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  • "Breaking: Texas Makes Huge Move Against Black Lives Matter"

    07/19/2016 11:12:53 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 52 replies
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Lone Star State lawmakers are cracking down after recent recent attacks carried out against police officers. Abbott on Monday announced the Police Protection Act, which
 aims to strengthen penalties for crimes committed against police officers.
  • Texas Gov. Abbott Released from Hospital After Burn Treatment

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

    07/10/2016 7:41:31 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    Austin America Stateman ^ | July 10, 2016 | Jonathan Tilove
    Late Thursday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office found itself dealing with a traumatic and wholly unexpected situation. The governor, who was on vacation with his family in Jackson Hole, Wyo., was on his way to St. John’s Hospital. He had been accidentally scalded with hot water and had extensive second- and third-degree burns on both legs below the knees and both feet. Matt Hirsch, the governor’s communications director, began preparing a statement about the injury and how it might require the governor to curtail his schedule for the next couple of weeks, including, perhaps, skipping the Republican National Convention, which...
  • Texas Governor Burned in Accident; Could Miss GOP Convention

    07/10/2016 6:34:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 66 replies
    AP ^ | July 10, 2016 | WILL WEISSERT
    Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas sustained "extensive second- and third-degree burns" on both legs below the knees and both feet — and may miss next week's Republican National Convention as a result, his office said Sunday. Spokesman Matt Hirsch said Abbott was with his family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Thursday when he was scalded in an accident involving hot water. He declined to provide further details.
  • State, local officials react to deadly downtown Dallas shooting

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

    07/07/2016 9:20:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 07-07-2016 | JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH
    Three Dallas police officers were killed and seven others were wounded Thursday night during a demonstration protesting the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana this week, according to Chief David O. Brown of the Dallas police.
  • Twitter posts by BLM declare race war on whites

    07/07/2016 9:32:57 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 86 replies
  • David Horowitz on where Black Lives Matter came from

    07/07/2016 7:32:00 PM PDT · by TakebackGOP · 23 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | March 13, 2016 | David Horowitz
    "The mob that came to disrupt the Trump rally in Chicago was neither spontaneous nor innocent, nor new. It was a mob that has been forming ever since the Seattle riots against the World Trade Organization in 1999, whose target was global capitalism. The Seattle rioters repeated their outrages for the next two years and then transformed itself into the so-called “anti-war” movement to save the Saddam dictatorship in Iraq. Same leaders, funders and troops. The enemy was always America and its Republican defenders. When Obama invaded countries and blew up families in Muslim countries, there was no anti-war movement...
  • Ten states sue Obama to stop his transgender blackmail

    05/26/2016 6:59:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Not so fast, bro. It’s not quite as dramatic as a state telling Obama to take his federal funds and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine, and it’s potentially rife with unintended consequences: What if the Scalia-less Supreme Court rules that the president can issue arbitrary conditions for the receipt of federal funds at his own personal whim? Roger Goodell’s lawyers might have some suggestions for Obama on this one. But at least they’re fighting. Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia have sued the administration in federal court. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appears...
  • Texas Gov: JFK Wanted To Send Man To Moon — Obama Wants To Send Man To Ladies Room

    05/18/2016 6:02:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/17/2016 | Alex Pappas
    Politics Texas Gov: JFK Wanted To Send Man To Moon — Obama Wants To Send Man To Ladies Room Alex Pappas Political Reporter 1:46 PM 05/17/2016 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday criticized the Obama administration’s new directive on bathrooms for transgender public school students by saying: “JFK wanted to send a man to the moon. Obama wants to send a man to the women’s restroom.” “We must get our country back on track,” Abbott, a Republican, added. JFK wanted to send a man to the moon. Obama wants to send a man to the women’s restroom. We must get...
  • Texas Governor: Time To Support Trump, Put America Back On Right Track

    05/17/2016 10:45:39 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 17, 2016 | Lana Shadwick
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott said it is time for the GOP to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He said there was no option to sit it out saying, “We have no second chance to get this right.” The governor of the Lone Star State explained that the country is at “a tipping point.” “People have to participate if we are going to put America back on the right track,” Abbott said while appearing on CNBC... “So I think Republicans will unite understanding that we cannot take four or eight more years of the Obama agenda,” the Texas Governor predicted...
  • Ted Cruz Endorsements by ADULTS that Trump wishes he had

    02/29/2016 1:47:17 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 94 replies
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  • First on CNN: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to endorse Ted Cruz for president

    02/24/2016 2:48:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 24, 2016 | Sunlen Serfaty and Theodore Schleifer
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will endorse Wednesday one of his political disciples, Ted Cruz, giving the Lone State senator his highest-ranking political endorsement thus far in the presidential race. Abbott will formally back Cruz at an event Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Houston, campaign officials said, just six days before what is expected to be a competitive race with Donald Trump in Texas. Although not unexpected, the nod from Abbott is the clearest sign yet that the Texas Republican establishment is backing their freshman senator in his presidential ambitions. "After 8 years of relentless attacks on our values from this...
  • Bombshell: Obama to cut border surveillance in half

    02/05/2016 11:30:24 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Leo Hohmann
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to cut 50 percent of the budget for aerial surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border, agents revealed at a congressional hearing Thursday. In an effort to understand why DHS is cutting funding, Texas's Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, wrote a bi-partisan letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. "Any decrease in aerial observation is not only imprudent, but contradicts the very mission of border security enforcement," the letter states. The lawmakers' letter also asks for detailed information about the reduction aerial-based border security, also known as Operation Phalanx. Abbott and...
  • Ted Cruz mega-donor is a gay, pro-pot, PayPal-founding billionaire (7/3/12)

    02/03/2016 11:16:06 AM PST · by drewh · 80 replies
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. Thiel’s political and financial support for gay rights and legal...
  • Reworking the Constitution to Save the Constitution

    01/19/2016 6:42:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2016 | Bill Murchison
    My governor, the Honorable Greg Abbott of Texas, sallied forth the other day with a plan to revise the Constitution in the interest of returning power to the people. Because of this antique notion, whole cans of rhetorical trash have been emptied on my governor's head. I don't wonder at all. When you propose reversing the present national direction, rolling back half a century and more of concentrated power in Washington, D. C., you don't expect valentines. The "progressive" establishment loves what it has gained through riding down constitutional limits. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are pledged to the objective...
  • Texas governor calls for constitutional convention

    01/08/2016 8:59:26 PM PST · by make no mistake · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday called for a constitutional convention of states to offer nine amendments in order to “restore the Rule of Law and return the Constitution to its intended purpose.” “The increasingly frequent departures from Constitutional principles are destroying the Rule of Law foundation on which this country was built,” said Abbott in a statement. “We are succumbing to the caprice of man that our Founders fought to escape. The cure to these problems will not come from Washington D.C. Instead, the states must lead the way.”
  • Texas Governor Calls for Article V Constitutional Convention

    01/08/2016 1:17:20 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-8-2016 | LANA SHADWICK
    Abbott explained, "We combed through the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers, through court decisions from Chief Justice John Jay through Chief Justice John Roberts. Through every scrap of relevant materials all the way up to the executive office. We distilled the information into nine amendments to the Constitution that will restore the Rule of Law in America. We call it: The Texas Plan." Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently said he would support a constitutional convention to get term limits for members of Congress and federal judges and a balanced budget amendment, but the 100 page plan...
  • Governor Abbott Unveils Texas Plan, Offers Constitutional AmendmentsTo Restore The Rule Of Law

    01/08/2016 1:10:17 PM PST · by yoe · 21 replies
    GuidryNews.com ^ | January 8, 2016 | News Release
    AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today delivered the keynote address at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Annual Policy Orientation where he unveiled his Texas Plan to restore the Rule of Law and return the Constitution to its intended purpose. In his plan, Governor Abbott offers nine constitutional amendments to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the States and the United States. The Governor proposes achieving the constitutional amendments through a Convention Of States.[snip] Governor Abbott offered the following constitutional amendments: 1. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State. 2. Require...
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls for Constitutional Convention to take back states’ rights

    01/08/2016 12:28:09 PM PST · by plewis1250 · 84 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/8/2016 | Brandi Grissom
    The plan lays out nine specific proposed amendments that would: Prohibit congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one state. Require Congress to balance its budget. Prohibit administrative agencies from creating federal law. Prohibit administrative agencies from pre-empting state law. Allow a two-thirds majority of the states to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution. Give state officials the...
  • Alleged terror threat busted in Houston

    01/07/2016 5:37:04 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 7, 2016 | Mike Ward
    A man identified as an Iraqi refugee has been arrested in Houston as part of a federal investigation into an alleged terrorist plan with links to two other U.S. cities, state officials confirmed Thursday. Federal officials would not immediately confirm details, but Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials said the suspect is believed to have provided support to terrorists -- including connections to ISIS.
  • How Ted Cruz Became Ted Cruz (conservative movement)

    01/05/2016 7:27:32 AM PST · by Isara · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | January 05, 2016 | Michael Kruse
    In just a few years, he turned an obscure Texas legal post into a national platform for red-meat conservative causes.In 2008, in the high-profile Supreme Court gun-rights case called District of Columbia v. Heller, a brief was filed from the eighth floor of the Daniel Price Sr. State Office Building in Austin, Texas, specifically from the corner office of the man who was then the state's solicitor general, Ted Cruz.The brief took a strong stance on the divisive question of whether the Second Amendment establishes an individual right to own guns, or just protects state and local militias. The brief...
  • Texas governor challenges Obama to 'come and take' the Lone Star state's guns

    01/03/2016 1:34:00 AM PST · by Windflier · 168 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 3 January 2016 | Kelly McLaughlin
    Texas Gov Greg Abbott criticized President Barack Obama's plan to move ahead with possible executive actions on guns in a tweet in which he told the Commander-in-Chief to 'come & take' the state's guns. Obama said in his weekly radio address that he is looking for ways to keep guns out of the hands of 'a dangerous few' without depending on Congress to pass a law on the fraught subject of gun control. He plans to meet his attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on Monday to see what executive actions might be possible. Steps to strengthen background checks could come this...
  • Florida May Soon Allow Licensed Gun Owners To “Open Carry”

    12/28/2015 6:48:39 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 76 replies
    shark-tank.com ^ | December 28, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    On January 1, 2016, Texas will become the next state to allow licensed citizens to openly carry a handgun, this after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law earlier this year that would allow Texans to open carry. As is case with most similar laws, open carry in Texas will have some restrictions, as private businesses will have the right to ban people from flashing their weapon within their individual places of business. Florida is right behind Texas. The father and son legislative duo of Sen. Don Gaetz (R) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) have both sponsored open...
  • Sen. Cruz Introduces the State Refugee Security Act of 2015

    12/08/2015 3:14:44 PM PST · by Isara · 14 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | December 8, 2015
    Empowers the states to ensure the safety and security of their citizens by blocking the resettlement of refugees within their borders Sen. Cruz & Gov. Abbott Press Conference on the State Refugee Security Act of 2015 (Video) WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the State Refugee Security Act of 2015 (S. 2363) at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol where he was joined by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The State Refugee Security Act will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit the governor of a state to reject the resettlement of a refugee in...
  • Can These Three Texans Save America and the GOP?

    11/09/2015 7:22:48 AM PST · by Isara · 4 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 11/09/2015 | CHQ Staff
    Three Texans, limited government constitutional conservative Republicans; Senator Ted Cruz, Representative Louie Gohmert and Governor Greg Abbott are demonstrating how governing according to conservative principle is not only good policy, but good politics.    As our friend Rick Manning observed in an excellent article for NetRight Daily, in just one day last week, Ted Cruz took on Operation Choke Point through an Obama nominee for Justice who should be rejected, Chinese human rights abuses, sanctuary cities that release violent illegal alien offenders, and led a hearing giving voice to U.S. victims of Palestinian and Iranian terrorism.  Cruz followed this one-day blitz of policy entrepreneurship with a bill to designate the...
  • In Houston, Hate Trumped Fairness

    11/05/2015 1:45:12 PM PST · by detective · 88 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 04, 2015 | THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    Sometime in the near future, a transgender teenager in Texas will attempt suicide - and maybe succeed - because vilifying people for their gender identity remains politically acceptable in America. The hateful rhetoric of leaders like Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is the latest, ugliest example. Mr. Patrick was ebullient on Tuesday night after it became clear that Houston voters had decidedly rejected a broad equal rights ordinance that opponents maliciously and misleadingly characterized as a boon for cross-dressing sex offenders.
  • Dan Patrick to hold presser with Ted Cruz at presidential campaign HQ

    10/23/2015 2:02:58 PM PDT · by Isara · 8 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | October 23, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTON–Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will hold a press conference with Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday, Oct. 26, according to the campaign. The two will speak to reporters at Cruz’s presidential campaign headquarters in Houston. The announcement didn’t specify the conference’s purpose, but Patrick could become the highest-ranking Texas state politician to endorse Cruz’s presidential campaign.Patrick told The Texas Tribune in August 2013 that he’d support Cruz if he ran for president. The compliment was as a surprise given Patrick’s rancorous relationship with Cruz during the latter’s 2012 Senate run against then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Cruz beat Dewhurst for the...
  • On First Official Trip to Mexico, Gov. Abbott Must Balance Politics, Diplomacy

    09/06/2015 10:44:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 06 September 2015 | ALFREDO CORCHADO AND BRANDI GRISSOM
    Arizona, long a hotbed of anti-immigrant sentiment, finally swallowed its pride and sent a delegation to Mexico City, a mission designed to beckon Mexican shoppers north. The 2013 trip was known as the apology tour. Last year, California retooled its Mexico City office and hosted the Mexican president for his first U.S. state visit. Following years of acrimonious relationships with Mexico, U.S. states along the Mexican border are finding that a little good-neighbor outreach serves their economic interests. Texas is about to take what some experts call a similar mea culpa journey as Gov. Greg Abbott visits Mexico with a...
  • Governor Abbott Issues Statewide Call To Stand With Law Enforcement In Texas

    09/03/2015 10:20:11 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 20 replies
    Everything Lubbock ^ | 9/2/2015 | Office of the Governor
    AUSTIN, TX (PRESS RELEASE) As Texas continues to mourn the loss of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth, Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide call to stand with law enforcement in Texas. To honor Deputy Goforth and all officers across the state, Governor Abbott is asking Texas law enforcement officers turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one-minute at 11:00 a.m. this Friday – the time Deputy Goforth’s funeral is set to begin. “Respect and pride in our law enforcement must be restored in this state and nation,” said Governor Abbott. “It is time to unite in...
  • Whataburger Revolts Against Texas Open Carry Law

    07/13/2015 10:35:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/13/2015 | Liz Sheld
    Atkinson’s letter comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill that made it legal to carry a firearm openly in Texas. The law, which gives private property owners the right to prohibit open carry, was hailed as a victory for gun rights advocates who have staged high-profile rallies at the Alamo and Texas Capitol over the past couple of years. Some even brought military-style assault rifles into businesses as part of their demonstrations, prompting the Chipotle restaurant chain to discourage firearms on their premises.
  • Governor Abbott Statement On Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

    06/26/2015 12:16:57 PM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 76 replies
    Office of the Governor Greg Abbott ^ | June 26, 2015 | Press release
    Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling: “The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.
  • Abbott OKs Ousting Planned Parenthood From Cancer Program (Texas)

    06/23/2015 8:09:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    texastribune.org ^ | June 20, 2015 | Alexa Ura
    A months-long effort to keep Republicans from pushing Planned Parenthood out of a state cancer screening program for low-income women ended in defeat on Saturday when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed off on the proposal. By approving the two-year state budget, Abbott green-lit a provision that will prevent Planned Parenthood from participating in the joint state-federal Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, which provides cancer screening for poor, uninsured women in Texas. The governor’s endorsement of the provision, which was expected, came as Planned Parenthood leaders vowed to maintain their presence in Texas despite lawmakers’ efforts to cut their funding....
  • Writing's On The Wall: Texas Pulls $1 Billion In Gold From NY Fed, Makes It "Non-Confiscatable"

    06/13/2015 2:12:39 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 78 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 13 Jun 2015 | Tyler Durden
    The lack of faith in central bank trustworthiness is spreading. First Germany, then Holland, and Austria, and now - as we noted was possible previously - Texas has enacted a Bill to repatriate $1 billion of gold from The NY Fed's vaults to a newly established state gold bullion depository..."People have this image of Texas as big and powerful … so for a lot of people, this is exactly where they would want to go with their gold," and the Bill includes a section to prevent forced seizure from the Federal Government. From 2011: "The University of Texas Investment Management...
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies
    TexasTribune.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • Ted Cruz Goes Hunting in the Valley of Democrats

    06/10/2015 1:02:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 9, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    McALLEN — Long used to enrapturing friendly crowds in the reddest parts of beet-red Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday with a less familiar task: finding a receptive audience in one of the state's few remaining Democratic bastions. During a daylong swing through this border city, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate talked tough on the border and sought to appeal to a group of doctors with his clarion call for repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law, all while keeping in check expectations for a county that re-elected the president by a...
  • Abbott Got Most Wishes

    06/07/2015 1:10:46 PM PDT · by CARTOUCHE · 5 replies
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | 06/06/2015 | Matthew Waller
    Abbott got most wishes; Governor gives his list of legislative wins. (From the newspaper Sunday City Edition) A pretty well-balanced accounting of the 140 day Texas legislative session spread out over 2 1/2 pages of today's Caller-Times. "We learned something very important, which is part of the message I'll convey across the country," Abbott said. "And that is, conservatives can lead. They can achieve meaningful legislation that will improve the lives of people in this state." SKIP On Abbott's list of legislative wins: changes to increase the quality of pre-K; an increase in money for higher education research; more than...
  • [VIDEO] Ted Cruz’s rainy day socialism: How a right-wing fanatic learned to stop worrying and...

    05/31/2015 10:10:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Salon.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Bob Cesca
    Full Title - Ted CruzÂ’s rainy day socialism: How a right-wing fanatic learned to stop worrying and love redistribution When New Jersey was underwater, Cruz slammed federal relief spending. Now he's asking for some of his ownEnlargeTed Cruz (Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) For the first time ever, I agree with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Tex.. Specifically, as deadly floods drown parts of Texas, I absolutely agree that President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ought to spend taxpayer funds redistributed from citizens in other states, including from leftists in Massachusetts, New York and California, to...
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott favors wet rub barbecue, outrage ensues

    05/20/2015 6:04:50 AM PDT · by Marcus · 45 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | May 15, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Texans argue about a lot of things, including political issues such as education, healthcare and, of course, illegal immigration. But nothing gets the denizens of the Lone Star State exercised more, with the possible exception of football, than barbecue, more specifically the wet rub vs. dry rub question. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently came down on the wet rub side of the controversy. The San Antonio Current pretty much proposed revoking the governor’s Texas citizenship for this heresy. “Everyone knows” that real barbecue does not need sauce. It is all in the smoking technique.
  • Abbott leans into possible role as 2016 kingmaker

    05/17/2015 7:15:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The McAllen Monitor ^ | May 17, 2015 | Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune
    Gov. Greg Abbott, once reluctant to get involved in his party’s 2016 presidential primary, has a new message for White House hopefuls: Get in line. With Texas poised to play a role in determining the GOP nominee for the first time in decades, the first-term governor is increasingly making clear he does not plan to let the newfound clout go to waste. He’s laid out five criteria for the candidates and wants them to come see the border that has been central to his agenda so far. Abbott has not decided whether he’ll endorse before the Texas primary on March...
  • Literally Every Texas Conservative is Loony; Fears Jade Helm 15

    05/07/2015 10:30:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Ever since Chuck Norris wrote his WND editorial about how the federal government was organizing a martial law takeover, it seems that every Texas conservative is pushing that idea, reported Talking Points Memo. Now, it seems that every notable, political Texan is driving the idea that the military training exercise called “Jade Helm 15” is actually a planned takeover of the state. What’s more fascinating is that every single one of these politicians and talking heads are Texans. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was among the first Texas figureheads to bring Jade Helm 15 to national attention when he ordered the...
  • Republican areas designated 'hostile' for military training (Jade Helm

    05/05/2015 9:33:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    The urban legends about black helicopters, clandestine military camps, tunnels underneath major airports, secret cabals, hidden detention camps, trains loaded with caskets and body bags and the like were around long before the Internet. The Web just made them easier and quicker to reproduce. One of the tea-party organizations even has reported an anonymous claim there were train cars moving around the country with prison-like shackles installed. Most people dismiss such reports as hyperbole. Fiction. The fretting of nutcases. But now there are powerful new forces aligning with those who are suspicious of the federal government, doubt the official...
  • Thornberry: Worries about Operation Jade Helm 15 ‘silly’

    05/04/2015 6:08:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 107 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    The chairman of the House Armed Services committee called concerns about a special forces training exercise in Texas “silly” on Monday, dismissing conspiracy theories of impending martial law His comments come a week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Guard to monitor the exercise, a move widely criticized by Democrats and some Republicans. “These are incredibly capable, patriotic Americans and the notion that they’re going to be some sort of private army for the president to take away all our guns is just silly,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.
  • Abbott: Garland Shooting Strikes At Heart Of First Amendment

    05/04/2015 1:00:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KERA-TV ^ | May 4, 2015 | Patrick Svitek Terri Langford and Alana Rocha, The Texas Tribune
    Texas' elected officials treaded carefully Monday as they reacted to a shooting on Sunday in Garland that left two gunmen dead outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Some called it an attack on free speech, while others simply thanked law enforcement and said they were monitoring the situation. Speaking with reporters Monday morning, Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting a "heinous crime" that struck at the heart of the First Amendment. He added he would not feel differently if the shooting had happened in connection with an event mocking Christianity. "What Christians believe is we need to...
  • The invasion of Texas

    05/04/2015 12:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Greensboro News & Record ^ | May 4, 2015 | Doug Clark
    Speaking of Texas, we're really getting a sad picture of right-wing paranoid extremism. A planned military exercise called Jade Helm 15 is seen as a cover for an Obama administration operation to take over the state. And if you're a Republican Texas politician like Gov. Greg Abbott or Sen. Ted Cruz, you have to act as if these are legitimate concerns. Not that he distrusts the military exactly, Cruz said, but "we have seen, for six years, a federal government disrespecting the liberty of the citizens. That produces fear, when you see a government that is attacking our free speech...
  • Former GOP lawmaker blisters Abbott for ‘pandering to idiots’ over military exercises

    05/01/2015 12:10:15 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 04/30/2015 | Christy Hoppe
    A 16-year Republican veteran of the Legislature wrote Gov. Greg Abbott saying he is appalled that the governor has given credence to a fringe group that fears the U.S. military would stage a take-over of Texas. Abbott has ordered the Texas state Guard to monitor a large-scale, eight-week military exercise this summer of special operation forces. Social media has pushed the conspiracy notion that the exercise, called Jade Helm 15, is a ruse to confiscate guns and declare martial law in hostile states. After citizens raised concerns, Abbott said the state Guard will keep tabs on the operation to ensure...
  • Texas governor asks state guard to monitor Army training amid suspicions of US government

    05/03/2015 7:05:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the state guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" amid some residents' suspicions of the U.S. government's plan. Abbott's request Tuesday comes after some residents in Bastrop County questioned a U.S. Army commander during a town meeting about whether the government was planning to confiscate guns or implement martial law.
  • Backlash At University of North Texas Over Governor Abbott As Graduation Speaker

    04/07/2015 7:38:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 04/07/2015 | Brian New
    DENTON (CBS 11 NEWS) – The announcement that Governor Greg Abbott will be the keynote speaker at the University of North Texas’ commencement ceremony has been met with an online backlash from students. Nearly 2,000 people, as of Monday evening, have signed an online petition asking the university’s president to replace Abbott as the commencement speaker. Hundreds have also joined Facebook group called “Abbott Free UNT.” “Abbott doesn’t represent the campus on many levels,” said senior UNT student A.J. Aguinaga, who now plans to skip the ceremony. Aguinaga is among several students who organized the petition. “I do not think...
  • Exclusive: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says ‘Rule of Law’ Trumps ‘Compassion’ for Undocumented Immigrants

    02/25/2015 10:22:05 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 02/25/2015 | JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds a book about Texas school laws as he delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott told ABC News the “rule of law” trumps “compassion” for undocumented immigrants.
  • Gov. Greg Abbott: Good Odds That GOP Nominee Will Have Texas Connection

    02/22/2015 8:05:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 22, 2015 | Greg Richter
    The Lone Star State has more than a lone contender in the GOP presidential race, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pointed out — but he isn't yet declaring a favorite. Abbott appeared Sunday on "Face the Nation," where host Bob Schieffer noted that Abbott's predecessor in the governor's office, Rick Perry, is expected to make a second bid. Then there are Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was born and raised in Texas. "I would not be surprised if they all run," Abbott said, but added there are a couple of more names Schieffer left out. Former...