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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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VIDEO: Open carry advocate threatens Capitol staff

JoethePleb posted a video of an incident that occurred at the State Capitol building on Tuesday. Please read his thread at

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251392441

Gov.-elect Abbott creates ‘strike force’ to probe health agency

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott will deploy an independent “strike force” to delve into the state’s beleaguered health agency, whose contracting with an Austin tech company is already the subject of a criminal investigation and inquiry by the state auditor.

“In the wake of recent revelations at the Health and Human Services Commission, my transition team has taken steps to ensure there is a full and thorough outside review of management, operations, and contracting at the agency,” Abbott said Wednesday in a news release.

Abbot said he is calling on Billy Hamilton, the former deputy comptroller, to lead an independent review of the Health and Human Services Commission.

Kyle Janek, the executive commissioner of that agency, said he welcomes yet another look into how his agency has handled multi-million-dollar contracts like the no-bid $20 million contract awarded to 21CT. A $90 million contract extension with the Austin tech company was canceled last month following an American-Statesman investigation. The commission’s Office of Inspector General contracted with 21CT to aid in Medicaid fraud investigations.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional/gov-elect-abbott-creates-strike-force-to-probe-hea/njnpK/

65-year-old man treks across America for over 12 years to spread God's word

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Michael Stuckey
Photo: Dave McDermand/The Eagle


Bryan, Texas -- For now, Michael Stuckey is a resident at the Motel 6 on Texas 21 in Bryan. Thursday morning, he'll pack his supplies -- a $40 Wal-Mart tent, water and snacks, tools and basic survival equipment -- into his two-by-five wagon and head out the door.

The direction he's going, though, not even he knows.

"When I reach a highway junction, the Lord tells me which way to go," he said. "I'll know when I start walking."

The 65-year-old has spent the past 12 years trekking down the side of highways and sleeping in ditches. He said he's racked up more than 37,000 miles crossing through 19 states, because he's on a mission -- he said God told him to pick up where the Apostle Paul left off.

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/year-old-man-treks-across-america-for-over-years-to/article_4aafe81b-3758-554e-8f7b-29f96b5e4fe7.html

[font color=green]I believe that his story fits the bill of "Seekers on Unique Paths."[/font]

‘Strange taste’ in water caused by human remains in supply tank

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Carmen Esparza

MEXICO CITY — Police say the body of Carmen Esparza was found “in a high state of putrefaction.” When she first went missing last February after leaving her gym, her friends worried the pretty brunette had been taken by a gang.

“We all thought that she might have been kidnapped and sold off into the sex trafficking industry," Javier Paz told The Mirror. “It seems that her body was back in her apartment block the whole time." Decomposition made visual ID of the body impossible. That forced investigators to ID Carmen “from implants that she had as a result of a plastic surgery operation."

Fox News reports police are investigating a businessman Esparza was involved with before she began dating an attorney.

The search of the tank started after residents complained of the strange taste of their water. Esparza was found in a filtration tank, The Mirror reported. As the family is questioning authorities about how Esparza's discovery took nearly a year, residents are also dealing with the fact the woman's remains were fouling their water supply for, what police believe was, 11 months.

More Texans signing up for insurance under Affordable Care Act

A growing number of Texans are selecting insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, according to federal officials Wednesday.

Through Jan. 9, the number of Texans who had picked a plan totaled 860,859. Throughout the U.S., 6.8 million people had selected plans in the 37 states using the federal marketplace.

The U.S. secretary of health and human services came to Dallas on Tuesday, hoping to nudge more people into signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who has overseen the federal agency since June, met with about 40 local ministers and other faith leaders. She thanked them for urging their members to sign up before the enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/more-texans-signing-up-for-insurance-under-affordable-care-act.html/

Follow-up: Georgetown PD officer suspended 40 days for tripping students disputes punishment



GEORGETOWN, TEXAS -- George Bermudez, the police officer who was suspended 40 days without pay over the summer for tripping a high school student at a championship soccer game in April, is disputing his punishment, calling it overly harsh and out of step with the department’s disciplinary procedures.

Mr. Bermudez filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission September 8. He claims the suspension violated his civil rights and was inconsistent with other punishments handed out by Police Chief Wayne Nero.

The police department refused to comment on this story.

The two sides met in mediation Monday and Tuesday. An agreement was not finalized by press time Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Williamson1//Magazine74631/Full/index.aspx?id=74631#/1/zoomed (Williamson County Sun)

Related threads:
Follow-up: Georgetown PD suspends cop that tripped and pushed students after state soccer tournament
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107818585

Georgetown cop trips and pushes students after state soccer tournament
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107817438

Former Houston ISD Teacher Who Called Muslims "the Evil of the World" Sues Quanell X for Defamation



So, former HISD elementary school teacher Angela Box spouted a lot of inflammatory s*** during her appearances on the local right-wing cable-access show "Tommy's Garage." An apparent devotee of the Ted Nugent school of public discourse, Box saved some of her ugliest comments for -- you guessed it -- Muslims, with lines like, "Every normal human being in the world thinks that goat-f***ing Muslims and boy-f***ing Muslims are the evil of the world."

But it's what Box didn't say that's landed community activist Quanell X in trouble. It was Quanell who in November called a press conference outside Ray Daily Elementary, where Box taught third grade, to out Box as a racist and a bigot. But in his press release announcing the event, Quanell alleged that Box called President Barack Obama "a f***ing n****r and black people dumb a** for voting for him."

Just one problem: Box never said that. Quanell later admitted his "publicist made a mistake," but the damage was done. (It probably didn't help that Quanell, instead of apologizing, gave Box the bizarre offer of $1,000 to debate him face-to-face.) Quanell's press release and news conference had succeeded in focusing attention on Box's many appearances on Tommy's Garage, putting her xenophobic comments on full display. Box ultimately resigned from her teaching job at HISD last month.

On Thursday Box sued Quanell X for defamation in a Harris County court, also listing as defendants the New Black Panther Nation, the New Black Muslim Movement, and two people described as trustees of the New Black Muslim Movement. Box's lawsuit claims the "malicious and defamatory statements and the press conference at Plaintiff's school - in front of her third grade students - created a hostile work environment and left Plaintiff no choice but to end her employment as a teacher." In her lawsuit, Box laments that she "will likely never be able to find employment as an educator again."

Read more: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2015/01/former_hisd_teacher_who_called_muslims_evil_of_the_world_sues_quanell_x_for_defamation.php

[font color=green]I certainly hope that Box doesn't find employment as an educator again.[font]

Halliburton cuts jobs in Houston

HOUSTON – Halliburton Co. said Tuesday it has cut jobs in Houston because of weakening market conditions as oil prices slide, but the oil field services company refused to say how many employees it let go.

“While these reductions are difficult, we believe they are necessary to work through this challenging market,” Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir said in an emailed statement. Mir declined to say how many jobs were cut in Houston.

“We continue to monitor the business environment closely and will make adjustments to the cost structure of our business as needed,” she said.

Texas Workforce Commission spokeswoman Debbie Pitts said the state agency hasn’t received any notifications from Halliburton of job cuts, but that in some cases companies aren’t required to notify state regulators.

Read more: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/01/13/halliburton-cuts-jobs-in-houston/

Lawmaker compares Obama to Hitler in tweet on Paris attack

Source: AP

WASHINGTON — A Texas congressman drew criticism Tuesday for a tweet that used the world's response to terrorist attacks in Paris as an opportunity to compare President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

Rep. Randy Weber's official account, @TXRandy14, tweeted on Tuesday night: "Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons"

The tweet juxtaposes Hitler's visit to the vanquished city after his troops invaded in World War II, andObama's failure to join dozens of world leaders at an anti-terror march through Paris on Sunday.

The White House has acknowledged that Obama or another high-level representative of the U.S. should have joined the march in unity with the French following attacks that left 17 people dead. The absence was widely noted, and heavily criticized by congressional Republicans.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-01-13/lawmaker-compares-obama-hitler-tweet-paris-attack#comment-360890

Elderly doctor and pharmacist illegally dealt more than 1.6 million pain pills

HOUSTON -- Federal authorities contend that a Houston doctor and pharmacist, both men in their seventies, used bogus prescriptions to peddle about 1.6 million pain pills during a three-year period.

Dr. Richard Arthur Evans, 70, and David D. Devido are charged in a 24-count indictment that was unsealed Monday in federal court as the men made initial appearances.

Among their alleged crimes are conspiring to distribute controlled substances, mail fraud, health-care fraud and money laundering as they dealt highly addictive pills that are sought by drug addicts and dealers. There was no immediate listing of the men’s lawyer’s names.

Evans wrote prescriptions and Devido actually dispensed the drugs, according to the indictment, which describes an operation in which the patients and their health-care professionals were in on the scam.

Read more: http://blog.chron.com/narcoconfidential/2015/01/feds-pair-illegally-dealt-more-than-1-6-million-pain-pills/#29719101=0
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