Several Texas abortion restrictions that could have resulted in the closing of over a dozen clinics in the state were thrown out by a federal judge who sided with the clinics.
The judge ruled in favor of the clinics who filed a suit against the anti-abortion bill that Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed in 2013. This bill, if the restrictions hadn’t been ruled against, could have left Texas with only seven abortion facilities come Monday.
U.S. district Judge Lee Yeakel wrote a 21-page ruling in which he explained that the overall effect that the bill would have had was that of creating impermissible obstacles for all women who would have desired a pre-viability abortion.
This trial is only one of many such battles in the wave that is sweeping cross the United States. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican who is most likely to become governor in 2015, vowed to uphold the law (which would have specific requirements of abortion facilities).
Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev’s drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. He announced that rebels had succeeded in halting it, and proposed that they now permit surrounded Ukrainian troops to retreat.
Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be “ready to repel any aggression towards Russia.” He described Ukrainians and Russians as “practically one people,” language that Ukrainians say dismisses the very existence of their thousand-year-old nation.
The Lesotho military surrounded the police headquarters in the capital, Maseru, and television and radio stations halted broadcasts as the prime minister’s office said the government hadn’t been toppled.
Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s administration is in control, his spokesman Thabo Thakalekoala said by phone. Army vehicles occupied police stations, according to a Bloomberg reporter on the scene. The events taking place in the kingdom aren’t an attempted coup, Sports Minister Thesele Maseribane said by phone. The prime minister is safe, he said.
Lesotho has been run by a three-party coalition government since elections two years ago. In June, Thabane suspended parliament through February, with approval from King Letsie III. The other coalition partners say they didn’t sanction such a move. South African President Jacob Zuma traveled to Lesotho last month to ease the friction, after his government reported “unusual” troop movements there.
Ferguson is such a lawless city. Um, wait i meant the police. //
How dare they act in this manner? Disband the force, get that city another agency, but not County PD. Oh no.
Everyone who is paying attention to the incident in which Mike Brown was gunned down in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri by Officer Darren Wilson is aware that there is no actual “Incident Report” in existence. Well, more specifically, a week after the ACLU requested the report and was told that there was a report but it was being withheld because it was exempt from the Sunshine Law, they produced “an” Incident Report that had no useful information in it.
What we now can state firmly in addition to this is that Ferguson Police also do not have a Use of Force Report that their policies required to be produced - not by Officer Wilson but by the Watch Commander on duty that day.
Ferguson is deliberately violating both the laws and its own policies to prevent any information from being produced and made public that could be used to hold Officer Wilson to account for his actions. This is a serious problem of cover up, abuse of authority, and contempt of the law by both the Ferguson and St. Louis County Police Departments. Given the evidence there is ample reason for the public to have little, or no, confidence or trust in either of these agencies.
Inside the Pentagon, meanwhile, the Ferguson Police Department’s misuse of this weaponry has been as frustrating to defense officials as it has been for many critics.
“These guys are idiots - riding around on the top of armored trucks looking like rednecks on a country drive, pointing their weapons at unarmed Americans,” said one Pentagon official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give his opinion on the matter.
“Don’t tell me that’s militarization - our troops would never do that stuff, even in a war zone,” he says. “And why are they riding around in woodlands camo in a city? That kills me.”
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You might think it strange that an organization wanting separation of church and state is fighting this battle, but it’s not strange in the least. Government should have neither the power to impose religion nor should the have the power to ban religion.
A Minnesota town is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for denying a zoning permit to a mosque.
Members of the Abu Huraira Islamic Center claim they were unconstitutionally denied the permit by the city of St. Anthony in 2012. On Wednesday, the DOJ agreed.
Speaking at a press conference about the suit, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lugar didn’t mince words.
“An injustice has been done,” Lugar announced. “I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws.”
He added, “Abu-Huraira’s right to hold prayer services in their building, in the city of St. Anthony, is the only resolution we seek. And we will not give up until we receive it.”
The lawsuit is the outcome of a federal investigation that spanned two years. As local NBC affiliate KARE 11 reports, the town’s rejection of the permit, which would have allowed construction of the mosque in a light industrial area, immediately followed a contentious public hearing. Local residents packed the meeting to express opposition to the plan, and their reasons didn’t exactly have much to do with the practicalities of urban planning.
Rather, they took aim at Islam itself. The vitriol hurled at the original public meeting has been well-recorded by local press, and likely formed the impetus for DOJ’s investigation and subsequent lawsuit.
“There is no other religion in the world that condones violence. Islam is evil,” said resident John Murlowski.
Added Rob Lundeen: “There are no pluses at all in letting this mosque into our city.”
Another dose of The Crazy. Hopefully they’ve overstepped in targeting their own small town library.
It’s shaping up to be a small town showdown straight out of an old West tale: gun-rights group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is threatening to wage a legal battle on its own turf against the Clearview Library District in Windsor, where RMGO is also based.
The dust-up was spurred when librarians asked mother Erika Sattler to leave the Windsor-Severance Library after another patron noticed Sattler’s concealed handgun. Librarians apparently advised Sattler that guns are prohibited at the library unless being carried by law enforcement. Sattler gathered up her children and departed, but while she may have lost the battle RMGO has rallied to help her win the war.
Politicians love to tout their humble beginnings, but Lucy Flores’ are of a different order altogether—and her commitment to springing people from the trap of urban poverty that much greater.
Flores urges everyone to tweet about her fundraiser—a Cinco de Mayo party featuring hot street tacos and beer—at #FiestaForFlores. She tells how her father brought his family to Vegas after his two eldest sons were killed in gang violence in Los Angeles, how her dad loves music and she does too, which is a good thing because it was one of the only positive outlets she had growing up. “I was a very, very bad kid,” she says.
Then she lays into her first song. It’s “Por un Amor”—and there are no pinstripes, no flag pins, no corn dogs, just the six-member Mariachi de Mexico band fronted by a beautiful 34-year-old woman in a black dress that hits well above her knees, in sky-high stacked heels, a green tattoo on her ankle, her body trembling with vibrato:
Por un amor he llorado gotitas de sangre del corazón…
“Gracias!” shouts Flores four songs later, before stepping down from the stage to do the more traditional political work of pressing the flesh, of introducing herself to her constituency.
Sitting in the back of the police cruiser after the arrest for assaulting her mother, Flores thought she’d reached one of those ends: “It was over. I’d tried.” But to her shock, her parole officer recommended that instead of throwing the girl back in jail, the judge remand her to her father. “The thing about Lucy is that I felt like she was listening to me,” says that parole officer, Leslie Camp, by phone. “Lucy was trying to do the right thing, and I told her as much: ‘You’re making some mistakes, doing things you shouldn’t be doing, but it’s really not you.’” The two remain in touch, and Camp says that despite being a staunch Republican, she’ll be voting for her ex-parolee in November because she knows that “her heart’s in the right place.”
I would vote for her just because she sings Mariachi, but oh my goodness, read the rest of her story! Lucy Flores - Gang Girl to Governor - Elle
Here is her campaign website.
Here’s a little something from her Twitter account, in case you want to follow her: