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Mar 21, 2014
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Mar 17, 2014
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South Dakota Lawmaker Says Businesses Should Be Able To Turn Away African-Americans »

Just imagine if libertarians privatized fire and police departments, roads and bridges, the voting process, education… oh wait…. never mind


Mar 17, 2014
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Mar 15, 2014
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10 Things Elizabeth Warren's consumer protection agency has done for you »


Mar 14, 2014
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The U.S. Postal Service is one of our most popular and important government agencies. It provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union jobs to some 500,000 Americans, and it is the largest employer of veterans…

Yet the Postal Service is under constant and vicious attack. Why? The answer is simple. There are very powerful and wealthy special interests who want to privatize or dismember virtually every function that government now performs…

For years, antigovernment forces have been telling us that there is a financial crisis at the Postal Service and that it is going broke. That is not true. The crisis is manufactured.

At the insistence of the Bush administration, Congress in 2006 passed legislation that required the Postal Service to prefund, over a 10-year period, 75 years of future retiree health benefits. This onerous and unprecedented burden—$5.5 billion a year—is responsible for all of the financial losses posted by the Postal Service since October 2012.

Without prefunding, the Postal Service would have made a $623 million profit last year. Excluding the prefunding mandate, the Postal Service estimates it will make more than $1 billion in profits this year.

Senator Bernie Sanders, "Save the Postal Service." (via smdxn)

Another crisis manufacturer by Republicans. Another way Bush fucked up America.

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Mar 11, 2014
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A Conservative Meme On School Lunches: Work For It, Kids! »

justinspoliticalcorner:

Conservative extremists want to make children work (likely a violation of child labor laws) for their school lunches and/or end the programs altogether. Also, it is part of their strategy of dog-whistling tactics to shame the poor and attacking unionized school personnel.

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM

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Mar 11, 2014
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Louisiana state library funding has been eliminated    »

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talesofthestarshipregeneration:

This might be the saddest thing I’ve read all day.

Libraries are such an important resource in low-income areas. Computers, printers and internet access are not something everyone has. Yes, of course, they have books and books are important, but as the quote above demonstrates, libraries actually help decrease unemployment by providing accessible computer services. I hope local counties will find a way to keep the libraries open.

Libraries are essential.

It’s easier for the serfs of the fiefdom to revolt if they’re literate.


Mar 10, 2014
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Right now in order to finance United States government, we take in billions of dollars in profits off student loans, but permit billionaires to have enough loopholes that they pay at tax rates that can be lower than those of their secretaries. It’s about values. Where, as a country, do we believe we should make our investments? Follow the money on this. Invest in billionaires or invest in students. Well I want to put my money on students.

Elizabeth Warren (via thenationmagazine)

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Mar 7, 2014
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Now on your restaurant bill: Obamacare fee

I’m fine with this. If it means said place is complying with the ACA instead of trying to get around it by kicking their employees on to the exchanges via cutting hours to part-time, great. Here’s two dimes.

Twenty cents for a bill of over $20. So that employees get health insurance. This is a fucking ADVERTISEMENT for Obamacare.

^^^
No lie. 

YESSSSS

OH BOY TWENTY FUCKING CENTS SO SOMEONE ELSE DOESN’T FUCKING DIE IN THE STRETS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE HEALTHCARE WHAT THE FUCK IM PROTESTING IM SCREAMING IM GONNA WRITE SHITTY ARTICLES SOMEONE CHANGE MY FUCKING DIAPER

I will gladly pay those extra two dimes to help a family get regular checkups. Since you wanted to go there douchey tea party business owner, should we talk about the ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM?

Should we talk about the nearly $8 trillion the United States has spent on defense since the September 11th attacks? Should we mention that national security accounts for $0.25 of every dollar the federal government spent in 2013? 

theonetruenators:

fajazo:

grrspit:

zenodotus5:

cognitivedissonance:

brooklynmutt:

Now on your restaurant bill: Obamacare fee

I’m fine with this. If it means said place is complying with the ACA instead of trying to get around it by kicking their employees on to the exchanges via cutting hours to part-time, great. Here’s two dimes.

Twenty cents for a bill of over $20. So that employees get health insurance. This is a fucking ADVERTISEMENT for Obamacare.

^^^

No lie. 

YESSSSS

OH BOY TWENTY FUCKING CENTS SO SOMEONE ELSE DOESN’T FUCKING DIE IN THE STRETS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE HEALTHCARE WHAT THE FUCK IM PROTESTING IM SCREAMING IM GONNA WRITE SHITTY ARTICLES SOMEONE CHANGE MY FUCKING DIAPER

I will gladly pay those extra two dimes to help a family get regular checkups. Since you wanted to go there douchey tea party business owner, should we talk about the ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM?

President's Proposed Discretionary Spending (Fiscal Year 2014)

Should we talk about the nearly $8 trillion the United States has spent on defense since the September 11th attacks? Should we mention that national security accounts for $0.25 of every dollar the federal government spent in 2013? 

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Mar 6, 2014
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assholeofday:

Paul Ryan, Asshole of the Day for March 6, 2014
by Shauna Wright (Follow @goldengateblond)
If you’ve been paying attention to politics at all over the past few years, you’ve no doubt noticed the GOP sliding into an abyss of abject stupidity and stunning, breathtaking insensitivity. And just when you think they’ve tapped those wells dry, they find a way (fracking, probably) to squeeze just a little more out of them.
For example, behold onetime GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, who just today told the assembled crowd of mouth-breathers at CPAC that if only poor kids’ parents loved them more, they wouldn’t need free lunch programs to feed them.
He made this point while telling a story that was supposed to give us all the sads: a “young boy from a very poor family” who got government-funded free lunches at school but was totally bummed out about it.
“He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids,” Ryan said, adding, “He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”
You know what, Paul Ryan? I’ve been that kid. And on behalf of all those kids, fuck you.
I was raised in Southern California by a single mother, who had me young and struggled to support us. When I was about 5, a teacher friend of hers told her I was extraordinarily bright and stressed the importance of getting me in the right schools to nurture that.
The closest and best public school district was, naturally, in a wealthy area. But my mom somehow found an apartment she could afford there, and the next thing I knew, she’d packed me, our cat and what few belongings we had into her beat-up VW Bug and off we went.
My mom’s friend was right – the school was phenomenal. I still remember those teachers. They were warm and encouraging and supportive, and never made me feel like the underprivileged kid.
And yes, I got government-sponsored breakfasts and lunches. But contrary to Paul Ryan’s story, it was not a reenactment of a Dickens novel. No dirt-smudged faces. No gruel. No moonfaced moppets begging for more.
Look, I knew my circumstances were different than the other kids somehow, but no one shamed me. And no one shamed my mother, who worked her ass off so her kid could go to the best school possible. (You want love, Paul? Put THAT in a brown paper bag, you smug, condescending douchebag.)
Fast forward a few years and I went on to become the first woman in my family to graduate from college. These days, I make a nice living and pay back into the same government system that helped me get where I am now. And I’m happy to do it.
Because somewhere there’s a little girl whose single mom is doing the best she can – and I’ll be damned if I’m going to make it any harder for them than it has to be. But Paul Ryan wants to make it harder, and that’s why he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Paul Ryan's second time being named Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for insisting on concessions in order to vote to pay for the budget that he himself negotiated and took credit for.
Full story: Raw Story
Shauna Wright (@goldengateblond) spends her days writing and editing things for cash and prizes, and you can find her dishing celebrity snark on the regular at Blabberazzi.com.

assholeofday:

Paul Ryan, Asshole of the Day for March 6, 2014

by Shauna Wright ()

If you’ve been paying attention to politics at all over the past few years, you’ve no doubt noticed the GOP sliding into an abyss of abject stupidity and stunning, breathtaking insensitivity. And just when you think they’ve tapped those wells dry, they find a way (fracking, probably) to squeeze just a little more out of them.

For example, behold onetime GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, who just today told the assembled crowd of mouth-breathers at CPAC that if only poor kids’ parents loved them more, they wouldn’t need free lunch programs to feed them.

He made this point while telling a story that was supposed to give us all the sads: a “young boy from a very poor family” who got government-funded free lunches at school but was totally bummed out about it.

“He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids,” Ryan said, adding, “He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”

You know what, Paul Ryan? I’ve been that kid. And on behalf of all those kids, fuck you.

I was raised in Southern California by a single mother, who had me young and struggled to support us. When I was about 5, a teacher friend of hers told her I was extraordinarily bright and stressed the importance of getting me in the right schools to nurture that.

The closest and best public school district was, naturally, in a wealthy area. But my mom somehow found an apartment she could afford there, and the next thing I knew, she’d packed me, our cat and what few belongings we had into her beat-up VW Bug and off we went.

My mom’s friend was right – the school was phenomenal. I still remember those teachers. They were warm and encouraging and supportive, and never made me feel like the underprivileged kid.

And yes, I got government-sponsored breakfasts and lunches. But contrary to Paul Ryan’s story, it was not a reenactment of a Dickens novel. No dirt-smudged faces. No gruel. No moonfaced moppets begging for more.

Look, I knew my circumstances were different than the other kids somehow, but no one shamed me. And no one shamed my mother, who worked her ass off so her kid could go to the best school possible. (You want love, Paul? Put THAT in a brown paper bag, you smug, condescending douchebag.)

Fast forward a few years and I went on to become the first woman in my family to graduate from college. These days, I make a nice living and pay back into the same government system that helped me get where I am now. And I’m happy to do it.

Because somewhere there’s a little girl whose single mom is doing the best she can – and I’ll be damned if I’m going to make it any harder for them than it has to be. But Paul Ryan wants to make it harder, and that’s why he is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Paul Ryan's second time being named Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for insisting on concessions in order to vote to pay for the budget that he himself negotiated and took credit for.

Full story: Raw Story

Shauna Wright (@goldengateblond) spends her days writing and editing things for cash and prizes, and you can find her dishing celebrity snark on the regular at Blabberazzi.com.


Mar 6, 2014
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apophatic:

joost5:

p0lythylene:

hayamandarae:



The app store gives you a description of the app right under the “purchase/install” button. He knew what he was doing. He knew. 

I KNEW IT! The next Dan Savage podcast is going to be fun.


nope.

The story was too good to be true. Guess I can’t dance on his political grave yet.

apophatic:

joost5:

p0lythylene:

hayamandarae:

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The app store gives you a description of the app right under the “purchase/install” button. He knew what he was doing. He knew. 

I KNEW IT! The next Dan Savage podcast is going to be fun.
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nope.

The story was too good to be true. Guess I can’t dance on his political grave yet.


Mar 6, 2014
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Republicans need to recognize that George W Bush destroyed the US economy from which we are still trying to recover.

They’re a dog barking at their own fart.


Mar 5, 2014
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Economists: Paul Ryan misusing our data to misinform about poverty programs.
Your Least Surprising News Item of the Day. If he’s not just stupid and misunderstanding the data, then Paul Ryan is deliberately twisting the data to attack poverty programs that he knows work. If you ever needed proof that Ryan’s concern for the poor is as fake as a game show host’s grin, this ought to do the trick.
That doesn’t say good things about Paul Ryan’s moral code or his economic priorities.


or how to lie, cheat and steal your way to a richer Murka.

quickhits:

Economists: Paul Ryan misusing our data to misinform about poverty programs.

Your Least Surprising News Item of the Day. If he’s not just stupid and misunderstanding the data, then Paul Ryan is deliberately twisting the data to attack poverty programs that he knows work. If you ever needed proof that Ryan’s concern for the poor is as fake as a game show host’s grin, this ought to do the trick.

That doesn’t say good things about Paul Ryan’s moral code or his economic priorities.

or how to lie, cheat and steal your way to a richer Murka.

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Mar 5, 2014
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0nechoice:

THANK YOU JENNI HERD

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Mar 3, 2014
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During a Republican primary debate in the last presidential election cycle, there was a dispiriting moment in which tea party audience members cheered at the idea that a comatose uninsured American — unable to afford health insurance — would be left to die. That infamous outburst, among others, has prompted GOP bigwigs to try to cut back on primary season debates, hoping to limit appearances that might expose the party’s baser impulses. But that mean-spirited and contemptuous attitude toward the sick is alive and well in the Grand Old Party, as its maniacal (and futile) resistance to Obamacare has made clear. Now, one Republican politician is pushing that callousness to new lows: He wants to bar the uninsured from hospital emergency rooms.

GOP WOULD BAR POOR FROM HEALTH CARE ALTOGETHER (via azspot)

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