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8-City ‘Faith Family Freedom Tour’ Across Texas Promises Plenty Of Hilarious Anti-Gay Bigotry

Last week, we mentioned how Texas anti-LGBT leaders are planning an anti-gay hatefest at a church whose pastor is also a state representative.

That announcement came on the heels of the launch of a new anti-LGBT coalition in Dallas.

Now, if you’re still keeping track, many of the same bigots are planning an eight-city “Faith Family Freedom” tour in August, September and October:

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” states an email announcing the tour from Houston anti-LGBT activist Jared Woodfill. “It’s time for us to stand up and fight to take back our government from the godless Secular Humanists, Pro-Abortionists and Political Homosexual Movement. We will trust God! We will take action! We will fight to restore our Constitutional liberties based upon Biblical truth!”


The rallies will be held in Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Tyler, Lubbock, Corpus Christi and Waco.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/8-city-faith-family-freedom-tour-across-texas-promises-plenty-hilarious-anti-gay-bigotry/

Coming to a city near you! Get your tickets for a dazzling exhibition of homophobia.

Texas Lawmaker Claims Gay Marriages Void, Same-Sex Benefits Invalid



Apparently still unable to cope with the fact that same-sex marriage is legal, one Texas state lawmaker has chosen instead to simply live in a fantasy world.

GOP Rep. Dan Flynn (shown above with his wife, via his website) is claiming that same-sex marriage licenses issued in Texas are void, and that benefits extended to the spouses of gay state employees are invalid, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Flynn makes the absurd arguments in a request for a nonbonding (sic) opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) about what current Texas law says pertaining to marriage. Flynn also asks whether action by the Legislature is required to implement same-sex marriage in Texas; whether same-sex marriage licenses issued since the high court’s ruling are valid; whether state agencies have the authority to issue benefits to same-sex couples; and what action the federal government could take to force the state to implement same-sex marriage.

But Flynn’s request for an opinion is more like an opinion itself, in which he concludes that same-sex marriage is still illegal in Texas and then asks Paxton to agree with him. This is despite the fact that pursuant to the high court’s ruling, a federal district judge enjoined Texas from enforcing its marriage bans, in DeLeon v. Perry.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/texas-gay-marriage/

Waller County DA releases Sandra Bland’s toxicology report

AUSTIN — Sandra Bland’s toxicology report, released on Monday, showed she had levels of marijuana in her system when she died.

The report detailed little new information and was brief. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said additional tests will be conducted. After releasing the toxicology on Monday, he declined to comment on the findings. Mathis also announced he is forming an independent committee of former prosecutors and defense attorneys to review evidence about the arrest and death of Bland.

“There are many lingering questions regarding the death of Sandra Bland,” Mathis said.

Bland was pulled over on July 10 in Waller County for failing to signal a lane change. The routine traffic stop turned heated when Bland refused to put out a cigarette. Bland and the state trooper got in a screaming fight that ended in her arrest. Three days later she was found dead in her jail cell. Since then, her case has attracted national attention.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/07/waller-county-da-releases-sandra-blands-toxicology-report.html/

DA, feds investigate alleged theft of laptops at Prime Prep Academy

The defunct Prime Prep Academy has a new set of eyes looking at allegations of wrongdoing.

The Tarrant County district attorney’s office is consulting with federal authorities about claims that more than 100 laptops were stolen. Samantha K. Jordan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, said in an email that the case has the “potential to touch multiple jurisdictions.” The school had campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth, and the computers were mainly purchased with federal startup funds.

“We’re currently consulting with the U.S. attorney’s office on the best way to prosecute the case,” she wrote.

In a follow-up interview, Jordan said no decision had been made about whether charges are warranted. About 18 months ago, Superintendent Ron Price gave the district attorney’s office documentation he said would prove computer theft at the school co-founded by ex-NFL superstar Deion Sanders.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20150726-da-feds-investigate-alleged-theft-of-laptops-at-prime-prep-academy.ece

I don't recall a theft of this scope at a public school.

Bobby Jindal on Westboro Baptist Church: We will lock them up

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

Gov. Bobby Jindal has threatened to arrest Westboro Baptist Church members if they picket the funerals of the Lafayette theater shooting victims.

"Let me be very clear. If they come here to Louisiana, if they try to disrupt those funerals, we're going to lock them up. We're going to arrest them," Jindal said during an interview on "Face The Nation," the CBS Sunday morning political talk show.

Jindal made those comments despite the U.S. Supreme Court having affirmed the group's right to protest such events.

Louisiana law prevents protesters from interfering at funerals. The demonstration must stay 300 to 500 feet away from funeral proceedings for two hours prior to the event until two hours after it concludes. They are also not allowed to block or interfere with a funeral route. Jindal issued an executive order Saturday indicating he plans to enforce this law should the Westboro Baptist Church come to Louisiana.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/bobby_jindal_on_westboro_bapti.html#incart_most-read_

Political Horizons: On finances, Bobby Jindal counts at-bats as home runs

At least one entry in the “Boring But Important” category has to be the Herculean effort the Jindal administration has put into keeping the influential New York credit rating agencies from downgrading Louisiana’s finances.

Complex analysis of high finance doesn’t get a lot of clicks, but how Moody’s Investors Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services — the Big Three — rank Louisiana is of utmost importance, not only to taxpayers but to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s political ambitions.

State government borrows millions — in the form of bonds sold to investors that are repaid by taxpayers — to pay for expensive projects like highway expansions and building construction. How much taxpayers have to repay is based, in large part, on the credit rating the Big Three give.

Think of that television commercial in which the wife of the cute couple applying for a mortgage to buy a home plants her feet on the banker’s desk and demands “What else can you do for me?”

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/12998704-123/political-horizons-on-finances-jindal

Woman arrested at Baton Rouge movie theater after threatening to ‘shoot somebody’

A woman was arrested Saturday at a Baton Rouge Cinemark movie theater after she repeatedly said, “I’m going to shoot somebody,” just days after a mass shooting at The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette left two people dead and nine others wounded.

Management at the Perkins Rowe theater notified authorities after Gaynell Haydel, 27, walked up to the ticket booth inside the theater and said repeatedly that she was going to shoot someone, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report.

Haydel was unprovoked, deputies said in the report, and her threats made moviegoers and employees fear for their safety with some even leaving the theater.

When a deputy arrived, he told Haydel she had to leave the theater because of the statements she made, and she said, “I don’t have a gun on me,” according to the report.

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/13017546-123/woman-arrested-at-baton-rouge

Swedish police question Snoop Dogg for suspected drug use

HELSINKI — Swedish police say they briefly held U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg on suspicion of drug use after he performed a concert near Stockholm.

National police spokesman Fredrik Wallen says a police patrol in the city of Uppsala, north of the capital, stopped a car in which Snoop Dog was a passenger on Saturday evening after the concert. Police questioned him at a local police station and tested him for suspected drug use.

Wallen said Sunday the rapper was later released and was free to leave the country. Test results would not be available for "some time," he said.

He declined to give further details.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/swedish-police-question-snoop-dogg-for-suspected-drug-use/article_ef060eb4-6915-5e57-af78-feb567e94462.html

Geez, Louise! Snoop Dogg would never do drugs.

This Explosive Reaction to a Gay Couple Sitting Together in Kiev, Ukraine Will Leave You Speechless

Earlier this month, we showed you dramatic footage of a social experiment in which two men held hands and walked through the streets of Moscow, Russia to gauge the public’s attitudes towards homosexuality. Reactions to the stunt couple ranged from not even noticing to uncomfortable glances to verbal and even physical abuse.

After the video went viral, Bird in Flight, an online magazine dedicated to visual culture, decided to recreate the experiment in neighboring Ukraine. Like in Russia and many other Eastern European countries, homosexuality is viewed as a social taboo in the Ukraine and gays are frequent targets of right-wing extremist groups. Back in June, the country’s second gay pride rally in the capital of Kiev turned violent after several dozen neo-Nazi assailants attacked attendees and police.

Reactions to real-life couple Tymur and Zoryan walking the streets of Kiev holding hands were mostly muted, and many bystanders seemed more amused than upset. That wasn’t the case however when Tymur decided to sit on Zoryan’s lap in a popular city park. The two were approached by a dozen or so neo-Nazis things quickly escalated.

Wrote Tymur of the experience:

We can see that most of the people have a neutral opinion, they show no particular interest. This proves that the confrontation is between the two minorities. The only problem is that one of the minorities is excessively aggressive. I think that law enforcement should start the so called ‘safari’ on aggressors, because the latter are discriminating against Ukrainians, popularizing violence and are making it clear with their actions and statements that law enforcement is insignificant to them and the aggression will remain unpunished.


Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/this-explosive-reaction-to-a-gay-couple-sitting-together-in-kiev-ukraine-will-leave-you-speechless-watch/

Afghan Official: 21 Dead, 10 Wounded in Wedding Gunfight

Source: AP

An Afghan official says that 21 people have been killed by gunmen who fought a gun battle during a wedding in a northern province.

Jaweed Basharat, the governor of Baghlan province, said Monday that another 10 people were wounded in the shooting on Sunday night.

He says the gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in Andarab district.

Most of the dead were wedding guests aged from 14 years old to 60 years old, he says.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/afghan-official-21-dead-10-wounded-wedding-gunfight-32703027
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