Zimmerman not guilty

 Posted by at 21:20  General
Jul 132013
 

I knew he would get away with it: George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin’s death.

Update: Statement from President Obama issued Sunday, July 14:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

One way we can prevent future tragedies like this is to ensure that murderers like George Zimmerman spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

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Jul 132013
 

The American Taliban had their way with the women of Texas last night…

Texas Senate passes controversial abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas — After more than eight hours of debate, the plan to enact some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion regulations was approved 19-11 by the Texas Senate late Friday.

This issue – which will restrict abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and put in place regulations so strict that only a handful of abortion clinics, including one in Fort Worth, likely will remain – thrust Texas into the national limelight and drew thousands of activists for and against the legislation to the state Capitol to witness the debate.

As the roar of thousands could be heard inside the normally quiet Senate chambers, senators were poised to vote along party lines to approve the measure and send it to Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to quickly sign it into law.

I still do not understand why the Republicans believe they have the right to tell women what to do with their own bodies. Those decisions should be left to a woman, her family and her team of medical professionals. Is this part of the “small government” the Republicans are always talking about? I really do believe that Texas just turned blue.

In other news, we have further proof that you simply cannot a believe a word the Republicans say…

Protesters Question Report on Confiscations

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday that officers had discovered more than a dozen jars containing “suspected” feces and urine at the Texas Capitol, the site of an intense debate among state senators over abortion restrictions.

In a press release, the agency offered scant details about the seizures and did not say where the items were taken or what happened to them, prompting abortion rights activists to express doubts about the official account.

The department said the items were found after the agency received information that protesters had planned to use a “variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol.”

“During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint,” the news release said. “All of these items — as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals — were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery.”

DPS officers outside the Senate gallery and at each entrance to the Capitol told The Texas Tribune they had not seen or found jars containing feces or urine, and multiple officers throughout the Capitol said they had not heard of any jars being found until a reporter mentioned it. Several officers also said they had not heard anything on the DPS radio system about jars of any excrement.

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Weekly Address 07-13-13

 Posted by at 10:20  Politics
Jul 132013
 

“Strengthening our Economy by Passing Bipartisan Immigration Reform”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama discusses how a large, bipartisan majority in the Senate voted to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which would add a big boost to our economy, strengthen Social Security, and modernize our legal immigration system to make it more consistent with our value. He calls on Congress to pass this commonsense bill quickly so that we can fix our broken immigration system and keep America strong for years to come.

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