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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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State Rep. Dan Branch (R) Announces for Attorney General

Earlier today, State Representative Dan Branch of Dallas announced he would not seek re-election to the Texas House and would instead seek the office of Texas Attorney General. This office is currently held by Greg Abbott who himself is leaving his present office to pursue a bid for Governor of Texas. Rep. Branch has served in the Texas House since 2003 and currently serves as chair of the Committee on Higher Education. This, of course, means District 108, just north of downtown Dallas and one of the twenty most vulnerable republican seats in the Texas House based on Obama's 2012 results, will be an open seat and a serious contest should be expected.

In announcing his entrance into the race, Rep. Branch said

"I'm running for Attorney General to fight against an overreaching federal government, to fight for open and accountable government, and to preserve limited government in Texas ... And I will fight for our state's right to protect the unborn and our right to define marriage as between one man and one woman."


In other words: More of the same. As Attorney General, Branch will continue to fight the Obama Administration's attempts to reign in pollution and create fair labor standards while also working to enforce discriminatory marriage laws and work to uphold the special session's extreme HB2 abortion bill.

Rep. Branch starts with just over $4 million in his campaign bank account which he has transferred over from his state house account. In the Republican primary, he presently faces Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman whom currently has just over $1 million in his campaign account. Republican State Senator Ken Paxton of Collin County may join the field next week after tweeting this afternoon:

Texas' next AG must have a proven conservative record. With the encouragement of many fellow Texans, next week I will announce future plans.
— Senator Ken Paxton (@SenKenPaxton) July 23, 2013


More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13823/rep-dan-branch-r-announces-for-attorney-general .

[font color=green]The Dallas Morning News article about this story states that Rep. Branch intends to follow the path of his predecessor, Greg Abbott, and continue suing the Obama administration (which it has already done 27 times).[/font]

In rare move, sheriff takes control of Central Texas Hospital; effort aimed at protecting community

In a highly unusual move, the Milam County Sheriff Department has wrested control of Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, heeding a court order that aims to prevent the facility’s owner from altering, hiding or destroying medical records and other property.

A temporary injunction was sought by the hospital’s building landlord, which cited “the recent conduct of defendant Dr. Tariq Mahmood in other situations,” and the need to avoid “real potential consequences” to the community.

I reported yesterday that the sheriff had shuttered the hospital’s main operations, leaving only the ER open. It is the latest action in a rapid government crackdown during the last week on Mahmood whose hospitals have endangered patients during the last four years and engaged in potential billing fraud — a record I chronicled in a July 14 investigation.

At the time of yesterday’s report, the events leading to Sheriff David Greene’s move in the town near Waco were unclear. His office is refusing to comment. But court records I obtained today show that the landlord petitioned for a temporary restraining order late Friday. That was the same day Gov. Rick Perry’s office disclosed he had initiated a “deep and comprehensive” investigation of Mahmood’s chain as well as regulatory failures.

More at http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/in-rare-move-sheriff-takes-control-of-central-texas-hospital-court-coordinated-effort-aimed-at-protecting-community.html/ .

X-post from LGBT: What happens when a gay bar decides it no longer wants to be gay?

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Red Room, a bar on the Fourth Street gay strip in Austin, is accused of turning away gay patrons after the owners brought in a new promoter.

Josh Moon (above), a gay former bartender at the Red Room, tells KVUE-TV that he quit on Friday after watching his friends get turned away at the door:

“They pulled all the bartenders in the back and they said, ‘Well, we’re not going to call this a gay bar anymore, we’re going to call it a straight bar,’” Moon said.

Gay patrons say on that night, they were kicked out of Red Room.

Speaking via a lawyer, the owners tell KVUE a private party rented the bar for the night and it was the private party that kicked people out, which is within their legal right.

However, Moon says a Facebook invite for the night in question does not mention a private event, instead calling it a “Grand Opening” that would last for the next several weekends.

“I think they were going to make it a continued thing and bring these people back every weekend, because that’s how they made it sound to us,” says Moon.

The story doesn’t mention the fact that excluding gay patrons would be a violation of the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations. And it’s unclear whether anyone has filed a complaint.

More, including video, at http://www.dallasvoice.com/gay-bar-decides-longer-gay-10153309.html .

Cross-posted in LGBT Group.

What happens when a gay bar decides it no longer wants to be gay?

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Red Room, a bar on the Fourth Street gay strip in Austin, is accused of turning away gay patrons after the owners brought in a new promoter.

Josh Moon (above), a gay former bartender at the Red Room, tells KVUE-TV that he quit on Friday after watching his friends get turned away at the door:

“They pulled all the bartenders in the back and they said, ‘Well, we’re not going to call this a gay bar anymore, we’re going to call it a straight bar,’” Moon said.

Gay patrons say on that night, they were kicked out of Red Room.

Speaking via a lawyer, the owners tell KVUE a private party rented the bar for the night and it was the private party that kicked people out, which is within their legal right.

However, Moon says a Facebook invite for the night in question does not mention a private event, instead calling it a “Grand Opening” that would last for the next several weekends.

“I think they were going to make it a continued thing and bring these people back every weekend, because that’s how they made it sound to us,” says Moon.

The story doesn’t mention the fact that excluding gay patrons would be a violation of the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations. And it’s unclear whether anyone has filed a complaint.

More, including video, at http://www.dallasvoice.com/gay-bar-decides-longer-gay-10153309.html .

Cross-posted in Texas Group.

FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal treatments for diabetes, ranging from bogus dietary supplements to prescription drugs sold online without a prescription.

All of the products aim to cash in on the country's diabetes epidemic, which affects nearly 26 million Americans. Regulators worry that consumers who buy such unapproved products could put off getting legitimate medical care, which could exacerbate heart disease, kidney failure and other deadly complications.

The FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies, both in the U.S. and abroad, ordering them to stop selling diabetes treatments which violate U.S. drug laws.

Three of the products targeted are marketed as "natural" supplements, but actually contain unlisted pharmaceutical ingredients. For example, Diexi, which is sold as a traditional Indian "herbal formula," actually contains metformin, the most common prescription drug used to treat diabetes. The product is sold by Amrutam Life Care, of Surat, India.

More at http://www.caller.com/news/2013/jul/23/fda-cracks-down-illegal-diabetes-remedies/ .

Midland woman arrested for drug possession, hiding crack pipe in veejayjay

A Midland woman was found to have hidden a crack pipe in her vagina after she was arrested Thursday on a drug possession charge, according to her arrest affidavit.

Lakesha Williams, 36, was being held on a $10,000 bond for a second-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams in a drug-free zone. She posted bond and was released on Friday.

A Midland police officer said he observed Williams drinking a 24-ounce can of beer while she was driving her vehicle. The officer initiated a traffic stop in the 400 block of West New Jersey Avenue.

The officer found the beer can as well as several small crack rocks on the driver’s side and passenger side floorboards, according to the arrest report. Williams was arrested and transported to Midland County jail.

More at http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_b50f41ac-f343-11e2-a4f5-0019bb2963f4.html .

[font color=green]What's up Lakesha? Why weren't you drinking a 40 instead?

Warning: The mug shot is scary.[/font]

Interstate 2

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On April 1, 2013, the Texas Transportation Commission applied to use the I-2 designation on US 83 from Mission to Harlingen. Approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials at their May meeting, this 47-mile-long (76 km) freeway is already constructed as an Interstate-grade limited-access facility. It connects with I-69E at Harlingen;[3] and likewise with I-69C near the town of Pharr.[4] The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation on May 24, 2013,[5] and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013.[6] This action finalized the designations of not only I-2, but also of the sections of I-69E from Brownsville to Raymondville, I-69C from Pharr north to the end of the US 281 freeway facility near Edinburg, and also I-369 along a short segment of US 59 freeway west of Texarkana, which will be part of the proposed 115-mile (185 km) connector between the main I-69 trunk in Tenaha and Texarkana.[5] These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley.[7] The signage was installed in summer 2013.[8]

As of June 2013, the cluster consisting of the recently-designated portions of I-2, I-69C, and I-69E in the Rio Grande Valley is not connected to the national Interstate network. This situation is slated to be remedied by scheduled projects to complete I-69E along US 77 between Raymondville and Robstown, and to complete the southern end of the previously signed portion of the I-69 corridor connecting with I-37 west of Corpus Christi. Environmental Protection Agency approval for the upgrade of the US 77 alignment to Interstate standards, including bypasses of the towns along the 91-mile (146 km) routing, was obtained through a Finding of No Significant Impact statement issued on July 13, 2012;[9] funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.[10]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_2

[font color=green]Somewhere hidden with this news is an opportunity for a DUzy relating to #2.[/font]

Proper Breeding and the Corrupted Arsenal of Democracy View

By Dr. Brian Carr
President, Behavioral Health Associates, Lubbock, Texas, 1991-Present
Chairman, City of Lubbock Board of Health, 2013
Submitted on July 20, 2013 - 7:58am




The vision of what is needed to “save” our country is often discussed by angry old white guys. They offer certainty and direction on what is needed to return us to the authority that they desire of days gone by. We need only heed their advice and follow their outline, particularly when it comes to skin color and blood lines.

At a recent anti-immigration rally Tea Party Community co-founder Ken Crow did just that. Crow strode up to the podium and delivered a speech that sounded like a segregationist preaching the purity of the races.



While not all Republicans and Tea Partyers are racists most of those who display racist signs are found within their ranks. A collection of these signs makes the message clear that race matters.

Efforts to suppress votes among minorities harbors the same overtures of the importance of proper breeding and race. The head of the Pennsylvania GOP said that the controversy surrounding the state’s voter identification law prevented President Obama from claiming a larger margin of voters in the 2012 election. These comments were made as he was asked if the attention generated by the law, which wasn’t in effect in November, actually had an effect on the election. He said:

“Yes, I think a little bit. We probably had a better election. Think about this, we cut Obama by five percent, which was big. A lot of people lost sight of that. He won-he beat McCain by ten percent, he only beat Romney by five percent. I think voter ID helped a bit in that.”

So, the solution to a restoration of our great nation is found in maintaining the blood line. Where have we heard this before? Sounds like a recruiting poster for the Eugenics movement from the 1920s. On my bookshelf is a text entitled “Sterilization for Human Betterment” which could double for a Extreme Right manuscript used in a rally this weekend. No room for those who fall outside the standard. No acceptance of those whose only desire is for freedom. You have to pass a test, can’t be of dark skin, no accents allowed.

A pure blood, light skin, God-fearing (Christian god only please), society is what other bloggers mean when they describe their corrupted vision of what Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt called the Arsenal of Democracy.


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Source: http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/dr-brian-carr/2013-07-20/proper-breeding-and-corrupted-arsenal-democracy-view

Robert Redford, ex-NM Gov. Richardson fight against domestic horse slaughter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Robert Redford and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday joined the fight against a return to domestic horse slaughter, announcing the formation of an animal protection foundation to fight the opening of plants in New Mexico and Iowa.

The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife's first act was to join a federal lawsuit filed by the Humane Society and other groups to block the planned Aug. 5 opening of the first horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. to operate in more than six years.

"Horse slaughter has no place in our culture," Redford said in a statement. "It is cruel, inhumane, and perpetuates abuse and neglect of these beloved animals."

A lifelong horse lover, Richardson said he is committed to do "whatever it takes to stop the return of horse slaughterhouses in this country and, in particular, my own state."

More at http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2013-07-22/robert-redford-ex-nm-gov-richardson-fight-against-domestic-horse-slaughter .

Greg Abbott, CPRIT & Favors for Friends

Greg Abbott looked the other way while key donors bilked Texas cancer research agency



For voters, it seemed to make sense for the State Attorney General, our top civil law enforcement official, to sit on the board of the newly created Cancer Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The promise of new and innovative treatments for cancer was clearly a worthwhile state expenditure, but accountability would be needed. With millions of tax dollars flowing through the agency to private companies, a State official with law enforcement responsibilities diligently conducting oversight would deter improper activity and, if improprieties occurred, could move quickly to investigate and prosecute.

So much for reasonable expectations. It turns out that Texas AG Greg Abbott sitting on the oversight board was a green light rather than a caution sign to many of these key donors. Businesses backed by Abbott contributors - many of whom are partisan Republicans - have received large grants and contracts from CPRIT without fear of any oversight at all.

As a result, CPRIT is now embroiled in controversy. The Dallas Morning News and other Texas news outlets have exposed millions of dollars going to companies that received poor reviews and, in one instance, receiving grants without any review at all. (Dallas Morning News 11/19/2012) (Dallas Morning News 5/31/2013).

Since the awarding of these grants, several CPRIT officials have resigned and elected officials blocked the troubled cancer agency from funding any more commercialization projects. (Dallas Morning News 5/11/2013)

More at http://www.lonestarproject.net/greg-abbott-cprit-favors-friends#.Ue3KH237aJo .
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