“So my concern is what is it going to take for them to do something here? Is one of these girls going to have to die? Are they going to end up freezing in their frontyard before they will do something?”

Melinda Coleman said she would like the case to be reopened. “I would like to see some justice,” she said. “And I would like the other girls to be able to come forward without fear.”

My advice to anyone who wants to run for Key Club Lt. Governor:

Go. For. It.

I can only speak on my experience as LtG for Division 35 of PNW District, and I am well aware that little old Lakewood/Spanaway is a lot different from, say, Seattle or Portland divisions, or even moreso divisions in places like CNH, but it is such a great experience.

Speaking from my experience, a few things to keep in mind if you win are to always stay humble, always stay pleasant, and always stay vigilant. Also, when someone tells you about an opportunity to go somewhere (a rally that isn’t your own, a convention, some K-family event) GO TO IT. And if you can’t pay for it, ASK KIWANIS.

Just saying. It’s the highlight of high school so far. That coming from the kid who got to go to Japan, leadership camp twice, among many other things.
Petition · texas : Remove the "Women's Privacy Act" from 2017 Legislative Session. ·

To Lt. Governor Patrick:

We, the women of Texas, insist that you remove the “Women’s Privacy Act” from the legislative session. We women do not need protection from our trans sisters, they are our sisters in womanhood and mean us no harm. If you wish to continue to push through such openly bigoted legislation, then the women of Texas will not have it put forth in our name. Texas women will not allow you to sully us with your hatred.  We implore you, take a step in the right direction, be on the right side of history.  Kill this bill before it begins. 

Violence against women committed by members of the trans community is statistically zero.  This type of legislation flies in the face of the conservative movement for small government due to lack of factual basis for the need of it. Additionally, it reinforces the trans community as a target for hate and violence, which is already a scary reality for these members of our communities.

And if that argument isn’t enough, there’s the economic impact of such  policy. 70% of North Carolinians believe their “Bathroom Bill” has had a negative impact on the state’s reputation nationally. Businesses withdrew plans to expand in NC cities costing much needed potential jobs from the region.

The “Women’s Privacy Act” may have arisen out of concern for public safety, but it is misguided, illogical legislation that needs to be rejected.

If the legislature is committed to protecting women and girls, we would suggest they instead alocate the funds to move through the 18,400 backlogged rape kits in Texas, address the nearly 200K reports of family violence, and offer services for the 24.3% of children in Texas living in poverty.

The People of Texas

Sign Here

And after you’ve signed, CALL:

Lt Governor Dan Patrick: (512) 463-0001

Your Texas State Senator:

Verbiage for calling:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am calling to demand the “Women’s Protection Act” not be added to the 2017 legislative session: it is discriminatory against our transgender sisters. Violence against women committed by members of the transgender community is statistically zero, and this legislation will only negatively impact Texas’ economy.  I insist instead that the funds be allocated to move through the 18,400 backlogged rape kits in Texas, address the nearly 200K reports of family violence, and offer services for the 24.3% of children in Texas living in poverty.  Thank you.”

As of this post (25 Nov 2016), this bill has not yet been filed - let’s stop it before it even attempts to get started.
Planned Parenthood hoax officially blows up: Texas grand jury decides to indict video creators instead
By Sophia Tesfaye

A Houston jury investigating alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood declined to charge the women’s health provider, announcing instead felony charges for the leaders of the anti-abortion organization that targeted Planned Parenthood with it’s widely debunked series of “sting” videos in 2015.

The grand jury said they did not find evidence of illegal activity on the part of Planned Parenthood after reviewing the covert videos meant to misleadingly implicate the women’s health provider in the illegal trafficking of fetal tissue. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick ordered an investigation of the nation’s largest women’s health care provider in August, following suit with a host of conservative state lawmakers. Despite the decision by the grand jury to absolve Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement doubling down on the state’s efforts to investigate the organization.

Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden, not PP, indicted for the “purchase and sale of human organs”
Texas Lt. Governor renames anti-trans bathroom bill the "Women's Privacy Act"
DALLAS -- The social issue of the next legislative session is likely to be bathrooms, after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told the Dallas Regional Chamber that it would be a priority in 2017.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently told the Dallas Regional Chamber that regulating (i.e. banning) transgender people’s use of public bathrooms will be a top priority in the next session. 

He named his proposed anti-trans bill the “Women’s Privacy Act,” essentially proving that the state’s policy goal is to attack and demean trans women. 

He went on to lay out his argument for it: “Transgender people have obviously been going into the ladies’ room for a long time, and there hasn’t been an issue that I know of,” he said. “But, if laws are passed by cities and counties and school districts allow men to go into a bathroom because of the way they feel, we will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law, like sexual predators take advantage of the internet.”

Nineteen states have considered legislation like this in 2016, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. North Carolina enacted it and ended up losing several big events as a result.

#1: “There hasn’t been an issue that I know of.”

#2: A reminder that Texas is ranked last in a state-by-state comparison of the number of people with healthcare, and its school standards are the worst in the nation. But this is a priority. Sure.
This Just In: Missouri's lt. governor is racist as all hell

(Raw Story) Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder ® on Tuesday called for Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to reinstate the curfew in Ferguson to allow the justice system — which he said was a product of “Anglo-American civilization” — to do its job.

Following Monday night’s clashes with police in the wake of the death of slain teen Michael Brown, Kindler told MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow that Nixon had been wrong to end the curfew in Ferguson.

“I don’t understand an argument for not reinstating it,” he insisted. “I don’t understand that. I’m not trying to be overtly political. I am saying, the people of Ferguson, the people of the state of Missouri are crying out for leadership.”

Before Farrow ended the interview, he asked the lieutenant governor if he agreed with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles that “the perspective of all residents” was that there was no “racial divide” in the city.

Kinder said there was “no question” that race was playing a role in what was happening in Ferguson.

“We do not do justice in America in the streets though,” he argued. “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”

This isn’t even dog whistle racism. The is balls-out, bare naked, sounds-like-a-speech-at-a-klan-rally racism.

On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville. A blue, two-door Caprisse. There was a big ceremony, speeches, Lt. Governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her; but they should have.

Because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car… No, the most important object in pretty much the whole universe.

She was first owned by Sal Mariarti, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he’d drive around delivering Bibles to the poor. “Gettin’ folks right for judgment day,” that’s what he’d say.

Sam and Dean don’t know any of this, but if they did, I bet they’d smile.

After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used car lot in Lawrence, where a young Marine bought her on impulse.

This is, after a little advice from a friend.

I guess that’s where this story begins…and where it ends.

The Impala, of course, has all of the things other cars have…and a few things they don’t. But none of that stuff’s important. This is the stuff that’s important: the army man that Sam crammed in the ash tray. It’s still stuck there. The LEGOs that Dean shoved into the vents. To this day, the heat comes on and you can hear ‘em rattle. These are things that make the car theirs. Really theirs.

Even when Dean rebuilt her from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed. Because it’s the blemishes that make her beautiful. The Devil doesn’t know or care what car the boys drive.

In between jobs, Sam and Dean would get a day, sometimes a week if they were lucky. They’d pass the time lining their pockets. Sam used to insist on honest work, but now he hustles pool like his brother. They could go anywhere and do anything. They drove a thousand miles for an Ozzy show. Two days for a Jay Hawks game. When it was clear, they’d park her in the middle of nowhere, just sit on the hood, and watch the stars for hours without saying a word.

It never occurred to them that, sure, maybe they never really had a roof and four walls, but they were never in fact homeless.

So what’s this all add up to? It’s hard to say. But me, I’d say this was a test…for Sam and Dean. And I think they did alright. Up against good, evil, angels, devils, destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And well…isn’t that kinda the whole point? No doubt — endings are hard. But then again…nothing ever really ends, does it?

—  Chuck Shurley, 5.22 Swan Song 

Former state auditor Susan Montee launches her campaign for lieutenant governor in St. Louis City Hall.

1) that this is, first and foremost, an act of homophobia. few major news outlets have mentioned this.

2) that republican politicians have no right to scream TERRORISM when it is they themselves who have encouraged this violence.

3) i never want to hear again how trans people are a danger in bathrooms.

4) that the shooter was virulently homophobic & didn’t celebrate ramadan & that he had a firearm license.

5) that it was latin night hosted by trans women of colour.

6) Everyone get out of pulse and keep running Everyone get out of pulse and keep running Everyone get out of pulse and keep running Everyone get out of pulse and keep running keep running

7) that we will be offered prayers but not solutions.

8) that this morning texas lt. governor dan patrick posted the words of Galatians 6:7. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

9) say the word: HOMOPHOBIA.

Why move to Canada if you can move to Washington State?

Hey y’all. This is a scary time for a lot of people, and all those jokes about moving to Canada might be coming true. But international travel isn’t an option for everyone, and emigrating to Canada actually takes years so, I thought of an alternative - why not move to Washington State? 

Seriously! If the fact that our electoral votes went to Hillary didn’t convince you:

-we just re-elected Jay Inslee/Cyrus Habib for governor/lt. governor (democratic)

-we elected Bob Ferguson (democratic) for attorney general

-We elected Mike Kreidler (democratic) for insurance commissioner

-Both of our U.S. Senators are female Democrats, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

-75% of our energy comes from renewable sources (hydroelectric, mostly)

-the Seattle music scene is INSANE (remember, we gave you Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain)

-We have marijuana coffee


- We have oceans, rainforests, and volcanoes OH MY

-Our tax system isn’t awesome for poor or middle-class folks, but we do have one of the highest minimum wages in the country, and we JUST passed an initiative to raise it AND require paid sick leave

- We rank 15th for fewest registered firearms

-We have state discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity/expressions (although no official ban on conversion therapy)

-it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (and as a native I’m in no way biased)

This is Palouse Falls btw.

I’m not saying we don’t have A LOT of problems and there’s a lot of things to consider before you move. That might not even be possible for you. But don’t give up on America just yet. There’s a lot left worth sticking around for. 

Besides, here we’re just a few hours away from the Canadian border anyway.


So I had to shutdown a motherfucker today. How did I do?
(For those who can’t read the pictures)
Conservative FB friend (graduated with me, now a marine):
I find it hilarious in a sick way how people in support of the LGBT community find it right to call people I support of gunfight disgusting names and even saying something like “ if god were real he would think you were a f**king twat” to the Lt. Governor of TX. And blaming everyday law abiding gun owners for the massacre in Orlando. I don’t understand how liberals can be so ignorant to the fact that if people what to kill people they will, and gun laws are only keeping guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens and preventing them from protecting themselves. I also find it funny how people come out of the woodwork to say these things simply because it was gay people but said nothing to the other semi recent shootings. Guns aren’t the problem People. In Orlando, it’s radical Islam. Point blank.

okay, so one thing. This was a hate crime. Yes, the shooter had past associated with ISIS, but this shooting is not that. Omar Mateen’s father said that this was not religion. He had seen 2 men kissing in Orland months ago, and was mad by it ( He attacked a Gay Bar, during Pride Month, yet you choose to ignore that and say it was because of Islam, because that’s what you’re comfortable with. Oman has been on FBI’s Watch List since 2013, because of terrorist activities ( , and yet he was still able to buy a gun after that. Does that make sense to you? Since the Sandy Hook shooting in December of 2012, there have been 998 mass shooting in the US ( In 2016 alone,in the 165 days,there have been 176 mass shootings in the US ( Do you think this is a problem? And yet you defend everyone’s rights for a gun? I don’t think you understand what a stricter gun law would be like. NO, it would not prevent everyone from owning guns, it would not make guns illegal. Would it be harder and more work to get a gun? Yes, of course. But could people who would be safe with them and actually need them still be able to get a gun? Yes, of course. You use the argument that people need to protect themselves, and yet if there were stricter gun laws people wouldn’t NEED to protect themselves like that. If you really don’t think that the gun laws need to be changed, you are the problem.

Remembering Jallianwala Bagh massacre 97 years later

The calculated massacre of close to 2,000 innocents in Amritsar, Punjab 97 years ago that became a turning point in India’s struggle for freedom from the British.

Popular resentment had been accumulating in Punjab since the beginning of the War (World War I), mainly due to the ruthless drive – by the British — for recruiting soldiers and forced contribution to the war fund. Mahatma Gandhi’s call for a country-wide hartal to protest against the Black Acts received a tremendous response from Punjab on March 30 and again on April 6.

Gandhi’s call for a country-wide hartal to protest against the Black Acts received a tremendous response from Punjab on March 30 and again on April 6. The agitated mood of the people and Hindu-Muslim solidarity demonstrated on the hartal (strike) days and on April 9 celebration of the Ramnavami festival made the Lt Governor Michael O’Dwyer’s administration panicky.

Gandhi’s entry into Punjab was banned: two popular leaders of Amritsar, Kitchlew and Satya Pal, were arrested. These provocations led to hartals and mass demonstrations in Lahore, Kasur, Gujranwala and Amritsar.

In Amritsar, the police firing on demonstrators provoked some of them to commit acts of violence. The next day the city was handed over to Brigadier-General Dyer. Dyer began his regime through indiscriminate arrests and ban on meeting and gatherings.

On April 13 – the day of Baisakhi festival – a meeting was called in the afternoon at the Jallianwala Bagh a ground enclosed on all sides. Thousands of people, many of whom had come from surrounding villages to the fairs in Amritsar and were unaware of the ban order, gathered in the meeting.

Suddenly Dyer appeared there with troops and without any warning to the people, ordered firing on the completely peaceful and defenceless crowd. The fusillade continued till Dyer’s ammunition ran out. Atleast about a thousand people, if not more, are estimated to have been killed. This cold-blooded carnage, Dyer admitted later, was perpetrated “to strike terror not only in the city of Amritsar, but throughout the Punjab?”

The massacre stunned the people and became a turning point in the history of India’s struggle for freedom. Rabindranath Tagore wrote a strong letter of protest to the Viceroy, dated May 31, 1919, renouncing his Knighthood

When asked if he had taken any measures for the relief of the wounded, Dyer replied, ‘‘No, certainly not. It was not my job. But the hospitals were open and the medical officers were there. The wounded only had to apply for help.“

Faced with reports that indicted him (British majority report and Indian minority report), the then Viceroy of India, Chelmsford conceded that Dyer "acted beyond the necessity of the case, beyond what any reasonable man could have thought to be necessary, and that he did not act with as much humanity as the case permitted”. Dyer had no option but to resign and return to England in disgrace.

Apologists for the Raj in Britain however, bought into Dyer’s claim that it was this bloody firing by Dyer that had saved the Raj in India. This not only reduced the punishment meted out to Dyer, he was also treated as some sort of a hero on his return. In fact, the inquiry itself could only be instituted only after in indemnity law had been passed protecting Dyer and other recalcitrant officers from criminal liability.

- Teesta Setalvad (via Sabrang India)