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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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Texas Beef Council Turns Focus to Younger Eaters--Is It Still for Dinner?

It has been 22 years since the racing violins and xylophonic beats of composer Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from his ballet “Rodeo” poured out of television sets, making "Beef. It's What's for Dinner." one of the most recognizable advertising campaigns of the early 1990s.

Since then, public affection for beef — and traditional television — has waned, particularly among members of the millennial generation, who are less inclined to eat meat and more likely to encounter advertising on phones and computer screens.

In Texas, where cattle are almost as important to the state’s image as its economy, beef producers are trying to grasp both horns of that dilemma.

After a dinner of beef brisket on a warm fall evening in north San Antonio, members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association sat back and listened to Jason Bagley of the Texas Beef Council outline how the trade group is moving away from print, television and radio ads.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/11/16/texas-beef-council-turns-focus-younger-eaters/

NOH8 Photo Of 11-year-old Texan Targeted By Anti-Gay Bullies Goes Viral



RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS -- Vanessa Tijerina-Arguelles posted the above photo of her 11-year-old son, Jesus "Jesse" Franco, on Facebook on Friday morning and marked it with the hashtag #NOH8.

Since being reposted by the NOH8 Campaign a few hours later, the photo has been shared more than 83,000 times on Facebook.

As you can see, Jesse is holding two signs saying although he's not gay, he's been the victim of anti-gay bullying at his school in Raymondville, Texas, near McAllen. School officials have refused to do anything to stop the bullying, and have in fact punished him for defending himself, according to Jesse's signs.

The signs read:

"HELLO! I'M JESUS (JESSE) FRANCO. I'M NOT GAY. STILL, I GET CALLED GAY AND FAGGOT AT MY SCHOOL EVERY DAY. RAYMONDVILLE (TX) INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOTHING. MY PARENTS & I HAVE TRIED 2 GET THEM 2 DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE LAST TIME I WAS ATTACKED, I GOT 2 DAYS OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION FOR OVERCOMING THE BULLY, DEFENDING MYSELF. PARENTS OF THESE KIDS ARE BULLIES 2. MAYBE THAT'S WHY THE SCHOOL DOESN'T ACT & THE KIDS(S) DON'T STOP? PLEASE SHARE SO OTHER KIDS, LIKE ME, CAN SEE THEY ARE NOT ALONE. THE SCHOOL MAY VIOLATE MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND MY RIGHT TO (SILENT) PROTEST; THEY HAVE GIVEN ME NO CHOICE, NO HELP. THANK YOU. NO H8."


Jesse's mom, Tijerina-Arguelles, wrote the following when she originally posted the photo:

"My son is 11 years old. His school district is in a community that is a pro-bully, anti-victim community in EVERY aspect. Where victims should be of a concern (law enforcement, government, school district), and be protected. The latest insult was a gay slur, a shouted gay-bashing during lunch in the cafeteria, followed by ooohs. With faculty present. My son has a learning disability, he was caught off guard and unable to react. The bully who did this is a notorious bully, his mom is a nortorius bully. Both the mother and her son have cyber-bullied and gay bashed my boy. Enough is enough."


Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2014/11/noh8-photo-of-11-year-old-in-texas-who-was-targeted-by-anti-gay-bullies-goes-viral.html#.VGjKLrFCfx4.twitter

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

NOH8 Photo Of 11-year-old Texan Targeted By Anti-Gay Bullies Goes Viral



RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS -- Vanessa Tijerina-Arguelles posted the above photo of her 11-year-old son, Jesus "Jesse" Franco, on Facebook on Friday morning and marked it with the hashtag #NOH8.

Since being reposted by the NOH8 Campaign a few hours later, the photo has been shared more than 83,000 times on Facebook.

As you can see, Jesse is holding two signs saying although he's not gay, he's been the victim of anti-gay bullying at his school in Raymondville, Texas, near McAllen. School officials have refused to do anything to stop the bullying, and have in fact punished him for defending himself, according to Jesse's signs.

The signs read:

"HELLO! I'M JESUS (JESSE) FRANCO. I'M NOT GAY. STILL, I GET CALLED GAY AND FAGGOT AT MY SCHOOL EVERY DAY. RAYMONDVILLE (TX) INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOTHING. MY PARENTS & I HAVE TRIED 2 GET THEM 2 DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE LAST TIME I WAS ATTACKED, I GOT 2 DAYS OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION FOR OVERCOMING THE BULLY, DEFENDING MYSELF. PARENTS OF THESE KIDS ARE BULLIES 2. MAYBE THAT'S WHY THE SCHOOL DOESN'T ACT & THE KIDS(S) DON'T STOP? PLEASE SHARE SO OTHER KIDS, LIKE ME, CAN SEE THEY ARE NOT ALONE. THE SCHOOL MAY VIOLATE MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND MY RIGHT TO (SILENT) PROTEST; THEY HAVE GIVEN ME NO CHOICE, NO HELP. THANK YOU. NO H8."


Jesse's mom, Tijerina-Arguelles, wrote the following when she originally posted the photo:

"My son is 11 years old. His school district is in a community that is a pro-bully, anti-victim community in EVERY aspect. Where victims should be of a concern (law enforcement, government, school district), and be protected. The latest insult was a gay slur, a shouted gay-bashing during lunch in the cafeteria, followed by ooohs. With faculty present. My son has a learning disability, he was caught off guard and unable to react. The bully who did this is a notorious bully, his mom is a nortorius bully. Both the mother and her son have cyber-bullied and gay bashed my boy. Enough is enough."


Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2014/11/noh8-photo-of-11-year-old-in-texas-who-was-targeted-by-anti-gay-bullies-goes-viral.html#.VGjKLrFCfx4.twitter

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group.

Two Companies Settle Over San Jacinto River Waste Pits, Jury Clears Lone Holdout of Liability

HOUSTON -- Harris County's years-long legal battle to wring billions of dollars out of companies the county says are responsible for the San Jacinto River's toxic legacy ended with whimper Thursday. Following a four-week trial, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's office settled with two of three defendants just as the case was set to go to closing arguments. The two companies agreed to pay $29.2 million, which, after attorneys fees and expenses, amounts to just $20 million that will be split between the state and county -- a far cry from the $3.7 billion the county initially sought in its lawsuit.

Mix in the fact that after the settlement was reached a jury cleared the lone holdout company of any responsibility, and it's hard to chalk this up as a clear win for the county in its bold fight to make companies pay fouling the San Jacinto River.

In 2011 Ryan sued the three major companies -- Houston-based Waste Management, McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corp., and International Paper Co. -- saying they were responsible for cancer-causing dioxins that seeped out of waste pits and into the river system for decades.

Waste Management and McGinnes struck a last-minute deal with the county Thursday, while International Paper opted for a jury verdict. The jury voted 10-2 in favor of the company. Ryan's office on Thursday said it would appeal the jury's decision.

Read more: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2014/11/two_companies_settle_over_san_jacinto_river_waste_pits_jury_clears_lone_holdout_of_liability.php

DuPont Chemical Plant in La Porte Where Four Workers Died Reported Recent Violations

A plant where four workers died early Saturday after a chemical leak has a record of safety violations that dates back several years, a Texas Tribune review of state records shows.

The DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, 30 miles southeast of Houston, makes products like alcohol resins and a popular insecticide called Lannate. The workers died after an estimated 100 pounds of the chemical methyl mercaptan leaked due to a faulty valve, the company told local media. Methyl mercaptan, a primary component of Lannate, can cause nausea, vomiting, fluid buildup in the lungs and other symptoms; even in small amounts, exposure to it can be deadly.

DuPont spokesman Alan Woods said in an email, "We're working closely with local, state and federal authorities as they conduct a thorough investigation into the incident."

State records show that in the last five years, the plant has been cited at least two dozen times by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for violating state law. It has failed to perform routine safety inspections, keep equipment in proper working order and prevent unauthorized pollution leaks, according to violation notices issued by the agency. In a few instances, the agency demanded fines of a few thousand dollars from DuPont for more serious lapses.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/11/16/dupont-plant-where-workers-died-reported-recent-vi/

[font color=green]In a low regulation state such as Texas this will be considered as a cost of doing business.[/font] :sigh:

Senator Leticia Van de Putte to resign and run for mayor of San Antonio

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Anti-gay group Texas Values endorses Sen. Donna Campbell’s “license to discriminate” bill

Jonathan Saenz, president of the anti-gay group Texas Values, has said he believes gays activists are trying to put Christians in jail.

So it comes as no surprise that Saenz and Texas Values are throwing their weight behind “license to discriminate” legislation filed this week by state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

Campbell’s SJR 10 would allow business owners and others to turn away LGBT people, as long as they claim a sincerely held religious belief.

Campbell has denied that the proposed constitutional amendment is discriminatory. However, Lambda Legal senior counsel Jenny Pizer told me this week that SJR 10 would limit government’s ability to enforce local nondiscrimination ordinances — along with a host of other unintended consequences. For example, Pizer said the measure could even allow a group like the KKK to claim a right to use government-owned facilities for its meetings.

Read more: http://www.lonestarq.com/anti-gay-group-texas-values-endorses-sen-donna-campbells-license-to-discriminate-bill/

Perry promoted aide with three alcohol offenses on record

AUSTIN — When Gov. Rick Perry tried to force a district attorney from office for drunken driving, he cited outrage at her behavior and a loss of confidence in her ability to do the job.

But on his own staff, Perry has hired and promoted a top adviser with three intoxication offenses on his record.

Wayne Roberts, who now heads up the governor’s signature creation, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 1990 and 2006. He also was fined in 2000 on a charge of public intoxication in Virginia.

Perry made him budget director in December 2001 and appointed him to the State Pension Review Board in 2009. The board of the cancer fund, known as CPRIT, appointed Roberts to his current position, and three of the board members were selected by Perry. At both the pension board and CPRIT, Roberts oversees billions of state dollars.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20141115-perry-promoted-aide-with-three-alcohol-offenses-on-record.ece

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