Thoughts on everything. ever.

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liberalsarecool:

Republicans in Wisconsin said having extra hours and weekend hours would create an unfair advantage.
Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), had the balls to say:

"Every city on election day has voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The idea that some communities should have weekend or night voting is obviously unfair."

liberalsarecool:

Republicans in Wisconsin said having extra hours and weekend hours would create an unfair advantage.

Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), had the balls to say:

"Every city on election day has voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The idea that some communities should have weekend or night voting is obviously unfair."

womensweardaily:

Chloe Gosselin RTW Fall 2014
Photo by Stephen Sullivan
liberalsarecool:

Vote with your wallet.

liberalsarecool:

Vote with your wallet.

I am a staunch Republican, a self-proclaimed Fox News addict, and I didn’t vote for the President. And I’m here to tell you that Obamacare works. I’m living proof.

I’m a chemotherapy patient, and was previously paying $428 a month for my health coverage. I was not thrilled when it was cancelled.

Then I submitted an application at HealthCare.gov. I looked at my options. And I signed up for a plan for $62 a month.

It’s the best health care I have ever had.

So right now, here’s what I want to tell anyone who still needs health insurance, or knows someone who does:

Sign up. Follow the instructions on the website. Apply, and look at your options. You still have time, and take it from me: This is something you want to do.

I wrote a letter to President Obama this past February to tell him about my experience with the Health Insurance Marketplace. I hoped he’d read it, and he did.

I may not be a supporter of the President. But now, I get mad when I see Obamacare dragged through the mud on television.

And even though I regularly tune in to conservative pundits, I’d like to tell them they’re getting it wrong. Obamacare works.

So one more time: If you still need health insurance, you have just three days to get it. Do what I did. Go to HealthCare.gov, submit an application, and pick a plan that works for you.

It just might change your life.

—MARK BEARDEN, North Carolina resident and self-proclaimed member of the GOP, in an email sent from the White House. (via inothernews)

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shortformblog:

fishmech:

A list of broadcast stations and cable systems/channels that carry RetroTV is here: http://www.myretrotv.com/affiliates—schedules.html

I’m not even a big fandom guy, but strangely excited about this for some reason.

workingamerica:

Let’s add an update to this #ThrowbackThursday: public workers, private sector workers, those who have a union and those who don’t, service workers, retired, unemployed, part-time, full-time, interns, students…we’re all stronger when we stand together.
Thanks to New York State AFL-CIO for the image. http://bit.ly/1jFytQ8 http://ift.tt/1pd3mLK

workingamerica:

Let’s add an update to this #ThrowbackThursday: public workers, private sector workers, those who have a union and those who don’t, service workers, retired, unemployed, part-time, full-time, interns, students…we’re all stronger when we stand together.

Thanks to New York State AFL-CIO for the image. http://bit.ly/1jFytQ8 http://ift.tt/1pd3mLK

freedomforwhales:

“When the whales at SeaWorld were played a sound recording of a group of whales made at sea, they all stopped moving in their tanks. Then one of them, Corky, began shaking violently. The tape was playing sounds of her family. “I have no idea if this creature shares any feelings that we know as humans, but her reaction reminded me of the times I heard messages from my own family when I was a hostage in Lebanon. I would feel great relief at knowing they were well, but also much sorrow and a sharpened longing to be reunited with them. “What is clear is that Corky could recognize her family’s sounds after years of separation…Knowing only this much I believe it is pointless and cruel to keep these animals apart for commercial reasons - to exploit them for commercial entertainment.” -John McCarthy, journalist

freedomforwhales:

“When the whales at SeaWorld were played a sound recording of a group of whales made at sea, they all stopped moving in their tanks. Then one of them, Corky, began shaking violently. The tape was playing sounds of her family. “I have no idea if this creature shares any feelings that we know as humans, but her reaction reminded me of the times I heard messages from my own family when I was a hostage in Lebanon. I would feel great relief at knowing they were well, but also much sorrow and a sharpened longing to be reunited with them. “What is clear is that Corky could recognize her family’s sounds after years of separation…Knowing only this much I believe it is pointless and cruel to keep these animals apart for commercial reasons - to exploit them for commercial entertainment.” -John McCarthy, journalist

Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to cover its employees’ birth control on company insurance plans. In fact, they’re so outraged about women having access to birth control that they’ve taken the issue all the way to the Supreme Court.
 
I cannot believe that we live in a world where we would even consider letting some big corporation deny the women who work for it access to the basic medical tests, treatments or prescriptions that they need based on vague moral objections.
 
But here’s the scary thing: With the judges we’ve got on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby might actually win.

"Three well-respected legal scholars examined almost 20,000 Supreme Court cases from the last 65 years. They found that the five conservative justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court are in the top 10 most pro-corporate justices in more than half a century."

Elizabeth Warren, everyone. I can’t wait for someone who is as awesome as Senator Warren to run here in California, so we can get rid of the reprehensible corporatist Dianne Feinstein.

(via wilwheaton)

Five Wasteful Welfare Programs We Can Ax

liberalsarecool:

Nicholas Kristof finds five wasteful welfare programs: “welfare subsidies for private planes…, welfare subsidies for yachts…, welfare subsidies for hedge funds and private equity…, welfare subsidies for America’s biggest banks … & large welfare subsidies for American corporations from cities, counties and states.”

These are the real welfare queens of America.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Connecticut has become the first state to sign into law a minimum wage increase to $10.10, matching President Obama’s minimum wage for federal contract workers. This will be the highest minimum wage of any state in the country.

Obama pushed his minimum wage increase in Connecticut, stopping by New Britain earlier this month (the New York Times' Mark Landler described it as a “rough-hewed city” and a “hard-hit town,” but those in the know prefer “hard hittin’,” as in “hard hittin’ New Britain.” That said, it’s better than Reuters, which called it “New Bristol.” I lived in New Britain for five years, Reuters. Not ”New Bristol.” There is no such thing as “New Bristol”) to chat with the governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont. 

Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy clearly took his message to heart, signing the minimum wage increase bill into law at the same diner where he hung out with Obama a few weeks ago.

 ”No one in no state should work 40 hours a week and still live in poverty,” Malloy said. “Connecticut has put the marker down. Other states will follow. We’re going to get the job done.”

The bill easily passed through the state’s legislature, which is majority Democrat. Only Democrats voted for it. The wage will increase in steps: from $8.70 to $9.15 on January 1, 2015; to $9.60 on January 1, 2016, and then to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.

Those opposing the minimum wage increase think it will hurt small businesses (the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said a wage increase would result in job losses). But as the Hartford Courant's Matthew Kaufman points out, when you adjust for inflation, Connecticut’s minimum wage has actually been higher: $10.78 in 1968. 

Source: Sara Morrison for The Wire

kohenari:

A friend from college and a friend from grad school both made the same point about my homicide insurance post this afternoon … and they’re right. Everyone who wants to own a gun should have to buy insurance.

Should it be prohibitively expensive? For some guns and for some people, yes.

Insurance: It’s all about personal responsibility.