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State officials vs local pols on bail and policing, reinvigorating community service, why that weird brass-knuckles bill was really a thing, and other stories

Let’s clear a few browser tabs with a roundup of stories that merit Grits readers’ attention: Texas AG insults federal judge’s intelligence Somewhat predictably, I suppose, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton weighed in against Harris County’s proposed bail settlement, siding against the commissioners court and local judges who agreed to the compromise. Paxton’s brief rehashes Houston Chief Art Acevedo’s red herring arguments about the Brandon Bell case, engaging in the Willie-Horton-type tactics Judge Rosenthal already rejected from the bail bondsmen and the DA’s office. And his brief states flat-out untrue …

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Religious Discrimination

Should companies be able to discriminate against potential customers, and employers against possible employees, on the basis of religion? The most recent Libertarian Party candidate for president and a Muslim woman both think not. At the Libertarian Party presidential forum held in New York on March 29, 2015, and televised by Fox Business Network the following month, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson maintained that although people should be allowed to discriminate for a variety of reasons, religious discrimination was something that should not be allowed. According to Johnson, being …

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Lazarro: IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE RESULTS,VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, AGAIN!

NEWS COMMENTARY from the Founder of Residents Advocates. The Woodlands commentator IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE RESULTS,VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, AGAIN! After a bizarre two hours, Woodlands board OKs letter of support for CISD bond ‘A’ Excerpts from CONROE COURIER with critical inserts added to reflect the actual Township Board Meeting of October 17, 2019. Null CISD superintendent Curtis Null made a hasty and unplanned visit to a Township Board meeting in progress after Director Ann Snyder (who is running for re-election) whipped out her cellphone in the middle of a …

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Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State’s Deadly Toll on America’s Children

“ Mommy, am I gonna die? ”— 4-year-old Ava Ellis after being inadvertently shot in the leg by a police officer who was aiming for the girl’s boxer-terrier dog, Patches “‘ Am I going to get shot again .’”—2-year-old survivor of a police shooting that left his three siblings, ages 1, 4 and 5, with a bullet in the brain, a fractured skull and gun wounds to the face As family counselor Dorothy Law Nolte wisely observed, “If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with …

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Scaredy Cops: Fear-based training of police officers makes them more likely to shoot

Scaredy Cops: Fear-based training of police officers makes them more likely to shoot

Amber Guyger and Aaron Dean, the cops who shot and killed Botham Jean and Atatiana Jefferson, respectively, had something in common: Both shot an innocent person for no good reason because they were scared. Maybe that’s because they were trained to be. Guyger testified that she killed Botham Jean because she feared for her life. And clearly Dean, who had snuck into Jefferson’s backyard instead of announcing himself at the open front door, considered himself in grave danger just from seeing a woman’s silhouette in the window. But neither faced …

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We’re in a permanent coup

We're in a permanent coup

I’ve lived through a few coups. They’re insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score. The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who’s got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who’s writing tonight’s newscast? When the KGB in 1991 tried to reassume control of the crumbling Soviet Union by placing Mikhail Gorbachev under arrest and attempting to …

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The Value of Neoconservative Opinion

The Value of Neoconservative Opinion

Ed Snowden’s new book “ Permanent Record ” is out. A friend of mine sent me this non-review review by Paul Davis. As with so many things, the Washington Times is wrong about Ed Snowden too. The Times is in a strange competition with its similarly flawed near-peer, the Post, to be the DC voice for more war, more government, more surveillance, and more prisons. These elite mouthpieces surely sense that most people don’t actually like war, government, surveillance and prisons. They also sense that those folks are not buying …

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AT&T raises prices 7% by making its customers pay AT&T’s property taxes

AT&T raises prices 7% by making its customers pay AT&T’s property taxes

Enlarge Getty Images | Aurich Telecom companies like AT&T love creating new fees to tack on customer bills, and they really love raising those fees after customers sign contracts that are supposed to lock in a consistent price. It’s a win-win for the company, but not the customer: AT&T gets to advertise a lower price than it actually charges and has a mechanism for raising customer bills whenever it wants to. Customers who are angry enough to cancel service would have to pay early termination fees. This story about AT&T …

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Montgomery County DA Ligon recuses himself from Montgomery ISD hazing investigation

Montgomery County DA Ligon recuses himself from Montgomery ISD hazing investigation

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon has recused himself from an investigation into an alleged hazing incident by several Montgomery High School football players at an off-campus location Sept. 27. “The district attorney has recused himself from the investigation of acts of alleged hazing involving Montgomery High School students,” Ligon’s office released in a statement Friday. “This recusal is based on personal relationships that both the District Attorney and members of his family have with persons involved in this matter. “The recusal is intended to avoid any appearance of partiality …

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PRESS RELEASE — APOSTLE CLAVER FORMS AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR HD138 RUN

PRESS RELEASE — APOSTLE CLAVER FORMS AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR HD138 RUN

For Immediate Release October 10, 2019 In preparation and consideration of a potential run for the Texas House of Representives, Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani has formed a potent exploratory committee. With the September 25th announcement by State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R) that he would not seek re-election in 2020, House District 138 in west Houston is now an open seat. “I’ve been a resident of HD138 since 1997. I believe there can be no other candidate to enter this race that will know this district and its citizens better than …

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