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  • John Cornyn: Ted Cruz Went to Washington to Run for President

    04/26/2016 7:48:23 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 52 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 04/26/2016 | Steven Becker
    On Monday afternoon, KERA News' Krys Boyd sat down with Sen. John Cornyn in the Hart Senate Office Building to talk about new legislation he’s sponsoring, Donald Trump — and Ted Cruz, his Texas colleague in the Senate who's running for president. Here’s an excerpt from their conversation. Read the full story at KERA News.
  • Report: Country Music Legend Merle Haggard dies at 79

    04/06/2016 10:42:04 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 123 replies
    ABC23 ^ | 04/06/2016 | Staff
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Country music legend, and Oildale native, Merle Haggard has passed away on his birthday. He was 79-years-old.
  • Donald Trump: Don't change abortion laws

    04/01/2016 6:18:24 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/01/2016 | Jake
    Donald Trump said Friday that he believes the laws regulating abortion should stay as they are, but he doesn't disagree with the proposition that abortion is murder. The GOP frontrunner lit a fresh controversy this week with his shifting responses to a question on abortion policy. He said during an MSNBC town hall on Tuesday that he'd like to see the practice banned, and that women who undergo it should face "some form of punishment." But he quickly backtracked, explaining in a statement that while he believes it should be banned, the punishment should be levied on abortion providers, not the...
  • Donald Trump: The Art of the Address

    04/01/2016 12:30:03 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | 03/31/2016 | Bob Garfield
    FOURSCORE and seven years ago, our fathers — and also, our mothers. I love mothers, too, because we need our mothers — brought forth on this continent a huge nation, a great, amazing country dedicated to the proposition that we can beat any weak losers who are bad, bad guys and totally overrated, believe me. Now, it just so happens we are in a horrible, stupid war. They’re killing us. Just killing us. I would sue for peace, because when I sue I never settle, but if it had been up to me we never would have been here to...
  • Anonymous Set to Take Down Trump on April Fool's Day

    03/31/2016 11:58:45 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 56 replies
    FoxBusiness ^ | 03/31/2016 | Elizabeth Chmurak
    In less than 24 hours, Anonymous will officially launch a cyber-attack on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. The hacker group declared “total war” on Trump on March 15 with a video posted on its YouTube channel, dubbed #OpTrump. In the video, Anonymous invites hackers and anyone with a computer to shut down the billionaire businessman’s websites, expose his private information, “dismantle his campaign and sabotage his brand” on April 1. “Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas. You say what your audience...
  • Trump: I'd pick justices who would look at Clinton's email scandal

    03/31/2016 12:02:43 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 82 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 03/30/2016 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Donald Trump on Wednesday fired back at Hillary Clinton, remarking that he would likely nominate Supreme Court justices who “would look very seriously at her email disaster.” The former secretary of state has been under fire over her use of a private email server during her time at the State Department and called out the Republican front-runner in a speech Monday highlighting the impact the Supreme Court should have on this election. Clinton invoked Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and asked Wisconsin voters what kind of justice a President Trump would nominate. “Well, I’d probably appoint...
  • Supreme Court's tie vote upholds public employee fees for unions

    03/29/2016 7:27:07 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | 03/29/2016 | David Savage
    The Supreme Court announced a tie vote today in what labor law experts had called a "life-or-death" case for public employee unions. The split decision preserves a long-standing rule that requires about half of the nation's teachers, transit workers and other public employees to pay a "fair share fee" to support their union.
  • Texas Lt. Gov: Border Plan Working, but Feds and Mexico Need to do more

    03/09/2016 12:51:28 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 12 replies
    ABC Houston ^ | 03/09/2016 | Ted Oberg & Trent Seibert
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- In a day-long tour of the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen on Tuesday, abc13's Ted Oberg joined Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Department of Safety Director Steve McCraw in an inspection of the border, where Patrick noted gaps in border fencing and suggested that the Mexican government should help pay for the cost of a wall to keep smugglers from the U.S. Oberg started Tuesday of this week with Patrick and McCraw in a helicopter inspection of the border. The copter later landed near the Rio Grande where the DPS showcased three of their river patrol boats,...
  • Mass rally against gay civil unions in Italy capital

    01/30/2016 1:50:14 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 3 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 01/30/2016 | Ella Ide and Olivier Baube
    Rome (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people gathered in Rome's Circus Maximus arena Saturday to protest against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. But while organisers had been hoping to attract one million people and authorities had prepared for 500,000, journalists at the scene estimated the numbers to be in the tens of thousands. Official numbers were not immediately available. "Without limits, our society will go mad!" organiser Massimo Gandolfini told the "Family Day" rally, as grandparents, parents and children held up banners reading "Wrong is wrong" in the...
  • Police Investigate Multiple Shootings At Denver Coliseum

    01/30/2016 12:56:16 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | 01/30/2016 | Staff
    DENVER (CBS4) - Police rushed to the Denver Coliseum on Saturday afternoon on reports of multiple shootings and a stabbing. Officers tweeted that there were several people shot.
  • Oregon protest leader Ammon Bundy, others arrested; 1 killed

    01/26/2016 7:31:55 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 203 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/26/2016 | Dana Ford & Holly Yan
    CNN)One person was killed as authorities arrested a group of people -- including Ammon Bundy -- involved with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the FBI and Oregon State Police said. The deceased individual, who has not been identified, was the subject of a federal probable cause arrest, officials said.
  • Harris grand jury indicts pair behind Planned Parenthood videos

    01/25/2016 1:56:06 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 52 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 01/25/2016 | Brian Rogers
    Harris County grand jury probe into Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast ended Monday with the indictments of two anti-abortion activists. David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were both indicted for tampering with a governmental record. An additional indictment for prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs was issued for Daleiden, according to a release from the Harris County District Attorneys Office.
  • Blizzard Live Thread: Northeast Freepers please check in

    01/23/2016 12:02:03 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 368 replies
    01/23/2016
    Dear Northeast Freepers: Please check-in to let us know that you're safe. If you want to share your blizzard experiences- whether funny or scary - we're listening. If you need something, please say so. Maybe we can help or get word to someone who can. ~Signed, Your Friends at Free Republic.
  • Trump bungles Bible reference at Liberty University

    01/18/2016 10:26:35 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 459 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 01/18/2016 | Blake Hounshell
    Donald Trump, speaking to a religious crowd at Virginia's Liberty University on Monday, turned to scripture. "We're going to protect Christianity. I can say that. I don't have to be politically correct," he said. "Two Corinthians, 3:17, that's the whole ballgame ... is that the one you like?"
  • 7 Reasons Why Trump Will Win

    12/01/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 41 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 11/30/2015 | Nicco Mele
    I called it several weeks ago but here it is in writing: Donald Trump will win Iowa & New Hampshire. Here are the top seven reasons why: 1. Despair: Imagine if on almost every issue important to you over the last eight years you're watching the other side win. The President and pop culture are celebrating and it feels to you like the world is collapsing (think gay marriage and socialized medicine). Joe Trippi first pointed this out to me. It is hard to underestimate the anger of the Republican primary voter. This piece is very good on the subject:...
  • Orlando Muslim family claims it was targeted by gunfire

    11/16/2015 10:18:12 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 78 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | 11/15/2015 | Troy Campbell
    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Muslim family said Sunday that they might be victims of a hate crime after shots were fired into their Orlando house. Amir and Nehal Elmasri said when they returned home to their gated community from feeding the homeless Sunday morning, they noticed a bullet hole in their garage door. The family said that the bullet went through their garage and into their master bedroom. "Just a little bit of a black hole in a beige garage door, when we parked right there," Amir Elmasri said. "So, it's in front of my eyes and I said, 'What...
  • Kingston Girl Wants To Change Constitution So She Can Run For President

    11/03/2015 8:43:24 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 147 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 10/28/2015 | Staff
    BOSTON (CBS) - President Alena Mulhern has a nice ring to it. But the little girl from Kingston can't actually be elected to our nation's highest office. Alena was adopted from China. So since she wasn't a US citizen from birth, the Constitution forbids her from becoming President. She doesn't accept that and Wednesday she took her campaign for change to the State House. "We should all have the opportunity to run for president," 10 year old Alena Mulhern says as she testifies before a State House committee. She's not going to let anyone tell her the top job is...
  • This New Lawsuit Against Obamacare Has Legs

    10/04/2015 11:00:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 17 replies
    DailySignal.com ^ | 9/25/2015 | Hans von Spakovsky
    For those who thought that the lawsuits challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) were at an end, think again. On September 9, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the federal district court for the District of Columbia refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the entire U.S. House of Representatives against the Obama administration over its funding of certain aspects of Obamacare. This is a historic lawsuit and a historic decision. In the past, individual members of Congress have filed a number of (unsuccessful) lawsuits against sitting administrations. But this is one of the few occasions when such a suit has been...
  • Federal court strikes down some D.C. gun laws as unconstitutional

    09/19/2015 12:19:43 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9/18/2015 | AP via FoxNews
    In a mixed decision, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional several strict gun registration laws in the nation's capital, but upheld other restrictions aimed at public safety.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that the city cannot ban gun owners from registering more than one pistol per month or require owners to re-register a gun every three years. The court also invalidated requirements that owners make a personal appearance to register a gun and pass a test about firearms laws. 
  • Donald Trump: Jennifer Rubin’s Dream Come True

    09/01/2015 10:11:25 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 42 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 8.31.2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    The Washington Post’s token “conservative” columnist, Jennifer Rubin, was adamant. Writing at the Washington Post in early 2013, Rubin demanded that the Republican Party, if they wish to remain viable, embrace the new realities of modern conservatism, including “celebrity candidates” in a piece titled”            Tear down this icon: Why the GOP has to get over Ronald Reagan Wrote Rubin, among other things: The unfailing reverence on the American right for Ronald Reagan is understandable. He was the only exemplar of modern conservatism to win the White House, and unlike liberal icons such as Roosevelt or Johnson or Obama, he presided...
  • New Study Reveals How Criminals REALLY Get Guns.. Gun Control Activists Are Fuming

    09/01/2015 9:02:53 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 25 replies
    ConservativeTribune ^ | 9.1.2015 | WILMOT PROVISO
    For years, in spite of the fact that the word “criminal” implies otherwise, I’d always figured that America’s criminals were people who abided by the law of the land and purchased their firearms legally through the proper channels. Imagine, then, my utter shock upon reading a just-released study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, in which the vast majority of the city’s multitudinous gun-toting felons said they bought their firearms (or “gats,” in the parlance of our time) on the street as opposed to through legal means. Yes, it seems that news of Chicago’s strict gun control ordinances apparently haven’t reached the residents of...
  • Donald Trump Posts BRUTAL 15-Second Video… Jeb Will Be Begging For Mercy

    09/01/2015 8:52:35 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 23 replies
    ConservativeTribune ^ | 9.1.2015 | WILMOT PROVISO
    Donald Trump and Jeb Bush couldn’t be more apart on the issue of immigration, and most of the conservative movement seems to be siding with Trump. Now, the billionaire real estate mogul and 2016 presidential hopeful has issued a damning video, using Jeb’s own words to skewer him. The video included a clip of a speech the former Florida governor gave in which he attempted to rationalize unlawful entry into this country. “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony,” Bush is shown saying in the clip posted to Trump’s Facebook page. “It’s a — it’s an act of love.”...
  • Trump may be 'impossible to take down,' top Republican pollster says

    08/25/2015 9:31:05 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 50 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 08/25/2015 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    LEXANDRIA, Va. — A new focus group commissioned by GOP pollster Frank Luntz shows Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is virtually invulnerable to attack by rival 2016 candidates and the media, leading Luntz to say that it is now "totally conceivable" that Trump will become the Republican Party's nominee for president. "The Republican leadership needs to wake up and see that the grass roots has abandoned them," said Luntz, the head of Luntz Global, a top GOP polling and messaging consultancy. "This is a different cat," Luntz added. "It's not like Ross Perot in 1992, where people were simply unhappy with...
  • Birthright Citizenship in the United States: A Global Comparison

    08/19/2015 12:45:52 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 48 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | August 2010 | John Feere
    “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” -- U.S. Const. amend. XIV, § 1 IntroductionEvery year, 300,000 to 400,000 children are born to illegal immigrants in the United States. Despite the foreign citizenship and illegal status of the parent, the executive branch of the U.S. government automatically recognizes these children as U.S. citizens upon birth. The same is true of children born to tourists and other aliens who are present in the United States in a legal but...
  • Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix Them)

    07/21/2015 5:15:17 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07/21/2015 | Rob Pegoraro
    Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it. The recent drama at Reddit is just the latest example. The managers of that expansive archipelago of forums have apparently just realized that the site provides a platform for some singularly hateful people. And yet they don’t seem sure what to do about it, beyond hiding some of the site’s uglier neighborhoods from public view. But let’s be fair to co-founder and now chief executive Steve Huffman (whose predecessor Ellen Pao resigned under fire after removing a community leader and banning some hate-mongering “subreddits”): People have been banging their...
  • Abbott orders Texas National Guard to carry guns at military facilities

    07/18/2015 11:11:40 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 43 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 07/18/2015 | Robert T. Garrett
    AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott says he is reluctantly asking Texas Military Forces to arm soldiers at their home bases after Thursday’s attacks at military sites in Tennessee that killed four Marines and one sailor. Abbott said in a release Saturday that he will authorize Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm National Guard personnel at military facilities across Texas. Abbott’s move followed shootings on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn. “It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order,” he said. The Republican governor said the Chattanooga events made “clear that our military...
  • How MINECRAFT is teaching robots to do the laundry

    07/13/2015 10:28:23 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/13/2015 | Victoria Woollaston
    As humans, we make intuitive choices every day about how to empty the bin, sort laundry or the best way to get to work.  But robots have a far more difficult time choosing from a never-ending list of possible actions.  To make robots respond in a more human-like way to tasks, researchers have developed an algorithm and are teaching machines to use it through an unlikely source - playing Minecraft. The algorithm was developed by computer scientists at Brown University.  It is designed to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments and use these skills in the real...
  • SHOCK: ARIZONA PAPER DECRIES BORDER FENCE AS TOO HIGH FOR MEXICANS TO SAFELY JUMP

    07/06/2015 9:48:48 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 144 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/05/2015 | Brandon Darby
    A mainstream Arizona newspaper is decrying the small section of the Arizona-Mexico border that has a 14-foot-high primary fence because it is too high for illegal immigrants to safely cross. The article, “Border Fence Jumpers Breaking Bones,” includes the claim that sections of the border with a 14-foot-high fence are “as tall as a two or three-story house” and tells the stories of several women who broke bones and were treated extensively to healthcare and surgeries at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. The writer never mentions any lives directly lost as a result of there notbeing a border fence in most...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Creation of Arizona Redistricting Commission

    06/29/2015 8:21:22 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | 07/29/2015 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Arizona’s voters were entitled to try to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less partisan. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion in the 5-to-4 decision. She was joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The case, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, No. 13-1314, concerned an independent commission created by Arizona voters in 2000. About a dozen states have experimented with redistricting commissions that have varying degrees of independence from the state legislatures, which ordinarily draw election maps. Arizona’s commission is most...
  • University Chair Makes Pretty Convincing Argument Against Constitutionality Of Birthright

    05/01/2015 4:17:31 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 30 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 4/30/2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    American citizenship as a birthright has recently become a prominent issue in the ongoing immigration debate, and congressional leaders sought answers during a hearing Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee called upon legal experts to discuss whether the U.S. Constitution actually allows children born in the United States to be citizens, even if their parents are illegal immigrants. Under the Citizenship Clause, which falls under the Fourteenth Amendment, people born within the country or its territories are automatically granted citizenship
  • Argument analysis: Setting up the private debate on the ACA [SCOTUS]

    03/04/2015 10:55:22 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 19 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 03/04/2015 | Lyle Denniston
    Analysis One of the most important functions of oral argument in the Supreme Court is that it can strongly shape the next round: the private deliberations among the nine Justices as they start work on a decision.  The much-awaited hearing Wednesday on the stiff new challenge to the Affordable Care Act strongly suggested that Topic A in private could well be: how bad will we make things if we rule against the government? Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who seemed decidedly more sympathetic to the government than might have been expected, worried over a constitutional blow against the states.  But even the two Justices...
  • First Same-Sex Couple Married in Austin [TX]

    02/19/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 13 replies
    NPR via KUT ^ | 02/19/2015
    Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were married this morning in Austin. The county clerk issued the couple a same-sex marriage license based on a court order. The order, the county clerk's office confirms, will only apply to this one couple, one of whom is "medically fragile." [See the judge's order here.] "I am happily following the court order, but the court order only applies to this one couple," says Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir. "And it is based on the idea that there are circumstances with this couple…one of them is medically fragile and they may not survive the...
  • 6 Key Supreme Court Cases This Term

    09/25/2014 6:44:47 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 09/24/2014 | Elizabeth Slattery
    If you use Facebook, pay taxes, enjoy fishing or drive a car, the 2014-2015 term of the Supreme Court, which begins Oct. 6, will be worth watching. Many of the cases from the last term touched on issues such as executive power, religious liberty, free speech and racial preferences. Here are highlights of the upcoming term: 1. Elonis v. United States: Aspiring rapper Anthony “Tone Dougie” Elonis was convicted of making criminal threats after posting rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife. Did the government have to prove Tone Dougie intended to actually threaten his wife, or is...
  • Texas Police Pepare to Defend International Bridges from Militia Groups

    09/15/2014 11:09:26 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 76 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/14/2014 | Bob Price
    MISSION, Texas -- Authorities prepare to use “whatever force is necessary” to defend international bridges between Texas and Mexico from U.S. based militia groups. The preparations by Texas law enforcement agencies are in response to recently discovered plans by militia groups to attempt closing several international bridges. The militia groups' plans are intended to be protests against the federal government's failure to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The plans call for militia groups to begin blocking traffic on an undisclosed number of international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20th, 2014. “We will not allow...
  • Southwest Border Command Is Planned at Homeland Security

    09/12/2014 12:41:16 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/11/2014 | Devlin Barrett
    Department Discusses Pentagon-Style Structure to Stem Migrants, Crime WASHINGTON—Homeland Security officials are planning to create a military-like chain of command to police the Southwest U.S. border, in what could be the department's most significant restructuring since its creation in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to people familiar with the discussions. The plan would create a Southern Command, or Southcom in military parlance, bringing together groups of agents from Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, these people said.
  • Sotomayor: Americans Should be Alarmed by Spread of Drones

    09/12/2014 12:30:24 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 92 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/12/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Americans should be more concerned about their privacy being invaded by the spread of drones, Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an Oklahoma City audience on Thursday. Speaking before a group of faculty members and students at Oklahoma City University’s law school on Sept. 11, Justice Sotomayor said “frightening” changes in surveillance technology should encourage citizens to take a more active role in the privacy debate. She said she’s particularly troubled by the potential for commercial and government drones to compromise personal privacy. Said Justice Sotomayor: There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what...
  • Toronto: Dan Rather Scandal Movie 'Truth' Gets Greenlight (Exclusive)

    09/04/2014 3:42:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 97 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    James Vanderbilt's Truth, the high-profile movie chronicling the scandal that derailed Dan Rather's career, has gotten the greenlight to begin shooting this fall. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment will finance the movie, starring Robert Redford as the iconic news anchor and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather's producer. At the same time, FilmNation has come aboard to represent international rights and will pre-sell the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night (based on the cast, it's sure to whet appetites). Mythology Entertainment is the driving force behind Truth, which was...
  • Democratic Republic of Congo confirms first Ebola outbreak this year; WHO doctor struck down with

    08/24/2014 7:04:23 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 12 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | 08/25/2014 | AFP
    THE Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its first two cases this year of Ebola but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic ravaging West Africa. “The results are positive. The Ebola virus is confirmed in DRC,” Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said, referring to tests undertaken on people after an unidentified fever killed 13 in the northwest Equateur province this month. He said the confirmation marked the seventh outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, where the virus was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River. The two new cases had “no link to (the epidemic) raging in West...
  • A Morning in Immigration Court: Judge Hears 38 ‘Favorite’ Cases, Many He’ll See Again

    08/22/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 08/22/2014 | Josh Siegel
    “It is my favorite docket, the juveniles,” Immigration Judge John Milo Bryant says, unprompted, as he hears the case of 15-year-old Christian Hernandez, a recent illegal arrival from Honduras. Bryant, the gregarious judge overseeing 38 juvenile cases in Arlington, Va., Immigration Court on a Tuesday morning, commends Christian for his “perfect English.” Christian, a good-looking youth who flashes a sure smile, keeps his hair gelled into a Mohawk and wears a button-up shirt and slacks fastened by a gray Nike belt, tells Bryant he will begin high school in a few weeks. At this first immigration hearing for Christian —...
  • Oakland protests in support of Ferguson heating up, significant police presence

    08/15/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/15/2014
    Tweeps are reporting that the Oakland protest going on now is beginning to get a little tense. Mario Sevilla ‏@mariosevilla 6m LIVE http://news.kron4.com/?p=75006 -- Heavy police presence in #Oakland as protesters take over downtown streets. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/7f1JvKrZ3X ѕyndιcalιѕт ‏@syndicalisms 21m Helicopters above in #Oakland at #Ferguson solidarity march. Via @OccupyOakland pic.twitter.com/wPsLCKycQy
  • 'This Is Not Open For Discussion' — Massive SWAT Team Tells Peaceful Protesters In Ferguson To Leave

    08/13/2014 4:52:35 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 547 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/13/2014 | Paul Szoldra
    A large police SWAT team showed up to a peaceful demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri and the scene is getting increasingly tense, reports Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly, who is currently on the ground. Soon after the team of more than 70 officers came on the scene, they told protesters they needed to leave the area and that "this [was] not open for discussion," Reilly tweeted. MSNBC reporter Trymain Lee tweeted that police told the crowd, "Go home, return to your vehicles. The protesters responded, "Mike can't go home!" "Your right to assembly is not being denied," the police said later...
  • Actor, comedian Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

    08/11/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 82 replies
    LAT ^ | 08/11/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appears to have committed suicide. The news of the beloved actor’s death rocked the nation. Channels broke into their usual programming to make the announcement, and within minutes, he dominated online trending topics.
  • Riots, looting, gunfire and chaos in Ferguson, Missouri following police shooting of teenager

    08/10/2014 8:30:23 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 719 replies
    KMOV ^ | 08/10/2014 | Staff
    <p>FERGUSON, Mo.(KMOV.com) -- Protests in Ferguson reportedly turned violent Sunday night.</p>
  • Tell RNC/GOP-e fundraisers where you stand! (Vanity)

    08/08/2014 12:43:43 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 47 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 08/08/2014 | BuckeyeTexan
    My Republican Affiliation and Renewal Confirmation Card arrived today. Here's how I filled it out and returned it at my own expense. The Republican National Committee needs to buy a clue. Later I'll publish the answers I supplied to a Republican-financed survey. The questioner was clearly distressed that I did not provide the expected responses.
  • Ebola: Patrick Sawyer Escaped Quarantine

    08/08/2014 8:27:50 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies
    ThisDay (Nigerian paper of record) ^ | 08/08/2014 | Adeola Akinremi, Chiemelie Ezeobi , Damilola Oyedele and Paul Obi
    It has been revealed that the Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who travelled to Lagos from Monrovia and became Nigeria’s index case for the Ebola virus was actually under surveillance by the Liberian health authorities, even though he still managed to board a flight to travel. (...) Speaking with journalists at the end of the briefing, Mcintosh said: “Because he had contact with somebody who died from Ebola, he was quarantined in his own country but he evaded the quarantine and came to Nigeria.” (...) Video Shows Sawyer was Very Ill It has also emerged that Sawyer looked “terribly ill” and...
  • WHO: Ebola virus disease update - West Africa (1779 cases, 961 deaths)

    08/08/2014 8:13:11 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 11 replies
    WHO ^ | 08/08/2014 | WHO
    Epidemiology and surveillance Between 5 and 6 August 2014, a total of 68 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 29 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Health sector response On Wednesday, 6 August and Thursday, 7 August, an Emergency Committee was held via teleconference to determine whether the current outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. After discussion and deliberation on the information provided, the Committee advised that: the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes an ‘extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other States;the...
  • Ebola virus: American doctor with deadly disease 'is improving' after arriving back on U.S. soil

    08/03/2014 8:25:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 62 replies
    Mirror ^ | 08/03/2014 | Piers Eady
    An American doctor brought back to the US aftercatching the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia is improving, heath officials have said. Dr Kent Brantly, 33, is being treated in a special isolation ward in Atlanta and was able to walk with help from an ambulance.
  • Transcript: Retired Border Patrol Officer Zach Taylor explains surge of illegals on U.S. border

    07/21/2014 12:53:04 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 81 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07/19/2014
    This is a chilling interview with Retired Border Patrol Officer Zach Taylor about the surge of illegals coming across the U.S. border right now. If you haven't watched the interview, read this transcript: My name is Zach Taylor. I'm a retired Border Patrol officer. My main job was understanding and having intelligence capabilities about drug smuggling across the U.S. border and human smuggling across the U.S. border to bring contraband and people into the United States. That's what I did for twenty-six years. National security is a component of the immigration laws and the reason that immigration officers exist. Because...
  • Gov. Rick Perry Says Texas May Soon Take Steps to Secure the Border — With or Without the Feds

    07/18/2014 6:00:02 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 104 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 7/17/2014 | Erica Ritz
    Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has been begging the federal government for years to secure America’s southern border. Now, as America faces what some are calling an “invasion” of illegal aliens, Perry said the time may come that Texas is forced to secure its roughly 1,200 mile border with Mexico with or without the federal government’s help. “We’ve been able to shut down illegal activities in certain sectors with our different operations that we’ve had,” Perry said on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday. “But I think there’s a point in time where you say, ‘You know what? This 1,200 mile border has to...
  • Laredo Mayor: No Taxpayer Money to Help Illegal Immigrants (Won't raise taxes on citizens)

    07/07/2014 9:36:26 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    KRGV Rio Grande ^ | 07/07/2014 | Staff
    LAREDO - City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said the city has to look out for its own citizens. Laredo's position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen, which has spent thousands in tax dollars helping Central Americans released from Border Patrol custody.