News Ticker: July 24
All the news that's fit to blog
By Brandon Watson,
4:15PM, Wed. Jul. 24, 2013
Kinky Friedman gets political, Greg Abbott goes for the Buzzfeed vote, and Wendy Davis feeds the trolls. Communication is on the News Ticker.
• If Sassy magazine were somehow reincarnated as a 14 year-old abortion rights protestor, we would like to think that person would be Austin's Tuesday Cain.
• The folks at Austin Bergstrom swear the chain link fencing at the airport is only temporary. Those planning for West Side Story themed flash mobs should act accordingly.
• According to website Movato, Austin is the fourth most hard-working city in America. Most of that work seems to involve margaritas and patios, but we've never been ones to quibble with science.
• According to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, bees are on the move.
• Kinky Friedman is forming an exploratory committee to help him decide whether he should run for office again. We guess it's OK for a humorist to run when half of Texas' elected officials are already jokes.
• The Houston Chronicle wins today's headline writing contest with "Dewhurst: I Saw Bags of Feces." The gem is also an apt description of M. Night Shyamalan's latest plot twist.
• On Instagram earlier today, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott further proved why many Democrats are cat people.
• Perhaps inspired by #AskAbbott, Sen. Wendy Davis is taking her own shot at the Twitter Town Hall. Hopefully, she won't have to delete so many tweets to convince people that the event was a resounding success.
• Sen. Ted Cruz says there is no doubt that he is eligible to run for president, although he does sometimes crave gravy on his french fries and has some serious misconceptions about what should be called bacon.
• Meanwhile, U.S. Rep Lamar Smith wants the Environmental Protection Agency to expose their "secret science." We're not 100% well versed in the law, but we think that qualifies as sexual harassment.
• Texas continues to go gaga over the royal baby. It's the most attention they have given an already born baby in more than three decades.
• Fourth street may be lined with rainbow flags, but the club on the corner has LGBT patrons seeing red. We'll have more on the story, including the response from the promoter, tomorrow online and in print.