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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Markum responds to attack by Democrat Chair

Lloyd Criss must be getting desparate. The Galveston County Democrat Party Chairman attacked me recently in the Galveston Daily News for vigorously defending one of our clients.

Why is Lloyd so focused on me?? Maybe it's because his party and their ideas are on the way out in Galveston County and he wants to try and take the focus off of his candidates and create an issue when there is no issue.

That's why friends don't let friends vote Democrat. They can't get at President Bush, so they attack Karl Rove. Galveston County Democrats can't touch Albert Choate, so they come after me.

Hey Lloyd, how about you put candidates on the ballot that represent the conservative values of the majority of Galveston County voters, and you wouldn't have to worry about me.

The GDN, as is typical of the MSM, did not print the full response. As our readers here know, the battle against the liberals is never-ending.

Here for the benefit of our readers is my full response:

Albert Choate is the only candidate in this race who has signed the Texas Code of Fair Campaign Practices”, said Choate political director Onzelo Markum.

This baseless accusation against me is a worn out page from the Lloyd Criss playbook of dirty tricks. If Mr. Criss has evidence that I or any of my staff had anything to do with this smear campaign; produce it, otherwise, I’ll treat it as what it is – a desperate attempt to divert the voters attention from the real issues at hand.

“I believe the citizens of Galveston County are tired of “gotcha” politics, they are tired of the petty, vengeful behavior and mudslinging that makes politics in Galveston County so negative”, continued Markum.

For the record, Mr. Criss, we don’t engage in cheap publicity stunts. We don’t have to. Our candidates and their conservative philosophy of government speak for themselves.

As a political consultant, I am often subjected to unwarranted attacks. Often these attacks are politically motivated by misguided individuals.

Here is all I ask of Galveston County’s voters: When charges are leveled against me, don’t take them at face value. Instead, consider the source of the charges and the source’s political allegiances, consider the information I provide, and then --just as importantly--subject the charges themselves to the scrutiny and skepticism they deserve.

Fairness and a sincere interest in the truth demand no less.

The issue Mr. Criss doesn’t want voters to focus on is the strong, conservative, positive, issue-oriented campaign of Republican Albert Choate for County Commissioner of Precinct Two.

Vote Choate in March and in November and send a clear message that smear campaigns don’t work.

And, for the record, I have not spoken to Karl Rove in three years.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Another shining example of the bias of the MSM (Mainstream Media)

Bryant Gumbel: Liberal Activist Masquerading as Impartial Journalist

The following is an excerpt of the text of Bryant Gumbel's monologue at the end of the February edition of HBO's Real Sports:

Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don't like them and won't watch them ... Because they're so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something's not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what's called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won ... So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they're done, when we can move on to March Madness - for God's sake, let the games begin."

Why is it that liberals can make racist remarks, on national TV, and the MSM says nothing about it? Where are Jesse Jackson and Hillary Clinton demanding an end to bigoted racist statements? How come 60 minutes and CNN are not in Gumbel's office right now demanding an apology?

Oh, I get it, as long as you are a liberal and you are talking about a Christian or the Republican Party, you can say whatever ignorant, racist, vitriol you want and it's OK.

I'd like to ask Gumbel a few questions:

How many black Secretary's of State have Democrats appointed??

How many black National Security Advisors have Democrats appointed?

Which party mirrors the conservative pro-life belief of most church going African Americans?

Did Bryant Gumbel even watch the last GOP convention? Does he even know how diverse GOP conventions are today?

Did he not see Houston's own Grammy award winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams performing at the last inauguration?

Does Gumbel know that Lynn Swan and Ken Blackwell are running for Governor in their respective states and that they are Republicans.

Does he know his cherished Democrat party didn't elect a black man to the US senate until LAST YEAR, while Republicans elected Edward Brooke in the sixtys?

But then again, liberals like Gumble and his MSM puppeteers don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Hat tip to Larry Elder for the story.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Photo ID's for Voters? YES

Tonight on Anything League City, the point / counter point topic is the Republican Primary Ballot Referendum supporting Photo ID’s for Voters.

For more information, here is the website of The Commission on Federal Election Reform

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Attorney General Greg Abbott to speak at Galveston County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, Thursday March 2nd at 6p

(Friendswood) – Galveston County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Corcoran issued the following statement regarding the party’s Lincoln Day dinner on March 2nd at 6 p.m. at the South Shore Harbour Hotel in League City.

"I am excited to announce that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has agreed to be the keynote speaker for the Lincoln Day Dinner.” “State Representative for Galveston County District 24, Larry Taylor will be the Master of Ceremonies and State Supreme Court Justice Don Willett will introduce General Abbott. Many other State and Local Elected Officials and candidates will be present.”

“Prior to his election as the 50th Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has made protecting families and values the focus of his administration.”

“Held this year on the 213th birthday of General Sam Houston and Texas Independence Day, the Lincoln Day dinner is the annual fundraiser for the Galveston County Republican party. There will be a silent auction, great food, and good Republican fellowship. Also, every police chief in the county has been invited in appreciation of their public service and in honor of General Abbott being the state’s chief law enforcement official.”

“I encourage all Galveston County Republicans to show their support for the party by attending this event or donating an item to the silent auction.”

“Individual tickets are as low as $50 with VIP tickets for a private audience with Attorney General Abbott and table sponsorships are available. All proceeds go toward helping us build a stronger Republican party here in Galveston County to help get quality candidates elected in November.”

To buy tickets or to receive more information, contact Chairman Corcoran at (281) 705-5392 or visit and order your tickets online.

Contact Kathy Rogers at (281) 482-3610 or to arrange pickup of your donated silent auction item.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Democrats Hypocritical When Talking About "Culture of Corruption"

Local GOP activist Bobby Eberle hits the nail on the head with this recent post on his blog.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Friendswood Republican Women's Club candidate forum

Friendswood Republican Women’s Club candidate’s forum – Thu, Feb 23rd at 11a

Many of the GOP candidates in contested races in Galveston County have confirmed their attendance. The forum is being held at Perry’s in Friendswood (614 S. Friendswood Drive).

Stop by and become informed about your Republican candidates and their issues.

Lunch is on your own and Linda Coltharp is the person to call for more information (281) 648-9662. or go to:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Mayor Shults to be the guest on Anything League City

League City Mayor Jerry Shults will be the guest on the “Anything League City” internet radio show tomorrow at 7p.

The Mayor will discuss his plans for the city as outlined in the State of the City Speech last Friday.

The point / counter point segment will be about the book “A Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time” by Mark Haddon. Ms. Amy Shore, guest columnist in the Galveston County Daily news, will read her column and present her thoughts on the book with Mr. Mallios.

Friendswood City Councilman, John LeCour will also be in the studio to present the conservative point of view with me.

You can call in at: 281-332-4798 or e-mail your questions to:

Friday, February 03, 2006

The Main Street Jersey Barrier Mystery has been solved!

Thanks to the heat generated by our last Anything League City show, and a quick call to TXDOT, I am happy to report this update from one of our intrepid listeners, Sean Cupitt,: “Way to go! Looks like those barriers are finally up on 518 by Academy - albeit extremely temporary (orange barrels can still be moved or vehicles can still "thread-the-needle").”

Thank you Sean and thanks for listening. I am told that TxDot contractors should have the job finished and permanent concrete jersey barriers in place within 2 weeks.

What will Mallios have to talk about now????

On Point/Counterpoint, Mallios and I will have part 2 of the League City Day Laborer Debate.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tonight is Open Microphone Night on Anything League City

Call in tonight with your questions or comments and go toe to toe with some of our favorite Democrats, Chris Mallios or Jimmy Trojanowski. Marc Edelman and I will be answering questions from the Right.

Tonights Point/Counterpoint will be part 2 of the League City Day Laborer Debate.

You can listen live at:

You can call in or send an e-mail question between 7p and 8p to: 281-332-4798 or

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