Houston Vet Gets to Share His PTSD Story and Musical Recovery

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Paul Delacerda
Paul Delacerda's seen it all. From traveling the road living the rocker life and having it all tumble down in the mid-1990s. He was homeless for six months, living under a bridge near Interstate 610, then picked himself back up and joined the Army.

He's been back in Houston since 2010, but with a brain injury suffered after his unit was rocked by a blast in Iraq. His story gets shared with America this weekend when a cable channel airs his story dealing with PTSD and his band of wounded veterans.

With his studio over on Garrow Street, just a stone's throw from his childhood home, Delacerda uses music to quiet his demons and get back the life he wants to live.

He grew up on the East Side and said he didn't have the best childhood growing up. "Lots of ups and downs," he said. That's part of what made him enlist. But music was in his soul. His father was a mariachi when he was younger. His uncle played the drums in a tejano band, and his paternal grandfather made it big on the tejano music scene.

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Machete Kills Producers Sue Texas Film Commission

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Machete may kill, but he also has to pay taxes.
A lawsuit filed by the producers of Machete Kills accuses the Texas Film Commission of violating the producers' First Amendment rights by denying tax breaks usually granted to films made in Texas.

Per the Courthouse News, the suit claims that the sequel to director Robert Rodriguez's 2010 Machete was "'perceived as glorifying the role of a Mexican Federale (Mexican Federal Police Officer) and sympathizing with immigrants,'" and the commission was concerned with 'political fallout' if it provided public support."

The story also states that "The production company [claims] that statutory provisions permitting the commission to deny incentives based on 'offensive' and 'anti-Texas' content are invalid because such content-based criteria violate the First Amendment" and the Texas Constitution.

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The New Hate Group List Is In, Y'all!

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Courtesy Southern Poverty Law Center
A cornucopia of contempt!

The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2014 map of hate groups, and we're so stoked over the 57 choices in Texas that we don't even know which one to join!

Choices include Holocaust deniers, Nazis, black separatists, neo-Confederates and that ol' chestnut of hate, the KKK. The Klan is especially appealing for families, since at least one branch offers a "Junior Klan for boys" and a "Tri-K Klub for girls." (Notice the clever spelling on the latter? Aces!).

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Texas Democratic Establishment, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News All Endorse Biggest Loser

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The state Democratic establishment studiously ignoring Kinky Friedman
Ignored by the state Democratic establishment like he was an Al-Qaeda terrorist wearing a bomb coat, Richard "Kinky" Friedman still managed to garner about 185,000 votes in the Democratic primary March 4. Friedman's vote total put him in second place with 37.7 percent of the vote and forced a late May runoff with Joe Hogan (190,200/38.8%).

The elephant-in-the-room question behind the final totals in the down-ballot race for Agriculture Commissioner is how far out of step with Democratic voters the state's top Democrats as well as metropolitan newspapers including Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News are. Hugh Asa Fitzsimons, a buffalo producer near San Antonio, got virtually all the public endorsements from both the Democratic hierarchy and other statewide candidates like Lieutenant Governor hopeful Leticia van de Putte, and from the major print newspapers and Democratic-oriented political blogs like Burnt Orange Report. Even Democratic maverick and former Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower endorsed Fitzsimons.

Yet with all the votes counted, the heavily endorsed Fitzsimons could only muster 23 percent of the Democratic vote statewide in the three-man race, illustrating beyond all doubt how out of touch with rank-and-file Democrats the state's major media outlets and top Democratic honchos and strategists are.

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"Developer" Still Shilling Ridiculous EarthQuest Park

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Yep, they're still at it.
We did a spit take Tuesday when we saw pretty new renderings for a long-dormant mega-amusement-park called EarthQuest prominently displayed in the Chron.

We first wrote about the eco-friendly "ClusterQuest" in 2012, after two writers for a Montgomery County paper called The Tribune exposed the dubious background of former EarthQuest consultant Don Holbrook, as well as a questionable financial relationship between Holbrook and the head of an entity called the East Montgomery County Improvement District.

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Update: Same-Sex Marriage in Texas Has a Better Shot After Federal Ruling

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Gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional.
Similar to what Annise Parker said last year, that denying gay couples benefits was unconstitutional, a federal judge made a ruling today that's making the state of Texas look a little more open to same-sex marriage.
Update, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27
As expected the governor and attorney general have announced their appeal of this ruling. Per the Houston Chronicle:

"Defendants ... Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, and David Lakey ... hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from the Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction, signed and entered in this action on February 26, 2014 ," said the state's notice, filed in federal court in San Antonio on Thursday.

Original story:
U.S. Judge Orlando Garcia called the state ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling pending an appeal. The judge said banning marriages violates our rights under equal protection. The Austin American-Statesman explained that the judge: "[I]ssued an injunction barring Texas from enforcing a law and constitutional amendment that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and ban the state from recognizing same-sex marriages that were legally performed in other states."

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Don Imus Endorses Kinky Friedman Ag Commissioner Campaign

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Running for agriculture commish on the weed platform.
Fox Business talk show host Don Imus has come out in support of Richard "Kinky" Friedman's campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He's also having some fun with it.

Imus had a phone conversation with Friedman on his show Wednesday morning. Here's a transcript the show put on its blog:

8:40:17 A.M. - The GREAT Kinky Friedman is on to discuss his bid for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. The I-Man's got a lot riding on this, because he's ready to plant a few acres of hemp in anticipation of Kinky's being elected and legalizing marijuana. At least we think it's Hemp. Deirdre could have substituted organic Kale for all we know, we won't until we put it in the bong with some Cholula and smoke it. Imus fears that Texas Voters don't know how brilliant the Kinkster is, what a humanitarian, and what a big heart he has for both humans AND animals. Of course, the name 'Kinky' might have something to do with that. Especially if you Google it the wrong way. Talk about "NSFW". Whatever you do, don't type in 'Kinky Texas', unless you want a bunch of photos of Cowboys with gag balls in their mouths.

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Kinky Friedman's "Legalize It" Campaign Hits Mucky Duck

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Kinky Friedman on the stump
The Kinky Friedman Agriculture Commissioner campaign rolled through Houston this weekend, with the candidate playing a sold-out show at Mucky Duck Sunday night and speaking at a NORML luncheon this week.

As reported in a recent Houston Press cover story, Friedman, who previously ran for governor as an independent, is running on the Democratic ticket with legalizing marijuana and the growing of hemp as a cash crop as his main platform planks.

Friedman's evening began with a small snafu when he learned at 5:00 p.m. that his show start time was 6:00 p.m., not the 7:30 p.m. shown on his master schedule. When Hairballs arrived, Friedman and the sound man were doing a double-time sound check.

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How Open-Carry Group Wants to Honor Texas Independence

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At the end of the day it's about firepower. Or, as it's being sold by gun advocates, it's about our Constitutional rights.

Yet, maybe, it's about acknowledging how Texas got free from Mexico, as the group Open Carry Texas said in a message last week to media.

"On March 2nd, 2014, the largest pro-carry group in the state, Open Carry Texas, will be celebrating the 178th anniversary of Texas Independence all across our great Republic. On this monumental day in history, Texas stood up against Mexico's tyranny in a powerful display of resistance, reclaiming our once-lost freedom."

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Happy Endings Dog "Rescue" + Life Partners, Inc. + Camp Diggy Bones = Doggie Purgatory

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Linda Robinson-Pardo Facebook screenshot
What say after the glamour shot, we save some dogs?
The owner of self-proclaimed animal rescue with an alleged history of not paying boarding fees is still refusing to explain why her rescue's major donor, the CEO of a multi-million dollar investment company, pulled his funds and will not pay to save 248 dogs abandoned in a Dallas-area kennel.

Linda Robinson-Pardo, aka Linda Kay Robinson, an ex-boxer who was suspended five times in two years, appears to have operated the Waco-area Happy Endings Dog Rescue solely on funds from Life Partners CEO Brian Pardo. The Houston Press could not find marriage records indicating the two were ever married, and Pardo's assistant would not confirm for us whether Pardo is still married to the woman identified as his spouse in U.S. Securities and Exchange Filings.

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