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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Insurer Drops Suit Against Tyler Widow

Crystal Davis, a stay-at-home mom from Tyler, got some welcome news in her battle against an insurance company that sued to cut off the workers’ compensation benefits she got after her husband was killed on the job.

Davis’ lawyer, Frank Weedon, called to inform her early Thursday evening that ACE American Insurance had dropped its lawsuit against her and her children. Davis’ story was featured in The Texas Tribune’s four-part series published this week, Hurting For Work, about the struggles people face after they or their loved ones are hurt or killed on the job in Texas.

“I feel like I’m dreaming. I’m relieved,” she said. “My whole family is relieved.”

Wayne Davis, a traveling sales and profit coach for Burger King, was killed in a traffic accident in September 2012 while driving to an appointment with a Burger King franchise in Coushatta, Louisiana. Like many Texans, his wife and children were entitled to receive death benefits under his employer's workers’ compensation policy.

More at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/03/insurer-drops-suit-against-tyler-widow/ .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:18 PM (1 replies)

This Week In Crazy: Ted Nugent Saves Independence Day, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

In his latest column for conspiracy repository WorldNetDaily, Nugent wishes “real” Americans a happy Independence Day. But he has a different message for all of the “bloodsuckers and scammers” who voted for President Obama.

“With the runaway fraud and deceit infesting the welfare scams, entitlement scams, unemployment benefit scams, food-stamp scams, fuel subsidy scams, transportation scams, child support scams, disability scams, the suicidal scams running amok here, there and everywhere, it actually appears a sure thing that a huge swath of Americans actually do celebrate ‘Dependence Day’ every day,” Nugent writes.

“The dumbing down of America was necessary to de-soul America, and the Saul Alinsky gang infesting our government today rejoices that The Last Best Place is now plummeting downward at a high rate of speed, on course to be more ‘equal’ to all those lesser countries that are not allowed to have a Declaration of Independence,” he continues.

“I’m thinking ‘Orwellian’ here, Planet of the Apes, Many Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Twilight Zone, Soylent Green,” he adds, “but I’m sure hard-pressed to think ‘land of the free home of the brave’ much anymore when so many Americans have fallen for the anti-American scammasters.”

What’s a good patriot to do? Coincidentally, it turns out that the only way to save America is to buy a ticket to see Nugent’s self-described “killer band,” which he promises will “unleash a torrent of freedom soundtrack R&B&R&R.”

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:07 PM (2 replies)

Renaissance of American Responsibility (ROAR) from Morris Communications -- RW Propaganda???

A Pledge for America

"A Pledge for America" is a production of ROAR -- Renaissance of American Responsibility -- a national project of The {Augusta} Chronicle's parent company, Morris Communications. Its goal is to create a renewal of civics and citizenship, and a new appreciation for the gift and obligations of self-governance. www.Roar.us (from YouTube description)


[font color=green]I noticed a articles in the Amarillo Globe-News and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal about Renaissance of American Responsibility (ROAR) that is a project of Morris Communications. Their Website is address is www.Roar.us . While the video does show a diversity of participants and lauds some notable goals, my take on their Website is that they seem opposed to government involvement under the guise of "liberty" and "freedom". The use of the term "Renaissance" also seems anti-progressive.

I wanted to bring this to the attention of other DUers to obtain their opinions and note that we might want to keep watch on this organization. Please watch the video and visit their Website.[/font]

From their Webpage:

[font size=4]Freedom has a good week[/font]

Whatever your politics, freedom has had an unusually good week or so.

The New York large-soda ban was struck down by the high court of the state. The U.S. Supreme Court barred police from warrantless searches of cell phones — which was huge. And Monday, the court ruled that “closely held” businesses such as family shops are free from having to provide birth control that violates their religious beliefs.

In addition, the court said home health care workers can’t be forced to pay union dues.

Again, put aside the merits of each case; the fact remains that each one grows individual freedoms.

Conflict arises among people when they go overboard in trying to control each other. Just ask Dr. Phil! “Ask yourself what you have to lose if you stop trying to control others.”

Governments are the first who ought to ask themselves.

As long as people are responsible, freedom is a good thing.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 12:10 AM (3 replies)

Purrsonal Hygiene: Teh Purrsday Catblog

Care and hygiene

If well trained as a kitten, an adult cat should be used to these few gestures of basic care. If you’re having trouble with your cat accepting these practices, veterinary staff and other feline health professionals (such as breeders and groomers) will be able to provide you with much advice.

Removing dead hair from the coat

Apart from looking good, a brushed coat is freer of dead hair, meaning less is available to be removed by your cat while grooming. Grooming activity, constituting an average of 30% of your cat’s time leads to ingestion of shed hair, leading to hairballs and sometimes digestive issues. Indoor cats, which molt throughout the year, are more predisposed to hairballs; a 4 kg cat can eliminate a daily volume of 10 cm3 of hair through their feces!

Cats with longer hair such as the Persian require careful untangling of the coat with a good-quality comb every day. The coat should then be brushed and aired. In short and flat hair cats (such as the Siamese or the Abyssinian), a few firm strokes of the hand is sometimes all that’s needed. Passing a soft brush through the coat once a week is recommended for a medium-length coat or hair with a thick undercoat (such as in the Maine Coon or Exotic Shorthair respectively).

The coat may be described by some as a mirror of dietary health. A protein deficit or deficiency of certain amino-acids (the building-blocks of protein) may accelerate hair loss, slow down hair growth and be responsible for lack luster or brittle hair. The coat’s natural beauty may be strengthened by a diet which focuses on health nutrition. Such foods contain specific nutrients which are indispensable in favoring coat growth, gloss and renewal.

Having a bath?

Some cats are open to being bathed, particularly when trained to do so from a young age. While this practice is more typical of show cats, any cat can undertake the practice and it can improve the condition of their skin and coat. Where certain dermatological problems are identified, bathing may be recommended. Use specially formulated (not human) shampoo and be sure to bathe your cat in a relatively warm room. If in a sink or bath, use an anti-skid mat and a few centimeters of water, gradually moistening the coat before applying the shampoo and working it in to lather. Thorough rinsing is to be followed by gentle rubbing with a towel. Be sure to keep your cat warm throughout.

For cats which are adverse to bathing, scentless powders equivalent to dry shampoos can be used as an alternative.

Excerpts from http://www.royalcanin.co.uk/your-cat/living-with-your-cat/your-adult-cat/everyday-care-hygiene-for-your-cat .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 09:49 PM (6 replies)

Shooting reported at El Paso Community College Northwest campus

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting after he returned to the Northwest campus of El Paso Community College, officials said.

One student at El Paso Community College shot at another during a fight in a parking lot of the Northwest campus, officials said.

No one was hurt and EPCC police said the fight involved three people, two men and a woman.

The fight took place at about 1 p.m. in the West Parking Lot A of the campus, 6701 North Desert. One of the students fired a round at the other student, said Ernst Roberts, vice president of Administration and Financial Operations. The shot missed the student.

The intended victim is still on campus and being interviewed by EPCC police. The shooter fled, Roberts said.

More at http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_26084076/shooting-reported-at-epcc-northwest-campus .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 08:19 PM (1 replies)

Hello fellow Texans, looking for some fun this weekend?

Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 07:46 PM (1 replies)

Abbott considers suing feds over immigrant children

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday said he is considering a lawsuit against the federal government over the costs associated with housing thousands of immigrant children detained on the U.S.-Mexico border.

"The State of Texas is exploring any and all options, including litigation, to address the crisis our federal government has created by not living up to their Constitutional responsibility," Attorney General spokesman Jerry Strickland said. "If the federal government is unwilling to secure the border, the State of Texas will be forced to resort to litigation to recoup the costs incurred to respond to this crisis."

Thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed the nation's southern border this year, many fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, overwhelming federal facilities to house them as they await immigration hearings.

State leaders last month authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend an $1.3 million to combat crime and human trafficking along the border.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Abbott-considers-suing-feds-over-immigrant-5598802.php .

[font color=green]I guess that it was just another day as Abbott wheeled himself up the ADA required wheelchair ramps, entered the AG's office and contemplated suing the federal government--again.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 07:17 PM (0 replies)

Texas schools get state OK to exceed class limits

AUSTIN - More than 1,200 schools across Texas have been granted a state exemption that allows them to exceed limits on class sizes.

The Texas Education Agency allowed 1,272 elementary schools to exceed the 22-pupil limit in kindergarten through fourth grade. The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/TS2wcy ) that most of the schools cited "financial hardship" or "unanticipated growth" in requesting a waiver.

Most school districts in Texas boosted class sizes across all grade levels over the last three years, but they're not required to receive the state's permission to put more students in grades five through 12.

School officials say a $5.4 billion cut in education spending approved by lawmakers in 2011 caused educators to increase class sizes as a cost-saving measure.

Lawmakers restored $3.4 billion in 2013.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 07:10 PM (3 replies)

ESPN’s Olbermann calls Texas A&M and its interim prez the ‘World’s Worst Person In Sports'

Texas A&M isn’t making any friends over it’s protection of the “12th Man” trademark.

The week began with news of A&M warning Buffalo Bills fans that a website using the trademark must be taken down or legal action would follow. The site, 12thManThunder.com, was created to petition for the Bills to remain in Buffalo.

As news spread about A&M’s protection of it’s trademark, we learned that one of the site’s four founders, Charles “Chuckie” Sonntag, is an amputee with very little funding to fight back or accept any legal action.

Sonntag claims that he worked diligently to change the site’s name and to take down banners promoting the site but A&M insisted the pace was not quick enough.

More in http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/espns-keith-olbermann-calls-texas-am-and-its-interim-president-the-worlds-worst-person-in-sports-following-12th-man-debacle.html/

Atheists to city of Rowlett: Let us give council invocations, too

A Supreme Court decision in May about invocations at City Council meetings left the city of Rowlett claiming victory, but Metroplex Atheists members say they instead are to benefit.

The organization, backed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, is giving the city 10 business days to respond to a request to add two of its Rowlett members to the list of those who can give the invocation at council meetings.

“We would still rather see no invocation at all in government meetings, but if they’re going to have them, we want to push for equal time,” said Randy Word, president of the area group, which has been battling the city for four years.

A 5-4 Supreme Court ruling May 5 in the case Town of Greece, N.Y., vs. Galloway was viewed in Rowlett as affirmation of its policy.

More at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/rockwall-rowlett/headlines/20140702-atheists-to-city-of-rowlett-let-us-give-council-invocations-too.ece .

Cross-posted in the Atheists & Agnostics Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 06:15 PM (2 replies)
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