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  • Off-duty deputy praised for taking down gunman at Mayan 14 theater

    12/19/2012 1:40:45 PM PST · by Phillyred · 30 replies
    KENS5News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gary Cooper
    The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is calling one of their own a hero after deputies say she stopped what could have been a disastrous shooting inside a south-side movie theater lobby. Jesus Garcia, 19, was at the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 at SW Military and I-35 on Sunday night. According to San Antonio police, he was upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend. According to both police and deputies, Garcia called into his girlfriend's work at The China Garden restaurant and said he was going to shoot somebody. The restaurant is located outside the theater. At 9:30 p.m., Garcia...
  • Study: Texas leads nation in unconventional oil and gas jobs

    12/19/2012 12:41:47 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Harry R. Weber
    Texas accounts for almost half the nearly 1.3 million industry jobs associated with unconventional oil and gas production in the 16 producing states this year, according to a new study. Some 576,000 Texans were in jobs linked to unconventional oil and gas in 2012, and that is expected to rise to almost 930,000 by the end of the decade, the IHS Global Insight study released Wednesday says. Oil shales, oil sands, gas-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids are examples of unconventional oil and gas resources. The resources are often extracted using techniques other than traditional ones like wells. There are big economic impacts...
  • California could edge out Texas in oil production

    12/19/2012 12:31:54 PM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Loren Steffy
    It may be the biggest insult since salsa made in New York City. Texas, long the nation’s oil capital, could get upstaged by California. That’s right, California. Enron’s prey-ground. Cap-and-trade fantasyland. Home of fossil-fuel-hating, electric-car-driving, green-dreamers. Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sold 15 leases for about 18,000 acres in California’s Monterey Shale, which stretches 200 miles south from San Francisco. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the shale formation could hold 15.4 billion barrels of oil, which would be double the combined reserves of the Bakken formation in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford shale of South...
  • Women Sue DPS for roadside body cavity search

    12/19/2012 2:32:26 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 81 replies
    myfoxdfw.com ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | Shaun Rabb
    <p>DALLAS - Two women claim they were molested during a body cavity search on the side of the road. They are now suing the Texas Department of Public Safety and its officers.</p> <p>Angel Hobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Hobbs, were stopped along Highway 161 in July.</p>
  • Castro Brothers Call for Shift in Gun Laws

    12/18/2012 2:33:53 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Emily Deruy
    San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and his twin brother Joaquín, a Democrat set to represent Texas in the next Congress, think a reexamination of gun laws is in order in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that left 20 children dead. The two men discussed the gun control debate with journalist and television host Charlie Rose during a roundtable on Monday, with Julián saying he backs the renewal of the assault weapons ban. "I believe that Senator Feinstein has it right with regard to the assault weapons ban, that it ought to be reintroduced," he said. But the mayor...
  • Common Sense: Stop school shootings by letting teachers fire back, say Texas officials

    12/18/2012 1:27:00 PM PST · by bestintxas · 32 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/18/12 | M Jaccarino
    Lawmakers and educators in Texas say the way to guard against school shootings like last Friday's at a Connecticut elementary school is to make sure teachers can shoot back. While the rampage that left 20 young children and six adults dead in a small Northeastern community has sparked a national debate on gun control, assault weapons and a culture of violence, David Thweatt, superintendent of the 103-student Harrold Independent School District in Wilbarger County, said his teachers are armed and ready to protect their young charges. “We give our ‘Guardians’ training in addition to the regular Texas conceal-and-carry training,” Thweatt,...
  • Cheaper Than Dirt Suspends Online Gun Sales

    12/18/2012 9:54:09 AM PST · by mnehring · 163 replies
    Vanity & Facebook
    Texas online gun superstore Cheaper Than Dirt posted on Facebook today:Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories. They have also removed all firearms from their website. Another business capitulates. We don't need gun grabbers when our own side will bend over and do whatever they want. I have spent thousands at CTD but will hold off on any further spending until they do the right thing. Tell them what you think...
  • Alleged Houston stash house for immigrants raided

    12/18/2012 8:06:10 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2012 | KHOU-TV
    HOUSTON (AP) — Federal officials have detained several dozen suspected illegal immigrants following a raid on an alleged stash house near Houston.
  • Perry: Let teachers carry guns in wake of massacre(TX)

    12/18/2012 4:21:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    theeagle.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | AP
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicated Monday that he supported allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns in response to the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children dead.
  • HOUSTON DEM PRECINCT CHAIR: STOP GUN VIOLENCE BY SHOOTING NRA MEMBERS

    12/18/2012 4:16:36 AM PST · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 17, 2012 | awr hawkins
    Over the weekend, Houston Democrat Precinct Chair John Cobarruvias tweeted, "Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?" This, apparently, is part of what he calls "hard-hitting political commentary" on his blog "Bay Area Houston." Prior to the asinine tweet broaching the subject of shooting NRA members as a solution to gun violence, Cobarruvias had spent some of his "hard-hitting political commentary" mocking conservatives -- or as Cobarruvias himself put it, by "laughing and puking on GOP Tea Baggers."
  • BREAKING NEWS - ANOTHER potential MASS shooting 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 6:01:48 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-17-12 | cybertribenetwork
    ANOTHER shooting 12-17-12 at "MAYAN" theater potential MASS MURDER
  • Two wounded in theater shooting

    12/17/2012 11:40:39 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 17 Dec 2012 | Hollie O'Connor
    Two people were wounded late Sunday when gunfire erupted at a local movie theater, sending panicked moviegoers rushing to exits and ducking for cover, police and witnesses said. A lone suspect was in custody after being wounded by an unidentified law enforcement officer, a Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. ** snip ** After the suspect reached the theater, an off duty Bexar County Sheriff officer who was working at the theater shot at him and possibly struck him, Antu said. “She took all appropriate action to keep everyone safe in the movie theater,” Antu said.
  • Texas school (and others) have armed teachers, administrators, reject "gun free" attitudes

    12/17/2012 8:57:38 AM PST · by rstrahan · 44 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 12/14/2012 | Bill Miller
    David Thweatt, superintendent of the tiny Harrold school district in northwest Texas, believes his staff is ready. Besides special locks and security cameras, an undisclosed number of staff members and teachers carry concealed handguns. Thweatt said the "guardian plan," which drew international attention when it was implemented in 2008, definitely enhances student safety. "Is that 100 percent? No," Thweatt said Friday in a telephone interview. "Nothing is 100 percent. But what we do know is that we've done all we can to protect our children."
  • Schools on Lockdown this morning (vanity)

    12/17/2012 8:22:38 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    Hearing online (not verified) a school in San Antonio received a phone threat and went on lockdown. A school in Baton Rouge had a vehicle nearby filled with ammunition and went on lockdown. Any others? Good week to start home schooling!
  • Reports: Shooting at San Antonio movie theater

    12/16/2012 9:23:34 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 50 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12/17/2012 | Twitchy
    Details are still sketchy, but San Antonio, TX., residents and local reporters are spreading word about a shooting at a local movie theater:
  • Bedbugs in firehouse have staff sleeping in trucks

    12/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found. The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found...
  • Obamacare Gets Stunning Rebuke from 25 States

    12/16/2012 6:08:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 16 Dec 2012 06:41 PM | John O. Edwards
    December 14 has come and gone—and President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as Obamacare—has received a stunning blow. State governments had until December 14, 2012 to decide whether or not they would build their own health insurance exchange, an online service that would allow individuals to purchase private health insurance if it wasn’t provided for by their employees. That date has now passed, and the exchange has been rebuked by half the states—with 25 state governments refusing to participate in this critical component of Obamacare. Their refusal won’t stop exchanges in their states. Under the law, states...
  • Flashback 2011 - Texas Moves Closer to Allowing Guns on College Campuses

    12/16/2012 11:49:44 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    Texas has become the next state to propose legislation that would permit college students to carry guns on campus, in defense of the Second Amendment. Texas Moves Closer to Allowing Guns on College Campuses The New American 28 February 2011 In one of the most controversial, but many say common-sense, moves related to campus violence and Second Amendment rights, the state of Texas is considering legislation that would allow students, professors, teachers, and other personnel to carry firearms on the campuses of elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as those of colleges and universities — without any violations...
  • TSA detains sick girl because she tested positive for explosives, mother says

    12/14/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    | FoxNews.com ^ | Dec 14, 2012
    <p>A 12-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair was detained for nearly an hour at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by Transportation Security Administration agents who said they detected traces of bomb residue on her hands, according to her mother.</p> <p>MyFoxDFW.com reports that Shelbi Walser, who suffers from a genetic bone disorder, was traveling with her mother from Texas to Florida for medical treatment Dec. 8 when she was prevented from proceeding through a security checkpoint.</p>
  • Florida Leads the U.S. in Concealed Firearm Permits, Texas Somehow Far Behind

    12/14/2012 6:44:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Frontburner ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Bradford Pearson
    Florida is slated to become the first state with one million concealed firearm permits, Bloomberg reported yesterday. State officials issued 993,200 active permits as of Nov. 30, and are expected to pass the one million mark next week. “Floridians have a great respect and appreciation for their Second Amendment rights,” said Adam Putnam, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer affairs. This got me thinking about the Texas number. So I called the state department of public safety, and they sent me to their website (technology!). The numbers aren’t exactly apples-to-apples (the newest Texas numbers are for last year), but they...
  • 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...