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Local ladies donate quilts for infants (a good news story in Texas)

THREE RIVERS, TEXAS The ladies at Cactus and Thorns/Needles and Pins donated 19 baby quilts and receiving blankets to the Sunshine Room, a project of the Live Oak County Child Welfare, Inc. CAT/NAP began working on this project in December 2012 after learning of the need for quilts and blankets for low income families with infants.

The receiving blankets are big enough to be used for bundling to calm fussy newborns. In addition to keeping babies warm in winter, quilts help babies develop eye/hand coordination as well as learning to crawl while playing with toys during floor time.

The Sunshine Room will also use these quilts for foster children in Live Oak and McMullen counties as something of their own that they can snuggle in and take with them when they leave to be reunited with their family or are adopted into a new family. CAT/NAP meets on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Three Rivers.

Source: http://mysoutex.com/view/full_story_progress/22951783/article-Local-ladies-donate-quilts-for-infants?instance=lead_story_left_column#cb_post_comment_22951783

[font color=green]The story caught my attention because I saw the word catnip instead.

However, cat naps are also a good thing so I'll give a big Texas thank you to the quilters who volunteer their time and talent towards providing something nice to the babies born into a life of poverty. They made beautiful quilts for those babies and I know that some families save the quilts so they become family treasures that are passed along to future generations.

For those that consider this a "puff piece", please file under good news story because we aren't getting many from the Texas Legislature these days.[/font]

Mormons to use technology in missionary work

The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door [font color=green](they come to my house in Brenham about once a month)[/font].

But in a few years, that image may be replaced by one of young Mormons sitting with an iPad, typing messages on Facebook.

Recognizing the world has changed, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders announced Sunday night that missionaries will do less door-to-door proselytizing, and instead, use the Internet to recruit new church members.

The strategy shift reflects the growing importance of social media and people's preference to connect over sites such as Facebook rather than opening their homes to strangers, church leaders said.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/nation/article_b957b1a8-56d0-5e69-958c-5f199e625e5d.html .

[font color=green]Mitt Romney should be grateful that the Internet wasn't around when he was a missionary. There wouldn't have been a need to convert the Catholics in France over to the LDS and he wouldn't have received that draft deferment either.[/font]

Day Trip: Palmetto State Park

Palmetto State Park feels more like boggy Florida than Central Texas.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Myers

Every time I think The Bearded One and I have covered all the state, county and city parks within a relatively short driving distance – and found the best ones – something pops out and surprises me. Most recently, that was Palmetto State Park.

About an hour and a half south of Austin, off Highway 183, Palmetto State Park presents a unique ecology for the area. At more than one point, I felt transported to a prehistoric time, with ferns and palms growing around vine-covered trees in a steamy climate. The combination of the easy but interesting trails and a perfectly lazy swimming hole quickly shot the park into my Top 5 area favorites.

Palmetto State Park is composed of 270 acres in Gonzales County along the San Marcos River. Like many other Texas state parks, it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and opened in 1936. The CCC buildings are well preserved and provide a man-made marvel next to the natural ones in the park, when you think about how young men built these structures by hand. One of particular interest is the stone water well and pump along the Palmetto Interpretive Trail.

Hiking the trails in Palmetto State Park transports you to a more tropical terrain reminiscent of Florida due to its location, where a number of eastern and western species merge, like the dwarf palmetto for which the park is named. In addition, the park is home to some of the largest trees I’ve seen in Texas and is a great spot for birding. Located along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, more than 240 species of birds have been spotted within the park.

More at http://www.austinpost.org/day-trips/day-trip-palmetto-state-park .

Park Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/palmetto

[font color=green]The park is located off of US 183 and south of I-10 between Luling and Gonzales. It is within two hours of San Antonio, Austin and most of the Houston area.[/font]

Louie Gohmert Continues to Embarrass Texas, Believes Nuclear Reduction and Border Security Related

It wasn't long ago that Hair Balls took it upon themselves to compile the list of the five greatest idiocies Rep. Louie Gohmert has uttered. Inhabiting the worst tendencies of a Tea Party/Christianist, Gohmert has taken it upon himself to remind future students of history that the early 21st century was not kind to Texas, and that anti-intellectualism carried greater water than any form of inquisitive humility.

But after this week, it's clear that our earlier attempt to capture all the reprehensible and moronic things Gohmert's offered cannot be a one-off. You can't hope to stable all his idiotic views in but one post. It's got to become a series, a serial in which all the things Gohmert brings up -- all those views that make us realize how terrifically imbecilic the man makes the state seem -- are captured as they come. A continual update on the man who makes those in Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Tyler look as backward as anything this side of George Wallace.

Fortunately, this was a good week for those on Gohmert watch. After all, the man knows how to use Twitter with the best of them:

Is now really the time to reduce America's nuclear strength, when we can't even secure our borders? http://t.co/2pIfzIgaxQ
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) June 20, 2013

"Is now really the time to reduce America's nuclear strength, when we can't even secure our borders?" I don't know, Louie -- is it? Should the 1,000-odd live warheads we still maintain -- the ones whose maintenance runs the federal budget $31 billion, and whose potential implementation would destroy all forms of higher life multiple times over -- see the stasis, or expansion, you'd prefer? Are you truly that perturbed that our nuclear draw-down has led to such geopolitical horrors as Iran electing a modern, moderate president; as Russia, despite sensible opposition to Eastern Europe's missile defense, acquiescing to continued nuclear devolution; as North Korea, belligerent with the best of them, continuing to seek high-level talks with both adjacent members?

More at http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2013/06/louie_gohmert_bigot_nuke_borde.php .

Deadly Charades: Double Lives, Extortion and the Suicide of a Respected Texas A&M Professor

At 10:29 a.m. on January 8, Texas A&M Communications Professor Jim Aune stood on the roof of a campus parking garage and texted the man who had been extorting him for weeks. It was the last thing he would ever do.

"Killing myself now And u will be prosecuted for black mail," Aune said, according to federal court records. Then Aune stepped off the roof and fell six stories, landing on his back. The fall didn't immediately kill him; he died at a hospital later that day.

Aune, a 59-year-old married father of two, believed he had texted the father of a 16-year-old girl he'd been chatting with online after first meeting her on Gay.com. Aune never actually met or spoke on the phone with the girl who called herself Karen McCall. There was no way he could have, because she didn't exist.

Federal authorities say that both "Karen McCall" and her father were actually a 38-year-old New Orleans-area man named Daniel Timothy Duplaisir, a self-employed house painter with a habit of extorting men who liked to carry on sexually explicit online relationships with underage girls.

More at http://www.houstonpress.com/2013-06-20/news/am-prof-suicide/full/ .

Related threads:
A&M prof & department head jumps from campus building, dies

Alleged blackmail behind A&M professor's suicide


Fancy Retail in South Dallas: We Built It, and They Didn't Come

You guys are killing me. I'm a four-hyphen guy, a commie-pinko hippie-liberal nanny-state bleeding-heart libtard. I thought Dallas was supposed to be ultra-conservative. You're supposed to have at least one hyphen. But you keep putting me on the wrong side of the hyphen.

Today The Dallas Morning News has a serious editorial -- as opposed to a joke -- in which it bemoans the fact that the erection of a city-subsidized shopping center to house rich and fancy shops in a district of bleak soul-biting poverty two years ago in South Dallas has failed to cause that area to become rich and fancy. In fact it has just failed -- failed, failed, failed.

What the ...? No. You guys know better than this. You have to know better than this. But you keep doing it. Not just in poor South Dallas. You did it a few years ago in downtown with a government-owned fancy furniture store and a fancy grocery store. The fancy furniture store and the fancy grocery store, subsidized at fancy government cost, also failed to cause fancy people to emerge from nearby sidewalks like potted palms.


To shop, you have to have money. You can't shop without money. People sell things for money. You bring the money into the shop. You give the shop the money. They give you the umbrella. They don't give you the umbrella, and then money falls out of it, and then you give them back some of the money. If it started working like that, the shop people would shutter their shop immediately, take all their umbrellas home and shake the hell out of them.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/06/fancy_retail_in_south_dallas_w.php#more .

State Rep. Stickland Swears He Wasn't Threatening to Shoot People, Just Wishing Fetuses Had Guns

Some days u r extra thankful we still have the right 2 protect ourselves & the 2nd amendment-Today is 1 of those days #txlege
— Jonathan Stickland (@RepStickland) June 23, 2013

It's not entirely clear what Stickland is hinting at here, but it sounds an awful lot like he's considering opening fire on the pro-choice protestors then flooding the Capitol -- in self-defense, of course, since ladies bent on killing innocent unborn children would certainly have no compunction about offing a portly freshman lawmaker with whom they disagree.

When liberals begin attacking you by the hundreds on twitter it at least warrants a response.

1. My reference this morning to being grateful for the ability to defend myself is coupled with the knowledge that there are those among us who cannot defend themselves.Through my vote today I will be defending the rights of those who cannot speak for their own rights. The right to protect ourselves has nothing to do with partisanship or party affiliation. Liberals would like to create certain categories of human beings who in their minds, are not worth protecting. This is a very slippery slope and leads to the degradation of society. The way we treat the most vulnerable among us defines us as a state. In Texas we believe in protecting the rights of all those who are vulnerable, be they disabled, elderly, or unborn.

2. Only liberals would depict legislation that increases the standard of care women are receiving in health clinics as a "war on women". This is how desperate Democrats are to take Texas. The amount of spin they put on the truth is exhausting.

3. Only liberals would take a mention of the 2nd amendment and my gratefulness for my ability to protect myself from threats and twist it into absurd accusations that I am going to attack people today at the Capitol.

So, Stickland wasn't saying he's going to start shooting people. He's saying that fetuses should have guns. It's an idea that has an understandable appeal for conservatives, since it rolls two far-right hobby horses -- the Second Amendment and abortion -- into a single, incredibly incendiary talking point.

But there are some things it'd probably be best to sort out before we start arming fetuses. Like: How exactly does one get a firearm into the womb? Where will they carry the concealed handgun license? Will they be able to differentiate between the coat-hanger abortionist and the obstetrician? If they can't, and if they manage to get their tiny, barely articulated fingers around the trigger, is the death penalty on the table?

The complete article at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/06/jonathan_stickland_says_ridicu.php .

Mens Fashion: 'The Urban Sombrero' and 9 other looks to avoid

The fashion world is buzzing in Milan where the 2014 men's collections are on the runway.
http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/ (Center column entitled "Don't Wear This"

Urban Sombrero

The Your Grandma's Curtain

The Janet Reno

The Kid That Gets Beat Up At Lunch

[font color=green]I'm certain that the oil field workers in Beaumont would pulverize any man caught in these ten fashion disasters. What are the designers thinking?[/font]

Letter reveals Dewhurst-Van de Putte exchange (re scheduling vote on abortion bill)

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s father, Daniel San Miguel Jr., was killed in a car accident Friday, and his visitation is set for Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. in San Antonio, with his funeral Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

But in a Monday letter to Van de Putte in which Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst offered his condolences, noting that he lost his father at an early age, the Republican leader of the Senate added that he needed to schedule a key vote on a controversial abortion measure for Monday because he “cannot in good conscience delay the people’s work” as the special session neared an end.

Dewhurst said that Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, informed him that she will filibuster Senate Bill 5, the catch-all abortion regulation bill, adding urgency to the special session’s deadline. The reference provided the first confirmation of which Democrat will seek to delay passage of the measure until the special session ends at midnight Tuesday.

“You are a friend and fellow colleague, and I have undertaken this difficult decision with an understanding of the gravity of the situation,” Dewhurst said in his letter.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/letter-reveals-dewhurst-van-de-putte-exchange/nYTCr/ .

[font color=green]Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., the one Democrat who has committed to vote to suspend the rules — and vote for SB5 — has said he will not vote to suspend unless Van de Putte is present, raising questions about whether Republicans have the votes to consider SB5 early.[/font]

SB I-35 closed after tractor-trailer catches on fire (in Austin near Oltorf)

2:15 p.m. update: A tractor-trailer that caught fire on the 1900 block of southbound South Interstate 35 Monday morning appears to have been caused by a mechanical malfunction, an Austin Fire Department official said.

Firefighters hosed down the truck, which was carrying pork bellies, but officials expect the interstate to remain closed for several more hours.

Two southbound lanes could open by 4 p.m., officials said.

No humans were injured in the incident but one of the driver’s dogs died in the fire, officials said.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/sb-i-35-closed-after-tractor-trailer-catches-on-fi/nYS6s/ .
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