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  • High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked

    09/20/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/19/14 | Mia Fitzharris
    Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at Grand Prairie High School in north Texas tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court. The truth is, she wasn't actually nominated, but the story doesn't end there. Her two friends Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez, who were nominated, heard about the cruel prank and came up with a plan. They decided that if either of them won, the winner would give the crown to Lillian. "We promised each other, and...
  • Sarah Palin to Speak at Values Voter Summit (also Jindal, Cruz, Paul, other presidential possibles)

    09/20/2014 7:01:52 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will speak at the Values Voters Summit next week in Washington, D.C. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/19/Sarah-Palin-to-Speak-at-Values-Voter-Summit
  • Texas court throws out 'upskirt' photo law

    09/20/2014 10:53:56 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 89 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 17, 2014
    The state's highest criminal court on Wednesday tossed out part of a Texas law banning "improper photography or visual recording" - surreptitious images acquired in public for sexual gratification, often called "upskirting" or "downblousing" - as a violation of federal free-speech rights and an improper restriction on a person's right to individual thoughts. In an 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said photos, like paintings, films and books, are "inherently expressive" and, therefore, are protected by the First Amendment. The opinion supported a previous decision by the San Antonio-based 4th Court of Appeals. Scotland rejects independence in historic...
  • Why the Permian shale boom transformed US energy markets

    09/20/2014 8:56:02 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 3 replies
    marketrealist ^ | • Sep 18, 2014 10:31 am EDT | By Alex Chamberlin
    Why the Permian shale boom transformed US energy markets By Alex Chamberlin - Disclosure  • Sep 18, 2014 10:31 am EDT U.S. shale boom transformed U.S. energy marketsAccording to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA), the top seven unconventional oil plays accounted for 95% of domestic oil production growth. They also accounted for all domestic natural gas production growth during 2011–2013.Permian Basin crude oilAccording to the EIA, the Permian Basin in west Texas and eastern New Mexico is the largest crude oil-producing region in the U.S.Enlarge GraphCrude oil production from the Permian Basin increased from 850,000 barrels per day...
  • Chris Christie is poised to reclaim frontrunner status

    09/19/2014 9:59:15 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 52 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 19 at 1:41 PM | Robert Costa
    Influential Republicans in early presidential primary states believe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is poised to once again become a frontrunner for the party’s 2016 nomination, following a news report that federal scrutiny of a bridge-closing scandal has not implicated him. “If he had been found in the wrong, he would have been irreparably damaged,” said Matt Moore, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. “This is hugely helpful.”
  • Wendy Davis Melts Down, Talks Over Moderator During Debate

    09/20/2014 12:06:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 19, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday Texas' Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis -- both gubernatorial candidates -- debated in the state's Rio Grande Valley. During the course of the debate, the issue of education came up. After hearing what Abbott had to say, a defensive Davis spoke when she was not supposed to and even interrupted a moderator multiple times--despite being told that it was not her turn to speak. The incident began after Davis asked Abbott a question that began, "Judge Dates has recently ruled against you and in favor of the school children of Texas,...
  • Live Blog: Abbott and Davis Debate Near Texas-Mexico Border

    09/19/2014 8:30:19 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    Reactions from Republicans were universal that Abbott had won the debate, and Davis had performed even more poorly than they had expected. Red State Women Executive Director Cari Christman said, "One thing is clear from tonight’s debate- Greg Abbott is ready to lead as the next Governor of Texas. While Wendy Davis failed to exude one ounce of substance in the way of policy or future plans for our state, Greg Abbott demonstrated genuine leadership and a plan to protect, empower and increase opportunity for the women of Texas. Tonight, Texans learned Wendy Davis’ rhetoric can’t compete with Greg Abbott’s...
  • Texas State Guard To Begin Search and Rescue For Illegal Immigrants

    09/19/2014 9:39:22 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/19/2014 | Bob Price
    Texas Rangers and members of the Texas State Guard are beginning or are about to begin an effort in Brooks County near Falfurrias to help stop the climbing number of deaths related to human smuggling operations. Ranchers in the area reported a community partnership meeting where they were briefed on the proposed activities. This year, fifty-two people have been found dead in the arid ranch lands of Brooks County having gotten lost while attempting to bypass the Border Patrol checkpoint located thirteen miles south of Falfurrias. Texas Department of Public Safety reports that since 2011, at least 332 sets of...
  • McCrum faces contempt of court charges.Prosecutor in Perry case has legal troubles

    09/19/2014 8:43:58 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://www.gosanangelo.com ^ | 09/18/2014 | By: Will Weissert
    AUSTIN — The special prosecutor who secured two felony abuse of power indictments against Gov. Rick Perry is facing his own legal problems after a decision by Texas’ highest criminal court to renew a contempt of court case against him. Prosecutors filed a contempt of court motion against San Antonio-based attorney Michael McCrum in January, after a separate case the previous fall. In it, one of McCrum’s clients was convicted of manslaughter for driving his car the wrong-way down an interstate with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, and sparking a head-on crash that killed two men.
  • Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

    09/18/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month. The measure...
  • Report: Terrorists Captured At Mexico Border… But Homeland Security Denies Any “Credible Threats”

    09/18/2014 12:55:52 PM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    Shtfplan.com ^ | 09/18/2014 | Mac Slavo
    But less than 48 hours later the Gateway Pundit reports that the U.S. government did, in fact, apprehend four suspected terrorists with ties to the IS organization on the border. Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.” Johnson dodged the question. Tonight, Rep. Chaffetz told Megyn Kelly there were four terrorists arrested crossing...
  • As Poll Numbers Worsen for Wendy Davis, Democrats Forced to Hire Canvassers

    09/17/2014 11:37:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 17, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Democratic nominee for Governor Wendy Davis has come a long way since the heights of her pink-sneakered glory days back in June 2013, when she captured the national attention of abortion advocates for her eleven hour filibuster against Texas’ abortion bill. Today, less than two months before the general election, it seems that her party is reduced to hiring roles that should be filled by basic volunteers to keep operations going. Davis’ attempts to rebrand herself as a defender of second amendment rights flopped, her book is not exactly tearing up the charts but did get her...
  • BREAKING: Four Terrorists Captured on US Border on September 10 – Day Before 9-11 (Video)

    09/17/2014 8:34:48 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 111 replies
    Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.” Johnson dodged the question.
  • ..Last words of Texas woman, 38, executed for starving girlfriend's 9-year-old son to death

    09/17/2014 6:22:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | Ashley Collman and Chris Spargo for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: l them I finished strong': Last words of Texas woman, 38, executed for starving girlfriend's 9-year-old son to death A Texas woman was executed this evening, after spending the last eight years on death row for the murder of her girlfriend's son a decade ago. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, of Arlington, Texas, was found guilty of capital murder in the death of 9-year-old Davontae Williams, who had been beaten and bound, and whose body bore more than 250 scars when officials discovered him on July 26, 2004. 'What she’s really guilty of is being a black lesbian,' Stickels...
  • Border Bridge Protest Organizers to Militia: You're Not Welcome

    09/17/2014 8:26:28 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/16/2014 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas -- The organizer of this weekend’s planned protest to shut down international ports of entry have a message to militia groups – You are not welcome. This statement came in response to a Breitbart Texas article about police agency preparations for the protest planned for the weekend. In an interview with Breitbart Texas, Staysi Barth, organizer of “Shut Down All Ports of Entry”, said militia groups are not welcome at the national event planned for this weekend across the southern border of the United States. “Only peaceful protesters are coming,” Barth said. After fighting with the problem of...
  • Politics: Feds not ready for ISIS in Texas, but Sheriff Gary Painter is

    09/17/2014 9:46:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    CAINTV ^ | Herman Cain
    "If they show their ugly head in our area, we'll send them to Hell." President Obama promises to "degrade" ISIS, whatever that means. They cut off people's heads. We respond by "degrading" them (and never with boots on the ground, unless we do, or something).
  • Dallas Bar Bans NFL To Protest League’s Domestic Abuse Stance

    09/16/2014 6:26:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    KTVT CBS 11 Dallas / Fort Worth ^ | September 16, 2014 | Austin York
    A Dallas bar owner is taking a stand against the NFL, pledging not to show any games this season in response to the league’s recent domestic abuse incidents. Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill in far north Dallas announced the decision on Facebook on Monday:
  • 80 Utah Lawmakers Tell Supreme Court Gay Marriage Will Lead To Incestuous Marriage, Polygamy: READ

    09/16/2014 2:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Towleroad ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sean Mandell
    Eighty legislators from Utah have submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which the legislators warn the Court that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to the legalization of incestuous and polygamous marriages. The brief comes following the request for a writ of certiorari from both Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the case that found both both a district court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of marriage equality in Utah. As Joe.My.God points out, "the brief is signed by 22 of the 29 members of the state...
  • Texas Police Pepare to Defend International Bridges from Militia Groups

    09/15/2014 11:09:26 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 76 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/14/2014 | Bob Price
    MISSION, Texas -- Authorities prepare to use “whatever force is necessary” to defend international bridges between Texas and Mexico from U.S. based militia groups. The preparations by Texas law enforcement agencies are in response to recently discovered plans by militia groups to attempt closing several international bridges. The militia groups' plans are intended to be protests against the federal government's failure to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The plans call for militia groups to begin blocking traffic on an undisclosed number of international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20th, 2014. “We will not allow...
  • Texas Clinics Cut Ties With Planned Parenthood After Losing Taxpayer Funding

    09/15/2014 7:48:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion is not health care and a handful of Texas-based clinic affiliated with the Planned Parenthood abortion business have found that out the hard way. The Planned Parenthood abortion business is the biggest abortion company in the United States. It runs hundreds of clinics across America — some of which do surgical abortions, some dispense the dangerous abortion pill RU 486, and all clinics refer women for abortions (and not to any clinics that provide women with abortion alternatives). plannedparenthood129Because every Planned Parenthood clinic either does or refers for abortions, pro-life elected officials in Congress and a number of states...
  • TX Sheriff Warns Fox of ISIS Threat: ‘Quran Books’ Found along Mexican Border

    09/15/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Mediaite via Fox News ^ | 9-15-2014 | Evan McMurry |
    Gary Painter, Sheriff from Midland County, Texas, warned Fox & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck that not only was ISIS poised to sneak into the U.S through the porous Texas-Mexico border, but that based on evidence he’d heard of, “Muslims” were already being smuggled across. He presented no evidence that the alleged Muslims were connected to ISIS or any other terror group. “Are you saying that ISIS is ready to come across poised to perhaps execute what they have threatened to do, attacks on the United States, drown us in our own blood?” Hasselbeck asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”
  • Texas Refinery Is Saudi Foothold in U.S. Market

    09/14/2014 10:10:28 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04 April 2013 | Clifford Krauss
    PORT ARTHUR, Tex. — It is hard to imagine the desert sands of the Persian Gulf being any farther away than from this swampy refinery port known for Cajun food, sport fishing and being the birthplace of Janis Joplin. But right in the middle of town stands a strategic outpost for Saudi Arabia’s global ambitions, although one that the Saudis appear loath to publicize. The giant Motiva oil refinery, which just completed a $10 billion expansion that makes it the largest processor of gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products in the United States, is owned by Saudi Aramco and Royal...
  • Mexican President Calls Perry Border Policy “Unneighborly”

    09/14/2014 7:44:07 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto castigated Texas Governor Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border as “unneighborly. He’s like that Clint Eastwood character in Gran Torino telling my people to get off his lawn.” “For decades my people have become accustomed to the ability to pass freely between our two countries,” Peńa said. “In our minds this clearly establishes an ‘easement’ right to travel over these roads and pathways. For Governor Perry to suddenly seek to terminate these rights is an affront.” Peńa indicated that he plans to bring the issue up before the United Nations....
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Texas nationalists see hope in possible Scottish secession

    09/14/2014 1:55:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    My SA ^ | 09/12/14 | Joshua Fechter
    "Centralists in America fear that, if Scotland votes yes, it may set a chain of events in motion that could affect many more western regions," the movement organizers wrote. "Suddenly, the impossible seems possible." With some new attention on Texas nationalism comes repeated arguments for independence: Yahoo columnist Rick Newman notes that — with its GDP of $1.6 trillion and population of 27 million — Texas would be the 13th largest country in the world if it obtained independence from the United States. He also wrote Texas could lure companies away from the United States and survive on the strength...
  • In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Focus on Christians, not Israel

    09/13/2014 5:59:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel. A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice. He...
  • Mexican president condemns Texas' decision to deploy National Guard along border

    09/13/2014 6:29:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 12, 2014
    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops along the border is "unpleasant" and "reprehensible." Last month's deployment had previously drawn Mexico's ire. It says the border should not be militarized and issues should be solved jointly.
  • Uniformed DPS Trooper Asked to Leave Waffle House Because He Was Armed

    09/13/2014 12:15:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 92 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/13/2014 | Bob Price
    A uniformed Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper was asked to leave a Waffle House restaurant in Grapevine this week because he was armed. The trooper was wearing a Texas DPS helicopter pilot “field uniform” that consists of a DPS polo shirt, tan slacks and his badge and gun were on his belt. Trooper was asked to leave and not to return because he was wearing a gun. The reaction against the manager and Waffle House on Facebook was predictably angry that a uniformed police officer would be thrown out of a restaurant. CBS DFW’s Bud Gillett reported that...
  • Who’s Behind the Push to Give Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses…in Texas?

    09/13/2014 11:37:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/13/2014 | BRYAN PRESTON
    Earlier this week, the left-leaning Austin American-Statesman editorialized that it’s time that Texas establish driver’s licences for illegal aliens.In the editorial, the paper calls for Texas to join the 11 states plus the District of Columbia in granting driver’s licenses to those who are in the state illegally. This issue cost California Gov. Gray Davis his job a few years back, in that Democratic state. It’s fair to say that it would be a very controversial move in Texas as the Republican-controlled legislature gets set for its 2015 session, and presumed Gov. Greg Abbott (R) presides over his first...
  • Upstate New York braces as Remington Arms packs up to leave

    09/13/2014 8:32:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 99 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/8/2014 | Raquel Okyay
    An upstate New York lawmaker said the loss of manufacturing jobs in the state last month is due to an anti-gun administration that has ignored pleas from local officials to be involved in the negotiating process. “Remington talks have come to a halt,” said Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R.-Newport), whose district includes the Village of Ilion, where the Remington Outdoor Company has been located for almost 200 years. “We are losing 105 jobs at the Ilion primary plant,” said Butler. In February he predicted long-term consequences of Remington’s decision to expand to Huntsville, Ala., instead of Ilion, N.Y. The small...
  • Military source: ISIS hostages dispersed after revelation of Foley rescue mission

    09/13/2014 9:54:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    In addition, the source added guard forces around the hostages doubled while widely publicized reporting about the scope of new aerial surveillance in the region caused ISIS to change its pattern of behavior on the ground. "Any time you (disclose) very highly sensitive tactical information, you're giving away your road map if you will, your strategy," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee receives regular intelligence briefings. "It's very highly damaging to the hostages." The details about the rescue mission were released by the Defense Department and National Security Council one day after...
  • No Comment Yet on Why Obama Held Meeting on 9/11 With Terrorist-Supporting Cleric

    09/12/2014 10:14:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    ijreview ^ | September 13, 2014 | Victoria Taft
    President Obama held an Oval Office meeting with Middle Eastern-based Arab Christians on 9/11, one member of whom is a loud and proud supporter of the terrorist group Hezbollah. The day before, members of the same group, holding a conference under the name In Defense of Christians, booed and shouted down keynote speaker Senator Ted Cruz ”It’s surprising White House staffers allowed Maronite Patriarch Bashara Rai to meet with the President in the first place. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah supporting cleric isn’t shy about his views. “Everyone says why is Hezbollah carrying arms?” said Rai...
  • Cruz Headlines Conference Featuring Hezbollah Supporters (Cruz knowingly exposed the scum)

    09/13/2014 2:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/14 | Alana Goodman
    Funding for the conference was provided by Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, according to organizers. The wealthy businessman pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009. Chagoury is also reportedly backer of Lebanese politician Michel Aoun, Hezbollah’s top Christian ally in the country, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raď, who was scheduled to speak during the same keynote slot as Cruz on Wednesday evening, has called Israel an “enemy state that is occupying Lebanese territory” and defended Hezbollah’s right to attack the Jewish state... (Snip) “I decided we should be present and...
  • why ted cruz was right to walk out on the 'in defense of christians' conference

    09/13/2014 12:16:29 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/2014 | Katie Gorka
    What I discovered the next day is that Cruz had known exactly what he was doing.  Indeed, he had read the article that had been published about the event just that day and which essentially repeated Frank Ghadry’s allegation that the conference organizers were close to Hezbollah.   Whether Cruz ever contemplated withdrawing from the event is not certain, but what is clear is that he was keenly aware of the alleged links between the organizers of the event and Hezbollah, and he was not going to let that go untested.  Many have criticized Cruz since the event, saying he should have...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Making Heads or Tails Out of Texas School Finance

    09/12/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by thetallguy24
    Hardhatters ^ | 09/12/2014 | Jordan Long
    It was bone-chillingly cold in the village of Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836. There, a group of Texans had gathered to formally announce their break from the despotic Mexican state recently established by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. With the Alamo under siege almost 200 miles to the southwest, the settlers methodically listed their complaints in the Texas Declaration of Independence. One of them lashed out at the Mexican government for neglecting “to establish any public system of education… although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to...
  • Denton extends drilling moratorium until 2015; vote on frack ban looms

    09/12/2014 1:53:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Dallas Business Journal ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Land-use conflicts between Barnett Shale wells and homes continues to pose a “major impediment” to Denton’s future quality of life and economic development, gas well administrator Darren Groth told the City Council Tuesday. The Council agreed, voting unanimously Tuesday to approve a moratorium on gas wells applications and permits through Jan. 20. This moratorium is separate from the Nov. 4 referendum to ban hydraulic fracking in the city of Denton, a first for Texas. The four-and-a-half-month extension gives city staff time to iron out problems with the city ordinance to prevent a repeat of what happened in the Vintage neighborhood...
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges

    09/12/2014 1:00:33 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 40 replies
    KRGV ^ | 09/11/2014 | KRGV
    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry. In Starr County, international bridge authorities met with Customs and Border Protection officials Thursday. Their goal was to discuss the potential problem and find a plan of action. Starr County has international bridges in Rio Grande City, Roma and Falcon Dam. Officials received word that members of a militia plan to protest illegal crossings by blocking...
  • Illegal alien children being quietly dumped into schools across the country

    09/12/2014 10:37:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Avoiding another Murrieta is the driving reason behind the Obama Administration secretly inserting thousands of illegal children (UACs) into school districts nationwide as a new school year begins. The fact that many districts are hard pressed to handle their own children is of no particular concern to the Regime. Four states– TX, CA, FL, and VA show up on a Numbers USA code map as having received the brunt of the 37,477 UACs so far this year. (1) Transparency, an empty campaign word Obama used way back in ’08 to vault into America’s White House, is a joke. Children entering...
  • Cruz predicts GOP will regain Senate this November during UH Sugar Land talk

    09/11/2014 1:37:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    yourhoustonnews.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Zach Haverkamp
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz made several predictions during his legislative update at the University of Houston’s Sugar Land campus last week. But the perhaps the biggest made by the famously polarizing junior senator from Texas was that this fall’s election cycle will see the GOP regain control of the Senate from the Democratic Party for the first time since 2006. “I believe in November of this year, Republicans are going to retake the Senate and retire [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid as majority leader,” Cruz said to applause before a rapt crowd of around 60 supporters on Sept. 3. “I am...
  • If Scotland can secede, so can Texas

    09/11/2014 11:24:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 182 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 10, 2014 | Risk Newman
    Global markets are suddenly jittery about the prospect that Scotland, after 307 years as part of the United Kingdom, could become its own country if Scots vote for independence in a Sept. 18 referendum. If proud but tiny Scotland can do it — which polls suggest is a distinct possibility — then America’s 28th state, Texas, will certainly take notice. If any state is fed up with the rest of America, it’s Texas. Republican Gov. Rick Perry floated the idea of seceding from the United States in 2009, though he later backpedaled. A petition for Texas to “withdraw" from the...
  • Even NOW has doubts about Wendy Davis’ chances

    09/11/2014 4:35:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 10, 2014 | Aleister
    We previously noted that Wendy Davis struggled with female support in her bid to defeat Greg Abbott. The most recent polling shows the two more or less even among women — not good enough for Davis to have any chance of winning. Davis’ September Abortion Surprise seems to be having little effect. National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill appeared on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” earlier this week and when asked about Davis’ sudden disclosure of having had two abortions, Ms. O’Neill responded tepidly: Mark Finkelstein of News Busters has the story: NOW Throwing in Towel on Wendy Davis? Prez...
  • TX: Dove Hunting Disaster

    09/10/2014 3:46:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hunting in the United States is an extremely safe sport, much safer than swimming, football, baseball, or soccer.   Accidents are rare.   Accidents involving five year olds are rarer still.   When they happen, they make national news. In Humble, Texas, a five year old accidentally shot himself while he accompanied his 11 year old brother who was hunting dove. I started hunting independently, about the same age, often accompanied by younger brothers.  I can relate, and feel an intense sympathy for the young man, his brother, and the family.    From abc13.com: Neighbors filled in the gaps, telling us the boys...
  • The Luby's Cafeteria Massacre: A Brutal Reminder to Restaurants Telling Customers "No Guns"

    09/09/2014 3:58:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday Panera Bread became another restaurant establishment asking customers to leave their guns at home, joining eateries like Chilis, Starbucks and stores like Target after pressure from anti-gun groups. Like other restaurant chains, Panera's official policy hasn't changed to an outright ban, but they've made clear customers carrying firearms for self-defense aren't welcome. This "please leave your guns at home" policy is catching on, but as more restaurants join Panera and others like it, it's important to remind them of the horrifying Luby's Cafeteria massacre. In 1991 Texas residents were banned by law from bringing firearms into restaurants. That same...
  • Meat-Free School Lunches Draw Ire of State Official

    09/09/2014 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | September 9, 2014
    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is raising objections to a school district pilot program that encourages kids to eat meatless lunches once a week. The pilot program at the Drippings Springs School District offers meat-free lunch options every Monday to students in its three elementary schools. Students can still eat meaty meals on Mondays, but must bring their lunches from home. Among the food items offered to students this Monday were a black-bean burrito, vegetarian chili with cornbread, baby carrots and sliced peaches. On past Mondays, students could choose cheese sandwiches, cheese ravioli, spinach salad and vegetarian soups. John Crowley,...
  • More than 300 layoffs planned at North Texas Job Corps Center in McKinney

    09/09/2014 4:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Dallas Business Journal ^ | September 8, 2014 | Korri Kezar
    The North Texas Job Corps Center is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's national program, which helps train students for jobs.Layoffs at the North Texas Job Corps Center in McKinney will affect 300 positions a little more than a month after Dallas news station Fox 4 investigated allegations of abuse at the facility. The cuts were revealed in two letters to the Texas Workforce Commission filed under the The Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act. The notices said NTJCC expects to lay off 240 workers, while Fluor Federal Solutions will eliminate 79 jobs connected to the center. Layoffs are...
  • The GOP’s Democrat on the border

    09/08/2014 5:12:04 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    For many Democrats in Congress, Henry Cuellar is persona non grata. The House Democrat from the border city of Laredo, Texas, sounds more like a Republican in his relentless criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the border crisis. He joined forces with a top Senate Republican on legislation that would make it easier to deport child migrants. And he was the lone Democrat to back the House GOP’s $694 million emergency border funding bill. The maneuvering infuriated Democrats, who privately fumed that Cuellar gave bipartisan veneer to a deportation plan the party overwhelmingly abhors. The frustration is especially deep...
  • Huge family detention centre to open in Texas for undocumented migrants

    09/08/2014 2:02:58 PM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Sept 6, 2014 2:54 EDT | Lauren Gambino, NY
    Federal officials are due to open a huge family detention centre in southern Texas that will house immigrant adults with children while they await deportation. The Texas Observer reports that federal officials are preparing to open the nation’s largest family detention centre, a 2,400-bed facility that will nearly double the current capacity to house immigrant families awaiting deportation. The centre will be developed on a sprawling 50-acre property near the town of Dilley, 70 miles south-west of San Antonio, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials told the monthly magazine. :snip: Earlier this year, federal officials opened family detention centres in...
  • Corruption case casts shadow over Hidalgo County (South Texas Border Country)race

    09/07/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT · by harpu · 4 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 09/04/14 | Julian Aguilar
    McALLEN — Hidalgo County voters will elect a new top lawman this November, replacing a former sheriff who was sentenced to five years in prison following a public corruption scandal. Guadalupe “Lupe” Trevińo, a Democrat, was convicted in July on a federal conspiracy charge after he admitted taking cash from a drug trafficker, but his party's leaders are confident the seat won't go to Al Perez, a Republican candidate with three decades of law enforcement experience. Analysts say that's because candidates with anything but a "D" by their names are few and far between in the Lower Rio Grande Valley...
  • Obama's delay on immigration action brings storm of criticism from Hispanics, liberal supporters

    09/07/2014 4:39:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 7, 2014
    "...The PICO National Network’s Campaign for Citizenship, one of the country’s largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network, also expressed disappointment in Obama’s reported decision. “The odds of us being let down by President Obama were high,” said Eddie Carmona, the group’s campaign manager. “The president and the Senate Democrats have made it very clear that undocumented immigrants and Latinos are simply viewed as political pawns.”....