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President Obama got a lot of flack during his 2012 campaign for re-election for saying that wealthy business owners “didn’t build that” all by themselves, but his point was indisputable. The president mentioned the internet, roads and bridges, firefighting, and other public works that make it possible for the market economy to function and thrive. He could have said far more. How about the culture of general law-abidingness that we call the rule of law? The Federal Reserve’s regulation of the money supply? An independent judiciary for the settlement of civil disputes? Law enforcement at local, state, and federal levels that fights violent crime, fraud, corruption, monopolistic business practices, and a host of other behaviors that would otherwise scuttle the working of markets? And on and on and on. The order we see at work in the United States and in other advanced democracies is anything but spontaneous.

mediamattersforamerica:

Former astronaut Mark Kelly explains how an ad that informs voters about where candidates stand on gun violence isn’t a reason for press (see: Politico) to call his wife Gabby Giffords ”mean,” especially with American lives at stake.

The reality of how lax gun laws increase people being shot to death by intimate partners is illustrated in this very telling Mother Jones graph: 

States that choose to deal with domestic violence by focusing on arming women are making a big mistake. 

Some chilling numbersvia Everytown for Gun Safety:

More than half of the women killed with guns in the U.S. are murdered by their partners. Every month, 46 women are shot and killed in the U.S. by a current or former boyfriend or spouse. We researched mass shootings between January 2009 and January 2013 and found that 57 percent of mass shootings involved the murder of a partner or other close family member.

bigassbarahands:

stay-in-reality-liberals:

ivannion:

This is what feminists mean when they say that feminism is about gender equality. It’s not really about equality, it’s about paying men back for all the supposed grievances women have suffered at the hands of the “patriarchy”.

Social revenge workers

You… do realize it’s trying to point out the wage gap between men and women, right? Women make 75 cents to the dollar that men make. And that’s just WHITE women. POC women make even less. So, yes, it is for equality.
So that when men see that price difference, they go “Hey, that’s not equal, that sucks”
and women can say “YES, LET ME TELL YOU A THING”
-discussion begins-

bigassbarahands:

stay-in-reality-liberals:

ivannion:

This is what feminists mean when they say that feminism is about gender equality. It’s not really about equality, it’s about paying men back for all the supposed grievances women have suffered at the hands of the “patriarchy”.

Social revenge workers

You… do realize it’s trying to point out the wage gap between men and women, right?

Women make 75 cents to the dollar that men make. And that’s just WHITE women. POC women make even less.

So, yes, it is for equality.

So that when men see that price difference, they go “Hey, that’s not equal, that sucks”

and women can say “YES, LET ME TELL YOU A THING”


-discussion begins-

(Source: notallfeminists, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

Jon Stewart Rips Fox's 'Latte Salute' Coverage: 'F**k You All And Your False Patriotism'

crooksandliars:

Jon Stewart Rips Fox's 'Latte Salute' Coverage: 'F**k You All And Your False Patriotism'

As we and others already discussed this week, the wingnuts and the talking heads over at Faux “news” have worked themselves into a lather over their latest fake “controversy” which they have since dubbed the “latte salute” — which is actually just their latest excuse to completely disrespect President Obama.

Jon Stewart gave Fox and in particular, Eric Bolling and Karl Rove, the treatment they deserved on this Thursday’s The Daily Show: Jon Stewart shreds Fox’s Eric Bolling: ‘F*ck you and all your false patriotism’:

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(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Obamacare isn’t by any means a perfect law and not everything in it is going right. The law powers a different insurance market in every state (plus the District of Columbia), so it is perfectly possible for Obamacare to be a success in California even as there are troubles in Minnesota. And there continue to be operational issues: there have been troubling revelations about web site security, and problems verifying the incomes of some enrollees.

On the whole, though, costs are lower than expected, enrollment is higher than expected, the number of insurers participating in the exchanges is increasing, and more states are joining the Medicaid expansion. Millions of people have insurance who didn’t have it before. The law is working. But a lot of the people who are convinced Obamacare is a disaster will never know that, because the voices they trust will never tell them.

medievalpoc:

rafi-dangelo:

Most of my future children tag is cute brown children being fabulous and clearly belonging to me in spirit, but I’m making an exception for this tweet because if I don’t raise my kids to give that exact same response, then I have failed as a parent.
Who is this woman and can I send her a thank-you gift basket and a Black Parenting Award?  This is why it is imperative that we teach our children real history outside of textbooks constructed by, written for, and approved by white men whose re-telling of history conveniently glosses over atrocities and minimizes suffering.
"bold new idea"
I want to go to that school and set fire to every history book in the building.

Calling the enslavement of millions of people a “bold new idea” is pretty immoral itself, if you ask me.
In case anyone needs more context for why these students in Colorado are fighting for their AP History courses…
Because students and educators in Arizona have already had their entire Ethnic studies curriculum outlawed, and have tried to gather these marginalized histories into underground libraries…
In Texas in 2010, textbooks that are currently used all over the U.S. and even some districts in Canada were given a conservative “makeover” by elected officials to the outrage of historians...
This is happening all over the United States, and I hope people are paying attention. We are tired of seeing our histories erased.

medievalpoc:

rafi-dangelo:

Most of my future children tag is cute brown children being fabulous and clearly belonging to me in spirit, but I’m making an exception for this tweet because if I don’t raise my kids to give that exact same response, then I have failed as a parent.

Who is this woman and can I send her a thank-you gift basket and a Black Parenting Award?  This is why it is imperative that we teach our children real history outside of textbooks constructed by, written for, and approved by white men whose re-telling of history conveniently glosses over atrocities and minimizes suffering.

"bold new idea"

I want to go to that school and set fire to every history book in the building.

Calling the enslavement of millions of people a “bold new idea” is pretty immoral itself, if you ask me.

In case anyone needs more context for why these students in Colorado are fighting for their AP History courses

Because students and educators in Arizona have already had their entire Ethnic studies curriculum outlawed, and have tried to gather these marginalized histories into underground libraries

In Texas in 2010, textbooks that are currently used all over the U.S. and even some districts in Canada were given a conservative “makeover” by elected officials to the outrage of historians...

This is happening all over the United States, and I hope people are paying attention. We are tired of seeing our histories erased.

(via politicalsexkitten)

Self-Made in America

The conservative gospel of success rests on an unexamined paradox. The right’s last standard-bearer articulated it well—albeit inadvertently—in the last election.

At that infamous fundraiser in Palm Beach, the one that would eventually be seen by the world and derail his campaign, Mitt Romney actually said quite a few things before he got to the bit about the 47 percent. He recounted a visit years earlier to a factory in China when he was still at Bain. The pay for the workers was poor, the conditions at the plant deplorable. And yet, Romney said, the company had to fend off desperate job seekers lined up outside its gates. “And so, as we were experiencing this for the first time,” Romney told the audience, “for me to see a factory like this in China some years ago, the Bain partner I was with turned to me and said, ‘You know, 95 percent of life is settled if you’re born in America.’ ”

So it was that the Republican nominee betrayed recognition of a fundamental fact: that the accident of birth determines so much of an individual’s fate. And yet this was not the philosophical breakthrough it seemed. His story came at the tail end of a rumination about his background and inheritance: “I was born with a silver spoon,” he conceded. But it’s not the spoon you thought. He was born with “the greatest gift you could have, which is to get born in America.” What about that other great gift, the good fortune to be born into the American ruling class? “Both my dad and Ann’s dad did quite well in their life, but when they…passed along inheritances to Ann and to me, we both decided to give it all away,” he remarked. “So, I had inherited nothing. Everything that Ann and I have we earned the old-fashioned way, and that’s by hard work.”

The preposterousness of the statement has already been established in the court of public opinion. (Who could forget Ann Romney’s wistful story about the “not easy years” they endured, when they had to sell stock given to Mitt by his father to keep the couple afloat through school?) What we didn’t fixate on enough at the time was the defensiveness of a very rich man who insists that his success was purely self-made. It’s almost as if hard work and good fortune were mutually exclusive, and to admit to the latter is to negate the former.

That Romney could make these claims about luck and just deserts suggests a moral obliviousness. But it’s an obliviousness that isn’t his alone. The narrative of American prosperity, as filtered through the prism of post-Reagan conservatism, is animated by two ideas in tension. We Americans are so lucky, the right exclaims, to be in the greatest country on Earth. And yet conservatives chafe at any suggestion that luck and circumstance have anything to do with how we fare in life—that the individual is not the sole author of her destiny.

(Source: azspot, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

liberalsarecool:

Conservatives will believe Obamacare is not working all the while using every new feature of Obamacare. 
That’s the conservative mind: it will use and enjoy the very same thing it is complaining about. Example, “get the government out of my medicaid”.

liberalsarecool:

Conservatives will believe Obamacare is not working all the while using every new feature of Obamacare. 

That’s the conservative mind: it will use and enjoy the very same thing it is complaining about. Example, “get the government out of my medicaid”.

(Source: twitter.com)

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