Saturday, November 24, 2018

Who Are You?

Soooooo, who are you?  No, I'm not quoting the famous The Who song of the same title, I'm actually asking!  This question popped into my head about myself this morning while I was getting dressed.  Who am I?  I guess I could answer that question in any number of ways.  I'm a woman.  I'm a wife.  I'm a mom.  I'm a teacher.  More importantly, though, I'm a Christian.

I was reminded of that fact this morning when I put on my cross necklace.  The cross on this particular necklace is special to me because it belonged to my dad's mother.  She died when I was only ten months old, so I didn't get to know her.  The cross necklace makes me feel close to her.  I was reminded of something with even more significance than my grandmother's memory, though.  I was reminded of who I am.  I am His and He is mine.

I think we forget that from time to time.  We forget that other people are His.  No matter whether you're a Republican or a Democrat or whatever political party you align yourself with, you are a creation of God, and THAT is what defines who you are.  I guess this is technically a message we could have used during the election what with the mudslinging and all.  Now that the mud has ceased to fly and we're headed into the holiday season, I think it's a great reminder for all of us.

Yes, I am The Political Chicken.  No, I am not the Religious Chicken, although I do tend to veer towards stories from the Bible in hopes to encourage you in your faith.  I know I've been encouraged just by writing this.  Have a great rest of your holiday weekend and go into the holiday season with this reminder, "I am His and He is mine, and so are other people."

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nike or New Balance? And why?

Oh, hello out there in internet, social media world!  It's me, TPC!   There's been lots going on lately, but I haven't forgotten about you!  From Kaepernick and Nike to now New Balance and President Trump, there's always something brewing.

Colin Kaepernick.  His name has become synonymous with protest of the National Anthem sung before National Football League (NFL) football games.  He took a knee during the playing and singing of the National Anthem beginning last football season.  Has it really been two years since he started that?  I have by and large stayed out of it, and I really wasn't even going to 'go there', but here I go.

There has been a whirlwind of controversy ever since he decided to protest the National Anthem.  Many regular football fans have decided to boycott the NFL because of Kaepernick's decision to sit out during the National Anthem.  It has incited rage in some.  He's been called a myriad of names because of the protest.  Thing is, guys, IT'S ACTUALLY HIS RIGHT TO SIT IT OUT.

The NFL even supported his decision by saying that, "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem."  Alrighty.  It's also YOUR RIGHT to not watch football because of the stance of the NFL. Since then, Nike has come out as making Kaepernick their spokesperson.  Conservatives lost their collective minds; burning their Nike shoes in the streets, y'all.  People went post apocalyptic.  SRSLY.

Now comes New Balance, not to be outdone by Nike, I guess, throwing their support behind President Trump.  The VP of Public Affairs, Sara Germano, tweeted last night that, "The Obama administration turned a deaf ear to us, and frankly w/President-Elect Trump we feel things are going to move in the right direction."  This is from a Forbe's magazine article published this morning.  And I know what my conservative peeps are all thinking: support New Balance because they support our president!  Not so fast, friends.

The article goes on to say that, "For what it’s worth, New Balance would likely have backed rival candidate Hillary Clinton, too, who reversed her stance on TPP after endorsing it three years ago as President Obama’s Secretary of State. On the campaign trail she, like Trump, opposed the deal, but her so-called flip-flop made some voters nervous that she’d change her position yet again if she made it to the White House." 


As they used to say on Sesame Street, "One of these things is not like the other."  Okay, so what's the difference?  One could say that Nike put their support behind Kaepernick for a publicity stunt.  Love or hate, it worked.  I mean, have you SEEN all of the anti-Nike memes out there?  Free advertising, hello!  So will we now see liberals burning their New Balance shoes in the streets?

One could also say that New Balance's decision was based on a business decision as to what was good for the company.  Which one of these reasons will cause my conservative friends to support which company more and why?  Will we continue down the road of emotions and knee jerks, or will we have a more steady hand going forward?  Remember, "Feelings are much like waves, we can't stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf."

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Nabisco 'Uncages' Barnum's Circus Animals

Everyone remembers special foods that they ate growing up.  Some of them were prepared with love by family members or neighbors.  Some were snacks purchased at the grocery store.  Case in point, Nabisco Animal Crackers which were more like cookies to me. 

My mom used to buy me a little box of them at the grocery store and I ate them throughout the store while she shopped.  I remember the bright, red box and the folded over bag inside the box aimed at keeping the snack inside it fresh and ready to be consumed by eager toddler fingers.

I would also study the outside of the box with the animals on the outside and try to match the cookies to the picture of the animals on the box.  That's a special memory.  Now, Nabisco has gone and ruined it.  I wish this was satire.  Oh, how I wish.

Today's headline reads: "Nabisco animal crackers uncaged after 116 years".  Really?  After receiving some pressure way back in 2016 from those loving, caring people at none other than People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as P.E.T.A, the cracker conglomerate has decided to depict the circus animals on the front of that cute, little red box without the cage bars in front of them.  I can't.  My evens.   My childhood.

Y'all, PETA is the same group that actually KILLS animals.  In fact, they don't want people to 'own' pets at all.  The co-founder of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, has been quoted as saying that, “In the end, I think it would be lovely if we stopped this whole notion of pets altogether."   I'll recognize that there is abuse of animals and that's absolutely uncalled for, but the hypocrisy of this group is just astounding.

What could be even more astounding is that PETA has the kind of influence to change the face of a harmless picture of circus animals on an iconic snack.   Way to go, Nabisco.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Harris County Republican Party Volunteers are Mobilized and Ready for November 2018

GOP Volunteers walking blocks for judicial candidates
Y'all know me.  I'm pretty wild.  You know, sporadic and spontaneous.  I mostly write about stuff that interests me in the hopes that it will interest you.  So, I got another wild hair while reading an article on how the Democrats are more energetic and mobilized than Republicans in 2018.  Here we go.

True, the shoe is on the other foot, if you will, in regard to having a Republican president vs. having Obama in office. That gives the Democrats reason to be fired up, much like the right and the tea party was back in 2008.  However, the Democrats would do just about anything; well, they will do anything to get their guys elected.  They'll use any means necessary, even ones that are illegal.  This is not news, folks, just reiterating the importance of the Republican activist to be on top of their ground game.

Harris County Republican Party (HCRP) IS on top of the Grassroots Ground Game.  They're working with precinct chairs, grassroots activists and candidates alike to ensure Republican victory this November.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  So, take a look for yourself at some of our awesome grassroots activists getting out the vote for our Republican ticket.

There was talk of a 'blue wave'  during the primary and Senator Ted Cruz said that, "Democrats would crawl over broken glass in November to vote."  Now, I personally loathe when politicians use those kind of scare tactics to get their base agitated and motivated.  I'm not saying he's totally wrong, either, about the broken glass thing, but the primary proved that Republican voters are more energized and motivated to go to the polls and vote.   

Still don't believe the Republicans are more engaged and focused on winning than the Democrats?  Take a gander at these stats coming straight outta HCRP  headquarters, from none other than our political director, Donna Stanart.  "Since January, the Harris County Republican Party has been hard at work to elect all of our Republican candidates from the top all the way to the bottom of the ballot.  We've knocked on almost 200,000 doors and we've called about 115,000 voters in order to secure Republican victory."

Volunteers ready to GOTV in CD-7
Good news, right?  Yeah, but we still have work to do.  There are just under 100 days left until November.  There are a number of block walks and phone banks to attend and help out with before then.  Just head over to harriscountygop.com to find a block walk or a phone bank in your area.  We need everyone's help to win in November! 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Can't Chicken Just Be Good Chicken Because It's Good?

Can we just stop?  I know it's the fault of people on the left AND the right, but could we just stop politicizing EVERY issue and every item?  We're politicizing food; most recently with Blue Bell ice cream, and over the past few years, chicken.  Chick-fil-A chicken, to be exact.


Most recently, the company has been ranked number one in fast food for customer satisfaction.  Kind of goes with the corporate purpose that Truett Cathy came up with many years ago which is, "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive impact on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."  Pretty cool, huh?  Here's a link to the article written by The Daily Caller about our recent accolades.

Thing is, people are STILL politicizing the business.  I'm not even talking about the leftists, and trust me, there are some out there still doing that.  I'm talking about Chicks On The Right.   I follow them on Twitter (rethinking that decision now) and they re-posted the Daily Caller's article with the title, "Sorry, Libs, Chick-fil-A is Officially America's Favorite Fast Food Restaurant."  I mean, really?

Hey, it is totally cool that Chick-fil-A was voted number one, no doubt about it, but I'm starting to wonder if we have to take every chance we get to thumb our noses at liberals?  Then I start to ask myself the following questions: Does this comment or activity win us elections?  Does this convince people to want to vote Republican?  Does this advance our ball down the court any further than it was before we made the comment?

Do the memes of 'snowflakes' and 'safe spaces' help our cause?  Do the words, 'libtard' and 'Demonrats' do any good?   Just because the left does it to us, doesn't mean we have to respond in like kind. It's all a distraction from the issues.  Wag the dog, people. 

I have decided that I'm laying down my pitchfork and my torch.  I'm still in this fight for liberty and freedom for the long haul, though.  I just wish that more of my friends and colleagues would lay their torches down, too and pick up a walk list and do some promoting instead of demeaning.  As a good friend of mine eight years ago once said, "What 'FOR'"?

Friday, July 6, 2018

U.S. Senator Cornyn Speaks Reason Regarding Supreme Court Nomination

Y'all done gone and done it.  No, seriously.  Y'all, and by y'all, I mean Empower Texans done gone and made me defend John Cornyn.  It's absolutely the last thing I thought I'd ever do since he has been the subject of criticism a few times here on the blog.

John Cornyn, the senior US Senator from Texas had an article, dare I say a hit piece, written about him on Empower Texans about the upcoming Supreme Court pick by President Donald Trump.  In the article he was quoted as saying,..."Cornyn cautioned Trump against selecting any nominee with a publicly stated position on overturning court precedents such as Roe v. Wade.”   He goes on to further explain his opinion, “I think that would be a terrible mistake, for the president to nominate somebody who had that sort of agenda,” he said adding that “we don’t need judges who have either personal or political or ideological agendas, in my view. And I think that ought to comfort all of us.

Alright, now let's think about this objectively before we get emotional.  I know, it's hard to do in politics, but it's necessary.  Would you want someone with a preconceived agenda, even if you agreed with it?  My answer, NO.  Judges are supposed to be impartial.  They aren't supposed to announce ahead of time on how they would rule on any case.  We as conservatives always cry out about 'legislating from the bench' or that we're concerned that whomever is nominated has an agenda.  That's where our hypocrisy rears its ugly head.  Oh, I'm sorry, I'm not supposed to point out the hypocrisy on the 'right' side of things. 

The thing about Empower Texans and, well, ALL of us is that we're writing articles that simply confirm our own bias.  Like in the video Keynes vs. Hayek Rap Battle Round Two, when Hayek says, "Are they doing real science or confirming their bias?"  I think that's something that we could apply to this situation here.  Read the article that Empower Texans wrote here and decide for yourself.

A Facebook friend says it even better than I could, so I've included his comment here, " Cornyn’s conservative credentials or the lack thereof aside, the headline is misleading. Cornyn did not tell Trump not to nominate a pro-life justice, he “cautioned Trump against selecting any nominee with a publicly stated position on overturning court precedents such as Roe v. Wade.”
Justice Willet has made this same statement time and time again, judges should not declare how they will rule on any case until they hear the case in front of them, just as Scalia did before him.
Cornyn was saying that there is a difference between a pro-life judge and one who declares ahead of time that they are actively seeking to overturn any specific precedent, regardless of which one it is."  


What happened to objectivity?  I guess that's gone by the wayside along with manners and civil discourse.  Honestly, I'm writing this as someone who cares deeply for the health of the Republican party and for our unification efforts going forward into November.  Empower Texans seems that they are only capable of attacking Republicans, not ever attempting to bolster the Republican ticket in order to help defeat Democrats.  I guess that's what happens when your group has only a single financial backer and they have an agenda.  Ironic, isn't it?       

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The 2018 Texas GOP Convention and Censure

Andrew Breitbart once said, "If you can't sell freedom or liberty, you suck."  Yep, that pretty much sums up my weekend at the Texas GOP convention this weekend.  Let me expound.

I have been a delegate to the state convention every two years since 2010.  This convention marks my fourth convention and probably the most disappointing convention for me to date.  The attitudes displayed by my fellow convention goers was very saddening to me.  It's true what people say about politics bringing out the worst in people.

What I saw on display was the opposite in lots of cases of what we as Republicans and Libertarians claim to be 'for'.  We claim to be for a lot of things, freedom of speech, freedom to conduct your lives with personal responsibility, free markets, etc.  However, freedom of speech was the biggest bit of hypocrisy I saw within the convention and attitudes of convention goers.  When candidates and office holders were on stage, they were at times met with boos and jeers from the audience.  Some of them were shouted down and not even given a chance to speak their mind.  Just because we don't agree with someone one hundred percent of the time doesn't mean that they should be shouted down.

Another problem I have is with the idea of censure. To censure someone means to express severe disapproval  of someone or something, typically in a formal statement.  Apparently, that's what the Texas GOP is all about.  The idea that we need to censure elected officials because we don't like a bill that they voted for or against.  Or the idea that they're not conservative enough.  There was an effort underway at Convention to offer up censure of several different Republican office holders; one of which was John Cornyn.  Now, while I don't agree 100% with Senator Cornyn, do I think he needs to be censured?  NO.  In my opinion, censure is a dangerous habit to start.  Here's why, plain and simple; when do you stop?

Here's something else to think about; just like when Margaret Thatcher famously said, "The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.", you could change it to read something like this, "The problem with censure is that you eventually run out of allies in the Republican/Conservative movement."  If you censure EVERY office holder and precinct chair or county chair, for that matter, you run out of people to actually work with.  Some will disagree with me and say that we need checks and balances.  To which I would AGREE.  Here's the 'but'; we already have checks and balances in the form of...ELECTIONS!

It's easy for all of us as activists to focus on the echo chambers of our lives, but unless you actually get out and knock some doors or do some phone banking to help elect Republicans, we'll never win, no matter who censured who.  And remember,  "If you can't sell freedom or liberty, you suck."