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Duncan Doesn’t Want You to Vote

30 Mar

Over the last two days on Lubbock’s First News, we have been talking about expanding gambling in Texas and the possibility of having casinos open up here. We have been focusing on an article from the Houston Chronicle from Monday discussing the chances of a vote happening. The chances aren’t looking good for Texans.

According to the Chronicle, 86% of Texans believe that the public should be able to vote on whether to legalize casinos. That is a huge majority of people. 86% of Texans believe we should be able to vote on this one issue. That doesn’t mean that all 86% would support casinos in Texans though. According to the Star-Telegram, 67% would support casinos in the state (63% of people in West Texas support casinos). That’s still a good majority and I do think it would pass if put up for a vote, but being “for” or “against” isn’t what I want to talk about here. I want to talk about the 86% figure and why that 86% is being ignored.

State Senator Robert Duncan from right here in Lubbock doesn’t want you to be able to vote on the issue. According to the Chronicle, Duncan has no plans of advancing the bill that would let Texans vote. In the article Duncan says the following:

“There is no support in my committee”… “I just don’t think there are the votes in the Senate. I don’t see any chance of passage.”

and

“A lot of us have strong opposition to using gaming to solve our budget problems,” Duncan said. “We’ve got a lot of other pressing issues to deal with. It is not my intent to bring it up for a hearing.”

As I said on the show, I understand not wanting to use gaming as a way to solve or fund different areas in the budget. Instead of having money from casinos dedicated to education or some other area, just have the money flow into a general fund. That way you direct the money where it’s needed and you won’t have to hope that you make enough money to fund something.

Having said that, I think Duncan is way off base with this. How arrogant do you have to be to deny Texans a vote? It’s obvious that Sen. Robert Duncan believes that government (himself) knows better than you do. Even though he was elected to represent us, it’s clear that he has no interest in doing that.

Who is Duncan looking out for? Why doesn’t Duncan want the people of Texas to vote?

Duncan says that there are more important issues to discuss. He must mean the texting while driving ban (big government). Or maybe the Pay Day loan ban (big government). He could be talking about the state-wide smoking ban (again big government). Maybe he is talking about having a state-wide property tax for schools. Or he might just be talking about groundwater rights and that little “public interest” part.

So all that big government stuff is more important than letting people vote. Interesting. I forgot, someone tell me which party he is in. It’s hard to tell really.

Texans should be able to head to the polls and determine our future. Whether we vote for casinos or not, we shouldn’t leave it up to politicians who are looking out for themselves rather than looking out for us. Senator Duncan is wrong on this issue and the people here in Lubbock are starting to get fed up.

If Duncan isn’t careful, the next time he is up for re-election, he again might not want people to vote.

The Left And Placing Blame

10 Jan

The left has lost it.

One of the first things liberal bloggers and Twitter users started doing on Saturday after the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was looking to place the blame on someone. The shooter, is a 22 year old nut job, who did not like Rep. Giffords. He believed that the Government was in the business of mind control. Oh, and he was drug user with no life. He had planned this attack for a while. So who is to blame according to the crazies on the left?

Sarah Palin.

Yeah that’s right. Sarah Palin is to blame according many bloggers out there. Why? Because a while back she put out a “target list” and Rep. Giffords’ district was on the list. Here is the map incase you haven’t seen it:

Sarah Palin Target Map

Looks scary doesn’t it? This is why some on the left are blaming Sarah Palin. Forget about the fact that most campaigns target certain area’s. In fact, the Democrats used their own target mar in 2004:

DNC Target Map

So, it was okay then, but not now? This type of rhetoric and targeting has been used for a while now. Most people think nothing of it.

Now, you’d think that the crazies that blame Sarah Palin would only be national folks, but sadly no. Lubbock’s very own Carol Morgan jumped on the blame Palin bandwagon on Saturday posting this on her Twitter account:

CounselorCarol1 Carol Morgan
@SarahPalinUSA hope you’re happy 2day, ur NUTBAG supporters killed a fine woman & ur “hitlist” website is responsible–ur a HORRIBLE person

Carol Morgan

Morgan ran for State Representative and lost (thank God), but did receive 30% of the vote. Whether she likes it or not, she represents the Lubbock Democratic Party and is considered a leader by many in the party.

It’s pretty shameful if you ask me that a former candidate and school Counselor would act this way.

On the show this morning, I called for Lubbock County Democratic Chair, Pam Brink, to denounce Morgan’s statement. Though I disagree with Brink on many issues, I know she cares about the Lubbock Democratic Party and wants it to be taken seriously. If leaders of the local Democratic party are allowed to make statements like this and they not be denounced, then it will do more harm in the long run to the local Democrats.

After the show, this morning Morgan posted this comment on her Facebook page:

“Isn’t it ridiculous? I don’t know why KFYO is so obsessed with me…it is positively laughable. They will do anything to pump up their ratings and get their listeners all “ginned up”. This is what they like to do and this sort of behavior is what caused the Saturday incident…”

Again, what Carol Morgan doesn’t understand is that first, we aren’t obsessed with her. I hate ignorant statements, and her statement on Twitter was ignorant. Second, talk radio didn’t force a nut job to try and assassinate Rep. Giffords.

Carol Morgan is the perfect example of those on the left that don’t believe in personal responsibility. Morgan says it was Palin’s fault. That my show fosters the type of behavior we saw on Saturday. Those on the left nationally are doing the same thing. Sarah Palin is to blame. Talk Radio and FOX convince people to murder and take up arms!

Palin didn’t pull the trigger. Talk radio can’t force people to kill. This guy planned this attack on his own and executed it on his own. HE is responsible. No one else. Why can’t people deal with personal responsibility anymore? Why must we always look to blame others because of our actions? It makes no sense.

Something else I get tired of? Having to put someone in a political party. Some people are just nut jobs. There are crazies on the left and on the right. I get sick and tired of people placing blame on political parties when a tragedy happens. There are bad people in the world and I don’t think they necessarily fall into a political category. Unless that category is “Crazy”. Unless Republicans or Democrats start advocating killing, I refuse to blame an entire party because of one lone moron.

What happened on Saturday in Tucson was a tragedy. But, what I saw online afterwards was pathetic. Some people should be ashamed of themselves. But I’m sure they would just blame someone else for their writing and actions.

More on this later. What do you think?

 

 

Is The Lubbock City Council Hiding From You?

12 Aug

This morning on the show we discussed how the City Council is looking to increase taxes without being tied to raising taxes. In a nutshell, the council wants to raise taxes from the bond election that was approved by voters a year before they start any of the approved projects. So your taxes will be going up because of the bond projects you approved, but we are at least a year away from starting those projects.

Instead the council will use that money to repaint City Hall, fix concrete at a fire station, and whatever else they want. Of course, they never mentioned any of this during the bond election and I’m pretty sure they knew about some of these projects back then.

Many people in Lubbock aren’t too happy about this. When I first heard this plan a couple of weeks back it was shady and I knew what the council was up to, and many of you have felt the same way. Many of our elected officials ran for office saying that they were against raising taxes. What they never said publicly was that while they are against raising taxes, raising fee’s however much they want is just fine. Now our elected officials are trying to pull a fast one on us regarding raising taxes due to the bond election. The council wants to do many things with your money, but they just don’t have enough to do it with. And of course they can’t be caught raising taxes either. So instead they plan on raising taxes, but blaming the bond election all while hoping that you don’t see this as a tax hike for projects you didn’t approve.

Like I said earlier, many people are upset about this and want to have their voice heard. Well lucky for you our council will hold two public hearings… during the morning hours. As Boortz would say, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?!

Why is this council against holding important meetings at night? The council is going to raise taxes and they want your input, but only if you can skip work in the morning. By only having 2 meetings and only having them in the morning shows me that the Lubbock City Council doesn’t care about your opinion. They want to hide from you. They don’t want to be confronted and told that they are doing something wrong.

We have asked Mayor Tom Martin why they don’t hold council meetings at night and his excuse is that all meetings would last until 2am. Yeah, I don’t see that happening. Council meetings could start at 6 or 6:30pm and instead of doing closed door sessions after the meeting, they could hold them before. If the meetings were at night then more people could attend and get involved. I know it’s a radical idea and it might mean missing Wheel of Fortune, but if the council really wants citizen input they would hold meetings at night.

City Council meetings probably won’t change. I know that, but it should still be brought up and debated. What should change though is this unwritten policy the council has of holding public hearings in the mornings. Sure, have your morning public hearing, but let’s have a few at night too where more people would have the opportunity to attend and have their voices heard. Many on the council have said that they want more participation from the citizens, but it doesn’t seem like they really do to me.

More tomorrow on LFN. It’s an Open Line Friday so I encourage you to call in about this.

After Two Weeks, We’re Back!

26 May

For the past 2 weeks The Chad Hasty Show has been off the air for different reasons, but this Saturday we are back on the air and broadcasting from one of our favorite places, Heroes and Legacies (16th & University). Not only will we be out there, which is reason enough to come out, but 601 Cigars will be there as well for another one of Heroes famous Cigar Events.

That means that starting at 5pm on Saturday you can come out to Heroes and Legacies at 16th and University and get food, drinks, 601 Cigars, and hang out with us on The Chad Hasty Show. Oh, and I’m not 100% sure, but the Smokin’ Heroes Hotties might even be there. You put all of those together and it sounds like a fantastic Saturday evening and a great way for us to come back on the air.

We hope to see a lot of you out there on Saturday and be sure to come by say hello. We might even put you on the radio if you have something to say. So remember, The Chad Hasty Show broadcasting LIVE from Heroes and Legacies (16th and University) during the 601 cigar event. Drinks, food, and maybe even the Smokin’ Heroes Hotties. It all starts at 5pm and the fun continues after the show ends at 7.

Comments Wanted: Lubbock Water Rates

24 May

KCBD ran a story last night about water and the Lubbock City Council. The city wants to be able to cut-off your water if you don’t pay your other utilities. Lubbock also wants new people to pay a $75 tax deposit unless they can show proof of a good payment history. Here is the story from KCBD, please let me know how you feel about this. Some comments will be used on the show tomorrow.

via KCBD.com

New deposit required for water service if Lubbock City Council approves

Posted: May 23, 2010 10:23 PM
By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock water customers might see some changes, if Lubbock City Council approves this week.  Under the proposal, water service will be disconnected if a customer fails to pay for other utilities (not just water or electricity).

A reconnect fee will increase from $44 to $55.  An after-hours reconnect fee will increase from $57 to $87.  New residential customers will have to pay a deposit of at least $75, unless they can show a good payment history with Lubbock or another city.  The cost of new water and sewer connections will go up to $400 each.

DJ Scammer

20 May

We all like hearing about dumb criminals and I think it’s even better when there is a dumb criminal who gets busted that actually as the same career as you. That’s where this story kicks in. A local disc jockey, “Chuck Dakota”, was arrested this week for scamming listeners out of $26,000. I’ve honestly never heard of Chuck so I will just assume he was actually a DJ. He worked for one of the radio stations owned by RAMAR Communications.

According to KFYO News:

DJ Chuck Dakota, also known as Charles Joslin, is suspected of raising about twenty-six thousand dollars from listeners for two six year-olds with cancer whose father was killed in Iraq.

The story was fake, and Joslin, who worked with Ramar Communications in Lubbock, only took donations in cash.

Joslin, a Hale Center resident, faces theft charges, and is being held in the Lubbock County Jail on twenty thousand dollars bond.

According to KAMC, this guy also used RAMAR’s other stations to promote his charity. While I’d love to write about how stupid this guy is, I’m not going to. Why? Well it does go without saying doesn’t it? He was a moron who got caught.

My question is, how did this even happen? How did station management/ownership let this happen?

A little peek behind the curtain here. Just about everything we do on the air has to be approved. Rex Offenders? Approved. Appearances? Approved. Tasty Hasty Cupcake (which benefits the Kids Cafe)? Approved. Fake boycotts of towns/counties with an inferiority complex? OK, not approved but funny.

If I wanted to do something big, it would have to be approved by my boss and maybe even his boss. If one day I show up wanting to promote some charity and wanted to raise money for it, not only would my boss have to approve, but his boss and his bosses boss would have to sign on to the idea. In other words, we don’t just let it happen.

So where the hell was the station management and ownership at RAMAR? Are they just allowing their people to do whatever and take advantage of listeners? In my opinion RAMAR needs to fire whoever allowed this guy to scam listeners. That may not sound fair, but the station manager didn’t do his/her job until it was too late.

This is a bad story all around. The DJ is scum and the management at RAMAR obviously failed and was/is inept.

One of the things I’ve learned about the people of Lubbock is that when called upon, they will open their wallets for charity. I hope this doesn’t make even one person turn away from giving. Just a word of advice, always check out who you are giving to.

Time Off, but Back Now

17 May

So, I took a little time off but it’s time to get back into the swing of things here on the blog. Normally, I write a few paragraphs on how I feel about certain subjects but for this entry I’m just going to give nutshell opinions on a few subjects.

AZ Immigration Law– I’m fine with it. Feds weren’t doing their job and the bill just gives the same power that the feds already have to the local at state law enforcement officers.

City Council races– The Mayoral race went as I expected. Martin won but Cody Smart did well getting around 20% of the vote. Smart should be happy that he got 20% of the vote. He mainly campaigned on Facebook and got some protest votes as well. District 5 went as expected too with Karen Gibson winning. How will she do on the City Council? I have no idea. District 1… who cares. Sorry, but just over 1,000 people voted in that district and I’d be shocked to see over 800 vote in the run-off. I wouldn’t be surprised to see only 600 people vote actually. People in that district like to complain that the City never listens to them. Why should they? If you don’t show up to vote then you have no voice. If you don’t care about your own part of the city, don’t expect everyone else to care.

BP Oil spill– Lots of people to blame here. Sure it was an accident, but it’s coming out more and more that the Government didn’t do their job when it came to inspections. It was an accident and BP probably should have had some emergency plans instead of just using junk to plug up a hole. Should we stop drilling for oil? No, of course not. Should we continue to search for other energy sources? Yes.

Casino gambling in Texas– YES! YES! YES! Will casino’s solve the budget shortfall? No, but it couldn’t hurt. New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana all have casino’s and they all get many, many visitors from Texas. Think about it. All of that money could be staying here instead of going out of state.

Garza County/Post, Tx– Garza County is kinda screwing over the City of Lubbock. Never before has Garza charged for road crossings, but knowing that Lubbock HAD to do it, they got greedy and wanted money out of the big city. Hey, if I lived in Garza County I probably wouldn’t blame them, but I don’t live there. Lubbock is paying over $25,000 to Garza County so they will stop whining. 2 members of the Lubbock City Council voted against the contract, Beane and Leonard. Kudos to them. On Friday, Rex and I made some comments (tongue in cheek) about boycotting Garza County and I heard from the Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Post. The power of KFYO continues…

That’s about it for now. Check back later though, you never know what I’ll go off on next.

Frullo Defeats Griffin

13 Apr

The Lubbock GOP establishment has been rocked tonight. Not only did Charles Perry easily defeat Delwin Jones, but John Frullo has defeated Mark Griffin in a very close race.

Frullo gained momentum going into the primary election before the run off and it continued through today. The battle in District 83 may have overshadowed the Frullo/Griffin race, but people still paid attention and Frullo was able to get his message out to the voters.

I think Griffin’s attempt to paint Frullo as anti-teacher was the final nail in his campaign’s coffin. The voters saw through it and Griffin should have known better.

I supported John Frullo for the same reasons I supported Charles Perry in HD-83. I think Frullo and Perry will make a great team in Austin and will look out for the people. Just like I said in my previous entry, even though I supported Frullo, I will hold him accountable for his decisions.

This was a historic night in Lubbock and the South Plains. More on tomorrow’s show. John Frullo will be on LFN at 7am, tune in.

Perry Defeats Jones

13 Apr

(picture via lubbockonline.com)

Tea Party activist, Charles Perry, has shocked Republicans all over Texas tonight by defeating the oldest member of the State Legislature, Delwin Jones.

This was a huge win by Perry and one that will no doubt shake the establishment of the Republican party here in Lubbock. This win goes to show that the Tea Party is a force, not only in West Texas, but all over the country. I just wonder how many people in Lubbock who are the insiders in the party are worried tonight. If they aren’t, maybe they should be.

Those who could read between the lines could tell that there were forces within the GOP locally that wanted Perry to lose. Tonight should serve as a wake up call.

How did Charles Perry win tonight? Conservative values, being real, and Delwin Jones. Delwin Jones was his own worst enemy in the runoff election. The Zach Brady endorsement back fired which most of us saw coming, and the attack ads back fired as well. People didn’t trust Delwin or his views on HB 1403. It also didn’t help when Jones tried to convince people that Perry was as liberal as President Obama. That argument didn’t fly and the voters could smell the desperation from the Jones camp.

It’s been no secret that I was a fan of Charles Perry during the election. I supported Perry because of his views and because we needed to get good conservatives in Austin to fix the problems that are looming. Perry always came across genuine and someone who could work well with others while sticking to his guns.

However, that doesn’t mean I will go easy on Mr. Perry when he heads to Austin. As I do with all elected officials, I will hold him accountable and criticize him when it’s warranted. I encourage all Perry supporters to do the same.

I am glad that Charles Perry won this evening, and I think he will do an excellent job representing the people out here. With that said, I thank Delwin Jones for his service to our great state. I’ve only met Mr. Jones a few times, and each time he was very nice and understood why I had criticisms of his voting record. I wish Delwin Jones all the best as he heads back to Lubbock. Politics isn’t easy, and Delwin Jones has had a life of service to the people west Texas. Though some of us may disagree with his record, the next time you see him shake his hand and thank him for his service.

I’ll have more to say on this on Wednesday’s LFN. Charles Perry will be in studio at 8am on Wednesday, so tune in.

Mayor Tom Martin Endorses Delwin Jones?

7 Apr

Well, I hadn’t seen anything official on this, but according to the website for Delwin Jones, Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin has endorsed him. Martin has said many times on LFN that he’s the most conservative person out there. Well, that must not be true if he is in Delwin’s camp.

This won’t hurt Martin’s re-election chances, but I do think it will hurt him in the court of public opinion. Are you surprised that Martin endorsed Jones?

Below is a screen capture from the Delwin Jones website: