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Houston Man Tries To Blow Up Confederate Statue

Andrew Schneckm, 25, was arrested for attempting to blow up the General Dowling Monument located in Hermann Park in Houston, according to  Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.

Liberals are actively encouraging this, as are some in the GOP for not calling it out.

According to the complaint, a Houston park ranger spotted Schneck on the ground near the General Dowling Monument where he was allegedly holding “two small boxes with various items inside to include what appeared to be duct tape and wires.”

Schneck initially complied with the ranger’s request to drop what he was holding but then tried to drink what turned out to be liquid explosives from a plastic bottle.

The ranger called the Houston Police Department (HPD) who conducted a series of field tests upon arriving on the scene:

The clear liquid was field tested as was a white powdery substance found in a small, black aluminum tube which revealed they were most likely nitroglycerin and Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), respectively, according to the charges. HMTD is a high explosive organic compound used as an initiating, or primary explosive. Nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives. ln its pure form, nitroglycerin is a contact explosive, with physical shock causing it to explode, which degrades over time to even more unstable forms. Nitroglycerin is highly dangerous to transport or use. ln its undiluted form, it is one of the world’s most powerful explosives.  DailyCaller

Fort Worth, Texas Police Officers, Strangers Buy 95-year-old Man New Air Conditioner

Julius Hatley is a 95-year-old World War II vet.

With temperatures topping 90 degrees in Fort Worth, Texas, last week, residents without air conditioning certainly had a lot to complain about, especially 95-year-old Julius Hatley.

But Hatley made the best of his situation, sitting on his porch in the shade to keep cool. He even continued his yard work, despite the unbearable heat.

On Thursday, the 95-year-old’s luck took a turn.

Drenched in sweat, the man called the Fort Worth Police Department to report his broken air conditioner.

“This wasn’t a regular 911 call,” Fort Worth Officer William Margolis told CBS News. “It was what you’d label ‘low priority’ because we’re not AC techs.”

After responding to a few other calls first, Margolis and his partner, Christopher Weir, made their way to Hatley’s home, where they discovered both his central air conditioning and window unit were broken.

“When we got there around 8:30 a.m. his house was 85 to 90 degrees already,” Margolis said. “In Texas, it gets hot.”

After talking over the situation with his partner, Margolis promised the man he’d find a solution. In the meantime, Hatley tried his best to keep from overheating.

“It went out last night… so I had to sit on my porch,” Hatley told CBS Dallas/Fort Worth. “My porch is cool.”

Margolis couldn’t shake the image of the elderly man sitting in his home in the sweltering heat, so he decided to make a pit stop at Home Depot and Weir agreed.

The officers asked employees for help finding a good air conditioning unit, explaining Hatley’s situation in the process.  The Home Depot workers were so touched by the officers’ kind gesture, they offered to pitch in their own money, too.

“While there, Home Depot managers and employees decided to contribute $150 of their own money to help with the cause,” Weir’s wife, Jennifer, wrote on Facebook. “This is what being an officer is about.”

Weir, along with another co-worker, Officer Steven Rebrovich, helped Margolis install the air conditioning unit inside Hatley’s home later that day. CBSNews

Looking Out For Others

“He was actually really excited,” Margolis said. “He said he knew if he needed help to call 911 and we actually were able to help him, so he was really excited about it.” SpringFieldNews

Jennifer Weir (Officer Weir’s wife) told CBS News. “We are also currently working on getting his windows replaced, his house repainted and groceries every week.”

Texas Judge Placed On Leave When Officials Discover She’s Not A US Citizen

How does this happen?  No one did a background check.

City officials in Texas temporarily removed a municipal judge from the bench Wednesday after learning that she never received U.S. citizenship after becoming a legal permanent resident in 2007.

When the city council discovered that her original application to the bench didn’t indicate whether or not she was a citizen, they placed Young Min Burkett, a judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, on unpaid leave.

Despite a city ordinance that requires municipal judges to be U.S. citizens, the South Korea native originally took her job because there wasn’t a question about citizenship status on her application for appointment, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. Instead, the application only asked whether the candidate was eligible for legal employment in the state, according to City Councilman Rudy Garza Jr.

“The error was a city error and we don’t feel Judge Burkett was insincere or did anything in her application or interview that led to any dishonesty on her part,” Garza said Wednesday.  DailyCaller

Texas Judge Dismisses Clock Boy Family’s Defamation Lawsuit

The court case did not go well for the family of Clock Boy, they also could be liable for the legal fees of the defendants.

Ahmed Mohamed the Clock Boy, brought to school the innards of an old electronic clock in a briefcase that resembled a bomb.  A strange ticking object, the police were called and Ahmed was taken away in handcuffs.  His father filed a lawsuit against a number of media outlets and organizations for “defamatory” statements.

During the hearing, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel David Yerushalmi explained to Judge Moore that the purpose of the lawfare-driven lawsuit was to intimidate into silence those who might comment publicly on the connection between jihad, terrorism, sharia, and Islam.  As such, Yerushalmi argued,

“This case is a classic Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or ‘SLAPP’ case and should be dismissed.”

During the lengthy hearing, Judge Moore pressed Mohamed’s lawyer, Fort Worth attorney Susan Hutchison, to provide any facts that would suggest that Hanson and the other defendants had said anything false or defamatory about Mohamed or his son during the television broadcasts.  After spending a painfully embarrassing 15 minutes flipping through reams of paper, Mohamed’s lawyer was unable to provide any such evidence…

Upon leaving the courtroom, Yerushalmi explained:

“This lawsuit filed by Clock Boy’s father is yet another example of Islamist lawfare, which is a component of the Muslim Brotherhood’s civilization jihad.”

Yerushalmi further explained that the purpose of such lawsuits, formally labelled Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”), is to intimidate into silence those who might comment publicly on the connection between jihad, terrorism, sharia, and Islam…

Now that the lawsuit has been dismissed, AFLC will petition the court for its legal fees and will seek sanctions against both the plaintiff and his attorney.  AFLC

Among the plaintiffs was the Center for Security Policy.

The Center for Security Policy commended today the judiciary of Texas for upholding that state’s commitment to freedom of speech by dismissing a frivolous lawsuit aimed at punishing the Center for Security Policy and its Executive Vice President, Jim Hanson for exercising that constitutional right.

The suit alleging defamation was brought last year by Mohammed Mohammed, the father of Ahmed, widely known as the “Clock Boy,” after the latter brought a clock device resembling a bomb to his school in 2016. It sought damages from the Center and its EVP in response to public statements made by Mr. Hanson, a former Green Beret, noting the resemblance of the younger Mohammed’s self-declared “invention” to a bomb. The plaintiffs also took exception to Mr. Hanson’s opinions regarding the potential motivations of the Mohammed family and Islamist groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that actively promoted the Clock Boy’s claims that he was a victim of discrimination and Islamophobia.

Fortunately, a Texas statute prohibits Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP), thereby protecting free speech and citizens’ right to speak their minds without having to defend themselves in court.

 

Texas Attorney General Rips School District That Ordered The Removal Of “Charlie Brown Christmas” Door Poster

Don’t mess with Texas!

Christmas in the Lone Star state has no greater defender than Attorney General Ken Paxton. So when he read my column about a middle school in Killeen that tried to censor the true meaning of Christmas, he decided it was time to jingle somebody’s bells.

A staffer at Patterson Middle School was told she had to remove a poster depicting a scene from the cherished holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The door-length poster featured Linus, a scrawny tree and that beautiful recitation of the true meaning of Christmas.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” Linus said.

Dedra Shannon’s poster was well-received among the staff and students – but a few days later she was told by the principal that she should either have to remove the religious references or remove the entire poster.

Linus could stay but the Baby Jesus had to go.

“She said my poster is an issue of separation of church and state,” Ms. Shannon told me. “She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from other religions or those who do not have a religion.”

Ms. Shannon refused to compromise her religious beliefs and ultimately removed the poster.

“I wasn’t going to leave Linus and the Christmas tree without having the dialogue. That’s the whole point of why it was put up.”

The incident proves that public school tolerance can only be achieved by being intolerant towards Christians.

But it turns out the principal may have inadvertently broken the 2013 “Merry Christmas” law. That law stipulates no school official in Texas can silence a Biblical reference to Christmas

“I am proud to have voted for the Merry Christmas law in 2013 when I was a member of the Legislature,” Paxton said. “We passed that law precisely because of this type of discrimination against people of faith.”

Paxton minced no words in describing what happened in that hallway at Patterson Middle School.

“This is an attack on religious liberty and a violation of the First Amendment and state law,” he said. “I am calling on the school board of the Killeen ISD to immediately reverse their unlawful decision.”  Town Hall

Wolfcamp Shale Oil Field In Texas Could Yield 20 Billion Barrels

This shale oil discovery is an astonishing find with benefits for Texas and all of America.

The US Geological Survey said Tuesday that it assessed what could be the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America.

An estimated average of 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are available for the taking in the Wolfcamp shale, which is in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin.

Based on a West Texas Intermediate crude oil price of $45 per barrel, those deposits are worth about $900 billion. BusinessInsider

Update: On Sunday 4 Police Officers Shot In Florida, Missouri, and Texas; 1 Killed 3 Shot

Sunday in 3 different states a police officer working a traffic stop was shot.  3 of the officers were ambushed when the suspect drove up and shot him.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi
San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi

A San Antonio police officer has been shot dead in his patrol car while writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters.

Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle when a man pulled up behind him in a black car in downtown San Antonio on Sunday.

The suspect got out and walked up to the patrol car’s passenger window and shot Marconi in the head, according to Chief William McManus.

The man then reached into the window and shot him a second time in the head. DailyMail

Update:

Arrested: Otis Tyrone McKane
Arrested: Otis Tyrone McKane

The gunman who allegedly murdered a San Antonio cop ‘execution-style’ outside a police station because of his uniform has been caught, police announced Monday.

Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, is believed to be the suspect who shot Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, through the passenger side of his patrol car Sunday, mySA reported.

He was arrested after a SWAT team pulled him over on Interstate 10 East near Ackerman Road, East Bexar County, at around 4.20pm. A woman and a child were also in the vehicle. DailyMail

St. Louis, Missouri

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A St. Louis police sergeant was shot in the face Sunday night when a driver pulled up beside him near Hampton and Pernod avenues and opened fire.

“He was targeted because he was a police officer,” Mayor Francis Slay said at a press conference at Barnes Jewish Hospital. “He didn’t stop anybody. He didn’t point a gun at anybody. All of us as a community have to do what we can to help find this guy.”

Police said the sergeant, 46, had been shot twice and was conscious. He was in critical but stable condition and expected to live. He is a 20-year veteran of the department.

The shooting in St. Louis comes on the same day that a police officer in San Antonio was shot to death while writing a ticket. stltoday

The police officer is expected to survive the ‘ambush’ attack and is currently hospitalized.  The suspect was shot dead early on Monday morning after a police chase.  The gunman who ambushed a St Louis police officer and shot him in the face has been killed in a shootout with police.  DailyMail

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Sanibel, Florida

Officer Jarred Ciccone
Officer Jarred Ciccone

Sanibel Police officials say the suspect who shot a police officer on the island Sunday evening is in custody.

The suspect was taken into custody in the Dunes neighborhood after exchanging gunfire with officers from the Sanibel Police Department.

According to police, an officer was shot and injured during a drive-by while conducting a traffic stop around 8 p.m. Sources identified the officer as Jarred Ciccone.

The suspect fled the scene and was located in the 1400 block of Sandcastle Road.  NBC-2

UPDATE:  A 4th officer was shot Sunday in Missouri

Gladstone, Missouri

A teen [late teens not a minor] is dead and a Gladstone police officer has non-life threatening injuries after a traffic stop ended in gunfire Sunday night.

It happened about 10:35 p.m. at NW Vivion Rd. and U.S. Highway 169.  Kansas City police officers were called to assist Gladstone police at a traffic stop in the area.

When officers stopped the vehicle the passenger ran from the vehicle, leading police on a foot chase.  Officers caught up to the man and tried to take them into custody. This led to a struggle.

During the struggle, the man pulled out a handgun and multiple shots were fired. The man was killed and a Gladstone officer was also shot. The officer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to live. KMOV

Houston: Iraqi Refugee Pleads Guilty To Bomb Plot, Trying to Help ISIS

Omar Al Harden
Omar Al Harden

 
So much for vetting/screening.

An Iraqi refugee who authorities say wanted to set off bombs at two Houston malls pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan admitted as part of his plea deal that he pledged his loyalty to ISIS in November 2014 and almost immediately trained to use tactical weapons, including an AK-47. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17 on a charge of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The 24-year-old came to Houston from Iraq in 2009. Beginning in June 2014, Al Hardan developed a relationship with a confidential informant, discussing hopes to travel overseas to fight with ISIS, according to authorities.

Homeland Security Special Agent Herman Wittliff testified days after Al Hardan’s indictment in January that the suspect had been learning how to make electronic transmitters that could be used to detonate explosives. Wittliff said Al Hardan hoped to bomb two Houston malls, including the popular Galleria mall, and wanted use cellphones — a collection of which were found in his apartment – to detonate the devices.

He also made numerous statements about his plans to travel to Syria and fight alongside ISIS and become a martyr CBSNews

Texas To Withdraw From Feds’ Refugee Program Over Terror Concern

refugees2017Texas, one of the few states where elected officials cares about the well being of it’s residents.

Governor Greg Abbot:  “Texas has repeatedly requested that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence provide assurances that refugees resettled in Texas will not pose a security threat, and that the number of refugees resettled in Texas would not exceed the State’s original allocation in fiscal year 2016 – both of which have been denied by the federal government. As a result, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. As governor, I will continue to prioritize the safety of all Texans and urge the federal government to overhaul this severely broken system.”

The state of Texas on Wednesday announced that it is withdrawing from the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement program due to the administration’s inability to ensure that refugees resettled in the state do not pose terror threats, according to an announcement by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Texas informed the Office of Refugee Resettlement in a letter that it will be withdrawing from the program on Jan. 31, 2017. The letter comes on the heels of several weekend terror attacks across the United States

The administration has refused to approve a security plan by the state of Texas aimed at ensuring that refugees are only resettled following in-depth security checks.

Texas officials drafted a plan that would require federal national security officials to provide assurances that none of the individuals being resettled pose a terror threat. The administration has declined to approve this plan.

Abbott said Texas would not accept a single refuge until proper security measures are put in place.

“The federal government’s refugee settlement program is riddled with serious problems that pose a a threat to our nation,” the governor said in a statement. FreeBeacon

Texas Murder Suspect Was Deported Not Once, Not Twice, But Three Times

austin-immigrant-iceIf we do not get this under control many more Americans will die.

A murder suspect who was arrested in Austin, Texas, Tuesday is a Mexican man who has been deported three times from the U.S.

Authorities deported Juan Navarro Rios in 1996, 2009, and 2014. Reasons for Rios’ deportations include an unspecified felony conviction, claiming to be a U.S. citizen, and for coming back to the U.S. after being previously deported.

“This is an example of the worst of the worst that we go after on a daily basis,” said Hector Gomez, supervisory deputy marshal of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Rios, 40, is wanted for having allegedly shot and killed two people driving down the road ans then kidnapping a landscaper. DailyCaller

Federal Transgender Rule Threatens The Backbone Of American Health Care System

doctorIs the Obama Administration trying to destroy the American health system?

Before Obamacare, the percentage of physicians owning their own businesses was around 70%.  It is now hovering around 30%, stated American Thinker.  As cost to doctors have gone up, reimbursements to doctors have gone down. Many doctors are closing their practices with many are joining  hospital-employed providers.  This is turning previously independent doctors into salaried roles inside larger institutions.

Lawsuit Over New Transgender Health-Care Regulation filed by five states, a Catholic health network and other Christian health-care providers.

The Obama administration is making healthcare providers participate in transgender treatments (which includes minors) that may be against their religious beliefs and medical expertise.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the states of Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are standing up for the right of physicians to decline to participate in transgender treatments that are against their conscience, reports the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

The new rule applies to minors too.  Even through research has shown “80 percent to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children with GD (Gender dysphoria) will experience resolution by late adolescence if not exposed to social affirmation and medical intervention. ”

A new rule that requires all doctors and hospitals to provide children who think they are the wrong sex with any services recommended as “treatment” by their mental health provider. CatholicBeat

Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration’s efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit is the second in recent months in which conservative states have sued over federal efforts to defend transgender rights.

Social conservatives claimed victory Sunday when a federal judge in Texas halted an Obama administration directive requiring public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Now they’re asking that same court to block new regulations intended to ban discrimination by doctors, hospitals and insurers against transgender persons.

The latest lawsuit contends that the rules, which were finalized in May, could force doctors to help with gender transition contrary to their religious beliefs or medical judgment.

Joining Texas in the lawsuit are Wisconsin, Kentucky, Nebraska and Kansas, along with the Christian Medical and Dental Association and Franciscan Alliance, an Indiana-based network of religious hospitals. DailyMail

The backbone of the American health care system is religious hospitals.  In many communities the only hospital is a religious affiliated hospital.

It’s not just about doctors. It’s about an entire array of healthcare professionals, but furthermore, it’s also about the healthcare providers, not only insurance companies, but many hospitals.

Now something interesting and ominous has entered our cultural conversation in the background chatter in recent months. And that’s the fact that, for example, some recent stories have appeared on both coasts and in some points in between pointing to the fact that in many areas and in many towns and cities, there’s an almost utter dependence upon private hospitals for medical care. And that’s not the real story. The real story is that they are religious hospitals. Now that points back in American history to the fact that many, if not most, of the original healthcare providers in this country—and we mean by that specifically hospitals and clinics—were established by religious bodies often because they were the only organizations with the kind of breadth and depth to actually pull that off….

But this lawsuit indicates that there is still a pushback. And it’s important to recognize that several states have officially entered into this lawsuit. It’s not just about healthcare professionals or healthcare providers. It’s also about some states themselves who understand what’s really at stake. And what is really at stake? Most fundamentally, this is a religious liberty and Christian conscience issue, but it’s also something else. And this is what might have the attention of at least some who might otherwise really not pay much heed. That’s this: if you take these hospitals out of many communities, there won’t be a hospital.  Read full article by Albert Mohler

Federal Judge In Texas Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Rules On Bathrooms For Transgender Students

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A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration’s directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

On Monday — the first day of class for most public schools in Texas — hundreds of school districts awoke to news of the order by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor.

His decision dated Sunday comes after Texas and 12 other states challenged the Obama directive as unconstitutional. O’Connor ruled that the federal education law, Title IX, “is not ambiguous” about sex being defined as “the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.”

Although Defendants have characterized the Guidelines as interpretive, post-guidance events and their actual legal effect prove that they are ‘compulsory in nature,'” he wrote.

He also sided with Republican state leaders who argued that schools should have been allowed to weigh in before the directive was announced in May. CSMonitor