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  • Breaking: Bronze Star Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba, County Texas

    06/30/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by bgill · 40 replies
    OutServe SLDN ^ | June 30, 2015 | Matt Thorn
    Today, Jason White and his fiancé Jonathan Means are planning to obtain a marriage license from the San Saba County Clerk. However, the San Saba County Clerk Kim Wells has indicated that she will deny their application for a marriage license presumably based on Attorney General Ken Paxton’s nonbinding opinion that clerks may claim religious exemptions in performing marriages for same-sex couples. In a letter to Kim Wells, Matt Thorn Interim Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN stated “Under the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, in which all 50 U.S. states are now required to issue and recognize marriages...
  • Update: Judge previents Twin Peaks video release, issues gag order in case [sic]

    06/30/2015 8:11:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 87 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 30, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court has ruled to allow a Dallas attorney to obtain Twin Peaks surveillance video from the restaurant franchisee to help him prepare for an August hearing, but the judge placed a protective order on the video, preventing it from being released to the public. The judge also placed a gag order on prosecutors and attorneys involved in the case, limiting both sides from discussing the case in the media. Johnson said he is concerned about causing a problem with jury pools if the video is released. Attorney Clint Broden, who obtained the...
  • Supreme Court Stops Texas Abortion Clinics from Being Shut Down for Now

    06/30/2015 11:10:27 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Monday to stay the order of a lower federal court requiring abortion clinics in Texas to close or remain closed. The order from the court in Whole Woman’s Health et al. v. Cole, Comm’r, Texas DHS, et al. maintains the status quo while the Court decides whether to decide the case on the merits on any appeal. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Justice Samuel Alito, voted to deny the application for stay. Breitbart Texas reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit...
  • SCOTUS Ruling Keeps Texas Abortion Clinics Open Without New Regulations

    06/30/2015 10:58:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Just when Texas pro-lifers thought they had finally shaken off opponents to a bill that threatens the state's abortion clinics, SCOTUS has halted their celebration. In another confusing turn of events for House Bill 2, a pro-life bill that bans abortions at 20 weeks and strengthens regulations for the state's abortion clinics, the Supreme Court of the United States just sided with the clinics and granted a stay in the case, allowing them to remain open for the time being. The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations...
  • Jeb Bush Leads in New Poll. Here’s Why Conservatives Don’t Need to Worry About It

    06/30/2015 9:34:33 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Breitbart reports that, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll released yesterday, Jeb Bush is the current leader in the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates. According to the poll, Bush is supported by 22% of primary voters. Scott Walker is second with 17%, and Marco Rubio is third with 14%. Everybody else comes behind (this includes Ben Carson and Ted Cruz). Although I saw many conservatives on Facebook explode at this news, I’m not worried at all. You see, Bush has only two strengths: 1. He’s a Bush. This is a strength because it means instant name recognition. Additionally, although...
  • Moving to Austin, TX | Any Good Employment Agencies? {VANITY}

    06/30/2015 8:15:08 AM PDT · by erod · 69 replies
    Hi FRiends, I am seriously considering a move to Austin, Texas this summer and I could use your help. In a nutshell, I am tired of the bleak and stagnant Chicago economic climate, the harsh Illinois winters and the Chicago machine. It’s time for a change in my life to find a new opportunity. I am a young marketing professional (30 years old) and have no wife or kids to provide for. Does anyone know of any good employment agencies in the Austin area to find some temporary or permanent work, so I can start my move down south? Any...
  • State Employees Can Refuse to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples, Says Texas Attorney General

    06/30/2015 6:34:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Texas' attorney general has released an official opinion declaring that state employees can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples if they hold a moral or religious objection. Attorney General Ken Paxton released the statement Sunday following the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. In his statement, Paxton denounced the 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, but noted that the decision "acknowledged there are religious liberty protections of which individuals may be able to avail themselves." "County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses....
  • Graham Knocks Cruz On Guns And Tyranny: 'We Tried That Once... I'm Not Looking For An Insurrection'

    04/16/2015 12:53:07 PM PDT · by VinL · 129 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 4/16/2015 | Sahil Kapor
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's argument that the Second Amendment provides the "ultimate check against government tyranny" is a bit too extreme for potential 2016 rival and fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "Well, we tried that once in South Carolina. I wouldn't go down that road again," Graham said, in an apparent reference to the Civil War. "I think an informed electorate is probably a better check than, you know, guns in the streets." Speaking to a few reporters near the Senate floor Thursday, Graham was answering questions from TPM about the Texas firebrand and presidential candidate's argument made in...
  • Iowa caucus odds: 1 of these 4 will win

    06/29/2015 8:07:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Turns out there is a silver lining to five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court committing what amounts to cultural self-immolation last week — it winnowed the crowded field of 2016 GOP presidential candidates considerably. After analyzing the historical demographics of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, along with the overall environment on the ground, I’m confident we already know who can win here next February and who cannot. Championship Tier Given the demographic dominance of evangelicals in the Iowa Caucuses, where they’re about 60 percent of the vote, as well as Iowa Republicans’ documented disdain for activist judges (see Iowa’s historic...
  • Ted Cruz unloads on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul in new book

    06/29/2015 8:48:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/15 | MANU RAJU
    Cruz accuses McConnell and GOP leadership of maneuvering to dry up his fundraising and plant hit pieces in the press aimed at hurting him politically. He says GOP leaders cowered from joining him in big fights over the debt ceiling, Obamacare and gun control, accusing his colleagues of “mendacity” and capitulating to Democrats to avoid bad headlines.He contends that McConnell misled him in vowing to stay out of primaries when Cruz accepted a senior-level position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And he accuses a GOP rival, Rand Paul of Kentucky, of parroting McConnell’s talking points by seeking to “undermine”...
  • Why it's important to buy Ted Cruz's book today or tomorrow, if you intend to buy it (Vanity)

    06/29/2015 7:33:35 PM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 35 replies
    6-29-2015 | Me
    If you intend to buy Ted Cruz's new book, "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America," then today or tomorrow (6/29 or 6/30) is the absolute best time to do it. It will be released tomorrow, 6/30, and its "numbers" will be counted at that point. On Amazon, with pre-orders, it has already reached #1 in Political Leader Biographies, but it's only #143 in all books. The bigger Ted's book's numbers are, the more press it will get, and the better it makes him look overall. If his book rockets upward in the next couple of days, that...
  • El Paso venue won't allow same-sex marriage ceremonies

    06/29/2015 7:14:25 PM PDT · by proust · 44 replies
    KVIA-ABC ^ | June 29, 2015 | Darren Hunt
    A gay El Paso couple contacted ABC-7 to report an Upper Valley wedding venue that won't let them get married there. The owner of Grace Gardens says she is exercising her religious freedom in denying same-sex marriages.
  • Ted Cruz: A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America

    06/29/2015 6:25:22 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/29/15
    Book exposing the ‘Washington Cartel’ hits stores Tuesday, June 30HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today the release of his long-anticipated book, A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America. The book will hit stores nationwide on Tuesday, June 30. A Time for Truth offers unique insights of the inner workings of Washington through the lens of Cruz’s personal experience. In the book, Cruz pointedly identifies the underlying fundamental corruption of Washington’s power players or as he has recently described them, ‘the Washington Cartel’. Cruz convincingly exposes how the rigged game works for DC insiders at...
  • Ted Cruz Welcomes Endorsement from Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson

    06/29/2015 6:20:26 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/29/15
    Lawmaker Announces Support at Annual PicnicPIERSON, Iowa – Speaking from a flatbed trailer flanked by bales of hay and political yard signs, State Senator Bill Anderson surprised the crowd at his annual picnic this weekend by “doing something I’ve never done before,” and announcing his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for President.Anderson, who is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate, invited Cruz to be the keynote speaker at the annual event held in the ball park outfield at Pierson City Park. When making his introduction, Sen. Anderson highlighted several areas that caused him to give his support to...
  • Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 6:13:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/29/2015 | By ADAM B. LERNER
    Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it. “Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky were specifically considered in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which was handed down last Friday, Cruz — a former Supreme Court clerk — believes that other states with gay marriage bans need not comply, absent a...
  • Ted Cruz Accuses Bill de Blasio of Throwing ‘Young African-Americans’ Out of School

    01/13/2015 2:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 13, 2015 | Ross Barkan
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has more than the White House on his mind–he’s also taking a shot at Gracie Mansion. The conservative Republican, a probable presidential contender in 2016, blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, for his educational views in a speech he gave yesterday at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cruz, a supporter of charter schools, said Mr. de Blasio’s opposition to Eva Moskowitz’s charter network amounted to throwing “young African-American kids” out of school. “In my view school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. And I gotta say...
  • Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

    06/29/2015 5:47:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    NEW YORK CITY – By his own telling, it’s been a lifelong struggle for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to rein in his self-described “cocky” nature. In adolescence, young adulthood, and now as a junior senator running for the presidency, he has rubbed people the wrong way – and he is self-aware about it. “When I was in junior high and a geek, I thought that popularity was the Holy Grail,” Cruz said in a New York City interview with The Texas Tribune about his new memoir, A Time for Truth. “And in high school, where I achieved some modicum of...
  • Anyone Else Having Trouble Donating to Ted Cruz Using Link From E-Mail

    06/29/2015 5:25:53 PM PDT · by Pajamajan · 18 replies
    Me
    Tried to donate to Cruz campaign through an e-mail link they sent me for the fundraiser Million Dollar Money Bomb at their site. The link in e-mail takes you to the site and everything went OK until I got to the section where you put zip code in-there was no way to enter it into the form so I couldn't donate because can't complete the form. I did call them -left message, just wondering if anyone else have this problem.
  • Ted Cruz: Chief Justice Roberts ‘Put On An Obama Jersey’ With Obamacare Ruling

    06/29/2015 3:51:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/29/2015 | Al Weaver
    Sen. Ted Cruz continued his line of attack Monday against Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion upholding Obamacare subsidies, saying that he took off his umpire mask and “put on an Obama jersey” with the ruling. In an appearance on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Cruz told the host that the two Obamacare rulings Roberts made will “go down as some of the most political decisions” in the history of the Supreme Court. The comments come on the heels of Cruz telling Sean Hannity on Friday that the ruling, along with the ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide, marked “some of the...
  • Ted Cruz drops fundraising 'money bomb'

    06/29/2015 3:23:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 6/24/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz is imploring supporters to donate $1 million to his presidential campaign by Tuesday, saying in a recorded email appeal that positive fundraising results are important to shaping the media narrative of the 2016 contest. The Texas Republican proved to be a surprisingly prodigious and effective fundraiser in the opening weeks of his White House bid. He raised $4 million online his first week and has told reporters that super PACs backing his candidacy have "banked" an eye-popping $37 million. Now, Cruz is asking his backers to help him close the second fundraising quarter strong to help him...
  • Complete Transcript: Senator Ted Cruz Interview With NPR News

    06/29/2015 3:13:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | 6/29/15 | NPR Staff
    I cannot provide the complete transcript- it’s 17 pages long. I have provided two (2) excerpts and the link. In the 2nd excerpt, Cruz dumbfounds the interviewer by saying- ‘ the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage need not be obeyed, except for the parties to the litigation!” What we all feel in our hearts and souls about the Founders America, Ted Cruz articulates in reasoned argument supported by the law and the Constitution. Like WF Buckley, Ted Cruz cannot be dismissed by the Left as some “rube conservative”; this because he defeats than in intellectual argument. If we’re looking...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And Do In Private

    06/29/2015 2:59:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 39 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Alex Pappas
    In the introduction to this book, Cruz specifically criticizes the Republican leadership in the Senate for how they dealt with the issue of raising the debt ceiling in early 2014. “For months leading up to this moment, Republican leaders had pledged to their constituents that when it came time to raise the federal debt limit, they would demand meaningful spending reforms from this president,” Cruz wrote. “Rest assured, we were told, the Republicans would insist on it!” But that wasn’t going to work, so the GOP leadership came up with another idea. “For decades, the ordinary procedure in the Senate...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And Do In Private

    06/29/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes in his new book that conservative voters would be “astonished” if they knew what Republican senators were really doing and saying in private meetings on Capitol Hill. “During my time in the Senate, I’ve been amazed how many senators pose one way in public—as fiscal conservatives or staunch Tea Party supporters, for example—and then in private do little or nothing to advance those principles,” Cruz writes in his new book, “A Time For Truth.” “Indeed, if transcripts of our Senate lunches were released to the public, I think many voters would be astonished,” the Republican...
  • Girl, 13, Arrested For Vicious Videotaped Attack On Classmate, Young Boy

    06/29/2015 3:00:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    smokinggun.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | smokinggun
    Texas cops last night arrested a 13-year-old girl in connection with a viral video showing her attacking a classmate who was holding a small child in her lap. The teenager surrendered to police and was booked into the Dallas County Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center on assault and injury to a child charges. Video of the attack can be seen below. Investigators--who did not identify the defendant due to her age--began probing the girl after video of the June 19 assault was posted online. The attack occurred outside an elementary school in Rowlett, a Dallas suburb, and was the result...
  • Smith County ‘folds,’ agrees to issue marriage license to same-sex couples (Texas)

    KarenPhillips Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips, who was facing a lawsuit filed by private counsel after refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, has folded and issued the license, according to lobbyist/activist/former state Rep. Glen Maxey. “Damn it’s hard to find a case this morning to sue their asses,” Maxey wrote on Facebook at about 10:30 a.m. today (Monday, June 29). “Smith County folded. Karen and Jolie have a marriage license.” Maxey also noted that some other hold-out counties had begun issuing licenses: “Williamson County folded. Fort Bend County folded. Bell County...
  • Bishop Strickland’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

    06/29/2015 2:10:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Diocese of Tyler ^ | 6/26/2015 | Joseph Edward Strickland
    Joseph Edward StricklandBy the Grace of God and the Apostolic SeeBishop of TylerTO THE PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS AND CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE OF TYLER, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF OTHER FAITH TRADITIONS, AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL IN THE THIRTY-THREE COUNTIES OF NORTHEAST TEXAS THAT MAKE UP THE DIOCESE OF TYLER:On the morning of June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a 5-4 decision establishing the legal right of two individuals of the same sex to legally marry in all 50 states. By doing so, the Court has acted in contradiction to...
  • South Texas Farmer Dies From Bee Attack

    06/29/2015 1:52:31 PM PDT · by bkopto · 20 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | June 29, 2015 | staff
    A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo. The San Benito Fire Department on Monday identified the victim as 53-year-old Rogelio Zuniga. Fire Chief Raul Zuniga Jr., who's a cousin of the victim, says the attack happened Sunday afternoon. Rogelio Zuniga was using a disk on the field when the tractor hit an old concrete pipe meant for irrigation. The fire chief says the bees came from an opening in the pipe. The victim was dead at the scene. The fire chief says an exterminator...
  • Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law

    06/29/2015 12:45:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 94 replies
    Via Fox The Supreme Court blocks Texas restrictions on abortions.
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • Sorry, Jeb, Puerto Rican Statehood Is an Awful Idea

    04/30/2015 8:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | The Editors
    ‘Puerto Rican citizens — U.S. citizens — ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state,” Jeb Bush said this week. But they have had the right to determine that several times, and they seem to have determined the answer: No. The former Florida governor also said he thought statehood was a good idea on the merits, which it plainly is not. The most recent occasion for Puerto Ricans to weigh in was 2012, when they technically did end up voting for statehood — in a ballot process that would make Vladimir Putin blush. Voters...
  • Don’t make us pick a side: Ted Cruz and Karl Rove engage in heated war of words

    06/29/2015 12:09:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    Ted Cruz didn’t just lament “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history” after the Supreme Court’s rulings on Obamacare and marriage equality late last week — he somehow also mustered up the energy to engage in a war of words with political strategist and Fox News contributor Karl Rove. The Tea Party Senator and Republican presidential candidate is out with a new book, titled “A Time for Truth,” in which he reveals a whole host of autobiographical tidbits including claims that his Cuban-born father once tried to join Fidel Castro’s army, that he had a porn-watching session...
  • Cruz on Hannity Tonight

    06/29/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 20 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | Fox News
    Just saw on Fox that Ted Cruz will be on Hannity tonight for an exclusive interview. 8.P.M. Central
  • Cruz Says McConnell Misled on Funding Incumbents

    06/29/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misled him about the objectives of the National Republican Senatorial Committee last cycle. The Texas Republican’s vice chairmanship of the party campaign committee was always a bit mysterious, and in his new book to be released Tuesday, Cruz contends that McConnell, the longtime Kentucky senator who faced perhaps the most vociferous tea party primary challenger of the year, said the NRSC would not be defending its own incumbents. “When I mentioned to Mitch that if the NRSC had its way, every one of those four conservatives would have lost, he...
  • NBC Today host tries to CORNER Ted Cruz on his response to SCOTUS gay marriage ruling [VIDEO]

    06/29/2015 10:17:35 AM PDT · by Jane Long · 75 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 29, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    <p>NBC Today host - Savannah Guthrie - tries to throw gotchas at Sen Ted Cruz over his stance on the recent SCOTUS homo marriage ruling. Sen Cruz' handling of the host, and interview, are a glorious thing to see....</p>
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

    06/29/2015 7:31:43 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | 06/29/2015 | Mark Sherman
    <p>The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.</p> <p>The justices said they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university's flagship Austin campus.</p>
  • Katie Couric interviews Ted Cruz

    06/29/2015 8:31:44 AM PDT · by VinL · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/29/2015 | K. Couric
    Ted Cruz continued his verbal assault on last week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on Monday, saying the justices who ruled in favor of Obamacare and gay marriage “rewrote the Constitution.” “They joined a team, they put on bright-blue Obama jerseys and they rewrote the law,” the U.S. senator from Texas told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric during a live sit-down interview from Yahoo’s New York City studios. “Those decisions are a threat to our democracy.” Cruz slammed Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion in the Obamacare case on behalf of what the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful called “five...
  • Waco Bikers And The Blackstone Ratio

    06/29/2015 8:23:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 109 replies
    Motorcycle Profiling Project ^ | June 12, 2015 | David Devereaux
    All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer.” Why Do The Due Process Concerns Of Innocents Outweigh The State Interest Of Convicting Those That Are Responsible For The Shooting In Waco? The Blackstone Ratio, a concept attributed to a famous jurist of the 1860’s named Sir William Blackstone, is commonly accepted as a cornerstone of civil liberties and a free society. Closely related to the idea that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, the Blackstone Ratio means that democratic societies do...
  • Ted Cruz and Karl Rove spar over a passage in Cruz’s book

    06/28/2015 8:31:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | June 28, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Karl Rove are at odds -- over a description of what happened when former president George H.W. Bush donated to Cruz's campaign for attorney general of Texas in 2009. Rove is lashing out against assertions Cruz makes in his book, "A Time for Truth." Cruz writes that he went to see Bush in Maine and the meeting went well -- so well that Bush let Cruz borrow clothes and a belt buckle that said "President of the United States," and handed him a campaign donation check for $1,000. Cruz was invited to Maine by the...
  • Girl, 13, Arrested For Vicious Videotaped Attack On Classmate, Small Boy

    06/29/2015 8:11:40 AM PDT · by Signalman · 51 replies
    the smoking gun ^ | 6/29/2015 | smoking gun
    The teenager surrendered to police and was booked into the Dallas County Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center on assault and injury to a child charges. Investigators--who did not identify the defendant due to her age--began probing the girl after video of the June 19 assault was posted online. The attack occurred outside an elementary school in Rowlett, a Dallas suburb, and was the result of a prior disagreement between the assailant and the 14-year-old victim. As seen in the video, the victim was sitting at a table holding her three-year-old cousin when she was approached by the attacker and another...
  • Ted Cruz Sets Record Straight with Karl Rove

    06/29/2015 6:21:47 AM PDT · by Isara · 24 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/28/15
    A Time For Truth Isn’t Just The Name Of Sen. Cruz’s New BookRove Today: “When Mr. Cruz and I talked in 2009, I was not raising money for the Bush Library, nor was former President Bush 43 going to endorse some unnamed Dallas state representative for state attorney general, nor were any library donors “berating” me.”Rove in 2009: “[T]he distress you mention is not mine or 43 — it is the people raising money for the library who are also Branch fans and will not understand why one part of the Bush family is for not-the-guy while they are raising...
  • Texas AG tells clerks they can flout Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

    06/29/2015 7:13:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Lauren McGaughy
    AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday told county clerks in the Lone Star State their religious beliefs could enable them to flout the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, while adding some may face litigation for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. "It is important to note that any clerk who wishes to defend their religious objections and who chooses not to issue licenses may well face litigation and/or a fine," Paxton said in a statement accompanying an opinion released Sunday. "But, numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs, in...
  • Texas Fights Back Against Gay Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 5:45:11 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/28/15 | l shadwick
    The Texas Attorney General has responded to the “newly invented federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage” created by the “activist” U.S. Supreme Court by telling Texas officials “Texas must speak with one voice against this lawlessness.” He issued an opinion and said Texans must “act on multiple levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans” and must “immediately do anything we can to help our County Clerks and public officials who now are forced with defending their religious beliefs against the Court’s ruling.” In a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that “the United...
  • I've Been A Bit Quiet Lately

    06/28/2015 12:16:00 AM PDT · by Windflier · 253 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 28 June 2015 | Windy
    I haven't been commenting much lately because my mind is simply on overload right now. I'll bet yours is, too. About all I can say is that, now isn’t the time for me to ramble, but to digest, contemplate, plan, and prepare. I’ve spent years at this forum spilling my guts and taxing my synapses. The exchange of viewpoints with others, and even the verbal fisticuffs, has been rewarding in many ways for me. But recently something’s taken hold of me that’s hard to explain. I guess I’ve quieted down due to the storm clouds I see gathering on the...
  • Texas AG: County clerks can refuse gay couples

    06/28/2015 8:38:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    WFTV ^ | 6-28-15 | Chuck Lindell
    American-Statesman County clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on religious objections to gay marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Sunday. Paxton noted that clerks who refuse to issue licenses can expect to be sued, but added that “numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs,” in many cases without charge. Paxton said Friday’s “flawed” opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned bans against same-sex marriage in Texas and other states, placed religious people in conflict between following their faith and the U.S. Constitution
  • TEXAS FLAG COMPANY, DIXIE FLAGS, SAYS NO MORE CONFEDERATE FLAGS

    06/28/2015 5:33:53 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    breitbart ^ | june 28, 2015 | rob milford
    With a name like Dixie Flags, you might think the San Antonio-based business would be the last place on earth that would banish Confederate flags — you would be wrong. After 57 years in a business started by his parents, Pete Van de Putte said that Dixie Flag will no longer make or sell the Confederate battle flag. In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News this week, Van de Putte says that in conversations with manufacturers and suppliers, they have all decided to stop making or shipping the controversial flag. “My official opinion is now that it is an offensive item and we...
  • SEE IT: Texas teen rips girl by the hair from toddler, beats her up as other youths cheer...

    06/28/2015 3:43:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 126 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | BY Tobias Salinger
    FULL TITLE: SEE IT: Texas teen rips girl by the hair from toddler, beats her up as other youths cheer (WARNING - GRAPHIC VIDEO) A Texas teen wrenches another girl away from a 3-year-old relative by the victim's hair and beats her as other teens cheer in disturbing footage that has surfaced online. Police in Dallas suburb Rowlett say the family of the 13-year-old who assaulted the other girl June 19 behind an elementary school will bring her to authorities, who aren’t releasing the juvenile’s name.
  • Ben Carson wins conservative straw poll, Fiorina and Walker close behind

    06/28/2015 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein and Ariel Cohen
    DENVER -- Ben Carson, the famed surgeon turned presidential candidate, rode his outsider message to victory on Sunday at the Western Conservative Summit straw poll sponsored by the Washington Examiner, edging out former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Taken together, the results point to the resonance of the anti-Washington message among conservative audiences, as all three candidates argued in different ways that they would shake up the DC status quo. Carson garnered 26 percent of the 871 votes cast; Fiorina got 23 percent; Walker was at 22 percent; and Ted Cruz, at 11 percent, was the...
  • Cruz: If Hillary Was Republican Media Would Have ‘Special Prosecutor Watch’

    06/28/2015 1:02:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Cruz said, “Mainstream media is not fair and impartial. They are protecting Barack Obama and this presidency. I think no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.” He continued, “If any Republican did what she’s [Hillary Clinton] doing right now, she doesn’t take any press interviews and the press is docile … How many criminal investigations are ongoing into Hillary Clinton right now?”
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...