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  • Armed police impersonator pulls over AISD school bus

    10/19/2016 3:07:53 PM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 19, 2016 | Andy Jechow
    A man with a gun pulled over an AISD school bus while impersonating a police officer on Tuesday. The incident began during dismissal at Murchison Middle School, located 3700 N. Hills Dr. in West Austin. A driver reported that a man, described as white and wearing a red shirt and tan shorts, was taking photos of Murchison students as they used the crosswalk. Later Tuesday afternoon, a man with a similar description posed as a law enforcement officer and pulled over a bus that had one Anderson High School student on board. After the driver dropped off the student, the...
  • Police: Austin man steals man's phone and cash, gets runover by victim

    10/19/2016 10:27:27 AM PDT · by bgill · 40 replies ^ | Oct. 19, 2016 | Katherine Rodriguez|
    the suspect was holding a semi-automatic handgun and pointed at him saying “give me all your money, you’re in the wrong neighborhood.”The man then handed over his cash and cell phone and walked back to his car. The victim stated he began to honk his horn hoping to scare the suspect and get was then when the suspect began running towards the man and stood next to the passenger’s side of the van yelling something at him while pointing the gun. The victim added he turned on his vehicle and tried to leave the scene, but he turned his...
  • Labor: Austin restaurant owners not paying workers wages legally owed (left wing Austin, TX)

    10/05/2016 5:51:38 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 10 replies ^ | 10/4/2016 | Erin Jones and KVUE Staff
    AUSTIN - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division says it found numerous violations in Austin’s restaurant industry, in that owners violated federal labor law by not paying workers the wages they were legally owed. The Labor Department said the division found violations in 95 percent of its investigations of Austin-area restaurants between Oct. 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The percentage of violations found was down from 98 percent in fiscal year 2015. “The current level of noncompliance found in these investigations is not acceptable,” said Dr. David Weil, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division in...
  • Day 6: House still blocking South Austin street

    10/05/2016 6:39:58 AM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    KXAN ^ | Oct. 4, 2016 | Andy Jechow
    The house in the middle of a South Austin street has been unstuck but is still blocking the road, Wednesday morning. Workers missed their deadline to move the house by 5 a.m., so now they must wait until midnight. Crews were given a tight window to move the house between midnight and 5 a.m. since it is such a wide load. Some progress was made overnight, the house was moved a little bit away from a person’s driveway and is now only blocking part of the road. Pieces of the roof were sawed off to move the house away from...
  • Ignoring Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Texans Rush to Help in Resettlement

    10/03/2016 6:00:33 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 20 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 30, 20169-3-2016 | by Jim Malewitz
    Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the state's withdrawal from the national refugee resettlement program. Texas' top elected officials have not exactly welcomed refugees over the past year. Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the federal government — thus far unsuccessfully — to keep people fleeing war-ravaged Syria from settling here. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller compared refugees to venomous rattlesnakes. And Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his threat to end cooperation with the nation’s refugee resettlement program because federal officials refused to “unconditionally approve” a Texas plan requiring extra vetting of applicants. Such a move...
  • Austin ISD employee, wife sentenced for smuggling 500 illegal immigrants into US

    09/29/2016 8:05:18 PM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies
    keye ^ | Sept. 29, 2016 | CBS Austin
    An Austin ISD maintenance worker and his wife were sentenced to federal prison Thursday for conspiring to smuggle more than 500 illegal immigrants into the United States. According to the United States Attorney’s Office, San Juana Valdez Menchaca, 54, was sentenced to 70 months, and her husband, Julian Perez Perez, 57, was sentenced to 33 months.
  • More details released in North Austin library kidnapping arrest (TX)

    09/26/2016 4:45:01 PM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies ^ | Sept. 25, 2016 | CBS Austin
    A witness told police she heard screaming coming from the restroom and ran in to see what was wrong. The witness pulled on the first stall door, but it was locked. Through the crack of the door the witness saw Powell with his hand over the mouth of an 8-year-old female child, who was trying to get away. The witness screamed at Powell to let the child go but he would not, the affidavit says.
  • TX: Campus Carry having Positive Effect on Austin Campus

    09/01/2016 11:10:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    image from YouTube It has become a truism that a great many college campus environments have become toxic to rights that were once celebrated and are specifically named in the Constitution, Rights such as freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms. It used to be axiomatic that on a campus, people were able to argue about controversial ideas without being subject to censorship.  This was especially pushed hard by leftist groups in the 1960's.  It was all a charade designed to gain power for the left. Those efforts led to professors such as Karla Holloway, pictured...
  • Donald Trump’s Austin visit could cost city big

    08/24/2016 1:23:36 PM PDT · by Professional Engineer · 41 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 24, 2016 | Arezow Doost
    AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Austin will come with a big price tag. Austin police officers along with Travis County Sheriff’s Deputies helped direct traffic and provided security. Travis County’s motorcycle unit escorted Trump from one location to the next. As far as how many APD officers were used, a spokesperson says that information can’t be released just yet, because of safety concerns given how long Trump was in town. Republican Texas Congressman Lamar Smith says security during these campaign stops is vital. “We want to protect them, we want to make sure their lives aren’t...
  • FULL EVENT! OUTSTANDING! Donald Trump Rally in Austin, Texas 8/23/16

    08/23/2016 8:08:13 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 46 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/23/16 | video
    Rousing support from all kinds of supporters, carrying forward Trump's outreach to minority communities as well as traditionalists, Democrats, etc. One of the introductory speakers, R.W. Bray, who is in charge of outreach to African-Americans in Texas, encourages the move away from President Johnson's failed programs. "This is the party of Abraham Lincoln, and we will not be divided," he said, chiseling away at the former 94% black Democrat vote. Other intro speakers included a couple of Latinos and plain ol' vanilla white people, too. Rick Figueroa who gave an intro was also one of the Hispanic-Americans who met with...
  • Live Stream:Donald Trump Rally from Austin, TX (8-23-16)

    08/23/2016 5:33:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/23/16
    Trump is about to speak in liberal Austin,.Texas.        
  • Donald Trump has arrived in Austin

    08/23/2016 1:41:36 PM PDT · by traumer · 16 replies
    Update 2:45 p.m: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plane landed in Austin a little after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, kicking off a campaign swing through the capital of Texas. Meantime, lines had begun forming hours earlier outside ACL Live at Moody Theater in downtown Austin, where Trump will tape a two-hour special with Fox News personality Sean Hannity that will air over two nights. Protesters and Trump supporters sparred as the line grew blocks long, with opponents chanting “Love trumps hate” and waving signs that included “Hill yes” and “Inbreds 4 Trump.” “You must be on welfare if you love Hillary,”...
  • LIVE: Trump Rally in Austin, TX 8/323/2016 @ Luedecke Arena. Live coverage begins at 7:30 PM CT.

    08/23/2016 2:40:45 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,149 replies
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Austin, TX at Luedecke Arena. Live coverage begins at 7:30 PM CT. Austin, TX Watch the LIVE stream and FULL replay of the event below: Austin, TX at Luedecke Arena
  • Toll roads in Austin, Texas are discriminatory

    08/17/2016 5:02:55 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 109 replies
    Office conversation | 17 August 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    People at work were talking about getting to work and back home the other day. In the conversation, they mentioned the toll roads in Austin, Texas and the cost thereof. I was in shock. The amount per month spent on toll roads for people ranged from $300-600 per MONTH. Then it hit me! The poor can not afford to pay those charges. So, the regular roads in Austin are in bumper-to-bumper traffic overload. The well-to-do go to and fro with great convenience while the lower classes suffer pretty badly with some having a 2-hour trip EACH WAY from home to...
  • College Students Are Fighting Open-Carry Guns Laws With Sex Toys

    08/16/2016 10:23:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 15, 2016 | Alissa Lopez
    If any of my family members found out I engaged in such a rally, I would be pulled out of college faster than you can say Jack Robinson. But if that would be before or after the butt whooping I would receive... I couldn't tell you. The College Fix reported that the Campus (Dildo) Carry protest will take place on August 24 at the University of Texas at Austin. The anti-gun demonstration was organized on Facebook by three current students: Jessica Jin, Ana López and Kailey Nicole Moore. According to the group's Facebook event page, the demonstration will entail “strapping gigantic swinging dildos to [their]...
  • Multiple people shot in downtown Austin (6th Street)

    07/31/2016 3:31:55 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 85 replies
    KXAN ^ | Updated: July 31, 2016, 2:46 am | no byine
    Police are on the scene of a downtown Austin shooting that’s left at least one person dead. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, multiple units are responding to the area of 208 East 6th St. Paramedics say there are several gunshot wound patients spread across the area and they are trying to locate all patients. At least one person has been killed. This is a developing story and KXAN will update as more information is released.
  • Texas Gov. Abbott Released from Hospital After Burn Treatment

    07/15/2016 5:04:23 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies
    ABC 13 HOUSTON ^ | 15 JULY 2016 | AP
    AUSTIN, TX -- Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been released after four nights in the hospital for treatment of severe burns he suffered while vacationing last week. Spokesman Matt Hirsch said Abbott left San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center on Friday and is returning to the governor's mansion in Austin. Abbott, a paraplegic who uses a wheelchair, sustained extensive second- and third-degree burns on his lower legs and feet after being scalded July 7 while in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His office won't say exactly how he was burned.
  • TX: Three Professors Sue to Prevent Exercise of Second Amendment Rights by Citing Second Amendment

    07/13/2016 8:58:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sometimes the pronouncements of the disarmists are so absurd that it becomes hard to believe that they actually wrote what they wrote.  But then, the current crop of leftists seem to believe that reality is what they intend it to be. Three professors at the University of Texas, Austin have filed suit against the state Attorney General, the President of the University of Texas at Austin, and the members of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas at Austin. The suit was filed on 6 June of 2016 in the United States District Court for the Western...
  • He Rented Out His Condo After Losing His Job. Now Austin Wants to Ban That

    07/13/2016 7:49:38 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 12, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    But after losing his job, he wondered if they were going to be able to afford their condo. So he started looking into using his house as a short-term rental. Zaatari applied for a Type 2 license, which is for residential rentals the owner doesn’t claim as his or her main dwelling, or homestead, according to city regulations. In November 2015, the Austin City Council placed a temporary moratorium on new licenses for Type 2 short-term rentals. In February, the City Council voted 9-2 to amend the law and implement new regulations for those rentals, including a ban on them...
  • State, local officials react to deadly downtown Dallas shooting

    07/07/2016 9:35:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Texas politicians and Austin officials are reacting to the deadly shooting at Dallas that has killed at least three officers and injured at least seven others during a Black Lives Matter downtown rally Thursday night. This list will be updated as more information becomes available. Here are some of their comments: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dallas law enforcement community and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers killed and injured this evening. I’ve spoken to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and have directed him to offer whatever assistance the City...
  • Texas Judge Uses Naturalization Ceremony to Bash Trump and Guns

    06/29/2016 3:56:45 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 76 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 06/29/2016 | by Lana Shadwick
    Texas held the largest naturalization ceremony this week that the Lone Star State’s capital has ever seen. The ceremony was used to assault Donald Trump, the Second Amendment, and the death penalty before 1,210 new U.S. citizens and their families and friends. The Guest of Honor, Democrat Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt told the participants flanked by voter registration tables, “I encourage everyone to register to vote and hopefully, not for that guy who is against immigrants.” The husband of one of the participants, Kyle Hood, told Breitbart Texas that he was offended that the ceremony was used by the...
  • Texas DOT Changes Course, Will Assess Highway Project's Impacts on Threatened Salamanders, Birds

    06/24/2016 10:07:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | June 21, 2016 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texas— In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance in May, the Texas Department of Transportation changed course on a major highway project in Austin, withdrawing its finding that the highway would have no impact on three federally protected species (two salamanders and a bird). The state’s transportation agency said in a letter that it has initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the three species.The construction of the MoPac Intersections Project across the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, in...
  • Why the Cancellation of ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Is Good for Taxpayers

    05/17/2016 11:54:07 AM PDT · by upchuck · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | May 17, 2016 | Mark Cunningham
    There was some big news in the entertainment industry recently as the television show “Nashville” was cancelled after four seasons. As a casual fan of the show and a Nashville resident, I enjoyed watching the show. It allowed me to brag to my friends about where I live, plus the music was always on point. Obviously, the market didn’t agree, as the ratings were not high enough for ABC to renew the show for another year.However, the real issue with this show being cancelled has nothing to do with the quality of the show itself. The problem is that this...
  • Gay pastor admits he faked homophobic slur on Whole Foods cake [GAY HOAX]

    05/16/2016 8:05:28 PM PDT · by Enchante · 98 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 16, 2016 | Julie Zauzmer
    An openly gay pastor who claimed that a grocery store bakery wrote a homophobic message on his cake has dropped his lawsuit against Whole Foods, claiming he made up the story, according to news reports.
  • Uber and Lyft will leave Austin, TX after losing vote on fingerprinting

    05/09/2016 10:15:29 AM PDT · by matt04 · 55 replies
    Uber and Lyft spent more than $8 million and bombarded voters with mailers, ads, phone calls and text messages. In the end, it wasn’t enough to convince residents in Austin, Texas to vote against a new fingerprint requirement for drivers. On Saturday, Austin voted 56% to 44% against Proposition 1, which would have allowed ride-hailing companies to continue using their own background check systems. The city will now go ahead with plans to require fingerprint background checks and other regulations. Both Uber and Lyft have announced they will no longer operate in the city as a result of the loss....
  • Did this gay pastor fake a cake with an anti-gay decoration? Whole Foods thinks so

    04/21/2016 10:15:21 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 4/20/16 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Anyone who has paid a visit to the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, knows the location is the gem in the pricey grocery chain’s organic crown. As one reviewer once put it: “The 80,000-square-foot market, bar, eatery, makeup counter and pick-up joint (we suspect) makes our local branches look like the neighborhood 7-11.” But one visitor to the Austin location says he was not so enthusiastic about a recent trip. An openly gay pastor in the city where Whole Foods was founded has filed a lawsuit against the chain, claiming it sold him a cake that read “Love Wins...
  • Homosexual-Activist Pastor Fakes Cake with Anti-Gay Frosting; Whole Foods Counter-Sues ...

    04/20/2016 10:47:39 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Did this gay pastor fake a cake with an anti-gay decoration? Whole Foods thinks so. Anyone who has paid a visit to the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, knows the location is the gem in the pricey grocery chain’s organic crown. As one reviewer once put it: “The 80,000-square-foot market, bar, eatery, makeup counter and pick-up joint (we suspect) makes our local branches look like the neighborhood 7-11.” But one visitor to the Austin location says he was not so enthusiastic about a recent trip. An openly gay pastor in the city where Whole Foods was founded has...
  • 17-year-old faces murder charge in Haruka Weiser’s death (UT Austin, TX)

    04/08/2016 7:21:45 PM PDT · by bgill · 55 replies
    KXAN ^ | April, 8, 2016 | Calily Bien
    Austin police say they have arrested a homeless 17-year-old they believe is connected in the death of University of Texas at Austin student Haruka Weiser. The Austin Police Department says Meechaiel Khalil Criner was booked into the Travis County Jail around 2 a.m. Friday and charged with murder. His bond has been set at $1 million. Police made the link to Criner after the Austin Fire Department alerted them to a trash fire they were called to on Monday, April 4 at 2900 Medical Arts Street, which is just off-campus. At the time on Monday, a woman called 911 to...
  • Five arrested at park restroom 'popular' for public lewdness

    04/01/2016 11:11:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 51 replies
    KXAN ^ | March 30, 2016 | Claire Ricke and Andy Jechow
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department held a sting operation on Monday following reports of daily acts of public lewdness and indecent exposure at a restroom in Walnut Creek Park. Police say the park’s restroom is a “popular” place for these incidents . . . Michael Mitchell entered the restroom at around 1:00 p.m. He was arrested after authorities say he exposed himself to the undercover officer and asked for oral sex. At around 11:45 a.m., Able Salazar was arrested and charged for public lewdness after touching and grabbing the officer, acts described in the affidavit as "reckless," "alarming"...
  • Will Thuggish Hip-hop Culture Destroy Austin's SXSW?

    03/24/2016 6:12:53 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2016 | David Paulin
    It is Austin's most important and coolest festival: South by Southwest. But after two gun-related incidents at this year's SXSW, both involving volatile hip-hop crowds on March 18 and 20, the festival's organizers and Austin's liberal political leaders must be in a panic -- wondering how to get rid of all the thuggish hip-hop shows while maintaining their high-minded values of political correctness.
  • Muslim American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was asked to remove her hijab for SXSW

    03/12/2016 3:00:31 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 03/12/2016 | LAURA BULT
    A Muslim-American fencing powerhouse will proudly become the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab, but she was asked to take off the religious head covering while posing for an I.D. photo at SXSW. Ibtihaj Muhammad, the world champion fencer who has become a Muslim-American icon and an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s Islamophobic policies, tweeted Saturday that she was asked to take off her hijab while registering for the tech festival in Austin, Tex. “Even after I explained it was for religious reasons, he insisted I had to remove my hijab for the photo to receive my badge,” Muhammad...
  • Showboating Obama - congratulates himself on steering America away from GREAT DEPRESSION

    03/12/2016 2:13:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/11/16 | Kalhan Rosenblatt & AP
    Showboating Obama brushes off Reagan funeral snub criticism to congratulate himself on steering America away from GREAT DEPRESSION during SXSW festival talk An ebullient Barack Obama sure sounded pleased with himself at SXSW festival on Friday – despite enduring a week of criticism for prioritizing the event over Nancy Reagan’s funeral. The President was the surprise keynote speaker at this year's Austin festival and talked about civic engagement with the editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. During the speech he bragged about keeping employment below five per cent and congratulated himself for the recent improvement in the country's job figures. 'Because...
  • Obama derides GOP establishment's Trump dilemma

    03/11/2016 10:32:42 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CNN/KOCO ^ | March 11, 2016 | By Kevin Liptak
    Excoriating the GOP front-runner while mocking party establishment figures who now are urgently moving to prevent Trump from securing the nomination, Obama said the businessman's past should have served as prologue. "We're shocked someone is fanning anti-immigrant or anti-Muslim sentiment!" Obama said in jest, jabbing Republicans for acting surprised at a candidate who is "loose with the facts" or "distorts someone's record." "How could you be shocked?" the President exclaimed during a fundraiser in Austin. "This was the guy who was sure I was born in Kenya."
  • Obama at SXSW: Follow the president’s trip to Austin live

    03/11/2016 5:01:19 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 20 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | 11 March 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    President Barack Obama’s seven-hour visit Friday for a SXSW discussion on civic involvement will be followed by two Democratic fundraisers. Follow along live.
  • Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan Funeral to Go to SXSW Festival

    03/08/2016 11:31:18 PM PST · by drewh · 81 replies ^ | 41:59 pm GMT March 8th, 2016 | Sam Reisman
    President Barack Obama will not attend Nancy Reagan‘s funeral this Friday, keeping his originally scheduled appearance as a keynote speaker at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival. First Lady Michelle Obama, who is scheduled to speak at SXSW on Wednesday, will attend the funeral. “The president will not attend” Mrs. Reagan’s funeral, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. “The president is actually traveling in Texas on Friday.” The SXSW Interactive Festival is an annual symposium for digital startups and emerging technologies that takes place each year in Austin, Texas, concurrently with a film and music festival....
  • Preacher Hit With ‘Disorderly Conduct’ Citation Near College Campus - It’s the Reason

    02/13/2016 11:59:58 AM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies ^ | february 12, 2016 | dave urbanski
    "We had somebody that was offended by the gestures you were making," the officer told the preacher, who captured the conversation on cellphone video posted to YouTube Tuesday. "And that's our job is to make sure that doesn't happen, because these are students just walking in this mall right here." The university police officer acknowledged the preacher wasn't technically on campus, but he was writing him up anyway since students were walking nearby: "So the job here is to write you up as a citation, disorderly conduct, for offending someone," the officer said. When the preacher asked if freedom of...
  • Cops cites preacher for 'offending' student

    02/12/2016 3:35:47 PM PST · by pilgrim · 90 replies
    WND ^ | 02.12.2016 | Douglas Ernst
    An Orwellian nightmare became a reality for an evangelical preacher this week when a cop near the University of Texas at Austin issued him a “disorderly conduct” citation for “offending” a student. An intern with Campus Ministry USA was confronted by multiple police officers on Tuesday and informed he would be written up for offending a student. Video of the incident soon went viral on YouTube. “We had somebody that was offended by the gestures you were making,” the officer said. “And that’s our job – to make sure that doesn’t happen, because these are students just walking in...
  • The LA Times Wants You to Feel Bad About Babies Being Born

    02/05/2016 6:51:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 4, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    In bold, stark lettering, an article by the LA Times featured the following ground-breaking headline splashed across its Wednesday edition: “After Texas Stopped Funding Planned Parenthood, Low-Income Women Had More Babies.” The article is based on a recent study conducted by the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which seeks to link a recent 1.9 percent increase in Texas births paid for by Medicaid to the fact that the state cut off funding to the nation's largest abortion provider last year. In other words, more babies are...
  • Aging at the MLA

    02/03/2016 7:41:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 3, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One way in which the world's largest conclave of English professors--the Modern Language Association (MLA)--lives up to its name is to leave attendees at its annual conferences with a new vocabulary that they cannot shake. After a couple of days at one of these annual meet-ups, you find yourself uttering sentences such as, "We must ascertain whether we are witnessing a discursive binary or a recursive modality." Similarly, the MLA loves intersections. For example, the latest MLA convention in Austin, Texas featured a panel on "The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging." We learned that one of the speakers, Helene Meyers...
  • Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

    01/25/2016 3:23:44 PM PST · by Washi · 185 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 25, 2016 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas –  A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another activist, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.
  • Tolerant Austin, TX will not tolerate being made fun of

    01/24/2016 8:09:13 AM PST · by AU72 · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Austin, Texas is supposed to be capital of coolness, the hippest place to be for a certain kind of people. SXSW and all that. But city officials there did not take it well when a municipal employee enlivened a 45 page presentation by using a satirical map of the city to demonstrate a point about a street. The map, which the staffer apparently downloaded from the Internet, made the rounds months ago on social media as 'Judgmental Austin' and 'features derogatory labels for our city,' City Manager Marc Ott told the mayor and City Council in a memo late Wednesday....
  • Leftist Professors Protest Guns in … Texas

    01/19/2016 7:55:15 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 25 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 19, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    In the Lone Star State, where open carry is now legal in public places, the Modern Language Association thought it was timely to protest guns on public college campuses, called "campus carry" by advocates and opponents alike. The language professors were in Austin, Texas for their annual convention and set aside time in their busy convention schedule to march up Congress Avenue to the limestone-colored State Capitol Building (which happens to be taller than the white-painted U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.). About 100 professors were in attendance, with a handful of couples with their children, marching eight city blocks from...
  • AFD: Man set fire to rug to let people know he isn’t a ‘loser’ (Austin, TX)

    01/16/2016 6:06:09 PM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 16, 2016 | William Milm
    Investigators spoke to the suspect’s mother who said she found Hodge sitting on the floor next to a small fire on the rug. She began yelling at Hodge who then picked up the burning rug and set it outside next to wood siding, which caused minor fire damage. Sitting in a patrol car outside Hodge told investigators he was inside his room when he began to get in a bad mood due to a program he was watching about politics. He then burned a Syria hat with a lighter and placed it on the rug, all the while recording the...
  • Bootstrapping Broads at the MLA

    01/15/2016 9:16:01 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 15, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Harriet Beecher Stowe, European gardens and gender bias were discussed in a recent Modern Language Association (MLA) panel at their annual convention held this year in Austin, Texas. The panel was entitled, "Bootstrapping Broads: On the Work of Writing Labor." Gretchen Murphy, a professor of English at the University of Texas-Austin, spoke at length about Harriet Beecher Stowe and her experience in 19th Century England. She saw Stowe as "a female celebrity" in her time, but restricted in what she could do and saw because Stowe was "reproducing the vision of elite British philanthropists," hinting at the common feminist term,...
  • In graduate thesis, John Brennan argued for government censorship: ‘Too much freedom is possible’

    01/23/2013 9:17:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/23/13 | Charles C. Johnson
    In his 1980 graduate thesis at the University of Texas at Austin, John Brennan denied the existence of “absolute human rights” and argued in favor of censorship on the part of the Egyptian dictatorship. “Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship,” Brennan wrote. “Inflamatory [sic] articles can provoke mass opposition and possible violence, especially in developing political systems.” Brennan serves as President Barack Obama’s national security advisor. Obama has nominated him to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Saturation[Charismatic Caucus]

    12/09/2015 7:25:40 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 12-9-15 | Holy Spirit,Bible
    Saturate yourself in me my children for truly it is as you drip from my presence change occurs and as The oil of Unity dripped off Aaron's beard down his robe saturating the Tassels of My Word, truly you My Bride must fill your lamps with this Oil of Intimacy for Me to complete you in Me . . . Leviticus 6:13 Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out Matthew 14:36 36 They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. And as many as touched it...
  • Austin crime in 2014, by the numbers

    10/07/2015 5:30:26 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 12 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Posted: 5:24 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 | By Staff - American-Statesman staff
    Austin saw a spike in reported violent crimes last year compared with 2013, according to the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report released Monday. Some noteworthy numbers: 3,581: Number of violent crimes in 2014, a 14.7 percent rise from 2013, reversing a downward trend. By comparison, the similarly sized, tech-centric and high-growth city of Charlotte, N.C., reported 5,054 violent crimes in 2014. Austin crime in 2014, by the numbers photo RODOLFO GONZALEZ Austin Police law enforcement investigate the scene where a couple believed to be in their 80s was found dead inside their ... Read More 13.8%: Change in Austin’s per...
  • The Night They Drove the Price of Electricity Down

    09/20/2015 2:15:32 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 12 replies
    [Ulltra-left] Slate ^ | Sept. 18 2015 3:30 PM | Daniel Gross
    In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep. The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow. Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed. And then a very strange thing happened: The so-called spot price of electricity in Texas fell toward zero, hit zero, and...
  • Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets...

    08/27/2015 5:45:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies ^ | 27 August 2015 | Catherine Townsend For
    FULL TITLE: Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets a standing ovation from the congregation A Texas man gave his boyfriend a proposal to remember when he got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their local Methodist Church – receiving a standing ovation in the process. Trevor Harper, 36, and Davis Covin, 30, who live in Austin, have been dating since 2006 and have been proud and active members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years. Mr Harper said the...
  • Chick-fil-A Owner Stuns Employees, Pays Them During 5 Month Shutdown

    08/16/2015 2:59:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    The owner of a fast food restaurant in Austin, Texas shocked his 50 employees by paying their full salaries during a five-month period when the business shut down. Jeff Glover, who has operated the Chick-fil-A for 15 years, wanted to remodel the building to accommodate more customers, but didn’t want to hurt his workers. So he continued paying them for the full five months. The restaurant, which reopened this week at West Braker Lane and U.S. 183, is now the largest Chick-fil-A in Austin–and surely the chicken retailer with the biggest heart.