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June 26, 2013
1:30 // 9 months ago
Legislators don’t let little things like deadlines stop them from voting on controversial abortion legislation. In case you want an idea of what the Texas Senate has been like tonight, watch this video.

Legislators don’t let little things like deadlines stop them from voting on controversial abortion legislation. In case you want an idea of what the Texas Senate has been like tonight, watch this video.

1:11 // 9 months ago
June 25, 2013

ericmortensen:

imageoscillite:

Texas Legislator Wendy Davis is currently filibustering one of the strictest anti-abortion bills in America. She has to go for 13 hours without stopping, sitting, going to the bathroom or even leaning. There are currently 11,000 20,000 26,000 30,000 35,000 people watching live. 

Rachel Maddow explains how we got here.

Davis has been wearing a back brace to help her poise as she continues on her fairly aggressive filibuster. If she can keep it going, she’ll have spoken until the end of the special session, singlehandedly stopping a vote on the measure—or anything else, for that matter.

22:12 // 9 months ago
June 24, 2013
15:59 // 9 months ago
June 20, 2013

Texas poised to cross major(ly depressing) milestone next week

  • 500 The number of inmates Texas will have executed, since the death penalty was reinstated back in 1976, should officials choose to move forward with the planned execution of 52-year-old Kimberly McCarthy next Wednesday. McCarthy is scheduled to receive a lethal injection for murdering her neighbor in 1997, though several Texas attorneys have requested a stay of execution on her behalf. source
14:48 // 10 months ago
June 6, 2013
The student, in their opinion, had gotten too rambunctious and rowdy, and they said that he would not stay in his seat, so that’s what they did. That obviously is not the way to take care of it, but that’s what they did.
Judson, Tx. Independent School District spokesman Steve Linscomb • Discussing a situation in which a teacher duct-taped a child to a chair in an effort to stop them from being unruly. The teacher and a teacher’s aide both resigned after the incident, which comes a year after another teacher at the district was accused of ordering her kindergarten students to take turns hitting one of their classmates. Whoa.
20:11 // 10 months ago
June 3, 2013
17:53 // 10 months ago
May 18, 2013
nbcnews:

‘I couldn’t stop screaming’: Witnesses describe Texas tornadoes
(Photo: Ralph Lauer / EPA)
Survivors of the tornadoes that devastated two towns in Texas on Wednesday night described their terror as the violent storm tore apart their homes, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
Read the complete story.

The spate of extreme, hazardous weather we’ve seen over the last year or so has been truly disturbing, which is not to say the people of Texas aren’t in the know about tornado threats. Regardless, though, the damage and human toll here is deflating. Our thoughts are with the victims, stripped of their homes, and for some, their lives.

nbcnews:

‘I couldn’t stop screaming’: Witnesses describe Texas tornadoes

(Photo: Ralph Lauer / EPA)

Survivors of the tornadoes that devastated two towns in Texas on Wednesday night described their terror as the violent storm tore apart their homes, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

Read the complete story.

The spate of extreme, hazardous weather we’ve seen over the last year or so has been truly disturbing, which is not to say the people of Texas aren’t in the know about tornado threats. Regardless, though, the damage and human toll here is deflating. Our thoughts are with the victims, stripped of their homes, and for some, their lives.

14:52 // 11 months ago
May 17, 2013

More thoughts on the West, Texas thing

iphisquandary says: Oh come on don’t even pretend this isn’t about race. A fucking Saudi-American guy carrying a RICE COOKER THAT POLICE THOUGHT WAS A BOMB made bigger news than this. We all know he didn’t necessarily do it, but if this guy was of color and was a suspect like a certain other man who had nothing to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, everyone would know his name by now. Let’s not be disingenuous.

» SFB says: The circumstances of the cases were different. It was unclear that a criminal element may have been involved in the West, Texas case when it first happened (it’s still not clear, though it’s currently being investigated), whereas it was immediately clear that someone was trying to hurt people after the Boston incident—a set of circumstances that led to different treatments by mainstream media sources. The arrest over the pipe bomb parts only came weeks later, after the case had cooled in the national press.

It’s not fair that people got falsely accused of things in the middle of a media circus, but considering it wasn’t clear that this was even a criminal matter (the angle leaned much closer to evil corporation that failed to protect the public), it’s understandable why the response was more muted. But that still doesn’t take away from your point. It’s awful that people were unfairly targeted for their race during a media circus. — Ernie @ SFB

(P.S.: It’s also worth pointing out that, during this same period, a white guy was arrested and accused of sending ricin to the president, only for further investigations to show that he was allegedly framed.)

(via theroguefeminist)

0:55 // 11 months ago
pinkypi:

alexandraerin:

shortformblog:

If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on the story in West, Texas, a lot has happened since the deadly explosion a few weeks ago. Bryce Reed (right), an early responder who was one of the first EMTs on the scene of the incident, was found in possession of an alleged pipe bomb. While he has not been charged with anything in connection with the explosion as of yet, authorities have opened up a criminal investigation into the incident since his arrest. As Talking Points Memo reports, he had a shaky personal situation in recent days.

A white guy with an Anglophone name was found with a pipe bomb in circumstances related to a blast that killed a dozen people, injured scores, and devastated a town?
No, I hadn’t actually heard anything about that. Weird.

I’m sorry, what!? I don’t watch the news but I’m pretty sure the coverage should have been as closely watched as the Boston incident has been. I’ve learned all kinds of info about Boston without watching or reading conventionally news but nothing about this?! Por que, why?

Because the news had broken literally the day that I originally posted it. And also, there is no connection at the moment between him and the explosion (at least not currently, though officials say they have not ruled out arson as a cause of the fire that led to the explosion), just that he allegedly had the parts to a pipe bomb. — Ernie @ SFB

pinkypi:

alexandraerin:

shortformblog:

If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on the story in West, Texas, a lot has happened since the deadly explosion a few weeks ago. Bryce Reed (right), an early responder who was one of the first EMTs on the scene of the incident, was found in possession of an alleged pipe bomb. While he has not been charged with anything in connection with the explosion as of yet, authorities have opened up a criminal investigation into the incident since his arrest. As Talking Points Memo reports, he had a shaky personal situation in recent days.

A white guy with an Anglophone name was found with a pipe bomb in circumstances related to a blast that killed a dozen people, injured scores, and devastated a town?

No, I hadn’t actually heard anything about that. Weird.

I’m sorry, what!? I don’t watch the news but I’m pretty sure the coverage should have been as closely watched as the Boston incident has been. I’ve learned all kinds of info about Boston without watching or reading conventionally news but nothing about this?! Por que, why?

Because the news had broken literally the day that I originally posted it. And also, there is no connection at the moment between him and the explosion (at least not currently, though officials say they have not ruled out arson as a cause of the fire that led to the explosion), just that he allegedly had the parts to a pipe bomb. — Ernie @ SFB

0:23 // 11 months ago