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9th Grader Handcuffed and Arrested for Bringing a Clock to School

September 17, 2015

9th Grader Handcuffed and Arrested for Bringing a Clock to School
Last weekend a proud 9th Grader constructed an electronic clock at home, and he brought it to school on Monday. Naturally, he was handcuffed and arrested. That’s natural in Irving Texas, anyway — if the student’s name is something like Ahmed Mohamed.

14-year-old Ahmed showed his clock to a teacher who decided it was a bomb and called the principal, who called the police; they put Ahmed in handcuffs, took him in and fingerprinted him. Now they’re saying they arrested Ahmed for staging a bomb hoax; clearly they should have arrested his teacher and principal for that. All charges against Ahmed have been dropped; we can expect civil suits against Irving’s government and school district.

The city of Irving, part of the DFW Metroplex, brags about the large high-tech firms located within its limits. There may be more welcoming places for those multinational companies and their culturally- diverse workforces, towns where those employees and their families would not be regarded with hate and suspicion.

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Yes, Please! Louie Gohmert Offers to Quit.

September 11, 2015

Yes, Please! Louie Gohmert Offers to Quit.

Earlier this week, right-wing radio ranter Glenn Beck got an email from Tea Party loon and Congress Creature Louie Gohmert (R, TX-1):

‘Last week, I announced to the world if the House and Senate will treat Iran — the Iran treaty as a treaty, I will not run for my congressional seat again.”

Media outlets took this to mean that Mr. Gohmert would skedaddle back to the Piney Woods of East Texas and not run for a 6th term if the Senate didn’t rustle up enough votes to overturn a veto of the Iran nuclear agreement. And when Senate Democrats kept this from transpiring, sane people everywhere started rejoicing.

But hold the weddin,’ Bubba. Rep. Gohmert walked the whole thing back on Wednesday, saying his deal was that if Congress adopted his proposal to treat the multinational agreement as a treatythat’s when he’d resign.

So don’t worry, DC will have no shortage of lunatic conspiracy theories anytime soon. You can bet that the savvy folks of East Texas are gonna reelect ol’ Louie. They figure to keep Texas safe by making sure Louie Gohmert stays in far away Washington.

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Texas Flood Blues

May 30, 2015

Texas is prone to gully-washers and toad-stranglers, thunderstorms that turn washes and arroyos into rivers, and rivers into inland seas. Every couple of decades there’s a big one.

Larry Davis co-wrote and recorded the song “Texas Flood” in 1958, with Fenton Robinson on guitar. Texans Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan jammed on the tune in the CHCH-TV studio in Hamilton, Ontario on December 6, 1983 for the television series In Session.

Mr. Vaughn’s 1983 studio recording of this Blues is the most well-known, but Fenton Robinson’s 1974 version has a lot to offer.

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The Texas Housing Boom: It’s a Wash

May 29, 2015

The Texas Housing Boom: It's a Wash
The floods in Texas have claimed lives, destroyed homes and property, washed out bridges and roads. On the other hand, observes Dennis Mersereau, at least that crippling drought is history. 20 inches of rain fell on Texas in the past month, a volume of water that’s enough to turn Rhode Island into a lake.

Texas is prone to gully-washers and toad-stranglers, thunderstorms that turn washes and arroyos into rivers, and rivers into inland seas. Every couple of decades there’s a big one, but in the past 20 years Texas gained about 10 million new residents, and many bought houses. The big problem with the resulting housing boom: New housing built in flood-prone areas.

More:

“In Texas, the Race to Build in Harm’s Way Outpaces Flood-Risk Studies and Warming Impacts,” Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times

“Texas Is Paying the Price for Its Lack of Flood Infrastructure,” Kriston Kapps, CityLab

Related:

“Texas, Oklahoma Floodwaters Contain Sewage, Other Pollutants,” Jane J. Lee, National Geographic News

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Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent to Play Concert in Waco a Week After Shootout Kills 9

May 18, 2015

Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent to Play Concert in Waco a Week After Shootout Kills 9
Next week rock guitarist and gun-happy NRA Board Member Ted Nugent will play a concert in Waco, a few blocks from the site of the biker gang gunfight that killed nine people and injured 18 on Sunday. Mr. Nugent lives nearby. The shootout started at the Twin Peaks Restaurant, where Thursday is Bike Night.

192 people were arrested and their bail set at $1 million each.  The biker gangs have allegedly sanctioned executions of Waco police.

More:

“Rocker Ted Nugent to play solo show at Waco Hippodrome,” Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune

“A former undercover agent explains what’s behind the Waco biker gang shootout,” Libby Nelson, Vox

“How the Bandidos became one of the world’s most feared biker gangs, Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

“Texas Lawmakers Talk About Expanding Gun Rights Day After Mass Shooting,” Ahiza Garcia, TPM Livewire

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Johnny Gimble, 1926 — 2015

May 15, 2015

Johnny Gimble, 1926 -- 2015

Award-winning Western Swing fiddler Johnny Gimble died last week at the age of 88. For many years he played with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, and was a first-call Nashville session musician. More recently he played and recorded with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel.

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Texas Legislator: ‘Get That Fetus a Lawyer!’

March 9, 2015

Texas Legislator: 'Get That Fetus a Lawyer!'

Texas State Representative Matt Krause (R-District 93, Tarrant County) wants legal representation for fetuses, and has introduced a bill to that effect in the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Krause was one of the first graduates of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University School of Law, and ran the Texas branch of Liberty Counsel, a “legal ministry” which, by a remarkable coincidence, is headed by a professor from the Liberty University School of Law.

More:

“New Texas Plan Would Assign Lawyers To Fetuses,” Tara Culp-Ressler, Think Progress

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Merry Texas Christmas You All

December 29, 2014

“Merry Texas Christmas You All,” written by Leon A. Harris Jr. and Bob Miller, performed by Elton Britt with the Beaver Valley Sweethearts (Colleen and Donna Wilson) in 1952. There are also versions by Gene Autry, Ernest Tubb, Michael Martin Murphey, Asleep at the Wheel, and others.

More:

“How a Dallas store ad led to 60 years of ‘Merry Texas Christmas, You All,’” Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol

December 27, 2014

“Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol,” by Kevin Fowler. That second voice belongs to Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

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Texas Town’s Request to Ted Nugent: Play ‘Far, Far Away’

March 26, 2014

Texas Town's Request to Ted Nugent: Play 'Far, Far Away'

The city of Longview Texas paid $16,250 to keep Ted Nugent from appearing at its municipal Fourth of July celebration. City leaders concluded that Mr. Nugent’s act was not the family-friendly entertainment they had in mind, but his agent claimed their preliminary talks constituted a verbal contract, so the town paid Mr. Nugent a “kill fee.” The 65-year-old rocker, once known for his guitar playing, now stays in the public eye through his racist comments, questionable lyrics, and gun-happy right-wing views.

More:

“Longview pays off rocker Ted Nugent to not perform,” Richard Yeakley, Longview News-Journal

“Rejection slip from Longview gig has Nugent hot as a firecracker,” Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star Telegram

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