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cognitivedissonance:

PREACH

Respectfully, I have to disagree. I am pretty sure they did know the ramifications of their decision and that’s why they made it. It’s not a coincidence that they are all male Catholics.

cognitivedissonance:

PREACH

Respectfully, I have to disagree. I am pretty sure they did know the ramifications of their decision and that’s why they made it. It’s not a coincidence that they are all male Catholics.

(via thepeoplesrecord)

(via abagond)

crocobaby:

Do you think every president goes through a awkward first few weeks in office when they’re not sure when’s the right time to ask if aliens are real or not?

During my first day in office, I’d be reading all the classified documents about JFK’s assassination. Just to make sure.

(Source: star-loser, via apsies)

If a corporation has “free speech rights” to buy elections, then it should be subject to American taxes even if it “moves” overseas just like actual American people are. If a corporation like Hobby Lobby has personal “religious rights” not to cover its employees’ contraception, then it’s enough of a person to pay expatriate taxes if it decides to move to Ireland.

It has to be one or the other. You can’t become a person when it’s convenient to your bottom line, but not when it isn’t.
…[W]e need to stop talking about the economy in ways that make it seem like the weather. The economy is a result of the rules we create and the choices we make. The people who are struggling to make ends meet do so because we have built — through intentional choice — an economy that produces inadequate incomes for more than one-third of all Americans…

Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director for the Center for Community Change

Paul Ryan: “My plan will end poverty by forcing the poor to sign contracts saying they will get off food stamps and start a hedge fund.”

Story:

The Worst Part Of Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan Is Based On A Media Myth

(via teapartycat)

The “discussion draft” submitted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to the House Budget Committee on potential solutions to poverty in America includes the proposal that low-income Americans would have to sign “contracts” in order to remain eligible for social safety net benefits, such as food stamps, or SNAP. The contract would include: benchmarks, such as finding a job, enrolling in employment training, or even meeting “new acquaintances outside circle of poverty”; a “timeline” in which individuals are contractually-obligated to meet those benchmarks; bonuses for meeting benchmarks early; and “sanctions for breaking the terms of the contract”:

I’m sure giving the impoverished even more paperwork to deal with will help them not be poor anymore. As with almost all libertarians, Paul Ryan is secretly a major fan of big government—as long as it’s used to crush people other than him.

It’s funny that Ryan is so hellbent on ‘reforming’ entitlements like Social Security. It seemed to work fine for him. You all remember that he paid for college using Social Security survivor benefits, right?

(via mediamattersforamerica)

questionall:

If you haven’t updated your voter registration you can do so online here: http://elections.ourtime.org/vote/

Democratic constituencies like young people, minorities, and women tend not turn out for midterm elections. But every election is important—remember that the Republicans are poised to gain a majority in the Senate this year.
If you think the past few years have been bad, just imagine the kind of fuckery they will enact when they control 2 out of 3 branches of government as well as many state governments.
If you can vote this November, please do.

questionall:

If you haven’t updated your voter registration you can do so online here: http://elections.ourtime.org/vote/

Democratic constituencies like young people, minorities, and women tend not turn out for midterm elections. But every election is important—remember that the Republicans are poised to gain a majority in the Senate this year.

If you think the past few years have been bad, just imagine the kind of fuckery they will enact when they control 2 out of 3 branches of government as well as many state governments.

If you can vote this November, please do.

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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.

(via questionall)

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.
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.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

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.

(via teallikethecolor)

US terrorist database growing at rapid rate →

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.

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

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

…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.

…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.