What’s more, not only did he chase off the home invader with a freakin’ spear, neither he nor the guy who broke in died as a result. What is this, Sweden? Somewhere out there, Wayne LaPierre haz a sad. (h/t BoingBoing)
(Reproduced in its entirety by permission of the author)
Equating politics with the ladies of the evening isn’t as far-fetched as you’d think. 75 percent of all Americans believe that politicians are corrupt. In my opinion, that’s a bad rap for the ladies, because at least, they’re are honest about the services they provide.
Monday and Tuesday could very well be the first in a series of proverbial come-to-Jesus-moments for politics.
On September 8th, SJR-19 will come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. This action has been over FOUR years in the making with thousands and thousands contacting Senators since July, 2013. Actually, the resolution doesn’t go far enough; it does overturn Citizens United, but it doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights; but just like we accepted Obamacare in place of single payer healthcare, we make compromises.
It’s more of that American mindset that involves settling for the lesser of two evils.
Polling shows 80% of the American public believes that corporations should not have the same rights as people, but Texas’ own Slim Pickens-Senator Major Kong a.k.a. Ted Cruz claims it thwarts free speech. True to form, he claims it’s a plan to repeal the First Amendment. His dramatic stance is not surprising, that’s how he was elected to the Senate. Cruz and his father are in dire need of a daily dose of Metamucil.
If SJR-19 fails to come to fruition, Americans will have two choices: 1. Accept our fate as a complete and total plutocracy or 2. Take more extreme (and inconvenient) measures to extricate our country from the rule of the wealthy.
Even a last minute call is better than none at all: [no phone numbers allowed]. At the risk of sounding like a late night infomercial: Call now!
It may be a surprise to some that even Texas lawmakers are cognizant of the dark money problem. The Texas Ethics Commission met in late August to draft a dark money disclosure proposal to stop secret campaign donor under the velvet black curtain of a 501(c)4.
Per the Houston Chronicle: “The proposal would require a politically active nonprofit group to start disclosing donors if 25 percent or more of the group’s expenditures can be classified as politically motivated. It also would require disclosure if political contributions account for more than 25 percent of the group’s total contributions in a calendar year”.
That effort is a tad ironic, given that SD28 candidate, Charles Perry, is being financed by the uber-conservative group, Empower Texans. And even more ironic that ET’s captain, former-Eagle-Scout-gone-bad, MQ Sullivan, is under a dark ethical shadow of failing to register as a lobbyist AND suddenly established residency in Denton hoping to overturn this spring’s earlier ruling.
There’s more sticky layers to this than a giant dish of baklava.
Tangled webs and deception are synonymous with the GOP. That’s why 13 GOP governors are under suspicion and possible indictment or like former Virginia guv, O’Donnell have been found guilty.
To be fair, I’m not claiming that political corruption is limited to Republicans only. You need to read Bill Moyer’s piece to know that’s not true. But a recent study shows it leans heavily to the GOP side.
Here’s the deal: State legislative races are a fertile field for right-wing big spenders because state legislatures draw the maps. The wave of voter suppression and anti-choice legislation? It comes from Republican run state legislatures backed by Citizens United money.
Tuesday’s SD28 election is predictably intertwined with the bounty of political dark money. That’s why voting for Greg Wortham on Tuesday, September 9th is so important. We need a populist candidate now more than ever, because presently, there are none who represent the interests of South Plains’ residents.
Because of political corruption and a total absence of personal ethics, everyday people are being tested by fire right now. Let’s work hard so that the fire loses, shall we?
One phone call or one vote can do a lot toward extinguishing the flame.
Carol Morgan is a career/college counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. Read her work at the Houston Press and MetroLeader News Service. Email Carol at email@example.com , follow her on Twitter and on Facebook or visit her writer’s blog at carolmorgan.org
Those in the Austin, Texas area really need to read this, and everyone else should as well. Sovereign Citizens’ groups did something really scary:
Sovereign citizens groups are scary. For police officers, they’re violent extremists. Now at least one group of sovereign citizens duped young people into collecting the addresses of police officers and other first responders in Austin, Texas.
Through late July of last year, small teams of “young individuals” combed through neighborhoods in Austin knocking on doors, according to the alert. When someone answered, the canvassers explained they worked for a fundraising group that helps students master public speaking.
As part of their training—the teams explained—they needed to learn about the professions of the people they spoke with.
The canvassers were then awarded points based on the job of the person they talked to. Different jobs were worth different points. The kids carried yellow note cards that referenced the 15 jobs worth points and their value. The list included professions such as nurse, doctor and firefighter.
Police officers were worth 2,000 points, the highest value.
In exchange for points, the organizers promised cash prizes and scholarships. More cops and firefighters meant more money.
It’s healthy to criticize police abuses, but these assholes don’t want to do that: They want to attack and intimidate law enforcement in fulfillment of their anarchist fantasies.
Open Carry Texas got an earful from local black residents in Houston’s 5th Ward this week when its leaders met with them regarding a proposed march by OCT:
Following a contentious meeting with community leaders in a predominantly black neighborhood in Houston, Open Carry Texas postponed Saturday’s march after protestors, some of them armed, accused the group of being racist and attempting to use its residents as a political crutch.
OCT said in a news release via Facebook that “several members” in the Fifth Ward wanted to work with its members, but “certain individuals in the area” intentionally pitted area leadership against OCT.
At the meeting Wednesday those protesting OCT shouted “You are not welcome here today or Saturday.”
“After numerous phone calls and exchanges of emails with community leaders, the OCT board voted unanimously to postpone the event for a future date in order to give OCT and 5th Ward leadership an opportunity to overcome the controversy associated with this event,” OCT said.
“Our goal has always been to hold this demonstration with 5th Ward, not just in 5th Ward,” said OCT President CJ Grisham. “We have an opportunity to correct all the lies, miscommunication, and vitriol associated with this event and express our true intent. I’m more than happy to push this event back to make that happen.”
They may be saying postponement, but I doubt the march ever happens. Black people in Texas are not going to accept a large number of armed white people marching through their neighborhood and they have good reasons for having that attitude. OCT was clueless for having this idea, although unlike the more confrontational Open Carry Tarrant County (OCTC) Open Carry Texas at least had the sense to meet with local civic leaders and then back off when in became clear they were unwelcome.
Overall, the the residents of the 5th Ward handled things right, and bringing their own guns was a good idea. Letting Quanell X, a member of the New Black Panther Party, play a role in speaking to the media wasn’t a great idea, but it wasn’t an EPIC FAIL, since Quanell X made his case without saying anything racist (though several of the comments on the two articles say racist things about him).
Overall, though Open Carry Texas ended up looking silly and clueless, nobody did anything really stupid and nobody got hurt. And that last is a Good Thing.
Domestic Terrorist Who Fired on First Responders Claims He Seceded From U.S. and Created ‘Doug-E-Stan’
This would seem to be a perfect scenario for an armored SWAT force like the one that has been terrorizing Ferguson, Mo, but Doug was in fact apprehended by regular patrol officers. Doug’s plan to set up his new nation in a north Dallas home was initially foiled when the nanny shut the door in his face and hid with the 8 year old girl she was watching.
On Monday afternoon a man from the Dallas area, Douglas Lee LeGuin, shot at police officers and firefighters with an AK-47 as they were responding to a fire. Apparently he was at a home in far North Dallas (not his), threatening a nanny who had refused to let him in. At that moment a Dallas fire department fire engine drove by, prompting LeGuin to fire at the engine, hitting it twice.
He also apparently shot at police officers as they arrived on scene. When they arrived at the home they found several jars full of liquid and propane tanks. A few had exploded, with LeGuin admitting to shooting at least one.
That’s about as “normal” as the story gets.
Apparently this individual holds extremely anti-government resentment and believed that he could secede from the United States.
And this is where it gets crazy.
In the 911 audio, Mr. LeGuin refers to himself as “Dougie Doug” from the newly formed nation of “Doug-E-Stan.”
I swear, this isn’t a story from The Onion.
I was disappointed that this article did not mention renowned sculptor Eddie Dixon whose work the statue is. I was privileged to see the nearly complete clay form in Mr. Dixon’s studio a few months ago. It is beautiful, with all the subtlety of expression for which Eddie is so justly known.
Karen Kennard wanted to leave.
As news broke of her brother’s arrest for the rape of a Texas Tech student, Kennard didn’t want to study at the university’s law school anymore. She was going to transfer to SMU, where she got her undergraduate degree.
But her brother, Timothy Cole, told her to stay.
An innocent man behind bars, he sent Kennard a letter from prison. It read: “I still believe in the justice system, even though it doesn’t believe in me.”
“That’s what he wrote. That’s what I want people to get,” said their brother, Cory Session. “Even though an injustice happened to him, he still did not give up on the justice system. We still have the best legal system in the world. It is not perfect; there are flaws, but we still have to remain faithful and trusting.”
The comments section on Senator Ted Cruz’s Facebook page is truly a goldmine of racism, homophobia and utter batshit crazy remarks by what can only be assumed to be the people that get the corner booth, in the far back hall, by the janitor’s closet at GOP conventions. On a normal day, you can find the standard rants about the New World Order, auditing the Federal Reserve and indiscernible gibberish about extraterrestrials running the government, etc.
A lot of these people absolutely worship Ted Cruz as well as his House colleagues from Texas, Louie Gohmert, Steve Stockman, and Ted Barton. Yes, that Ted Barton, the one who thinks wind energy would cause global warming by slowing the rotation of the planet. Needless to say, you can imagine what the comments section looks like on any given day.
It really got interesting though when Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck made a trip to the border with Mexico to hand out teddy bears and soccer balls to the refugee children. Remember, anything short of setting attack dogs loose on these kids or even shooting them is tantamount to betraying conservative principles in the minds of some of these people.
Time to meet Evelyn. Evelyn gets a double feature for your facepalm pleasure. She believes in just about every wacky conspiracy story out there and also thinks that somehow God is punishing us for allowing refugee children to come across the border, by sending refugee kids across the border with diseases. You really can’t make this stuff up.
MUCH MUCH More: Angry Conservatives Turn on Ted Cruz for Giving Toys to Kids
America’s largest shotgun manufacturer, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., decided not to expand in Connecticut. Sure it was founded there 1919 and still has its corporate headquarters in North Haven. But in 2013 Connecticut rushed through legislation to ban some of Mossberg’s popular products. As a result, Mossberg CEO, Iver Mossberg, says, “Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It’s a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers.”
Mossberg has instead expanded its Maverick Arms, Inc. facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, with 116,000 new square-feet of factory space. Mossberg is not a small gun manufacturer. According to records kept by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Mossberg made 475,364 guns in America in 2011. Of those guns, a total of 423,570 were shotguns made for sportsmen, for shotgun sports enthusiasts, for law-enforcement and for people who want a shotgun to protect their homes and families.
More than 90 percent of Mossberg’s guns are now made in Texas. Some of its Connecticut jobs are going there, too. Tom Taylor, O.F. Mossberg & Sons’ senior vice president, sales & marketing, tells me, “We’re moving all wood gun stock production to our Texas facility. More of our product lines—like our modern sporting rifles—might move to Texas in the future. Texas has been very good to us. Also, our gun sales have been so dynamic over the last number of years. We’ve outgrown our facilities. This major expansion will help us keep up with demand.”
Mossberg is America’s oldest family owned and operated firearms manufacturer. It’s also the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has been aggressively coaxing them to bring even more jobs to Texas—Mossberg has been making guns there since 1989. Perry has been seducing them with the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), the state’s low taxes, simpler regulations and a skilled workforce.
Perry neglected to mention the biggest selling points: A “union free” environment, low wage rates, and a pro-management regulatory culture in state government.
Btw, “modern sporting rifle” is the industry’s euphemism for military style guns like the civilian AR-15. Mossberg is not a big player in that market but they are making an aggressive effort to move into it. With the hoarding hysteria (now mostly passed) there was room for all.
If you want to see the clearest symptoms of the prion disease that has devoured the brain of the Republican party, the state Republican party is your Patient Zero. And, before a whole bunch of people in the Beltway media playpen begin minimizing this craziness because it pretty much shatters the whole idea of Both Sides Doing It without which most of those people can’t get out of bed in the morning. This isn’t four guys in camo in Idaho. This isn’t a guy broadcasting on a short-wave from upper Michigan, or receiving the truth about chemtrails and the Illuminati through his teeth. This is the Republican party representing the state from which he got our last Republican president, and one of the biggest states in the Union. This is what it believes, as summed up with realit-based parentheticals by Hendrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker:
Let’s proceed to policy. In the next of its forty pages, the platform demands, among other things: That the Texas Legislature should nullify-indeed, “ignore, oppose, refuse, and nullify”-federal laws it doesn’t like. (Unmentioned is the fact that, beginning in 1809, the Supreme Court has steadfastedly rejected state nullification of federal laws.); That when it comes to “unelected bureaucrats”-i.e., pretty much the entire federal work force above the janitorial level-Congress should “defund and abolish these positions.”; That the Seventeenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1913, be repealed, so that “the appointment of United States Senators” can again be made by state legislators, not by voters. (Admittedly, the Texas Legislature could hardly do worse.), That all federal “enforcement activities” within the borders of Texas-including, presumably, the activities of F.B.I. agents, Justice Department prosecutors, air marshals, immigration officers, agricultural inspectors, and tax auditors-“must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.”
Keep an eye on that last sentence. The Republican party of the state of Texas, a state which has 38 electoral votes and which will send 153 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention, has endorsed the exact theory of government that was promulgated by the gun-toting yahoos at the Bundy Ranch. And there’s more.
More: Crazy Land
The mother of a Guatemalan boy whose body was found in the desert about a mile from Texas’ southern border said Tuesday she begged him not set out on the dangerous journey from their modest wood and sheet-metal home high in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains.
But Cipriana Juarez Diaz, ailing and bedridden, said her son Gilberto told her he wanted to earn money to help her.
“I said, ‘Son, it’s better if you stay. Everything I have here is for you,’” the woman recalled on Tuesday in an interview with a local reporter, adding that she draped him with a white rosary as he left. “Now my son is dead, and I think about how he suffered.”
The boy’s family said they had last heard from him about 25 days before his body was found. At that time, he was in Reynosa, Mexico, waiting to cross the border. His father told authorities the boy was traveling with a migrant smuggler.
He was older than 11.
Authorities said Monday that Gilberto was 11, which would have made him one of the youngest known children to die crossing the desert. But his parents said Tuesday that Gilberto was 15.
The parents explained that they had taken several years to register his birth because of the remoteness of their village in Guatemala’s northern mountains. When they did, they had forgotten Gilberto’s actual birth date, so they listed the same date as his younger brother.