HOUSTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has one message for the tens of thousands of Texans calling for secession from the United States: The state will not secede. More than 76,000 people have signed a petition on the “We the People” White House website for Texas to withdraw from the Union and start a new government after President Barack Obama was re-elected. “The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. … Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for
Comments: Secession is not the answer. The answer is to start kicking other states out. Let´s start with California and Illinois! Those states probably could not even field an army to fight for re-instatement.
The USA has already left Texas. We just need to sign the divorce papers to allow us to get on with our lives. We can reconstruct what the USA was intended to be but add a constitutional amendment prohibiting wealth redistribution.
What is marvelous about the 50 State secession petitions (even though some are just for legalized drugs)...whether seceding is possible or not...is that this has occurred because ordinary people reject everything Obama is doing to our Country!! The obamabots have filed a petition to cancel the citizenship & kick out all secession signers - YEAH RIGHT - who will pay for for obamaphones and Air Force One if they kick out the tax payers?!! The secede momentum continues even though Obama tries to distract us from the stolen election with his military generals sex scandal and Benghazi...it won´t. If the clowns at the RNC had half a brain, they would ride in on the secede momentum to "true the Republican vote" with similar state petitions to prove the real Romney vote...they won´t...their lack of action is intentional as they are content to blame Romney´s loss on Conservatives hoping we will go away...we will not!!
If they had half a brain they would have set up a site for all Romney voters to confirm their vote by State and we could compare the real vote with the election night vote!! It likely would not remove Obama from office - he needs AF1 to get away from moochie - but at least it would confirm...or debunk...our belief that the Democrats stole this election!
When our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, they put their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor on the line. I signed one of the secession petitions yesterday, and felt quite proud to do so publicly.
The rest of the nation needs to be made aware of the depth of our concern about the death of America. It is not a frivolous exercise. If some of the States don´t assert their rights soon, whether with simple nullification of unconstitutional law (e.g. ObamaCare) or outright secession votes, we have no future here.
I´ve begun moving my retirement savings out of the country, and am making inquiries as to other places to live. I learned recently that Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) is seeking Australian citizenship so that he can move to New Zealand.
People protesting George Zimmerman´s acquittal marched along Crenshaw Boulevard on Monday night, stomping on cars, chasing bystanders and storming a Wal-Mart. Several protesters made their way into the Wal-Mart as guards scrambled to close security gates. A short while later, Los Angeles Police Department officers wearing helmets and carrying batons swarmed the store as others marched through the parking lot.
"Basically you have the government regulating and making business more difficult, and you have the Fed trying to compensate for it." Star of the History Channel reality series “Pawn Stars” Rick Harrison said government over-regulation is “making business more difficult” and forcing the economy to require artificial stimulation Friday on “Squawk Box.”
WASHINGTON (AP) - Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later
Like many of my fellow Americans, I’m getting pretty concerned about a fringe group in our country that’s growing increasingly isolated and paranoid. Worse, we now have indications that this group is lashing out in ignorance and fear. It’s time that we finally confront the problem of federal workers’ growing anti-citizen extremism.
The US government has blocked a Texas-based company from distributing details online of how to make a plastic gun using a 3-D printer. The ban, by the State Department citing international arms control law, comes just days after the world´s first such gun was successfully fired. Defense Distributed, the company that made the prototype, stated on Twitter that its project had "gone dark" at the instigation of the government. The company is run by Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student who has said the idea for freely distributing details about how to produce the guns online was inspired by 19th century anarchist writing. Wilson argues everyone should have access to guns.
Barry Diller, chairman of Newsweek parent company IAC, admitted Monday on Bloomberg that purchasing the embattled magazine was a mistake. “There are some magazines that have no competition essentially in their field, luxury magazines,” Diller said. “Advertisers must advertise in them. But for a news magazine … it was not possible to print it any longer. So we said we will offer a digital product. We have a very, very solid newsroom, and we’ll see. I don’t have great expectations. I wish I hadn’t bought Newsweek. it was a mistake.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Friday to fight with Planned Parenthood against what he said were efforts across the country to turn women´s health back to the 1950s. Obama´s comments were the first to be delivered by a sitting president before the abortion-rights group. He lauded the group´s nearly 100 years of service to women, providing cancer screenings, contraceptives and other health services.
Stocks closed out the first quarter on a high note with the Dow logging its strongest quarter in 15 years and the S&P 500 piercing through levels last seen in 2007 to end at a record high near 1,570. The S&P finally surpassed its closing high level of 1,565.15 shortly after the market open after flirting with the milestone for weeks, recovering all its losses from the financial crisis.
Phil Henderson is at a tipping point. His small business, Henderson Properties in Charlotte, has 48 employees and seven job openings. But he’s considering a hiring freeze.Phil Henderson is at a tipping point. His small business, Henderson Properties in Charlotte, has 48 employees and seven job openings. But he’s considering a hiring freeze. The growing company, which handles property management, maintenance and real estate sales, could use the extra hands, Henderson says. But if he hires two more employees, he’ll reach the 50-employee threshold that requires small business owners to comply with President Barack Obama’s new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday´s State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor´s gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter. "I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Mr. Stockman said in a statement announcing the choice. "After the address I´m sure Ted will have plenty to say."
President Obama´s health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. CBO said that this year´s tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they´ll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade.
Army National Guard Maj. Shawn Fulker is thousands of miles away serving in Afghanistan, and when his wife´s birthday came around, he decided he wanted to do something very special. Josephine Fulker loves Mellow Mushroom pizza, so her husband emailed Mellow Mushroom´s corporate website on Thursday to ask whether one of the company´s Jacksonville stores could deliver a pizza and a $50 gift card to his wife at their Jacksonville, Fla., home. If they could, he said, he would call the store and pay for it with his credit card. Link repaired by staff
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
Oprah Winfrey said Americans by and large know “diddly-squat” about the history of the civil rights movement. The talk show queen and media mogul made her comments during the promotion of her new film, “The Butler,” about a black man who serves in that capacity through seven administrations at the White House. “They don’t know diddly-squat,” she said in a recent interview with Parade magazine. “Diddly-squat.” Ms. Winfrey also said that when she hears the N-word, she thinks of the “millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."