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  • Texas teaching 'Allah is the Almighty God'

    12/13/2012 7:46:25 PM PST · by wesagain · 84 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 13, 2012 | John Griffing
    In the 70 percent of Texas public schools where a private curriculum has been installed, students are learning the “fact” that “Allah is the Almighty God,” charge critics of a new online curriculum that already is facing condemnation for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight. The program, called CSCOPE, is a private venture operating under the umbrella of the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, whose incorporation documents state its independence from the State Board of Education of the Texas Education Agency. Other reports previously have raised alarm over the curriculum’s depiction of the Boston Tea Party as a terrorist...
  • The $10,000 Degree: Instead of increasing financial aid, two states are decreasing college tuition.

    12/13/2012 7:15:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    As college costs rise rapidly in most places, Texas and Florida are trying to implement something that has become a radical notion: a degree that costs only $10,000. Texas governor Rick Perry announced this goal for his state last year. (Perry was inspired by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had remarked that online learning ought to make it possible for students to pay just $2,000 per year for college.) In November, Florida governor Rick Scott announced that he, too, wanted to see state colleges offer bachelor’s degrees for $10,000 or less. In Texas, ten colleges have signed on (some of...
  • TransCanada will fight order to halt Keystone XL work

    12/12/2012 6:55:24 AM PST · by Abathar · 6 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/11/2012 | Zain Shauk
    <p>A judge in Nacogdoches County has issued a temporary restraining order to halt work on the Keystone XL pipeline, according to court documents.</p> <p>Attorneys for Trans-Canada, which is building the pipeline, said they will fight the order at a hearing set for Thursday and do not expect it to thwart construction of the pipeline, which has drawn opposition from environmentalists and some landowners in its path.</p>
  • First LNG-Fueled Hydraulic Fracturing Completed in Eagle Ford Play

    12/12/2012 6:53:16 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 11, 2012 | Karen Boman
    The liquefied natural gas (LNG) division of Calgary-based Ferus LP successfully completed in October what the company believes to be the first-ever hydraulic fracturing operation utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as engine fuel in North America. Ferus' LNG Division was engaged by a major oil and gas service company in the United States to conduct the pilot project, which involved six dual-fuel 2,250 horsepower pressure pumper units, powered by LNG, to stimulate well performance in the south Texas Eagle Ford shale. The dual fuel systems allow for natural gas and diesel to be consumed simultaneously with no decrease in performance,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: A Baby For Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager: Delight for GWB & His wife Laura

    12/11/2012 4:50:12 PM PST · by drewh · 21 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 16:27 EST, 11 December 2012
    She has become a hit on the Today Show with her warm on-air presence, but Jenna Bush Hager will be taking time off from the small screen to have her first child, MailOnline can reveal. The daughter of former President George W Bush is expecting a baby with her husband Henry Hager - and debuted her bump on the NBC show on Tuesday morning. The pretty blonde, 31, looked blooming as she showed off her fuller figure as she joined her twin sister Barbara at the UNICEF Snowflake ball in Manhattan last month. And as she returned to her New...
  • UT Professor: Black (& Latino) Students Failing Because They Are Raised by Poor Single Women

    12/11/2012 11:04:06 AM PST · by drewh · 79 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 08:09 EST, 11 December 2012
    A professor at the University of Texas has sparked outrage by claiming black and Hispanic students are failing academically because they have been raised in single parent homes usually by females. Law professor Lino Graglia was talking to the BBC when he said he could 'hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually female, uneducated and without a lot of money.' He said the average black performance on SAT test is 200 points lower than that for the average white student and that among the black population almost three quarters...
  • Rick Perry: Obamacare Won’t Be Successful

    12/11/2012 10:53:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 11:42 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Obamacare doesn’t have much of a chance of working because of the wariness of states over the creation of health insurance exchanges, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. … “The idea that you’ve got a state instituted exchange, but it has to be federally approved. So the fact is the federal government’s going to have to run these. And they don’t have the expertise, nor do they have the money,” Perry said. …
  • Texas Secession Petition Ignored by White House

    12/10/2012 7:09:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/10/2012 | Sarah Parnass
    Texas is waiting for President Obama’s reaction to a petition demanding it be allowed to secede from the United States. They may have to keep waiting. Sunday marked the last day for Texas’ petition to secede from the union to gather 25,000 digital signatures, the number needed to warrant a response from the White House. The virtual petition achieved that goal four weeks ago. Now it’s up to 119,209, but still no word from the Oval Office. A White House official told ABC News in November that it would respond to the petition, following a procedure that demands they address...
  • Many freed criminals avoid deportation, strike again

    12/10/2012 7:00:33 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 09, 2012 | Maria Sacchetti
    FLUSHING, N.Y. — Qian Wu thought the man who brutally attacked her was gone forever. She was sure that Huang Chen, a Chinese citizen who slipped into America on a ship and stayed in the country illegally, would be deported as soon as he got out of jail for choking, punching, and pointing a knife at her in 2006. But China refused to take Chen back. So, after jailing Chen on and off for three years in Texas, immigration officials believed they were out of options and did what they have done with thousands of criminals like him. They quietly...
  • January 15, 2013: Stop Agenda 21 Presentation in Katy, Texas

    12/10/2012 5:54:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    Stop Agenda 21 Texas ^ | 10 December 2012 | Stop Agenda 21 Texas
    SOURCE: January 15, 2013: Stop Agenda 21 Presentation in Katy, Texas The Dangers of UN Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development Date: January 15, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Spring Creek Barbeque 21000 Kay Freeway ( 1-10 W @ Westgreen Blvd ) Katy, Texas, 77449 This presentation will reveal the true intentions of United Nations’ Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development and who’s in control behind the scenes. Video: Brief Overview of Agenda 21:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzoN0IQsTAE Contact Information: Mar. Webster (713) 248-8413 E-mail: mwebster2222@me.com Erin Earley (281) 599-7198, E-mail: eesquared57@comcast.net
  • Influential double ace fighter pilot dies at 88

    12/09/2012 11:46:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    my San Antonio ^ | 9 Dec 2012 | Scott Huddleston
    Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, has died, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today's Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, where he died Friday at 88. Parr was among the last survivors of an era of gutsy, instinctive flying before remotely piloted aircraft and technology changed the way wars are fought in the air. Bob Laymon, a friend and military historian, said Parr “inspired and motivated combat aviators...
  • SNL: Foxx Celebrates 'Kill[ing] All The White People' in New Film

    12/09/2012 9:30:30 AM PST · by george76 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Dec 2012
    On Saturday Night Live, guest host Jamie Foxx told the amped-up crowd now in his new movie, Django Unchained, he gets to "kill all the white people ... How GREAT is that?" The live audience erupted in cheers and laughter.
  • Trucking company’s bet paying off in Eagle Ford play

    12/09/2012 5:16:09 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 8, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    Douglas Cain made a big bet on the shale drilling industry in South Texas, and so far it seems to be paying off with a boom for his family’s longtime trucking company.? Since moving the company from Houston to San Antonio to get closer to the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play, Cain’s Lake Truck Lines Inc. has grown from 11 trucks to 67. The company opened a location in Odessa to serve the Permian Basin. And it’s started a new subsidiary, Lake Oilfield Services, to provide equipment such as tanks to drilling rigs or hydraulic fracturing sites. “I...
  • Walmart security shoots mother-of-2 shoplifting suspect dead in parking lot as she tries to flee

    12/08/2012 10:26:35 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 391 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | James Nye
    A 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart. Harris County Sheriff's deputies have said that victim Shelly Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store. According to Campbell the women ran to their car and when he rushed to open the door, they accelerated away - at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the...
  • U.S. risks 'another Benghazi' under Mexican rules barring agents from arming

    12/04/2012 7:38:55 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 03, 2012 | Joseph J. Kolb
    U.S. agents on assignment in Mexico, where they are helping the local authorities go after violent drug cartels, are not allowed to carry weapons for their own protection, a situation that one lawmaker says could turn into “another Benghazi.” Because the official role of U.S. agents south of the border is limited to intelligence gathering and training their Mexican counterparts, they are barred by Mexico from carrying weapons. The danger they face was underscored last month, when 15 Mexican National Police were arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two CIA agents in August. ... Obama gave tacit approval...
  • BP Starts Building World's Biggest Commercial Research Computer

    12/07/2012 8:37:15 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 07, 2012 | Jon Mainwaring
    BP has begun building a new supercomputing complex for commercial research that it claims will be the biggest in the world at its Westlake Campus in Houston, the company reported Friday. The project is designed to keep BP at the forefront of seismic imaging technology and, the firm said, will be a critical tool in its global hunt for oil and natural gas in coming years. The new High-Performance Computing (HPC) center, scheduled to open in mid-2013, will serve as a worldwide hub for processing and managing very large amounts of geological and seismic data from across BP's portfolio. It...
  • NRG Energy drops plans for coal plant expansion

    12/07/2012 6:38:41 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 7, 2012 | Zain Shauk
    NRG Energy has abandoned plans for a massive coal-fired electric generating unit between Houston and Dallas, citing poor economics. The 800-megawatt unit would have been an addition to an existing coal plant in Limestone County near Buffalo, and had drawn opposition from environmentalists. The New Jersey-based power producer told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month that it no longer needed environmental permits since it does not plan to proceed with the $1 billion project. The proposed new unit at NRG’s Limestone generating station would have been too costly compared with the potential of a plant running on cheap...
  • Former Congressman Jack Brooks dies

    12/06/2012 11:40:57 AM PST · by brickdds · 10 replies
    KFDM ^ | 12-6-12 | Scott Lawrence
    BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence - Jack Brooks, who served more than 40 years in Congress as a member of the Democratic Party representing Southeast Texas, and who helped author the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, has died after a sudden illness, according to a statement released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Montagne Center on the campus of Lamar University, according to a family member.
  • Study: Total Eagle Ford CAPEX to Reach $28 billion in 2013

    12/06/2012 11:14:41 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 06, 2012 | Wood Mackenzie|
    The Eagle Ford Shale continues to hold enormous value, especially for companies that own premium acreage and are well-positioned in the play according to a recent analysis by Wood Mackenzie. The biggest three players – EOG Resources, BHP Billiton and ConocoPhillips – have a combined remaining value of US$30 billion. "With US$28 billion in capex being spent in 2013 and development now in full swing, the excitement in the Eagle Ford Shale and value being extracted from the play continues to exceed expectations." explains Callan McMahon, Upstream Research Analyst for Wood Mackenzie. "In terms of overall investment, from 2012 through...
  • Dead pig found at Houston mosque

    12/06/2012 7:50:29 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 93 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 5 December 2012 | Anita Hassan
    The small, black pig lay dead on its side upon the wooden deck, a deep gash on the side of its belly. That's what a congregant at the Islamic Outreach Center saw Tuesday evening when he and a handful of other worshippers arrived for nightly prayers. Worshippers also found blood stains near the door of the Harris County mosque. "It looked like someone was trying to take it inside, but it was locked," said Ilyas Choudry, who helps run the center. At the end of a news conference on Wednesday about the incident, mosque officials also discovered what appeared to...
  • East Texas woman charged with bigamy

    12/06/2012 8:52:04 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 33 replies
    KCBD News Channel 11 ^ | 5 December 2012 | Michael Thompson
    GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - For more than a year, KLTV has been investigating the allegations by several East Texas men that they were all married to the same woman at the same time. Now, that woman has been charged with bigamy. Candice Andrade, 32 of Kilgore, was arrested in Gregg County on November 15 and released the same day. Her trial date has not been set. In June of 2011, two men said they discovered they were married to Andrade at the same time. They told KLTV they found a third husband in Houston. In November 2011, they discovered...
  • Burglary suspect, held at gunpoint, calls 911(TX)

    12/06/2012 6:48:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | 5 December, 2012 | Domingo Ramirez Jr. and Bill Miller
    A Parker County woman called 911 early Tuesday, saying that her husband was outside, holding a burglar at gunpoint. "Hurry up now, because my husband's fixing to shoot him," the woman said after giving directions to their house near Springtown. The man with the gun pointed at him had the same idea. He, too, called 911. "He's going to shoot me," he told the operator.
  • U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998

    12/05/2012 12:16:00 PM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    December 4, 2012 U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged almost 6.5 million barrels per day in September 2012, the highest volume in nearly 15 years. The last time the United States produced 6.5 million barrels per day or more of crude oil was in January 1998. Since September 2011, U.S. production has increased by more than 900,000 barrels per day. Most of that increase is due to production from oil-bearing rocks with very low permeability through the use of horizontal...
  • Jackson Lee Claims $5.6 Trillion Surplus Following Clinton Admin

    12/04/2012 7:34:32 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12-4-12 | WFB Staff
    Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) claimed that the United States had a $5.6 trillion surplus at the end of the Clinton administration Tuesday.
  • US married father's horror after wife places his child with an adopted family without telling him

    12/04/2012 12:24:52 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 101 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 3 December 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    A Texas man is battling for custody of his first-born daughter after his wife successfully gave her up for adoption without telling him - to a family who now refuses to return the girl. Terry Achane, 31, a drill instructor in South Carolina, says it was just days after he left his pregnant wife for his new job out of state that she quietly signed over their unborn baby to a family of seven in Utah. His newborn baby, whom he had wanted to name Teleah, was given to Jared and Kristi Frei, who now say the girl is theirs...
  • Guns, Women, and How We Protect Ourselves From Violence(TX)

    12/04/2012 10:42:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    blog.chron.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    As you probably know by now, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself, leaving behind a 3 month old daughter. Anti gun advocates are always quick to jump on these kind of tragedies to make their case against gun ownership. Bob Costa took time at the halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys game last night to pontificate using the same boring nonsensical arguments, the most ridiculous being that if guns were just restricted, and if Jovan had not had a gun that morning, he and his girlfriend...
  • Producers watch the clock in Eagle Ford

    12/04/2012 5:45:58 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    The rush is on in the Eagle Ford Shale, and some of it has more to do with legal contracts than extracting oil and gas from miles below the surface. The clock is ticking on many of the mineral leases that South Texas landowners signed a few years ago after the first successful Eagle Ford well in La Salle County in 2008. If oil and gas companies don’t start production soon, they could lose rights to drill. People who own mineral rights would be free to sign leases with other companies. Leases vary but typically include an upfront bonus payment...
  • Home invader with knife stopped by homeowner with gun(TX)

    12/03/2012 5:31:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    12newsnow.com ^ | 2 December, 2012 | David Ingram
    Nederland police say a homeowner with a gun was able to stop an intruder who was armed with a knife late Saturday evening. Officers say it happened in the 100 block of Avenue D just before midnight. A man, woman and child were at home when they heard someone breaking into the house through a glass French door. The homeowner confronted the intruder and fired one shot. Police say the intruder was not hit by the bullet. Officers arrived shortly after the confrontation and arrested the intruder. Assistant Chief of Police Gary Porter tells 12 News the man's name is...
  • Jackson Lee: “Who Wants to Make a Fuss About Social Security When It’s Solvent?”

    12/03/2012 5:08:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Texas) said last week that Republicans are being “frivolous” when they talking about reforming Social Security as a means toward fixing the federal government’s fiscal problems because Social Security is “solvent.” According to Social Security’s trustees, the program has operated in the red each of the last two years. “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security when it's solvent?” she asked on Friday. “And then who wants to make a fuss about Medicare when it's solvent until 2024?” …
  • Local Store Clerk, Robbers Exchange Gunfire; Clerk Wounded(TX)

    12/03/2012 4:37:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    kwtx.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | James Warde
    WACO (December 3, 2012)—Waco police were looking for two men Monday after a local convenience store clerk was injured in an exchange of gunfire during a robbery. At around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, two men, one of whom was armed, entered the Snacks convenience store at 2901 North 18th St, police said. The 48-year-old clerk, whose name wasn’t released, was also armed, however, and he and the robber exchanged gunfire. Both would-be robbers fled, police said, but the armed man returned to the store and he and the clerk exchanged gunfire for a second time and then began struggling over the...
  • New York Times investigation uncovers federalism

    12/03/2012 5:33:04 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-3-12 | Jeb Golinkin
    A New York Times investigation has uncovered a shocking scandal they would have you believe involves big corporations blackmailing your state government and stealing tax dollars that should be spent on public education. This scandal, though not identified as such in the article, is called federalism. It finds its roots in the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Granted, the statistical research The Times provides in the piece is invaluable, but the article is confused as to the conclusions that flow from the numbers. The most glaring statistic is the dollar amount of “gifts” (to use Mitt Romney’s phrase)...
  • Teacher's Reward Program Charges Second-Graders for Bathroom Breaks ( Irving - Dallas )

    12/02/2012 9:11:59 AM PST · by george76 · 78 replies
    nbc dfw ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Kevin Cokely
    The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom ... Cross' son, an honor roll student, needed to go to the bathroom, but he sat back down because he didn’t have any Boyd Bucks, his mother said. "He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t," Cross said. "He came home from school, and he was crying and really upset." "Really, that's just unhealthy," Cross said. "I think that she had no concern for the children." Cross...
  • TX:Dallas Woman Shoots at 2 Intruders; 1 Dead

    12/02/2012 8:32:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | NA
    Dallas police said a woman shot at two people who kicked in the door to her house late Wednesday morning, killing one.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Concordia Drive.Dallas police said the woman was home alone when she heard a noise -- two men had kicked in the front door of her house.She confronted the two men as they reached the second-floor landing and shot at them several times, police said.The intruders ran out the front door, and one of the men collapsed from a gunshot wound, police said.He was transported to Methodist Hospital,...
  • New legislative push for open carry gun law in Texas stirs emotions

    12/01/2012 8:17:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    news-journal.com ^ | 1 December, 2012 | Richard Yeakley
    A sophomore Texarkana state representative caused a stir this week when he announced he would once again push for an open carry gun law when the legislative session convenes in January. Rep. George Lavender hopes to spearhead legislation that would allow residents who have been approved for concealed-weapon carrying to carry holstered pistols in the open. He was behind similar legislation that was not passed in the 2011 legislative session. Texas is one of six states that forbids open carry in all forms. “I definitely support open carry. The concealed handgun law to me is ridiculous... I am still carrying...
  • Could George P. Bush unseat Rick Perry in 2014?

    12/01/2012 6:34:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 103 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | November 27, 2012 | Brian Adams
    It hasn’t been a month since Texas lawyer George P. Bush filed to run for state public office, but there’s already speculation that, come 2014, the Dubya kinfolk might run against Rick Perry for governor. And he might have a fair shot. Then again, who wouldn’t? Perry, gaffe champ, embarrassed his deep red state during the 2011-12 Republican presidential primaries. At one point this year, his job approval rating in the Lone Star State dropped to an all-time low at 40 percent — three percent lower at the time than President Obama’s among Texans. Worse yet, the very same poll...
  • Obama pipeline decision may preview energy policy (Keystone XL)

    12/01/2012 4:17:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 11:28 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    It’s a decision President Barack Obama put off during the 2012 campaign, but now that he’s won a second term, his next move on a proposed oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada may signal how he will deal with climate and energy issues in the four years ahead. Obama is facing increasing pressure to determine the fate of the $7 billion Keystone XL project, with environmental activists and oil producers each holding out hope that the president, freed from the political constraints of re-election, will side with them on this and countless other related issues down the road. On...
  • Community Outraged that Store Clerk Shot Man, Surveillance Video Tells Different Story (VIDEO)

    11/30/2012 4:08:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    guns.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Community members are up in arms in southeast Houston, demanding justice for a 21-year-old man who was shot by a store clerk during an altercation Monday night. What happened? The young man punched the clerk in the face. According to KHOU news, Alexander Calloway and his two cousins were trying to enter a gas station at 3:30 a.m., but the store was locked. The young men got into an argument with the clerk, Akrem Azzam, through the bulletproof exterior counter. Azzam eventually unlocked the door to speak with Calloway, which was admittedly unwise. Still, that’s no excuse for what happened...
  • Lockheed F-35 deal valued at $3.8 billion: source

    11/30/2012 10:58:18 AM PST · by ex91B10 · 2 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 11/30/12 | Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
    Lockheed Martin Corp's agreement with the Pentagon for 32 additional F-35 fighter jets is valued at around $3.8 billion, although the two sides are still finalizing details...
  • Brookings: Only 3 major cities seeing economic recovery

    11/30/2012 8:23:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/30/2012 | Rick Moran
    Four more years! Four more years! Reuters: ******** Retailers moving into old downtown buildings, an abundance of freshly planted greenspaces, and a stream of new jobs in Knoxville, Tennessee, are all signs to Mayor Madeline Rogero that for the last year prosperity has been blooming in her city. "We feel very good about how we're coming out of this recession," Rogero said. "We see new interest. We see new development that's occurring. We're optimistic that this recovery is going to continue." Knoxville is a member of a very small club. Three and a half years since the 2007-09 economic recession...
  • Texas graduation rates top the charts

    11/30/2012 6:54:53 AM PST · by ctpsb · 29 replies
    AUSTIN – Texas tied for the third highest high school graduation rate in the country for all students.....
  • Another rebuke to the "Redneck Texans, etc, etc".

    11/30/2012 6:54:30 AM PST · by ctpsb
    AUSTIN – Texas tied for the third highest high school graduation rate in the country for all students.....
  • What Empty Nest? Weak Economy Means Living at Home ( Failure to Launch )

    11/29/2012 3:42:21 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | 29 Nov 2012
    You raise them, you educate them and you expect them to go out into the world. But they keep coming back. ... between 2007 and 2011 there was a steady increase in the percentage of adults living in someone else’s house – and that increase has mostly been driven by adult children moving in with mom and dad. In 2011, Census Bureau researchers found that 17.9 percent of people 18 and older, or 41.2 million people, lived in a house in which they weren’t the head of the household or that person’s spouse or significant other. That’s up from 16...
  • George H.W. Bush hospitalized, report says

    11/29/2012 9:05:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | November 29, 2012 | By KATIE GLUECK
    Former President George H.W. Bush is in the hospital, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. Bush, 88, is at Houston’s Methodist Hospital receiving treatment for a “chronic cough,” his chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Chronicle.
  • Deputies: Homeowner shoots burglar caught taking property (TX)

    11/29/2012 1:17:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    khou.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Staff
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A northwest Harris County homeowner fought back against two burglars Tuesday night and ended up shooting one of them. It all happened at a home on Morgensen Drive at Zada Park Lane sometime before 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said a homeowner came home and noticed an upstairs light was on that wasn’t supposed to be. He went back to his car, got his gun, and headed back to the house.
  • TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Texas Congressman's Teen Grandniece

    11/28/2012 7:53:42 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 November 2012 | Alex Newman
    The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Congressman's Teen Grandniece The New American 28 November 2012 The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. Of course, passengers routinely complain of TSA abuse and molestation — some 17,000 formal complaints have been lodged against the widely ridiculed and despised unconstitutional Homeland Security agency just since 2009, documents show. The latest scandal, however, has turned into...
  • Surveillance video shows violent confrontation at gas station

    11/28/2012 10:43:25 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    KHOU 11 ^ | 11-27-12 | Rucks Russell
    HOUSTON—As family members of a man who was shot by a Valero clerk in southeast Houston called for the store clerk’s arrest, the store owner released surveillance video. Alexander Calloway, 21, and his two cousins were trying to enter the gas station on Martin Luther King and Belarbor around 3:30 a.m., but the store was locked. The young men got into an argument with the clerk, who unlocked his door and came outside, police said. Someone punched the clerk in the face and the clerk pulled out his gun and shot Calloway in the stomach, according to HPD. Calloway’s cousins...
  • Free guns for everyone! Texas startup plans to distribute blueprints for 3-D printable firearms

    11/28/2012 8:05:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 49 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 26 November, 2012 | NA
    Defense Distributed spokesman Cody Wilson tells the UK’s Guardian that his company has the “logistics, time, resources and money” to start freely distributing blueprints that will let any hobbyist with a 3-D home printer make their own gun, and now it’s just up to Uncle Sam to sign off on a federal firearms license. Wilson doesn’t think there will be any problem, though, and says his company plans to be approved and begin building prototypes in the coming weeks. “We're just waiting on a little piece of paper,” Wilson says, which could be all the federal government needs to give...
  • Dallas police lieutenant Regina Smith ... under scrutiny for rap video, website

    11/27/2012 10:25:55 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 11-27-12 | Tanya Eiserer
    A lieutenant in the Dallas Police Department who goes by the name “Lucille Baller” when she promotes herself as a recording artist promises to shoot anyone who messes with her in a rap song that was posted on her website. “Don’t push Ms. Lucy because you won’t like the consequences,” Dallas Police Lt. Regina Smith raps on the recording. “Mess with me or I will shoot a [expletive] cuz Lucille Baller, she been to hell and back.” Smith, who oversees burglary and theft detectives at the Southwest and Northwest patrol investigative units, will likely face an internal affairs investigation over...
  • Should Texas Allow Open-Carry for Handguns? [POLL]

    11/27/2012 6:42:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    kfyo.com ^ | 27 November, 2012 | Chad Hasty
    In the upcoming legislative session in Texas, guns will be a point of discussion. Rep. George Lavender (R) will introduce a bill that would allow Texans who have a concealed handgun license the freedom to open-carry. According to the Dallas Morning News: Lavender said he finds it ironic that freedom-loving Texas is one of just six states not to allow some form of open carry. The others are Illinois, New York, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida. An open-carry law went into effect in Oklahoma on Nov. 1. Lavender and other gun rights advocates argue that law-abiding citizens openly carrying pistols...
  • Texas police officer accused of excessive force in arresting boy, 17 [Black cop, White Kid--racism?]

    11/27/2012 5:50:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    CBS DALLAS ^ | November 26, 2012
    A North Texas mother is accusing a Hurst police officer of using excessive force while arresting her 17-year-old son Andrew Rodriguez, CBS DFW reports. A video of the incident shot by Rodriguez's friend has gone viral. Rodriguez was questioned along with two others at Bellaire Park because police thought they looked suspicious, CBS DFW reports. The officer on scene got the names of the three teenagers and discovered Rodriguez had an open warrant. Rodriguez's mother, Kelly Pope, said the warrant was from a ticket her son had received four years ago for trespassing on school