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Tom Brady releases statement on Facebook: 'I am sorry our league had to endure this'

Just one day after federal judge Richard Berman nullified New England Patriots' Tom Brady's four-game suspension, the quarterback is finally speaking out.

Late Friday night, Brady released the following statement via his Facebook page:

"The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can't wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season. I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience.

"I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful. My thanks also to the union's legal team who has fought so hard right along with me.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2015/09/tom_brady_statement_facebook.html#incart_river
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 10:13 PM (7 replies)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu found in contempt of court on pension fund overhaul

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's tone was equal parts defiant and insouciant Friday (Sept. 4) morning, despite only hours earlier being held in contempt of court and threatened with house arrest for failure to make good on a $75 million payment due to the city's firefighters.

"Before I decimate the city's budget, before I stop the street repairs that we are making, stop filling potholes, turn off your street lights. Before I shut down (the parks department), before I lay off firefighters and police and city employees, I am ready to stay under house arrest for the next two years of my term," he said in a news conference. "This is too important and too much is at stake for the city of New Orleans."

He laughed off Civil District Judge Kern Reese's threat to keep him on home confinement on weekends until he came up with a plan to pay the firefighters.

"My wife is really happy about it it. She called me and said she's been trying to get me to stay home on weekends for the last 23 years. She already sent me a honey-do list."

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/09/mitch_landrieu_house_arrest_co.html#incart_gallery
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 10:08 PM (3 replies)

Trump-- Like A Cockroach Under A Magnifying Class

Thursday morning, Morning Joe took a few moments out of their busy Hillary-bashing routine to interview Bloomberg Business writer Max Abelson, whom one of the Morning Joe idiots introduced as a Wall Street Journal writer, since his beat is Wall Street.

Abelson endeavors to bring his readers inside the Trumpian empire and explain "How Trump invented Trump." None of the people at Morning Joe, who were too preoccupied with their anti-Hillary jihad, had read the piece or were in the slightest bit interested in it or Abelson. The piece happens to be quite revelatory about the Republican Party presidential front-runner who keeps making outlandish claims about himself, his wealth and his business acumen. Ableson discussed business with him, not politics. "After all," he writes, "that’s his central qualification for the job he’s seeking."

When he asks Trump to name a business leader he looks to for advice on managing his company, Trump says, "Me." Does he admire anyone else? "I don't like the word admire," he says. Abelson comes to the conclusion that you can't take Trump's boasts about his empire literally, which seems to me a polite way of confirming that the man is a compulsive liar.

“I’m the biggest developer in New York, by far,” he told Larry King in 1999. “I’m the biggest developer in New York, and I’m not looking for additional work,” he told the New York Post in 2003. “My name’s Donald Trump, and I’m the largest real estate developer in New York,” he said in 2004’s Apprentice pilot, introducing himself in a limo. “Here I am, the biggest developer in New York,” he told a reporter from Scotland in 2007. “The greatest builder is me, and I would build the greatest wall you have ever seen,” he said this May, invoking his plan for Mexico’s border at a speech in South Carolina. He pointed at his chest while rolling his head around. The crowd went wild.

Trump isn’t the biggest New York developer. He isn’t really a skyscraper developer anymore, and he hasn’t been for years. He put up huge buildings and casinos, borrowed to do it, nearly wiped out, came back as a brand name that often needed bigger partners, was smacked by the financial crisis when he tried to again take massive risks, and ended up with a profitable business anyway.

The lesson from the 150-story building he craved is the same one you get from stepping inside the company. It’s not the hugest in the whole world, and it’s not what it was supposed to be, but it’s something. And, like his politics, it can seem much, much bigger than it is.

Trump has crushed his presidential competition by presenting himself as the finest businessman ever to don a suit. Will his career’s blemishes hurt him? Could Americans who love the great, amazing, terrific, perfect version of Trump accept the flawed one? In his office, he tells me that someone said the cool thing about his race to be the leader of the free world is that if he loses he gets to go back to being Donald Trump again-- only an even vaster version.

“So win, lose, or draw, I’m glad I did it,” he says. “Although it’s too early to say that yet.”

Last year his company's revenue was $605 million, a relatively small company with a profit of around $300 million. "{F}or purposes of comparison," writes Abelson, the Trumpian empire is "roughly the size of a company called NN, based in Johnson City, Tenn., which produces tiny steel balls."

Read more: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/09/trump-like-cockroach-under-magnifying.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 09:31 PM (1 replies)

Southern U.S. Border Sees A Slowdown In Unaccompanied Minors From Central America

As summer ends, it's becoming clear that we won't see a repeat of last year's "border surge" of Central American minors seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border.

That surge captivated headlines, clogged immigration courts, and caused President Obama to declare a border crisis last year.

But this year is different, according to researchers at the DC-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

"The numbers have declined almost as sharply in 2015 as they surged in 2014," said Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director of MPI's Immigration Policy Program.

Read more: http://kut.org/post/southern-us-border-sees-slowdown-unaccompanied-minors-central-america
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 09:25 PM (1 replies)

Jailed clerk no martyr, gay rights advocates say; Texas clerk vows that she won't issue licenses

In Irion County, Texas, population 1,500, clerk Molly Criner also declared through the Liberty Counsel that she would issue no licenses. She said on Friday that no same-sex couples have asked for one. She refused to say whether she would issue them, or opt to go to jail instead.

Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver said after meeting with Davis in jail Friday that “she is a prisoner of her conscience.” He quoted the letter King wrote from his Birmingham jail cell in 1963, rallying civil rights activists to challenge unjust laws and pay the consequences if necessary to force peaceful change.

He described Davis as the first American imprisoned for a religious objection to gay marriage.

The lawyers suing her dismissed that notion. “This is the billionth time a person has been jailed for violating a court order,” Canon said.

The complete article is at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150904-jailed-clerk-no-martyr-gay-rights-advocates-say-texas-clerk-vows-that-she-won-t-issue-licenses.ece .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 08:05 PM (4 replies)

Hilton To Allow Anti-Gay Hatefest At Dallas Hotel

Hilton doesn’t plan to prevent anti-LGBT activists from staging a hatefest at one of its Dallas-area hotels later this month.

The Faith Family Freedom Tour, an eight-city engagement sponsored by several anti-LGBT hate groups, is scheduled to stop at the Hilton Dallas Park Cities on Sept. 15.

During the tour’s inaugural stop, at a Hilton hotel in Houston, lead organizer Dr. Steve Hotze appeared to promote violence against the LGBT community, wielding a sword and pledging to drive “homofascists” out of the city and back to San Francisco. But Kim Blackmon, a spokeswoman for Hilton, said in a statement Friday that the company has no plans to turn the group away in Dallas.

“Hilton Dallas Park Cities strives to be a meeting place for people from all walks of life, regardless of beliefs, race, color, national origin, religion or sexual orientation,” Blackmon said. “The views of our guests do not reflect the sentiments of the hotel. Our goal is to provide quality accommodations and a pleasant environment for our guests, employees and members of our community visiting our hotel. We would like to emphasize that all Hilton hotels strive to be an inclusive hotel and we regret if this policy has unintentionally offended any individual or organization.”

Read more: http://www.lonestarq.com/hilton-to-allow-anti-gay-hatefest-at-dallas-hotel/#.VeoC6DuOmu8.twitter
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 08:01 PM (3 replies)

Could Cruz Prompt Another Government Shutdown?

WASHINGTON – After weeks on the campaign trail, presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will head back to the U.S. Capitol next week. With his return comes congressional anxiety — that Texas' junior senator could instigate yet another government shutdown.

The U.S. House and Senate are staring down a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government. Some conservatives are threatening to let that cutoff date pass unless the federal government stops spending any taxpayer dollars on Planned Parenthood. Given his high profile role in the 2013 government shutdown, Cruz is at the center of the speculation.

He's done nothing in the last month to allay those concerns.

At a South Carolina campaign stop in early August, Cruz would not rule out a shutdown. And in Houston last week, Cruz said: "Under no circumstances should the federal government be providing $500 million of your and my taxpayer money to fund what appears to be an ongoing criminal enterprise. We're going to have a battle."

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/09/04/all-eyes-ted-cruz-fall/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 06:23 PM (8 replies)

Latinos plan anti-Trump rally in Dallas, ahead of Trump visit

The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just announced he’s coming to Dallas on Sept. 14th for a rally with his supporters at the American Airlines sports arena. But this Labor Day, an anti-Trump, warm-up reception of sorts is planned at the Dallas City Hall plaza at 1 p.m.

It’s organized by Carlos Quintanilla, a Chicago native who has been active in many political and immigration causes in North Texas. He’s calling it “Un Día Sin Trump,” a word play on the satirical movie “A Day Without A Mexican.”

Trump’s at the top of polls, including this latest one in Iowa.

In July, Trump insulted many of Mexican ancestry when he said Mexican immigrants brought crime to the U.S. and were “rapists.”

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/anti-trump-rally-planned-for-dallas-on-labor-day.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 03:47 PM (0 replies)

When Prime Prep Academy shut down, another school inherited “anarchy” (Deion Sanders' school)

When Prime Prep Academy closed in January under a heap of debt and lawsuits, about 60 former students landed at another Dallas charter school two and a half miles away.

The results for Triple A Academy were academic problems, bad behavior and even “anarchy” that threaten the school’s future.

Triple A received the state’s lowest academic rating last month and said the Prime Prep chaos was largely to blame. This is Triple A’s second straight year of “improvement required.” A third would lead to the loss of its charter and its state funding.

“Those children had no choice in that school being closed,” said Leroy McClure, the founder of Triple A Academy (which serves 7th to 12th grade) and its sister school, Focus Learning Academy (pre-kindergarten to 6th). “They needed a school, so we were there to help them.”

Read more: http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/when-prime-prep-academy-shut-down-another-dallas-school-inherited-anarchy.html/

[font color=330099]The article also mentions that Deion Sanders has a new job as the head football coach at the school.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 03:40 PM (0 replies)

Firing squad, blood-draining among suggestions sent to Gov. Abbott to continue Texas death penalty

With lethal injection drugs in short supply nationwide, one Texan offered Gov. Greg Abbott what he called a straight-forward, low-cost, pain-free alternative to execute murderers in Texas.

“After administering a strong sedative,” he wrote in an email, “just drain blood until they have bled to death.”

Other letter writers suggested carbon monoxide poisoning as a painless approach — and maybe even more humane than lethal injection.

A firing squad could save the state money, wrote one man from a Houston suburb.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/firing-squad-blood-draining-among-suggestions-sent-to-gov-greg-abbott-to-continue-texas-death-penalty.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 03:35 PM (7 replies)
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