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  • Cop killer Shannon Miles speaks in Deputy Goforth case

    09/26/2017 9:09:42 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 13 replies
    KHOU Houston ^ | 9-26-2017 | Jeremy Rogalski
    HOUSTON - In the early morning hours after Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was murdered, Shannon Miles sat in an interrogation room chair for what would be a grueling interview with homicide detectives. They methodically tried to pry information out of then-accused cop killer. But at every turn, the 30-year-old Miles kept denying any involvement. Detective: "The guy I'm looking for shot a gun." Miles: "I ain't shot no gun. I hadn't shot no gun." Miles denied he was at the gas station in Northwest Harris County where Goforth was shot 15 times August 28, 2015. It was an...
  • Entire Cowboys Team Takes A Knee

    09/25/2017 7:24:54 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 361 replies ^ | 9 26 17
  • Cowboys’ Team, Ownership Make Joint Demonstration Before National Anthem

    09/25/2017 7:25:10 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 103 replies
    Dallas Cowboys ^ | September 25, 2017 | David Helman
    Protests over racial inequality, centered on the national anthem, cropped up across the league on Sunday, following comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday night. In light of incendiary comments made by the President, players on every team in the NFL opted to demonstrate during the anthem. Some teams, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, opted not to take the field at all during what has become a pregame tradition... In the moments before the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the full organization briefly dropped to one knee together. After several seconds, they stood and retreated to...
  • Cowboys, Cardinals lock arms for national anthem in show of unity (ESPN)

    09/25/2017 6:31:31 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 212 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 25,2017 | Todd ArcherJosh Weinfuss
    Todd ArcherJosh Weinfuss Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals displayed unity Monday night before their game in an expression of displeasure with the recent comments made by President Donald Trump. As the Cardinals were introduced, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, as well as executive vice presidents Stephen Jones, Charlotte Anderson and Jerry Jones Jr., stood locked arm in arm with the players, coaches and staff. Before a giant American flag was unfurled that covered almost the entire field, the Cowboys took a knee briefly as a group,...
  • Cowboys players plan anthem protest over Trump’s comments

    09/25/2017 2:58:01 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 124 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | September 25, 2017 | Clarence E. Hill Jr.
    The Dallas Cowboys plan to protest during the national anthem before Monday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, per multiple sources. Nothing has been firmed up and they will likely come to some decision in the locker room. It may not be a coordinated effort. It may just be a few individuals. One player said, “We have to do something.” Said another, “It’s not going to be business as usual. He crossed a line. Something will be done...”  The majority of the NFL’s owners and/or teams issued statements in response to Trump’s comments over the weekend. The Cowboys and owner Jerry...
  • Cowboys Sources: Plan For ‘Unity’ During Tonight’s Anthem

    09/25/2017 12:57:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 168 replies
    CBS - DFW ^ | 09-25-2017 | Mike Fisher
    PHOENIX (105.3 THE FAN) – There is no easy answer. But In the wake of President Donald Trump calling for the firing of NFL players who opt for peaceful protest during the National Anthem, the Dallas Cowboys are at work crafting a singular answer. “Our statement,’’ one team leader told me on the eve of tonight’s nationally-televised Cowboys-at-Cardinals game, “will be a statement of unity.’’ I’ve spoken to seven Cowboys leaders on the subject in the last 48 hours and come away with a handful of conclusions that the Cowboys – from owner Jerry Jones and his family to the...
  • Appeals court revives Texas anti-sanctuary city law

    09/25/2017 12:35:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 25, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court revived Texas’s anti-sanctuary city law Monday, allowing key parts to take effect — including a prohibition on cities and states trying to thwart cooperation with deportation officers. Police and sheriff’s departments also are required to comply with detainer requests when the federal government asks that illegal immigrants be held for pickup, under the 3-0 ruling by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Angry customer opens fire on HPD outside S. Loop restaurant

    09/25/2017 8:28:35 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 12 replies
    KHOU Houston ^ | 9-25-2017
    HOUSTON – Police say someone in a passing vehicle opened fire on officers who responded to a 911 call at a restaurant along the South Loop. The crime happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chacho's Mexican Restaurant near Buffalo Speedway. Officers with the Houston Police Department say they were initially called to the restaurant due to reports of an angry customer who was damaging the property. As police were in the parking lot, it's believed that same suspect drove by on the frontage road fired shots at the officers. A bullet struck a police cruiser, but no injuries...
  • NFL denies Cowboys' request to wear decal honoring fallen Dallas officers (August 2016)

    09/24/2017 7:13:38 PM PDT · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 59 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | August 12, 2016 | Fox Sports
    The NFL denied the Dallas Cowboys’ request to wear a decal on their helmets during the season that would have paid tribute to the five police officers killed last month in an ambush.
  • Mother with 4 kids stopped with $237,000 cash in Rosenberg

    09/23/2017 10:02:51 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 43 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-23-2017 | dana guthrie
    A K-9 unit intercepted $237,576 in cash during a traffic stop on U.S. 59 on Thursday, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office reports. A mother from Mission, Texas, and four children were in the SUV at the time of the stop. All five people were released at the scene, but an investigation is pending. The mother could be charged with money laundering, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The vehicle, heading south through Rosenberg, was stopped for a traffic violation by a member of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force's interdiction team. The money was discovered during a...
  • San Antonio police officer fired for reportedly dating prostitute

    09/22/2017 11:50:12 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 50 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-22-2017 | Emilie Eaton
    A San Antonio police officer who had been with the department for nearly 22 years received an indefinite suspension in July for dating a convicted prostitute, according to suspension records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. Officer Mark H. Walaski received an indefinite suspension, which is tantamount to firing, in July for "consorting with persons of ill repute," according to the documents. In July 2016, Walaski met Tracy Helmke, a woman who had an active warrant for a prostitution charge. Walaski allowed Helmke to live with him, and the two began dating. At one point, after Helmke was arrested on...
  • Lawmaker Accused of Showing Up to Work High on Morphine

    09/22/2017 10:26:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 22, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    Texas prosecutors targeting a state representative for corruption charges announced this week the lawmaker shelled out over $51,000 of her own dough on an online psychic, and showed up to work hopped up on morphine, reports said. Texas State. Rep. Dawnna Dukes is preparing for a misdemeanor corruption trial for allegedly giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for driving her daughter to and from school, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Prosecutors announced 19 other “extraneous acts” they plan to bring up during the trial, set to get underway Oct. 16, including the psychic and morphine...
  • Liberal California fails at fighting poverty, conservative Texas succeeds

    09/22/2017 2:56:11 AM PDT · by topher · 14 replies ^ | 21-Sept-2017 | Chuck DeVore
    iberal California and conservative Texas are different in many ways – including their poverty rates. California’s poverty rate is 20.4 percent and the Texas rate is only 14.7 percent, based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for the regional cost of living, out-of-pocket medical expenses and other items. Why the dramatic difference in poverty between California and Texas – proportionately 38.8 percent higher in the Golden State, and affecting the lives of millions of people? And what can we as a nation learn from the success of Texas and the failure of California to hold down their poverty rates?
  • Prosecutors say Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic

    09/21/2017 11:17:57 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 29 replies
    Travis County prosecutors say in a court filing that state Rep. Dawnna Dukes spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic, appeared for work at the Capitol impaired and hid a cellphone from investigators. The filing this week was provided by prosecutors ahead of her Oct. 16 misdemeanor corruption trial and is meant to inform Dukes' attorneys of the allegations prosecutors will assert during the trial. The Austin Democrat is accused of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for shuttling Dukes' daughter back and forth from school. The Austin American-Statesman reports that prosecutors still...
  • Prof urges 'destruction' of 'whitestream intellectual habits'

    09/21/2017 8:35:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 21, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    A University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley professor recently called for the “destruction” of what he calls “Whitestream cherished knowledge.” James Jupp, a scholar of critical white studies, articulated his commitment to the destruction of “Whitestream cherished knowledge” in an article published Tuesday for the “White Scholars Working Against Whiteness” issue of the journal Whiteness and Education.
  • Illegal immigration into California drops as border crossings shift to Texas

    09/20/2017 1:45:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 20, 2017 | BY PHILLIP REESE
    Undocumented immigrants are shunning California in favor of Texas, with the Lone Star State’s undocumented population growing nearly five times as fast as California’s, new federal data show. About 2.9 million undocumented immigrants lived in California during 2014, according to new estimates from the Department of Homeland Security. The undocumented population in California grew steadily from 2000 to 2008, dropped sharply during the 2007 recession, rose again and remained essentially flat from 2011 to 2014. Overall, California’s unauthorized immigrant population grew by 16 percent from 2000 through 2014. The undocumented population in Texas, by comparison, grew by 75 percent from...
  • Feds Paid $1.7 Million to Kids in Juvie

    09/20/2017 5:15:00 AM PDT · by ptsal · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration improperly paid children in juvenile detention facilities $1.7 million, according to a new audit. The inspector general for the agency found that just four states accounted for the improper disability payments. The estimate for fraudulent payments was "conservative" since the audit did not compile all data from the four states reviewed...*snip SEE POST #1* "While SSA had established overpayments for 274 of these juveniles, we identified 273 instances where SSA was unaware of all or part of the confinement period. We determined that 158 of these juveniles were confined for 6 months or longer without SSA's...
  • Elderly Houston-area woman sues Red Lobster after getting drunk, breaking hip

    09/19/2017 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 88 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-19-2017 | Robert Downen
    An 82-year-old Harris County woman is suing Red Lobster, saying the seafood restaurant got her so drunk she fell and broke her hip and arm in the parking lot. The suit filed in Harris County Monday says that 113-pound Marlene Spencer had a 0.31 blood alcohol level when she walked out of the Red Lobster on Bay Area Boulevard in Webster on or around March 27. Spencer, who lives at the nearby Brookdale Senior Living at Clear Lake, fell in the parking lot, breaking her right hip and right arm, and hitting her head on the ground, the suit says....
  • With all the Flooding: What about Submerged Ammunition?

    09/18/2017 12:16:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    With the recent impact of two hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, on the United States, there is going to be a lot of ammunition that was submerged for some time.To prevent damage, many people keep ammunition in waterproof ammo cans. They tend to work very well, if the can is not submerged more than a few feet. Not everyone stores ammunition in ammo cans, and the cans can be damaged or leak.The two storms flooded tens of thousands of houses. A recent survey showed that about half of the homes in the United States have a gun owner living in...
  • School District Debates putting Founders in Memory Hole

    09/18/2017 11:32:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It was only a matter of time. The "Dallas Independent School District included schools named after three of America’s Founding Fathers on a list of schools that the district is exploring renaming," Peter Hasson reported in The Daily Caller yesterday, on Constitution Day. "The DISD administration has already recommended renaming four schools named after Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson."