Texas Republicans Cannot Reanimate the Dead

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 7:28 pm

Four Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination to run for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the fall election participated in the first televised debate of the primary season on Monday evening. Of particular note, they all disagreed with the judge who ordered the hospital to disconnect Marlise Munoz from a ventilator. They also vowed to change the law so that this mistake will not happen again.

 

UPDATE Judge Intervenes: Texas Hospital Keeps Pregnant Body Functioning: Where Could This Lead?

By: Friday January 24, 2014 2:25 pm

Marlise Munoz is dead. She died Nov. 26, probably of a pulmonary embolus, when she was 14 weeks pregnant. But John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas refuses to turn off the machines and let the family claim the body of their beloved.

This family is grieving a tragic loss. Their grief is all the more devastating because the firm wishes of their loved one – the woman paramedic, the daughter and wife who knew she never wanted to be maintained in an unconscious state – mean nothing.

Hypocrisy is bigger in Texas

By: Friday January 3, 2014 1:30 am

Sounds totally fair…in a Rick Perry fashion doesn’t it?

Free Speech, Capitalist Dynasties

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 6:00 pm

Free speech is freedom to create commercially profitable spectacle. The media disappearing yet again up its own asshole.

Keystone XL Fork in the Road: TransCanada’s Houston Lateral Pipeline

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 5:43 pm

Only Barack Obama knows the fate of the northern half of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. But in the meantime, TransCanada is preparing the southern half of the line to open forcommercial operations on January 22.

Yet, there’s a fork in this controversial pipeline system that has largely flown under the radar.

TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Keystone XL Southern Half

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 5:47 pm

Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that “on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.” The Sierra Club’s legal challenge to stop the pipeline was recently denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, so the southern half, battled over for years between the industry and environmentalists, will soon become a reality.

TX Sen: Cornyn Gets Last Minute Primary Challenger

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 12:16 pm

Stockman has an uphill battle in front of him since Cornyn has a substantial war chest, but even if he doesn’t win this move could have real policy implications beyond Texas. Cornyn is the second ranking Senate Republican. With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also fighting off his own primary challenge this means both of the top Republican leaders in the Senate are probably going to spend the next several months proving that they are conservative enough. This should continue to push the entire GOP rightward for the next year and make the possibility of any big deals with President Obama highly unlikely.

Think Dirty app for cleaner shopping (#SXSWEco)

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 6:45 am

If you buy bath or body products, whether shampoo, lotion, or makeup, you know the stores are full of “natural” products which are anything but natural by sany sane person’s definition. Taking a chemical produced solely in a laboratory, based on petrochemicals, or even known to have toxic elements and then mixing it with botanical essences and herbal fragrances is not what most people consider natural.

Her mother’s second bout with breast cancer inspired Lily Tse to research the dangerous chemicals in many everyday body products.

FDL Movie Night: Informant

By: Monday September 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Informant follows the engrossing and disturbing story of Brandon Darby, the handsome, impassioned radical activist turned FBI informant and Tea Party hero whose work with the FBI led to one man’s death in Austin, Texas, and the trial and imprisonment of two anarchists during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Our guest tonight, Director Jamie Meltzer, has crafted a taut tale with re-enactments that break the fourth wall, conflicting accounts of key incidents, and an unreliable, perhaps confabulist, narrator.

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