January 19, 2018

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Early Vote Begins In Texas But Some Areas Trending Purple – Get Out and Vote!

President Obama Screams in Fear at Texans Take to the Polls

As the early vote begins in Texas, it is already underway in many states across America. Now is the time for us not to just get out the vote enough to win, but to bring all of our votes to the polls to send a clear message to our government. Many areas of Texas are solid red in our votes. But, in some of our largest counties we have gone anywhere from purple to solid blue. Many local races were lost by Republicans with the slimmest of margins. Sometimes only a few votes separated a Republican victory or loss in recent elections. This is a trend you can stop!

Dallas County went blue several years ago and in 2008 President Obama washed a sea of blue votes across Harris County and swept out many well qualified judges in the process. In 2010 we moved back to the right, but despite a wave of Republican victories across Texas, Harris County voted for Democrat Bill White over Republican Rick Perry. At this point, Harris County is dark purple and just a few votes could make a difference on many of our down ballot races.

This year was a very odd election cycle. Democrats protested our redistricting and extended our primaries and run-off election through July. We have not had the time for post-primary healing and party unity building that occurs after most primary seasons. We must come together today, as a party, and drive home the message of conservative values by electing our entire slate of candidates across Texas and especially here in Harris County.

During a recent event at King Street Patriots, I spoke with several of our judicial candidates about their races as well as two judges, one who won in 2008 by the slimmest of margins and one who lost by just a few votes. Judge Tad Halbach is a Civil Court Judge on the 333rd Civil District Court. Out of over 1 million votes cast in the 2008 election, he won his race by 230 votes. Imagine what would have happened if just a few more Republicans had stayed home because we all knew McCain was going to carry Texas anyway!

Houston Examiner Photo of Tatooed Judge Kevin Fine

Tattooed Democrat Judge Kevin Fine

Two of our outstanding judges, Brock Thomas of the 338th Criminal District Court and Devon Anderson of the 177th Criminal District Court were swept out by highly unqualified judges with a slim margin of about 2 percentage points. Anderson was replaced by the now infamous Judge Kevin Fine who verbally castigated a rape victim in open court after her rapist had been convicted and then went on and later declared Texas’ death penalty to be unconstitutional.  Do you think a few votes might have made a difference here?  Listen below as Judges Halbach and Thomas talk about the importance of your vote in these elections.

Judge Thomas is back on the ballot for criminal district court judge this election cycle along with former judge Roger Bridgwater (also unseated in the 2008 wave by a very close margin). Also joining them on the ballot are several immensely qualified candidates for criminal court judge including Renee Magee who has served the Harris County District Attorney’s office for nearly twenty years; Judge Ryan Patrick who was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to replace the aforementioned Judge Kevin Fine, and Judge Mark Kent Ellis; current prosecutor Brad Hart and former prosecutors Stacey Bond, Robert Summerlin and Kristin Guiney.

Judge Halback is seeking re-election for his position on the 333rd Civil District Court. He is joined on the ballot by Judge Ken Wise; former judges Elizabeth Ray (who lost in 2008 by only 400 votes) and Russell Lloyd; and a host of outstandingly qualified candidates including former Tax Court Judge and double board certified, thirty-five year lawyer Michael Landrum; Bruce Bain, Jeff Hastings, Richard Risinger, John Coselli, Lamar McCorkle, John Wittenmyer (running against Democrat Judge Michael Englehart who said the happiest day of his life was the day Obama came out for Gay Marriage), Don Self, Bud Wiesedeppe, and Ken Shortreed.  I mentioned Ken last because, as he loves to say, “It’s a long ballot, but a Shortreed at the bottom!

Justice Brett Busby - 14th Court of Appeals, Pl 3Democrats are being stirred up to vote. The Houston Chronicle has been providing cover for Democrats like County Attorney Vince Ryan and Sheriff Adrian Garcia.They showed a total lack of credibility by endorsing the opponent of one of our best qualified and most conservative candidates, Justice Brett Busby, candidate for the 14th Court of Appeals Place 3. Justice Busby clerked for not one, but two U.S. Supreme Court Justices (Byron White and John Paul Stevens) and has argued and briefed cases before that court on many occasions. Perhaps the Chronicle believes Justice Busby is well on his way to a future appointment as a conservative justice on that great court.

In our county civil courts we also have two outstanding incumbents running for re-election.  Judge Theresa Chang previously served the people of Harris County as the District Clerk before moving to the County Court #2 bench.  Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield was appointed to County Court #1 late last year and has done a great job in this position for the people of Harris County.

Bond issues are also working against us by bringing out traditional Democrat voters. Metro also has a proposition to try and take more of your sales tax dollars for toy trains. Vote yes on the Metro issue to stop them from taking money away from street repair. There is also a city council race which could increase the Democrat vote in parts of the city. We cannot sit back and count on a Romney wave to sweep our candidates into office. We must get out our vote!

The Federal Courts have put Voter ID law, you worked so hard for many years to get passed, on hold – allowing Democrats to continue their usual tactics of voter fraud and improper registration in full force.  FortunatelyTrue the Vote will put forth a small army of well-trained election officials and poll watchers to keep a watchful eye out for fraud. But we will still need every vote we can get to achieve our victory and send the proper message to Washington and Austin.

Lloyd Oliver's Boobs and Butts Wall - Houston Press Photo

Plastic Breasts and Butts on Democrat DA Candidate Lloyd Oliver’s Bedroom Wall

We have a great slate of Republican candidates up and down the ballot and the Democrats have gone a long way to give us even more reasons to vote STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN! Just look at the District Attorney’s race where an outstandingly qualified former criminal court judge, Mike Anderson faces off against a laughable Democrat Lloyd Oliver, who thinks domestic violence is sexual foreplay and that prosecutors should be hired by their bust size.  The Houston Chronicle showed some political honesty through Patti Hart’s chastising article “Domestic Violence is a Serious Issue, Mr. Oliver“. The Houston Press wrote about the self-proclaimed “Tea Party Democrat” Lloyd Oliver. The article details the eccentricities of Oliver including his bedroom wall adorned with a plastic pair of breasts and panty draped buttocks.

Ted Cruz Grassroots Victory 2012

Ted Cruz Grassroots Victory Celebration 2012

Our U.S. Senate candidate, Ted Cruz, fired up the grass roots voters of Texas to come out in the heat of a July run-off election and put him on the November ballot. Can we keep that level of excitement through this election and send a Senator Cruz to D.C. to work for the reforms we demand?  Carry that energy and excitement to the polls and vote for all of our down ballot candidates!

Vince Ryan protecting Democrats not taxpayersIn the County Attorney’s race we have a proven candidate in Robert Talton running against the incumbent, Vince Ryan, who has made a general practice of of covering up one Democrat scandal after another when he is supposed to be our watchdog over the ethics in county government.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is just one of the Democrat officials being protected by County Attorney Vince Ryan.  Garcia has a string of failures in his office and we will be well served by replacing him with a very strongly qualified candidate, Louis Guthrie!

Elections have consequences.  We cannot afford the consequences of Democrats winning or keeping some of these critical down ballot races. We have a great opportunity to not only win a decisive victory for conservatives but to send a message of real change across our state.  It starts with you.

Vote today and then spend the next two weeks talking to your friends and neighbors. Get them to the polls. Find every like-minded registered voter you can and make sure they vote. Some of these races may well be decided by just a few votes. Make sure you don’t leave any votes at home that could have made the difference. I am voting today! See you at the polls…

A Lawless Presidency – Part 5 – National Rifle Association Getting Furious Fast over Fast and Furious

Photo Reposted from LawEnforcementToday.com

Perhaps the most lawless act of the Obama Presidency has been its role in Operation Fast and Furious. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been out front in keeping this story in the public’s eye. While in Washington, DC, last month, I spoke with NRA Spokesperson Jacqueline Otto about Fast and Furious. She told me the NRA got “furious fast over Fast and Furious“.

Operation Fast and Furious first came to public attention shortly after the murder of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered during a firefight with Mexican gangsters in December of 2010. In the video below, I talk with Otto about the anti-gun agenda of the Obama Administration and how they created Fast and Furious to create a crisis in order to further their gun-control plans.

Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News

Otto acknowledged TexasGOPVote’s role in reporting this scandal early on and keeping the story alive until picked up nationally by CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Senator Charles Grassley and HouseOversight Committee Chairman Daryl Issa led the way for Congressional investigations leading to Contempt of Congress charges being levied against Eric Holder for his refusal to provide subpoenaed documents Congress required to carry out its Constitutionally mandated role of oversight.

On the political agenda of the Obama Administration, Otto explained, “Almost from the beginning there was a chorus of Administration officials using the term ‘90% of the firearms that were used in Mexican violence”. 90% of firearms they said were coming from America.

Otto continued, “What they didn’t tell us was that they were the ones sending them there – through Operation Fast and Furious. And, when that story came to light through the murder of Brian Terry and through the hundreds of Mexican citizens who have been murdered through this violence.

The proof of the gun control agenda soon followed. Otto explained, “They used the 90% figure to justify their new regulatory schemes, their new registration requirements and forcing these federally licensed firearms dealers that are in the border states to jump through more hoops, and do more paperwork and follow more requirements when they weren’t the ones at fault.

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Many of the firearms dealers in Arizona and Texas asked to not participate in this program – fearing violence and death would result from this. They were coerced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE, or ATF) to continue their participations. This was revealed in one of Senator Grassley’s earliest reports.

In my Feb, 2010 article titled, Agent Brian Terry Murder – DOJ Adds to the Cover-up, I wrote, “The licensed gun dealer who sold the weapons allegedly recovered at the scene of Agent Terry’s murder met with the ATF and the Assistant US Attorney as early as December 2009 to discuss his role as a licensed dealer during this investigation. Avila was allowed to continue his purchases, including two .50 caliber rifles as late as June 2010.

The investigation continues despite an internal DOJ Inspector General report which whitewashed Attorney General Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious. Ask yourself this, if Holder and Obama are not directly involved, how and why did Obama give Holder Executive Privilege on this scandal?

A Lawless Presidency, Part One – Obama Administration Rips-off Non-Union Delphi Pensions, Preserves Unions Pensions

Author’s Note: President Barack Hussein Obama has been running an administration that is lawless at best.  Today begins a series of articles about “A Lawless Presidency”.  This series will illustrate a long chain of behavior by the President and his administration that clearly illustrates that they believe they are above the law or will just make it up as they go with a deliberate intention of creating a socialist nation and economy.  The purpose of this series it to help create an informed electorate motivated to remove this lawless President and create a Republican majority in the Senate in November’s election and restore our Republic to a government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution is often referred to as the Equal Protection amendment.  In other words, all people must be treated equally under the law.  While researching for this series, I came across a situation that was such an egregious violation of equal protection that many people who heard me mention this in a recent speech could not believe it could possibly be true. Bankruptcy Law Review, earlier this month, posted a link to an article about Obama’s Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner’s plans to terminate the pensions of non-union workers at Delphi auto parts manufacturing company while using tax dollars to save the pensions of union workers.

The link refers readers to an article by The Daily Caller stating Geithner “was the driving force behind terminating the pensions of 20,000 salaried retirees at Delphi.”  This action took place in 2009 as part of the auto bailout and specifically targets people who are NOT members of the labor unions.

The Daily Caller discusses internal government emails which contradict sworn testimony by members of the lawless Obama Administration before Congress.  These messages show the administration misled both lawmakers and the bankruptcy courts.

This action clearly demonstrates Obama’s and his administration’s propensity to ignore the Constitution (in this case, the 14th Amendment) and simply make up new law on the fly – all the while ignoring the rule of law by misleading Congress and the courts.

The Daily Caller followed up two weeks later with a report about aconservative group’s ad highlighting the Delphi pension scandal. Announcing the ad, Colin Hanna, president of the Let Freedom Ring group said, “President Obama rightly talks a lot about the importance of fairness, but was it fair for his administration to terminate the pensions of Delphi’s 20,000 salaried retirees while bailing out the pensions of the union retirees at the very same company?”

The Obama Administration is abusing the bankruptcy system to provide political payback to unions who helped his election campaign and who will work tirelessly against us to ensure his re-election this November. In a speech quoted in the ad, President Obama said, “Right now, bankruptcy laws are more focused on protecting banks than protecting pensions.  And I don’t think that is fair.  Not the America I believe in.”

Well, Mr. President, the America I believe in is one where the President follows the law.  Not one where administration officials simply change the laws they don’t think are fair, on their own, without legislation from Congress.  That is why we have a Congress and a Constitution.  President Obama wasn’t trying to protect pensioners. He was protecting union pensioners – to the exclusion of non-union pensioners.  And THAT, Mr. President, is not fair.

While the mainstream media is mostly ignoring this story, Fox News Channel reports about a bi-partisan group of lawmakers who are demanding an investigation into this lawless behavior on the part of Obama’s Administration.

Hopefully that can happen.  We do need a bi-partisan investigation into this, but can that really happen in our current political climate and Congressional configuration? In future reports, I will ask members of Congress what will be done about this serious breach of the law.

This story is not new, of course.  Only the portion about the abuse of the non-union employees is new.  In August of 2009, Automobile Magazinereported on the bankruptcy of Delphi and re-assured pension holders their retirement was secure. The article stated, “Delphi workers and retirees can breathe a sigh of relief today, as the US Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) has announced it will assume responsibility of the (auto parts) supplier’s pension plans.”

The article concludes with, “The PBGC will inherit the pension plans of about 70,000 Delphi workers.”  It was only later that the non-union retirees would learn the truth. Imagine the heartbreak and anger of these retirees when they learned their pensions would be cut 30-40% while their union co-workers would be just fine.

Is this the way the bankruptcy legal process is supposed to work?  What is happening in the U.S. bankruptcy court system?  It seems that individual shareholders are not immune to similar abuses either.  According to Bankruptcy Law Review, “one individual shareholder living in Colorado found himself sued by a Chicago Tribune subordinated debt holder, a so-called secured creditor. His wrongful act? He bought shares of the Chicago Tribune.”  The shareholder wrote a letter to the bankruptcy judge, saying “there doesn’t seem to be any adult supervision…”  Is it even safe to buy shares in public companies anymore?

The Delphi bankruptcy is related to the much larger GM bankruptcy and bailout touted by the Obama Administration.  Is the GM bailout about to come unraveled? At least one party claims the bankruptcy court fell short of doing its job.  Just wait to see what we have to say about this particular bankruptcy in the next report in this series.

Will Obama’s Hypocrisy Towards Hispanics Leave Him with Yet More Egg on His Face?

Obama left with egg on his face

President Barrack Obama has a long history of hypocrisy when it comes to Hispanics.  He has made many promises to Hispanics and delivered on none of them.  He continues to dangle the carrot of promises, but so far the promises and left an empty plate of unfulfilled dreams.  But not to worry Hispanics…  According to Obama, he has five more years to get something done for you!  Don’t you feel better now?

In 2007, then Senator Obama said he supported the McCain-Kennedy Immigration Reform Bill which was also supported by then President George W. Bush.  However, the bill failed.  It failed, in some part, do to Obama’s votes for many of the amendments which made the bill unpopular and destined it to failure.  In 2008, Presidential Candidate Obama promised to deliver a pathway to citizenship his first year in office.  This, along with many other of his promises piled up on the list of unfulfilled campaign promises.

When President Obama took office in January of 2009 he was in a position to accomplish virtually anything he wanted.  He had a Democrat controlled House of Representatives ruled by the iron fist of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  He had a supermajority Senate that was tightly controlled by Majority Leader Harry Reid.  They could pass anything they wanted for nearly two years without a single Republican vote. Despite this position of power, President Obama did not submit one single piece of immigration reform legislation. Not one…

But then, in the waning moments of the Congress in 2010, low and behold a bill was brought forward to provide the children of illegal immigrants a “Dream Act”.  However, this bill was doomed to failure from the beginning because of the Democrats’ anchoring the bill down with abortion on demand amendments and the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” provisions that ensured that no Republican would vote for the bill.  It was designed by Sen. Reid to fail from the beginning as I wrote in a previous article.

Hispanics left holding the bag as Democrats fail on promises

So, during this period where they could pass anything they wanted (as demonstrated by the cramming down our throats of the ObamaCare legislation) Obama and the Democrats did nothing for Hispanics on immigration reform.  Okay, that is not entirely accurate, they did set a record for splitting up Hispanic families by deporting more illegal immigrants than any president in recent history.  And, according to immigration attorney and fellow TexasGOPVote blogger Linda Vega, the Obama administration deported more US Citizens who were of Hispanic descent than any other president.  Don’t you feel better about Obama now?

How long will Hispanics allow Obama and the Democrats to play them? Will it take them as long to learn as it has other minorities who have been promised much by Democrats over the past fifty years but who are generally worse off today than before?  I certainly hope not.

The Democrat Carrot of Immigration Reform

“I’ve got another five years coming up,” Obama said to a Hispanic radio station yesterday.  Really?  Does he believe Hispanics are too stupid to see what he has promised and failed to deliver in his first two years? Does he really think they won’t realize he could have done whatever he wanted his first year, but chose to ignore their issue?  Does he think Hispanics will ignore the slap in the face to the Catholic church he delivered this month?

What Obama has done in his first term should prove to Hispanics that he and the Democrats do not represent their conservative values. They do not respect the Hispanic people and only seek to keep these issues alive in order to drive a wedge between Hispanics and their true conservative values.  Obama believes his hypocrisy will go un-noticed as he continues to dangle the carrot of promises he has proven he has not intention to deliver.  Obama and the Democrats have lied to Hispanics and will continue to do so as long as they are allowed to get away with unfulfilled dreams.

To quote Congressman Ted Poe,  “… and that’s just the way it is!”

Racism – Discrimination and Fraud in Construction – “Mexican Cliques in Construction”

Ricardo Charles on Construction Site

Mexican Cliques in Construction, a book by thirty-year Hispanic carpenter Ricardo Charles, details a story of racism, fraud, discrimination and organized crime that is apparently running rampant in the construction industry of Texas. Mr. Charles’ story first came to my attention in a report fromHouston’s Fox 26 where I learned briefly about his allegations of corruption.

Reporter Greg Groogan asked Charles if black construction workers were welcome on construction sites in Texas. Charles said, “Oh no, blacks, they are out of the question. Blacks are out of the question. Nobody wants a black person in there.” Charles, a US Army Veteran, was speaking about what the “cliques” would say about blacks in the workforce. He said the same thing applies to whites.

Fox 26 News Story:

I next heard more in-depth information on this story on KTRH’s Michael Berry Show and became intrigued by how rampant and destructive the construction, as being alleged by Charles, appeared to be. Charles discussed bribery, kickbacks and outright fraud being perpetrated by these “cliques” and the complicity of contracting companies and construction companies.

As part of my continuing series on employee misclassification, I decided to meet with Mr. Charles and find out what his story is really all about.  What I found was a very credible man who is deeply concerned about an industry he loves, construction, and what is being done to destroy that industry in the name of greed and racism.

Ricardo Charles

I asked Mr. Charles how this situation developed. He told me, “Corruption has been going on inside the plants for many years, but today’s workforce comes with a culture of bribes. The Mexican culture of bribery makes it hard for ordinary citizens to be part of the workforce. However, these cliques help the employers by controlling the job sites by driving out ‘unwanted’ new workers. Anybody who disagrees with an unlawful act gets terminated.

The traditional way of hiring through human resources has changed. Corrupt supervisors and managers inside do the hiring and firing giving preference to relatives and friends who, on occasion, pay to obtain the job. The employee of choice is the one who can be manipulated and does not report criminal acts. Eventually these type of workers join the existing group adding more crime into the system.” Charles continued.

Over the next several weeks I will bring you a series of video interviews with Mr. Charles.  We will talk about several key aspects of this story and dive deep into details. These details will include names where possible of the companies and individuals participating in these schemes.

We will delve deep into this topic and talk about why this is happening and who is not doing anything to stop it.  We will also bring more interviews from other people who are experiencing these conditions and situations.

Mr. Charles spent several thousand dollars of his own money to publish his book. Consider helping this whistleblower continue his work by purchasing a copy so you can completely understand what is happening here.  The book is available in both English and Spanish.  You can click the link below to purchase a copy of this book.

 “Mexican Cliques in Construction”

Houston Texas and Sex Slavery – Human Trafficking. What do they have in common?

Just before last year’s Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas, I posted an article relating to human trafficking, sex slavery and how those things connected to the Super Bowl. The Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, had weighed in on the topic calling the Super Bowl “a magnet for child sex traffickers”. The story also discussed what was being done in Houston and Harris County which has become widely known as the Sex Slave Capital of the United States.

As we approach this year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the topic and see what has occurred in the past year. The first thing on this list?  New laws passed by the Texas Legislature.

In this most recent legislative session, Texas put more teeth into the state’s statutes regarding human trafficking. The penalty for a first offense (now a 1st degree felony) is now a minimum 25 years in prison.  An additional bill was passed and signed by Texas Governor Rick Perry which makes it harder for human traffickers to make bond and imposes much tougher parole restrictions.

Atty Gen Greg Abbott

General Abbott, present for the bill signing, said, “Human traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to compel their victims into modern-day slavery.”  Abbott continued, “By increasing penalties for traffickers and continuing to foster cooperation among law enforcement, these measures will help ensure Texas remains hostile territory for human traffickers.”

But what about Houston?  What is going on in Harris County, Texas to break down these circumstances where women are forced into prostitution as either indentured servants or kidnap victims? Yesterday, I rode with Constable Ron Hickman, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable, as his deputies conducted a raid on a massage parlor in North Harris County.

Constable Ron Hickman enters Diamond Spa during licensing raid.

Hickman told me, “In many cases, these girls are in this country legally. Someone has helped them obtain legal visas and other documents to legally be in this county.” Hickman continued, “In many cases we find out these women are paying off debts incurred by their process of coming to the US, or they are forced into slavery by duress of either threats against them or their families back home.

Does this look like a massage table? What goes on in this room?

Hickman’s deputies don’t go after these places on prostitution laws which are complicated and in many cases hard charges to make stick. Instead, they are employing a new tactic being utilized by other departments around the country. They are enforcing massage services licensing statutes.

Captain Skip Oliver said, “These are much simpler cases to make. First we prove they are offering massage services. Then, they either have a license or they don’t.” What I learned was that in most cases, neither the establishment, nor the girls are licensed. This makes for easily provable cases which can be prosecuted.

The ultimate goal is to build enough cases to enable the County Attorney’s Office to come in and close the business as a public nuisance.

Yesterday’s raid focused on a place called the “Diamond Spa” in the 16,000 block of Kuykendahl in North Harris County.  It could just have easily been any number of other such “spas”.  But regardless of whether they call themselves a “spa” or “massage parlor” or a barber shop, if they offer massage services (or any of a large number of other regulated services), this law enforcement technique is proving to be effective.

High security for a "spa"?

Upon entry, the first thing I noticed was a very extensive security system. Very unusual for something proclaiming to be a health spa. Secondly, I notice no documentation anywhere of the required documentation. On this day, two women and one man were taken into custody. The “manager” will be most likely charged with a Class A misdemeanor of operating a spa without a license. The “therapist” will most likely be charged with providing massage services without a license (Class C). The “therapist” also appeared to have expired ICE paperwork so she could have other problems as well.

Precinct 4 Asst. Chief Deputy, Tim Cannon, told me, “It is pretty rare to find illegal aliens in these raids.  Most of the girls are legally here.”  I asked him how often they find women who admit they are “trafficking victims”.  He replied, “It doesn’t happen very often. Every once in a while one will throw her hands up and claim to be a victim of trafficking.

Another victims of human trafficking?

I asked Cannon why this is when declaring to be a human trafficking victim is almost certain grounds for obtaining a “T” immigration visa.  Cannon said, “Most of the time these girls are under duress. Either their families back home, or someone they know here are being threatened if the girl talks or admits her situation. So, despite the big carrot of the “T” visa, most will not come forward. This makes it very difficult to build cases for human trafficking.”

What I saw today was angering and sad at the same time.  As you have seen in the pictures I took, these girls are living in deplorable conditions. The bed, pictured below, sleeps as many as four to six girls in one night.

On any given night, this bed sleeps four to six young girls

I was told these spa’s bring in about $1,500 per shift, per girl.  Many spas operate 24 hours per day.  Now this isn’t the only money involved. This is just the door fees paid to the “house” when the client enters. After that is the fees paid to the girl which might run anywhere from $40 to $200 per session depending on the services requested. The door fees alone can total up to a half million dollars a month from just one spa. Many own up to as many as four or five.

Notepad of other girls around the country

These raids often bring rewards of much more value than just the arrests. In today’s raid Cpl. Ernest Gonzalez showed me a notebook full of phone numbers that could lead to other trafficking victims and the suppliers of these women. “This is the key to the vault, ” Gonzales said. “Information like this supplies the building blocks for making much bigger cases.

I learned the County Attorney’s office is having difficulty because these spas all use one single attorney to represent their cases. He keeps up with the latest techniques used by law enforcement and is ready with either a defense or a stalling tactic. The stall tactic allows the “owners” to reorganize making prosecution even more difficult.

Shower Table? What goes on here?

By looking at the setup in the rooms, it is clear what is going on here. One room had only a bed, no massage table.  Another had a massage table and a couch.  Each room had a shower and one “shower room” had a vinyl covered bed for who knows what kind of action.

This spa was equipped with a well-stocked kitchen, an exceedingly large number of tissue paper boxes and a laundry which was being repaired when we arrived because of overuse of the machines for washing towels and sheets.

A lifetime supply of tissues?

Fully stocked refrigerator?

Full Kitchen for on premises living...

This place seemed clean, but Constable Hickman assured me in most cases that is not what they find.  “Because of all the cooking and living conditions, these places usually have a very distinct odor.”

PHX to IAH - Where next?

At the end of the day, life in the spa business goes on and these trafficked girls continue to be shipped across the country.  I saw one of the luggage bags with a recent tag showing its owner had flown in from Phoenix. This is their life. One sad place of existence after another.

Constable Hickman and his team are to be commended. Over the past several years, they have made hundreds of arrests. His department’s website details the activities in these spas and their efforts to shut them down.  Many of these sites have been shut down.  Some pop back up just as quickly under a new name with new ownership. This a cash cow business. But for these victims of human trafficking, it is a hell-on-earth experience.

Massage table and shower...

One thing that impressed me about Hickman and these operations is the efficiency upon which these are conducted. Hickman told me, “I do all the work on these Massage Parlors, Game Rooms and Curbstoning (unlicensed flipping of used car titles) with just two employees! I cut out bureaucracy and overhead in our department and manage to provide these services while cutting costs.” In these times of tight budgets, this fits well with conservative principles of reducing the size and cost of government.

Hickman would like to encourage our readers to get involved in helping stop these human trafficking and sex crimes spots. If you would like to report illicit or suspicious massage parlors, please follow this link to his department’s website and make a report.

I will continue to follow this topic and report what I find as it comes up. This is but one example of human trafficking. But it is not just sex slavery. It includes the construction industry, restaurant business and many others. If you know of any related information on this topic, please contact us directly to investigate.  Please come back here for more information as we uncover the dark truth that stains Texas and this beautiful city.

Broken lives and broken hearts.

A Message from Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on the President’s State of the Union Address

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sent the following message about tonight’s State of the Union address.  This is posted for informational purposes and does not imply support of, nor endorsement of any political candidate.

David Dewhurst Issues Statement on Upcoming State of the Union Address

David Dewhurst issued the following statement today prior to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address later this evening:

“What Americans will hear tonight from President Barack Obama are more empty words that have led to failed policies and broken promises and more class warfare rhetoric we have heard for the last three years. President Obama’s empty words have only led to failed policies and broken promises. It’s time for the President to stop making excuses, and instead outline specific pro-growth proposals to get our country back on track.

 

“The first steps towards fixing the problems in Washington are to repeal ObamaCare, dramatically cut spending and pass a balanced budget. Unbelievably, the Democrat-controlled Senate has allowed 1,000 days to pass without a federal budget. As a Washington outsider not beholden to any special interest groups, I will be a strong, independent voice for Texas in the Senate.  I know how to pass a balanced budget because I helped pass them in Texas, five consecutive times, without raising taxes. I will take my proven Texas knowledge and conservative principles to Washington to help get America back on track.

 

“It’s high time that President Obama and Congress begin addressing these critical problems facing our nation. I have released a detailed policy plan aimed at repealing the job-killing policies this Administration has pursued, and replacing them with sound, conservative pro-growth policies. Americans and Texans deserve better than what this Administration continues to offer. We will not continue to stand for the tax-and-spend ways of Washington, and I will fight every day to make sure we reduce spending, cut taxes, balance the budget and limit the role of the federal government.”

 

The first chapter of Dewhurst’s policy plan to repeal President Obama’s job-killing agenda and replace with a pro-growth agenda can be found below, or on our website here.
1. Repeal ObamaCare

  • The costs of ObamaCare are spiraling out of control, leaving our children and grandchildren to pay for it.
  • Repealing ObamaCare will save American taxpayers at least $540 billion over the next ten years.
  • The uncertainty of ObamaCare is keeping businesses on the sidelines and is directly responsible for companies not hiring.
  • ObamaCare is an example of one-size legislation that does not fit all, and does little to improve America’s healthcare system.
  • ObamaCare is another federal entitlement that we cannot afford.

Dewhurst Plan:  Free-Market Healthcare

  • Create a permissive free-market system.
  • Align incentives so doctors, hospitals and patients get more value for their healthcare dollars.
  • Expand the individual health insurance market.
  • Bring Texas reforms to Washington.
    Reform the legal system.
    Put forth sensible solutions that lower the number of malpractice lawsuits.
  • Equalize tax treatment.
    16-17% of the GDP is spent on healthcare and that number is only going to grow with the incoming wave of an older generation.

2. Stop The Obama EPA’s Job-Killing Agenda

  • Rein in President Obama’s out of control EPA.
  • Stop unnecessary job regulations that hurt Texas businesses.

Dewhurst Plan:  Overhaul The EPA

  • Use the power of the purse and Congress’ investigative powers to repeal EPA job-killing regulations opposed by Congress and most Americans.
  • Investigate current practices and regulations being implemented by the EPA.
  • Implement a tougher, more job-friendly analysis of current practices.
  • Make sure landowners and job-creators have a seat at the table when EPA is considering new regulations.
  • Cut down on administrative costs and overregulation.
  • Maintain clean air and water while still enforcing regulations that allow businesses to grow and prosper.

3.   Stop National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Over-reach

  • Prevent the NLRB from telling companies like Boeing which states to place manufacturing plants in.
  • Stop the NLRB from interfering with private sector business decisions – end the NRLB’s trampling on the Constitution.
  • More government overregulation, which is preventing jobs from being created.

Dewhurst Plan:  Less NLRB Meddling, More Job Creation

  • Insist on new leadership at the NLRB.
  • Conduct tough hearings on NLRB decision making under President Obama, and investigate interference with private business decision-making.
  • End federally mandated prevailing wage regulations, which will serve to bring down the cost of building infrastructure – roads, dams, ports, bridges, etc.
  • Accelerate the approval process for FAA upgrades.
    Allow private investors to invest in airports and air traffic control upgrades so that modernization and improvements can be made to match the needs of the 21st Century.

4. End the Wasteful Obama Green Energy Gravy Train

  • End taxpayer bailouts to companies like Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy after providing numerous warning signals to the White House before receiving $535 million in grants.
  • Stop President Obama’s “energy cronyism” of giving federal grants to donors.
  • Stop lobbyist and President Obama donors from feasting on taxpayer dollars for pet “Green” energy products, which don’t make good commercial sense and never make it to consumers.

Dewhurst Plan:  Develop America’s Massive Domestic Energy Resources

  • Fully develop and utilize America’s abundant energy resources.
  • Stop interfering with hydro-fracking of oil and gas wells, which is completely safe, and streamline oil and natural gas drilling regulations to allow more drilling.
  • Aggressively re-open Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration with sensible safeguards in place.
  • Stop playing “political football” with energy projects like the Keystone pipeline.
  • To encourage more drilling for natural gas, open new markets for liquefied natural gas and encourage the building of ports and other facilities that can handle LNG exports.

Saddle-Up Texas Straw Poll – Ted Cruz Wins Senate Portion of Poll

Senate Candidate Ted Cruz

The Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll event turned out to be a very successful event for candidates to meet with some of the state’s top political activists from the grassroots of Texas. I will be writing a series of posts on this event to bring you some speeches and personal interviews I conducted with some of the speakers who were present.

Part of the event was, obviously, a straw poll. The poll consisted of two parts.A vote by the people present and a separate vote that was conducted by text messaging via an internet promotion. Emails were ablaze from candidates as the reached out to supporters to cast ballots on their behalf. The poll took votes on the Presidential Primary Candidates as well as the Texas US Senate and House races. Additionally votes were taken for State Senate and State House districts.

In the Presidential Poll, at no surprise to anyone, Rep. Ron Paul finished first with over 54% of the Text vote and 27% of the in person vote. In the Text vote, Rick Santorum finished second with 15.6%, followed by Rick Perry at 13.3% and Gingrich with 11.9%. The In-Person Vote showed Newt Gingrich at 23.8%, followed closely by Rick Santorum at 21.2%. Perry came in 4th with 19.4% of the vote.

American Veterans Honored at Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll

 

US Senate candidate, Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech to the attendees, as did several other Senate candidates. Cruz won both the Text vote and the In-person vote. He garnered 49.1% of the Text vote and 47.8% of the In-person vote. In the Text vote, Cruz was followed by the newest of the Senate candidates, Craig James at 12.9% and Glenn Addison at 12.0%. Lela Pittenger and former Dallas Mayor, Tom Leppert tied at 9.1% each.

The In-person results showed Glen Addison in 2nd with 19.9%, David Dewhurst at 10.3%, Craig James at 9.9% and Lela Pittenger at 7.2%.

After Cruz’ speech, he paused to talk with me in an exclusive interview. During the interview, I asked Cruz about the stories being circulated that he is tied, through his wife, to the CFR. Normally, I would not ask a question about a candidate’s spouse, but this story keeps hanging around. I felt it was important to get his answer to this on record.

Interview with US Senate Candidate Ted Cruz

Other parts of the interview include Cruz’ discussion about defending Texas against an over-reaching federal government and protecting US sovereignty from the World Court’s attack on Texas during the 2008 execution of rapist/murderer Jose Medellian. Please note, this interview does not constitute nor imply an endorsement for Mr. Cruz or any other candidate in this race.

Interestingly enough, while then Texas Solicitor General Cruz was in Washington DC defending Texas in this case, I was on the prison grounds in Huntsville doing one of my first news reports about this particular execution.

During the next several days, I will bring you more reports about the Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll. I have several other key interviews including one with former Presidential Candidate, Herman Cain.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the board of Saddle Up Texas for their hospitality and cooperation in making these reports possible.  Specifically to the people I worked with, Boar President Joe Pelati, Vice-President Felicia Cravens (Houston Tea Party Society) and Director Dale Huls (Clear Lake Tea Party).  Without their work and the dozens of volunteers who put in tireless hours, none of this would have been possible.