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think-progress:

We rounded up 20 of the craziest tweets from the man who could be Virginia’s next Lt. Governor (you’re not going to believe it)

My favorite is this one: “I am going to be at the Justice Dept. on Monday speaking at a press conference opposing the Hate Crimes Law as anti-Christian bigotry.”

 Yes, Christians are oppressed because they’re not allowed to murder other people for not being Christian. 

  • GOP: No nanny state!
  • GOP: Personal Freedom!
  • GOP: Small government!
  • GOP: Oh but real quick can we get the government to regulate who you marry, how you have sex, how you reproduce, and how you form your family? Thanks.
  • GOP: Liberty!
  • GOP: EAGLES!

Don’t think this marriage equality thing has me distracted enough to ignore your trifilin’ Monsanto bullshit. I’M JUDGING YOU RIGHT NOW.

Sincerely,

Jara

abaldwin360:

(Slate.com)In the busy mind of Virginia state Sen. Charles Carrico, voters can be divided into two species. The first: “people in my district,” which covers a swath of the state’s rural southwest. These voters are real people. The second species: voters in “metropolitan districts.” In 2012 and 2008, rural voters watched Democrats turn out that metro vote, which elected Barack Obama. That experience apparently taught Carrico and the people he represents that “their votes don’t mean anything.”

Carrico’s solution: Make the rural vote matter more and make the metro vote count less. His bill, SB273, would assign 11 of Virginia’s electoral votes to its 11 congressional districts. The state’s two remaining votes would go to whoever received the “highest number of votes in a majority of congressional districts.”

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(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Your question is: why am I so interested in politics? But if I were to answer you very simply, I would say this: why shouldn’t I be interested? That is to say, what blindness, what deafness, what density of ideology would have to weigh me down to prevent me from being interested in what is probably the most crucial subject to our existence, that is to say the society in which we live, the economic relations in which it functions, and the system of power which defines the regular forms and the regular permissions and prohibitions of our conduct. The essence of our life consists after all, of the political functioning of the society in which we find ourselves. So I can’t answer the question of why should I be interested; I could only answer it by asking why shouldn’t I be interested? Not to be interested in politics, thats what constitutes a problem. You should ask someone who is not interested in politics; “Why, damn it, are you not interested?
Michel Foucault (via thesubversivesound)

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

People who bitch about having to pay taxes feel entitled to reap the benefits of our tax system but believe they should be exempt from having to contribute. And they want to call me entitled because I want pell grants? FUCK you guys, seriously.

Or maybe the solution is simply to give Texas and other secessionist-conservatives what they really want: free passage to the land of all their conservative fantasies. Send them all off with gratis one-way tickets (I’m happy to earmark some of my socialist tax dollars for the effort) to a country with: a small federal government with limited power and meager influence over the private lives of its citizens; extremely weak trade unions routinely sabotaged by the federal government (i.e., a “pro-business environment”); negligible income tax; few immigrants, legal or otherwise; a dominant Christian population, accounting for some 70 percent of the people; no mandatory health insurance or concept of universal health care; a strong social taboo surrounding homosexuality and a constitution that already states, “All individuals have the right to marry a person of their choice of the opposite sex”; and a gun culture so ubiquitous that you can find automatic weaponry displayed openly on the streets of its capital city and in many households.

Sound like a Texan secessionist’s dream? Well, it’s no dream. This country already exists. It’s called the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Don’t mess with us, Texas. You just might get what you want.

I’m tired of hearing about how important the “hispanic vote” is to America. Let’s talk about how important hispanic people in America are instead.

How America Became a Country That Lets Little Kids Go Homeless

An interesting fact about family homelessness: before the early-1980s, it did not exist in America, at least not as an endemic, multi-generational problem afflicting millions of poverty-stricken adults and kids. Back then, the typical homeless family was a middle-aged woman with teenagers who wound up in a shelter following some sort of catastrophic bad luck like a house fire. They stayed a short time before they got back on their feet.

In the 1980s, family homelessness did not so much begin to grow as it exploded, leaving poverty advocates and city officials stunned as young parents with small children overwhelmed the shelter system and spilled into the streets. In New York City, the rate of homeless people with underage kids went up by 500 percent between 1981 and 1995. Nationally, kids and families made up less than 1 percent of the homeless population in the early 1980s, according to advocate and researcher Dr.  Ellen Bassuk . HUD estimates put the number at 35 percent of  people sleeping in shelters in 2010.

“All of a sudden, around the early 1980s we started to see tons of families who were there because of poverty,”  Ralph da Costa-Núñez , who worked in Mayor Ed Koch’s administration and is now CEO of the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, tells AlterNet.

The reasons behind the jump in family homelessness are not complex,  Núñez says. “It was the gutting of the safety net. Reagan cut every social program that helped the poor. Then there’s inflation so their aid checks are shrinking. Where are they going? Into the streets, into the shelters.”

The administration was especially keen to cut low-income housing programs. Peter Dreier  writes that Reagan  created a housing task force, ” dominated by politically connected developers, landlords and bankers.”  They and the president were in agreement that the market was the best way to address housing for the poor, and instituted cuts in government spending that yielded almost instant results. In 1970, Dreier writes, there were more low-income housing units than families who needed them, but “by 1985 the number of low-cost units had fallen to 5.6 million, and the number of low-income renter households had grown to 8.9 million, a disparity of 3.3 million units.”  

(via thenewwomensmovement)

israelfacts:

The different legal systems under which Israelis and Palestinians are tried apply to children as well. As +972 has consistently documented, Palestinian children arrested by the Israeli army are treated by the military court system as “potential terrorists.” The visual below demonstrates what would happen should two 12-year-old boys, one Israeli and one Palestinian, get arrested for fighting. One would swiftly be brought before a judge, given access to a lawyer, tried and spared jail time. The other could face two years in jail without trial. 

By Michal Vexler, with the cooperation of Caabu – The Council for Arab-British Understanding

Visualizing Occupation: Children under Israel’s legal regime

(via wanderblog)