A six-panel jury in Texas decided that Marco Sauceda was guilty of resisting arrest while being pepper-sprayed, shot with a pepper ball gun and wrestled to the ground by nine Lufkin Police officers in his own living room. Cops entered his home after a neighbor reported a black male kicking in the front door. Sauceda, who has the mind of a child, according to his lawyer, then locked himself in the bathroom and refused to come out

Obscure Store and Reading Room: Jury finds man guilty of evading arrest after being mistaken for burglar in his own home

Yesterday my sister asked me whether I thought she should apply for a transfer that would be a promotion for her, but would involve a move to Fort Worth. And I just laughed and laughed.


Erastus “Deaf’ Smith, painted by Thomas Jefferson Wright. Born in Kentucky & active in Virginia, the artist made it to the Republic of Texas in time to paint heroes of the Texas Revolution from life. 

All the “famous” Revolutionary paintings–like The Surrender of Santa Anna by Henry Huddles–were painted much later. After the Civil War & Reconstruction, Texas art patrons (such as they were) became interested in a war that had not ended in defeat.

(Deaf Texan’s special edition tells what the Real Deaf Smith did during the Texas Revolution.) 

Before Panem: 2175 CE (169 BP)

By now the Long Winter has truly set in, with the almost all of what used to be Canada now the White Waste. Even much of the land to the south of that is now taiga and subarctic.

Dark green is still truly wilderness even after vegetation is reclaiming the ash-laden earth. Lighter green zones are near-anarchy: between the intact cities of the Midwest winter-struck feudal states, the hills of the Ozarks and Appalachia once again dominated by clans, or raiders roaming the Pacific Northwest.

The Great Migration 30 years ago has finally took its toll, and America (orange) is now in the midst of a civil war.

One of the few to leave intact is the New Texas Republic (red), and by now it has a fully functional and quite egalitarian government.

Though it’s not the only player in the area. In yellow is the Floridian Republic, and in purple is the Holy Dominion of the Mississippi. As can be seen, the Dominion has just got done shifting the course of the Arkansas River.

The UAF remnant is still holding on.

And deep in the Canadian Rockies, a community has come above ground…

The one joke that Pitch Perfect 2 missed out on:

Pentatonix representing the Republic Of Texas.

Why the hell were they wearing Maple Leaves when they should have been wearing Lone Stars?

What better joke is there than “Texas thinks it’s its own country”? That would have been hilarious. >.<

But I mean they were also good as Canada.

And no one told me Michael Odokara-Okigbo was going to be in this damn movie! I knew about PTX and the Fils and Penn Masala, but MICHAEL was there too? I missed him so much his voice is like heaven.

Also me and my grandpa laughed at EVERY SINGLE JOKE that NO ONE ELSE LAUGHED AT. Like, sometimes when everyone else was laughing we would be too, but so many times it was me or him or both of us as the ONLY ONES LAUGHING.

Can’t wait to see this again next week with my mom.

Gentlemen remove their hats…that’s hard-core! The Daughters of the Republic of Texas only want the finest, truest gents! I will NOT disappoint them! #alamo (at Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas)



- Location: Central Africa, north of Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Size: Slightly smaller than Texas.
- Population: 5,277,959.
- Median age: 19.4.
- Life expectancy: 51.35 yrs.
- Capital: Bangui.
- Religions: indigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%; note: animistic beliefs and practices strongly influence the Christian majority.
- Natural resources: diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, oil, hydropower.
- High risk of infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, meningococcal meningitis, rabies.
- Child labor—children ages 5-14: 47%.
- Industries: gold and diamond mining, logging, brewing, sugar refining.
- The former French colony of Ubangi-Shari became the Central African Republic upon independence in 1960. Since then there have been military coups.
- On multiple watch lists for human trafficking.
Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's meeting with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin

Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s meeting with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with his Philippine counterpart Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin in Hawaii today, where they reaffirmed the strong and enduring ties between our two nations. Secretary Carter welcomed the opportunity to discuss regional security issues with one of our closest allies in the Asia-Pacific, and stressed that the U.S. commitment to defend the…

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