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Wed
13
Dec
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Do you understand Islam?

by ELLIS KNOX

One of my best friends once explained to me how Islam was being distorted by radicals. I was at first interested in where he got his information, before I told him the truth. He had be given his information by a practicing Muslim. I then informed him his information was wrong, and here is why.

The first attack on the twin towers was in 1993, by a group of Muslims led by an Iman called the blind sheik, Omar Abdel Rahman. They placed a rented truck in the basement parking garage of the north tower loaded with explosives and set it off. The plan was to weaken the foundation of the north tower so it would fall into the south tower. It failed.

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Wed
13
Dec
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Capital Highlights

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas’ participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

The trust was established in 2016 and early 2017 by the settlement of certain federal Clean Air Act claims against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche related to the car companies’ use of “defeat devices” to pass emission standard tests. As a participating state, Texas must develop a draft mitigation plan outlining how it would spend its $209 million share of the settlement funds in efforts to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.

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Thu
07
Dec
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Capital Highlights

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 29 announced the transfer of $1.47 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund, with $734 million going into each fund.

The transfer was enabled by Texas voters, who in the November 2014 constitutional amendment election passed a measure allocating at least half of the state’s oil and gas production severance taxes to the “Rainy Day Fund” and the remainder to the State Highway Fund for use on non-toll highway construction, maintenance and right-of-way acquisitions.

 

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Thu
07
Dec
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Senator John Cornyn backs Gun Control Bill

by ELLIS KNOX

This bi-partisan bill was crafted by Sens. John Cornyn, R.-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. I hesitate when I read bi-partisan, a democrat’s idea of bi-partisan is usually, “do it my way.” However, in this case the bill may actually be a real “common sense” effort to do something about the mentally disturbed and criminals from legally acquiring a gun.

After the recent mass shooting, and after the initial left wing media and democrat storm for all gun confiscation subsided, we find the laws in place and the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) failed in some way. The shooter was able to purchase his or her firearms legally. I mentioned “her” because one of the San Bernardino muslim shooters was a woman.

 

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Wed
29
Nov
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Capital Highlights

By ED STERLING

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Some 60 counties are included and they will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild.

 

“The most important message I want to send to the victims of this storm is that they are not alone as they continue to recover from this storm. While we still have a long way to go to return to a new normal, I have no doubt that Texas will eventually emerge from this disaster stronger than ever before,” Abbott said. Declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available. Gov. Abbott said he would continue to renew them as needed throughout the recovery process.

 

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Wed
29
Nov
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The way I see it

By ELLIS KNOX

 

Most folks in Camp County/Pittsburg know where I stand when it comes to guns and gun control. If you don’t know, I’m a Life and Endowment member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), an NRA Pistol and NRA Firearms Safety in the Home instructor, a NRA Range Safety Officer, an advanced combat pistol instructor and a state certified Texas License to Carry instructor. So that’s put me in the group the “so called” main stream media call gun nuts.

I remember being told by a fellow in Virginia that he could never think of any reason to even own a gun. A year or so later, after he was robbed and beaten, he bought a gun and got his Va. concealed carry permit (CCP). I was team teaching the NRA basic pistol class with a group of other NRA instructors. This course was the only course a person had to take to get their Va. CCP. He was surprised to see me there and explained to me later what had happened to him.

 

Wed
22
Nov
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FEMA briefs governor, vice president on hurricane recovery efforts

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence on Nov. 15 received a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Joint Field Office in the capital city.

Pence, in town for the Republican Governors Association conference, joined Abbott, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and state and local officials to discuss ways to improve federal and state coordination of resources. Abbott thanked Pence for “his commitment to the people of Texas” in the aftermath of the hurricane that struck the Texas coast in late August, bringing historically heavy rains, flooding and destructive winds.

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Wed
15
Nov
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Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris.

Cities and counties in impacted areas are responsible for 10 percent of costs associated with debris removal. The funding, to be administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is intended to help alleviate that burden as the rebuilding process continues, the Governor’s Office said.

“Today’s action is just one more step in a long process to help our cities and counties recover and I want to thank all the members of both the Texas House and Senate for their effort to secure this much-needed funding,” Abbott said.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said: “Acting on this priority is essential so we can move forward with rebuilding and recovery efforts.”

 

Wed
15
Nov
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Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris.

Cities and counties in impacted areas are responsible for 10 percent of costs associated with debris removal. The funding, to be administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is intended to help alleviate that burden as the rebuilding process continues, the Governor’s Office said.

“Today’s action is just one more step in a long process to help our cities and counties recover and I want to thank all the members of both the Texas House and Senate for their effort to secure this much-needed funding,” Abbott said. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said: “Acting on this priority is essential so we can move forward with rebuilding and recovery efforts.”

 

Wed
08
Nov
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Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series. The Astros won their fourth game in the best-of-seven Series against the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Nov. 1. It’s the first World Series championship for the Houston Astros in the 55-year history of the franchise and the first for a Texas team. Players wore “Houston Strong” patches on their uniforms in honor of those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s widespread devastation. More than one million fans lined the streets of downtown Houston Nov. 3 to see the players hoist the championship trophy during a victory parade.

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