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Inconvenient: Obama Life Sentence Commuted Drug Dealer Arrested With a Kilo of Cocaine

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A man whose life sentence for drug distribution conspiracy was recently commuted by former President Barack Obama is back in jail after allegedly crashing his vehicle while fleeing from a drug deal.

“Because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. … Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”

— Former president Barack Obama when commuting Robert Gill

Robert Martinez Gill, 68, had his life sentence commuted by President Obama in 2015 together with coke-bustother 1,700 federal inmates as a broader strategy to give relief to nonviolent offenders serving prison for drug offenses, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

He’d served prison time for cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy since 1992. He also earned a legal education inside prison libraries and petitioned the president for a second chance after his court appeals were unsuccessful.

In a signed notification approving the commutation application in 2015, then-President Obama wrote that Gill deserves it “because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. … Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”

On Thursday, however, he was arrested in San Antonio by the police after allegedly crashing his vehicle into another motorist while fleeing from a drug deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tacoma, Washington Police Officer Shot Dead; Suspect Killed After 12-Hour Standoff

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Tacoma police officer shot dead, barricaded suspect killed

This post has been updated.

Katie Mettler reports: After a nearly 12-hour standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies in Tacoma, Wash., a 38-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer Wednesday was killed by a single bullet from a SWAT team member early Thursday morning.

“We’ve suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss. And I don’t know how to put that into words other than to say that everyone here appreciates the kind thoughts and the prayers that are going out to us.”

— police spokeswoman, Loretta Cool

The man, whose name has not been released, had barricaded himself inside a three-story home on the city’s east side late Wednesday afternoon after unleashing bullets on two Tacoma officers who had responded to the residence after reports of a verbal domestic dispute between two people.

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“They showed great patience and restraint to make sure those kids were out safe. The whole situation is horrible. We have a deceased officer, but we have a whole lot of heroic ones that went in and got those kids.”

The man’s wife and another woman were able to escape the gunfire Wednesday, reported the News Tribune, but local authorities did not say until after the suspect was killed that two young children remained inside the home throughout the extensive standoff.

The boy and the girl, believed to be aged 8 and 11, respectively, were rescued from the home by a SWAT team around 3:20 a.m. local time Thursday, and were taken to the hospital for an evaluation, authorities said.

Police knew all along that the two children were trapped inside with the gunman, but didn’t share that information with the public for “tactical reasons,” Pierce County sheriff’s detective Ed Troyer told The Washington Post.

“Our priority was to make sure those kids were safe,” Troyer said. “We weren’t going to let those children get hurt.”

Troyer couldn’t say exactly how authorities managed to pull the children to safety, but he told The Post that there were negotiators outside the home and law enforcement officers inside the home who “never left” for the duration of the standoff. The man, who was armed with multiple weapons, had barricaded himself and the two children in an upstairs bedroom and refused to let them go, Troyer said.

[Read the full story here, at The Washington Post]

The sheriff’s department SWAT team was able to rescue one of the children, Troyer said, then separate him from the second. Before he could reach his weapons, a SWAT officer fired a single, fatal round, and authorities were able to safely remove the children from the home. 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 »


Special Correspondent Robert Holguin Follows Coverage of the L.A. Cobra Panic of 2014 with Somewhat Less Dangerous Assignment


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


It’s On: Armed Militia Sets up Texas Command Center to Defend National Sovereignty

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Demonstrators on opposing sides of the immigration debate are separated by police officers Friday outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California. The town was the latest flashpoint for standoffs over the transport of illegal minor immigrants. (Associated Press) Photo by: Mark J. Terrill

For Washington TimesJessica Chasmar reports: A militia has set up a command center south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to protect the United States from the influx of illegal immigrants.

“We have patriots all across this country who are willing to sacrifice their time, their monies, even quit their jobs to come down and fight for freedom, liberty and national sovereignty.”

— Chris Davis, militia memberpatriots-website

The militia, operating via the website PatriotsInformationHotline.com, founded by Barbie Rogers, said members at the command center in Von Ormy will deploy to Laredo first and spread to other parts of the border, a local ABC affiliate reported.

“CBP appreciates the efforts of concerned citizens as they act as our eyes and ears…”

Chris Davis, the 37-year-old commander of the group, would not disclose how many members make up the militia, but said the troops would deploy “in a few weeks.”

“… Securing our nation’s borders can be dangerous. Interdicting narcotics and deterring and apprehending individuals illegally entering the U.S. requires highly trained law enforcement personnel.”

— Customs and Border Protection statement

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What is National Sovereignty?

  1. The principle of the sovereignty of states and the fundamental right of political self determination
  2. The principle of legal equality between states
  3. The principle of non-intervention of one state in the internal affairs of another state

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Medical Staff Warned: Keep Your Mouths Shut About Illegal Immigrants or Face Arrest

Security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”

For Fox NewsTodd Starnes  reports: A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.

In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.

[Immigration Enforcement Isn’t Smart, Obama Says]

“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.”

“It was a very submissive atmosphere. Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.

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Matt Drudge isn’t an alarmist, he’s just ahead of the curve

[Dem Rep: Obama can ‘heal’ migrants]

The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”
“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

“They’re going to crush the system, We can’t sustain this. They are overwhelming the system and I think it’s a travesty.”

She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired. Read the rest of this entry »


But No Pencil: Texas Student Brings AK-47, 2 Pistols and Knife to School

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bb-contributor-ktate-80x100For Breitbart.comKristin Tate reports: A 17-year-old male student brought three loaded firearms and a 12-inch knife to his San Antonio high school on April 28, a police spokesperson confirmed to Breitbart Texas. The teen suspect is a student at Madison High School.

North East Independent School District spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor told the San Antonio Express-News that weapons and additional magazines were found inside the student’s backpack. The firearms were reportedly an AK-47, a .22 caliber and .45-millimeter pistols. Chancellor said she believes that the student got the weapons from home.

“We are reviewing all legal options at this point. That includes whether or not the parents took all precautions to secure their firearms.”

— Aubrey Chancellor

The student had reportedly run away from home prior to the incident. When his parents learned their son was at school, they drove to Madison High and had a meeting with the teen and several school administrators, according to reports. Read the rest of this entry »


Reverse Wedgie: Texas Gov Candidate Wendy Davis Now Supports Open Carry Law

wendy-DGubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.

“We’ve gone from pink sneakers to red meat in a matter of months. Incredible.”

 — Charles C. W. Cooke

Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. But in a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative a state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.

Davis’ position now aligns her with her Republican gubernatorial rival, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, marking her latest effort to eliminate it as a wedge issue in the campaign.

In NRO’s The Corner this morning, Charles C. W. Cooke notes:

This is remarkable, the latest in a string of rightward moves that must have the more honest among Davis’s backers wondering why they’re bothering. Thus far, their candidate has: dropped from her website all mention of abortion, the very thing that made her famous; started to describe herself as “pro-life” in the vain hope that voters might not notice; and, worried at how she might be portrayed, taken to walking around campaign events carrying a shotgun and talking like Yosemite Sam. The policy shifts, too, have been remarkable. As her star fades and her numbers sting, Davis sounds more and more conservative, railing against state income taxes that would increase funding for public schools and promising to expand the areas in which residents could conceal-carry pistols.

But open carry? We’ve gone from pink sneakers to red meat in a matter of months. Incredible.

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The state senator from Fort Worth said such a law should allow private property owners to determine whether weapons could be openly carried on their property. She also said background checks and training requirements would “help ensure that only mentally stable, law-abiding citizens may carry, whether concealed or open.”

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But her party and influential Democratic colleagues, including a fellow state senator running for lieutenant governor, disagree.

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Atomic Age Time Capsule: New Homeowner Opens Fallout Shelter Sealed Since 1961

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(AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez

Michael Barnes writes: With effort, Craig Denham heaves open the heavy metal door.

He heads down the steep, thick concrete steps that are set in solid limestone. He takes a sharp left into the darkness, then another, before revealing an astounding time capsule preserved from the height of the Atomic Age.

In the backyard of the creative director’s mid-century modern home in West Lake Hills is a 1961 fallout shelter in near-mint condition.

Two retractable cots hang from one wall in a cramped room that is illuminated by a single light bulb. Nearby is a crank for the air shaft; across the way are spigots for water stored in tanks.

In one corner is a low, odd-looking toilet sheltered behind a plastic shower curtain.

“Probably leads right into the aquifer,” Denham, 44, joked to the Austin American-Statesman before pointing out a disabled periscope near the stairwell. “Perfect for the zombie apocalypse if it comes.”

a large tin can of crackers was found in a 1960's era bomb shelter found in the back yard of Craig Denham's back yard in West Lake Hills, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Large tin can of crackers found in a 1960’s era bomb shelter found in the back yard of Craig Denham’s back yard in West Lake Hills, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Lined on shelves of the shelter — built by a retired Air Force colonel who was also something of an inventor — are supplies and equipment for surviving a week or two underground. That was the length of time civil defense officials estimated — at least for public consumption — necessary for radioactive fallout from a nuclear bomb to clear away.

Craig Denham holds a Geiger counter standing in a 1960's era bomb shelter built in the ground of the families back yard in West Lake Hills, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Craig Denham holds a Geiger counter standing in a 1960’s era bomb shelter built in the ground of the families back yard in West Lake Hills, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Among the most chilling artifacts: a Texas highway map posted on the wall. The shelter owner had carefully drawn cross hairs over San Antonio — where U.S. military forces were concentrated — along with what appear to be trajectories for fallout drift. (Oddly, the lines fan out to the southeast, defying the prevailing Texas winds.)

“He was privy to information the public wasn’t,” Denham says of Col. E.V. Robnett Jr., who died in 1984. “And even he built one in his backyard. There must have been real concern with people’s safety.”

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The Effort to Unseat Castro

Conservatives target a rising Democratic star in Texas. 

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Betsy Woodruff reports: Two prominent Texas Democrats are waiting in the wings of their state’s party. Julian and Joaquín Castro, identical twins from San Antonio, had starring roles at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (back in the Dark Ages before Wendy Davis was a household name). Julian is the mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquín is a congressman whose district includes about half the city. At 39, the twins are rising Democratic stars. But one of them might not be for long.

If San Antonio grassroots conservative activists have their way, Julian Castro’s career in politics could be cut abruptly short. Organizers of an effort to recall the mayor say their push is picking up steam, and tell National Review that they’re confident they have a shot at voting the mayor out of office. They’re targeting him because of the passage of an anti-LGBT discrimination ordinance that conservatives worry will hamstring freedom of speech and religion. (Katrina Trinko laid out concerns about the ordinance here.)

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Free guns program launches in Houston neighborhood

HOUSTONHouston resident Cheryl Strain’s inexperience with guns was apparent as she struggled to load shells into a 20-gauge shotgun.

Over the piercing blasts of gunfire in the shooting range, Strain’s instructor, Dan Blackford, patiently directed her on how to use her thumb to shove a shell all the way inside the barrel and feel it click.

“Now we got a round in the chamber ready to go,” Blackford said as he positioned her body on the right way to hold the shotgun. “Look down your sight, put that BB right in the middle of your target and press the trigger.”

Strain’s northwest Houston community of Oak Forest is the first neighborhood in the country being trained and equipped by the Armed Citizen Project, a Houston nonprofit that is giving away free shotguns to single women and residents of neighborhoods with high crime rates.

While many cities have tried gun buy-backs and other tactics in the ongoing national debate on gun control, the nonprofit and its supporters say gun giveaways to responsible owners are actually a better way to deter crime. The organization, which plans to offer training classes in Dallas, San Antonio, and Tucson, Ariz., in the next few weeks, is working to expand its giveaways to 15 cities by the end of the year, including Chicago and New York.

But others in Houston, while expressing support for Second Amendment rights, question whether more guns will result in more gun-related deaths rather than less crime.

Residents of Oak Forest say their neighborhood, made up of older one-story houses and a growing number of new townhomes, has experienced a recent rash of driveway robberies and home burglaries. On a recent Sunday afternoon, a group of 10 residents, including Strain, went through training at Shiloh Shooting, a northwest Houston gun range….

More via CBS News.


10 reasons why so many people are moving to Texas

By Tom Geoghegan

BBC News, Washington

Icons of Texas

Half of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the US are in Texas, according to new figures. Why?

Every way you look at it, there are a lot of people moving to Texas.

via BBC News