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  • Texas' Toll Roads: A Big Step Towards Open Markets For Transportation

    10/10/2017 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 30, 2017 | Scott Beyer
    No city in America runs on anything resembling a free-market model. But Texas' major cities are probably the closest thing, with vast improvements to their economies and living standards to show for it. Their looser land-use laws mean that housing supply grows quickly, stabilizing prices. Their lighter tax and regulatory structure helps businesses locate there and grow. And—shenanigans from the governor's office notwithstanding—their openness to immigrants means they have cheap and robust labor forces.But one market-oriented aspect little discussed is Texas' approach to transportation. The state has 25 toll roads, more than any other state. They are particularly common in Houston and Dallas,...
  • Sam Houston Tollway fully reopens after Harvey flooding, damage

    10/09/2017 11:00:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    KHOU ^ | September 11, 2017 | KHOU.com staff
    HOUSTON -- Good news for drivers heading into Monday morning: Sam Houston Tollway's main lanes are now fully open in both directions. That means tens of thousands of commuters can now get back to their regular routes. But with the good news comes some bad news: Harris County Tolls will start up again Tuesday at 4 a.m. on all toll roads except for the section of Sam Houston Tollway between Highway 59 and Highway 290. Tolls will be waived because some feeder roads are still closed. Fort Bend County Tolls resume Monday. The toll way opening is a few days...
  • Defensive Use of AR-15, Man Kills Two, Wounds One Attacker

    09/16/2017 12:47:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 6th, 2017, an armed man was sitting on his front porch in the 400 block of Glenburnie Drive in Houston, Texas. He had a concealed carry permit. His brother says that he goes to the range often. He was on his porch and had another firearm with him. An AR-15 type rifle.Three men attacked him in a drive-by shooting at about 2:15 a.m. He fired back, hitting all three. They car they were in crashed, and all three left the vehicle to continue the attack.The homeowner kept up his defense, shooting back and hitting all three men...
  • Section of Houston tollway damaged by Harvey still closed

    09/15/2017 7:58:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | September 11, 2017 | Don McLoud
    The northbound lanes of a main section of the West Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8, which were flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, were reopened Sept. 7 after pumping out standing water, but the southbound lanes likely won’t open until the middle of this week, according to the Harris County Toll Road Authority in Houston. The authority reported Sept. 7 that the tollway section from Westheimer to Interstate 10 was a lake, with 14 feet of water, when pumps arrived. By then, the water had finally receded enough for the authority and the Texas Department of Transportation to start pumping out the...
  • Why Does God Permit Natural Disasters?

    09/14/2017 11:26:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Like many Americans during the past three weeks, I've been bombarded by news about the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. The stories are of misery, death, and destruction. The misery, death, and destruction are acutely difficult to accept because they have been visited upon innocents. I say that knowledgeable of the ancient argument that our personal and collective sinfulness has merited our pain. Yet that raises this question: Does anyone really deserve personal ruination because of personal sin, particularly from a God whose Son said He came to call sinners and not the...
  • Post-Katrina lessons for Harvey's returning students

    09/12/2017 6:40:54 AM PDT · by Jagermonster
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2017 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Henry Gass
    As many students in Houston head back to school starting Sept. 11, observers say there is a need for specialized support for both children and teachers. SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 NASHUA, N.H. AND HOUSTON—Bryan McMillian was supposed to start college Aug. 28 at Prairie View A&M University, near Houston. Now, the apartment he had lined up in nearby Cypress, Texas, is flooded, and he’s trying to figure out if he can take online classes for a semester while he stays with some family in Austin. Harvey wasn’t the first hurricane to disrupt his educational journey. Katrina hit on what would have...
  • Mayor proposes nearly 9 percent property tax increase for storm damage

    09/11/2017 6:21:41 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 54 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 9-11-2017
    Mayor Sylvester Turner will ask the Houston city council for a temporary tax hike of nearly 9 percent to help pay for Harvey relief. The first item in the process to pass the increase will go in front of the city council Wednesday. The increase would be temporary, and would only be permitted to last for 12 months. The current rate of 58.6 cents per $100 valuation would go up to 63.8 cents for 12 months since the request is considering an emergency, Mayor Turner's communication director Alan Bernstein said. On an average home in Houston valued at $225,000, it...
  • TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: THE UTTER HYPOCRISY OF THE LEFT!!

    09/08/2017 4:21:20 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 9 replies
    Unknown ^ | 9/5/2017 | Unknown
    “How many flood victims in South Texas have been rescued by the antifa navy? Just asking, because on TV this week I’ve been watching the “Cajun Navy” pull one Dunkirk after another all around the Gulf Coast. And those good old boys look like they just came off the set of “Duck Dynasty.” They could be wearing MAGA hats. Hell, I’ll bet one or two of them may have even been falsely accused of committing a fake hate crime or two since the election by some unhinged Social Justice Warrior. They are, to coin a phrase, deplorables. Hell, a Chick-fil-A...
  • Calling Red Cross 'inept,' Houston councilman urges Harvey donors to send money elsewhere

    09/08/2017 11:12:53 AM PDT · by DFG · 52 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/08/2017 | Kylie Madry
    A Houston councilman discouraged residents from donating to the Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Harvey at a council meeting Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports. Council member Dave Martin, who represents the Kingwood area of Houston, begged residents "not to give a penny" to the Red Cross, but to give money instead to "another cause." "They are the most inept, unorganized organization I've ever experienced," Martin said.
  • Hurricane Harvey Recovery Shows SJWs’ Worldview is Warped

    09/08/2017 9:54:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2017 | Lisa De Pasquale
    Following the devastating flooding and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we’ve seen countless stories of rescues and donations pouring in from across the country. In addition to government entities like FEMA and the National Guard, individuals, corporations, and citizen groups are pitching in to help those affected by Harvey. Here’s a snapshot of only a few of the good deeds done: Bass Pro Shops donated eighty boats and $40,000 worth of relief supplies.“Madea” creator, actor, director and producer Tyler Perry pledged $1 million to relief efforts, $250,000 of which to go to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.Football player J.J. Watt led a social...
  • Let's Fund Disaster Relief - And Fight Climate Change - With A Tax On Carbon

    09/08/2017 9:43:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 8, 2017 | By Jim Krane
    As Hurricane Harvey’s inland sea drains from Houston, the cleanup tally is rising: $180 billion for Texas alone, equal to the entire GDP of New Zealand. We in Texas and Louisiana – and perhaps Florida – direly need funds to haul debris, fix houses and schools, replace cars, and build better flood protection. With all these needs, a carbon tax can help. A federal tax on carbon would discourage emissions of carbon dioxide and other GHGs that are warming the seas and the air. Done right, a carbon tax would also bankroll cleanup campaigns led by FEMA and local agencies....
  • Harvey Shows America's Colorblind Spirit -- Bad News for Race Hustlers

    09/07/2017 9:30:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2017 | Larry Elder
    Hurricane Harvey reveals an America that many in the media seem not to know exists: a multi-ethnic, multiracial country where people, for the most part, get along. For those who claim that President Donald Trump "coarsened" our politics and "set back race relations," Hurricane Harvey was pretty bad optics. Only weeks ago, some Democrats were counting the days toward Trump's impeachment and an early departure from the presidency. But last week they saw Trump, in Texas, looking quite presidential in his role as comforter in chief. They saw photos of a president soothing and embracing survivors, no matter their...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil September 7, 2017 [prayer]

    09/07/2017 3:12:50 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 29 replies
    FReeRepublic.com ^ | 9/07/17 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • Was Harvey Weaponized?

    09/06/2017 9:10:04 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 44 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/6/17 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Was Hurricane Harvey, the Mother of All Hurricanes, weaponized by man-made, rapid evaporation techniques of global weather manipulators to decimate the densely populated Houston region of Texas? Mike Adams, Health Ranger, is asking that very question and is directing his viewers to satellite imagery of Harvey, a hurricane which refueled three times and stayed in a holding pattern over the Houston-Rockport area instead of moving inland to disperse naturally. As seen from outer space, the deep black center reveals an ominous circulating and rotating in place. On Saturday and Sunday (8-26, 8-27, 2017), this long lasting weather event increased both...
  • Mom donates over 1,000 ounces of breast milk to Harvey victims

    09/05/2017 11:40:52 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | September 5, 2017 | Constance Gibbs
    She’s helping others with the milk of human kindness. Danielle Palmer of Owensville, Mo., has donated 1,000 ounces of her own breast milk for Harvey victims. Palmer, a mother of three, watched as Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, Texas last week and wanted to do something to help.
  • 'Basket of Deplorables' Head to Houston

    09/05/2017 1:47:23 PM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    The Remnant ^ | September 4, 2017
    Let this sink in for a minute... Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They're using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need. Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there's a preponderance of camo. Most are probably...
  • Dear Houston, you will come out stronger after Harvey. Here's why

    09/05/2017 5:12:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 4, 2017 | Dr Gina Loudon
    Seeing the destruction and suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey on TV – as survivors take their first steps on the long road to recovery – brings back my own memories of the aftermath of 55 deadly tornadoes that claimed 243 lives in Alabama on April 27, 2011. Some things I learned after that terrible day six years ago can help us all understand what’s to come for the more than 1 million people displaced from their homes and for others whose lives were also upended by Harvey’s fury in Texas and nearby states. I was not in Alabama when the...
  • When Will Soros-Funded Activists Invade Houston? Soon.

    09/05/2017 4:27:32 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 5 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 9.05.2017 | David Blackmon
    Here is what is fixing to start happening in Houston, probably within the next few days: You’re going to see a lot of Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other Soros-funded activists come in from other parts of the country and begin to infiltrate the community, particularly in minority-heavy neighborhoods. Their purpose will be to make it appear that the federal and state response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster is racist and ineffective. We can imagine that these activist groups and their benefactors in the national Democrat Party have had enough of seeing uplifting video from Texas. So, in the coming...
  • More than 70,000 sign petition to rename Houston highway after JJ Watt

    09/04/2017 9:23:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | September 4, 2017 | Ryan Gaydos
    More than 70,000 people have signed a petition to rename a Texas highway after Houston Texans star J.J. Watt due to his efforts in raising millions for Hurricane Harvey victims. The petition, which was created on Change.org Friday, calls on Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to rename State Highway 99 the J.J. Watt Parkway. [Snip] "JJ Watt has been an exemplary humanitarian and Houstonian," the petition states. "He has given to our great city more than we could ever have asked for! As a token of our appreciation not only should (State Highway) 99 bear his...
  • This elderly Texas couple calls Chick-fil-A for help, receives two Jet Skis

    09/03/2017 10:56:08 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | August 31, 2017 | Herb Scribner
    [snip] J.C. Spencer said the moment calling Chick-fil-A was hilarious to him. "We had to get out of there so I called Chick-fil-A, now that sounds kind of funny," J.C. Spencer said in an interview on "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg and a boat. And can you believe that one of the managers of Chick-fil-A, she sent her husband to pick us up and we are so grateful."