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Attacker at Muhammad cartoon event in Garland not linked to Fast and Furious sting, ATF says

WASHINGTON — A gun purchased in 2010 by Nadir Soofi, one of the armed attackers killed in May while storming a Muhammad cartoon convention in Garland, was not connected to the botched Fast and Furious sting operation, federal officials said Tuesday.

Ginger Colbrun, chief spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confirmed that Soofi legally purchased the 9 mm handgun from the Lone Wolf Trading Co. store in Glendale, Ariz., as reported by the Los Angeles Times over the weekend.

But while the gun shop was the top outlet for the Justice Department’s secret Fast and Furious firearms operation at the time of Soofi’s purchase, the sale was not part of the sting and Soofi was not a known criminal suspect, she said.

Previously, federal officials had refused to comment on the 2010 purchase.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150804-attacker-at-muhammad-cartoon-event-in-garland-not-linked-to-fast-and-furious-sting-atf-says.ece

But, but ... it's Obama's fault!
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 07:37 PM (2 replies)

Some songs are great no matter what the language...

Please enjoy.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 07:17 AM (1 replies)

Russia Expels Swedish Diplomat, Says It's Tit-for-Tat Move

Source: AP

Russia has expelled a Swedish diplomat in what it describes as a response to a similar Swedish move, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The move is a retaliatory measure to the "unfriendly action" against a Russian diplomat in Stockholm, the ministry said in a statement. It didn't identify either diplomat or give any further details.

The ministry added that "Stockholm bears full responsibility for the consequences of this provocation."

Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Johan Tegel confirmed that Russian authorities informed Stockholm that a member of staff at its embassy in Moscow must leave Russia.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/russia-expels-swedish-diplomat-tit-tat-move-32867784
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 07:00 AM (1 replies)

Open Carry Texas has new leader

Open Carry Texas now has a new leader because its founder and president, Christopher “C.J.” Grisham, recently stepped down to pursue a possible bid for Texas Senate District 24, according to a press release.

Founded as a grassroots organization advocating gun rights in Texas, Open Carry Texas now will be led by its vice president, David Amad from Houston.

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, is retiring after holding the District 24 seat for more than 27 years.

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Grisham’s decision was reached after prayer and deliberation, he said Monday.

Countdown as to when Grisham will declare that God told him to run for office.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 03:55 AM (4 replies)

Natural gas pipeline ruptures near Falfurrias

A natural gas pipeline ruptured Monday evening east of Falfurrias, prompting officials to evacuate homes on the northern side of town.

Brooks County sheriff's deputies and other local agencies responded to the gas pipeline rupture east of Ranch Road 1418 near State Highway 285 about 8:30 p.m. Monday, said Chief Deputy Benny Martinez.

No injuries have been reported and the gas has not ignited, Martinez said, but officials at the scene said gas could be heard hissing from the pipeline. He said the evacuations were prompted due to fears prevailing winds could carry the gas over residences, possibly igniting or causing illness.

Traffic along part of Highway 285 has been redirected to Farm-to-Market Road 2191 to avoid the area of the gas leak.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/natural-gas-pipeline-ruptures-near-falfurrias/article_16cb24d2-3a4c-11e5-b014-abddffe97549.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 03:46 AM (0 replies)

Building Collapses Outside Mumbai After Heavy Rain; 12 Dead

Source: AP

Twelve people were killed early Tuesday when an old building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed after days of heavy rain, an Indian official said.

The seven other residents of the building were rescued after it collapsed shortly after midnight, said S.S. Guleria, Deputy Inspector General of the National Disaster Response Force.

The building, located in the Mumbai suburb of Thane, was more than 50 years old and had been damaged by the rain, Guleria said.

Mumbai and its surrounding areas in the western Indian state of Maharashtra experience heavy rainfall during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. The rains routinely damage buildings, especially those that are either old or poorly built.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/building-collapses-mumbai-heavy-rain-killing-12-32866160
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 03:40 AM (1 replies)

Tea & Symphony - Terror In My Soul (1969)

From "1969 Tea & Symphony - An Asylum For The Musically Insane". The irony in the group name, song title and album title makes me chuckle.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 02:41 AM (0 replies)

China after the boom

After three decades of spectacular growth, the Chinese economy is at a turning point.

The plunge in the stock market that has wiped trillions of dollars from the value of China's listed companies is just one part of the story. More significant is the fact that growth is now at its lowest level for 24 years and is forecast to fall further.

Foreign trade is down by 6 percent and export markets are depressed. Industrial profits are falling and the manufacturing sector is in a funk. Capital is flooding out of the country and foreign exchange reserves are dropping.

The Chinese economy is not at risk of imminent collapse, but the coming years will certainly represent a break from the past decades. The factors responsible for the current slowdown have their origins in the very things that underpinned China's emergence as a world economic power.

Read more: http://socialistworker.org/2015/08/04/china-after-the-boom
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 02:08 AM (3 replies)

The Hate Is Gone: Former San Antonio Anti-Gay Staffer Rehired, Claims Cleansed Soul

A former city council staffer who was caught on tape encouraging former SA Councilwoman Elisa Chan to be a "culture warrior" against homosexuality has a new job – with the city.

Jeff Bazan was working for City Councilman Ron Nirenberg in June 2013 when the San Antonio Express-News obtained conversations secretly recorded by another Chan staffer in May 2013. He resigned the position, the paper reported at the time.

Bazan now works for City Councilman Cris Medina as a special projects coordinator.

Chan's homophobic comments in the recording, coupled by encouragement and anti-gay rhetoric from Bazan and other staffers, happened during a strategy session on how to come out against the city's plan to amend its non-discrimination ordinance to include the LGBT community.

Read more: http://www.sacurrent.com/Blogs/archives/2015/08/03/the-hate-is-gone-former-city-staffer-rehired-claims-cleansed-soul
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 01:30 AM (0 replies)

Disbarred Attorney Sues Guy Who Posted Articles About Him on Facebook

If you get into an argument on Facebook with disbarred Houston attorney Bill Satterwhite, you better not post any news stories about Bill Satterwhite, disbarred attorney, or else he'll sue your ass for libel.

A guy named Steve Akin found that out in April, when he and Satterwhite got into a heated political debate on a mutual friend's Facebook page. Akin ultimately posted links to Houston Press and Houston Chronicle articles about Satterwhite's 2010 charge of falsely holding himself out as an attorney, his third charge for the same crime after losing his license in 1995. Akin says he wrote, "Is this you?" Satterwhite told Akin to remove the posts. He did not, but according to both men, the mutual friend removed the entire thread shortly thereafter.

Twenty-four hours later, Akin found himself sued. Specifically, Satterwhite says Akin "posted false and libelous information on Facebook" — a place where, everyone knows, false and libelous information is never posted. Satterwhite demanded $100,000, and he included an affidavit in which he says the Harris County District Attorney's Office once encouraged a drug dealer to kill Satterwhite. And we're of course absolutely sure that that's not false and libelous. No way.

Here's the deal: Satterwhite's license woes began in the early 1990s after he didn't pay his yearly State Bar dues on time and represented a client while his license had been temporarily suspended. This eventually wound up with the State Bar never reinstating the license. Satterwhite was convicted in 1995 of falsely holding himself out as a lawyer and sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Read more: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/disbarred-attorney-sues-guy-who-posted-articles-about-him-on-facebook-7642988
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 01:26 AM (1 replies)
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