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LeftInTX

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Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Member since: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:45 AM
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Always a Democrat. I can't understand conservatives. I try to understand them, but I can't. They don't make sense. Our country has gone so far right since 1981. I was just an average American who took many Democratic values for granted when Reagan was elected. It was like the rug was pulled out from under our society. Reagan ruined our country.

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Texas Senate opens redistricting debate with proposed map one senator labels "intentional discrimina

Texas Senate opens redistricting debate with proposed map one senator labels “intentional discrimination”

The first draft of the Senate map was authored by a Republican who chairs the Senate redistricting committee. It immediately drew fire from a Democratic member who said her district was being redrawn to dilute voting power of people of color.

The Texas Senate kicked off the decennial redistricting process on Saturday, releasing the first draft of its own members’ district maps which shore up the strength of the Republican majority.

On Monday, the Texas Legislature meets for a 30-day special session dedicated to redrawing political maps based on the latest census data, which showed people of color fueled 95% of Texas’ population growth over the past decade.

The Legislature is tasked with setting new boundaries for House and Senate districts in addition to redrawing new district maps for the state’s congressional seats and for the State Board of Education. Republicans hold majorities in both chambers and will have every advantage as they use the process to position their party for the next decade as the state population becomes younger and more diverse.

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/18/texas-senate-redistricting-map/

Blue cities/states need to do this Texas snitch thing with mask mandates...Seriously!!!!

Texas started their snitch thing in a tiny town in called Waskom in 2019. The town was so small and had no abortion facilities. It was mostly symbolic. In 2020 Lubbock caught on and created a snitch ordinance for Planned Parenthood over there. Planned Parenthood in Lubbock closed shop.



Blue states can get a municipality to do a mask snitch ordinance.
Governors can write an executive order to create snitch law


The beauty about mask ordinances is that they are temporary (Once Covid is over, the experiment is over)...Lots of people violate mask ordinances, so there will be lots of lawsuits...

Seattle? Portland? San Francisco? NYC? Anywhere?? Please!!!


Texas’ abortion law S.B. 8 follows a model first used in Waskom to ban abortion within its boundaries in 2019. The novel legal approach used by the city on Texas’ border with Louisiana is one envisioned by a former top lawyer for the state.

Right to Life East Texas director Mark Lee Dickson, 36, a Southern Baptist minister, championed Waskom’s abortion ban. Through his state senator, Bryan Hughes, he met Jonathan F. Mitchell, a former top lawyer for the state of Texas. Mitchell became his attorney and advised him on crafting the ordinance, Dickson said in an interview.

The ordinance shields Waskom from lawsuits by saying city officials can’t enforce the abortion ban. Instead, private citizens can sue anyone who performs an abortion in the city or assists someone in obtaining one. The law was largely symbolic, however, because the city did not have a clinic performing abortions.

Nearly three dozen other cities in the state followed Waskom’s lead. Among them is Lubbock, where a Planned Parenthood clinic stopped performing abortions this year as a result.


https://apnews.com/article/texas-us-supreme-court-laws-185e383ba4aa6cfc558231dcabd4104a

If a pregnant woman drinks Ivermectin and it causes an abortion

can we sue Ivermectin? can we sue the feed store?

Asking for an anti-vaxer.

I'm involved with Democratic politics down here in South Texas

Here are a few facts:

Generalizations..(We have our progressives, but I'm describing the majority of Democrats)

Democrats here tend to be somewhat socially conservative
They are even more conservative in the Rio Grande Valley..(Henry Cuellar)
Democrats are overwhelmingly Latino or African American.
Most of my friends go to church every week...I'm the lazy hold out
We don't discuss reproductive rights because other issues are more important
Latinos are majority Catholic and even among Democrats abortion or abortion rights is not something they feel comfortable discussing.

Of course they are upset about SB 8, because it is so horrendous...But the majority of reproductive limitations in the past do not appear to have angered them to the point that it flips elections.

Sen Eddio Lucio Jr (D- Brownsville) voted for the anti-abortion bill.


Then we have our Progressive voters

They tend to be white...
Democrats who are involved with Planned Parenthood tend to be white and tend to have more money.
However, white Democrats are the minority here...

Based on this, the Republicans feel that there will not be a huge rebellion in Texas....

Glued to Mystery!

Ahh the Times of India..even has an infographic...

Gujarat Man Dies After Using Adhesive Instead of Condom



It wasn't Florida man after all...It happened in Ahmedabad, India....


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/ahmedabad-using-adhesive-instead-of-condom-killed-youth/articleshow/85581295.cms

News 18 puts a picture of a condom, juxtaposed with a photo of epoxy to illustrate the point..



https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/gujarat-man-dies-after-using-adhesive-instead-of-condom-4121828.html

Found on a General Discussion thread which was locked. Everyone thought it was Florida man because the article came from a Florida TV station......
Darwin Award...

Next up for Covid vaccines: kids under 12. Dosing etc. Possibly end of Sept


It looks like children ages 5-12 get a strong immune response with 10 micrograms of vaccine antigen, Frenck said.

"So one third of the dose that we're giving adults, or even one third of the dose that was used in 12-year-olds and above, was just as immunogenic. We got just as good an immune response as the 30-microgram dose and there were less side effects," he said.
"So because of that, for the 5-12-year-old dosing we are looking at 10 micrograms, and then, in the younger kids, under 5, even going down further to 3 micrograms."

"We're giving enough vaccine to be able to get the same immune response as we're seeing in people 25 years of age that are getting 30 micrograms."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/health/covid-19-vaccines-kids-next-wellness/index.html

About that Israeli 39% Pfizer effectiveness. This makes me feel a bit better:

Some of this info is a few weeks old, but it might explain why Israel's breakthrough rate is so high. The actual number of Covid cases in Israel is still low and apparently, their vaccination rate is like 85%...So, when you have a high vaccination rate, it's gonna make it look like the vaccine is less effective than it actually is. Of course, we need to be concerned, but it isn't as bad as I thought it was..Heck, I was thinking we were almost back to 2020.

=



Paywall article from WaPo:
Vaccine doubters’ strange fixation with Israel
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/19/vaccine-skeptics-zero-israel-again-some-reason/


It’s true that most new cases are coming from the vaccinated community, but that’s in large part because of how relatively big that community is in Israel. The latest numbers show that 85 percent of Israeli adults are vaccinated, meaning there are more than five times as many of them as unvaccinated people.



Epidemiologist gives an explanation. From June 27th, but it explains the stats...I know we've got the UK with 88% effectiveness and Israel with 39% effectiveness and the whole thing has got my head spinning
Israel, 50% of infected are vaccinated, and base rate bias

https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/israel-50-of-infected-are-vaccinated

The more vaccinated a population, the more we’ll hear of the vaccinated getting infected. For example, say there’s a community that’s 100% vaccinated. If there’s transmission, we know breakthrough cases will happen. So, by definition, 100% of outbreak cases will be among the vaccinated. It will just be 100% out of a smaller number.





Original article that freaked me out:

Israel says Pfizer Covid vaccine is just 39% effective

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/23/delta-variant-pfizer-covid-vaccine-39percent-effective-in-israel-prevents-severe-illness.html

Chad and Lori Daybell indicted for murders of JJ Vallow, Tylee Ryan and Tammy Daybell

Source: East Idaho News

ST. ANTHONY — Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell have been indicted on first-degree murder charges for the deaths of Tammy Daybell, Tylee Ryan and Joshua “JJ” Vallow.

Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday, which happened to be the day JJ would have turned 9 years old. Wood, a special prosecutor in the case, was joined by local, state, federal law enforcement and other officials.

The news comes after a grand jury convened over the past week in Fremont County.

The following are charges Chad and Lori are facing, according to a news release sent after Wood and Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey Blake met with the media Tuesday afternoon:

Lori and Chad Daybell were indicted on the charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception for the death of Tylee Ryan.
Lori and Chad Daybell were indicted on the charge of first-degree murder for the death of Tylee Ryan.
Lori and Chad Daybell were indicted on the charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception for the death of JJ Vallow.
Lori and Chad Daybell were indicted on the charge of first-degree murder for the death of JJ Vallow.
Lori and Chad Daybell were indicted on the charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Tammy Daybell.
Chad Daybell was indicted on the charge of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Tammy Daybell.
Lori Daybell was indicted on the charge of grand theft related to Social Security Survivor benefits over $1,000 allocated for the care of minors Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow that were appropriated after the children were missing and ultimately found deceased.
Chad Daybell was indicted on the charge of insurance fraud related to a life insurance policy he had on Tammy Daybell for which he was the beneficiary and received funds after her death.
Chad Daybell was indicted on the charge of insurance fraud related to another life insurance policy he had on Tammy Daybell for which he was the beneficiary and received funds after her death.


Read more: https://www.eastidahonews.com/2021/05/chad-and-lori-daybell-indicted-for-murders-of-jj-vallow-tylee-ryan-and-tammy-daybell/



Finally! Doomsday religious whackos!!
Killing her kids, his wife and who knows how many other people!!

Texas House gives early approval to bill that would punish Wall Street for fossil fuel disinvestment

The Texas House on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would direct state investment funds to divest from companies that cut ties with fossil fuel companies.

Senate Bill 13 was approved on second reading in the House, and needs only a third reading before it is sent to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

The legislation would require state entities — including state pension funds and Texas’ massive K-12 school endowment — to divest from companies that refuse to invest in or do business with fossil fuel-based energy companies.

It’s a response to the sentiment on Wall Street that oil and gas companies are contributing to climate change — and may not be a good investment in the midst of an energy transition. The bill seeks to divest the state’s massive investment funds from firms that “boycott” fossil fuel companies.

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/05/03/texas-house-fossil-fuel-oil-divest/


Since it is a Senate Bill, it was already passed over there. Although it seems stupid and lame, this bill is dangerous. These funds should not be at the will of any political statement, but be passed on market performance. It really sucks that public bonds and investments could go under because of these gun slinging yahoos! And they complain about "cancel culture".

Texas state funds identified in the bill include the $46 billion Texas Permanent School Fund, the largest such K-12 fund in the U.S; the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, which manages nearly $165 billion in investments; and the Employees Retirement System of Texas and Texas Municipal Retirement System of Texas, which each manage $31 billion.

San Antonio: Nirenberg coasts to third term with dominating win over Brockhouse

With nearly all of the votes tallied Saturday night, Mayor Ron Nirenberg secured a third term as he claimed 62% of the vote. Former District 6 councilman Greg Brockhouse – who failed to capture the same support he had in 2019, when he took Nirenberg to a runoff – trailed with 31.4%.

Avoiding a runoff “is what we were planning for and working toward, and I’m glad to see that taking shape,” Nirenberg said Saturday after early voting results came in.

Only two of the other 12 candidates in the race gained more than 1% of the vote in an election that drew a higher turnout than is typical for city elections. Though just 17%, the turnout was likely driven by a contentious ballot proposition on police union bargaining rights, Proposition B, which appeared headed to defeat.

With the mayoral race’s outcome apparent relatively early in the evening, Brockhouse offered the mayor his congratulations.

https://sanantonioreport.org/san-antonio-mayoral-race-2021/


However, Proposition B, which would have removed collective bargaining for SAPD did not pass. After heavy presence of SAPOA and pushing against the Proposition by AFL-CIO and other unions, the measure was defeated 51-49%. (Man those Vote No people at the polls were just crazy and were total bullies) Heck, I think those bullies at the polls may have scared off a few voters, but they were extremely, extremely loud.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/ballot-measure-puts-police-reform-racial-injustice-san-antonio-voters-rcna792
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