Hello….from the business world…

Being in the business or corporate sector is interesting. For the most part I have been in small to midsize companies where interacting with others is unavoidable.

The business world is a heartless bastard. It can be cruel and heartless. But that’s the business side. The people, if you get a chance to know them can be very fun to know. Some whose company you enjoy and then there are those you want no part of outside of the office.

One thing I have noticed, especially in large companies, when you say hello to someone in the hall, you would expect something in return. That’s not even the case in my most recent experience as a consultant.

Granted we are here to work and have a main goal of making the company money. Aside from that, when people work somewhere, does that mean manners go out the window? I have worked with people of all levels of income class. Some at the higher level, I’m not sure they have enough money to buy any manners. The younger or even lower levels don’t seem to have any manners either. What, you can’t use them as a tool on a daily basis to get what you need? Notice I said “daily”? When you use them only to attain a small specific thing, that “niceness” you display for that short bit, will gain you nothing eventually.

When I see someone in the halls, I generally say “hello”. When nothing comes back, even when the person looks me in the eyes. Pretty rude! Everyone says “we need to be kind to like one another.” Really? So when someone says “Hi” to you and you neglect to respond, how is that you being kind? Kindness is not some grandiose concept, it is very simple in its design.

I know it’s the business world, but damn! Even a small “hello” goes a long way!

The President We Deserve…

Typically you can see what the temperament of the country is like when they elect a president.

With the prior eight years you can easily say that people were looking for a savior of some sort. THANK GOD HE FAILED! I don’t say that because I wanted him to, I say it because it took a while for us to get on our knees to ask for the right person to bring a sense of purpose and pride to this nation.

Am I saying I’m all in for Trump? Not at all. My primary choice was Ted Cruz. I too struggled with supporting Trump, the same as others. A good friend of mine told me he was optimistic as to what Trump could accomplish. He saw some things that I couldn’t. I’m staying cautiously optimistic because I’m concerned that he is similar to that of Nero. Albeit he has done great and exceeded my expectations and everyone else’s. I am thankful for that. He’s done some of the things that my friend had hoped.

I see Trump’s presidency on the parallel of a quote from The Dark Knight. At the end of the movie, Commissioner Gordon is explaining to his son why Batman is running, even in his innocence. “He’s a guardian. A watchful protector. A hero, not the hero we need but the hero we deserve.” So, this president that we deserve also has a backbone. Something that the last Republican POTUS’ have not had. They were too concerned with public opinion polls as opposed to actually taking care of the nation. Trump is the president we deserve!

Reparations…

From time to time you will hear Democrats speak of reparations.  Even some of those within the international community even say that the United States owe reparations to those whose ancestors were slaves.

The interesting thing about this issue is that it has already taken place.  If W.E.B. DuBois wrote in his book, “The Souls of Black Folk”, he discusses this issue at length.

The United States created a branch called the Freedmen’s Bureau.  They were in charge of distributing the land and mules. Once that was allocated out, the men that were once slave owners were then beaten and then released IF they survived.

No, reparations took place already and all discussions of it should cease! Those that continue are looking to implement communism, be wary!

Vote Ted Cruz…

I am a fan of Ted Cruz! We voted him in the US Senate 6 years ago and he has done everything we asked him to do. I have met the man several times and let him know that I appreciate everything he has done for the State of Texas. He has been a great representative for this great state!

I know and understand that some people are considering not voting for him. These are fellow conservatives. I have seen some of them reason as to him having bowed before the orange clown (supporting Donald Trump). They believe that he (Ted) should have never supported the man. They refer to him as weak for not standing by his wife when DJT attacked her.

Well, if they would open their ears they would have heard Ted explain why he eventually came to that point. Ted explained he did it because the state of Texas sent him to DC to do a job! Not to go and vote and act in his own personal interests and act like a Child as some conservatives who attack him are doing! As for how Ted not sticking up for his wife, you don’t know what happens behind the scenes. How do you know Ted didn’t discuss it with Heidi as to how to move forward? How do you know that Ted didn’t have a conversation with DJT and tell him, “you want my support, you owe me and my wife an apology!” Bottom line…it really is none of our business! If Ted and President Trump buried the hatchet, so should you! After all, President Trump has been relying on Ted’s input. You can bet he will continue to do so when Ted Cruz gets back there.

So, quit being a sort of willow and go vote Ted Cruz for US Senator!

Information on Mr Figueroa for Republican Party of Texas Chair…

Here in Texas, Tom Mechler resigned his post of Rep Party of Texas Chair.  As the role had started to take its toll on his personal life, he decided to step aside.  A very wise move.

I had received some information regarding Mr. Figueroa this week and wanted to share it with you.  I didn’t compile the information, however I am disseminating it as I received it.   I hope you find it useful in your decision making on who you may support for the next RPT Chair.

Richard Scott “Rick” Figueroa Political Background and Activity CONTRIBUTION HISTORY Campaign finance records on file with the Texas Ethics Commission, Federal Election Commission, and City of Houston indicate Figueroa has been a modest donor to a small handful of candidates and political action committees since 2006. His contribution history is as follows: Donations on file with FEC: 4/10/13 $250 to John Cornyn http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?13020330116 3/15/08 

$500 to John McCain http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?13941009430 8/23/08 

$500 to John McCain http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?13941073520 12/23/13 

$300 to Fort Bend Republican Party http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?14940308511 

Donations on file with TEC: 5/9/16 $375 to Republican Women of Greater North Texas PAC 6/5/06 $200 to Kristi Thibaut 10/9/13 $250 to Hispanic Republicans of Texas 11/21/14 $250 to Lois Kolkhorst 4/12/17 $500 to Republican Women of Greater North Texas PAC 10/2/13 

$350 to Spirit of Freedom Republican Women 11/18/13 

$20 to Fort Bend Republican Women’s Club PAC Donations on file with City of Houston: 7/22/09 

$250 to Gene Locke There is no record of Figueroa contributing to the Republican Party of Texas in an amount that would trigger mandatory public disclosure of the contribution ($200 or more per election cycle for contributions to a Federal account). CONTRIBUTION TO KRISTI THIBAUT In 2006, Democrats targeted Texas House District 133 as a pickup opportunity. This was an open seat which been vacated by Republican State Representative Joe Nixon. The general election campaign featured Republican nominee Jim Murphy and Democratic nominee Kristi Thibaut.   

Thibaut’s campaign finance reports on file with the Texas Ethics Commission indicate she received a $200 contribution from Figueroa on 6/5/20061. In addition to Figueroa’s contribution, Thibaut’s campaign also received financial support from a variety of union interests as well as Planned Parenthood2. The Democrats’ attempts to turn District 133 blue in 2006 were unsuccessful, with Murphy defeating Thibaut and holding the seat for Republicans. Although she was defeated by Murphy, Thibaut still managed to find work at the State Capitol during the 2007 legislative session- as a paid lobbyist for the disgraced and scandal plagued organization ACORN. Thibaut’s paid work for ACORN was highlighted by the Republican Party of Texas during one of Thibaut’s subsequent campaigns for the Texas House3. (Note: Per state law, campaign finance records posted on the Texas Ethics Commission’s website do not include a contributor’s full street address, just the contributor’s city and ZIP code. The entry on the campaign finance report showing Figueroa’s contribution to the Thibaut campaign shows a Sugar Land, Texas ZIP code where Figueroa and his wife resided at the time the contribution was made.) CONTRIBUTION TO GENE LOCKE In the open race for Mayor of Houston in 2009, many grassroots Republicans supported the candidacy of Roy Morales. While technically a non-partisan election, Morales was the only viable candidate with a Republican history, and was serving at the time as a Republican member of the Harris County Department of Education board. Morales faced three major Democratic opponents- city councilman Peter Brown, city controller Annise Parker, and former city attorney Gene Locke. Many prominent Democratic elected officials in the Houston area, including State Senators John Whitmire, Mario Gallegos, and Rodney Ellis, were prominent supporters of Locke’s mayoral campaign. Locke’s campaign finance records on file with the City of Houston indicate he received a $250 contribution from Figueroa on 7/22/09. HOUSTON BUSINESS EDUCATION COALITION PAC Figueroa is a member of the board of the Houston Business Education Coalition PAC4, which endorses and makes financial contributions to candidates in Houston ISD and Houston Community College Board elections. While the Houston Business Education Coalition PAC claims to support “reform-minded” candidates, there are numerous examples where this PAC endorsed and/or contributed to liberal candidates who had markedly conservative opponents. 1http://204.65.203.5/public/416575.pdf    2http://204.65.203.5/public/321250.pdf    3https://www.texasgop.org/texas-‐republicans-‐expose-‐democrat-‐state-‐rep-‐kristi-‐thibauts-‐ties-to-‐discredited-‐acorn/    4http://houstonbec.org/about/     

Kevin Hoffman- In 2013, the Houston Business Education Coalition PAC endorsed and contributed $10,000 to Kevin Hoffman, a candidate for the Houston Community College Board. At the time of this election, Hoffman served as President of the Greater Heights Democratic Club and treasurer of Houston Stonewall Young Democrats (a LGBTQ advocacy organization)7. Hoffman came in third place in a three-way race against Democratic activist and union official Zeph Capo and incumbent HCC board member Yolanda Navarro Flores. Adriana Tamez- In 2013, the Houston Business Education Coalition PAC endorsed8 and contributed $41,5009 to Adriana Tamez, a Houston ISD administrator who was challenging incumbent Houston Community College Board member Herlinda Garcia. While both Tamez and Garcia had Democratic histories, there were significant ideological differences between the two candidates. This was reflected in the endorsements received by the candidates, with Tamez receiving backing from prominent Democratic activists and organizations10 and Garcia receiving support from conservatives including former Harris County Republican Party Chairman Gary Polland.11 Tamez defeated Garcia in a runoff election. Bruce Austin- In 2013, the Houston Business Education Coalition PAC endorsed12 and contributed $2,50013 to Democrat and longtime HCC board member Bruce Austin. His opponent, Dave Wilson, was well known in the Houston area for his many years of conservative activism, particularly on family values issues. Wilson narrowly defeated Austin in a major upset. Robert Glaser- In 2013, the Houston Business Education Coalition PAC endorsed14 and contributed $10,00015 to Democrat Robert Glaser in a race for an open seat on the Houston Community College board. Glaser was opposed by Phil Kunetka, a Navy veteran who had been active in Republican party activities for some time. Glaser defeated Kunetka in a runoff election. 5http://www.prnewswire.com/news-‐releases/houston-‐business-‐education-‐coalition-‐pac-‐hbec-endorses-‐kevin-‐j-‐hoffman-‐in-‐fall-‐hcc-‐election-‐227878691.html    6http://204.65.203.5/public/588204noadd.csv    7http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=56478    8http://www.prnewswire.com/news-‐releases/houston-‐business-‐education-‐coalition-‐pac-‐hbec-endorses-‐adriana-‐tamez-‐in-‐fall-‐hcc-‐election-‐227874341.html    9http://204.65.203.5/public/588204noadd.csv   and  http://204.65.203.5/public/599446noadd.csv    10   http://www.harrisyds.org/houston-‐elections-‐2013.html  11http://www.texasconservativereview.com/TCR_Nov_2013_Houston_Voters_Guide/    12http://www.prnewswire.com/news-‐releases/houston-‐business-‐education-‐coalition-‐pac-hbec-‐endorses-‐bruce-‐austin-‐in-‐fall-‐hcc-‐election-‐228252281.html   13http://204.65.203.5/public/588204noadd.csv    

14   http://www.prnewswire.com/news-‐releases/houston-‐business-‐education-‐coalition-‐pac-hbec-‐endorses-‐robert-‐glaser-‐in-‐fall-‐hcc-‐election-‐228252211.html    

15http://204.65.203.5/public/588204noadd.csv   and  http://204.65.203.5/public/599446noadd.csv     

Zeph Capo- After Kevin Hoffman (see above) failed to make the runoff election against incumbent Houston Community College board member Yolanda Navarro Flores, the Houston Business Education Coalition PAC threw its support and $20,000 in campaign contributions16 behind Zeph Capo, Flores’ remaining opponent. At the time of this election, Capo served as a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee and worked for an affiliate of the AFLCIO.17 While Flores also had a Democratic history, she ran a campaign on a platform that was significantly further to the right of Capo (and Hoffman). The ideological differences between Capo and Flores are why well known Houston-area Republican elected officials such as Orlando Sanchez18 and Chris Daniel endorsed Flores’ campaign. Capo defeated Flores in the runoff election. VIEWS ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION After his unsuccessful campaign for Republican National Committeeman against incumbent Robin Armstrong, Figueroa served as a member of the Trump campaign’s Hispanic advisory council. In September 2016, after Trump gave a speech regarding the need for an aggressive stand against illegal immigration, Figueroa made comments critical of Trump to the media.19 Figueroa also posted a statement on his website critical of Trump’s speech and indicating his personal opposition to the deportation of illegal immigrants.20 OTHER ACTIVITIES Figueroa was appointed to the board of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation by Governor Abbott in May, 2016 and was previously appointed to the Texas Judicial Council by Governor Perry. Figueroa’s biography identifies him as an “Ambassador” for the Greater Houston Partnership21 and the Greater Houston Partnership’s member directory identifies Figueroa as a “Life Member.”22 In 2015, the Greater Houston Partnership was active in efforts in support of the “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance” that would have required Houston businesses to allow men to use women’s restrooms. In addition to publicly supporting the ordinance, the Greater Houston Partnership contributed $71,760 to the unsuccessful campaign to pass the ordinance. 

 16http://204.65.203.5/public/599446noadd.csv    

17   http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=56475     18https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TDuNcZZkw5pkqew5b8MNf4INTV2gUZESIcaJThM3CKVcy1Yr-PI2np92XoAG/edit  19https://www.texastribune.org/2016/09/01/after-‐speech-‐trump-‐loses-‐key-‐texas-‐hispanic-backer/   

  20http://web.archive.org/web/20160907215115/https://www.rickfortexas.com/2016/09/01/my-statement-‐on-‐donald-‐trump-‐immigration-‐and-‐the-‐republican-‐party/    21http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/22317    22http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/index.php?i=219660&m=&l=&p=150&pre=&ver =html5#{“page”:150,”issue_id”:219660}     

Bob Rehak has a Fact Problem…

In a blog (http://rehakforschoolboard.com/parents-want-information-not-lies-intimidation) posted under the “News” heading found on Bob Rehak’s campaign website, he calls the Kingwood TEA Party a hate group and stated that they were intimidating a “young mother – who is also a candidate” because she does not support vouchers. He further makes an assertion that the Kingwood TEA Party is in favor of vouchers.

FACT – The Kingwood TEA Party is in favor of Educational Savings Accounts, not vouchers.

The “young mother” running for school board is in fact, Abigail Whitmire. He goes on to accuse TEA Party leaders of “furtively” taking photos of a tent located on public property outside of a polling location where she and her child were, while passing out literature that stated her employment with Planned Parenthood.

FACT – Abigail Whitmire did work for Planned Parenthood as a Public Affairs Field Specialist. This information was found on her LinkedIn profile.

Bob Rehak has threatened to sue for taking photos of Ms. Whitmire along with her supporters while they are speaking with or waiting for voters at the public polling place. If Ms. Whitmire, Mr. Rehak and their supporters feel their children are at risk at the polling location, why are they taking them there? No justifiable answer was given.

FACT – If you are in plain view of the public, you can ask for someone to stop filming/photographing you, however they do not have to stop. There is not a “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy” for candidates especially when outside a polling location. http://carterlawaz.com/2013/06/no-expectation-of-privacy-in-public/

FACT – The only “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy” a candidate has is to that of their medical records. http://www.ethicapublishing.com/inconvenientorinvasive/2CH5.pdf

 Bob Rehak and his supporters are taking a page out of the Democrat playbook by trying to bully and intimidate grassroots activists into backing off. While you may not see them at the polls, the grassroots are actively working elsewhere in the community, county and state. http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/10/16-times-democrats-tried-to-prosecute-their-opponents/

A member of the voting community posed a question in response to Mr. Rehak’s assertion that almost 1 in 4 7th graders cannot read at grade level (http://rehakforschoolboard.com/good-reading-skills-fuel-upward-mobility/ & http://rehakforschoolboard.com/learners-are-earners/ ) in which data from http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/index.html was cited. The question asked Mr. Rehak for his opinion as to why scores in HISD, the Houston region and across the state fell from 5th grade to 6th & 7th grades and then increased in 8th grade again. A screenshot of Mr. Rehak response is below.

 

FACT: According to the TEA website, http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/performance-standards, STAAR Performance Standards, STAAR 3–8 Performance Standards Chart. There is jump in required scores from 5th to 6th grade is 47 basis points, 6th to 7th is 45 basis points and 7th to 8th is 26 basis points.

Mr. Rehak states that 23% of students cannot read at grade level, however, the STAAR test is not a test of a student’s ability to read and comprehend, it is a test that tests higher level thinking.

Mr. Rehak had interviewed with the TEA Party. They decided that Mr. Rehak’s idea of reading intervention is not conducive to a successful plan. He only issued a short-term solution and nothing long-term. However, teaching phonics is a much better plan that employs longer benefits to reading-comprehension. Implementing it at a young elementary stage does work, and long lasting effects. FACT: Mr. Rehak has also been endorsed by the Kingwood Democrats. Using his past livelihood to misrepresent facts is what he does, and very well.

 

Your Silence is Consent…

Over the last couple of general elections, we have watched this country spiral downward!  The people who couldn’t find it to try to elect someone who was better than a known socialist,  in order to keep this country from heading in a socialist direction because it “violated their conscience” is appalling.

As we sit at yet another crossroads to appoint another leader that will enforce the rule of law (Trump) versus someone who has no respect for it (Clinton), it appears that we will have a murderous, soulless villain poised to take the reins all because people are not willing to vote for someone because it will “violate their conscience”.

I can agree to this ideal to a point!  But please take note of what has occurred because people didn’t vote because it “violated their conscience”. We have seen an increase on the assault of religious freedoms and business decisions. Practically criminalizing them and bankrupting them!  We have seen an increase in ridiculous laws that pave way for more perversion in society by allowing men in women’s restrooms.  Men who lie and deceive their way into those restrooms to video them.

We have seen and know of instances in which the Democratic candidate has taken cover by the mass media that has come to love power and being in bed with that power.  First amendment rights don’t exist to them.  Especially to those that oppose them.

Those that say they are going to “vote their conscience” by not voting, have help to throw this nation into the quagmire we are in.  By not “violating” their “conscience” they are taking a stand. Really?

So, when it comes to taking a stand against an over-reaching government, especially one that has embraced a two tier system of justice, your conscience allows it to continue when you choose not to vote. You “voting your conscience” has begun to violate the fellow citizens of our country who have employed you to do your part!  You have engaged, by not engaging, to run this country on the fast track to doom. You will allow a very liberal justice system to come not just for me, but for those like me and even those like you!

Like a person who refuses to take a job in an industry because it violates a moral code, that is a choice that can be made.  You may not get paid well to do something less “glamorous”, but at least that is a choice you have made and can live according to that lifestyle choice.  Not voting in this election is a luxury you cannot afford.  Sure you have the choice not to vote for the top of the ticket, but you also help to destroy the country we all have come to love.  Your silence is consent this election!

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