AZ AG Begins Criminal Action Against Soros Funded Sec. of State

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, on Tuesday, delegated his powers to enforce criminal action against the George Soros puppet Secretary of State.

Katie Hobbs illegally shut down the state’s online candidate petition portal preventing certain groups and individuals from filing candidacies.

The Attorney General sent the following letter to County Attorney Brian McIntyre:

Hobbs was warned by Brnovich for months, but she continued with her blatant elections law violation.

Hobbs was one of the far-left radical beneficiaries of the George Soros “Secretary of State Project,” the American non-profit, progressive 527 political action committee. They focused on electing “reform-minded progressive” Secretaries of State in battleground states, who typically oversee the election process. The Project was funded by Soros and members of the Democracy Alliance. 

The original intent in 2006 was to protect Obama by having control of secretary of state offices in five key states — Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio. The initiative expanded and is a major reason President Trump is not in the White House today.

Among some of the Secretary of State offices who benefited by this Soros group are Michigan’s Jocelyn Benson, Colorado’s Jenna Griswold, and Pennsylvania’s Katherine Bookvar:

Note the date of Soro’s puppet’s tweet. President Trump had barely been in office.

On January 18, 2022 Hobbs received an official notice from Brnovich that cited Arizona law: “a public officer upon whom a duty is imposed by Title 16, who knowingly fails or refuses to perform that duty in the manner prescribed by law or knowingly acts in violation of any provision of such law, is guilty of either a class 6 felony or class 3 misdemeanor. A.R.S. §§ 16-1009, -1010.”

According to state law, “the secretary of state shall provide a system for qualified electors to sign a nomination petition … for [candidates for statewide and legislative offices] by way of a secure internet portal.”

The Attorney General is required to enforce the provisions of Title 16 through civil and criminal actions in any election for members of the legislature.

A.R.S. § 16-1021.

Knowing she faced jail time, Hobbs sued Brnovich requesting injunctive relief. A judge denied her request for protection if she elected to break the law.

Hobbs, in violation of state law, proceeded with her voter disenfranchisement and closed the online petition portal for certain candidates.

Only candidates for statewide office, like herself, are currently able to use the online petition portal.

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Social Media Ridicules Mike Pence as Old GOP Tries to Pump Him Up

When President Donald J. Trump won the nomination, and later the presidency, in 2016, the business-as-usual Republican Party was partially crippled.

They placed Mitch McConnell in as their Legislative Branch leader to help shore up what was left of their RINOS, lobbying interests and scratching each others backs endeavors. Among the best kept secrets of the Deep State was having their White House mole, Mike Pence in position as Vice President.

Despite GOP attempts to keep Pence in the limelight, patriotic Americans of all persuasions haven’t been too kind. Here is a sampling of some of the most popular memes ridiculing him.

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A Bias For Action: Procrastination is a Personal Pitfall

Read This Now, Not Later

For a number of years I taught a class called “A Bias For Action” to literally thousands of employees in classrooms, meetings and one-on-one.

It was important to make certain we had “shared expectations” and “working definitions” immediately. Hard as it might be to admit it, we sometimes put off the tough stuff in our lives and especially our job.

Some leaders would avoid confronting a direct report who isn’t performing within the new work environment. Others had a tendency to postpone projects that would test their self-confidence, abilities, comfort zone or patience. But procrastination is a leadership pitfall. Causing stress and anxiety, it sticks with you like glue until you’ve addressed it. So tackle the tough stuff first, and you’ll immediately eliminate undue stress, build your abilities, raise your comfort level, and boost self-confidence, too.

Here are some points to keep in mind:

Procrastination is the enemy. 

According to “Psychology Today,” 20% of people are chronic procrastinators. They avoid challenging tasks or addressing big issues, even seeking out opportunities for distraction.

So, what’s the big deal? Procrastination is negative and always has consequences — some direct, some indirect. These negative implications can be tangible, like a missed deadline, and intangible, such as irritability from losing sleep over an issue. It’s an enemy that affects you, your team and your company’s potential to succeed.

Addressing challenges is often easier than you think. 

Taking the first step is the hardest part, but things often go smoother after that. The classic example is when you’ve needed to address a performance issue with a direct report and been a bit worried over doing so. Then when you go to talk about it, the person is surprisingly receptive, rather than reactive, and your anxiety melts away. You think, “Why didn’t I do that sooner?” You’ve freed up your emotional and mental currency, the problem is addressed, and now you’re able to get back to and really focus on your main job.

Dealing with “it” leads to greater productivity.

Some people claim that they work better under pressure and actually use that clichéd excuse to avoid a project, problem or person. But this mindset’s repercussions can prevent and destroy productivity.

For example, maybe you’ve put off fixing some software bug because it would test your patience and take too much time. Yet the crippled system slows the daily performance of your direct reports — and then stops altogether when it crashes one day. Everyone (most notably you) now suffers big consequences. You must do (in panic mode) what you previously put off, plus repair and pay for more serious damage that’s now been done. No doubt, fixing the problem in the first place could have lessened or prevented the blow, yet one common reason people procrastinate “dealing with it” is simply because they don’t know how or where to start.

Begin by putting some ideas down on paper and then build a specific, deadline-oriented plan for tackling that tough stuff…and there will be A LOT during this time. Doing so will help you create the accountability and steps necessary for your goal achievement. And it will also help prevent further procrastination, so you can drive, rather than dodge, that critical, ever-productive change.

 6 Strategies ASAP To Keep Procrastination At Bay:

🔹Start on the day before day one. Your strategy to avoid workplace procrastination should start before your employee’s first day. Start with clear and accurate job description matched up to accurately qualified candidates, then analyze the next steps of your hiring process.

By recruiting and hiring employees that possess the right skills for the jobs at hand, you’ll get off to a good foundation in your quest to avoid procrastination pitfalls. Incorporate checkpoints in your interview questions, reference check process and in your interview testing process to look for signs that your potential new-hire has a procrastination track record.

Clarify goals and expectations. Now that you’ve done your best to hire the right employee for the right role, it’s quintessential that you set them up for success with a strong start. By communicating company-wide (as well as departmental) goals clearly and defining the expectations of the specific role, you’ll alleviate gray areas that could lead to workplace procrastination.

Make communication a two-way street. As business owners try to avoid workplace procrastination and correct it when it occurs, opening the communication lines with employees can be the greatest way to drill down on the causes. Create multiple communication vehicles to help employees communicate with management regarding issues that could lead to and improve upon workplace procrastination. This communication strategy can consist of surveys, anonymous comments boxes and push notifications via mobile app or intranet tools.

Train, train and retrain. Bake procrastination avoidance strategies into your training program for all employees. Be sure to train managers on ways to spot, address and avoid workplace procrastination issues among their teams.

Work on your company culture. A team of motivated, engaged employees feels connected to the company mission at a deeper level and less prone to procrastination. Company culture can be the edge your business operations needs to keep procrastination and all its repercussions at bay. Creating a strong culture may consist of employee recognition programs, career development opportunities as well as work life balance considerations.

🔹Trust but verify. It’s important to place trust in your team and trust your hunches regarding your business, but the importance of measurement can’t be discounted. By setting up systems to measure deadlines, productivity and detect dips before they have detrimental impacts, you will gain real visibility into your business operations. Using this data, you can avoid workplace procrastination as well as be able to quantifiably reward the positive efforts of your team.

Letting procrastination run rampant in your workplace can cost your business customers, impact your bottom line and create a negative culture. If you make smart hiring decisions, set your team up for success and measurement performance, however, you’ll be able to avoid the complications that workplace procrastination can bring.

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What are These Giant Mississippi River Barges Doing in the Middle of a Farm?

Last night I received a curious email from Dave W. of South Dakota:

Before all else, I eminently took the bait to find out how a large barge about the length of Noah’s Ark would be stranded on a farm in Olive Branch, Illinois.

As the mighty Mississippi River snakes around Dogtooth Bend at the southern tip of Illinois, certain curved segments of the riverbank take the brunt of the river’s erosive power.

This especially occurs in Alexander County, where farmers and other hard working residents experienced major floods 21 times between 1844 and 2016. The Len Small Levee, named after the 26th governor of Illinois, was built in 1927 and expanded in 1969 to span the bend in the river and “deflect high velocity floodwaters” away from agricultural land.

Sherry Pecord, owner of the nearby Horseshoe Bar and Grill in Olive Branch, wasn’t prepared for the flood of 2019.

It was July, the monstrous river flowed back out of the hole in the levee and caused six giant barges to relocate via another raging flood.

One of the barges settled in the field just off Miller City Road in rural Alexander County, near the southern tip of Illinois.

“They just floated right on over and took out a utility pole and an irrigation rig and landed in the field right behind my house,” Pecord said.

Pecord and her husband, Sean, grow corn and soybeans acreage near the bend. They’ve been through floods before, but the couple never dreamed barges would land in their fields causing them to plow around them for years.

“I don’t even see them anymore,” she said. “They’ve just become part of the landscape, and I really don’t pay any attention to them anymore.”

These two barges remain stranded in a southern Illinois farmer’s field nearly two years after they were sucked through a hole in the Len Small Levee during high-water event on the Mississippi River. (Photo by Shelley Byrne)
These two barges remain stranded in a southern Illinois farmer’s field after they were sucked through a hole in the Len Small Levee during a 2019 massive flood on the Mississippi River.

The Pecord’s experiences with the floods began in 2011, when a massive storm of thunderous water caused an initial break in the levee. Although officials repaired it, that break also led to a government buyout offer for the surrounding land. Several neighbors took the buyouts. Sean, a third-generation farmer, elected to stay put in the home he built back in 1985.

On New Year’s Day of 2016, the Mississippi River overwhelmed the Len Small Levee again.

“It went over the top and just broke it down,” Pecord said. “It put a 3/4-mile gap in the levee right in front of our house. Over the years, the river has just been eating that away, and it’s probably a good mile now.”

In the 2019 flood, the water remained high enough that the Pecords boated to and from home for 137 days. The restaurant remained closed for seven weeks during that time because it was inaccessible to customers.

The barges floated in on July 3 that year. The day after the Fourth of July holiday, the barges’ owner, Hines Furlong Line Inc., sent representatives to take a look.

“They were going to try to move them and get them back across the road and out to the river,” Pecord said. “Well, the river dropped about that time, and they couldn’t get them back across. 

“In the next year and a half, they were trying to figure it out,” she continued. “First they were going to come in and put air bags underneath them and walk them across the road and maybe leave them on the other side and wait for the river to come back up. It’s a given the water is going to come back up because we have a mile-long breach in our levee. I don’t know what happened to that thought process, but that never happened.”

“Planting season comes and goes, and they’re sitting in the middle of my father-in-law’s field,” Pecord said. So he began charging the barge company rent for each day the barges were in his field.

Negotiations began, resulting in a settlement of Hines Furlong selling the barges to Mr. Pecord.

Two red bars mark the barges.

Map of Dogtooth Bend and surrounding area. (Kenneth Olsen, Impacts of 2011 Len Small levee breach on private and public Illinois lands. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, July/August 2013)

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Bob Saget Death Investigation Photos Released

Hours before he was found dead, Bob Saget released this last selfie:

When Saget arrived back in front of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, he handed his rental car keys over and posed for a selfie with valet worker Orlando Nunez, 21.

Last photo of Saget with Nunez.

Orange County, Florida police investigators don’t believe the late comedian’s head injuries were caused by slipping in the shower of his $800 a night hotel room that night.

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022 photos from a forensic investigation at Saget’s Ritz-Carlton suite #962 were released. Police were looking for evidence of a blow from a hard surface or corner that would have likely broken the skin and left a more distinctive injury.

Although no such tissue or matter was found, the final police report suggests Saget, 65, died from a strike on the head on the floor, bed headboard or some other hard surface in the early hours of January 9.

Bed in Room 962, Jan. 9, 2022

“Our purpose was to locate specific places or items in the room that could have caused the trauma found on autopsy,” the final investigation report stated. “The countertops, tables, nightstands, and other hard furniture in the room all had sharply defined edges and corners and were thought to be unlikely due to the fact that they would have lacerated the skin.”

Saget’s night stand showing his iPhone, iPad, glasses, AirPods, Chapstick and more are shown.

Only one cup appears to have been used in the barely touched mini-bar.

Saget had driven himself back from a stand-up performance two hours away in Jacksonville before handing over the keys to his Chevrolet Impala and walking into the Ritz-Carlton at 2:13am.

“The counters in the bathroom and the shower stall were ruled out for the same reason,” the investigation report continued. “Most of the chairs and couches were thickly upholstered and were too soft to have caused the type and extent of injury Mr. Saget suffered. As mentioned earlier, most of the suite was carpeted. The headboard of the bed was lightly padded and set slightly out from the wall.”

Shower inside Bob Saget’s Florida hotel suite is pictured in crime scene photos taken immediately after his death.

The door to room 962 was latched from the inside and there was no sign of struggle, nothing was damaged and no trace of blood on his sheets or bedding, the report indicated.

“These are listed here as possible mechanisms of injury, but nothing was located in the room that allows for a definitive conclusion,” the report said.

Police saw, via CCTV security camera, Saget walking “purposely across the lobby” before entering his room at 2:17am. When he failed to check out later that day security entered his suite at 3:53pm and found Saget slumped dead in his bed with swelling and small bruises in the corner of his left eye.

The internal door to the adjoining room, 961, was found unlocked but staff established that nobody had been inside it while Saget was there.

Ritz-Carlton Orlando

The hotel parking valet said he “didn’t see any injuries, he didn’t seem hurt, he wasn’t slurring his words – he was exactly as I remembered while watching him on the TV as a child. I was in awe.’

Nunez and Saget chatted warmly for several minutes about the pandemic, their families and their home state of California before they huddled for a photo on his cell phone.

“He said he’d just driven back from Jacksonville but he didn’t seem tired at all, it was like he had just stepped off stage,” Nunez recalled.

“We talked about Covid and he made a joke about how there are so many strains now they are giving them sorority names,” he continued. “If anything I was very cautious about the picture as I wanted to be polite and respectful. But he said get in here, c’mon.”

“I’ve met a few celebrities who barely say a word but Bob was the most genuine, approachable guy. When I heard what had happened the next day I was devastated.”

This diagram shows all the injuries sustained by Saget, resulting in his death from a brain bleed

Saget’s death stunned his fans and concerned his distraught wife Kelly Rizzo who indicated her husband was the happiest he had ever been and was in great health.

Experts also ruled out drugs or alcohol as the cause, attributing the beloved funnyman’s death to ‘blunt force injuries to the head’ including various abrasions to the scalp and fractures to the base of the skull.

Saget was on the road for his ‘I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour’ tour when he died.

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Gov. Abbott Visits Medina Lake Area Fires

North of Medina Lake, Saturday

Prepare Now as More Evacuations are Possible

Governor Greg Abbott is currently meeting with local emergency crews and fire fighters in Medina and Bandera Counties in lieu of significant fires in the region that remain under Red Flag Alert.

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd tells us the Lone Star State has been experiencing many grassfires due to lack of rain, low humidity and gusty winds.

Abbott and Kidd

At least a dozen counties are currently under disaster declarations, with more expected by Gov. Abbott after his visit to the Medina Lake area today.

Fire officials are warning nearby residents to remain aware of fire development and be prepared to leave quickly if they receive an evacuation order.

As of 3 p.m. (CST), a large brush fire south of Medina Lake more than doubled in size since Saturday. It is now up to 1,062 acres (30% contained) fire officials report.

Medina County officials are monitoring to determine if more evacuations will be necessary Sunday evening and Monday.

Report at noon on Sunday.

“It’s always a good idea in these situations to have a ‘bugout bag’ prepared and in the car or near the exit of each home,” Kidd advised.

“Be sure to preplan your escape routes to leave early as possible as it is far safer than to be slowed down or trapped due to others evacuating at the last minute.”

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for this weekend with shelters provided for residents near the area. 

The fire began Friday night and has continued into Sunday. Fire crews will maintain their operations overnight to bring the blaze under control. 

People are advised to remain clear of the area. Smoke will likely remain visible from San Antonio and can directly impact the air quality near Medina Lake, Bandera, Pipe Creek, Boerne, Comfort, Medina, Centerpoint, Camp Verde and Kerrville. 

Immediate Areas of Fire Management concern:

  • East of County Road 271
  • West of the Medina River 
  • South of F.M. 1283 
  • County Roads 2651 and 2652
  • The town of Mico

Shelters are available at the following locations:

  • Loma Alta Middle School (266 County Road 381 South) 
  • Fire station on FM 1957  
  • Circle K at the corner of FM471 and 211

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Whiteboard Lesson Guy’s Greatest Hits

The character, Jim Halpert, is played by John Krasinki from America’s television comedy sitcom, The Office. In his now popular meme, Jim points to a whiteboard and then smiles.

On November 10th, 2008, the episode of The Office entitled “Baby Shower” Jim charts how his boss Michael might be related to another character’s baby.

He says, “Jan is about to have a baby with a sperm donor. And Michael is preparing for the birth of a watermelon with Dwight. Now, this baby will be related to Michael through delusion.”

On March 16th, 2016, Tumblr account the-office-daily posted a two-panel screenshot from the scene. The post received more than 3,700 notes in less than four years 

On April 17th, 2016, Buzzfeed used an edited version of the image that reads “How compatible with Jim Halpert are you?”

Several years later, on August 27th, 2019, Imgur user fluffypancakes shared an edited variation that reads “Government is necessary because people left unchecked will do evil. The government is composed of people left unchecked.”

The post received more than 114,000 views and 4,400 points in less than one year.

Here are some of the top rated Whiteboard Lesson Guy’s memes:

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Communication Concerns of Those Who Wear Masks

Communication

  • Slurred speech,
  • Acoustic filtering of speech, making speech sound softer, mumbled, muffled, or otherwise harder to hear,
  • Filter and dull acoustic communication,
  • Limit facial recognition,
  • Positive emotions become less recognizable,
  • Suppression of emotional signals,
  • Erase positive effects of smiles and laughter,
  • Increase the likelihood of misunderstanding,
  • Block emotional signaling,
  • Disrupt human communication, both verbal and non-verbal,
  • Negative emotions are amplified,
  • Reduction of comprehension of outward emotional displays,
  • Reduction in empathy perception,
  • Disrupt social interaction,
  • Disruption of doctor-patient relationship,
  • Bonding between teachers and learners is reduced,
  • Interference with pedagogy,
  • Increased alienation of the deaf and hard of hearing,
  • Increased stress upon the hearing impaired,
  • Increased stress upon the mentally impaired,
  • Reduced social cohesion,
  • Reduced group cohesion,
  • Increased stress-related illnesses,
  • Hinders a baby’s acquisition of speech and language,
  • Increased feelings of isolation,
  • Social withdrawal,
  • Increased peer pressure encouraging the wearing of a face mask beyond the recognition of harmful symptoms,
  • Provokes excessively loud speech,
  • Triggering new voice disorders,
  • Increased risk of voice disorder,
  • Compromise of the pressure gradients required for undisturbed speech,
  • Increased aerosol production during speech, which leads to increased spread of pathogens,

In his book Face Masks Hurt Kids, Lou Rockwell indicates some issues of wearing mask can be minor. Some issues are major. 

“The broad takeaway from this list for me is that there is no longer any way to say that a face mask is safe for any man, woman, or child to wear,” Rockwell wrote. “Masks are least safe for anyone frail such as the sick, the elderly, and children to wear.”

“There is no excuse to let a person force a mask on your child, not just to get through the door, not because I’m in a hurry, not to avoid an uncomfortable conversation, not just to visit grandma, and certainly not just to get through the day at school. Allowing such behavior is negligent and needs to be stopped. We need to have the hard conversations that stop it. We cannot keep avoiding the issue: people in authority demand the right to place this unquestionably harmful medical device on our children and on others.”

If we cannot summon the will and the wherewithal to stand up for the children in our lives, we have little hope of standing up for the rest of society.

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Biden Economy Continues to Infuriate Americans

Over half of voters believe ‘Bidenflation” could be intentional

A University of Michigan survey of consumer sentiment revealed Friday that inflation is considerably depressing America’s confidence in the economy. The specific blame is on Joe Biden’s administration and big government policy makers.

About one-third of the country’s households expect their financial condition to worsen over the next year due to rising prices, now deemed “Bidenflation.”

This is now the largest share of costs in historical records going back to the 1940s.

Shockingly, now only 16 percent of Americans say they trust Biden has the right policies to deal with the problems. Despite mainstream media narratives, people are feeling the inflation personally in their own pocketbooks. This is certainly a strong sign of the continuing loss of confidence in the Fed and the Biden administration.

The state of economy is so bad that now over 54 percent of voters believe these failed policies could be a combination of being intentional and/or incompetence. This is detrimental to fighting inflation harder because so much of inflation depends upon psychology and expectations.

This is not good for Democrats and RINOS during mid-term elections.

What is becoming obviously normal with the Biden economy is the administration’s and corporate media failure rate on predicting employment measures. Next week we will get another declining readout on this months’ jobs numbers.

The market is expecting a drop down to a still-extremely high 450,000 from February’s astronomical 678,000. Some forecasters are predicting figures surpassing last month’s horrorific readout of high jobless claims.

The best we can hope for at this point is some indication of employment growth in the regional Fed surveys. Better labor market figures might entice those who want to work to roll up their sleeves and come off the sidelines. This could possibly help prevent wages from exploding too high. Any numbers higher than consensus, however, is likely to increase anxiety about a wage-price inflation spiral.

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Clever Journeys in San Antonio and Texas Hill Country

A trip to San Antonio, the “Alamo City” isn’t just about the destination. The true beauty of this region can be found in the journey through and around it. Rolling hills, natural springs, meandering rivers and, come springtime, the beauty includes vibrantly painted landscapes of wildflowers up and down the highways and backroads.

As you head northwest west toward Boerne, Kerrville and  Fredericksburg, you’ll begin to see the landscape open up before you, with rolling tree-covered hills, exposed limestone cliffs and an array of colorful wildflowers.

In this area, known as the Hill Country, you’ll also find Johnson City, home to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Here you can tour the family ranch and view artifacts such as his boyhood home and first school. This is also the final resting place of LBJ, our 36th president.

Johnson City is also the heart of the Hill Country wine region. Why not take a detour and sample some of the best wineries in Texas on the 290 Wine Trail? Ab Astris Winery and Kuhlman Cellars are a couple of our favorites.

In the quaint town of Fredericksburg, you’ll want to visit two unique museums: the National Museum of the Pacific War, dedicated to those who served in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and the Pioneer Museum, honoring the lives of the early German settlers of this region.

Heading back south toward San Antonio, a worthwhile scenic route offers serene Hill Country views through wildflower-lined back roads.

Look for Luckenbach. It’s a stretch to call it a town, but for country music fans, it’s a mecca. It was made famous in the ’70s by outlaw country musicians like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. You can still regularly catch country acts performing on the outdoor stage.

Continue on the backroads south around Canyon Lake on your way toward New Braunfels. Just outside the city, stop at Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall, Gruene Hall.

Families will love a stop at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, but check their schedule online as they’re open seasonally. Families will also love exploring the vast caves at Natural Bridge Caverns and the exotic animals at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch about 20 minutes west of New Braunfels.

Back in San Antonio. The Alamo is the Spanish mission made famous as a battle site in the war for Texas independence. But it is just one of five historic Spanish missions in San Antonio that make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other four comprise the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. All five offer an incredible look back at the history and culture that still influence this proud city.

Just 10 minutes north of downtown, you will find the revitalized historic Pearl district. This area used to be the home of the Pearl Brewery. Today, you can walk the Pearl to explore trendy shops, delicious dining and even a weekend farmers market. Nearby is Brackenridge Park, Witte Muesum, Children’s DoSeum, Japanese Tea Garden and San Antonio Zoo.

Dating back to 1919 – and receiving major updates throughout the years – the Japanese Tea Garden features a lush year-round garden and a floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi. The garden’s entrance is punctuated by a moon gate created by a Mexican artist renowned for crafting wood-look concrete sculptures. Free admission.

When mean it when we say the River Walk is a must to experience. One of the nations’—most famous attractions is the vibrant River Walk. Restaurants and shops line the banks of the San Antonio River, which you can explore on foot or take a boat tour on one of the colorful river barges.

Sightseeing, shopping, food, and fun. All on this world-renowned 15-mile urban waterway. The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a San Antonio treasure and the largest urban ecosystem in the nation.

Tucked quietly below street level and only steps away from the Alamo, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city. Explore by foot along the river’s walking path or jump aboard a river barge for a ride and guided tour. In the heart of downtown, explore nearby attractions like the Alamo, the King William Historic District and more. Or, shop local favorites along the river’s Museum Reach at the historic Pearl.

A good way to see downtown is by catching a ride with City Sightseeing San Antonio’s double-decker buses for tours and curbside drop-off to many of thw downtown attractions and landmarks.

If you missed the rodeo and February, be sure to end the night at Tejas Rodeo Company, where they hold live rodeos every Saturday night from March – November. You can also eat like a Texan at Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon and enjoy fun, and entertainment for all. 

If you are staying downtown, don’t miss Mi Tierra Café and Panaderia is the perfect place for a traditional Tex-Mex breakfast, with everything from huevos rancheros to breakfast tacos.  Schilo’s has been serving German-Texan fare since 1917 and is the oldest restaurant in San Antonio.  You can’t go wrong when you order the Pioneer pancakes or biscuits. In the mood for some schnitzel and homemade root beer? Check Schilo’s out for lunch. 

From this are you can take a walk through La Villita Historic Arts Village, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. Today La Villita is a cultural hub, home to local artisans, shops and restaurants. Walk down the river to the Briscoe Western Art Museum for stories of the cowboy, the vaquero, Native Americans and the western landscape. 

San Antonio also features theme park giants- Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio.

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These Vintage Trailer Transformations Will Leave You Smiling

We love to travel and especially enjoy roadtrips across America. Since we’ve been married in 2019, the two of us–along with Mr. Beefy, our “King of the Hill Country” canine–have been to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Maryland.

We also enjoyed Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia…and we’ve just started.

Both of us have peculiar little quirks of interests, individually and those we share: museums, historical sites, camping, amusement parks, birdwatching, theater, concerts and roadside attractions.

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One in particular is viewing restored pieces of history, especially trains, planes and automobiles. When it comes to restoring things from the past, such as an antique or junk someone left behind, there’s plenty of room to let the imagination run wild.

Being Baby Boomers, it’s not so hard to enjoy seeing what others have done by restoring vintage travel trailers. We hope these make you smile.

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138K Ballots Were Trafficked in Wisconsin 2020 Election

4.8 Million Nationwide

True the Vote, the trustworthy organization dedicated to nonpartisan support of free and fair elections, estimates that at least 7% of all mail in ballots–4.8 million nationwide–were trafficked during the 2020 election. About 138,000 were trafficked in Wisconsin.

“This was an organized crime that was perpetrated on Americans,” Gregg Phillips told citizens gathered at a Wisconsin Assembly hearing this month.

Catherine Engelbrecht and Phillips  of True the Vote presented testimony about their investigation into ballot trafficking in Wisconsin’s 2020 election.

This “was not the most secure election ever,” Engelbrecht began. “It was quite possibly one of the least.”

“Following the money,” Phillips said True the Vote uncovered a “nationwide grift around voting” in which not-for-profits orchestrated paid ballot collection, ballot preparation, and harvested ballot delivery operations.

True the Vote purchased 10 trillion of cell signals in Arizona, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin, Detroit, Michigan, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In Wisconsin, the group looked at 1.1 trillion signals (representing 421K unique devices, 20TB of data) during the period from 10/1 – 11/8, which encompassed several weeks before early voting began on 10/20.

🔹They built a pre-election “pattern of life” to help identify the ballot trafficking mules. 

🔹The team then narrowed down the surveillance to individuals that visited at least 5 NGO offices and 26 drop boxes during the early voting period (a pattern that was contrary to their previous daily activity);

🔹138 people in Milwaukee, Racine, and Green Bay fit “mule” profile.

🔹These mules made 3,568 visits to drop boxes during the 2020 election.

🔹Philips noted that 14 of these traffickers also participated in one or more of the violent riots in Wisconsin in 2020.

“We’ve watched the mass mail-out of paper ballots to highly inaccurate voter records,” Englebrecht noted. “The harried installation of by-mail absentee ballot drop boxes, privately funded by billionaire tech magnates.”

“And the hundreds of legislative changes, lawsuits, consent decrees, all that fundamentally altered election processes,” she continued. “And all of this came together in 2020 under the fog of COVID. It’s hard not to look at the confluence of events and come away with any conclusion other than that it was planned.”

True the Vote “formed a working hypothesis, in part, from informant testimonies across the country,” Engelbrecht explained. “It went something like this: If non-profit groups, being funded by CTCL and others, were going to exploit weaknesses in our election process, then the exploitation would likely involve mail ballots (which are notoriously insecure) and the newly introduced and highly unregulated absentee ballot drop boxes.”

Wisconsin Elections Commission did not follow through with its stated commitment to election guidelines for drop box security. Open records requests confirmed that there was no drop box surveillance video available for review in any municipality in Wisconsin except Brown Deer. This caused True the Vote to shift to the commercially available cell phone data.

The group used cutting edge “geo-fence” technology able to track cell phones within “a few inches.” To put the sophistication of the technology into perspective, Phillips quoted Georgetown law professor Paul Ohm, who said, “DNA is the only thing harder to anonymize than precise geolocation data.” 

There are 5 key components to the ballot trafficking hypothesis, Philips summarized:

1. inaccurate voter rolls,

2. mass mail ballots,

3. Non Government Organizations (NGOs),

4. privately funded drop boxes,

5. money.

During the Question and Answering session, Phillips mentioned that while they have the names of the 5 NGOs and 138 individuals, they are unable to release that information due to an active legal investigation.

Engelbrecht concluded by reiterating that ballot boxes, mass mail-in ballots, and in particular “dirty voter rolls are the gateway to fraud” in our elections. They must be eliminated and the penalties for cheating must be severe, she said.

Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, gained public integrity recognition by taking on the IRS and winning an important court victory.

“There is power in speaking out,” says Engelbrecht. “There’s power in telling the truth boldly … even if it means that you have to say some uncomfortable things to agencies, institutes, or individuals that wield extreme power. And that was the case with the IRS.”

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