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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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Kinky Friedman calls Chris Christie and Jerry Jones gay on ESPN, host apologizes for comments

Kinky Friedman — writer, musician and serial Texas political office seeker — told an ESPN host on air that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones are gay.

"Jerry Jones and Chris Christie are probably the most important, latent homosexual relationship since Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson," Friedman said in an interview on Wednesday.

When host Bob Ley said, "You don't really mean that, obviously," Friedman replied, "They both desperately want to be loved ... and I agree that being in the owners' box is not the way."

Ley apologized for Friedman's remarks following the segment.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Kinky-Friedman-calls-Chris-Christie-Jerry-Jones-6001889.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jan 8, 2015, 02:09 PM (2 replies)

Texas AG Ken Paxton to continue aggravating habit of suing the federal government

It was too much to expect that Texas’ new attorney general, Ken Paxton, would dedicate his speech yesterday to a spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation among the political parties.

If he had, it would have been untrue to his campaign message and maybe even unfair to the voters who overwhelmingly granted him his office.

Really, we had to expect that his first pledge as attorney general was to do exactly what he promised he would do on the campaign trail – stick it to Obama.

Paxton will carry on his predecessor Greg Abbott’s habit of suing the administration and/or the federal government anytime a sneeze of regulation issued from the White House.

Read more: http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/texas-ag-ken-paxton-to-continue-aggravating-habit-of-suing-the-federal-government.html/?hootPostID=3d7ce561517042496f8c3c525da71928

[font color=green]I guess that he will have plenty of time to write those lawsuits while he serves time for securities fraud.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 09:44 PM (1 replies)

Report: NFL tells Dallas Cowboys they missed 7 penalty calls against Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have received non-stop media attention for two blown calls by the officials in the team's 24-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Heck, even President Obama has weighed in on the matter.

But blown calls are a two-way street, and according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys submitted 10 questionable officiating decisions to the league and the NFL has admitted the officials failed to flag the Lions seven times.

Only two specific examples were provided by reporter Clarence Hill Jr. The first, a missed hands to the face call that knocked offensive lineman Jeremy Parnell's helmet off.

The second, and far more relevant to the finish of the game, was a defensive holding committed by Lions safety James Ihedigbo on Dallas tight end Jason Witten on a third-and-8 play with 6:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2015/01/report_nfl_tells_dallas_cowboy.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 09:41 PM (2 replies)

Dallas attorney pleads guilty in vodka investment fraud

DALLAS — A Dallas attorney faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in a nearly $1.6 million vodka investment scam.

Andrew Lee Siegel remained free on bond Wednesday pending sentencing later this year.

The 54-year-old Siegel on Tuesday pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Prosecutors in Dallas say Siegel in July pleaded guilty to a copyright infringement charge.

Investigators say Siegel in 2010 established companies to produce and bottle vodka and secured almost $1.6 million from more than 30 investors.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20150107-dallas-attorney-pleads-guilty-in-vodka-investment-fraud.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 09:14 PM (1 replies)

Update: USGS now confirms 7 quakes in Irving, Dallas on Tuesday

Update at 11:20 p.m.: And it’s Lucky Number Seven!

Says the U.S. Geological Survey, we end the day (fingers crossed) with another minor temblor, this one a 1.6-magnitude at 11:02 p.m. close to most its siblings, along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River near the old Texas Stadium site.

Update at 10:20 p.m.: So … make that six quakes confirmed today in North Texas.

The fifth, per the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred a 1.7-magnitude quake at 9:54 p.m. near Denton Drive and W. Northwest Highway in Northwest Dallas. The sixth followed a few minutes later: a 2.4-magnitude temblor at 10:05 p.m. on the University of Dallas campus.

At least they’re getting smaller?

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/north-texas-rattled-by-quake-estimated-to-be-in-the-mid-3-magnitude-range-per-usgs.html/

[font color=green]The most severe measured a 3.6 magnitude. Does this mean that Texas will slide into the Gulf of Mexico?[/font]

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 12:49 AM (4 replies)

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 12

Crackpot Utopia: A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds. See also: Bachmannism, Boehneresque.

1. Arizona Republican protests busload of YMCA campers

You might want to read that heading again, to really take it in. We all know that the Republican Party isn't exactly what any normal person would call "child-friendly." Their views on things like education, the environment, climate, and health care are good examples.

It seems that one Adam Kwasman, a repug Arizona state legislator who was attempting to move on up to the U.S. House of Representatives, went and got hisself all whipped up in a wingnut frenzy -- inspired, no doubt, by the Murrieta, California, incident where groups of gun-toting FOX "News"-hound republicans screamed and bellowed like a medieval mob at a bus of immigrant children, intimidating the children to tears for all the world to see. (Alas, Adam lost the 1st CD GOP nomination to state House Speaker Andy Tobin, who failed to unseat incumbent Dem Ann Kirkpatrick.)

-snip-

2. Crazyspeak of the Year nominee(s) No. 15: the Impeachment Variations (group nomination)

This one is a group effort, from a group of republicans that belong in a group home. Alas, funding for group homes has steadily dried up since the Reagan years, so all that a lot of our most insane citizens can do is babble incoherently or run for Congress. Here's a nice little list of drooling Crackpots sputtering on about the I-word:

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX): "President Obama is begging to be impeached."

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): "T)he president has committed impeachable offenses."

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI): Impeachment of President Obama is "a dream come true."

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX): "I)f the House had an impeachment vote, it would probably impeach the president."

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX): Impeaching the president "needs to happen."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins: "If Republicans capture the Senate, there's no more excuses about impeachment."

-snip-

3. Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 16: Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)



In his fab new book Just Fly the Plane, Stupid, Pearce sez:

The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice. The husband's part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else.


-snip-

- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/01/crackpot-utopia-year-in-republican_4.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 6, 2015, 10:23 PM (1 replies)

SMU seismologists say ‘old faults,’ wastewater disposal could be cause of today’s 3.5-magnitude quak

IRVING, TEXAS -- SMU seismologist Brian Stump says today’s 3.5-magnitude temblor was “well-felt, so I am sure people are concerned.” But, he cautions: Researchers have no idea what caused it — or whether it’s a precursor to larger quakes.
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“We cannot predict the size of the largest events, and that motivates a need to study these events,” he said, “to try to address those questions.”

One thing is certain: While many people in North Texas felt it, some didn’t — even if they were in the same building. Said SMU seismologist Heather DeShon, she felt it on campus. Stump, who was on a different floor in the same building, did not.

“Sitting still makes a huge difference” when it comes to feeling a quake, DeShon said.

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/north-texas-rattled-by-quake-estimated-to-be-in-the-mid-3-magnitude-range-per-usgs.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 6, 2015, 06:52 PM (1 replies)

I am devastated...

that Louie Gohmert only received three votes for Speaker of the House.

The nation will be devastated.

Report: Johnny Manziel had minor skirmish at Houston nightclub



Good ol' Johnny Football decided to have some R&R in Houston over the weekend, but things got a little out of hand, according to TMZ Sports.

Manziel and his crew were at Dekan Nightclub (get it?) Saturday and some clubgoers began to harass him.

The situation escalated when Manziel flipped the bird to one of the hecklers, prompting some people to throw their drinks at him. Manziel and his entourage left the club, changed clothes and returned a while later.

The alleged drink-throwers were kicked out.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/article/Report-Johnny-Manziel-had-minor-skirmish-at-5995217.php

[font color=green]Time for an intervention?[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 6, 2015, 02:29 AM (8 replies)

Former HHSC Attorney Stick's Chief of Staff Facing Steep Pay Cut

One of three Texas Health and Human Services Commission employees put on paid administrative leave amid a probe into the agency’s contracting procedures is facing a 50 percent cut to his salary.

Cody Cazares, who was until recently the chief of staff for HHSC's top lawyer, Jack Stick, had his pay slashed from $112,000 to $55,000 effective Jan. 1, state records show. Reached by email, Cazares referred reporters to HHSC's communications office.

Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for HHSC, said now that Stick is no longer the agency's chief counsel, "it was appropriate to review the position and what the job duties would be in the future."

Cazares' pay cut is the latest in a series of high-profile changes at the agency in the weeks since HHSC has come under fire for awarding a $110 million Medicaid fraud software deal to a relatively unknown company called 21 Century Technologies Inc.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/01/05/sticks-chief-staff-facing-steep-pay-cut/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 6, 2015, 02:22 AM (1 replies)
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