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Rick Perry Kills Everyone’s Buzz… And Other News

Rick Perry is a Downer

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 symbolicNational Post

Obama Snowden ShrugSnowdon 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

MandelaNelson 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

Hello KittyMuch 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

Hernandez CourtThings 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

Canada DayIt’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!

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Democrats Filibustered Texas Abortion Bill to Death

Wendy Davis during her Texas Senate filibuster Abortion Bill

Texas Democrats managed to block an abortion bill that would shut most of the abortion clinics in the state all thanks to the magic of filibustering.

Democratic Senator Wendy Davis spoke for over 10 hours in attempt to delay the abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy and require all abortions take place in surgical centres.

Davis was chosen to lead the filibuster because she was once a teen mom who went on to graduate from Harvard Law School. Speaking about Planned Parenthood, Senator Davis said, “I was a poor, uninsured woman, whose only care was provided through that facility. It was my medical home.”

Filibustering is not an easy task. The rules include:

  • No sitting
  • No bathroom breaks
  • No talking about anything unrelated to the bill

Decked out in pink running shoes and a supportive backbrace, Davis needed to talk for 13 hours in order to stop the bill before it could be voted on by the end of the legislative session.

“The leadership may not want to listen to Texas women, but they will have to listen to me. I intend to filibuster this bill.”

Unfortunately, just before midnight, Davis’s filibuster came to an end after Republicans accused her of violating one of the strict parliamentary rules: going off topic.

Abortion rights activists in the upstairs gallery did not like this. Fearing the abortion bill would pass before the midnight deadline, they erupted in outcry, managing to disrupt the Republican senators and further delay the vote. 

“Get them out!” Republican Senator Donna Campbell shouted to a security guard. “Time is running out!”

The Republican dominated Senate soon announced they had somehow managed to successfully pass the bill in the nick of time, but in a final twist it was later discovered that the Republicans’ final vote was taken too late to count, rendering the vote invalid.

Republicans blamed the Democratic victory on “all the ruckus and noise” and “an unruly mob using Occupy Wall Street tactics”. Republican Governor Rick Perry was especially upset – he was itching to sign the bill into law and make abortion a “thing of the past”.

Via: The New York Times

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