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Anti-gay hate crimes hit 5-year high in Texas

Based on numbers released by the FBI on Monday, one might think the number of hate crimes reported in Texas declined dramatically in 2012.

According to the FBI’s 2012 Hate Crimes Statistics report, the number of hate crimes went from 152 in Texas in 2011 to just 52 in 2012. That would put Texas alongside states like Maine and Oregon when it comes to total number of anti-gay hate crimes, compared to the 910 reported in California or the 715 reported in New York.

Turns out there’s one huge problem: As Claire St. Amant at CultureMap Dallas points out, Texas was one of two states that missed the reporting deadline for the FBI stats, meaning most cities in the Lone Star State were left off the report.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has posted its own numbers showing that the state actually saw an increase of roughly 16 percent in hate crimes in 2012, with a total of 170 reported incidents. According to the DPS report, 53 of those incidents — or 31 percent — were motivated by victims’ sexual orientation. That’s an 8 percent increase in anti-gay hate crimes from 2011, and the highest number reported in Texas since 2008. According to DPS, there were 55 anti-gay hate crimes in 2008, 36 in 2009, 39 in 2010 and 49 in 2011.

More, including links to statistical data, at http://www.lonestarq.com/anti-gay-hate-crimes-hit-5-year-high-in-texas/ .

Cross-posted in LGBT Group.

Anti-gay hate crimes hit 5-year high in Texas

Based on numbers released by the FBI on Monday, one might think the number of hate crimes reported in Texas declined dramatically in 2012.

According to the FBI’s 2012 Hate Crimes Statistics report, the number of hate crimes went from 152 in Texas in 2011 to just 52 in 2012. That would put Texas alongside states like Maine and Oregon when it comes to total number of anti-gay hate crimes, compared to the 910 reported in California or the 715 reported in New York.

Turns out there’s one huge problem: As Claire St. Amant at CultureMap Dallas points out, Texas was one of two states that missed the reporting deadline for the FBI stats, meaning most cities in the Lone Star State were left off the report.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has posted its own numbers showing that the state actually saw an increase of roughly 16 percent in hate crimes in 2012, with a total of 170 reported incidents. According to the DPS report, 53 of those incidents — or 31 percent — were motivated by victims’ sexual orientation. That’s an 8 percent increase in anti-gay hate crimes from 2011, and the highest number reported in Texas since 2008. According to DPS, there were 55 anti-gay hate crimes in 2008, 36 in 2009, 39 in 2010 and 49 in 2011.

More, including links to statistical data, at http://www.lonestarq.com/anti-gay-hate-crimes-hit-5-year-high-in-texas/ .

Cross-posted in Texas Group.

Stockman's filings don't explain his income

Both as a candidate and as a congressman, Rep. Steve Stockman of Clear Lake has failed to make federally required disclosures about business affiliations that stretch from Texas to the British Virgin Islands, and has provided no details about the business he claims as his sole source of income.

Stockman returned to office in 2013 after 16 years away from Congress - crediting a low-budget, come-from-behind campaign to which he claimed to have lent more than $100,000 of his own money.

Stockman failed to file a federal disclosure form during his candidacy in 2012 when he ran for the newly created District 36, which stretches east and north from Southeast Harris County, around Beaumont, and beyond to the Louisiana line.

Every other Texan in Congress, whether incumbent or freshman, filed a report in 2012.

There is an extensive article at http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/us/article/Stockman-s-filings-don-t-explain-his-income-5006941.php?t=e7e7844f8f4d372650#/5 that details numerous issues with Stockman's finances and history.

This story of woe is in addition to the following story from last week in which his campaign headquarters was found to have 14 fire code violations and subsequently had the electricity cut off:
Steve Stockman's Housing Project For Right-Wing Campaign Workers Shut Down For Safety Violations
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14399/steve-stockmans-housing-project-for-rightwing-campaign-workers-shut-down-for-safety-violations

Abortion clinic reopens in Fort Worth

Whole Woman’s Health has reopened its Fort Worth abortion clinic after an affiliated doctor gained admitting privileges in a nearby hospital, the company announced Tuesday.

Of five abortion clinics owned by Whole Woman’s Health, only the McAllen facility remains closed due to a lack of admitting privileges as required by House Bill 2, the abortion-regulation law passed last summer by the Legislature. The company’s San Antonio facility is still operating on a part-time basis because only one of two doctors has admitting privileges. The company’s clinics in Austin and Beaumont are operating full-time.

About a dozen Texas clinics shut down or stopped offering abortions after the HB 2 requirement went into effect, but Planned Parenthood announced last week that its Austin clinic had resumed providing abortions after an affiliated doctor gained admitting privileges in a nearby hospital. Doctors in the organization’s Waco and Fort Worth clinics still lack admitting privileges.

Source: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/abortion-clinic-reopens-in-fort-worth/nb5SD/

Mom Fined $140 Every Day Until She Circumcises Her Child

A woman has been ordered to pay a fine of $140 per day as a penalty for keeping her baby boy uncircumcised.

The ruling was handed down late last month by an Israeli rabbinical court, which has jurisdiction in the country over matters concerning religion.

"The baby was born with a medical problem, so we couldn’t circumcise him on the eighth day as is customary," the mother, identified as Elinor, told Haaretz. "As time went on, I started reading about what actually happens in circumcision, and I realized that I couldn’t do that to my son. He’s perfect just as he is."

The court's fine of 500 shekels a day every day the child — now a year old — remains uncircumcised, was upheld this week by a higher rabbinical court in Jerusalem.

More at http://gawker.com/mom-fined-140-every-day-until-she-circumcises-her-chil-1472056843/ .

Rick Santorum's New Christmas Movie is Officially a Flop

Shortly after former Senator Rick Santorum took the reins as CEO of Dallas' EchoLight Studios, he began pimping "The Christmas Candle," a holiday parable about the residents of a quaint English village protecting traditional values (a miracle-producing candle) against the forces of modernity (electricity).

The film "hearkens back to the heartwarming and uplifting movies of yesteryear," Santorum proclaimed. It's destined to become "the next holiday classic."

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Of course, faith-based family films are routinely panned by the secular media. The ultimate judgment will come from the families who yearn for good, clean holiday entertainment.

"That's what people across America and the world are looking for, including my own family," Santorum explained when the movie was announced. "We're always searching for movies we can take the whole family to, and we think there are millions of others who share that desire."

Unfortunately for Santorum and EchoLight, most of those people have stayed home since "The Christmas Candle" premiered a week ago. As U.K.'s The Guardian reports this morning, the movie is a box office flop, grossing just over $1 million.

The complete article is at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/11/rick_santorum_christmas_candle.php .

Wendy Davis vs Greg Abbott: redistricting fight over lawyer fees heating up

AUSTIN — Lawyers who helped Sen. Wendy Davis beat back Republican attempts to retool her district urged a San Antonio federal court Monday to award them with hundreds of thousands of dollars spent challenging the state’s 2011 redistricting maps.

It’s the latest legal salvo in an ongoing redistricting battle between Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, and Attorney General Greg Abbott, the lead Republican candidate running for governor (it’s also part of a larger skirmish involving 2011 redistricting fees for U.S House and Texas House maps).

Davis — along with the League of United Latin American Citizens — sued the state back in 2011 over state senate maps the GOP-led Legislature approved that year that carved up her Tarrant County district by shifting thousands of black and Hispanic voters into neighboring districts.

Just weeks before her now infamous filibuster over the summer, Davis declared victory in the redistricting case when Abbott’s legal team told a federal three-judge panel in San Antonio they were backing off the state senate maps. That was cemented when the Legislature in June approved maps keeping her district completely in tact — and in court in September when the trio of San Antonio judges declared Davis a “prevailing” party and instructed her lawyers to file for reimbursement.

More at http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2013/11/wendy-davis-vs-greg-abbott-redistricting-fight-over-lawyer-fees-heating-up-2/?cmpid=houtexhcat .

Rick Perry loses public bet with Louisiana, will pay up in brisket

Texas governor Rick Perry now owes Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and a Louisiana food bank 100 pounds of Texas brisket after losing a bet to Jindal over which team would win Saturday's LSU and Texas A&M football game.

Over Twitter, the two Republican heavyweights made the bet for all to see, with Jindal offering up 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood if the Aggies won, to which Perry countered with 100 of the smoky stuff if the Tigers defeated the Ags. The two agreed that the food would be donated to the food bank of their choice.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Aggies weren't able to fend off the Tigers, much to the chagrin of Aggie Nation (and odds-makers in Las Vegas), in the 10-34 loss in Baton Rouge.

But where will Perry get the barbecue from? It's not as if Texas has a limited amount of award-winning choice

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Rick-Perry-loses-public-bet-with-Louisiana-will-5010210.php?cmpid=hpts .

Texan accused of mailing ricin to Obama, Bloomberg could face 18 years in prison

Source: AP

DALLAS - A Texas woman who intends to plead guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg agreed to a deal that caps any prison sentence at 18 years, her attorney said Monday.

Under the deal, Shannon Guess Richardson would plead guilty to a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin, her attorney, Tonda Curry, said. Final details of what Richardson will admit are still being worked out, but Curry said Richardson was ready to admit her role in sending toxic letters to Obama, Bloomberg, and the head of Bloomberg's pro-gun control group.

"Shannon is anxious to admit her role in ordering the components to make the ricin, her role in the letters that contained the ricin, and to tell the government who else was involved in those offenses," Curry said.

Curry did not say more about Richardson's possible motives or whom she might name.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20131125-texan-accused-of-mailing-ricin-to-obama-bloomberg-could-face-18-years-in-prison.ece

Internet Cat Star Colonel Meow is Seriously Ill



The Internet-famous feline known as Colonel Meow, who landed a spot in the Guinness World Records for being the cat with the longest fur, is seriously ill, his owner said.

His owners in Los Angeles posted on the cat's Facebook page Monday that the Himalayan-Persian cross-breed was in an animal hospital with a mysterious illness.

"The doctors don't really understand what's wrong with him," the Facebook post read in part. "He needs YOU to send your amazingly good energy, vibes, and prayers."

According to the post, the Colonel survived a 50/50 chance surgery and a blood transfusion that doctors thought would send him into heart failure.

More at http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international/Internet-Cat-Star-Colonel-Meow-is-Seriously-Ill-232742261.html .

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