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Another Right Wing Myth Debunked

You may remember the right wing absolutely freaking out about pro-choice protesters allegedly bringing jars of urine and feces to throw at the Texas state capitol when the legislature was trying to pass harsh anti-choice legislation. “Police confiscate jars of suspected urine and feces,” screamed the headline at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. And the Hot Air blog. And RedState. And the National Review. Turns out it was all nonsense:

What the documents show is that DPS collected and shared information, including rumors and off-hand Twitter remarks as well as Facebook postings, about pro-choice protesters during the showdown in the Senate in July. “Per Lt. Esquivel, rumors are out there saying that the orange women will be taking off their clothes, urinating and defecating in the Senate gallery today,” wrote Susan Fafrak, an analyst in the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division of the Texas Fusion Center, in an email on Friday, July 12. “I am still searching form [sic] some sort of confirmation of this.”

Based on the documents released by DPS today, their hottest sources of intel are tweets from pro-life activists or Republican legislative staffers, or pro-choice protesters joking about the rumors’ absurdity. The documents suggest a law enforcement agency joining in the echo chamber. We’re waiting for a response from DPS on what advantage closely monitoring social media accounts provided the agency, and other questions.

The documents also demonstrate that DPS director Steve McCraw was upset about press coverage questioning the lack of evidence that protesters had tried to bring jars of feces and urine into the Senate. Internally, DPS was able to find just three photos of prohibited items—apparently of paint and bricks—but none of those suspected jars.

Text messages also circulated among DPS personnel on July 15th, three days after the explosive end to the debate over new abortion restrictions. “Were any of you aware of urine or feces take during our shakedowns?” asked a text message from an unknown sender.

The responses: “Just what DPS put out on Email” and “I never observed any.” And, “I was inside the Senate Gallery and did not see or hear of any of the above being taken.”

This was all used by the wingnuts to argue about how terribly evil those pro-choice people are. Will any of those news outlets and blogs now print a retraction?

Comments

  1. says

    Well, it’s a good thing Security stepped, putting a stop to their evil plan before it could exist. Imagine what could’ve happened if they hadn’t Kept Us Safe! Just imagine the headlines then: “Texas Legislature paralyzed by small outburst, mildly disruptive inconvenience. ‘It scared us so bad we almost forgot to pass more TRAP laws’ inside source reveals”.

  2. Larry says

    Retraction? Hell, its time to double down. Start shouting that Obama sicced the IRS and DHS on the DPS personnel who denied anything of the sort happened so they retracted the truth. Its an Acorn conspiracy funded by Soros and Saul Alinsky, donchaknow. If fact, they brought in WMDs as well, provided by Al Qaida terrorists.

  3. raven says

    Where do the demons fit in here?

    It’s always the demons. Gotta have some demons somewhere!!!

  4. colnago80 says

    Re #2

    Let’s try that again.

    This was all used by the wingnuts to argue about how terribly evil those pro-choice people are. Will any of those news outlets and blogs now print a retraction?

    Of course they will, about the time that Yeshua of Nazareth returns.

  5. says

    …pro-choice protesters allegedly bringing jars of urine and feces to throw at the Texas state capitol…

    …which totally justifies throwing BOMBS at clinics that deal with women’s health issues of any sort, because CULTUR-A-LAHF, amirite?

  6. caseloweraz says

    “Police confiscate jars of suspected urine and feces,” screamed the headline at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.

    Quite aside from the prima facie absurdity of the whole story, if the police had confiscated jars containing unidentified substances, it wouldn’t take a crime lab to discover that the substances were urine and feces.

  7. jolly says

    Now we know what the anti-choice people are going to do next. The right wingers almost always accuse everyone of doing what they would do or are about to do.

  8. says

    caseloweraz “Quite aside from the prima facie absurdity of the whole story, if the police had confiscated jars containing unidentified substances, it wouldn’t take a crime lab to discover that the substances were urine and feces.”
    “Our number one priority is good order.”
    [opens jar]
    “I think we just found our…”
    [takes off sunglasses]
    “…number two.”
    [CSI Miami intro plays]

  9. Artor says

    Hmmm… I wonder if I should carry a jar full of apple juice with a chocolate bar floating in it to the next protest…

  10. D. C. Sessions says

    Will any of those news outlets and blogs now print a retraction?

    And how much difference would it make if they did?

  11. iknklast says

    Interesting priorities. Bringing urine and feces to a protest would be evil (smelly, maybe). Bringing guns to a protest is just good old Americanism.

  12. says

    iknklast “Interesting priorities. Bringing urine and feces to a protest would be evil (smelly, maybe). Bringing guns to a protest is just good old Americanism.”
    Can’t it be both?
    Take an empty jar and a sign that says “It’s not loaded. This time.”

  13. uzza says

    Unfortunately for you skeptics, there is eyewitness testimony. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst actually saw this shit.

    “I walked over to where they were screening and they were getting bottles out and smelling them, they were getting water bottles out and smelling and they had urine in it. And there were bags they had set aside and were going to put in the trash and throw it out, of feces. ”

  14. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    An unreferenced alleged quote by a partisan politician, with grammar that is almost unintelligible.

    I’m convinced.

  15. dean says

    Uzza, there is no support for this.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety released 144 pages of documents — including information gathered from tweets, e-mails, Facebook posts, and tips uncovered through their investigators. But in none of these documents was there ever a mention of bottles of urine or feces.

    Even officers seemed surprised.

    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.

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