Bombs In Austin

Austin was rocked by 6 bomb blasts in 21 days. The suspect, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt of Pflugerville, Texas, was killed in the last blast. His motive has yet to be determined. Here’s a timeline of what happened.

  • March 2: A package bomb kills 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House when it explodes on his front porch.
  • March 12: 17-year-old Draylen Mason, was killed and his mother was injured after a package exploded inside their home.
  • March 12: Hours after the second explosion occurred, police reported a third blast, confirming that at least one elderly woman was injured.
  • March 18: Two men in their 20s suffered non-life threatening injuries when they triggered a bomb via a tripwire while walking their bikes.
  • March 20: A bomb blast at a FedEx ground distribution facility in Schertz, Texas, injured one person.
  • March 21: Just before 5 am police/FBI/ATF corner Conditt at a Red Roof Inn on Interstate 35 in Round Rock, Texas. He drove off a short distance then blew himself up in his car. Source:

The bad news is we may not be finished with this person or their bombs. FBI agent Chris Combs, head of the agency’s San Antonio office, said, “We are concerned that there may be other packages that are still out there.” Source:

The 2018 Primary Election in Texas

The Primary Election this year is March 6 (early voting starts February 20, in 2 weeks), and the General Election will be November 6. So far it’s a pretty quiet election – no hotly contested seats; Ted Cruz might have to campaign to keep his seat in the Senate.

UPDATE: More than 30 races are headed to runoffs on May 22. I think I’m eligible to vote for one: Lupe Valdez (D) and Andrew White (D) for governor. Source: Texas Tribune.

U.S. Senate (Texas)

  • Ted Cruz (R) – incumbent
  • Geraldine Sam (R)
  • Mary Miller (R)
  • Bruce Jacobson, Jr. (R)
  • Stefano de Stefano (R)
  • Beto O’Rourke (D)
  • Edward Kimbrough (D)
  • Sema Hernandez (D)

U.S. House of Representatives (District 17 Texas)

  • Bill Flores (R) – incumbent
  • Rick Kennedy (D)
  • Dale Mantey (D)

Texas Governor

  • Greg Abbott (R) – incumbent
  • Barbara Krueger (R)
  • Larry “Secede” Kilgore (R)
  • James Jolly Clark (D)
  • Cedric Davis (D)
  • Joe Mumbach (D)
  • Adrian Ocegueda (D)
  • Jeffrey Payne (D)
  • Lupe Valdez (D)
  • Tom Wakely (D)
  • Andrew White (D)
  • Grady Yarbrough (D)

Texas Lieutenant Governor

  • Dan Patrick (R) – incumbent
  • Scott Milder (R)
  • Mike Collier (D)
  • Michael Cooper (D)

Texas Attorney General

Texas Senate (District 5)

  • Charles Schwertner (R) – incumbent
  • Harold Ramm (R)
  • Glenn “Grumpy” Williams (D)
  • Brian E. Cronin (D)
  • Meg Walsh (D)

Texas House of Representatives (District 14)

  • John Raney (R) – incumbent
  • Jeston Texeira (R)
  • Sarah Laningham (R)
  • Rick Davis (R)
  • Josh Wilkinson (D)
  • Alex Vidal (D)

Comptroller of Public Accounts

  • Glenn Hegar (R) – incumbent
  • Tim Mahoney (D)
  • Joi Chevalier (D)

Commissioner of the General Land Office

  • George P. Bush (R) – incumbent
  • Davey Edwards (R)
  • Jerry Patterson (R)
  • Rick Range (R)
  • Tex Morgan (D)
  • Miguel Suazo (D)

Commissioner of Agriculture

  • Sid Miller (R) – incumbent
  • Trey Blocker (R)
  • Jim Hogan (R)
  • Kim Olson (D)

Railroad Commissioner

  • Christi Craddick (R) – incumbent
  • Weston Martinez (R)
  • Chris Spellmon (D)
  • Roman McAllen (D)

District Judge, (Texas) 85th Judicial District

  • Kyle Hawthorne (R) – incumbent

District Judge, (Texas) 272nd Judicial District

  • Travis B. Bryan III (R) – Next election 2020

District Judge, (Texas) 361st Judicial District

  • Steve Smith (R) – incumbent

District Attorney – Brazos County

  • Jarvis Parsons (R) – Next election 2020

Sheriff – Brazos County

  • Chris Kirk – Next election 2020

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Five Presidents Visit Aggieland

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will attend the event at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University. Source

They’ll be in town Saturday to bolster donations and support for hurricane relief. Bush 41 wanted to do something bigger than a anniversary party for his library – it was his idea to have a concert and start a fund raising campaign – One America Appeal.

The weather isn’t cooperating. There is a 30% chance of rain during the day increasing to 90% chance at night.

Spencer Speaks at University of Florida

Full disclosure, I graduated from the University of Florida in 1995.

Judging by the tweets (#SpencerAtUF), a lot of people showed up to protest and now they’re walking out of the building.

Spencer, who heads the National Policy Institute, a nationalist think tank, is scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m. EDT [October 19, 2017] at a [University of Florida] campus performing arts center. The university said it did not invite him to speak, but was obligated by law to allow the event.

Richard Spencer’s event at the university in Gainesville, which prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency to prepare for possible violence, comes about two months after rallies by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to a deadly clash with counter-protesters.

The school said it will spend more than $500,000 on security, and the National Policy Institute is paying more than $10,000 to rent the facility and for security within the venue. Source:

Last December, Spencer visited Texas A&M University, and was met with a small crowd, most of whom were protesters. At that time I said watch this guy we’ll see him again.


Texas Voter ID Law: Federal Judge Says Law Intentionally Discriminates

Remember, this fight is far from over:

A federal judge ruled on Monday [April 10, 2017] that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, raising the possibility that the state’s election procedures could be put back under federal oversight. Source:

Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, had made a similar ruling in 2014, but after Texas appealed her decision, a federal appellate court instructed her to review the issue once more.

Then came the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which said Judge Ramos relied too much on Texas’ history of discriminatory voting and other “infirm” evidence.

Judge Ramos wrote the 5th District’s evidence “did not tip the scales” in favor of Texas.

Many southern states have fought the federal approval requirement for amending voting laws. Most of the issues were lifted when the Supreme Court decision in 2013 invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Source:

And finally, something new:

With the ruling, two federal courts – in consecutive months – have found that Texas lawmakers knowingly discriminated against Latino and black voters in elections. In March, a three-judge panel in San Antonio ruled the Legislature illegally “packed” and “cracked” minority populations in certain districts while redrawing the state’s congressional map in 2011 – an effort to reduce their influence across Texas. Source:

Remember that phrase “packed and cracked” aka gerrymandering.

Black Mask, Black Flag

RE: U.C. Berkeley Protests/Riots

Was the riot a black mask, black flag operation? I mean look, there’s a bunch of people covering their faces, rioting and causing destruction, for what? To cancel the meeting? or distract people from seeing what’s going on: Trump targeting a place to cut funds when they don’t comply. They couldn’t comply. It was a catch 22. Allow Milo to speak and risk death and destruction (after they whip the crowd into a frenzy), or cancel the event and risk (some uninspired) destruction; they chose  to cancel.

I have no doubt Steve Bannon could get a small group to riot, distract, and fain hate towards Trump, then Trump could use whatever excuse he wanted to target funding for anything; get public institutions to comply and you conquer the public. If this is the case, I agree with others, Donald your “slip is showing.”

Texas Voter ID Law: SCOTUS Won’t Hear It

This is the same law we keep hearing about. Texas is determined to have it decided one way or the other. In the last chapter of this saga I reported that the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said that the Texas voter-identification law discriminates against blacks and Hispanics, and ordered that temporary remedies be put in place by the November election.

On Monday (January 23), The Supreme Court rejected  the appeal from Texas officials seeking to restore the state’s voter ID law.

“Chief Justice Roberts made it very clear that the case will be an even stronger posture for Supreme Court review after further proceedings in lower courts,” Ken Paxton said in a statement. “Texas enacted a common sense voter ID law to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and we will continue to fight for the law.”

Source: New York Times.

So, we haven’t seen the end yet. Back to the lower courts (drawing board).

Let’s put a pin in that

I’m posting this here just so we remember his name. I have a feeling we’re going to hear more from him in the future.

Richard Spencer, white nationalist and creator of the term alt-right spoke in Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center on December 6. Source:

While he was giving his speech the university was hosting an “Aggies United” event across the street. Some 400 people attended Spencer’s speech – most were protesters and most of the protesters weren’t students at A&M. Many more attended Aggies United.

Just weeks after the Texas A&M speech, Spencer is still in national headlines:

  • Spencer is considering race for Senate
  • His mom is target of hate
  • White supremacists targeting Jews in Montana (His mom lives in Whitefish, Montana)
  • Alt-right Plans Armed March Through Montana Town To Scare Jews

Our Next President: Donald J. Trump

President Elect Donald Trump Today’s New York Times front page headline: “TRUMP TRIUMPHS Shocking Upset as Outsider Harnesses Voters’ Discontent.” The story’s headline echos the anti-establishment: Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment. Source: New York Times

So there it is. I really don’t know what to say. Some headlines talk about “election hangover” or “now what” so let’s review and see what just happened. (Full disclosure, I didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton.)

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump officially announced that he was running for President of the United States. His campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.” Even from the beginning – from his first speech (he descended to the podium on an escalator in Trump Tower and mentioned Mexico sending rapists across the border) – controversy followed Donald, and he spewed hate-filled rhetoric.

On July 27, 2016, after the primaries, I wrote, the nominees have been chosen to represent their parties. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, and making waves as the 3rd (and 4th?) party nominees are Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein for the Green Party.

In the past 6 months – since the primaries began – there’s been scandals, mudslinging, and a healthy dose of much-to-do-about-nothing. History has again been made with the nomination of Hillary as the first female nominee of “a major political party” for president. (Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872.) WikiLeaks leaked over 30,000 emails from the DNC – they showed a preference toward Hillary and motives to eliminate Bernie Sanders from the nomination. (Russian hackers got into the email server.) Donald, meanwhile, has been saying some radical things: he would (possibly) eliminate the World Bank; get Mexico to pay for a wall along our border with them; (possibly) not support NATO countries that don’t pay their share; he wants to talk with Putin, …

Hillary and Donald had 4 debates, he lost them all. He was trailing – even just a little – in polls most of the race. He lost the popular vote by 200,000 votes. But, in the end, he won the electorate. They’re still counting votes, but as of now he has 51%. Hillary conceded Wednesday morning thus making Donald J. Trump our 45th president.

I forgot to mention that Donald’s Vice President is Mike Pence. Remember his name I think we’ll see more of him.

Andrea Yates Where Is She Now

It’s been a little over ten years since Andrea Yates was found insane and I wrote about the verdict.

Fifteen years after drowning her five children in the bathtub of her suburban Houston home, Andrea Yates lives a reclusive life in a Texas mental health facility and frequently watches videos of her children laughing and playing, sources close to Yates tell PEOPLE. Source:

It continues to be a sad end to a sad case.