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Watch Ted Cruz Make ‘Machine Gun Bacon’ (Video)

Sen. Ted Cruz appears in a video making machine gun bacon.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ted Cruz makes bacon; a court strikes down Texas’ voter ID law; George W. Bush shows up for jury duty; and more.

Ted Cruz is a senator and a GOP presidential candidate (he appears in tonight’s debate) – but did you know he's also a chef? He recently appeared in a video showing how to make machine gun bacon.

Yes, you read that right.

The video (it's posted below) is from IJReview, a conservative website, and it starts with Cruz talking about breakfast. “There are few things I enjoy more than on weekends cooking breakfast with the family,” Cruz says. "Of course in Texas, we cook bacon a little differently than most folks.”

Cue the bacon. The video shows raw bacon being rolled around a machine gun. Foil is wrapped over the bacon. Cruz grabs the gun and shoots at a target. He notes the grease dripping off the gun and onto the floor.

Cruz unwraps the foil, then uses a fork to sample the bacon.

“Mmm, machine-gun bacon,” Cruz said, laughing.

IJReview has featured videos of other GOP presidential candidates, including “Lindsey Graham destroying his cell phone and Dr. Ben Carson teaching viewers how to beat the kids' game ‘Operation,’” NPR reports.

Watch the bacon video for yourself:

  • A federal appeals court has struck down Texas' voter ID law, ruling that the Republican-backed measure first passed in 2011 violates the Voting Rights Act. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said Wednesday that the Texas law, one of the toughest voter ID measures in the country, violates Section 2 of the landmark civil rights law. The U.S. Justice Department had joined minority groups in a drawn-out legal battle that has stretched for years. Read more here. [Associated Press]


  • George W. Bush showed up for jury duty Wednesday. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Being summoned for jury duty at the George L Allen Sr Courts Building in downtown Dallas was anything but dull for Sheri Coleman. In fact, Coleman and other jurors were in for quite the surprise when former President George W. Bush also showed up for jury duty at Judge Eric Moye’s court on the 14th civil district. ‘They made it seem like it was an anonymous juror that never showed up and then they brought him in,’ she said. Coleman, of Dallas, said Bush spent time talking to the other jurors and took photos and spoke with everyone. She said the president’s visit was ‘awesome’ and ‘surprising.’” [The Dallas Morning News]

  • Dallas County is no longer accepting a foreign ID for non-citizens who want a birth certificate. The Texas Tribune reports: “[The county has] adopted a controversial policy that advocacy groups say could infringe on the civil rights of U.S. citizens born to undocumented parents.The Dallas County clerk's office announced on its website that as of June 1 it no longer accepts a foreign ID known as the matrícula consular as proof of identity for non-citizens seeking to obtain birth certificates for their U.S.-born children.The move comes after attorneys with the Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid sued the Department of State Health Services in May on behalf of six U.S. citizen children and their undocumented immigrant parents, who allege the agency is violating the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by denying birth certificates.” KERA's Stella Chavez has more details.[Texas Tribune/KERA]

  • Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson is set to be the sixth player from Dallas' Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1990s to join the franchise's ring of honor. The team's all-time leader in tackles with 1,350 in 12 seasons, Woodson will be honored when Dallas plays Seattle on Nov. 1. The 20 current names are displayed on a strip that runs below the upper deck at AT&T Stadium, a tradition that started at old Texas Stadium. Woodson joins former teammates in quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, receiver Michael Irvin, lineman Larry Allen and defensive end Charles Haley, who joins the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Haley's induction leaves Woodson as the only one of the six not in the hall. [Associated Press]


Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.