FORT WORTH — Wendy Davis burst into the national political consciousness this summer as a feminist folk hero. She was a titan in pink tennis shoes, a single mother who became a lawyer, stood up to the Republican boys club and, against all odds, temporarily halted enactment of a restrictive abortion bill. Last week, a different side of the Democratic state senator emerged: the devoted daughter of an ailing father, Jerry Russell, who is well known in Fort Worth theater circles but isn’t mentioned in her compelling campaign biography. Her mother, a sixth grade dropout who made do without child
Comments: The big push begins. The Texas Tribune is very left-leaning, so keep that in mind. Greg Abbott has to be salivating at the notion of running against this woman in conservative, pro-life, red Texas where the last experience with a woman governor was Ann Richards. George W. made short work of Miss Ann.
Abortion Barbie is hated by pretty much everyone in the Texas Legislature, D or R. She is a publicity hound who takes credit for things she had nothing to do with. There is much more to the story of her husband receiving custody of the kids after her second divorce. But this is Texas, if she runs for governor she´ll crater. Although she may do it anyway to make her name nationally recognized. Abortion Barbie-- perfect.
Of course she´s a Dem superstar: She´s the epitome of all that defines them. Get ahead on someone else´s dime - check. No real values, just political expediency and grandstanding - check. Sacrifice whatever it takes, including your own children, to get your own way - check. And most importantly, shameless hypocrisy and smug self righteousness - check.
The lengths to which people will go to kill defenseless babies in the womb are criminal, terroristic and cowardly. Everyone who does so should face an advocate for the baby who will physically fight to stop the crime. 50 million babies killed in their mother’s wombs in America. There’s a payday someday!
Wendy Davis burst into the national political consciousness this summer as a feminist folk hero. She was a titan in pink tennis shoes, a single mother who became a lawyer, stood up to the Republican boys club and, against all odds, temporarily halted enactment of a restrictive abortion bill
Way too funny!!!!
Jay Root, thanks for letting everyone know you are another clueless blithering idiot, masquerading as a journalist!
I´m gathering the Texas Tribune is some kind of alternative weekly rag, the mainline Austin paper is the American-Statesman. And it looks like not even the hopelessly liberal A-S is as gone on Wendy as this turkey. And no, I´m not going to read the article, the intro alone is worthy of its own barf alert.
FTA: "... she sued the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, alleging that biased coverage led to her defeat and caused injury to her physical and mental health; the suit was later dismissed on free speech grounds, according to news accounts in the hometown paper."
And that, my friends, is called "taking responsibility."
Barbie made a one-day, one-night stand, which cost the Texas taxpayers a lot of money, as it forced the governor to call an extra special session, at which time the bill passed. So the state spend millions while all she accomplished was making out-of-state Dems fall in love with her and in-state folks, the ones who vote in Texas, dislike her immensely.
She doesn´t have a snowball´s chance at the governorship of Texas. But if the out-of-state Dems want to throw money this way, bring it on. The extra ads will help the Texas economy and will reduce spending some place else.
Peter O´Toole is gone, and I do a quick cortical search for my most vivid memory of him. The first hit is, to my surprise, not his face but his inimitable voice. Specifically, his voice as it emanates from the mouth of Anton Ego, the food critic in 2007´s "Ratatouille"—expansive, even airy; elegant with that characteristically delicious tinge of insouciance and, as always, blithely musical, an orchestra of feelings within a single instrument. "Not everyone can become a great artist," Anton intones warmly, "but a great artist can come from anywhere." It´s the story of O´Toole´s life. Born in 1932
You Want to Sell Obamacare You’ve Got to Take Care of Obama: Megan McArdle notes that Obama’s HHS has “reached the limits of its November strategy of using last-minute rule-making to implement on-the-fly changes to the law.” No more rules! Now insurance companies are being “encouraged” and “strongly encouraged” to extend deadlines, accept late payments, pay for some out-of-network doctors and out of plan prescriptions. Many of these things violate the formal terms of the deal the government had made with insurers and will cost the latter money. “They’re asking insurers to pay for the mistakes” the administration made in
A convicted terrorist supporter who is currently under house arrest attended a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood group in a congressional office building earlier this month, according to reports. Sami Al-Arian, a former engineering professor at the University of South Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in 2006. He has been under house detention in Northern Virginia since 2008 for refusing to testify in a subsequent terror financing trial. Al-Arian admitted in the plea agreement to having worked with the PIJ and other groups from the 1980s to the 1990s. He said he
In Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom, the band led by one of the characters gets a streak of decent reviews in the press despite never attaining a large audience or good record sales. At some point, those press mentions disappear, and he figures out what happened: “he’d been buying press attention on credit all along, without realizing it, and that the press had finally concluded that familiarity with the Traumatics was never going to be necessary to anyone’s cultural literacy or street credibility, and so there was no reason to extend him further credit.” You can see something similar happening with ObamaCare:
All this year, House Speaker John Boehner has been taking criticism from all quarters. He is a squish selling out to the Obama administration and the Democrats, many conservatives charged when he engineered bipartisan (mostly Democratic) approval of higher tax rates on high earners rather than allowing the government to go over the fiscal cliff. (Snip)But I would argue that the cumulative result, in terms of budget, spending, and tax policy, is far more favorable for Republicans and conservatives than they had any right to anticipate given the correlation of political forces after the November 2012 election.
Less than a month after it was hailed as “a great diplomatic coup,” the so-called Geneva accord to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions seems to have come unstuck. The official narrative in Tehran is that Iran signed nothing. “There is no treaty and no pact,” says Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, “only a statement of intent.” Originally, Iran’s official media had presented the accord as a treaty (qarardad) but it now refers to a “letter of agreement” (tavafoq nameh). The initial narrative claimed that the P5+1 group of nations that negotiated the deal with Iran had recognized the Islamic Republic’s right to enrich uranium
The stereotype of women sabotaging birth control to secure a wealthy man is so pervasive that it is an official topic of discussion during the NBA’s weeklong orientation program for rookie players. But according to reports, women are more likely to be victims of birth control sabotage than men. Surveys conducted by anti-violence groups of survivors of domestic abuse have found contraception sabotage to be so widespread that there’s now a term for it: reproductive coercion. The issue gained newfound attention last month, when the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of a man who was sentenced to jail time
It has been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis caught the story that has since defined his career, one that he wishes didn´t exist: R. Kelly´s sexual predation on teenage girls. DeRogatis, at that time the pop-music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, was anonymously delivered the first of two videos he would receive depicting the pop star engaging in sexual acts with underage girls. Now the host of the syndicated public radio show Sound Opinions and a professor at Columbia College, DeRogatis, along with his former Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch, didn´t just break the story, they did the
Late last week, the Obama administration made a series of “requests” to insurance companies that are participating in the new exchanges, federal or state, as well as those companies processing renewal requests for individual insurance policies that were initially cancelled and may now be renewed in those states where the state insurance commissioner has given the OK. These “requests” follow a series of retreats from deadlines established at the time the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. These include: delaying the employer mandate for a year; delaying the end of the sign-up period for coverage beginning January 1; delaying the introduction of the
CHICAGO -- The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois´ Champaign campus. It´s a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who´ve been up all night studying. The carols echoing in the lobby of Snyder Hall may be out of tune at times, but the voices ring with youthful energy. "They´re not music majors. They´re singing from their hearts," said Kirsten Ruby, spokeswoman for the university´s housing department. The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary, Betty Gordon, and
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Caroline Kennedy is a long way from Syracuse.The soft-spoken presidential scion, who four years ago this month toured upstate New York in a short and ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate, has swept with force into her newest public role as President Barack Obama’s ambassador in Japan. And if the iconic daughter of American political royalty showed herself to be deeply uncomfortable as a glad-handing pol, she’s on her way to becoming something of a rock star in the more dignified world of diplomacy.
As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan . . .
Valerie Jarrett, Obama´s Rasputin, unwittingly provided us an answer to the question of why the Obama Presidency is such a man-caused disaster. There are few people who are close to the notoriously insular Barack Obama (a former aide, Neera Tanden, said that "Obama doesn´t call anyone, and he´s not close to almost anyone. It´s stunning that he´s in politics, because he really doesn´t like people") but Valerie Jarrett is among the select few. They have been friends for decades; she introduced Barack to Michelle; she is a constant presence in the White House, and highly unusual for a White House
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Sure, he likely didn’t mean anything overtly sexual by it. But Vice President Joe Biden is a folksy kind of guy who has officially entered dirty old man territory and done something sure to elicit laughs within the White House Press Corps. Look how he’s manhandling The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Aime Parnes for this photograph taken at a recent holiday party that she posted on her Facebook page. For most people’s tastes he’s grazing way too close to the vicinity of her abdomen. And watch her reaction. Is it shock, awe, utter disbelief? Whatever the expression, she appeared to
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The film industry is in mourning after legendary film actor Peter O´Toole died at the age of 81. The critically acclaimed performer, who was born in County Galway, Ireland, died after being taken to hospital with a long-suffering illness on Friday. He is survived by two daughters - Kate and Patricia - and a son, Lorcan Patrick O´Toole. In a statement released earlier, Kate O’Toole said: ´His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of
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In 2000, shortly after Hillary Clinton was elected to represent New York in the Senate, I was honored when she called seeking my advice.(snip)Hillary is a patriot who loves her country completely. Her deep commitment to public service and progressive causes runs through her veins. At the State Department, she proved to be an outstanding diplomat. She rolled up her sleeves and went to work repairing relationships with heads of state around the world. From the evolving conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to the turbulent Arab Spring, Hillary was always a steady hand on the foreign policy rudder. Over the years, Hillary and
Washington -National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency. An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent a surprising denouement to an international drama that has lasted half a year. It is particularly unexpected from a surveillance agency that has spent months insisting that Snowden’s disclosures have caused vast damage to US national security. The NSA official in charge of assessing the alleged damage caused by Snowden’s leaks, Richard Ledgett, told