1. 22:27 22nd Jul 2014

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    mommapolitico:

smartgirlsattheparty:

thedemsocialist:

Any questions?

Woah.

I know I’m posing this twice, but just was wondering when a company is going to sue on the premise that men getting vasectomies is against the corporation’s belief that God wants us to be fruitful and multiply?

Or that Viagra causes men to have impure thoughts and may aid them in sinful behavior like adultery.

    mommapolitico:

    smartgirlsattheparty:

    thedemsocialist:

    Any questions?

    Woah.

    I know I’m posing this twice, but just was wondering when a company is going to sue on the premise that men getting vasectomies is against the corporation’s belief that God wants us to be fruitful and multiply?

    Or that Viagra causes men to have impure thoughts and may aid them in sinful behavior like adultery.

     
  2. The minimum wage needs to be a living wage. The business-side discomfort with raising the wage would be more understandable if every sector was hurting. But it isn’t. The rich are richer than ever, corporate profits are at record highs, the stock market is soaring. We don’t need to coddle McDonalds and WalMart by paying their employees less than living wages. But in any case, raising the minimum doesn’t hurt the economy at all. It actually creates more jobs.
    — Hullabaloo (via azspot)
     
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    thesunatmidnight2:

Langston Hughes

"Let America Be America Again". I like this stanza that comes toward the end of the poem:

I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

The dispossessed and marginalized must “take back our land” and “make America again”. The founding of the U.S. is not some distant event in the past, but is something that must happen again and again, with new founders each time.

    thesunatmidnight2:

    Langston Hughes

    "Let America Be America Again". I like this stanza that comes toward the end of the poem:

    I say it plain,
    America never was America to me,
    And yet I swear this oath—
    America will be!

    The dispossessed and marginalized must “take back our land” and “make America again”. The founding of the U.S. is not some distant event in the past, but is something that must happen again and again, with new founders each time.

     
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    aka14kgold:

noor3amoor:

If these font sizes don’t speak to the relative value of Palestinian life, I don’t know what does.

Not just the font—after all, “Hamas militants step up attacks”? Yeah, that’s not really the problem. Note, as well, that they never say Palestinians are killed, just the death toll itself.

They’re just trying to be fair and balanced. Everyone knows 1 Israeli life = over 165 Palestinian lives.

    aka14kgold:

    noor3amoor:

    If these font sizes don’t speak to the relative value of Palestinian life, I don’t know what does.

    Not just the font—after all, “Hamas militants step up attacks”? Yeah, that’s not really the problem. Note, as well, that they never say Palestinians are killed, just the death toll itself.

    They’re just trying to be fair and balanced. Everyone knows 1 Israeli life = over 165 Palestinian lives.

     
  5. The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit.

    About 99 percent of the names submitted are accepted, leading to criticism that the government is “wildly loose” in its use of the list.

    There’s no public, official way of challenging your status or getting yourself off of this list. The government is trying to have this civil suit dismissed because they claim it will expose state secrets if it proceeds.

    Gadeir Abbas, who is representing the plaintiff in this case, said in response to the disclosure,

    "There aren’t 1 million people who are known or suspected terrorists," Abbas said after the hearing. "This suggests the standard the government is applying is wildly loose."

    To put this number in perspective, the population of Philadelphia—the fifth largest U.S. city—is roughly 1.5 million. And those are just the people who have been added to this secret list in the last five years. If there are that many known or suspected terrorists running around, then I reckon we should have been experiencing terrorist attacks on a near-daily basis.

     
  6. thinksquad:

    Portraits of four Pennsylvania lawmakers that hang in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg will now indicate they were convicted of a crime.

    “There was a question: ‘Do you remove the portraits or do you do something else?’” said Stephen Miskin, a spokesman for House Speaker Sam Smith, a Republican from Punxsutawney. “You can’t change history, whether you like it or not. There was a feeling you should keep the portraits out there and let people make up their own mind.”

    The lawmakers’ criminal activity will now be inscribed on a plaque that identifies their portraits, and is a result of several members concern over what to do following the two most recent convictions in 2011 and 2012.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/07/17/pennsylvania-will-now-shame-convicted-lawmakers-with-plaques-that-note-their-crimes/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

     
  7. …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.
    — 

    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.

     
  8. …The Congressman was trying to pester [Tianna Gaines-Turner] on the whole “government dependence” bore…In response to the pestering, she says that she isn’t “dependent on the program,” but [is] in fact “independent on the program.” This is an impressively clever retort that deserves to be popularized.
    — 

    Matt Bruenig on the brilliant ways Gaines-Turner, a woman who testfieid about her experiences with poverty at a congressional hearing, responded to Republican assholery. Democratic leadership could learn a thing or two from her!

    To be fair though, outsmarting a congressional Republican is probably easy compared to the rigors of dealing with poverty on a daily basis.

     
  9. 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.
    — 

    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)

     
  10. 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)
     
  11. …the Administration strongly opposes the language in the bill preventing the District from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States’ rights and of District home rule…
    — From a White House memo opposing H.R. 5016 which, among other things, would block funding for D.C.’s marijuana legalization bill. I love that the administration is flat-out trolling Republicans these days.
     
  12. …At the time of writing this blogpost, the current death score is 159-0…Anybody who is not parti pris can see that the Netanyahu government has partially contrived and partially been trapped by a domestic political climate that requires them to kill numbers of Palestinians in order to satisfy the Israeli electorate. Of course there’s the usual blather about “operatives” and “terrorist infrastructure”, but it is hard to take seriously the idea that anyone believes this as a description of Israeli aims…lots of people in political power in the West think they have to go along with the story and pay lip service to Israel’s “right to defend itself”, even though concretely this takes the form of airstrikes against densely populated urban areas with predictable civilian deaths. Meanwhile, those who speak for the Israeli government go around claiming that no state could tolerate missiles being fired into its territory and that any state would have to retaliate. This is false, indeed absurd: much of British policy in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 80s was deplorable, but though the IRA fired plenty of mortar rounds across the border, nobody seriously contemplated taking out “terror operatives” by aerial bombardment of civilian housing in the Irish Republic.
    — 

    Chris Bertram, “Bullshitting About Gaza

    Bertram posted this yesterday. The “death score” is now 175-0.

     
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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:

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