Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of August 22, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.

1. Court Rules for Texas (link)

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court lifted an injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission responded swiftly to the decision.

"We appreciate the court's ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women's Health Program as quickly as possible," commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman wrote in an emailed statement.

Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the appeals court's unanimous ruling "rightfully recognized that the taxpayer-funded Women's Health Program is not required to subsidize organizations that advocate for elective abortion. We are encouraged by today's decision and will continue to defend the Women's Health Program in court."

I expect this to go back to court eventually.

2. Judge Tom Head on Raising Taxes (link)

So why did Judge Tom Head want to raise taxes? Well to help deal with the impending U.N. action on the United States and possible civil war.

Judge Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, if President Obama is reelected.

“He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN, and what is going to happen when that happens?,” Head said. “I'm thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, war maybe. And we aren't talking just a few battles here and there. We are talking Lexington, Concord; to take up arms and go get the guy. What’s going to happen if we do that? If the public decides to do that? He is going to send in UN troops. I don't want them in LubbockCounty. So I’m going to stand in front of them and the sheriff said he was going to back me. I want trained U.S. army veteran officers to back me."

Whether you agree with the judge, or think his theories are unrealistic, the reality is a tax hike that will provide an additional $832,433 coupled with $2 million in cuts to make the numbers work.

Wow. Really? That's why he voted to raise taxes? You have got to be kidding me.

Could there ever be another civil war in the United States? Sure, but I don't think a few more officers in Lubbock County will help much.

3. Akin Ask For Forgiveness, Will Stay in Race (link)

Rep. Todd Akin will continue his race for U.S. Senate in Missouri despite calls from most prominent Republicans to drop out.

“We are going to continue with this race for the U.S. Senate,” Akin told Huckabee on radio today. He reiterated that he misspoke, but then took a shot at the party brass that didn’t support him in the primary.

“They were with us, and then I said one word in one sentence on one day and everything changed, and now we’re back where we were in the primary,” Akin said.

The call for him to resign the party nomination resulted from Akin saying “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down” during a Sunday interview. He released an ad asking for forgiveness, saying that he “used the wrong words in the wrong way.”

Akin said that he “noticed a poll” showing that he still has a lead over McCaskill, even after making the comments — apparently referring to a survey from Public Policy Polling that said he had a one-point lead.

Akin probably should have dropped out. This will not help Republicans and will hurt the Romney/Ryan campaign.

What do you think?

4. Nike (link)

We have all seen the images on TV of teenagers and even adults becoming violent in order to get their hands on a pair of Nike shoes. Nike is trying to change those images though.

Nike Inc has come up with new rules for retailers, prompted by unruly crowds outside stores selling its shoes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to a company memo reviewed by the paper, the world's largest sportswear maker told sporting-goods stores that they will not be allowed to pre-sell or take reservations for new shoes.

The retailers, which include Foot Locker Inc and Dick's Sporting Goods Inc , will also have to give up midnight releases of shoes that had prompted customers to camp outside and stampede stores, the paper reported.

"Retailers should assess what measures are necessary to secure the store and ensure the safety of personnel and consumers," the Nike memo said, according to the Journal.

If people would just act like civilized human beings then Nike probably wouldn't have to change the rules.

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