Posted by Jimmy Minnish on October 19, 2018 under Links | Be the First to Comment

O’Rourke Failed to Follow House Ethics Warning That IPO Participation is Violation of STOCK Act

HOUSTON, Texas – Congressman Beto O’Rourke campaigns on government accountability and removing special interests from politics, but what many voters don’t know is that in 2013, according to LegiStorm, he disregarded a House Ethics Committee directive not to participate in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), in violation of the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act).

“Beto O’Rourke not only violated the STOCK Act, but did so within two days of being specifically warned to not invest in IPOs, especially Twitter’s IPO,” said Cruz spokesperson Catherine Frazier. “Beto only corrected himself after being caught by LegiStorm, in spite of clear warnings to contact the House Ethics Committee before the purchase of any IPOs. His actions reflect a troubling disregard for the standards expected of members of Congress and directly contradict his campaign rhetoric promoting government accountability.”


  • In 2013, the House ethics committee issued a memorandum warning to Members of Congress that they should not participate in initial public offerings, since those transactions are generally not available to the public and would violate the STOCK Act. Specifically, the memo warned against Members participating in the IPO of Twitter.
  • House Ethics Committee memo also cautioned Members that “the committee recommends that any Member, officer or employee who has questions about participating in any IPO contact the committee in advance of your purchase to determine if your purchase is permissible under the Act.”
  • Despite this warning, Beto O’Rourke participated in multiple IPOs, often buying and selling on the same day as the public offering – including buying shares of Twitter, Inc.
  • On November 7, just two days after the House Ethics Committee memo specifically warning Members against the hotly anticipated Twitter IPO, O’Rourke purchased 100 shares of Twitter.
  • Despite the House Ethics Committee’s instruction that Members check with the Ethics committee before participating in certain transactions, only after LegiStorm called O’Rourke’s office to question the IPO transactions did O’Rourke contact the Ethics committee.
  • After O’Rourke reported himself, the Ethics committee instructed him to return the full amount of the profit – totaling $7,136 – to the U.S. Treasury by overnight mail.

Texas Democrats asking non-citizens to vote

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The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives, who aren’t citizens, received the mailing.

“This is how the Texas Democratic Party is inviting foreign influence in an election in a federal election cycle,” said Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the PILF, a group that’s made its mark policing states’ voter registration practices.

The Texas secretary of state’s office said it, too, had gotten complaints both from immigrants [sic] and from relatives of dead people who said they got mailings asking them to register.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to investigate.

“If true there will be serious consequences,” he said.

This is an open invitation for voter fraud on a large scale, and the way the Democrats went about it defies belief:

The applications were pre-addressed to elections officials, which is likely what left many voters to believe they were receiving an official communication from the state.

But the return address was from the State Democratic Executive Committee, and listed an address in Austin that matches the state Democratic Party’s headquarters.

The letter is emblazoned with “Urgent!  Your voter registration deadline is October 9.”  It continues: “Your voter registration application is inside.  Complete, sign and return it today!”

On the application, boxes affirming the applicant is both 18 and a U.S. citizen are already checked with an “X” in the Yes field.

The mailing also urges those who are unsure if they’re registered to “Mail it in.”

Dead people were also being asked to vote.

Sam Taylor, spokesman for Texas’s secretary of state, said they heard from people whose relatives were receiving mail despite having passed away 10 years ago or longer.  One woman said her child, who’d been dead 19 years, got a mailing asking to register.

“It looks like a case of really bad information they are using to send out these mailers,” Mr. Taylor said.

Mr. Taylor is being very charitable.  I doubt very much whether it’s “bad information” being used by Democrats.

How many other state Democratic Parties send out similar requests to non-citizens and haven’t been caught?  Are we to believe that one party in one state came up with this idea all on its own?  Perhaps, but not likely.

Many liberals believe that anyone in the United States – citizen or non-citizen – should be able to vote.  If they want to make that argument and change the law to make it happen, they are more than welcome to try.  Of course, if they run on that issue, they will get slaughtered at the polls.  So instead of going to the American people and working to change the law, they try an underhanded dirty trick to achieve the same goal.

Someone should go to jail for this ruse.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation has alerted the Justice Department to a gambit by Texas Democrats to get non-citizens to vote.

The state party sent out a voter registration form asking non-citizens to sign up, with the citizenship box already checked “yes.”

Washington Times:

The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives, who aren’t citizens, received the mailing.

“This is how the Texas Democratic Party is inviting foreign influence in an election in a federal election cycle,” said Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the PILF, a group that’s made its mark policing states’ voter registration practices.


Life Lessons

Posted by Jimmy Minnish on October 18, 2018 under Links | Be the First to Comment

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Circumstances of late have caused me to reflect on something I wrote several years ago titled:  You Inspire Me.  In this short piece I reflect on lessons a young boy learned and what I have learned that has helped to guide my life. This goes back to being inspired by family, friends or mentors along life’s journey.

I saw a video recently where Dr. Thomas Sowell described how he rose out of poverty and becoming a brilliant man based on one friendship he made when he moved from North Carolina as young child whose parents died, and his adopted parents moved to the poor neighborhood of Harlem New York City.  A smart older neighborhood boy named Eddie befriended him, and encouraged him to get a Library Card and read during his first summer when he was eight years old.  In the next several years Eddie convinced him to apply for a better junior high school where he began to prepare for life with a better education. Dr. Sowell’s story displays how a young friend became a mentor who changed his life.  Here is that video: Thomas Sowell: Discrimination and Disparities (Full Interview)

Normally young boys and girls get a leg up from their families, especially where their parents and perhaps their grandparents take a proactive role in assuring they start learning life’s lessons early.  Quite often a coach, a teacher, or another family member helps them, whereas Dr. Sowell’s mentor was a boy just a couple of grades above him.

At times a child doesn’t recognize help when they receive it.  They might see some guiding or little lessons as being ‘picked on’, especially if there is a chore or a ‘fix-it’ is involved.  In these cases a child should try and see wisdom in the lesson and ask themselves – is criticism involved and if so is it positive?  Is it meant to cause hurt or help?  Is it coming from family with good intentions or from someone who isn’t a close friend – someone who means to embarrass, humiliate or belittle them?  Chances are that if the interaction is with a family member, they are giving the lesson with a life plan involved.  They are trying to equip the child to be successful.  It might not feel or appear as an interaction that is good for the child at the time.  However, with time comes wisdom.  I can remember some lessons my father gave me that didn’t seem to be that great while getting the lesson, but quite often his lessons were meant to build character and trust.  Not that you ever trust in everyone, but trust in those who are trying to set you on the right path – love mixed in.

We need to learn to distinguish from those who want to keep us on the right path, who to trust, and those who mean to embarrass, humiliate, undermine or belittle.  Let’s pray that we all develop the ability to pick and choose the right associations in life.  It was once said that to have three to five life friends was above average.  The other week during the confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanagh to the Supreme Court, we learned that Judge Kavanagh has developed hundreds of friend over his life time that came to his side when he needed them.  Imagine being the type of person who has so many close friends. How many of your Facebook Friends are really friends who you can count on when you are in need?  How many of your friends are fair weather friends? How many of you have friends or family for that matter who will come to your aid in any way possible?

Give this some thought.  Not everyone all the time will act or react in the way you wish they would.  We all need to consider where that person is in life or their day. What are they giving up to help, and would you be willing to help them in the same fashion were the tables reversed?

Can you list one of life’s lessons you have learned that help you work your way through life?  Here’s one – When confronted by someone making a comment that is annoying, before you say anything, count to five. Give yourself a chance to rethink a spur of the moment slip of the tongue.  That works both ways too.  I learned that this morning.


Preview YouTube video Thomas Sowell: Discrimination and Disparities (Full Interview)