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  • Taiwanese Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military-Sensitive Items...

    10/26/2012 2:39:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Taiwanese Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military-Sensitive Items from the United States to Iran U.S. Attorney’s Office October 24, 2012 Western District of Texas SAN ANTONIO—This afternoon in San Antonio, 35-year-old Susan Yip, aka Susan Yeh, a citizen of Taiwan, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for helping to obtain military sensitive parts for Iran in violation of the Iranian trade embargo. The sentence was announced by Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Antonio Office Special Agent in Charge...
  • Scarlett O'Hara's dress restored, on display at UT

    10/25/2012 8:11:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    KXAN ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jim Vertuno
    AUSTIN (AP) — It turns out there will be another day for Scarlett O'Hara's green curtain dress. Many of them. The iconic dress and Scarlett's burgundy ball gown from the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" have been saved from deterioration by a $30,000 conservation effort by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The dresses worn by actress Vivien Leigh are now on display for the first time in nearly 30 years at London's Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a Hollywood costume exhibit. Ransom Center officials announced the project in 2010, noting the dresses were...
  • Court refuses Planned Parenthood appeal of Texas funding cut

    10/25/2012 6:08:25 PM PDT · by Snuph · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:19pm EDT | Corrie MacLaggan
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  • Texas AG Abbott Threatens Foreign Election Observers with Arrest

    10/25/2012 8:05:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/25/2012
    AUSTIN – State Attorney General Greg Abbott's admonition that international election observers – part of what the Texas Secretary of State's office called a long-standing exchange program to promote learning – could be criminally prosecuted if they overstep Texas law was deemed "unacceptable" by the group's director. The flap was prompted when Abbott wrote a letter to Ambassador Daan Everts at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The Republican attorney general, in a press release announcing the letter, noted the group is "a United Nations partner." Some conservatives and...
  • DPS helicopter opens fire during chase; 2 dead

    10/25/2012 6:45:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 98 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jacqueline Armendariz and Ildefonso Ortiz
    NEAR LA JOYA — A Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded with suspected illegal immigrants, leaving at least two people dead. A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden attempted to pull over a vehicle suspected of smuggling immigrants Thursday afternoon along Farm-to-Market Road 2221. A DPS helicopter was called in to assist in the pursuit and a sharpshooter opened fire on the evading vehicle — a policy permitted by the agency. Once the smuggler's vehicle stopped along FM 2221 near Mile 7 Road, troopers found three people shot inside, DPS spokeswoman Katherine...
  • Concealed carry bill passes inspection(Texas A&M)

    10/25/2012 3:56:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 25 October, 2012 | Annabelle Hutchinson
    Student Senate will vote Wednesday on a bill that calls on the Texas A&M University and the Texas State Legislature to allow anyone with a valid concealed handgun license to carry a handgun on the Texas A&M campus and within buildings. The Texas A&M Legislative Affairs Committee finalized wording of the bill Wednesday night and sent it to Student Senate for a final vote. The Texas government currently allows universities to create their own concealed carry policies. Texas A&M policy says a concealed handgun is permitted on campus, but not inside buildings. During the meeting, students expressed their concern that...
  • Hinojosa draws a blank on Second Amendment(TX)

    10/25/2012 6:53:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 24 October, 2012 | Dave Hendricks
    McALLEN — Asked Wednesday about the Second Amendment, longtime U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa fumbled for an answer. “There are so many people in Washington who come and talk to us about the Constitution and the rights that they want kept sacred and that not do anything about them. (sic) That we not change them. That we not amend them,” said Hinojosa. “And I can tell you that — I’m drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think it’s the weapons, isn’t it? The NRA?” Hinojosa recovered after a brief pause, recalling how the 1999 Columbine High School massacre...
  • [Texas Congressman]Hinojosa draws a blank on Second Amendment

    10/25/2012 6:43:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 24, 2012 | Dave Hendricks
    McALLEN — Asked Wednesday about the Second Amendment, longtime U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa fumbled for an answer. “There are so many people in Washington who come and talk to us about the Constitution and the rights that they want kept sacred and that not do anything about them. (sic) That we not change them. That we not amend them,” said Hinojosa. “And I can tell you that — I’m drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think it’s the weapons, isn’t it? The NRA?” Hinojosa recovered after a brief pause, recalling how the 1999 Columbine High School massacre...
  • Toxic Cloud Forces Thousands In Southeast Texas To Stay Indoors

    10/25/2012 4:15:22 AM PDT · by Fennie · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | October 25, 2012 | By the CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- A toxic cloud that formed after 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked at a southeast Texas storage facility sent nine people to hospitals and forced thousands of residents indoors, an emergency management official said Thursday. Four firefighters were among those who were hospitalized for exposure after a tank ruptured at a storage facility near the Port of Texas City, Bruce Clawson of the local emergency management office said. More than 45,000 residents of Texas City were ordered by emergency management officials to remain indoors, turn off air conditioning units and make sure all windows and doors were closed...
  • International Vote Monitors Warn Texas: Don't Mess With Us.

    10/24/2012 9:19:10 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 64 replies
    International election monitors took a dim view on Wednesday of Texas' threat to prosecute them if they observe voting in the state a bit too closely on November 6.
  • Texas Warns UN Affiliates Monitoring U.S. Election of Prosecution Risk

    10/24/2012 9:34:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 25 replies
    New American ^ | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:00 | Alex Newman
    Texas Warns UN Affiliates Monitoring U.S. Election of Prosecution Risk Written by Alex Newman Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a strongly worded letter warning United Nations-affiliated “elections monitors” that if they fail to obey state law by going in or even near a polling place, the UN-linked observers risk criminal prosecution and serious penalties. The international observers, he added, have absolutely no jurisdiction to interfere with voting in the Lone Star State. The UN partner known as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) came under fierce criticism across the country in recent days after it announced...
  • Woman shoots, kills 1 of 2 burglars during home invasion in southeast Oak Cliff (TX)

    10/24/2012 7:19:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 17 October, 2012 | TRAVIS HUDSON
    One man was killed and another was at large Wednesday after a woman put her father’s lesson in firearms to use during a burglary in southeast Oak Cliff. “I just hate that she didn’t get both of them,” said Charles Brown, the homeowner. Dallas police say Brown’s daughter was upstairs about 11:30 a.m. when the two men kicked down the front door of the family’s home on Concordia Lane, southwest of Camp Wisdom and Houston School roads. The woman, alerted by a home alarm, fired several shots at the men, striking at least one of them as they charged up...
  • North Dallas early voting turnout huge ... 20 times more than 2004 ... in staunch conservative area

    10/24/2012 3:50:11 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    October 24, 2012 | Vanity
    My wife and I just returned from early voting in the Northwest Dallas (Farmer's Branch / Coppell) area. Lines were out the door ... more than one hour wait to vote. The election judge said that about 1,200 people had cast ballots there each day during the first two days of early voting. Today's total was expected to exceed 1,500. The judge also said that only about 500 people (total ... not per day) voted early there in 2008. About 300 in 2010. The precinct is in the 24th Texas congressional district. It is strongly conservative with Kenny Marchant...
  • Austin-Based Hizballah-Linked Nightclub Owners Convicted

    10/24/2012 2:49:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    SNIPPET: "Actually, two have been convicted by a jury for using their nightclubs to launder the proceeds of drug and weapons deals, one was acquitted of money laundering but has pled guilty to a drug trafficking charge, and one of those convicted of money laundering has now been charged with tax evasion. And that's not to mention the failure to pay state liquor taxes and fees, the unsolved murder of a one-time business partner, and various immigration-related issues. Money was transferred in to a relative and known Hizballah operative in Lebanon, and there are strong ties to the Lebanese expat...
  • Oil jobs expected to flow into San Antonio

    10/24/2012 7:55:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 24, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    San Antonio and Corpus Christi don’t sit in the Eagle Ford Shale play, but you wouldn’t know it based on the jobs numbers. The two cities are in line to see some of the biggest jobs gains due to increasing oil and gas production in South Texas. The shale play supported 4,290 jobs in Bexar County in last year, and that number should grow to 11,627 jobs by 2021, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Texas at San Antonio. Nueces County is poised to end up with the greatest number of jobs from the Eagle Ford,...
  • Gun in Denver airport bathroom was Houston DEA agent's

    10/24/2012 6:19:50 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 87 replies ^ | 23 Oct 2012 | Dane Schiller
    The loaded .45-caliber Glock handgun left in a crowded Denver International Airport bathroom belonged to a Drug Enforcement Administration agent based in Houston, according to records obtained on Tuesday. The gun, with one round in the chamber and 10 in the magazine, was found by a traveler last week on the back of a toilet seat beyond Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, according to a Denver police report. It was later returned to the agent, who was traveling on Southwest Airlines from Denver to Houston. The DEA has stayed mum on the gun, declining to confirm the agency's ties to the...
  • Texas Attorney General warns OSCE on Election Observations

    10/23/2012 6:25:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Redstate ^ | 10/23/12 | Neil Stevens
    Left-wing groups have gone to international organizations in the run up to this election, seeking to apply global governance to the United States. The results of this is that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE, not the UN as is often reported) has announced it will send election observers, with the implication that Voter ID laws are a problem.Now, the reason they’re only investigating Republican-run areas is that Republicans would never run to the OSCE or anyone else to interfere with American elections. But that said, we must not let the OSCE observers think they are above...
  • Border Patrol: Agents shot at from Mexico; 5 alleged smugglers arrested

    10/23/2012 1:12:25 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 22, 2012 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    LOS EBANOS — Five men from Mexico face federal drug charges after U.S. Border Patrol agents were fired upon from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The shooting took place Friday evening along the river near Los Ebanos after agents saw a dark Ford Expedition that approached the river and then was loaded with bundles of marijuana by several men who had used rafts to move the bundles from Mexico to the U.S. side, court records show. The agents requested backup and moved in to intercept the vehicle as it was leaving the river, heading northbound. Upon spotting the...
  • JIHAD IN AMERICA: Obama betrays victims of Fort Hood terror (purple hearts for victims?)

    10/23/2012 8:30:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies ^ | October 22, 2012 | William Murray
    Will Gov. Mitt Romney reverse the decision of President Barack Hussein Obama and issue the Purple Heart to the victims of the jihad attack on Fort Hood in 2009? The day before the general election, Nov 5, is the third anniversary of the jihad attack by Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas. Thirteen of our service members, as well as one unborn baby, died under Hasan’s gunfire. None of our service personnel was armed, making them easy targets as Hasan screamed “Allah Akbar!” and began shooting. President Barack Hussein Obama refuses to designate Hasan’s assault on Fort Hood as...
  • Fort Hood Shooting Still Not Terrorism

    10/21/2012 1:54:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Redstate ^ | 10/21/12
    Three years after Major Nidal Hassan opened fire in a personnel center on Fort Hood, Texas, the Obama regime has yet to declare the incident is what it obviously is: an act of terrorism. Rather, according, to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta: “the department is dealing with the threat of violent Islamist extremism in the context of a broader threat of workplace violence.” Unfortunately, this is not trivial. Because the incident is not considered an act of terrorism, the victims do not get combat-related special compensation that provides disability pay for medically retired servicemembers. Manning, who was shot six times,...

    10/21/2012 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Snuph · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Oct 2012 | AWR HAWKINS
    Victims of the Nov. 2009 Ft. Hood shooting are being denied benefits commensurate with combat injuries because the Obama administration refuses to label the attack an act of terrorism. Instead, the shooting Maj. Nidal Hasan carried out after screaming "Allahu Akbar" it is still being labeled "workplace violence." The difference between labeling the incident "workplace violence" and "terrorism" is not only the rightful recognition 13 of our troops deserve for being killed in service to their country on Nov. 5, 2009, but also ongoing benefits that would help survivors pay for the physical therapy, and other medical and psychological treatments...
  • Romney for president (Houston Chronicle Endorsement)

    10/21/2012 5:10:54 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 20 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Friday, October 19, 2012
    The Chronicle's backing of Barack Obama in 2008 broke a 44-year string of endorsing Republican candidates for president. Like so many others, we were captivated by the Illinois senator's soaring rhetoric and energized by his promise to move American politics beyond partisan gridlock and into an era of hope and change. It hasn't happened. Four years later, President Obama's deeds have failed to match his words, much less his specific vows to cut the national debt by half and bring the nation's unemployment rate to 6 percent. As Texans, it is a particular vexation that this president's attitude toward the...
  • Millennials less enthusiastic about Obama this election

    10/20/2012 2:57:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 20, 2012 | Randy Ludlow
    The cheering midst of a rally featuring President Barack Obama and a largely college-age crowd of 15,000 on the Oval at Ohio State University would not seem a likely place to encounter those not in the presidentÂ’s corner. Yet, the first five students approached at random by a Dispatch reporter on Oct. 9 turned out to support Republican Mitt Romney and his aspirations of replacing Obama in the White House. The must-vote adoration and enthusiasm for Obama isnÂ’t what it once was among 18- to 29-year-old Millennials in central Ohio, a must-win area in a must-win state for presidential hopefuls....
  • For immigrants on West Side, an American pledge Read more:

    10/20/2012 8:36:20 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 20, 2012 | Elaine Ayala
    Henry and Mary Alice Cisneros want the 45 mostly immigrant families served by American Sunrise, the nonprofit they founded, to take a pledge — a 10-point promise to become American. They'll pledge to learn English, and to know American customs. They'll vow to become “learning” households that meet their financial needs and make college graduation a family tradition. Most importantly, they'll agree to “carry our home country in our heart but commit to our obligations in the United States.”
  • Illegal Entry the Only Option for Many Immigrants

    10/19/2012 7:17:26 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 36 replies ^ | Oct 19, 2012 |
    WESLACO - Illegal entry into the United States is the only option for many who seek to escape poverty and violence, experts said. Immigrants put their money, trust and ultimately their lives in the hands of human smugglers. Some of those smugglers are not old enough to hold a driver's license. One of those smugglers is accused of crashing a van loaded with 17 illegal immigrants near Palmview. Life ended for nine of those immigrants. "These smugglers are ruthless people," Border Patrol Spokesman Henry Mendiola said. Mendiola is familiar with the carnage left behind by some of the human smugglers....
  • Boy tied to tree and burned alive on his eighth birthday [clip]

    10/19/2012 11:14:27 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 35 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 17 October 2012 | Sara Malm
    Robbie Middleton was doused in gasoline and set on fire on his eighth birthday in 1998He died 13 years later from cancer caused by the burns covering his bodyIn a video recorded on his deathbed he accused his alleged attacker Don Collins of raping him two weeks before he was set on fireDon Collins, now 27, is to be charged with felony murder
  • Evacuation ordered at Texas A&M [Update: "Campus is reopened. Uncleared bldgs still closed."]

    10/19/2012 10:01:50 AM PDT · by ken in texas · 48 replies
    WFAA TV Web site ^ | October 19, 2012 11:50 AM | MARJORIE OWENS & MATT GOODMAN
    COLLEGE STATION - A bomb threat has led to an evacuation at Texas A&M University in College Station.The university asked students to evacuate "by foot immediately" at around 11:34 a.m. A witness at the scene said students were calmly and slowly evacuating the area.The evacuation comes a day after Texas State University was evacuated after receiving a similar threat. Three buildings on the campus in San Marcos were evacuated around 9:40, but students were later around to return in the early afternoon.More details to come.
  • Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman to give public speech in Lubbock (Texas)

    10/19/2012 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 15 replies
    KCBD Channel 11 ^ | 19 October 2012 | KCBD Staff
    Lubbock, TX - The Department of Economics at Texas Tech University and Worth Publishers invite you to a public speech presented by Prof. Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, on Thursday, October 25th at 5:00-7:00 pm on the TTU campus in the Human Sciences Building, Room 169. Prof. Krugman's speech is entitled "The Crisis: Year Six", and will be immediately followed by a "Questions & Answer" session. Space is limited, so please arrive early. Professor Paul Krugman is the 2008 Nobel Prize winner and a Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He received his...
  • Corpus Christi man pleads guilty in plot to kill Saudi ambassador

    10/17/2012 3:16:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    Caller-Times ^ | October 17, 2012 | Staff
    NEW YORK — A Corpus Christi man pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, agreeing to hire what he thought was a drug dealer in Mexico last year for $1.5 million to carry out the attack with explosives at a Washington restaurant. Manssor Arbabsiar, 58, entered the plea to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where Judge John F. Keenan repeatedly asked Arbabsiar whether he intended to kill the ambassador. Arbabsiar, a U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport, said he did. Sentencing was set for...
  • DREAM Act Blamed for Spike in Immigrant Deaths, Young Illegal Immigrant Arrests

    10/16/2012 8:42:20 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    WOAI ^ | October 15, 2012 | Jim Forsyth
    Despite an overall drop in illegal immigration nationwide, there has been a huge spike in the number of undocumented immigrants found dead in the south Texas brush country this year, and a disturbing number of the illegals found dead and alive attempting to sneak into the the past three months have been young people. 1200 WOAI news reports some who deal with illegal immigration blame the DREAM Act, and talk that young people in the United States illegally may receive legal residency or even a path to citizenship in a second Obama term. “Ever since this dialogue from Washington...
  • [South Texas]Kidnapping Unsettles Mexican Nationals at UTPA

    10/16/2012 7:41:02 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10-15-2012
    WESLACO - Mexican nationals studying at the University of Texas-Pan American are worried that the violence they fled from may be catching up with them on the U.S. side of the border. "I am from Miguel Aleman ... it's a small town an hour-and-a-half away from here," one student said. "I came for my studies," she said. "All my family is from Mexico," the student said. She said it was a way to flee the violence gripping border regions in Mexico. "I have to take some other precautions ... coming to school," she said. She asked to have her identity...
  • Police: Woman Arrested For Spreading Facebook Photos Of Undercover Cop

    10/15/2012 11:03:49 PM PDT · by coloradan · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | CBS News (unattributed)
    MESQUITE, Texas (CBS HOUSTON) – A North Texas woman has been arrested after being accused of posting Facebook photos of an undercover policeman who testified against her friend in court. Mesquite police arrested Melissa Walthall, 30, for allegedly posting the photo of the officer, who authorities say recently testified in a drug case against her friend. Her Facebook post identified the person as an undercover officer, according to a federal affidavit. After a caller tipped off Mesquite police to Walthall’s Facebook post about a week ago, an investigator found that it posed a “viable threat to that officer’s safety,” the...
  • Thousands of illegal immigrants paying in-state tuition rates also get Texas financial aid

    10/15/2012 11:02:04 PM PDT · by tpmintx · 19 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/15/12 | BRITTNEY MARTIN
    AUSTIN — Tea party conservatives will push next year to rescind a state law that allows illegal immigrants to pay state-resident tuition rates, and when they do, a little-known fact could be at the center of the debate: Students who aren’t citizens are also eligible for state financial aid. Nearly 2,500 students who are in the country illegally received more than $9.5 million in state higher education grants in fiscal year 2010, the most recent figures available from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. There were 16,476 illegal-immigrant students paying resident tuition rates, meaning more than 1 in 7 get...
  • 8th Annual TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot ~ Planning Thread

    10/14/2012 2:59:02 PM PDT · by TheMom · 1,219 replies
    Because everyone had such a great time at the last shoot we are anxious for the next one. The date for the 8th Annual TCMS shoot will be June 8th, 2013 and will be held at Dietz Gun Shop and Shooting Range, in New Braunfels, TX. Providing we get the OK from Mr. Dietz – I will call him this week to discuss our coming to the range. Staying in the Pelican Bay cottages this year was a stroke of genius, so we will again be staying in cottages. The cottage pick for this shoot is the Cypress Creek Cottages,...
  • TX State board of ed election seen as clash of culture, values [public schools textbook battle]

    10/14/2012 1:15:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 13, 2012 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN - Two years since a conservative sweep of the State Board of Education,November's election carries high stakes, with all 15 seats on the ballot and the instructional direction of 5 million Texas school children in the balance. The divide over the issues of history and science,political and religious ideology is deep. One side views the fight for control of the board as nothing less than a cultural clash. The other sees the November contests as critical choices to protect conservative values. The board determines curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas'K-12 public school system and controls the $26 billion PermanentSchoolFund....
  • La Joya schools implement new controls for troubled free lunch program

    10/13/2012 6:43:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Monitor (TX) ^ | October 12, 2012 | By Andrew Kreighbaum
    La Joya school district officials have added new controls for the district’s free lunch program they say should help pass a state audit later this year. The district is in danger of losing federal funding for up to five years for the program after successive state reviews showed it was distributing an excessive number of free lunches. The Monitor reported in September the district is currently paying about $1.5 million out-of-pocket each month for its free breakfasts and lunches for low-income students. More than 90 percent of students at La Joya campuses rely on the program for free breakfasts and...
  • Police: Jewelry store robbers threaten to kill woman, 77

    10/12/2012 6:02:25 PM PDT · by Cicero · 10 replies ^ | 10/10/2012
    CONROE, Texas - A jewelry store owner fired shots at three people who tried to rob him and threatened to kill his mother on Wednesday. Conroe police said two men and a woman walked into Wilkins Jewelry, 1712 N. Frazier St., about 10:30 a.m. One of the men asked Mitch Wilkins about getting a ring cleaned while the other man and the woman asked Wilkins' 77-year-old mother for help picking something out. Detectives said the men pulled out guns. Wilkins said he was pistol-whipped. "He vaulted over this case, and when I turned around he had a pistol in my...
  • House ethics panel opens investigation of Democratic Rep. Reyes

    10/12/2012 2:49:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that it is investigating allegations against Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas). The secretive panel stated that after six weeks of investigating the lawmaker, it was moving to continue its probe until Nov. 28, 2012. The Ethics committee did not specify the nature of the alleged violations of House rules that it is probing in the case, but stressed that the extension of its investigation did not indicate that Reyes was guilty. The outside Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board referred the case to the Ethics panel on Aug. 30. Reyes lost his Democratic primary...
  • [Texas:]Ranchers to Get Surveillance Cameras

    10/12/2012 1:59:44 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10/11/12
    SAN ANTONIO - Ranchers are turning to technology to keep an eye on their lands. Linda Vickers was one of the first ranchers in South Texas to volunteer to have motion-sensing cameras installed on her land. "I think some of the best images are these huge groups ... nine or 10 in a frame," she said of the images captured by cameras. The state on Thursday announced hundreds of motion-sensing cameras will be installed throughout South Texas. The project, Operation Drawbridge, will allocate $225,000 to install the cameras on ranches and farms where smuggling is common. "I believe 2008-2009 ......
  • Ron Paul Won't Endorse Romney, Cites More of Same

    10/12/2012 1:31:28 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    CNBC ^ | Oct 11, 2012 | Javier David
    Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul pointedly refused to endorse his party's presidential contender, Mitt Romney, arguing that neither he nor President Barack Obama would make necessary cuts to public spending that would avert a fiscal catastrophe. "No," the iconoclastic Libertarian bluntly told CNBC’s "Futures Now," when asked about whether he was prepared to endorse Romney. He accused both the former Massachusetts governor and the president of being captive to similar interests.
  • A student’s view: Biden’s debate skills rekindle Democratic base

    10/12/2012 11:45:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Houston Chronicls ^ | October 12, 2012 | by Neeraj Salhotra
    ... Throughout the debate the vice president explained to the American people what all the president has accomplished and, in the process, inspired Democrats to recall the president’s success and remember that although Obama may have had one bad day of debating, he has had an amazing four years of leading. This powerful closing statement, coupled with Biden’s statements during the debate, exemplified the fundamental differences between Obama and Romney, between a “We are in this together” mentality and “You are on your own” mindset. More importantly, Biden repositioned the theme of this election to the singular challenges facing America...
  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction. The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor. ... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran...
  • El Paso Democratic Party denounces, shuns state reps Marquez and Gonzalez

    10/11/2012 4:38:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KVIA ^ | Oct 11, 2012 | Maria Garcia
    EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso County Democratic Party has denounced and shunned State Representatives Marisa Marquez and Naomi Gonzalez for their supportive words of a Republican colleague, while the two young lawmakers said the party is trying to 'dismantle the delegation's unity' and also turning voters off with their 'pettiness.' El Paso County Democratic Party Chair Rick Melendrez said the party's executive committee requested the national and state Democratic party strip Marquez and Gonzalez of any benefits and advantages of being affiliated with the party. Melendrez, after a brief phone conversation, said he'd call back to set up...
  • Police: Jewelry store robbers threaten to kill woman, 77(TX)

    10/11/2012 4:22:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 10 October, 2012 | NA
    CONROE, Texas - A jewelry store owner fired shots at three people who tried to rob him and threatened to kill his mother on Wednesday. Conroe police said two men and a woman walked into Wilkins Jewelry, 1712 N. Frazier St., about 10:30 a.m. One of the men asked Mitch Wilkins about getting a ring cleaned while the other man and the woman asked Wilkins' 77-year-old mother for help picking something out. Detectives said the men pulled out guns. Wilkins said he was pistol-whipped. "He vaulted over this case, and when I turned around he had a pistol in my...
  • Supreme Court justices cast doubt on Texas program that looks at race in college admissions

    10/10/2012 8:21:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    AP/WaPo ^ | 10/10/12
    Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas’ use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. The court heard arguments in a challenge to the program from a white Texan who contends she was discriminated against when the university did not offer her a spot in 2008. The court’s conservatives cast doubt on the program that uses race as one among many factors in admitting about a quarter of the university’s incoming freshmen. The liberal justices appeared more supportive of the effort. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could...
  • POLL: Do you think applying affirmative action to universities' admission policies violates rights?

    10/10/2012 7:14:04 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 47 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 10-9-2012 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Poll asks Today, the Supreme Court is questioning the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions. Do you think applying affirmative action to universities' admission policies violates the rights of white applicants? Yes or No
  • [South Texas:]Sheriff Treviño: Not fazed by death threats

    10/10/2012 5:06:56 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 10/10/2012 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    EDINBURG — Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño has become the target of death threats from a member of a dangerous gang that has ties to Mexican drug cartels. The threats have forced the sheriff and his deputies to take precautions, he said. “As an elected official, and one with such a high-profile position, I don’t expect people to always agree with me,” Treviño said. “But when you make a threat against my life, one of my family members or one of my deputies, that is over the top.” Sheriff’s investigators are looking for two gang members believed to be behind...
  • New O’Keefe video: Obama campaign staffer caught helping activist vote twice

    10/10/2012 8:19:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 10, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Videographer James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught an official for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign helping who she thought was an Obama supporter set herself up to vote more than once in November. Stephanie Caballero is the regional field director for Obama’s Organizing For America in Houston, Texas. Federal Election Commission documents show, according to Project Veritas, that Caballero is a “salaried employee of the DNC [Democratic National Committee].” Caballero is caught on camera helping the young woman try to vote in Florida and Texas in the upcoming election.
  • Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s

    10/09/2012 8:41:58 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 9, 2012 | BOB COX
    FORT WORTH, Texas — For nearly four decades, the F-16 has ruled the skies in the international market for fighter jet sales, a money-making flying machine for Lockheed Martin and its predecessor, General Dynamics. Now a number of nations are planning to spend billions to upgrade their fleets of older F-16s with modern “avionics,” digital electronic controls, communications and combat systems. Lockheed has the inside track to cash in on that business, but faces potentially strong competition. The announcement last week that the U.S. government had awarded Lockheed a $1.85 billion contract to upgrade Taiwan’s 145 F-16s is the first...
  • Father of fallen Marine upset by president's letter

    10/09/2012 10:09:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    A man who lost a son to the war in Afghanistan is disappointed in the condolence letter he received from President Barack Obama. Tom Logan, a Willis resident, calls the note late, impersonal, disrespectful and essentially a form letter. "It opened up a wound in our heart you can't fix. You can't send another letter. You can't make it right," Logan said.