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  • Letters contrast lawmaker’s claims

    09/08/2010 5:22:15 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 19 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/08/2010 | todd j. gillman
    Documents say scholarship money should go to her relatives Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson apparently asked the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to send scholarship checks directly to her two grandsons and two greatnephews, rather than to their colleges. Johnson has insisted repeatedly that she left scholarship decisions to aides. But two letters she sent the foundation from 2006 undermine claims that she wasn’t involved in obtaining $31,000 for her relatives and two other ineligible recipients.
  • Amish Farming Draws Rare Government Scrutiny (EPA again?)

    06/09/2010 3:27:06 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 24 replies · 70+ views
    NYT ^ | 06/08/2010 | SINDYA N. BHANOO
    LANCASTER, Pa. — With simplicity as their credo, Amish farmers consume so little that some might consider them model environmental citizens. Manure that accumulates on Amish farms easily washes into nearby streams, then into the troubled Chesapeake Bay. The federal government’s work with Amish farmers is part of an initiative intended to restore the bay to good health. “We are supposed to be stewards of the land,” said Matthew Stoltzfus, a 34-year-old dairy farmer and father of seven whose family, like many other Amish, shuns cars in favor of horse and buggy and lives without electricity. “It is our Christian...
  • Hutchison underestimated anti-Washington sentiment

    03/03/2010 4:06:01 AM PST · by cbkaty · 31 replies · 1,517+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 2, 2010, 11:00PM | JOE HOLLEY
    Less than a year ago, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison was the most popular elected official in Texas and the odds-on favorite to be the next governor of Texas. Some polls showed her leading the incumbent, Rick Perry, by more than 20 points. What Hutchison didn't realize this time a year ago was that her fate may well have been sealed by Tax Day, April 15, 2009, when Perry spoke at tea party rallies in Houston, Dallas and Austin and suggested — merely suggested — that Texas might have reason to secede from the union. He never mentioned the word...
  • Terrible news

    02/15/2010 5:24:54 AM PST · by cbkaty · 30 replies · 2,331+ views
    Lonestar Times ^ | 02/15/2010 | David Benzion
    Our prayers to Edd and Nina, as well as all the entire Hendee family, on the loss of their son, Edd Jr. A Connecticut man died on Saturday after he hit a tree while skiing on Stratton Mountain, according to the Winhall Police Department. Edd K. Hendee, 33, of Riverside, Conn., was pronounced dead around noon on Saturday, police said. Winhall Police Sgt. Thomas Crowe said Hendee had been on the mountain skiing with a friend. Around 11 a.m., Hendee took the North American Trail. The trail is rated for experts, but Hendee’s family and friends told police he was...
  • U.S. 'Star Wars' laser plane successfully shoots down ballistic missile for first time

    02/13/2010 4:18:07 AM PST · by cbkaty · 82 replies · 1,795+ views
    Mail Foreign Service ^ | 12:09 PM on 13th February 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    The U.S. have successfully taken out a ballistic missile with a high-powered laser beam mounted to a plane, it revealed yesterday. The U.S. Missile Defence Agency (MDA) announced the feat after the test overnight on Thursday in central California. The plane uses lasers to lock onto the missile and follow its trajectory and then brings it down with a single shot from its nose - all in a matter of seconds.
  • Texas has worst-ranked food stamp program (see photo)

    01/13/2010 6:26:24 AM PST · by cbkaty · 99 replies · 2,801+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 01/13/2010 | GARY SCHARRER
    AUSTIN — Texas has the worst performing food stamp program in the nation, the federal director for food assistance told state officials here Tuesday. It ranks last among the 50 states and U.S. territories in processing food stamp applications and also does a poor job getting eligible low-income people to apply, said Kevin Concannon, a U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary, in an earlier meeting with reporters. And because Texas does not even come close to the national average in enrolling those eligible, grocery retailers like H-E-B and Randalls are missing out on nearly $1 billion a year in food sales,...
  • Jesse Jackson Lobbying for black jobs inititiative (Houston Chronicle - Header)

    12/11/2009 4:27:49 AM PST · by cbkaty · 20 replies · 573+ views
    The Washington Post & Houston Chronicle ^ | December 11, 2009 | Krissah Thompson
    WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson has joined black lawmakers in their push to get the White House to do more to directly help African-American communities disproportionately hurt by the nation's severe economic recession. Mr. Jackson, who lamented that he was not invited to President Barack Obama's recent jobs summit, said he has requested a meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to talk about economic aid for depressed minority communities. No meeting has been set.
  • Congress scrambles to extend estate tax

    12/02/2009 4:40:08 AM PST · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 1,049+ views
    Assiciated Press ^ | 12/02/2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Next year had been shaping up as a great year to get a big inheritance - no federal taxes on it. Congress, however, has other plans for the few wealthy heirs expecting a big boon. Uncle Sam may take a 45 percent cut after all. Under current law, the federal estate tax is scheduled to temporarily disappear next year before returning in 2011 at an even higher rate. But the House is expected to vote as early as Thursday on a bill that would permanently extend the current top rate of 45 percent on estates larger than...
  • GOP’s latest foes hail from Tea Party

    11/16/2009 3:47:33 AM PST · by cbkaty · 40 replies · 1,585+ views
    the houston chronicle ^ | 11/16/2009 | lynsi burton
    Republicans in 5 state races may find new fights on their right flanks WASHINGTON— Canyon Clowdus thinks Americans “have less freedom and pay more taxes than ever.” “We need more John Wayne and Jesus in Washington,” the Marble Falls rancher and businessman declares. Clowdus is just the kind of grass-roots activist that national Republican leaders sought to fire up in the Tea Party movement that has spread across Texas in energetic rallies and heated town hall confrontations. Now, the 40-year-old Army veteran is seeking to unseat an incumbent congressman whom he calls a profligate spender. Just one problem: Clowdus, an...
  • Whining AARP retirees look only in the mirror

    10/21/2009 5:16:47 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    universal press syndicaate ^ | 10/21/2009 | scott burns
    As far as I can tell, the goal of the AARP — formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons — is to enslave all those of working age. Once enslaved, workers will support retirees in the style to which the AARP feels they are entitled. This would be good for the AARP because its real business is selling products to older people by direct mail, and the more income older people have, the better it is for the AARP. Too bad about everyone else.
  • Fox News host sparks outrage

    09/02/2009 6:58:57 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 216 replies · 8,184+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 09/02/2009 | Edward Luce
    If the White House is trying to figure how it lost control of the debate over healthcare in August, it could take a look at Glenn Beck’s television and radio ratings. The conservative talk radio host, who also has an hourly slot on Fox News every day, has seen his viewer numbers soar even as opponents have pressed companies to withdraw advertising from the show.
  • Dan Rather wants Obama to help save the news

    07/31/2009 5:37:24 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 30 replies · 880+ views
    Aspen Daily News Online and DRUDGE ^ | 07/29/2009 | Andrew Travers
    Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute. “I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said. Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive. At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy. “A truly free and independent press is the red beating heart of democracy...
  • Republicans entering Century 21 (50 at a time?)

    07/21/2009 5:07:51 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 13 replies · 378+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/21/2009 | LISA FALKENBERG
    "It's the wave of the future!” Jared Woodfill tells a brave, mostly gray crowd squeezed into a Greenway-area office space amid paraphernalia ranging from life-size cutouts of Ronald Reagan and the Presidents Bush, a Goldwater campaign poster and an Ann Coulter action figure. They drove from Kingwood and from Clear Lake and from just down the street. Armed with legal pads, they came to learn how to effectively penetrate what's become, at least in politics, the domain of mostly whippersnapper Obamaphiles. Welcome to Facebook 101, Harris County Republican Party-style. Upon arrival, the more than 50 attendees receive a how-to packet...
  • Second Amendment applies to local government

    07/12/2009 6:16:34 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 21 replies · 904+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/12/2009 | GREG ABBOTT
    Americans breathed a sigh of relief last year when the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment does, indeed, protect individuals from government infringement on their right to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, some state and local governments still believe that prohibition does not apply to them. Last week, I filed a brief on behalf of Texas and 32 other states, asking the court to clarify that the Second Amendment applies just as much to local and state governments as it does to the federal government. At issue are local ordinances that ban handgun possession — even in the...
  • Harris County GOP struggles as it tries to rebuild

    07/12/2009 5:07:27 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 8 replies · 428+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/12/2009 | BRADLEY OLSON
    “A lot of people are very concerned that the party is not in as strong a position as it needs to be going into 2010,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said last week. Emmett said he experienced “a frustrating week” at the end of June trying to locate party officials when the local GOP office was closed and no one was answering the phone. “It's important that a lot of things get done now going into next year.”
  • His medals aren't real, but his search for honor is

    07/11/2009 6:27:08 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 41 replies · 3,204+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/11/2009 | LINDSAY WISE
    Houston native Charles Bass had told the story about how he survived a deadly snake bite in Vietnam so many times it seemed natural to tell it again, this time in front of a TV camera on the Fourth of July. He pointed at scars on his hand and the crook of his elbow, explaining how he'd stuck a hollow bamboo in the vein to stop the venom from reaching his heart. The camera panned a display case full of his medals at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum on Southmore Boulevard. A placard explained that Sgt. Maj. Bass had earned...
  • Mayor wants review of HFD after graffiti attack (Evil White Men again?)

    07/10/2009 3:52:18 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 14 replies · 661+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/10/2009 | ALLAN TURNER
    Mayor Bill White on Thursday sought to calm and reassure the city in the wake of this week’s discovery of racist, sexist graffiti at a north Houston fire station. But at least some of his suggestions to boost harmony and smooth administration raised sparks with the nearly 4,000-member firefighters union. Rules meant to assure due process for firefighters suspected of wrongdoing have the potential to slow the investigation, White said. Also, rules requiring that promotion decisions be based largely on test scores make it difficult to put the best leaders in place, he said.
  • Secession talk just getting started (Texas)

    06/29/2009 4:28:40 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 261 replies · 4,413+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 29, 2009 | PEGGY FIKAC
    Still, even his explanations tend to end with a question mark, like this one earlier this year: “I see absolutely no reason for Texas to leave. But if Washington continues to disregard the states and continues to try to force states to change the way that they govern, who knows what may happen?”
  • In Venezuela, Land 'Rescue' Hopes Unmet Farmers Struggle on Expropriated Plots (Chavez fails!)

    06/21/2009 5:08:42 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 24 replies · 562+ views
    Houston Chronicle & Washington Post ^ | 06/21/2009 | Juan Forero
    Chávez's so-called back-to-the-land movement calls for the redistribution of land -- increasingly properties that the state has taken over in what officials term a "rescue" or "recuperation." The objective is to ensure "food sovereignty," thereby reducing dependence on imports. But nearly five years after the measures were implemented nationwide, farmers and agriculture experts say, Venezuela is not only far from self-sufficient in food, but also more dependent than ever on foreign countries. Food imports rose to $7.5 billion last year, a sixfold increase since Chávez took power a decade ago.
  • What recession? House office budgets go up (thumb in your eye?)

    06/20/2009 4:37:23 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 23 replies · 571+ views
    Houston Chronicle & AP ^ | 06/20/2009 | JIM ABRAMS
    The House of Representatives, with little comment or opposition, on Friday approved an 8 percent increase in the budget for members' office expenses. House members will get an average $1.5 million in the budget year starting in October to run their Washington and district offices and cover travel and other official expenses. Overall, the budget for what the House calls members' representational allowances, or MRAs, will jump $51 million to $660 million.
  • Dissecting the Kennedy Health Bill (Congress EXEMPT)

    06/19/2009 5:39:10 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 16 replies · 6,338+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 06/19/2009 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    No, you won't be able to keep your insurance if you like it.... Members of Congress "enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country," according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. They "can choose from among consumer-driven and high deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health saving/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or fee-for-service (FFS) plans, and their preferred provider organizations (PPO), or health maintenance organizations (HMO)." These choices would be nice for all of us, but they're not in the offing. Instead, if you don't enroll in a "qualified" health plan and submit...
  • Look again, Events bear out Homeland Security report’s warnings (Dinnosaur Media Death Watch)

    06/15/2009 5:15:27 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 20 replies · 652+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 14, 2009, 7:57PM | editorial board
    The recent cases of a right-to-life extremist accused of killing an abortion doctor in Kansas and an elderly white supremacist accused in the fatal shooting of a Holocaust museum guard in Washington, D.C., match warnings in the report. It concluded individuals with white supremacist views, acting as so-called lone wolves, pose the most significant domestic terrorism threat because they are difficult for law enforcement to detect before they commit crimes. Right-wing extremism is not a liberal figment of the imagination. As the DHS report and recent incidents make clear, it is a growing threat and a valid concern for federal...
  • Rasmussen - Right Direction or Wrong Track (Voters’ Opinions on America’s Direction)

    06/04/2009 8:59:11 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 12 replies · 655+ views
    Rasmussen Report ^ | Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | Rasmussen Poll
    For the second straight week, 37% of likely voters say the United States is heading in the right direction. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 55% believe the nation is heading down the wrong track. That’s down from 57% last week. While both numbers have remained fairly consistent over the past few weeks, the percentage who say the nation is heading in the right direction is up 10 points from the week Barack Obama was inaugurated as President in January and up 16 points from the week he was elected in November. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Democratic...
  • 77% of Georgia Voters Favor ID Checks Before Voting, Justice Department Disagrees

    06/03/2009 8:48:44 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 64 replies · 2,055+ views
    rasmussen report ^ | Tuesday, June 02, 2009 | Rasmussen
    The Department of Justice on Tuesday said the state of Georgia's system cannot check driver’s license information and Social Security numbers to prove that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. Georgia’s voters have an entirely different perspective. Rasmussen Reports polling conducted during Election 2008 found that 77% said prospective voters should first be required to show a legal photo ID first. Georgia’s voters also held that view two years earlier despite a state judge’s ruling that a new law requiring a photo ID at the polls was a violation of the state constitution. Nationally, three-out-of-four U.S. voters (76%) said a person...
  • Obama's War on Talk Radio (It's started)

    05/26/2009 9:08:53 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 17 replies · 1,355+ views
    Rasmussen Report ^ | Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | EILEEN MCGANN AND DICK MORRIS
    Obama's liberal philosophy dictates that when the news is bad, shoot the messenger. The newest data from Arbitron, the company charged with measuring the size of radio audiences, suggests that listenership to hip hop, inner city, and minority radio has been overstated in the past and that the popularity of conservative talk radio has been under-reported. This conclusion - ideologically inconvenient for Obama - comes from the company's decision to dispense with the Stone Age way it has been measuring radio audiences - by hand written diaries based on listener memory - with modern machines which automatically record what the...
  • FBI: Texas drug cell trains on own ranch

    05/20/2009 4:31:11 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 9,095+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2009, 7:53PM | DANE SCHILLER
    FBI is advising law enforcement officers across the country that a Texas cell of Los Zetas — an increasingly powerful arm of the Mexican Gulf Cartel drug trafficking syndicate — has acquired a secluded ranch where it trains its members to “neutralize” competitors in the United States.
  • Texas Districts Close Because Of Swine Flu - New Braunfels, Comal Districts Shut Down

    04/29/2009 8:40:51 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 50 replies · 2,614+ views
    Internet Broadcasting ^ | April 29, 2009
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- School districts in Texas near San Antonio have begun to shut down because of fears of swine flu, San Antonio's KSAT-TV reported. Both the Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts announced on their respective Web sites and phone system they will close their campuses. The closures will last until May 11. The decision includes all private schools in the county, as well as any after-school or extra-curricular activities. Parents in the area also reported that day care facilities were also shutting down. The announcement for the Comal ISD came after the recommendation of the Comal...
  • Should Obama Control the Internet?

    04/27/2009 6:03:56 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 47 replies · 1,331+ views
    Motherjones ^ | Thu April 2, 2009 12:33 PM PST | Steve Aquino
    Should Obama Control the Internet? A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data. Should President Obama have the power to shut down domestic Internet traffic during a state of emergency? Senators John Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) think so. On Wednesday they introduced a bill to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor—an arm of the executive branch that would have vast power to monitor and control Internet traffic to protect against threats to critical cyber infrastructure. That broad power is rattling some civil libertarians. The Cybersecurity Act...
  • Perry grabs hold of states’ rights (Another slam from the Comical)

    04/26/2009 8:37:47 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 17 replies · 1,458+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2009 | PEGGY FIKAC
    Secession talk was just the beginning as he prepares to host forum on Obama Darling of the Tea Party conservatives, a bad whiff of the Old South, or Gov. Who? “This was a throwback to the Old South, a South that was out of the mainstream and viewed as something of an embarrassment. You think of people like George Wallace when you think of the claim of states’ rights. I don’t think that’s the image that modern Texas wants,” Sabato said.
  • Bill to restrict access to teacher records moves forward (TEXAS)

    04/24/2009 5:06:54 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 22 replies · 562+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2009 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    AUSTIN — Teacher and school employee criminal histories for anything other than the most violent and sex-driven crimes would be kept from the public under legislation that received tentative approval from the Texas House on Thursday. The measure, sought by teacher groups, received preliminary approval from the House on a non-recorded voice vote.
  • ATF: Texas No. 1 in smuggled guns

    04/24/2009 4:57:05 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 27 replies · 1,203+ views
    HEARST NEWS SERVICE / Houston Chronicle | April 24, 2009 | TODD BENSMAN
    Texas led the nation as the source of known weapons smuggled into Mexico with 40 percent of the total, or 4,800 firearms in 2008 — a year in which a record number of confiscated weapons were traced to U.S. retailers. The number of firearms — 12,073 — is more than double that in the previous two years combined, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported. The 2008 figure brings the total number of guns confirmed as having been bought in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico to 22,848 since 2005. California was the No. 2 source with...
  • Alternative home finance that adheres to Islamic principles is thriving

    04/23/2009 6:28:48 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 20 replies · 667+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | April 22, 2009, 6:53PM | LINDSAY WISE
    As part of its Islamic-based business model, Guidance Residential featured a recitation from the Quran by Noorulhuda Khalid, 10, during a recent gathering for prospective borrowers at the Mezban Curry and Grill restaurant in Houston. Share Print Email Del.icio.usDiggTwitterYahoo! BuzzFacebookStumbleUponFor five years after moving to Houston, Pakistani immigrant Abdul-Jabbar Khan rented an apartment even though he had saved enough money to make a down payment on a house.
  • Vanity - Fredericksburg, Texas Tea Party

    04/16/2009 5:28:12 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 12 replies · 825+ views
    04/16/2009 | cbkaty
    Fredericksburg, Texas, population 10,500 (2005 census) Huge turnout for a small town. What this post can't convey is the support from all the truckers passing through with full-volume air horns of support. One had to hear it to understand. The estimated Tea Party crowd was 500 people. The Marketplaz was filled to the brim as speaker after speaker entertained the crowd of democrats, independents, and republicans. Even Thomas Jefferson showed up and reminded the crowd of the responsibilities of each and every American. Thomas Jefferson & Mayor of Fredericksburg, TexasThe court house crowd...the overflow crowd stayed at the Marketplaz.
  • WAKE UP CALL: TEXAS GOV. BACK RESOLUTION AFFIRMING SOVEREIGNTY

    04/14/2009 11:18:13 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 21 replies · 1,094+ views
    drudge Report ^ | Tue Apr 14 2009 08:44:54 ET | drudgereport
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to...
  • A half-cocked idea--The Texas Senate needs to block the college campus gun bill

    04/11/2009 5:09:58 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 63 replies · 1,471+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 10, 2009, 9:16PM | editorial board
    But the most troubling, irresponsible one of all is a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Authored by Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, it seems to have enough support to pass the House. In the Senate, 13 of the 31 members have promised their support for an identical bill authored by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.
  • Pennsylvania Pie Fight:Inspector Nabs Homemade Desserts At St. Cecilia Church's Lenten Fish Fry

    04/10/2009 8:28:18 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 31 replies · 1,283+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 04/10/2009 | KRIS MAHER
    ROCHESTER, Pa. -- On the first Friday of Lent, an elderly female parishioner of St. Cecilia Catholic Church began unwrapping pies at the church. That's when the trouble started. A state inspector, there for an annual checkup on the church's kitchen, spied the desserts. After it was determined that the pies were home-baked, the inspector decreed they couldn't be sold.
  • 98 shots from 'new Rambo' spurs ammo debate (cheap ammo)

    04/09/2009 4:22:58 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 44 replies · 1,639+ views
    Houston Chronicle & AP ^ | April 9, 2009, 5:16AM | WILLIAM KATES
    Gun control advocates said if a man who complained about not getting enough in unemployment benefits could afford enough ammunition to repeatedly practice shooting and go into his killing zone with a satchel of bullets around his neck, new ways are needed to stem gun violence, including raising the price of ammunition.
  • White House discusses altering the atmosphere to fight warming

    04/09/2009 3:57:03 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 43 replies · 1,191+ views
    Houston Chronicle & AP ^ | April 8, 2009, 11:05PM | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON — Tinkering with Earth’s climate to chill runaway global warming — a radical idea once dismissed out of hand — is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president’s new science adviser said Wednesday.
  • Obama to Push Immigration Bill Despite the Risks

    04/09/2009 3:09:05 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 19 replies · 926+ views
    New York Times ^ | 04/09/2009 | JULIA PRESTON
    While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.
  • Senate OKS Guns At Work (TEXAS)

    03/26/2009 3:42:04 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 21 replies · 963+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2009, 12:01AM | DAVID SALEH RAUF
    AUSTIN — Texans would be allowed to stow their guns and ammo inside their locked cars or trucks while at work and parked on employer property under a controversial bill passed Wednesday by the state Senate. The Senate voted 31-0 to prohibit employers from enforcing restrictions against employees possessing a legally owned handgun or ammunition inside a locked vehicle while in a company parking lot. Firearms and ammo must be stored out of sight.
  • Obama's‘shared sacrifice' means taking from rich

    03/06/2009 5:19:03 AM PST · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 726+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 5, 2009, 10:12PM | JONAH GOLDBERG
    Obama proclaimed many times during the campaign, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” He and his throngs of supporters preened in the glow of their own righteousness like cats in a puddle of sunlight. They were for “shared sacrifice” and a “new era of responsibility.” They wanted to put aside the “old politics” and the “tired arguments” of the past.
  • The Foreclosure Five (top 5 states)

    02/23/2009 4:23:10 AM PST · by cbkaty · 22 replies · 2,376+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/23/2009 | Alan Reynolds
    When President Obama discusses his $275 billion mortgage bailout, he talks as if it was a national problem, caused by a national decline in home prices. "We must stem the spread of foreclosures and falling home values for all Americans," he says. But there is no national market for homes and no national price for homes. Instead, most of the United States will pay for the folly of few. The beneficiaries of taxpayer charity will be highly concentrated in just five states - California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Michigan. That is not because the subsidized homeowners are poor (Californians with...
  • President Barack Obama touts job creation in Denver (Solor Co. Namaste)

    02/19/2009 5:12:39 AM PST · by cbkaty · 9 replies · 418+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | February 18, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
    DENVER — Even as an aide hinted that another stimulus bill might be needed, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law the $787 billion package that is a cornerstone of his plan to reverse a dramatic economic downturn. The stimulus is one of several White House steps meant to preserve or create about 3.5 million jobs and ease the recession.
  • Hasson Chop removes wife's head

    02/16/2009 9:31:24 AM PST · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 2,038+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 04:08pm | Tim Blair
    New York man Muzzammil Hassan founded pro-Islam station Bridges TV five years ago to combat the negative public image of Muslims. He is currently under arrest for beheading his wife. The couple in happier times, before Hassan removed his wife’s head.....
  • Arkansas lawmakers pass bill allowing guns in churches

    02/12/2009 4:35:41 AM PST · by cbkaty · 7 replies · 504+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 12, 2009, 12:03AM | Associated Press
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas House on Wednesday approved a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches, despite hearing arguments that lawmakers should put their faith in God, not guns. The bill, which passed on a 57-42 vote and now heads to the Senate, removes churches and other houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned. Currently, the only private entities where concealed weapons are banned are churches and bars.
  • Police shoot woman suspected of wounding man with arrow (CHL holders respond)

    01/20/2009 5:37:38 AM PST · by cbkaty · 26 replies · 1,273+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 20, 2009, 5:31AM | ANITA HASSAN
    A woman was shot by a police officer and two civilians after she walked into a northwest Houston office building and shot a man with a bow and arrow Monday afternoon, authorities said. Witnesses told investigators Julie Parker, 30, came into the Texas Components Corp.. office in the 1600 block of West Sam Houston Parkway with a bow and arrow and what appeared to be a handgun about 3 p.m., said Houston Police Department Sgt. John Chomiak.
  • Weapons sold in Houston kill in Mexico

    11/30/2008 6:15:21 AM PST · by cbkaty · 70 replies · 1,566+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 29, 2008, 11:24PM | DANE SCHILLER
    A police officer in Tijuana, Mexico, investigates the scene where a woman was killed by gunmen in a parking lot last week. Gangsters have honed in on this city because of its glut of gun shops, its proximity to the border, and its long-established networks for smuggling narcotics into the United States, federal law-enforcement officials said.
  • What If Obama Loses? VANITY

    11/03/2008 8:55:26 AM PST · by cbkaty · 129 replies · 2,702+ views
    11/03/2008 | cbkaty
    What will happend if Obama loses?
  • VFW endorses Lampson over GOP rival, fellow veteran (NRA too?)

    10/19/2008 7:40:50 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 38 replies · 1,128+ views
    2008 Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/19/2008 | ALAN BERNSTEIN
    The political arm of Veterans of Foreign Wars on Saturday endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, who did not serve in the military, over Republican challenger Pete Olson, a former Navy pilot and Pentagon liaison. Also, the National Rifle Association made its backing of Lampson official, months after signaling its support of his legislative votes for gun ownership rights.
  • Pricey meal brings funds to Obama (Fried Chicken fo staff)

    08/04/2008 6:32:13 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 15 replies · 190+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 4, 2008 | SHELBY HODGE
    So what did the high rollers get for their money Thursday night after ponying up $28,500 each for dinner with Barack Obama? The Thrash dinner was part two of Thursday's fundraising blitz that garnered $1.6 million for Democratic coffers. An afternoon reception with Obama at Ginni and Richard Mithoff's drew more than 250 who paid either $1,000 or $2,300, the larger figure earning a photo with Obama.