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  • Ron Paul: Black Caucus Only Against War Because They Want That Money For Food Stamps

    02/25/2015 7:38:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Megan Apper and Andrew Kaczynski
    “They are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here.” (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps. “I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not—they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • Texas officials warn of immigrants with terrorist ties crossing southern border

    02/26/2015 3:27:29 PM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    washington post ^ | february 26, 2015 | reid wilson
    A top Texas law enforcement agency says border security organizations have apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years, and while a surge of officers to the border has slowed the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants, it’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars. In a report to Texas elected officials, the state Department of Public Safety says border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya,...
  • Shooter On Loose in Houston, Texas

    02/26/2015 8:11:49 AM PST · by Tudorfly · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01-25-2015 | ABC News
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/pedestrians-shot-killed-texas-shooting-attacks/story?id=29241155 Police in Texas are searching for a gunman believed to have randomly attacked five people in the past week, including one who later died. The attacks happened in Houston and nearby Missouri City, Texas, and involved pedestrians walking alone, police said.
  • 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.
  • Ted Cruz 2016 effort adds Texas GOP finance chairman

    02/25/2015 7:00:25 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 1 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/24/15 | Todd J Gillman
    The budding Cruz 2016 campaign is adding some fund-raising muscle, with the Texas GOP finance chairman joining the effort. Hal Lambert, a Fort Worth money manager who has served three years as the state party’s top fund-raiser, said Tuesday that he is stepping down to help Sen. Ted Cruz if he runs for president. Lambert supported the 2012 presidential campaign of then-Gov. Rick Perry, who – like Cruz – has been spending lots of time with Republican activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where early contests are critical stops on the way to the White House. “It’s not...
  • Feds raid Texas secessionist meeting

    02/25/2015 8:15:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 23, 2015 | Dylan Baddour, The Houston Chronicle
    It seemed like a typical congressional meeting for the Republic of Texas. Senators and the president gathered in the center of a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall, surrounded by public onlookers, to debate issues of the national currency, develop international relations and celebrate the birthday of one of their oldest members. But this wasn't 1836, and this would be no ordinary legislative conference. Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, the Kerr County Sheriff's...
  • President Grover Cleveland on federal welfare/entitlements

    02/24/2015 2:44:05 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | Around 1886, retold February 2015 | Grover Cleveland
    ...when there was a Texas drought that hurt the crops of farmers there, Congress allotted $10,000 to buy seed grain to help them recover. But [President Grover] Cleveland vetoed the expenditure and explained why like this:I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think,...
  • VIDEO: Showdown Over Pres. Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Heating Up

    02/24/2015 6:43:43 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/24/2015 | Greta van Susteren
    Watch our interview with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from tonight’s ON THE RECORD and weigh in.
  • Texas jury finds Eddie Ray Routh guilty in murder of Chris Kyle

    02/24/2015 7:26:29 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    ABC7.com ^ | 02/24/2015
    <p>A Texas jury finds former Marine Chad Littlefield guilty of murdering famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.</p>
  • Time to Give Constitutional Carry a Jolt in Texas!

    02/24/2015 1:38:28 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 80 replies
    Gun Owners of America/gunowners.org ^ | February 20, 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    Earlier, we alerted you to HB 195, a “constitutional carry” bill that allows all law-abiding citizens in the state to carry as a matter of right -- without having to submit to any obnoxious background checks or waiting periods. The bill is stuck in committee, as is its Senate counterpart, SB 342. But the beauty of HB 195/SB 342 is that they would actually accomplish BOTH objectives -- establishing constitutional carry for BOTH open and concealed carry. ACTION: (1) Urge your state Representative and Senator to cosponsor and support HB 195 and SB 342. By clicking on the link here,...
  • Ted Cruz opens throttle in campaign against Lynch

    02/24/2015 12:38:54 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    WND ^ | 02/24/2015 | BOB UNRUH
    'At what point is the lawlessness simply too much?' Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Tuesday opened the throttle on his effort to torpedo President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, tweeting his opposition and writing in Politico that her “radical positions” are more than alarming.WND has reported concerns about Lynch’s key role in the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute the banking giant HSBC for laundering funds for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists. The Senate Judiciary Committee recently conducted a two-hour session with HSBC whistleblower John Cruz in its investigation of Lynch’s...
  • Cruz calls on colleagues to reject AG nominee

    02/24/2015 12:08:04 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2015, 08:03 am | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is warning that Republicans who support Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch are complicit in what he sees as President Obama’s lawless action on immigration.While current Attorney General Eric Holder has drawn the ire of many conservatives, including Cruz, the freshman senator argues in a new op-ed that Lynch won’t have any noticeable difference in enforcing Obama’s policies, which he believes break the law.“Holder’s lawless behavior occurred after he was confirmed. It is altogether different for the Senate to confirm a nominee who tells us ahead of time she will ignore the law,” Cruz writes in a...
  • Ted Cruz: Senate will be complicit in ‘lawlessness’ if Lynch is confirmed as AG

    02/24/2015 10:47:54 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, laid out his case against Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. attorney general, in a new piece in which he says senators will be approving “lawlessness” if they confirm her.He cited answers he deemed insufficient during Ms. Lynch’s confirmation process on issues like how she would be different from Attorney General Eric Holder and whether she supported Mr. Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration.“No senator who takes his or her oath of office seriously should vote to confirm such a nominee,” he wrote in Politico. “And Senate Republicans have all the...
  • Ted Cruz 2016 effort adds Texas GOP finance chairman

    02/24/2015 10:29:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 24, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    The budding Cruz 2016 campaign is adding some fund-raising muscle, with the Texas GOP finance chairman joining the effort. Hal Lambert, a Fort Worth money manager who has served three years as the state party’s top fund-raiser, said Tuesday that he is stepping down to help Sen. Ted Cruz if he runs for president. Lambert supported the 2012 presidential campaign of then-Gov. Rick Perry, who – like Cruz – has been spending lots of time with Republican activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where early contests are critical stops on the way to the White House. “It’s not...
  • Santa Cruz County horror: 2 dogs stuffed in sandbags, tossed from car

    02/23/2015 3:00:16 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 23, 2015 | Kale Williams
    Santa Cruz County officials are asking the public to help identify the person who stuffed two dogs, a mother and her puppy, into sandbags and threw them from a moving car, killing the younger dog.
  • Ted Cruz just compared Obama to Richard Nixon

    02/23/2015 1:39:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 23, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is not a fan of his Democratic colleagues' "disturbing" unwillingness to criticize President Barack Obama's executive actions that protected undocumented immigrants from deportation. "It's very interesting. Democratic senators privately will admit all sorts of things," Cruz mused during a Newsmax TV interview published Monday. "But it's really disturbing: Democratic senators have been unwilling to stand up to this president, really on almost anything." Cruz, a likely 2016 presidential contender, compared this alleged slavishness to Obama to how Republicans reacted when one of their own, former President Richard Nixon, was in the middle of the 1972 Watergate...
  • Ted Cruz to oppose Loretta Lynch confirmation as Attorney General

    02/23/2015 12:42:13 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 23, 2015
    President Obama’s pick for the replacement for Eric Holder as Attorney General is Loretta Lynch, the current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Senate Republicans have become decidedly cool to the idea of confirming her. Indeed, Monday Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an opponent of most Obama policies, announced on Monday that he would oppose her confirmation.Cruz suggested that Lynch would be worse than Holder, who has come under criticism for his partisan, political approach to enforcing the law. “Unfortunately Mrs Lynch, through the course of the entire hearing,...
  • Ted Cruz Never Punts...ALWAYS ON OFFENSE

    02/23/2015 12:41:23 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 24 replies
    RedState ^ | 2/23/2015 | WillStauff
    Ted Cruz never punts because he’s too busy staying on offense. Cruz never allows the media to control the narrative he forces them to follow his narrative. I think the best example of this was a while back when Cruz was on Meet The Press with Chuck Schumer. Gregory wanted Cruz to come out one way or another about the recent NRA ads talking about Obama’s children. Remember that?
  • Ted Cruz warns Obama to stop spending on amnesty plans for illegal immigrants

    02/23/2015 12:31:58 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Sen. Ted Cruz warned the administration Wednesday that it needs to stop even planning for an eventual amnesty for illegal immigrants, saying a federal judge’s broad injunction means it would be illegal for the Homeland Security Department to spend any money on President Obama’s immigration plans.The Texas Republican also said Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s ruling late Monday undercuts the basis of Senate Democrats’ ongoing filibuster to block homeland security spending, which the president’s allies have launched to try to defend the White House’s immigration policies.The warning to Mr. Obama to stop spending money on the amnesty opens the door for...
  • UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring

    02/23/2015 12:04:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 02/23/2015 | Ross Ramsey
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has erased U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s strong lead among Texas Republicans in the volatile and still-developing race for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Cruz’s 25 percentage-point lead over Walker in October has vanished: The Texan won the support of 20 percent of the state’s registered voters to Walker’s 19 percent — a statistical tie. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and author Ben Carson were tied at 9 percent, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was next at 8 percent. “Scott Walker is clearly breathing some of the...
  • Cruz: Loretta Lynch Would Be Worse Than Holder

    02/23/2015 9:20:51 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/23/15 | Pam Key
    Monday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he will not be voting for President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. “Unfortunately Mrs Lynch, through the course of the entire hearing, refused to acknowledge a single limit on the president’s authority under the Constitution,” Cruz said. “When I asked her in what ways she would differ from Eric Holder, she said no ways whatsoever.” When the junior Texas senator was asked if Lynch would be worse than Eric Holder, Cruz answered “Yes I think she would be materially worse.”
  • New poll shows Ted Cruz leading among 2016 hopefuls

    02/23/2015 8:57:51 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 39 replies
    therightscoop ^ | 2/23/2015 | right scoop
    en. Ted Cruz has a narrow edge over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a new survey on 2016 GOP hopefuls in Texas. Twenty percent prefer Mr. Cruz in a would-be 2016 GOP presidential primary match-up, and 19 percent prefer Mr. Walker in a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The numbers present a rapid rise for Mr. Walker, who was at 2 percent to Mr. Cruz’s 27 percent a few months ago. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were next at 9 percent apiece, followed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who had been in second...
  • Texas Poll: Scott Walker in Dead Heat with Sen. Ted Cruz

    02/23/2015 8:02:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    News Max ^ | February 23, 2015 | Melissa Clyne
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appears to be on a roll. After coming out on top at last month's Iowa Freedom Summit — a surprise to many — Walker is now in a dead heat with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Lone Star state, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Walker has stripped Cruz of the 25 percentage-point lead he had in October, The Texas Tribune reports, with the two now in a statistical tie. Cruz had the support of 20 percent of Texas registered voters; Walker had 19 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ben...
  • Buzz Aldrin to be star witness at Ted Cruz space hearings

    02/23/2015 7:43:29 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 39 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 20, 2015
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, will hold his first hearings on "U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness” next week, according to a Thursday story In Space Policy Online. Among the eclectic group of former astronauts, business leaders, and academics that will constitute the witness list will be Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. The hearings will also serve as an opportunity for Cruz to flesh out his views on the future of the American space program. Cruz has previously stated his desire to return NASA to its core function of...
  • Ted Cruz tosses red-meat to Duval Republicans

    02/23/2015 7:33:40 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    TrendingNews ^ | February 21st, 2015
    As he continues to the test the waters for a potential 2016 bid for the White House, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas made his pitch Friday night to the Republican Party of Duval County, one of the state’s largest local parties.Sprinkled throughout his remarks was a common theme that most potential GOP presidential nominees have focused on: Obamacare.“In 2017, a Republican president in the White House will sign legislation repealing Obamacare,” he said.Cruz has built a national reputation as a firebrand conservative not afraid to mix it up with the establishment in his own party. In 2013, he grabbed...
  • Reckless Crackpot Ted Cruz Falsely Compares Barack Obama to Corrupt Richard Nixon

    02/23/2015 7:40:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 23, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    In an interview for Newsmax TV, released on Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) accused President Obama of turning America into a monarchy. He also condemned Congressional Democrats for being “partisan rubber stamps for a lawless president”. While that style of blustering rhetoric is not unusual for the Republican Senator, he also went a step further by comparing President Obama to corrupt former President Nixon. Trying to draw parallels to Nixon’s lawless abuse of power during the Watergate scandal, Cruz complained: We’ve had presidents in the past who have abused power. But when that has happened: When Richard Nixon abused...
  • Islamic tribunal in Dallas draws criticism and clients

    02/24/2015 9:14:42 AM PST · by DFG · 37 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 02/23/2015 | DIANNE SOLÍS
    An Islamic tribunal, launched in Dallas last year to settle civil disputes among the growing Muslim population, is drawing quarrels over its use of Shariah law. Opponents fear it would open the door to extreme practices and corporal punishment linked to Shariah law in certain Muslim-majority countries. Still others argue it would replace the U.S. Constitution. But organizers say the panel of arbitrators issues nonbinding decisions on matters such as business disputes and religious divorces. They note its parallels with Jewish rabbinical courts and Catholic tribunals. The very word “Shariah” invokes backlash from those who don’t understand it and use...
  • Texas Governor: Since Jan. 1, 'We Have Had More Than 20,000 People Come Across the Border'

    02/24/2015 5:59:10 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 11 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | February 23, 2015 - 7:30 AM | Susan Jones
    "We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer, but we need to understand that the problem is not going away," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told CBS's "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. "Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve." (All told in fiscal year 2014, U.S immigration officials removed 213,719 individuals apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.) Schieffer reminded Abbott that there...
  • Cruz's Mission for NASA: More Space, Less Earth

    02/23/2015 8:30:49 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 23, 2015 | ALEX BROWN
    The new space subcommittee chairman thinks the Obama administration has the agency overly focused on climate change at the expense of exploring the cosmos. If Ted Cruz is NASA's Grim Reaper, he doesn't talk like it. To hear the new chairman of the Senate's Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee talk about NASA is to hear none of the budget-slashing zeal that comes out when he talks about, say, the IRS. Instead, he talks at length about putting more Americans in space and sending them farther than ever before. He gushes about the agency that has "excited the spirits of every...
  • Beaten to Death at McDonald's

    02/23/2015 3:02:02 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 129 replies
    THE BIG CARNIVAL ^ | AUGUST 23, 2014 | David Paulin
    To the four clean-cut college freshman out on a double date, it had seemed like a typical McDonald's: spanking clean, well-lighted, and safe. It was in a good neighborhood too, right next to Texas A&M University in College Station -- a campus known for its friendly atmosphere and official down-home greeting: “howdy” Shortly after 2 a.m that Sunday, they pulled into the parking lot of so-called “University McDonald's” – and beheld a scene unlike anything portrayed in all those wholesome McDonald's television commercials. Before them, hundreds of young black males were loitering about, some without shirts. Other local residents --...
  • In the wake of court ruling, Ted Cruz takes offensive against executive amnesty

    02/23/2015 11:31:45 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 19, 2015
    The federal court ruling that placed a temporary halt to President Obama’s plans to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens by executive fiat has emboldened Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, according to a Wednesday story in the Washington Times. Cruz suggested that even administration moves to prepare for the mass amnesty in anticipation of an eventual favorable outcome in the courts is in violation of the ruling. In Cruz’s view, the Department of Homeland Security must stop spending money forthwith toward such efforts.Cruz also artfully suggested that the basis of the Democratic filibuster of the DHS spending bill that prevents...
  • Morning Brief: Texas Colleges Say Campus Carry Would Cost Millions, Ted Cruz Could Have a Big Week

    02/23/2015 11:11:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | February 23, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Campus Carry Could Cost Millions The Houston Chronicle over the weekend reported that many Texas colleges would have to spend millions if campus carry passes during the legislative session. According to the Chronicle, Texas Tech would have to shell out $7 million if campus carry passes. The University of Texas and University of Houston combined would have to make $47 million in changes. The UH System’s cost estimate notes the need to “create, maintain, and staff secured weapons storage facilities in nine dormitories,” as well as hire additional security personnel “to man the facilities 24 hours per day 7 days...
  • Ted Cruz surges ahead of Rick Perry in Texas poll

    02/23/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 23, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Sen. Ted Cruz leads a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released on Monday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grabbed only 2 percent of the vote in the last such poll in October, but he has surged to a close second. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom 14 percent of Republican voters would have chosen in October, fell to fifth place in a wide-open field. Twenty percent of those surveyed went for Cruz, with Walker coming in with 19 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and neurosurgeon Ben Carson...
  • Texas Business Leaders Say It All: 'Oil At $50 Per Barrel Is Painful'

    02/23/2015 9:39:52 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 2-23-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland February 23, 2015Manufacturing activity in Texas is plunging and the crash in oil prices is to blame. The Dallas Fed's February manufacturing index fell to -11.2, down from -4.4 in January and well below the -4 reading that was expected. Expectations were for the headline index to come in at -4. In the last couple months, this report has been in focus as business owners in Texas take stock of how the decline in oil prices is weighing on that state's economy. And Monday's report was no different. One business executive in the primary metal manufacturing sector said...
  • American Sniper: Carrying Her Husband's Dog Tags, Taya Kyle Stuns at the Oscars

    02/23/2015 8:52:33 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/23/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Taya Kyle, the widow of American Sniper and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, stunned at the Oscars last night in Hollywood. She arrived on the red carpet in a beautiful green dress, carrying her husband's dog tags. Although American Sniper didn't win best picture last night from the Academy, it certainly has won over Americans. The movie has grossed a whopping $400 million since its opening in January, breaking all kinds of records. The film received six Oscar nominations overall and according to Forbes, is one of the top grossing best picture nominees of all time. Alan Robert Murray and Bub...
  • Obama-Supporting Immigration Attorney Arrested for Fraud – Forged Visa Application Forms

    02/23/2015 7:23:31 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/22/15 | Jim Hoft
    Irving immigration lawyer and Obama supporter, Sherin Thawer, was arrested on federal fraud charges and for forging applications of illegal immigrants. Sherin Thawer was invited to the Obama White House last year to discuss immigration reform. Dallas.com reported: An Irving immigration lawyer was arrested Friday morning on federal fraud charges for allegedly forging visa applications for illegal immigrants she represented, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Sherin Thawer, 45, was arrested by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations at her Coppell home, authorities said. She made her initial court appearance Friday and was released. The seven-count indictment,...
  • Texas girl who mailed NYPD cops handmade thank you cards to visit NY, tour police precincts

    02/23/2015 7:41:27 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 23, 2015 | Thomas Tracy
    The Big Apple is about to get a big ol’ “Hey, y’all” from cop-loving Texas kid Savannah Solis. The bright-eyed 10-year-old from Tyler, Tex. — who warmed cops’ hearts by mailing the NYPD 200 handmade thank you cards during one of the darkest periods in the department’s history — is flying into New York on Monday to be honored by the cops she touched with her missives, the Daily News has learned.
  • Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Planned Internet Takeover in the Most Brilliant Way Possible

    02/13/2015 6:49:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 13, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)You can’t demonstrate the dangers of President Obama’s plan to regulate the internet and reclassify broadband as a Title II common carrier more clearly than this video, courtesy of Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz said on his website that the Obama Administration is trying to impose 1934 rules on the Internet, which will stifle innovation. “The FCC’s net neutrality plan will drive up the cost of consumer Internet plans, impose billions of new taxes on the Internet, and allow a panel of five unelected bureaucrats to regulate and control every aspect of the Internet,” Cruz said. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, one...
  • ICYMI: Sen. Cruz: Texas Is Leading The Way To Stand Up To Obama’s Lawlessness

    02/22/2015 1:19:15 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | February 18, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today joined Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton for a press conference to present a united front among Texas leaders against the President's illegal executive amnesty. A transcript of Sen. Cruz's remarks is below. "Thank you Governor Abbott, thank you Lieutenant Governor Patrick. I'm very glad to be back home. This victory this week, the decision from the federal court was a major victory for the rule of law. All of us have reason to be proud that Texas led the way, standing up to President...
  • ICYMI: Sen. Cruz: President Obama Should Speak The Truth About The Face of Evil

    02/22/2015 1:11:26 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | February 19, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly last night regarding the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with Fox News' Megyn Kelly last night regarding the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. A transcript of Sen. Cruz's remarks is below. Megyn Kelly: Senator Cruz, thank you for being here and as we see that act take place, 21 Christians beheaded and as we see 45 people burned to death by ISIS in Iraq the White House refuses to identify the religion of the first group of victims and holds...
  • U.S. refinery strike spreads to one-fifth of national capacity

    02/22/2015 11:34:52 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 22, 2015 | ERWIN SEBA
    The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. A total of 6,550 members of the United Steelworkers union at 15 plants, including the 12 refineries, are involved in the work stoppage that began on Feb. 1 when talks for a new three-year contract between the USW and lead oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co stopped.... After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is...
  • In Obama administration's legal fight on immigration, time is an adversary

    02/21/2015 8:32:56 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 21, 2015 | By JOSEPH TANFANI
    In his fight to help millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, President Obama’s most implacable enemy may not be House Republicans or conservative governors, but the ticking clock. A lengthy battle in a Texas court case could prove fatal for his plans to provide a temporary haven for up to 5 million people in the U.S. illegally. If the legal fight continues into next year, it will be difficult if not impossible for officials to process millions of applications before Obama leaves office. The more people it can shield from the threat of deportation, the administration theorizes, the...
  • Suspect in 'American Sniper' case appeared to be faking insanity after arrest

    02/21/2015 11:05:27 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 21 February 2015 | DIANNA HUNT
    Capital murder defendant Eddie Ray Routh appeared to be faking insanity after his arrest and may have formed wild stories about “pig assassins” by watching reruns in his jail cell of Seinfeld and the Boss Hog reality show, a mental health expert testified Friday. Dr. Randall Price, a forensic psychologist who frequently testifies as an expert witness, said Routh was overheard talking about the two shows in phone calls he made from the Erath County Jail. “For a lot of time he’s talked about pigs with a lot of people,” he said. “It’s suspicious.” An old episode of Seinfeld featured...
  • Crude Oil Markets Tread Water, Rally Losing Steam

    02/20/2015 11:29:27 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | February 21, 2015 14:58 GMT | Daniel J. Graeber
    NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Oil prices were treading water early in the Friday session as markets weighed latest inventory data and production figures from the United States. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, was relatively unchanged from the previous session to trade at $51.10 for the March contract. WTI has recovered from late January lows below $45 per barrel and have rallied for most of February.
  • JRandomFreeper (Johnny) Needs Our Prayers

    02/20/2015 9:05:36 PM PST · by Windflier · 293 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 20 February 2015 | JRandomFreeper
    From Johnny earlier today: "Time to fess up. Turns out I have brain cancer that moved there from my lungs. Prognosis is poor. I had brain surgery a couple of weeks ago. Of course, being me, I intend to fight hard to the very end, and beat the odds. I may well be around for harvest season this year. That is my intent. Normal prognosis is in weeks. I've held off on bringing this up on FR for several reasons. But the time to bring it up is now. Consider this my opus. It's as close as I'm going to...
  • Texas Attorney General: Same-sex Marriage is Void

    02/19/2015 7:08:11 PM PST · by GeronL · 59 replies
    KVUE- ^ | 2-19-2015 | Katey Psencik and Ashley Goudeau
    AUSTIN — Hours after a Texas county clerk issued the state's first same-sex marriage license, Texas' attorney general said the marriage is void. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday that the Texas Supreme Court granted his request to stay two court rulings declaring Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. "The Court's action upholds our state constitution and stays these rulings by activist judges in Travis County," Paxton said in a statement. "The same-sex marriage license issued by the Travis County Clerk is void, just as any license issued in violation of state law would be. I will continue to defend...
  • Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) Bill Imposes Federal Control Over Virginia, Texas Elections

    02/19/2015 2:36:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 18, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has introduced legislation which would have the effect of placing all of Virginia’s election laws under Justice Department oversight, and Virginia isn’t the only state that would fall into federal election receivership. Sensenbrenner’s bill, H.R. 885, is co-sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus. It revives federal control through the Voting Rights Act over every state election law change. In 2013, the Supreme Court’s Shelby County vs. Holder decision struck down this power as an outdated and unconstitutional relic from a half-century ago. Texas would also fall under immediate federal...
  • Dems urge Boehner to delay Netanyahu address to Congress

    02/19/2015 11:45:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    A group of 23 liberal House Democrats urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next month. In the letter spearheaded by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the lawmakers argued that Netanyahu was being used as a "political tool" against President Obama. "As members of Congress who support Israel, we share concern that it appears that you are using a foreign leader as a political tool against the president," they wrote. Netanyahu's March 3 address will be just two weeks before the Israeli elections and...