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Here Is The Perfect Teabagger Socialist-Free Purity Pledge

All of us know “that guy.” He might be a crazy uncle, an annoying co-worker, or that one person who shows up at all the parties and tells you about the merits of the gold standard for currency.

They hate government, they hate everyone else, they might even hate themselves. They are the Teabaggers.

Here is the perfect pledge to make them read aloud and then sign in front of everyone present at any discussion, gathering, rally, or other such gathering of more than just themselves talking to the TV. There is nothing more I can add to this perfect document, so I present it to you now:

I, ________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:

Read more: http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/here-is-the-perfect-teabagger-socialist-free-purity-pledge/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 11:57 PM (0 replies)

Judge Will Hear Birth Certificate Case Next Month

A coalition of undocumented immigrants whose U.S. citizen children have been denied birth certificates in Texas will get its day in federal court next month.

Attorneys for the families will appear before U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman on Oct. 2, according to an order filed Wednesday. The judge will consider whether to grant an emergency injunction and order the Department of State Health Services to identify two forms of identification the parents can use to obtain the vital record.

The families allege that the state health department violated the children’s constitutional rights by ordering local county registrars to stop recognizing Mexican consular IDs and foreign passports without valid visas as proof of identification. Their pleading specifically asks the state health department to list documents that are "reasonably and actually accessible to undocumented immigrant parents now present in Texas."

The lawsuit was filed in May on behalf of six U.S. citizen children and their parents from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. The complaint has been amended since to include more than 30 families.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2015/09/03/judge-will-hear-birth-certificate-case-next-month/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:25 AM (5 replies)

Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout enters fourth week

The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) at 12 mills in six states has entered its fourth week. ATI announced the lockout August 14 after the United Steelworkers (USW) union ordered its members to continue to work past the June 30 contract deadline, allowing the company to stockpile steel and make preparations for the lockout. The company also rebuffed USW offers of tens of millions of dollars in concessions.

ATI and the USW are scheduled to meet on September 11 for the first time since the lockout began. Talks will be held under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. There is no indication that ATI has changed its hardline stance.

The USW is continuing the isolate the workers at ATI, having ordered 30,000 steelworkers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal to remain on the job after their contract expired on September 1. These workers could very well face the same fate as the ATI workers but the USW is deliberately sabotaging any united struggle against the coordinated attack by the steel bosses.

Mark Spiering, with four-and-a-half years at the Leechburg, Pennsylvania plant, said, “All the steel companies are backing ATI. Our contract was up first and they want to make an example out of us. The company is putting ads in papers, Craigslist, local newspapers for people to take our jobs. They are trying to take from us all the things that people have struggled for.”

Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/07/stee-s07.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 02:49 AM (1 replies)

Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe

The government of Austria announced on Sunday that it would close its border and resume controls blocking the travel of migrants from Hungary. Border restrictions had been temporarily lifted over the weekend, allowing thousands of refugees to travel on to Germany.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann announced the decision after a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Merkel has made a show of accepting refugees, while Orban has stridently opposed any relaxation of travel restrictions.

The restrictions had been lifted after mass outrage followed the discovery of 71 refugees suffocated in the back of a truck on an Austrian highway and the appearance of horrific pictures of the body of a three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, who drowned in the Mediterranean.

Both Austria and Germany are seeking to quickly return to “normalcy,” i.e., restricted borders and onerous requirements. Closing the Austrian border also has the impact of cutting off the flow of refugees into its neighbor, Germany.

Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/07/refu-s07.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 02:46 AM (4 replies)

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential fundraising not as strong as that of main competitors

Washington — For most Louisiana households, $9.2 million represents a whole lot of money.

That’s how much supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal raised through June 30 in an effort to win him the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, according to reports filed with the federal government and to information from the Jindal camp, covering Jindal’s official campaign committee and independent political groups aligned with him.

Even in the hyperinflated world of campaign fundraising for the 2016 presidential election cycle, $9.2 million is not chicken feed. But it’s far short of the amounts amassed to back other Republican contenders, including $119.4 million for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, $51.3 million for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and $45.2 million for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida.

Four other Republican candidates were outpacing Jindal by lesser amounts in the fundraising competition through June 30. (The current leader in the polls, real estate developer and reality TV celebrity Donald Trump, is a billionaire who has not mounted a fundraising effort to compete with his rivals.)

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/13353277-123/gov-bobby-jindals-presidential-fundraising
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 02:22 AM (2 replies)

Uncertainty for Lone Star Steel workers on Labor Day

LONGVIEW -- Labor Day dawns on uncertainty for some 1,100 members of United Steelworkers Union Local 4134 employed at Lone Star Tubular Operations.

Bought by U.S. Steel in 2007, the former Lone Star Steel plant is caught up in a national tug-of-war between management and labor stretching from Texas to the company's flagship offices in Pittsburgh.

"We have gone through the battle in the past, but we're ready to stand strong," Local 4134 Vice President Trey "Tiny" Green said Friday as the Labor Day weekend loomed with steelworkers and company officials at the bargaining table in Pennsylvania. "We're planning on standing strong."

The contract between union workers and the company ended at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/sep/06/uncertainty-for-lone-star-workers-on-labor-day/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 02:19 AM (0 replies)

Lightning Kills 22 People in Southeastern India

Lightning has killed 22 people, mostly farm laborers working in fields, across the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said Monday.

The fatalities occurred Sunday evening when thunderstorms and rain lashed eight districts in Andhra Pradesh, said N. Chandrababu Naidu, the state's chief minister.

Two women's cricket teams had a narrow escape when lightning struck a tree on the grounds where they were playing in Guntur town, said Sitapati, a district cricket official. "It was a miraculous escape for the players and the people at the grounds," said Sitapati, who goes by one name.

A tree caught fire after it was hit by a lightning bolt, and the deafening sound that followed led players and spectators to flee the grounds in panic, he said.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/lightning-kills-22-people-southeastern-india-33578266
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 01:53 AM (0 replies)

Texan declares own brand of secession

AUSTIN — Daniel Miller’s warm baritone and easy patter peg him for the radio personality he is.

He begins his pitch before the three dozen people in a La Quinta conference room by rolling up his sleeves. He’s not here to discuss the normal topic of succeeding in business but rather, the business of seceding.

Miller heads the Texas Nationalist Movement, a group that lays claim to 250,000 members and seeks to win independence for Texas.

This summer, he and his group have toured more than 21 cities, sharing ideas, answering skeptics and inviting disenchanted Texans to leave a less-than-perfect union and dream of a country that looks and acts like the Lone Star State.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20150906-texan-declares-own-brand-of-secession.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 01:10 AM (7 replies)

Abbott arrives in Mexico for trade, security talks

MEXICO CITY — Gov. Greg Abbott, in a rare visit by a Texas leader, arrived here over the weekend for his first international trip and quickly tried making up for lost time.

He penned an editorial in one of Mexico City’s top newspapers, El Universal, and met with key Mexican officials, including business leaders and governors and their representatives, some from states bordering Texas. The goal: Deal with longstanding irritants head on, from immigration to security, and align the Texas political tone with the reality on the ground, that of a booming economic relationship that continues to thrive despite the strain that in recent years has marked relationships between the two neighbors.

In his editorial featured on El Universal’s front page, Abbott acknowledged a Texas rooted in Mexico, via geography, trade and demographics. The piece also appeared in the Houston Chronicle. The last time a Texas governor visited Mexico was in 2007. Abbott’s last visit to Mexico was in 2005, an aide said.

“Ties between Texas and Mexico began before we became a state,” wrote Abbott, who on Monday will make his only public appearance, addressing business leaders from both sides of the border. “Today, about one-third of Texans trace their roots to Mexico, including my wife whose maternal grandparents immigrated to Texas from Monterrey. And the shared values of our families transcend geographic borders.”

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20150906-abbott-arrives-in-mexico-for-trade-security-talks.ece

[font color=330099]I would consider setting up a GoFundMe account if Abbott would stay there.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 01:08 AM (5 replies)

Houston family saves son from joining Islamic State; now he may face prison

SPRING — Asher Abid Khan sat in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and considered his next move — forward to Syria and enlistment in the Islamic State, the militant group that had drawn him to the possibility of dying for Allah, or home to Texas and his bewildered family whose imploring messages were filling his voice mail.

The 19-year-old pulled out his phone and dialed.

“I want to come home,” Khan told his father, Mohammed Abid Khan, who sat huddled in his living room here with his wife and other children.

Hours later, without ever leaving the airport, Khan boarded a plane and flew home to this Houston suburb.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150906-houston-family-saves-son-from-joining-islamic-state-now-he-may-face-prison.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 01:06 AM (0 replies)
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