Donate To The Bill Hicks Memorial Statue for Houston, TX

A project by Free Press Houston to remember legendary comedian Bill Hicks in the city where he began his career

Bill Hicks is revered throughout the world as many things – legend, truthsayer, shaman, philosopher, and many more.  Bill was a rare breed of human; A guy that comes along once in a lifetime to challenge us to be better. He made you think, he kept you on the edge of your seat, and he was completely fearless. He’s one of the few comedians that is still relevant almost 20 years after being taken from the world too soon, and his legacy grows every day. Yet, there does not stand a single monument in the world to him.  Bill began his comedy career in Houston at the now defunct Comedy Workshop on San Felipe and Shepherd. A statue to permanently pay homage to him in the city where he began his journey would solidify his legacy.  This statue would serve as a symbol to remember the past and everything Bill gave us, but also as a reminder for the future generations to seek knowledge around every corner.

Houston sculptor David Adickes has agreed to build the statue of Bill.  If you’ve ever seen his work, you know he is the best man for the job and that the statue will be nothing short of amazing.  A Houston legend sculpting a Houston legend – It doesn’t get better than that. The family and estate of Bill Hicks has given their blessing to this project and will be on hand at the statue’s unveiling.

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Texas Wants to Execute Man Who Killed Home Intruder Who Turned Out to Be SWAT Member

Attempting to serve a search warrant by entering a house through a window got Killeen, Texas, Police Detective Charles Dinwiddie shot in the face and killed last May.  It was yet another SWAT raid organized for a purpose other than the reason they were invented. The police had a search warrant looking for narcotics at the home of Marvin Louis Guy, 49. They decided to serve this warrant at 5:30 in the morning and without knocking on his door. He opened fire on them, killing Dinwiddie and injuring three others.

Though they found a glass pipe, a grinder, and a pistol, they did not find any drugs. Former Reason Editor Radley Balko took note of the deadly raid in May at The Washington Post. A police informant apparently told them there were bags of cocaine inside the house, which sounds a lot like another familiar drug raid in Virginia that got an officer killed.

The Virginia case ended with Ryan Frederick in prison for 10 years despite his insistence he thought he was defending himself against in home intruders. He may end up lucky compared to Guy. Prosecutors in Texas are going to seek the death penalty against him. KWTX offers a dreadfully written summary that says next to nothing about the circumstances of the raid but gives Dinwiddie’s whole life story. Guy faces three additional charges of attempted capital murder for shooting the other officers. The story mentions the no-knock raid but fails to explain why it happened or the failure to find any drugs.

A search for Guy in the jail inmate locator for Bell County, Texas, shows that he is being charged only for the shootings. There are no drug-related charges listed. He is being held on a bond totaling $4.5 million.

Texas Wants to Execute Man Who Killed Home Intruder Who Turned Out to Be SWAT Member – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

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Burnt Orange Report on Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor / Toll Road Nightmare

As always, a great report from BOR:

According to a recent post in the Houston Chronicle:

A default could descend into a disastrous scenario for the operator, its creditors and the state. If the creditors sweep in and demand full payment, Texas Department of Transportation officials could dissolve their controversial concession agreement with Cintra and Zachry for the 41-mile toll portion, about half of the entire Texas 130 tollway. A termination of the deal would make it harder for creditors to get their money back, Moody’s concluded….The risk of default comes amid lingering questions about TxDOT’s funding, its overall ability to maintain and expand roads in growing areas of Texas, and its  increasing reliance on tolling.

Back in 2012 the Texas Tribune did a story on how Texas was the greatest recipient of federal loan money used for toll roads, and its main beneficiary was Cintra.

“Spain-based toll operator Cintra is the lead investor on three Texas toll projects, each of which has received help from TIFIA. The SH 130 toll road from Austin to Seguin that opened in October received a $430 TIFIA loan. Two North Texas projects under construction, the North Tarrant Express and the LBJ Express, together have received $1.5 billion from TIFIA.”

Terri Hall, a homeschool mom turned citizen activist, and the founder of Texans for Toll-free Highways pinned a blog post for the San Antonio Express News where she outlined how such projects are bad for taxpayers.

With Cintra’s SH 130 tollway attracting less than half the forecasted traffic, Moody’s downgraded the bonds to junk status last year. With SH 130 near bankruptcy, Cintra managed to get TxDOT to pony-up another $30 million to buy down the truck toll rates in the hopes of enticing more trucks to use the road. Thereby, making autos pay to subsidize trucks. This is the second year TxDOT subsidized truck toll rates, which falsely inflates the traffic on the private tollway.”

In the October edition of Rolling Stone Gov. Perry was slammed for his attempts to sellout Texas to foreign investors, but marveled at for his ability to project a public image that is its antithesis.

“To recap: Rick Perry sold the right to tax Texas highway drivers to Spanish billionaires, let a British firm write a law authorizing the sale of virtually all Texas state property to foreign corporations, and tried to literally sell the lives of retired Texas schoolteachers to a Swiss bank. Yet he’s somehow built a reputation in the national media as a fist-shaking America-first nativist, with a Tea Partier’s passion for small government. How Perry has managed to sell this fictional version of himself is a testament to the extraordinary power of marketing over reality in our modern political system. In fact, his entire career is a profound testament to our nagging collective inability, or perhaps unwillingness, to distinguish between what a politician says and what he actually does.”

It’s true, many of Perry policies along with the cronyism would be shunned by the Tea Party if they were only aware, but many of his worst offenses are buried in his tenure as Texas’ longest serving governor.

BOR: Toll Road Default Could Derail Rick Perry’s Presidential Bid With Specter Of Trans Texas Corridor.

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