Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry’s Plan to Spend Millions for Photo Ops

Why would you spend millions of dollars sending troops to the border who can’t actually detain anyone? That’s what some Texas sheriffs of border towns are asking in the wake of Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to send 1,000 National Guards members to the Texas/Mexico border in the next month, according to the Dallas Morning News. For them, it would be more useful to spend the money on hiring more deputies and police, aka people who are allowed to detain migrants.

“I don’t know what good they can do,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News. “You just can’t come out here and be a police officer.” Lucio and other sheriffs said they weren’t consulted before Perry’s announcement and, in Lucio’s opinion, the police and Border Patrol agents were handling the small uptick in crime. “At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons. I don’t know that it helps,” Lucio said.

via Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry’s Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico – Yahoo News.

Photo Ops folks.  That’s why he’s doing it.  Politics and photo ops.

Some pretty dang funny ones if you ask me.

Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico - Yahoo News

Perry Gun

And they’re also pretty dang expensive, but fear not Texans.  Rick Perry has a plan to pay for them…

“It is not clear where the money will come from in the budget,” the memo states, adding that Perry’s office has said the money will come from “non critical” areas, such as health care or transportation.

Nice.  Texans get more toll roads and dead people to pay for Perry’s photo ops.  Seems like a fair trade.

Senate GOP Refuses to Even Debate the Notion that Women Have a Right to Contraception

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November’s elections.

The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

Democrats sponsored the election-year bill to reverse last month’s Supreme Court ruling that closely held businesses with religious objections could deny coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

via Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage – Yahoo News.

Instead, the GOP tried to push a bill that says “when your employer kicks you to the curb for being a slut, you can go buy your own, whore!!! (paraphrased)”

In reality, they said this…

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), joining McConnell at his press conference, said the bill is intended to make the political point that “women have the same rights today to access contraception as they did before Obamacare was passed, and before the Hobby Lobby decision.”

This is *almost* true.  Before the ACA was passed, women did not have  right to contraception in their health insurance plans.  After it was passed, they did.  After Hobby Lobby, they lost that right to “religious corporations”.

You block a bill that would have restored those rights to women.  Stop lying, GOP.

White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue, Republicans Disagree and think the Feds should Decide for Everyone

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states’ rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession.

The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. “from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States’ rights and of District home rule,” the White House said in a statement. The White House said the bill “poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department’s enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District.”

 

via White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue.

Just to be clear…if you want freedom in this country, you should never vote for a Republican.

Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: We Don’t Want Them Voting

“These metrics would be useful to identify the ‘nudge factor’ by which one can analyze which census blocks, when added to a particular district [they] help pull the district’s Total Hispanic pop … to majority status, but leave the Spanish surname RV [registered voters] and TO [turnout] the lowest,” Opiela writes to the mapmaker.

Interiano responded two days later: “I will gladly help with this Eric but you’re going to have to explain to me in layman’s terms.”

Two years and seven months after that email exchange — and one year ago on June 25, 2013 — the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder,which struck down a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that had allowed the federal government to “pre-clear” redistricting maps proposed by Texas and other states with a history of discriminating against minority voters.

In a follow-up email on Nov. 19, 2010, Opiela explained to Interiano that he called his proposed strategy: “OHRVS” or “Optimal Hispanic Republican Voting Strength.” Opiela defined the acronym-friendly term as, “a measure of how Hispanic, and[,] at the same time[,] Republican we can make a particular census block.”

 

via Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: Smoking gun emails revealed – Salon.com.

We’ll see if this gets much more air time, but with the current GOP Attorney General nominee under felony indictment and the LtGov nominee is a talk show host, you can’t expect anything close to rational behavior out of Texas.

American drug companies don’t want to pay US taxes—but they want global customers to pay US drug prices

RobotPirateNinja:

Playing both sides of the “what am I” game. Telecom corps doing the same thing with utility/common carries/information service definitions.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Pfizer’s bid to purchase AstraZeneca failed, but the company’s attempt to move to London in an effort to avoid US corporate taxes has inspired a new round of commentary on America’s corporate tax system. Perhaps it should also spur a look at America’s commitment to raising drug prices around the world.

The US taxes the global income of its companies, which has led many of the largest to keep profits overseas indefinitely to avoid paying Uncle Sam, and even shift US profits overseas to avoid public levies. So-called “inversions”—reverse mergers where a US company buys a foreign one and assumes their jurisdiction, as Pfizer proposed—have also become more popular. Four US pharmaceutical companies have used the tactic to go overseas in the last year, and four more are considering similar moves.

While some US lawmakers have proposed a deal that would (paywall) block inversions as part of a strategy to lower taxes—a corporate…

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Lara Logan Goes Back To Work At CBS

After much speculation about whether she’d return to CBS News at all, Lara Logan was officially back at work Wednesday following a more than six-month leave of absence from “60 Minutes” prompted by her flawed report on Benghazi.CBS News spokesman Sonya McNair confirmed to the Associated Press that Logan had resumed work. She offered no details about exactly when Logan had returned to the network or what the correspondent was working on.

via Lara Logan Goes Back To Work At CBS.

It was there or let her out of the contract and go be a star on Fox, I’d wager.  They’ll snap her up in a heartbeat.  BTW, anyone who believes anything she says from here on out is a sucker.

I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican (the Rational Position)

Today, my voting record says I’m a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don’t identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition.

You could say that I’m less a Democrat than an anti-Republican. I vote the way I do because I want the GOP to lose, lose badly, and keep losing until it comes to its collective senses, which at this point seems a very long way off indeed.

There are so many reasons why I’ve come to this position that I almost don’t know where to begin. So let’s just start with recent headlines — which means the Benghazi Obsession.

Four people died in the September 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. It was a tragedy. It was infuriating. It deserved to be investigated.

And it has been. Nine times.

via I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican. – The Week.

I could have written this.  I didn’t but I could have, because I agree with nearly every word.

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