[font color=green]My apologies for missing this story from about a week ago, needless to say it is a doozy.[/font]
Its rare to find someone who doesnt know about The Chicken Ranch the famous Texas brothel. It has a major listing in the Handbook of Texas, and at wikipedia. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is based on the closing of The Chicken Ranch.
The Chicken Ranch was located in Fayette County about half way between Houston and Austin.
I have a lot of friends in Fayette County. The county is about 90% Republican and my friends consist of the other 10%. They let me know about fun stuff in the newspaper.
Theres an annual major antique show in Fayette County. People come from all over for it. Mainly female people. This year the antique show is on April 3rd and 4th. Well, come to find out, an enterprising woman has a helluva idea. She got herself a big enclosed tent and is importing some male exotic dancers to entertain the antique show attendees, a largely female crowd.
Well, all hell broke loose. People who own calendars know that April 3rd and 4th is Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The county judge, a Mr. Ed Janecka, is just flat beside himself with indignity, upsetness, and chronic oh-holy-cow-you-cannot-do-this-in-my-county itis. Janecka has been county judge for 25 years and he aint having naked men in his county during holy week. Hell, even normal men bathe fully clothed during holy week.
Read more: http://juanitajean.com/outrage-we-need-some-damn-outrage/
California GOP Tells Log Cabin Republicans 'Get Out Of The Back Of The Bus,' Votes to Formally RecogCalifornia GOP Tells Log Cabin Republicans 'Get Out Of The Back Of The Bus,' Votes to Formally Recognize Gay Group
In a move that drew comparisons to Rosa Parks and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the California Republican Party voted this weekend to officially recognize the Log Cabin Republicans.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
It is among the first gay groups officially sanctioned by a state Republican Party.
Brandon Gesicki, a delegate from Carmel who supported the effort, said the vote showed how much the party in California has changed in recent years.
It would have been the complete opposite 15 years ago, said Gesicki, who also turned in a proxy vote from former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado supporting the recognition. The fringe does not control the party anymore. We truly are a big tent once again.
The victory for Log Cabin in California comes on the heels of the national group's exclusion (then re-admittance) as Conservative Political Action Conference sponsor this year.
The LA Times reports that despite the decision to charter Log Cabin, the California GOP platform still includes anti-LGBT language:
I have a hard time understanding how were going to charter an organization thats in opposition to our platform, he said during the debate.
The partys official platform says homosexuality is unacceptable.
We believe public policy and education should not be exploited to present or teach homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle. We oppose same-sex partner benefits, child custody, and adoption, the platform says.
Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/03/log-cabin-republicans-is-now-part-of-the-republican-party-in-california.html#.VPTnFTA33FU.twitter
A group of angry fans have filed a federal lawsuit that names Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a Super Bowl seating fiasco at Cowboys Stadium in 2011.
Those seven fans say they spent thousands of dollars traveling to Super Bowl XLV. When they arrived in Arlington, several fans did not have the correct seats and others were unable to see the game altogether. WFAA reports:
Those filing the suit spent thousands of dollars traveling from all over the country to come to the game in Arlington. They were disappointed when they didnt get the seats they had paid for, and in some cases didnt get to see the game.
League officials say the NFL is willing to pay for the plaintiffs travel, lodging, food and other expenses, but nothing beyond that amount. NFL attorneys called the seating issues a nightmare.
Jeff Mosier (@jeffmosier) March 2, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said in court papers Monday that his conviction on several counts of public corruption was based on an overly broad definition of bribery and a flawed explanation of what constitutes an "official action" by an elected official.
McDonnell made the arguments in the opening brief of an appeal filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier in the day, his wife, Maureen McDonnell, filed notice with the court that she would also appeal her conviction.
Prosecutors will file their response to Bob McDonnell's brief later this month, and a hearing is set for the week of May 12. The schedule for Maureen McDonnell's appeal has not been set.
A jury in September found Bob and Maureen McDonnell guilty of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's nutritional supplements.
Read more: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/us_news/article_e5b78298-1eba-5c49-b508-07149f6f9a74.html
Texas Fijis border patrol theme party held on Feb. 7 did not violate any University rules and will not result in any penalty for the fraternity, according to Soncia Reagins-Lilly, senior associate vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
Though the party was intended to have a Western theme, according to Fiji President Andrew Campbell, several party attendees said the party theme was communicated as border patrol. Many attendees wore sombreros, ponchos and construction hats with names such as Jefe and Pablo Sanchez written on them.
Reagins-Lilly said the fraternity did not violate any rules, primarily because the party was held off campus, but she said the Dean of Students office is working with the fraternity to increase its cultural sensitivity.
Civility, diversity and citizenship are integrated into the fabric of the University of Texas at Austin, Reagins-Lilly said. There is ongoing work integrated in everything we do.
Read more: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015/03/02/fiji-border-patrol-party-did-not-violate-university-rules-administrators-say
AUSTIN Texas journalists asked legislators Monday to cement into law guarantees that they will be shielded from libel lawsuits if they accurately report a whistleblower's allegations that turn out to be false.
They say that's been common practice in Texas for years, but that they want to see legislation passed particularly after a 2014 Texas Supreme Court ruling left state libel law unclear.
Republican Sen. Joan Huffman said media groups asked her to push the bill, which she presented Monday to the Senate State Affairs Committee. Opponents say the measure is not necessary and that journalists in the state already have many protections.
The bill would shield journalists from litigation when they report on allegations brought by a whistleblower, if the accusations were made and were accurately reported.
Read more: http://www.mrt.com/news/article_fdcadcc0-c13d-11e4-9395-0f48b8b59da1.html (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
The Department of Public Safety will take four years to fulfill Gov. Greg Abbotts promise of an additional 500 troopers in the Rio Grande Valley, Director Major Steve McCraw told state representatives last week.
During his State of the State speech, Abbott said he wanted to secure the border by putting that many more boots on the ground. Once that happened, he claimed, National Guard members already on one of the longest deployments on domestic soil would be sent home.
But it appears that wont happen any time soon, if McCraws estimates are right.
Hampering the Guards removal is that DPS needs to fill 243 vacancies first the amount of troopers previously budgeted for. The next class of troopers graduating in June will drop that number to 187, McCraw said at the committee meeting.
Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/dps-director-years-to-get-troopers-here/article_c7e22d64-c149-11e4-b498-231b575cba70.html
Authorities are attributing a disturbance took place at the Burnet County Jail on Monday afternoon to poor weather conditions and limited recreational time for inmates.
On Monday, March 2 at 3:56 p.m., Burnet County dispatch called officers to the jail facility on Houston-Clinton Drive to help jailors handle a disturbance that involved possibly eight subjects.
Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith later clarified that the fight occurred in a cell between two inmates, and neither were injured.
Its been tough lately because they (inmates) are boxed in there and since the weather has been poor, we cant let them out for recreation as much, Smith said.
GALVESTON Local judges say they had been uninsured for more than two weeks before realizing the county had plans to alter their legal insurance a move some took as just the latest in a series of conflicts with county commissioners.
The commissioners didnt renew a contract with the Texas Lawyers Insurance Exchange at the end of last year, ending policies that have insured the countys 11 judges against legal action for 20 years. The court then voted last month to self-insure all county elected officials including judges and agreed to offer counsel if officials are sued.
Read more: http://www.galvnews.com/news/article_2cf6718c-bfc5-11e4-be4e-db85b5c49434.html (subscription required)
Luciano Gutierrez, 66, was booked into Bell County Jail on Feb. 26, 2015, on his ninth driving while intoxicated charge while wearing a shirt that read, "Warning: I Do Dumb Things."
A 66-year-old Temple man with a future-predicting shirt was arrested last week for his ninth driving while intoxicated charge.
Police booked Luciano Gutierrez into Bell County Jail on Thursday while he wore a shirt reading, "Warning: I do Dumb Things," according to KCEN.
If convicted on the charge, the apparent master of self-fulfilling prophecy faces up to 10 years in prison for the felony charge.
Gutierrez whose bond was set at $25,000, KBTX reported later posted bond, according to jail records.
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