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City Seeks No Question on Citizen Status in Upcoming Census

City Seeks No Question on Citizen Status in Upcoming Census

The City of San Antonio Governance Committee met and deliberated a measure which the City Council will most likely approve in the near future. It is a measure in which the city will pass a resolution to encourage the United States Census Bureau to avoid asking a very pertinent questions on the upcoming census. That question is one involving the citizenship of inhabitants of the US.

It is very interesting and at the same time very disturbing that our city leaders are considering this measure, as a nation has the right, obligation, and duty to regulate people entering the country’s borders, and to be able to monitor, if necessary, immigrants. This simple question of whether or not someone is a citizen of the United States is very basic. There’s a long history of asking about citizenship on the census.

This type of activity is not unlike the City Council’s approval of the Paris Climate Accord Agreement resolution. It politicizes basic traditional policy and undermines the federal government’s right to know about its inhabitants, especially immigrants who have come into the country. This is a matter of national security and public safety. It may possibly help address continued areas in which the federal government needs to pay attention to.

City Council Vote Clears Way for Rainbow Crosswalk Installation on Main Avenue Strip

City Council Vote Clears Way for Rainbow Crosswalk Installation on Main Avenue Strip

The CoSA Council approves the taxpayer funding of a Rainbow Crosswalk with a unanimous vote including the Mayor and the District 9 Councilman (the District 2 Councilman was not present). There are multiple issues that are hidden under this ‘feel good’ move by Council. Public Safety is paramount. This action deviates from standardized white crosswalks that stand out from the dark asphalt (or concrete) it is painted on. The City’s normal cost to stripe a single color crosswalk is reportedly a little over $12,000. The City’s argument that “no taxpayer money is going to the Rainbow Crosswalk” is simply wrong and plays taxpayers for fools. Painting 5 colors instead of just one will cost considerably more than one color painted stripe. Maintenance will cost more. Potential police patrols to “protect” the crosswalk will be more. The City Attorney was correct when he said during Council deliberations that “free speech” will become “government speech” with the passage of this policy. This is problematic. And, through the deliberation we also learned that each Councilman will have the authority o make the decision on whether they will sponsor another lifestyle or group that wants to have their own crosswalk in a Council District. Might this result in discrimination that violates the Non Discrimination Ordinance (NDO)? Moreover, due to the contemporary human meaning of the rainbow flag, the Mayor and Council objectively condoned and promoted (directly and indirectly) one type of lifestyle over all other lifestyles, including and especially a heterosexual married lifestyle that has led to 300 years of prosperity in San Antonio. It would have been better to help San Antonians strive for human unity under the common standard barer of public safety instead of politicizing crosswalks intended for individuals’ safety to cross a road.

To read more from San Antonio Current, click here.

Uresti resigns from state Senate

Uresti resigns from state Senate

As a political dynasty crumbles, can there be renewed hope? Sometime after this Thursday, the constituents of Senate District 19 will have the chance to elect a new, hopefully, honorable person to represent them in the Texas Senate. Convicted and disgraced 20 year State Legislator Carlos Uresti will resign effective in two days. He has failed to remember and live the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fi” (Always Faithful) and now faces the consequences of his dishonorable behavior. Hopefully this experience will encourage him to begin again desiring to renew his commitment to that motto he subscribed to in the Marines. For the taxpayers of Texas, unfortunately, they get to keep paying taxes that will in part go to pay #CarlosUresti a sizable State retirement from his time in the Texas Legislature because the law that was passed this past legislative session (the fraternity of Senators seemed to purposely) exempt his type of convicted crime from the types of crimes that would disqualify and eliminate one’s state pension due to wrong doing. The Senate should reconsider this exemption and make it a straight forward law that if an elected official is convicted of any felony then that person forfeits their pension.

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.

Texas No. 1 ‘hotspot’ for vaccine exemptions

Texas No. 1 ‘hotspot’ for vaccine exemptions

Personal control of healthcare is becoming an increasingly important issue and it is reflected in the growing number of vaccine exemptions requested by people across the state for various reasons including conscientious objections. Current Public Policy promotes all vaccines as good for all yet since 1986 a federal law was passed to exempt vaccine manufacturers from all liability due to side effects, etc. Parents have the primary right to determine what is best for their children.

Texans for Vaccine Choice list these reasons for vaccine choice:
1. Vaccination is an irreversible medical procedure that carries known risks.
2. Anti-choice mandates violate parental rights.
3. Anti-choice mandates violate civil liberties.
4. Mandated medical procedures degrade modern medicine and destroy the foundations of our health
care system.
5. Not so safe and effective.
6. Vaccine reactions and deaths are not rare.
7. There is no adequate avenue for recourse in the event you or your child suffers an adverse reaction to
a vaccine.
8. California: Our Crystal Ball
9. This is not just about vaccines.
10. Control of our healthcare system is up for grabs.

For more explanation on this list, click here.

To read more from Express News, click here.

San Antonio Moving From Paris Agreement To Community Climate Agreements

San Antonio Moving From Paris Agreement To Community Climate Agreements

The Paris Climate Accord has benchmarks for national and international emissions, among other things. Does CoSA intend to presume that all national goals are to be undertaken in San Antonio OR is the City leadership going to craft some pro-rata apportionment for CoSA? As usual, it is not as simple as declaring that an international agreement will be adopted locally. And, another good reason why President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Accord made and still makes sense.

To read more from the Sierra Club, click here.

Movie Review: Incredibles 2

Movie Review: Incredibles 2

“Supers in The Incredibles faced an ungrateful world that rejected their help even though they were clearly making things better. Incredibles 2 asks what happens when supers actually make things worse instead of better.

It also asks whether we should stick to working lawfully within the system to change laws or whether violating unjust or unfair laws in order to change the system is ever legitimate. It asks, too, whether our media and collective social addiction to screens is making us too passive and whether we too easily look to heroes rather than taking action ourselves.”

To read more from Decent Films, click here.

Chilling NCMEC Report Shows 88% of Missing Sex Trafficked Kids Come from US Foster Care

Chilling NCMEC Report Shows 88% of Missing Sex Trafficked Kids Come from US Foster Care

America has a dark secret that no one wants to admit. Talk of this secret will get you labelled as a conspiracy theorist, fake news, and outlets who report on it will have their organic reach throttled by social media and Google alike.

Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many in the mainstream media and the government refuse to see this very real epidemic of child sex trafficking in the United States.

What’s more, according to the government’s own data, the vast majority of a portion of these trafficked kids are coming from the country’s own foster care system.

Children are being needlessly ripped from homes at such an alarming rate that hundreds of parents in one state have gone so far as to create a counter-kidnapping organization to stop it.

To read more from The Free Thought Project, click here.

Cruelty on the border; cruelty north of the border

Cruelty on the border; cruelty north of the border

It’s time to put some real perspective on the illegal immigration and the family separation issue.

Here are real numbers on family separations.

In recent weeks, an average of 46 children a day are being split from their parents at the Mexican border and placed in some form of foster care, either in a government institution or with a family.

Compare this to the average for children entering foster care in the United States every day – 747 of them in 2016.

There were 273,539 of these kids – a staggering figure.

Compare this to the number of children who currently have at least one parent – nearly all fathers– in a prison – 1,700,000 of them.

Compare this to the number of children who experience the divorce of their parents every year – 1,000,000 of them.

That’s 2,739 children separated from at least one parent every day – about 60 times as many as the illegal immigrants on the Mexican border.

Why don’t these figures appear on the front page of the New York Times?

Why aren’t they part of a searing expose on CNN?

Of course, this says nothing about 65,000,000 surgically aborted babies in the U.S. since 1973.

The problem is that Americans have become used to the appalling way that so many children are being treated in their own country.

It’s just part of the cultural wallpaper, right? Or, “children are resilient, they will get over it” is what many parents say when they get divorced, why are we not so concerned about these children in our own household?

To read more from Mercatornet, click here.

Why the Inconsistency on Alcohol Variance?

Why the Inconsistency on Alcohol Variance?

After changing his mind and deciding not to approve an Alcohol Variance in District 9 close to Frank Tejeda Middle School back early in 2018 due to public pressure from Parents and even the #TejedaPTA, #D9 Councilman Courage and the rest of City Council approved an #AlcoholVariance within 300 feet of Winston Churchill High School (San Antonio) which is part of North East Independent School District – NEISD. The question to ask is why the inconsistency. Here’s the #ZoningCase information. The ability of business owners to sell restricted products that require a person to be a certain age has to be carefully and consistently balanced with the primary protection and minors, especially around schools where lots of young people congregate. More information to follow.

Movie Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Movie Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

“Love is at the root of everything,” says Fred McFeely Rogers in an archival clip in Won’t You Be My Neighbor? “All learning, all relationships.”

Then, just as you’re thinking (if you’re like me) about all kinds of relationships that are rooted in anything but love, and wondering how anyone can say anything so saccharine-sounding, he adds a clarifying zinger: “Love or the lack of it.”

To read more from the National Catholic Register, click here.