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  • ICE Raids Target Austin, Texas

    03/30/2017 8:18:46 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone
    International Business Times ^ | March 30, 2017 | Chris Riotta
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deliberately targeted Austin, Texas after talks between the agency’s officials and local authorities went awry, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said during a public court session Tuesday. Immigration officials reported at least 50 people were arrested in Austin – typically described as a sanctuary city for its welcoming stance on immigration – early last month after a federal crackdown began following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The raids began after Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez met with an ICE field office director to discuss the federal government’s new immigration guidelines under Trump. Instead of working with...
  • DID THE FBI WANT ROBERT SPENCER AND PAMELA GELLER DEAD?

    03/30/2017 5:17:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 3-30-2017 | ROBERT SPENCER
    FBI agent was at the Garland jihad attack, egging on the attackers. -------- 60 Minutes ran a feature Sunday night about the FBI curious role in the May 2015 Garland jihad attack at a free speech event co-organized by Pamela Geller and me. It was, predictably enough, viciously biased, sloppy, and incomplete, but it was nonetheless illuminating in raising a hard and unanswerable question: did the FBI want Pamela Geller and me dead? Despite the fact that the jihad attack took place at our event, neither Geller nor I appear, except in one still photo, in the 60 Minutes piece....
  • Texas church bus crash: 12 killed, 3 injured in collision with pickup truck

    03/29/2017 3:59:42 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 120 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 29, 2017 | Travis Fedschun
    DEVELOPING: – At least 12 people were killed and three injured in a head-on crash Wednesday between a church bus and pick-up truck in southwest Texas, officials said. Uvalde County officials confirmed to KABB/WOAI-TV that "multiple people" were killed in the collision on U.S. Highway 83 near Garner State Park, about 75 miles west of San Antonio.
  • Sen. Coryn (R-TX) ObamaCare Repeal via Reconciliation Dead

    03/28/2017 7:16:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 27, 2017 | Erica Werner‏
    Cornyn says flatly that health care will not be attempted again via reconciliation. "It's clear it needs to be done on a bipartisan basis."
  • 13 states join brief in support of Trump’s temporary travel ban

    03/27/2017 9:20:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2017 | John Sexton
    Representatives from 13 states including 12 state attorneys general and one governor filed a motion in support of President Trump’s temporary travel ban. From the Dallas Morning News: Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday led a coalition of 13 states in filing a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order.In the brief, Paxton and representatives from 12 other states argue that the Trump administration’s new order is legal and falls under the president’s power over foreign affairs and national security. Those joining the brief included Paxton plus AG’s in the...
  • President Trump Finds 22 Islamist ‘Training Camps’ In America – Barack Obama Ignored Them

    03/26/2017 5:16:15 PM PDT · by drewh · 80 replies
    Washington Feed ^ | Sunday, March 26, 2017 15:34
    Barack Obama wouldn’t even utter the words, “radical Islamic terrorism” let alone work diligently to protect us from jihadists taking root on American soil. President Trump needs to be warned about the terrorist training which has been going on right under Obama’s nose for the past eight years! A total of 22 training camps have not only been confirmed within the United States, FBI agents have even been inside of them! The FBI knows radical Islamic terrorist training camps exist in America, but have been prevented from doing anything substantive about it. When the FBI agents walked onto the terrorist...
  • Immigrants find sanctuary in growing Austin church network

    03/25/2017 3:16:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2017 9:17 AM EDT | Claudia Lauer
    Senior Minister Meg Barnhouse knows she’ll need beds, a dresser, chairs and a mirror to make the classroom at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin feel more like a home for a mother and her young daughter who are still deciding whether they will become the latest immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation by moving into a church. It would be the second time Barnhouse’s congregation had offered sanctuary. She was hesitant in 2015 because of the unknown legal and insurance risks, but this time she agreed immediately. There is growing fear in the city’s immigrant community as President Donald...
  • Survey: 15 percent of women on UT campus report being raped (Austin, TX)

    03/24/2017 4:20:56 PM PDT · by bgill · 53 replies
    kxan ^ | March 24, 2017 | AP
    A survey of University of Texas undergraduates reports that 15 percent of women reported being raped on the flagship Austin campus...It has long been known that sexual crimes are under-reported. Staying true to that, 68 percent of participants in UT’s survey said they had never told anyone about being victimized before. Only 2 percent of those who did said they told police. Most turned to a friend. Of victims who disclosed they experienced unwanted sexual contact, 69 percent of them said they had used alcohol or drugs before the incident.
  • An attorney for Sarah Fowlkes says is smiling in her mug shot because his client is innocent.

    03/23/2017 11:48:48 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 68 replies
    NBCDFW 5 Dallas ^ | 3-23-2017 | Holley Ford
    A Texas high school anatomy teacher has been arrested for allegedly having an improper relationship with a student. The Lockhart Police Department said 27-year-old Sarah Fowlkes of Lockhart High School "engaged in sexual contact" with a 17-year-old male student earlier this month. Police told NBC Austin affiliate KXAN Fowlkes turned herself in on Monday and bonded out later that day. Fowlkes' attorney Jason Nassour said, "You've got a young lady who was arrested on the statement of a 17-year-old kid with no corroborating evidence." Nassour said his client is smiling in her mug shot because she is innocent. He added...
  • Living History Weekend (Central Texas Tank Museum Event)

    03/23/2017 3:42:12 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 12 replies
    Our annual Living History Weekend is the largest event of its kind in Texas, with visitors from across the nation coming to view our award-winning Living History Displays, shop in the Military Swap Meet, and to witness the roar of tanks in our WWII Battle reenactment! This family-friendly event is sure to have something for everyone! Physical Address: 19124 Highway 6 South College Station, Texas 77845
  • Normangee police chief arrested after standoff at his home

    03/22/2017 7:08:02 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 57 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 3-22-2017 | Kevin Quinn
    NORMANGEE, Texas (KTRK) -- After gunfire, a brief chase and negotiations by police radio, the police chief in Normangee, a small town north of College Station, has been arrested. Charles Herford is charged with evading arrest and deadly conduct. Deputies responded to his home in the 400 block of North 4th Street after a 911 call around 1:55 a.m. Texas Rangers said dispatchers spoke briefly to Herford's wife, but then the call dropped. When they called back, investigators said, the dispatcher heard two gunshots. As deputies responded, they located Herford driving through the city in his police unit. They said...
  • Texas Senate Votes to Protect People From Having to Pay for Abortions in Their Health Insurance

    03/22/2017 5:11:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | Texas Right to Life
    Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 20, Pro-Life Health Insurance Reform, on second reading on a 19-10 vote. The bill is expected to move to a third reading and final vote on Monday. Senate Bill 20 by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) and House Bill 1113 by Representative John Smithee (R-Amarillo) would protect Texans from paying for the abortions of others through their tax dollars and health insurance premiums. In the 2015 Legislative Session, Senator Taylor authored a similar insurance reform, SB 575, which passed in the Senate and died in the House. This session, Pro-Life Health Insurance Reform once...
  • Texas Senate Passes Bill to Stop Wrongful Birth Suits Saying Disabled Babies Should Have....

    03/21/2017 5:05:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    life news ^ | march 21, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    FULL TITLE: Texas Senate Passes Bill to Stop Wrongful Birth Suits Saying Disabled Babies Should Have Been Aborted The Texas Senate passed a bill on Monday that would affirm the value of babies with special needs by prohibiting so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits. State Sen. Brandon Creighton, who sponsored Texas Senate Bill 25, said the legislation will help prevent doctors from promoting abortion for unborn babies diagnosed with abnormalities out of fear of a malpractice lawsuit, the Texas Tribune reports. “Children born with disabilities ought to have the same rights as any abled person,” Creighton said in February. “Their rights are...
  • Trump Signs NASA Bill, Hands Ted Cruz The Pen

    03/21/2017 4:39:15 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 7 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | March 21, 2017
    President Donald Trump handed out pens after signing a NASA authorization bill, and a half-dozen lawmakers from Texas and Florida got one. But only Sen. Ted Cruz got the actual pen he'd used to sign the document. The others just got Oval Office souvenirs. Lawmakers from both parties flanked Trump, with Cruz just to his right, with House Science Chairman Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, and Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston — chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that controls NASA's funding — also nearby. Trump marveled at the courage it takes to go into space and teased Cruz and Rubio, in particular,...
  • Freeper Eaker (Tom Eaker), has passed on.

    03/21/2017 10:01:53 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 336 replies
    3/21/2017 | various sources
    Beloved Texan Freeper, Tom Eaker (Eaker on FR), has left us. Prayers to family and friends in this most difficult time.
  • Teacher accused of having sex with student smiles in mugshot

    03/21/2017 8:03:46 AM PDT · by Puppage · 187 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 03/21/2017 | Puppage
    LOCKHART, TX (WTNH)– A 27-year-old Texas teacher, who is accused of having sex with one of her students, is trending after her smiling mugshot went viral. According to the Mirror, married science teacher, Sarah Fowlkes, was arrested for having an “improper relationship” with a 17-year-old student of Lockhart High School in Lockhart, Texas. The investigation began on March 10th after a tip from officials at the high school. This led detectives to the student who admitted to being in contact physically and by messages with Fowlkes. The Mirror reports that Fowlkes was charged after turning herself into police, just hours...
  • Texas A&M's first openly gay student body president to take office

    03/20/2017 9:14:53 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 36 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 3/20/17 | Cassandra Pollock
    Texas A&M University's first openly gay student body president is set to take office next month, marking a milestone for the largest public university in the state. Bobby Brooks, an economics junior at the flagship campus in College Station, was elected by A&M students as the university's 74th student body president March 9. In an interview published Sunday in The Battalion, the student newspaper, Brooks said he "was fulfilling the dream I had been building since my freshman year," and added he wanted his victory to reflect his readiness to lead.
  • Glenn Beck Slams Blaze TV Host Tomi Lahren After Abortion Comments

    03/20/2017 11:28:29 AM PDT · by drewh · 44 replies
    THe Hill ^ | 03/20/17 09:35 AM EDT | By Joe Concha
    The Blaze founder Glenn Beck on Monday took to Twitter to question whether one of the most popular television hosts on his network was intellectually honest. Beck was criticizing Tomi Lahren, host of TheBlaze TV’s “Tomi.” Lahren has been criticized in some conservative circles after a Friday appearance on ABC’s "The View" for revealing that she supports abortion rights. “You know what? I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” Lahren said. On Monday, Lahren tweeted that she has “moderate, conservative, and libertarian views.” “I'm human. I will...
  • Houston Congresswoman Floats Impeachment Over Trump Wiretapping Claim (Sheila Jackson Lee)

    03/20/2017 10:55:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 55 replies
    The Houston Chronic ^ | March 20 2017 gmt
    U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, said that President Donald Trump's repeated claims he was wire tapped by former President Barack Obama could provide grounds for impeachment if a Monday hearing with the FBI director does not produce evidence to substantiate the allegation. James Comey is scheduled to testify before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee Monday, and Jackson Lee said she expects lawmakers to demand an answer on whether the president had grounds for accusing his predecessor of a crime. The president tweeted on March 4 to his nearly 27 million followers he had "just found out that Obama had...
  • (Islamic) Prayer Room At Public High (in Texas) School Raises Legal Concerns

    03/19/2017 9:09:23 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/17/2017 | Mary Lou Lang-Byrd
    A prayer room at a Texas high school is raising legal concerns and the state’s attorney general’s office in a letter on Friday to school district’s superintendent indicated the school’s policy should be neutral toward religion. Liberty High School’s prayer room, which is reportedly dedicated to students who practice Islam, allows the students to pray at the school on Fridays instead of leaving to say their required prayers. The letter cites the school’s own news site, which focused on the prayer room. In a letter Friday to the the Frisco Independent School District, the Texas attorney general’s office outlined the...
  • Sad news. Just received word that NYTexan passed away

    03/18/2017 8:06:24 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 283 replies
    Sad news. Just received word that NYTexan passed away today. I believe it was a heart attack, but I don't have details yet. Prayers up for his family and love ones. Godspeed, Dear Patriot. God bless,
  • Murder or Self-Defense if Officer Is Killed in Raid?

    03/18/2017 5:10:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 March 2017 | Kevin Sack
    With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects’ homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths. Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with Gene Hermes, the sheriff’s investigator who had locked him up for violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in...
  • Six-Time Deportee Arrested for Drunk Driving

    03/17/2017 6:21:57 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Mar 2017 | John Binder
    An illegal immigrant recently arrested for drunk driving is facing deportation for the seventh time. Obed Vasquez, 26, of Mexico, had been living in Mission, Texas, when he was pulled over in a vehicle and arrested by the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office for possession of marijuana and drunk driving, according to CBS 4 News.
  • US seeks to seize 4 mosques, tower linked to Iran

    11/13/2009 4:57:53 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 532+ views
    hosted ^ | Nov 13 | ADAM GOLDMAN
    In what could be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, federal prosecutors sought to take over four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a Muslim organization suspected of being controlled by the Iranian government. Prosecutors on Thursday filed a civil complaint in federal court against the Alavi Foundation, seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets. The assets include bank accounts; Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York, Maryland, California and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story Manhattan office tower. Confiscating the properties would...
  • Trump border wall: Texans receiving letters about their land

    03/15/2017 7:21:55 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 151 replies
    See BS News ^ | 03/15/2017 | See BS News
    Even before Donald Trump was inaugurated, U.S. citizens who own land along the border reportedly began receiving letters from the Justice Department informing them that the federal government wants their land to build a fence (i.e. the president’s border wall), that it intends to acquire their land, and the amount of compensation the government is offering.
  • Texas prosecutor backs up Trump claim of noncitizens voting at polls

    03/14/2017 6:53:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton supports President Trump’s claim that noncitizens are voting in U.S. elections, saying prosecutors in his own state have won convictions for voter fraud. “I know it’s an issue because I deal with it,” Mr. Paxton told The Washington Times. “We just got a conviction on an illegal that voted in an election.” Putting a number on how many illegal votes were cast is difficult, however, because local election officials aren’t looking for that kind of fraud. “They’re complicit in allowing it to happen,” he said. “I guarantee it is happening — whatever people say.” Mr....
  • Visa woes keep bands from South by Southwest

    03/14/2017 12:11:10 PM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 14 march 2017 | Wire
    NEW YORK (AFP) - At least four bands have been forced to cancel at South by Southwest after being refused entry into the United States, with some artists blaming President Donald Trump's policies. South by Southwest, the annual extravaganza of film, music and technology underway in Austin, Texas, has long been a launching point for bands seeking a break in the music industry. London-based United Vibrations, whose members include brothers Ahmad, Kareem and Yussef Dayes, said their authorizations to enter the United States were revoked. "We were looking forward to connecting with our brothers and sisters stateside to share our...
  • Texas lawmaker Jessica Farrar wants men fined for masturbating

    03/13/2017 10:43:52 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 66 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th March 2017 | Flora Drury
    A female politician in Texas is taking an unusual swipe at what she sees as restrictive abortion laws by targeting men - more precisely male masturbation. Her unlikely draft law has a simple aim, she says - to protect unborn children everywhere. Which is why it wants all "emissions outside of a woman's vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility" to carry a $100 (Ł81) fine. If a man made such an emission it would "be considered an act against an unborn child". If it sounds like something out of a dystopian novel, that is because it...
  • Texas (Democrat) state rep proposes fines for masturbation (life imitates the Onion alert)

    03/13/2017 9:35:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2017 | Reid Wilson
    A Texas state representative has introduced legislation that would fine men for masturbating and require them to undergo counseling before obtaining a prescription for Viagra, in an effort to highlight anti-abortion laws that place restrictions on women. The legislation introduced by state Rep. Jessica Farrar (D) would impose a $100 civil penalty for "masturbatory emissions" that take place outside of a woman's vagina or a hospital. Each incident would be "considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life," the bill reads.
  • Austin’s Uber Replacements Flunked An Important Test During SXSW

    03/12/2017 6:37:19 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    With rain pouring down and crowds of festival attendees hopping from party to party, RideAustin and Fasten, two popular ride-hail apps in town, went totally dead for at least portions of the evening. Fasten, a small startup from Boston that paid to be the "official" ride-hail service of SXSW, experienced a 12-times increase in demand Saturday night that forced it offline for at least an hour. RideAustin, a nonprofit that's especially popular among locals, was down for "several hours," it said in a Facebook post, after its database was overloaded. The local ride-hail apps still have a week to try...
  • Rally in HOUSTON Today Against Refugee Hordes (VANITY)

    02/22/2017 9:26:39 AM PST · by magna carta · 31 replies
    Feb. 22.2017 | magna carta
    Protesters Against Civilizational Jihad in Texas/America at: Asia Society of Texas February 22, 2017 (Weds.), 6 – 8 p.m. 1300 Southmore Blvd. (Museum District) Houston, TX 77004 CONTACT: magnacarta@stopthemagnet.com Stop the Magnet (STM) is gathering citizens who will demonstrate against the civilizational jihad being waged in this country by open borders globalists and those who profit from their policies. The event given by the Asia Society and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston on Feb. 22nd is being used to push a false agenda of Muslim-American discrimination and compare it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Interfaith Ministries is a...
  • Panel voids 3 Texas congressional districts

    03/11/2017 10:48:04 AM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 9 replies
    Two San Antonio-area districts were among three invalidated by a federal judicial panel in San Antonio late Friday. In a 2-1 ruling, the panel concluded that race, instead of partisan advantage, drove the decisions by the Republican-controlled Legislature to redraw District 23, which is held by U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio; District 35, which stretches from Austin to San Antonio and is held by Democrat U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, and District 27, which includes Nueces County. The nearly 200-page ruling invalidates those districts, and could have a filter-down effect on nearby districts if the ruling stands. The case was...
  • S.A. family sleeps as man burglarizes home 4 times in less than 4 hours, police say (TX)

    03/08/2017 6:28:04 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    MySA ^ | Mar. 7, 2017 | Madalyn Mendoza
    A San Antonio man is accused of stealing items from a Southeast Side home four times in a 3 1/2-hour span while the homeowners and their children slept inside the residence... He allegedly entered through a driveway door after the family of four fell asleep, then proceeded to make multiple trips in and out of the residence starting just after 11:30 p.m. All four burglaries were caught on surveillance footage, documents show... Authorities tracked down Beltran down after locating some of the property at a local pawn shop
  • Senate committee approves 'bathroom bill' in early morning vote (TX)

    03/08/2017 6:13:37 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    MySA ^ | Mar. 8, 2017 | Bobby Cervantes
    After nearly a full day of testimony from hundreds of witnesses -- most in opposition -- the controversial "bathroom bill" cleared its first legislative hurdle early Wednesday morning, when the Committee on State Affairs voted 7-1 to recommend the bill to the full chamber. A high priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's, Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools and colleges and government buildings that correspond to their "biological sex" as listed on their birth certificate. It also would prohibit local jurisdictions, like cities and counties, from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances permitting transgender people from...
  • Judge: Federal lawsuit against Baylor University can proceed

    03/07/2017 8:09:36 PM PST · by PAR35 · 31 replies
    AP via Marietta Daily Journal ^ | 3/7/17 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    HOUSTON (AP) — A lawsuit filed against Baylor University by 10 women alleging they were sexually assaulted while students can proceed, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The women, identified as "Jane Doe" plaintiffs, allege Baylor was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault and didn't enforce federal general discrimination protections. Baylor had sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, arguing the former students' allegations were insufficient to state a claim of liability and the women had failed to plausibly allege they were subjected to "further" harassment after reporting their initial sexual assaults. -snip- Pitman did dismiss claims for four of...
  • Man faces capital murder charge in 2016 NE Side convenience store shooting

    03/07/2017 10:24:15 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 5 replies
    SAN ANTONIO - An arrest has been made in a shooting outside a Northeast side convenience store on in October 2016. Police said it was a Crime Stoppers tip that finally led to an arrest. The suspect is Savawn Kyle, 23, who didn't appear very worried as he was escorted by police in front of media cameras Friday night. In fact, he seemed more concerned with promoting his mixtape, which he mentioned several times. Kyle is accused of shooting 29-year-old Renard Smith, who was found with a gunshot wound on outside a Food Mart on Midcrown near Walzem. He was...
  • S.A. attorney's 'El Pendejo' Trump Fiesta medals sell 'like hotcakes'(San Antonio, TX)

    03/07/2017 9:30:35 AM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    MySA ^ | Mar. 6, 2017 | Madalyn Mendoza
    Whether it's El Borracho or La Dama, everyone has their prized lotería card, but a new addition featuring President Donald Trump as "El Pendejo" has quickly become a widespread fan favorite among San Antonio's Fiesta medal maniacs. Instead of piling uncooked beans on this card, Fiesta fans will wear the political jab on their lapels and sashes thanks to an idea by San Antonio attorney Rosie Gonzalez. The medal which touts the president as a "pendejo," or idiot, was created all in "jest and fun," Gonzalez told mySA.com.
  • K2 overdoses a ‘total drain’ on downtown resources (Austin, TX)

    03/07/2017 8:57:37 AM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    kxan ^ | Mar. 7, 2017 | Patrick Tolbert
    Thirty-six people are facing new charges accused of dealing K2 or related synthetic drugs. Austin police are rounding up people involved with synthetic drugs stemming from a late-2016 string of overdoses... Unlike dealing with an epidemic of crack cases, where officers can quickly identify the drug using field tests and arrest the suspect, when officers encounter a person with a substance they suspect to be K2 or another synthetic drug, they have to confiscate the drug and send it off for testing and let the person go. It takes months of lab testing to identify the drug before a warrant...
  • Wildfires burning 100,000 acres in Texas panhandle, killing 3

    03/07/2017 8:47:05 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    kxan ^ | Mar. 7, 2017 | Claire Ricke
    Three separate wildfires are burning thousands of acres in the Texas panhandle killing several people and injuring firefighters. KFDA-TV in Amarillo reports that a wildfire killed three people in Gray County, Texas while they were trying to save cattle. The cause of the fire that started on Monday is being investigated as the optional evacuation has been lifted. The Perryton, Texas fire is only 5 percent contained and has ignited 100,000 acres... the city of Glazier is under a mandatory evacuation. Another fire near Amarillo, known as the Dumas Complex Fire, is now 75 percent contained as residents are allowed...
  • Trump’s border wall is estimated to cost $8 million to $25 million per mile [Go for it! Build now!]

    03/06/2017 11:14:03 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/6/2017 | Stephen Dinan
    ... from $8 million to $25 million a mile, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said ... will ask for some money in the next couple of weeks... possibility that much of the new barrier will be fencing, rather than a complete concrete wall stretching the 1,950 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. ... steel, ... concrete, combination of concrete and steel ... supplement with different types of technologies ... Some 654 miles of the border currently have a barrier, though just 354 miles are covered by a substantive fence designed to keep out people and vehicles. Another 300 miles are...
  • Fall of the Alamo, and Massacre of Travis and His Brave Associates

    03/06/2017 9:04:56 AM PST · by slumber1 · 43 replies
    Copano Bay Press ^ | 1860 | Francisco Antonio Ruiz
    181 years ago, March 6, 1836, the Alamo garrison fell, and the fortress that had been a mission became a shrine. Francisco Antonio Ruiz was the Acalde (mayor) of San Antonio. He was an eyewitness to the events of that day. Twenty-four years later, in 1860, Don Poncho (as Ruiz was known), recounted what he had seen for the Texas Almanac. Below is his account in full. Remember the Alamo! Fall of the Alamo, and Massacre of Travis and His Brave Associates by Francisco Antonio Ruiz Translated by J. A. Quintero On the 6th of March at 3 a.m. General...
  • Illegal border crossings down 50 percent

    03/06/2017 7:26:07 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Since the media and academia are not that interested in crimes committed by illegal aliens, it is hard to get news out of either one on what is actually happening on our southern border. Fortunately, some people with hard information are interested. "I was just out with the border patrol, by air and by gunboat on the Rio," U. S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "They tell me that since Inauguration Day, illegal crossings across the Rio Valley are down 50 percent." In a free flowing discussion with radio talk show host Mark...
  • Jesus would hold women’s hands to support them during abortion: abortionist

    03/06/2017 2:26:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Life Site ^ | March 4, 2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    The abortionist who appealed to the Supreme Court in oral arguments this week says Jesus would supportively hold the hands of women as they abort their children. Amy Hagstrom Miller, whose Texas abortion business conglomerate Whole Women's Health owns and runs seven abortion facilities, says she is "mission-driven" by her commitment "to human rights and justice."
  • Texas Woman Handed Prison for Voter Fraud out on Appeal

    03/04/2017 7:09:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    A lawyer for a Mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in Texas says she's been released as her appeal is pending. Attorney Clark Birdsall said 37-year-old Rosa Maria Ortega was released Thursday after posting a more than $11,000 bond. Ortega was convicted in Fort Worth last month on two felony counts of illegal voting.\
  • New details in alleged MS-13 'satanic' killing of teen girl in Houston (TX)

    03/03/2017 10:00:48 AM PST · by bgill · 5 replies
    MySA ^ | March 3, 2017 | Andrew Kragie
    The young woman was killed in a satanic ritual by two MS-13 members after she disrespected their shrine to Satanism, prosecutors said Thursday in court. She died after she was shot several times in the face and chest... Prosecutors said both men were living in the United States illegally. In general, Sturdivant said, "the majority of the MS-13 members we come into contact with are here illegally."... The three "young, impressionable young women" ages 14-16 came under the influence of the adult male gang members and eventually were held in an apartment, Sturdivant said, confirming that at least two of...
  • Immigrant diagnosed with brain tumor released after 15 months in ICE custody (TX)

    03/03/2017 9:15:39 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    abc ^ | March 2, 2017 | Julia Jacobo
    A 26-year-old immigrant from El Salvador who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor has been released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Texas. Sara Beltran Hernandez was detained for 15 months after she fled violence in El Salvador, according to Amnesty International USA. She was released Thursday and was to receive a full medical evaluation later in the evening to "ensure that it's safe for her to travel to New York to be with her family and get the long-term care she needs," according to the human rights organization. On Feb. 23, Beltran Hernandez was returned to...
  • Texas is the Future: Can Democrats reconquer the Lone Star State?

    03/03/2017 8:30:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Harpers Magazine ^ | March 3, 2017 | Andrew Cockburn
    Ask anyone who was present at Hillary Clinton’s presumptive victory celebration on November 8 and they will tell you of the stunned silence, broken only by sobs, that settled across the vast glass enclosure of the Javits Center in Manhattan. Upstairs, in the suite where the candidate was closeted with her family and associates, the trauma was even more intense. As one attendee later reported to me, it featured the “full range of human emotions: screams, shock, fainting. Bill moved immediately to blame.” The former president, I was told, singled out campaign manager Robby Mook: “ ‘We should have fired...
  • Alleged gang members accused in woman's 'satanic' murder in Houston

    03/02/2017 2:55:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    KTRK ^ | Thursday, March 02, 2017 04:05PM
    HOUSTON: Two alleged MS-13 gang members are now behind bars in Houston, charged with killing a woman as part of a 'satanic' ritual. The victim is an unidentified Hispanic woman whose body was found in February. Police now need your help identifying her. Court documents reveal horrifying allegations made by a 14-year-old girl, who accuses both men of 18 drug-fueled days of terror and sexual assault. Diego Rivera and Miguel Alvarez-Flores smiled and waved to Eyewitness News cameras in the court room earlier this morning, right before the charges were read against them. ... According to the teen's testimony to...
  • Federal judge tosses SEC suit against Texas attorney general [Paxton]

    03/02/2017 8:13:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2017 11:05 AM EST | Paul J. Weber
    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed the U.S. government’s securities fraud lawsuit against Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who still faces criminal charges of duping wealthy investors. But the ruling by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant is a significant victory for Paxton, who is scheduled to stand trial in May on felony securities fraud charges. He has pleaded not guilty and faces five to 99 years in prison if convicted. The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was nearly identical to the case brought by criminal prosecutors. Both allege that Paxton of misled investors in a...
  • 'Trail Of Terror': Black Teen Carjackers Kill Texas Mom In Front Of Her Husband & Two Kids

    03/02/2017 5:24:18 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Information Liberation ^ | 2/28/2014 | Chris Mehan
    Two African-American teens went on a violent crime spree Monday in Houston which started with them carjacking a Jeep and crashing it into another SUV, then ended with them murdering a mother in front of her husband and two kids. From ABC 7: HOUSTON -- Two small children were inside a vehicle as a mother was shot and killed during a violent crime spree in southwest Houston overnight, police said. Police are now looking for two suspects after a trail of terror involving three different crime scenes. This tragic case all started around 9pm Monday when the driver of a...