Podcast: Temple of the Jedi Order, Blue Bell’s Comeback, & Christmas Wars

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For the week of December 14th, Imad and I discuss new evidence that the quakes in North Texas are man-made, fingerprints for Lyft and Uber drivers, and a slew of stories that prove there’s a war on Christmas.

Enjoy the show and hit us up on twitter at @LeftinTexas, @Joethepleb, and @PressXforImad!


  1. Naishtat leaves, new candidates, Lon Burnam?
  2. New evidence shows Fracking causing earthquakes. Exxon still in denial
  3. Straus: Business leaders must get involved for Texas to prosper
  4. Fingerprints now required of Uber and Lyft drivers
  5. Clinton campaign sending Davis to Iowa
    1. Bernie Sanders VAN problems?

Welcome to Texas:

  1. Sid Miller demands people say “Merry Christmas” or he’ll slap you
  2. Three city council members have resigned from China’s city council, leaving serious questions as to whether any official business can be conducted.
  3. City of Orange Nativity Scene removed / In God We Trust
  4. Texas atheists’ Adopt-A-Highway signs undergo series of vandalism
  5. Beaumont Police Dept. Bible study
  6. Beaumont man embraces Jedi lifestyle — Phelan subscribes to the ever-changing philosophy of the “Force” and is a member of the Temple of the Jedi Order, an online church he founded in 2005.
  7. A grand jury indicted A woman who shot a handgun as a man fled near Wal-Mart, on a deadly conduct charge.
    1. According to Texas law, a person commits deadly conduct if he or she “recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury” or if she “discharges a firearm at or in the direction of one or more individuals, or a habitation, building or vehicle.”
  8. Public excitement baffles Texas Tech food safety researcher

About Author

Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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