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motherjones:

team-joebama:

giantspacefetus:

My friend lives next door to Rick Perry and invited him over for a guitar hero battle

if he didn’t play Sharp Dressed Man looking like that i’m gonna cry

Okay, fine, this is cool. Guitar Hero just brings people together.

Dear God. I can’t. You guys, take it away. Captions, people!!

texasredistricting:

At least that’s what Harris County Republican chair Jared Woodfill is saying Governor Perry told him a couple of weeks ago according to conservative blogger David Jennings.

Jennings’ report here.

All this with the caveat that it is very attenuated and speculative at this juncture.

Possible treachery afoot.

The first wagon trains left in January. There were just a few in the beginning, and they proceeded with caution, fording the San Joaquin River, navigating the canyons and switchbacks of the high Sierras, and traversing the salt flats and creosote scrub of the Great Basin before descending, at last, over the rocky peaks and into the the fertile loam of the southern plains. What they couldn’t carry with them—ocean-going yachts, car elevators, labradoodles—they’d simply discarded. Someday, maybe, when the time was right, they would return to the California they’d fled, to the Ocean-front estates and climate-controlled wine cellars they’d left behind. But for now, their sights were set on a new homeland where men, and sometimes even women, were free. Texas.

think-progress:

GOP congressman compares Obama to Saddam Hussein.

Five Republican lawmakers call to impeach Obama.

Gun advocate says Reagan only supported gun control because he was senile

Rick Perry’s solution to gun violence.

NRA goes after Obama’s kids in an ad.

Every time Rick Perry prays, God probably gets a headache.

Gov. Perry recently said,“(if) you are a concealed-handgun-license-carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state.” To call Rick Perry’s recent statement ridiculous and offensive would be an understatement. As Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, and as a father, I could not be more revolted by his harmful suggestion. Perry thinks that the answer to horrific violence is to have more guns in schools, and at soccer games, and frat parties, and large scale public events where alcohol and emotion already lead to too many fist fights. Twenty children have died, and Perry sees it as an opportunity to push his own radical agenda. Nothing could be sicker and more of an abuse of power. It is 2012, and we have a Governor who thinks the answer to our societal problems is a Wild West shoot out.

Rick Perry Responds To Connecticut Shooting: Let Teachers Carry Concealed Weapons

Texas governor and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry became the highest-ranking Republican official to throw his support behind arming teachers and administrators in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Sandy Hook elementary school.

Perry: I May Run for President Again

"It was an extraordinary experience — I mean, one that I wouldn’t trade," he said. "And looking back on it … I would do it again."


quickhits:

Stories to Watch: 12/18/12.

Adventures in really bad parenting.


TPM’s David Kurtz highlights two legislative reactions to the Newtown Massacre — one thoughtful, the other amazingly stupid. Meanwhile, Michigan’s Governor Snyder says he’ll veto a bill allowing concealed carry in schools — another jawdroppingly stupid reaction that deserves the veto it’ll get.


Adventures in tasteless advertising.


President Obama’s push for stricter gun control is looking pretty ambitious. One thing that bothers me, Dick Durbin talks about “looking at violence in movies and video games.” The world sees the same video games and movies America does, yet the trend toward gun massacres is a uniquely American. Clearly, entertainment is not the problem. Let’s not add First Amendment challenges to the almost certain Second Amendment ones if anything passes, OK? Besides, if we start bringing up video games in a gun debate, what do you think Republicans will use to highjack the debate? Don’t cloud the issue with bullshit, Dick. Stick to the subject.


Marc Ambinder reminds us that ammo is a big part of the problem — and maybe the most effective to address.


Not only will The Discovery Channel cancel the upcoming reality show American Guns in the wake of Newtown, but also the already aired Ted Nugent’s Gun Country. In the case of the latter, though, it’s as much because it sucked and no one watched it as anything else.


Here’s a surprise: the “traditional family values” group Family Research Council is also a terribly anti-woman workplace. These people really just hate pretty much everybody.


The NRA finally comes out of hiding — but only long enough to announce they’ll come out of hiding again on Friday.


Florida’s “stand your ground” law really keeps people safe, huh?


Bob McDonnell and Rick Perry make an excellent case for the argument that Republicans are mentally helpless.


Newsweek’s Megan McArdle suggests the answer to gun massacres is to turn the nation into a squad of unarmed volunteer kamikazes on foot. You think I’m kidding, I’m not. It might just save time to say that every reaction to the massacre from beyond the center right has been stupid, insane, or both.


Republicans’ approvals on the fiscal cliff keep getting worse.


Finally, Patrick Leahy is the new Senate President Pro Tempore, replacing the recently deceased Daniel Inouye.


[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

cognitivedissonance:

caffeinatedfeminist:

str8nochaser:

bilt2tumble:

kazecat:

XD

Yep.

he was the least ridiculous. and he’s pretty fucking ridiclous

Mitt Romney was the least fucking ridiculous person the Republican Party could offer for this election.

Let that sink in.

I feel like he reined it just to get through the primary. Now he’s all like, “I’M THE NOMINEE HOMESLICE! I’M GONNA SAY WHAT I WANT!”

Then he does the Macarena and talks about how he wishes he were Latino.

True facts, y’all.

Seriously. I got nothing else.

texasredistricting:

Statement of the Lone Star Project and Matt Angle on today’s redistricting opinion:

After months of deliberation, a three-judge Federal District Court panel in Washington, DC has ruled that the redistricting maps adopted by the Texas Legislature last year violate the US Voting Rights Act. The Court determined that Texas Republican leaders enacted maps that reduced the opportunity for minority voters in Texas to elect their candidates of choice AND the Court ruled that the Legislature used a process that was intentionally discriminatory in adopting the Congressional and State Senate maps.

The election in November will proceed as scheduled under the court-drawn interim maps ordered earlier this year. However, the DC Court’s ruling means that the maps passed by the Legislature in 2011 cannot be used for any election going forward. The current court-drawn interim Congressional, State Senate and State House maps will serve as the benchmark for determining minority voter opportunity. In effect, if the Legislature chooses to redraw the three maps next year, they cannot revert to their previously enacted maps but must start over using the court-drawn interim maps as a baseline.

The Lone Star Project provided technical and legal assistance to key intervenors in the Congressional and State Senate cases, who were led by Congressional District 33 Democratic nominee Marc Veasey and State Senator Wendy Davis. The Court’s decision is a major victory for Texas minority voters, intervenor groups and for important advocacy groups like the national NAACP and national LULAC.

Comments from Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

  • The Court’s decision is a damning indictment of Rick Perry and other Texas Republican leaders who, in a cynical attempt to hold on to power, engaged in intentional discrimination against Texas Latino and African American voters.
  • Every fair-minded Texan familiar with the details of redistricting knew Republican leaders were violating the law.
  • Greg Abbott and Texas Republican will stop at nothing to hold power – even if it means spending millions in Texans hard-earned tax dollars to defend illegal discriminatory redistricting plans. I’m sure he’s burning up more tax dollars as we speak.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission responded swiftly to the decision.

"We appreciate the court’s ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women’s Health Program as quickly as possible," commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman wrote in an emailed statement.

Planned Parenthood has been the largest beneficiary of the Women’s Health Program since it began as a Medicaid waiver program in 2006. It provides cancer screenings and contraceptives, but not abortions, to about half of the 130,000 low-income women enrolled in the program every year.

The appeals court decision means Texas can now ban Women’s Health Program funds from going to Planned Parenthood clinics before an October hearing in the case in district court.

In a statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said the reproductive rights giant is “evaluating every possible option to protect women’s health in Texas.”

“It is shocking that politics would get in the way of women receiving access to basic health care,” Richards said.

listenorshutup:

highvoodoopussypope:

smidgetz:

But…his IQ was 61 for God’s sake. :| Rick Perry is just trying to bat a thousand with this shit. 245th person executed under him.

fuck you rick perry

fuck this world

Fuck you, Supreme Court and Texas. Don’t you all feel safer now?

(via womanistgamergirl)

numol:

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Passing this on from my comrade Gloria Rubac, who is on her way to protest at the death house in Huntsville now. Please take a few minutes to call or email:
Stop today’s execution of Marvin Wilson, a mentally disabled African American man, by the state of Texas!
Please re-post:
UPCOMING EXECUTION ***6PM TODAY – CALL NOW!!!***
MARVIN WILSON #999098
Polunsky Unit
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston, TX 77351
Governor of TEXAS – Rick Perry
Governor’s office: (512)463-5739
Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]: (512) 463-2000
Email: GCPD@gov.texas.gov
Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849 
Mailing Address:
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428 
TEXAS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES
P. O. Box 13401
Austin, Texas 78711-3401
AUSTIN LOCATION:
209 West 14th Street, Suite 500
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 406-5452
Fax: (512) 463-8120

there is still time!  if at all possible, please call/fax/email and pass this around.
some online free faxing places:
http://www.gotfreefax.com (up to 2 a day for free)
http://faxzero.com (allegedly up to 2 a day for free but one of those usually causes an error)
http://www.myfax.com/free (up to 2 a day for free)
SOME CASE INFO [WARNING for talk of ableism, racism, murder by the state, prison industrial complex]:

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 2002 decision in a case called Atkins, exempted all mentally ill offenders from execution, in part because those who struggle with impulse control, for example, are less culpable for their crimes. But also because mentally ill offenders may be especially vulnerable to wrongful convictions since they’re less able to help attorneys build strong defenses.
Wilson is a textbook example. According to his attorneys’ brief, Wilson was fingered as the lead shooter by a more sophisticated accomplice, and evidence of his “confession” in the murder of police informant Jerry Williams came from the accomplice’s wife.

Read More from the Houston Chronicle (link) [warning for use of r-word]
(some stuff in that article does make me uncomfortable, though [in addition to the r-word, i mean].)
also, from a different article:

The lawyer for a Beaumont man scheduled for execution tonight plans to file a last-minute appeal in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, asking judges to review DNA found at the scene of a 1992 crime that put Marvin Lee Wilson on death row.
Wilson, 54, was convicted in 1994 of kidnapping and killing 21-year-old Jerry Robert Williams, a confidential Beaumont Police Department informant.
[….]
At a hearing last month in District Judge Larry Gist’s court, Benny Frank Nettles, a man who claimed he was a longtime friend of Wilson’s, said another one of his friends admitted to killing Williams in 1992.
Gist said the new evidence did not establish a “reasonable probability” that the outcome of Wilson’s trial would have been different had the evidence been presented at the time.
Kovarsky said Wilson’s defense investigated that claim, and said they believe there is basis for DNA found at the scene to be tested again.
In the interview, Wilson discussed the DNA, fervently describing a hair investigators found between Williams’ fingers when they discovered his body. The hair belonged to a white person, he said.

Read More from the Beaumont Enterprise (link) [warning for use of r-word]
i can not find the interview with Mr. Wilson that article refers to, though.

numol:

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Passing this on from my comrade Gloria Rubac, who is on her way to protest at the death house in Huntsville now. Please take a few minutes to call or email:

Stop today’s execution of Marvin Wilson, a mentally disabled African American man, by the state of Texas!

Please re-post:

UPCOMING EXECUTION ***6PM TODAY – CALL NOW!!!***

MARVIN WILSON #999098

Polunsky Unit

3872 FM 350 South

Livingston, TX 77351

Governor of TEXAS – Rick Perry

Governor’s office: (512)463-5739

Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]: (512) 463-2000

Email: GCPD@gov.texas.gov

Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849 

Mailing Address:

Office of the Governor

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711-2428 

TEXAS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

P. O. Box 13401

Austin, Texas 78711-3401

AUSTIN LOCATION:

209 West 14th Street, Suite 500

Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 406-5452

Fax: (512) 463-8120

there is still time!  if at all possible, please call/fax/email and pass this around.

some online free faxing places:

SOME CASE INFO [WARNING for talk of ableism, racism, murder by the state, prison industrial complex]:

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 2002 decision in a case called Atkins, exempted all mentally ill offenders from execution, in part because those who struggle with impulse control, for example, are less culpable for their crimes. But also because mentally ill offenders may be especially vulnerable to wrongful convictions since they’re less able to help attorneys build strong defenses.

Wilson is a textbook example. According to his attorneys’ brief, Wilson was fingered as the lead shooter by a more sophisticated accomplice, and evidence of his “confession” in the murder of police informant Jerry Williams came from the accomplice’s wife.

Read More from the Houston Chronicle (link) [warning for use of r-word]

(some stuff in that article does make me uncomfortable, though [in addition to the r-word, i mean].)

also, from a different article:

The lawyer for a Beaumont man scheduled for execution tonight plans to file a last-minute appeal in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, asking judges to review DNA found at the scene of a 1992 crime that put Marvin Lee Wilson on death row.

Wilson, 54, was convicted in 1994 of kidnapping and killing 21-year-old Jerry Robert Williams, a confidential Beaumont Police Department informant.

[….]

At a hearing last month in District Judge Larry Gist’s court, Benny Frank Nettles, a man who claimed he was a longtime friend of Wilson’s, said another one of his friends admitted to killing Williams in 1992.

Gist said the new evidence did not establish a “reasonable probability” that the outcome of Wilson’s trial would have been different had the evidence been presented at the time.

Kovarsky said Wilson’s defense investigated that claim, and said they believe there is basis for DNA found at the scene to be tested again.

In the interview, Wilson discussed the DNA, fervently describing a hair investigators found between Williams’ fingers when they discovered his body. The hair belonged to a white person, he said.

Read More from the Beaumont Enterprise (link) [warning for use of r-word]

i can not find the interview with Mr. Wilson that article refers to, though.

(via womanistgamergirl)

This is what a state opting out of the Medicaid Expansion looks like. Pay attention those of you who live in one of these seven states *cough* Texas *cough* where Republican governors say they will reject the Medicaid Expansion.

This is what a state opting out of the Medicaid Expansion looks like. Pay attention those of you who live in one of these seven states *cough* Texas *cough* where Republican governors say they will reject the Medicaid Expansion.

MoveOn asked members to come up with the funniest things Mitt Romney might be covering up.