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Lawyers: Texas owes $741,000 in legal fees in gay marriage case

Texas should be ordered to pay almost $741,000 in legal fees after losing the court fight to preserve its ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers told a federal judge Friday.

Lawyers for two couples who sued to overturn the state ban argued that they are owed $720,794 in attorney fees — a figure they said came at a substantial discount from rates they typically charge — and $20,203 in costs for expert witnesses, travel and other expenses.

The money is owed because the couples were the prevailing parties in an “important civil rights case,” the lawyers told U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in a motion filed Friday.

Their clients, the lawyers said, “achieved overwhelming success” — a permanent injunction barring Texas from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriage “for all gay and lesbian Texans who seek to marry.”

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/lawyers-texas-owes-741000-in-legal-fees-in-gay-mar/nnYX2/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 04:09 PM (1 replies)

Texas Tent Revival Spews Hate Speech Across Public Park

LUBBOCK -- It’s a showdown in Texas after video surfaces of a tent revival broadcasting a sermon saying, “a fag is still a fag, and a dyke is still a dyke,” across a public park.

Leroy Elmore Park is an unexpected place for a tense showdown over gay rights and speech freedoms. The public park is in Lubbock, Texas, in an area that City Secretary Becky Garza describes as “largely residential.” The park features a lovely lake, tennis courts, and all this week, a blue-and-yellow tent hosting the Door Christian Fellowship Church tent revival. The tent’s robust sound system is broadcasting the sermons throughout the park, and this week, a video was posted online.

“A fag is still a fag, and a dyke is still a dyke!” a man shouts in the clip. “If it walks like a duck and if it quacks like a duck, it’s a cotton-picking duck!”

He continues, “I still believe that God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. I don’t care who told you it’s OK, God says it’s an abomination.”

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/03/texas-tent-revival-spews-hate-speech-across-public-park.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 03:58 PM (5 replies)

Texas Gov. Abbott seeks retribution against hospital that advocates Medicaid expansion

Man, does Texas grow vindictive, conspiratorial Republicans, or what? Here's Gov. Gregg Abbott pulling a real Chris Christie move, essentially ordering a financial investigation of a nonprofit health insurer and affiliated hospital because its chief wrote an editorial he didn't like.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on July 15, Gov. Greg Abbott sent an email from his personal account to his top advisers about an editorial published by the Houston Chronicle.

Its author, Ken Janda, had written that Texas' health care safety net system for the poor and uninsured was "in serious danger of meltdown" because state leaders were refusing to expand health coverage to a million uninsured Texans living in poverty.

The governor told aides he wanted to "see the financials" of Janda's nonprofit Community Health Choice, a health insurer affiliated with the Harris Health System, one of Texas' largest public hospitals.

"I'm told by informed sources that most of these entities are rolling in dough," Abbott wrote. […]

At 6:30 a.m. on July 15, Abbott's policy director Drew DeBerry forwarded the governor's note about the editorial to other aides, asking them to compile information about the hospital system's profits.

"By engaging in this ridiculous editorial, this specific hospital has now put themselves on the list" of facilities whose finances the aides should review, DeBerry wrote.


Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/03/1418084/-Texas-Gov-Abbott-seeks-retribution-against-hospital-that-advocates-Medicaid-expansion#
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 06:44 AM (8 replies)

Texas Man Threatens The Lives Of Any Black People Coming To His Town

HEMPHILL -- Nathan Ener of Hemphill, Texas, posted a video on Facebook calling for a deadly solution to black groups who want to come to ‘your town’. Ener, according to his Facebook page, is a bounty hunter and a retired officer.

After a backlash, Ener took the video down but Amin Muhammed captured it on his Facebook page and it ended up on YouTube.

After the killing of Texas Deputy Darren Goforth in Harris County, Ener says that all white people need to get involved even if they use is a slingshot to disable a black person’s vehicle so that he can then step in and take care of the people in the vehicle.

If You Only News reports:

He then lets them know that he, and others like him, would handle the rest. Later in the video he pulls out his shotgun, cocks it, and tells any black protestors that that sound would be the last they hear when he and others like him come into their homes.

He specifically calls out the Black Panthers, #BlackLivesMatter and Sandra Bland by calling her a “freakin’ thug,” and stating that her life and the lives of “thugs” don’t matter. If you listen to the subtext of his ridiculous rant, you will realize that he is clearly defining “thugs” as anyone who would dare protest and march against systemic racism and white supremacy of which this video demonstrates he is a proponent.


Read more: http://freakoutnation.com/2015/09/texas-man-threatens-the-lives-any-black-people-coming-to-his-town/



Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 06:33 AM (1 replies)

Another heartfelt message to any Teabagger that may be trolling DU



Please excuse the profanity.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 06:26 AM (7 replies)

Lawyer: Vice News journalists face deportation from Turkey

Source: AP

ANKARA, Turkey -- A lawyer says two Vice News journalists who were arrested on terror-related charges are expected to be deported from Turkey.

The two British journalists, correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, were detained last week in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast, where renewed fighting between Kurdish rebels and security forces has killed scores of people. A court ordered the two released on Thursday but their Turkey-based assistant, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, remains jailed pending the conclusion of an investigation.

Tahir Elci, head of the Diyarbakir lawyers' association, said Friday the two Britons were expected to be expelled after formal procedures are complete. They were being kept at a local migration administration office.

Their arrests prompted strong protests from media rights advocates, the U.S. and the European Union.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article33964401.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 06:06 AM (0 replies)

Texas man with crazy mugshot pleads guilty to threatening to blow up federal courthouse in Amarillo



A 30-year-old Amarillo man shown with Satanic facial tattoos in his booking photo pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he threatened to blow a federal courthouse "sky high."

Dillon Alexander Steele faces up to 10 years in federal prison after entering a guilty plea in a federal court in Amarillo on a charge of mailing threatening communication.

Steele, already serving a 35-year term in state prison on an aggravated robbery charge, sent a letter to the federal courthouse in Amarillo stating an intent to destroy the building, court documents show.

"I'm gonna kill everyone at the courthouse, and the federal building, I'm gonna blow everything up sky high, maybe after nothing but death and destruction someone will listen then!" the April 10, 2014, letter reads.

Read more: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/article/Texas-man-with-crazy-mugshot-pleads-guilty-to-6482993.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 05:58 AM (2 replies)

Childress PD's 'In God We Trust' decals trigger constitutional debate

CHILDRESS, TEXAS -- Childress Police Department’s decision to place decals reading “In God We Trust” on police vehicles this week has been met with a mixed response.

Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia said he is adding the decals in response to increasing violence across the country.

“I think with all the assaults happening on officers across the country and the two that happened in the past few days in Harris County and Abilene, it’s time we get back to where we once were,” Garcia told the Red River Sun, a newspaper serving the Childress area. “This is our nation’s motto ... it’s even on our currency. It’s nothing new.”

Repeated attempts to reach Garcia for comment Thursday were not successful.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-09-03/childress-pds-god-we-trust-decals-trigger-constitutional-debate

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 05:55 AM (3 replies)

Childress PD's 'In God We Trust' decals trigger constitutional debate

CHILDRESS -- Childress Police Department’s decision to place decals reading “In God We Trust” on police vehicles this week has been met with a mixed response.

Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia said he is adding the decals in response to increasing violence across the country.

“I think with all the assaults happening on officers across the country and the two that happened in the past few days in Harris County and Abilene, it’s time we get back to where we once were,” Garcia told the Red River Sun, a newspaper serving the Childress area. “This is our nation’s motto ... it’s even on our currency. It’s nothing new.”

Repeated attempts to reach Garcia for comment Thursday were not successful.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-09-03/childress-pds-god-we-trust-decals-trigger-constitutional-debate

Cross-posted in the Religion Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 05:53 AM (2 replies)

Two charged with murder in connection with Abilene police officer's death

ABILENE, Texas - Two people have been arrested in connection with the Monday death of Abilene Police officer Don Allen at his home in Clyde.

Phillip Walter, 29, and Violetta Walter, 30, were charged with first-degree felony murder, Police Chief Stan Standridge said during a news conference Thursday evening.

Bond was set at $500,000 for each.

The pair were linked to goods stolen from Allen’s home, the chief said.

Read more: http://www.reporternews.com/video/two-charged-with-murder-in-connection-with-abilene-police-officers-death_57547057
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 05:50 AM (1 replies)
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