We Galvestonians are a special breed of Texan.

There is something about the fiber of people who live on a barrier island that sets them apart.

We have a reputation for being a friendly bunch who happily interact with tourists everyday.

So, upon seeing the news that Susan Criss will be sharing an office with a group called Battleground Texas, which is run by out-of-state campaign operatives of President Barack Obama, I think it would only be fitting to offer a bit of advice to these tourists running Criss’ campaign.

Unlike your boss — President Obama — Texans don’t like government trying to control our lives.

We don’t need more government interference and higher taxes, we need less.

States where you’ve won before — Illinois, Michigan and California — are going bankrupt, and citizens are paying exorbitantly high taxes and getting corrupt services in return. Their economies are in shambles.

Meanwhile, here in Texas, we are enjoying sustained economic growth and individual liberty as we continue our pursuit of happiness.  

If you are here to try to change us to something akin to the aforementioned disaster areas, save your energy for some outdoor sports on the beach.

Keep Texas leading the nation to prosperity. Vote Republican and enjoy our piece of paradise.

Tom Perry

Galveston

(48) comments

Robert Young

Vote Republican? For more of what? They had the say on border security for 7 years after 911, Bush and the republican congress did not do a damn thing about immigration either..look around..Fact is Republicans left Obama a mess and he too has not done much with it..but he did end the Iraq war, good! I could care less about them mid-evil boneheads killing each other. The reason our local economy has done well is our oil refining business ! Quit being like Judge Henry and the local republican party trying to take party credit for the progress around here. The hard working citizens are the ones that deserve the credit. The Judge wasted a million dollars on the phony redistricting for the party of course. He spent that million taxpayer dollars with his republican attorney friends in Harris county. They wasted more money on 20% self raises and contracts given to friends again.. The Republican party of Galveston county is no more conservative than Obama. King Henry's party has only invited friends and family. Wake up you blind zombie! You a big republican telling us how republican you are and how great the party is..I swear you folks ignore the facts regardless of what they are and ya chirp, chirp, chirp here in the GDN just like a little crosseyed parakeet..

If Mark Henry and Ken clark said Polly wants a cracker. Well it's Polly wants a cracker! You little local sheep are fixing to get sheered again..Just like 2010.

Carlos Ponce

".....but he did end the Iraq war". Really, justaman? Obama's premature withdrawal of troops from Iraq has led to a DISASTER leading to the deaths of Muslims, Kurds,Christians, the destruction of archeological sites, etc. And now that the "war is over" he is ordering air strikes over Iraq (which I agree with) and has inserted 775 American troops back into Iraq. What I don't understand is his constant rhetoric that there will be "no boots on the ground". What are they wearing, ballet slippers? I don't say "Vote Republican". I say "Vote Conservative". Not ALL Republicans are Conservative.

Paula Flinn

Going to war in Iraq (the second time) was the DISASTER! Saddam Hussein may have been a bad leader, but he was in complete control of his people, and under his dictatorship there was no Al Qaeda or Taliban in Iraq. There were museums and archaeological structures in Iraq still at that time.

And where was the Kuwaiti military to help us? Oh, they did not have a military. All of their "youngsters" fled the country and were in the bars spending their money in other Arab countries, while our soldiers fought and died to bring "democracy" to Iraq. And the oil from Iraq we would get from their oil wells, was going to be more than enough to pay for us to be in the war. Yeah, right!

How did that scenario Bush, Rice, Rummy, Baker, Powell, & Cheney repeated work out for them and us?

Miss Priss

I have no problem voting Republican. I do have a problem voting for idiots.

The republican candidate is one and folks you are about to find out just how big an idiot the republican candidate is too.

I also have a big problem with yet another insurance salesman who has a reputation of not staying on top of his business. I mean look at the issues with Larry Taylor on TWIA .... The obstruction of justice claims in league city going his direction, etc.

I hope Susan Criss can pull it off for the sake of this area.

Robert Young

Carlos, There has been war in that sh---ole for thousands of years.. you will never solve a fanatic's problem..The whole sand pit aint' worth one US soldier..They are all friggen nuts..!!! Let the dead bury the dead. Bring the christians out and send the missles in! And to send our sons to fight for them American hating bastards? not mine!

Carlos Ponce

So explain why President Obama has sent 775 troops to Iraq and yet is claiming to putting "no boots on the ground"? I say let's fully fund Israel, give no money to any group led by terrorists. The Bible tells us the eventual winner.

Dwight Burns

Way not fully fund America first? There are plenty of Cities in the US of A, that need a hand up. I could go on and on about infrastructure and etc., but what's the use.

"Charity starts at home."

Carlos Ponce

The nations will be judged on their treatment of Israel. Individuals are called upon to love and care for each other. Charity starts at your home, your treatment of your brothers and sisters. You will notice that the "Cities in the US of A, that need a hand up" are responsible for their OWN mess. Unless they change their ways it's like giving a drunk more alcohol. Notice that the cities in trouble have Liberal leadership. Ever wonder why "cities in trouble" and "Liberal leadership" go hand in hand?

Robert Young

Susan Criss is a proven candidate for Galveston county. She comes from a prosecution background and a district former judge...a real judge, not like that phony Judge Henry,,She will not sell us out for state favors on inusrance contracts...Im a real conservative so thats why Im voting Criss,, She is the real deal and not just packaging herself to sell.. Galveston county Republicans are really little donkeys that are dressed up like elephants just to go out trick or treating election day to fill THEIR sack with YOUR candy.. phony bunch of jackasses!

Paula Flinn

My vote is for Susan Criss. She will be fair and good.

MissionaryMan
Walter Manuel

I agree, we don't need an insurance salesman representing us who would stand to represent himself rather than those who elected him.

My vote goes to Susan Criss, a woman who isn't afraid to stand up and fight for her own community and constituents no matter what "party" they happen to be members of! [thumbup]

George Croix

Vote for the candidate most likely to represent everybody, and most likely to be able to.

The apple never falls far from the tree.
So, be sure and look at the tree, too.......

Jim Forsythe

If You vote only by party they belong to you , you not doing your job as a voter. This means to look at each candidate not just what party they belong to.

Casey Alan

Vote Democrat the only way to go

Carlos Ponce

As long as you only vote once, I'm happy with your decision.

Robert Young

No way i'm voting straight ticket this time.. My only say is in the voting booth! I'm using mine..Time to fire the 2010 misfits we hired! All they want to do is cut, cut ,cut.. They insist that cutting is good, OK..I heard ya Ken and Mark I"m gonna cut them! bye bye!

Jim Forsythe

Carlos I think that boots on the ground refer to "The term is used to convey the belief that military success can only be achieved through the direct physical presence of troops in a conflict area. As terminology, it was coined to concisely express a counter-view against the position that other means, such as aerial bombardment (as used both by Germany and the Allies in World War II, and massively by the United States in Vietnam), economic incentives, or satellite intelligence could achieve victory"
I don't see it mean that we have people on the ground but troops doing the fighting . So with that idea I don't see it as troops on ground. but troops be used as defense' I see troops on the ground as troops meant to engage not to be used for defense.
Here is the lay out as what are troops will be doing'

"President Obama told Congress on Monday that he is deploying about 200 more troops to Iraq to bolster security at the US Embassy and airport in Baghdad.
These and previously announced forces are being sent “for the purpose of protecting US citizens and property, if necessary, and (are) equipped for combat,” Obama said in a letter to Congress required under the US War Powers Resolution.
Earlier this month, Obama announced the deployment of 275 troops to protect the embassy.
In addition to security, these troops will provide “intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support,” Obama said.
The president is also in the process of sending up to 300 military advisers to assist Iraq as it battles an invading army of jihadists that has taken over major cities and threatens the capital in Baghdad"

Carlos Ponce

I'd like to see the "Rules of Engagement" for these troops. There was a huge change when Obama took office much to the detriment of American troop moral and an increase in casualties in Afghanistan.

George Croix

Insurance company Board member - OK for public office.
Insurnace salesman - Not OK for public office.

Uh huh.....of course, Party has nothing to do with it......

JBG JBG

Bigjim, what Obama is doing is commonly called "mission creep"...where situations and circumstances will in the future cause or mandate that MORE,....and MORE troops to be sent back to Iraq for this reason or that reason.
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Obama is in over his head and I have said this before. Hey, the man is coming up short in foreign policy savvy, and needed understanding in order to deal with countries like Russia and the Middle Eastern nations., that is just the way it is. He hesitates at the wrong time, he misreads, certain situations and when he finally decides to act, ....the situation is almost out of hand. Handling situations in this manner could very well cost us more American lives in the future because of botched dealings by this administration.
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Hillary Clinton asked the nation back in 2008, "Who would you want taking that 3AM emergency call when it comes to the White House, from around the world?
We now see just what she was talking about! A big disclaimer to what I just said is, I would not prefer her to pick up the phone either!!!!!!!
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I thought I'd never say this but God help me, I think things would be better if John McCain had beat Obama in 2008! Oh I realize there are others who will disagree, and I know this. They want the border open, they want free government handouts, and massive giveaway programs, they want to tear down the constitution, brick by brick, they want, the moral fiber of this country to be destroyed, HEY,....I know this already, tell me something I don't know!
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However, I know one thing, I know Israel would not be ticked off at America now if McCain was President! I know we would have a foreign policy to deal with Iran, and the terrorists who are now a threat to our own national security, and we would be working them, instead of telegraphing every move to our enemies before we even do anything!
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Also I don't think we would be photo opting so much in the Rose Garden playing 2016 politics.
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I saw a harry faced terrorist on CNN last week who reminded me of Bergdahl's harry face dad. This terrorist called America a bunch of *&^ the (*&&^ cowards for using unmanned drones to kill his peers. He went on to say they would annihilate us and in no time fly their BLACK FLAG from the flag pole of the White House!
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To that, I want to say this, since I know some of his buddies are already inside the USA residing in sleeper cells. I want to say that even by some wild chance YOUR army could defeat OUR standing American forces, before you can fly that BLACK *&** flag from the White House you will have to DEFEAT EVERY USA MILITARY VETERAN ABLE TO WALK AND TALK SMACK, AND EVERY ABLE BODIED MAN IN AMERICA! Remember that, see all of us are not like Sergeant Bergdahl!!!!! We will fix you up!!! Oh yeah, you know what you can do with that black flag!!!!! Just don't try to fly it at the White House!
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I'm HOT!!!!!!

JBG JBG

I forgot to say that guy was on that stuff! Had to be! Even the Viet Cong and NVA Regulars never had those type aspirations. I'm talking one side I know, but I think the Viet Cong could certainly teach them a thing or two about fighting a war. Just my opinion.

Carlos Ponce

I'm still curious why Galveston County Democrats did not attend Hitchcock's Good Ole Days Celebration. No cars in the parade, no floats, no booths on the grounds like in previous years. Have they given up? Plenty of interest in the Republican booth though! I'm glad to see the Republicans showing interest in local events, rubbing elbows with their constituents, getting their opinions on things that interest them.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Their booths and "interest" is all a dog and pony show. Republicans don't care about the common person, only their elitist selves.

Carlos Ponce

sverige, to claim Republicans don't care about the common person is sheer nonsense. Can you explain why Conservatives (Republicans) give more than Liberals(Democrats) to charitable contributions in time, talent and treasure (money) even though the average Liberal (Democrat) actually makes more money? All you are doing is regurgitating preconceived biases about Republicans without any proof or backing. That is called PREJUDICE.
http://www.ethicsdaily.com/republican-states-give-more-to-charity-than-democratic-states-cms-19923
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018414674
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/republicans_versus_democrats_why_some_people_give_more_charity-90603
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2005/11/generosity_inde.html
http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/08/24/28085/Who-gives-more-to-charity-Democrats-or-Republican/
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79888.html
and Read Albert C. Brooks book entitled "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism."
Republicans don't care? FALSE

Chris Gimenez

Liberals talk about doing good for others, conservatives actually do good for others.

Paula Flinn

Conservative Republicans = against Soc. Security
against Medicare
against Civil Rights
against Medicaid
against ACA
against extending unemployment benefits

Boy, you really (think you) put the people first!

Carlos Ponce

I agree with "against ACA" with its thousands of pages of provisions you had to pass before knowing what is in it. Conservatives have a better plan to replace it.
http://americanxt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/The-Freedom-and-Empowerment-Plan.pdf
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 would not have passed without Republican votes. Once you limit unemployment benefits a miracle happens-they find jobs. As for Social Security I am against it in its present form. As a teacher you know that TRS is far better than SS. Alternatives would provide more money to the retiree in a "lock box" as Al Gore suggested. Medicare for those who paid into it. Medicaid needs to be revamped. If we have Medicaid why did we need ACA? Medical costs are high because of lawsuits. National Tort reform is needed. Ditto for the cost of prescription drugs.

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

I'm all for tort reform with one proviso: Your liability is NOT limited if it's show that your behavior was reckless, and that recklessness directly influenced the severity of someone's injuries. An honest mistake while performing a well-intended procedure by a doctor well-versed in what he was doing is one thing. Botching a procedure you had no idea how to do, on a patient you had no business performing it on is something completely different. No tort limit for a cosmetic surgeon that puts the bags of silicone inside the patient's lungs. Sorry, but underneath the breast is not the same as behind the rib cage.

Jim Forsythe

"Bigjim, what Obama is doing is commonly called "mission creep"...where situations and circumstances will in the future cause or mandate that MORE,....and MORE troops to be sent back to Iraq for this reason or that reason". This was in response to boots on the ground commit from Carlos, not for or against what was done . If this was what you read into my commit,, it was not my intent.
If You want to think about something, have You heard about the Chinese red line theory. Have not found reference lately, but it's were a lot of fire's(wars) are started all over the world to deplete the USA's resource's.. If You think about it this is what is happening

George Croix

Jim, we don't need the Chinese to deplete our resources.
We have President Obama to do that.
I guess it makes sense in some parallel universe, or perhaps in an insane asylum, to draw down our military forces to pre-WWII levels when you can't toss a rock left handed into a head wind with your eyes closed without it landing in the middle of some militant conflict somewhere...or so it seems...
It appears the lessons learned after the last such reductions in force have been forgotten. I hope so, because if they are just being ignored, then we have an incredibly stupid President, or perhaps one demonstrating 'more flexibility after the election', instead of just an ideologically driven one....
I hope Pogo was wrong...

Jim Forsythe

George when I read this it was in the early 90's. Seems like before any of the Middle East wars.

George Croix

Still makes sense, though, doesn't it...

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Carlos Ponce

If the Galveston News is allowing this type of comment, they have really LOWERED their standards.

George Croix

Don't vote 'Republican', vote conservative...

There's so much Party switching for convenience, that names and labels mean nearly nothing.
Do what you can to find out the candidates record, background, and listen to them talking...if they can talk and actually say something, then you may have a winner.
VERY important is separating wishes from plans...
'Fight for you' and 'stand up for you' and other such inane blather is utterly meaningless and usuall a ploy to cover the fact that the candidate making such drivel has no real plans for success at all...just wishes.
Finally, if possible, and unfortunately it rarely is these days, try to find a candidate to vote for, instead of just having to vote against someone....
I'm still hopeful I'll get to do that in a national Presidential election someday...
ps: NOBODY legally eligible to vote gets to sit out. If you don't go vote, then you still did vote...You either 'voted' by omission to keep the incumbent in office, or to help the candidate you actually like least win. Also, SOMEBODY is going to win, and once the primaries are over, that winner is NEVER going to be the guy/gal running who at most can hope to get a few percentage points of the vote. Vote for one of them, and you just effectively voted for the major candidate you like least.
Those two little things EXACTLY how the current President got a second term.
If you figure that hasn't worked out so well for the country, then how about not making the same mistakes again and sitting out or tossing a vote at a hopeless candidate.
What's left of the nation will thank you...

Carlos Ponce

"Don't vote 'Republican', vote conservative." [thumbup]

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

I say to look for candidates that will look for, and do, the right thing for the situation, and can pull others into the consensus. Candidates that are focused on making sure their constituents get their best bang for the money, rather than seeing how well they can reward their top contributors and line their own pockets.

In politics, ideology means squat if nothing important and beneficial gets done.

George Croix

Yet, despite failing in every one of those things, the 44th President got re-elected.
Betting on the instant replay to be different...very 'progressive'.....

None of which negates the value of your excellent post.
[wink][wink][beam]

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

When it comes to politics, I bet on nothing. Even if you bet right, you lose [beam]

Horses, and Dogs are a better bet, and I stay away from them, too.

Jose' Boix

Avoid disaster - vote for leadership! We have no leadership, just finger-pointing! This is just another example of the flip-flop politics. The real disaster is that there is no one who has what it takes to bring consensus. So let's spend the time finger-pointing; and singing:
My Dog's Bigger Than Your Dog, Words and Music by Tom Paxton

My dog's bigger than your dog.
My dog's bigger than yours.
My dog's bigger, and he chases mailmen.
My dog's bigger than yours.

George Croix

A great many voters have shown a trend toward preferring promises and personal rewards over leadership...a strong trend...and that's in BOTH major Parties.
Voting for leadership means you might just get it.
Nobody who could lead their way out of a wet paper bag would maintain the course this nation is on, or the poisonous lack of person to person relationships in the respective Legislative and Executive bodies. A LOT of people would suffer under real leadership - likely ALL of us at some point. But, the nation would benefit from some actual statesmanship.
We need GOVERNING, not decrees and/or stalling tactics.
Governing (leadership) requires compromise, persuaion, some degree of civility, a modicum of respect or at least tolerance for opposing views, and hands on work.
There doesn't seem to be anything coming over the horizon yet...

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Can someone respond (in clean fashion) the jist of the "removed comment" from yesterday? I'm dying to know what was censored! [beam]

Paula Flinn

I don't know. I missed it, too!

George Croix

North Korea.
DMZ.
South Korea.
60 years later, how's THAT worked out for us?

Paula Flinn

I did not know that we, in 2014, were at war with Korea! You want to go to war in Korea, go ahead and volunteer. It seems to be working for them, at this present time. I'm sure you will enlighten us, if it is not. President Eisenhower did his best.

Anyway, we were talking about Iraq. Korea is a different kettle of fish. The topic was Iraq. Many have trouble sticking to the topic.

George Croix

Good.
Because we're not.
In no small part, I believe, because we never left the area, and never allowed the North to enter the South, a situation they'd no doubt be doing about 5 minutes after we pulled out.
We've listened to our Generals for 60 years there, but ignored them in 2011 about Iraq.
That's the connection to Iraq...failure to leave a stabilizing force.
Or, failure to learn from the past, and 'success' in allowing ideology to overcome common sense.
I'm happy to explain, because many people need a little help making obvious connections....[beam][beam][beam]
Although, I'm quite sure you're not one of them...you're just doing a little chain pulling....
Me, I'm more of a kevlar fiber rope type guy....chain is so...passe'.... [beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Jim Forsythe

My Nephew just got back from DMZ Korea area and not for a picnic..

""While he described North Korea's missiles as their largest threat, Thurman pointed across the DMZ and noted "there's 14,000 tubes of artillery just across this line beyond that far mountain range over there." That artillery poses a direct threat to Seoul, the South Korean capital which is located just 27 miles from the DMZ.

George Croix

Conservative Republicans = against Soc. Security
against Medicare
against Civil Rights
against Medicaid
against ACA
against extending unemployment benefits
Boy, you really (think you) put the people first!

Well, I'm not a Republican, but I am a conservative: Against?
No.

No.

No. (As an ex-school teacher, surely you know that a greater percentage of Republicans voted FOR the CRA than did Democrats, and that the most ardent OPPONENTS of the CRA were southern Dems. So, why say what's not so??)

No.

Yes. But, so is President Obama. He's changed or delayed parts of the ACA over 40 times, illegally, and unilaterally. If he liked it, if it was a good law, it wouldn't be afraid of the light of day...all of it...and wouldn't need to be parceled up. I find it hard to be for something that is so messed up, not even the GAO can figure out what it's costing, who's covered, who gets subsidies, how much taxpayers will have to fork over to bail out the insurance comapnies, etc. A 'royal" mess...

Sometimes. What do you want to extend them to? Lifetime? They're already a couple years. Instead of extending unemployment benfits, how about leaving business alone and let them get back to hiring, free from DC ideology. Maybe get a new lazer beam to focus on the #1 Priority of jobs - the old one seems a bit...dim...

Put people first?
Is that what POTUS is doing?
Which people....?

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