Thank God, the mayoral election in Port Arthur will soon be drawing to a close! It really doesn’t matter much whether Derrick Freeman (Carl Parker’s hand-picked replacement for Bobbie Prince), or challenger Harold Doucet, wins this run-off election. Port Arthur needs to get its head out of the sand and start looking toward the future instead of trying so hard to relive the past. This isn’t very likely to happen until the community, as a whole, draws together in an effort to eradicate those who support the continued fighting mostly along racial lines, or for the personal benefit of certain individuals, and accept that major changes have to be implemented to completely change the direction of the city. Furthermore, trying to so much as imagine the community drawing together is as much a pipe-dream as is the ideal of effective change.
The only recommendation the Jefferson County Beer Party will make with regard to how the people of Port Arthur should vote (those of them that still do vote, anyway) is that if you want to see the perpetuation of corruption, cronyism and nepotism that has brought the community to its knees, then vote for Derrick Freeman. However, if you want to give even so much as a glimmer of hope that change can be effected within the community to get the city back on track to becoming what it could be, them cast your ballot for Harold Doucet. End of Story!
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They’re call a “sporting rifle“. It’s said they have to be equipped with a magazine capable of holding 70 or more rounds of ammunition. Why? What the hell are you hunting, people; an elephant? If you can’t hit and bring down a target in 10 rounds of ammunition or less, then you haven’t any business pulling the trigger in the first place. And just like immediately following damned near every mass shooting, people clamor to buy them in the fear that gun control measures will prevent them from being sold in the future.
Once you recognize the primary administration of the NRA is composed of gun manufacturers, it becomes much easier to understand that the primary goal of the NRA hasn’t a damned thing to do with responsible gun ownership, it’s merely a guise to sell more guns. And an organization this large, and with the funds available to it that the NRA has, hasn’t any problem with buying political influence in most aspects of government. It explains why certain members of Congress are so willing to risk their political careers to combat nearly every effort to enact gun control legislation.
It should be noted here, however, that the Jefferson County Beer Party doesn’t support gun control legislation and laws. Gun control only affects otherwise law-abiding citizens, and does absolutely nothing to get guns out of the hands of those who aren’t supposed to have them in the first place (the criminal element). Address this and maybe America could be on a path to being more safe and secure. Is this another pipe-dream?
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Whether you realize this, or not, we are presently involved in a period of time during which history is being made. We are all witnessing the demise of America as we know it, and are being forced to accept the realization that this is no longer the nation so many before us have fought and died to preserve. For more than four decades, the political establishment (Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, etc.) has more favored their own respective special interests than they have meeting the needs of the nation and satisfying the will of the people. So strong has the political establishment become that efforts are now taking shape to eradicate certain portions of the Constitution of the United States and obliterate our Bill of Rights. About all Americans have become good for are votes for the election or re-election of favored officials, and as a perpetual supply of taxpayer dollars that can be spent in complete disregard for those who have struggled and worked so hard to earn and pay. Simply stated, we’ve been sold out by those we’ve elected to supposedly represent us in government.
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A few months ago, the US National Weather Service predicted the months of June, July and August would present temperatures below the seasonal normal for this part of the country. Well, with temperatures in the upper 80s to the mid 90s almost daily, coupled with oppressively high relative humidity levels and frequent heat advisories being issued, we’re starting to wonder if someone slipped the wrong criteria into that forecast? So here is the most recent prediction for the month of July and once again it’s calling for “Below Average” temperatures. Time will tell and I hope they’re right this time. The heat Southeast Texas has been experiencing is taking a heavy toll on those of us who have to be out in it day, after day, after day.