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Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

March 20
22:08 2013

Last weekend, Fort Worth residents were graced with the presence of the 12th annual Texas Bigfoot Conference. Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like:  an assortment of speakers offering “presentations . . . concerning the existence of a large bipedal ape living in remote parts of North America, including Texas and surrounding states.”

The conference is sponsored by the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy, a nonprofit scientific organization devoted to tracking and researching the elusive sasquatch, a mythical ape-like creature or “cryptid” that some believe lurks within American forests.

Unfortunately, according to the organization’s site there are no recorded Bigfoot sightings in Denton County at this time. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on the possibility—the truth is out there, after all.

A Houston political activist is facing some tough questions after evidence emerged this week pointing to his involvement with the American Fascist Party. We didn’t know it existed either, but that’s probably since they aren’t so popular. We certainly didn’t see them on the ballot last November.

James Ives, a leading figure in the Houston-area Tea Party who regularly contributes to conservative talk radio shows in the region, joined the fascist party more than a decade ago as its “director of propaganda.” He participated in discussions on the party’s Internet forum and even appeared in one of its promotional videos in 2006.

In the video, Ives wears a black uniform with yellow shoulder patches, and sits surrounded by AFP logos and fascist iconography. We actually feel kind of bad for the guy—the video’s production quality is nearly as bad as his choice of clothing.

Once the video was uncovered, Ives had some explaining to do. He told reporters that he originally saw the party’s beliefs as “pro-America,” and only stayed with the group out of sheer curiosity. In fact, he doesn’t really think it’s a huge deal, calling the discovery “a funny story” and not much else.

But many of his colleagues in the conservative world aren’t laughing, with several publicly distancing themselves from Ives and expressing concern. We’re sure his next Tea Party meeting will be pretty awkward, if they even let him in the door.

The Texas coastal border town of Brownsville isn’t known for much more than palm trees and farms.  But if the city’s leaders get their way, you might have to add SpaceX to that list.

The California space transport company is a prominent innovator in the growing field of private spaceflight. SpaceX holds contracts with NASA and private corporations to launch satellites and other payloads into orbit, and is looking to build a new spaceport to host about 12 launches a year.

To put it lightly, Brownsville wants a piece of this action. It’s estimated that the spaceport would bring more than $80 million to the city’s economy, not to mention creating hundreds of jobs and putting the city on the map as a hotspot for the future of aerospace.

This possibility is tremendously exciting for Texas, especially if you consider that Brownsville is one of the most promising candidates for the contract.

Even the word “spaceport” sounds like something out of “The Jetsons.” If you don’t think this whole thing is totally fascinating, your inner child is probably dead.

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