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  • Shootout reported across from Falcon State Park[South Texas]

    02/01/2013 12:02:16 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KGBT ^ | February 1, 2013 | Staff
    Authorities are on alert after a shootout was reported across the border from Falcon State Park. It all started with reports of a gunfire coming from Nueva Ciudad Guerrero just after 9 a.m. Friday. Mexican authorities have not released any information but Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies, customs officers and others are on alert. The law enforcement agencies have increased patrols on the American side of the border. Falcon State Park Manager Carlos Rivas told Action 4 News that there is heightened security at the park but it remains open.
  • Democratic presidential candidate already running campaign ads for 2016

    02/01/2013 10:45:24 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 2-1-2013 | Laura Byrne
    February 1, 2013 Democratic presidential candidate already running campaign ads for 2016 by Laura Byrne Look out Joe Biden, another Democrat has already thrown his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential race, and he’s already running campaign ads on TV.Lee L. Mercer, Jr. of Texas has reportedly started running a TV commercial spreading his campaign promise to create “a new computerized government that will run the office of the President of the United States with a computer.”According to the ad, “Lee L. Mercer, Jr. of Houston, Texas is announcing his campaign for President of the United States in...
  • Texas Senator Tells Chicago Mayor To Back-Off Gun Manufacturers (Cruz Tells Off Emanuel)

    02/01/2013 10:38:17 AM PST · by Red Steel · 37 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | January 29, 2013
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz wants Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to back of gun manufacturers. The Republican senator issued a response to Emanuels letter to banks which do business with gun makers. The Lone Star politician considers the former Obama administration official a bully. Cruz told gun companies that Texas banks would welcome their business and offered to personally introduce them to leading lenders. Senator Cruzs response to Rahm Emanuel stated: Your citys longstanding policies stripping citizens of their Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms have, in turn, produced some of the very highest murder rates in the nation. Regardless,...
  • Hagel Hearing: Scarborough So Contemptuous Of Ted Cruz, Won't Mention Him By Name

    02/01/2013 6:40:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, Chuck Hagel might have been a bumbling, stumbling mess at his confirmation hearing yesterday. But the real story was how awful were the Republicans who questioned him. That was the collective judgment of today's Morning Joe panel. For example, so contemptuous was Joe Scarborough of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, that the Morning Joe host announced that he would not even mention him by name. "Clown show" was the panel's operative phrase for the Republican performance. Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle et al. joined in the Republican roasting. View the video here.
  • THE OBOEHNER TAX INCREASES AND MORE

    02/01/2013 1:17:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    2/1/2013 | Self
    I heard something the other day that needs correction. Rush Limbaugh talked about the "Obama tax increases" and if he was talking about Obamacare tax hikes he's right on the money because Barack Obama owns them. The GOP didn't support it. But I got the impression El Rushbo was talking about the deal agreed to at the beginning of this year that restored 2 percent to the Social Security tax and raised taxes on "the rich." John Boehner is co-owner of those tax increases with Barack Obama. And just like the Obamacare taxes, they are economically destructive. It looks like...
  • Space Shuttle Columbia: What Happened 10 Years Ago (RIP)

    01/31/2013 8:17:22 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies
    Ten years ago Friday, the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed and its seven astronauts killed during the final minutes of its flight. NASA will mark the 10th anniversary of the accident at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, and take part in an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where three of the astronauts are buried. Other commemorations Friday include events at a 2-year-old Columbia museum in Hemphill, Texas, where shuttle debris fell. PBS is also airing a new documentary about Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut on Columbia. The wife of the shuttle's commander, Evelyn Husband Thompson, said she has seen...
  • Cruz to Rahm: Dont mess with Texas

    01/29/2013 3:58:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 54 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 29, 2013 | CJ Ciaramella
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has a message for firearms manufacturers and banks under attack from Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Texas welcomes you. Cruz pilloried Emanuels gun-control efforts and invited executives to consider the warmer, friendlier climes of the Lone Star State in a Tuesday letter to the CEOs of Bank of America, TD Bank, Sturm & Ruger, and Smith & Wesson.
  • Mexico breaks up alleged border sex-slavery cult

    01/31/2013 2:51:48 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    mySA.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY Mexican officials broke up a bizarre cult that allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the U.S. border, Mexican immigration authorities said Tuesday. The "Defensores de Cristo" or "Defenders of Christ" allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed he was the reincarnation of Christ, according to an official of a victims' advocacy group, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Followers were subjected to forced labor or sexual services, including prostitution, according to the National Immigration Institute that said it...
  • Bill to exempt guns introduced into Texas Legislature

    01/31/2013 12:52:17 PM PST · by TexasRedeye · 48 replies
    Texas Legislature ^ | 01/31/13 | laubenburg
    Introduced Caption Text: Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
  • Ted Cruz uses pistol grip to rebut call for assault weapon ban

    01/31/2013 11:29:50 AM PST · by neverdem · 97 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 30 January 2013 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz displayed a flair for showmanship this afternoon at the Senates gun violence hearing as he sought to puncture the argument for a proposed ban on assault weapons.What it bans, I would suggest to you, are scary looking guns, he said.With a life size photo of a Remington 750, a popular hunting rifle used as Cruz said, by millions of Americans the senator argued that the proposed ban focuses on cosmetic features such as pistol grips that in no way change the lethality of a weapon.He produced a plastic pistol grip and held it to...
  • Kinder makes shale grab with $4 billion deal

    01/31/2013 5:38:25 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Laura Goldberg
    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has advanced its position in the North American shale race adding another 6,900 miles of pipelines and nine processing plants to its empire. Kinders deal to purchase Copano Energy for $3.9 billion, announced late Tuesday, will expand its its 46,000-mile pipeline network and, perhaps more important, will give it processing capabilities in key shales plays including the Eagle Ford in South Texas. Copano gives us a great platform in the Eagle Ford, partnership President Park Shaper said Wednesday. The pipeline giant announced late Tuesday night that it would buy midstream natural gas company Copano Energy for...
  • New York Congresswoman Leads Opposition to Release of Terrorist Who Killed Israeli Diplomat

    01/30/2013 5:14:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 1-30-13 | Zach Pontz
    U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) announced Sunday that she has spearheaded a bipartisan letter calling on the French government to cancel plans to release a convicted terrorist who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an American and an Israeli diplomat. The letter, which was sent to Frances Ambassador to the United States, urges French officials to stop the release of George Ibrahim Abdallah, the former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Brigade who was convicted in 1987 of killing an Israeli diplomat and a U.S. military attach. The U.S. State Department has also expressed its opposition...
  • MILLER: GOP senators blocked from bringing guns to hearing

    01/30/2013 8:29:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 29 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    There is a showdown over guns coming to the Senate Wednesday, but no firearms are allowed. In advance of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, two of the committees Republican members sent a complaint that they were refused permission to bring guns to the hearing. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sent a letter Tuesday night to Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, that the purpose of bringing the firearms was to educate fellow Senators and shatter the mistaken belief that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a danger to society. However,...
  • Oil boom creates economic push for gas flaring

    01/30/2013 1:26:37 PM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    Dallas News ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jim Landers
    Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said Wednesday the states rapidly increasing oil production was posing a very difficult economic question for drillers faced with curbing oil production or flaring natural gas produced along with the oil. Natural gas is selling at only a fraction of the fuel content price of oil. And oil wells are being completed before natural gas pipeline connections can catch up. As a result, the Texas Railroad Commission issued 1,963 flaring permits last year, more than six times as many as it did in 2010. ... Texas oil production has increased rapidly in the last two...
  • Is the Eagle Ford for real?

    01/30/2013 11:26:26 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    Thats the question that keeps dogging the South Texas oil and gas field. Even as thousands of workers and major oil and gas companies flood into the region, investors have been reluctant to invest in houses, apartments and other permanent infrastructure. A when-will-it-bust mentality hangs over the region. But participants in the San Antonio Clean Technology Forums Eagle Ford Forum II event Tuesday said the oil and gas development appears to be here to stay, and that its time for the region to figure out how to manage everything from water issues to roads. Lance Robertson, vice president of Eagle...
  • The run on guns and ammunition

    01/30/2013 5:46:49 AM PST · by thackney · 71 replies
    KHOU 11 News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jeremy Desel
    ... "This is usually full of .22 up here. .45 and .40... "We used to sell 30,000 rounds a month of ammo and weve done that in a week, and sometimes even a day in ammo," James said. What little they do have is generally high end and there is a limit on all purchases: a three-box max or 150 rounds at a time. Thats for all types and all sizes. Its not just one store. Ron Casady has been shopping for weeks. "I noticed online and everything is out of stock. Click add to cart. Sorry we are out...
  • Execution of woman in Texas postponed, lawyers to argue jury discrimination [Kimberly McCarthy]

    01/29/2013 11:42:57 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 11 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | January 29, 2013 | Corrie McLaggan
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The execution of Kimberly McCarthy was postponed by a Texas judge on Tuesday, the day she was to die, to give her lawyers time to argue that racial discrimination played a role in choosing the jury that convicted her. It was rescheduled for April 3 and, if carried out, McCarthy will be the first woman to be put to death in the United States in nearly three years.
  • Teen to stand trial as adult for ICE agent shooting

    01/29/2013 5:12:42 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    VALLEYCENTRAL.COM ^ | 01.29.2013 | Sergio Chapa
    An Hidalgo County Judge had ruled a teenager jailed on attempted murder charges will stand trial as an adult. Marquez Alvardo is accused shooting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Kelton Harrison in Hargill back in July 2012. According to reports, Alvardo was 16-years-old when he fired several shots at the federal agent striking him once. Officials say the teen, an older brother and his father pursued and shot Harrison while he was conducting surveillance in the area The former Economedes High School student, who is now 17-years-old, and will be transferred to the Hidalgo County jail. Judge Jesse...
  • Dallas Judge Halts Execution of Texas Woman; Uncertain If Prosecutors Will Appeal Reprieve

    01/29/2013 1:45:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A Dallas judge has halted the scheduled Tuesday night execution of a Texas woman who would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. in three years. The order from state District Judge Larry Mitchell moves the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, 51, to April 3. McCarthy faced lethal injection for the 1997 beating, stabbing and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
  • Texas oil output hits highest level in two decades

    01/29/2013 11:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    Texas oil production rose by almost 100 million barrels in 2012 over the previous year, to the highest level in two decades. It was the fifth consecutive year with an increase. Despite a drop in oil prices last spring, economist Karr Ingham predicts production will rise again in 2013. Ingham offered a look at the states energy industry Monday as he presented the Texas Petro Index, the snapshot he developed to track trends for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers almost 10 years ago. The 3,300-member alliance receives monthly updates from Ingham, covering rig counts, drilling permits, well completions, industry...
  • Sen. Cruz to Chicago Mayor: Keep gun control efforts "north of the Red River"

    01/29/2013 10:11:49 AM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    KETK ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) sent a letter to gunmakers, banks, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, after Emanuel reportedly sent letters to banks asking that they stop doing business with certain firearm manufacturers. In the letter, Cruz urged the mayor to keep his attacks on the Second Amendment to his own city, and informed gunmakers that their companies and business would be welcome in the state of Texas. Here is how the letter reads: To the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank Group: It has recently been reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent each of...
  • Texas womans execution first in US since 2010

    01/28/2013 10:03:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2013 4:14 PM EST | Michael Graczyk
    A Texas woman convicted of the gruesome slaying and robbery of her neighbor, a retired 71-year-old college psychology professor, is set to be the first woman put to death in the United States since 2010. A Dallas County jury already found former nursing home therapist Kimberly McCarthy guilty of the 1997 killing when evidence at the punishment phase of her trial tied her to two similar murders a decade earlier.Once the jury heard about those other two, we were certainly in a deep hole, recalled McCarthys lead trial attorney, Doug Parks. Jurors decided McCarthy should die. Her execution, set for...
  • Sessions: Comprehensive Reform Wont Pass As Long As Admin Defies Existing Immigration Law

    01/28/2013 9:39:50 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    WTVY ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Jeff Sessions
    U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and former Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the new push for comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty: Americans overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration. They have pleaded with Congress to end the mass illegality for decades to little avail. All the while, millions have been added to the total of those illegally here. Its time to fix that broken system. Now we are told that the Obama Administration and members of Congress say they have a plan that they promise will do the job....
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Statement on Immigration Reform Proposal

    01/28/2013 3:39:16 PM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding todays bipartisan immigration reform proposal: I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the...
  • Grief grips neighborhood

    01/28/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 26, 2013 | Ana Ley
    A day after watching a 6-year-old neighborhood boy fly through the air when he was fatally struck by a teenage driver suspected of being intoxicated, Jane Withers refused to leave the spot where the boy's mother tried in vain to save him. Overcome by the magnitude of the tragedy that left Brandon Abrams' family grieving and a 17-year-old jailed on intoxication manslaughter charges, Withers helped set up a makeshift memorial soon after the incident at 6 p.m. Thursday in her Northwest Side neighborhood. Brandon was waiting on the sidewalk for an ice cream truck when he was struck. According to...
  • Shells latest offshore platform arrives in Texas

    01/28/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    The hull of Royal Dutch Shells latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico. The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months. Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shells sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date....
  • The Texas Woman Who Should be Dead (Link In Article From FreeRepublic)

    01/28/2013 9:00:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Casey Mattox
    There is a 43-year-old woman, born in Texas, who should be dead right now. In fact, she should have never been born. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Texas law that prevented Jane Roe from ending the life of her unborn daughter was unconstitutional. But by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in 1973, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1258350/posts she had already been born and adopted by a familylikely not knowing that all that ink spilled in Roe v. Wade was about her. Norma McCorvey is Jane Roe. She claimed then that her pregnancy was the result of...
  • TX:Campus carry legislation filed in House

    01/27/2013 2:20:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    themonitor.com ^ | 25 January, 2013 | Reeve Hamilton
    Freshman state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, filed a bill on Thursday that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry weapons on college campuses. The measure is similar to a bill filed by state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, one week earlier. Campus carry has been a controversial topic for multiple sessions and has come back into the spotlight after an argument on a Lone Star College campus in North Houston on Monday led to gunfire and multiple injuries. For opponents of campus carry, the takeaway is that more guns lead to more harm on otherwise safe campuses. For supporters, such...
  • Halloween (Movie) Inspired Texas Teen to Kill Mom and Sister

    01/27/2013 1:33:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    WWSB ^ | http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/national/halloween-inspired-texas-teen-to-kill-mom-and-sister/article
    A Texas teen says a Halloween movie inspired him to shoot his mother and sister to death after watching the main character in the film murder his family with ease and with little remorse. Jake Evans, 17, wrote a chilling four-page confession for the killing of his mother Jamie Evan, 48, and his younger sister, Mallory, 15. Jake writes in his confession that after watching Rob Zombies 2007 remake of the horror movie Halloween, he lured his sister out of her room and shot her multiple times. He then killed his mother. While I loaded the gun back up, I...
  • TX:Investigator: Lufkin man involved in wreck/shooting fired back in self-defense

    01/27/2013 10:53:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    lufkindailynews.com ^ | 25 January, 2013 | JESSICA COOLEY
    A Lufkin man charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in a Wednesday afternoon point-blank shootout was defending himself, according to an Angelina County investigator. Unlike Benjamin Bogany, 30, and Destini Williams, 23, who were both in another vehicle, Andrew Netherton, 30, has not been charged with aggravated assaulted with a deadly weapon following the Wednesday afternoon incident on Winston 8 Ranch Road near Hammer Equipment off Highway 59 north.
  • Saxet gun show draws eager buyers (TX)

    01/26/2013 4:54:46 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    KXAN ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | John Bumgardner
    This is the first day of the gun show since the City of Austin discussed possibly banning from the Travis County Expo Center. State law, however, prevailed because the move would have proved illegal in Texas... It took 20 minutes to park the truck and about an hour waiting in line, Another group, One Million Moms for Gun Control marched at the Texas Capitol... The group expected over 100 participants to join in the Austin event.
  • Reaction To Sheriff's Deputy Pointing Firearm at Immigrants

    01/26/2013 9:19:44 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    Pro 8 News.com ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Pro 8 News.com
    Video of a Webb County Sheriff has surfaced as he points his gun at Mexican nationals. It's stirred up controversy on the international level. The Sheriff's Department is now responding to video that surfaced of one of their deputies pointing a gun at undocumented immigrants. The Sheriff's Department says they received information that a wanted fugitive from Mexico who escaped from a Nuevo Laredo prison was now living in the United States, but a video that surfaced today shows a Webb County deputy forcing individuals trying to cross into the U.S. back into Mexico by pointing a gun. "I think...
  • TSA does surprise check at Lamar Boulevard Amtrak (Austin , TX )

    01/25/2013 6:17:17 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    KXAN ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Chris Sadeghi
    Random checks happen at stations across country. Passengers catching the 9:30 a.m. Amtrak train from Austin to Dallas were met with an unexpected surprise when they got to the station. Transportation Security Administration agents, Austin police officers, and the Department of Homeland Security were all waiting for them. ... Random security checks are voluntary ... The random check takes about 10-15 minutes and happens hundreds of times a day at bus, train, and subway stations across the country.
  • TX:Trinity Co. armed neighbor saves woman's life

    01/25/2013 8:15:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ktre.com ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Maegan Prejean
    TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Officials with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office believe that an armed neighbor prevented a violent confrontation between an armed convicted felon and a woman from the Glendale community from escalating into something much more serious Tuesday. Bobbie Prater says she got home around 1 p.m. Tuesday when she heard gun shots. Her dog was growling, so she decided to go to her front porch to see what was going on. "I went on to my front porch and my neighbor's son was there," Prater said. "He scared me. I kept asking what do you want....
  • Obama Successfully Kills Off Another 3,900 Jobs at Texas Power Plant

    01/25/2013 7:19:13 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Gateway ^ | January 24, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers. He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. ... Barack Obamas EPA just killed off another 3,900 energy jobs in Texas. ... Obamas new EPA regulations will cost the coal industry $180 billion and force electricity rates to skyrocket.
  • Closed refinery revived with Eagle Ford crude

    01/25/2013 6:32:14 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 25, 2013 | Vicki Vaughan
    When a Houston-based company purchased a refinery in Nixon about six years ago, it had been mothballed for years and it showed. Rust streaked the plants storage tanks and piping. But after refurbishing, the 15,000-barrel-a-day refinery began to process crude oil about a year ago, with every drop coming from the Eagle Ford shale. The drilling in the area is very impressive, said Jonathan Carroll, CEO of Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy Co. You can look at maps and see that we are sitting right in the middle of the Eagle Ford, which is great. Nixon, about 54 miles east...
  • Report: Sheila Jackson Lee is worst boss on Capitol Hill

    01/25/2013 4:28:10 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2013
    Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is a tough boss. Even she will tell you that. After all, one former staff member famously told the conservative web site The Daily Caller that the Democratic congressman once declared, Im a queen, and I demand to be treated like one. A 2011 Texas on the Potomac investigation revealed that Jackson Lee went through more staff more quickly than any other member of the Texas congressional delegation. Now, a new study by the Washington Times found that the veteran Texas Democrat had the highest turnover rate for all of Congress over the past decade....
  • 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; Obamas 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. Its absolutely the right thing to do," said commanding General Dana Pittard following Wednesdays 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. Its 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 shouldnt 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 weaponsmachine gunsare 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 teachers 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 Heinemans 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 Perrys spokesman Josh Havens said, (Perrys) 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 todays 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...