Texas Rainmaker
November 25th, 2003 9:36 pm


The hyphenated phrase has become the prefered moniker of blacks in America, as ordained by the order of the politically correct.

However, this picture illustrates the ridiculousness of such a moniker:

You see, the one on the left…..the darker one…. he was born and raised in the United States of America - Cypress, CA to be exact.

The gentleman on the right is African. Born and raised in South Africa.

Yet, if the two of them lived in the same house in the U.S., which one would be called “African-American”?

Just something to think about.

ps: for non-golf fans, that’s Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.

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August 5th, 2003 10:08 am

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August 5th, 2003 10:05 am

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I feel compelled to discuss a topic being hotly….well, okay, NOT being hotly debated in the Texas legislature today. The issue of redistricting. It seems some democrats have scurried off to another state to avoid the responsibilities. While this is typical of clinton-esque politics, bend any rule if the ends justifies your means, it is costing the taxpayers of Texas money. What really surprises me is how some people I’ve come to think are intelligent and fair-minded are being duped by the talking points of the Donkey Party. These fleeing legislators are NOT heros, they’re just more political hacks, afraid of losing their power and trying to find some way to blame Republicans for it. Blame Bush, blame DeLay, blame Christianity, blame God Himself, but don’t under any circumstances, by any means, for whatever reason, put the blame where it should squarely rest…..on the shoulders of those responsible……the “Texas 11″. You see, these morons think that the Republicans are making a “power grab” that will cost them their jobs. They don’t quite understand that VOTERS may actually want them out of office. This is typical of clinton-esque politics. It’s NEVER their fault. It’s NEVER an issue of whether they’re wrong. It’s got to be those stupid voters who don’t know any better. It must be that religious conspiracy melting their brains.

Now that I’ve pissed off every liberal wandering in here, let’s discuss the REAL ISSUE. You see, I didn’t want the liberals to venture this far into my message for fear they might stumble across the TRUTH…..and we all know they prefer to avoid that, when it doesn’t suit their agenda.

Dissenting Democrats fled Texas to prevent the state House of Representatives from achieving the quorum necessary to move ahead on pending matters. Read that carefully…..they FLED the state to avoid a QUORUM necessary to move ahead. You see, like the democrats in Washington stonewalling on the Estrada confirmation hearings, the Texas democrats don’t even want to let the system work as it was intended. Instead, they’re finding the exceptions in the rules and exploiting the hell out of them to prevent negative events from happening to them. Obviously, we all prefer not to endure negative events, but at least admit that’s why you’re doing it…. don’t try to hide under some shroud of heroism, it’s shameful.

Now why are the Texas democrats running away like cowards to shirk their duties as elected officials? Why are they fleeing to avoid even THE OPENING OF THE DEBATE on redistricting? Yes, their tactic is only delaying the opening of debate…. it’s not stalling some covert conspiratorial attempted coup by the Republicans, it’s delaying the opening of a debate…. a debate these folks were elected to partake in….

Here’s why: With a few exceptions, the initial responsibility for drawing congressional district lines is vested with state legislatures. Producing a new map is often a pitched battle, especially in chambers where party ratios are close or the governor is of a different party from the legislative majority.

Usually, through a combination of political pressure and horse-trading, Republicans and Democrats are able to reach agreement on new lines — typically bringing forth a map friendly to most, if not all, state and federal incumbents.

Where a deadlock exists, responsibility for drawing a new map generally defaults to the courts.

The modern era of redistricting began with 1962’s Baker vs. Carr decision. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially used the “equal protection” clause of the Constitution to curtail gerrymandering. Generally referred to as the “one-man, one-vote” decision, the court’s finding changed the redistricting process.

Before the decision, deadlocks were sometimes broken by the presentation of “at-large” slates of congressional candidates. In 1932, four states — Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia and Minnesota — elected their entire delegation on an at-large basis. In 1962, the year of Baker vs. Carr, the entire Alabama delegation was elected at large. Such a fix would now be considered unconstitutional.

Since Baker vs. Carr and the passage of federal laws governing civil rights and elections, the courts have played an increasingly prominent role in the redistricting process.

Prior to 2003, there is no example of a state legislature returning to the task of drawing federal lines once a court had asserted jurisdiction over the process as it did in North Carolina in the 1990’s, where a federal three-judge panel redrew the congressional district lines several times as a result of repeated legal challenges to the constitutionality of the districts. As a rule of thumb, once the process moves to the courts it stays there.

In the post-2000 redistricting in Texas, as in several other states, the normal redistricting ground to a halt because of a political impasse, necessitating intervention by the courts.

The standard on which courts rely to draw lines, says Polidata’s Clark Bensen, a redistricting consultant, is different from the standard employed by politicians.

“Courts operate under different rules when drawing or choosing plans,” Bensen says. “They do not function as super-legislatures or super-reapportionment boards. Rather, they are generally supposed to adopt or approve plans that are neutral from a partisan perspective, something of an alien consideration among legislators.”

The three-judge panel working on the new map concluded, in Bensen’s words, that Texas plan used in the 1990’s constituted “a Democrat gerrymander.” Michael Barone, author of “The Almanac of America Politics” and one of the most astute analysts of election data in the country reached a similar conclusion.

Writing in one edition of the almanac, Barone called the Clinton-era Texas map “the shrewdest gerrymander of the 1990s.”

The Democrats won 70 percent of the Texas congressional seats in 1992, the first year in which it was operative, while taking half of the total number of votes cast for Congress statewide. This measure, while imprecise owing to factors like uncontested races, is nevertheless a very good gauge of party support among the voters at the congressional level.

The map put in place for 2002 is somewhat more equitable, but is, as a number of analysts suggest, still a gerrymander. Republican candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2002 won 57 percent of the total statewide congressional vote while winning 15 — fewer than half — of the seats in the 32-member delegation. In that same election the Republicans won every statewide office on the ballot and, for the first time in 130 years, became the majority party in both chambers of the state Legislature — and by sizeable margins.Redrawing congressional lines after they have been put in place by a court or other body is neither illegal nor unprecedented. In 1984, for example, the California Legislature was forced to redraw the congressional map after the voters approved a statewide referendum overturning the existing lines.

Whether it is politically advisable is another matter. Such a move promises a partisan standoff, as the Texas Democrats’ flight to Oklahoma demonstrates.

The Colorado Legislature recently approved a new congressional map, amending the court-drawn plan put in force for the 2002 election. The legislation was signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Owens but, before it could go into effect, Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, a Democrat, sued to stop the new plan from being implemented.

Advocates for the new lines in Colorado and Texas say there is ample precedent for a Legislature to mediate court-imposed solutions through legislative action. In the case of redistricting disputes, the legislative remedy was not available because of political stasis. An effort to reopen the issue in the state house would produce a similar impasse to that which landed the map in court initially.

In Texas, balance is no longer an issue, the partisan alignment having changed as a result of the 2002 election. The balance shifted away from the Democrats to such a degree that a legislative remedy became a viable option for ending an impasse that had been resolved by the courts. The same is true for Colorado.

But the democrats in typical fashion have decided that they don’t like the outcome, so they’re just not going to show up for work. Just imagine if we all did that to our employers……

Posted by TexasRainmaker | (1) Comment
June 5th, 2003 9:01 am

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a simple explanation for the agenda of the Left. While some of the liberal ideas started with a noble groundwork such as equality for all, etc., the Left has been hijacked by a force called “Victim Mentality”.

In education, we have a failing system in the U.S. While the Republicans want to raise standards, require responsibility and motivate, the Democrats want to lower standards, point fingers and accept mediocrity. When children do poorly on a standardized test, the kids are the victims of a racist test. When a student-athlete graduates high school with a 4th grade reading level, blame the coaching staff and “sports institution”, not the athletic victim. When the dropout rate begins to soar, don’t question the truants or their parents, they’re just victims.

In business, we see this phenomenon as well. With terms like “big business”, “big oil”, “big tobacco”, “big auto”, we’re able to conjure up a David vs. Goliath scenario…..with the poor working class Americans as the little guy. We treat smokers like they’re victims of an unknown danger……a danger unknown to those who have lived under a rock for the last half century, maybe. Big evil fast food chains are killing people with their fatty foods…..but it’s not the responsibility of the individual to limit their intake of grease, fries and junk, is it? The irony was, as is in real life, that David was the victor, likewise, we as a mass, control those industries, they don’t control us. Think I’m wrong? Gather 1/2 the fast food restaurant customers in the country….just half, and boycott the purchase of fast food for a year and see what happens. Another irony to this is that most of these liberals who complain about “big business” enjoy the fruits of these evil empires. They drive cars, buy houses or rent apartments, eat at restaurants, talk on telephones, watch televisions and more with the products of “big business”. If these people had to go out and build these items themselves, most wouldn’t be able to. The advantages to big business are the economies of scale and we enjoy them everyday in having choices of products from all over the world, lower costs than providing them to ourselves, or simple logistics (our inability to make a phone call, if we had to build the phone and construct the lines to all of our friends and family ourselves).

In social programs, we see the victim mentality. We don’t require that those receiving aid and capable of working, actually do something. We just require they show need and blame their situation on others. We don’t look to the best way to get them on their feet, we look for the easiest way to distribute a check. Afterall, the liberals contend, it’s not the fault of most of these people, they’re just victims….of society, of bad luck, of big business….whatever. Sure, there are a few truly needy folks, but those are better left served by the local community, not a one-size-fits-all national program.

One of the most prevalent areas of victim mentality is the criminal justice system. Long gone are the days where criminals are actually held responsible. Liberals now have created a system that blames society for a serial killer, blames playground bullies for a rapist, blames minimum wage for someone going postal and blames the dead for putting themselves in the path of a killer. Instead of punishing, taking responsibility and deterring criminals, liberals excuse, reason and explain away their behavior. “You just need to understand his mind” or “look at his childhood” become the rallying cries. It’s ridiculous. Take the old case of Rodney King. The guy was (and continues to be) a habitual criminal, on drugs, running from and trying to attack the cops. After a few minutes of forceful restraint, he’s immediately cast into heroism, given a multimillion dollar settlement and is viewed as the victim, not a lowlife criminal that he is. When the cops are acquitted of wrongdoing in the case, thousands take to the streets to riot, loot (from small businesses, many going under as a result) and destroy billions of dollars of city infrastructure…..but who’s accountable? That’s right…. the racist criminal justice system. It’s totally freakin’ absurd.

How about the recent tax cuts? Instead of the focus being on the true victims of an unfair progressive tax system, the focus, instead, was on the victims like our children and grandchildren “who will have to fund this tax cut later”, or the “poor” who are so oppressed by the “rich” that they deserve lower tax rates and higher tax rebates. Create victims and you can get their votes.

Finally, let’s look at America’s standing in the world court. We have the liberals calling our war in Iraq “illegal and unjust”…..making Saddam out to be the victim. We destroy the Taliban, an evil regime in Afghanistan, and it’s “you’ve just blown the country back to the stone ages”…..untrue, but still, the Taliban were just victims of our “empire building”. We capture al Qaeda members and hold them for questioning and the Left screams abuse, cruel and unusual, and barbaric treatment…..just more victims. Our interests are bombed all over the world, and yet somehow, it’s the bombers who were justified because they’re victims of our foreign policy. Terrorists kill 3,000 of our own, tear down several skyscrapers, destroy 4 airplanes and slow our economy…..but they’re the victims because we don’t do more for their cause.

All in all, it’s become a political strategy. If you can create enough victims in the world, you can swoop in as “defender of their cause” and gain their votes. It has been a brilliant strategy in the political arena, because representatives do just that, “represent”. The democrats have held a monopoly on victimization for quite some time and they’ve become arrogant about it, which is costing them dearly now. You see, they’ve carved up so many victim groups that the interests among each group conflicts with the needs of another and the democrats are finding their “hero” resources running thin trying to support so many vast wants and needs. They’ve fractured society into so many fragments, it’s impossible for them to swoop in and save the day when their actions help one group, but hurt another. The tide is shifting. The real victims are coming home to roost, and we’re not taking it anymore!

Posted by TexasRainmaker | (0) Comments
June 3rd, 2003 5:04 pm

Funny how the left is clinging to this question in hopes of discrediting President Bush’s administration. Funny why? Because here is a sampling of their quotes during the “Impeachment Bombings” of 1998:

President Bill Clinton said:
The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.

Secretary of State Madeline Albright stood by her President saying:
There has never been an embargo against food and medicine. It’s just that Hussein has just not chosen to spend his money on that. Instead, he has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.

Defense Secretary William Cohen added:
The United Nations has determined that Saddam should not possess chemical or biological or nuclear weapons, and what we have is the obligation to carry out the U.N. declaration.

On the subject of UN inspections National Security Advisor Sandy Berger said:
It is ineffectual; it is not able to do its job by its own judgment. It doesn’t provide much deterrence against WMD activity.

Senator Tom Daschle agreed with the President noting:
Iraq is not the only nation in the world to possess weapons of mass destruction, but it is the only nation with a leader who has used them against his own people.

Senator John Kerry said:
For the United States and Britain, an Iraq equipped with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons under the leadership of Saddam Hussein is a threat that almost goes without description. France, on the other hand, has long established economic and political relationships within the Arab world, and has had a different approach.

President Clinton added these prophetic words of wisdom as he warned:
This is not a time free from peril, especially as a result of the reckless acts of outlaw nations and an unholy axis of terrorists, drug traffickers and organized international criminals. We have to defend our future from these predators of the 21st century.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find these quotes an interesting study in hypocrisy…..

Posted by TexasRainmaker | (1) Comment
May 28th, 2003 10:56 am

Amnesty International: ‘War on Terror’ Has Made World Worse
LONDON (Reuters) - Washington’s “war on terror” has made the world more dangerous by curbing human rights, undermining international law and shielding governments from scrutiny, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Releasing its annual report into global human rights abuses in 2002, the London-based watchdog made one of its fiercest attacks yet on the policies pursued by the United States and Britain in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

And oh, how we should be respecting the human rights of terrorists. I’m sure Amnesty International would prefer to go back an era of appeasement and do-nothingness. That should make the world safer. Morons.

“There is a very real risk that Iraq will go the way of Afghanistan if no genuine effort is made to heed the call of the Iraqi people for law and order and full respect of human rights,” Khan said.

Let’s pray this is true. Afterall, Afghanistan women are no longer brutalized, tortured and maimed for simply showing their faces. The women are allowed to school and work as normal humans. It would be a real shame if Iraqi women enjoyed the same human rights.

It said the intense media focus on Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002 meant human rights abuses in Ivory Coast, Colombia, Burundi, Chechnya and Nepal had gone largely unnoticed.

Exactly how in the hell is that the fault of Washington? We apologize if defending our world from mass terrorism is taking some media focus off your food drops, but get real….trying to tie the two together is the epitome of pathetic.

“The United States continues to pick and choose which bits of its obligations under international law it will use, and when it will use them,” she said, highlighting the detention without charge or trial of hundreds of prisoners in Afghanistan and in a U.S. military camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “By putting these detainees into a legal black hole, the U.S. administration appeared to continue to support a world where arbitrary unchallengeable detention becomes acceptable.”

Where would Amnesty International propose to put TERRORISTS? And while we’re discussing picking and choosing international law, let’s discuss the lack of enforcement of U.N. resolutions by the international community. Yes, it took a real country with real resolve and a desire to see a peaceful world, to dismantle a tyrant’s regime and relieve him of his weapons. Let me ask you Amnesty International, is the middle east more stable with Saddam Hussein out of power, or with him invading neighboring countries? You people are ridiculous.

Khan said it was vital that the world “resist the manipulation of fear and challenge the narrow focus of the security agenda.” “The definition of security must be broadened to encompass the security of people, as well as states,” she said.

What a moron. Guess what Ghengis Khan, the war on terror *IS* allowing the world to “resist the manipulation of fear” and “encompass the security of people, as well as states”. The free men and women in Afghanistan are PEOPLE, not states. The Iraqis who are able to gather in the streets without fear of torture or imprisonment are PEOPLE, not states.

Look, Amnesty International, we all know you’re against the death penalty and we understand your hatred for George W. Bush since he enforces the death penalty against society’s worst villians, but get your nose out of politics. Go dance in the streets for human rights and stop butting into the work of real men. Or perhaps we’ll go the way of Amnesty International until you see things clearly…..perhaps while your dancing in the smoldering rubble of your headquarters just after terrorists have lodged an aircraft into the elevator shaft. Of course, terrorists wouldn’t go after you…..you’re their friends.


Posted by TexasRainmaker | (0) Comments
May 10th, 2003 3:07 pm

How to speak Liberal:

How to oppose a tax cut - Since most average families would like to see their taxes go down, and a Republican is proposing such, make sure to focus on the wealthy, and only look at the amount of the cut, but ignore altogether their collective tax BURDEN. Evaluating the whole story won’t help here, just recite something simple like, “it’s a tax cut for the rich and big business”.

How to oppose a justified war - Since 70% of the country backs the war, focus on the innocent lives sure to be lost (ignore that they’re 1. going to die at the hands of the regime anyway (and probably in a more gruesome manner) and 2. going to die most likely at the hands of the regime in the war, rather than our smart warheads). Also, make sure to say something about how you can support the troops and not the President… this will help you later in your defense of your lack of patriotism. If all else fails, enumerate each and every reason proferred by the administration for the war: WMDs, Regime change, al-Qaeda link, September 11th, freedom of the Iraqi people….. and when convenient lash out at any failings or even perceived failings in each of these. Be cautious, however, when dealing with a principled administration, if a cause is advanced, it’s sure to be accurate, so push hard while the proof is questionable or not readily available and go into hiding when you’re proven wrong….trust me, people will forget what you blabbered before the war.

How to blame Republicans for everything - just use the word “big” in front of any perceived institutional or social opposition. Some examples: big business, big oil, big tobacco, big corporations With a word like “big” in front of them, who on earth could find it in their heart to support one of these horrible institutions.

How to gain support for continuing failing government-run social programs: If anyone questions an obviously failing program, question their compassion for the down-trodden, the disabled, the poor or the minority. This will insure that the opposition will back down, as in today’s world it’s more egregious to be labeled a bigot, prejudiced or a “hater” than to be called immoral, unethical or atheist.

How to win a presidency: Run on the concept of wealth for everyone, even those who choose not to work or help by promising to take from the greedy, evil rich (ok, middle class is fair game too) and give to the poor; threaten senior citizens with their medicare, prescription drugs and social security; minimize the perceived need for strong military (afterall, that whole “provide for the common defense” clause in the constitution is just misinterpreted by evil strict constructionists); lie about your credits, affairs and opponents, it does wonders; and if you find yourself on election day still behind, isolate a small liberal jurisdiction or two, send in the lawyers, Jesse Jackson and David Boise and try to steal the election (be careful, though, trashing military votes in place of accepting convicted felon votes can backfire if caught - but don’t worry, if the local counters can’t steal it for you, your lawyers can take it to the supreme court, which has more conservatives and will provide you with four years of undending whining about a “selected, not elected” president). *caveat - make sure your party at least wins in the following midterm elections if you want this argument to hold any weight

How to take down America: Vote a straight democratic ticket……hell, it’s easier than thinking.

Posted by TexasRainmaker | (0) Comments
April 30th, 2003 4:22 pm

Do you ever wonder why we’re always seeing the liberals try to reinvent themselves? Do you remember the “3 faces of Gore” in the 2000 election debates? Do you question why liberals are completely outspoken before the war, warning of mass doom and gloom, only to fade into obscurity and silence when the victory is at hand?

Imagine if you will a football game. On one side of the ball you have the offense. The offense controls the flow of the game by deciding whether to run or pass, line up in a strong right formation or strong left, knowing in advance who will advance the ball down the field, preparing the proper blocking assignments and executing a plan thought out in advance. The offense defines its strategy, sticks to its plan and moves forward. The key is to stick to the proven gameplan that works without fail.

On the other side, you have the defense. The defense’s sole objective is to thwart the offense’s gameplan. The defense has no flow control of the game, other than to stop the offense. The defense plans its attack by guessing what the offense will do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails. When it fails, the defense must reevaluate what it did wrong and change for the next play. Throughout the game, the defense is always repositioning its players, reassessing its position on the field, reexamining the strategy of the offense and basing its next move on a reaction to the offense’s movements.

In today’s political climate, the liberals seem to be this ever-shifting defense. They’re always reinventing themselves to adjust for the flow of the game. They have no real strategy other than to oppose the conservatives. If you doubt that, simply look at the war in Iraq - liberals have not come up with a plan to rid the world of Iraq’s dangers, they’ve only opposed Bush’s plan and at each step have had to redefine their position “Iraqis won’t cheer, we’re eeeevil”, then they cheered…. “where’s the link to al Qaeda” and it was found….now it’s “but where are the WMDs?”….and when they’re uncovered, what will be the next opposition argument?

It’s easier to defend a single position chocked full of passion, supported by a strong belief and backed by facts…. then it is to hold on to intellectually dishonest ideals which change with time.

Posted by TexasRainmaker | (0) Comments
April 28th, 2003 9:41 am

The only “concerted” effort to silence you idiots is from US, the AMERICAN PEOPLE. There is no government conspiracy, no hollywood blacklisting, it is US, remember, the people who pay for your acting and singing services, the CUSTOMERS of your products.

We’re tired of your utopian mindset and completely UNEDUCATED and UNINFORMED opinions. You can blame the administration, the radio stations and Fox news all you want, but at the end of the day, the real voice of opposition to you morons is US, WE THE PEOPLE, as you would say, “the uninformed warmonging haters” who support your fantasy lifestyle by buying your movies and CDs.

Blame me. Blame all of us. But stop trying to act like there is some conspiracy. Yes, WE can’t stand you any longer. WE are tired of you morons calling our President an idiot, when the truth is 90% of you barely have high school education. WE’RE sick of you telling us what’s moral when most of you are adulterers, liars and cheaters. WE’RE sick of you talking down about the current administration as some “rich, white guys” when most of you a priveleged, spoiled brats. WE’RE tired of you hiding under the guise of “freedom of speech” only to badmouth US when WE exercise the very same right. WE’RE done supporting your lavish lifestyle while the price of movie tickets and CDs goes up so you can own multiple houses and SUVs only to tell US that WE need to conserve resources and hug trees.

WE’RE tired of the hypocrisy and WE are not taking it anymore.

Posted by TexasRainmaker | (0) Comments
April 27th, 2003 10:24 am

So I’m feeling motivated today, I’ll do two entries. Here is what happens when liberals gain control:

We ridicule the absolute truth of God’s Word and called it pluralism.
We worship other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We endorse perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We exploit the poor and called it the lottery.
We neglect the needy and called it self-preservation.
We reward laziness and called it welfare.
We kill our unborn and called it choice.
We neglect to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We abuse power and called it political savvy.
We covet our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We pollute the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We ridicule the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

As Edmund Burke said: the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Thank God we have a good man in charge today.

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