1. 11:29 29th Jul 2014

    Notes: 197

    Reblogged from andybrwn

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    Yeah, leadership…

    Yeah, leadership…

    (Source: memegop)

     
  2. 15:51 25th Jul 2014

    Notes: 2522

    Reblogged from theliberaltony

    repmarktakano:

    We are a nation of laws and compassion. Full video here.

     
  3. 14:49

    Notes: 46

    Reblogged from azspot

    I can’t help but think how self centered we’re going to look when we get to heaven and go through the awkward introductions in the persecuted section:

    “Hi, my name is Peter. They crucified me on a cross upside down.”

    “Hi, my name is Stephen. They smashed my head in with rocks.”

    “Hi, my name is Polycarp. They tried to burn me at the stake but I didn’t catch on fire so they stabbed me to death”.

    “Hi, my name is William Tyndale. They chocked me to death at the stake and then burned by body.”

    “Hi, my name is Michael Brown. They told me that if I wanted my business to be able to accept government funds that I couldn’t fire people simply because of their sexual orientation.”

     
  4. 10:59 22nd Jul 2014

    Notes: 37

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    cognitivedissonance:

Shit.
I’m assuming this is going to the U.S. Supreme Court. And I wonder how this will affect states like Oregon and Nevada, who turned over the running of their exchanges to the federal government after private contractors bungled their exchanges’ operation.

    cognitivedissonance:

    Shit.

    I’m assuming this is going to the U.S. Supreme Court. And I wonder how this will affect states like Oregon and Nevada, who turned over the running of their exchanges to the federal government after private contractors bungled their exchanges’ operation.

     
  5. 12:31 21st Jul 2014

    Notes: 4

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    themorningnews:


The picture of the catastrophe that the Russian people are seeing on their television screens is very different from that on screens in much of the rest of the world, and the discrepancy does not bode well for a sane resolution to this stand-off.

The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    themorningnews:

    The picture of the catastrophe that the Russian people are seeing on their television screens is very different from that on screens in much of the rest of the world, and the discrepancy does not bode well for a sane resolution to this stand-off.

    The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

     
  6. 16:30 19th Jul 2014

    Notes: 128

    Reblogged from dendroica

    If [Hillary] Clinton wants to tell a better American story and have people to come to a consensus about who we are, she has to tell the story straight and then explain how we can best try to live up to our higher ideals in the future. Constantly telling ourselves a bunch of fairy tales about how great we are has painted us into a corner in which the worst elements of our leadership can rationalize any behavior —- including torture and indefinite detention in prison camps —- and nobody is willing to hold them accountable for it. The funny thing is that the old idea that the monarch was infallible and ordained by God is exactly what the American revolutionaries were rebelling against. I’m going to guess they didn’t anticipate that we would imbue our new country as a whole with the same nonsense.
    — Hullabaloo (via azspot)

    Preach

     
  7. 21:31 18th Jul 2014

    Notes: 226829

    Reblogged from fem-mew-nist

    Tags: My daughter needs to see this

    itsjustaswell:

    runningtothefinish:

    blondegirlfit:

    clype:

    He gets it.

    actually so powerful

    praise this post

    what doesn’t this man get right..seriously.

     
  8. 22:15 15th Jul 2014

    Notes: 318

    Reblogged from silas216

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    thepeoplesrecord:

Methodist Pastor Self-Immolates to Bring Attention to Social Justice in his CommunityJuly 14, 2014
The Rev. Charles Moore, a retired Methodist pastor and a longtime advocate for greater inclusion of gays and lesbians in that church, doused himself with gasoline and burned himself to death last month in the east Texas town of Grand Saline. Moore apparently hoped his self-immolation would raise awareness of social justice issues like LGBT equality and racial justice.
John Wright of Lone Star Q reports:

"I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others, but I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service," Moore wrote in one of the notes he left behind, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Moore was a lifelong champion of social justice and civil rights. In a note left on his car, he lamented the legacy of racial injustice in Grand Saline, where he was ostracized by the Methodist church in the 1950s for supporting school desegregation. According to the United Methodist News Service, Moore wrote that he was giving his body to be burned for lynching victims.
In other notes written prior to his death, Moore expressed frustration with the UMC’s positions on homosexuality and the death penalty, as well as Southern Methodist University’s decision to house the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Moore, who attended SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, initially planned to commit suicide on the Dallas campus, writing that he loved SMU and felt his self-immolation there would move people to care more about gay rights, the death penalty and better treatment for African-Americans…
With UMC bishops meeting in Austin in 1995, Moore went on a 15-day hunger strike to protest the church’s stance on homosexuality. He ended the strike when bishops agreed to encourage Methodist congregations to welcome gays. However, they stopped short of removing a sentence from the church’s Book of Discipline that says homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
The sentence remains to this day, and it was the type of thing that apparently haunted Moore. He wrote that despite being healthy and happy with his wife and grandchildren, he remained a paralyzed soul who felt compelled to die for a cause.

Source

    thepeoplesrecord:

    Methodist Pastor Self-Immolates to Bring Attention to Social Justice in his Community
    July 14, 2014

    The Rev. Charles Moore, a retired Methodist pastor and a longtime advocate for greater inclusion of gays and lesbians in that church, doused himself with gasoline and burned himself to death last month in the east Texas town of Grand Saline. Moore apparently hoped his self-immolation would raise awareness of social justice issues like LGBT equality and racial justice.

    John Wright of Lone Star Q reports:

    "I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others, but I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service," Moore wrote in one of the notes he left behind, according to The Dallas Morning News.

    Moore was a lifelong champion of social justice and civil rights. In a note left on his car, he lamented the legacy of racial injustice in Grand Saline, where he was ostracized by the Methodist church in the 1950s for supporting school desegregation. According to the United Methodist News Service, Moore wrote that he was giving his body to be burned for lynching victims.

    In other notes written prior to his death, Moore expressed frustration with the UMC’s positions on homosexuality and the death penalty, as well as Southern Methodist University’s decision to house the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Moore, who attended SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, initially planned to commit suicide on the Dallas campus, writing that he loved SMU and felt his self-immolation there would move people to care more about gay rights, the death penalty and better treatment for African-Americans…

    With UMC bishops meeting in Austin in 1995, Moore went on a 15-day hunger strike to protest the church’s stance on homosexuality. He ended the strike when bishops agreed to encourage Methodist congregations to welcome gays. However, they stopped short of removing a sentence from the church’s Book of Discipline that says homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

    The sentence remains to this day, and it was the type of thing that apparently haunted Moore. He wrote that despite being healthy and happy with his wife and grandchildren, he remained a paralyzed soul who felt compelled to die for a cause.

    Source

     
  9. 22:36 14th Jul 2014

    Notes: 37958

    Reblogged from fem-mew-nist

    (Source: stankonia)

     
  10. 09:52

    Notes: 50

    Reblogged from mostlysignssomeportents

    Scalia may have opened path for Quakers to abstain from taxes

    mostlysignssomeportents:

    The controversial Hobby Lobby decision elevated religious belief over legal compliance — this may be good news for Quakers, Amish, Mennonites and others who’ve historically faced punishing reprisals for withholding some of their tax to avoid funding the military.

    Read more…

     
  11. thehighlovesthejunkie:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses white supremacy and ‘The Case for Reparations’ with Bill Moyers

    from The Atlantic cover story: 'The Case for Reparations'

    Required viewing. Not that I think reparations will ever come. But then I never thought I’d see a black president in my lifetime.

     
  12. 12:36

    Notes: 21712

    Reblogged from pacificnorthwestdoodles

    unquietpirate:

theskaldspeaks:

sourcedumal:

christel-thoughts:

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon
I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.
In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.
I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.
Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.
And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.
Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.
Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.
Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.
Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.
The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.
That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.
The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.
Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.
As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

 source 

Black feminism fighting for justice!

Holy shit. 
If you scrolled past to here, scroll back up and read that. 

Do that.^

    unquietpirate:

    theskaldspeaks:

    sourcedumal:

    christel-thoughts:

    fyahblaze:

    blackfeminism:

    ourtimeorg:

    If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

    Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

    I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.

    In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.

    I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.

    Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.

    And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.

    Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.

    Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.

    Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.

    Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.

    Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.

    The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.

    That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.

    The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.

    Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.

    As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

    still relevant today

    source

    Black feminism fighting for justice!

    Holy shit. 

    If you scrolled past to here, scroll back up and read that. 

    Do that.^

     
  13. 12:16

    Notes: 33523

    Reblogged from jbtomg

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    rosalarian:

Gonna keep a tally of messages I get from a) white feminists completely proving my point and b) people who think this comic proves feminism is worthless because I criticized one part of it. (Even despite me writing these words underneath the comic.) Then I’ll add them all up, see which column has more, and then drink myself to sleep either way.
Haha… this is why we can’t have nice things.

"Really?" indeed

    rosalarian:

    Gonna keep a tally of messages I get from a) white feminists completely proving my point and b) people who think this comic proves feminism is worthless because I criticized one part of it. (Even despite me writing these words underneath the comic.) Then I’ll add them all up, see which column has more, and then drink myself to sleep either way.

    Haha… this is why we can’t have nice things.

    "Really?" indeed

     
  14. 15:14 9th Jul 2014

    Notes: 79

    Reblogged from breakingnews

    Utah to appeal same-sex marriage case to SCOTUS

    breakingnews:

    Salt Lake TribuneUtah will appeal the 10th Circuit Court’s June decision upholding same-sex marriage in the state directly to the US Supreme Court, the attorney general’s office announced Wednesday.

     
  15. 12:23

    Notes: 55

    Reblogged from jenn2d2

    Tags: politicsclimate sciencecongress

    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), taking the stage after brief remarks from a meteorologist and several Heartland officials, kicked things off with a wild rant about how nearly every environmental scandal of the last three decades has turned out to be a hoax.

    "The ozone hole is sort of like global warming, and was sort of an exaggerated position on some readings," Rohrabacher mused. "Remember acid rain?" asked the congressman. That too "became a non-issue" after a report claimed that human activity had little relation to the problem. The liberals, Rohrabacher said, never apologized to President Ronald Reagan for lambasting his refusal to act on it in the 1980s.

    In between these remarks came another whopper. “I don’t know whether or not fluoridating the water helps people’s teeth become better or not,” said Rohrabacher, invoking his childhood memories. “I don’t know that,” he continued, “But I do know that in this country, we should be the ones who should be deciding what we put into our bodies one way or the other, not the federal government or the local government putting fluoride into our water!”

    The water fluoridation screed elicited support from the crowd. But I noticed the gentleman sitting next to me, a corporate attorney named Larry Kogan seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s endangerment finding on climate science—which paved the way for the regulation of carbon emissions—with a grimace on his face. He had clapped for every other applause line, but sat on his hands for this one.

    None of Rohrabacher’s claims, of course, resemble anything close to reality. The ozone depletion problem, which is well documented, was addressed effectively through regulations to curb chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from certain products. The 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, which passed with bipartisan support, back when the Koch brothers held less sway over the GOP and pro-environment Republicans could still get elected to Congress, largely solved the problem of acid rain by creating a cap and trade program to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

    The evils of water fluoridation have been a favorite conspiracy theory that took root in the American psyche thanks to the efforts of the John Birch Society, the right-wing precursor to the Tea Party. Fringe activists have claimed that fluoridation lowers IQ and causes cancer—but there is no evidence to support either theory. Decades of research show that adding fluoride to drinking water is indeed one of the most effective strategies for reducing tooth decay.

    — 

    US Congressman Opens Climate Change Denial Conference with Rant Against Water Fluoridation | VICE United States

    Dana Rohrabacher, of course, is a member of the House Science Committee.

    (via jenn2d2)

    Wow