"No life is trivial in God’s eyes. The fact is — who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t live successful lives?"

That’s Texas Governor — and former presidential hopeful — Rick Perry, explaining how valuable every life is. He went on to say:

In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman; she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.

After declaring how much value he (and God) place on every single human life, he presided over the 261st execution of his tenure as governor (more than half of the 500 executions carried out by Texas since 1976). Perry thinks every life matters, except the lives of the people he’s condemned to death … because he’s convinced (without really looking into it) that all of those people are guilty of murder (which means their lives aren’t valuable at all).

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inothernews:

  • Write gun control legislation. Pass gun control legislation.
  • Before voting on gun control bill, try, if you can, to remember any recent examples in which guns have been used to kill innocent people.
  • Acknowledge that it’s going to be hard to buck the pressure of the high-powered gun lobby, but not that fucking hard, dumbass.
  • Consider if overwhelming public support for a particular measure is something you want to be associated with or not.
  • Inform your decision by researching whether guns are good or bad when placed in the wrong hands.
  • Muster everything that’s left in your black, desiccated heart to do something that might actually be of service to someone other than yourself.
  • Carefully assess the other side of the argument wherein mentally unstable people can buy weapons at a gun show with no problem whatsoever, and then realize there is no other side of this argument.
  • Put on your stupid little suit, run a comb through your greasy hair, go to the U.S Capitol building, pick up your fancy little gold pen, and pass a fucking gun control bill.

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Petition to stop CISPA.

6 days left to get the remaining 19,000 signatures.

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Election Day is done! Time to sleep.

So as everyone has heard (even internationally — oh the shame), Amendment One passed in North Carolina today by an astounding majority, even higher than predicted.  However, I am very pleased to report that it failed failed FAILED in Mecklenburg County.  So there’s that?  I can be proud of our efforts here in the Charlotte area and know that we did our best.  And yes, a 27.45% turnout is fantastic for a primary!  As sad as that sounds.  We’re obviously not France.

Here’s what I think one of the main problems was: people didn’t understand the full consequences of it and/or couldn’t see past the media and proponent’s constant framing of it as a gay marriage issue.  That is, unfortunately, already illegal in the state, and this went so much farther that I don’t see how it would ever hold up against the 14th Amendment.  I would love an unmarried, long-term committed heterosexual couple with 2.5 kids to take it to the Supreme Court and have it blasted into oblivion for how atrocious for everyone it really is.  But we tried, oh we tried, to get people to listen to reason and it paid off!  Just…Mecklenburg County isn’t enough in and of itself.

In addition, I’ve had an actual paid job on a campaign for county commissioner for the last 3 weeks.  He didn’t win today so I’m again unemployed.  But hey, that’s 3 weeks of income I didn’t have before and 3 weeks of invaluable experience teaching me that I NEVER WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE.  But if anyone needs a campaign assistant (*cough* manager), give me a call.  

Okay, so my job isn’t actually over.  There are yard signs all over the county I have to help pick up and thank yous for contributions to be done and campaign finance reports to finalize and a long list I don’t want to think about.

But tomorrow I get to sleep in.  Boss said so.

Pay no attention to the lies already coming from the Right – corporations are paying less in taxes in America than they’ve paid in 40 years. According to the Congressional Budget Office – despite American corporations making enormous profits last year – their second best in a generation - they paid on average only 12.1% in federal taxes. That’s far below the 35% corporate tax rate that Conservatives claim is crippling business in America. At 12.1%, American corporations are paying the lowest taxes in the entire developed world.

It’s also a staggering drop off since the last quarter century – between 1987 and 2008 – when corporations paid on average a 25.6% corporation tax rate. When corporations and the very, very wealthy aren’t paying their fair share in taxes, then working people have to pick up the slack. That’s exactly what’s happened in recent years – and one reason why the United States has one of the highest level of wealth inequality in the developed world – and why the middle class is disappearing right in front of our eyes.

(Source: azspot)

"Although North Carolina already restricts same-sex marriage through a statutory prohibition, the amendment would change the constitution so that the state would not recognize or validate any “domestic legal unions” other than legal marriages between one man and one woman. Current domestic violence protections, child custody and visitation rights, and documents such as wills and trusts could be invalidated for unmarried partners, whether same-sex or heterosexual couples, if the amendment passes."

— column in the Charlotte Observer on just how terrible for everyone Amendment One would be.  If you’re in North Carolina, please vote in the primary on May 8th and make sure this doesn’t pass.  Voter registration ends April 13th.  GO VOTE!

(Source: charlotteobserver.com)

"Right now, $4 billion of your tax dollars subsidize the oil industry every year - $4 billion. They don’t need a subsidy. They’re making near-record profits. These are the same oil companies that have been making record profits off the money you spend at the pump for several years now. How do they deserve another $4 billion from taxpayers and subsidies? … It’s outrageous. It’s inexcusable. And every politician who’s been fighting to keep those subsidies in place should explain to the American people why the oil industry needs more of their money - especially at a time like this"

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THAT is my President.

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shortformblog:

Roaring applause: Allen West energizes conservatives at CPAC
“It is not the public good that matters, it is the personal good.” Representative Allen West (R-FL) fired up the crowd, during his speech at CPAC Friday night, saying that conservatives have allowed “the other side to paint us as racist” for too long. Rep. West reminded voters that proof of that statement’s inaccuracy stood before them saying, “today, as a conservative black Republican and former soldier, I’m here to set that record straight.” His comments drew roaring applause. (photo by Flickr user markn3tel) source
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"It is not the public good that matters, it is the personal good."  CPAC, you selfish bastards.  It really comes down to the most basic of beliefs, doesn’t it?  And you and I will never agree.

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“It is not the public good that matters, it is the personal good.” Representative Allen West (R-FL) fired up the crowd, during his speech at CPAC Friday night, saying that conservatives have allowed “the other side to paint us as racist” for too long. Rep. West reminded voters that proof of that statement’s inaccuracy stood before them saying, “today, as a conservative black Republican and former soldier, I’m here to set that record straight.” His comments drew roaring applause. (photo by Flickr user markn3tel) source

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"It is not the public good that matters, it is the personal good."  CPAC, you selfish bastards.  It really comes down to the most basic of beliefs, doesn’t it?  And you and I will never agree.

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"It’s true that website-seizures-without-trials are not quite as lawless as indefinite detentions, since there are actual statutes conferring this power. But it nonetheless sends a very clear message when citizens celebrate a rare victory in denying the Government a power it seeks — the power to shut down websites without a trial — only for the Government to turn around the very next day and shut down one of the world’s largest and best-known sites. Whether intended or not, the message is unmistakable: Congratulations, citizens, on your cute little “democracy” victory in denying us the power to shut down websites without a trial: we’re now going to shut down one of your most popular websites without a trial."

Glenn Greenwald on the Megaupload indictment and seizure. [Link] (via manicchill)

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"I’m very concerned about this very divisive rhetoric the president is using when he continues to talk about ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ and this thing that I think is really contrary to the principles that I mentioned, as far as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness."

Representative Allen West (FL-R)

GOP 2012: Equality and Fairness are Anti-American

-Joe

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I…don’t understand.  It’s like we’re speaking a completely different language.  Nothing about this makes sense to me.

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