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It's Friday night in the Lounge. What's everybody smoking?

I've got the remains of some potent catnip, but at least it's better than being out.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 11:59 PM (6 replies)

Former constable's deputy sentenced to prison for kidnapping, attempted sex assault


Former Brazos County constable's deputy Agustin Rubio was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday morning after pleading guilty to kidnapping and attempted sexual assault charges.

As part of the plea agreement, Rubio will be required to register as a sex offender for life once he’s released from prison.

The former deputy for Brazos County Precinct 2 Constable Donald Lampo turned himself in on Aug. 31, 2011, after police said Rubio handcuffed a woman walking in the area of Fraternity Row and Deacon Drive, then placed her in his car.

Police said the woman was never booked and instead woke up in a parking lot about four hours after a College Station patrol car video recorded Rubio putting her in his vehicle.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/crime/article_6c32a1fe-5ea0-11e3-a45d-0019bb2963f4.html .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 06:33 PM (0 replies)

Dems use CPRIT indictment against Abbott

AUSTIN — Democrats are using Friday’s announcement that Travis County prosecutors are pursuing felony charges in their now-concluded CPRIT investigation to blast Republican gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott, who sat on the board of the troubled state cancer agency.

It’s not the first time that Abbott’s role in failing to maintain a critical eye on the state cancer agency has surfaced. But Friday’s news provided fresh attack fodder for his opponents in the middle of a heated gubernatorial race.

In a statement, Sen. Wendy Davis, the Forth Worth Democrat running for governor, chided Abbott, the state attorney general, for a lack of oversight while an $11 million grant was awarded without proper agency review that led to criminal charges.

“The indictment of a former CPRIT official confirms that Greg Abbott has betrayed Texas taxpayers by failing to show up to even one CPRIT oversight board meeting,” Davis said. “Greg Abbott has yet to fully explain why he failed in his basic oversight responsibilities to Texas taxpayers.

More at http://blog.mysanantonio.com/texas-politics/2013/12/dems-use-cprit-indictment-against-abbott/?cmpid=hptopstories .

Related thread at http://www.democraticunderground.com/107813773 (Cancer agency’s officer Jerry Cobbs indicted).

Cross-posted in General Discussion forum.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 05:07 PM (3 replies)

Skirting Around the Solutions To Income Inequality

By Carol Morgan

If politicians think an increase in the minimum wage is going to satisfy the masses, they are strangely naïve. If they persist in believe the fairy tale of “trickle down”, then they are strangely misinformed.

Look back at similar times in American history. During the gilded age, the richest 1% of Americans earned about 18% of all income. In 2007, it worsened with the top 1% accounting for 24% of all income. As of 2011, the top 1% controls 40% of all wealth. And that’s while everyone else’s wealth decreased and prices for basic amenities increased. To add insult to injury, the income of the 1% increased and their taxes decreased. According to statistics from the IRS, the 400 taxpayers with the highest incomes from 1992-2007 saw their income increase 392%, while the average tax rate decreased to a -37%.


Of course, we need to increase the minimum wage, but that’s not enough. We need to tax the 1% at the same levels that created a prosperous America. We need to have single payer health insurance or better yet, free national healthcare. The ACA is somewhat of an improvement, but it’s merely a compromise to allow insurance companies to remain the same industry that gets rich from exploiting Americans. Our fate is still in the hands of our original abusers—the corporateurs. They’ve retained their license to steal and mine Americans’ greatest fears.

We need to say “no” to more cuts to the social safety net programs and leave Social Security alone. And while we’re at it, we need to move to real political campaign reform by having elections federally funded—no more PAC’s, no more corporate money from a Mississippi bank that controls a Texas campaign.

The complete blog by Carol is at http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2013-12-05/skirting-around-solutions-income-inequality .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 04:58 PM (1 replies)

Texas education advocacy groups rally to give Cruz, Cornyn failing grades

AUSTIN — The Texas affiliate of the National Education Association and other advocacy groups are staging a rally and march to issue failing grades to U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz on key social and educational issues.

Also receiving 'Fs' are fellow Republicans and U.S. Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams.

They are being chided for failing to do more on issues "critical to Texas families, including labor, public education, health care, immigration reform and voting rights."

Friday's rally at the state Capitol and subsequent march through nearby streets features the Texas State Teachers Association and the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

More at http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2013-12-06/texas-education-advocacy-groups-rally-give-cruz-cornyn-failing-grades .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 04:53 PM (1 replies)

Univ. of the Incarnate Word police officer involved in fatal shooting of student in traffic stop

SAN ANTONIO — A University of the Incarnate Word police officer shot and killed a motorist during a traffic stop Friday morning near the campus.

The man was identified as Robert Cameron Redus, 23, a UIW student, Lt. Cindy Pruitt of the Alamo Heights Police Department said at a news conference. Police did not release the identity of the five-year veteran officer, but said the officer is about 35.

According to Pruitt, the traffic stop occurred when the officer noticed Redus speeding and driving his Ford Ranger pickup erratically on Broadway. He was not on campus, Pruitt said. The UIW officer was in a marked pickup truck.

Pruitt said both vehicles drove north on Broadway until they pulled into the parking lot of the Treehouse Apartments at Broadway Street and Arcadia Place around 2 a.m., at which point they both got out of the vehicles and became involved in a struggle. The officer radioed for help during the struggle and Redus was shot multiple times.

More at http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/UIW-police-officer-involved-in-fatal-shooting-5040968.php?cmpid=hpbrnews .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 04:39 PM (0 replies)

Edinburg car dealer charged in $1.6M fraud of San Antonio credit union

SAN ANTONIO — An Edinburg car dealer has been charged by the FBI with defrauding a San Antonio credit union out of $1.6 million.

Sterling O'Connor King, 49, has signed an agreement to plead guilty to bank fraud in the swindling of Southside Credit Union, which had extended his Carbills S.A. wholesale-retail business a line of credit financing.

The FBI had previously withheld the identity of King and his business when it charged a former credit union executive earlier this year with covering up irregularities related to the car dealer transactions.

Southside financed the dealer's inventory, and Carbills received beyond the tiny credit union's lending limits to any one customer, records said.

More at http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Car-dealer-charged-in-1-6M-fraud-5038795.php?cmpid=hptopstories .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 04:30 PM (0 replies)

State District Judge Susan Criss (D) to run for State House

GALVESTON - State District Judge Susan Criss said Friday she is resigning to run for a state representative post being vacated by Craig Eiland, D-Galveston.

Criss, a Democrat, said in an email that she had sent a letter to Gov. Rick Perry making her resignation effective at 5 p.m. Friday, leaving a judicial post she was elected to for four terms.

She will appear at Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin at 2 p.m. Sunday to file as a candidate for House District 23, the email said.

Criss is the daughter of Galveston County Democratic Party Chairman Lloyd Criss, who served six terms as a state representative from District 25.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Galveston-judge-to-run-for-legislative-post-5041172.php?cmpid=hpts .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 03:56 PM (1 replies)

Cancer agency’s officer Jerry Cobbs indicted

A Travis County grand jury has indicted Jerald “Jerry” Cobbs, an executive at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas who was involved in the awarding of an $11 million grant to a Dallas company without the required scientific and business reviews.

The first-degree felony indictment charges Cobbs with securing execution of a document by deception. According to the penal code, a person commits an offense if, with the intent to defraud, he causes another to sign or execute any document affecting the financial interest of any person.

The cancer agency’s oversight committee approved the grant to Peloton Therapeutics in 2010 without realizing that the biotech startup had not gone through the review process.

The agency paid out $3.2 million of the $11 million grant before discovering two years later that the application had never been reviewed as required by the agency’s rules.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/business/cancer-agencys-officer-jerry-cobbs-indicted/ncDKR/ .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 03:48 PM (1 replies)

Marijuana In Wendy's Burger Was 'Misplaced' By Employee Amy Seiber

Their burgers might be squares, but their employees clearly aren't.

Wendy's employee Amy Seiber was arrested and soon became an ex-employee on Nov. 1, when a customer at the chain's Lovejoy, Ga. location called 911 on Nov. 1 and reported there was a half-smoked blunt inside her burger, TMZ reported Thursday.

Police say when they showed up, Seiber, 32, told them the blunt belonged to her, and that she "misplaced" it inside the cheeseburger. She was arrested for possession of marijuana.

The customer told TMZ she suffered from symptoms similar to food poisoning and had to be hospitalized. She also said that Wendy's offered to pay for her medical bills, and also gave her a $50 gift certificate.

More at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/marijuana-on-wendys-burger-amy-seiber_n_4391357.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular .

[font color=green]Leave no blunt behind!

Rest assured that I insist on baking my catnip into my edibles.[/font]
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