Texas woman gets eight years in prison for voting


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Says Voter Fraud. Stephen [Colbert] Says Bull.

7 February 2017

Stephen looks into President Trump‘s claim that three to five million people voted illegally and runs the numbers for himself.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Republican green-card holder who voted illegally in Texas gets 8 years in prison

By Amy B Wang, February 11 at 5:54 PM

A permanent U.S. resident living in Texas has been sentenced to eight years in prison for illegally voting, a punishment that will probably result in the woman’s deportation after she completes her sentence.

On Wednesday, a Tarrant County, Tex., jury convicted 37-year-old Rosa Maria Ortega on two felony charges of illegal voting, for casting a ballot as a noncitizen in 2012 and 2014. Ortega is a green-card holder who was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was an infant, her attorney said.

The decision was hailed by some — including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), who prosecuted the case — as a sign the state intends to crack down on voter fraud. …

However, Ortega’s lawyer and others said the punishment was unusually harsh and meant to appease those who are “swept up in the Trump hysteria where he is trying to find an explanation for why he lost the popular vote.”

President Trump has alleged, without evidence, that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton because 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots were cast against him.

Though his claims about widespread voter fraud have been debunked, that has not stopped Trump from resurrecting them, most recently this past week while speaking with senators in New Hampshire.

Ortega did not vote in the 2016 presidential election, her attorney, Clark Birdsall, told The Washington Post by phone on Saturday.

Ortega was a registered Republican who had been voting for more than a decade, he said. On her voter application, Ortega was faced with only two options — to mark herself as a ‘citizen’ or a ‘noncitizen’ — and didn’t know better, he added.

“She doesn’t know. She’s got this [green] card that says ‘resident’ on it, so she doesn’t mark that she’s not a citizen,” Birdsall said. “She had no ulterior motive beyond what she thought, mistakenly, was her civic duty.”

In 2015, Ortega applied to vote in Tarrant County, indicating on the form that she was not a citizen; her application was rejected, NBC DFW reported at the time. However, five months later, she filled out another form and claimed the second time that she was a citizen, the station reported. A subsequent investigation found she had voted when she wasn’t supposed to in Dallas County, the NBC affiliate reported.

Birdsall said Ortega has voted in five elections since 2004, each time casting only a single ballot. Ortega voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election and then — somewhat ironically — for Ken Paxton for Texas attorney general in a 2014 Republican primary runoff. Paxton would go on to win and, less than three years later, deal the eight-year sentence to Ortega.

“It’s a single vote that she’s casting” each time, Birdsall said. “The fact that she got eight years is off the rails.”

What resulted, he said, was an unnecessarily harsh prison sentence that dwarfed punishments most people receive. Birdsall, a former public integrity prosecutor in Dallas County, said he never filed a voter fraud charge in five years.

“These charges are exceedingly rare,” he said, citing one past case in which a Houston-area group was sentenced to three years in prison after they listed a hotel as their residence in an effort to sway a local election.

“They were doing some shenanigans that needed to be punished,” Birdsall said, of the other case. He said Ortega, who only obtained a sixth-grade education, did not intend to commit a crime.

“Although [Ortega] was arrested in 2015, [the case] didn’t reach fruition until right in the middle of all this Trump hysteria,” he said. “The timing of this was the perfect storm.” …

The sentencing has thrust questions about voter fraud — as well as a controversial voter ID law in Texas — back into the spotlight. In July, a federal appeals court ruled that the state’s strict voter-ID law discriminated against minority voters. In January, the Supreme Court declined to review the lower court’s ruling. …

A 2015 fact-check by PolitiFact found that there had been 85 election fraud prosecutions since 2002, among about 72 million ballots cast in Texas between 2000 and 2014.

“You’re more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than to find any kind of voter fraud,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said at the time, according to PolitiFact.

Birdsall said Ortega will probably be deported after serving her sentence because she will be a convicted felon. He plans to start an online crowdfunding page for Ortega, a single mother of four children ages 13 to 16.

They also plan to file an appeal, though the conviction is unlikely to be overturned, he said.

“An appeal is a very uphill battle,” Birdsall said. “I don’t see any joy at the end of that road, but it will be appealed. We will do our best.”

There have been just four documented cases of voter fraud in the 2016 election: here.

Trump supporter charged with voting twice in Iowa: here.

‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ in Texas, USA


Heil Hitler, Heil Trump in the USA. A group of seniors at Cypress Ranch High School in Houston, Texas, were seen giving the Nazi salute as they had a class photo taken.

From the very conservative Daily Mail in Britain:

Texas high school students give Nazi salute and shout ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump‘ as they have class photo taken

Seniors were having class photo taken at Cypress Ranch High School in Texas
A group of ’70 or so’ of the students were having photo taken at the time
At least ten were photographed giving the Nazi salute by other students
They claimed the group was chanting ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ as they saluted

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:10 GMT, 2 February 2017 | Updated: 18:21 GMT, 2 February 2017

A group of Texas high school students gave Nazi salutes and shouted ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ as they had a class photograph taken.

The seniors at Cypress Ranch High School, a public high school in Houston, were posing for the photograph on Tuesday when ‘dozens’ of white students launched into the offensive pose.

Other students who weren’t involved took photographs of the outburst and shared them online and with local media.

‘There was around 70 or so people. It was pretty terrifying,’ they told Click 2 Houston.

One youngster whose siblings attend the school shared how they’d claimed the boys launched into the Nazi salute in response to a group of female students giving the ‘black power fist’.

He revealed other students’ claims that teachers did ‘nothing’ to stop them. Another student said she had found swastikas carved into her desk.

A Massachusetts high school teacher has been suspended from her job after rescinding a college recommendation letter for a student caught making a swastika: here.

Texas African American mother calls police, gets arrested


This video from the USA says about itself:

White Cop Tackles Black Mom After She Calls For Help

23 December 2016

A cop in Fort Worth Texas has been placed on limited duty after he responded to a woman’s call that her 7-year-old son was assaulted by a neighbor. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz and Brett Erlich hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

A white cop has been placed on restricted duty Thursday after video surfaced showing him tackling and arresting a black woman who had called police to report her child had been attacked.

The 6-minute, profanity-laced clip posted on Facebook shows the exchange between the woman, Jacqueline Craig, and an unidentified police officer from the Fort Worth Police Department. The cop was responding to Craig’s call to police that a white neighbor had just grabbed her son by the neck for ignoring his order for the 7-year-old boy to pick up a piece of garbage on the ground.

“He defied him, so that’s why he did it,” Craig is heard telling the officer. “So I have a problem with that. My son is 7 years old. You don’t have the right to grab him, choke him.” …

Craig, her daughter and their cousin, Brea Hymond, were all arrested.

Read more here.

Keep ‘your fat mouth shut’: Trump-backing school principal under fire for attacking Texas cuffed-mom: here.

Texas hummingbirds 2016 highlights


This video from the USA says about itself:

West Texas Hummingbird Highlights 2016

22 November 2016

With the 2016 season of the West Texas Hummingbird Cam winding down, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from this year on cam.

Watch live at http://AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers.

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6200 feet. This site hosts a total of 24 Perky-Pet® Grand Master hummingbird feeders, and during peak migration can attract hundreds of hummingbirds from a dozen species that are migrating through the arid mountains.

For the past 10 years, researchers from West Texas Avian Research have been banding hummingbirds at this site and others throughout the Trans-Pecos region of Texas to study the status and distribution of hummingbirds throughout the poorly known region.

The active banding of hummingbirds continues (off camera) at this site in the Davis Mountains, and from time to time you may hear researchers working in the background. Some common species in you may hear vocalizing include Western Scrub Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers, and Canyon Wrens (among others).

Thanks to West Texas Avian Research for their enthusiasm and support for hosting the camera at this remote research site, and to cam sponsor Perky-Pet®.

Acorn woodpecker’s balance problems at Texas, USA feeder


This video from the USA says about itself:

21 November 2016

An Acorn Woodpecker sneaks some nectar while only barely hanging on.

Watch live at http://AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6200 feet. This site hosts a total of 24 Perky-Pet® Grand Master hummingbird feeders, and during peak migration can attract hundreds of hummingbirds from a dozen species that are migrating through the arid mountains.