Texas Law Shield, a legal defense fund for gun owners’ who may find themselves in trouble over their use of firearms, posted this video by an attorney with the organization. In the video she strongly advises against “cute” but threatening signs and bumper stickers that might make a Texan look “trigger happy” and may lead to the shooter’s conviction. – Read the full article
The ASPCA’s (and the country’s) first horse ambulance, 1895. Via Ephemeral New York
♀ April 10, 1866: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Is Founded – The Nation reminds us of a proud anniversary today. – Read the full article
Sen. Lindsey Graham, or, as he may soon be known, El Dictador.
♀ Lindsey Graham: as president I would deploy the military against Congress – Graham is proposing that his first act as president would be to use the military to force the legislative branch to pass his agenda. – Read the full article
Abortion & Abortion Rights
♀ Women seeking abortions ‘harassed by protesters to point of suicide’ – The protesters’ actions have caused such concern that health professionals have now formed their own group, Rights to Privacy.
♀ Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s TRAP Law, Saving Lafayette’s Last Clinic
Culture & Pop Culture
♀ Jacksonville City Council Wingnut President Wants To Defund Museum Over Pregnant Nude – “I am trying to promote a positive moral climate in our city,” Yarborough told the Times-Union by email, “and though some will defend the pornography by labeling it ‘art,’ we need boundaries in order to be healthy, especially where it concerns our children.” Pornography, like art, is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. – Read the full article
Yes, I’ve been called to jury duty. For several days, I’ve been procrastinating, distracted from blogging about this topic but Thursday’s news from Ferguson & Florida was definitely fortuitous. On October 1st, in the ‘stand your ground’ chad ridden sunshine-state, Jordan Davis’ murderer was found guilty in a retrial of the lone charge of first degree. – Read the full article
Today Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, the country’s top law enforcement official gave the public notice of his departure. A sad and disappointing day for me to have an honorable man leave public life when so few occupy pollute national politics. – Read the full article
Neither protect nor serve, just intimidate!
Tea Party darling Congressman Steve King (R) – IA, reaches out to the minority community with another thoughtless comment, in response to the civil unrest and police aggression occurring in Ferguson, MO. Police militarized exaggerated response of repressing first amendment rights of protesters expressing their outrage over the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, and the journalist covering the story have shocked and dismayed the world. – Read the full article
Fanatical, hate-mongers lead by Congressional Republican Candidate Adam Kwasman – AZ couldn’t stifle their exuberance at the prospect of confronting a bus transporting frightened undocumented refugee children.
Kwasman tweeted, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law”. – Read the full article
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – (D) NV
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” … then cudgel’m til their bloody Harry…with all due respect, Mr. Majority Leader, I think you may have been on too something… At the height of conservative, teabag support for Cliven Bundy’s militant stance against the Bureau of Land Management, BLM, you labeled these fanatics ‘domestic terrorist’. – Read the full article
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl
Sgt. Berghdahl in captivity
Since Saturday’s prisoner exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl’s for five Guantanamo Bay, “Gitmo”detainees”, whose freedom was brokered by the Qartar government with Afghan insurgents, controversy and rehashing American policies in dealing with the enemy have plagued the Administration. – Read the full article
Last week, Oklahoma ignored and violated the 8th Amendment, “… nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” in favor of injecting a Frankenstein-in drug cocktail of death to extinguish the life of Clayton Lockett. Witnesses to Mr. Lockett’s final hour
April 29, 2014, State of OK botched execution by lethal injection of Clayton Lockett
reported his writhing was horrific, that mid-execution the Board of Corrections closed the curtains, terminated the process, took resuscitative measures, but failed, causing him to suffer a massive heart attack. – Read the full article
It seems like the majority of the crazy news I have been hearing lately has been coming out of Florida. Not that I’m surprised. Living in the Short Bus State I can verify that we are inundated with crackpots and whack-a-doodles. – Read the full article