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Ted Cruz’s Dad Fights Gay Rights in Texas

An anti-discrimination ordinance that would protect gays and transgender people is facing strong opposition in Plano, Texas. Naturally, the Cruz family is involved.

Rafael Cruz, the fiery pastor and father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, is well known for his conservative and Christian bona fides, and now he has inserted himself into a local city council issue in Plano, Texas, claiming an anti-discrimination measure is an “attack on Judeo-Christian beliefs in America.”

The measure that has Cruz so fired up is an equal rights ordinance passed late last year by the City Council of Plano, Texas. When it was passed, the ordinance’s backers on the Council did not predict much commotion. The measure, after all, merely extended existing provisions forbidding discrimination in housing and employment to include sexual orientation and gender identity, putting the city largely in line with federal law.

Instead, Plano, a city of under 275,000 on the outskirts of Dallas, is quickly becoming a suburban Stonewall.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/17/ted-cruz-s-dad-fights-gay-rights-in-texas.html?source=TDB&via=FB_Page

Does this belongs here or the Science group?

WATCH: Protesters surround conference put on by Texas Muslims: ‘You are not Americans’

Garland, Texas -- Protesters, upset that a Muslim group was holding a conference at a Texas conference center owned by the local school district, showed up last night waving flags and signs telling attendees, “Go home and take Obama with you.”

The conference, entitled “Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate,” was being being put on as a fundraiser for a Chicago-based Islamic group, Sound Vision, and approximately about 500 attendees were expected, reports NBC-DFW.

Holding signs saying “You are not Americans. Don’t fly our flag,” protesters complained about the Garland Independent School District allowing the group to use the facility.

“We pay our taxes to that school, and I don’t want them here,” one woman, Lavona Martindale said.

Another protester, identified as Greg McKinley, said, “We’re here to stand up for the American way of life from a faction of people who are trying to destroy us.”

More, including the video at http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/watch-protesters-surround-conference-put-on-by-texas-muslims-you-are-not-americans/

In South Carolina, Cruz Blisters Obama, GOP Establishment

Source: AP

Sen. Ted Cruz urged archconservatives on Sunday to help nominate a Republican from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election. The unspoken message: someone like him.

Cruz called GOP nominees like Mitt Romney in 2012, John McCain in 2008 and Bob Dole in 1996 "good, honorable and decent men" but not conservative enough. All lost their bids for the presidency.

"If we nominate a candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again," Cruz told hundreds of activists at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention.

South Carolina will cast the South's first primary ballots in 2016, shortly after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/south-carolina-cruz-blisters-obama-gop-establishment-28311722

While Cruz was speaking he was subliminally telepathing "pick me, pick me, pick me" to the audience.

Suspects held in Greece as European terror crackdown widens


With Europe on edge, soldiers fanned out to guard possible terror targets in Belgium Saturday while police in Greece detained at least two suspects as part of a widening counterterrorism dragnet across the continent.

In France, one of the terrorists behind last week's attacks in Paris was given a secret burial as authorities sought to head off glorification of terrorism and civil unrest amid a groundswell of popular antagonism across Europe against radical Islam, and protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad across the Muslim world that have underscored vast cultural differences.

For the first time in three decades, authorities used paratroopers to reinforce police in Belgium's cities, guarding buildings within the Jewish quarter of the port city of Antwerp and some Belgian embassies. The move came a day after anti-terror raids netted dozens of suspects across Western Europe and increased anxiety across big swathes of the region.

Belgium has increased its terror warning to 3, the second-highest, following the anti-terror raids of Thursday which left two suspects dead. Police believe the cell they largely dismantled was on the verge of a major attack.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article7144517.html

USGS likely to upgrade North Texas’ quake risk level

Until now, North Texas has been one of the least likely places in the country to have an earthquake.

But after the Dallas area suffered a series of more than 120 quakes since 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey is re-evaluating the metroplex’s “seismic hazard” — or the risk of experiencing earthquakes.

This year, for the first time, the USGS will include quakes believed to have been caused by human activity in its National Seismic Hazard Map, which engineers use to write and revise building codes, and which insurers use to set rates.

The map predicts where future earthquakes will occur, how often they will occur and how strongly they will shake the ground.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150117-usgs-likely-to-upgrade-north-texas-quake-risk-level.ece

Power 5 conferences pass cost-of-attendance measure as NCAA autonomy begins

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. -- The power players in collegiate athletics enacted historic change Saturday at the NCAA convention, passing the first package of autonomous legislation, headlined by a full cost-of-attendance measure that will supplement student-athletes' scholarships with unprecedented dollars.

"It's a big day for student-athletes," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "The benefits now available to student-athletes are more significant. This is a big step forward and a response to a changing circumstance for the 21st-century athlete."

The discussion and vote Saturday outside Washington, D.C., thrust fully into the spotlight the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 after the Division I Board of Directors granted autonomy to the Power 5 conferences last August to create rules free of the full NCAA membership.

Full cost of attendance passed on a 79-1 vote from the panel comprised of 15 student-athletes -- a historic event in its own right -- and the 65 schools of the football-driven leagues.

Read more: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/12185230/power-5-conferences-pass-cost-attendance-measure-ncaa-autonomy-begins

Shattered glass after widespread vandalism, burglary spree in Lubbock including GOP county HQ

Shopkeepers spent Saturday morning sweeping, boarding up windows and cleaning up the damage after widespread vandalism and burglaries in Lubbock.

Much of the damage, which appeared to be caused by BB or pellet guns, came in the form of shattered windows, including many at shops and organizations such as the Lubbock County Republican Party Headquarters on 34th Street.

Connie Munoz arrived at her shop in the 3200 block of 34th Street just before 9 a.m. Saturday to find her front plate glass window destroyed and projectile damage on her glass door.

“There was a lot of shattered glass,” said Munoz, owner of Ameri Tax Income Tax and Bookkeeping service.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-01-17/shop-owners-clean-shattered-glass-after-widespread-vandalism-burglary-spree#.VLthOnvy1Z8

Kaufman DA’s killer has brain damage, lawyer says

Testing has found signs of brain damage in Eric Williams, who was sentenced to death in connection with the murder of the Kaufman County district attorney and two others, his attorney says.

KTVT-TV (Channel 11) and the Terrell Tribune reported Friday that Williams’ lawyer is seeking a new trial because of the findings.

A judge had agreed to medical tests to determine whether Williams, a former justice of the peace, had been driven to violence because of neurological damage that might have resulted from diabetes.

Williams was charged with capital murder in the fatal January 2013 shooting of prosecutor Mark Hasse. He was also charged in the March slayings of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, at their home near Forney.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20150116-kaufman-das-killer-has-brain-damage-lawyer-says.ece

Perry Gives Final Public Speech as Texas Governor

A day after Gov. Rick Perry bid farewell to the statehouse, he spoke to Republicans at a national party gathering in San Diego, where he offered no specifics on his expected run for president — but alluded to the burgeoning campaign.

“This is my last public speech {as governor}, so I have a few things to say," Perry said at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting. "First among them: Thank you for helping us elect a Republican majority in both houses of Congress."

“2014 was a great start,” he added. “2016 is when we finish the job.”

The speech was heavy with criticism for President Obama on foreign affairs, the economy and securing the border.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/01/16/rick-perry-speaks-rnc-members/
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