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Why it’s tough to get a full ban on red light cameras in Texas

Thenewspaper.com reports: “The red light camera ban that gained the support of a veto-proof majority in the [Texas] House of Representatives was gutted on Wednesday by the Senate … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/22/2019

Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: Some Texas House members getting antsy looking for numbers … [Read More...]

Austin churches actively subvert due process and law

A story out of the San Antonio Express-News was headlined: “Protestors rally around immigrants hiding in Austin churches.” That’s right, “hiding” illegal aliens in Austin churches … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/21/2019

Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: Texas lawmakers eye a record-breaking rainy day fund … [Read More...]

Mills: Natural gas generates the most electricity

By Alex Mills Natural gas continues its streak as the leading fuel to generate electricity across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports natural gas … [Read More...]

Does authentic accomplishment matter to younger Americans?

Beto Pancho is the embodiment of social media culture Among the results of the unrestrained coddle-the-children movement in which true accomplishment was downplayed for the … [Read More...]

Texana 3/20/2019

Texas wildcatter delivers jokes in writing his own obituary First woman to head Texas National Guard had a hero — her mom ‘Blanche’ director works to capture West Texas in … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/20/2019

Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: “Fix” for school finance is the same old non-fix both … [Read More...]

“Fix” for school finance is the same old non-fix both parties repeat

“$9B more for schools, raises for state workers in two-year Texas budget approved by House panel,” read the Dallas Morning News headline over a story by Robert T. Garrett. It … [Read More...]

Texas city to install “Virtual Gate” of surveillance cameras

West University Place is rolling out a virtual gate to monitor those coming in and out of the town. A small Harris County town will be the first in the country to install a … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/19/2019

Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: HB3: $9B school finance bill advances to Texas House - … [Read More...]

Doc’s Cigar Corner: Bobalu Cigar Co. of Austin’s Blue Label Double Maduro Toro

Robert Pratt has asked me to write a section reviewing cigars for his website! What an opportunity to get feedback on my cigar opinions from other aficionados and help introduce … [Read More...]

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On Virtue & the Republic

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them. -- Edwin Meese III

On Political Pessimism

Defeatist cynicism is an arrogance that we too know an outcome – we do not. Our Creator expects us to fight for good until He ends the game, not us. -- Robert W. Pratt, Pratt on Texas

On Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart

On Right

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. -- Nicolás Gómez Dávila

On Political Correctness

Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense. -- Milo Yiannopoulos

On pessimism and difficulty

When you encounter difficulties, you need to be optimistic. The pessimists tend to die. --Zhou Youguang

On American Liberals

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. -- William F. Buckley, Jr.

On universities

Universities have become a place to provide economic and political protection for those who hold economically and politically unpalatable ideas. — Robert Pratt

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