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  • College chess champs uproot, move to Missouri (Entire Texas Tech team goes to Webster)

    04/07/2012 9:50:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/06/12
    College chess champs uproot, move to MissouriAssociated Press – Fri, Apr 6, 2012 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It was one of the most brazen moves in the chess world since the Najdorf Sicilian Defense, perhaps even the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Fresh off her second straight national championship, the legendary chess coach at Texas Tech is jumping to another school and taking all the top members of the team with her. No one has ever seen anything like it in intercollegiate competition, not even among powerhouse basketball and football teams that are worth many millions of dollars. Similar deals are not uncommon...
  • High-risk sex offender on the run in Houston after discarding GPS ankle monitor

    04/07/2012 9:05:32 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 7, 2012 | NewsCore
    <p>HOUSTON – A high-risk sex offender was on the loose Friday night after escaping from a Houston halfway house and discarding his GPS tracking ankle monitor, the Houston Chronicle reported.</p> <p>Michael Elbert Young, 42, climbed over a barbed wire fence at the Southeast Texas Transitional Center after last being seen around 9:50pm local time Thursday night.</p>
  • Effort underway to turn Texas into winner-take-all state

    04/06/2012 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 6, 2012 | Caroline May
    An effort to shake up the GOP primary race is underway in the Longhorn State. The outcome could set the course for a brokered convention by keeping front-runner Mitt Romney from securing enough delegates to win the presidential nomination outright. David Bellow, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee, told The Daily Caller that he believes there is enough support among committee members to call an emergency SREC meeting to vote to change Texas’ primary from a proportional system to winner-take-all delegate state. According to Bellow, the effort has support from the necessary 15 SREC members to petition and...
  • Texas GOP to call an Emergency SREC Meeting to go back to Winner Take All. Texas has 155 Delegates

    04/05/2012 2:08:19 PM PDT · by TexasConservativeRepublican · 48 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 4/5/2012 | David Bellow
    Texas Republicans are calling for an Emergency Texas GOP meeting to go to winner take all. Texas is tired of being overlooked and not having a voice in Presidential Races. This might keep Romney from getting 1144 delegates and force a Brokered Convention!
  • Save an endangered species, get whacked by the feds

    04/04/2012 4:34:23 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    WV Gazette ^ | April 4, 2012 | John McCoy
    Boy, that’s some gratitude for you. Texas game ranchers pulled a few African antelope species back from the brink of extinction, and the federal government rewards them 1.) by making it impossible to profit from controlled hunting for the animals; and 2.) devaluing the animals to the point they become impossible to sell. FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For years, hundreds of Texas ranchers have made big money on exotic antelopes, with hunters paying up to $10,000 to bag just one dama gazelle, a rare animal with short horns curving outward. Starting Wednesday, however, the U.S. government will stop allowing...
  • Texas atheist students swap Bibles for porn

    04/04/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT · by Redcat · 20 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 04-03-2012 | Kate Shellnutt
    This week, atheist students at the University of Texas at San Antonio are holding their annual “Smut for Smut” campaign, in which they offer to exchange holy texts for hardcore porn, the Friendly Atheist reported. The group, Atheist Agenda, argues that the “perversion, misogyny, slavery, rape, murder” that’s chronicled in the Old Testament is worse than what’s depicted in contemporary pornography. It’s a rather attention-grabbing concept, and the atheists drew religious opponents even on their first day set up on the steps in front of a campus building with signs reading “FREE PORN” and the name of their organization.
  • Texas Storms Happening Now

    04/03/2012 1:37:34 PM PDT · by MestaMachine · 7 replies
    BiNG SEARCH ^ | April 3, 2012 | MestaMachine
    Texas needs our urge,t prayers in the midst of extreme weather of nearly Biblical proportions.WEATHER INFO FOR TEXAS RIGHT NOW All you Frepers from Texas...we love you. We are with you. G-d bless you.
  • Massive tornadoes toss trucks across skies as large, extremely dangerous twisters target Texas

    04/03/2012 1:25:55 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 146 replies
    Daily Mail Online UK ^ | UPDATED: 15:11 EST, 3 April 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Millions of people are being urged to seek shelter immediately as dramatic news footage shows trucks and other massive debris being thrown across the skies in Texas.
  • Border Patrol Wrongly Detains & Harasses TX Soldier then Deletes Cell Phone Video of Incident

    04/03/2012 12:17:22 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 16 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 4/2/2012 | David Bellow
    A Texas National Guard soldier has filed an official complaint and a freedom of information request regarding an incident where the Border Patrol wrongfully detained him, harassed him, made fun of the National Guard, and even took his cell phone and deleted the video of the incident before setting him free after determining that he had done nothing wrong. David and James Bellow with Congressman Ted Poe The individual filing the complaint is my brother, James Bellow. He has served with the Border Patrol on the Texas border in the Army National Guard. He completely supports securing the border and...
  • Authorities Say Kidnapping Squad from Mexico Behind Man's Disappearance(South Texas)

    04/02/2012 4:56:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRGV ^ | April 2, 2012.
    HIDALGO COUNTY - Deputies think a kidnapping squad from Mexico is behind the disappearance of a missing Hidalgo County man. The Hidalgo County sheriff briefed us on the case file. Forty-year-old Armando Morfin was taken from his home in north Hidalgo County Friday. He reportedly dropped off his children at school. By the time he returned home, three men were waiting for him. His wife and 4-year-old child were tied up. They weren't harmed. By the time they freed themselves, the men were long gone along with Morfin. His van was found a few hours later on the side of...
  • Chuck DeVore: Texas vs. California

    04/02/2012 6:54:37 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    OC Register ^ | 4/2/12 | Chuck Devore
    One in five Americans calls California or Texas home. The two most populous states have a lot in common: a long coast, a sunny climate, a diverse population, plenty of oil in the ground, and Mexico to the south. Where they diverge is in their governance. For six years ending in 2010, I represented almost 500,000 people in California’s legislature. I was vice chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee. I was even a lieutenant colonel in the state’s National Guard. Before serving in Sacramento, I worked as an executive in California’s...
  • Austin, Texas nightclub owners linked to drug deals, possible financing of Hezbollah

    04/01/2012 6:18:16 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 38 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 1 April 2012 | Unattributed
    The Yassine family of Austin, Texas is apparently quite the enterprising group. Led by Hussein “Mike” Yassine, the Yassines were quite diversified. They own 8 bars. According to law enforcement authorities they are also a one-family crime wave. They are involved in murder, money laundering, drug dealing–and they have a brother back in Lebanon who is part of Hezbollah.
  • Texas jury slaps $195 million penalty on TaxMasters, CEO Cox (files for bankruptcy)

    04/01/2012 4:44:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/12
    Texas jury slaps $195 million penalty on TaxMasters, CEO CoxReuters – Fri, Mar 30, 2012 (Reuters) - A Texas jury voted to slap $195 million in civil penalties on Friday against the tax advisory firm TaxMasters and its CEO Patrick Cox, who were accused by the state of defrauding consumers. Houston-based TaxMasters became a household name due to commercials featuring Cox, who promised consumers his firm could walk them through audits, settle tax disputes and recover property seized by the IRS. It gained more dubious recognition in 2010, when Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit saying some of...
  • Baby Killer Jesse Hernandez Yells 'Go Cowboys' before Execution

    03/31/2012 4:45:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    My FoxDallas ^ | Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    A convicted child sex offender was executed Wednesday for the beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was baby-sitting at a home in Dallas. Jesse Joe Hernandez smiled and laughed at times before receiving a lethal injection for the slaying of Karlos Borja 11 years ago. "God bless everybody. Continue to walk with God," the 47-year-old Hernandez said. Moments later, he shouted "Go Cowboys!" in honor of his favorite football team.
  • Texas lawyers offer $10,000 for George Zimmerman's legal defense

    03/31/2012 9:18:00 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 107 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | 3-31-2012 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    The National Association for Legal Gun Defense wants to contribute $10,000 toward George Zimmerman's legal expenses, a member said today. The group represents gun owners involved in self-defense shooting cases, said attorney Blue Rannefeld of Fort Worth, Texas. Rannefeld said he has not been able to contact Zimmerman, 28, and is trying to reach Zimmerman's attorney, Craig Sonner of Altamonte Springs to make the group's offer of assistance.
  • Neighborhood thankful for law(TX castle doctrine)

    03/29/2012 6:55:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 29 March, 2012 | Agustin Garfias
    A law that gives Texans rights similar to those offered the shooter of Trayvon Martin if they are at home is causing controversy. The law covers when you can use lethal force to defend yourself. Jimmy Hooks fired two shotgun rounds toward a man he says was stealing from his pickup truck. The incident happened Monday night around the 500 block of Berry Street. And several of his neighbors say they feel good knowing that they can legally take matters into their own hands if they feel threatened. "We never locked our doors, never locked our cars. We left our...
  • New GOP Televised Presidential Debate in LATE MAY in TX - 155 Delegates - will it ever end?

    03/29/2012 8:58:01 AM PDT · by President O must GO · 22 replies
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | 3/29/12 | David Bellow
    A Major Presidential Debate in Texas? This is pretty much unheard of! The Republican Party of Texas is close to finalizing a deal that will bring a nationally televised Republican Presidential Debate to Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012. The debate will be only 5 days before the Texas Primary and there are 155 Presidential Delegates at stake. A candidate needs 1144 delegates to win the Republican nomination. The State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) will pass, a resolution calling on all four candidates to show they have concern for our state by committing to be at the debate, and under...
  • Texas Republican Presidential Debate May 24th, 2012 in Houston – Nationally Televised!

    03/29/2012 7:27:45 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 15 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 3-29-2012 | David Bellow
    The SREC will pass a resolution this weekend warning candidates that if they do not show up, they will be considered as not caring for Texas and should not get our vote A Major, Televised Presidential Debate in Texas? This is pretty much unheard of! Nothing is set in stone yet, but the Republican Party of Texas is close to finalizing a deal that will bring a nationally televised Republican Presidential Debate to Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012. The debate will be only 5 days before the Texas Primary Election and there are 155 Presidential Delegates at stake. A...
  • A Matter of OpinionTrayvon Martin and The Case of Yellow Journalism

    03/28/2012 4:37:10 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 1 replies
    The Daily Texan ^ | 27 Mar 2012 | Stephanie Eisner
    Editor's note: This comic was temporarily taken down at 2:20 p.m. to alleviate web traffic and prevent the web site from crashing. It was republished at 4:50 p.m
  • Texas wins latest round with EPA in federal court

    03/28/2012 4:03:39 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 27 March 2012
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal appeals court scolded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday for rejecting a series of state pollution control projects in Texas that federal regulators said failed to satisfy requirements of the Clean Air Act. The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of ordering the EPA to accept the previously rejected Texas measures. Yet the three-judge panel directed the agency to take another look at the state's regulations and issue a quick decision.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush To Formally Endorse Romney

    03/28/2012 2:06:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Yeshiva World News ^ | March 28, 2012
    Former President George H. W. Bush will formally endorse Mitt Romney on Thursday in Houston, Texas. The endorsement comes a week after the former president’s son, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) endorsed Romney. Former first lady Barbara Bush has also endorsed Romney. In December of 2011 the elder President Bush indicated support for Romney, saying that “Romney is the best choice for us.” The endorsements by most members of the Bush family suggest mainstream Republican heavyweights want the Republican primary to effectively end and for the party to rally around Romney. In his endorsement, Gov. Bush urged the party to...
  • Texas Attorney General responds to Clean Air Act ruling [unlawful EPA overreach stopped, again]

    03/28/2012 12:42:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Biz Journal ^ | March 28, 2012 | Olivia Pulsinelli, Houston Business Journal
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Wednesday responded to an appeals court ruling in favor of the state of Texas concerning a claim from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Latest from The Business Journals Fort Lauderdale’s 110 Tower owner refinances Senators call for drywall recallSenators call for drywall recall Follow this company . The EPA had said Texas pollution control projects at coal plants and energy production facilities did not satisfy the Clean Air Act. The court on March 27 ruled the agency is required to take another look at the permits for the projects because...
  • Texas P&W Commission Opens Public Comment Period for Allowing Suppressor Use While Hunting

    03/26/2012 7:30:21 PM PDT · by mnehring · 7 replies · 8+ views
    Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Opens Public Comment Period for Allowing Suppressor Use While Hunting The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPWC) is seeking public comment on a proposed rule change allowing the use of suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for the hunting of game species. Currently, Texas law permits the use of lawfully-possessed suppressors for all other shooting activities, including the taking of nuisance species. Enactment of this rule change would ensure that hunting is treated the same way as other shooting activities with respect to the use of suppressors, and allow all hunters to reap...
  • El Paso Mayor to Indict Voters Who Don't Support His Agenda?

    03/25/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 2+ views ^ | March 25, 2012 | Joel Oster
    In El Paso, Texas, Democrat Mayor John Cook is literally doing whatever he can to cram his political preferences down the throats of El Pasoans who voted against him. His latest effort in this regard has been convening a grand jury in El Paso to possibly indict those who oppose his policies, based solely on their speech. It all began in 2010, when the City Council passed a measure granting taxpayer-paid benefits for same-sex couples. The citizens responded by passing a city-wide referendum overturning the measure. Not pleased that his policies were thwarted by the people, Cook went to the...
  • Man Threatening Others With Gun Accidentally Kills Self Instead

    03/24/2012 5:13:23 AM PDT · by csvset · 26 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | 22 March 2012 | Staff
    JACINTO CITY, Tex. (CBS Houston) - During a fight with his girlfriend and her brother, a man accidentally shot and killed himself while threatening the other two parties with a loaded shotgun. According to KHOU, the Jacinto City Police responded to a complaint at a nearby home on Wednesday night around 10 p.m., and arrived to find a shooting victim lying out front. The victim, an unidentified 20-year-old male, died on the scene. Upon investigating, police reportedly found that the deceased was arguing with his girlfriend and her brother as he tried to kick the female out of the house....
  • Republican congressman accuses Party elders of cowardice

    03/22/2012 10:02:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/22/2012 | Doug Book
    Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has admitted what most Republican voters have known for a very long time—that the Republican Party leadership is more concerned with the dictates of political correctness and scorn from a liberal press corps than with fighting for the rights of the American people. Though Gohmert maintains Republican big-wigs like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell really are committed to the defeat of Barack Hussein Obama, he stated in a January interview with Rush Limbaugh that Party elders believe the only way to accomplish it is “by being nice.” (1) That’s why Republicans were told to “handle [Nancy...
  • Ex-Mexican official accused of impersonating U.S. citizen

    03/22/2012 5:38:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 22, 2012 | Jason Buch
    A former Mexican official arrested last month in the Rio Grande Valley after being accused of failing to pay a fine has been charged with impersonating a U.S. citizen to cross the border. U.S. marshals arrested Edmundo Lozano Rendón, 55, in McAllen, saying he didn't pay a $7,500 fine assessed when he was convicted of money laundering charges in 1992. He was most recently a spokesman for the border city of Reynosa, and has worked for the Tamaulipas state Institutional Revolutionary Party and for former Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernández, who is under investigation by the Mexican government.
  • HHS Messes with Texas. Obama’s real agenda is clear: abortion.

    03/22/2012 6:31:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/22/2012 | Patrick Brennan
    While opposition to the HHS mandate has caused many liberals to accuse Republicans of a “war on women,” the Obama administration itself has just declared the first front in its own war on women’s health care. Its casus belli? The Texas government’s restriction on funding for abortion providers. As of last week, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services has withdrawn $30 million worth of funding from a Texas Medicaid program that provides health-care services for low-income women. This HHS policy begins to confirm what conservatives have suspected all along: While the Obama administration has made it clearer than...
  • Deadly kissing bugs found in Texas

    03/21/2012 7:00:00 AM PDT · by eastforker · 47 replies
    click2Houston ^ | 3/21/12 | click2Houston
    Chagas, a disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, is in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, seven cases have been diagnosed in Arizona and California. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin said the bugs that cause the disease, the Triatomid or "kissing bug," were already discovered in 11 southern and central Texas counties.
  • Molotov cocktails thrown at Democratic Texas state senator's office

    03/20/2012 9:50:56 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Fox news ^ | March 20 2012 | Fox news
    <p>FORT WORTH, Texas – Police and fire authorities in Forth Worth are investigating an arson attack on a Texas state senator's legislative offices, myFOXDFW reported.</p> <p>Officials say two Molotov cocktails were thrown into State Sen. Wendy Davis’ Forth Worth office Tuesday afternoon.</p>
  • New book claims Fidel Castro knew about Kennedy assassination plot beforehand

    03/18/2012 11:59:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 95 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 18, 2012 | Philip Caulfield
    A new book by an ex-CIA spook claims that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro knew about Lee Harvey Oswald's plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and did nothing to stop it. Author Brian Latell was the agency's former national intelligence officer for Latin America and is now a senior research associate in Cuban American studies at the University of Miami. In the upcoming volume, "Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine," Latell writes that on Nov. 22 1963, Castro ordered his intelligence officers in Havana to drop their normal responsibilities and pay close attention to communications coming out of...
  • Anti-Semitic Rant Spurs Goodwill, Money to Houston Holocaust Museum

    03/17/2012 8:52:30 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies ^ | 17 Mar 2012 | Melinda Spaulding
    A profanity-laden, anti-Semitic voice message is helping the Houston Holocaust Museum raise money to save an important World War II artifact. That message on Braeden Howard's voice mail was left after his consulting company publicized the work they are doing with the museum. To restore a 37-foot fishing vessel, similar to those used to smuggle Jews out of Denmark during World War II.
  • Texas "Gunboats" to Patrol Rio Grande

    03/17/2012 3:11:51 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 30 replies · 5+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 1, 2012 | Tim Gaynor and Cynthia Johnston
    Texas unveiled the second of six new 'interceptor' gunboats on Thursday, similar to Navy swift boats that plied the rivers of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, to patrol the waterways of the Mexico border. "They have night vision capabilities, they have ballistic shielding, and the first couple of boats have fully automatic machine guns," department spokesman Tom Vinger told Reuters. The boats are emblazoned with the words 'Texas Highway Patrol,' each will have three super quiet 300 horsepower outboard engines. The boats will be allowed to patrol the northern half of the Rio Grande between El Paso and its mouth...
  • 'One State Under God' License Plates Go on Sale in Texas

    03/17/2012 10:22:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/17/2012 | Eryn Sun
    Starting next week, drivers in the state of Texas will be able to order a specialty license plate featuring a picture of Calvary Hill and the words "one state under God" to the delight of many residents. The official license plate, approved by the governing board at the state's Department of Vehicles last December, was the subject of much controversy in 2011 due to its religious design, which some felt was disrespectful and discriminatory. But regardless of the dissenting opinions, the Texas board decided by a 4-3 vote to allow the religious plate designed by Glory Gang, a nonprofit youth...
  • Whistleblower Lawsuit: Planned Parenthood in Texas Filed Millions in Fraudulent Medicaid Claims

    03/17/2012 9:28:03 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Breitbart ^ | March 15, 2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A federal whistleblower lawsuit has been filed against Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, now known as Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, charging the provider of abortion services with fraudulent Medicaid claims in the amount of nearly $6 million. The lawsuit, filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), on behalf of former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson, accused Planned Parenthood of submitting over 87,000 "false, fraudulent, or ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements” under Title XIX, in association with the Texas Women’s Health Program. The Medicaid claims, filed between 2007 and 2009, were valued at more than $5.7 million. The...
  • Government to cut Texas women's health funds over abortion [ DNC cuts cancer care to women ]

    03/16/2012 5:21:46 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | Matrch 16 2012 | Reuters
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The federal government will withdraw funding for a Texas program providing more than 100,000 poor women with birth control and other health services because Planned Parenthood clinics are not allowed to participate, a Health and Human Services spokeswoman said on Friday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the decision in Houston on Friday, prompting a furious response from Texas Governor Rick Perry, who called it an "egregious federal overreach." At the heart of the dispute between the administration of President Barack Obama and Texas is the divisive issue of abortion. The Texas legislature last...
  • George Clooney Arrested at Sudanese Embassy [ Obama admin arrests him 4 sharing Bush's position ]

    03/16/2012 3:23:32 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies
    abc news ^ | March 16 2012 | DANA HUGHES
    Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country's president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal. Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation's dire humanitarian situation and the Obama administration's policy. He led a protest today outside of Sudan's embassy calling on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop...
  • Feds to Texas: You defunded Planned Parenthood, now we’re defunding you

    03/16/2012 1:00:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hoatir ^ | 03/16/2012 | Tina Korbe
    When the Texas state administration first considered a rule to ban Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from participating in the Texas’ Women’s Health Program, which is jointly funded by the state of Texas and the federal government, the Obama administration retaliated by threatening to cut funding to the program entirely. Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed the rule anyway — and the ball was back in the Obama administration’s court. I wrote at the time: Does Obama want to actually cut funding and potentially jeopardize the Texas Women’s Health program, which might not be able to...
  • NCAA 2012 Brackets

    03/16/2012 11:07:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies · 3+ views
    various | Friday, March 16, 2012 | participants
    This is based on a genealogy table I made. Had a bit more trouble than I should have tracking down the first round results, wth.
  • Opinion: Why "Doonesbury" gets it wrong

    03/15/2012 9:52:27 PM PDT · by Tolkien · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/15/12 | Melinda Fredricks
    Despite opponents’ claims to the contrary, the real controversy concerning the newly enacted Texas Sonogram Law is that it took an act of the legislature to give women considering an abortion the information they deserve about this medical procedure.
  • Confusion Reigns over Expired Texas Voter Registration Cards

    03/15/2012 8:55:13 PM PDT · by Altariel · 7 replies
    Texas Public Radio ^ | February 29, 2012 | Texas Public Radio
    Now that the San Antonio federal court has released new redistricting maps, some Texas voters are getting trying to sort out conflicting information about their voting status. February 29, 2012 · When the redistricting dust finally settles, whenever that is, some Texans are wondering if they’ll be able to vote in the in the state party primaries. But a problem has arisen because an email currently circulating tells folks they are no longer a registered voter. "I think it’s some sort of informed ignorance," says Fred King, communications manager for the Harris County Voters Registrar. He said Texas counties have...
  • Luck of the Irish has run out in San Antonio[No parade]

    03/14/2012 10:22:54 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 14 Mar 2012 | Brian Chasnoff
    St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, but for the first time in 44 years no street parade will celebrate Irish heritage in San Antonio. “What it comes down to, we can't afford it,” said Terence Peak, president of the Harp and Shamrock Society, which organizes the popular downtown event. Its absence once again raises irksome questions about a controversial parade ordinance passed by City Council in 2008. The law, challenged by critics but upheld in courts, adds fees for police and barricades for most processions except for a few. The city covers the costs of police for the Diez y Seis...
  • CEO Of Texas Planned Parenthood Arrested For Indecent Exposure

    03/14/2012 9:53:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | 3/14/2012 | Life News/ Michael Berry
    CEO Of Texas Planned Parenthood Arrested For Indecent Exposure The president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Lubbock, Texas was arrested yesterday for indecent exposure at a local baseball field where children play. As KCBD reports, “According to Lubbock Police, Tony Ray Thornton, 56, was arrested at the baseball fields inside of Mackenzie Park. According to the incident report, Thornton was taken into custody at 3:25 Monday afternoon. He was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center and released from jail Tuesday morning around 11 a.m.” The news station reports that Thornton has worked with the abortion...
  • Afghan helicopter deal to be ended if Russia continues to arm Assad's Syria

    03/13/2012 9:53:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Avio News ^ | 03/13/2012
    Afghan helicopter deal to be ended if Russia continues to arm Assad's Syria Washington, USA - Senators against this purchase due to Moscow's ambiguous policy (WAPA) - Despite Russia sent humanitarian aids to Syria its role in the tragic situation the Country is living is still ambiguous. In fact, 17 US' senators have sent a statement to Pentagon declaring the US' Department of Defense should drop a 900 million dollars contract to supply a Russian Mi-17 helicopter fleet to Afghanistan, since Moscow seems to be arming the regular Syrian Army, led by president Bashar al-Assad. John Cornyn, US senator, also...
  • Gunman Reportedly Opens Fire in Texas Courthouse

    03/14/2012 10:33:02 AM PDT · by Ramius · 70 replies
    Fox News email alert ^ | 3-14-2012 | FoxNews
    At least one dead and three wounded after gunman reportedly opens fire in Beaumont courthouse, while suspect now believed to be holding hostages. More headlines from
  • Government to cut Texas women's health funds over abortion

    03/14/2012 2:06:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Government to cut Texas women's health funds over abortion Tue, Mar 13 2012 AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The federal government will withdraw funding for a Texas program providing more than 100,000 poor women with birth control and other health services because Planned Parenthood clinics are not allowed to participate, a Health and Human Services spokeswoman said on Friday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the decision in Houston on Friday, prompting a furious response from Texas Governor Rick Perry, who called it an "egregious federal overreach." At the heart of the dispute between the administration of President Barack...
  • Texas Attorney General announces suit against Obama administration on Twitter

    03/14/2012 5:57:35 AM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 3/12/2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Greg Abbott @GregAbbott_TX I'm suing Holder b/c DOJ won't approve Texas' Voter ID law. SCOTUS has upheld similar law. After news came down today that the Obama administration had successfully blocked a Texas voter ID law from going into effect Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General, took to twitter to announce he was suing Eric Holder and the Department of Justice. The Texas Attorney General also released this statement on his website today: “The Justice Department’s decision to deny preclearance to Texas’ Voter ID law is no surprise given the Obama Administration’s denial of a similar law in South Carolina....
  • US unveils reform-minded immigration facility

    03/13/2012 8:21:48 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    WDBO ^ | March 13, 2012 | WILL WEISSERT /The Associated Press
    KARNES CITY, Texas — A 608-bed facility unveiled Tuesday in Texas represents what federal officials say is a centerpiece of the Obama administration's pledge to overhaul America's much-maligned system for jailing immigration offenders.
  • Eric Holder Plays Texas Hold 'Em In Voter ID Suit

    03/13/2012 6:12:44 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 13. 2012 | IBD editorials
    Voting Rights: The most politicized attorney general in American history takes on Texas' Voter ID law as discriminatory and intimidating to minorities, and tries to make American elections safe for vote fraud. The Justice Department's civil rights division, the same group that dropped the case of a group of New Black Panthers wearing military garb and carrying billy clubs as they stood outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008, has filed an objection in U.S. District Court to Texas' voter identification law on the grounds it intimidates minorities and suppresses minority voter turnout. Photo IDs and the requirement that they...
  • Holder’s DOJ Implements Critical Race Theory In Texas

    03/13/2012 5:30:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/13/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has issued an objection to Texas’ voter ID requirement. As the Associated Press writes: The Justice Department conveyed its objection in a letter to Texas officials that was also filed in the U.S. District Court case in Washington between Texas and the department. Justice said Hispanic voters in Texas are at least 50 percent more likely and possibly more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver's license or a personal state-issued photo ID, which the Texas law requires. Meanwhile, across the country, James O’Keefe III has released video showing just how...