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  • CRIMINAL MEETING’ OF BIKERS IN WACO WAS ACTUALLY ORGANIZED POLITICAL GATHERING (On Breitbart )

    05/22/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 335 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-21-15 | Stranahan
    Despite the characterization by police that the afternoon gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas that led to Sunday’s bloody shooting incident was a gathering of criminal biker gangs with violent intent, the meeting appears to have been a legitimate, organized gathering of motorcycle riders meeting to discuss political issues. The group that met was the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I) and a look at that group’s website and history gives a very different impression of the group’s purpose and goals than what has been said repeatedly by Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.
  • Waco Shootout Linked to North Texas Attacks

    05/23/2015 2:58:49 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 63 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | May 19 2015 | Scott Gordon
    The shootout in Waco that killed nine motorcycle gang members began in the weeks before Christmas with a beating at a Toys for Tots event in Wise County and a murder in Fort Worth, according to law enforcement sources. The backdrop is a growing turf battle between the Bandidos – which has controlled Texas for years – and the Cossacks, a lesser-known biker gang that has been gaining power by aligning itself with Bandido rivals, the sources said. On Dec. 12, 10 Bandidos burst into Gator’s bar in Fort Worth and "without saying a word, started punching and attacking people,"...
  • New Mexico ranchers, farmers sue over jaguar border habitat

    05/22/2015 9:17:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    The setting aside of critical habitat for the endangered jaguar in New Mexico was an “unlawful, arbitrary and capricious” action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says. ... In March 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set aside nearly 1,200 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border as habitat essential for the conservation of the jaguar. Federal officials acknowledged last year when they made the designation that no female jaguars or breeding had been documented in the U.S. in more than 50 years. ... Reed Hopper, another attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, said the federal...
  • FREEP A POLL: Red State Poll (Cruz Walker 1 and 2 as of posting)

    05/21/2015 4:04:44 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 63 replies
    Red State ^ | 5-21-15 | none`
    Just a link to the poll
  • New Hampshire Conservatives Coalesce Behind Cruz for President

    05/20/2015 9:54:31 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 05/13/15
    U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, Rep. Bill O’Brien, Councilor David Wheeler to Chair Cruz NH Leadership Team of more than 40 conservative leaders across the stateHOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced more than 40 New Hampshire conservatives to his state leadership team, to be led by former U.S. Senator Bob Smith, New Hampshire Representative and former Speaker William O’Brien, and Executive Councilor David K. Wheeler.“I am thrilled to have all of these courageous conservatives join our campaign in New Hampshire and honored to have Bob Smith, Bill O’Brien and David Wheeler leading this team,” said Sen. Cruz....
  • Rick Perry: If I Were President, There Wouldn't Be Fears Of A Texas Takeover

    05/21/2015 1:30:45 PM PDT · by South40 · 22 replies
    TPM ^ | 21 MAY 2015 | AHIZA GARCIA
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said on Wednesday that if he were President, the attitudes toward the office would be vastly different. During an interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show, the potential 2016 presidential candidate discussed Jade Helm 15, a military training program that has roused conspiracy theorists. From fears that closed Wal-Marts are secret bases for a military takeover to alleged sightings of the gear that will be used to implement the assault, conspiracy theorists have been worked into a frenzy over the training program.
  • Waco Brawl: Busted Bikers Include Retired San Antonio Detective

    05/21/2015 12:07:02 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tracy Connor
    The 170 bikers rounded up after a deadly battle in Texas this week included a retired police detective who traded in his badge for a Bandidos supporter patch. The San Antonio Police Department confirmed Wednesday that Martin Lewis was on the force for 32 years before retiring in 2004. It provided no further details about his service record. Lewis, 62, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and held on $1 million bond...
  • Bikers, others flee gunfire in Waco restaurant video

    05/21/2015 7:56:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    ap ^ | NOMAAN MERCHANT, DAVID WARREN and EMILY SCHMALL
    <p>When gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, most of the leather-clad motorcycle riders watching the confrontation from the patio or inside immediately ran away from the shooting. A few tried to direct people to safety, crawling on all fours heading for cover.</p>
  • This Planned Parenthood Clinic Injured Four Women in Botched Abortions in 30 Days

    05/20/2015 8:13:57 PM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | May 20, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    227 46 1 As Infowars.com is launching a protest at Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas, Operation Rescue has released four 911 records related to medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility in Houston. The 911 calls were placed on January 31, February 6, February 25, and February 26, 2015. (Listen to the four calls by going here). According to the Infowars.com web site, “Infowarriors and pro-life activists are encouraged to come and peacefully protest Planned Parenthood’s admitted targeting of the black community and all innocent children, as outlined by founder Margaret Sanger.” Protest Details: Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m....
  • Some Choice Waco Dishonesty in the Washington Post

    05/20/2015 3:53:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/20/15 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Here’s an impressively dishonest headline in the Washington Post: White bikers, black thugs: Why Texas looked to relax gun laws after biker shootout. The supporting evidence? While the rest of America tried to make sense Monday of the weekend shootout at the Waco Twin Peaks — and learned of a whole biker subculture featuring sometimes-violent turf wars — the Texas legislature debated a bill that would expand the rights of licensed gun owners to openly carry weapons in public. To be fair, this wasn’t the first time the Texas state Senate took up the matter of expanded gun rights. At...
  • Waitresses Trapped During Biker Gunfight Describe Terror & Fear As They Hid In Walk-In Freezer

    05/20/2015 12:57:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 13:50 EST, 20 May 2015 | By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    The waitresses who were working at a Texas 'breastaurant' when a massive gunfight broke out over the weekend are revealing the terror they felt as bullets began to fly. The women, all employees at Twin Peaks sports bar in Waco, have taken to social media to share stories of hiding in freezers, running in fear and their belief that this tragedy could have possibly been prevented in the first place. And now, after enduring this horrific scene, they all find themselves unemployed. 'What we went through Sunday was scary as s**t,' wrote Alicia Ortiz on her Facebook page. 'I wouldn’t...
  • Ted Cruz seeks ground between Rand Paul and Marco Rubio on NSA spying

    05/20/2015 11:10:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/15 5:31 PM EDT | MANU RAJU
    Ted Cruz has made it clear on the campaign trail: He’s an unapologetic, uncompromising conservative with no tolerance for the “mushy middle.”But when it comes to renewing the country’s anti-terror laws, Cruz is taking the middle ground.As Republicans debate whether to renew the post-9/11 PATRIOT Act, Cruz is staking out a position between two of his main rivals, the hawkish Marco Rubio and the libertarian-leaning Rand Paul.The Texas freshman is renewing his push for a bill to end the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program while also temporarily extending elements of the PATRIOT Act, a measure that is opposed...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

    05/20/2015 12:04:29 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    Salon ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brittney Cooper, teaches Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers
    Malcolm X, the famed Civil Rights leader and minister of the Nation of Islam, would have turned 90 years old this week. While America annually marks the significance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is only in Black communities nationally, and locally in Harlem, that we mark and celebrate the birth of King’s most formidable racial adversary. Undoubtedly this has something to do with the very forthright and unflinching manner in which Malcolm X talked about race in the 1960s. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, as Malcolm X was otherwise known, did not have any hope that white...
  • WaPo Cranks Tie Texas Biker Thugs to …Sarah Palin?

    05/20/2015 3:53:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The Washington Post actually tweeted this out today on the Texas biker gang shootings. The race-obsessed paper wants desperately to make the story about race… And threw in a photo of Sarah Palin for kicks.
  • Wife of biker inmate: Some arrested in Texas are innocent

    05/20/2015 10:10:09 AM PDT · by bgill · 368 replies
    AP ^ | May 20, 2015 | Emily Schmall
    Bullets ricocheted around the parking lot of Twin Peaks, the Waco restaurant where a motorcycle gang shootout left nine dead, just minutes after Theron Rhoten pulled in on his vintage Harley chopper for a regional motorcycle club meeting, according to Rhoten’s wife. Katie Rhoten told The Associated Press that her husband ran for cover and was later arrested, along with antique motorcycle enthusiast friends and other “nonviolent, noncriminal people.” Authorities swept up around 170 bikers who had descended on the restaurant for what one club member described as a gathering to discuss laws protecting motorcycle riders.... McLennan County Sheriff Parnell...
  • Nine Bikers Shot Dead in Waco, TX, USA Biker Gang Shootout [VERTICAL VIDEO WARNING]

    05/20/2015 8:39:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 264 replies
    A fight that escalated to gunfire between rival biker gangs in a Waco, Texas, restaurant parking lot today left nine people dead, police said. Eighteen people were taken from the scene to hospitals, mostly for gunshot and stab wounds, Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said at a news conference. Everyone involved was a gang member, police said. The violence began as a fight between "criminal biker gangs" at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in the Central Texas Market Place early this afternoon, Swanton said. The fight then spilled into the parking lot where gang members fired at each other, Swanton said....
  • Wood Mackenzie: Bakken, Eagle Ford Not Past Prime

    05/20/2015 4:41:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | May 19, 2015 | Karen Boman
    Bakken production will keep growing, albeit at a slower pace, and the Eagle Ford still has running room within high-return portions of the play, according to a recent analysis by Wood Mackenzie. The Bakken and Eagle Ford together produce just over 2.5 million barrels per day of oil, or nearly two-thirds of U.S. tight oil production. Higher oil prices in the 2013 to 2014 timeframe spurred operators to drill not only in the core of the Williston Basin, but in the fringe and speculative areas. This included areas along the Montana-North Dakota border, the northern most part of the play...
  • 'No Muslims' spray-painted on TTUHSC seal

    05/19/2015 11:35:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KCBD ^ | Thu May 14, 2015
    Crews at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center were busy Thursday morning cleaning graffiti off of the school seal on 4th Street. Someone spray painted a message on the seal either last night or early this morning. Workers had already cleaned most of the paint off by the time our crews arrived, but those who saw it earlier tell us that it read ‘No Muslims'. The Texas Tech Police Department tells us that the incident is under investigation. TTUHSC released the following statement Thursday morning: "It is a sad day at TTUHSC as we awoke to our beloved seal defaced...
  • Report of Waco Police Affidavit/Warrants Inconsistent With Initial Public Claims By Same Police…

    05/19/2015 8:25:25 PM PDT · by FreetheSouth! · 232 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 05/19/2012 | sundance
    Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65, died of gunshot wounds of the head and trunk. Jacob Lee Rhyne, 39, died of gunshot wounds to the neck. Richard Vincent Kirshner, Jr., 47, died of gunshot wounds but the report did not specify where he was shot. Richard Matthew Jordan, III, 31, died of gunshot wounds to the head. Wayne Lee Campbell, 43, died of gunshot wounds to the head and trunk. Daniel Raymond Boyett, 44, died of gunshot wounds to the head. Matthew Mark Smith, 27, died of gunshot wounds to the trunk Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40, died of gunshot wounds but the...
  • I Wish The Obama Admin Were as Concerned With Death Sentences Against Iranian Bloggers...

    05/17/2015 8:45:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    I Wish The Obama Admin Were as Concerned With Death Sentences Against Iranian Bloggers As They Are With Ex-Egyptian PresidentsThe State Department has expressed deep concern with the death sentence handed out against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for his role in the 2011 Muslim Brotherhood prison break. Of course, an argument can be made that a death sentence against Morsi would turn him into a martyr not only for the Muslim Brotherhood, but for human rights activists. Not that Morsi was overly concerned with human rights when he was in power, but Morsi was democratically elected and disposed of...
  • Gohmert on Jade Helm: Gov’t Must Not ‘Practice War Against Its Own States’

    05/19/2015 6:03:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Mediate ^ | 05/18/15 | Evan McMurry
    Once I observed the map depicting “hostile,” “permissive” and “uncertain” states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution. When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in “hostile” control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious. Such labeling tends to make people who have grown leery of federal government overreach become suspicious of whether their big brother government anticipates certain states may start another civil war or...
  • BIKER TRUTHERS EMERGE CALLING WACO SHOOTOUT A ‘POLICE MASSACREÂ’

    05/19/2015 11:59:21 AM PDT · by onyx · 334 replies
    BREITBART BIG GOVERNMENT ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | LEE STRANAHAN
    A website widely read by bikers called “The Aging Rebel” has published an alternative account of what happened during Sunday’s bloody shootout in Waco, Texas. The article titled The Waco Police Massacre brings out a number of details not previously published and also presents the controversial theory that event was essentially a police ambush.
  • AFL-CIO president: Bad trade deal is worse than no deal (Trumka Alert!!!)

    05/18/2015 7:24:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/18/15 | Steven Dubois - AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the largest U.S. trade union federation said Monday that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and he urged Congress not to support fast-track legislation that would let President Barack Obama present Congress with proposed trade agreements that lawmakers can ratify or reject, but not amend. That would make it easier for Obama to get congressional approval for a trade deal between a dozen Pacific Rim nations. Trumka spoke Monday at a news conference about 10 miles from Nike Inc. headquarters in Oregon, the spot where Obama recently defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Is Higher Education A Leisure Pool?

    05/19/2015 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 18, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A group called College Rank has helpfully compiled a list of colleges with the best leisure pools in academe, some replete with lazy rivers. "Recreational facilities and amenities have become a major part of the appeal of college campuses around the country,” Mackenzi Flannery, the article's author says. “Our list highlights some of the top leisure pool facilities and what those options provide to students as they look to complete their collegiate experience with some downtime in the water." While you peruse the list, you might ponder whether cash-strapped parents who send their children to these spas-with-degrees-attached can afford their...
  • Bikers jailed under $1 million bonds; one bond-reduction hearing set [Waco Trib]

    05/18/2015 9:12:16 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    Waco Trib ^ | May 18, 2015 | Tommy Witherspoon
    The more than 170 members of biker gangs that Waco law enforcement officials say were involved in a deadly biker gang shootout Sunday at Twin Peaks won’t be going anywhere soon. Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson set bonds for 174 gang members charged with engaging in organized criminal activity at $1 million each. “I think it is important to send a message,” Peterson said. “We had nine people killed in our community. These people just came in and most of them were from out of town. Very few of them were from in town.” Meanwhile, a lawyer for...
  • Twin Peaks revokes Waco restaurant's franchise

    05/18/2015 7:57:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 77 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | May 18, 2015 | Aaron Smith
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Twin Peaks company has revoked the franchise agreement for its restaurant in Waco, Texas, the scene of a biker shootout that killed nine people this weekend. "We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and are revoking their franchise immediately," said the Dallas-based company. The company laid the blame on the managers of the Waco franchise who "chose to ignore the warnings and advice from both the police and our company, and did not uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants." The...
  • New Texas Law Bans Cities From Banning Fracking, Drilling

    05/18/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 5/18
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities. The much-watched measure sailed through the GOP-controlled state Legislature after voters in Denton, a university town near Dallas, banned hydraulic fracturing locally in November. Backed by oil and gas concerns, the new law limits not only the Denton ban but other actions communities could take limiting energy industry activities. Abbott said Monday he was protecting private property rights from the "heavy hand of local regulation." He saw no contradiction in...
  • A Dark Vision: ISIS War Front on American Soil?

    05/18/2015 3:17:57 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    CBN News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Erick Stakelbeck
    A Dark Vision: ISIS War Front on American Soil? By Erick Stakelbeck CBN News Correspondent Monday, May 18, 2015 WASHINGTON -- U.S.-led airstrikes may have slowed ISIS's advance in the Middle East, but the brutal terrorist movement continues to attract followers around the world. ISIS has made no secret of its desire to attack America and it's putting foot soldiers in place to make that dark vision a reality. After two ISIS supporters attempted to storm a Mohammed cartoon drawing contest and murder everyone inside earlier this month in Garland, Texas, the Islamic State was quick to claim responsibility for...
  • The Morning After the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

    05/16/2015 1:55:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Linda Greenhouse
    Let’s assume, as I do, that the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage when it decides Obergefell v. Hodges sometime next month. What happens next? It may be a morning-after landscape of more confusion than clarity, with some rain falling on the victory parades. Conservative Christians, claiming victimization by the onrushing tide of marriage equality, aren’t like to be deterred in their quest for the right to withhold goods and services from same-sex couples. Indiana’s retreat last month, under pressure from some leading corporations, from a law that would have given businesses a religious excuse for discriminating...
  • In Waco carnage, a message to America

    05/18/2015 12:20:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    CNN ^ | May 18, 2015 | Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator
    )—Even while the horrific details from the fatal gang battle in Waco, Texas, filter in, it's not too soon to ask: Is this who and what we have become as a nation? A place where a shootout between five heavily armed criminal gangs can unfold at a restaurant, in full view of law enforcement, leaving nine dead, 18 hospitalized and some 170 people arrested? Law enforcement officers knew at least a week in advance that a horde of bikers was converging on the Twin Peaks restaurant, where the massacre took place, and stationed a dozen local and state officers on...
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Requests Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Disavow Operation Choke Point

    05/18/2015 10:58:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    ACA International ^ | May 18, 2015 | Staff
    The Texas senator says he is concerned the CFPB will follow the path of the FDIC and DOJ based on its recent lawsuit filed against various debt collectors and payment processors. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is requesting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau publicly announce it will not participate in Operation Choke Point or any similar initiative. On May 15, Cruz sent a letter including the request to CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Operation Choke Point is a program in which the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and U.S. Department of Justice reportedly apply pressure to financial institutions in order to...
  • Obama the Magnificent (Muslim)

    05/18/2015 4:25:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | James Lewis
    You have to give President Obama credit: he is a transformational figure, and the American media are loath to give him the credit he deserves. Of course, the transformation he has had in mind and has partially accomplished had to be covert, for the American voters would never have chosen this course knowingly. For the scope of the change he has wrought, as well as the cleverness of his strategy, sooner or later the Islamic world is bound to proclaim him, “Obama the Magnificent.” The domestic aspect of the makeover is the lesser achievement. When the Mohammed cartoon contest in...
  • Earthquake in Irving, Texas

    05/18/2015 11:25:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies
    Twitter | Monday, May 18, 2015 | Kristinn
    Reports on Twitter of an earthquake in Irving, Texas a few minutes ago. Scott Keenan, CBS News in Ft. Worth:Earthquake just hit #Irving. Strongest one we felt yet!
  • Twin Peaks Revokes Waco Restaurant's Franchise After Shootout (^ ^)

    05/18/2015 11:19:28 AM PDT · by drewh · 99 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 11 minutes ago
    North Texas-based restaurant chain Twin Peaks Monday revoked the franchise status of the Waco location that became a battleground in a brutal biker gang melee that left nine people dead Sunday, the company said in a statement. Waco Twin Peaks Franchise RevokedWaco Twin Peaks Franchise RevokedA brutal melee among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead, 18 injured, 170 arrested and the restaurant littered with bodies, bullet casings, knives, a club and pools of blood, Waco police say. (Published Monday, May 18, 2015) Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday the restaurant had...
  • Outrage as Waco, Texas biker fight is compared to Baltimore

    05/18/2015 7:16:08 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 125 replies
    Daily News ^ | 5/18/15 | NICOLE HENSLEY
    The deadly gun battle among several factions of biker gangs in Waco, Texas has social media users questioning the civility of its police intervention in the wake of Baltimore and Ferguson’s uprisings. “They’ve recovered at least 100 weapons,” Deray McKesson, a high-profile activist wrote on Twitter. “The (National) Guard would be mobilized now if, black.” With photos showing detained members of the criminal motorcycle gangs plugging away at their phones as police calmly stand guard, activists are quick to point out the disparity of the situation.
  • Abbott leans into possible role as 2016 kingmaker

    05/17/2015 7:15:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The McAllen Monitor ^ | May 17, 2015 | Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune
    Gov. Greg Abbott, once reluctant to get involved in his party’s 2016 presidential primary, has a new message for White House hopefuls: Get in line. With Texas poised to play a role in determining the GOP nominee for the first time in decades, the first-term governor is increasingly making clear he does not plan to let the newfound clout go to waste. He’s laid out five criteria for the candidates and wants them to come see the border that has been central to his agenda so far. Abbott has not decided whether he’ll endorse before the Texas primary on March...
  • Nine dead in violent clash between rival biker gangs at Texas restaurant.

    05/17/2015 3:56:32 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 324 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 5/17/2015 | Mia De Graaf
    Nine people have been killed and 18 hospitalized in a shoot-out between rival biker gangs at a recruitment event in a Texas restaurant on Sunday afternoon. What started as a physical fight in the bathroom spilled out into the bar and rapidly escalated to involve chains, clubs, knives and gunfire across Twin Peaks Bar and Grill in Waco, local media reports. Diners, including young children, scrambled and many took shelter in the freezer as hundreds of gang members ran rampage around the booths, according to KXXV.
  • Sunday Biker Gang Shooting Leaves Nine Dead, Several Injured (Waco, TX)

    05/17/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 107 replies
    kwtx.com/ ^ | May 17 2015 | Lauren Partain, Carlos Garcia and Brandon Marshall
    Three rival motorcycle gangs turned a local restaurant into a shooting gallery Sunday afternoon and when the gunfire was over, nine people were dead and several were injured. Waco police Sunday afternoon, assisted by Department of Public Safety troopers, police officers from several cities and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff's Office were surrounding the Twin Peaks Restaurant, in the Central Texas Market Place after several people were reported shot during a rival motorcycle gang fight, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. Police and troopers were in the parking lot trying to secure the area and protect citizens when...
  • 9 Confirmed Dead in Biker Gang Shooting at Twin Peaks (Waco, TX)

    05/17/2015 2:36:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 171 replies
    The Waco Tribune ^ | Sunday, May 17, 2015 | Olivia Messer
    ***Officers said there were multiple types of weapons used, including guns, chains, knives, bats and clubs.******“There were maybe 30 guns being fired in the parking lot, maybe 100 rounds,” said Michelle Logan, 37, who was at Twin Peaks at the time of the shooting and said she knows some of the victims. “They just opened fire.”*** UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.(CDT): At least nine people are confirmed dead in a shooting around noon Sunday at Twin Peaks restaurant, said Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton. All of the fatalities are members of biker gangs. No patrons, servers or less enforcement officials were...
  • THE GIRL WHO DESTROYED ACORN: Says She Has Scandalous Videos Of TX LAWMAKERS

    05/17/2015 9:34:48 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 21 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 05-17-2015 | Doug Giles
    Summer is usually a relaxing time for family vacations, a little rest and relaxation, a time to recharge one’s “batteries”, hang out with the kiddos and to get in some light summer beach reading. Ahhh … summer. Pass me an ice cold Corona, por favor. This summer, however, could be the beginning of the end for several Texas politicos who’ve been doing creepy crap when they were supposed to have been representing the Texans who trusted them and put their haggard backsides into office.
  • The Supremacist Roots of Muslim 'Grievances'

    05/17/2015 5:55:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Raymond Ibrahim
    In the ongoing debate (or debacle) concerning free speech/expression and Muslim grievance – most recently on exhibition in Garland, where two “jihadis” opened fire on a “Prophet Muhammad” art contest organized by Pamela Geller – one thing has become clear: the things non-Muslims can do to provoke Islamic violence is limitless – and far exceeds cartoons. Writes Victor Davis Hanson, for example: [Pamela] Geller, and not the jihadists who sought to kill those with whom they disagreed, was supposedly at fault. Her critics could not figure out that radical Muslims object not just to caricatures and cartoons, but to any...
  • Jeb Bush and Others Learned Nothing from Iraq (Tha Author shows his ignorance)

    05/17/2015 7:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Jeb Bush began a talk the other day by addressing the issue of his brother George, noted architect of the Iraq war, and he did not shrink from the challenge. "I can't deny the fact that I love my family," announced Jeb. So if you suspected that the Bush Thanksgivings in Kennebunkport resemble "August: Osage County" -- with lots of screaming, sobbing and clawing -- you probably feel pretty silly right now. On a more pertinent question -- whether the war was a wise idea -- the answer is not so clear. The former governor of Florida first said that,...
  • Ted Cruz, the only Republican arrogant enough to be president

    05/16/2015 10:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | May 16, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Ted Cruz is intellectually arrogant, like Ronald Reagan. The difference is that Reagan masked his arrogance with self-deprecating humor. Sen. Cruz does a Reagan impression that would do a nightclub comedian proud, but he doesn’t have Reagan’s easy and spontaneous humor. One doesn’t think of Reagan as arrogant, but he was in fact the most arrogant leader we have had since Lincoln. He ignored the whole of the foreign policy establishment in his conviction that America stood to win the Cold War and bring down Communism. Then as now, the foreign policy establishment resembled Jonathan Swift’s scientists on the floating...
  • SCANDAL BREWING: This Summer's Gonna Suck For The Texas Legislature

    05/17/2015 6:01:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com | May 17, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Summer is usually a relaxing time for family vacations, a little rest and relaxation, a time to recharge one's “batteries”, hang out with the kiddos and to get in some light summer beach reading. Ahhh … summer. Pass me an ice cold Corona, por favor. This summer, however, could be the beginning of the end for several Texas politicos who’ve been doing creepy crap when they were supposed to have been representing the Texans who trusted them and put their haggard backsides into office. For those of you who don’t follow closely Texas politics, a forthcoming scandal is brewing based...
  • Maher to Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Why Do Liberals ‘Blame the Victim’ When It Comes to Islam?

    05/16/2015 6:33:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 15th, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Bill Maher spoke with Ayaan Hirsi Ali tonight about a recurring topic of his, radical Islam, and spent quite a lot talking about liberal reactions to it. Maher brought up how liberals have targeted Hirsi Ali and may have also had the Muhammad cartoon contest on the brain when he asked why so many liberals, who normally “hate blaming the victim,” do so when it comes to radical Islam. Hirsi Ali said she’s not sure why liberals do that
  • George W. Bush Delivers Commencement Speech at SMU, Pokes Fun at Himself (1 min Video)

    05/16/2015 6:02:28 PM PDT · by blueyon · 78 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 5/16/17 | John S. Roberts
    Humility from a politician is more easy to come by from those on the Right, but you can completely forget about it from anyone who sides with the Left. Am I wrong? Obama, Reid, Pelosi, are they humble? Exactly. The one person who has taken a beating more than any individual on the planet for the past 15 years or so chooses a different path. Even during his time in office, President George W. Bush recognized that he wasn’t the most eloquent speaker who ever resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but the fact remains that the guy is not one...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren Faults Reagan for GOP Attack on Middle Class in CA Speech

    05/16/2015 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | May 16, 2015 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Democrat Elizabeth Warren warned Saturday that Republican policies being promoted by its emerging presidential field would create an "American nightmare" that would crush opportunities for students and workers, deepen wage inequality and favor Wall Street banks and huge corporations. Warren's speech before several thousand party loyalists at a California Democratic convention in Anaheim was greeted with thunderous cheers while scores of delegates waved signs emblazoned with her name. The Massachusetts senator and favorite of the party's left wing ridiculed the GOP's potential 2016 field, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has proposed a double-digit cut in state aid for higher...
  • Border blurs between Big Bend National Park and Mexican pueblo

    05/16/2015 4:50:02 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 6 replies
    SF Gate ^ | May 15, 2015 | Christine Delsol
    There is some irony in finding the easiest U.S.-Mexico crossing — a seven-minute boat ride instead of a several-hour traffic jam, no bureaucracy, and for most of the last century, no documentation required — in the state of Texas. The Lone Star State is better known for calls to seal the border and issuing dire warnings against spring-break trips to Mexico. But the fact is, Big Bend National Park and the town of Boquillas del Carmen in Mexico's adjacent Coahuila state are joined at the hip. The village of between 200 and 300 people lies a mile south of...
  • GOP lawmakers flabbergasted by Bush stumbles on Iraq

    05/16/2015 2:03:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/16/15 | Scott Wong
    Jeb Bush stumbled over questions about the Iraq War this week, unnerving some congressional Republicans who wonder if he has what it takes to win the White House. Steadfast allies to the former Florida governor say Bush is just a bit rusty and insist the gaffes won’t be debilitating ahead of his expected campaign for the 2016 GOP nomination. But others on Capitol Hill were scratching their heads as Bush struggled during four consecutive news cycles to articulate his position on the unpopular war that defined the presidency of his older brother, George W. Bush. “[I’m] flabbergasted at the degree...