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  • WHAT? Renee Ellmers Claims She Has ‘Same Immigration Stance as Cruz, Paul, Lee’ (Loses Straw Poll)

    03/22/2014 4:53:34 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 21, 2014 | David Steinberg
    Last Saturday, Renee Ellmers (R-NC02) — a 2010 Tea Party favorite who has since lost the support of conservatives — gave a brief speech to the Moore County, North Carolina GOP Convention. During the speech, she claimed to hold the same views on immigration as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and even Dr. Ben Carson. This statement came a few days after Ellmers’ tendentious appearance with Laura Ingraham last week — an interview that might have progressed smoothly had Ellmers actually expressed the same views on immigration as those four. Ellmers’ brief speech in Moore County offered no specification backing her...
  • Rick Perry seizes on Obama's ISIS "strategy" remark

    08/29/2014 2:54:36 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/29/2014
    DALLAS - Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, wasted little time pouncing on President Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about removing the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East, accusing the White House of "dithering and debating" the threat posed by the violent militant faction. "Yesterday, the president admitted he had no strategy to deal with ISIS," Perry said in remarks Friday at a summit put on by Americans for Prosperity, an influential conservative organization backed by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers. "The deepening chaos in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, and Ukraine is...
  • The Koch Brothers Turn On Chris Christie and Warn Him About Setting Up Obamacare

    11/11/2012 11:48:12 AM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Politics USA ^ | November 11th, 2012
    The Koch Brothers think-tank, Americans for Prosperity, handed down a warning to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for not rejecting provisions in the ACA to submit health insurance exchange plans ahead of the health law’s full implementation. Republicans were already furious with Christie for praising President Obama’s rapid response to the super-storm Sandy that ravaged parts of the East Coast last week, and now the Koch Brothers are pressuring him to reject a New Jersey exchange bill to rebuff the ACA’s requirement before a November 16 cutoff date for states to set up health insurance exchanges. If states fail to...
  • Ted Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’

    08/30/2014 6:50:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/30/2014 | Chris Good
    Sen. Ted Cruz today invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was “the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come” to the region. The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the president’s foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS “back to the stone age.” “Tonight I am officially extending an invitation for Barack Obama to come join me at the border in Texas,” Cruz said. “I figured the...
  • Cruz serves up red meat to conservatives

    08/30/2014 2:28:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 30, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Less than 70 days away from the midterm election, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged conservatives to do everything they can to give Republicans control of the U.S. Senate. In a fiery speech delivered at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful vowed that the GOP would "retake the United States Senate and retire” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) The November election would also hinge on four issues, he said, with immigration being chief among them. “Number one, no amnesty,” Cruz said to thunderous applause, noting that President Obama is...
  • Cruz: ‘Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat’

    08/30/2014 2:38:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, blasted President Obama over his foreign policy with Russia on Saturday accusing him of being a weak “kitty cat.” “The Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat,” Mr. Cruz said to a standing-room only conservative crowd at the annual Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas. “The reason Putin feels no fear to march into his neighbors, the reason our allies up and down Europe are terrified of what happens next is because our president is leading from behind,” he added, riffing at the end off a phrase the administration has itself used to defend...
  • http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/the-rise-of-the-diy-abortion-in-texas/373240/

    08/30/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by balch3 · 2 replies
    Atlantic ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Erica Hellerstein
    The Alamo flea market sits right off South Texas’s lengthy Highway 83; a sprawling, dusty, labyrinth of a place. Under canopies in the converted parking lot, vendors in dark sunglasses stand behind tables heaped with piles of clothing, barking in Spanish and hawking their wares. The air is hot and muggy, thick with the scent of grilled corn and chili. Customers browse simple items—miracle-diet teas, Barbie dolls or turquoise jeans stretched over curvy mannequins—but there are also shoppers scanning the market for goods that aren't displayed in the stalls. Tables lined with bottles of medicine like Tylenol and NyQuil have...
  • Fujitsu purchases U.S. defense technology company (GlobeRanger)

    08/29/2014 10:43:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Japan Times ^ | Aug. 26, 2014
    Fujitsu Ltd. has acquired GlobeRanger Corp., a Texas-based defense technology company, in the electronics maker’s foray into the U.S. defense and national security market. […] Fujitsu bought the company to eventually expand into the global defense market after the government’s easing of restrictions on Japan’s exports of weapons and related technologies in April. …
  • BORDER PATROL AGENT FIRES AT ARMED MILITIA MEMBER

    08/29/2014 7:00:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 81 replies
    AP ^ | August 29, 2014 | BY CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other...
  • Houston Leads Nation for Illegal Immigrant Minors' Destination

    08/29/2014 4:01:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Kristin Tate
    many unaccompanied alien children (UAC) were set free in various counties across the country. More were released in Texas' Harris County--in which Houston is located--than any other county in the nation. ... Dallas County received the second most UAC in Texas ... Educating the foreign minors will not be cheap; David Anderson, the Texas Education Agency General Counsel, recently pointed out that due to cultural differences and language barriers, it will be more costly to education immigrant children than it is to educate students who are U.S. citizens. In Texas, more than $45 million will be spent educating the UAC...
  • Exclusive: Breitbart Texas Verifies ISIS Border Threat With Leaked Doc

    08/29/2014 1:02:31 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/29/14 | Brandon Darby
    LUBBOCK, Texas -- Breitbart Texas has exclusively obtained a leaked document warning federal agents about an ISIS-related terrorism threat across the entire US-Mexico border. Though the document focuses on the Texas-Mexico border, Breitbart Texas has confirmed that federal agents across the entire US-Mexico border have received the ISIS terror warning.
  • Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

    08/29/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | August 29, 2014 1:47 PM | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch...
  • Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on U.S. Border

    08/29/2014 11:09:07 AM PDT · by kristinn · 257 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Friday, August 29, 2014
    Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat. Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group...
  • Whoops! MSNBC's Diaz-Balart Blanks on Rick Perry's Name

    08/29/2014 9:36:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the names that it would be embarrassing for an MSNBC network host to blank on, Rick Perry's would have to be at the top of the list. How countless many times has the Lean Forward network had fun at Perry's expense over his "whoops" moment during a 2012 presidential debate? But that unfortunate fate befell Jose Diaz-Balart today, hosting his own new MSNBC show. The topic was the way in which Ted Cruz and Perry would potentially fight over Texas donor dollars if they were to both run for president. Diaz-Balart got Cruz's name without problem, but when...
  • Exclusive: Morgan Stanley plans natural gas export plant in new commodities foray {CNG}

    08/29/2014 7:04:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 29, 2014 | ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN
    Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first U.S. compressed natural gas export facilities, the first sign the bank is plunging back into physical commodity markets even as it sells its physical oil business. In a 23-page application to the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy submitted in May, the Wall Street bank outlined a proposal to build, own and operate a compression and container loading facility near Freeport, Texas, which will have capacity to ship 60 billion cubic feet a year of compressed natural gas (CNG). While the size of the...
  • Growing global propylene demand leads to new projects

    08/29/2014 5:17:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Growing global demand is pushing a flurry of new construction, especially on the Texas Gulf Coast, of units for direct manufacture of propylene — a key chemical building block historically derived as a byproduct of other processes . In North America, propylene primarily has come from petrochemical plants using petroleum-derived naphtha as a feedstock. But that’s changing as the plants switch to ethane, a natural gas liquid that is now abundant and cheap because of the nation’s surging natural gas production. The ethane feedstock, however, produces little propylene. Propylene supplies have declined, contributing to occasional shortages, according to Enterprise Products...
  • Louie Gohmert: Obama Isn't Going To Do Executive Amnesty

    08/29/2014 5:01:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mathew Boyle
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), one of the key conservative members in the House of Representatives, predicted on Fox News on Thursday that President Barack Obama's threats of unilateral amnesty are all smoke and no fire.
  • Texas abuzz about possible Perry-Cruz 2016 battle

    08/29/2014 4:38:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 52 replies
    http://www.myFOXaustin.com/ ^ | August 29, 2014 | Will Weissert
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough? After plummeting from prime contender to political punchline three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry is gearing up for a second run for president. And he's turned his recent indictment on felony abuse-of-power charges into a campaign rallying cry.
  • Fort Hood shooter says he wants to become 'citizen' of Islamic State caliphate

    08/29/2014 2:14:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/2014 | Catherine Herridge
    The convicted shooter in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a "citizen" of the caliphate, in the latest example of the terror group's reach inside the U.S. The letter from Nidal Hasan, obtained by Fox News, comes after two Americans reportedly died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Sources late Wednesday identified the second as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis. Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McArthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New...
  • United in Hatred: Occupy and Ferguson

    08/28/2014 9:38:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 29, 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    A Washington Post story headlined “Not Their Grandfather’s Protest” sought to depict the Ferguson riots, triggered by the fatal shooting of a black youth by a white police officer, as a new generation of the Civil Rights movement. Not so. As much as we mourn the tragic death of Michael Brown, we can’t help noticing that the mob in Ferguson was destructive, hateful, and only too eager to liquidate small businesses that provided a livelihood for people whose only sin was doing business in Ferguson, Mo. Watching the Ferguson riots on TV, I spotted a sign that said, “Begin the...
  • Rand Paul: Hillary's 'war hawk' policies led to Benghazi attack, rise of ISIS

    08/28/2014 7:53:52 PM PDT · by Plummz · 50 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Paul expanded on his remarks and offered a detailed rendering of his views on foreign policy that, regardless of their merits, are undoubtedly innovative for a man likely to seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. … : I would say the objective evidence shows that Libya is a less safe place and less secure place, a more chaotic place with more jihadist groups—and really, we’ve had two really bad things happen because of Hillary’s push for this war. One is that our ambassador was killed as a consequence of not having adequate security and really as a consequence of...
  • Fort Hood shooter says he wants to become ‘citizen’ of Islamic State caliphate

    08/28/2014 6:44:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    The convicted shooter in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a “citizen” of the caliphate, in the latest example of the terror group’s reach inside the U.S. The letter from Nidal Hasan, obtained by Fox News, comes after two Americans reportedly died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Sources late Wednesday identified the second as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis. Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McAuthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New...
  • Judge again finds state school financing system unconstitutional (TX)

    08/28/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 56 replies
    Star Telegram.com ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 | Morgan Smith
    AUSTIN — Nearly three years after more than 600 Texas school districts sued the state challenging the school finance system, a Travis County judge has ruled in their favor. In an almost 400-page opinion released Thursday, state District Judge John Dietz said that the state’s school finance system is unconstitutional not only because of inadequate funding and flaws in the way it distributes money to districts, but also because it imposes a de facto state property tax. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, which had argued that the system was flawed but nonetheless constitutional, said Thursday that the state “will...
  • Ron Paul: Government Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Terror Attacks: U.S. gov't more destructive than OBL

    08/28/2014 5:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 28, 2014 | Staff
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report. Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were “minor” compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks. “I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least...
  • Rick Perry’s Concealed Carry Permit Suspended

    08/28/2014 9:52:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 8-28-2014 | Amy Miller
    Indictments have consequences. Democrats are still smiling over the recent felony indictment of Rick Perry, even as the Governor’s legal team is taking steps in court to reveal the spurious nature of the charges.One consequence of the indictment, however, has thrown conservatives in Texas for a loop. Texas media began reporting last week that because of the charges against him, Governor Perry’s concealed carry license has been suspended by operation of law. §411.187 of the Texas Government Code states that the Department of Public Safety shall suspend (not revoke, as it has been reported) a concealed carry license if the...
  • HCSO: Resident shoots burglar during home invasion

    08/28/2014 8:49:59 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 12 replies
    KHOU ^ | 5:46 p.m. CDT August 26, 2014 | KHOU.com Staff
    HOUSTON – Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a shooting at a house in northwest Harris County. It happened just before 10 a.m. in the 5300 block of Hyland Park. The resident, who is a postal carrier on medical leave, said he was sound asleep. "I was sleeping in, trying to get my rest. I heard the door bell ring. I'm like, who is this? I hear a strong knock. I'm like, something going on. I get up, I hear stuff at the door, I'm like, something is happening. I went and got my gun," said Quinton Wood. Wood...
  • Judge allows Taitz suit to advance

    08/28/2014 7:33:45 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    Valley Star ^ | August 27, 2014 | EMMA PEREZ-TREVIÑO
    BROWNSVILLE —A federal judge Wednesday denied California attorney Orly Taitz’s request for a temporary restraining order against President Barack Obama and others regarding immigration policies and practices, but did not dismiss her lawsuit.
  • Midlothian schools cover up religious plaques

    08/27/2014 3:46:50 PM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 18 replies
    My Fox DFW ^ | 8-26-14 | Tracy Delatte
    Dedication plaques at two Midlothian elementary schools will be replaced because they reference God and the Holy Christian Church. Superintendent Jerome Stewart confirmed the plaques at Mountain Peak Elementary and Longbranch Elementary are covered up for now. Over the summer, someone complained about the plaque at Mountain Peak to the Freedom from Religion Foundation. After doing some research, the organization sent a letter to the Midlothian ISD. The 2-by-3-foot display next to the front entrance of the school included two Latin crosses and read, “Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God's children and to...
  • Political Clout Pays Off Big for Elon Musk’s SpaceX

    08/27/2014 11:53:34 AM PDT · by anymouse · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 27, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Donations to key lawmakers wine-and-dined by its lobbyists earn commercial spaceflight company millions in subsidies Shortly before a private spaceflight company’s test rocket exploded over southern Texas last weekend, state lawmakers announced millions in subsidies to get the company to continue launching rockets in the Lone Star State. Space Exploration Technologies, commonly known as SpaceX, will receive more than $15 million in public financing to build a launch pad in Cameron County, near the Mexican border. The subsidies came after SpaceX’s founder, billionaire tech mogul and pop technologist Elon Musk, made campaign contributions to key state lawmakers and hired lobbyists...
  • School District’s Approach To Safety is the Opposite of a ‘Gun-Free Zone’ –

    08/27/2014 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    ijreview ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael Hausam
    Last year, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law the Protection of Texas Children Act, which created a new category of law enforcement officers: School Marshals. For every 400 students a school has, a faculty member will be allowed to undergo extensive training to allow them to carry a concealed weapon on campus. For the newly starting school year, training has been completed and the marshals are now on campuses that have chosen to participate, per the local CBS affiliate. This sign at an Argyle Independent School District campus is extremely clear about the readiness level on site: Preparation for...
  • Pickens: Pennsylvania natural gas production approaching that of Texas

    08/27/2014 5:55:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Sam Kusic
    The oil and gas industry is the most dynamic industry in the U.S. and will remain so for a long time, according to T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management, who spoke Monday during Gov. Tom Corbett's Jobs 1st Summit in Pittsburgh. "What an opportunity for our country with 30 of our states being producing states," he said. Pickens said the country should take advantage of its energy resources and convert its fleet of commercial heavy-duty trucks over to natural gas. And it should form a strategic energy alliance with Canada and Mexico. Those two things he said could...
  • Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

    08/27/2014 5:05:10 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | August 26, 2014 | Michael Brick
    In a preview of priorities for the next legislative session, state lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday examined the ways the oil boom is changing life in Texas. Since the legislature last convened in 2013, budget officials have reported an unexpectedly large windfall from taxes on the petroleum industry, filling state coffers with a multi-billion dollar opportunity to address issues like the water shortage, transportation gridlock and troubled public schools. But industry practices have also wrecked roads, strained infrastructure, vexed police departments, drained water resources, polluted the air and set off knotty disputes among landowners, royalty claimants and oil companies....
  • Conservative-Bashers Steve Schmidt, Henry Barbour Advising Rick Perry

    08/27/2014 4:20:36 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Tony Lee
    Texas Governor Rick Perry has reportedly aligned himself with two of the most infamous Republican establishment operatives known for trashing conservatives. Perry is working with Henry Barbour, whom conservatives want the Republican National Committee to censure for his group's smearing of conservatives in the Mississippi Senate runoff, and Steve Schmidt, who has elevated his profile by maligning conservatives, especially former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Politico's Maggie Haberman reported on Tuesday that Schmidt, the infamous hack from Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign whose gamble to go "all-in" and suspend the campaign during the financial crisis turned up snake eyes, "has...
  • Steve Schmidt joins Rick Perry's legal team

    08/26/2014 8:57:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/26/2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Republican strategist and former John McCain consultant Steve Schmidt has joined the team helping Texas Gov. Rick Perry with the strategy around his indictment, POLITICO has learned. Schmidt is the latest addition to a team that Perry has been expanding with legal hands. The Republican governor, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has been indicted for allegedly abusing his power by vetoing funding to the office of a Democratic prosecutor who wouldn’t resign after a drunken driving arrest. “We’re bringing in the best of the best to help us handle this … this is serious, we’ve got to handle it with...
  • Rick Perry on Border Security

    08/26/2014 6:42:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 25, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Lax border control on the southern border opens the door to almost anyone who wants to enter the U.S. illegally, and according to Governor Rick Perry, that includes terrorists. “Remember the ISIS version of ‘mission creep,’” said the governor last week at the Heritage Foundation’s Border Crisis and New Politics of Immigration event. rick perry According to Derrick Morgan and David Inserra at the Heritage Foundation, 11.4 million people have lived in the United States without authorization since January 2012. After Obama issued the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memorandum in 2012, the number of illegal immigrants crossing the...
  • Rick Perry files habeas corpus motion to dismiss case

    08/25/2014 12:59:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, what fun is that? Many were hoping to munch popcorn and see Rick Perry’s attorneys spend the next few months ripping Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to shreds over her blatantly political effort to get the Texas governor indicted for cutting off her funding. Accusing Perry of being drunk with power is rather amusing, under the circumstances, but apparently Perry has better things to do with his time: The writ claims the charges of abuse of power and coercion filed against Perry are unconstitutional and that Perry was simply exercising his constitutional veto powers when he vetoed funding...
  • As oil boom continues, there’s no end in sight for job growth

    08/25/2014 11:45:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 20 August 2014 | JAMES OSBORNE
    <p>Texas has surpassed 300,000 jobs in the oil and natural gas sector as the oil boom drives job growth for a fourth straight year.</p> <p>According to the data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state gained more than 20,000 oil and gas jobs since July 2013, its largest increase since April 2013.</p>
  • LyondellBasell plans new chemical plant for Texas Gulf Coast

    08/25/2014 10:13:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 25, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Capitalizing on abundant supplies of cheap natural gas liquids unlocked in the U.S. shale boom, LyondellBasell plans to build a chemical plant on the Texas Gulf Coast, the company announced Monday. With the capacity to produce 900 million pounds of propylene oxide and 2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol each year, the plant will be the largest of its kind for the Houston-based plastics, chemicals and refining giant, spokesman George Smalley said. The company operates several such plants in the Houston area. LyondellBasell did not disclose how much the plant will cost, but projects of similar size cost more...
  • Convicted Drunk Driver Indicts Perry

    08/25/2014 8:38:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    The country is reeling - especially within the political realm - over the gross abuse of power demonstrated in the indictment of popular Texas Governor Rick Perry. The whole scenario is so bizarre it is almost laughable. There is plenty of corruption in government, but usually it is the garden variety kind, like theft, lying, nepotism, etc., which is corrected with prosecution. This rises to a more disturbing level, because it is the prosecutor who is corrupt. How do you fix that? Rooting out corrupt Democrat lawyers is more difficult than prosecuting regular Americans, due to the incestuous relationship between...
  • Rejecting The Rule Of Law Means Inviting The Rule Of Guns

    08/25/2014 2:10:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-25-2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    What is the alternative to the rule of law? We may be on the verge of re-learning that ancient lesson the hard way. Of course, those of us who is served in places where there was no law, where leftists and other aspiring totalitarians ignored the rules and norms of civil society, already know. The alternative to the rule of law is the rule of power. And the rule of power is always the rule of men with guns. The disgraceful indictment of Rick Perry in Texas is just the latest example of this trend, albeit one that carries the...
  • VIDEO: Police Officer Beaten to a Pulp by UNARMED Man

    08/24/2014 6:35:42 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    Too many political pundits have lost sight of the dangers that face police officers each and every day. At first, the story coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, was only one of a white police officer shooting an unarmed, black child who was minding his own business. Then, the story shifted; it was a white officer shooting a black adult who was gigantic, but a “gentle giant” with a heart of gold. The story began to erode as evidence surfaced. Michael Brown was a gigantic adult male who not only robbed a convenience store and assaulted the store owner earlier that...
  • TEXAS BORDER BUST: CASH, WEAPONS AND GRENADES SEIZED

    08/24/2014 1:24:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 24, 2014 | by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    MCALLEN, Texas — Border Patrol agents seized more than $650,000 in cash that had been left behind near the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico. The seizure was made Thursday night when U.S. Border Patrol Agents following a set of footprints near Sullivan City ended up coming across four backpacks filled with bulk cash and a little more than a kilo of cocaine, an agency news release shows. Inside the four backpacks the agents ended up finding a mixture of dollars and pesos that added up to $650,000 as well as the cocaine which had a value of...
  • Texas Police Chief Killed In Traffic Stop [Suspect 24-Year Old Joshua Manuel Lopez]

    08/23/2014 11:26:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | August 23, 2014 | Leslie Holland
    Texas Police Chief Killed In Traffic Stop By Leslie Holland, CNN updated 12:27 AM EDT, Sun August 24, 2014 Police Chief Michael Pimentel had made a traffic stop He was shot multiple times, Bexar County officials says Pimentel dies at hospital Elmendorf, with 1,500 residents, is just south of San Antonio (CNN) -- A police chief in a small Texas town was shot multiple times during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon and later died, authorities said. Michael Pimentel served in Elmendorf, a suburb southeast of San Antonio with about 1,500 residents. According to Rosanne Hughes, spokeswoman of the Bexar County...
  • Mexico blasts Perry comments about Islamists

    08/23/2014 8:42:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:37 PM EDT
    Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are “absurd.” …
  • Elmendorf police chief gunned down during traffic stop

    08/23/2014 2:18:37 PM PDT · by tje · 47 replies
    KENS5 Eye Witness News (San Antonio) ^ | 3:58 p.m. CDT August 23, 2014 | Andrew Delgado
    ELMENDORF, Texas -- Elmendorf chief of police Michael Pimentel died Saturday as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered in the far southeast part of Bexar County. A witness told KENS 5 she saw Pimentel go down in the middle of the street after being shot by a young resident of the small city. The woman, named Jennifer, said the pair got into some sort of altercation before three shots were fired.
  • Rick Perry Just Released A 'Wanted' Shirt With His Mug Shot

    08/23/2014 8:02:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/22/14
    <p>Gov. Rick Perry (R) seems to be enjoying the spotlight that has come with pushing back to his recent indictment.</p> <p>The latest move: His new political action committee unveiled a T-shirt featuring Perry's mug shot. The back of the shirt features the mug shot of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose character Perry has repeatedly tried to attack while making her the poster child of his pushback.</p>
  • ‘Just keeps winning’! Rick Perry’s PAC strikes gold with mugshot t-shirts [photos]

    08/22/2014 6:31:57 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 52 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 8-22-2014 | Twitchy staff
    ‘Just keeps winning’! Rick Perry’s PAC strikes gold with mugshot t-shirts [photos]Posted at 5:40 pm on August 22, 2014 by Twitchy Staff
  • Lawyer: UNM women's soccer players forced to strip, drink alcohol, sprayed with urine

    08/19/2014 11:19:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 08/18/2014 | Caleb James
    Members of the UNM women's soccer team are alleging they were hazed by teammates Sunday night. A victim's parent confirmed to KOB Monday night that freshmen on the women's soccer team were forced to strip naked, consume large amounts of alcohol and were sprayed with urine. One of the victims ended up in the hospital, according to UNM police, who also said someone called 911 just before midnight Sunday night to report the incident. One victim's family has already retained an Albuquerque attorney who confirmed the information about the alleged hazing.
  • There Is 'A Very Real Possibility' ISIS Forces Have Crossed US-Mexican Border

    08/21/2014 12:22:56 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) believes the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) may have already sent militants across the U.S.-Mexican border. Perry was directly asked about this prospect Thursday afternoon after he gave a border-security speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate who spent much of the speech castigating ISIS after the group brutally executed an American journalist earlier this week, said there was "a very real" risk they were already inside the U.S. "There’s the obvious great concern that because of the condition of...
  • In His Mug Shot, Rick Perry Comes Out Smelling Like A Texas Yellow Rose

    08/21/2014 11:17:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 81 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 August 2014 | Editorial
    Leadership: Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiled confidently for his mug shot, as if to signal he would prevail over politicized big government. In fact, that may resonate as a campaign theme for voters weary of the same abuses. Until now, the prevailing "narrative" was that a governor under indictment on two counts of "abuses of power" would be political toast. Because even if the charges were baseless, as these are, the mug shot and the screeching headlines would bring certain opprobrium. It certainly happened that way for now-exonerated House leader Tom DeLay, whose career was ruined by the same tactics...