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Abbott warns sheriffs to comply with federal immigration requests

Gov. Greg Abbott amped up his campaign against so-called sanctuary cities Wednesday, sending a warning letter to all Texas sheriffs that if they don’t fully comply with all federal requests for detaining “criminal immigrants” being held in their jails, he will deny them some criminal justice grant funding under his control.

“I am establishing new standards for Sheriff’s Departments that seek grants from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD),” Abbott wrote. “Beginning now, all CJD grant awards will require that Sheriff’s Departments fully honor ICE’s detention requests for criminal immigrants. Any applicant that cannot certify that their office will honor all ICE detainers for criminal immigrants will be ineligible for CJD funding. Further, any applicant that certifies full compliance with ICE detainer requests — but subsequently fails to honor an ICE detainer — will be subject to claw-back provisions and must refund the full amount of their CJD grant award.”

The letter places Abbott, a fierce critic of federal incursions on state power, in the novel situation of using his authority to demand that local Texas law enforcement officials discard their discretion in fealty to federal immigration policy, a demand the federal government cannot and doesn’t attempt to enforce on its own.

But, in the hot-button politics of immigration, it allows the governor to take a tough stance that wins headlines and plaudits on Fox News — “good job in Texas, I’ll tell you that,” Sean Hannity said last week — and placates the Republican base, while deflecting calls from some legislators and tea party groups for a special session of the Legislature on sanctuary cities and other efforts designed to crack down on unauthorized immigration.

Read more: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/abbott-warns-sheriffs-to-comply-with-federal-immig/npGbk/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Nov 5, 2015, 12:30 AM (0 replies)

Paxton: Police can display “In God We Trust” on patrol vehicles

AUSTIN — In an official opinion, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said law enforcement agencies displaying “In God We Trust” on their patrol cars would likely win any court battles over the issue.

“…Displaying ‘In God We Trust’ on police vehicles is a passive use of a motto steeped in our nation’s history that does not coerce Citizen approval or participation,” Paxton wrote in his opinion. “A law enforcement department’s decision to display the national motto on its vehicles is consistent with that history. Thus, a court is likely to conclude that a law enforcement department’s display of ‘In God We Trust’ on its patrol vehicles is permissible under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

The phrase became a point of controversy earlier this year when the Freedom From Religion Foundation told the Childress Police Department to remove it from patrol cars. Childress Police Department Chief Adrian Garcia became a social media star when he shared his response to the foundation on Facebook, which included him telling the foundation to “go fly a kite.”

Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, asked in October whether or not police departments can display the phrase, which was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/11/paxton-police-can-display-in-god-we-trust-on-patrol-vehicles.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 05:56 PM (4 replies)

Outraged Conservative Christians Claim Chick-fil-A 'Goes Gay'

A conservative Christian has created a Change.org petition demanding Chick-fil-A explain why it is sponsoring Level Ground, an organization that hosts an annual LGBT Christian film festival.

"Per our research and findings, Chick-fil-A is a sponsor of 'On Level Ground' ... which is 'a movement' that 'creates space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts,'" the petition reads.

And it attacks the Level Ground's sponsors, claiming they "promote an agenda which is contrary to Chick-fil-A's corporate stance on Christian values regarding marriage and stewardship."

"In light of these findings, we ask that Chick-fil-A issues an official response regarding this sponsorship, along with any statement your team feels is necessary to clarify Chick-fil-A's corporate stance regarding previously stated Christian values on marriage and stewardship."

Read more: http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/conservatives_outraged_chick_fil_a_going_gay_over_sponsorship_of_christian_lgbt_film_festival
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 08:20 AM (5 replies)

‘Liberal Media’ Columnist Officially Declares War On Ted Cruz – And It’s Hilarious

Ted Cruz declared war on the liberal media in a fundraising letter that Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke received. Cruz called CNBC’s moderators “left-wing operatives,” according to The Hill, and actually got angry with them during the debate itself. Huppke won’t take this lying down, and has declared war on Ted Cruz.

Huppke started his column, which he called, “Ted Cruz declares war on ‘liberal media’ — so I declare war on Ted Cruz,” by flat-out saying he declares war on Cruz. Just like the headline states. Huppke isn’t known for beating around the bush in his commentaries, so it’s not totally surprising that he would be this blunt this early.



Whereas Ted Cruz has formally declared war against the people of the mainstream (or lamestream or liberal) media of the United States of America:

Therefore, be it Resolved by the Secret Cabal of Liberal Media Overlords that the state of war between the media and Ted Cruz, which has thus been thrust upon the media by Ted Cruz being a total jerk, is hereby formally declared. Rex Huppke, as a representative of the media, is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire forces available to the media, including but not limited to: pens that can be waved in a menacing manner; paper-cut inducing notepads; barrels of ink; and limitless Internet space, to carry on war against Ted Cruz and to bring the conflict to a successful termination.

Read more: http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/liberal-media-columnist-officially-declares-war-on-ted-cruz-and-its-hilarious/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 08:05 AM (0 replies)

Franklin Graham Goes To Russia, Praises Putin, Slams America, Attacks Obama, Denigrates Gay People

In 2003, just before America invaded Iraq, the Dixie Chicks gave a concert in London. During one song, "Travelin' soldier," lead singer Natalie Maines told the audience, "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

That comment, a negative remark about the President of the United States on foreign soil, drew such heated outrage from conservatives it drew death threats and greatly harmed their career.

This past week Christian evangelical Franklin Graham went to Russia.

He praised Vladimir Putin, repeatedly attacked President Barack Obama, America, and gay people, and yet not one peep of outrage has been voiced by conservatives.

Read more: http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/gays_take_other_people_s_children_franklin_graham_goes_to_russia_praises_putin_and_slams_america
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 07:59 AM (5 replies)

Rep. Gohmert Disturbed That Americans Don’t Want Obama Impeached

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert laments that there isn’t enough will to impeach President Obama.

Gohmert added that Congress would be right to impeach Obama but won’t do so because “there are not enough in the people in the country, across America, that want him removed from office before his office is over,” at least, not yet. As he explained, the GOP attempt to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen may pave the way for Obama’s impeachment.

“I would have hoped that once we start removing people from office because of the lies, misrepresentation and treason, if that comes out, or just so detrimental to the country, then we would have a case that could be made involving the president,” he said. “But the will of the American people is just not there, that’s my problem. He has done grave damage and this Iran deal, it’s really a treaty, he’s lied about it up and down, and now we’re finding out Iran is violating the treaty, yet this administration is defending Iran and betraying Israel right and left.” He went on to claim that the administration accused Israel of “war crimes” and “terrorism.”

After telling the caller that he appreciated his “concern because it tells me that you are a red-blooded American” and that “obviously you care about America,” he said that “we’ll keep pushing to see if there’s something to be done.”


Birth certificate, please?

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 07:35 AM (6 replies)

Confederate flag rally organizer: Bring rifles, 'extra magazines just in case' to San Antonio event

SAN ANTONIO — A local organizer is encouraging supporters of open carry and the Confederate flag to bring rifles and "extra magazines just in case" to a rally in downtown San Antonio Friday.

Lamar Russell, a member of the San Antonio chapter of Open Carry Texas, said he expects roughly a dozen people to show up.

“We want to show that Southern pride and the Confederate flag are not racist,” said Russell, who is black.

Russell said the group will also carry rifles for two reasons: to show support for the Second Amendment and “for our protection.”

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Confederate-flag-rally-organizer-Bring-rifles-6607742.php

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 06:49 AM (3 replies)

Pat Robertson: “Gay People Should Wear Specially-Colored Clothes To Warn Straight People”

Televangelist Pat Robertson recently repeated his prediction that LGBT rights will provoke God to destroy America’s financial markets, warning “The 700 Club” viewers that God’s wrath is on its way. He claimed that the U.S. is turning into Sodom now that it has “enshrined sodomy into the United States Constitution” and cities like Houston are trying to “force women to go into men’s bathrooms and men to go into women’s bathrooms.”

“Now it’s a constitutional right for sodomites to marry each other,” he lamented, warning that “the wrath of God is revealed against this stuff.” He explained: “I don’t want the wrath of God to hit this country, it’s a great country, I’d like to see America continue strong, but this is one way of weakening it. First of all, we’re going to have this financial collapse. We’re setting up for a massive financial collapse and I think if God is going to hurt this country that’s probably the way he’d do it.”

At that point, a viewer called in and inquired Robertson whether his grim predictions of such a crisis can somehow be averted, to which Robertson gave a somewhat confusing answer: “I believe so, yes, but we need to stop spreading lesbianism and homosexuality in order to achieve that. And the only way to stop the spread of these diseases that are plaguing the country is to make some sort of obvious distinction between gay people and normal, straight people.”

“I personally believe that we must impose a rule on the gay population that would require them to wear specially-colored clothes, for example. I’m thinking we need to go through the Senate with this and we need to make it official. That way, regular people would know that the person wearing the said color is a deviant sodomite and that they need to stay away from them at all cost, as well as keep their children away from their reach,” Robertson opined.

Read more: http://religionlo.com/pat-robertson-gay-people-should-wear-specially-colored-clothes-to-warn-straight-people/

[font color=330099]Now that I know the dress code...[/font]

Capitalism and mortality: Death rate soars for middle-aged US workers

A study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences documents a sharp rise in the mortality rate for white, middle-aged working-class Americans over the past fifteen years. The report’s authors are Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case, both economists at Princeton University.

Their calculations show that the rising death rate since 1999 for this segment of the population translates into 96,000 more deaths than if the mortality rate had remained flat. Had the rate continued on its declining trajectory for the period 1978-1998, the authors state, there would be 500,000 more people alive today in the United States.

“Only HIV/AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this,” commented Deaton.

The increase in the mortality rate is due mainly to a dramatic rise in the rate of deaths from suicide, drug abuse and alcoholism—all expressions of social and personal crisis.

Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/04/pers-n04.html
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