Tuesday, May 31, 2011

10 Steps From Idea to Business

From Inc.com
A cheat sheet to turn your vision for a successful new business into a reality.

TSA Tyranny: Special Session Begins!

From TSA Tyranny.com

Note: The first called session of the 82nd Legislature began today, Tuesday, May 31 at 8:00 am. Thus far, Gov. Perry has only called two “budget” bills. Gov. Perry can call up more bills if he desires. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst sent a letter to Gov. Perry requesting him to include the TSA bill HB 1937 in the special session! Please call the Governor and tell him you agree with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst!

Gov. Perry is the highest official in the state of Texas – let him know what you think about HB 1937.

Dear Friends,

This is an important announcement from Texas regarding HB 1937, a bill to forbid TSA agents from touching travelers’ private parts without probable cause.

We have received an urgent report from our friend, Representative David Simpson (https://www.facebook.com/davidsimpsonfortexas).

A special session has been called for numerous bills including SB 8, SB 23, SB 1811, HB 6, etc. The special session began this morning (May 31) and should last at least a week. The time has come to yet again show our support for perhaps the most popular and truly emergency bill of the session.

Please call, fax, and email the Governor RIGHT NOW to ask that HB 1937 be added to the emergency legislation for the special session.

Governor Rick Perry

Phone: (800) 252-9600, (512) 463-1782

Fax: (512) 463-1849

E-mail: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

Governor Rick Perry is making rumblings about running for President on a “Fed Up” campaign. When you call, remind his staff that this issue would make a great topic for his campaign.

Let us pray along with our hero for Texas liberty, David Simpson:

May God establish the work of our hands.

For Texas and Liberty,

TSA Tyranny

Monday, May 30, 2011

Calling All Liberty Minded Texans!

It is official now. The first called session of the 82nd Legislature begins tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31st at 8a. The latest word is that the Governor plans only to call two "budget" bills. He can call up more if he desires. The Lt. Gov. sent a letter to Gov. Perry asking him to include the TSA bill HB 1937 in the special session! If you want to travel with dignity let Gov. Perry know what you think about HB 1937. Please call the Governor and tell him you agree with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst!

Get updates from Representative David Simpson by visiting his facebook wall here.

Call Gov. Perry at 512-463-2000 or email him here.


Ah, the Life Spotting! Expanding her reach!



If you haven't met Breezy and Emily Brookshire grasp the opportunity should it present itself. Both of them have worked hard at developing their respective talents, steadily expanding the reach of their cottage industries, serving the body of Christ and making it look a whole lot better!!!!

But what I want you to see is the ever developing and maturing vision of these young ladies. I appreciate their professionalism coupled with their spirit of delightedness. You will not miss their respectful and humble way they engage you and my favorite, hugs! They are indeed forward thinking and hopeful, all of which is very contagious!

Recently, Breezy has taken a new leap into the world of digital painting with the help of Emily's knowledge base with Photoshop which she's built around her graphic design business. I am so excited to see where this new avenue takes them. Here is her first painting ala Photoshop!

Visit the girls at:
A Bowl of Moss and Pebbles and Simply Vintage Girl and get to know them better!



The Right Of The Texas Legislature

The right of the Texas legislature to look to the general welfare of the citizens of the “free and independent” state of Texas may not be limited by any arbitrary federal bureaucracy that acts with power.
During the summer of 1788, the State of Virginia was debating the ratification of the new Federal Constitution. Patrick Henry expressed his grave concerns that a federal government may over time war against the sovereign authority of the states. He predicted that eventually the Federal Government would exceed its constitutional authority and assert a general power over the free and independent states, absorbing all state power under the arm of a central federal government. This usurpation of state authority was doomed to lead to either a break-up of the federal union between the states, or to a loss of state independence and the rights of the people to govern themselves according to the demands of their conscience and local jurisdictions.

In an effort to alleviate Henry’s concern and those of the assembly, Edmund Pendleton, a member of the Virginia Convention, assured the assembly:
“I believe I am still correct, and insist that, if each power is confined within its proper bounds, and to its proper objects, an interference can never happen. Being for two different purposes, as long as they are limited to the different objects, they can no more clash than two parallel lines can meet. . . ."
Of course Mr. Pendleton was correct: "If each power was restricted to the proper bounds of its constituted authority, there would be no conflict between federal and state power. However, this separation of state and federal power is only as strong as those who are given the high duty to maintain it.

Read the rest here.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Male & Female Created He Them

People are forever trying to reinvent the wheel. If something has worked since the dawn of time, there's always someone who wants to tweak it to see what happens. With the rise of feminism 40 years ago, which attempted to destroy traditional gender roles, this "tweaking" has resulted in millions of people being raised without a biological code to live by.

Read the rest here.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rushdoony on Presumption & Inheritance

Presumption- It is a bold and daring confidence in the goodness of God without obedience to His will. It has its God-ward manifestations, but also it’s man-ward manifestations. In every form, presumption acts as though it has the authority of God without the law and righteousness of God.

An illustration from the realm of inheritance:

On one of my trips I encountered a very interesting and a very sad situation. A very well to do man, a very devote Christian had two sons, both of which are devote Christians as are the daughters in law and the grandchildren, thus the whole family is clearly Christian. Both the sons have very good incomes, far better than average, they are well to do. 15:48 But they are all improvident and all look to the Grandparents to bail them out, to subsidize them, and they drop hints endlessly about not having this or that, instead of having a rented home they would have a good home donated by the parents and that the college education of the one grandson would be taken over by the grandfather. The grandfather is very properly resentful of this and feels that something is wrong with it and he can’t put his finger on it. He made less, granted that there is inflation, but made less proportionately, but I built what I had by being thrifty. What right do they have to feel entitled to lay waste to what I have? They don’t want to save. Now the father had a right to be resentful because they viewed the inheritance as something for themselves to enjoy. And they were presumptuous. As we have seen the very idea of inheritance has to be theologically grounded.

The very point of an inheritance is that God’s purpose be fulfilled in and through us, that our dominion be extended, that the kingdom of God be established. And as a result, in spite of their faith, the children and the grandchildren were humanists at heart. They used all the fruits of their labors and wanted to use all the fruits of their grandfather’s labors without any awareness of any responsibility to God, to the past, and to the future.

Here the rest of Rushdoony's thoughts on Presumption by visiting www.chalcedon.edu

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dewhurst: Airport-groping bill to get another chance

By Mike Ward | Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 09:13 PM

Defending himself against charges that he lobbied against passage of a controversial airport groping ban, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he will give the bill another chance to be passed into law later tonight.

In his first public comments on the issue that exploded late last night, when Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, stopped debate on House Bill 1937 and then accused Dewhurst of lobbying to kill his bill while it was being debated — taboo in the upper chamber.

Dewhurst said Patrick was wrong, that he left the podium after debate on the bill began to talk to senators about another bill, the sanctuary-cities bill. Several senators then approached him, asking why he had allowed Patrick’s bill to be debated when it did not have the votes to pass.

He said Patrick misinterpreted his actions.

Earlier today, Patrick had ramped up the debate with this comment: “Someone who will not stand up to the federal government, you have to ask yourself, is that the kind of person we need in the U.S. Senate?”

Dewhurst is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Patrick said the bill was dead, and that Dewhurst had killed it.

Not so, said Dewhurst a few minutes ago.

He said he plans to let Patrick bring up the bill for a vote later tonight. “If it passes, it passes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” he said.

Several senators said earlier today they were wary of voting for the bill, after federal officials delivered a letter Tuesday to state officials saying that passage of a state law that could leave their airport-security facing possible criminal charges for touching the private parts of people during pat searches would probably be illegal.

The letter also warned that the federal Transportation Security Administration might be forced to cancel airline flights in Texas if the bill passed.

The failure of the bill to pass last night was the focus of boisterous protests at the state Capitol earlier today, who targeted Dewhurst for specific criticism. Placard-waving demonstrators at one point tried to storm into the Senate gallery but were blocked by state troopers.

Doug's Blog: Further Thoughts on the Show Down


Some of my close associates at Vision Forum have been actively involved in a battle to pass legislation to curtail TSA abuse at airports in Texas.

Yesterday, the unthinkable happened. Agents of the Federal Government descended on the Capitol in Austin to threaten the people of Texas. Their threat: Enact H.B. 1937 — a bill to forbid TSA agents from touching travelers’ private parts without probable cause — and Washington will close down flights to and from Texas airports.

WorldNetDaily describes more of the details in this article, “Feds to Texas: We’ll make you a ‘no-fly’ zone”.

Read Wesley Strackbein’s Open Letter to Gov. Rick Perry here.

Here also are attorney Don Hart’s thoughts on what has transpired:

Texas Senate Bill 1937 unanimously passed the House and had commitments of support from 30 of 31 Texas Senators late last night.

The bill makes it a crime for a TSA agent to touch the private parts of any Texan seeking to engage in air travel or enter a public building absent a showing that such a personal invasion is constitutional.

Less than an hour before the bill came before the house for a vote, the Department of Justice wrote to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, members of the Senate and other leaders threatening, among other things, to in all likelihood shut down all air travel through Texas if the bill passed.

Department of Justice Letter

In apparent confusion and panic, Senators’ commitments to support the bill were pulled down and the bill was withdrawn.

While the bill provides an “out” from criminal prosecution if the TSA can show that its warrantless actions absent probable cause are constitutional, the DOJ letter erroneously claims the law violates the Supremacy Clause. While the Supremacy Clause protects actions of the Federal Government which are constitutional, it does not make everything the Federal Government does constitutional. There is quite a difference, and this bill would require TSA to show that their actions are lawful under the constitution.

Texas leaders are meeting today to consider their positions.

The author of the bill and its sponsor in the Texas House, posted the following on his blog this morning:

David Simpson’s Blog

In a time when the country is desperate for principled leadership, Rep. David Simpson is a breath of fresh air, to say the least.

Texans who care about standing for the rights of Texans and responding courageously to unconstitutional threats and intimidation tactics need to strongly consider calling their Governor, Lieutenant Governor and State Senators to encourage them to do just that.

It will indeed be a sad day for Texas if her Senate, Governor and Lieutenant Governor abandon the best interests of her citizens and scatter like quail in the face of an erroneously reasoned letter from a Department of Justice lawyer — especially on a bill which has passed the house unanimously and had the support of 30 of 31 Senators before the arrival of such a letter.

I certainly hope our leaders have more resolve to stand for what they considered in the best interest of Texans and were prepared to support mere minutes before a shot was fired across their bow.

For those interested, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst contact information is:

512-463-0001. david.dewhurst@ltgov.state.tx.us

He blogged earlier this month about standing for Texas and the 10th Amendment:

Dewhurst Blog

He and Rick Perry stood together on this issue:

Perry Press Release

Rick Perry’s contact information is:

512-463-2000 E-mail: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

Texans need to be heard on this.

It might also be helpful if other Americans encouraged leaders in Texas to do the right thing, also. I believe it will inure to the benefit of all who love their country.

Don Hart, Esq.

An Open Letter to Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Don’t Let the TSA Grope Texas
By Wesley Strackbein

Governor Perry:

Washington has betrayed the Constitution—will you dare to defend our rights?

Last night, Texans were shocked to learn that the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) and the TSA had threatened the Lone Star State with a no-fly zone unless Texas legislators halted efforts to stop the TSA from violating our dignity and constitutional rights through the enactment of H.B. 1937, a bill that passed unanimously in the Texas House several weeks ago.

On behalf of all liberty-loving Texans, I appeal to you to give formal notice to Washington that our state will not be bullied into slavish submission to tyranny. I urge you to take prompt and decisive action as our governor in lending vocal and public support of H.B. 1937. It is imperative that we enact this bill into law to protect our families from having their private parts touched without probable cause.

In your book, Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, you state that it’s time to “change the course of history . . . by exercising the power of the states to stop blindly accepting every demand the federal government makes. . . . it is not enough to be fed up. We must act.”

If you are serious in your intentions, then you should take a cue from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, men you quote in your book Fed Up!

In 1798, these key Founding Fathers rose to oppose tyranny when Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts which violated the First Amendment’s right to free speech and the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause. In response to these unconstitutional edicts, Jefferson and Madison separately drafted resolutions for the individual states to take up in their legislatures to oppose the abusive acts. Jefferson’s work became the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, and Madison’s the Virginia Resolutions of 1798.

In the Kentucky Resolutions, Jefferson stated “that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

Madison was equally direct. In the Virginia Resolutions, he declared that “the powers of the federal government” are “limited by the plain sense and intention” of the Constitution “and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”

In maintaining that the states were “duty bound, to interpose,” Madison was standing on a long legal tradition dating back to the Magna Charta when England’s nobles demanded that King John honor the rights of Englishmen or be deposed. Black’s Law Dictionary defines interposition as follows:

The doctrine that a state, in the exercise of its sovereignty, may reject a mandate of the federal government deemed to be unconstitutional or to exceed the powers delegated to the federal government. The concept is based on the 10th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States reserving to the states powers not delegated to the United States. Implementation of the doctrine may be peaceable, as by resolution, remonstrance or legislation, or may proceed ultimately to nullification with forcible resistance.

Jefferson and Madison weren’t rogue constitutional theorists. They were among the primary architects of America’s documents of freedom—the Declaration of Independence and Constitution—and they called for individual states to reject unconstitutional usurpations of liberty by the federal government and to interpose in defense of their citizens.

Thankfully, the conflict over the Alien and Sedition Acts ended when Jefferson was elected President in 1800, and these unconstitutional laws expired.

The fight against the TSA may not be won so quickly. Yet the stakes are clear: The TSA’s policy to violate Americans’ 4th Amendment guarantee “to be secure in their persons” has shown them to be traitors to the Constitution.

The TSA and DOJ’s threat yesterday to shut down our commercial airports if the Texas legislature enacts H.B. 1937 begs for a leader to step forward to say “enough is enough.”

You could be just the man to lead this movement. In Fed Up! you plainly state: “Our primary line of defense against the tyranny of an expansive and meddlesome federal government are the states.”

Will you make good on our rhetoric? Texans, along with Americans in general, are fed up with the TSA’s invasion of their 4th Amendment privacy rights, and they’re looking for a bold leader to check Washington’s tyranny at the Constitution’s gate.

Governor Perry—will you dare to defend our rights?

Will you cowboy up and assert that Texas won’t abide heavy-handed threats to shut down our commercial airports or permit government bureaucrats to search persons in Texas unless there is legitimate cause to suspect them of a crime?

Are you prepared to tell Washington: “You can’t grope Texas”?

If so, your stand against tyranny could redound to the great good of millions—and you’ll be recognized as a heroic defender of liberty.

If not, you’ll be remembered as just another politician who talked a good talk to keep your place in power. And your book Fed Up! will be known by all to not be worth the paper it’s printed on.

Which will it be?

Liberty-loving Texans and Americans are watching.

Respectfully,

Wesley Strackbein

A seventh-generation Texan and Co-Founder of TsaTyranny.com

Urge them to stand!!!!

TSA Tyranny: Washington Threatens No-Fly Zone in Texas ---

Unless we Let Them Touch our Genitals

Yesterday, agents of the Federal Government descended on the Capitol in Austin to threaten the people of Texas with an unthinkable act of tyranny.

Their threat: Enact H.B. 1937 -- a bill to forbid TSA agents from touching travelers’ private parts without probable cause -- and Washington will close down flights to and from Texas airports.

What I am telling you is not a fable, a bad dream, or Hollywood fiction. It didn’t happen in Communist China or the former Soviet Union. It wasn’t declared by the former President of Egypt or Tunisia or Generalissimo Antonio de Santa Anna. And it didn’t happen in 1770 or 1835.

It happened yesterday; it happened in America; and it was declared by officials representing the United States government.

On Tuesday, agents of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) bullied Texas Senators in person, and a DOJ letter was sent to Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus and President of the Texas Senate David Dewhurst which told Texas to bow in submission to despotism or pay the consequences. Members of the Texas legislature were informed that if they criminalize the touching of travelers’ genitals by TSA officers, Washington will likely declare a no-fly zone and disallow commercial air traffic in the Lone Star State.

DOJ LETTER: A Threat Rife with Falsehoods

The DOJ threat letter sent House Speaker Straus and Lt. Governor Dewhurst was rife with utter falsehoods. It claimed that H.B. 1937 “makes it a crime for a federal Transportation Security Official to perform the security screening that he or she is authorized by federal law to perform.”

Where is the federal law that authorizes the Federal Government to suspend the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee against “unreasonable searches and seizures” and requires citizens to be touched in their private parts as a condition to travel?

Please show us the law—we would like to see it.

The DOJ letter also states that “Under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, Texas has no authority to regulate federal agents and employees in the performance of their federal duties or to pass a statute that conflicts with federal law.”

Dear friends, the Supremacy clause states that the “Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof … shall be the supreme law of the land.”

There is no federal law that exists or that is consistent with the Constitution that sanctions the touching of private parts without probable cause. To the contrary—the Fourth Amendment forbids them. Further, the Supremacy Clause only protects federal action that is otherwise constitutional. A search without probable cause is an unconstitutional violation of the 4th Amendment. The Supremacy Clause is thus on our side, not theirs, as Texas is seeking to uphold the Constitution while the TSA is insisting on violating it.

Texas Officials Have a Duty to Uphold the Constitution,

Not Cave to Tyrants Who Would Subvert It

As elected officials, Texas legislators have taken an oath to uphold both the US and Texas Constitutions. In that capacity, they not only have authority to pass a statute that would reign in violation of Fourth Amendment rights, they have a responsibility to do so. It is their duty.

Regrettably, in a moment of panic, Texas Senators caved to the pressure from Washington and H.B. 1937 was temporarily withdrawn.

Contact the Governor / Lieutenant Governor and Urge them

to Stand against Washington’s Tyrannical Threat


Now is not the time to sit idly by as Washington officials threaten to run roughshod over our liberties. Now is the time to act.

Please call Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and urge them to stand against tyranny and lend active support to H.B. 1937.

(Sample conversation/email)

Mr. Governor or Lieutenant Governor (or staffer),

I almost couldn't believe my ears when I learned that the federal government is threatening Texas with a no-fly zone unless we halt efforts to stop the federal government from violating our dignity and constitutional rights.

Please stand strong for our constitutional freedoms and support H.B. 1937. It is imperative that we pass this bill to protect our families from having their private parts touched without probable cause.

Please take action today in supporting H.B. 1937 so that Texas can lead the way in protecting our citizens’ from TSA abuse.

Sincerely,

(your name)


Contact Texas Governor Rick Perry


Call: (512 463-2000
Fax:
(512) 463-1849

E-mail:


Contact Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst


Call: (512) 463-0001
Fax: (512) 463-0677

E-mail: david.dewhurst@ltgov.state.tx.us

Forward to your Friends — and Ask them to Take Make Calls Today!

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and urge them to voice their outrage to our Texas officials concerning the federal government’s threat of tyranny.