FRI brief 6.18.21

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TEXAS MONTHLY’S best and worst list was released earlier this week. It’s an illustrative partisan effort that inverts nicely, the Best are the Worst and the Worst are closer the Best (with exceptions).

HOMEOWNERSHIP seems consistently in the news these days.

The post-COVID market is hot, labor and materials are expensive, interest rates are low but likely to climb, and hedge funds (knowing the former point) are gobbling up already low inventory.

These unique circumstances are paired with a generation of would-be buyers who’ve sat on the sidelines. Here are some initial thoughts on the matter.

  • There’ll be a lot of opportunity in this space.

  • Convincing Americans to get used to not owning a home is a globalist errand everyone should rally to defeat.

  • What may need to be remade is the vision of the home and community.

  • Perhaps, we can get off the idea that Americans need 800 square feet of home per person. The average family size of 3.14 ought to fit comfortably in a 1500 sq/ft house, yet the average home size in the U.S. has ballooned to 2,300.

  • Owning a home breeds responsibility, providing a sense of permanence that creates space for things like having kids and investing in a community for the long term.

JUNETEENTH is now a national holiday, a move Donald Trump pledged to make if re-elected and sworn into office. The Texas holiday, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day emancipation news reached the Lone Star state two years after occurring.

Making it a national holiday, logically, is the nation celebrating good news reaching Texas. Days off and celebrations of freedom are good, and no race has a monopoly on celebrating Juneteenth. Everyone can celebrate the news of slavery ending finally reaching Texas.

Of course, there’s a dust-up over this; Candace Owens has said the holiday gives black people a 'perpetual victim mentality.' While this is true of the pernicious Critical Race Theory, Owens's suggestion, it could be argued, would be like saying celebrating July 4th gives Americans a perpetual subjugation to the crown mentality.

The timing of the move is troubling, as the left tries to drive a wedge between the races in America, a well taken Owens point, but not the holiday itself.

Related: Texas A&M University System will observe Juneteenth

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SCOTUS keeps dodging crucial cases

…and it’s got Sam Alito pissed

Illegal aliens to be housed in S. Texas prison

Cruz: McConaughey, a 'formidable' candidate for governor

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THU brief 6.17.21

Days late Dade

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GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT yesterday added to the growing consensus that the 2021 legislative session wasn’t as conservative as it should have been.

While signing a bill that initially sought to ban Critical Race Theory, Abbott noted the bill didn’t accomplish its aim and would need to be beefed up during one of the coming special sessions.

In so doing, Abbott validated the observations of actual conservatives who have been pushing back on the idea that critical race theory was banned (it wasn’t). Kudos to Abbott (who, BTW, is dominating the news cycle).

Texas Eagle Forum is working on this issue of CRT and should be a resource for members during the special session to actually ban the racist curriculum.

Regarding special sessions, the list of issues Abbott has publicly said will be addressed is multiplying. One wonders why lawmakers were allowed to leave town in the first place, especially since Abbott said they wouldn’t until election integrity was passed.

THE BORDER WALL announced by Abbott last week is starting to get some meat on the bones. Yesterday, the governor announced the creation of a fund, seeded it with $250M for wall construction, and called on Biden to give Texas land back to Texas.

The maneuvering on immigration at this point appears to be utterly political on Abbott’s part.

Days-late-Dade Phelan voiced sort-of support for tackling the issue of illegal border crossings, saying he’ll task committees with studying it over the interim.

This guy is completely useless unless you have a cheeseball picture quota to fill. Dade is the best at pretending to hammer a nail or tenderize chicken with a Speakers gavel.

Sycophantically praising Dade for his inane social media posts is Texas’ version of the national press falling over themselves to report on Biden’s animals.

Related: Trump to tour Texas-Mexico border

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Democrats visited Kamala Harris for a photo-op

Fulton Co. > Arizona audit?

Texas Constitutional Carry in a Meme

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MON brief 6.14.21

Phelan flounders

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DADE PHELAN continues to writhe on the subject of his mishandling election integrity during the regular session. His leadership failures are a hot potato he can’t unload.

Debating the end of the process isn’t productive for Senators; highlighting the beginning (where the violence against the bill/s occurred) would be more effective.

The lower chamber stalled and mismanaged both omnibus bills, precipitating a mad dash at the close of the session that resulted in a set of circumstances beneficial to Democrats.

Any “unknown” elements of SB7 would have been known and accounted for if the House had promptly moved the legislation when it was received from the Senate without gutting it completely, further gumming up the works.

In other election integrity news, DOJ goon Merrick Garland is threatening to rewire elections from the top down, presumably because aggressive progressive legislation to permanently rig elections is DOA.

Note, Garland and the DOJ do not set election guidelines, and the likely to be politicized nature of any recommendations should be summarily ignored.

JAMES WHITE is exiting the Texas legislature. According to the local outlet that broke the story, White is “considering a statewide run.” If such a run materializes, it faces long odds.

That said, all lawmakers who fancy themselves higher office material (hint: that’s all of them) should try and upgrade; we’re all here for the scrum.

DAN PATRICK shook up committee chairmanships on Friday afternoon. The moves account for lame duck and out alignment Senators. In the reshuffle, Sen. Bob Hall has been awarded chairmanship for the first time in his tenure.

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Shooter kills one in Austin over the weekend

Biden’s backdoor reparations stopped by court

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FRI brief 6.10.21

Election shenanigans 2.0

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GOVERNOR ABBOTT might be polling poorly on border security.

That’s certainly one explanation for his announcement yesterday that the state will be building its own wall on the border with Mexico.

The idea is cribbed from his political rival Don Huffines who, since announcing his challenge of Abbott, has been talking non-stop about the crisis on our border and what he would do as Governor to slow and stop the flow of illegal aliens.

It’s unclear what mechanism accomplishes this objective (build the wall), but it ought to be legislative since we’ll be having a special session in the next 30 days.

The ACLU has deemed Abbott’s move a stunt.

THE HOUSTON ENDOWMENT is sending grants to the Harris Co. elections office before new laws go into effect this fall. Private funds should not be used to run elections offices; it’s already illegal and undermines trust. Steve Hotze should sue.

MARIJUANA is an anti-social drug that can increase paranoia in users. So, of course, state lawmakers, in all their wisdom, opted to expand medical marijuana use to those who have PTSD.

These are folks who, in many cases, are already removing themselves from society and suffering from paranoia. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs:

There’s no evidence at this time that marijuana is an effective treatment for PTSD. In fact, research suggests that marijuana can be harmful to individuals with PTSD.”

America is a drug-addled nation. Texas should differentiate and reject the mainstreaming of substance abuse to cope with reality.

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Kamala will meet with Texas Dems

Half of all COVID unemployment relief was stolen

Dade’s bootlicker is losing his mind

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