Attorney General Backs Clerks Who Refuse To Marry Same Sex Couples


The Young Turks

The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Sunday that county clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on religious objections to gay marriage.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/06/29/paxton-state-workers-can-deny-marriage-licenses-same-sex-couples/29456745/

#ImNotRacist: The Stunning Racist Facebook Post By Teacher Ranting About McKinney Pool Party Incident


Sam Seder

“A racist teacher in Texas wants to return to segregation but claims through a hashtag that she is not racist in viral Facebook rant on McKinney,” writes Majority Report.

A fourth grade teacher at Bennett Elementary School in Wolfforth, Texas, has been ‘relieved of her duties’ by the Frenship Independent School District after posting her opinions about the McKinney pool party incident online, according to kcbd.com.

Karen Fitzgibbons shared an article to her profile stating she was “ANGRY” that police corporal Eric Casebolt resigned.

In the post, she made several references to “the blacks” as being the cause for problems and “racial tension,” writes kcbd.com.

“This makes me ANGRY!” wrote Fitzgibbons in her racist rant Wednesday about Cpl. Eric Casebolt of McKinney, Texas, according to the New York Daily News.

“This officer should not have to resign. I’m going to just go ahead and say it…the blacks are the ones causing the problems and this ‘racial tension.’ I guess that’s what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education,” she wrote, as reported by KCBD.

Fitzgibbons went on: “I’m almost to the point of wanting them all segregated on one side of town so they can hurt each other and leave the innocent people alone. Maybe the 50s and 60s were really on to something,” writes the New York Daily News.

http://nydn.us/1MNvMaF

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-teacher-loses-job-rant-mckinney-pool-party-article-1.2255637

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry: Obama Lacks ‘Executive Experience’ To Fight ISIS

Secular Talk

On Wednesday, former Texas Governor Rick Perry told conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch that President Obama hasn’t shown any “engagement to stop ISIS,” which he attributed to the president’s “lack of being able to really connect the dots” and “lack of executive experience.”

Barack Obama has been President for more than 6 years. Isn’t that enough foreign policy “executive experience?” How much global “executive experience” does Rick Perry have?

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/perry-inexplicably-blasts-obamas-lack-executive-experience

Was The McKinney ‘Barrel Roll’ Necessary?

CASEBOLT

Some articles are out that discuss the importance (or silliness?) of the McKinney cop’s “barrel roll” and how it was necessary.

The point being made is that this kind of behavior was the latest example of “overbearing police tactics meted out in an unwarranted setting,” according to attn.com.

“But the barrel roll provided a glimpse into a particular mindset of policing using unnecessary tactics, and informed with an action-movie zeal,” writes attn.com.

Be sure to check out hilarious memes at hashtag #barrelroll on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/barrelroll

(Updated article)

More:

http://www.attn.com/stories/1956/barrel-roll-policing-mckinney?utm_source=huffpostpolitics&utm_medium=onsitepost&utm_campaign=syndication

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/12/heres-why-the-mckinney-co_n_7569882.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

25 Deaths From Storm Cell In South

CNN

More than 25 people in two countries have been killed by the same storm system, claims CNN. That death toll is set to go up. The deaths have occurred in the Southern portion of the U.S. and in Mexico.

Alyssa Renee Ramirez had many friends in her hometown of Devine, Texas, southwest of San Antonio.

At Devine High School, she was student council president and co-editor of the yearbook. She starred on the tennis and volleyball teams, not to mention as a cheerleader.

CNN writes that she was the homecoming queen that school year.  She and her friends had been out on prom night Saturday but never returned home.  Her car got caught up in fast-moving floods, ending her short life and leaving her classmates crestfallen.

CNN looks at the storms that have hit Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico.

Did Texas Authorities Warn About Biker Gang Rivalry Previously?

ABC News

Texas authorities issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies earlier this month that warned of increasing violence between two rival biker gangs blamed for the shootout outside a restaurant in Waco on May 17th, writes ABC News.

The bulletin from May 1st, obtained by ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, said there had been skirmishes and talk of war between the Bandidos and Cossacks for months.

The bulletin was issued by the Texas Joint Information Center run by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

It said the conflict might start because Cossacks had been refusing to pay Bandidos dues for operating in Texas and for wearing the Texas patch on their vests without the Bandidos’ approval.

Can You Get Arrested For Following Someone Home And Threatening Them With A Gun?

Yes.

A man in Corpus Christi, Texas, was arrested Wednesday night after police say he followed a man home and threatened him with a 9 mm handgun.

Around 9:40 p.m., the victim told police that he was walking to his home when he noticed a vehicle following him closely. He moved to the side of the road, but the other vehicle did not pass.

When the victim arrived at his house, he stopped outside and a suspect got out of the other vehicle.  The man asked him where his son was, and said that his son had stabbed a friend of his. He then produced a 9 mm handgun and threatened the victim with it.

The victim’s wife then came outside and said she was calling police, causing the suspect to get in his car and flee the scene. Police caught up to him a few blocks away.

The suspect was arrested for aggravated assault. He was additionally charged with felony theft when police found out that the gun in his possession had been stolen.

http://www.kiiitv.com/story/28942879/man-arrested-for-following-victim-threatening-him-with-9-mm-handgun

UNT Women’s Basketball Player Death Ruled A Suicide

University of North Texas basketball player Eboniey Jeter committed suicide in her dorm room, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office report released yesterday, May 8th.

She was a forward on the UNT women’s team.

The Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper states the report by Dr. Nizam Peerwani, chief medical examiner, revealed how Ms. Jeter took her own life.

The Record-Chronicle decided not to include the details of the suicide out of respect to her grieving family.

The newspaper was unable to reach family members Friday afternoon for comment.

(Updated article)

http://www.swishappeal.com/2015/5/8/8574125/north-texas-forward-eboniey-jeters-ruled-a-suicide

Houston Chronicle: Texas House Panel Approves Legalization Of Marijuana

In a surprise move that supporters called a historic victory, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state.

Two Republicans joined with the panel’s three Democrats in support, giving House Bill 2165 a 5-2 panel victory, writes chron.com.

The bill would make Texas the fifth state in America to OK pot for recreational purposes.

According to chron.com, though, the proposal has virtually no chance of clearing other hurdles on the path to becoming law in this year’s legislative session.

However, the move came just two days after the same panel voted 4-2 in favor of a bill to decriminalize marijuana. That was the first time such a proposal had made it out of a Texas legislative committee, according to chron.com. Initially, the bill failed by a 3-2 vote in committee, but it was brought back up and passed with a 4-2 vote.

That bill that would decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana was revived and voted out of a Texas House committee, writes sacurrent.com.

The bill is House Bill 507, and it would eliminate jail time and criminal records. Instead, people caught with an ounce or less of pot would pay a fine.

The next step is a vote in the House of Representatives.

The San Antonio chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is already calling San Antonio marijuana advocates to action.

Today the group is working with the Marijuana Policy Project to collect signatures asking Rep. Lyle Larson to schedule the decriminalization proposal for a vote.

There is a companion bill in the Texas Senate, which is still in committee.

(Updated article)

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-House-committee-approves-full-legalization-6247225.php