RGV Vipers facility to not pay property taxes for 30 years

Edinburg – The lease agreement between the City of Edinburg and the Vipers’ Corporation, which seems to have been written by someone in the Vipers’ Corporation is clearly primarily beneficial to the Vipers’.   In fact, we fail to see any benefit to the city.

The lease payment to the City will be ONE DOLLAR A YEAR

  • The Vipers’ will have ultimate-use-authority over the facility, little or no revenue will come to the City for thirty years.
  • The Vipers’ authority includes leasing to private businesses certain areas of the facility.
  • The City will pay all utilities including a maintenance fee to ensure effective day-to-day operation.
  • NO PROPERTY TAXES WILL BE PAID to the City, County, ISD or other taxing bodies for thirty years.

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Joseph Palacio’s wife transferred to Hidalgo Co Public Relations Dept

The transfer has been criticized as a conflict of interest risk.

Edinburg – The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved of a lateral transfer of the wife of County Commissioner, Joseph Palacio’s from Health and Human Services Department to the Public Relations Department.   Palacios’s abstained from the vote.

Misti Palacios will retain the same job title, and pay of Executive Assistant IV once the move becomes effective on January 1, 2018. Continue reading “Joseph Palacio’s wife transferred to Hidalgo Co Public Relations Dept”

Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Go Jobless Under Trump

by Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal

More black and Hispanic Americans are getting jobs on President Donald Trump’s watch, the latest employment numbers show, although critics accuse him of ignoring such minority populations.

The White House, not surprisingly, is happy to tout the results.

Unemployment among blacks declined from 8 percent one year ago to 7.3 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Blacks’ labor force participation rate rose slightly over the past year, from 61.9 percent in November 2016 to 62.2 percent last month.

Unemployment among Hispanics fell by a percentage point, from 5.7 percent to 4.7 percent, over the year. Hispanics’ labor force participation rate held steady, dipping from 65.7 percent to 65.6 percent.

The labor force participation rate reflects the percentage of Americans working or actively looking for work, while the unemployment rate is the percentage of jobless Americans still looking for work, as opposed to having given up.

“All Americans continue to see results from the president’s bold economic agenda,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The Daily Signal in a written statement, adding:

While overall unemployment in November remained at a nearly 17-year low, the rate is also at historic lows among several groups, including Hispanics—where it is the lowest in at least 44 years—and African-Americans—where it is at its lowest levels since 2000.

The overall unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, a 17-year low. It was 3.6 percent among whites and 3 percent among Asians, about the same for both as a year ago.

Teen unemployment, measured from ages 16 to 19, was the dark lining. Though it dropped nominally from November 2016, from 26.6 to 25.5 percent, that’s up from 23.3 in July.

Limiting taxes and curbing unnecessary government regulation makes it easier for workers and entrepreneurs to succeed, said Daniel Garza, president of the Libre Initiative, a conservative Hispanic group.

“The Hispanic community is beginning to see the benefits of an improving economy. Lawmakers in Washington have a critical opportunity to deliver on tax reform that lowers rates, closes loopholes, and enhances competitiveness—which families and entrepreneurs are counting on,” Garza told The Daily Signal in an email statement, adding:

By locking these reforms in place for the long term, Congress and the president will help to ensure a stable environment that encourages greater economic opportunity and wage growth. Reducing the tax rate on American businesses to 20 percent—without creating new tax burdens—will be particularly helpful in ensuring the U.S. economy is competitive with those of our major trading partners, boosting the prospects of American workers and families. Hispanic families stand to gain a great deal if lawmakers deliver on these promises in the days ahead.

The economy has surpassed 3 percent growth for several months.

When President Barack Obama was in the White House, critics of candidate Trump said 3 percent growth would be impossible, noted Stephen Moore, an economist who is a distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

“The left’s problem is that they said there is no way to grow the economy at 3 percent, and now they say it’s because of Obama,” Moore, who advised the Trump campaign on economics, told The Daily Signal. “Every economic indicator, with no exceptions, shows we are looking at forward growth. It’s very positive, and a dramatic improvement.”

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WE CALLED IT! Gloria Allred Accuser **ADMITS** She Tampered With Roy Moore’s Yearbook ‘Signature’ (VIDEO)

by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit

In a last ditch effort to take down Republican Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, the mainstream media wheeled out discredited Gloria Allred accuser Beverly Young Nelson.

Big mistake. Nelson admitted on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” that she added “notes,” to what she claims is Moore’s signature inside her yearbook.

GMA : “Nelson says she did make notes to [Moore’s] inscription, but the message was all Roy Moore.”

ABC HOST: “Beverly, he did sign your yearbook.”

NELSON: “He did sign it.”

ABC HOST: “And you made some notes underneath?”

NELSON: “Yes.”

As The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reported, there are growing calls that Gloria Allred and Beverly Nelson should be charged with fraud.

And in case you missed it… The Gateway Pundit has previously posted on the several discrepancies with Beverly Nelson’s press conference.

Following The Gateway Pundit’s viral story on Judge Roy Moore’s alleged signature inside accuser Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook, more evidence suggested it was a forgery. 

CNN published photos of the signature showing two different inks.

The signature says “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christmas.’ Love, Roy Moore DA, 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House.”

Strangely, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christmas.’ Love, Roy,” is written in black ink, while “Moore DA, 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House,” is in blue ink.

Photo credit: CNN

Nelson admitting that she added to Moore’s alleged signature is the final nail in the coffin. Allred’s accuser is nothing but a fame-seeking fraud.

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Hidalgo Co citizens petition County Judge to end renewed health care tax push

Citizens of Hidalgo County have had enough with the health care taxing debate and are voicing their objection to Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia through an online petition.

The petition, created by resident Robert Bonds, seeks to obtain at least 500 signatures before being presented to Garcia, and the rest of the county commissioners.  As of Monday night, the petition has generated a little over 300 signatures. Continue reading “Hidalgo Co citizens petition County Judge to end renewed health care tax push”

SICK! YouTube Search Autocompletes “How To Have S*x With Your Kids”

by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit

Screenshots showing YouTube autocomplete the search “How to have s*x with your kids,” has been making the rounds on 4chan and Reddit. Independent journalist Mike Cernovich tweeted a screenshot of the autocorrect Sunday, asking YouTube for a comment.

BuzzFeed reporter Charlie Warzel tried the search himself and found that indeed the search is genuine. 

“Hi @TeamYouTube: Why does “How to have…” auto fill into pedophile content? Multiple people reported this to me,” asked Cernovich.

“Seeing this sceenshot float around so I just did it myself in incognito mode. This i a VERY troubling YouTube search autocomplete, no?,” tweeted BuzzFeed reporter Charlie Warzel.

The search does not yield any videos instructing parents on how to have sex with their kids.

“should note that if you click any of those you do not get any pedophile vids (that i could see but still…what’s going on?,” added Warzel.

The BuzzFeed reporter has reached out to YouTube for comment.

Others tweeted screenshots showing the same autocompleted search.

Later on, Warzel suggested the autocomplete search could be a “trolling campaign.”

“YouTube has yet to respond but important to note that it could (maybe?) also be the work of a coordinated trolling campaign to make YouTube look even worse after a week of being linked to child exploitation content.”

The Gateway Pundit will update its story with YouTube’s response.

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McCAUL: U.S. Reclaiming the Mantle of Leadership on the World Stage

“Our allies didn’t trust us, and our enemies did not fear us.”

By Cong. Michael McCaul

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the absence of American leadership, dangers gather in far-away lands and terrorist threats against our homeland grow. This became explicitly clear as the Obama administration wrapped up its second term, leaving behind a foreign policy legacy that included the establishment and explosion of the Islamic State, a reckless nuclear deal that enriched a terror- sponsoring regime in Iran, and an emboldened tyrant in North Korea committed to bullying, blackmailing, and possibly attacking the United States with nuclear weapons.

Our allies didn’t trust us and our enemies did not fear us.

However, because of efforts by the current administration and actions taken in the House of Representatives, we are no longer pushing the most pressing problems to the next generation. Instead, we are confronting them head-on.

Earlier this year our military began implementing a new strategy that has empowered our battlefield commanders to hunt terrorists more aggressively. This is in stark contrast to the Obama era, which saw American planes drop leaflets ahead of an attack, warning our enemies to flee. This approach has allowed American-backed forces to liberate key ISIS strongholds that include Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. We are finally on the verge of destroying the so-called caliphate.

After two years of implementation, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has turned out to be exactly what critics predicted — an extremely flawed accord that left key components of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place. The JCPOA has not only strengthened the oppressive government in Tehran with planeloads of cash and sanctions relief, it has also failed to alter Iran’s destabilizing and anti-American behavior.

Around the entire Middle East, Iran has been fomenting chaos through the formation of a “Shia Crescent” by supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen, Shi’ite militias in Iraq, Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Last month, after careful evaluation, the president rightly chose not to recertify the disastrous nuclear deal and sanctioned the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Last week, while standing before the National Assembly in Seoul with three of the world’s largest aircraft carriers in the waters off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump recalled Ronald Reagan’s principle of “peace through strength.” This was a clear warning to Kim Jong Un not to underestimate our resolve, and a reaffirmation of our commitment to the security of our allies.

For any foreign policy to be successful, however, the legislative branch must play a vital role, and the House has been leading the way.

In October, the House passed legislation to sanction Iran’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program and its foremost terror proxy, Hezbollah. Earlier this year, I introduced a bill requiring the president to make a final determination as to whether or not the IRGC should be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization – an action I consider to be long overdue. Combined, these measures demonstrate that we will not sit idly by while Iran destabilizes the Middle East.

The House also recently passed the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act. Named in honor of a young American who was detained, tortured, and killed by the government in Pyongyang, this legislation imposes secondary sanctions to limit any further financing of North Korea’s weapons programs. The actions of a nation-state that include the capture and unjust harm of American citizens will not go unpunished.

And just this week, the National Defense Authorization Act was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support. This bill provides topline spending of nearly $700 billion to increase the size of our Army, Navy, and Air Force, bolster missile defense, and better-equip our ground and naval forces. Simply put, this keeps our national defense capabilities at a level unmatched by any other country so we are more prepared to fight and win wars or prevent them from being fought in the first place.

There is still a lot of work to be done. Our enemies construct new plots and plans every day. As our national security challenges grow, so, too, do our opportunities to build alliances and work with other nations. With a new direction set by a White House that embraces our super-power status, coupled with decisive action taken in the House of Representatives, we are finally pursuing policies that directly confront the threats we face to foster a future that knows peace and prosperity.

Today, the United States is finally reclaiming the mantle of leadership on the world stage.

Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican, represents Texas’ 10th congressional district in the House of Representatives. He serves as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

 

 

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Commentary: The Cost of Criminal Illegal Immigrants in the US and Texas

by Debi Deason, Guest Contributor

According to an article in  “The Hill newspaper in April 2017 written by Ron Martinelli, in 2014 50% of all federal crimes committed in the United States were committed near the US/Mexico border.

In total, 27,436 of the 61,529 total federal crimes were committed in states that border Mexico.  The Western District of Texas had the most with 6,300 followed by the southern district of Texas at over 6,000. California Arizona and New Mexico or third fourth and fifth respectively.” Continue reading “Commentary: The Cost of Criminal Illegal Immigrants in the US and Texas”

What Facts Have the Media Ignored Regarding Illegal Immigration?

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Liberal-leaning media outlets have all but ignored the negative impact of illegal immigration. And in their desperate attempt to distort reform efforts aimed at improving public safety, they’ve also misled the public. But the facts published by Texas’ own government make a compelling case for the reforms that passed in 2017.

On May 7, 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), a bill that requires local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities in order to enforce existing immigration laws.

Local officials who violate the newly enacted law may face criminal sanctions. And as a result of an amendment authored by State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving), a member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, these officials may also be removed from public office.

Despite the rampant media spin, SB 4 did not grant any new powers to local law enforcement officers, nor did it sanction “racial profiling.” In fact, it explicitly prohibits profiling. But many so-called reporters don’t read legislation, they recklessly recirculate liberal talking points. In a letter mailed to his constituents, Rinaldi wrote:

“SB 4 contains safeguards to protect individuals from racial profiling and prohibits law enforcement from inquiring as to the immigration status of those who report a crime. Contrary to many misleading news reports, local law enforcement is also prohibited from stopping any individual merely because they suspect them of an immigration violation.”

After Abbott signed SB 4, public sector unions and other liberal groups bused in hundreds of protestors to the Texas Capitol to protest what they called a “racist” law. The protest quickly turned into a violent mob, resulting in the unlawful disruption of Texas House proceedings.

Rinaldi said he received threats by two Democrat lawmakers, who were seen on video shoving Rinaldi on the House floor. Rinaldi was escorted out of the House chamber and placed under DPS protection. Predictably, many in the media labeled Rinaldi as the aggressor, rather than the victim.

While mainstream media outlets continued to distort the bill’s provisions, they also refuse to report on the public safety risk posed by illegal immigrants who have committed other crimes while living in Texas.

Since 2011 – according to Texas’ Department of Public Safety (DPS) – there have been over 606,000 criminal offenses in Texas committed by 228,000 individuals with illegal status. Many of the crimes are violent in nature. Of the 606,000 crimes in total, 1,273 were murders, 72,203 were assaults, while 6,516 were sexual assaults. Rinaldi accurately described the positive public safety impact SB 4 could have:

“Of these 228,000 illegal immigrants, over 152,000 (66 percent) were identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as having illegal status at the time of their previous arrest. As a result, SB 4 should have a significant crime deterrent effect.”

The facts surrounding the negative impact of criminal aliens are overwhelming. Crimes committed by anyone – including illegal immigrants – put the safety of Texans and their families at risk.

While many in the dinosaur media have done their best to distort SB 4, the facts speak for themselves. Conservatives like Rinaldi should be commended for standing strong for the safety of all Texans, especially in the face of vicious attacks by Democrats and their media propagandists.

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