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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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BATTLE-DRINK, Week 7: Texans vs Chiefs, A New Quarterback Frontier



The time for talking is over.

I mean, I would still like to talk about the Texans. In fact, I'm paid to talk about the Texans, so if words could still be part of the Texans' experience at this point, I'd like to keep talking. (I have bills to pay.)

But apparently, talk is cheap, words do nothing, work conquers all.

I know this because J.J. Watt says it to be true, and dammit, if there's one Houston Texan who still has the equity to be able to stroll up to the microphone and basically say "Kansas City is good, talk is cheap, see y'all after the game on Sunday," (I'm paraphrasing) it's number 99.

More at http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2013/10/battle-drink_week_7_texans_vs.php .

The Not-So-Great Generation: War Among Old White People is Killing America

The papers are crammed these last few days with thoughtful essays about the split in the Republican Party. I read them all with a certain shrug. Yeah, fine, but what about the split in my life?


Library of Congress
Even when the white-haired ladies weave it out of posies, it's still the Stars and Bars.


Earlier in the week I ran into a lady I have known for 30 years. We're not close, I guess, but our personal lives have crisscrossed on numerous occasions. She said at one point, "I feel so alone. I can't talk to anybody anymore."

She told me a very sad story about a lifelong friend and colleague she had to just stop talking to recently. I told her the same thing had happened to me. I had to tell a guy I have known and liked for 30 years not to call or write any more.

Look, I know it's only anecdotal, but I hear these stories more and more, as if we were in an America of 150 years ago torn by civil war. And who are we? Old white people. These are just very hard times for social and even familial relationships among old white people.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/10/this_last_week_was_hell_on_old.php .

Waco judge sets tentative date for trial over explosion in West

A tentative date of Oct. 6, 2014, has been set for the trial over the explosion at West Fertilizer Co., which killed 15, injured hundreds, and did perhaps a $100 million in property damage.

That gives lawyers only a year to prepare, an ambitious time frame for such a potentially large and complex case involving at least a couple of hundred plaintiffs. But Waco District Court Judge Jim Meyer signaled flexibility.

“I don’t mind moving that date if it looks like we’re going to be running up against it,” Judge Meyer told the few dozen lawyers packed into the small courtroom.

CF Industries, one of the nation’s two manufacturers of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, is alleged to have made the fertilizer that detonated after a fire engulfed the facility April 17.

More at http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2013/10/waco-judge-sets-tentative-date-for-trial-over-explosion-in-west.html/ .

Cat Sneaks Weed Into Moldova Prison, Proving Once and For All That Catnip Is a Gateway Drug

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[font color=green]I swear that its my owners--I was just holding it for him![/font]

AP Photo/Press service of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service for the Republic of Komi

In a June 2013 photo, guards show a cat which they catch on clandestine mission at the Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in the Komi province, some 600 miles northeast of Moscow, Russia.




Authorities say a cat was delivering marijuana to Moldovan prisoners after finding two packages of marijuana strapped to its collar, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said Friday, according to the Associated Press. They believe someone in the village of Pruncul has been sending the cat, which has been seen entering the facility through a hole in a fence on a regular basis.

That’s just the latest example of cats being used as messengers of contraband goods. In June, security personnel found a cat with cellphones and chargers wrapped around its body perching on a fence at Penal Colony No. 1, near the city of Syktyvkar in the Komi province, 600 miles northeast of Moscow. A white cat was also discovered to be smuggling a saw and drill bits through a prison gate in Brazil last January. And cats have been caught with heroin, once at a prison in the Rostov region of South Russia, as well as in 2010 at a prison in Russia’s Volga Republic of Tatarstan, when a guard dog killed another cat.

Cats: snuggle, don’t smuggle.

Source: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/18/cat-sneaks-weed-into-moldova-prison-proving-once-and-for-all-that-catnip-is-a-gateway-drug/

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Friendly Fire: Ted Cruz is Getting Lit Up by His Own Party

Congress has kicked the can down the road for a couple of months until the next round of full-faith-and-credit brinksmanship. Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas, maintained his cherished ideological purity by voting against increasing the debt limit and reopening the federal government -- this time without obstructing the effort to head off a default.

His failed gambit to defund the Affordable Care Act paid off for him -- if no one else -- in that he has endeared himself even more to the Tea Party. Everyone in America knows his name, even if most of them realize he is the driving force behind a quixotic quest that had no endgame and zero chance of success. But his colleagues are emptying both barrels at him now to any reporter who will listen, blasting what they characterize as a pointless, self-aggrandizing exercise in divisiveness. Republicans, according to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, have never been so unpopular.

We should note, however, that Cruz failed only if he actually believed he could defund Obamacare with Democrats controlling the White House and the Senate. As far as fundraising goes, it's been a smashing success. In the third quarter ending in September, his joint fundraising organ, the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, took in $800,000. Who knows how much it raised during the shutdown?

Many in his own party haven't fared so well as they watch their collective approval numbers sink. Here are a few of most searing verbal spankings, administered to Cruz not by the opposition, but by his own team:

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/10/friendly_fire_ted_cruz_is_gett.php .

No Texas Republican Votes to Reopen US Government or Avoid Default

The federal government is open once more and our economy avoided default! And it was without the help of any Republican from Texas.

By a vote of 285-144 the US House passed the bill to fund and reopen the government. The US Senate did the same by a margin of 81-18. Every Democrat in both chambers of Congress voted "yes" to fund the government and avoid default. While 87 House Republicans and 27 Senate Republicans joined Democrats in voting "yes," not one of them came from Texas.

Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz -- along with all twenty-four Texas Republican Representatives -- voted to keep the government closed and for the US government to default on its debts.

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14242/no-texas-republican-votes-to-reopen-us-government-or-avoid-default

A statement by TDPC Gilbert Hinojosa is also at the link.

Park Rangers call Rep. Randy Neugebauer’s outburst “shameful”

WASHINGTON – The shutdown is now in week three and the Park Service can’t take it anymore.

President of the National Park Rangers Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police George Durkee didn’t mince words in an open letter that began with a recap of an incident where Lubbock Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer yelled at a park ranger and told her she should be ashamed of herself.

The attack is what was shameful, Durkee said.

“Closing National Parks is against our nature,” Durkee said in the letter. “The reason we became Park Rangers and love our profession is because we enjoy welcoming people from around the world to our national treasures, and providing for safe and enjoyable visits to these sites, while leaving them protected for future generations.”

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/10/park-rangers-call-rep-randy-neugebauers-outburst-shameful.html/ .

Dewhurst calls for Obama impeachment

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, ramping up his criticism of the federal administration to a new level, called Monday night for President Obama to be impeached.

In an appearance at a Tarrant County Tea Party candidate forum, Dewhurst said Obama should be impeached for his overreaching positions on immigration and health care and for his lapses in the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Dewhurst, a former CIA officer, has previously criticized the Obama administration over the consulate attack.

Republican Dewhurst is facing three GOP challengers in his bid for re-election, and all the candidates have blasted the Democratic administration in recent months on a variety of issues as each tries to draw support from the conservative wing of the party.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/dewhurst-calls-for-obama-impeachment/nbN3D/ .

[font color=green]So sayeth the man that can't manage his own campaign fund and lost to Ted Cruz despite a multi-million dollar advantage.[/font]

'Mr. Conservative' Dr. Donald R. May to challenge Neugebauer for District 19 House seat

Dr. Donald May will announce his candidacy for the Lubbock-based U.S. House of Representatives Texas District 19 seat, challenging Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer.

May, an ophthalmologist and member of Lubbock’s Board of Health, will make the announcement during an event at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 2521 17th St., May said Tuesday.

May, a political commentator who blogs on lubbockonline.com as “Mr. Conservative”, has already filed his intent to run with the Federal Election Commission.

Primaries are set for March ahead of the November 2014 election.

More at http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2013-10-15/mr-conservative-may-challenge-neugebauer-district-19-house-seat .

[font color=green]Believe it or not folks, there are Republican candidates that are worse than Randy Neugebauer. Dr. May is known for his near daily diatribe of ODS and anti-Obamaism. Some headlines from his most recent columns:

ObamaCare is Marxism
Tyranny Drives Down Obama’s Approval
Tyrant Obama Now Attempts to Terrorize Seniors and Tourists
Obama Pushes for More Pain and Suffering
Obama is Still Acting Like a Tyrant

The last time Dr. May ran for Congress he received a whopping 1.1% of the vote in the Republican primary. He was fired from the University Medical Center at Texas Tech and sued to be reappointed, had fraudulent Medicare billings submitted under his name and sucked up over $65,000 in farm subsidies since 1995.[/font]

Boy Scouts hold child abuse forum in Dallas area

Source: AP

GRAPEVINE — Youth group leaders and child welfare experts met Monday near Dallas for the start of a two-day Boy Scouts of America symposium about how to spot and prevent child abuse.

The closed-door meeting near the BSA's national headquarters in the Dallas/Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine is part of the Scouts' efforts to improve how it handles abuse cases after the release of internal documents showing incidents in which the Scouts didn't inform law enforcement about alleged abuse within its ranks.

BSA says it has made sweeping changes in the years since those documents were collected. Scout leaders are now supposed to undergo regular, mandatory youth protection training, and BSA also requires at least two adults present at any meetings with youth and that any suspected abuse be reported to authorities.

Most of the 100 attendees at the symposium were affiliated with other groups, not Scouting. Those with Scouts ties said they welcomed the chance to discuss the group's current issues and best practices with other youth group leaders.

Read more: http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_bfdf6db4-353d-11e3-b401-0019bb2963f4.html
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