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  • Cruz: I Take Pride That "Washington Elites Despise Me", "Both Parties Don't Listen"

    03/24/2015 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 90 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) expressed pride that “Washington elites despise me” because “it’s both parties that aren’t listening to the American people” on Monday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Texas gun bills taking us back to Old West days

    03/21/2015 6:43:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 97 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Bob Ray Sanders
    Oh, how I wish Texas lawmakers cared as much about our children as they do their guns. And wouldn’t it be terrific if the folks who represent us in Austin despised injustice as much as they do immigration and taxes? I suppose, given the makeup of our state Legislature and the leadership in the top statewide offices, that’s a little too much to hope for. It is no surprise that new gun legislation has been put on a fast track at the Capitol, sailing through committee and floor votes with ease, while our underfunded public schools likely will languish.
  • Rand Paul’s claim — twice in one day — that he has a biology degree

    03/20/2015 2:53:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/13/2015 | Glenn Kessler
    “I have a biology degree, okay?”– Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in remarks at the Lincoln Labs “Reboot Congress” conference, Feb. 12, 2015This column has been updated with an additional explanation by Paul’s spokesman.We first spotted a version of this quote in a Bloomberg column by David Weigel, and then checked the quotes with our colleague Jose DelReal, who had attended the conference.This is a bit of an odd one, given that Paul does not have a college undergraduate degree.The Facts Paul mentioned his alleged degree at the conference not once, but twice. First, in an exchange with TechCrunch founder Michael...
  • Texas Land Office (George P. Bush) cancels Daughters of the Republic of Texas contract to run Alamo

    03/13/2015 7:16:43 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 110 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/12/2015 | Scott Huddleston
    The Texas General Land Office is terminating its contract with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to run the Alamo, ending a role the DRT has held for 110 years in managing the state-owned site, the Express-News has learned. In a joint statement with the DRT, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said the change will help “create a bigger, brighter future for this Texas shrine.” The contract, which runs through Aug. 31, 2016, will be terminated after 120 days, on July 10. “The Alamo has always had the same owner — the people of Texas. And so to...
  • TX: Amarillo Open Carry in the Snow

    03/04/2015 1:37:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry Texas is keeping the heat on the Texas legislature.  This time with an open carry march in Amarillo, in the snow.  More than 2,300 open carry marches have been conducted in Texas in the last 18 months.  No other social movement has been as effective in organizing and gaining followers in the last few decades.  Open carry has struck a cord with the Texas gun culture.  Many became educated as to the state of the law.  Some could not believe that they did not already have rights that are commonly in place in most of the other...
  • TX: 911 Dispatcher can give bad advice

    03/04/2015 3:56:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The quality of the operator that you contact with a 911 call varies greatly.  Some departments start their officers as dispatchers, so that they understand what is happening on the other end of the line;  in some jurisdictions, the job is a political plum to be awarded; in others the position is a heavily protected union  job.  In many departments, the person answering the 911 call is a dispatcher; in others there are separate operators that hand the call to dispatchers.  In all cases, the operator or dispatcher is not there with you; they do not know what you...
  • TX: Cross Border Open Carry March scheduled for Texarkana 28 March

    03/03/2015 2:00:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Arkansas became a constitutional carry state in August of 2013.  It took about a year and a half, dozens of open carry marches, and a change of the Attorney General, for that fact to be generally recognized.  The picture above is one of the marches taking place in Little Rock.  I do not recall a single marcher ever being arrested for carrying a firearm.    From thv11.com: In 2013, former attorney general Dustin McDaniel issued an opinion saying he did not consider Arkansas an open carry state under act 746. We asked new attorney general Leslie Rutledge about her interpretation...
  • Oil production in federal Gulf of Mexico expected to continue increasing

    03/03/2015 5:29:25 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 3, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Because of the long timelines associated with Gulf of Mexico (GOM) projects, the recent downturn in oil prices is expected to have minimal direct impact on GOM crude oil production through 2016. EIA projects GOM production to reach 1.52 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2015 and 1.61 million bbl/d in 2016, or about 16% and 17% of total U.S. crude oil production in those two years, respectively. The forecasted production growth is driven both by new projects and the redevelopment and expansion of older producing fields. Five deepwater projects began in the last three months of 2014: Stone Energy-operated...
  • Dog Owner's Lack of Care Results in Violent Death for two Dogs

    02/27/2015 9:40:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Animal owners are responsible for their animals and the actions of their animals. Dogs are not people. It is much harder for them to understand property lines and property rights. They have to be taught, and often, restrained. When dogs run free of their owners control, their instincts tend to take over, especially if there are more than one of them. Their instinct pushes them to bark at other animals, chase them, bite them, kill them, and eat them. If there is more than one dog, pack instinct kicks in and they bounce off of one another's behavior like...
  • Robert Jeffress on Obama and ISIS: He Needs to Get Off His High Horse and Acknowledge Radical Islam

    02/18/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/18/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publicly acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens"...
  • TX: Dallas Morning News Publishes Article on Open Carry

    02/16/2015 6:15:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    As second amendment supporters appear close restoring some of the freedom to open carry modern handguns, the Dallas Morning news has published an article, just before the crucial vote on the issue.  The paper has an editorial policy against open carry reform. This illustrates that the media has a great effect on the outcome of political decisions.  The article seems designed to lessen the force of one of the most important facts of the open carry movement: most states already have it, and do not have problems.  The article attempts to reduce the impact of that fact; but the...
  • TX: Campus Carry and Open Carry Pass Senate Committee 7-2

    02/15/2015 5:33:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Texas moved a bit closer to passing campus carry and open carry bills out of the Texas Senate yesterday, February 12.   The Senate has been the bottleneck for these bills because a  super majority is needed to get them out of the Senate.  That majority used to be 21 votes out of 31.   It was amended early this session to become 19 votes out of 31.   It is still a high hurdle, but Lt. Governor Dan Patrick heads the Texas Senate.  He has promised to pass both campus and open carry.  I am convinced that he is working hard...
  • TX: Shooter with .17 Cal Rifle found not Guily in Murder Trial

    02/14/2015 2:41:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this murder trial in Big Spring Texas, Sean Thomas Smith was found not guilty on Thursday, 12 February, 2015.   The shooting occurred on October 14th of 2013, involved an altercation where Smith shot 26-year-old Carlos Guerrero once in the chest with a .17 caliber rifle.  The shooting is said to have occurred in Guerrero's yard.  Smith then left the scene and was later stopped by police.  The rifle was in the vehicle. Smith plead not guilty, by reason of self defense.  Details of the events that lead up to the shooting have been hard to come by.  From ...
  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/04/2015 3:15:51 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 4, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    Following an outbreak of measles that was traced back to Disneyland, public-health authorities are ramping up their campaign to persuade all American parents that their children should be vaccinated. This campaign places pressure on some parents who have moral objections to the use of certain vaccines. We should not underestimate the vigor of the public-health campaign. Writers from RealClear Science and from Fox News-- not outlets ordinarily inclined to favor the expansion of government powers—have called for mandatory vaccination of all children, and even jail time for parents who resist. Nor should we underestimate the seriousness of some parents who...
  • [Dem] Fla. lawmaker: Texas is a 'crazy state'

    02/03/2015 2:57:33 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) unequivocally declared Monday that Texas is a "crazy state" he never wants to live in, infuriating a Texas lawmaker. Tensions flared between Hastings and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) during a House Rules Committee meeting to prepare a bill slated for a floor vote Tuesday to repeal ObamaCare. Hastings showed disdain for Texas during a discussion about states' implementation of the 2010 healthcare overhaul and decisions over whether or not to participate in the exchanges. "I don't know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with," Hastings told Burgess. Burgess immediately...
  • TX: Patrick Continues Support for Open Carry

    01/31/2015 11:56:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was quoted as saying that open carry bills might not come up for a vote this session on Tuesday.  From dallasnews.com:  “Open carry is important, but I don’t think there is support in the Legislature to pass it,” Patrick said. “The votes have not been there.”  Wednesday he reiterated his support for that legislation.  From texastribune.org: After noting that he had referred a bill to committee allowing concealed weapons to be carried on university campuses by those with appropriate licenses, Patrick said in a statement, "Now that [Senate Bill] 11 has support and is moving...
  • Open Carry Activists in Texas Gain Ground

    01/30/2015 4:38:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry activists at the State Capitol in Austin. The movement to restore open carry to Texas has heated up in the last year and a half.  It arguably accelerated with  C.J. Grisham being accosted by a police officer in rural Bell County.  An army veteran whose family owns thousands of acres in Bell county,  Grisham was eventually convicted of "interfering with police duties" after a second jury trial.  He is paying a $2,000 fine.  On the installment plan.  In nickles.   The results are still under appeal.  Many who have watched the video of the event think the police...
  • TX: Campus Carry Has Senate Support

    01/29/2015 12:20:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A bill to reduce defenseless victim zones on establishments of higher learning has been introduced in the Texas legislature.  It is commonly known as a "campus carry" bill, SB11. SB11 has 19 of 20 Republican senators as authors. They are; Birdwell | Bettencourt | Burton | Campbell | Creighton | Eltife | Estes | Fraser | Hall | Hancock | Huffines | Kolkhorst | Nelson | Nichols | Perry | Schwertner | Seliger | Taylor, Larry | Taylor, Van. There are only 31 senators in the Texas senate, so a majority of senators already agree with the bill. The...
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • H-E-B issues precautionary recall on several tortillas (TX)

    01/14/2015 8:29:07 AM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Calily Bien
    H-E-B issued a voluntary and precautionary recall for the H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas. •H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas 12 ct. packages with Best By dates of Jan. 22, 2015 and earlier •H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas 30 ct. packages with Best By dates of Jan. 22, 2015 and earlier •Retail packed H-E-B Texas Ranch Casserole purchased from an H-E-B Deli on, or before, Jan. 13, 2015 with a scan code beginning with 279075 or 279108 •Retail packed H-E-B Gumbo purchased from an H-E-B Deli on, or before, Jan. 13, 2015 with a scan code beginning with 27909
  • TX: Shooting at Red Box; When you Cannot Run

    01/10/2015 12:03:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    People who go about legally armed are taught to avoid conflict and confrontation.   As people grow older, and hopefully, wiser, they become better practiced at avoiding conflict.   Age exacts its toll in exchange.  Nearly everyone gets slower; slower reflexes, balance deteriorates, you cannot run as fast.   Even though I have maintained a disciplined aerobic program, I am nowhere near as fast as I was only a dozen years ago.  Age also makes a person more attractive as a potential victim.   If an assailant is aggressive, and faster than you, for even a short sprint, running is not an option. ...
  • Texas Legislators Are Spending Fast And Loose With Your Contributions

    01/08/2015 1:43:01 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 10 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 01/08/2014 | Hardhatter's Team
    Being in the Texas Legislature is not intended to be a lucrative career. Legislators receive part-time pay. They are only in session six months every two years. It is, for all intents and purposes, a volunteer position for those wishing to serve the public. Last week, we released an exhaustive report covering the loans relating to the campaigns and PACs of every Texas Legislator. Despite a tepid and defensive response from the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) regarding our figures and call for an audit, we delved further into the campaign finances of the Legislature. This time we took a closer...
  • TX: Celebratory Gunfire in Dallas

    01/03/2015 4:44:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Last night, new year's eve, I waited for midnight, listening intently.  I was in North Dallas, and I had heard that celebratory gunfire was sometimes practiced in the area.  About 10 pm, I heard 4-8 gunshots, (or good facsimiles there of).  They were distant, so I could not be certain.   From 12:01 am to 12:20 am, I heard about 50.  Most were clearly gunshots.  They fit the pattern of gunshots.   There is a certain cadence that is different from firecrackers or random loud noises.   In addition, the timing, just after midnight seems much more than coincidental.  It is a...
  • Texas Ethics Commission's Response Proves Their Ineffectiveness

    12/31/2014 4:20:00 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 6 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 12/31/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    After releasing our report on Monday covering the accounting issues of the PAC and campaign finance reports of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) issued a response defending its “important work”. In the two page letter, TEC chairman Paul W. Hobby, a Joe Straus appointee, admitted that we were correct about the TEC’s limited enforcement powers (thanks to the Legislature) and bemoaned the appeals process that hindered prosecution. He defended the commissioners’ diligence, claiming they have “met much more than is required by law.” Unfortunately, the figures the TEC provides only tell half the story. One of the...
  • TX: Most Armed Robbers are Reluctant to Shoot

    12/31/2014 10:04:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video This video of an attempted armed robbery in Houston, Texas, illustrates the fact that most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot, and reluctant to kill their victims.   I am not saying that they have high moral standards.  I am saying that robbers respond to incentives; they know that a killing of an innocent brings down unwanted attention; and a shooting brings quicker response and often, greater investigation.  In this case the robber grabs the store owner through a small opening in a bullet proof enclosure and points a gun at him while demanding money.   The wife...
  • Black lawmaker: Scalise needs 'more than words' to move forward

    12/31/2014 9:33:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 31, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-La.) said Wednesday that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) needs to respond with "more than words" to a controversy over a speech he gave to a white supremacist group in 2002. Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, implied that she doubted her fellow Louisiana lawmaker's explanation, that he did not know the views of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by well-known former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. "This was not 50 years ago, it was 12 years ago, and every member knows what David Duke stands for,...
  • TX: What a Difference a Gun Makes

    12/09/2014 5:02:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In April, a clerk at a Shell station in Houston was shot. From abc13.com: HOUSTON -- Police say armed robbers held up a gas station in northwest Houston overnight. They got away, but not before shooting the clerk   Now we learn that the clerk was paralyzed.  From click2houston.com: According to his co-workers, the shooting left that clerk paralyzed. No one was arrested. Back at the Shell station, Thursday night, 4 December, 2014.  This time things proceeded in a different fashion.  From click2houston.com: Police said the clerk pointed his gun at the robbers and ordered them to leave. One...
  • Police Chief: Turn in Friends & Neighbors Who Are ‘Gun Enthusiasts’ So Cops Can ‘Vet’ Them

    12/07/2014 5:52:35 PM PST · by Altariel · 88 replies
    FreeThought Project ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Austin, Texas – In what sounds like something out of the Cold War Soviet Union playbook, Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo urged the community to turn in neighbors and friends who are “gun enthusiasts” or who have “extreme” views, just days after Larry McQuilliams shot-up buildings in Austin.Acevedo, in a press conference, stated that he is fearful of “homegrown” terrorists like McQuilliams who harbor “hate” and have access to firearms.But what Americans should be fearful about isn’t the likes of McQuilliams, but rather the response by Acevedo on how to go about countering these perceived threats. While obviously no rational...
  • ‘IF YOU KNOW GUN ENTHUSIASTS, TURN THEM IN': Austin Police Chief Says

    12/05/2014 9:38:54 AM PST · by rktman · 71 replies
    clashdaily.com ^ | 12/4/2015 | Doug Giles
    After the shooting in Austin last week, our dear police chief has come up with a plan to curb future shootings, namely … tell the cops about your friends or family members who love guns. Especially if they ‘hate’ anyone. Uh, okay.
  • Mentally Ill Man Refuses to Take Medication So SWAT Shows Up and Kills Him

    12/03/2014 8:55:50 PM PST · by Altariel · 91 replies
    FreeThought Project ^ | December 2, 2014 | Matt Agorist
    Midland, TX — Rosendo Gino Rodriquez, 49, was shot dead in an altercation Monday while Midland Police were conducting a routine welfare check. The Midland County mental health unit was conducting a regular welfare check at a home on the 2700 block of Washington Street, when things went sour. According to the Midland police, Rodriquez became “aggressive” during the welfare check. The term aggressive is used loosely by the MPD, as they claim he acted out said “aggression” by running away from them, back into his house, and barricading himself in a room. The Free Thought Project would like to...
  • TX:Charges Dropped Against Seven Texas Open Carriers

    11/29/2014 1:00:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Arrest in Austin September, 2013 The State Trooper, center, has a holstered antique revolver in his left hand. About a year  ago, Open Carry Texas held a demonstration at the Texas State Capitol at Austin.  Several people were arrested.  Charges were slow in coming.  It appeared that they might be charged with the catch-all of "disorderly conduct".  The open carriers repeatedly said that they were doing nothing illegal. There is breaking news on opencarry.org.  It has been reported that seven people who were arrested over a year ago, in conjunction with open carry, have had all charges against them...
  • TX: Attempted Home Invasion; no Media Coverage

    11/24/2014 3:49:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the difficult things to quantify about defensive gun uses, is how often they occur without a shot being fired.  The survey information indicates that it happens somewhere between a few hundred thousand to a few million times per year in the United States.  With the Internet, we are becoming more aware of these events.   Sometimes, they are reported in local media.  It in the vast majority of cases, there is no report to police; if there is a police report, there is no media coverage; if there is media coverage, it is strictly local.   I recall numerous...
  • TX:Possible Mass Shooting Stopped by Armed Citizen?

    11/21/2014 3:54:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some mass killings have occurred at clubs.  The most infamous has been the "Happyland social club" in New York City, where 87 people were murdered by arson in 1990.   An armed citizen may have stopped an attempted mass killing in El Paso, Texas on Sunday, the 16th of November.   A 23-year-old Hispanic man had been thrown out of the appropriately named "Club Khaos" at about 1 a.m.  He returned to the entrance of the club and started shooting.  He hit five people; one of them is in critical condition.  From the elpasotimes.com: A 21-year-old man was hit in the...
  • HISD okays Arabic immersion schools

    11/14/2014 6:50:43 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/13/2014 | Ericka Mellon
    The Houston school board granted approval Thursday for the district to open one of the nation's first public Arabic immersion elementary schools. The new school reflects Superintendent Terry Grier's push to graduate more bilingual students. The district opened a Mandarin Chinese immersion school in 2012 and plans to have about 50 schools with Spanish dual-language programs next year after doubling the number last year. "The fact is, America is a really terrible example of learning two languages," said school board member Harvin Moore, who sends his 10-year-old son to the Mandarin school. "I'm proud of the fact this district has...
  • Rainbow crosswalks getting some pushback (TX)

    11/12/2014 8:49:41 AM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Angie Beavin
    Bundick says the rainbow is what the area’s all about. “It’s the most recognizable way that people can identify and say, ‘This is a safe community. This is an accepting community,'” he said. The Austin City Council gave the project initial approval. Now the details are getting worked out with the city’s Art Commission. Funding for the project will come partially from city money for public artwork. The Austin PRIDE Foundation is also donating money.
  • Open Carry is Coming to Texas: Governor Elect Abbot to Keep Promise

    11/07/2014 8:13:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Both Governor candidates in Texas endorsed the concept of legal open carry of modern pistols.   The open carry of long guns is protected by the Texas Constitution, and the open carry of antique pistols is allowed under current Texas law.   The conventional wisdom is that once elected, candidates avoid campaign promises.   Governor elect Abbot did not back away form his promise on open carry.  From dailytexanonline.com: Abbott also said if legislation allowing firearms to be carried openly in public came to him, he would sign it into law. “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough...
  • TX: Woman Planted Pistol in Child's Backpack, then Called School

    11/06/2014 11:17:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hodges I suspect this sort of activity has been common in the war on drugs.   But this is the first case that I have heard where it has been documented that a gun was planted on a child so as to get them in trouble with school authorities.   It would of course, be even easier to do so with a few cartridges, and much less traceable.   From yourhoustonnews.com: A 28-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for planting a pistol in a child’s backpack and anonymously reporting him to the school. Heather Hodges was the live...
  • Greg Abbott Leads the Way as the Republicans Crush Wendy Davis and the Democrats in Texas

    11/04/2014 6:49:13 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Battleground Texas rode into the Lone Star State promising to make the state more competitive for Democrats. They have failed. Not only that, the Texas Democrats might have been better off if the president’s personal political support group had never shown up in Texas. Their brightest star, governor nominee Wendy Davis, flamed out. Despite the backing of President Obama, the media, Hollywood and rich liberal trial lawyers (or perhaps because of all of that), Davis underperformed the Democrats’ showing in 2010. Bill White lost to Gov. Rick Perry 54-42 four years ago. Wendy Davis is set to lose 58-31. Or...
  • Scion prepares to return Bush name to Texas politics

    10/31/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/30/2014 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN - With the formalities of a lightly contested election almost out of the way, the stage is all but set for the arrival of the most anticipated political newcomer in recent Texas history. The George P. Bush era appears ready to begin. About a quarter-century after first speaking at the Republican National Convention, and two years after filing paperwork to run for a then-unspecified state position, the 38-year-old grandson and nephew of presidents is expected to easily be elected land commissioner Tuesday. And while he has maintained a relatively low profile this year, holding few public events and focusing...
  • TX:Air Force Officer with CCW Saves Woman

    10/30/2014 12:57:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    2nd Lt. Joshua Nelson was off duty when he intervened in a situation where a disturbed young man with a knife was threatening his mother.   The officer used his concealed carry firearm to defuse the situation, and talk the man out of hurting anyone.   Lt. Nelson said that he just used his military training.  From laughlinaf.mil: According to police reports, the young man was mad at his mother, who he had a knife to, because she wouldn't buy him a gun.  Nelson told his wife Brittany to go alert the store manager and call the police. Nelson, who has...
  • George P. Bush: 'I'm Not A Scientist' When It Comes To Climate Change

    10/30/2014 6:53:33 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 31 replies
    Fair.org ^ | 10/27/2014 | Peter Hart
    Yesterday ABC's This Week (10/26/14) profiled George P. Bush, a Texas land commissioner candidate who is a grandson and nephew of the more famous George Bushes.  It was part of This Week's "Closer Look" series, which seems to be intended as a place for upbeat profiles of political heavyweights. But a brief exchange about climate change showed the limits of this kind of journalism. Given its impact on land issues, correspondent Jonathan Karl had good reason to ask Bush about climate change. KARL: As land commissioner, he'll oversee millions of acres of oil and natural gas reserves. But he also...
  • Immigration Agents’ Union Begs Public for Help Fighting Obama’s Executive Amnesty

    10/28/2014 6:13:12 AM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 27, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    A union of federal immigration-law-enforcement workers issued a statement “pleading” for the American people to pressure Congress to block President Obama’s expected executive orders on immigration. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services union president wrote of “constant violations to the Immigrant and Nationality Act” in his letter. “This statement is intended for the public: if you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty. Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors,” wrote union president Kenneth Palinkas. “We who serve in our...
  • Cleburne police investigating after video shows officer coaxing, shooting dog

    10/19/2014 8:26:58 AM PDT · by Altariel · 54 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Julie Fancher
    Cleburne police are investigating after a video circulated online of one of its officers coaxing a dog toward him before shooting it. The short video, taken from a body camera’s perspective, shows a man’s arms wielding a handgun while the officer summons two dogs toward him. As the animals approached with their tails wagging, the officer fired several times. As one of the dogs fell to the ground, the officer, who has not been identified, took aim at the second dog. The video ends abruptly, before showing what happened to the other dog. Although the video shows that the animals...
  • Looking Past The Party, The Texas House Is Blue

    10/16/2014 2:50:21 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 15 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/16/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    Elections are only a few weeks away, and most polls show that Texas Republicans again will control all statewide offices and large majorities in both houses of the Legislature. On the surface, Republicans should be pretty happy with the results. By just looking at a map of the party makeup of the Texas House, Republicans appear to control vast swaths of the Lone Star State. The devil is in the details; however, as we've provided you numerous scorecards from various organizations showing the voting records of House members in the 2013 Legislative session. Creating a map using these scores (Empower...
  • Annise Parker Doubles Down on Subpoena of Sermons

    10/16/2014 11:00:23 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 49 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/14/2014 | Annise Parker
    If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) October 15, 2014
  • Dallas Mayor: "It May Get Worse Before it Gets Better"

    10/15/2014 6:17:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 15, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    "There are two things that I harken back to this. The only way that we are going to beat this is person by person, moment by moment, detail by detail. We have those protocols in place, the city and county, working closely with the CDC and the hospital. The second is we want to minimize rumors and maximize facts. We want to deal with facts, not fear.
  • PERRY TRAVELING EUROPE DURING TEXAS EBOLA CRISIS

    10/14/2014 11:54:18 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 48 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 14 Oct 2014 | KRISTIN TATE
    HOUSTON, Texas -- As Ebola grips Texas, Governor Rick Perry is nowhere to be found. This week the governor is on a previously-scheduled trip to Europe. His absence during this trying time not only questions how seriously he takes the threat of the deadly virus, but also marks a missed opportunity for him to appear presidential prior to the 2016 elections. Perry will be visiting England, Germany, Poland and Ukraine to spreading his message of economic prosperity and business development. He will also be exploring "opportunities to expand the export of liquefied natural gas from Texas to Poland and...
  • Greg Abbott: Texas GOP same-sex marriage ban helps reduce out-of-wedlock births

    10/13/2014 5:24:35 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 1 replies
    Salon ^ | 10/13/14 | Jenny Kutner
    In a brief filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Texas attorney general and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott argued that lifting the state’s ban on same-sex marriage would not encourage opposite-sex couples to procreate within wedlock, and therefore the ban should stay in place. Abbott reiterated the “responsible procreation” argument he has already made in defense of a same-sex marriage ban, saying that the motivation for denying marriage rights is economic, according to the Houston Chronicle. “The State is not required to show that recognizing same-sex marriage will undermine heterosexual marriage,” the brief reads. “It is...
  • Wisconsin, Texas voter ID laws blocked by courts

    10/09/2014 8:51:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    LATimes ^ | 10-9-14 | David G. Savage
    The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its strict voter identification law in this year's election.. By a 6-3 vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from civil rights lawyers who argued it was too late to put the rule into effect. Lawyers for the ACLU had noted the state had already sent out thousands of absentee ballots without mentioning the need for voters to return a copy of the photo identification. It would be "chaos," they said, for the state now to have to decide whether or not to count such ballots because the voters failed to...
  • Dallas Ebola Patient Has Died

    10/08/2014 8:20:05 AM PDT · by TexasGunLover · 25 replies
    WFAAQ.com ^ | 10/08/2014 | WFAA.com
    WFAA is reporting, via their breaking news app, that the Dallas Ebola patient has died.