Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of February 15, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am.

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1. Bigger Government

The Lubbock City Council met last night and as expected, they passed a ban outlawing synthetic drugs. Mayor Glen Robertson was the only one who has been against the measure because he does not believe that the council should tell adults what they can or can't put in their body.

As I've said before, I'm with the Mayor on this. This all started because a mother didn't want to fight with her 18-year-old son anymore. Sorry, but he is an adult who made bad decisions. I'm sure it wasn't his first nor the last.

Last night, Gina Johnson, the advocate who brought this to the City Council in the first place suggested that the council create a new health education position. Great! Let's grow government even more.

We have a problem in this country when people think they should run to the government to solve all of their problems. I don't think people should use this stuff, but it's not my job to protect adult's from making their own decisions.

What else is the Lubbock City Council going to ban in the name of health?

2. Gay Marriage in Texas (link)

As a "gift to all Texans", Rep. Lon Burnam filed a bill yesterday that would legalize gay marriage once Texans voted to remove the constitutional ban on it.

Fort Worth Rep. Lon Burnam said Thursday he filed the measure as a Valentine’s Day gift to all Texans. If passed, the bill would legalize same-sex marriage once Texas voters remove the constitutional prohibition against it. Texas voters imposed the ban in 2005.

Democrats have already filed three joint resolutions calling for a new statewide vote on gay marriage.

Nine states have legalized same-sex marriages and, on Thursday, the Illinois Senate approved another such measure.

Gov. Rick Perry and conservative Republican championed the ban. None of the bills have much chance of passing the Republican-controlled Legislature, but Democrats want to vote on them anyway.

A couple of points here. First, this legislature is way too conservative to pass this bill. Second, Texans won't approve it. This is just another bill filed to show people he is doing something.

3. No Phone Calls (link)

Talk about real leadership. During the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, President Obama never picked up the phone to see what was going on. According to the Washington Times:

President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday.

“During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released.

Mr. Graham said that if Mr. Obama had picked up the phone, at least two of the Americans killed in the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Behghazi, Libya, might still be alive because he might have been able to push U.S. aid to get to the scene faster.

The White House has said Mr. Obama was kept up to date on the attack by his staff, though after being alerted to the attack in a pre-scheduled afternoon meeting he never spoke again with the defense secretary or the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Unbelievable. Meanwhile, the media will continue to talk about the fact that Marco Rubio needed a drink of water and if that indicates he is a weak leader.

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