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Gun rights proponents Ted Nugent, Allen West lay flowers at scene of Lafayette theater shooting

Musician and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent and former U.S. Rep. Allen West -- both proponents of gun rights -- stopped by the scene of The Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette Saturday morning to lay flowers for the victims of Thursday night's shooting.

Nugent is in town to make an appearance at the Louisiana Outdoor Expo.

Asked about gun rights, Nugent said he was only there to show support for the victims: "I think it's inappropriate to even approach that subject," he said. "I think it's all about prayers for the victims and the families, showing support for the community. Instead of hardware, I think we should talk about heart-ware."

West, however, said political policy could have made a difference in this case.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/07/lafayette_theater_shooting_gun.html#incart_most-comments

Rep. Joaquin Castro to Laredo Mayor: Donald Trump just used you

From Twitter:

@JoaquinCastrotx

.@MayorPeteSaenz Donald Trump just used you and the other councilmembers to make him look good. Embarrassing for South Texas and Hispanics.


https://twitter.com/JoaquinCastrotx/status/624299899425812480

Good Samaritan (who is black) helping mother having mental health episode is tasered by police


Moments before Marcus Coleman is tasered by police in Denton, Texas

DENTON -- While it's true that cell phones and body cameras alone aren't solving police brutality, they sure as hell are documenting plenty of it.

On Wednesday, July 22, 18-year-old Jeremy Jones was walking by a nearby hotel in Denton, Texas, when he noticed a woman being arrested and screaming on the balcony. Immediately he pulled out his phone to film it, not knowing exactly what was happening. Before he knew it, an innocent man who was actually a Good Samaritan trying to help, was the being Tasered by the police.

-snip-

What Jones saw was indeed police brutality, but the lies and justification came from the Denton Police Department right away.

The woman can be heard in the video screaming for help as officers tried to gain control of her.

The officer yells several times for Coleman to "back up." Coleman did not comply. He yells, "she needs help" before the officer shoots him with the taser and he falls to the floor.

"{Coleman} ignored the officer's orders and tried to push his way past the officer to get to the officers and female on the ground," read the statement from Denton PD. "When {Coleman} tried to get past the officer, he deployed his taser bringing {Coleman} to the ground."


Read more and watch video: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/24/1405308/-Good-Samaritan-helping-mother-having-mental-health-episode-is-tasered-by-police-in-Denton-Texas?detail=facebook

[font color=330099]Would they have tased the man and arrested him if he was white?[/font]

Military Recruiters Not Thrilled With Militia ‘Protecting’ Them, By Accidentally Shooting Stuff



After the Chattanooga shootings, a whole bunch of armed militia loons took it upon themselves to do for the military what the Pentagon was too pussy to do for itself: dress up like they’re ready for World War Z and stand around outside recruiting centers, just in case any more 24-year-old Muslim guys with depression and drug problems decide to go on a murder spree. But is the military grateful? No, the ingrates at the U.S. Army and other branches of the military have asked them to please just go away, and advised recruiters to treat armed people milling around outside their offices as a security threat.

For one thing, the military notes, while the Chattanooga shooter did indeed fire a lot of shots through the windows of a recruiting center, the fatalities all occurred at the second shooting site, after he crashed the gate at the Navy Operational Support Center. For another thing, the Army is apparently a bunch of liberal gun-haters who don’t understand that only good guys stand around in public with AR-15s and flak jackets:

“I’m sure the citizens mean well, but we cannot assume this in every case and we do not want to advocate this behavior,” according to the Army Command Operations Center-Security Division letter, which was authenticated by the service. […]

“If questioned by these alleged concerned citizens, be polite, professional and terminate the conversation immediately and report the incident to local law enforcement …,” the command advised.


An Army Recruiting Command spokeswoman, Kelli Bland, offered a less kinetic way for the public to help out: call the police if you see anything suspicious.

“Local communities can support our security by reporting suspicious activity, particularly around recruiting centers,” Bland wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes.


Well, fine, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, the self-appointed defenders of Our Troops disagree with the Pentagon policy that doesn’t allow anyone but military police to be armed, and they’re pretty certain Obama took their guns away — never mind that the policy long predates the current administration.

Read more: http://wonkette.com/591956/military-recruiters-not-thrilled-with-militia-protecting-them-by-accidentally-shooting-stuff

AG's Office Probing Valley Election Fraud Claims

The Texas attorney general's office has opened an investigation into a contested election in the Rio Grande Valley won by a client of Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa two years ago, according to a lawyer for the losing candidate.

Houston attorney Jerad Najvar said Thursday that Attorney General Ken Paxton's office is acting on a criminal complaint filed by his client, Letty Lopez. She lost to Lupe Rivera, Hinojosa's client, by 16 votes in a November 2013 election for a spot on the Weslaco City Commission.

More than a year ago, a visiting judge ruled that some of the votes for Rivera were illegally cast and ordered a new election held as soon as possible, according to local media. Legal wrangling has kept the new election from taking place, and Rivera has remained in office while Hinojosa has defended him in court.

In an interview Friday, Hinojosa said he had no comment about the investigation but questioned the motivations of Najvar, a prominent Republican lawyer who specializes in campaign finance and political law. The case has no doubt provided fodder to the Texas GOP, which has latched on to reports of corruption in the Valley to accuse Democrats of hypocrisy on voting rights.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/07/24/lawyer-ags-office-probing-election-contest-in/

San Antonio man, 27, has been to jail 30 times, charged with 80 crimes



SAN ANTONIO — A man who has been booked into the Bexar County Jail 30 times in the past eight years returned yet again Tuesday afternoon after being tracked down by members of the U.S. Marshals Service in San Antonio.

Antoine Henderson, 27, was arrested at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Gentleman Road on the Northwest Side around 2:45 p.m.

He was hiding out in a closet containing an air conditioning unit, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Henderson was arrested on five outstanding warrants for numerous drug and weapons charges.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/San-Antonio-man-27-has-had-more-arrests-than-6403609.php#photo-8356890

[font color=330099]The question is why do they keep letting this man out of custody?[/font]

Media groups fight gag order in Waco biker shootout case

FORT WORTH — A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the “friend of the court” brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.

Nine people were killed and 18 injured in the May 17 shootout that authorities say arose from an apparent confrontation between two motorcycle clubs.

The gag order was issued in the criminal case of Matthew Clendennen, the only arrested biker who has filed a lawsuit against local authorities alleging he was arrested without probable cause. All 177 people arrested initially were held on a $1 million bond on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. Only three remain in jail and there have been no indictments.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150724-media-groups-fight-gag-order-in-waco-biker-shootout-case.ece

Follow-up: Austin man accused of murdering boyfriend also charged with animal cruelty

AUSTIN -- A man accused of beating his boyfriend and leaving him with injuries that led to his death is also being charged with cruelty to animals for strangling the victim’s dog, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Bryan Canchola, 20, got into a fight with his boyfriend Stephen Sylvester, 18, at their home in the GrandMarc Apartments in the early hours of July 17, according to the affidavit. Sylvester later died at an area hospital from a wound to the head that resulted from the fight, the affidavit said. Canchola was charged with his murder, the document said.

The couple’s roommate told police he heard the couple fighting loudly in their bedroom that day, and at one point heard Sylvester’s 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier Harlow cry out in pain, according to the affidavit. The roommate also heard Sylvester yelling at Canchola to “Let the dog go,” the affidavit says.

The roommate took Sylvester, who was bleeding from a head wound, to the hospital, but before they left Canchola yelled at Sylvester, “When you’re gone you better hope I don’t find your dog… I’m going to kill it,” the roommate told police, according to the affidavit.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/man-accused-of-murdering-boyfriend-also-charged-wi/nm6RN/

Earlier thread:
Gay Austin Teen’s Horrific Murder Highlights Hidden Problem Of LGBT Domestic Violence

2015: The Summer of Sanders

By Carol Morgan

Almost 70 years ago, Gandhi unknowingly summed up the typical life cycle of a social justice movement: “First they ignore you, then they hate you, then you win.”

Fast forward to the present and we’re witnessing Gandhi’s pronouncement in real time. The media is ignoring Bernie Sanders and his populist campaign for President. Sure…sure…a few sporadic feature articles sprout up here and there, most of which claim Bernie Sanders can’t win, but those naysayers are living in a protective bubble; one that will eventually burst.

Bernie Sanders CAN win. If you’re one of those who claim otherwise, then you’re not paying attention.

The corporate media cannot ignore the crowds that turn out for Bernie; numbers that grow larger and larger each week. Urbanites in red states turn out in the thousands as demonstrated by the 11,000 in Phoenix, and last weekend’s town halls; 10,000 in Dallas and 9,000 in Houston. One can only imagine the numbers for Bernie’s rally in NOLA on the 26th because Bobby Jindal (who’s rarely in his office in Baton Rouge) has almost single-handedly destroyed Louisiana’s economy and its education system and Louisianans are full of anger.

Corporate media can’t ignore that over 250,000 Americans have signed up to volunteer to elect Senator Sanders.

They can’t ignore that Sanders’ donations have accumulated to over $15.2 million in a little over two months. And you won’t find billionaire donors in his campaign cash, just regular Americans, some donating to a political candidate for the first time ever. His 250,000 donors gave an average of $33 each.

Americans trust Bernie Sanders and that’s something that billionaire donors cannot buy. He typifies that last honest man whom Diogenes sought long ago.

Despite all of this, corporate media and the purchased politicians of both parties claim Bernie Sanders is not a viable candidate. They dismiss him as some sort of extremist, despite the fact that the majority of Americans agree with him on almost every issue. And you can see his issues HERE, HERE, and HERE.

His political views and issues haven’t changed in 25 years, unlike other candidates who have come out only recently for issues like an increased minimum wage, getting money out of the political process, nationalized health care and free college. Bernie has never wavered on any of these issues throughout his years in Washington. It’s merely taken America some time to catch up to him.

Just as Bernie said, his campaign is not about him, it is a political revolution. 2015 will definitely be remembered as the Summer of Sanders.

Some may not realize it, but the American middle class faces a final tipping point in the 2016 elections. The culmination of thirty years of declining wages, disappearing benefits, the lie of trickle-down economics, the changing nature of employment in America from stable work to the temporary, contract “uberization” of the workforce, along with the increasing cost of life’s bare essentials is leading to a slow painful death of the American economy which relies on consumer spending for 70 percent of its economic growth.

The corporate world not only continues to erode the economic survival of America’s working and middle class, but it threatens the final vestige of control that Americans have—the ballot box. 2016 is our last chance to break free of the corporate control of America and get back to equal opportunity for all Americans. If we do not, we can expect more economic pain and social dominance.

It’s your choice.

On Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m. (CST), millions of Americans will gather together to pledge and plan their involvement in Bernie Sander’s political revolution. Americans everywhere, all at the same moment in time--in metropolitan areas, suburbs, small towns, mountain enclaves, seaside resorts, farming communities, red states and blue states will gather to organize with Bernie Sanders himself via satellite television.

If you want to get involved with the first organizational meeting in Lubbock for the Bernie Sanders political revolution, go to the FB link at West Texans for Bernie to make a note of the meeting’s location, confirm your attendance and join up with other citizens who believe we only have ONE last chance to wrestle America from corporate domination.

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Carol Morgan is a career/college counselor, a freelance writer, and former Democratic candidate for the Texas House. She is the award-winning author of two books: Of Tapestry, Time and Tears and Liberal in Lubbock. Email Carol at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net , follow her on Twitter and on Facebook or visit her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2015-07-24/2015-summer-sanders#.VbLmO_kT-71

Permission granted to post Ms. Morgan's blog in its entirety.

Cross-posted in the General Discussion: Primaries forum.

2015: The Summer of Sanders

By Carol Morgan

Almost 70 years ago, Gandhi unknowingly summed up the typical life cycle of a social justice movement: “First they ignore you, then they hate you, then you win.”

Fast forward to the present and we’re witnessing Gandhi’s pronouncement in real time. The media is ignoring Bernie Sanders and his populist campaign for President. Sure…sure…a few sporadic feature articles sprout up here and there, most of which claim Bernie Sanders can’t win, but those naysayers are living in a protective bubble; one that will eventually burst.

Bernie Sanders CAN win. If you’re one of those who claim otherwise, then you’re not paying attention.

The corporate media cannot ignore the crowds that turn out for Bernie; numbers that grow larger and larger each week. Urbanites in red states turn out in the thousands as demonstrated by the 11,000 in Phoenix, and last weekend’s town halls; 10,000 in Dallas and 9,000 in Houston. One can only imagine the numbers for Bernie’s rally in NOLA on the 26th because Bobby Jindal (who’s rarely in his office in Baton Rouge) has almost single-handedly destroyed Louisiana’s economy and its education system and Louisianans are full of anger.

Corporate media can’t ignore that over 250,000 Americans have signed up to volunteer to elect Senator Sanders.

They can’t ignore that Sanders’ donations have accumulated to over $15.2 million in a little over two months. And you won’t find billionaire donors in his campaign cash, just regular Americans, some donating to a political candidate for the first time ever. His 250,000 donors gave an average of $33 each.

Americans trust Bernie Sanders and that’s something that billionaire donors cannot buy. He typifies that last honest man whom Diogenes sought long ago.

Despite all of this, corporate media and the purchased politicians of both parties claim Bernie Sanders is not a viable candidate. They dismiss him as some sort of extremist, despite the fact that the majority of Americans agree with him on almost every issue. And you can see his issues HERE, HERE, and HERE.

His political views and issues haven’t changed in 25 years, unlike other candidates who have come out only recently for issues like an increased minimum wage, getting money out of the political process, nationalized health care and free college. Bernie has never wavered on any of these issues throughout his years in Washington. It’s merely taken America some time to catch up to him.

Just as Bernie said, his campaign is not about him, it is a political revolution. 2015 will definitely be remembered as the Summer of Sanders.

Some may not realize it, but the American middle class faces a final tipping point in the 2016 elections. The culmination of thirty years of declining wages, disappearing benefits, the lie of trickle-down economics, the changing nature of employment in America from stable work to the temporary, contract “uberization” of the workforce, along with the increasing cost of life’s bare essentials is leading to a slow painful death of the American economy which relies on consumer spending for 70 percent of its economic growth.

The corporate world not only continues to erode the economic survival of America’s working and middle class, but it threatens the final vestige of control that Americans have—the ballot box. 2016 is our last chance to break free of the corporate control of America and get back to equal opportunity for all Americans. If we do not, we can expect more economic pain and social dominance.

It’s your choice.

On Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m. (CST), millions of Americans will gather together to pledge and plan their involvement in Bernie Sander’s political revolution. Americans everywhere, all at the same moment in time--in metropolitan areas, suburbs, small towns, mountain enclaves, seaside resorts, farming communities, red states and blue states will gather to organize with Bernie Sanders himself via satellite television.

If you want to get involved with the first organizational meeting in Lubbock for the Bernie Sanders political revolution, go to the FB link at West Texans for Bernie to make a note of the meeting’s location, confirm your attendance and join up with other citizens who believe we only have ONE last chance to wrestle America from corporate domination.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Carol Morgan is a career/college counselor, a freelance writer, and former Democratic candidate for the Texas House. She is the award-winning author of two books: Of Tapestry, Time and Tears and Liberal in Lubbock. Email Carol at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net , follow her on Twitter and on Facebook or visit her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2015-07-24/2015-summer-sanders#.VbLmO_kT-71

Permission granted to post Ms. Morgan's blog in its entirety.

Cross-posted in the Bernie Sanders Group.
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