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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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A Lamborghini and Ferrari Crashed into Each Other in Fort Worth on Sunday



The chances of a Lamborghini and Ferrari crashing into one another on a random stretch of Fort Worth highway have to be remote. But it appears the accident yesterday, at I-30 and Henderson, suggest it wasn't exactly random. Judging from reports on DFW Scanner, both cars appear to have come from an exotic-sports-car-rental company, DFW Drive Your Dream. Waiting on a call back to confirm, but they certainly have the inventory and, no doubt, astronomical insurance premiums.

Here's a close-up of the damage to the Ferrari:

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Source:
http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/07/a_lamborghini_and_ferrari_cras.php

Cross-posted in Weird News Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:28 PM (4 replies)

Without a vote, Texas Senate recesses until next week

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate met for less than an hour to start a new 30-day special session to take up contentious abortion restrictions bill and other issues.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gaveled in the chamber shortly after 2 p.m., issuing a warning that anyone making outbursts in the gallery would be removed.

The Senate was the scene of the filibuster and crowd outburst that stopped the abortion restrictions bill last week. Gov. Rick Perry immediately called a new session and pledged the bill will pass this time. The Senate gallery was full but calm Monday.

The House is expected to take up the bill first. The Senate has not yet planned a new hearing on the bill and went in recess until Tuesday July 9.

More at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130701-without-a-vote-texas-senate-recesses-until-next-week.ece .

[font color=green]Okay, I was wrong!

Last week, I wrote a couple of comments saying that the special session would open between July 8 and July 10. How could I have made the obvious rookie mistake that our legislators will be collecting per diem for 8 days and probably won't be in the office for at least 4 of those days?


Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:14 PM (4 replies)

Bryan company Neutral Posture rolls out bullet-resistant chair

BRYAN, TEXAS

On the second floor of the Neutral Posture factory in Bryan, more than a dozen chairs are scattered across a conference room. Some are basic black office chairs; others have designer colors and high-end leather. Only one, though, is made to stop a bullet.

The Guardian Chair was unveiled a few weeks ago by CEO Rebecca Boenigk at the country's largest office furniture expo in Chicago.

It appears like one of the standard ergonomically designed high-back chairs manufactured by the award winning company. The key difference is what's called a NIJ Level II bullet resistant vest that's draped over the back of the chair. According to guardianchair.com, the vest has the ability to block anything from a normal powered 9 mm handgun up to a .357 Magnum.

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Two weeks after the chair's unveiling, the company is receiving high-level interest from the federal government, banks around the U.S., casinos in Las Vegas, N.V., and a high-end grocery chain on the upper East Coast, Boenigk said. Fifty demo chairs are ready to go out to clients that would like to test the chair before placing an order.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_2ebc3a17-8d2c-5678-a4b0-ec9604283da2.html .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 06:48 PM (1 replies)

Williamson County sheriff’s official charged with DWI

Williamson County sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. John Foster was arrested Saturday night on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Foster, 45, was stopped on Interstate 35 on Saturday and charged with a misdemeanor DWI. He was released from jail Sunday.

Authorities received a call regarding a “reckless driver” in the Cedar Park area who was running red lights, swerving into oncoming traffic and driving at excessive speeds, according to an arrest warrant.

A Department of Public Safety trooper stopped Foster at 11:30 p.m. on I-35, north of Exit 269, according to the arrest warrant.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/breaking-news/williamson-county-sheriffs-official-arrested-for-d/nYZ55/ .

[font color=green]Foster has 16 years of experience with the department serving as a patrol officer and currently holds the position of public information officer.

I hope that he received the same courtesy from the Williamson County DPS as they give to everyone else pulled over for similar charges.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 05:59 PM (2 replies)

West expected to get state aid to rebuild ailing infrastructure after explosion

In January, three months before the members of West’s volunteer fire department would face the biggest conflagration they had ever seen, their town’s last working water well conked out.

So when the local fertilizer plant caught fire April 17, West had only half its normal supply of water, every drop piped from Lake Waco 15 miles away.

Even so, that fire — which caused tons of ammonium nitrate to detonate — apparently spread too fast to put West’s crippled water system to the test. Equipped with a single tanker truck that would have taken only minutes to drain, firefighters were still trying to hook up to the nearest water hydrant three blocks away when the plant blew up, said Mayor Tommy Muska.

But Muska believes sufficient water could have made a difference in what happened next, when flames thrown by the blast eventually destroyed a school and several houses.


More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/west-expected-to-get-state-aid-to-rebuild-ailing-i/nYZk2/ .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 03:44 AM (4 replies)

Tea Partiers Can't Comprehend Pro-Choice Texans, Gandhi, Among Other Things

The North Texas Tea Party has been making some interesting commentary about the thousands of Texans who came out in opposition to Senate Bill 5 last week as a way to rally their base in the next round of the War on Women at our capitol. This group, following in the footsteps of Perry and Dewhurst, are going to great lengths to delegitimize the diverse coalitions of pro-choice Texans with a few key messages they are repeating in press releases, social media, and talk radio.

They want to deny the existence of pro-choice Texans and dehumanize the group as a mob, all while employing their usual misrepresentation of history and the legacies of revolutionaries who have come before.

The North Texas Tea Party is working to convince their base that the opponents of anti-women legislation couldn't possibly live within the same borders as they do. They are now claiming that our supporters are being bussed in from out of state.

From their Facebook:


It's one thing to disagree, but another to be in complete denial. The far-right is so afraid of their inevitable demise that they believe the best way to challenge this is to deny that pro-choice Texans even exist.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13727/tea-partiers-cant-comprehend-prochoice-texans-gandhi-among-other-things .

Coming out of the Closet

By Dr. Brian Carr
President, Behavioral Health Associates, Lubbock, Texas, 1991-Present
Chairman, City of Lubbock Board of Health, 2013
Submitted on June 30, 2013 - 7:22am


I don’t know what is wrong with me. I really have tried to fit in, to be a productive member of society. I pay my taxes, exercise my right to vote, and keep my lawn mowed. I just can’t continue to live a lie.

I think I was born this way. Even as a small child I knew. My friends and I would be playing, having fun. My friend Patti lived down the street. Her ponytails and friendly smile let me know that she and I were buddies. We laughed and joked. I liked her very much. From deep inside myself I began to know that there was an attraction to girls.

I tried to push these feelings down. After all, I didn’t want trouble, didn’t want to get labeled. I hide behind my GI Joe and tinker toys. I found ways to mask my feelings, my hidden desires.

Puberty washed over me in junior high and the passion grew. Along with body odor and geeky hair I found myself looking more and more at girls. I fantasized about how Kim, Denise, and Karen might return my affection. I started to drift into hanging out next to girls, enjoying their scent and laughter.

I wasn’t able to contain my feelings anymore and my feelings took flight into action. Holding hands, kissing, and being held close fueled my life like nothing else had. I knew from Sunday School that such things might doom me to eternal hell fire but yet, I discovered such joy in those early moments.

Going steady met a refinement of my obsession, a promise of stability and a mutual pledge to be together. I learned to accept the rejection of those who didn’t understand who I was. Identifying with my sexual orientation was just another way to define myself as unique.

The freedom of college and young adulthood brought a new chapter of openness about my heterosexuality. I openly pursued women and learned all the “moves” that were to be used in the disco club. These dens of dishonor were many in Lubbock. “Faces”, “Crystal Pistol”, and “Freeman’s” on Broadway were places where I found others who shared my intensity for meeting the opposite sex. I had no shame in trying out new pick-up lines.

I began to have opposite sex sleep-over relationships. My male roommates were open-minded and enabled my carnal desires. I learned to look the other way with their “hook-ups” bringing into our house their female companions. College was a time of experimentation and Randy, Tom, Joel, Greg and I were a decadent bunch in pursuing our sick desires.

After college I would visit my old roommate Joel who lived in Austin. After college he left behind our shared experience and decided to give up on women. I tried to deny who I was and would go with him to gay bars in Austin but even then I was drawn to pursue the straight women who went there to relax. Oh, I could flirt with the men there but just never got the “zing” that told me that it was what I wanted.

Joel and I parted ways after a time. I think he was saddened by his inability to get me to make the right choice. I moved in with Valeri and we married, further confirmation of my long-standing faithfulness to who I thought I was. We raised two children and I established my career back in my home town of Lubbock.

I’ve worked to deal with my straightness and to try to be ok with it. I know that I’m more than just my sexual orientation but it is humbling to be so powerless against my desires. I wish that people would just leave me alone about it. I think that there are a lot more important issues that the government needs to get involved with. My family and friends are pretty much accepting of my heterosexuality now. My children accept and love me. My patients don’t seem to make much of a deal about it.

Can you see my point?

Now, take my story above and simply change the underlying premise about sexual orientation and think about how it shifts. Do we gain as a nation to pursue an agenda against people who are just like us with the exception of who they like to be intimate with? Do our political leaders really think that dictating morality in our behavior changes who we are inside?

I believe that sexual orientation is primarily a matter of genetics. People are “born” with the innate desire as to sexual orientation. Some small percentage of people may be traumatized by life experiences so as to pursue a particular sexual orientation because of its usefulness in obtaining benefits of authority or finance. My own professional association (American Psychological Association) does not support a view that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

My friends are my friends. Some of my friends are gay. I like my friends for who they are but I don’t worry about being overwhelmed by what they do and losing myself in their choices. Some of my friends like country music. I can listen to country music but just don’t feel a desire to do it because it is not what I like. I could engage in intimacy with another man but just don’t feel any desire to do so. I don’t fear it.

So, please enjoy your friendships and do not stand passive as those in authority push hate speech about those who are “different” for we are all “different” in some way. That is what is great about our country.

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http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/dr-brian-carr/2013-06-30/coming-out-closet

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Coming out of the Closet

By Dr. Brian Carr
President, Behavioral Health Associates, Lubbock, Texas, 1991-Present
Chairman, City of Lubbock Board of Health, 2013
Submitted on June 30, 2013 - 7:22am


I don’t know what is wrong with me. I really have tried to fit in, to be a productive member of society. I pay my taxes, exercise my right to vote, and keep my lawn mowed. I just can’t continue to live a lie.

I think I was born this way. Even as a small child I knew. My friends and I would be playing, having fun. My friend Patti lived down the street. Her ponytails and friendly smile let me know that she and I were buddies. We laughed and joked. I liked her very much. From deep inside myself I began to know that there was an attraction to girls.

I tried to push these feelings down. After all, I didn’t want trouble, didn’t want to get labeled. I hide behind my GI Joe and tinker toys. I found ways to mask my feelings, my hidden desires.

Puberty washed over me in junior high and the passion grew. Along with body odor and geeky hair I found myself looking more and more at girls. I fantasized about how Kim, Denise, and Karen might return my affection. I started to drift into hanging out next to girls, enjoying their scent and laughter.

I wasn’t able to contain my feelings anymore and my feelings took flight into action. Holding hands, kissing, and being held close fueled my life like nothing else had. I knew from Sunday School that such things might doom me to eternal hell fire but yet, I discovered such joy in those early moments.

Going steady met a refinement of my obsession, a promise of stability and a mutual pledge to be together. I learned to accept the rejection of those who didn’t understand who I was. Identifying with my sexual orientation was just another way to define myself as unique.

The freedom of college and young adulthood brought a new chapter of openness about my heterosexuality. I openly pursued women and learned all the “moves” that were to be used in the disco club. These dens of dishonor were many in Lubbock. “Faces”, “Crystal Pistol”, and “Freeman’s” on Broadway were places where I found others who shared my intensity for meeting the opposite sex. I had no shame in trying out new pick-up lines.

I began to have opposite sex sleep-over relationships. My male roommates were open-minded and enabled my carnal desires. I learned to look the other way with their “hook-ups” bringing into our house their female companions. College was a time of experimentation and Randy, Tom, Joel, Greg and I were a decadent bunch in pursuing our sick desires.

After college I would visit my old roommate Joel who lived in Austin. After college he left behind our shared experience and decided to give up on women. I tried to deny who I was and would go with him to gay bars in Austin but even then I was drawn to pursue the straight women who went there to relax. Oh, I could flirt with the men there but just never got the “zing” that told me that it was what I wanted.

Joel and I parted ways after a time. I think he was saddened by his inability to get me to make the right choice. I moved in with Valeri and we married, further confirmation of my long-standing faithfulness to who I thought I was. We raised two children and I established my career back in my home town of Lubbock.

I’ve worked to deal with my straightness and to try to be ok with it. I know that I’m more than just my sexual orientation but it is humbling to be so powerless against my desires. I wish that people would just leave me alone about it. I think that there are a lot more important issues that the government needs to get involved with. My family and friends are pretty much accepting of my heterosexuality now. My children accept and love me. My patients don’t seem to make much of a deal about it.

Can you see my point?

Now, take my story above and simply change the underlying premise about sexual orientation and think about how it shifts. Do we gain as a nation to pursue an agenda against people who are just like us with the exception of who they like to be intimate with? Do our political leaders really think that dictating morality in our behavior changes who we are inside?

I believe that sexual orientation is primarily a matter of genetics. People are “born” with the innate desire as to sexual orientation. Some small percentage of people may be traumatized by life experiences so as to pursue a particular sexual orientation because of its usefulness in obtaining benefits of authority or finance. My own professional association (American Psychological Association) does not support a view that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

My friends are my friends. Some of my friends are gay. I like my friends for who they are but I don’t worry about being overwhelmed by what they do and losing myself in their choices. Some of my friends like country music. I can listen to country music but just don’t feel a desire to do it because it is not what I like. I could engage in intimacy with another man but just don’t feel any desire to do so. I don’t fear it.

So, please enjoy your friendships and do not stand passive as those in authority push hate speech about those who are “different” for we are all “different” in some way. That is what is great about our country.

TAGS:

LubbockOnline Blog
Does Rick Perry like girls?
gay rights
haboob
hate speech
kiss and tell
Lubbock
more rain please ron
out of many one
politics
sexual health
sexual orientation
Sexuality
sirens and cake for everybody
some of my best friends are
Texas
them vs us
you look good in those pants

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/dr-brian-carr/2013-06-30/coming-out-closet

[font color=green]Definitely read the comments![font]
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