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  • ‘Open carry’ bill latest proposal to expand gun laws in Texas

    01/24/2013 11:30:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2013
    As the federal government moves forward on its plans to tighten gun restrictions, Texas lawmakers are proposing legislation to expand gun rights in the state. The latest proposal is HB 700 filed Thursday by state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, that would allow individuals with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons in plain view on a belt or shoulder holster. “For some it is a matter of personal safety, for others it is simply a convenience/personal preference issue,” said Lavender, who carried similar legislation that failed last session. He added others view it as a constitutional issue. [Snip] Other recent...
  • http://www.reagancoalition.com/articles/2013/20130122001-tx-dem-o.html

    01/24/2013 11:05:45 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 1 replies
    What is so interesting about this is what Rogers (who hails from the great state of Texas) is upset about; Obama’s lack of leadership and association with corrupt financial interests. Hmmm. She has a point there. The response from Democrats? Wait for the tolerance… They pulled her campaign funding. She won her primary anyway. Via Your Black World: Kesha Rogers is no longer getting any form of backing from the Democratic Party. The woman who once had aspirations of running for Congress, has lost the support of the party for committing a serious political sin: Calling for the impeachment of...
  • Confession: Horror Movie Gave Teen Idea to Kill Family

    01/24/2013 9:08:12 PM PST · by Ironfocus · 29 replies
    NBC5DFW ^ | Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 | Scott Gordon
    A Parker County 17-year-old wrote in a confession released Thursday that the horror movie remake of "Halloween" gave him the idea to kill his mother and sister. Jake Evans is on trial for the Oct. 3 slayings of his 15-year-old sister, Mallory, and mother, Jami in their upscale Aledo home. The confession was introduced as evidence. In a four-page written confession to police hours after his arrest, Evans said he had watched the remake of "Halloween" three times earlier that week. The 2007 Rob Zombie film is about a 10-year-old boy who murders several people and kills a number of...
  • Fort Bliss reacts to women in combat decision

    01/24/2013 8:57:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    kvue.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | ANGELA KOCHERGA
    EL PASO, Texas -- Reaction to the historic decision to allow women in combat roles was swift at Fort Bliss. “It’s absolutely the right thing to do," said commanding General Dana Pittard following Wednesday’s announcement made by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Most of the 230,000 combat jobs that will open up to women are in the Army, giving them the opportunity for higher pay and a path to leadership. “It’s about time they let women have those options -- if they want them,” said Marlana Quendau, 27, who has served eight years in the Army. “If they want to do...
  • Fort Hood shooting suspect wants death penalty out

    01/24/2013 6:21:20 PM PST · by Rabin · 48 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | : January 24, 2013 | AP Staff
    The new judge in the Fort Hood shooting rampage case faces a controversial decision next week: whether to spare Nidal Hasan a possible death sentence and let him plead guilty in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation. Hasan wants to plead guilty to 13 counts of premeditated murder, Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea in a death penalty case...
  • Homeless Veterans In Killeen Have Nowhere To Go

    01/24/2013 4:47:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 65 replies
    KCEN ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Sophia Stamas
    Killeen's homeless have nowhere to go, and that means dozens, possibly hundreds of our veterans are stuck out in the cold. More than 62 thousand American veterans are living on the streets. Nickie, a 58-yr old Vietnam Marine veteran, is one of them, but the Fort Hood area doesn't have any homeless shelters, turning cold nights into life or death battles that leave Nickie wondering. "Am I going to make it until tomorrow? Am I going to make it, straight up," said Nickie with tears in his eyes. A few warming centers open, but only when temperatures dip below freezing,...
  • Ted Cruz shoots down Feinstein gun ban: 'Real assault weapon' are already illegal

    01/24/2013 2:17:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    As Senate Democrats unveiled an “assault weapons ban” encompassing a variety of rifles, shotguns, and pistols, the newest lawyer in the U.S. Senate pointed out that “real assault weapons” have been illegal since 1934. “Washington politicians shouldn’t be taking advantage of recent tragedy to try to push an aggressive gun control agenda,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a statement today. “Real assault weapons—machine guns—are already functionally illegal, and they have been since 1934. This proposal would have done nothing to prevent the terrible murders in Newtown, but it would limit the constitutional liberties of law-abiding citizens.” Through the National...
  • Texas Women Sue X-Rated Revenge Website

    01/24/2013 11:06:04 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 71 replies
    CBS local ^ | 01/23/2013 | J.D. Miles & Angela Martin
    FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Sexy pictures, taken for private purposes, are finding their way online. The website, described as a revenge porn site, is posting explicit photos submitted by men seeking revenge on their ex-girlfriends. But a group of Texas women may get the last laugh, after filing a lawsuit against the site. Hollie Toups, 32, says she “stopped breathing for awhile” when she found semi-nude pictures of herself on the site. Toups went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star, after an ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos along with personal information. “I...
  • 53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

    01/23/2013 8:54:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 6:07 PM ET | Matthew Daly
    More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change. A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of a revised route through his state puts the long-delayed project squarely in the president's hands. “We urge you to choose jobs, economic development and American energy security,” the letter said, adding that the pipeline “has gone through the most exhaustive...
  • Help with Texas CHL question (vanity)

    01/23/2013 7:19:05 PM PST · by Feckless · 25 replies
    Vanity | 1/23/2013 | Feckless
    My employer (TxDOT) is requiring a xerox copy of my CHL
  • TX:Family uses firearm to stop attempted home invasion

    01/23/2013 6:57:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    woai.com ^ | 20 January, 2013 | NA
    SAN ANTONIO - A scary situation for a family on the Northeast Side. Just before 10 am Sunday morning Bexar County Sheriff's Deputies say someone tried to kick-in the front door at a home on Sunlit Trail. We're told the mom called 911 and the son fired one shot through the door. The suspect then took off after firing his gun.
  • Texas Republicans offer prayers, Sheila Jackson Lee demands action after Lone Star shootings

    01/23/2013 6:19:35 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 19 replies
    Houston Comical ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    <p>Gov. Rick Perry’s spokesman Josh Havens said, “(Perry’s) thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted,” Havens said. “We have nothing more to add at this point, but the governor will continue to closely monitor the situation.”</p> <p>My prayers are w/ those who were injured in today’s shooting, the entire Lone Star College community, & our first responders on the scene.</p>
  • Marines and strangers rush to aid of victimized veteran

    01/23/2013 3:37:53 AM PST · by humblegunner · 37 replies
    ABC13.com ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Miya Shay
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There's a good news update on a home ransacked and spray painted by a pair of teen burglars in northwest Houston. While the burglars are now in custody, community members and Marines stepped in to help the homeowner -- a 93-year-old World War II veteran. The Marines quickly marched into the defaced home of WWII veteran Elbert Wood, eager to help. "It's important that he knows we're here for him and that we're always his brothers," Major Roberto Rodriguez said. The presence of these local Marines is just one example of the outpouring of support for Wood...
  • Part to make AR-15s draws dozens to local gun store

    01/22/2013 1:10:13 PM PST · by WCH · 28 replies
    FOX ^ | 1.21.2013 | Noelle Newton
    Dozens of people lined up outside a South Austin gun shop Monday. They fear this new presidential term will mean tougher gun laws. Monday morning dozens of people lined up outside Central Texas Gun Works in South Austin. Some waited as long as five hours to get the chance to purchase a part to make an AR-15. "Lower receivers seem to be sold out throughout the nation so as soon as you find out one's in stock like the line shows, everybody rushes for them," gun owner Jeremy Paul said.
  • Shots fired at Lone Star College (Houston, TX)

    01/22/2013 10:55:10 AM PST · by bgill · 163 replies
    KXAN | Jan. 22, 2013 | vanity
    It's being reported on KXAN.com noon news that multiple people shot at on Lone Star College in Houston, TX. It's a tech school.
  • Texas takes up abortion as Roe v. Wade hits 40th anniversary

    01/22/2013 9:42:37 AM PST · by wk4bush2004 · 4 replies
    AUSTIN -- Forty years ago the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of Roe vs. Wade. The ruling confirmed that the right to privacy includes making your own personal medical decisions, including abortion. However the fight over abortion rights continues. One of the biggest is playing out among state lawmakers. Polls show most Americans still support the Supreme Court's ruling. According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, 77 percent think abortion should be legal in some or all circumstances. The battle at the Texas Capitol centers on just how far abortion rights should go. Several bills have...
  • Masked Mexican vigilantes take to the streets to protect their villages from the drug cartels

    01/21/2013 9:13:46 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 21 January 2013
    Tired of the scourge of organized crime, civilians in two rural towns in southwestern Mexico have taken matters into their own hands over the last two weeks. Since the second week of January, around 800 masked and armed residents have set up vigilante groups who are manning checkpoints, imposing curfews and arresting alleged criminals. This unofficial police force says they are providing security for the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoapa in Guerrero state, an area that has been hit hard by Mexico's drug violence. More than 70,000 people killed across the country since 2006 and residents in...
  • 2 Parades Mark MLK Day - Houston(Separate But Equal)

    01/21/2013 12:22:35 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 9 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 21, 2013 11:55am | Minh Dam |
    The Black Heritage Society is sponsoring the 35th annual "Original" MLK Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on the corner of Texas and Jackson in downtown. Glorice McPherson, event coordinator for the Black Heritage Society, said the festivities will include an awards gala, a health fair, and a groundbreaking for a statue of MLK Jr. Charles Stamps, chairman and CEO for the MLK Parade Foundation, said the parade will have two battle of the bands contests this year instead of just one, as well as the youth parade.
  • Be Bold Texas: A principled case for substantial franchise tax reform (Part I)

    01/20/2013 6:04:56 PM PST · by manic4organic · 33 replies
    TCCRI ^ | 01/16/13 | Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, et al
    This report lays out the case for elimination of the franchise tax. Part II of this report (which is forthcoming) advocates for a transition Be Bold Texas! Franchise Tax Report Be Bold Texas! Franchise Tax Report (PDF) away from property taxes to consumption taxes to fund the maintenance and operations of public schools. That report will also make the case for a lower property tax appraisal cap or property tax revenue cap to provide homeowners and business owners with relief from inexorable appraisal growth. Taken together, these reforms would represent a substantial transformation of the state’s tax structure, and thus,...
  • Ted Cruz talks the Second Amendment, debt ceiling on Meet the Press

    01/20/2013 11:42:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop via NBC ^ | 1/20/2013 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz was on Meet the Press this morning to primarily discuss the Second Amendment and the debt ceiling. The downside to this clip is that he’s on with Schmucky Schumer. Watch: