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Rick Perry lawyers up for criminal investigation of bribery, coercion, abuse of authority (VIDEO)

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Texas Governor Rick Perry, that quick thinker who couldn't remember his third talking point during the 2012 presidential debates, is lawyering up. There is a criminal investigation underway into whether he illegally withheld money from the Travis County district attorney's office.

Oops.

And now he's hired high-powered lawyer David Botsford to prove that Rick Perry, who swearstogod he broke no laws, broke no laws. The real nail-biter? Watching to see if Rick Perry can come up with three reasons why he's innocent.

Via KLBJ news radio:

Governor Rick Perry has hired a high powered attorney to represent him in an upcoming trial where he will defend himself against accusations he illegally withheld money from the Public Integrity Unit, a part of the Travis County D-A's office.  Perry cut funding to the unit during the last legislative session when Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down from office after being convicted of drunk driving.

Rick Perry vetoed a budget item after the District Attorney was arrested for a DUI and then refused to resign. So yes, he may have "illegally withheld money," $7.5 million, from the Travis County District Attorney's office.

Oops.

Via KVUE, an ABC affiliate:

The hiring comes as a special Travis County grand jury is set to be seated Monday to hear evidence into whether Perry broke state laws concerning bribery, coercion and abuse of authority.

It's grand jury time in Texas! So GOP, how's that family values, reinvention thing working out? And your insistence that Republican governors are awesome? *coughChrisChristiecough*

Oops.

Get out the popcorn.

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Rick Perry Isn't Stupid -- He's Just Ignorant Of The Facts

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CPAC is going on this week and wraps on Sunday. You all know what CPAC really stands for: Conservative Pinocchio Activists Convention. It's where lies are your friends and truth is your fiend. Longest nose at the end of the week wins and so far, it's a tight race but one of the leading candidates is Texas Republican, Gov. Rick Perry.

This year, in addition to his garbled rhetoric came new packaging. He's got glasses. Someone might have warned him that wearing big oversize spectacles doesn't make you smart, or even look smart, they just bring more attention the ever-growing proboscis.

Rick Perry seems to have really made a popular comeback this week while addressing the crowd, tossing them one piece of raw meat after another. Not that his bon-mots had any relevancy to fact, but he sure got that good ol' time religion feeling going. He stoked the crowd more than anyone else.

So I was interested in doing a little fact-checking on one of his claims. It seemed to fly right into the face of what I had been reading. I live in California now and pay great attention to our fiscal outlook here in my adopted state. According the Perry and reported by YAHOO NEWS:

Perry said Democratic governors lead states with higher taxes, more regulations and fewer jobs. He singled out New York and California as egregious examples.

The Los Angeles Times reported this, recently:

"We now find that California’s state budget situation is even more promising than we projected one year ago," said the report from the Legislative Analyst's Office. "The state’s budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in the past decade."

The state is on track to end the current fiscal year next June with a reserve of $2.4 billion, more than twice the original estimate of $1.1 billion, thanks to higher-than-expected tax revenue, the report said. California's school funding formula is also expected to send $3.1 billion more to schools.

Schools could see an additional $3.1 billion sent to them? Education? Gov. Perry, aren't you the one who wants to eliminate the department of education altogether?

Oh, and according to your own Texas Medical Association, doesn't Texas leads the country in uninsured residents? I know you strive to be number 1, but you do it in the worst possible way.

Governor Perry, how do truth and official reports jibe with your statement condemning Democratic run states? Not so much. Suffering, are we, from the big hat, little cattle syndrome, Gov. Rick? Or is it little brain?

But while you're at the Pinocchio convention, maybe you should talk to your fellow governor from New Jersey, who like you aspires to be elected President in 2016. Governor Chris Christie's state ranks dead last in fiscal solvency, according to the US Economy Report reported by NBC.

Do you really think either of you has a chance to run a nation when you can't even run your own states?

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Houston Police & DA's Office Break The Law - Toss 26 Year Military Veteran Into Street

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A veteran who has a trained and licensed service dog was recently denied service in a Houston, TX restaurant. That could be just a bit of confusion on the part of the restaurant as to the law. So the disabled Army and Navy veteran, who served his country for 26 years, did what he thought he should do to rectify the situation. He called the police.

Sadly they came. Why sadly? Because they didn't know the law in their state. According to The Raw Story:

Last year, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that made it a misdemeanor to refuse entry to service dogs, irrespective of the disability of their owners.

So this seems quite clear. The vet, Aryeh Ohayon, was within his rights to be served and his being accompanied by a service dog should not have been cause for his embarrassing and unceremonious removal.

But the police officer wasn't the only one ignorant in Houston that day.

Houston Police claim that the officer who responded to the call contacted the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and was told that Thai Spice Buffet II was allowed to bar the door to Ohayon because it is a private establishment.

Ah, the old, "private establishment" excuse. That and the right to religious practices are the two catch phrases hate groups use to discriminate. Fortunately with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of a discriminatory bill yesterday, a signal went out loud and clear that being a private establishment doesn't exempt you from discrimination laws.

Kudos to Governor Brewer (R - Arizona). Also kudos to Gov. Rick Perry (R -  Texas) for signing the bill which would allow the military veteran or anyone else with a service dog to enter and be served in any establishment.

But a big "Boo," "hiss" and "up yours" to the Houston police and the Harris County DA's office for not knowing the law they're sworn to uphold. They should at the very least apologize to this brave man who served us all in the military for over a quarter of a century.

Oh, and if you think this is an isolated event, Raw Story adds this:

This is but the latest in a string of refusals to allow service dogs to accompany veterans with mental disabilities like depression or PTSD. Last August, police in New Jersey kicked Jared Goering and his service dog, Gator, off the boardwalk, mockingly asking him if “all veterans get service dogs.”

Later that month, a Massachusetts establishment kicked James Glaser and his dog, Jack, out, claiming that his reason for having him wasn’t “legitimate.”

More on the KHOU-TV website.

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When's An Apology Not An Apology? When It Comes From Ted Nugent

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HUFFPO:

Rocker Ted Nugent has reportedly apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," according to the Ben Ferguson Show and CNN.

During an interview on the Ben Ferguson Show Friday, Nugent apologized for the comments, which he made in January 2014.

In case you missed Nugent's assessment of the President, here it is, verbatim, via The Wire:

I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the acorn community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.

Here's the Facebook announcement about the apology today. From this you'd think Nugent woke up this morning with a whole new attitude. Think again as you read on:

BREAKING NEWS: TED NUGENT JUST SAID HE IS SORRY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THE SHOW!
In fact, Nugent did not apologize to to the President, but did apologize for using the term, "subhuman mongrel." What the Right wingnut did apologize was for anyone linking that comment to Texas attorney general Greg Abbott -- who is campaigning for governor. Nugent called Abbott his "blood brother."

He just didn't want Abbott to take any blame -- but Nugent still evidently stick by his vile name calling. Again from HUFFPO:

"I do apologize -- not necessarily to the President -- but on behalf of much better men than myself," Nugent said, calling the comments "street fighter terminology."

Just who are those better men he refers to:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.). And quite surprisingly, both criticized the rocker for his outrageous statement, but then quickly added their support for the Attorney General and his campaign for Governor. What do you think they told their candidate? Why "Rock on," of course.

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Headline Headaches

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Please welcome our new guest contributor Dee. Dee is a freelance writer and passionate political junkie, living in the Central Plains with her husband and three furry puppies. She is a prolific tweeter as @DAbitty, and occasional blogger at MyLittleBits

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The headline is only one problem I have with the cover chosen by the  New York Times Magazine for their article about Texas Gubernatorial candidate, Wendy Davis.  My first thought is, REALLY? Are we STILL asking this question of women in 2014, especially a woman whose children are 25 and 31, respectively?  On top of that, if she isn't able to 'have it all' at this point in her life, when will she ever?

My second thought about the headline is that as Governor of Texas, has Rick Perry really been able to 'have it all?" By that I mean, has he taken as good care of the people of Texas, as he has himself?  I'll let you be the decider.

Statistically, it seems Governor Rick has been bit less than careful with the health and well being of his fellow Texans, as Sarah Kiff writes for the Washington Post Wonkblog, Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured people in the United States.

Sarah shares four main facts contributing to the these high numbers:

Many Texas Jobs don't offer health insurance.

The Medicaid program is relatively limited. 

Insurance rates are largely unregulated. 

A large immigrant population.

To be fair, Texas has had a larger than average uninsured population long before Perry took office in 2000, following President George W. Bush, says Austin-based Director of Center for Public Policy Priorities, Anne Dunkelberg. "We literally started out in the 1990's at the end of the line and nothing has moved to change that position."

Read More of Sarah's article.

As that's a lot of heavy info, please allow me to lighten it up a bit. Here are some of Governor Rick's greatest hits, with my comment:

“From my own personal life… Abstinence works.” – Ha!

On the BP Oil Spill: “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.” – Because God destroys incriminating documents.

“Somebody has to tell the E.P.A/ that we don’t need you monkeying around and getting in our business with every kind of regulation you can dream up. You’re doing nothing more than killing jobs. It’s a cemetery for jobs at the E.P.A.” – Free Market, West Virginia style.

“There’s nothing wrong with America that an extra dose of freedom won’t cure.” – ‘Murica!

“Every life is precious.” – Unless you’re in prison, sick, uninsured, poor.

On evolution: “It’s a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it.” – Just like gravity?

“Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books.” – I know a few who might disagree.

“Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.” – residents of Juarez, Mexico might just disagree.

“It’s time to just hand it over to God and say ‘God, you’re gonna have to fix this."  - Calling Wendy Davis!

“George W. Bush did a great job in the presidency, defending us from freedom.” –Welp…

“The people of the state of Texas, myself included, believe marriage is between one man and one woman.” – Yes, every person in the state of Texas.

Yes, Governor Rick really did make those statements. Here are a few things Rick probably didn't say, but enjoy it anyway! :)

Rick Perry - A Bad Lip Reading Soundbite

 

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Rush Limbaugh As Genuine As A Knock-Off Louis Vuitton Hand Bag

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Oh, leave it to Rush Limbaugh to jump on any bandwagon, just so long as it's heading to Idiotsville. He's got a knack for catching the late wagon pulling out of the station every day. He's such a regular on the next four-wheeler to Nutsville that he's got a seat with his own name on it -- the Big Bozo Barcalounger.

His recent railing against Texas state Senator Wendy Davis is truly amazing. In what sounded like, "Stop the presses, fast breaking news," we got nothing more than nuanced minutiae. Once again, the mouth that roared took to the airwaves like a starving tiger to raw meat only to find out it was a vegetarian patty made of dairy products and he's lactose-intolerant.

"Liar!" "Fake!" "Fraud!"

Oh, Rush had a number of insults and accusations he leveled against Ms. Davis. And to be fair, he was right, if you really want to get technical. She was inaccurate, or perhaps nothing more than a bit careless in details. But in the overall picture, you have to weigh the level of  these transgressions.

Let's break down some of the lies of Ms. Davis. According to an article in HuffPo:

Radio host Rush Limbaugh called Davis "fake" and a "genuine head case," while the campaign of Davis' Republican opponent, Texas state Attorney General Greg Abbott, warned voters not to "indulge her fanciful narrative."

The discrepancies pointed out by The Dallas Morning News in Davis' tale of past hardships were relatively minor. Davis has said she was a divorced single mother at 19, when she was only separated at 19. Her divorce did not become final until she was 21.

What can we say here? Separation or divorce, the marriage ended and the two of them split when she was 19. If it wasn't legally finalized for two years, then lets say she wasn't clear. I think we're dealing with technicalities, not reality. But give that to Rush. His eagle-eyed attention to detail, just like his labeling Sandra Fluke a slut, are utterly amazing. I guess it all comes down to what your definition is of "divorce" or "slut."  Technically on this one, let's give a nod to RL.

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She has told stories about the difficulty of living in a trailer with her daughter, but the article noted they lived in that mobile home for just a few months.

How long do you have to reside in a trailer park mobile home to say you've experienced the difficulties of  living in a trailer park mobile home? An hour? A week? A month? Six? Ask anyone who's lived in one and most likely they'll tell you it's been too long. But once you're there, you're there. Once you lost your virginity, it's gone. You can't get it back. Once you've lived in a trailer park, you've lived in a trailer park. You own it at that point. So this time, Rush, you're just plain wrong.

Davis mentioned in 2012 that her mother had a sixth-grade education; in fact, her mother has a ninth-grade education.

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Well, move over Sheldon and Leonard on BIG BANG THEORY. Wendy's mom is in your league. The bottom line is not the grade level Senator Davis' mother achieved, it's that she never went to High School. Back in that day, in Texas there were no middle schools. You went to K-6 (elementary school) 7-9 (Junior High) and 10-12 (High School). Wendy Davis' mom did not graduate from high school under any degree of this interpretation. And that's the point. She didn't get a high school education. Fact checking here puts another black mark against Limbaugh's rant.

Bottom line, Rush, you may want to attack Wendy Davis. She's a political candidate and character assaults are common place. They come with the territory. But when you as a political commentator get caught lying about a candidate, it should hurt your credibility. And you know what's sad? It hasn't put a dent in yours. And the reason is simple, you don't have any. That went away with your drug addition, your lies, and your previous unjustifiable saber-rattling.

With actions like Mr. Limbaugh's, I'd advise any of the four women he's been married to, to take a trip to the jeweler and have your wedding rings examined. Don't be surprised if you're wearing a Cubic Zirconium and not the real thing. He might have spent that money on more OxyContin. Rush is prone to stretching the truth and weakness when it comes to drugs and politics.

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Will Tea Party Learn From Pakistani Taliban?

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Oh those Taliban rebels. They've really got their sh** together. They're not like our domestic terrorists, the Tea Party.  In Pakistan, when they have a leadership position to fill, they don't waste time. When they lose a commander, they've got a better one to step right into his burqa. I hope our Taliban work as quickly in the Commonwealth to replace "the Cooch."  We wouldn't want to see the south regions of Virginia to go too long without an extremist to look up to.

TPM:

The former head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Friday just as he was entering his compound in a village in North Waziristan. Even though Mehsud was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Pakistani civilians and security forces, his death outraged Pakistani officials, who accused the U.S. of sabotaging the government's attempt to strike a peace deal with the militants.

Don't be harsh with the Paki's mourning the loss of a mass murder. Lord knows thousands show up in support of our mass murders, people like Rick 'the executioner' Perry and Wayne 'I can put a gun in your hands' LaPierre. They've directly or indirectly killed many.

The new leader, Fazlullah [one name, like Cher or Elvis], has served as the Pakistani Taliban's leader in the northwest Swat Valley but is believed to be hiding in neighboring Afghanistan.

He rose to prominence through radio broadcasts demanding the imposition of a harsh brand of Islam, earning him the nickname "Mullah Radio."

A couple of things come to mind in these paragraphs. First, his gerrymandered district is called Swat Valley. How appropriate for a man who uses sniper fire to take down innocent farmers, women and children.

Secondly he's going to be a modern day leader. He's going to telecommute. He rapes and pillages in his native Pakistan while hiding in Afghanistan. Some guys have all the luck. They can destroy innocent lives without ever having to leave their man cave.

And finally, this guy is issuing his orders over the radio? So he's kind of a Disc Jockey of Death. When he plays the hits, he means the hits -- killings and assassinations. Oh, that Mullah Radio. I wonder if he does a Sunday countdown show like Kasey Kasem. Maybe if Mullah Radio does, he calls his show, "Shooting Down The Oldies."

Now  the choice of Fazlullah might seem odd or unusual to you. He, like Ted Cruz rose from obscurity to reek harm and pain on women and children. For Rafael Cruz, it was his ascendancy to the Senate and his attack on Obamacare. For Fazlullah, the Pakistani Taliban soldier is the one who planned the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. Yes, Malala,  that young 15 year old girl who was a finalist for this years Nobel Peace Prize. Her crime, as we all know that was worthy of ordering her shot. How dare she incite young girls to go to school and become educated. If that's not a justifiable capital offense, I can't imagine what is. Way to go Faz.

With those kind of bona fides, it's no wonder that:

The shura chose Fazlullah as the new leader unanimously, Torashipa said.

Some Mehsud commanders were unhappy with the decision but eventually agreed under pressure from some of the group's senior militants, said the intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists.

Now if you need help with understanding what's between the lines above, the shura is the ruling committee and unanimously means at gunpoint. Now the commanders that were unhappy are no longer feeling that way. They're no longer feeling at all. They've been publicly stoned to death. This news also comes from the Taliban press official who isn't really authorized to talk to journalists.

Sadly he's not giving out much news anymore as Faz had his tongue ripped out for his previous news release. I'm sure details will be shared with all of us Sunday as Master Faz and his AK-47's spin "Shootin' Down The Oldies."

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