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Posts from March 2013


Austin Ranked Among 'Drunkest' Cities
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Council to consider renaming APD station after Padron
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City considers pushing traffic to toll roads to ease congestion

City considers pushing traffic to toll roads to ease congestion

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Texans killed in Vietnam recognized at LBJ Library
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Appeals court to review evidence in Austin slaying
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Man ejected from car in South Austin

Man ejected from car in South Austin

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Hannity Show Recap: March 20th
Wednesday, March 20th 
 
Reid's Shameless Remarks
Yesterday on the Senate floor, Democratic Senator Harry Reid took the doom-and-gloom sequester scare tactics to a new low. While Americans were mourning the loss of, now, eight Marines killed in a training exercise in Nevada, Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate to imply that accidents such as this would happen as a result of sequestration budget cuts. Since yesterday's remarks, Senator Reid's office has started to pedal backwards saying, “In the wake of the Hawthorne tragedy, Senator Reid's thoughts are with the Marines who were killed or injured and their loved ones. The idea that Senator Reid thinks the Hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd and unsubstantiated." Harry Reid has no conscious but he set a new low by politicizing this issue. This is politics, pure and simple, even NBChad to report Marine leadership’s belief that this was just political posturing. What’s worse, President Obama won’t mention anything about this because he’s the leader of this demagoguery. 

Leading from Behind
Can you believe that Barack Obama has been in office for more than four years and he is just now taking his first trip as president to Israel, our closest ally? Nevertheless, Obama met with Israeli President Shimon Peres earlier today where they reaffirmed the point that the greatest danger is a nuclear Iran. However many people remain skeptical that the Obama administration is truly sincere in saying that all options are on the table when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon … something that Iran is rapidly advancing towards, despite sanctions. President Peres also stated the danger of Hezbollah supporting the Assad regime in Syria. This leads to the other top story of the day, which is the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. While it is unclear at this point which side is responsible for the attacks and whether chemical weapons were in fact used, what's clear is that there is an explosive situation in Syria which will req uire the president to make some tough decisions. Let's remember that Obama himself said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was a “ red line.”  So at what point does the administration make a decision on how to address the situation in Syria, or will this just become another situation where America is leading from behind? For more on this, clickhere.
Budget Battles
Lawmakers in Washington are eager to get out of town for their Easter vacation, but not before tackling budget issues. Today the Senate will be working on extending funding for our government to get us through the rest of the fiscal year (September 30th). I've already pointed out some of the more egregious spending included in the continuing resolution, including money to build robot squirrels and to promote caviar. Once the Senate finishes work on the continuing resolution, they are expected to then move on to the budget. It's been 1421 since the Senate passed a budget resolution, but I guess you could say better late than never? The Senate Democrat budget proposal, proposed by Democrat Patty Murray, has caught a lot of flack from Republicans. Rightly so. Meanwhile, where is the president's leadership in all these budget talks? Well, he was too busy filling out his NCAA tournament brackets to have time to work on his budget. He's delayed submitting his budget until two months after the deadline, April 8th. For more on the budget trickery, check out Hannity.com.

Today's "Hot Topic" From the Hannity Forums
Obama's Limo Breakdown is the Result of Sequestration - Posted by The Bos'Un
Obama's limo breaks down in Israel.  Must be because of sequestration.  Everything that goes wrong will now be blamed on sequestration and, perhaps, Bush!

>>TV Tonight (9pm ET on Fox News)
John Sununu on sequestration and Washington politics. 

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Pentagon bans 60mm mortar round after Marine deaths
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UPDATE: Aggies Drop A Close Game v. Ca-Fullerton
FULLERTON, Calif.  - The Texas A&M Aggies set the table on multiple occasions, but were unable to come up with the timely hit in a 2-0 loss to the No. 8 Cal State Fullerton Titans in non-conference baseball action Saturday evening at Goodwin Field.

Daniel Mengden (3-1) was the hard-luck loser on the mound for the Aggies. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and one hit batsmen, while striking out six over 6.0 innings. Only one of the Titans' five hits off of Mengden left the infield.

The Titans broke the scoring seal in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Michael Lorenzen lined a ball back to the mound which ricocheted off the pitching arm of Mengden for a single. Lorenzen stole second base and was able to move to third when the catcher Mitchell Nau's throw caromed off Lorenzon's abdomen on the slide and rolled into shallow leftfield. JD Davis lifted a deep fly ball into rightfield for the sacrifice fly, plating Lorenzen for the 1-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, Cal State Fullerton (12-3) loaded the bases with three singles that traveled less than 200 feet total as Austin Diemer blooped a humpback liner that dropped in front of Aggie second baseman Blake Allemand for a single as he beat the throw out to first base. Richy Pedroza and Carlos Lopez were both looking to sacrifice runners, but ended up with singles on perfectly placed bunts down the third base line to fill the sacks with Titans. Mengden got ahead of Matt Chapman 0-2, but sandwiched a pair of balls around a foul ball before hitting Chapman with a pitch to push an insurance run across for the 2-0 Fullerton lead.

Mengden got out of the sixth without further damage with a pair of strikeouts and a fly out.

Texas A&M (10-6) got runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but came up empty-handed, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position for the game.

With one out in the fifth, Nau doubled to the gap in right centerfield, but was stranded at second with a strikeout by Logan Taylor and a foul pop out to the third baseman by Jace Statum.

In the sixth inning, Mikey Reynolds reached on an infield single and stole second base. Krey Bratsen drew a walk and Allemand bunted both runners into scoring position. Mengden flied out to the shortstop down the leftfield line, but it wasn't deep enough for Reynolds to tag-up on the play. Jonathan Moroney flied out to deep rightfield for the last out of the inning.

Cole Lankford led off the seventh inning with a double down the leftfield line and moved to third on a deep fly out to rightfield by Nau. The Aggies were once again unable to harvest a run as Taylor struck out swinging and Fullerton's shortstop was able to snag a laser hit by Statum to prevent a run from scoring.

In the eighth, Reynolds led off with a single back up the middle and with one out he stole second base. Allemand flied out to centerfield on a sharply hit ball to the gap in left center and Titans' relief pitcher Koby Gauna was able to get a glove on the hard hit ball up the middle by pinch-hitter Troy Stein to end the inning.

Justin Garza (4-0) earned the win with 7.0 scoreless innings. He scattered five hits, including two doubles, while striking out six.

Reynolds extended his consecutive game hit streak to 15, going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases. Nau went 2-for-4 with one double.

Austin Diemer was the only Titan to record multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with one double and one run scored.

The Aggies and Titans return to Goodwin Field for the rubber match of the series on Sunday at 1:30 pm Central.

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The New Facebook New Feed Interface

Facebook says it will start rolling out the changes for the Web on Thursday, while mobile apps will start to see changes in the next few weeks.

So how do you get it?

There's a waiting list for users who want access to the updated News Feed as soon as possible. Sign up for the waiting list at: Facebook.com/about/newsfeed.

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Round Rock Officer Shooting Update
On March 5, 2013 around 1:45, Officer Sean Johnson inadvertently discharged his firearm into his foot while attending a firearms training. Johnson was attending a “Glock Instructor Workshop” at the Williamson County Firing Range. Round Rock Police Department hosted the training while Glock Instructors presented the course to approximately 40 class participants.  
Immediately following the incident Round Rock Police Officers applied first aid treating Johnson at the scene and  he was then transported to Seton Williamson in Round Rock.  Johnson was treated for a gunshot wound to his right foot and discharged later that evening. Ongoing treatment and therapy are to be expected.
Johnson has been employed with the Round Rock Police Department since 2006 and is currently assigned as a Sergeant in the Training Division.
Round Rock Police Department in conducting an investigation surrounding the circumstances surrounding the discharge of the firearm.
 
 
 
 
Officer Dee Carver
 
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Round Rock, Texas 78665
 
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City Council To Review Mopac Improvement Offer
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SXSW May Strain APD This Year

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Lion fatally mauls woman at Calif. sanctuary
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North Korea vows nuclear strike against U.S.
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Shed fire damages home in South Austin
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Officer kills man who refused to give up gun, chief says

Officer kills man who refused to give up gun, chief says

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President Obama Comments On Failed Sequester Talks
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Officer-involved shooting in N Austin
 
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Austin's bag ban begins
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