Abortion #Politics #Texas

A Federal Judge Strikes Down Parts of Texas’ Restrictive Abortion Law

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The “small government” Republicans in the great state of Texas are not going to take this one laying down. They have already indicated they are going to fight this decision and are prepared to take their fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

A federal judge late Friday struck down two provisions of a Texas law that has already forced the closure of half the state’s abortion clinics, granting at least a temporary reprieve to nearly a dozen more facilities that would have otherwise gone out of business Monday.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, in a 21-page decision, concluded that when the two provisions in question “are considered together, they create a scheme that effects the closing of almost all abortion clinics in Texas that were operating legally in the fall of 2013.”

As a result, Yeakel said, “the overall effect of the provisions is to create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all women” seeking an abortion. If the provisions were allowed to stand, women in Texas would shoulder an “unconstitutional undue burden,” he wrote, because the Texas law restricts access to previously available legal facilities.

These “small government” Republicans who believe that “government should stay out of our lives,” need to be in charge of the most personal, private decision a woman can make over her own body.

Domestic Policies #News

Pants on the Ground Ban

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As an employee in an educational facility, one of the biggest eye-sores I encounter on a daily basis is saggy pants. We actually have a school policy against the so-called ‘fashion trend’, yet it doesn’t seem to stop some young and older men from having their pants sag down to their knees and exposing us all to their underwear.

I’m sorry, but if every time you go to stand up you have to pull your pants up, there’s a problem here and a nice belt is a great, easy solution to the problem.

Well, it should come to no surprise that some towns are saying enough is enough and that is what’s happening in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.

The Terrebonne Parish Town Council is hoping to put a ban into effect against saggy pants. The following penalties will ensue if pants are caught below the buttocks:

  • $50 for first-time violators
  • $100 for second offenses
  • $100 and 16 hours of public service for each following offense

The ordinance which the town council has already voted 8-1 to pass and sign into law states:

Appearing in public view while exposing one’s skin or undergarments below the waist is contrary to safety, health, peace and good order of the parish and the general welfare

The American Civil Liberty Union of Louisiana opposes this ban because they feel it violates constitutional rights. They claim:

To ban a particular clothing style would violate a liberty interest guaranteed under the 14th Amendment…The government does not belong in the business of telling people what to wear. Nor does it have the right to use clothing as a pretext to engage in otherwise unlawful stops of innocent people

And while the American Civil Liberty Union has a valid point here, I personally feel that my civil liberties are violated on the daily as I am constantly being exposed to someone’s dirty drawers and subsequent butt views. To me, that is indecent exposure at it’s best, or shall I say, at it’s worst.

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops, but in the meantime…

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PULL YOUR PANTS UP!!

Arizona #Featured

Arizona Declares Women Pregnant Two Weeks Before Sex

A measure that passed Arizona’s Senate claims that it would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but experts say that the bill is far more restrictive, effectively banning abortions after 18 weeks and declaring that a woman could be pregnant 2 weeks before she even had sex.

Arizona’s HB 2036 takes Nebraska’s 20-week abortion ban one step further by starting the clock on pregnancies at the woman’s last last menstrual period, which could be two weeks before fertilization.

Specifically, the bill would “[p]rohibit abortions at or after twenty weeks of gestation, except in cases of a medical emergency, based on the documented risks to women’s health and the strong medical evidence that unborn children feel pain during an abortion at that gestational age,” where gestational age is defined as “age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.”

Source: Mother Jones

Barack Obama #Politics

A Younger Version, Same Ole Barack – Video

Republicans have corralled around this video like scavengers zeroing in on a dead prey. The video taken in 1991 shows a young Harvard Law President named Barack Obama giving a speech. This video, Republicans claim, shows “how radical” young Barack was because he spoke in favor of more diversity among the faculty.

This blast from the past, featuring Obama speaking on behalf of prominent Harvard Professor Derrick Bell at a protest calling for greater faculty diversity, was provided to BuzzFeed from WGBH Boston, and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday.

Mitt Romney #Newt Gingrich #Politics #Rick Santorum

Judge Rules Against Rick Perry And Other Republican Candidates In Virginia Lawsuit

Judge John Gibney heard the case brought by Rick Perry and the other Republican candidates who joined the law suit, and he made the decision. Perry and the other candidates will not compete in Virginia. They knew the rules and did not do what was necessary to get their names on the ballot in a timely fashion.

“They knew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as soon as they began to circulate petitions,” he writes. “The plaintiffs could have challenged the Virginia law at that time. Instead, they waited until after the time to gather petitions had ended and they had lost the political battle to be on the ballot; then, on the eve of the printing of absentee ballots, they decided to challenge Virginia’s laws. In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair.”

The decision means Perry, as well as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman, will not appear on the ballot in the state’s March 6 primary.

Newt Gingrich #Politics #Republican

Before Being Elected, Gingrich Already Breaking The Law

He spent his whole life in Politics, you will figure that Newt Gingrich know what he can and cannot do before being elected to office.

According to the Washington Times, Newt Gingrich, the new flavor of the month and present leader among the few trying to beat President Obama in 2012, “promised conservatives on Tuesday he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton to be his secretary of state if he’s elected president next year.”

But is that legal? Can Gingrich make such a promise even before the elections happen?

Apparently not!

 Here’s Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 of the U.S. Code:

“Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Politics #Rick Scott #United States

Granny Dumping Now Legal In Florida

Republican governor Rick Scott signed a new Medicaid Reform Law in Florida that contains a provision making “granny dumping” legal, according to Florida elder law attorney Ellen Morris.  “Granny dumping” is the term used to force seniors out of nursing homes.

This policy could result in a practice known as “granny dumping,” and force Florida seniors out of nursing homes, elder law advocates told members of the Agency for Health Care Administration at a hearing Tuesday night in West Palm Beach, FL, according to The Palm Beach Post.

The law aims to move three million Medicaid recipients into a managed care program after July 1, 2012, and transition thousands of nursing home residents back into home or community settings. Individuals who are developmentally disabled, or those in the juvenile justice and mental health institutions are exempt from the privatization program, while nursing home residents are not.

Wherever there’s a Republican governor, the people of that state will be under attack.