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  • One Country, One Standard (The University of Texas should lose Fisher vs. U of T)

    10/11/2012 6:55:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2012 | The Editors
    The University of Texas already has been told twice, but apparently needs to be told a third time: Discriminating against would-be students on racial grounds is contrary to the American way. In the 1950 case Sweatt v. Painter, the state of Texas attempted to preserve the university’s no-blacks policy at its law school by setting up an all-black alternative in Houston in accordance with the “separate but equal” rationale established by Plessy v. Ferguson. The Supreme Court said no, laying the groundwork for the subsequent hammer-and-tongs assault on racial discrimination in education. Nearly half a century later, in 1996, the...
  • Miss. governor joins suit on deportations, says Obama’s policy costs his state millions

    10/10/2012 8:07:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 10/10/12 | Stephen Dinan
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant wants a judge to halt President Obama’s new nondeportation policy, arguing that failing to send illegal immigrants back home is costing his state tens of millions of dollars a year. Mr. Bryant, a Republican, on Wednesday joined a lawsuit filed over the summer by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who said they are being forced to violate federal law by releasing illegal immigrants they know are eligible to be deported. “I believe this action by the Obama administration is unconstitutional and circumvents Congress’s authority,” said Mr. Bryant, adding that illegal immigration hurts his state. “As...
  • Supreme Court justices cast doubt on Texas program that looks at race in college admissions

    10/10/2012 8:21:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    AP/WaPo ^ | 10/10/12
    Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas’ use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. The court heard arguments in a challenge to the program from a white Texan who contends she was discriminated against when the university did not offer her a spot in 2008. The court’s conservatives cast doubt on the program that uses race as one among many factors in admitting about a quarter of the university’s incoming freshmen. The liberal justices appeared more supportive of the effort. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could...
  • POLL: Do you think applying affirmative action to universities' admission policies violates rights?

    10/10/2012 7:14:04 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 47 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 10-9-2012 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Poll asks Today, the Supreme Court is questioning the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions. Do you think applying affirmative action to universities' admission policies violates the rights of white applicants? Yes or No
  • Houston Man Receives Visit from FBI after Photographing Weather

    10/08/2012 8:42:36 AM PDT · by Altariel · 68 replies
    Pixiq ^ | October 5, 2012 | Carlos Miller
    A man who snapped photos of a brewing storm last month received a visit Friday from an FBI Agent, inquiring why he would want to take such photos. Michael Galindo explained that he was simply volunteering for the National Weather Service. And FBI Agent David Pileggi seemed to be satisfied with that response. But Galindo was left wondering whether he now has a permanent FBI file. “He told me, ‘you’re not a threat and you are doing a public service but just be careful next time,’” Galindo said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime. The problem...
  • Feinstein, Pelosi among richest in Congress

    10/05/2012 10:29:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/5/12 | Michelle Murphy, California News Service
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are among the 15 wealthiest members of Congress, according to a new survey. The annual rankings by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, showed the two San Francisco Democrats have a combined worth of at least $68 million, and potentially much more. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, tops the list with a minimum net worth of $306 million, roughly 4,000 times greater than the average American household. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of Lowry Mays, founder and CEO of Clear Channel Communications. No. 3 on the list, Rep. Darrell Issa,...
  • ***Sad But True: O'Reilly Says Oswald Shot JFK***

    10/05/2012 7:36:02 PM PDT · by The Wizard · 141 replies
    Stardate: 1210.5
    While both my Aunt and I watch Bill O'Reilly every weeknight, I was very disappointed to hear him say that his new book says that Oswald shot JFK...... While I will continue to watch the show because there are things I like, my confidence and trust in the things he says has been greatly diminished. You cannot shoot a man in the front from the back. There is no need to go into everything we have written about here many times before, I just thought that rather than have some of you waste your money on the book, I'd share...
  • Aunt out of jail, no longer on immigration hold

    10/05/2012 11:24:01 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    KOB.com staff ^ | 10/04/2012 | KOB.com staff
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned a woman accused of leaving a toddler in a hot car is no longer on an immigration hold. Sandra Rodriguez-Miramontes bonded out of jail a couple weeks ago. She was arrested in August, after Albuquerque police said she forgot her two-year-old nephew in the car while she went to work at a daycare. The boy died. The Second Judicial District Attorney's Office said it still plans to prosecute her for child abuse.
  • Halloween Display Catching Family In Web Of Controversy (Barry & Joe in a spider's web)

    10/05/2012 6:16:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KRLD-AM ^ | October 3, 2012
    COLLEYVILLLE - The election season and Halloween have been joined together in a yard display that is drawing attention in Colleyville. The display features spiders big enough for a human to ride on. Spiderwebs cover much of the front yard. The scariest element though, may be the political and racial overtones some are conferring. This is the sixth year Melissa Cruson and her husband Glenn have built an elaborate display for Halloween. And this year they decided to include what they called a political and financial circus. Caught in a giant spider web strung between two trees are likenesses of...
  • TEXAS: SAUDI MUSLIM arrested with fake military ID, weapons, access to chemical agents

    10/04/2012 12:33:50 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 22 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 3 Oct 12 | Unknown
    Azeez Al-Ghazian, 29, a Saudi national from Fort Worth, TX, is in custody after authorities found counterfeit military identification documents and weapons in his wrecked truck behind Hurst shopping center, which prompted authorities to evacuate it.
  • Russian Agent & 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military & Intelligence...

    10/04/2012 12:13:15 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2012/russian-agent-and-10-other-members-of-procurement-network-for-russian-military-and-intelligence-operating-in-the-u.s.-and-russia-indicted-in-new-york Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia Indicted in New York Defendants Also Include Texas- and Russia-Based Corporations; 165 Persons and Companies ‘Designated’ by Commerce Department U.S. Attorney’s Office October 03, 2012 BROOKLYN, NY—An indictment was unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging 11 members of a Russian military procurement network operating in the United States and Russia, as well as a Texas-based export company and a Russia-based procurement firm, with illegally...
  • Jihad interrupted: Texas Muslim arrested with fake military ID, weapons, access to chemical agents

    10/03/2012 10:10:30 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | October 03, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    TEXAS: SAUDI MUSLIM arrested with fake military ID, weapons, access to chemical agents Azeez Al-Ghazian, 29, a Saudi national from Fort Worth, TX, is in custody after authorities found counterfeit military identification documents and weapons in his wrecked truck behind Hurst shopping center, which prompted authorities to evacuate it. Fort Worth man held in Hurst after weapons, suspected forgeries found Fort Worth Star Telegram A Fort Worth man was in custody Tuesday after authorities say counterfeit military identification documents were found in his wrecked vehicle behind a Hurst shopping center. Two weapons and an air rifle also were found in...
  • Texas Wasatch??

    10/01/2012 5:34:07 PM PDT · by varmintman · 4 replies
    Anybody in the audience live in Texas and have any opinion(s) regarding the insurance vendor Texas Wasatch, one way or the other?
  • Tomball police: Teen who sought 'spiritual blessing' was raped

    09/30/2012 7:05:53 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    Houston Chronicle | ^ | September 28, 2012 | Robert Stanton
    When a family friend told a 17-year-old Tomball girl that she "looked tired and needed a blessing," the girl believed him. After all, the man attended her church and was known to practice black magic. "Because of her religious beliefs," Harris County prosecutors said, "she believed that (he) could bless her."
  • Toxic State Syndrome: As California Declines, Texas Rises

    09/30/2012 6:51:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/30/2012 | Tom Gray
    After World War II, California was where Americans went in search of a better life—the state with more jobs, more space, more sunlight, and more opportunity. But since 1990, Californians have gone elsewhere for opportunity, with the state losing a net of more than 3.7 million people to other states. n the national recovery or slow slog since the economy bottomed out roughly three years ago, even California has regained some ground. As of this August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has added more than a half million jobs since its payroll totals hit bottom around the...
  • 'Guerrilla-style' attack at local grocery store

    09/29/2012 7:38:58 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    KXXV-TV News Channel 25 ^ | Sep 28, 2012 | John Elizondo and Christine McCarthy
    WACO - Three men have been arrested for kidnapping a local grocery store employee and trying to rob the store while armed with military gear and weapons early Friday morning. Police called the crime a "guerrilla-style" attack. Police said 29-year-old Marco Polo Medina-Gonzalez, 20-year-old Josias Chavez and 24-year-old Julio Cesar Figueroa Medina followed the assistant store manager of the Super Plaza Grocery Store at 1320 N. 25th St. to an intersection near 18th St. and Bosque Blvd. There the suspects crashed into the victim's car, then pulled in front and blocked him. According to police, two of the suspects ran...
  • Options for reduced price admission to the State Fair of Texas

    09/29/2012 6:53:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 24, 2012 | Raine Devries
    The 125th annual State Fair of Texas has several options for saving money on admittance fees so more money can be spent on food, rides and with vendors. The fair will run from Friday, September 28 thru Sunday, October 21 at the historic grounds of Fair Park just east of downtown Dallas. This article will give you everything needed to know which days have admission specials and if it's okay to carry a gun on the annual pilgrimage to visit Big Tex. Here is a break down of how to get into the fair with a special promotion or, in...
  • Dallas Morning News endorses Romney for president

    09/29/2012 6:33:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 29, 2012 | Raine Devries
    The Dallas Morning News announced this afternoon that they are endorsing candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. In an editorial piece, the newspaper calls Romney a "principled, pragmatic leader" and that the former Massachusetts governor as a man who has "shown an ability to lead" and "can get Washington working again." The article went on to chastise Obama for being "less leader than follower" with his inability to address the escalating national debt and continually blaming George W. Bush for "the mess he left behind."(continued)
  • Iconic UFW figure to address Dems, DREAMers

    09/28/2012 8:24:06 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | September 28, 2012 | Elaine Ayala
    Dolores Huerta, the iconic figure who co-founded the United Farm Workers union with César Chávez, will be in San Antonio today for three events, addressing mostly Democrats and “DREAMers,” young immigrant rights activists working for passage of the DREAM Act. Huerta said her message will be similar to what she has told generations of farm workers she helped organize for better wages, safe drinking water and toilets in the fields. The bottom line for all grass-roots organizers, she said, is “to engage in civic action, to get people to participate, to make democracy work.” Lk
  • Rush Limbaugh: 'We’re Doomed' If Obama Re-elected

    09/27/2012 5:31:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 26, 2012
    Radio host Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversy. And now, a few short months before the November elections, Limbaugh is predicting a disaster scenario for America if Barack Obama is re-elected. He went so far as to say that if President Obama is voted into office for another term, the national economy is in serious trouble. “We’re doomed,” Limbaugh recently said on his talk show. “If Obama’s re-elected, it will happen. There’s no if about this. And it’s gonna be ugly. It’s gonna be gut-wrenching, but it will happen. The country’s economy is going to collapse if Obama is...
  • Brownsville police say child sex crime may lead to more charges

    09/27/2012 2:25:33 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    ValleyCentral.com ^ | September 27, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    Authorities believe a man accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old child may have more victims. Brownsville police arrested 54-year-old Antonio Garcia Garza late Wednesday morning. Investigators said Garza is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old child back in August 11th. Details were not released but police said detectives are working with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Child Exploitation Unit to investigate the case. Garza appeared before a Brownsville municipal judge on Thursday morning where he was issued a $250,000 dollar bond. ICE agents also filed an immigration detainer against Garza.
  • In Texas Conviction, an Immigrant Rallying Cry

    09/27/2012 1:48:21 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 26, 2012 | ETHAN BRONNER
    GATESVILLE, Tex. — In January, Rosa Jimenez, an illegal Mexican immigrant, will have spent 10 years in prison in the bleak scrublands of Central Texas for a crime she says she did not commit: forcing a wad of paper towels down the throat of a toddler in her care, making him choke and ultimately die.She sits here in the Mountain View Prison Unit, a maximum-security facility for women, folding prison laundry, reading Bible stories and praying for exoneration while her two children are brought up by foster parents. To some, Ms. Jimenez has become a symbol of the inequality of...
  • Congressional Black Caucus launches voter protection initiative

    09/26/2012 11:15:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Grio at NBC News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Melissa Noel
    (VIDEO AT LINK) The Congressional Black Caucus used National Voter Registration Day to launch a new voter protection initiative. On Tuesday members of the CBC partnered with community leaders as well as local and state elected officials in a series of events throughout the country to unveil “For the People“. The initiative draws attention to voter suppression efforts, like restrictive voter ID laws, that could prevent many minorities from voting in November. The goal of “For the People” is to provide information on what documents and procedures are needed to vote so that no eligible voter is turned away from...
  • Will Texas Squander Its Prosperity?

    09/26/2012 5:42:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/25/2012 | Steve Malanga
    Texas has been on a roll recently. Fueled by a booming energy sector, the state has easily outpaced others in job growth. Business executives consistently rate it among the most desirable places to invest in, and Texas has made a habit recently of poaching jobs from places like California. Although Texas legislators did confront a budget squeeze a few years ago, the booming economy has provided Austin with plenty of fiscal room to maneuver, even as other states confront perhaps another decade of fiscal adjustments. Now Texas faces the challenge of managing its success over the long term. Although Texas...
  • How-Carter beat Reagan

    09/25/2012 9:12:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 25, 2012 | Jeffery Lord
    • Texas: In a story datelined October 8 from Houston, the Times headlined: Texas Looming as a Close Battle Between President and Reagan The Reagan-Carter race in Texas, the paper claimed, had "suddenly tightened and now shapes up as a close, bruising battle to the finish." The paper said "a New York Times/CBS News Poll, the second of seven in crucial big states, showing the Reagan-Carter race now a virtual dead heat despite a string of earlier polls on both sides that had shown the state leaning toward Mr. Reagan." The narrative? It was like the famous scene in the...
  • 4 arrested in ransom of illegal immigrants

    09/25/2012 7:22:03 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | September 25, 2012 | Susan Carroll
    Four smuggling suspects were arrested in connection with the ransom of a 17-year-old Nicaraguan girl and a related raid last week that netted more than 80 suspected illegal immigrants, authorities said. A criminal complaint charges Luis Trejo-Onofre, 30, Jose Santos-Solorzano, 24, Jose Victor Perez-Olivas, 42, and Gumecindo Jaime-Martinez, 37, with harboring, transporting and conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal immigrants, records show. The men, all Mexican citizens, are scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday
  • Is the Texas Twang Dyin', Y'all? Other Accents Blend In

    09/25/2012 4:03:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 25, 2012 | GINA SUNSERI HOUSTON
    J.R. and Sue Ellen had it on "Dallas." The Texas twang. The "y'all" and the "howdy" -- that slow drawl that is part Southern charm, part Western swagger and pure Texas. Yes, oil is still king in Texas, and it's easy to find a Longhorn (cow or football player), cowboys and a rodeo if you are in the mood. Neil Armstrong's first words from the Moon were "Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed." Barbara Voyce is a transplant from Illinois, and she quickly learned how to say "y'all." "It replaces the Midwestern 'you guys,'" she says. Her two...
  • Rick Perry supports 'freezing' college tuition

    09/25/2012 2:14:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Reporter News ^ | 09/25/2012
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry said college students in Texas should be able to lock in four-year tuition rates when they arrive on campus, and lawmakers could consider the idea when they return to the Capitol in January. The proposal is Perry's latest push against rising higher education costs, which has sometimes caused friction between the governor and administrators and faculty at some of the state's largest campuses. Perry also has championed $10,000 bachelor's degrees and called for greater efficiencies at state universities to improve graduation rates. Speaking Friday at the Texas Tribune festival, a three-day public policy forum in...
  • Male Texas school official spanks teen girl, setting off corporal punishment gender debate

    09/24/2012 11:18:55 PM PDT · by Altariel · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 24, 2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Texas mother says a local school district is covering its own rear end by considering a policy change regarding corporal punishment after a male vice principal paddled her daughter so hard it left a nasty mark. The district in Springtown, just outside of Fort Worth, allows corporal punishment, but only when doled out by a teacher or administrator of the same sex as the student. But when Taylor Santos, 15, allegedly let a classmate copy her homework, Vice Principal Kirt Shaw disciplined the girl with a large wooden paddle, which he swung with a violent, upward motion, according to...
  • Texas law enforcement to Fiona Apple: 'Just shut up and sing'

    09/24/2012 12:56:19 PM PDT · by workerbee · 19 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/24/12 | TMZ
    Fiona Apple is an ignorant fool who should stop criticizing law enforcement and "just shut up and sing," this according to the spokesman for the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Dept, TMZ reports. HCSD Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming is firing back at the singer after she publicly blasted fiour officers for allegedly mistreating her during her arrest for possession of hash and marijuana at a Texas border patrol stop last week. In a rambling statement at her concert following the bust, Apple had threatened to make the cops "f**king famous" as a punishment for their inappropriate actions. Fleming has personally responded...
  • Texas schoolgirl left 'bruised and blistered' after male vice principal SPANKED her for cheating

    09/23/2012 8:56:34 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 173 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Texas schoolgirl is nursing a bruised and 'blistered' behind after she was spanked by her male vice principal. Springtown High School sophomore Taylor Santos was walloped by the teacher after allegedly letting another student copy her work. But her mother, Anna Jorgensen, has complained to the school, furious that they allowed her daughter to be brutally paddled by a man. >snip< The day after her daughter's spanking, Jorgensen called the vice principal to complain but he defended his actions. 'He told me this was normal for her bottom to look like this after receiving swats, and that he was...
  • Before that straight-ticket vote check out YouTube (MSM calls out candidate - High Noon reporting)

    09/24/2012 2:16:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 23, 2012 | Patricia Kilday Hart
    .....Any voter considering pulling a straight Republican lever should be aware that the party's nominee for Harris County sheriff is apparently ready to deploy his deputies to keep federal forces from seizing the guns and ammo of Constitution-loving Texans. In a video posted on YouTube,an interviewer asks former Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy Louis Guthrie what role the local sheriff's department plays in preserving our constitutional rights. "Let's say the feds come in here and seize weapons and ammunition," he theorizes. "I don't have any issue with me or any of my employees…they WILL stand between the feds and the citizens...
  • 41-pound cat named Skinny up for adoption in Texas

    09/23/2012 12:50:55 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 60 replies
    siouxcityjournal ^ | September 21, 2012
    Don't be fooled by the name: Skinny the cat is one hefty feline. And all 41 pounds of her needs a home. A Dallas-area animal shelter has cared for the 5-year-old orange tabby since getting a call about a stray in a yard about a week ago. Kim Chapin with Richardson Animal Services said Friday that Skinny's "very sweet" _ and the largest cat she's seen in 21 years with the shelter. Not surprising. U.S. government growth charts show Skinny weighs about as much as the average 4-year-old child. Chapin says Skinny appears healthy except for being overweight and likely...
  • Federal funds can help tackle backlog of rape-kit tests

    09/22/2012 5:27:53 PM PDT · by Altariel · 6 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | September 19, 2012 | Senator John Cornyn
    In 1984, a young woman named Carol Bart was kidnapped outside her Dallas apartment and raped at knifepoint. She submitted herself to an invasive rape kit to collect evidence, which then sat idle for 24 years. When the kit was finally tested, DNA samples promptly identified her attacker as Joseph Houston Jr., a jailed sex offender who had attempted to rape another woman only four months after he raped Bart. By 2008, unfortunately, the statute of limitations on Bart's rape had expired, and her attacker could not be brought to justice for the crime. Tragically, Bart's case isn't an anomaly;...
  • The other Ryan: the candidate’s wife, Janna

    08/12/2012 2:59:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 12, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    An interesting glimpse at Paul Ryan’s wife, from the Washington Post: Janna Ryan, wife of Republican vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan, is the poster girl for Generation X women who wanted to have it all.Ryan, 43, like many of her 40-something peers, is a stay-at-home mother with an impressive resume. She prefers her husband’s hometown, Janesville, Wis., to Washington and remains out of the political limelight.But Janna Christine Little Ryan hails from Oklahoma, a state known for its Will Rogers’s common-sense ideals mixed with a smidgen of Wild West attitude.She grew up Madill, Okla., in the southern part of...
  • 'Welcome home!' Kid Rock surprises wounded war veteran and his wife with new home

    08/20/2012 8:52:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 19, 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    A wounded war veteran and his wife received an emotional surprise when entering a model home and discovering not only their friends and family inside, but musician Kid Rock as well. Standing before Sgt Davin Dumar and his wife Dana, the musician greeted the couple as they entered what will be a mirror image of the home he plans to help build for them.
  • Opinion: Choosing Chick-fil-A sandwich over human rights is wrong (Spew-tastic)

    09/22/2012 12:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Pegasus News / The SMU Daily Campus ^ | September 21, 2012 | Tim Welch, The Daily Campus
    DALLAS — Until Wednesday, SMU’s SPECTRUM was planning on launching a 13-week boycott of the on-campus Chick-fil-A. As a member, I intended on participating in the boycott. However, on Wednesday morning, the company announced that it has stopped donating money to anti-gay hate groups, such as the Family Research Council and Exodus International. The donations were the cause of the LGBT community’s ire this summer. Chick-fil-A also issued a “Who We Are” internal memo declaring that its company tradition “is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”...
  • Republican Deer Smashes Obama Yard Signs

    09/22/2012 7:10:17 AM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Rudolph the red-state reindeer? A Texas couple determined to find out who had been damaging a sign in their front yard proclaiming their support for President Obama's re-election bid caught the offender on Wednesday. Tom Priem, a software support engineer in Austin, told FoxNews.com he and his wife, who live on a block where political signs dot front yards, were fed up with seeing only their Obama sign repeatedly defaced. “The sign had holes poked in it like somebody had stuck a knife through it,” Priem said Friday. “At first I thought it was somebody who didn’t like Obama.” Priem...
  • Texas couple snaps photo of deer destroying Obama front yard sign

    09/22/2012 3:16:09 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-22-12 | Fox News
    Rudolph the red-state reindeer? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/21/texas-couple-snaps-photo-deer-destroying-obama-front-yard-sign/?test=latestnews
  • Cheerleaders' biblical-themed signs OK, for now

    09/21/2012 12:57:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 20, 2012 | Erin Mulvaney
    ....during the past three Kountze High football games,the players in the 2,100-resident town stormed the field through large banners referencing Bible passages,... The banners raised questions of religious freedom and the First Amendment. On Thursday,the cheerleaders scored a victory when a judge overturned,for now,school Superintendent Kevin Weldon's order forbidding the religious-themed signs..... ....A hearing on the cheerleaders' parents' request for a temporary injunction has been scheduled for Oct. 4. Until then,the cheerleaders will be allowed to display the banners at games.... ....The Texas Association of School Boards recommended that the school district enforce the ban, arguing that school- sponsored speech...
  • Teen immigrant held for more money found safe

    09/20/2012 9:09:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Mike Glenn
    Federal agents recovered a teenage girl from Nicaragua who was being held by smugglers demanding additional money from her family. "She's in our custody now. She'll be interviewed and medically screened," said Greg Palmore with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Restaurant Owner Faces $2,000 a Day City Fine…for Washing Bird Poop Off the Sidewalk

    09/19/2012 5:12:44 PM PDT · by shadeaud · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/19/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Texas restaurant owner is up in arms after Corpus Christi city officials informed him he can no longer wash the bird poop off the sidewalk in front of his business — not unless he wants a $2,000 fine, KRIS-TV reported. John Webb, general manager of Crawdaddy’s in downtown Corpus Christi, told the station he’s been hosing the sidewalk down for 18 years. That is, until city officials told him earlier this month he was breaking the law. The reason? A city storm water ordinance that bars anyone from washing pollutants, like bird poop, into the storm drain system that...
  • New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store Lays Off 220 Employees

    09/19/2012 1:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KGNB-AM ^ | September 19, 2012
    New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store suffered through another round of layoffs yesterday, as company executives eliminated around 220 employees across all areas of the business. Scooter Store Senior Vice President Tim Zipp says the layoffs are part of a company-wide cost savings plan designed to restructure the company in the wake of continued changes in the Medicare industry. That includes fundamental changes in claims processing procedures and reductions in reimbursement amounts (both of which are key to the Scooter Store’s business model). The Scooter Store has gone through some other changes in recent months, including the exit of founder and...
  • Smugglers want more money for daughter, mother says

    09/19/2012 8:00:28 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2012 | Mike Glenn
    A grocery store parking lot in southwest Houston was to have been the spot where Amparo Centeno would be reunited with her teenage daughter. Centeno had already paid more than $6,000 to have Hidalma, 16, brought from Nicaragua to the United States.
  • Rep. Poe wants to end Pakistan's ally status

    09/17/2012 8:15:18 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 17, 2012 | unattributed
    GOP Rep. Ted Poe wants to de-friend Pakistan. The Texas congressman has proposed a bill that would take away Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, saying the country’s “treachery” has led to the deaths of too many American men and women. “It’s time to break with Pakistan,” Poe said Friday when introducing the bill. “Pakistan is the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies. It’s time to remove a designation that brings privileges it does not deserve.” Short of revoking Pakistan’s ally status, Poe thinks the United State should at least stop giving the...
  • Walmart employees 'ripped up woman's $100 bills because they thought they were fake'

    09/16/2012 11:11:18 AM PDT · by rawhide · 181 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 9-16-12 | By Nina Golgowski
    A mother who says Walmart employees intentionally humiliated her after wrongfully ripping up two of her $100 bills while believing they were fake is taking legal action against the store. According to her complaint: 'The cashier inspected the $100 bill, turned to another cashier and had a brief discussion, and returned to her register telling Plaintiff that her money was "fake." 'The cashier proceeded to rip the $100 bill in half without performing any counterfeit detection tests. The metallic strip in the $100 bill was clearly visible.' After marking the bill with the detection pen, revealing a yellowish colour across...
  • New Poll Shows Obama Leading in TX, OK

    09/15/2012 9:04:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 47 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 9-10-12 | Opiate of the People
    A new survey conducted by the NY Times, MSNBC and the DNC shows, for the first time, President Barack Obama taking the lead in the battle-ground states of Texas and Oklahoma. The poll of 1,000 likely adults* conducted in the days following the inspiring Democrat National Convention shows Obama ahead 52-48 in Oklahoma and 53-47 in Texas. Both candidates have seen their images improve with these generally backward voters in the wake of their respective party conventions. Obama is now at break-even in his approval rating at 48% after being below par at 46/51 a month ago. Romney's numbers are...
  • Contractor who stole property gets 30 years ["smear campaign" imprisons another African American]

    09/15/2012 4:54:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 14, 2012 | Lise Olsen
    Despite an unusual plea for leniency from Houston's city controller, five-time felon and swindler Dwayne Jordon was handed a 30-year sentence Friday after admitting to stealing 23 properties from rightful owners by forging deeds and building new homes on pilfered land. He then resold the properties to unsuspecting victims. Harris County District Judge David Mendoza said he weighed competing factors to find a "sentence that fit the crime." He said he considered Jordon's construction work on stolen and legitimate lots in a blighted neighborhood, evidence of his continuing scams while free on bond and Jordon's role as a father and...
  • Spider halts highway project - Lefties cheer

    09/13/2012 7:44:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    September 13, 2012
    A rare spider has caused a San Antonio highway construction project to be shut down - because of the Endangered Species Act. People on our side of the fence are properly upset. Here are a couple threads: Blind Spider Discovery Halts Development Of Texas HighwayRare spider found in Texas shuts down $15M million construction project Needless to say, the neo-Marxist freaks on the other side are overjoyed. I found an article at The Huffington Post. I scrolled down to read the comments and almost threw up: Wow.....I cannot believe that they are doing that.......It is great........ Oh, man, I can...
  • PLEASING THE ISLAMIC FAITH - KFC (Houston) using animals slaughtered under Sharia Law

    09/12/2012 9:08:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    KTRH ^ | Nik Rajkovic
    KFCs in Houston are now serving meat slaughtered under Sharia Law. The practice of Halal is said to be a much slower, calmer process which begins with a prayer for the animal. Some say this discriminates against non-Muslims. But Paul Shapiro, Vice President for Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the U.S. simply calls it inhumane. "Animals have their throats cut without being rendered unconscious prior to the cutting," says Shapiro. "That's unlike other types of more conventional slaughter where an effort is supposed to be made to render the animals insensible to pain." Rasheed Ahmed with the...