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  • Surprise! The Media Forgot Texas Abortion Barbie

    09/22/2014 12:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    Shocker! The national media isn't covering Texas Abortion Barbie's race any more, now that she's double digits down. No agenda there. Nope. George Bush obtained a vote of Congress to go to war against Iraq and he assembled a coalition of 37 nations with boots in the fight. Barack Obama decided himself to fight ISIS with some airstrikes and advisers, and so far reports of nine international supporters, boots uncommitted. Will the Left/Media ever apologize for their slurs against the "unilateral cowboy" and for their delusional slobbering over the bumbling, world-healing, Earth Whisperer? Of course not. They own the megaphone....
  • Texas independence MUST happen - commentary

    09/22/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by Levy78 · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | Septermber 22, 2014 | Daniel Miller
    If ever an epitaph were to be written for failed governments, businesses and ideologies it would be this — "It'll never happen." There are few phrases that adequately capture the human capacity for denial like this one. But there is one inescapable truth that is unfolding before the eyes of the world right now. "It" never happens — until "it" does. With Scotland's independence referendum now over, the world has had a wake up call. In a country where 10 years ago, most Scots believed that a vote on independence would never happen in 2014 — it did..... http://www.cnbc.com/id/102021344
  • In Case You Missed It, Wendy Davis’ Run for Governor Ended in a Meltdown Friday

    09/22/2014 10:39:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/22/2014 | Bryan Preston
    The lone Texas gubernatorial debate took place in the Rio Grande Valley Friday night. Front-runner Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican, just had to get through the debate without making any negative news. The pressure was all on Wendy Davis, Democrat state senator trailing by a lot in the polls, to make something — anything positive — happen.Well, she made something happen. But it wasn’t positive. Davis attacked Abbott over a school finance lawsuit that’s in appeal.Abbott responded that as attorney general, he has an obligation to follow the law and keep the suit going.Davis then went into unleashed...
  • Texas has become epicenter of conservative movement

    09/21/2014 9:05:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2014 | Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
    AUSTIN — Twenty years ago this November, Texas elected George P. Bush’s uncle as governor. That election cemented Republicans in power in the Lone Star State after a steady period of ascendance. Democrats haven’t won a statewide elective office since and their candidates for governor (state Sen. Wendy Davis) and lieutenant governor (state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) are currently seen here in Texas as underdogs this fall. In the two decades since George W. Bush became governor, the Republican Party here has turned several shades redder. Texas might qualify now as the epicenter of the conservative movement across the...
  • Democrats Block Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US

    09/20/2014 3:09:29 PM PDT · by walford · 26 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | 09/19/2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today asked for unanimous consent on his bill, the Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014, that would strip Americans who join ISIS of their citizenship. Senator Hirono, D-Hawaii, objected. In his remarks offering the bill, Sen. Cruz discussed the rising threat of ISIS, his concerns with President Obama’s plans to arm the Free Syrian Army, and the support then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once gave to legislation, introduced in 2010 by former Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown, that closely mirrors the ETA of 2014. Specifically Sen. Cruz said: “All too often the...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • Texas Game of Thrones fan staves off an intruder with a MEDIEVAL SWORD...

    09/20/2014 3:36:14 PM PDT · by Ramius · 44 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9/20/2014 | Mail Online
    A homeowner sporting a Game of Thrones T-Shirt and brandished with a medieval sword says that he could have taken the life of an intruder who entered his home but that he is a Christian and doesn't believe in killing. Thomas McGowan, 25, broke into the Wichita Falls, Texas home of Jimmy Morgan Jr. at midnight on Tuesday but retreated with terror leaving splatters of blood on the wall after Morgan Jr. whipped out a medieval sword and told him to get lost. McGowan broke into Morgan Jr.'s home to hide from police after crashing his car during a police...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Texas court throws out 'upskirt' photo law

    09/20/2014 10:53:56 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 100 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 17, 2014
    The state's highest criminal court on Wednesday tossed out part of a Texas law banning "improper photography or visual recording" - surreptitious images acquired in public for sexual gratification, often called "upskirting" or "downblousing" - as a violation of federal free-speech rights and an improper restriction on a person's right to individual thoughts. In an 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said photos, like paintings, films and books, are "inherently expressive" and, therefore, are protected by the First Amendment. The opinion supported a previous decision by the San Antonio-based 4th Court of Appeals. Scotland rejects independence in historic...
  • High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked

    09/20/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/19/14 | Mia Fitzharris
    Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at Grand Prairie High School in north Texas tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court. The truth is, she wasn't actually nominated, but the story doesn't end there. Her two friends Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez, who were nominated, heard about the cruel prank and came up with a plan. They decided that if either of them won, the winner would give the crown to Lillian. "We promised each other, and...
  • Anti-Coal Policies Causing Florida Electricity Rate Hikes

    09/20/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2014 | James Taylor
    Duke Energy seeks nearly $2 million in Florida electricity rate hikes to pay for a new power plant made necessary by environmental restrictions. The electricity rate hikes became necessary as environmental restrictions force the closing of two coal power plants providing Floridians with inexpensive electricity. ... Aided by $10 million in campaign spending by billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, the Charlie Crist campaign is hammering Gov. Rick Scott for not imposing still more stringent power plant restrictions, above and beyond those imposed by the federal government. Steyer and Crist say Florida should impose state-specific power plant restrictions that would close...
  • Prosecutor asks for co-counsel for Perry case

    09/19/2014 6:46:47 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 24 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 19, 2014 5:54pm | By Brian M. Rosenthal, Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN -- The special prosecutor in the case against Gov. Rick Perry is asking for some help. San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum, who guided the case to last month's indictment, filed a motion Friday asking a state court to fund a co-counsel. "Mr. Perry has filed several pleadings attacking the legality of the Texas statute that underlie the criminal charges the grand jury filed against him," McCrum wrote. "After due consideration, it is the opinion of undersigned counsel that an additional counsel is necessary at this time to adequately respond to motions and applications filed and otherwise prepare for trial."...
  • More Than 700 Infants Exposed To TB At Texas Hospital

    09/19/2014 6:03:42 PM PDT · by detective · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 19, 2014
    More than 700 infants at an El Paso hospital have been exposed to tuberculosis by an employee infected with the disease, according to public health officials. The city’s Department of Public Health says the infants along with about 40 employees at Providence Memorial Hospital were exposed.
  • McCrum faces contempt of court charges.Prosecutor in Perry case has legal troubles

    09/19/2014 8:43:58 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://www.gosanangelo.com ^ | 09/18/2014 | By: Will Weissert
    AUSTIN — The special prosecutor who secured two felony abuse of power indictments against Gov. Rick Perry is facing his own legal problems after a decision by Texas’ highest criminal court to renew a contempt of court case against him. Prosecutors filed a contempt of court motion against San Antonio-based attorney Michael McCrum in January, after a separate case the previous fall. In it, one of McCrum’s clients was convicted of manslaughter for driving his car the wrong-way down an interstate with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, and sparking a head-on crash that killed two men.
  • Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

    09/18/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month. The measure...
  • BREAKING: Four Terrorists Captured on US Border on September 10 – Day Before 9-11 (Video)

    09/17/2014 8:34:48 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 111 replies
    Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.” Johnson dodged the question.
  • Opening arguments start in civil suit against LaBelle (singer Patti LaBelle)

    09/17/2014 10:37:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    KPRC-TV Channel 2 Houston ^ | September 16, 2014 | Samantha Ptashkin
    HOUSTON - Opening statements started Tuesday afternoon in a civil suit involving legendary singer Patti LaBelle. LaBelle and her entourage are being sued in federal court for an incident that happened at Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.
  • Abortionist: “It’s Great” That 98% of the Babies He Aborted Were Hispanic

    09/16/2014 8:08:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/16/14 | Carole Novielli
    White abortion doctor, Lester Minto who performs abortions in Texas has admitted that he aborts primarily Hispanic babies.“For 35 years I had a clinic where I saw women and took care of their reproductive needs, but mostly terminating pregnancies,” Dr. Lester Minto says.“Ninety-eight percent were Hispanics,” Minto told NPR radio, “I would go days where I wouldn’t speak English because they were all Spanish speakers — which is great.”Minto, who says he averaged more than 4000 each year, admits that he has had emergencies related to his abortions. Two of his patients have had to go to the hospital, he...
  • 80 Utah Lawmakers Tell Supreme Court Gay Marriage Will Lead To Incestuous Marriage, Polygamy: READ

    09/16/2014 2:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Towleroad ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sean Mandell
    Eighty legislators from Utah have submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which the legislators warn the Court that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to the legalization of incestuous and polygamous marriages. The brief comes following the request for a writ of certiorari from both Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the case that found both both a district court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of marriage equality in Utah. As Joe.My.God points out, "the brief is signed by 22 of the 29 members of the state...
  • ISIS Strategy splits Rubio, Paul, Cruz

    09/16/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/16/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created an opportunity for three White House hopefuls in the Senate to grab the spotlight from Republican governors. ... Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels has used the debate to distinguish himself as the inheritor of the muscular foreign policy worldview held by former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) While he says it would be good for president Obama to seek congressional support for military action against ISIS, he argues the president doesn't need it. Rubio supports arming...
  • Safety concerns increasing at the Texas-Mexico border

    09/16/2014 9:15:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    News Channel 10 ^ | September 16, 2014 | News Channel 10
    Brownsville, TX - Officials report that increased numbers of militia members are showing up along the Texas-Mexico border.
  • U.S. Pushes Back Against Warnings That ISIS Plans to Enter From Mexico

    09/16/2014 9:01:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 16, 2014 | Michael S. Schmidt
    WASHINGTON — Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks.
  • Texas state trooper asked to leave Waffle House because he had a gun (VIDEO)

    09/16/2014 5:55:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Jennifer Cruz
    A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper said he was asked to leave a Grapevine Waffle House last week because he was carrying a gun, but the restaurant said it was all just a big misunderstanding. When Jeff Evans walked into the Waffle House Tuesday morning, he was not dressed in a full uniform but rather a field uniform consisting of a polo shirt and tan pants. Evans also had his duty weapon on his hip and his badge on his belt, but according to a report by a local CBS affiliate, the restaurant’s manager only saw the gun, not...
  • Texas Police Prepare to Defend International Bridges From Militia Groups

    09/15/2014 7:33:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bob Price
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MISSION, Texas -- Authorities prepare to use “whatever force is necessary” to defend international bridges between Texas and Mexico from U.S. based militia groups. The preparations by Texas law enforcement agencies are in response to recently discovered plans by militia groups to attempt closing several international bridges. The militia groups' plans are intended to be protests against the federal government's failure to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The plans call for militia groups to begin blocking traffic on an undisclosed number of international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20th, 2014. “We will not allow...
  • Texas Police Pepare to Defend International Bridges from Militia Groups

    09/15/2014 11:09:26 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 76 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/14/2014 | Bob Price
    MISSION, Texas -- Authorities prepare to use “whatever force is necessary” to defend international bridges between Texas and Mexico from U.S. based militia groups. The preparations by Texas law enforcement agencies are in response to recently discovered plans by militia groups to attempt closing several international bridges. The militia groups' plans are intended to be protests against the federal government's failure to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The plans call for militia groups to begin blocking traffic on an undisclosed number of international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20th, 2014. “We will not allow...
  • Meeting Heavy Demand – Industrial Infrastructure in the Eagle Ford Shale

    09/15/2014 5:45:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/12/2014 | Tim Stinson
    While the economic boom brought on by the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas has no doubt brought attention and prosperity to the state, it’s brought on its fair share of complications, too. One such complication: industrial infrastructure in the Eagle Ford Shale. To remedy the challenges created by the large influx of oil and natural gas production in the state, numerous regional refineries are being overhauled to meet demand, and billions of dollars in new pipelines are being created as well. New Pipelines Transportation of oil and natural gas from the Eagle Ford Shale to local refineries has been...
  • TX Sheriff Warns Fox of ISIS Threat: ‘Quran Books’ Found along Mexican Border

    09/15/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Mediaite via Fox News ^ | 9-15-2014 | Evan McMurry |
    Gary Painter, Sheriff from Midland County, Texas, warned Fox & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck that not only was ISIS poised to sneak into the U.S through the porous Texas-Mexico border, but that based on evidence he’d heard of, “Muslims” were already being smuggled across. He presented no evidence that the alleged Muslims were connected to ISIS or any other terror group. “Are you saying that ISIS is ready to come across poised to perhaps execute what they have threatened to do, attacks on the United States, drown us in our own blood?” Hasselbeck asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”
  • Texas Refinery Is Saudi Foothold in U.S. Market

    09/14/2014 10:10:28 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04 April 2013 | Clifford Krauss
    PORT ARTHUR, Tex. — It is hard to imagine the desert sands of the Persian Gulf being any farther away than from this swampy refinery port known for Cajun food, sport fishing and being the birthplace of Janis Joplin. But right in the middle of town stands a strategic outpost for Saudi Arabia’s global ambitions, although one that the Saudis appear loath to publicize. The giant Motiva oil refinery, which just completed a $10 billion expansion that makes it the largest processor of gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products in the United States, is owned by Saudi Aramco and Royal...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Texas nationalists see hope in possible Scottish secession

    09/14/2014 1:55:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    My SA ^ | 09/12/14 | Joshua Fechter
    "Centralists in America fear that, if Scotland votes yes, it may set a chain of events in motion that could affect many more western regions," the movement organizers wrote. "Suddenly, the impossible seems possible." With some new attention on Texas nationalism comes repeated arguments for independence: Yahoo columnist Rick Newman notes that — with its GDP of $1.6 trillion and population of 27 million — Texas would be the 13th largest country in the world if it obtained independence from the United States. He also wrote Texas could lure companies away from the United States and survive on the strength...
  • In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Focus on Christians, not Israel

    09/13/2014 5:59:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel. A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice. He...
  • Who’s Behind the Push to Give Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses…in Texas?

    09/13/2014 11:37:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/13/2014 | BRYAN PRESTON
    Earlier this week, the left-leaning Austin American-Statesman editorialized that it’s time that Texas establish driver’s licences for illegal aliens.In the editorial, the paper calls for Texas to join the 11 states plus the District of Columbia in granting driver’s licenses to those who are in the state illegally. This issue cost California Gov. Gray Davis his job a few years back, in that Democratic state. It’s fair to say that it would be a very controversial move in Texas as the Republican-controlled legislature gets set for its 2015 session, and presumed Gov. Greg Abbott (R) presides over his first...
  • Military source: ISIS hostages dispersed after revelation of Foley rescue mission

    09/13/2014 9:54:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    In addition, the source added guard forces around the hostages doubled while widely publicized reporting about the scope of new aerial surveillance in the region caused ISIS to change its pattern of behavior on the ground. "Any time you (disclose) very highly sensitive tactical information, you're giving away your road map if you will, your strategy," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee receives regular intelligence briefings. "It's very highly damaging to the hostages." The details about the rescue mission were released by the Defense Department and National Security Council one day after...
  • No Comment Yet on Why Obama Held Meeting on 9/11 With Terrorist-Supporting Cleric

    09/12/2014 10:14:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    ijreview ^ | September 13, 2014 | Victoria Taft
    President Obama held an Oval Office meeting with Middle Eastern-based Arab Christians on 9/11, one member of whom is a loud and proud supporter of the terrorist group Hezbollah. The day before, members of the same group, holding a conference under the name In Defense of Christians, booed and shouted down keynote speaker Senator Ted Cruz ”It’s surprising White House staffers allowed Maronite Patriarch Bashara Rai to meet with the President in the first place. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah supporting cleric isn’t shy about his views. “Everyone says why is Hezbollah carrying arms?” said Rai...
  • Cruz Headlines Conference Featuring Hezbollah Supporters (Cruz knowingly exposed the scum)

    09/13/2014 2:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/14 | Alana Goodman
    Funding for the conference was provided by Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, according to organizers. The wealthy businessman pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009. Chagoury is also reportedly backer of Lebanese politician Michel Aoun, Hezbollah’s top Christian ally in the country, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raď, who was scheduled to speak during the same keynote slot as Cruz on Wednesday evening, has called Israel an “enemy state that is occupying Lebanese territory” and defended Hezbollah’s right to attack the Jewish state... (Snip) “I decided we should be present and...
  • why ted cruz was right to walk out on the 'in defense of christians' conference

    09/13/2014 12:16:29 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/2014 | Katie Gorka
    What I discovered the next day is that Cruz had known exactly what he was doing.  Indeed, he had read the article that had been published about the event just that day and which essentially repeated Frank Ghadry’s allegation that the conference organizers were close to Hezbollah.   Whether Cruz ever contemplated withdrawing from the event is not certain, but what is clear is that he was keenly aware of the alleged links between the organizers of the event and Hezbollah, and he was not going to let that go untested.  Many have criticized Cruz since the event, saying he should have...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • National Democrats visit Austin to rev up donors, students

    09/12/2014 10:59:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | PATRICK SVITEK
    AUSTIN — National Democrats dropped in on Austin on Friday, seeking to shore up support in Texas’ most liberal city ahead of the elections in November. Vice President Joe Biden met with some of his party’s top donors downtown while Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited the University of Texas at Austin to get out the vote. Biden arrived downtown shortly after 3 p.m., snarling traffic as his motorcade made its way from Interstate 35 to the Four Seasons on Cesar Chavez Street, where the DNC’s National Finance Committee is reportedly holding a retreat this weekend. He entered...
  • Denton extends drilling moratorium until 2015; vote on frack ban looms

    09/12/2014 1:53:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Dallas Business Journal ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Land-use conflicts between Barnett Shale wells and homes continues to pose a “major impediment” to Denton’s future quality of life and economic development, gas well administrator Darren Groth told the City Council Tuesday. The Council agreed, voting unanimously Tuesday to approve a moratorium on gas wells applications and permits through Jan. 20. This moratorium is separate from the Nov. 4 referendum to ban hydraulic fracking in the city of Denton, a first for Texas. The four-and-a-half-month extension gives city staff time to iron out problems with the city ordinance to prevent a repeat of what happened in the Vintage neighborhood...
  • Mexico President slams Texas governor over border crackdown

    09/12/2014 9:59:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | by David Alire Garcia
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border is "reprehensible" and puts neighborly relations at risk, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview published on Friday. "Not only is it displeasing, but I think it's reprehensible," Pena Nieto told Mexican daily El Universal in an interview published on Friday. "It is an attack on good relations and neighborliness." Pena Nieto said Perry's decision contrasts starkly with other U.S. states, like California, which have embraced more immigrant-friendly policies. "The policy is completely unacceptable and it does not embody the spirit of cordiality and friendship...
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges

    09/12/2014 9:47:02 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 32 replies
    krgv.com ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Staff
    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry.
  • UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

    09/12/2014 5:04:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Hiller
    The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water. UTSA and Southwest Research Institute say it’s a low-cost method that could help address the issue of the millions of gallons of water use and disposal – per well – in new oil and gas fields such as the Eagle Ford Shale. Hydraulic fracturing pumps a mix of water and chemicals...
  • Fleeing Immigrants Lead Police On 160 Mile Chase [MCALLEN, TX]

    09/06/2014 6:38:03 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Sep 2014 | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    <p>MCALLEN, Texas – A group of illegal immigrants stuffed into a pickup truck led authorities on a 160 mile chase that began near Laredo and ended just north of the San Antonio downtown area. Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a pursuit in progress that began out of Laredo where U.S. Border Patrol agents had been pursuing a Ford pickup truck with 16 individuals inside, sheriff’s spokesman James Keith told Breitbart Texas “Our deputies joined the pursuit as it entered the county and were able to conduct a safe stop just north of our downtown area,” Keith said. As the vehicle tried to flee authorities three deputies boxed in the pickup, which was drive by a 17-year-old female, in an effort to force the vehicle to stop. “The driver actually rammed the vehicles used by out deputies,” Keith said. Once the truck came to a stop, the 16 individuals in the truck attempted to run away but authorities set up a manhunt for five men who remain at large. One of the men at large is suspected of being the leader of the group. During the manhunt, a female deputy ended up getting a small injury from a bite by a police dog. The female driver and the immigrants were turned over to border patrol for processing and further investigation, however the teenager is also facing three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of evading arrest, Keith said.</p>
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Says Beheadings Do Not Justify Strikes

    09/11/2014 4:42:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Tim Livingston
    U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) argued the beheading of two American journalists by ISIS does not justify U.S. airstrikes into Syria Thursday. During an interview on Capitol Hill, Johnson said the slayings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff should not lead to bombing ISIS forces in Syria. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson on ISIS, Obama “We were on their ground. It was not in the U.S. I do think we need to protect Americans wherever they are. But Americans also need to be careful where they are,” said Johnson. The Dallas Democrat also said President Obama does not need...
  • Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

    09/11/2014 12:43:07 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 11, 2014 | Michael Brick
    He went. He saw. He issued another news release. Making good on his vow to “see the situation first hand,” Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame. “South Texas pipelines are vulnerable,” announced Porter, whose agency regulates the state’s petroleum industry, “because the federal government has abdicated its most basic function to protect our borders.” Repeating an assertion that he made in an open letter last month to the federal Customs and Border Patrol agency, Porter said “his concerns stems...
  • If Scotland can secede, so can Texas

    09/11/2014 11:24:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 182 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 10, 2014 | Risk Newman
    Global markets are suddenly jittery about the prospect that Scotland, after 307 years as part of the United Kingdom, could become its own country if Scots vote for independence in a Sept. 18 referendum. If proud but tiny Scotland can do it — which polls suggest is a distinct possibility — then America’s 28th state, Texas, will certainly take notice. If any state is fed up with the rest of America, it’s Texas. Republican Gov. Rick Perry floated the idea of seceding from the United States in 2009, though he later backpedaled. A petition for Texas to “withdraw" from the...
  • Even NOW has doubts about Wendy Davis’ chances

    09/11/2014 4:35:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 10, 2014 | Aleister
    We previously noted that Wendy Davis struggled with female support in her bid to defeat Greg Abbott. The most recent polling shows the two more or less even among women — not good enough for Davis to have any chance of winning. Davis’ September Abortion Surprise seems to be having little effect. National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill appeared on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” earlier this week and when asked about Davis’ sudden disclosure of having had two abortions, Ms. O’Neill responded tepidly: Mark Finkelstein of News Busters has the story: NOW Throwing in Towel on Wendy Davis? Prez...
  • Does Vladimir Putin want Denton to ban fracking?

    09/10/2014 12:48:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Who stands to benefit if Denton bans fracking? Those behind the petition drive say it will benefit the Denton residents because they won’t have to worry about wells being fracked less than 300 feet away from their homes, which is what happened to several neighborhoods in South Denton. Economist Ray Perryman said the result will be millions of dollars and jobs lost for Denton, costing the city up to $251.4 million over 10 years. Being the oil capital of the country and one of top producers of oil and gas worldwide, the stakes will be high when Denton voters cast...
  • America’s Most Infamous Drunk Driving DA Sets Up to Persecute Another Republican

    09/10/2014 11:49:20 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-10-2014 | Bryan Preston - Commentary
    September 10, 2014 AmericaÂ’s Most Infamous Drunk Driving DA Sets Up to Persecute Another Republican Bryan Preston University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall is a hero. He ought to be given a medal and there ought to be a parade through downtown Austin in his honor.Hall was appointed regent by Gov. Rick Perry, and he soon found serious corruption in the admissions process at the UT Law School. He also found a slush fund and some large off-the-books sweetheart loans to faculty, which is a whole other story.In the corrupt admissions case, politicians in both parties were using their clout...
  • Recognizing The Golden Age Of Texas Oil And Gas While We're In It

    09/10/2014 5:24:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/09/2014 | David Blackmon
    James Lebas, former chief revenue estimator for the Texas Comptroller’s office, made news recently when he told the state’s House Committee on Energy Resources that, working with the Comptroller’s office, he had determined that output from the oil and natural gas industry now accounts for fully one-third of the entire Texas economy. Given that the Texas economy would rank 12th among all nations on earth, that’s an amazing amount of economic activity for one industry to provide. Yet, it should not surprise anyone who has really been paying attention to the phenomenal boom the industry has undergone in Texas since...