Saturday, September 11, 2010

$250k Isn’t A Lot Of Money If You Want To Shit Gold Dust

Whether you’re rich or not isn’t a state of mind, nor is it what you spend your money on: it’s a summary statistic. If you make more than 95% of the population you’re rich, even if you don’t feel rich because you’ve spent it all on gold dust to sprinkle on every meal…. Oh, and saying you don’t feel rich when you make $250,000 a year doesn’t just not make you less rich, it also makes you kind of an asshole.

"I’m not very sympathetic to the argument that $250,000 doesn’t make you rich if you live somewhere where cost of living expenses are high. Spending your large income on expensive shit doesn’t make you not rich, it makes you someone with the privilege to buy expensive shit and choosing to do so. Living in the most expensive places in the country isn’t some natural expense you’re burdened with like a disability or disease: it’s a choice about how to spend your money."

People who have no idea what it means to be/live poor are the ones who think $250,000 is not a lot of money.

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Obama On 9/11

"As Americans we are not — and never will be — at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day — it was al-Qaida, a sorry band of men which perverts religion."

— President Obama on 9/11  (via liberal-lad)

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Ahmadinejad Burn

Most EPIC Republican Speaker. Ever: Phil Davison, GOP Candidate

Most EPIC Republican speech of all time. I think he is running for WWE Treasurer. This is where we are at in America. Who ever shouts the loudest thinks they won something.

Don't Trickle Down My Back And Tell It's Raining

Because everyone knows “trickle down” is fancy talk for “redistribution of wealth.” And that’s communism.

Yay capitalism!

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Radicals Unite

Fundamentalism is in the eye of the beholder.

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Fascism Wrapped In A Flag Waving A Cross

Your Right Wing "Zealot o' the Day": Terry Jones.

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Taking Responsibility For A Climate Of Hate

"This is the standard approach of race haters and demagogues. They keep stirring the pot, churning out demonizing rhetoric and hate speech. Then some marginal figure does something nuts and suddenly ... oh, wait, I didn't mean burn Korans. Where'd you get that idea from? We were just saying that Islam is a violent, anti-American religion and that American Muslims should stop building their mosques and focus on apologizing for 9/11 and maybe get out of America. But burn the Koran? No way."

- paraphrasing James Zogby on MSNBC regarding the agitation from Newt, Sarah, Glenn, Rush, Rudy and the rest of them.

Newt and Sarah stir the racist pot every chance they get. And they know it.

When you hear a guy is going to burn Korans, do you think "what the hell are those democrats up to?". Nope. You think what wacko, old, white, male, Right Wing person is taking things way too far. Enter Terry Jones.

Extremists are always going to be there. It is unacceptable when they are leading members of a political party. Your actions have consequences.

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Tweet Of The Day

Philly Philanthropist Donates $1,000 To Charity Every Time A Business Hires An Unemployed Person

Philanthropist Gene Epstein says he will donate $1,000 to charity for every time a small business in the Philadelphia area hires an unemployed person.

"I think it's unbelievably simple, this program, and it's a no-risk, all-win situation," said Epstein in an interview with HuffPost. "People see the money's gonna go to charity -- the business person's not going to hire somebody because the government says we're going to give you a tax credit!"

Epstein, 71, says he's ready to give out $250,000 altogether, and that he thinks his plan could actually deliver a boost to the economy by creating some optimism. "I spoke to two dozen business people that I know, I called them and asked their opinion, and 22 out of 24 thought it was a good idea."

Creativity and empathy are American traits we should be focusing on.

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The Midterms Too, Shall Pass: The Formula For Republican Extinction

"...There is actually plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of the Democratic Party -- and the progressive ideals it represents. You just have to be able to look past November to see it...But if you step back, look beyond the current moment, and consider the broader context, you'll see that Democrats are actually in tremendously strong shape for the long term. What happens this November isn't inconsequential. But it's also likely to be a temporary bump on a road toward Democratic dominance.

...It seems difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile that idea with the reality that Republicans may be on the verge of taking back Congress. And yet, that's where we find ourselves: Republicans are about to win a ton of seats. And they are also about to spend a generation in the minority.

But November should be understood in context. This is the last election cycle in which this congressional map -- designed predominantly by Republicans -- will be used. And it will be the last year Republicans can depend on ideological purification without serious retribution at the polls.

The country is changing dramatically, and in ways that are sure to benefit Democrats. That's why I'm so optimistic about our future. It's why you should be too. November might be an ass-kicking. But it's poised to be our last one for quite a long while."

- Dylan Loewe

Loewe, author of the newly-published Permanently Blue, conjures up an optimistic vision of America's demographic future, with Democrat-favoring Latinos becoming a pivotal force in forthcoming elections, along with other minorities and young voters. He points out that President Obama should have a significant financial edge in 2012, while the increasingly fractious GOP stable of presidential candidates will be squandering their financial resources on attacking each other.

Here come the Democrat-loving Millennials!!! 90 million strong by 2018.

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Generic Ballot Is All Tied Up

I know this is going to be a tough election for Democrats, but if there is one thing we know about Republicans: they will always do the wrong thing.

The lead they have 9 weeks out should shrink. Races will get tighter. The RNC and Michael Steele will screw things up.

Add to the mix Obama getting his campaign trail mojo going again. The generic poll, which had the GOP 9 points ahead last week, is tied this week.

Keep focused. Get the word out. Donate some time, maybe some money.

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The Arrogance Of Religious Thinking

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Any Questions?

This needs to be a t-shirt.

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Obama Blasts Boehner On Bush Failed Tax Cuts

Boehner wants more failed tax cuts for the mega-wealthy. The President calls him out:

"Let me be clear to Mr. Boehner and everyone else. We should not hold middle class tax cuts hostage any longer. [The administration] is ready this week to give tax cuts to every American making $250,000 or less" - President Barack Obama

Extending Bush-era tax cuts is extending failure. They are set, by law, to expire. Follow the law. Boehner advocating the same failed philosophies of Bush fail to mention the cost. What cost? The cost to every family in America and the next generation who will have to pay for the debt incurred through these lost taxes.

Wake up, people! The costs of running the Government are not going away. We are making the middle classes assume more and more of the burdens while giving the richest, most well off families tax break after tax break.

The rich have better PR, I get it. They have a 24/7 cable news channel. But common sense and decency has to enter the debate at some point.

We don't have to think alike, but we have to think together.

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Lie And Ignorance Are Used Against A Single Payer System

"I'm currently 9 months pregnant and I haven't paid a dime for my health care. Yes, I work and pay taxes but even if I didn't I would have access to the exact same health care. How is that bad?"


people aren’t against affordable care or any of the things that single-payer system actually is. 

people are against communism, socialism, pulling the plug on gramma, government funded abortions, and stealing from the rich to give to the poor. they’re against rationing. 

so basically, they’re against lies and ignorance, since none of those things truly exist in a single-payer system. 

We spend way too much time getting out real information. It seems the half-truths and all-out lies spread much quicker. One "death panel" tweet and it's a year of trying to explain they will NEVER happen.

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Dylan Ratigan: GOP Rule Like "Drinking And Doing Coke" - Not A Solution

I'm not buying the "Democrats ruled so poorly" line. They addressed real problems and tackled health insurance reform, Wall St reform, credit card reform and were given a full-time job of fending off GOP misinformation.

It would be great if Republicans were truly one half of the debate, but they don't want the debate to even happen.

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When "Stirring Up Shit For Publicity" Goes Wrong

Terry Jones' "God Hates The Quran For Being A Fag Day" gets an appropriate commercial.

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