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  • 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.
  • U.S. faces sixth case of Ebola as latest American falls ill

    10/04/2014 12:17:28 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2014 | Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has seen six cases of the Ebola virus in recent weeks affecting five Americans and a Liberian. Two of the cases surfaced this week, raising concerns about wider spread of the disease, which has killed at least 3,439 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.All of the Americans contracted the disease while in West Africa and were diagnosed there before returning home for treatment. The Liberian fell ill and tested positive during a visit to Dallas.Below are details on the six U.S. cases so far
  • the following schools maybe affected by #ebola

    10/01/2014 9:05:58 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 28 replies
    The Dan Cofall show ^ | 10/01/2014 | Dan Cofall Show
    *****BREAKING NEWS***** THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS MAYBE AFFECTED BY ‪#‎EBOLA‬ Hotchkiss ES Dan D. Rogers ES Tasby MS Conrad HS Jack Lowe ES For the latest information follow us on Twitter @DanCofall
  • Audit: Texas Enterprise Fund gave out $222M with no strings attached

    09/25/2014 8:01:35 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 12 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 09/25/2014 | Michael Theis
    An independent audit of the Texas Enterprise Fund has found that roughly $222 million doled out from the fund went to companies that submitted no applications or made no promises to create jobs. The fund has been highly touted over the years by Gov. Rick Perry, who has said it was an invaluable tool to bring jobs to Texas and to stem the flow of jobs that might otherwise have left the state.The audit, conducted by the Texas State Auditor's Office, was the first time the Texas Enterprise Fund's activities were reviewed by an outside agency. Among its findings, the...
  • Wisconsin Man Shoots Robber in Texas

    09/25/2014 10:45:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Map from usacarry.com It was only a couple of decades ago that crossing state lines left most law abiding people effectively disarmed.   That started changing as the "shall issue" concealed carry firearms reform swept through the country.  I particularly remember how criminals were targeting people with rental cars in Florida, because they could be fairly certain that the people were from out of state, and thus effectively disarmed. Florida responded by changing there law to allow for interstate reciprocity, and to allow non-residents to obtain Florida concealed carry permits.   Florida permits are now one of the most popular...
  • Rift forms in Texas GOP over tuition for unauthorized immigrants

    09/22/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 31 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 09/21/2014 | Jonathan Tilove
    Exposing a deep GOP rift on a rancorous immigration issue, Gov. Rick Perry and George P. Bush, the Republican candidate for land commissioner, this weekend defended providing in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrants. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said he opposes the measure on principle, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor, has vowed to repeal it. In separate appearances at the Texas Tribune Festival at the University of Texas, Perry and Bush expressed views on in-state tuition that were in sync with state Sen. Wendy Davis’ pledge to veto “in a heartbeat” any repeal legislation that would...
  • TX: Dramatic Video of Gunfight

    09/17/2014 11:11:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The man attempting the robbery appears to have a pistol gripped shotgun of unknown make.    In the video, it is clear that he hides the shotgun until he starts to attempt the robbery.   In the narrative, it is unclear exactly what happens next, whether the father pulls out a gun and tells the robber to leave after the daughter is threatened, or whether the father hands the gun to the 20 year old son,  or whether the son takes the gun from the father, and then shoots the robber.  It seems most likely that the father handed the handgun...
  • Border Patrol agent shoots at armed militia member in Texas

    09/13/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/30/2014 | James Queally
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent fired several rounds toward an armed militia member in Texas, reigniting concerns among law enforcement officials about conflicts with untrained and unregulated volunteers who have arrived at the Mexican border in the wake of the recent immigration crisis. Omar Zamora, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday that the agent was chasing several suspects through an area of thick brush near the Rio Grande on Friday afternoon when he came upon a militia member holding a shotgun or rifle. lRelated Militias patrolling Texas border draw...
  • Making Heads or Tails Out of Texas School Finance

    09/12/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by thetallguy24
    Hardhatters ^ | 09/12/2014 | Jordan Long
    It was bone-chillingly cold in the village of Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836. There, a group of Texans had gathered to formally announce their break from the despotic Mexican state recently established by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. With the Alamo under siege almost 200 miles to the southwest, the settlers methodically listed their complaints in the Texas Declaration of Independence. One of them lashed out at the Mexican government for neglecting “to establish any public system of education… although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to...
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges

    09/12/2014 1:00:33 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 40 replies
    KRGV ^ | 09/11/2014 | KRGV
    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry. In Starr County, international bridge authorities met with Customs and Border Protection officials Thursday. Their goal was to discuss the potential problem and find a plan of action. Starr County has international bridges in Rio Grande City, Roma and Falcon Dam. Officials received word that members of a militia plan to protest illegal crossings by blocking...
  • Assyrian Christians Support Cruz After Walkout

    09/12/2014 4:22:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 12,2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Assyrian Christians are standing with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after he was booed for his support of Israel by some Middle East Christians gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday at an event hosted by an organization called "In Defense Of Christians."
  • Meat-Free School Lunches Draw Ire of State Official

    09/09/2014 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | September 9, 2014
    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is raising objections to a school district pilot program that encourages kids to eat meatless lunches once a week. The pilot program at the Drippings Springs School District offers meat-free lunch options every Monday to students in its three elementary schools. Students can still eat meaty meals on Mondays, but must bring their lunches from home. Among the food items offered to students this Monday were a black-bean burrito, vegetarian chili with cornbread, baby carrots and sliced peaches. On past Mondays, students could choose cheese sandwiches, cheese ravioli, spinach salad and vegetarian soups. John Crowley,...
  • FBI nabs Texas Democrats accused of using cocaine to buy votes

    09/03/2014 6:36:49 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    bizpac review ^ | 9-2-14 | Richard Berkow
    The FBI is accusing Texas Democrats of using cocaine to buy votes and it’s all coming out in court. Political chicanery and vote-buying in Texas are as old as the state itself, and the latest episode to come to light features purchasing votes with cocaine, marijuana, money, cigarettes and beer, an on-going FBI investigationhas uncovered. Two political operatives of a Hidalgo County Commissioner’s campaign manager were charged on Thursday with vote-buying before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby, The Monitor reported. The arrests are the latest twist in an 18-month investigation focusing on the 2012 primary election for County Commissioner.
  • Interview with George P. Bush on Environmental Policy

    08/31/2014 7:34:42 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 40 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 08/31/2014 | Neena Satija
    Here's a transcript — edited for length and clarity — of The Texas Tribune's in-depth interview with land commissioner candidate George P. Bush, in which he lays out his positions on environmental policy. Texas Tribune: Commissioner [Jerry] Patterson has talked about, as part of his legacy, promoting the development of renewable energy on some of [the] land [managed by the General Land Office, or GLO] … that’s a way of diversification, and you never know what’s going to happen to the price of natural gas or with the shale boom. Is that something that you’re interested in and plan to...
  • TX:Border Patrol Fires at Armed Citizen

    08/31/2014 6:34:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Border Patrol has had strict policies about the firing of weapons for decades.    In the most famous recent case, Border patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a firefight in which the Patrolman used less lethal "bean bag" rounds.    Border Patrol agents I have talked to have always said that the mere presence of a weapon is not enough to justify shooting at someone.   This makes sense, because most people in the United States can legally possess weapons, and because the law is clear on what is required to justify the use of deadly force.   The mere...
  • TX: Good Guy With Gun Stops Attempted Murder outside of School

    08/25/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    During the last media push for laws to disarm the population, NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre said that a good guy with a gun is what is needed to stop a bad guy with a gun.   A recent shooting outside the Harry Stone Montessori school in Dallas is a perfect illustration of his point.  In this case, an armed citizen was present.   He happened to be an off duty police officer.   The "Gun Free School Zone" law would have worked perfectly to assure the attacker of an unarmed victim if the legally armed citizen had not been...
  • Perry Indictment: Why It Has Legs

    08/20/2014 4:48:57 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 62 replies
    Grassroots America, We The People ^ | 08/19/2014 | JoAnn Fleming
    We’re going to have to be the skunk at the party, the rain on the parade – again. Our mission necessitates – absolutely requires – that we raise issues certain politicians and some of their supporters don’t want raised. This will no doubt make some people angry, but we invite then to review the facts, which are a matter of public record. This is a time for clear-headed thinking – not lemming-like “over the cliff” emotion and reaction. While many have rushed to defend Governor Rick Perry on the surface matter of the indictment alone, we are compelled to talk...
  • Checking and Balancing the Public Integrity Unit

    08/20/2014 4:45:43 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 1 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jordan Long
    With the news of Governor Perry’s indictment going viral, the Public Integrity Unit (PIU) of the Travis County District Attorney’s office is once again shaking up Texas politics, though more indirectly than it has in the past. The agency has been the bane of politicians for 30 years, and routinely comes under fire from Republicans for its supposed partisanship. How did this branch of municipal law enforcement in a deep sea-blue Democratic county come to carry such influence in a ruby-red state? Is it time, as many conservative say, to rein in the rogue outfit and place its duties somewhere...
  • Open Carry at North Texas Love's

    08/20/2014 12:03:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a previous article, I mentioned that I was doing a favor by moving a lady and her possessions across the country.   The trip became a bit more memorable near the end.   In the last hundred miles before the drop off point, I was informed that a prominent outlaw motorcycle gang  had found out that she had been in Arizona, and now knew that she was moving back to the Midwest.   I was told that she had been instrumental in putting one of the officers of the group in prison for a few years.   I was assured that...