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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?

 

 

The 112th Congress and the 2010 Dallas Cowboys

3 Jan

The 112th Congress will begin their work on Wednesday and that has many Republicans and Conservatives giddy with visions of repeals and conquests over the Democrats and President Obama. I’ve gotten emails saying, “this is it!” or “this is the year we take back our Country!”. Many Republicans and Tea Party folks who I talk to are ready to plan victory speeches for years to come.

This sorta sounds like what people said about the 2010 Dallas Cowboys. Remember all the talk of how great the Cowboys were? Remember how the experts picked the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl? That the Cowboys would be unstoppable? All the fans were excited and couldn’t wait for the season to start. Oh, the experts even picked the Eagles to come in near the bottom of the NFC East.

Then the season started. It started off bad, then ugly, and then got even uglier. Reality happened. So much promise, so much excitement, and so many expectations.

The 112th Congress will be the Dallas Cowboys of the political world. Republicans are excited about repealing Obamacare. Reality? President Obama would have to sign off on any repeal.

I’m with the majority of you in wanting to see it repealed, but I don’t see it happening. That’s why I’m not that excited to see what the Republicans can do. I’m not 100% ready to declare Obama a one term President either. Why? There will be gridlock in Washington and Republicans will get blamed. Obama’s poll numbers will go up and who knows who will be nominated to run for the Republicans.

I’m glad the Republicans are in control of the House. I think the Republican party has potential. But, I’m not ready to crown them Super Bowl Champs just yet.

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.

Seven Latin American Nations Join Mexico In Arizona Immigration Lawsuit

20 Jul

Seriously? Why should we even care what other nations think?

From the AP:

PHOENIX — Seven other Latin American countries want to join Mexico in supporting a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.

Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru filed separate, nearly identical motions to join Mexico’s legal brief supporting the lawsuit filed by U.S. civil rights and other advocacy groups. A federal judge formally accepted Mexico’s filing July 1 but did not immediately rule on the latest motions filed late last week.

Mexico says the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade, tourism and the fight against drug trafficking.

The law is to take effect July 29. It requires that police conducting traffic stops or questioning people about possible legal violations ask them about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally.

(This version CORRECTS date in last paragraph)

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.

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:

April’s Fool

1 Apr

Well it isn’t a joke, but we have found our first fool of April, and his name is Zach Brady. In my last blog post I wrote how I felt about Brady’s endorsement of Delwin Jones, and how Brady sold out his principles in order to probably get a political favor in the future.

This morning on LFN we discussed it even more and how Zach Brady is now a huge Delwin Jones fan. Many have picked up on this and it’s true, Brady is only looking out for his future. He isn’t conservative at all and he knows that Jones isn’t either. It’s also true that Brady would rather face Jones again in a couple of years instead of trying to run against Perry. If Charles Perry wins, he will be in Austin for a while and I don’t believe that Brady could beat him.

Many of the things that Zach Brady said yesterday were complete 180’s, but 1 statement had me wondering if he was thinking straight at all.

In Brady’s statement he said, “the viability of all of West Texas and of West Texas agriculture depends upon honest, steady representation, which cannot be subject to the whims of radical agendas or caught up in the movement of the moment.” (emphasis added by me)

Radical agendas? Is Zach Brady saying Charles Perry has a radical agenda? Yes, yes he really is. Charles Perry is part of the Tea Party movement, he’s a conservative, and a church deacon. What about those is part of Perry’s “radical agenda”?

If you read between the lines, and it’s easy to do so. Zach Brady is calling the Tea Party agenda (conservatism) RADICAL.

There are other people who think the Tea Party agenda is radical. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, President Obama, and MSNBC are just a few.

This goes to show that Zach Brady was never about representing conservative West Texas. Only about serving Zach Brady. Brady can talk a good game, but don’t buy it.

Zach Brady also launched other attacks on the Perry campaign, accusing Perry of hiring a felon to run his campaign. Charles Perry told the AJ:

However, Perry denied the allegation, saying that his campaign manager, Jordan Berry, has never served in the Texas House, much less done prison time. As for the ethics violation, it was a mistake on reporting a contribution but was immediately corrected, he said.

In the same AJ article, Delwin Jones says:

“Whatever Zach brought up today falls under personal attacks, and I am not going to get involved in personal attacks,” he said. “I am just going to run on my merits.”

On the surface it seems as though that’s Jones backing away from Brady’s statement, but don’t be fooled. This is good cop, bad cop and we all know politics is dirty. Jones is trying to sound like the nice older statesman, but don’t buy it.

At the end of the day, Zach Brady has lost all credibility in Lubbock. He ran against Delwin Jones saying that Delwin wasn’t conservative enough, and it was time. Brady spent a lot of money against Jones, but came in 3rd and is bitter and angry. He knows he would have a shot at beating Jones in a couple of years or could get the endorsement of a retiring Jones. So what did he do? He sold out his so-called principles. He called Charles Perry’s agenda radical and if you read between the lines, he called the Tea Party agenda radical and a movement of the moment.

Don’t be fooled friends, Zach Brady is only looking out for himself. Not your “radical” conservative ways. And since Delwin Jones accepted Brady’s endorsement, do you really think he feels any different?