Fake Missiles In Texas Cause Nationwide Jade Helm Hysteria

In the past week, Youtube and certain alternative media sites have exploded with reports of a “new” surface-to-air missile site in Texas. “Journalists” insinuate this is proof that the Jade Helm 15 exercise is actually cover for a military buildup in preparation for an impending war against hordes of ISIS fighters streaming out of Mexico.

Quite simply, this could not be further from the truth.

I happen to know Travis Kuenstler, the man who took the photos, and have confirmed that this site is in fact the Snyder Electronic Scoring Site (ESS).

According to the USAF: “The Snyder Electronic Scoring Site, which falls under the 7th Operations Support Squadron, was established in 2002. The site provides ‘real world’ airpower threat-reaction training to aircrews to ensure the survivability of personnel and equipment in actual battle situations.”

“We’re the bad guys on the ground,” said William Clingenpeel, the site manager. “We send up signals that simulate tracking radar, antiaircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles. It’s the aircrew’s job to avoid us, get in there and do their damage.”

More specifically, this site serves as a training tool for the 7th Bomb Wing, 12th Air Combat Command at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, which includes the B-1 Bomber and the B-52 Stratofortress.

The site is 7 miles north of Fluvanna, Texas, on the left-hand side of Farm to Market Road 1269. One can also view satellite images of the site on Google Maps at 32°59’00.3″N 101°09’14.8″W.

In addition to the electronic warfare threat simulators, the site has mock-up targets with heat sources the aircrews use to test on-board sniper pod equipment.

Mock-up targets such as SA-2 Surface-to-Air Missiles and 2S6 M Self Propelled Air Defense Vehicles are scattered throughout the main facility and remote locations.

Nearby Winston Field outside of Snyder, Texas, is also part of the greater electronic scoring complex–and, in 2013, served as a site for ‘simulated airport seizure’ in an exercise that included bombers, transport, and attack aircraft.

According the 2007 Department of Defense Base Structure Report, there is also an ESS located in Pecos, Texas, in addition to the site outside of Snyder.

As a member of the Texas Liberty Movement, I am certainly concerned about the Jade Helm 15 exercise and share the sentiments of Kimberly York, Regional Coordinator for the Texas Nationalist Movement who spoke to the Big Spring City Council condemning their decision to host the Jade Helm 15 exercise without consulting or deferring to residents.

Speaking privately, she voiced legitimate concern that property owners in the area may inadvertently fire upon participating troops as they conduct armed maneuvers in the dead of night.

Over the past few decades, the wanton refusal of the mainstream press to conduct true journalistic investigations into government action has created an explosion in citizen-journalism; unfortunately, not all members of the “alternative media” demonstrate the discipline that should be demanded from news sources. A lack of willingness to do research or report factually will only serve to discredit the new press and further disenfranchise the societies that have been betrayed by traditional news sources.

In addition, given the suspicion surrounding the Jade Helm exercise and the potentially dangerous reaction that such tension might provoke, it is vitally important that we not allow ourselves to be overcome to the point that we fall victim to the careless fame-seekers that are hawking salacious half-truths to the detriment of their own readers.

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‘Open Season For Gang Members’: Texas Police Chief Blasts New Open Cary Law

The same Texas police chief who encouraged his constituents last year to alert authorities of any “gun enthusiasts” they might know is back in the news this week with another anti-gun rant.

After Texas legislators passed a new provision allowing citizens to openly carry firearms, Austin Sheriff Art Acevedo responded by posting a rambling, error-filled screed against the amendment. He titled his post, published Tuesday on Twitter, Open Season For Armed Criminals and Extremists.

In his attempt to convince Texans that expanded freedom for legal gun owners would somehow translate to more dangerous communities, Acevedo wrote that the legislation “is beyond belief and Aiken [sic] to open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motor cycle [sic] gangs and any other criminal or extremist to defy the law with impunity, just brilliant [sic]!”

He went on to assert that if these criminals “had a seat at the policy writing [sic] table they couldn’t have come up with s [sic] better Amendment.”

Acevedo envisioned a nightmare scenario in which government buildings are overtaken by gun-toting criminals who were just waiting for an open carry amendment to pass in Texas.

“Here is a scenario,” he wrote, “next time groups face off in our Capital City at the Capitol, Klan with their hoods on, Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers with their faces covered and just about any other extremist group, armed with firearms authorized by Open-Carry, law enforcement will have absolutely no authority to ensure the people who are armed as they wish……….why bother [sic] common sense has officially died and writing any further would be fruitless.”

While a few gun control activists supported Acevedo’s position, a clear majority of social media responses sought to clear up perceived misconceptions in his depiction of the law.

“The assumption that criminals aren’t already carrying is just stupid!” one user wrote. The sentiment was echoed by many others.

One supporter of the law indicated that criminals carried firearms long before it was legal, adding that now “honest people can, too.”

h/t: BuzzPo

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This Remarkable Lady Just Did Something Even Football Players And Pro Wrestlers Couldn’t

Where else but in Texas, the state where big — really BIG — is honored, celebrated, and rewarded.

Texas Monthly has published an account of an eating competition that proves beyond a doubt that looks can be deceiving. Molly Schuyler, a 120-pound mother of four, is, as Texas Monthly notes, “among the top female competitors in what’s largely a man’s game.” That game is competitive eating. And what Molly just devoured puts her in a top category all by herself after a logic-defying feat that raises the question of “whether she’s the world’s greatest competitive eater.”

In record time this past weekend, Molly Schuyler wowed her rivals and the amazed onlookers at the Big Texan Streak Ranch in Amarillo by downing three massive meals, each spread consisting of a 72-ounce porterhouse steak, baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad, and roll. And she packed away all that grub in a combined 20 minutes,  Plus Molly, on her own, was competing not against other individuals, but against four two-person teams made up of football players and professional wrestlers.

An owner of the restaurant where Molly made history on Sunday told Amarillo Globe News that the Nebraska native took home the $1,000 prize for eating some 15 pounds of food far faster than the teams against which she was competing.

“’We’ve seen a lot of things come through these doors but Molly … she takes the cake … she takes lots and lots of cake,’ said a joking Bobby Lee, Big Texan co-owner.”

For Molly Schuyler, this kind of money-making performance is reportedly nothing new. “In January 2014, she downed a record 363 wings in 30 minutes at a competition in Philadelphia and earned $22,000.”

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Proposed Texas Law Requires Teachers To Psychologically Evaluate Students

A new bill proposed by a Texas state representative would require students to undergo mandatory mental health evaluations or face suspension, based on a psychological assessment of school teachers or school officials.

HB 985’s reporting provision states: “If an educator employed by a school district or open-enrollment charter school observes or is informed about conduct of a student or a statement made by the student that would cause a reasonable person to believe the student intends or is likely to commit sexual violence against another or intends or is likely to cause serious bodily injury to self or others, the educator shall provide notice to the school counselor.”

Once a student is flagged, the proposed legislation requires the parent or guardian to take the student to “the nearest local mental health authority or a physician specializing in psychiatry to receive a mental health screening and a certificate of medical examination for mental illness…that contains the examining physician’s opinion that the student is not a danger to oneself or others.”

During the evaluation period, or if suspended by the provisions of the law, students would be placed off campus in the Discipline Alternative Education Program. The program was established in 1995 by state legislation to address “virtually any disciplinary violation or certain criminal offenses specified in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code,” according to Schooling a New Class of Criminals? by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Breitbart Texas reports that State Rep. Jason Villaba, R-Dallas, the bill’s sponsor, was:

inspired by the 2013 brutal rape-murder of six-year-old Alanna Gallagher by a troubled Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhood teen. The tragedy did not happen in a school setting. In the name of public safety; however, HB 985 would open that Pandora’s Box of overreach to include a student’s action or comments “on or off school property, and during or outside regular school hours.

Opponents of HB 985 fear that deputizing school personnel to make snap psychological evaluations will lead to stigmatizing students, when current law already empowers school officials and law enforcement to address credible threats made by students. The process provided for in HB 985, once initiated by teachers and school administrators, will lead to students’ personal information being submitted to mental health facilities and police departments. These actions can all take place without first consulting with the parents.

Villaba has introduced controversial legislation in the past, including making it a crime for bloggers and citizens to film law enforcement and forcing parents to have their children vaccinated–regardless of their religious convictions.

h/t: Free Patriot Post 

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Texas Law Targeting Barbecue Restaurants Attracts Serious Backlash

In order to satisfy a few residents who have complained about the smoke emanating from certain barbecue restaurants in the city, Austin city council members recently considered implementing new regulations that could put restaurants out of business regardless of whether any complaints were lodged against them. Reports focus on the prevalence of food trucks that billow smoke near residential areas as a primary concern; however, the new rules as written would apply to all restaurants located within 100 feet of a residence.

Though the proposal received an initial thumbs up from city leaders, the council has yet to receive a final version of the ordinance on which they can vote. In the interim, barbecue masters and aficionados alike are lamenting the toll such a restriction could take on the city’s restauranteurs.

KXAN reported that the remedies suggested include forcing business owners to obtain “expensive smoke scrubbers” or switch their wood-burning pits to gas-operated cookers.

Greater Austin Restaurant Association board member Hoover Alexander shared his concern that “if we have an ordinance that paints all of us into one group of folk that may not be good neighbors,” he can foresee being “penalized without considerations of other solutions.”

Local pit master Kent Black shared Alexander’s concerns, urging the city council to “make it a little more specifically aimed at where the problem is and hopefully not burden all of the other restaurants where it’s not a problem.”

For those who frequent the eclectic city’s many barbecue restaurants, a major concern seems to be with preserving the flavor they have come to expect.

“Maybe you don’t understand what BBQ is,” one reader wrote in response to a Washington Weekly News article, “IT’S SMOKE!!!!!!”

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