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OH NO SHE DIDN’T: Sarah Fowlkes: This Bad Teacher is All Smiles After Student-Sex Bust 

Yaro Steinbuch reports:  Married Texas teacher Sarah Fowlkes couldn’t wipe the smile off her face for her mugshot after being accused of romping with a 17-year-old student, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Fowlkes, 26, was suspended from her job as an anatomy and physiology teacher at Lockhart High School after turning herself in to police Monday – hours after celebrating her birthday with her hubby.

The beaming blonde allegedly engaged in “sexual content with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire” of the student, the Daily Star reported.

Detectives launched the investigation on March 10 after getting a tip from a school administrator. The probe led them to the boy, who had been in touch with Fowlkes, cops said.

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[VIDEO] BOY HOWDY: Super Bowl Brings Economic Surge to Houston

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ASTRODOME - DOMED STADIUM GROUNDBREAKING JAN. 3, 1962, HARRIS COUNTY TEXAS. NO IDs ON THE MEN. HOUCHRON CAPTION (08/04/2002): At the 1962 groundbreaking, civic leaders eschewed shovels in favor of Colt. 45s. HOUCHRON CAPTION (08/16/2003): At the January 1962 groundbreaking ceremony for the Harris County Domed Stadium, civic leaders eschewed shovels in favor of Colt 45s.

ASTRODOME – DOMED STADIUM GROUNDBREAKING JAN. 3, 1962, HARRIS COUNTY TEXAS. At the January 1962 groundbreaking ceremony for the Harris County Domed Stadium, civic leaders eschewed shovels in favor of Colt 45s.

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[VIDEO] The Gift of Apollo

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[VIDEO] University of Houston Professor Agrees to Hand Out ‘Emotional First-Aid Kits,’ Balks at Pacifiers, Prefers Thumb-Sucking

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James O’Keefe gets professor to agree to help him hand out blankets, stuffed animals to college students.

 reports: An assistant professor at the University of Houston recently agreed to distribute “emotional first-aid kits” to students, apparently not realizing it was a satirical ploy by James O’Keefe.

  • A University of Houston professor agreed to distribute “emotional first-aid kits” to students, apparently not realizing it was a satirical ploy by James O’Keefe.

  • The emotional first-aid kits contain a baby blanket, chocolates, a plush kitten, a bag containing the smell of lavender, ear plugs, a genderless pastel teddy bear, hand written notes, and a pacifier.

  • Prof. Schindler did, however, express reservations about the pacifiers, which she feared might be taken the wrong way, and suggested advising students to suck their thumbs instead.

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The video features several prominent conservative movement opinion leaders, including VICE co-founder Gavin McInnes and Fox News contributor Guy Benson, who act out the roles and sarcastically repeat the quotes from the university officials to highlight the absurdities that students face on college campuses today.

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O’Keefe, who is undercover in the Project Veritas video, claims he is a member of the “99.9 percent,” a group created for students who are “emotionally disturbed by opinions which differ from their own.” His correspondent, Philosophy department advisor Bobbie Sue Schindler, agreed without hesitation to the idea of “emotional first-aid kits,” even offering her assistance to help assemble them.

“The stress of school gets to them, like a bad grade, a missed class, being late, a microaggression, uh whatever…”

“The stress of school gets to them,” Schindler observed to O’Keefe regarding the emotional distress that students face, “like a bad grade, a missed class, being late, a microaggression, uh whatever…”

[Read the full text here, at campusreform.org]

To help students deal with such burdens, the emotional first-aid kits contain a baby blanket, chocolates, a plush kitten, a bag containing the smell of lavender, ear plugs, a genderless pastel teddy bear, hand written notes, and a pacifier. Read the rest of this entry »


Space History: The Brilliant, Funny Computer Code Behind the Apollo 11 Mission

From their key positions in this control center at Goddard, the Manned Space Flight Network operations director and staff controlled Apollo mission communications activities throughout a far-flung worldwide complex of stations. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The code was written in the late ’60s by Margaret Hamilton and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Instrumentation Laboratory for the Apollo Guidance Computer.

Paul Smith writes: NASA’s Apollo 11 mission—the mission that put human beings on the moon for the first time—was launched in 1969, the year after I was born. My early Christmas presents were giant kids’ books full of pictures of that giant Saturn V rocket launching into space, the command and lunar modules, and of guys in bulky space suits walking on the moon. The first intelligible answer I gave to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was, “Astronaut.”

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I did not end up becoming an astronaut.

Computers also captured my attention at an early age, and now I work as a developer for Slate. But my fascination with space endures—so needless to say, I was pretty excited when I heard that the source code for Apollo 11’s computer guidance systems was uploaded on July 8 to Github, a popular site used by programmers to share code and collaboratively build software. Anyone can now read the actual lines of programming code used to land men on the moon.

[Read the full story here, at slate.com]

The code was written in the late ’60s by Margaret Hamilton and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Instrumentation Laboratory for the Apollo Guidance Computer.

“I have no idea what a DVTOTAL is, but I’m pretty sure that by BURNBABY, they mean ‘launch a 300-foot rocket ship into space.’ And how totally and completely freaking awesome is that?”

The code is pretty inscrutable to casual inspection: It’s not written in a programming language recognizable to modern coders. But Hamilton and her team wrote comments in their code (just like I do when I write code for Slate’s website) to help remind them what’s going on in a given spot in the program. Those parts are surprisingly readable. Here’s a block of code from a file called BURN_BABY_BURN–MASTER_IGNITION_ROUTINE.s (really, that’s what it’s called):

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So, clearly, “don’t forget to clean out leftover DVTOTAL data when GROUP 4 RESTARTS and then BURN, BABY!” I have no idea what a DVTOTAL is, but I’m pretty sure that by BURNBABY, they mean “launch a 300-foot rocket ship into space.” And how totally and completely freaking awesome is that?

Altogether, with comments and some added copyright headers, the AGC code adds up to about 2 megabytes—a teeny tiny fraction of the amount of code packed into an Apple Watch. Read the rest of this entry »


Cocaine Found Inside Barrels of Hot Sauce

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13 Tons of Cocaine Linked to Sinaloa Cartel 

A Mexican cartel allegedly tried to smuggle 13 tons of cocaine by hiding it in barrels of hot sauce.

“The Mexican government was tipped off to the cocaine-laced ‘salsa picante’ through intelligence work among different government branches.”

According to the website Blog del Narco, the Mexican navy found the barrels full of zesty condiment and cocaine in Manzanillo, Colimo, about 500 miles west of Mexico City. The drugs are believed to belong to the Sinaloa Cartel.

[SEE ALSO: ‘El Chapo’ is still behind bars, but Twitter users showed preparedness amid rumors of a third escape]

Blog del Narco reports the drugs were found inside a container from Ecuador and were bound for the port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa.

The Mexican government was tipped off to the cocaine-laced “salsa picante” through intelligence work among different government branches.

When the barrels were recovered by authorities isn’t clear. Blog del Narco’s report on the 13 tons of cocaine taken by authorities was published Wednesday.

[SEE ALSO: Released Mexican drug lord trying to get back into business]

The blog also reports that on Tuesday, the Mexican navy found 33 packages of cocaine floating in the water, off the coast of Chiapas, near Guatemala.

Blog del Narco reports the cocaine recovered in Chiapas weighed almost 2,000 pounds and could fetch up to $810 million, according to the Mexican government. Read the rest of this entry »


Massive LGBT Turnout for Free Training Course Surprises Local Shooting Range

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HOUSTON – Ryan Korsgard reports: It was a unique offer by the Shiloh Shooting Range in northwest Harris County, just days after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Shiloh offered free gun classes to the LGBT community and hundreds of people responded.

“We learned gun safety,” said Jared Anthony. “We learned that it’s not … it’s a big responsibility. If you do carry, it’s something that you do need to take seriously. You are providing … you’re providing a service to the community really.”

Anthony was one of the more than 300 people who responded to Shiloh’s offer of free concealed carry classes. The calls kept coming.

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“Everybody has been so excited about being able to come out and do this. And it’s been a great learning experience for not only my community but for their community as well. They’re learning about their rights and learning about the License to Carry Class and they’re absolutely thrilled to take it.”

“They’re not necessarily what we’ve been told and we’re not necessarily what they’ve been told,” said Shiloh owner Jeff Sanford.

He said the classes broke barriers. In the first class, he said 60 of 62 who signed up showed up. He said that was a record for a free class. Read the rest of this entry »


UPDATE: Houston Voters Uphold Conventional Restroom Arrangement, Reject Mandatory Gender-Blending Ordinance

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No Men in Women’s Bathrooms: Those Crazy, Unfair, Radical, Houston Gender Traditionalists!

HOUSTON — Juan A. Lozano reports: An ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston failed to win approval from voters on Tuesday.

[Also see — The Bathroom, Locker Room, and Shower Wars and the 2016 Presidential Election at The Corner]

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was rejected after a nearly 18-month battle that spawned rallies, legal fights and accusations of both religious intolerance and demonization of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Supporters of the ordinance had said it would have offered increased protections for gay and transgender people, as well as protections against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories. Read the rest of this entry »


Houston: Trans-Delusional Men’s ‘Equal Rights’ Access to Women’s Restrooms Bill Failing in Early Voting Election Results

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Katherine Driessen reports: Early voting results show Houston’s equal rights ordinance failing by a wide margin, with 62.5 percent of voters opting to repeal the law and 37.5 percent supporting the embattled ordinance.

“Businesses that serve the public, private employers, housing and city contracting are all subject to the law and face up to $5,000 in fines for violations. Religious institutions, however, are exempt. The ordinance was in effect for only three months between extensive legal challenges.”

Those results include 134,074 early voting and mail ballots but do not reflect turnout at the polls Tuesday.

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[Also see – FEDS RULE TO FORCE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TO UNDRESS NEXT TO NAKED BOYS WHO THINK THEY’RE GIRLS]

The hotly contested election has spurred national attention, drawing comment from the White House and the state’s top officials.  Largely conservative opponents of the law allege that it would allow men dressed as women, including sexual predators, to enter women’s restrooms.  Supporters of the law, including Mayor Annise Parker, argue that it extends an important local recourse for a range of protected classes to respond to discrimination.

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At opponents’ watch party in the Galleria, campaign spokesman Jared Woodfill and others erupted in cheers as the early voting results were posted.

“It’s going down,” Woodfill said. ” It’s over. Our message worked.” Read the rest of this entry »


Multiple People Trapped Beneath Scaffolding Collapse in Downtown Houston 

At least six construction workers have been injured in a huge scaffolding collapse in downtown Houston.

“We are monitoring the situation very closely and working alongside authorities as we try to determine the cause of this accident. In the mean time, we are grateful to the first responders on the scene and praying that everyone is OK.”

The accident occurred just after 11am at a luxury apartment building under construction at 300 Crawford at Commerce, near Minute Maid Park.

A huge scaffolding collapsed at an apartment building under construction near Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston.

HFD Captain Ruy Lozano says six workers have been pulled from the rubble and have been transported to area hospitals. Capt. Lozano describes the injuries as non life-threatening, but significant.

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Capt. Lozano says a secondary collapse is not only possible, but highly likely. Onlookers are being moved back due to fears of further collapse.

Witness Julio Zavala says he heard the collapse and ran toward the scene, where he helped pull at least one victim from the twisted metal.com Read the rest of this entry »


WTC Tribute in Light: Never Forget

Today marks the 14th anniversary of terrorist attacks in the US

Source: Houston’s MIX 96-5


[VIDEO] Why Don’t the Left’s ‘Civility’ Rules Apply to #BlackLivesMatter Protesters?

Breathtaking: Richard Fowler Repeats Cuckoo Bananas Lefty Smear that Mass Murderer Jared Loughner was a Tea Partier.

Allapundit writes:

…By the standards of Democratic demagoguery after Gabby Giffords was shot, the left owns every drop of blood spilled by cop-killers since BLM got going. Remember, the argument at the time wasn’t that Jared Loughner had read or heard some particular bit of right-wing invective that had inspired him to shoot Giffords.

“Why were so many on the left so quick to tie a few comments made by alleged tea party members to the entire tea party?!”

The argument was that the sheer accumulation of lefty-bashing by the right, from talk radio to Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs” map to signs carried at tea-party rallies, had somehow created an “atmosphere” of rage that Loughner had tapped into as permission to murder a member of Congress.

“Even here, with Kelly demanding accountability from the left for its double standard on incendiary rhetoric, the lie that the tea party somehow bears responsibility for Giffords’s near-murder slides easily into the conversation.”

It’s the same argument the left uses when it tries to shift blame for JFK’s assassination from fellow traveler Lee Harvey Oswald to the anti-Kennedy Birchers in Dallas. Rage towards the left and its agenda is the true criminal offense. Pinning it to an actual crime, regardless of who committed it, to make accomplices of all conservatives is a formality.

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That’s why, to answer Kelly’s question, the “atmosphere” of rage towards cops promoted by BLM can’t similarly be said to have influenced the degenerates who have been murdering officers: Rules of civility that are designed to criminalize opposition to liberalism can’t be applied to a left-wing movement, no matter how overtly violent their rhetoric (“pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon”) gets.

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“It’s the same argument the left uses when it tries to shift blame for JFK’s assassination from fellow traveler Lee Harvey Oswald to the anti-Kennedy Birchers in Dallas.”

In fact, incredible as it may seem, at about two-thirds of the way in here the guy debating Katie Pavlich (and Kelly) actually repeats the lefty smear that Loughner was a tea partier. Pavlich tries to call him on it but he doesn’t miss a beat.  Read the rest of this entry »


Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Houston Sheriff’s Deputy 

This image taken from video surveillance provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows a suspect in the death of Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot several times while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said that surveillance video shows there were people at the gas station and asked that they reach out with any information that could lead to the man who ambushed Goforth. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The officer was shot from behind while filling up his vehicle

Officials say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman was scheduled to hold a news conference at 4:30 p.m. CDT to discuss the arrest.

Officials with the sheriff’s office declined to comment on details of the arrest or what charge the suspect might face until the news conference….(read more)

Source: TIME


Texas Deputy Executed Days After Black Radical Group Calls for Killing Cops

HOUSTON, Texas — A Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot execution style at a gas station while reportedly in full uniform. The deputy was filling up his patrol car. Witnesses told Breitbart Texas the shooter shot the deputy in the back of the head and then three times in the back. This tragedy comes within days of a group of Black radicals calling for “lynching whites and killing cops,” as Breitbart Texas recently reported. Witnesses also told Breitbart Texas that the shooter was a black male…(read more)

Source: Breitbart.com


[VIDEO] REASON TV: Whole Foods’ John Mackey: Why Intellectuals Hate Capitalism

They’re jealous, he says, they side with rulers, and they don’t understand how markets work.

 &  “Intellectuals have always disdained commerce” says Whole Foods Market co-founder John Mackey. They “have always sided…with the aristocrats to maintain a society where the businesspeople were kind of kept down.”

More than any other outlet, Whole Foods has reconfigured what and how America eats and the chain’s commitment to high-quality meats, produce, cheeses, and wines is legendary. Since opening his first store in Austin, Texas in 1980, Mackey now oversees operations around the globe and 51YVrzR5lBL._SL250_continues to set the pace for what’s expected in organic and sustainably raised and harvested food.

Check out the book “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” at Amazon.com]

Because of Whole Foods’ trendy customer base and because Mackey is himself a vegan and champions collaboration between management and workers, it’s easy to mistake Mackey for a progressive left-winger. Indeed, an early version of Jonah Goldberg‘s best-selling 2008 book Liberal Fascism even bore the subtitle “The Totalitarian Temptation from Mussolini to Hillary Clinton and The Totalitarian Temptation from Hegel to Whole Foods.”

[See more at Reason.com]

Yet nothing could be further from the truth—and more distorting of the radical vision of capitalism at the heart of Mackey’s thought. A high-profile critic of the minimum wage, Obamacare, and the regulatory state, Mackey believes that free markets are the best way not only to raise living standards but also to explore new ways of building community and creating meaning for individuals and society.

[Order Jonah Goldberg’s book “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning”  from Amazon]

At the same time, he challenges all sorts of libertarian dogma, including the notion that publicly traded companies should always seek to exclusively maximize shareholder value. Conscious Capitalism, the book he co-authored with Rajendra Sisodia, lays out a detailed case for Mackey’s vision of a post-industrial capitalism that addresses spiritual desire as much as physial need. Read the rest of this entry »


Messing With Texas: Dozens of Cars, Homes Vandalized with Anti-Semitic Graffiti in San Antonio Jewish Community

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More than 30 cars and homes were tagged with hateful graffiti

SAN ANTONIO — Mark D. Wilson reports: A Jewish community on the North Side woke to widespread anti-Semitic vandalism Wednesday morning that included spray-painted swastikas, “KKK” lettering and other hateful slurs.

“This is where we walk our children for learning, for synagogue, where families congregate and gather to strengthen their relationship with God and with one another.”

— Winslow Swart, board member at Rodfei Sholom

“(We are) saddened and outraged,” said Howard Feinberg, a board member of the Rodfei Sholom Congregation, located near Northwest Military Drive and Huebner Road. “When we were finishing our morning prayers around 7 a.m., we became aware that in the neighborhood around our synagogue, there was a lot of graffiti of the anti-Semitic and racial nature.”

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Most of the graffiti was found painted on signs, cars, homes, fences and memorials on Sholom Drive and Sholom Place surrounding the Orthodox synagogue, which serves about 300 families, many of whom live nearby.

More than 30 cars and homes were tagged with hateful graffiti sometime overnight, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

An anti-Semitic crime has not been reported in San Antonio in the past two years, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a national group that tracks such incidents.

“This is where we walk our children for learning, for synagogue, where families congregate and gather to strengthen their relationship with God and with one another,” said Winslow Swart, another board member at Rodfei Sholom, over the hum of a pressure washer cutting through graffiti.

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The ADL reported a total of 912 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2014, marking a 21 percent increase from 2013, according to the organization’s 2014 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents.

Rabbi Arnold Scheinberg said members of the congregation first noticed a car that appeared to have been broken into, then, they noticed the swastikas.

“Right away, we realized we had this vandalism,” he said, adding that at least one vehicle had a large rock thrown through the driver-side window.

Most of the graffiti was found painted on signs, cars, homes, fences and memorials on Sholom Drive and Sholom Place surrounding the Orthodox synagogue, which serves about 300 families, many of whom live nearby.

More graffiti was found in the Oak Meadow subdivision across Northwest Military, Feinberg said.

Dena Marks, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that while anti-Semitic or racist graffiti is not out of the ordinary in the U.S., Wednesday’s neighborhood-wide vandalism seems to be larger in scale than what is normally reported.

[Read the full story here, at San Antonio Express-News]

The ADL reported a total of 912 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2014, marking a 21 percent increase from 2013, according to the organization’s 2014 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents.

Last year, there were five total incidents in the ADL’s Southwest Region, which stretches from El Paso to Orange and south to the border, said Marks, who is based in Houston. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Fifth Planned Parenthood Video: Negotiating ‘Intact’ Fetuses

Melissa Farrell discusses contributing to the organization’s ‘diversification of the revenue stream’ and the potential to ‘get creative’ with conditions for procurement needs.

Jesse Byrnes  reports:

…In the fifth video from the Center for Medical Progress, a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses contributing to the organization’s “diversification of the revenue stream” and the potential to “get creative” with conditions for procurement needs. The video was reportedly filmed this past April at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas.

“Just depending on the patient’s anatomy, how many weeks, where it’s placed in the uterus…we’re going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact, and then some that will not be.”

— — Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

“Just depending on the patient’s anatomy, how many weeks, where it’s placed in the uterus … we’re going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact, and then some that will not be,” she said.

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“If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean, it’s all just a matter of line items.”

— Melissa Farrell

“But it’s something that we can look at exploring how we can make that happen so we have a higher chance,” she adds.

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“And we’ve had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this. So we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”

— Melissa Farrell

“And we’ve had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this. So we deviate from our standard in order to do that,” the Planned Parenthood official says in the latest video.

[Read the full text here, at TheHill]

“If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean, it’s all just a matter of line items,” she adds later. Read the rest of this entry »


Apollo 11 Astronauts Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong Returned Safely from the Moon, 46 Years Ago Today

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As Dave in Texas notes, it was a mere 66 years from Kitty Hawk to the moon.


Homecoming Queen Swept Away In Floodwaters Coming Home From Prom

“She did the right things. She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.”

— Roberta Ramirez, Alyssa’s aunt

This picture taken on November 14, 2010

Read more here…

[CBS Houston]


Josh Gelernter: Americans in Space

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Fifty years ago next month, Ed White made America’s first space walk

Josh Gelernter writes: We’re coming up to the 50th anniversary of one of the best-known photographs in history: astronaut Ed White floating in space with a gem-like blue Earth floating beneath him. Ed White made America’s first space walk on the first day of NASA’s Gemini 4 mission, June 3, 1965. Ed White, 1101650611_400tethered to the Gemini capsule by a gold hose, was on the cover of Life; White and his photographer, Gemini 4 commander Jim McDivitt, were on the cover of Time.

[Read the full text here, at National Review]

White and McDivitt were both members of NASA’s second astronaut class, the “New Nine,” who followed the original “Mercury Seven.” The New Nine are generally considered the all-time greatest group of astronauts. They included Frank Borman, who commanded the first flight to the moon, Apollo 8, and Jim Lovell, who navigated Apollo 8 and commanded Apollo 13. Lovell was the first man to fly in space four times, and the first to fly to the moon twice.

Also: Pete Conrad, who commanded the first American space station and the second moon landing, and Tom Stafford, the pilot for the first space-rendezvous mission (Gemini 6A), the commander of the “dress rehearsal” for the first moon landing (Apollo 10), and the commander of the first joint American–Soviet space mission, Apollo–Soyuz.

Astronaut Ed White making first American space walk, 120 miles above the Pacific Ocean.

Astronaut Ed White making first American space walk, 120 miles above the Pacific Ocean.

And John Young, who flew on the first Gemini mission, flew to the moon twice, on Apollo 10 and Apollo 16, which he commanded; commanded the first Space Shuttle flight and the first Spacelab mission, and became the first man to fly in space six times. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Garland Shooting: Texas Imam Wants Free Speech Law Changed


BREAKING: Texas House Gives Final OK to Open Carry of Handguns, Bitches


Astrodome Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Howard Chen reports: The Astrodome still holds a special place in the hearts of Houston sports fans. Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the first game ever played there.

“In ’97, seeing that place go crazy, in ’98, seeing that place go crazy, in ’99, we had 50-something-thousand people there, with the additions that they made for the football stadium, it doesn’t get any bigger than that for a baseball field.”

— Newly-elected Hall of Famer Craig Biggio

It was an exhibition contest on April 9, 1965 in which the Astros beat the Yankees 2-1 in 12 innings.

More recently, the Astrodome was home to the Astros during three years making the playoffs from 1997-1999. Newly-elected Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was a stalwart on those teams and played over a decade in the building known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

“In ’97, seeing that place go crazy, in ’98, seeing that place go crazy, in ’99, we had 50-something-thousand people there, with the additions that they made for the football stadium, it doesn’t get any bigger than that for a baseball field,” Biggio said. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] Gemini Mission Control, 1965

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Gemini Mission Control

Overall view of the Mission Control Center (MCC), Houston, Texas, during the Gemini 5 flight. Note the screen at the front of the MCC which is used to track the progress of the Gemini spacecraft.

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Family’s Pet Goat Killed, Skinned

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TANGIPAHORA PARISH, La. (CBS Houston) – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office says a family’s pet goat has been skinned and killed.

Authorities said it happened last weekend and the goat was left behind so the family could see it.

“Whenever I got close, I saw hooves and white fur and I was just horrified because why would somebody do this to our pet animal?”

“Come here baby,” Debbie Perret told WVUE-TV, as she petted another goat.

Perret says her family loves animals and that they are heartbroken over what happened to their goat.

“We bottle-fed them, Billy and Lilly, they were very bonded to each other,” Perret told WVUE.

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Perret told the station that she noticed something outside when she woke up Sunday.

“I noticed my dog outside was pulling something that looked almost like a blanket, which – we didn’t have any blankets out there, just the hay,” she told WVUE.

 “Somebody took her, killed her. I don’t even want to think about what they did to her – and then made a point of coming back a second time to flaunt what they had done, make a point of leaving her hide.”

Perret went on to say that she sent her 14-year-old son out to investigate.

“He started hollering, ‘it’s Lilly, it’s Lilly,’” Perret said.

The goat was found by the swing set that the family has in their backyard. Read the rest of this entry »


Federal Judge Issues Order Temporarily Blocking Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

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HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has granted a request by a coalition of 26 states to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration while its lawsuit to permanently stop the order goes through the courts.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granted a preliminary injunction Monday, after hearing arguments at a hearing in Brownsville, Texas, in January.

The federal government is expected to appeal Hanen’s ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Justice Department had no immediate comment.

Obama’s executive action aims to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Hanen’s ruling isn’t expected to have any immediate effect as the first of Obama’s orders is not set to come into action until Feb. 18.

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‘Tumbling End Over End’: Gemini VIII, 1966

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Dave Scott (left) and Neil Armstrong breathe the fresh air of Earth as the hatches of Gemini VIII are opened after splashdown. Photo Credit: NASA

[Also see – ‘A Finite Number of Heartbeats’: The Trauma of Gemini VIII (Part 1)]

Ben Evans writes: Gemini VIII astronauts Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott accomplished a key goal in America’s bid to land a man on the Moon by successfully rendezvousing and docking with an unmanned Agena target vehicle in Earth orbit. As noted in part 1 AmericaSpace article, it was the first time that a manned vehicle had achieved physical contact with another target in space. However, the situation aboard Gemini VIII was far from perfect. A distinct lack of available gemini-8-launch-377x800tracking stations across the flight path had already resulted in decidedly “spotty” communications with the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) in Houston, Texas.

“We have serious problems here. We’re tumbling, end over end. We’re disengaged from the Agena.”

— Dave Scott

In fact, only two ship-based stations were supporting the flight, the Rose Knot Victor and the Coastal Sentry Quebec, together with a land site in Hawaii. Shortly before one loss of contact, at around 6:35 p.m. EST on 16 March 1966, Capcom Jim Lovell radioed the Gemini VIII crew. If problems arose, he told them, they should immediately deactivate the Agena with Command 400 and assume manual control with the Gemini. It was a standard call. Lovell could hardly have imagined that a potential disaster would soon engulf the mission.

Half an hour after docking with the Agena, Dave Scott instructed the target to roll them 90 degrees, and Neil Armstrong, in the commander’s seat, told Lovell that it had “gone quite well.” The call came a few seconds before Gemini VIII passed out of radio contact with the ground. Alone, the astronauts electronically activated the Agena’s tape recorder. Shortly thereafter, their attitude indicator showed that they were in an unexpected, and almost imperceptible, roll of about 30 degrees.

Neil Armstrong (left) and Dave Scott sought to fulfil many of the objectives needed to reach the Moon, including orbital rendezvous and docking. They were the only Gemini crew whose two members both walked on the Moon later in their careers. Photo Credit: NASA

Neil Armstrong (left) and Dave Scott sought to fulfil many of the objectives needed to reach the Moon, including orbital rendezvous and docking. They were the only Gemini crew whose two members both walked on the Moon later in their careers. Photo Credit: NASA

“Neil,” called Scott, “we’re in a bank.” Were the Agena’s attitude controls misbehaving? Or was it a problem with the target vehicle’s software? Certainly, Gemini VIII’s own thrusters were now switched off and the assumption could safely be made that the Agena was at fault. What they did not know was that one of their thrusters—the No. 8 thruster—had short-circuited and stuck into its “on” position. Unaware, Scott cut off the Agena’s thrusters, whilst Armstrong reactivated the Gemini’s thrusters in an attempt to stop the roll and bring the combination under control.

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For a few minutes, his effort succeeded.

Gradually, the craft stabilized. Then, as Armstrong started to reorient them into their correct position, the unwanted motions resumed … albeit much faster than before and along all three axes. Perplexed, the men jiggled the Agena’s control switches, then those of the Gemini, on and off, in a fruitless attempt to isolate the problem. Glancing at his instrument panel, Scott noticed that their craft’s attitude propellant had dropped to just 30 percent. At this stage, it dawned on the astronauts that the fault was with their craft. “We had to disengage from the Agena,” Scott later wrote in his memoir, Two Sides of the Moon, “and quickly.”

“Television stations began interrupting their programmes—Batman and, ironically, Lost in Space—to provide live coverage. Original plans had called for Gemini VIII to splash down in the Atlantic and be recovered by the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Boxer, but the emergency guided them instead to a point in the western Pacific, 500 miles east of Okinawa.

This posed its own problems, since both craft were rapidly rotating and could hit each other. Quickly, Scott set the Agena’s recording devices to allow flight controllers to remotely command it; a crucial step, since, after undocking, the target would otherwise be dead. “No one would ever know what the problem had been or how to fix it,” he wrote. His prompt action saved the Agena and preserved it not only for subsequent investigations, but also for a remarkable “double rendezvous” on the Gemini X mission in July. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Man Holds Hostages at Texas Hospital

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HOUSTON — Authorities say a man believed to be the father of a patient has taken at least two people hostage at a hospital near Houston. It was not immediately clear if the man was armed.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday night it believed the man was a distraught parent of a patient and at least two people were being held hostage at the Tomball Regional Medical Center. A supervisor at the county’s emergency dispatch center said the situation was in the critical care unit and began around 7 p.m….(read more)

Developing….

 ABC News


Central Texas TV Meteorologist Shot, Gunman Sought

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CBS Houston

EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities are searching for a gunman after a TV meteorologist was shot during an altercation in the Central Texas station’s parking lot.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the attack happened Wednesday morning outside KCEN-TV in Eddy, about 75 miles north of Austin. The suspect fled on foot.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the gunfire.

A message left with management at KCEN, which is the NBC affiliate in the Waco area, wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday. KCEN, on its website, identified the victim as morning meteorologist Patrick Crawford.

Trooper D.L. Wilson says the victim was in his vehicle when the suspect approached, the two argued and the station employee was shot.

Crawford was transported a hospital in Temple. A message left with the hospital wasn’t immediately returned.

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FBI: Air Marshal Attacked With Syringe In Nigeria

University Of Iowa Begins Vaccinating Students For Mumps

(AP) — The FBI says a U.S. air marshal was attacked with a syringe at a Nigerian airport.

FBI spokesman Christos Sinos said Tuesday that preliminary tests show the syringe did not contain any deadly pathogens. It’s not known what was in the syringe, but Sinos says the tests are “negative for any bad stuff.”

The air marshal was attacked Sunday at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria, a country dealing with an Ebola outbreak. Read the rest of this entry »


Man Kicks Down Door, Stabs Roommate for Being ‘Too Loud’ While Having Threesome

Photo courtesy of Antonio Flores NarcissoSAN ANTONIO (CBS Houston) — A man is accused of stabbing his roommate several times because he was being too loud while having sex with two women in his bedroom.

KENS-TV reports that 42-year-old Antonio Flores kicked down his roommate’s door for being too loud. The San Antonio Police Department revealed that Flores’ 36-year-old roommate was having sex with two women at the time.

Police say Flores grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed his roommate several times in his head, back and arms…(read more)

Note: The roommate turned 35 that day. Can’t a guy make a little noise on his birthday? He was treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to the affidavit. We suspect he’s considering getting a different roommate. Observing the mug shot photo, even without the stabbing, is that the face you’d want to see every day?

 CBS Houston


Delicioso y Estimulante Relleno! Cocaine-Stuffed Tamales Seized at Houston Airport