The United States Supreme Court is about to be tested again regarding Big Tech censorship and law.
“Facebook’s wrongful interpretation of Section 230 is being used to protect social media giants, while Americans are being silenced,” stated Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, explaining while the Lone Star State were filing against them in court. “A disturbing increase in heinous crimes such as human trafficking and illegal activity have eroded the fabric of our great nation. ”
The State of Texas has filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court arguing against Facebook’s vague and inaccurate legal interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Facebook’s stance and Section 230 is intended to shield them from liability for human trafficking that was facilitated using the social media platform. This would leave trafficking victims without effective relief or financial remedy while Facebook takes advantage of this vulnerable demographic in exchange for advertising dollars.
Texas is recommending that Section 230 be amended to clarify that online platforms may be held accountable and to effectuate Congress’s intent to protect Americans from exploitation, illegal activity, and violence.
“I will fight to uphold the rule of law and hold internet platforms like Facebook accountable,” Attorney General Paxton said.
If the vaccine is so important why do our government leaders and illegal aliens not have to take it?
Currently, 13 states that are Democratic with high vaccination rates have the highest “case” rates (using a faulty PCR test), while Republican states are all doing better. How does this occur?
Let’s examine Texas, a large populated and diverse state. In January 2021, mainstream media were heavy with Dr. Anthony Fauci quotes and claims in their reporting.
At the time, there were just four counties in Texas willing to get the experimental COVID-19 “vaccines” at the high rate Fauci and media were pushing for. Three of them are in Central Texas. Note that the University of Texas and Texas State University are in those counties.
Fauci promised during a December 2020 broadcast on CNBC, that counties reaching those levels of vaccinations “would develop an umbrella of immunity that would be able to protect even the vulnerable who have not been vaccinated or those in which the vaccine has not been effective.”
Fauci and the media were eventually proven wrong.
In most of Texas, about 52 percent of the population chose not get the vaccines. According to survey results from Carnegie Mellon’s COVIDcast and conducted by the Delphi Group, those models and predictions were unreliable for the longer term predictions.
In Travis, Hays, Williamson and El Paso (University of Texas at El Paso) counties, they reached high vaccine acceptance rates and surpassed the 80 percent threshold Fauci promised would do the job.
No other Texas counties reached above 80% in vaccine acceptance, out of 254 counties statewide.
85.3% – Travis County
82.1% – Hays County
81.9% – Williamson County
80.5% – El Paso County
78.8% – Webb County
78.1% – Fort Bend County
77.6% – Collin County
77.0% – Brazos County
76.7% – Denton County
75.2% – Nueces County
What did we learn?
1. Don’t trust Anthony Fauci.
2. Don’t trust the mainstream media
3. Vaccine hesitancy is multi-factorial and has little to do with level of education or intelligence. In another Carnegie Mellon University study, the educational level with the most vaccine hesitancy is the Ph.D. level. Those can all have been awarded to liberal arts majors. Clearly, scientists who can read the data and assess risk are among the least likely to take the mRNA vaccines.
Why should the vaccine program be stopped?
This enormous clinical trial of mRNA vaccines have caused millions of Americans to participate mostly out of fear. But over time, it has not been going well.
It is abundantly clear for anyone advocating for public health that the vaccination program should be stopped.
🔹Iceland has just stopped giving the Moderna vaccine to anyone which is a good step in the right direction.
🔹Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have banned the Moderna vaccine for anyone under the age of 30.
🔹Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have ended all COVID restrictions and are doing far better than the U.S., UK, and Israel, three countries that continue to vaccinate into the pandemic.
🔹Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, almost all of Africa, and parts of India have low vaccination rates and are doing much better than America. The difference? They manage the pandemic by using Ivermectin, not Big Pharma experimental vaccinations..
🔹VAERS, America’s vaccine adverse effect reporting system, (widely known to under-report events by 1-10%) indicate there are close to 17,000 deaths, 24,000 disabilities, 11,000 MI/myocarditis, 88,000 urgent care visits, 76,000 hospital stays, and 777,000 total adverse events.
🔹The European reporting system, Eudravigilance, shows about 26,000 deaths.
What is ‘Antibody Dependent Enhancement’?
Data from the CMS system (Medicare charts) showed over 48,000 deaths in the Medicare group shortly after taking the vaccine.
An AI-powered tracking program called Project Salus tracks the Medicare population and shows vaccinated Medicare recipients are having worse outcomes each week.
Their ailments, injuries and deaths are proving consistent with “Antibody Dependent Enhancement.” This occurs when the vaccine antibodies actually accelerate the infection leading to worsening COVID-19 infection outcomes.
Antibody Dependent Enhancement has occurred previously with trials of other coronavirus vaccines in animals. The CDC and the FDA are suppressing this data and no one who receives the vaccine has true informed consent.
Crimes against humanity?
The Rome declaration in Italy, has 6,700 medical signatories attesting that the handling of the pandemic amounts to crimes against humanity for denying the best medical treatment and continuing to advocate for harmful vaccines.
Each day more evidence arises for Americans to end the propaganda and mass mask psychosis.
The media narrative of perpetual fear is falling apart. Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, almost all of Africa, and parts of India have low vaccination rates and are doing much better than the US, something attributed to their managing the pandemic by using Ivermectin.
Denmark, Sweden, and Finland suspensions in vaccinating those under 30 years old with the Moderna vaccine was due to increases of myocarditis and pericarditis among youths and young adults that were vaccinated.
“The connection is especially clear when it comes to Moderna’s vaccine Spikevax, especially after the second dose,” the Swedish Health Agency announced.
Over 500,000 people attended the Sturgis, South Dakota motorcycle rally in August and there was no super spread of COVID-19. One survey showed 82 percent of attendees said they had not been jabbed.
Football season began in August and stadiums around the country continue to pack in an average of 86,456 fans yelling and screaming “F-Joe Biden” with no masks on. There have been no superspreader events, yet the students are forced to go back to masking in class.
Finally, President Donald J. Trump continues to hold record breaking attendance records at his Rally for America events. Despite media propaganda, their predicts have been wrong. There have been no superspreaders.
Way to Go, Fauci.
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The Texas Office of the Attorney General announed an operation that resulted in the arrest of 38 fugitives wanted for gang-related offenses.
In Bexar County (San Antonio), the Attorney General’s Austin Fugitive Apprehension Unit assisted the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force’s warrant initiative, named Operation Wash Out, from September 20-27.
“These efforts focused on members of the most violent gangs in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area,” a release from AG Ken Paxton stated. “As a result of this warrant initiative, the following were arrested – including one of Texas’s Top 10 Most Wanted.”
Those arrested included:
Moses Calderon (Picture below, on right)- Parole Violation for Murder with a Deadly Weapon and Assault Bodily Injury. Member of Hermanos Pistoleros Gang. Texas Top 10 Most Wanted.
Steven Acevedo – Assault Family Violence. Member of Tango Orejon Gang.
Samantha Acosta –Possession of Controlled Substance.
John Anthony Arroyo – Probation Violation for Smuggling Aliens and Stolen Vehicle.
Ruben Benavides – Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault Against Public Servant and 2 counts of Assault Bodily Injury. Member of Klik Gang.
Nicholas Blanco – Racketeering and Murder.
Ricky Ohara Coleman – Parole Violation for Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence. Member of Wheatley Court Gang.
Jonathan Duque – Assault Family Violence.
Brenna Farley – 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.
Rogelio Gloria Flores – Probation Violation for Manufacturing/Delivery of Cocaine. Mexican Mafia Gang Member.
Arturo Garza, Jr. – Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon. Member of Texas Mexican Mafia Gang.
Ceasar Andrew Gomez – Probation Violation for Amphetamine Possession. Texas Syndicate Gang Member.
Adrian Michael Gonzales – Assault Family Violence Strangulation.
Monte Joseph Govan – Parole Violation for Aggravated Robbery, Unlawful Restraint and Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.
Lane Everett Grinage – Felon in Possession of Firearm.
David Anthony Hernandez – Probation Violation for Dangerous Drugs and Probation Violation for Smuggling.
Larry Guerrero Hernandez – Parole Violation for Unauthorized Use of Vehicle and Assault Bodily Injury. Member of Mexican Mafia Gang.
Linda Flor Ibarra – Aggravated Robbery.
Rolando Lopez – Probation Violation for Smuggling Aliens. Taiza Gang Member.
Rene Arnold Martinez – Tampering with Evidence and Assault Family Violence. Member of Texas Mexican Mafia Gang.
Rafael Resendez – Possession of Controlled Substance.
Nathaniel Xavier Ramirez – Probation Revocation for Evading Arrest and Detention with Vehicle. Member of West Side Varrios Gang.
Humberto Ramos – Possession of Dangerous Drugs. Member of Hermanos Pistoleros Gang.
Michael Roberson – Parole Violation for Possession with Intent to Deliver and Failure to Appear regarding a 2nd DWI. Member of the Bloods Gang.
Ruben Rocha – Assault Public Servant.
Marc Andrew Rodriguez – Assault Family Violence. Member of Tango Orejon Gang.
Guzman Carrizales Sambrano – Parole Violation for Homicide and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penal Institution.
Jeremiah Sambrano – Failure to Appear Assault and Escape from Custody.
Spurgeon Williams – Probation Violation for Cocaine. Member of East Terrace Crips Gang.
Matthew Alexander Woosley – Felon in Possession of Firearm. Member of Tango Orejon Gang.
Tyson William Yetts – Parole Violation for Assault Family Member.
David Zepeda – Parole Violation for Murder. Member of Mexican Mafia Gang.
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AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the formation of his 2021 Texas Election Integrity Unit.
This is a concentrated effort to devote agency lawyers, investigators, support staff, and resources to ensuring this local election season—which begins with early voting today, Monday, October 18—is run transparently and securely.
The Integrity Unit’s primary function is to serve as a focused resource to both election officials and the public. The agency will also monitor a public email address—email@example.com—to receive information about alleged violations of the Texas Election Code.
Although Attorney General Paxton leads an Election Integrity Division year-round, this 2021 Unit is a dedicated group specially tasked with overseeing the 2021 election season. It is a follow-on program from 2020’s highly successful Ballot Fraud Intervention Team.
“The foundation of our constitutional republic is a secure and transparent ballot,” said Attorney General Paxton. “It is why my office remains ever vigilant in defending the integrity of our elections. And it’s why I’m establishing a 2021 Texas Election Integrity Unit to monitor this season’s local elections—which, even though they’re local, must be run in accordance with state law.”
Attorney General Paxton is a national leader in election integrity. Under his leadership, many elections administrators throughout the state have been held accountable for attempts to bend or break the boundaries of lawful practices.
In 2020, for example, the Office of the Attorney General won a dozen critical election-integrity lawsuits, assuring Texans one of the most secure election seasons in the country.
“Further, Attorney General Paxton continues to pursue prosecutions for criminals willing to commit election crimes,” a release from his office stated. “Since taking office in 2015, the Attorney General has resolved 286 prosecutions of Texas Election Code criminal offenses against 76 defendants. Attorney General Paxton is currently prosecuting over 500 felony election fraud offenses in Texas courts.”
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The bone chilling legend of the Donkey Lady offers that a half-woman-half-donkey-like creature continues to haunt the concentrated woods amid the Medina and San Antonio Rivers just south of the Alamo City.
Faithfully, an October and Halloween tradition of searching for the terrifying Donkey Lady, or by now, perhaps her ghost, has been a teenage ritual going as far back as the late 1940s.
Some years back, Harlandale High School classmates and residents of the 1940s and 1950s sat at their local favorite lunch hangout on the south side, Bud Jones Restaurant at Military Drive and Commercial discussing their youth. The conversation turned to the Donkey Lady.
“To this day I swear it wasn’t just a made up deal,” claimed Archie Mabry, a retired electrician, who recalled “going out there as far back as about 1952 or 53. We decided we were going to ride our bicycles out there and actually camp because we wanted to find her.”
“The story we were told by, our older brothers, sisters and classmates, was that there was a man and woman, who lived with their small children near Elm Creek about where Jett Road and Applewhite Road was,” Mabry said. “It was right after World War II and he had come back home messed up in the head after being in the battles in Europe.”
“Well, the man was abusive and drinking all the time. One night she became scared when he came home drunk so she pulled a kitchen knife on him to protect herself and the kids. It ticked him off so he went and set the damn house on fire.”
“I guess fate, or what you call karma, took care of him because the husband and the two children died in the fire,” his friend and my father, Walter “Corky” Dennis, a retired San Antonio police detective added. “Supposedly, they found her barely alive and just severely burned all over. Someone finally took her to what was either called Brooke General Hospital, or Brooke Army Medical Center(BAMC) back then, on base at Ft. Sam (Houston). Now it’s a major trauma center.”
“She was so scarred up and disfigured that she looked somewhat like a horse or donkey,” Dennis emphasized. “But I don’t think we started calling her ‘Donkey Lady’ until after the drowning at the bridge.”
The old classmates nodded their heads agreeing to this version of the story.
“That’s right,” affirmed Mabry. “When she healed, her face kind of drooped, baggy-like and her fingers fused together like hooves.”
Others around the table explained that when the woman was released from the hospital and went back with no home, she “really had no choice but to settle camp style, wild-like, and isolated.”
“We grew up wondering if she would ever make her way into town where we lived,” Dennis smiled. “On summer nights, around campfires, we talked about how she needed to come look for food. We just knew she was out there in the dark waiting for the last one of us to go to sleep, or if one of us needed to walk away for a minute to go to the restroom.”
Stories spread over the generations of students throughout Harlandale, Burbank, McCollum, South San and Southside High Schools. Mutilated by the fire, and absolutely insane from the death of her children, her appearance, the beatings from her husband, and then the isolation in the woods, people reported she would wear a bonnet, scarf or hood during the day to hide her eerie form.
Shop keepers nearby said if she came into their stores, it would be with her beloved donkey. She’d remain unnervingly silent placing purchases on the counter, pay, and simply walk out.
However, at night, the sightings were treacherously different—even sinister in the descriptions. Those who dared to venture over the Applewhite Road Bridge crossing Elm Creek in the dark were terrorized by the sound of animals, especially the unnatural wailing of a donkey.
The old friends around the table turned serious as they told about the bicycle trip Mabry, and three other young Harlandale Indians freshmen took to find the Donkey Lady.
“We thought we were on a safari or witch hunt,” one gentleman began. “We loaded our bikes up with everything we thought we needed to camp out and find the Donkey Lady: lanterns, bedding, slingshots, food, a hatchet, matches, cowboy canteens, just everything you could imagine.”
“We were something out of the ‘Little Rascals,’ now that I think about it,” laughed Mabry. “But we peddled ourselves way out there.”
“I bet we hadn’t settled down more than 30 minutes before we started talking about how she would come out like a wild lion and pounce on one of us, chewing and ripping one of us apart–and then we heard the sounds.”
“It was a donkey,” Mabry swore. “It was a wailing, crying, howling donkey. We could hear it back there in the trees and it was coming closer; right at us.”
The boys all started yelling and ran to their bikes, leaving their gear behind.
“It was sheer terror,” Mabry looked serious. Rubbing his hands together, he continued. “That’s the fastest I ever peddled in my life, both before and since.”
“One of the boys, Jimmy, the one in back of all of us, started screaming and I could hear his bicycle crashing on the ground. I figured that Donkey Lady was gnawing on him like a buzzard or lion would with their prey. Hell no, I didn’t look back to check on him. It was each one for themselves at this point.”
“Remember now, it was pure dark,” he emphasized. “We couldn’t see but maybe eight or ten feet in front of us. We had no idea if he was dead or not. All of our senses was devoted to survival. It was probably a good 30 minutes before we slowed down and stopped.”
“Jimmy wasn’t with us and we weren’t about to call out for him. Our hearts were pounding so loud and we were breathing so hard, we could barely whisper. We figured we were pretty much out of the ‘Donkey Lady Zone’ and decided to lay back–more like collapse–and catch our breath for a quick spell.”
“It wasn’t even five minutes and here comes something, we could hear it, behind us. We jumped up to grab our bikes and Harold said, ‘Look it James (Jimmy)!’”
“Now here comes Jimmy huffin’ and puffin’ towards us. He was mad as hell we left him behind and it wasn’t until he was right on us, that I noticed he didn’t have his pants on.”
“‘Where’s your pants Jimmy?,” one of us asked. ‘Did she get your pants?’”
“Then we saw he was buck naked from the waist down!”
“Hell no, you sons of a bitches,” he yelled. “You just deserted me and I swear I could hear her–she was snortin’ and her hoofs were coming for me. I sh_t my pants right then and there. Pulled them off–underwear and pants. Didn’t even wipe my arse and you guys just left me. You dirty bastards.”
“Speaking of dirty bastards you smell like crap Jimmy,” Mabry noticed.
“What the hell do you expect me to smell like,” Jimmy retorted. “My bicycle seat will never be the same. I tried to keep my ass up peddling because I kept sliding.”
“We didn’t really know what to do for Jimmy, but we had all night, so someone volunteered their socks over so he could try to wipe himself and his bike, but it still stunk all the way to Six Mile Creek. It was there we made him go down stream from us to wash himself better while we soaked and quenched our thirst.”
“I can’t remember, but I guess it was at least four or five days later, maybe a week, ’til we went back–in the daytime–to get our stuff we left back there.”
“It’s strange how different things look in the day than it did in the middle of the night knowing that Donkey Lady is sneaking around. It was still creepy.”
“Our food was all gone, but our blankets, my hatchet, lanterns and other stuff was still there. We think we saw hoof marks there too, but we didn’t stay around to analyze it,” Mabry grinned. “We quickly grabbed our things and rode back. But poor Jimmy. His mama made him bring those pants back home so HE could wash them proper. The underwear stayed. They were a lost cause.”
Texas Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Protects Workers Forced Out
Houston Methodist Hospital may have been bragging they were the first in the nation to force their employees to leave their jobs due the system’s forces COVID vaccine mandates, but their boasting could backfire.
Former Houston Methodist employees, fired or forced to resign for not complying with the system’s experimental vaccination requirements, are now demanding their jobs back after Texas Gov.Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccination mandates, according to Houston Public Media.
The governor’s executive order, issued Oct. 11, bans any entity in Texas, including private employers, from enforcing COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
The order specifically states that “no entity in Texas” can enforce vaccination against anyone, including an employee or consumer, who objects “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
Jared Woodfill, a prominent Houston attorney representing 153 former Houston Methodist employees who where shown the exit door with the system in June for not complying with its mandate, sent a letter to the system Oct. 12, demanding the workers be rehired.
Houston Methodist President and CEO Marc Boom, MD, said he’s disappointed in the governor’s order and that system leaders are reviewing the order’s implications.
“As the first hospital system in the country to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employees and physicians, we are deeply disappointed in the governor’s order that tries to prohibit such mandates,” Dr. Boom gloated in an Oct. 12 statement.
“We are proud of our employees and physicians, who are 100 percent compliant with our vaccine policy,” not bothering to mention over 200 workers (not all sued) were forced out.
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“All employees of San Antonio ISD should know that they are not required to be vaccinated at this time and cannot be terminated for not being vaccinated,” a release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton noted.
“In the event that any SAISD employees are terminated, they should contact the Texas Attorney General’s office immediately.”
The Texas Supreme Court decided to temporarily stop enforcement of San Antonio Independent School District’s vaccine policy requiring that all its employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 15.
“No local entity is above state law.” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am glad to see that the Supreme Court of Texas has again confirmed that the Governor’s decisions control at both the state and local levels.”
“This decision should serve as a reminder to all Texas school districts that they should be using their limited funds on educating children and equipping teachers, not defending unlawful vaccine mandates.”
About 1/3rd of SW Airlines flights cancelled over weekend
“Hell, we know they’re not vaccines. They are experiments that are killing people, making them sick, injuring them and we are not going to be one of their lab rats.”
Southwest, American, Delta, Allegiant, Spirit and other airlines have seen increases in loss of their staffs, including pilots and attendants since the beginning of the Biden presidency.
“When you read flight cancellations are due to bad weather don’t believe a word of it,” one Texas based airline pilot told me, under the condition of anonymity, Sunday afternoon. “This weekend’s cancellations are long overdue and the primary reason are how we are being treated about these so called vaccine mandates.”
As of 6 p.m., CST, over 1,940 domestic and international flights were cancelled by Southwest Airlines since Friday, with almost the same amount delayed.
“The big majority of us (pilots) are from the military,” he continued. “We are dedicated Americans. We’re not stupid and see the writing on the wall.”
“Biden and the government are going after nurses, police, military, firefighters, teachers, and small businesses with these destructive mandates,” he noted. “Now they are going for us. It’s not going to happen.”
“We’ve been saving monetarily, banking our paid vacation and time off accrurals for this moment,” he said. “Why should we work now, with the threat of terminations over our heads? No way.”
“It’s not just pilots,” he admitted. “We are talking about the flight attendants, ticketing agents, baggage, maintenance and ground crews.”
“They tell us they are doing us a favor by giving us DoorDash subscriptions this week, like that’s going to appease us.”
The Southwest Airlines’ flight attendant union, TWU Local 556, indicates their members are being offered bonuses in attempts to maintain staff levels.
With the weekend not over, about one-third of Southwest flights were canceled. Delta and American cancelled 10% and 7% of their flights respectively, while Allegiant and Spirit canceled 7% and 6%.
Last week, in a Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) memo, the organization hinted that the company’s notification of the vaccination mandate and the “lack of detail only fuels a growing divide that continues to erode the already strained relationship between Southwest Airlines and its Pilots’ Union.”
“Southwest dismissed our union’s collective bargaining agreement,” the pilot offered. “We are filing a restraining order against this stupid vaccine mandate. Hell, we know they’re not vaccines. They are experiments that are killing people, making them sick, injuring them and we are not going to be one of their lab rats.”
By Saturday, SWAPA backpedaled, indicating the union was “not anti-vaccination, but we do believe that, under all circumstances, it is our role to represent the health and safety of our Pilots and bring their concerns to the Company.”
The Texas pilot said that they (pilots and employees) “know that with holiday season around the corner, people are planning their upcoming trips.”
“It’s high season,” he continued. “They lose if we don’t fly and we don’t fly if we have to be so-called vaccinated.”
“We know pilots from other airlines are watching us,” he observed. “They are with us and don’t like these mandates either.”
A baggage handler (and distant cousin who has worked for an airline over 20 years) said, “We have their backs. We know if they (pilots) don’t fly, we don’t work. Besides we don’t want those shots either.”
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The October 1991 Rampage Left 23 Dead, Dozens Injured in a Central Texas Restaurant
Luby’s has been a popular Texas cafeteria chain first opened by Bob Luby in 1947 in San Antonio.
The restaurant company, now based out of Houston, had been dealing with disappointing financial results long before the pandemic of 2020 hit. Recently, they’ve been selling much of their assets and real estate for a pending buyout from investors.
Located mostly throughout Texas, there has been some Luby’s restaurants in Arkansas and Mississippi.
On National Boss’s Day, Wednesday, October 16, 1991, I received a phone call not long after noon from Greg Weaver a maintenance tech with H-E-B Food/Drugs. Greg was on his way to lunch at a Luby’s but stopped for gas at a nearby convenience store to call me from Killeen, Texas.
I was Director of Facilities Management for H-E-B and Greg had some questions and information he wanted to run past me before he ate.
“Damn, can you hear that?” Greg asked during the conversation. I couldn’t, but he said it sounded like “a bunch of commotion, like gun shots nearby.”
We commenced to talking and moments later he said there were “police and ambulances coming from all over the place. It looks like I won’t be eating at Luby’s after all. Apparently something bad happened over there.”
After we completed our conversation, I attempted to call an old high school friend and college roommate, Gerald Farris.
Jerry was the Vice President of Loss Prevention for Luby’s so I thought he may have heard something about Killeen.
There was no way I was going to speak with Jerry that day. Can you imagine what his role was like in the aftermath of the deadliest public massacre in American history at the time?
Greg Weaver called back to provide more details about a gunman who crashed his pickup into the front of Luby’s and proceeded to open fire.
“Nope, I’ll will not be eating there,” Weaver said. “It’s all blocked off. Something big happened.”
My office staff monitored radio and television news for information. It was probably 15 or 20 minutes after Greg called before tidbits were being announced publically.
There were about 140 lunchtime diners at that Luby’s location at 1705 East Central Texas Expressway at 12:39 p.m. when a man, later identified as George “Jo Jo” Hennard drove his blue 1987 Ford pickup truck through the restaurant’s plate glass front window.
Startled, diners naturally thought the crash was an accident and started toward the truck to help. But Hennard emerged, shouting “All women of Killeen and Belton are Vipers! This is what you’ve done to me and my family! … This is payback day!”
Armed with two semi-automatic pistols, a Glock 17 and a Ruger P89, Hennard began shooting customers and employees. His attack killed 23 people and wounded 17 others.
After police arrived, Hennard engaged in a brief shootout with officers. Wounded twice in the abdomen by police bullets and running low on ammunition, he ran into a back restroom, shot and killed himself.
Hennard was a native of Pennsylvania, the son of a Swiss surgeon. His family later moved to New Mexico, where his father worked at the White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces.
In an interview with The New York Times a local Killen area shop clerk, Mary Mead, described Hennard’s general demeanor and the difference in him just prior to his rampage:
“George never smiled when he came in here. He just seemed like he had the world on his shoulders. He was a loner. He never talked. But yesterday he seemed almost calm, even a little friendly, for the only time I can remember. Usually, I was scared of him.”
Mead had cause to know Hennard on a passing basis as he bought breakfast at her workplace, six days a week.
Others describe him as combative, impatient, rude, troubled and a loner. One occasional drinking buddy, Tom Snyder, described him as particularly obnoxious when drunk. In brief, George Hennard was never a people person.
Hennard was 35 years old at the time of the shootings, his birthday was just the day before the massacre. He was unemployed and down on his luck. The son of a housewife and retired Army officer, Hennard had previously served two years with the U.S. Navy, gaining an honorable discharge before joining the Merchant Marine in 1977.
His discharge from the Merchant Marine in May, 1989 was less than honorable. He lost his place aboard ship when marijuana was found in his room while his ship was docked in Oakland, California.
A second drug bust cost him his seaman’s papers without which working at sea, the only job he seemed happy in, was no longer open to him.
His bitterness progressed as he became more noticeably rude and difficult around people in general. The loss of his job signalled the beginning of his own decline.
Colleagues aboard ship were relieved to see him gone. As much as Hennard enjoyed life at sea, his shipmates didn’t seem to enjoy sharing a ship with him. Speaking to The New York Times, Ike Williams, port agent for the national maritime union in Wilmington, California, summed up Hennard’s behavior towards his shipmates:
“He was very loud and he appeared to be combative at times. He would come in with a very cold look and be very argumentative, loud, boisterous, sometimes cursing and swearing.”
In February, 1991, eight months prior to his mass murder binge at Luby’s, Hennard’s attempt to regain seagoing status was denied.
Hennard began planning and preparations for seeking his revenge. He took a trip to the town of Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, where he visited Mike’s Gun House owned by Michael Buchanan. There he purchased two pistols and plenty of ammunition. Despite his having a history of drug abuse, he had little difficulty in purchasing his weapons. That ease of purchase would soon cost many innocent people their lives.
Hennard spent his time between buying his guns and committing his massacre unemployed, living at his mother’s house in Benton, near Killeen.
Others that knew him later described Hennard as reclusive and belligerent. He also had an explosive temper. A former roommate said that he hated blacks, Hispanics, and gays. He also hated women, often calling them “snakes.” Survivors of the attack at Luby’s reported him passing over men to shoot women, calling at least two of them “bitch” before pulling the trigger.
After crashing into the front windows at Luby’s, Hennard, carrying Glock 17 and Ruger P89 pistols with plenty of spare clips, methodically strolled the cafeteria where diners began scrambling to avoid the onslaught.
Survivors said that as he roamed around the dining room, Hennard was deliberately intent on killing women, frequently passing over men who were equally at his mercy.
Forensic experts noted he selected his targets with more care than the typical lone gunman, many of whom simply kill anybody who appears in front of them.
He also went largely for shots most likely to be fatal — 10 of the 23 people killed were murdered with gunshots to their heads rather than Hennard aiming randomly. With seemingly total focus on killing as many people as possible, he encircled the cafeteria like a stalking predator, picking his targets, killing with an almost automatic precision and absolute ruthlessness.
The first victim was local veterinarian Michael Griffith who originally jumped up and approached the crashed pick-up to offer assistance, believing this was simply an accident.
Among the first to be wounded (and both of whose parents died in the shooting) was Suzanna Hupp, later to become a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives and an opponent of gun-control legislation.
Hupp normally carried a .38 revolver in her purse, but had left the weapon outside in her car. She’d left her gun outside to avoid breaking strict Texas rules at the time of the shooting, rules expressly forbidding carrying concealed firearms in a public place.
When she most needed her gun, it was outside and entirely out of reach. Her father charged Hennard and was fatally shot. Her mother was murdered cradling her dying husband.
Customer Tommy Vaughn managed to evade the gunfire. Throwing a table through the windows, he created an escape route for himself and many others in the cafeteria while Hennard continued methodically picking his targets, aiming and firing his guns with an almost-military precision.
More victims rapidly followed. Hennard repeatedly emptied and reloaded his pistols with fresh clips, intent on causing the maximum carnage. Loading, aiming, firing and reloading he left bodies and dozens of spent cartridges littered the floor. The cafeteria rapidly reeked of cordite fumes tainting the afternoon air.
Panic-stricken diners hid behind chairs and under tables, intent on avoiding the bullets flying in all directions as Hennard wreaked havoc.
Hennard fired at arriving officers and they fired back. Seriously wounded in the exchange, he retreated into a restroom and shot himself in the head. At 12:52 p.m., only 13 minutes after the assault began, he was dead.
He left behind 43 dead and wounded customers. Women were the principal victims of Hennard’s rampage. Of the 23 people killed, 14 were women and nine other women were wounded. The men shot by Hennard were seemingly an afterthought and he didn’t injure any minors.
Subsequent investigations by local police uncovered Hennard’s obsessions with serial killers and a particular obsession with a song by rock band Steely Dan entitled “Don’t Take Me Alive,” a song about a violent criminal engaging in a last stand against law enforcement.
The owner of the record store where he bought the album described Hennard as unable to cope with his place in life, having lost his career and harboring an apparent desire to be remembered for something, regardless of what it might be. The store clerk also described Hennard as having a particular obsession with “Don’t Take Me Alive.” Lyrics include:
“A man of my mind can do anything…Here in this darkness I know what I’ve done, I know all at once who I am.”
Police also discovered a 1989 calendar at Hennard’s home. Remarks scrawled on the calendar included: “They shall live with what they have created and they shall find no redemption in what they have done.”
His final remark was: “There is simply no hope and not a prayer.”
Police also found two videos.
🔹One was a documentary on the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 during the Lockerbie bombing of 1987.
🔹The other was on serial killers and mass murderers including James Huberty’s massacre in a San Ysidro McDonald’s near San Diego, California massacre, similar to Hennard’s own crime.
Sexism and Prejudice
Hennard’s misogyny is revealed to by two events, one prior to the massacre and his actions during it.
Before the shootings he had stalked two local teenagers whose names he didn’t know. They lived near his mother’s home in Benton. He went so far as sending the two young women a letter praising their individual “virtues” but stating that: “All women of Killeen and Belton are vipers!”
No evidence was ever discovered for his having any other motive than a hatred of women and pent-up bitterness and rage at the world in general and his own place in it.
The precise reason for his hatred of women is also unclear, although it’s often the mode of operation for people like Hennard who are seldom popular with the opposite sex and often bitterly resent the fact.
Famed FBI profiler and author John Douglas agrees with the idea of a lone gunman looking for revenge upon a society he despises. In a “48 Hours” documentary Douglas, one of the pioneers of criminal profiling, described those who engage in mass murder:
“They have a long history of personal life failings. They want to manipulate, dominate, control somebody because they feel that this insignificant nobody (meaning themselves) has been manipulated, has been dominated and controlled for his or her life and now ‘Here’s my opportunity to dish it out. I can call the shots, I can make the decision whether this person will live or die with just a snap of my fingers.'”
According to Northeastern University Sociology Professor Jack Leven there are several criteria under which mass murderers are most likely to act.
🔹First is frustration. Life isn’t going their way, they’re not getting breaks and opportunities that they feel they deserve and are entitled to. The fact that others seem to be getting those breaks and opportunities, in Leven’s view, while the mass murderer is not, tends to fuel their personal fire.
🔹Second is isolation, a resentment of the fact that they don’t feel themselves a part of mainstream society. They feel rejected, frustrated and bitter. They act methodically, often planning their crimes over a long period, picking out a potential target and planning thoroughly.
🔹Third is loss. It can be loss of status, of a particularly cherished job, a bereavement, things that breed upset and emotional turmoil in most of us, but seldom to a degree where suicide or mass murder become an option.
Leven argues that it was Hennard’s own personal demons that led to the Luby’s massacre. Hennard selected women as his particular target while others have been indiscriminate or selected for alleged political motives or ethnicity and/or religion.
A common thread is that, while they may particularly hate a particular group or groups within society, spree killers like George Hennard are fuelled by resentment, rage, declining personal fortunes, an inability to deal with life as it stands and an equal inability to look to their own personal deficiencies and failings. They prefer to believe that their misfortunes are the fault of their victims, denying most or all blame that might be better directed at themselves
Luby’s reopened on the site five months after the shootings. On a business trip through that area, Richard Martin–Greg Weaver’s supervisor at the time–decided to dine at the restaurant.
“This gives me the creeps,” Martin noted. “They have a clown greeting people, but all I can think of is John Wayne Gacy. It’s been remodeled and their intentions are good. I just can’t can get the thought of what happened here. The restroom where he (Hennard) killed himself is especially haunting?”
Richard was right.
Luby’s closed the location permanently on September 9, 2000. When I went through Killeen in 2020, the location was home to a Chinese-American buffet.
A red granite memorial to the massacre victims sits behind the Killeen Community Center.
He shot victim within 5 seconds of interacting with him
On Friday, June 26, 2020, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Muhamed Pathe Bah entered a Texas Regional Bank on Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, Texas and made his way to a bank teller.
Within five seconds, Bah pulled a pistol from a bag and shot the teller in the head.
Bah then robbed the bank and fled the area with the stolen money.
Law enforcement saw a man matching his description who was riding a bicycle. It was Bah.
Authorities then took him into custody. During the arrest, he had a pistol with a spent shell casing in its cylinder on him as well as a large amount of money in a bag he was carrying. He was also in possession of a mask that matched the description witnesses had given.
Bah, now 28, has been ordered to federal prison for life for robbing the bank with a dangerous weapon, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Bah pleaded guilty June 28 on the eve of his trial.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera ordered him to serve the maximum – receiving life in prison for the robbery as well as another 25 years for the use of the firearm during a crime of violence to run consecutively.
Bah must also pay restitution to his victim. At the hearing, the court heard about the viciousness of his crime and the extreme emotional impact on the victims.
The FBI conducted the investigation along with the Harlingen Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. Lindenmuth and Nicole Piquette prosecuted the case.
Mejdi Mahmoud Abousaoui was sentenced to serve 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty to first-degree securities fraud.
Abousaoui paid $210,454.70 in up-front restitution and was ordered to pay the remaining balance of $2,803,271.56 of outstanding restitution.
Abousaoui was prosecuted in the 458th District Court for Fort Bend County, Texas. He was charged with fraudulently selling securities in a scheme that ran from early 2015 through mid-2018 that involved at least 70 victims and more than $4 million.
According to the indictment, Abousaoui misrepresented his use of money tendered by the victims – falsely claiming he would use their money to purchase equities, bonds, mutual funds and other products that would generate a return of 5 percent per month.
He also used new investor funds to pay for personal expenses and distributions to prior investors. This type of scheme is often referred to as a Ponzi scheme, where profits are not generated by underlying business activities and instead fraudulently derived from new investors’ funds.
The Texas State Securities Board acknowledges the work of the Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office in securing the conviction.
The Enforcement Division investigated the case, and enforcement attorneys Kelsey Heaton and Matthew Leslie were appointed as special prosecutors and assisted in the successful prosecution of the defendant.
“I knew that the pandemic we were facing was not unprecedented.”
“The last few months of my work on What Lies Beneath, Texas Pioneer Cemeteries and Graveyards were during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic,” wrote noted Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey. As I was completing the book, I became very cognizant of how history repeats itself.”
“A few hundred years before Christ was born, in the Book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon observed, ‘What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.'”
“All the talk of ‘unprecedented times’ solidified my belief in the importance of the knowledge of history,” Massey, a resident of Helotes, northwest of San Antonio, continued.
“Steeped in the 19th century, writing about cemeteries, memorials, and the people interred—basically writing about death—I knew that the pandemic we were facing was not unprecedented. In fact, epidemics, pandemics, and plagues have occurred with deadly frequency over the centuries and so have various forms of “shutdowns,” and even resistance to such measures.”
“In the 19th century, long-standing diseases such as smallpox (see what instigated the Laredo Smallpox Riot mentioned in this book), typhus, and yellow fever turned into epidemics several times over the course of the century.”
“Cholera spread worldwide in six pandemics in the 19th century. There was even a bubonic plague pandemic that originated in China, spreading worldwide in the 1890s.”
“Scientific advances in the medical field and the recognition of the importance of sanitation made such pandemics rarer and less lethal in subsequent centuries,” Massey noted.
“Many of the cemeteries included tell the stories of individuals, some known and many unknown, who succumbed to epidemics (diseases that affect a large number of people within a region) and pandemics (diseases that spread over multiple countries or continents). In fact, the mortality rate was so high during the 19th century that there was an entire industry of funerary rites and customs developed to help the bereaved.”
“The sentiments engraved on many tombstones give expression to the anguish suffered when a loved one died,” she said.
Massey “was born and raised in Texas, and so was steeped in Texas history from an early age. Nonetheless, many of the individuals covered in this book were new to me. Even those I knew of were illuminated in ways that made them more real and impressive. How they were memorialized in death also tells a story.”
“An example is General Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas, who today is iconic in Texas history. Years after he died, a magnificent memorial by renowned Italian-American sculptor Pompeo Coppini was commissioned for his gravesite, but at the time of his death, he was vilified because he refused to support the Confederacy. Few people, except close family members and friends, attended his funeral in Huntsville.”
“While the gravesites of children, many marked by intricately carved babies and toddlers reclining on small pillow beds, were poignant, the graves with markers for “Unknown” or “Known Only to God” were also moving.”
“Several sections at the Fort Parker Memorial Park Cemetery have rows of such markers—small square concrete tombstones inscribed with the word, UNKNOWN—a sobering reminder of our fate in years to come.”
“…. Cemeteries are important repositories of our history and humanity. While the memorials, statues, and monuments to the luminaries of Texas history are breathtaking, the graves, both marked and unmarked, of ordinary individuals are also worthy of reverence and remembrance.”
Cynthia Leal Massey
Excerpt from Author’s Note of What Lies Beneath, Texas Pioneer Cemeteries and Graveyards By Cynthia Leal Massey