in Houston, Texas
Shortage of consulting groups with government ethics expertise?
Wednesday, Sep 05, 2012, 04:21PM CST
By Steve Miller
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The Dallas City Council last month awarded a contract for ethics training to Navigant Consulting, a publicly-traded firm that “on its website, does not state any expertise in government ethics or training,” according to a post by the folks at City Ethics. Navigant “does, however, have an expertise in consulting to governments on a variety of issues.”

City Ethics acknowledges that it was a partner with the Josephson Institute of Ethics, one of the losing bidders. That’s not the point of the story, though. Instead, it concerns the dearth of qualified bodies with government ethics training.

“The report on the bidding on this project shows how empty the field of government ethics is of experienced consultants,” writes Robert Wechsler, director of research at City Ethics. “As far as I can tell, only two of the bidders had any expertise in government ethics training:  the Josephson Institute (with a character-oriented approach) and the ICMA (with an administrative ethics focus). The other bidders are either management consultants, corporate ethics and compliance trainers, or corporate trainers without an ethics or compliance specialty.”

It’s not sour grapes, or it doesn’t appear to be. It’s just a commentary on the state of ethics training at the municipal level. City Ethics earlier this year released a comprehensive book on ethics in various cities and how policies vary.

As we are talking about Dallas and its ethics contract recipient: Chicago-based Navigant is a mega-corporation with offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin and also touts that it runs some private investigator work. Actually, Navigant runs a large private investigator business, with its state license registered to the Houston office. The site lists a Scott Van Meter as manager of its Texas PI operation; he goes by Kenneth Van Meter on the state’s PI licensing database. He’s also an attorney and represented a couple of plaintiff municipal utility districts in debt and tax cases in Harris County in the ‘90s.

Among those listed on Navigant’s corporate PI license are Monica Weed, who is general counsel and vice president of Navigant, according to Reuters’ business publishing arm. Her most recent compensation package is listed at $730,762, according to Reuters, which describes Navigant as “an independent specialty consulting firm. Professional services include dispute, investigative, economic, operational, risk management technology, financial and regulatory advisory solutions.”

Its board of directors alumni includes Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who stepped down in 2009. Navigant is also the recipient of over $32 million in stimulus funds, according to Recovery.gov.

The $434,000 training program is a curious one, though. It excludes the one group that controls the money in the city: The City Council.

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Residential child care centers lose track of taxpayer funds in $363 million program, according to Texas state auditor’s report
Wednesday, Sep 05, 2012, 02:02PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
money

Thank goodness child care providers in Texas don’t have as much trouble keeping track of their kids as they do the taxpayer money supporting them.

In each of the reviews of five residential treatment centers and placement agencies for children, the state Auditor found managers were at a loss to account for money coming into or going out from the centers.

You can read the entire report of the Auditor’s review here. Texas Watchdog has reported that similar reviews in past years by the Auditor have yielded similar results. A year ago a Lewisville foster care provider lost its license for losing track of $313,208 in state funding.

Simply Love All People Inc., a San Antonio child placement agency with an annual budget of $312,972 and a staff of four, could not provide auditors with documentation for more than half of a $35,054 sample of payments from the Department of Family and Protective Services in 2011, the report says.

Simply Love lost track of all of $15,880 in payroll costs and $12,689 or more than 60 percent of $20,441 in foster parent payments in the auditor’s sample for that year.

Antelope Valley Child, Youth, and Family Services in Lancaster, with a staff of four and a budget more than twice that of Simply Love, could not provide documents to support nearly 60 percent of $14,415 administrative and direct expenses. Another $18,081 or 45 percent of  $40,274 in payroll was unaccounted for.

Unity Children’s Home in Spring, Carter’s Kids Inc. in Richmond and Agape Manor, with residences in Garland and Houston, also failed to document at least some of their expenses, according to the report.

These five non-profits were among 232 providing services to the 26,722 children at a cost of $362,965,314 in 2011, the report says. Nearly 70 percent of that cost is paid for through federal taxpayer dollars and the rest comes from state taxpayers.

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Former Socorro ISD trustee’s trial delayed, prosecutors allege Guillermo "Willie" Gandara Sr. accepted bribe in exchange for vote
Wednesday, Sep 05, 2012, 12:53PM CST
By Mike Cronin
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The trial of a former Socorro mayor and school board president for public corruption charges was supposed to begin this week.

But with U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo disqualifying Guillermo "Willie" Gandara Sr.’s attorney, Joe Spencer, it’s not going to start until March.

Judge Montalvo agreed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof that Spencer also representing the defendant’s son, Guillermo "Willie" Gandara Jr., in a federal drug trafficking case would be a conflict, the El Paso Times reports.

"We are ready to try this case and (Gandara Sr.) has the right to have his own lawyer, but the court ordered me off the case," Spencer, who has been the Gandaras’ family lawyer for about a decade, told the Times. "When I first started representing Mr. Gandara Jr., the information I got from the government was that there was no conflict."

The prosecutor told the judge that she plans on calling the son to testify against his father in the conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Gandara Sr., 62, is the only one of 11 defendants to plead not guilty to public corruption charges.

Prosecutors allege that in February 2006, Gandara Sr. allegedly accepted a $1,000 bribe from Access HealthSource spokesman Marc Schwartz intended for Gandara Jr.'s campaign for state representative in exchange for Gandara Sr.'s vote in support for Access as the Socorro Independent School District's health-insurance provider.

Gandara Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and establishment of manufacturing operations to distribute marijuana last month. His sentencing hearing is Nov. 14.

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The TSA’s power grab: Graphic details flow in complaint letters about Transportation Safety Administration’s groping excesses
Wednesday, Sep 05, 2012, 08:47AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Read together, hundreds of letters complaining about Transportation Safety Administration security excesses acquire a horrible and sickening power.

Not in the graphic descriptions of genitals groped, terminal ailments revealed or utter powerlessness before government endured. Rather, it’s how often in the face of violation and outrage the victims somehow manage dignity, courtesy and self-effacement.

Governmentattic.org, a non-profit website whose slogan is ‘videre licet,’ roughly translated from Latin as “permitting to see” posted 205 pages of these letters from 2010 obtained through the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Airline passengers from all over the country addressed complaints to President Obama, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, senators, congressmen, their local newspapers and Anderson Cooper at CNN.

You can see all of the letters here.

Advances in joint replacement and the amazing new alloys used to make them are responsible for many of the indignities. A 57-year-old woman from Tyler, Texas implored outgoing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to put a stop to knee replacement discrimination that allowed TSA guards to run their hands over her breasts and bottom.

“And next week I am going to another small airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I don't know these women. They could be perverts that are touching me and it was even worse to have someone in the room watching,” she wrote to Hutchison.

A woman flying out of Hobby Airport reported the “invasion of my vaginal area,” which caused her to have a traumatic reaction that lasted for days.

A woman flying out of Detroit Metro Airport tried to explain that after a rather serious cancer surgery she had been fitted with a urostomy bag for the collection of urine. Her searchers ignored her pleas that their rough grabbing and patting would break the seal of the bag and when it did, she wrote, “urine started dribbling down my shirt and into my pants.”

And it isn’t by any means only women. A veteran of the 10th Special Forces from Bradenton,  Florida, says the metal body parts he earned from serving his country in combat also earned him pat-down “so rough he injured my testicles and was nauseated for hours.”

Thom McDaniel, president of Transport Workers Union Local 556 representing, among 9,400 transportation workers, Southwest Airlines flight attendants, asked why TSA wasn’t more interested in real security risks.

He called the body scans and the pat downs of his union, no different than the general public, invasive.

But when he asked that the searches be stopped, that his membership be treated with respect, he made his request “respectfully.” Juxtaposed with scene after scene of disrespect in these letters are entreaties begging pardon for the intrusion on the politician or the bureaucrat.

A remarkable number of angry letters include qualifiers of support for airport security and apologies for resorting to graphic words to describe what had happened to the writers. One apologized for the typeface produced by the old computer she used to write her letter.

Judging by its procedures today, the Transportation Security Administration ignored those letters from 2010 and all the complaints since. But while ignoring them, the agency is none too happy to have these hundreds and hundreds of complaints made public.

If the public continues to willingly debase itself in the name of national security, you’d think a federal agency might heed the request of the fellow from Bradenton who served his country to “instruct your employees to be gentle with the old vet.”

He said please.

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Bass Pro sales numbers come up short, South Texas taxpayers may have to make up difference on debt payment
Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012, 01:36PM CST
By Steve Miller
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In January, the mayor of Harlingen proclaimed the local Bass Pro shop the tops in the nation, saying “report after report shows the Harlingen store exceeding even Bass Pro’s expectations and sales goals. Of the 58 stores around the nation, Harlingen is Number 1 in many different departments and categories, from T-shirts and caps to all-terrain vehicles,” according to a transcript of Boswell’s speech cited by the Valley Morning Star newspaper.

 

Today, though, comes a report that Bass Pro, a private company which was granted generous tax breaks of up to $7 million, is about $6 million light in terms of gross sales, “resulting in less money for the city and Harlingen Economic Development Corporation to pay off debt associated with the initiative,” according to the Brownsville Herald. The corporation is funded with sales taxes.

 

From the story:

“HEDC staff advised the board at a workshop, where operations through the end of July were reviewed, that the estimated gross sales figure is now $19 million. That means that HEDC might have to inject another $260,000 to meet this fiscal year’s debt obligation of $1.7 million, officials said.”

The merits of tax breaks to major corporations have been debated for years, from deals with developers – which we manage through specially created districts in Texas – to publicly-funded sports venues.

 

We wrote last year about Bass Pro’s attempt to hide its dealings with the city of Harlingen, no doubt soured by the outing of its business with the city of Memphis, which was posted online, and a tough assessment of Bass Pro’s public cash allotments around the U.S. by an accountability group.

 

In its home state of Missouri, Bass Pro sued a town that forked over $73 million in tax abatements for a Bass-anchored development.

 

It’s not just Bass Pro stores that get the breaks. Tracker Marine, a boat manufacturing arm of Bass Pro, also benefits from tax breaks. It solicited $450,000 in state tax credits for a plant in Lebanon, Missouri.

 

The study and bad publicity hasn’t deterred the flow of cash; Hillsborough County in Florida is currently entertaining handing over $15 million in public money to Bass Pro. A story in the Tampa Tribune in March examined the policy acumen of Bass Pro’s management and the breaks the company has received versus the everyday businessman.

 

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As city of Austin asks voters to back bond vote, projects totaling $356 million from bond votes back to 1998 yet to be finished
Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012, 09:53AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
austin

Remember the excitement back in 2000 when you helped pass that municipal bond issue to finally widen Davis, Deer, Howard, Rundberg and Todd lanes here in Austin?

If you don’t, you probably don’t live on or near those streets. The work was never done.

All taxpayers got was a bill for the debt on the $42 million portion of the bonds you signed off on.

In all, Austin has yet to begin work on $356 million, or almost a third of the $1.2 billion in projects approved by taxpayers in four bond issues in 1998, 2000, 2006, and 2010, the Austin American Statesman reports today.

The Austin City Council is requesting your approval in November of another $385 million bond issue for a whole lot of new projects like a new fire station, arts center and library renovation and new low income housing.

Many of which will someday be completed.

The city provided the Statesman with explanation for many of the delays and provided assurances that the old projects would eventually be completed. Like the $86 million approved in 2006 for a new central library, the construction of which is just a year out.

The widening of Davis and Deer lanes has been tied up with environmental studies. The city has been waiting on Travis County to build Howard Lane and had trouble buying land for Rundberg and Todd lanes.

The city cobbled together enough staff to finally make $4.5 million in improvements worth doing to Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park. And to build that hike-and-bike trail along Walnut Creek you were so hepped up about.

In 1998.

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Irving ISD -- which forced a microwave fee on teachers -- shells out $50K for chamber of commerce promotional agreement
Friday, Aug 31, 2012, 01:36PM CST
By Curt Olson
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Irving ISD trustees have voted to spend $50,000 to continue an arrangement with the local chamber, little more than a year after approving layoffs and a new fee on teachers.

Irving Independent School District trustees wrestled over a $50,000 contribution to the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, which would be spent on “promotional and development services,” the Dallas Morning News reports. They cast a split 4-3 vote in favor of having “a seat at the table” with community business leaders.

“When our schools are doing well, it promotes, attracts and retains businesses, so I can’t support this. Dr. (Dana) Bedden could probably get an audience with any major CEO in this city,” Trustee Larry Stipes said, according to the Morning News report.

Meanwhile, trustees cut 167 teaching positions in spring 2011 prior to the 2011-12 school year. The district’s number of administrators held steady between 2011 and 2012, according to this Texas Tribune data. The trend of teachers taking the brunt of cuts can be found statewide.

Around the time trustees made those 2011-12 budget decisions, the district authorized a new policy to require remaining teachers and staff to obtain a permit for $40 to install a microwave or refrigerator in their rooms or offices. District officials cited budget and energy efficiency concerns.

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Teacher Retirement System of Texas study suggests pension fund should be left as-is
Friday, Aug 31, 2012, 11:13AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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The Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a staunch supporter of its pension system just as it is, will codify that opinion with a study expected for release later today.

Don’t be at all surprised if the Employees Retirement System of Texas comes to the same conclusion when, as the Austin American-Statesman reports today,  the retirement system releases its report sometime next week.

And who called upon the two largest public employee pension systems in the state to offer up studies of themselves? Why, the state Legislature, no doubt aware there is something of a public pension crisis, reported on in detail by Texas Watchdog.

Last year, the Rhode Island Assembly, in a bid to avoid fiscal ruin, slashed benefits for 21,000 in the state’s pension plans, reducing, but not eliminating, its unfunded liability. Changes included moving employees into 401(k) plans, with the state matching employee contributions to their pensions.

By comparison, the Teacher Retirement System in Texas has roughly 835,000 members, the Employee Retirement System more than 140,000. Even critics of the pension programs and their combined unfunded liability of $28 billion aren’t suggesting they are in the same pitiful way as the systems in Rhode Island.

There is, however, considerable concern among state politicians aware that beginning with the economic downturn in 2008 the portfolios of public pension plans have performed considerably worse than expectations.

Accountants for pension plans use an 8 percent annual return as a base for calculating what employees and the state need to contribute to keep their plans healthy. Most pension plans, including those in Texas, haven’t been close to that base, hence the growing unfunded liability.

Bill King, a Houston lawyer who helped found Texans For Public Pension Reform, has called the 8 percent return “complete actuarial bullshit.”

Diverting the contributions of employees into 401(k) plans would cause the unfunded liability for the teachers fund to increase to $36 billion from its current $24 billion, Brian Guthrie, executive director of the Teacher Retirement System, told the Statesman.

Ted Melina Raab, legislative director of the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, said changing the current system would have nothing to do with fiduciary reality.

"Any move away from (a guaranteed pension) is one that is based on ideology and politics," Raab told the Statesman.

By a happy coincidence, those ideological and political legislators will be able to factor into their deliberations compensation for the directors of the pension plans.

Ann Bishop, head of the Employees Retirement System, who makes $312,000 a year, is the highest paid head of a state agency in Texas, according to a recently released study by the Texas Auditor.

Guthrie, who earns $270,000 a year, is the fourth highest paid agency head. Guthrie’s chief investment officer, however, makes $480,000 annually and his investment-fund director $330,000, the report says.

Talmadge Heflin, director of the Center for Fiscal Policy for the free-market Texas Public Policy Foundation, says, foreboding reports aside, he thinks the Legislature is prepared to make changes to put the pension plans on more sound footing.

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For the mayor and city council of Galveston, it’s less about voters, more about money
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012, 02:06PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Never mind about democratic process and local control in Galveston. In the end, it was about the money.

Mayor Lewis Rosen and a City Council elected by voters to reject rebuilding public housing destroyed by Hurricane Ike, voted unanimously to offer a housing plan to keep federal authorities from making good on a threat to withhold from the city more than $500 million in housing aid, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Or as the local paper, the Galveston Daily News, put it, the council chose to break promises to the voters who elected them over “the possibility of financial ruin and intense federal scrutiny.”

Just as they did seven years ago after Hurricane Katrina forever altered New Orleans, federal disaster officials in 2008 moved in swiftly after Hurricane Ike to aid the families displaced after 569 units of public housing was destroyed.

After more than four years the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has 40 federally funded housing units built and a local political revolution to show for it.

In June, Galveston voters gave a mandate to Rosen, who thumped an otherwise popular mayor, Joe Jaworski, and endorsed a council majority that backed a local plan to give qualified low income residents a voucher to subsidize the selection of existing housing.

In just a few days, Rosen replaced three members of the Galveston Housing Authority who supported rebuilding public housing, including the chairman. He negotiated a September resignation by the staunchest supporter on the board.

Rosen and his majority had decided to turn its back on a federal program with a 75-year history “rooted in a very idealistic and paternalistic view of helping the working class,” as the Office of Policy Development and Research Housing and Urban Development put it.

A history that includes Jacob Riis Houses in Manhattan, Robert Taylor Homes and Cabrini Green in Chicago and Pruitt Igoe in St. Louis and other public housing projects delicately referred to by the Policy Development and Research people as “a decaying dumping ground for housing some of the poorest families in the US.”

Housing and Urban Development has continued to acquit itself in responses to hurricanes Ike and Rita in Texas covered by Texas Watchdog.

Rosen went to Washington in July at the invitation of the top officials in the federal housing hierarchy to offer up his alternative voucher plan, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In its normally flexible way, those officials told Rosen either build the public housing or we will keep the $500 million.

On Wednesday, Rosen provided a succinct, if partial, summary of all that had happened. "I think the citizens have spoken," he said. "I think the council listened."

The vote explained the rest.

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Water district manager in San Angelo area fired after admitting ‘personal use’ of district credit card, FBI seized docs
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012, 12:58PM CST
By Curt Olson
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A Tom Green County water district terminated Manager Yantis Green, who is a prominent Republican official in the San Angelo area, in late July because he admitted personal use of the water district credit card.

The actions in late July led to the FBI seizing documents from the Tom Green County Water Control & Improvement District No. 1 earlier this month, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports. The water board’s website still identifies Green as district manager.

The revelation comes following documents the newspaper received via an open records request. Green, who also is a Tom Green County commissioner, was supposed to be the delegate from U.S. House District 11 at the Republican National Convention but did not attend. Green admitted “personal use” of the water board’s credit card in a July 23 letter that compelled the board to fire him, the newspaper reports.

“I will begin repaying the O&M account with my whole paycheck from the 15th of the month beginning in August. It will take a while,” Green’s letter states, according to the Standard-Times.

Documents did not reveal what the amount was, but the newspaper reports Green, who served as district manager 10 years, earned $1,500 a month. Green’s termination was effective July 26, and the FBI arrived on Aug. 1 to obtain records. The water district, which has an office in Veribest, manages water supply to farmers east of San Angelo from a canal. The board serves about 117 farms over 15,000 irrigated acres, according to its website.

The water district changed accountants this year, and the new one required credit card statements and supporting invoices. The water board held an emergency meeting July 23 to cancel the credit and debit cards and insist everything be paid by check.

A second emergency meeting two days later ended with Green’s termination. He wrote his penitent letter on July 23 attempting to make things right. Green wrote that he gave the auditor information in a “feeble attempt to cover up my own mess, and all I did was make it worse.”

"I didn't sleep very well for a few days; I'm just not a good liar. My faith tells me that when I commit an offense, I need to admit it to the people I have offended and make it right. That's what I'm doing now. Again, I'm so sorry for my actions and I will do what is right to fix this issue.”

Green has served as a Tom Green County commissioner after being elected in 2010. Some commenters at the newspaper site are calling for his resignaton from that post.

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Unanswered questions about law-of-parties beyond death penalty In our podcast the other day, Texas Defender Service Executive Director Amanda Marzullo estimated that 10 percent of death-row defendants...
Update:2 years 6 months
Grits for Breakfast
Priorities The headline from the Victoria Advocate declaring that the Texas Legislature prioritized mental health treatment over incarceration is...
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Grits for Breakfast
Legislative Session The 85th Legislative Session was different in many ways. Two things changed the narrative this session. First, Empower Texans successfully...
Update:2 years 6 months
Big Jolly Politics
Court trends advise tempered enthusiasm for HB 34 eyewitness ID reforms Does this sound like a suggestive photo array to put before a witness?A witness described being robbed at gunpoint by a “[b]lack male,...
Update:2 years 6 months
Grits for Breakfast
MAY 22, 2917 / Theodore Dalrymple on secularization and transcendence THE SECULARIZATION of Europe is hardly any secret. Religion's long, melancholy, withdrawing roar, as Matthew Arnold put it, is a roar no...
Update:2 years 7 months
Unca Darrell
MAY 10 / James B. Comey . . . . . . needed firing. Everything he did during the 2016 election was wrong. He was wrong . . . . . . back in July to release information...
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Unca Darrell
Droppin' F bombs, Beto O'Rourke style It's not often that a politician decides to start cursing repeatedly during speeches and interviews. But that hasn't stopped...
Update:2 years 8 months
Rick Perry vs The World
APRIL 5, 2017 / Weeding out the audience at the Alley is . . . . . . a feature, not a bug. Houston's Alley Theatre is running "An Act of God," a loosely dramatized collection of irreverent one-liners...
Update:2 years 8 months
Unca Darrell
Statewide primary rumors It's that stage of the election cycle where politicians are trying to figure out if they should run for something else or stay put. ...
Update:2 years 9 months
Rick Perry vs The World
Is Ted Cruz vulnerable? Is Ted Cruz vulnerable? Not really. Sure, he's not liked, Texans think Ted puts Ted first, his approval rating is upside down, etc...
Update:2 years 9 months
Rick Perry vs The World
MARCH 16, 2017 / Jim Webb on what it means to be a redneck, and . . . . . . why redneck culture matters. In 2004 Jim Webb wrote Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. Though the 2016 presidential...
Update:2 years 9 months
Unca Darrell
MARCH 3, 2017 -- Goodbye, and thanks, to Thomas Sowell THOMAS SOWELL, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and one of America's most important public intellectuals, retired from...
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Unca Darrell
March 2, 2017 / The poem our teachers got wrong TWO ROADS diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Generations of commencement...
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Unca Darrell
FEBRUARY 27 / Eric Hoffer on . . . . . . baby boomers and alienated intellectuals. "SCRATCH AN INTELLECTUAL, and you find a would-be aristocrat who loathes the sight, the...
Update:2 years 10 months
Unca Darrell
2017 Project: January “Progress” There are two different ways to interpret my 2017 project: that it's a way more complicated New Years Resolution, or that it is essentially...
Update:2 years 11 months
Greg's Opinion
Ted Cruz's first senate term in a nutshell The National Review's Tim Alberta switched to Politico, and one of his opening pieces put Ted Cruz's first term in a nutshell It...
Update:2 years 11 months
Rick Perry vs The World
Andrea Parquet-Taylor named KTVT CBS 11 news director Former KHOU 11 assistant news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor named Vice President, News Director for KTVT CBS 11 Andrea...
Update:2 years 11 months
Mike McGuff
VIDEO: KPRC 2 10pm newscast (1-24-99) ...
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Mike McGuff
Democrats actually thought Wendy Davis was a serious candidate? Hat tip to Willisms: VIDEO- Wendy Davis being Wendy Davis: https://t.co/SHq3ACGVDJ #txlege— Will Franklin (@WILLisms) January 24,...
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Rick Perry vs The World
Luke Bryan to sing National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LI on FOX ​ Country music superstar LUKE BRYAN will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LI pregame festivities at NRG Stadium in Houston...
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Mike McGuff
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Aren't State Dept career people suppose to be non-partisan? Not the political appointees, the career people. #Libya
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Dozens of illegal waste dumpers sentenced in Jim Wells Co.; others on the run: http://t.co/NgerCdsQ
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Consistently impressed w/raullabrador when I listen to him in Congressional hearings. #Libya
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