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Renee Magee, Ruben Villarreal, Hon. Renee Magee was born in Texas City and was one of eight children. See Team USA below. Renee returned to Texas in high school where she graduated from Clear Lake High School and went on to complete college and law school at the University of Houston. Renee is one of the most respected in her field for being fair, honest and hard working.

Throughout her athletic career and her career as a top prosecutor, Renee's drive and determination have humbly been on display. The same drive and determination that made her a young Olympian and the same respected record she has earned as a prosecutor and district court judge will continue to benefit the citizens of Harris County upon her re-election.

Renee began working at the Harris County District Attorney office in Renee was a strong asset for the citizens of Harris County as an Assistant District Attorney for 21 years and as a District Court Judge in the th for 4 years. As Judge of the th District court, Renee significantly reduced her pending caseload through diligence and hard work in an effort to provide a fair and speedy resolution of cases.

Renee also volunteered to preside over a mental health caseload, wherein she supervised mentally ill defendants who were on probation for criminal offenses and needed assistance in connecting with community programs designed to prevent recidivism. Renee and her husband, Tucker, reside in Houston. Renee has two grown children: Renee and Tucker are the proud grandparents of four-year-old Benjamin and two-year-old, Elissa.

Renee is a lifelong Republican and a member of St. Renee put her pride in her country and her special talent on the world stage when she competed in the Olympic Games in Montreal.

Renee broke the glass ceiling for female swimmers in Texas. She was the first female Texas swimmer to make an Olympic team in an individual event. La Iglesia del Pueblo is a dynamic church with well over 1, attendees at Sunday morning services. Ruben helps provide leadership for over 25 employees and over volunteers in the ministry. Radio Aleluya has united over local ministries in the Houston area.

The school offers affordable private school education to primarily middle class and low income families. James Lombardino has been an attorney since , and has been the judge of the th District Court since He joins us this week to talk about his reelection campaign. Downtown Pachyderm will continue featuring Republican candidates who are on the November ballot.

Please come hear about their races, and see what you can do to help them WIN! Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream. Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator. Rafael arrived in Texas in on a student visa. He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas, while learning English. He later built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream.

His son, Ted Cruz, is a constitutional conservative U. Senator from Texas and former a candidate for United States President. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go? Cruz is passionate about returning America to the biblical and historical foundations that made this country exceptional. Beginning this month, we are accepting payments for dues for We've hit a record of over 'likes'! Thank you for helping us achieve our goal!

Jim Murphy The November election is just one month away! Downtown Pachyderm is featuring Republican candidates who are on the November ballot. Murphy is currently in his fifth term. Prior to his service in the Legislature, Murphy began his professional career as a teacher in the City of Houston.

He is President of District Management Services, a consulting firm assisting economic development organizations. For over 20 years, he has served as one of the driving forces of Westchase District — the 4. He was named one of the Five Outstanding Young Texans in He and his wife, Dr. Kathleen Murphy, have two adult sons, Robert and Pace. They are active members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Hon. Clyde Leuchtag The November election is less than 2 months away!

Downtown Pachyderm will be featuring Republican candidates who are on the November ballot. Judge Mayfield became Abbott's first judicial appointee in Harris County when he tapped her for the th District Court. Most recently, Governor Abbott appointed Judge Mayfield to the th District Court, a post to which she will run for re-election in Judge Mayfield has served as senior in-house legal counsel for Enterprise Products, one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services.

She also served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching private property rights and eminent domain. Before her judicial career, Judge Mayfield was a partner in a civil defense firm where she handled litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts across the State of Texas.

Also, the Texas State Bar Convention honored her for her significant contributions to the Hispanic legal community. Clyde Leuchtag, was the judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law 1 from June to December -- and was the people's judge inside and outside the courtroom.

Judge Leuchtag has a proven track record of excellence in his 18 months on the bench from June to December No mandamus appeals were ever filed against Judge Leuchtag, and as of September , none of Judge Leuchtag's decisions have been reversed and only 1 judgment modified! Graduating with her law degree from South Texas College of Law-Houston in , she became a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Texas that same year.

Throughout, she has represented individuals, corporations and small businesses on both sides of the docket in cases involving monetary amounts ranging from hundreds to millions of dollars. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and, is a member of the following organizations: Sophia is a lifetime member of St. George Orthodox Christian Church where she served for over 20 years as an elected member of the Parish Council, and, as Council President, Vice-President and Secretary for multiple terms in each role.

We are accepting payments for dues for Orlando Sanchez The November election is just 2 months away! Sanchez is seeking re-election. Air Force in He graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a degree in political science and embarked on a career as a public servant, first as a three-term Houston City Council member and then as Harris County Treasurer. In Orlando was elected to serve as a member of the Houston City Council. He was the first Latino immigrant elected to a city-wide position in Houston.

He served three terms and helped his colleagues pass the first property tax cut in decades. Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. Orlando has one daughter, Aubrie, who graduated from Boston University in Orlando Sanchez September 20 Hon.

After being defeated in the election, she is the nominee for Court 6, which is an open bench. Judge Linda Garcia and her husband, Tom, have been married for 18 years and have one son, Trent; the family are active members of and attend Annunciation Catholic Church. While in private practice he argued more than 60 cases in appellate courts throughout Texas and across the country, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Justice Boyce graduated with honors from Northwestern University in , and graduated with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in He served as a law clerk for the Hon. Over the next couple of months, Downtown Pachyderm will be featuring Republican candidates who are on the November ballot.

Houston is my home. Since I was first elected, my principal promise to District 7 has been to protect our quality of life so that Houston will always be a safe, fun and friendly place to raise a family and run a business. This has enabled me to build enough seniority in Congress to become a member of the influential House Appropriations Committee where I can deliver significant results for Houston and for Texas to protect our safety, our economy, and our quality of life.

The most recent hurricane relief bill provides help for homeowners, business owners and to repair and expand our flood control system. I focus our dollars effectively where they will do the most good and have the most impact to protect our safety, promote economic growth and revitalize scientific research and space exploration.

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Immediately prior to his election, he was employed for 19 years as an appellate lawyer in large DAs offices across Texas. He has appeared as counsel and argued before both the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court, and he has prepared and filed briefs in cases before the United States Supreme Court. He received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from St.

A lawyer and engineer by profession, Paul's lifelong passion has been conservative political activism. A pro-life conservative, Paul has been a Republican political leader since he was in high school. Growing up in and near New Orleans, Paul joined the Louisiana Teen-Age Republicans at age thirteen, and was elected state chair by the time he was sixteen.

Pauls summer jobs besides construction and offshore oil field work included working for a national conservative organization in recruiting and mobilizing young people for conservative Republican congressional campaigns in Michigan and Iowa. After graduating from Rice with degrees in history and engineering, Paul went to work as an engineer in the oil industry. He designed and oversaw drilling and producing wells in different areas of the country and offshore, supervised engineering teams, and managed multi-million-dollar projects constructing and installing onshore and offshore platforms, facilities, and pipelines.

While working full-time in the oil and gas business, Paul put himself through law school at night, graduating with honors from the University of Houston law school. A licensed engineer and patent lawyer, Pauls law practice primarily involves oil and gas disputes and transactions. Paul is a lector at the 4,family St. He also served as president of St. Catherines Montessori School, overseeing a multi-million-dollar capital campaign, and served for four years on the board of Incarnate Word Academy in downtown Houston.

Paul and his wife Kathy, married over 30 years, have a son and a daughter, who are both Houston natives, graduates of Franciscan University, and proud Republicans! Jack Cagle has served as county commissioner for Harris County Precinct 4 since He is serving his second four-year term following his re-election on November 4, As commissioner, Cagle represents 1.

He has spent 30 years working with and serving the citizens of Harris County Precinct 4 as an attorney, elected judge, and now county commissioner. As a member of Commissioners Court, he has also been selected to serve as a representative on the board of the Houston-Galveston Area Council and on the Board of Directors of the statewide Public Power Pool. Harris County voters elected him to the bench countywide in and re-elected him in , , and As judge, Commissioner Cagle consistently earned high ratings from the Houston Bar Association and received numerous awards from legal, business, political, and community groups.

Twice recognized as Judge of the Year by law enforcement groups, Cagle was also recognized by the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and served as an officer in the Association of Women Attorneys. Commissioner Cagle is a graduate of Rice University with triple majors in economics, history, and managerial studies, as well as a graduate of Baylor Law School. He is married to Janet and they have three children: Richard, Victoria, and Elizabeth. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

We will notify you about future meetings as soon as arrangements are made, and look forward to hearing from State Rep. Valoree Swanson about the special session in the near future. In the meantime, be safe, pray for our first responders and elected officials, and help your neighbors! God bless the great State of Texas! Frank Nadolney is our speaker this week. Franks father played college football for the legendary Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, and was in the National Football League in its early days.

He has a wealth of memorabilia and information about the history of collegiate and professional football. This past year was their 42nd annual fish fry, and has raised a total of 5. Tofte expounds on several topics, attempting to answer various questions. Is the Constitution a Living Document?

Have changes in technology and culture made it irrelevant? Are scholars, lawyers, and Supreme Court justices the only persons qualified to determine the meaning and application of the Constitution? Are our elected and appointed officials abiding by their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution?

Tofte hopes to draw attention, away from current issues and problems, back to the greatest government document in history. Houston Area Liberty Campaign.

Matt Wiltshire is one of the Houston Field Organizers with Texans for Greg Abbott responsible for building a winning team that will last for decades.

An outspoken leader among the new generation of conservatives, Matt will speak to us about how to build lasting political associations, combating the culture war, and the challenges faced in 21st century campaigning.

Catherine will share their efforts to fight voter fraud nationwide. Founder and President, True the Vote Catherine is a mother, business owner, native Texan, and lifelong practitioner of common sense. What became a full-time call to grassroots activism first started in , when she could no longer watch silently as government made decisions that stood in stark contrast to Americas principles of personal liberty and economic freedom.

In she started True the Vote, a citizen-led effort to restore honor and integrity to our electoral system. True the Vote educates voters, researches the veracity of voter rolls, trains and mobilizes citizens to work at the polls,and advocates for election code reform legislation.

In just a few short years, True the Vote has become the nations leading voters rights organization. Catherine believes when government isn't held accountable, it inevitably abuses the rights of American citizens. So, when she learned the Internal Revenue Service was targeting her organization and others, Catherine stood her ground and took action.

Under her leadership, True the Vote launched a precedent-setting lawsuit against the IRS and its top leadership. As a nationally recognized spokesperson on voters rights, Catherine has appeared on television and talk radio, testified before Congress and state legislatures, and spoken to grassroots activists across the nation.

Catherine may still be a newcomer to politics, but shes rolled up her sleeves, put on her waders, jumped in to defend the Country and she believes shes right where shes supposed to be. Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare.

He is also author of Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power. Times, and other national publications. Josh has joined several legal briefs on behalf of the Cato Institute in challenges to Obamacare and executive action on immigration. He has also co-authored several essays and op-eds with Cato senior fellow Ilya Shapiro, including an article in the Cato Supreme Court Review. Michael Dokupil co-founded SFC Capital Management in where he focuses on statistical arbitrage trading strategies.

It was at this occasion that he was able to meet numerous defector and refugee partner organizations, and learn more about how outside information is the key to liberating the North Korean people. Michael has helped the program grow through various initiatives, events, and new partnerships as the organization continues to increase the flow of outside information into North Korea. Michael is a life-long Houstonian where he resides with his four children: David, Benjamin, Annabelle, and Jonathan.

He served as a precinct chair in Harris County and in Brazoria County. Briscoe Cain is a proven conservative leader with strong moral convictions always ready to defend Texas and our values from the constant onslaught by progressives against our faith, family, and freedoms. A lifelong resident of Harris County, Briscoes Texas roots run deeper than most.

Named Briscoe in honor of a family surname Briscoe, his lineal ancestor, Andrew Briscoe fought in the Texian Army and was a signor of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Briscoe grew up in a working class home in Deer Park. The son of a plant operator and occupational nurse, he was taught the value of hard work and a strong commitment to his community. Briscoe worked his way through college and graduate school where he earned a bachelors from the University of Houston-Downtown and a doctorate of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

Briscoe and B4Briscoe has been a conservative leader since college where he founded the Republican club at UH-D, later founded the first pro-life law student organization in Texas, and was the President of the South Texas chapter of the Federalist Society , a conservative legal organization with notable members like Senator Ted Cruz and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

A Christian with a record of defending the unborn, religious liberty and traditional marriage, Briscoe served as legal counsel for several individuals in the case in which the Houston mayor subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors.

In November , Briscoe represented the Houston area teacher who was fired for refusing to call a 6-year-old girl a boy. In August of , Briscoe filed an amicus brief on behalf of the U. Pastor Council with the Texas Supreme Court. In addition to his First Amendment advocacy in the courts, Briscoe has advised and worked on legislation for several traditional values groups. Notably, Briscoe worked with Rep. Matt Krause, a bill that gives due process rights to the unborn. Because its about what you do, not what you say, Briscoe puts his Pro-Life beliefs into action by serving as an attorney for several pro-life organizations.

Recently, Briscoes advocacy made headline news when he released invoices exposing four Texas Medical Schools for using tax dollars to purchase aborted fetal tissue. A loving husband and proud of father of three, Briscoe and his wife Bergundi are residents of Deer Park.

Justice Wise is very active in the service of the bar and the judiciary. He co-chaired a State Bar task force that conducted the first complete study of the Texas Court system since He has also served as a multi-district litigation judge as well as a visiting judge in counties across the State of Texas. Justice Wise is an avid Texas historian.

He hosts the Texas history podcast Wise About Texas which has thousands of listeners nationwide. He has written several scholarly articles and given dozens of speeches on all aspects of Texas history.

A native Houstonian, Justice Wise has been very active in the Houston community. Ken is a fifth-generation native Texan with roots dating back to Houston in Janas interest in technology began to flourish in high school when she produced school media. This lead her to Apple, where she delivered training as a Creative for nearly 10 beautiful years.

Jana studied communication, technology, and emergency medicine through various programs. She also studied the Czech language at Charles University in Prague. Jana believes there is an incredible power within communicating and connecting to one another through modern technology.

She has a passion to share skills and knowledge with others. Janas experience assisting seniors with technology through Apple, often helping adults with their first Apple product, has been an asset to BridgingApps. BridgingApps is a proud program of Easter seals of Greater Houston that is bridging the gap between technology and people with disabilities.

Using touch-based technology and proper training to significantly impact the lives of people with disabilities. These devices can also provide accessibility for people who may have been disengaged from the world due to various reasons. Janas greatest passion is to guide those who may need more time and patience to learn. While in service, it was her privilege to provide aid to fellow soldiers.

Now as a veteran, it is an honor for Jana to reach out to veterans and their families with the services and programs that can improve their lives. Timothy Stroud is a former combat medic in the United States Army. During these years, Tim learned volumes about team building, leadership, and camaraderie and was quickly promoted to a Non Commissioned Officer. He also sought out a mentor during his transition back into civilian life and began a seven-year relationship with leadership expert Mr.

Volunteering in the community, Mr. Tim resides in Houston, Texas and continues to champion several causes for veterans and their families. Hood where he has donated over five and a half gallons. He continues to work with veterans and their families through Easter Seals of Greater Houston to help veterans with mental health services.

One of the avenues is through providing trained service dogs for deserving veterans. Tim has two daughters, aptly nicknamed The Hurricane and The Tornado that keep him grounded.

He will be receiving the Humanitarian Award from the Latino Learning Center on June 15th and is here today to share some of the resources available to veterans and their families in the greater Houston area.

He found his way to Vietnam in July , where he spent eighteen months with the 2nd Battalion, nd Infantry, st Airborne Division as a platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, company executive officer, and finally as a company commander. His twenty-six year military career included service with both infantry and engineer units, teaching at West Point, developing new weapons and equipment for the Infantry, and deploying for a brief time to Desert Storm. After retiring as a Colonel, he had success in several industries including manufacturing, power plant construction, and operating a global broadband telecommunications network.

He founded and still leads Focused Leadership, a very successful executive coaching company, and is also a registered Professional Engineer.

He is the author of the book Warriors Remembered, the only photo documentary of Vietnam veteran memorials from all 50 states. He and his wife, Carolyn currently live in Sugar Land, Texas.

During sixteen years in private practice, she was involved in trying medical malpractice, commercial general liability, and employment discrimination cases.

Lee joined Western Litigation Inc. In , she was promoted to serve as the companys Direct of Auditing and Training. In that capacity she is involved with oversite of Western Litigations 50 claims attorneys and claims analyst and is involved in professional liability litigation across the United States. During her tenure with Western, Lee has managed litigation and worked with attorneys in 45 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In her 17 months on the bench, Erin presided over 30 jury trials and ended her service in December with the lowest inventory of cases of all 24 Harris County Civil District Judges. Prior to serving as Judge, Erin primarily defended healthcare clients in personal injury lawsuits. Over her 28 year career, she tried more than 33 cases to verdict and handled over 38 appeals, including a successful brief and argument to the Texas Supreme Court in Erin has just declared her candidacy for Judge of the th Civil District Court, which will be an open bench due to the mandatory retirement of current Judge Bill Burke.

Reynolds has thirty-nine years of effective pastoral, academic, and nonprofit leadership experience. He also brings over thirty years of work in international aid, education, economic empowerment, and leadership development. As a pastor, he was passionate in his teaching about Israel in terms of its Scriptural and historical relevance as well as current events. He led multiple trips there as well.

Since that time, he has come to realize the strategic importance of Israel as an American ally, as a democratic nation, and because of its endeavor to insure the basic rights of all of its citizens.

He has a B. He has taught advanced leadership at the doctoral level and helped administrate a unique academic program devoted to enhancing the leadership skills of seasoned professionals. Reynolds personally led a multi-year comprehensive community revitalization project involving public and private sector collaboration. He has a proven track record of organizational and community transformation.

He has worked in numerous areas of the world among diverse population groups. Because of this, he has a global perspective and a unique ability to work with a vast array of individuals and groups from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and perspectives. He and his wife, Sandy, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Texas Central Partners, LLC Texas Central is a private company bringing a transformational project to Texas that advances the economy, respects Texan values and keeps our state on track for future growth.

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Over the past decade, conservative Texas politics have featured a series of inspirational leaders with one thing in common: Senate to a presidential campaign. Along the way, he has built an unmatched grassroots network across the state and nation and developed a firm grasp of what moves public perception.

Working from his Texas base, Jonathon managed the upstart candidates political operations in key battleground states including Iowa and South Carolina. The Baylor graduates relationship with Cruz stretches back to when McClellans grassroots expertise and organizing skills played a key role in one of the biggest upsets in Texas political history.

McClellan also has a rare combination of experience and deep connections in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of Texas government, having served on Rick Perrys Gubernatorial reelection campaign; Representative Wayne Christians staff as Legislative Director and Chief of Staff ; and on Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwrights team. Jonathon and his wife, Sarah, make their home in Houston with their daughter. When not building effective coalitions for his Public Blueprint clients, Jonathon enjoys traveling, Baylor football games, and barbecuing on his Big Green Egg.

Elected in November , Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is a strong advocate for job growth and greater diversification of the Texas economy.

A staunch supporter of government transparency, Hegar believes all levels of government should be open and accountable to those who pay the bills Texas taxpayers. Hegar serves as Texas chief financial officer, treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator.

As a business owner, Comptroller Hegar knows first hand that individuals, not government, will make better decisions with their hard-earned tax dollars and in turn help boost the economy. Hegar also served as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, working to eliminate inefficiency in government agencies. As a former member of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, Hegar worked on a wide-range of common sense solutions that impact everyday citizens, such as public education, transportation, tax cuts, property tax reform, water issues and tort reform.

He then attended St. Marys University, earning a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned his Master of Laws.

Hegar is a sixth generation Texan, who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mids. His upbringing taught him the core values of character, honesty, integrity and hard work.

These are the same values that he and his wife, Dara, work to instill in their three young children: Julia, Jonah and Claire. As an internationally recognized authority on national security law, Addicott not only lectures and participates in professional and academic organizations both in the United States and abroad more than speeches , but he has also testified before Congress on a variety of legal issues.

Addicott is a prolific author, publishing over 60 books, articles and monographs on a variety of legal topics. Among his many contributions to the field, Addicott pioneered the teaching of law of war and human rights courses to the militaries of numerous nascent democracies in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Addicott has served in senior legal positions in Germany, Korea, Panama, and throughout the United States. Addicott holds a Doctor of Juridical Science S. He also received a Master of Laws LL.

Apart from teaching a variety of courses at the law school, Addicott served as the Associate Dean for Administration at St. Marys University School of Law Highlights and Awards Recipient: Marys Alumni Associations St. Marys University School of Law Distinguished Faculty Award, awarded each year to the distinguished law faculty member. Recipient of the Vice Admiral George C. Dyer Award, Military Order of the World Wars, awarded each year to the most outstanding article published by the Officer Review magazine.

Recipient of the Distinguish Service Medal of the State of Alabama, , for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished military or civilian service for or to the benefit of the United States or the State of Alabama. American Bar Associations Hodson Award for , awarded each year to the outstanding public sector law office in the nation. Member of the Bar of Alabama; U. Eddie has been an active member of the grassroots movement for nearly eight years.

He has worked with Project Veritas to investigate Battleground Texas. He has walked among people during the Occupy Houston protest, pro-Gaza rallies, pro-Syrian and pro-Egypt rallies and witnessed Muslims at the Texas State Capitol shouting 'allahu akbar' during a pro-Muslim event. He has been a guest on The Sam Malone Show and has been interviewed on television on several occasions. He has provided recounts of many events through the lens of his camera, camcorder, written accounts, slide shows, and has interviewed people from both the left and right to provide a from-the-ground view of issues.

He is a politician and physician who served as vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from Armstrong has a B. Armstrong has been active in both politics and his community. He has traveled on missionary journeys to Africa and Nicaragua and worked in inner city and youth ministries in addition to leading a mens Bible study group.

His activities in grassroots republican politics include serving as a city chair, an election judge, a precinct chair, a poll watcher, a convention delegate, a Senatorial District Convention chairman, and most recently as the State Republican Executive committeeman for Texas Senate District Armstrong and his wife Martha, who is also a medical doctor, have four sons, Daniel, Gabriel, Joshua and Noah. Sonia Rivera is a native of Michigan and has lived in the Houston area since the age of She is the daughter of Mexican Immigrants who spent the early part of her life as migrant farm workers, and ultimately settled in the State of Michigan.

While in college, she majored in Psychology, and minored in Sociology. She spent the first 11 years working within the non profit sector, managing and developing youth programs under the Health and Human Service umbrella, with high risk youth populations providing Educational and Social Support Programs in the area's of Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Youth Homelessness, prior to forming her own corporation and nonprofit in , and respectively.

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Cooley law School, the largest law school in the United States. Eric has also received his L. He is a licensed real estate sales agent and a licensed insurance agent, which means he has unique insider knowledge of the insurance industry and how they operate. Eric is an honest, aggressive lawyer and exceptional litigator who knows how to think outside of the box. Join us for lunch with Hon. Cindy Bennett Smith is an attorney in her 15th Year of practice.

Cindy serves as Municipal Judge for the City of Tomball. The firm assists clients with dealings from startup through day-to-day operations, including contract issues, litigation, collection and employment matters. Cindy is also a proud Republican. Cindy has worked extensively on campaigns, and most recently spent more than a year campaigning for her own election bid for District Court in the November election.

The Speakers Committee serves as the face of HLSR, and Speakers address businesses, Chambers of Commerce and other organizations, as well as putting on Rodeo Days at Houston area elementary schools every week of the school year.

Cindy is excited to share great information about the economic impact of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on our city. She will be presenting to Downtown Pachyderm on March 2. Hope to see you there! Downtown Houston Pachyderms February 23 Hon. He was reelected in November to another term. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Chris earned his degree in mechanical engineering.

During his time there, Chris spearheaded the Student Success Initiative and served as student liaison to the Board, helping bring textbooks online and helping the college expand to more than 60, full time students. In that time, the college grew to be the second largest in Texas.

He loves to travel and has visited more than 14 countries. Theresa Kosmoski currently serves as the President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and is a long-time political activist and former elected official.

For more than twenty years she has been actively involved in many local state and national civic and non-profit organizations with a particular emphasis on child advocacy and community improvement. In that time she has been intimately involved in dozens of campaigns for both candidates and issues. As a retired member of a local Board of Trustees, Theresa has actively pursued her interest in public education policy and legislative issues.

Professionally, Theresa began her career in the banking and investment fields but has been a Registered Parliamentarian for the last 20 years serving non-profit, corporate and political organizations. She has been married to Mark for 30 years and has two sons, both of whom are Eagle Scouts. Clean Household Cleaner He has received the following awards and recognition: Army as an Airborne Ranger. He attained the rank of Captain and received numerous individual and unit awards and citations.

He is is one of the original founders of True the Vote, a non-partisan, grassroots effort to restore integrity to U. He developed the training curriculum for Texas elections in , and trained over 1, poll watchers in Harris County for the general election.

He has served as an alternate precinct judge in the heart of Sheila Jackson Lees CD 18 for 4 consecutive elections. Vera wrote the election observer curriculum for Wisconsin and has been training observers in Wisconsin since June of Again, he trained over 1, observers for the recall election of Governor Walkerin person, online and via video conferences.

Vera received the True the Vote Bayonet award for his service. February Eddie Gallegos on the recent protests February Hon. Mike Knox is a native Houstonian. He married his high school sweetheart in and they have raised one son; who now serves the city as a Houston Police Officer.

Mike has a long history of honorable public service. Mike was one of two officers responsible for the creation of the Houston Police Departments first divisional gang unit in and helped create and served on the original board of directors for the Texas Gang Investigators Association.

Mike authored a book entitled Gangsta in the House; Understanding Gang Culture, which was published in This book added to the knowledge base on gang culture and was recognized in by the National Gang Research Center who awarded it the prestigious Thrasher award.

Shortly after publishing his book in , Mike began a consulting business focused on helping law enforcement, schools districts, and communities understand and deal with street gangs and violent youthful offenders.

He contributed to the creation of the Spring Branch Good Neighbor program. Mike was recruited in to help the Spring Branch Management District develop the Public Safety component of its service plan and worked as their Director of Community Service for three years.

Mike has a deep interest and investment in Houston and believes Houston City Council deserves a dedicated servant. His viewpoint highlights the effects of pro-life issues on societal ills. Abortion on demand has metastasized into every issue affecting the family, he notes. Jadloski was the first Republican Precinct Chair for Precinct 82 from He was Precinct Chair for Precinct 58 from Jadloski was chosen to serve as an alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention in and Jadloski appreciates the pro-life platform of the Republican Party, as well as its fiscal and international policies.

Kevin Fulton is a shining example of the American Dream. Born in a gritty, gang infested area, Kevin never had the opportunity to meet his biological father who abandoned the household when he was only a few months old. His mother Pearl immediately took control of the household and worked her way out of poverty. Kevin watched as his mother worked long hours to provide her kids with the opportunity to escape their surroundings.

Pearl never blamed her race or society for her position in life; instead she taught him the importance of prayer, self-accountability and hard work to conquer poverty. Pearl's mindset and perseverance were the foundation of the conservative values that would shape the rest of his life.

Kevin took those values and lessons and demonstrated a strong sense of community service as a child. Immediately upon graduating from high school, Kevin joined the Army and served this great nation with distinction as a reconnaissance soldier and received various honors for service during combat.

His service included guarding the borders of Europe, functioning as a liberator in the Persian Gulf War and acting as a humanitarian in Operation Provide Comfort for Kurdish Refugees in Turkey and Iraq. After being Honorably Discharged from the Army, Kevin immediately enrolled in college while continuing his service to the community by devoting his time on the Board of Directors for a youth counseling organization, helping victims of domestic violence, and training at risk students in conflict resolution.

Kevin periodically takes the time to visit subsidized housing communities to encourage disadvantaged youth to embrace conservative values to rise above their situation. Broadening the Republican Party in low income areas has been a very important mission for Kevin. He has dedicated considerable time and personal funds to travel around low income areas talking about the Republican values that helped him escape the trappings of poverty and gangs. Kevin is a co-founder of the MLK Association of Texas which is a Republican Party of Texas Auxiliary Club, which creates programs in low income areas to assist lifting people out of poverty by teaching self-reliance and accountability.

Kevin is also a strong supporter of prolife legislation lecturing to groups about the impact of abortion on the Black community. Happy New Year everyone! Peggy has worked in public policy and grassroots campaigns in government, the political arena and the private sector for over 35 years and served as AFP-Texas director for 10 years.

Peggy created the Red Apple Project to focus on transparency and accountability in public education and to advocate for school choice. She has been named one of the top legislative influencers on Twitter. A native Texan, Peggy spent 13 years in Washington, D.

It was the countrys wake-up call that our education system was falling behind other developed countries. She directed the Take Pride in America grassroots campaign, which encompassed eight federal agencies.

Peggy has guest hosted for syndicated talk show hosts around Texas, appears as a guest on radio and TV, and has written over pieces that have appeared in leading Texas newspapers, and speaks to groups around the state on tax, budget and regulatory issues.

She has won numerous public affairs and journalism awards. This will be our final regular meeting of the year until our Christmas lunch. Stan continues to improve the offices technology to better serve the public.

Downtown Houston Pachyderms November 10 Roundtable discussion of this years election and plans for the future. And we dont have a speaker. But we love spaghetti. So if you have enough energy to make it up the stairs, come join us. Whether to celebrate the Trump win, as well as our statewide victors and our friends in congress and the legislature, lament the losses on the Harris County ballot, or just be with friends, come join us for a lively discussion.

We will also get a report on early voting from Club President, Ed Johnson. Voters have reelected him six times. During his career in public service, Steve has pushed for greater efficiency at all levels of local government by supporting programs aimed at promoting the intelligent use of taxpayer dollars. He has emphasized privatization throughout county government and been an outspoken advocate of making sure law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to keep children and neighborhoods safe.

In addition to his role as a county policymaker, which has given him a voice in regional health, transportation, and technology issues, Steve has also focused on enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Precinct Three. Why are we in Iraq? What I'm trying to say is that no matter what side you're on, you know and I know we've got some bad weeds in our garden. If they continue to get away with what they're doing, the very people we train to go and kill and destroy, it can create anarchy.

His films have also won a number of Golden Globe awards. There's no doubt in my mind about that. At first I didn't want to believe it. It's such an ugly thing to believe. Most people believe that two buildings fell down that day in New York.

Three buildings went down that day, not two. And the third building was called Building number 7. And that was a story office tower. It was pretty big. It wasn't as big as the Twins, but it was still enormous. If you've ever seen the tape of it falling , you realize it's a controlled demolition. It came straight down.

Like you see those building in Vegas come down. He [Larry Silverstein, the building owner] said the Fire Department decided to pull it. Meaning to bring the building down. That's what he said. Now, that was a big mistake on his part. If you know anything about controlled demolitions you know for a building that size, it would take weeks, weeks to control demolition that building; to plant explosive on all the floors in all the right places.

You couldn't do it in four or five hours. It can't be any other way. Because they have no explanation. They have no cover story. The other cover story is, 'Oh, the planes hit it, so it went down', which by the way, can't be either.

But rather than getting into all the details, Building 7 is the obvious answer. Two-time Emmy Award-winning reporter, writer, director, producer, and author. Producer and investigative reporter at CNN. Documentary film producer and director of numerous documentaries, including ; Counting on Democracy, Nkosi: It seemed so obvious. And the media bought it and recycled this storyline endlessly in print, radio and TV, as part of a relentless scattershot chronicle of demonization filled with contradictions and omissions that at different times included the Saudis, the Pakistanis, the city of Dubai, Saddam Hussein and just about every Immam and Mullah out there.

They added up to "Inconvenient Truths" as in the gospel according to Al Gore. And suddenly two new theories offered a widely believed "counter-narrative" The first is the incompetence theory Beyond all this is the Bush Did It counter-conspiracy theories propounded in different form on a thousand books, websites, and films like Loose Change that claim to "connect the dots" by identifying the long and nefarious hand of government complicity -- not just duplicity -- behind It seems clear that even if the government did not prepare , they were prepared to use it to political advantage and to have it economically benefit their many donors and "partners.

To answer that question, we first must come to understand truly what happened in and to America five years ago, how it happened, and — most important — why. A logical starting point, and something that some family members spoke out for at a recent press conference in Washington, D. Both [ Chairman Thomas] Kean and his Democratic Party counterpart Lee Hamilton now acknowledge that the Pentagon didn't play straight with them, and that they and their fellow commissioners bowed to political pressure when didn't fully question New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani about his management decisions and emergency responses.

Other commissioners complained repeatedly about White House obstacles put in their path — yet the commissioners chose to issue their report nonetheless, even in the face of staff objections that there wasn't enough time to follow all leads. The commissioners also allowed the President and Vice President to testify together—and not under oath—and went along with other Administration demands, such as the one that only a minority of the commissioners could see a minority of the documents requested — and even then had to vet their notes with the White House before sharing them with the full Commission!

And until we have a complete, thorough and non-partisan investigation, that will never happen. Co-executive producer, Good Will Hunting. Author of Clerks and Chasing Amy: If you've ever seen Loose Change the documentary about September 11th's conspiracy theorist documentary.

Like you watch it and by the end -- not even the end -- ten minutes in you're like -- Walter Flanagan: You've got your car packed. You're just like, "Oh, my God, it's all true. I never even -- How do you get this information? It it had James Earl Jones, it would have blown your head off your shoulders. It's like listening to the dude who sat next to you in Geometry tell you about the conspiracy theory of September 11th.

And you wouldn't think that you'd buy it. Like, "Yes, if a jet engine is flying into the Pentagon, cars on the road would be blown off the road because like, you know, a car in the wake of a jet engine gets blown off the road.

I never thought about it before. Wheeler, MFA — Stage, screen, and film actor and producer. Actor in numerous stage productions. Recent acting credits include Runaway Jury , Juwanna Mann , The Legend of Bagger Vance , and many more roles in his year acting career.

At the end of one day, three meg-skyscrapers had disappeared below ground level, pulverized into toxic dust leaving curiously cut and strangely shaped scrap metal.

There is a happy ending to this tale, too. It has been reported all seven buildings were insured in April by landlord Larry Silverstein through the first ever anti-terrorist insurance policy. He collected over 2 billion dollars and the right to rebuild the Freedom Towers. Another happy ending indeed! Seven from one blow! Past generations of Americans have commemorated those who sacrificed their lives creating historic moments. We have gone forth into battle crying: We do indeed need to remember September Eleventh, but not for the reason fabricated.

We must remember it because the giants are telling the tales now. Tim Sparke — Founder of film and television production and distribution company, MercuryMedia. Response to an article by George Monbiot "George Monbiot's explicit attack on the film Loose Change has no basis in fact. Additionally, in accepting that the towers collapsed at virtually free-fall speed "the weight of the collapsing top storeys generated a momentum the rest of the building could not arrest" , Monbiot shows no awareness that this explanation violates the law of conservation of momentum.

It is about whether we should accept unconditionally a story which defeats the laws of physics, denies the abundance of witness testimony, and rejects video evidence put forward by an organisation, which, in hindsight, we know had the means, motive and opportunity, and also has a record of being economical with the truth.

Jarek Kupsc — Director, writer, editor, and producer. He doesn't believe the government was behind the attacks. Hopefully, people will not only appreciate the facts, which are obviously based on our research, but also get into the human element of the story.

What does it take to go after the truth that has been hidden from public view? What does it take for a victim, for a father of a victim to relive the trauma every time he gets a witness that he interviews or relives the same story over and over again? Columnist for Creative Screenwriting Magazine. The cover-up is obvious; the US media, reprehensible and complicit. Now that runs the gamut.

I mean, there's no way we know the whole story. There's simply no way. And we've talked about that on this program. There's some theories, some answers to these questions that I don't necessarily subscribe to, but I think the questions, they make some sense. Starred in six critically acclaimed video education series focused on youth guidance and violence prevention that have aired nationally on PBS, including: Former juvenile counselor and probation officer.

Press for Truth documentary: A white wash at the behest of the White House, the report is propaganda by committee, the mere imprimatur of legitimacy to cover up official lies. It is lipstick on a pig. It's the story of the biggest cover up in American, world history. The obvious question -- never asked by the American media -- if Bush's official conspiracy of were, in any way or in any part true, then why has it been necessary to quash all investigations, destroy evidence , in fact, cover up one of the most heinous crimes in world history?

The 'official theory' is full of holes and inconsistencies. It is most certainly a lie, a cover story told to hide the 'pipeline' motive for war against Afghanistan and the oil motive for war against Iraq.

The Bush administration had all three -- method, motive, opportunity. There is probable cause right now to indict George W. Writer and Director of over 40 religious films. Director of Development and Producer's Assistant: Maker of over a dozen short dramatic films, including: Hal O'Leary — Actor and director. Retired artistic director of Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre.

Former Instructor, Communication Dept. Army, World War II. Either Ted Olsen lied or he was fooled into believing that the voice he heard was really that of his wife. Of course it makes no difference anyway since the MSM or any politician can be expected to even raise the question. Until Cheney and Bush are examined under oath and confronted with all the contradictions in the official story, there is little chance that we will ever learn the truth. His short films Pinkie and Kangaroo Court have recently been completed, and a new feature, The Big Dreamer , is in pre-production.

Alan Greenberg — Film director, screenwriter, novelist, photographer. Land of Look Behind has also been honored as the best American documentary film of the past 25 years. Special unit photographer on the films Mandingo and Bernardo Bertolucci's Novacento Author of the highly acclaimed Heart of Glass , about the making of the Werner Herzog film of the same name.

I am now a Film sound editor who cares about logic and truth. Why aren't Silverstein and his cronies in jail? Inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Organizer of the first Farm Aid concert, performer at all 22 Farm Aid concerts - , and Board member of the Farm Aid organization. Appeared in numerous movies, including: Do you question the official story?

And I saw those towers fall and I've seen an implosion in Las Vegas. There's too much similarities between the two. And I saw the building fall [Building 7] that didn't get hit by nothing.

So, how naive are we? What do they think we'll go for? Are you saying you started having questions -- the little voice in your head -- I mean did you have a bad feeling the day it happened? Is that what you're saying? The day it happened. I saw one fall and it was just so symmetrical. I said, "Wait a minute, I just saw that last week at the casino in Las Vegas.

And I can't go along with that. Over 70 million copies of his albums have been sold. The selling of fear, the endless terror alerts, the unjust wars, the staged tragedy - all pre-agreed upon and put into effect for the benefit of a select few.

Understand the label "conspiracy theory" is a tactic that the media often invokes to immediately discredit voices of dissent and people who seek truth. The tactic of creating manufactured enemies for personal gain has been around for as long as there have been conflicts. Of course there's no concrete proof of a conspiracy - the media would never allow that - but rather an abundance of evidence that points to a conspiracy on behalf of US interests. Georgia Kelly — Composer and recording artist.

Founder and director of the Praxis Peace Institute , a non-profit education organization. People have to be woken up and they have to unite. Lead guitarist for Muse. Bellamy is convinced the US government knows more information surrounding the attack on their country in September than the public is aware of.

The outspoken singer says, "September 11 is clearly an inside job, there's massive evidence that suggests that it was either allowed to happen or even worse, deliberately made to happen.

I was watchin' the towers,? Formerly with the bands Blink and Box Car Racer. Or had a hand in it. Everybody wants to talk about conspiracy theories. Look at the film! You show me a hundred yard trench that leads up to the Pentagon. You show me the wreckage. Show me and I'll be like, all right, I was wrong. You can't see it. There would have been hazmat people there protecting against jet fuel.

You would have seen the wings for Christ's sake. You would have seen something. A plane that big does not vaporize.

There are too many questions and not enough answers. At the time, I understand why nobody asked questions, because we were all paralyzed. Ministry — 4-time Grammy Award-nominated recording artists and performers. Arrested Development — 2-time Grammy Award-winning recording artists and performers. The band was formed in the early 's by lead vocalist Speech Todd Thomas and former member, Headliner. Group founder and lead vocalist, Speech: And I think it's important because there's really been no official investigations, as done by a neutral party about what's been going on.

Sign the petition and try to get some understanding, some truth with this. The Commission shall publish one or more reports of their findings. Author of Music City Confidential Like me, millions of patriotic Americans question the official explanation of the attacks. The questions and the number of citizens asking them will increase until a tipping point is reached and a new, aggressive investigation initiated. From this new inquiry truths will emerge which will shake this country to its foundations and, hopefully, restore our constitutional democracy.

We must be strong and resolute and take inspiration from apostles of peace like Gandhi and King. At the most basic level, the struggle is love versus fear. As a follower of Jesus, I pray we are witnessing the last days of the corporate imperial war machine, which, desperate for new battles and the energy resources to power itself, finally went too far and self-destructed in an orgy of lies, chaos and death.

Future generations will thank those who had the courage to face the dragon and slay it with the sword of truth. As a songwriter, I turn phrases for a living. I'll leave you with this one: From seeds of doubt, flowers of truth will sprout. Be strong, brothers and sisters. As for the controversial line, the Yonkers, N. Referring to the events of September 11, Jadakiss says: A lot of my people felt that he had something to do with it. The Corrs sold over 30 million albums and performed on tour with musical acts U2, Celine Dion, and the Rolling Stones.

And that was the catalyst for the incremental implementation of Draconian measures all across the West, particularly in the U.

You've also got similar in the U. It's what they call a 'false flag' operation. Many, many people across the globe believe now that it was carried out by rogue elements within the Bush Neocon administration with the help of the intelligence services. Overwhelming evidence points to that.

Well, as it turns out, none of those 19 hijackers' names were on the passenger manifest of the airplanes. At least 8 of them have turned up alive, wondering why their names have been associated with this. But there are so many inconsistencies with this. Look at those buildings as they come down. They come down at freefall speeds, collapsed neatly into their own footprint. The cement — everything was absolutely pulverized. They didn't find a chair. They didn't find a desk.

So, what caused that? It couldn't have been jet fuel. It certainly doesn't burn hot enough to do that. It must have been explosions. Lead vocalist for Black Flag and the Rollins Band - Founder of the record label and publishing company 2. Author of several books, including Get In The Van: And it's all very interesting to me. You know there's a lot of speculation, of course. I think there always will be.

I don't think we'll ever get the full information on all of that because there's probably people who don't way you to know everything that you want to know. I think that at least the Bush administration knew that there was going to be some kind of attack on America. Cause of -- due to the Presidential Daily Briefing that apparently everyone read but didn't react to. And I think they perhaps chose to look the other way or stand down to gain entry -- to get attacked and basically green light their agenda that we're enacting now.

I think America exists on a war economy. The economy is the war. And I really believe that. And you say something like that, believe me, you get a whole lot of hate mail. I do get it, but I think I'm right. Vocalist and guitar player for Spearhead.

Vocalist and guitar player for Reigning Hounds. Co-founder and lead singer for the Lemonheads. The second plane was so close, it went shoom , right over my head. They were not taken out by those airplanes. Those fires were going out and then the buildings blew up. But then again I've been worried about America my entire life.

KRS-One hollering about 'party people' on the soundtrack over footage of the planes hitting the towers is disarmingly inappropriate. How could jet fuel vaporise six-tonne titanium engines? How can you make a cell phone call from 32, ft? Why did you choose this film? When we got ahold of this one film it really put the whole debate in a new perspective for us. And we were very sort of impacted by it. I think it's also the fact that it's something that is interesting or that should be brought up.

I don't know why it's never been brought up anywhere. When Julian found this documentary, it just knocked the wind out of me and all my ideas of conspiracy and things like that needed to be rethought. And I then did the big test, and I took it to my parents I just think it's this kind of taboo word that maybe should be redefined in these political climates, because, 'Who do you believe? Andrew Lowe Watson, MA. Composer of 11 musicals, including eight commissioned by the Brothers Grimm festival in Hanau, and the highly acclaimed Strange Domain , based on Le Grand Meaulnes , by the French writer Alain Fournier.

I have contributed to several online noticeboards since and am a member of the UK Truth movement. I watched the destruction of the WTC live on TV in utter horror, with a strong sense that something "impossible" was happening. The truth about the whole event must, and will, be known, for the sake of those who died and their families. Founder member of The Brand New Heavies soprano and tenor sax, keyboards. Subsequent solo work with Roy Ayers.

Following many other suspected 'false flags' the cynicism and scale of this plot is unprecedented, and the entire future of the world and especially the future of democracy revolves around either its success or its exposure.

The problem is attracting attention to the issue and explaining the impossibility of WTC free fall to a public without entry level physics knowledge. Bill Homans Watermelon Slim — Internationally renowned blues recording artist and performer. Songwriter, arranger, performer, and producer of over a dozen albums. Al Bernard — New Orleans jazz bassist. Numerous international and U. A full list of his more than 20 albums can be found here.

When will the truth of the towers and the airplanes reveal itself when someone drains the pool? Solo album Paradoxaholic And I quickly realized that, if WTC 7 could only be a controlled demolition, then the whole story had to be lies. Since then, I have studied the evidence for years, and there is no escaping the conclusions: My current tiny contribution to the movement is to put up flyers around town, sort of guerrilla-style bulletin boarding of links to truth websites of all stripes.

They are usually taken down fairly quickly, although one has been up at the bagel joint for over a week. One of the founders of the Independent Recording scene in Los Angeles. It is "obvious" that some form of 'inside' orchestration was necessary to cause the collapse of the buildings. The "owner" of the WTC complex admitted on national television that he had 'pulled' Building 7 to aver further tragedies. How the "hell" did they rig explosives in there during a national emergency?

They had to be installed before the fact, something requiring months of preparation. Only the gullible have fallen for the official story. Adam Syed, M Music. Nina Hagen — Internationally renowned recording artist and performer. Mother of actress Cosma Shiva Hagen. Chuck Sher — Jazz musician and internationally-known jazz book publisher.

Host of the radio show, Jazz Connections. International human rights and social justice activist. Author of 20 volumes of original compositions for musical education, including The Red Carousel - 18 Easy Piano Duets. Essay An unresolved mystery: This document of over pages is posted on the internet. It has been presented as the "unanimous conclusion" of the Commission members on what happened on that day and on the reasons for the failure to prevent the attacks.

The Commission exonerates American public officials from any blame for such failure, which according to its Chairman, Thomas H. Kean, resulted from failures of "policy, management, capability and, above all, a failure of imagination". Yet, the Commission has studiously disregarded a wealth of evidence, testimonials, contradictions, anomalies and questions, which both independent researchers and families of victims have referred to.

The Commission left large areas of inquiry shrouded in mystery. These extend to the alleged reasons for the collapses of the two World Trade towers and the lesser known collapse of WTC-7 which was not hit by an aircraft , the implausibility of a passenger aircraft hitting the Pentagon and disappearing without trace, the alleged shooting down of UA 93 in Pennsylvania, the lack of debris of the crashed planes, the removal and destruction of forensic evidence, the relaxed conduct of various public leaders on the fateful day, prescient remarks by US leaders, and so forth.

Many, though not all, of these anomalies are discussed in Prof. Such a cover-up may have unforeseeable consequences for the American people as well as for world peace. Please do not let these families down in their quest for the truth. They are entitled to know who committed the crimes, who assisted in their commission and in which circumstances their beloved died. The World Trade Center was almost certainly brought down by controlled demolitions and that the available relevant evidence casts grave doubt on the government's official story about the attack on the Pentagon.

Performs solo and with the rock quartet Thrice. Interviewed by Ricky Warden, Jr. Do you believe that's something that was perpetrated by our government or I believe that we're most definitely not being told the truthful truth and I'd say probably not much of the truth. There's parts of me thinks things don't add up about that day's events, but you're not allowed to discuss it.

In the media you're not allowed to talk about it -- you're labeled unpatriotic. From the time that people started realizing there's holes in this, the President [Bush] was on the news saying, "Don't listen to anyone who says this. So, If the general population doesn't hear about it from the mainstream news then when anyone talks about they say, "Well I haven't heard about it. So, that must not be true -- crazy conspiracy theorists. I firmly believe that there was explosives in those buildings.

It never set out to investigate what actually happened. Its stated purpose was to find out how our security systems failed and what happened from that perspective. Omissions and Distortions by David Ray Griffin. It had a fire in it and it fell. Ace Baker No photo available. Composer for several feature films, television shows, CD's, and commercials. Former touring keyboardist and musical director for Mary Wilson and the Supremes.

In July and August , Jones predicted an impending false-flag terrorist attack in the U. He specifically mentioned the World Trade Center and airliners as possible targets. He implored his listeners and viewers to phone the White House and tell them to call it off. He encouraged people to call the White House and tell them not to go ahead and launch the staged terror attack that would become the foundation of their push for martial law.

On Wednesday July 25th , during a taping of Alex's local cable access TV show in Austin, Texas, he elaborated on how the Globalists were set to use their operative Osama bin Laden and that the preparations for a terror attack were in their final stages. They were told to shut up. You look at Building 7, detonators are going off, you can see the explosions. It was a self-inflicted wound. And so, opening this up today, I wanted to talk a little bit about the history of state-sponsored false-flag terrorism.

We are the mainstream. Hundreds of discrepancies, hundreds of bald-faced lies. Media critic, Vision TV - Over 50 year career as a print and television journalist and commentator. Instructor of journalism at Ryerson Polytechnic University for 7 years. Producer of the documentary The Great Conspiracy: Documentary T he Great Conspiracy: There are no jets at all.

That could happen only two ways. The evidence indicates this is about a one-to-one chance. Internationally acclaimed communication coach.

An attorney by trade from USC Law School, Richard left the practice of law to share his communication skills with presidents, prime ministers, political candidates, CEO's and CFO's of Fortune companies, attorneys, judges, actors, and others. Covered the , and Republican and Democratic National Conventions for various networks and analyzed the presidential debates for USA Today. Can I announce that on the air? And are you willing to come on the air and say that? See also Philip Shenon for corroboration of Senator Kerrey's position.

Requests for information refused by the Bush White House. And my question is, "What do they have to hide? I have my own opinions, but the only opinion I care to share right now is that there are unanswered questions and that the investigation is not complete. Now why do I say that?

I say that because, as I said yesterday, I have personal knowledge of that fact. There was not enough money to do anything further than what we did. There wasn't enough money. We did the best we could. We're going to have a statement from Senator Mike Gravel , who is calling for a new investigation. And we're going to be talking to a bunch of other people.

Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award. Host of a syndicated radio show and a regular columnist in Money magazine, U.

Author of Exporting America: Tonight, we're one month away from the fifth anniversary of September 11th. Christine Romans has the report. Two hours of chaos and confusion on September 11th, and months of government ineptitude at incorrect testimony.

Now, Kean and Hamilton say all the inaccuracies have fueled conspiracy theorists, they've stymied the investigation, and Lou, damaged the credibility of this government.

Well, this government doesn't deserve much credibility, does it? In point of fact, if all of the after-action reports are untrue, for whatever reason, that's a lie, because they were asserted as the truth by people who knew better or should have.

Record sales declined during the Great Depression , but radio became a popular source of entertainment, and "barn dance" shows featuring country music were started by radio stations all over the South, as far north as Chicago, and as far west as California. WSM's 50,watt signal in could often be heard across the country. Moon Mullican , for example, played Western swing but also recorded songs that can be called rockabilly.

Between and , country crooner Eddy Arnold placed eight songs in the top In the s and s, cowboy songs, or Western music, which had been recorded since the s, were popularized by films made in Hollywood. Cowgirls contributed to the sound in various family groups.

This would begin a movement toward opportunities for women to have successful solo careers. Spade Cooley and Tex Williams also had very popular bands and appeared in films. At its height, Western swing rivaled the popularity of big band swing music.

Drums were scorned by early country musicians as being "too loud" and "not pure", but by Western swing big band leader Bob Wills had added drums to the Texas Playboys. In the mids, the Grand Ole Opry did not want the Playboys' drummer to appear on stage. Although drums were commonly used by rockabilly groups by , the less-conservative-than-the-Grand-Ole-Opry Louisiana Hayride kept its infrequently used drummer back stage as late as By the early s, however, it was rare that a country band didn't have a drummer.

For several decades Nashville session players preferred the warm tones of the Gibson and Gretsch archtop electrics, but a "hot" Fender style, using guitars which became available beginning in the early s, eventually prevailed as the signature guitar sound of country.

Country musicians began recording boogie in , shortly after it had been played at Carnegie Hall , when Johnny Barfield recorded "Boogie Woogie".

The trickle of what was initially called hillbilly boogie, or okie boogie later to be renamed country boogie , became a flood beginning in late One notable release from this period was The Delmore Brothers ' "Freight Train Boogie", considered to be part of the combined evolution of country music and blues towards rockabilly.

The hillbilly boogie period lasted into the s and remains one of many subgenres of country into the 21st century. Gospel music , too, remained a popular component of bluegrass and other sorts of country music. Red Foley , the biggest country star following World War II, had one of the first million-selling gospel hits " Peace in the Valley " and also sang boogie, blues and rockabilly.

In the post-war period, country music was called "folk" in the trades, and "hillbilly" within the industry. Another type of stripped down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, bass, dobro or steel guitar and later drums became popular, especially among poor whites in Texas and Oklahoma. It became known as honky tonk and had its roots in Western swing and the ranchera music of Mexico and the border states, particularly Texas, together with the blues of the American South.

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys personified this music which has been described as "a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, a little bit of black and a little bit of white Williams' influence in particular would prove to be enormous, inspiring many of the pioneers of rock and roll, [51] such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis , as well as Chuck Berry and Ike Turner , while providing a framework for emerging honky tonk talents like George Jones.

Webb Pierce was the top-charting country artist of the s, with 13 of his singles spending weeks at number one. He charted 48 singles during the decade; 31 reached the top ten and 26 reached the top four. Western music, influenced by the cowboy ballads and Tejano music rhythms of the southwestern U.

In , the first all-country radio station was established in Lubbock, Texas. The main concern was politics: Only a handful of folk artists, such as Burl Ives , John Denver and Canadian musician Gordon Lightfoot , would cross over into country music after the folk revival died out.

During the mids a new style of country music became popular, eventually to be referred to as rockabilly. The music of the s and s targeted the American working class, and truckers in particular. As country radio became more popular, trucking songs like the hit song Six Days on the Road by Dave Dudley began to make up their own subgenre of country.

These revamped songs sought to portray American truckers as a "new folk hero", marking a significant shift in sound from earlier country music. The song was written by actual truckers and contained numerous references to the trucker culture of the time like "ICC" for Interstate Commerce Commission and "little white pills" as a reference to amphetamines.

Rockabilly was most popular with country fans in the s, and could be called the year of rockabilly in country music. Rockabilly was an early form of rock and roll , an upbeat combination of blues and country music. The program showcased top stars including several rockabilly artists, some from the Ozarks.

As Webb Pierce put it in , "Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to sell country music in a place like New York City. Nowadays, television takes us everywhere, and country music records and sheet music sell as well in large cities as anywhere else. Beginning in the mids, and reaching its peak during the early s, the Nashville sound turned country music into a multimillion-dollar industry centered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Under the direction of producers such as Chet Atkins , Paul Cohen , Owen Bradley , Bob Ferguson , and later Billy Sherrill , the sound brought country music to a diverse audience and helped revive country as it emerged from a commercially fallow period. Instrumental soloing was de-emphasized in favor of trademark "licks". The "slip note" piano style of session musician Floyd Cramer was an important component of this style. The Nashville Sound collapsed in mainstream popularity in , a victim of both the British Invasion and the deaths of Reeves and Cline in separate airplane crashes.

By the mids, the genre had developed into countrypolitan. Countrypolitan was aimed straight at mainstream markets, and it sold well throughout the later s into the early s. Despite the appeal of the Nashville sound, many traditional country artists emerged during this period and dominated the genre: In , Ray Charles surprised the pop world by turning his attention to country and western music, topping the charts and rating number three for the year on Billboard's pop chart [60] with the " I Can't Stop Loving You " single, and recording the landmark album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.

It relied on electric instruments and amplification, in particular the Telecaster electric guitar, more than other subgenres of country of the era, and can be described as having a sharp, hard, driving, no-frills, edgy flavor—hard guitars and honky-tonk harmonies. Ken Nelson , who had produced Owens and Haggard and Rose Maddox became interested in the trucking song subgenre following the success of Six Days on the Road and asked Red Simpson to record an album of trucking songs. Haggard's White Line Fever was also part of the trucking subgenre.

By the late s, Western music, in particular the cowboy ballad, was in decline. Relegated to the "country and Western" genre by marketing agencies, popular Western recording stars released albums to only moderate success.

The latter was largely limited to Buck Owens , Merle Haggard , and a few other bands. However the cowboy ballad and honky-tonk music would be resurrected and reinterpreted in the s with the growth in popularity of "outlaw country" music from Texas and Oklahoma. Derived from the traditional Western and honky tonk musical styles of the late s and s, including Ray Price whose band, the "Cherokee Cowboys", included Willie Nelson and Roger Miller and mixed with the anger of an alienated subculture of the nation during the period, outlaw country revolutionized the genre of country music.

Waylon and I had that outlaw image going, and when it caught on at colleges and we started selling records, we were O. The whole outlaw thing, it had nothing to do with the music, it was something that got written in an article, and the young people said, 'Well, that's pretty cool.

It was encapsulated in the album Wanted! One stream of outlaw country music which emerged as subgenre in its own right was termed " Red Dirt music. Country pop or soft pop, with roots in the countrypolitan sound, folk music, and soft rock , is a subgenre that first emerged in the s.

Although the term first referred to country music songs and artists that crossed over to top 40 radio, country pop acts are now more likely to cross over to adult contemporary music. In response George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Jean Shepard and other traditional Nashville country artists dissatisfied with the new trend formed the short-lived "Association of Country Entertainers" in ; the ACE soon unraveled in the wake of Jones and Wynette's bitter divorce and Shepard's realization that most others in the industry lacked her passion for the movement.

During the mids, Dolly Parton , a successful mainstream country artist since the late s, mounted a high-profile campaign to cross over to pop music, culminating in her hit " Here You Come Again ", which topped the U.

Parton's male counterpart, Kenny Rogers , came from the opposite direction, aiming his music at the country charts, after a successful career in pop, rock and folk music with The First Edition , achieving success the same year with " Lucille ", which topped the country charts and reached No.

Parton and Rogers would both continue to have success on both country and pop charts simultaneously, well into the s. Artists like Crystal Gayle , Ronnie Milsap and Barbara Mandrell would also find success on the pop charts with their records. In , author Paul Hemphill stated in the Saturday Evening Post , "Country music isn't really country anymore; it is a hybrid of nearly every form of popular music in America. During the early s, country artists continued to see their records perform well on the pop charts.

Willie Nelson and Juice Newton each had two songs in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot in the early eighties: Nelson charted " Always on My Mind " No. Four country songs topped the Billboard Hot in the s: Newton's "Queen of Hearts" almost reached No.

Country rock is a genre that started in the s but became prominent in the s. The Eagles would become the most successful of these country rock acts, and their compilation album Their Greatest Hits — remains the second best-selling album of all time in the US with 29 million copies sold.

Described by AllMusic as the "father of country-rock", [74] Gram Parsons' work in the early s was acclaimed for its purity and for his appreciation for aspects of traditional country music. Subsequent to the initial blending of the two polar opposite genres, other offspring soon resulted, including Southern rock , heartland rock and in more recent years, alternative country.

In , a style of "neocountry disco music" was popularized by the film Urban Cowboy , [76] which also included more traditional songs such as " The Devil Went Down to Georgia " by the Charlie Daniels Band. As with most sudden trends, however, by sales had dropped below figures. Truck driving country music is a genre of country music [78] and is a fusion of honky-tonk , country rock and the Bakersfield sound.

During the mids, a group of new artists began to emerge who rejected the more polished country-pop sound that had been prominent on radio and the charts, in favor of more, traditional, "back-to-basics" production. Many of the artists during the latter half of the s drew on traditional honky-tonk, bluegrass, folk and western swing.

Beginning in , a confluence of events brought an unprecedented commercial boom to country music. The arrival of exceptionally talented artists coincided with new marketing strategies to engage fans, technology that more accurately tracked the popularity of country music, and a political and economic climate that focused attention on the genre.

Garth Brooks "Friends in Low Places" in particular attracted fans with his fusion of neotraditionalist country and stadium rock. Other artists such as Brooks and Dunn "Boot Scootin' Boogie" also combined conventional country with slick, rock elements, while Lorrie Morgan , Mary Chapin Carpenter , and Kathy Mattea updated neotraditionalist styles. Country music was aided by the U.

Federal Communications Commission 's FCC Docket 80—90, which led to a significant expansion of FM radio in the s by adding numerous higher-fidelity FM signals to rural and suburban areas.

At this point, country music was mainly heard on rural AM radio stations; the expansion of FM was particularly helpful to country music, which migrated to FM from the AM band as AM became overcome by talk radio the country music stations that stayed on AM developed the classic country format for the AM audience.

At the same time, beautiful music stations already in rural areas began abandoning the format leading to its effective demise to adopt country music as well.

This wider availability of country music led to producers seeking to polish their product for a wider audience. In , Billboard , which had published a country music chart since the s, changed the methodology it used to compile the chart: In the s, country music became a worldwide phenomenon thanks to Garth Brooks , [84] [85] [86] who enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the decade.

Toby Keith began his career as a more pop-oriented country singer in the s, evolving into an outlaw persona in the late s with Pull My Chain and its follow-up, Unleashed. Their debut album Wide Open Spaces went on to become certified 12x platinum while their album Fly went on to become 10x platinum.

After their third album, Home , was released in , the band made political news in part because of lead singer Natalie Maines 's comments disparaging then-President George W. Bush while the band was overseas Maines stated that she and her bandmates were ashamed to be from the same state as Bush, who had just commenced the Iraq War a few days prior. The comments caused a rift between the band and the country music scene, and the band's fourth and most recent album, 's Taking the Long Way , took a more rock-oriented direction; the album was commercially successful overall but largely ignored among country audiences [ citation needed ].

After Taking the Long Way , the band broke up for a decade with two of its members continuing as the Court Yard Hounds before embarking on a reunion tour in Shania Twain became the best selling female country artist of the decade. This was primarily due to the success of her breakthrough sophomore album, The Woman in Me , which was certified 12x platinum sold over 20 million copies worldwide and its follow up, 's Come On Over , which was certified 20x platinum and sold over 40 million copies.

The album became a major worldwide phenomenon and became one of the world's best selling albums of , and ; it also went on to become the best selling country album of all time. Unlike the majority of her contemporaries, Twain enjoyed large international success that had been seen by very few country artists, before or after her.

Critics have noted that Twain enjoyed much of her success due to breaking free of traditional country stereotypes and for incorporating elements of rock and pop into her music. In , she released her successful fourth studio album, titled Up!

Twain has been credited with breaking international boundaries for country music, as well as inspiring many country artists to incorporate different genres into their music in order to attract a wider audience.

She is also credited with changing the way in which many female country performers would market themselves, as unlike many before her she used fashion and her sex appeal to get rid of the stereotypical ' honky-tonk ' image the majority of country singers had in order to distinguish herself from many female country artists of the time.

In the early-mids, country western music was influenced by the popularity of line dancing. This influence was so great that Chet Atkins was quoted as saying, "The music has gotten pretty bad, I think. It's all that damn line dancing. In contrast, artists such as Don Williams and George Jones who had more or less had consistent chart success through the s and s suddenly had their fortunes fall rapidly around when the new chart rules took effect.

Country influences combined with Punk rock and alternative rock to forge the " cowpunk " scene in Southern California during the s, which included bands such as The Long Ryders , Lone Justice and The Beat Farmers , as well as the established punk group X , whose music had begun to include country and rockabilly influences.

Artists from outside California who were associated with early alternative country included singer-songwriters such as Lucinda Williams , Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle , the Nashville country rock band Jason and the Scorchers and the British post-punk band The Mekons. Earle, in particular, was noted for his popularity with both country and college rock audiences: He promoted his debut album Guitar Town with a tour that saw him open for both country singer Dwight Yoakam and alternative rock band The Replacements.

These early styles had coalesced into a genre by the time the Illinois group Uncle Tupelo released their influential debut album No Depression in Wilco and Son Volt. Although Wilco's sound had moved away from country and towards indie rock by the time they released their critically acclaimed album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in , they have continued to be an influence on later alt-country artists.

In the s, the alt-country genre saw an increase in its critical and commercial popularity, owing to the success of artists such as The Civil Wars , Chris Stapleton , Sturgill Simpson , Jason Isbell , Lydia Loveless and Margo Price. The sixth generation of the country continued the crossover between country and pop music. Richard Marx crossed over with his Days in Avalon album, which features five country songs and several singers and musicians.

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