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Assclown Alert: Pastor John Hagee said Jesus is the 'true vaccine,' but he got a shot in the arm

Assclown Alert: Pastor John Hagee said Jesus is the 'true vaccine,' but he got a shot in the arm anyway

After preaching last November that Jesus was the “true vaccine” that would protect believers against the deadly scourge of COVID-19, it now appears San Antonio megachurch Pastor John Hagee also has a backup plan.

A spokesman for Hagee Ministries this month told ABC News that the Cornerstone Church patriarch has been medically vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Pastor Hagee believes in both the power of prayer and modern medicine,” a Hagee spokesman told ABC. “These are not mutually exclusive.”

While it’s true that prayer and medicine aren’t mutually exclusive, that certainly wasn’t the message Hagee was sharing with his flock last fall. After contracting COVID-19, the 80-year-old pastor seemed to imply that Jesus’ blessing was all it took to beat the pandemic.

“I bring under the authority of Jesus Christ every sickness and every disease, especially the COVID thing that’s sweeping the nation,” he pronounced during his first sermon back from a 15-day hospital stay. “We have a vaccine. The name is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Let Him sweep through this country and heal the righteous who dare to ask for it.”

Read more: https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2021/03/29/assclown-alert-pastor-john-hagee-said-jesus-is-the-true-vaccine-but-he-got-a-shot-in-the-arm-anyway

Beto O'Rourke Testifies in Support of Trans Children

Former state representative Beto O’Rourke joined dozens of Texans at the Capitol on March 26 to advocate against the anti-transgender Senate Bill 29.

The bill, written by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and marked as one of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s top 31 priorities, would ban trans children from participating in student athletics that match their gender identities.

O’Rourke, who said earlier this week he drove over eight hours to Austin from El Paso to fight bills that would harm Texans, told a Senate committee he “learned a lot” from listening to those who were testifying both for and against SB 29.

“What struck me the most was the grace, the patience, and the generosity of the parents of transgender children, and those transgender children themselves, for helping us to understand what their lives are like,” O’Rourke said. “I know that has to move you, because it moved me.”

Read more: http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/2021/03/beto-orourke-testifies-in-support-of-trans-children/

In Leaked Report, Texas Democrats Blame COVID-19 For Weak Performance in 2020

Democrats in Texas are blaming their failure to flip the state and the Texas House of Representatives on an inability to campaign during the pandemic, according to a new report obtained by Houston Public Media.

In an examination of how the Texas Democratic Party came up short in the election, the report puts much of the blame on how the party campaigned during the pandemic, finding that Democrats lost the get-out-the-vote battle to Republicans largely because they would not put their volunteers at risk for COVID-19 to canvass in person.

"By not being able to knock doors and other sort of logistical impacts of the pandemic...we think that definitely hurt us in 2020," said Hudson Cavanagh, director of data science for the Texas Democratic Party and author of the report. "Republicans really all cycle were knocking doors, were doing in-person voter registration, were really less concerned about putting people in harm's way than we were on our side."

That made it harder for Democrats to register voters, Cavanagh said.

"In the last three months…Republicans really outregistered us, and they did a good job of turning out those voters that they had recently registered, and that actually cost us a lot of net votes in terms of the final vote share," Cavanagh said.

Read more: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/politics/2021/03/29/394654/texas-democrats-blame-covid-for-weak-performance-in-2020/

2 More Houston-Area Men Arrested For Joining Capitol Insurrection, FBI Says

Two more Houston-area residents have been accused of participating in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, bringing the total number of locals arrested to six.

Authorities say Christian Cortez and Benjamin Larocca, both of Seabrook, drove a rental car to Washington, D.C. to attend the march, and entered the Capitol building during the attack. The two men were identified using footage recorded throughout the day, according to court documents.

In one video, Cortez appears on Capitol grounds near a line of officers, alongside other pro-Trump extremists.

"Oath breakers! Oath breakers!," he yells toward a line of officers, according to court documents.

Read more: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/criminal-justice/2021/03/29/394612/two-houston-area-men-drove-to-d-c-and-joined-capitol-insurrection-fbi-says/

Christian Cortez and Benjamin Larocca allegedly entered the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

Turner Challenges Local College Students to Get Vaccinated Now That All Adults Are Eligible

On the first day that all Texans 16 and older became eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stopped by the University of Houston to urge local college students to sign-up for a coronavirus vaccine as quickly as they can.

The pro-vaccine pep rally at UH came on the heels of a new promise from President Joe Biden that nearly all U.S. adults will qualify for vaccines within the next three weeks, and after the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control warned that a fourth wave of COVID-19 infectious could hit if states keep loosening local restrictions.

Turner’s remarks on Monday heralded the kick-off of a friendly contest between UH, Texas Southern University, the University of St. Thomas and Lone Star College System to see which school can get the most students and alums vaccinated in the weeks ahead.

“As young Houstonians, you have a responsibility to try to prevent large numbers of vulnerable people, such as your parents and older residents from contracting the virus and possibly spreading it,” Turner said, imploring local college students to try and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Read more: https://www.houstonpress.com/news/turner-challenges-college-students-to-get-vaccinated-11549808

5th Circuit reverses dismissal of trans woman's lawsuit against sheriff, former sheriff, county

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today (Monday, March 29) issued a ruling reversing a lower-court ruling dismissing Dallas trans woman Valerie Jackson’s civil lawsuit against former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff Marian Anderson and Dallas County, claiming that DCSO deputies and employees violated her constitutional rights related to her gender identity. But the three-judge panel refused again to reverse Judge Brantley Starr’s refusal to recuse himself from the trial.

“We affirm the denial of the motion to recuse, reverse the dismissal of the municipal liability claims against Dallas County and Valdez and Brown in their official capacities, and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion,” the panel — consisting of Judges Rhesa H. Barksdale, Leslie H. Southwick and James E. Graves Jr. — wrote. The judges said this ruling will not be published, which it cannot be cited as precedent except under the limited circumstances explained in Fifth Circuit rules.

Jackson’s lawsuit stems from a November 2016 incident in which Jackson was arrested for having a gun in her purse when she tried to go through security at DFW International Airport. Jackson told Dallas Voice at the time that a friend had given her the gun for self protection when she was being stalked by a man who had been connected to assaults on one woman and threats to another, She said she had forgotten she had it in her purse when she went to the airport to catch a flight for a vacation with friends. The charges against Jackson were later dropped.

When she was arrested, Jackson was transferred to the Dallas County Jail where, she said, she was repeatedly misgendered despite legal identification bearing her appropriate gender and was repeatedly humiliated when she was forced to undergo strip searches, forced to show her genitals with to male deputies, housed with male inmates and forced to shower with male inmates.

Read more: https://dallasvoice.com/5th-circuit-reverses-dismissal-of-trans-womans-lawsuit-against-sheriff-former-sheriff-county/

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Republicans' Dumb Fight Against Vaccine Passports & Trump is for Hire!

Feds Nab 20th U.S. Capitol Riot Suspect From North Texas

Some came with weapons, others with zip ties and plans to kidnap politicians. Others wanted to hang Vice President Mike Pence, while a few even paraded around in U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.

They flooded the U.S. Capitol and rioted in support of former President Donald Trump, who they say only lost in November's election because the vote was rigged in favor of Democrat Joe Biden. People died. Then, the rioters went back to their hometowns and resumed their lives.

But since the Jan. 6 insurrection, federal authorities have arrested hundreds of people across the country for allegedly participating in the riot. On Friday, the FBI field office in Dallas picked up its latest suspect: David Lee Judd, a 35-year-old Carrollton resident who faces charges of civil disorder and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers, according to an FBI spokesperson.


The FBI’s DeSarno said North Texans have sent in tips and urged relatives accused of crimes during the Capitol riot to turn themselves in.

“However, some of the most violent offenders have yet to be identified, and we ask again for your assistance in identifying additional perpetrators of these heinous acts,” he said.

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/feds-nab-another-us-capitol-rioter-from-dallas-area-bringing-arrests-to-20-11999349

'Satanism Need Not Apply': GOP Bills Would Allow Religious Symbols in Yards

A pair of bills in the state Legislature would allow Texans to install certain religious displays outside their home in neighborhoods where homeowners associations disallow them, but devil’s advocates warn that it could backfire.

Spearheading the effort in the Senate is Houston Republican Paul Bettencourt, whose bill was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott last week. State Rep. Mike Schofield, a Republican from Katy, is shepherding an identical companion bill through the House.

Although state law prevents HOAs from removing religious displays from front doors, the two bills would expand it to include a person’s yard.

Bettencourt says the bills would allow Texans to brandish their crosses and menorahs, but it also comes with a caveat: A display can’t be “patently offensive to a passerby for reasons other than its religious content.”

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/two-bills-would-prevent-hoas-from-removing-religious-displays-from-front-doors-and-yards-11999344

A QAnon Convention Is Coming to Town. Some Dallasites Want it Canceled.

When a friend sent her an article about an upcoming political convention in Dallas, the QAnon-linked "For God & Country Patriot Roundup," Colleen Morgan thought the name sounded like a misnomer.

“Patriots are people who love the country, but these people are putting [Former President Donald Trump] above the country, a person above the Constitution,” she said. “They’re not true patriots to me.”

That's why Morgan and other Dallas residents are calling for the convention's cancellation. She hopes a petition she started will help persuade hotels hosting the convention to drop it altogether.

The For God & Country Patriot Roundup, scheduled May 28-31, will be hosted by Gilley’s Dallas and Omni Dallas Hotel. The event will include such speakers as retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to Trump, as well as Sidney Powell, formerly a lawyer for both Flynn and Trump.

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/two-dallas-hotels-are-slated-to-host-a-qanon-convention-some-want-it-canceled-12000364
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