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  • Dallas nurse who survived Ebola to get dog back

    10/30/2014 8:26:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 30 2014 | Associated Press
    DALLAS — A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill. The King Charles Cavalier spaniel named Bentley is in quarantine at an abandoned Navy base in Dallas. His owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month. She contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8. City spokeswoman Sana Syed said Thursday that the dog has tested negative for Ebola and that his 21-day quarantine — the Ebola incubation period — ends Saturday.
  • City of Houston Retreats: Withdraws Subpoenas for Pastors' Sermon Notes, Private Messages

    10/30/2014 8:57:39 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/30/14 | AWR Hawkins
    Then, on October 29, Senator Cruz released a statement announcing that city officials were in retreat and had withdrawn the subpoenas.
  • Trick or treat, America

    10/30/2014 5:49:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | Ted Nugent
    I already got my invitation to Greg Abbott’s victory party for the evening of Nov. 4 as we celebrate his landslide victory over Wendy Davis as the new and well-deserved governor of the Great Republic of Texas. This Texas race is a microcosm of elections across the country. Thank God there are still way more Texans that stand in defiance of the lying, scamming, America-hating, Texas-hating scammers and scoundrels that infest and steer the Wendy Davis campaign of deception.
  • Texas RRC Issues New Regulations on Fracking Disposal Wells

    10/30/2014 5:33:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | October 29, 2014 | Gene Lockard
    New regulations covering disposal wells from fracking operations go into effect in Texas beginning in November 2014. The new regulations by the Texas Railroad Commission (Texas RRC, or Commission), the state’s regulating entity for oil and gas, are centered on the possible linkage between seismic activity and disposing wells. There are four main components of the new regulations: - Applicants for disposal wells must conduct a search on the U.S. Geological Survey seismic database to determine if there is a history of earthquakes within a 100-square-mile area around the site of the proposed disposal well - Clarify that the Commission...
  • Houston Mayor Drops Bid to Subpoena Pastors’ Sermons

    10/29/2014 11:09:28 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    TPNN ^ | 10/29/14 | Todd Starnes
    Nevertheless, the mayor still seems hell-bent on defending the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance – a piece of legislation that will in part give grown men who identify as women the right to use the restrooms of their choice. “It is extremely important to me to protect our Equal Rights Ordinance from repeal, and it is extremely important to me to make sure that every Houstonian knows that their lives are valid and protected and acknowledged,” Parker said. “We are going to continue to vigorously defend our ordinance against repeal efforts.” The subpoenas were issued in response to a lawsuit filed...
  • Central Texas nurse quarantined after returning from West Africa

    10/29/2014 3:20:14 PM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    KXAN ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Eric Janzen
    A nurse from Central Texas has agreed to quarantine herself after working with Ebola patients in West Africa. The woman is not currently showing any signs of the disease, but her work is Sierra Leone places her at “some” risk according to CDC protocols, the governor’s office said in a release. The woman was met by state health officials after flying into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport early Wednesday. Her name is being withheld for privacy reasons, the state said. At the governor’s request, the nurse will be quarantined at her home and will be monitored twice daily by the Texas Department...
  • Fighter jets scramble to escort Charlotte-bound flight (2 days ago)

    10/29/2014 12:40:13 PM PDT · by knak · 8 replies
    wsoctv ^ | 10/27/14
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Channel 9 learned a plane that sparked a security scare at the airport last week was escorted by two fighter jets. But many questions remain about what caused a security scare Friday on a Charlotte-bound U.S. Airways flight. When U.S. Airways Flight 744 from Dallas landed in Charlotte Friday, the FBI kept passengers on the plane while agents questioned the crew and nine passengers. One passenger, Eric Pillmore, said a police officer told him a threatening note had been found on the plane. Meanwhile, some travelers said they deserve to know more about what that note said....
  • Phil Collins donates large collection of Alamo artifacts

    10/28/2014 8:13:16 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    KSAT ^ | 10-28-14 | Paul Venema
    As a truck containing five large wooden crates arrived outside the Gallagher House adjacent the Alamo, British pop legend Phil Collins was there to personally oversee the operation.
  • The Spectacular Self-Immolation of Wendy R. Davis

    10/28/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 29, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don't mean that in a good way. I mean it in a five-alarm, set-her-own-skirt-aflame, billowing-human-torch kind of way. To say that Davis is smokin' hot is not a compliment. It's a campaign incineration status update. The Democratic darling of the Hollywood Left and glamour gal of abortion thought her path to the Texas governor's mansion would be a pink-sneakered walk in the park. Instead, her single-issue campaign has combusted. The high point of Davis' career came last year when she flamboyantly opposed state restrictions on late-term abortions in the wake of Philadelphia...
  • 2016 hopefuls catch Ebola flak

    10/28/2014 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 27, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Potential 2016 presidential hopefuls are facing political peril as they grapple with the spread of Ebola in their backyards.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) encountered those exposed risks this weekend as he faced fierce criticism from a nurse quarantined in his state after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.  ADVERTISEMENT New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), considered a possible Democratic contender or vice presidential pick, appeared with Christie on Friday to emphasize the risks of the virus. After facing criticism, on Sunday night he walked back a stringent Ebola quarantine protocol and said medical workers with no contact with Ebola...
  • Amber Vinson, Dallas nurse, leaving hospital after Ebola cure

    10/28/2014 10:24:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Joel Achenbach
    The second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola has been cured and plans to appear on Tuesday at a triumphant press conference at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The recovery of Amber Joy Vinson, who became infected with the virus while caring for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan in a Dallas hospital, leaves only one person in America known to have an active case of Ebola. That is Craig Spencer, the doctor who became feverish on Thursday in New York and was immediately transported to Bellevue Hospital. He remains isolated in what health officials have described as serious but stable condition....
  • The Wendy Davis "miracle"

    10/28/2014 7:45:46 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 22 replies
    I get the power of hype (and demographic changes broadly) but why is it that so many people seem to be cedeing to the "fact" that Wendy Davis' campaign is somehow changing the face of Texas? I mean right now RCP averages have her down by 14.2% which is including the Lyceum poll which has been discredited by other pollsters. It also does not show the fact that the more recent polls have her falling even further behind (one pull currently has her 20% behind Abbott). But let's be conservative and say she is currently 15% behind Abbott. I've already...
  • Obama’s immigration plan would hurt black workers: Civil-rights commissioner

    10/27/2014 6:52:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights told President Obama Monday that the administration’s reported plan to grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants of illegal immigrants would have a harmful effect on black American workers. Peter Kirsanow, a Republican appointee to the panel, said in a letter to the president and to the Congressional Black Caucus that issuing millions of work permits to potentially low-wage workers “will devastate the black community.”
  • Sheriff Joe: 36% of Criminals Turned Over to ICE 'Keep Coming Back'

    10/27/2014 7:08:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Oct 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Maricopa Co., AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio reported that 36 percent of the criminals his sheriffs turned over to ICE “keep coming back” ... Last month a guy came back 25 times. So what is this? Either the border is really unsecure, or they're letting these guys out in the streets of Maricopa County. We got a big problem” he said. Arpaio added that releasing illegal aliens with criminal records was a “form of amnesty by the Obama administration.” ... Arpaio also said that the Mexican border has become so dangerous, law enforcement are afraid to cross,
  • Texas Spending Faster Than The Federal Leviathan

    10/27/2014 1:06:46 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 23 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/27/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    Conservatism is supposed to mean less government, especially in terms of spending. In Texas, nearly every Republican candidate takes a hard turn to the right to prove just how conservative they have been. This marketing strategy has proved quite successful, considering that Republicans are expected to again dominate our state executive and legislative branches. How has the record matched with the rhetoric over the years? Last year, a massive debate swirled about how much the state was increasing its budget. The Wall Street Journal and conservative/libertarian groups like the Texas Public Policy Foundation claimed the 2014-15 budget was increasing by...
  • Houston’s Church-Attacking Mayor Annise Parker Caught Lying, Smearing Texas DPS

    10/27/2014 11:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 27, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Take a look at P.J. Gladnick’s post over at Newsbusters . The gist: Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s daughter had trouble getting her driving test done to get her driver’s license. Parker, a lesbian who married her partner out of state after being elected mayor of Texas’ largest city, blamed the problem on the Texas Department of Public Safety and, specifically, on Texas law which does not recognize same-sex marriage. Their daughters are adopted and they also have a foster son. Parker launched her blame game in this tweet. Daughter needs drivers test. Has all docs, some in MomA name, some...
  • Ebola sparks worry for some Dallas poll workers

    10/27/2014 10:01:43 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    www.campaignsandelections.com ^ | Oct 27, 2014 | By Bethany Blakeman
    Some poll workers in Dallas have decided to sit out Election Day 2014 citing worries over Ebola, according to the Dallas County Elections Administrator. Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole told C&E that some poll workers “have decided they are not going to work the elections,” and the Dallas County Elections Department has also received numerous calls from voters concerned about heading to the polls. “We don’t have a cure for this, but we are going to provide health kits with sanitizer and we will provide gloves—the only things we can provide in our traditional health kit we give to workers,” says Pippins-Poole....
  • Tom DeLay Exonerated by Final Court in Texas; Liberal Media Virtually Silent

    10/27/2014 3:59:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    If you tried to find out what recently happened in court ending the criminal case against former GOP Congressman Tom DeLay, almost all the results that come up are from conservative sites. The left-wing news media deliberately ignored the story of his total legal exoneration earlier this month. Contrast this with the multiple, lengthy front-page articles than ran for years gleefully covering the progression of the politically motivated attacks on him. I saved an article taking up the top half of the front page of The New York Times from 2006 - with a huge photo of DeLay high-fiving my...
  • Ebola Victim Thomas Eric Duncan's 9-Day Treatment Cost Hospital $500K and He Had No Insurance

    10/27/2014 1:25:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 10, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    The nine-day treatment of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan who died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday cost the hospital an estimated $500,000 and he had no insurance to cover the charges. The New Haven Register reported that the hospital is also unlikely to collect on the bill. According to the report, since his isolation at the hospital on Sept. 28 Duncan was in critical condition. As a part of his treatment, he was placed on a ventilator, received experimental drugs and had kidney dialysis. ADVERTISEMENT There is also the cost of security and the disposal...
  • '60 Minutes' Just Broke New Details On The Dallas Ebola Case. Here's What They Revealed.

    10/26/2014 8:28:48 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 97 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/26/2014 | Dan Diamond
    You may think you know the details of what happened in Dallas. But 60 Minutes asks you to think again. 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley sat down with four of the nurses who treated Thomas Duncan, the initial Ebola patient. Here’s what we learned. 1. Whether intentionally or not, Duncan misled authorities about his exposure to Ebola. When Duncan first presented to the hospital on September 25, he didn’t specify that he’d come from Liberia or even West Africa — the center of the Ebola outbreak. Duncan only said he’d returned from “Africa,” which could’ve meant one of dozens of...
  • Eric Holder's Top Deputy Resigns Amid Revelation Fast and Furious Guns Used in Phoenix Crime

    10/17/2014 9:46:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The top deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday amid revelations that Operation Fast and Furious scandal guns were used to harm Americans in Phoenix in 2013, a development top congressional Republicans say President Obama’s administration sought to cover up. ... Holder, the attorney general, has failed to cooperate with the Fast and Furious congressional investigation led by Issa and Grassley. Holder was voted, on a bipartisan basis, into both criminal and civil contempt of Congress—a first in the history of the United States for a Cabinet-level official—after he failed to provide documents to Issa’s committee...
  • Big laugh line by Greg Abbott surrogate has Wendy Davis going to hell

    10/26/2014 1:42:09 PM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Wayne Slater
    Hear the one about Wendy Davis going to hell? A Republican state representative got a big laugh Saturday from Abbott and a roomful of supporters with a joke at Davis’ expense. Abbott faces Davis, a Democratic state senator, in next month’s general election for governor. On Saturday, Abbott and GOP attorney general nominee Ken Paxton were campaigning at a Tex-Mex restaurant in Frisco. Abbott was introduced by Frisco state Rep. Pat Fallon, who opened with a joke in which Wendy Davis visits a grade school and sees a boy reading a book about whales. Here’s the joke Fallon told: The...
  • VIDEO: 82-Year Old Black Grandmother is DONE with the Democrat Party; She Goes OFF About Why!

    10/26/2014 9:31:22 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 10 replies
    TPNN.com ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | TPNN Video
    The woman called into C-Span during the time when Barack Obama was doing his early voting. She identified herself as Joyce and indicated that she is an 82-year old black grandmother who has been a Democrat her entire life, but voted straight down the Republican ticket this year. Her voice is filled with both anger and passion as she explains why she has left the Democrat Party. It is worth listening to the entire two-minute segment. She begins by saying, “First, let me start by saying that I am an 82-year old, black, senior citizen grandmother and I voted straight...
  • Texas Democratic Party Sees Success In Vote By Mail Program

    10/26/2014 9:15:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Laredo Sun ^ | October 26, 2014 | Special to the Laredo Sun
    Austin, TX – As early voting begins, there has been a huge increase in mail-in-ballots thanks to the Texas Democratic Party’s vote by mail program. In January, we sent more than 116,000 annual applications to eligible voters so they could vote by mail in the Democratic primary, runoff, and the general election. This set the stage for success this November. We followed-up that successful program with more than 637,000 applications mailed in September. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailer released the following statement: “We are incredibly encouraged by the numbers we are seeing for vote by mail. For the...
  • Houston mayor says daughter was denied driver's test because she has two moms

    10/25/2014 8:30:12 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 90 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 25, 2014, 3:45 PM | James Queally
    The daughter of Houston Mayor Annise Parker was briefly denied the chance to take a driving test this week because her birth certificate and other documentation indicated she has two mothers, the mayor said.. Parker, who married her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, in California this year and remains a rarity as an openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, complained on her Twitter account on Friday.
  • Obama choreographed hug with Ebola victim

    10/25/2014 8:28:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Kevin Rogers
    President Obama is usually “not interested in photo ops,” but apparently he made an exception for Friday’s good news that Nina Pham, the first Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, is now virus-free. Mr. Obama and Ms. Pham shared an embrace in the Oval Office, certainly a reassuring image for Ebola-panicked Americans. But according to still photographers on the scene, his hug with Ms. Pham was staged.
  • Chris Christie Rebuts Perry Comparison of Homosexuality To Alcoholism

    06/13/2014 9:46:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | MARK Z. BARABAK, CHRIS MEGERIAN
    Chris Christie Rebuts Perry Comparison of Homosexuality To Alcoholism MARK Z. BARABAK, CHRIS MEGERIAN New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes questions at San Francisco flower shop GOP's Chris Christie pays a visit Facebook headquarters in California New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who signed legislation barring "gay conversion therapy" in his state, said Friday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's comparison of homosexuality to alcoholism was wrong. "I disagree with him, and I don't believe that's an apt analogy," Christie said during a San Francisco appearance alongside Neel Kashkari, the GOP candidate for California governor. Christie was appearing with Kashkari in his...
  • We must continue spending to supply our military with Tomahawk missiles, says … Rand Paul?

    03/27/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2014 | AllahPundit
    This ain’t your daddy’s libertarian. More to the point, this ain’t his daddy’s libertarian.First he went after Ted Cruz for trying to characterize him as a dove, now this. By the end of the year, he and McCain will be holding joint filibusters on the Senate floor demanding that America build the biggest nuclear bomb evah. Rand Paul, hawk? In the current budget, the Obama Administration called for the elimination of the Tomahawk missile. This missile protects our troops and allows us to avoid much direct person-to-person combat. Our navy has depended heavily on them…Nobody wants to cut spending, including...
  • January 4, 2010 Houston Mayoral Inauguration (2010 Transcript of Joel Osteen's Invocation Prayer)

    10/23/2014 3:41:03 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 47 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/4/2010 | Chitra Divakaruni
    Transcript of Joel Osteen's invocation prayer over Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, who was inaugurated as mayor of Houston. She is the first openly gay mayor of the city: FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME TO COME TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CELEBRATE YOUR GOODNESS AND THE GREAT CITY WE LIVE IN, AND THE NEW LEADERSHIP WITHIN OUR CITY. LORD, WE ASK YOU FOR WISDOM FOR ALL OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. LORD, WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL GUIDE THEM, DIRECT THEM, THAT YOU WILL HELP THEM MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR OUR CITY. LORD WE JUST PRAY FOR YOUR STRENGTH...
  • Laughlin lieutenant saves life (texas)

    10/24/2014 8:38:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://www.laughlin.af.mil ^ | october 23, 2014 | joel langton
    It was just another trip to Wal-Mart for 2nd Lt. Joshua Nelson when he popped in to grab some fish hooks for a family trip to the lake this past Spring. Little did he know that a quick shopping trip would turn into so much more. The West Virginia Air National Guardsman was walking to the Hunting and Fishing section when he heard a woman say, "Stop, put it down!" "I could tell she was stressed and she sounded frightened," said Nelson. "I looked into the aisle, and this young man had a knife to a woman's stomach." According to...
  • Study: Oil, Gas Drilling Activities Provide Major Economic Stimulus for US

    10/24/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | October 24, 2014 | Gene Lockard
    The economic benefits to the United States from the energy industry have more than doubled in just the past ten years, even after accounting for inflation, according to a new study by The Perryman Group. The growth in the industry is worth about $1.2 trillion in gross product each year, the study noted, adding that the growth in the oil and gas industry since the economic recession has been “dramatic.” In fact, since the start of the economic recovery, the energy industry has contributed about 30 percent of the total job growth for the nation, Dr. Ray Perryman, president and...
  • Judge defends custody decision in lesbian mom case

    10/24/2014 7:23:41 AM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/23/2014 | By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
    Family Court Judge William Potter responded Thursday to an allegation that he discriminated against a lesbian mother being deployed to Cuba. “Obviously I don’t have a problem with her being gay because I gave her custody,” the judge said. Potter’s comments stemmed from a Las Vegas Review-Journal story about the divorce case of Michelle Bagalawis, who since has changed her last name to Angeles, and Johnny Cardona. Angeles and Cardona, who have a 7-year-old son, were divorced in January 2012. Angeles, a first lieutenant in the Air Force, married a woman in March 2012. After Angeles’ recent deployment to Cuba,...
  • Wendy Davis Embraces Obama

    10/24/2014 12:13:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | October 23, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)HOUSTON, Texas -- While State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously distanced herself from President Obama, who currently has a low approval rating, the state senator openly embraced his big-government policies during a recent campaign stop. As Davis continues to trail her opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, in the polls, she has made desperate attempts to gain traction at the last minute. "I have been very pleased and proud to have the support of my president," Davis announced at a get-out-the-vote event in the Houston area on Tuesday. She was attempting to appeal to African American voters, according...
  • Family, friends of Thomas Duncan protest outside hospital

    10/23/2014 11:29:47 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 58 replies
    MyFoxDFW ^ | Oct 23, 2014 9:46 PM CDT | myfoxdfw.com Staff
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has admitted that mistakes were made in the treatment of the first Ebola patient in the U.S., Thomas Duncan, and his family members have been very critical of the hospital since his death. Some family members and friends went to Presbyterian to stage a silent protest Thursday night. The silent protest boiled over into strong emotions, with some speaking out about their feelings.
  • Without Lucrative Market, Potential Ebola Vaccine Was Shelved for Years

    10/23/2014 7:59:46 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2014 | Michael Stravato
    GALVESTON, Tex. — Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results were published in a respected journal, and health officials called them exciting. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011. It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now, with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa, is...
  • Nelson Hunt the man who took silver to $50 in 1980 dies aged 88

    10/23/2014 4:46:30 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 3 replies
    SilverSeek.Com ^ | 10/23/2014
    Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Texan oil billionaire whose cornering of the silver market in the late 70s took the silver price to what is still its all-time high of $50 an ounce has died at the age of 88 in a care home. In the oil boom of the 1980s Mr. Hunt was reckonned to be the world’s richest man, a title held by Bill Gates founder of Microsoft today. Apart from his huge oil investments Mr. Hunt diversified into cattle, race horses, land and other real estate, sugar, banks, art, a pizza chain as well as most famously silver....
  • Who Are the 5 Pastors in the Houston Sermon Subpoena Scandal? Here are their names and background

    10/23/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Although much has been reported regarding the ethics and legality behind the city of Houston's subpoena of five Houston-area pastors that had asked them to turn over all of their sermons that address homosexuality, gender identity, and the city's first openly-lesbian mayor, little attention has been given to who those five pastors actually are and the ministries they operate.Although those five pastors, Steve Riggle, David Welch, Hernan Castaño, Khanh Huynh and Magda Hermida, were not technically parties of the lawsuit against the city's new equal rights ordinance that sparked the need for the subpoenas, they all participated in the coalition...
  • Texas breaks record for jobs added in 12-month span (Is California Listening?)

    10/23/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 16 replies
    Dallas News ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Maria Halkias
    Texas created enough jobs last month to help the state set a 12-month record. The Texas economy added 36,400 jobs in September, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Over the past 12 months, employers added 413,700 jobs — the most ever recorded by the state. The unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in September, down from 5.3 percent in August. A year ago, the rate was 6.3 percent. “We’re having a broad -based increase in job growth in Texas, and sooner or later we’re going to have to see wage increases,” said Trinity University economist David...
  • Lesbian mom fighting to keep son in Las Vegas during military deployment

    The lesbian mother of a 7-year-old boy is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court to keep her son in Las Vegas during her four-month deployment to Cuba. According to an emergency petition filed by Air Force 1st Lt. Michelle Angeles, Family Court Judge William Potter applied a double standard when he ruled the boy must live with his father in Texas until she returns. “Michelle could only infer the double standard stemmed from her being married to another woman,” according to the document. The child flew to Texas on Saturday when the high court declined to intervene on an emergency...
  • How desperate is she? Texas' Davis Says She Would Welcome Obama Visit

    10/23/2014 6:14:14 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 46 replies
    newsmax ^ | 10/22/14 | newsmax
    Democrat Wendy Davis said Wednesday she would welcome President Barack Obama campaigning for her in Texas after largely keeping distance from him throughout her underdog run for governor. Still trailing by double digits in some polls with less than two weeks until Election Day, Davis is no longer so cautiously staying at arm's length from Obama, who has gloomy approval ratings in Texas but still packs the ability to boost turnout among Democratic voters. First lady Michelle Obama recorded a radio ad for Davis that began airing this month. "I would be thrilled if he or the Clintons, anyone wanted...
  • Routes for proposed Houston-Dallas bullet trains unveiled

    10/23/2014 6:06:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Dug Begley
    Observers have long known that only a few options were available for the route of the privately funded high-speed train line between Houston and Dallas. Now a firmer picture of where the trains might run is emerging. (Photo courtesy of JR Central) (Photo courtesy of JR Central) As part of the federally required process to evaluate the line, the Federal Railroad Administration and Texas Department of Transportation released maps of the nine routes they are considering and the two chosen for deeper evaluation. The lines that didn’t make the final cut seem to be a bit longer, or else have...
  • Confirmed: Wendy Davis Literally Has THE Worst Twitter Campaign Of All Time

    10/23/2014 4:50:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Well, if you thought the Wendy Davis gubernatorial campaign, which has devolved into a clown show, couldn’t get any worse; you should brace yourselves. She had this tweet featuring a bunch of eager young Davis supporters, but there’s only one problem. It was actually a group of volunteers for the College Republican Federation of Virginia who posed for a photo after knocking on doors for Ed Gillespie, the GOP senate hopeful in the Old Dominion.
  • To solve worker shortage, Dow offers apprenticeships

    10/23/2014 4:36:17 AM PDT · by thackney · 62 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 23, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    As refineries and petrochemical plants struggle to find enough skilled workers to fill a surge of new jobs, Dow Chemical is considering an old solution to solve a new problem. The multinational chemical corporation plans to launch a pilot apprenticeship program next year at eight of its plants, including manufacturing sites in Freeport, Bayport, Deer Park, Seadrift and Texas City. The company expects to hire 60 apprentices, who will receive two to four years of training and on-the-job experience to prepare them for jobs as chemical process operators, instrumentation and equipment technicians and analyzer technicians. The apprenticeship positions will be...
  • Chuck Norris Gives Texas Voters a Kick, Boosts GOP Candidate

    10/22/2014 6:47:03 PM PDT · by knak · 15 replies
    abc ^ | 10/22/14 | appleton
    Walker, Texas Ranger returned to the Lone Star State on Wednesday, but not to fight bad guys. He’s swooped in to lend a helping hand to Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. “Chuck Norris doesn’t campaign with Greg Abbott,” Abbott’s campaign spokesman Avdiel Huerta said. “Greg Abbott campaigns with Chuck Norris.” “Together,” Huerta added, “they plan to give Texas voters a good roundhouse kick in the direction of their local polling places.” With the first week of early voting underway in Texas, both Abbott and his challenger, Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis, are increasing their get-out-the-vote activities, and Abbott is counting...
  • Ted Cruz Reveals What he’d do if Elected President – And it’s Even Worse Than You Thought

    10/22/2014 8:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Burnt Orange Report ^ | October 22, 2014 | Katie Singh
    With the midterm elections approaching, Texas senator Ted Cruz penned an editorial in USA Today this week detailing what he’d like a potential Republican-controlled Congress to prioritize in 2015. As you might expect, the list is full of Tea Party staples: repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and slashing funding for federal programs. What makes Cruz’s list of Congressional priorities interesting is that it essentially previews what a Cruz 2016 presidential campaign agenda might look like–and it’s not pretty. As Ted Cruz’s multiple trips to Iowa have suggested, Texas’ junior senator is all-but-confirmed to be running for president in 2016. Though his...
  • From Texas To Wisconsin, Voters To Determine Transportation Policy

    10/22/2014 10:38:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Curry
    In two weeks, voters decide which party will control the Senate and House, as well as choosing 36 governors and 6,049 state legislators.In some places voters will also be making transportation policy directly through ballot initiatives and referenda.A common factor in three states, Texas, Maryland and Wisconsin, is the attempt to ensure that some tax revenues are used only for transportation and aren’t diverted to other purposes.Texas voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment that would earmark revenue from the state’s oil and gas severance tax to the state highway fund. (You can see a TV...
  • HENSARLING: GOP-CONTROLLED CONGRESS SHOULD MASSIVELY INCREASE GUEST-WORKER PERMITS FOR FOREIGNERS

    10/22/2014 8:31:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    If Republicans gain control of Congress, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) wants more guest-worker visas for high-tech and low-skilled workers in addition to a piecemeal immigration reform. Hensarling, the House Financial Services Committee Chair whom the pro-amnesty Wall Street Journal touted as the "leading candidate to eventually succeed John Boehner as Speaker," would "like to see immigration reform that allows more H-1B visas for high-tech workers and also creates a 'vibrant guest-worker program' for low-skill workers who want to come here to work in agriculture." The Journal also noted that Hensarling "believes a good guest-worker program is a form of border...
  • ISIS’ Call For ‘Lone Wolf Attacks’ Hits Canada Where A Would-Be Jihadist Just Ran Down Two Soldiers

    10/22/2014 7:31:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | ‎10 ‎/‎22‎/‎ 2014‎ | Justen Charters
    ISIS’ call for “lone wolf attacks” has hit North America. The attack took place while two soldiers were standing in a parking lot in Montreal. One soldier was wearing his uniform. The man behind the wheel, 25-year-old Martin Roulea, intentionally hit the armed forces members and then attempted to make a getaway from police in pursuit. However, Roulea lost control of his getaway car during the chase and flipped. As Roulea made his exit from the vehicle, police exercised the use of deadly force. One of the soldiers Roulea hit didn’t survive. ... one thing is vividly clear: From the...
  • Houston's First Amendment Problem

    10/22/2014 5:57:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    The recent questionably unconstitutional moves by the Houston city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that...
  • Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

    10/22/2014 12:06:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    FORT WORTH, Texas — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case. They believe that information is being withheld, along with additional medical records, by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8....