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48,000 marijuana plants found in Washington County

More than 48,000 mature marijuana plants were found Friday on a 1,000-acre property on Egypt Lane in Washington County, according to Sheriff Otto Hanak.

Hanak said the plants, valued at $1,500 each, were discovered after a search warrant was executed at 10:20 a.m.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety Aircraft Service, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Source: http://www.theeagle.com/news/crime/article_232d7a38-82c8-11e2-98bb-0019bb2963f4.html

[font color=green]I'm living in the midst of the Fields of Ganja! Earlier this week this story appeared in the Brenham Banner-Press:[/font]

A marijuana growing operation has been found on a Washington County ranch, authorities say.

Sheriff Otto Hanak said Monday that about 1,000 marijuana plants were found at the 128-acre ranch off FM 1155 East after authorities received a tip about the weed-growing operation.


[font color=green]Hey people, please share and I'll preview the album selected for Friday Night Catnip in the Music Appreciation forum![/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:16 AM (1 replies)

Republicans, Democrats make purple statement

Feel-good terms like “civil discourse,” “good will,” and “bipartisan” weren’t exactly on the tips of lawmakers’ tongues two years ago, but they sure are now.

And in an unusual display of unity, just about all of the 41 new members of the Texas House have been wearing purple — a combination of Republican red and Democratic blue — every Thursday to help get them into the spirit of bipartisan harmony. These “purple Thursdays” have even started to catch on among more senior members and legislative staffers.

“While we are going to disagree on policy, the way the system works best is when Democrats and Republicans can work together,” said Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, who came up with the idea of purple Thursdays. “One of my goals is to try to promote civil discourse.”

Nearly two months into the 83rd session, only the debate on House Bill 10, the Medicaid IOU bill that authorizes $4.5 billion to pay for the amount lawmakers left unfunded last session, has offered any chance for a political throw-down. But the measure passed unanimously after Republican leaders pledged to address Democrats’ concerns about restoring some of the $5.4 billion that was cut from education last session.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/republicans-democrats-make-purple-statement/nWfBR/ .

[font color=magenta]It only works if you are not colorblind![/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:04 AM (0 replies)

Tight power reserves expected this summer

A forecast for a hotter and drier summer than normal has state officials bracing for conditions that could again test the limits of the state’s primary electricity grid.

Managers at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) say the state is better prepared than in 2011, when record heat and drought conditions raised the threat of rolling blackouts.

“Current estimates indicate that we likely will see very tight conditions on the hottest days,” said Kent Saathoff, ERCOT’s vice president of grid operations. “Although we expect to have more resources available for summer demands than we projected at this time in 2012, we also expect higher demand this year.”

He said Texans should expect to be called on to reduce energy use during times of peak demand, usually between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/business/tight-power-reserves-expected-this-summer/nWd5W/ .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:00 AM (3 replies)

Friday Night Catnip: C.A. Quintet--Trip Thru Hell

The C.A. Quintet, from Minnesota, U.S.A., was a Psychedelic music band active in the late 1960s. They failed to gain national notoriety during their heyday (all their records were locally produced in Minneapolis and none had National distribution). Their only LP released during the band's existence, Trip Thru Hell, sold less than 1,000 copies and was virtually unheard of outside of their home town. Despite its minuscule initial distribution, the record slowly gained popularity over the next twenty years among collectors and musicians. Due to increasing demand, it was re-released in the early 1980s, by "Rape an Ape Records", then released on CD in 1994, on the Sundazed label, including their singles and unreleased material. A live album was released in 1986 of their last performance as a group, re-released in 2006 with additional material by Swordfish Records U.K.


1.Trip Thru Hell, Pt. 1 (Erwin, Reynolds) -00:00
2.Colorado Mourning -09:11
3.Cold Spider -11:44
4.Underground Music -16:28
5.Sleepy Hollow Lane -21:16
6.Smooth As Silk -23:21
7.Trip Thru Hell, Pt. 2 -25.34
8.Dr. Of Philosophy - 29:17
9.Blow To My Soul (Sandler) -31:31
10.Ain't No Doubt About It -33.34
11.Mickey's Monkey (Dozier, Holland, Holland) -36:08
12.I Put A Spell On You (Hawkins) -38:39
13.I Shot The King -41:30
14.Fortune Teller's Lie -43:56
15.Sadie Lavone -46:09
16.Bury Me In A Marijuana Field -49:04
17.Colorado Mourning (Alternate Version) -51:19
18.Underground Music (Alternate Version) -53:35
19.Smooth As Silk (Alternate Version) -55:48
All titles by Ken Erwin except where indicated.

C.A. Quintet
*Rick Johnson - Drums
*Jimmy Erwin - Vocals, Bass
*Ken Erwin - Vocals, Trumpet, Guitar, Bassm Keyboards
*Toni Crockett - Vocals
*Tom Pohling - Guitar
*Doug Reynolds - Keyboards
*Paul Samuels - Drums
*Rick Patron - Drums, Percussion
*Larry Honhart - Lead Guitar
*Tom Reid - Keyboards
*Donny Chapin - Drums
*Tony Wright - Keyboards
*Dan Zamanski - Bass

It's very unusual to have trumpet and Hammond organ in psychedelic music, so break out the headphones and the catnip to enjoy a [font color=magenta]Trip Thru Hell[/font] !

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:53 AM (1 replies)

School District Arms Some Employees, One of Whom Gets Shot During Training Session

The East Texas school district for the town of Van watches the news (Fox, we're guessing sure) and they know that it's time to arm themselves against the hordes of shooters trying to attack schools everywhere.

So the school board voted last month to arm some employees, such as janitors, so they could go all Dirty Harry and nip any crazed shooter's actions in the bud.

"By approving this policy, the board addressed concerns about effective and timely response to emergency situations at schools including invasion of the schools by an armed outsider, hostage situations, students who are armed and posing a direct threat
of physical harm to themselves or others, and similar circumstances," the district said in a prepared statement.


At one of the first training sessions designed for specific employees to get a concealed handgun license, an accident happened and an employee got shot in the leg.

More at http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2013/02/van_isd_gun_chl_accident.php .

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:01 AM (5 replies)

US seeks $2.5 million in laundering case against former Carnegie Mellon University trustee

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of $2.5 million in cash from a former Carnegie Mellon University trustee accused of conspiring to launder more than half a billion dollars for a drug cartel.

An indictment filed Wednesday in Texas alleges that El Paso lawyer and philanthropist Marco Delgado defrauded millions from a firm doing business with a Mexican utility and used that money to underwrite a lavish lifestyle.

According to the indictment, Delgado wired $200,000 to Pittsburgh in July, 2010. Carnegie Mellon is in Pittsburgh, but it's not clear from the indictment if the money was donated to the university. The school says only that it is cooperating with authorities.

Delgado could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Authorities also have requested forfeiture of $2.5 million in cash, a house and furniture in El Paso and a New Mexico apartment, as well as two vehicles.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/US-seeks-2-5-million-in-lawyer-s-laundering-case-4316726.php

[font color=green]Fifteen money laundering and two wire fraud counts against the former attorney.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:57 AM (2 replies)

UT-Arlington gets $7.5 million for scientific research, technology

ARLINGTON -- Scientific discovery, innovation and research at the University of Texas at Arlington received a $7.5 million boost Thursday with a record gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.

"This is the largest single cash commitment in the history of UT Arlington," President James Spaniolo said during a celebration to highlight the gift. Faculty, students and representatives from Shimadzu attended.

Shimadzu, a world leader in technology, has now given UTA a total of about $10.5 million; the $7.5 million cash commitment and a previous $3 million in-kind equipment donation.

"We are investing in both the future of UT Arlington and in our future," said Dave Jorissen, manager out of the Shimadzu regional office in Houston. "It's a classic win-win for us."

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/02/28/4651597/uta-gets-75-million-for-scientific.html#storylink=cpy
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:51 AM (1 replies)

Texas A&M System implementing outsourcing at other campuses

The Texas A&M University System has announced system-wide outsourcing that will privatize nearly a thousand landscaping, building maintenance and custodial services jobs across the state. Officials said the move will save the 16 affected A&M system campuses a combined $92 million over the 12-year life of the contract.

Chancellor John Sharp on Wednesday announced that the system has formalized letters of intent with SSC Service Solutions, a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, the same company that netted the largest outsourcing contract in system history last year, at $270 million, for providing similar services to Texas A&M University and system buildings within Brazos County. The company provides facilities support services to more than 100 educational organizations nationwide.

"We intend for the A&M System to not only be the most efficient, taxpayer-friendly system in the state, but to do it in a way that enhances our core mission of teaching and researching," Sharp said.

The letters of intent are non-binding, but they all but seal the deal, system officials said. The individual contracts should be signed in the upcoming weeks.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_581a5c56-a751-56ca-bbb0-27367dfcf42b.html .

[font color=maroon]This move will transfer 920 employees from the state to the private sector. The only campus in the system that isn't affected is in McAllen. The comments for this story are also interesting to review.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:40 AM (2 replies)

DA: Cancer foundation records not public

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has lost her first attempt to obtain records from the foundation that supports the state’s troubled cancer agency.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has ruled that the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Foundation is not a governmental body and is not subject to the state public information act.

However, Davis hasn’t given up. She filed Senate Bill 895 designating the foundation a governmental body that is subject to the state law.

The foundation has been swept up in the controversy surrounding the state agency that mismanaged three of its largest grants, totaling $56 million, and remains under criminal investigation. The foundation was created to raise money to supplement the salaries of the agency’s top executives, who have since resigned in the wake of the controversy.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/da-cancer-foundation-records-not-public/nWdFP/ .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:33 AM (0 replies)

Lawmakers upset at being turned away at Governor’s Mansion

Lawmakers angrily lashed out Thursday at DPS chief Steve McCraw over security policy at the Governor’s Mansion after several were turned away when they tried to get into a reception with their legislative ID cards.

“Is this not enough to get into the Governor’s Mansion?” an irritated state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, asked McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, as he held up his DPS-issued badge. “It’s good enough for us to get into the Capitol.”

Turner made the remarks at a House Appropriations Committee meeting on Thursday.

Turner, chairman of a Texas Black Legislative Caucus conference that visited the white-brick mansion on Monday, said he was stopped at the mansion gate and required to undergo a background check before he was allowed inside. Other black House members complained they were subjected to the same treatment.

Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, said she was offended and left. Turner said state Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, also turned away.

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, said she used her Texas legislative badge to get into the White House when she visited Washington. But at the mansion, the same badge “was not good enough,” she said.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/lawmakers-upset-at-being-trurned-away-at-governors/nWdDB/ .

[font color=green]I forgot that we aren't at N*****head![/font]
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