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Southwestern Pirates or Hardened Sinners?

Yes, it is the first weekend of collegiate football and the reincarnated Southwestern Pirates in its third season after a 63 year absence from the gridiron is taking on the Hardened Sinners in Abilene, Texas this afternoon. Any predictions about the outcome?
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Sep 5, 2015, 07:14 AM (0 replies)

ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez Comes Out as Gay: ‘I’m So Happy Right Now’

Israel Gutierrez, a former columnist for The Miami Herald and one of the faces of ESPN’s Around the Horn, has come out as gay (and engaged!) in an emotional blog entry posted on his website Friday.

Writes Gutierrez:

I’m gay, which plenty of people, I’m sure, have either deduced or just guessed as much over the years.

But this isn’t me “coming out.” The truth is, I’ve been out to friends and family for more than six years.

The reason I’m tackling this now is, primarily, because I’m getting married on September 12. And besides the fact that it would be annoying to tell my story every time someone sees my wedding ring, it just seemed like a natural time to get this out in the open.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/09/israel-gutierrez-gay/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 11:36 PM (2 replies)

New Mexico Gov. Martinez: Trump’s criticism of Bush’s Spanish a distraction

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s criticism of rival Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish is a distraction.

A Republican and the nation’s only Latina governor, Martinez said Friday following a news conference the spat was taking the focus away from real issues facing the country.

Bush said he had been responding to a reporter’s question in Spanish this week when he replied in Spanish to criticize Trump.

Trump told Breitbart News that Bush should “set the example” by speaking English while in the U.S.

Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/639523/news/gov-martinez-trumps-criticism-of-bushs-spanish-a-distraction.html (Albuquerque Journal)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 11:30 PM (0 replies)

Tom Brady releases statement on Facebook: 'I am sorry our league had to endure this'

Just one day after federal judge Richard Berman nullified New England Patriots' Tom Brady's four-game suspension, the quarterback is finally speaking out.

Late Friday night, Brady released the following statement via his Facebook page:

"The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can't wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season. I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience.

"I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful. My thanks also to the union's legal team who has fought so hard right along with me.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2015/09/tom_brady_statement_facebook.html#incart_river
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 11:13 PM (3 replies)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu found in contempt of court on pension fund overhaul

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's tone was equal parts defiant and insouciant Friday (Sept. 4) morning, despite only hours earlier being held in contempt of court and threatened with house arrest for failure to make good on a $75 million payment due to the city's firefighters.

"Before I decimate the city's budget, before I stop the street repairs that we are making, stop filling potholes, turn off your street lights. Before I shut down (the parks department), before I lay off firefighters and police and city employees, I am ready to stay under house arrest for the next two years of my term," he said in a news conference. "This is too important and too much is at stake for the city of New Orleans."

He laughed off Civil District Judge Kern Reese's threat to keep him on home confinement on weekends until he came up with a plan to pay the firefighters.

"My wife is really happy about it it. She called me and said she's been trying to get me to stay home on weekends for the last 23 years. She already sent me a honey-do list."

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/09/mitch_landrieu_house_arrest_co.html#incart_gallery
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 11:08 PM (3 replies)

Trump-- Like A Cockroach Under A Magnifying Class

Thursday morning, Morning Joe took a few moments out of their busy Hillary-bashing routine to interview Bloomberg Business writer Max Abelson, whom one of the Morning Joe idiots introduced as a Wall Street Journal writer, since his beat is Wall Street.

Abelson endeavors to bring his readers inside the Trumpian empire and explain "How Trump invented Trump." None of the people at Morning Joe, who were too preoccupied with their anti-Hillary jihad, had read the piece or were in the slightest bit interested in it or Abelson. The piece happens to be quite revelatory about the Republican Party presidential front-runner who keeps making outlandish claims about himself, his wealth and his business acumen. Ableson discussed business with him, not politics. "After all," he writes, "that’s his central qualification for the job he’s seeking."

When he asks Trump to name a business leader he looks to for advice on managing his company, Trump says, "Me." Does he admire anyone else? "I don't like the word admire," he says. Abelson comes to the conclusion that you can't take Trump's boasts about his empire literally, which seems to me a polite way of confirming that the man is a compulsive liar.

“I’m the biggest developer in New York, by far,” he told Larry King in 1999. “I’m the biggest developer in New York, and I’m not looking for additional work,” he told the New York Post in 2003. “My name’s Donald Trump, and I’m the largest real estate developer in New York,” he said in 2004’s Apprentice pilot, introducing himself in a limo. “Here I am, the biggest developer in New York,” he told a reporter from Scotland in 2007. “The greatest builder is me, and I would build the greatest wall you have ever seen,” he said this May, invoking his plan for Mexico’s border at a speech in South Carolina. He pointed at his chest while rolling his head around. The crowd went wild.

Trump isn’t the biggest New York developer. He isn’t really a skyscraper developer anymore, and he hasn’t been for years. He put up huge buildings and casinos, borrowed to do it, nearly wiped out, came back as a brand name that often needed bigger partners, was smacked by the financial crisis when he tried to again take massive risks, and ended up with a profitable business anyway.

The lesson from the 150-story building he craved is the same one you get from stepping inside the company. It’s not the hugest in the whole world, and it’s not what it was supposed to be, but it’s something. And, like his politics, it can seem much, much bigger than it is.

Trump has crushed his presidential competition by presenting himself as the finest businessman ever to don a suit. Will his career’s blemishes hurt him? Could Americans who love the great, amazing, terrific, perfect version of Trump accept the flawed one? In his office, he tells me that someone said the cool thing about his race to be the leader of the free world is that if he loses he gets to go back to being Donald Trump again-- only an even vaster version.

“So win, lose, or draw, I’m glad I did it,” he says. “Although it’s too early to say that yet.”

Last year his company's revenue was $605 million, a relatively small company with a profit of around $300 million. "{F}or purposes of comparison," writes Abelson, the Trumpian empire is "roughly the size of a company called NN, based in Johnson City, Tenn., which produces tiny steel balls."

Read more: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/09/trump-like-cockroach-under-magnifying.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 10:31 PM (1 replies)

Southern U.S. Border Sees A Slowdown In Unaccompanied Minors From Central America

As summer ends, it's becoming clear that we won't see a repeat of last year's "border surge" of Central American minors seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border.

That surge captivated headlines, clogged immigration courts, and caused President Obama to declare a border crisis last year.

But this year is different, according to researchers at the DC-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

"The numbers have declined almost as sharply in 2015 as they surged in 2014," said Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director of MPI's Immigration Policy Program.

Read more: http://kut.org/post/southern-us-border-sees-slowdown-unaccompanied-minors-central-america
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 10:25 PM (1 replies)

Jailed clerk no martyr, gay rights advocates say; Texas clerk vows that she won't issue licenses

In Irion County, Texas, population 1,500, clerk Molly Criner also declared through the Liberty Counsel that she would issue no licenses. She said on Friday that no same-sex couples have asked for one. She refused to say whether she would issue them, or opt to go to jail instead.

Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver said after meeting with Davis in jail Friday that “she is a prisoner of her conscience.” He quoted the letter King wrote from his Birmingham jail cell in 1963, rallying civil rights activists to challenge unjust laws and pay the consequences if necessary to force peaceful change.

He described Davis as the first American imprisoned for a religious objection to gay marriage.

The lawyers suing her dismissed that notion. “This is the billionth time a person has been jailed for violating a court order,” Canon said.

The complete article is at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150904-jailed-clerk-no-martyr-gay-rights-advocates-say-texas-clerk-vows-that-she-won-t-issue-licenses.ece .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 09:05 PM (4 replies)

Hilton To Allow Anti-Gay Hatefest At Dallas Hotel

Hilton doesn’t plan to prevent anti-LGBT activists from staging a hatefest at one of its Dallas-area hotels later this month.

The Faith Family Freedom Tour, an eight-city engagement sponsored by several anti-LGBT hate groups, is scheduled to stop at the Hilton Dallas Park Cities on Sept. 15.

During the tour’s inaugural stop, at a Hilton hotel in Houston, lead organizer Dr. Steve Hotze appeared to promote violence against the LGBT community, wielding a sword and pledging to drive “homofascists” out of the city and back to San Francisco. But Kim Blackmon, a spokeswoman for Hilton, said in a statement Friday that the company has no plans to turn the group away in Dallas.

“Hilton Dallas Park Cities strives to be a meeting place for people from all walks of life, regardless of beliefs, race, color, national origin, religion or sexual orientation,” Blackmon said. “The views of our guests do not reflect the sentiments of the hotel. Our goal is to provide quality accommodations and a pleasant environment for our guests, employees and members of our community visiting our hotel. We would like to emphasize that all Hilton hotels strive to be an inclusive hotel and we regret if this policy has unintentionally offended any individual or organization.”

Read more: http://www.lonestarq.com/hilton-to-allow-anti-gay-hatefest-at-dallas-hotel/#.VeoC6DuOmu8.twitter
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 09:01 PM (2 replies)

Could Cruz Prompt Another Government Shutdown?

WASHINGTON – After weeks on the campaign trail, presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will head back to the U.S. Capitol next week. With his return comes congressional anxiety — that Texas' junior senator could instigate yet another government shutdown.

The U.S. House and Senate are staring down a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government. Some conservatives are threatening to let that cutoff date pass unless the federal government stops spending any taxpayer dollars on Planned Parenthood. Given his high profile role in the 2013 government shutdown, Cruz is at the center of the speculation.

He's done nothing in the last month to allay those concerns.

At a South Carolina campaign stop in early August, Cruz would not rule out a shutdown. And in Houston last week, Cruz said: "Under no circumstances should the federal government be providing $500 million of your and my taxpayer money to fund what appears to be an ongoing criminal enterprise. We're going to have a battle."

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/09/04/all-eyes-ted-cruz-fall/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 07:23 PM (8 replies)
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