6th December 2011 @ 07:12pm
Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers | The Bilerico Project


Since 1986 the Salvation Army has engaged in five major assaults on the LGBT community’s civil rights and attempted to carve out exemptions that would allow them to deny gays and lesbians needed services as well as employment.

(Source: existentialcrisisfactory, via )

2nd December 2011 @ 11:32am
Tumble DC 25: Fox News Studio In Manhattan Gets 24/7 Protection By NYPD - costs city taxpayers at least $500,000 a year



The NYPD provides Fox News’s midtown Manhattan studios 24/7 protection, The Daily Beast reports, more than any other media organization in the city.

ABC, NBC and CBS pay for their own private security details whereas, according to one security expert, Fox News’s around-the-clock protection by the boys in blue costs city taxpayers at least $500,000 a year. Reached for comment, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told The Beast “Each of the networks gets police coverage to varying extents based on threat information.” But the other major New York-based media outlets had no knowledge of the offered protection, and one employee at ABC commented, “I would love the special favors.”

#politics #fuck that
1st December 2011 @ 10:00am
5,000 Military Families Illegally Foreclosed On -- How We Can Prosecute Bank Crimes | Economy | AlterNet

No one is going after banks for foreclosing on active duty troops. Are banks too big for the law?

(Source: )

#politics #occupy everything
22nd November 2011 @ 11:03am
Alabama farmers experiencing a shortage of labor are being offered inmates from the state’s Department of Corrections to help pick produce before it rots, the Montgomery Advertiser reported Friday. Growers blame the lack of workers on the state’s recently enacted immigration law, which they say has caused laborers to leave.

Alabama Offers Inmates To Farmers (via midwestmountainmama)

Who the hell did they think was handing the produce? Should have thought of that before backing up the assholes putting this into effect, eh?

(via angrybrownbaby)

and they are “being offered inmates” huh? LMAOOOOOOOOO not people. these are tools, right? “HEY BUDDY! U WANNA BORROW MY TRACTOR? IT’S 6’4”, BOUT 260, REAL DARK BUT HEALTHY AND IT’LL WORK TIL THE SUN GOES DOWN”

(via peecharrific)

Ahhh the convict leasing system… FASHIONABLE SINCE 1865


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9th November 2011 @ 11:55am
Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it’s all a lawyers’ ramp, like ‘racial discrimination’? You pay a girl a compliment nowadays, she runs off and gets lawyered up. Is this any way to live?

A right-wing commentator actually said this. And then The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates applied the smackdown.

(Via Nick Baumann)

(via motherjones)

#politics #sexism #misogyny #what the fuck #smash the patriarchy!
2nd November 2011 @ 06:06pm
Report: Military Blew Shocking Amounts of Cash on Weapons Since 9/11


Billions of it was supposed to go to troops on the battlefield. But instead, it went to record profits for makers of fighter jets.

(Source: Mother Jones)

25th October 2011 @ 09:21pm
Captain Plan→it: If you’re under the age of 25, it’s likely that the most expensive...

If you’re under the age of 25, it’s likely that the most expensive product you’ve ever purchased is a car. And by “most expensive”, we’re probably talking an easy 10-15 times the next most expensive thing. If you didn’t need a car, that’s easily a couple hundred extra dollars in your pocket each week after fuel, insurance, registration, and repairs. Now imagine you’re at the poverty line with two kids and you make roughly $430 a week before taxes and the bus starts to become a much more appealing option. Unfortunately in America, unless you live in a small handful of large metropolitan areas, you absolutely need a car to get around.

While some of this isn’t anyone’s fault since America isn’t really as geographically concentrated as, say, Seoul, we have a long history of not giving a shit about properly funding public transit, while throwing billions upon billions at building the public infrastructure necessary to support our $50,000 odes to American independence. On top of this, mass transit, especially rail, is significantly more cost-effective in the long run than building or maintaining more roads. As if you needed any more reasons why the poor tend to stay poor, imagine everyone has a “Being an American” tax of at least $1500 annually no matter their income, and if they didn’t pay it the IRS bolts them to the ground, preventing them from going to work.

11 Ways America is keeping poor people poor

#urban planning #politics
24th October 2011 @ 01:15pm
Steve Benen: McConnell’s pro-unemployment argument

McConnell is offering a philosophical response to a practical problem. It gets back to what we discussed last week — the right simply cannot fathom a pragmatic approach to governing. Democrats see a jobs crisis, want to save hundreds of thousands of jobs, craft a plan that works, and find a straightforward way to pay for it. Republicans see a jobs crisis and ask, “Are those public-sector jobs? What does our ideology tell us about aid to states? Unemployment, schlumemploymet — how does this affect the size of government?”

The GOP line doesn’t address the underlying problem because, as McConnell explained yesterday, Republicans don’t care about the underlying problem. What matters is the integrity of conservative ideology, not keeping teachers and cops on the job.

Notice, McConnell didn’t say the Democratic jobs bill would be ineffective. He knows — everyone knows — the measure would keep those Americans working, which would not only help the workers and their families, but also the local economies and those who benefit from their services. But for the Senate Minority Leader, whether the legislation would be effective or not is irrelevant.

Bringing down unemployment isn’t McConnell’s priority. Winning a philosophical argument is.

(Source: sarahlee310, via jonathan-cunningham)

18th October 2011 @ 09:18pm


America’s Unreligious Warriors

With DADT done, could the next military culture war be waged over atheist chaplains? (And isn’t “atheist chaplain” a contradiction in terms, anyway?)

Mother Jones talks with the Iraq vet who’s spearheading a humanist movement in the ranks: “You can’t convert people to gay. You can convert people to atheist. And I think that worries a lot of people, even if we’re not trying to do that.”

(Source: Mother Jones)

#atheist #agnostic #freethinker #secular #humanist #religion #politics
12th September 2011 @ 02:27pm
Snyder has already benefited from secret funding, Robinson said. During the campaign the Republican Governor’s Association paid for television advertisements supporting him. The Republican Governor’s Association is a 527 organization but it accepted millions from a Michigan Chamber of Commerce fund that did not disclose its contributors. “We’ve just seen a $1.8 million dollar tax shift from working people to big business,” said Ray Holman, legislative liason for UAW Local 6000, which represents 22,000 state employees who are being pressed for major concessions by the Snyder administration. “If we don’t have full disclosure we don’t know who is behind and supporting the politicians; it is really troubling because we’ve seen a huge shift in wealth in Michigan.” Snyder has also pushed to privatize a broad range of state services without creating a system of oversight for contractors. Benton Harbor Mayor Pro Tem Marcus Muhammad said he found the news of the Snyder NERD fund disturbing. “By definition a nerd is someone who has a non-social purpose or mission,” said Muhammad, who was stripped of power under Snyder’s Emergency Manager law which allows appointees to fire elected officials, “It’s quite unfortunate that … the governor’s policies are non-social and go against the very fabric of a democratic society.” “His secret corporatized fund is only further evidence against his administration,” Muhammad said.
Snyder fund can collect secret corporate donations | Michigan Messenger (via midwestmountainmama)

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#michigan #politics
17th August 2011 @ 03:02pm


The Evolution of the Campaign Poster

The modern campaign poster is a slick thing, with message-tested taglines and occasionally trendsetting design. But it’s nothing like its early forebears. As an element of political culture, the campaign poster has taken a long road to its present form.

See more campaign posters at The Atlantic

#politics #art #design #history
12th August 2011 @ 02:02pm






The more you know…

Here’s the NY Times article referred to above

(Can’t reblog these so I did the next best thing)

Exactly what I wanted. For future reference…

So Bush was also an illusionist.

Wow, so Bush was hiding $2.7 Trillion in debt. The price of honesty.


(via stfuconservatives)

#Debt #Politics
11th August 2011 @ 11:03am


VIP State Health Care Exposed, or “GOP Tea Party Hypocrisy of the Day”

Last year, political neophyte Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to bring the tea party’s anti-government, pro-privatization agenda to the Florida governor’s office. Today, the former executive pays just $30 a month for health care—and lets taxpayers cover the rest…

Scott and his dependents pay one-fifth what a janitor in the state Capitol pays for health insurance… and less than 3 percent of what a retired state trooper pays for life-saving coverage.

Here’s how he does it.

(Source: Mother Jones)

#Rick Scott #florida #gop #governor #health care #politics #republicans #tallahassee #tea party