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November 19, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 19, 2013

In the end, all that standing Wendy Davis did still wasn’t enough to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an emergency legal challenge that would block the Texas abortion law she passionately fought against earlier this year. Bummer.

Rep. Trey Radel, the co-sponsor of a bill that would loosen mandatory minimums for drug arrests, just got arrested for cocaine possession. He could face as many as 180 days in jail.

Tesla Motors is facing a federal investigation over a couple of high-profile fires involving its vehicles. Elon Musk says it’s not a safety problem, but tells the feds to bring it on.

The world will finally have a “Ron Burgundy School of Communication” … for a day.

Could your phone’s battery heal itself someday?

20:18 // 8 months ago
October 29, 2013

Legal battle around Texas’ controversial abortion law isn’t over yet

  • Monday District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that a controversial provision of a new Texas law, requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, was unconstitutional. The provision was expected to force at least a dozen Texas clinics to close their doors.
  • Tuesday Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed papers with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in New Orleans, seeking an emergency appeal of Judge Yeakel’s ruling. Abbott has requested a decision by the end of the day; however, he’s previously said that he fully expects the case to wind up before the United States Supreme Court. source
14:44 // 9 months ago
October 11, 2013

A true statesman: Ted Cruz spoke today at the Values Voter Summit, a yearly CPAC-esque conservative conference where aspiring GOP presidential candidates often come to flex their muscles. After warning the audience that Obamacare would force abortion pills into the hands of nuns (it won’t), Cruz got heckled by a group of protesters for opposing immigration reform. Like the gentleman he is, Cruz responded by calling the protesters “President Obama’s paid political operatives” and telling them to quiet down so he could talk. This is what they call “acting presidential,” folks. source

16:00 // 9 months ago
September 21, 2013
Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ.
Pope Francis • Restating, in a way he declined to do recently, his view (and thus in a practical sense his church’s view) on abortion. His remarks follow a much-discussed recent interview, in which Francis spoke frankly of his church being “obsessed” with “small-minded rules” that have hurt Catholicism’s appeal in the public. Perhaps today’s remarks are best understood as the backswing of a pendulum, a pacifier to conservative Catholics for whom Francis’ early tenure has been well outside the papal status-quo. source
20:50 // 10 months ago
September 19, 2013
It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.
Pope Francis • Saying that the Catholic Church needs to take a step back from thorny political issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception. “We have to find a new balance,” he continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Whoa, who replaced the Pope with a reasonable human being?!
11:14 // 10 months ago
July 22, 2013
15:49 // 1 year ago
July 15, 2013
So while the ‘people’s filibuster’ will go down in history for putting a stop (if only temporarily) to a misguided bill, the filibuster was more than organized opposition or even endurance — it was an expression of mainstream Texans standing up against partisan power-mongers who no longer act in Texas’ best interest or even tell Texans the truth.
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, in a Washington Post op-ed on the protests over the abortion bill.
10:20 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2013

"This is not how we won last time. This is not how we got the bill killed."

SFB’s Seth Millstein shot a lot of footage and took a bunch of photos in Texas this week, but this clip is the most interesting thing he’s sent along. It shows, in microcosm form, the challenges that protesters on the pro-choice side had in repeating the success of the Wendy Davis filibuster earlier this month. While a march was about to begin—a march organizers said would include a speech by Davis, by the way, though that didn’t happen—some protesters expressed frustration with the way it took energy away from the state capitol at a crucial time. “Either leave and listen to some Democrats talk, or stay and fight for your rights,” activist Morgan McCoy exclaims in the clip above.

EDIT: Updated with more details.

20:47 // 1 year ago

hoomie says: Regarding that picture of that racist ass TX protester in the burqa, I cannot believe whoever runs this blog didn't think for a single damn second how racist and Islamophobic that was. I really thought you guys were at least a little intelligent, but I guess not. Done with this blog until someone who still follows it reblogs an apology from you guys onto my dash. This is disgusting of you.

» SFB says: I was at the protests all week, and this protester’s statement stood out, so I took a picture and posted it on the blog. I didn’t say I supported the costume; I just posted a picture of it. That’s what photojournalism is. I apologize if you found it offensive or disrespectful, but my goal with this photograph, and the others I took, was to document what was happening in Texas this week—the good, the bad, and the ugly. So again, I understand why you found it offensive, but we weren’t implying an opinion either way on the image. — Seth @ SFB

14:23 // 1 year ago
Dr. Howard Novick, a Houston doctor who has dedicated his life to providing medial services to women who needed them, including abortions: “I have saved some women’s lives. They are so grateful we’re here for them and nonjudgmental. I really feel a kinship for this.” The bill passed the Texas senate last night. (photo by Pat Sullivan/Associated Press)

Dr. Howard Novick, a Houston doctor who has dedicated his life to providing medial services to women who needed them, including abortions: “I have saved some women’s lives. They are so grateful we’re here for them and nonjudgmental. I really feel a kinship for this.” The bill passed the Texas senate last night. (photo by Pat Sullivan/Associated Press)

13:59 // 1 year ago