Saturday, August 1, 2015

Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges

Democrats in Texas brought this up last year.  All Democrats were saying, was it might not be a good idea to elect Ken Paxton for Texas's Attorney General as there was a legal cloud, which might just might just catch up with him. It's not likely also that the Texas Attorney General would be indicted unless the Texas Rangers  had the goods on him. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty though. This includes Ken Paxton.

Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges

Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country? | BillMoyers.com

This is from the Spring however if you haven't looked at it you might want to do so. I'll finish labeling it in a little while.

Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country? | BillMoyers.com

Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving

A, "Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominate Election Spending." With the rolling back of the  "Voting Rights Act of 1965,"  provisions, The Citizens United decision by The Supreme Court of the United States, which lets unlimited donations flow in our elections, we are in uncharted territory.  An informed, and an voting society is the only thing that stands between us and the corporate overlords which would control our government.



Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton indicted by grand jury in Collin County

Here is a little background on the Paxton indictments. There will be more information available next week.



Texas attorney general Ken Paxton indicted by grand jury in Collin County

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted, Sources Say

Ken Paxton, according to NBC, Dallas Fort Worth has been indicted. There have been numerous rumors and some reports that this had happened earlier in the week.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted, Sources Say

Department of Justice to Investigate Discrimination in Georgia Public Schools Following Southern Poverty Law Center Complaint | Southern Poverty Law Center

Hackers turn 'Confederate Pride' Facebook page into pro-Obama LBGT group

Friday, July 31, 2015

Who’s afraid of a little climate change?

Changes are on the way in climate. Texas will be affected by them in a negative way. I guess the deniers can sit on their beach front properties and watch the water rise and enjoy the increasing number of hot days. That's assuming they survive a heat stroke or two and the more severe storms which will be associated with the coming hotter climate.

Who’s afraid of a little climate change?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Agenda to Raise America’s Pay

If the, "Rising inequality of compensation," is a major problem what is the prescription? How do we solve this problem? There are some respected economists who have been working on solutions to this problem.



The Agenda to Raise America’s Pay

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inequality is Central to the Productivity-Pay Gap

"Rising inequality of compensation," is the problem. It's maybe the largest problem our citizens face. Republicans want cheap, cheap, labor. When I talk to Republican businessmen their biggest complaint is the cost of labor. (Don't tell them I told you.)

Maybe it's because they have had cheap, cheap, labor for way too long. It's time for a living wage. The federal minimum wage buys less now than it did in 1968. Look it up. It's not just the minimum wage, though. They, Republican governors and Republican state legislatures have decimated collective bargaining with their war on unions. There are, "Right to Work Laws," anti-collective bargaining laws and anti-union laws in an increasing number of states. It's time to reverse this trend.

The 2016 Democratic Presidential candidates, whichever one you support, are campaigning on income inequality. Republican candidates, not so much, or not at all.  Remember the Republican businessmen at the top of this post? With the campaign finance laws we have today, they aren't the only Republican donors who want cheap labor. There are much richer donors in the game than ever before that want cheap labor also.   *Updated*



Inequality is Central to the Productivity-Pay Gap

Deters: UC officer 'purposefully killed' DuBose

Without a body camera this officer likely would not have been charged. Body cameras should be required in every police vehicle and on each officer in every stop. There are privacy concerns of course for all involved.      Note: To access this news story without a pay wall I had to answer a question about a motel room price. It just takes a second.

I'll post another link later but you can likely find other stories about this later also. It's breaking news today.

The D.A. was very clear in his statement. We need more District Attorneys in the U.S. like Joe Deters Hamilton County, Ohio .



Deters: UC officer 'purposefully killed' DuBose

Christie: Smoke Your Weed While It's Still Legal

Republicans are for states rights except when they are not.



Christie: Smoke Your Weed While It's Still Legal

Koch brothers summon Bush, Cruz, Walker, Rubio to SoCal confab

The headline says enough, that  you might want to read this.

Koch brothers summon Bush, Cruz, Walker, Rubio to SoCal confab

Grand jury now hearing case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Here's another link on the Ken Paxton story.


Grand jury now hearing case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Grand Jury Looming, Paxton Assails Prosecutors

I'll just post link this for now.

Grand Jury Looming, Paxton Assails Prosecutors

Are Voters Ready to Cast a Vote Against the Supreme Court?

Members of the U.S. Supreme Court are appointed for life. With the divisive politics of recent decades, politicians have been increasingly critical of the court with each new batch of decisions. With the majority of the members of the court reaching ages which range from 78 to 83 by the time voters go to the polls, in 2016, the next President may appoint several future Supreme Court members. The U.S. Senate plays an important roll in the confirmation of Supreme Court justices. Just something to think about.


Are Voters Ready to Cast a Vote Against the Supreme Court?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stanford: American leadership and the 'Star Trek' question

The Star Trek question, a silly one in some ways, actually, if you have been a fan of Star Trek might not have been a bad way to think about or explain the differences in the way the American people view international relations between the U.S. and other countries. Jason Stanford really does some interesting writing on this link. You should read this one.  * Updated  7/30/15  * 


Stanford: American leadership and the 'Star Trek' question

The UK government just okayed a plan to plant bee-killing seeds across the country.

I live in the United States. We have been losing bee populations and are trying to save them I thought. Why would the U.K sow seeds which opponents say would harm bees?



The UK government just okayed a plan to plant bee-killing seeds across the country.

Country of Origin (COOL) Labeling | Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Watch asks for a password but lets me read the information about Country Of Origin Labeling, COOL dispute between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. There are so many loopholes for packers already it may come to some food outlets, packers, retail outlets, etc to label their products but it looks like as a world trader the citizens of the U.S. are going to get even more food that we don't know the origin of and not just meats. 
Country of Origin (COOL) Labeling | Food & Water Watch

Monday, July 27, 2015

Grits for Breakfast: Learning from Sandra Bland: First thoughts

Rick Perry had bills from the Texas legislature before him in 2001 and 2003 which would have prevented most arrests for Class C misdemeanors. He vetoed both. You have to read down pretty far in the Grits post to find the links but his whole post is worth a look if you are concerned about the, "Texas Criminal Justice System," and problems and issues associated it. Also, Grits for Breakfast is the go to place for Texas Criminal Justice issues. If you forget to bookmark it today the link is to the right side of the page on this blog.



Grits for Breakfast: Learning from Sandra Bland: First thoughts

On 'Contempt Of Cop,' Jailhouse Suicide, And Sandra Bland

Rick Perry: Allowing Guns In Movie Theaters Would Prevent Shootings

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Perry wins one and loses one at the appeals court – Off the Kuff

This post goes pretty deep into the minutia and legal maneuverings on the charges against Rick Perry which he dismisses as politics.
A quick summary:
Rick Perry threatened to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County Public Integrity Unit unless Rosemary Lemberg resigned after charges of a D.W.I. This unit checks into allegations and possible unethical and even illegal activities of Texas elected officials and anyone involved in them. The seat of Texas government is in Austin, Travis County. As Travis County is a mostly Democratic County, a Lehmberg resignation would have allowed Perry to appoint her replacement. Savoring, picking a Republican replacement, less likely to investigate some of the activities being investigated at the time Perry, vetoed, as promised the funding. One of the charges still stands at this time and one has been dismissed.



Perry wins one and loses one at the appeals court – Off the Kuff

How Walker Turned 'Job Creation' Into a Goodie Bag for Campaign Donors

Scott Walker, will be, in the next few months, campaigning around the country proclaiming his executive experience. He likely though, won't be bragging about this part of his tenure as Wisconsin's Governor. 



How Walker Turned 'Job Creation' Into a Goodie Bag for Campaign Donors

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4M Vehicles to Prevent Hacking

The Associate Press is reporting, and this was expected, there is a big Fiat / Chrysler recall. Recently, two cyber-security specialists / hackers were able to control a Fiat /Chrysler vehicle from the internet.

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4M Vehicles to Prevent Hacking

Clip: The Bravery of Rachel Carson | BillMoyers.com

State Asks Federal Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Birth Certificates, by Julián Aguilar

Some natural born Texans aren't issued birth certificates. Birth in the U.S. gives a child, American / U.S. citizenship. The state is refusing to issue birth certificates to children of some U.S. born children due to the status of their parents. This is an ideological argument by the Texas Attorney General's Office. From my layperson, non lawyer perspective it's just another ideological red meat issue loved by the right but doesn't hold any legal authority. With the right wing of the Republican Party pretty much in control of Texas government though this won't be the last stunt they'll pull.
(Corrected & updated 7/25/2015 6:21 A.M.)



State Asks Federal Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Birth Certificates, by Julián Aguilar

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

Remember the Waco incident where 9 people were killed at a Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco Texas? The autopsies have been long completed. In an odd coincidence, to say the least, the person heading the Grand Jury to determine indictments of the bikers is a long time Waco police detective.  A City of Waco Assistant Attorney fought to keep one of the suing biker's from having access to video of the incident. The District Attorney in McClennan County has requested a gag order for the lawyers involved in the lawsuit. The last coincidence, is the District Attorney and the Texas District Judge are former law partners. The District Judge has allowed the attorney of the suing biker to see the video but it has not been released to the public. To top that, from where did the bullets come from that killed nine people. The information has not been released. This incident happened on May 17th, 2015. This is July 23rd 2015. One hundred seventy seventy people were arrested and are waiting for a Grand Jury decision on charges. Some have lost jobs, custody of children and been evicted from their apartments.
The Atlantic's, Connor Friedersdorf has more on this story.


Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers