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  • Texas Gov Poised to Roll Back 140-Year-old Open Carry Gun Ban

    06/03/2015 2:59:59 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Fox ^ | June 3, 2015 | Melissa Jacobs
    The near-certain signing into law of an open-carry gun measure will send Texas back to the days of the Wild West – at least legislatively. The bill, passed by the state Legislature and expected to earn Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature within the next week, would reverse a 140-year-old ban on carrying handguns in plain sight. Despite its reputation as a pro-gun state, Texas is one of just five with an outright ban on open carry.
  • 4 Reasons that Waco Biker Gang Shootout Reflects Badly on Police

    06/03/2015 8:48:50 AM PDT · by don-o · 87 replies
    Reason ^ | June 2, 2015 | Brian Doherty
    What was initially reported as a motorcycle gang shootout that killed nine and wounded 18 to which police heroically responded last month in Waco, TX, at the Twin Peaks restaurant seems a bit more complicated, and bit worse for the cops, than that as further details have been revealed. This week one of the people arrested at the scene, Matthew Clendennen, filed a lawsuit directly against the officers involved in the incident (Manuel Chavez by name, the others as John and Jane Does) as well as the city. From that suit filing, in which Mr. Clendennen presents himself as a...
  • Dallas lawyer files complaint against JP Peterson over biker bonds

    06/03/2015 4:28:18 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 2, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Dallas attorney who represents a biker in a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco and McLennan County filed a complaint Tuesday against McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson. The complaint, filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by attorney Clinton Broden, alleges Peterson violated several judicial ethical canons in the manner in which he set bonds for the 175 bikers jailed after the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant. snip Broden’s complaint also alleges Peterson set bonds “in mass, group hearings without considering the rules for establishing bonds under the Code of...
  • Police: 4 relatives beat pregnant Texas teen to abort baby

    06/03/2015 7:30:31 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    Dallas police say four family members have been arrested after a 14-year-old girl impregnated by a relative was beaten in order to induce an abortion two years ago.
  • Second Chance For Dog Found In Her Dead Owner's Arms After Texas Tornado

    06/03/2015 8:57:59 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 21 replies
    HuffPost ^ | 5-19-2015 | Arin Greenwood
    In the wake of a deadly tornado that destroyed parts of Van, Texas, a week ago, a dog was found curled up with her dead owner David Tapley, a retired police officer, and nearby his wife, Brenda. The Great Pyrenees, thought to be about 8 years old (solid information about her previous life, including her name, is hard to come by), is banged up, emotionally and physically. She's showing signs of shock; her skin is raw and bruised. She has some head trauma, and is now deaf in one ear from a burst eardrum. But, rather miraculously, she's alive. She...
  • George Bush, Real Man

    02/03/2003 5:17:39 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 72 replies · 1,008+ views
    Dispatches From The American Front | February 3, 2003 | James Benton
    DISPATCHES FROM THE AMERICAN FRONT George Bush, Real ManBy James Benton You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his tone Tuesday night in the second half of his State of the Union speech: this was a man not to be trifled with, a man who would see a difficult, dirty business through to the end, and God help anyone who stood against him as he does battle against the foes of America and her ideals. If anyone had doubts about Bush's commitment to victory in the War on Terrorism, they were laid to rest Tuesday night. Rarely...
  • Tallywackers: All-Male Version of Hooters Now Open For Business

    06/03/2015 12:02:28 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    CW 33 ^ | May 30, 2015 | Shardae Neal
    The restaurant, named Tallywackers, hires attractive men and serves comfort food including steaks, pizzas, pasta, and hot dogs. Tallywackers says their restaurant is a “bar, restaurant and entertainment destination for everyone. There is eye-candy — for boys and girls — great food and a really good time.” Just as the “Hooters” name is a play on a euphemism for women’s breasts, “Tallywackers” is a not-so-subtle nod to men’s genitals. Owner Rodney Duke told the hosts of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show last month that “he has pondered for 10 years why there wasn’t a male equivalent of this type of...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘I’m Upset’ About ‘False,’ ‘Dangerous’ Narrative of Civil Liberties Threat

    06/02/2015 7:04:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/2/15 | Pam Key
    Tuesday in in Orlando at the Florida Economic Growth Summit, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said he was “upset” and “deeply troubled” about the debate over the NSA encroaching upon American’s civil liberties by the warrantless collection of bulk data that has now been reformed by the Senate passing the Freedom Act. Bush said, “The simple fact is, we are safer today because of the Patriot Act, and this notion that somehow you create a false narrative, as many on the left, and a few on our team, but mostly on the left, that our civil liberties are being violated....
  • Senate Roll Vote on USA Freedom Act

    06/02/2015 3:46:12 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Senate.gov ^ | 06/02/2015 | Senate
    Of the Presidential candidates: Sanders - NO Rubio - NO Cruz - YES Graham - Did not vote
  • Cop Who Told Teen His Parents Were Killed Shows Up to Graduation

    06/02/2015 2:33:14 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Yahoo Parenting ^ | 6/1/15 | Rachel Bertsche
    A high school senior whose parents died tragically last week graduated over the weekend. And though his mother and father couldn’t be there, the police officer who broke the news of the parents’ death stood onstage and embraced the graduate after he received his diploma/ Riley Portie, 54, and Emily Portie, 50, were killed on May 24 when their motorcycle was hit by a drunk driver. Though the Orange, Tex., couple had five children, only their youngest, Kazzie, still lived at home. “I’d just gotten off from work, and I had called my parents a couple of times to see...
  • Cruz roundup: News polls with mixed results, biting his tongue on Rand

    06/02/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz is polling better against Hillary Clinton, but not against the people he’d need to beat to face her. Cruz gained ground on the former secretary of state in a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday trailing her 52 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical 2016 match-up. The nine-point gap is a major improvement from the 24-point Cruz lost by in a mid-April poll. But Cruz only gained one point on his primary competition in a poll of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, inching from seven to eight points. Clinton’s polling in favorability, trustworthiness and empathy also tanked, so this...
  • What I learned about Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2015 5:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Socialist Worker ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kristen Martin
    Kristen Martin recalls her time as an intern for Bernie Sanders, in a contribution to the left's discussion of Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.TO THOSE who have spent any significant amount of time in Vermont, it is clear that Bernie Sanders is widely beloved by his constituents. The support for "Bernie," as his supporters fondly call him, was clear on May 26 as thousands flocked to Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff rally on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The "People's Assembly," organized by a group including former Occupy Wall Street activists and environmentalists, spoke to a...
  • Al Sharpton sets sights on Republican National Convention in Cleveland speech

    06/01/2015 2:45:17 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 58 replies
    Northeast Ohio Media Group ^ | May 29, 2015 | John Harper
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Rev. Al Sharpton took aim at Cleveland's 2016 Republican National Convention in front of a packed house at Cleveland's Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Friday night, speaking for nearly an hour. "Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and them think they are going to come in here and have four or five days of convention," Sharpton said. "We are going to have another convention outside."
  • How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico

    06/01/2015 9:52:22 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 35 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 6, 2006 | John Dillin
    Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond. President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today's force. Years later, the late Herbert Brownell Jr., Eisenhower's first attorney general, said in an interview with this writer that the president had...
  • Scott Walker Backed EB-5 Visas for Rich Chinese Immigrants

    04/22/2015 12:02:01 PM PDT · by VinL · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/22/2015 | Matt Lewis
    As governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker was a supporter of a company that helps wealthy Chinese citizens immigrate to the the United States. This revelation stands in contrast to his recent statement that legal immigration policy should be based on “protecting American workers and American wages.” Not only did Walker previously support so-called “amnesty” (which some argue would be a magnet drawing more illegals) — but as governor, he “has been a long time friend” of a company based in Beijing and Milwaukee that “helps foreign investors become United States Citizens through the Department of Homeland Security Immigrant Investor (EB-5)...
  • 'Old West' cattle drive leads 200 animals to safety in Texas after floodwaters trap herd

    06/01/2015 4:43:42 PM PDT · by ETL · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 01, 2015
    Threatening floodwaters in Texas prompted the rescue of at least 200 cattle Sunday as cowboys and law enforcement led the herd on a 9-mile journey described by residents as a “once-in-a-lifetime” spectacle. In Liberty County, outside of Houston, the animals were stranded for days on a 50-acre piece of land in the Liberty Bell Ranch that had become a shrinking island as the Trinity River flooded. More than 10 inches of rain has fallen during the last month over eastern Texas, with some areas receiving up to 20 inches, KHOU reports. So local rancher Pat Henscey rounded up 150 cowboys,...
  • Restrictions on Minors Seeking Abortions Head to Abbott (Texas)

    06/01/2015 4:31:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    texastribune.org ^ | 5.29, 2015 | Alexa Ura
    Far-reaching restrictions on when and how minors at risk of abuse or harm can seek abortions in Texas without parental consent are headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. On a 102-43 vote, the Texas House on Friday signed off on changes made by the Senate to House Bill 3994 by Republican state Rep. Geanie Morrison of Victoria, which tightens the requirements on “judicial bypass,” the legal process that allows minors to get court approval for an abortion if seeking permission from their parents could endanger them. Abbott, a Republican who is a staunch opponent of abortion, is expected to sign...
  • How study contradicts benefits of H-1B visas

    06/01/2015 9:13:59 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 25 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 25, 2015 | Ishani Duttagupta
    A recent study in the US by three economists – Kirk Doran of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Alexander Gelber of the University of California, Berkeley, and Adam Isen of the office of tax analysis at the US department of the treasury – has found that H-1B visas do not lead to any significant increase in the number of patents and nor do they result in any significant job creation in America. The findings of this study contradict many highlights of earlier reports, including one by big IT companies which was discussed at the US congress last month....
  • McCain, Paul scuffle amid NSA debate

    06/01/2015 6:06:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) faced off late Sunday afternoon, as the Kentucky Republican tried to speak from the Senate floor about expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. McCain and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) were speaking about the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone "metadata" collection program when Paul tried to ask a question. Coats said he had not yielded the floor to Paul, effectively blocking the 2016 presidential candidate from speaking. Coats then yielded to McCain for a question, instead. "The senator from Kentucky needs to learn the rules of the Senate," McCain said. "Maybe the...
  • GOP's Cruz brings grassroots message to Andover

    05/31/2015 7:34:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Eagle-Tribune ^ | May 31, 2015 | Garrin Marchetti
    ANDOVER — Speaking in front of a crowd of roughly 500 people, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz grabbed the attention of the audience from the very start by showing some local flavor. “Let me start by saying, Tom Brady was framed!” Cruz said. “Now, I’m not willing to pander on much, but on that, Tom Brady was framed!” The crowd cheered loudly with approval, giving Cruz, the current Texas senator, a warm welcome in his first visit to Massachusetts during his campaign for the GOP’s presidential nomination. After spending the day in New Hampshire Saturday, Cruz held a meet and...
  • Elizabeth Warren calls Cruz, Walker 'scary,' says Dems blew 2014 elections

    05/31/2015 7:08:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Popular Sen. Elizabeth Warren, still being urged to run for president, is calling Republican White House hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz and front-runner Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "scary," two potential presidents that could undo a decade of Democratic policies. "Just the thought of a possible President Ted Cruz or President Scott Walker is scary," she warned in an email to supporters. "But here's something even scarier: A President Ted Cruz or President Scott Walker with a Republican-controlled Senate – confirming extremist judges, repealing health care and financial reform, and rigging the system even further for the rich and the powerful," she...
  • In Iowa, GOP voters are uneasy about Paul’s crusade against NSA spying

    05/31/2015 11:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Rand Paul would notch a big victory in Washington just after midnight Monday if he follows through on his promise to block the renewal of the anti-terrorism law used to justify domestic spying programs. But back in Iowa, where Paul has tried to use the issue in recent days to revive his struggling presidential campaign, many Republican voters have responded with unease. Even some who stood in line to see Paul as he traveled the state last week said that they simply could not agree with his argument that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection was...
  • From Gellar to Bush to Duggar Exclusive, Megyn Kelly Enjoying a Good Month

    05/31/2015 11:30:32 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 34 replies
    mediaiite ^ | May 31st, 2015 | Joe Concha
    Megyn Kelly is having a very good month. And we’re not talking from a ratings perspective, either. Comparing Kelly to her competition at 9:00 PM is now a pointless exercise. The May numbers show her beating CNN’s taped programming (Bourdain, Rowe, etc.) and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow many nights by a 3-to-1 ratio or more. It’s actually been that way for some time and Kelly’s dominance appears to only be getting stronger. All of that said, what this column will focus on is all the headlines/buzz the program is generating long after the 44-year-old Albany Law grad signs off at 10:00...
  • Ted Cruz, breaking new ground on hypocrisy | Editorial

    05/31/2015 6:39:34 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 5/31/2015 | Editorial
    It is well established that between ears of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) there is a Rube Goldberg machine gone haywire, judging by his impulse to summon a fabrication or absurdity for almost any occasion. To wit: He compares climate activists to flat-Earthers, blames President Obama for the 2008 economic crash, claims ISIS is "literally nailing Christians to trees" (not true), asserts that cities with the toughest gun control laws have the most crime, estimates there are "111,000 agents" at the IRS (missed by a factor of 10), and believes that George Soros is plotting to shut down golf courses throughout...
  • Column: Cruz's Outspoken Tea Party Stances Alienate GOP Base

    05/31/2015 6:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Gamecock ^ | May 31, 2015 | Griffin Hobson
    Senator Ted Cruz represents, in many ways, the extremes of the current field. He was the first candidate to enter the race. According to 538 he is also more conservative than any other major candidate this cycle as well as every post-Eisenhower Republican nominee. He even makes Ronald Reagan look downright moderate when you start comparing stances. Unlike Dr. Ben Carson there isn’t much of interest in Cruz’s early life. He was born to an American mother and Cuban father in Canada, which can be off-putting for Tea Partiers who spent the last decade arguing about President Obama’s citizenship. Cruz...
  • Newsflash: It’s Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb

    05/31/2015 4:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 31, 2015 | Bill Scher
    Can we all stop pretending that there’s any real suspense in this presidential race?As the children’s book says: Voters, it’s time to “Go the [expletive] to sleep.” You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncle’s Facebook feed. I am going to tell you, right now, what the political landscape of the future looks like so you don’t waste your time over the next year listening to a parade of pundits or watching those ridiculous primary debates. The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. “I think it’s going to be a governor,” Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. “I don’t know which one.” Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • Texas floods and commodities: Farms face 'total loss for year'

    05/31/2015 2:52:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 29, 2015 | Robert Ferris
    Texas' farmers were among the first to applaud the rain that abruptly halted a grueling multiyear drought that had tormented the region. But what began as a blessing has turned quickly into a disaster, as corn and wheat crops rot in flooded fields. "I think it is not all farmers, but some farmers are looking at a total loss for this year," said Mike Barnett, a spokesperson for the Texas Farm Bureau. "You have some situations where farmers had a bumper crop, and now they have next to nothing for the season." The downpour has doused Texas with 35 trillion...
  • [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...
  • Cruz, in Rindge, laughs off Paul's criticism

    05/31/2015 10:05:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | May 30, 2015 | Meghan Pierce, Sunday News Correspondent
    RINDGE - Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas laughed off Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's "capitulating Canadian" tag after a gathering at Franklin Pierce University Friday night.The new ad by the America Liberty PAC spins the U.S. Senate's upcoming session tonight for a vote on the USA Freedom Act as "the biggest brawl for liberty, of the century."The Kentucky senator is plugged as "The Defender of Freedom, Senator Rand Paul." The Texas senator is pegged as one of many "so-called-conservative accomplices" to President Barack Obama's assault on privacy rights as the "capitulating Canadian." "Well, I have say, I chuckled,...
  • ‘Let Me Finish’: Things Get Tense As CNN’s Anderson Cooper Grills ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contest Organizer

    05/28/2015 9:06:04 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/28/15 | Oliver Darcy
    CNN’s Anderson Cooper repeatedly pressed on Thursday the organizer of another controversial “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest set to take place in Phoenix Friday. “You yourself have said this is a provocation … so what are you really trying to achieve?” Cooper asked former U.S. Marine Jon Ritzheimer, who is seen on Facebook wearing a “F*** Islam” t-shirt. “Well, I’m really trying to achieve exposing Islam and the truth about what’s written in the Koran. … Some would even probably argue that the signers that signed the Declaration of Independence was a bad idea, back in their day,” Ritzheimer replied. “So...
  • Muslim boys high school soccer team refuses to play against team with two girls

    05/28/2015 9:01:50 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 62 replies
    680News ^ | May 28 2015, | Staff
    A boys soccer team from ISNA Private Islamic High School refused to finish a game on Tuesday because two females were on the opposing team during a Brampton tournament. Robert F. Hall Catholic School, in Caledon, does not have a girls team so the two females played on the senior boys team, which was approved by the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA). During halftime, the ISNA Private Islamic High School team brought the concern to the referee. Robert F. Hall Catholic School school was winning the game 3–1 at that point. Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations,...
  • Where does CNN find these idiots?

    05/31/2015 7:22:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 58 replies
    americanthinker ^ | May 31, 2015 | Deborah C. Tyler
    On Friday May 29, CNN's New Day show featured Chris Cuomo bloviating about a draw Mohammed free speech gathering in Arizona. He said the contest was not a freedom issue, because the right to free speech is certain, but rather a moral issue. He likened the contest to the use of the N-word. In fact, use of that word is selectively defined as hate speech. And moral or not, under those laws, it is illegal. Cuomo and Pamela Geller got into shouting match over that analogy. Cuomo went on to opine that the other real problem with the event, in...
  • Cruz has Mass. appeal during campaign stop

    05/31/2015 8:44:18 AM PDT · by TimPatriot · 31 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/31/2015 | Lindsay Kalter
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz drew raucous cheers yesterday from a crowd of hundreds of Bay State voters gathered at the Andover home of state Rep. Jim Lyons, where the presidential hopeful took shots at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and President Obama. And while his jabs at Clinton and Obama were met with cheers from the crowd, Cruz’s opening line may have generated the most enthusiastic hollers: “Tom Brady was framed ... and I have it on good authority that Hillary Clinton did it.” The heavy turnout at Lyons’ Highvale Lane home, where some were turned away at the door...
  • Warriors Win over Rockets sets up dream Finals matchup

    05/31/2015 7:55:54 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 12 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 5/28/15 | Ben Golliver
    OAKLAND — What's one more week compared to a 40-year championship drought? What's one more week when it means a shot at the first title in franchise history? The Warriors eliminated the Rockets with a 104–90 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday, advancing to an NBA Finals date with the Cavaliers. This is a matchup worth waiting for, and a little patience will be required. Because both Golden State and Cleveland made quick work of their conference finals foes, the NBA will hit the pause button for a full week before the championship series opens...
  • It’s Rand Paul vs. Almost Everybody on Patriot Act

    05/31/2015 5:29:06 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 108 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/30/2015 | Steven Dennis
    Rand Paul’s presidential campaign wants to portray his fight to block any Patriot Act extension as a faceoff against President Barack Obama. But the Kentucky senator is waging an increasingly lonely battle. Some of his usual tea party allies are abandoning him. House Republican leaders are not pleased with his antics. And then there’s Paul’s feud with the senior senator from Kentucky and the most prominent Republican to endorse his presidential campaign, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Put it this way — there aren’t many times that Obama, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, Speaker John A. Boehner, House Majority Leader...
  • Dear Texans: Here's 46 Republicans Who Voted Against Freedom Of The Press

    05/31/2015 5:56:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Last Wednesday, the Texas Legislature pushed through, and I mean pushed, controversial legislation which repeals portions of the First Amendment, effectively ending citizen journalism in the Capitol. How quaint, eh? Yep, when Texas legislators found out about the undercover video footage about to be released by Hannah Giles (of ACORN fame) and Joseph Basel with the American Phoenix Foundation, they flipped out and quickly jammed through legislation, SB19, which would criminalize this First Amendment practice from 1985 forward. Why they picked 1985 only lawless liberals and repugnant Republicans can know. I would have thought for an apropos Orwellian effect theyÂ’d...
  • Poll: Scott Walker holds seven-point advantage over GOP presidential rivals among voters in Iowa

    05/31/2015 12:38:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Fox News Now - 6 ^ | May 30, 2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds a 7-point advantage among Iowan voters over the rest of the crowded Republican field in the scramble for the party’s 2016 nomination for president, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll finds. The poll, released late Saturday afternoon, shows Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounding out the top five in the state, which, as the first-in-the-nation caucus, is a critical battleground for presidential hopefuls. Walker captured 17% of the vote among likely GOP caucus-goers. He first gained...
  • Camera catches intruder in woman's home

    05/30/2015 5:07:24 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | may 29, 2015
     A young Dallas mother suspicious of activity in her apartment installed a camera, and over the weekend, her fears came true. That camera caught a nighttime intruder in her bedroom stealing as she slept at the Hampton Terrace apartments, where she's lived nearly three years. The intruder stole money, but put some of it back before sneaking out of her apartment the same way he came in. The victim asked that FOX 4 not use her real name due to concerns that the intruder may try to look her up, so we call her Alice.       “I started noticing things coming...
  • Does Ted Cruz deserve his Very Good amnesty rating?

    05/30/2015 4:02:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | May 30, 2015 | Chris Chmielenski, director of content & activism
    he most common critique of our 2016 Presidential Hopefuls comparison grid this week has been of our amnesty rating for Ted Cruz. The Texas Senator has a mixed history on the issue, but we've given Cruz our second best rating of "Very Good". There's one thing that's crystal clear about Cruz's position on offering work permits to illegal aliens -- he passionately opposes Pres. Obama's illegal and unconstitutional amnesties. Just this week, Cruz tweeted a response to a Hillary Clinton tweet that criticized a federal appellate court's decision to uphold the temporary injunction placed on Pres. Obama's 2014 executive amnesties....
  • Biker Thugs Converge On Arizona Mosque Armed Looking For War (No bias here!)

    05/30/2015 4:20:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Recently, Texas has reclaimed its cherished position as the nation’s “epicenter of right wing-extremism” with a few specifically bizarre occurrences that epitomize exactly what “right-wing extremism” means. But now, the Texas-size extremism is spreading to Arizona and it includes Texas-style armed biker thugs, conspiracy theorists, and anti-Muslim sentiments that set Texas apart as right-wing extremist central. About a month ago anti-Muslim hate-freak Pamela Geller and her acolytes, none of whom comprehend that America is not a Christian theocracy, converged on Texas to insult and incite anger in the American Muslim community with a cartoon contest intended to mock the Muslim...
  • Is TPA Constitutional?

    05/27/2015 8:22:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    Reclaim DC ^ | May 24,2015 | David Serenda
    Since there is so much confusion about the recent trade bills and the similar titles of the proposed legislation, I am going to do my best to explain the difference between TPA (Trade Promotion Authority, which is a Congressional Act) and TPP (Trans-pacific Partnership, which is a multi-national agreement). I will also provide a brief explanation between U.S. Treaties, and Congressional-Executive Acts which is the basis of confusion over the recent vote on TPA. Before explaining TPA, it is helpful to understand the difference between a U.S.Treaty and a Congressional-Executive Act. Throughout our history America has entered into many...
  • Can True Conservatives Win in Primaries? One Group Has the Answer

    05/30/2015 5:32:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Art McGrath
    In many presidential elections, conservatives have been frustrated that they get stuck with establishment Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney, their votes often lost among a plethora of candidates. A group of New Hampshire conservatives has a plan to consolidate behind a constitutional conservative in advance of the pivotal first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary, coming up in February. The group, the 603 Alliance, sees itself as a potential model for conservatives in other states that are sick of having establishment RINOs foisted upon them election after election. At a recent meeting in Littleton, New Hampshire, organizers of the 603...
  • and Paul: 'I will force the expiration' of the PATRIOT Act

    05/30/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Manu Raju
    Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Congress Must Stop Obama's Bad Iran Deal (demands vote on amendment)

    05/07/2015 6:19:06 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/6/15 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Cruz demands vote on amendment from Senate floor. Wants a requirement for a majority vote in Congress to approve any Iran deal, rather than a "resolution of disapproval" which can be vetoed by the President that Democrats put into bill.
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, it’s been known that key provisions of our nation’s counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • TX: Knife Preemption to Governor Abbott, Decriminalizatin of Knives "double-crossed" by Whitmire

    05/30/2015 10:34:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Good and bad news for Texas knife law reform.  The good news is that HB 905 is headed to Governor Abbott's desk.  If only one knife reform bill is to pass this session, this is the preferred one.   The bad news is that knife decriminalization seems to have been killed. From texasguntalk.com: In a spot of good news, HB 905 (knife preemption) is on its way to Governor Abbott. Unfortunately, HB 3884 (decriminalization of "illegal" knives) was killed after Senator Whitmire double-crossed us. He agreed to sponsor HB 3884 and hear it in his committee, in order to get...
  • Keith Ellison: 'Proud to Stand' with Rand Paul

    05/24/2015 8:59:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got. On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues, including opposition to the Patriot Act, he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul. Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on benignly as Ellison praises Paul. You can imagine he was thinking that every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed...
  • Motorcyclist files lawsuit over Waco biker brawl arrest

    05/29/2015 12:45:51 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 86 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Jason Trahan, WFAA
    A 30-year old father and former firefighter who is also a member of a motorcycle club has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging he was illegally swept up in the police dragnet following this month's Twin Peaks biker shootout in Waco.
  • Texas cuts Planned Parenthood funding from state budget

    05/30/2015 8:14:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rebecca Downs
    After a month of negotiating the state’s two-year budget, the Texas Legislature’s new proposal cuts Planned Parenthood from its Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. The decision by the Lone Star State would axe funding for over a dozen Planned Parenthood facilities that don’t provide abortions on-site. Planned Parenthood received $1.2 million in taxpayer dollars under the program last year. A finalized budget will be decided on before June 1. Alex Garcia-Ditta, writing for Texas Observer, gives background on the new budget proposal: In January, key budget writers state Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown)...