Archive for July, 2013

July News and Committee Reports

July 18, 2013

July 24 Program Reminder – Paul Michael on Guns! Guns! Guns!

Paul Michael, Owner/Instructor of Elk Castle Shooting Sports

Paul Michael, Owner/Instructor of Elk Castle Shooting Sports

Paul Michael will be our featured speaker in July on the topic of “Guns! Guns! Guns!”  A a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Paul Michael now owns and teaches courses at Elk Castle Shooting Sports.  He will provide us with a “Show & Tell” about various types of guns, as well as provide us with an update on firearms law.

Social – 11:00am  Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

Note – Same place, different room!  Our meeting will be held in the Trinity Room, just down the hallway from the Top of the Town room where we normally meet.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, July 22nd to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.

If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)Red Star

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – JULY 2013

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

To read July’s President’s Message, click HERE.

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Judge Sharen Wilson

Judge Sharen Wilson

Many thanks to Judge Sharen Wilson for sponsoring our June Board meeting! Judge Wilson is the judge of Criminal District Court No. 1 and a long-standing member of Fort Worth Republican Women.  Thank you, Judge Wilson!

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GWB Remarks

“Thank you very much, and welcome to Freedom Hall.  I am incredibly grateful to be able to witness this joyous and uplifting ceremony.  It will be inspiring to see people of different ages, and different countries, raise their right hands and take the oath to become citizens of the United States.

All who swear the oath of citizenship are doing more than completing a legal process.  You are making a lifetime pledge to support the values and the laws of America.  The pledge comes with great privileges.  It also comes with great responsibilities.

For some of you, this day comes after a long and difficult journey.  For all of you, this is a defining moment in your lives.  America is your country now.  It is more than your home.  I welcome you to this free nation. I congratulate you and your families.  And it is an honor to call you fellow Americans.

Our immigrant heritage has enriched America’s history.  It continues to shape our society.  Each generation of Americans — of immigrants — brings a renewal to our national character and adds vitality to our culture.  Newcomers have a special way of appreciating the opportunities of America, and when they seize those opportunities, our whole nation benefits.

In the 1790s, an immigrant from Ireland designed the White House.  I’m familiar with the place.  (Laughter.)  He did a fine job.  (Laughter.)  He also helped build the Capitol.  In the 1990s, 200 years later, an immigrant from Russia helped create the Internet search engine Google.  In between, new citizens have made contributions in virtually every professional field, and millions of newcomers have strengthened their communities through their hard work, through their love of family, and through their faith.

We’re a nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition — which has strengthened our country in so many ways.  We’re also a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws.  America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.  We can uphold our traditions of assimilating immigrants and honoring our heritage as a nation built on the rule of law.  But we have a problem.  The laws governing the immigration system are broken.  The system is broken.

We’re now in an important debate about reforming those laws, and that’s good.  I don’t particularly want to be involved in the politics, or the specifics of policy.  But I do hope there is a positive resolution to the debate.  And I hope during the debate that we keep a benevolent spirit in mind, and we understand the contributions immigrants make to our country.

We must remember that the vast majority of immigrants are decent people who work hard, and support their families, and practice their faith, and lead responsible lives.  Some willingly defend the flag, including two about to take the oath here today.

At its core, immigration is a sign of a confident and successful nation.  It says something about our country that people all around the world are willing to leave their homes and leave their families and risk everything to come to our country.  Their talent and hard work and love of freedom have helped us become the leader of the world.

Our generation must ensure that America remains a beacon of liberty and the most hopeful society the world has ever known.  We must always be proud to welcome people as fellow Americans.  Our new immigrants are just what they’ve always been — people willing to risk everything for the dream of freedom.

America remains what she has always been: a great hope on the horizon, a blessed and promised land.  We honor the heritage of all who come here, no matter where they come from, because we trust in our country’s genius for making us all Americans — one nation under God.

It’s a joyful day for you all, and it’s one you’ll always remember.  And so will I.  (Laughter.)  In a few moments, we will share the same title — a title that has meant more to me than any other, and I’ve had a lot — that would be Citizen of the United States.  I congratulate you and ask God’s blessings upon you.”

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In the July 3, 2013 issue of American Thinker, author Jeffrey Folks displays his perspective on the reason behind President Obama’s objectives and policies for his administration. 

Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of a Nation He Despises

By Jeffrey Folks

 Is it just incompetence, or is there something else going on here?

Obama’s only real competence, it seems, lies in spying on Americans and imposing new restrictions on their liberty.  This fact may be the key to understanding this president.  He has shown himself sympathetic toward every anti-American dictator on the planet, warmly embracing Hugo Chávez, lifting travel restrictions to Castro’s Cuba, and (when he thought no one could hear him) promising a cozy second term with President Putin.

Obama’s love affair with Marxist tyrants has not earned him any favors — not even the return of one globe-trotting traitor.  The best he can do is issue a weak protest and direct his new secretary of state to remark that Hong Kong’s and Russia’s actions in regard to Snowden are really “disappointing.”  That kind of swagger should make the Chinese and Russian leadership wet their britches.

For his part, Obama has done nothing, perhaps because he is still in thrall of anyone who calls himself a Marxist.  The only people he really distrusts are Americans, especially those patriotic Tea Party members who care about their country’s future.

Does President Obama really hate the American people that much?

I think he does.  He hates America as it is and as it has been, and, as he openly admits, he wants nothing less than to “fundamentally transform America.”  One does not completely transform a nation into the opposite of what it is unless one hates that nation as it is.  That fact explains why Obama has done so little to protect America while doing so much to spy on, disparage, and attack ordinary Americans. 

Obama seized on the financial crisis of 2008 as the pretext for passing a sweeping stimulus bill, the Dodd-Frank financial services regulation, and the seriously mislabeled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  Now, with the help of “extreme weather” coverage on every mainstream news service, he has been ginning up another crisis as the pretext for sweeping regulation of the entire economy.  And just last week, in a speech at Georgetown University, he has announced what that regulation will cover.

It will cover just about everything.  Every activity that uses energy, or that used energy in its manufacture or requires energy for its maintenance, will be regulated — not by Congress but by the president directly.

That is the strategy behind Obama’s new pronouncements on the “social cost” of carbon emissions.  As Obama put it in his Georgetown speech, “the costs of these [climate] events can be measured.”  Nothing could justify the actual cost of Obama’s new emissions push, which will raise the cost of electricity along with everything else from cars to refrigerators to new homes.  But if the “social cost” of carbon emissions is factored in, suddenly the new guidelines are made to seem affordable.

But what is the “social cost” of carbon? It is the cost of future climate events that “might result” from increased carbon emissions.  In fact, no one knows whether there actually will be more extreme weather events — or even what constitutes such an event.  Is a cold winter such an event?  An abnormally wet spring?  An average year, with its share of tornados and wildfires?  The truth is that the president is engaging in pure speculation as the basis for policies that will cost hundreds of billions in spending and millions of new jobs.

As Obama himself pointed out at Georgetown, America’s carbon emissions are “at the lowest levels in nearly 20 years.”  Yet, according to the president, it is in precisely in this period (“the last 15 years”) that scientists have recorded rising temperatures.  The president’s science seems a bit confused.

It is all too much like Stalin’s fascination with the pseudo-science of Trofim Lysenko.  Stalin’s faith in Lysenkoism set Soviet agriculture back decades.  Yet Lysenko’s theories of the heritability of acquired traits became the basis of Soviet agricultural policy — just as the unproven science of global warming has become the basis of American energy policy under Obama.

Lysenkoism ended in disaster for the Soviet Union, and the science of global warming is leading the U.S. and western Europe toward a similar economic disaster.  This year, California’s Central Valley, which supplies much of America’s fresh fruits and vegetables, will receive only 20% of its normal water allocation for fear of harming the Delta smelt.  A president with real leadership qualities would suspend the efforts to save the smelt and save the humans instead.  But this president is terrified of offending the environmental lobby.  In fact, he wants to go farther.  Why should farmers have any water at all if the smelt’s future is at stake?

It’s not difficult to see where the pseudo-science of global warming is taking us.  Obama has already declared that, in effect, there shall be no new coal-fired power plants and that at least one third of existing coal-fired plants are to be shuttered in the near future, and all of them eventually in the carbon-free future he dreams of.  He is preparing regulations that will make it impossible to produce efficient and economical full-size trucks in the numbers now needed to run our economy.  His next step will likely be an assault on our nation’s ability to produce shale gas through the safe technology of hydraulic fracturing.

And that’s just the beginning of the total makeover that Obama has in mind for America.  Did I mention persecution of journalists?  Forced unionization of workplaces?  Abortion on demand, funded by every employer?  Racial discrimination in perpetuity against non-minorities?  And environmental regulations as far as the eye can see, affecting every aspect of life?

From the flow per second of your morning shower to the temperature at which you set your thermometer at night, from the car you drive to what you eat, from where and how your children are educated to how you fund your retirement, Obama wants government to control every moment of your existence.  Long ago, in a glorious revolution, Americans rejected this sort of tyranny when it was imposed on them by the British Crown.  Our only chance now is at the ballot box in 2014 and 2016. 

Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books on American politics and culture, including Heartland of the Imagination (2013).

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GEORGE W. BUSH

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY and MUSEUM 

Thank you to Brooke Allen for organizing the bus trip to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum!  It was a great turn-out and a memorable time for the FWRW!

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 Special thanks to our sponsors who helped offset some of the bus costs!
 
DABNEY AND PAM BASSEL
ATTICUS AND ANNA GILL
BAVOUSETT INSURANCE 
DEBRA COFFEY 
 
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 The Verdict is In – Now What’s Your Verdict?
 
Zimmerman Trial Survey

Some have accused NBC of intentionally editing the 911 call from the night of Trayvon Martin’s death in such a way as to make it appear that Zimmerman’s acts were motivated by racism. Others say that Zimmerman should sue NBC for slander.

In NBC’s edited tape, Zimmerman was heard to say, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

After this version was played, replayed and replayed again and again on television, it was revealed that the verbatim 911 call actually went like this:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: Okay. and this guy – is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

What do you think?

Special thank you to Bonnie Sudderth for her assistance with this month’s newsletter.

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July 24 Program Announcement – Paul Michael on Guns! Guns! Guns!

July 10, 2013
Paul Michael, Owner/Instructor of Elk Castle Shooting Sports

Paul Michael, Owner/Instructor of Elk Castle Shooting Sports

Paul Michael will be our featured speaker in July on the topic of “Guns! Guns! Guns!”  A a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Paul Michael now owns and teaches courses at Elk Castle Shooting Sports.  He will provide us with a “Show & Tell” about various types of guns, as well as provide us with an update on firearms law.

Social – 11:00am  Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, July 22nd to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.

If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

Last Chance! George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Bus Trip

July 6, 2013

GEORGE W. BUSH

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY and MUSEUM

 
Bus Trip
 
LAST CHANCE – The Bus is booked, so all aboard to travel to Dallas and tour the museum with your favorite friends. Guests welcome!

When:        July 13th – Bus leaves at 8:30am and returns by 3:30pm

Where:      Leaving and returning to the Bobby Cox Building in FW

Cost:           $30 per person* (includes bus ride and museum ticket)

*If you sign up, you will need to pay even if you cancel. Seating is limited and only a few spots remain.

Lunch:      Working on lunch at Café 43 onsite (an extra charge)

How:          Email or call Brooke Allen to reserve your spot –ballen@browndean.com or 817.874.0043

RESERVATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER MONDAY, JULY 8TH – On the 9th I will have information for you on lunch and purchase the museum tickets.

SPONSORS – WE NEED YOU!!!

Only $65 which includes a spot on the bus and you may place your campaign materials on the bus for a captive audience and your sponsorship will be announced at the July meeting.

Contact Brooke Allen.