Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of May 16, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.

1. Is Lubbock Leaning Left?

If you were to go around and ask people if Lubbock was a conservative town or a liberal town, what do you think the answer would be from most people? Most would say that Lubbock is a very conservative city, but if you take a look at the make-up and the possible make-up of the Lubbock City Council, you might be surprised.

For the last few years, conservatives in Lubbock could count on Tom Martin, Paul Beane, Jim Gilbreath, and even Karen Gibson to make conservative votes on the council. Though there are some that still believe that Gibson is a moderate.

On the liberal side Victor Hernandez, Floyd Price, and on some issues Todd Klein have been on the same page. Though, I would consider Klein a populist.

Things however are about to change and could change dramatically on the council. The Democrats have added Latrelle Joy to their ranks, which gives the left three votes on the council. Todd Klein? Who knows where Klein will fall on an issue, but history shows that he isn't afraid to spend money. Glen Robertson talks like a Republican, but has many on edge because he had so much support from Democrats in Lubbock.

Now we get to what could be the game changer in Lubbock. The runoff between Paul Beane and Jim Gerlt. Beane has been someone that Republican's could count on for the most part on the City Council. Jim Gerlt is being backed by David Langston and other Democrats in town. There is no question that right now Jim Gerlt has all the momentum in the runoff. If Gerlt were to win, the Lubbock City Council could have at least 4 liberal votes, a majority.

As of right now, with the Beane/Gerlt race still undecided I would say that there is no strong conservative voice on the City Council. As of right now, I believe we could see a very liberal City Council emerge here in Lubbock. Even if Mayor-Elect Robertson stays on the right, he could be outnumbered by a Populist/Liberal "gang of 4 or 5" that would include Hernandez, Price, Joy, Klein, and Gerlt (if he wins).

So is Lubbock a conservative city? Maybe, but your City Council sure isn't.


2. A Censored Race War? (link)

Thomas Sowell knocks it out of the park again. Sowell is dead on and really there is nothing to add. Here is part of his article:

When two white newspaper reporters for theVirginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks — beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work — that might sound like news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn’t.

The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel was the first major television program to report this incident. Yet this story is not just a Norfolk story, either in what happened or in how the media and the authorities have tried to sweep it under the rug.

Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by young black gangs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls, or in other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles, and other places across the country. Both the authorities and the media tend to try to sweep these episodes under the rug.

Check out the rest of his article above.

3. NY Moving Fast to Criminalize Viewing Child Porn (link)

This has been an interesting story out of New York.

The New York State Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to make it a crime to view child pornography on the Internet, as lawmakers rushed to close a loophole opened by a state appeals court just a week earlier.

State law currently prohibits the possession and promotion of child pornography. But a May 8 ruling by the New York Court of Appeals held that viewing child pornography on the Internet without taking further action such as printing or saving files does not necessarily constitute possession.

The ruling caused an instant furor among state lawmakers, who are acting with unusual speed to pass corrective legislation.

The bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday would make it a felony to "knowingly access with intent to view any obscene performance which includes sexual conduct by a child less than sixteen years of age."

"This legislation sends a strong message that watching child pornography for any reason is completely unacceptable," Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said in a statement.

4. Bush Backs Romney (link)

I'm not sure why this is news, but here you go:

"I'm for Mitt Romney,"Bush told ABC News as he was leaving by elevator after he gave a human rights speech in Washington.

This was a rare appearance in the nation's capital for Bush, who has stayed out of politics since his presidency ended. His brief words on Romney are basically an endorsement of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Various members of the Bush family are supporting Romney, including Bush's parents -- former president George H.W. Bush and ex-first lady Barbara Bush -- and his brother, former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Again, not sure why this is news. I don't think anyone expected Bush to endorse Obama.

5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)

Give me Cocoa Puffs.

If you reach for the Special K with those little chocolatey chunks thinking it's more healthful than a kid's cereal, you may as well fill your bowl with Cocoa Puffs. The nutritional contents of both cereals are pretty similar. Cocoa Puffs are actually slightly lower in calories, fat, and sodium, though Special K wins in the protein department by 1 gram.A better bet: Get your chocolate fix from real chocolate. Go for the heart-healthy dark type. Just be sure to limit it to 1 ounce a day.

6. Good Brews Good News of the Day (link)

12 year old saves the day.

A 12-year-old boy is being credited with saving the lives of his four brothers and sisters ages 9, 6, 5 and 3.

It happened in Milton, Florida. Justin Jackson was watching his younger brothers and sister. His parents were both working when a fire broke out at their home in the 6600 block of Ridgecrest Drive. That's when Justin sprung into action.

But doesn't think of himself as brave. And certainly not heroic.

"I was just helping my family," he said humbly.

On Sunday at 2am when he woke up to flames, his only thought was saving his four baby siblings.

"I knew the house was going to be gone. I knew we had to move," said Justin Jackson.

"When I woke up, I just freaked out," said 9-year-old Emilio Jackson.

After heavy storms knocked out power to their home Saturday night, Justin and his brothers fell asleep in the living room. His sister Brooklynn was asleep in her room. Thunder and lightening woke them up.

Everyday, Good Brews Coffee & Tea Lounge brings you the Good News of the Day! 

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Dewhurst and Cruz Accuse Each Other of Lying

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Alarm Grows Among Dems

Urban Radio Callers Slam Obama

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