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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Abbott Fires Up the Rhetoric in Election Eve Call

On the eve of his probable election as Texas' next governor, Greg Abbott sounded more like a candidate in trouble than an odds-on favorite.

Abbott supporters who dialed into a Monday evening tele-townhall were exhorted to get out the vote on Tuesday, lest Democratic opponent Wendy Davis usher into Texas the evils of liberalism and Barack Obama.

“We are deeply concerned by the way that we see Barack Obama and the liberal agenda trying to force its way into the state in Texas and hijack this state,” the Republican attorney general told voters during the roughly 90-minute call. "The liberal agenda is turning out their vote across the entire state of Texas. If conservatives, if Republicans stay home and don't go vote, Texas could wind up like California."

Later in the call, Abbott told supporters "if you don't {vote}, Barack Obama's liberal, pro-abortion agenda is going to be crammed down on the state of Texas."

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/11/03/greg-abbotts-tone-shifts-ahead-election-day/

[font color=green]Republicans don't have a platform to run on so they run on fear instead.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Nov 4, 2014, 12:00 AM (3 replies)

No Basis to Quash Perry Indictment, Prosecutors Say

Gov. Rick Perry has no legal right to receive a transcript of what witnesses told the grand jury that indicted him, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

"Texas courts have permitted the veil of grand jury secrecy to be pierced in only a few instances," special prosecutor Mike McCrum and David M. Gonzalez argued in a brief. "Defendant Perry has not established the particularized need that is required."

The response to Perry's earlier demand for a transcript came in one of two briefs prosecutors filed on the cusp of a pre-trial hearing Thursday. In a separate filing, prosecutors asked Visiting Judge Bert Richardson to deny Perry's request to dismiss the indictment entirely.

Perry is charged with abusing his official power by threatening to veto $7.5 million in state funds for the state's public integrity unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, stepped down following a 2013 drunken driving conviction. The Travis County DA's office oversees the public integrity unit. Lehmberg refused to resign, and Perry vetoed the money.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/11/03/prosecutors-ask-judge-deny-perry-challenges/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 3, 2014, 11:56 PM (0 replies)

'We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Homosexuals'

HOUSTON -- Tee shirts worn at yesterday's anti-gay Houston hate festival, #IStandSunday, reveal crowd's true beliefs: "We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Homosexuals."

Yesterday was #IStandSunday, a rally supposedly held to support pastors in Houston involved in a failed repeal attempt of the city's non-discrimination ordinance. Instead, it turned into an anti-gay hate rally, sponsored by the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council.

These tee shirts were reportedly seen at the rally:



Spotted at #IStandSunday: "WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO HOMOSEXUALS" T-Shirts. #Houston #Christian #LGBT pic.twitter.com/I5Y7Juh2Ps
— Memeographs (@memeographs) November 2, 2014

One response:



.@memeographs @BettyBowers Sadly not the first time people have used their kids like this. #IStandSunday pic.twitter.com/QaySY9wjqG
— Matt Algren (@MattAlgren) November 3, 2014


The original image was taken by Brad Pritch and posted to Instagram. We opted for the blurred image via Memeographs as there are children in one of the photos.

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/_we_reserve_the_right_to_refuse_service_to_homosexuals?recruiter_id=2

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 3, 2014, 11:49 PM (6 replies)

'We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Homosexuals'

HOUSTON -- Tee shirts worn at yesterday's anti-gay Houston hate festival, #IStandSunday, reveal crowd's true beliefs: "We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Homosexuals."

Yesterday was #IStandSunday, a rally supposedly held to support pastors in Houston involved in a failed repeal attempt of the city's non-discrimination ordinance. Instead, it turned into an anti-gay hate rally, sponsored by the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council.

These tee shirts were reportedly seen at the rally:



Spotted at #IStandSunday: "WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO HOMOSEXUALS" T-Shirts. #Houston #Christian #LGBT pic.twitter.com/I5Y7Juh2Ps
— Memeographs (@memeographs) November 2, 2014

One response:



.@memeographs @BettyBowers Sadly not the first time people have used their kids like this. #IStandSunday pic.twitter.com/QaySY9wjqG
— Matt Algren (@MattAlgren) November 3, 2014


The original image was taken by Brad Pritch and posted to Instagram. We opted for the blurred image via Memeographs as there are children in one of the photos.

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/_we_reserve_the_right_to_refuse_service_to_homosexuals?recruiter_id=2

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 3, 2014, 11:49 PM (0 replies)

Neo-Nazis vs. the Klan? It must be East Texas

White racists will gather in East Texas next weekend.

Yes, even more than on any other weekend.

In a battle of the burning crosses, an extremist white neo-Nazi group and a Ku Klux Klan klavern plan competing rallies Saturday, campaigning for white members, money and media in the most conservative part of Texas.

The Michigan-based neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement promises a “show of force” against illegal immigration, starting on the Rockwall County Courthouse steps (where city officials are choosing not to enforce permit rules), and then moving to a private ranch for a swastika-lighting.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/11/01/6249252/neo-nazis-vs-the-klan-it-must.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 3, 2014, 02:59 PM (6 replies)

Greg Abbott’s office reveals $40K contract with abortion opponent

The Texas attorney general’s office paid Vincent Rue, a prominent abortion opponent, $500 an hour to coordinate expert witnesses as the state prepared to defend the House Bill 2 abortion law in court, according to a contract that the agency had sought to keep confidential.

The American-Statesman had requested a copy of Rue’s litigation-consultant contract in early August, when the Florida psychotherapist’s work for Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office became a major point of contention during a five-day federal court trial over HB 2.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/greg-abbotts-office-reveals-contract-with-abortion/nhxRT/ (subscription required)

[font color=green]There is an interesting comment below the article:[/font]

When a government agency is ashamed of its conduct, and looks to bury the news, it is always released on a Friday, for publication in the week's least-read papers on Saturday, and for broadcast on the least-viewed news programs on Friday night. In this case, hater Gregory Wayne Abbott is also benefited by his wrongdoing by essentially releasing the information after early voting is completed.

The Rue scandal is more proof that our attorney general is an unethical shyster who hates women and believes his desire to get elected governor trumps the constitutional right to early termination of a pregnancy, rights the U.S. Supreme Court set forth clearly in Roe v. Wade, a Texas case striking down punitive Texas abortion statutes similar to HB 2.

Over the past two years, at least four Republican-controlled states have paid nearly $200,000 in taxpayers funds to Vincent Rue — a marriage therapist whose testimony has been repeatedly disregarded by judges — to help defend unconstitutional and ultra-strict abortion laws in court.

Rue has nonsensically claimed that "abortion reescalates the battle between the sexes" and "abortion increases bitterness toward men." For decades, he has strived to convince mainstream researchers to recognize "post-abortion syndrome," a supposed mental illness resulting from abortion.

But after submission for peer review by scientists with the Center for Disease Control, the National Center for Health Statistics and other scientific institutions, Rue's study was found to have "no value" and to be "based upon a priori beliefs rather than an objective review of the evidence," according to Daniel Huyett, a federal judge who disregarded Rue's testimony in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a landmark 1990 abortion case that wound up before the Supreme Court.

"His testimony is devoid of…analytical force and scientific rigor," Huyett added. "Moreover, his admitted personal opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, suggests a possible personal bias." Rue "possesses neither the academic qualifications nor the professional experience of plaintiffs' expert witnesses," another federal judge wrote in 1986 after hearing Rue's testimony in another landmark abortion case, Hodgson v. Minnesota.

"Rue has been really thoroughly discredited by trial courts," says Priscilla Smith, who faced Rue many years ago as a litigator and now directs the Yale Law School's reproductive justice studies program.

It is because Rue doesn't qualify as an expert witness that Abbott has deceptively kept him off the stand, yet Abbott improperly, against legal ethical rules, and unlawfully has used Rue to draft testimony that is presented as having been drafted by other so-called experts used by Abbott. Abbott could face tough repercussions, fines, and the striking of much of the state's case if the plaintiffs choose to pursue sanctions against our fraud of an attorney general.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Nov 1, 2014, 12:47 AM (0 replies)
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