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  • Boom: Energy cash influx leads to a state budget surplus in Texas

    01/08/2013 11:51:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    <p>Legislators in Texas, the biggest energy producer among U.S. states, will begin deliberating its next two-year budget with a surplus forecast today to match an $8.8 billion record set in 2007.</p> <p>As the taxable value of oil produced in Texas surged to $39.1 billion in 2011 from $18.4 billion in 2009, the state led the nation in employment gains, adding about 700,000 jobs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The state unemployment rate has tumbled to a four-year low of 6.2 percent. Oil and natural-gas drilling rigs more than doubled by mid-2012 compared with two years earlier, and the industry’s workforce climbed 9.2 percent, Combs said.</p>
  • Texas Legislature to Wrestle Over What to Do with Unexpected Budget Surplus

    01/08/2013 6:57:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 59 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 7, 2013 | Mark Whittington
    Bloomberg reports that when the Texas Legislature begins its 2013 session it will face a problem that most states will kill for. Texas will likely have a budget surplus of around $8 billion. The question arises, how to spend it? How Texas arrived at a surplus In 2011, when it looked as if Texas was facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, the Texas Legislature cut spending, especially funding for education, Bloomberg notes. However, partly because of the fracking boom, revenues from the sale of oil and gas soared, bringing in unexpected tax revenues. The jobless rate also declined sharply, currently down...
  • Repeal Obamacare bill: Michele Bachmann introduces first bill of 113th Congress

    01/07/2013 10:53:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | 01/07/2013 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    The Minnesota Representative introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, the first bill of the 113th Congress--but it stands almost no chance of passing. Second verse, same as the first, apparently.Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party darling and former presidential candidate introduced the first House bill of the 113th Congress Thursday.Of course, the bill she introduced was to--you guessed it--repeal Obamacare in its entirety. At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) January 3, 2013 Even if Bachmann's bill stood a chance of becoming...
  • Egyptian mag affirms Brotherhood infiltration of White House!

    01/04/2013 4:56:28 AM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 4, 2013 | Art Moore
    Effectively affirming the concerns of five much-maligned Republican House members and the evidence presented in an investigative book, an Egyptian magazine claims six American Muslim leaders who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who have significant influence on U.S. policy. Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, in a Dec. 22 story, said the six men turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.” "Claims 6 American Muslims have strong influence on U.S. policy " The Egyptian article was translated and...
  • Illegal immigrant pleads guilty in ‘total identity theft’ case in 18-month prison deal

    01/07/2013 6:06:07 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2013 | By Associated Press
    WICHITA, Kan. — An illegal immigrant accused of assuming the persona of a Texas teacher pleaded guilty Monday in a case that put a face on the growing crime of “total identity theft” in the United States.
  • Travis County Texas To Discuss Banning Gun Shows

    01/07/2013 5:04:47 AM PST · by grobdriver · 38 replies
    Heard on KLBJ ^ | 1/7/2013 | KLBJ Austin
    Driving in to work today I heard the KLBJ 590 boys discussing the latest in the Left's attack on the Second Amendment. From their web site: Officials to discuss banning gun shows from city and county owned facilities Newsroom 1/7/2013 Officials with Travis county and the city of Austin will discuss whether or not they want to ban weapons shows from city and county owned facilities. Travis county resident Ed Scruggs tells commissioners he thinks he's not against gun shows, but thinks they should not happen in publicly owned facilities following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, "We have the...
  • GOP Senator Cruz: New Gun Control Proposals Are ‘Unconstitutional’ (Fox New Sunday Video at Link)

    01/06/2013 3:12:08 PM PST · by Red Steel · 51 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1:17 pm, January 6th, 2013 | Anjali Sareen
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a freshman Congressmen, appeared on Fox News Sunday and said he did not support most new gun control legislation because “it is unconstitutional.” Cruz was discussing his belief that after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, politicians used the opportunity to “try to exploit and push their political agenda of gun control.” Cruz said he would not back an assault weapons ban or a ban on high capacity magazines. RELATED: Former Marine Responds To Sen. Feinstein’s Gun Proposal: ‘Unconstitutional Laws Aren’t Laws’ Asked if there was any new gun legislation he might be willing...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: "I'm A Conservative Because Conservative Policies Work" (video)

    01/06/2013 8:25:34 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS): The reason why I'm a conservative is because conservative policies work and they improve opportunities. They are the avenue for climbing the economic dream. And what I have been talking about for many years is opportunity conservatism, that every policy should focus like a laser on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. That we should be championing the 47%, to take that now infamous comment. Look, the great thing about Americans -- Americans don't want to be dependent upon government. Dependency saps the spirit, it doesn't work. Americans want to stand on their...
  • U.S. slams the door on parents hoping to see dying daughter

    01/05/2013 9:05:34 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 5, 2013 | Harvey Rice and Aurora Losada
    GALVESTON — Jose Alfredo Sanchez and his wife may never see their daughter alive again. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials this week denied the Mexican couple's final attempt to obtain permission for humanitarian reasons to visit Maria Sanchez, 26, who's painfully living out the last days of her life in a Houston apartment under the care of her husband. It was the third time the agency denied humanitarian parole to the parents of Maria Sanchez, who's nearing death. Critics of immigration laws say the case illustrates a
  • Ted Cruz Spends First Day in the Senate Making News and Making Waves

    01/05/2013 6:22:59 AM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has barely taken his oath of office as a United States Senator and he is already making news. He has a Washington Post op-ed in which he reiterates his "opportunity conservatism" approach to governance. The first bill he will file will be to repeal Obamacare. This and a combative stance on guns and fiscal policy have gotten the notice of the media.
  • PN Bakken: King of the hill

    01/05/2013 5:37:36 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 06, 2013 | RAY TYSON
    Liquids production from the Eagle Ford of South Texas could catch or surpass North Dakota’s output from the Bakken petroleum system in 2013, a recent study by EAI Inc. indicates. Meanwhile, a separate report by Wood Mackenzie projects 2013 capital spending in Eagle Ford will total a whopping $28 billion. “With $28 billion in capex being spent in 2013 and development now in full swing, the excitement in the Eagle Ford and value being extracted from the play continues to exceed expectations,” said Callan McMahon, upstream research analyst for Wood Mackenzie. Behind the Bakken, Eagle Ford is currently the second...
  • Woman Found Dead On Plane That Is Diverted To Houston

    01/05/2013 4:57:58 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies
    CBS Hourston ^ | January 2, 2012 | Cicely Mitchell
    A woman died on an international flight Wednesday. The flight was American Airlines flight 962 and originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to police, the 25-year-old woman made her way to the airplane’s lavatory then collapsed and died after walking from the lavatory. The plane was headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport but was diverted to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport; it landed around 6:30 a.m. Officials are scheduled to perform an autopsy on the woman who was not identified at the time of this report. After several hours later, the flight continued onto Dallas and landed there just before before...
  • Teacher at Oak Cliff (Dallas) charter school accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old students

    01/05/2013 5:01:44 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Scott Goldstein
    A southeast Oak Cliff charter school teacher faces sexual assault charges involving two male students at school in multiple incidents last year, according to Dallas police documents. Geogery Lynn Shelton, who taught at Children First Academy, was being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Friday. His bail was set at $75,000 after his arrest this week on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and a charge of continuous sexual assault of a child, police records said. [Snip] The crimes for which Shelton faces charges date to at least May and...
  • Off Duty Officer Who Saved Lives in Texas Movie Theater Shooting Deserves National Attention

    01/04/2013 10:01:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Big Frog 104 ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Polly Wogg
    Off Duty Officer Who Saved Lives in Texas Movie Theater Shooting Deserves National Attention By Polly Wogg December 30, 2012 Just two days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, another shooting took place at a movie theater in San Antonio Texas. Did you hear about it? I didn’t. Why? Because no one died, thanks to an off duty police officer who shot the gunman. Sgt. Lisa Cuello Castellano, a 13-year veteran of the police department, shot 19-year-old Jesus Garcia after he fired several times inside a restaurant and a movie theater parking lot. She saved several lives and was given...
  • TxDOT signs to keep giving directions to gun shows

    01/04/2013 7:52:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | na
    HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Transportation will continue to use freeway message signs in Houston to provide directions to firearms-related events, state officials said Thursday evening. On Thursday afternoon, local TxDOT officials told KPRC Local 2 that gun show directions would no longer be displayed on the signs. A short time later, state officials said that an error had been made. "The decision 2 suspend use of these signs for similar future events in Houston was made in error by the district office," a tweet from TxDOT read. The electronic signs are routinely used to direct traffic or tell...
  • TX:Dallas Church Hosts Gun Buyback Program

    01/04/2013 7:33:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | Randy McIlwain
    The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will host a gun buyback program later this month in hopes of taking a few weapons off the streets and lending its voice to the national debate about gun control. "I think today there is rarely a family or individual who has not been touched by some incident of a violent gun accident or death," said Reverend Bruce Buchanan who will run the program. The gun buyback is actually a return to the church's roots. In 2000, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas held the first of six annual gun buybacks, collecting more than 500...
  • Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    01/03/2013 8:06:43 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.
  • Inmate Ordered Retrial In ’80 ‘Waiting Ever Since’

    01/03/2013 9:37:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | January 3, 2013
    Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when an uncle visited him in prison to tell him that his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Not long afterward, he was moved off of death row. “A sergeant told me to pack my stuff and I wouldn’t return. I’ve been waiting ever since for that new trial,” Hartfield, now 56, said during a recent interview at the prison near Gatesville where he’s serving life for the 1976 robbery and killing of a Bay City bus station worker. He says he’s innocent.
  • America lives under the shadow of George W. Bush

    01/03/2013 5:58:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Julian Zelizer
    Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) -- Somewhere in Texas, former President George W. Bush is smiling. Although some Democrats are pleased that taxes will now go up on the wealthiest Americans, the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff entrenches, rather than dismantles, one of Bush's signature legacies -- income tax cuts. Ninety-nine percent of American households were protected from tax increases, aside from the expiration of the reduced rate for the payroll tax. In the final deal, Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to preserve most of the Bush tax cuts, including exemptions on the estate tax. When Bush started...
  • [South Texas:]Local police chief says illegal immigration is on the rise

    01/03/2013 10:46:16 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/26/20012 | Katie Lopez
    The problem is not going away. "Most of them have people here or they're just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves," La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News. No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey. "A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they're coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they're coming for the 'American Dream.' I always tell them that they're here illegally---how...
  • If demography is destiny, good news for Texas, North Dakota and D.C.

    01/02/2013 7:55:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michael Barone
    Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally the Census Bureau estimates that the United States has grown from 308 million people when the census was conducted in April 2010 and to almost 313 million in...
  • Pete Sessions only Republican in North Texas to vote for Fiscal Cliff bill

    01/01/2013 9:10:33 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 22 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | January 1, 2013 | Arec Barrwin
    Pete Sessions makes me sick - he's voted RINO every single time. I'll be supporting his opponent next time or not voting for him.
  • 95.9 The Ranch Is The Greatest Radio Station Ever.

    01/01/2013 8:15:02 PM PST · by Drew68 · 33 replies
    Streaming available. I just can't believe how incredibly awesome this radio station is!!!! Yes, I've had several beers tonight...
  • Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/01/2013 9:47:16 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 62 replies
    npr ^ | December 25, 2012 | Elizabeth Shogren
    David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground. It popped into my head a long time ago, actually," says 45-year-old David Daniel. "If I had to climb my butt on top of a tree and sit there, I would. It started with that." ...Staging A Tree-sit For 80 days, a couple dozen protesters took turns living up in Daniel's treehouses. Some wore masks to hide their identities. TransCanada, in a lawsuit it filed against the...
  • Texas judge OKs ban on Planned Parenthood funding

    12/31/2012 11:51:54 AM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.
  • Eagle Ford top business news

    12/31/2012 6:28:11 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | December 28, 2012 | Valentino Lucio
    Across South Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale dominated business activity in 2012 as it emerged as one of the biggest oil-and-gas shale plays in the nation. The shale formation reaches across 25 Texas counties, but much of the drilling this year centered on Gonzales, DeWitt, Karnes, LaSalle and McMullen counties — areas producing more crude oil or natural gas liquids than the currently uneconomic dry gas. Eagle Ford production topped the equivalent of 1 million barrels of oil per day in the third quarter. New “man camps,” RV parks and hotels to house workers continued to open. And the activity...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Customers Complain About Guns Paid For, But Not Delivered

    12/29/2012 2:33:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | december 28, 2012
    Kellner says the store advertised them for $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. They got two of them, then received this letter from Dick’s on Christmas Eve, telling customers, it’s not fulfilling any more orders.
  • Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom

    12/29/2012 8:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse - the locomotive - to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. ... The environmental fears carry an ironic twist: Oil trains are gaining popularity in part because of a shortage of pipeline capacity - a problem that has been worsened by environmental opposition to such projects as TransCanada's stalled Keystone XL pipeline. That project would carry Bakken and Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico. Wayde Schafer,...
  • Man fatally shot by ex-girlfriend during burglary in Abilene

    12/29/2012 6:14:55 AM PST · by texas_mrs · 18 replies
    Abilene Police have released the following information about a fatal shooting this morning. "On 12-25-12 at 2014 hrs, APD responded to a disturbance call in the 1000 block of Minda Lane. Upon arrival, responding officers contacted Lawanda Taylor. She reported her estranged ex-boyfriend, Earnest Gonzales, came to the residence and attempted to gain entry by kicking a side door. Gonzales fled the scene after he discovered Taylor called the police. "On 12-26-12 at 0209 hrs, Gonzales returned to the residence and gained entry to the house by forcing open the front door, causing considerable damage. Gonzales entered the residence and...
  • Man pulls gun over Obama bumper sticker dispute

    12/27/2012 3:21:34 PM PST · by Ron H. · 72 replies
    YahooNews & Various ABC News Locals ^ | 12/27/12 | Evening News
    News video about armed altercation between Obama supporter and anti-Obama veteran opposer.
  • Officer who brought down Whitman dies (UT Tower)

    12/27/2012 2:25:21 PM PST · by bgill · 58 replies
    KXAN ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 | KXAN
    Houston McCoy, who as an Austin police officer in 1966 climbed up the staircase of the University Tower to help kill Charles Whitman and end what at the time was the nation's largest mass murder, died Thursday.
  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush in intensive care

    12/26/2012 4:08:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    <p>HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.</p> <p>Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said late Wednesday that the former president was admitted to the ICU on Sunday at Methodist Hospital, "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever."</p>
  • Rep. Hall becomes oldest member to serve in House

    12/26/2012 4:17:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) became the oldest lawmaker to ever serve in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Hall, 89, beat out Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-N.C.), the previous record holder, who was 89 years, 7 months and 25 days old in Sept. 1930 when he died. all was elected to his 17th term in Congress in November. Hall recently said he might even run for reelection again. "I’m just an old guy — lived pretty clean," Hall said according to The Associated Press. “I have no ailments. I don’t hurt anywhere. I may run again. I’ll just wait and...
  • California’s Largest Corporation is Headed for the Exit (Golden State Death Watch™}

    12/25/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by Kolath · 161 replies
    Front Page ^ | 12/25/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Chevron is California’s largest corporation, but it seems to be making the move to becoming Texas’ largest corporation instead. That’s 800 jobs out the door which gives Chevron a larger presence in Texas than it still has in California.
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • GOP Senator Hutchison On Gun Control: Semi-Automatic Weapons And Large Clips ‘Need To Be Looked At’

    12/24/2012 4:59:48 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison told Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer Sunday that she may embrace tighter regulations on high capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons. “I think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is,” she said. “Like those large clips, I think that does need to be looked at.” “It’s the semi-automatics and those large magazines that can be fired off very quickly,” Hutchison continued. “I think we should be looking at those mega-opportunities as one of the things that might be looked at.” She also discussed the need to reach out to gun owners...
  • Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons

    12/22/2012 4:20:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:25pm EST | Dave Warner and Kevin Murphy
    Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out. …
  • Local gun store owner receives death threat

    12/22/2012 9:22:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    chron.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Carol Christian
    A Harris County gun shop owner received a letter Saturday threatening him, his family and his employees. "Live by the gun. Die by the gun. You will not live to see Easter," reads the typed letter that was mailed Thursday in Houston and arrived Saturday at Jim Pruett's Guns & Ammo. Jim Pruett was photographed and quoted in the Houston Chronicle last week saying that restricting sales of military-style arms wouldn't prevent tragedies like the Connecticut massacre. "All it's going to do is make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to get the best protection they can for their home against,...
  • Police investigating fatal shooting near TSU campus(TX home invastion)

    12/22/2012 10:06:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 20 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An intruder was fatally shot by an apartment complex resident near the Texas Southern University campus last night, say police. It happened around 8:30pm on Wentworth and Ennis in Houston's Third Ward. Police say a man, who is a TSU student, was in an apartment complex with his girlfriend and two-year-old child when he heard a loud noise outside. When he went to check it out, an armed man forced his way into the apartment.
  • Pangea applies to export LNG to non-Free Trade countries

    12/20/2012 5:28:54 PM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | Deon Daugherty
    The Woodlands-based Pangea LNG Holdings LLC has requested authority from the U.S. Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas from its proposed facility in South Texas to non-Free Trade Agreement nations. Pangea has applied to export up to 8 million metric tons of LNG per year. In November, Pangea applied for export authority to countries in which the U.S. has Free Trade Agreements in place. Pangea’s South Texas LNG Project is being developed on a 550-acre site along the north shore of Corpus Christi Bay. The South Texas LNG Project is being designed in two phases, each capable of...
  • Thai Noodle House makes national waves after owner posts inflammatory message about Sandy Hook

    12/20/2012 8:09:45 AM PST · by bgill · 35 replies
    Culture Map Austin ^ | 12-17-12 | Aleksander Chan
    Eddie Nimibutr, who is the chef and owner of Thai Noodle House off of Guadalupe near the University of Texas campus, posted a Facebook status update that decried sympathy for the Sandy Hook victims. Nimibutr posted that he had received threatening phone calls after posting the message, which has since been deleted. “I am failing to give a damn about the CT shooting,” Nimibutr said on Facebook. “I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed.” Nimibutr’s post also criticized media coverage of minority groups and recent military strife in the Gaza Strip.
  • 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.