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Campaign signs defaced with Nazi symbols in Arlington

ARLINGTON — Campaign signs for two Asian-American candidates in separate Tarrant County races were vandalized recently in Arlington with swastikas and another Nazi symbol.

The vandal apparently targeted a handful of signs belonging to Gerald Kern, who is seeking the Arlington City Council District 7 at-large seat in the May 10 election, and Alex Kim, who is in the Republican primary runoff on May 27 for County Criminal Court No. 3.

Arlington code compliance officials removed the signs, which were defaced with swastikas and SS lightning bolts in black spray paint, from at least four areas of town on Wednesday.

Both candidates said they planned to replace the signs, which cost about $30 each. Neither said they would file a police report, although Arlington police were contacted about the situation by code compliance officers.

More at http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/04/30/5781508/campaign-signs-defaced-with-nazi.html?rh=1 .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 1, 2014, 03:25 AM (0 replies)

Disowning Your Children?

Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 1, 2014, 03:15 AM (2 replies)

Pundits see Rick Perry’s presidential chances rising from the ashes

Democratic consultant James Carville, who two years ago crowned Rick Perry “the worst presidential campaign, candidate in American history,” this week sees him as a main GOP contender in 2016.

He’s joined in the opinion by Republican consultant Dick Morris, who also wrote a column naming Perry as one of the early favorites to take the Republican nomination.

Perry has been traveling the country and rehabilitating his image on the consistent and long-serving message of small government, low taxes and limited regulation. Whether through the fade of other major contenders – such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fending off allegations in Bridgegate – or the rising of his own star, Perry is once again is among the names being bandied about as potential GOP leaders.

Only last year, pollsters said they were removing his name from their questionnaires because he consistently finished with less than one percent.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/pundits-see-rick-perrys-presidential-chances-rising-from-the-ashes.html/ .

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2 killed, 9 hurt in Texas oil field explosion

Source: AP

MENTONE — A buildup of pressure caused an explosion as workers were changing a wellhead Wednesday at a West Texas oil field, killing two of them and injuring nine others, a sheriff said.

Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper said authorities received an emergency call before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday about the explosion some 60 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M.

The two workers who were killed died at the scene, he said. Their names have not been released. Hopper said he did not know the extent of the injuries for the nine who were hurt.

It was not clear Wednesday which company operates the oil field, he said.

Read more: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/04/30/2-killed-9-hurt-in-w-texas-oil-field-explosion/

Mentone is in Loving County, the most sparsely populated county in Texas (pop. 95, est. 2013).

Sen. Cornyn calls $10.10 minimum wage a job killer

WASHINGTON–Giving the millions of Americans making low wages a federally-mandated raise would actually hurt more people that it helps, Sen. John Cornyn says.

A bill that would have raised the nation’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would have eliminated jobs, Cornyn asserted today during his weekly call with reporters, hours after he and fellow Republicans blocked the bill in the Senate.

Democrats have pushed the increase for months. Cornyn and fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, as well as nearly all of their GOP colleagues, voted to block the bill. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was the lone Republican to vote to move forward on the bill.

“There’s a much better way to deal with income inequality and low income than the federal government mandating what those wages should be,” Cornyn said.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/sen-cornyn-calls-10-10-minimum-wage-a-job-killer.html/ .

Attorney General Greg Abbott says a pile of bulls**t

Sorry folks, I had to make up for the last two posts that I made in the Texas Group.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says Mike Rawlings “heart in right place” with DISD home rule pla

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Wednesday praised Mayor Mike Rawlings for pushing a controversial home rule initiative for the Dallas Independent School District.

“What I perceived the mayor is trying to do is what we’re all trying to do in the state of Texas and that is to try to find solutions that would assure more local control, greater flexibility to improve education,” Abbott said after touting his own public school proposals at Kipp Truth Academy in southern Dallas. “His goal is consistent with where parents in this state and communities are, and where most leaders in this state are and that is we want to improve failing schools.”

Rawlings’ effort at public school reform has been hampered by the poorly executed public campaign to change DISD from state control to a new local form of governance.

The group pushing campaign, called Support Our Public Schools, has been widely criticized for the unpopularity of the idea.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/texas-attorney-general-greg-abbott-says-mike-rawlings-heart-in-right-place-with-disd-home-rule-plan.html/ .

Attorney General Greg Abbott says no need to review Texas executions

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he saw no need to change or review the state’s execution policies in the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin Tuesday ordered a full review of her state’s execution procedures after something went wrong with the lethal injection given to death row inmate Clayton Lockett. It was reported that Lockett was writhing on a gurney after the first of thee injections were made. The process was stopped and he later died of a heart attack.

Abbott said it was appropriate for Fallin the review the incident, which could have been caused by vein failure.

But he said there were no lessons to be learned in Texas.

“We monitor our system very carefully to make sure we never have happen in Texas what happened in Oklahoma,” Abbott said. “I have no indication or evidence or reason for concern that we will have happen in Texas what happened in Oklahoma.”

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/greg-abbott-says-no-need-to-review-texas-executions.html/ .

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Tries to Get 20 Seniors to Bash the ACA, Gets Completely Embarrassed Instead

Every time I write anything about Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, I still can’t believe this guy won his election. It’s bad enough he was CEO of a company that was found guilty of defrauding hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare. One would think that would have disqualified him from having any chance at winning, but he rode the tea party crazy train in 2010 to victory.

Needless to say, his first term as governor has been an absolute embarrassment.

And the embarrassments continued to pile up recently when Scott tried to get a group of 20 seniors to bash the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), but instead got mostly praise about President Obama’s signature health care law.

“I’m completely satisfied,” Harvey Eisen, 92, a West Boca resident, told Scott.

- See more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/florida-governor-rick-scott-tries-get-20-seniors-bash-aca-gets-completely-embarrassed-instead/#sthash.fBlSddYi.dpuf

Two people injured in shooting near UT campus

Source: Austin American-Statesman

Two men were injured in a shooting near a construction site on Rio Grande Street near the University of Texas campus Wednesday morning, officials said.

The shooting occurred about 11:45 a.m. just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, officials said. Both men were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge; one with a serious injury and the other with potentially life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Police are on the scene, and no other details were immediately available.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/two-people-injured-in-shooting-near-ut-campus/nfmD7/
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