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Navarro County authorities say mother killed husband, three children before committing suicide

Update at 12:11 p.m., Sept. 24, by Tristan Hallman: Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said in a news conference that the mother, Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle, shot and killed her children and her husband before turning the gun on herself.

Tanner said the murder-suicide appears to have happened on Thursday or Friday.

A reporter asked Tanner if he had ever heard of a mother slaying her family. Tanner said that in 25 years, he had never seen a mother shoot her kids.

Back in March, a similar incident occurred in Mesquite. Police said Angelica Vazquez killed her husband and two children — ages 18 and 21 — before she fatally shot herself in the head.

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

Widow of Mike Anderson appointed new Harris County District Attorney


Republican candidate for Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson and his wife Devon Anderson during Anderson's election watch party at Blanco's Bar & Grill Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Chronicle )

Gov. Rick Perry today appointed Devon Anderson as new Harris County District Attorney. Anderson is the widow of former DA, Mike Anderson, who died of cancer earlier this summer.

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"Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Devon Anderson of Bellaire as district attorney of Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Anderson is an attorney and former partner of Anderson and Thomas PLLC. She is also former judge of the 177th Judicial District Court and a past assistant district attorney for Harris County. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association, and president of the Harris County Drug Court Foundation. She is a past member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. She is also a volunteer for Houston Habitat for Humanity and the Bellaire Girls Softball Association.

Anderson received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Texas."


http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Widow-of-Mike-Anderson-appointed-new-Harris-4839376.php?cmpid=hpbn

Texas' Top GOP Candidates All Oppose Gay Rights, Can't Even Say if Being Gay Is A Disorder Or Not

While the rest of the country is swiftly moving towards equality for those who are LGBT, the Texas GOP seems to be having a hard time catching up to the times and even show signs of moving backwards on the issue (Homosexuality is a disorder? Really?).

Staying true to their Party's Platform -- yep, the one that also denounces teaching critical thinking skills to kids -- Republicans running for the top statewide offices unanimously oppose expanding protections based on sexual orientation.

This opposition comes especially strong after legal questions surrounding gay rights have become major issues in Texas. Because of failure from the state to pass a statewide non-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, major cities like Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso, and San Antonio have had to pass non-discrimination city ordinances to help protect their LGBT citizens from discrimination.

The Associated Press AP sent six questions on gay rights to the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Their survey shows that all GOP candidates support the state's gay marriage ban and most say local ordinances that prohibit gay discrimination violate other people's freedom of religion.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14111/texas-top-gop-candidates-all-oppose-gay-rights-cant-even-say-if-being-gay-is-a-disorder-or-not .

Cross-posted at Texas Group.

Texas' Top GOP Candidates All Oppose Gay Rights, Can't Even Say if Being Gay Is A Disorder Or Not

While the rest of the country is swiftly moving towards equality for those who are LGBT, the Texas GOP seems to be having a hard time catching up to the times and even show signs of moving backwards on the issue (Homosexuality is a disorder? Really?).

Staying true to their Party's Platform -- yep, the one that also denounces teaching critical thinking skills to kids -- Republicans running for the top statewide offices unanimously oppose expanding protections based on sexual orientation.

This opposition comes especially strong after legal questions surrounding gay rights have become major issues in Texas. Because of failure from the state to pass a statewide non-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, major cities like Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso, and San Antonio have had to pass non-discrimination city ordinances to help protect their LGBT citizens from discrimination.

The Associated Press AP sent six questions on gay rights to the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Their survey shows that all GOP candidates support the state's gay marriage ban and most say local ordinances that prohibit gay discrimination violate other people's freedom of religion.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14111/texas-top-gop-candidates-all-oppose-gay-rights-cant-even-say-if-being-gay-is-a-disorder-or-not .

Cross-posted at LGBT Group.

Texas Gay Man Left Beaten And Bloody After Possible Hate Crime Near Fort Worth

Police in the small Texas town of Springtown, located northwest of Fort Worth, are investigating a possible hate crime in a brutal and bloody attack on a gay man after he arranged a meeting with another young man using the mobile app called MeetMe.

The victim, Arron Keahey, 24, said his first contact with the 18-year-old suspect, Brice Johnson, was through the phone app. Keahey went over to the teen's house about an hour later -- thinking he was gay or bisexual -- and was attacked.

Keahey said he was attacked and ambushed almost immediately. The attack left him beaten, bloody and bruised, reported WFAA-TV.

"He started getting all frustrated and talking all angrily," Keahey said. "I don't remember anything after that."

The attack left Keahey with broken facial bones that required plastic surgery. Keahey also suffered nerve damage and had some of his teeth knocked out.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14113/texas-gay-man-left-beaten-and-bloody-after-possible-hate-crime-near-fort-worth .

WARNING: Graphic pictures and video at the link.

Cross-posted Texas Group.

Texas Gay Man Left Beaten And Bloody After Possible Hate Crime Near Fort Worth

Police in the small Texas town of Springtown, located northwest of Fort Worth, are investigating a possible hate crime in a brutal and bloody attack on a gay man after he arranged a meeting with another young man using the mobile app called MeetMe.

The victim, Arron Keahey, 24, said his first contact with the 18-year-old suspect, Brice Johnson, was through the phone app. Keahey went over to the teen's house about an hour later -- thinking he was gay or bisexual -- and was attacked.

Keahey said he was attacked and ambushed almost immediately. The attack left him beaten, bloody and bruised, reported WFAA-TV.

"He started getting all frustrated and talking all angrily," Keahey said. "I don't remember anything after that."

The attack left Keahey with broken facial bones that required plastic surgery. Keahey also suffered nerve damage and had some of his teeth knocked out.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14113/texas-gay-man-left-beaten-and-bloody-after-possible-hate-crime-near-fort-worth .

WARNING: Graphic pictures and video at the link.

Cross-posted LGBT Group.

Finished off a fifth of Kahlua,

listening to the Friday Night Catnip, nearly everything is packed, measured the furniture and belongings to verify that a fourteen foot U-Haul is the right size. Ask me anything before I pass out.

Warning: similar posts may occur as I attempt to polish off the alcohol collection before I move.

Governor opposed Obamacare, but accepted it for practical reason

Gov. Susana Martinez opposed President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying government should not order people of means to buy health insurance.

But Martinez, a career prosecutor until her election as governor in 2010, decided for one reason not to fight Obamacare.

“It’s the law of the land,” she said in a recent interview.

Martinez, a Republican, said her position solidified after the U.S. Supreme Court decided last year to let stand the federal law to provide health insurance for every citizen.

More at http://www.nmcapitolreport.com/ .

[font color=green]At least one Republican governor got the message. There will be as many 170,000 low-income people added to the Medicaid program in New Mexico.[/font]

Greece Analysis: Time for the Left to combine and fight its real enemies, not Golden Dawn

By The Slog

I’ve been spending quite a lot of time time travelling in and out of, and around, Greece over the last month. Last night I was in Kalamata - the Messinian capital in the Peloponnese, a warm place with cool people in it….albeit alongside the increased level of muggings and burglary that have marred Greece since the crisis took hold in a big way four years ago.

Although Kalamatians miss the elegant capital they used to inhabit, there are still huge parts of it – the Castle, the old town, the seafront taverna bars and the newer hip venues in the centre – that could rival any civilised European city for fascination and charm. Now that Antoniki (Samaras) has corruptly ensured a spanking new motorway links his home region to Athens, Kalamata offers easy access to all things of real importance in contemporary Greece. Traditionally, this area is solidly Right Wing (New Democracy) but last night Kalamata was the venue for a large joint Left demonstration in the centre against the neo-Nazi Party Golden Dawn. Or – put another way – the Left in Greece is just as parochial in its hatreds (and irrelevant in its enemies) as it is everywhere else in Europe.

The more time I spend in Greece, the more it becomes obvious that it is the same squeezed, respectable middle and lower classes that are paying the price of mad EU hubris, corrupt bureaucrats, political embezzlers and professional State rip-off greed as elsewhere in Europe. But equally obvious is the Left’s riven and outdated focus on a bunch of directionless clowns playing at being Nazis….a Far Right which, after its recent appalling behaviour here, has made even Prime Minister Samaras understand he must keep his distance from them.

The Demo I watched last night contained nothing more than rote-slogans about fascists and neo-Nazis and ‘Golden Dawn out-out-out’. It’s like watching the Hard Left forty years ago in Britain wittering on about Rock against Racism and building the Anti-Fascist League against the tiny minority of BNP loons who represent an infinitessimal proportion of the votes being cast at 95% of elections. And while it is fair to say that Golden Dawn has made huge gains in recent years, its support has stalled – whereas the Alexis Tsipras phenomenon around Syriza has once again returned to growth. The Communist (KKE) ranks remain strong and influential: but Tsipras the strategist remains fearful of alienating the ‘middle to lower middle’ vote…or turning it back towards Golden Dawn.

More at http://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2013/09/greece-analysis-time-for-the-left-to-combine-and-fight-its-real-enemies-not-golden-dawn-2535556.html .

Another interesting paragraph in the article:

Greece’s Leftist rainbow from disgruntled Pasokists via Syriza to the KKE needs to wake up fast to four blatant realities: Greece will need another bailout next Spring, and then Brussels-am-Berlin will turn nasty; the euro is going to fail, and thus further pain is even more pointless that that already experienced; their enemy is not Golden Dawn, but rather the professional and political classes complicit in the ravishing of the Greek State; and the traditional middle is never going to come over to their cause.

Mulligan Mint, Dallas' Most Libertarian Coin-Maker, Filed For Bankruptcy Last Week



Mulligan Mint is sort of like the companies that hawk gold coins through Sunday newspaper supplements and daytime cable TV, in that the money it produces isn't legal tender, but the similarities end there. While the other companies play on the misty-eyed patriotism of octogenarians who still scour the ads in the Sunday paper, Mulligan's coins are marketed to those libertarian-minded Americans convinced that an economy based on paper currency is unforgivable folly.

A look at their merchandise gives an idea of their philosophical bent. Their "Free Market Heroes" collection includes libertarian economist Ludwig von Mises and former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul. Another line pays homage to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Their Deluminati coin "repudiates the entire paradigm of a central bank-issued paper currency given legal tender status by the government" and "says no to inflation, crony capitalism and all-powerful government and yes to individual liberty, economic independence and opportunity."

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The WSJ reported over the weekend that Mulligan filed for bankruptcy last week to stop one of its suppliers from shutting down its 20,000-square-foot factory.

The supplier, Miami-based Republic Metals Corp., says Mulligan hasn't paid for 71,473 ounces of silver. Mulligan doesn't deny that it owes money. It just can't find a portion of its $1.4-million silver shipment, according to the WSJ.

The complete article is at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/mulligan_mint_dallas_most_libe.php .
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