Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Internal Review - YEHHHHHHHHHH!

President Obama has launched an internal review of his disclosures to state regulatory authorities and the Ethics Commission to determine whether be violated and laws by failing to report several business and professional relationships. 

Obama launched the review after the The Texas Tribune obtained 2006 letters showing the lawmaker was being paid to solicit clients for a North Texas financial services firm at a time when he was not registered with the State Securities Board.  Nor did President Obama ever reveal his solicitor work on the employment history section of his personal financial statements, which must be filed regularly with the Texas Ethics Commission. 

Also missing from his ethics filings is any disclosure of his service on the boards of at least a half dozen nonprofit corporations an investigation found.

President Obama's campaign said it was taking the matter seriously but would not answer any specific questions about the alleged fraud...

This was part of any article that was posted by the Texas Tribune today.  With one glaring change... can you spot it?

Remove Obama and replace with Ken Paxton, the front runner in the race to replace Greg Abbott as Attorney General.  How you like them apples?

You can go back and read the post I have made about Ken - he is a fraud.  Pure and Simple.

Republicans and Tea Party voters would be climbing the wall if a Democrat had done what Ken Paxton has done - and to think it will go away by an "internal review"?  Good grief isn't that what has upset us so much about the IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghazi etc?

To read the full story go here  https://www.texastribune.org/

Til Next Time - Adios Mofo!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Arrogance in the race for HD 6

As most of you know I solicit stories of interest for this blog.  I recently received an email from a voter in Smith County that ask I bring a story to the attention of the voters.  I don’t know how many people in Smith County actually read this blog but you never know.  And as I have stated I will pretty much post whatever someone sends me – I don’t check the facts or the details of the stories so take this one with a grain of salt.   This is a blog about Texas politics, we are not a news organization and don’t pretend to be.  I don’t know if this story is true or not – maybe someone with a news organization can follow up. 

Dear Mr. Hurt,

I have recently starting reading your blog and I have to tell you I find it quite entertaining and somewhat informative.  I wanted to share a story I have heard for months in Tyler.  It is basically a rumor and hope you can track down the veracity of it.

I have lived in Tyler, Texas for 47 years.  I am a conservative Republican and was a supporter of Leo Berman and I voter for Matt Schaefer even though I did not know much about him.  I made that decision based on the fact that Leo was sick and needed us voters to tell him to stay home and get well. 

As you probably know, Matt Schaefer is in a tough primary race for HD 6 against Skip Ogle.  I don’t know Skip personally but I have friends who do and they assure me he is a good man would who serve Smith county well.  And I like his campaign slogan of putting community first.  It has been a long time since someone has done that in Tyler. 

I was told this story over a year ago and have heard it numerous times over the last couple of months.   Matt moved to Tyler to serve as Senator Cornyn’s district director sometime in late 2010.  One of the first things Matt did as the new district director was to come into the office early one morning, he picked up the phone and called 911 telling the operator that there was an emergency at the office of US Senator John Cornyn.  Minutes later the police show up in a panic, run into the office and find Matt staring at his watch.  When the police ask him if there was an emergency he replied that they were too late and dismissed them.  I was told that when Senator Cornyn found out he became extremely angry and almost fired Matt.  Schaefer was made to write an apology to the police and was to have no contact with them for the remaining time he was with the Senator’s Tyler office.  I was also told he was relived of many of his duties.  Six or seven months later Matt announced for state Rep, another surprise to Cornyn, and the rest is history.  (could be why Cornyn has not endorsed Matt.) 

I bring this up because Matt’s reputation in Tyler is one of arrogance.  He seems to think he is better than the average Joe here.  It was Matt’s arrogance that Leo referenced when he decided to seek reelection even though he was battling cancer, his arrogant nature is mentioned when talking about his ineffectiveness in Austin.  Anyone who has had to deal with Matt on a professional level mentions the young man’s arrogance.

I think the race for HD 6 is going to be close and I think the voters of Smith county should know about these types of character flaws.  Who thinks it is a good idea to call the police claiming there is an emergency to test there response time?  I think it is the type of person who has worked in politics and government his whole life.  When Matt graduated from college he went to work for Senator Phil Grahmm, he then went to work for Congressman Randy Neugebauer, he then worked for Rep Carl Isett finally ending up in John Cornyn’s office. It was only after he was elected to the House of Representatives that he had to go out into the private sector. 

I don’t know if the average voter cares about this but I do.  I think it is a character flaw and is representative of someone who has work for government his whole life and sees himself as somehow better that the people who pay his salary.

I hope you have a way to find the details of this disturbing story.  I think the voters of Smith County deserve to know what kind of man they are voting for.

Name Redacted

I will let you, the readers, determine the validity of this email, in the meantime I will try to find out more details.

Til’ Next Time – Adios Mofos.  And keep the emails coming Shurttexas@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Certificate of Hypocrisy

I went back and looked at some of Empower Texan’s blog post they represent as news on their website.  Most of the newer posts reflect a growing paranoia against anyone not associated with Michael Quinn Sullivan and tow his bizarre ideology.  Among the enemies of Texas are the Texas Realtors and their thousands of agents, the Texas Medical Association and the thousands of doctors that are members, Texas Parent PAC which represents hundreds of thousands of parents all over the state, among many many others.  The sin most of these organizations have in common is they donate to Republicans and Democrats.  I guess the sycophants over at ET don’t realize that there are still elected Democrats in Texas and there always will be.  And there will be a lot more if MQS and ET keep up their Republican primary eradication program. 

A few of the more entertaining post come at the expense of Eric Opiela, candidate for Ag Commissioner.  Why entertaining you ask?  Because of the sheer hypocrisy that the ET boys demonstrate.  For instance, a post at ET points out that Opiela has loan his campaign about $1.4 million to his race.  This is family money earned through oil and gas deposits located beneath his family ranch in South Texas.  Sullivan has a problem with Opiela claiming to have “grassroots” support when a substantial portion of his campaign contributions comes from his family.  This coming from a guy who gets 99.8% of his funding from one person.  That person, Tim Dunn, just happens to get all his money from oil and gas.  Ha!  And in addition to that, Mike claims that Empower Texans is the largest conservative “grassroots” organization in Texas.  The more I think about it the more I think Mike and his ET boys are closet Democrats.  I mean this is something straight out of Obama’s playbook.  How can Mike say with a straight face that what Opeila is doing is bad but what he is doing is good?  At least Opeila is spending his own money – Mike and his boys are spending some other rich oil dudes money.  Must be nice.

Mike claims that Opeila is deceiving voters – really?  Mike claims that Opeila has a questionable character because he claims to have grassroots support while self funding his campaign.  Who is the bigger deceiver?  (as George W would say)

I use to think Michael was just misguided, a kid who grew up getting beat up in public school and is now in a position to beat up the cool kids.  But the more I read and think about his tactics the more I believe he is evil.  Michael Quinn Sullivan is a bad person who will do and say anything to get his way, even if it hurts the State he claims to love. 

It is worth mentioning that Empower Texans want less regulation, lower taxes, less government involvement in businesses and they are good at getting that message out, very good at it.  All conservatives I know want that.  But you have to read between the lines.  Michael has helped change the narrative in Texas and who does that help?  Of course it helps his sponsor Tim Dunn.  Tim Dunn makes more money if there is less government, less taxes and less regulation.  More than any other business in Texas, the oil and gas industry benefits directly from the positions ET takes. 

Mike likes to pretend he has other motives but at the end of the day he is nothing more than a hack lobbyist trying to help his largest donor get a leg up on his competitors and he doesn't care who he has to trash on the way to that goal. 

Eventually the lawsuits and ethics complaints will catch up with Mike and the boys and we can rid ourselves of this egomaniac once and for all.

If you have something to share or if you would like me to comment on something or you would like me to post a comment of yours please send it my way at shurttexas@gmail.com.

Friday, January 17, 2014

I am back - Observations on the Lt. Gov Race

Friends, I am back in the saddle.  Over the last two months I have had some unexpected health problems that have kept me from posting.  I know, I know you have been devastated.  I do want to thank you for all the kinds words of encouragement and prayers that have been sent my way, I truly appreciate your kindness.  My doctors tell me I am on the road to 100% recovery and will be better than new, which isn’t saying much.  Nonetheless I appreciate it. 

So where are we?   At the top of the ticket the Lt Governor’s race is taking shape.  It appears that Dewhurst is in good shape to make the runoff with Dan Patrick rumored to be in second place.   As far as I can tell Patrick has spent the most money up to now.  His report shows he has spent $1.3 million.  What I found interesting is Dan has $1.3 million in loans.  It appears he has loaned his campaign that money.  For a man who constantly talks about his faith and how close he is to God I wonder how he justifies loaning his campaign over a million dollars when he filed for bankruptcy in the 80’s walking away from over $800,000 in debts. 

Psalms 37:21 - The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;

Proverbs 3:27-28 - Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 - It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.

Romans 13:5-7 -Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Leviticus 19:11 - “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

I think you get the point.  I will leave you with a quote from a story in the Dallas Morning News published on September 19th 2013; “He’s never offered to pay any of it,” Denenburg said. “It’s pretty pitiful. … Anybody would be irritated when somebody walks off with a bankruptcy. It’s just an easy way to get out of your debts.” Denenburg is one of the people who loaned Dan Patrick money and was never paid back - I would put that guy on TV if I was trying to beat Dan Patrick - which is exactly what Dewhurst will do if he makes it to the runoff, leading to 4 more years of his "leadership".

I also noticed that John Carona’s PAC gave Dan Patrick $30,000.  If you will remember John Carona insinuated that Dan Patrick was gay and Patrick responded by sending a lengthy email to his colleagues in the Senate last session.  If you need a reminder you can go to this post in the Dallas Morning News.  As a refresher - Carona called Patrick a “snake oil salesman” and “a narcissist that would say anything to draw attention to himself.”  What kind of deal did these two make?  
I want to be Chairman of Finance & you have to keep MQS off my ass

I can’t believe Dan Patrick is even in this race much less in second place, I mean this is a Republican Primary where a candidate who has changed his name for political expediency and who filed for bankruptcy, since become rich but failed to pay his debts  could make the runoff.  Incredible.   It is incredible because if Dan Patrick gets in the runoff with Dewhurst he will likely loose because Dewhurst will be in a position to broadcast all of Dan’s past indiscretions.  Dewhurst won’t do that now because he is in  a good position, but as soon as the runoff starts Dewhurst will take the gloves off and Texas will have four more years for Dewhurst. 

Got to run but I will have a number of post over the next couple of days trying to catch up – Til Next Time – adios MOFOs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Donors to TPPF are throwing their money away

We find ourselves a couple of days away from the November election in Texas and Members of the legislature have been campaigning pretty hard for the passage of Prop 6 – the water funding amendment to the constitution.  The historic effort would tap $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to shore up our water resources over the next 50 years.  It won't solve all our problems but I think it is a good start.

A broad spectrum of supporters have been spending money on direct mail, TV and radio in an effort to drown out what little opposition there is.  More than 150 members of the legislature support the effort in a public way including Speaker Joe Straus. 

I find it interesting that one of the main opponents of Prop 6 is the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  Once again they are on the other side of the Speaker of the House, the majority of members in the legislature and it turns out a majority of it’s own contributors. 

According to tax filings, TPPF receives a majority of its funding from a small group of corporations, foundations and wealthy individuals according to an article posted online from the Texas Observer.  To my knowledge TPPF has not discounted this report.

For instance ExxonMobil gave the TPPF $10,000 and they are for Prop 6, same can be said about Texas Association of Manufactures($5,000), Verizon ($47,000), Time Warner Cable ($10,000), Conoco Phillips ($5,000) etc.  The list continues but you get my point. 

Prop 6 is big, if not the biggest piece of legislation passed last session and the Governor, Speaker of the House and the majority of the legislature is campaigning for its passage and TPPF is fighting it. 

Why would these corporations continue to fund an organization who takes its orders from Tim Dunn and Michael Quinn Sullivan?  These are the guys that just sent out mailers to voters telling them that their legislator got an F according to their arbitrary scorecard.  This is the same organization whose board member personally gave over $40K to the Speaker's opponent last session and this is the same organization that Michael Quinn Sullivan use to be Vice President of.

Don’t they realize the Governor, Speaker and Members of the legislature are watching?  I know the lobbyist for the corporations giving money are watching because they told me they are.  It might be a tough year for fundraising at TPPF. 

As always, if you want me to post something just send it my way.


Til Next Time - Adios all you Mofos!

Friday, September 27, 2013

The $100,000 Man?

The title does not refer to Stickland's weight.  But you can see he does like Texas Land & Cattle

I have spent some time going over the latest ethics reports that were published by the Texas Ethics Commission July 15th.  Lot’s of numbers to say the least.  One report jumped out at me though.  It looks like Jonathan Stickland loaned himself $125,000.00 on June 25, 2013.

Lots of candidates and office holders loan their campaigns money, it is legal and generally shows a confidence in your campaign.  If a candidate is willing to spend their own money then it generally means they believe they are in a good position to be reelected. 

So why am I bringing this up?  Jonathan did not graduate from high school.  He did not graduate from college and he spent most of his life prior to being elected a State Representative as a bug exterminator.   Hey we need bug exterminators don’t we? 

After winning the Republican primary and basically being the Represeantive elect Jonathan decided he had enough of bugs and started his own oil and gas consulting services company.  This is a guy who had no prior experience in the oil & gas business that I am aware of.  Yet he is doing well enough that he can loan his campaign $125,000.00?  Something does not smell right.  Who are his clients and what exactly is Mr. Stickland doing to make all this money?  What services does he offer?  

I also noticed that Mr. Stickland spent a lot of time and money at a swanky downtown steakhouse – the Austin Land and Cattle Company.  (This is the same place Lt. Governor David Dewhurst spends a lot of time at.) As far as I can tell he spent over $1,1667 at the establishment during session.  His smallest bill was over $100.00.  That is a lot of steak and remember, this is campaign money, not his personal money.

If Jonathan or anyone else for that matter would like to set the record straight or fill me in please email me at shurttexas@gmail.com.  I look forward to figuring this out and will keep my readers filled in.

Til next time – Adios Mofo!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Political Craziness… It must be primary time in Texas

The Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani & Matt Schaefer Supporter

This morning I was forwarded an email from Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) with a 7 minute video attached from his friend and colleague Scott Turner (R-not in Smith County).  The video is labeled as “Representative Turner Speaks about Matt’s effectiveness…”

I am sure Rep Turner thinks Matt is effective – I wonder if Tyler does?  I mean they had to get Rep Clardy to carry a pharmacy bill because Matt thought it was pork.  One man’s pork is another man’s economic development. 

But what I found shocking was Matt wanted people to see this video.  I think it is a little tawdry to use the Lord’s scripture as a campaign prop.  My late daddy always told me – don’t wear your religion on your sleeve, be a witness but don’t use your faith to get something you otherwise wouldn’t get.  But I digress…

In the video Mr. Turner mentions uncircumcised Philistines and I immediately thought of him taking a swipe at Speaker Straus – why?  Remember this?

The apostle, the saint and the uncircumcised Philistine
Ken Herman, Commentary
Remember when moderate was a good thing, as in moderation in all things? Now, in GOP intramural battles, moderate is a bad thing.
And remember when compromise was a good thing, as in a way to accomplish something? Now, some Republicans seem to believe compromise begets communism.
Primary voting begins Monday, and that means wall-to-wall campaign ads. It's trendy in those for Republicans to brand other Republicans as moderate compromisers. Seems to be the worst thing one Republican can call another.
At least I thought it was until I heard this one: "Uncircumcised Philistine." (That's fun to type. I'm going to type it again. Uncircumcised Philistine.)
Apparently, according to a GOP activist, we have an uncircumcised Philistine high in the Capitol hierarchy. He is House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican now seeking re-election to his House seat.
The accuser is Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani, who supports Matt Beebe, Straus' challenger in the GOP primary. The apostle recruited Beebe to try to oust Straus from the House.
The apostle believes Beebe is "a true saint" and Straus is an "uncircumcised Philistine." I don't believe we currently have a true saint among our 150 House members. Couldn't hurt to get some. I know of no definitive resource that could tell us how many Philistines, circumcised or otherwise, are in the House.
The apostle has no tolerance for moderate compromisers. He thinks Straus is one. He's also behind RagingElephants.org, which puts up billboards ("G.O.P is the New Black") to draw black voters to the GOP. He was really on an anti-Straus roll at a Galveston County Tea Party candidate forum at the Kemah Community Center on Jan. 31. This is from a video of the event (see it at statesman.com with my column), as he spoke of the biblical lesson of David:
"Go back and start studying it again and prepare for your political ministry," he said. "See, I look at somebody like a Joe Straus, all of his lieutenants, those that cower under his gavel, the Goliath of his political power. Look at all these other so-called leaders in our state, these Sauls, and my only word to them is: You let this uncircumcised Philistine defy the power of the people of Texas?"
The key phrase is from the David and Goliath story, when the underdog says of the Straus-like Goliath, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" I admire folks so learned in the Bible that they can weave phrases like "uncircumcised Philistine" into political speeches. Me, I can't do much better than "wacked-out, weirdo nutball" when I want to lambaste someone.
The apostle (who got that title as an ordained minister of a church he chooses not to link to politics by identifying it) told me Thursday he says what he says because "I look at political parallels from a biblical perspective and I don't pander, I don't patronize. I give it straight, no chaser, and I don't apologize for that. What I said in Kemah is what I see."
Are uncircumcised Philistines the worst kind of Philistines? Didn't the Uncircumcised Philistines play at South by Southwest this year? And, as a journalist, what is my responsibility in checking the accuracy of the allegation?
I'm pretty sure Straus is not a Philistine by citizenship. And, because he is Jewish, I'm pretty sure about his circumcision status. (Hey, I just remembered I ran into Straus in a men's room in the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport back in December. Should've checked.) On Feb. 3 at a Conservative Texans Political Action Conference event, the apostle introduced Beebe. Again, from a video:
"We were working really, really hard to try to find someone to knock off the kingpin Joe Straus," he said, drawing cheers. "We went through several individuals to try to make this happen. We made promises to organizations all across the state that we were going to try to find someone to take care of the San Antonio mafia boss."
I'm concerned about how mafia bosses are going to react to being linked to an uncircumcised Philistine. FYI, the apostle told me he didn't mean "mafia" in the organized crime way; he meant it in the political bullying way.
It was at that meeting that the apostle introduced Beebe as "a true saint." After Beebe's speech, the apostle assured the audience that a Beebe defeat of Straus would be noteworthy "nationwide, if not internationally." It certainly would be noteworthy and disappointing to Philistines worldwide.
Pkherman@statesman.com; 445-3907

I think Mr. Turner owes Mr. Straus an apology at the very least.  I know you might be saying, “come on Sam, you are really stretching it aren’t you?”.  No I am not.  Jo Ann Flemming runs Matt Schaefer and she was in the audience.  And guess what, Jo Ann and the apostle are tight as well.  I think Rep Turner was pandering to Jo Ann and the apostle.

This is a crazy time of the year but to have a sitting State Representative do this to the sitting Speaker of the House is despicable.  We will see if Matt Schaefer sides with the apostle or with the Speaker.

More to come on this race I imagine.