“The problem we have in this country, and we’ve had for a long time, is that Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers. If you’re a huge corporation, if you’re a billionaire, boy, your voice gets heard in that place and what you want gets attended to.”— Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on The Daily Show Wednesday night. Watch the full interview. (via campaignmoney)
well, i don’t know the girl in the “don’t support fag marriages” picture, but i did come across this:
and i feel really bad that she’s getting so much hate for a simple misunderstanding. i’m not tumblr famous or anything, so this probably won’t go too well, but i’m trying to get the word out because i feel bad for this girl. thanks
Signal boost the fuck out of this, someone who didn’t do anything wrong doesn’t deserve hate.
See, it’s a form of welfare the BLM [Bureau of Land Management] oversees, but it helps sustain a way of life Americans are nostalgic about. The various “Sovereign Citizen” groups and armed militia types playing soldier in the desert, however, are something else. While the BLM was wise not to confront the mob, the current triumphalism among far-right zealots can’t be seen as anything but ominous.
One wonders, however, how the armies of April will react to a Las Vegas TV station’s revelation that much of Bundy’s personal saga is make-believe. Grazing Golden Butte since 1877? Not quite. His father bought the Bunkerville ranch in 1948; they began renting BLM land in 1954.
Otherwise, the feds have time on their side. They can slap liens on everything Bundy owns. And come July or August, camping out in the Nevada outback won’t seem half so exciting.
As income inequality battles are fought out in the United States’ political arena, it’s getting harder and harder to sell the dream of American prosperity and economic comfort.
Case in point: The U.S. middle class, long considered one of the most affluent in the world, is falling behind its global counterparts, namely Canada.
Canada has steadily outperformed the U.S. in after-tax income in the bottom earning percentiles. Publicly available data from the LIS Cross-National Data Center and the New York Times shows that, for the first time in more than 30 years, the Canadian middle class earns just as much as the median bracket of Americans.
“That a secret fraternity is a breeding ground for rape culture is worrisome, but that it’s happening right in our nation’s capital makes that even harder to stomach. According to Erin Gloria Ryan’s research, one of the men in this email chain now works for a “prominent congressman.” Judging by how much rape culture permeates the political scene in the U.S., with influential politicians saying things like, “Rape is kinda like the weather. If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it,” or that certain forms of sexual assault should be legal, it’s no surprise many women still feel like DC will never stop being an old boys club. Of course not all men (or fraternities) promote rape, but it’s troubling to see so many that do.”—
Exciting news from the American political scene: birtherism is back! No, not birtherism as in the nonsensical conspiracy theory about Barack Obama actually being born in Kenya. I’m talking about the all new, all shiny 2014 birtherism: Clinton birtherism!
First came the inevitable weirdy-weirdos who are so incapable of thinking about anything other than women’s reproductive organs for more than two seconds that they managed to turn Clinton’s birth announcement into a debate about abortion. Next came the new birthers who saw not the happy miracle of life but mere campaigning. But by far the biggest debate is this: can Hillary Clinton run for president AND be a grandmother?
ELLIJAY, Ga. — Georgia’s governor signed a bill Wednesday that significantly expands where residents can carry firearms in the state. The new law goes into effect July 1 when it will become legal for licensed gun owners in Georgia to pack heat in bars, schools, churches and some government buildings.
2) Black thursday occurred 1929 and the depression lasted through the rest of the 30s, 20 years later it's the 50s the middle class is robust and the economy couldn't be better. I'm willing to bet instituting the minimum wage had something do with.
Some women want to be house wives and some women want to be Harvard professors and some women want to be porn stars and some women want to be nuns and some women want to be surgeons and there is nothing wrong with anyone’s profession I am sick of people being rude to women about their professions oh my god
“What if a group of armed american Muslims had challenged the federal government and threatened to shoot federal officers for trying to enforce the law? What if a group of Black or Hispanic activists had shown up with rifles to block enforcement of a federal law? What would Fox News and Drudge Report and other conservative outlets and Republican politicians be saying? What would they be demanding the government do in response? Just imagine.”—
WASHINGTON — President Obama and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall stand together looking dismayed in Americans For Prosperity’s latest ad attacking Udall over his vote for Obamacare.
There’s a reason for that, though a viewer wouldn’t guess it from the picture AFP, an outside group funded by the Kochs, uses in the ad. The image is from a July 2012 appearance Obama made with Udall, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and other state officials at a hospital treating victims of the July 20, 2012, Aurora movie theater shooting.
Here’s the image from the AFP ad showing Obama and Udall looking upset.
The ad edits out the hospital and Gov. Hickenlooper from the original image.
Here is the same part of Obama’s 2012 Aurora visit from another angle.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Watch the whole AFP ad:
Update (5:58 PM): AFP removed the original ad from YouTube. View it below:
According to Politico, AFP is spending $280,000 to run the ad across Colorado for three weeks.
Update: In a statement, AFP called the image “unfortunate” and recut the ad.
“The image used was an unfortunate oversight which was immediately corrected as soon as it was pointed out,” said AFP spokesperson Levi Russell. “The purpose of the ad is to continue to hold Senator Udall accountable for turning a blind eye to the more than 300,000 Coloradans whose insurance pans were cancelled due to ObamaCare, despite promises from President Obama and Senator Udall that they could keep them.”