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  • Texas About to Set 12-Month Crude Oil Production Record

    05/29/2015 4:40:42 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 2 replies
    am thinker ^ | 5/29/15 | s rayne
    Last June, AT predicted “Texas will hit a monthly production level of 3.45 million barrels per day [MMbpd] by December 2014, meaning that 2015 will set a new annualized production record for the state.” According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, field production of crude oil in Texas hit 3.49 MMbpd in December -- right on the projection. The latest data has March production at 3.68 MMbpd and still rising. The 12-month record for Texas oil production was set in 1972 at 3.45 MMbpd. The last 12 months has seen Texas average 3.34 MMbpd. Even if production stabilizes -- or...
  • Age of Disinformation

    05/28/2015 8:04:00 PM PDT · by Mrs.Z · 11 replies
    Medium ^ | 5-27-15 | James Spann
    The Age Of Disinformation I have been a professional meteorologist for 36 years. Since my debut on television in 1979, I have been an eyewitness to the many changes in technology, society, and how we communicate. I am one who embraces change, and celebrates the higher quality of life we enjoy now thanks to this progress. But, at the same time, I realize the instant communication platforms we enjoy now do have some negatives that are troubling. Just a few examples in recent days…
  • Are Waco's white bikers treated differently than Baltimore's black protestors?

    05/20/2015 8:25:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 118 replies
    CS Monitor/AP ^ | 05/20/2015 | Jesse J. Holland
    The firefight in Waco between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America. Washington — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cell phones. The firefight in Waco is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America, considering...
  • Muhammad cartoon contest planned for Phoenix anti-Islam rally (Friday)

    05/28/2015 9:50:36 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    abc15.com ^ | Jon Erickson
    An anti-Islam rally in Phoenix on Friday will feature a Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest. The scheduled location is outside the Islamic Community Center in north Phoenix. The gathering comes less than a month after a similar event in Texas sparked gunfire that left three people, including two Phoenix men, dead. The organizer said he had to do “something” because he does not want Islam spreading in the U.S. “We’re just out utilizing our First Amendment,” the organizer, Jon Ritzheimer, said. *snip* He is urging attendees to be peaceful once again, but the Facebook page for the event warns people to come...
  • Ted Cruz, charlatan

    05/27/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Milbank
    As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama’s weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. “A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” the senator said in a typical appearance, on ABC News last year. “You’d better believe that Putin sees that in Syria,” Cruz added. “Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.” This takes quite...
  • Rap song backs Cruz's 2016 bid

    05/28/2015 5:40:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/27/2015 | Mark Hensch
    A hip-hop track released Tuesday urges listeners to pick Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as America’s next president. We are Watchmen released the tune, titled “Set it on Fire,” on YouTube with a lyric video. “Make D.C. listen, switch off the dead news, the lame stream media feeding us the fed stew,” the group raps in the clip. “Collectivism, everyone’s a victim like the reds do, and for our next president, we’re all in for Ted Cruz." We are Watchmen’s website describes the group as “a movement that uses music and message to mobilize American Christians to civic duty.”
  • Fiorina, Kasich Crack Top 10 In New Q Poll

    05/28/2015 9:12:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner - Buzz Cut ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio skidded. Jeb Bush slid. Ben Carson zoomed. Mike Huckabee bounced. Scott Walker stayed steady. And that’s how you end up with a five-way tie for first place in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll on the GOP Sixteeners. Put another way: With five candidates evenly dividing half of the vote, there is no first place. While Rubio lost a third of his support and Bush continued to droop, losing three points for the second month in a row, all five can say with confidence that they will meet the polling criterion for the first GOP debate, hosted by...
  • Texas student sues after college bans gun rights sign

    05/28/2015 9:49:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 5-28-2015 | Maxim Lott
    A Texas college student filed suit against her school this week, saying her constitutional rights were violated when she was shooed off the quad for displaying a pro-Second Amendment sign. Nicole Sanders, 24, who attends Blinn College, a two-year public college in Brenham, Texas, said she and a classmate at the 18,000-student school were holding signs near the student center in February when they were told to move. Sanders' sign read, “Defend Gun Rights on Campus,” and the other said “LOL,” with President Obama’s logo as the “O.” The pair was trying to attract members for a student group they...
  • Timelapse shows Lake Travis’ incredible 30-day rise (TX)

    05/28/2015 9:37:54 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    kxan ^ | May 27, 2015 | Eric Janzen
    Lake Travis has risen more than 29 feet in the last 30 days after continued rainfall across Central Texas replenished the drought-stricken lake. The body of water is now 67 percent full, just 12 feet below its average.
  • Climate change, a factor in Texas floods, largely ignored

    05/28/2015 9:22:33 AM PDT · by bgill · 56 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | May 28, 2015 | Neena Satija
    Climate change is taking a toll on Texas, and the devastating floods that have killed at least 15 people and left 12 others missing across the state are some of the best evidence yet of that phenomenon, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in an interview Wednesday. “We have observed an increase of heavy rain events, at least in the South-Central United States, including Texas,” said Nielsen-Gammon, who was appointed by former Gov. George W. Bush in 2000. “And it’s consistent with what we would expect from climate change.” But the state’s Republican leaders are deeply skeptical of the scientific consensus...
  • Texas flooding puts Cruz, GOP in bind on climate change

    05/28/2015 7:08:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 101 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed May 27, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)The heavy flooding that's overwhelmed Texas and killed more than 30 people has put Sen. Ted Cruz in a bind on climate change.The Republican presidential contender has held two press conferences over the past two days to address the flooding and the government's response. At each one, he was asked about the impact of climate change on natural disasters like the Texas flooding, and at each one, he dodged the question."In a time of tragedy, I think it's wrong to try to politicize a natural disaster -- and so there's plenty of time to talk about other issues," he...
  • Construction kicks off for hydroelectric plant near Houston {not dam}

    05/28/2015 5:10:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    Houston is oil and gas country, but hydroelectric power is coming to the region through Lake Livingston. The East Texas Electric Cooperative, or ETEC, broke ground Wednesday on the new 24-megawatt hydroelectric plant will power about 12,000 eastern Texas homes and generate about $1 million annually for the city of Houston for the right to use city facilities at the lake. The power plant at the existing Lake Livingston dam is scheduled for completion in 2018. The plant is rarity for Texas as a state with limited water resources and with hydroelectric plants already built decades ago along many of...
  • Mark Levin – We Don’t Need A Governor As President – We Need A Conservative Visionary Leader

    Mark Levin addresses the talk about the type of candidate that the United States needs if we are going to have any chance of extricating ourselves from the overwhelming destruction of the Obama regime. He says it doesn’t really matter to him what the current employment of the individual that would assume the office of President of the United States. What matters are that person’s values, their vision and their leadership ability.He sees an agenda to restore the Republic, respect for the American people, stop ruling by the administrative state and regulation and the infamous pen and phone. He notes...
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • The Most Important Republican Donor That You Don’t Know Is Married To One You Do

    05/27/2015 12:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rosie Gray
    Republican presidential candidates travel far and wide to meet with casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, seeking out his generous support. Not as many people talk about the other person in the room — his wife. In the late 1980s, Miriam Ochshorn was living in New York. Already a successful Israeli doctor, she had come to the United States for a fellowship in addiction medicine in 1986. She was divorced, and the mother of two daughters. One day, she got a call from a childhood friend, who was also now living in the United States. The friend, Sara Aronson, had just run...
  • BREAKING: In A HUGE Blow To The President, Appeals Court Has Just Upheld Block On Amnesty

    05/27/2015 1:15:10 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | My26, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    In a stunning setback to President Obama’s effort to defer deportation and grant certain citizenship rights to millions of illegal immigrants, a federal appeals court has just upheld an injunction blocking Obama’s executive order on amnesty. The Washington Times reports that the highly anticipated ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit marks the second major legal setback for an administration that was skirting the Congress and charging ahead on its highly controversial program to defer deportation for as many as 5 million illegals. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of...
  • What’s Really in the New Trade Promotion Authority Bill?

    05/27/2015 9:35:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    CATO.org ^ | APRIL 20, 2015 | K. WILLIAM WATSON
    After months of internal wrangling, a trade promotion authority bill has finally been introduced in the Senate.  If passed, TPA could prompt conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and facilitate the deal’s eventual ratification by Congress.  The basic function of TPA is to affirm that future trade agreements will receive a timely up-or-down vote in Congress while setting negotiating objectives and procedures for congressional oversight.Politically, the debate over TPA (and the TPP) has pitted the Obama administration and Republicans against congressional Democrats.  The reason the current bill took so long to devise is that proponents needed the support of...
  • Why Ted Cruz is Right on TPA

    05/27/2015 8:26:59 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 193 replies
    Reclaim DC ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Serenda
    It has been said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, there is no finer example of that statement than the recent votes on the Trade Promotion Authority. Free trade has long been advanced by conservatives who understand the need to expand our markets beyond our borders. On the other side stands the democrats and the radical left who fear competition and doubt AmericaÂ’s exceptionalism. Yesterday, the Senate cleared the 60 vote hurdle to bring the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) up for a vote. I for one, welcome President Obama to the side of common sense solutions, to help solve the...
  • Ann Coulter: Michelle Obama’s Just Letting Out Her Inner Reverend Wright Now (VIDEO)

    05/11/2015 10:09:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/11/15 | Jim Hoft
    Author and columnist Ann Coulter responded to Michelle Obama’s comments last weekend at Tuskegee University.Coulter said Michelle Obama is finally letting out her inner Rev. Jeremiah Wright… (G-ddam America). I think she’s just letting out her Reverend Wright, now. You know, a week before this, I’m really glad you played the segment of her saying, ‘It’s the first time in my adult life she’s proud of her country.” And then she’s indignant people might think she doesn’t lover her country. Last week she was claiming museums discriminate against and aren’t welcoming to minorities. What do they have do, be even...
  • Dallas Fed: Texas manufacturers slumped to Great Recession-level output in May

    05/27/2015 3:57:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 26, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    The Dallas Fed says factories churning out equipment and products in Texas slowed their output this month to levels unseen since 2009 when the nation was still mired in a recession. Texas manufacturing activity in May edged lower for the third month in a row as the effects of the oil slump continued to ripple through the state. About 28 percent of the state’s manufacturers reported a slowdown, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ monthly survey on Tuesday. “We are seeing all industries hold cash,” a fabricated metal manufacturing executive said in the survey. Others said refineries are...
  • Biker attorney seeks to replace judges, demands immediate release of clients

    05/26/2015 7:09:58 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 431 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | 5/26/15 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for two men arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout between rival bikers says his clients are being held illegally and is seeking to replace all McLennan County judges connected to the case. Austin attorney Adam Reposa alleges in motions filed Tuesday that the charging documents filed against his clients, and the 168 others jailed in the chaotic melee, are legally insufficient. He also claims that the $1 million bonds are unreasonably oppressive and that the judge who set them and the judges who, so far, have not reduced them have shown bias and should be recused....
  • Federal appeals court sides with Texas against Obama on immigration

    05/26/2015 3:54:28 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 10 replies
    CNN.Com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Ariane de Vogue
    Washington (CNN)A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied a request from Justice Department lawyers to allow President Barack Obama's controversial immigration actions to go into effect pending appeal. The decision is a victory for Texas and 25 other states that are challenging the Obama administration's actions, which were blocked by a District Court judge in February. Tuesday's decision means that while the issue is appealed, eligible undocumented immigrants will be unable to apply for the programs aimed at easing deportation threats. "Because the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal of the injunction, we deny the...
  • Cruz to join Gov. Abbott at flood briefing in Houston

    05/26/2015 3:41:41 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 40 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 26, 2015 2:25 pm | Todd J. Gillman
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz — who lives in Houston and has his presidential campaign headquarters there — will join Gov. Greg Abbott this afternoon for a briefing on storm damage, a Cruz aide said.They’ll hear from emergency officials and law enforcement, and attend a news conference at 4pm CT at the Houston Office Of Emergency Management.Abbott announced earlier that he would survey flood damage and meet with local leaders to discuss state recovery resources. He spoke a few hours ago with President Barack Obama, and a federal emergency declaration of some sort seems likely.
  • Cruz Catches Obama Covering for Iran...Again

    05/26/2015 12:53:44 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | May 22nd, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Now that Congress has passed the faux Iran accountability bill (Corker-Cardin), Obama has leverage to continue appeasing Iran at breakneck speed.  He is taking full advantage of his newfound legitimacy under the guise of securing congressional input.  Previously chronicled at Conservative Review, this administration has taken absurd and dangerous acts over the past two years in order to align with Iran.  Earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, omitted any mention of Iran and Hezbollah in the annual assessment of terror threats.   Now, the administration is refusing to publish the annual report of Iran’s record on human rights.   The...
  • Cruz, Rubio Team Up on Iran

    05/26/2015 12:10:19 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 22, 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Rival Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are teaming up on Iran.The duo, along with Georgia GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, are demanding a report on Iranian military power from the Pentagon.The four senators, in a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter released Friday, highlight a deadline at the end of January for submitting the report.“In the context of the ongoing P5+1 negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over that nation’s nuclear program and its potential military dimensions, we believe it is imperative that this report be published as...
  • What Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are doing right

    05/26/2015 11:56:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5-26-15 | Jennifer Rubin
    If you look at early polls, fundraising, campaign staffing and media acumen, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appear to be the two strongest opponents to take on Jeb Bush. What are Walker and Rubio doing right, and why have they separated themselves from the rest of the pack? Certainly, their newness is part of their appeal. They are a generation (at least) behind Hillary Clinton and congressional leaders of both parties. They are relatively new to the national stage for many voters. They can credibly claim to be outside the permanent political class. Perhaps because Clinton...
  • A Proposal for an Immigration Executive Order to Build a Border Wall

    05/26/2015 11:20:12 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 10 replies
    Attorney Website ^ | May 26, 2015 | James C. Wolf
    President Obama can flex his presidential power issuing Executive Orders regarding immigration. I propose the most urgent presidential mandate should be to build a border wall. As an immigration attorney based in California, I would benefit from the government ignoring the border and creating millions of new clients for my firm. But as an American, I want the Government to protect our soil and my family from threats coming across our southern border. Drug mules and Islamic State terrorists should not be able to waltz into the US. Therefore I have drafted a proposal, and an effectively free funding plan,...
  • Senate GOP prepared to replace Obamacare subsidies

    05/26/2015 10:59:57 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 104 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/26/2015 | JENNIFER HABERKORN and RACHAEL BADE
    Preparing for a Supreme Court decision that could strike down Obamacare’s subsidies for nearly 7.5 million people this summer, Senate Republicans are coalescing around a plan to resurrect them — at a steep price for the White House. With several Senate Republicans facing tough reelections, and control of the chamber up for grabs, 31 senators have signed on to a bill written by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) that would restore the subsidies for current Obamacare enrollees through September 2017. But the administration would have to pay a heavy price — the bill would also repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates...
  • 'Draw Muhammad' winner submitted for DC ads

    05/26/2015 1:27:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/26/15 | Ben Kamisar
    The winning cartoon from the “Draw Muhammad” event that led to a shooting in Texas earlier this month has been submitted to run as an advertisement on Washington, D.C., public transportation. Pamela Geller, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) wrote on Breitbart.com that she has submitted the cartoon as an ad to run on Metro buses, as well as at the Foggy Bottom, Capitol South, Bethesda, L’Enfant Plaza and Shady Grove Metro stations. “Drawing Muhammad is not illegal under American law, but only under Islamic law. Violence that arises over the cartoons is solely the responsibility of...
  • Rick Perry Will be Surrounded by Navy SEALs at June Announcement

    05/25/2015 11:19:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Stephen Gutowski
    Rick Perry’s June event in Addison, Texas, where he is expected to announce his candidacy for president, will feature a number of retired and current Navy SEALs, according to a invite to the event. Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose autobiography inspired the 2014 film Lone Survivor, will attend with his wife. The widow of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography inspired the oscar-nominated American Sniper, will also be there. The event will also feature retired U.S. Navy SEAL JJ Jones, retired U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton, retired U.S. Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, and...
  • Rose McGowan half-apologizes for misquoting Ted Cruz

    05/26/2015 1:05:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/26/15 | Nick Goss
    Actress Rose McGowan offered an apology — of sorts — this week after sharing what appeared to be an inflammatory quote from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Josh Duggar’s departure from the Family Research Council last Friday. Duggar’s resignation followed his acknowledgement of reports that he sexually molested younger children as a teenager, including his own sisters. Story Continued Below “While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar’s transgressions are far less an affront to God than what gays do with each other - Ted Cruz, 5/22/15,” read the text next to the photo of Duggar and Cruz...
  • Federal appeals court deals blow to President Obama’s amnesty

    05/26/2015 11:22:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against President Obama’s new deportation in a rulingTuesday that marks the second major legal setback for an administration that had insisted its actions were legal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Texas, which had sued to stop the amnesty, on all key points, finding that Mr. Obama’s amnesty likely broke the law governing how big policies are to be written. “The public interest favors maintenance of the injunction,” the judges wrote in the majority opinion. Mr. Obama had acted in November to try to grant tentative...
  • Pharaoh in chief has 'biker' card up his sleeve

    05/26/2015 6:55:06 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 9 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 5/24 | peter lucas
    If President Barack Obama, the American Pharaoh, really wants to stem the growing ISIS threat in Iraq, he is going to have to rent a different army. This one, the Iraqi army the U.S. has spent billions financing, training and supplying, is not working out, even as the wise, all-knowing Pharaoh in chief has given the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) its own air force. ISIS is on the move and growing, as its capture of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, last week showed. Once again, the U.S-backed Iraqi army was no match for the crazed fighters of the self-proclaimed...
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Fuel The Texas Job Engine

    05/26/2015 8:25:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/26/2015 | BY VANCE GINN
    An Econ 101 course explains what the classical economist David Ricardo introduced in the early 1800s as the concept of comparative advantage. To summarize: It's not beneficial for countries to produce everything they want to consume. Instead, they should produce what they can at a lower opportunity cost, thereby wasting fewer relative resources and advancing specialization so all parties involved can benefit from trade. Free trade provides more opportunity for people to prosper. Without free trade since World War II, a Peterson Institute for International Economics study finds, an average American household would have almost $13,300 less in income per...
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Carry on the Torch of Freedom

    05/26/2015 7:43:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | May 23, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following letter commemorating Memorial Day.Friends,This Memorial Day weekend, in cities and towns all over America, small red paper flowers will be worn and carried by Americans honoring our veterans.The paper flowers symbolize the poppies WWI veteran John McCrae wrote about in his famous poem, “In Flanders Field,” after being struck by the beauty of the bright red blooms that emerged from the graves of his fellow soldiers.But it was a Georgia teacher named Monia Michael who began the tradition of wearing the red flower in remembrance of those who...
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ‘Dumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Florida’s most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clinton’s candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: “Walker would be the first president with a GED.”The Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • Supreme Court to Hear Texas Senate Districts Case

    05/26/2015 7:52:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/26/2015 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children or not citizens. The plaintiffs claim that redrawing electoral districts based on the population of citizens and non-citizens alike violates the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote. The challengers claim that taking account of total population can lead to vast differences in the number of voters in...
  • Texas Teen Dies on Way Home From Prom After Car Gets Swept Away by Floodwater

    05/26/2015 7:31:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ktla ^ | 06:38am, May 26, 2015 | CNN Wire and Lynette Romero,
    Homecoming queen. Student council president. Star athlete. Her storied high school career was nearing an end with one final rite of passage: her senior prom. But as Ramirez, 18, was driving home from the prom over the weekend, her car was swept away by floodwater in southern Texas, ending her short but illustrious life. “She did the right things,” her aunt Roberta Ramirez told CNN affiliate WOAI. “She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.” Ramirez is one of six people who died in Texas and Oklahoma in the past four days...
  • Terror Group CAIR: Muslim Organization Questions if US Troops Should be Honored on Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 3:15:19 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    The mask is off. This is who they are. This is CAIR. And this is who the media worships, exalts and respects, while attacking and defaming my colleagues and me. The media is our most formidable enemy — not these savage clowns. They can be beaten with one brain cell. The media must be taken down, network by network, quisling by quisling.
  • The winning ticket: A full-spectrum conservative [Ted Cruz]

    05/25/2015 1:57:48 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 61 replies
    Steve Deace.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Will Stauff
    Oh how I hate the term “Big Tent.”  You probably hate it too when talking about Republicans.  Why is that?  It’s almost always used in the context of giving up our conservative values to accommodate the culture.   It’s high time we redefine that term and I think Ted Cruz like Reagan is doing just that.   The reaction from some segments of the Christian community on Ted Cruz’s fundraiser that were hosted by two gay men in New York bothers me.  If Cruz isolated himself and refused to meet with anyone who’s gay they would all get approval from the evangelical right....
  • Ted Cruz Dominates The Pulse 2016 May Straw Poll

    05/25/2015 1:46:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    The Pulse ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jon Schweppe
    Ted Cruz seems to be very good at winning online straw polls.Earlier this month, Cruz won the Hot Air Primary Survey for the second month in a row.Last week, we conducted The Pulse 2016’s first straw poll, and Cruz absolutely dominated the competition.Cruz received 146 out of the 367 votes cast (just under 40 percent), and no other candidate came close. Scott Walker and Ben Carson tied for a distant second place, each receiving 36 votes (just under 10 percent).Obviously neither poll is scientific — and it would be ridiculous to draw anything significant from either of these online polls — but it does...
  • Ted Cruz 2016 : FLORIDA Grassroots Campaign Leadership Conference (Orlando) : July 18, 2015

    05/25/2015 8:45:56 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 6 replies
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  • GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz will appear in Michigan

    05/25/2015 1:33:58 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Oakland Press News ^ | 05/15/15, 6:55 PM EDT
    BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) >> Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be in Michigan in early June. Cruz, a senator from Texas, will be the main attraction at a Livingston County Republican event in Brighton on June 3. He’ll speak at the party’s Lincoln Day dinner. Local party chairman Dan Wholihan tells radio station WHMI it’s exciting to have a presidential candidate as a guest. A dinner ticket costs $60. A ticket for dinner and a reception is $150. Cruz’ campaign in Michigan is being led by Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the state Republican Party.
  • Ted Cruz trumps Rand Paul

    04/10/2015 7:50:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Round one in the battle of anti-Establishment Republican presidential candidates goes to Sen. Ted Cruz. In competition for the Tea Party's vote in 2016, the Texas Republican has bested Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with a campaign rollout that GOP strategists say exceeded expectations and was almost flawlessly executed. Announcing for president two weeks later, Paul accomplished nearly the opposite, forcing a swift recalculation about which candidate is best positioned to win over the party's insurgent wing and vie for the nomination. "Cruz had a superb rollout. He hit all the right notes," Republican guru Ed Rollins told the Washington...
  • More than 60 homes in Wimberley were taken off foundations

    05/25/2015 10:07:10 AM PDT · by bgill · 115 replies
    kxan ^ | May 25, 2015 | Phil Prazan
    Residents that have lived on the Blanco River for decades had never seen the water reach levels like it did Saturday night. “This is the worst one I’ve seen in 25 years,” said Mark Western, a resident of Wimberley. The highest Mark had seen the water reach was touching the Ranch Road 12 bridge in 1998. This time the water went over it, taking houses and foundations with it.
  • White Rock Creek (Dallas, TX) Flooding. View from drone.

    05/25/2015 6:08:26 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5-24-2015 | John Visser
    Video at the link.
  • Rainfall totals by County - Texas

    05/24/2015 6:24:44 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 37 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | 05-24-2015 | NOAA
    It took me a LONG time to find this website and specific information, but here it is. Free Republic has always given me knowledge I can't find anywhere else. Thought I'd share back a little. This shows the YTD rainfall levels for Texas counties (South Central). You can also click on the right data link and get normal rainfall totals and then look at the present totals for a comparison. Click here for Rainfall Totals - Texas Counties link.
  • Putting Congress in Charge on Trade (Et tu, Cruz?)

    05/24/2015 1:30:01 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 70 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz
    The United States is making headway on two historic trade agreements, one with 11 countries on the Pacific Rim and another with America’s friends in Europe. These two agreements alone would mean greater access to a billion customers for American manufacturers, farmers and ranchers. But before the U.S. can complete the agreements, Congress needs to strengthen the country’s bargaining position by establishing trade-promotion authority, also known as TPA, which is an arrangement between Congress and the president for negotiating and considering trade agreements. In short, TPA is what U.S. negotiators need to win a fair deal for the American worker.
  • Ted Cruz Panders To Assassination-Threatening, Race-Baiting Gun Lobbyist Larry Pratt

    05/23/2015 11:48:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    RightwingWatch ^ | 21 May 2015 | Miranda Blue
    Gun Owners of America, the radical and influential gun group that boasts that it is far to the right of the NRA, announced in an email to its members yesterday that it will be holding a series of “tele-town hall meetings” with Republican presidential candidates in order to vet the candidates on their gun-law orthodoxy. The “first of several” calls, to be held next week, will feature Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a clear favorite of Gun Owners of America’s executive director, Larry Pratt. While it’s unclear which other GOP candidates have agreed to participate in GOA’s calls, it’s disturbing that...
  • Pamela Geller and the hijacking of America [Interesting slant]

    05/23/2015 5:53:05 PM PDT · by upchuck · 18 replies
    american thinker ^ | May 23, 2015 | Larissa Scott
    [The writer begins with a quick synopsis of 9/11.] Fast-forward fourteen years to Garland, TX. Jihadists drove a thousand miles to enforce Sharia blasphemy laws. The cop who shot them to death likely prevented a gruesome massacre. We are now being told that this would not have happened and everything would have been okay if Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer had stayed quiet and didn't make any stupid moves, such as, organizing the exhibition of Mohammed cartoons. This is exactly the behavior of passengers on a hijacked plane. We hope that everything will be okay as long as we remain...