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Annual Property Tax Misrepresentation Season Begins

Lubbock’s mayoral runoff features a candidate who uses the most common falsehood. For at least a decade and a half, I have spent considerable time correcting the ignorance, and yes often purposeful misdirection, of elected officials and … [Read More...]

“Working with” Texas Democrats different than empowering them

Election season tends to find certain political issues exaggerated or distorted by candidates, candidate supporters and opponents, and members of the media reporting on such. One such issue is the Texas Republican fight over appointing … [Read More...]

UT poll: Majority of Hispanics now support mass deportation | Castle Hills woman wins at SCOTUS – Pratt on Texas 6/20/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: 76-year-old Sylivia Gonzalez of Castle Hills gets the backing of the U.S. Supreme Court to pursue her claims of political retaliation against Castle Hills … [Read More...]

Podcast Extra: Blacklisted Americans update with Robert Zimmerman – 6/20/2024

Another update on the blacklisting of Americans from author and historian Robert Zimmerman of behindtheblack.com. Blacklisted Americans is Zimmerman’s term for victims of what is currently called “cancel culture.” See all Blacklisted … [Read More...]

FBI/DOJ harass nurse alleging illegal Medicaid billing for child sex changes at Texas Children’s Hospital – Pratt on Texas 6/19/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: It's not just the surgeon, Dr. Haim, now Biden's politicized DOJ and FBI is intimidating a Texas nurse for blowing the whistle on Texas Children's Hospital … [Read More...]

Biden’s latest Democrat vote buy: 500,000+ illegals made legal & more DACA benefits! – Pratt on Texas 6/18/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Biden's latest big vote buy will let half a million illegal aliens have "temporary" work permits, obtain permanent resident status (green card), and then obtain … [Read More...]

McBrayer talks blow-out win for Lubbock mayor | Texas school test scores are double trouble for Dems – Pratt on Texas 6/17/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: An historic blow-out election hit Lubbock Saturday in the mayoral runoff. We visit with Lubbock's new mayor, Mark McBrayer, about what the election margin means to … [Read More...]

El Paso “hides the ball” from taxpayers | Abilene city mgr hyperbolizes for tax hike | Big court rulings – Pratt on Texas 6/14/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Whether liars or just incompetents, local government officials mislead often but sometimes it becomes extremely overt in "hiding the ball" from taxpayers which is … [Read More...]

Local marijuana ordinances | Operation Lone Star costs questioned | SCOTUS abortion pill decision – Pratt on Texas 6/13/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: A Texas Senate interim committee hearing gets to the right question on the extravagantly funded Operation Lone Star: When can we reduce funding? It can't go on … [Read More...]

Podcast Extra: Blacklisted Americans update with Robert Zimmerman – 6/13/2024

Another update on the blacklisting of Americans from author and historian Robert Zimmerman of behindtheblack.com. Blacklisted Americans is Zimmerman’s term for victims of what is currently called “cancel culture.” See all Blacklisted … [Read More...]

Drag queen led “Queering Agriculture” seminar for Texas Tech | Big Title IX victory in federal court – Pratt on Texas 6/12/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: From the I-told-you-so file: A Texas Tech science related program hosted a "Queering Agriculture" seminar led by a drag queen - last week! This stuff is embedded … [Read More...]

Scornful hypocrisy of Texas House’s GOP caucus | AG Paxton fighting Biden on sex-change HHS rule – Pratt on Texas 6/11/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: The disingenuous, risible Texas House Republican Caucus continues to show why it and its leadership can't be taken seriously as a GOP policy body but only as an … [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

 

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 unworkable ideas. — Robert W. Pratt

 

On Rush Limbaugh

William F. Buckley is the esteemed father of the American conservative movement and gave it meaning; Ronald Reagan took conservatism to the public, showed it worked, and made it popular; Rush Limbaugh is the man who embedded political conservatism into our culture. — Robert W. Pratt

 

On Mistakes in Politics

Politics, as opposed to science, does not reward the correction of mistakes, given that correcting a mistake also entails admitting to having made one. Worse, the bigger the mistake, the greater the political urgency of defending it at all costs. — Lionel Shriver

 

On Rights and Freedoms

When we think of our rights and freedoms as rewards for good behavior, we lose. — Meghan Murphy

 

On Republican Moderates

Republican “moderates” rarely fight hard for anything, except for other Republicans giving up their principles. — Robert W. Pratt

 

On Judging Public Policy

Judge public policies by their results, not their intentions. – Milton Friedman

 

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