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Imam Refuses To Back Texas Bill Upholding American Law

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Texas Muslim, an Imam, who supports Sharia Law, the brutal Islamic justice system, is refusing to back an Irving, Texas, Mayor and City Council stance of a Texas bill that American courts under American law is the only law, not Sharia, that rules the justice system in America, Creeping Sharia reported on Saturday. Irving, Texas Mayor, Beth Van Duyne accused Islamic mosque leaders of creating separate laws for Muslims and when the City Council voted last Thursday, endorsing the bill in a 5-4 vote, preventing Islamists from creating their own judicial laws, Duyne was falsely accused of targeting Muslims. The Texas State bill was penned by state Rep. Jeff Leach, (R-Plano), which would forbid state judges from using foreign law in their rulings.

  Zia Sheikh, Imam at the Islamic Center of Irving stated, “It fuels anti-Islamic hysteria. Her whole point was to rile up her supporters. … The problem is we become the whipping boys. We don’t care about the bill. It’s not going to affect us in any way, shape or form… The bottom line is the foundation of this bill is anti-Islamic.” 

  Alia Salem, who leads the radical North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has also decided to speak and stated that such laws are anti-Muslim and relates to bigotry, a false analogy made by Salem. Islamists and the radical Islamic organization, CAIR refuse to acknowledge that the American justice system and other American laws over-rule Sharia laws or any other laws that are not in line with State Constitution’s or the U.S. Constitution.”

 

We would like to know why there were 4 votes against this refusal to support Sharia in Texas … read the rest

 

 

    Below are the members of the Irving city council as described on their website and while we found a record (item 19 , page 11) of the minutes of the March 19 meeting where-in the vote for/against the application of “foreign laws” was dealt with , we could find no role call vote .

 

Meet Your Mayor and Council Members

Beth Van Duyne, Mayor (at – large)
Term of Office: 2014-2017
Phone: (972) 721-2410
Mayor Van Duyne Biography
Van Duyne picture
John C. Danish, Place 1
Term of Office: 2013-2016
Phone:  (469) 507-9207
Councilman Danish Biography
John Danish
Allan E. Meagher Place 2 (at-large)
Term of Office:  2013-2016
Phone: (972) 313-0808
Councilman Meagher Biography
Allan Meagher
Dennis Webb, Place 3
Term of Office:  2014-2017
Phone:  (214) 490-9749
Councilman Webb Biography
Councilman Dennis Webb
Joe Putnam, Place 4
Term of Office: 2012-2015
Phone:  (972) 259-2626
Councilman Putnam Biography
Councilman Joe Putnam
Oscar Ward, Place 5
Term of Office: 2014-2017
Phone: (469) 704-8479
Councilman Ward Biography
Councilman Oscar Ward
Brad M. LaMorgese, Place 6
Term of Office:  2012-2015
Phone: (214) 460-1990
Councilman LaMorgese Biography
Councilman Brad LaMorgese
Gerald Farris, Mayor Pro Tem, Place 7
Term of Office:  2013-2016
Phone:  (972) 523-0784
Councilman Farris Biography
Councilman Gerald Farris
Thomas D. Spink, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem,
Place 8 (at-large)
Term of Office: 2012-2015
Phone: (972) 554-1300
Councilman Spink Biography

Councilman Thomas D. Spink

 

   Four of these gentlemen voted against upholding the rule of law and we would like to know who . The mayor and councilmen Ward and LaMorgese sponsored the resolution so the four in favor of Sharia come from the remaining 6 .

 

Update: We found an accounting of the meeting and the vote:

 

” After heated deliberation between council members, the resolution passed 5-4: Van Duyne, LaMorgese, Ferris, Ward and Spink voted for the resolution, and Meagher, Webb, Putnam and Danish voted in opposition.”

 

   Feel free to put the contact information above to use and let these Dhimmie fools know how you feel , respectfully of course . They should be ashamed to call themselves Texans . American law , and by extension Texas law , has no room for the barbarity of Sharia .

 

 

 

 

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    We offer our sincerest apologies to the photographer and our readers . It is never our intention to gain credit through the hard work of others and seek only share properly accredited work with our audience and it goes without saying that should anyone have an issue with us publishing something that rightfully belongs to them all that need be done is dropping us a quick note to ask for removal/credit and it will be done .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why South By Southwest Is A Huge, Exploitative Scam

 

 

 

” The city of Austin is often the only part of Texas that makes sense to solid-blue progressives. It’s a connection that is embodied by the South by Southwest festival currently underway, the annual event to which lovers of music and human inventiveness like to flock.

  It is thus with regret and a sense of intra-tribal disloyalty that I come not to praise the festival but to — well, probably not bury it, because SXSW is a cultural juggernaut and I am not. But I come to call on my fellow lovers of music and human inventiveness, and most especially my fellow liberals, to stop with all the praise. Because the for-profit, privately held entity that is South by Southwest annually turns a handsome profit from nearly immeasurable amounts of unpaid labor.

  In this, SXSW — which started as an itty-bitty thing before becoming a corporate behemoth —is hardly alone. The American cultural scene and labor market writ large are chock-a-block with people profiting from unpaid labor. It’s just that, traditionally, progressives are supposed to oppose that sort of thing. Not pay anywhere from $650 to $1,745 to attend.

  South by Southwest happily touts the financial benefits it brings to Austin (“in 2013, SXSW was responsible for injecting more than $218.2 million into the Austin economy”), but is rather more shy about revealing its own profit margin (“as a privately held company we do not make our financial statements public”).

  However, between ticket sales, merch ($75 “interactive sunglasses,” anyone?), and colossal corporate sponsorships, it seems safe to assume that the margin isn’t slim — and all that bank is made on the backs of thousands of artists and volunteers who are in every meaningful sense unpaid. Volunteers get festival passes; artists get to choose between a tiny honorarium, or festival passes. Neither goes very far at the grocery store.”

 

The Week has more liberal whining about the profitability of SXSW 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3600 Yard Shot HCR 375 CheyTac

 

 

 

Published on Jan 19, 2015

Hill Country Rifles
http://www.hillcountryrifles.com/

” On September 28th, 2014 a team from Hill Country Rifles joined with expert instructors from FTW Ranch to attempt a 3600 yard shot onto a 36” steel target. At more than 2 miles, it will take the bullet a full 7.2 seconds to reach the target.

  New Jersey native Jim Spinella is not a stranger to long distance shooting, but this shot would be a new personal record. One that few would ever consider attempting.

Rifle: Hill Country Rifles Custom 375 CheyTac (http://www.hillcountryrifles.com/cata…)
Optics: Schmidt & Bender 5-25X56mm PM-2 scope
Distance: 3606.41 Yards (2.049 Miles)
Target: 36” circular steel plate
Altitude: 2000 ft.
Temp: 70 degrees
Elevation: 60.2 mil (26.8 in rail, 22.6 in turret, 10.8 hold over)
Windage: 3.5 mil left

Wind calls by FTW instructor Doug Prichard.”

 

HT/Bob Owens at Bearing Arms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Town Sees 61% Drop In Crime After Kicking Out Cops

 

 

 

 

” Rather than degenerate into a lawless land where criminals rule the streets, a Texas town that fired its entire police department has seen a 61% decrease is crime.

  In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops.

  Instead, the Sharpstown Civic Association hired SEAL Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

“ Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61% in just 20 months,” James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL, told guns.com”

 

 

The most surprising thing about this article were these revelations:

 

 

Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, guns.com reported.

  So far, more than 70 communities in Harris County, where Sharpstown is located, have contracted with SEAL, according to guns.com.”

 

 

   Read the rest and note this Washington Post article of a few days ago that also highlights the rise of private police forces , albeit with the much more Statist attitude typical of that democratic mouthpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds Raid Texas Political Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices.

  Members of the Republic of Texas, a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. The group, which describes itself as “congenial and unimposing,” maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.

  According to MySanAntonio.com: “Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, agents of the Texas district attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

“ In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.” “

 

 

WorldNetDaily has the story of the crushing of political dissent by the State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cop Pulls Assault Rifle, Threatens Protesters For Their ‘Constitutional Bullsh**’

 

 

 

 

 

” A Houston, Texas cop was recently caught on video illegally detaining protesters and threatening them with his department-issued assault rifle. His reason? Protesters were spouting what he called “Constitutional bullsh**.”

  The video was recorded by Open Carry Texas and uploaded to their YouTube channel after a recent peaceful assembly where they advocated for “Constitutional Carry,” which is already legal in Texas when it comes to rifles of any sort.”

 

CopBlock has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Son Is Dead Because The Concept Of Borders Is Dead

 

 

 

 

 

” A grieving Texas father told Breitbart Texas, “my son is dead because the concept of borders is dead.” Spencer Golvach was senselessly murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported a number of times after being convicted of committing crimes, including as law enforcement officers now tell us, crimes of violence. Golvach was shot in the head on January 31st while sitting in his car waiting for a stoplight to change. Golvach’s father said he wants the “boomerang” of deportation and illegal reentry into the country to be stopped.

  Victor Manuel Reyes was a violent man who on the night of Golvach’s execution, went on a killing spree through the streets in Harris County. He killed two men, including 28-year-old Juan Garcia. Then he shot at another couple before he was shot to death by a Harris County deputy.

  Mr. Golvach recounted the tragic events of his son’s death. “My son, Spencer, pulled up to a stoplight … A Victor Manuel Reyes, an illegal alien,  pulls up next to him, pulls his gun out, rolled his window down and blew my son’s brains out.”

  Golvach said he “understands that not all of those who enter here illegally are bad, but the current system does not allow us to check. This leaves Americans vulnerable, as we see with my son.”

  The grief-stricken father told Breitbart Texas “this has to do with foreign intruders into our country. We are not … filtering out …we simply do not know who is coming in.” “

 

Breitbart has the exclusive interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Draw The Prophet’ Contest, Islamic Centre Fire Put Texas On Edge

 

 

 

 

 

” The announcement of a Prophet Muhammed cartoon contest and a suspected arson attack on an Islamic centre building have put a Texas town on edge.

  The controversial ‘Draw the Prophet’ contest is scheduled to be held in Garland, Texas, in May, the organizers have announced.

  The contest will take place at the same venue where the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had held the “Stand with the Prophet” conference following the Charlie Hebdo attack in January. 

  Pamela Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), told Brietbart News that she will conduct the cartoon contest and an art exhibit at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on 3 May.”

 

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Unfinished – The Story Behind One Of America’s Most Striking Homes – Steel House

 

 

Robert Bruno's Steel House

 

 

 

 

” You first see it, this unlikely vision, shortly after turning onto Canyon View Drive, a gently rolling street lined by the kind of anonymous homes that define American suburbia.

  What is peeking up over the horizon is something decidedly different, however, and soon enough you will come upon it in all its remarkable glory: a four-legged organism of blackened steel perched on a scruffy ridge, its curving forms resolving themselves in a postcard view over the blue waters of a recreational lake. It could easily be something landed from outer space, the kind of house a James Bond villain might occupy, if he were to put down roots in a nondescript residential development 15 minutes from the drowsy heart of downtown Lubbock.

  Inside, there are no aliens and no cinema bad guys. The house itself is unoccupied and has been since 2008, when Robert Bruno, the charismatic if somewhat mysterious sculptor who had made the house his life’s work, died at age 64 after a prolonged battle with colon cancer.

  As meticulous as he was capricious, Bruno had built the house with virtually no assistance over the course of some 30 years, designing and modifying it as he went, frequently tearing out portions that no longer pleased him. On an apparent whim, he was known to jettison months of work. It was a process that seemed to take as many steps backward as forward and left friends and neighbors to wonder if he would ever finish. Indeed, after so many decades, they had come to understand that finishing was something that didn’t matter to him.”

 

 

 

Inside The Steel House

 

I wasn’t able to embed the above photo in it’s PTgui format , but if the reader clicks the picture they will be taken to the original article where the above interactive picture may be manipulated in any direction thus providing a breathtaking view of the entire inside of Mr Bruno’s creation … Highly recommended 

 

 

” By the end of his life, the house had grown into a four-legged beast, with three principal levels sprawling over some 2,200 square feet. To enter it from the street, one crossed a short gangplank, as if boarding a ship, which led to an arched doorway fronted by a gate of looping steel. Passing through it, one fully entered Bruno’s world, a multidimensional universe of swooping ribbons of rust-colored steel, with floors shifting up and down, and walls twisting and turning and fusing into themselves. Beckoning one forward into the space was a sunken living room with a lozenge-shaped picture window, its panes divided by curving steel tracery, that looked out dramatically on Lake Ransom Canyon.

  Bruno’s makeshift bedroom, minimally furnished with a bed, a streamlined wooden desk he designed for himself and an antique Chinese cabinet, was set in an adjacent alcove, with a small bathroom to its side. A kitchen and second bedroom, stuffed with junk, could also be found on that main level. A torquing stairwell, with treads of dark olivewood, led to the top floor, an aerie with a long curving window and a patio off to the side, a space that seemed like nothing so much as the bridge of a ship.

“ If you look at it in the aspects of a house, I don’t know why anyone would want to live in it, but of course it’s art,” says Charles Hobbs, 79, a retiree with the bearing of John Wayne. Hobbs watched Bruno from the porch of his ranch house across the street. “I made the mistake one day of asking him if he was going to paint it, and he straightened me out real quick. If you painted it, it would be just like any other house.” “

 

 

 

   It is truly a marvelous story about an incredible man and his awesome creation . Read the whole story of Robert Bruno’s amazing abode here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boy Suspended From School For ‘Magic’ Comment: Fourth-Grader Said He Could Make Classmate ‘Disappear

 

 

” A Texas boy is suspended from school for his active imagination entailing “magic.” The fourth grader from Kermit Elementary School allegedly brought a ring to his class and told a classmate that his magic ring could make him disappear. According to Odessa American, Aiden Steward’s comment was viewed by school staff as “terroristic” and threatening.

  The student’s father, Jason Steward, said the family watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies recently and that played into the incident. Steward says that the school’s principal — Roxanne Greer — informed him that threats of any kind toward another student’s safety will not be tolerated. Greer has reportedly declined to comment on the situation because she says all “student stuff is confidential.”

  New York Daily News offers a glimpse into what Aiden said at school in regards to making another student disappear. “

 

Inquisitr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristiana Coignard: ‘Anonymous’ Hacker Group Threatens Revenge For Teen Girl Slain By Cops

 

 

 

 

” The heartbreaking case of Kristiana Coignard, a 17-year-old girl gunned down by Longview, Texas, police officers in the lobby of their own police station last Thursday, has drawn the attention of the online hacker collective “Anonymous,” which threatened retaliation Saturday against the police and the city of Longview over the girl’s death by police gunfire.

  The Inquisitr on Sunday reported the tragic but equally mysterious story of the Kristiana Coignard killing, which took place after the teen walked into the Longview police station lobby in the early evening and used a courtesy phone, requesting to speak with an officer.

“ When Officers arrived they were confronted by a white female who threatened them,” according to the Longview Police Facebook page. “The suspect brandished a weapon, made threatening movements toward the officers and was shot.” “

  Kristiana Coignard was reportedly shot “multiple times,” with three officers involved. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. But police have not released any video or audio of the incident though they have acknowledged that such evidence exists.”

 

 

 

  Here is a surveillance camera video of the killing. The confrontation escalates to the physical at about eight minutes and the shooting starts at approximately the 11 minute mark: 

 

 

 

 

 

The police’s version of events goes like this:

 

” According to police, Kristiana Coignard entered the lobby of the police station at 6:28 p.m., picked up the lobby phone and asked for help, but she would not say why she needed help.

  Officer Glenn Derr was the first officer to arrive. When he did, police say Coignard indicated that she had a gun.

“ She had ‘I have a gun’ written on her hand,” Brian said.

  A physical confrontation began when Derr tried to secure Coignard. 

  During the confrontation, Derr determined Coignard had a butcher knife that she was trying to pull from her waistband.

  Derr got away from Coignard. Then, Officer Gene Duffie entered the lobby during the confrontation and drew his Taser.

  A third officer, Grace Bagley, entered the department lobby and saw Coignard had a knife. Police say Coignard charged Derr with the knife in a threatening manner. Duffie then deployed his Taser at Coignard, but police said it had no effect.

  Derr then fired his weapon three times, and Bagley fired her weapon twice. “

     A careful viewing of the video begs many questions . For one , why was Officer Derr alone in dealing with the girl for the first few minutes , why after he had her on the ground , face down was he not able to keep her there , and finally after two other officers arrive , why do they allow her to stand up ? Also , in the video it is apparent that after again gaining her footing , the young lady does not charge the cops , but heads for the counter when the officers open fire . Where was the imminent threat ?

   Another question that comes to mind is what kind of marksmanship training do these cops receive when  three officers had to fire five shots in the confines of the lobby ? What was the range ? 10 feet ? 15 tops ?

    Undoubtedly the police will rule the shooting justified , as is nearly always the case , but we find it disgraceful that three officers were incapable of subduing a slender teenaged girl , armed with a knife or not , without using deadly force . Apparently the officer’s singular duty is to protect their own lives and not those of the public . Shameful .

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Students Forced To Expose Underwear For Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

” In Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened Monday that is causing a big controversy in this small town.

“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”

  She was one of about two dozen elementary students who were rounded up in the small town 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

  Eliza’s mother, Maria Medina, said boys were taken to one room, girls to another, and they were ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.” “

 

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Claim: Texas U.S. Border Patrol Agent Kidnapped By Mexican Cartel

 

 

 

” The FBI confirms it is investigating a claim made in a call to a police department in a Texas border town that a Mexican cartel has kidnapped a U.S. Border Patrol agent, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

  But officials say there are no reports of any of the 3100 Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley sector being missing or unaccounted for.

 ” We are aware and continue to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to determine whether there is any validity to this threat,” FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee told News Radio 1200 WOAI.  “Until we rule it out, we treat it as a true kidnapping.”

  Chris Cabrera, a representative with the National Border Patrol Council, the organization that represents Border Patrol agents, told Reuters that the drama began with a phone call to police in La Joya, a small town on the Rio Grande in extreme south Texas.”

 

WOAI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Samaritan Gunman Stops Assault In Progress

 

Armed Samaritan

Click pic for video

 

 

” A North Texas man is being heralded a hero after police said he held a man at gunpoint who was assaulting a woman. The tense standoff broke out on Friday near the intersection of Carroll Avenue and Southlake Boulevard.

  Witnesses reported seeing a man standing in the middle of the street pointing a gun straight at the passenger of a red vehicle with the door open.

“ We expected crowds and long return lines, but we never expected to see that,” said Lindsey Bryant, who witnessed scene. Bryant was traveling as a passenger in the car with her mother and daughter. Her sister Mistina Doland was next to her behind the wheel.

Investigators sorted out the situation and determined the man with the gun was actually trying to help.

  Chief Steve Mylett with the Southlake Police Department said the man had just witnessed the driver of the red vehicle hitting his female passenger. Police arrested MacMichael Nwaiwu, 28, who is now in jail.”

 

CBS D/FW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Job Growth Outpaces Rest Of U.S. Combined

 

 

 

 

” Since the recession began in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas. Only 700,000 net jobs have been created in the other 49 states combined.

  The remarkable employment growth in Texas looks even bigger considering its size relative to the rest of the U.S. Total non-farm employment has grown by 11.5 percent in Texas since December 2007. Employment in the rest of the United States has grown only 0.6 percent. Until September 2014, total employment growth in the rest of the United States since December 2007 was still negative.”

 

Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police: Man Shot During Traffic Stop In Southwest Houston

 
Houston Man Shot By Cops

 

 

 

” Two police officers opened fire on an apparently unarmed man during a traffic stop in southwest Houston Friday night, allegedly shooting him three times for not following commands.

  HPD officers pulled over the car the man was a riding in for an illegal lane change around 9:30 p.m. on Buffalo Speedway near West Fuqua.

  According to authorities, the male passenger — identified by family as 38-year-old Michael Paul Walker — failed to obey orders and started to reach under his car seat.

” They saw the doors open up, one of the officers gave repeated verbal commands to stay inside the vehicle, then the officer went to brace the door to keep him (the passenger) inside,” said Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties. “At one point he had his arm all the way under the seat, right up to the elbow, as if he was trying to grab something … The officer gave him commands to show his hands … at that point the officer was in fear of his life and that of his partner.”

  The officer fired at the man. Initial reports suggest that Walker then got out of the car and was walking around the parking lot of a convenience store before he was shot again.

  Walker was shot three times total — twice in the legs and once on his side, according to his mother, Laura Walker. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was said to be in serious but stable condition.

  The shooting was witnessed by several party-goers from the Mystique Lounge and patrons in line at the nearby BBQ food truck.”

 

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Gun-Friendly Texas Prepares To Roll Back Ban On Open Carry Of Firearms

 

 

 

 

 

” Long depicted as the capital of American gun culture, Texas is actually one of the few states to ban outright the open carrying of handguns.

  That could change in 2015, when the Republican-dominated state legislature and governor-elect Greg Abbott are expected to push for expanded gun rights.

“ If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said the day after his election, last month.

  If Texas, which allows concealed handguns, embraces open carry – rolling back a 140-year ban – it would be the largest state to have done so.

  Open carry drew wide support in the 2014 statewide election, and at least six bills have been filed for the upcoming session, which starts in January. Abbott has pledged to sign one into law if sent to his desk.

  Coni Ross, a 63-year-old rancher in Blanco, carries a handgun in her purse for personal protection and said she would like the option to carry it openly on her belt if she could. She already does when she is on her ranch and feels comfortable with her gun by her side.

“ In one-and-a-half seconds, a man can run 25ft with a knife in his hands and stab you before you get your gun out,” Ross said. “If your weapon is concealed you’re dead.” “

 

The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Of Police Apologizes After Officer Uses Taser 76-Year-Old Man

 

 

 

” At 76-years-old, Pete Vasquez of Victoria stands just 5-foot-5 and weighs 145 pounds. Now, Vasquez, a father of five and grandfather to 20 children, is at the center of a police dash cam video that is causing outrage.

  The video shows officer Nathanial Robinson of the Victoria Police Department arresting Vasquez last Thursday morning. But in the process, Robinson suddenly throws Vasquez onto the hood of his police car, pulls him to the ground and uses a Taser on him.

  Vasquez said the officer acted more like a pit bull than an officer of the law.

” It sickens me,” Larry Urich said.

  Urich watched the entire event unfold from just a few feet away in front of the Adams Auto Mart in Victoria. He said the young officer was questioning Vasquez about an expired inspection sticker on the back of a car that he was dropping off at the dealership.

  But Urich said when Vasquez tried to explain to the officer that it was a dealer’s car with special dealer’s plates and did not require a current inspection sticker, the officer got angry, grabbed Vasquez by the arm and started to cuff him.”

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Texas Battle Over Confederate Flag License Plate Headed To Supreme Court

 

 

 

 

 

” A long-standing legal battle between the state and a veterans group vying for a Confederate flag license plate will get its day in the nation’s highest court.

  The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments in a case involving Texas’ ability to choose the messages it allows on government-issued license plates.

  John McConnell, an attorney for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said he fully expects the Supreme Court to uphold an appeals court ruling in favor of his group in what he calls a “simple case.”

“ When the state gets in the business of selling space … for an organization or nonprofit or what have you, they cannot discriminate,” he said. “They’re a government entity, not a private entity. They are constrained by the First Amendment.” “

 

Dallas News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserve Deputy Arrested For 610 Loop Road Rage Shooting

 

 

 

” A reserve deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 6 has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

  Kenneth Caplan was taken into custody Wednesday morning, authorities tell KHOU 11 News.

  Caplan is accused of shooting a 20-year-old woman who was driving on the 610 Loop at Stella Link about two weeks ago.

”  I feel like I got a taste of death honestly,” the victim, who does not want to be identified, told KHOU 11 News.

  In her first ever interview, she told us she is afraid of retaliation.”

 

KHOU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Cop Places Woman In Chokehold For Video Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Texas cop placed a woman in a chokehold because she was video recording some type of police activity in the parking lot of what appears to be a fast food restaurant after she refused to provide identification.

  It started when Corpus Christi Sergeant J.E. Lockhart stormed up to Lanessa Espinosa, who was standing a good distance away from the investigation, accusing her of interfering – after a nearby cop from another agency accused her of being a “jailhouse lawyer.”

“ There is a probable cause for us to be out here,” Lockhart said. “I want to know who you are, so I’m requesting your ID. You fail to ID, I’m going to take you into jail. And that’s law.”

“What’s my charge?

“You’re not being charged with anything.”

“Then I don’t have to show you my ID, sir.”

“ You’re involved in an investigation. You want to interfere with an investigation, you’re going to jail for interfering with a police officer in performance of his investigation. Do you understand that? DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?”

  Espinosa understood that Lockhart was out of line, so she said she was in fear for her safety and took a step back, which was when another cop placed her in a chokehold.”

 

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Cop Assaults Man For ‘Dangerous’ Wallet, Can’t Understand Why He Got Fired Again

 

 

 

 

 

” Anthony Zamora was working security at a Walmart in Corpus Christi, Texas, back in May when he saw a suspicious character who appeared to be carrying an illegal weapon, brazenly and openly. Zamora, being the guardian of peace and tranquility that he is, couldn’t let this hazard to public safety go unchecked.

The dangerous device? The threat to public safety? That’s right- it was a wallet. With a chain attached. “

 

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New Texas Governor Says He’ll Sign Open Carry Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Lone Star State’s new governor-elect, Greg Abbott (R), fresh from his landslide victory, promised that he would sign an open-carry bill into law if it reaches his desk.

  Abbott, former state attorney general, bested his Democratic opponent Wendy Davis this week and is slated to take office in 2015. A repeated promise he had made while campaigning for his new job in Austin would be to approve an open carry bill if given the opportunity.

“ Throughout the campaign I announced my support for open carry in Texas,” Abbott told the San Antonio Express-News.  “If an open carry bill is passed by the House and Senate and arrives at my desk I will sign it into law.”

  Citing that many states already have similar legislation enacted, his should not be an exception, saying, “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas.”

  Since the 19th century, it has been illegal for Texans to carry modern handguns outside of their home, which was only modified in 1995 when the state adopted a concealed carry statute. This leaves lawful gun owners in the state who do not carry concealed with a permit the option of either arming themselves with a primitive black-powder handgun or a long arm such as a rifle or shotgun.”

 

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Man, 71, Fatally Shoots Man Who Attacked His Wife: Police

 

 

 

” A 71-year-old man fatally shot a would-be robber who knocked down his wife and tried to steal her necklace in a Dallas grocery store parking lot Tuesday night, police say.

“ My first thing was screaming, “who shot him, who shot him?””, said Yadira Juarez, a witness, “That’s when the older guy was like I did.”

  Police said Ronnie Lummus and his wife were in front of Aldi Food Market in the 3100 block of Forest Lane in North Dallas Tuesday Night.

  Officers said a man suddenly grabbed a gold necklace from the woman’s neck and knocked her to ground in an attempt to rob her. “

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