SCOTUS Strikes down abortion restrictions that create undue burden

Good News from the Supreme Court for those in need of an abortion. The Daily Beast reports the Supreme Court in a decisive 5 to 3 ruling has struck down Texas's HB2 that enacted Targeted Restriction of Abortion Providers or TRAP laws.In Texas had the decision been upheld it would have shuttered most of the abortion clinics and left women in the Rio Grande Valley without a safe, legal abortion provider as far as San Antonio as no regional hospital would grant admitting privileges t … [Read more...]

SCOTUS to rule soon on undue burden on abortion clinics

The US Supreme Court ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt from Texas's HB2 that enacted draconian restrictions on abortion providers may come down as soon as Monday. What will the Supreme Court ruling on whether abortion TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) like TX HB2 mean for pregnant people across the country?Aron Ra and I got together on the Ra-Men Podcast with Heather Busby, the Executive Director of NARAL ProChoice Texas, to discuss the ramifications of th … [Read more...]

Victory in Texas! Mary Lee Bruner Defeated in State Board Run Off

You may already know Mary Lou Bruner, who is notorious for making false statements like President Barack Obama was formerly a gay prostitute? She lost her bid to represent Republicans in the November election for East Texas in District 9.Kathy Miller Texas Freedom Network, a Church/State separation watchdog group, had this to say: “Texas escaped an education train wreck tonight. If Bruner had ultimately won election to the board, she would have instantly become the most embarrassingly unin … [Read more...]

Texas weather has gone all “Texas” down here

Yes, Texas weather has gone plumb haywire, or "Texas" in Norwegian slang.  On the East side of Dallas,where Aron Ra and I live, secular relief efforts are underway from an estimated 11 tornadoes that tore through Dallas county and neighboring counties to the North and East. Tornadoes in December are rare, and the one that struck Garland where we live was classified as an "F4" leveling some houses to their foundations. The DFW area death toll is estimated at 11 people, and 600 structures were … [Read more...]

Governor Abbott: FFRF Capitol Holiday Display “Mocks Religious Beliefs” and must go.

In a characteristic display of both irony and projection, Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a show of disrespect to the state's nonbelievers ordered the Freedom From Religion Foundation's holiday display removed from where it had been squirreled away on the basement floor for this reason:"The Constitution does not require Texas to allow displays in its Capitol that violate general standards of decency and intentionally disrespect the beliefs and values of many of our fellow Texans," Abbott … [Read more...]

Dallas Mayor not on the Islamophobia Bandwagon

Texas isn't widely known for progressive policy makers, but there are a few. Texas isn't as Red in its urban centers like Dallas, as it appears from the outside. Look at Texas Governor Greg Abbott's fearful response to Texas accepting Syrian refugees. As was reported by Rick Cohen last Monday, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, joined other Republican governors in declaring that Syrian refuges(sic) were not welcome to be resettled in that state. “As the governor of the state of Texas,” he said … [Read more...]

Hemphill County Texas Sheriff dares you to take offense to Bible verse on police vehicles

Just like unattended graffiti, police departments are getting bolder and bolder about putting their Christian stamp on state owned police vehicles. In Hemphill County,  Sheriff James Pearson wants everyone to know that if you take offence to "I am the good shepherd. John 10:11" on vehicles paid for by atheist tax money too that you are "missing the point". Which sort of begs the question exactly which "sheep" does this department see themselves as the good shepherd of? His reasoning:Hemphill … [Read more...]

Texas Governor Calls Freedom from Religion Foundation “Misguided and Malicious”

Of course Texas Governor and Christian Culture Warrior, Greg Abbott, has pledged his full support for the Childress Police Department's commandeering of state owned police vehicles for the motto "In God we Trust". "There can be no doubt that courts in Texas would uphold the constitutionality of the Childress Police Department's decision to place 'In God We Trust' on the department's patrol vehicles," Abbott said in the letter. "If the Childress Police Department chooses to continue this … [Read more...]

Victory for Science in Texas!

Just when you thought Texans couldn't catch a break down here, finally there is good news to report.  … [Read more...]

Texas: Not ready for a progressive woman Governor

During the election coverage and Republican acceptance speeches there was a real element of attributing the takeover of Congress to President Obama even though he wasn't on the ballot. There are already congressmen who pledge to prosecute him for abusing executive orders even though he issued less of these than George W. Bush. As a black president, he is a very easy scapegoat for Republicans to bash. In fact, a third of Louisiana Republicans, blame him for the government response to Katrina, … [Read more...]