How to raise taxes in Texas

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How to raise taxes in Texas
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 1:37pm

I couldn't make this stuff up, even by trying!  :smileyvery-happy:

A Republican county emergency- management official in Texas says unrest may erupt if President Barack Obamais re-elected, that the president would respond by sending in United Nations troops, and that he needs more sheriff’s deputies to deal with it.

“He’s going to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN,” Lubbock County Judge Tom Head said this week on a Fox News television station in the north Texas Panhandle region. “Then what happens? I’m thinking worst-case scenario -- civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe.”

“We’re talking take up arms and get rid of the guy,” he said. Obama’s response? ``He’s going to send in UN troops. I don’t want them in Lubbock.”


As the county’s chief emergency-management official, Head told the newspaper, he must prepare for worst-case scenarios, which he said included Obama’s re-election and Democrats retaining control of the U.S. Senateand a category 5 hurricane.

“Do I think UN troops are going to be rolling into Lubbock? Probably not going to happen,” he said. “F-5 hurricane? Probably not going to happen.”

Head offered the scenarios as partial justification for a 1.7 percent property-tax increase to hire more deputies and add other law-enforcement resources.



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Fri, 08-31-2012 - 11:43am
We started going to Friday night football games when we moved to Texas...very nice, perfect weather, happy people, the excitement of six man football, which is very fast paced. We enjoyed it even though we are not sports fans...the homecoming game was set against a weak opponent...the Jesus Chapel Chargers were spunky but there weren't very many of them and the game was declared over at halftime. I can't remember how many games we went to, but the last was against a more able team with a giant pep band that played warlike music and saluted important plays by their team with a locomotive horn. And four guys were injured in that game, one left the game in a neck brace...and I decided that my blood lust is not such that I can be a fan at a game that causes deaths every year. So that was my last game.
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 5:50pm
Do I think UN troops are going to be rolling into Lubbock? Probably not going to happen,” he said. “F-5 hurricane? Probably not going to happen.”
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 08-28-2012 - 4:36pm

Yes you have hit the problem.  Many small towns thru out the US have nothing going on.  Major cities have a lot going on.  Small town live emotionally thru those football teams.  It is also one of the political problems.


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Registered: 03-03-2009
Tue, 08-28-2012 - 3:25pm
I drive through west Texas sometimes when traveling between New Mexico and Missouri. Perhaps football is so popular in Texas because there doesn't seem to be many entertainment alternatives in large swathes of the state.


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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 3:22pm
1836?! You have to wonder whether this guy is playing with a full deck of cards.

A distant relative, with the same last name as a major Texas city, was involved in the convention which drafted that constitution. He was a misfit in the U.S. and Texas seems to have followed in similar contrarian footsteps.


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Registered: 04-09-2011
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 10:27am

Just say the money is for football. You could set the tax rate as high as you wish then.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 6:58pm

Yea, I know all Americans are not crazy. It just struck me as so funny. Of all the things to be worried about.. silly.

At least you have some colorful politicians. Ours are so boring. Well, I'll take that back. We do have Québec..

Funny but Prince Harry's antics seem to have more play in the US than here or in GB. He may be a member of the Royal Family but he is also a private citizen. He is not on the civil lists; supports himself by his own money. He will have no role in the constitional monarchy; he is just a 27 year old kid.

As time goes on, he will fade into the background like his uncles and aunt and cousins have done.  No one cares except maybe his father and grandmother.  They should to talk to him about choosing his "associates" more carefully. but no scandal here.  We really do not care about the family members of our "politicians" or minor royals.

The media should have better things to report on then the antics of a 27 year old member of the GB's armed forces. But the media seems to appeal to the lowest common demoninator.

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 3:39pm

Hey!  Not all of us are screaming yellow bonkers!  :smileywink:

Fear of the U.N. is nothing new.  I remember an old neighbor (now dead) who claimed twenty years ago that their "black helicopters" were on surveillance for new territories to claim.  I just smiled, chalking him up as slightly paranoid and more than a little uninformed. 

People like Head make the news here (I found the story through Google's News site) precisely because they're loopy.  As for electing colorful characters, nothing new in that either.  My DH asked me the other day (after the skinny-dipping Kansas congressman episode also made news) if I remembered Wilbur Mills and Fannne Fox.   I did.

Some of the "Tea Party" types insinuated that they didn't respect the electoral process and were intent on bringing down "big government".  Grover Norquist notably voiced a desire to "shrink it down to a size which could drowned in a bathtub". (don't miss Tucker Carlson's comment on Norquist)  More radical elements of the RKBA contingent ( for instance) are intent on holding onto their guns so they can rise up and revolt (which goal I find revolting).  So far, the nation has been able to find its essential and more-grounded center, without succumbing to the cancer of might makes right (at least domestically, though internationally we tend to veer in that direction with distressing frequency).  

Thanks to the internet, it's now easier and faster than ever before to find out about the weird, the wacky, and the wild.  At least John Boehner wasn't playing billiards in the buff (a troubling mental image, no?!) ala Prince Harry.


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Registered: 03-02-2009
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 2:24pm
iluvkrat wrote:
Wasn't that ad from a Superpac? If that's the case, Obama had nothing to do with it.

Outright paranoia about NWO crap from people in charge should be news.

Oh, that's right! Of course, of course. Obama has no influence here, they don't listen to him. It's just not his fault, as usual. It was probably Bush's fault.

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