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  • Texas Refinery Is Saudi Foothold in U.S. Market

    09/14/2014 10:10:28 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04 April 2013 | Clifford Krauss
    PORT ARTHUR, Tex. — It is hard to imagine the desert sands of the Persian Gulf being any farther away than from this swampy refinery port known for Cajun food, sport fishing and being the birthplace of Janis Joplin. But right in the middle of town stands a strategic outpost for Saudi Arabia’s global ambitions, although one that the Saudis appear loath to publicize. The giant Motiva oil refinery, which just completed a $10 billion expansion that makes it the largest processor of gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products in the United States, is owned by Saudi Aramco and Royal...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Texas nationalists see hope in possible Scottish secession

    09/14/2014 1:55:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    My SA ^ | 09/12/14 | Joshua Fechter
    "Centralists in America fear that, if Scotland votes yes, it may set a chain of events in motion that could affect many more western regions," the movement organizers wrote. "Suddenly, the impossible seems possible." With some new attention on Texas nationalism comes repeated arguments for independence: Yahoo columnist Rick Newman notes that — with its GDP of $1.6 trillion and population of 27 million — Texas would be the 13th largest country in the world if it obtained independence from the United States. He also wrote Texas could lure companies away from the United States and survive on the strength...
  • In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Focus on Christians, not Israel

    09/13/2014 5:59:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel. A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice. He...
  • Who’s Behind the Push to Give Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses…in Texas?

    09/13/2014 11:37:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/13/2014 | BRYAN PRESTON
    Earlier this week, the left-leaning Austin American-Statesman editorialized that it’s time that Texas establish driver’s licences for illegal aliens.In the editorial, the paper calls for Texas to join the 11 states plus the District of Columbia in granting driver’s licenses to those who are in the state illegally. This issue cost California Gov. Gray Davis his job a few years back, in that Democratic state. It’s fair to say that it would be a very controversial move in Texas as the Republican-controlled legislature gets set for its 2015 session, and presumed Gov. Greg Abbott (R) presides over his first...
  • Military source: ISIS hostages dispersed after revelation of Foley rescue mission

    09/13/2014 9:54:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    In addition, the source added guard forces around the hostages doubled while widely publicized reporting about the scope of new aerial surveillance in the region caused ISIS to change its pattern of behavior on the ground. "Any time you (disclose) very highly sensitive tactical information, you're giving away your road map if you will, your strategy," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee receives regular intelligence briefings. "It's very highly damaging to the hostages." The details about the rescue mission were released by the Defense Department and National Security Council one day after...
  • No Comment Yet on Why Obama Held Meeting on 9/11 With Terrorist-Supporting Cleric

    09/12/2014 10:14:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    ijreview ^ | September 13, 2014 | Victoria Taft
    President Obama held an Oval Office meeting with Middle Eastern-based Arab Christians on 9/11, one member of whom is a loud and proud supporter of the terrorist group Hezbollah. The day before, members of the same group, holding a conference under the name In Defense of Christians, booed and shouted down keynote speaker Senator Ted Cruz ”It’s surprising White House staffers allowed Maronite Patriarch Bashara Rai to meet with the President in the first place. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah supporting cleric isn’t shy about his views. “Everyone says why is Hezbollah carrying arms?” said Rai...
  • Cruz Headlines Conference Featuring Hezbollah Supporters (Cruz knowingly exposed the scum)

    09/13/2014 2:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/14 | Alana Goodman
    Funding for the conference was provided by Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, according to organizers. The wealthy businessman pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009. Chagoury is also reportedly backer of Lebanese politician Michel Aoun, Hezbollah’s top Christian ally in the country, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raď, who was scheduled to speak during the same keynote slot as Cruz on Wednesday evening, has called Israel an “enemy state that is occupying Lebanese territory” and defended Hezbollah’s right to attack the Jewish state... (Snip) “I decided we should be present and...
  • why ted cruz was right to walk out on the 'in defense of christians' conference

    09/13/2014 12:16:29 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/2014 | Katie Gorka
    What I discovered the next day is that Cruz had known exactly what he was doing.  Indeed, he had read the article that had been published about the event just that day and which essentially repeated Frank Ghadry’s allegation that the conference organizers were close to Hezbollah.   Whether Cruz ever contemplated withdrawing from the event is not certain, but what is clear is that he was keenly aware of the alleged links between the organizers of the event and Hezbollah, and he was not going to let that go untested.  Many have criticized Cruz since the event, saying he should have...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • National Democrats visit Austin to rev up donors, students

    09/12/2014 10:59:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | PATRICK SVITEK
    AUSTIN — National Democrats dropped in on Austin on Friday, seeking to shore up support in Texas’ most liberal city ahead of the elections in November. Vice President Joe Biden met with some of his party’s top donors downtown while Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited the University of Texas at Austin to get out the vote. Biden arrived downtown shortly after 3 p.m., snarling traffic as his motorcade made its way from Interstate 35 to the Four Seasons on Cesar Chavez Street, where the DNC’s National Finance Committee is reportedly holding a retreat this weekend. He entered...
  • Denton extends drilling moratorium until 2015; vote on frack ban looms

    09/12/2014 1:53:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Dallas Business Journal ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Land-use conflicts between Barnett Shale wells and homes continues to pose a “major impediment” to Denton’s future quality of life and economic development, gas well administrator Darren Groth told the City Council Tuesday. The Council agreed, voting unanimously Tuesday to approve a moratorium on gas wells applications and permits through Jan. 20. This moratorium is separate from the Nov. 4 referendum to ban hydraulic fracking in the city of Denton, a first for Texas. The four-and-a-half-month extension gives city staff time to iron out problems with the city ordinance to prevent a repeat of what happened in the Vintage neighborhood...
  • Mexico President slams Texas governor over border crackdown

    09/12/2014 9:59:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | by David Alire Garcia
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border is "reprehensible" and puts neighborly relations at risk, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview published on Friday. "Not only is it displeasing, but I think it's reprehensible," Pena Nieto told Mexican daily El Universal in an interview published on Friday. "It is an attack on good relations and neighborliness." Pena Nieto said Perry's decision contrasts starkly with other U.S. states, like California, which have embraced more immigrant-friendly policies. "The policy is completely unacceptable and it does not embody the spirit of cordiality and friendship...
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges

    09/12/2014 9:47:02 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 32 replies
    krgv.com ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Staff
    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry.
  • UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

    09/12/2014 5:04:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Hiller
    The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water. UTSA and Southwest Research Institute say it’s a low-cost method that could help address the issue of the millions of gallons of water use and disposal – per well – in new oil and gas fields such as the Eagle Ford Shale. Hydraulic fracturing pumps a mix of water and chemicals...
  • Fleeing Immigrants Lead Police On 160 Mile Chase [MCALLEN, TX]

    09/06/2014 6:38:03 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Sep 2014 | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    <p>MCALLEN, Texas – A group of illegal immigrants stuffed into a pickup truck led authorities on a 160 mile chase that began near Laredo and ended just north of the San Antonio downtown area. Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a pursuit in progress that began out of Laredo where U.S. Border Patrol agents had been pursuing a Ford pickup truck with 16 individuals inside, sheriff’s spokesman James Keith told Breitbart Texas “Our deputies joined the pursuit as it entered the county and were able to conduct a safe stop just north of our downtown area,” Keith said. As the vehicle tried to flee authorities three deputies boxed in the pickup, which was drive by a 17-year-old female, in an effort to force the vehicle to stop. “The driver actually rammed the vehicles used by out deputies,” Keith said. Once the truck came to a stop, the 16 individuals in the truck attempted to run away but authorities set up a manhunt for five men who remain at large. One of the men at large is suspected of being the leader of the group. During the manhunt, a female deputy ended up getting a small injury from a bite by a police dog. The female driver and the immigrants were turned over to border patrol for processing and further investigation, however the teenager is also facing three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of evading arrest, Keith said.</p>
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Says Beheadings Do Not Justify Strikes

    09/11/2014 4:42:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Tim Livingston
    U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) argued the beheading of two American journalists by ISIS does not justify U.S. airstrikes into Syria Thursday. During an interview on Capitol Hill, Johnson said the slayings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff should not lead to bombing ISIS forces in Syria. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson on ISIS, Obama “We were on their ground. It was not in the U.S. I do think we need to protect Americans wherever they are. But Americans also need to be careful where they are,” said Johnson. The Dallas Democrat also said President Obama does not need...
  • Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

    09/11/2014 12:43:07 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 11, 2014 | Michael Brick
    He went. He saw. He issued another news release. Making good on his vow to “see the situation first hand,” Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame. “South Texas pipelines are vulnerable,” announced Porter, whose agency regulates the state’s petroleum industry, “because the federal government has abdicated its most basic function to protect our borders.” Repeating an assertion that he made in an open letter last month to the federal Customs and Border Patrol agency, Porter said “his concerns stems...
  • If Scotland can secede, so can Texas

    09/11/2014 11:24:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 179 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 10, 2014 | Risk Newman
    Global markets are suddenly jittery about the prospect that Scotland, after 307 years as part of the United Kingdom, could become its own country if Scots vote for independence in a Sept. 18 referendum. If proud but tiny Scotland can do it — which polls suggest is a distinct possibility — then America’s 28th state, Texas, will certainly take notice. If any state is fed up with the rest of America, it’s Texas. Republican Gov. Rick Perry floated the idea of seceding from the United States in 2009, though he later backpedaled. A petition for Texas to “withdraw" from the...
  • Even NOW has doubts about Wendy Davis’ chances

    09/11/2014 4:35:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 10, 2014 | Aleister
    We previously noted that Wendy Davis struggled with female support in her bid to defeat Greg Abbott. The most recent polling shows the two more or less even among women — not good enough for Davis to have any chance of winning. Davis’ September Abortion Surprise seems to be having little effect. National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill appeared on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” earlier this week and when asked about Davis’ sudden disclosure of having had two abortions, Ms. O’Neill responded tepidly: Mark Finkelstein of News Busters has the story: NOW Throwing in Towel on Wendy Davis? Prez...
  • Does Vladimir Putin want Denton to ban fracking?

    09/10/2014 12:48:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Who stands to benefit if Denton bans fracking? Those behind the petition drive say it will benefit the Denton residents because they won’t have to worry about wells being fracked less than 300 feet away from their homes, which is what happened to several neighborhoods in South Denton. Economist Ray Perryman said the result will be millions of dollars and jobs lost for Denton, costing the city up to $251.4 million over 10 years. Being the oil capital of the country and one of top producers of oil and gas worldwide, the stakes will be high when Denton voters cast...
  • America’s Most Infamous Drunk Driving DA Sets Up to Persecute Another Republican

    09/10/2014 11:49:20 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-10-2014 | Bryan Preston - Commentary
    September 10, 2014 AmericaÂ’s Most Infamous Drunk Driving DA Sets Up to Persecute Another Republican Bryan Preston University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall is a hero. He ought to be given a medal and there ought to be a parade through downtown Austin in his honor.Hall was appointed regent by Gov. Rick Perry, and he soon found serious corruption in the admissions process at the UT Law School. He also found a slush fund and some large off-the-books sweetheart loans to faculty, which is a whole other story.In the corrupt admissions case, politicians in both parties were using their clout...
  • Recognizing The Golden Age Of Texas Oil And Gas While We're In It

    09/10/2014 5:24:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/09/2014 | David Blackmon
    James Lebas, former chief revenue estimator for the Texas Comptroller’s office, made news recently when he told the state’s House Committee on Energy Resources that, working with the Comptroller’s office, he had determined that output from the oil and natural gas industry now accounts for fully one-third of the entire Texas economy. Given that the Texas economy would rank 12th among all nations on earth, that’s an amazing amount of economic activity for one industry to provide. Yet, it should not surprise anyone who has really been paying attention to the phenomenal boom the industry has undergone in Texas since...
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sexually assaulted stripper: lawsuit

    09/10/2014 3:37:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 9/9/2014 | SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    A former stripper filed suit against the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones, claiming the married NFL big sexually assaulted her in 2009. Jana Weckerly, 27, wants more than $1 million in damages after Jones kissed her, groped her genitals, made her rub his penis and forced her to watch as the businessman received oral sex from a different woman, according to the suit filed Monday night in Dallas County, Texas. “For the Cowboys to facilitate its president in his sexual predations constitutes extreme and outrageous conduct,” the suit reads. “Defendants Jerry Jones and Cowboys intentionally caused severe emotional distress...
  • The Luby's Cafeteria Massacre: A Brutal Reminder to Restaurants Telling Customers "No Guns"

    09/09/2014 3:58:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday Panera Bread became another restaurant establishment asking customers to leave their guns at home, joining eateries like Chilis, Starbucks and stores like Target after pressure from anti-gun groups. Like other restaurant chains, Panera's official policy hasn't changed to an outright ban, but they've made clear customers carrying firearms for self-defense aren't welcome. This "please leave your guns at home" policy is catching on, but as more restaurants join Panera and others like it, it's important to remind them of the horrifying Luby's Cafeteria massacre. In 1991 Texas residents were banned by law from bringing firearms into restaurants. That same...
  • Authorities identify robbery suspect shot and killed by police

    09/09/2014 5:46:35 PM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 5 replies
    KLBJ News ^ | Sep. 09, 2014 | by:KLBJ Newsroom
    A robbery suspect shot to death after he allegedly opened fire on a violent crimes task force has been identified as 24-year-old Tyler Caraway. According to the Travis County Sheriff's Office: On September 8, 2014, at 6:54pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified by an FBI Agent on the scene that there was a shooting at 13712 Maye Place, in North Travis County They further advised that one person was shot and EMS was needed on scene. Sheriff’s Units blocked off the street and Sheriff’s Detectives along with APD and FBI investigators were called to the scene. Information gathered so far...
  • Long supply chain keeps oil industry pumping

    09/09/2014 5:37:34 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    America’s energy renaissance isn’t brought to you by Big Oil. That’s the message the American Petroleum Institute sent Tuesday, as it released a report documenting the nearly 30,000 businesses across the nation that supply the oil and gas industry with equipment and services. Erik Milito, API’s upstream director, said the report illustrates “the true breadth and scope of the industry’s positive impact throughout the country.” “What we’re trying to show is more of the teamwork approach that goes to energy, where it’s not just an operator or a producer that is involved in safe and responsible development,” Milito added. “It’s...
  • More than 300 layoffs planned at North Texas Job Corps Center in McKinney

    09/09/2014 4:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Dallas Business Journal ^ | September 8, 2014 | Korri Kezar
    The North Texas Job Corps Center is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's national program, which helps train students for jobs.Layoffs at the North Texas Job Corps Center in McKinney will affect 300 positions a little more than a month after Dallas news station Fox 4 investigated allegations of abuse at the facility. The cuts were revealed in two letters to the Texas Workforce Commission filed under the The Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act. The notices said NTJCC expects to lay off 240 workers, while Fluor Federal Solutions will eliminate 79 jobs connected to the center. Layoffs are...
  • Meat-Free School Lunches Draw Ire of State Official

    09/09/2014 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | September 9, 2014
    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is raising objections to a school district pilot program that encourages kids to eat meatless lunches once a week. The pilot program at the Drippings Springs School District offers meat-free lunch options every Monday to students in its three elementary schools. Students can still eat meaty meals on Mondays, but must bring their lunches from home. Among the food items offered to students this Monday were a black-bean burrito, vegetarian chili with cornbread, baby carrots and sliced peaches. On past Mondays, students could choose cheese sandwiches, cheese ravioli, spinach salad and vegetarian soups. John Crowley,...
  • Ted Cruz Introduces the Expatriate Terrorist Act Daniel Doherty | Sep 08, 2014

    09/09/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Sep 08, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    In an effort to prevent traitorous Americans from joining ISIS, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation on Monday that would revoke their U.S. citizenships if they do. Speaking on the Senate floor this afternoon, he explained why such legislation is finally necessary. “ISIS is a study in oppression and brutality that is conducting ethnic cleansing against religious minorities in the region, that is targeting and persecuting Christians, and that is attempting to subject the local population to the strictest forms of Sharia Law,” he said. “And ISIS has gruesomely murdered U.S. civilians and, indeed, journalists on the public stage." Washington...
  • Gulf Coast drives surge in U.S. exports of petroleum products

    09/09/2014 7:12:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 9, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    The Gulf Coast is driving a surge in U.S. exports of petroleum products as refineries run at near-record levels, according to recent reports. In June, the United States on average exported 3.7 million barrels per day of gasoline, distillate, jet fuel, petroleum coke and hydrocarbon gas liquids, according to the most recent data available. That’s an increase of 17 percent, or 543,000 barrels per day, from the same time last year, the Energy Information Administration said in a newly released analysis. Nearly three-quarters of that growth came from the Gulf Coast, where refineries remain “extremely competitive” against their global counterparts...
  • Israel looks to Texas for energy investment, expertise

    09/09/2014 5:45:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 9, 2014 | FuelFix.com
    Israel is hoping to lure U.S. exploration and production companies to take advantage of its new offshore opportunities. So far, Houston’s Noble Energy is the only U.S. player there, after its discovery of major gas fields below the Mediterranean Sea. Reporter Rhiannon Meyers details how Israel is searching for inspiration and expertise in Texas. “Ultimately, Texas is the hub of the global oil and gas industry,” Joshua Beagelman, who is organizing the nation’s first international oil and gas conference in the fall, told her.
  • Big money flows to top brass of pipe welders union

    09/08/2014 9:37:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    A Tulsa, Okla.,-based plumbers and pipe welders union is clearly flush with cash, as a dozen of their top officials made more than $200,000 last year, federal records show. Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 798 paid business manager Daniel Hendrix $280,000 and financial secretary/treasurer Wade Pilgreen $272,000 in fiscal 2013, according to disclosures the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. ... Hendrix said his pipe fitters make about $50 an hour and work at least a 60-hour a week plus expenses, and the union staff is compensated at a similar rate for their roughly 80-hour work weeks. A person...
  • NOW Throwing in Towel on Wendy Davis? Prez Says 'Always Been A Very Uphill Battle'

    09/08/2014 6:14:32 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Are even Wendy Davis' most ardent supporters detecting the handwriting on the wall? Seems like it. There was NOW president Terry O'Neill, on this evening's Ed Show, coming close to throwing in the towel. Said O'Neill: "this has always been very much an uphill battle." Translation: Davis is going down in her race for Governor of Texas. O'Neill's comment came in the context of a discussion of Davis' recent disclosure that she had, reportedly for health reasons, undergone two abortions. It does seem that Davis, down in the polls and with little left to lose, decided to double down on...
  • Jerry Jones blind to enemy colors, why fans are turned off by Cowboys (No mention of Michael Sam?)

    09/08/2014 3:37:26 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 127 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 7 Sept 2014 | By Dan Wetzel
    ARLINGTON, Texas – The swaths of red, San Francisco 49ers red, spread and leached through the stands at AT&T Stadium. It was all over the end zones. It dominated the third deck and standing room areas. It even scattered through the most expensive club seat sections. Red here. Red there. Red everywhere. It didn't just speak to the traveling might and national appeal of the Niners. It wasn't just about the power of a Super Bowl contender that would cruise to a 28-17 victory that was far more lopsided than the score suggests. It also said plenty about the willingness...
  • Huge family detention centre to open in Texas for undocumented migrants

    09/08/2014 2:02:58 PM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Sept 6, 2014 2:54 EDT | Lauren Gambino, NY
    Federal officials are due to open a huge family detention centre in southern Texas that will house immigrant adults with children while they await deportation. The Texas Observer reports that federal officials are preparing to open the nation’s largest family detention centre, a 2,400-bed facility that will nearly double the current capacity to house immigrant families awaiting deportation. The centre will be developed on a sprawling 50-acre property near the town of Dilley, 70 miles south-west of San Antonio, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials told the monthly magazine. :snip: Earlier this year, federal officials opened family detention centres in...
  • Should Mitch McConnell Be Next Senate Majority Leader? Cruz Won’t Say

    09/07/2014 1:35:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 179 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | Sep 7, 2014 2:43pm | Benjamin Bell
    In an interview with ABC News, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted his party would reclaim the Democratic-controlled Senate in November, but he declined to endorse current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the party leader should there be a transfer of power in the upper chamber of Congress.. . . . .But when asked if he would endorse McConnell — currently embroiled in a tight race for his Kentucky Senate seat — as Senate majority leader, the Texas Republican said that is a decision that would be made “when the time is right.”“Well, that will be a decision for...
  • Corruption case casts shadow over Hidalgo County (South Texas Border Country)race

    09/07/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT · by harpu · 4 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 09/04/14 | Julian Aguilar
    McALLEN — Hidalgo County voters will elect a new top lawman this November, replacing a former sheriff who was sentenced to five years in prison following a public corruption scandal. Guadalupe “Lupe” Trevińo, a Democrat, was convicted in July on a federal conspiracy charge after he admitted taking cash from a drug trafficker, but his party's leaders are confident the seat won't go to Al Perez, a Republican candidate with three decades of law enforcement experience. Analysts say that's because candidates with anything but a "D" by their names are few and far between in the Lower Rio Grande Valley...
  • Obama's delay on immigration action brings storm of criticism from Hispanics, liberal supporters

    09/07/2014 4:39:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 7, 2014
    "...The PICO National Network’s Campaign for Citizenship, one of the country’s largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network, also expressed disappointment in Obama’s reported decision. “The odds of us being let down by President Obama were high,” said Eddie Carmona, the group’s campaign manager. “The president and the Senate Democrats have made it very clear that undocumented immigrants and Latinos are simply viewed as political pawns.”....
  • Abbott says he grieves for Davis

    09/07/2014 1:50:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | September 6, 2014 | Staff & wire reports
    Republican Greg Abbott says he grieves for Democrat Wendy Davis after his gubernatorial opponent revealed that she once had an abortion upon learning that the fetus had a severe brain abnormality. Abbott said Saturday in a statement that “the unspeakable pain of losing a child is beyond tragic for any parent.” He said he grieves for the Davis family and the loss of life. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, discloses the abortion for the first time in her new memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid. She had become pregnant in 1996 but had the abortion after doctors told her...
  • Democrat Wendy Davis admits to abortions (Abortion Barbie)

    09/06/2014 12:58:59 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 79 replies
    WND and AP ^ | 6 Sep 14 | PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT
    Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who rose to prominence after her filibuster of Texas’ anti-abortion legislation, reveals in a new campaign memoir that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s, including one in which the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality. In the book, “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” Davis writes that she had an abortion in 1996 after an exam revealed that the brain of the fetus had developed in complete separation on the right and left sides. She also describes ending an earlier ectopic pregnancy, in which an embryo implants outside the uterus. It...
  • Cruz to Introduce Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS From Returning to United States

    09/06/2014 10:15:56 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | September 5, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today his intent to file the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.) of 2014 as soon as the Senate is called back into session on Monday, September 8th. “Americans who choose to go to Syria or Iraq to fight with vicious ISIS terrorists are party to a terrorist organization committing horrific acts of violence, including beheading innocent American journalists who they have captured,” said Sen. Cruz. “There can be no clearer renunciation of their citizenship in the United States, and we need to do everything we can to preempt any attempt on their part to...
  • The News with Sen. Cruz - August 29, 2014

    09/06/2014 8:20:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    cruz.Senate.gov ^ | August 29, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    It’s back to school time and last week as I dropped my daughter Caroline off at her first day of first grade, I remembered the excitement that a new school year brings.I wanted to give a message to our students: seize the opportunities that come with each academic year. Whether you’re starting kindergarten or finishing college, it’s an opportunity: an opportunity to work hard, attain new skills, and discover talents.While some of you may not enjoy those multiplication tables, others might find the reading assignments to be drudgery, still others may have difficult jobs and obligations after class, or live...
  • Senator Cruz Honors CSPD Officers

    09/06/2014 8:16:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    KBTX.com ^ | Sep 05, 2014 | Kessler McLaughlin
    COLLEGE STATION - The last thing Sergeant Travis Lacox and Investigator Andy Murph would want is to be called heroes.But that's what Senator Ted Cruz called them during a ceremony to honor them for what happened two years ago.Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was attempting to serve an eviction notice on August 13, 2012.Thomas Caffall came out shooting. He killed Bachmann and a bystander, and injured three others ... before Murph and Lacox took him down, ending a deadly 45 minute standoff."There's no gift we can give that can match that act of valor," Senator Cruz said."We are proud for...
  • Democrat Sacrament: Wendy Davis memoir details two terminated pregnancies

    09/05/2014 8:37:22 PM PDT · by tpmintx · 76 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/5/2014 | PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT (AP)
    AUSTIN — Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis reveals in a new campaign memoir that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s, including one where the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality. Davis writes in Forgetting to be Afraid that she had an abortion after an exam revealed that the brain of the fetus had developed in complete separation on the right and left sides. The Associated Press purchased an early copy of the book, which hits stores Tuesday.
  • ISIS Terrorists May Already Be Operating in a Mexico Border Town Waiting to Enter the US

    09/05/2014 11:40:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/05/2014 | Samuel Smith
    High-level intelligence officials and federal law enforcement are saying that terrorist attacks might be "imminent" for Texas cities and towns located near the U.S.-Mexico border as it's believed the jihadists are already operating in a Mexican border town. The unnamed officials told Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, that there's good reason to believe Islamic State terrorists are operating in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, and are planning to use the border to gain entry into the U.S. to carry out their attacks. Juarez is located just over 8 miles from El Paso, and is a hotbed for...
  • Military Experts: With ISIS in El Paso, Ft. Bliss in Danger of Terrorist Attack

    09/04/2014 6:57:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 9/4/2014
    The recent increase in security at a key Army base near a Mexican border city where Islamic terrorists are confirmed to be operating and planning an attack on the United States indicates that the facility is a target, according to senior military experts contacted by Judicial Watch.Last week JW reported that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is working in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed to...
  • Last 2 defendants sentenced in connection with Houston stash house with 115 illegal aliens

    09/04/2014 6:51:48 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    ICE ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 | ICE
    HOUSTON — The final two men arrested in connection with the March 2014 discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in a Houston-area stash house were ordered to federal prison Thursday. The sentences were announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas, and Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Houston. The investigation was conducted by HSI, with assistance from the Houston Police Department. The following five men from Michoacan, Mexico, who pleaded guilty just one month after their March arrests,were convicted of conspiring to harbor and...
  • Justice Dept. Fines Company for “Citizenship Discrimination”

    09/04/2014 3:58:55 PM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    The New American ^ | September 4, 2014 | Warren Mass
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced in a press release on September 2 that it had “reached an agreement” with Culinaire International, a Houston, Texas-based catering and restaurant management company, resolving a claim that Culinaire had engaged in “citizenship discrimination” during the work eligibility verification process. DOJ said that the company’s policies were in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). “Employers cannot discriminate against workers by requiring them to produce more documents than necessary in the employment eligibility verification and reverification processes,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Molly Moran, speaking for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, was quoted as...
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Dems in Key House Races

    09/04/2014 2:38:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 4 Sep 2014, | Caroline May
    The business group that has been pushing for amnesty but that has often backed Republican candidates is throwing its support behind Democrats in several key House races this cycle... the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will have endorsed four Democratic candidates in the House races by the end of the week. Wednesday the Chamber endorsed California Democratic Rep. Scott Peters, a vulnerable freshman facing reelection against Republican challenger Carl DeMaio. ... Georgia Democratic Rep. John Barrow is also slated to receive the Chamber’s official endorsement at an event on Friday... Other Democratic House members receiving the Chamber’s endorsement this year to...