Thanks, but No Thanks, Texas

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Post by Valentina Forte-Hernandez

Texas legislatures are attempting to disguise their anti-abortion bill as a measure of protection for teenagers and children. They are acting as if restricting abortion, limiting contraceptive care and defunding sexual education will prevent teenagers from having sex. If teenagers do not know how to have safe sex, are unable to access contraception or abortion they will stop having sex, right? Wrong. Denying youth sex ed, contraception and abortion will only ensure that there will be more unsafe sex, more unplanned pregnancies and more women turning to dangerous abortion alternatives. Saying these restrictions are to protect young people is not only preposterous, it also ignores all the adult women who are also being harmed by a lack of access to reproductive care. The anti-abortion bill and the continuous cuts to reproductive health care services hurt all Texas women. Even if you do not need an abortion…

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Government tries to quietly drop Lord ‘desolate north-east’ Howell as adviser

Were that it was satire!

Pride's Purge

(It’s not satire – it’s the Tories!)

Up until just yesterday afternoon, Lord Howell – the Tory peer who said that ecologically damaging fracking for shale gas could go ahead in the north-east of England because the countryside there is so ‘desolate‘ –  was described on the official government information website www.gov.uk as an adviser to the Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Here’s a screen shot of a cached copy:

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By yesterday evening however, his role had been deleted and the website now states he ‘no longer works for the government’:

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You can almost smell the desperation of the government to distance itself from such an electoral liability.

Presumably it won’t be so easy to whitewash from history the fact he’s the chancellor George Osborne’s father-in-law.

Seems to me the only thing that’s going to be desolate in the north-east of England is the Tory’s chances of ever winning…

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The Gun Report: July 31, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 9-year-old boy was injured after being caught in the crossfire of bullets in front of a drive-thru in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday night. Two cars fled the scene after shots were fired at around 8:30 p.m. in front of Ray’s Drive Thru. The victim was a passenger in a third vehicle and was struck by shattered glass. Police are investigating.

—WHIOTV.com

A 14-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting while standing on the porch of a home on the east side of San Antonio, Tex., early Tuesday. The victim was hit in the arm and leg by bullet fragments when shots rang out from a dark-colored SUV with three people inside. Police are not sure whether the home was the actual intended target of the shooting or whether the attack was gang-related.

via The Gun Report: July 31, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Putting Those Seasonal Veggies To Use: Corn and Tomato Salad Recipe

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Summer’s bounty provides no shortage of delicious and seasonal fruits and vegetables, readily available at your local farmers’ market or right in your backyard if you like to grow your own food. And whether you are a culinary genius or have just recently mastered the art of microwaved dinners, preparing meals in the summer with fresh produce is easy for any skill level.

Some folks refuse to even turn their ovens on during the warm summer months, vowing to create dishes that only require raw preparations of wonderful vegetables and fruit. After all, biting into a juicy peach or a ripe tomato leaves your palate satisfied and without a want for dressings or seasonings; in-season produce is scrumptious just the way it is.

Here is one nearly completely raw summer salad that is sure to please guests at a cookout, or your family as a side dish or entrée. It…

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US: California extends citrus pest program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture extended a program aimed at slowing the onslaught of an insect and bacteria that are devastating US citrus plants.

The State will extend by four years the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, established in 2009 largely to guard against the advance of the Asian citrus psyllid.

The tiny bug is believed to carry a bacterial disease called huanglongbing, or greening disease, that is already responsible for causing $1.3 billion in damages to citrus crops in Florida. Experts know of no cure.

So far, California’s $2-billion citrus industry has yet to be hit. Growers hope to stop the pests in their tracks by coordinating with the State, reporting any outbreaks and agreeing to quarantines. To help efforts, citrus producers are expected to contribute $15 million this year to the prevention program.

The Asian citrus psyllid has been found in nine California counties, but huanglongbing has been detected only once. That was on a residential property in Hacienda Heights.

“We do not have the disease now, but we believe it’s just a matter of time,” said Steve Lyle, a spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

via US: California extends citrus pest program.

The U.S. Visa Cancellation of Lebanese Citizens

Some mindless junk of excluding people by whim? White House will hear about this.

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

It’s a joyful moment for many when they get that American embassy employee to smile at them and tell them their visa request has been finally approved. I wouldn’t know since I’ve never had that happen to me.

For many, it is believed the struggle to get into the United States is almost done – what can go wrong now that you’ve got the paper work? Nothing, right?

Wrong.

For 3000 Lebanese, visiting the United States has become an impossibility for reasons no one knows. The people whose visas got cancelled belong to different Lebanese sects and religions: Christian, Muslim, Sunni, Shiites. They belong to different societal strata: businessmen and regular joes.

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon has denied such numbers  (link), asserting that it is within the authority of the American State Department to cancel visas if information came to light after their issuance that would make the…

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Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: Republican George Will Says Detroit Go Bankrupt! It’s Your Fault! & Begins the Republican War on Minorities!

Let Detroit Go Bankrupt, but only the Black inner city, not the rich, white suburbs. The lines were drawn by Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s appointed Emergency City Financial Manager. The lines were carefully drawn, creating an island, similar to the island drawn by the broken levies around New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

The people of inner-city Detroit are crying, reaching out for help. Retirees who were the Brave Firefighters, Police and Teachers — are having their pensions ripped away with Hurricane-like forces, and we see these retirees pleading with their Republican Governor, begging him NOT to steal their promised pensions.

Yet, Republicans across America are patting Governor Snyder on the back and urging him to say NO. Don’t help Detroit. NO. Rip away their Pensions. Let them Suffer. Let them starve! It’s their own DAMN fault. They are greedy. They were in Unions. They voted for the wrong city leaders. Cut them off. That’s what they get. That’s what they deserve.

via Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: Republican George Will Says Detroit Go Bankrupt! It’s Your Fault! & Begins the Republican War on Minorities!.

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