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  • Senator Cruz returns to Texas welcome after shutdown battle - 8 minute standing ovation

    10/20/2013 1:53:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Yahoo-Canada ^ | October 20, 2013 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, returned home to a rousing welcome in Texas on Saturday after his attempt to derail Obamacare with a shutdown of the federal government led to sharp criticism of his tactics as reckless and futile. "After two months in Washington, it's great to be back in America," Cruz joked in speaking to a crowd of about 750 people in a packed downtown San Antonio hotel ballroom. Cruz was greeted with an eight-minute standing ovation in an appearance organized by the Texas Federation of Republican...
  • Texans Stick With Cruz Despite Defeat in Washington

    10/19/2013 6:04:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 18, 2013 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    Michael Stravato for The New York TimesBruce Labay, a businessman in El Campo, Texas, on Friday. Mr. Labay expressed his supportfor Senator Ted Cruz by attaching plastic foam cups to a fence.HOUSTON — Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas and the face of the angry right, has been criticized, lambasted and lampooned for putting the nation through a 16-day government shutdown and the prospect of a financial default. Bloomberg Businessweek put him on its cover as a mad hatter who defines how “crazy is the new normal.” Representative Peter T. King, a Republican from New York, has said Republican leaders...
  • Iconic 'pilot-maker' marks 75 years in the skies (T-6 Texan)

    10/11/2013 12:20:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    AFP via yahoo ^ | October 11, 2013 | Robert MacPherson
    Culpeper (United States) (AFP) - There was no mistaking the muscular roar of the big radial engine as the most famous trainer to come out of World War II soared above this rural Virginia town. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the North American T-6 Texan, the big tandem-seat warbird in which countless pilots from dozens of countries honed their flying skills. This weekend, some 30 Texans will set off from Culpeper, 70 miles (115 kilometers) outside Washington, and fly up the Potomac River, over the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, to mark a unique aeronautical milestone.
  • The Texan who stole the show at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

    04/17/2013 3:32:01 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 76 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 1:40 PM | Elias Groll
    After being carried through the streets of London in a flag-draped coffin aboard a gun carriage, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was laid to rest this morning in St. Paul's Cathedral. But the big story of the day wasn't Maggie. No, it was a 19-year-old Texan who stole the show from the deceased Iron Lady. With a poise reminiscent of the elder Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher, Margaret's granddaughter, delivered a reading from Epistles that has the British media agog. Amanda, who lives with her mother in Texas, chose a rather militant passage that calls on believers to "put on the...
  • Perry’s reintroduction continues

    11/24/2011 8:55:41 AM PST · by shield · 110 replies
    RedState ^ | 22nd November, 2011 | Dave O Connor
    The telegenic Texan took two steps forward sitting in the “center chair” on Fox Monday evening. One step backward too alas, but more about that in a bit. Gov Perry was relaxed and alert as he fielded a variety of questions. He smartly used his answers to remind conservatives why they should consider him. This is a man who is a quick study and a formidable politician. Instead of just Texas this and Texas that he pointed out that the Lone Star state all by its lonesome is the 13th largest economy in the world. A nice way to pivot...
  • How to Determine if Rick Perry is a real Texan (Humor)

    09/23/2011 12:20:44 PM PDT · by Scythian · 14 replies
    Has anybody tried this near Perry and watched his response, I often wonder, would he pass the test ... How to Determine whether or not a person is a true Texan
  • Gov. Rick Perry: Obama’s Middle East Policy Is Naive, Arrogant, Misguided and Dangerous

    09/20/2011 10:04:13 AM PDT · by shield · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 20th, 2011 | Governor Rick Perry
    you. Let me begin by thanking Dr. Solomon Frager and Aron Hirtz for helping us organize this press conference today. We are indignant that certain Middle Eastern leaders have discarded the principle of direct negotiations between the sovereign nation of Israel and the Palestinian leadership, and we are equally indignant that the Obama Administration’s Middle East policy of appeasement has encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith. Simply put, we would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama Policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous. It must...
  • Would 'Texas fatigue' hurt a Rick Perry presidential bid?

    06/16/2011 2:21:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    The Republic ^ | June 16, 2011 | Todd J. Gillman The Dallas Morning News
    NEW YORK — When George W. Bush left office, countless pundits proclaimed — if not in so many words — that it would be a chilly July in Dallas before Americans sent another Texan to the White House. And sure enough, that argument is prominent in discussion of Gov. Rick Perry's potential presidential bid. But with Republicans still searching for a front-runner, and Perry flirting with a run, Texas fatigue may prove less enduring than predicted. "Why not? Listen, anything's better than Obama," said Philip Ragusa, the Republican chairman in Queens, just across the river from Manhattan, where Perry headlined...
  • Head of unit that killed bin Laden has Texas ties

    05/04/2011 9:28:43 AM PDT · by shield · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4th, 2011 | Carol Christian
    The commander of the U.S. military unit responsible for killing elusive al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden — Vice Adm. William H. McRaven — is a San Antonio native and graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. McRaven, 55, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1977, although a campus dean said a computer listing didn't indicate whether the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps member had an interest in the print side of news coverage, broadcast or public relations. A fellow ROTC member recalled McRaven as eager for military service. "He was extremely focused on preparing for special forces details,"...
  • Residents spot the Virgin Mary on the side of an apartment building

    12/15/2010 2:08:10 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | By Daily Mail Reporter
    An apparition of the Virgin Mary has been spotted by residents of a rough Texan city - and they believe it is a sign for them to mend their ways. New Braunfels has a population of just over 50,000 and is notorious for its high unemployment levels, poverty and crime. But the sighting of Mary has raised spirits and renewed the sense of hope, just before Christmas.
  • Will American Idol winner be from Texas this year? Texans have a 1 in 4 chance.

    02/22/2010 11:59:25 AM PST · by RGirard · 1 replies · 253+ views ^ | Feb. 22, 2010 | Réne Girard
    Texas, the Lone Star state, is no stranger to American Idol, and this year Texans have a 1 in 4 chance of winning American Idol now that Christopher Golightly has been eliminated from competition and replaced with Tim Urban from Duncanville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, TX. (click here for the story) No other state has as many contestants as Texas: 6 of the top 24, which is the equivalent of 25%. California and Illinois each have 3; Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Florida each have 2; New York, Connecticut, Ohio, and Iowa each have 1. Out of those six from...
  • Claiming SA(San Antonio) Birth Called 'Racist'

    02/05/2010 6:43:12 AM PST · by laotzu · 22 replies · 744+ views
    WOAI ^ | 2/5/10 | Jim Forsyth
    If you were born in San Antonio, you might not want to say so out loud. That might be 'racist.' In one of the more bizarre attacks yet in the 2010 race for governor, 1200 WOAI news reports Democrat Farouk Shami, a Houston hair care products millionaire is blasting claims in an ad being run by fellow Democrat Bill White. In his latest ads, designed to build statewide name recognition for the three term Houston mayor, White says he was 'born in San Antonio, the son of schoolteachers.' Shami, during a campaign event in McAllen Thursday night, said that comment...
  • Texan dies of swine flu; Mexico ready for business

    05/05/2009 4:48:52 PM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 2 replies · 393+ views
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico emerged from its swine flu isolation Tuesday as thousands of newspaper vendors, salesmen hawking trinkets and even panhandlers dropped their protective masks and joined the familiar din of traffic horns and blaring music on the streets of the capital. There were still signs, however, of the virus that set off world health alarms. A Texas woman who lived near a popular border crossing was confirmed as the 28th person -- only the second outside Mexico and the first U.S. resident -- to die from the virus. Across Mexico, people were eagerly anticipating this week's reopening...
  • Oldest Texan Dead at 114

    03/23/2008 3:58:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies · 535+ views
    AP/SFgate ^ | March 23, 2008
    A 114-year-old woman, considered the oldest person in Texas, has died at a Dallas retirement home. Arbella Perkins Ewings celebrated her birthday March 13 with a proclamation from Mayor Tom Leppert and speeches by friends and family. She blew out all 114 candles on her birthday cake. Ewings was born March 13, 1894, the fourth oldest of 12 children whose great-grandparents had been slaves in Mississippi. She married Frank Ewings in 1915, and they moved to South Dallas in 1936, where she worked as a housekeeper until the 1960s. -snip Her only surviving sibling, Annie Lee Perkins, is 103.
  • Freeper needs enlightenment- What's Wrong with Ron Paul? (Vanity)

    02/04/2008 10:43:12 AM PST · by mikeus_maximus · 131 replies · 539+ views
    I am a long-time poster here, but I have to admit that I never gave Ron Paul serious consideration because (1)many of his most vocal supporters are nuts and (2) he can't hold his own in a debate. But looking at the substance of the man, I finally realized his conservatism is almost exactly the same as mine: He is a small government, pro-life, pro-marriage, constitutionalist. If not for his unpopular stance on the futility trying to police the globe, I think he would have had much more support among the GOP's conservative base.There is just no way, now...
  • Texan sets record with 87 snakes in tub ("Texas Snake Man")

    11/05/2007 5:04:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 251+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/05/07 | AP
    DUBLIN, Texas - Another day, another bizarre world record for Jackie Bibby, the "Texas Snake Man." Bibby spent about 45 minutes in a see-through bathtub with 87 rattlesnakes Monday, fully clothed, shattering his own record by 12 snakes just in time for Guinness World Records Day, which is Thursday. A Guinness official certified the record. The snakes crawled under his arms, between his legs and anywhere else they could slither, Bibby said. None bit him. "They can go wherever they want as long as they don't start biting," Bibby said. "The key to not biting is for me to stay...
  • The Southern drawl – is it spreading?

    09/19/2007 8:33:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 405+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 20, 2007 | Patrik Jonsson
    Some believe that the Southern drawl has expanded to the point where, arguably, more than half of all Americans now glide their diphthongs and hush their R's like modern-day Rhett Butlers. Some professionals who travel around even adopt different regional dialects as they go, knowing it's one of the best ways to get ahead. But other experts believe mass communications and urbanization are cutting away at the distinctiveness of the Southern voice, resulting in a more mono-pitch America.
  • Texan oilman pleads guilty in oil-for-food case (David Chalmers)

    08/17/2007 7:31:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,343+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/17/07 | Paritosh Bansal
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas oilman David Chalmers and two companies he owns pleaded guilty on Friday to paying millions of dollars in secret kickbacks to Iraq in connection with the United Nations oil-for-food program. Chalmers, 53, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, just weeks before he was due to go on trial with Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt. Earlier on Friday, Ludmil Dionissiev, a Bulgarian oil trader based in Houston, pleaded guilty to smuggling. Prosecutors said Dionissiev, 61, worked with Chalmers to buy Iraqi oil for Chalmers' companies -- Bayoil...
  • Texan Hosts Arm Against Crime Wave (Katrina - Houston)

    08/26/2006 6:25:23 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 2,593+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-27-2006 | Philip Sherwell
    Texan hosts arm against crime wave By Philip Sherwell in Houston (Filed: 27/08/2006) Hurricane Katrina may not have pounded Houston, but a year later the city is reeling from an ugly aftermath of the storm - a surging crime wave. The murder rate in the Texan city has soared by almost 20 per cent since 150,000 Katrina evacuees arrived in August last year. According to police statistics, they are involved - as victim or killer - in one of every five homicides. In the gun stores and on the shooting ranges of America's oil industry capital, business is booming as...
  • Prayer Request for Flyer (Update: Sadly, Flyer has passed away)

    08/13/2006 9:05:49 PM PDT · by TheMom · 794 replies · 19,907+ views
    8/13/06 | TheMom
    In early May of this year, our dear friend Flyer was diagnosed with a brain tumor and lung cancer. The doc’s told him the tumor was not curable, but treatable. His understanding of the lung cancer was that it was minor (if there is such a thing). Several weeks ago Flyer finished radiation. Tuesday was his first chemo treatment. Friday he was feeling bad, but did not want to go to the hospital. His brother finally called an ambulance Saturday morning to take him to the ER. A few minutes ago Eaker, myself and Roger (Flyer’s brother) returned from the...