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  • DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts

    04/24/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Aprilt 24, 2014
    As President Obama prepares to use his executive power to release thousands of felons (serving time under “racist” drug sentences) the Justice Department’s top official in charge of pardons quits rather than let criminals out of jail. At least someone at the agency charged with enforcing the law and providing federal leadership in controlling crime, has some scruples. Of course, the official statement on the abrupt resignation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pardon Attorney, Ron Rodgers, is that he suddenly requested reassignment after heading the division for six years. One newswire story quotes a DOJ Deputy Attorney General saying...
  • ‘It’s Not a Dare, It’s a Promise’: Gov. Rick Perry Warns Feds...New Land Grab in Texas

    04/24/2014 9:23:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 23, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    ‘It’s Not a Dare, It’s a Promise’: Gov. Rick Perry Warns Feds Over Concerns of New Land Grab in Texas - - - - - Texas Gov. Rick Perry warned the federal Bureau of Land Management to stay away from Texas amid new concerns that it may be looking to claim thousands of acres of land in the northern part of the state. Not only does the federal government already own “too much land,” Perry told Fox News, the feds are “out of control.” “At issue are thousands of acres of land on the Texas side of the Red River,...
  • Ted Cruz: Gay marriage could put our 1st Amendment rights at risk [July 23, 2013]

    04/24/2014 9:14:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | July 23, 2013
    Liberal heads begin to explode in 5..4…3…2…1During an interview this past Friday with CBN’s David Brody, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stressed that gay marriage could put our 1st Amendment protections at risk.“If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced.“It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage and that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech — as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government.“I think there is no doubt that...
  • Rick Perry Dismisses Nevada Rancher's Racist Remarks

    04/24/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2014 | Hunter Walker
    In an interview with CBS This Morning Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry discussed the situation at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and racist comments made by the man at the center of the recent standoff there, rancher Cliven Bundy. Perry said Bundy's remarks were a "side issue" and pointed to a land dispute in Texas with the same federal agency Bundy battled in Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management. "I don’t know what he said but the fact is Cliven Bundy is a side issue here compared to what we’re looking at in the state of Texas," Perry said. "He...
  • Texas Farmer Calls Police to Report a Break-In – When a Deputy Arrived Hours Later...

    04/24/2014 4:46:52 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 55 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A third generation dairy farmer in Rains County, Texas, is mourning the loss of his best friend and work partner after a deputy shot his dog while responding to a report of a break-in at the residence. The deputy claims the 2-year-old blue heeler, named Candy, charged him, threatening his safety. The dog’s owner, Cole Middleton, says police allowed him to review the dash cam footage of the incident — and he says that’s not what the video shows. Middleton told KDFW-TV that he was on his tractor and Candy was in the bed of his truck when the deputy...
  • Mom bites off dog’s ear to save 2-year-old daughter during attack

    04/23/2014 8:26:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    FOX2Now ^ | 4/23/14 | CNN Wires
    ALVIN, TX – A two-year-old can make the case that her mom is a real superhero. Chelsi Camp took on a pit bull to save her daughter, and won. It was the end of March and Chelsi was dog-sitting a friend’s Pit Bull who was friendly until he met her daughter Mackenzi. “The dog came up and he was just curious and when he smelled her that’s when you saw it flip because I think he smelled my dog on her.” said mother Chelsi Camp. The dog attacked the little girl, so Chelsi was forced to fight. Shoving her fist...
  • Texas second-grader says teacher took away Bible during reading time

    04/23/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2014
    The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter’s teacher took her Bible away during a “read to myself” session. The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again. The teacher reportedly said the Bible is inappropriate reading material. …
  • Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True [Because Obamacare is working according to Politico]

    04/23/2014 2:08:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 04/23/2014 | RICHARD KIRSCH
    Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, said something surprisingly prescient about the president’s signature health-care law. “President Obama wants to get as many Americans addicted to the subsidies because he knows that in modern times, no major entitlement has ever been implemented and then unwound,” he said. The worry, according to Cruz, was that once the ACA went into effect, we’d all be “addicted to the sugar.” Then, it...
  • Denton(TX) ISD Makes Dramatic Grading Changes

    04/23/2014 2:21:49 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 51 replies
    CBS11DFW ^ | 4/23/14 | Jason Allen
    DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The Denton Independent School District is throwing traditional grading methods right out the window, shifting to a new way of assessing their students. The change is going to happen for kids from 6th to 12th grade beginning next year. Teachers will still be handing out letter grades, but the means of calculating those scores will be different than just about any other school district in North Texas. Hand in your homework late? You won’t get a zero. Want a higher grade on a test? Just take it again. Grades will no longer be reduced for failure to...
  • BLM DENIES LAND GRAB—TEXAS OFFICIALS STAND GROUND

    04/23/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 79 replies
    BREITBART TEXAS ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | by BOB PRICE
    In a statement posted on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management website (BLM), federal officials denied any expansion of holdings along the Red River after Breitbart Texas brought the matter to national attention. The nuanced denial has drawn critical reactions from a number of elected Texas officials. BLM spokesman Paul McGuire said “The 140-acres in question were determined to be public land in 1986 when the U.S. District Court ruled on a case brought by two private landowners, each seeking to adjust boundary lines for their respective properties. The BLM was not a party to any litigation between landowners. The...
  • Master Cut: Rand Paul Suggests Jimmy Carter Better Than Ronald REAGAN On Budget

    04/23/2014 1:06:25 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 92 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 2014/04/23 | Breitbart Staff
    David Corn of Mother Jones has assembled a number of clips from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over the years criticizing former President Ronald Reagan for the budgets he signed into law. In some cases, Paul declared Reagan worse on budgetary issue than his predecessor, former President Jimmy Carter.
  • Ron Paul's Reagan Revisionism (1987 letter)

    09/06/2011 1:41:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    Iowa Republican ^ | September 6 2011
    Ron Paul blasts Texas Governor Rick Perry in a new TV ad that refers to Perry as a “Cheerleader” for Al Gore in 1988. The Paul ad then refers to him as “the one who stood with Reagan.” AUSTIN – Rep. Ron Paul’s newly released attack ad refers to the congressman as, “the one who stood with Reagan.” But his 1987 letter announcing his resignation from the Republican Party indicates Reagan drove him from the party. “Ronald Reagan was one of the most significant presidents of our generation, and a proven fiscal conservative,” Perry spokesman Mark Miner said. “Like President...
  • Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Ted Cruz and Ronald Reagan

    03/10/2014 8:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 10, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Rand Paul has a piece at Breitbart which Drew at Ace views as a slam against Ted Cruz. The dispute is once again over what Reagan would have done. Reagan clearly believed in a strong national defense and in “Peace through Strength.” He stood up to the Soviet Union, and he led a world that pushed back against Communism. But Reagan also believed in diplomacy and demonstrated a reasoned approach to our nuclear negotiations with the Soviets. Reagan’s shrewd diplomacy would eventually lessen the nuclear arsenals of both countries. Perhaps Rand Paul can explain what the point of lessening the...
  • Enterprise to build ethane export facility near Texas coast

    04/23/2014 9:49:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 23, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Enterprise Products Partners is planning to build an ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas, capable of loading 240,000 barrels per day of liquefied gas onto tankers headed for international buyers. The new export complex could help relieve a massive glut in U.S. ethane supplies, which Enterprise estimates could shoot past demand by 700,000 barrels per day by 2020. Ethane, a ubiquitous byproduct of the surge in North American energy production, is used as a feedstock for chemical plants like Dow Chemical’s planned ethylene complex in Freeport, Texas. “By providing new markets access to ethane, we are assisting...
  • Tea Party-Backed Curt Clawson Wins in Landside [TPX IX Tour Live Thread]

    04/23/2014 9:13:23 AM PDT · by Syncro · 29 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | April 23, 2014 | Staff/Syncro
    Tea Party-Backed Curt Clawson Wins in Landside Congratulations! We did it! Thanks to your loyal support, we are celebrating the movement's first victory of 2014 in Florida's 19th Congressional district tonight with Tea Party-supported Curt Clawson. Curt Clawson making his victory speech Tonight, Southwest Florida voted to send a bold Tea Party conservative to D.C. Curt Clawson's unique background as a former CEO of a multi-billion dollar international company will be a powerful addition to Congress. The results tonight were clear, Curt Clawson's Tea Party message of economic growth and fiscal responsibility resonated with the voters of Southwest Florida....
  • Texas AG to Feds: 'Come And Take' Disputed Land

    04/23/2014 8:44:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 4/23/2014 | Jason Devaney
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for the Bureau of Land Management about disputed land along the Oklahoma-Texas border: "Come and take it." Abbott was referring to a potential land grab of 90,000 acres that belong to Texas residents. According to Breitbart Texas, the federal government is considering taking the land, which stretches 116 miles along the Red River. "I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a 'Come and Take It' flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas," Abbott said.
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/22/2014 11:46:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | April 22, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them....
  • On PBS, David Brooks Mocks Ted Cruz As 'Our National Aphrodisiac'

    02/17/2014 3:13:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | February 17, 2014
    If it’s Friday on PBS, it’s time for “conservative” pundit David Brooks to bash the real conservatives. One of his favorite targets is Sen. Ted Cruz. On Valentine’s Day, PBS anchor Judy Woodruff announced “We watched this drama play out this week, David, in Congress, which ended up in the Senate with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas essentially hanging some of his fellow Republicans out to dry. What was he trying to accomplish, and did he -- did he do it?” Brooks shot back: “Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Senator Ted Cruz, our national aphrodisiac.” Then he said the conservatives...
  • New natural gas plant near Houston gains approval

    04/23/2014 5:32:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | Apr 22, 2014 | Jordan Blum
    Construction for a new gas processing plant near Houston has gained federal approval. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed off on Dallas-based Lone Star NGL LLC's new natural gas processing plant in Mont Belvieu outside of Houston. Lone Star is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) that was founded to provide natural gas liquids storage, refining, processing and pipeline transportation services. The new plant would join two other existing ones with the goal of separating natural gas liquids into products like ethane, propane, butanes and natural gas. The plant would process 100,000 barrels a day, according to...
  • CNG as a fuel sets a record in Texas in 2013

    04/23/2014 5:30:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Compressed natural gas vehicles consumed a record 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas in Texas in 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration. That makes sense with all the new CNG fueling stations popping up and more and more fleets converting to natural gas. Also, industrial consumption reached a 10-year high in Texas, a sign that the petrochemical industry is booming again, according to the EIA. More than 1.5 trillion cubic feet were consumed for industrial purposes in Texas, the most since 2004. The amount of natural gas consumed for electric power generation dropped 6.6 percent from 2012 to...
  • Republicans warn BLM eyeing land grab along Texas-Oklahoma border

    04/22/2014 11:29:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2014 | (Judson Berger)
    Texas officials are raising alarm that the Bureau of Land Management, on the heels of its dust-up with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, might be eyeing a massive land grab in northern Texas. The under-the-radar issue has caught the attention of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who fired off a letter on Tuesday to BLM Director Neil Kornze saying the agency “appears to be threatening” the private property rights of “hard-working Texans.” “Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box,” wrote Abbott, also a Republican gubernatorial candidate. At issue are thousands of acres of land on...
  • Texas AG to Land-Grabbing Obama BLM: ‘Come and Take it’

    04/22/2014 3:30:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    TPNN ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Todd Cefaratti
    Tensions between states’ rights supporters and the federal government remain high after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) retreated last week at the Bundy Ranch after a tense standoff with hundreds of supporters, many of whom were armed. The Bundy Ranch situation has escalated little over the course of 20 years, but finally, the BLM stepped too far when they claimed dominion over thousands of acres of land in Nevada and began seizing Cliven Bundy’s cattle. The response by patriots throughout the country was swift and awe-inspiring as citizens flocked to the middle of nowhere to support the rancher, including...
  • EXCLUSIVE--TEXAS AG ABBOTT TO BLM: 'COME AND TAKE IT'

    04/22/2014 1:56:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 258 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Bob Price
    After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action. “I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab. “I am deeply...
  • Rick Perry Challenges Andrew Cuomo to Debate on Jobs

    04/22/2014 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 14 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 04/22/14 | By Jill Colvin
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who will be arriving in New York this afternoon for a trip trying to lure businesses to the Lone Star State, offered a Texas-sized take-down of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s record on job creation this morning and challenged him to a debate. “I’d be more than happy to sit down and have a thoughtful conversation, a debate with Gov. Cuomo over the issues that face us as a state and talk about the economic policies and compare New York to Texas,” said Mr. Perry, speaking on New York Post columnist Fred Dicker’s Live from the State Capitol...
  • Jeb Bush Pushes Amnesty, More High-Tech Visas At Education Conference

    04/22/2014 8:50:48 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 16 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 22 Apr 2014 | TONY LEE
    At a prominent conference of education innovators, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country's illegal immigrants. Speaking at what is known as the "Davos in the Desert" event in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday evening, Bush said the United States needed "robust guest worker programs" and an expansion of H1-B visas for the high-tech industry," even though the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers has been called a myth. He also called for a "tough but...
  • UAW suddenly retreats from fight at Tennessee VW plant

    04/21/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Amanda Becker and Bernie Woodall
    (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the challenge, the union dropped its case, casting a cloud over its long and still unsuccessful push to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S. South.VW workers due to testify in the NLRB hearing were already at the courthouse in downtown Chattanooga when they heard the news, which left lawyers in...
  • The Black Book of Tom Steyer: Allegations of fraud plague hedge fund of Democratic super-donor

    04/21/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The former hedge fund of one of the Democratic Party’s most important donors was involved in a scheme to defraud foreign investors out of tens of millions of dollars, according to documents filed in a Texas court. Farallon Capital Partners L.P., a fund run by Farallon Capital Management, the multibillion-dollar hedge fund founded by Democratic donor Tom Steyer, became a limited partner in a project to build a large shopping mall near Seattle, Wash., in the mid-1990s after it guaranteed a line of credit for the project.
  • Oklahoma militia gears up to fight with feds

    04/21/2014 12:43:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    KFOR-TV ^ | April 20, 2014 | Andrew Donley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)OKLAHOMA - A dispute over land in Nevada between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Federal Government began decades ago. Bundy says his family’s cattle have grazed on the land without interference since 1870. The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy hadn’t paid his grazing fees since 1993, owing the government more than 1 million dollars. The B.L.M. says Bundy was allowing his cattle to graze illegally, which triggered a forced round-up of about 400 of Bundy’s cattle just last week. The cows were later released. Organizers with the Oklahoma Militia say they have members in Nevada who say Bundy’s cattle...
  • BLM EYES 90,000 ACRES OF TEXAS LAND

    04/21/2014 1:37:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Bob Price
    After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners. Sid Miller, former Texas State Representative and Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has since made the matter a campaign issue to Breitbart Texas. “In Texas,” Miller says, “the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago...
  • New Frontiers: the race to get takeaway capacity out to the West Texas oil fields

    04/21/2014 11:36:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Platts ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bridget Hunsucker
    US Permian Basin pipeline capacity is slated to soon expand by about 500,000 b/d, matching growing production with takeaway capacity. But the balancing act may be short-lived, as horizontal drilling is expected to unlock more oil in the legacy field. Producers are applying shale drilling techniques learned in the North Dakota Bakken and South Texas Eagle Ford to the Permian, and some longterm forecasts for the West Texas play have been revised northward in the past year. The Permian Basin lies under West Texas and southeast New Mexico and historically produces light sweet West Texas Intermediate crude and medium sour...
  • The Rise of the Crazy Ants

    04/21/2014 7:02:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.scientificamerican.com ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | By Dina Fine Maron
    The English had the longbow. The Spanish had steel. Tawny crazy ants have their own formidable weapon—a protective acid sheath—that protects them against fire ant enemies. The revelation comes from a new study published this week. Named for their butterscotch color and erratic movements, tawny crazy ants are the newest insect invaders sprawling throughout Texas and the Gulf states, unseating the reigning imported fire ants that have infested the region. Teeming out of electrical outlets and short-circuiting electronics, the tiny reddish-brown crazy ants have been making headlines as their numbers climb in the southeastern U.S. In some locales they can...
  • Police beat up entire wedding party, ruin pro baseball player’s career

    04/20/2014 2:04:31 PM PDT · by null and void · 72 replies
    PSUSA ^ | April 19, 2014 | Amanda Lankford and Gil O'Balle
    A dozen wedding guests were beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested. GALVESTON, TX — More than a dozen wedding guests were brutalized by police officers during a raid on a wedding party at a hotel. Cops fired tasers, used batons, and generously applied pepper spray to the guests of a bride and groom hours after their wedding. Among them was former pro-baseball star Brandon Backe, who said the shoulder injuries that he received from police caused his pitching career to end. After causing a gaping head wound, bruises, hair pulled out, a broken nose, and pepper spray on numerous individuals,...
  • Civilian Militia Remains at Bundy Ranch After Standoff Ends

    04/20/2014 12:15:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 19, 2014 | By Liz Fields
    A group of armed militia and protesters, some sporting nametags reading "domestic terrorist," remain camped out on a cattle ranch in Nevada, where they have been purportedly defending the property since a tense showdown ended with the federal government last week. A 20-year struggle between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over decades of alleged illegal cattle grazing on public land ended last Sunday, with the government backing down from a controversial week-long cattle round-up. The BLM defused the standoff, citing safety concerns for its employees and the protesters, some of whom were on horseback and others...
  • DPS releases annual Texas Gang Threat Assessment

    04/20/2014 8:06:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Your Houston News ^ | April 19, 2014
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the updated Texas Gang Threat Assessment, which was developed to provide a broad overview of gang activity in the state of Texas. Gangs continue to pose a substantial threat to public safety in Texas and are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime in our communities. Many gangs in Texas continue to work with Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs, weapons, people and cash across the border. The relationships between some gangs and cartels have evolved over the past year due in part to volatility and changes in cartel structures...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 April 2014

    04/20/2014 5:01:23 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 20 April 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows April 20th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gov. Devil Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.THIS WEEK (ABC): Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States; Kim Beazley, Australia’s...
  • Inquiry checks Davis' work for toll group

    04/19/2014 9:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Associated Press
    AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ legal work for a taxpayer-funded tollway agency is part of a larger FBI-led investigation into the tollway group, according to a published report Friday. The Dallas Morning News used a freedom of information request to learn of the investigation, and then confirmed it with Elizabeth Winn, an assistant Travis County attorney. The FBI hasn’t responded to the newspaper’s request for comment. The investigation stems from a conflict of interest complaint filed in 2012 by former state Rep. Mark Shelton, a Republican who ran against Davis for her Fort Worth state senate seat. In...
  • Editorial: Greg Abbott takes poll position

    04/19/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Amarillo Globe-News ^ | April 19, 2014
    If Texas Tech University’s numbers are any indication, the race for Texas governor won’t be all that competitive. According to a poll released last week by Tech’s Earl Survey Research Lab, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has about lapped Democratic candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis. Granted, there is a long way to go before the Nov. 4 election, but with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Abbott — and only 25 percent backing Davis — the attorney general has reason for optimism, at least according to this poll. (And before Davis supporters contend...
  • Trojan Horse Amnesty Update (Entire DREAM Act folded into "must-pass" Defense bill?)

    04/19/2014 2:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mark Krikorian
    The Wall Street Journal reported last night that House Speaker John Boehner told donors at a fundraiser last month in Las Vegas that he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” in reference to an amnesty/immigration bill. His spokesman did not dispute the account. In related news, President Obama is meeting with the National Commander of the American Legion this morning. Ordinarily, that would mean little, but the meeting comes just days after the Legion came out against a plan to amnesty illegal aliens who join the military. The number of people who would benefit from such an amnesty...
  • Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover

    04/19/2014 10:50:26 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Kristen Moulton
    It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. "It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now." Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen...
  • Report: Wendy Davis caught up in FBI investigation

    04/19/2014 4:39:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/18/14 | Alex Pappas
    The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponent’s campaign calls a “bombshell.” The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents “related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency.” The news outlet said it’s unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
  • Police Explain Controversial Chase After Whitehouse [Texas] Jogger

    04/18/2014 3:27:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KLTV ^ | Apr 14, 2014 | Melanie Torre
    A Whitehouse woman says she was just out on a morning walk when a police officer attacked her, put her in handcuffs and took her to the police station. The incident happened Friday morning off Maji Road in Whitehouse, but the police department says that's not the whole story. SNIP "I thought you were fixing to take me somewhere and hurt me. I thought you were a bad police officer. I was a teacher for 9 years. I'm a Christian. I go to church," the woman says. SNIP
  • Believe it: Ted Cruz can beat Hillary in 2016, says … David Frum?

    10/25/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/25/2013 | AllahPundit
    It’s finally happened. David Frum, true conservative.No no, kidding. This is, I think, something he pulled from his dream journal after waking up one night in a cold sweat, screaming. All it’ll take for a Cruz victory, he thinks, is an economic slowdown followed by an “event” on Wall Street that pushes America into recession followed by a months-long primary challenge by Elizabeth Warren to Hillary followed by an immigration brouhaha that unites conservatives behind Cruz followed by a Cruz/Christie fusion ticket eking out the narrowest of wins over Clinton in a very low-turnout election. Interestingly, the word “ObamaCare” appears...
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won´t enforce it

    04/18/2014 4:35:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...
  • POLL: TED CRUZ MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN IN TEXAS

    04/18/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 36 replies
    BREITBART TEXAS ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | TONY LEE
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the most popular politician in Texas, beating out Governor Rick Perry and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). In addition, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll, Cruz leads the potential GOP 2016 field with 25% among Republican primary voters in Texas. Jeb Bush comes in second with 14%. Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry are tied for third with 10% each. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan received 5% each in the poll, and Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio got 4% each.
  • POLL: CNN'S WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN FOR WENDY DAVIS BACKFIRES

    04/18/2014 3:08:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | JOHN NOLTE
    For over a week in February, led by Wolf Blitzer, CNN devoted countless hours to boost Wendy Davis, the abortion extremist Democrat running to become governor of Texas. Using a guilt-by-association tactic, Blitzer and CNN relentlessly hurled fireballs at Davis's Republican opponent Greg Abbott for sharing a stage with right-wing rocker Ted Nugent, who had called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" months before. A just-released polls shows that CNN turning itself into a full-bodied campaign outlet for Davis definitely failed to the move the ball for Davis, but might have even backfired. Abbott is currently surging past Davis by a...
  • Cruz More Than Doubles Fundraising in 2014's First Three Months

    04/18/2014 8:36:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 10:08 AM | Drew MacKenzie
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has more than doubled his fundraising efforts in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle. Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, raised $887,344 in the year's first three months while he only took in $363,760 during the same period in 2013 when he first arrived in the U.S. Senate as a tea party favorite set on changing the ways established GOP members work in Washington. The senator, who is in the midst of paying visits to the early presidential caucus and primary states of...
  • CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUS

    04/18/2014 8:32:48 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-18-2014 | M. Stanton Evans
    April 18, 2014 CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUSM.Stanton Evans Five plus decades after he left the national scene, Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis) remains the target of inaccurate charges by leftward elements in Congress and the press corps.The latest example in this vein is the uproar over IRS official Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), concerning hostile treatment of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions,. Having proclaimed her innocence of wrongdoing, Lerner then refused to discuss specifics, pleading possible self-incrimination. This led Issa and his GOP...
  • Just In: Obama Accused By Congressman Of Illegal Action At Bundy Ranch

    04/17/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 153 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 04-17-2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    After the federal Bureau of Land Management agents backed down from their intimidating stance at the Bundy Ranch last weekend, ample evidence has surfaced indicating the standoff between the government and the Nevada ranching family is far from over. Throughout the weeklong stalemate, members of the Bundy family were physically assaulted by armed officers, numerous cows were shot dead, and protesters faced threats of gunfire for merely expressing their outrage. Immediately after what many considered a victory against a tyrannical federal agency, a number of leftist voices – most notably, Sen. Harry Reid – indicated the action against this family...
  • World Journal: Shooting of Chinese-American Family Related to Security Official

    04/17/2014 9:57:35 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 2 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 1, 2014 | Lu Chen
    The apparent murder of a Chinese-American man, along with three family members, at his home in Houston, Texas, this January was recently said by an established overseas Chinese newspaper to have some connection to the former Chinese security official Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of an intense corruption investigation.
  • Feds say Eagle Ford and Bakken could lead to end of U.S. oil imports [by 2037]

    04/17/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT · by topher · 20 replies
    San Antonio Business Journal [via Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Org] ^ | Apr 10, 2014, 6:00am CDT | Sanford Nowlin -Reporter- San Antonio Business Journal
    Net oil imports to the United States could plummet to zero by 2037 because of booming production in South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale and North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, a branch of the Energy Department projected in a new report.