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R.G.’s Roundup: Second Amendment City, Hopes in a Texas Town, and Puppies

Our favorite political reads of the week.

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Beyond here there be dragons, or at least the most interesting articles I’ve read this week by other writers.

Tombstone, Arizona, dubs itself “America’s Second Amendment City

By Kristine Guerra

Washington Post

Texas’ own Constitutional Carry proponent Representative Jonathan Stickland probably will be green with envy when he reads this story.

The saloons and shops that line Tombstone’s Allen Street look largely the same as the mud-brick buildings that stood there in the 19th century, Mayor Dusty Escapule said. Gun-carrying patrons in boots, some with horses that they tie outside the saloons, still walk the small Arizona town’s historic district, he added.

Of course, one does have to remember that Tombstone’s fame essentially comes from the shootout at the O.K. Corral. If you’ve never been there, the Hollywood image of the Corral is wrong. It actually is a fenced-in alley.

Trump spurs hope in Texas town

By Ryan Maye Handy

Houston Chronicle

You don’t have to look to West Virginia or Michigan to find those white working class voters who cast ballots for Donald Trump for president. There are plenty of them in Leon County, Texas, where work in the local coal mine, steel mill or the oil and gas fields has been hard to find.

Here in Leon County, which gave Trump 86 percent of its vote, expectations are high that a new era of prosperity is on its way. On Jewett’s Main Street, in the shops among empty storefronts, in the popular restaurant CJ’s Kountry Cookin’, in the local library, and at the Chamber of Commerce, people talk about how Trump will lift regulations on oil and gas, impose tariffs on foreign steel, spend billions on public works, and remove environmental restrictions on coal.

All this, they say, could translate into more jobs, more people moving into town, and more customers for local businesses like Salley’s Rodeo Western Wear.

However, Leon County has been voting Republican for at least a couple of decades now. Leon County’s latest troubles spring from the decline in the oil patch.

For millennials, financial security may be out of reach

By Agatha French

Los Angeles Times

Perhaps this was one of the factors that prompted the Bernie Sanders surge in the Democratic presidential primaries.

When baby boomers were young adults, their net worth was double that of today’s young people, who earn $10,000 less than their counterparts did in 1989, according to findings from advocacy group Young Invincibles. Its analysis of Federal Reserve data comparing 25- to 34-year-olds in 2013 and 1989 after adjusting for inflation confirms what many already suspected: The American dream has slipped out of reach for the country’s largest generation.

The business writers at Forbes were not as impressed.

Part of the explanation here is that the millennials are better educated. We could take that to be some dig at what the snowflakes are learning in college these days but that’s not quite what I mean. Rather, they’re measuring the incomes of millennials in their late 20s. The four year college completion or graduation rate has gone up by some 50% since the boomers were similarly measured. Thus, among the boomers at that age there would be more people with a decade of work experience under their belt and fewer people in just the first few years of a professional career.

This is just a little something to chew on as you ride-share your way to ordering a coffee from your local barista.

The Stars at Night are Big and Bright in National Harbor, Maryland

By Jamie Lovegrove

The Dallas Morning News

We can’t let today go by without a nod to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president and the traditional Texas-oriented Black Tie and Boots Ball. If the election was brutal, maybe puppies could make it better.

The Humane Society of Tulsa had brought Texas puppies for a president-themed adoption event, and 12-year-old Zoe Binkley fell in love with a Labrador puppy named Adams.

“I’m excited that there’s a new president,” she said, giggling. “But I’m a little more excited about the puppy.”

Despite getting fur and puppy slobber all over thousand-dollar gowns, nobody seemed to mind. The free-flowing drinks probably helped.

Women’s March to counter Trump Inaugural

This probably has been the most unusual presidential election since 1860, so we cannot ignore the thousands of women who plan to march in protest of the incoming Trump Administration. Here’s some thoughts from women organizing the Houston part of the march, Robin Paoli and Aimee Mobley Turney.

Why do we march? When women don’t lead, we lose. But why we march is even more than that: When American citizens don’t lead, we all lose.

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, citizens have been confronted with accusations and unprecedented data regarding political manipulations, voter suppression, and even collusion with foreign entities. There are questions about controversial software used in 27 states that deleted as many as 7 million registered voters from official state databases. The American citizens removed and unable to vote were overwhelmingly black, Hispanic, and Asian.

The movement called the Women’s March on Washington is, at its core, a call for all of us to re-engage our rights and responsibilities as citizens. The March is open to men as well, open to every American who understands “and justice for all” means justice for all.

Editorial: Legislature must keep focus on real issues, not on politics

Longview News-Journal

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s transgender bathroom bill is not a favorite with at least one newspaper in the state’s Republican heartland.

In recent discussions, we have been gratified to hear area lawmakers saying they want to spend their time dealing with school finance, border security and projected budget challenges — and not non-issues like which bathrooms transgender Texans can use.

It’s important to restore dance halls

Victoria Advocate

I know this isn’t politics, but who would argue with the Advocate’s stand on dance halls?

Today, dance halls serve as places where the tradition of mixing Czech polka and German waltzes to the tune of Western swing and fiddle hoedowns has been preserved.

For these reasons, the Victoria Advocate applauds the community of Yorktown for pulling together to restore Gruenau Hall, which was originally built in 1927.

Time to pull out the fiddle and scratch out the Westphalia Waltz.

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  • José

    This is funny. Neither you nor the WaPo article mention an important part of this signature event in Tombstone’s history. Tombstone had a gun control law on the books at the time. The famous gunfight resulted from the refusal of the Clanton gang to check in their weapons.

    Just today a new President was inaugurated. He is still talking about how we need to support our law enforcement officers so as to keep our neighborhoods secure. He talked a LOT more about security than freedom. So if you back the blue and you support law and order I’m sure you’ll agree that we citizens need to obey gun control laws.

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  • John Bernard Books

    Dems love to control and they especially love to tell us “no you can’t do that”
    I love Prez Trump’s message to dems, “you are fired.”

  • SpiritofPearl

    Good morning, gentlemen! LGBTQ rally last night in Austin closed downtown. The Women’s March today promises to be even more crowded.

    It’s a beautiful day to start the revolution!

    • BCinBCS

      Count me in.

      • SpiritofPearl

        The Austin march was a mob scene, but no bad vibes, no protesters. Attended an anti-war rally in D.C. in 2005 that wasn’t nearly as crowded.

        We stooged around on the Capitol lawn for over an hour until we followed some folks to east and climbed a fence (yes, I can still climb a fence). We marched down to Congress and 7th at which my son and Mr. P whisked us away.

        The Austin planners must have been overwhelmed. There were twice as many marchers in D.C. today as at yesterday’s dismal inauguration.

        This is good news!

  • John Bernard Books

    Who can march in the women’s march today?
    “The movement called the Women’s March on Washington is, at its core, a call for all of us to re-engage our rights and responsibilities as citizens. The March is open to men as well, open to every American who understands “and justice for all” means justice for all.”

    Not so fast…
    ““Horrified that the @womensmarch has partnered w/an anti-choice org. Plse reconsider- inclusivity is not about bolstering those who harm us,” feminist writer Jessica Valenti said on the social media site.
    So basically “inclusivity” means ostracizing women who don’t subscribe to all of your values.
    Organizers of the Women’s March were swift to change their “inclusivity” standards after the online outcry. Now, only women who support abortion will be allowed to attend, and New Wave Feminists has been booted from the March’s list of official sponsors.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/17/pro-life-women-banned-anti-trump-womens-march-wash/

    I’m gonna ban you if you don’t do what I say…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Who can march in the women’s march today?
    “The movement called the Women’s March on Washington is, at its core, a call for all of us to re-engage our rights and responsibilities as citizens. The March is open to men as well, open to every American who understands “and justice for all” means justice for all.”

    Not so fast…
    ““Horrified that the @womensmarch has partnered w/an anti-choice org. Plse reconsider- inclusivity is not about bolstering those who harm us,” feminist writer Jessica Valenti said on the social media site.
    So basically “inclusivity” means ostracizing women who don’t subscribe to all of your values.
    Organizers of the Women’s March were swift to change their “inclusivity” standards after the online outcry. Now, only women who support abortion will be allowed to attend, and New Wave Feminists has been booted from the March’s list of official sponsors.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com

    I’m gonna ban you if you don’t do what I say…..
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03d5ba9fd49694134bb74ca6f2ac36f49e77f3919489aa3e51e09b41526cf04f.jpg

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  • SpiritofPearl

    Austin march largest protest ever in the capitol:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/_RaulLopez/status/822878153878208512/photo/1

    Trumpsters are having a bad day with many more will come.

  • John Bernard Books

    Welcome to the revolution of love…..do you want to blow up the White House?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4142950/Thousands-women-head-Washington-protest-Trump.html

  • John Bernard Books

    The left goes out of the way to re-elect Trump…
    “The Crazy Left’s 4-Step Strategy To Ensure Trump’s Re-Election In 2020

    This is something of a surprise. After the humiliating defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, you would imagine liberals would learn to tell the difference between what works and what doesn’t. The paranoia, the sneering condescension, the celebrity-infused elitism, the relentless “othering” of tens upon tens of millions of Americans: this approach was a failure. Clinton lost the most winnable election in several generations.

    1. Deny the Legitimacy of the Election Results
    2. Disparage and Demean Your Fellow Americans
    3. De-Normalize Trump Voters
    4. Pile on the Elite Liberal Sanctimony”
    http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/20/crazy-lefts-4-step-strategy-ensure-trumps-re-election-2020/

    You liberals have to remember who gave us Trump….you did.

  • John Bernard Books

    Why are some so easily duped…..
    “turning to Linda Sarsour, the national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, for more information.
    Sarsour began listing the march’s most important issues.

    “First of all, hands off the Affordable Care Act. We need our health insurance,” she began. “Hands off Planned Parenthood and our reproductive rights. Hands off Muslims. Hands off the undocumented. Those are really our top messaging lines”
    http://www.lifenews.com/2017/01/17/womens-march-chair-admits-event-is-really-about-defending-planned-parenthood-promoting-abortion/

    If this sounds to you like the dem agenda not women;s rights, you may not be so easily fooled.

    Reminds me of the time Joe Gunn with the AFL-CIO had women dress in clown suits and picket a company. Who are you clowning for, not what but who?

  • John Bernard Books
  • John Bernard Books

    What kind of a dupe are you….
    “Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers behind Saturday’s Women’s March, being held in Washington, D.C., was recently spotted at a large Muslim convention in Chicago posing for pictures with an accused financier for Hamas, the terrorist group.
    Sarsour, the head of the Arab American Association of New York and an Obama White House “Champion of Change,” was speaking at last month’s 15th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America.
    While there, she posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour, a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and former Hamas operative who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s because of his alleged work for the terrorist group.”
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/01/figrues-organizer-dc-womens-march-linda-sarsour-pro-sharia-law-ties-hamas/

    Soros and an Islamic faction were sponsors of the women’s march. Were you duped….or just plain stupid?

  • John Bernard Books

    Our friends on the left have outdone themselves….again
    Bill Clinton, Bob Bullock staffers and IRS workers have spent whole lives thinking with the smaller head instead of the bigger one….commonly known as being a d*ckhead. Now the liberal women are thinking with their p*ssies and want to be called p*ssyheads?

    Wow…..

  • John Bernard Books

    My good friend and punching bag WASSUP likes to falsely accuse me of sexual innuendos …..but lets look at his friends on the lefts words:
    ““I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, like your wet dreams infused with your own genes,” Judd read, referring to Ivanka, Trump’s oldest daughter.
    During the campaign, many Trump opponents, including some journalists, made sexually-tinged jokes about Trump’s close relationship to Ivanka.”
    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/21/ashley-judd-says-donald-trump-has-wet-dreams-about-his-daughter-video/#ixzz4WVhmHEpU

    what a sick puppy…..

    The left has a large contingent of Ashley Juggs and Anthony Weinnie heads.

  • SpiritofPearl

    Seven “This user is blocked” posts . . . Someone must be very upset.

    Off to watch a replay of last night’s SNL . . .

  • John Bernard Books
  • SpiritofPearl
  • John Bernard Books

    When you lose and you cry but our crowds were bigger…..
    so what snowflake?

  • John Bernard Books

    Does she post at Burqa Blog…
    ““I told you I would like him to change seats with somebody…” the woman said, before the flight attendant cut her off, “Well, you don’t have that right.””
    http://www.theamericanmirror.com/video-passengers-cheer-woman-berating-trump-supporter-kicked-off-plane/

    TM to pearl would you get your belongings and come with me….as she was banned from here.

  • SpiritofPearl

    The Supremes are the adults in the room now:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-voters-idUSKBN1571YS