Liberal By Default
gailsimone:

thebanegrimm:

Left is the new Wonder Woman. Being deemed still too skinny and frail. Right is Kacy Catanzaro, the first female to advance to the finals of American Ninja. Considered strong and inspiring to female athletes. Stop assuming someone is weak based off your closed minded ignorant ideals.

Wow.
I hadn’t really considered this. Interesting point!

gailsimone:

thebanegrimm:

Left is the new Wonder Woman. Being deemed still too skinny and frail.
Right is Kacy Catanzaro, the first female to advance to the finals of American Ninja. Considered strong and inspiring to female athletes.
Stop assuming someone is weak based off your closed minded ignorant ideals.

Wow.

I hadn’t really considered this. Interesting point!

Israel contends that Hamas forcibly puts Palestinian civilians in the line of fire, specifically by keeping them in buildings from which Hamas fighters operate. Although this has never once been supported with conclusive evidence, the Israeli government touts it as the primary reason for the high civilian death toll. But Palestinians rarely have any place to flee, especially when more than a third of the Gaza Strip falls under a military buffer that Israel strikes regularly and without warning. United Nations shelters are at maximum capacity and Israel has no qualms about attacking these buildings either, which is what happened on Thursday, July 24, killing at least 16 and injuring more than 200 in a United Nations school in Beit Hanoun.

crooksandliars:

Why As A Kansas Democrat, I Registered As A Republican

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m from Kansas and I’m a Liberal Republican. I know that’s not a normal label you hear in the political world. It’s usually a Liberal Democrat or a Conservative Republican. Wait a minute, you might thinking, isn’t there already a term for Republicans that are really Democrats – RINOs or Republicans in Name Only? You are correct. Except in Kansas, I don’t feel like that term applies. In Kansas, I really am a Liberal Republican, and here is why.

If you haven’t noticed, things have gotten a wee bit extreme here in Kansas. We’ve got a governor who has used this state as his conservative theory playground. He basically gambled big with tax cuts, hoping it would pay off so he could run for the top job in the Nation and well … the gamble didn’t pay off, and our economy is in the toilet.
Then you have the House and Senate, who fall all over themselves to see who can put out the most extreme legislation in the land. If there was a Duck Dynasty Award for most extreme legislation, our Representatives would win the top prize.

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odinsblog:

This woman was a school bus driver. A school bus driver. Someone caught her on tape. If not for that, we’d all be hearing the, “well who can really say what’s in someone’s heart” okie doke, often used by white people to cover for other white people

Or my other favorite soft racism denial trope: “well…she’s not REALLY a racist, she’s just ignorant” Only white people who have never and will never experience racism dare to use that kind of obtuse reasoning. The end result: we’ve successfully managed to avoid correctly labeling and identifying another white person as racist even when they very obviously are. And then, just for good measure, we’re also supposed to engage in even more post racial feel good tropes

This “racists aren’t really racist” bs really pisses me off because there are consequences for constantly pretending that white people aren’t racist unless we catch them on film wearing their KKK robe: such constant denial benefits white people and only white people, and it quietly maintains the status quo —note that this white woman IMMEDIATELY proceeded to 1) deny she is a racist and 2) lie about her life being threatened and being “under attack” by the neighborhood kids, even though she’s the only one heard on tape who threatened to “slit someone’s throat”…but you better believe that her unsupported accusation against black kids is one that far too many school principals, police officers and disproportionately white juries are always—EAGERLY—willing to believe

So follow me here: on the one hand, we’re all supposed to pretend that almost nooo white people are racist anymore (they’re just harmlessly ignorant remember?)

But on the other hand, we have white juries sending black people to prison for decades for selling a dime bag, and you got cops killing us just for standing on street corners. Because of “suspicious activity” or “reasonable fear”

The net result is that black and brown people keep getting discriminated against in jobs & housing, keep getting jailed by white juries and murdered by the police, but nobody’s “really” racist. To recap: it’s rarely about actual racism, but black people keep repeatedly suffering from the same old nameless but completely structural social malady…is that the deal?

You tell me, exactly who does pretending that America is (almost) post-racial really help, and who does it always hurt?

Bottom line: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with calling a racist a racist and you should question the motives of anyone who says otherwise

TheRoot article (with audio) here

dailykos:

Well, look at this.

H/T Daily Kos user SemDem

"The Queen of Versailles" was a film documentary based on the sleazy time-share mogul, David Siegel, and his wife, Jackie.  David had major financial troubles following Bush’s 2008 economic crises.  He even had to stop work on his private home, dubbed "Versailles", which was to be the largest home in the U.S.  Poor guy.

Naturally, Obama was to blame for this.  As you may recall during the peak of the presidential campaign, Mr. Siegel penned a letter threatening to fire all his employees and close down his Orlando-based company, Westgate, if Obama was elected.  A snippet from the full letter:

So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

So, when you make your decision to vote, ask yourself, which candidate understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of protecting and saving your job. While the media wants to tell you to believe the “1 percenters” are bad, I’m telling you they are not. They create most of the jobs. If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the “1%”; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country.

You see, I can no longer support a system that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, so will your opportunities. If that happens, you can find me in the Caribbean sitting on the beach, under a palm tree, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

Signed, your boss

Yeah, that happened.  

This wasn’t the first time either. In 2000, Siegel did something just as slimy.  He put negative articles about Gore in every paycheck, and also forced his managers to conduct an inappropriate survey on who was voting for Bush and Gore.  Those that said Bush were “required” to register to vote.  Ironic, considering how Bush’s economy almost put him out of business.

Fortunately for everyone, this time, his despicable letter threatening to fire everyone backfired.  Obama won Florida handily. The press mocked Siegel.  We all expected this time-share sleazeball to retire and close his company.  But then a funny thing happened…

Instead of his company being dragged down by the evil black man in the Oval Office, his company started flourishing again.  The Obama recovery saw companies make record profits, and Siegel’s was no exception.  Today, Westgate is doing better than ever.  Under Obama, we also have had the best stock market in history, so investors like Siegel made out like bandits.  (Obama=worst socialist ever).  

Instead of firing, Siegel has had to hire more people.  Since his employees were finally able to get reasonably-priced health insurance, he was free to invest his money in all kinds of things.  He bought the Orlando Predators.  He also bought a massive hotel/casino in Las Vegas.  Saints be praised, he was even able to finally start work again on his gaudy, 90,000 square foot house complete with a bowling alley, a 30-car garage, and a roller-skating rink.

Turns out that he never had any intention to flee to the Caribbean.  

Turns out Obama has been great for him.  

Turns out he was just another rich, entitled a$$hole.

If you google ‘Eric Garner’ I guarantee you that almost every article by major media outlets will list some or all of the following: Garner’s height, weight, his (alleged) past criminal history, and that the police supposedly thought he was “illegally” selling cigarettes. And all this information will be in the first few paragraphs.

Here’s what most corporate news outlets won’t make so readily available (you may have to dig for it): precisely how many officers ganged up on Garner, their complete police histories, any crimes they may have committed in their personal lives, and not even the names of all the involved officers are listed. And you may or may not have read that Garner clearly said he couldn’t breathe at least six times, and that multiple witnesses said Garner had just arrived on scene and broken up an altercation.

The media is hardly objective and they begin covering for the police and victimizing the victim very early on. These lopsided “facts” and seemingly minor omissions is only the beginning. Wait until it goes to court. Then you won’t believe how much news outlets, the police and defense attorneys will demonize Mr. Garner.

Unless you’re Black. Then this is an all too familiar pattern.

From Emmett Till to Rodney King to The Central Park Five to Oscar Grant to Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell to Trayvon Martin to Renisha McBride to Jonathan Ferrell to Jordan Davis to Eric Garner and so very many others…even though we’re always unarmed, there is never a shortage of disproportionately White juries eager to conclude that the act of merely existing while Black is always sufficient justification for inflicting brutality, imprisonment or murder onto any unfamiliar Black bodies

Seems like it’s always the same old song and dance whenever Black people seek justice from the system made to imprison us: Criminalizing BlacknessWhite people may commit crimes, but Black people are always viewed as criminals.

(via odinsblog)

darvinasafo:

That last sentence though…

darvinasafo:

That last sentence though…

micdotcom:

Woman live tweets IBM execs discussing why they don’t hire women, tries not to throw up

Toronto-based editor Lyndsay Kirkham has started a firestorm this week after overhearing what was apparently an incredibly sexist conversation between IBM executives at lunch — and live-tweeting it.

Unaware that they were transmitting sexist nonsense to cyberspace, the IBM executives openly discussed “why they don’t hire women.” If you take Kirkham’s account at its word, it actually gets way worse.

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