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Wendy Davis says Greg Abbott bad for Texas women, Van de Putte slams Patrick at Dallas luncheon

State Sen. Wendy Davis on Tuesday unleashed a blistering attack on rival Greg Abbott, saying the GOP nominee for governor supports policies that are hostile toward Texas women.

“The last thing Texas women need in their lives is Greg Abbott,” Davis said during a luncheon sponsored by Annie’s List, a group that supports progressive women candidates.

Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, said that Abbott does not support equal pay for women, has ruled against rape survivors when he was on the Texas Supreme Court and stood by as a “surrogate” described incest and rape as minor issues for women considering abortion.

“If Greg Abbott spent some time in the place of those women he is so-called guarding …, maybe he’d understand how rape is not a minor issue,” she said.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/wendy-davis-says-greg-abbott-bad-for-texas-women-van-de-putte-slams-patrick.html/

Reveille handler getting boots and Aggie ring paid after throwing block

By 5 p.m. Monday, Reveille VIII made it known she was finished with the media for the day with a rare bark just five minutes into an interview. The long day started at 4 a.m. with a trip to Houston for an interview on Fox & Friends, but she wasn't the one doing the talking.

The First Lady of Aggieland's spotlight traveled up the leash to her handler, Ryan Kreider, who delivered a potentially life-saving sideline nudge to SMU wide receiver Der'rick Thompson during the second quarter of the Aggies-Mustangs matchup in Dallas on Saturday. Kreider maintains he was simply carrying out his duties as mascot corporal in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and protecting her, but the sophomore from College Station quickly became the water cooler talk of the country.

In less than 48 hours since the hit, Kreider said he gained more than 1,500 Twitter followers, appeared on a national talk show and conducted numerous local and regional print and radio interviews. During that time, Corps of Cadets Commandant Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez said he will pay for Kreider's senior boots, and Kreider will receive upperclassman cadet privileges. An unnamed fan told Ramirez he will pay for Kreider's Aggie ring.

"I thought that this young man deserves something special for what he did on a national television audience," Ramirez said. "I told him these aren't just from me, but every Aggie all over the globe who is proud of what you did."

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/reveille-handler-getting-boots-and-aggie-ring-paid-after-throwing/article_c545f780-f21b-59ca-9f3c-7bd0116d9bac.html

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Reveille handler getting boots and Aggie ring paid after throwing block

By 5 p.m. Monday, Reveille VIII made it known she was finished with the media for the day with a rare bark just five minutes into an interview. The long day started at 4 a.m. with a trip to Houston for an interview on Fox & Friends, but she wasn't the one doing the talking.

The First Lady of Aggieland's spotlight traveled up the leash to her handler, Ryan Kreider, who delivered a potentially life-saving sideline nudge to SMU wide receiver Der'rick Thompson during the second quarter of the Aggies-Mustangs matchup in Dallas on Saturday. Kreider maintains he was simply carrying out his duties as mascot corporal in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and protecting her, but the sophomore from College Station quickly became the water cooler talk of the country.

In less than 48 hours since the hit, Kreider said he gained more than 1,500 Twitter followers, appeared on a national talk show and conducted numerous local and regional print and radio interviews. During that time, Corps of Cadets Commandant Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez said he will pay for Kreider's senior boots, and Kreider will receive upperclassman cadet privileges. An unnamed fan told Ramirez he will pay for Kreider's Aggie ring.

"I thought that this young man deserves something special for what he did on a national television audience," Ramirez said. "I told him these aren't just from me, but every Aggie all over the globe who is proud of what you did."

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/reveille-handler-getting-boots-and-aggie-ring-paid-after-throwing/article_c545f780-f21b-59ca-9f3c-7bd0116d9bac.html

Cross-posted in the Sports Group.

Texas Tech frat suspended for party banner promoting rape, sprinkler shaped like female genitalia

A Texas Tech fraternity has been indefinitely suspended after pictures leaked of a weekend party featuring a banner encouraging rape and a sprinkler shaped like female genitalia.

The photos, posted on totalfratmove.com, were taken at a weekend party hosted by Phi Delta Theta. One photo depicts a banner painted with the words “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal.”

Another photo shows a sprinkler attached to a wooden cutout shaped like a woman with her legs spread apart.

Phi Delta Theta’s national headquarters has suspended the Tech chapter for the duration of an investigation into the matter, according to a statement from the national organization.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-09-23/tech-fraternity-suspended-party-banner-promoting-rape-sprinkler-shaped#.VCH-ChbuPoE

Federal Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Voter ID Trial

CORPUS CHRISTI — Texas' voter ID law is discriminatory because it was designed to thwart emerging minority voting power in the state and should be dropped, attorneys for the law's opponents said in closing arguments in a federal court on Monday.

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Richard Dellheim repeated plaintiffs' claims made throughout this three-week trial that the Texas law, also known as Senate Bill 14, was a "serious solution in search of a problem" and did little if anything to correct voter fraud in the state.

In fact, Dellheim and other attorneys representing Hispanic and African-Americans voters outlined in their closing arguments before U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos how the law provides substantial roadblocks for those groups, who would be more likely not to have the kind of photo identification now needed to vote.

"SB 14 simply hits hardest those who can bear the burden the least," Dellheim said.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/09/22/texas-voter-id-trial-goes-judge/

A Bit of Catnip: Kaleidoscope (UK) - "Sky Children" (1967)

After tonight's touch a war, I thought we could use a song of innocence. From the 1967 album "Tangerine Dreams" from Kaleidoscope here is a seven verse song (today's bands would be challenged to write three verses) from the psychedelic era.




Eddy Pumer – Lead guitar & keyboards
Steve Clark – Bass guitar & flute
Dan Bridgman – Drums & percussion
Peter Daltrey – Lead vocals & keyboards

A million white flowers in a field in the sky
Seemed to spell out a greeting as the children flew by
A guard in a chariot of silver and gold
Gave the children all tickets, then the story he told
Of a time in the future that was sunshine and flowers
And the children grew sleepy in the sky's white towers
They dreamed of the story that the guard had displayed
They saw all the wonders, tiny minds were amazed
They saw candy forests and dragons that breathed fire
On all that was evil in the misty mire

They came to the village where the turtles in caves
Made pies for the people and the lemonade
The people lived out by the sea and each day
The seagulls would wake them as they passed on their way
The people were kindly, they would sing to the sky
And each bright new morning, the sun shone from their eyes
The children passed over and all the people could see
As they dived from the sky to the treacle sea
They bathed on the white sand, minutes turned into hours
And the children all giggled and gave each other flowers

The King from his castle came down to the sea
And he spoke to the children so patiently
He gave them small presents and bid them farewell
And the children unwrapped them, tiny silver bells
Their tinkling floated across the island with ease
And it came back toward them on the perfume breeze
They smiled at the tinkling, they gazed at the sun
And they smiled at each other, pretty little ones
A beautiful white horse came down to the sea
And the children all climbed up as he knelt on one knee

They rode through the valleys and high over hills
And they laughed oh so loudly, their fear to kill
They came to a lakeside of deep velvet and green
And they all stared in wonder at its beauty serene
They climbed from the white horse, they watch as it goes
As they stood by the green lake for to kiss their toes
A boat in the distance was suddenly there
Waiting to take the children to anywhere
The porcupine captain said that he didn't mind
In his coat of black needles, he looked very kind

His crew were six rabbits with fluffy white ears
And the children all stroked them and lost all their fears
They sailed through the sunshine, across the green lake
And they drank lemonade and they ate ice-cream cake
They landed in a dark cave as the boat disappeared
And they all stood in darkness, through the shadows they peered
But out of the blackness shone diamonds so bright
Their tiny white hands shielded eyes from the light
In a pool of quicksilver stood Neptune so wise
And pearls were his white teeth, bright diamonds his eyes

He spoke to the children in a voice of velvet
And he beckoned them to him, in a circle they sat
He told of sky island and of his magic cave
And magic pink seashells to the children he gave
They listened intently as the music came far
From the magic pink seashells and nobody talked
But Neptune had vanished when they lifted their eyes
So they walked from the cave as two kingfishers cried
In the bright shiny sunlight, they got down on one knee
They listened to the sea shells of the musical sea

But the day grew much darker, so they climbed on the breeze
And they floated to the village, and the people were pleased
To see them so happy with their tinkling bells
And the people all listened to the musical shells
But the children were so sad, the time had come to leave
So the people waved goodbye and begged them to believe
Of the wonders they had seen in the island of the sky
And the children said they would and away they did fly
Through the white clouds of no time till forever it seems
And the children stayed children and they lived in their dreams

Lyrics from http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858764160/

Texas Woman Denied Driver’s License Over Same-Sex Marriage

A woman who recently relocated from California says the Texas Department of Public Safety refused to issue her an accurate driver’s license because her last name was changed through a same-sex marriage.

After Connie Wilson married her partner of nine years in California last year, she took her wife’s last name, Wilson, which now appears on both her California driver’s license and her Social Security card, in addition to all of the couple’s financial and medical records.

This summer, the couple relocated to the Houston area with their three children for work. With her California driver’s license nearing expiration, Wilson took her documents to a DPS office in Katy last week to obtain a Texas driver’s license. When a DPS employee noticed that Wilson’s name didn’t match her birth certificate, she produced the couple’s California marriage license identifying her spouse as Aimee Wilson.

“Her only words to me were, ‘Is this same-(sex)?'” Connie Wilson recalled. “I remember hesitating for probably 10 seconds. I didn’t know how to answer. I didn’t want to lie, but I knew I was in trouble because I wasn’t going to be able to get a license.”

Read more: http://www.texasobserver.org/same-sex-marriage-drivers-license-dps/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Texas Woman Denied Driver’s License Over Same-Sex Marriage

A woman who recently relocated from California says the Texas Department of Public Safety refused to issue her an accurate driver’s license because her last name was changed through a same-sex marriage.

After Connie Wilson married her partner of nine years in California last year, she took her wife’s last name, Wilson, which now appears on both her California driver’s license and her Social Security card, in addition to all of the couple’s financial and medical records.

This summer, the couple relocated to the Houston area with their three children for work. With her California driver’s license nearing expiration, Wilson took her documents to a DPS office in Katy last week to obtain a Texas driver’s license. When a DPS employee noticed that Wilson’s name didn’t match her birth certificate, she produced the couple’s California marriage license identifying her spouse as Aimee Wilson.

“Her only words to me were, ‘Is this same-(sex)?'” Connie Wilson recalled. “I remember hesitating for probably 10 seconds. I didn’t know how to answer. I didn’t want to lie, but I knew I was in trouble because I wasn’t going to be able to get a license.”

Read more: http://www.texasobserver.org/same-sex-marriage-drivers-license-dps/

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group.

President of Round Rock business arrested in immigration inquiry

Federal authorities arrested three men Monday after a grand jury indicted them on charges that they illegally employed immigrants at a Round Rock sheet metal business.

The president of CORTEC Precision Manufacturing, Richard Anthony Corrales, 55, was among those arrested after investigators with the Department of Homeland Security said the business had employed at least 16 immigrants illegally since September 2013, according to the U.S. attorney general’s San Antonio office.

Also charged were Mon Prum Cerda, 42, a human resources manager, and Leopoldo Yepez, 44, a brake operator for CORTEC. All three are charged with one count of harboring undocumented aliens and one count of unlawful employment of undocumented aliens, the attorney general’s office said. If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison for the harboring charge.

The indictment accuses CORTEC of continuing to employ immigrants illegally after Homeland Security gave notice for the business to provide valid documentation for at least 16 employees, the attorney general’s office said. Business officials told authorities that all of the employees in question were fired, though they continued to work there, the attorney general’s office said.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/president-of-round-rock-business-arrested-in-immig/nhSF6/

Republicans dismiss equal pay and abortions for rape as minor issues; Dems pounce

Democrats and support groups are slamming comments made independently by Republicans this weekend that they believe show the GOP has turned a deaf ear towards serious women’s issues.

Republicans have no female candidates for statewide office on the ballot, and Democrats have been waiting for any potential gaffes from the nearly all-white male line-up.

In separate appearances, a Republican political consultant called the low number of rape and incest victims a “minor issue” in the abortion debate, and GOP lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick dismissed the idea that government should be involved in pay disparity issues for women.

Both Democratic governor nominee Wendy Davis and lieutenant governor nominee Leticia Van de Putte sent out fundraising pleas on Monday, citing the GOP male statements.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/republicans-dismiss-equal-pay-and-abortions-for-rape-as-minor-issues-dems-pounce.html/
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