Posted by: Helen Philpot | June 25, 2013

Women in Texas might not feel it now, but Glenn Hager and Rick Perry are tyring to screw ‘em

Margaret, just when I was thinking I could go back to minding my own business baking bread and watching my shows, another small-dick Republican has to prove that the size of his tiny pecker doesn’t prevent him from screwing a whole lot of women. And so here I am again, typing instead of baking. You know me. When I’ve got nothing good to say, I usually say it.

Add the name Glenn Hagar to our ever growing list of Asshats. This one is still wet behind the ears and thinks his wife Dara should be barefoot and in the kitchen. Want to know why Governor Rick Perry really called a special session? Laws that they couldn’t pass in the regular session can be pushed through in the majority-rules special session. Laws like the one sponsored by State Senator Glenn Hegar from Katy. Hegar thinks screwing poor women in rural Texas is fun and he has sponsored a law that will screw millions of them by closing down women’s health clinics throughout the state. In between bragging about how godly he is, Hegar’s website offers us this description of little Glenn – Senator Hegar is a true conservative who strongly defends the values of faith, family, and freedom. Of course if by freedom you mean freedom for men to control women – well then yes, I guess that’s a true statement. Just like the gun owners he also champions, Glenn wants to have a pecker but not take responsibility for firing it.

Glenn wasn’t alone in this mind you. His accomplice is an idiot named Rep. Jody Laubenberg, a Botox bitch from Parker. Yes, Jody is a woman who apparently would eat her own vagina to prove she is loyal to Rick and Glenn. Wait. That didn’t sound right. She would eat her unborn child to prevent another woman from having access to… No. That’s not right either. Oh hell. What do you say about a woman who thinks that another woman who has been raped should not have access to an abortion because…and I quote, “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out.” Now there is a real idiot’s idiot. Never mind that rape kits have nothing to do with cleaning out anything. The fact that a woman would have no sympathy for another woman’s rape. Well, I just didn’t think I would live long enough to see that.

But thank goodness for women like State Senator Wendy Davis who actually paid attention in school and developed her brain instead of an unhealthy fascination with plastic surgery like Ms. Laubenberg. Right now Wendy is filibustering in the Texas Capitol to stop Rick, Glenn and Jody from taking us any farther back into the dark ages. If you live in Austin, head to the Capitol and cheer her on.

It’s all too clear now. Rick Perry’s personal little special legislative session was just another pathetic attempt to continue his never-ending war on women. Perry and his Aggie Boy Toy Hagar can’t wait to screw millions of women. I’m still unclear what’s in it for Jody – maybe a lifetime supply of Botox? This time the small-minded and even smaller-dicked Republicans in the Texas Legislature are attempting to deny the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare to the millions of poor women in rural Texas. The laws those asshats are trying to pass will mean that only rich women in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston will have access to an abortion– everyone else can just go have a few more babies or find a coat hanger. Lucky for Dara Hegar. She lives in Katy just outside of Houston. She and her daughters will have no trouble getting an abortion should they so choose. And good thing Jody lives near Dallas so that her daughter, Liz, can still get an abortion despite Mother’s nasty law. And as we all know, they are the ones who usually do.

Somebody get me a magnifying glass. If there’s going to be a vote, I want to see if Glenn Hagar is man enough to take on the masses of women in District 18 who will vote him out of office during the next election. But my money is on Wendy. Go, honey. Go. I mean it. Really.

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  1. With women like you we dont need guns. Hell we’ll just Kill humans before they’re ever born! I bet you’ve never even had an abortion! Well when i was young & stupid I did,after my 2nd son died at 4 from a brain tumor i have cried for that child i KILLED! You & your liberal friends are just cold hearted Bitches.

  2. Women in Texas might not feel it now, but Glenn Hager and Rick Perry are tyring to screw ‘em | Margaret and Helen

  3. One Direction Ukrainian Fan Video for 1D-)xx.fly YouTube video

    In honor of the 20 million of so Ukrainians murdered by Soviets and Nazis.
    Khrushchev, Russian Bolshevik” Butcher of Ukraine.” Russians were murdered too.

    Jenny May, Janis Grodums un “Kamer” Nak nakts YouTube video

    for the mass murders and Soviet deportations from Lativia.

    I think Russians are good people. However, Mary from MA described the Tea Party as pure evil, when they are not. The real “pure evil” once ruled Russia and other countries.

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    MK Flash mob, Moscow, October 31, 2009 HD YouTube video

    FLASH MOB DANCE BACKSTREET BOYS IN SAINT-PETERSBURG…

    Julia Savicheva-esli v serdce Best Russian Song

  5. Jean – appreciate the Russian account. I always appreciated Russia’s contributions to WWII (my personal interest), but never had any info about Russian history.

  6. Hi Congenial Gang,

    Part 5

    On the Russian Volga River Cruise tour of Moscow, we were told one of the highlights was the Armory Palace……..

    But first, the tour ashore took us to the Novodevichy Convent. This convent was founded in 1524 to commemorate the victory of Russia over the Polish and Lithuanian forces. As often happened, it served as a military outpost on a number of occasions. It is situated south of Moscow. The convent is famous for the number of royal and high-ranking ladies who took the veil there. It was common practice for tsars and boyars to send undesirable spouses off to this convent to get rid of them, including Peter the Great’s first wife. There was actually only a short photo op of the convent by a lovely lake and park. The tour did not take us inside. Situated on a hill and surrounded by high white walls, many of the buildings were painted red and white.

    The much anticipated event was, of course, the Armory. A mind numbingly opulent collection of treasures accumulated over centuries by the Russian state and Church is housed in the Armory Palace of the Kremlin. The State Armory Chamber built in 1851 is a repository of items of artistic and historic value. In it is preserved the wealth of the Grand Dukes’ and Tsar’s treasuries. One can see there the most richly ornamented weapons, suits of armor, sabers, porcelain, gold and silver service of Russian and foreign origin and other objects of court life. It is a museum that houses the Royal Regalia, clothing and ornate gilded carriages. It could loosely be compared to a similar one in the Smithsonian in Washington.

    The collection has the renowned Easter eggs of precious metals and jewels by the St. Petersburg jeweler, Fabergé. Each opens to reveal amazingly detailed miniature objects. The most famous, a clockwork trans-Siberian train made of gold. The Armory has ten of the Fabergé eggs. They are incredibly ornate, decorated with precious stones. There were only 50 of them originally. They were made as Easter presents for the Romanov family. The other forty are in private collections. One of them recently sold to an anonymous buyer for 50 million dollars.

    The crown jewels, the orb, scepter and other symbols of royal power are on display. Of special interest to me was the ancient “Cap of Monomakh”, used since 1547 to crown the Russian tsars. The jewel-encrusted thrones are on display. An interesting one is the red velvet double throne made for Peter the Great and his half-brother, Ivan V, when they were crowned co-emperors as youngsters.

    There are glass cases of the coronation dresses and accessories of Catherine the Great and other tsarinas as well as clothing, boots and the sword of Peter the Great. However, BY FAR, the largest collection is of robes and headdresses of the patriarchs. Those are incredibly and lavishly encrusted with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls all over the flowing fabrics. Some of them were purported to weigh up to 60 pounds! (However did they clean them? Or did they?)

    During the orientation about the Armory we were told that security there was extremely tight. Even more so than at most airports. We women would have to check our purses in the cloak room. After talking it over, my husband and I decided that I would just leave my purse in the cabin safe. He could take both our passports in his shirt pocket. Naturally he had his wallet with credit cards, ATM card, rubles, and a stash of American one dollar bills that were useful for tipping. Whatever we needed, we would always be together, right?

    And so, we were off to see the treasures of the Armory!

    Aloha! :-) :-) :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

  7. Ah, yes – the police are always busy in a police state.

    http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/bottled-water-purchase-leads-to-night-in-jail-for-uva/article_b5ab5f62-df9b-11e2-81c4-0019bb30f31a.html

    Pretty risky behavior, running around in plain clothes, screaming at people in a dark parking lot late at night, with no identification.

    Virginia is a concealed-carry state; it’s very fortunate for them – and me – that these jackbooted thugs didn’t climb on MY car.

  8. and while all eyes were on Texas, Ohio passed one of the most restrictive laws against women’s reproductive health. Did you know that, according to Ohio’s new law, a woman is considered pregnant if there is a sperm swimming around in her reproductive organs? Doesn’t have to implant on the uterine wall…just swimming around being useless, much like the GOP in Congress these days.

  9. I agree with Cynthia’s comment. The BBC reports that millions of protesters are accusing the administration of failing to improve the economy and for allowing security to fail.

    The New York Times and CNN also report an unprecedented number of protesters.

    Cynthia asked “do we know how to protest?” Yes, we do as proven by The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Unlike Egypt and some other countries, our conditions are not bad enough to turn most of us into revolutionaries, but we are as capable as they are to take to the streets.

    The only thing I add is “does it sound a bit like what is going on in this country?” Yes. “if you substitute GOP for Islamists” should be “if you substitute the GOP or Democrats for Islamists” considering the Democratic IRS and other scandals.

  10. “It is unclear now whether the opposition, which for months has demanded Morsi form a national unity government, would now accept any concessions short of his removal.”

    …“Hard-liners among them have also given the confrontation a sharply religious tone, denouncing Morsi’s opponents as “enemies of God” and infidels.

    On the other side is an array of secular and liberal Egyptians, moderate Muslims, Christians – and what the opposition says is a broad sector of the general public that has turned against the Islamists. They say the Islamists have negated their election mandate by trying to monopolize power, infusing government with their supporters, forcing through a constitution they largely wrote and giving religious extremists a free hand, all while failing to manage the country.”

    I am not sure which side is right. However, they do know how to stand up for what they believe in; they do know how to protest. Do we? Does it sound a bit like what is going on in this country if you were to substitute GOP for Islamists?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/30/egypt-protests_n_3524568.html

    Peace.

  11. Here is the basis for my view of the Texas anti- abortion bill of which I know little.

    Our daughter and son -in law have faced the possibility and or reality of no nasal bone, Downs Syndrome, still birth, emblical cord wrapped around her neck, misplaced placenta, pre- eclampisia and microcephally. The size of her head is off the charts. However, even the specialists don’t know what is happening because she has passed the mental and physical benchmarks expected for a three week old infant. She has no spasms, and her motor skills seem normal. They were wrong about the nasal bone, and they were wrong about Downs Syndrome.

    .I have been playing music to help stimulate her brain, and yesterday, she watched most of Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat” as well as Sofia Jannok’s joiks. She stared at the camera viewer, and I know she recognizes the songs at least as noise because she opens her eyes, when I play them. They want to sedate her for an MRI scan and to do a genetic test.

    At first she was not thriving and crying almost non- stop. Now she seems happier, and she is eating much more. Baby will visit the doctors today and Wednesday as she has been every week. We think the news about her weight and general condition will be better.

    Our daughter has a friend who’s baby was born at 23 weeks, I think, and had a 2% chance of survival. Now, she has tubes stuck through her and probably weighs as much as a loaf of bread. However, her odds have gone up to 50%. I saw her picture.

    I finally read some of the Texas anti- abortion bill. It sounds like a reaction to the Dr. Goslan (sp) nightmare of a poorly regulated abortion facility. He wasn’t the only one guilty of such misdeeds. I personally know a doctor who does late term abortions.He has had his own legal narrow escapes.Such offices need to be inspected and held to good medical standards.

    Based on our experiences, and what we have seen, I even more strongly oppose abortions after 20 weeks.However, I believe they should be permitted if the mother’s health is at risk. The bill seems to unintentionally discriminate against rural and poor areas. I think the bill should be rewritten with provisions to help abortion providers meet necessary standards to keep them in business. I am pro- choice.

    So, dump on me all you want. I have more important things to worry about..

    .

  12. To paraphrase Ann Coulter, “our bl…ondes are so much better than their blondes” (Wendy Davis, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cecile Richards vs. Marsha Blackburn, Peggy Noonan – did you see her on This Week?, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and all the Fox folks)

  13. Jimmettison2013. Thanks. Yes, i was off topic, but I was continuing something brought up a while back. We have been helping with our grand daughter and I haven’t had time to follow this discussion, much less everything which is happening in the world.

    “Jean” is also off topic, but I have something to add to her Russian adventures.”Real Russia” Welcome to Real Russia!” is an episodic view of Russia through the eyes and cameras of Sergy Baklykov and Sergy Pichugin. For example, they order food in a Russian McDonalds restaurant, and attend a music festival. They have produced at least 54 YouTube videos.

    Dj Smash-Moscow Never Sleeps uploaded on Youtube video by FairyFleur shows some beautiful pictures with the Russian music. No one will look, but it will be their loss,

    Russian dash cams are also instructive. Someone joked that to survive traffic in Russia one needs a dash cam and a lead pipe.

  14. Sometimes the ever so obvious gets unintentionally demoted to second or third place. The more anyone looks at this SB5 situation in TX the more it looks like not just a war on women but out and out class warfare. Women with resources are the least impacted. Women with a whole lot of nothin’ are put in an entirely different corral and told in a number of ways that hell, if you weren’t deliberately poor you wouldn’t be in this situation. That’s called class warfare. There was a book written some time ago by a conservative who coined that label and stated that such a strategy was useful for the conservative cause, whatever the bleep he meant by cause. Somebody with better technological wizardry can probably look that up and find the name of that guy.

  15. Hi Congenial Gang,

    Yep, I’m still “anonymous”. Let’s see if the site will take 33KB as such.

    While we are waiting in the calm before the storm for tomorrow when Rick Perry and his cronies do their Texas Two-step in the legislature, here is Part 4 of our Moscow tour on the Russian Cruise of the Volga River. Don’t panic. My husband survived getting lost in the Moscow Armory and so will all the good and decent Texans! But first……..

    Day 12, August 3, 2007

    Tour of the Kremlin and Armory. The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the country – the place to which all Russian roads lead. The Kremlin is situated on a triangular plot of land covering little “Borovitsky” Hill on the north bank of the Moscow River. There are two navigable rivers in this city, the Moscow and the Neglinnaya Rivers. On our DVD are scenes of fountains and statuary in the Neglinnaya where, in parts of the city, the river’s banks are enclosed in walls.

    The Kremlin itself is enclosed by high red brick walls; 5-19m high, 3.5-6.5m thick, 2,235 km long, with 20 distinctive towers, mostly built between 1485 and 1500. The Savior Gate Tower, “Spasskaya bashnya” over the Kremlin’s “official” exit on to Red Square is Moscow’s “Big Ben” – its chimes are relayed over state radio.

    Inside the grounds, among other structures you can see the wonderful white stone monuments of the 15th – 16th centuries among which is the Ivan Great Bell Tower, the Kremlin’s tallest structure – a Moscow landmark visible from 30 km away. Beside the bell tower stands the world’s biggest bell, the “Tsar-kolokol” that weighs 202 tons and the Tsar Cannon, never fired. (Remember that damn bell!) In the Alexander Garden an eternal flame commemorates the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Of course there are various monuments and statues throughout the complex. There is a modern building erected during the Soviet Era that houses the Palace of the Congresses; the Duma and the Council of Federation.

    Within the walls of the Kremlin are five cathedrals, two churches and six palaces including the palace of the Patriarch. I can’t emphasize enough the powerful influence of the Russian Orthodox Church on the country and daily life of the people. The Church had as much if not more power than the tsars. For example the Cathedral of the Dormition used to be Russia’s main cathedral. The tombs of the metropolitans and patriarchs line the walls of the cathedral. The heads of the Russian Orthodox Church were burial there until Peter the Great abolished the patriarchate and introduced administration by the synod.

    The most important state ceremonies; ordinations of metropolitans and patriarchs, coronations of tsars and emperors, public proclamations of state edicts; all were held in this cathedral. Originally, many of the treasures of the country were housed in the cathedral until they were transferred to the ARMORY, Art Galleries or libraries. The Soviets closed the Cathedral of the Dormition in 1918.

    The palace of the tsar is attached to its own private cathedral. The palace of the patriarch, equally grandiose, also is attached to its own private church. Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich was most pious. He could pray five hours a day and do one thousand prostrations and more. (Push-ups?) When did he have time to do the tsar thing?

    The “Cathedral of the Archangel Michael” served as the burial place for the tsars and grand princes prior to Peter the Great. He moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1720. The murdered Tsarevich Dmitry’s tomb has a special white-stone canopy by the southwest pillar. Murdered in Uglich, Dimitry was sanctified as a holy martyr. (If you are interested in a convoluted tale of Russian history, Google and check out the synopsis of Modest Mussorgsky’s famous opera, ‘”Boris Godunov”. Did Boris really do in the Tsarevich? [The prince?])

    As to the palaces, in addition to the “Palace of the Patriarch”, there is the “Faceted Palace”, built 1487-1591. It is the oldest secular building in Moscow. The interior is quite colorful with many frescos depicting medieval religious themes. “The Grand Kremlin Palace” and the “Terem Palace” round out the palace complex. All are lavishly ornate in décor and furnishings. Some of these palaces and cathedrals are now museums and open to the public, others are closed.

    The Senate – the State Residence of the Russian Federation President – Putin – was built by Catherine the Great in 1787. It is also used for formal state ceremonies, summit talks, investitures and presentations of awards and prizes. The buildings of the Kremlin are solid and imposing in architecture. Both exteriors and interiors are ornamented almost to the point of being gaudy. Many are painted in bright colors; red and white; gold and white; green and white. And of course, the onion domes of the churches are gold.

    Next time, on to the Nvodevichy Convent and the notorious Armory where my husband got lost.

    Aloha! :-) :-) :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

    Hi Congenial Gang,

    Yep, I’m still “anonymous”. Let’s see if the site will take 33KB as such.

    While we are waiting in the calm before the storm for tomorrow when Rick Perry and his cronies do their Texas Two-step in the legislature, here is Part 4 of our Moscow tour on the Russian Cruise of the Volga River. Don’t panic. My husband survived getting lost in the Moscow Armory and so will all the good and decent Texans! But first……..

    Day 12, August 3, 2007

    Tour of the Kremlin and Armory. The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the country – the place to which all Russian roads lead. The Kremlin is situated on a triangular plot of land covering little “Borovitsky” Hill on the north bank of the Moscow River. There are two navigable rivers in this city, the Moscow and the Neglinnaya Rivers. On our DVD are scenes of fountains and statuary in the Neglinnaya where, in parts of the city, the river’s banks are enclosed in walls.

    The Kremlin itself is enclosed by high red brick walls; 5-19m high, 3.5-6.5m thick, 2,235 km long, with 20 distinctive towers, mostly built between 1485 and 1500. The Savior Gate Tower, “Spasskaya bashnya” over the Kremlin’s “official” exit on to Red Square is Moscow’s “Big Ben” – its chimes are relayed over state radio.

    Inside the grounds, among other structures you can see the wonderful white stone monuments of the 15th – 16th centuries among which is the Ivan Great Bell Tower, the Kremlin’s tallest structure – a Moscow landmark visible from 30 km away. Beside the bell tower stands the world’s biggest bell, the “Tsar-kolokol” that weighs 202 tons and the Tsar Cannon, never fired. (Remember that damn bell!) In the Alexander Garden an eternal flame commemorates the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Of course there are various monuments and statues throughout the complex. There is a modern building erected during the Soviet Era that houses the Palace of the Congresses; the Duma and the Council of Federation.

    Within the walls of the Kremlin are five cathedrals, two churches and six palaces including the palace of the Patriarch. I can’t emphasize enough the powerful influence of the Russian Orthodox Church on the country and daily life of the people. The Church had as much if not more power than the tsars. For example the Cathedral of the Dormition used to be Russia’s main cathedral. The tombs of the metropolitans and patriarchs line the walls of the cathedral. The heads of the Russian Orthodox Church were burial there until Peter the Great abolished the patriarchate and introduced administration by the synod.

    The most important state ceremonies; ordinations of metropolitans and patriarchs, coronations of tsars and emperors, public proclamations of state edicts; all were held in this cathedral. Originally, many of the treasures of the country were housed in the cathedral until they were transferred to the ARMORY, Art Galleries or libraries. The Soviets closed the Cathedral of the Dormition in 1918.

    The palace of the tsar is attached to its own private cathedral. The palace of the patriarch, equally grandiose, also is attached to its own private church. Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich was most pious. He could pray five hours a day and do one thousand prostrations and more. (Push-ups?) When did he have time to do the tsar thing?

    The “Cathedral of the Archangel Michael” served as the burial place for the tsars and grand princes prior to Peter the Great. He moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1720. The murdered Tsarevich Dmitry’s tomb has a special white-stone canopy by the southwest pillar. Murdered in Uglich, Dimitry was sanctified as a holy martyr. (If you are interested in a convoluted tale of Russian history, Google and check out the synopsis of Modest Mussorgsky’s famous opera, ‘”Boris Godunov”. Did Boris really do in the Tsarevich?)

    As to the palaces, in addition to the “Palace of the Patriarch”, there is the “Faceted Palace”, built 1487-1591. It is the oldest secular building in Moscow. The interior is quite colorful with many frescos depicting medieval religious themes. “The Grand Kremlin Palace” and the “Terem Palace” round out the palace complex. All are lavishly ornate in décor and furnishings. Some of these palaces and cathedrals are now museums and open to the public, others are closed.

    The Senate – the State Residence of the Russian Federation President – Putin – was built by Catherine the Great in 1787. It is also used for formal state ceremonies, summit talks, investitures and presentations of awards and prizes. The buildings of the Kremlin are solid and imposing in architecture. Both exteriors and interiors are ornamented almost to the point of being gaudy. Many are painted in bright colors; red and white; gold and white; green and white. And of course, the onion domes of the churches are gold.

    Next time, on to the Nvodevichy Convent and the notorious Armory where my husband got lost.

    Aloha!    Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

  16. I really wish we had Like and Dislike buttons on these comments! James, I appreciate your comments on the climate change, but I think it’s a little off topic here. Meanwhile, I so wish I could go to Austin tomorrow! Best wishes to all those who can!

  17. Lori, Alabama also has that weak government/overly strong legislature type of government. Things are so bad in the state capitol that the natives refer to it as Goat Hill. I know a very large batch of folks who were transfered down there who can’t wait to get out and are working hard toward that end.

  18. It might be a good time for all of us to reflect on the life and work of Nelson Mandela. The example he has set for all of us, both as a person of unimpeachable character, and a politician, is something we will probably never see again in our lifetime. Truly awe inspiring.

  19. Gato – it is not just Texas from what I read. It is an attempt to prevent people from protesting. Wisconsin is still protesting every noon; Walker is looking to find laws to stop them yet you hear nothing in the media. They attempted to stop Occupy as well. I believe some of the problems Occupy had was exaggerated and caused by those who infiltrated the movement to give it a bad name. I bet it happens on Monday too. There is a serious attempt to stop the people from protesting. This is America?

    And wordpress too. Whats up with it?

    Peace.

  20. Hey, Lori – HTG, is there no end to the garbage you all have to put up with, from this cluster of bullies and thugs…?

    “Disturbing the peace”…? “Inciting a riot”…? It’s just like the Keystone XL pipeline people trying to bring in “Homeland Security” to prosecute protestors under some “terrorism” umbrella, for “threatening vital national infrastructure”…

    What a crock…! Or, a couple of crocks…

    Gato

  21. *how DARE

  22. How day a student stand up to power!

    Civil disobedience:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/30/1220053/-Tea-Party-Texas-AG-threatens-student-who-supported-Wendy

  23. Waving to Auntie Jean, yes we are!

    Hope you get your puter issues resolved soon!

  24. Peas,

    Yes we can and are!

    Gato, exactly!

  25. Hey, Whirled – What a delightful article… Bet “Freedom Works” (yes, it does – and I’ll bet they’re beginning to see the sweet irony in that name) never thought they’d have to be pouring many of their millions into… TEXAS!

    The cowgirls are doin’ a little ropin’ and rasslin’ of their own these days… It’s a wonderful thing!

    Gato

  26. FreedomWorks vows to fight Dems in Texas

    The conservative outside group FreedomWorks has drawn up plans to spend nearly $8 million mobilizing and expanding the GOP base in Texas, in a move to counter state and national Democratic efforts to make the state more electorally competitive. FreedomWorks says that the Republican Party should be alarmed in particular by the Democratic group Battleground Texas

    More via Kos

    Keep it up ladies. ;)

    Peace ~ Δ

  27. Hi Congenial Gang,

    Testing, testing to see if I am back in the good graces of WordPress.

    Aloha! :-) :-) :-) Nameste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    P. S. Nope. I can’t make heads or tails out of all the instructions I get for logging in, resetting password, etc., etc., so I’m outta here.

    Auntie Jean

  28. Hi Congenial Gang,

    lori, Terri in NY, gato and all the rest of the Congenial Gang. We are on it with all the great Texas women. And while we are at it, we are gonna turn plenty of other issues around there too! For openers, public education.

    The Old Guard better run for cover because Texas is turning bluer by the minute!!!

    Aloha! :-) :-) :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

    P.S. I don’t think WordPress loves me anymore. We are going round and round about my password logging in, etc. so I amy be “Anonymous” for a while until I get it straightened out.

  29. Hi Congenial Gang,

    lori, Terri in NY, gato and all the rest of the Congenial Gang. We are on it with all the great Texas women. And while we are at it, we are gonna turn plenty of other issues around there too! For openers, public education.

    The Old Guard better run for cover because Texas is turning bluer by the minute!!!

    Aloha! :-) :-) :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

    P.S. I don’t think WordPress loves me anymore. We are going round and round about my password, logging in, etc. so I may be “Anonymous” for a while until I get it straightened out.

  30. Saturday’s humor:
    The Tea Party will use Gandhi-Style Tactics

    “The narrative that’s emerged on the right in the wake of the defeat of sweeping anti-abortion legislation this week isn’t that Senator Wendy Davis jiu jitsued a victory with a Frank Capra-worthy filibuster. Rather, it’s that the democratic process was hijacked by an unruly mob of out-of-state agitators whose cacophonous applause in the waning minutes of the special session made it impossible for the Senate to conduct business. That’s a much better fundraising pitch than, “Man, we really effed that one up.””

    …”This is an attempt to shut down our legislative process. We must defend that which so many bled and died on the battlefield for. But here we must defend it PEACEFULLY and calmly.”

    Fact: You can still bring your concealed handgun into the Legislature, just in case.
    http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/06/the_tea_party_will_use_gandhi-.php

    You have to read the facts – that’s the best part of this article.

    ( Peaceful demonstration …but be sure you bring your concealed handgun!) Huh?
    (And oh yeah, Gandhi hates liberals) WTF, Really, he said that??

    Peace.

  31. Alaskapi, climate is worod wide. Local fluctations occure. Google something like Sofia Jannok talks about her new foundation in Mumbi India. She is a Sami singer who’s family still herds reindeer in northern Sweeden. The northern climate has changed to the detriment of the reindeer herds.

    I also mentioned the grave danger attendent in melting of permafrost. However temperature of the world has a whole has stabilized, and no one knows why. If scientists and politicians make catigorical statements which are not true, people will discount what they say and assume they are crying wolfe.

    For example, a crushing blow to the convention which wanted to impose new rules on the world at a Copenhagen meeting several years ago is it coincided with leaks of Climategate e mails, and a very cold winter. Observers and reporters had to stand in line to enter the building as one of the worst blizzards in recent history dumped on them.

    So far, proponents of stringent change have not been able to justify its great cost, especially to poor people around the world.

    I don’t know the answers. I do now the world’s cimate has taken a pause for unknown reasons and duration.

  32. Mageen, as you know, I am otherwise occupied right now. However, here are some sources. c
    Catholic on line “scientists do have a perplexing probem” According to the modern computer models the climate should be warming, but it is not.

    The Economist June 20, 2013″ Climate Change, a cooling consesus” The rate of warming has slowed during the past 15 years,and no one knows why. Since 1998, our warmest year,temperatures have not kept up with projections, and risk falling below the lowest estimates. Brad Plummer of the Washington Post has written about the stabilized cimate. The scientists of Clmagegate discussed how to “hide the decine” because it didn’t fit their projections. Alec Jones, one of the scientists admitted in another Economist article that the climate has stabilized but he thinks it is temporary. He as much as admitted that the scientists don’t know as much as they thought they knew.

    “But there is no way around the fact that this reprieve…is bad news for proponents of policies such as carbon taxes and emmissions treaties.’

    “Dramatic warming may exact a terrible price in terms of human welfare, especially in poorer countries, but” changing policies to put a real dent in warming would “also exact a terrible humanitarianprice, especially in poorer countries.”

    “Actually climate scientists are pretty baffled.”

    The article and others have more.I believe a Norweigian study reached the same conclusion, and maybe one by NASA, but I don’t have time to check. Our grand daughter sees a doctor on Monday and again on Wednesday. Time will tell if I have more time for this sort thing.

  33. Yes PI, TX does have an odd form of governing. In theory, at least, the LT Gov. has “more power” than the Gov. & the elected Commissioners have more sway than the actual legislators, providing for kind of a through the looking glass backasswards approach to governing. IMHO that type of government promotes the “good ole boy” network more so than if they would just follow the more traditional form of governing. It’s taken me years to try and understand it & honestly I will be the first to admit, I haven’t completely figured it out yet.

  34. Helen- Texas turns out some damn fine women! You and Ms Davis among them :-)
    lori- wish I could be standing there with you all.
    I read the text of SB5 ( bleah! ) and poked around looking at TX way of governing. Didn’t realize you had a “weak” governor form- with so many executive branch folks being elected rather than appointed . Would love to hear about that at some point.
    Mageen and James-
    Climate change has not stabilized here at all . We are still changing at twice the rate of the rest of the US.Loss of sea ice, melting permafrost, and the like are having dramatic consequences here- more so every year.Maybe because there are so few people here it is possible to ignore from elsewhere but it is very real.

  35. Good morning friends,

    Thank you Terri & gato for the undeserved but none-the-less appreciated kudos. xo

    See you Monday! http://youtu.be/L_kXOr02gqk

  36. James on June 28, you claim the climate has stabilized over the past 15 years. Please define stabilize! Here around the Nation’s Capitol we had the following types of weather since Jan. – the winter that wasn’t winter or anything else; a British Columbia spring; now a coastal Equatorial summer. The summer weather here has been getting progressively hotter (temps in 3 digits) and staying hotter longer. Any reprieve we get is largely momentary and rare.

  37. Waialeale, greetings! Yes, I did see that video and did that bozo ever get it! Tammy recounted how in service to her country her arm had been blown off, then reattached. The bozo couldn’t believe that anyone, let alone some woman, was contradicting him. You could tell Tammy was angry. What she didn’t mention was what happened to her legs. She might be saving that story for the next bozo thta comes down the pike. Next step for her ought to be the Senate. Go Tammy!

  38. Hey, Lori – I’m with Terri; you, and your cohorts, are an inspiration to us all! Nothing like a bunch of uppity women, and the men who love us, to shake things up a bit… The new “porch” is evidently the rotunda in Austin! WTG!!!

    Gato

  39. Lori, I don’t live in Texas, but I admire your activism and commitment. Your energy is pretty amazing. Kudos for all you do! It’s truly inspiring.

  40. Thank you M&H for allowing me to use your blog to spread the word. You know it’s appreciated.

    I have one more bit of info if anyone wants to order a shirt: ATTENTION: New T-shirts and tanks are being printed right now with the “Come and Take It” uterus logo. Should be ready by Monday afternoon. Only $25 with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Battleground Texas and Texas Democratic Party. If you want one, email carriecollier@gmail.com with Tank/T-shirt preference and size.

    Thanks again ;-)

  41. Stand with Texas women!

    July 1, high noon – 2, south steps of the capitol building.

    If you are interested, living in TX, and need a ride, let me know. They are coordinating carpools & busses.

    If you are a facebook user go to Stand Up Monday – Rally at the Texas Capitol

  42. I love the way you “shoot from the hip” with your opinions and writing :D I have yet to understand WHY Rick Perry continues to be governor – oh…wait…that’s right, someone’s hand is always up his butt :P

  43. I haven;t read the tExas bill,so I won’t comment except that I like well- planned filibusters. My wife and I once seriously considered an abortion for her when we lived in England.

    CNN Politics June 27. The acting head of the IRS said that so far,evidence shows that although some liberal groups were flagged as wel as conservatives, they were not subjected to the same delays and intimidation conservatives endured. The IRS had already applogised for singling out conservatives, so anyone who says there is no IRS scandal needs to do a little more reading. Liberals should want to fix this too. Someday, a Republican administration might try to intimidate liberal groups.

    I think Cynthia is right about cows and grass–also about the unknown long-term effects of oil spills.

    Our climate has stabilized for at least 15 years in spite of tons of new green house gasses spilled into the atmosphere. Therefore, something else, like the sun is also influencing our climate.That’s not to say humans are not capable of making the earth warmer or colder, but so far external forces play a major role.

    Human activity,though relatively small, could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Northern permafrost contains methane. If it melts,the methane escapes into the atmosphere, and creates a heat wave much greater than CO2 could ever do.

  44. Hi Congenial Gang,

    Peas, right you are! That’s it. You are not only a computer genius but a mind reader too! Thanks.

    Nighty-night.

    Aloha! :-) :-) :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

  45. Hey Jean,

    That would be Lawrence O’Donnell

    .;)

    Peace ~ Δ

  46. Hi Congenial Gang,

    Peas, ole pal, ole buddy, hang on a minute while I talk to Gato. I’m gonna need your hep again.

    Thanks, Gato, I like your style too! Sending hugs to you and your sweetie right back atcha! Actually, I’m way, way, way beyond the book thingy. Been there, done that – twice. At age 83+, I don’t need to be traipsing around to book signings and all that jazz.

    As far as my Russian River Cruise story goes, I have already shared it at the time with those I care about – family and friends. The Snowden Saga just jogged my memory and I thought I would share it with those of you on the porch I care about. It is a cut ‘n’ paste jobbie from my files. I have done a bit of editing like changing the names to protect the guilty, such as my husband’s true name. Here and elsewhere I have referred to him as my 84 year old ‘boy toy’.

    Peas, now maybe this one will be the tough one. I was watching Chris O’Donnell’s show on CNBC today but was busy and only caught part of it. But what I did see was a barnburner!!! Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) Ill is another gutsy gal like Wendy Davis. Duckworth was a pilot in Iraq and lost both legs. She is a champion for veterans’ benefits. She took on a guy named Castillo or something for his “service to his country” and the sacrifice he made as a result of a football injury to his ankle in prep school. She tore him several new ones!

    You have GOT to see the video of this encounter with the expressions on both their faces.

    Aloha! Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

  47. Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Michael Hastings’ Death, Obama’s Trip to Africa, George Orwell’s Birthday, and Modern Day Eugenics.

  48. Just knew you’d have something to say about that jackass Perry. it never fails to astound me that these MEN are the same people who are crazy about war and the death penalty. You can not be pro life and pro war and pro death penalty……..well, I guess you can.

    These Koch Baggers are bought and paid for by the koch bros whose wet dream it is to be manipulating the puppet strings of a Bagger President.
    Just think of the rukus when Hilary throws her hat into the ring for 2016…….maybe that will be the final staw that will kill both those Bigot Bagger Bros.

    The Klu Klux supreme Kourt is another entity bought and paid for by the KKKochs. Evil incarnate. Wonder how much Perry gets from them every month to wage his war on women, poor, elderly, children, college students.
    and anyone who isn’t transparent white. He is disgusting………….

    Love you Helen but I sure as bloody hell wish Texas along with AZ, Arkansas, Louisana, Alabama and the Koch Baggers from other red states would just secede. Just take a giant saw and saw them off the bottom of the country—-it is, after all, closer to hell than anywhere else.
    Helen, you can come and live with me. Or I am sure Margaret would love to have you stay with her in a more civilized state.

  49. Hey, Auntie Jean – Your narratives are truly wonderful! If only all of us could look at each other with the delight and eagerness to know that you (and I assume your sweetie) so obviously have, this world would be a better place.

    I hope you’re keeping copies of everything you write… For your book!

    Hug to you,

    Gato

  50. Hi Congenial Gang,

    And the beat goes on…………..

    Part 3 of the Russian River Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, 2007.

    After breakfast, we were off to see Moscow. The traffic was horrendous! Actually, you couldn’t tell whether you were in Moscow, Paris, London, New York or San Francisco except for the signs. All big cities are the same. It was about an hour and a half bus ride. We arrived at Red Square. Here is a misconception I think most of us have had that “Red Square” had something to do with the Communist “Reds”. Not so. It has always been called “Red Square”. “Red” means “beautiful” in the Slavonic Language.

    Red Square is in front of and OUTSIDE of the fortified walls of the Kremlin. Our DVD goes directly from Red Square to inside the Kremlin, giving the impression that they are one and the same. They are quite separate.

    Red Square is the ancient site of important events in Russian History such as festive religious processions, the arrival of royal trains and foreign dignitaries, etc. There is a circular platform, “Lobnoye Mesto”, (Place of the Skull), that was the site of public prayers and executions in the past. Around the square are; an enormous building that is an historical museum and also the Cathedral of the Intercession (Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed).

    Ivan the Terrible built the cathedral to commemorate the victory of the Russian army and final liberation from the Tartar-Mongols. As a result the Russian lands were united around Moscow as their capital. NINE churches are set on the lofty pedestal of the “Borovitsky” Hill. Eight of them are grouped around the central Church of the Intercession. In 1588, Basil the Blessed was buried in the northeast corner of the cathedral. A tenth church dedicated to St. Basil was added to the existing structure directly above his tomb. Since then the whole ensemble is commonly referred to as the Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed.

    Legend says that Ivan the Terrible blinded the architect of this cathedral so he could never build another so beautiful.

    Russian history is intimately tied to the Russian Orthodox Church. (That is an understatement!!!) Each of the “Onion Domes” of a church has significance. For instance, the largest may be dedicated to God or Jesus; the lesser ones to The Trinity, various disciples or saints. Inside the church is the “iconostasis”, a screen or partition with doors and tiers of ICONS that separate the bema or the chancel from the nave. The icons are usually paintings depicting Jesus, the Madonna and Child or various other Christian themes and saints. The icons are arranged in ornate gilded frames in tiers that cover the iconostasis. Often the iconostasis is from floor to ceiling, wall to wall. The icons are quite stylized, very much resembling one another.

    Lenin’s Tomb abuts the wall of the Kremlin in Red Square. It is somewhat pyramidal, made of reddish blocks squared off at each tier. It was not open, which was fine with us. We are not into viewing old corpses, or new ones for that matter. Some 400 important Russian dignitaries and political figures are buried behind it in the Kremlin Wall.

    After Red Square, we toured around the city and saw the famous Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the largest theatre complex in Europe. A tall bronze structure that looks like an elongated sailing ship is a monument to Peter the Great. The tour finished with a panoramic view of the city overlooking the 1980 Olympic Stadium. Back to the ship for lunch. Veggie salad, borsch, Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes and vanilla mousse. I’ll discuss the ship’s food later.

    That evening we were treated to a concert of the State Academic Orchestra of Folk Russian Instruments in the Rakhmaninov Hall. It was fabulous!!! The orchestra members were dressed in traditional costumes. The conductor was in a tux, as was the big bear of a bass singer.

    There was a very famous international bass opera singer, Fyodor Chaliapin, (1873-1938). He was a national treasure to Russia just as Caruso and Pavarotti were to Italy. Naturally, he is often emulated in Russian folk music as well as opera.

    We recognized several numbers but for the most part, it was entirely new music to us. The traditional Russian instruments were quite interesting. I had never heard of a “domra”. It looks like a soccer ball cut in half with strings. There are little tiny ones, similar to ukeleles. The “domras” are used like violins or violas in an orchestra, but are not bowed. They are either plucked or strummed. And of course there are the balalaikas, the triangular shaped stringed instruments. Again, they are not bowed, but plucked or strummed. The balalaikas also come in various sizes; the alto, tenor and, wow! the bass as big as a bass viol! They had three accordions, a coronet, a trombone and various other instruments, including a wild assortment of percussion.

    Some of the music has a very fast tempo. The musicians were playing furiously!!!! But also their slow tempo numbers were heart rending. Like the Greek music, they often started off slow and gradually built up momentum to an incredibly fast pace.

    We have the CD of their music.

    Aloha! :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

  51. Merrie, the rules state one filibuster, per bill, per session. the session can last up to 30 days. wendy is good, but I doubt she or anyone could talk straight for 30 days. ;-)

    yeah Exactly terri, and the last one was, yesterday, was a woman. SURPRISE!

  52. Re Perry’s comments regarding the sanctity of every life. Didn’t Texas just pass the 500 mark in executions?

  53. Point of order. So Rick Perry calls another special session and I’ve read that the bill is expected to pass easily. Why Isn’t there someone else who can filibuster and we’d get the same result – no timely vote?

  54. Hey, Whirled – Thanks for the link. Yes; Senator Wendy is awesome, and evidently has been for quite some time. And, of course, Governor Goodhair today pulled out what I like to call the “Booker T. Washington Argument,” which goes something like: “Well; you made it on your own, so everyone else should be able to, as well.” (I’m repeating myself a bit here, from an earlier post of mine.) In sum: If one African-American, or one single mother, managed to have a life, then there’s no reason to change anything… Pile of garbage…

    This event, and all of Lori’s support and energy, have caused me to whip out my credit card more than once this past week, and SEND MONEY TO BATTLEGROUNDTEXAS.COM. (No caps in the email address; just trying to be emphatic here…)

    And, yes, I’m sure the reinstatement of all that redistricting that was shot down by the VRA, and now free to proceed unsupervised, is well under way…

    Gato

  55. New York Times 6/4/11:

    A Filibuster Creates an Overnight Celebrity

    “I’ve never worried about payback,” she said. “People are hungry for leadership that’s not afraid of political consequence.”

    New York Times 6/27/13:

    In Texas, a Senator’s Stand Catches the Spotlight

    She was a state senator Tuesday morning. By Wednesday, she was a political celebrity known across the nation.

    Δ

  56. Wendy Davis Was Amazing Way
    Before We Knew Her Name

    Her outspokenness (previous filibuster) comes at a high political cost, too. Republicans redrew her district to make reelection all but impossible (it was later thrown out by a federal court), and the state’s Republican leaders publicly wrote her 2011 filibuster off as ambitious, attention-seeking, and “false bravado.” Governor Rick Perry called it “showboating”…

    Better watch yer back thar partner. ;)

    Peace ~ Δ

  57. Hey, Terri – There are many who WANT people to “distrust government”… So they can step in with their conviction that “private enterprise” and “the market” can do a much better job at absolutely everything. Obviously, not true… (Little Lord Snowden is just one of the gazillion examples of how sloppy and inattentive “outsourcing suppliers” can be, to say nothing of the millions that somehow, during the Iraqi “conflict,” slipped out of Blackwater’s hands and disappeared into… Where?)

    Reasonable defenders of “the market,” and its potential efficacy, agree that it can function well only when social (i.e. governmental) restraints are brought to bear upon it. There is hardly one damned thing in this world that works well with no “regulation” whatsoever – a raging river can bring destruction; a well-regulated one can provide power, irrigation, and a safe route for transport. Nature seems to regulate itself. An overpopulation of one species is usually, eventually, “regulated” by the decimation of its food source; a wildfire allows long-dormant seeds to spring to life; and so on.

    However, there is nothing “natural” about “the market,” or about a corporation. These are human-made constructs. Without our “regulation,” the things we have made will pursue, unimpeded, their single goal: Making money – and society be damned. Even Dr. Frankenstein soon realized he’d made something he couldn’t control… And rued the day.

    Gato

  58. MIOV, TX is odd in that it only holds congressional sessions a few weeks of the year. Special sessions aren’t THAT unusual. Special sessions are paid for out of the “rainy day fund”. They are meant to be held when the regular business just doesn’t get done during regular session but occasionally they need to call one. Perry has held more special sessions than any other Gov. in recent history however. Over the years they have been used by the Party in power to ramp through legislation that they know wouldn’t pass during regular session, but many times, it is just business that doesn’t get finished.

    NOWWWWW our education budget is a whole nuther can o’ worms.. Don’t EVEN get me started on that! LOL

  59. the “pro life” group was in blue.

  60. Exactly Gato!

    and kudos for sharing your story. xo

  61. Cynthia, I’m guess here, but the University of Texas is in Austin, their colors are burnt orange and white. The thought was probably everyone will have an orange shirt in their closet? Plus I think they thought the color would stand out. That’s just my guess.

  62. Hi, Lori – HTG, this is one the first times I’ve ever actually WISHED I were in Texas! (Although I did love Billy Bob’s…)

    Checked out Perry’s comments on Senator Davis. What a condescending, arrogant p***k, literally. It’s that same old, same old… “Well, YOU turned out okay, so why not just assume that everyone else will, too…?”

    Are they willing to commit the funds and support to make sure that every child born will have enough to eat for the first eighteen years of his or her life; that he or she will have access to a decent education, medical care, and the opportunity for fairly-paid work; or even the right to vote…? I DON’T THINK SO! As somebody – perhaps even yourself – so wisely said, “pro-birth” is not at all the same as “pro-life.”

    Until they start harping on that agenda, their posturing is ludicrous.

    BTW, in service of full disclosure, I had an abortion when I was in my early twenties. I had an IUD – at the time, the most “advanced” form of birth control available. It failed. Also, at the time, elective abortion was illegal in the State where I was living. However, I had a wonderful, European-educated, ob/gyn who made it quite clear to me that he would make any “arrangements” necessary for me to have the “procedure.” Even then, he thought the decision should be mine, and mine alone, as it should be for every woman. As it turned out, I qualified for a “therapeutic abortion,” since there were a number of risks associated with a pregnancy that occurred with an IUD still in place. I still remember, these forty-five or so years later, waiting on the gurney outside the OR, and looking at the schedule on the chalkboard, where it said, “Therapeutic D&C.” I knew it was bull***t. It’s what they had to call it. And, since I was a young, up-and-coming, professional Caucasian girl, with enough money to pay for it, I got it. I knew that a poor, non-white, uneducated woman would probably not have. It wasn’t right. It still isn’t.

    And was it “easy” emotionally? It was not – even with the best care anyone could have desired.

    Gato

  63. PFesser, only from the third floor? Looks more like to me they all congregated on top of the state capitol and threw themselves on barbeque skewers. I thought Repubs were almighty concerned about $$ going out the windows yet they rolled over for Governor Goodhair to call for another special session. Have to ask: what other government program did he gut to get the cash? Education, maybe?

  64. Texas Voters Oppose Governor
    Perry’s Omnibus Abortion Bill

    A majority of Texans oppose the legislation currently being considered by the legislature that imposes restrictions on abortion and 80 percent do not want abortion to be raised during the special session of the legislature called at the end of May* by Governor Rick Perry.

    *I wonder how they feel about a second special session being called for that purpose.

    Peace ~ Δ

  65. lori – Sorry but why the color orange?

    Peace.

  66. gato- to answer your question… YES I WILL be there .. front and center, wearing orange, screaming my fool head off. Wendy hasn’t gotten back to me today ;-) LOL LOL but I will bet you my last dollar she will be too. ;-)

  67. One, and probably the most important thing, an out of power Party can and should do is be the devil’s advocate. In other words, that’s pretty much all the out of power Party can do is keep the Power Party on it’s toes. It’s been that way since the beginning of time. I have no problem with that. But what has happened in the last 2 decades starting with the Clinton impeachment and has been increasing in intensity has been the HYPER reactions to these issues.

    For example, Benghaziiiiiiiiii. There were something like 5-6 (this is from memory so dont quote me.. but it’s close) embassy and consulate attacks when Bush was in office, not to mention 9-11. I didn’t hear a single Democrat calling for Bush’s impeachment.

    The Repubs got pissed about Benghazi because they wanted to use Benghazi as a way to “impeach” Obama on a soft foreign policy agenda and it didn’t work. They are like dogs with a bone, they just can’t let it go. After the debate, when Candy called them out on it, they should have let it go.

    What we are seeing however, and the poll I posted below goes to this, is when they over play their hand, they end up losing the war. The electorate is soooo much smarter than most GOP advisors/ politicians give them credit for being. It may take a cycle or two but eventually we (they-us) can see and cut through the BS. That is why in the end, these “scandals” are just back ground noise.

    I agree they should keep up the constant pressure on our administration, but if they want to win, they need to know when to fold the tent and go home. To date they haven’t learned that lesson. Listen to todays comments by Perry concerning Wendy Davis’ pregnancy. Its just plain crazy offensive. But dollars to doughnuts he will keep repeating them……….. alll the better for us….and on we go…

  68. Hi Gato,
    I think these manufactured scandals are really counter productive and contribute to a distrust of government. People who don’t pay close attention are left with the impression that there really was a scandal. The media is partly to blame for this. They start characterizing things as “scandals” before the full story is known; and very little effort is put into correcting the record. I know that many bad and unethical things happen, and we need oversight of government agencies, but creating scandal where none exists is wrong, especially when it is done by a person like Issa who has a very transparent agenda. He has wasted time and money with his so-called investigations.

  69. Hey, Lori – Thanks for the clarification! (And, may I add, “Yuck” on the whole process..)

    Congrats, yet again, on the great work in TX… And are you all, and Senator Wendy, going to have to do this all AGAIN…?!? It’s a sorry situation in which the “plan” to get legislation passed consists, primarily, of trying to just wear down the opposition, time and time again…

    Won’t work!

    Gato

  70. Gato, well its not so much that there are “new” redistricting plans in the works, because there always is that, it’s that the OLD ones that were struck down on appeal, are now okie dokie.

  71. Hey, Terri – I don’t consider this off-topic at all, since I consider the overarching “topic” to be the bull-doody, lying, and manipulation that pervade our political system, particularly in some quarters.

    Checked out Chris Matthews on this, following your lead. (I’ll be honest; I didn’t look around much more, other than to note the various stories listed under Issa’s name on my search – which included “Issa and fraud,” several times, among other things.) Apparently, as you point out, having been caught with virtually zero evidence to back up his accusations, Issa is now saying he “never said” this or that; “never said” the White House was involved; “never said” anything about a Political Enemies List.. LIAR. There are videos showing him saying precisely all those things, and more.

    As ever, the “scandal” gets tons of press (Benghazi! BENGHAAAZZIII!!!), and the debunking of that scandal doesn’t. I’m really glad you posted this!

    And why do some people think that some of the others of us are blinded “sheeple,” worshiping our “Messiah”…? Because the amount of garbage tossed at this Administration, much of it with no foundation whatsoever, is mind-boggling. Of course this government makes its share of mistakes, and what I would consider “errors in judgement” (some of them big time), but sometimes I half expect the next big “scandal” to be the discovery that the POTUS really DOES eat arugula… And likes it! (“Arugulagate!!!”)

    They just can’t stop themselves, apparently. Nothing much has changed on that front since The Donald and the “birth certificate scandal.” Pitiful. And dangerous.

    Diverging slightly, myself, we note that the several states now freed from Federal “pre-clearance” on any changes to their voting rights standards (thank you so much, SCOTUS!) have already jumped right back into their redistricting plans – if they ever actually slowed down on that…

    Gato

  72. RIGHT ON!! I couldn’t believe when this was happening! I personally have never heard of a ” rape Kit including a D & C ” !!!!

  73. Good morning friends,

    This info (poll) might be a bit wonky for some of you, but the results are clear in some in a few key areas.

    2 take aways:

    1. We have a chance for GAINS in then midterms! Especially if the GOP keeps talking crazy. Which…. lets face it they will.

    2. The polls once again indicate the Tea Party is a toxic brand. In fact, they may be our best friends in the mid terms. Who was it that said politics makes strange bed fellows. ;-) I love it when a plan comes together.

    http://www.democracycorps.com/Battleground-Surveys/not-so-fast-2014-congressional-battleground-very-competitive/

    If you are interested, pay particular attention to the crosstabs. They are 88% white/conservative. And well within the last midterm turnouts .

  74. This is off topic, but I think it deserves some attention. The so-called
    “IRS scandal” turns out to be a construct of D. Issa’s doing. It turns out groups with the words “progressive” and “occupy” were also flagged for attention by the IRS. Issa, however, only requested information regarding conservative groups. There is no connection to the White House as he has been insinuating since the news of this “scandal” broke. He is a disgrace and should be removed from his position on the committee. He has lost all credibility and none of the issues he has investigated have turned up any significant wrongdoing.

  75. I see that Perry plans to call another special session to revisit the abortion bill. My bet is that is a big mistake. I told lori that the Dems would never take Texas; I may have been wrong; I never counted on the ReBiblicans jumping on their own swords from the third story.

    My bet is that when the special session is called in TX on July 1, there will be tens of thousands of protesters outside. They made a real mistake; they scheduled it far ahead enough that folks can get organized and arrange for transportation to Texas. My wife and I may be two of them; depends on how work goes this week.

    Sigh…too bad. I was hoping the Republican party of my youth would somehow throw off the fundies and single-issue loonies and return to sanity, but it’s not going to happen. Maybe the Libertarians can fill the gap; a single-party system is NOT what we want; makes the party in power TOO comfortable.

  76. “The huge spill in the Gulf is unnoticeable now” – pf

    From what I have read this is not exactly true. There is damage to the wet lands and fishing/shrimping is not what once was according to the fishermen. Prince William? Bay in Alaska has not fully recovered from the Exxon spill…how many years ago. It may look pristine but if you dig down 6” you find oil and sea life is not what it once was. But I don’t know, I’m not there to see it for myself. How much knowledge to we really have about oil spills and the effect it may have on the environment in the future? And do we really care!!!! That too is the problem, do we care if we are making money and can have our big cars, houses, plastic bottles and bags and toys. My momma said don’t poop in the only bed you have to sleep in.

    Cows – Do cows put out as much methane gas when fed just grass (their natural feed) as they do when they are fed corn, alfalfa etc.? I understand from “King Corn” that cows do not digest corn very easily and if fed too long causes their organs to break down. But hey it does fatten them up quickly and off to market they go.

    Peace.

  77. To clarify, Al Gore’s wealth mainly comes from Apple stock (he was an early investor and member of the board), the sale of Current TV, successful books and movie.

  78. This is the only country in the world that still has bloviating idiots saying that “climate change hooplah is political”. Go to any other country and you will see the evidence, and you will hear people talk about the effects of climate change.

    It’s real, but don’t let inconvenient things like facts stand in your way.

  79. Cynthia – I agree; we will continue to pull oil out of the ground as long as the people demand it. Engineers are not drilling for fun. The demand is there.

    Couple of observations: firstly, oil spills are not always unmitigated disasters. The huge spill in the Gulf is unnoticeable now; terrestrial spills are ugly but eventually take care of themselves, all the volunteers with paper towels notwithstanding. Pollution of the aquifers is a whole other thing, though. THAT is scary.

    Secondly, a lot of the climate change hoopla is, IMHO, political. It should be noted that, when Al Gore was VP, his net worth was calculated at about $400K. It’s now about $200M, nearly all of which has come from his “environmental activism” and subsequent investments related to it.

    A molecule of methane (CH4) is 28 times as effective in absorption of radiation than a molecule of CO2. A molecule of nitrous oxide (NO) is about 210 times as effective as a molecule of CO2. So why do we worry about CO2 so much? Because it is a lot easier to decry the burning of fossil fuels (produce CO2) than it is to get attention by criticizing cow farts (CH4).

    Chris and poolman are very right about taking mainstream news with a grain of salt; IMHO much of what we get from them is bogus.

  80. Those texasses are pro-birth not pro life. More foder for the GOP wars in twenty years.

  81. Yes, Jody is a woman who apparently would eat her own vagina to prove she is loyal to Rick and Glenn.

    the BEST LINE EVER.

  82. Wendy Davis is on MSNBC right now.

  83. As I wrote, new jobs and economic activity is a documented estimate. The main question is “how many new jobs?”

    Therefore, Karen, the Keystone Pipellne WOULD provide jobs. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Keystone Pipe line would create approximately 20,000 jobs and 118,000 spin off jobs. State Impact Texas says only 5,000 to 6,000 jobs would be created. A Cornell study hostile to the project projects fewer jobs, but even that outlier says there will be new jobs. Even so, those and ancillary employees would inject a large amount of money into the economy.

    The amount of green house gases produced through alternative shipment is not irrelevant. President Obama doesn’t think so.

    As I wrote earlier, it would raise local revenue through fees and taxes. The company would pay $5 billion in taxes and a total of $20 billion in private sector investment.

    Oil “dropped off here and there” would not be the main source of income for people along the pipe line. As I wrote before, taxes and fees would provide most of the money, and it would be considerable. The initial jobs would eventually be gone, but others involving checking the pipe line and or financed by greater economic activity would last as long as the pipeline.

    The State Department wrote that killing the Keystone Pipe line will not stop oil extraction from the Canadian tar sands. Canada will merely build a pipe line to the west Coast and sell oil to China which has a poorer environmental record than we do.

    Some of the oil would be domestic from Dakota or Montana.

    State Impact Oklahoma wrote that Oklahoma now has more oil than existing refineries and pipelines can handle. South Texas is now the major refinery, and it needs the pipe line to provide a reliability of supply.

    Forbes Pipeline Infrastructure:Rhetoric v, Realtiy April 5, 2013

    “The fact is there is simply no replacement for the efficiency, safety and expansivenessof our pipeline system.

    Please read the link I provided last week, Gato. Land owners did feel pressured and united to get a good deal. Most Canadian land owners either support the pipe line and the money or grudgingly accept that it exists. A similar process has happened in the US. The company began too heavy handed but became more generous as land owners united.

    If you have sources which disprove what I wrote, please show it. Otherwise, my view on jobs stands.

  84. MIOV, I don’t know if your question is meant to be rhetorical or not but the $800,000 dollar special sessions don’t make much of a dent in the shadow of a $197 billion state budget.

    Perry does as he wishes. Period.

  85. Hi Congenial Gang,

    Lots of topics to choose from today to discuss, from the TX legislature Perry vs. Wendy Davis, to the Keystone pipeline to the international drama being played out over 29 year-old Snowden. I’m sure he didn’t have a clue about what he was getting hisself into when he embarked on this adventure. Ergo, my continuing tale of ours in Russia when my husband got lost in Moscow. BTW, he was a seasoned international traveler for over 40 years in his work.

    Part 2 of the Russian Volga River Cruise from Moscow up to St. Petersburg in 2007.

    Every day after Oksana made up our cabin she left the “Daily Log”, the schedule of events for the next day and a number of single spaced sheets of relevant information. (I still have those.) There were also announcements over the PA system throughout the ship. This is pretty standard procedure for all the cruises we have been on.

    The evening of the first day on board, they held an orientation in the Rakhmaninov Hall with the Cruise Manager, Inna Medvedkova presiding. She outlined the program of tours for the three days in Moscow. We would use the ship as a hotel the whole time. There would be morning tours and back to the ship for lunch. Afternoon tours and back for dinner. And several times, an evening tour. (e.g. The Moscow Old Circus.) They also had a shuttle bus for people who did not take the tours, but wanted to go off on their own. The shuttle had to leave from the city at 3:00PM to return to the ship.

    The passengers were asked to sign up for the tours for the next day by 9:00AM so they would know how many buses would be needed. It was a 1 to 1½-hour bus ride from the ship into Moscow. We were asked to take our passports with us and leave our cabin key at the desk whenever we left the ship. (This was different from other cruises. Usually, they kept the passports in their safe for safekeeping against being lost or stolen.) Also on the reception desk there were business-sized cards in both English and Russian with the name of the ship and address of where the ship was moored to give to taxi drivers. I had some – in my purse. (Remember those cards for future reference!)

    OK. We signed up for the City Tour for the next day but were not especially interested in the afternoon tours of the “Metro and Arbat Street”. Arbut Street is present-day Moscow; modern upscale department stores, shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, businesses and the “White House”, a light colored twenty-story building that is the seat of city government. (Moscow City Hall?) We did a drive-by of some of it on the City Tour.

    We kicked ourselves though when we found out about the Metro. It is of course, Moscow’s subway system, but unlike anywhere else. The stations are works of architectural art! All marble with chandeliers, sculptures, and paintings by prominent Russian artists. Pictures of the Metro look more like palaces than subways! There are 160 stations! ONE token gives access to any or all of the Metro lines. Uniworld gave us maps of the Metros in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. They are vast networks of trans:-)ortation.

    Day 10, August 1

    A little history before we get going. The Kremlin is in the heart of the city. Kremlin is the Russian word for “Fortress”. Every town and city has a kremlin. A Slav settlement probably existed there since the before the 6th century. Archeological excavations at the Kremlin have found Arabic coins from the 9th century. However, Yury Dolgoruky is considered the founder since he built the original Moscow wooden fortress in 1147. Like much of Eastern Europe, The Mongols captured and burned Moscow in 1237. Rebuilt, Moscow grew in importance in the 13th century, and in the 15th century became the capital of the united Russian state. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Moscow declared itself the “Third Rome” with the residence of the Patriarch (Pope?), the head of the Russian Orthodox Church of Moscow and all the Russias.

    Crimean Tartars burned Moscow again in 1517. Finally Ivan the Terrible defeated the Tartars in the mid-16th century. (“Tartars” is also spelled “Tatars”.) The Poles seized Moscow but the Russian army repulsed them in 1612. Somewhere along the way, Lithuania in its heyday invaded but was driven back.

    Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1712, although the tsars and emperors continued to be crowned in Moscow at the Cathedral of the Dormition. So St. Petersburg and Moscow have maintained a friendly rivalry in art, literature and science.

    In 1812 Napoleon occupied Moscow, but because of fires, looting and lack of supplies he was unable to winter there. Only the Russians would know how to survive a Moscow winter. After Napoleon’s catastrophic retreat, Moscow once again rapidly rebuilt and restored. Then came World War I from 1914-1918. FIFTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND MEN were mobilized to fight. Then in WW II they did it all over again! With the takeover of the Bolsheviks the capital was returned to Moscow in 1918. In the 1930’s Moscow was re-planned and rebuilt including the celebrated Metro but many of the churches and monasteries were destroyed or closed.

    Next came the Nazis and World War II from 1941-45. Russia suffered greatly, but on Dec. 6, 1941, a Russian counterattack threw the Germans back from the outskirts and saved Moscow, the first defeat for the Nazis. So once again, Moscow regrouped and rebuilt. It has survived the Soviet Era and is definitely on the march toward a renewed city and country, firmly rooted in its past accomplishments.

    Moscow is today a sprawling city teeming with a population of 14 million. These numbers are as of 2007. The city and environs cover some 1,000 square km. She celebrated her 850th Anniversary in 1997. The Moscow metropolis has 25,000 historical and cultural sights and monuments, 70 museums, 50 theatres, 125 cinemas, 4,500 libraries and 540 research and higher education institutes. We didn’t visit very many of them in only 3 days!

    Aloha!  Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

  86. Somebody, anybody, please tell me where Governor Goodhair is going to get the $$ to pay for yet another special session of the TX lege? What other program in TX is he possibly going to gut just so he can tell his good ole boys that no woman was going to get away with doing what Wendy did!

  87. That’s ok Cynthia, we will run her for Gov. and then after that the national stage.

  88. I just heard the Perry is calling another special session. And they have started to redistrict which may cause Wendy Davis to lose her seat. *&^%$)*& every one of them!
    And the SC as well.
    Peace.

  89. Gato/James – As long as we have oil even if we have to squeeze every drop we will do nothing to find another source of energy or an alternative to the lifestyle we are used to. People will not accept change nor will they find another solution until they have no other alternative. This is the problem. This oil from Canada will not supply us nor will we get a deal on it. It goes into the world market. But we will have to clean up and live with the damage (think gulf) if there is a mess. With most of the pipeline underground it may be hard to detect a leak until it becomes very obvious so checking by flying over is useless. Originally they wanted to send the pipeline across British Columbia to the sea but BC said not in our backyard. I read a report done by Cornell on the jobs it would create and the number was small compared to the number of people who need jobs. The oil refineries in Texas create a stream of cancers down wind of the refineries. Is it really worth it? Do we really need big gas guzzlers, big houses etc. This may not affect us in our life time but it will in our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren life times.

    And how do you keep it secure from terrorists? I would think it would be a great target.

    Peace.

  90. Hey, Karen, woman from my home State – Agree with your every point. Any promised “jobs” will be short-lived, and they may not go to American workers, anyway. (Gotta have “professionals” doing this kind of stuff… I smell outsourcing here…)

    There’s never been a single word about how some of that (pre-oil) stuff is going to be dropped off here or there to benefit ANYBODY in the middle of the country.

    I love my Canadian neighbors, and I suspect that many of them feel as railroaded as we do down here. They know when corporations are calling the shots, just as we do.

    Gato

  91. I contacted Wendy Davis through her official website: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist10/dist10.htm

  92. It’s irrelevant whether or not the Keystone XL pipeline produces greenhouse gases or not. The big LIE is that it will provide oil for the citizens of the United States, and that it will provide jobs. The oil will flow directly from Canada to the Gulf, through the United States, and then onto ships which will transport it to China and other countries.

    This pipeline is a boondoggle that the Canadian oil companies are trying to bully the US to accept, all the while placing precious aquifers of clean water at risk of contamination. Do not believe the hype. It’s nothing but lies and propaganda, meant to make us feel as though we are unpatriotic if we don’t bend over and accept what amounts to a rape of our land.

  93. Hi Gato. I haven’t read any of the comments, nor have I re- read your comment about the Keystone pipe line. Thanks for the kind words. Our grand daughter has had a set back this week, and I am only here to attend to some business. Doctors are considering microcephaly, but it doesn’t seem to fit either. They want a genetic test and an MRI scan with sedation.

    We established that the Keystone Pipe line would be a durable economic asset for the region while acknowledging that some risks are involved. Someone quoted in the article I posted noted that similar arguments surrounded earlier pipelines and no disasters have happened yet.

    The risk is a judgment call. While agreeing something bad could happen I think the risk is acceptable, and you apparently don’t.

    Another good point you made was markets are manipulated. I agree. Sometimes the manipulation is good business practice as when prices fall due to overabundance and the producer slows production to match the reduced demand or vice versa.

    However, the market cannot ignore the real supply forever, even if traders try to manipulate the price, the absolute supply will weigh over the market either by limiting or enhancing the effects of price manipulation. The knowledge of extra supply will limit the time and extent prices can rise because eventually the high prices will draw the extra supply into the market, and prices will fall. That is the beneficial influence of a greater potential oil supply.

    If demand struggles against a limited, finite potential supply, extra demand will surge, with or without manipulation, and it will squeeze less well healed customers from the market. I could give examples especially with the grain market.

    Obama said he may not approve of the Keystone Pipe line if it adds substantially to the production of green house gases. As I wrote before, the Alberta and other oil fields will produce whether or not the Keystone pipeline is built. Without the pipeline, Chinese and other ships will take the oil away, and they will emit more green house gases than the pipe line will. Some of the energy consumers there may produce more gasses than ours would.

    Obama will make his decision, I think on political, not scientific grounds.

  94. (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry called another special session of the state Legislature on Wednesday after a Democratic filibuster killed a bill that would have imposed strict new regulations on abortion providers in the state. ;(

  95. The Internet Celebrates Texas State
    Senator Wendy Davis’ Filibuster

    “The LeBron James of filibustering”

    and

    a soon to be released Lifetime movie: ;)

    Let Her Speak

    Δ

  96. All my TX friends over the age of 18 : Governor Perry is considering calling a second special session to pass anti-choice bills like SB5.

    Call Gov. Perry right now and tell him the people have spoken – NO 2nd special session. Call RIGHT NOW: 512-463-2000

    If Wendy can stand for us for 11 hours we can make ONE call for her.

  97. Another winner M&H. Keep ‘em comin’.

    I mean it. Really. We missed ya.

    For those who could use a visual…

    …a group photo of Rep. Jody Laubenberg and her minions.

    I’d make a rude comment here but I’m not a Republican. ;)

    Peace ~ Δ

  98. Hi Congenial Gang,

    Woohoo!!! Wendy did it! Helen did it! We all did it! See what can hapen when great people get their heads together. But there’s plenty more to be done. First, lots of mopping up to do. But we gals have plenty of experience in mopping floors, don’t we. Next, the mid-terms and elect competent people, both men and women, who can really get the jobs done.

    Again, Woohoo!

    Aloha! :-) :-) :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

  99. I had a feeling we’d be hearing from you on this subject. Thanks for chipping in. There are, apparently, a lot of people in Texas who need to be straightened out, and you’re just the one to do it! :)

  100. Wendy Davis = wonderful, brave, amazing!

  101. OH NO! I’ve never posted a link before…it wasn’t supposed to be a big picture! I swear I didn’t do it…Wordpress did it, and I can’t figure out how to tone it down…I’m sorry!!

  102. Helen! How funny…I just stumbled across your blog, and I’m literally laughing out loud. We recently escaped Texas and the small-minded crap that’s going on in that state. We were glued to the computer last night…Wendy is a rockstar.

    Interestingly, my fiancee released a self-published book on Amazon earlier this Spring, and one of the characters (the wife of an evangelical preacher who gets his pecker in a little bit of a pickle!) is named HELEN PHILPOT!

    Keep it up! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  103. I was thinking about you last night, Helen!We’re all proud members of Team Wendy!!!

  104. My heartfelt admiration and gratitude to Wendy Davis and her supporters at the capitol!

  105. Good morning Margaret,

    When I saw this email show up in my inbox yesterday, I took a sharp inhale of breath because I knew immediately that if Margaret put down her knitting and started typing at the keyboard, then women around the world may be in deep kim-cha.

    And I was right. But this morning, I had the most wonderful news (I don’t actually have the bravery to always watch the news, just wait for your blogs or the New Yorker, or Charlie Rose or Jon Stewart or an immediate family member to let me know) that it took a woman to man up to the task at hand. And yes, men, we do have the ability to change from our stilettos to your running shoes and stand at a podium for 13 hours and talk to filibuster a bunch of washed up, wrung out white guys trying to mess with my private parts AGAIN!. When will they stop!

    My goal this morning is to find Senator Wendy’s email address and send her many thanks and congratulations for manning up.

    I love your blogs, don’t care who actually writes them, think we need to start an organized “old lady” swat team brigade to assist you.

    Love, and keep up the fight,

    Pamela

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  106. It’s great to hear your voice again. I am a Nebraskan married to an escapee from Texas. His parts are a nice, normal size and we were cheering Wendy on all evening as we switched to and fro among the various news stations.

  107. Welcome back Helen, I missed you! Don’t ever let up on the conservative asshats!

  108. Perhaps the SC felt by giving a minor win (DOMA) it would not be viewed as a conservative/GOP court. Restricting voters (VRA) who would vote Dem/liberal is a major win along with Citizens United because it assures a more likely win for Repubs. Then when the GOP controls the country they can go back and return DOMA, strike down Roe vs. Wade and every thing else.

    Peace.

  109. Fesser…..give it up already…even the crazy RWNJs have to face the fact that this country is about EQUAL RIGHTS for everyone. They can only twist their bullshit hatred of people who are not like them so far.

  110. Go get ‘em, girls! I hope you tear those TX buttholes a NEW one.

    lori – I see that the Supremes voted in favor of gay rights. How does that square with your assessment that the conservative elements have taken over the court?

  111. WOW!! a beautiful woman as vulgar and informed and ready to fight as I am. Thank you! We cannot rest however! OH NO!! The fight has only begun.

  112. Thank you Helen and
    Thank you Wendy

  113. Hi, Theresa – Your story about the woman telling her own daughter that “decent women can’t be raped” is just appalling. Sadly, I think that kind of “opinion” comes from a delusional idea of “control” – some women, and men, seem to actually believe that if a woman just behaves in the “proper” way, and wears “proper” clothing, she will be able to absolutely guarantee that she will never be the victim of a violent, misogynist CREEP. This, of course, is impossible. The whole definition of “rape” is based on the fact that it is AGAINST the victim’s wishes, so how the victim acted, or was dressed, has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the perpetrator’s actions. We all know this – most of us, anyway.

    One of the first premises of any twelve-step program is, “I didn’t cause it; I can’t control it; and I can’t cure it.” The same is true here, in every single case of rape, bar none. Period. Anyone who thinks he or she can control someone else’s behavior through his or her own actions is living in a fantasy world. It just isn’t reality, no matter how much anyone may wish it were.

    Gato

  114. Wendy Davis is a true heroine. And Jody Laubenberg is, sadly, not the only female fool who has no sympathy for rape victims. I actually witnessed a woman tell her own daughter (who had been raped at knife-point) that this just proved she was a slut because “decent women cannot be raped.”

    When will Texans wise up and stop electing idiots like Perry?!! I can assure you that he has never received my vote.

  115. You are now my honorary grandmother! My maternal grandmother died many years ago. She was a classmate of Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun who wrote the majority opinion on Roe v. Wade. Afterward, my grandmother wrote him a letter thanking him!

    History does strange things. I now find myself living in Texas. Despite the asshats, it really is a lovely place! I will do everything I am able to get rid of asshats in Austin.

    Thank you and keep up the wonderful writing!

  116. I missed you Helen.. you are awesome!

  117. Helen,
    Thanks for getting back into the game. Your commentary is needed and sorely missed when you are not there.
    Richard Schmidt
    Concord, NC

  118. […] This gem was written before articulate State Senator Wendy Davis pulled it off. I can’t leave it up long (you’ll see why), but I post because Margaret and Helen are a riot (if they exist) and in honor of today’s good news from Texas. Apologies to my Republican friends for Helen’s, um, approach. And shame on those who tried to tinker with the official time on the vote records. […]

  119. Good luck getting rid of another knuckle dragging throwback in Texas government now that the supreme court has gutted the voting rights act.

  120. kipling2@prodigy.net

  121. You’re amazing Helen, I’m glad you choose to write this instead of “baking or watching TV” I loved everything you said, there must be a lot of protesting going on down there in Texas. Keep us informed with your witty humor.

  122. Hey, Lori!!! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful – and puts a whole new spin on that phrase, “Don’t mess with Texas!”

    http://uservideos.smashits.com/video/58IjndaJ074/cecile-richards-reads-message-from-wendy-davis-sb5-is-dead-austin-tx-20130626-at-0200hrs.html

    Gato

  123. MIOV, Oh how I wish you were right about Perry not calling another special session. The Repubs were already calling for it last night – this morning. My money is on another special session will be called quicker than Gov Goodhair can style his doo.

    Cost to taxpayers? HA! They only care about that when it comes to feeding & educating the poor.

    But that’s ok, they have awaken a sleeping giant. WE WILL fight like hell no matter.

  124. Welcome back, Helen (and Margaret). We’ve certainly missed you. You are a modern day prophet, you know. And, your voice is needed.

  125. H & M, you have been missed! Good to see you come roaring back! Also watched some of Wendy’s action. News services around here are saying that the official itme stamp on the vote is 12:03 AM, past the legal deadline so the law never made it. Governor Goodhair stomped around like an idiot. He reminded me so much of the Unsuccessful Repub Candidate many, many years ago in Virginia who behaved the same way when he could not believe that an African American man had beat him out of the governorship! Man! They are lousy losers!!! Mr. URC made the same threats as Perry: court battle, special session of legislature, blah blah blah but all of that means big money. Despite all of its vast natural resources as a state, my bet is that TX does not have that sort of money like a lot of other states and will not be able to pull off such stuff. Wendy for Governor! And . . . Hillary for President!

  126. Me too Sil. There was so much jiggery-pokery going on since Perry called this special session it was hard to keep up wasn’t it? I have tried to keep our friends here informed but I struggled with where to BEGIN to tell the story. it was so unbelievable.

    But she did it… For now. Celebrate!!!!

  127. Wendy did it!!! I was really pleased to watch the last 5 hours, and then until 3 a.m. to see if that “caucus call” was some kind of jiggery-pokery. When the senate president got up on the rostrum and said it was all over for S.B. 5, I cheered!!! There were some terrific Senators who raised procedural questions to give Wendy a break, and to stop the president from pulling the rug out from under Wendy with that bogus claim that talking about the sonogram law from last year wasn’t germane.

  128. So proud of Wendy so proud of TX women!

    Remember friends don’t get mad ORGANIZE so we can throw these bums OUT. BattlegroundTexas.com The fight continues. See you there.

  129. Wendy did it!!!!! With the help of thousands of supporters at the Capitol. The bill is dead. So is the GOP!!!

  130. http://keranews.org/post/watch-live-fort-worth-senators-13-hour-filibuster-could-stop-abortion-bill

  131. I sure hope so. We have become way too complacent about certain things.

  132. I think they just woke a sleeping giant.

  133. Craziness in Texas.

  134. I will never get to sleep tonight! With the Capital full full full of Senator Davis supporters, the soon to be voted off the island still trying to stop her. One of the violations Dewhurst called on her was for someone putting a back brace on her. That is the most outrageous thing!!! I feel a march coming on and me and my sister who commented below will both be there!

  135. I’ve posted a link on Facebook, and friends have shared it with their friends.

  136. State Senator Kirk Watson trying to run out the clock debating the ruling to end the filibuster. Good luck sir. A 35 minute speech should be piece of cake for a politician. :-)

  137. Thank you Helen. You have been missed. Yes, tell it like it is! I also heard that just two hours after the Supreme Court’s insane ruling on The Voting Rights Act, that Texas is putting back in the 2011 re-districting mess that had been found to be discriminatory, along with voter ID laws. Thanks a lot, Scalia and friends. .

  138. A whole lot of bullshit at the Texas Capitol tonight. Lots of people seem to be pretty mad.

  139. Is there a way to put this on Facebook?

  140. Unless I missed something I believe the vote has not happened. They are arguing rules and points of order. No vote yet I think.

  141. Well, the worst happened and the law passed that was put forth all these idiots. I really don’t know how any woman in TX could vote for most of garbage that has been elected here. Yes, I am a Texan by choice, having moved south after retirement to be nearer the kids. I don’t understand it at all. Actually I livre half the year in AZ and the other half in TX, but can’t find many that agree with my liberal way of thinking. :(

  142. The crowd here is huge. Never seen it like this before.

  143. Unprecedented numbers are the state capitol tonight.

  144. Shame. They have silenced Wendy. Shame.

    We will vote you out. We are united tonight. Thousands of us are here.

  145. Texas Senate. The world is watching. You are making Texans look like fools.

  146. Nice to have you back…the baking can wait….and thank you!

  147. Wished I lived in Austin today.

  148. Shame!!!!!!!

  149. Thank you, Helen. I was HOPING this would bring you back out!

  150. Helen wrote this. She is 84 years old.

  151. These days I’m embarrassed to be a native Texan. I seriously think I’m going to have to move because I can’t take these women hating idiot Republicans any longer!
    Go Wendy!

  152. Thank you, Helen, and thank you, Wendy Davis! What a brave thing to do.

    Joan M said just what I was thinking: it is not an easy decision to make, and one hardly anyone takes lightly. But having a child is a very big deal, and a lifelong commitment. Men do not have to even know they fathered a child, and often don’t, especially in anonymous encounters, and often even if they do know, they don’t care. Why should they? The fetus doesn’t have anything to do with them, if they don’t want it to, and many don’t. But a woman, no matter whether she carries her child to term and raises it, or carries it to term and puts it up for adoption, miscarries, or aborts, is changed forever by that pregnancy. Just knowing that a life was started is a sobering and life-changing event in a woman’s life.

    If it’s so wrong for women to abort, I want a law that makes it wrong for men to masturbate. Think of the bajillions of “babies” “killed” every minute of every day around the world!!

    Asshats.

  153. Shame!!!!!!!!!

  154. They are still trying to stop Wendy. Call your State Senator!!!

  155. Tried the link to the live feed, but said it couldn’t be found. Is it over? Did she make it? Please let it be. God to have you back again Helen. You say it like it is and we love you for it! Go Helen! Go Wendy!

  156. I was just wondering what Helen and Margaret have been thinking. Thanks for keeping it real!

  157. Dear, dear Helen,

    WAY TO GO!!! ONE OF YOUR BEST POSTS EVER.

    Thank you, thank you for all the women of Texas and women everywhere. We have a voice and WILL be heard – loud and clear.

    Aloha! :-) Namaste. Shalom. Saalam. Peace.

    Auntie Jean

    P. S. Hang in there Wendy. We are standing right along beside you.

  158. Good to see old friends here again, too.

  159. Welcome back, Helen! Wendy is still going strong.

  160. Just got up to speed on the doin’s in TX. Jesus Christ, what’s wrong with those people? They are driving at full speed to make sure that a reasonable Republican (whatever that is) can’t get elected for dog-catcher.

    Go get’m girl!

  161. They are trying to stop Wendy again. What pathetic wimps. Can’t take it when a woman stands up for her rights! We are here Wendy! We won’t forget what you are doing.

  162. I feel like Horton Hears a Who “we are here. We are here. WE ARE HERE!”

    I am at the capitol and there are hundreds of people here and we are mad as hell. All of us who can’t fit in the room are making plans for how we turn out the vote in 2014. Hey Glenn Hegar! I live in your district baby! I’m coming for you and now I have Helen on my side! Wahooooo!!!!!

  163. My daughter is there right now. She says it’s an amazing demonstration of support for the senator. I just can’t believe all of this anti-woman stuff is going on nationwide. Thanks for your post. I hope it will wake some people up, but I fear you are preaching to the choir. I hope I’m wrong.

  164. Helen. Margaret. You’re alive. Thank heavens. Things in Texas and pretty much in every state where Republicans are still in control have gotten crazy. I thought they wanted smaller government. What is small about laws like this… laws they bring up over and over again. Thank goodness for smart people like Wendy Davis. How long does she have to speak?

  165. If that law passes, maybe every willing woman should move out of Texas until it’s rescinded. I’d be curious how long things would last.

  166. I just called the senator in charge of trying to stop Wendy Davis and told him to stop it. I also just sent Senator Davis an email cheering her on. Thank goodness we have politicians like her!!! Thanks so much for speaking out on this topic Margaret. Sometimes I think people just write off Texas (not that I would blame them) but there are still some of us here who are trying like hell to make a difference. If anyone is up for a march, I am there!

  167. Hooray! Whoever you are, Helen, you’re back! And we’re with Wendy…

    Gato

  168. Thank you for existing, Helen and Wendy! You rock! You give me hope! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We women have to unite and vote the idiots out! The same wars I fought in the 60s and 70s and I thought we had put to bed. Unite and vote!!!

  169. Lori, are you here?

  170. Thank you Helen!

  171. Thank you, Helen, for continuing to tell it like it is. Especially when it comes to asshats trying to legislate women’s lives but not their own.

  172. Wendy Davis is a baby killer.

  173. god love you ladies I wish you could write more

  174. Wendy won again. She is back talking. We stand behind Wendy tonight and will never forget what she is doing for the women of Texas. 10 hours into a 13 hour filibuster. Go Wendy. Go. Go Go. God bless Helen and Margaret.

  175. Get ready to vote in 2014. Women will rule Texas.

  176. You have said exactly what we women feel. We must each of us vote in our state elections to rid ourselves of the Women hating Republicans (that is men and women). Idiocy and incompetent beyond belief.

  177. http://www.ibtimes.com/sen-wendy-davis-filibuster-live-stream-watch-texas-senator-try-defeat-abortion-bill-1322501

    Live Feed of Republican taking government away from the people!!!!

  178. Vote these Republicans out. They won’t even follow their own damn rules!!! We love Wendy Davis!

  179. Thank you, Helen, as always. Keep fighting the good fight, and telling it like it is! What is it about Texas that so often brings out the stupid in government? Whatever it is, I hope Wendy Davis stomps it into the ground.

  180. They are trying to stop Wendy!!! Call your Senator. Call the press. Come to the Capitol. We need to keep Wendy’s filibuster going for just 3 more hours!!!!

  181. Old Lady, I am an old lady too. I have been raving all week about this. My experience in this life have been that women have always had abortions, only now they do not have to use a coat hanger or some sleazy back alley abortionist in some filthy house to get one. I had a friend in high school back in the early 60′s that nearly died from a back alley abortion from which she nearly hemorrhaged to death. My mother told stories of the women of her generation in the 1940′s and what desperate lengths they went to to obtain an abortion. Women do not have abortions with ease, it is a huge responsibility they think about heavily for a long time. I do not believe anyone uses abortion as birth control. It is used after careful thought about their situation whatever it is. I have never had an abortion, but when I found myself in an unplanned pregnancy, I did not have a choice. I honestly do not know what my decision would have been had I had that choice. My son is my world now, but back when he was 48 cells dividing rapidly… But I sure will fight right down to the floor for another woman’s right to make the decision for herself. First Perry and his minions took away funding from Planned Parenthood. So they do not want us to have birth control or even an abortion we might need without it. Pricks. Perry and the Tea Party have been the worst thing I remember for Texas women. In the next election, I hope we can vote then all out! I may have to march (or hobble now!) again like I did back in the 70′s for Women’s Rights, dang it. I sent Senator Davis an email today to cheer her on. Thanks Helen for supporting us with your big audience.

  182. Helen – you rock. How I wish that you were in charge….not Congress, the White House or the Supreme Court. I agree with you about women who turn on other women. Chances are, she’s rich and to your point will never have to worry about anything she needs to have done. I’ve said that for years….outlaw abortion, and Cynthia is correct….the rich will get what they need, and the rest of us will be forced back into dark alleys and a single light bulb hanging from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse. When women turn their backs on women, it makes me sick to my stomach. Bad enough we have to fight the penises of the world…..shouldn’t have to fight our own kind as well.

    Keep fighting the fight Helen….if you want to march, I’ll be right beside you!!

  183. Helen — Women’s roles in 21st c. American society are unimaginable under the GOP/TPers unless you are a fan of medieval history. “Barefoot and pregnant” is the full extent of women’s rights under these cretins. Keep up the good work. I mean it. Really.

  184. You rock, Helen. Keep tellin’ the story!

  185. Thank you for coming back

    Sent from my iPad

  186. Love these two,,,

    Sent from my iPad

  187. We are here with Wendy at the Capitol. We love you Wendy.

    Wendy Davis for Governor. Helen for President.

  188. So good to hear from you again, Helen! And as I commented earlier in another forum, during what’s a bitch of a week in a bitch of a month in a real hellhole of a year, I’m just looking for someone to punch in the face. Jody Lautenberg is at the TOP OF MY LIST. There is no excuse for a woman to be that ignorant, callous and downright stupid.

  189. God Bless you my dear! I have been raving silently for several hours now. My in-house daughter is very Catholic and opposite thought than myself. I remember the “old”days of crooked doctors and back alley abortions long before the various pills. My other daughter is a single mom who should have had an abortion instead of passing along all the faulty genes she carried. While she wouldn’t have one, at least she had the ability to have one. It was her decision not some prick headed man.
    Not fun living in Texas!!!

  190. Live feed here: http://www.ibtimes.com/sen-wendy-davis-filibuster-live-stream-watch-texas-senator-try-defeat-abortion-bill-1322501

  191. Go Wendy!!!! Give them hell!

    Right on Helen! The sad thing is it would not stop abortions. It will just put a desperate woman in the hands of an incompetent abortionist. Boy these old white people are so afraid of 2030 aren’t they?

    Peace.

  192. Thank you Helen! You don’t know how much I appreciate this tonight. Really I mean it.

  193. Wendy is still at it. Go honey go. Helen has your back now!!!!!!

  194. Thanks, Helen, for telling it like it is. I cannot fathom the pure evil that is the Tea Party and their war on anyone who isn’t wealthy, white, and male.


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