“I think the media is loving this because they want to make birthers, as they call people who are just curious about the President of the United States and his background and his associations and his consistency with what he says today versus what he said in both the memoirs that he wrote or Bill Ayers or whomever wrote them—the media is loving the fact that some curious Americans are actually asking the questions. And they’re trying to make those curious Americans sound kind of crazy. So the media is loving this issue and they’re perpetuating the issue, trying to make it sound really worse than it is.”—Sarah Palin, continuing to try legitimizing the birther insanity on Fox News. I love how she manages to roll the two conspiracy theories into one misanthropic box o’ stupid.
Scott Walker’s latest malevolent mission from his corporate overlords:
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to privatize work determining who is eligible for food assistance in the state would violate federal law and could expose the state to a loss of more than $20 million in federal money, federal officials say.
In an April 14 letter to state Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith and Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson, Ollice Holden, a Midwest administrator for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, warned that the work of interviewing applicants and deciding who is eligible for the Wisconsin FoodShare program needs to be done by public workers who are essentially civil servants. If not, he said, the state could lose some of the federal funds supporting FoodShare, the successor in Wisconsin to the food stamp program.
In a statement released Thursday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Recent state agency privatization initiatives in Texas and Indiana have been complete failures, marked by technical difficulties, staffing shortages, and inadequate training of private call-center staff and resulting in adverse impacts on the state and its people.
"USDA will continue to work with Wisconsin to improve its program delivery and integrity so that the most vulnerable people in the state receive the nutrition benefits they need," Vilsack said. … Federal officials pointed to past problems with privatization deals in other states such as Indiana and Texas. In 2009, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration dropped IBM’s $1.4 billion contract to handle intake for residents of that state seeking health coverage and food assistance.
The state ended up suing the company for allegedly failing to live up to the contract and provide adequate service to sick and needy residents, said Marcus Barlow, a spokesman for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The dispute drags on in court.
“A new controversial State bill is on the table this year that deals with the proper burial of dead or unborn fetuses.
Representative Rickey Hardy (D-Lafayette) knows his new bill — House Bill 379 — could stir the pot in the State’s legislature.
Hardy hopes HB 379 would discourage women from getting abortions. Under the bill a physician would have to notify a woman receiving an abortion about the law to have the fetus cremated or buried.
“It would certainly deter folks from going and having an abortion when in fact they think about the consequences,” said Hardy.”
Submitter Stacy says that this nonsense, in addition to Louisiana’s “feticide” bill, is making her seriously consider “getting the hell out of this very red state.”
By folks, you mean wimmenfolk, since we’re too stupid to make our own decisions AND consider consequences, all at the same time! So, who’s going to pay for these cremations, hmmm? How about spontaneous abortions, aka miscarriages? You gonna put women and their families through that, too?
“Equal opportunity not equal results. Another thing we hear and we heard about what women make. Well, they make 77 cents on a dollar less. Well, did you know that there is a study by Dr. Warren Farrell that when you take all variables into account… women make more than men…You see women usually don’t want to work as hard as a man because, how I mean, wait a minute, now listen to me, women, hang on, women tend to think a little more about their family, wanting to be at home more time, want to have a little more leisure time. That’s all I mean.”—
Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, on the wage gap. This was in the same debate where she insinuated African-Americans were lazy. She apologized for both remarks later, but blamed others for taking the comments out of context:
"We live in a sound bite society and our media likes to take only a portion of a dialog and use just a slice of it…Without a doubt, what I said was poorly stated and did not convey the meaning I wanted to get across for this I am truly sorry and humbly apologize."
Apparently, the context is supposed to be that all races and genders can be lazy, and she can’t be racist because she and her husband do ministry work in the inner-city:
"I never intended to convey anything more than all races include people who can be lazy at times… Certainly laziness is not the reason for this but it can be a contributing factor just as it can be for any other race. In a very inadequate and poorly worded way I was meaning to say that government should not give perference [sic] based only upon race or gender. I deeply regret the anquish [sic] and insult I have caused to all Africian [sic] Americans and sincerely apologize and ask for your forgiveness. My husband and I serve in an inner city church ministering to people of every race because we love all people."
Breaking News Out of Waukesha County Wisconsin — This being reported from witnesses on the ground in Waukesha
"At around 2:15pm, we were ready to open the bags for Delafield. There were three bags total. Bags 1 & 2 were fine. The numbers all matched up. When we got to bag 3, we found out that the bag # was NOT RECORDED ON THE INSPECTOR’S statement…! The Republican canvass person said we could assume that the clerk forgot to write the # down on the inspector’s statement and we could proceed. Of course, this is a break in the chain of custody!…”
So Bill (volunteer lawyer) objected. I got my phone out and went to call the campaign. The sheriff wouldn’t let me out the back door (even though I went out that door to use the restroom earlier) but made me go around everyone to the front door (front door is for reps, back door is for public). I had to get past the guy sitting out front wanting to know if I was leaving for the day, what my name was…
I called the campaign and they said to tell Bill to tell the judge that we are considering making an objection and want to have legal counsel. They said DO NOT open the bag. I raced back into the room and found Bill. He said the bag had already been opened…”
"He said he objected and asked the judge to open the other bags first, and not # 3, but the judge said NO. Bill said it’s in the minutes and we have a record of it. BUT…they started counting the ballots in bag 3 first. By this time the ……media started pouring in.
Darcy said that with this big a municipality …that we’re talking thousands of votes (I think she said 10,000). I don’t know how many votes we’re talking here, but this is very suspicious. Why couldn’t the judge wait? Why did they open # 3 first? Darcy said the judge was in the hall talking to Kevin Kennedy about it. I had to leave, I was too upset.”
Spread the word, folks. For those asking for context, this is regards to the recount over the Wisconsin Supreme Court race where a clerk found 14,000 votes, suddenly flipping the election for the conservative, Koch-connected judicial candidate.
“The president himself has hoped Republicans would continue to talk about it, thereby damaging their own credibility. It was a useful diversion. But take a look at recent polls. The problem was the view was taking hold among independents. He got worried it was about to spin out of control. He had the ability to release it last year and end the issue, but he wanted to play rope-a-dope with Republicans.”—
Karl Rove, bitching about Obama just now releasing his long-form birth certificate.
Look, pal, it’s not the president’s fault that over a third of your party believes the government can’t do anything right, except pull off a conspiracy that would take nearly fifty years of planning.
He released it in 2008, and it was the same one that everyone else would get if they requested their own birth certificate. Your party leadership fanned the flames because it was effective for fund-raising and redneck stroking. The GOP just wouldn’t let it die. Obama’s fault? Nope.
You appealed to the lowest common denominator and got trolled for it by Donald Trump. Thank you for creating THAT little monster.
Hey, just wondering what's up.
Also, I love your blog. When I first read the title it made me thing back to an early cultural anthropology lecture and it made me laugh (I'm such a nerd ...).
But anyway, how do you usually come across most of your information for things you post? Just curious.
Finals week is next week, and dead week is kicking my ass, that’s for sure. I’ll have a more accurate answer to “what’s up?” after finals ;) Thanks for asking!
The way I usually find my information and come across articles is that I’m a ridiculous news and information hound. I follow quite a few news organizations and causes on Twitter and use it as kind of an aggregate method. That’s where quite a bit comes from. My favorite progressive sites are ThinkProgress and AlterNet.
I also read newspapers and their sites frequently. Online news magazines are pretty groovy too.
“[Minorities] earn less than white people because they don’t work as hard and have less initiative. We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”—
Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, speaking about eliminating affirmative action in Oklahoma.
“A better analogy might be to think of our economic future as being a road trip in a 1971 Ford Pinto. Our car might burst into flames in the next instant, there might be a truck in our lane around the bend, or we just might make it all the way to California.”—
Kevin A. Hassett, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute, writing for The Washington Post in 2008 about why recession ain’t gonna be so bad.
More on Hassett: "Mr. Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University, as well as a policy consultant to the Treasury Department during the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He served as an economic adviser to the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign… He also served as a senior economic adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign. Mr. Hassett is a columnist for National Review.”
Is anyone else finding the Ford Pinto analogy particularly appropriate? Still looking for that truck around the bend and California’s broke, my friends…
“Robertson: Well it’s the left; it’s this culture of death. The far-left is livid about killing babies. They want to kill do this, they want to destroy. You go back, and I don’t want to play all this psychological stuff but nevertheless, if a woman is a lesbian, what advantage does she have over a married woman? Or what deficiency does she have?
Meeuwsen: Well, she can’t have children.
Robertson: That’s exactly right. And so if these married women don’t have children, if they abort their babies, then that kind of puts them on a level playing field. And you say, nobody’s there to express that? Isn’t that shocking, well, think about it a little bit ladies and gentlemen.”—
Pat Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen discussing how lesbians support abortion because it makes other woman equal to them. Because they’re deficient.
Sheer wrongness of the argument aside (since this whole argument is drenched in wrong sauce), a quick Google Image search tells you that these asshats are preaching falsehoods. Lesbians can and do have children. Sometimes, heterosexual women do not. OH THE HORROR!
Can a divorced district court judge preside over divorces? How about marry people, can the judge do that? What if the judge is willfully single or happily married? What if a judge who has no children is deciding child custody? What if the judge has children but hates them? How about a judge who rents deciding anything having to do with real estate?! They’re all biased!
The Emergency Financial Manager of the city of Benton Harbor has issued an order stripping all city boards and commissions of all their authority to take any action.
The order, signed Thursday, limits the actions available to such bodies to calling a meeting to order, approving the minutes of meetings and adjourning a meeting. The bodies are prohibited under the act from taking any other action without the express authority of the Emergency Financial Manager, Joseph Harris.
Actions such as Harris’ are explicitly allowed under a newly approved law which granted sweeping new powers to emergency financial managers. That legislation had drawn large protests, including attempts by some protesters to take over the state capitol building. The sit-in resulted in numerous arrests.
Harris’ move comes as Detroit Public Schools’ emergency financial manager Robert Bobb announced that he would use powers granted to him under the act to change union contracts.
It was amusing at first, then annoying, now it’s too far. The same people who came to MY blog to attack me and accuse me of violating their first amendment rights are now trying to get me shut down? What is wrong with you people? Honestly, I’ve come across a lot of assholes on Tumblr, but this takes the cake, it really does.
Let me make a few things clear. Someone not publishing your comment is not stopping you from having freedom of speech. This Tumblr is nowhere near hate speech. It’s called an opinion.
If I say that I hate onions, is that somehow an attack on onion growers, their livelihood, and their right to exist? Nope.
If I say that I hate misogyny, is that somehow an attack on every man, their “manhood,” and their right to exist? Nope.
The First Amendment does not give you the right to spew bile, be rude, attack people and then expect a private citizen to publish it. It’s incredibly arrogant to think someone MUST publish what you said on their own individual site. If you want your voice out there, make your own site, instead of reporting someone for hate speech because you disagree.
It’s like me being all offended you scrubbed off the words “BOOBZ!!!1! LuLZ!!!!1!” I spray painted on your garage door. You impeded my right to free speech! That was art. I was expressing my opinion! Yeah, but I did it all over your house. That was rude to think my graffiti was more important than your house.
This past month, there was much outrage over the fact that General Electric, despite making $14.2 billion in profits, paid zero U.S. taxes in 2010. General Electric actually received tax credits of $3.2 billion from American taxpayers.
At the same time that General Electric was not paying taxes, many undocumented immigrants, who are typically accused of taking advantage of the system while not contributing to it by many on the right, paid $11.2 billion in taxes. A new study by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy shows that undocumented immigrants paid $8.4 billion in sales taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $1.2 billion in personal income taxes last year. The study also estimates that nearly half of all undocumented immigrants pay income taxes.
A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that will prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms.
The measure (SB49) is sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, who unsuccessfully pushed the same idea - nicknamed the “don’t say gay” bill - for six years as a member of the state House before he was elected to the Senate.
As introduced, the bill would have put into law a declaration that it is illegal to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality prior to the ninth grade.
Campfield contends homosexuality is being discussed in classrooms. Spokesmen for the Board of Education and the state Department of Education told the committee they are unaware of any such activity.
The revised bill was then approved 6-3 and sent to the Senate floor. All no votes came from Democrats.
“This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a Progressive, which he has said is the same as a ‘cancer’ and a ‘Nazi.’ What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews? I had the audacity—not of hope—but the audacity to give respect to the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to address childhood obesity. I’m no fan of her husband’s policies for sure, but I have appreciated her efforts that Beck misrepresented—either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to distort them to create yet another ‘boogey man’ hiding in the closet that he and only he can see. The First Lady’s approach is about personal responsibility—not the government literally taking candy from a baby’s mouth. He seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts for his linking so many people and events together to describe a massive global conspiracy for pretty much everything.”—
Mike Huckabee, defending himself from attacks by Glenn Beck, based on his support for Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign.
Huckabee’s said some pretty terrible things himself, but I have to give him props for handling Beck’s ridiculous vitriol in such a classy manner. Bravo.