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  • CDC Confirms Texas Patient is First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the United States

    09/30/2014 4:50:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 30, 2014 | Frances Martel
    A patient in Dallas, Texas has been confirmed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control as the first case of Ebola diagnosed on American soil, reports CNBC. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had confirmed earlier this week that they had isolated a patient in Dallas who had symptoms and travel history that suggested they could have been exposed to the Ebola virus in a statement, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW. They did not specify the gender of the patient or the specifics of that travel history, but confirmed that federal officials from the CDC were called in, and that results...
  • CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

    09/30/2014 3:40:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Janet St. James and Josh Davis
    A patient in a Dallas hospital has been confirmed to have the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday. That person has been held in "strict isolation" at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as he was evaluated for possible exposure to the virus. The CDC will decide whether it is necessary to move the patient to another facility. This is the first-ever case of this strain of Ebola confirmed in the United States. Officials would not confirm or deny if he was a U.S. citizen, only saying he was "visiting family in the U.S."
  • CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in US

    09/30/2014 1:44:05 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 1,029 replies
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States. This story is developing. Please check back for further updates
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas monitoring patient possibly infected with Ebola virus

    09/29/2014 7:43:21 PM PDT · by null and void · 18 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 8:52 pm on September 29, 2014 | Claire Cardona
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas is carefully evaluating a patient who may have Ebola Virus Disease. Based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history, the patient has been admitted into “strict isolation,” said spokeswoman Candace White in a prepared statement. Preliminary test results are expected Tuesday.
  • Fracking is evolving, showing industry can do better

    09/30/2014 9:24:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 29, 2014 | Chris Tomlinson
    Fracking is evolving. There are mutant wells in the Eagle Ford that are producing four times more oil and gas than hydraulically-fractured wells did in 2010. In Pennsylvania, the wells are using less water because drillers are recycling. And in North Texas, the number of earthquakes have dropped dramatically since the good people of Azle through a fit and convinced the Texas Railroad Commission to hire a seismologist to investigate. When you include the demand that drillers take more care in completing their wells to avoid contaminating the ground water, the only conclusion is that the oil and gas industry...
  • EXXONMOBIL INCREASES WOLFCAMP POSITION IN PERMIAN BASIN

    09/30/2014 4:52:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Financial Journal ^ | September 19, 2014 | Exxon Mobil Corp.
    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) has entered into a non-monetary exchange agreement with LINN Energy LLC (NASDAQ: LINE) to add 17,800 net acres in the Permian Basin to its US oil and natural gas portfolio managed by subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. “Our operated-acreage position in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp core is now around 120,000 net acres. We continue to increase drilling activity in the play, currently operating six horizontal rigs, and are very encouraged by initial well results.” In the exchange, LINN Energy will receive interest in about 500 net acres from ExxonMobil’s South Belridge Field near Bakersfield, California. In the...
  • Kidnapping and Extortion Bring Massive Revenue to US Border Gangs

    09/29/2014 3:24:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Sep 2014, | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Gangs operating in Falfurrias, Texas have allegedly been the recipient of “a massive amount” of inbound wire transfers. The transfers are believed to be extortion payments to local gang members who allegedly kidnap illegal immigrants who are found hiking through the ranches of Brooks County to avoid the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint. The immigrants are then held hostage until money is wired into the gang members – usually around one to three thousand dollars. The local gang members grab up the illegal immigrants they find on the roadways or in the ranches of Brooks County,” said Congressman...
  • Why everybody is moving to Texas

    09/29/2014 1:56:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/29/2014 | Les Christie
    More Americans moved to Texas in recent years than any other state: A net gain of more than 387,000 in the latest Census for 2013. And Austin was the fastest growing major city. Jobs is the No. 1 reason for population moves, with affordable housing a close second. "It take two things to draw people inland in big numbers: jobs and housing affordability," said Nela Richardson, chief economist for the real estate broker Redfin. Texas and other heartland states have two advantages that translate into affordable housing: Plenty of cheap land around cities and easy regulations that enable developers to...
  • GE gets $500M price tag for gas turbines in Texas

    09/29/2014 12:38:59 PM PDT · by thackney · 32 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 29, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    General Electric’s new high-efficiency gas turbines, fired at temperatures 200 degrees hotter than an erupting volcano, will see their U.S. debut at two gas power plants near Houston and Dallas. The New York industrial conglomerate said Monday it is getting paid more than $500 million to build four of its most advanced gas turbines and other equipment to power two of Exelon Corp.’s planned combined-cycle gas turbine units at its existing gas-fired plants in Texas. Combined-cycle units are more flexible than plants that rely only on gas or coal. GE’s new 440,000 horsepower gas turbines, each as powerful as about...
  • Surprise: After Illegal Immigration Wave, Tuberculosis Plagues El Paso Hospital

    09/29/2014 10:48:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this summer when the unaccompanied minor crisis was at its peak (after really starting in October 2013) in Texas and Arizona, Border Patrol agents working inside processing facilities reported cases of Tuberculosis, scabies and other diseases being brought into the United States by unvaccinated illegal aliens. Warnings were issued by local communities about the impact these diseases could potentially have in the public school system where their children are educated. For example, protestors in Murrieta, California turned bus loads of illegal immigrants away, citing concerns about public health. Those protestors and people who warned about the spread of...
  • Cruz adviser: 9-1 Texan will run for president

    09/29/2014 8:55:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 09-29-2014 | By Paul Bedard
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the darling of the Tea Party who is well known for standing strong on principle, is on the verge of getting into the 2016 race for president, according to an adviser. "At this point it's 90/10 he's in," the advisor told National Journal. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it." In an interview with the weekly, the first term senator joined those in the conservative movement who are comparing the 2016 race to 1980, when Ronald Reagan and former President Jimmy Carter squared off with radically different agendas. Reagan won in a landslide. “I have been very...
  • Ted Cruz Is Prepping a Foreign Policy-Focused Presidential Campaign

    09/29/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    Ted Cruz is running for president. The only thing left for him to do is say so. According to sources close to the Texas senator, Cruz could be preparing for an end-of-year announcement and is now dedicating considerable time and effort to cultivating a foreign-policy foundation that might help his candidacy stand out in what is guaranteed to be a crowded field. "At this point it's 90/10 he's in," one Cruz adviser said. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it."
  • Gov. Perry Sends Letter to Mexican President Peńa Nieto, Invites Him to Texas

    09/29/2014 8:02:38 AM PDT · by 4Runner · 15 replies
    Our challenges today are partly (emphasis added) a consequence of the failure of the Mexican government to secure its southern border from illegal immigration by unaccompanied children and other individuals from Central America, or to deploy adequate resources to control the criminal element in Mexico. Whether along Mexico's southern border or Texas', we must ensure our borders are secured in a manner that discourages illicit activities while allowing for legitimate commerce and lawful immigration, and I encourage you to take the necessary steps to do so along your country's southern border.
  • Dallas Fed Reserve Pres: Fed Gov’t Should ‘Get Their Act Together and Be More Like Texas’

    09/29/2014 3:05:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep, 28, 2014 1:31 pm
    Despite struggling with the ongoing border crisis, Texas is the number three state in terms of job growth, creating more than 20,000 jobs in August alone, with an unemployment rate of just 5.3%. So, what is Texas doing right? […] (President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Richard) Fisher explained that Texas is way ahead of much of the nation economically largely due to its highly diversified economy, pro-business government and lack of income tax. …
  • World War II vet, 93, visits Russia to thank soldiers who saved him

    09/29/2014 2:49:58 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 44 replies
    Leroy Williamson, 93, has seen relations between the United States and Russia during good times and bad, and has some advice for the countries: "We have to get along," he told ABC News. "We don't need a patriotic war or a World War III." The Texan was in Russia this week to share his appreciation for the Soviet soldiers who liberated his Nazi prisoner-of-war camp on May 1, 1945. He met with a Russian general for lunch, visited with veterans, and placed a wreath at Moscow's memorial to the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in the...
  • Cruz, Jindal, Ryan urge midterm turnout

    09/28/2014 2:36:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 28, 2014, 01:17 pm | Timothy Cama
    Three Republicans rumored to be considering presidential runs for 2016 headed to an Iowa religious banquet to push conservatives to vote in this year’s midterm electionsAs they courted voters in the first state to hold a formal presidential electoral event every four years, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) made slightly different cases for voting, The Associated Press reported.The three spoke at a Saturday fundraiser for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.Cruz railed against ObamaCare and Democratic proposals to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally, promising that a Republican-controlled...
  • SpaceX chief: Commercial launch sites necessary step to Mars

    09/28/2014 11:45:03 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | 27SEP2014 | Steve Clark
    It was a surreal moment, listening to the founder and chief designer of SpaceX talk about flying to Mars from Boca Chica beach, but talk about it he did at the Sept. 22 official groundbreaking for the world’s first commercial orbital rocket launch site. From the stage, under a tent set up for the occasion near the actual site where the launch pad will be built, Elon Musk fielded questions from reporters, who couldn’t have been blamed for not quite believing what they were hearing at certain junctures. “I’d like to fly to Mars,” Musk said. “But I think the...
  • Rick Santorum Criticizes Ted Cruz's Comments At Christian Event

    09/25/2014 3:35:21 PM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 25th, 2014 | By Brett LoGiurato
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday criticized comments in US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made earlier this month i n a speech that critics have said was unnecessarily confrontational toward a Middle Eastern Christian group. "We have a responsibility to stand by people who are being persecuted," Santorum told Business Insider in a wide-ranging interview in New York. "This shouldn't be an ideological test — well, you have to agree with us on all of these things, or else we won't be with you. No, we're going to be with you if you are a religious minority that's...
  • Cruz, Jindal shine as Paul fades

    09/27/2014 5:43:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 26, 2014, 05:11 pm | Alexandra Jaffe and Cameron Joseph
    It was Ted Cruz's party at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday.The Texas Republican senator began the event with a deeply religious and emotional speech, pacing the stage and speaking with the cadence of a preacher, repeatedly rallying the crowd to its feet and jumping into an eager throng of supporters after his address. ADVERTISEMENT But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal emerged as a surprising star of the conference with an alternately fiery and funny address to the crowd Friday evening, which brought them to their feet for a standing ovation with his closing declaration that “we are ready...
  • Exclusive–Ted Cruz: Democrats 'Have Become an Extreme Party'

    09/22/2014 8:30:47 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Sep 2014 | 20 Sep 2014
    In an exclusive interview, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday will go do as a "dark day" in Senate history, with Senate Democrats blocking GOP legislation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) and President Obama's threat of executive amnesty. “Unfortunately the Senate Democrats have become an extreme party,” Cruz said in an interview backstage at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Alexandria, Virginia. “They have become a party that has abdicated their responsibilities. Under Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats, we have a do-nothing Senate. There are over 350 bills the House of Representatives has passed and they’re all sitting...
  • Jindal, Cruz to headline September Iowa GOP event

    09/23/2014 11:58:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Des Moines Register | August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/louisiana/2014/08/28/jindal-cruz-headline-september-iowa-gop-event/14735161/
  • Exclusive – Ted Cruz: 'Good News' Holder Is Gone

    09/26/2014 7:29:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Breitbart | 25 Sep 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News. "It is good news that Eric Holder has announced his resignation,” Cruz said, adding:Sadly, he has proven to be the most partisan attorney general in our history, repeatedly defying and refusing to enforce the law. It did not have to be this way, but Holder’s leadership has grievously undermined the Department of Justice’s long bipartisan tradition of independence and fidelity to law. Cruz, who called for Holder’s resignation in an interview at CPAC as he campaigned for U.S. Senate in 2012, said...
  • Ted Cruz: No Easy Confirmation for Holder’s Replacement

    09/26/2014 7:24:34 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | September 25, 2014 3:57 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) wants Republicans to have as much power as possible when it comes time to confirm Attorney General Eric Holder’s successor.Cruz, who has previously made the case for impeaching Holder in an attempt to have a special prosecutor investigate the IRS, doesn’t want a confirmation battle to take place during the lame-duck session.“To ensure that justice is served and that the attorney general is not simply replaced with another extreme partisan who will likewise disregard the law, the Senate should wait until the new Congress is sworn in before confirming the next attorney general,” Cruz said...
  • Cruz Defends Pro-Israel Speech to Christian Conference

    09/26/2014 7:36:17 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 25, 2014 5:00 am | Alana Goodman
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) defended his recent pro-Israel speech that was shouted down by audience members at a Middle Eastern Christian conference, in an interview published Tuesday.Critics have accused Cruz of intentionally provoking the audience–which included some prominent supporters of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime–by praising Israel during his speech to the In Defense of Christians conference in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 10.Others have applauded the senator for telling the conference, which was organized to bring attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” before he was drowned out by shouts...
  • Cruz: US Built on Christian Values, Anyone Who Says Different is 'Lying'

    09/26/2014 1:02:53 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Sep 2014, 9:10 AM PDT | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Speaking at the  Values Voters Summit, put on by the Family Research Council, Texas Senator Ted Cruz gave a passionate speech about religious liberty and faith. Invoking personal stories from his own life, the senator highlighted the power of hope in the darkest of times.  "Our values are fundamentally American," Cruz told the audience. "This country remains a country built on...Christian values. And anyone who tells you differently is lying to you."Cruz spoke about his own father, whose life was drastically changed by the power of faith. Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, was taken captive in Cuba as a teenager. He was wearing a...
  • Ted Cruz calls Abbas speech ‘slanderous’

    09/27/2014 5:28:20 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Times Of Israel ^ | September 27, 2014, 11:41 am | Times of Israel staff
    Texas senator says Israel’s actions in Gaza were justified, and US would have done the same US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s accusations of an Israel “genocide” against the Palestinians “slanderous” and urged him to speak out against Hamas rather than Israel. “Israel’s action in Gaza was the just self-defense of a sovereign nation against relentless attacks by radical Islamic terrorists,” Cruz said in a statement. “The United States would and should do the same under those circumstances.” In Abbas’s address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, he demanded an end to...
  • At Value Voters Summit, Ted Cruz Hits His Mark

    09/27/2014 10:23:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Sept. 26, 2014 | 5:41 p.m. EDT | Lauren Fox
    With a clarion call to preserve religious liberty, Sen. Ted Cruz solidified his support from evangelical Republicans at the annual Value Voters Summit Friday in Washington, a connection that could pay off if he decides to join the hunt for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. [READ: Why Ted Cruz Matters in the House of Representatives] “There are people in Washington who say that in order to win we have to abandon our values,” Cruz, of Texas, said during his 30-minute address. “Our values are who we are. Our values are why we are here.”While shifting demographics, including a projected boom in Latino...
  • Ted Cruz Feeds Spiritual Revival at Values Voters Summit

    09/27/2014 10:29:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Sep 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C., Sen. Ted Cruz began his speech with a confession. “Neither of my parents were people of faith at the time. Neither of them had a relationship with Christ. Both of my parents drank far too much; both of them had serious problems with alcohol,” he said. “And when I was three years old, my father decided he didn’t want to be married anymore. And he didn’t want a 3-year-old son. So he got on a plane and left.” The audience was dumbfounded by the revelation – a rare moment in a conference...
  • Documents: Federal Prosecutors Misled Judge in Pursuit of Prison Time For Dinesh D'Souza

    09/23/2014 4:51:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    According to court documents, federal prosecutors working on behalf of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice misled U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman in the case against conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza during their pursuit of 10-to-16 months of prison time for a federal felony charge. In a reply sentencing memo submitted to the Court on behalf of D'Souza last week, his counsel argues federal prosecutors excluded and misrepresented the facts of “similar” cases in the Government's sentencing proposal to Judge Berman, leaving out crucial facts key to fair and equal sentencing for D’Souza compared to...
  • D'Souza Sentenced to Eight Months in 'Confinement Center' Over Campaign Finance Violation

    09/23/2014 12:51:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    THR ^ | 09/23/2014 | Paul Bond
    In a decision likely to be framed by conservative media as a vindictive abuse of power, filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in a confinement center and five years probation after pleading in May that he was guilty of violating campaign finance laws. D'Souza's movies, America this year and two years earlier, 2016: Obama's America, are critical of the left — and in the case of the first one, President Barack Obama — and they are among the most successful political documentaries in history. D'Souza was indicted in January after he promised his then-fiancee and his former...
  • Unrepentant Ted Cruz Calls Democrats the ‘Radical Party’

    09/27/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 26, 2014 12:30 pm ET | Beth Reinhard
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech to hundreds of conservative activists on Friday amounted to a dare to other potential Republican candidates in 2016: Just try to get to the right of me. Just try it.Mr. Cruz called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, getting rid of the Common Core educational standards and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He defined himself as staunchly anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-Israel.“There are people in Washington who say Republicans to win have to abandon our values,” he said, as members of the audience shouted “No way!” and “It’s a lie!”While polls last year showed that last...
  • Cruz: Not Sorry I Spoke Up for Israel

    09/25/2014 9:27:32 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Andrea Billups
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he's not sorry he spoke out in favor of Israel and the Jewish people at a Sept. 10 conference where he was shouted down and forced to leave the stage, the Washington Free Beacon reported. He said he felt it important to honor his commitment to speak, especially about the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, even as he was met with boos as he went after Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al- Assad. “Look, I anticipated that there were one or two radical speakers who I didn’t expect would be happy with...
  • Senate Democrats Block Ted Cruz Bill Revoking U.S. Citizenship of Terrorists

    09/27/2014 5:36:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday ripped U.S. Senate Democrats for blocking his bill that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of those who join the ISIS terrorist organization, noting that they are abandoning something Hillary Clinton supported when she was Secretary of State. The Democrats blocked Cruz’s bill on Thursday, a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS. Cruz’s bill is very similar to one that then Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)—who is now running in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—and then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) offered a couple of years ago.“As then-Secretary of State Hillary...
  • Cruz on Iraq: "We Stayed Too Long And Got Far Too Involved In Nation-Building"

    09/24/2014 7:15:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | September 24, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)SEN. TED CRUZ: Now, the president has been advocating arming the so-called moderate Syrian rebels for some time. And throughout the course of the discussion, what I have endeavored to ask, repeatedly, both publicly and in classified situations, is how do you distinguish the good guys from the bad guys? Last summer, when the president was urging a unilateral attack on Syria, at the time in June of last summer, out of the 9 major rebel groups, 7 of them had significant alliances or connections to al Qaeda or al Nusra or to other radical Islamic groups like ISIS. Consistently...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz captivates Values Voter Summit (video at source)

    09/26/2014 5:54:35 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    politico.com ^ | KATIE GLUECK
    Rand Paul talked foreign policy. Rick Santorum decried flagging family values. Michele Bachmann called for war on radical Islam. But it was Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas who captivated the crowd of social conservatives in Washington Friday, again showcasing his appeal with that critical part of the GOP should he run in 2016. The Values Voter conference offered an early glimpse of what’s sure to be a spirited battle for the allegiance of Christian conservatives in 2016. In a half-hour speech, the Lone Star State Republican quoted “Amazing Grace” and cited Psalms; Cruz shared a personal story about how his...
  • A Study in Contrasts for Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    09/26/2014 3:30:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Scherer
    Two potential presidential candidates come to a conservative Christian cattle call.Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, two Tea Party senators in the hunt for the White House, find themselves in a nearly identical position these days. Both sons of celebrated conservative leaders, they regularly speak at the same events, criticize the same Democratic President with a similar message of back-to-basics constitutionalism, and poll nationally at about 10% among Republicans in the way-too-early 2016 polls. But on Friday, as conservative Christians gathered in Washington for the Values Voter Summit, their differences were far more apparent than their similarities. Paul stood behind the...
  • How letting my kid play alone outside led to a CPS investigation

    09/26/2014 8:51:48 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 25 September 2014 05:22 PM | KARI ANNE ROY
    But what I want to talk about are children who don’t feel safe outside — not because of stranger-danger or threat of immediate injury, but because the police will be called if they’re just playing like we played when we were young. What will members of the Always On Screens Generation be like when they’re adults?
  • Earth to Hillary: Julian Castro’s Cleared for Takeoff

    09/26/2014 7:41:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 26, 2014 | Warren Rojas
    No need to wait for former FLOTUS/Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to make up her mind about whether she wants into the Oval Office come 2017. United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President CEO Javier Palomarez seems to believe there’s a perfectly viable alternative primed and ready to launch.
  • MASSIVE 'RESIDENTIAL CENTER' TO OPEN IN TEXAS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    09/24/2014 6:18:19 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 24, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas -- A large new immigrant housing center will be opened in South Texas. The South Texas Family Residential Center will ultimately hold 2,400 individuals, primarily families, who were apprehended while crossing the Texas- Mexico border. During their stay at the center foreigners will be provided with taxpayer-funded "medical care, play rooms, social workers, educational services, and access to legal counsel," Breitbart Texas has learned. The facility will open in November in Dilley, Texas, which is located about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio. This is the fourth facility of its kind to be built in Texas, according to...
  • In defense of Ted Cruz's 'militaristic pessimism'

    09/24/2014 6:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | September 24, 2014 | By Matt K. Lewis
    No U.S. lawmaker has better learned the lessons of both the Obama and Bush failures. Reaganesque? America has been screwing up on the foreign policy front for a long time. George W. Bush's efforts to spread democracy were laudable — but quixotic and ill-fated. And Barack Obama's "leading from behind" and"don't do stupid stuff" strategies, which supposedly learned all the right lessons from Bush-era misadventures? These also did not work. So as we head toward a critical presidential election in 2016, what should we be looking for when it comes to foreign policy? The answer is Ted Cruz. Don't laugh...
  • Texas independence MUST happen

    09/23/2014 6:36:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | Daniel Miller, president, Texas Nationalist Movement
    <p>If ever an epitaph were to be written for failed governments, businesses and ideologies it would be this — "It'll never happen." There are few phrases that adequately capture the human capacity for denial like this one.</p> <p>But there is one inescapable truth that is unfolding before the eyes of the world right now. "It" never happens — until "it" does.</p>
  • Fearless Illegals Caught Breaking Into Homes In Search of Guns

    09/23/2014 6:23:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Conservative REad ^ | 9/23/14 | staff
    Despite nine counts of theft, county judge labels accused thieves ‘victims’ Police in South Texas captured two illegal alien teens who they say were part of a burglary ring which targeted ranch homes in secluded areas looking mainly for firearms. Strangely enough, pro-amnesty supporters did not assemble outside the Hidalgo County courthouse yesterday to plead for a path to citizenship for 17-year-old Julio Zapien Calderon or his 14-year-old accomplice.
  • Waitress Proudly Used Rush Limbaugh's Generous Tips To Fund Abortions

    09/23/2014 5:13:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 136 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/23/2014 | Trey Sanchez
    Speaking to DallasNews.com, Merritt Tierce, a former waitress at a high-end steakhouse in Dallas, Texas, recalled using Rush Limbaugh's very generous tips to fund abortions. Merritt said twice Limbaugh dined at the restaurant and left her a $2,000 tip each time on "modest-sized" checks. She describes one of the tips paid in twenty $100 bills. "That was blood money to me," Tierce said, and so she donated "a sizable chunk of it" to the Texas Equal Access abortion fund, of which she was executive director. She explained: It felt like laundering the money in a good way. He’s such an...
  • How to Defeat ISIS, According to Ted Cruz (You can smell the fear)

    09/23/2014 4:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 19, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Why the senator’s brand of foreign policy is dangerous. The Republican Party is divided on foreign policy. There are “interventionists” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who want America to more aggressively wage war—either directly or via proxies—in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and beyond. And there are “isolationists” like Rand Paul who worry that if America tries to fix the world’s problems through the barrel of a gun, we’ll become a bankrupt empire rather than a prosperous republic. Then there’s Ted Cruz, who unites both factions by embodying the worst of each. Take Cruz’s position on ISIS. Like McCain...
  • Higher Permian production, constrained infrastructure increase spread between WTI oil hubs

    09/23/2014 12:47:48 PM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Increasing production of crude oil in the Permian Basin in western Texas, and parts of New Mexico, has outpaced pipeline infrastructure to move the crude to refineries, causing prices for crude in the Permian Basin (at Midland, Texas) to fall below similar crudes priced at Cushing, Oklahoma. While the price difference between Midland and Cushing has been increasing for almost a year, recent refinery outages in the region caused it to widen substantially. Several infrastructure projects that will allow more crude to flow from the Permian to the U.S. Gulf Coast are expected to come online soon, which should cause...
  • What energy exports are doing for Houston's job surge

    09/23/2014 8:05:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | Sep 16, 2014 | Jordan Blum
    U.S. energy exports, much of which come from the Houston region, represent a large chunk of the nation's overall export growth in the coming years, according to a new national HSBC Bank USA report. The banking report notes that Houston will see an additional job creation surge going forward partially because of energy exports that target emerging foreign markets. HSBC specially mentions that "chemical plant expansions and liquefied natural gas terminal upgrades, coupled with the opening of Mexico's energy industry to foreign investment, will result in a new export boom for Houston and will create more than 55,000 new jobs."...
  • Surprise! The Media Forgot Texas Abortion Barbie

    09/22/2014 12:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    Shocker! The national media isn't covering Texas Abortion Barbie's race any more, now that she's double digits down. No agenda there. Nope. George Bush obtained a vote of Congress to go to war against Iraq and he assembled a coalition of 37 nations with boots in the fight. Barack Obama decided himself to fight ISIS with some airstrikes and advisers, and so far reports of nine international supporters, boots uncommitted. Will the Left/Media ever apologize for their slurs against the "unilateral cowboy" and for their delusional slobbering over the bumbling, world-healing, Earth Whisperer? Of course not. They own the megaphone....
  • Texas independence MUST happen - commentary

    09/22/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by Levy78 · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | Septermber 22, 2014 | Daniel Miller
    If ever an epitaph were to be written for failed governments, businesses and ideologies it would be this — "It'll never happen." There are few phrases that adequately capture the human capacity for denial like this one. But there is one inescapable truth that is unfolding before the eyes of the world right now. "It" never happens — until "it" does. With Scotland's independence referendum now over, the world has had a wake up call. In a country where 10 years ago, most Scots believed that a vote on independence would never happen in 2014 — it did..... http://www.cnbc.com/id/102021344
  • In Case You Missed It, Wendy Davis’ Run for Governor Ended in a Meltdown Friday

    09/22/2014 10:39:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/22/2014 | Bryan Preston
    The lone Texas gubernatorial debate took place in the Rio Grande Valley Friday night. Front-runner Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican, just had to get through the debate without making any negative news. The pressure was all on Wendy Davis, Democrat state senator trailing by a lot in the polls, to make something — anything positive — happen.Well, she made something happen. But it wasn’t positive. Davis attacked Abbott over a school finance lawsuit that’s in appeal.Abbott responded that as attorney general, he has an obligation to follow the law and keep the suit going.Davis then went into unleashed...
  • Texas has become epicenter of conservative movement

    09/21/2014 9:05:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2014 | Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
    AUSTIN — Twenty years ago this November, Texas elected George P. Bush’s uncle as governor. That election cemented Republicans in power in the Lone Star State after a steady period of ascendance. Democrats haven’t won a statewide elective office since and their candidates for governor (state Sen. Wendy Davis) and lieutenant governor (state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) are currently seen here in Texas as underdogs this fall. In the two decades since George W. Bush became governor, the Republican Party here has turned several shades redder. Texas might qualify now as the epicenter of the conservative movement across the...