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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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President Biden calls Philly sports fans 'most informed, most obnoxious' in the world

Presidents historically have had a symbolic connection to the sports landscape in the United States. It's a stage that gives the commander-in-chief a way to relate to Americans in a more casual way, outside worries about the economy and North Korean missiles.

Many presidents see sports as a way to escape the confines of partisanship. George W. Bush's first pitch after the 9/11 attacks was a show of perseverance. Barack Obama's riffing with the Chicago Cubs after their World Series victory in 2016 — despite being a diehard White Sox fan — was a powerful moment as the team broke its century-old curse.

And under President Trump? Well, things went awry. Teams like the Golden State Warriors and Eagles declined to visit the White House in protest of the president's divisive politics, which often leveraged cultural moments to activate his base. Trump even opted to formally disinvite the Eagles after only a small delegation of coaches and players were willing to show up.

President Joe Biden has had a busy first four months in office, to say the least. Opportunities to discuss sports haven't been plentiful or even appropriate given the state of the nation.

Read more: https://www.phillyvoice.com/president-biden-philly-sports-fans-informed-obnoxious-fishtown/

Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 05:32 AM (6 replies)

SpaceX makes first Starship flight sans explosion

SpaceX pulled it off Wednesday afternoon, finally launching and landing a full-size Starship prototype without an explosion of any sort.

The SN15 prototype blasted off from the company’s Boca Chica launch site at 5:24 p.m. and quickly pierced the low overcast before flying to approximately 33,000 feet, cutting its three Raptor engines one at a time and performing a successful “belly flop” descent. The engines were reignited for the landing sequence and the SN15 came down at the correct speed for a soft landing. The flight lasted 6 minutes and 8 seconds.

It was the fifth high-altitude flight of a Starship prototype. SpaceX founder and CEO had said SN15 contained hundreds of design improvements after the mid-air explosion of the SN11 near the end of an otherwise successful flight on March 30. The SN10 likewise flew successfully on March 3 but came in too fast on landing, damaging the craft, which exploded on the landing pad several minutes after touching down. The SN9 flew and descended fine on Feb. 2 but also came in too fast, destroyed the test vehicle on impact.

“Starship landing nominal!” Musk tweeted shortly after Wednesday’s successful flight.

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 04:36 AM (0 replies)

'The Daily Show' can't stop trolling Ted Cruz, calling him the Booger on the Lip of Democracy

Last week, Texas Sen.Ted Cruz started some Twitter beef with "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. After watching Tuesday's show, we are thinking he probably shouldn't have.

Yes, Noah is known for throwing some jabs at Cruz, but the Comedy Central's late-night franchise spent nine minutes of its 30-minute show trolling the politician, titling the segment "Ted Cruz: The Booger on the Lip of Democracy."

It starts with a clip of Cruz at a rally on March 4, 2016, back when he was campaigning to become the next president. The video shows Cruz eating what "The Daily Show" says is a booger (it's a gross sight).

The show tells Cruz's life story, giving details on where he was born (Canada) and his aspirations, saying: "Yes, young Ted Cruz was obsessed with boobs and power – two things he would struggle to get his hands on for the rest of his life."

Read more: https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/culture/tv/article/The-Daily-Show-cant-stop-trolling-Ted-Cruz-16153739.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 04:35 AM (1 replies)

Republicans in Texas pushing abortion ban after 6 weeks

AUSTIN — Texas would ban abortions after as early six weeks — before many women know they are pregnant — and allow private citizens to enforce the rule through civil lawsuits against doctors and others under a measure given preliminary approval by the GOP-dominated state House on Wednesday.

The move would have Texas join about a dozen other Republican-led states to pass so-called "heartbeat bills" which have been mostly blocked by federal courts.

A similar version has already passed the state Senate, and any differences will have to be negotiated before the bill goes to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The governor has suggested he would sign it into law.

The Texas bill would ban abortions after the first detection of an embryonic "heartbeat." Advanced technology can detect an electric signal flutter as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, even though the embryo isn't yet a fetus and doesn't have a heart. An embryo is termed a fetus beginning in the 11th week of pregnancy, medical experts say.

Read more: https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texas/story/2021/may/06/republicans-texas-pushing-abortion-ban-after-6-weeks/870004/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 04:15 AM (3 replies)

Arkansas budget surplus grows to nearly $717 million for year

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' finance office on Tuesday said the state's surplus for the current fiscal year has grown to nearly $717 million.

The Department of Finance and Administration said the state's net available general revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 now totals nearly $5.5 billion. That's more than $651 million more than the state reported at the same time a year ago, the department said.

The state's net revenue in April totaled nearly $780 million, which was $242 million above the same month last year and nearly $167 million more than was forecast.

The department said net available revenue was above forecast in nearly all major tax categories last month. Individual income tax collections were $2.3 million above forecast, while sales tax collections were $81.7 million above forecast.

Read more: https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/arkansas/story/2021/may/06/arkansas-budget-surplus-grows-nearly-717-million-year/870011/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 04:02 AM (2 replies)

Border Wall Construction Left These South Texas Levees Damaged Ahead Of Hurricane Season

The Biden administration has stopped construction on the border wall between the United States and Mexico. But portions that have already been built have damaged levees along the border in South Texas, and those levees are crucial to preventing catastrophic flooding. Now that hurricane season is only weeks away, the way the condition of the levees is worrying residents in Hidalgo County.

Dave Hendricks is a reporter for the Progress Times in the Rio Grande Valley. He told Texas Standard there’s a misconception that not much of the border wall was actually built during the Trump administration’s construction efforts.

“Certainly, here in the Valley, there was a significant amount of new wall built, and in Hidalgo County we have a levee system that’s north of the Rio Grande that prevents the river from overflowing during hurricanes or major storms, and flooding a large part of the county,” Hendricks said. “During prior administrations, the wall was kind of combined with the levee, which was convenient because the government already owned that land.”

Highlights from this segment:

– The Biden administration’s halt of border wall construction meant that when contractors stopped working on the wall, holes were left that would allow water to move through the levee system in the event of a flood. Landowners and officials have asked a judge to address their concerns.

– At a hearing this week, a government attorney was not able to provide specifics about how the federal government would remedy the problem. Another attorney said the government wanted guidance from the court, rather than an order, about how the government should proceed.

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 03:47 AM (0 replies)

Josh Duggar granted release as he awaits child porn trial

Source: AP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed former reality TV star Josh Duggar to be released as he awaits trial on charges that he downloaded and possessed child pornography.

Magistrate Judge Christy Comstock ordered Duggar, 33, confined to the home of family friends who have agreed to be his custodian during his release and prohibited Duggar from any Internet-accessible devices pending his July 6 trial on the child pornography charges.

Duggar was indicted on the federal child pornography charges on Friday, a day after U.S. Marshals arrested him. He has pleaded not guilty.

“I have full confidence in the United States Marshal Service to find you if you decide not to comply with these conditions of release, so don’t make me regret this decision," Comstock said after a four-hour hearing conducted over Zoom.

Read more: https://wacotrib.com/news/national/josh-duggar-granted-release-as-he-awaits-child-porn-trial/article_dc9e543e-3fd2-5e67-b767-d98d564d1fcc.html

After 818 days in jail, Waco man found not guilty in stabbing assault

AWaco man who waited 818 days in jail heard the magic words Wednesday from the jury — not guilty.

George Lee McClain, 46, who rejected an 8-year plea bargain offer from prosecutors, cried tears of joy while leaving the courthouse after the jury found him not guilty of aggravated assault.

McClain, a part-time construction worker with a previous felony conviction, was charged in a Jan. 24, 2019, incident that left a Golinda man with multiple slashing cuts, a chest wound and a punctured lung. Terry Bernard testified Tuesday that McClain stabbed him during a fight over a woman they both had been dating.

The 19th State District Court jury deliberated 3½ hours before deciding there was insufficient evidence to convict McClain, who was charged with stabbing Bernard in a three-minute fight outside a home on South 23rd Street in Waco where Bernard was staying.

Read more: https://wacotrib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/after-818-days-in-jail-waco-man-found-not-guilty-in-stabbing-assault/article_18b5264e-add7-11eb-a3b2-1b43accfce22.html
(Waco Tribune-Herald)

Later in the article, some harsh words were exchanged between the district attorney and one of the defense attorneys regarding the use of taxpayer money.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 03:21 AM (1 replies)

Radioactive waste storage bill derailed in the Texas House on a technicality

AUSTIN — Contentious legislation that would have given financial breaks to the company that operates the storage site for low-level radioactive waste in remote West Texas was derailed Wednesday on a procedural technicality in the state House.

The maneuver to knock down House Bill 2692 short-circuited what had been expected to be a freewheeling floor debate over whether the bill would have provided a backdoor to bringing the most dangerous waste from decommissioned nuclear power plants to Texas.

The legislation's author, state Rep. Brooks Landgraf, a Republican who represents the site in Andrews County, insisted it would expressly ban such waste from Texas. And he said he was "mystified" that anyone would interpret it otherwise.

"We want to make sure safety is a top priority ... not only at the facility but (while waste is) transported to the facility," Landgraf said before the bill was scuttled.

Read more: https://www.caller.com/story/news/local/texas/state-bureau/2021/05/05/bill-cut-fees-texas-radioactive-waste-dump-operator-derailed/4921796001/
(Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 03:13 AM (0 replies)

Three Rivers ISD misses out on $1.9M settlement, gets $36K instead

A lawsuit over flaws in construction at Three Rivers Junior/Senior High School has resulted in a $36,000 verdict which was announced April 23.

The lawsuit filed by the district related to numerous flaws during the construction process.

Three Rivers Independent School District Superintendent Les Dragon said he had no comment immediately following the announcement of the verdict.

Although a settlement offer of at least $1.9 million had been made, Dragon said that amount would not have been enough to correct all of the deficiencies related to faulty work.

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They gambled and they lost (even though the verdict was in their favor).
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 02:39 AM (0 replies)
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