1. throughthewildblue:

    You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

    Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

    Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

    Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

    People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

    Shameless liars and hatemongers.

    (Source: sandandglass)

     
  2. …Republicans “legitimized impeachment” as a tool of partisan politics in 1998. People talked about impeaching Bill Clinton for years; aides to Tom Delay were openly telling reporters in Washington, after the Republican sweep in the 1994 midterms, that they could impeach Clinton any time they wanted. Ann Coulter wrote a book arguing that impeachment was essentially a political act that a congressional majority could undertake just because they had the votes to do so. Bob Barr wrote a book advocating Clinton’s impeachment long before anyone had ever heard of Monica Lewinsky. The fact is that impeachment — or to be more precise, the threat of impeachment — was a political tactic already at hand to the Republicans any time they wanted to use it.
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    Charles Pierce on how Republicans are treating the very election of a Democratic president as a crime.

    They wanted to impeach Clinton well before the Lewinsky scandal happened. They wanted to impeach Obama before he was even inaugurated. Hillary hasn’t even announced her presidency yet, but I’ll bet you there’s a cabal of conservatives out there brainistorming ‘crimes’ they can impeach her for.

     
  3. Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.

    Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.
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    Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican (via guardian)

    The Republican who coined “Beyonce voters” was using the term to describe “single ladies” who wanted access to birth control and benefits from the government. It’s basically their new version of “welfare queen”—a dogwhistle largely meant to denigrate non-affluent women of color.

    (Source: jessicavalenti)

     
  4. We have always been a nation of immigrants… who hate the newer immigrants.
    — On the Republicans’ hatred of immigrant children coming to the U.S. hoping for a better life, JON STEWART, The Daily Show (via inothernews)
     
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    memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue
From HPayne@14ufs

Cubans are treated as a special case because of the conservative fear/hatred of communism + the fact that Cubans are basically the only Latin@s in this country that consistently vote Republican
If you’re a refugee and your plight doesn’t resonate with conservatives’ greed, fear, or desire to warmonger, then you’re out of luck.

    memegop:

    ‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue

    From HPayne@14ufs

    Cubans are treated as a special case because of the conservative fear/hatred of communism + the fact that Cubans are basically the only Latin@s in this country that consistently vote Republican

    If you’re a refugee and your plight doesn’t resonate with conservatives’ greed, fear, or desire to warmonger, then you’re out of luck.

     
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    cartoonpolitics:

“Republicans want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops: it’s easier to get away with murder” .. (James Carville)

Also: libertarians AKA Republicans who would prefer not to be called Republicans

    cartoonpolitics:

    Republicans want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops: it’s easier to get away with murder” .. (James Carville)

    Also: libertarians AKA Republicans who would prefer not to be called Republicans

    (Source: politico.com)

     
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    misandry-mermaid:

Anon asks:


KEEP ME ANON! In case you believe prolifers are trying to help women, just remember that after a Texas abortion bull passed, Erick Erickson (prolife conservative) tweeted that liberals should “bookmark this site” and linked to a coathanger supplier. They know exactly what they’re doing.

Holy shit, this is a real thing that happened…




I bet you anything Erickson and his feeble followers will say this was “just a joke”. Joking about the painful, dehumanizing, and completely unnecessary deaths of women is psychotically hateful and evil.

    misandry-mermaid:

    Anon asks:

    KEEP ME ANON! In case you believe prolifers are trying to help women, just remember that after a Texas abortion bull passed, Erick Erickson (prolife conservative) tweeted that liberals should “bookmark this site” and linked to a coathanger supplier. They know exactly what they’re doing.
    Holy shit, this is a real thing that happened…

    I bet you anything Erickson and his feeble followers will say this was “just a joke”. Joking about the painful, dehumanizing, and completely unnecessary deaths of women is psychotically hateful and evil.

     
  9. odinsblog:

    #bitter ass old man

    It remains a complete mystery to me why a failed presidential candidate who has been 100% wrong about foreign policy (as well as many other things) continues to be sought after for his opinion on foreign policy. Is there a specific John McCain quota networks have to fulfill?

    (Source: drunkonstephen)

     
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    moreleftthannot:

Greg Sweet
You forgot “hold holiday food drives for your own employees”

Yes.
Also, this strategy just makes no sense to me since it is not sustainable in the long term.
Did you know that back when Congress voted to cut food stamps, Walmart warned that this affected their profits? And did you know Walmart’s same-store sales have dropped for 14 out of the last 21 quarters?
Making sure your profits depend significantly on the government-provided social safety net seems fairly bone-headed to me. Especially if you provide political contributions to groups dedicated to shredding said safety net.
Walmart is the U.S.’s largest employer after the federal government. So if you employ a huge number of people who live and shop in the same communities where your stores are located, why on earth would you cut their wages to the bone? Why would you support groups that try to cut their incomes even further? With what money are they going to be buying shit at your stores?

    moreleftthannot:

    Greg Sweet

    You forgot “hold holiday food drives for your own employees”

    Yes.

    Also, this strategy just makes no sense to me since it is not sustainable in the long term.

    Did you know that back when Congress voted to cut food stamps, Walmart warned that this affected their profits? And did you know Walmart’s same-store sales have dropped for 14 out of the last 21 quarters?

    Making sure your profits depend significantly on the government-provided social safety net seems fairly bone-headed to me. Especially if you provide political contributions to groups dedicated to shredding said safety net.

    Walmart is the U.S.’s largest employer after the federal government. So if you employ a huge number of people who live and shop in the same communities where your stores are located, why on earth would you cut their wages to the bone? Why would you support groups that try to cut their incomes even further? With what money are they going to be buying shit at your stores?

     
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    maritsa-met:

Book sale find 1. Filed in “men’s, women’s, and senior issues” (wtf?). Should have been under “comedy.”

I looked this up on Amazon. Here’s part of the blurb:

He focuses on the experiences of white males who have been victims of reverse discrimination under such programs and explores the lackluster response from government, the media, and employing institutions. Lynch examines the political taboo that for two decades effectively stifled discussion of the issues that affirmative action raises in both public discourse and scholarly analysis….In case studies based on interviews and other data, Lynch assesses the reactions of white males to affirmative action social barriers, as well as their impact on co-workers, friends, and relatives. He describes the role of the mass media, the social sciences, and ideological elites in creating a conspiracy of silence concerning the hidden and unintended consequences of affirmative action policies. The only study that deals specifically with the impact of affirmative action on white males…

What a load of nonsense. The top review is actually entitled “affirmative genocide”!
The author has also written a book attacking diversity training and one defending entitlements for “mostly white” senior citizens. Here’s his twitter page. First tweet is a link to a Nation Review article about how Black Americans are the “true casualties of amnesty”.
Ummmm!

    maritsa-met:

    Book sale find 1. Filed in “men’s, women’s, and senior issues” (wtf?). Should have been under “comedy.”

    I looked this up on Amazon. Here’s part of the blurb:

    He focuses on the experiences of white males who have been victims of reverse discrimination under such programs and explores the lackluster response from government, the media, and employing institutions. Lynch examines the political taboo that for two decades effectively stifled discussion of the issues that affirmative action raises in both public discourse and scholarly analysis….In case studies based on interviews and other data, Lynch assesses the reactions of white males to affirmative action social barriers, as well as their impact on co-workers, friends, and relatives. He describes the role of the mass media, the social sciences, and ideological elites in creating a conspiracy of silence concerning the hidden and unintended consequences of affirmative action policies. The only study that deals specifically with the impact of affirmative action on white males…

    What a load of nonsense. The top review is actually entitled “affirmative genocide”!

    The author has also written a book attacking diversity training and one defending entitlements for “mostly white” senior citizens. Here’s his twitter page. First tweet is a link to a Nation Review article about how Black Americans are the “true casualties of amnesty”.

    Ummmm!

     
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    azspot:

When We Say The Right Doesn’t Care About the Poor, This is What We Mean

Steadfast conservative = Teabagger, Christian theocrat
Business conservative = plutocrat
Young “outsiders” = libertarians, more accurately described as young Republicans

    azspot:

    When We Say The Right Doesn’t Care About the Poor, This is What We Mean

    Steadfast conservative = Teabagger, Christian theocrat

    Business conservative = plutocrat

    Young “outsiders” = libertarians, more accurately described as young Republicans

     
  13. cognitivedissonance:

    It takes a special kind of coldhearted bastard to make this claim.

    This isn’t really a “new” conservative meme. It’s a variation on a very old one. Falsely portraying children as being older or more mature than they are is a typical conservative tactic that is meant to justify dehumanizing treatment, especially of POC. Compare this erasure of these child refugees to how they kept insisting that Trayvon Martin was a grown man instead of a teenaged kid (as if shooting an adult in the same circumstances is somehow better?).

    This is a tactic of last resort since it’s so transparent. They know people are more likely to want to help children than adults and so they do their best to bury pictures like this:

    And that’s why they falsely claimed images of older-looking guys were of Trayvon. (They use the same tactic to blame girls for being raped, btw)

    It’s all part of the same systemic attempts to squash any shred of sympathy the average person might have for black and brown children. Why? Because some rich white asshole’s taxes might go up.

     
  14. misandry-mermaid:

    blindvisionaries:

    when I find myself in times of trouble

    mother mary comes to me

    speaking words of wisdom

    “rush limbaugh will die in your lifetime”

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    When reading about politics gets me down, I remind myself that most of the current Republican establishment and their constituents will be dead within the next 15-20 years.

     
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    a reminder