Houston, we have a problem.

Number 5 of a series

Another email from Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, excerpted:

From: Greg Abbott <info@gregabbott.com>
To: [Actually not to me but to Barbara Jean]
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:00 AM
Subject: Defending law and order

I know that the fight to defend our communities starts at the border. An unsecured border leaves us vulnerable to a variety of offenses, including violence from gangs and cartels. Too many have experienced firsthand the catastrophic damage dangerous gangs like MS-13 can cause in our communities.

That’s why I remain committed to securing our border and keeping Texans safe. I am working to crack down on violent gangs at our border and throughout our state. Because your safety is my priority, we passed the toughest border security laws in the nation. But there is more we must do to keep Texans safe.

And that’s it. Nothing about passing legislation to enforce who gets to use which public toilets:

AUSTIN — Late in last year’s legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott signaled that he would sign a bathroom bill.

But earlier in the year, Rep. Byron Cook says, then-Abbott Chief of Staff Daniel Hodge told him and leaders of Texas industry that “the governor did not want that bill on his desk.”

The bill to restrict transgender Texans’ use of restrooms posed a big threat to the state’s prosperity, according to Cook.

Nothing about the evils of Planned Parenthood:

Allegations have come out that Planned Parenthood is harvesting baby body parts. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sued Planned Parenthood for Medicaid fraud in the past, and has now directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to conduct an immediate investigation.

Sign your name if you support the investigation of Planned Parenthood

Nothing about Jade Helm 15:

April 28, 2015

Major General Gerald “Jake” Betty
Commander, Texas State Guard
Texas Military Forces
2200 West 35th Street
Austin, Texas 78763

Dear General Betty:

To address concerns of Texas citizens and to ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15. During the Operation’s eight-week training period from July 2015 to September 2015, I expect to receive regular updates on the progress and safety of the Operation.

No, the new approach to Texas governance, so far as Governor Abbott and Texas Republicans figure it, is to stoke fear of foreigners and leverage off that.

An unsecured border leaves us vulnerable to a variety of offenses, including violence from gangs and cartels.

And these are foreigners, and securing our borders is going to fix the problem?

Too many have experienced firsthand the catastrophic damage dangerous gangs like MS-13 can cause in our communities.

Governor, I hate to be the one to bring you this surprising news, but MS-13 sprang out of the streets of Los Angeles, California, back in the 1980s. Although it has since spread across much of this continent, keeping MS-13 out of Texas is going to require securing our border with California. But wait, California doesn’t border on Texas, so what we are going to have to do is secure our borders with Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Talk about a wall!

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested President Donald Trump and both houses of Congress use federal money withheld from defunded cities, counties and states with so-called “sanctuary” policies to help fund a border wall, during an interview Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

Abbott, who has withheld state funds from Travis County in Texas because of its sanctuary policies, urged the president to use federal criminal grants stripped away from localities adopting these policies to aid in securing the border.

Of course, I exaggerate. I likely will not need my passport when returning to Texas from Oklahoma, a place I have not visited in over 60 years. I will just swim the Red River and enter Texas as a wetback.

Just think how it would be if we could get our governor, and the rest of Texas government, to concentrate on matters that mean the most to Texas citizens, including, perhaps, doing something about the fake crisis pregnancy centers being funded by the government

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Savanah Low — a staunch pro-choice advocate who works with Jane’s Due Process, volunteers at Planned Parenthood, and protested at the Texas state legislature last session in a Handmaid’s Tale red robe and white bonnet — once accidentally volunteered at a “crisis pregnancy center.”

The True Options Pregnancy Center, a business in Sherman, Texas where Low volunteered years ago, presents as a family planning clinic, but has no obstetrician or gynecologist on site. On its website, the center says it offers abortion information, but it doesn’t actually refer anyone to abortion if they come in and ask about it.

Even when people don’t want an abortion, the clinic isn’t very helpful. “Women come in asking to use [the ultrasound machine] to see if their baby is healthy and find out the sex. She turns them down because the only purpose of that ultrasound machine is to convince people not to have an abortion. They provide no medical service,” Low said. True Options staff told ThinkProgress that their nurses aren’t trained to determine a baby’s sex, and are only able to identify if a person is pregnant.

If Governor Abbot will quit playing fast and loose with the truth and get around to doing something of value to Texans, then I will quit parading his off-kilter campaign appeals for others’ amusement.

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