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    Basically, the Republican strategy for the past three years has been this:

    1. Do everything humanly possible to prevent the economy from recovering.

    2. Wait for 2012.

    3. Run a campaign focused on the fact that the economy is lousy.

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    Kevin Drum (via wilwheaton)

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    I couldn’t have said it better myself. 

    3111 06.04.12
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    House Considers Bill Federalizing Parental Consent Laws for Abortion - Mother Jones

    Parental consent laws are a complex issue for me.  Personally, I was fortunate enough to have parents that genuinely care about my life and loved me enough to let me live as I choose, with minimal guidelines. I’ve always known how to use contraception correctly and minimize the chances of an unintended pregnancy. Due to that good fortune, I’ve never known the horror or dread that comes with having to tell ones parents that they are part of an unplanned pregnancy.  

    On the one hand, I feel that any self-respecting parent should be trustworthy and involved enough in their children’s lives that they are comfortable enough to approach them with issues of this magnitude and an expectation of kindness, understanding, and respect. 

    On the other hand, I know that there are millions of ‘parents’ who will not, can not, or simply refuse to trust and/or teach their kids about sex and pregnancy. (Or, more importantly, how to prevent pregnancy and practice sex safely.) Seventy-six percent of our country’s population is Christian, and their religion is not known for the kindness they show to expectant teens and victims of sexual assault, incest, and rape. (Sometimes, these evil fucks go on the internet and brag about forcing their child to carry a pregnancy.) 

    Given these facts, I don’t understand how anyone could support a license for parents to usurp such a huge decision from the hands of a teen, and frankly, I believe forcing a child to carry an unwanted pregnancy is child abuse.

    (And, I should add, laws of this nature are hypocritical and contradictory to the Republican Party’s lip service to ‘limited government’.)

    1 03.10.12
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    longreads:


Ruby Session was shaking as she read on. The year was 2007, and the letter was addressed to her son Timothy Cole. “I have been trying to locate you since 1995 to tell you I wish to confess I did in fact commit the rape Lubbock wrongly convicted you of.”
Ruby sat down, stood up. A picture of Tim in a tuxedo, taken at his junior prom, smiled from the mantle. Before his trial the prosecutor had offered him a deal to plead to lesser charges. “Mother,” Tim had said, “I am not pleading guilty to something I didn’t do.” He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Thirteen years later, he died behind bars.
The Texas criminal-justice system has long had a harsh reputation, but it has drawn renewed scrutiny with Gov. Rick Perry’s run for president. During the past 11 years, Perry has presided over 238 executions, including the infamous case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was put to death based on a dubious arson investigation. In a September debate, Perry famously said that he had lost no sleep over the possibility of an innocent man being executed on his watch.

“No Country for Innocent Men.” — Beth Schwartzapfel, Mother Jones
See more #longreads on the death penalty

We are a country of barbarians where too few give a second thought to the fact that we not only destroy the lives of our own citizens simply because we want to see someone punished, but we destroy whole countries and millions of lives abroad. 

    longreads:

    Ruby Session was shaking as she read on. The year was 2007, and the letter was addressed to her son Timothy Cole. “I have been trying to locate you since 1995 to tell you I wish to confess I did in fact commit the rape Lubbock wrongly convicted you of.”

    Ruby sat down, stood up. A picture of Tim in a tuxedo, taken at his junior prom, smiled from the mantle. Before his trial the prosecutor had offered him a deal to plead to lesser charges. “Mother,” Tim had said, “I am not pleading guilty to something I didn’t do.” He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Thirteen years later, he died behind bars.

    The Texas criminal-justice system has long had a harsh reputation, but it has drawn renewed scrutiny with Gov. Rick Perry’s run for president. During the past 11 years, Perry has presided over 238 executions, including the infamous case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was put to death based on a dubious arson investigation. In a September debate, Perry famously said that he had lost no sleep over the possibility of an innocent man being executed on his watch.

    “No Country for Innocent Men.” — Beth Schwartzapfel, Mother Jones

    See more #longreads on the death penalty

    We are a country of barbarians where too few give a second thought to the fact that we not only destroy the lives of our own citizens simply because we want to see someone punished, but we destroy whole countries and millions of lives abroad. 

    562 12.13.11
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    pantslessprogressive:

“Raising the debt ceiling is not equivalent to dispensing a blank check. In fact, Republicans, in Orwellian fashion, are turning black into white. With a blank check, a bearer is free to write (and then spend) any amount he or she places on the note. Thus, a blank check enables future spending. Raising the debt ceiling is about permitting the US government to cover past spending—and the blank checks of the past. These particular blank checks were issued by the Republicans during the Bush years. They voted (with the help of some Democrats) for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq without budgeting for them. They did the same with a Medicare prescription-drug benefit. They also green-lighted President Bush’s tax cuts without accounting for the drop in revenue they would cause. Together these blank checks account for two-thirds of the deficit, if not more. (See this chart.) By claiming the debt ceiling is the problem, the Republicans are blaming the bank for the bank robber’s action.” - David Corn

The GOP’s “Blank Check” Lie

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Thank you, Mother Jones.  It’s for times like this that our government continues to support the declining quality of education in this country. When a large percentage of the country cannot think critically, it makes it that much easier to sell bullshit like this.

    pantslessprogressive:

    Raising the debt ceiling is not equivalent to dispensing a blank check. In fact, Republicans, in Orwellian fashion, are turning black into white. With a blank check, a bearer is free to write (and then spend) any amount he or she places on the note. Thus, a blank check enables future spending. Raising the debt ceiling is about permitting the US government to cover past spending—and the blank checks of the past. These particular blank checks were issued by the Republicans during the Bush years. They voted (with the help of some Democrats) for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq without budgeting for them. They did the same with a Medicare prescription-drug benefit. They also green-lighted President Bush’s tax cuts without accounting for the drop in revenue they would cause. Together these blank checks account for two-thirds of the deficit, if not more. (See this chart.) By claiming the debt ceiling is the problem, the Republicans are blaming the bank for the bank robber’s action.” - David Corn

    The GOP’s “Blank Check” Lie

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    Thank you, Mother Jones.  It’s for times like this that our government continues to support the declining quality of education in this country. When a large percentage of the country cannot think critically, it makes it that much easier to sell bullshit like this.

    351 07.27.11
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    pareene:

That was shorter than when Lodwick quit the Internet!
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George Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress presided over the largest spending increase in our nation’s history, and now they are going to starve the middle class… literally… to defend the tax cuts for their golf buddies.
It remains to be seen whether the Democrats will do something about it or allow themselves to be complicit in this outrage.  After the shameless way in which they agreed to the extension of the Bush tax cuts in December (and, in case you don’t know, those cost several times more what we spend keeping people fed in this country), I have a sinking feeling we will watch them give away the farm on this.

    pareene:

    That was shorter than when Lodwick quit the Internet!

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    George Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress presided over the largest spending increase in our nation’s history, and now they are going to starve the middle class… literally… to defend the tax cuts for their golf buddies.

    It remains to be seen whether the Democrats will do something about it or allow themselves to be complicit in this outrage.  After the shameless way in which they agreed to the extension of the Bush tax cuts in December (and, in case you don’t know, those cost several times more what we spend keeping people fed in this country), I have a sinking feeling we will watch them give away the farm on this.

    501 07.25.11
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    Happy Not Ready To Be A Mother’s Day to all of you foxy people out there in Tumblr-land.  Thanks to Mother Jones for their special feature on the the best and most awesome contraceptive methods throughout history.
As you can see above, my personal favorite are the KISS condoms. 

    Happy Not Ready To Be A Mother’s Day to all of you foxy people out there in Tumblr-land.  Thanks to Mother Jones for their special feature on the the best and most awesome contraceptive methods throughout history.

    As you can see above, my personal favorite are the KISS condoms. 

    1 05.07.11
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    motherjones:

The University of Iowa Republicans blanket emailed the school community to solicit support for their “coming-out week.” Because, although they believe that being LGBT is a lifestyle choice, clearly being conservative is an inborn trait that marks you as a put-upon minority.
One professor who received the email did a reply-all with the simple message: FUCK YOU, REPUBLICANS.
Unsurprisingly, the college Republicans want her head on a pike, because public college employees don’t have the right to respond in a partisan way to partisan groups that spam their public-college inboxes.
Also?:

Come pick up your Doctor’s Notice to miss class for “sick of being stressed”, just like the Wisconsin public employees during the union protest…

Irony fail, fellas.

Everyone was thinking it, without a doubt.

    motherjones:

    The University of Iowa Republicans blanket emailed the school community to solicit support for their “coming-out week.” Because, although they believe that being LGBT is a lifestyle choice, clearly being conservative is an inborn trait that marks you as a put-upon minority.

    One professor who received the email did a reply-all with the simple message: FUCK YOU, REPUBLICANS.

    Unsurprisingly, the college Republicans want her head on a pike, because public college employees don’t have the right to respond in a partisan way to partisan groups that spam their public-college inboxes.

    Also?:

    Come pick up your Doctor’s Notice to miss class for “sick of being stressed”, just like the Wisconsin public employees during the union protest…

    Irony fail, fellas.

    Everyone was thinking it, without a doubt.

    80 04.21.11
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    We’ve Got Ours… Sucks To Be You - My Take On The Budget Fight

    If you haven’t discovered Mother Jones, I recommend checking them out for their political commentary. This morning, I was reading their most recent take on the budget fight and became more than a little frustrated.

    The Republicans have adopted their talking point: “We just want to cut spending”, and the people in our country are just ignorant enough to buy it.  However, as usual, it’s a bit disingenuous. This budget is about changing the ideological landscape of this country on the backs of taxpayers.  It would defund Planned Parenthood and NPR, even though we give more money to the far-right Liberty University and NASCAR.  It contains no cuts to war spending and lowers the corporate tax rate, even though several major corporations are already paying zero taxes to begin with, and follows the red-state trend of targeting discretionary (welfare) spending.  Translation = we’d rather raise the poverty level in the middle class than pull funding from fucking NASCAR.

    On top of this, we’re still reeling from the effects of the Goopers 30-year tax reduction effort, and reducing taxes further while starving the middle class is not going to fix our fiscal problems in Washington. We just passed 900 billion in tax cuts four months ago, for the purpose of winning extensions of unemployment benefits to the millions who’ve been thrown on the street these past two years, even while corporations record record profits.

    Republicans do not have a plan, and never had a plan, which is why they’re so intent on re-fighting long-settled culture wars. Their economic plan can be summed up in one sentence: “We’ve got ours… sucks to be you”.

    I encourage everyone to write or call their senators and urge them to vote against the Republicans’ unconscionable budget proposals.  If you’re not sure who your senator is, you can look them up here.

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    The Religious Right’s Anti-Union Crusade - Mother Jones

    The last three months have given me a pretty pessimistic outlook on the future of this country. Our population is 80% Christian, and all it takes to distract them from the theft of our wealth by our governments and business community is to bring up abortion, creationism, sex, or taxes. It’s as if 80% of our country has the critical thinking skills and reading comprehension of a third grader. (No offense to third graders.)

    Unions gave us those lovely weekends that we enjoy. Unions gave us overtime pay. Unions succeeded in effecting a child labor ban. Unions are the reason that most of us don’t work 14 hour days. (At least not without appropriate compensation) Unions gave us health and retirement benefits, as well as a working environment that was much safer, cleaner, and supportive to the worker. These benefits did not come freely, but at the price of blood, sweat, and sacrifice. They stood, united, against the clubs and guns of strikebreakers, as well as the US military, and endeavored to stop the work until their rights were respected. Ownership of a business does not imply ownership of an employee, and that is a cultural standard that even our idiotically religious country has grown to respect. We cannot trust the corporate community to treat workers with any value, and we know this not only from the last two years’ events, but from the whole of industrial history.

    Frankly, I could care less what Christians’ storybook says about taxes, work, and ownership. Workers are human beings, not pawns, and their treatment at the hands of teabaggers is nothing short of unconscionable.

    Per Mother Jones:

    Wisconsin’s ongoing labor battle has officially become a holy war. The Family Research Council, the evangelical advocacy organization founded by James Dobson, has been dipping into its war chest to defend Republican Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to curtail collective bargaining for public-sector unions. FRC president Tony Perkins interviewed backers of Walker’s anti-union bill on his weekly radio program and has tweeted his support for the bill, directly linking social conservatism with an anti-union, pro-business agenda: “Pro-family voters should celebrate WI victory b/c public & private sector union bosses have marched lock-step w/liberal social agenda.”

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    4 04.04.11
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    Senate Democrats to House Republicans: Drop The Riders (ie, Defunding Planned Parenthood/NPR) - Mother Jones

    It’s about damn time we saw Democrats taking a stand on these idiotic, theatrical issues. The teabaggers have shown, through their various attempts to restrict abortion by redefining rape, lying about medical data, and letting fetuses ‘testify’, banning collective bargaining, through their botched reading of the Constitution, through holding unemployment hostage to pass 900 billion in unnecessary tax cuts, and pushing for defunding of Planned Parenthood and NPR (on the bases of James O’Keefe’s fraudulent videos, no less), that they’re far more interested in advancing their political careers on the taxpayers’ dime than fulfilling the mandate upon which they were elected by our idiotic countrymen: Economic initiatives, outsourcing, and job growth.

    However, as most of us who pay attention expected, they haven’t done anything to aid job growth or the impoverished people of this country. If anything, they’ve been even more vocally resistant to programs that would create jobs, such as a infrastructure upgrades and improvementsd, and in my own state, just four Missouri senators blocked an extension of unemployment benefits… effectively starving 30,000 poor folks that got laid off in the last two years.

    Keep up the pressure, Senate Dems. Make the Republicans shut down government, and then when hundreds of thousands of people are up in arms, we can get rid of the scumbags in 2012.

    Per Mother Jones:

    As lawmakers work to negotiate a grand bargain on the federal budget, top Senate Democrats hosted a conference call with reporters to insist that they won’t let social issues derail a deal to keep the government—and the still-nascent economic recovery—going.

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    1 04.02.11
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