April 30, 2015 7:30 am -


Greg Abbott is worried that Operation Jade Helm means a military takeover of Texas.

Conservative furor over Operation Jade Helm 15 has convinced Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott to ask the State Guard to monitor the military training exercise in a letter he wrote on Tuesday.

The request arrives the day after more than 200 people attended at a meeting in rural Bastrop County. There, they grilled a U.S. Army commander about the nefarious gun-grabbing plans, or plans to impose martial law.

The County Judge, Paul Pape, said “conspiracy theorists” and “fear mongers” had been in a frenzy, and Pape thanked Abbott for the letter to the Texas State Guard, which he said emphasized the benefit of military training and did not supply more fuel to raging Inforwars inferno…

Conservative suspicions stem from a map that made its rounds on social media and websites. It labeled Texas, Utah, and parts of California as “hostile” for the purposes of the three-month training exercise that begins in July.

The only thing that makes Jade Helm unique among war simulations is the size and scope.

In his letter to the State Guard, Abbott wrote, “It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed. By monitoring the Operation on a continual basis, the State Guard will facilitate communications between my office and the commanders of the Operation to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect Texans.”

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria accused some people of having a “personal agenda” about the exercise, and spreading misinformation as a result. Lastoria told the crowd in Bastrop on Monday that the exercise will include 1,200 soldiers and all four branches of the military.

Lastoria spoke for two hours, but it didn’t convince everyone.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

38 responses to Texas Governor Worried About Military Takeover Of His State

  1. rg9rts April 30th, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Amazing isn’t it??? This imbecile actually believes his own BS…Whats the matter Abbot you boys doing something unconstitutional ….like seceding??

    • Um Cara April 30th, 2015 at 8:41 am

      The fact that the vast majority of Texans and Americans in general would be opposed to it. Obviously.

      The racist America haters who want Texas and many other states with large minority population states to secede are thankfully a small percentage of the overall population.

      • Roctuna April 30th, 2015 at 9:02 am

        I don’t think THIS particular example of Texas craziness is rooted in racism, just stupidity and paranoia. Texas is rich in tea party kool aid drinkers. They’ll vigorously honor the military right up to the point where their leaders tell ’em not to. They’re incapable of reasonable thought on their own.

        I thought this article from Crooks & Liars said it well

        • StoneyCurtisll April 30th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

          Great link~!

        • tracey marie April 30th, 2015 at 9:32 pm

          According to the Texas papers this is rooted in racism, they stated that President Obama is a muslim and a white hating “negro” who plans to impose martial law and take control of the country

          • Roctuna May 1st, 2015 at 7:53 am

            There certainly is that aspect. It’s just that the Posse Comitatus and their ilk have been around for quite a while, long before Pres. Obama took office. I do think these folks would have had the same objections even without the America-hating Kenyan ursurper in the White House.

      • Dwendt44 April 30th, 2015 at 11:32 am

        You might get some argument about that. It isn’t just racists that wouldn’t mind a bit if Texass did leave.

        • Um Cara May 1st, 2015 at 5:55 pm

          I’m sure a small percentage of the America haters calling for Texas and other parts of the US to seceed aren’t racist, but a huge percentage of the members of those states calling for it are, and it’s pretty hard to overlook the fact that Americans from other states suggesting that various pieces of America break off tend to focus on states with high minority populations.

          Sure, they all have other excuses for why they want to destroy America, but it sure smells like racism to me.

  2. allison1050 April 30th, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I don’t think he actually believes that line of crap it’s just a way of not discussing ways to get the state off of federal welfare.

  3. William April 30th, 2015 at 9:35 am

    “as a result. Lastoria told the crowd in Bastrop on Monday that the exercise will include 1,200 soldiers and all four branches of the military.”

    • mea_mark April 30th, 2015 at 9:37 am

      I am starting to think Abbott wants to be the worst Texas governor of all time.

      • Dwendt44 April 30th, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Given a little time, he may prove you correct.

        • mea_mark April 30th, 2015 at 6:06 pm

          If Texas cuts taxes while oil revenue is down and doesn’t take the billions from expanding medicaid it is about to lose for health care, Texas is going to be a disaster in 2017. 2 years, give or take. IMO

      • Larry Schmitt April 30th, 2015 at 11:47 am

        He has some tough competition, with Dubya and Mr. My Glasses Make Me Look Smart in their history.

    • CityZen April 30th, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Good stuff William.

  4. Budda April 30th, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Paranoia runs deep in little minds.

  5. William April 30th, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Good Lord…and it’s not even Friday.

    • StoneyCurtisll April 30th, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      High Five~!

  6. arc99 April 30th, 2015 at 10:28 am

    It is a sad state of affairs when the governor of a state must publicly assuage the paranoid delusions of psychotic extremists.

    • Dwendt44 April 30th, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Not when he’s a leader of that group.

    • pignose4.0 April 30th, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Hell fox news does it nation wide every day…………….you boys scared yet?

  7. Foundryman April 30th, 2015 at 10:37 am

    What derp! He doesn’t need to worry about the military!!! He has Ted Nugent to protect him.

    • Larry Schmitt April 30th, 2015 at 11:49 am

      He’ll sh!t all over them.

  8. Dwendt44 April 30th, 2015 at 11:37 am

    We could solve that problem real easy. We’ll just pull all the Army, Air Force and Navy bases out of Texas. That might kill the state economy, but hey, no military take over worries. Texas doesn’t have an income tax, so it’s supported by a high sales tax and property taxes. Sales that rate is 6.25% plus local option. Not the highest but right up there. All those soldiers, sailors and Airmen not buying anything would really put a dent in the state coffers.

    • Larry Schmitt April 30th, 2015 at 11:46 am

      It might not kill the economy, but it would put a big hole in it. A quick check shows the military bases in Texas account for about $150 billion in economic activity, about 6% of the entire state. And what does Abbott plan to do, have the Texas Guard face off against the US Army? They don’t actually work for him. He can command them during times of emergency, but they can also be federalized. They are still part of the Army.

      • mea_mark April 30th, 2015 at 6:10 pm

        Actually, well, you should just see this They did a good job of explaining the #TexasDerp

        • Larry Schmitt April 30th, 2015 at 6:43 pm

          When they said Texas Guard, I thought they meant the National Guard. I didn’t realize Texas still had their own army. That sounds like some kind of movie satire.

          • mea_mark April 30th, 2015 at 7:01 pm

            #TexasDerp ~ not satire, unfortunate reality.

    • pignose4.0 April 30th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Can’t do that because then all those jehadists Mexicans waiting across the border will take over America.

  9. illinoisboy1977 April 30th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Even if the government decided it DID want to do something like that, the soldiers would be in violation of their oaths if they followed those orders. A soldier’s oath to uphold and defend the Constitution supercedes all other considerations. Even Presidential orders.

  10. OldLefty April 30th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I love these guys.
    It’s like one long cartoon.

  11. StoneyCurtisll April 30th, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Jade Helm 15~!!..(lol)
    We got a bigger problem now..
    California Uber Alles…

  12. Gadea April 30th, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    That’s ridiculous.

    • tracey marie April 30th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      yes you are, and a liar to boot. you are a brietbarting pos

      • Gadea April 30th, 2015 at 9:55 pm

        Gee, you are a dictator.

        It’s either your way or the highway.

        Luckily, you’re not the boss of me.

        Have a great life, Tracey Marie.

        • burqa May 10th, 2015 at 4:13 am

          Baltimore is in Maryland, not Texas.

      • Gadea April 30th, 2015 at 9:58 pm

        You are really consumed with hatred and anger. I hope you can turn it around.

  13. burqa May 10th, 2015 at 4:12 am

    It’s only going to take 1,200 troops to take over the whole state of Texas as well as Utah and parts of California?
    What a bunch of weenies……..maybe if we sent in the 1,200 with one hand tied behind their backs it will be a more fair fight…