They only hate it when it is for the poor!
How about helping your buddies with some $50 million of tax payer Dollars? Sure, says Rick Scott. No problem. At least not in Florida.
Oh, but wait, we need to be a little bit more discrete about it. Really just a tiny bit, because the tax payers are as dumb as it gets and we can do whatever we want as long as we tell the right stories (the debt is ruining America, Obama is dangerous, and what not).
So Scott and the Florida State GOP decide they want to show their appreciation to those who donated money to their campaign. Like a startup company called Heritage Property and Casualty Insurance Co that is not even a year old and wants to not only continue the unfair practices of the state-run Citizens [...]
…would you free yourself of these prejudices?
NPR reminded its listeners today that the ban on gay marriage has negatively affected the mental health of gays and lesbians in the states that passed those laws. Mark Hatzenbuehler, a psychologist at Columbia University who studies the health effects of social policies is interviewed in the NPR story.
Hatzenbuehler and his colleagues Katie McLaughlin, Katherine Keyes and Deborah Hasin published their analysis in 2010 in the American Journal of Public Health.
"Lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals who lived in the states that banned same sex marriage experienced a significant increase in psychiatric disorders," says.
"There was a 37 percent increase in mood disorders," he says, "a 42 percent increase in alcohol-use disorders, and — I think really strikingly — a 248 percent increase in generalized anxiety disorders."
What I really found striking is the comparison [...]
… in the court of public opinion.
Everyone has heard of the Tea Party. But did everybody know that not only were these people fighting against government and taxation, but that they applied for tax exempt status?
If they did not know, they know it now.
One thing is to complain about taxes and campaign against them, another is to dodge taxes. If it is illegal for us, it should be illegal for anyone.
We expect the law to apply equally to all, but we forget it is not. This will remind us how unfair the tax system is. No one outside of the Tea Party bubble will be happy to know that the Tea Party tried to get away with not paying taxes. No one outside of the Tea Party bubble will be happy that the Republicans are making this into a big [...]
We know that Texas, being your typical Republican state with a low intellect Republican governor, is proud to have low taxes and low regulations. Those two things sound like music in the ears of the Republican flock.
What Republicans fail to understand is that those niceties can have horrible consequences.
Holding on tightly to your hard earned Dollars so that they can’t be spent on regulating food, factories, drinking water, the air you breathe, workers health and safety, highway, lighting and urban security among many others, can make your life and that of your familiy and neighbors miserable, when disease, accident and crime strikes.
"Business in Texas" by Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
The cartoon shown above, published by Jack Ohman at The Sacramento Bee, presents Perry standing at a podium behind a banner extolling the state's low taxes and low regulations, while exclaiming, [...]
An opinion piece in the Tampa Bay Times shows the faces of the 45 senators who forgot the faces of the slain children and teachers of Newtown, ignored the voices of their grieving families and disregarded the wish of 90% of the American people.
We will not forget their faces!
It is really incredible to me that the lobby of a small segment (four million or so) of the population barks so loudly for no-change-in-gun laws, – falsely citing impingement of the Second Amendment – when is no secret that the vast majority of the people (91 percent of 330 million – do the math) want significant gun law change, including a majority of the members of the NRA.
Our republic was founded on the principal of sustaining and serving the will of the majority. Historical examples of countries where a few controlled the rights of many are unquestionable proof of the eventual calamity this brought. The present world map is still replete with such injustices. The United States is supposed to stand out as an example of rule by the people.
The resistance to gun law change is actually being [...]
Jim Carrey came out in support of gun control and mocking the NRA in a recent video he posted on Funny or Die. The kinda-sorta-almost-journalists at Fox News, like Carrey calls them, did not like it a bit.
Fox News Channel host Greg Gutfeld blasted Carrey for "attacking rural America”.
Greg Gutfeld, a Fox News personality, attacked Carrey after the clip went viral, saying,
"He is probably the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth and I hope his career is dead and I hope he ends up sleeping in a car. [...] This video made me want to go out and buy a gun. He thinks this is biting satire going after rural America and a dead man… He's a dirty, stinking coward… He's such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He's a gibbering mess. He's a [...]
Everybody has heard about the Harlem Shake video phenomenon which started sometime early February by this bunch of Australian dudes and is now taking over the world.
Even the Miami HEAT has one, and a very good one, I must say. If you are a HEAT hater, too bad. I happen to live in Miami and I cannot bring myself to be upset with LeBron.
But here is something I really enjoy seeing. As a former huge fan of Ghandi and his non violent resistant movement, and as someone who likes to shake it once in a while, there is nothing more refreshing than a political protest that involves music and some funky dance moves:
As reported by a Globe and Mail article (and I saw no one in underwear, not that there is anything wrong with showing a little skin):
You may not know it, but among other things I am a computer programmer, and as it so happens, a few days ago I wanted to check for another way of saying “code refactoring” in nerd jargon and I found this funny blog entry that is two years old but relevant enough in both the programming field as well as politics.
As the nerd that I am, I found it utterly amusing. I also realized that some of the expressions apply to politics, some very obviously so.
The term “Barack Obama” is used for
A project management account to which the most aspirational tickets – stuff you’d really like to do but will probably never get approval for – gets assigned.
Translation, if it even needs one: In software development projects, you submit “tickets” or “issues” which can be “bug reports” or “feature requests” [...]
Unlike their old Republican counterparts, who forecast doom after every breath Obama takes, the young Republicans, as reported by an interesting NYT article, forecast the doom of the Republican party itself.
What is a young Republican to do? And what are they if not a misguided rarity in the party of old white men? The GOP is already obsolete. They just don't know it. That's how out of touch they are. Their appeal is only for the hate mongers like Limbaugh and the stupid like Perry and the nuts who think Obama is the Muslim born in Kenya. Reality is catching up with many of them and when all the veneer of civility has finally been eroded and that last Republican with a brain can see the emperor has no clothes, the GOP will be known as Zombieland!
While the NYT article [...]