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  • Angry customer opens fire on HPD outside S. Loop restaurant

    09/25/2017 8:28:35 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 11 replies
    KHOU Houston ^ | 9-25-2017
    HOUSTON – Police say someone in a passing vehicle opened fire on officers who responded to a 911 call at a restaurant along the South Loop. The crime happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chacho's Mexican Restaurant near Buffalo Speedway. Officers with the Houston Police Department say they were initially called to the restaurant due to reports of an angry customer who was damaging the property. As police were in the parking lot, it's believed that same suspect drove by on the frontage road fired shots at the officers. A bullet struck a police cruiser, but no injuries...
  • NFL denies Cowboys' request to wear decal honoring fallen Dallas officers (August 2016)

    09/24/2017 7:13:38 PM PDT · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 58 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | August 12, 2016 | Fox Sports
    The NFL denied the Dallas Cowboys’ request to wear a decal on their helmets during the season that would have paid tribute to the five police officers killed last month in an ambush.
  • Mother with 4 kids stopped with $237,000 cash in Rosenberg

    09/23/2017 10:02:51 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 43 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-23-2017 | dana guthrie
    A K-9 unit intercepted $237,576 in cash during a traffic stop on U.S. 59 on Thursday, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office reports. A mother from Mission, Texas, and four children were in the SUV at the time of the stop. All five people were released at the scene, but an investigation is pending. The mother could be charged with money laundering, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The vehicle, heading south through Rosenberg, was stopped for a traffic violation by a member of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force's interdiction team. The money was discovered during a...
  • San Antonio police officer fired for reportedly dating prostitute

    09/22/2017 11:50:12 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 50 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-22-2017 | Emilie Eaton
    A San Antonio police officer who had been with the department for nearly 22 years received an indefinite suspension in July for dating a convicted prostitute, according to suspension records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. Officer Mark H. Walaski received an indefinite suspension, which is tantamount to firing, in July for "consorting with persons of ill repute," according to the documents. In July 2016, Walaski met Tracy Helmke, a woman who had an active warrant for a prostitution charge. Walaski allowed Helmke to live with him, and the two began dating. At one point, after Helmke was arrested on...
  • Lawmaker Accused of Showing Up to Work High on Morphine

    09/22/2017 10:26:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 22, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    Texas prosecutors targeting a state representative for corruption charges announced this week the lawmaker shelled out over $51,000 of her own dough on an online psychic, and showed up to work hopped up on morphine, reports said. Texas State. Rep. Dawnna Dukes is preparing for a misdemeanor corruption trial for allegedly giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for driving her daughter to and from school, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Prosecutors announced 19 other “extraneous acts” they plan to bring up during the trial, set to get underway Oct. 16, including the psychic and morphine...
  • Liberal California fails at fighting poverty, conservative Texas succeeds

    09/22/2017 2:56:11 AM PDT · by topher · 14 replies ^ | 21-Sept-2017 | Chuck DeVore
    iberal California and conservative Texas are different in many ways – including their poverty rates. California’s poverty rate is 20.4 percent and the Texas rate is only 14.7 percent, based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for the regional cost of living, out-of-pocket medical expenses and other items. Why the dramatic difference in poverty between California and Texas – proportionately 38.8 percent higher in the Golden State, and affecting the lives of millions of people? And what can we as a nation learn from the success of Texas and the failure of California to hold down their poverty rates?
  • Prosecutors say Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic

    09/21/2017 11:17:57 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 29 replies
    Travis County prosecutors say in a court filing that state Rep. Dawnna Dukes spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic, appeared for work at the Capitol impaired and hid a cellphone from investigators. The filing this week was provided by prosecutors ahead of her Oct. 16 misdemeanor corruption trial and is meant to inform Dukes' attorneys of the allegations prosecutors will assert during the trial. The Austin Democrat is accused of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for shuttling Dukes' daughter back and forth from school. The Austin American-Statesman reports that prosecutors still...
  • Prof urges 'destruction' of 'whitestream intellectual habits'

    09/21/2017 8:35:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 21, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    A University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley professor recently called for the “destruction” of what he calls “Whitestream cherished knowledge.” James Jupp, a scholar of critical white studies, articulated his commitment to the destruction of “Whitestream cherished knowledge” in an article published Tuesday for the “White Scholars Working Against Whiteness” issue of the journal Whiteness and Education.
  • Illegal immigration into California drops as border crossings shift to Texas

    09/20/2017 1:45:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 20, 2017 | BY PHILLIP REESE
    Undocumented immigrants are shunning California in favor of Texas, with the Lone Star State’s undocumented population growing nearly five times as fast as California’s, new federal data show. About 2.9 million undocumented immigrants lived in California during 2014, according to new estimates from the Department of Homeland Security. The undocumented population in California grew steadily from 2000 to 2008, dropped sharply during the 2007 recession, rose again and remained essentially flat from 2011 to 2014. Overall, California’s unauthorized immigrant population grew by 16 percent from 2000 through 2014. The undocumented population in Texas, by comparison, grew by 75 percent from...
  • Feds Paid $1.7 Million to Kids in Juvie

    09/20/2017 5:15:00 AM PDT · by ptsal · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration improperly paid children in juvenile detention facilities $1.7 million, according to a new audit. The inspector general for the agency found that just four states accounted for the improper disability payments. The estimate for fraudulent payments was "conservative" since the audit did not compile all data from the four states reviewed...*snip SEE POST #1* "While SSA had established overpayments for 274 of these juveniles, we identified 273 instances where SSA was unaware of all or part of the confinement period. We determined that 158 of these juveniles were confined for 6 months or longer without SSA's...
  • Elderly Houston-area woman sues Red Lobster after getting drunk, breaking hip

    09/19/2017 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 88 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-19-2017 | Robert Downen
    An 82-year-old Harris County woman is suing Red Lobster, saying the seafood restaurant got her so drunk she fell and broke her hip and arm in the parking lot. The suit filed in Harris County Monday says that 113-pound Marlene Spencer had a 0.31 blood alcohol level when she walked out of the Red Lobster on Bay Area Boulevard in Webster on or around March 27. Spencer, who lives at the nearby Brookdale Senior Living at Clear Lake, fell in the parking lot, breaking her right hip and right arm, and hitting her head on the ground, the suit says....
  • With all the Flooding: What about Submerged Ammunition?

    09/18/2017 12:16:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    With the recent impact of two hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, on the United States, there is going to be a lot of ammunition that was submerged for some time.To prevent damage, many people keep ammunition in waterproof ammo cans. They tend to work very well, if the can is not submerged more than a few feet. Not everyone stores ammunition in ammo cans, and the cans can be damaged or leak.The two storms flooded tens of thousands of houses. A recent survey showed that about half of the homes in the United States have a gun owner living in...
  • School District Debates putting Founders in Memory Hole

    09/18/2017 11:32:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It was only a matter of time. The "Dallas Independent School District included schools named after three of America’s Founding Fathers on a list of schools that the district is exploring renaming," Peter Hasson reported in The Daily Caller yesterday, on Constitution Day. "The DISD administration has already recommended renaming four schools named after Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson."
  • Scientific models saved lives from Harvey and Irma. They can from climate change too

    09/18/2017 8:22:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 18, 2017 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    Climate models have an even better track record than the weather models that saved lives in Texas and Florida. The impacts of hurricanes Harvey and Irma were blunted because we saw them coming. Weather models accurately predicted the hurricane paths and anticipated their extreme intensities days in advance. This allowed millions of Floridians to evacuate the state, sparing countless lives. Although they focus on much different timescales and resolutions, climate and weather models are based on the same core physics. Millions of people watched the evolution of the model forecasts for hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and made important decisions based...
  • Save the Alamo

    09/18/2017 6:52:01 AM PDT · by outinyellowdogcountry · 88 replies
    Save The Alamo ^ | 9-1-17 | Lee Spencer White
    The Second Battle of the Alamo A second Texas Revolution is currently brewing in the Lone Star State. This all comes as a result of a seemingly laudable plan promoted to and passed by the state’s legislature some four years ago. The plan involved the rebuilding and improvement of the state’s most iconic shrine—the Alamo. The plan as promoted and approved would have rebuilt certain historic structures present at the time of the 1836 battle, as well as give visitors there a better and more complete understanding of the physical environment existing at the time of the conflict. Consequent to...
  • Video: Harvey the Hurricane Hawk is back flying in the open skies (Videos)

    09/18/2017 5:21:21 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies ^ | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall the story of Harvey the Hawk, who we talked about during the height of Hurricane Harvey. A cab driver named William Bruso had found the raptor sheltering in his cab as the storm built in intensity. It seemed injured and wouldn’t leave the car, so Bruso took him home to his apartment, attempting to save him. He broadcast much of this adventure in a series of YouTube videos. Because the internet is the internet, the comments section quickly exploded with accusations of how Bruso shouldn’t have “imprisoned” a wild animal which might not even have been injured...
  • Red Cross to launch new website for $400 cash grant on Sept. 21

    09/16/2017 1:55:05 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 7 replies
    CW39 Houston ^ | 9-15-2017 | Debra Denise Patterson
    HOUSTON — The American Red Cross will launch a new website to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey on Sept.21. The organization said victims of Harvey will be able to apply for a $400 assistance grant on their newly-improved application site. Red Cross expects the website to have sufficient capacity to handle all registrations. Applications will only be accepted online. Individuals who previously applied, but were unable to select a payment method, will receive an email within the next few days to complete the process. Registration will remain open until Oct.10. The program is available in several Texas counties, including...
  • Defensive Use of AR-15, Man Kills Two, Wounds One Attacker

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

    09/16/2017 8:13:53 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 15, 2017 | N/A
    Whole Woman’s Health, a reproductive health care organization, in collaboration with other groups, is offering free abortions to women affected by Hurricane Harvey. At least 74 women have already taken the organization up on the offer, or have scheduled an appointment for the procedure, the Dallas Morning News reported. The price will be fully covered, as will the cost of transportation and accommodations, the group said. But Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, argued against the notion of a free abortion, claiming that "there is always a cost.
  • Texas Seems Primed to Land Amazon’s Second Headquarters: But the Competition is Tough

    09/15/2017 8:19:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | 09/15/2017 | by LEIF REIGSTAD
    Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, but it may be heading to Texas as fast as it can. The online commerce giant announced last week that it is searching for a city to build a second corporate base, according to the Wall Street Journal. Every single big city in Texas has pounced on the opportunity and joined a fierce nationwide bidding war.The company laid out a pretty detailed wish list for its “HQ2” project, including a metropolitan area with more than one million people, on-site access to mass transit, a commute of 45 minutes or less to an international airport,...