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  • WHICH TEXANS PAID THE BIGGEST “ROBIN HOOD” TAX IN 2018?

    06/22/2018 1:36:16 PM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 2 replies
    Empower Texas ^ | 6/21/18 | Ross Kecseg
    Texans collectively paid $2.1 billion in property taxes into the state’s Chapter 41 Wealth Equalization program—also know as “Robin Hood.” According to data from the state, property taxpayers in 185 districts paid into the system in 2018. Robin Hood forces property owners in certain districts to pay more in school taxes than what’s necessary to fund their local school district. But in which districts did taxpayers pay the biggest penalties in 2018? According to data from the Texas Education Agency, Austin ISD property taxpayers wrote the largest check, at $544.5 million. The $544.5 million figure represents the total amount in...
  • Wanda Sykes to Ivanka Trump: 'F--k you'

    06/22/2018 1:30:48 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 15 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | 06/21/2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    Another Hollywood celebrity launched a vulgar tirade at the Trump family — this time it was comedian Wanda Sykes attacking Ivanka Trump for applauding her father’s reversal of separating illegal immigrant families at the border. “BITCH PLEASE!” Ms. Sykesreplied to the first daughter on Twitter. Ms. Trump had thanked the president for signing an executive order temporarily ending family separation at the border and called on Congress to come up with a permanent fix.
  • Thief electrocuted while attempting to steal copper wire from light pole

    06/22/2018 1:27:34 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/22/2018 | THOMAS LEAVY
    A man was killed early Thursday morning in east Oklahoma City after being electrocuted while attempting to steal copper wire from a light pole, according to KWTV. The spike in copper prices in recent years has driven well known black market for the metal. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that over a three year period there were 28,000 claims for theft of industrial metals -- 98% of which was copper. The trend has been attributed to copper's ease of access, as it is often unguarded in industrial air conditioning units, open construction sites, abandoned properties and public power utilities....
  • Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Actually Pretty Popular

    06/22/2018 1:24:03 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 22,2018 | Mollie Hemingway
    When given a choice for how to handle illegal border crossing arrests, some 44 percent of Americans chose “hold families together in family detention centers until an immigration hearing at a later date.” Another 20 percent of U.S. adults chose detention options that would separate families. Only 19 percent chose to return to the policy of allowing people who cross the border illegally to go without detention on the promise they’d return for a court hearing at a later date. The Economist/YouGov poll shows an American electorate fare more serious about border enforcement than what the media conversation would indicate....
  • ‘It’s A Human Right’: Mexican Presidential Candidate On Mass Exodus To America

    06/22/2018 1:18:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 74 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 22nd, 2018 | Dominic Mancini
    Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech Thursday, declaring it a “human right” for all North Americans. “And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said, adding that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.” He then declared it as “a human right we will defend,” eluniversal.com reports. While the election is not until July 1, Obrador is by far...
  • Out of control iguanas infesting South Florida

    06/22/2018 1:11:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | Ellie Rushing and Doreen Christensen
    South Florida’s not quite Jurassic Park, but it’s getting close. Packs of green iguanas are swarming seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and leaving a path of destruction and filth in their wake. Like a shot of espresso, the hot summer sun has stoked activity in the cold-blooded creatures, which experts say may be at record numbers. “This year is the most iguanas I’ve seen and I’ve been in business for nine years,” says Thomas Portuallo, owner of Fort Lauderdale-based Iguana Control. He says the invasive lizards are out of control with “many hundreds of thousands” creeping around Broward, Miami-Dade and...
  • Austin [Texas] Skirting Sanctuary City Law

    06/22/2018 1:10:57 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 15 replies
    Empower Texans ^ | June 21, 2018 | Cary Cheshire
    Texas’ capital city is once again thumbing its nose at the state government, this time by defying Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature’s recently passed ban on sanctuary cities. Last week, the Austin City Council unanimously approved a pair of “Freedom City” resolutions that target racial disparity in Austin Police Department arrests and how police officers are to react to illegal immigrants. While the first is largely eye-roll worthy (par for the course as far as Austin City Council resolutions go), it does instruct officers to refrain from arresting minority individuals for “low-level offenses” such as smoking marijuana, possession...
  • Kurz responds to Erdoğan: We are not afraid of your threats

    06/22/2018 12:58:48 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 21 Jun 2018, 11:53 | ANF VIENNA
    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz spoke about Erdoğan’s threats after the mosques under the AKP government were closed and imams deported to Turkey. Kurz said: “We are not afraid of your threats.” Austria had recently ruled to deport 60 imams and their families who had ties to the Turkish state, under the country’s “combatting political Islam” policy. 7 mosques were closed down, and the Austrian government’s decision came after children were put in army uniforms in these Turkish mosques. Turkish President Erdoğan and AKP officials started to target Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz after these rulings. AKP supporters posted death threats against...
  • Dem lawmaker shut down after playing recording from detention center on House floor

    06/22/2018 12:52:57 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/18 | Mallory Shelbourne
    A Democratic lawmaker was shut down on the floor of the House on Friday after playing an audio recording of crying children who were separated from their families at the southern border. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said the American people should hear the recording, which was obtained by ProPublica. "Imagine being ripped away from your mother or father and not knowing if you're ever going to see them again, and then being placed in a detention facility with strangers. Imagine the horror you will see doing that. What must that sound like?" Lieu said before starting the recording. After several...
  • Former Secret Service Agent Files RICO Lawsuit Against Clintons, Podesta and Soros

    06/22/2018 12:46:11 PM PDT · by bitt · 20 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 6/21/2018 | jacob Wohl
    Gary Byrne, an author and former Secret Service Agent, has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) suit against Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Soros, John Podesta and David Brock, among others. A summary of the RICO suit says in part: “For the past decade in which relevant predicate acts were corruptly carried out by the named defendants as “payback” for Plaintiff Gary Byrne’s role in the Clinton impeachment and his status as a “Clinton enemy” (for his temerity in telling the truth concerning obstruction of justice and gross abuse of power), along with their corrupt surrogates and...
  • Trump rips media for not covering 'permanent separations' by undocumented immigrants

    06/22/2018 12:44:38 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/18 | Melanie Zanona
    President Trump on Friday hit back against the news media for not covering what he called “permanent separations,” referring to victims who were killed in the United States by undocumented immigrants. “These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word you have to think about is 'permanently,'" Trump said at an immigration event at the White House. "You hear the other side, you never hear this side." Friday's event featured testimony from family members whose relatives were killed by undocumented immigrants. They stood on the stage holding up pictures of their loved ones, which appeared to...
  • Mike Riley to coach San Antonio franchise; Darryl Johnston to be GM

    06/22/2018 12:41:03 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 10 replies
    espn.com ^ | Bender2
    [Alliance of American Football] Mike Riley to coach San Antonio franchise; Darryl Johnston to be GM SAN ANTONIO -- The Alliance of American Football completed its awarding of franchises Thursday by placing a team in San Antonio. Former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley will be the head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Darryl "Moose" Johnston is the general manager.
  • House still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet

    06/22/2018 12:38:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/18 | Juliegrace Brufke
    House GOP leaders plan to move forward with a compromise immigration bill next week despite a Friday morning tweet from President Trump saying he thinks Republicans should hold off on immigration until after the midterm elections. Trump said Republicans should "stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November," dealing a setback to lawmakers who were looking to get the president's support before casting their vote. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday confirmed that the legislation — introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman...
  • There's nearly a Nixon '74 level of public support for impeaching Trump

    06/22/2018 12:36:40 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 99 replies
    CNN ^ | June 22, 2018 | Byron Wolfe
    (CNN)There is a truly remarkable number in the most recent CNN poll, conducted by SSRS and out this morning. In it, 42% of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office. What makes it remarkable is that he's on par with President Richard Nixon, who 43% of Americans said should be impeached and removed from office in a March 1974 Harris poll. That was after the scale of Watergate came to light, but months before the House started to move against Nixon, who would go on to resign in August 1974 rather than be impeached. Impeachment...
  • As conditions shift in Syria, Kurds open to talks with Damascus

    06/22/2018 12:36:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | June 21, 2018 | Fehim Tastekin
    Actions by the United States, Turkey and Russia could be driving Kurds into the awkward embrace of the Syrian regime.First, Russia gave the green light in January for Turkey's Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, Syria. (Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist-affiliated group.) Then earlier this month, the United States and Turkey agreed on a plan for the future of Syria's Manbij, a city the YPG controlled until recently. That future doesn't include the YPG, which had helped a US-led coalition's efforts to drive the Islamic State (IS) out of Syria. Given that Syrian President Bashar...
  • 500 migrant kids have been reunited with their families: report

    06/22/2018 12:34:36 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/18 | Aris Folley
    Nearly 500 migrant children of the more than 2,000 who were separated from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official told the Associated Press. The official told the news agency that those children were separated from their families because of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. The measure, which was first announced in April, seeks to aggressively prosecute any adult crossing the southern border illegally. The policy drew widespread, bipartisan condemnation for resulting in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents. Upon announcing the Trump administration policy, Attorney General...
  • Desperate Asylum seekers are being turned away by US Border Patrol.

    06/22/2018 12:32:38 PM PDT · by gattaca · 37 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 16, 2018 | Debbie Nathan
    Full Title: Still: Debbie Nathan DESPERATE ASYLUM-SEEKERS ARE BEING TURNED AWAY BY U.S. BORDER AGENTS CLAIMING THERE’S “NO ROOM” U.S. CUSTOMS AND Border Protection agents are systematically violating U.S. and international law by blocking immigrants at international ports of entry on the southern border from entering the country so they can claim asylum. Immigration civil rights advocates have been documenting this illegal behavior since late 2016, from Texas to California. It was sporadic then, and appears to have been based at least in part on CBP’s difficulties with handling large numbers of people. Even so, the practice of turning immigrants...
  • Source: Homeless man poured beer, urinated on flames to put out St. George fire (he started)

    06/22/2018 12:28:40 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 4 replies
    SI Live ^ | 06/19/2018 | By Mira Wassef,
    The homeless man accused of starting a raging fire in St. George tried to put out the flames by pouring his beer and urinating on the blaze, according to a law enforcement source. Hector Meza, 40, was arrested by fire marshals and charged with fourth-degree arson, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, stemming from the June 6 incident, the FDNY said in post on social media. Meza allegedly allowed a candle to burn carelessly, igniting combustibles in an alcove in the rear of one of the buildings on Stuyvesant Place, and left the scene without alerting anyone to the fire or...
  • 9,000 barrels of aging bourbon crash to ground after collapse at Barton 1792

    06/22/2018 12:26:39 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 38 replies
    WLKY.com ^ | Jun 22, 2018
    BARDSTOWN, Ky. — A building collapse at the Barton 1792 distillery in Bardstown sent thousands of bourbon barrels crashing to the ground. Bardstown fire officials said the collapse happened at Barton 1792 after 11 a.m. Friday. Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding said about 9,000 barrels of aging bourbon were affected. The building houses about 20,000 barrels of aging bourbon.
  • Park ravaged by drugs, hookers and muggings after infamous police killing (Eric Garner)

    06/22/2018 12:16:59 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | 06/20/2018 | By Reuven Fenton, Tina Moore and Aaron Feis
    Gangbangers peddle drugs in plain sight, hustlers resell cheap booze on the street corner — 50 cents will get you a capful — and prostitutes lead johns to the boarded-up husk of what used to be a Taco Bell. This is Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island’s North Shore in 2018 and, to area residents and merchants caught in its heroin- and K2-infested vortex, this is a battlefield. “Every day you see muggings, prostitutes, people smoking crack and shooting up heroin,” said Xhafer Gjeshbitraj, 52, who owns a building across the street from the tiny, triangular park bounded by Bay Street...