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BS - Mathematics from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Statistical Analyst. Played trumpet in college. Middle-aged white guy.

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Comptroller debate on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The final statewide debate will be happening this Wednesday, October 29, and we want you to come out and watch it with us. The Comptroller debate will pit Democrat Mike Collier against Republican Glenn Hegar. Collier is a certified public accountant running for the state’s top accounting job, while Hegar has zero accounting experience, and his greatest accomplishment is co-authoring HB 2.

We invite you to join Burnt Orange Report and the Travis County Democratic Party on
Wednesday, October 29 at Scholz Garten in Austin to view the debate.

The debate starts at 7:00 p.m. We’ll start gathering at 6:00 p.m. Plus, the Watchdog Mike Collier himself will be joining us after the debate to address his supporters.

Bring your friends, grab a beer, and be a part of the most important election in decades!

Read more: http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/20652/join-burnt-orange-report-travis-county-democratic-party-comptroller-debate

{font color=green]I'll post information about the broadcast when it becomes available.

Judge orders search of militia member’s home after finding thousands of rounds of ammo in hotel room

BROWNSVILLE — Federal agents found thousands of rounds of ammunition in the Brownsville hotel room of Kevin Lydel Massey — a convicted felon and militia member, authorities said.

The statement was made Friday during a detention hearing for Massey, who appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan to face a charge for a federal violation of possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

Massey closely watched prosecutors and responded to a few questions in a quiet southern drawl, leaving his attorney to speak on his behalf.

Court records show Massey has two prior convictions for burglary in both 1985 and again in 1989 in Dallas County.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/judge-order-search-of-militia-member-s-home/article_b0a38832-5be1-11e4-9158-0017a43b2370.html

Robertson comment on AIDS angers Kenyans (and TexasTowelie too)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyans are expressing anger and shock on social media and radio stations over comments made by popular American evangelist Pat Robertson in a recent TV broadcast in which he warned that towelies towels in Kenya could transmit AIDS.

Robertson made the remarks last week while answering a question his show “The 700 Club” from a viewer about whether a planned trip to Kenya is risky.

Robertson responded: “You might get AIDS in Kenya. The people have AIDS in Kenya. The towelies towels could have AIDS.”

The Christian Broadcast Network issued a correction but Kenyans on social media are demanding that Robertson apologizes personally on the TV show.

Read more: http://www.news-journal.com/features/religion/robertson-comment-on-aids-angers-kenyans/article_089a3b47-8b0d-5c29-8fcd-32acf923ce69.html

Cornyn and Alameel spar over immigration, marriage, abortion in Senate debate

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Cornyn portrayed himself Friday night as an agent of change in Washington, as rival David Alameel blasted him for blocking immigration reforms while kowtowing to Wall Street.

This was the first and only debate of the contest, as Cornyn seeks a third term and Alameel claws for traction.

With Univision as the debate host, a hefty chunk of the questioning was aimed at immigration policy – an area of especially clear disagreement.

Cornyn, who has long resisted legalization for the 11 million people in the country illegally, called himself a “strong supporter of immigration reform.” He agreed that young people brought to the country illegally by their parents – the so-called “Dreamers” – should be eligible for college aid.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/cornyn-and-alameel-spar-over-immigration-marriage-abortion-in-senate-debate.html/

Did anybody watch?

Friday Night Catnip: The Left Banke: The Left Bank Too

Yes, this is the band that gave us the hit "Walk Away Renee." The Left Banke Too is the second studio album by the 1960s baroque rock band The Left Banke, released on Smash Records in 1968. This is an obscure psychedelic classic with interesting instrumentation including strings, trumpet and oboe. I highly recommended fur catnip connoisseurs.

1. "Goodbye Holly" (0:00)
2. "There's Gonna Be a Storm" (2:55)
3. "Sing Little Bird Sing" (7:14)
4. "Nice to See You" (10:25)
5. "Give the Man a Hand" (13:06)
1. "Bryant Hotel" (16:01)
2. "Desirée" (19:27)
3. "Dark is the Bark" (22:10)
4. "In the Morning Light" (25:41)
5. "My Friend Today" (28:30)

My personal favorite is Desiree:

Everything returns again
Both the laughter and the rain
She is living somewhere far away
Still I ask her in my lonely way to stay

Desiree, Desiree
Now she's leaving

Desiree you know, how it hurts me
Living alone through all the years
Nothing can hold the tears in me

Everything remains the same
Yet she answers not her name
Still if I could look beyond these skies
Standing here again before my eyes I'd see

Desiree, Desiree
Now she's leaving

Desiree you know how it hurts me
Where do I run to is it real
Nothing but pain I feel for real

Desiree you know how it hurts me
Living alone through all the years
Nothing can hold the tears in me

La la la
La la la
La la la

Perry offers Ebola advice to New York officials

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry is trying to make sure New York does not make the same mistakes as Texas in dealing with its first confirmed case of Ebola.

Perry’s office said he has called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to share the initial findings of his infectious disease task force and urge them to ensure that proper protocols are followed by hospitals and those monitoring potential contacts.

Of course, Texas struggled in both of those areas after a 42-year-old Liberian man showed up at a Dallas hospital last month. A undetermined “breach in protocol” led two nurses to contract the deadly disease from the man before he died, sparking a panic. Both nurses were declared free of the virus this week, and one of them, Nina Pham, met with President Barack Obama on Friday.

Like in Texas, New York’s case is a man who recently came to the United States from West Africa. Unlike in Texas, it is an American doctor who was there to treat Ebola patients.

Read more: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/texas-politics/2014/10/perry-offers-ebola-advice-to-new-york-officials/

Bomb hoax forces evacuation of UT Health Science Center campus (San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO — Police are searching for a suspect responsible for a bomb threat Friday that forced the evacuation of the University of Texas Health Science Center's dental school for a couple of hours.

Multiple threats were written in lipstick on the wall of a bathroom and other locations. According to a photo submitted by a reader, one of the notes said, “Keep out u will die.”

University Police Department Chief Michael Parks said his office started getting calls around 4 p.m. from people concerned about the handwritten notes. The messages indicated there might be a bomb in a nearby stairwell.

At just after 5 p.m., the following message was sent from the Health Science Center's Twitter account: “Threat :: Please quickly and safely leave the Long Campus until further notice. We will provide updates when available.”

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Police-investigate-campus-bomb-threat-5845966.php

Ted Cruz Busted by Fact-Checking Site for Lying About Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee

Republicans opposing someone who President Obama has nominated for any number of positions is nothing new. In fact, Republicans opposing nearly anything and everything the president does is nothing new. It’s essentially been the motto of the GOP since he was elected in 2008.

And when it comes to lying about the president, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has made quite the career out of it. In fact, he seems to be basing his entire push toward his obvious 2016 presidential run on being “anti-Obama.” And he knows it doesn’t really matter if what he’s saying is factual or not, as long as tea party conservatives like what they’re hearing. Because it’s like I’ve said countless times before, when it comes to conservatives, “facts” are more often than not determined by what they want to hear instead of what’s actually factual.

Well, recently Ted Cruz tried to claim that the reason why we don’t have a Surgeon General is because President Obama chose to select an anti-gun activist, Dr. Vivek Murthy, instead of someone with a background in health care or medicine.

Again, Dr. Vivek Murthy is the challenged appointee.

Politifact rated Cruz’s claim as False.

Read more: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/ted-cruz-busted-fact-checking-site-lying-obama-surgeon-general-nominee/

Lubbock Hillside Christian Canyon pastor arrested on prostitution charge

A local church leader was arrested on a charge related to prostitution about 3:15 p.m. Thursday at an Amarillo motel, according to Potter County Sheriff’s Office records.

Cameron Tate Reeves, 34, was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers at Motel 6, 2032 Paramount Blvd.

Reeves is a pastor for Hillside Christian Church’s Canyon campus, where he has served since 2009, according to the church’s website.

Amarillo Globe-News files show Reeves previously worked for Family Support Services as a counselor for foster children who have aged out of the system. He has not worked for the agency for at least 10 years, said Joette Campbell, director of human resources for Family Support Services.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-10-24/hillside-christian-canyon-pastor-arrested-prostitution-charge#.VEr3XRbuPoE

The devil made him do it.

Texas lesbian widow is plaintiff in Lambda Legal suit against Social Security Administration

Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit today (Wednesday, Oct. 22) against the Social Security Administration on behalf of Kathy Murphy of Austin and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, claiming that the SSA’s decision to deny spousal benefits to Murphy after the death of her wife violates the U.S. Constitution. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in United States v. Windsor, in which the court struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal recognition to legally married same-sex couples, Lambda Legal attorneys argue that “SSA cannot perpetuate the same kind of discrimination now and leave lesbian and gay spouses without the financial protections of social security as they age,” according to a press statement the organization released this afternoon.

Murphy, 62, and Sara Barker had been together 30 years when they were legally married in Massachusetts in 2010, although they lived in Texas, a non-marriage-equality state. Barker died of cancer in March, 2012 at age 62. But because they lived in Texas, which does not legally recognize their marriage, SSA has refused to legally recognize their marriage, denying Murphy the spousal survivor benefits Barker had earned during her lifetime of work.

Following the SCOTUS ruling in the Windsor case last year, President Obama ordered the U.S. Attorney General’s office to work with other federal agencies and officials to implement the Windsor decision. In implementing that decision, the Department of Justice and most federal agencies depended on the law where a couple’s marriage took place — the “place of celebration” to determine whether the marriage was legal, rather then place where they lived. Under that standard, Murphy’s and Barker’s marriage should be legally recognized by the federal government.

Murphy applied to the SSA for surviving spouse benefits last year after the Windsor decision. But in June of this year, with Murphy’s application for benefits still pending, the Department of Justice announced that the SSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs viewed themselves as being prohibited by statute from using the “place of celebration” rule for certain programs, including the surviving spouse benefits program.

Read more: http://www.dallasvoice.com/texas-lesbian-widow-plaintiff-lambda-legal-suit-social-security-administration-10182946.html

Separate story: http://www.lonestarq.com/meet-the-new-edie-windsor/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
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