Why Is Midland, Texas Using $50,000 of Taxpayer Money to Pay for a Christian Concert?

I’m taking off for The Amazing Meeting 9 today, so I can’t dig for more information right now, but can anyone find out why the city of Midland, Texas is using $50,000 of taxpayer money (PDF) to pay for Rock the Desert, an event with a mission “to reach today’s generation through contemporary Christian music and recreation so that they may hear the life changing Message of Jesus Christ”?

(via Sleepless in Midland — Thanks to Brian for the link!)

***Update***: Reader Andy brought this to FFRF’s attention and they filed an open records request (PDF). I’ll keep you updated.

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  • KeithLM

    Odd, several years back the Confederate Air Force changed it’s name to the Commemorative Air Force yet this statement still uses the old name that was deemed potentially offensive.  

  • KeithLM

    Odd, several years back the Confederate Air Force changed it’s name to the Commemorative Air Force yet this statement still uses the old name that was deemed potentially offensive.  

  • KeithLM

    Odd, several years back the Confederate Air Force changed it’s name to the Commemorative Air Force yet this statement still uses the old name that was deemed potentially offensive.  

  • Cindy

    Well, that explains why I couldn’t find any hotel rooms in Midland/Odessa on Aug. 4 (driving through to Tucson).

  • Cindy

    Well, that explains why I couldn’t find any hotel rooms in Midland/Odessa on Aug. 4 (driving through to Tucson).

  • Jon H

    Looking at the website it seems like a pretty big event, it really has the potential to bring in A LOT of tourism money. 

  • Jon H

    Looking at the website it seems like a pretty big event, it really has the potential to bring in A LOT of tourism money. 

  • Jon H

    Looking at the website it seems like a pretty big event, it really has the potential to bring in A LOT of tourism money. 

  • Jon H

    Looking at the website it seems like a pretty big event, it really has the potential to bring in A LOT of tourism money. 

    • http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/ PsiCop

      So you’re saying they sold their Constitutional principles for money? How is that not like Judas selling Jesus for 30 pieces of silver?

  • Gus Snarp

    Somehow I expect the answer is somehow related to the budget item directly below it.

    • Sven

      Isn’t that, like, a place for special children?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719095026 Zach Johnson

        “At the George W Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719095026 Zach Johnson

        “At the George W Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719095026 Zach Johnson

        “At the George W Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719095026 Zach Johnson

        “At the George W Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719095026 Zach Johnson

        “At the George W Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719095026 Zach Johnson

        “At the George W Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719095026 Zach Johnson

        “At the George W Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I had this less than charitable thought too, but my better imaginary angel took me to google and I found out it’s his childhood home. Though being a Bushie, it’s probably just one of his several childhood homes.

    • Sven

      Isn’t that, like, a place for special children?

    • Sven

      Isn’t that, like, a place for special children?

    • Sven

      Isn’t that, like, a place for special children?

    • Sven

      Isn’t that, like, a place for special children?

    • Sven

      Isn’t that, like, a place for special children?

  • Gus Snarp

    Somehow I expect the answer is somehow related to the budget item directly below it.

  • Gus Snarp

    Somehow I expect the answer is somehow related to the budget item directly below it.

  • Gus Snarp

    Somehow I expect the answer is somehow related to the budget item directly below it.

  • Gus Snarp

    Somehow I expect the answer is somehow related to the budget item directly below it.

  • Gus Snarp

    Somehow I expect the answer is somehow related to the budget item directly below it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jfinite Justin Bonaparte

    Ugh, that Rock the Desert web design is painful on the eyes!

  • http://profiles.google.com/jfinite Justin Bonaparte

    Ugh, that Rock the Desert web design is painful on the eyes!

    • Annie

      Yes… I made the mistake of clicking on “need him?”, but got too creeped out to “start my journey”.

      • Brad

        I went into the “need him?” section and click through the preset questions they know i wanted to ask …  surprisingly one of them was  ” why should  I care?” A few more clicks and their was an option to connect to live chat lol!

        no one was available to chat with me though :(

    • Annie

      Yes… I made the mistake of clicking on “need him?”, but got too creeped out to “start my journey”.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jfinite Justin Bonaparte

    Ugh, that Rock the Desert web design is painful on the eyes!

  • http://profiles.google.com/jfinite Justin Bonaparte

    Ugh, that Rock the Desert web design is painful on the eyes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    it’s nice to know they value the air force just as much as Christian proselytizing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

      • Lamb_woman

        Who is they?  The commemorative air force is historical in nature, including a museum and an annual air show that is just great!  It has nothing to do with religion or “spiritual warfare” whatever that means.
        Is this what blogging is all about, sitting around looking for things to complain about, whether you know what you’re talking about or not?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Caswell/100000705227820 Amy Caswell

      They like to call it “spiritual warfare”

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    it’s nice to know they value the air force just as much as Christian proselytizing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    it’s nice to know they value the air force just as much as Christian proselytizing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    it’s nice to know they value the air force just as much as Christian proselytizing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    it’s nice to know they value the air force just as much as Christian proselytizing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    it’s nice to know they value the air force just as much as Christian proselytizing.

  • Anonymous

    I’m utterly shocked that a town that spends money on “Confederate Air Force”, the “President G.W Bush Home” and the “Petroleum Museum” would flout the Constitution to turn young people into faithful Christians.

    /sarcasm

  • Anonymous

    I’m utterly shocked that a town that spends money on “Confederate Air Force”, the “President G.W Bush Home” and the “Petroleum Museum” would flout the Constitution to turn young people into faithful Christians.

    /sarcasm

  • Anonymous

    I’m utterly shocked that a town that spends money on “Confederate Air Force”, the “President G.W Bush Home” and the “Petroleum Museum” would flout the Constitution to turn young people into faithful Christians.

    /sarcasm

  • Anonymous

    I’m utterly shocked that a town that spends money on “Confederate Air Force”, the “President G.W Bush Home” and the “Petroleum Museum” would flout the Constitution to turn young people into faithful Christians.

    /sarcasm

  • Anonymous

    I’m utterly shocked that a town that spends money on “Confederate Air Force”, the “President G.W Bush Home” and the “Petroleum Museum” would flout the Constitution to turn young people into faithful Christians.

    /sarcasm

    • KeithLM

      The “Commemorative Air Force”, as it has been known since 2002, has a museum in Midland, TX.  That organization operates many historical aircraft, and has the only remaining flying B-29 which was restored in Midland.  Why the city council has the name wrong is a mystery.  

      • Daniel

        @ Keith  I’m from the Midland / Odessa area.  The “Commemerative” in CAF was originally “Confederate” when the organization was founded.  

        I was shocked to see this as well.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m utterly shocked that a town that spends money on “Confederate Air Force”, the “President G.W Bush Home” and the “Petroleum Museum” would flout the Constitution to turn young people into faithful Christians.

    /sarcasm

  • Anonymous

    I’m utterly shocked that a town that spends money on “Confederate Air Force”, the “President G.W Bush Home” and the “Petroleum Museum” would flout the Constitution to turn young people into faithful Christians.

    /sarcasm

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

    • rlrose328

      That’s what I figured, too.  The way the minutes read is that they are investing in the tourism aspect of a huge event.  It just happens to be religious in nature.  That’s quite an increase, though… I think $17,000 is more than enough.  :-)  (not much of a tourist myself)

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • BP

    It seems to me, that supporting a large-scale event likely to bring many people to town might boost the local economy – restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. While it seems odd to spend $50,000 on a religious event, looking at it from a business standpoint, it’s a large concert event spanning several days, likely to bring in revenue for businesses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    Here’s the 9/28/2010 minutes approving (and increasing from $17,000 to $50,000) the expense:


    30. Assistant Community Services Director Tina Jauz, noted that the contract should be amended to read $50,000 instead of $17,000. 

    Following discussion, Mayor Pro Tem James moved to amend the contract to read $50,000 instead of $17,000; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Morales.

    Council Member James moved to approve Resolution No. 2010-277 with amended contract; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN: None.  ABSENT:  Morales.  Caption of said resolution is as follows: 

    RESOLUTION NO. 2010-277
    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH ROCK THE DESERT, TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND THE CONVENTION AND HOTEL INDUSTRY IN THE CITY OF MIDLAND 

    Source: http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/agendas/city_council/minutes/Minutes%202010-09-28.pdf

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    Here’s the 9/28/2010 minutes approving (and increasing from $17,000 to $50,000) the expense:


    30. Assistant Community Services Director Tina Jauz, noted that the contract should be amended to read $50,000 instead of $17,000. 

    Following discussion, Mayor Pro Tem James moved to amend the contract to read $50,000 instead of $17,000; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Morales.

    Council Member James moved to approve Resolution No. 2010-277 with amended contract; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN: None.  ABSENT:  Morales.  Caption of said resolution is as follows: 

    RESOLUTION NO. 2010-277
    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH ROCK THE DESERT, TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND THE CONVENTION AND HOTEL INDUSTRY IN THE CITY OF MIDLAND 

    Source: http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/agendas/city_council/minutes/Minutes%202010-09-28.pdf

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    Here’s the 9/28/2010 minutes approving (and increasing from $17,000 to $50,000) the expense:


    30. Assistant Community Services Director Tina Jauz, noted that the contract should be amended to read $50,000 instead of $17,000. 

    Following discussion, Mayor Pro Tem James moved to amend the contract to read $50,000 instead of $17,000; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Morales.

    Council Member James moved to approve Resolution No. 2010-277 with amended contract; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN: None.  ABSENT:  Morales.  Caption of said resolution is as follows: 

    RESOLUTION NO. 2010-277
    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH ROCK THE DESERT, TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND THE CONVENTION AND HOTEL INDUSTRY IN THE CITY OF MIDLAND 

    Source: http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/agendas/city_council/minutes/Minutes%202010-09-28.pdf

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    Here’s the 9/28/2010 minutes approving (and increasing from $17,000 to $50,000) the expense:


    30. Assistant Community Services Director Tina Jauz, noted that the contract should be amended to read $50,000 instead of $17,000. 

    Following discussion, Mayor Pro Tem James moved to amend the contract to read $50,000 instead of $17,000; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Morales.

    Council Member James moved to approve Resolution No. 2010-277 with amended contract; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN: None.  ABSENT:  Morales.  Caption of said resolution is as follows: 

    RESOLUTION NO. 2010-277
    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH ROCK THE DESERT, TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND THE CONVENTION AND HOTEL INDUSTRY IN THE CITY OF MIDLAND 

    Source: http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/agendas/city_council/minutes/Minutes%202010-09-28.pdf

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if they would help fund a religion-neutral music event for the same reasons?  It’s one thing to say you have a certain religion-neutral motivation to support a religious entity, event or project, often I find it’s not the case.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if they would help fund a religion-neutral music event for the same reasons?  It’s one thing to say you have a certain religion-neutral motivation to support a religious entity, event or project, often I find it’s not the case.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if they would help fund a religion-neutral music event for the same reasons?  It’s one thing to say you have a certain religion-neutral motivation to support a religious entity, event or project, often I find it’s not the case.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if they would help fund a religion-neutral music event for the same reasons?  It’s one thing to say you have a certain religion-neutral motivation to support a religious entity, event or project, often I find it’s not the case.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if they would help fund a religion-neutral music event for the same reasons?  It’s one thing to say you have a certain religion-neutral motivation to support a religious entity, event or project, often I find it’s not the case.

      • Peter Mahoney

        Actually, the test would be to see if the town would support an ANTI-religion music event. Religion-neutral would be a normal rock concert, jazz session, symphony, whatever. BUT, if they are going to support a pro-Christian event, would they ALSO support an anti-Christian event? A pro-Islam event? Pro-paganism? Pro-Hindu? Pro-Wicca? If not, why not? If not, then they are showing preference of religion over non-religion, and ONE religion over others.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if they would help fund a religion-neutral music event for the same reasons?  It’s one thing to say you have a certain religion-neutral motivation to support a religious entity, event or project, often I find it’s not the case.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if they would help fund a religion-neutral music event for the same reasons?  It’s one thing to say you have a certain religion-neutral motivation to support a religious entity, event or project, often I find it’s not the case.

    • Anonymous

      It would be interesting to see a copy of the agreement.

    • Anonymous

      It would be interesting to see a copy of the agreement.

    • Anonymous

      It would be interesting to see a copy of the agreement.

    • Anonymous

      It would be interesting to see a copy of the agreement.

    • Anonymous

      It would be interesting to see a copy of the agreement.

    • Anonymous

      It would be interesting to see a copy of the agreement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    Here’s the 9/28/2010 minutes approving (and increasing from $17,000 to $50,000) the expense:


    30. Assistant Community Services Director Tina Jauz, noted that the contract should be amended to read $50,000 instead of $17,000. 

    Following discussion, Mayor Pro Tem James moved to amend the contract to read $50,000 instead of $17,000; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Morales.

    Council Member James moved to approve Resolution No. 2010-277 with amended contract; seconded by Council Member Dufford.  The motion carried by the following vote:  AYE:  Trost, Hailey, Perry, Dufford, James, and Sparks.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN: None.  ABSENT:  Morales.  Caption of said resolution is as follows: 

    RESOLUTION NO. 2010-277
    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH ROCK THE DESERT, TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND THE CONVENTION AND HOTEL INDUSTRY IN THE CITY OF MIDLAND 

    Source: http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/agendas/city_council/minutes/Minutes%202010-09-28.pdf

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    City of Midland Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Board staff contact: Tina Jauz, 432-685-7354.

    From http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/city_council/boards_commissions.html 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    City of Midland Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Board staff contact: Tina Jauz, 432-685-7354.

    From http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/city_council/boards_commissions.html 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    City of Midland Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Board staff contact: Tina Jauz, 432-685-7354.

    From http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/city_council/boards_commissions.html 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    City of Midland Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Board staff contact: Tina Jauz, 432-685-7354.

    From http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/city_council/boards_commissions.html 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    City of Midland Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Board staff contact: Tina Jauz, 432-685-7354.

    From http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/city_council/boards_commissions.html 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.breeden Andy Breeden

    City of Midland Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Board staff contact: Tina Jauz, 432-685-7354.

    From http://www.midlandtexas.gov/government/city_council/boards_commissions.html 

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

    • Lamb_woman

      It is NOT given to the event, it is for services.  Ya’ll just don’t understand how big this thing is!

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

  • Anonymous

    Is it money that is given to the event, or was it for support services that the event needed, such as police and ambulance?

  • westley

    Rock the Desert goes back at least 10 years, always in the Midland area.  That, coupled with Cindy’s information that she couldn’t find a hotel room during the event makes me wonder what the $50,000 could possibly be spent on.

  • westley

    Rock the Desert goes back at least 10 years, always in the Midland area.  That, coupled with Cindy’s information that she couldn’t find a hotel room during the event makes me wonder what the $50,000 could possibly be spent on.

  • westley

    Rock the Desert goes back at least 10 years, always in the Midland area.  That, coupled with Cindy’s information that she couldn’t find a hotel room during the event makes me wonder what the $50,000 could possibly be spent on.

  • Bee

    I am ashamed to live here.

  • Bee

    I am ashamed to live here.

  • Bee

    I am ashamed to live here.

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

      • MAVERICK

        You know, you both can pack up and leave.

        • http://happycat.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Chris aka Happy Cat

          If packing up and leaving were so easy I’d be immigrating to Canada, while the U.S. acts out “The Handmaids Tale” in real time.

          • Lamb_woman

            Go for it dude, the US doesn’t have any interest in you.  Hope you never need a tracheotomy/breathing tube ever!

          • Lamb_woman

            It is that easy!  Pack your junk (including your copy of The Handmaids Tale), in your (no doubt) foreign car, and drive.  North or south is best, but I know some really short piers on both the east and west coast, I’d gladly give you directions!

            • Joseph

              Your comments are not welcome. We moved to this website for balanced views, to encourage free thought, and to open dialogues with believers. Comments insisting that we leave are rude, ignorant, uncalled for, and do not benefit any sort of respectable conversation.

        • Lamb_woman

          My sentiments exactly! 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • The Shrubinator

      Don’t feel lonely……. 

    • Lamb_woman

      Bye ya’ll, don’t let the screen door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  • Bee

    I am ashamed to live here.

  • http://www.phoenixgarage.org/ cr0sh

    Interesting that there was a cut to spending on the Convention Bureau (-$100,000.00) and to the Midland Arts Assembly (-$5,000.00), and to the Midland Community Theater (-$10,000.00). The Petroleum Museum isn’t doing well, either (-$7,000.00). But the Midland Softball Association sure got a boost (+$39,350.00)! Seems that the priorities are straight to me!

  • http://www.phoenixgarage.org/ cr0sh

    Interesting that there was a cut to spending on the Convention Bureau (-$100,000.00) and to the Midland Arts Assembly (-$5,000.00), and to the Midland Community Theater (-$10,000.00). The Petroleum Museum isn’t doing well, either (-$7,000.00). But the Midland Softball Association sure got a boost (+$39,350.00)! Seems that the priorities are straight to me!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Why? I assume that, like most local governments these days, the city of Midland simply has too much revenue and is over-eager to find ways to give it away.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Why? I assume that, like most local governments these days, the city of Midland simply has too much revenue and is over-eager to find ways to give it away.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Why? I assume that, like most local governments these days, the city of Midland simply has too much revenue and is over-eager to find ways to give it away.

  • Bruce Taylor

    The US may not be a Christian nation, but TX certainly is.

  • Bruce Taylor

    The US may not be a Christian nation, but TX certainly is.

  • Bruce Taylor

    The US may not be a Christian nation, but TX certainly is.

  • Bruce Taylor

    The US may not be a Christian nation, but TX certainly is.

  • Bruce Taylor

    The US may not be a Christian nation, but TX certainly is.

  • Bruce Taylor

    The US may not be a Christian nation, but TX certainly is.

  • Bruce Taylor

    The US may not be a Christian nation, but TX certainly is.

    • The Shrubinator

      Yes,Texas is the birthplace of Republican Jesus………. :/

    • The Shrubinator

      Yes,Texas is the birthplace of Republican Jesus………. :/

    • The Shrubinator

      Yes,Texas is the birthplace of Republican Jesus………. :/

    • The Shrubinator

      Yes,Texas is the birthplace of Republican Jesus………. :/

      • http://happycat.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Chris aka Happy Cat

        Speak of the devil Republican Jesus…

        WWRJD?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Okay, let’s see. We have this,

    “It is the mission of Rock The Desert to reach today’s generation
    through contemporary Christian music and recreation so that they may hear the life changing Message of Jesus Christ.”

    And then we have this,

    “Resolution No. 2010-277 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with Rock The Desert, to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in the City of Midland.”

     
    And then we also have this.

    “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

    (cue Sesame Street music)
    Two of these things belong together,
    Two of these things are kind of the same,
    But one of these things just doesn’t belong here.
    Now it’s time to play our game,
    It’s time to play our game.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Okay, let’s see. We have this,

    “It is the mission of Rock The Desert to reach today’s generation
    through contemporary Christian music and recreation so that they may hear the life changing Message of Jesus Christ.”

    And then we have this,

    “Resolution No. 2010-277 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with Rock The Desert, to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in the City of Midland.”

     
    And then we also have this.

    “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

    (cue Sesame Street music)
    Two of these things belong together,
    Two of these things are kind of the same,
    But one of these things just doesn’t belong here.
    Now it’s time to play our game,
    It’s time to play our game.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Okay, let’s see. We have this,

    “It is the mission of Rock The Desert to reach today’s generation
    through contemporary Christian music and recreation so that they may hear the life changing Message of Jesus Christ.”

    And then we have this,

    “Resolution No. 2010-277 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with Rock The Desert, to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in the City of Midland.”

     
    And then we also have this.

    “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

    (cue Sesame Street music)
    Two of these things belong together,
    Two of these things are kind of the same,
    But one of these things just doesn’t belong here.
    Now it’s time to play our game,
    It’s time to play our game.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Okay, let’s see. We have this,

    “It is the mission of Rock The Desert to reach today’s generation
    through contemporary Christian music and recreation so that they may hear the life changing Message of Jesus Christ.”

    And then we have this,

    “Resolution No. 2010-277 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with Rock The Desert, to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in the City of Midland.”

     
    And then we also have this.

    “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

    (cue Sesame Street music)
    Two of these things belong together,
    Two of these things are kind of the same,
    But one of these things just doesn’t belong here.
    Now it’s time to play our game,
    It’s time to play our game.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Okay, let’s see. We have this,

    “It is the mission of Rock The Desert to reach today’s generation
    through contemporary Christian music and recreation so that they may hear the life changing Message of Jesus Christ.”

    And then we have this,

    “Resolution No. 2010-277 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with Rock The Desert, to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in the City of Midland.”

     
    And then we also have this.

    “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

    (cue Sesame Street music)
    Two of these things belong together,
    Two of these things are kind of the same,
    But one of these things just doesn’t belong here.
    Now it’s time to play our game,
    It’s time to play our game.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Okay, let’s see. We have this,

    “It is the mission of Rock The Desert to reach today’s generation
    through contemporary Christian music and recreation so that they may hear the life changing Message of Jesus Christ.”

    And then we have this,

    “Resolution No. 2010-277 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with Rock The Desert, to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in the City of Midland.”

     
    And then we also have this.

    “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

    (cue Sesame Street music)
    Two of these things belong together,
    Two of these things are kind of the same,
    But one of these things just doesn’t belong here.
    Now it’s time to play our game,
    It’s time to play our game.

  • Anonymous

    $50,000,  That’s probably a cop.

  • Anonymous

    $50,000,  That’s probably a cop.

  • Anonymous

    $50,000,  That’s probably a cop.

  • Anonymous

    $50,000,  That’s probably a cop.

    • rlrose328

      You know what… it makes sense that an event of this size would require law enforcement.  But wouldn’t that have to come out of the pocket of the organizers, not the city?

  • Heidi

    I suspect because they didn’t think they’d get caught.

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Aaron Beauvais

    It looks like they are lowering the funds for the arts and museums too…

  • Denis Robert

    “Confederate Air Force”??????? Is Midland preparing to secede from the Union?

  • Anonymous

    Very surprised about that 50k for the concert, although why is the city giving “George W. Bush home” $7k for last year’s budget and $5k for this year’s budget?

  • http://happycat.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Chris aka Happy Cat

    Are we able to use basic HTML tags w/ Disqus?

  • Anonymous

    It seems pretty clear to me that they’re just trying to pass the Lemon test by providing a somewhat suspect secular purpose in the official documentation, a sneaky way to deflect charges of violation of the establishment clause. It would be interesting to see if they would give the same consideration to an atheist event. If their true purpose is to promote tourism, they should jump at the chance.

  • Lamb_woman

    Rock the Desert is a MASSIVE event, lasting several days.  It is not “a concert”, it is many concerts by many bands. Those of you who live here have the right and the opportunity to attend city council meetings to protest if you don’t like a resolution.  Those of you who don’t, drive out and attend the event before you make blind and sweeping judgements  on something you know nothing about.  FYI, included in those other budget items are funds for many events that are non religious in nature.  As for supporting anti-Christian events, I don’t understand the correlation – this event is not “anti” anything!  Anyone is welcome to buy a ticket and enjoy the music – yes, even atheists and anti-Christions!

    • Bee

      Hey, guess what? When I was a fundie asshat, I went to RTD every year. So I can make sweeping statements about how I don’t want my taxes paying for proselytizing and branwashing kids as to the evils of vaccinations that could help them. The churches, donators, and so on should pay for “services”, NOT the taxpayers.

    • Bee

      Hey, guess what? When I was a fundie asshat, I went to RTD every year. So I can make sweeping statements about how I don’t want my taxes paying for proselytizing and branwashing kids as to the evils of vaccinations that could help them. The churches, donators, and so on should pay for “services”, NOT the taxpayers.

    • Bobby

      I hope that you don’t have kids

  • Charles Black

    I’m surprised they don’t do mock stoning execution events at such religiously themed concerts as those.
    I mean the Muslims do it all the time as shown in this video.
    http://www.apostatesofislam.com/media/stoning.htm
    P.S If you watch the video you do so at your own risk. I can’t be held responsible for any psychological distress incurred from the video.

    • Lamb_woman

      Why, does your religion advocate stoning?  If so, I assume they are all sinless saints, since I clearly remember JC saying something like “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, at least in my bible, anyway!

  • http://prodigalnomore.wordpress.com/ Benjamin Baxter

    Denigrate women how? If I remember right, the big kahuna of Christianity venerates Mary, mother of God, more than anyone else — who isn’t God, of course. Is that denigrating women?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1256146140 Donna Rowe

    LambWoman, would you appreciate the government giving money to something similar to Rock the Desert that promoted a religion other than Christianity?  Now, granted, it probably wouldn’t bring in the same amount of money for Midland as Rock the Desert does, but the principle of separation of church and state would be the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723846590 Jessica L. Hucks

    Using tax payer money to promote your religious beliefs? NO NO NO!


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