This is how you put on a women's rights rally, y'all. In your face, Rick Perry, who, by the way, hears voices. Correction: He only hears some voices. Apparently, new Democratic superstar State Senator Wendy Davis and her supporters got under his skin, because he popped out with this little nugget:
“The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring.”
Too late, Ricky, it's occurring in spite of you:
Here's an amazing aerial shot of the crowd. [via mcorcoran]:
Natalie Maines from The Dixie Chicks performed [via PPact]. Take that, Bushies:
And finally, this is one message that resonates with me [vía Dan Solomon]...
... because it reminds me of this:
And we have the wonderful Wendy Davis to thank for getting the ball rolling. #StandWithWendy
"It shouldn't be unusual for a public official to stand and fight for the men and women who elected them."
That quote is from a clip just played on MSNBC of Wendy Davis at the rally.
All (except the last two) courtesy of The Frisky, where there’s more. Check 'em out.
H/t: My pal @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation.
UPDATE: Well that was fast. They adjourned. Both House and Senate are recessing until Tuesday, July 9th
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Anyone who cares about women’s reproductive rights can watch this Texas Senate session live, thanks to the Texas Tribune.
Gov. Rick Perry has made a point of demanding another special session, because Perry hears voices. Correction: He only hears some voices.
Oh the hypocrisy. Texas Governor Rick Perry is picky, picky, picky about which day he chooses to revere the First Amendment and exactly whose voices matter (other than the ones he hears inside his own head). Apparently, State Senator Wendy Davis's voice and those of her supporters need not bother to use theirs.
Per L.A. Times, Perry and GOP Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are confident that their dream of anti-abortion legislation will come true:
"It will pass overwhelmingly and will become the law in the state," Perry said in an interview Friday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "I think the voice of the people of Texas will be heard." [...]
[Perry] called on antiabortion activists to fill Capitol hearings and galleries this week as their opponents have done, to make their voices heard via Facebook and the Twitter hashtag #stand4life.
"We will pass this bill," Dewhurst said, insisting the legislation's supporters are in the majority. "Texas is and will always be the most pro-life state in America."
More from the Times:
Supporters of the legislation — who planned to wear blue — also called on activists to head to the Capitol to speak on the legislation when it comes up in committee.
"The committee hearings have not been scheduled but could be as early as Tuesday at 2 p.m.," the Texas Alliance for Life posted on Facebook. "Please prepare a 3-minute testimony explaining how abortion has hurt you or someone you love. Bring your friends, family, and invite your church. Come prepared for a long night."
Joe Pojman, the alliance's executive director, said time would be on the legislation's side, and he hoped more protesters would be too.
Here is what CNN is reporting this morning:
But the Republican governor cautioned that there won't be the same "turmoil" and "mob rule" from protesters in the public gallery as there was last week.
..."The lieutenant governor and the speaker both are not going to allow that to occur in their chambers," Perry said in an interview with KFYO, a radio station based in Lubbock, Texas.
Then Perry said this:
"The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring."
Um, Ricky, voicing opposition IS democracy.
Perry said the "absolute anarchy that we saw in the last 15 minutes in the Senate chamber (was) not appropriate or normal."
Well now, Ricky, yes, it was appropriate. What isn't appropriate is your despicable War on Women, their privacy, their reproductive rights, their health services, their equality, their dignity, their freedom to choose to undergo a legal procedure (abortion), and their freedom to decline an unnecessary, invasive procedure (vaginal probe) forced upon them by mostly male legislators.
Next, after whining about how unruly Democrats have no right to express themselves, he "called on the anti-abortion community to have the same intensity as their opponents in the days ahead but to conduct themselves with 'decency, civility and decorum'."
Of course, protesting, pro-forced-birth, "anti-big-government" conservatives are decent and civil, but protesting pro-choicers are indecent and uncivil.
Click to enlarge, though unless you're trying to induce vomiting I don't recommend.
The new provisions will make it harder for family planning groups like Planned Parenthood to receive federal funding, while making it easier for crisis pregnancy centers, which often counsel women against having an abortion, to receive the same money. The provisions also work to keep abortion clinics from obtaining transfer agreements with public hospitals and require doctors to perform ultrasounds before an abortion, informing the woman if they find a heartbeat.
Fred Rich, on the Huffington Post reports an unusual result of a recent survey.
When asked whether they would favor or oppose establishing Christianity as the official state religion in their state, 34% of respondents were in favor (with 20% "strongly" in favor). You read that correctly: 34% in favor of establishing Christianity as the state religion, as in creating a theocracy. There's more: when asked whether they would favor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution making Christianity the official religion of the United States, 32% said yes.
They'd favor an amendment, huh? Well, let's consider this -- there's already an amendment -- one of the originals, part of the Bill of Rights. It prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of a religion.
It was adopted in 1791 as the FIRST of the original ten amendments.
If you're going to defend your right to guns with our second amendment, you have to abide by the first one as well. We can't pick and choose. Obviously the framers had time to think this one over and it must have weighed heavily on their minds if they made it number one.
Sixty-one percent of Puerto Rico’s electorate want full American statehood. As The Economist notes, "it is still effectively a colony: boricuas are subject to American law even though they cannot vote for president or Congress."
And for them to become our 51st state, Congress would have to pass a law. Wait, our gridlocked Congress still passes laws?
[T]he Republican-controlled House of Representatives has little incentive to address the topic. According to exit polls, 83% of boricuas on the mainland voted for Barack Obama. Statehood would add two Senate seats and a House delegation of five, the same size as Oregon’s and probably as reliably Democratic.
Unless the island holds another vote that yields a different result, however, Puerto Rico has now officially requested statehood. If Democrats retake the House in 2014, they would be well-advised to try to add a 51st star to the flag.
Works for me.
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