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  • Texans Will Support American Laws for American Courts-(CAIR Lobby Day in Austin)

    01/21/2015 7:18:24 PM PST · by magna carta · 10 replies
    Stop the Magnet ^ | January 21,2015 | Magna Carta
    TEXANS WILL RESPOND TO THREATS AGAINST LIBERTY! Please save the date January 29 to lobby for ALAC at OUR capitol in Austin! Another unfortunate aspect of unbridled and unassimilated immigration is culture clash. Stop the Magnet has decided to assist in the effort to forward legislation which will protect our freedoms and Constitutional values. Many of you have expressed your concern and knowledge of creeping Sharia in our state by participating in the protests in response to the "Stand with the Prophet” conferences in Garland and Houston, http://www.soundvision.com/events/houston/. Many of the characters on this panel forum were involved with CAIR...
  • Abbott says Texas is being ‘California-ized’

    01/10/2015 6:53:39 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 101 replies
    KXAN News ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Kevin Schwaller
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Governor-Elect Greg Abbott criticized city bans this week and said reducing “regulatory burdens” would make Texas a better state. “The truth is Texas is being California-ized and you may not even be noticing it,” said Abbott as he spoke Thursday. “It’s being done at the city level with bag bans, fracking bans, tree cutting bans. We’re forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model.” If you live in Austin, you’ve likely had an experience with the plastic bag ban. “I realized that something that I originally thought was a...
  • Moving to TX

    12/23/2014 5:22:36 PM PST · by JVB052010 · 105 replies
    12/23/2014 | Jaclyn
    I am moving from Denver to TX but I don't know which town is better: SA or Austin? I am Catholic, but also middle class white. I want racial diversity, active economy and nightlife, safe town and a way to stimulate my life. I need a place Asthma and Allergy friendly.
  • Cops: Austin choir director found slain in home

    12/09/2014 6:52:31 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | December 8, 2016
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Police are investigating the death of a 53-year-old Austin choir director who was found slain in her home. Austin police say Kathy Blair died Saturday from apparent trauma caused by a "weapon involved," reports CBS affiliate KEYE. They say the killer knew Blair and that there isn't a risk to the public. A family member called police Saturday after finding her body in the northwest Austin home. Police haven't released other details about the death. Blair served as the director of the Christian Choral Society of Austin, a music program for home-schooled students. She taught about 250...
  • 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...
  • Austin cop's sure shot stopped crazed gunman

    12/05/2014 3:31:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 5, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Holding the reins of two horses with one hand, Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson raised his service pistol and fired a bullseye into the target some 312 feet away. Down went Larry McQuilliams, and so ended his rampage through the streets of the Texas capital, where he’d fired more than 100 rounds from his AK-47 and .22-caliber rifles at buildings. The shot, from Johnson’s Smith & Wesson M&P .40 pistol, hit McQuilliams square in the chest and made the 15-year-veteran the toast of gun enthusiasts around the country. “At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” said Army Maj. John Plaster,...
  • Daniel Craig: Blame 'Austin Powers' For the Super Serious James Bond Movies

    12/04/2014 7:27:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jordan Zakarin
    With just a day to go before the new Bond announcement, a newly- surfaced interview with Daniel Craig from 2012 may shed some light on where the series might be headed. When Craig was hired to help reboot James Bond, he knew that he wanted to make a serious film — both because he is a serious actor, and because a certain other spy spoof had made it impossible to do a goofy 007. "We had to destroy the myth because Mike Myers f—-ed us," the actor told Bond fan publication MI6, referring to Myers’ remarkably successful Austin Powers series....
  • 100 missing brains found in Texas! Really

    12/03/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.latimes.com ^ | 12/03/2014 | By Michael Muskal
    The case of the missing 100 brains in Texas has been solved, officials said on Wednesday. And, no, this is not a joke. The brains, missing from a facility at the University of Texas in Austin have been found at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Timothy Schallert, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the Austin school, told the Los Angeles Times. “They have the brains,” Schallert said. “They read a media report of the missing brains and they called to say: ‘We got those brains!’ “I know the brains will be treated very well there,” Schallert said....
  • About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

    12/03/2014 3:39:57 AM PST · by DFG · 70 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/02/2014 | AP
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman. "We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don't know at all for sure," psychology Professor Tim Schallert, co-curator of the collection, told the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/11R7vym ). His co-curator, psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack, said, "It's entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them...
  • Police Say Austin Shooter Harbored Extremist Views

    12/01/2014 2:51:01 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 48 replies
    ABC AP ^ | 12/1/14 | By JIM VERTUNO
    AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man who shot up downtown Austin buildings and tried to the burn the Mexican Consulate before he was gunned down by police harbored extremist right-wing views and appeared to be planning a broader attack against churches and government facilities, law enforcement officials said Monday.
  • Gunman Dead After Shots Fired at Police HQ, Mexican Consulate in Austin

    11/28/2014 2:32:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    NBC ^ | 29 Nov 2014 | Alastair Jamieson, Alexander Smith and Jason Cumming
    Gunman Dead After Shots Fired at Police HQ, Mexican Consulate in Austin By Alastair Jamieson, Alexander Smith and Jason Cumming A veteran Austin police officer putting away horses for the night was able to stop a gunman rampaging through the city's downtown early Friday — ending the suspect's 10 minutes of terror before anyone was hurt, authorities said. But police are trying to determine whether the shooter, who had been driving around the Texas capital, was killed during a gunfight with the officer or if he took his own life.
  • Austin Police Kill Gunman After Shots Fired at 'Multiple Buildings' 
 
 


    11/28/2014 7:34:08 AM PST · by don-o · 61 replies
    NBC ^ | November 28, 2014
    A gunman was fatally shot by police after opening fire at "multiple buildings" in downtown Austin, officials in the Texas capital said early Friday. The city's police headquarters was among the buildings targeted.
  • Police: Suspect in downtown Austin shootings dead

    11/28/2014 4:42:52 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 18 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 28 November 2014 | Nicole Chavez
    6:25 a.m. update: A gunman targeted at least three buildings in downtown Austin — the Mexican consulate, the federal courthouse and Austin police headquarters — early Friday morning before being shot and killed by Austin police, authorities said. Assistant Chief Raul Munguia told reporters that the suspected shooter was killed near his vehicle. The suspect was found wearing a vest of some type, Munguia said, and that the suspect’s vehicle may contain an improvised explosive device. The police bomb squad has been dispatched to secure the vest and the white SUV the suspect was using. Munguia said police are also...
  • Austin Protests Planned After Ferguson Decision (TX)

    11/25/2014 3:13:51 PM PST · by bgill · 65 replies
    KEYETV ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | KEYETV
    Later Tuesday in Austin, people are planning to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict the Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. Occupy Austin put out a message on Twitter promoting a rally in front of the Austin Police Department at 6 p.m. Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a peaceful protest that stretched late into the night Monday. "I can't tell you how many times here cops have been brought in front of the grand jury and exonerated," said Harrington. "And that's not the function of the grand jury to exonerate them. The...
  • 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.
  • More international homebuyers shopping in Austin (TX)

    11/02/2014 8:45:23 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 1, 2014 | kxan
    A study from the Texas Association of Realtors shows international buyers pumped more than $11 billion dollars into the Texas economy between March of 2013 and 2014. One Austin Realtor says people from outside of the U.S. are looking for a secure investment. “An international client can come into the Austin market, get a great value for what they’re buying and almost be insured that there’s profitability in that and that’s unique to the world as a whole,” said J Kuper, owner of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.
  • Central Texas nurse quarantined after returning from West Africa

    10/29/2014 3:20:14 PM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    KXAN ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Eric Janzen
    A nurse from Central Texas has agreed to quarantine herself after working with Ebola patients in West Africa. The woman is not currently showing any signs of the disease, but her work is Sierra Leone places her at “some” risk according to CDC protocols, the governor’s office said in a release. The woman was met by state health officials after flying into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport early Wednesday. Her name is being withheld for privacy reasons, the state said. At the governor’s request, the nurse will be quarantined at her home and will be monitored twice daily by the Texas Department...
  • Patient with Ebola-like symptoms admitted to Austin hospital

    10/04/2014 2:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Culture Map Austin ^ | October 4, 2014 | KVUE-TV News
    Early Saturday morning Seton Medical Center received a transfer patient with Ebola-like symptoms. The patient recently traveled in West Africa, but not in one of the affected countries. According to the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services, the patient's lab results and condition, determined that the patient does not meet the risk profile for Ebola testing. The hospital followed all Centers for Disease Control guidelines when admitting the patent to protect the patent and staff members. The patient is still in Seton's care to rule out other viral diseases. Hospital operations have returned to normal....
  • Texas appeals court upholds [Tom] DeLay reversal [decade-long battle]

    10/01/2014 10:46:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2014 | MICHAEL GRACZYK,
    HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican's 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated in what they called a scheme to influence Texas state elections. "We agree with...
  • UT Police investigating drone use over DKR

    09/01/2014 11:41:38 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 31, 2014 | Angie Beavin
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas Police are investigating the use of a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night during the Longhorns’ home opener. KXAN’s cameras spotted the drone flying above the stadium. The drone had red and green lights on it. It also had a camera. We weren’t the only ones who spotted it. Police did too. During the second half of the game, officers found the operator of the drone, made him land it and then took the man into custody. The department told KXAN the man was a UT student, and he...
  • Rosemary Lehmberg parody

    08/19/2014 2:58:38 PM PDT · by wontbackdown · 14 replies
    Self | 8-19-14 | wontbackdown
    I wrote this parody, sung to the tune of MTA by the Kingston Trio. Sing it yourself and enjoy, or better yet get some guitar pickers and singers and have a jam session. Rosemary Lehmberg song Let me tell you the story of Rosemary Lehmberg The Travis County DA Pulled over by the cops for driving drunk And they hauled that woman away Did she ever resign No she never resigned Though she got a DWI (She had vodka in her car) She will drive forever through the streets of Austin She's the drunk who wouldn't resign Well all night...
  • MSNBC´s Mark Halperin: Perry Indictment ´Stupidest Thing I´ve Seen in My Career´

    08/18/2014 1:32:01 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/18/14 | Susan Jones
    The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abusing his power "potentially was the stupidest thing I´ve seen, I think, in my entire career," MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin told MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" on Monday. "I hope some judge throws it out right away. "It´s not just kind of funny and ridiculous. But it´s an infringement on individual liberty. He´s got a first amendment right -- just because he´s the governor of Texas. And I think, like I said, it´s easy to joke about this, but this is a serious thing. It is ridiculous that he...
  • Rick Perry Indictment is Another Case of the Democrat Party Criminalizing Opposition

    08/18/2014 4:17:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mr. Snerdley walked in and said, "Boy, this thing with Rick Perry, can you believe what a farce?" It's not a farce, folks. Now, I'm not gonna be getting to Rick Perry right off the bat here, but I wanted to mention something about it to get it on the table. It's not a farce. It isn't a joke. Sadly, it's not even a laughing matter. This is dead serious. Not that he's done anything wrong. What's dead serious about this is the Democrat Party and their ongoing effort to criminalize political differences or opposition. All the...
  • Gov. Perry indicted: Everything's big in Texas, even this B.S.

    08/18/2014 11:36:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    Remember Barack Obama telling his followers to always "bring a gun to a knife fight"? Like good subjects do, his supporters in Texas obeyed. Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on two counts of abuse of power.
  • Lehmberg initially denied drinking on dash-cam video

    08/16/2014 1:18:54 PM PDT · by mojito · 49 replies
    KXAN ^ | 4/12/2013
    Video of Lemberg's arrest as reported by KXAN.
  • Ronnie Earle, Travis Co. (TX) DA, Dances Naked With Other Men While Beating Cooked Chickens

    10/06/2007 4:13:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 145 replies · 4,065+ views
    Red State ^ | October 6, 2007
    No, I'm NOT being metaphorical nor am I kidding. If I wasn't having so much fun laughing at Ronnie Earle, I might even wish that it weren't true. Evidently Travis County DA Ronnie Earle - who is once again back in the running for most politically-driven DA in the nation now that Mike Nifong has been disbarred - is involved in this New Age, "re-discover your masculinity" cult called the ManKind Project. That's according to the liberal Houston Press. And boy does this outfit sound scary. Forty men at a time strip down and do tribal dances and beat cooked...
  • Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power for carrying out threat to veto prosecutors' funds

    08/15/2014 3:57:33 PM PDT · by bgill · 256 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 15, 2014 | WILL WEISSERT
    The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday.
  • Austin-Based Company Received $120 Million So Far This Year to Shelter Illegal Children

    07/22/2014 2:47:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Southwest Key Programs is the largest provider of services to unaccompanied children in the United States. The group has illegal child units in seven states.An Austin-based company has received over $120 million so far this year to shelter illegal immigrant children.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) KEYE TV reported: More than $100 million of federal grant money this year has gone to an Austin based company that runs unaccompanied minor shelters across the country. Its website says Southwest Key Programs is the largest provider of services to unaccompanied children in the United States. Their headquarters is in Austin, Texas. A brief online description details the...
  • GOP candidate mistakes YMCA campers for migrant children (Rino Alert)

    07/17/2014 7:26:43 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 5 replies
    Statesman.com (Austin, TX_ ^ | July 16, 2014 | Cox News Desk
    On Tuesday, migrant children from Central America were expected to be bussed into Oracle, and taken to a local shelter. According to this report, Kwasman tweeted from the scene: “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law." He posted the tweet along with an image of a yellow school bus. He later told a reporter that he saw “fear” on the faces of the migrant children on the bus. “This is not compassion,” Kwasman said during the interview. There was only one problem. The children on the school bus were not migrants,...
  • The BBQ joint where NO ONE cuts the line... except Obama: Controversy as President becomes the

    07/11/2014 6:20:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2014 | Staff
    Barack Obama may have lost a few approval rating points with this move. The president was seen cutting the line at Austin's Franklin Barbecue Thursday afternoon, while in town to raise money for the Democratic Party. Lives at the eatery are infamously long, and have been known to stretch as long as three hours wait.But Mr Obama did no waiting today, as he showed up at the restaurant, shook a few hands and made his way straight to the register to order more than $300 worth of meat. 'I know this is a long line. I feel real bad, but...
  • Obama cuts line at famed Texas barbecue joint (but pays for lunch)

    07/10/2014 4:51:26 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 61 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 10 JULY 2014 | ERIC PFEIFFER
    Some people wait in line for five hours just to get their fix at Austin’s famous Franklin Barbecue. And who can blame them? The establishment is less than 10 years old but has been cited as the nation’s best. Of course, President Obama is not “some people.” After a campaign-style speech in Austin on Thursday afternoon, the commander in chief made a stop by Franklin Barbecue and was quickly ushered to the front of the line. It’s common practice to let a president cut to the front of the line at a dining establishment. After all, the president arguably has...
  • Obama Heckled in Austin, Buys Barbecue for Customers at Franklin's

    07/10/2014 3:10:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 46 replies
    WOAI ^ | 7-10-14 | unattributed
    President Obama was heckled by two men in his speech in Austin today, in which he discussed the economy and again pushed for immigration reform. About a half hour into the speech, two men stood in their seats near the front of Austin's Paramount Theater and began shouting. At first, the President spoke over them, but later said to them, "sit down guys, I'm almost done.' The men continued shouting, and the audience tried to shout them down, and two Austin Police Officers emerged, but the President asked that they not be removed, and he promised to speak to them...
  • Scandals, Political Feud Bring Down UT-Austin President

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-11-14 | Blake Neff
    Bill Powers, the president of the University of Texas-Austin, has announced that he will step down from his post in June 2015. The announcement brings to a close a power struggle that has shaken the state in the past week, signalling the twilight of the eight-year reign of one of the most powerful figures in higher education. The outcome is a compromise between Powers and University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, who had demanded that Powers depart by October or else find himself fired at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting. By serving for another year, Powers will be able to...
  • Rick Perry declines Obama offer for ‘quick handshake’ at Austin airport

    07/09/2014 2:55:07 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Statesman.com ^ | 07/09/14 | Jonathan Tilove
    Gov. Rick Perry Monday turned down what he characterized as President Barack Obama’s offer for a “quick handshake on the tarmac” at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday, but said he would juggle his schedule to accommodate a “substantive meeting” with the president on the border crisis any time during his two-day visit to Texas. In a letter to the president, Perry wrote, “I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South...
  • President Obama to Fundraise in Austin TX with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration "Machete" Films

    07/07/2014 7:51:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | July 7, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Obama Skips Border Chaos, Will Fundraise in Austin with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration Film President Barack Obama is refusing to visit the turbulent U.S.-Mexican border, where a flood of illegal immigrants continues to overwhelm the region. Instead, Obama will visit the home of Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez this week as part of a trio of Texas fundraisers. The Austin visit features tickets ranging in price from $5,000 to $32,400. The July 9 fundraiser also will feature actors Rosario Dawson, Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba. Both Trejo and Alba star in Rodriguez's ultra-violent Machete franchise. The first film in the series...
  • Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

    06/16/2014 5:36:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | June 16, 2014 | Gregory Barber
    Between Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Wendy Davis, Texas politicians in recent years have lived up to their state's reputation for producing larger-than-life characters. That makes the Texas political scene a natural for the Hollywood treatment. HBO has given God Save Texas, a drama about the state's often raucous political culture, the green light for development. It's set to unfold at the Texas statehouse, a perennial flashpoint for national debates about issues ranging from abortion to gun rights to the size and role of government. According to an early description first reported by Deadline.com, the show will follow an "idealistic...
  • Tom DeLay Conviction Overturned By Texas Appellate Court (Tom DeLay for Speaker)

    06/10/2014 7:01:36 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 100 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 09/19/2013 10:53 am EDT
    A Texas court ruled Thursday to overturn the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who was found guilty of money laundering in 2010. According to KHOU 11 and the Associated Press, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the case's evidence was "legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions," formally acquitting the former congressman on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
  • (Austin music photographer) Burton Wilson 1919 – 2014

    06/06/2014 9:39:55 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 1 replies
    Arts and Labor Austin ^ | June 2014 | Michael Corcoran
    Burton Wilson’s camera was Austin’s memory during the hippie era when, as the saying went, if you could remember it, you weren’t there. The former Vermont farmboy who documented the vibrant scene at the Vulcan Gas Company in the 1960s and the Armadillo World Headquarters in the 1970s passed away Monday morning. He was 95. Wilson got it down while those around him were only concerned with getting down. In the process, he created the defining documents of an enchanting era in Austin’s history. “Burton was one of my mentors,” said photographer Todd V. Wolfson. “He made me want to...
  • Surge in property tax bills spurs push to reform tax appraisal process

    06/06/2014 12:30:01 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/5/14 | Lori Hawkins and Shonda Novak
    On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesn’t change, many said, they will soon be priced out of their homes. Two nights later, a similar discussion played out in South Austin, where homeowners gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Travis Heights to talk about what can be done to slow escalating residential tax values. “I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood...
  • Woman who voted for every Austin, TX tax increase discovers that now she can’t afford to live there

    06/05/2014 12:05:30 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 98 replies
    “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”
  • Liberal Austin homeowners surprised to find they have to pay all the taxes they voted for

    06/02/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    NIMBY, literally. “I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Commencement Address at Stephen F. Austin State University

    05/10/2014 8:38:11 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | May 10, 2014 | SenTedCruz·
    Ted Cruz gives an inspirational Commencement address at Stephen F. Austin State University.
  • Two injured when construction foreman returns fire on ex-worker (CHL holder defends himself)

    04/30/2014 2:49:12 PM PDT · by Deek · 12 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 4/30/2014 | Nicole Chavez and Ciara O'Rourke
    3 p.m. update: A man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the construction foreman he shot pulled out a concealed handgun and shot back, according to police. The man had been employed at a construction site at Rio Grande Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard but was fired this month, senior police officer Veneza Bremner said. He returned to the site last week and was threatening the foreman, a disturbance that was reported to police, she said. When he returned again Wednesday, he shot and injured the foreman, according to police. The foreman, who is a concealed handgun license...
  • A version of 'knockout game' stirs outrage in Austin, Texas

    04/27/2014 7:49:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2014 | David Paulin
    A YouTube video has gone viral that shows a black teen slapping a black Wendy's cashier in the face and then running away -- part of a little-known trend called "smack cam." The incident provides an unsettling glimpse into black-on-black violence -- and black thug culture. The incident in Austin, Texas, is being investigated by the local police. It is especially disturbing because of who was involved: not only two black teens or pre-teens but a black adult female who appears to be a guardian or role model. Identified as "CB," she drives the get-away car; it's not clear if...
  • Tyler, The Creator Arrested After SXSW Riot Incident

    03/16/2014 5:13:56 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    Billboard ^ | March 15, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | By Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter and Associated Press
    Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during his show at the Scoot Inn at South By Southwest music festival. Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and was to be arraigned later Saturday. If convicted of inciting a riot, which is a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. His Bond was set at $25,000 "Specifically, the subject encouraged a large crowd on more than one occasion to force themselves past venue employees...
  • What Pop Star Lady Gaga Did on Stage Thursday Night Has Some Calling It Downright ‘Sick’ (GRAPHIC)

    03/15/2014 8:00:06 AM PDT · by blueyon · 93 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/14/14 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    What Pop Star Lady Gaga Did on Stage Thursday Night Has Some Calling It Downright ‘Sick’ (GRAPHIC) Pop star Lady Gaga is known for her shocking outfits and antics. But what she did on stage Thursday night at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, has left even some of the most desensitized critics calling it “ridiculous” and “sick.” While performing her song “Swine,” the singer was joined by someone named Millie Brown. Brown is an artist of sorts who specializes in painting with…vomit. That’s right, she ingests colored liquid and then sticks her fingers down her throat and...
  • Rashad Charjuan Owens Photos: Pictures of the SXSW DUI Suspect

    03/13/2014 1:48:08 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 26 replies
    Heavy.com ^ | 2:08 pm EDT, March 13, 2014 | Matthew Guariglia
    That picture is worth a thousand words. Rashad Charjuan Owens is the feral thug who is now the suspect in the fatal DWI crash that killed two people and injured dozens more at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
  • TX:Hostility to Constitution Costs Travis County

    02/27/2014 6:43:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
     Travis County, Texas, the home of the State Capitol, Austin, is one of the most "progressive" areas of the state.  The county commissioners have shown that they have no respect for constitutional rights, and would like to ban gun shows in the county if they could.   They attempted to use contract law to weasel around the limitations placed on them by federal and state law.  But, they have been a bit conflicted, because to do so would significantly reduce revenues to the County.   Their politically correct pandering has had a result, whether they desire it or not.  It has...
  • Police chief on bizarre ordeal of arrested jogger: At least she wasn’t sexually assaulted!

    02/25/2014 5:19:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 125 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-24-2014 | Robby Soave
    Austin, Texas Police Chief Art Acevedo was asked to defend the actions of his officers, who subdued and arrested a jogging woman because she was wearing earbuds and couldn’t hear their instructions. His response to the controversy was this: It could be worse–at least she wasn’t sexually assaulted. That response upset many Texas residents, and Acevedo was forced to walk back his comments on Monday. Austin police arrested the jogging woman last week. They were stationed at an intersection near the University of Texas’s Austin campus, giving jaywalking tickets to dozens of people. The woman ran right past them, unable...
  • Police chief forced to apologize over comments (Austin jogger)

    02/23/2014 5:19:29 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/22/2014
    Austin police chief Art Acevedo has issued an apology for comments he made during a press conference yesterday concerning the arrest of a female jogger near the University of Texas campus on Thursday. Acevedo dismissed the controversy over police handling of a jaywalking jogger, saying 'Cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas.' Today, he released a statement saying that he was trying to put the arrest of jogger Amanda Jo Stephen 'into context by bringing attention to the fact that law enforcement deals with...