Is it just me or does “Lady Lemonade” sound like a really “classy” round about way of saying piss?
If you are home-schooled by your Christian parents, or attend a voucher school, or are unlucky enough to attend a white Southern public school using Texas textbooks, here is a quick history minute about what the underground Railroad actually was:
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the abolitionists, both black and white, free and enslaved, who aided the fugitives. Other various routes led to Mexico or overseas. While an “underground railroad” running south toward Florida, then a Spanish possession, existed from the late 17th century until shortly after the American Revolution, the network now generally known as the Underground Railroad was formed in the early 19th century, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the “Railroad”.British North America, where slavery was prohibited, was a popular destination, as its long border gave many points of access. More than 30,000 people were said to have escaped there via the network during its 20-year peak period, although U.S. Census figures account for only 6,000. The Underground Railroad fugitives’ stories are documented in the Underground Railroad Records.
Homophobes, like pro-lifers, feel perfectly content to appropriate the horrors of slavery when it suits them.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME BRYAN FISCHER?
Rush Limbaugh, on law student Sandra Fluke, who was denied the ability to testify before the all-male panel considering contraceptive coverage.
As ThinkProgress states: “While it’s probably not even worth engaging with Limbaugh on the facts, Fluke’s testimony was about a friend who is a lesbian and needed birth control for non-sexual medical reasons, so he’s only wrong about three times over, and offensive many more times over than that.”
Need we discuss Limbaugh getting caught with Viagra that wasn’t even his? No? How about pointing out that with birth control, it doesn’t matter how much sex you have — taking one pill is enough to prevent pregnancy?
Or how about he’s a misogynistic pig? Is that ok?
What does it say about Rush Limbaugh that he talks about legitimate health issues like they’re any of his business? That he’s a raging bag of shit.
Okay, it is almost physically painful to me how brilliant this is.
“I meet you all the time. You hate Obama. You hate gay people. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all. You hate being called racist. You hate being called a bigot. Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn’t call you bigots. Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn’t call you racist. You hate socialism and social justice. You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You hate.
You like war. You like torture. You like Jesus. I don’t know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency. You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate. You hate everything else.
…If you hate the Government, then you are unqualified to manage it.”
That’s who the laws protected.
That’s who had the right to vote.
That’s who had full citizenship rights.
So, to pretend that our country is anything other than racist, sexist, (and homophobic) at its core is nonsense.
Why do you think these GOP candidates continuously hark back to the “Founding Fathers” and “America for Americans”?
When they say those things, do you truly understand what ideas they are trying to uphold?
Oh. My. God.
I think it’s unhealthy how much this made me laugh.
In my post about Newt Gingrich not qualifying for the Virginia ballot, I highlighted Gingrich’s pathetic, desperate, last-minute attempt to clear the threshold of 10,000 signatures, with 400 from each congressional district. Politico discovered, that while Newt was reassuring donors at a fundraiser he had more than enough signatures to get on the ballot, he was seeking to pay folks one dollar per signature collected.
Paying-per-signature ups the risk of fraud because people have more motivation to defraud your campaign. Guess what Gingrich is now blaming for his failure to get on the ballot?
Also Wednesday, CNN reported that Gingrich, campaigning in Iowa ahead of Tuesday’s caucuses, said that someone his campaign hired to help him get on the Virginia ballot submitted fraudulent signatures.
“We hired somebody who turned in false signatures. We turned in 11,100 — we needed 10,000 — 1,500 of them were by one guy who frankly committed fraud,” Gingrich reportedly told a woman at a campaign stop in Algona, Iowa.
Never mind the Board of Elections and the Republican Party of Virginia advises 15,000-20,000 signatures…
It’s Virginia’s fault, this guy’s fault, etc. Not Newt’s fault, even though they didn’t begin collecting signatures until around Thanksgiving. Nope. Not his fault. Note he didn’t say the campaign is taking legal remedies against the signature gatherer, nor did he name the person.
If this is true, I called the fraud. Not that it matters - with such a low amount of signatures, over 90% would have to be valid. The Virginia GOP sets the standard for acceptance without per-signature review at 15,000, and advises such a large amount, simply because “many people who are not registered to vote will sign a petition” and people make mistakes with addresses - they may give a current address versus what’s on the voter registration.
Then we get to the it’s everyone’s fault but mine because reasons… Again Newt, no one to blame but yourself.
But, but VOTER FRAUD! Unless it has to do with us getting more votes. Then, well fuck it.
Apparently, Rick Perry is having difficulty with running for president and running Texas. I’m guessing it’s poor form to miss a press conference about the wildfires in a town where nearly 1,400 homes have been destroyed by said wildfires.
Of course, he might face embarrassing questions about his slashing 75 percent of the volunteer fire department budget. In Texas, 80 percent of firefighting in wildlands is done by volunteer firefighters.
Perhaps he might also face questions about these cuts coming after Perry began asking for federal funds to combat fires in April. Whether it was a scheduling issue or him just dodging and weaving, as my friend Bob is fond of saying, that’s rather “unsportsmanlike” behavior.
Governing fail. People are actually trusting this guy to run the country and he can’t even do it without a “Governing For Dummies” manual and a nappy change from the feds every now and then while vilifying them for the services he procures. Look at your life Perry, look at your choices.
Some of France’s wealthiest people have called on the government to tackle its deficit by raising taxes - on the rich.
Sixteen executives, including Europe’s richest woman, the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, offered in an open letter to pay a “special contribution” in a spirit of “solidarity”.
Later the government is due to announce tighter fiscal measures as it seeks to reassure markets and curb the deficit.
They are expected to include a special tax on the super-rich.
Before the announcement, expected on Wednesday evening, a letter appeared on the website of the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.
It was signed by some of France’s most high-profile chief executives, including Christophe de Margerie of oil firm Total, Frederic Oudea of bank Societe Generale, and Air France’s Jean-Cyril Spinetta.
They said: “We, the presidents and leaders of industry, businessmen and women, bankers and wealthy citizens would like the richest people to have to pay a ‘special contribution’.”
They said they had benefited from the French system and that: “When the public finances deficit and the prospects of a worsening state debt threaten the future of France and Europe and when the government is asking everybody for solidarity, it seems necessary for us to contribute.”
They warned, however, that the contribution should not be so severe that it would provoke an exodus of the rich or increased tax avoidance.
The move follows a call by US billionaire investor Warren Buffett for higher taxes on the American ultra-rich…
Read More: BBC News
THIS is how you act like a responsible member of society. Not by hiding behind words like “class warfare” and “socialism” and deflecting the attention of the people to meaningless things, but by actually tackling the problem by doing your part to make things right.