LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Judge Jim Hansen, Lubbock Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, has decided to quit performing marriages altogether after the Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage three days ago.
In an open letter, Judge Hansen writes that he has no anger, fear, or hatred toward any person or party, he is simply guaranteed his religious rights under the United States Constitution.
But one same-sex couple in Lubbock was outraged by the announcement. Eddie Sanchez and Chris Covarrubio have lived together for about 13 years, and they are no strangers to adversity.
When Covarrubio heard about Lubbock County Judge Jim Hansen’s decision not to perform anymore marriages because of the Supreme Court’s decision, he was extremely disappointed.
“If you’re a state employee then you should be required to officiate under the letter of the law, and this is the law, whether he likes it or not,” he said, “so abide by it or step aside and let somebody else who will honor the law.”
This article from a San Antonio radio station takes HUD secretary and former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro to task for suggesting a name change at San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School. It uses the typical RW device of changing the subject by pointing to a more extreme alternative.
As a response to Castro it is pretty weak stuff, but it does contain some VERY interesting information on the namesake of America’s second most conservative city.
Julian Castro—meet Thomas Saltus Lubbock.
’ The man Lubbock County and the City of Lubbock are named for was almost a cartoon character of a racist, segregationist antebellum character, a man who clearly felt African Americans were inferior and who actively pursued the expansion of slavery.
’ Texas Tech historian Donald Abbe says Lubbock was a member of something called the ‘Knights of the Golden Circle,’ who pledged allegiance to slavery, and, in fact, wanted to see slavery extended to the new U.S. territories between Texas and the new state of California.
’ “Their immediate goal as far as the United States was concerned, was expand slavery to the West,” he said.
’ In fact, Lubbock’s goal was to expand chattel slavery out of the United States, into Mexico, where slavery was outlawed by the Constitution of 1824, and into U.S. territories.’ The reason the Kentucky native was even in Texas was to further his aim of expanding slavery.
’ Contemporary accounts refer to Lubbock as ‘a very worthy and zealous’ activist for slavery, and tell of his strong feelings that the African American was an inferior being, good only for labor.
’ “Nobody tells us that Tom Lubbock was in favor of slaves,” Lubbock historian Cosby Morton said.
’ Lubbock organized Terry’s Texas Rangers, ironically the Confederate division that George Washington Littlefield, who financed the construction of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas, fought in.’ He died of Typhus in 1862.
Tom Lubbock could have been worse than Nathan Bedford Forrest, though he fortunately died before he could really get started on this bushwhacking campaign in Virginia. Changing the name of a city and a whole county is a forbidding task but if there is any city in America where it needs to be considered, this is it. The local church/business/grifter alliance that runs Lubbock would oppose this tooth and nail but it would be fun and informative to bring it up and watch them expose themselves for what they truly are.
Tom’s brother, the more “moderate” Francis Lubbock, was Confederate governor of Texas and many Lubbockites mistakenly believe the city is named for him.
After a brief interim period under former Lieutenant GovernorEdward Clark, Lubbock was elected to replace the great Sam Houston, who had been deposed for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy. Houston’s statement refusing the oath is a masterpiece of defiance and courage:
Fellow-Citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the nationality of Texas, which has been betrayed by the (secession) Convention, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the Constitution of Texas, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of my own conscience and manhood, which this Convention would degrade by dragging me before it, to pander to the malice of my enemies, I refuse to take this oath. I deny the power of this Convention to speak for Texas….I protest….against all the acts and doings of this convention and I declare them null and void.
A month later, right after Fort Sumter, Houston told a crowd:
Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it. I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of states rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche; and what I fear is, they will overwhelm the South.
He was right , of course, but he unfortunately died in 1863, two years before his prescient remarks were vindicated.
The leader of a white nationalist group cited in a chilling manifesto apparently written by the suspect in last week’s massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina donated thousands of dollars to Republican presidential candidates, campaign finance records show.
The Guardian late Sunday first reported that Earl Holt III, the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens, donated to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
The Council of Conservative Citizens is a white nationalist group based in St. Louis, Missouri that once had close ties to congressional Republicans. Prominent Southern GOPers including former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) spoke to the group several times in the 1990s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Conservative politicians continued to associate with the group even after the Republican National Committee asked party members to sever ties with it in 1998, according to the SPLC.
Dylann Roof, the white, 21-year-old male charged with nine counts of murder after he opened fire at the downtown Charleston church, Emanuel AME, credited the Council of Conservative Citizens in the alleged manifesto with opening his eyes to “black on White” crime following the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.
“There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief,” the manifesto read. “At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?”
Holt said Sunday in a statement posted to the group’s website that his organization is “hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website.”
Conservatives Frustrated by GOP’s Drop in Working Women’s Votes, But Keep Promoting Anti-Women Policies
The trend that worries conservative thinker Sabrina Schaeffer is this: Three elections ago, nearly half of all working mothers chose George W. Bush. In 2008, the share dropped to 40 percent for Sen. John McCain. By 2012, only about a third backed Mitt Romney.
But even more alarming to Schaeffer is that few, if any, of the current presidential candidates have made the needs of female breadwinners a centerpiece of their campaigns.
“For years now, Democrats have been saying: We are focused on women in the workplace,” said Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservative policies. “For whatever reason, Republicans keep ignoring these issues. It’s the absolute worst thing they can do. They need to understand, engage and offer better solutions. They can’t be afraid.”
Schaeffer is among a chorus of conservatives who have grown frustrated — and increasingly vocal — about the lack of proposals from GOP candidates that could help reverse this exodus of swing voters from the party.
These conservatives say Republicans have an opportunity to exploit new proposals in Washington that have been embraced by influential right-wing policymakers and economists.
But some Republican strategists say that many of the candidates are planning to wait until after the primary to take up such ideas, so as to not prematurely alienate social conservatives who think families are better off when one parent stays home. That has dismayed some in the party who view the matter as urgent, especially with Hillary Rodham Clinton looming as the likely Democratic nominee.
“Every parent who works has been through the day-care nightmare,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was the senior economic policy adviser to McCain (R-Ariz.) during the 2008 election. “This has been underappreciated by Republican candidates in part and conservatives in general. They think this stuff is automatic.”
Although several of the Republican candidates have long supported expanding the child tax credit, some conservative women leaders say that idea may not be enough to compete with Democrats.
Right-leaning policymakers have been floating other proposals. An economist at the American Enterprise Institute has recommended allowing pregnant workers to claim part of their tax refund early to fund their maternity leave. A Heritage Foundation economist has proposed loosening labor regulations so parents can easily swap overtime pay for compensation days. Others are advocating for over-the-counter birth control.
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) wants to reward companies with a 25-cent tax credit for every dollar spent on its employees’ family or medical leave.
All of these policies hurt women, but help corporations.
1. Replace paid overtime with compensation time off.
This is bullshit, because employers can deny employees time off while not paying them for overtime.
2. Over the counter birth control.
Which a woman worker would have to pay for out of pocket instead of it being covered by her health insurance.
3. Tax credit to corporations for allowing employees to take paid medical leave and family leave.
So who gets the benefit here? THE JERB CREEYATERZ!!!!!
4. Equal pay
Are you fucking kidding me?
At least we know who to blame for the floods now.
Alaska, Arizona and California just set new all-time records for warmth from January-April, while Florida just recorded its warmest April ever. Add those in with the freakish snowfall we’ve seen the last couple of years in the northeastern states, California’s historic drought, as well as numerous other events such as the recent floods in Texas and Oklahoma and it’s absurd that people continue to deny that climate change is happening.
Then again, what should we expect when we have idiots like Glenn Beck pushing absolute nonsense. You see, Beck knows what ended Texas’s drought - former governor Rick Perry.
“We started ending that drought with that fast,” Beck said. “He was mocked for it and he went ahead and did it and that was the beginning of the end of the drought. We started having rain right after that, and this state was a desert.”
He’s referring to comments Perry made back in 2011 after wildfires had engulfed parts of the state:
Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.
Needless to say, despite Beck’s ridiculous claims, Perry’s prayers did not work. Then again, you’d really need to be insane to think that prayers from 2011 are what lead to rainfall’four years later’that ultimately ended the drought for most of the state.
The Aqua Buddha cult lives up to its reputation. YouTube
In 2010, it was “Aqua Buddah” — an attack ad leveled by Jack Conway — but now it’s his own campaign offering a profusely strange encounter between a staffer and a tracker in New Hampshire, which ended with the staffer licking a camera.
National outlets began reporting Monday that David Chesley, Paul’s political director in New Hampshire, licked the camera of a tracker belonging to American Bridge at an event Paul was speaking at Monday.
American Bridge is a Democratic opposition research group that follows candidates waiting for them to slip up or say something that can be used against them.
In a video posted online by American Bridge, Paul’s staffer blocks the camera shot and then strangely grins and licks the camera. Someone can be heard on the video saying the event is closed.
“Just when you thought Rand Paul’s campaign couldn’t get any stranger, his senior staffer in New Hampshire decided to taste our tracker’s camera lens today. It was truly bizarre, creepy and unprofessional,” Preston Maddock, press secretary for American Bridge 21st Century, told Pure Politics in a statement.
If it benefits the general public in any way, the GOP is against it.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told Republicans in Congress yesterday that their proposals to “improve” the FCC’s decision-making process would instead make it nearly impossible to get anything done.
In a hearing titled “FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency,” the House Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology subcommittee brought in Wheeler to discuss adding new requirements to the commission’s rulemaking process. It was the latest in a series of hearings that Republicans have called to chastise Wheeler for decisions opposed by Internet service providers, especially the ruling to reclassify the providers as common carriers and enforce net neutrality rules.
Republicans have proposed wiping out the new net neutrality rules and an FCC decision to boost municipal broadband, but yesterday’s hearing focused on changes to prevent future decisions that Republicans don’t like.
All around great dude - enjoy!
(maybe he did not get the memo on toning it down a bit?)
@marchaig Its because most Feminists are ugly.
@MarshallFSmith not my town, and don't call me cupcake. ma'am will do just fine - i certainly earned it.
So,obama is rushing to let his friends out of Gitmo. We need to put obama inside Gitmo. Damn Bastard Traitor.
obama is a walking Compost. Happy #EarthDay2015
on ‘bagheads’ oops sorry - we call them Muslims….
@DrMartyFox Dead Whitey does not matter to the Left.
on not understanding the difference between climate and weather….
and he really likes guns….
but as long as they don’t cost too much - it’s a rough economic world for bigots these days….
but really - he just likes guns….
@heavyhokie Money is tight so I'm going with a Bersa Thunder .380 or a Kel Tec PF9,both less than 300 bucks.
and moar guns!!….
on nonsense conspiracy theories….
retweeting super racist - Pat Dollard…..
@PatDollard obama once again using BigGov. as his Personal Louisville Slugger.
on Valerie Jarrett….
And that is just the last five days…. peruse on your own. (at your own risk, obviously, it may be catching)
I have reached out to Hampton Roads Tea Party for comment, but as of publication, none has been proffered,