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17
Jan
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DPS acts to prevent violent confrontations at capitol

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Enhanced security measures have been implemented at the state capitol complex and grounds, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Jan. 11.

According to the DPS announcement, “It has been observed that some individuals or groups seek violent confrontations during protests and equip themselves for physical combat. To ensure the safety and security of the general public and those who seek to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest, effective immediately, certain items may be prohibited from the capitol grounds unless worn or carried by a licensed peace officer.”

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Wed
17
Jan
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Selling Hate

by John Stossel

Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself "the premier" group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will "fight the hate that thrives in our country."

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Fri
12
Jan
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The Idle American

By Dr. Don Newbury

At their wedding 52 years ago in their hometown of Bangs, TX, Virginia and Lowell Bishop repeated “old school” vows. When she murmured the “whither thou goest” commitment, however, she gave little thought to the “whither thou stoppeth” milestone. Now, she’s not sure.

Combined service for the career educators totaled 75 years (her, 38; him, 37) when they retired in 2001. Having taught in Gatesville, Monahans, Bangs and Abilene schools, they returned to Bangs, ostensibly for retirement.

There, she began parttime work for Music in Motion, a Plano, TX, company, and he started raising cattle, which became a full-time job

 

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Fri
12
Jan
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Stopping Aid to Pakistan the Correct Action

from The Jacksonville Daily News President Donald Trump's first tweet of 2018, directed at Pakistan, was predictably clumsy and combative. "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit," Trump huffed.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" As is often the case, the tweet is fact-challenged -- $14 billion of that money was actually post-9/11 reimbursements to Pakistan for its support of U.S. anti-terrorism initiatives and operations in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the spirit of Trump's remarks is on the mark. For years, Pakistan has played a double game with its anti-terrorism efforts. At times, it has been helpful in ferreting out al-Qaida operatives and launched military offensives against its homegrown threat, the Pakistani Taliban.

 

Thu
11
Jan
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FEMA clears way for public assistance to churches that aid in disasters

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 3 announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s approval of their request to allow churches and religious organizations to receive the same public assistance available to other nonprofits aiding in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide previously offered assistance to private non-profit organizations, including zoos, performing arts centers and museums, and excluded facilities established or primarily used for religious activities. The revised policy is in force for any major disaster declared on or after Aug. 23, 2017.

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Thu
11
Jan
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Punish Poor People

by John Stossel

Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines.

His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. "Too cheap!" say New York City bureaucrats. "The cigars should have cost 11 cents more."

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Fri
05
Jan
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Islamic State Still Lurks in the Shadows

from The Jacksonville Daily News Islamic State swept into northern Iraq in 2014, but the door opened for it three years earlier, when the U.S. withdrew its troops from the Middle East country.

Left on their own, Iraqi troops dropped their guns and fled the onslaught. Islamic State militants then ruled the northern city of Mosul and a host of other cities and towns with nihilistic brutality that entailed public beheadings and the use of women as sex slaves.

It took three years for Iraqi troops to regroup, and with the help of U.S. military advisers and airstrikes, retake Mosul and the rest of Islamic State-held Iraq.

 

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Fri
05
Jan
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Challenges of Childhood…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Childhood illnesses in the mid-20th Century were rarely treated by physicians who practiced medicine. Instead, mothers practiced home remedies with abandon.

Many among us can remember times when the treatment was worse than the illness, as well as accompanying psychological damage that won’t let go.

Youngsters cringed at hearing parental diagnoses. What now is regularly called an “upper respiratory infection” was then a chest cold, “crud,” croup, or sometimes “epizootis.” Perhaps what moms depended upon most often was castor oil (or black draught) for tummy disorders and Vicks VapoRub for what we called “bad colds.”…

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

 

By Ed Sterling

Texas waits for Senate agreement on disaster aid funding AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 21 released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ preliminary passage of $81 billion in disaster aid to Texas, several other states and Puerto Rico. 

Abbott called the House’s 251-169 vote in favor of the aid package “a step in the right direction” but added that “more needs to be done to ensure the funds Congress provides address the critical needs Texans are enduring from the largest natural disaster in our state’s history. We look forward to working with the Senate to improve the disaster funding to ensure it addresses the acute needs of Texans.”

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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2017 Was a Shameful Year for Journalism

from The Colorado Springs Gazette President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration was notable for more than just its small crowd sizes. It was notable because it marked the beginning of the worst year of political journalism in modern history.

On the same day that Trump was sworn into office, a White House reporter claimed incorrectly that the Trump transition team had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. Sadly, this erroneous report and a handful of others on that same day breathlessly and unquestioningly parroted by reporters across platforms and outlets proved to be the norm, not the exception, for a year that has seen a dismaying and troubling decline in the quality of political journalism. To be fair, there has been some good political reporting. Many in the media have also cautioned that supposed Trump scoops should be handled with greater care.

 

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