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  • Court: Texas Has the Right to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

    10/27/2012 2:48:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    Life News ^ | 10-26-2012 | Steven Ertelt
    October 26, 2012 Court: Texas Has the Right to De-Fund Planned Parenthood Steven Ertelt The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to grant an additional hearing to Planned Parenthood regarding Texas’ legislation to end taxpayer funding of abortion companies, including Planned Parenthood.The decision effectively ends the legal controversy surrounding the law and affirms Texas’ right to stop taxpayer dollars from flowing to abortion providers.Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauded the decision, saying, “Today’s ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In...
  • Local Democrat Party running radio ads reminding people of benefits

    10/27/2012 7:19:44 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 9 replies
    Local Radio Station | 27 October 2012 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Our local radio station is running ads from the local Democrat Party reminding people of the Medicare benefits, etc. and telling people they would "be on their own" with the coupons proposed by Republicans. The ad urges them to vote Democrat and does not mention Obama.
  • State Department warns Texas AG not to arrest UN-affiliated election observers (list of locations)

    10/27/2012 5:32:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/27/12 | Doug Powers
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has warned a group of UN-affiliated international election observers that they could be subject to criminal prosecution if they breach state laws by being within 100 feet of polling place entrances.The US State Department issued a warning as well. No, not to the election observers to Texas:International election observers planning to visit Texas polling places have full immunity from being arrested in the United States, the State Department said when discussing a letter from the Texas Attorney General.Im not going to get into any kind of hypothetical situations or predict where this is going...
  • Texas Can Ban Planned Parenthood From Health Program After Court Decision

    10/26/2012 8:30:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | October 26, 2012 | Tina Burnside
    Texas Can Ban Planned Parenthood From Health Program After Court Decision Tina Burnside October 26 (CNN) -- Texas won another battle against Planned Parenthood this week. A federal appeals court, on Thursday, refused to grant another hearing to the organization, a decision that stops the organization's fight against Texas' effort to ban state funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates. Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauded the decision, by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. "Today's ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women's Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In...
  • State Dept: Texas cant arrest international election observers

    10/26/2012 4:02:02 PM PDT · by Snuph · 194 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 26, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    International election observers planning to visit Texas polling places have full immunity from being arrested in the United States, the State Department said when discussing a letter from the Texas Attorney General. Im not going to get into any kind of hypothetical situations or predict where this is going to go other than to say we have every expectation that this will be worked out and to state the fact, which is that under U.S. law they are eligible for immunities, said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Reporters tried to get her to state explicitly that Texas could not arrest...
  • Court date set after Planned Parenthood wins restraining order

    10/26/2012 5:52:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/26/12 | Gary Scharre
    Planned Parenthood won a temporary restraining order on Friday, preventing the state of Texas from excluding the group from participating in the Women's Health Program. Austin state District Judge Amy Clark Meachum set a Nov. 8 trial date on Planned Parenthood's claim that Texas' effort to bar the group from the Women's Health Program is invalid under Texas law. Rochelle Tafolla, a Planned Parenthood vice president in Houston, called the lawsuit important "because nearly 50,000 women rely on Planned Parenthood for this basic health care through the Women's Health Program, and the lawsuit today is to preserve their access to...
  • Police: Woman tries snatching child from mom

    10/26/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    ABC 13 KTRK-TV Houston ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Eric Barajas reporting
    LEAGUE CITY, TX (KTRK) -- A woman waiting for her husband to get off of work almost had her baby snatched from her, and now the woman accused of trying to kidnap the baby is in jail. The incident happened around 4:45pm in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 200 block of South Egret Bay Boulevard. The woman was waiting for her husband to finish his shift. She had her one-year-old son sitting on her lap in the front seat of the car when another woman approached and tried to pull the baby out of her lap....
  • 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: fbi.gov/sanantonio/press-releases/2012/taiwanese-citizen-sentenced-to-prison-for-illegally-exporting-military-sensitive-items-from-the-united-states-to-iran Taiwanese Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military-Sensitive Items from the United States to Iran U.S. Attorneys Office October 24, 2012 Western District of Texas SAN ANTONIOThis 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
    Headline and link only http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/26/us-usa-health-texas-idUSBRE89P00A20121026?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655
  • 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
    thebatt.com ^ | 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
    themonitor.com ^ | 24 October, 2012 | Dave Hendricks
    McALLEN Asked Wednesday about the Second Amendment, longtime U.S. Rep. Rubn 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 Im drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think its the weapons, isnt 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. Rubn 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 Im drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think its the weapons, isnt 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
    dallasnews.com ^ | 17 October, 2012 | TRAVIS HUDSON
    One man was killed and another was at large Wednesday after a woman put her fathers lesson in firearms to use during a burglary in southeast Oak Cliff. I just hate that she didnt get both of them, said Charles Brown, the homeowner. Dallas police say Browns daughter was upstairs about 11:30 a.m. when the two men kicked down the front door of the familys 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...