Friday, July 30, 2010
By the way, Congressman Weiner is upset about the Republicans blocking a healthcare bill for 9/11 responders.
The gentleman is awesome.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Personally, I recommend watching the full clip here. My favorite part is when he talks about how people are focusing on the next election as opposed to the next generation. Amen Mr. President.
President Obama talks about the high points and low points of his presidency so far:
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Seriously, am I totally off base here? Day after day I see Republicans on my teevee talking about how it would hurt the economy if we raise taxes on the rich folk. Excuse me while I go shed a tear for those who won't be able to purchase another summer share in the Hamptons. (Who am I kidding no one making $250k can afford a summer share in the Hamptons). But seriously I do not understand how this message is working at all with mainstream America since so many people are unemployed or underemployed and a large majority falling well under $250k.
So why would it be a ridiculous idea to extend the Bush era tax cuts in order to get the deficit under control?
|As you can see above the Bush Tax Cuts are the big blue blob in the middle. But yeah Republicans are so very worried about the deficit and we should elect them again because it worked out so well in the past.|
Sunday, July 25, 2010
This is a message from my good friend Sarah over at the MN Second Chance Coalition, where they are working tirelessly to fight many of the injustices within the Criminal Justice System:
Early next week the House of Representatives may vote on a bill to reduce the 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, S. 1789, would change the ratio to 18:1 and eliminate the mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine - the first time a mandatory minimum sentence has been removed since the Nixon Administration! (Please read the Washington Post editorial about the bill!)
This historic bill would lower sentences for almost 3,000 people facing prison each year, save taxpayers $42 million in the first five years, and advance justice and restore faith in a criminal justice system that many have come to distrust. The bill has already passed the Senate so we only need the House of Representatives to pass it before it gets sent to President Obama for a signature!
Your call is critical to its successful passage. We need thousands of calls to Congress to persuade representatives that their constituents want this change. Even if you've never called your member of Congress before, now is the time.
To find out who your representative is and make your call visit http://www.famm.org/. FAMM provides talking points to deliver when you call.
With your support we can help eliminate by the government's outrageous sentencing laws - we can push this bill over the finish line!
Ps: For more information about S. 1789, visit http://www.famm.org/
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
*steps up on soap box*
In my eyes - with the exception of Kwame Brown…what was that about - his Airness could do NO wrong. He could yell at his teammates, gamble, kids LITERALLY killing for overpriced sneakers, leave to play minor league baseball and even join the Washington Wizards, and I would still defend him. You know that guy that would argue with you over who was better, Kobe or MJ? That was me… (Back in the day I also argued that Def Jam was better than No Limit- no point in saying that…just a random thought) don’t even think about making the comparison. Although I will give Kobe his respect…he has game and is doing his thing in the league. But me, I’ve had this
I say all that to say, I RARELY…if EVER speak out against MJ…but in light of recent events, I can’t hold my tongue.
Shirley Sherrod, a USDA official from the state of Georgia, was forced to resign in the midst of controversy over remarks that she used racial preferences when dealing with farmers. The hoopla of course being that she engaged in this preferential treatment while working for the Obama administration. Sherrod was quickly condemned by both the USDA and the NAACP (but it appears that the NAACP is having second thoughts).
The problem is that this heavily edited video, which was posted by
Joseph McCarthy Andrew Breitbart (pictured right with his fake pimp from the ACORN fiasco), cuts off the rest of Sherrod's remarks which include the fact that the "controversial" story she is telling happened 24 years ago and she tells the story to reflect the idea that she was able to move past race. In sum, the remarks were meant to bring people together and were not those which reflect Sherrod's belief in racial preferences of any kind.
Video posted by Andrew Breitbart and replayed over and over by Fox News without any context:
Here is Sherrod on CNN earlier today providing all of the context for the edited clip:
The wife of the man who's farm is the subject of Sherrod's story defends her on CNN earlier today thereby pretty much making Andrew Breitbart look like an even bigger
douche liar and the media narrative literally changes on live TV leaving CNN anchor Tony Harris a bit at a loss (h/t @JamilSmith):
Friday, July 16, 2010
So…by now you’ve heard about the NAACP passing a referendum on the racial elements of the Tea Party Movement. If you haven’t, here’s a little recap…
In Kansas City, Missouri, the NAACP adopted a resolution that initially would “repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties” and stand against the Tea Party and their attempts to “push our country back to pre-civil rights era.” This wording was amended to remove the criticism of ALL Tea Partiers, simply asking them to speak out against racism within their own ranks.
I’ve written this at least four times. There are so MANY elements to it, so many, I didn’t know where to begin. Let me be honest, I can appreciate the Tea Party…really, I can. I think in this government, EVERYONE needs someone to speak on their behalf. Nevertheless, after listening to, and seeing the Tea Party in action, I was glad somebody said SOMETHING, ANYTHING.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
According to reports, Mel Gibson has a tendency to say racist things. First, there was the “Jews are responsible for all wars” incident and most recently he told his ex-beau Oksana Grigorieva that if she went outside in a particular outfit he disapproved of she would be “raped by a pack of ni**ers.” What has been overlooked in almost every single report of that incident is why Grigorieva was tape recording Gibson in the first place. She needed proof. Proof that Mel Gibson was abusive to her not only emotionally, but physically. She had already provided dental records in their custody fight to prove that he knocked her teeth out previously but Grigorieva still felt she needed more evidence to show the court that Gibson is much more than just politically incorrect, he’s
It is clear that the media and the public at large avoid talking about domestic violence. It’s seen as a private matter and is not to be spoken about openly. The problem with that is that this tendency to push it aside and out of our minds is teaching our young people exactly the wrong lesson. Another domestic violence incident that was in the news recently was Chris Brown and Rihanna after their now infamous drive in a Los Angeles suburb the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards. After his emotional performance at the BET Awards, many people declared Chris Brown forgiven. Bygones. He cried and apologized so we must all take it easy on him and just get past the "situation with Rihanna." Let me be clear: Domestic violence is not a "situation." We need to call it what it is. We need to point out that the repeating cycle of domestic abuse includes remorse and we should not allow Chris Brown or Mel Gibson or anyone else to simply come back and make a tear filled apology. We must not be enablers. Domestic violence is the systematic destruction of another person emotionally, mentally, verbally, financially, socially, physically, and sexually. Domestic violence is the de-humanization of another person that can leave scars lasting a lifetime.
This year in the United States, 3 million women will be abused. This statistic is staggering and proves that we need to teach our young people how to properly handle conflict in their romantic relationships and that starts with how it is discussed. We must teach them that a women or man who yells or curses out their partner does not ever deserve to be hit. Ever. No, not even if they are hit first. No, not even if they cheat on them. Everyone should be responsible for their own actions and reactions. That is the lesson we should begin to teach our young people and stop trying to justify the actions of the abusive by blaming the abused. Victim blaming, while commonplace in our society, should no longer be acceptable. It sends the wrong message. It is dangerous to young people because it takes the heat off of the person who is actually committing the violence. Simply put, the blame for abuse should be placed squarely at the feet of the person choosing to be abusive. We should no longer allow people to imply that it is acceptable to abuse someone if they “deserve” it.
No one deserves it. Period.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, two cases were decided in Boston's Federal District Court that ruled section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional: Gill v. Office of Personnel Management filed by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and its companion case Commonwealth v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (yes, the same Martha Coakley that tricked off the Senate race against Scott Brown - she can't win an election but apparently she can write a persuasive legal brief damnit)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I don't want to hear her speak words or have thoughts ever again. I need her to go sit down somewhere and go back to not giving any interviews (like Rand Paul). I want her to go to a deserted island where we will never have to hear her ridiculous thoughts about anything ever again. Or maybe she will just lose to Majority Leader Harry Reid in November and we will cease caring or paying her any attention forevermore.
I simply cannot take her ridiculous statements about anything, from unemployment (the unemployed are "spoiled"), to BP (the escrow account created to help pay the victims is a slush fund), and now most recently her comments about victims of rape and incest!
Via The Huffington Post:
Stock: Let me bring up one other topic that I rarely talk about here, because it's one of those topics that's a lose-lose, but we've got to talk about it because it was brought up in your TV interview and that has to do with the issue of abortion, and whether or not abortion should be available in the case of rape or incest. The question to you at the time by the interviewer was that do you want the government to go and tell a 13 year-old child who has been raped by her father that she has to have that baby. And of course you responded 'I didn't say that I always say that I value life.' Where do you stand on the issue of abortion, a consensual abortion, from a person who is raped or is pregnant as a result of incest?
Angle: Well right now our law permits that. My own personal feelings and that is always what I express, my personal feeling is that we need to err on the side of life. There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life no matter what it's location, age, gender or disability. So whenever we talk about government and government's role, government's role is to protect life and that's what our Founding Father said, that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Stock: What do you say then to a young girl, I am going to place it as he said it, when a young girl is raped by her father, let's say, and she is pregnant. How do you explain this to her in terms of wanting her to go through the process of having the baby?
Angle: I think that two wrongs don't make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade. Well one girl in particular moved in with the adoptive parents of her child, and they both were adopted. Both of them grew up, one graduated from high school, the other had parents that loved her and she also graduated from high school. And I'll tell you the little girl who was born from that very poor situation came to me when she was 13 and said 'I know what you did thank you for saving my life.' So it is meaningful to me to err on the side of life.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Which brings us all to one salient question: how exactly did this somebody this friggin' incompetent get such a high-ranking job in the first place?
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Cynthia Tucker breaks it down for us after the jump: