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Texas, The Sequel: The State That Continues to Provide the National News and Late Night TV Plenty of Material

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Between March and June, 2015, making national news seemed to be a frequent occurrence for Texas as Austin, Garland, Waco, Overton, and McKinney experienced unprecedented media coverage. Meanwhile, as the Tea Party conservatives maintained control of the legislature, Texas also gained notoriety in many other areas.

REPORT: Law Enforcement Tracked Military Officers' Links To Biker Gangs

First Look | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Nuclear power plant technicians, senior military officers, FBI contractors and an employee of “a highly-secretive Department of Defense agency” wi...

Waco Biker Mayhem Again Raises the Fierce Racial Double Standard

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The bulging numbers of blacks in America's jails and prisons seem to reinforce the wrong-headed perception that crime and violence in America invariably comes with a young, black male face. The brutal reality is that Waco won't change that. It will be the proverbial one day in, one day out news story.

Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.

New Video Evidence Emerges In Waco Biker Shooting

Associated Press | NOMAAN MERCHANT, DAVID WARREN, EMILY SCHMALL | Posted 05.20.2015 | Crime

WACO, Texas (AP) — As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to ...

Former PBOL (Proud Bandido Old Lady) On the Culture and Lifestyle of the Bandidos Biker Gang

Quora | Posted 05.20.2015 | Crime
Quora

Being a female, I can only describe what it was like being in the one-percenter culture, but not the actual club. Members must be men. But make no mistake, women who are the wives or girlfriends of these men still spend a great deal of time around club members doing club stuff.

Hundreds Of Weapons Found At Scene Of Texas Biker Gang Battle

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime

(Updates with statement from restaurant, paragraphs 10-11) By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 (Reuters) - About 120...

Texas Lawmakers Push To Expand Gun Rights After Biker Melee

The Guardian | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

A shootout on Sunday afternoon in Waco, Texas, killed nine people, injured 18 more and resulted in authorities in the city charging 170 members of fiv...

Transforming Our Police Forces: One Student's Vision for Transformation and Leadership

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Whether the location is urban or rural, America is embroiled in racial setbacks which aren't characteristic of progress we've made on other fronts. Here is a person who gives me hope and who I hope will be an inspiration to you as well as we commit to move forward positively and proactively.

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality's Never Far Away

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Jesse Washington was just one black man to die horribly at the hands of white death squads. Between 1882 and 1968 -- 1968! -- there were 4,743 recorded lynchings in the U.S. About a quarter of them were white people, many of whom had been killed for sympathizing with black folks. My father, who was born in 1904 near Paris, Texas, kept in a drawer that newspaper photograph from back when he was a boy of thousands of people gathered as if at a picnic to feast on the torture and hanging of a black man in the center of town. On a journey tracing our roots many years later, my father choked and grew silent as we stood near the spot where it had happened. Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot's horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.

David Lohr

Nevada Rancher Warns Land Dispute With BLM 'Could Turn Into' Next Waco

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

Carol Bundy, the wife of a Nevada rancher locked in a tense standoff with federal rangers, warns the ongoing dispute could escalate to the point of a ...

Forty Days in an Orange Jumpsuit: A Lawyer/Pastor Wears Prison Garb for Lent

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Our faith is done a disservice by ministers who seek to have the most, rather than seek out those with the least. Kent's act does what ministry should: challenge, inform and enliven our faith lives.

A Farmer's Perspective on the Texas Fertilizer Explosion

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

As a fourth-generation farmer, growing corn, wheat and soybeans across three counties in Southside Virginia, I cannot be oblivious to the news of death and destruction our essential business can experience.

Atlas Has Shrugged: West, Texas

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

West, Texas might be the latest failure of our commitment to provide the resources to protect our communities and our environment but there is no shortage of similar examples. The BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, which continues to destroy sea life, was a product of lax enforcement, infrequent inspection caused by staffing shortages, and an intermingling of personnel between the regulated industry and the federal oversight agency. Generations from now the Gulf of Mexico will still be suffering and people may find it hard to understand what we allowed to happen in order to hold down our tax burden and to let industry create jobs and find energy without government meddling. How many times do we have to see these images and fail to connect cause and effect?

A Loss of Perspective

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The more perspective and understanding we have on life, and the less we play into their hands and let people who want to terrorize us have their way, whether domestic or foreign, the better we honor loss -- all loss -- and ourselves.

Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies On Anniversary Of Attack

The Republic | Posted 12.08.2011 | Fifty

World War II veteran Frank Curre died Wednesday, exactly 70 years after surviving the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Curre, who served in the Navy, ...

Solider Indicted On New Charges In Fort Hood Bomb Plot

AP | Posted 01.08.2012 | Crime

WACO, Texas -- An AWOL soldier planned to detonate bombs in a restaurant filled with Fort Hood troops and then shoot those who survived, federal autho...

Lucas Kavner

How Malick Built A Family In 'Tree Of Life'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts

While a great deal of attention has been paid to the asteroids, opera, dinosaurs, and lava-spewing volcanoes that pepper long stretches of Terrence Ma...

The End Is Not Nigh: Take a Deep Breath and Move On

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Schweitzer

Predictions of the Apocalypse or its personal equivalent of a direct path to heaven have been a common theme throughout human history. We seem determined to keep ourselves in a constant state of preparation for the end of time.

Praying with the Shipping Clerk in Waco

Mark Osler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

Prayer is something we do in church or at home, alone, not in a corporate outpost full of company-logo signs. For someone to suggest prayer in the middle of our shopping seems an almost impossible intrusion.

Let the N.E.A. Lead Them

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dr. Susan Corso

We in the theatre have known for a long, long time that the show must go on. I'd venture to say that there's only one man in Washington who knows this in his bones -- National Endowment for the Arts chair, Rocco Landesman.

The Tea Party, Gun Lobby & Anti-Government Rhetoric

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The NRA routinely presents the election of Barack Obama as a virtually apocalyptic threat not only to gun ownership, but to the future of the United States itself.

Rand Paul's Transparent Hypocrisy: He's a Doctor!

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

How can a man be a truly dedicated libertarian and still be a doctor? A doctor! Is there a profession more intrinsically entwined with government than medicine?

Cairo to Fort Hood: Broader Engagement at Home and Abroad

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Mass murders have become a depressingly familiar punctuation in the rhythm of modern day American despair.

Want A Successful Stimulus? Reactivate Obama's Grassroots Operation in Cities

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Why not set up stimulus accountability outposts of the White House in cities? Obama came into office with a metro mandate and now is the time to claim it.