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  • TX: Brooks' Place BBQ Offers Discount for Open Carry

    02/12/2016 6:04:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The award winning Texas BBQ place in Houston, Brooks Place, LLC, offered a 25% discount for open carriers on the first effective day of open carry reform.Brooks says that it is "not a political thing".  I suspect he is right.  It is a business thing.  After the initial surge, the discount was reduced to 10%.  From yourhoustonnews.com: There is a place where Houstonians can get BBQ at a discount simply for exercising their right to openly carry their gun. The BBQ trailer located in the parking lot with ACE Hardware and Kroger on FM 529 is owned and operated...
  • Mounted Shooting: Horsemanship is King

    02/11/2016 4:29:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    While I was in Texas this past December, I attended a mounted shooting competition about 50 miles from Fort Worth.  The competition was organized by Texas Smoking Guns. I had not attended one before.  The event was held at Salt Creek Arena and Stables, on FM 51, just south of Boyd, Texas.Several things are different about Mounted Shooting compared to more conventional shooting competitions.  The most obvious is that they do not use conventional ammunition.  They use blanks.  Special blanks, that are not provided by the shooters, but are issued to them by the organization holding the meet. This...
  • TX: Houston Video Shows Disarm of Robbery Suspect

    02/09/2016 10:27:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from click2houston.com In the video, you see the armed suspect bring the pistol very close to the victim.  It is just the opportunity for the victim to successfully attempt a disarm.  The victim uses both hands to grab the pistol to lever it away from the suspect.  Eventually, the suspect flees the scene, chased by the now armed victim. From click2houston.com: The man then pulled out a gun and demanded money. The owner, who asked to be called Enrique, and the man began to struggle, and the man punched Enrique multiple times in the face. The two men...
  • TX: Benbrook Police Chief opts for Controversial 30.06, 30.07 Signs

    02/09/2016 4:46:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In January of 2016, on the first day of the restoration of some open carry rights in Texas, I stood in front of the Benbrook Police Station, looking at the recently placed 30.06 and 30.07 signs. I noticed that the signs were not of the required dimensions, so they are likely not enforceable in a court of law.  But police, like fire in the quote attributed to President Washington,  (employed in various forms since the 1500's) are "dangerous servants and a fearful master".  I tread lightly around police, just as I do around high explosives or high powered machinery. ...
  • Almost every official of small Texas city is arrested in federal corruption probe 'for accepting bri

    02/09/2016 1:26:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 8, 2015 | AP
    Almost every top official in a remote South Texas city was arrested on Thursday under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling operator nicknamed Mr T. Crystal City's mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three current councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said. A second councilman is already charged in a separate case with smuggling Mexican immigrants. That leaves just one councilman not facing...
  • TX: Bookstore Offers Discount for Open Carriers

    02/04/2016 5:47:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from Brave New Books Brave New Books, a book store in Austin, Texas has welcomed open carriers and held a symposium on open carry on January 30th, 2016.  The store is said to be the only book store in Austin that has not banned open carry from their store. From kvue.com: AUSTIN -- Brave New Books is offering a 10 percent discount to all customers open-carrying in their store. The store is also hosting an open-carry symposium on Jan. 30 to help Texas residents learn more about open-carry legislation. Brave New Books is doing more than simply not...
  • Is This a Fair Question? Did Donald Trump Denounce the Fort Hood Shootings?

    01/25/2016 6:04:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 98 replies
    January 25, 2016 | Vanity
    Rick Perry just endorsed Ted Cruz and I posted that news in a thread this morning. It's gotten over 100 comments. On it I posted Rick Perry's comment in defense of Ted Cruz about the "New York Values" dust-up [Comment #84 at the link above]. [Rick Perry: "...."Mr. Trump took umbrage by Ted Cruz talking about New York values, and, you know, became very serious about - as we all were - what happened on September the 11th of 2001," he said. "We were all New Yorkers that day - don't get confused with that, but you know, I would...
  • Rick Perry endorses Ted Cruz

    01/25/2016 1:18:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 278 replies
    Politico ^ | January 25, 2016 | Katie Glueck
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is endorsing Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary, Perry told POLITICO in an interview Sunday night. Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination before dropping out in September, said he now sees the race as one that is between Cruz, a fellow Texan, and Donald Trump. Through phone calls and during a December day spent driving around his Round Top, Texas, home in his truck with Cruz, Perry said he found the senator to be a good listener who respects the Tenth Amendment, "knows what he does not know" and is more conservative than...
  • A Good Juror Candidate in Garland, Texas

    01/22/2016 7:15:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There was an unusual shooting in Garland, Texas on 15 January, 2016 .  It involved an old girl friend, a home security system, and a warning phone call.  It seems the homeowner and the person he shot knew each other.  The person had been told to leave the property an hour earlier.  Then the homeowner received a phone call from the person's ex girlfriend, that he was returning, and was a threat. From cbslocal.com: Tampered home surveillance equipment is the first sign that this was not an ordinary crime. Police say that and a warning phone call is what...
  • ICYMI: Planned Parenthood Said It Was "Disrespectful" Paul Ryan Invited Nuns to SOTU

    01/18/2016 1:22:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Some of House Speaker Paul Ryan's guests for the State of the Union address were sisters from the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious order dedicated to caring for the elderly poor. The order is suing the federal government over the HHS Mandate, because the sisters do not want to provide contraception to their employees via their insurance plans. (The group does not qualify as a "religious employer" because they employ and serve people of all faiths.) Naturally, Planned Parenthood took offense to this. Never missing an opportunity, @SteveKingIA & @SpeakerRyan used tonight's #SOTU address to send an...
  • Dallas struggles to overcome segregated legacy

    01/02/2016 5:09:49 PM PST · by gop4lyf · 27 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 1/2/16 | Neena Satija
    DALLAS - By most accounts, census tract 166.05 is not a particularly desirable place to live. Tucked between two major highways in southwest Dallas, the neighborhood is characterized by clusters of ramshackle, one-story houses, huge swaths of vacant land and big warehouses and storage centers. More than 40 percent of people living in the census tract have incomes below the poverty level, a proportion that more than doubled since 2000, according to U.S. Census data. Crime rates and levels of slum and blight are also high, according to the Dallas-based housing advocacy group the Inclusive Communities Project. Such placement "perpetuates...
  • TX: "Gun Free" Wall of Text Required to Disarm Patrons

    01/01/2016 3:56:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    When Texas passed the shall issue concealed carry law in 1995, part of the deal concerned how people would be notified that a business did not allow concealed carry on the premises.  A compromise was worked out that an entity that chose not to allow concealed carry on its premises was required to post a sign on all entrances, clearly showing people entering, that concealed carry was not allowed.  The sign had to be large and highly visible, in both English and Spanish.  The letters had to be at least one inch tall.   An example of the "30.06" sign...
  • Bernie Sanders says he’d use executive orders to spur immigration reform

    12/27/2015 6:33:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Chicago Reader ^ | 12/26/2015 | Manny Ramos
    Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders told an invite-only group of Latino activists and politicians Wednesday night that he plans to use executive orders as a means of bypassing Congress to guarantee a path to legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants. Sanders spoke to a crowd of supporters at the Village Leadership Academy near the UIC campus, flanked on stage by progressive activists such as Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, academic Cornel West, and Ben and Jerry's cofounder Ben Cohen. But hours before Sanders reached the stage, he met with community members at Little Village's El Pollo Feliz restaurant. Sanders first spoke...
  • Father brings gun to hospital to buy time for his ‘brain dead’ son

    12/23/2015 6:56:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    fox13now ^ | 21 December, 2015 | na
    HOUSTON — A Texas father has been released from jail after police say he brought a gun to a hospital to stop the staff from taking his son off of life support. George Pickering II’s son was declared "brain-dead" after he suffered a massive stroke in January. The hospital ordered a "terminal wean" which is a process that slowly ends a person’s life by removing life support. The staff had even notified an organ donation organization that Pickering’s son was a donor. Pickering, however, wasn’t ready to let go — now, his son, George Pickering III, is still alive and...
  • Full Shelves of .22 at Wal-Mart in Dallas

    12/12/2015 5:47:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I just got back from the North Dallas Wal-Mart just off the George W. Bush freeway and Marsh rd, consistently had 5 cent .22 ammunition when I visited my Daughter in October.  When I checked on 29 November, there were five boxes of Winchester copper-plated .22 LR, 333 round boxes for $14.97.  That translates to 4.5 cents a cartridge.   I suspected that it was a fluke.Today, at 11:30 on 11 December, I checked again.  This time the shelves were full of .22 at Wal-Mart, including quite a few bulk packs.  The Remington ammo today was 4.9 cents a round;...
  • Sighted in WalMart: 4.5 Cents per Round .22 Ammunition

    12/02/2015 6:53:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A WalMart in North Dallas, Texas, just off the George W. Bush freeway and Marsh rd, consistently had 5 cent .22 ammunition when I visited my Daughter in October.  When I checked in late November, there wasn’t any more on the shelves.  I was disappointed, and believed that the .22 bubble was re-inflating.  I was gone for a couple of days, but checked out the display again on 29 November.In October, a WalMart employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told me that the same people came in when .22 bulk packs were available and bought them all up.  They...
  • Poll finds Dr. Carson tops GOP race in Colorado; top Republicans beat Clinton

    11/18/2015 8:05:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/18/2015
    Former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination among Colorado voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday which also finds that he is one of a number of Republicans who would soundly beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the Centennial State in a general election match-up. In the race for the Republican nomination, the poll finds Carson leads in Colorado with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 19 percent, business mogul Donald Trump with 17 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 14 percent, Carly Fiorina...
  • Wife of jogger slain by football player commits suicide: police

    10/26/2015 5:59:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 26, 2015
    AUSTIN, Texas — The wife of a jogger who was slashed to death on a popular Dallas hiking trial this month has died of an apparent suicide, police said on Monday, nearly two weeks after the killing in which a former Texas A&M football player has been charged.
  • 603 Alliance Caucus Cruz, Carson and Fiorina 1-2-3 Trump falters Bush & Co shut out

    10/17/2015 1:36:39 PM PDT · by Isara · 20 replies
    Da Tech Guy Blog ^ | October 17th, 2015 | Datechguy
    The 603 alliance had their caucus today at the Hopkinton State Fair grounds in Contoocook NH. The idea was to get conservatives in NH to unite behind a single candidate via a caucus. Ted Cruz has won, Ben Carson came in 2nd Carly Fiorina 3rd. Donald Trump failed to make the first cut not managing 25 votes, Jeb bush didn’t manage a single vote. Under the rules if the winner of the 603 alliance caucus drops out of the presidential race the people pledge to support the 2nd place finisher and so forth. Expect updates Update 1 I arrived at...
  • Prostitution bust nets 4 arrests in Montgomery County

    10/17/2015 3:39:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    KTRK-TV Houston ABC 13 ^ | Friday, October 16, 2015 03:11PM | KTRK-TV Houston ABC 13
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Some residents in north Harris County complained about rampant prostitution, and county deputies responded with an undercover sting. Four people were caught either trying to sell or buy sex along North Vista Drive. The county precinct one constable's office identified them as 22-year-old Louis Burrel, 28-year-old Diamon Keishaa Johnson, 24-year-old Jamoya Perry and 28-year-old Mattias Frazier.
  • TX:.22 Ammunition in WalMart, 5 Cents a Round

    10/06/2015 9:50:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Is the .22 bubble finally bursting? I have, with many others, been watching WalMart for .22 ammunition. It is a good indicator that demand may be saturating, and prices dropping. For two years, the availability of .22 long rifle ammunition in WalMart stores has been very spotty. They have had a “3 boxes per customer limit” for most of that period. When .22 ammunition comes in, it is snapped up by the first few customers; then the shelves are bare until the next shipment, which usually happens a week or more later. On September 30th, in a Dallas WalMart near...
  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • ISIS releases ‘Kill List’ of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released ‘Kill List’, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • Husband and wife arrested and charged with murder of off-duty Texan police officer Don Allen

    09/07/2015 9:10:50 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 57 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | September 4, 2015
    <p>A husband and wife have been charged with the murder of Texas cop Don Allen, authorities have announced.</p> <p>Abilene Police Officer Allen, 27, was found dead Monday night inside his home in circumstances described as “clearly suspicious.”</p> <p>Now police have arrested and charged Phillip Walter, 29, and Violetta Walter, 30, for the murder of the off-duty officer.</p>
  • Federal refugee contractors: Houston is “the perfect destination for refugees!”

    09/01/2015 8:45:36 AM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 1, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Federal refugee contractors: Houston is “the perfect destination for refugees!” This is your typical warm and fuzzy story about refugees ‘melting’ into America. In fact it is one of those stories that drives me to tell you about the welfare moochers, murderers, rapists and terrorists in the refugee stream—you know to give balance to the news! I’m skipping all the heartwarming information about one refugee’s successful resettlement in Houston, described as in the top four places in the world for refugee resettlement, to get to the bit of information I found revealing. The US State Department does not choose which...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Birthright Citizenship Is ‘Bizarre’

    08/20/2015 6:17:38 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/20/2015 | Jeff Poor
    On NewsMax TV’s “Prime” earlier this week, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz took on the current ongoing argument about the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship, which has been raised in recent days over Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his immigration policy that questions the citizenship of those born in the United States from parents here illegally. Dershowitz said although it was technically constitutional for those born here not of U.S. citizens to be considered citizens, it defied logic but was unlikely to change in the short-term.
  • Census: Record 42.1 million immigrants in U.S., Mexicans drive latest surge

    08/13/2015 10:10:05 AM PDT · by jpsb · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 13, 2015 | Census
    A new analysis of legal and illegal immigrant counts by the Census Bureau revealed Thursday that there is a record 42.1 million in the United States, an explosion that is being driven by Mexicans flooding across the border.
  • TX: AK-47 clone used to defend Home and Family

    08/12/2015 2:32:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The 3300 block of Cheaney Dr only has 7 homes on it. On 16 July of this year, at about 4 a.m., a man used an sport utility rifle to defend his family against a criminal crew.  The rifle was an AK-47 type of unknown model and manufacture.  The homeowner and family man who protected his castle remains unidentified. From khou.com: "They tried to break into my son's window. They managed to get one lock undone, so I come out the house," he said, asking that his identity be kept secret. He said his son, wife and newborn were...
  • Two Thirds of Texas Murders by Illegal Aliens?

    07/26/2015 6:50:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    From  pjmedia.com: PJ Media obtained a never-before-released copy of a Texas DPS report on human smuggling containing the numbers of crimes committed by aliens in Texas.   According to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults. The precise number of homicides (presumably murders and non-negligent manslaughters) is listed as 2,993.  From the FBI UCR, Table 20, the murders and non-negligent manslaughters listed for Texas in those years are the following: 2008 1372, 2009  1325 2010  1246 2011 1089...
  • Texas fights immigrants’ lawsuit over birth certificates

    07/23/2015 3:55:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/15 | SETH ROBBINS
    Texas health officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by immigrant parents who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because local authorities refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification. Lawyers representing 19 immigrant parents and their 23 children filed suit against the Texas Department of State Health Services after officials refused to issue birth certificates for their U.S.-born children, citing invalid forms of identification. The parents came from Mexico and Central America and living in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, along the U.S.-Mexico border. Although the parents are not U.S. citizens, their children are,...
  • Exclusive Details: Donald Trump Heading To Texas Border

    07/22/2015 5:46:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 70 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Bob Price
    Breitbart Texas has learned that 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is heading to the Texas-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the current border security situation. Trump is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector.
  • TX: Clerk fights back, disarms and Fatally Shoots Robber

    07/20/2015 7:55:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A liquor store clerk was attacked by a robbery suspect with a gun.  The victim fought back.  The fight ended up outside the store, where the clerk was able to get control of the gun and shoot the robber.  The suspect later died. This is the third robber who was shot and killed in Houston in the past few days.  Two others were shot and killed at a Super K by Diem Tu, as they pistol whipped his brother in law, Brian. Video report here ©2015 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.Link...
  • In Houston Shooting of two Robbers, Reporter says to "give them what they want"

    07/19/2015 5:14:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A reporter covered the defensive shooting in Houston, where marksman, clerk, and brother of the owner, Dien Tu, shot and killed two of three armed robbers.  The robbers were attempting to rob the store and had pistol whipped his brother in law, Brian.   The reporter at khou.com gives this advice: Police advise clerks in this situation to give in to the demands of robber. It is not clear if this is actual advice from police in the area, or vaguely remembered propaganda by the reporter.  The store owner sees things a little differently, as reported in the next sentence:...
  • Austin police searching for cobra believed to have killed man (TX)

    07/16/2015 11:10:41 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | July 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    Police are searching for a cobra that is believed to have bitten an 18-year-old man who died Tuesday evening. Police believe Grant Thompson, 18, owned a monocled cobra and that it bit him in his car while at the parking lot of a Lowe’s at 13000 North Interstate 35. Thompson died after going into cardiac arrest, medics have said. Police said it is possible that the snake is still in the area and are asking anyone with information about the animal to call police at 512-974-5210. Police described the cobra as black with a distinctive circle on its back and...
  • Big 3 broadcast nets deep-six Obama's suburb-busting plan

    07/14/2015 9:55:15 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-14-15 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat-Media Complex have just told us what they fear the most as an issue in the 2016 election: President Obama’s plan to “fundamentally transform” suburbia (as explained today by Jeannie DeAngelis). This is an issue that literally hits voters where they live, by using the denial of federal funding to override local control and force communities to provide low-income housing distributed to approved minority groups. Investor’s Business Daily reports that all three broadcast networks ignored the story that affects their viewers more directly than almost any other issue. The Big Three news networks all punted on covering one of...
  • TX: Man Grabs Gun, Stops Crime Spree

    07/12/2015 4:33:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On criminal can easily commit a large number of crimes.  Removing them from society does a great deal to lower the crime rate.   Often, it is an armed citizen who is on the scene and able to stop the crimes.  This recent example occurred in Perland, Texas.  A man in a close neighborhood stopped a minor crime wave by grabbing a gun and holding a burglary suspect for the police.   From thefacts.com: PEARLAND — A man suspected of burglarizing several cars on one street was caught when a neighbor pulled a gun after finding the man rifling through his...
  • Waco police detective named foreman of grand jury that may hear Twin Peaks cases

    07/09/2015 6:19:49 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 328 replies
    www.wacotrib.com ^ | Wednesday, July 8, 2015 6:01 pm | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Waco police detective was selected Wednesday to preside over a new McLennan County grand jury that could be the panel that considers the Twin Peaks shootings.
  • TX: Free Meal with CHL; Trend Confirmed

    07/08/2015 4:35:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Brooks' Place, a BBQ restaurant decided to promote itself and the second amendment at the same time.    Brooks' is located at 18020 Fm 529 Rd Cypress, Texas, NorthEast of Houston.   From facebook.com/BrooksPlace: Present your CHL this Saturday the 4th of July and receive a FREE SANDWICH with your purchase of a sandwich or anything higher. Have both CHL and CONCEALED GUN and dessert is FREE too. The results were entirely predictable. What a Historic Day at Brooks' Place today. By the looks of the support we may have just started something. Brooks' Place 1st Annual CHL and CARRY...
  • TRS of TX joins those extending benefits to same-sex spouses

    07/01/2015 8:26:21 AM PDT · by DFG · 3 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 07.01/2015 | Tom Benning
    Add the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to the cogs of state government that are turning anew in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision. The system, which provides benefits to public school employees, announced late Tuesday that it would extend those benefits to employees’ same-sex spouses. That change is effective Wednesday, the system explained on its website.
  • [illegal alien] Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

    06/29/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 65 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 6/29/2015 | Simone Pathé
    Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts. But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting-rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case. “Arizona citizens can continue to participate in voter registration drives without worrying about not having proof of citizenship documents,” Shirley Sandelands, of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, said in a statement Monday. The case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al., was about whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship...
  • Christie Finally Figures Out the Confederate Flag is 'Divisive' (Many other GOP contenders agree

    06/24/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/23/2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    On Tuesday, after the entire Republican primary field - including Donald Trump and George Pataki - had taken a position on the Confederate flag, and after the Republican governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, had asked for its removal from the state capitol grounds, Chris Christie seemed to calculate that it was politically safe to do the same. The New Jersey governor said in a statement that Haley had "demonstrated what it means to be a leader" and that he commended her decision. ... Every Republican presidential candidate, including the not-yet announced ones, had said something, even if it was,...
  • Cruz’s Lead Widens, Clinton Stays Strong in UT/Texas Tribune Poll

    06/22/2015 12:04:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    University of Texas Austin ^ | June 22, 2015 | Rachel Griess
    AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain front-runners among Republican and Democratic primary voters in Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. If the 2016 primary elections for president were held today, Texas Republicans would favor Cruz over former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 20 to 12 percent, widening Cruz’s one-point lead over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the February poll. The statewide poll was conducted using the Internet between June 5 and June 14 by the market research firm YouGov. The sample included 1,200 self-declared registered voters...
  • Shots fired from armored van at Dallas police headquarters

    06/13/2015 4:46:06 AM PDT · by cyn · 39 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | June 13, 2015 | Julie Fancher and Tristan Hallman
    Police were continuing to negotiate with a man in an armored vehicle after he opened fire on Dallas police headquarters and led dozens of squad cars on a chase that ended in Hutchins. No injuries had been confirmed in the attack early Saturday, though the gunman told police he had been wounded. The man has identified himself as James Boulware, 50, who has a history of family violence and blames authorities for his losing custody of his son, Dallas police Chief David Brown said. The gunman said he was going to blow up police because they “took his child and...
  • Robert Reich: Texas officials are a disaster in their own right

    06/02/2015 2:32:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | June 2, 2015 | Robert Reich
    As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested – and President Obama has granted – federal help. I don’t begrudge Texas billions of dollars in disaster relief. After all, we’re all part of America. When some of us are in need, we all have a duty to respond. But the flow of federal money poses a bit of awkwardness for the Lone Star State. After all, just over a month ago hundreds of Texans decided that a pending Navy Seal/Green Beret joint training exercise was really an excuse to take...
  • TX: Campus Carry Passes; now to Governor Abbott

    05/31/2015 7:38:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The campus carry bill passed the last hurdles in the Texas House and Texas Senate today, 31 May, 2015.  The bill was significantly altered during the debates in the House and in the conference committee, primarily because it was held up in the House calendars committee until near the end of the legislative session.  This  gave the minority of House Democrats leverage to insert restrictive amendments as a trade off to running out the clock. House Speaker Joe Straus is widely given responsibility for control of the Calendars committee; he appointed the members, who are seen as Straus loyalists. ...
  • TX: Knife Preemption to Governor Abbott, Decriminalizatin of Knives "double-crossed" by Whitmire

    05/30/2015 10:34:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Good and bad news for Texas knife law reform.  The good news is that HB 905 is headed to Governor Abbott's desk.  If only one knife reform bill is to pass this session, this is the preferred one.   The bad news is that knife decriminalization seems to have been killed. From texasguntalk.com: In a spot of good news, HB 905 (knife preemption) is on its way to Governor Abbott. Unfortunately, HB 3884 (decriminalization of "illegal" knives) was killed after Senator Whitmire double-crossed us. He agreed to sponsor HB 3884 and hear it in his committee, in order to get...
  • TX: Reduction of Gun Free Zones Awaits Governor Abbott's Signature

    05/27/2015 10:53:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    While second amendment supporters have been watching the progress of the open carry and campus carry legislation in Texas, another bill with significant effects has passed the Senate, the House, and will likely by signed by Governor Abbott.  The legislation is SB 273, and it preempts the ability of most government entities to ban people who have concealed carry licenses from carrying weapons on most of their premises.   The bill passed 26 to 5 in the Senate, and 116 to 23 in the House.    There are significant exceptions.  Carry is banned in schools, polling places while voting...
  • Supreme Court to Hear Texas Senate Districts Case

    05/26/2015 7:52:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/26/2015 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children or not citizens. The plaintiffs claim that redrawing electoral districts based on the population of citizens and non-citizens alike violates the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote. The challengers claim that taking account of total population can lead to vast differences in the number of voters in...
  • Texas Knife Law Reform moving forward

    05/24/2015 5:50:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There are two bills in the Texas legislature to reform the State's knife laws.  HB 905 adds knives to the state preemption law for firearms.  This will prevent people from unknowingly becoming criminals for local ordinances that they are unaware of.   The local ordiances are infamous for being selectively enforced. The second bill, HB 3884 decriminalizes arms that are clearly protected under the second amendment, highly desired knives such as Bowie knives, daggers, swords, and spears.  Strange as it may seem, these knives were made illegal to carry during reconstruction in the 1870's, and the law is still on...
  • TX: Credible Rumors on Jihadist Shooting at Free Speech Event

    05/23/2015 1:20:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The above picture is photo-shopped, and was posted as a clever joke.  The man in the "blue polo shirt" is actually a photo-shopped image of Jerry Miculek, one of the most extraordinary pistol shots of all time.  As Miculek is a gun culture icon, the joke was quickly exposed, but it was highly regarded.  Here is the original wording with the picture:  From ar15.com, page 51:  My sources on the Deep Web came across this pic. It was taken shortly after the shooting. The guy in the blue polo shirt with the crazy leg rig is said to be...