggled the bomb aboard the plane in a pouch sewn into his underwear. It was a masterpiece of post-9/11 tragicomedy: Passengers tackled and restrained Abdulmutallab for the remainder of the flight, and he succeeded in burning nothing besides his own genitals.
The TSA saw the near-miss as proof that aviation security could not be ensured without the installation of full-body scanners in every U.S. airport. But the agency’s many critics called its decision just another knee-jerk response to an attempted terrorist attack. I agreed, and wrote to theTimes saying as much. My boss wasn’t happy about it.
“The problem we have here is that you identified yourself as a TSA employee,” she said.
They were words I had heard somewhere before. Suddenly, the admonishment from our annual conduct training flashed through my head—self-identifying as a government employee in a public forum may be grounds for termination.
I was shocked. I had been sure the letter would fall under the aegis of public concern, but it looked as though my boss wanted to terminate me. I scrambled for something to say.
“I thought the First Amendment applied here.”
She leaned back in her chair, hands up, palms outfaced. Now she was on the defensive.
“I’m not trying to tread upon your First Amendment rights,” she said. “All I’m saying is: Couldn’t you have run those First Amendment rights past the legal department first?”
She dismissed me with the assurance that we would discuss the matter further at some point in the future.
I never heard anything more about it during the next three years of my employment at the TSA, save for some grumbling from one upper-level manager (“What’s this I hear about you writing letters to the New York Times? You can’t do that here.”) It was the last time I would speak out as a government employee under my real name.
But it was by no means the last time I would speak out.
Read Jason Edward Harrington’s full article in Politico here.
- Lackluster State of The Union Speech from President Obama January 28, 2014
In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows Solo Action on the Economy
WASHINGTON — After five years of fractious political combat, President Obama declared independence from Congress on Tuesday as he vowed to tackle economic disparity with a series of limited initiatives on jobs, wages and retirement that he will take without legislative approval.
Promising “a year of action” as he tries to rejuvenate a presidency mired in low approval ratings and stymied by partisan stalemates, Mr. Obama used his annual State of the Union address to chart a new path forward relying on his own executive authority. But the defiant “with or without Congress” approach was more assertive than any of the individual policies he advanced.
“I’m eager to work with all of you,” a confident Mr. Obama told lawmakers of both parties in the 65-minute nationally televised speech in the House chamber. “But America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Read the full New York Times Article here.
- SOTU: Sometimes the faces in the room tell their own story January 28, 2014
- Wendy Davis unveils part of her education platform January 10, 2014
Wendy Davis on Thursday unveiled an education plan that would boost teacher pay, enhance a state teacher loan repayment program and make it easier for students interested in teaching careers to go to college.
“Education must be the number one priority we address as a state,” the state senator from Fort Worth said during a panel discussion at the University of Texas at Arlington. “It is part of making sure that we keep a promise to Texas, that where they start should have nothing to do with where they go.”
Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, wants to make improving public education the core issue in her campaign against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Read more here.
UPDATE: Republican Greg Abbott’s spokesman, Matt Hirsch, called Davis’ proposals “more fuzzy math – a plan that will increase spending and impose more mandates on Texas universities without explaining how to pay for it.”
“Greg Abbott believes in genuine local control of education: empowering parents, teachers, and principals to serve our students well,” Hirsch said in a written statement. “Greg Abbott has traveled and will continue to travel across Texas, meeting with educators to learn how he can achieve his goal to make our education system number one in the nation.” Read more here.
- A very ‘paranormal’ baby announcement-Couple surprises friends and family with good news in the form of a horror movie trailer January 10, 2014
Part “Paranomal Activity,” part “Parenthood,” this baby announcement/mock trailer for “Bun in the Oven” is a must-see.
We open on a lone woman in a dimly lit kitchen. She’s at the sink. It’s all very eerie. Suddenly, the oven (OK, the stovetop) makes a noise. She turns around. It… it… the gas has turned on by itself.
The woman calls her fella, who comes home to take a look at the malfunctioning appliance. Nothing wrong as far as he can tell.
But later, the oven turns on again. Then, a phone call. It’s coming from inside the oven! Gasp! Read more here.
- Drivers must plan to get discounts on LBJ toll lanes by logging on and registering their trip January 8, 2014
DALLAS — It’s billed as the latest way to help you beat traffic — for a price.
The new TEXpress Lanes on LBJ Freeway stretch from Greenville Avenue to Preston Road. They are three weeks old, and they’ve piqued the interest of drivers who travel on the busy highway.
“Whenever we first saw that it was open, we were like ‘Hey! We can go faster, get places sooner, even if we’re just paying a little bit more!’” said Casey Erdmann, who lives in North Dallas.
Erdmann said she welcomes the convenience, and the varying cost to use the road.
LBJ Express tolls will increase during rush hour. But there’s confusion over the HOV price you may have seen posted.
If you want “50 percent off,” you have to get it yourself.
“In order to get the discount , you have to have a TollTag and you have to register your trip,” explained LBJ Express spokeswoman Dia Kuykendall. “And the discount only applies for the peak periods of travel.”
What does that mean? There are no cameras to do the work for you. LBJ Express says it is up to the driver to go online to the TEXpress website, create an account, and tell them when you’ll be riding with someone else during morning or evening rush hours.
Only then will you be eligible for the cheaper toll. Read the whole story here.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT MUST CHANGE-VOTE THEM OUT REGARDLESS OF THEIR POLITICAL AFFILIATION. THE NORTH TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT IS BAD FOR TEXANS.
2013-2014 Executive Board Steve Terrell
City of Allen
Mayor Pro Tem
City of Arlington
Vonciel Jones Hill
City of Dallas
City of Lancaster
Dr. Larry Marshall
City of Benbrook
City of Joshua
City of Fort Worth
Mayor Pro Tem
City of Plano
B. Glen Whitley
Representative Toni Rose
Member of the Texas Legislature
Ex Officio, Nonvoting Member
- Colonel John Antal Book Signing Event tomorrow in Grapevine January 3, 2014
What: Colonel John Antal signs his book 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution: The Founding Fathers, Liberty and the Struggle for Independence
Where: Books-A-Million 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, TX 76051
When: Saturday January 4th from 1P-4P
More Info: American-Leadership.com
Special Presentation at 2P!!!