"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.

We believe the Obama administration should ignore the irresponsible narrative of austerity-economics, and embrace instead a full-employment policy that would simultaneously address the national jobs crisis and prevent another economic recession. By creating a National Investment Employment Corps (NIEC), states and municipalities could develop inventories of needed jobs for all who are able to work, matching skilled and unskilled alike with full employment opportunities. Jobs would address physical and human infrastructure needs, including building, repair and maintenance of bridges, damns, roads, parks, museums, mass transit systems, school facilities, health clinics, child care centers, even restoration of our damaged postal system. Pay would range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $80,000, each job also providing benefits, opportunities for advancement, on-the-job training and professional development.

A national program of job assurance (instead of unemployment insurance) would provide meaningful employment in a variety of “public works” projects, while potential serving as the stimulus for the types of innovative, green technologies President Obama has often touted. The cost of a National Investment Employment Corps would be less than the first stimulus package enacted by Congress and vastly less than the $10-30 trillion awarded by the Federal Reserve to the very same investment banking community that caused the economic crisis in the first place. We calculate that if 15 million persons were employed at an average of $50,000 per person, the total expense of the program would be $750 billion. Consider that in 2011 alone, federal antipoverty programs (Medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc.) cost approximately $746 billion. Not only would a federal jobs guarantee drastically reduce antipoverty expenditures, but also if implemented correctly, its budget would swell or diminish in response to economic cycles (grow in recessions, decrease during prosperity).

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aiffe:

Petition to stop CISPA.

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

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"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country."

President Franklin Roosevelt (via azspot)

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doctordisaster:

johnfreiler:

fuck you, february: day fifteen (too big to fail, and failing anyway)

if history is just (and it is not), future generations will remember elizabeth warren and speak her name in the same hushed tones as joan of arc, susan b. anthony, and sarah connor.

you can have any issues you want with the “occupy wall street” movement and its legitimacy or effectiveness, but the facts are that hundreds of protesters were shoved, harassed, beaten, pepper-sprayed, and arrested for the crime of exercising their first amendment rights.

the “too big to fail” banks, who failed utterly, completely, to exercise the long-term business sense of even a night manager of any outback steakhouse, on the other hand, have gone almost completely unpunished. not a single banker involved in the utter destruction of the world’s finances has been put on trial or incarcerated for the crimes that both we and washington know they committed premeditated, i guess because that giant veiny uncut moneydick just feels too good when it’s jammed nine inches up congress’s greedy sucking slurping asshole.

i’ll tell you what, any right-wingers reading this who disagree: i say let’s allow assault weapons to remain legal and easily obtainable, as long as elizabeth warren gets to point one at every one of these chickenshit dickless government douchebag lawyers as she asks them the fucking simplest questions imaginable.

Elizabeth Warren: still a badass.

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shortformblog:

cognitivedissonance:

effyeahnerdfighters:

Why Does Congress Suck?

In which John Green seeks to explain why the United States congress has become so astonishingly inefficient that it can’t even reach a compromise to avert disaster, and why—thanks to clever redistricting—most congresspeople are now incentivized not to work seriously on policy. Along the way there’s a bit of historical context, a lot of frustration, some screaming, and a celebration of the beginning of the 7th year of the vlogbrothers channel.

Thanks for sticking with us, nerdfighters. (And thanks for reading the entire dooblydoo!)

Love this.

Basically, everything in this video.

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Swag.

Swag.

apsies:

Ashley Judd spent time today campaigning for Obama in North Carolina. In this picture she is with Mr. Denny, a veteran for Obama, and one of her dogs. (Shug or Buttermilk, I can’t tell which.)
Not gonna lie, I kind of want to aspire to be Ashley Judd when I grow up. She’s a kickass feminist, rabble-rouser, and childless (the human kind anyway) woman who takes her pups with her literally everywhere. I like it.

This man was very sweet.  I think he drove about an hour to come to the event, which was a panel discussion put on by Women for Obama.  I got to see Ms. Judd come in, but didn’t see the dog or the panel sadly as I was busy tabling for the county Dems.
But she’ll be back in September as a delegate from Tennessee!

apsies:

Ashley Judd spent time today campaigning for Obama in North Carolina. In this picture she is with Mr. Denny, a veteran for Obama, and one of her dogs. (Shug or Buttermilk, I can’t tell which.)

Not gonna lie, I kind of want to aspire to be Ashley Judd when I grow up. She’s a kickass feminist, rabble-rouser, and childless (the human kind anyway) woman who takes her pups with her literally everywhere. I like it.

This man was very sweet.  I think he drove about an hour to come to the event, which was a panel discussion put on by Women for Obama.  I got to see Ms. Judd come in, but didn’t see the dog or the panel sadly as I was busy tabling for the county Dems.

But she’ll be back in September as a delegate from Tennessee!

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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.