Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cruz




Just because we have to put up with Ted Cruz, it doesn't mean everyone else has to.


Ever notice that there seems to be no one that Trump won't SAY he loves. And he SAYS that everyone is his friend.   Even the long list of  people he hates.  He just says anything and everything.


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Egyptian Court Sentences Author To Two Years For Public Indecency For Sexually Explicit Passages In Novel

by jonathanturley
85px-Egypt_Coat_of_Arms.svgFlag of Egyptsisi-mouseAfter excerpts from Ahmed Naji's novel Istikhdam al-Hayat, or Using Life, were published in a literary newspaper, a reader brought charges against the author and said that reading sexually explicit passages caused him distress and heart palpitations. An Egyptian court has now sentenced the author to two years in jail for public indecency. Notably, Naji was first acquitted by a court in Egypt on the basis of free speech, however the prosecution appealed. He was retried and convicted.
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After Court Order Over Prior Pictures, “Bankrupt” 50 Cent Posts Another Picture In Front of Pile of Cash

by jonathanturley
cent24f-1-webWe recently discussed the difficulty faced by the lawyers for Curtis James Jackson III (aka 50 Cent). While claiming bankruptcy, 50 Cent posted an image of himself with piles of money spelling out the word "broke." Just to make sure that the court did not miss the disconnect, 50 Cent also posted himself on a bed covered with piles of money. Judge Ann Nevin responded by ordering 50 Cent to appear in court to explain. Despite the court order, 50 Cent published a new picture that shows him in front of a tower of money while referencing his song "Too Rich for the B---h."

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oh oh. One judge, going against virtually all other judges

nationwide, has figured out that the public has learned too

 much and this information must be stopped. Potentially 

another freedom could be lost.




Federal Court: First Amendment Does Not Generally Protect Public Filming Of Police In Public


gavel2video cameraFederal and state courts have handed down a virtually uniform line of rulings protecting the right of citizens to film police in public. That is until the February 19th decision of U.S. District Judge Mark Kearney. Kearney was only put on the federal courts in 2014 by President Obama but has written his first major ruling in curtailing the rights of citizens under the First Amendment. Kearney used that there is no First Amendment right to film police unless they can show that they are challenging or criticizing the police conduct.
The decision concerned Richard Fields, a Temple University student, who took a cellphone photo of roughly 20 police officers standing outside a house party. The police officer asked Fields to leave and stop taking pictures. Fields refused and officer then arrested him.
In a second case, Amanda Geraci was a legal observer at a protest. Geraci moved closer to possibly film the arrest and says that an officer “attacked her” by physically restraining her against a pillar and preventing her from videotaping the arrest. Geraci claims that “I was just legal observing.”
None of this was enough for Kearney who dismissed their First Amendment Retaliation claims on Summary Judgment:
Fields’ and Geraci’s alleged “constitutionally protected conduct” consists of observing and photographing, or making a record of, police activity in a public forum. Neither uttered any words to the effect he or she sought to take pictures to oppose police activity. Their particular behavior is only afforded First Amendment protection if we construe it as expressive conduct.”

We find there is no First Amendment right under our governing law to observe and record police officers absent some other expressive conduct.

Because Fields and Geraci do not adduce evidence their conduct may be construed as expression of a belief or criticism of police activity, under governing Supreme Court or Third Circuit precedent we do not find they exercised a constitutionally protected right for which they suffered retaliation. This is fatal to their First Amendment retaliation claim. We find the citizens videotaping and picture-taking in Montgomery, Gaymon, Fleck and even Robinson all contained some element of expressive conduct or criticism of police officers and are patently distinguishable from Fields’ and Geraci’s activities.
However, the plaintiffs stated that they were there as witnesses in seeking to monitor the government and that “observing is a component of ‘criticizing’ and citizens may engage in speech critical of the government.” The court simply rejected those claims as insufficient but left many scratching their heads as to what is required. It appears that they have to loudly protest or articulate the specific use of function of filming to be “expressive conduct.” The court rejects that the act of monitoring and filming police is a form of expressive conduct for citizens. Without offering much insight, Kearney hold that
“The conduct must be direct and expressive; we cannot be left guessing as to the ‘expression’ intended by the conduct . . . Applying this standard, we conclude Fields and Geraci cannot meet the burden of demonstrating their taking, or attempting to take, pictures with no further comments or conduct is ‘sufficiently imbued with elements of communication’ to be deemed expressive conduct. Neither Fields nor Geraci direct us to facts showing at the time they took or wanted to take pictures, they asserted anything to anyone. There is also no evidence any of the officers understood them as communicating any idea or message.”
Kearney’s standard would leave most public filming of police unprotected. Most citizens pull up to a scene and film the police, who are after all acting in public.
What do you think?
Here is the opinion: Kearney Opinion
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We chipped away at usury laws designed to prevent this until they are practically non-existent.  Worse we changed the bankruptcy laws so that they provide little relief to people, but great relief to corporations.


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Federal Court Orders Discovery Into The Clinton Emails And Suggests The Possibility of Subpoenas To Force Disclosures

by jonathanturley
Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghazisullivanU.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan sent shockwaves through Washington yesterday by ruling that State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton will be subject to discovery on whether they intentionally violated federal open records laws by using or allowing the use of a private email server throughout Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. The case opens up another front for Clinton who is facing rising criticism over her decision to exclusively use her own private server for communications as Secretary of State -- a decision that gave her control over her email system but exposed classified information to interception. The State Department supplied a secure system for her use but Clinton opted not to use that system. Over 1,700 emails on Clinton’s private email system have been classified (22 at the highest level of “top secret"). While Clinton insists that the information was not marked classified at the time, that is not the test under federal law. Yet, this case concerns the use of the private server to circumvent open record laws. The court also indicated that it may order subpoenas for Clinton officials in light to the failure to fully disclose information. Sullivan, who I have appeared before regularly over the last two decades, is a widely respected judge and a Clinton appointee.
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CDC: Half Of Black Gay Men Will Be Infected By HIV In Their Lifetime

by jonathanturley
220px-HIV-budding-Color140px-us_cdc_logosvgA new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) contains a staggering new statistical finding: roughly half of the gay black men in the country will be infected with HIV in their lifetime. As if the high rate of incarceration and poverty found in the black communities is not enough, this epidemic appears to be racing through the ranks of gay black men. The CDC also found that a quarter of gay Latino men in the United States will be infected with HIV in their lifetime.

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Former Lawmakers Make Bids to Return to Texas House

Whether they were edged out in 2014 by thin margins or bowed out years ago and had a recent change of heart, several former Texas House members want back under the dome next year.
Nine House seats feature contests that are either rematches from 2014 or feature former lawmakers who took a hiatus. Most will effectively be decided in the March 1 Republican primaries.
Here's a brief summary of the races with a quick glimpse at how much money the candidates raised from individual contributors, political action committees or other organizations between Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 21, 2016. (The reports for HD 23 and HD 117 include totals for 2015 only.)
House District 1
The Republican primary is a rematch between state Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, and former lawmaker George Lavender. Lavender was first elected to the seat in 2010 when the Republicans toppled Democrats and added to their majority in the Texas House. VanDeaver ousted Lavender in 2014 when he received about 54.3 percent of the vote.
The district includes Bowie, Franklin, Lamar and Red River counties and the battle between Lavender and VanDeaver includes a theme central to many GOP races: who can convince voters he or she is the most conservative.
Campaign finance reports indicate VanDeaver has had more success raising money since the beginning of 2015. Through Jan. 21, 2016, the incumbent has hauled in about $93,900 to Lavender’s $58,000.  
House District 4
This is the rubber match between incumbent Dr. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, and two-term former state Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell. Spitzer edged out Gooden in the Republican primary two years ago by a razor-thin margin, garnering 51.3 percent of the vote. Two years earlier, Gooden had fended off Spitzer with 53.2 percent of the vote.
Gooden told The Texas Tribune recently the race isn’t necessarily about who is more conservative but a bout who can get things done for Kaufman and Terrell counties. Gooden points to Spitzer’s inability to pass a single bill during last year’s 84th Legislature.
“Ideologically, we probably have a lot more in common than not,” Gooden said in January.
Spitzer said he is standing by his conservative roots and sticking to the principles that helped him earn a victory last time around.
“I am who I am, and I’ve been really open and honest about that,” he said last month.
The candidates have been able to raise a decent amount of money from individual contributors.
Gooden raised about $73,500 from individual donors from Jan. 1, 2015, through Jan. 21, 2016, and Spitzer raised about 76,000 during the same timeframe. But Spitzer has the edge in group and PAC contributions. Records show Spitzer hauling in $75,400 from groups compared to Gooden’s $11,500. 
Spitzer’s group contributions include at least $50,000 from Empower Texans PAC, a conservative group that aligns itself with conservative causes.  
House District 23
This contest won’t be decided until November. Democrat Lloyd Criss, who served the last of his six sessions in the Texas House during the 71st legislative session in 1989, is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Wayne Faircloth, R-Galveston. Both hail from Galveston County.
Faircloth was elected in 2014 after longtime Democratic member Craig Eiland didn’t seek reelection. Faircloth won the GOP primary that year with 66 percent of the party vote and later defeated the Democratic challenger with 54.6 percent of the vote.
Current money totals show Faircloth with a significant advantage, but both campaigns have more than six months to pad their coffers. Through 2015, Faircloth had $41,550 in his account to Criss’s $3,600.  
House District 55
State Rep. Molly White has only served one term in the Texas House, but that was enough for her to gain nationwide attention as one of the Tea Party’s most controversial figures.
Now she’s one of several lawmakers facing challengers who simply argue they can do a better job. White is facing former state Rep. Hugh Shine, who served from 1986 to 1990, in a hotly contested primary where abortion and border security guide most of the debate chatter.
In a candid campaign mailer sent to voters in January, White detailed how she became an anti-abortion activist after terminating two pregnancies in her 20s.
But Shine says his time in the Texas National Guard gives him more on-the-ground experience than most lawmakers with border security.
“I’ve flown numerous times from El Paso to Brownsville, flying those drug interdiction missions with law enforcement,” he told the Tribune. “I think the biggest difference [between the candidates] is the fact that I have been there.”
From January 2015 to Jan. 21, 2016, White was able to out raise Shine by about $30,000. She’s hauled in $208,600 to his $178,300. White’s funding includes about $52,000 from Empower Texans PAC, which aligns itself with the far-right faction of the state’s Republican Party.
Jack Hilliard, a Central Texas beer distributor, also donated at least $50,000 to White’s campaign.
House District 75
After the 82nd Legislature ended in 2012, El Paso County Democrat Inocente “Chente” Quintanilla decided to leave Austin after a decade and run for a county commissioner seat representing the far east reaches of the county.
He lost that race in 2012 and sat out 2014. But now he has his sights set on his old seat and its current occupant, state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint. Quintanilla said Gonzalez hasn't proven she can get things done for the district the way he used to. Gonzalez said her challenger is just bored and misses the Austin way of life.
She notes that Texas Monthly called him out four times in his five sessions for being a lackluster member. But Quintanilla brushed aside the criticism and said it’s just a part of being in politics.
The money and in-kind contributions have been flowing pretty well in this race. Gonzalez has raised about $132,665, including about $79,500 from individual contributors. Quintanilla has hauled in $109,425, more than $100,000 from Texans for Education Reform, a political action committee that lobbies for the growth of online education and charter-school expansion.
House District 84
Former Republican lawmaker Jim Landtroop was first elected in 2010 and represented 16 counties in West Texas, he didn't survive a runoff in 2012 after redistricting drastically changed his seat.
Now he’s back looking to dethrone incumbent John Frullo, R-Lubbock, who has served in the House since 2010. Landtroop, who is running to the right of Frullo, boasts on his Facebook page that he “resisted” House Speaker Joe Straus and his “regime.”
Frullo, whom Straus appointed to chair the House Insurance Committee, touts his own list of conservative accomplishments on his website, including fighting Obamacare as the chairman of the committee, voting to increase border security and supporting property tax cuts.
Frullo is winning the money game in this one, with his $185,000 raised dwarfing Landtroop’s $73,237. 
Reports show Empower Texans PAC has donated at least $25,000 to Landtroop’s campaign, while Texas for Lawsuit Reform has doled out the same amount to Frullo’s camp.
House District 115
The rematch between Republicans Bennett Ratliff and Matt Rinaldi features another battle of the conservatives. But in this one Ratliff, who held the seat for one term after winning the 2012 election, isn’t running to the right of his challenger. Instead, he’s hoping voters will see through what he calls Rinaldi’s inability to work with other members to get results.
“They realize there is a stark contrast between my record of accomplishing conservative results, and my opponent’s record of just voting no,” Ratliff told the Tribune recently.
Rinaldi, the self-proclaimed “movement conservative,” said voters already spoke two years ago after they realized they didn’t have a true Republican representing them in Austin.
“The voters replaced Ratliff last time because he voted with Democrats more than Republicans,” he said.
The candidates raised nearly equal amounts from individual contributors during 2015 and January 2016. Rinaldi boasts $111,000 to Ratliff’s $110,870. But the incumbent has a clear edge in support from entities, with about $205,600 to Ratliff’s $66,500.
Dorotha Ocker is running on the Democratic side of the ticket, so the House race won’t be officially decided until November. But the GOP primary in this heavily conservative district will most likely name the winner.
House District 117
This race will also be decided in November after current state Rep. Rick Galindo, R-San Antonio, didn’t draw a challenger. He’ll likely face former Democratic lawmaker Philip Cortez, a former San Antonio city council member who held the seat for one term.
Cortez faces real estate agent Carlos Antonio Raymond in the Democratic primary. Galindo won the 2014 general election after earning about 52.7 percent of the vote. Raymond is an Army veteran and immigrant from Panama.
Records show that Cortez has raised about $37,850 from individuals and about $32,250 from groups and organizations. Galindo has the slight edge over Cortez in group donations, having collected about $37,600. But he’s only hauled in about $10,000 from individual supporters.
House District 144
Democrat Mary Ann Perez wants back in Austin after serving only one term representing part of Harris County. She was ousted by Republican Gilbert Peña, R-Pasadena, who is unopposed in the GOP primary.
But Perez’s bid to challenge Pena again must first go through two challengers on the Democratic side. They include Cody Ray Wheeler, a U.S. Marine and Iraq war veteran. He’s raised $21,500 from groups and entities, compared to Perez’s $10,250. But he only has $3,400 from individual contributors, compared to Perez’s $10,700.
Also in the hunt is Bernie Aldape III, who also served in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He’s hauled in about $15,200 from individuals and about $1,500 from other groups.
 

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This meme is to point out the double standard and hypocrisy of the GOP. Not meant to be shaming of Mrs Trump, she has the right to do as she pleases, just pointing out the hypocrisy. ~Rick




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POLL SHOWS SENATE WILL GO BACK TO DEMS IF GOP BLOCKS OBAMA’S SCOTUS NOMINEE
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More details emerge on Scalia's health and death; which friend accompanied him to Texas?

Feb 24, 2016, 7:29 am CST





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Jury awards $183M to firefighters' families in fatal 'Black Sunday' blaze; NYC owes $140M

Feb 23, 2016, 4:05 pm CST

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Woman who OK'd $900K settlement in phone call with her lawyer is bound by it, federal judge rules

Feb 23, 2016, 1:05 pm CST

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Plaintiffs had no First Amendment right to take cellphone video of police, federal judge rules

Feb 23, 2016, 9:40 am CST

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Lawyer Charged With Forging Signatures Of 7 Judges On Over 100 Court Documents
By Joe Patrice, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:46 AM
A Florida lawyer faces charges that he systematically forged the signatures of judges on court orders.




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