Monday, November 2, 2009

Governor Rick Perry in Beaumont tonight

Governor Rick Perry was in Beaumont tonight. He talked about the importance of being a strong conservative, especially right now with what the nation is facing. He was pretty impressive when he talked about how Texas, under his leadership, is doing pretty good right now when most other states are in the tank. I do not know if he is for sure the guy for another term, but I can tell you that Hutchinson is for sure not the person for the job because she supports Roe vs. Wade and I can never support a candidate who supports abortion.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Voter Guide for Tuesday Nov. 3rd Texas Election voting Recommendations

Proposition 1: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the financing, including through tax increment financing, of the acquisition by municipalities and counties of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to a military installation for the prevention of encroachment or for the construction of roadways, utilities, or other infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the military installation."
Recommended Vote: No
Reasoning: The language of this amendment is so vague that it will allow cities and counties to enlarge infrastructure, increase the use of eminent domain, and thus elevate property taxes under the laudable excuse of helping military bases. Municipalities already have the right to use eminent domain, but this amendment would authorize them to finance an expanded use of that power. While the stated purpose of this amendment is laudable, the potential for abuse and misuse is too great.

Proposition 2: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the ad valorem taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property's value as a residence homestead."
Recommended Vote: Yes
Reasoning: Currently, residential property is taxed on its "highest and best use," thus allowing excessive property taxation by taxing residential property as if it were commercial property. According to the Texas House Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform, "appraisal values increased from 200-400% in one year as a result of the 'highest and best use' standard." This amendment helps provide a limit on property tax appraisal hikes by ensuring that residential homes are appraised at a residential rather than a commercial value.

Proposition 3: "The constitutional amendment providing for uniform standards and procedures for the appraisal of property for ad valorem tax purposes."
Recommended Vote: Yes
This amendment provides for equal treatment among Texans, ensuring that property tax appraisals will be calculated by uniform standards and methods, thus reducing bias and manipulation in appraisals. Local decision-making on this tax issue will be eliminated by this amendment, but on this issue, equal treatment of all citizens under the law is a more fundamental and compelling principle than that of local controls.

Proposition 4: "The constitutional amendment establishing the national research university fund to enable emerging research universities in this state to achieve national prominence as major research universities and transferring the balance of the higher education fund to the national research university fund."
Recommended Vote: No
This amendment will increase spending on non-essential government services at a time when the economy is poor and there is a likelihood of a deficit in the coming legislative session. This is the wrong time for increased spending on non-essential governmental services; current educational resources should be focused on student education rather than research expansion. Furthermore, free enterprise already provides extensive and productive private research whereas government funded research often results in questionable projects and endeavors that would never withstand free-market scrutiny or competition.

Proposition 5: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to authorize a single board of equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that elect to provide for consolidated equalizations.
Recommended Vote: Yes
This amendment will help reduce government duplication and redundancy. Since rural counties with small populations often have a limited pool of qualified persons to serve on appraisal review boards, this consolidation will make it more likely that review boards will be staffed with competent and qualified personnel.

Proposition 6: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the Veterans' Land Board to issue general obligation bonds in amounts equal to or less than amounts previously authorized."
Recommended Vote: No strong recommendation; weak NO
The Veterans' Land Board (composed of both elected and appointed officials) has been one government agency with a record of efficient operation. Currently, the Board must seek legislative approval every two years in order to issue low risk bonds, but this amendment will eliminate that bi-annual requirement. Based on the positive record of this Board, this amendment might possibly increase government operating efficiency. But on the other hand, for a board to seek a bi-annual legislative approval helps ensure accountability and maintains checks and balances, therefore remaining a sound principle of governance.

Proposition 7: "The constitutional amendment to allow an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices."
Recommended Vote: Yes
From the time of the Founding Fathers, state elected officials have been allowed to serve in state militaries (e.g., Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry). While this practice is not permitted on the federal level (the Constitution separates the civil authority from the military authority, and federal law reinforces that separation of power), it has been traditional at the state level. This amendment will permit Texas civil officials who wish to do so to also serve in the Texas State Guard.

Proposition 8: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the state to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans hospitals in this state."
Recommended Vote: No
Veterans hospitals and veterans benefits are services provided by the national military and are under the direct supervision of the national Congress (a fact made clear by George Washington in his letter resigning from the Continental Army at the end of the American Revolution). While there is currently a proper resistance to federal intrusion into state powers, the issue of veterans is one that constitutionally should be maintained at the federal rather than the state level. Veterans do need excellent services and facilities, but it is the responsibility of the federal and not the state governments to provide the necessary excellence in this area. Opposing this amendment preserves the constitutional separation of powers between the federal and the state levels.

Proposition 9: "The constitutional amendment to protect the right of the public, individually and collectively, to access and use the public beaches bordering the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico."
Recommended Vote: No
Constitutionally requiring that there must be public access to these beaches infringes the private property rights of those owning property along those beaches. The Open Beaches Act of 1959 already provides protections for easements along those beaches. This is an expansion of government power that infringes on private property rights.

Proposition 10: "The constitutional amendment to provide that elected members of the governing boards of emergency services districts may serve terms not to exceed four years."
Recommended Vote: No
Currently, Emergency Service Districts have great powers, including the power to levy taxes, and board members serve two year terms. Lengthening these terms would reduce public oversight over these board members and their extensive powers. These board members should be as accountable to voters as are members of the Texas and the U. S. House of Representatives and therefore should face elections every two rather than every four years.

Proposition 11: "The constitutional amendment to prohibit the taking, damaging, or destroying of private property for public use unless the action is for the ownership, use, and enjoyment of the property by the State, a political subdivision of the State, the public at large, or entities granted the power of eminent domain under law or for the elimination of urban blight on a particular parcel of property, but not for certain economic development or enhancement of tax revenue purposes, and to limit the legislature's authority to grant the power of eminent domain to an entity."
Recommended Vote: Yes
In 2005, the U. S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision wrongly allowed cities to depart from the tradition exercise of eminent domain for "public use" (i.e., to obtain private property for the construction of schools, bridges, roads, etc.) and instead to apply an expansive "public purpose" measurement whereby cities could seize private property and turn it over to economic developers who would generate increased tax revenue for cities. However, the Supreme Court did note that state legislatures could limit this power by defining "public use"; this amendment properly narrows the definition, thereby better protecting private property rights.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hardin County Flooding Possible

Hey Everyone, my unit has called me up for a few days of active duty because they are expecting lots of localized flooding here in East Texas. If you live in an area that tends to flood with lots of heavy rain then be careful and keep an eye on the weather so we don't have to come in and save you from the high water!

David Bellow

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hardin County Republican Meeting

There will be a Republican Meeting for everyone in Hardin County on Sept. 22nd, 2009. The meeting will start at 6:30 and will be at the Cleveco Building on Hwy. 69 in Lumberton in between Walton rd. and Chance Cutoff. our State Senator Robert Nichols and our State Representative Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton will both be there. We will start to really get in gear for next year's elections when we will start to take our Country back by first getting out local Conservative Republicans elected.

Thank you Sue Cleveland and the Hardin County Republican Women for helping get this meeting together!!

9/11 - Never Forget!

September 11 – Never Forget

2,977 People died when terrorist attacked us on our American soil

Do you think it is just a coincidence that we were attacked by terrorist every few years before 9/11/01 (USS Cole, World Trade Center Bombing) but since 9/11 we have not been attacked again? Do you think they have not tried? America was diligent after 9/11 in protecting ourselves from terrorist by going out and defeating terrorists on their own soil. Has our current president forgotten that fateful day? Obama no longer calls it the war on terror and now it is an overseas contingency. We have can no longer question terrorists for important information, which has proven to have stopped terrorists attacks already, because they now get U.S. constitutional rights as if they were an American. The terrorists we have detained are getting sent to U.S. prisons right in our backyard (with many getting released already) because the President believes it is “politically incorrect” to have a prison just for the terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.

We must always stay diligent, we can never forget our troops fighting overseas to defeat terrorists on their soil before the terrorists can come here (there are many soldiers getting deployed to Iraq later this year from the National Guard Unit I am in so local soldiers are still fighting), we must never forget the 2,977 lives that were lost on that fateful day.

We must NEVER FORGET 9/11

David Bellow

LISD not showing Obama Speech

Due to the overwhelming response from parents, the Lumberton School District decided to cancel the showing of the Obama Speech on all campuses.

IMPORTANT - tell LUMBERTON Schools not to Show Obama Speech

Lumberton ISD allowing Liberal President Obama to indoctrine Lumberton kids on Tuesday!!

Click on the link below to EMAIL the SCHOOL BOARD and ask them not to take the kids away from class time to show them Obama's Speech on Tuesday, Sept. 8th.

Kids should learn about the president and the role of the president and past presidents, but the classroom should not be a place where vunerable kids are told by the president what policies are good and how the kids can help.

Among the activities initially suggested for pre-K to 6th grade students was to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president."
Another assignment for students after hearing the speech was to discuss what "the president wants us to do."

You might think this is drastic asking you to email the school board about a simple video getting shown to the students on Tuesday, but we have to start taking a stand. Obama is pushing his liberal, socialist agenda down our throuts and the people are fighting back and going to town hall meetings and tea parties. The president is losing ground so he is trying to take the fight to the kids who will believe anything. Again, there is nothing wrong with the kids learning about the presidnets and even the current president, but it is wrong for the current president to create assignments for our kids to do to get the kids to help the president on these important issues.

All you have to go is CLICK ON THE LINK below and it will take you straight to the SCHOOL BOARD contact form and you can send them a quick message asking them not to show the Obama Speech on Tuesday.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lumberton Residents Protest Obama Policies in Arizona

I am up in Arizona for the week visiting my mom. She is doing some cancer treatments up here. Anyways, it was just my luck that Obama would be coming to town. Obama came to Arizona State University for a speech. Well, we could not pass up an opportunity to show Obama what us average Americans think about the job he is doing. So I had a sign that said "10 trillion dollars in 100 days" and my mom had a sign that said "abortion is murder". There were thousands of people who passed us and we got mostly positive comments.

The icing on the top of the cake of course was When Obama showed up. The motorcycle police liked my sign and were talking with me and they told me what street to stand on so Obama would see my sign. So my mom and I stood there and sure enough Obama's car passed right by us and he was looking out the window I know he had to see our signs because there were just not many people who were there with signs. It was awesome!

Speaking of other people who were there. There were some guys there with signs to "free leonard" and there were some planned parenthood girls there (I call them the pink panthers because they wear all pink) who would have thought I would be meeting the pink panthers and the black panthers all within about a week, haha. There were people with anti abortion signs. There were some people saying 9/11 was an inside job. There were some peple passing out cds with a video of obama's lies. And lastly there was some strange guy playing a drum and a girl in a costume waving an american flag.

A cool moment was when my mom pulled out a picture of her 10 kids and went up to the pink panthers and asked them which one of her kids she should have killed. Which one of her kids she should have decided would not be living today. They were speechless. I mean, what can you say to that? They then tried to say it was her choice and she didn't have to abort any of them if she didnt want to but she had the choice to. I will say that the pink panthers were fairly nice and did not get upset when asked a good question like that and stayed civil. I guess they are used to people asking them about murdering babies though.

I was also a little surprised at the number of people who had no idea what I meant by 10 trillion dollars in 100 days. They had no idea how big the national debt was getting or how much obama was spending. Apathy will be the end of America.

Check out the pictures!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Lumberton Black Panther Rally Update:

The American Flags that Lumberton Community Network put in front of Police Station Looked Great!!
Everyone was very grateful for the free water in the hot afternoon.
In the midst of all the negative aspects of what happened today, we wanted to show a positive, caring side to our city and just be kind because we really should not argue back and forth about what happened until the autopsy and the investigation are both complete. Well it worked. Both sides of the issue came to get water and told us thank for praying for them (both the LaDay Family and the Police Officers) and I believe we showed a very good side of Lumberton today.

We hope this is resolved very quickly and I believe the investigation will reveal that it was all just a tragic accident.

David Bellow

Quanell X

Prayer and Free Water Booth

Flags in Front of Police Station

Water Booth Again

Saturday, May 2, 2009

NO PROTEST against Black Panthers ON MONDAY!! Instead we will… EXTEND OUR KINDNESS AND BE NICE TO THEM (read explanation below)

Kindness and Caring Rally from 11AM – 1PM on Monday in front of Public Library

I have received literally dozens of emails with ya’lls advice of what you think we should do on Monday when the Black Panthers come (thanks for the input).

On one hand there seems to be a consensus that we cannot do any kind of protest because no matter what we do, it is going to get twisted around as us against them and black against white. That is exactly what they want. They want it to turn into a black against white confrontation.

On the other hand, there is a feeling that we have to do something to show that we have a good city with good people because if the black panthers are the only ones that get the news time then it is guaranteed to be all bad press for Lumberton because we did not offer anything else.

So the dilemma…. How in the world do we do something that supports our city and makes us look good and at the same time not at all getting confrontational or even giving the slightest hint that we are there to protest the panthers.

Well, the answer is we show up in front of the public library right next to the police station and we do not hold signs or say anything at all. We simply have a big banner that welcomes anyone to our community and we have little flyers that offer our prayers and deepest sympathy for the family who just lost a son and we offer prayers and our deepest sympathy for the officers who are going through a tough time now and we give everyone water and cookies and we, through our actions, show them that we are a caring community with no racial tensions. Think about it. We could hold signs and things get ugly and we are twisted around to look bad…. But what if we were just nice and offered water and cookies to everyone there and welcomed them to our community and welcomed them to see for themselves that we have nothing against them and welcomed the investigation results (knowing it will exonerate the police officers of course) If we were just nice like that there is NO WAY they can twist it around to look bad and they might even leave here with a good impression about how nice we were to them even though they expected and wanted us to get upset with them.

Trust me, I am all about standing up and going toe to toe with anyone and everyone if that is what is needed. But that is not needed here and in fact that would be probably the wrong thing to do in this situation. I think we send out a stronger and more powerful message by not saying anything and just welcoming them and being nice to them. We will show them we are a kind, caring community, because the fact is we are a kind, caring community.

So how about it. We show up a little off to the side away from any confrontation and we bring a big banner that extends kindness and give them water and cookies and offer our prayers and sympathies for both the black side and white side.

So 11am we can start showing up in front of the public library and bring water and cookies and bring your smiles and we will show them who we are with our kindness and show the media what Lumberton is all about instead of allowing them to twist our town into a racist, hate filled community.

Contact me if you want to help out because I will need it! I think this can be a very good thing!

If you don’t want anything to do with any of this, I totally understand and that is just fine!!:-)

No Children! And if you do not think you can stay smiling and be nice even when they start screaming is is probably best if you don't come. And there will be no arguing or debating of any kind. Only offers of prayers for both the man who died and the officers who are involved. And of course expressing a speedy investigation and autopsy results to clear all this up quickly.

David Bellow

Friday, May 1, 2009

New Black Panthers and Quanell X plan Rally in Lumberton on Monday at noon at the Police Station to protest what they believe to be a racist beating.

I am sure everyone has seen the news already. A black man died in Lumberton after a struggle with the police and it is already labeled as racist profiling. First off, I think this death, just as any, is tragic and I feel sorry for the family and it should be investigated to find out the cause of death and if there was any wrong doing other than a struggle with someone trying to resist arrest. If the facts show there is something wrong then you have something to protest about. But until the autopsy, there is no evidence of racial profiling or excessive force. A man with a history of drugs and resisting arrest crashed his car and fought back when the police tried to give him a field sobriety test. He was tased and went unconscious after he was put in handcuffs and died. It is tragic and I feel sorry for the family because of their loss and it should be looked into to make sure everything was handled correctly. But before we even have an autopsy (which I believe will show he died of something other than getting "beaten") there is absolutely no justification to say it was racial profiling or even excessive force. I believe the LPD would have done the same thing to anyone of any race or color based on the situation.

So the big question is.... should we show up an do a counter protest to point out the fact that it has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with a guy who crashed his car and was resisting arrest and tragically died.... or should we just sit back and watch them do their thing?

Give me your input!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hardin County - May 2009 Election Info

Cities and School Districts all over Hardin County have already started going to the polls to vote. So get out there and make your voice heard! And remember, getting our country back to its conservative roots of less taxing and spending and less government control starts here locally. So get involved and get informed and vote conservative!


City of Kountze
Early voting
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through May 4, City Hall, 1025 N. Pine.
Ballot items
Place 4: Geary "Sonny" Overstreet, 39, USPS route carrier; Lawrence Brown (I), 60, industrial hygienist

City of Lumberton
Early voting
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through May 2, Lumberton school district administration building, 121 S. Main; exceptions, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 and 5, same location.
Ballot items
Mayor: Don Surratt (I), 69, DuPont retiree; Gene Stewart, 46, ExxonMobil systems engineer

Kountze ISD
Early voting
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, school district administration office, 110 Vaughn St.
Ballot items
Place 4: Cody Williford (I), 31, Daniels Construction project manager; Wayland Whisenhant, 35, Modern EPC business development manager
Place 5: Donna Moody (I), 56, Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church Southeast Texas District administrative assistant; Lloyd James, 59, , Richard Construction vice president.

Lumberton ISD
Early voting
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through May 2, Lumberton school district administration building, 121 S. Main; exceptions, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 and 5, same location.
Ballot items
Place 1: Bill Nelson, 79, retired; Jace Retherford, 20, ranch hand; Jeff Rhea, 43, Gulf Credit Union chief financial officer and vice president
Place 3: James Glenn, 47, engineering manager; Gene Pickering (I), 49, safety professional
Place 4: Julie Walker (I), 45, business owner; Raymond Jones, 57, retired

Hardin-Jefferson ISD
Early voting
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through May 5, school district administration offices, 520 W. Herring, Sour Lake; or 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., China Elementary School, 717 N. Broadway, China.
Ballot items
Place 1: Michelle Yentzen, (I), 47, Sour Lake, attorney; Joel A. Luna, 52, Kountze, control valve technician

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party was AWESOME!! Let's keep it going!!

The Southeast Texas Tea Party in Beaumont on Tax Day was awesome! There was a huge crowd and we made a big statement! But we cannot stop here. We have to take this momentum and move forward. We need to have some Southeast Texas Conservative Conferences in the future to really hammer out what we can do here locally and in the upcoming elections. Contact me with any ideas!

Here is a Picture of me with Congressman Ted Poe from the Tea Party (He did a great speech!!)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Southeast Texas Tea Party April 15th, 2009

If you’re against:
A trillion dollars of new social welfare programs That’s on top of the $8 trillion that’s already been spent
Widespread wealth redistribution Taking from those who work and giving to those who won’t
Passing an unconscionable debt to future generations Spending money we do not have on programs that can wait
America becoming a cradle-to-grave welfare state That’s exactly what’s happening
.....And More.....Join us
When: April 15, 2009 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Walden Road Post Office Walden Road @ I-10 Beaumont, TX
Please join us on April 15th!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

State Rep. Mike Hamilton and Governor Rick Perry Promoting Conservative Principles

Our Conservative State Representative Mike Hamilton has joined many other Republican State Reps to introduce a bill to allow more gun rights. Go Mike Hamilton!

Our Governor Rick Perry is standing on Conservative principles by denying the federal unemployment stimulus money because the federal government is not just "giving" us this money and the liberal Obama administration will only allow you to have this money if you agree to vastly expand social programs. The money we would have recieved from the stimulus money would have not been enough to pay for the added expenses down the road due to the expansion of social program payouts and we, the residents of Texas, would be footing the much larger bill Texas would have down the road.

Southeast Texas Conservative Conference??

I think Southeast Texas would greatly benefit from a Conservative Conference. We could take a saturday in the next year and bring all of the conservative groups together to talk about The issues facing our state in Nation. We could bring in people like our conservative Republican Congressman Kevin Brady or our conservative Governor Rick Perry or other conservative figures like former conservative Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tacredo or Up and Coming conservative Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock. The options are unlimited and many great conservative leaders could be brought down here for a fairly cheap fee, which could be paid for by a raising a few thousand bucks. I am looking into this conference and if anyone would like to get involved please let me know. Contact me, David Bellow:

If you do not know who some of the conservative people I mentioned above, below are some pictures of these people to refresh your memory.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hardin County Republican Meetings

The Hardin County Republicans will start to meet at a regular time and place so we can come together and discuss the issues and plan for the future. I will post the meeting time and dates as soon as the new dates become available. I hope to see you there!

Peter Morrison Conservative Report

Lumberton Resident Peter Morrison has a great conservative newsletter that he writes every week to let people know about up to date Texas Conservative news. Check it out here:

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Welcome to the Conservative Movement

It is great to be part of what is happening in Hardin County. We are all mostly conservative here in Hardin County and it is about time we come together and start to rally our local community and get out there and elect good Conservative Republicans to lead locally and nationally. Stay tuned for upcoming events, the latest news, and local conservative campaign updates.