Once Again… The Facts About Mass Shootings Presented In An Understandable Format

Everything is the same, until it isn’t. All the “causes” our  political leaders trot out after every mass shooting event are patently false. I’ve listed the most common of them on the chart above.   If the in-common reasons were the true cause, then mass shootings would be common occurrences in our peer countries. But…

Rebuttals To The Same Tired Talking Points

Time to play the same old broken record… Here is what I have heard from Republican politicians this week (paraphrased). BR = Broken Record. A = Answer   BR: “Now is not the time to talk about gun regulations because to do so would be to politicize tragedy.”  A: Since horrific mass shooting events are occurring…

Once Again, Thoughts and Prayers Did Not Work

To Our National and State Level Republican Elected Officials,   I am a lifelong gun owner. I enjoy hunting, shooting skeet and target practice at the gun range. I am licensed to carry a concealed firearm. I am not afraid of guns.   I share the above to strengthen my case when I say the…

Texas Mass Shootings (Updated)

August 2019: Midland / Odessa Texas – 7 Dead, 22+ Wounded Texas Senator John Cornyn:               Empty Words Texas Senator Ted Cruz:                    Empty Words Texas Governor Greg Abbott:            Empty Words Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick:       Empty Words   August 2019: El Paso, Texas – 22 Dead, 24+ Wounded Texas Senator John Cornyn:              …

Ignorant, Negligent or Complicit?

Just this past week…   Friday, August 30, 2019 – Mobile, Alabama: Ten teenagers were shot leaving a high school football game. Luckily, no one was killed.   Saturday, August 31, 2019 – Midland / Odessa, Texas: Seven people were killed and over 22 wounded while working, driving and enjoying the day.   Monday, September 2,…

Thoughts And Prayers Are No Longer Enough

Dear National and State Level Republican Elected Officials:   I am a lifelong gun owner. I enjoy hunting, shooting skeet and target practice at the gun range. I am licensed to carry a concealed firearm. I am not afraid of guns.   I share the above to strengthen my case when I say the ongoing…

The Current History of Political Inaction

Recent Texas Mass Shooting Events July 2016: Dallas, Texas – 5 Dead, 11 Wounded Texas Senator John Cornyn: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation Texas Senator Ted Cruz: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation Texas Governor Greg Abbott: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation…

Yet Another Stupid Public Education Idea From The Texas Senate

The Texas Senate, led by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, has proposed yet another stupid idea that combines everything that wrong with both Texas school funding and accountability.   Base campus funding on performance on the state accountability test (STAAR).   This is the same accountability test that has a significant positive performance correlation to the…

An Open Letter: A Practical Solution to a Dubious Problem

Dear Republican United States Senators: We are now one month into a government shut down over a “Crisis” on our Southern Border. I have to admit that as a Texan who often works in Texas border cities and towns, I question the use of the term “Crisis.” First, Texas border towns and cities are among…

vote? Vote. VOTE!

Listen up educators, this is it! Crunch time! It’s the Citizenship Super Bowl… ELECTION DAY!   Either you go to the polls and pull the lever for the Governor, Senator, Congressperson, State Senator, State Representative and School Board Member that supports Public Education…   Or… YOU are part of the problem.   There is no,…

Top LYS Tweets (GO VOTE Edition) – November, 5 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted. And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   The crisis in Texas public school funding is not an accident.…

Top LYS Tweets – October 29, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   For all you straight ticket Republican voters, pause and consider…

Top LYS Tweets – October 22, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   The root causes of our property tax and school funding…

Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best – Part 4

The following is a continuation of the conversations from the, “Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best,” series of posts on 6/27/18, 7/18/18 and 7/24/18.   As a follow-up to yesterday’s post I will address the four common arguments that are made against any policy or practice that is not in line with hardline immigration opinions.…

Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best – Part 3

The following is a continuation of the conversations from the 6/27/18 post, “Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best,” and the 7/18/18 post, “Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best – Part 2.”    I do not dispute the facts presented in the 7/18/18 post. Though the concept of a 2,000-mile physical wall on our Southern Border…

A Reader Writes… Mexico Doesn’t Send Its Best – Part 2

In response to the June 27, 2018 post, “Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best” a long time LYSer adds the following.   I will be the last person to defend the words of President Trump.  I agree with Cain, but with a caveat.  I don’t think Mexico is sending people at all.  I think the…

Politics 101 – Blame the Victims

Recently, a high ranking, politically appointed education official was addressing an audience of school administrators. Here was the gist of his message to the most motivated of school leaders, the ones who were at a professional conference, out of town, during the Summer.   “Educators, across our state we have over 1,000 Future Farmers of…

Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best?

I have been listening to the repeated sound bite of the President saying, “Mexico Doesn’t Send Us Its Best.” Note: I understand that the immigrants arriving on our Southern Border are from Central and South American Countries, of which Mexico is one.     I’m trying to process this statement logically, which the talking heads…

Top LYS Tweets – June 11, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s agenda, actions and policies have…

Top LYS Tweets – June 4, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   The fact of the matter is we can’t trust Lt.…

Top 10 LYS Tweets – April 30, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   1.School voucher advocates are taking advantage of ignorance, fear, greed,…

Top LYS Tweets – April 23, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   1.If it doesn’t require courage, it’s not big enough. (By…

Top 10 LYS Tweets – March 27, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Successful leaders run toward problems, not away. If you want…

Top 10 LYS Tweets – March 19, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “I cannot on good conscience vote for a man who…

Blog Post: Top 10 LYS Tweets – March 12, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted. And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. The depth of student thinking in the typical high school…

Top 10 LYS Tweets – March 6, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Public schoolteachers are our children’s first responders. They should be…

For Your Consideration… Strategic Voting for Public Education

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6th is election day for the Texas Primaries and it has never been more critical for Texas Educators to get out and vote in mass. And we need to vote where we will make the biggest impact. Which means regardless of your party affiliation (for the record, I’m an independent) Texas educators…
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