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Opinion: Gun Control: The Tool of Tyrants

The Libertarian Party of Texas recently appointed Jacob Bradley as the chairman of the Waller County Libertarian Party. (contributed photo)

By Jacob Bradley, Waller County Libertarian Party Chairman

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
-The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

The most important phrase in the Second Amendment is “shall not be infringed.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “infringe” as, “an act as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.” In a time when a major political party in the United States routinely runs on limiting and eliminating the right to keep and bear arms, it is of the utmost importance we as Texans rally to the cause of preserving our rights.
Those politicians say Americans do not need certain firearms to hunt or to protect themselves. They are perfectly happy to regulate your right to an allowable group of firearms that they deem reasonable. But this is not what the founders were addressing when the Second Amendment was written. At the time of the ratification of the Second Amendment (December 15, 1791), America had just finished an eight year war with a tyrannical government that was oppressing them. The amendment was passed not to hunt or to protect yourself from an intruder, but to protect yourself from a tyrannical government.
In a recent speech Joe Biden attempted to quote Thomas Jefferson: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” He followed up this quote by saying “if you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take out the government, you need F-15s and nuclear weapons.” Comments like this should worry each and every American, no matter the political affiliation or personal beliefs. An elected official told the American people point blank, if you stand against us, we will put you down. The fact that this was not a bigger issue shows that we, as Americans, have become too docile and the Government no longer has any level of fear of the American people. With guns, tyranny takes bloodshed. Without firearms, all it takes is a pen.
On September 1st of this year, constitutional carry went into effect in Texas. This allows all Texans to legally carry a firearm without infringement or undue hardships from the state. In the months leading up to the bill going into effect, Texas Democrats decried the absolute destruction it would cause. Yet, here we are two months later and there has been no spike in crime, and the state moves forward, unchanged. It’s as if the ones decrying the law didn’t care that the 20 other states where constitutional carry previously passed did not see an increase in gun-related crimes. The fact is that the politicians do not care about the guns. They care about the control and the inability of the population to defend themselves against tyranny.
In the last 18 months we have seen a government go further towards totalitarianism than it has since the birth of this nation.

While we are debating the Constitutionality of mandates, we cannot allow the federal government to erode our most basic right: the right to protect yourself from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Without the ability to protect themselves, many people would have been victims and some of them wouldn’t have made it home to their loved ones. A firearm is the great equalizer. Size, shape, and fitness level no longer matter; all are equal. The ability to protect yourself should not be limited because some faceless bureaucrat deems a gun unacceptable or that you are unfit.
The right to keep and bear arms is not one that can be shrugged off and allowed to disappear. This is the fight to have in order to keep us free, both from the government and the criminal. While the left fights for full gun control, the right fights for common sense gun control. While Sheila Jackson Lee fights against AR-15s that weigh as much as 10 moving boxes and fire .50 caliber bullets, Dan Crenshaw fights for red flag laws (the government taking your guns without cause, and you having to go before a judge to prove your innocence). The left does not care at all about your gun rights and the right only cares about maintaining the gun rights that they deem acceptable. The Libertarian Party is the only party that defends your right to keep and bear arms without infringement. We believe that you have the right to protect yourself without an overbearing government getting involved in your business. This fight is the fight that will ensure your children and grandchildren are allowed to be free, and we owe it to them to fight this fight now, before they no longer have the ability to fight.
“Texans should safeguard their constitutional carry law like their lives depended on it. Gun rights protect the rest of our rights. As Californians flood Texas, I worry they are bringing their anti-gun policies and contempt for the Constitution with them. Be careful that your new neighbors don’t trample upon your Constitutional rights,” said Angela McArdle, 2022 Libertarian National Chair Candidate.

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Three CFISD Board of Trustees candidates elected to four-year terms

Dr. Natalie Blasingame, Scott Henry and Lucas Scanlon (l-r) are set to join the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board after ousting the three incumbents in the Nov. 2, 2021 election. (Cypress News Review photos by Creighton Holub)
Dr. Natalie Blasingame, Scott Henry and Lucas Scanlon (l-r) are set to join the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board after ousting the three incumbents in the Nov. 2, 2021 election. (Cypress News Review photos by Creighton Holub)

CYPRESS — With all 704 voting centers reporting from the Nov. 2 election for three seats on the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Board of Trustees, unofficial results indicate that Natalie Blasingame was elected to Position 5, Scott Henry was elected to Position 6 and Lucas Scanlon was elected to Position 7.

For the Position 5 seat, Blasingame received 12,682 votes (35.67%) over opponents John Ogletree, who drew 11,233 votes (31.59%), Courtney Spradley, who drew 7,811 votes (21.97%), Grace Horner, who drew 1,815 votes (5.1%), Xavier Leal, who drew 1,354 votes (3.83%), and Todd LeCompte, who drew 659 votes (1.85%). Blasingame will begin her first term of service to the district.

For the Position 6 seat, Henry received 17,032 votes (49.05%) over opponents Don Ryan, who drew 8,234 votes (23.71%), Ryan C. Irving, Jr., who drew 5,848 votes (16.84%) and Chris Harrison, who drew 3,610 votes (10.40%). Henry will begin his first term of service to the district.

For the Position 7 seat, Scanlon received 16,247 votes (47.06%) over opponents Bob R. Covey, who drew 10,680 votes (30.93%), Michael V. Perez, who drew 4,686 votes (13.57%) and Craig A. Jacobs, who drew 2,912 votes (8.43%). Scanlon will begin his first term of service to the district.

Overall, the election drew 35,554 votes for Position 5, 34,724 votes for Position 6 and 34,525 votes for Position 7. Early voting accounted for 37.4%, 37.5% and 37.5% of the ballots cast in each of the three respective races. Of the 349,521 registered voters within CFISD, 11% cast ballots in the election.

Official results from Tuesday’s election will be canvassed and announced during the Friday, Nov. 12 special-called Board of Trustees meeting. The elected candidates to Positions 5, 6 and 7 will be sworn in during the Dec. 9 work session to serve four-year terms.

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New school board members set to take over for incumbents

Dr. Natalie Blasingame, Scott Henry and Lucas Scanlon (l-r) are set to join the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board after ousting the three incumbents in the Nov. 2, 2021 election. (Cypress News Review photos by Creighton Holub)
Dr. Natalie Blasingame, Scott Henry and Lucas Scanlon (l-r) are set to join the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board after ousting the three incumbents in the Nov. 2, 2021 election. (Cypress News Review photos by Creighton Holub)

CYPRESS — While all results are not official until canvassed, it is safe to say that the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board will have three new faces very soon.

For Position 5, Dr. Natalie Blasingame surmounted incumbent Dr. John Ogletree by a 12,682 to 11,233 vote. A margin of 1,449 votes.

For Position 6, Scott Henry defeated incumbent Don Ryan with a 17,032 to 8,234 decision. A difference of 8,798 votes.

For Position 7, Lucas Scanlon overcame incumbent Bob Covey with a 16,247 to 10,680 vote. A margin of 5,567.

According to the school district, results from Tuesday’s election will be canvassed and announced during the Friday, Nov. 12 special-called Board of Trustees meeting. Blasingame, Henry and Scanlon are expected to be sworn in during the Dec. 9 work session to serve four-year terms.

The results from the three CFISD board of trustee positions show that all three incumbents will be replaced soon. (courtesy Harris County)
The results from the three CFISD board of trustee positions show that all three incumbents will be replaced soon. (courtesy Harris County)
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Statement of President Joe Biden on Vaccinations for Children Age Five to 11

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Today, we have reached a turning point in our battle against COVID-19: authorization of a safe, effective vaccine for children age 5 to 11. It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others. It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus.

Over the last several weeks, my Administration has been working hard to be prepared for this moment: we are ready to act. We have already secured enough vaccine supply for every child in America, and over the past weekend, we began the process of packing and shipping out millions of pediatric vaccine doses. These doses — specially designed for these younger children — have started to arrive at thousands of locations across the country.

The program will ramp up over the coming days, and be fully up and running during the week of November 8. Parents will be able to bring their children to thousands of pharmacies, pediatrician’s offices, schools, and other sites to get vaccinated. Because of the groundwork we’ve laid, we can be confident that vaccinations for kids will be available, easy, and convenient.

A vaccine for children age 5 to 11 will allow us to build on the extraordinary progress we’ve made over the last nine months. Already, more than 78 percent of Americans age 12 and older have gotten at least one shot, including millions of teenagers — and the vaccines have proven to be incredibly safe and effective.

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Ranked Bellville rolls past Royal Falcons, 42-0

Brookshire Royal Falcon receiver DaShawn Adams (1) tries to hurdle a Bellville Brahma defender after making a catch on Friday night, Oct. 22, 2021. (Photo courtesy Terry Carter, UDPhotos.com)
Brookshire Royal Falcon receiver DaShawn Adams (1) tries to hurdle a Bellville Brahma defender after making a catch on Friday night, Oct. 22, 2021. (Photo courtesy Terry Carter, UDPhotos.com)

By Terry Carter
Sports Contributor

BROOKSHIRE — The unbeaten Bellville Brahma football team shut out the host Royal Falcons on Friday, 42-0, in a penalty-plagued 4A football contest.

Sixth-ranked Bellville (8-0, 3-0 in District 12-4A Division II) rushed for 305 yards and 19 first downs with senior running backs Richard Reese (15-158 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Robert Briggs (10-65 yards, 1 touchdown) leading the Brahma ground-dominated attack. Reid Vacek and Tanner Knode also rushed for scores, and Bellville quarterback Reid McCann (3-10 passing, 42 yards) threw one scoring pass to junior Tyler Fishbeck.

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The Brookshire Royal Falcons (3-5, 0-3 in district) played better defensively, despite the score, however 13 penalties cost the Falcons at key moments. Offensively, Royal struggled with false starts, challenging field position and time of possession. The Falcons remain in the playoff hunt however.

“You have to find the end zone in games like this, and we didn’t do that against Bellville. They don’t make big mistakes and turn the ball over,” Royal head football coach Theadis Reagins said after the game. “We still have a chance to get to the playoffs, but we have to beat Sweeny and Wharton.”

Royal plays Friday, Oct. 29, at Sweeny (3-4, 2-1) with kickoff slated for 7p.m. Bellville plays at La Marque (5-2, 2-1) at the same time on Oct. 29.

 

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Plane rolls through fence, catches fire in Waller County

BROOKSHIRE — An airplane wrecked north of Brookshire this morning, however all 21 people on board got out of the plane with only two suffering injuries.

“A McDonnell Douglas MD-87 rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field while attempting to depart from Houston Executive Airport in Houston, Texas, shortly after 10 a.m. local time today,” according to a statement from the FAA. “Preliminary information indicates that 21 people were aboard and that all of them evacuated safely. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.”

The Cy-Fair Fire Department provided a fire engine and two ambulances to assist with the multi-agency event.

“Cy-Fair Fire Department provided mutual-aid assistance to help our neighbors in Waller County,” said a CFFD spokesman. “Crews helped triage and evaluate patients. Fire crews assisted with suppression efforts and providing extra staff to help support the incident.”

The FAA stated the tail number of the aircraft is N987AK.

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Sora from Kingdom Hearts revealed as the final DLC fighter coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Sora joins the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster soon. (Nintendo)

Ever since the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game launched for the Nintendo Switch system in 2018, players have put more than 2.2 billion hours into the game’s many modes, composed of 11.7 billion offline matches and 7.8 billion online multiplayer battles. The all-star game has also welcomed numerous additional fighters, stages and pieces of legendary music from all throughout video game history as part of the robust Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass DLC.* On Oct. 18, standing next to fighters like Mario, Zelda, PAC-MAN, Sonic, Snake, and Cloud, the next beloved hero from the world of video games takes his place as the final addition to this historic lineup.

In a video hosted by Masahiro Sakurai, the Super Smash Bros. series director revealed that Sora from the KINGDOM HEARTS series will be the final DLC fighter added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Oct. 18, completing an extraordinary, nearly three-year journey of new fighters across video game history joining the game’s roster. Sora is part of the Challenger Pack 11 DLC*, which also includes a new stage and a selection of music tracks from the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise. The video presentation provided a deep dive into the new fighter’s move set, as well as a detailed look at the newly added Hollow Bastion stage. To view the video in its entirety, visit https://www.smashbros.com/en_US/.

Challenger Pack 11 is part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2*, which can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $29.99 and also includes Min Min from the ARMS game, Steve & Alex from Minecraft, Sephiroth from FINAL FANTASY VII, Pyra/Mythra from the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game and Kazuya from the TEKKEN franchise. Challenger Pack 11 can also be purchased separately for $5.99.

“Having a fan-favorite character like Sora join the ranks of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the perfect way to close out the Fighters Pass expansions,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications. “With a dozen fighters added since the game launched, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate now boasts 86 total fighters spanning the entire history of video games, giving players an unprecedented amount of gameplay choices and options.”

The protagonist of the KINGDOM HEARTS series is Sora, a young boy who wields the iconic Keyblade and traverses Disney and Pixar worlds, battling enemies known as the Heartless to overcome darkness and restore peace to the realms. His signature look and airborne moves from the KINGDOM HEARTS games transition perfectly to the battlefields of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, offering an approachable fighter with a unique feel that helps Sora stand out on his own.

Inspired by his moves in KINGDOM HEARTS, Sora excels at fighting in the air when playing him in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His jumps are high and his movements are light and soft. While he is easily launched by opponents, Sora’s powerful, combo-based attacks using his mighty Keyblade make him a formidable challenger.

Using a series of intuitive button presses, Sora can perform all types of different combos with his Keyblade, be it straight-on attacks, aerial moves or side smashes. He can also use Magic, just like in KINGDOM HEARTS. Fans will recognize the Firaga, Thundaga and Blizzaga spells, which can be unleashed in various ways to cover the battlefield with a volley of impressive hits. Sora can also activate his Final Smash, called “Sealing the Keyhole,” to send his worthy opponents flying.

The new stage that players will receive in Challenger Pack 11 is Hollow Bastion. Fans of the KINGDOM HEARTS series will immediately recognize this familiar location, featured heavily in many of the franchise’s games. The dynamic stage contains one platform in its center, and, as the battle nears its close, players will travel to a special area inspired by Dive to the Heart with visuals featuring some familiar faces from the KINGDOM HEARTS series.

After downloading Challenger Pack 11, players will also receive nine music tracks from the KINGDOM HEARTS series. An additional music track, Dearly Beloved -Swing Version, will be added to this game for those who have played KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory. A new Spirit Board starring characters from KINGDOM HEARTS like Riku, Kairi and Roxas will also be added. Additionally, new paid in-game costumes for the Mii Fighter, including Doom Slayer, Octoling Wig and Judd Hat, will be available to enjoy separately.

Finally, the presentation also included a surprise announcement that several games in the KINGDOM HEARTS series will be coming to the Nintendo Switch system as cloud titles, including KINGDOM HEARTS – HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX – Cloud Version, KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version and KINGDOM HEARTS III + Re Mind Cloud Version. More information about these games, including their release dates on Nintendo Switch, will be announced at a later date.

For more information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, visit https://www.smashbros.com/en_US/, or https://smashbros.nintendo.com/buy/dlc/ to purchase the game’s Fighters Pass DLC.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

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CYPRESS — The first issue of the Cypress News Review is available for download here.

“While we will continue with our local independent online news publishing, we have refocused to providing a better quality product, with the full intention of creating a print newspaper in our wonderful area,” said Creighton Holub, publisher of the Cypress News Review. “We look forward to growing and telling the important stories of the Cypress community, while also expanding our coverage into neighboring Waller County with www.wallernews.com.”

The Cypress News Review has been online for over three years, and Cypress Content Creation LLC created WallerNews.com in response to the tremendous interest stemming for our neighboring county.

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Board of Trustees candidate forum scheduled for Oct. 12, 2021

(courtesy CFISD Communications)

 

CYPRESS — Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is scheduled to hold a Board of Trustees candidate forum for the upcoming 2021 election on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the theater of the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress).

The forum will give the CFISD community an opportunity to hear from candidates leading up to Election Day on Nov. 2.

The following candidates filed by the Aug. 16 deadline and drew for ballot position on Aug. 26:

Position 4

  1. Courtney Spradley
  2. Natalie Blasingame
  3. Grace Horner
  4. John Ogletree
  5. Todd LeCompte
  6. Xavier Leal

Position 5

  1. Ryan C. Irving, Jr.
  2. Don Ryan
  3. Chris Harrison
  4. Scott Henry

Position 6

  1. Michael V. Perez
  2. Craig A. Jacobs
  3. Bob R. Covey
  4. Lucas Scanlon

The forum will begin with candidates introducing themselves and providing relevant information concerning their candidacy, followed by a formal question-and-answer session moderated by Jason Culpepper, Houston Metro publisher for Community Impact Newspaper.

The candidate forum will air live on the district website and on CFTV (Comcast Channel 16). Stream the event live at https://livestream.com/accounts/6787727/events/9877417.

All questions must be submitted in advance by visiting https://cyfairisd.formstack.com/forms/board_candidate_forum_2021.

  • In order to cover a variety of topics, similar questions will be consolidated.
  • Questions may be reworded to ensure conciseness.
  • Questions will be randomly drawn by the moderator.
  • The number of questions asked will depend on time available.
  • Questions will be directed at all candidates.
  • Each candidate will have one minute to answer each question.
  • The deadline for submitting questions is Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 4. Early voting for the Trustee Election will be held Oct. 18-29. Early ballot applications and early ballot mail votes may be sent to Isabel Longoria, Harris County Elections Administrator, Attn. Elections Division, P.O. Box 1148, Houston, Texas, 77251-1148. Applications for ballot-for-mail must be received no later than the close of business on Oct. 22. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Additional information including voting locations may be obtained by visiting www.harrisvotes.com.

Learn more about the candidates by visiting the Board of Trustees Election webpage.

 

 

 

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Texas schools have reported more coronavirus cases in two months than they did in the entire 2020-21 school year

(courtesy CDC)

Texas schools have reported more coronavirus cases in two months than they did in the entire 2020-21 school year” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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Students in Texas public schools are facing another year upturned by COVID-19 as the highly contagious delta variant spreads, mask mandates are inconsistent and children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated against the virus.

Two months into this school year, the number of reported coronavirus cases among students has surpassed the total from the entire 2020-21 school year. Schools are prohibited from taking precautions such as requiring masks, though some are fighting the governor’s order banning mask mandates. Far more students are on campus, since most districts do not have a remote learning option.

Every Friday, the Texas Education Agency releases COVID-19 case counts for students and staff, as reported by the state’s school districts. Here is the latest situation for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 26:

State data on school cases is incomplete and likely an undercount. TEA suppresses some districts’ case counts to protect student privacy, and not all districts report student and staff cases to the state, despite agency guidance requiring otherwise. The agency also retroactively updates its data from previous weeks as more districts report cases.

Some large districts, such as Houston and Dallas, have not consistently reported cases to the state since TEA started tracking COVID-19 data on Aug. 2 for this school year. Many districts publish a COVID-19 dashboard that shows cases, and TEA recommends families check for the latest data there.

Entire districts, including Angleton and Lumberton, have closed temporarily without reporting cases to the state. These districts don’t necessarily report their closures, either, since they are not required to do so. TEA informally tracks closures based on media and district reports, said Frank Ward, an agency spokesperson.

Here are the 10 districts reporting the most cases for the week ending Sept. 26:

Going into the school year, districts had fewer options to slow the spread of the virus and keep students and staff safe.

Last year, school districts were permitted to require masks. This year, Gov. Greg Abbott has tried to prohibit mask mandates in schools. After remaining silent on the issue for weeks, TEA quietly updated its guidance last week to say school districts can’t require masks, which has drawn a federal investigation for possibly violating the rights of students with disabilities. Still, some districts have continued to contest or ignore the ban.

Before the school year began, the state did not fund online options. Instead, school districts either used federal relief dollars or dug deep into their budgets to provide remote programming for families.

But now, some families and districts may find relief, as Abbott recently signed into law Senate Bill 15, which expands and funds virtual learning. While advocates for the law say it is a step in the right direction, it excludes students who failed the STAAR test.

In the last school year, almost 40% of students did not pass their math assessment, and nearly a third didn’t pass reading. Those who failed were disproportionately Black and Hispanic.

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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/17/texas-schools-covid-19-cases/.

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