Astronomical Poor Sport: Judge Ed Emmett“I see hiking trails and all sorts of activities on the upper levels,” Harris County judge Ed Emmett gushed to Houston’s KHOU-11 news as he described his plan to fake punt his own constituents in Texas. Twice voters have shut down Emmett’s scheme to renovate the Astrodome. In November of 2013, Houston voters stopped a referendum to approve a $217 million renovation of the park. In 2014, voters were polled by the KHOU-Houston Public Media Poll and again soundly rejected a plan to recycle the stadium into an indoor park. Make no mistake: Houstonians love their sports teams—which is why the Astros play at the beautiful Minute Maid Park and not the Astrodome. Houston taxpayers are even paying for a $15 million renovation to Minute Maid Park that will make the center field area safer for players and the facility more posh and plush for fans. The first-ever domed and air-conditioned stadium, Astrodome was heralded the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it was erected for the Oilers and Astros in 1965. Half a century later, Astrodome is more like the Eighth Eyesore of the World. 1999 was the last year the stadium housed a home team. Other than sheltering Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, the dome has been quiet and in 2009 closed to all events. Demolition would cost between $29 and $78 million—anywhere from 7.5 and 2.8 times less than renovation. Yet, this summer, Emmett told the Houston Chronicle he’s tuning out those clamoring for demolition—because it would only cost a “little” more to renovate. (Emmett defines the word “little” much like Bill Clinton defines the word “is.”) He and his fellow commissioners acknowledged that taxpayers oppose the renovation, which is why their latest Astrodome resurrection plan will allow them to bypass the voters by partnering county and city dollars with private investment. Five bureaucrats sitting on the “Commissioner’s Court” are set to determine whether this renovation plan goes forward before year’s end. Five people should not be able to go against the decisions of Harris County’s 4.4 million residents. This story raises a crucial question at the national level as many communities across the country will undergo political battles over stadiums: shouldn’t there be a stronger line between sports and state—to prevent the state from encroaching on the freedom of residents to enjoy sports as they see fit?
$5.6 Million to Bail Out Steve PattersonYou and I subsidize institutions of higher learning all across the country and thus we deserve more say in the contracts that are signed by these institutions. On September 15, former University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson must have been throwing triumphant fist pumps into the air as he resigned under pressure and walked away with $5.6 million dollars—without working another minute at the University. Such misuse of taxpayer subsidies is unfortunately not rare. In 2013, after coach Mike Rice was terminated for verbally abusing basketball players, Rutgers University athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned and left the campus clutching an I-Owe-You for $1.2 million. Of course, sports contracts are not the only kind of contracts that need reform within higher education. Time Magazine recently reported the Patterson deal “wouldn’t be the first taxpayer-funded college payout to raise concerns.” Penn State president Graham Spanier received $2.4 million in deferred compensation and severance pay as a kind of You’re Terminated, But P.S. We Love You goodbye gift. Also, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee didn’t get soap in his mouth but wads of hundred dollar bills ($337,080) after retiring under pressure for making disparaging statements. Taxpayers would have been on the line for a whopping $5.8 million if Gee hadn’t happened to find another job. We all know the heart-pounding exhilaration of cheering in unison with hundreds of likeminded fans in a large stadium. Watching live sports can be a great a release from the pressures of work and interpersonal relationships. It’s a beautiful pastime. However, if our money is involved in supporting this pastime, we should have more say in the operations behind the pastime. Politicians should not be able to get by with ignoring us after we’ve repeatedly told them how we think, and “public servants” who work as college administrators shouldn’t be able to use sports as an easy path to retirement riches. Share this with your fellow sports fans and let’s together demand a meaningful separation between sports and state—for the love of the game. Meet Katie in New Hampshire on Saturday, October 10th…. Schedule for Saturday, October 10th at Crowne Plaza in Nashua, NH
- 10:00 a.m. Katie Kieffer speaks at 2015 RLC Convention in main Ballroom.
- 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Katie Kieffer participates in “Millennial” panel in the Trafalgar A room.
- 11:00 a.m. and after, Katie Kieffer signs copies of “Let Me Be Clear” in the Boardroom, located next to the main Ballroom.
5 facts about the man Jeb Bush thinks deserves “more respect:”1.) Ramos’ employer, Univision, is owned by a top Hillary Clinton fundraiser and supporter, Alberto Ciurana. 2.) Ciurana re-posted an image on Instagram likening Trump to racist mass murderer Dylann Roof. 3.) Ramos’ daughter Paola works for Clinton’s presidential campaign. 4.) Clinton used a personal email address and private server for official state business; kept at least four classified materials on her server—two of which were designated with the highest level of security (“Top Secret”); and mysteriously deleted 33,000 emails from her server. 5.) Fox News’ Ed Henry questioned Clinton to see if she had “wiped” her server clean prior to delivering it to the FBI and she sniffed: “I don’t know. I have no idea. Like with a cloth or something?” Keep those facts in mind. Now, back to Bush. Is he jealous that Trump holds his own in situations where he would crumble? Remember how Bush fled his own Townhall event as soon as Black Lives Matter protesters showed up? Hmm. Ramos’ tantrum also won him airtime on national TV, including an eight-minute primetime segment on Fox News’ The Kelly File. Host Megyn Kelly: “Well, how does it feel to be caught in the crosshairs of a presidential front-runner?” Ramos: “Well, well, you know exactly how it feels.” (Kelly nods.) As the interview continues, Ramos shares his false narrative: “I follow my turn… I said: ‘I have a question on immigration,’ … and as soon as I started telling him that it [his immigration plan] is impossible, he didn’t like the question, and then he called on another reporter…” Kelly remarks: “It’s not unusual for a reporter to do what you did.” Not unusual? For the past six years, her Fox News colleagues have attended White House pressers where reporters are required to sit quietly; raise their hands; and wait to be called upon by President Obama. Ramos may work at Univision, but he appears to be the exception to the universal rule that journalists behave with decorum at press conferences. In July, Obama chastised CBS News correspondent Major Garrett with a stern “You should know better” after Garrett waited his turn and asked Obama why he didn’t negotiate harder for American hostages in Iran. Obama is an elected official and Clinton is a former cabinet member. Both have a duty to communicate with the electorate, yet both routinely shut down courteous reporters. Trump is a private businessman with no obligation to hold press conferences and every right to quiet rambunctious reporters if he does hold press conferences. Congratulations, Ramos. It was so big of you to show up at Trump’s press conference and throw a tantrum. You expect the world to fall silent when you speak—but could care less if another reporter is gagged by Obama or spurned by Clinton. Your daughter and your boss work and fundraise for Clinton, who has proven herself to be dishonest and disrespectful toward the press. You refuse to grow up, and for this reason, you are this month’s winner of Victim Apprentice. Share this with everyone who feels sorry for Jorge Ramos. Because it’s high time that victimhood is not a path to celebrity status in America. If Mr. Ramos starts crying, we’ll tell him—as Trump used to tell his contestants on The Apprentice: “It’s nothing personal, it’s just business.”
1.) Choosing Life is Preferable to AbortionPlanned Parenthood is on a mission to appear mainstream and compassionate toward women while operating a black market operation of mangling babies and selling their parts for profit. Here’s an example of Planned Parenthood’s public persona: Planned Parenthood on Twitter, January 13, 2012: @PPact: “RT if you think being #prochoice is #sexy!” If free choice is so sexy, where was Planned Parenthood when Jenner confessed regret to Vanity Fair over an initial desire to abort eldest daughter Casey Jenner? Midway through divorce proceedings with first wife Chrystie Crownover, Bruce Jenner learned that Crownover was pregnant and urged her to have an abortion. Jenner quickly deferred to Crownover, who says: “It was totally my choice to have the baby. …We haven’t had any hassles over the kids.” Jenner respected a woman’s free choice. While Jenner was absent for Casey’s birth, “since then Bruce has been very loving and accepting of Casey,” Crownover said. 34-year-old Casey concurs. Instead of applauding Jenner for backing Crownover’s choice to carry Casey to term, pro-Planned Parenthood outlets gossiped about Jenner: “So shocking [that Jenner even contemplated abortion]. …It’s sad,” whimpered Hollywoodlife.com. Talk about progressive hypocrisy. Caitlyn’s Lesson for Planned Parenthood: Don’t expect Americans to take your “pro-choice” mantra seriously until you’re willing to call the choice of life “sexy.”
2.) A Woman is More Than A Reproductive System“My brain is much more female than it is male,” Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer in April when she interviewed him about why he identified as a woman. Translation: for Jenner, a woman is not a woman without a brain. In contrast, listening to Planned Parenthood, you would think that the intellect is the least important aspect of womanhood. Planned Parenthood ensures its longevity by convincing women that their sexual health will suffer without its existence and by lying about pro-life groups that serve women. Planned Parenthood is counting on women failing to use their brains to analyze the facts and falling into the trap of defining themselves by their reproductive organs. Caitlyn’s Lesson for Planned Parenthood: Treat women like intellectuals, not sex objects. Give them all the facts.
3.) Social Programs Like Planned Parenthood Hold Women BackEpisode 2 of Jenner’s new reality show, I Am Cait, on E! features Jenner discussing high levels of unemployment and homelessness among transgender youths. Jenner observes: “A lot of times, they can make more not working, with social programs, than they actually can with an entry-level job. … You don’t want people to get totally dependent on it [social welfare]. That’s when they get in trouble.” Jenner is “living in a bubble,” hisses Caitlyn’s reality show colleague Jennifer Finney Boylan. “Come down and see everybody else” transgender health advocate Blossom Brown further admonishes Jenner. The overall message is: Jenner’s wealth and fame make it impossible for Caitlyn to relate to the struggles of the average transgender person. True acceptance entails loving the rich as much as the poor. After all, riches and fame create opportunities—and a prison. Jenner can’t go to the gym; walk around the block; or go grocery shopping without getting harassed by paparazzi. Before dismissing Caitlyn as a bimbo who lives in a bubble, why don’t we listen to Caitlyn’s message on transparency; acceptance; and social programs? If we listened, we might realize that Planned Parenthood is a federally-subsidized social program. As a female entrepreneur, I have NO CHOICE about whether my hard-earned dollars support Planned Parenthood. This is wrong. Like other social programs, Planned Parenthood holds women back by withholding the facts about its operation. Caitlyn’s Lesson for Planned Parenthood: Be honest with women. Give them the facts about what you do, including apparently breaking the law by selling baby parts for profit. Otherwise, you’re living a lie. Acceptance and honesty are Caitlyn Jenner’s two biggest mantras. Accepting all people entails accepting people who choose life. Honesty entails, well, actually being honest. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards disparages women who choose life and lies like her life depends on it. If you want to be a loving person, simply calling Caitlyn Jenner your “hero” won’t cut it. Connect with Katie on Instagram or Twitter @KatieLKieffer