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shortformblog:

Read away. It’s important. 

Once again, let us thank Justice Anthony Kennedy for helping to inaugurate this glorious new era in how we allow skeevy old casino gazillionnaires to buy our elections, and in which we have the spectacle of prospective presidents going out to Vegas like high-rollers gorging themselves at the all-u-can-eat buffets. It is the essential dignity of American democracy that makes us a light unto the world.
msnbc:

He’s become the Republican party’s primary voice on issues of poverty, but Rep. Paul Ryan’s newly unveiled budget is full of deep cuts to many key safety net programs destined to hurt the nation’s neediest Americans.

msnbc:

He’s become the Republican party’s primary voice on issues of poverty, but Rep. Paul Ryan’s newly unveiled budget is full of deep cuts to many key safety net programs destined to hurt the nation’s neediest Americans.

shortformblog:

Read away. It’s important. 

beingliberal:

 ’A Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ Want to understand this better? WATCH VIDEO  

Get Big Money Out of Politics - Attend an Event on the Day of the McCutcheon Ruling

beingliberal:

 ’A Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ 
Want to understand this better? WATCH VIDEO  

Money Out, Voters In

Get Big Money Out of Politics - Attend an Event on the Day of the McCutcheon Ruling

yespoliticsblog:

jilli1205:

america-wakiewakie:

There are now more Americans in jail — 6 million — than there were in Stalin’s Gulag, reports Fareed Zakaria, in a column called “Incarceration Nation.”

And it’s not just a relative population thing. The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. How does that compare to other countries?

It’s 7X-10X as high:

  • Japan has 63 per 100,000,
  • Germany has 90 per 100,000
  • France has 96 per 100,000
  • South Korea has 97 per 100,000
  • ­Britain has 153 per 100,000

And it’s also a relatively new phenomenon: In 1980, the U.S. only had 150 prisoners per 100,000 citizens.

What’s to blame? The “War on Drugs.”

More than half of America’s 6 million prisoners are in jail for drug convictions, with 80% of those in jail for “possession.” 

By the way, has the “war on drugs” worked?

Um, no.

There are still drugs everywhere. So, maybe it’s time we stopped throwing people in the slammer for possessing them.

J:  Corporate owned prisons.  Follow the bottom line.  It’s always about money.

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The defense for Fundamentalists’ obsession with homosexuality is the Bible, which they claim to read literally. If this was true, they might notice the words “poor” and “poverty” appear 446 times and that “wealth” is mentioned in 1,273 verses, rarely positively. Only five or six passages discuss homosexuality, though nearly every American can recite them, hearing each one quoted so often. If Fundamentalists fought LGBTQ equality as a hobby, after fulfilling their duty to fight poverty, they might be chastised and forgiven. They’ve revealed, though, they will abandon the poor, to condemn not only gay men and women but anyone who tolerates them. In doing so they’ve denied the very faith and savior they claim to revere. Whatever religion Fundamentalism is, it isn’t Christianity, and it’s time to revoke that label. Categorizing homosexuality, not injustice, as the greatest evil is absurd and disturbing, but it reflects a whole moral system that contradicts the essence of Christian Scripture.

crooksandliars:

O'Reilly Continues Attack On Barbara Lee: 'Not Only Is She A Pinhead, A Race Hustler, She's A Liar'

If you were one of the people who thought that Bill O’Reilly was going to milk his feud with Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee for the entire week to get as much mileage out of the name calling he started this Tuesday as possible — you were right — because he was back at it again this Friday, calling the Congresswoman a pinhead and a liar after she shot back O’Reilly both in a press release and on the air with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

On this Friday’s show, during his Pinheads & Patriots segment, Bill-O not only resorted to name calling to get back at the Congresswoman for daring to call out his constant race baiting, he had to resort to some revisionist history as well. O’Reilly seems to have a bit of selective amnesia when it comes to the Republican party and that Southern Strategy of theirs. Welfare queens?? When has anyone in the Republican party ever used the word welfare queens? Bill-O just can’t seem to recall.

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corporationsarepeople:

holygoddamnshitballs:

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 requires that a hospital treat anyone in an emergency, regardless of citizenship or ability to pay and it has saved many lives since it was enacted. Governor Nathan Deal (R) of Georgia thinks that it is an onerous law which is costing way…

And here it is, the GOP alternative to Obamacare’s cost reductions and universal coverage.

Look no further, this is it.

For all of America’s wealth and technological advancements, it ranks below most developed first world nations due to a significant number of low-achieving, backward thinking, and unenlightened human beings residing primarily in Republican-led states in the Southern United States. About three weeks ago a Huffington Post article displayed maps showing the dire situation of residents living in the South titled “These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners,” but a more apt title would have been “these maps should absolutely enrage America” because the rest of the nation is in decline because the South is taking valuable resources in the form of tax dollars and preventing reinvestment in America. Most Americans do not resent sending taxes collected in Democratic-controlled states to feed, house, and provide healthcare for the destitute in the South, but they do resent giving their hard-earned tax dollars to people unwilling and unable to help themselves due to religious intransigence, resistance to education, and opposition to policies that would improve their lot in life and benefit the entire nation.

Although the Southern mindset is not quite setting the agenda for the entire nation, there are just enough Republican representatives in Congress elected by gun zealots, bible fanatics, and low intellect racists that they are hampering progress and damaging the rest of the nation with their rejection of policies that would lift their standard of living to a point they could be self-sufficient and help invest in America to put the nation back on track to becoming an exceptional country. Last year a Forbes pundit commented that, “the common media view of the South is as a regressive region, full of overweight, prejudiced, exploited, and undereducated numbskulls,” and according to empirical measurements it is a fair representation of America’s third-world.

Rmuse, "Republican Led Southern States Dragging America Down By Leeching Off Of Your Tax Dollars" (via holygoddamnshitballs)

This should piss everyone off. I hate ignorance, especially purposeful ignorance.

(via ragingprogressive)

TWO BILLIONAIRES, CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH spent more than 2 times the money than unions on trying to effect election outcomes in the last cycle, and they sponsor commercials complaining about Unions. Understand one thing, these two people spent 2 TIMES MORE THAN ALL THE UNIONS COMBINED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY! Stop being propagandized by these two thugs. The Koch Brothers also sponsor through their corporations, ALEC, the same organization writing legislation for Right Wing Republicans to engineer and rig voting laws and reproductive rights policy at the state and federal levels of governing. You should be asking yourself why you buy into their favorite undercurrent, that “voting doesn’t matter!” Imagine, if Presidents Clinton and Obama had not been elected, the Supreme Court would not have 3 strong women representing the interests of American women. So, if voting doesn’t matter, then why are they trying to make it harder for all of us to vote?