Daily Archives: August 28, 2012
It seems a redistricting plan signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) intentionally discriminated against Hispanic voters. So said a three-judge panel today in a unanimous decision. The judges found that seats belonging to white incumbent members of Congress were protected under the plan while districts belonging to incumbent minorities were targeted for changes.
The court said it was
“…persuaded by the totality of the evidence that the plan was enacted with discriminatory intent.
“…sufficient evidence to conclude that the Congressional Plan was motivated, at least in part, by discriminatory intent.”
It is clear that Texas Republicans want to suppress minority representation in order to keep a rising Hispanic population from turning this red state into a blue one in the near future.
- Court throws out Texas redistricting plans (legalinsurrection.com)
- Court nixes Texas redistricting maps (kxan.com)
- Judges raises doubts about Texas voter ID law (sacbee.com)
- Texas to test 1965 voting rights law in court (news.yahoo.com)
- DOJ, Texas Fight at Trial Over Voter ID Law (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act’s Authority (colorlines.com)
Hey there folks… ever wonder how the Akins and Ryans and Tom Smiths come to their considered conclusions on rape and incest and the general needs of women?
Why, they have precise technical information like this:
Of course, the statements of “experts” are much appreciated.
My thanks to Rosie Fenton at pic.twitter.com/sReVt96H.
- A Simple Anatomy Lesson (cheezburger.com)
- Why it’s so important for rape to be ‘legitimate’ (dailykos.com)
- Todd Akin : Female Anatomy (madhatters.me.uk)
- Female Democrats fire back at Rep. Akin over ‘legitimate rape’ remark (thehill.com)
- Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith: Sex out of wedlock ‘similar to’ rape (dailykos.com)
- Michael B. Keegan: Why Is Mitt Romney Outraged at Todd Akin and Not at Paul Ryan? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Republican Senate Nominee Explains That Women Don’t Really Get Pregnant From ‘Legitimate Rape’ [Video] (gawker.com)
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientist and children’s television personality Bill Nye, in a newly released online video, panned biblical creationism and implored American parents who reject the scientific theory of evolution not to teach their beliefs to their youngsters.
“I say to the grownups, ‘If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we’ve observed in the universe that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it,'” said Nye, best known as host of the educational TV series “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
If I were a professional educator, I would give Bill Nye my thanks for coming out with this video:
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. Creationism is not.
- Bill Nye: Please don’t teach your kids creationism, because it is crazy (rawstory.com)
- Bill Nye Believes One Day the Creationism Theory Won’t Exist (fox4kc.com)
- Bill Nye: Americans who believe in Creationism hold the rest of us back (dangerousminds.net)
- Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Slams Creationism (wreg.com)
- Bill Nye the Science Guy says creationism not good for kids (vancouverdesi.com)
- Bill Nye to Creationists: Save Your Children! (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Bill Nye Blasts Creationism (sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com)
The Speaker of the House told a luncheon hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Tampa Monday that the Republican Party counted on apathy from the Latinos and blacks in choosing Democrats over Republicans… something that has become apparent by record margins in recent polls.
His actual words (in public, no less):
“This election is about economics… These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”
Combine this with the Republican campaign for voter ID laws, for limiting voting hours and for stalling registrations , and you get the clear fact that these laws were meant to keep blacks from voting.
As Doug Priesse, chair of the Franklin County, Ohio Republican Party, said about restrictive early voting hours and voter ID laws:
“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine… Let’s be fair and reasonable.”
In Pennsylvania House Republican leader Mike Turzai conceeded the point of voter ID is to help Republicans win
“Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”
So it looks like Republican leadership from the top to the bottom will do their best to realize a publicly stated hope: Keep minorities away from the voting box… it’s the only way for them to have a 100% white male government.
- Stewart Rips Voter ID Laws As ‘The Price You Pay For Something That Doesn’t Happen’ (mediaite.com)
- Why Today’s Voter ID Faceoff in Pennsylvania Is Crucial (colorlines.com)
- EDITORIAL: Voter laws: A partisan jackpot? (nwfdailynews.com)
- Bill Maher Says What the Media Won’t: Voter ID Laws Are Racist (politicususa.com)
- Pennsylvania judge denies challenge to state’s voter ID law (reuters.com)
- Doug Priesse: Ohio Early Voting Process Should Not Accommodate Black Voters (huffingtonpost.com)
- VIDEO: How to Fight Voter Suppressio n! (point4counterpoint.wordpress.com)
- Risk of Voter Suppression Resurfaces: Wisconsin Attorney General Seeks to Reinstate Voter ID Law (commondreams.org)
- Iowa Latinos seen as key to presidential campaigns (thegazette.com)
- Obama Leads Romney By 39 Points Among Latino Voters (outsidethebeltway.com)