What is the Texas GOP up to, anyway?

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And for that matter, the Texas Dems?  I think they are both bringing a pause to their redistricting, exploit-the-Hispanic-vote gerrymandering initiatives to change the rules about how delegates from local areas to the state GOP convention are selected, considering this is a crucial element of the Ron Paul campaign strategy.  I’m still trying to decipher this gobledygook but for sure, the TX GOP primary will not be until at least May 29th and aside from a couple of exceptions, the usual precinct-level delegate election process is being abandoned in favor of county/district conventions.  The reason why I keep bringing this up is that whenever I ask “do you-all know what’s going on with the state primary” to RP and liberty activists, they are like, uh no?

As the Lone Star Watchdog notes, Texas is Ron Paul country and is going to be the tipping point for this primary cycle due to the massive amount of delegates available.  The sensation it will generate will be impossible for the mainstream media to suppress or ignore and will be when the tide turns.

Update: didn’t realize they are posting these on their website  check out the last few updates to see how this has developed.  Maybe I’m being overly suspicious but that doesn’t detract from the fact that Texas Ron Paul supporters need to keep an eagle eye on the Texas GOP especially considering all the voting shenanigans in the Maine and Iowa caucuses already this year.

Emergency SREC Meeting Update
Rules Passed Unanimously

On Wednesday, February 29th, an extraordinary emergency meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee was convened in Austin, TX. The purpose of the meeting was to consider adopting new rules in accordance with the San Antonio three-judge federal panel’s instructions to propose a new way to pick delegates to the State Convention so as to allow for a May 29th or June 26th statewide primary date. As we previously reported, both the state Republican and Democratic parties reported to the Court that it would be impossible to comply with the current procedure for selecting delegates to state conventions and also to hold state conventions the first weekend of June. Both parties also told the Court that it was impossible to move the state conventions because of the necessity of lining up convention facilities and hotel rooms well in advance of the convention date.

Click here to see a list of rules changes passed by the SREC

The biggest problem facing both parties is the fact that precinct conventions (according to the Election Code) are to be held within five days of the primary election. Previous to yesterday’s meeting, virtually all precinct conventions were held on the day of the primary election utilizing existing voter locations to hold caucuses. Since a primary needs to be held a couple of months before a state convention in order to have enough time to hold precinct conventions, county/district conventions and to allow for the process of credentialing, the scheduling of a May 29th primary made it impossible to hold precinct conventions at the same time as the primary. Consequently (and as reported previously), the State Republican Executive Committee, County Chairmen, and the RPT Officials Committee received input from Republican activists statewide and formulated a new plan to pick delegates.

The original plans were to move directly to county/district conventions without precinct conventions at all. This is the solution that the Texas Democratic Party has come up with and is the preferred solution for the majority of Republican county parties with whom we have consulted. However, since the Tarrant County and Travis County Republican Parties requested that an option be given to hold precinct conventions, the rules were modified to allow county party executive committees the option of attempting to hold precinct conventions in a manner to be determined by their executive committee. The original requirement was a 2/3 vote of the executive committee to approve this action, however, since Tarrant County GOP leadership wished to hold precinct conventions and have at least the option of holding them within their precinct as opposed to having all precincts at one location, as an accommodation to Tarrant County – the proposal was modified to reduce the requirement of 2/3 of the executive committee to 1/2. In the absence of executive committee action, county parties will proceed immediately to a county/district convention. Tarrant County leadership had requested that in the absence of executive committee action, that the default position be to move immediately to precinct conventions. However, since they were the only county out of 254 that requested this, the proposal was not changed. Nevertheless, Tarrant County does have the option (as do other counties) under the proposed rule of scheduling precinct conventions as they see fit.

During Wednesday’s emergency SREC meeting, the Chair recognized RPT Assistant General Counsel and Senate District 21 Committeeman Eric Opiela for the purpose of making a motion to adopt the proposed rules. After a second, the Chair then had Mr. Opiela, Rules Committee Chairman Dan Pickens and Rules Committee member Clint Moore and Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker (all of whom had given input into the new rules), come to the podium and answer every question that was asked by SREC members concerning the implications of the new rules. Once the questions were answered, the Chair then opened the floor to debate on the new rules. This led to the introduction of a half-dozen amendments to the rules. A few were housekeeping amendments dealing with clarifications and typographical errors, however, there were several significant amendments that were proposed. Consequently, the Chair allowed roughly a 30 minute recess so that all the proposed amendments could be copied, distributed to and reviewed by the SREC members. Amendments were also posted on four digital projectors in the meeting room so that every SREC member could be fully aware of what they were voting on.

The first significant amendment to be debated was one proposed by SREC member Tom Washington, and presented by SREC member Jason Moore. This amendment unbound the delegates to the RNC National Convention after the first ballot. This amendment passed overwhelmingly. This will make Texas a much bigger player on the national stage in the event that there is a brokered convention in Tampa, FL this August, as we have the second largest delegation with 155 delegates and all of the delegates will be up for grabs on the second ballot.

There was also an amendment to the proposed rules that transferred the responsibility of assigning delegates’ first-ballot votes to specific Presidential candidates based on the percentage of the statewide vote total, from the State Chairman to the Nominations Committee at the State Convention. This rules change was made as a result of Tarrant County Republican activist Bill Eastland pointing out that an argument could be made that delegates could not be bound unless there is action by the State Convention or the SREC.

An amendment was put forth by SREC member David Bellow to modify the manner in which we pick National Convention delegates to increase the delegate allocation to a Presidential candidate who does the best in particular Congressional districts. This amendment was voted down not because it was without merit, but because there was concern that since the Party had just obtained Department of Justice approval to change to a proportional system, that the Party may not get approval from the DOJ of its rules switching back. Additionally, some SREC members such as Don Zimmerman of Travis County reported that their constituents preferred a proportional system over a winner take all. Also, it was pointed out that Party rules would then not be in compliance with Republican National Committee rules in 2016 if we have a March Primary that year. The proposed rules as adopted, keep in effect the previously enacted, strictly proportional delegate allocation system.

There also was an amendment to remove the option of holding precinct conventions from counties and to require only county/district conventions. This amendment failed.

Once the debate on individual amendments had concluded, which took roughly three hours, the question was called to vote up or down on the proposed rules. The proposed rules, as amended, were passed unanimously.

Chairman Steve Munisteri stated after the meeting, “I applaud the State Republican Executive Committee for the countless hours they have spent obtaining feedback from party activists and party leadership, and for thoroughly reviewing all possible options during the last two weeks. I am especially appreciative of the professional and civil tone of the debate concerning the rules, and for the unified and unanimous action of the SREC. These rules are by no means perfect. But they are in the opinion of myself and the SREC, the best of many bad alternatives. That is why I think it is very important that our Party be unified in moving forward to meet the unprecedented challenge our Party faces of preparing for the largest State Convention ever, in the shortest period of time, with a completely new set of untried rules. I would like to give a special ‘Thank You’ to Assistant General Counsel Eric Opiela, Rules Committee Chairman Dan Pickens, Rules Committeeman Clint Moore and National Committeeman Bill Crocker who all put in overtime drafting very complicated and lengthy rules on an expedited basis.”

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Heart doctor admits that dietary fat is crucial

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Dr. Dwight Lundell, MD, a very experienced heart surgeon, explains that the mainstream medical opinion that reducing fat consumption reduces heart disease risk is not only incorrect, it is more damaging than what used to be considered normal fat intake:

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

This  article is a wonderful explanation of glycemic load and its consequences.  Of course, medical mavericks like Dr. Sears and Dr. Atkins have been talking about this for decades but of course they get marginalized as fad-diet quacks.

This week especially, I have felt vindicated for the opinions and methods I’ve spoken of and practiced.  It seems that the medicine mafia is finally admitting that the 2 best things one can do for one’s health are a balanced, low-carb diet and walking regularly.

I love that video not only for its unique use of visual aids via whiteboard, but its simple truth.  I think one thing that is glossed over is that one does not need to train like a triathlete to be in good shape and in fact it’s a bad idea in the long run for health because it’s unnecessary wear and tear on the body.  I hear and read stories all the time about marathon runners and such keeling over suddenly from over-exertion.  It’s a waste of time and most people aren’t naturally that active.  For  those that are, more power to them.  I for one am just fine walking 30 minutes to 1 hour a day, with the occasional sudden but brief cardio workout – there’s increasing evidence that short bursts of intense cardio exertion yield more results than long sustained periods of them.

2 others that have a lifetime of proof behind them from just simply walking are Dr. Ron Paul, M.D. :

“…in the morning I like to get outside … I like to walk not on an exercycle but outside, about 3 or 4 miles, and it takes about an hour or so to do that”

and centenarian Bernando LaPallo :

“This August, 2012, Bernando LaPallo will turn 111 years of age, and he still has no problem walking at least a mile daily and receiving phone calls from people all around the world who want to hear how he’s done it, and how to make their own lives better.”

Back to the fat thing – not only is fat consumption good, it is required and particularly essential fatty acids (EFA) which the body cannot manufacture on its own.  These are primarily the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which apparently should be consumed within a certain range of ratios for optimum processing.  2 great examples of EFA sources that provide those 2 in good ratios are hemp (e.g. seeds, oil from the seeds, protein powder made from the seeds) and flax (e.g. flaxseed, flaxseed oil).  Fish oil, either extracted or consumed from whole fish like salmon, are more traditional sources for this.  Due to irradiation of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima incident, the use of toxic chemicals to break down oil released in the BP Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico and the pervasive existence of mercury in fish, I’m increasingly reluctant to even consume saltwater fish any more.

Pharmacist Ben Fuchs, whose radio show “Bright Side Ben” I listen to regularly in the morning, is very bullish on proper EFA supplementation and also agrees that carb reduction and high protein intake are key to ideal health and giving your body the best environment to heal and maintain itself.  He agrees that the mainstream concept of treating the symptom with pharmaceuticals rather than treating the underlying cause, which almost always is poor nutrition and lifestyle, is false and misleading.

One interesting viewpoint Fuchs has is that digestion requires energy (and of course time for selection, gathering and preparation i.e. shopping and cooking) and strongly suggests substituting the nutrition itself directly through vitamin and mineral supplementation.  This results in the body getting the nutrients it needs but still requiring raw calories to convert into glucose to burn as fuel, turns to its own fat stores.  This restricted calorie approach I’ve read about to some extent as there are lots of experiments showing that calorie restriction results in extended lifetime, which makes a lot of sense to me.  Once one consumes sufficient EFAs, as long as there is fat to burn, hunger is abated.  Hunger cravings, he postulates, are simply the body’s craving for essential nutrients, ranging from sodium, zinc, selenium, magnesium and EFAs.  He points out regularly that EFAs especially are so crucial because they are required for building cells and without them, the body resorts to less viable sources to convert into the required building blocks and the end result are maladies of all kinds ranging from eczema, psoriasis, chronic dry skin and so on.  Of course, the blood-sugar seesaw that results from high-carb, low-protein and low-fat consumption results in even worse problems like early-onset diabetes and the combination of lack of essential nutrients and blood sugar abuse results in the kind of mysterious widespread diagnosis of various cancers and degenerative diseases in otherwise healthy people.

I admittedly love to eat tasty food but it’s difficult to eat tasty food on a constrained time and money budget.  People with productive, active lifestyles just don’t have time to hit the farmer’s market daily and cook 3 or 4 meals with a variety of ingredients unless they are affluent enough to have their own chef and/or some kind of organic, non-GMO delivery service.  So, I’m experimenting with the Fuchs approach of just going straight to the nutrients since it makes a lot of sense and fits into my busy schedule.

It is very exciting to see these trends emerging!

tl;dr summary:  walk an hour a day, eat a small meal 3-4 times a day of good quality protein, carbs and fat – 2 fists of carbs to 1 fist of protein with a tablespoon or so of hempseed, flaxseed or olive oil, and use nutritional supplements with “meal replacement” protein powders like hemp and whey  when pressed for time.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Bam!