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September 19, 2014
Contact: Jeremy Newman
Dallas Judge Withholds Official Hearing Transcript; Tutt Family Appeal for Relief Denied for Lack of Official Record
The 5th Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday denying relief to a family whose children were illegally removed by CPS nearly a year ago. The Tutt family had their seven children removed by CPS in November of 2013 in an attempt to cover up the issuance of an illegal order by associate Judge Graciela Olvera, and the submission of an affidavit to the court that CPS later testified under oath had been falsified.
In January of 2014, district Judge Tena Callahan rendered an order finding that there had been no cause for removal of the children, but refused to close the case despite agreeing that the suit brought against the family was unwarranted.
On March 26, 2014, Judge Callahan issued a ruling allowing the Texas Home School Coalition a redacted copy of the January transcript, which observers at the January hearing stated would shed light on seven hours of personal and religious attacks against the family by CPS. After appeasing friends of the family with her apparent move towards transparency, Judge Callahan then withheld the court transcript in contradiction of her order. To date, the transcript has not been released.
In a status hearing on August 22, Judge Callahan stooped to a new low by confiscating the cell phone of a spectator there in support of the Tutts, because the attendee was sending tweets about the public hearing. Judge Callahan then threatened the attendee with jail time if she brought her cell phone back into the courtroom. Judge Callahan also chastised the Tutt family in open court for speaking to the local press, and told the mother that the family ought to be able to take on CPS by themselves.
Judge Callahan went even so far as to illegally deny a copy of the transcript from the January hearing to the Tutt family’s attorney, thereby preventing the family from seeking proper remedies at the appellate level. Even so, the family sought relief from the appellate court, providing 417 pages of documentation from witnesses. Relief was denied based on the fact that they had no official record to prove their accusations against the court.
Independent observers are appalled with the actions of Judge Callahan to deliberately withhold evidence to prevent dealing with the corruption of Judicial and CPS officials. The thwarting of public accountability and justice in the courtroom for this family is unconscionable. The Texas Home School Coalition says that the fight is far from over, and that the recent denial from the 5th Court of Appeals only serves to strengthen their resolve in defense of the Tutt family.
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In Wendy Davis’s new memoir she mentions she had two abortions. One was an ectopic pregnancy and one where the brain and the body were developing separately.
Now before you jump down Wendy’s throat realize that many women would have done the same in her situation and that with fifty million abortions approximately one in three women have.
We do not win hearts and minds by shouting and screaming and calling others murderers. We’re pass that point. Too many women have aborted their child for anger to be effective. They don’t need our anger. They need our love and our tears. They need to know they were wrong but there is forgiveness and thankfully many of these women are working to make sure others don’t make the same choice.
We also need to know the proper response to these type pregnancies.
This is where I try to teach on the principle of life affirmation. In the case of an ectopic pregnancy you don’t want to just leave it because then you still have a dead child and likely a dead or very hurt mother.
So what do you do?
The doctor attempts to move the fetus into the womb.
Has the every worked with the fetus surviving? No.
Can it? Perhaps someday.
The point is though that you attempt to save both lives. You automatically view both lives as valuable. Yes, it has the same effect of a dead child in the end, but the value is given to each of them.
That’s the principle of life affirmation.
Please note I do not personally consider women who have ended ectopic pregnancies to have had an abortion as we generally mean it. I use the term because that is how news articles are describing it and I wanted to present another option even in these most tragic cases to get readers thinking about how we view life.
And for the second aspect I wanted to share a quote from Wendy Davis:
“‘I could feel her little body tremble violently, as if someone were applying an electric shock to her, and I knew then what I needed to do,’ Davis writes. ‘She was suffering.’
She goes on to write that an “indescribable blackness followed’ the pregnancy and that the loss left her forever changed.”
Wendy Davis, for all her fame and politicking, ultimately knows that her child was alive in the womb. I honestly feel for her. To know your child is dead or will be born brain dead is a horrible thing. Following the principle of life affirmation and of faith I believe it is right to have the child because tests can be wrong and I serve a God that works miracles.
But even knowing that I will not pretend that I think she was being flippant or selfish. I simply believe she was very, very wrong.
But the one point I will not let go by is that Wendy Davis couldn’t lie to herself and had to admit that was a living person. It was her daughter. And if her daughter was alive in the womb then the millions of others are alive as well. The vast majority that would be born perfectly normal or perhaps like Grace Anna Sings and have a chance to be a blessing to this world.
I grieve for every mother (because they are already mothers) that aborts their child. I wish they would know my tears and hope and not the disgust they think I hold toward them.
I don’t dare to presume the situations of mothers, but I do know there are other options. Real options for them and their child.
God give me the grace to spread that message. Give me the strength to speak out of love first. Let your kindness draw them to repentance and may you one day change heart of men and women like Wendy Davis. Show her her sin and your grace and mercy. And may you use each of us as a vessel of mercy toward her and others like her. Amen
Last night I lost one of my comedic heroes, Robin Williams. Of course I didn’t know him and had only seen him on screen, but considering how many movies and tv shows he has done that have made up my childhood I’ve probably spent more time listening to him than with some friends. A lot of celebrities die, but this may be one of the few that really effected me. I remember just around this time last year when Williams returned to television in The Crazy Ones thinking how good he looked and how he appeared to be clean and on top of his game. I have no idea what was going on behind the scenes. I hear he was in another rehab program and may have fallen back into drug use after the show was cancelled. It’s all speculation though.
When Paul Walker died I wrote a story on the publicity and reaction to celebrity deaths. Walker, while a fine actor, was much younger and lesser known than Robin Williams. I think that article is even more important and pertinent with Williams death.
As is typical, other very well meaning people are a bit upset that this gets so much attention compared to other deaths around us every day. Questions like, “Why should we grieve this guy more than the soldier that died or the DWI victim” arise often. Then there are even memes to show people’s frustration with this paradigm.
I get it. It certainly seems like thousands of deaths deserve a much greater reaction than a single actor that you don’t know right?
Perhaps, but the truth is that is not the way our brains operate. We simply can’t comprehend that much tragedy and so it simply becomes a statistic in our mind. We have some grief, but it’s just another in an ongoing line of death.
Comedian Eddie Izzard even has a joke about it on how we deal with mass murderers. “You’ve killed 100,000 people. Well done then. You must get up very early in the morning.”
Joseph Stalin was right about something. “When one man dies it is a tragedy, when thousands die it’s a statistic.”
When it comes to the deaths of celebrities, most notably last year with Paul Walker and Cory Monteith, we do see a lot more out pouring. Why is that? It is because we can grasp that loss and we can understand that their story is over. The loss of millions is a number, but the loss of one person is the loss of their story.
You see, we can feel connected to a story. We even feel a part of it with celebrities because we’ve watched it grow and change. It’s like we were a part of their life even if only as an observer. With their death, not only has their life ended, but their story as well.
Great communicators must understand this. Whether you’re President Obama trying to increase gun control by telling a story of victims of violence or someone like Suzanna Gratia Hupa testifying for less gun control, they both use stories and people can connect with them.
If you want to get people to assist hungry children you don’t tell them about the billions in need. Instead you tell them about Karen in Honduras digging through the trash.
This is also why we cry over the death of our favorite television, movie, or novel characters.
These stories connect with people. That bring out compassion and joy and sorrow. They change minds and hearts.
So when you see that people are grieving the loss of a celebrity don’t think it because they don’t care about others, but realize that it is because people do care and they feel connected to their story.
So why not take that and go be a part of making someone else’s story a little bit better. Make your story matter.
This “Award” was given to the Aurora Planned Parenthood for going above and beyond and performing more abortions and expected.
Now let’s look past the fact that it is disgusting to give an “award” for killing more than your quota and look at something much more interesting.
This is in Aurora, Colorado. Sound familiar? It should It is where the Batman movie theater shooting occurred a couple of years ago. It also happens to be one of the closest abortion “clinics” to Columbine where the the school shooting occurred in 1999.
Ladies and gentleman, we don’t have a gun problem in this country. We have a culture problem. We live in a culture that celebrates death and mayhem. Maybe not in the school room, but certainly in the mother’s womb.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that 2 of the most notorious mass shootings in recent history occurred near the second largest Planned Parenthood in America. This is what abortion and our culture of death has brought us and Planned Parenthood is leading the way.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
One year ago today I was just a bystander sitting around watching and praying that Wendy Davis’ filibuster would fail. As the hours dragged on I became more and more emotional thinking of the years of work so many people had done to bring upon that day. When the filibuster ended and Leticia Van de Putte created a riot that caused the bill to fail I was heart broken.
I had literally been shouting moments before thinking the bill had passed and now I was weeping at its failure.
How powerful that phrase. We think we know what is happening and why things happen and yet God has much greater plans than we do.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
The next day we were all thrilled to hear that Gov. Perry decided that Texas would not let mob rule win and called a second special session.
That’s when I knew I had to get to work. As I watched the filibuster the day before I was shocked at how few knew what was going on. That was when God laid on my heart to create Pro-Life Texas. At that time I thought it would end up just being a few friends watching the page for information. Wow, was I ever wrong!
For the next two weeks I would trade my apartment in North Texas for an RV on Rick Green’s property. Andrew Koch stayed with me and we dubbed it Pro-Life One.
Thanks to my friend Thomas Umstattd Jr. I was invited to join with other groups and organize events that would change the discussion on abortion. Together we organized the Let Texas Speak rally where hundreds of Texans shared why they were pro-life. Many women and men shared their regret of loss motherhood and fatherhood from past abortions at a time when they felt they had no choice.
As people began to share though the abortion advocates were not happy. At first they just heckled our speakers. When they realized it was not going to throw us they decided to drown us out and started chanting. And they kept chanting for hours upon hours. Yet we kept speaking. Pro-life Texan after pro-life Texan spoke to a crowd that could barely hear them and we’re being streamed to thousands watching online.
At one point the people broke out singing Amazing Grace. Again, the abortion advocates were not happy and some started chanting “Hail Satan.” A CNN reporter heard this and tweeted it out and Adam Cahnman of ACahnman.Blogspot.com shared a video of it. This ended up going viral and “Hail Satan” was the top trend on twitter for two days.
The abortion advocates had shown their stripes and the conversation changed. Normal Texans could not connect with Wendy Davis or her Satanist followers.
Even the Church of Satan in London rebuked them and would have nothing to do with them.
That was just the first day. After that we held another small rally, but we’re also blessed to work with other groups that put on a large rally with some big name speakers and we used the tech we already had set up to stream for them.
As that rally ended abortion advocates again decided to show they couldn’t allow others to peacefully assemble as they marched up chanting and shouting.
No matter what happens though we always tries to respond as Christ. We had a lot of left over drinks donated by local churches and we decided to take them around to those shouting us down. Many took it without thanks or turned us down, but some were softened and some great conversations were held.
One of the best things about that week was being allowed to meet and work with some great pro-lifers from Students for Life. About 70 college students, led by Missy Martinez and Brendan O’Morchoe, from around the country used their own money to pay to come to Texas and work. They were mocked, the bus broke down, and the YMCA even kicked them out from using the showers after abortion advocates complained. They weren’t here to shout or make a scene (except for bringing the Planned Parenthood project). They simply came to serve advocates on the ground. They were a great blessing to Texas and most have no clue they were here.
Thankfully it was because of Students for Life that I met two men I’m proud to call friends today. One morning, Bryan Hughes and Steve Toth, came in to speak to the students. They were were the most genuine men I’ve ever met. They weren’t just interested in being pro-life just for political sake. They were passionate beyond measure. I remember Steve Toth almost in tears saying, “The men who are most passionate about ending abortion are those most effected by it.” After speaking they prayed over the students. Then when they found out about the students being kicked out of the YMCA they decided to give up their own hotel rooms for a time to let the students shower and then raised money to rent hotel rooms so they had more available (the students were sleeping on the floor at a church).
Over the last year I’ve gotten to know Steve and Bryan even more and I’m always amazed by their humility and dedication to the people and values of Texas.
The night of July 12th when we finally passed the bill the DPS officers were encouraging all the pro-life supporters to get out of the main chamber in case the mob rioted again. In order to make sure the students were safe we crammed as many into Bryan Hughes’ office as possible. We ended up with about 50 people in that tiny office watching speeches, waiting on the vote, and praying for everyone’s safety (DPS had confiscated jars of urine, feces, and bricks from abortion advocates throughout the day).
It’s been a year and it’s all so vivid. The ups and downs and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. Three weeks before that I had lost one of my best friends. He was only 28 years old. I was in the midst of grieving still as all of this began. While I’ll never replace my friend God was kind enough to bring so many other great people in my life.
Tonight, Wendy Davis is holding a fundraiser to mark her rise to stardom as she fought to make sure women could get abortion after five months of gestation. She can lie to herself all she wants. Texans know the truth. Texas is Pro-Life!
Over the last year you have all been a huge blessing. I was astonished that this little group I had started to tell my friends what was going now has over 8,000 followers! Praise God!
It’s a drop in the bucket compared to how many Texas are really out there fighting to end ambition and create a culture of life. Thank you for being a part of this. Thank you for every like, comment, and share. Thank you for speaking up for those that can’t speak for themselves. You’re amazing and my life is blessed because of each one of you.
Jason Vaughn, The Twisted Conservative
Here are some resources for you to find out who is on your ballot for the Texas runoff, when and where to vote and where to vote, and the positions of the candidates.
Remember that this is a primary election runoff so you’ll be asked if you want a democrat or republican ballot. This election decides who we want on the ballot in November. Since most parts of Texas are either very conservative or solidly liberal the real election decisions are made in these primaries.
For my endorsements click here.
VoteTexas.gov – This site give you voting rules, times, locations, etc.
Find early voter locations here: https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/Introduction.jsp
Want to know who your current State Rep and Senator is? http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
In Dallas County?
Check here for information:
In Tarrant County?
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In Collin County?
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In Denton County?
If you don’t see your county then simply search “(insert county) voter information”
Once you know who is on your ballot you can try to find information on their positions by searching their election sites and facebook pages.
One of the best way to know who to vote for is to look at who they are endorsed by. Most large organizations don’t get involved in local elections, but you may lookup other local politicians you support that are backing them.
Here are some organizations I trust and typically agree with their endorsements:
Empower Texans: http://www.empowertexans.com/2014-runoffs/
Grassroots America: http://gawtp.com/one-stop-voter-information/2014-one-stop-voter-information/
Texas Homeschool Coalition (several judge recommendations): http://www.thsc.org/about-thsc/lobby-the-texas-legislature/endorsements/
Personal Recommendations: http://twistedconservative.com/texas-runoff-election-endorsements/
Here is a list of my endorsements for Texas runoff elections. Early voting is May 19-23 and election day in May 27th. I am not endorsing every race, but you’d like to message me about who I am supporting in a particular race then e-mail me at ProlifeTexas@gmail.com
Attorney General: Ken Paxton
Agricultural Commissioner: Sid Miller
Railroad Commissioner: Wayne Christian
Texas Senate Races:
SD 2: Bob Hall
SD 10: Konni Burton
Texas House Races:
HD 10: TJ Fabby
HD 16: Ted Seago
HD 58: Philip Eby
HD 66: Matt Shaheen
HD 102: Stefani Carter
State Board of Education: Eric Mahroum
Denton County DA: Karen Alexander
I normally think that most anti-bullying songs or ads are over the top but this young duo hit it perfectly. A lot of great acts come out of Britain’s Got Talent.
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