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  • How Austin’s East Side Pies Became Target of fake #pizzagate

    12/07/2016 6:46:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 171 replies
    Austin Statesmanb ^ | Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    East Side Pies co-owner Noah Polk first heard of the conspiracy theory known as “pizzagate” around the time of the presidential election. The fake news story was started by an online community, fueled by misinterpretations of emails released by WikiLeaks, that claimed associates of Hillary Clinton were behind a child sex-trafficking ring headquartered at the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. The fake story turned into a real crime scene on Sunday when a gunman walked into that Washington restaurant and fired a shot. Now, Austin police are investigating harassment and vandalism that’s been waged against the local...
  • Cypress Springs students charged with kidnapping in alleged sex attempt

    12/07/2016 5:24:11 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 24 replies
    KHOU ^ | 12-7-2016
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Court documents show that three Cypress Springs High School students have been charged with aggravated kidnapping stemming from an incident that occurred late last month. On Nov. 28 the Cypress Fairbanks ISD Police Department was called to Walker Elementary School near Katy where the victim ran for help after she was allegedly abducted. According to court documents, the victim told police that she was leaving lunch and going to her next class at Cypress Springs H.S. when she was approached from behind by a male student she did not know. The male student allegedly grabbed her...
  • Western counties join in opposition to BLM’s land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...
  • Texan Republican Elector: I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Trump (Red Alert)

    12/06/2016 11:45:35 AM PST · by quesney · 47 replies
    DALLAS — I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president. People have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think presidents-elect should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office. Mr. Trump lacks the foreign policy...
  • SEIU branch in Texas declares bankruptcy

    12/06/2016 6:53:33 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/6/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    After losing a lawsuit and facing a $7.8 million dollar judgment, Service Employees International Union Texas, alias SEIU District Five, has declared bankruptcy in order to escape the judgment. The plaintiff is going after the national union, as it should, so stand by lots more court appeals, But so far, the SEIU is losing at every step. Bill McMorris has an excellent account of the case and its background, at the Free Beacon. I recommend it. The bare bones of the story of this case paint a picture of a thuggish organization, in my opinion. It expanded into Texas by...
  • Satanists Plan to Challenge Texas Law Requiring Aborted Babies to be Buried or Cremated

    12/05/2016 7:56:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2016 | 2:30 PM EST | Lauretta Brown
    The Satanic Temple released a statement Saturday challenging new rules proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott which require aborted babies to be cremated or buried and go into effect Dec. 19th. The Satanic Temple called burial rites a “well-established component of religious practice” and said their members believe in “the inviolability of the body,” concluding that “as such these rules contradict our fundamental beliefs.” The Satanists invoked their First Amendment “right to practice our beliefs,” adding that “under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit...
  • Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump

    12/05/2016 2:37:13 PM PST · by sharkhawk · 179 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | CHRISTOPHER SUPRUN
    Dallas — I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is...
  • Alcohol Sold Illegally at Texas Convention of Liquor Cops

    Oh, the irony. The executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission allowed illegal alcohol sales at a regional conference of state liquor cops in Austin, according to a retired TABC supervisor, and that could lead to criminal charges against the director and one of her cronies. The agency also paid its deputy executive director more than $12,000 per month to attend a police academy full-time at government expense, even though his job does not involve any law enforcement duties (more on that below). Darryl Darnell, a retired TABC supervisor who now works as a deputy constable, filed a complaint...
  • 'Strong Arm' Dallas lawyer Brian Loncar dies a week after teenage daughter's suicide

    12/04/2016 2:19:44 PM PST · by DFG · 36 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/04/2016 | Caleb Downs Julieta Chiquillo
    Dallas lawyer Brian Loncar died Sunday, two days after the funeral for his 16-year-old daughter, who killed herself on Nov. 26. How the 56-year-old died and where he was found remain a mystery, but investigators called to his downtown office examined a Rolls Royce Wraith parked outside.
  • Plans to restore NASA mission control room remain in limbo

    12/04/2016 11:21:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2016 1:03 PM EST
    Plans to restore the NASA mission control room that served as the nerve center when man first reached the moon have been discussed for more than 20 years, but its restoration and preservation remain in limbo. Officials at Johnson Space Center in Houston say the restoration of Mission Operation Control Room 2 is a priority, but note that NASA has other priorities too. …
  • 1 dead, 7 injured after bus full of cheerleaders, 18-wheeler crash in West Texas

    12/04/2016 2:14:59 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Dallas News ^ | December 4, 2016 | Liz Farmer
    An adult sponsor for a West Texas high school cheer team has died and seven people were injured after a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a school bus carrying cheerleaders late Friday. The incident occurred on Interstate 20 in Big Spring as the Iraan High School cheerleaders headed back to Iraan after a playoff game against Munday High School in Colorado City, about 40 miles east of the scene, YourBasin.com reports. The bus had about 120 miles left to reach Iraan, which is south of Big Spring. [Snip] Of the eight people taken to Scenic Mountain Medical Center, two...
  • Police: Woman Rams Squad Car While Taking Topless Selfie

    10/27/2016 7:52:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 10/27
    Police say an open bottle of wine was in her console cup holderPolice say a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student who rear-ended a squad car told an officer she was taking a topless selfie. Miranda Kay Rader posted $200 bond after she was charged with drunken driving and possessing alcohol as a minor. A police report says an officer was checking a reported disturbance when he heard brakes squeal and an SUV slam into the patrol car behind him. Rader told the officer she was taking a topless selfie of herself to Snapchat to her boyfriend. Police say an open...
  • 7-Year-Old's Reaction at Killing Her First Deer With AR-Style Rifle Goes Viral

    12/03/2016 5:01:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/3 | Liz Farmer
    A video raking in the views shows a 7-year-old Texas girl poised for two minutes with her hands on a gun the size of her before she pulls the trigger, killing her first deer. The little hunter, Lilly Klapper, looks on in awe before beaming at her bearded father, who exclaims "You got it" and high-fives her. The action begins around the 1:40 mark: Lilly shot the whitetail deer Monday in Central Texas with an AR style rifle chambered in 300 blackout, according to a video description. The family appears to live in Jacksboro, about 65 miles west of Denton,...
  • Man Posing as UPS Delivery Driver, 3 Others Wanted in Violent Robbery, Police Say

    12/03/2016 10:38:58 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | approx. November 22, 2016 | MORGAN WINSOR
    A man who posed as a UPS delivery driver and three others are wanted in a violent robbery, caught in part on camera, according to Houston police. *snip* In the surveillance footage, one suspect -- clad in a UPS jacket and brown baseball cap, and carrying a package -- is seen approaching the door to the residence. Police said the man rang the doorbell, claiming he needed a signature for the package.
  • Stanford Study Reveals California Pensions Underfunded By $1 Trillion Or $93k Per Household

    12/03/2016 7:06:36 AM PST · by george76 · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today the Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy highlighted an updated pension study, released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, which revealed some fairly startling realities about California's public pension underfunding levels. After averaging $77,700 per household in 2014, the amount of public pension underfunding for the state of California jumped to a staggering $92,748 per household in 2015. But don't worry, we're sure pension managers can grow their way out of the problem...hedge fund returns have been stellar recently, right? Stanford University’s pension tracker database pegs the market value of California’s total pension debt at...
  • Mexican Gets Life Term Over 2013 Lawyer Slaying in Texas

    12/02/2016 7:59:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Dec 2, 2016
    A Mexican man must serve life in a U.S. prison for stalking and helping arrange the 2013 Texas slaying of a lawyer who'd been the acting head of a Mexican drug cartel. Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes was sentenced Thursday in Fort Worth. The case involved the shooting death of Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa in Southlake, near Dallas. Cepeda-Cortes in May was convicted of interstate stalking, conspiracy to commit murder for hire and tampering with documents or proceedings. Officials said the tampering involved efforts to destroy evidence on his computer. His cousin, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder...
  • Austin police chief Art Acevedo to run Houston's police department

    12/01/2016 5:05:35 PM PST · by Fred Hayek · 23 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 11/17/2016 | Nicole Cobler
    Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo has accepted a job as Houston’s police chief, he confirmed Thursday from Houston. Acevedo publicly accepted an offer from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, saying he "looked forward to the challenge" during a press conference. "I believe the timing is right for me to take on the opportunity to work for Mayor Turner and lead the men and women of the Houston Police Department and serve the people of Houston," he said in a statement.
  • Grounded Surveillance Operation Nabbed 110,000 Illegal Immigrants at Border

    12/01/2016 3:22:16 PM PST · by detective · 3 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | November 30, 2016 | Kenric Ward
    While surveillance helicopters were grounded in Texas, the head of Customs and Border Protection called the flights critical to “countering illegal immigration” from Mexico. Records bear that out: A government report credited Operation Phalanx with apprehending 110,000 illegal border crossers. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske stated in a Nov. 16 letter that Phalanx “provided tangible benefits to border security.” His letter to the Department of Defense was sent two days before it was revealed that CBP’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, had quietly halted border surveillance flights in Texas’ Laredo district.
  • Yes, Dallas is facing bankruptcy. So are three other Texas cities.

    12/01/2016 8:11:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/30/2016 | Jon Cassidy
    The mayor of Dallas uses the word “bankruptcy,” and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal swoop in to report on the city’s imminent doom. The mayor of Houston holds a press conference to declare the pension problem solved, and folks just go along with it. The truth is that the two cities are in equally dreadful trouble, headed for bankruptcy, as are Fort Worth and El Paso, thanks to delusional forecasting, ludicrous system design, and meddlesome union-funded lawmakers from across the state who’ve stripped big-city voters of their right to govern their own finances. How mismanaged are these...
  • Petition to Declare The University of Texas at Austin a Sanctuary for Undocumented Students

    12/01/2016 6:28:42 AM PST · by bgill · 47 replies
    Care2 Petitions ^ | unknown | Madeline Hsu
    North Texas Univ. and Texas Woman's Univ. also petitioning for sanctuary campuses: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/higher-education/2016/11/30/students-want-declare-unt-twu-sanctuary-campuses-unauthorized-immigrant-classmates-staff Texas State Univ. petition for sanctuary and minorities and LGBTQIA students - http://www.kvue.com/news/local/hays-county/texas-state-students-sign-petition-to-make-school-sanctuary-campus/358331110
  • City Hall offered $3M to open a grocery store in a southern Dallas food desert and got no takers

    12/01/2016 3:48:12 AM PST · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Dallas News ^ | November 30, 2016 | Robert Wilonsky
    In July, the city of Dallas offered at least $3 million to any grocery store willing to sell fresh produce and healthy food in a "southern Dallas food desert." For the first time, the city made it known it had money available, advertising in grocery trade publications. Decades of pleading, of keeping fingers crossed, begat the promise of cold, hard cash. But officials said Wednesday they never found a taker. [Snip] Council members had hoped a grocery store chain would agree to open at least one 25,000-square-foot store in southern Dallas and, preferably, one that could anchor a larger mixed-use...
  • EPA plans to withdraw pollution rule for 7 Texas power plants

    11/30/2016 7:33:46 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 30, 2016 | By Ryan Maye Handy
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to withdraw a rule that would require seven Texas coal-fired power plants to reduce pollution coming from their stacks, providing at least a short-term reprieve for power companies fearful that the costs of ever stricter regulations would doom their plants. The rule would have mandated that the Texas plants, as well as eight others in Oklahoma, update scrubbers and other air pollution control devices to preserve air quality near national parks and wilderness areas, including Big Bend National Park on the Texas border with Mexico, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park on the...
  • Texas now requires a proper burial for aborted babies, and abortionists are outraged

    11/30/2016 3:01:03 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 30, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    TEXAS, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Starting December 19, Texas abortion facilities will no longer be allowed to throw aborted babies' bodies in landfills or down the garbage disposal. Instead, they will be required to bury or cremate them.  The Texas Department of Health and Human Services proposed the rules in July. They were finalized Monday despite opposition from abortion supporters. The rules will apply to hospitals and abortion centers but not to women who carry out chemical abortions in their homes. The rules will also not apply to babies miscarried at home. Several of the Center for Medical...
  • This State(TEXAS)Now Requires Abortion Clinics to Bury Aborted Babies Instead of Selling Their Parts

    11/30/2016 8:13:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    New Texas rules requiring a dignified burial of aborted babies’ bodies will go into effect on Dec. 19, state health officials said this week. The new rules, introduced in July by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, require that abortion facilities, hospitals and other medical centers either cremate or bury the remains of aborted and miscarried babies. State officials said the rules do not apply to miscarriages or abortions that take place at home. The Washington Post reports the health commission finalized the rules on Monday. State health officials previously said the rules will bring about “enhanced protection of...
  • Texas to implement rules requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

    11/30/2016 12:59:01 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | November 28, 2016 | Alexa Ura
    Texas’ proposed rules requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains will take effect Dec. 19, according to state health officials. Despite intense outcry from the medical community and reproductive rights advocates, the state will prohibit hospitals, abortion clinics and other health care facilities from disposing of fetal remains in sanitary landfills, instead allowing only cremation or burial of all remains — regardless of the period of gestation. . . . “The state agency has once again ignored the concerns of the medical community and thousands of Texans by playing politics with people’s private healthcare decisions," Heather Busby, executive director...
  • Border hawks riled after Trump meeting with Texas’ McCaul for Homeland post

    11/29/2016 8:30:25 PM PST · by 198ml · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/29/16 | SA Miller
    Donald Trump’s interview Tuesday with Rep. Michael T. McCaul for secretary of homeland security set off alarms for illegal immigration opponents who view the congressman as weak on border security and latently pro-amnesty. Mr. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has repeatedly riled conservatives with what they describe as ineffective posturing against President Obama’s lax enforcement of immigration laws. His chief offense was co-authoring the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which conservatives and activists reviled as a fig leaf to Democrats that included tough language but ignored the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living...
  • ‘The Consequences Will Be So Extreme’ — Texas Governor Announces War On Sanctuary Cities

    11/29/2016 11:22:24 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/29/2016 | Christian Datoc
    Greg Abbot is using Monday’s horrific attack at Ohio State University to call for an end to sanctuary cities in both Texas and the rest of the United States. The Texas governor told the “Fox & Friends” crew Tuesday that in the upcoming legislative sessions “we will pass a law, banning sanctuary cities in the state of Texas.” Abbot has already used his “powers as governor of Texas to withhold funds from cities or counties that declare themselves to be sanctuary cities,” but his new declaration will make “the consequences will be so extreme for these cities and counties that...
  • Top 5 Biggest Road Construction Projects In DFW

    11/29/2016 1:03:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | November 1, 2016 | Brian New
    NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) – It is nearly impossible these days in North Texas to avoid road construction projects. While billions of dollars are being pumped into the roadway system, TxDOT said it still can’t keep up with the growth. “There are a thousand people moving a day to Texas and we’ve (North Texas) got most of them,” said TxDOT Dallas spokesperson Donna Huerta. “We can’t keep up with that kind of demand, but what we can do is take what we have and make it better.” With a new approach allowing contractors to design and build a project simultaneously, TxDOT...
  • Texas Republican resigns from electoral college, says he can’t in good conscience vote for Trump

    11/28/2016 7:40:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2016 | AllahPundit
    There are grand flaws and minor flaws in the plan among some anti-Trumpers to block him in the electoral college. A grand flaw: How do you justify letting 538 essentially random people overturn a vote of 130 million? That’s like substituting the results of a poll for the results on election day. If your electoral college is composed of trusted “wise men,” that’s one thing — although they’d have to be awfully wise, a la Madison, Hamilton, and Adams, to convince a modern nation to give them veto power over a national election. If your electoral college is composed...
  • Cartels Flood Remote Border Sector with Migrants, Overwhelm U.S. Agents

    11/28/2016 12:49:34 PM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Nov 2016 | Brandon Darby & Ildefonso Ortiz
    Border Patrol agents in the remote Texas Big Bend Sector are sounding the alarm as Mexican cartels overwhelm them with illegal immigrants ahead of President-elect Trump’s inauguration. The sector has very few agents assigned and has remained one of the most open and unsecured regions along the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Texas governor says he will ban sanctuary cities

    11/28/2016 7:20:14 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/2016
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is pledging to ban sanctuary cities in his state as other governors and mayors promise to continue sheltering illegal immigrants. "I'm going to sign a law that bans sanctuary cities," Abbott tweeted on Sunday. "Also I've already issued an order cutting funding to sanctuary cities." Abbott was responding to a Twitter user who questioned whether the Texas governor could do anything to reverse Austin's pledge to remain a sanctuary city. During his presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to deport millions of immigrants. He said during an interview shortly after his victory he would prioritize...
  • Small Businesses Lament There Are Too Few Mexicans in U.S., Not Too Many

    11/25/2016 11:33:34 AM PST · by dirtboy · 127 replies
    Wall Street Journal via MSN.com ^ | 11/25/2016 | Miriam Jordan, Santiago Pérez
    n Dallas, the King of Texas Roofing Co. says it has turned down $20 million worth of projects in the past two years because it doesn’t have enough workers. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe Hargrave is expanding his successful Tacolicious chain of restaurants, but says he is building smaller ones due to “a massive shortage of restaurant workers.” And in Florida, Steve Johnson, who harvests oranges for the citrus industry, says, “Right now, if I had 80 guys, I could put every one of them to work.” As hiring accelerates and the labor market tightens thanks to a...
  • Dak Prescott is right on time — for Dallas and for America (Semi-barf)

    11/25/2016 4:26:58 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 74 replies
    The Undefeated ^ | November 24, 2016 | Jason Reid
    The new face of America’s Team is a biracial, tatted-up, whip-smart, unflappable 23-year-old, who in about the time it takes to open the roof at AT&T Stadium went from being a let’s-see-what-the-unheralded-rook-can-do emergency starter to The Man on the NFL’s hottest club. Prescott’s stunning rise (remember, dude was a fourth-round pick whom the Cowboys backed into) has been the talk of the league – and the conversation hasn’t been confined to his success on the field. To even the non-woke, it’s obvious that the Cowboys are in a new place. That means the rest of the NFL is, too.
  • Rocks thrown at US border agents

    11/24/2016 3:02:13 PM PST · by kevcol · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 24, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Attacks against U.S. border agents have been on the rise in the last few weeks. In late October, an agent was assaulted in Calexico, Calif., when he tried to apprehend a man who had just climbed over a section of border fence between the U.S. and Mexico. And in late October, a border agent was injured when an illegal immigrant threw a block of concrete at him.
  • After nearly 15 years in prison, 4 San Antonio women declared innocent

    11/24/2016 11:46:23 AM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 22 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 11/23/16 | Claudia Lauer
    Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday exonerated four San Antonio women who spent almost 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls, opening the door for the women to seek potentially millions of dollars in state compensation.
  • Exclusive: Accused cop killer Otis McKane married in San Antonio after ambush, before arrest

    11/23/2016 1:33:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | 11/22/16 | John W. Gonzalez
    SAN ANTONIO – Seven hours before his arrest in the fatal slaying of a San Antonio police officer, capital murder suspect Otis Tyrone McKane was at the Bexar County Courthouse getting married as he was the subject of a massive manhunt, according to official records obtained by mySA.com. McKane, held in Sunday’s ambush slaying of Det. Benjamin Marconi, married Christian Chanel Fields, who owns the white Buick McKane was in at the time of his arrest, after they obtained a magistrate’s waiver from the customary 72-hour waiting period after a marriage license is issued.
  • University statement on 'controversial speaker' Richard Spencer's visit, Aggies express outrage

    11/23/2016 12:29:46 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 27 replies
    The Batt ^ | 11/22/16 | Chevall Pryce
    Richard Spencer, white nationalist and creator of the term “alt-right,” will be speaking in Rudder Tower this December. Spencer will be speaking on the alt-right movement, a radical offshoot of conservatism which promotes white identity and white nationalism. Spencer’s speech will be focusing on explaining what the alt-right is, and how he believes this movement will affect the United States. Recently, video of a speech Spencer gave at a conference for the National Policy Institute, a think tank for white nationalists and the alt-right, circulated around the internet. Much of the speech included anti-semitic remarks and Nazi rhetoric. At the...
  • Dallas Faces Pension-Led Bankruptcy from Police & Fire Pensions Request

    11/23/2016 9:54:13 AM PST · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Efficient Gov ^ | 21 November 2016
    In testimony to state regulators, Dallas reported that a Police & Fire pensions request for $1.1 billion would wipe out the city’s entire general fund. Picture the next major American city to go bankrupt. What springs to mind? Probably not the swagger and sprawl of Dallas. But there was Dallas’s mayor, Michael S. Rawlings, testifying this month to a state oversight board that his city appeared to be “walking into the fan blades” of municipal bankruptcy. “It is horribly ironic,” he said. Indeed. Dallas has the fastest economic growth of the nation’s 13 largest cities. Its streets hum with supersize...
  • Family of slain SAPD officer says Donald Trump called to offer condolences

    11/22/2016 10:29:08 AM PST · by LoneStarGI · 9 replies
    News4SA.com ^ | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 2016
    The family of slain San Antonio Police Department Detective Benjamin Marconi says President-Elect Donald Trump contacted them Monday to offer his condolences. Annie Patterson Campos, who identifies herself as a "CSI (Crime Scene Investigator) at San Antonio Police Department" on her Facebook page, shared a post from Detective Benjamin Marconi's "son" Dane Gregory Marconi. Marconi's message states "Just got off the phone with the future president Trump, he sends his condolences to our family." The Facebook post was later removed. Detective Marconi was shot to death Sunday while sitting in his patrol car writing a traffic ticket outside Public Safety...
  • Another Judge Confirms: IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups

    11/21/2016 9:11:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 21, 2016 | 4:29 PM EST | Hans Bader
    Yet another judge has ruled against the IRS over its unconstitutional targeting of conservative and tea party groups based on their political views. […] Judge Michael R. Barrett wrote in his decision that the Texas Patriots tea party group had “made a strong showing of a likelihood of success” on its claim that its free speech rights were violated by the IRS lengthy delay in processing its application. “The evidence strongly suggests that the IRS initiated the delay” because the Texas group was affiliated with the tea party, the judge wrote. […] Moreover, in documents recently unearthed by Judicial Watch,...
  • Suspect arrested in killing of San Antonio police officer

    11/21/2016 5:31:52 PM PST · by pissant · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11.21.16 | staff
    The suspect in the murder of a San Antonio police detective was arrested Monday afternoon. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said that 31-year-old Otis Tyrone McKane was taken into custody without incident at around 4:30 p.m. local time. McManus said authorities had pulled over a car McKane was a passenger in on Interstate 10, on the eastern edge of San Antonio. The car was being driven by a woman and a 2-year-old child was also in the vehicle. It was not immediately clear what connection McKane had to the woman and child.
  • Texas Elector Says Democrats Trying to Sway His Vote [MI Elector gets death threat]

    11/21/2016 4:32:04 PM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    KXAS ^ | 11/17/16 | Kris Gutierrez
    The presidential election isn't officially over until the electoral votes are cast in mid-December, and that includes the 38 votes from Texas. The 38 Texans who will vote are all Republicans, because Donald Trump won Texas, but they don't have to vote for Trump. In Texas, unlike some other states, electors may change their mind, and it has Democrats from around the country urging them to do just that, said Alex Kim, an elector for Texas' 24th Congressional District. "At first everyone was kinda enchanted by it," Kim said. "Now all the electors are starting to get beaten down. There...
  • Slain San Antonio Detective Was Targeted, Police Chief Says

    11/21/2016 3:26:01 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 21, 2016 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    A San Antonio police detective who was shot to death while sitting in a squad car was apparently killed just for being on the force, the city’s police chief said on Monday, a day after the detective and three officers were shot in separate episodes around the country. There was no apparent link among the killing of Detective Benjamin Marconi and the three other shootings in which officers were wounded, and officials cautioned that many questions about the shootings remain unanswered. But they added to the sense of a profession under siege, coming after a series of killings in which...
  • AG Healey vows to fight judge’s deposition order in Exxon case

    11/21/2016 12:53:50 PM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 11 replies
    Attorney General Maura Healey promised to “vigorously oppose” a Texas judge’s order for her to testify in a deposition relating to her office’s probe of Exxon Mobil’s climate change policy and said she has no plans to visit the Lone Star State for the Dec. 13 hearing. “Our position in this ligation is that the authorities in Texas, and specifically the federal court down there, has no jurisdiction over state attorneys general and the work of their offices,” Healey told reporters today at the State House. “It’s been disappointing to see Exxon fight the request for basic information. Our job...
  • City of Dallas Stares Down a Texas-Size Threat of Bankruptcy

    11/21/2016 11:02:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/21/2016 | Mary Williams Walsh
    DALLAS — Picture the next major American city to go bankrupt. What springs to mind? Probably not the swagger and sprawl of Dallas. But there was Dallas’s mayor, Michael S. Rawlings, testifying this month to a state oversight board that his city appeared to be “walking into the fan blades” of municipal bankruptcy. “It is horribly ironic,” he said. Indeed. Dallas has the fastest economic growth of the nation’s 13 largest cities. Its streets hum with supersize cars and its skyline bristles with cranes. Its mayor is a former chief executive of Pizza Hut. Hundreds of multinational corporations have chosen...
  • Direct Action Reveals: Evidence/Alleged Tarrant County Voter Fraud Released

    11/21/2016 8:19:19 AM PST · by Syncro · 13 replies
    kaufmancountytparty (Texas) ^ | Nov 14, 2016 | Webmaster
    Direct Action Reveals: Evidence of Alleged Tarrant County Voter Fraud Released November 14, 2016By Webmaster At least two races were won through voter fraud in one of Texas’ largest – and most Republican – counties. This was among the findings announced by the organization responsible for exposing what is allegedly the largest voter fraud operation in Texas history. In a presentation to a local 912 group in Fort Worth, Aaron Harris of Direct Action Texas presented documents from his formal voter-fraud complaint filed with the Secretary of State. The secretary of state has referred to the voter fraud evidence as...
  • Roger Stone makes the case against LBJ

    11/21/2016 7:22:51 AM PST · by fishtank · 59 replies
    Roger Stone ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Roger Stone
    Published on Dec 2, 2014 Roger Stone spoke recently at the JFK Conference in Arlington, Texas.
  • Person of interest sought in SAPD officer's murder

    11/20/2016 6:01:10 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 39 replies
    KHOU ^ | 11-20-2016
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department posted a picture on Facebook of a person of interest in the murder of Detective Benjamin Marconi. The man is wearing a dark-colored jacket and a Spurs hat. SAPD is asking for assistance in identifying the person pictured. Anyone with information regarding his identity or his whereabouts are urged to contact CRIME STOPPERS at 224-STOP (7867).
  • African-American Texas Monument Dedicated Amid Protests

    11/19/2016 10:14:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 11/19
    Gov. Greg Abbott had earlier dedicated a monument recognizing the contribution of African-Americans to the state near the capitol buildingEight people were arrested on Saturday when a small group of protesters calling themselves White Lives Matter were confronted by counter-demonstrators supporting Black Lives Matter at the Texas State Capitol near where Gov. Greg Abbott had earlier dedicated a monument recognizing the contribution of African-Americans to the state. Officials have dedicated a monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol recognizing the contributions of African-Americans in the state. The monument was unveiled Saturday in Austin as about two dozen individuals...
  • Illinois’ wealth flight explained in 4 graphics

    11/18/2016 9:32:13 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | November 15, 2016 | Michael Lucci
    IRS data show the average income of taxpayers leaving Illinois surpassed the average income of taxpayers entering the state by $20,000 in 2014, a record loss for Illinois in the wake of the 2011 income-tax hike. Politicians enacted Illinois’ 2011 income-tax hike during a late-night legislative session in January 2011 and raised the state’s personal income-tax rate to 5 percent from 3 percent. This 67 percent income-tax hike lasted for four years, during which time Illinois experienced record wealth flight. IRS data reveal what happens when politicians choose short-term tax revenue gains over long-term stability. The short-term increase in tax...