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Texas senate banned tampons and diabetics supplies from Senate Chamber

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I don’t even know where to start with this pathetic display of nonsense from the Texas Legislature and Department of Public Safety. It seems so much like something ripped from The Onion, but sadly, it’s not.

The Texas Department of Public Safety forced women to hand over their tampons and pads before entering the Senate chamber today. Not only that, but they were also forcing diabetics to hand over sugar packets and other diabetes supplies which are lifelines when dealing with low blood glucose levels.

And the kicker — those with concealed handgun licenses who wanted to enter the Senate chamber were not only allowed to keep their handguns, but they were allowed to bypass the long lines and enter through a “special” CHL (concealed handgun license) line.




Priorities, Texas style.

BurntOrangeReport.com had the scoop with their live blog of the day’s events as they watched everything unfold.

Let’s get one thing straight first off before we tackle the rest of this unbelievable jackassery. If I were showing up to an event like this and they told me I would have to dispose of my daughter’s diabetic supplies before gaining entry, I would have educated the idiots in charge at the Texas DPS on the law. The fact is, federal law prohibits discrimination against diabetics and also prohibits forcing them to go without the supplies they need to survive — whether it be on an airplane, at an event such as a concert or inside a government building. Try to take my daughter’s diabetes supplies — I dare you.

From my cold, dead hands.

And then we have them confiscating feminine needs products, which apparently Texas State Senator Kirk Watson was able to put an end to late this afternoon. Too late — the Texas Legislature is now the laughing stock of the world, with #tampongate trending on Twitter and classic graphics such as this circulating the internet:















So to summarize, the Texas Department of Public Safety was hard at work confiscating dangerous and deadly maxi-pads and tampons, as well as scary diabetic supplies, while Jimbob with his two teeth and his Ruger .380 was allowed immediate access to the Senate chamber. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like they’ve been transported on a first class ride to the Twilight Zone.




It’s a story so sickeningly shocking that it really makes you question humanity and how we got to this point. Kudos to everybody who showed up and had to deal with this nonsense first hand just to make their presence and feelings known, and shame on the morons who put these “rules” in place to start with. For anybody who was forced to hand over diabetes supplies and necessities, I’d encourage you to get in touch with the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES and let them know ASAP.

http://www.forwardprogressives.com/texas-officially-loses-it-bans-tampons-and-diabetic-supplies-from-senate-chamber-guns-ok/


I don't even know what to say about this.......
by on Jul. 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM
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SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 6:06 AM

 


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received information that individuals planned to use a variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol.

Therefore for safety purposes, DPS recommended to the State Preservation Board that all bags be inspected prior to allowing individuals to enter the Senate gallery, which the State Preservation Board authorized.

During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery.

In the interest of the safety and security of Texas legislators and the general public, these inspections will continue until the conclusion of Senate business.

 

Quoting jllcali:

say what?

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Perhaps people shouldn't have shown up with jars of urine and bags of poop and used tampons.

 

 

Thank you for sharing threasons why. 

 

RandRMomma
by Maya on Jul. 13, 2013 at 6:22 AM
Damn.
SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 6:25 AM
Wow, I'm at a loss on this one...
candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 13, 2013 at 7:49 AM

That is exactly what they did and I have no doubt they were planning on using them.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Perhaps people shouldn't have shown up with jars of urine and bags of poop and used tampons.


cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:15 AM
1 mom liked this

Every day, I am more and more glad I do not live in that fucked up state. Nor will I ever live there. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

And the right wing-nuts still try to claim there is no such thing as a war against women.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM
1 mom liked this


Quoting heidimoose134:

I feel like the people in Texas have gone insane. 

*twitch* I am completely sane... you have to be insane to stay in this state willingly : 3

sallymaggie
by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM
I'm trying to picture a bunch of women strapped to a mattress lol

Quoting Sisteract:

 Straddle a mattress-

punky3175
by Punky on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM
Seriously? This is the first I'm hearing if this story and the bias is ridiculous when talking about gun owners.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Perhaps people shouldn't have shown up with jars of urine and bags of poop and used tampons.

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/12/protesters-question-dps-report-confiscations/

DPS officers outside the Senate gallery and at each entrance to the Capitol told The Texas Tribune they had not seen or found jars containing feces or urine, and multiple officers throughout the Capitol said they had not heard of any jars being found until a reporter mentioned it. Several officers also said they had not heard anything on the DPS radio system about jars of any excrement.


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received information that individuals planned to use a variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol.

Therefore for safety purposes, DPS recommended to the State Preservation Board that all bags be inspected prior to allowing individuals to enter the Senate gallery, which the State Preservation Board authorized.

During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery.

In the interest of the safety and security of Texas legislators and the general public, these inspections will continue until the conclusion of Senate business.


Quoting jllcali:

say what?

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Perhaps people shouldn't have shown up with jars of urine and bags of poop and used tampons.





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