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Special Vests Donated to Upshur County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 — The Upshur County Commissioners Court approved to accept special vests for the Sheriff’s Department. The vests were donated by Robert Berry with Blue Prepared.

Special thanks to those area businesses that covered the cost. Specifically, Tefteller Law All-star Insurance Stanley Ford Gilmer Stop-A-Minit West Phillips 66 Gilmer National Bank Goosehead Insurance.

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God Bless Texas!

Texas Independence

Since you have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me, you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas! ~ United States Congressman David Crockett at a farewell party after loosing his re-election to Adam Huntsman, a Tennessee lawyer with a wooden leg.

By Gary P Jackson

On March 2, 1836 General Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna, the maniacal ruler of Mexico, learned the true meaning of the phrase “Don’t Mess With Texas.”

With tensions between Texians and the Mexican government at an all time high, the first engagement in the Texas Revolution took place on October 2, 1835, when Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, sent a detachment of 100 dragoons, led by Francisco de Castañeda, to the City of Gonzales to retrieve an old [and rather outdated] cannon once left by the military so the townsfolk could defend themselves from Indian attacks. On September 10, 1835 a Mexican soldier had bludgeoned a Gonzales resident, which led to widespread outrage and public protests. Mexican authorities felt it unwise to leave the settlers with such a weapon.

The Mexican Government had previously sent folks to ask the people of Gozales to hand over the cannon, claiming the government meant no harm to them, and only wanted to retrieve the cannon. [sound familiar?] The Texians weren’t buying it!

As news of the approaching Mexican army’s imminent arrival reached Gonzales, residents sent out word to neighboring towns and villages. 140 Texians came to their aid. In the absence of cannon balls, the volunteers gathered up scraps of metal to fire at the Mexicans. James C. Neill, who had served in an artillery company during the War of 1812, was given command of the cannon, which had been mounted on a makeshift cart. He gathered several men, including Almaron Dickinson, together to form the first artillery company of Texians. A local Methodist minister, W. P. Smith, blessed their activities in a sermon which made frequent reference to the American Revolution.

Texian militias generally elected their own leaders. John Henry Moore of Fayette was the leader of the Texians in Gonzales.

The actual battle was somewhat a comedy of errors. The Mexican army had camped outside town, on October 1st. So the Texans took the battle to them. Around 3 am, a dog in the Mexican camp started barking, alerting the troops, who began firing. The noise from the gunfire spooked one of the Texian’s horses, who threw the rider, giving him a bloody nose! Moore and his men hid amongst the thick trees until dawn. It was reported that some, while they waited, raided a local watermelon patch, for a light breakfast!

As dawn approached, there was a thick fog rolling in. The Mexican soldiers knew they were surrounded, but had no idea by how many men, so they withdrew to a nearby bluff. The Texians came out of the trees and started firing. Lieutenant Gregorio Pérez counterattacked with 40 mounted soldiers. As the Texians fell back into the trees, under the cover of fog, they kept firing, hitting and injuring a Mexican private. It’s been said the old cannon fell out of the wagon it was being hauled in, as it was fired! Unable to maneuver among the trees, Pérez withdrew.

As the fog lifted, the Mexicans attempted a negotiation, again stating all they wanted was the cannon. After some back and forth, Moore met with Castañeda, and told him, in no uncertain terms, they did NOT recognize the rogue government of Santa Anna [the Barack Obama of his time, who had all but tore up Mexico’s constitution, in favor of “ executive orders” from on high.] Moore stated he and his Texians remained faithful the The Mexican Constitution of 1824! It was then Castañeda revealed that he shared their “federalist” leanings, but that he was honor-bound to follow orders.

As Moore returned to camp, the Texians raised a homemade white banner with an image of the cannon painted in black in the center, over the words “Come and Take It

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A replica of the original Battle of Gonzales Flag

Texians then fired the old cannon at the Mexican camp. Realizing that he was outnumbered and outgunned, Castañeda led his troops back to San Antonio de Béxar. The troops were gone before the Texians finished reloading! In his report to Ugartechea, Castañeda wrote “since the orders from your Lordship were for me to withdraw without compromising the honor of Mexican arms, I did so“.

During the battle two Mexican soldiers were killed. The only casualty among the Texians was the bloody nose suffered by the fellow thrown from his horse!

The die was cast, and the battle for Texas Independence began in earnest.

The major hostilities came to a head in San Antonio de Béxar, at an old, never completed mission, known as The Alamo. Not much in the way of strategic significance, The Alamo was, however, the best armored fortress west of the Mississippi, with numerous cannon.

We all know the story of the 13 day siege of The Alamo that began on February 23, 1836, when Santa Anna arrived with 3000 of his elite troops. What you may not know, is on the eighth day, a group of 32 Texian volunteers arrived from Gonzales, reportedly with their old cannon in tow! Neither they nor anyone else would survive, as Santa Anna ordered the slaughter of all defenders of The Alamo. Accounts vary, with some saying everyone died in battle, and others saying some, including David Crockett survived, only to be executed.

Either way, unable to relieve his fellow Texians, General Sam Houston made demands of the provisional Texas government, including being made Commander-in-Chief of all Texas armies, militia and volunteer. First and foremost though, Houston demanded that Independence be formally declared with a document that could be recognized world wide. Remember, all of these Texians were American immigrants, all with an understanding [and inspiration] of the American Revolution. Though it should be noted, a large number of Mexicans, who had also settled Texas, were equally angered by Santa Anna’s “shredding” of their constitution, and eagerly joined the Anglos in the fight for Liberty and Freedom.

Texas Independence was thus Declared on March 2, 1836.

History Tells us Sam Houston headed east, toward what is now the City of Houston. He used this strategic retreat to build and train his army. He also knew by retreating, he would lure Santa Anna into battle, a battle he could not win. The Battle of San Jacinto took place on April 21, 1836. In a surprise attack, Sam Houston’s army went after the Mexican army with a vengeance seldom seen in battle. Shouting “Remember the Alamo” it took the Texians eighteen minutes to soundly defeat Santa Anna’s elite Mexican army.

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Henry Arthur McArdle’s 1895 painting, The Battle of San Jacinto

During the battle, Santa Anna, the self styled “Napoleon of the West” ran like a coward. He was later found, dressed as a common soldier, among captured troops. He was found out when the troops started whispering [and pointing] “el Presidente.” As one can imagine, after the murders of their fellow Texians at The Alamo, few were in a hospitable mood towards Santa Anna! They wanted to execute him on the spot. General Houston, however, knew that wouldn’t attain the goal of Texas Independence, and instead, traded Santa Anna his life back, for Texas. Though hostilities between Mexico and Texas would continue for nearly 100 years [some say we are STILL at war with Mexico, including yours truly … though it’s more of a cold war now ….] they were of little consequences, and The Republic of Texas was born.

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Texas Independence a painting by G. Harvey

Texans have a strong Independent streak born of hard fought Freedom. From the blood of patriots and tyrants alike. We are born with this Independence, it is ingrained in our very soul. Texas is the promised land.

Excepted from a Certificate signed by Texas State Representative James T. Cox and handed to my mother and father on the occasion of my birth, and kept, along with my original Certificate of Birth:

To all whom these Presents shall come

this Document shall forever Certify that into The Citizenship of Texas

Gary Preston Jackson

with the full heritage of hardwon freedom, with the fine tradition of noble service and with the firm belief in greater progress, was born. A new Texan destined to take a place beside the heroes of peace and war.

In the year A.D. 1959

We Texans take or Freedom and our heritage seriously.

God Bless Texas.

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Governor Sarah Palin: Why “Drill Baby, Drill” was Right

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By Gary P Jackson

This op-ed by Governor Palin originally appeared in the Texas Tribune and she posted a note on Facebook :

It’s always a pleasure returning to the beautiful Lone Star State. This week I’m in Houston speaking with the industrious men and women of America’s oil patch at the North American Prospect Expo. These are the unsung heroes of our nation’s energy renaissance.

In the brutal economic environment of the last six years, one sector had good news to report, and it came straight out of America’s oil patch. From 2007 to 2012, employment in the energy industry rose a dramatic 31.6 percent while employment nationwide fell 2.7 percent. U.S. oil production increased from 6.5 million barrels per day in 2012 to 7.4 million barrels per day in 2013, and in December, the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas produced its billionth barrel of oil. Thanks to American energy entrepreneurs’ drive and innovation, we’ve surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil and gas producer. This truly is a great American success story, and it’s a proud moment for those of us determined to educate D.C. bureaucrats on the link between energy and our security and prosperity.

Apparently, the president is pretty proud, too. In his State of the Union address last month, he boasted about the surge in oil and gas drilling, saying, “We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years.” From the way he’s talking, you’d think he coined the phrase “drill, baby, drill.” But it was just three years ago while campaigning in Miami that he lectured, “We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.” Respectfully, Mr. President, “yes we can.” And yes we did. Average gas prices were well over $3 in 2012, but in the first months of 2015, they’re near $2, with some states enjoying even lower prices.

Despite his newfound appreciation for drilling, the president fails to mention that most production is on private and state lands out of his control rather than on federal lands he can over-regulate and lock up. In fact, under the Obama administration, natural gas production on federal lands — onshore and offshore — has fallen an astonishing 28 percent while production on private and state lands, many sitting atop prolific shale plays like the Bakken and Eagle Ford, thankfully increased by 33 percent. Similarly, under Obama, oil production on federal lands has fallen 6 percent but increased by 61 percent on nonfederal lands.

Though they like to take credit for this energy renaissance, politicians weren’t the ones who searched the shale formations for resources to extract. It was our private sector, and its responsible use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, that spearheaded the shale gas surge.

Our nation is blessed with the natural resources, the knowledge and the workforce to now take this energy renaissance to the next level. What we lack is the political leadership and courage to do so. T. Boone Pickens summed up the problem by observing that “a five-minute conversation on energy can’t happen in Washington, because within three minutes, you’ve run out of everything they know.” The private sector’s natural adversary has always been the market forces of supply and demand, so the last thing it needs is the artificial adversarial forces of political machinations.

Alaskans understand both of these frustrations. We know the challenges of wildly fluctuating oil prices. During the heyday of our trans-Alaska oil pipeline, oil prices were high, the boom was on and state government spent fast. Then the bottom fell out: $9 per barrel. Alaskans drove around with bumper stickers that read, “Dear God, give us another oil boom and we promise not to piss it away this time.” Alaskans also know the frustration of fighting against politicians in D.C. who constantly attempt to lock up huge swaths of our resource-rich Arctic land and water. Just last month, the Obama administration released a plan to potentially expand offshore drilling in Virginia and the Carolinas while placing millions of acres in Alaska off limits to future development. The president’s advisers would have you believe he’s being pragmatic, but to those in Houston and Anchorage, it looks like pretzel logic.

If the administration sincerely wanted to help our domestic energy sector, it would lift the four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil. American producers shouldn’t have to beg permission of our own government to export our resources while the White House negotiates increased oil exports with Iran. For an administration not shy about acting on its own, it has no excuse to ignore this and not even consider lifting the ban. I challenge the watchdog press to ask why this is so.

The energy sector has been a star athlete, and Washington is scrambling on the sidelines, unaware of how to react. Let’s remind them that our government is supposed to work for us, not get in our way. Let’s tell them, “Just watch.” Watch how America’s oil patch fuels our nation’s economic engine. Watch how continued investment, innovation, exploration and production allow the U.S. to remain the global economic powerhouse. Watch the men and women of America’s new energy boomtowns in states like Texas show the bureaucrats in D.C. that no matter what roadblocks are placed in their way, they’ll find a way through and build a stronger America.

Besides the facts Governor Palin always brings to the table, the most interesting thing, to me, is where the appeared originally. The Texas Tribune is based in Austin, Texas and is as far left in it’s editorial content as can be. Kudos to the Tribune for hosting the Governor’s op-ed and allowing it to be seen by an audience that wouldn’t normally take the time to read anything Palin writes. Now let the further speculation regarding 2016 begin!

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Sean Seibert for Congress District 18. You’ll Never Guess Who He’s Running Against, Texas. He Could Beat Her, Too!

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SEAN SEIBERT  

Like Reagan.. “I’ll campaign for anyone who we agree on at least 70%.” 

By Isabel Matos

Tea Party Patriots in Texas wants you to help get the word out that the idiot in their 18th district village, Sheila Jackson, can be replaced with an exciting Republican leader called Sean Seibert. Although it has been a  democratic stronghold, he did well enough in 2012 to be optimistic about his chances of winning this year. Just g.e.t. t.h.e. w.o.r.d. o.u.t.

Sharon Grissom Fisher was an enthusiatic supporter in 2012 and is closely involved in Sean’s campaign 2014.  Her emphasis is to get his name out there, his military background, and make this a statewide issue concerning ALL Texans not just those in district 18. Volunteers are needed to energize their efforts.

This is Sean Seibert. Who is he? Well, he will be running against Sheila Jackson Lee in November. Sheila is not just an embarrassment to the 18th Congressional District. She is an embarrassment to the entire state of Texas. I think she can be beat as there are conservative pockets in the 18th. I also believe that she is re-elected because so many in the 18th vote straight Democrat. We need to get the word out that you can actually vote straight ticket and change one of those indicated. We also need to publicize Sean. Many who vote according to their race are also patriotic Americans who would be impressed with our guy.  Three things to remember:

1.  The campaign needs all Texans, not just those District 18 to back Sean.

2.  The campaign needs your money for an onslaught of TV commercials.

3.  You can vote straight Democrat and change one choice indicated.

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For more information click on his name or the Tea Party Patriots link provided above. It’s time to change the dim bulb that IS Sheila Jackson who said the constitution was 400 years old (hilariously sad), with a bright new one for Houston.  I am not ENDORSING Sean Seibert. I am passing along information that may be helpful. Mr. Seibert is straightforward and honest. He admires Sarah Palin, spoke glowingly of her experience and record in Alaska, and would not oppose her support of his campaign, but would like the endorsement of someone who can connect with minorities in his district. I found that interesting. He feels her appeal to Hispanics is not what he needs strategically. I respectfully differ from his view because I AM Hispanic and would vote for anyone she endorsed in a heartbeat. The break down is about 34% Hispanic 29% Black and 25% White.

Sean Seibert, thank you for taking the time to share your views. It was a pleasure. I wish you the best in unseating Sheila Jackson this November. Here is the clip of our conversation this afternoon followed by your Republican vows: 

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 I  added this must-see clip for those in District 18 who voted for Jackson before:

H/T Glenn Selan for the story lead

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Texas Results Are In: Greg Abbott, Rinos Cornyn and Sessions Win Big

UPDATE

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by Isabel Matos

Congratulations to Greg Abbott! It’s one election race down. One to go. Greg Abbot has asked for donations to support his campaign.  For the results in the Republican primary, click on the link below and choose from “Senate” “House” or “Governor” for a LIVE map of all the races. Texas is voting wrong on the House and Senate seats we campaigned for, which is a huge disappointment but we must continue to fight the Establishment and GOTV. Elections Results

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What Are You Doing This Weekend? Katrina Pierson Needs Your Help!

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By Isabel Matos

I want my life back, remember? This is what I meant. I will be happy to do because Katrina is worth it, but I am making 300 phone calls this weekend, starting today, which will take up time. A lot of time but it’s important.  Katrina Pierson was endorsed by Sarah Palin and is running for Congress to replace Representative Rino Pete Sesssions in Texas. I hope to let you know how it went.

Katrina can win this Congressional race with our help. There are 3 things you can do and you DO NOT have to live in her state. We can help elect conservatives in other states.

1. DONATE to her campaign, whatever you can afford…even if it is only $3, $5, $10 or $20. Every little bit helps when challenging these entrenched establishment candidates. Donate here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/7W2BaaTQ/KatrinaForCongress/

2. Help GOTV by making phone calls from your home. You can sign up here: http://www.katrinaforcongress.com/volunteer/

3. Contact your family and friends and ask them to vote for Katrina Pierson in TX32. She is the principled conservative who will stand and fight for the people! Ask them to donate and volunteer too.

One last thing, please SHARE the information above. H/T John Frank.

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Governor Sarah Palin Endorses Katrina Pierson and Greg Abbott

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Katrina Pierson is a Tea Party hero, having founded the Garland Tea Party, and a woman with a great story of overcoming tough circumstances. She’s been endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz [who has called her “utterly fearless“] and Michelle Malkin. Now Governor Sarah Palin weighs in.

Governor Palin also backs the next Governor of the Great State of Texas, Greg Abbott!

Check out Katrina’s [non-campaign] website for videos and great commentary from her.

~ Gary

By Jackie Siciliano

It’s 2014 so that means mid-terms, primaries, and endorsements.  Earlier today, Gov. Sarah Palin reminded the fine people of Texas that it’s time to replace the permanent political class with “good new candidates who will go to Washington not to line their own pockets, but to help restore our country”.  Palin also reminded folks that early voting in the Lone Star State is now underway.

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From Palin’s Facebook page:

Texas, it starts with you!

2014 is here. The choices are becoming clearer, and the battle lines are being drawn. The GOP Beltway crowd has convinced itself that the way to maintain or retake the majority is through compromise and capitulation on important issues like amnesty, Obamacare, and the ever-increasing federal debt. They think that by making deals with a deeply unpopular and divisive incumbent president on issues that Americans oppose, they’ll somehow endear themselves to voters.

Enough is enough. The permanent political class in D.C. won’t listen. So, let’s start putting our efforts behind good new candidates who will go to Washington not to line their own pockets, but to help restore our country. It’s time to put inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity over incumbency in the GOP.

Let’s start in Texas. The lines couldn’t be clearer. Katrina Pierson is an emerging leader and important voice for the future of the grassroots conservative movement. Her life’s story is full of hardships she has fought to overcome, which taught her firsthand the importance of self-reliance, hard work, and the blessings of liberty.

A feisty fighter for freedom, Katrina is taking on a powerful incumbent who has so lost touch with the people of his district that he’s not even bothering to spend much time in Texas anymore. It’s not only his district he’s lost touch with, but also the issues important to the voters there. He used his powerful position to oppose the movement to defund Obamacare, has voted to raise the debt ceiling, and has been an advocate for the NSA intrusion into our freedoms. When asked about Katrina’s primary challenge, he said, “these things happen.” Yes, they do. We all know what happens when we come together to support a good candidate like Katrina – the permanent political class loses and We the People win! We win by electing a fighter we can depend on like Katrina Pierson. Ted Cruz calls Katrina “an utterly fearless principled conservative.” He should know. Katrina was among the conservative grassroots warriors in Texas who worked tirelessly to elect Senator Cruz.

Early voting started yesterday, Texas. Get out now and vote for Katrina. Send a message to the GOP elites on behalf of Katrina, just like you did for Ted Cruz in 2012.

And while you are out there voting for Katrina, check the box for another good conservative – Greg Abbott for Governor of Texas. Like Katrina, Greg has overcome many personal obstacles and challenges, which have made him a believer in the power of liberty and the need to defend our freedoms from the overreach of an out-of-control federal government. If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!

You can learn more about Katrina Pierson at: www.katrinaforcongress.com
and more about Greg Abbott at: www.gregabbott.com

God bless you and God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

Texas-Monthly Greg Abbott

Here’s a video of Ted Cruz at the Freedom and Liberty Rally, back in January, talking about Katrina

~ Gary

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Ted Cruz: Sarah Palin’s Endorsement was the Game Changer

By Gary P Jackson

As a Texan I can tell you, what Ted Cruz says is true. He was well known by Tea Party members, but still faced an almost impossible hill to climb against a well known, well financed David Dewhurst. It was Sarah Palin’s endorsement before the primary that jump-started his campaign. After she endorsed him people nationwide heard his name, and even more importantly, much needed money came flowing in.

Sarah’s help enabled Cruz to force a run-off. A run-off Cruz would win in a landslide.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Sarah Palin might have been sitting out this year’s Republican National Convention, but that does not mean that she has been forgotten by the party faithful in Tampa.

Especially not by Ted Cruz, who credits her endorsement with helping him beat Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the race for the Texas GOP Senate nomination.

While speaking with POLITICO’s Mike Allen this morning, the Texas Republican Senate nominee called Palin’s endorsement “game-changing.”

If you look at the senate races across the country this cycle and last cycle, Governor Palin has had a game changing impact one after the other,” explained Cruz.

Palin endorsed Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who shares her philosophy of liberty and limited government, just days before a wide-open May 29 primary, helping to propel Cruz into a strong second place showing. The Cruz surge provided momentum for his runoff battle with Dewhurst.

Fighters like Ted Cruz can lead the charge for us,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said in July when she came to Texas to campaign with Cruz, calling him a “a proven, common-sense constitutional conservative.”

The Tea Party favorite admitted that many have referred to his victory as “improbable.” He told Allen that the reason why Palin’s endorsement has had such an enormous impact is because voters consider her a true barometer of conservatism.

In a Republican primary, everyone claims to be conservative and voters are pretty cynical. They are tired of these candidates that sounds great on the stump. They say they are going to cut spending, they get into the office and they become spineless jellyfish,” Cruz said. “I think conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is a real deal.

If you missed Ted’s powerful convention speech, and interview with Greta afterward, click here.

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Fantastic: Taxpayers Footing the Bill for “Chevrolet Volt-ville” in Texas

By Gary P Jackson

The Chevy Volt has replaced the Ford Edsel as the car no one wants, sales of the $40,000 plus automobile are pathetic. Unlike the Edsel, which was a good car, just butt ugly, the Volt won’t die a natural death. You see the Edsel was built in a time when America’s leadership still believed in free market capitalism. One offered up a product and it either swam or sank on it’s own merits. That’s not the case with Chevy’s Volt.

The American tax payer gave General Motors, and the union thugs billions of dollars to “save” the company. Instead of building nice, energy efficient conventional cars, GM continued to throw good money after bad on the Volt. Even with the federal government putting a big sack of tax payer money in the trunk of every car [there’s a $7500 tax credit] there are few takers.

Now we have more madness. This time from Austin, Texas. [Berkeley on the Colorado] GM’s OnStar has teamed up with a “sustainable living” project to try and move some iron out the door. Even with an additional $7500 rebate from the project, they only sold half of the Volts offered up. Still, they call these 55 cars the “greatest concentration of Volts in the world”. Rather sad for a city the size of Austin. There are probably more Chevy Vegas or Ford Pintos in the city!

Not counting tax credits, or the actual tax payer money funding GM, this little exercise in futility will cost the American tax payer as mush as $24 million, courtesy of the Department of Energy and other agencies. Oh, and for this, people still have to buy the car! You could buy a nice car that gets amazing mileage, AND a motorcycle, which also gets amazing mileage, and is fun, for what one pays for a Volt. And that’s after all the incentives.

From Edmunds:

2012 Chevrolet Volt Becomes Centerpiece of Smart Community

Just the Facts:

OnStar, General Motors and the 2012 Chevrolet Volt have become official partners of Pecan Street Inc., where residents in a Texas community have agreed to be part of a clean-energy smart grid test for sustainable living.

GM calls it the greatest concentration of Chevrolet Volts in the world.

This partnership provides us with a unique opportunity to observe charging details with many real customers in a concentrated setting,” said Nick Pudar, an OnStar vice president, in a statement.

AUSTIN, Texas — Maybe it should be renamed “Chevrolet Volt-ville.” The largest concentration of Chevrolet Volts in the country will play a key role in helping Texas residents in a 700-acre planned community as they test the impact of “smart homes” and other green technology, like electronic vehicles.

GM calls it the greatest concentration of Chevrolet Volts in the world.

This partnership provides us with a unique opportunity to observe charging details with many real customers in a concentrated setting,” said Nick Pudar, an OnStar vice president, in a statement.

OnStar and General Motors have become official partners of Pecan Street Inc., the country’s first nonprofit research and development consortia, where residents agreed to be part of a clean-energy smart grid test for sustainable living. The Mueller community, 3 miles outside Austin, provides a real-life lab for the automaker to observe charging patterns and how consumers and clean-energy technologies interact and support electric-vehicle charging. The project runs for five years.

While Chevrolet made 100 Volts available, only 55 of the community residents took advantage of the various tax credits, including a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $7,500 rebate from Pecan Street on their Volt purchases. Those leasing a Volt for three or more years received a $3,000 rebate.

We’re gathering information from families’ vehicles throughout this community to find out the direct impact the Volt has on the grid and how to get drivers the lowest possible charging rates,” said Pudar. “This project will also help us develop future capabilities of the Volt and other plug-in electric vehicles.

Pecan Street is funded by a $10.4 million grant from the Energy Department and more than $14 million in matching funds from project partners. Although Pecan Street oversees the consortia, it also includes researchers from the University of Texas, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Environmental Defense Fund. It’s housed in the University of Texas at Austin.

Besides the Volt, residents will use smart appliances in conjunction with home-management systems and smart electric meters, energy storage that optimizes the use of solar power, clean energy distribution and green building construction.

We hope Pecan Street’s research will speed up the innovation cycle around smart grid and consumer electronic technology,” said Pecan Street Inc. Executive Director Brewster McCracken, in a statement. “Electric vehicles represent a significant addition to a home’s energy profile, and understanding that impact and how consumers use and charge their vehicles is critically important.

So GM has sunk tens of billions into this lemon on wheels, and they are still trying to figure out how it effects a home’s “energy profile”? Oh my.

Look, I’m not against alternative energy, so long as it’s not tax payer subsidized, nor am I against new ideas for automobiles. Those pushing electric cars claim they are “zero emissions” vehicles, which is nonsense. The Pecan Street Project will be solar powered, allegedly, but most homes still get their electricity from coal fired plants. That shoots the entire “green” argument right in the head.

Those pushing these things act like electric cars are something new and amazing. They’re not. In the late 1800s, before the internal combustion engine had become reliable, there were numerous companies making electric cars and commercial delivery vehicles.

Electric cars were built well into the 1920s, and as the Model T still had to be cranked by hand, and offered up the chance of broken bones for the trouble, had a large female customer base. The electrics were often geared towards women, with plush interiors, special equipment, and the ability to get in and go. No muss, no fuss.

Had I been alive back then, I would have likely owned one. I don’t like hand cranking an automobile any more than I like kick starting a motorcycle.

As soon as an electric starter motor was added to affordable vehicles like later Model Ts, the Model A, and Chevy’s budget offering, the electric car was dead.

Obviously today’s electrics, like the Volt, offer up all the modern conveniences of air conditioning, and can achieve a higher top speed, the actual driving range, the distance one can go on a single battery charge, is unchanged from the 1920s. Billions upon billions spent, and not much improvement.

There’s got to be a better way!

Oh wait, there is. It’s called compressed natural gas. It’s cheap, clean, and plentiful. It’s mature technology that doesn’t require tax payer dollars to create, nor does it take upwards of $15,000 in incentives to bribe buyers into taking a look.

In fact, natural gas creates jobs as it saves money for the consumer. It’s how America USED to work.

Hopefully we can send some adults to Washington this November and end this wasteful nonsense.

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Ted Cruz Discusses the Choices Facing Texas in the Run-Off Election

By Gary P Jackson

Ted Cruz proving why he’s the right choice for Texas, and America. Here’s a man who gets it. A great set of interviews.

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