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  • Man faces capital murder charge in killing of Houston deputy(Civil Rights leader attacks Sheriff)

    08/29/2015 7:05:30 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 67 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/29/15 | Kevin Murphy and Alex Dobuzinskis
    Sheriff's deputies on Saturday arrested a 30-year-old man who will be charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station, a killing the sheriff tied to anger against police. Shannon Miles was picked up for questioning early on Saturday following the Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. He noted that Miles is black and has a history of prior arrests for trespassing and resisting arrest. Earlier on Saturday, Hickman had linked the shooting of deputy Darren Goforth, who was white,...
  • Texas Deputy Executed Days After Black Radical Group Calls for Killing Cops

    08/29/2015 5:04:10 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 105 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/28/15 | Bob Price and Lana Shadwick
    A Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot execution style at a gas station while reportedly in full uniform. The deputy was filling up his patrol car. Witnesses told Breitbart Texas the shooter shot the deputy in the back of the head and then three times in the back. This tragedy comes within days of a group of Black radicals calling for “lynching whites and killing cops,” as Breitbart Texas recently reported. Witnesses also told Breitbart Texas that the shooter was a black male. The shooting occurred late Friday evening in Northwest Harris County just outside of Houston. One witness who...
  • Mexico warns Texas not to refuse its immigrants' babies U.S. birth certificates(GO AHEAD, Mexico)

    08/27/2015 5:12:18 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 74 replies
    fox news ^ | 8/27/15 | fox news latino
    The Mexican government is warning that Texas’ denial of birth certificates for U.S. children born here to undocumented immigrants stands to imperil the relationship between Mexico and the Lone Star State. The concern was raised in an amicus brief filed Monday evening to lend support to immigrants parents who sued Texas after being denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children, even after showing their “matrículas,” the ID cards issued by the Mexican consulate to undocumented immigrants. Mexico says the practice stands in stark contrast to the historical practice among countries to accept passports or other forms of ID to issue...
  • Obama: Gun-Related Deaths ‘Dwarf’ Terrorist-Caused Deaths(Blame guns, but not gunman)

    08/26/2015 4:45:24 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/26/15
    In a preview of an interview with President Barack Obama set to air tomorrow on Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI, the president reacted to the WDBJ shooting earlier in the day with commentary on what he described as “gun-related incidents.” “It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents,” Obama said. “What we know, is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.”
  • Oil’s Down, Gasoline Isn’t — What’s Up With That?

    A little more than a year ago, oil prices were above $100 a barrel. The national average for gasoline was in the $3.50 range. In late spring, oil was $60-ish and the national average for gas was around $2.70. The price of a barrel of oil has plunged to $40 and below—yet, prices at the pump are just slightly less than they were when oil was almost double what it is today. Oil and gasoline prices usually travel up or down in sync. But a few weeks ago the trend lines crossed and oil continued the sharp decline while gasoline...
  • Republicans Look to Force Trump to Pledge Loyalty Oath to GOP Masters

    08/25/2015 9:30:10 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 72 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/24/15
    Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him. The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election. … The Virginia proposal has earned the support of Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s former attorney general and 2013 gubernatorial nominee, who has been promoting the idea...
  • Pataki: Trump Immigration Plan ‘Un-American, Outrageous and Demagogic’

    08/23/2015 4:47:05 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/23/15 | p key
    Sunday on WABC New York’s “The Rita Cosby Show,” Republican presidential candidate former Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s immigration plan of deporting the over 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the Untied States and then letting the good people back in the country after being screened, and ending birthright citizenship is “un-American, outrageous and Demagogic.” Pataki said, “I’ll tell you, this is crazy. First we have to secure the border, and know that people come here illegally. But think about the idea. Whether or not it’s Constitutional… Requires a Constitutional Amendment, or, as Sen....
  • District Judge Orders Release of Migrant Mothers, Children from Detention Centers

    08/22/2015 5:59:24 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/22/15 | a hawkins
    The detention facilities, run by ICE, are used to hold migrant mothers and their children while their health status and other eligibility matters are reviewed prior to pursuing citizenship. In July, Gee ruled against the administration’s extended use of such facilities, saying “The government acted in violation of a 1997 settlement regarding child migrants.” The Obama administration put forth a “last minute plea” hoping Gee would reconsider that ruling prior to handing one down Friday, but she rejected the plea. According to The Sacramento Bee, Gee said, “Defendants submitted a 51-page brief that served primarily as a vehicle for a...
  • Scott Walker recants opposition to birthright citizenship (We have found a waffler, aka Jeb Bush)

    08/22/2015 5:31:15 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 115 replies
    am thinker ^ | 8/22/15 | newsmachete
    After telling an NBC reporter unambiguously that he supported ending birthright citizenship, Scott Walker on Friday changed his mind, saying his new position is that he has no position, that he is now undecided again. He's saying that this isn't a reversal, merely that he misspoke because he was tired. How do you misspeak support for ending birthright citizenship? Look at this video where he is clearly asked whether he would end it, and Walker says, "Yeah, absolutely." No ambiguity there. This is not a minor, technical issue. This is not a slip of the tongue. Scott Walker was clearly...
  • EPA aware of 'blowout' risk at mine that could release tainted wastewater(Environmental Pillage)

    08/22/2015 5:18:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    foxnews ^ | 8/22/15
    Managers at the Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the possible risk for a catastrophic “blowout” at an abandoned mine that could release “large volumes” of wastewater laced with toxic metals, according to internal documents released late Friday. EPA released the documents following weeks of prodding from news organizations like The Associated Press. EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. Among the documents is a June 2014 work order for a planned cleanup that noted that the old mine had not...
  • Jeb Bush Has Everything Except Voter Support(and Charisma, Intelligence, Conservatism and,...)

    08/22/2015 5:04:26 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 46 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/21/15 | m flynn
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has everything a presumptive frontrunner needs to secure the Republican nomination except the support of voters. While his campaign was always expected to be haunted by the lingering legacy of his older brother, his campaign, up to this point, has been plagued by a more fundamental challenge. Bush has yet to offer a compelling reason why he should be President. Bush’s fundraising has been prodigious and impressive. His campaign, and affiliated SuperPACs, have raised well over $100 million, eclipsing even Hillary Clinton’s war chest. He has gathered endorsements from scores of state and local elected...
  • Next Texas Energy Boom: Solar.Companies are spending $1 billion on new projects

    08/21/2015 6:39:09 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 24 replies
    wsj ^ | 8/21/15 | r gold
    A new energy boom is taking shape in the oil fields of west Texas, but it’s not what you think. It’s solar. Solar power has gotten so cheap to produce—and so competitively priced in the electricity market—that it is taking hold even in a state that, unlike California, doesn’t offer incentives to utilities to buy or build sun-powered generation. Pecos County, about halfway between San Antonio and El Paso and on the southern edge of the prolific Permian Basin oil field, could soon host to several large solar-energy farms responsible for about $1 billion in investments, according to state tax...
  • In Denial: Rubio Counters Trump, Backs Birthright Citizenship

    08/18/2015 2:43:34 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 76 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/18/15
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is declining to comment directly on Republican presidential campaign rival Donald Trump's immigration policy, which would repeal the 14th Amendment's guarantee of citizenship to immigrant children born in the U.S. But he adds during a press conference at the Iowa State Fair that there are immigrants who, in his opinion, misuse the intent of the provision. Standing with Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley near the livestock pavilion, Rubio says: "There are people that come to the United States deliberately for the purposes of having a child that's a U.S. citizen."Unlike Trump, Rubio says: "I'm not in favor...
  • Oil at $30 No Problem for Some Bakken Drillers Cutting Costs

    08/17/2015 3:52:22 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    SA Express News ^ | 8/14/15 | d murtaugh
    The lowest crude prices in six years might not be enough to put the brakes on the U.S. energy renaissance. Some parts of North Dakota’s Bakken shale play are profitable at less than $30 a barrel as companies tap bigger wells and benefit from lower drilling costs, according to a Bloomberg Intelligence analysis. That’s less than half the level of some estimates when the oil rout began last year. The lower bar for profitability is one reason why U.S. oil production has remained near a 40-year high even as crude prices fell more than 50 percent over the past year...
  • Kasich: 'I Don't Read a Bible to Figure Out What I Think'(Scratch this guy from nomination)

    08/16/2015 4:16:15 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 93 replies
    newmax ^ | 8/16/15
    <p>Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said that while his faith is important to him, Christianity was only one factor in his decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.</p> <p>"I don't read a Bible to figure out what I think," the Ohio governor said during a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union. He went on to explain that the decision to expand Medicaid would also save the state money "by taking people out of prison an letting them get a job where they would become a taxpayer."</p>
  • Hillary has been playing a shell game with email server(now can be blackmailed by ChiComs)

    08/14/2015 6:38:22 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    am thinker ^ | 8/14/15 | t lifson
    Like a Times Square hustler with three walnut shells and a pea, Hillary Clinton has been playing a game of misdirection with her email server. No, it wasn’t in Chappaqua; it was in New Jersey, although not dumped in a Meadowlands bog or buried under the goalposts of MetLife Stadium as Jimmy Hoffa was sometimes reckoned to have been. Actually, it was in the hands of a company, Platte River Networks, that has been sued for “illegally accessing” a master database of phone numbers and “stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers”. And these dodgy tech wizards are said to...
  • Should oil companies regulate pollution-producing activities of the EPA?

    08/11/2015 4:47:32 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    am thinker ^ | 8/11/15 | newsmachete
    By any standard, the catastrophe produced by the EPA on the Animas River is tremendous. ...since Wednesday, the Animas has been grievously polluted with toxic water spilled from one of the many abandoned mines that pockmark the region — a spill for which the Environmental Protection Agency has claimed responsibility, saying it accidentally breached a store of chemical-laced water. On Sunday, anger over the spill boiled over after the agency announced that the amount of toxic water released was three times what was previously stated — more than three million gallons rather than one million — and that officials were...
  • Liberals, Livid, Say Chuck Schumer 'Unfit' to Lead Senate Dems

    08/07/2015 6:45:20 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/7/15 | l gutentag
    After stating that he plans to vote against the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Chuck Schumer is receiving criticism from liberals who claim he is "unfit" to be the next Democratic leader, The Hill reports. Schumer is the first Democratic senator to go on record saying he opposes the Iran nuclear deal, but The Hill notes that, with roughly half of Senate Democrats still publicly undecided, his decision to oppose the deal could sway some colleagues who are still on the fence. "After deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote...
  • Jeb Bush:'I Thought I Did Great' in GOP Debate(Remind any of another narcissist who ran for POTUS?)

    08/07/2015 6:40:35 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 17 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/7/15 | t beamon
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Friday that "I thought I did great" in Thursday's debate and that he would support the eventual Republican nominee — even if it is Donald Trump. "I got to talk about the things that were important to me," the former Florida governor told Neil Cavuto on Fox News. "I know how to change big, complex things — and I got to tell the Florida story. I thought it went fine." Special: How 94% Of Lotto Winners Choose Their Numbers Bush, who was campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday, said that he was not flustered...
  • Gutierrez: Steinle Death ‘A Little Thing’ - no compassion from Illegals Supporter

    07/17/2015 9:25:20 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/17/15 | i hanchett
    Representative Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) referred to the death of Kate Steinle as a “little thing” on Telemundo on Saturday. Gutierrez, during a report on the debate over sanctuary cities after the death of Kate Steinle, first flagged and translated by Newsbusters, said, “Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”
  • Independent Will Tower in Texas-New 58-story condo property in Austin will reach 685 feet

    07/15/2015 5:33:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wsj ^ | m hudgins
    Locals here like to say that everything is bigger in Texas, and that will certainly apply to the state capital’s newest planned residential tower. At 685 feet in height, the 58-story building, named the Independent, is slated to be the tallest predominantly residential building west of the Mississippi River. Aside from its height, the Independent illustrates a notable change in the Lone Star state: a shift away from a long-standing tradition of residents and developers embracing the wide open spaces with sprawl construction and spacious homes. By contrast, the Independent will stack nearly a million square feet of space in...
  • Forget Obama...Republicans made the Iran nukes deal possible(bypassed Constitution)

    07/15/2015 5:25:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    am thinker ^ | 7/15/15 | newsmachete
    Mark Levin has been shouting until he is blue in the face that this truly awful nuclear deal with Iran has been made possible only with the help of Senate Republicans, who passed a bill (99-1, with Tom Cotton of Arkansas the only sane dissenter) making it nearly impossible to stop Obama's agreement with the ayatollahs: Normally, here's how treaties work: the President negotiates a treaty with another country, like the deal he is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons development. Once the treaty is negotiated, it's submitted to the Senate. Two thirds of the Senate has to vote...
  • Sanctuary cities beyond federal control,DHS chief Jeh Johnson says(What? These are in USA)

    07/15/2015 5:14:07 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 38 replies
    wash times ^ | 7/14/15 | s dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted Tuesday that the administration goofed in releasing an illegal immigrant to sanctuary city San Francisco ahead of a shocking murder earlier this month, but said there’s little the government can do to pressure sanctuary communities to change their minds. Facing lawmakers for the first time since the slaying of Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old killed while out walking with her father, Mr. Johnson said he’s made personal appeals to San Francisco to rethink its refusal to let police cooperate with federal immigration agents, and will try again in the wake of the killing.
  • Boy Scout leaders vote to end ban on adult homosexuals(Makes a great place to help raise your son)

    07/13/2015 4:44:35 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 55 replies
    wash times ^ | 7/13/15 | c wertzstein
    <p>Adult homosexuals and bisexuals will soon be able to participate in Boy Scouts of America — if they are approved by local governing troops or units, the BSA said Monday.</p> <p>The BSA’s National Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution July 10 changing its adult membership policy to permit chartering organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, the BSA said on its website Monday.</p>
  • Trump’s Lesson: Voters Are Furious about Illegal Immigration

    07/13/2015 5:42:10 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 49 replies
    nat review ^ | 7/13/15 | d jacobson
    Donald Trump has rocketed to the top, or near the top, of the Republican-primary field by focusing on illegal immigration and border security. Depending on the poll, Trump is garnering in the high teens of Republican voters. It might be that the high teens is the ceiling for Trump, but in a field with more than one dozen candidates dividing the voting pie, that’s enormous. As the field narrows, Trump will have to expand those numbers if he is to win a primary, much less the nomination. But for now, Trump is in the driver’s seat, and his vehicle is...
  • Breaking News: Obama Going to Federal Prison

    07/10/2015 5:31:46 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/10/15 | c spierling
    President Obama is going to federal prison in Oklahoma next week — to visit the facility and talk about reforming America’s criminal justice system. Vice Media will be attending the event, featuring the president in an HBO special with CEO Shane Smith, marking the first sitting United States president to visit a federal prison. The event will take place at the El Reno federal prison, which houses 1,300 inmates. According to a news release, Obama is expected to meet with prisoners, prison staff, and law enforcement officials. “There’s an emerging consensus in this country — on both the right and...
  • Gov Haley:Confederate Flag ‘Never Should Have Been There’

    07/10/2015 5:28:19 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 155 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/10/15 | p key
    Friday on CNN, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) said the Confederate flag, which has now been removed from the grounds of the statehouse, caused political battles and personal pain since it went up and declared, “It just never should have been there.” “It’s a true new day in South Carolina,” she said. “When I came into office, to have a two thirds vote threshold was a huge one. It’s not a Republican/Democrat, white/black, there hadn’t been a billed filed to bring it down since 2007. There was so much of a divide and so much hurt in the compromise of 2000,...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Liberal Justices Try to Speak With One Voice(but are not biased by doing it?)

    07/10/2015 5:18:55 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    newsmax ^ | 710/15 | c coren
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says that the liberal justices on the court try to speak with one voice when writing opinions as often as possible. "The stimulus actually began many many years before ... when the court announced its decision in Bush v. Gore," Ginsburg told NPR. The liberal justices were in the minority in the 5-4 decision, which resolved the issue surrounding the recount in Florida over the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, putting Bush in the White House. However, each of the four dissenting justices wrote their own opinions because they...
  • Personnel Chief Resists Calls to Resign"no plans to step down/is committed to continuing her work"

    07/10/2015 5:07:42 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/10/15
    The head of the U.S. government's personnel office is rejecting bipartisan calls for her resignation following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch. Katherine Archuleta, director of the federal Office of Personnel Management, said she has no plans to step down and is committed to continuing her work. The White House, which had previously said President Barack Obama was confident in Archuleta's leadership, said there was no change in its position. The escalating calls for Archuleta to be replaced came as the Obama administration disclosed on Thursday that the number of...
  • Why disregard of law is America’s greatest threat-If illegally here, why bother to obey any laws?

    07/09/2015 7:23:12 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    wash times ^ | 7/8/15 | vd hanson
    Barbarians at the gate usually don’t bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture. Far more dangerous are institutionalized corruption, a lack of transparency and creeping neglect of existing laws. All the German euros in the world will not save Greece if Greeks continue to dodge taxes, featherbed government and see corruption as a business model. Even obeying so-called minor laws counts. It is no coincidence that a country where drivers routinely flout traffic laws and throw trash out the window is also a...
  • Islamists Plaster Turkish Capital with Posters for Gays to Be Killed ‘on Sight’(Religion of Peace)

    07/09/2015 6:52:49 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/8/15 | f martel
    An Islamist group identified as “Young Islamic Defense” has flooded Turkey’s capital Ankara with posters allegedly quoting a Muslim teaching that calls for Muslims to “kill the perpetrator and the receiver on sight” should they ever see an LGBT person. The posters surface a week after the Turkish government attacked the now-traditional Istanbul Pride Parade with tear gas. Multiple translations have surfaced of the posters, which generated significant conversation on social media in the past week. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet translates the poster as stating: “Should those who engage in ugly behavior and adhere to the practice of the people...
  • RNC Chair Asks Trump to Tone it Down on Illegals-Message:Do NOT tell the truth,be political

    07/09/2015 6:14:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/8/15 | g richter
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has asked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric on calling illegal immigrants criminals, The Washington Post reports. Donors appear alarmed that Trump's rhetoric may cause the party serious trouble with the very Hispanic voters they have been trying over the past few years to court, the Post noted. "Many financiers who are influential at the RNC have been fuming about Trump’s ascent and told Priebus that he must ensure that the RNC’s efforts over the past year to win more of the Hispanic vote is not harmed," the Post reports....
  • Liberal “blue states” are fiscally irresponsible.

    07/08/2015 2:57:48 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/7/15 | mp Leahy
    In fact, 11 of the 14 least fiscally solvent states are also on the list of the “dirty dozen” most liberal blue states. In descending order of fiscal irresponsibility, from 50th to 37th, here’s the list of fiscal shame: #50 ILLINOIS #49 NEW JERSEY #48 MASSACHUSETTS #47 CONNECTICUT #46 NEW YORK #44 CALIFORNIA #42 MAINE #40 HAWAII #39 VERMONT #38 RHODE ISLAND #37 MARYLAND The 12th state in the “dirty dozen” list—Delaware—does not fare particularly well either, placing 30th out of the 50 states. (In an article published at Breithbart on the 4th of July, I offered a definition of...
  • Illegal Felon in San Francisco Killing Pleads Not Guilty(has only 2nd grade education)

    07/08/2015 5:14:00 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 47 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/7/15
    A convicted felon who had been deported five times from the United States to Mexico pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to first degree murder in a San Francisco shooting that has spawned passionate debate about the city's immigration policies. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, 45, was charged with murder on Monday for last week's apparently random shooting of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. He denied guilt in English and Spanish several times during Tuesday's brief court hearing. "He has a second grade education and many of the legal nuances and the legal ramifications that attend to the circumstances of this case are beyond...
  • Obama on ISIS Threat: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They Are Defeated By Better Ideas"

    07/06/2015 2:04:17 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 139 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 7/6/15 | i schwarz
    After consulting with military leaders at the Pentagon this afternoon President Obama held a press conference on the growing threat of ISIS. President Obama declared the United States "will never be at war with Islam." Obama also said, "ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas." "We'll constantly reaffirm through words and deeds that we will never be at war with Islam," President Obama said Monday afternoon. "We are fighting terrorists who distort islam and its victims are mostly Muslims." "This challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort," the president said. "Ideologies are not defeated...
  • McConnell Doubts Senate Will Confirm Ambassador to Cuba(What a strong statement from a true leader)

    07/02/2015 5:51:11 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/2/15
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe. The Kentucky Republican also suggested that the GOP — which controls Congress — would fight Obama administration efforts to fully lift trade and travel restrictions that have limited American commerce and tourism with the communist-led island nation. McConnell said the country was led by "a thuggish regime." The comments by McConnell came a day after Obama and...
  • St Dept. withholds ‘classified’ info from Clinton emails,despite claim of 'no classified material'

    07/01/2015 4:41:45 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    foxnews ^ | 7/1/15 | foxnews
    A State Department spokesman said Wednesday that details from 25 emails were deemed classified and withheld from the 3,000-page trove of Hillary Clinton documents released overnight -- despite the former secretary of state claiming she never sent classified material on her personal email. State Department spokesman John Kirby acknowledged at a briefing that details from the 25 emails are now considered "classified." The messages were released, with those portions redacted. However, Clinton declared in March that she "did not email any classified material to anyone" on her account. "There is no classified material. So I'm certainly well aware of the...
  • Obama OKs, Expedites Huge $29M Payout to Charleston Victims

    07/01/2015 10:15:41 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | j devaney
    The Obama administration is fast-tracking a huge payout to the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting, giving the families of those slain millions more than victims from Sandy Hook, Boston, and other mass murders. The White House will send $29 million to South Carolina in the wake of the June 17 shooting that left nine people dead in a historic black church, according to a Reuters report. All of the victims were black, and it was called a hate crime in the hours following it. According to Reuters, a chunk of the $29 million — which was allocated...
  • McConnell:Gay Marriage Is 'Law of the Land' for Congress, Too'says there's not much Congress can do'

    07/01/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 131 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | c coren
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there's not much Congress can do in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. In an interview Tuesday night on Kentucky television station WDRB, McConnell restated that he still holds to the traditional view of marriage. "I’ve always felt that marriage is between one man and one woman and the Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land," the Kentucky Republican said. When he was asked if there is anything Congress can do, he answered: "I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well...
  • Memphis mayor wants Confederate general’s grave removed(Spot the bigot)

    06/29/2015 3:10:55 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/29/15 | j chasmar
    Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced a proposal last week to remove the statue and grave sites of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife. “These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” the Democratic mayor, who is black, said in a news conference, a local NBC affiliate reported. Mr. Wharton told The Associated Press that he wants the statue removed from Health Sciences Park and “returned to Forrest Monument Association that had it placed there.” He said the graves of the noted KKK leader and his...
  • Texas Fights Back Against Gay Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 5:45:11 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/28/15 | l shadwick
    The Texas Attorney General has responded to the “newly invented federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage” created by the “activist” U.S. Supreme Court by telling Texas officials “Texas must speak with one voice against this lawlessness.” He issued an opinion and said Texans must “act on multiple levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans” and must “immediately do anything we can to help our County Clerks and public officials who now are forced with defending their religious beliefs against the Court’s ruling.” In a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that “the United...
  • Judge Blocks Ban on Dismemberment Abortion On Grounds It Creates An Obstacle for Women

    06/28/2015 6:15:24 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/27/15 | s berry
    A district judge in Kansas blocked the state’s ban on “dismemberment abortion” – the first ban of its kind in the United States – on the grounds that prohibiting the procedure would create an “obstacle” for women who want to terminate their pregnancies with brutal dismemberment. Dismemberment is a late-term abortion procedure in which an unborn, living baby is torn to pieces and removed from the uterus. The new law would have prohibited abortionists from using forceps, clamps, scissors and other instruments to cut the unborn baby into pieces prior to removing its remains from the uterus. Lawmakers in Kansas...
  • SCOTUS Declares Itself God, Redefines Marriage and Rights

    06/26/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/26/15 | Shapiro
    The day after declaring Obamacare magically rewritten and that the lawsuits against discrimination in housing require no proof of actual discrimination, the Supreme Court found a unicorn in the 14th Amendment. By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy under that aforementioned 14th Amendment (adopted in 1868, when every state in America criminalized sodomy) requires that every state in America grant marriage licenses to men who want to marry men and women who want to marry women, and that every state recognize such licenses from every other state. By this point, nobody should be...
  • Freddy Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges(so let's talk about removing flags instead)

    06/25/2015 6:09:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/24/15 | a mccarthy
    Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Gray’s death was not close to being complete. Now, just two days before Friday’s court deadline for the state to disclose the report to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun. The Sun’s story makes it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps. It raises additional...
  • Judge postpones Obama administration’s fracking rule from taking effect

    06/24/2015 5:32:16 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 4 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/23/15 | v richardson
    A federal judge agreed Tuesday to postpone the Obama administration’s tough new hydraulic fracturing restrictions just hours before they were scheduled to take effect. U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper, Wyoming, gave both sides another week to submit arguments and citations before making a final decision on the request for a stay, which is expected July 22. Four Western states — Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming — along with two oil and gas industry groups had asked the court to delay the Bureau of Land Management rule slated to kick in Wednesday until their lawsuits could be...
  • John Boehner Is Not a Man to Be Crossed(Embraces libs more than conservatives)

    06/22/2015 5:27:36 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/21/15 | j gerhke
    Voting against the speaker’s reelection may have cost one Iowa Republican his seat. John Boehner has found ways to punish the fractious conservatives who have formed into a thorn in his side since attempting a coup at the beginning of the year. Through means both petty and significant, Boehner has made his displeasure felt while trying to lead the broader conference in a series of high-profile legislative fights. A number of rebel backbenchers have had their overseas travel curtailed and their committee posts threatened or even taken away. But the treatment of one lawmaker in particular stands out: Colleagues worry...
  • Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment(Idea:Repeal Rove instead)

    06/21/2015 4:34:25 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 102 replies
    daily caller ^ | 6/21/15 | c datoc
    Republican strategist Karl Rove said on “Fox News Sunday” the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens’ Second Amendment rights. When Chris Wallace asked Rove how we can, “stop the violence,” the long-time gun-rights advocate stated that we have made great strides as a nation in empathizing with the victims of these types of shootings, but the only way to guarantee they will stop is to “remove guns from society.” WALLACE: How do we stop the violence? ROVE: I wish I had an easy...
  • Mitt Romney: Take Down the Confederate Flag, It’s ‘A Symbol of Racial Hatred’

    06/21/2015 5:21:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/20/15 | a hawkins
    On June 20 former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from their state Capitol grounds in Columbia. His call comes in the wake of the heinous attack on Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It follows a photo of the suspected gunman, Dylann Roof, in which Roof is seen leaning against his car with a Confederate flag license plate visible on the front of his vehicle being widely circulated. Here were Romney’s exact words: “Take down the Confederate Flag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred....
  • It's time to ban a certain hate-filled flag

    06/21/2015 5:15:59 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 27 replies
    am thinker ^ | 6/21/15 | newmachete
    I'm a big fan of the First Amendment. I don't like the idea of outlawing speech. But if the media says that some form of speech is a problem, then I think we should immediately ban it. I'm thinking in particular of one hate-filled flag that incites violence among many people, especially in the South. If a flag is a cause of such violence, shouldn't we ban it? That's why I'm calling for the Mexican flag to be banned. In Mexico, perhaps, it's harmless, but in the United States, all it does is foment hatred and violence. Look at the...
  • Shale 2.0:Technology and the Coming Big-Data Revolution in America’s Shale Oil Fields

    06/20/2015 8:10:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    Manhattan Institute ^ | 5/16/15 | Mark P. Mills
    With petroleum prices down 50 percent over the past year, many analysts and pundits are predicting the end of America’s shale oil boom. Recent headlines include: “Oil Price Fall Forces North Dakota to Consider Austerity” (New York Times);[1] “Oil Price Drop Hurts Spending on Business Investments” (Wall Street Journal);[2] “The American Oil Boom Won’t Last Long at $65 per Barrel” (Bloomberg Business);[3] and “The Shale Oil Revolution Is in Danger” (Fortune)[4]. High prices, shale skeptics argue, created a bubble of activity in unsustainably expensive shale fields. As shale-related businesses contract, consolidate, and adjust to the new price regime, a major...