Everything here is alive, working at something, fulfilling itself without thought of my patience; yet when the track was laid down a hundred years ago I never winced for the cold; my heart, soaking in rain under the skies of Cautín never ventured so much as a…
Please feel free to share with others to get the word out etc. Our Governor is coming to a public venue. Cream puffs, deep fried pickles and a Walker protest! - Originally alerted by the Sara Schulz Show on facebook
Today, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that birth control be considered a preventive health service and therefore be covered by health plans without co-pays for millions of women. This is one of the biggest victories for women’s health in a…
…What isn’t mentioned in Skenazy’s account (although a link to this piece by David Goldberg is provided) is that the bereaved mother, Raquel Nelson, is African American. Goldberg asserts that, by contrast, the jurors were middle-class white people who drove cars rather than riding the bus. Goldberg’s piece also tackles the problematic nature of placing personal responsibility on a mother who was struggling with a difficult set of circumstances. (Ever tried wrangling three children and shopping on and off a bus? I’ve not, personally, but I know it’s not easy.) What is most infuriating, to me, is that these are not unusual circumstances, they are not circumstances that a reasonable person could not for-see.
seems like the general public doesn’t give a fuck about parents of colour unless it’s to punish or shame them. if the kids are missing they aren’t important enough. how enraging.
what the fuck. i dont think this fits under the legal definition of vehicular manslaughter either! they could have charged her with gross negligence but should have charged her for nothing. some lady’s kid runs out into the street and they send her to jail? what about the rest of her kids?
Why am I not surprised? It seems that since Barack Obama got elected, all that hidden racism has decided to bubble up to the surface. We are in no way a “post-racial” society. I honestly think we never will be. As long as people tech their children to hate and stereotype others, minorities will always be second class citizens.
You could call it hypocritical, mostly because it is. Tea Party freshmen who claim to be all about cutting spending are practicing an “austerity for you, but not for me” approach to government funding. Elected on a platform of cutting government to the bone, they’ve since gone on to make…
“The First Amendment was written neither to guarantee freedom of religion to Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus nor to prohibit their free exercise of religion. It wasn’t written about them one way or another. It was written for one specific purpose: to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion. We must be clear: the First Amendment does not prohibit the free exercise of alternative religions, but neither does it guarantee it. It simply does not address the issue at all.”—
American Family Association spokesman and demagogue royale Bryan Fischer, trying to see how many feet he can get into his mouth.
Our only question: If this is how he mangles the meaning of a single 45-word sentence, what’s that say about his interpretation of the Scriptures?
Bricolage (pronounced /ˌbriːkɵˈlɑːʒ/ or /ˌbrɪkɵˈlɑːʒ/) is a term used in several disciplines, among them the visual arts, to refer to the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process. The term is…
“I’ll say that again: If you define pro-life as preventing abortions, Planned Parenthood is the most effective pro-life organization in the history of the world. No, it doesn’t give teenagers the idea of having sex. That idea comes to them quite naturally, thank you very much. What Planned Parenthood does, more comprehensively than anyone else, is to distribute the means and knowledge to control your risk of getting pregnant when you don’t want to be pregnant. And those two things, combined with pressure to exercise that control assiduously, are the surest way to prevent abortions. If you wait till women are already unhappily pregnant, you’re too late.”—Human Nature : The Pro-life Case for Planned Parenthood (via becauseiamawoman)
As Congress wrangles over spending cuts, surging numbers of Americans are relying on the government just to put food on the table […]
When Moody’s Analytics assessed different forms of stimulus, it found that food stamps were the most effective, increasing economic activity by $1.73 for every dollar spent. Unemployment insurance came in second, at $1.62, whereas most tax cuts yielded a dollar or less. All the talk in Washington these days, however, is of cutbacks—even for the hungry.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will announce his intent to nominate Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He will make the announcement at an event tomorrow at the White House.
Last year, the President fought to pass and signed into law…
Here’s much more info on the story than I was able to provide in a blurb.
Founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich and other conservative activists frustrated by recent electoral setbacks, ALEC is a critical arm of the right-wing network of policy shops that, with infusions of corporate cash, has evolved to shape American politics. Inspired by Milton Friedman’s call for conservatives to “develop alternatives to existing policies [and] keep them alive and available,” ALEC’s model legislation reflects long-term goals: downsizing government, removing regulations on corporations and making it harder to hold the economically and politically powerful to account. Corporate donors retain veto power over the language, which is developed by the secretive task forces. The task forces cover issues from education to health policy. ALEC’s priorities for the 2011 session included bills to privatize education, break unions, deregulate major industries, pass voter ID laws and more. In states across the country they succeeded, with stacks of new laws signed by GOP governors like Ohio’s John Kasich and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, both ALEC alums.
The details of ALEC’s model bills have been available only to the group’s 2,000 legislative and 300 corporate members. But thanks to a leak to Aliya Rahman, an Ohio-based activist who helped organize protests at ALEC’s Spring Task Force meeting in Cincinnati, The Nation has obtained more than 800 documents representing decades of model legislation. Teaming up with the Center for Media and Democracy, The Nation asked policy experts to analyze this never-before-seen archive.
“At his news conference this week, President Barack Obama seized on a misleading Washington word—“entitlements”—to describe the badly needed aid programs that are likely to be cut because of his compromises with the Republicans. “Entitlement” is a misleading word because it masks the ugly reality of reducing medical aid for the poor, the disabled and anyone over 65 as well as cutting Social Security. Calling such programs entitlements is much more comfortable than describing them as what they are—Medicare, Social Security and money for good schools, unemployment insurance, medical research and public works construction that would put many thousands to work. It’s also a Republican word. It implies that those receiving government aid have a sense of entitlement, that they’re getting something for nothing. And now it’s an Obama word as he moves toward the center and away from the progressives who powered his 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination over centrist Hillary Clinton. “There is, frankly, resistance on my side to do anything on entitlements,” he said before heading into another negotiating session over raising the debt limit and cutting the budget. “There is strong resistance on the Republican side to do anything on revenues. But if each side takes a maximalist position, if each side wants 100 percent of what its ideological predispositions are, then we can’t get anything done.” It’s impossible to decode anyone’s language because of the maneuvering over the debt limit. But Obama was clear about his long-range goals in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on April 13.”—Bill Boyarsky: ‘Entitlement’ Is a Republican Word - Bill Boyarsky’s Columns - Truthdig (via shihtzuman)
“With all due respect, I fear this hearing is focused on issues to distract from the obvious task at hand: helping Professor Warren and others in our attempt to avoid another economic catastrophe caused in large part by unregulated greed.”—— Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), commenting on the hostile reception given to Elizabeth Warren at a hearing Thursday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, quoted in Elizabeth Warren’s Summer Grilling - The Daily Beast (via tartantambourine)
would b assumed you wld break into your regularly scheduled classical music 2 let people hear Obama discuss budget crisis this morning. Especially when you announced he would be speaking. What’s up with that?
*Note regarding the Ideas network comment: expect more that that. Demand more. That is…
I hate to say it, but part of me — the “I told you so” portion of my brain — wants the Republican Party to remain stupid, for the president to fail to convince them to come off the ledge, and for the US to default. This part of my brain feels that if we go over that cliff, Republicans (and…
The Washington Post’s article headlined “Squeaking By on $300,000” was absurd enough, but a Sunday Styles piece in the New York Times took that cheeky, gee-whiz journalism a step further. Daring readers to attempt the supposed hardships of affluence, the piece was titled “You Try to Live on 500K in This Town.” (The story naturally fails to mention that the city’s median household income is about $38,000 a year, meaning that most New Yorkers take the headline’s challenge on a yearly basis.) Instead, it reported on a proposal to limit bailed-out bank salaries to a half million dollars a year, and then proceeded to try to cheekily illustrate how impossible that would be in the Big Apple.