Posts tagged "texas"

The Soapbox: Spreading Unsubstantiated Theories About Sandra Bland’s Death Won’t Bring Her Justice

Though there has been plenty of sound reporting on the facts of the case, there has also been no shortage of conspiracy theories circulating the internet — including one that claims Bland was lying on the ground in her mug shot photo, the insinuation being that the young woman was dead already.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 28, 2015

Texas Authorities Are Seriously Trying To Imply Marijuana May Have Contributed To Sandra Bland’s Alleged “Suicide”

Let me just start this post off by saying FUCK YOU to CNN and MSNBC, two news networks that chose to cut away from today’s press conference on the pathological findings and initial autopsy results in the death of Sandra Bland in favor of covering the latest stop on Donald Trump’s Presidential Horseshit Traveling Circus.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 23, 2015

Dash Cam Video Of Sandra Bland’s Arrest Has Been Doctored

Last night, following the press conference in which authorities confirmed that Sandra Bland’s death is being investigated as a homicide, dash cam video of the traffic stop and arrest was released to the public. The video proved that the arresting officer, Brian Encinia, violated protocol, used excessive force and that Bland should have never bee…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 22, 2015

State Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Was Hardly A “Model” Police Officer [UPDATED]

This post has been updated with the dash cam video of Bland’s arrest, as well as details from the press conference held this evening.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 21, 2015

Dash Cam Video Of Sandra Bland’s Traffic Stop Shows She Was Arrested After State Trooper Told Her To Put Out Her Cigarette

It has been a week since Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman who was arrested after a routine traffic stop in the Houston area, was found dead in her jail cell. Her death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, but her family and friends dispute that and have requested their own independent autopsy be…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 20, 2015

What Happened To Sandra Bland?

Sandra Bland, 28, who was pulled over for a minor traffic violation last Friday in Waller County, Texas, and then arrested and booked for assault on a police officer. On Monday morning, she was found dead in her cell, with police claiming she committed suicide. Her family and friends call bullshit.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 16, 2015

Surprise! Texas Pastor Won’t Set Himself Aflame Because Of Marriage Equality After All

Oh shucks. The Texas Ex-Pastor Rick Scarborough who said he would light himself on fire if SCOTUS passed marriage equality, now says he won’t do it. What a wuss.

The anti-gay religious nut from Pearland, TX originally released his statement on June 22nd to illustrate how far him and his followers will go…

By: Katrin Higher / June 27, 2015

New Gun Law: Texas Handgun Owners Will Now Be Able To Prominently Display Their Dicks…I Mean Guns In Public

A new law was signed into legislation on Saturday in Texas, ensuring that handgun owners will be able to proudly and openly display there firearms in public – including on college campuses.

Texas, you keep coming up with such wonderful ideas. Why, what is better than letting college students run around with gu…

By: Katrin Higher / June 13, 2015

Homecoming Queen Killed By Texas Flood Is Mocked By Asshole Atheists For Believing In God

The Daily Beast reported on tragedy yesterday: Homecoming Queen Alyssa Ramirez lost her life after a flood in Texas swept her car away on her way home from prom. The details are pretty heartbreaking. The teen was only two miles away from home when she was caught in a flash flood. She called 911 and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 28, 2015

10 Reasons I’d Rather Be In Texas

HELP ME, TEXAS! The post-Texas blues struggle is real. I’m ill, and the only cure is more Texas. I spent Memorial Day weekend in Austin, it rained every single day, I got sick, and I still had probably the best vacation of my life.

To be completely fair, part of this is because…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 26, 2015

Texas Students Deface Confederacy President Statue On Campus

Student vandals defaced the statue of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy on the University of Texas Austin campus on Saturday, most recently with the words “Davis must fall” and “Emancipate UT.”

Senior Jamie Nalley defended the attack against the statue saying: “We thought, there are those old ties to slavery and…

By: Katrin Higher / May 11, 2015

Texas Nears Approval Of Open-Carry Bill For Handguns

In the true fashion of Texas and its insane Wild West ways, the state is nearing the approval of a bill that would allow its gun-licensed citizens to casually walk around with visible hand guns at all times!

The state’s House voted 96-35 on Friday to pass the bill, which allows folks to…

By: Katrin Higher / April 18, 2015

Toni Morrison’s Breathtaking NY Times Profile Is A Must-Read

No, really the best, in every way.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 8, 2015

Evil Texas Attorney General Attempts To Void Marriage License For Same-Sex Couple

In the latest news from evil Texan men in power, on Friday, Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the state’s Supreme Court to revoke a marriage license issued to same-sex couple Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant (above).

Bryant and Goodfriend have been together for over 30 years and a county judge granted them a…

By: Katrin Higher / February 21, 2015

Wendy Davis’s Replacement Wore Anti-Abortion Cowboy Boots To Her Swearing In Ceremony

In order to run for Governor last term, All-American Shero Wendy Davis had to give up her seat in the Texas State Senate. Which means someone had to replace her. That person was Tea Party favorite, Konni Burton — and not only is she Konni with a K, she’s also klassy with a K.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 13, 2015

White Women Failed Wendy Davis (And Texas In General)

White women in Texas failed Wendy Davis and the whole rest of the state. [RH Reality Check]
Read this interview with intersex people to find out what life is like for them. [Cosmopolitan]
Here are the five worst states for black people. [The Root]
Read about Harry Potter’s lessons about bullying.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 6, 2014

Wendy Davis Lost The Election, But She Changed The Game

Wendy Davis, kickass American hero, has lost the Texas gubernatorial election. I know I shouldn’t be surprised. For starters, she’s a Democrat, and Texas hasn’t had a Democratic governor in almost twenty years. To top it off, she’s a female, and a mother, and one of the thousands of women in this country who’ve had

By: Claire Hannum / November 5, 2014

John Grisham Is Wrong: It’s Not Easy To Stumble Upon Child Porn

It really isn’t easy to just stumble upon child porn, regardless of John Grisham’s assertions. [Daily Dot]
In South Carolina, stand your ground laws give domestic abusers a loophole and shift blame onto victims who self-defend. [Salon]
Please read this essay about the failure of Texas’s abortion laws for a couple who…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 16, 2014

Texas Throws Out Law Banning Creepshots

The Texas Supreme Court threw out a ban on “creepshots” this week, saying that it’s “paternalistic” for the government to “regulate the defendant’s mind” in a case in which someone takes illicit photos of another person, in public, without the subject’s consent.
Jenny Kutner at Slate points out the very real fact of the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 21, 2014
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