Tom Leppert meets with Brighter Dallas to speak on campaign for US Senate

Tonight, May 24th, a group of young professionals got together at Dee Lincoln's Tasting Room & Bubble Bar to listen to Tom Leppert, former Dallas City Mayor, speak about his campaign for the Texas GOP Senate nomination. The Brighter Dallas group, a political action committee in Dallas, Texas, put on this meeting as just one of a number of events aimed at promoting "social and political awareness throughout the city".

Tom Leppert at Dee Lincoln's Tasting Room & Bubble Bar
Tom Leppert - By Seth Hollist

Tom Leppert, a self-proclaimed conservative businessman, certainly touted an impressive resume of turning around the Turner Corporation construction company, and credits himself with the company earning more profits during his seven year as C.E.O. than in the company's previous 97 years combined. He also spoke of turning around the Dallas City operations during his time as Mayor; however, in both cases he also admits that a good economy helped make these accomplishments possible. Some of his opponents, however, say he's actually very "liberal".
He also spoke about Medicare and the need for improvements in our economy, and the $75 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities our nation currently carries. Without a strong economy, he noted, nothing else matters as the U.S. will no longer be the world leader; suggesting we will also not be able to solve these problems with first improving the economy. He also mentioned the move towards Socialism as a cliff that once we've gone over it, we will never come back. He gave an estimate of about 6-8 years left to save our country from these unwanted fates, and said if he couldn't fix the problems in a single 6 year term as Senator, he deserves to be replaced. In any case he vowed for no more than 2 terms as a Senator; something he also said none of his two main opponents had even mentioned.
Mayor Leppert talked about his ideas around saving Social Security through creating what seemed like an elaborate system of tiers based on the person's age. It included insuring retired and soon to retire people get what they were promised, while allowing the younger people to put their contributions into a private account that cannot be touched by the government that has already "barrowed" trillions from the program. He also noted that originally very few people received Social Security because the qualification age was beyond the average person's life expectancy when it was implemented and proposed upping the qualification age to 70, and giving incentives those who continue work and wait to claim benefits.
Afterwards the attendees spent some time mingling and sharing stories and political views, and a few of them won gift cards from a raffle. Overall the event seemed to have been enjoyed by all, and will likely be considered a great success.

If Ron Paul quit why are signs popping up all over Dallas

Ron Paul's campaign released a letter last Monday noting a change to his campaign strategy, and of course the media jump all over it saying he was dropping out. However, driving around the Northern Dallas area I've noticed a lot of his signs are starting to show up. This would seem contradictory, wouldn't it?
Texas is one of the Primary states Ron Paul's campaign specifically said they were not going to be campaigning in for votes due to the high cost of obtaining those votes. Yet as the Texas primaries early voting period is underway yard signs are showing up all around the Northern Dallas area. The thanks for this actually do not come from the Ron Paul campaign, but from a grass roots effort of die-hard Ron Paul supporters.
These supporters are also focusing very heavily on the delegate process, to hopefully get a large group of Ron Paul supporting delegates going to the national convention in Tampa, Florida in August, where many hope that the unpledged delegates will in large part be Ron Paul supporters. Still with Romney having closet to 1000 delegates - both pledged and un-pledged - he will be a tough one to beat at the convention.

Texas GOP candidate for US Senate Glenn Addison visits Dallas Ron Paul activists

Glenn Addison at Dallas Ron Paul activist's headquarters.

This evening, Glenn Addison, a Ron Paul like candidate for Texas' GOP US Senator race - who openly announced support for Ron Paul on Monday - visited the Richardson headquartered group of political activists supporting Ron Paul's presidential bid. Glenn was well received not only by those in attendance, but also a few independent media reporters and videographers.
Glenn is a funeral home owner and a "fan of the American Family", who has been all over Texas campaigning, spending close to $100 thousand dollars. While he's certainly not the biggest spender of all the candidates, he certainly seems to be one of the hardest working and most constitutionally centered; showing off his favorite copy of the US Constitution while he talked about all the things he would like to see eliminated from the Federal Government, because they are not in the Constitution.
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Glen spoke for a little over a half an hour talking about his Christian Conservative and constitutionally based ideals saying, "If it's good enough for the founders it's good enough for me." He wants to eliminate 8 federal departments including the EPA, DOT, DOE, and others. He exclaimed his disdain for all government bailouts and even explained how he lost support from one person who receives government subsidies. He believes we are heading to financial collapse, and the only solutions are bitter medicine. He gave an analogy of being in a crash at 20 MPH now or latter at 75 MPH; explaining that we can take the bitter medicine today or have our country die from a fatal crash in the future.
Glen wants to get the UN out of the US and the US out of the UN. He wants a strong military, but not for the purpose of policing the world, rather for national security. He expressed a great concern for the exportation of US jobs that he attributed to unfair trade agreements. One solution he discussed was to cut manufacturing taxes to 10%, along with offering a tax holiday for businesses that bring manufacturing back to the US. He mentioned this as a temporary solution, as a step towards transitioning back to the original constitutionally authorized list of taxes that includes tariffs, and not income taxes.
His solutions for Social Security and Medicare are a slow transition away from them, stating they are not in the constitution, but we can't eliminate them right away because too many people have put their eggs in that basket for retirement. He further stated that we can't get back to the constitution immediately on many things, but must take steps to eventually get there.
Glenn wants to end all foreign aid, with the only exception of "renting" strategic military locations to help protect us against rogue nations. He mentioned that Israel gets a lot of help, but they are at a point where they can start taking care of themselves; thanks to a natural gas discovery, and military maturity. He wants people who are concerned about disasters or other issues within other countries to pull out their own checkbook not seek to use the government provided money, stating that it should be individual decisions.
The meeting concluded with photographs and cake, and additional one on one discussion. Others also mingled and made plans for future Ron Paul and liberty related events; including the Texas primary early voting that starts on Monday, with the final vote on May 29th.

My favorite Book of Mormon hero.

Captain Moroni first appears in Alma 43:16:
Now, the leader of the Nephites, or the man who had been appointed to be the chief captain over the Nephites - now the chief captain took the command of all the armies of the Nephites - and his name was Moroni
Alma 48:11-12, Alma 60:36:
And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery; Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.

I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country.
Moroni is best known for creating the title of liberty found in Alma 46:12,
In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children
And successfully waging war against the Nephites nemesis and distant cousins the Lamanites, and even against dissenters within his own government from about 74 B.C. until 56 B.C.


Alma53:6:
Moroni had thus gained a victory over one of the greatest of the armies of the Lamanites, and had obtained possession of the city of Mulek, which was one of the strongest holds of the Lamanites in the land of Nephi; and thus he had also built a stronghold to retain his prisoners.

Moroni was also a patriot who fought to keep in own government in-line starting from Alma 59:13,
And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government, because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country.
Alma 62:2-8:
[Moroni] did also mourn exceedingly . . . because of those who had rebelled against their country and also their God . . . Moroni took a small number of men . . . and took his march towards the land of Gideon. And he did raise the standard of liberty in whatsoever place he did enter, and gained whatsoever force he could in all his march towards the land of Gideon . . . thousands did flock unto his standard, and did take up their swords in the defence of their freedom . . . they became exceedingly strong, even stronger than . . . those dissenters who had driven the freemen out of the land of Zarahemla and had taken possession of the land . . . and went forth against the city . . . [and] did come to battle . . . Pahoran was restored to his judgment-seat.


Dallas Cinco de Mota - The 2012 Dallas Global Marijuana March

Saturday afternoon at Dallas City Hall was an eventful evening with music, speakers, and a march to promote more sensible laws around the legality and use of marijuana. The event was organized by the DFW NORML also known as DFW Texans for Sensible Marijuana Regulation. Many other groups were also there passing out literature about their causes and campaigns, along with vendors and hundreds of others just having a good time.
The speakers all has similar themes of laws and legal practices that put otherwise peaceful people in jail over the prohibition of marijuana, some even equating it to the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920's. There was also a speech by John Lindsay from the Dallas County Libertarian Party about jury nullification.
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The actual march appropriately took place at 4:20 pm from Dallas City Hall, to the Grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza and back. They even had their own Truth Enforcement car, dressed up to look similar to a police vehicle. Certainly there were plenty of actual policemen around the area as well to insure it was a peaceful event. The only incident was one gentleman who started to disrobe, but stopped after a police officer requested he put his clothes back on.

Wyle City mayor claims to understand Mormons at LDS chapel ground breaking

This morning Eric Hogue, Wylie City Mayor, was warmly received by a cheerful group of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wylie, TX as they held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new chapel near the intersection of Sanden Blvd. and Brown Street. In attendance was not only the city's mayor, over a dozen local and regional LDS church bishops and other leaders, but also a few hundred Mormons as well.
The Mayor certainly seemed to have done his homework about the LDS church and its origins. He conveyed his appreciation for this group of people whom he claimed help to bring stability and good values to the community; while conveying a message of understanding towards the Mormon faith and its origins, and commending on the Book of Mormon and other events surrounding it’s revelation to the world. He seemed to be playing to the crowd, hopefully with some sincerity, but certainly with some obviously limited knowledge of the LDS church.
The rest of ceremony had a much more spiritual theme to it with speeches from the two Wylie Bishops, and the Richardson Stake President: former Assistant Dallas City Police Chief Thomas Ward. Musical numbers were given by the church’s choir. The church’s missionaries and Dallas area Mission President were also in attendance with donates and bottle water, along with brochures and videos about the church.