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  • The Anti-Cartoon Jihad Comes To America

    05/04/2015 4:24:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Mathew Vadum
    Two gunmen were killed by police Sunday night after they opened fire wounding a security officer at a Texas art competition featuring works depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad, a practice that is strictly forbidden in Islam.
  • 2 gunmen killed, guard shot outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas (New Info)

    05/03/2015 8:53:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/3/15 | Matt Pearce
    Two gunmen were killed and a security guard wounded in an attack outside a controversial Dallas-area event Sunday evening where organizers were holding a contest for cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Muhammad, police said. The shooting in Garland, a Texas suburb about 20 miles from Dallas, was preceded by messages from two social media accounts that supported extremist Islamic viewpoints. One tweet, sent at 6:35 p.m., used the hashtag "#texasattack." The user wrote, “May Allah accept us as mujahideen.” Attendees inside the conference didn’t get word about the shooting until 6:50 p.m. -snip- Two social media accounts tweeted messages about...
  • Islamic State Partisans Take Responsibility for TX Terrorist Attack at Pamela Geller AFDI Event

    05/03/2015 7:47:12 PM PDT · by jonatron · 218 replies
    Gatewaypundit ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    TWO ISLAMISTS SHOT DEAD, OFFICER WOUNDED at Pamela Geller TX Free Speech Conference Shots Fired at AFDI- Jihad Watch Event in Texas ** Islamists were carrying explosives ** Contest to draw prophet Mohammad ** One officer injured ** Witness says 20 shots were fired!! ** The center is still on lockdown (9:00 PM Central) ** The security officer was released from the hospital
  • WRIT OF CERTIORARI MOTION FOR RECUSAL OF JUSTICES RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND ELENA KAGAN

    05/03/2015 7:07:16 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | May 1, 2015 | Steven F. Hotze, M.D
    Two Supreme Court Judges Should Recuse themselves from Same Sex Marriage Debate NOS. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571, 14-574 (CONSOLIDATED) IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES JAMES OBERGEFELL, ET AL., Petitioners, v. RICHARD HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEP'T OF HEALTH, ET AL., Respondents. ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT MOTION OF STEVEN F. HOTZE, M.D. FOR RECUSAL OF JUSTICES RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND ELENA KAGAN
  • Texas governor asks state guard to monitor Army training amid suspicions of US government

    05/03/2015 7:05:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the state guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" amid some residents' suspicions of the U.S. government's plan. Abbott's request Tuesday comes after some residents in Bastrop County questioned a U.S. Army commander during a town meeting about whether the government was planning to confiscate guns or implement martial law.
  • Ted Cruz: Dems and Big Business Joining to Attack Religious Freedom Is ‘A Perfect Storm’

    05/03/2015 6:48:18 PM PDT · by VinL · 22 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 5/3/2015 | Wiiliam Bigelow
    On Saturday at South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention, Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently won two straw polls in two of South Carolina’s biggest counties, forcefully attacked big business for its collusion with the Democratic Party in attacking Indiana’s religious liberty law. He also slammed the Obama administration for its intrusion on Americans’s liberty. Speaking on the brouhaha raised after Indiana passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Cruz said bluntly that the cooperation of the Democratic Party and businesses that threatened Indiana over the law was a “perfect storm of the Democratic Party and big business coming together.” Indiana’s law...
  • Gunmen open fire outside 'Muhammad Art Exhibit' at Garland ISD facility, police say (Dallas)

    05/03/2015 6:45:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/3/15 | Staff Reports
    Two gunmen opened fire Sunday evening outside a contest for cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad at Garland ISD's Curtis Culwell Center, police said. The two men pulled up in a vehicle and shot a Garland ISD officer. The men were fatally shot by Garland police, and their bodies remain on the street outside the events center. The security officer's wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, but he had been hospitalized. No one was being allowed to leave the facility, where an art show centering on caricatures of Muhammad was being held. Nearby businesses, including a Walmart and Sam's Club,...
  • Shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

    05/03/2015 6:04:40 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 91 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 minutes ago | Yahoo
    GARLAND, Texas (AP) — A contest for cartoons depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb is on lockdown after authorities reported a shooting outside the building. An officer dressed in SWAT gear took the stage toward the end of the event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and told attendees, including an Associated Press reporter, that a shooting had occurred. He said one officer and two suspects were shot. It wasn't immediately clear if the shooting was related to the event.
  • Chris Christie Takes Veiled Shot at Ted Cruz

    04/01/2014 7:30:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a veiled shot at potential 2016 competitor Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) while speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, Nevada.  “It’s time for us as a party to stop killing each other,” Christie said, according a Politico report. “I’m not in this business to have an academic conversation. I am not in this business to win the argument. I’m in this business to win elections. And here’s why – because when we win elections, we get a chance to govern and we get to mold and shape the future of...
  • Two shot near Garland events center (Possibly Had Explosives outside Muhammad art exhibit)

    05/03/2015 5:21:26 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 217 replies
    WFAA ^ | 5/3/2015 | WFAA Staff
    Two men were shot in a parking lot outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday afternoon, SWAT officials told News 8. Those men possibly had explosives on them, SWAT officials said. Everyone at the center, which was hosting a Muhammad Art exhibit, was told to find a safe place inside the building. SWAT members were at the scene for the event.
  • Cruz recruited 'bad boy’ to run presidential campaign

    05/03/2015 5:17:35 PM PDT · by VinL · 52 replies
    ExpressNews ^ | 5/3/2015 | Kevin Diaz,
    When Sen. Ted Cruz brought national campaign consultant Jeff Roe to Houston to run his insurgent campaign for president, he knew he was getting the “bad boy” of Missouri politics. He knew from experience, having himself felt the bad boy’s sting. In 2012, during his high-stakes battle with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the GOP nomination in Texas’ U.S. Senate race, his likeness was plastered over a Chinese flag in an eye-popping pamphlet attacking Cruz’s past legal representation of a company with ties to the Chinese government. “Mr. Cruz betrayed our country,” the pamphlet read. The man behind the attack...
  • Man nearly shot by reserve deputy in road rage incident

    05/03/2015 2:16:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 60 replies
    WFAA ^ | April 30, 2015 | WFAA
    SAN MARCOS, Texas – A reserve sheriff's deputy is facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges after police say he opened fire on a truck driver he thought had cut him off. After nearly 15 years behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, Frank Collins III thought he had seen it all. He was wrong. "Never seen nothing like this," the 56-year-old said. "It's just too far-fetched." But what the Fort Worth man experienced late Sunday night actually happened, according to San Marcos police. Collins was driving along an Interstate 35 frontage road outside of Austin when he says he...
  • Critics blast UT’s Latino award to George P. Bush

    05/03/2015 9:24:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 4/5/15 | Elaine Ayala
    In awarding its first-ever Latino Leadership Award, the University of Texas at Austin hoped to highlight its longtime work in establishing a Mexican-American studies center and department. It used the celebratory occasion, in fact, to announce a new Latino Research Initiative at UT. But giving that inaugural prize to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush — whose resume might read as thin as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s on Latino issues — triggered criticism from Latino academics and activists on and off campus. Bestowed by outgoing and embattled university President Bill Powers, the UT Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the...
  • George P. Bush awarded inaugural Latino Leadership Award

    05/03/2015 9:14:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Daily Texan ^ | 3/31/15 | Katie Keenan, Jackie Wang
    UT President Bill Powers presented land commissioner George P. Bush the inaugural Latino Leadership Award on Monday evening. The president’s office worked in conjunction with the Center of Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies to select Bush as the first awardee, said Dr. Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, associate director of the Center for Mexican American Studies. “We went through a series of 15 nominees, and we evaluated them for leadership, public service and areas like that,” Guidotti-Hernández said. “With him as the first Latino land commissioner, I think in its [179-year] history of the office, we...
  • Looking presidential, George P. reports on first 100 days in office

    05/03/2015 9:06:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 4/22/15 | Jonathan Tilove
    George P. Bush stood in front of the lectern with its official seal. Behind him, flags bracketed the picture of a majestic white building. For just under 10 minutes, Bush talked about all that he had accomplished in the whirlwind of his first 100 days in office. Bush is in his first term as Texas land commissioner, the seal on the podium is that of the General Land Office, and the building depicted behind him is the mid-19th Century General Land Office building that now serves as the Capitol Visitors Center. But looking at Wednesday’s tableau, you could be forgiven...
  • Principal says he was fired for leading volunteer prayer meeting (GA)

    05/03/2015 7:17:12 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 84 replies
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | May 2, 2015
    MERIWETHER COUNTY, Ga. -A Meriwether County high school principal claims he was fired after he prayed with a group of students during a volunteer Christian meeting. Dr. Michael Lehr said he just wants the facts to come out and that he's relying on his faith to get him through this. News Radio 106.7's Nathalie Pozo spoke with several students and parents who are outraged this happened to what they call a kind, dedicated, well respected man. Now, the community is rallying behind him. “It is breaking our hearts its breaking our hearts… because it is not supposed to be like...
  • The GOP attack on climate change takes a big step forward

    05/02/2015 11:11:19 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4-28-15 | Michael Hiltzik
    Living down to our worst expectations, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted Thursday to cut deeply into NASA's budget for Earth science, in a clear swipe at our agency's manipulation of climate data. The committee's markup of the NASA authorization bill followed what appears to be a deliberate attempt to keep (us) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the committee's rank Democrat, and her caucus in caucus "we understood why.", Rep. Eddie B whined.
  • Ron Paul Goes Full Metal Truther

    12/10/2011 3:53:36 PM PST · by mnehring · 191 replies
    I’ve been waiting for quite a while for Ron Paul to just come out and admit he’s a 9/11 truther. Frankly, I thought it would happen a long time before now. It has taken so long, in fact, that I had started to doubt whether he would ever do it. However, I guess his Iowa polling numbers must have him feeling his oats, because he finally let slip (apologies to those who cannot view the video in IE, we are working to fix the technical issue. Original video may be found here): And it’s… just think of what happened after...
  • Koch brothers make push to court Latinos, alarming many Democrats

    05/03/2015 4:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2015 | Mary Jordan and Ed O'Keefe
    "............The LIBRE effort, which backers plan to expand into more presidential battleground states over the next several months, has alarmed many Democrats.They are making friends and trying to convince you that the Democratic agenda is bad,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions. He said the group hands out ideological material, collects names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and is “laying the foundation for Republican candidates to emphasize the same messages.”Barreto says those behind LIBRE are “playing the long game” and don’t really have to win Republican votes, but rather raise doubts about Democrats to...
  • Cruz, Perry, Santorum to speak at weekend SC GOP events

    05/02/2015 9:26:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | May 01, 2015 3:46 AM PDT | Dal Kalsi
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will attend events in South Carolina Friday and Saturday along with state GOP leaders and former presidential candidates Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.All three men are expected to speak at the SC Republican Party's 48th Annual Silver Elephant Dinner in Columbia Friday night,Governor Nikki Haley and U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are also expected to speak at the event.The dinner, which is advertised as the largest and most prestigious Republican gathering in South Carolina will be held in honor of the late Gov. Jim Edwards, who served as the 110th governor of South...
  • 'Ted Cruz Air Force' Will Be Seen In Early Primary States

    05/02/2015 9:08:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Aero-News.net ^ | Sat, May 02, 2015
    Grassroots Group Plans Campaign Utilizing Multiple Aircraft Types Some supporters of Republican Presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) hope to help spread the candidate's message using a variety of aircraft in early primary states.The "Ted Cruz Air Force" (TCAF) will feature a "Ted Cruz Blimp" as its most visible aircraft, but according to the group's website, the grassroots organization also plans to use antique aircraft, banner tow planes, LSAs, ultralights, parachutes, and others. The group is not officially connected with the campaign, and the candidate has not officially acknowledged its efforts. But the organizers say they have "no doubt" they...
  • 'Trust me' isn't going to turn Latino vote for Cruz, GOP

    05/02/2015 1:04:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 103 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 1, 2015 | Mary Sanchez
    "....Like his fellow GOP presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Cruz cannot count on a certain rapport with Latino voters simply because he is Latino himself. Trust doesn't work that way, not in life and not in politics. Hispanic voters are weary of being targeted as a desirable voter demographic to be flattered but not much more. They can spot the phony. To many critics, Cruz has tried to court two mistresses: tea party conservatives, on the one hand, and Hispanic voters whom he views as ready for takeover by the GOP. Cruz believes, with some justification, that Latinos...
  • Ted Cruz ‘reached out to the Pentagon’ about martial law conspiracy theory

    05/02/2015 6:04:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 434 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 2, 2015 | Emma Margolin
    Depending on whom you ask, “Jade Helm 15” is either a domestic military training exercise or a covert operation for the federal government to take over the state of Texas – and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz just became the latest Republican to fan the flames of the latter theory. Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention Saturday, the Texas senator told Bloomberg’s David Weigel that his office had contacted the Pentagon about the exercise, which officially consists of a series of training drills throughout the Southwest for about 1,200 special operations personnel, including Green Berets and Navy...
  • Satire: Blue Bell ice cream being bootlegged from brenham to houston.

    05/01/2015 9:02:02 PM PDT · by buffaloguy · 25 replies
    https://thehabanerooftexas.wordpress.com ^ | https://thehabanerooftexas.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/texas-dept-of-public-safety-blue-bell-ice-cream-
    I ain't sayin' nuthin' Copper...
  • Cruz’s ideology trumps Texas’ interests, businesses complain (Ted Can't Be Bought!)

    05/01/2015 2:17:16 PM PDT · by VinL · 50 replies
    McCltatchy ^ | 5/1/2015 | Mario Recio
    When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was in his first year in the Senate, he took to the floor to oppose a bill on a program to manage federal helium that was about to expire and that all sides had agreed on. The bill passed 97-2, with Cruz voting against it. What was striking was that the Federal Helium Reserve is based in Texas. He objected because all the proceeds from the sale of the lighter-than-air gas stored in Amarillo did not go to the U.S. Treasury. Cruz, a candidate for president in 2016, has stuck to ideology ever since, even...
  • Rep. O’Rourke Touts a Safe Juárez, U.S. Warns of Violence, Drug-Related Murders

    05/01/2015 2:22:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 1, 2015
    The congressman who tried silencing federal law enforcement sources from exposing terrorist camps in Ciudad Juárez is contradicting the U.S. government’s assessment of the famously crime-infested Mexican city by proclaiming that it’s “far safer” than it was years ago. It appears to be a frantic effort on the part of Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, to counter reports of Islamic terrorists operating in the area and joining forces with the sophisticated drug cartels that have long controlled the region. Judicial Watch broke that story last fall after receiving detailed...
  • Former GOP lawmaker blisters Abbott for ‘pandering to idiots’ over military exercises

    05/01/2015 12:10:15 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 04/30/2015 | Christy Hoppe
    A 16-year Republican veteran of the Legislature wrote Gov. Greg Abbott saying he is appalled that the governor has given credence to a fringe group that fears the U.S. military would stage a take-over of Texas. Abbott has ordered the Texas state Guard to monitor a large-scale, eight-week military exercise this summer of special operation forces. Social media has pushed the conspiracy notion that the exercise, called Jade Helm 15, is a ruse to confiscate guns and declare martial law in hostile states. After citizens raised concerns, Abbott said the state Guard will keep tabs on the operation to ensure...
  • Could the Atlantic Hurricane Season Start Early?

    05/01/2015 11:00:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.weather.com ^ | 05/01/2015 | By Jon Erdman
    The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. However, the atmosphere doesn't always conform to that. Occasionally a storm develops early, and that could happen off the Southeast coast next week. Enlarge Setup For Potential Low The Setup The potential setup for this begins with a leftover, fading frontal boundary over the southwest Atlantic, the Bahamas and Cuba. This is the same frontal boundary that brought a much-needed soaking to South Florida earlier this week and gave Key West its third-heaviest April day of rain on record Wednesday. This old frontal boundary will be revived by an infusion of...
  • Who cares about H-1B visa abuses? One 'stupid American' does: guest opinion

    04/30/2015 1:02:25 PM PDT · by bamahead · 14 replies
    AL.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Jack "Jay" Palmer
    The H-1B program was bombarded with applications on April 1, 2015 and that's not a joke. On April 7, the USCIS announced the application cap had been reached, with approximately 233,000 applications for 85,000 slots. To determine which employers get H1B's they will hold a lottery. Realistically who cares? Foreign companies will just continue to fill their needs with B1 visas and exploit this program and American jobs will continue to be lost. Here's who cares, displaced American workers, Sen. Grassley, Sen. Sessions, and I care. Let me tell you who doesn't care if they cap H1B's or not -...
  • New York Times: Ted Cruz just held a campaign event at the home of two gay businessmen, you know

    04/23/2015 7:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2015 | AllahPundit
    This NYT story, an obvious attempt at a gotcha that’ll damage Cruz among his base, will do more damage to the two businessmen within their own circle of allies, I suspect. It’s one thing for Ted Cruz, social conservative, to socialize with gay friends. It’s another for gays to socialize with — gasp — Ted Cruz, social conservative. During the gathering, according to two attendees, Mr. Cruz said he would have no problem if one of his daughters was gay. He did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be...
  • Cruz’s Struggle: This Man Loves to Argue

    04/20/2015 10:51:54 AM PDT · by VinL · 83 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/20/15 | Stu Rothenberg
    The first time I met Ted Cruz, he argued with me. The second time I met Ted Cruz, he argued with me. It wasn’t personal, of course. Ted Cruz simply loves to argue. Those two incidents told me a lot about Cruz. The first time was at an event in Florida in February 2012, months before he won the Texas GOP Senate nomination. I had never met him, but he wandered up to me and started complaining about my assessment of the Republican primary in the Lone Star State. I told him to come to my office for an interview...
  • This is How Ted Cruz Says He’ll Win the Middle By Running Right

    04/19/2015 8:49:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 45 replies
    National Journal ^ | 4/19/16 | Shane Goldmacher
    It's no secret that Ted Cruz is running hard to the right as he pursues the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The strategy is pretty clear: He's pushing to out-conservative the rest of the field. Cruz wants, as he says repeatedly on the campaign trail, to lead a "grassroots army" of "courageous conservatives." But how would the tea party Texan win over the independents and Democrats needed in the general election? That's the question Cruz got at a New Hampshire gun range Sunday afternoon from a Cruz fan who had driven up from Massachusetts to express his concerns, in person, about...
  • Lindsey Graham Hawks His Hawkishness In Vegas As He Contemplates White House Run

    05/01/2015 3:38:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/26/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    The Texas senator and 2016 presidential contender is hawkish on Iran, but believes the Obama administration’s intervention in Libya and decision to throw Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak under the bus during the 2011 Egyptian revolution were not in America’s interest. “So he’s for the dictator,” Graham said of Cruz’s positions on those issues. “So I’m an American. I’m not for the dictator.”
  • San Antonians hit streets to protest death of Freddie Gray (4/29)

    04/30/2015 5:29:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    KSAT ^ | 4/29/15 | Bill Barajas
    The chants started early and lasted well into the night on Wednesday. The Perrin Beitel location is the same site as many other recent protests, including the high-profile officer-involved shooting of 23-year-old Marquise Jones. "We are one of the largest cities in the country and every other city is saying something. We can't go unheard," said protestor Marcus McNeil. "We have to let people know where we are." Protesters have watched how peaceful rallies can quickly turn violent, with buildings being burned and stores looted. "It was a long time coming. It was a powder keg that people kept putting...
  • Can Ted Cruz's hawkish populism actually win? ("There isn't really a natural Cruz constituency")

    04/30/2015 1:59:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Vox ^ | April 30, 2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    The Republican foreign policy debate usually gets described as a divide between Rand Paul and ... basically everyone else. But Ted Cruz wants to change that, positioning himself as a sort of "third way" between Paul's non-interventionism and Bush-style neoconservatism. Cruz's approach seems like it should be popular, but it also illustrates one of the central problems in his candidacy: there isn't really a natural Cruz constituency. Cruz's position on the use of force is hawkish: he wants the US to be far more aggressive than the Obama administration has been when facing threats. But he's also skeptical of nation...
  • Ted Cruz to Hillary Clinton: Give the foreign government donations back

    04/30/2015 1:01:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    Foxnews - Latino ^ | April 24, 2015/
    GOP presidential hopeful and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has called on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to return all donations made by foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation amid the growing scandal engulfing the Democratic candidate’s campaign following allegations made in a recent book. "The Clinton Foundation collected tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments including donors who had business interests with the State Department while Clinton was Secretary,” Cruz said in a statement released to the press on Friday. “She made decisions in that capacity that likely benefited the same people who were giving large donations to...
  • Ted Cruz knocks Mitt Romney: Ted Cruz in the news

    04/30/2015 11:17:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Henry J. Gomez
    Today's Ted Cruz news: In his speech Wednesday to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cruz took aim at 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his infamous "47 percent" quote. Romney, who of course went on to lose the general election, equated President Barack Obama's supporters with 47 percent of the country who "believe that they are victims" and "entitled" to government assistance."Where he got clobbered was 47 percent," Cruz said Wednesday. "I think Romney is a good man who had a hard campaign, but I cannot think of a statement in all of politics that I disagree with...
  • Ted Cruz’s hypocritical efforts to become more mainstream

    04/30/2015 9:13:19 AM PDT · by VinL · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Hitman Reuben
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has often encouraged libertarian fearmongering on the National Security Agency surveillance program, accusing the government of listening in on our calls. He praised Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for his drone filibuster and has resisted putting forth a full-throated plan to defeat the Islamic State. And there was no bigger opponent of immigration reform — “amnesty!” — when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was battling his way through the Senate. Now Cruz is trying to find middle ground so as not to be on the same page with Paul. “As Republicans debate whether to renew the post-9/11 PATRIOT...
  • OpEd: Texas economy could freeze up if school opportunities for undocumented are limited

    04/30/2015 1:00:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | April 30, 2015 | By Dolores Sosa Green
    To borrow a quote from Game of Thrones, which recently had its season 5 premiere, “Winter is coming.” This is what can happen in Texas, our economy could start to freeze up, if we limit educational opportunities for undocumented students in Texas by passing Senate Bill 1819. It would end the dreams of thousands of Texas high school graduates, who have lived here since they were children, and rely on in-state tuition regardless of immigration status. The push to rescind 14 years of in-state tuition to these students, known as Dreamers, will greatly impact the Texas economy — a college...
  • The Male Version Of Hooters Is Called Tallywackers And It's Coming To Dallas

    04/30/2015 9:49:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Tech Times ^ | April 25, 2015 | Laura Rosenfeld
    Get ready to live out your Magic Mike fantasies with a side of fries. For decades, customers have had the chance to ogle scantily clad women at Hooters as they chug some beer and chow down on some wings. For everyone that has wondered why there isn't a male version of Hooters — yeah, why isn't there a male version of Hooters? — today is your lucky day.
  • WH: U.S. Special Ops Forces Will Be 'Wearing Arm Bands' When They Come to Texas

    04/30/2015 8:13:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/30/2015 | Susan Jones
    When hundreds of U.S. Special Operations Forces descend on Texas (and six other states) for an eight-week training mission in July, they will not be "incognito," nor will they threaten the constitutional rights or civil liberties of Americans, the White House said on Wednesday. "My understanding is that the -- that the individuals who are participating in the exercise won't be traveling incognito, that they'll be wearing arm bands," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
  • Judge: DEA not liable for botched sting that killed truck driver

    04/29/2015 12:24:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | By Radley Balko
    The drug war means never having to say you’re sorry. A Houston-based federal judge ruled that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration does not owe the owner of a small Texas trucking company anything, not even the cost of repairing the bullet holes to a tractor-trailer truck that the agency used without his permission for a wild 2011 drug cartel sting that resulted in the execution-style murder of the truck’s driver, who was secretly working as a government informant. The Houston Chronicle story also points out that the ruling will spare the DEA a “potentially embarrassing trial.” Another way to phrase...
  • Man accused of stabbing HCC officer 14 times

    04/30/2015 1:08:43 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | april 28, 2015 | Sofia Ojeda, Phil Archer, Syan Rhodes
    Prosecutors said a 24-year-old police woman was stabbed a total of 14 times by a man who allegedly told investigators he was out to kill the police officer because "cops are oppressive." Houston homicide investigators said Jeremiah M. Matthews, 23, tried to kill an off-duty Houston Community College Officer Aprils Pikes early Tuesday morning while she was working as a security guard at a Meyerland Walmart store. During a magistrate's hearing Tuesday night, prosecutors said, "The defendant gave a statement admitting he had the intent to attack a police officer and his desire to kill a police officer.” Investigators at...
  • Texas Considers More Abortion Limits After Clinic Closures

    04/29/2015 6:58:20 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 29, 2015 | PAUL J. WEBER and EVA RUTH MORAVEC
    snip..."These little measures that keep slipping through, they cumulatively have a very detrimental effect to safe, legal and timely abortions," said Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. "They've done plenty of damage at this point." Tension over new abortion laws erupted in in June 2013 when Republicans weathered a 13-hour filibuster by Davis, who went on to lose badly to Abbott in the governor's race. New laws required abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards and mandated that doctors who perform abortions obtain hospital admitting privileges. Clinics unable to make costly upgrades closed and women in rural swaths...
  • Blue Lives Matter: Texas Cop Survives 14 Stab Wounds in Assassination Attempt

    04/29/2015 3:50:17 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 04/29/2015 | by Bob Price
    A Houston Community College police officer has survived an assassination attempt after being stabbed by her assailant 14 times. The officer was saved by civilians who stepped in and stopped the attacker. The attacker told investigators he did this to get back at police for their brutality. A spokesman from the family said it might be related to the Baltimore riots. Officer April Pikes remains in critical condition at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital, a public relations official at the Houston Police Department said to Breitbart Texas. Her alleged attacker, Jeremiah M. Matthews, 23, was pulled off of her by a...
  • Bell Helicopter announces 1,100 layoffs

    04/29/2015 2:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KATC-TV ^ | April 28, 2015
    Bell Helicopter announced today that it will lay off 1,100 employees. The Fort Worth-based helicopter company has a location on Pont Des Mouton Road in Lafayette, according to the company's website. The company did not release specifics on which locations will see layoffs, but the communications director did say in a news release that the reduction in workforce will apply to all areas of the business, both management and non-management, and covered and non-covered workers. In addition to its Pont Des Mouton location, Bell Helicopter broke ground in August last year on an 82,300-square-foot aircraft assembly center near the Lafayette...
  • Bruce Alger, controversial Dallas congressman in '50s and '60s , dies at 96 (GOP conservative)

    04/29/2015 1:24:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Dallas news ^ | April 25, 2015
    Bruce Alger, a provocative Republican congressman from Texas whose staunch conservative views prefigured the tea party movement decades later, and whose angry confrontation with Lyndon Johnson may have affected the outcome of the 1960 presidential election, died April 13 at an assisted living facility in Palm Bay, Fla. He was 96.
  • SC: Ted Cruz Sweeps 5 official GOP Straw Polls

    04/29/2015 12:34:32 PM PDT · by yuffy · 26 replies
    The past week was a very good one for Ted Cruz in South Carolina, as he swept the straw polls at four bi-annual Republican county conventions, and one county GOP Executive Committee bi-monthly meeting. The first came as Cruz won the Anderson County GOP convention straw poll as follows: Cruz 27%, Walker 25%, Rubio 15%, Huckabee 9%, Graham and Perry 6% each, Santorum 5%, Bush, Paul and Carson 1% each. But the biggest prizes came for Cruz as he won Greenville, Spartanburg and Aiken GOP convention straw polls all on the same day as follows: Greenville: Cruz 28%, Walker 22%,...
  • Congress must approve of any Iran deal (Ted Cruz)

    04/29/2015 12:06:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Today, there is no greater threat to U.S. national security than the prospect of a nuclear Iran. Led by theocratic zealots who have pledged to “annihilate Israel” and who regularly lead chants of “Death to America,” an Iran with nuclear weapons poses an unacceptably high risk of murdering millions of Americans or millions of our allies. For that reason, the top priority for the Senate should be to stop a bad Iran deal. The Senate is now considering the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act (Corker-Cardin), which provides that any Iran deal must be submitted to Congress. This legislation started out...
  • The Cruz Doctrine: Ted Cruz Opens Up About His Foreign Policy Worldview

    04/29/2015 11:37:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 28, 2015 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    LAS VEGAS — Ted Cruz wants you to know that he isn’t a Rand Paul on foreign policy – but he isn’t a John McCain either. The Texas senator and Republican presidential contender outlined his foreign policy worldview Friday in an in-depth interview with The Daily Caller from the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental in Sin City, where he was in town to attend both the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Spring Meeting and a convention of evangelical pastors. “The touchstone of foreign policy should be the vital national security interest of America,” Cruz said, arguing his foreign policy was neither “full...