What does Donald Trump have to say about ‘Texit?’

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JUNE 25: Presumptive Republican nominee for US president Donald Trump visits Trump International Golf Links on June 25, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The US presidential hopeful was in Scotland for the reopening of the refurbished Open venue golf resort Trump Turnberry which has undergone an eight month refurbishment as part of an investment thought to be worth in the region of two hundred million pounds. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Presumptive Republican nominee for US president Donald Trump visits Trump International Golf Links on June 25, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Not only did the United Kingdom make history this week as the first nation to exit the European Union — but as you might have seen by now, “Brexit” has also inspired the rise of “Texit.”

The U.K.’s decision on Thursday has led some Texans to start campaigning for a Texas secession from the United States, causing many on social media to weigh in. But the idea of a “Texit” has garnered so much attention that its even reached the 2016 presidential candidates, specifically Donald Trump.

On Saturday morning, during a press conference addressing England’s vote in Aberdeen, Scotland, Trump praised the nation for its decision. When a reporter asked him about Texas’ talk of secession, Trump responded by saying “Texas will never do that because Texas loves me.”

In March, former Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz beat out Trump in Texas with 44 percent of the vote to Trump’s 27 percent. But with Cruz out of the running, Trump visited Texas earlier this month to hold three rallies in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

The “I love you so much” wall is covered with photos of Orlando victims

The “I love you so much” mural at Jo’s Coffee has long been a popular photo opportunity for Austinites and guests. On Friday, the popular South Congress coffee spot was turned into a way to spread love to the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

Watch: The untold story behind Austin’s “I love you so much” mural

Photos of the mural started showing up on Instagram around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

People posting on Instagram expressed their sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Austin gay community as a whole.


We’re looking for more info on who decorated the wall with the photos. Check back for more.

Twitter takes on Texas secession after Brexit vote with #Texit

Texas flags were proudly showcased during the 68th Annual Bastrop Homecoming and Rodeo celebrations. The small parade of Texas flags opened a night of rodeo. TERRY HAGERTY PHOTO FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER JULY 28 - AUG. 2, 2015
Texas flags were proudly showcased during the 68th Annual Bastrop Homecoming and Rodeo celebrations. The small parade of Texas flags opened a night of rodeo. TERRY HAGERTY PHOTO FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER JULY 28 – AUG. 2, 2015

The news today that the United Kingdom has voted in favor of leaving the European Union shook the world market, Europe’s political foundation and the more than 200,000 Texans who support the state’s secession from the United States. Using the hashtag #Texit, the Twitterverse took on Texas secession.

Some Twitter users believe the Brexit is the inspirational push the Texit movement has been waiting for.



Others remain unsure, or support the secession conditionally (namely, a Trump presidency).


Still others are disappointed to see even the proposal of secession.


Not everyone, however, is distraught at the idea of a Texas-less U.S.

For others, a Texit is nothing more than an “lol.” Some users weren’t afraid to blow the dust off memories of secession past, either.



Lastly, at least one would-be-supporter took issue with just what a Texit would mean.


Read a more detailed breakdown of the similarities between the two movements here.

SEE: The El Arroyo sign weighs in on Brexit

The El Arroyo sign weighs in on Brexit

The British nationals flag flies in front of the Big Ben clock tower on June 24, 2016 in London. In a referendum the day before, Britons voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union (EU). (Michael Kappeler/DPA/Zuma Press/TNS)
The British nationals flag flies in front of the Big Ben clock tower on June 24, 2016 in London. In a referendum the day before, Britons voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union (EU). (Michael Kappeler/DPA/Zuma Press/TNS)

The El Arroyo sign on Fifth Street has yet again dispensed some compelling social commentary on the issues of our time.

On Friday morning, the sign in front of the longtime Austin Tex-Mex spot read “It’s not EU, its me #Brexit,” referring to Thursday’s vote by United Kingdom citizens to leave the European Union.

The debate over the Brexit has ignited conversation, mainly in the Twitterverse, about the implications for the Texas succession movement. Texans in favor of breaking it off with the U.S. even co-opted the British independence movement with their own hashtag: #Texit.

We will keep you posted if El Arroyo decides to update us with a trenchant, six-word analysis of the implications of a Texas secession.



Austin named No. 1 most ‘surprising city’ where gentrification is displacing poor

East Austin is rapidly changing due to development and gentrification. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman

In what is a surprise to Alternet but not to Austin residents, the city ranked No. 1 on the site’s list of “5 surprising cities where gentrification is displacing the poor.”

Alternet’s Larry Schwartz defines gentrification as “the process by which middle- and upper-middle-class populations move into formerly lower-income neighborhoods, attracted by cheaper housing (and fleeing expensive housing in more affluent areas), transforming the area, driving costs up and forcing lower-income residents out.”

“High-rise luxury condos,” “cocktail and coffee bars” and “artisan pastry shops” are cited as signs that gentrification may be responsible for a neighborhood’s shifting identity; something that, according to the article, only affects one out of 10 cities.

Commentary: 12th and Chicon — a story of gentrification

Alternet reports that the African-American population surrounding Huston-Tillotson University fell 60 percent during the 10 years following 2000. Latino population declined by 33 percent. And the white population (wait for it) increased an astounding 442 percent. The area, which was reportedly once known as the “Negro District,” is now 40 percent white.

Schwartz says, “Rents in Austin are up by 7.5% year to year, averaging now around $1200 a month.” Again, not a huge surprise to Austin residents who are, in fact, writing a $1200 check every month.

WATCH: Inheriting inequality

READ: ‘The Edge Becomes the Center’: Stories of gentrification resonate

Texas city fights Freedom From Religion Foundation to keep ‘God’s Country’ sign

Photo via Wiki Commons

If you’ve ever driven through Hondo, you’ve probably read the large green sign that greets visitors. The twenty-something-year-old sign reads “This is God’s country. Please don’t drive through it like Hell.”

Though it’s an icon in the East Texas town, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation — a national organization dedicated to the separation of church and state — has called for the sign’s removal. FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote to Hondo mayor James Danner in a letter that the city should find a different way to promote safe driving.

It is inappropriate for the City of Hondo to display religious signs that convey government preference for religion over non-religion. The display of the religious message “THIS IS GOD’S COUNTRY” on public property violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits public grounds from advancing, supporting, or promoting religion. It is also needlessly divisive.


According to the San Antonio Express-News, a formal response from the city is being drafted by its legal counsel — though it’s not likely they have any intentions of humoring FFRF’s request.

“There’s no way in hell we’re going to take those signs down,” Danner said.

Though it’s still unclear whether FFRF will sue Hondo, this isn’t the first time the organization has come down on a Texas town. The FFRF successfully forced East Texas town Hawkins to take down its “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” sign and ended a battle over a cross in a public park in Port Neches in a draw.

And in Austin, the FFRF sued Gov. Greg Abbott in February over his removal of its holiday display from the Texas State Capitol. He said the Nativity-inspired statue that shows three founding fathers and the Statue of Liberty worshiping on of America’s founding documents was a “juvenile parody.”

To read a more in-depth look at the Hondo situation, click here. 

Tips for making your trip to Schlitterbahn this summer the best one

Cool off a Schlitterbahn New Braunfels. credit: Wendi Poole Promotional hand out photo of Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels which is actually three parks full of water and water rides. Guests take free shuttles to get from one to another. CREDIT: Schlitterbahn Water Park. Received 05/06/08 for 0518WaterParks.
Cool off a Schlitterbahn New Braunfels. Credit: Wendi Poole Promotional hand out photo of Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels which is actually three parks full of water and water rides. Guests take free shuttles to get from one to another.

There isn’t a place in Texas you can have more fun, tube in tow, than Schlitterbahn. But how can you maximize your fun, your wave pool time and your entire park experience? The Houston Chronicle offers some helpful basics, and the American-Statesman has a few more to add. Start with sunscreen, and then check out the rest of these helpful Schlitterbahn suggestions

  • The busy days aren’t always the ones you’d think. As park COO Terri Adams told the Houston Chronicle, “Mondays are a big travel and park day. Often times they can be the second biggest attendance day of the week.” If we lived in an ideal world, we’d all be there on a Thursday.
  • Surf and save/ blast and save days. These special tickets are only available during the beginning and end of the summer season. Although only selected parts of the park are open, they are priced cheaper and ensure an emptier park as kids are back in school. Adult swim!
  • Grab a local bite to eat afterward. The American-Statesman’s Jake Harris recommends Pat’s Place (try the fried pickles), but the surrounding area has much to offer by way of food.
  • Hit the rides hard during lunchtime. Most park visitors will take a break around noon — now’s your chance. While others are snacking, you could be splashing.
  • Picnic lunches are welcome! Never forget that Schlitterbahn is the only amusement park you won’t be dishing out $8 for a soda. Because you can just pack your own!
  • Shoes. Water shoes aren’t going to seem half as lame when they’re protecting the bottom of your feet from what can be a very hot sidewalk.
  • Afternoon ticket discounts. More of a late riser? Keep in mind that the park sells discounted tickets in the later afternoon hours.
  • Shade. Find it and cling to it. Getting to the park a little early will best ensure your chance of securing a spot with shade, which can serve as a much-needed respite from that summer sun.
  • Literally go with the flow. If you’ve ever become trapped in the simulated rapids while tubing through a ride, do not panic. I repeat. Schlitterbahn has a way of moving even the most stubborn tubes along, so don’t worry, and enjoy the ride.
  • Take sun protection as seriously as you do fun. A fun day at Schlitterbahn does not have to end in debilitating sunburn. Lather up!
  • Splurge for that locker. Especially if you’re visiting with a group, you’ll all rest a little easier knowing you don’t need to worry about your valuables.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Before driving all the way out to Schlitterbahn be sure to double-check the forecast.

Remember your Schlitterbahn trip is nothing if you don’t ride every ride at least six times. Good luck out there!

UT student successfully sneaks into Game 7 of NBA Finals using fake press pass

Photo via Michael Poag/Facebook

Nothing was going to keep University of Texas junior and Golden State Warriors fan Michael Poag from Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Not even having absolutely no right to be there.

After buying a ticket Friday night with nothing but an idea and a dream, Poag, as he told told Leslie Horn of Vocativ, is “pretty good with Photoshop” decided he would “make a press pass and see if it would work.”

He spent so much time perfecting his fake press pass, which features a headshot of Poag in a suit and a useless barcode, that he nearly missed his flight Saturday morning. Once in the Bay Area, where Poag stayed with an aunt and uncle who, according to the Dallas Morning News, doubted whether the scheme would work out, Poag arrived to the game five hours early dressed “kind of what I thought a reporter looked like.”

After scouting out entrances, Poag confidently presented his pass to a security guard, who nodded, and entered the facility. Poag did not turn around when the security guard said, “Hey,” to him as he walked inside.

Poag then camped out in the bathroom for a couple of hours, changed into his blue and gold jersey and managed to find an empty seat in the nosebleed section of the arena, where he happily watched his team lose.


Any regrets? Any lingering guilt? As he told Horn, Poag really, really wishes he had included the words “all access” on his fake press pass.

Is one of the best diners in America right on Lamar?

Just before the onslaught of Thanksgiving dishes, @austin.afire hit up 24 Diner, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., for a bacon Gorgonzola burger and mac and cheese.
Just before the onslaught of Thanksgiving dishes, @austin.afire hit up 24 Diner, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., for a bacon Gorgonzola burger and mac and cheese.

For 24 hours a day, every day — except on Wednesday — Austinites can eat at what Pure Wow named one of the top 20 diners in America.

The New York digital magazine said 24 Diner, which is located on Lamar and Sixth Street, is “not your run-of-the-mill breakfast spot.” The list recommends diners order a sourdough, cheddar, Havarti and roasted tomato grilled cheese or fried chicken and waffle.

The diner has only been in Austin for six years but our food writers had good things to say about the ever-stylish location. For more of Austin’s diners, check out food writer Matthew Odam’s Top 25 restaurants. 

Want to make an Austinite mad? Say and do everything in this Reddit thread.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this blog incorrectly stated the location of the Chili’s at 45th and Lamar. It has since been corrected. Also, in a truly meta moment for All Ablog Austin, this post about a Reddit thread about what makes r/Austin angry was in turn posted on r/Austin, where it is currently sitting at 180 upvotes. The internet is a strange place.

Do you think it’s cool to cut in line at Franklin Barbecue? Do you refuse to pick up your dog’s poop because it’s “better for the environment”? Do you ask people how you can live somewhere trendy downtown, but only have a max of $700 to spend on rent every month?

Congrats, you just made the average Austinite mad. Or, the average Austinite redditor, that is.

Photo via Reddit/sHockz
“I love the original sayings on the El Arroyo board,” reads one post on an r/Austin thread about saying things that make Austinites angry.

In a new post on the subreddit r/Austin, user u/confused_longhorn posed the challenge: “Piss off r/Austin in one sentence.” (NSFW language at that link.)

The responses are full of sentiments that would aggravate the subscribers of r/austin as well as residents who don’t use Reddit, too.

See photos: Reddit users share knowledge about Austin

Sarcastic highlights include:

“South by’s gotten so corporate since I first went in 2012.”— u/machupichu12

“Hey Austin, Scott Elder here! . . .”— u/Llawdrin, in reference to everyone’s favorite car dealer

“My marketing firm just relocated here from SoCal, I can’t believe how affordable houses are here!”— u/xk1138

And, who could forget about r/Austin’s favorite restaurant, the Chili’s at 45th and Lamar, which was mentioned in the post as the best place to recommend to a new Austin resident.

As of this writing, the post has been gilded twice, meaning two other Reddit users deemed the post worthy of Reddit Gold, a monthly subscription service where users can access special features on the site.

So, whether you’re new to Austin or just need a refresher, consider this Reddit post a crash course in what not to do.

Got your own statement that would make any Austinite mad? Let us know in the comments!