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At 'Stand With Texas Women' rally.
As expected, the Republican-controlled Texas Senate voted to pass the anti-abortion bill that will ban abortion entirely after 20 weeks and close most clinics in the state by requiring them to meet standards for ambulatory surgical centers:
The Senate passed the measure late on Friday by a vote of 19 to 11 in front of a full public gallery while protesters yelled and chanted outside the chamber.
The final day of debate featured state troopers deciding that tampons were political props, not necessary hygiene supplies:
Troopers inspected bags of people streaming into the halls of the capitol. Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Rick DeLeon said no props would be permitted in the gallery, including tampons, perfume bottles, and moisturizers, the AP reported.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, the leader of the legislature’s Democrats, said he stepped in to prevent troopers from confiscating feminine hygiene products from women hoping to view the debate, according to the AP.

Kind of a perfect nutshell of how Texas understood women's place in this debate, no?

The bill surged to national attention when state Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered, delaying a final vote until a special session of the legislature had expired. Gov. Rick Perry was forced to call a second special session, with Republicans moving immediately to the anti-abortion bill to ensure they'd have time to push it through. Perry is sure to sign the bill, and a court challenge is now expected.

10:40 AM PT (Joan McCarter): Sign our petition, demanding an open investigation as to who authorized confiscating tampons and maxipads—and that anyone responsible be disciplined accordingly.

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  •  And Perry and his band of merry (12+ / 0-)

    misogynists are now laughingstocks to the whole world.  This was so childish no one can them seriously again.

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:26:29 AM PDT

    •  Take them seriously. (8+ / 0-)

      Too little coffee for commenting!

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:28:14 AM PDT

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    •  Uh... they won. We lost. (7+ / 0-)

      That's pretty serious.

      •  They won what? How hard is it (4+ / 0-)

        to run against a tough cowboy who's scared of panty liners?  How hard is it to show your neighbors how chickenshit their representatives are?  It takes effort, we don't fold up and scurry into the dark, we work.  The women in Austin stood in the hot sun day after day, marched, organized, got tased and beaten.  And we're not done, we'll do it again, but mostly we'll run for office, we'll donate, we'll register voters and we'll talk to everyone about what's at stake.  Apparently women need to teach men about the reality of life.  It's hard work, it's repetitive, the payoffs are slow but steady if you keep working, and No One Else Will Do It For You.

        I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

        by I love OCD on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:19:46 AM PDT

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        •  That abortion bill (3+ / 0-)
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          Radiowalla, VPofKarma, MikeTX

          The one Wendy Davis and thousands protested against?

          They won.

          We lost.

          The bill was passed.

          If our goal was to keep it from passing then we did not meet our goal.

          Their goal was to pass that bill and they did.

          Ergo - they won.

          Not exactly trigonometry.

          So yeah the next fight is set up. Far more protest is needed.

          I am not calling for violence™.

          •  Go to court (3+ / 0-)
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            BlackSheep1, dewtx, loblolly

            Someone is sure to take this law to court.
            Next move: build up a bigger Democratic base in Texas. People who will say 'liberal' instead of 'progressive.' Houston has city elections this November. They are officially non-partisan, but I believe every City Council member is a de facto Democrat or Republican. It is time NOW to help friends have their ID's in order.
            Public protest can be a useful tool but elections are the bottom line.

            Censorship is rogue government.

            by scott5js on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:49:41 AM PDT

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            •  damn straight: if you know a woman in Texas (4+ / 0-)
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              I love OCD, scott5js, dewtx, loblolly

              make sure she has a valid ID to vote with. Whether she can drive or not.
              The DPS is issuing them at no cost. You must apply in person with proper supporting documents.

              LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:22:04 AM PDT

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          •  That wasn't the goal, we knew we were (2+ / 0-)
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            BlackSheep1, dewtx

            going to lose on this bill.  The goal was to bring attention to the REALITY that none of this is about The Babies it's about getting women out of the job market and back at home coddling The Lord and Master.  None of these bills are generated by men who are secure in their positions, they're written by WATBs who can't compete on a level playing field.  Pretty sure we won.  Pretty sure there aren't many Texans who like being represented by men who are terrified of Kotex.  Pretty damn sure we have the power to change Texas without waiting for Hispanics to outnumber the scared white guys.

            I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

            by I love OCD on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 08:42:22 AM PDT

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            •  So people will be FUCKED for 2 years (0+ / 0-)
              Pretty sure we won.
              Doesn't seem like a win to me when people will die needlessly.

               I suppose if one likes politics as a game it was a huge victory for mankind.

              •  We're women. We expect to be fucked over. (3+ / 0-)
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                rhp, BlackSheep1, dewtx

                We couldn't vote until the 20th Century, still aren't safe from violent partners or rapists, still don't earn what men do, still don't have the power to create our own lives equally.  We've been property for most of the history of humans.  We're not incapacitated by setbacks we expect them and fight harder.  Don't suck the energy out of the fight by giving up and giving your power to the losers.  They're chickenshit bullies and they know they're going to lose.

                I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

                by I love OCD on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 09:09:31 AM PDT

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              •  No, we lost a battle, the war is ongoing and we (4+ / 0-)
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                now have many more recruits and our forces have renewed energy.  Anti-choices are single issue voters.  If the spawn of satan candidate says he's pro-life, they will line up early to vote him in.  Hopefully now, pro-choice voters will give serious weight to a candidate's stand on choice now that they see what happens when voters aren't vigilant about reproductive autonomy rights.

                What is happening in Texas, looks very similar to what happened in the early 1990s when Gov. Pete Wilson and republicans in the California legislature passed a law basically making it illegal for undocumented immigrants to breathe, over protests and screaming opposition.  The republicans won that battle.  Then tens of thousands of Latino and Asian residents got organized and educated, registered to vote, and some became active in politics.  The end result is a solid blue California that even defied the great red wave of 2010.

                The Texas law now goes to court, and the public opposition (not to mention the opposition of organized medicine in Texas) will help prove in court that the restrictions on clinics impose an "undue burden" on women seeking abortion, and that the ban on abortions after 20 weeks is unconstitutional since a fetus is not viable (the current standard) NOR does it feel pain, the new standard the anti-choice people are trying to set.

                Arizona has an 18-20 week (depending on when the start of pregnancy is defined) ban on abortions on the books, and an injunction against implementing and enforcing the law is in place while the constitutionality issues are settled.  The state of AZ's RW government lost that round.  I expect Texas anti-choices to lose the next round too.  Then it's up the chain to the Supreme Court.  And back to organizing pro-choice Texans to begin the process of turning Texas blue.

                •  the idjit who wrote this bill thinks (2+ / 0-)
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                  his -- and I'm sure it was a male who came up with this bit of idiocy -- "timing change" on the length of the pregnancy in question will get him past the courts' previous strike-downs of anti-abortion measures because, in his (highly unscientific) opinion, this "new method of counting weeks" means the pregnancy is viable sooner.

                  Swear to Ceiling Cat, FSM and all the gods, this bullshit is so stupid I think Louis Gohmert wrote it.

                  LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

                  by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:25:27 AM PDT

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          •  Nutshell? Isn't that where TX Republicans live? (1+ / 0-)
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            Kind of a perfect nutshell of how Texas understood women's place in this debate, no?
            This is one of a continuing series of Republican blunders where the public is one the other side: gun registration, immigration reform and now more putting govt. into the  abortion issue.

            What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

            by TerryDarc on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 09:18:44 AM PDT

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      •   xxdr zombiexx: we've not (3+ / 0-)
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        I love OCD, dewtx, loblolly

        yet begun to fight. And messing with Texas women is a bad notion every damn time.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:20:37 AM PDT

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  •  It's time for Texas women to "go on strike".. (7+ / 0-)

    Given that Texas is not a state that is safe to get pregnant in, perhaps it's time for the wives of the men who support anti-woman policies to "go on strike".  

    No sense in women risking their own health just to provide entertainment for Neanderthals.

    To make it easier for those "striking" women, the sex-toy industry should start offering big discounts on vibrators, etc. to women who live in Texas

    And then to make it easier for their Neanderthal  hubbies/boyfriends who have been "cut off", the sex-toy industry should offer big discounts on inflatable dolls. With lots of publicity.

    •  How about doing a "sex strike" like the women (5+ / 0-)

      in Liberia did to get the violence to stop.  Once the men get a "heads up" (no pun intended there... I think) that they need to be part of the protest and action on behalf of reproductive freedom, maybe Mr. Perry and his ilk will pay attention.  Perry and those who support him think of women as second class citizens, so you could have millions of women protesting and they will react like it's only 10.

      •  nobody in her right mind would have anything (1+ / 0-)
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        to do with Perry or Dewhurst, and as for Laubenberg ... prune doesn't start to cover it.

        Selfish prigs, every last one of these pendejos.

        Afraid of Kotex, indeed.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:27:09 AM PDT

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    •  Its Lysistrata time (8+ / 0-)

      Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

      by Da Rock on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:47:02 AM PDT

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      •  Or Medea (1+ / 0-)
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        Da Rock

        if you're going to go all Greek on us.

        Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society.
        ...later wife to the hero Jason, with whom she had two children, Mermeros and Pheres. In Euripides's play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Glauce.[2] The play tells about how Medea avenges her husband's betrayal.
        Which she does by killing her own children, which I'll admit is a bit strong. So, Lysistrata first and then, if they don't listen, go Medea on the old man, skip the kids.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

        by TerryDarc on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 09:22:17 AM PDT

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  •  Perry's a despot. Texas needs a real (12+ / 0-)

    governor. State Senator Wendy Davis would do nicely.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:32:22 AM PDT

  •  Great job from former Austin Mayor Watson on (6+ / 0-)

    the tampon fail.  A real Democrat, support his work

    Kirk Watson - Texas Senator
    http://www.kirkwatson.com/...
    Texas District 14 Senator Kirk Watson is a lawyer, mediator, public affairs consultant and former Austin Mayor.
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    My wife had to fly from Texas to California to get an abortion in 1970.  So sad to see this, but great to see the progressive push back.

    Those on Facebook might like this page

    Perry No Care
    8,559 likes · 3,285 talking about this
    Also,  
    Texas Organizing Project
    We bet you are tired of the GOP political agenda. Well...so is the Texas Organizing Project and our members!

    We are not sitting on the sidelines, letting our voice be drowned out; we are taking action on Republicans across the state, targeting immigration and health care!

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    by divineorder on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:40:35 AM PDT

  •  I could almost understand (I said "almost") (4+ / 0-)

    the anti choice crowd if each of them adopted an unwanted child or two, gave them a good home, good food, good education, and a good job.

    The quickest way to stop a Republiban type on the abortion debate is to ask them how many unwanted children they have adopted. They hate that question.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

    by Da Rock on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:44:55 AM PDT

  •  I am now a citizen of Texasstan (3+ / 0-)
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    Old Sailor, Aunt Pat, Radiowalla

    Stock tip:

    Invest in berkas and Bibles.

    Psst!!!......Mittens you are more of a poor loser than I thought.

    by wbishop3 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:48:54 AM PDT

  •  Jobs, jobs, jobs. Oh, and smaller government. (3+ / 0-)
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    GoGoGoEverton, Aunt Pat, BlackSheep1

    Sharks.... tornado...... SHARKNADO!!!

    by Fordmandalay on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:52:24 AM PDT

  •  Since Ann Richards was defeated ... (5+ / 0-)

    Texas has gone to hell. As one of the people I know from Mississippi would say the governor and Republican legislators are a "piece of work."

    Thank what ever powers be that such legislation would never make muster in Santa Fe - let's hope that never changes.

  •  Time to sustain and escalate (6+ / 0-)

    the peaceful and non-violent protests - OCCUPATION, essentially.

    The Senate passed the measure late on Friday by a vote of 19 to 11 in front of a full public gallery while protesters yelled and chanted outside the chamber.
    That chant of shame has to go though.

    Something uglier is essential to get the attention of sociopaths.

    Did I mention non-violence?

    I am certain that I did.

    Only cops are allowed to hurt people.

    •  Would you occupy their offices? (1+ / 0-)
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      What sort of actions do you think would make a difference? What sort of actions would get public attention, but not reflect negatively on the demonstrators?    

      Maybe we should start a "think tank" here and compile ideas for making life as miserable for them as they have made it for the women of their state.  

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:47:58 AM PDT

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  •  Time for a cultural change acknowledging that (1+ / 0-)
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    VPofKarma

    only individual women have the choice between life and death for their conceptions and that making conscious choices is honorable.

  •  What, no forced ultasound to get in the capitol? (1+ / 0-)
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    They're slipping.

    Betchu REALLY wanna vote, now.

    by franklyn on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:30:51 AM PDT

  •  Protests are good. Winning elections is better. (4+ / 0-)

    In legislative seats, it's often decided by turnout.

    The No-Choice Party is riding a wave of right-wing outrage at the election of America's first non-white President. A lot of knuckleheads who never voted before 2008 are going to go back to being "too busy to vote" starting in 2014.

    The gerrymandered districts present a challenge in several states, but when Democrats vote, Democrats win.

    Phone banking and knocking on doors - it's not as dramatic as waving a sign in front of the Capitol, but it works.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:36:12 AM PDT

    •  Vote in every election (2+ / 0-)
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      I think I last missed one in 1974.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:54:27 AM PDT

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      •  I only missed one since '80 (1+ / 0-)
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        because I'd moved, and was "out of compliance" with residency requirements (my DL showed my old address).

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:34:06 AM PDT

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    •  My thoughts exactly- the other face of organizing (0+ / 0-)
      Phone banking and knocking on doors - it's not as dramatic as waving a sign in front of the Capitol, but it works.
      We didn't expect to win this. The Republicans outnumber the Democrats 2:1 in the Texas Senate.

      The Democrats in the Texas Senate are not fools. As I sat in the Gallery last night listening to the debate, I realized that the amendments that they introduced  were laying the basis for the courts overturning this bill. Amendment after amendment that would have actually improved women's health and safety were tabled on party line votes. As Senator Royce West, who is an attorney pointedly advised Hegar, this bill will have a court challenge before the ink on Perry's signature is dry.

      Meanwhile we have work to do.

      Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

      by loblolly on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 02:55:11 PM PDT

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  •  Hey tampons are dangerous.... (3+ / 0-)
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    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:44:57 AM PDT

    •  there was a post on Gizmag, IIRC, about Nerf (0+ / 0-)

      guns with more powerful springs in 'em. Do one of those with a 50 pound spring and don't take the tampax out of its shell, and you could leave a mark....

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:34:55 AM PDT

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  •  How about a T-shirt that says (5+ / 0-)

    "I voted G.O.P. and all I got was this lousy coat hanger!"

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:49:59 AM PDT

  •  My thoughts (0+ / 0-)

    1. I will not voluntarily move to Texas.

    2. Texas is using low taxes, special tax breaks for corporations and light regulation to get corporations to move jobs from the state that I live in to Texas.  Even my job may eventually move there.

    3. Texas's illiberal politics is a good reason for people to move out of Texas.   Just for self-preservation, to keep my blue state competitive economically, these illiberal politics help.  I want every thinking American to be wanting to move out of a red state to a blue state (e.g., Sarah Slamen, who spoke at the legislative hearings in Austin, Texas, mentioned that she's moving to New York), because ultimately corporations need thinking people.  There is a reason why the Palo Alto area, the Boston area and the NYC area are ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd in venture capital start-ups.  Even Austin TX beats Dallas and Houston in that category.

    4. The people of Texas did vote for their legislature and their three-(not one)-term governor. (Once, even twice could be a mistake, but three times???)

    I am therefore torn.  On the one hand, if the new Confederacy behaves like the old Confederacy, it will be at the same economic disadvantage it had with respect to the Union;  on the other hand, the rights of so many people will be trampled upon.  And more so than with slavery, this new Confederacy is something that the people chose for themselves, and can vote out should they so choose.

    In this current fight over choice, while the whole family is affected, the primary burden is borne by women.  At least I'd like to see that a majority of women in Texas think that the legislature has overreached.  Otherwise, having only finite time and resources, I would spend them in other battles.

    •  From Malala Yousafzai (1+ / 0-)
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      Dear fellows, today I am focusing on women's rights and girls' education because they are suffering the most. There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But, this time, we will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women's rights rather I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves.
      http://www.dailykos.com/...
  •  To those who would scoff at Perry (1+ / 0-)
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    Nimbus

    and  his Presidential aspirations, remember,
     that our fine state introduced  a presidential candidate to the world who by law could not qualify as a Texas law enforcement officer and could scarcely open his mouth without revealing his lack of prowess.
    Perry's facist alliance with monied interests and his contempt for the less fortunate make him a poster child
    for the hateful, self-rightious, self serving, greed mongers
    who obviously have skills that allow them to spit shine a turd. And, to make matters worse, we now have a Supreme Court that is willing to allow states to pass laws that are known to  supress the vote of those who would oppose Perry and his cartel.

    one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK

    by Klick2con10ue on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 08:41:35 AM PDT

    •  Ricky-Ticky Tavi needs to remember all 3 depts. (0+ / 0-)

      the next time he's on national TV, though.

      Although the Dems would probably blow it, I'd think simply reminding them of the re-nascent Geo. W. Bush a few times and say, "See, look what a TX governor did to you".

      But, at the same time, you'll never go broke overestimating the collective intelligence & memory of the American public.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

      by TerryDarc on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 09:31:15 AM PDT

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  •  What war on women? (0+ / 0-)

    Male Republican legislators to women of America:
    "Shut your mouths and spread your legs!"

    Word of advice -- if you're going to synthesize and handle political nitroglycerin, be prepared to have it blow up in your face.

    Alas, Republican state and federal legislators continue to seek new opportunities to be spanked by the court system for their incredibly invasive and empathy-devoid, wholly self-serving, and blatantly unconstitutional policy proposals and legislative offerings.
    Thank you, may I have another?

    Let us pause now for a moment of SCIENCE

    by labman57 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 08:48:04 AM PDT

  •  How much truth is there... (0+ / 0-)

    to reports of confiscated jars of urine and feces as well as hygiene products? I know tempers are high, but if this is true it did not help.

    "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." Edward Gibbon

    by Mxwll on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 09:53:55 AM PDT

    •  MXWLL: ZERO TRUTH to that RW propaganda (1+ / 0-)
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      Mxwll

      this time just like always.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:37:04 AM PDT

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    •  Refuted by Texas Tribune (1+ / 0-)
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      Mxwll
      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.
      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.

      On social media and in interviews, abortion rights protesters questioned the report, calling it an attempt by DPS to bolster Republican credibility during a contentious debate that has drawn national attention.

      Even though there have been no details, no evidence, and incredibly in an age of instant internet viral videos, no pictures, this is a big story on right wing anti-choice sites.

      I believe that this tactic has been used before to discredit protesters. Nothing makes a progressive group look worse - fits the "unruly mob" meme than comparing us to a bunch of holligan fans at a third world soccer game.

      Here's a link to  on the story in the Texas Tribune: Protesters Question Report on Confiscations

      Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

      by loblolly on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 03:04:57 PM PDT

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      •  I was one of the people whose bags were searched (1+ / 0-)
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        Highly unlikely that any pro-choice advocates were trying to smuggle in "jars of urine & feces".

        As we were waiting in line to go into the Gallery, Stand With Texas Women coalition staff came by to advise us that the DPS was not allowing any pieces of paper or paper products, water bottles, drinks, food, snacks, or feminine hygiene products. The staff came by to collect any trash and throw it away for us, to expedite the searches, so that we could get into the Gallery sooner. They also came by with bags and offered to hold any tampons, etc for us.

        Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

        by loblolly on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 03:11:56 PM PDT

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  •  The fight for the future of Texas has just begun (0+ / 0-)

    Post from Senator Wendy Davis story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram : Republicans Prevail in Abortion Vote; Democrats to Continue Fight in Court.

    Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

    by loblolly on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 03:32:08 PM PDT

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