The School Says Any Demonstration Will Be Considered Trespassing
A number of gun rights groups in Texas were planning to stage a huge mock mass shooting on the University of Texas campus this weekend in a simulation that will reportedly include fake blood, cardboard guns and hired actors. The Open Carry Walk and Crisis Performance aimed at ending gun-free zones was to feature actors being "shot" by armed gunmen according to Matthew Short, spokesperson for the gun rights groups Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com. "It’s a fake mass shooting, and we’ll use fake blood," Short said, adding that real gun noises will blare from bullhorns to heighten the reality factor. The activity will be preceded by a walk through Austin's streets with loaded weapons. But late Wednesday, campus officials said any such display would be considered criminal trespass if the participants don't leave when asked. Organizers said they have agreed to move the demonstration to a street adjacent to campus. As of now, weapons are barred from the UT campus, but that will change on Aug. 1, when a new "campus carry" law will allow concealed handguns in classrooms and dorms.
Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia's 'Slower Track' Inspires #StayMadAbby Hash
During oral arguments on Wednesday in the affirmative cationic case Fisher v. University of Texas, Justice Scalia's comments that some black students couldn't graduate from universities he described as "too fast" and might do better at "slower track" schools quickly inspired the #StayMadAbby hashtag from black students and college graduates. The suit was filed by onetime prospective UT student Abigail Fisher, who claims she was denied admission to UT-Austin because she's white, while less qualified candidates were admitted due to their race. The tag quickly flooded Twitter with images of black graduates in their caps and gowns and statistics pointing out that black students account for a small portion of the UT-Austin student body.
North Korea Claims It Detonated A Hydrogen Bomb
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un loves to float outrageous claims, but his latest is making some people take notice. According to reports, Kim claimed on Thursday (Dec. 10) that NK has developed a hydrogen bomb. While unverified, the news is notable because a hydrogen bomb is much stronger than an atomic one. Kim reportedly said he's ready to set off a hydrogen bomb to "defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation."
Update -- Freddie Gray Trial: William Porter, one of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, took the stand for four hours on Wednesday in an effort to convince the jury in that manslaughter trial that he is a responsible officer who didn't do anything wrong the day Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while in custody. A calm Porter explained to jurors that he didn't call an ambulance for Gray because Gray seemed "alert" and didn't complain of any pain or injuries. He said Gray answered "yes" when he offered to get him medical attention, but that he was not able to tell the police van driver "what to do." As for why he didn't put seatbelt on Gray as required, Porter explained that the wagon is "pretty tight" and that in his experience in 200 arrest he has never belted a prisoner.
Quick Take: Accused Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear made it clear he intended to kill when he attacked a Colorado PP outlet by shouting "I am guilty there will be no trial" and "I am a warrior for the babies" during an arraignment hearing on Wednesday.
Quick Take 2: U.S. District Court Judge David Godbey denied Texas's request barring the federal govt. from resettling Syrian refugees in the state beginning Thursday. "The Court does not downplay the risks that terrorism, as a general matter, may pose," Godbey wrote in his ruling. "It must, however, assess the risk, if any, posed by these particular refugees." The state sued the Obama administration and a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency last week arguing that the federal government is violating the law by not consulting with Texas officials about its resettlement plans.