Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sylvan Beach at La Porte



Most refugees still love their country, it's their government they can no longer stand. I'm surprised that more  Republicans have not followed Rush and emigrated. No. Wait....


lol.  Alabama Governor refuses to admit refugees.  As if  any refugees would want to go to there!  I'm so glad we sold Alabama.

Presidential candidates think THEY know how to protect us from foreign terrorists.  Hope they can  protect our schools from Americans while they are at it.  I think the real trick is to protect us while not taking away more of our freedoms.

Don't be so hard on the TSA.  True they haven't caught any terrorist but they have done a good job of arresting many of their own for theft.

I had nothing when I was a child and I'm pretty proud of the next to nothing plateau I have been able to achieve after a life time of hard work.




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2 things with universal appeal. Golf and photography.





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The Brief: Perry Criminal Case Takes Important Turn

by Madlin Mekelburg and John Reynolds | Nov. 18, 2015
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters after he is booked into the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center in Austin following his indictment on two felony counts related to defunding District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's Public Integrity Unit.

The Big Conversation

The criminal case against Rick Perry hits a potentially definitive turning point today as a challenge to the remaining felony charge against him is heard this morning by the state's highest criminal appeals court.
The Tribune's Patrick Svitek has the rundown, writing, "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in the case at9 a.m. in downtown Austin, a two-hour proceeding that could lead to the remaining charge against Perry being dismissed — or to the case moving closer to trial. The court is not expected to immediately ruleWednesday, but the hearing could be key in shaping the fate of a case that has dogged Perry for more than 15 months."
The case arises from Perry's 2013 veto of funding for the Public Integrity Unit, which at the time was housed in the Travis County District Attorney's Office. Perry used the threat of a veto in an attempt to convince DA Rosemary Lehmberg to resign following a drunk driving conviction.
The case centers on whether Perry's action constitutes an impermissible overstepping of his authority, as the prosecution asserts, or whether the actions were in keeping with his duties as the state's chief executive, as the defense asserts.
Svitek notes that the state has also challenged the ruling "because it struck down a part of the Texas penal code that defines coercion." In addition, the defense received permission to give some of its time to a University of California, Los Angeles professor who has written that the leftover allegation "unconstitutionally intrudes on the governor's veto power."



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David Beckham scores title of People's 'Sexiest Man Alive' - Couldn't help but notice how little he and I have in common. I'm probably being too hard on myself.


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Termination of parental rights reversed; evidence legally insufficient that appellant knowingly engaged in conduct resulting in his conviction of driving while intoxicated, third or more
In the Interest of A.R., a Child 
Criminal','Family 
Texas 6th Court of Appeals 
November 09, 2015 
06-15-00056-CV 
Burgess 
The appellee Department of Family and Protective Services filed suit seeking to terminate the appellant's parental rights to his son, alleging that by virtue of his imprisonment on a three-year sentence, the appellant was unable to care for the child. The trial court granted the appellee's petition and terminated the appellant’s parental rights under Section 161.001(b)(1)(Q) of the Texas Family Code. The appellant filed the instant appeal alleging, in pertinent part, that the evidence was legally insufficient to support the judgment. The court of appeals agreed, finding that there was no evidence in the record upon which the trial court could reasonably conclude that the appellant knowingly engaged in the conduct resulting in his conviction of driving while intoxicated, third or more, as was required under Section 161.001(b)(1)(Q) of the Texas Family Code. The record merely disclosed that appellant was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for a conviction of a DWI, third or more. There was only one witness, a Department caseworker, who summarized the appellant's sentence, his release date, and parole history, based on information she observed on the Department of Criminal Justice's website. The Department introduced no offense reports, officer testimony, dashboard camera recordings, witness testimony, or other evidence of any kind concerning the facts surrounding the offense or the conduct leading to appellant's conviction, the appellate court explained. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court was reversed.
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