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  • Male students 'uncomfortable' on Texas campuses, education official says

    11/17/2017 8:52:00 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 41 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11-17-2017 | Lindsay Ellis
    Outnumbered male college students in Texas have created a sharp gender gap in statewide completion rates – and, according to the state’s higher education commissioner, a campus cultural problem for men. “We’re getting to the point where males feel uncomfortable on some college campuses,” said Raymund Paredes, who leads Texas’ higher education coordinating board. Paredes spoke Thursday at the University of Houston System’s board meeting to address progress toward broader statewide goals of having 60 percent of young adults in Texas earn a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2030. He identified several target populations that are lagging in achieving those...
  • Woman with crude anti-Trump truck decal arrested

    11/16/2017 7:18:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2017 10:01 PM EST | David Warren
    The driver of a pickup displaying an expletive-filled message to President Donald Trump and his supporters in the Houston area was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office records show Karen Fonseca was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday on an outstanding fraud warrant issued in August by the Rosenberg Police Department. She remained in the county jail Thursday night with bond set at $1,500. A sheriff’s spokesman has not answered a message seeking details behind the warrant. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls had threatened Fonseca with a disorderly conduct charge over the decal. However, District...
  • Steve Mostyn, Democratic mega-donor, dies at 46

    11/16/2017 2:04:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 16, 2017
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Democratic mega-donor Steve Mostyn, a powerful Texas trial lawyer who was among the nation's largest backers of liberal causes and candidates, died after what his wife says was "a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue." He was 46. Amber Mostyn said Thursday that her husband died the previous day, calling him "a devoted father who adored his children and never missed any of their sporting activities." She did not confirm a cause of death but said, "If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, or experiencing a health crisis, call the National...
  • Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Ridge hospitalized in Texas

    11/16/2017 11:42:29 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    cbsaustin.com ^ | Nov. 16, 2017 | AP
    A spokesman says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is in critical condition after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin, Texas. Ridge spokesman Steve Aaron says the 72-year-old Ridge, Pennsylvania's Republican governor from 1995 to 2001, was attending the Republican Governors Association conference when he called for help at his hotel about 7 a.m.
  • ‘Hero’ who shot Texas church gunman needs prayers, close friend says

    11/16/2017 10:39:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 54 replies
    The Christian Chronicle ^ | 7 November, 2017 | Bobby Ross Jr.
    Heroes need prayers, too.Stephen Willeford — the Texan who confronted and shot the gunman who killed 26 people at a rural Baptist church Sunday — could use a bunch of prayers, his close friend John Wood says.To many, Willeford’s actions outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs made him a hero.But the hero, who is described as a faithful Christian, was distraught when he called Wood at his Ohio home right after confirming gunman Devin Patrick Kelley’s death.“I talked to him immediately after it happened, basically before any of the law enforcement arrived,” Wood — a retired Church of Christ...
  • Comedy Central Special: Open Borders Now!

    11/16/2017 9:06:58 AM PST · by HollywoodInToto · 13 replies
    Hollywood in Toto ^ | 11/16/17 | Christian Toto
    Comic Jeff Ross: Illegals become Americans when their feet touch U.S. soil.
  • Catch-and-release of illegals restarted in Texas, border patrol agents say

    11/16/2017 3:07:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/16/17 | Stephen Dinan
    The Trump administration reinstated a de facto catch-and-release policy for illegal immigrants nabbed crossing the border in Texas, with Border Patrol agents being told Wednesday not to even bother turning them over for speedy deportation because there was no bed space, a top agent said. The problem, said Brandon Judd, an agent and president of the National Border Patrol Council, is that illegal immigration has surged once again after dipping during the early months of President Trump’s tenure. That has left the deportation agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, struggling to find beds to hold the illegal immigrants. As a...
  • White inventor of ‘white fragility’ tells University of Texas: Whites must stop becoming teachers

    11/16/2017 5:32:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    College Fix ^ | November 16, 2017 | Christian Montoya
    The white professor who quit her full-time position to tour the country, leading seminars on “white fragility,” asked for whites in the room to come forward. About 15 people walked to the stage and each one read a quote from the projection screen that addressed their “internalized superiority,” “racial privilege” and other deficiencies as whites. When they finished reading, the professor told the audience to “not clap” for the white people as they returned to their seats. She announced there would be no question-and-answer session.
  • Owners hope 8-foot tall Ten Commandments inside Lewisville's Vista Ridge mall inspires shoppers

    11/16/2017 4:17:46 AM PST · by DFG · 12 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/16/2017 | Maria Halkias
    The new owner of Vista Ridge Mall has lots of ideas to make the shopping center attractive to families and even for people who don't care about shopping. Odessa businessman John Bushman wants to turn the mall into a community space where people can find some "peace and love" in the Ten Commandments, hear some local musicians perform live and take in a giant wave of a 30-foot-by-60-foot American flag outside. All of Bushman's other businesses — hotels in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico, other shopping centers and a Chickn4U restaurant in Odessa — display the Ten Commandments engraved on...
  • Mexico diverts transmigrant traffic through Presidio (TX) port

    11/15/2017 4:08:39 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 5 replies
    Big Bend Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2017 | John Daniel Garcia
    PRESIDIO – City of Presidio Administrator Joe Portillo informed Presidio County commissioners last week of the Mexican government’s decision to direct transmigrants – usually South American salvagers – to the Presidio-Ojinaga port of entry. If you live near the border, you may recognize the transmigrants and their cargo: salvaged vehicles (often from California) towing another vehicle and stuffed with used furniture, appliances, and other goods. The transmigrants, Portillo explained, are mostly from Guatemala, but come from other South American countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. According to Portillo, Mexican Customs at ports currently used by the transmigrants, such...
  • Candlelight Vigils, Makeshift Shrines and Bad Guys

    11/15/2017 10:21:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2017 | D.W. Wilber
    Once again America has fallen victim to violent attacks committed against innocent people, first in Las Vegas, then on the streets of New York, and most recently in a small Texas church. And once again politicians and civic leaders call for “prayers” in support of the victims of a mass killing, while citizens place bouquets of flowers, sympathy cards, and little Teddy Bears at the site of the attacks. As expected of our elected officials, politicians in Washington will wring their hands, pontificate, and then accomplish nothing in the way of protecting the American people. Talking heads and other “experts”...
  • Ted Cruz pressures Iowa governor to reach deal on ethanol mandate

    11/14/2017 10:07:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 14, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Sen. Ted Cruz is pressuring Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to reach a deal between oil refiners and the ethanol industry over the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuel mandate. Cruz, speaking on behalf of a group of eight GOP senators, wrote in a Tuesday letter to Reynolds that they do not wish to up-end the market for corn ethanol produced in her state, which is the nation's top producer of the fuel. Instead, Cruz argued that the senators' real problem with the Renewable Fuel Standard is refiners being required to buy expensive renewable identification number credits, or RINs, to meet the...
  • Jerry Jones could be forced to sell Cowboys as angry NFL owners protect Roger Goodell

    11/14/2017 6:54:52 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 108 replies
    BIZPac Review ^ | November 14, 2017 | Renee Hayes
    This might not be how it was supposed to go. After a tumultuous year of protests, sinking ratings and ticket sales for the NFL, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was prepared to act. Last week, news that Jones had threatened to sue NFL commission Roger Goodell rocked the political and sports world. Jones had been extremely critical over many of Goodell’s decisions, and was vocal over this mishandling of the players’ protests during the national anthem. Jones decided to put his money where his mouth is, and hired an attorney in an attempt to stop negotiations for Goodell’s lucrative contract...
  • Cruz pulls support from Moore: Allegations merit ‘criminal prosecution’ if true

    11/13/2017 8:13:42 PM PST · by conservative98 · 353 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2017 | ELLIOT SMILOWITZ
    Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday withdrew his support from Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, saying allegations of sexual misconduct should be looked at by prosecutors. “As it stands, I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious, persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true,” the Texas Republican told reporters, according to a Texas Tribune reporter. “Both last week and this week, there are serious charges of criminal conduct that if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution,” he added.
  • Congressman Gene Green is not seeking re-election

    11/13/2017 5:26:38 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 15 replies
    KHOU Houston ^ | 11-13-2017
    HOUSTON - Congressman Gene Green's office has confirmed that he is not seeking re-election in 2018. Through a statement, Green said it is time "for me to be more involved in the lives of our children and grandchildren." Here is the full statement: “Serving as an elected official is one of the greatest honors our country can bestow on a person. I have been blessed and fortunate to serve almost 46 years in elected office. Since 1973, I have served as a Texas State Representative for 13 years, Texas State Senator for seven years and since 1993 as a member...
  • Has the window already closed for North Texan’s Cruz primary challenge?

    11/13/2017 3:00:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | November 13, 2017 | Andrea Drusch
    Establishment Republicans once dreamed of replacing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with a less bombastic alternative in 2018. Those dreams now appear out of reach, even as a North Texas Republican with ties to state’s old political guard is on the verge of launching a challenge to the first-term senator. A Fort Worth-based super PAC aimed at replacing Cruz with a Republican in the “leadership style” of President Ronald Reagan has barely raised any money. Its favored candidate, Christian television executive Bruce Jacobson, last week stumbled in the early stages of a possible campaign rollout. And while Cruz, who has more...
  • Settlement: Red River determines Texas, federal boundaries

    11/12/2017 12:17:02 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | November 9, 2017 03:51 pm | DAVID WARREN
    DALLAS (AP) — Texas landowners who live along a river separating them from Oklahoma have reached a settlement with federal officials saying the Texas border lies with the meandering flow of the river. A federal judge on Wednesday approved the terms that settle a long-running dispute involving the Bureau of Land Management and property owners along the Red River. The BLM had argued the river has shifted as much as 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) in some areas over the past century, and some of the dry land where the river once flowed belonged to the government, not residents who claimed...
  • Sharpton: “Outlaw Semi-Automatic Weapons”

    11/12/2017 6:46:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    One of the obstacles to rational discussion of guns in America is the profound ignorance about guns on the part of many pushing for tighter controls. Take Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show this morning. Debating the subject with Liberty University Professor Daniel Howell in the context of the Sutherland Springs church massacre, Sharpton decried the availability of automatic and “semi-automatic weapons.” A bit later, Sharpton suggested that “we should outlaw automatic weapons, semi-automatic weapons.” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Why are gun control activists ignoring the case of Rolando Martinez who shot a 7-year-old...?

    11/12/2017 3:21:05 AM PST · by smileyface · 8 replies
    NOQ Report ^ | Nov 10, 2017 | Scott Boyd
    The case of Rolando Martinez seems like an ideal scenario that gun control advocates would use to push their agenda. A crazed man with an “AR-style” rifle allegedly terrorized over a dozen people in Austin, Texas, shooting at several and hitting four. One of the victims, a 7 year-old-girl, is in critical condition.
  • Texas Church Shooter Claimed He Used Dogs As Target Practice, Says Former Colleague

    11/10/2017 3:48:54 PM PST · by ETL · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 10, 2017 | Hilary Hanson
    Jessika Edwards told CNN that she and Devin Kelley worked together at Hollomon Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 to 2012. Kelley was released from the military on a bad-conduct discharge in 2014 after serving time for assaulting his wife and stepson. Edwards said that when the two made contact on Facebook in 2014, Kelley said he had been purchasing dogs through Craigslist and then using them for “target practice.” While in the Air Force, she said, Kelley was preoccupied with mass murders and made jokes about killing people. ..." In 2014, the same year he allegedly made...