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  • Experts: Sandra Bland's toxicology report raises possibility she used marijuana in jail

    07/28/2015 11:52:23 AM PDT · by Theoria
    AP ^ | 28 July 2015 | AP
    An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said. The amount of THC, one of the active components of marijuana, in Bland's system was 18 micrograms per liter, according to the report released Monday. That's more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Colorado and Washington, states that permit the recreational use of marijuana. "I don't think it's possible to rule out the possibility of use while in jail,"...
  • Houston’s Lesbian Mayor Makes Sick Move Against Christians… Texas Court Slaps Her Down

    07/28/2015 11:03:31 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 18 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 7/28/15 | Conservative Tribune
    In May 2014, the city council of Houston, backed by the first openly gay mayor in America, Annise Parker, passed an equal rights ordinance that provided special protections against discrimination for certain individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Texas Supreme Court has now ruled that the city must either repeal the controversial measure, or place it on the ballot for the next general election. Critics had argued the ordinance would place an undue burden and risk on religious institutions and pushed back against it by rallying support with a petition to overturn the new law. The city...
  • AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO BAN BBQ RESTAURANTS

    07/28/2015 10:13:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    iamatexan.com ^ | July 25, 2015
    “If this resolution passes, we would be forced to close or move. It would destroy Austin barbecue.” says Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin’s BBQ in Austin. Austin, Texas has long been a destination for Americans of all stripes in their quest to find the best barbecue in the nation. However, if the Austin City Council gets their way, food tourism may soon be a thing of the past. Austin City Council members passed a preliminary plan in April to put restrictions on smoke from barbeque restaurants. Some Austin residents complain of the barbecue smoke saying they can’t enjoy their homes...
  • Corrosion of Sanctuary Cities

    07/28/2015 8:55:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 28, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “Sanctuary cities” that refuse to turn over deportable felons to the feds are frequently located in college towns. Yet and still, it’s hard to find academics who will speak ill of them, no matter how much these policies endanger collegians’ lives. Kate Steinle, 32, was not the only recent victim of an attack by an illegal alien with multiple felony convictions. “Department of Homeland Security records show that in just one eight-month period in 2014, more than 8,100 deportable aliens were released by sanctuary jurisdictions,” Hans von Spakovsky writes on The Daily Signal. “Three thousand of them were felons and...
  • Waco PD’s Swanton to run for McLennan County sheriff

    07/27/2015 7:21:54 PM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 27, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton will run against incumbent McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in the 2016 election, documents show. Swanton filed a report on July 17 designating a campaign treasurer, identified as Kneeley D. Lawdermilk, for the election. As the face of the Waco Police Department, Swanton’s public profile increased significantly during the national media influx surrounding the May 17 Twin Peaks shooting, during which he gave dozens of television interviews reaching national audiences. “I am excited about giving McLennan County voters an option for a candidate with trusted leadership skills, tested experience and a true commitment to...
  • House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • Ted Cruz is Probably the Only Human That Ever Got Code Pink to Shut Up and Listen

    07/27/2015 10:06:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    JenKuznicki.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    There is no other candidate for President who could, as Senator Ted Cruz has, controlled a chaotic situation, directed and encouraged dialogue between two very different philosophical viewpoints, and at the same time, exposed the extreme American Left for who they are, and how they come to their conclusions.The “spokesman” Cruz is discussing the situation with Iran with, is Medea Benjamin. Ms. Benjamin is the co-founder of Code Pink, a group that is a product of the war in Iraq, and since that war began, has done pretty much what you see here when there is a rally against the...
  • Starnes: Emasculated Republicans Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/27/2015 10:48:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Senate Republicans had a chance to stop Planned Parenthood from butchering unborn children and selling their body parts to the highest bidder. Instead, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to put up a vote -- thumbing his nose at Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, along with every pro-lifer in the nation.</p>
  • Donald Trump is still rocketing up polls in dominating fashion

    07/27/2015 11:08:25 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 25, 2015 12:00 PM | Maxwell Tani
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit. Donald Trump is still the clear front-runner of the 2016 GOP presidential field. A new Economist/YouGov poll released on Friday actually showed Trump gaining support in the last week, despite a controversy over his comments questioning Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) status as a "war hero." According to the poll, the number of registered Republican primary voters who responded that Trump is their first choice jumped from 15% at the beginning of July to 28% last week. Another 10% of voters pick him as their second choice. That puts the real-estate...
  • Inside El Chapo’s secret Mexican prison escape tunnel (VIDEO)

    07/27/2015 9:57:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    guns.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Chris Eger
    Inside El Chapo’s secret Mexican prison escape tunnel (VIDEO) 7/27/15 | by Chris Eger Vice News traveled south of the border and dropped down the most famous underground tunnel in the world– that used by a Mexican drug lord to vacate the premises. The figurehead of the Sinaloa cartel, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, released himself on his own recognizance on July 11, via a tunnel from Mexico’s only maximum-security prison in Mexico. It took him a year to arrange his self-parole and Vice went to Altiplano prison– where they found a different tale than what the local media...
  • Jeb Bush to seek Latino support in Central Florida (Writing off IA, NH, SC?)

    07/27/2015 9:47:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/27/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Jeb Bush hasn't campaigned for himself in this part of Florida since 2002, but on Monday, he will return here to reconnect with former supporters and make an overt appeal to the region's fast-growing Latino population. In a first as a presidential candidate, the Republican plans to sit for a Spanish-language interview with a Telemundo news anchor. He will meet with dozens of mostly Hispanic evangelical pastors at a mega-church, visit a small business owned by a Mexican immigrant and try to introduce himself to the hundreds of thousands of people who have moved to this transient region in the...
  • 'Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins' Sign Stays Up (shortened)

    07/27/2015 10:25:17 AM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 11 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A city in Texas has delayed a decision on what to do regarding an atheist group's complaint leveled against a "Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins" sign said to be on public property. The Hawkins City Council met with the mayor Monday evening and decided to table a decision as to whether or not they will remove the prominently displayed sign. "Residents will have to wait a bit longer, as members put off a decision on the sign," reported CBS 19, who noted that the meeting had an "overflow crowd." "The city attorney said he needs more time to study the...
  • Morning Plum: Big majority of GOP voters favors mass deportation, poll finds

    07/27/2015 9:04:23 AM PDT · by Mariner · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 26th, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    This new poll finding, courtesy of CNN, is not all that surprising, but it is very illuminating of the demographic challenges the GOP faces right now: A big majority of Republicans believes that the government’s main focus on immigration should be not just on stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, but also on deporting those already here. The poll asks:
  • Ted Cruz Issues Manifesto For Conservative Populism

    07/27/2015 9:13:13 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 7/27/2015 | CHQ Staff
    Friday, Senator Ted Cruz gave a powerful floor speech shining a light on the corrupt deal struck by Senate Republican leadership to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.  No doubt you’ve seen a few key quotes in the media or read a couple of the most buzzworthy lines on Twitter or Facebook or in an email forwarded to you by a conservative friend.  But if you haven’t read the entire speech or watched the full video through to the end you haven’t gotten the full impact of what Senator Cruz said.  The news media has focused on Cruz calling out Senate Majority...
  • Senate advances Export-Import Bank lifeline

    07/26/2015 10:15:33 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/26/15 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., kept a promise made to Democratics earlier this year that in exchange for their support on an important trade deal, he would allow a vote on a measure to extend the bank.... Obama administration is closer than ever on a breakthrough on the biggest trade deal in world history. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/trans-pacific-partnership-trade-pact-challenges-120600.html All the Good ol Boys are convinced we the people, maintain generic, or self-inflicted stupid. We the people keep proving it is so, up to the tipping p0int. Raben
  • Ted Cruz: "Sen. Cruz: McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party: The Washington Party

    07/26/2015 7:57:42 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 110 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz Press Rekease ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BELIEVING IT WOULD SOMEHOW BE DIFFERENT FROM A DEMOCRATIC ONE WASHINGTON, D.C. – After speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement: “We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party. “Senate leadership consists of the McConnell-Reid leadership team. They operate as a team. They support the same...
  • Senate blocks Lee's vote to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/26/2015 3:45:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 26, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was rebuked by his Senate colleagues on Sunday as he tried to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Lee had tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the vote on Congress’s must-pass highway legislation. The amendment was rejected by the chair of the Senate, who called it out of order because it was not germane to the highway bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided last week that he would only allow two amendments to the bill – a repeal of ObamaCare and a reauthorization of the Export-Import...
  • Senator Rand Paul Implements ‘Rule 14' to Fast-Track His Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/24/2015 8:38:13 PM PDT · by z taxman · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Following through on his vow to defund Planned Parenthood, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced legislation to strip the abortion provider of federal funding. The bill is now being fast-tracked after the Kentucky senator invoked “Rule 14” on Friday, clearing the way for a floor vote as early as next week, a spokesman for the Rand Paul campaign confirmed to TheBlaze. “Since the inhumane acts of Planned Parenthood have surfaced, I have vowed to defeat and defund this taxpayer-funded organization. I am more appalled than ever by Planned Parenthood’s complete disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Paul said in...
  • McConnell to fast-track bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/24/2015 7:36:14 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/24/15 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started a fast-track process Friday on legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding in the wake of two controversial videos showing officials discussing delivery of fetal parts. The Republican leader began "Rule 14," which will let the legislation skip the committee process and be placed on the Senate calendar so it can be brought up for a floor vote. The move comes after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed McConnell during a blistering floor speech earlier Friday, suggesting the Kentucky Republican wanted to dodge a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. "There are a host of...
  • DONALD TRUMP ENDORSES AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS [DISAPPOINTING, BUT NOT SURPRISING]

    07/26/2015 5:49:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 211 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/26/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Disappointing, but not surprising. The depressing reality though that is that most of the Republican field has endorsed amnesty in one form or another. So this isn't much of a surprise. Trump is using his own vocabulary, but he's echoing the same amnesty talking points you could hear from Marco Rubio... or Barack Obama. During Friday's interview, Trump said the U.S. should take a two-step approach to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country. "Well, the first thing we do is take the bad ones — of which there are, unfortunately, quite a few," said Trump,...
  • Texas Supreme Court Tells Houston: Repeal Gay Rights Ordinance or Put It to Vote

    07/26/2015 6:04:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    There is now near certainty that Houston's controversial equal rights ordinance, known as HERO, will appear on the November ballot, as Texas Supreme Court has suspended it, ruling that City Council must repeal it by August 24 or put it to popular vote. "We will now get to vote on Mayor Parker's personal, liberal, LGBT agenda this November!" Jared Woodfill, former Harris County Republican Party chief and ones of the plaintiffs, wrote in a blog post. The gay rights ordinance, which, among other things, allows members of the opposite sex to use each other's restrooms, hit the headlines after a...
  • Los Zetas Drug Cartel Linked to US Helicopter Downing

    07/26/2015 11:43:01 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/24/2015 | Bill Gertz7
    A shooting incident last month that forced a U.S. border patrol helicopter to make an emergency landing near Laredo, Texas, was the work of Mexican drug traffickers, and analysts say the attack highlights growing narcotics trafficking across porous U.S. borders. According to U.S. officials familiar with an investigation of the June 5 incident, members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were crossing back into Mexico from the United States when they were spotted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) helicopter along the Rio Grande River near Laredo. The traffickers had finished delivering a shipment of drugs and were...
  • Polls: Donald Trump Way out in Front; Ted Cruz Surges Underneath, Marco Rubio Keeps Sinking

    07/26/2015 9:59:18 AM PDT · by VinL · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/26/2015 | Matt Boyle
    Call it failure to launch for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80%as, despite a minor bump in the polls a month or so after his April presidential campaign launch, the 44-year-old junior senator from Florida is now officially relegated to the middle of the pack—where he’s been unable to climb out. Virtually every major pollster has shown Rubio’s chances at being a serious contender for the GOP nomination slipping away... Rubio was supposed to be the golden boy who could woo the donor class but still excite the grassroots. He’s succeeded in winning over lots of big-money backing, with billionaire donors...
  • Statement by Sen. Cruz on Tisha B’Av

    07/26/2015 8:06:48 AM PDT · by Isara · 13 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/26/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in recognition of Tisha B’Av:“To all those observing the mourning of Tisha B’Av, I wish you a time of meaningful reflection on the destruction of the holy Temples and the calamities that befell our Jewish brothers on this day. As our Jewish friends hope for the rebuilding of the Temple speedily in our days, I share their joy in the establishment of a Jewish State after 2,000 years of exile. Especially today, with stakes so high, we can never allow there to be a threat to Israel’s destruction....
  • Martin O’Malley sides with illegal immigrants in lawsuit against Texas

    07/25/2015 8:57:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2015 | S. A. Miller
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley on Friday blasted Texas for denying birth certificates to some U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants without valid identification documents, declaring that “citizenship is a human right.” “Denying birth certificates to U.S, citizens is not only outrageous, it’s unconstitutional,” the former Maryland governor said in a statement released in English and Spanish. “The 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution could not be clearer. It states that ‘all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside,’ ” he...
  • Cruz super-PAC gets $15 million donation from two brothers

    07/25/2015 6:53:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/25/15 | Elliot Smilowitz
    A super-PAC that supports Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has received a $15 million donation from two Texas brothers, according to CNN. Billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks donated $15 million of the total $38 million that the Keep the Promise super-PAC will disclose in election filings next week. The siblings sold the fracking company Frac Tech in 2011 for $3.5 billion. Farris Wilks explained their support for Cruz in a statement to CNN. "Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I'm afraid we're losing that," Wilks said. "Unless we elect...
  • Ted Cruz to GOP leader: You lied. (WP)

    07/25/2015 6:35:52 PM PDT · by Isara · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    --- Senators generally refrain from impugning their colleagues on the floor, a practice codified in Senate Rule XIX: “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” The penalty for breaching that rule is to be ordered to take one’s seat — in effect, to sit down and shut up. But no senator rose to make a point of order before Cruz left the floor. “It’s unusual, certainly,” Betty K. Koed, the Senate’s official historian, said of Cruz’s remarks....
  • Ted Cruz Attacks Mitch McConnell in Clash Over an Agency (NYT)

    07/25/2015 6:15:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    Senator Ted Cruz, the sometimes-incendiary Texan running for the Republican presidential nomination, took to the Senate floor on Friday to call his party’s majority leader a liar in an extraordinary public airing of grievance. --- Far from backing down, Mr. Cruz joined the conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh on Friday afternoon, basking in Mr. Limbaugh’s praise for a “direct hit” on leadership like none he could remember. “It’s not a good day when the majority leader is willing to lie to the Senate,” Mr. Cruz told Mr. Limbaugh. Tea Party groups, the Heritage Foundation’s political arm, and Charles G....
  • Skeletal Remains May Be 11,000 Years Old (Lake Jackson, Texas)

    08/09/2002 11:17:39 AM PDT · by blam · 112 replies · 4,856+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8-9-2002 | Terry Kliewer
    Aug. 9, 2002, 10:45AM BONING UP ON HISTORYSkeletal remains may be 11,000 years old By TERRY KLIEWER Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle LAKE JACKSON -- The gummy clay of coastal Texas holds plenty of secrets, but it may have given up one of its oldest when routine excavation near here uncovered prehistoric human bones. John Everett / Chronicle Archaeologist Robert d'Aigle unearthed bones three years ago in the San Bernard River National Wildlife Refuge in south Brazoria County. He may have found only the third human skeleton in North America that dates back at least 10,000 years. The bones -- a...
  • Archaeologist Explains Link Between Bones Found In Ethiopia, Texas

    12/22/2007 10:24:43 AM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 253+ views
    Statesman ^ | 12-22-2007 | Pamela LeBlanc
    Archeologist explains link between bones found in Ethiopia, Texas Lucy's bones on display at Houston museum By Pamela LeBlancAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFFSaturday, December 22, 2007 One roamed the forests of East Africa 3.2 million years ago. The other lived in Central Texas more than 9,500 years ago. What's the connection between two skeletons found a world apart? That was the question on a recent visit to Houston, where the famous older skeleton is on display. Though not complete, Lucy does have enough pieces, especially skull bones, for scientists to predict her measurements. This model at the Houston Museum of Natural Science shows...
  • Original Texans

    11/29/2001 4:29:17 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle | 11-25-2001
    Original Texans? Austin-area find adds to debate over early man By ERIC BERGER Copyright 2001 Houston Chronicle Science Writer The verdant Central Texas cove was Shangri-La for people living 13,000 years ago. Fed by permanent springs, the area between the Edwards Plateau and lower coastal plains offered ample game from both ecosystems, and its limestone held an abundant supply of flint-like rock, or chert, ideal for making Stone Age tools. "This is an absolutely special place," University of Texas archaeologist Michael Collins said as he recently surveyed the rolling ground occasionally pockmarked by meticulously terraced digs. It's special in bounty ...
  • As Hillary! Craters, Democrats Search for Panic Button

    07/25/2015 4:20:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | July 25, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    Toast It’s no longer a question of whether Hillary! Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016; it’s only a question of when she will drop out of the race rather than face humiliation a second time: Democrats are seeing warning signs after a new poll showed Hillary Clinton losing three swing states and deep in negative territory on questions of character. One Democratic strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity described the poll results as “the canary in the coal mine.”The poll, from Quinnipiac University, surveyed voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. President Obama won all three...
  • Bounty Hunter ‘Dog’ Chapman: El Chapo is ‘out of my league’

    07/25/2015 2:44:38 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Sean Daly
    TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman knows there are some fugitives even he can’t bring to justice. The star of CMT’s “Dog and Beth: On The Hunt” admits he probably would not be able to capture escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — and doesn’t even plan to try.
  • Top Conservative Brent Bozell Endorses Ted Cruz

    07/25/2015 12:19:38 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    ABC News Radio Online ^ | 07/24/2015 | Carmen Cox
    ABC News(WASHINGTON) — One of the Republican party’s top supporters is showing his support for Ted Cruz.  The endorsement was announced Friday in a statement from the Cruz presidential campaign. "U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today received the endorsement of Brent Bozell, conservative stalwart and president of the Conservative Victory Committee,” read the statement. Bozell released a video announcing his support of Cruz's candidacy for President.VIDEO"Make no mistake: If the Republican Party repeats what it has done the last two presidential elections, Republicans will lose. I guarantee it," Bozell said in the video. "On the other hand, if we nominate...
  • TED CRUZ PROVES PRESIDENTIAL METTLE IN CLASH WITH CODE PINK

    07/25/2015 12:14:29 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | July 24, 2015 | Katherine Revello
    For conservatives, intellectualism can often be a stumbling block.A politician may be a gifted orator with a logical, detailed message, but reason cannot be forced on those with an agenda, especially when that agenda is wrapped up in bromidic insults instead of facts.Once distracted from the flow of their thought processes, and unwilling to engage in emotional demagoguery, conservative often stumble when accosted or caught off guard.Which is why it is gratifying to see presidential candidate Ted Cruz perform so well in a recent standoff with leftist activist group Code Pink.Protestors stormed a campaign event where Cruz was speaking against...
  • First on CNN: Billionaire brothers give Cruz super PAC $15 million

    07/25/2015 9:42:23 AM PDT · by Isara · 75 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat July 25, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Two low-profile Texas brothers have donated $15 million to support Sen. Ted Cruz, a record-setting contribution that amounts to the largest known donation so far in the 2016 presidential campaign. Farris and Dan Wilks, billionaires who made their fortunes in the West Texas fracking boom, have given $15 million of the $38 million that the pro-Cruz super PAC, Keep the Promise, will disclose in election filings next week, according to sources outside the super PAC with knowledge of the giving. The siblings earned their riches with the sale of their company Frac Tech for $3.5 billion in 2011, and since...
  • JP Peterson removed from Hewitt biker’s case [Waco]

    07/25/2015 7:41:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 79 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | June 23, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    A local justice of the peace was removed Thursday from an examining trial in the case of a Hewitt biker accused of engaging in organized crime in relation to the shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant. Joe Carroll, senior judge of the 27th Judicial District Court, granted a motion to recuse Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson from the case involving Matthew Clendennen after Clendennen’s attorney, Clinton Broden, filed a complaint against Peterson. Peterson set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 bikers arrested in the aftermath of the May 17 shootout, and he was on the scene that...
  • Texas Appeals court dismisses most serious charge against Rick Perry

    07/25/2015 6:47:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    A Texas appeals court has dismissed one count of the two count indictment of Governor Rick Perry, leaving open the question of whether the presidential candidate will ever go to trial. The court dismissed the coercion charge, which was based on the dubious notion that Perry acted criminally when he vetoed funding for the Democratic party's arm in Travis County - the Public Integrity Unit. Perry wanted the head of the unit, Rosemary Lehmberg, to resign following her arrest for DUI and subsequent drunken rants against officers that were caught on tape. The prosecutor in Travis country ruled that Perry's veto was...
  • Appeals Court Dismisses One of Two Counts Against Former Gov. Rick Perry

    07/24/2015 11:40:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | Friday, Jul 24, 2015
    Perry still faces trial on second charge, abuse of powerA Texas appeals court Friday dismissed out one of the two counts against former Gov. Rick Perry in the abuse-of-power case against him. Austin's 3rd Court of Appeals said in a ruling Friday that Texas' law regarding the "coercion of a public servant" violated Perry's First Amendment right to freedom of speech and dismissed the charge. "As to this ruling we respectfully disagree with the district court -- the statute on which the "coercion of a public servant" is based, as written, and as we are bound to construe it, violates...
  • Texas Supreme Court says city must repeal HERO or put it on ballot

    07/24/2015 5:10:46 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/24/15 | Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris
    The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Houston City Council must repeal the city's equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. The ruling comes three months after a state district judge ruled that opponents of Houston's contentious non-discrimination ordinance passed last year failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum. "We agree with the Relators that the City Secretary certified their petition and thereby invoked the City Council's ministerial duty to reconsider and repeal the ordinance or submit it to popular vote," the Texas Supreme Court wrote in a per curiam opinion. "The legislative...
  • 16 Media Groups Fight Gag Order in Waco Biker Shooting

    07/24/2015 4:33:35 PM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | July 24, 2015 | EMILY SCHMALL
    A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the "friend of the court" brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.
  • Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

    07/24/2015 4:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Oil and gas producers in one of the most active drilling areas in the country have had to make concessions to not disturb species such as the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard. Now industry officials in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico may have four other species to contend with: make way for the Cascade Caverns salamander, the Arizona toad, the alligator snapping turtle and the Rio Grande cooter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as...
  • Four federal agencies President Ted Cruz could do without

    07/24/2015 9:07:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24 at 8:00 AM | Amber Phillips
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sure does want to shut down a lot of the federal agencies he hopes to one day run.The firebrand conservative and GOP presidential candidate has defined his young Senate career by almost reflexively opposing increased government spending and programs . . ."I think we should shrink the size and power of the federal government by every and any means possible," he told the Daily Caller in 2012. -- snip -- The State DepartmentMost recently, Cruz threatened in a letter to President Obama to hold up State Department nominees and hold all bills that fund...
  • The Rare EIB Interview: Senator Ted Cruz on Why He Called His Leader a Liar

    07/24/2015 12:00:23 PM PDT · by Isara · 67 replies
    EIB ^ | July 24, 2015
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPTRUSH: I want to welcome back to the program, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, and Republican presidential candidate. You did something today I don't think I've seen before. This was a direct hit on your Senate leadership over a number of things, Senator. What spawned this today, and look, rather than me describe it for people, just tell everybody what you did and why you did it. CRUZ: Well, Rush, it's great to be back with you. Today the Senate took up the Export-Import Bank, a classic example of cronyism and corporate welfare. The leader of Senate Republicans, Mitch...
  • Ted Cruz on the Senate floor: Mitch McConnell’s a liar and our new majority is a cronyist fraud

    07/24/2015 12:51:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 132 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/24/15 | Allahpundit
    I’m not going to excerpt it for you, despite the length. You need to watch it all; if you can’t spare 20 minutes, at least watch the middle third where he gets into corporate cooptation of the one-party state. This is one of the most brutal attacks — not incorrect, mind you, just brutal — you’ll ever see by a senator on his colleagues, starting with his own majority leader. Sample quote: “[This majority] does get things done, but it listens to one and only one voice: That is, the voice of the Washington cartel, of the lobbyists on K...
  • War: Chamber of Commerce gearing up to take out conservative incumbents in the House next year

    07/24/2015 2:15:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    This strategy isn’t entirely new. They started talking about targeting tea partiers in primaries in late 2013 and followed through in last year’s midterms... The difference last year was that they stuck to open seats rather than going after incumbents. Evidently they’ve decided now that “progress” towards the dream of renewing the Ex-Im bank and passing a gigantic amnesty ensuring all the cheap legal labor they could possibly want isn’t happening fast enough. It’s simply not sufficient to fill vacancies in the House with corporatist business-class Republicans. To move their agenda, they need to start replacing some of the people...
  • Texas Supreme Court suspends Houston’s ‘bathroom bill,’ sets up ballot fight

    07/24/2015 2:21:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The Texas Supreme Court gave Friday the Houston city council 30 days either to repeal a civil-rights ordinance allowing opposite-sex bathroom use or place it before the voters on the November ballot. The 12-page decision says that the council ran afoul of the city charter when it refused to act after the city secretary certified a year ago the signatures submitted by a pastor-led coalition, which had moved to force a vote on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). Houston Mayor Annise Parker came under fire last year after the city moved to subpoena sermons and other documents from five...
  • LIFE-LONG DEMOCRAT HISPANIC VOTER SAYS HE WOULD VOTE FOR TRUMP

    07/24/2015 1:45:39 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/24/2015 | MICHELLE MOONS
    A Hispanic Texan who is a life-long Democrat and lives in the border town of Laredo came out to the airport to give Donald Trump a message. Draped in an American flag, he told Breitbart Texas he is ready for something different and would vote for Trump in the 2016 Texas Republican Primary. “I’m sick of this administration, I’m ready for something better, I was raised a Democrat but this administration makes me want to throw up,” said Joseph Diaz, a 50-year-old high school art teacher, just before he watched 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump take off from a Laredo,...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Star Trek’s Captain Kirk was probably a Republican

    07/24/2015 10:38:00 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 121 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Benjamin Landy
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered some surprisingly strong opinions on the politics of “Star Trek” in an interview published Thursday in The New York Times Magazine, arguing “it is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and Picard is a Democrat.” “Let me do a little psychoanalysis,” Cruz says when asked about the fictional space captains from the landmark 1960s television series and its ”Next Generation” follow-up, which aired some 30 years later. “If you look at ‘’Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ it basically split James T. Kirk into two people. Picard was Kirk’s rational side, and William Riker was...
  • Cruz accuses McConnell of lying (Why Cruz voted for TPA)

    07/24/2015 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 129 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a blistering floor speech Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of lying to him over a deal to vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.