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Retired Navy Commander seeks Justice Seat
Gen. Petraeus and Cmd. Cockerell
  In September 2017 I began my campaign for Justice on Place 12 of the 5th District Court of Appeals. It was a great decision for me because it follows over 36 years of trial and appellate law Texas, the most of any of the candidates in my race.

  When I was licensed to practice law in 1981 and I stood to take the oath to become a licensed attorney in the State of Texas, it was one of the greatest days in my life.  I did not always know what lawyers do but I knew I would become one.
Attorney, Veteran, Historian
My experience is broad-based in state and federal courts in civil trial law with a diverse practice. I am Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
  I serve on the Council of the State Bar Appellate Section, the only candidate in the race to be elected on the council.  Only 15 appellate attorneys are elected statewide on this counsel. 
  I am co-chair of the Judicial and Section committee that serves to transcribe the oral histories of the former appellate justices on the court of appeals.  I have conducted interviews and handwritten and transcribed some of these histories that are available on the internet. 
  In addition, as a public service I write a monthly Judicial Profile on the local judges and justices in Tarrant County, a county that is not in the geographical boundaries of the Fifth District.  I spend several hours a month interviewing and preparing these articles for publication.  From studying these interviews for many years on what makes a good justice or judge I have a keen insight on how the Texas judiciary works.
In 1986 I enlisted in the United States Navy as a Petty Officer Third Class and was trained in the Navy Intelligence Program. In 1987 I was granted a direct commission and thereafter served faithfully once a month and for two and sometimes three weeks a year on active duty for the next twenty-eight years until I retired in 2014.
  During my service I was recalled to active duty three times.
  In 1990 I was recalled during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where I briefed Navy ships leaving the United States and headed to the Persian Gulf.  One of those briefs was to the U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) in November 1990.  I remember the ship being stationed at Pearl Harbor while many came to see the ship on her last tour.
USS Missouri 1990
   I remember boarding the ship is a young lieutenant to give an intelligence briefing to the Captain, Executive Officer, and its officer crew in the officer’s wardroom.
  Only ninety days earlier I was practicing law in my office. I had no idea I would be on a Navy ship briefing the crew at Pearl Harbor.
  From 2001 to 2003 I was recalled to active duty to the United States Southern Command in Miami, Florida and later to NAS Fort Worth JRB where I served for 21 months on active duty.  I was sent abroad to Curacao to brief the Dutch Military and once sent to brief at the National Security Agency.
  In 2007 I was recalled to active duty and sent to Iraq where I served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was stationed at various locations including Sadr City and in the Saddam Presidential Palace.    
Leaving Iraq
Bronze Star Recipient
Following my tour in Iraq I was honored with the Bronze Star. In 2014 I retired as a Navy Commander.
  I currently serve clients across the great State of Texas with cases pending in the Texas Supreme Court, the Second and Fifth Courts of Appeals and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
  Each year I provide pro bono services to the poor who need a trial and appellate attorney to assist them.
  I have also long-standing Republican credentials having been a precinct chair in Tarrant and Dallas counties.
  I proudly served as the legal counsel to the Tarrant County Republican Party and was a senatorial delegate to the Republican State Convention.

It is with this broad background of experience and the love for the law in Texas that ask for your vote on March 6.
'A Private War' by Cmd. Perry Cockerell

- J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Collin County in North Texas. Advertise with J.B. by calling 469-334-9962. Political ad paid for by the Perry Cockerell campaign. In compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.


Dan Wyde for President

  That is, Port Arthur, Texas native and former Thomas Jefferson High School student body President Dan Wyde.
  The hometown of Jimmy Johnson (Dallas Cowboys), Tom Hicks (Texas Rangers, Mavericks, and Mesquite Rodeo Arena), Janis Joplin, and many other notable success stories is also the place where Dan Wyde developed his exceptional skills.
  What are those skills? It is said that Day Wyde never met a stranger. He talks to everyone and speaks the language of downhome Texan. You might call him an old school gentleman.
  It is no wonder that he became the Student Body President of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur. 
  Port Arthur has now consolidated the high schools into one Sr. High School much like Allen, Texas. It has maintained it’s demographic balance and population since it reached 50,000 in the 1930’s.
Port Arthur is a balanced mix of Black and White with Asians and Hispanics making up the other 1/3rd of the 50,000+. The median income is low by most standards and the community is bound by sharing the fatigue of countless hurricanes, floods, and environmental disasters.
This is where Dan Wyde excelled! 
  As he is today, he was the uniting force of race and socio-economics. He respected everyone, and the love was returned.
  Port Arthur is where Dan Wyde honed his spirit of fairness and social justice. It is where his conservative values took root to make him a respected Constitutionally driven defense attorney, prosecutor, and Judge. His practice calls on his expertise and experience in civil and criminal law.
  Meet Dan and you will see why you would want him on your defense team for his ability to communicate and relate to the jury and the bench. He is often called upon by other attorney’s not only for his razor-sharp mind and knowledge of the law, but also for his easy going Southern charm and honest delivery of the case.
  It will be a year before the elected take their place on the 5th. During that time, many of you will find yourself or someone close to you in need of solid representation and you will either call on Dan Wyde or possibly wish you had.
  Can you say that about the other candidates? Listen to him speak!

The 5th District Court of Appeals in Texas is a leader in the numbers of diversified cases it is handed. It is not a place to learn all three aspects of practicing law. It is made up of scholars who come with an unbiased view and the experience to see all sides of the cases presented to them

The Most Experienced & Most Qualified Candidate
     The Honorable Dan L. Wyde is a former Dallas County Criminal Court Judge. During his 8+ years on the bench, Judge Wyde presided over 500 jury trials and 500 non-jury trials and disposed of approximately 25,000 cases.  
     Year in year out, Judge Wyde's court was always one of the most efficient criminal courts. Employing common sense and business practices to collect the Court's fines and costs, while incurring the lowest expenses compared to all 11 similar courts.
   As the only candidate with judicial experience for this bench, former Judge Wyde is the most experienced and best candidate to serve as Justice on the 5th Court of Appeals, Place 11.
    Prior to becoming a judge, Dan served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Dallas County.  He was lead counsel in 75 jury trials and 75 non-jury trials.  Dan specialized in prosecuting Drug Crimes, Child Abusers and White Collar criminals.  He has been Board Certified in Criminal Trial law since 2000.  He was lead counsel in the largest heroin case ever filed in Dallas' State Courts and the third DNA case in the Dallas criminal courts.  He prosecuted embezzlers of such notable companies as Brinker International, Bright & Co., and Club Corp.     
     In 2006, Dan entered private practice establishing Wyde & Associates.
Fighting Election Fraud & Corruption in Private Practice
Phil Graham, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dan, and the President
Dan was the lead counsel in: Sepulveda vs. Medrano, the largest Dallas Co. voter fraud case ever tried; Price vs. Woodward, mail-in ballot fraud in Tarrant County; Burnett vs. Upham, Candidate for DA denied Ballot Access; In RE: Dallas Constable Mike Dupree, Removal from Office Due to Official Malfeasance.                                                  
A Proven Constitutional Conservative Republican for 25+ Years
Yes, that's Rick Perry and Chuck Norris
Dan has voted in every Republican primary election since 1992.
Dan attended the Texas Republican Party's State Conventions in 2016, 2004, 2002, 2000 and 1998.
Dan has attended Lincoln & Regan Day Dinners in 2016 and 2006 through 1997.
Dan is a member of numerous Republican Clubs.
      Your vote on March 6, 2018 will ensure the most capable candidate represents the nearly 4 million residents across the 6 counties (Collin, Rockwall, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Dallas) that compose the 5th District Court of Appeals.

- J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Collin County in North Texas. Advertise with J.B. by calling 469-334-9962. Political Ad paid for by Dan Wyde campaign, Mika Mitchell Treasurer. In compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial campaign Fairness Act.


Signs, Signs, let your Signs Shine!

What Is Your Sign?

There are real people behind those signs! Do you get to know them before you vote?  How do you do it?
  In today's electronic era, it is not that hard to study up on candidates and find out when they will be locally available for public viewing.
  Many get started Surfing for Candidates very early in the campaign cycles. They want to be part of the system. They want to project their voice. They want to find someone who hears them.

  You can google, yahoo, bing, linked-in, facebook, twitter, etc.etc. 
It is an honor, a pleasure, and a challenge for me to help you know that person behind the sign. 
  Your responsibility as a concerned citizen is to take the time to know the candidates and then speak up for the ones you believe can be a dedicated voice you trust.

They come in all sizes. They are on hats and shirts and pins. On the highways and byways, private property, personal property, and automobiles.
  Some say that they are distracting, or that they are a nuisance, or even a driving hazard. Are they necessary? I say YES!

  And if you don't eventually have any  signs in your yard, on your vehicles, or even worn on your shirts, hats, or luggage then I say 'You haven't become passionate about your leadership! And let me add, you have no right to complain!'
Do those signs influence you?
Do you remember all the names of candidates you see covering every available green space? Do you research these names on-line and then take the time to meet and hear them? 
  What effect do those signs have on you? Do they annoy, entertain, inform? You can leave a comment. 


Chef Werner Vogeli Apprentice Dinner 2018

 My 1st of many prominent Dallas accounts as the Caffeine Cowboy was the City Club. Chef Werner became a mentor and a friend.  I would tell people,"My coffee was the closest to heaven in Dallas!"
Chef shared a personal memory of coffee of his post war youth with me.  jb

  "I began my apprenticeship at Gruner Heinrich (named after the book written by Gotfried Kellar). It is located on the Belview Platz in Zurich. 
  This is a major circle much like the Arc de Triomphe area of Paris. The first thing one sees is the racks of every available publication. Patrons came daily and would checkout their choice of news or cultural information much like in a library."
  It was an alcohol-free restaurant serving excellent cuisine. Pastries and desserts were very popular there and coffee was definitely the common denominator. The afternoons were wonderful times when it was very popular among the ladies to meet for light pastries and coffee talk. 
  Coffee was served by the portion.  A silver service providing two portions of coffee were served with one demitasse (a three ounce cup). One could not request a refill but rather ordered another portion. The cost was twice that of the finest beers, but that was not a hindrance, one expected to pay for such a fine indulgence.
  At home, we were told as children that coffee would stunt our growth. I am amused now to remember this and realize that this was a way to reduce our desire to also share in the coffee.  Burnt sugars, roasted acorns, fruits, and nuts were often used to brew something to serve in our cups.  Coffee was and still is a mysterious treasure to me.
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Chef Werner and son Chris

Chef Werner Vogeli: International Judge EWMCS and dedicated chef instructor at Art Institute of Dallas and El Centro. Legendary Chef of the City Club Dallas atop the Green Dallas Skyline Icon.
Founding father of the Texas Chefs Association, Past President and Chairman. 
His son Chris Vogeli is the Chef/Proprietor of III Forks and was Captain of the Champion Team USA for the Epicurean World Master Chefs Banquet Competition.
His ready acceptance of those entering the business of Food and Hospitality will forever influence the Dallas culture.


Texas Senator Jane Nelson

Senator Jane Nelson to Address
Denton County Republicans January 18th

Contact John Dillard at

State Senator Jane Nelson will be the keynote speaker at the Thursday, January 18, 2018 monthly meeting of the Denton County Republican Party. She is expected to give an overview of the recent Texas legislative session.

The DCRP meeting will be called to order by Chairman John Dillard promptly at 7:00 the Denton County Elections Administration office located at 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101, Denton, TX 76208.

Immediately prior to the meeting at 6:00 p.m., there will be a social hour for meeting attendees hosted by Andy Eads, candidate for Denton County Judge.  Both the social hour and the meeting are open to all interested Republicans. 

State Senator Jane Nelson is a businesswoman and former teacher who served two terms on the State Board of Education. She represents District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. 

The highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, Senator Nelson is chair of the Finance Committee, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity and co-chair of the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, which monitors the reorganization of Texas' health and human services agencies. She is also a member of the State Affairs Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports, the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, the Partnership Advisory Commission and the Joint Committee to Study Teacher Retirement System Health Benefit Plans.

Senator Nelson has received a perfect 100-percent voting record in support of small businesses, an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association and a 100-percent pro-life voting score this session from Texas Right to Life.  She has been recognized with numerous awards for her consistently conservative legislative record over the years, including Champion for Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business and Guardian of Small Business from the National Federation of Independent Business.

She and her husband, Mike, live in Flower Mound.  They have five children and eleven grandchildren.

- J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Collin County in North Texas. Advertise with J.B. by calling 469-334-9962.


A Voting Disaster

Voting or Not Voting for the Wrong Reasons. jb blocker
So you think your candidate has it locked up because their district is heavily GOP. Or you think your district will carry the DEM for the same reason. Guess again. There are several factors that could completely flip your reality. Here is just one.

Part I: Weather or not…Voter turnout is on the line.
Complacency is growing as quickly as confusion and frustration while candidates all over Texas and the rest of America campaign for seats from the Top on down.
If you are a candidate, this should concern you. If you are a Republican you have a bit of an advantage when the weather acts up. Here is an approach you should consider.

The Postman’s Pledge: Herodotus
  It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.

  What I suggest is that you gear your campaign toward pledges to vote no matter what! Not just for you, but for our country. If you are speaking, texting, or social mediaizing express the importance of committing to vote! Vote early if possible! And if they can’t do that, tell them to have their all weather gear ready. This should be your campaign at this point. Taking anything for granted is a mistake.


New Years Babies

The possibly true story of Juan Valdez

Romancing the Bean 
A Series Of Short Stories

By J. B. Blocker
the Caffeine Cowboy

  In a little over 1000 years, coffee has been elevated to the second most traded commodity after oil and is the most prepared beverage in the world. 
  Kaldi the Ethiopian goat herder is said to have discovered coffees kick and introduced it to monks who were able to chant and pray longer. A French Lieutenant stole a kiss and two coffee plants from Napoleon's garden and  brought it to the New World. Stories abound!
   I’ve got a long list of these stories if you’re interested. Most of them are true! At least parts of them are!
   The story I am about to share may or may not be true. No matter, it is close to my heart and carries a modern day lesson somewhere inside.

   Our story begins on a New Year’s Eve. In a small community hospital in South Texas, two young couples await their firstborns. All the while the hospital staff anxiously anticipate the race for the first birth of the New Year. Two expectant fathers pace into the midnight hour. As the town clocks strokes of midnight end and the New Year begins, simultaneous declarations of triumph announce two births!
   It is a tie! For the hospital and even the state of Texas, the firstborn pair of the new year are named Juan and Josephine. 


Recruiting a Winning Team

The Andrew Principle
Campaigning 101
jb blocker

John 1: 40  One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter)
  You don’t hear much about Andrew the apostle. We know he was one of the first to be chosen by Jesus along with James and John. Later in the Bible, he is the one who brings the boy to Jesus with the fish and loaves that feeds thousands. He is also at the resurrection. But Andrew is also mentioned for one other thing that has resonated throughout the ages.
  You see, Andrew met Jesus and went to his brother Simon to tell him he had found the Savior! Simon's named was changed to Peter. "Upon this rock I will build my church."
  That is some really good recruiting! That is like finding Babe Ruth and introducing him to baseball. 

I call it ‘The Andrew Principle’.
  In campaigning for a civic office, you really need a few Peters. He or She are the one who thousands listen to. They have a network, respect, and usually access to donors.
  But Peters are hard to get to.  They are very protective of their resources and are exceptionally aware of how their good name can be used or misused.  You often have to go through others they trust just to get to them.
  Every Peter has their Andrews. They can’t be that successful without dependable trusted people in their lives. Whether those are family or friends, they are the people who can unlock the doors that lead to the Peters.

Looking for Andrew