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Follow-up: Lifetime Network show on Fort Worth mortuary canceled after bodies found

FORT WORTH — A reality TV show focused on the “soul and spice” of the Johnson Family Mortuary has been canceled as a real-life drama unfolds at the east Fort Worth funeral home.

The show, titled Good Grief, was originally scheduled to premiere Wednesday — and then pushed back to early August — on the Lifetime Network.

But then came last week’s startling discovery that eight unattended bodies — seven of them decomposing — had been found inside the mortuary, which was followed by a flurry of accusations, denials and arrests.

“The program featuring the Johnson Family Mortuary has not and will not air on Lifetime,” Les Eisner, vice president, corporate communications and publicity at Lifetime Networks, said in an email. “The allegations are deeply troubling and our thoughts and prayers go to the families affected by this situation.”

More at http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/07/24/5994279/tv-show-on-fort-worth-mortuary.html

Wasn't it ironic that they would put a show about a mortuary on the Lifetime Network?

Related Thread:
Fort Worth Mortuary Manager Faces Abuse of a Corpse Charges


It's National Tequila Hangover Recovery Day! (w/ kitteh pictures)

What the heck did you expect after this thread:
July 24th is National Tequila Day so here are the cat pictures!

*No cats were harmed in the process of taking these photos.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price (D) arrested and indicted

Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and his top assistant were arrested Friday morning by the FBI on federal bribery conspiracy charges.

An indictment filed Wednesday and unsealed Friday morning lists the following charges against Price, who was taken into custody about 8 a.m. on his way to work:

-Conspiracy to commit bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits

-Deprivation of honest services by mail fraud and aiding and abetting

-Conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service

-Subscribing to a false and fraudulent U.S. individual income tax return

"The indictment unsealed today alleges that for more than a decade, in a shocking betrayal of public trust, Commissioner Price sold his office on the Dallas County Commissioners Court in exchange for a steady stream of bribes," U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña said.

Price, 64, is accused of masterminding a criminal conspiracy that helped powerful companies win lucrative county contracts in exchange for bribes and of illegally funneling campaign money into his personal accounts. Federal authorities also allege that Price illegally profited from transactions involving Dallas County and companies operated by some of his associates.

More at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/local-politics/20140725-saldana-john-wiley-price-indictment-reveals-shocking-betrayal-of-public-trust.ece .

NCLR President Warns GOP On Child Refugees: Latino Voters Will Judge You Too Come Election Day

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President Janet Murguía ripped the Republican Party apart this week with harsh criticism over their unchristian and un-American attacks towards child refugees seeking shelter in our country. While in Los Angeles during the NCLR's annual conference, Murguía publicly shamed numerous politicians for their outrages remarks concerning these kids -- warning they carried third world diseases and plagues.

Murguía did not forget to mention Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing his recent theatrical attempt of sending troops to the border in order to garnish points for a future 2016 presidential run.

"Soldiers with guns confronting children seeking refuge," said Murguía. "What is wrong with these people? How can they talk about children like this? Who treats children this way? Every one of the elected officials I just quoted consider themselves people of faith, but there is nothing godly in their words. It is disgraceful."

Murguía sent a very clear message to Republicans: Latino voters are watching how you treat these small, defenseless members of our community at large. And we won't forget come election time.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15497/nclr-president-warns-gop-on-child-refugees-latino-voters-will-judge-you-come-election-day .

Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer sees Ted Cruz and Rick Perry as beatable in 2016

WASHINGTON – Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House strategist, says Democrats would love to face either of the Texans angling for the president’s job in 2016.

Asked to choose between Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry as a potential GOP nominee, Pfeiffer hardly missed a beat.

“That’s like would you rather have ice cream or cake?” he said over breakfast with reporters organized by The Christian Science Monitor.

Pfeiffer also said he’d been rooting for the GOP convention to go to Dallas, because it would have been so amusing to see how Cruz handled losing the nomination and then seeing the victor celebrated in his own state.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/obama-aide-dan-pfeiffer-sees-ted-cruz-and-rick-perry-as-beatable-in-2016.html/ .

Texas kittens in costume still hope to find forever homes (Squee Warning)

Princess Leia


Daenerys Targaryen

Jon Snow



Doctor Who

Three of the seven of the Texas kittens who went all out in a bid to find forever homes by dressing up as stars from movies and TV, are still waiting in the wings.

The cats were made famous around the globe as they posed in costumes as the likes of Princess Leia, Gandalf and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Cleveland photographer and part time rescuer of strays, Wendy Robbins, 37, came up with the idea after being swamped with 17 little balls of fluff back in the spring. By the end of May she had her feline stars all dressed up and ready, but three still have nowhere to go.

Gandalf and Frodo both got lucky as people called in from all over the U.S. The tiny grey wizard cat, who was born without eyes, is flying off to Michigan in the coming weeks to his new family.

"Games of Thrones" duo Daenerys Targaryen and John Snow also found new owners.

It's the cute and cuddly cat versions of Princess Leia, Dorothy and British favorite Doctor Who that are still up for grabs.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Texas-kittens-in-costume-still-hope-to-find-5644503.php#photo-6637851 .

Fake Democrat Gavin Newsom Is Only Lt. Governor Now, But He Can Do A Lot Of Damage In The Future

Note: I am not very familiar with Newsom so I am presenting this article without expressing an opinion. However, I can see his attraction as far as being a possible running mate on a presidential ticket or a future presidential candidate. I am hoping that other people will express some opinions so that everyone on DU has additional information in the future.

Gavin Newsom presents well. When he still thought he was running for governor, he called a meeting of L.A. political bloggers in some sleek West Hollywood hotel and did a free-flowing Q and A. He was as sleek as the hotel and everyone swooned. Except me. Having recently exited the corporate world, Newsom's glitz and studied expertise in everything didn't impress me. Good hair, yes... but I could sense that guy at the head of the table was a quintessential Republican no matter what party label he worse and no matter San Francisco gay couples he had married. Jon Ward wasn't at that meeting, but he's got Newsom's number as well-- and he shared it this week at HuffPo-- The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom.

After he was elected Lt Governor, Jerry Brown told him to keep out of his hair and go find some ribbons to cut. Instead he wrote a book, Citizenville, although I'm not certain if the proceeds are owned by the state government which was paying his salary while he wrote it. As Ward explains, "the ideas he espouses in the book have Washington conservatives sitting up and taking note." Like Newt Gingrich: "It is a tremendous book which I recommend all the time."

Ward's article goes well with the Tim Donovan piece at Salon we've been looking at, Clueless rich kids on the rise: How millennial aristocrats will destroy our future. Newsome was born in 1967, so he's not a millennial, just ahead of his time. And he isn't from a rich family, but a very politically connected one. He was appointed, rather than elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and when he ran he ran in the most Republican district in town-- Pacific Heights, the Marina and Sea Cliff-- and ran on both the Democratic and Republican slates. when people weren't thinking of him as just an opportunistic Republican calling himself a Democrat, he's just been considered a conservative and a part of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party.

His personal wealth-- he's a multimillionaire-- comes from his connections, particularly to oil heir Gordon Getty who was the primary investor in 10 businesses Newsom started, almost all of them bars, cafes and wine shops. And his policies are the policies that serve the interests of business rather than families. Citizenville is an anti-government screed that any Ayn Rand fan would happily recognize and, according to Ward, the "central premise is that government can be better, more relevant, more engaged with the public by embracing technology-- and getting out of the way." Newsom, channeling his inner Republican: "Government can do best by simply getting out of the way."

Newsom's critique of government’s failures and weaknesses dovetails with the narrative that some on the right are crafting to critique the Democratic Party and spark a revival of the moribund GOP. A loose coalition of thinkers-- including Yuval Levin, the editor of National Affairs magazine, and Alex Castellanos, a veteran political consultant working on rebranding the GOP-- have been busy promoting the idea of "reform conservatism."

Levin and Castellanos, in particular, are each working independently to craft a way of talking about conservatism that can change perceptions of the right, even among those Americans who don’t pay close attention to politics. It’s a significant ingredient in the GOP’s hopes for resurgence. Their argument is that liberalism is a top-down, antiquated approach to modern governance.

Devolving decision-making power and authority to local institutions is a better way, they say, to approach a technology-driven world that is increasingly complex, diverse and bottom-up.

Put more simply, they say Democrats are the party of old ideas, and conservatives-- who have struggled with being identified as the party of old, white men-- are actually the best fit for the future... Newsom’s steady cultivation of Silicon Valley moguls should help him raise funds for any statewide run.

- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/07/fake-democrat-gavin-newsom-is-only-lt.html

Hospital Slumlord Update: Jurors find Texas hospital chain owner guilty on all 15 counts

Update at 4 p.m.:

Jurors have found Dr. Tariq Mahmood guilty on all 15 counts.

Mahmood faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced next spring.

Original entry:

Dr. Tariq Mahmood did not wield a “Charles Manson-like” power over employees, forcing them to alter Medicare billing codes for his Texas hospitals, his defense lawyer told jurors in the closing argument of his federal fraud trial this morning.

The Dallas businessman was merely a boss making “suggestions” to his billing coders, said attorney Michael Khouri. The staffers were the ones who made the “final decision’’ to change underlying diagnosis codes in claims for government reimbursements.

Just before jurors began their deliberations around noon, Khouri spent 45 minutes attacking prosecutors’ case that Mahmood orchestrated a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting more than $1.1 million in bogus billing claims. It was the attorney’s first real salvo. In the previous three days of trial testimony, he only called one witness. Prosecutors put on more than a dozen.

Khouri portrayed Mahmood, who at one time owned six hospitals, as a good man and doctor who rescued hospitals from bankruptcy.

More at http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/tx-hospital-chain-owner-is-not-charles-manson-his-attorney-says-jurors-now-deliberating.html/ .

I don't understand why they are postponing the sentence until next spring. He belongs in prison NOW.

Prior thread with additional links:


Univ. of Texas suspends two players charged with sexual assault

University of Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, on Thursday for an incident in the early morning of June 21, the American-Statesman has learned.

Sanders is also facing an additional charge of improper photography.

It’s unclear when both Sanders and Meander will be arrested, but bail has been set at $75,000 for both players. Sanders has an additional $20,000 bail for the improper photography charge.

“It’s a shame that a mere allegation can effect a young man’s life to the extent this will,” said Austin attorney Brian Roark, who represents Sanders. “He is innocent though and eventually, that will be proven.”

More at http://www.statesman.com/weblogs/bevo-beat/2014/jul/24/two-texas-players-charged-sexual-assault/ .

The article is graphic about the description of the alleged sexual assault.

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.

But a closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, one of Perry's signature initiatives in his 14 years as governor, reveals that some of the businesses that received money are not all they seem. One actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying to find more capital. Others have listed out-of-state employees and short-term hires as being among the jobs they created.

A few have forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports.

An Associated Press review of the program found that some of the same companies credited with creating a share of the program's 1,600 new jobs have actually stalled and in some cases blamed Perry's office for their struggles.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Texas-governor-s-startup-fund-is-not-all-it-seems-5643053.php .
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