While the Republican Party still doesn’t have any front runners in the 2012 presidential race, the Tea Party will soon be looking to take the lead in a different type of race. Chris Lafferty, a driver in the Camping World Truck Series, will soon be taking the lanes in the official “We the People” truck.
“The Social Security system, in my opinion, is a flawed design, period. But having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends. We don’t have enough workers to support the retirees … . A third of the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion.”— Rick Santorum, frothing with rage over Social Security’s woes. The pure illogical idiocy of this statement astounds me. Because social support for these children of unplanned pregnancies costs nothing, right? Ask Romania about forced birth and get back to us, mmkay?
The administration of Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has begun implementing its controversial new law curtailing public employee unions, following a move on Friday declaring it be in effect, and despite a judge’s ruling that enjoined said implementation.
"It is now my legal responsibility to begin enactment of the law," Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch, a former Republican state Assembly Speaker, told reporters, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Huebsch said that the state will begin withholding pension and health benefits contributions from government employees’ paychecks, while also no longer automatically deducting union dues. The first paychecks to be affected will be April 21.
Does contempt of court exist in Wisconsin? Scott Walker and company are certainly displaying plenty of contempt for the court…
It is important to use International Women’s Day, a socialist anniversary, to help unite and advance the struggles today.
The capitalist crisis is a declaration of war against the working class, which has deeply impacted women. More than two-thirds of the 1 billion people living on less than $1 per day are women and children; the majority of them live in rural and agricultural areas.
Almost twice as many women as men worldwide are illiterate — 600 million women to 320 million men. More than 500,000 women die each year during pregnancy or in childbirth, 99 percent of them in developing countries.
Women are primarily responsible for the world’s unpaid work, estimated in the trillions of dollars, for raising children and caring for the sick and elderly. Insufficient access to sanitation increases risks to the hygiene of women and their families. On average women spend more than two hours a day simply collecting water.
Women grow half of the world’s food. Rural women are responsible for 60 to 80 percent of food production in developing countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, small-scale farmers are predominantly women, due to the high rates of male migration to cities to find jobs.
Exorbitant costs of food staples, along with other austerity measures, were answered by righteous revolts in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and elsewhere.
Women from Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean make up the vast majority of migrant workers. Remittances from their incomes account for as much as 10 percent of the gross domestic product in some countries. In 2008 remittances were estimated by the World Bank at $305 billion.
The overall status of women worldwide helps to put the status of working and poor women in the U.S. into perspective. The economic gap between women in the East and the West is not expanding but contracting.
BioWare's David Gaider responds to "Straight Male Gamer" and wins the universe
A “straight male gamer” took to the internet to complain about the GLBTQ community being “catered to” in Dragon Age 2 and was metaphorically taint-punched by David Gaider senior writer for BioWare:
The romances in the game are not for “the straight male gamer”. They’re for everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and they deserve no less attention. We have good numbers, after all, on the number of people who actually used similar sorts of content in DAO and thus don’t need to resort to anecdotal evidence to support our idea that their numbers are not insignificant… and that’s ignoring the idea that they don’t have just as much right to play the kind of game they wish as anyone else. The “rights” of anyone with regards to a game are murky at best, but anyone who takes that stance must apply it equally to both the minority as well as the majority. The majority has no inherent “right” to get more options than anyone else.
More than that, I would question anyone deciding they speak for “the straight male gamer” just as much as someone claiming they speak for “all RPG fans”, “all female fans” or even “all gay fans.” You don’t. If you wish to express your personal desires, then do so. I have no doubt that any opinion expressed on these forums is shared by many others, but since none of them have elected a spokesperson you’re better off not trying to be one. If your attempt is to convince BioWare developers, I can tell you that you do in fact make your opinion less convincing by doing so.
And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, and everyone else should be used to not getting what they want.
The truth is that making a romance available for both genders is far less costly than creating an entirely new one. Does it create some issues of implementation? Sure– but anything you try on this front is going to have its issues, and inevitably you’ll always leave someone out in the cold. In this case, are all straight males left out in the cold? Not at all. There are romances available for them just the same as anyone else. Not all straight males require that their content be exclusive, after all, and you can see that even on this thread.
Would I do it again? I don’t know. I doubt I would have Anders make the first move again - at the time, I thought that requiring all romances to have Hawke initiate everything was the unrealistic part. Even if someone decides that this makes everyone “unrealistically” bisexual, however, or they can’t handle the idea that the character might be bisexual if they were another PC… I don’t see that as a big concern, to be honest. Romances are never one-size-fits-all, and even for those who don’t mind the sexuality issue there’s no guarantee they’ll find a character they even want to romance. That’s why romances are optional content. It’s such a personal issue that we’ll never be able to please everyone. The very best we can do is give everyone a little bit of choice, and that’s what we tried here.
And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least. And that’s my opinion, expressed as politely as possible.
Don't you think retail workers should unionize? Think about the US as being the world's largest consumer economy and how companies can't outsource retail, so by unionizing retail workers you'd have such a win against companies that maybe we could pass actual corporate reform!!
They should! We need a strong union leader to unite them. It baffles the mind that Wal-Mart is so successful at beating back whispers of unionization.
“And in the midst of that calling, God then called me to run for the United States Congress. And I thought, what in the world would that be for? And my husband said “You need to do this.” And I wasn’t so sure. And we took three days, and we fasted and we prayed. And we said “Lord, is this what you want? Is this Your will?” And after - along about the afternoon of day two - He made that calling sure. And it’s been now 22 months that I’ve been running for United States Congress. Who in their right mind would spend two years to run for a job that lasts for two years? You’d have to be absolutely a fool to do that. You are now looking at a fool for Christ. This is a fool for Christ.”—Michele Bachmann, discussing running for US Congress in 2006. She’s reportedly forming an exploratory committee for the presidency this summer.
It takes a particularly insidious kind of evil to consider this okay: “Removing entire families from eligibility while a single adult family member is striking would have a chilling effect on workers who are considering going on strike for better wages, benefits, or working conditions — something that is especially alarming in light of the fact that unions are one of the fundamental building blocks of the middle class that allow people to earn wages that keep them off food stamps.”
“We’ve also had 20 years of an anti-gay hate campaign waged by the religious right where they’ve been telling parents who then expose their straight children to this rhetoric that ‘gay people are an attack on the family, that they’re trying to destroy the family.’ And [parents] at the mega-church listen to this stuff and they go to the ballot box and abuse gay and lesbian abstractions with their votes. Their kids go to school on Monday and there’s the queer kid or the kid who’s perceived to be queer because he’s gender non-conforming in some way. And they feel they have license to attack that kid because that kid attacked them first by simply existing. That’s what the religious right has injected into the culture over the past 20 years.”—Dan Savage, on the continued prevalence of homophobia in today’s teenage world, on today’s Fresh Air. (via nprfreshair)
“Lawmakers are turning Montana ‘into a laughingstock because of the Tea Party up there and their crazy, loony ideas. … They’re laughing at us on the late-night talk shows. I am surprised they have not tried to making ‘Dueling Banjos’ as our state song.’”—Richard Hanson, Montana resident, on this year’s legislative session. Richard, we Wyomingites feel your pain.
Libya is now the target of “Operation Odyssey Dawn” Pentagon: US currently in charge of the mission; expect to transition to coalition partner “in the coming days.”
It’s the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War and we’ve begun bombing another oil-rich country. Could we have continued to turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses as Gadhafi continued to slaughter his people wholesale? The US supported him until the horrifying scope of his regime hit the media.
How long will it take? How much more can our military do around the world as we’re already past our breaking point.
“He’s born in the United States, I don’t see any real question about that. And even if some people have some doubts in the back of their minds it’s really too late and futile. … We have so many more important things to talk about.”—Rudy Giuliani, discussing birthers and not mentioning a noun, a verb and 9/11.
You’d like to think that Alexandra Wallace, the charmer of a UCLA student who posted a racist rant about Asians last Friday, was drunk when she made her now-infamous video. Or high. Or very, very confused.
Instead, the video was apparently part of what she hoped would become an entire blog — an idea that was supported by her father. The Sacramento Bee reports:
…it seems the original video was not intended to be a one-time hit.
“My daughter wants to start a blog,” wrote Wallace’s dad on his Facebook page.
John Wallace, a Sacramento-area retail developer, posted on Friday at 11:17 a.m.: “She’s asking for domain suggestions for ‘Asians on their cellphones in the library!’ She’s shooting videos as I write.”
Ugh. In case anyone was wondering about the sincerity of anything she’s said since people started responding. And in case anyone was wondering where she got the impression that this shit was okay.
FUCK HER. As MizJenkins astutely pointed out: ”I don’t think her little dipshit tirade came from a place of questioning or fearing for her place in society…I think it came from a place of absolute security with her place in society and a careless disdain for anything that doesn’t reflect her tastes and preferences.
It came from a place of comfy, cozy, completely-taken-for-granted superiority.”
She would have a lot of contributors, too, I’m sure. Both from within the UCLA campus and from other places as well. The only reason she was confident enough to post what she posted was because her opinions have been validated by OTHERS who feel the same. So… yep. Fuck her, but fuck her enablers as well.
Wow. I fucking knew it. She thought she was freakin’ hysterical, I bet. I knew she didn’t just lose her cool or anything. No wonder she got all dolled up for her rant.
Congressional candidate Jack Davis shocked local Republican leaders in a recent interview when he suggested that Latino farmworkers be deported — and that African-Americans from the inner city be bused to farm country to pick the crops.
Several sources who were in the Feb. 20 endorsement interview with Davis confirmed his comments, which echo those he made to the Tonawanda News in 2008, when he said: “We have a huge unemployment problem with black youth in our cities. Put them on buses, take them out there [to the farms] and pay them a decent wage; they will work.”
His spokesman didn’t even try to walk it back. But really, could you?
"Davis spokesman W. Curtis Ellis acknowledged that Davis’ comments "may not be politically correct and … may not be racially correct."
He didn’t get the endorsement of the GOP in NY. Thank God, but seriously, it’s like they’re not even trying to hide the racism any longer.