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Texas Home To 4 Of 10 Most Income Segregated Metros in the U.S.


by: Nick Hudson

Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 02:11 PM CDT


This map shows how U.S. metros stack up on income segregation. Dark blue reflects high levels of income segregation; light blue significant levels; green moderate levels, and yellow low levels.

Four out of the ten of the most economically segregated large metro areas in the country are in Texas, according to a study conducted by Richard Florida and covered in The Atlantic Cities.

San Antonio-New Braunfels was the No. 1 most segregated metro area in the country. The Houston Area was the No. 4 most economically segregated. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro took the No. 8 spot. And the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metro was No. 10.

Economic segregation is a measure of the tendency of affluent people to live in neighborhoods where almost everyone else is affluent, and poor people to live in neighborhoods where almost everyone else is poor. The measure of income segregation reveals concentrated pockets of advantage and disadvantage. This is significant, according to Florida, because concentrated disadvantage has been shown to limit socioeconomic mobility.

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San Antonio is One Step Closer to Getting Google Fiber


by: Katie Singh

Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

Last week, the city of San Antonio approved a major new contract with Google that sets the stage for the potential arrival of Google Fiber.

As the San Antonio Express-News reported, the contract is a lease agreement "with Google Fiber Texas, LLC. [that] gives the company the ability to efficiently deploy some 40 'fiber huts' - 12-by-26-foot communications shelters that house tech infrastructure for fiber-optic gigabit Internet, which clocks speeds 100 times faster than typical broadband."

Google Fiber is already available in Kansas City, and has begun to establish services in Provo, UT and Austin as well. Google has also announced plans to expand Fiber services to even more cities. Right now, it is considering nine major metropolitan areas for the service, including San Antonio.

San Antonio's approval of the lease for Google's "fiber huts" is an important step closer to having the necessary infrastructure to support Google Fiber. It sets the city apart as ready to handle Google Fiber services, should Google choose San Antonio as its next Fiber city.

Read more about Google Fiber in San Antonio after the jump.

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Senator Leticia Van De Putte Announces For Lt. Governor


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM CST

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte ended months of speculation when she threw her hat into the race for Lt. Governor on Saturday in front of a packed house in the San Antonio College gymnasium. Van de Putte's family has experienced multiple tragedies this year which complicated her decision, but in the end it was the Senator's daughter who introduced her and assured the crowd that the final decision was made at the family table.

"Mama's not happy," Van de Putte exclaimed after she took the stage and thanked her family, "My family knows what that means - when Mamma's not happy, ain't nobody happy." She lambasted the current leadership in Austin for being more concerned about their next political move than addressing the needs of Texas families, saying that, "to them, the real-life priorities of too many mainstream Texas families simply don't exist." With that she addressed the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Lt. Gov. and observed, "It gets whackier every day. They're all trying to out-extremist one another...all four of them chasing after the most extreme five percent of Texans who control Republican primary elections."

The race could be ostensibly seen as a continuation of the battle between Van de Putte and the embattled Lieutenant Governor who has been forced to sprint right after a Primary loss for US Senate to Ted Cruz. To that point, when Dewhurst was recently attacked by his primary opponents for appointing too many Democrats to Senate committee chairmanships he reassured the crowd that, "not one of them is one of the critical committees." That didn't sit well with Van de Putte who chairs the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations (VAMI). LVP quickly and sharply responded, "Governor Dewhurst, I can assure you that the work of the VAMI committee is important- as a veteran, you should know this."

Check below the jump for what LVP's style and substance adds to the Democrats' ticket...

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John Birch Society Rewriting JFK History Edited Texas Accepted by All Schools


by: Arctotraveler

Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM CST

American Domestic Terrorism Is Not A New Age Phenomena

That's right, on 13 November 1963 at approximately 11: am, I and other elementary school children were knocked to the ground from the only known accidental nuclear device detonation openly reported in the United States of America.

Evaluation of Window Pane Damage Intensity In San Antonio Resulting From Facility Explosion on November 13, 1963.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VaMi...

Before the death of President John F. Kennedy, who just happened to be in San Antonio Texas when the explosion detonated on the Medina Military Annex Southwest San Antonio. Kennedy's death took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas at 12:30 p.m.

At my age, I would have never thought a group of Terrorist would group together, conspire an assassination attempt by combining two highly volatile explosives including u235 enriched by 4% volume uranium that sent out a band of ionizing radiation for at least 100 miles for ground zero.

These weren't your typical Terrorist as Texas Governor Rick Perry just suggested (In A National Debate 2012!) that the profile of all terrorist  "are all Muslims."

In this case, these terrorist were white supremacist earning degrees in Nuclear Physics in Germany. One attended law school right here in San Antonio Texas.  One of the suspects was a member of the John Birch Society.

Commission Exhibit No. 2095-Continued

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096 Page 257

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6GOr...

Most unfortunately, right wing white supremacy groups still thrive in Texas, as they did in the 1960s, whether they are Tea Party Anti-Government groups, or evangelical religious groups. These right wing groups are supported and/or led by Texas Governor Rick Perry, backed by 4,500 bias right wing Republican appointees, some embedded in the supreme court of Texas.

Executive Incident Investigation Commission Exhibit Number 2095, describes the racist attitudes of these groups in 1963, which are still alive and well in Texas, 2012 as follows:

"On the evening of November 22, 1963, Mrs. Ernestine White, Fullerton, California telphonically advised that a young  German identified as Jaochim Rudolph Roehricht, an employee of Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, in a comversation with her on November 16, 1963, commented she would be surprised to know how how many young men in Texas wore the Swasstika. He allegedly said that if the President came to Texas, he would be assassinated. He went on that in San Antonio there are number of your men who believe the negroes should be killed. He allegedly said, "We need a Goering to get rid of the Negros in the United States like they did the Jews in Germany."

These weren't your typical Terrorist as Governor Rick Perry just suggested (In A National Debate 2012!) that the profile of all terrorist  "are all Muslims" and from my experience of a victim of three terrorist bombings they never are typical, or do they have any correlation to a religion, race, or country as follows:

Paul Ryan Diverts Attention from Illegal inside Trading by Attacking Health Care
Re-Post June 2012

Paul Ryan's paid protesters attack wrong funds for their own personal gain. They are creating a diversion from the real issues of national debt that they profit personally, Private Security Firm stock dividends from illegal inside trading going back to 2000.

These Private Security Firm domestic surveillance programs keep the 1% wealthy few wealthier; while the eye in the sky oppresses the 99% of hardworking honest Americans like you!

Right now, Tea Parties are outside the Supreme Court protesting health care reform.  Across the street, Republicans in Congress are about to pass the Paul Ryan budget that destroys Medicare and gives even more tax breaks to the wealthy than Bush did.

On October 6, 2006 Inside trading by those of Public Trust. John Ashcroft and William Sessions join Digital Ally for legal advisory decisions and everybody join in on the inside trading. Digital Ally LEAWOOD, Kansas (October 5, 2006) - Digital Ally, Inc. (Pink Sheets: DGLY). Digital Ally manufactures the most intrusive domestic surveillance devices including x-ray devices that can radiate through the sides of a tracker trailer looking for human trafficking.

At the same time, disabled students are transferred over state lines a to work on slave farms from a decade, while employers pocket their social security checks in public view.

History has shown how dangerous these groups are. There are no limits to what they will do to achieve and hold elite status over the people including violence. History Repeats, they win you lose everything.

Most unfortunately, right wing white supremacy groups still thrive in Texas, as they did in the 1960s, whether they are Tea Party Anti-Government groups, or evangelical religious groups. These right wing groups are supported by Texas Governor Rick Perry, backed by 4,500 bias right wing Republican appointees, some embedded in the supreme court of Texas.

60 percent of Texans suspended before high school graduation
By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout - Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Citation: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lo...

"A new study by the by the Council of State Governments finds that 60 percent of Texan students were suspended, expelled or faced in-school suspensions by the time they graduated high school"

"African-American students and those with particular educational disabilities experience a disproportionately high rate of removal from the classroom for disciplinary reasons," study author Mike Thompson told NPR. Seventy percent of black female students were expelled or suspended, compared to 37 percent of white girls, he said."

Texas Governor Rick Perry Evangelical Church Hate Group
Re-post 2011

Texas Leadership is promoting a religious hate group that should be targeted by Obama's "New Laser Focus." 'The new strategy will focus on such adherents inside the US, whom Brennan described as "individuals, sometimes with little or no direct physical contact with Al Qaeda, who have succumbed to its hateful ideology." Anti-Muslim groups succumb to the hateful ideologies of Al Qaeda and become dangerous persons such as the recent statement of Mark Stroman executed yesterday evening at 8:36pm.

Religion has no place in Government, in all other things in God We Trust!

This is not a situation peaceful deliberation can resolve such issues- The United States Justice Department Must Take Action!

Perry's army (Who declared Open War Against the United States) of God have succumb to the hateful teachings of Al-Quida; although, they are not directly linked to the organisation. The Old Testament Bible for these groups is the same Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths.

We are now seeing the effects directly link to Hate Religious groups in Texas Government that promote discriminatory practices with 4,500 bias appointees that must submit to Perry's Hateful ideologies.

The following credible news sources tale the story. Government has no place for Religion especially those of Racist, and Anti-non Evangelical Christens groups that the Governor of Texas has just proclaimed himself a Profit or the leader of such hateful ideologies as follows:

Rick Perry's Army of God Texas Observer
Forest wilder: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Citation: http://www.texasobserver.org/c...

A little-known movement of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets wants to infiltrate government, and Rick Perry might be their man.

In Texas, they engage in elaborate ceremonies involving branding irons, plumb lines and stakes inscribed with biblical passages driven into the earth of every Texas county.

If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldst be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government.

The New Prophets Racist, Anti-Muslim, Anti non-Evangelical Christian Hate Group

Evangelical Christian Hate Group:  believe Christians-certain Christians-are destined to not just take "dominion" over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the "Seven Mountains" of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they're intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they're leading an "army of God" to commandeer civilian government.

The Response has engendered widespread criticism of its deliberate blurring of church and state and for the involvement of the American Family Association, labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its leadership's homophobic and anti-Muslim statements. But it's the involvement of New Apostolic leaders that's more telling about Perry's convictions and campaign strategy.

This is not a situation peaceful deliberation can resolve such issues and the Justice Department Must Take Action- Now!

Texas Governor Rick Perry Evangelical Church Hate Group

Texas Leadership is promoting a religious hate group that should be targeted by Obama's "New Laser Focus." 'The new strategy will focus on such adherents inside the US, whom Brennan described as "individuals, sometimes with little or no direct physical contact with Al Qaeda, who have succumbed to its hateful ideology."

Anti-Muslim groups succumb to the hateful ideologies of Al Qaeda and become dangerous persons such as the recent statement of Mark Stroman executed yesterday evening at 8:36pm.

Religion has no place in Government, in all other things in God We Trust!

We are now seeing the effects directly link to Hate Religious groups in Texas Government that promote discriminatory practices with 4,500 bias appointees that must submit to Perry's Hateful ideologies.

The following credible news sources tale the story. Government has no place for Religion especially those of Racist, and Anti-non Evangelical Christens groups that the Governor of Texas has just proclaimed himself a Profit or the leader of such hateful ideologies as follows:

Rick Perry's Army of God Texas Observer
Forest wilder: Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Citation: http://www.texasobserver.org/c...

A little-known movement of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets wants to infiltrate government, and Rick Perry might be their man.

In Texas, they engage in elaborate ceremonies involving branding irons, plumb lines and stakes inscribed with biblical passages driven into the earth of every Texas county.

If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldn't be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government.

The new prophets Racist, Anti-Muslim, Anti non-Evangelical Christian Hate Group

Evangelical Christian Hate Group:  believe Christians-certain Christians-are destined to not just take "dominion" over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the "Seven Mountains" of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they're intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they're leading an "army of God" to commandeer civilian government.

The Response has engendered widespread criticism of its deliberate blurring of church and state and for the involvement of the American Family Association, labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its leadership's homophobic and anti-Muslim statements. But it's the involvement of New Apostolic leaders that's more telling about Perry's convictions and campaign strategy.

Most unfortunately, right wing white supremacy groups still thrive in Texas, as they did in the 1960s, whether they are Tea Party Anti-Government groups, or evangelical religious groups. These right wing groups are supported and/or led by Texas Governor Rick Perry, backed by 4,500 bias right wing Republican appointees, some embedded in the supreme court of Texas.

Commission Exhibit No. 2095-Continued

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096 Page 257

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6GOr...

Compiled and written by G N O'Dell 11/19/2013

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John Birch Society Rewriting JFK History Edited Texas Accepted by All Schools


by: Arctotraveler

Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM CST

American Domestic Terrorism Is Not A New Age Phenomena

That's right, on 13 November 1963 at approximately 11: am, I and other elementary school children were knocked to the ground from the only known accidental nuclear device detonation openly reported in the United States of America.

Evaluation of Window Pane Damage Intensity In San Antonio Resulting From Facility Explosion on November 13, 1963.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VaMi...

Before the death of President John F. Kennedy, who just happened to be in San Antonio Texas when the explosion detonated on the Medina Military Annex Southwest San Antonio. Kennedy's death took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas at 12:30 p.m.

At my age, I would have never thought a group of Terrorist would group together, conspire an assassination attempt by combining two highly volatile explosives including u235 enriched by 4% volume uranium that sent out a band of ionizing radiation for at least 100 miles for ground zero.

These weren't your typical Terrorist as Texas Governor Rick Perry just suggested (In A National Debate 2012!) that the profile of all terrorist  "are all Muslims."

In this case, these terrorist were white supremacist earning degrees in Nuclear Physics in Germany. One attended law school right here in San Antonio Texas.  One of the suspects was a member of the John Birch Society.

Commission Exhibit No. 2095-Continued

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096 Page 257

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6GOr...

Most unfortunately, right wing white supremacy groups still thrive in Texas, as they did in the 1960s, whether they are Tea Party Anti-Government groups, or evangelical religious groups. These right wing groups are supported and/or led by Texas Governor Rick Perry, backed by 4,500 bias right wing Republican appointees, some embedded in the supreme court of Texas.

Executive Incident Investigation Commission Exhibit Number 2095, describes the racist attitudes of these groups in 1963, which are still alive and well in Texas, 2012 as follows:

"On the evening of November 22, 1963, Mrs. Ernestine White, Fullerton, California telphonically advised that a young  German identified as Jaochim Rudolph Roehricht, an employee of Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, in a comversation with her on November 16, 1963, commented she would be surprised to know how how many young men in Texas wore the Swasstika. He allegedly said that if the President came to Texas, he would be assassinated. He went on that in San Antonio there are number of your men who believe the negroes should be killed. He allegedly said, "We need a Goering to get rid of the Negros in the United States like they did the Jews in Germany."

These weren't your typical Terrorist as Governor Rick Perry just suggested (In A National Debate 2012!) that the profile of all terrorist  "are all Muslims" and from my experience of a victim of three terrorist bombings they never are typical, or do they have any correlation to a religion, race, or country as follows:

Paul Ryan Diverts Attention from Illegal inside Trading by Attacking Health Care
Re-Post June 2012

Paul Ryan's paid protesters attack wrong funds for their own personal gain. They are creating a diversion from the real issues of national debt that they profit personally, Private Security Firm stock dividends from illegal inside trading going back to 2000.

These Private Security Firm domestic surveillance programs keep the 1% wealthy few wealthier; while the eye in the sky oppresses the 99% of hardworking honest Americans like you!

Right now, Tea Parties are outside the Supreme Court protesting health care reform.  Across the street, Republicans in Congress are about to pass the Paul Ryan budget that destroys Medicare and gives even more tax breaks to the wealthy than Bush did.

On October 6, 2006 Inside trading by those of Public Trust. John Ashcroft and William Sessions join Digital Ally for legal advisory decisions and everybody join in on the inside trading. Digital Ally LEAWOOD, Kansas (October 5, 2006) - Digital Ally, Inc. (Pink Sheets: DGLY). Digital Ally manufactures the most intrusive domestic surveillance devices including x-ray devices that can radiate through the sides of a tracker trailer looking for human trafficking.

At the same time, disabled students are transferred over state lines a to work on slave farms from a decade, while employers pocket their social security checks in public view.

History has shown how dangerous these groups are. There are no limits to what they will do to achieve and hold elite status over the people including violence. History Repeats, they win you lose everything.

Most unfortunately, right wing white supremacy groups still thrive in Texas, as they did in the 1960s, whether they are Tea Party Anti-Government groups, or evangelical religious groups. These right wing groups are supported by Texas Governor Rick Perry, backed by 4,500 bias right wing Republican appointees, some embedded in the supreme court of Texas.

60 percent of Texans suspended before high school graduation
By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout - Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Citation: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lo...

"A new study by the by the Council of State Governments finds that 60 percent of Texan students were suspended, expelled or faced in-school suspensions by the time they graduated high school"

"African-American students and those with particular educational disabilities experience a disproportionately high rate of removal from the classroom for disciplinary reasons," study author Mike Thompson told NPR. Seventy percent of black female students were expelled or suspended, compared to 37 percent of white girls, he said."

Texas Governor Rick Perry Evangelical Church Hate Group
Re-post 2011

Texas Leadership is promoting a religious hate group that should be targeted by Obama's "New Laser Focus." 'The new strategy will focus on such adherents inside the US, whom Brennan described as "individuals, sometimes with little or no direct physical contact with Al Qaeda, who have succumbed to its hateful ideology." Anti-Muslim groups succumb to the hateful ideologies of Al Qaeda and become dangerous persons such as the recent statement of Mark Stroman executed yesterday evening at 8:36pm.

Religion has no place in Government, in all other things in God We Trust!

This is not a situation peaceful deliberation can resolve such issues- The United States Justice Department Must Take Action!

Perry's army (Who declared Open War Against the United States) of God have succumb to the hateful teachings of Al-Quida; although, they are not directly linked to the organisation. The Old Testament Bible for these groups is the same Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths.

We are now seeing the effects directly link to Hate Religious groups in Texas Government that promote discriminatory practices with 4,500 bias appointees that must submit to Perry's Hateful ideologies.

The following credible news sources tale the story. Government has no place for Religion especially those of Racist, and Anti-non Evangelical Christens groups that the Governor of Texas has just proclaimed himself a Profit or the leader of such hateful ideologies as follows:

Rick Perry's Army of God Texas Observer
Forest wilder: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Citation: http://www.texasobserver.org/c...

A little-known movement of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets wants to infiltrate government, and Rick Perry might be their man.

In Texas, they engage in elaborate ceremonies involving branding irons, plumb lines and stakes inscribed with biblical passages driven into the earth of every Texas county.

If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldst be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government.

The New Prophets Racist, Anti-Muslim, Anti non-Evangelical Christian Hate Group

Evangelical Christian Hate Group:  believe Christians-certain Christians-are destined to not just take "dominion" over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the "Seven Mountains" of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they're intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they're leading an "army of God" to commandeer civilian government.

The Response has engendered widespread criticism of its deliberate blurring of church and state and for the involvement of the American Family Association, labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its leadership's homophobic and anti-Muslim statements. But it's the involvement of New Apostolic leaders that's more telling about Perry's convictions and campaign strategy.

This is not a situation peaceful deliberation can resolve such issues and the Justice Department Must Take Action- Now!

Texas Governor Rick Perry Evangelical Church Hate Group

Texas Leadership is promoting a religious hate group that should be targeted by Obama's "New Laser Focus." 'The new strategy will focus on such adherents inside the US, whom Brennan described as "individuals, sometimes with little or no direct physical contact with Al Qaeda, who have succumbed to its hateful ideology."

Anti-Muslim groups succumb to the hateful ideologies of Al Qaeda and become dangerous persons such as the recent statement of Mark Stroman executed yesterday evening at 8:36pm.

Religion has no place in Government, in all other things in God We Trust!

We are now seeing the effects directly link to Hate Religious groups in Texas Government that promote discriminatory practices with 4,500 bias appointees that must submit to Perry's Hateful ideologies.

The following credible news sources tale the story. Government has no place for Religion especially those of Racist, and Anti-non Evangelical Christens groups that the Governor of Texas has just proclaimed himself a Profit or the leader of such hateful ideologies as follows:

Rick Perry's Army of God Texas Observer
Forest wilder: Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Citation: http://www.texasobserver.org/c...

A little-known movement of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets wants to infiltrate government, and Rick Perry might be their man.

In Texas, they engage in elaborate ceremonies involving branding irons, plumb lines and stakes inscribed with biblical passages driven into the earth of every Texas county.

If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldn't be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government.

The new prophets Racist, Anti-Muslim, Anti non-Evangelical Christian Hate Group

Evangelical Christian Hate Group:  believe Christians-certain Christians-are destined to not just take "dominion" over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the "Seven Mountains" of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they're intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they're leading an "army of God" to commandeer civilian government.

The Response has engendered widespread criticism of its deliberate blurring of church and state and for the involvement of the American Family Association, labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its leadership's homophobic and anti-Muslim statements. But it's the involvement of New Apostolic leaders that's more telling about Perry's convictions and campaign strategy.

Most unfortunately, right wing white supremacy groups still thrive in Texas, as they did in the 1960s, whether they are Tea Party Anti-Government groups, or evangelical religious groups. These right wing groups are supported and/or led by Texas Governor Rick Perry, backed by 4,500 bias right wing Republican appointees, some embedded in the supreme court of Texas.

Commission Exhibit No. 2095-Continued

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8i9G...

Commission Exhibit 2096 Page 257

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6GOr...

Compiled and written by G N O'Dell 11/19/2013

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Agenda 21 Paranoia Infiltrates Republican Primary Over "UN Takeover" of Alamo


by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 04:32 PM CDT

Texas Land Commissioner and open carry advocate Jerry Patterson was compelled to issue an official response to a conspiracy theorist he shared the stage with at a gun rally at the Alamo in late October. Alex Jones' website infowars.com claimed that the, "blue UN flag may fly above the historic shrine of liberty once it falls under UN control," and the rumor quickly made its way across the right-wing blogosphere.

Despite spectacular and erroneous reports to the contrary, the Alamo is not being turned over to the United Nations - or anyone else for that matter. - Jerry Patterson

It's unfortunate that Patterson, also a candidate for Lt. Governor, has found himself catering and answer to the conspiracy wing of his party, but it's a good example of why you should not exploit fear for politics. Patterson tried to distance himself from Jones by saying, "I'm not one of these people that thinks someone's gonna come knocking on my door and take my guns," but ultimately as Land Commissioner he was responsible for the event, and the perpetuation of the gun-grabbing govern-myth.

The Constitution gives Americans "the right to bear arms," but if you are going to walk around like a part of the militia, it also gives the government the right to ensure it is, "well-regulated."

See below the jump for what Alex Jones had to say about Jerry Patterson and why this is a bad strategy for the GOP to reach Hispanics...

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Efforts To Repeal San Antonio's LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Fails


by: Omar Araiza

Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT

The drive to repeal San Antonio's recently passed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance has failed.

A group of churches (According to The Archdiocese of San Antoniono, none were Catholic Churches) opposed to the NDO sought to collect over 60,000 signatures, the number of names needed to place the ordinance on a citywide ballot for voters in 2015. They had exactly 40 days after the city council approved the measure to meet their deadline. The religious groups did not mention how many signatures they ultimately managed to collect.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro responded immediately after the petition failed:

"I'm glad people can move on from divisive attempts to undo an ordinance that was always commonsense about treating everybody the same," Castro said.

The hotly debated ordinance gained national attention after a secret recording of City Councilwoman Elisa Chan was released with very homophobic and transphobic remarks. This was also one of Castro's largest priorities since his DNC speech last year. Many wanted to see the rising national figure in action.

Read more about the ordinance, including Wendy Davis' bigger hopes for the law, below the jump.

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San Antonio City Council Votes to Pass LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance, A Victory for Equality


by: Omar Araiza

Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:30 PM CDT

The San Antonio City Council voted to pass the non-discrimination proposal authored by City Councilman Diego Bernal and Mayor Julian Castro.

Starting at least 15 years ago, the local LGBT community has sought to add sexual orientation and gender identity to groups protected from discrimination. Two serious attempts in 1998 and 2011 to get non-discrimination laws to cover LGBT rights failed to pass.

After a long and hard fought struggle, the LGBT community and straight allies of San Antonio can finally claim victory.

The final vote was 8-3, putting the ordinance into effect immediately.

"This ordinance fundamentally is about ensuring that whether you are white or black, whether you are Christian or Jew, whether you are straight or gay, San Antonio belongs to you too," said Castro. "This is a city that belongs to everyone. This ordinance is about saying there are no second-class citizens in San Antonio."

Read statements made by the council members, and what brought us here today after the jump.

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Passions Erupt as San Antonio Citizens Meet to Discuss LGBT Ordinance at City-Wide Meeting


by: Omar Araiza

Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 01:00 PM CDT

As the rest of the country took part in gatherings to commemorate the 50th-year anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, the people of San Antonio gathered to debate the civil rights of their city's LGBT community.

Nearly 500 people filled the San Antonio City Council Chambers yesterday afternoon, as people from both sides of the issue passionately gave testimony on behalf of their beliefs.

The hotly debated ordinance -- which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of city's protected classes -- gained national attention earlier this month after a secret recording of City Councilwoman Elisa Chan was released by one of her former staff. In the recording you can hear Chan's very disturbing homophobic and transphobic beliefs, and her true reasons for why she opposes protecting the city's LGBT community from discrimination.

Now, the city of San Antonio has turned into the country's next battleground for LGBT rights.

Read more about yesterday's meeting, and the aftermath that has occurred since the secret recording was released.

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Joaquin And Julian Castro Out on The National Road, Hint At Future White House Aspirations


by: Omar Araiza

Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 03:30 PM CDT


San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, left, and U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, right.
Twin politicians, U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, (D-San Antonio), and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, have been making their presence known across the country through this year's Democratic Party's national speaking circuit.

The young, charismatic brothers -- who Democrats projected upon the national stage through Julian Castro's keynote speech in the 2012 Democratic National Convention -- will by the end of October have appeared at major functions in at least 11 states outside Texas, and as guests in the sets of national TV programs like NBC's "Meet the Press" and ABC's "This Week."

If all of this brings about feelings of déjà vu, it might be because after his own DNC speech in 2004, then-State Senator Barack Obama began to highlight many national fundraisers, which allowed him to build a national donor and activist network. That same year, Obama went on to be elected as U.S. Senator of Illinois, and then as President of the United States in 2008 -- becoming the first biracial candidate to ever hold the presidency.

Is this the future that awaits the Castro brothers? Will either Julian or Joaquin Castro soon make history by becoming the first Hispanic-American elected as President of the United States?

Read more about what the two brothers have been up to after the jump.

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