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‘Never been so proud to be a Texan’: America’s best in the face of the worst

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As the first major hurricane to hit the US in years prepared to make landfall right on top of me, it amazed me how people could so easily forget or ignore the human factor. Sorry attempts to claim Hurricane Harvey was caused by man-made climate change, despite there being fewer tropical storms in the last decade than any time in the last hundred years were predictable. Then you had those who didn’t want to pray for Texas because we vote red. Let me tell you something, if you base whether or not you’ll pray for someone based on their political beliefs, I don’t want the help of whoever it is you’re praying to, because it’s not God.

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Meanwhile, where things were actually happening, friends from just down the road in Houston reported to me amazing stories of ordinary citizens helping rescue their fellow citizens from the rising flood waters that were overtaking the city. The state and local authorities received more than 2000 calls for rescue. When calls couldn’t get through, pleas for help went out on social media, and everyone chipped in to help get the word out.

The Cajun Navy has arrived in Houston from Louisiana to help. Governor Abbott and his team gave these experienced but unofficial rescuers permission to enter the area and help Texans make it to safety.

There was a minimum of looting. The looting that did occur was quickly stopped by the police, and lucky for the looters it was. I doubt ordinary citizens would have been nearly as tolerant of that stupidity.

It will take a long time for Houston to recover, but recover it will. People bound together to help one another, in spite of the incompetence of the local political leadership, but that is a story for another article, another time. People will put their lives back together, and the ones who have lost everything they’ve worked their entire lives for will work for it again. Families wi help families. Neighbors will help neighbors.

The ones who have never worked for anything in their lives will expect to have it all handed back to them on a silver platter again, I’m sure, but hard working Americans look at those with scorn.

The Federal response has been perfect according to Governor Abbott, but it seems to me to be largely unnecessary. State officials have a great plan and are executing it flawlessly. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. The Federal response is supposed to work smoothly with the state response, and only as needed. Those thinking President Trump needs special recognition can just keep that to themselves, and those that want to condemn him and Texas because we’re largely “climate deniers” can shove it.

I’ve never been so proud to be a Texan as I am right now. People working together, and it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or by what name you call God. It should be a great time for everyone to be proud to be an American, but in times like these, when the best is brought out in so many of us, it seems that the worst is brought out in so many others.

Sorry Joy, this isn’t even close to true, and hurricanes have been happening since long before the Industrial Age, so you can take your Communist propaganda shove it. Joy later acknowledged there was a FEMA director, but refused to take the tweet down because she loves pushing her climate change narrative.

(Note the enormous disparity in the number of retweets and likes between the original and the correction.)

The best and worst. That’s what disaster brings out in people. I wonder what the Left would say if we decided not to help when Hurricane Sandy hit during the Obama years. Should we have said “Oh, they elected Obama, so they’re getting what they deserve?” Yeah, I know people who did that, and I was just as disgusted by them as I am by the liberals who do that about Texas.

Everyone needs to try to retain their humanity, and remember there are real people whose lives have been destroyed by a NATURAL disaster, the kind that has been around for as long as recorded history. How about everyone stops trying to push a political agenda for 3 minutes? Is that really so hard? Apparently it is for the likes of Joy Reid.

Frankly, that’s fine. People like that are miserable no matter what. Texans will keep on helping one another, and we don’t need or want the input of people like that. Much of the country has this same spirit. The coasts don’t know about it because it’s in what they call “flyover country.” The heart of America doesn’t whine and cry about the FEMA response, we do it ourselves.

God bless Texas.

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  1. Patrick Griffith

    September 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

    A climate change denier, and a Christian. You disbelieve that for which there is a mountain of evidence, believe that for which there is none, and belittle those whose beliefs are grounded in logic and reason. And, here I thought there was a chance we could become friends.

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Intellectual ammunition: Mythology vs Facts of ‘gun control’

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Intellectual ammunition Mythology vs Facts of gun control

This multipart series eviscerates some of the Left’s biggest lies and fallacies of Liberty Control

In the first of a new multipart series, Gardner Goldsmith @gardgoldsmith of MRCTV addresses the issues surrounding Liberty Control, destroying some of the prevalent mythologies in the process.

He begins demolishing the myth that increased Liberty control results in lower violent crime rates.

Places with strict controls on freedom with high crime rates – that the Left doesn’t like to talk about – that are prima facie indicators of this absurd fallacy.

Worse yet, laws that are supposed to keep people safe have the opposite effect, since they only serve to disarm the innocent to the advantage of criminals and the government. The edged weapon attacks in China show that it’s not an issue of issue of guns nor one confined to the states. Or the attack in Crimea or the recent tragedy in a state with the strictest Liberty control around.

He cites the specific case of the mythology that gun confiscation ‘solved’ the problem of gun violence in Australia or the UK:

As I noted for MRCTV in February of 2018, contrary to the claims of pop media swamis, violent crime actually increased in Australia for three years following its vaunted 1996 gun “ban” and mandatory “buy-back”. This spike included an increase in gun-related violent crime, and the violent crime did not return to 1996 levels until more than ten years later, when many civilians had resorted to the black market to rearm themselves.

And, as I observed in the same article, violent crime, including homicides and gun-related violent crime, increased in the UK following its government “banning” most firearms in 1997.

Further on in the video and the accompanying article he also destroys the fallacy that Prohibition Works.

This is simple. As the experience of the United States during the “Prohibition Era” has shown, statutes don’t stop people from obtaining the things they demand. I teach economics, and this is an economic axiom. Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that if the zones of “prohibition” are widened beyond the crime-ridden-yet-gun-banning cities like Chicago and DC, and applied to all of the US this will stop criminally minded people from obtaining firearms. Prohibition doesn’t work.

But this does not stop gun-grabbers from pushing their proposals, or even misreading the US Constitution to justify their threats to curtail your inherent right to self-defense.

Knowing the propaganda methods of the Left, if there were a real location where their ideas actually worked instead of endangering people, they would tout this ‘gun-free’ domain 24/7. We shall call this mythical realm: ‘Unitopia’ from the combination of the words ‘Unicorn’ and ‘Utopia’, which literally means ‘no place’.

If it truly existed, ‘Unitopia’ would feature broadcast studio’s for every major media source so they could talk about it 24/7. One can easily envision a video feed with the announcer intoning ‘We now go to our anchor in Unitopia – the one place that gun control has kept people safe – to discuss the news on…’. It would be the go-to locale for the discussion of Liberty and self-defense.

Part 2 Will discuss the Constitution and Founders. Their words on the common sense human right of self-defense, as well as detailing the point that only individuals can have rights.

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Pro-Israel group has amazing response for upcoming antisemitic conference at UCLA

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Pro-Israel group has amazing response for upcoming antisemitic conference

We’ve grown accustomed to opposing sides attempting to quash each other. Leftists often do everything they can to prevent conservatives from speaking at universities. Conversely, right-wing extremist groups often show up to intimidate leftist protesters. It’s a sad and dangerous ebb and flow that often seems impossible to resolve.

One might expect a similar reaction from pro-Israel groups when antisemitic groups come to town. Students for Justice in Palestine, a BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) group that operates on campuses around the nation, is having their 8th annual conference at UCLA from November 16-18.

The response from Stand With Us, a pro-Israel organization, is not what most are accustomed to hearing. Charline Delkhah, Southwest Campus Coordinator for Stand With Us, didn’t call for protests or for the school to shut down the conference as many have done to her organization.

“But because we live in a country where freedom of speech is one of our basic amendments, they’re given the same rights as we would be given those rights to have a conference on any campus.”

As most campus groups work to stifle their opposition, it’s refreshing to see one embracing the 1st Amendment by defending the right to free speech even from those with opposite views.

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Midterm results: Elitism lost

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Midterm Results: Elitism Lost

Beto O’Rourke had $61 million, $19 million more than Ted Cruz and still lost. But not only was Ted Cruz at a financial disadvantage, he was being targeted by many celebrities and large companies. Yet Ted Cruz won.

If we look in Tennessee, we saw Marsha Blackburn win a competitive race against Phil Bredesen. Pop singer Taylor Swift intervened on Bredesen’s behalf calling Blackburn, a woman, anti-women.

In Georgia, Oprah and Will Ferrell knocked on doors for Stacey Abrams. Yet Brian Kemp won. In all three of these races elites of Hollywood and Silicon Valley threw their weight behind a Democratic candidate against either a Republican incumbent or a traditionally red seat.

It’s very clear in these three races that leftist celebrities thought they could use their influence to sway public opinion towards their viewpoints. After seeing the results of Tuesday’s midterm, these efforts were in vain.

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In medieval history, there was the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. Flemish rebels laid siege to Courtrai. The French forces led by Artois arrived to lift the siege and wreak havoc on the rebels. The infantry units were sent to attack the Flemmish forces. The rebels were being forced back until Artois pulled his infantry back at the beckoning of his noble allies. Instead of allowing the infantry to finish what they started, Artois deployed the knight and noble class so that they can have the glory. They attacked the Flemmish line that was well obstructed against cavalry. The elite knights perished in what is considered one of the biggest blunders in military history. The cause: elitism.

The drain that elitism posed to the overall effort can be observed in this midterm. As our editor here noted: attention that went to Beto O’Rourke was attention that could have gone elsewhere, to a more competitive race. Beyonce, LeBron, Taylor Swift, Oprah, Will Ferrell, Jack Dorsey, and countless others charged believing that their worldviews were superior to the populations of Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee and came up unsuccessful. The influence of these numerous celebrities was wholeheartedly rejected. It could even be argued that the onslaught of celebrity endorsements had a negative effect on the Democrats efforts. This could certainly be concluded from the victory speech of Ted Cruz. Certainly we can observe, in these races, diminishing returns is alive and well. So many endorsements piled up for Beto O’Rourke, that each additional endorsement turned off more voters than it rallied.

Perhaps this will create a lasting precedent reinforcing the idea articulated by Ben Sharpiro about we the people not caring what celebrities think. But by no means can we can expect Democrats to contemplate the negative effects of elitism in 2020 as we can foresee celebrity endorsements of whoever they nominate.

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