October 21, 2014   8 notes

When you have to abide the NRA regarding a Surgeon General appointment, you are a Republican door knob.

Republicans can not think without a gun. 

October 21, 2014   179 notes

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October 20, 2014   244 notes

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October 20, 2014   111 notes

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October 20, 2014   159 notes

“ What better way to eliminate the infinitesimal amount of voter fraud in the United States than by disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of people? That is basically what the Republican craze of “voter ID” laws will do. These laws will overwhelmingly impact students, minorities and the poor— interestingly-enough, all reliable Democratic voters. Funny how the statehouses and governors who back voter ID laws are all Republican. Go figure. ”

Mark Fiore

In the words of Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals:

“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is no actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.” 

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October 20, 2014   198 notes
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smdxn:

This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown

Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O’Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for postwar suburbs for decades to come.
And it was available only to whites.
The latter detail — now at the center of an epic standoff between O’Reilly and Jon Stewart over race, suburbia and the legacy of “white privilege” — wasn’t an innovation specific to Levittown. Racial discrimination in housing wasn’t merely commonplace in the 1940s and ’50s; it was government policy. The Federal Housing Administration helped finance the construction of many suburban places like Levittown on the condition that they exclude blacks. And it underwrote mortgages to white families there with the expectation that their property values would only hold if blacks did not move in.
At first, the requirement that homeowners in Levittown not rent or sell their homes to minorities was included in the deeds to their homes. Yes, homeowners in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown were contractually bound to keep out blacks.


So typical of conservatives like Bill O’Reilly to NEVER acknowledge they are a product of privilege. A “whites only” town and Bill pretends to not have a clue? What an asshole.

liberalsarecool:

smdxn:

This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown

Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O’Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for postwar suburbs for decades to come.

And it was available only to whites.

The latter detail — now at the center of an epic standoff between O’Reilly and Jon Stewart over race, suburbia and the legacy of “white privilege” — wasn’t an innovation specific to Levittown. Racial discrimination in housing wasn’t merely commonplace in the 1940s and ’50s; it was government policy. The Federal Housing Administration helped finance the construction of many suburban places like Levittown on the condition that they exclude blacks. And it underwrote mortgages to white families there with the expectation that their property values would only hold if blacks did not move in.

At first, the requirement that homeowners in Levittown not rent or sell their homes to minorities was included in the deeds to their homes. Yes, homeowners in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown were contractually bound to keep out blacks.

So typical of conservatives like Bill O’Reilly to NEVER acknowledge they are a product of privilege. A “whites only” town and Bill pretends to not have a clue? What an asshole.

October 20, 2014   5 notes

Rangel is one of 2 million Texans without health insurance because outgoing Gov. Rick Perry rejected federal Medicaid expansion funds under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now she falls into the coverage gap — ineligible for the state’s existing Medicaid plan but too poor to receive a subsidy for a private health plan.

The ACA was originally designed to provide low-income citizens and qualifying immigrants with either public insurance through Medicaid or subsidized commercial insurance, and the Lone Star State was set to receive billions in federal dollars toward this end. But after a 2012 Supreme Court decision allowing states to opt out of Medicaid expansion, Texas and about half the other states refused the funding.

In Texas — which has 6 million uninsured residents, the most of all the states — the consequences are particularly dire. Patients like Rangel are left to seek treatment at emergency rooms and free clinics, pushing families, hospitals and state and local governments into debt.

The human cost of Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid

"Rejecting ‘Obamacare’ has cost Texas over $8 billion…"

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October 20, 2014   9 notes
workingamerica:

Disrupting public services, like Sen. Cruz and other politicians did with their government shutdown last year, has far-reaching consequences.
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workingamerica:

Disrupting public services, like Sen. Cruz and other politicians did with their government shutdown last year, has far-reaching consequences.

Join our fight for a Congress that works for all of us. Text JOBS to 30644. http://ift.tt/1w7kKnX

October 19, 2014   86 notes
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Truth: http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/empathizing-with-gaza-does-not-make-me-antisemitic-nor-prohamas-or-antiisrael-it-makes-me-human/ Kudos to David Harris-Gershon for speaking out on this issue. Poster by Worley Dervish (facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WorleyDervish).

questionall:

Truth: http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/empathizing-with-gaza-does-not-make-me-antisemitic-nor-prohamas-or-antiisrael-it-makes-me-human/ Kudos to David Harris-Gershon for speaking out on this issue. Poster by Worley Dervish (facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WorleyDervish).

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October 19, 2014   106 notes

“ According to a study by the St. Louis nonprofit Better Together, Ferguson receives nearly one-quarter of its revenue from court fees; for some surrounding towns it approaches 50 percent. Municipal reliance on revenue generated from traffic stops adds pressure to make more of them. One town, Sycamore Hills, has stationed a radar-gun-wielding police officer on its 250-foot northbound stretch of Interstate.

With primarily white police forces that rely disproportionately on traffic citation revenue, blacks are pulled over, cited and arrested in numbers far exceeding their population share, according to a recent report from Missouri’s attorney general. In Ferguson last year, 86 percent of stops, 92 percent of searches and 93 percent of arrests were of black people—despite the fact that police officers were far less likely to find contraband on black drivers (22 percent versus 34 percent of whites). This worsens inequality, as struggling blacks do more to fund local government than relatively affluent whites. ”

The Atlantic: The Racist Housing Policies That Built Ferguson (via kileyrae)

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