This is not a “birth control” decision
It’s a “companies can now violate federal law in the name of religion” decision.
If that doesn’t scare the fuck out of you, you’re not paying attention.
The Pitchforks are Coming
In which a rich dude in my lovely city points out to his fellow plutocrats that they’re digging their own graves.
It’s all great, but here’s a particularly terrific quote:
Most of you probably think that the $15 minimum wage in Seattle is an insane departure from rational policy that puts our economy at great risk. But in Seattle, our current minimum wage of $9.32 is already nearly 30 percent higher than the federal minimum wage. And has it ruined our economy yet? Well, trickle-downers, look at the data here: The two cities in the nation with the highest rate of job growth by small businesses are San Francisco and Seattle. Guess which cities have the highest minimum wage? San Francisco and Seattle. The fastest-growing big city in America? Seattle. Fifteen dollars isn’t a risky untried policy for us. It’s doubling down on the strategy that’s already allowing our city to kick your city’s ass.
There was also a good point made in the comments (!): Conservatives talk about how liberals want to “take” what’s theirs and give it to someone else. They don’t realize that the people who are really taking their stuff (money, labor, health, etc.) and giving it to someone else are folks like the Walton family. Workers who aren’t being paid fairly for their labor are being stolen from way more than taxpayers who are “forced” to give a tiny percentage to social programs. And let’s also not kid ourselves that workers really have any choice to leave a company that treats them poorly and go somewhere else, thereby using free-market principles to correct employer misbehavior. Look up “monopsony” and understand that that’s really where we are.
As this guy points out, if people really do want smaller government, then industry has to step in and do its part to keep the consumer class functional. Allowing enormous profit margins that keep money from circulating in a larger group of people is quite literally drying up the customer base. Even if richer people spend more money on stuff, there’s only so much of it they can really put back into circulation. How many gallons of milk does one rich family actually need to buy? Why not take some of the cash that’s gathering dust in some offshore account and pay it to a few thousand workers so they can buy as many gallons of milk as they need and thereby keep dairies in business, yeah?
If I’m shopping at Target and I see this, I’m calling the cops.
Seriously. I don’t care about your fucking rights, I just want to buy some dad jeans and maybe a tub of frosted animal crackers without having to worry about your casually slung assault rifle going off and the bullet ricocheting off the price checker and right into my ass. Thanks but no thanks.
This can not be real
but think about it if it was armed black people or hispanic people. They would be considered “thugs” and “criminals”. If it was a group of people from the middle east they would be terrorists, But because it’s like 800 different shades of mayo they’re using their 2nd amendment rights…smdh.
rest assured that this rule is not for black people. they would freak out for sure if a black person came into the store carrying…let alone three or four
That’s because white people are automatically deemed “responsible” by default… even when they’re the majority of mass shooters in the US.
^^^^^^^ I was waiting for that
Not that racism is a good thing, but sometimes, if we gain enough followers to prey back on the fears of the oppressors with their racism… Well that can be a good day indeed. Maybe we as ‘A chunk of internet for Gun Control’ should do this.
Getting away from Racism and etc, who the heck looks terrified in the photos? I don’t see anyone looking so. The rifles look fake to me, not to mention that the only ones who seem terrified are all of you. SHUT UP an stop saying people are terrified. Don’t like it, LEAVE!
The picture is from Texas, on or around May 31. It is legal in Texas to openly carry a rifle.
That doesn’t mean it’s SMART.
Aside from there being no intelligent reason for anyone outside of tactical military or police units having assault rifles, there is no reason - NONE WHATSOEVER - to have them in a department store. NONE. This is a demonstration by scared neo-cons (yes, I am using the term correctly) protesting the movements in the rest of the country towards ideas they consider to be immoral (or just icky). These are the sort of ‘God Fearing Christians’ that want control of other women’s bodies, work aggresively to keep the status quo for the priviledged, be that money, race, gender, whatever, and care not one fuck about the people outside of their own little circle. If they did, they would not bring assault rifles to a department store.
No. I DO NOT LIKE IT.
But guess what? I ain’t leavin’.
I was born in the US. I’ve been paying taxes since I was 17 (almost 30 years now). I live by the laws even when they don’t make any sense to me but I HAVE THE RIGHT to be unhappy about laws passed in my own country. Not only the right, I have the responsiblity to speak up when my country does stupid shit.
This right here? This is stupid shit. There is no logical, sensible reason for it. It’s a collective temper tantrum thrown by stupid, spoiled children because everyone else is ready to grow up but they still have control of the playground.
And they’ll have no one else to bully around when everyone leaves them behind.
If people showed up at my local Target fully armed like that, I would grab my kid, hide, and call 911 immediately. I don’t feel safe around guns unless they’re carried by a trained member of law enforcement, who knows how to use them in a combat situation. The idea of untrained civilians having that much firepower absolutely scares the living shit out of me.
I say this, BTW, as someone who shot a gun at 3 and had her own .22 at 5. We had probably a dozen different guns in the house, and my dad made his own ammo. I had mountains of training and experience, yet when I actually needed to use my weapon (age 16, stalker ex cornered me in a parking lot) it was wrestled away from me, and I was nearly killed. If that can happen to me, it can happen to anyone who doesn’t have actual combat training.
People without that training, especially idiots like this who think firearms make them powerful or even invincible, have no business whatsoever having the means to kill dozens in an instant. Even if they themselves aren’t inclined to deliberately misuse the weapon, they’re usually incompetent enough that their weapon will be used against them. I do not, and will not ever feel safe around people like this.
I actually think the second amendment should be repealed entirely. It has long outlived its purpose.
(Source: Mother Jones)
That’s it. That’s the whole government.
I really want Hillary to run (and win!) but at the same time, I’m kind of dreading the inevitable orbital laser cannon of sexist shit that’s going to be sent up and used not just on her, but on every one of us who dares to support her—especially if we’re female and/or queer.
It was bad enough when she and Obama were in the primaries (and, to my permanent disgust, there was also racism coming from Hillary supporters toward Obama—godsdamned shitstain cocksnots), but if she ends up in the final race, we’re going to be fucking drowning in that.
But I’m still supporting her anyway.
Not only was she the first female writer to make the Forbes billionaires list, she then became one of the very few people to take herself off that list by giving so much to charity that it actually made a dent in her fortune.
And she gets it. There aren’t enough generous billionaires in the world who remember where they came from, therefore private charity isn’t the ultimate (only) answer to poverty like some politicians would have us believe. We are all interconnected, we all need each other, in democratic countries we are part of the government, and so keeping needy people from falling into complete destitution and despair is an important and worthy role for government to take. It benefits all of us in the long run. And nobody who feels comfortable and secure now (fewer and fewer of those people around these days) has any guarantee they won’t need help themselves someday.
JK Rowling…reason numbers 2.7 billion why I adore this woman.
This glorious woman right here.
She has the exact same attitude I do. My husband and I have used public funds in the past (food stamps, government food boxes, education grants, etc.) and have paid that back several times over by now. I’m plenty happy to pay taxes because I know that, even if there may be fraud or waste here and there, it’s still a fantastic investment in overall quality of life; not just for the direct beneficiaries, but for all of us who benefit from an educated, healthier, more content populace.
Saw this on FB. Such a perfect illustration of the concept.
Sadly, many “tall” people don’t recognize that they were born with that advantage, and didn’t earn it, and therefore balk at the idea that they should give up any of their disproportionate power so that others have a fair chance to compete. Some will even argue that though they were born into power, and didn’t earn it directly, their ancestors did, and thus they should be allowed to benefit from the previous work done (conversely, they also often believe that people suffering now are suffering justly, as they’re reflecting whatever misdeeds their ancestors did. Sins of the father and all that.)
At the very least, they argue, they should be allowed to give up their box voluntarily, should they deign to do so, rather than being forced to give it to the short people. (Or they believe in the magical Market beast, who will somehow provide the short person with an extra box, so long as said short person ensures that the tall person gets to keep their own box, too.) Problem is: most people won’t actually give up that box voluntarily, hence why we have public policy that compels them to do so.
The fact is thus: virtually everyone in a position of significant economic and political power got there not by their own, personal hard work, but because they were born with privileges others don’t have. Often, these folks were born in, say, the top 20%, and worked to get to the top 5%, and thus feel that that alone is effort enough to deserve their high position. They don’t realize that being born in such a high position to begin with—high enough to reach those single digits—wasn’t their doing. (Nor do they usually realize that getting from 20 to 5 wasn’t entirely due to their own efforts, and that they had help along the way.)
It’s therefore reasonable to require those people to give up some of their unearned privilege so that others suffering from misfortune not of their own making may have an equal chance at success. This is why the estate tax is fair. It’s not a tax on the person who has died and who theoretically earned the money. It’s a tax on the person who receives the windfall, because they did absolutely nothing to earn it. Likewise with capital gains. If the only reason you receive a certain sum is that the value of something you own has gone up, without your doing jackall to increase that value, absolutely you should have to pay a bigger tax rate than that on actually earned income.
I’m in a relatively comfortable position now, but I grew up poor. Getting to this point did involve significant effort on my part—getting a job at 14, getting good grades, etc.—but it also involved a lot of luck, help from others, and, yes, help from the government. (Private charities, OTOH, did next to nothing for me, because I didn’t qualify for their services or because I had to pay for them with religious faith. I do give back to the ones who did help me, FWIW.) I’m therefore perfectly happy to pay a higher tax rate than I did when I was poor, to account for the percentage of my financial state that was not due to individual effort. “The people” helped me to help myself. I’m therefore perfectly happy to pay it forward, so others can get here, too.
Gee, ya think?
Here’s what the 2012 electoral map would have looked like if only white males had voted.
Wwwwwooooow. I wish I could say something intelligent about this, but I can’t.
Given that it also includes the rednecks and white supremacists east of the Cascades, I’m utterly delighted that Washington is still blue.
Of course, we do have a LOT of queer dudes here (and yay for that), which might explain it, but FWIW, even most of our straight guys are decent, because most of them are raging nerds. When you’re smart enough that you feel no need whatsoever to assert your dominance via cheesy displays of traditional masculinity, the politics just sort of naturally follow.
Breaking my politics-dark promise because this shit happened on Twitter tonight.
Granted that the tweet itself is a week old, but his PR team promoing that in the middle of a massive natural disaster is just gross. But then again, the dude did say he’d kill FEMA, so maybe it just doesn”t matter to him that millions of Americans are in deep shit right now.
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