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  • Texas gets failing grade on its gun laws

    11/16/2012 7:04:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies ^ | 15 November, 2012 | Tricia Lynn Silva
    The San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has released a new report that examines gun laws and violence in all 50 states. The report, titled “Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence,” looks at the relationship between state gun laws and gun violence — as well as assigning a grade to each state based on the strength or weakness of these laws. Texas’ grade: F. In fact, the Lone Star State was one of 21 states that received an F in the report. The center takes issue with the fact that Texas...
  • Obama’s war on energy is a war on jobs: Natural gas gives the economy much-needed boost

    11/15/2012 10:30:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2012 | William C. Triplett II
    Three hours west of Washington, D.C., U.S. Route 50 emerges from the West Virginia forest in a gentle curve. On the south side of the highway rises an enormous natural gas drilling rig. To its left and slightly behind it is a gas separation plant under construction. This is the “wet gas” portion of the Marcellus shale-gas play that underlies Appalachia. The separation plant will divide the wet gas into propane, pentane, butane and the like. In front of the rig and closest to the highway is a kind of filling station with color-coded fittings instead of hoses on the...
  • Convicted killer of two put to death

    11/15/2012 8:32:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ^ | November 15, 2012 | By Michael Graczyk
    HUNTSVILLE -- Proclaiming his innocence to the end, a 46-year-old Houston man was executed Thursday for the fatal stabbing of a 3-year-old boy and the child's teenage cousin who told police his first name in her dying breaths 24 years ago. Preston Hughes III, 46, insisted that police planted evidence and coerced his confessions to the September 1988 slayings of Shandra Charles, 15, and her cousin Marcell Taylor. Hughes' mother and sister were among those witnessing his lethal injection.
  • Train/18-wheeler flatbed truck Wreck involves Hunt For Heroes military personnel in Midland, Texas

    11/15/2012 3:55:38 PM PST · by LUV W · 60 replies
    CBS 7 has just learned that at least 20 people have been transported and Midland Memorial has gone Code 1 meaning all emergency hospital personal must report to the hospital UPDATE 5:12 ***Eyewitnesses tell CBS7 the trailer was carrying the veterans ****
  • City Of Austin Files Counter-Petition To Secede From Texas

    11/15/2012 12:32:14 PM PST · by zeestephen · 56 replies ^ | 15 November 2012
    The petition has received more than 5,000 votes out of 25,000 needed for a White House response.
  • TI Cuts 1,700 Jobs, Exits Mobile Chip Market

    11/15/2012 10:10:49 AM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    By Paul McDougall InformationWeek November 15, 2012 11:37 AM Texas Instruments said it will lay off about 1,700 workers, or about 5% of its total workforce, as part of a restructuring that will see it exit the market for mobile chips that power smartphones and tablets, including Amazon's Kindle Fire. The company said it would instead focus its OMAP (Open Multimedia Applications Platform) business on embedded systems that power business tools and other products that don't evolve as rapidly as mobile gadgets.
  • The most anti-Obama place in the U.S.

    11/15/2012 7:12:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2012
    CNN's Gary Tuchman heads to King County, Texas, where President Obama won only five votes. Video at link.
  • Owner fatally shoots armed robber at cell phone store on south side(TX)

    11/15/2012 5:48:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 15 November, 2012 | Jessica Willey
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A suspect is dead after a cell phone store owner shot him during an attempted robbery. Houston police say shortly after 6pm Wednesday, the suspect entered the Criket store on South Loop West near Almeda and displayed a gun. The owner came from the back with his own gun and shot the suspect at least twice. The suspect then fled to a getaway vehicle.
  • Woman allegedly paid $1,500 dollars to smuggle children

    11/14/2012 5:58:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Valley ^ | November 14, 2012 | Sergio Chapa
    Four women are facing criminal charges after one of them allegedly received $1,500 dollars to smuggle two children and take them to Houston. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Lizeth De Leon, Herlinda Martinez, Janell Martinez and Juanita Martinez on Sunday.
  • Border Wars Premieres Wednesday; Will Feature Laredo

    11/14/2012 2:02:30 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGNS ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    Bordertown Laredo will not be back for a second season. But Laredo will be featured on the majority of the national geographic hit, Border Wars, which will premiere Wednesday night. Border Wars is back and the city of Laredo is set to be featured on seven of the ten episodes this season. You can expect some changes from what was seen on Bordertown Laredo. "The difference between Bordertown and Border Wars is one, Bordertown consistently concentrated on Laredo PD, Border Wars actually expands a little bit and bring in U.S. Border Patrol, Customs, other law enforcement agencies, and Laredo PD...
  • Unconfirmed reports of McAfee laying off 2000 workers (TX)

    11/13/2012 8:15:24 PM PST · by praytell · 33 replies
    I umpire for a softball association in North Texas and I happened to be umpiring a game in which a sponsored team with all employees from McAfee were playing. I happened to be talking to one of the players who mentioned that he was looking for new work. I said " You work for Mcafee right?" His reply: "Negative. They just laid off close to 2000 workers and most of my team were part of the layoffs." I seemed partially skeptical due to the fact that news similar to this is popping up everday on layoffs and I figured 2000...
  • Will White House be forced to respond to Texas secession petition?

    11/13/2012 11:37:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 178 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2012 | Rick Moran
    The more than 25,000 Sunshine Patriots who signed the petition to have Texas secede from the United States might get a response from the White House. Yahoo News: ***** Looks like the Obama administration may have to respond to a petition seeking the green light for Texas to secede from the United States-one of 20 such requests filed on the official White House website since Election Day. At the time of the writing of this post, the Texas secession petition had garnered 25,318 signatures-above the White House's self-imposed rules for requiring a reply. (A "Recount the election!" petition filed Nov....
  • Planned Parenthood to Close Abortion Clinic in Abilene, Texas

    11/13/2012 9:25:13 AM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/17/12 | Steve Erltet
    Thanks to a cut in taxpayer funding, the Planned Parenthood abortion business has announced it will close one of its abortion clinics, that operates in Abilene, Texas.Planned Parenthood of West Central Texas announced it is closing the Abilene clinic, which gives out the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has claimed the lives of dozens of women and injured thousands more, on November 9. Women will be sent to the nearby San Angelo Heath Center, which provides women with legitimate medical care and not abortions. “We share the concern of community members about what the long term consequences of Texas’...
  • Texas NDAA Nullification Bill Includes Criminal Charges for Federal Agents

    11/13/2012 8:08:40 AM PST · by all the best · 36 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | November 12, 2012 | Michael Boldin
    At the close of 2011, Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the year 2012. In it are what some constitutional experts consider to be some of the greatest constitutional violations in American history. At issue are sections 1021 and 1022 which, in essence, create a new power for the federal government to “indefinitely detain” – without due process – any person. Indefinitely. That’s little different than kidnapping. In response, there’s been a bit of a firestorm from people across the political spectrum. Local communities in Colorado sent out the first warning shots, passing resolutions and ordinances rejecting...
  • Carrollton-based company issues layoff warning for 459 Dallas employees

    11/12/2012 4:31:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    wfaa ^ | November 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM Updated today at 12:50 PM
    DALLAS -- Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, a Carrollton-based loan servicing company, will layoff more than a quarter of its workforce at the end of the year. Wingspan issued a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) letter on Nov. 5 to the Texas Workforce Commission informing them all 459 employees at the Dallas location will be terminated effective December 31, 2012. The business is "an award-winning diversified servicing company" and "offers a wide-range of services to assist the mortgage industry in virtually every aspect of delinquent loan servicing," according to the company's website. The site says the company has nearly 1,700...
  • Megapastor: Obama win "paves way" for Antichrist

    11/11/2012 4:36:44 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 51 replies
    WND/Christian Post ^ | Nov 11 2012 | WND/Christian Post
    (CHRISTIANPOST) — A Texas megachurch pastor recently claimed that President Barack Obama’s re-election victory would lead to the rise of the Antichrist. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, made remarks on Sunday before the election that should Obama win, his victory would lead to the reign of the Antichrist. “I want you to hear me tonight, I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he’s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes,”...
  • Texas' New Senator Is Absolutely Terrified About His State Going Blue

    11/12/2012 8:58:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/12/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    APIn Ryan Lizza's story in this week's The New Yorker, Texas' newly-elected Republican Senator Ted Cruz worries about the changing electoral landscape --- and how it could get even less favorable for the GOP in coming years.  Cruz provides what must be a truly terrifying thought for the Republican Party:"In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat," he said. "If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We...
  • Unlicensed To Kill ( SF sanctuary-city )

    11/11/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 11 Nov 2012 | Debra Saunders
    Drew Rosenberg became a victim of San Francisco's sanctuary-city policies Nov. 16, 2010. The second-year law student was riding his motorcycle in rush-hour traffic, when a car driven by an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit him. That evening, Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village, Calif., received the phone call every parent dreads. His precious son was dead. Then another nightmare unfolded. As Rosenberg investigated driver Roberto Galo's background, he discovered that San Francisco's sanctuary-city policies have served as an enabler for dangerous drivers. Rosenberg sees his son's death as highly preventable. Five months earlier, San Francisco police stopped...
  • Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create...

    11/11/2012 5:25:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    We petition the obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect...
  • Austin school district cancels UT play about same-sex penguin parents

    11/11/2012 5:15:56 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies ^ | 9 Nov. 2012 | Jody Serrano
    A University of Texas play about two male penguin parents has ruffled feathers at the Austin school district, prompting the cancellation of 10 scheduled performances at Austin elementary schools. Written by UT theater graduate student Emily Freeman, “And Then Came Tango” is a play about Roy and Silo, real penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo who were given a fertilized egg and raised the hatchling, Tango, together. UT students first performed the play for second-graders at Lee Elementary School in Central Austin in October. District officials raised concerns about age appropriateness and suspended the play, finally canceling it at...