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TexasTowelie

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Hometown: South Texas. most of my life I lived in Austin and Dallas
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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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Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit

Update: President Barack Obama will give a public address during his visit to Austin this week.

Obama will be at The Paramount Theater on Thursday for a speech on the economy. Tickets are free and available to the public. They’ll be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 Tuesday morning at The Paramount (713 Congress Ave). The White House will only distribute a limited number of tickets.

Doors will open for the speech on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are required for entry and are not for sale or re-sale. The White House says all attendees will go through airport-like security.

More at http://kut.org/post/free-tickets-available-president-obamas-speech-during-weeks-austin-visit .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 12:40 PM (0 replies)

Petition to “Save Bill Powers” (Univ. of Texas President) gets almost 9,000 signatures

A petition promoted by UT Austin’s alumni association, “Texas Exes,” in support of university president Bill Powers has received almost 9,000 signatures.

Reports surfaced Friday that UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa told Powers to resign before Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Regents or be fired.

Texas Exes new president, former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, sent an email to alumni over the weekend confirming the accuracy of reports that Powers was offered an ultimatum.

“A forced resignation or firing would be a travesty for UT. It would cause further tension with legislators regarding UT System, would compound unrest among faculty, students, and alumni, and invoke serious harm to the institution’s reputation in the national spotlight,” Hutchinson said in the email.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/petition-to-save-bill-powers-gets-almost-9000-signatures.html/ .

[font color=green]It's time for the chancellor to stand down on his ultimatum.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 12:38 PM (0 replies)

Caturday’s Fud fur Thaut

Dear Diary,

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 07:12 PM (1 replies)

Ex-Dr Pepper town seeks new image to boost tourism

DUBLIN, Texas (AP) — Early leaders named the streets Patrick, Shannon and Erin to give a diverse Texas frontier town a sense of Irish identity.

Nonetheless, most of Dublin’s nearly 3,900 residents believe the connection to Ireland’s capital city is mythical, and that the town is named after the early settler expression “doublin’ up” — circling covered wagons at night to defend against Plains attackers.

But over the last century Dublin developed a distinctly different identity tied to its biggest tourist draw: Dr Pepper. With its famous sugar cane soft drink and the world’s oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant, Dublin thrived on a merchandising bonanza that drew 90,000 people annually to the Central Texas town.

All of that is gone now.

More than two years after Dr Pepper cut ties with the local bottler over a licensing dispute, the town is trying to stabilize its economy by promoting its lesser-known claims to fame, from a festival highlighting its debatable Irish roots, to Dublin’s bygone rodeo glories, to its location within the county Dairy Capital of Texas. The efforts exemplify how other communities across the country — stripped of the iconic industry that put them on the map — cast about for ways to redefine themselves and replace lost incomes.

More at http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-07-05/ex-dr-pepper-town-seeks-new-image-boost-tourism#.U7g_NrFCz2Q .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 02:13 PM (2 replies)

Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse


This April 2014 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a Gunnison sage grouse with tail feathers fanned near Gunnison, Colo. The obscure, chicken-sized bird, best known for its mating dance, could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting and ranching on the 165 million acres of the bird’s habitat across 11 Western states. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter)



DENVER (AP) — An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.

The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting and ranching on the 165 million acres of the bird's habitat across 11 Western states.

Apart from the potential economic disruption, which some officials in Western states discuss in tones usually reserved for natural disasters, the specter of the bird's listing is reviving the centuries-old debates about local vs. federal control and whether to develop or conserve the region's vast expanses of land.

Two Republican congressmen running for the U.S. Senate in Montana and Colorado, Steve Daines and Cory Gardner, are co-sponsoring legislation that would prevent the federal government from listing the bird for a decade as long as states try to protect it.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/business/senate-majority-could-rest-on-the-sage-grouse/article_ba85f842-4371-5303-a426-da0c65f31c51.html .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 01:37 PM (0 replies)

Bomb threat causes Austin convention-center evacuation

Police evacuated about 5,000 people from the downtown Austin Convention Center Friday evening after a bomb threat, according to the Austin Police Department.

Someone called in the bomb threat about 5:30 p.m., and security subsequently found a suspicious package, police spokesman Marcus Davis said. The convention center was then evacuated.

It was hosting the RTX 2014 gaming conference. Police are still searching the convention center but they have found no evidence that the threat was credible, Davis said.

He said it was not clear when this evening the search would conclude and the building would re-open.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/bomb-threat-causes-convention-center-evacuation/ngZFq/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 12:43 PM (0 replies)

Dallas police release description of suspect who tagged 11 sites with '666' in anti-gay hate crime





Dallas police announced Thursday they have video of a suspect who used red spray paint to tag 11 sites with “666″ in an apparent anti-gay hate crime last weekend.

Authorities don’t plan to release the grainy video, taken from a surveillance camera 100 yards away, until they’ve enhanced it. But they said the footage shows a young white male about 6 feet tall traveling on a mountain bike and wearing khaki cargo shorts, a black shirt or jacket and a black baseball cap.

The suspect tagged sites including the Legacy of Love Monument in the heart of the city’s gay district, the predominantly LGBT Cathedral of Hope megahurch; Youth First, an agency that serves LGBTQ youth; and newspaper boxes belonging to the gay publication Dallas Voice. The suspect also tagged Dallas City Hall, the Dallas County-owned building that houses the Sixth Floor Museum, and the offices of The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News and D magazine.

Rafael McDonnell, a spokesman for Resource Center, Dallas’ LGBT community center, said even the sites that aren’t gay-specific have ties to the community. For example, both the city and county issued LGBT Pride proclamations last month, and the Dallas Morning News recently launched an LGBT blog. And as I mentioned before, the Dallas Observer shares its building with Caven Enterprises, which owns the city’s largest gay nightclubs.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/666-tagging-suspect-caught-video/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 11:59 PM (0 replies)

Dallas police release description of suspect who tagged 11 sites with '666' in anti-gay hate crime



Dallas police announced Thursday they have video of a suspect who used red spray paint to tag 11 sites with “666″ in an apparent anti-gay hate crime last weekend.

Authorities don’t plan to release the grainy video, taken from a surveillance camera 100 yards away, until they’ve enhanced it. But they said the footage shows a young white male about 6 feet tall traveling on a mountain bike and wearing khaki cargo shorts, a black shirt or jacket and a black baseball cap.

The suspect tagged sites including the Legacy of Love Monument in the heart of the city’s gay district, the predominantly LGBT Cathedral of Hope megahurch; Youth First, an agency that serves LGBTQ youth; and newspaper boxes belonging to the gay publication Dallas Voice. The suspect also tagged Dallas City Hall, the Dallas County-owned building that houses the Sixth Floor Museum, and the offices of The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News and D magazine.

Rafael McDonnell, a spokesman for Resource Center, Dallas’ LGBT community center, said even the sites that aren’t gay-specific have ties to the community. For example, both the city and county issued LGBT Pride proclamations last month, and the Dallas Morning News recently launched an LGBT blog. And as I mentioned before, the Dallas Observer shares its building with Caven Enterprises, which owns the city’s largest gay nightclubs.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/666-tagging-suspect-caught-video/

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 11:58 PM (0 replies)

Opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance say they have enough sigs to put repeal on ballot

Opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance claim they’ve gathered enough signatures to put a repeal on the ballot in November, but Mayor Annise Parker said she’s confident voters would “soundly defeat” the initiative.

Opponents of the ordinance said they turned in 50,000 signatures on Thursday, meeting the deadline of 30 days after the ordinance took effect. They said about 30,000 of the signatures have already been validated as coming from registered city of Houston voters, according to the Houston Chronicle. That’s almost twice as many as the 17,269 signatures needed to place the repeal on the ballot. The City Secretary’s Office now has until Aug. 4 to complete the validation process.

After opponents turned in their signatures, supporters of the ordinance, wearing red, gathered in the City Hall Rotunda for a press conference led by Parker, who authored the measure banning anti-LGBT discrimination.

“The Houston I know does not discriminate, treats everyone equally and allows full participation by everyone in civic and business life,” Parker said later in a release. “We don’t care where you come from, the color of your skin, your age, gender, what physical limitations you may have or whom you choose to love. I am confident voters will soundly defeat any challenge to the ordinance.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/opponents-say-enough-signatures-put-houstons-equal-rights-ordinance-ballot/ .

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 11:52 PM (0 replies)

Opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance say they have enough sigs to put repeal on ballot

Opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance claim they’ve gathered enough signatures to put a repeal on the ballot in November, but Mayor Annise Parker said she’s confident voters would “soundly defeat” the initiative.

Opponents of the ordinance said they turned in 50,000 signatures on Thursday, meeting the deadline of 30 days after the ordinance took effect. They said about 30,000 of the signatures have already been validated as coming from registered city of Houston voters, according to the Houston Chronicle. That’s almost twice as many as the 17,269 signatures needed to place the repeal on the ballot. The City Secretary’s Office now has until Aug. 4 to complete the validation process.

After opponents turned in their signatures, supporters of the ordinance, wearing red, gathered in the City Hall Rotunda for a press conference led by Parker, who authored the measure banning anti-LGBT discrimination.

“The Houston I know does not discriminate, treats everyone equally and allows full participation by everyone in civic and business life,” Parker said later in a release. “We don’t care where you come from, the color of your skin, your age, gender, what physical limitations you may have or whom you choose to love. I am confident voters will soundly defeat any challenge to the ordinance.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/opponents-say-enough-signatures-put-houstons-equal-rights-ordinance-ballot/ .

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 11:52 PM (3 replies)
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