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  • After the Confederates, Who's Next?

    05/26/2017 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | May 26, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman's troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah. Captured in the Confederate defeat at Jonesborough was William Martin Buchanan of Okolona, Mississippi, who was transferred by rail to the Union POW stockade at Camp Douglas, Illinois. By the standards of modernity, my great-grandfather, fighting to prevent the torching of Georgia's capital, was engaged in a criminal and immoral cause. And "Uncle Billy" Sherman was a liberator. Under President Grant,...
  • Texas officials apologize for terrorist award given student

    05/26/2017 6:36:06 AM PDT · by Puppage · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 5/26/2017 | Puppage
    CHANNELVIEW, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area school district has disciplined several teachers after a student received a mock award naming her “most likely to become a terrorist.”
  • Academic Jargon without Kool Aid

    05/25/2017 7:38:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 25, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It turns out that we outsiders are not the only ones who have developed a jaundiced view of academic jargon. Insiders who don't like Kool Aid also find it inane. "Young people are now told that they must produce 'original' research to get into the best graduate schools—never mind that they’ve just arrived at college and barely know their way around the fields they might want to pursue," Elizabeth Corey writes in the Spring 2017 issue of Modern Age. "A technique called 'rapid prototyping,' pioneered by computer engineers, advocates quickly moving from initial idea to implementing without agonizing over perfecting...
  • Harris County poll workers plead guilty to voter fraud

    05/23/2017 8:00:10 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 38 replies
    KHOU Houston ^ | 5-22-2017 | Tim Wetzel
    HOUSTON - Two Harris County poll workers pled guilty to unlawfully depositing a ballot during the May 2016 primary runoff election. Jeanene Johnson and Latunia Thomas both took oaths swearing to be fair while working the polls during the May 2016 primary run-off. But prosecutors claim they broke that promise. Investigators said Thomas forged her own daughter's signature and then illegally cast a vote on her behalf. They also said Johnson was aware of this and illegally checked the daughter in,even though she was not present. They both pled guilty. “You are stealing someone's vote, it's wrong, and we are...
  • Two years after shootout, Twin Peaks resolutions remain elusive

    05/22/2017 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 41 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | May 16, 2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In the two years since James “Patrick” Harris was arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, he lost the lease on his apartment, was rejected for a job with a state health and human services agency and was kicked out of Mexico while on the way to work with sick children and Dr. Patch Adams. All because he rode to Waco with a few friends as members of the Grim Guardian motorcycle group on May 17, 2015, he said. Judy Bergman said her husband, George, hardly rides his motorcycle anymore. It used to be his passion. Now he rides...
  • Texas GOP reaches deal on ‘bathroom bill’

    05/22/2017 8:05:58 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/22/17 | Reid Wilson
    Texas state legislators reached a compromise late Sunday on a controversial measure to bar transgender people from using bathrooms of their choice, after months of pressure from business and civil rights groups aimed at killing the bill. The bill, which cleared a key procedural hurdle in the state House on Sunday, would bar transgender students from bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, unless other children are not present. Students would be required to use single-stall bathrooms instead.
  • HA! GQ gets pissy with Ted Cruz for ‘ruining rompers for men’

    05/21/2017 5:57:54 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 124 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 5-19-2017 | Sam J
    Thursday on Twitter, Senator Ted Cruz took part in Free Beacon’s “caption contest” of a hilarious photo of Ben Sasse and Chuck Schumer .. Ted’s tweet broke Twitter and won the caption contest … apparently it also ruined the romper for men (can we get an amen!?) ... They say this like it’s a bad thing. Have you seen the Romphim for men? Seriously, who thought these things were a good idea? GQ apparently. Heh.....
  • Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment [Al Green]

    05/21/2017 12:16:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2017 11:11 PM EDT
    A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he’s been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports . The seven-term Democrat told the crowd of about 100 people that he won’t be deterred. […] One male caller used a racial insult and threatened Green with “hanging from a tree” if he pursues impeachment. Another man left a message saying Green would be the one impeached after...
  • Texas woman reimburses man $17.31 after he threatened to sue after bad date

    05/20/2017 12:25:02 PM PDT · by digger48 · 112 replies
    WISH ^ | May 19, 2017 | WCMH Staff Reports
    AUSTIN, TX ( — The man who claimed he was going to sue a woman for texting during their first date has opted to call it off. Brandon Vezmar met Crystal Cruz on the online dating app Bumble. On Saturday, he took her to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at a movie theater in Austin, Texas. He claimed she was texting through the movie and got fed up. “Maybe you can take it outside,” he said he told her. “She was behaving as if it was normal,” he told Inside Edition. “So much so, that I thought to...
  • Dallas Sheriff Joins Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group, Comes Out Against Concealed Carry

    05/19/2017 9:29:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 5/18/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Writing in The Hill, Valdez said: One of Congress’s top priorities is to allow the unrestricted concealed carry of firearms, which would undermine one state’s strong laws with another state’s weaker laws for carrying loaded, hidden guns in public. This bill would make it easier for dangerous people, like stalkers and domestic abusers, to carry hidden guns in all 50 states. Under this bill, a victim could never feel safe or escape their accuser by going to another state. This bill also directly undermines the ability of law enforcement officers to effectively do their jobs and ensure public safety.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Judge dismisses 'clock boy' lawsuit...

    05/19/2017 8:50:49 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    Dailymail.Com ^ | 05/19/2017 | Kaileen Gaul For
    A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Ahmed Mohamed's father, saying the family will not get a payout from the city of Irving, Texas or the school district for the 'clock boy' scandal, has learned. On September 14, 2015, 14-year-old Ahmed gained national attention when his high school teacher suspected he brought a bomb to school. Ahmed was surprised and showed the teacher it was actually a homemade alarm clock. She told the Muslim teen she would keep it behind her desk for the rest of the day. Later that day, the teacher called the police who arrested...
  • Municipal court judge placed on leave for not being U.S. citizen

    05/19/2017 8:07:21 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies ^ | May 17, 2017 | Brian Burns
    3News confirmed Wednesday that Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett was placed on unpaid administrative leave by City Council after they discovered that she is not a U.S. citizen. Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio read the following statement to Council Tuesday following an executive session: "The City Council has discovered that one of its municipal court judges, Young Min Burkett, does not meet the statutory requirements for status as a municipal court judge of the U.S. citizenship and status as a qualified voter. Ms. Burkett did not make any misrepresentations in seeking appointment. Instead, the City did not ask the question...
  • Joy Reid: Texas Anti-Sanctuary Cities Law “Sounds Almost Like an Apartheid-era Law”

    05/14/2017 10:12:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hey, give Joy Reid credit. At least she didn’t go full Hitler analogy . . . On her MSNBC show this morning, Reid claimed that a recently-adopted Texas immigration law sounds “almost like an apartheid-era law.” To support her alarmist claim, Reid badly mischaracterized the law, suggesting that under it, “any person can be stopped for any reason and asked essentially [to] show their papers.” Her ACLU guest seemingly agreed, saying, “that’s right.” But she added that immigration-status inquiries can be made “once a person is legally detained,” thus debunking Reid’s suggestion that a person could be stopped and asked...
  • ACLU warns travelers to stay away from this state

    05/11/2017 6:16:50 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 43 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 9, 2017 | Ruth Brown
    Don’t mess with Texas — no, really, says the American Civil Liberties Union. The nonprofit legal group is warning travelers to stay away from the Lone Star State after it passed a law that allows cops to ask about a person’s immigration status during routine stops. “We plan to fight this racist and wrongheaded law in the courts and in the streets. Until we defeat it, everyone traveling in or to Texas needs to be aware of what’s in store for them,” said ACLU of Texas executive director Terri Burke in a statement. “The Lone Star State will become a...
  • Homeowner shoots at drive-by suspects, killing 2

    05/10/2017 8:43:31 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 43 replies
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Two people are dead and one is in the hospital after a homeowner fired back during a shooting in North Houston. Investigators say early Saturday morning a suspect vehicle drove up to the homeowner's house on Glenburnie Drive and started shooting. The homeowner was outside at the time and he hid behind a bush in the yard and returned fire. Officers say more than 40 shots were fired in the exchange. The homeowner struck all three men inside of the car. The driver of the car crashed after the shooting hitting a car and then running into...
  • Texas Border Sheriff sues to stop TX Sanctuary City law

    05/09/2017 12:49:16 PM PDT · by Bevo · 21 replies
    Eagle Pass Business Journal ^ | May 9, 2017 | Miguel Munoz
    By: Miguel Munoz, Eagle Pass Business Journal, Inc., Copyright 2017 Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber and Maverick County Constable Precinct 3-AB Mario A. Hernandez joined as Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed on Monday, May 8, 2017, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, in San Antonio, Texas, challenging the legality and constitutionality of the controversial Texas Senate 4 Law on Sanctuary Cities signed into law by Governor Gregg Abbott on Sunday, May 7, 2017 after being approved by both the Texas House of Representatives and Senate. Sheriff Schmerber and Constable Hernandez...
  • Sanctuary city bans could spread to other states after Texas law signed

    05/08/2017 5:32:29 PM PDT · by Innovative · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    A new Texas law cracking down on ‘sanctuary cities’ could inspire other states to take a similar approach, even as the changes spur strong opposition from local Texas officials.  Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB-4 into law in a Facebook Live event Sunday evening, effectively banning sanctuary city policies in Texas and giving law enforcement officers the right to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. Under the law, officers who fail to comply, or cooperate, with federal immigration agents could face jail time and fines reaching $25,000 per day
  • 4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting

    05/08/2017 2:24:41 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 27 replies
    4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting May 8, 2017, 11:56 pm What does Patch Adams have to do with the Waco Biker shooting? A lot. The overzealous Waco Police Department clearly stumbled and bumbled through the debacle of the Waco motorcycle tragedy of May 2015 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in what is likely the worst police operation initiated by law enforcement in the history of Texas, including the fiasco of the Branch Davidian storming that killed dozens of innocent women and children outside of Waco over 20 years ago (which resulted in far more civilian casualties...
  • SAPD Chief McManus doubts officers will have 'much interest' enforcing new immigration law (TX)

    05/08/2017 2:31:19 PM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies
    mySA ^ | May 8, 2017 | Kelsey Bradshaw
    The morning after Gov. Greg Abbott signed the "sanctuary-cities" bill into law, SAPD Chief William McManus expressed his discontent for the policy, saying it will put a burden on the department and cause fear in the community...A sheriff, police chief, constable or jail administrator who fails to detain a suspect at the request of ICE could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, a maximum $4,000 fine, or both. Repeat violations could reach a fine of $25,000...McManus said he doesn't believe any of the department's officers have an interest in asking about...
  • Sanctuary city bans could spread to other states after Texas law signed

    05/08/2017 2:25:10 PM PDT · by deport · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-8-2017 | Brooke Singman
    A new Texas law cracking down on ‘sanctuary cities’ could inspire other states to take a similar approach, even as the changes spur strong opposition from local Texas officials. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB-4 into law in a Facebook Live event Sunday evening, effectively banning sanctuary city policies in Texas and giving law enforcement officers the right to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. Under the law, officers who fail to comply, or cooperate, with federal immigration agents could face jail time and fines reaching $25,000 per day. “I was proud last night to sign this...