curate to create
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#politics #feminism #important!
If [Teach For America] really wants to do a favor for poor inner city kids, they ought to send the two year volunteers to teach in the best white schools in New York City to free up veteran teachers to teach the children of the poor, because they’re the ones who need teachers who know what they’re doing and aren’t just practicing on them.
Jonathan Kozo (via basedbrezhnev)
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#text #politics #important

Assemblyman Pushes for Native American Day to Replace Columbus Day

Instead of Columbus Day, California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, has introduced legislation that would recognize the second Monday in October as Native American Day.

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#image #text #politics #IMPORTANT #this rules #for several reasons #i'm from covina #covina #home
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#politics #image #first family feelings #this is unbelievably great
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#image #gif #politics #barack obama #this dude tho
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#politics #image #unabashed human joy


In more important news, Puerto Rico to become a state



They agreed they want to become a state, the House and Senate just need to approve it now.

we 51 states now

Sweet! About time.

My friends, this is not true.

First off, lol, if they don’t give us the right to vote after 100 years, we probably won’t become a state anytime soon.

Congress will never, and I repeat never make us a state. Not in my lifetime.

We’re too much of a risk. Our first language isn’t English. We can’t even vote yet. If Puerto Rico becomes a state, we’d sway polls more than a few states; we have more senators per square mile than certain states do.

Congress doesn’t want us. It doesn’t matter if every citizen tattooed the number 51 onto their chests; it isn’t up to us, and the people its up to don’t want it to happen.

It means nothing; interest in becoming a state has been around for years. I personally don’t care for the idea, but if it’s between remaining a colony that CANNOT VOTE, a floundering, independent nation or a state, well…We can vote for primaries but not president. We have more US military bases than many states do. Puerto Rican soldiers have died fighting for the US since WWI all the way up to the soldiers of today. We pay taxes. We are born American citizens. But we cannot vote.

The phrasing of the pole was clever. Statehood, independence, or an “ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO SOBERANO”, the hugest oxymoron I’ve ever seen in my life. ASSOCIATED, FREE, SOVEREIGN, STATE. Exact translation. Try and figure that out and then you’ll tell me if you’d vote for something as ambiguous as that. Of course statehood won out. 

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#politics #puerto rico #important



Tulsi Gabbard becomes first Hindu-American in US Congress

Washington, Nov 7 — While all five Indian-American candidates hoping to enter the US Congress lost out, Tulsi Gabbard today created history by becoming the first Hindu-American to enter the US House of Representatives.

An Iraq war veteran, 31-year-old Gabbard defeated K. Crowley of the Republican Party with a handsome margin in Hawaii’s second Congressional district. Her victory has been cheered by the Hindu-American community across the country.

The heavily Democratic district also elected one of two Buddhists to have ever served in the Congress, Mazie Hirono, who won her seat in 2006 but is now running for the US Senate.

Born in American Samoa to a Catholic father and a Hindu mother, Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two. In 2002, at age 21, she was elected to the Hawaii state legislature.

The next year, she joined the Hawaii National Guard, and in 2004 was deployed to Baghdad as a medical operations specialist. After completing officers’ training, she was deployed to Kuwait in 2008 to train the country’s counter-terrorism units.

“Although there are not very many Hindus in Hawaii, I never felt discriminated against. I never really gave it a second thought growing up that any other reality existed, or that it was not the same everywhere,” Gabbard said in a statement soon after she took an unbeatable lead over her Republican challenger.

“On my last trip to the mainland, I met a man who told me that his teenage daughter felt embarrassed about her faith, but after meeting me, she’s no longer feeling that way,” Gabbard said.

“He was so happy that my being elected to Congress would give hope to hundreds and thousands of young Hindus in America, that they can be open about their faith, and even run for office, without fear of being discriminated against or attacked because of their religion,” Gabbard said.

At 21, Gabbard became the youngest person elected to the Hawaii legislature. At 23, she was the state’s first elected official to voluntarily resign to go to war. At 28, she was the first woman to be presented with an award by the Kuwait Army National Guard.

So many awesome role models for young American ladies elected yesterday. Makes me a tad verklempt.

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#politics #awesome



Mazie Hirono, the Senator-Elect from Hawaii, will become the first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate.

20* women will be in the United States senate beginning in January, the most in American history. The United States senate will include an openly gay woman. Asian-American Tammy Duckworth (who lost both her legs in the Iraq War) was elected to the US House of Representatives.

And voters in statewide elections stood up for marriage equality in Maine, Washington, and Maryland. In Minnesota, voters said no to a ban on gay marriage. (The Washington Post’s conservative Right Turn blog today calls marriage equality “a battle that social conservatives have lost.”**)

There’s a long way to go, of course. We should live in a country where the headlines about 20 women in the senate are, ONLY 20?! And we should see marriage equality in every state. But this is real progress, and I want to thank all the HPA Volunteers, everyone working at Mainers United (including my high school friend Fran), and all those who volunteered their time and donated money to make this happen.

* I’m assuming Heidi Heitkamp will eventually be certified the winner in North Dakota.

** As a general rule, at least so far in American history, standing against equal rights for the nation’s population tends to work out poorly for political parties in the long run.

this was my first election outside of california and i am SO EXCITED that i got to vote for heidi heitkamp even though ultimately our politics just barely align and i mostly chose her because RICK BERG IS AWFUL, but still. kind of cool to see my vote actually really make a difference for a legislative seat after living in california for the first 27 years of my life. (oh god, california, TAKE ME BACK, THIS WAS JUST A FLING I SWEAR.)

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#politics #north dakota
People who grew up in public schools, run…to the embassy the instant they get a runny nose overseas, stuff burgers down their throats without worrying about E. Coli and sleep happily in planes they know have been inspected by the FAA…can with straight faces make the argument that having to pay any taxes at all is tyranny. It’s almost as if people feel the need to announce that they don’t need any help with anything, ever—not even keeping bridges safe or drinking water clean. It’s this weird national paranoia about being seen as needy, or labeled a parasite who needs government aid, that leads to lunacies like the idea that having a strong disaster-relief agency qualifies as a “big government” concept, when in fact it’s just sensible. If everyone could just admit that government is a fact of life, we could probably do a much better job of fixing it and managing its costs. Instead, we have to play this silly game where millions of us pretend we’re above it all, that we don’t walk on regularly-cleaned streets or fly in protected skies. It shouldn’t take a once-in-a-generation hurricane for Americans to admit they need the government occasionally, but that’s apparently where we are.
Matt Taibbi, at Rolling Stone. (via thesmithian)
11-04-12 2216   via → laughingacademy   source: thesmithian
#politics #good words



Hi Tumblr, it’s me, a slightly older person…

I see a lot of you 20 somethings saying things about how you aren’t going to choose the lesser of two evils and that their policy on important matters are identical so what’s the point they’re both stooges for Wall Street and the Industrial War Complex. 

You are right. Kind of. 

I know y’all LOVE the 90’s. Me too. And I remember after after eight years of Clinton/Gore, I thought those motherfuckers were the devil. I was soooooooooooo upset with Bill Clinton waving his deregulation wand and his fucked foreign policy that I was all FUCK THE DEMOCRATS and I strongly advocated for Raplh Nader, even though he too didn’t really care about my “gonad politics.” Even when not choosing between the “lesser of two evils,” I was STILL having to compromise major issues. 

Having been an adult person through 8 years of Clinton/Gore and 8 years through Bush/Cheney, I can tell you without a shred of hesitation that I will line up like my ass is on fire to vote for the lesser of two evils because the greater of two evils almost had us all living outside and eating dog food. 

And if you think that a Romney presidency won’t be worse than Bush/Cheney, you are out of your mind. 

I am fucking begging all of you, please, go vote. Aside from the fact that far more dangerous things are happening on your local level, (like collective bargaining being taken away in Illinois) this shit does matter. 

If you think voting for Obama is the lesser of two evils, you’re wrong, it’s the lesser of three because not voting IS voting for Romney. Not voting is voting for dickbag judges that sentence people to jail in counties that have privatized prisons for minor drug infractions. Not voting is voting to remove pensions and collective bargaining and the last shreds of union power from the people. Not voting this election is voting for Feudalism.

Go vote. 

Now pardon me, there’s some damn kids on my lawn and they want candy. 

Bold emphasis is placed by me.

#politics #voting #IMPORTANT



Easily outraged creationists infuriated by Dr. Pepper’s “evolution” ad respond: “No more DP for me!!!”

Right-wingers really love their food-based political activism, don’t they?

i read “no more DP for me” and was like, “well okay, guys, double penetration isn’t for everyone. no need to get political.”

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#image #politics



Ignore all the bullshit platitudes and obscuring language they spewed at us this week and will over the next two months, the real message of the Republican Party in 2012 is right there. I mean, it’s right there. That’s what they think is okay to think and do and say, in their heads and in private and on national television. That’s what they expect and plan to do to all of us who aren’t like them.

Clint Eastwood LITERALLY had a conversation with invisible Obama? That’s not satire? JESUS ACTUAL FUCKING CHRIST AMERICA, GET IT TOGETHER.

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#racism #politics #good fucking christ


What I would like is to ban men from speaking about women’s bodies for a period of time sufficient enough for men, and mostly politicians, to stop being afraid of the word vagina, stop spouting bizarre pseudoscience about magical uteri, stop legislating abortion and being particularly cavalier about the lives of women while sacrificing those lives for fetuses out of some misguided political or religious fervor concerning the sanctity of life, stop trying to categorize rape as illegitimate or legitimate as if such a bullshit distinction were possible, stop encouraging a lax attitude toward rape reporting and prosecution, stop concerning themselves with the sex lives of women and antiquated notions about promiscuity, stop trying to frame birth control as necessarily expensive whore medicine, stop trying to undermine the one organization dedicated to providing women from all walks of life with affordable healthcare and also to stop with all the breast staring unless the mood is right. 

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#feminism #politics #important #yes plz


1. Ron Paul does not value equal rights for minorities. Ron Paul has sponsored legislation that would repeal affirmative action, keep the IRS from investigating private schools who may have used race as a factor in denying entrance, thus losing their tax exempt status, would limit the scope of Brown versus Board of Education, and would deny citizenship for those born in the US if their parents are not citizens. Here are links to these bills: H.R.3863H.R.5909H.J.RES.46, andH.J.RES.42.

2. Ron Paul would deny women control of their bodies and reproductive rights. Ron Paul makes it very clear that one of his aims is to repeal Roe v. Wade. He has also co sponsored 4 separate bills to “To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.” This, of course, goes against current medical and scientific information as well as our existing laws and precedents. Please see these links: H.R.2597 and H.R.392

3. Ron Paul would be disastrous for the working class. He supports abolishing the Federal minimum wage, has twice introduced legislation to repeal OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act and would deal devastating blows to Social Security including repealing the act that makes it mandatory for employees of nonprofits, to make “coverage completely optional for both present and future workers”, and would “freeze benefit levels”. He has also twice sponsored legislation seeking to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act and the Copeland Act which among other things provide that contractors for the federal government must provide the prevailing wage and prohibits corporate “kick backs.” Here are the related legislative links: H.R.2030H.R.4604H.R.736, and H.R.2720

4. Ron Paul’s tax plan is unfair to lower earners and would greatly benefit those with the highest incomes. He has repeatedly submitted amendments to the tax code that would get rid of the estate and gift taxes, tax all earners at 10%, disallow income tax credits to individuals who are not corporations, repeal the elderly tax credit, child care credit, earned income credit, and other common credits for working class citizens. Please see this link for more information: H.R.05484 Summary

5. Ron Paul’s policies would cause irreparable damage to our already strained environment. Among other travesties he supports off shore drilling, building more oil refineries, mining on federal lands, no taxes on the production of fuel, and would stop conservation efforts that could be a “Federal obstacle” to building and maintaining refineries. He has also sought to amend the Clean Air Act, repeal the Soil and Water Conservation Act of 1977, and to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to “restrict the jurisdiction of the United States over the discharge of dredged or fill material to discharges into waters”. To see for yourself the possible extent of the damage to the environment that would happen under a Paul administration please follow these links: H.R.2504,H.R.7079H.R.7245H.R.2415H.R.393H.R.4639H.R.5293, and H.R.6936

6. A Ron Paul administration would continue to proliferate the negative image of the US among other nations. Ron Paul supports withdrawing the US from the UN, when that has not happened he has fought to at least have the US withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. He has introduced legislation to keep the US from giving any funds to the UN. He also submitted that the US funds should not be used in any UN peacekeeping mission or any UN program at all. He has sponsored a bill calling for us to “terminate all participation by the United States in the United Nations, and to remove all privileges, exemptions, and immunities of the United Nations.”Ron Paul twice supported stopping the destruction of intercontinental ballistic missile silos in the United States. He also would continue with Bush’s plan of ignoring international laws by maintaining an insistence that the International Criminal Court does not apply to the US, despite President Clinton’s signature on the original treaty. The International Criminal Court is used for, among other things, prosecution of war crimes. Please see the following links: H.R.3891,H.AMDT.191H.AMDT.190H.R.3769H.R.1665H.CON.RES.23, and H.R.1154

7. Ron Paul discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and would not provide equal rights and protections to glbt citizens. This is an issue that Paul sort of dances around. He has been praised for stating that the federal government should not regulate who a person marries. This has been construed by some to mean that he is somewhat open to the idea of same sex marriage, he is not. Paul was an original co sponsor of the Marriage Protection Act in the House in 2004. Among other things this discriminatory piece of legislation placed a prohibition on the recognition of a same sex marriage across state borders. He said in 2004 that if he was in the Texas legislature he would not allow judges to come up with “new definitions” of marriage. Paul is a very religious conservative and though he is careful with his words his record shows that he is not a supporter of same sex marriage. In 1980 he introduced a particularly bigoted bill entitled “A bill to strengthen the American family and promote the virtues of family life.” or H.R.7955 A direct quote from the legislation “Prohibits the expenditure of Federal funds to any organization which presents male or female homosexuality as an acceptable alternative life style or which suggest that it can be an acceptable life style.” shows that he is unequivocally opposed to lifestyles other than heterosexual.

8. Ron Paul has an unnatural obsession with guns. One of Paul’s loudest gripes is that the second amendment of the constitution is being eroded. In fact, he believes that September 11 would not have happened if that wasn’t true. He advocates for there to be no restrictions on personal ownership of semi-automatic weaponry or large capacity ammunition feeding devices, would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act (because we all know our schools are just missing more guns), wants guns to be allowed in our National Parks, and repeal the Gun Control Act of 1968. Now, I’m pretty damn certain that when the Constitution was written our founding fathers never intended for people to be walking around the streets with AK47′s and “large capacity ammunition feeding devices.” (That just sounds scary.) Throughout the years our Constitution has been amended and is indeed a living document needing changes to stay relevant in our society. Paul has no problem changing the Constitution when it fits his needs, such as no longer allowing those born in the US to be citizens if their parents are not. On the gun issue though he is no holds barred. I know he’s from Texas but really, common sense tells us that the amendments he is seeking to repeal have their place. In fact, the gun control act was put into place after the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy. Please view the following links: H.R.2424H.R.1897H.R.1096,H.R.407H.R.1147, and H.R.3892.

9. Ron Paul would butcher our already sad educational system. The fact is that Ron Paul wants to privatize everything and that includes education. Where we run into problems is that it has been shown (think our current health care system) that this doesn’t work so well in practice. Ron Paul has introduced legislation that would keep the Federal Government “from planning, developing, implementing, or administering any national teacher test or method of certification and from withholding funds from States or local educational agencies that fail to adopt a specific method of teacher certification.” In a separate piece of legislation he seeks to “prohibit the payment of Federal Education assistance in States which require the licensing or certification of private schools or private school teachers.” So basically the federal government can’t regulate teaching credentials and if states opt to require them for private schools they get no aid. That sounds like a marvelous idea teachers with no certification teaching in private schools that are allowed to discriminate on the basis of race. He is certainly moving forward with these proposals!Remember his “bill to strengthen the American family and promote the virtues of family life.” or H.R.7955? Guess what? He basically advocates for segregation in schools once again. It “Forbids any court of the United States from requiring the attendance at a particular school of any student because of race, color, creed, or sex.” Without thinking about this statement it doesn’t sound bad at all. But remember, when desegregating schools that this is done by having children go to different schools, often after a court decision as in Brown Vs. Board of Education. If this were a bill that passed, schools would no longer be compelled to comply and the schools would go back to segregation based on their locations. Ron Paul is really starting to look like a pretty bigoted guy don’t you think?

10. Ron Paul is opposed to the separation of church and state. This reason is probably behind every other thing that I disagree with in regards to Paul’s positions. Ron Paul is among those who believes that there is a war on religion, he stated “Through perverse court decisions and years of cultural indoctrination, the elitist, secular Left has managed to convince many in our nation that religion must be driven from public view.” (( Koyaanisqatsi Blog: Wrong Paul Why I Do Not Want Ron Paul to be My President )) Though he talks a good talk, at times, Ron Paul can’t get away from his far right, conservative views. He would support “alternative views” to evolution taught in public schools (i.e. Intelligent Design.) We’ve already taken a look at his “bill to strengthen the American family and promote the virtues of family life.” or H.R.7955 Besides hating the gays he takes a very religious stance on many other things. He is attempting to force his beliefs on the rest of America, exactly what he would do as president.

RESEARCH! ((Orcinus: Ron Paul’s Record in Congress ))

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