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Florida Considers Eliminating Laws Altogether - Andy Borowitz clues us in

TALLAHASSEE (The Borowitz Report)—Arguing that its current system of laws is out of step with life in today’s Florida, a growing chorus of lawmakers in the state are arguing for a measure that would eliminate laws altogether.

“Florida is rife with laws that say ‘Do this, don’t do that,’ ” said Gov. Rick Scott, a supporter of the measure. “Speaking as a Floridian, I have found it exhausting pretending to obey them.”
There is broad support in the state for abolishing laws, according to a poll commissioned by the political action committee Citizens For a Lawless Florida.
According to that poll, a majority of Floridians favor ridding the state of laws, while a sizable number did not know that the state had any.
“We’ve been trying to remove laws piecemeal for the past few decades, but this measure seems like the most efficient way to take care of the whole problem,” Gov. Scott said.

For those who fear that eradicating Florida’s laws would wreak havoc on life in the state, Gov. Scott offered this reassurance: “Honestly, I don’t think you’ll notice a difference.”

Holder Calls Trayvon Death 'Unnecessary Shooting'

Monday, 15 Jul 2013 01:13 PM

The shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was tragic and unnecessary, and it ought to spark public debate about how to prevent similar incidents, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday.

In his first comments since a state jury acquitted George Zimmerman on Saturday in the February 2012 shooting case, Holder said federal prosecutors were continuing to investigate.

"Independent of the legal determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised," Holder told a convention of Delta Sigma Theta, a black sorority.

Although Zimmerman was cleared of murder charges under Florida law, U.S. prosecutors could decide to bring criminal charges under a federal hate-crimes law, and some civil rights advocates are lobbying prosecutors to do so.

With apologies for the source:
more here:

PRESS STATEMENT from the Southern Poverty Law Center in Response to Verdict in State of Florida

The following statement was issued by Richard Cohen, President and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center, following the verdict in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman

"They always get away." These were the words George Zimmerman uttered as he followed and later shot Trayvon Martin -- words that reflected his belief that Trayvon was one of "them," the kind of person about to get away with something. How ironic these words sound now in light of the jury verdict acquitting Zimmerman.
Trayvon is dead, and Zimmerman is free. Who was the one who got away?

Can we respect the jury verdict and still conclude that Zimmerman got away with killing Trayvon? I think so, even if we buy Zimmerman's story that Trayvon attacked him at some point. After all, who was responsible for initiating the tragic chain of events? Who was following whom? Who was carrying a gun? Who ignored the police urging that he stay in his car? Who thought that the other was one of "them," someone about to get a away with something?

The jury has spoken, and we can respect its conclusion that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. But we cannot fail to speak out about the tragedy that occurred in Sanford, Florida, on the night of February 26, 2012.

Was race at the heart of it? Ask yourself this question: If Zimmerman had seen a white youth walking in the rain that evening, would he have seen him as one of "them," someone about to get away with something?

the rest of it is here:


Oh for a little Sodium Pentathal to sneak into Mark OMara's water glass

while he's off
getting rid of some used water (he's drinking it like mother's milk, every time he acts uncertain).

I am so bored, but I'm all for it staying just this condescending and laborious and dull.
I'll set an alarm

and then

for the rebuttal.

Texas Weighs Ban on Women as discovered by Andy Borowitz

AUSTIN (The Borowitz Report)—Republican lawmakers in the Texas State Senate are proposing a precedent-setting new bill that would make it illegal for women to live in the state.
Senator Harland Dorrinson, one of the many pro-life lawmakers backing the woman ban, crafted his bill after witnessing Senator Wendy Davis filibuster an anti-abortion bill last month.
“That was our moment to say, ‘Enough is enough,’ ” he said. “This comes down to a choice between life and women, and we choose life.”
Senator Dorrinson said his bill would call for a twenty-foot woman-proof fence to be constructed along the borders of the state.
“Women are great at talking, but not at climbing,” he observed.
But another G.O.P. state senator, Cal Jamson, believes that the total ban on women goes “too far” and is proposing a less draconian bill that would allow some women to remain in the state as guest workers.
“Texas needs women to cook, clean, and cheerlead,” he said. “If they show that they can do those things and stay out of politics, there could be a pathway to citizenship.”


Gag me with a spoon, or a disembodied hand from a Barbie doll. But inventive it is!!!

Jewelry made out of disembodied pieces of Barbie dolls


17 more pictures, for your creative inspiration


NC House rushes forward new abortion bill without notice

Published: July 10, 2013 Updated 17 minutes ago

By Annalise Frank and John Frank — john.frank@newsobserver.com

Raleigh — Hours after Gov. Pat McCrory issued a veto threat for a controversial abortion bill, House Republicans -- acting without public notice -- took a bill about motorcycle safety and inserted abortion language.

The new bill -- S353 -- represents tweaks to the version that passed the Senate last week but still includes some of that version's contentious language. It calls for a physician to be present when the first drug in a chemical abortion is administered, as opposed to all drugs, as the version that passed the Senate last week would mandate.

Another major change from the Senate version: Abortion clinics would not be required to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. But the state Department of Health and Human Services would be authorized to apply those standards as it sees "applicable." The bill also includes a state study to determine what resources are necessary for the state health agency to adequately enforce the new regulations, and would pay for more inspectors.

Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, an Apex Republican leading the effort, said the new measure mollifies the governor's concerns. McCrory's lobbyist appeared to work with the bill's chief supporters before the meeting, but it's still unclear how McCrory would act on the amended bill.

"We want to make sure these procedures are not designed to close down clinics," said Rep. Ruth Samuelson, a Charlotte Republican helping to lead the effort.

House Democratic Rep. Rick Glazier objected to the short notice, saying he would vote against the bill. "The process here is just dead wrong," added Rep. Joe Sam Queen, a Democrat.

The House's move echoes how the abortion bill surfaced in the Senate. The Senate action drew a rebuke from McCrory for not being transparent.

The Sharia law language from the Senate bill is not included in this latest House measure, but the motorcycle safety provisions are still in the bill.

Check back for more updates as this story develops.

--Annalise Frank and John Frank, staff writers

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/10/3021288/nc-house-rushes-forward-new-abortion.html#emlnl=Breaking_News#storylink=cpy

Throwing in the Hat........

My council woman, a hard working Democrat with her constituent's needs in mind signed up for re-election today.
I went downtown and took this snapshot of her throwing it for her friends who were there.

Three 'toons about the Zimmerman case - pretty much how I feel about it. Sigh.

Rick Perry: “Time to Pass Mantle to New Generation of Boneheads” - Borowitz reports

SAN ANTONIO (The Borowitz Report)—Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced yesterday that he would not seek reëlection, telling supporters, “The time has come to pass the mantle of leadership to a new generation of boneheads.”
“I’ve had a good run,” he said. “But after twelve years, someone else who isn’t playing with a full deck should take a turn at the wheel.”
Reflecting on his twelve years as governor, Mr. Perry said that he had “no regrets” except for being incoherent the entire time.
Before leaving office, Gov. Perry said that he would propose three signature bills “just to let future Texans know how Rick Perry marked his territory.”
The first bill would require all voters in the state to have an I.D. with a photo of a white person; the second would force anyone filibustering an anti-abortion bill to ride a mechanical bull; and the third he could not remember.

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