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Bush Uses Eminent Domain, Sales Taxes for Arlington Stadium-Hypocrites

Eminent Domain Question

Jeb Bush’s Attacks on Trump on Eminent Domain

is Hypocritical at best.

G.W. used Eminent domain, a sales tax surcharge, was granted control over areas around the stadium, and allowed by the City to buy the Stadium in the future for $60M, when it cost the City $191M to construct, to Build a Stadium for His Baseball team!!!

Even worse, an independent assessment of one of the properties that had to be acquired, the Mathes properties, was valued it at $1.515M.  Bush’s team, the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority, a quasi governmental entity with the power of eminent domainoffered $831K and the land owner rejected the offer.  Then the Bush’s ASFDA, seized the property USING EMINENT DOMAIN. 

The attorney for the Mathes family stated at the time: It was the first time in Texas history that the power of eminent domain has been used to assist a private organization like a baseball team”  Sound like a limo parking lot?  In May 1996, a Tarrant County jury found that the sports authority’s offer of $817,220 for the Mathes property was too low, and it awarded the Mathes heirs $4.98 million, plus accumulated interest.

The issue at Hand is how Eminent Domain should be used and for what purposes?

Is it Constitutional?

Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution Created Eminent Domain by Stating: (Takings Clause)

“…nor shall private property be taken for PUBLIC USE, without just compensation.

The key phrase is “PUBLIC USE” and how it has been interpreted by the SCOTUS.  In 2005, the court held in Kelo v. City of New London, “that the general benefits a community enjoyed from economic growth qualified private redevelopment plans as a permissible “public use” under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment.”  The case specifically dealt with using eminent domain to transfer private property from one individual to another. 

G.W. Bush, (ironically since he used eminent domain to build the Ranger’s Stadium), on June 23, 2006, the first anniversary of the original SCOTUS decision, President George W. Bush issued an executive order instructing the federal government to restrict the use of eminent domain, “…for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.”  However, since eminent domain is most often exercised by local and state governments, the presidential order may thus have little overall effect.

The key words here are GENERAL PUBLIC which sort of, kind of, limits the use of eminent domain to the taking of personal property for use by the Federal Government for the benefit of the general public (everyone), rather than for PUBLIC USE, which can be used to take property from one private property and give it to another as long as the receiver’s use has a greater PUBLIC USE than the person losing the property.

What is the Answer?

For one thing, National Review and the other self-labeled conservative activist, should lobby for Congress to pass Federal Legislation restricting property seized by Federal eminent domain to be used on by the government for the general public’s use.  Congress has been trying to pass this legislation since 2005 and SURPRISE, they can’t get it done!!!! 

The conservative activists need to start working with State Legislatures to limit the use of eminent domain in their States.  This would eliminate the use of eminent domain for sports complexes or limo parking lots.

So you so-called Conservative Activists, if you really want to do some good, other than just write editorials and appear on talk shows wringing your hands over eminent domain, roll up your sleeves and start working to fix the problem.

But then, what would you have to opine about on the talk shows-Hypocrites!





11/5/2005, Looking Glass News on Ranger’s Stadium-Eminent Domain:  http://www.lookingglassnews.org/viewstory.php?storyid=3349

Today Donald Trump Jr.: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/08/donald-trump-jr-bush-family-used-eminent-domain-for-texas-rangers-stadium/

Trump 1st to Respond: Jeff Session’s Litmus Test for Republican Candidates-Should be the Next Debate

Trump Sessions


On February 5th, I posted “Jeff Session’s Litmus Test for Republican Candidates-Should be the Next Debate”, http://wp.me/pY51c-PN, that laid out Sessions 5 questions every candidate should answer in the debate.  Unfortunately ABC did not ask these questions.  

Today, Donald Trump did answer the questions and you can read them at:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/08/exclusive-donald-j-trump-first-candidate-reply-sessions-test/


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Jeff Session’s Litmus Test for Republican Candidates-Should be the Next Debate


Iowa-The Carson/Cruz Effect

We will never know the impact on this episode but it really does not make the Republican Party and some of its candidates look like they are above politics as usual.  This election is about a new beginning and “we the people” taking back our country.  Whoever we pick we must be able to trust.  Personally, for me, Cruz is no longer someone I could trust.

We will never know the impact on this episode but it really does not make the Republican Party and some of its candidates look like they are above politics as usual.  This election is about a new beginning and “we the people” taking back our country.  Whoever we pick we must be able to trust.  Personally, for me, Cruz is no longer someone I could trust.

While Iowa is now in our rear view mirror, it is important to at least add a couple of footnotes to our Campaign 2016 notebook.  The Iowa caucuses this year for the Republican Presidential primary featured a record turnout.  Both Cruz and Trump broke Republican individual vote count records.  Many precincts ran out of voting supplies.  and, Cruz erroneously communicated to his 1,500 precinct captains and workers that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race and they should let caucus goers know so they can change their vote to Cruz.  A Cruz Iowa staffer sent an email to all of the precinct captains that read:

“Breaking News. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week,” the email read. “Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.”

Steve King, a congressman from Iowa and Cruz national co-chairman Tweeted out:

“Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope. https://twitter.com/moody/status/694320149432651776 

These Communications went out BEFORE the Caucus Voting Began Giving the Precinct Captains Ample Time to lLbby Carson voters to Vote for Cruz.

Ted Cruz defended the statements, and apologized to Carson, by blaming CNN for falsely reporting that Carson was dropping out of the race and returning to Florida.  You can find the timeline of the CNN reporting at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/04/cruz-carson-email-trump-iowa-cnn/. You can make up your own mind as to what CNN reported, or not.

But, the Real Issue is Why the Cruz Campaign DID NOT Call the Carson Campaign to Confirm the story

This wasn’t some minor story.  The story that the #3 or #4 was dropping out of the race prior to the caucus starting was a very big deal.  For a candidate for the president of the United States to run with this story without even picking up the phone to call Carson is at the very least intellectually and morally dishonest.  Sorry Cruz fans but you cannot ride in claiming to be a true Christian then engage in shady campaign practices, especially a guy like Ben Carson.  But then again, we are way to used to this type of tactic by our elected officials.

I really thought Cruz was better than this.

Theories on the Potential Impact of the Misinformation:

Impact on Carson:  Apologists like Rush Limbaugh point out that this misinformation would not have gained Carson sufficient votes to win the Iowa Caucus.  That is really not the point as the difference between 4th and 3rd from a campaign fund raising point of view is huge.  IF Carson would have picked up 10 votes per precinct, that would have given him an additional 15,000 votes.  Some of these votes may have been switched to Rubio and if they were, Carson would have been in 3rd place.  This would have given Carson a big advantage in the first quarter fund raising game.

Impact on Trump:  Assuming that the misinformation caused only 4 voters to go to Cruz from Carson who were both battling over the Evangelical vote.  That would equate to 4 X 1,500 or 6,000 votes.  This would have all but assured a Trump win in Iowa over Cruz. 

Two things are sure.

  1. The misinformation campaign by Cruz had some impact on the final voting. 

  2. Cruz should have confirmed that the story was true before running with it prior to the caucus starting.  If Cruz himself did not know about the misinformation campaign, which I doubt, he should have held someone accountable. 

We will never know the impact on this episode but it really does not make the Republican Party and some of its candidates look like they are above politics as usual.  This election is about a new beginning and “we the people” taking back our country.  Whoever we pick we must be able to trust.  Personally, for me, Cruz is no longer someone I could trust.

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Obama-Is this Islamophobia or

Migrant attacks

President Obama

Is it Islamophobia to condemn these despicable acts by Muslims who were Welcomed by Europe?

  • Migrant-Dominated Group Raped Unconscious 17-Year-Old, Claim ‘Gang Rape The Most Natural Thing In The World’

  • 10-Year-Old Boy Brutally Raped By Iraqi Migrant at Pool in Vienna

  • German Town Cancels Children’s Carnival after Terror Threat

  • Young Women Beaten, Sexually Assaulted In Migrant Attacks During German Carnivals

Many other acts of violence by Muslims Refugees & Immigrants are just now being brought to light by a Europe that does not know how to justify their immigration policies to their own people.  Can You…?






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Jeff Session’s Litmus Test for Republican Candidates-Should be the Next Debate

Time to ask each Candidate:  Where’s the Beef!

Senator Jeff Sessions laid out 5 questions that each candidate for the Republican nomination for president should answer.  In Fact, the entire debate on Saturday, 2/6, should be these question rather than the sophomoric “gotcha” questions asked by Fox and other moderators.  Who cares about whether X thank Y lied or whether Y didn’t show up to an event.

To channel Donald J. Trump.  This country is in Deep Sh*%!  We need some serious answers to serious questions.

Below are the questions Senator Sessions posed and my comments below each of the questions:

Question 1: How would you vote (or how did you vote) on fast-track, and would you support or oppose advancing a final trade agreement which enters the United States into a new international commission with binding authority on future United States trade policy?

Senator Cruz and Rubio both voted to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP.  Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the US Constitution states: “The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur….”  The TPP must be viewed first and foremost as a treaty, and also be defeated.  The TPP transfers our sovereignty to a to be formed international commission that will have BINDING authority on future US trade policy.  This should be unconstitutional on its face.  While Cruz and Rubio voted to fast-track the agreement, Trump is squarely against it.  Where is the National Review on this one?

Question 2: If the vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were held today, and you had a vote to cast in Congress, would you vote for it or against it?

All candidates should pledge to vote no on the legislation without reservation.

Question 3: Upon entering office, will you promptly and unconditionally terminate and rescind all of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties – which provide work permits and entitlements to illegal aliens – including President Obama’s first executive amnesty in 2012, which remains in effect?

All candidates should pledge to immediately revoke all of Obama’s illegal executive orders without reservation.

Question 4: A supermajority of GOP voters say immigration is too high. Every year, on autopilot, we let in another 1 million immigrants on green cards, 700,000 foreign guest workers, half a million foreign students, and 100,000 refugees and asylees. Historical precedent would be to reduce record-breaking immigration, rather than continuing to surge it beyond all historical precedent. Will you support legislation to reduce immigration numbers, and will you oppose legislation that would add to the number?

All candidates should pledge to, at a minimum, reduce current immigration levels.  Even better, they should pledge to stop allowing refugees, from anywhere, including Cuba, until we have established a comprehensive vetting process; further, the H-1B and H1-A visa programs should be stopped until we can accurately assess our US labor pool and stop using these visa programs to compete against US workers; Also, all immigration limits should be indexed against the U-6 unemployment rate.  If the U-6 is <5%, then we would allow immigrants in.  If the U-6 is >5%, then there would be a graduated scale of the number of allowable TOTAL immigrants under all programs to be allowed in.

Question 5: Today, law enforcement are under increasing scrutiny and face excessive criticism from the political elites and the media, and are being targeted by criminals and terrorists. Meanwhile, since 2011, the federal prison population has declined by over 20,000, and is on track to be at its lowest level since 2005. Since 2009, the total state prison population has dropped every year, and is over 56,000 lower than it was then. These circumstances may have contributed to a nationwide spike in crime. The FBI recently reported an overall increase in violent crime and a 17 percent increase in homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities. At the same time, the CDC reports that heroin and opioid drug overdoses have reached an all-time record high. Do you support efforts by President Obama and some Republicans in Congress to reduce penalties for drug-trafficking and further reduce the federal prison population, or do you think government should do more to keep drug traffickers off the streets?

All candidates should say they do not support Obama’s numbers for the sake of numbers bastardization of our penal system just to reduce the number of people in prison.

Obviously there is a need to provide better and more intelligent support to all law enforcement levels throughout the US including maintaining the military style equipment program for local law enforcement.  Reducing prison populations for the sake of just reducing the number is idiotic. 

We have sufficient info to help create a drug-use prevention program and to structure an enforcement scheme that will help reduce the drug related crime and incarceration rates.  But, so far, there is just too much money in the drug businesses that I fear makes its way into Federal, State and Local elections! 

As a former Mayor, I can tell you that Federal money with specified usage for law enforcement is not effective.  Federal law enforcement block grants are more effective as no 2 police or sheriff’s departments have the same needs.  Further, if equipment is provided, the training on its use must also be provided.


I’ll bet each of you who have read these 5 questions have probably come up with your own solutions and wonder why the President and the Republican Congress have not made inroads into solving each of these 5 issues.  You may also be surprised at the answers your candidate may give in response to these 5 questions.

The current debates are designed to drive ratings and to allow one candidate to look better than another.  We the People need to demand that the RNC and DNC work with the people to structure the debates so we can get the answers we need to intelligently vote.

Wow, an intelligent vote, the RNC and DNC would be scared to death of that!!!

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Obama Visits Mosques-An Affront to Women


Islam Is At War With Its Own Women


Obama:  “Islam has always been part of America,”

“If we’re serious about freedom of religion, and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians, who remain the majority in this country, we have to understand, an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”


We are in a Fight to Preserve Our Heritage and Our Culture and Our President Blames us for Standing

Our Heritage, Culture and Faith Dictate that All People are Equal, including Men and Women


In yet another bashing of Christians in the US, Obama blasted our “bigotry”, “intolerance”, “Isolation of”, “profiling”, and slamming our candidates for “inflaming hatred against the Muslim community”.  Obama added speaking to the Muslims in attendance, “Let me say it as clearly as I can, as President of the United States, you fit in here. Right here. You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America too.”

No American is prohibiting anyone from becoming part of the American Dream as long as they are committed to our founding principles, condemn any acts committed against America and its people, diligently seek to rid our nation of radical ideologies and assimilate into our culture.


“Support of Apartheid of Women”

Islam Needs to Accept Women as Being Equal To Men,

to Begin ending the Radicalization of their Faith.

If Islamic Women are viewed as Subservient to Islamic Men,

How Could Non-Islamic Men and Women Be viewed as Equal to Followers of Islam?

Islamic treatment of Muslim women as second class citizens is an anathema to American beliefs.  In many Mosques, women are not allowed to pray in the “main halls” that are the prayer areas for men.  Asra Q. Nomani has been fighting for reform within American Islam for years.  She has described what is like for women and girls inside of American Mosques: 

“Today, in an estimated two-thirds of mosque around the United States, women and girls are segregated in dark basements, sparse balconies, separate rooms and even behind shower curtains in the “sisters’ section,” listening to Friday sermons piped in through shaky sound systems and watching them, if we are lucky, via TV screens. It’s too often only on “interfaith” occasions like the president’s visit that women and girls get to step forward into the “brothers’ section.”

Regarding the isolation of girls versus the boys in the Mosque, Nomani writes: 

“Girls, to inside the gym! Boys to in the musallah.  The girls, shrouded in headscarves that, in some cases, draped half their bodies, slipped into a stark gymnasium and found seats on bare red carpet pieces laid out in a corner. They faced a tall industrial cement block wall, in the direction of the qibla, facing Mecca, a basketball hoop above them. Before them a long narrow window poured a small dash of sunlight into the dark gym. 

On the other side of the wall, the boys clamored excitedly into the majestic musallah, their feet padded by thick, decorated carpet, the sunlight flooding into the room through spectacular windows engraved with the 99 names of Allah, or God, in Islam. Ornate Korans and Islamic books filled shelves that lined the front walls.”

This is how girls are brought up to accept gender apartheid and their role as subservience to men as being normal!  It gets worse.  Honor killings, genital mutilation to control wives’ libido, acceptance of polygamy with 3 other wives, having to be covered in public, are just some of the condoned sexist practices of Islam.  By the President and the First Lady visiting this Mosque, and ignoring the plight of women in Islam, they gave tacit approval to codified abuse of women and their relegation to be second class citizens.

Nomani writes in her Blog questioning Obama’s Choice of this Particular Mosque:  “The president has an opportunity to shine light in a place once associated with the darkest extremes of Islam. His motorcade will re-trace the path of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki: FBI surveillance notes document that al-Awlaki, then a local imam, drove down Johnnycake Road to enter the Islamic Society of Baltimore at 5:56 p.m. on the evening of November 11, 2001. (A copy of the notes was released under the Freedom of Information Act).

Raheel Raza, a Pakistani-Canadian activist opined regarding Obama’s disregard to Islam’s treating women as second-class citizens:

“While the free world awaits a Muslim reformation, the leader of the free world shows blatant disregard for gender equality by visiting a mosque that treats females like second-class citizens.”  “This makes our work as activists extremely difficult because equality is one of the main tenets of our reform movement.”


Access to prayer areas in Mosques may seem like a small “inconvenience” for women but when coupled with the facts that many male followers of Islam will not allow their wives to go out in public unescorted, without at least a hijab and loose clothing; may have up to 4 wives, believe that corporal punishment of their wife is their right as the husband, and in some more extreme cases the men insist that their wives under go genital mutilation and may even condone and undertake honor killings.  Freedom for Muslim women is vital before any reforms of the more radical forms of Islam that lead to terrorism against the West will be affected.

Obama Needs to Change His Focus:  Obama needs to confront Islam in America with the challenge to reform their treatment of Women and that it is their responsibility to rid Islam of the radical elements before they will be unconditionally welcomed into the American community.  When 98% of the world’s terrorism has its roots in Islamic extremism, and there are a lot of acts of terror daily, it is difficult for people to openly accept Islam as a religion of peace nor not to be suspicious of their Islamic neighbor’s motives. 

Europe is Lost:  Europe has lost the battle of radical Islamic terrorism through their wide open immigration of Muslim populations.  Statistically, 2% of Muslims are radicalized which means that POTENTIALLY 2,000 out of every 100,000 Muslim immigrants may be radicalized!   

Obama is right that we need to assimilate the Muslims living in America.  But, the process needs to be driven by the Muslims themselves through reforms toward their own women and then to those who do not share their religious beliefs.

And we have not even begun to discuss Islam’s view and treatment of Gays!


The Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Mosque is a list of rights for Islamic women in the mosque written by Muslim author and feminist Asra Nomani. The Bill of Rights was vanguarded in the United States in 2004 by the Daughters of Hajar, a group of 7 prominent progressive Muslim feminists.

  1. Women have an Islamic right to enter a mosque.
  2. Women have an Islamic right to enter through the main door.
  3. Women have an Islamic right to visual and auditory access to the musalla (main sanctuary).
  4. Women have an Islamic right to pray in the musalla without being separated by a barrier, including in the front and in mixed-gender congregational lines.
  5. Women have an Islamic right to address any and all members of the congregation.
  6. Women have an Islamic right to hold leadership positions, including positions as prayer leaders, or imams, and as members of the board of directors and management committees.
  7. Women have an Islamic right to be full participants in all congregational activities.
  8. Women have an Islamic right to lead and participate in meetings, study sessions, and other community activities without being separated by a barrier.
  9. Women have an Islamic right to be greeted and addressed cordially.
  10. Women have an Islamic right to respectful treatment and exemption from gossip and slander.


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Fake Trump Ad-DECEIT in Emailing-National Republican Senatorial Committee



The National Republican Senatorial Committee is Fraudulently Spamming Emails with the FAKE Soliciting of Contributions in Support of Donald Trump. 

Below is a copy of the body of the email:


Sender2016 Alert [via NRSC] <info@nrsc.org>

SubjectDonald Trump’s opportunity

To:  [Your Name], The Iowa caucuses may be over, but now all eyes are on next week’s presidential primary in New Hampshire. Donald Trump has a tremendous opportunity, which is why it is so important that you stand with Donald Trump right now.  Show your support for Donald Trump with a Donald Trump sticker, yours with your donation of $3 or more.   

Get my Donald Trump sticker now


The irony of this fraudulent email is that the US Senate Republicans HATE Donald Trump but have no trouble in hitching their sick bandwagon to his parade.  The Trump Campaign @realdonaldtrump should sue the NRSC but I am sure that McCain and Graham have passed a law making this legal.  How about Cruz and Rubio?  They are members of the US Senate.  Where are they in this?

The Congressional Republicans wonder why we wish there was a way to vote each and every one of them out of office and replace McConnell with a real conservative who actually cares about the agenda of We The People!

Donald Trump is the only candidate for president who is self funding his own campaign which makes this fraudulent email campaign even more evil.  They are trying to raise doubts that Trump is actually NOT self funding as he is soliciting donations for Bumper Stickers.

RD Pierini