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Some good news on voting rights, for a nice change! A federal judge in Texas has ruled — again — that the state’s 2011 voter ID law was passed with the intention to discriminate against minority voters and therefore violates the federal Voting Rights Act. And yes, that really is “ruled again”:

The judge, Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, had made a similar ruling in 2014, but after Texas appealed her decision, a federal appellate court instructed her to review the issue once more.

The appeals court — the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans — found that Judge Ramos had relied too heavily on Texas’ history of discriminatory voting measures and other evidence it labeled “infirm” and asked her to reweigh the question of discriminatory intent.

In Monday’s ruling, Judge Ramos said the evidence cited in the appeals court didn’t change things enough to “tip the balance” in favor of the State of Texas. Texas is, of course, expected to appeal it once again, so the 2011 Texas law — often called the most restrictive in the nation — may well still be dragging through the courts during Malia Obama’s presidency. Hopefully, it’ll be resolved in her first term.

The federal Justice Department, at the direction of Attorney General Jeff (puke) Sessions, had withdrawn from the portion of the case arguing that Texas’s voter ID law was intended to discriminate, although the DOJ is still moving forward in arguing the law has the effect of discriminating. The ACLU, the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, and other groups continued to pursue the discriminatory intent portion of the case without the DOJ, and that’s the part Judge Ramos ruled on Monday.

Rather than try to see into the heart of each state legislator who voted for the law, Ramos’s decision explains, the court “considers all available direct and circumstantial evidence of intent,” including such factors as the law’s historical context, any departures in procedure in the passage of the law, and

Whether there is a clear pattern, unexplainable on grounds other than race, which emerges from the effect of the state action even when the governing legislation appears neutral on its face

Ramos also noted it was only necessary to show that discrimination was one of the motives for the legislation, even if it had others.

Plaintiffs testified that the law, Senate Bill 14, had indeed been rushed through the Texas Legislature using methods that departed from normal, including being classified as “emergency” legislation, supposedly because Texas faced a crisis of voter fraud for which the state has never provided any evidence. Thanks to that designation, debate was limited and the normal committee process was bypassed. The Republican majority also rejected Democrats’ efforts to reduce the restrictive impact of the law, such as amendments that would have allowed a wider range of photo IDs; notoriously, Texans can vote using a concealed firearm permit, but not a university ID card. Judge Ramos noted the law’s list of acceptable ID’s was overly restrictive, writing, “Many categories of acceptable photo IDs permitted by other states were omitted from the Texas bill[.]”

Ramos was particularly skeptical of the state’s argument that the bill was needed to fight voter fraud, noting that while SB 14 was being considered, testimony identified “only two convictions for in-person voter impersonation fraud out of 20 million votes cast in the decade leading up to SB 14’s passage.” The state also never adequately explained how the burdensome restrictions on voting would prevent in-person fraud, while it was clear the restrictions would make voting harder for non-fraudulent voters.

In summary, Ramos determined Texas hadn’t met the requirement of demonstrating “that the law would have been enacted without its discriminatory purpose,” and that the ID law therefore violated the Voting Rights Act. The finding of discriminatory intent could have big consequences for Texas, notes the New York Times:

The finding of intentional discrimination could once again put Texas under federal supervision. It would be the first state brought back into so-called preclearance since the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling. Judge Ramos did not address whether she would order Texas to undergo federal oversight, but will examine the issue during the next stage of the case.

Texas of course still insists there was no discriminatory intent, apparently because none of the legislators were stupid enough to say out loud “This law will do a great job of keeping blacks and Hispanics from voting.” (This marks the first time Republicans have ever learned from past mistakes.)

They’ll no doubt appeal the decision all the way to the newly engorsuched Supreme Court, which for all we know will now only strike down voting restrictions if states still have segregated restrooms in their capitol buildings.

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  • anwisok

    YAY, SHAN!!!

  • Jamoche
    • C4TWOMAN

      WTF is it with this auto home thing? Did no one watch all the robots take over sci-fi I did as a kid? Is everyone really so tech adverse not to double triple check a device that controls your house?

      Where I live, we have this outdoor market that shares space with a public fountain half the time. When the market reps were in talks with the city about nuts and bolts, the people building it were like “don’t worry, the fountain will never go on accidentally”. The market reps said, “Uh huh. Put a manual shut off we have access to”. They had to insist on this. It’s never been needed, but you know once day it will be…

      When did “be prepared” get replaced with, “Oh nothing bad will probably happen don’t worry”?

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        We have mistaken “laziness” with “convenience”, it seems. Soon we’ll all be sitting in our hoverchairs waiting for our cupcakes-in-a-cup.

      • Jamoche

        I like my home automation because it’s automated – the lights go on when I get home, the A/C shuts off when I’m not there. It’s also all controlled locally and secure. I don’t want to talk to my house, and even if I did, I still wouldn’t want to share anything with Google.

        • Bmaccnm

          How hard is it to flip the switch when you walk in the door?

          • Jamoche

            Given that it’s not next to the door, that depends on just how dark it is.

          • FlownΩver

            I have a system that summons a robot hand out of the broom closet and flips the switch for me. The robot hand is named “Rosie” for multiple reasons.

      • FlownΩver

        It got replaced way back when Big Electric decided to go nuke. In spite of all evidence to the contrary (cough*Chernobyl*cough) it’s still the regulatory standard.

    • h4rr4r

      That sounds like unauthorized use of a computer system, which is a federal felony.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Hmmm. I’m guessing you didn’t read the Google Home EULA. That’s OK, nobody else did either. Google is counting on it.

        • h4rr4r

          What does that have to do with the price of tea in Tibet?

          Burger King is the one doing the possible crime, not google.

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Well, I didn’t read it either (I don’t have Google home anyway) but I’m suggesting Google may have something in there about delivery of sponsored messages blah blah blah over which we have control, not you, dear EU.

          • FlownΩver

            Something something human centipede agreement.

          • h4rr4r

            Google had nothing to do with it, notice that it opens the wiki page not some burger king site.

    • artem1s

      Kee-Riced. We went thru all this talking appliance shit back in the 80s and consumers pretty much said ‘fuck no’. Just stop pushing this crap plz

      your door is a jar.

  • C4TWOMAN

    It’s like a hamster wheel of misgovernment. So much activity but nothing get’s done. In this case, great, but if it goes on much longer we might forget how government supposed to work…..

  • Suttree

    We really didn’t mean to discriminate. It was just meant to be a dog-whistle to GOTV. Or something equally stupid.

    • C4TWOMAN

      We didn’t know Liberul filth were listening to our sekkrit code.

      • Ducksworthy

        It’s like we captured their Enigma machine from Stromfront.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    The Rethuglian racists will not stop doing this, because it’s the only way they can win elections.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      You misspelled Ratfucklican.

      • mappo

        I could’ve sworn it was “Repugnican”.

    • JMP

      And being authoritarians who hate basic civil liberties, they don’t believe in the right to vote.

  • gene108

    It is sad and pathetic one of this country’s two major political parties works to make it harder for people to vote.

    If a political party, in another country did this, we’d be on them for being undemoratic and depriving their citizens of rights.

    Republicans are determined to make us a tin-pot banana republic.

    • Our former government up here in Canuckistan passed legislation to make it more difficult to vote, and we ALREADY have ID requirements to vote up here. I mean, that’s not an issue for me ’cause I’m a middle class white person, but it’s still pretty pointless.

    • TheBoatDude

      Only if they had oil…

  • stankbait

    I’d wager Pucker Carlson will disagree. Nice to see that the FAUX
    is down to its benchwarmers in 2 hrs of Prime Time.

  • Crystalclear12

    Like gun permit/student ID touch, makes it special.

  • goonemeritus

    Texas is facing a crises of an increase in Democratic voters is more likely the reason

    • Jamoche

      Texas used to think the Bushes were damn Yankees. I miss those days.

      • Judykhaynes

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !sw387c:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !sw387c:
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    • TheBoatDude

      That’s what happens when they started getting companies from CA to move over…they brought their ideals and employees. Inconvenient!

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Time for penises to be added to the list of required ID in the next Texas voter ID law?

    • Belasaurius

      don’t give us ideas

    • Jamoche

      And have it on record when it becomes obvious what that big truck is compensating for?

    • GoutMachine

      All elections will be held in men’s bathrooms, and proof of birth sex required for entry.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Tap your foot to vote Republican.

  • JMP

    Look, they’re not trying to discriminate on the basis of race, they’re trying to discriminate against Democratic voters, which happens to mean discriminating against minority along with young voters, but is legally OK according to our current Supreme Court.

    • Tennessee Rain

      Why? Are you saying minorities are too stupid to get a free ID? And you need a photo ID to buy beer. So there is that.
      Ow. Ow. Ow. Just typing like a stupid moronic conservative gave me a pain over one of my eyeballs.

      • jesterpunk

        I mean the governor was too stupid and moronic to have the proper id to vote in 2013 and could only vote thanks to a democrat.

        https://thinkprogress.org/texas-attorney-general-almost-disenfranchised-by-his-own-voter-id-law-345621085c84

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Your free ID is easily obtained from the Free ID office 100 miles away. The office is open on Tuesday’s from 2:00 – 2:15. Usually. PS Beware of the Leopard.”
        — Texas Republican Party

        • Tennessee Rain

          In order to obtain your free ID, you need a birth certificate. In order to get a relatively inexpensive certified copy from your state, you need…wait for it…a photo ID. If you go through a service to get a copy, it may or may not be accepted by the DMV and you have now paid somewhere between $50 and $75 for your free ID. God forbid if you are a woman and need a copy of a marriage license or divorce decree in order to prove who you are.

        • JMP

          And we now know from the investigation of Alabama’s governor’s cover-up of his affair that he was trying to do exactly that when he tried to close a ton of licensing offices in black areas. Not that it wasn’t obvious, but behind closed doors he and his mistress/aide actually admitted it.

        • artem1s

          oh wait, your a Republican? We’ll get that out in the mail for you in a jiffy!

      • JMP

        I’ve seen those exact idiotic statements enough times that I thought you were a for-real troll until the second paragraph.

        Do all the idiots saying “you need a photo ID to buy beer” live in California? Because normally, no you do not need a photo ID to buy beer. You need it to prove your age, so if you are or look young a cashier or bartender might ask for it; but if you’re obviously well past college age no one will normally ask for it. Except for California, where for some reason almost all stores (but not bars; or restaurants, wineries etc.) ask for ID just about every single time you get alcohol, or even cigarettes, even for someone who could not pass for under 35 if I tried.

        Seriously, it’s really annoying; before moving here at age 36 I hadn’t been carded since I was maybe 24 or 25.

        • h4rr4r

          I watched a cashier at Wegman’s do an ID check on a man who had to be over 80 yesterday. I get it, store policy, but damn that is a dumb policy.

          • Indivisible Snark Tank

            It’s kinda the same thinking as behind the United empolyees’ actions the other day: No Exceptions! Follow the letter of the rules! You have no right to question the decisions of people who make more than you do!

            In other words….it’s typical corporate bullshit.

          • notaten

            The grocery store in my town where I buy a lot of beer, you have to swipe your ID for any alcohol or tobacco purchase. Every time, no exceptions. It’s kinda a pain in the ass, but I’m used to it now.

          • Lascauxcaveman

            I buy my gin (and some cheap wine) at my favorite drug store, Rite-Aid. It’s the only place that asks for my middle age ass for ID. Yeah, we don’t trust our employees to judge whether that dude with grey hair is an adult; company policy.

        • Tennessee Rain

          Me too. No matter how many times I have explained how this disenfranchises old people, the shitheads just couldn’t get it. My grandmother was 98 years old when she passed. She never drove, she never handled her own finances and she never had a need for a photo ID. Also too, it’s kind of difficult to get a birth certificate when you were born in the back room of a house and your name was entered in the family bible.

  • Ducksworthy

    Gorsuch:IOKYR

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Of course the Texas government is going to double down on the stupid. It’s all they know!

  • Belasaurius

    my state doth lead me to hangeth my head in shameth

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Everything’s bigger in Texas! And sometimes that’s a big shame.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Texas: it’s not discrimination if they shouldn’t be allowed to vote in the first place.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      It’s not the right of people to vote, it’s that the *right* people vote.

    • Reality Killswitch

      You can’t vote unless you vote GOP.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “If it weren’t for those people, we wouldn’t have to have elections in the first place. The guy with the most oil would just run things.”
      — Texas Republican Party

  • Oblios_Cap

    Voter Fraud might not exist – unless the GOP does it – but that’s no reason not to make it harder to vote.

  • Tennessee Rain

    Ramos? That sounds Spanishy.

    • Belasaurius

      probably not a real judge them

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Is it true that right boobs have higher turnout than left boobs?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      There’s a definite cleavage in the result data.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        But the distribution has a nice curve.

        • pstockholm

          It would be mean not to acknowledge that.

  • Reality Killswitch

    For the different views we have, it’s amazing we only have two parties.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      It’s an almost inevitable result of First Past the Post election systems.

    • artem1s

      well when you have one party that is made up entirely of crazy, venal, bigoted, shitstained, misogynistic, homophobic, who only vote for the interests of .0001%er white male turn blossoms, you don’t really have much use for a third party. Your one and only goal should be to eradicate the horror show of know-nothings by nuking it from orbit just to be sure.

  • William
  • Ducksworthy

    Here’s a not racist voter supression scheme that will totally work. Have a voter intelligence test. If they pass, don’t let em vote. Problem solved.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      As long as it’s a fair test. those are harder to come by than you might think.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      That was the rationalization for literacy tests, which were ridiculously easy to apply unfairly, and thus were banned.

    • William

      It could backfire. So many Texas voters have such horrific mental defects, the state would want to execute them.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The problem with reading tests was that white ignoramuses always passed them, blacks with college degrees never could.

      You have to be honest in the first place. Racists aren’t honest.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      1) Bowie is pronounced:
      a) Boe-ee
      b) Boo-ee
      c) “Yahoo I got a big scary knife!”
      d) All of the above

      2) The Alamo was
      a) A Great moment in Texas History
      b) The Greatest moment in Texas History
      c) Both a) and b)
      d) All of the above, or we’re gonna have to settle this outside.

    • Persistent Demme

      fill in the blank:

      _____ a idiot!
      a) Your
      b) You’re
      c) Yer

      _____ a muslin!
      a) Its
      b) It’s
      c) Fear
      d) I can’t decide.

      Make me a _________!
      a) sandwich
      b) sammich

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Great news. And the notion of an engorsuched dick is now in mind.

  • Marceline

    And yet, some lefties still have to be convinced that voting matters.

    • jesterpunk

      But they didnt pass the Bernie purity test…

      • whitroth

        SHUT THE FUCK UP, asshole. They also didn’t pass the Hillary’s The Perfect Candidate, test, either.

      • JMP

        WAHHH WAHHH THAT BITCH (BUT DON’T YOU DARE CALL ME SEXIST) WON’T PROMISE ME A PONY BUT BERNIE WOULD GIVE ME A PONY AND I DEMAND A PONY!!!111!

    • William
      • Persistent Demme

        Frustration, yes.
        Not voting, no.

        We are ALL frustrated.
        (But some of us don’t give up.)

    • h4rr4r

      But the Candidate is not Pure enough!
      BERN IT ALL DOWN!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      We call these lefties “dipshits for Bernie and/or Stein.

  • boyblue122

    How about…Every US Citizen that pays taxes gets a government issued Voter ID. Problem solved

    • WotsAllThisThen

      That’s not the “problem” they were trying to solve.

      • boyblue122

        Well, yeah of course. They need to suppress voters to win now that they are a clear minority

    • Anna Rompage

      How about every US citizen who registers to vote, be allowed to vote, PERIOD!

      • boyblue122

        i agree. But if the GOP is going to yammer on about IDs they should just issue one to every citizen free of charge

    • jesterpunk

      Does it count if you dont pay taxes because you suck so bad at running a casino and you get 10 years to make up the yuge losses?

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      So, the President wouldn’t be allowed to vote? I’m all for that.

    • artem1s

      how about online, one time voter registration when you turn 18. do it when you register for selective service (yes females should also be required to register for selective service. Maybe those white women will think a little harder about the dumbasses they vote for if they know they or their daughters might end up getting drafted and fed to the DeVos/Cheney/Twittler war machine).

    • george gonzalez

      There is the small problem of that “Constitution” thing. It clearly states that any citizen can vote. And the Supreme Court has kibitzed on that several times. The originalists especially should be keen on not seeing any extra requirements in the original Constitution or the need to add same. They didn’t have plastic ID cards in 1776 so we don’t need any now. Or so they think. Kinda hoisted by their own petard.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • whitroth

    Hey, blacks, Hispanics, and don’t forget white trash…. You don’t want That Kind voting, I mean, do you?

    And whom, may one ask, is the model with the “I voted” sticker…?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    The judge, Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, had made a similar ruling in 2014, but after Texas appealed her decision, a federal appellate court instructed her to review the issue once more.

    The appeals court — the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans — found that Judge Ramos had relied too heavily on Texas’ history of discriminatory voting measures and other evidence it labeled “infirm” and asked her to reweigh the question of discriminatory intent.

    “Hey, come on, so they discriminated back in the day–I’m sure they’re fine now!”

    – Fifth Circuit, probably

  • Jennifer R

    OT but kinda big/funny
    Manafort is registering as a foreign agent.
    https://twitter.com/AP_Politics/status/852235049604919297

    • boyblue122

      so thats the only outcome of him meddling in US elections on behalf of Trump?

    • Anna Rompage

      Little late for that, isn’t it?

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Dammit, there’s an Agent Orange joke in there somewhere…

    • WotsAllThisThen

      The FBI registered him as such months ago.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Let’s not be too hasty. I bet two or three of your closest colleagues happen to be foreign agents who just plum forgot to register as such, too. No?

      • Jennifer R

        I can 100% guarantee I don’t work with any foreign agents, registered or unregistered.

      • proudgrampa

        I live in Utah, can i haz foreign registration?

      • whitroth

        Does this mean I have to report the contacts with the little green men from the UFO?

        • Undocumented Skwerl!

          Not as a foreign agent.

        • Yellerduck

          You’re getting your boogiemen mixed up. The Russians are the foreigners. The little green men are illegal aliens.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Judge Ramos did not address whether she would order Texas to undergo federal oversight, but will examine the issue during the next stage of the case.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4aa565e1174efc18b53d6d0731b04e44387ed0923e5bb1b073cda95f6faa516e.jpg

    • artem1s

      nah, make the asshats argue it in public court. make them own it. every stoopid word in defense of this piece of shit should be on display forever, and ever.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      “Oh, for fuck’s sake. Again.”

      – God

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      Next week, the Church of Scientology will announce that it’s moving all operations to Alabama.

    • artem1s

      and how in the name of the FSM is this allowable under non discrimination labor laws? or is this just one of those proforma votes to prove religious bigotry creds and will never ever see the light of day as a real law?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Gotta guard the sacramental wine from the winos!

    • Jonny On Maui

      Onward christian soldiers! Religious police, how Saudi…

    • boyblue122

      Nobody expects the Alabama Inquisition. Our two chief weapons are surprise and fear

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Surprise, fear, and a fanatical devotion to President Bannon.

        • Yellerduck

          Wait, wait…that’s ‘three’! Our three main weapons are surprise, fear, fanatical devotion to President Bannon, and a holy commitment to dumbfuckery.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Beyond the obvious discriminatory nature of this, how is it even supposed to work? And will there be the usual turf wars between jurisdictions, say, if somebody kills somebody else on church property?

      Or, are they just going to focus on enforcing church stuff? “I’m sorry, ma’am, you weren’t praying hard enough. That’s a 200 dollar fine or three days in the slammer. And by ‘slammer,’ you know what I mean, you naughty minx.”

    • Anna Rompage

      So what, the evangelicals are jealous of the Catholic’s Opus Dei, and want to one up them?

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Opus Dei? No. Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, more likely.

        • Yellerduck

          They’ll be patrolling church grounds with sticks to whack women whose skirts are too short or who are following their menfolk at less that 10 paces.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Church of Satan on line one…

      • Jeffery Campbell

        Oh, hello, yes? No, no, you’ll find us downstairs. Way downstairs.

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Isn’t that how the KKK got started?

    • canes_pugnaces

      That means I can start my own police force, too. Excellent. The Church of Stunned Disbelief will soon be able to protect all of its members.

      • ObscurePopCultureReference

        That’s what’s really odd about this bill; it only applies to one specific church. Not all religious bodies, not all churches, not a specific denomination, it’s about one, specific church. How they think this will pass muster in the courts is beyond me.

        • Nockular cavity

          I’ll go with “because Alabama.”

          • ObscurePopCultureReference

            That’s usually a safe bet.

        • puredog

          They no longer care. Politics as performance art.

    • proudgrampa
    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Have they already picked out the spiffy new uniforms? Because only one can wear the “red cross on white tunic” look that was so popular back in the day…

    • Lefty Frizzell

      I say give it a go, with documentary camera crew.

    • cheetojeebus

      They seem to be sending their best and brightest to the statehouse.

    • memzilla Ω

      BREAKING: Alabama Church Police To Be Called “Republican Guard”

    • Marceline

      To enforce what laws?

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Wait’ll the Al Sharia Mosque suits up.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Samuel Bagenstos, a law professor at the University of Michigan and a principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights in President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, noted the timing of the ruling.

    “I think it’s a very significant ruling in part because the Department of Justice under the Trump administration decided to abandon arguing for a discriminatory-intent holding,” Professor Bagenstos said. “This sort of makes the Department of Justice look bad for abandoning its previous position.”

    Zing!

  • Reality Killswitch

    That meeting between Putin and Tillerson must have been serious. In fact, it was conducted in Russian language.

    • proudgrampa

      I have a (late) older brother who, in the 60s, decided to take Russian lessons in light of the Cold War: “I’ll be ready when they invade.”

      How prescient he was…

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    The ruling marked the third time this year that a federal court found, in separate cases, that Texas or one of its municipalities intentionally discriminated against minority voters.

    A judge ruled that officials in Pasadena, Tex., intentionally discriminated against Latino voters in redrawing the city electoral map. And a panel of judges in San Antonio ruled that the Legislature drew congressional districts in an intentionally discriminatory manner. The Republican lawmakers who passed the voter ID bill in 2011 also drew the discriminatory Congressional-district maps.

    “The State of Texas must turn away from this pattern of discriminatory behavior,” said Janai Nelson, a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which represented an African-American voter affected by the voter ID law.

    Third time this year? Damn, Texas isn’t very good at this voter suppression business, is it?

    • proudgrampa

      Forget it, Cally. It’s Texas.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Floriduh … you’re up!

  • Anna Rompage

    Speaking of backwards places, why is Kansas vying to become the new Floridah?

    “A woman decapitated her ex-boyfriend’s mother, who came to her home to collect his belongings, police in Kansas said.”

    http://nypost.com/2017/04/12/woman-decapitated-ex-boyfriends-mom-cops-say/

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      “Her ex-boyfriend and Davis’ son, Jacob Gillespie III, is currently locked up for his role in a police chase and crash last month, authorities said.”

      Keep showing everyone else how classy is done, Kansas.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Well, I’d say his visiting day list got a lot shorter.

        • Jeffery Campbell

          For the WIN!!!

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      The only post-White House position I would find acceptable for him is one that involves three hots and a cot.

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Data mining company, eh? President Bannon had been involved in interesting shit, it seems.

    • Crystalclear12

      Actually, I am hoping he goes full vindictive fuck.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        How could you tell the difference?

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          The difference would only be who the vindictiveness is aimed at.

        • Crystalclear12

          Hopefully there’s more talking to the FBI involved.

    • Tennessee Rain

      Could you post the contents of the Tweet? I am blocked from viewing Twitter on this computer and this one has my curiosity piqued. Thank you!

      • puredog

        This help?

        New York Times: Rebekah Mercer has started discussing possibilities for Bannon should he leave White House

        hhttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9PBfGmWsAAVXLX.jpg:largettps://

        • Tennessee Rain

          Thanks!

    • boyblue122

      “Devil’s parachute”

      Name of my new punk rock band

  • Bill Slider

    In my dreams I desire to see a truly biting penalty against any elected official who votes, supports or carries out discrimination of any kind against eligible voters. Begin with an automatic 20% reduction in their retirement benefits and pay to get their attention. The current idea of, bend over, we’ll do it dry, has got to stop.

    • Anna Rompage

      How about mandatory 2 years in jail for the first offense, and immediate firing from their jobs…

    • Tennessee Rain

      But some of it is covered in plausible deniability. Weak reasons for shortening or eliminating early voting. Not enough polling places in highly populated, urban areas…how do you prove intent in those situations?

    • “Bend over, We’ll do it dry, We’ll do it dry!” Is that Bill O’Reilly’s lesser known, much less funny rant?

  • Bitter Scribe

    For a black woman charged with felonious aid to black voters, merely being in the vicinity of a voting machine is enough to establish guilt. But white legislators apparently have to sing “Dixie” at the top of their lungs while burning a cross before they ever lose the benefit of the doubt.

    • efoveks

      If all you saw were the white robes, how can you be sure they were white people underneath?

      /snark

    • Jeffery Campbell

      In the instant case, the Eyes of Texas were upon her.

  • redarmyzombie

    Texas: The state so stupid, it had to be kicked in the balls, twice…

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      It was a one-star state long before there was Yelp!

  • proudgrampa

    I would just like to say that proudgrampa approves of the above cleavage.

  • Mpeg

    You know who else‘s governance appeared “neutral on its face” beyond which a “clear pattern, unexplainable on grounds other than race” deserved further scrutiny?…

    • Jeff Sessions?

      • Oblios_Cap

        Trump?

    • Zonath

      Hitler?

    • Crystalclear12

      There’s a Spicer joke in there somewhere. I just can’t find it!!

      • I bet it’s a gas!

        • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy

          He’s so campy.

      • Yellerduck

        That’s what *she* said!

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Papa Smurf?

    • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy

      Steve Winwood?

      • Suttree

        Wait, whut? Steve Winwood is a racist?

        • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy

          No, but he is random in certain contexts.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      That damn HOA?

    • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

      Betsy DeVos?

  • Reality Killswitch

    I just learnt a new a MATLAB function. FINDGROUPS()!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The FBI could use that.

  • sadboy

    Thank you, Dok, for the word “engorsuched”. I know it must be tough to keep on coming up with good writing about this shit over and over and over again with the Noah’s Flood of derp’n’bullshit covering the world right now.

    • doktorzoom

      I’ll admit I was a little proud of that one.

  • Jennifer R

    Russia just blocked a UN security council resolution about the Russian Syrian chemical weapon strike.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Lyin’ Sean and Little Donnie keep saying Syria used chemical weapons. But they lie about everything. So I don’t believe them.

      • Bitter Scribe

        When shitheads turn on shitheads…

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          … stay clear of the fan.

  • Nounverb911
    • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy

      Now that is how you spell reëlection.

      • Trip Space-Parasite

        That is the METAL way to spell it, anyway!

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        It’s a New Yorker thing. The writers have no choice but to coöperate.

    • Persistent Demme

      Don’t you love how Andy has to have “NOT THE NEWS” in the same font size as “THE BOROWITZ REPORT?”
      What a world we live in!

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • TJ Barke

      FUCKING NAZIS!

      • jesterpunk

        Sean Spicer “At least they didnt plan to gas a US mall”

        • WotsAllThisThen

          “Even they didn’t stoop to killing their own people.”

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        Illinois Nazis are the worst.

        • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

          She was a.k.a. Ilsa, the She-Wolf of Cicero.

    • So Trump is planning a missile strike on Illinois, just in case?

    • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy

      They seem nice.

    • h4rr4r

      She must really hate Valentine’s day.

      • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy

        Doesn’t everyone?

        • TJ Barke

          I know I do, but it’s mostly because I’m inept at human interaction.

    • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy
    • Zoey seems to be spinning out of control now that her show is going off the air. #SAD

    • JustDon’tSayFlatEarth

      Huh. She doesn’t look very Aryan…

    • Undocumented Skwerl!

      I think I know her!

      Nope I don’t.

    • I blame Canada.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Oh, of course someone would have to try and claim Spicy’s foot-in-mouth incident yesterday is just being “misread”…
    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/852244433701662724

    • ariel_gee_398

      Al Bundy should never have gone into politics.

      • just_jim

        Which Al Bundy? The ‘Married with Children’ one or the serial killer?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      What.a.moran

    • cheetojeebus

      The hole, is it not deep enough?

      • Nicholas

        *Hands Shovel*
        Nope!

    • jesterpunk
    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Gassing innocent people in the street is worse than gassing them in a death camp, because __________.
      Do these nimrods really think about this and conclude “Advantage: Hitler”?

  • Reality Killswitch

    So now Manafor is a foreign agent.

  • Nounverb911
    • jesterpunk

      What happened to that free market thing they keep talking about where companies can decide not to do business with people they disagree with?

      • Jack of the Resistance Tenhet

        Hypocrisy is a religion to the wingnuts.

    • Yeah, I saw that earlier, and you know what? UNC is facing a potential “death penalty” because it had this little issue with “academic fraud.” For years. Apparently losing all that money hasn’t sunk in.

      • If Louisville can hire hookers or strippers to recruit players, Baylor can cover up players raping students, and Penn State cover up a coach raping boys in the sports facilities without the death penalty, do you really think UNC would get it?

        • Probably not, but as a fan of a school that got hammered for far less, I think the NCAA is dragging their feet beyond anything ever seen.

          • I agree. I find it amazing that college coaches get to set penalties for their players despite their jobs depending on those players, schools set penalties for coaches despite their revenue depending on the coaches, and the NCAA set penalties for schools despite their revenues and very existence depending on those schools.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      What would the law do? Taunt them?

      • Force them to attend Duke games?

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          YOU MONSTER! (UConn alum)

          • Nounverb911

            Needs more geoducks.
            (CLEMSON alum)

          • Nockular cavity

            Canned geoducks.

          • Amalga

            You Monster! (Evergreen State College “Greener” alum)

          • Is that a gamecocks joke?

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        It would force North Carolina and N.C. State to quit playing in the conference unless the boycott is dropped. Apparently, they figure that the ACC would cave rather than losing Tar Hell basketball as a drawing power.

    • Which just means that the NCAA and ACC will move their tournament games back out of North Carolina. Are they really that stupid? Never mind, don’t answer that question.

    • Undocumented Skwerl!

      Hahahahaha!!!! They will fail so bigly.

    • Jack of the Resistance Tenhet

      So it’s the usual “Let the market decide unless the market says something our dumb-shit ideology doesn’t agree with, in which case, screw the market” right wing garbage? Typical for a day that ends in “y”.

      • Lord Jim

        “Free market” = freedom for merchants, not customers.

    • TakingAmes

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!1!!!!

    • Alan

      That’s just stupid.

  • Nounverb911
    • TJ Barke

      WATCH OUT JAKE GYLLENHAAL!

    • Lefty Frizzell

      The look on that cat’s face says it all.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Reminds me of me waking up to find that Drumpf had “won” the election.

    • Suttree

      You will have to sleep sometime little girl…….

    • cheetojeebus
    • Little Doll

      LOL, there’s a video on YT where a girl tries that thing out on all 3 of her cats, in turn. I think the consensus was 1 for, 2 against.

    • Alan

      That’s not a cat at peace.

  • Truly obtuse: Charging bull artist wants Fearless Girl statue removed. He’s claiming “copyright violations,” and oh, here’s the beautiful thing, he says the city didn’t “follow proper procedures.” Why is that beautiful? This paragraph:

    Mr Di Modica’s statute was installed in 1987, without any city permits.

    The 7,000 pound (3,175 kg) structure was placed on a New York City street after a financial collapse in the middle of the night, but was eventually moved to the Financial District, steps away from Wall Street, after the public called for the statue to be allowed to stay.

    • TJ Barke

      HYPOCRITE SCUM!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This guy is an asshole. Fuck him and the bull he rode in on.

    • efoveks

      I’d call him unAmerican, but he really is. ;)

    • efoveks

      His claim is that it ‘violates his rights’. What rights? To squat on public land?

      • And one might note that his “noncommercial artistic vision” bears a striking resemblance to Merrill Lynch’s logo.

    • jerrrrrrrricho

      Poor snowflake.

  • Shibusa

    Not to worry, Texas legislators. Eventually you’ll get your Let’s Discriminate Against Minority Voters voter ID law green-lighted by the SCOTUS. Neil Gorsuch is on your side.

    • jesterpunk

      He will still let minorities vote but there will be a compromise, some kind three fifths compromise.

  • Nounverb911

    So much for the separation of church state and police state.
    https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/852250578013089793

    • Shibusa

      WTF?
      BTW, if you like podcasts, check out “S-town”. I’m hooked! (Story takes place in Alabama.)

      • TJ Barke

        IKR?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Not that I was ever planning on going to Alabama for any reason, ever.
      Now, I will plan to never ever ever EVAR go to that stupid fucking state.
      Even if that means driving around it to avoid it.

      Fuck Alabama.

      • Jack of the Resistance Tenhet

        I used to live there and I can say you’re not missing anything.

        Fuck Alabama!

    • NastyBossetti

      Wait, what? What does a church need a police force for? What exactly would their jurisdiction be?

      • Red Bird Ω

        Church property only.

        • NastyBossetti

          Somehow, that doesn’t comfort me.

          • Biff52

            I think the church also owns the capitol.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Under their former luvguv, State business was all Gawd this and Jeebus that. The only thing missing from the capitol was an actual crucifix.

        • Biff52

          Makes me wonder if their congregants might also use them as security for their residences?

        • Lord Jim

          Supporters of the bill argue that in addition to protecting the church
          itself, which claims around 4,000 members, the officers will be charged
          with policing Briarwood’s various Christian schools and seminaries,
          which boast roughly 2,000 students.

          • Red Bird Ω

            That’s part of church property. They were already using off duty police officers as part of their security detail. Sounds like they want more control of how much police protection they get compared to the tax payer.

          • Think they just want the tax payer to foot the bill

        • Alan

          Those are called security guards.

    • zerosumgame0005

      so Islam of ‘Bama

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        “Islamabama”. Gonna use that somewhere soon.

    • Reality Killswitch

      What the fuck? That state is always coming up with weird policy.

    • Lord Jim

      “After the shooting at Sandy Hook and in the wake of similar assaults at
      churches and schools, Briarwood recognized the need to provide
      qualified first responders…”

      Oh, I see. Instead of trying gun-control, let’s create whole new police forces.

    • TakingAmes

      Whose church? What if it’s a synagogue? Or a temple? Or, Allah forbid, a mosque?

    • Tosca

      Church of Satan, do your thing.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      “What could possibly go wrong?” said nobody under ISIS, ever.

  • Reality Killswitch

    So now Manfort, the Ukrainian foreign agent, who was running Donnie’s campaign at one point. Troublesome to say the least!

  • Reality Killswitch

    Donnie has taken back all the bullshit he has said. Now NATO is not obsolete anymore.

    • jerrrrrrrricho

      And he got a beautiful piece of chocolate cake out of the deal, bigly.

    • georgiaburning

      Give it a couple months

  • Reality Killswitch

    Donnie’s foreign policy is taking shape thanks to Russia.

    • efoveks

      In an odd way, you are right.

  • Reality Killswitch

    Donnie doesn’t even know what NATO is for. He wants to use NATO to revolve Syria. Putin is going to be happy. … NOT!

  • SnarkON

    “The judge, Nelva Gonzales Ramos…”

    Yeah, right, like a judge with that name could be impartial on the subject of brown people and discrimination.

    • Panika MCD

      you want we should go to Judge Yeakel?

  • mardam422

    “The judge, Nelva Gonzales Ramos….”
    Nuff said.

    • Panika MCD

      we could have gone to Yeakel.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Thought for some legal research

    The Supreme Court case that gutted the Voting Rights Act took issue with the presumption that certain (southern) states with a history of voting discrimination would keep on discriminating. So then maybe is there an ACLU basis/standing to sue for re-application of the Voting Rights Act on states that have newly judicially documented discrimination?

    • PressSecretaryCaptainHowdy

      Now that is an interesting question.

    • Panika MCD

      they struck down Section 4 which is what the original case was tried under. they are trying it under Section 2 which is something no one’s really done before.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Hmm. Now you’re gonna make me have to read things.

        • Panika MCD

          it’s what happened. go look it up.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Yeah, Jeff Sessions will get right on that.

      • MilwaukeeKent

        The damned rub of it. It’ll stay that until we break their hold on the House/Senate, etc.

  • SweetDeeKat

    Did you say Texas? Ah, yes, our Attorney General Ken Paxton is still facing felony charges for securities fraud, and his trial was moved from deep red Collin County to solid blue ghey-lovin, brown-peopled, Satan-adorin’ Houston, Texas. Hee hee hee.

  • Alan

    So called judge.

  • dave in texas

    When it was going through the legislature, we were calling it the EZ Voter Bill. As in, if your name ends in -ez, you don’t get to vote.

  • Panika MCD

    a) technically, the 5th Circuit did find that the law had “discriminatory affect” and amounted to “a poll tax” in August and they gave specific parameters for what could be used in the 2016 election. https://www.texastribune.org/2015/08/05/ruling-offers-texas-voter-id-critics-narrow-victor/ there are several bills that are trying to enact the requirements from the 5th Circuit…or most of them. they’re leaving a few key things out for REASONS. anyway, here’s the write up I did on the hearing where Keith Ingram explains how it works (towards the bottom): https://belltheblindtiger.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/of-petitions-bonds-and-voter-id/

    b) what TX calls “emergency items” are rarely ever emergencies and they’re not passed with people in the Pink Dome thinking that they are emergencies. “emergency items” are items that the governor names as priorities in the State of the State speech which they’re allowed to vote out of the houses they were filed in before the bill filing deadline. they never do, but it’s the thought that counts. do they use emergency item protocol on actual emergencies? sure! last session they used it to fix what was called OVSOM and is now called TCCO and that’s about as far as I’m going to go with that. they also used them to pass emergency funding for CPS last fall.

  • Iron Monkey

    So you can’t use the past practice of discriminatory voting measures to show current intent to discriminate even though the current statute is a cut and paste of the discriminatory law.

    Probably makes sense on some as yet undiscovered universe but not on earth.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Judge Ramos? Sounds Messican. Obviously she’s incapable of making an objective ruling.

  • Zyxomma

    I’m never going back to TX. Never.

  • MilwaukeeKent

    “Old Puke Sessions — we all called him Puke since he was knee high — he got 80 acres of cotton down by the bottoms somehow and made a small fortune by not growing anything. That’s how he got his start [spit]…A lot of people don’t know that except us locals that grew up with him. The whole family was crafty that way going way back. His Granpa Beauregard sold beds and mattresses to whorehouses on the installment plan, then get ’em back by calling a raid when they was mostly paid up. Had the law in his back pocket. Then he’d do it all over again…”

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  • Rickyphoo

    In short, Judge Ramos’s conclusion, (again), is: “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a fucking duck.”

    Also, too, I would be overjoyed to see Texas and the rest of the Ol’ South put back in the, under Federal Oversight time out, corner.

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