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Rising immigrant deaths put burden on Texas county

Brooks County--County Seat: Falfurrias, Population: 7,223 (2010)

By the time the woman perished, she had probably slogged 25 miles through dry ranch lands in her quest to enter the United States. She was found just feet from a highway where she might have been picked up and taken to Houston with other migrants making the same journey.

Not long ago, her body would have been taken to a funeral home for a cursory attempt at identification, then buried in this town an hour north of the Mexico border under a sign reading "unknown female."

Her death, probably from hyperthermia, is part of a mounting body count that has overwhelmed sparsely populated Brooks County, providing further evidence that immigrants are shifting their migration routes away from the well-worn paths into Arizona and instead crossing into deep southern Texas. The changing patterns have put an extra burden on local governments with limited experience in such matters and even fewer financial resources.

"There are some counties that have the economic wherewithal to take on these issues, and there are other counties that just don't have any money, so that puts them into a real bad bind," said Raquel Rubio Goldsmith, coordinator of the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona, which researches immigration issues.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/texas/article_b7f42868-2419-11e3-96bf-001a4bcf887a.html .

Several Local (Dallas area) PDs Are Banning Tasers as Evidence Mounts They Kill People

Evidence has been mounting for years that Tasers are more dangerous than their manufacturer and law enforcement officials, who tout the weapon as a nonlethal alternative to firearms, have claimed.Over the past dozen years, 540 people, most of them unarmed, have died after being tased by police, according to a report from Amnesty International. Last year, the American Heart Association published the first scientific, peer-reviewed study showing that the devices can cause heart attacks and death.

In 2009, Taser International changed its safety warnings to suggest that users not aim for the chest, a seemingly minor tweak that nonetheless signaled the company's concern about its liability in wrongful death suits. This year, the company tweaked its safety warnings once again, this time to include language that using its products "could result in death or serious injury."

In response, several local police departments are permanently holstering their Tasers. Fox 4 reported over the weekend that the departments in Burleson, Crowley, Mansfield and Richland Hills have all decided to ban the devices.

In Mansfield, a police spokesman told CBS 11 that Chief Gary Fowler made the decision after discussing the matter with the city attorney. The station reports that the city of Murphy has previously implemented a ban.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/several_local_cities_are_banni.php .

The Top Four Reasons Rick Perry Toured a Gun Factory the Day After a Mass Shooting

You are a governor of a big state. Someone just shot and killed more than a dozen people in the nation's capital. Question: Should you tour a gun factory the next day?

If you're Rick Perry, the clear answer is yes. As part of his job-poaching tour in Maryland, he took a look Wednesday around the Beretta USA factory in Accocek, Maryland, just a short hop from the site of the D.C. Navy Yard shooting. Sure, there were some in the liberal media who critiqued the visit as insensitive or tactless, but the governor had his reasons.

There were four of them, to be exact, which we have compiled below:

1. Some companies are really good at making guns
Beretta recently threatened to leave Maryland if the state passed an assault weapons ban. In an anti-climactic twist, the ban passed, but Berretta is still there. "Beretta has been a great manufacturer in Maryland, and they feel not only underappreciated, they feel under attack," Perry told reporters in a news conference. Just not under strong enough attack to actually leave Maryland.

The rest of the list is at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/procon_should_rick_perry_have.php .

Congressman Blake Farenthold Won't Say President Obama Was Legitimately Elected

In a moment to make his district proud, Congressman Blake Farenthold went on Hardball this past Friday and refused to admit that President Obama was legitimately elected President. The congressman originally went on the program to discuss Senator Ted Cruz and the backlash the Senator has received within his own party on his methods to attempt to defund Obamacare (the Senate has a rule book, somewhere).


Congressman Farenthold told Chris Matthews, "[if] Obama's President, Ted Cruz can be President."

This raised a few eyebrows. Matthews continued to question the congressman asking what he meant by that claim. Apparently the implications were that President Obama was not legitimately elected because the President was born in Kenya, and not Hawaii, like some conspiracy theorists believe.

Farenthold also mentioned that he was not in the office when Congress reported the electoral votes, so it was not "up to him" to decide the President's legitimacy at the time he was elected.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14104/congressman-blake-farenthold-wont-say-president-obama-legitimately-elected .

Sen. Dan Patrick Promises "Respect" And Partisanship As Lt. Gov.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst likes to tout his conservative credentials, but according to Dan Patrick, he is just not conservative enough.

Last week during an extended interview with the Texas Tribune the Senator from Houston made his case to replace Dewhurst and previewed a Texas Senate with himself presiding. Patrick was critical of Dewhurst's handling of the special session agenda and said that the minority party is too powerful under the Senate's current rules and leadership.

Patrick was for Dewhurst before he was against him. He endorsed the Lt. Gov. just over a year ago for US Senate in his epic primary loss to Ted Cruz. Now Patrick has flip-flopped, endorsed Cruz and set his sights on the number 2 spot in Texas politics.

Patrick said he would ensure more conservative legislation reached the Senate floor by getting rid of the 2/3s rule. "I think the Democrats have abused the [2/3s] rule...It is the will of the Senate, but I will try and do everything I can to persuade the Republicans who return to join me and change it." The 2/3s rule has traditionally been used as a way to prevent the critical work of the Senate from being derailed by controversial issues but Patrick contends that, "the Democrats as the minority party are really controlling the agenda."

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14109/sen-dan-patrick-promises-respect-and-partisanship-as-lt-gov .

Three Ways the Oil Boom Has Increased Hunger in Texas

The Permian Basin oil boom has brought jobs and wealth to West Texas, but it’s also brought something perhaps less expected: hunger. During a recent trip to Odessa, StateImpact Texas’s Mose Buchele sat down with Libby Campbell, director of the West Texas Food Bank, to learn how, as she puts it, “not all tides raise all ships.”

1) Increased Property Values. With people moving to the Permian Basin from all over the country, property values have skyrocketed. You often hear stories of rents doubling when the time comes for a tenant to re-sign a lease. That’s put a strain on budgets and led to more hunger in the region.


2) Not Everyone Can Work in the Oilfields.
The increased cost of living has been disastrous for those who can’t secure high paying oilfield jobs. Campbell says elderly retirees and single parents are especially hard hit.


3) People Are Showing up Broke.
Campbell says a lot of people come to the food bank from out of town “who say ‘we’re here (…) we got a job, but now we’re living in an apartment, or living in a hotel, or we’re living out of our car. And we haven’t received our first paycheck yet, and we need an emergency box to get us through.’”

More at http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/09/23/three-ways-the-oil-boom-has-increased-hunger-in-texas/ .

Texas Democrats Need More Than Davis in 2014

Leticia Van de Putte, a Democratic state senator from San Antonio, might be part of the answer to the second question her party’s activists are asking these days.

The first question — will Wendy run? — will be answered Oct. 3 when state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, announces her decision on whether to run for governor or seek re-election.

The second, and this is where Van de Putte enters the conversation, is: Who else might be on the Democratic ticket?

If there is a line for those jobs, it’s not visible. Party leaders have put their hopes in Davis’ care and in the meantime have talked to candidates who might fill out the ballot behind her. Candidates like Van de Putte.

More at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/23/it-takes-more-one-candidate-make-ticket/ .

Navarro County authorities believe five killed in murder-suicide, including three children

Original item posted at 6:28 a.m.: The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office has called a 9 a.m. press conference to discuss Sunday night’s discovery of five bodies inside a house just outside the tiny town of Rice, about 44 miles southeast of Dallas.

In a Facebook posting Sunday night, Sheriff Elmer Tanner said that at around 7 p.m., Navarro County Sheriff’s dispatch received a 911 call from a Spanish-speaking man who “wanted to report a multiple fatality incident” at a house on a County Road NW 0149. The caller told dispatch that five members of his family were dead.

The first deputy to reach the scene confirmed: Two adults were dead, as were three “young children,” all believed to be under the age of 12.

Tanner wrote Sunday night that “we do not have reason to believe there are any other suspects at this time.” He did not elaborate further, leading some news accounts to suggest this may have been a murder-suicide.

More at http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/five-found-dead-in-navarro-county-home-including-three-children.html/ .

Ted Cruz, accused of using Obamacare fight to run for president, prods House GOP to stand firm

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz kept up the pressure on House Republicans to stand firm against Democratic efforts to fund Obamacare – suggesting yet again that he may not be able to round up enough allies in the Senate to block the health care law.

“The House is the only body where the Republicans have a majority and so the House has to lead on this,” he said.

Appearing on Fox New Sunday, the Texas freshman reiterated a vow to filibuster or throw up other procedural roadblocks if Senate Democrats try to strip a provision from the House-passed budget that would keep the government running for three months, except for Obamacare.

But he said, with Republicans in the minority in the Senate, there’s only so much that he and other tea party allies can do.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/ted-cruz-accused-of-using-obamacare-fight-to-run-for-president-prods-house-gop-to-stand-firm.html/ .

Man's penis amputated after he abuses erection drug

GIGANTE, Colombia —

A Colombian man's attempt to impress a new girlfriend with his sexual prowess backfired in an ironically tragic way.

According to the La Nacion newspaper, the 66-year-old had to have his penis amputated after reportedly overdosing on the erectile dysfunction medication Viagra.

Doctors in southern Colombia say the man intentionally overdosed on Viagra to impress his new girlfriend. As a result, he experienced a constant state of erection for several days, according to the paper.

After seeking medical attention for the days-long erection, doctors found the man's penis to be inflamed, fractured and showing signs of gangrene.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/man-abuses-erection-drug-has-penis-amputed/nZ4pZ/ .

[font color=green]Well, at least the first 66 years of his life were fun.[/font]
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