- Fort Hood shooting victims, families seek $750 million – Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman
The claims allege that the federal agencies bowed to “political correctness” in ignoring warning signs regarding Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the shooting. Witnesses have said Hasan, who was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan shortly after the shooting, shouted “Allahu Akbar” — an Arabic refrain meaning “God is greatest” and something of a war cry for Muslim terrorists — before opening fire inside Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center, killing 12 soldiers and one civilian and wounding more than 30.
The claims cite a February U.S. Senate report by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, which concluded that Hasan was a “ticking time bomb” and that federal agencies failed to take action against Hasan despite mounting evidence that the psychiatrist, born in Virginia to Palestinian parents, was embracing radical Islam.
This will likely provoke interesting reactions from the Arbiters of Things That Can’t Be Said.
- Vehicle board rejects proposal for Confederate flag license plate – Mike Ward, Austin American-Statesman
- U.S. delays decision on oil pipeline from Canada to Texas – Renee Schoof, McClatchy
The White House votes “present.”
- The Obsolete Operations of the Harris County Department of Education – Empower Texans
- No word on Mercedes-Benz complaints against Rep. Linda Harper-Brown — and don’t hold your breath on her promised fix to ethics law, either – Mark Lisheron, Texas Watchdog
- The Perilous Perry Pattern – Jonah Goldberg, The Corner/NRO
- The Other Problem With Perry's 'Oops' Moment – Matt Bai, The Caucus/NYTimes.com
The problem is that he didn’t seem to know the basic details of his own proposal. Here he was calling for what would be a truly radical restructuring of the federal government — involving many thousands of jobs and many billions of dollars in federal expenditures — and he didn’t have a grasp on which sprawling departments he would shutter. It seemed the idea was not his own, but rather something he had tried and failed to memorize.
- Revenue tools benefits taxpayers – Curt Olson, Texas Budget Source
- For-Profits See Opportunity in Texas Higher Ed Woes – Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
- Deconstructing the Planned Parenthood Myth – Williamson County Conservative
- The Houston Chronicle continues . . . – Unca Darrell