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Award Winner: Most Offensive Political Mailer of 2012

May 24, 2012 By: MattSDowling Category: 9/11, David Simpson, Most Offensive Political Mailer Award, TSA Screeners

I’m just going to call it right now. No need wait for what Obama and Romney have in store for each other or any other candidate for that matter. When a mail piece this disgusting and offensive is mailed out, you just give it the recognition it deserves.

Here’s the back story to this mailer: Earlier this year, Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) authored HB-41, with the support of 100 something co-authors, to punish screeners who made inappropriate sexual contact with people trying to fly or enter public buildings. The bill was authored on the heels of the young, old and everyone in-between being forced into (and many times unnecessary) invasive full body searches by TSA screeners. This bill wouldn’t prevent further pat-downs or searches, but would prevent federally sponsored groping of someone’s private areas unless there was reasonable suspicion to search there.

Does this sound like a pro-terrorist piece of legislation? I didn’t think so either. However, it seem like David Simpson’s primary opponent shamefully wants us to think it is. Hence, this disgusting mail piece…

Note: You might want hide to all breakable objects before looking at this mail piece.

I could spend my day ripping this mail piece and Tommy Merritt apart, but I think I’m going to just leave that part up to you. I am a little surprised there is no call to action to place David Simpson on the no-fly list for authoring HB-41, but maybe that’ll be on his next mail piece.

Below is a list of the elected officials (with more that could probably be added) who either co-authored, voted for HB-41 or it’s cohort in the Texas Senate SB-29, or publicly supported David Simpson’s bill. As you can see from the list below, Tommy Merritt is once again standing against Texas Republicans (not to mention the 4th Amendment) and is doing it in one of the most disgusting ways possible. If elected, I can only guess that Army veteran, 9/11 Pentagon survivor, SB-29 co-author, and conservative State Senator Brian Birdwell won’t be carrying any of Merritt’s legislation.

Gov. Rick Perry
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

Sen. Birdwell (9/11 Pentagon Survivor)
Sen. Carona
Sen. Deuell
Sen. Duncan
Sen. Eltife
Sen. Estes
Sen. Fraser
Sen. Harris
Sen. Hegar
Sen. Huffman
Sen. Jackson
Sen. Nelson
Sen. Nichols
Sen. Ogden
Sen. Patrick (Author SB 29)
Sen. Seliger
Sen. Shapiro
Sen. Wentworth
Sen. West
Sen. Williams

Rep. Aliseda
Rep. Anderson, C.
Rep. Anderson, R.
Rep. Aycock  Beck
Rep. Berman
Rep. Bohac
Rep. Bonnen
Rep. Branch
Rep. Brown
Rep. Burkett
Rep. Button
Rep. Cain
Rep. Callegari
Rep. Carter
Rep. Christian
Rep. Cook
Rep. Craddick
Rep. Creighton
Rep. Crownover
Rep. Darby
Rep. Davis, J.
Rep. Davis, S.
Rep. Eissler
Rep. Elkins
Rep. Fletcher
Rep. Flynn
Rep. Frullo
Rep. Gallego
Rep. Garza
Rep. Geren
Rep. Gonzales, L.
Rep. Gooden
Rep. Guillen
Rep. Hamilton
Rep. Hancock
Rep. Hardcastle
Rep. Harless
Rep. Hartnett
Rep. Hilderbran
Rep. Hopson
Rep. Howard, C.
Rep. Huberty
Rep. Hughes
Rep. Hunter
Rep. Isaac
Rep. Jackson
Rep. Keffer
Rep. King, P.
Rep. King, S.
Rep. King, T.
Rep. Kleinschmidt
Rep. Kolkhorst
Rep. Kuempel
Rep. Landtroop
Rep. Larson
Rep. Laubenberg
Rep. Lavender
Rep. Legler
Rep. Lewis
Rep. Lyne
Rep. Madden
Rep. Margo
Rep. Miller, D.
Rep. Miller, S.
Rep. Morrison
Rep. Murphy
Rep. Nash
Rep. Orr
Rep. Otto
Rep. Parker
Rep. Patrick
Rep. Paxton
Rep. Pen˜ a
Rep. Perry
Rep. Phillips
Rep. Pickett
Rep. Pitts
Rep. Price
Rep. Raymond
Rep. Riddle
Rep. Ritter
Rep. Schwertner
Rep. Scott
Rep. Sheets
Rep. Sheffield
Rep. Shelton
Rep. Simpson (Author HB 41)
Rep. Smith, T.
Rep. Smith, W.
Rep. Smithee
Rep. Taylor, L.
Rep. Torres
Rep. Truitt
Rep. Weber
Rep. White
Rep. Woolley
Rep. Workman
Rep. Zedler
Rep. Zerwas

No wonder Tommy Merritt was voted out of office 2 years ago.

This is exactly why we need a TSA anti-groping law

June 08, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: Anti-Groping Bill, David Simpson

 

The TSA Anti-Groping Bill may have died in the Senate during the regular session but it may live again in the special session and for good reason too. In the video below you see the unfortunate affects these invasive pat-downs have on our citizens. This is why you should support House Bill 41, authored by Rep. David Simpson, which would limit the inappropriate and humiliating touching by TSA screeners. House Bill 41 is our only hope for us to avoid being the next victim of federally sponsored groping.

Unfortunately, this bill is setting off threats from the federal government which is setting the stage for a constitutional battle over the 4th and 10th Amendments. During the regular session the Department of Justice sent a letter to the legislature stating that all airports in Texas would have to be shut down if this bill passed. However, many legislators wanted to call the federal government on their threat. They feel that the TSA’s aggressive touching violates our 4th Amendment right of reasonable search and seizures. The legislature also believes that it is within the their 10th Amendment rights to challenge the federal government and stop this unwanted practice.

No doubt if this bill passed it would immediately go to the courts and our airports would not be shut down. In the courts we can finally challenge TSA’s inappropriate pat-downs and find an applicable solution this matter. The bottom line is we can no longer be expected to stand by and watch our federal government continually operate with unrestricted impunity.

Rep. David Simpson: Hero or Heretic(the political kind)?

April 22, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: David Simpson, Texas Politics

 

Whether you like Rep. David Simpson or not he is sure making a name for himself in the Texas House. He was one of two Republicans who voted against the House budget because it did not cut enough programs and he did not feel money that was being spent was being spent wisely. He is now unilaterally knocking local and consent bills off of the House calendar. Local and consent bills only apply to a representatives district or are not controversial enough that they need any further debate therefore they are fast tracked to passage. So you can imagine the feeling when one House member knocks another House members bill off of that calendar. It is essentially like poking the bills author in the eye so you better have a good reason for doing it. When the bill is knocked off the L&C calendar it doesn’t kill the bill but it does slow it down and is subjected to further points of order.

The Texas Tribune reports that he has knocked 3 bills off the L&C calendar and is suffering the consequences. They point out that he has not broken any House rules but co-authors on his bills are starting to jump ship and he was quoted as saying, “It’s been a little lonely up there today.” This begs the question is Rep. Simpson is doing the right thing or should he be playing more nicely with his colleagues? The way Rep. Simpson sees it he is standing up for his values and principles and isn’t going to let politeness stand in the way. His colleagues see him as breaking unwritten decorum rules and being “annoying.”

So instead of allowing politicians decide whether he is a hero or a heretic(the political kind) I think YOU should decide. Vote in the poll below to voice your option.