Rick Perry – what a buzz kill!
After Senator Wendy Davis’s famous filibuster marathon to stop a restrictive abortion bill from passing, Texas Governor Rick Perry, aka Buzz McKillington, called for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session July 1 to try for a second time to pass the abortion restrictions. The Rick Perry desired restrictions include reducing the abortion deadline to 20 weeks and imposing restrictions on clinics, which would effectively close down all but 5 abortion clinics in the state of Texas.
“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas,” Rick Perry said in a statement. “Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn.”
His decision to call another special session gives lawmakers 30 more days to push the bill through. Which basically means Davis’s 12-hour speech (with no bathroom breaks, food breaks, sitting breaks, going off topic breaks) may be purely symbolic. National Post
Snowdon just got dissed! Speaking in Senegal, President Obama shrugged off the whole Edward Snowden situation, saying he was “not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker”. Obama said these kinds of extraditions are routinely dealt with at a law-enforcement level and Snowden’s case is “not exceptional from a legal perspective.” Dismissing him as “a 29-year-old hacker,” Obama insisted he was not stressing over finding Snowden and asserted that the surveillance programs are legal and have proper oversight. But the joke’s on Obama – Snowden turned 30 last week! NBC News
Nelson Mandela is doing better now but his health still managed to overshadow Obama’s Senegal trip. South African President Jacob Zuma says that Nelson Mandela’s condition has improved, but still remains critical. Obama plans to make his way to South Africa to meet with Zuma and other leaders on Friday. Unless of course Zuma bails on him to stay by Mandela’s side. BBC News
Much like Toronto men (aka Bronies) are trapped in some kind of My Little Pony fetish, Singaporeans are freaking out over McDonald’s Hello Kitty toys. All over the city-state, long lines are forming outside of McDonald’s restaurants as customers push and shove for the chance to get their paws on the infamous black Hello Kitty, the last in a series of six limited-edition Hello Kitty characters dressed in different outfits from popular fairy tales. If there are two things Singaporeans are known for it’s impoliteness and the inability to form a line – so it’s no surprise that a few fights broke out along the way. Perhaps instead of selling the Hello Kitty toys, McDonald’s should hand out face masks instead – they might be a bit more effective at combating the smog that’s engulfed the country. Raw Story
Things just went from bad to worse for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Not only was the football player arrested on Wednesday for the murder of Odin Lloyd and kicked off the New England Patriots, but now he’s being investigated in connection with a double homicide in Boston’s South End that happened in July 2012. Yikes – I wonder if those victims also talked to people Hernandez “didn’t like” at a nightclub. CNN
It’s Canada Day Weekend!!! Time to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday by heading north to a cottage, getting drunk by the water, and maybe lighting a sparkler or two in John A. MacDonald’s honour. Reagan (and the cats!) will be back July 2nd, hungover and ready to go!