Thursday was "Texas Muslim Capitol Day," an annual event held to encourage Muslim Texans to visit the state capitol in Austin and learn about state government and how to meet with lawmakers and such. Which means, of course, that a few Patriotic TexAmericans decided that the Muslims were taking over the Capitol so they can CRAM SHARIA LAW DOWN ARE THROATS!!!1!! There were angry protestors out on the statehouse lawn, and state Rep. Molly White left this important message on her FacePlaceSpace:

She seems nice! It was unclear whether the Muslim visitors were supposed to also pledge support for Israel, or if the Israeli flag was supposed to scare them away like garlic would keep away a vampire, or what. RedState editor Erick Erickson tweeted that White's stunt was simply "AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME."

Ms. White is very worried about the imminent takeover of Texas by Sharia, of course, and as proof, reposted a RightWingNews article about a private, nonbinding, voluntary dispute-resolution group formed by some Texas Muslims. Basically, it appears to be a mediation service that references Sharia to resolve disputes. Or as Breitbart put it: 'VOLUNTARY' SHARIA TRIBUNAL IN TEXAS: THIS IS HOW IT STARTS. "It" apparently being a Muslim version of any number of faith-based dispute-resolution services, like for instance, the million or so results we got in a google search for "Christian dispute resolution."

Well by God (NOT "ALLAH"), Molly White is not going to sit back and let Shariah take over Texas! In her Facebook post about the article, she takes a firm stand:

This is why I support American Law for American Courts, especially in cases involving women, wives, children and parent-child relationships. Let me remind you that just because the judge in this article says words like voluntary, non binding, and tribunal doesn't mean he is telling the truth. Remember, in the Koran, it is ok to lie for the purpose of advancing Islam. Texans must never allow fringe groups of people to come here so that they can advance their own culture instead of becoming an American and assimilating into the American way of life. That, I can assure is not the intent of most Muslims who move to America.

Presumably, Ms. White, with her Israeli flag, is also against letting Orthodox Jews have their own quasi-judicial system governing some civil matters, although we doubt there were too many demonstrators waving around "No Halakha In America!" signs today.

Outside the Capitol, the Muslim group attempted to hold a press conference, at least until some idiot grabbed the microphone and yelled, “Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God, it will never dominate Texas.”

That's how you stop creeping Sharia: by being the biggest creep possible. The Muslims then sang "The Star Spangled Banner," which prompted the 30 or so protestors to scream some more, including this incoherent retort captured by Texas Monthly editor Erica Greider:

Which is just plain silly, as it's well known that Twilight Sparkle is an agnostic.

[Vox / Texas Tribune / Molly White on Facebook / Image by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune]

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Surprise, everybody! As we suspected, the Trump administration knew about the horrifying family domestic abuse stories in Patrick Shanahan's history, and they were trying to push through his Defense Secretary nomination anyway. We didn't assume they knew because the Trump administration is so very good at vetting people -- it clearly isn't. But, considering the enormity of the story, the question that kept bothering us yesterday when the Shanahan news broke was HOW IN THE HELL DID THEY THINK THIS WOULD STAY SECRET?

CBS News reports:

President Trump said as he departed for Florida Tuesday that he had only learned of Shanahan's family issues for the first time "yesterday."

But that is apparently a lie, or at least we should assume it's a lie, because we should always assume Trump is lying about each and every thing he says, in general. Anyway, whether El Dipshit was personally told, Trump admin people say ayup, they knew all about it:

One senior administration official told CBS News the White House was aware of the incident involving Shanahan's son, but didn't know about the 2010 confrontation. Another official said the White House knew about the 2011 incident dating back to when Bill Shine was White House communications director.

In case you need a quick refresher, the "2010 confrontation" is alleged domestic violence between Shanahan and his ex-wife, whose name is now Kimberley Jordinson, which was detailed in their divorce papers. (The ex-wife was arrested, not Shanahan.) The "2011 incident" is the one where Shanahan's 17-year-old son beat the shit out of his mom -- that same ex-wife -- with a baseball bat and left her in a pool of her own blood, and Daddy appears to have gone to great lengths to cover it up.

As CBS reports, some senators have been very curious as to why they were never informed of this way back in 2017, when Shanahan was nominated to be the deputy secretary of Defense. (He was confirmed.) Did the White House know then? Did Shanahan conceal it from everybody? Is that where the White House vetting process -- which is, again, just awesome, obviously -- went all wrong?

Or does the Trump administration just not think the nominee getting mutually fisticuffy with his wife, and trying to mount a coverup for his son when that son bludgeoned that wife with a baseball bat, is so bad, especially when you are trying to staff your administration with The Best People?

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