TxDOT Doesn't Want Mexicans to Drink and Drive this Easter

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What's missing is the card for El borracho, or the drunk.
This glorious Easter season, the Texas Department of Transportation has taken it upon themselves to disrespect the state's flourishing Latino population. How, you might ask?

By using the Mexican game of chance known as loterĂ­a. The game is part of the branding for an anti-drunk driving initiative directed toward the state's Latinos.

It's being labeled a "culturally relevant campaign" that runs through May 5 (yeah, Cinco de Mayo, which in all honesty is more of an American bro holiday than an outright Mexican celebration).

And get this, a lunch truck van will make the rounds in Laredo, McAllen, Corpus Christi and Lubbock, luring people to mass games of awareness over driving liquored up.

Playing on the law of averages TxDOT is doing their part to save lives, according to them:

In 2013, there were 25,158 DUI-alcohol crashes in Texas that resulted in 8,702 serious injuries and 1,022 deaths. Of those DUI-alcohol crashes, 11,867 - or nearly 37 percent - involved a Hispanic driver. Among young male drivers ages 17-34, Hispanics accounted for nearly half (47 percent) of all crashes where drivers were under the influence of alcohol.

So, according to those stats, it's Hispanics overall, not just Mexicans. Still, it makes sense to target Mexicans since stereotypically, they are what the folks at TxDOT see when they see a Spanish-speaking person.

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#Lunchmovement: Texas Teen Wages War Against Michelle Obama's Diabolical Healthy School Lunch Program

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If you think this is bad, you should see fucking "breakfast" and fucking "dinner."
Ty Caskey, a student at Venus High School, about 30 miles south of Arlington, is one of many high schoolers around the country Tweeting their outrage over, um, "grotesque" school lunches.

As head of his school's Turning Point USA chapter, the 19-year-old Caskey is urging his peers to tweet pics of apparently gross food (and such small portions!) that is the result of First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act.

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Rick Perry: The Rise and Fall of a Boy From Paint Creek

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The "we gotcha" moment might be coming for Perry.
After the news of a grand jury's seating and Rick Perry's hiring of defense lawyer David Botsford, the word on the street is, "What took you so long?"

The last time a Texas governor faced possible indictment was almost 100 years ago. In 1917, James "Pa" Ferguson's past shady dealings, which were common knowledge among the well-connected, finally came to light via a quarrel with the University of Texas about removing faculty that "Pa" disliked. When the Board of Regents refused to do Ferguson's bidding, he vetoed practically the entire appropriation for the university.

Is any of this sounding familiar?

Just like Ferguson, Rick Perry allegedly attempted to coerce Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to leave office and upon her refusal, he vetoed $7.5 million in funds to the state Public Integrity Unit. The kicker being that the TCPIU was in the process of investigating him for his laundry list of misdeeds of his 14 years in office.
It went to a grand jury last year, but that panel's term expired.

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Taxpayers to Pay for Part of "Affluenza" Kid's Rehab

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Maybe it's our duty to support rich killers.
The parents of Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old Fort Worth-area kid sentenced to probation after killing four people while driving drunk in 2013, will only pay for a fraction of his stay at a state rehab center in Vernon, MyFoxDFW.com reports.

Couch drew headlines and ire after a defense expert testified the teen suffered from "affluenza," because his wealthy parents never gave him any sense of responsibility or consequences.

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Nation of Preschool Troublemakers

Categories: Education, Texas

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These kids are probably okay, but there's way too many preschoolers getting booted from class.
Texas is fighting a war on multiple fronts: The war against women, the war against minorities, the war against the middle class. Who could have imagined our educational system would wage a war against preschoolers? If we trust in the latest data from U.S. Department of Education, it appears that 4-year-olds are education's newest enemy.

Each year the U.S. Department of Education collects key educational data on all 97,000 of our nation's public schools to be disaggregated into a database called the Civil Rights Data Collection. Since 2000, the information published on the CRDC is available for policymakers, researchers, journalists, and interested citizens.

It's very hard to fathom how the behavior of a child between the ages of 2 and 5 could merit suspension, expulsion or arrest, but it happened almost 5,000 times during the 2011-2012 school year. That same data suggests that Texas accounts for roughly 30 percent of those expelled preschool students.

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Is Jim Hogan a Trojan Horse in Democratic Runoff?

Making a move for Ag Commish.
Just as we predicted in our cover story on the Texas Agriculture Commissioner race last November, it has turned into one of the best political circuses since Claytie Williams went on his dove hunt, opened his arrogant, chauvinistic pie-hole, and handed Ann Richards the last statewide Democratic victory.

Since the March 4 primary, Democrats have had to face some rather unpleasant realities. Hugh Asa Fitzsimons III, the party's regal-sounding Anointed One, was embarrassed by maverick Richard "Kinky" Friedman and unknown Jimmie Ray Hogan, a Cleburne insurance salesman.

Candidates such as lieutenant governor hopeful Leticia Van de Putte who closed ranks behind Fitzsimons didn't even bother to address Hogan's candidacy, but she not only trashed Friedman in the press, she also hired a phone bank to bad-mouth him just prior to the election.

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Plutocracy in Action: Rick Perry's Employment Agency and McCutcheon Simplified

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Perry politics.
That quaking and creaking isn't from the Chilean earthquake, it's a destructive seismic shift to right-wing extremism and plutocracy in real time with its epicenter in Texas.

The rumble began with Greg Abbott's new education model, "Teach the Best and Shoot the Rest" based on Charles Murray's white nationalist writing. It became louder with Rick Perry's favorable nod to his nuclear waste cronies on Monday, his abuse of political patronage and having Texas taxpayers foot the bill for his travels related to his thinly veiled presidential aspirations.

But the "big one" came this week with the SCOTUS ruling on McCutcheon.

There's no more point in waiting for an all clear; it's a daily series of aftershocks.

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Four Dead in Fort Hood Shooting, 16 Injured

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Fort Hood
The message went out at 5:01 p.m. on Fort Hood's Twitter account: "All personnel on post are asked to shelter in place."

The message was re-tweeted more than 1,800 times and by then news spread that the army installation in Killeen had seen another deadly shooting.

Three people are dead and 16 injured, after an Iraq war veteran went on a rampage yesterday afternoon with a .45 caliber handgun. The shooter, identified in reports as Ivan Lopez, killed himself after a standoff later with military police.

Lopez, 34, was married with two children. While military officials didn't officially identify Lopez, they did say the gunman was at the military base undergoing mental health treatment.

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We Know Texas Has the Best State Flag, But this List Says Otherwise

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Our state's flag is bigger and bolder than most. If you ask any Texan they'll agree the Lone Star state's colors represent thoroughly for who we are in America. There aren't many states that can claim that, and you know it doesn't even matter that some South Americans mistake our state flag for that of an entire country's, Chile.

With all that, we're glad we made the top 10 of a Ranker list of the best state flags. Number seven out of 50 ain't bad, but what does it take to be number one? (Maybe a few late votes after you read this post, hmmm?) Here's a look at those state flags who bested us (allegedly) and what we really think about them. Are they really better?

Number 7: Texas


You see the Lone Star flying bold and proud everywhere you go around here. It's a statement about who we are and what we aspire to as Texans. Plus, the design is so versatile and it makes a great bikini or purse. And who could fault that we're like a better version of that busy looking U.S. flag.

Number 6: Colorado


A Cubs fan was behind this flag, we think. But that doesn't matter because what would make this flag better and make it deserving of being better than us is if the C was green and had the jagged edges of a cannabis leaf. I mean: ground breaking.

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It's National Donate Life Month, Yo!

Categories: Texas

Courtesy Donate Life Texas
Hey baby, want some of my organ....?
We must admit that we snicker anytime we hear the phrase "organ donation," but it's really no laughing matter. Every day, 75 people throughout the country are saved through donation, according to Donate Life Texas.

That's the good news. But here's the bad: "More than 120,000 men, women and children across the United States are waiting for a lifesaving transplant and nearly 12,000 of those are from Texas." Bottom line: "Each day, 18 people die because the organ they needed was not donated in time."

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