Thursday, August 11, 2016

Texas Prepares to Execute A Man Who Killed No One

Words matter. Clever headlines on certain posts on FB make me wade through hundreds of infuriating advertisements to read a story that is about 5 paragraphs long.

Trump once bragged that his 14 million followers wouldn't mind him shooting someone on 5th avenue.  He should probably concern himself about what the other 290 million would think about him shooting anyone.

Never too old to learn and be cool. I'm getting better and better at BookFace.

Stay classy America.  Do NOT stoop to their level and chant "Lock him up. Lock him up." No matter what the Secret Service says.

I was so smart as a young person.  Life as an average, obscure  person is everything I thought it would be.  Spot on!

Who do you call when the police are banging on your door without a warrant and you are exercising your right that soldiers die for to not let them in?

I guess I need help. I google searched to find any police union that has EVER criticized ANY police activity.  Zilch.

Spell check is so unnecessary.  My friends on FB love to immediately point out my stupidity.

My brother swore to me that if we elected Obama we would have no guns and we would all be Muslims.  So if we have no guns I don't know why Hillary and Trump are still talking about it.  I'll ask my new friends about this at the mosque tonight.

Ran into former custody client's mother today.  It was nice to hear the things she said to me in front of other people.  It really doesn't take that much to please me.


Donald J. Trump at a campaign rally in Wilmington, N.C., on Tuesday.
Donald Trump Suggests 'Second Amendment People' Could Act Against Hillary Clinton


Mr. Trump, in emphasizing gun issues and the Supreme Court during a speech, issued what some saw as a threat to Mrs. Clinton.

Baltimore police officers near a mural of Freddie Gray last month.
Justice Department to Release Blistering Report of Racial Bias by Baltimore Police


Investigators found that African-American residents were often stopped or arrested without legal justification.

Zar Mohammad Stanikzai at a relative's home in Afghanistan. He is waiting for one of the thousands of visas set aside for the translators and interpreters who helped the United States military during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
'They Will Kill Us': Afghan Translators Plead for Delayed U.S. Visas


Translators, now facing Taliban threats, said the United States promised to keep them safe. Congress is bickering over the program meant to be their deliverance.

The Brief: Kaine Decries Trump's Second Amendment Comment

by John Reynolds | Aug. 10, 2016
Sen. Tim Kaine fires up Democratic volunteers during an Austin visit to thank supporters on August 9, 2016.

The Big Conversation

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine was in Austin on Tuesday, where he weighed in on comments by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump that some interpreted as a threat against Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival for the White House.
Speaking with reporters, Kaine said, "I think Donald Trump revealed again ... a complete temperamental misfit with the character that's required to do the job." Earlier in the day, Trump told supporters that a Clinton presidency would threaten gun rights through her judicial appointments, saying “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
In an appearance before campaign volunteers, Kaine also had a message for Texas Democrats: he and Clinton "are serious about Texas ... Texas Democrats know tough. This is not a territory where it’s always smooth sailing."
Kaine also stopped at a Mexican restaurant on the east side of Austin where he displayed his fluent Spanish skills with both diners and employees. The candidate, the Tribune's Patrick Svitek reported, "made a point of meeting the workers behind the counter — and waving through a window to a cook in the kitchen, who smiled and nodded."



The department will ask law enforcement agencies and medial examiner's offices to fill out forms when a person dies in police custody.

Chicago police officers watched people protest the death of Paul O'Neal on Sunday.
Chicago Police Department Warns of Gangs' Threats to Attack Officers


The department alerted officers that gang members are plotting to shoot police officers in retaliation for the police shooting of Paul O'Neal, a black teenager.

Public at large--not just lawyers--needs to be aware of the justice gap, LSC board chair says

Aug 10, 2016, 8:45 am CDT

Former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich apologizes, but his new sentence is the same as the old one

Aug 9, 2016, 12:32 pm CDT

Judge agrees to suspension for Facebook comments, says he doesn't believe prosecutor is a racist

Aug 9, 2016, 10:07 am CDT

A Bridge Too Far: Former Christie Aide Said That The New Jersey Governor “Flat Out Lied” About the Bridge Scandal

by jonathanturley
George_Washington_Bridge_from_New_Jersey-editChrisgovFox News and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that a text message from a former aide to Chris Christie said that the New Jersey governor "flat out lied" during a news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. The text message is part of a court filing reviewed by Fox.


Claremont Colleges Face Controversy Over Housing Ad That Excludes White Students

by jonathanturley
Unknown-3There is a new controversy at Claremont Colleges where a housing advertisement specifically barred white students from living in an off-campus house. Karé Ureña (PZ ’18) posted a housing offer for People of Color only and added “I don’t want to live with any white folks." There has been a rising objection, particularly from conservative students, that there is a double standard on campuses and that, in this case, the school would never tolerate a student barred blacks or Hispanics from applying for housing. Indeed, off-campus housing at Tulane University was recently the scene of students tearing down a display viewed as racist without any sanction from the university. Some (even CNN commentators) insist that African-Americans or people of color cannot be racist by definition. For example, CNN Political commentator Marc Lamont Hill has maintained that black people lack the “institutional power” necessary to “deploy racism."



Teaching new skills to people is fun







Donald Trump just stated President Obama 

founded ISIL. I am officially dead. Right now. I'm 


Wait. He stated the President founded ISIS, not 

I'm officially dead again.




Recall to Keep Doors Closed While Driving→

Ford is having a problem keeping the doors closed on its cars and SUVs, prompting another massive recall. If they keep it up, they might have trouble keeping their HQ doors open.
About 830,000 vehicles in North America need fixes to stop the doors from popping open while driving. This isn’t Ford's first time dealing with this problem either. Back in 2015 they recalled nearly 550,000 vehicles for a similar issue.
Unlike the previous recall, however, this one will only take place in what Ford is calling areas of “higher ambient temperature.”
"In the U.S., those vehicles are recalled only if they were sold in, or ever registered in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Oregon and Washington."
Higher ambient temperature --- does that include incinerators? Because that’s where owners outside the recall zone might be sending their Fords soon.

Recall Details

In Other News

  • The Focus has a jerk transmission (I mean jerky transmission) and thecomplaints are really starting to pile up. Owners start having problems at an average of 28,865 miles.
  • No wonder McCuneWright is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of 2012–14 Ford Focus owners and lessees regarding that transmission. They’re also looking into irregular fuel gauge readings. Find out more or signup to take part.
  • With the sheer number of recalls these days, it’d be easy to become apathetic and skip a repair. Don’t let this happen to you! There are 45 million cars that need recall repairs (and that’s just from recalls between 2013 and 2015). Go get your free fixes.
Compare Your Focus Experience With Other Owners 


Recovered Emails Show Clinton Foundation Officials Intervening For Donors and Aides With State Department

by jonathanturley
Clinton_Foundation_logoHillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziThe Clinton Foundation has been the subject of long-standing allegations of questionable donations and reporting. It is also viewed by many critics as a massive shadow campaign structure that employed aides and funded Clinton trips. However, the most serious allegation was a type of pay-to-play scheme where foreign and domestic donors gave money in the hopes of currying favor or gaining access to the State Department. Now, Judicial Watch has released dozens of emails that were deleted improperly by the Clinton staff, but contain non-personal communications. Among the recovered emails are communications showing interventions for donors at the State Department, including one on behalf of a convicted money launderer. The relative lack of coverage on both the proof of the improper deletion of such emails and the pay-for-play concerns is astonishing -- and magnify concerns that mainstream media has been giving such controversies minimal coverage.

Study: Reusable Bags Must Be Used 131 Times To Overcome Environmental Costs

by jonathanturley
220px-Trash_bin_in_ParisThere is an interesting study by the U.K. Environment Agency that challenges the view of banning plastic bags is clearly better for the environment. Sometimes green measures can have hidden carbon costs or negative externalities. The study suggests that a cotton reusable bag commonly used for groceries must be used at least 131 times to overcome their costs and be a net positive for the environment. Los Angeles recently added its name to the list of cities banning free polypropylene bags. Customers must pay 10 cents a bag or bring a reusable bag.


The Brief: Why Are Some Texas Voters Still Undecided?

by Madeline Conway and John Reynolds | Aug. 11, 2016
People stand in line to vote for the primaries at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas campus on March 1, 2016.

The Big Conversation

Three months ahead of the presidential election, both Hillary Clintonand Donald Trump are busy courting the support of the likely voters who have yet to make up their minds — and some in Texas tell the Tribune why they remain undecided in a highly divisive race.
As Kirby Wilson writes, both major-party candidates have been campaigning for more than a year and differ on a range of issues, realities that might prompt some observers to wonder, “What more information could a voter be waiting for?”
“To many undecided voters in Texas, that question misses the point,” Wilson writes.
Texans interviewed attributed their ambivalence to the historically unpopular candidates to a range of factors — from frustrations with the two-party system to opposition to Trump’s rhetoric and distrust in Clinton.
Lorena Reyna, 27, of Austin, probably spoke for many of them. “I really can’t see myself voting for either Trump or Hillary,” she said.

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