Showing posts with label Texas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Texas. Show all posts

October 4, 2018

Beto O'Rourke is Dazzling The Democrats

 Beto is taken for his own what was considered a secured seat for GOP Texas but it really wasn't. All it needed was the right candidate. Take a look at this Cuban-something. I'm not even sure because for a while he tried to pass as totally Anglican even change his name. Ted Cruz, it's even just a big balloon of hot air and it's been one since he came to Congress with the Tea Baggers. Besides preaching for immigration what else has he done? He barely got his snake boots wet during the stormwater floods. The only place you find him is when there is something national that he can talk about because that is something he does well, talk. But he preached Texas and Texas needed both Senators to be if only verbally to be working for the state. Afraid to lose a seat in the Senate the RNC always came thru with help and money. But Having someone with ideas not just talk, someone real not just someone made up to look like a good worker for the people, that is all Texas needed and it seems is getting it.

A rising star in the Democratic Party could pull off an unlikely victory in the upcoming US mid-term elections by unseating a big-name Republican in the traditionally conservative state of Texas.
O'Rourke supporters
Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke is bouncing on a small stage in Edinburg, waving his arms wildly, all 6ft 4ins (193cm) of his gangly frame crackling with energy.
His toes are well over the edge of the boards and his suede shoes are soaking up dark splashes of sweat from his brow.
Mr. O'Rourke, who has represented El Paso and its surrounds in the US House of Representatives since 2013, is running for the Senate - and you can't fault him for effort.
"Everyone is welcome," he smiles to the packed audience, insisting that the invitation even extends to "the dude in the Make America Great Again cap".
For today at least, the offer is rhetorical. 
There are no red-and-white Donald Trump hats in sight and, one suspects, precious few anywhere in Hidalgo County, where Edinburg bakes in the Rio Grande Valley, just north of the Mexican border. 
This is deeply Hispanic, deeply Democratic territory. You can spend a long time here before you hear a word of English.
While Texas voted for Mr Trump as president in 2016 by 52% to Hillary Clinton's 43%, Hidalgo County went for the Democrat by 68% to 28%.
Mr O'Rourke may not have Latin roots but he is fluent in Spanish and he leans heavily on his "Beto" nickname - a common contraction of Roberto - which he picked up as a child in El Paso.
But the congressman is not only campaigning on favorable ground. He has spent much of the past year crisscrossing Texas, boasting that he has visited all 254 of its counties. It appears that he is following a twin-track strategy, enthusing his left-wing base by calling for reform of criminal justice and immigration laws while also trying to attract disillusioned Trump supporters by promising improved education and universal healthcare - and appealing to both groups by accusing the White House of lavishing a giant tax cut on millionaires at the expense of ordinary Americans.
The biggest cheers come when he vows to end the nexus between politics and big business, to drain the swamp if you will.
He is almost drowned out as he looks out at the audience and declares "I see people instead of corporations! I see people instead of special interests!"
Mr. O'Rourke's passionate delivery along with his good looks and background as a skateboarder and a punk rocker has endeared him to liberals across the country, earning flattering comparisons with another Irish-American, that hero of modern American liberalism Bobby Kennedy.

Mr O'Rourke held a campaign concert with famed country musician Willie NelsonImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionA huge crowd topping 50,000 greeted him and Willie Nelson

Mr O'Rourke has said he is "open to" replacing the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), he favours tightening restrictions on guns and has said he would vote to impeach President Trump.
On Saturday, he took to the stage in the left-leaning state capital Austin with the country music legend Willie Nelson, briefly joining in on the chorus of On the Road Again. Tens of thousands of Texans flocked to watch.
Mr O'Rourke's speech was described by the Dallas Morning News as "impassioned" and "brimming with his trademark optimism." 
"We will be defined not by our fears - when we allow that to happen we build walls, we ban people based on their religion, we describe the press as the enemy of the people," he said, rebuking President Trump.
"We should be defined by our ambitions, our aspirations."
Mr O'Rourke has benefited from a flurry of small donations from all over the United States, raising millions of dollars more than his rival in a race which may help determine who controls Congress for the next two years of the Trump presidency.
The Democrats are favored to win control of the House of Representatives but are in a much tougher battle for the Senate, where they need a net gain of two seats but are defending 10 seats in states which Mr. Trump won in 2016.
The man trying to fight off this challenge is Ted Cruz, a former (and perhaps future) presidential candidate who ran Mr. Trump close for the Republican nomination in 2016. 
Mr Cruz is in many ways the opposite of his rival, an astute lawyer with a studied, precise delivery and a bête noir of the left who is also infamous for attracting the enmity of some Republican colleagues in Washington.
Yet with his campaign slogan "Tough as Texas", he epitomizes the strong streak of conservative self-reliance which runs through the heart of this vast rural state, as much a part of its identity as cowboy boots and barbecue sauce. 
He should be strolling towards re-election.

Cruz and O'Rourke debateImage copyrightPOOL
Image captionCruz is a darling of the evangelical wing of the Republican Party

Either way, in Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, in the north-west of the state, Mr Cruz isn't taking any chances.
He spends most of his stump speech lambasting Mr O'Rourke whom he accuses of taking "radical" positions on drugs, policing, immigration and the right to bear arms.
Mr Cruz punctuates his criticism with the crowd-pleasing phrase "and that ain't Texas!"
"This is a debate between two approaches," he tells his overwhelmingly white audience, "between socialism and the American free enterprise system. Between tyranny and liberty... between the crazy left wing and the great people of the state of Texas."
That draws a big cheer. Here they love the style of the man in the ostrich skin boots.

Mr Cruz's ostrich skin boots were regularly seen during stump speeches during his 2016 presidential campaignImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

When asked what he likes about the senator, one member of the crowd, Monti Bandiber replies with just three words - "his conservative values".
"I just really like his morals," says another supporter, Lyn Vandiver. "I think he's a very Christian man. And that's the most important thing to me."
By contrast, she regards Mr O'Rourke as "a liar" both for his account of the events around a youthful conviction for drink driving and in the way he has spoken about his support for black athletes who kneel at sporting events during the national anthem to protest against police violence and racial inequality.
This stress on morality is interesting given the identity of the current president, a man who was heard bragging that he can force himself on women because of his fame.
Ms Vandiver is not fond of Mr Trump personally, well aware that Mr Cruz exchanged insults with the New York property tycoon during the presidential campaign, calling him a "pathological liar," "utterly amoral," and "a serial philanderer" among other things.
Now the Texan senator is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Mr Trump's dominance of his party is such that a Republican candidate cannot be rude about him and expect grassroots support.
And so Mr Cruz finds himself praising the president and his policies, swallowing a dollop of hypocrisy mixed with a measure of humiliation.
It is another reason why he is spending as much time as possible attacking Mr O'Rourke as "a socialist", a dirty word in much of the US and particularly in Texas, which prides itself on a disdain for government.
When I point out to Mr Cruz that his opponent hasn't actually advocated state ownership of the means of production - a widely accepted definition of socialism - the senator shoots back "he supports socialized medicine".
The senator adds that "as Margaret Thatcher said, the problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money".
Intriguingly when I ask Mr O'Rourke the same question - do you support common ownership of the means of production, he is coy. 
It is hard to think of another mainstream US politician who would answer with anything other than the word "no". But even given several chances, Mr O'Rourke does not disavow socialism as a creed, instead insisting "the party labels just do not matter anymore. I'm convinced of it. It's not Republican or Democrat. It's Texan and American and that's what we're standing for in this campaign".
"Investing in the ability for everyone to be well enough to live to their full potential," does not need a label, he says, adding "it's also the most fiscally conservative thing possible".
Matthew Wilson, associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, says Mr. O'Rourke is "well to the left" of other Texan Democrats and yet is managing to sound more moderate.
Prof Wilson says it will be interesting to see whether voters are "more interested in someone who has a conciliatory style" or "in evaluating the ideological substance of the positions".

A trucks sponsored by a pro-Democrat group features a Trump tweet critical of Mr CruzImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionA trucks sponsored by a pro-Democrat group features a Trump tweet critical of Mr Cruz

In the Dallas suburb of Deep Ellum, there are plenty of young people who are interested in both.
In The Three Links, which offers drinkers the chance to try their hand at punk karaoke (we are treated to a decent rendition of Kids in America), supporters of Beto O'Rourke gathered to watch the two candidates go head to head in a televised debate.
"You can't go a mile in Dallas without seeing Beto signs," said Chris Cude, 29, a lawyer. "They're attracting people who want to be a part of it. He associates with a younger, more adaptable, accepting, millennial crowd."
Sunny Gruber, 30, a technology worker said she too had noticed a profusion of black and white Beto signs in the city and "a lot of folks campaigning for Beto" whose campaign she describes as "really invigorating and exciting for America".

Cruz supporters snap a selfie ahead of the September debateImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionCruz supporters snap a selfie ahead of the September debate

Success in the big cities of Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio is one thing but Mr O'Rourke faces a formidable challenge if he wants to win over rural voters too.
Whereas Ted Cruz plays on fears about the impact of a Democratic Senate victory in Texas, comparing his challenger unfavorably to the democratic socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke is projecting a message of hope, trying to tap into the same disenchantment which propelled Mr. Trump into the White House.
Mr. O'Rourke's task remains very tough. 
For years, Democrats have been waking up disappointed from dreams of victory in Texas, where they haven't won a US Senate seat in 30 years.
Still, Texas is changing, becoming more urban and less white, and assuming Mr. O'Rourke can generate a high turnout among his base, a liberal victory in the Lone Star State no longer looks impossible, which in itself is pretty remarkable. 

May 21, 2018

The Texas School Shooter Was Provoked By Turn Down Advances From Girl

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 SANTA FE, Texas
A teenaged boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told the Los Angeles Times.  Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, told the newspaper that her daughter rejected four months of aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at the Santa Fe high school. 
Fisher finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, the newspaper quoted her mother as writing in a private message to the Times. 
“A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she said. “Shana being the first one.”  
Rodriguez could not independently be reached for comment. 
If true, it would be the second school shooting in recent months driven by such rejection. 
In March, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student used his father’s gun to shoot and kill a female student with whom he had been in a recently ended relationship.
As the investigation enters its third day on Sunday, no official motive has been announced for the massacre, the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. public school in modern history. 
The Santa Fe school district denied accounts from some classmates that Pagourtzis had been bullied, including by a football coach. 
“Administration looked into these claims and confirmed that these reports are untrue,” it said on Saturday in a statement on Facebook. 

Classmates at Santa Fe High School, which has some 1,460 students, described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the school’s football team. He wore a black trench coat to school in the Texas heat on Friday and opened fire with a pistol and shotgun. 
Multiple news accounts depicted him as taunting his victims as he fired, focusing mostly on the arts class where Fisher was. 
He has provided authorities little information about the shootings, his attorney Nicholas Poehl said, adding: “Honestly because of his emotional state, I don’t have a lot on that.” 
Texas’ governor, Jim Abbott, a Republican, told reporters that Pagourtzis obtained the firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally. 
Abbott also said Pagourtzis wanted to commit suicide, citing the suspect’s journals, but did not have the courage to do so. 
Pagourtzis’ family said in a statement they were “saddened and dismayed” by the shooting and “as shocked as anyone else” by the events. They said they are cooperating with authorities. 
All schools in Santa Fe will be closed Monday and Tuesday, officials said. 
Pagourtzis, who police said has confessed to the shooting, was being held without bond Sunday at a jail in Galveston. 
Reporting by Erwin Seba in Houston and Ian Simpson in Washington; Writing by Rich McKay; Editing by Keith Weir and Andrea Ricci. Reposted by Adamfoxie*blog

March 21, 2018

The Texas Bomber Was a 23 yrs old Self Described Conservative, Anti Gay, Anti Laws Against Sex Crimes


Image captionThe BBC has confirmed that this 2013 photo is of Mark Conditt
The BBC has confirmed that this is photo, posted online in 2013, is of Mark Conditt
US media have identified the suspect linked to a series of deadly parcel bombs targeting the Texas city of Austin as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23.(Some of the media are identifying him as 24)
The man was killed after he detonated an explosive as officers approached his car following a chase in Round Rock, north of the Texas state capital.
Officials say he lived about 20 miles (30km) from Austin in a shared home. 
The incident follows four bomb attacks in the Austin area. Officials warn he may have placed more bombs in the area. Who is the suspect?
Police have not formally identified the suspect, but he has been named in US media as Mark Anthony Conditt, aged 23.
Texas Governor Greg Abbot told Fox News that he lived with two roommates in Pflugerville, about 20 miles north of Austin. 
He added the two roommates have been talking to authorities but were not suspected of any crimes.
Mr. Abbot said the suspect did not destroy his online footprint, which may provide investigators with a "treasure trove of information that should shed light on who he is, what he did, and why he was doing it". 
According to USA Today, he attended the Austin Community College from 2010-2012 but did not graduate.

The Austin American-Statesman newspaper reports that he was homeschooled by his mother during his high school years. His parent's home is now being searched by authorities, according to the newspaper. 
"I officially graduated Mark from High School," his mother wrote on Facebook in a 2013 post showing her son.
"He's thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do...maybe a [religious] mission trip," his mother wrote.
The newspaper reports that he had recently worked for Crux Semiconductor in Austin as a "Purchasing Agent/buyer/shipping and receiving", citing a profile on a job recruiting website.
US media have uncovered a 2012 blog which was written under the suspect's name and appeared to be for a university course that he attended.
In the blog called "Defining my Stance", he purportedly describes beliefs that "gay marriage should be illegal", opposition to abortion and why the sex offender registry should be eliminated.
In the blog, he defines himself as "a conservative".
"But I don't think I have enough information to defend my stance as well as it should be defended," he says, adding that he is taking the course "because I want to understand the US government, and I hope that it will help me clarify my stance".

How did events unfold?

The Austin police department on Tuesday used footage from a FedEx store in south Austin, the scene of the latest parcel bomb explosion, to identify the male suspect.
After using the Google search engine to gather information on the suspect's online browsing history, which showed searches on facilities which were used to ship packages, authorities later managed to locate his vehicle.
In the early hours of Wednesday, local and federal officers took up positions around a parking area near a hotel in Round Rock, about 20 miles (32km) north of Austin.
As they waited for tactical teams to arrive, the vehicle started to drive away and officers pursued it.
When the vehicle eventually pulled over, armed officers approached, but the suspect then detonated a bomb, injuring one officer. Another officer opened fire.  
Police later confirmed that the blast had killed the suspect. 
Austin police chief Brian Manley said that local residents should "remain vigilant", and urged anyone who noticed a suspicious package to contact the authorities. 
"We don't know where the suspect has been over this past 24 hours," he said, adding that it was possible that additional devices may have been distributed. 
Earlier, CCTV images of a "person of interest" were shared on US media showing a white male with blond hair carrying a number of large packages at a FedEx store in Austin.

The Victims:
The bombings left a 39-year-old father and a 17-year-old boy dead, while a woman in her 40s and a 75-year-old woman were critically injured. Two men in their 20s were wounded in the fourth attack, and a FedEx employee suffered a concussion in the fifth explosion which happened at a sorting office in the city of San Antonio, about 100 miles from Austin. 

"His Family is Religious, Parents succesful with AMWAY. An AMWAY family that believes in self educationg because they don't want their family to learn what everybody else knows"Adamfoxie
"Conditt’s sister is University of Texas student, Christina Conditt. Multiple posts on Christina Conditt’s Facebook page show her passion for gymnastics. Christina has a profile at Journey Gym. That bio says that Christina was a competitive gymnast for six years and that she lives in Pflugerville with parents, older brother and two younger sisters. Christina plans to join the National Guard as a medic.
Christina Conditt writes about her religious faith on Facebook saying, “Being a Christian Athlete doesn’t mean praying for your team to win. God doesn’t give an edge to those who pray over those who don’t. Hard work does that! Being a Christian Athlete means Competing for Christ. In a way in which you always give your all for Him win or loss. You thank him for the ability and opportunity to play. It means giving all the Glory to God, no matter the outcome.” 
The Austin Statesman reports that Mark Conditt had been living with two room mates in the Pflugerville-area. The newspaper adds in their report that the land where the home is was bought by Patrick Conditt in 2017 for $69,000. That report says that the suspect helped to build the home along with his father. The home is around the North Second Street area of Pflugerville."
 Conditt’s Grandmother Called the Bomber ‘Very Kind’ & a ‘Loving Person’ 
In an interview with CNN, Conditt’s grandmother, Mary Conditt, called the serial bomber a “very kind” and “loving person.” She went on describe her grandson as “very quiet and a deep thinker.” Since he graduated from being home schooled, Mary Conditt said the bomber was “looking forward to figuring out what most kids are – figuring out his life and visiting his family and being close to them.” On his family upbringing, Mary Conditt said, “He’s from a family that is so tight, that works so hard to raise their children correctly. It’s just horrible.”
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October 20, 2017

Is Texas Gay Friendly? Depends Wether Live or Go to Dallas or Denton

AUSTIN — Dallas and Fort Worth remain two of the friendliest cities for LGBT Texans to live, but the rest of the region continues to lag far behind, according to national rankings released Thursday.
For the third year in a row, Dallas received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, a nationwide survey that ranks cities based on how many local laws and policies foster greater acceptance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. 
Fort Worth and Austin were the only cities in Texas to also get the full 100 points. The average score in Texas was between 40 and 41 points, far below the national average of 57. 

The nine other North Texas cities' scores either remained stagnant or lagged far behind Dallas and Fort Worth. Irving again received the lowest score both regionally and statewide, with 6 points out of a possible 100, and McKinney remained at 18 points for the second year running.
Plano got the highest marks in the region behind Dallas and Fort Worth, nabbing 74 points, the same score it received in 2016. And two North Texas cities saw large gains while still remaining below 50 points: Denton jumped from 35 to 44 points and Grand Prairie doubled its score to 24.
Texas grabbed national headlines this year as state politicians fought over whether to enact a bathroom bill to restrict restroom use based on biological sex. Widely criticized as a discriminatory measure meant to erode the rights of transgender men, women, and children, the bill died after more than 50 Fortune 500 companies publicly opposed it.

Another proposal that would give religion-based adoption companies more legal cover if they denied services to LGBT couples and children was signed into law. California officials cited the new law, which they called discriminatory, in banning further state travel to Texas.

The Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based LGBT advocacy organization, included Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio on its list of "all-star" cities that have passed local ordinances prohibiting LGBT discrimination, even as top state officials reject statewide protections.
Outside of the region, the only other city to increase its score was College Station, the home of Texas A&M University, which saw an increase from 6 to 18 points since 2016. 

Each city's rank was calculated by considering five categories:
Nondiscrimination ordinances: The presence or absence of local laws barring discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Municipality as an employer: Whether the city protects its LGBT workers from discrimination on the job and offers inclusive health care benefits.

Municipal services: Whether the city has a local "human rights commission" focused on LGBT citizens with a designated community liaison and whether anti-bullying rules are in place in schools.
Law enforcement Evaluates the relationship of the police force to LGBT citizens and tracks whether law enforcement reports hate crimes to the FBI.

Relationship with the LGBT community: How local leaders publicly express their stance on LGBT rights, and whether they push LGBT legislation.

HRC rated 506 cities this year, including all 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities and most-populous cities in each state, and the cities and towns with the states' largest public universities. In Texas, 25 cities were ranked.   Dallas News.  Lauren McGaughy

2017 Texas LGBT Equality Index

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