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things that shouldn’t be under my pillow when I try to nap: 
thanks, texas.

things that shouldn’t be under my pillow when I try to nap: 

  1. horseshoes

thanks, texas.

I’m in Texas visiting some old friends and as we were hanging out in Austin we remembered that Friday Night Lights (2nd best show of all time) was filmed around here. Turns out someone had made a Google map route of some of the main locations, so we went and checked a few out. Besides everything pictured here we drove past The Landing Strip which looked very much like a Riggin’s hang out and surprisingly nice for a strip club, the “Alamo Freeze” aka Dairy Queen, and the restaurant they always hung out in that’s actually an EZ-E (and pretty good at that, we ate there).

It’s weird to feel nostalgic for a fictional body of work, but I definitely do after driving through “Dillon”. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

A Day in the Life of the Death Penalty: July 18, 2012


This is your death penalty, America:

Next Wednesday, July 18, reckons to be another banner day in the history of capital punishment in America. Sometime between 6 p.m. and midnight, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute a convicted murderer named Yokamon Hearn, a man who has, since early childhood, shown clear and consistent evidence of brain damage. And at 7 p.m., the state of Georgia plans to execute a convicted murderer named Warren Hill, who years ago was deemed by a veteran state judge to be mentally retarded.

These executions will take place, absent extraordinary Supreme Court or gubernatorial intervention, because federal and state judges at lower levels of our nation’s justice system have perversely interpreted recent United States Supreme Court decisions. Whereas the Justices have tried in the past few years to give men like Hearn and Hill more access to meaningful appellate review, judicial obstructionists down below have refused to apply either the letter or the spirit of the new procedural rules.

In Texas, the perpetually rogue Fifth Circuit, in an opinion dripping with disdain for the justices in Washington, has just refused to apply the precedent established in Martinez v. Ryan, a Supreme Court decision issued in March that sought to expand appellate rights for defendants like Hearn. In Georgia, meanwhile, the state supreme court has refused to designate Hill as mentally retarded, scoffing at the mandate of Atkins v. Virginia, the Supreme Court’s ruling banning the execution of the mentally retarded.

Source: kohenari

"The Voting Rights Act wasn’t designed to be enmeshed in partisan politics. And that’s what is happening now."

- Nathaniel Persily, a professor at Columbia Law School • Discussing the sudden legal pressure the Voting Rights Act is facing in states like Texas. The act was introduced in the 1960s to protect African-American voters from disenfranchisement at the polls. But recent state laws have begun to test its legality. Earlier this year, the Obama administration blocked a Texas law that would require voters to show photo ID, saying it was “unfair to minority voters.” Texas says it wants to prevent voter fraud; Georgia and Indiana have passed similar measures. Now, the fight is starting to heat up — with a hearing on Monday in a federal district court on Texas’ law, a possible prelude to a Supreme Court decision. Is it a reflection of the political climate? “Actions and interpretations that previously would not have raised partisan eyebrows are now seen as outrages,” said Persily. source (viafollow)
Source: shortformblog

ShortFormBlog: Judge says anti-Planned Parenthood law is unconstitutional


oh, so you can’t arbitrarily take women’s rights away from them? huh.

Source: shortformblog

"[Rick Perry] needs a debate coach, and if he already has one, he needs to fire a debate coach and hire another."

- Ed Morrissey, skewering Perry’s debate performance last night. The attached link has the rather cringe-inducing video, wherein Perry inexplicably blows an easy, obviously rehearsed attack line. (from HotAir)

(via shortformblog)


ShortFormBlog: US Supreme Court issues stay in execution of Texas inmate


  • NO Duane Buck won’t be executed tonight source

» What happened: In 1995, Buck was convicted of double-murder in Houston, Texas, and sentenced to death. Buck’s guilt is not being disputed; however, during the sentencing phase, a psychologist testified that black criminals are more…

Source: shortformblog

"Here’s why I find it impossible to be a Republican: any crowd that instantly cheers the execution of 234 individuals is a crowd I want to flee, not join."


Andrew Sullivan on the debate crowd’s positive response to the large number of executions that Perry resided over while governor of Texas. (via liberal-life)


(via pantslessprogressive)