Q sent her. Seriously. Christine Parizo demands a recount in CCISD elections. (She lost by 25 points!)

May 11, 2021

Christine Parizo is our own home grown Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Qanon right wing conspiracy nut of the Republican Party. According to her twitter account Christine is from League City. She is a “journalist” probably much like I am a “journalist” and owns some kind of B2B marketing business. She also likes coffee, probably in excess.

Christine ran for the Clear Creek Independent School Board and lost by a whopping 25 percentage points. In political lingo that is what Donald trump would call a landslide. And much like Donald trump she is now whining about the election being rigged. One of the points she has made is the turnout was very high for a school board race based on history of the elections. Maybe she just didn’t realize that most parents do not want a Quack on the school board, especially her so they did what they needed to do to keep her off. They voted.

So now Christine has sent out this press release claiming she wants a recount of the 2257 votes, 841 of those where hers. Maybe someone ought to ask those 841 voters if they had made a mistake. Enjoy the read! #NoPlaceButTexas.

Press Release: Christine for CCISD Campaign Files for Election Recount, Citing Numerous Irregularities

May 10, 2021

Campaign, in consultation with election integrity experts, asserts
results should be validated by direct examination of voting machine data

LEAGUE CITY (May 10, 2021) – The Christine for CCISD Campaign (aka Christine Parizo Student Success Committee) today filed state-mandated notification with Clear Creek ISD that it will seek a formal hand recount of the results in the election for the District 5 seat on the CCISD Board of Trustees.

Following a careful review of the election in consultation with election integrity experts, the Christine for CCISD Campaign has cited numerous election irregularities in the 2021 District 5 contest, including the following:

  • In the 2021 District 5 race, voter turnout more than tripled versus the most recent previous District 5 election (in 2018), while overall population growth for the voting area during that time has not matched that pace
  • Only 5% of the voters in the 2021 District 5 race voted in the 2018 District 5 election; many of the voters in the 2021 District 5 election have no record of voting in any previous election, CCISD or otherwise
  • The total number of votes cast in District 5 on Election Day reported by CCISD does not match the total number of District 5 votes cast on Election Day as reported in the voter roster CCISD posted online following the election
  • An election integrity expert who observed the tallying process on behalf of the Christine for CCISD Campaign reported that three of the Hart InterCivic voting system machines used to cast ballots did not have corresponding internal paperwork that matched their external validation seals; such a discrepancy is often a sign of election tampering
  • Security researchers have reported that the Hart InterCivic voting system machines have many fundamental, built-in system vulnerabilities, including insecure computer network interfaces, improper use of cryptography, and susceptibility to malicious inputs; anyone with cursory knowledge of and access to the machines could quickly compromise or alter the results of an election
  • CCISD’s tallying process ultimately requires data to be manually entered into a spreadsheet, creating the opportunity for human or machine calculation errors

A hand recount requires that ballot cast data directly from the electronic voting systems is printed out, and then counted by hand. Per Texas state law, candidates may request hand recounts on electronic votes for any reason.

“The voters of District 5 have a fundamental right to know, without any uncertainty, who won this election,” said Eric Parizo, Campaign Manager for the Christine for CCISD Campaign. “Considering the numerous abnormalities in this election, as well as CCISD’s highly questionable if not outright hostile conduct toward our campaign during the course of this race, there is no question that a recount is the only course of action to ensure the integrity of the results.”

Earlier in the campaign, the Christine for CCISD Campaign filed a formal school board electioneering complaint against the Clear Creek Independent School District with the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as the Texas Secretary of State. That complaint, filed March 22, 2021, alleged that CCISD Board of Trustees President Dr. Laura DuPont authorized CCISD Chief Communications Officer Elaina Polsen to interfere in the May 2021 CCISD Board of Trustees election on behalf of James J. Cunningham, District 5 Trustee and candidate for reelection.

In light of the pending electioneering complaint and to ensure fair treatment, the Christine for CCISD Campaign is formally requesting that Dr. DuPont relinquish any oversight role in the recount process to Trustee and Board Secretary Arturo Sanchez.

“Our campaign believes it is in the best interest of the voters and the district to avoid any appearance of impropriety during the recount process, hence we believe Mr. Sanchez is best positioned to serve as recount oversight officer,” Eric Parizo said.”

The Christine for CCISD Campaign would like to express its sincere gratitude to its many voters and supporters within and beyond District 5, so many of whom warmly embraced Success for Every Student as not only a slogan, but also a call to action.

“Regardless of the outcome, our mission to do what’s right for students, families, and taxpayers will never end as long as it lives on in the hearts and minds of those in our community,” Eric Parizo said. “While we are confident that the data directly from the voting machines, once examined, will tell a very different story than the one told on election night, the undeniable legacy of this campaign will be the fight for fairness, transparency, and integrity – values we all want for our community and our schools.”

Any further updates from the Christine for CCISD Campaign will be posted directly to the campaign website, https://christineforccisd.com.

Qanon loser in CCISD elections calls for a recount

May 10, 2021

You really can’t make this up. I was wondering when one of the Q republicans was going to claim the election was rigged. Well it didn’t take long:

Stephanie Parizo didn’t lose by a few points. She lost by 25%. She lost in a landslide, just like Trump. Now she is acting like trump and whining about the election being rigged. Look for Ted Cruz to come in to support her stupidity. Maybe she will lead an insurrection on CCISD.
Sore loser.

Qanon fails in bid to take over CCISD

May 3, 2021


In the words of Meatloaf: Two out of three ain’t bad.

Two out of three “conservative” candidates failed to win their race for the CCISD board. One more win would have tipped the board towards the Q side of the aisle. These three candidates are not conservative. There is nothing conservative about fiscal irresponsibility or lying, cheating, stealing, or insurrection. These are not traits of true conservatives.

Stephanie Parizo of League City was crushed by her opponent in Distict 5. She was one of those who wanted to oust our current Superintendent. She received a $1000 donation from out of Great Falls Virginia which is just 17 miles from Leesburg Virginia. The Loudoun County School District is located in Leesburg. Our Superintendent was the Superintendent of Loudoun County before coming to CCISD. What a coincidence.

Jeff Larson, former NASA employee, seems on paper to be qualified although listing himself as a republican precinct chair should have solidified his loss in a non partisan race. We will have to watch to see if he truly is a “conservative” or a trump conservative.

In a couple of years Scott Bowen will be up for re-election. He is a trump conservative and does not deserve to be on the board.

UFOs running for CCISD Board: Christine Parizo

April 28, 2021

UFO: Unqualified For Office

From the Galveston County Daily News Opinion Page:

This is clear with Christine Parizo, a candidate for District 5. Besides a few superficial commitments, Parizo has no significant educational experience or accomplishments. To compensate, Parizo applied her self-proclaimed skills in “technology, software, and cybersecurity” to create a website filled with misinformation about the school district, a ploy to bolster her campaign by framing the district as dysfunctional.

Parizo isn’t just inexperienced, she’s institutionally ineffective. While Parizo campaigns on bringing fiscal responsibility to the district, she single-handedly cost the district $30,830.34 in frivolous lawsuits. This includes a lawsuit condemning the use of portable classrooms because they supposedly create an environment that isn’t “safe and disciplined,” even though Parizo herself doesn’t want to find the money to build permanent classrooms.

The entire opinion piece written by a former CCISD student can be found here. It is very well written. As I have mentioned before, the Qanon candidates are just plain scary. 

Qs running for CCISD board?

April 15, 2021

Back in 2010 tea party members invaded the CCISD school board. The results were not pretty. Instead of level headed decisions based upon data they made short sighted, knee jerk decisions which eventually cost the district. 

Today the tea party has been replaced with members of Qanon, an extreme right wing of the extreme right wing tea party. They call themselves “Conservatives” with “conservative values” such as family values, fiscal responsibility, accountability, law and order while posing with Donald Trump who porked a porn star, created a trillion dollar deficit, abused the legal system, and incited riots. This is Q. This is what the Republican Party has become.

CCISD already has 2 members of Q on the board. Both doing what they do best, disrupt and destroy. Attend a board meeting and you will see what these people are doing. They act like this is a game. They base decisions on feelings and “owning the libs” instead of using facts, data, science, and accounting principals. Three are currently running for the board which could end in yet another disaster for CCISD, students, and teachers. 

They call themselves “Conservatives” but they are Q and in Qrazy.

I nailed it: Republicans announce they are coming for Social Security

October 19, 2018

This is like shooting fish in a barrel. 

By Tom Toles of the Washington Post

From a previous post:

So now with a newly created $1.5 Trillion hole in the budget created by the trump tax plan, look for massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Education, Environment Protection. 

The Republican Party has just announce their intentions of cutting so called “entitlements” the services and benefits Americans are entitled to receive because they have paid for them! They have called for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and you won’t believe why they claim this is necessary. Here is Mitch McConnell:

“It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem,” McConnell said of the deficit, which grew 17 percent to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018. McConnell explained to Bloomberg that “it’s a bipartisan problem: Unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.” The deficit has increased 77 percent since McConnell became majority leader in 2015.

Yep. The tax cuts for the rich have created a $1 trillion deficit. This was expected. All economists predicted the cuts would benefit the top 1% and major stock holders. They predicted a huge deficit. And I predicted cuts to Social Security just like what happened here in Texas.

Creating a hole in the budget was all part of the republican plan because it would eventually justify massive cuts to education and services. Texas, by law, requires a balanced budget so what better way to cut education than to create a massive debt then blame the “out of control spending” by the public education community? And that is exactly what happened. Someone had to pay for the tax cuts for the business community so Education was hit by over $5 Billion in just the first year.

This was all part of the plan.

Texas State Representative Dennis Paul on education

September 21, 2018

Dennis Paul is heartbroken. Bless his heart.

According to Paul’s website Dennis Paul is heartbroken about rising property taxes and school funding. HEARTBROKEN! From his website:

Every year, property taxes in HD 129 continue to increase. It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of residents being forced out of their homes because they can’t pay their property tax bills. I support revamping our property tax burden for school funds, helping fund our schools with sales tax proceeds and lowering our district’s property tax rate. But I don’t intend to do a damn thing about it.

Ok. I added the last sentence, but it is true. If an elected official is so heartbroken about property taxes, then do something about it don’t just yap about it. Paul needs to remember this is a problem created by his party. His party reshaped school funding over 15 years ago and its been an incredible failure resulting in a drop in funding, cuts to teachers, skyrocketing health insurance, and more. It’s incredible that any teacher would ever vote for a republican. But they do. Ugh.

According to Reform Austin not only has property taxes skyrocketed, revenues from the state has continued to shrink. Right under Paul’s nose. 

Consider Clear Creek ISD. In Fiscal Year 2016, CCISD received $129.3 million in state funding, while local taxpayers paid $280.6 million. By Fiscal Year 2018, state funding decreased to $106 million, while local taxpayers’ share ballooned to $323.7 million. The state’s share dropped 18 percent while the local share went up 15 percent in just three years.
A similar situation is occurring in Pasadena ISD. In 2016, PISD received $358.8 million in state funding, while local taxpayers paid $157 million. In 2017, state funding decreased to $347.4 million, while local taxpayers’ share increased to $168.8 million. The state’s share dropped 10 percent while the local share went up 8 percent in just one year.

Dennis Paul may be heartbroken but he isn’t listening probably because he has never had a town hall meeting with his constituents. Much like every other republican.

Isn't 16 years of Dan Patrick enough?

August 27, 2018

Texas Lt. Governor is too embarrassed to defend his record of achievements in Texas with his opponent Mike Collier, so he is going to debate Geraldo Rivera instead. From the Austin Statemen:

Democratic rival Mike Collier, who has been pressing to debate Patrick without success, was less than pleased, calling the Rivera challenge a stunt and dismissing Patrick as a “clown.”

From the San Antonio Express News

Clown is right. Patrick is the leader of the white wing of the republic party, the far white wing. He is lucky those in education, including teachers, parents, administrators, etc, still won’t take the time to vote and those who do vote the wrong way. That goes for those in law enforcement, public sector employees and Hispanics. His record of leadership is one that would make any white winger proud.

Under Patrick’s leadership teacher’s salaries have not kept up with the national average. Spending for our public schools has dropped to record lows. Texas now ranks (or reeks) #43 in the nation for public education. Health care costs for retired teachers have skyrocketed and retirement benefits have been cut. This is nothing to brag about or debate your opponent about.

Patrick ushered in open carry of loaded assault rifles in Texas against the wishes of the law enforcement community and just about everyone else. He had the power to stop this insanity but instead fully endorsed it as if walking around the streets with a loaded assault rifle makes our streets safer. (it doesn’t) When 5 policemen in Dallas were gunned down with an AK-47 type of weapon Patrick was silent. He was silent about his open carry bill when 26 were killed in Sutherland with a Ruger AR-556. He finally spoke up after 8 students were killed in Santa Fe by donating metal detectors for an ill conceived, limited protection, gimmick that did not address the issue of gun violence.

Patrick as a Senator and Lt Governor has created a tax haven for businesses in Texas passing the deficits on to the tax payers of Texas. Cuts to education and services followed, as planned.

Patrick has been the champion of the so-called “Bathroom bill”, another brain fart of an idea. Instead of addressing gun violence, or teachers salaries, or property taxes, Patrick has focused on the number one issue on the minds of Texans, which bathroom kids should use.

So with his record of cuts to our teachers, assault weapons on demand, property taxes out of control, and policing of bathrooms, just to name a few,  it is no wonder Dan Patrick would decline an opportunity to debate his opponent.

Watch Geraldo kick his ass.

Rarely do we ask: Is our Teachers learning?

August 16, 2018

Teachers aren’t learning.

Years ago President Bush asked “Is our kids learning?”. Seriously he said that. Today we must ask if our teachers are paying attention to the politics affecting their profession, or if parents of students are paying attention to the politics affecting their children’s future, or if voters are paying attention to the politics affecting their family members and neighbors lives. They’re not.

Each election cycle we see a number of pro-education organizations gather with correctly spelled signs on the south lawn of the capitol. I remember one with  over 5,000 in attendance. Another had 12,000, and yet another 15,000.  These are relatively huge crowds but there are over 300,000 public school teachers and over 600,000 employees in public education. Where were they? Where are they?

Our teachers have been hammered since the Republican Party took over the House, Senate, and Governorship. In 2005 the Republicans passed massive tax cuts to the business community which resulted in predictable massive deficits. In fact the Comptroller of Texas, Carole Keeton Rylander, in a letter to Gov Perry said:

As the state’s chief fiscal officer, it is my responsibility to spell out exactly what the Perry Tax Plan means to our state’s fiscal integrity. As you have known since it was made public, your plan simply does not pay for itself. As of this moment, this legislation is a staggering $23 billion short of the funds needed to pay for the promised property tax cuts over the next five years.

She was wrong. The plan was $27 Billion short and with that came massive cuts to education, $5 Billion in the first year. But teachers, their families, and friends kept voting for republicans. Over the last 16 years teachers retirement has been cut, the cost of health insurance has skyrocketed and healthcare costs for retirees have soared. Texas has fallen to #43 in the nation in education. Yet they keep voting for republicans or not voting at all.

Its getting hard to fight for teachers when they refuse to learn about the individuals they are voting for or refuse to vote. In the 2018 primaries there seemed to be a sliver of hope with a group advocating for Lt Governor Dan Patrick’s opponent in the republican primary. They lost. Again.

If the 300,000+ teachers, 600,000+ public school employees, parents of the students, and their friends and family would vote in support of education, against the republicans in office, and vote their strength the disrespect for those in education would stop. Imediately.

And if 4.8 million Hispanics eligible to vote would vote their strength….

No Place but Texas: Less Racism in Texas School Board

December 19, 2014

This “No Place but Texas” post might become a series. God knows there simply isn’t any other place on earth but Texas for stuff like this. 

You might recall: 

Chris Harris, an elected member of the Hooks Independent School Board, posted a viral image of a Ku Klux Klan member with the caption, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.”

The Hooks Independent School Board was going to meet to discuss Harris. It was probably all they could do since he was an elected official. The only way he would be removed from the board is through a recall election, if that was possible, of if he resigned. A day later Harris gave the Board something else to talk about:

A northwest Texas school board member has resigned after posting numerous comments on Facebook referencing the Ku Klux Klan in the wake of the Ferguson riots and protests. 

Chris Harris, formerly on the board for the Hooks Independent School District, apologized for his posts — which included an image of a KKK member with the caption “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” Harris has since taken down his Facebook account, Raw Story reported.

Problem solved. Harris seemed to have a recent history of Facebook racism running through his veins. He claimed his racist rants were caused by being accused of being a racist. Go figure.

Well, one gone out of our school system. Who is next?

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