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This is why your vote counts. Right here. In Wyoming, we’ve had local races decided by less than five votes. State and local measures affect you directly. 

We have a mill levy for a public bus system in Laramie that serves the elderly and students primarily, but is open to the community at no cost. Think that should continue? Hell yes. But it won’t if people don’t vote for it.

Rumor has it there’s a presidential election. There’s local stuff too. Don’t bitch your vote doesn’t matter. It particularly does down-ballot.

This is why your vote counts. Right here. In Wyoming, we’ve had local races decided by less than five votes. State and local measures affect you directly.

We have a mill levy for a public bus system in Laramie that serves the elderly and students primarily, but is open to the community at no cost. Think that should continue? Hell yes. But it won’t if people don’t vote for it.

Rumor has it there’s a presidential election. There’s local stuff too. Don’t bitch your vote doesn’t matter. It particularly does down-ballot.

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Time to GOTMFV!

Get. Out. The. MOTHERFUCKIN’. VOTE.

Here’s my suggestion: Before you vote, call or text a pal, especially one you disagree with politically. Go vote together. Laugh about your differences. Drink beer.

Barring that, find a pal who agrees with you politically. Laugh about canceling out the votes of at least two of your friends. Drink beer.

Either way, standing in line with a buddy makes it go faster. SO DO IT!

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kungfucarrie:

istealforksfromrestaurants:

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. 

Truths.
Also - your local elections are super important. If you haven’t decided who you’re voting for on the local level I recommend votersfriend.com as a starting place. Google the candidates. 

THIS IS WHY I AM HAVING LOCAL CANDIDATES ON MY SHOW. ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL SO GOTMFV!

kungfucarrie:

istealforksfromrestaurants:

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. 

Truths.

Also - your local elections are super important. If you haven’t decided who you’re voting for on the local level I recommend votersfriend.com as a starting place. Google the candidates. 

THIS IS WHY I AM HAVING LOCAL CANDIDATES ON MY SHOW. ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL SO GOTMFV!

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Yet another edition of “I’m sick of this shit.” 
This isn’t funny. I’ve worked on campaigns and fielded calls asking if this is really the case. The 33 shares, as of last night at 1:00 AM, worries me. I’ve seen this crap on flyers distributed to low-income neighborhoods that typically have lower levels of education and voter registration. 
This goes for both parties. Stop it. It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it’s viral voter suppression. You might think you’re clever enough to get the joke, but there’s people out there who don’t realize it’s a goddamn terrible joke — especially when you add some official-sounding law to it, like the image above. 
Hey Grass Roots Republicans — it’s “grassroots.” The president is not “Barry Soetoro.” His name is Barack Obama. Also, just stick to the shitty MS paint comparisons of unicorns and a Romney presidency. You’re better at that. You know the biggest thing they have in common, kiddos? The chances of both existing are equally imaginary.

Yet another edition of “I’m sick of this shit.”

This isn’t funny. I’ve worked on campaigns and fielded calls asking if this is really the case. The 33 shares, as of last night at 1:00 AM, worries me. I’ve seen this crap on flyers distributed to low-income neighborhoods that typically have lower levels of education and voter registration. 

This goes for both parties. Stop it. It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it’s viral voter suppression. You might think you’re clever enough to get the joke, but there’s people out there who don’t realize it’s a goddamn terrible joke — especially when you add some official-sounding law to it, like the image above. 

Hey Grass Roots Republicans — it’s “grassroots.” The president is not “Barry Soetoro.” His name is Barack Obama. Also, just stick to the shitty MS paint comparisons of unicorns and a Romney presidency. You’re better at that. You know the biggest thing they have in common, kiddos? The chances of both existing are equally imaginary.

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Gov. Gary Johnson Files Complaint In Federal Court Against Commission On Presidential Debates

govgaryjohnson:

October 19, 2012, Washington, DC – Citing survey data showing former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has in fact achieved the narrow criteria required for inclusion in the Monday debate, earning more than 40 percent of the vote in “head-to-head” polls against President Barack Obama, the Libertarian Party nominee’s campaign today filed a complaint in Federal Court in the District of Columbia maintaining that Johnson has, in fact, met the Commission on Presidential Debates’ criteria for inclusion. The complaint asks the Court to compel the CPD to include Johnson.

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Why not let him and Jill Stein debate? God forbid we hear more than two people.

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In the now-widespread video of Mitt Romney slamming 47% of Americans at a Boca Raton fundraiser, he also voices one wish: That his dad was Mexican, instead of white. Seriously.
Romney says, chuckling: “Had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this… I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”
Hilarious! Not only did he strap 47% of Americans to the metaphorical roof, he wants to be Latino — because people only voted for Obama because he’s black, amirite? Goddamn that affirmative action. </sarcasm>
Which brings me to the screen shot above. In an effort to pander to Latinos, he’s released several videos in Spanish to say, essentially, I give enough shits about you to have a campaign ad produced saying so. 
Well, maybe Mitt’s web people could give enough shits to actually complete the description. It currently reads: “La campaña de Obama recientemente lanzó un video asegurando que” which, correct me if I’m wrong here, translates to: “The Obama campaign released a video recently assuring that”
Tsk-tsk. Sloppy. Especially when you click through to YouTube and discover the full description. It’s a 30 second copy-paste job to put it on the site. Romney can pander to Hispanic and Latino voters all he wants, but with appearances like these tonight on Univision (no specific policy statements, and only hinting he’d continue the DREAM Act put in place by Obama via executive memo), and careless web work that seems to be emblematic of his floundering campaign, I wish him the best of luck. 
America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry sums up Romney’s problems with Latino voters well with this message to Mittens:

"If you got your wish and were born of Mexican grandparents, we wonder if you would still view Arizona’s immigration approach as a ‘model' for the nation? Would you be for a law that would likely cause you and your loved ones to be stopped because of the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your family? Somehow you don't sound like the kind of guy who can relate to how unfair and unnerving it is to live in a state that sanctions discrimination based on where you are from and what you look like. In fact, your absolute lack of empathy for those trying to build a better life for their families is appalling. Really, is it any wonder you are polling so poorly with Latino voters?”

Go sit in a corner and think about how many Latino voters are in that 47% you denigrated, Mitt. Then get back to us.

In the now-widespread video of Mitt Romney slamming 47% of Americans at a Boca Raton fundraiser, he also voices one wish: That his dad was Mexican, instead of white. Seriously.

Romney says, chuckling: “Had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this… I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

Hilarious! Not only did he strap 47% of Americans to the metaphorical roof, he wants to be Latino — because people only voted for Obama because he’s black, amirite? Goddamn that affirmative action. </sarcasm>

Which brings me to the screen shot above. In an effort to pander to Latinos, he’s released several videos in Spanish to say, essentially, I give enough shits about you to have a campaign ad produced saying so. 

Well, maybe Mitt’s web people could give enough shits to actually complete the description. It currently reads: “La campaña de Obama recientemente lanzó un video asegurando que” which, correct me if I’m wrong here, translates to: “The Obama campaign released a video recently assuring that”

Tsk-tsk. Sloppy. Especially when you click through to YouTube and discover the full description. It’s a 30 second copy-paste job to put it on the site. Romney can pander to Hispanic and Latino voters all he wants, but with appearances like these tonight on Univision (no specific policy statements, and only hinting he’d continue the DREAM Act put in place by Obama via executive memo), and careless web work that seems to be emblematic of his floundering campaign, I wish him the best of luck. 

America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry sums up Romney’s problems with Latino voters well with this message to Mittens:

"If you got your wish and were born of Mexican grandparents, we wonder if you would still view Arizona’s immigration approach as a ‘model' for the nation? Would you be for a law that would likely cause you and your loved ones to be stopped because of the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your family? Somehow you don't sound like the kind of guy who can relate to how unfair and unnerving it is to live in a state that sanctions discrimination based on where you are from and what you look like. In fact, your absolute lack of empathy for those trying to build a better life for their families is appalling. Really, is it any wonder you are polling so poorly with Latino voters?”

Go sit in a corner and think about how many Latino voters are in that 47% you denigrated, Mitt. Then get back to us.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Description:

"Isaac Anthony is a conservative six-year-old who knows where he stands on political issues and the upcoming Presidential election."

When the new hot pundit for your movement is an “armed” six-year-old, it’s time to look at your life and look at your choices.

The two top comments from above:

If a six year old can get it, what’s wrong with the rest of you???
dogwithlaserpointer

ROCK ON LITTLE FELLER !!!! these liberal dipshits want to keep spewing their hate and threats because you exercised your 1st amendment right, and i will bring the whole W.O.L.F. militia and our AR’s to your house to stand guard…you can feel safe knowing we will use our 2nd amendment right to protect you and your family from the obamazombies…..
lustkovar1

W.O.L.F Militia? Wait… what?! Simmer down, guys. You’re making a great argument for gun control. 

Look, if a six-year-old can get it, it’s less political policy and more like Spongebob. Isaac is a minimum of two presidential elections away from voting. But I sincerely doubt he drafted his own soundbites. Loop21 does a great job of breaking his claims down regardless. 

Pro-tip: If the ink on your own birth certificate is barely dry, you don’t get to demand the president’s. 

Actually, check that. An “armed” 6-year-old IS actually the best spokesman for this merry band of miscreants.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Don’t forget to vote!

cognitivedissonance:

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Yes, I’m still posting because I need folks to keep voting. If you’ve voted, please share! This scholarship is super competitive.

I’m in second place, but I know you all can push me to first. If you enjoy what I post here, please vote! If you’re my pal, cast a vote por favor :)

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Don’t forget to vote!

Send Cognitive Dissonance to Netroots Nation!

Yes, I’m still posting because I need folks to keep voting. If you’ve voted, please share! This scholarship is super competitive.

I’m in second place, but I know you all can push me to first. If you enjoy what I post here, please vote! If you’re my pal, cast a vote por favor :)

Thanks to those who’ve already done so! Here’s the link.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s the scoop.

Thanks for all your support thus far! I’m wicked excited!

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The Tea Party voter guide for Iowa

First, pro-tip for the Tea Party: When you send out a voter guide, spell the names of the candidates correctly.

From the Tea Party Issues Ballot Guide - Iowa Edition:

STRAW POLL

  • Which candidate do you support for President?
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rick Santorum
  • Buddy Roemer
  • Michelle [sic] Bachman [sic] (Guys, it’s “Michele Bachmann”)
  • Ron Paul
  • Newt Gingrich  
  • Rick Perry
  • John [sic] Huntsman (Again, spell-check: It’s “Jon”)  
  • Other (write in)

Their chosen issues are just a titch terrifying. And putting instructions in all caps makes me think you’re screaming at me.

Wait… this is the Tea Party.

Anyhow, here’s their chosen issues. My comments are in bold and bracketed:

CHECK EVERY ISSUE YOU THINK SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE TEA PARTY VOTER GUIDE. YOU CAN CHECK AS MANY AS YOU’D LIKE. WE’LL SEND YOU THE GUIDE JUST BEFORE THE IOWA CAUCUSES.

Balanced budget amendment [You know those wars you are all so fond of? Couldn’t and wouldn’t happen with this.]

Balance budget by reducing spending to a level equal to our tax revenues [We’d be boned. You know who did that, by the way? A Democrat. President Bill Clinton balanced the budget.]

Reduce spending by elimination of waste, fraud and abuse in the Federal Government.

Cut taxes. [Because that will totally work, considering the Bush tax cuts put us in the black. Wait…]

Enact the fair tax. [Cool. So GE is gonna pay taxes? Oh, not that kind of fair tax…]

Enact a consumption tax, IE a national sales tax. [I think you’re looking for “i.e.” - “IE” is the shitty browser most of you likely use.]

Repeal the 16th Amendment (the income tax amendment) [And fund government how? Magic fairy dust?]

Repeal Obamacare [You mean The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?]

Require any Supreme Court Justice to be prolife [Unbiased, independent judiciary says what?]

Abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Um, no. You guys can’t get rid of a circuit because they made you sad and angry in your face.]

Abolish the Judgeships of activist judges [Hey, that’ll totally guarantee an independent judiciary. That’s not like a dictatorship at all </sarcasm>. Besides, you can’t just abolish their judgeship because reasons.]

Oppose Federal Tort Reform and protect the 7th Amendment (Civil Jury Trials)

Overturn Roe V. Wade

Increase Defense spending to at least the levels in years of the Bush administration. [And yet, you want to cut taxes and get rid of the income tax altogether. Oh, and defense spending under Obama increased. So that would be a decrease. See the chart below. True facts, y’all]


Withdraw from Afghanistan [Hooray rationality!]

Surge troops in Afghanistan so that the Taliban is defeated. [And there it goes. Ask Russia and Britain how the whole Afghanistan thing went.]

Start all foreign aid at zero. [Even Israel?]

Eliminate foreign aid. [Foreign aid = very tiny portion of our budget. Particularly against defense spending. Chart time!]

[Look! You can barely see the green bar!]

Stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. [Probably with magic fairy dust. Because that seems to be the only way to guarantee it. It’s not like Obama just sanctioned the hell out of Iran or anything…]

Work for regime change in Iran through covert action. [It’s not covert now </sarcasm>]

Impose trade sanctions on China [You know that’s where all the shit in Wal-Mart comes from, right?]

Support the Death Penalty [They support it so hard it becomes a proper noun.]

Oppose and defeat the “Internet free speech kill switch.” [Even a broken clock is right twice a day.]

Abolish the EPA [But for the other 1,438 minutes in the day, that broken clock is wrong. Who needs clean air anyhow? Smog builds character.]

Abolish the Department of Education [Book learnin’ is for socialists.]

Abolish the Department of Energy [Who needs safe energy development? Coal mine accidents = job openings, right? </sarcasm>] 

Repeal NAFTA and other free trade agreements. [I could deal…]

Increase Free trade agreements. [And there y’all go again with the whole irrationality thing…]

Reinstate Don’t ask Don’t Tell [Why? Because gay soldiers are fighting the War on Christmas, that’s why.]

Leave the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell intact. [You’re just bullshitting me now.]

Work to repeal Gun Control laws and protect the Second Amendment against state restrictions. [Hint: Gun rights expanded under Obama. Guns in federal parks, gun bans struck down in several cities, assault rifle ban NOT reinstated as Obama said it would be, etc. Plus, we just bought a record amount of guns as Christmas gifts this year. I’m going to quit joking about the War on Christmas now.]

Secure the Border [Oh, boy. This one’s always, um, entertaining.]

Have selective removal of illegal aliens [By what? Lottery? Church attendance?]

Remove all illegal aliens. [Because that’s not prohibitively expensive, especially after we get rid of taxes.]

Abolish birthright citizenship. [It’s not like it’s in the US Constitution or anything. Because it is. For supposed strict constitutionalists, you all sure like to dick with the US Constitution.]

Repeal Dodd-Frank [Regulations caused the financial crisis, right?]

Repeal Sarbanes Oxley [This was an act to increase corporate accountability in the wake of Enron and other scandals. Essentially, this means CEOs can be held responsible for fraud or otherwise cooked books. Sounds terrible.]

Repeal oppressive business regulations. [What else is left? The minimum wage? Oh, right… Remember, if things they don’t like aren’t repealed, Tea Party Nation believes businesses should stop hiring in protest. Really.]

If you’d like to submit your vote, it’s still open. I encourage you to do so.

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Make a list… Call them and ask them, ‘Are you going to vote on Issue 2 and are you going to vote for it?’ If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don’t go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That’s up to you how you creatively get the job done.

Mike Huckabee, encouraging voter suppression this Friday in Mason, Ohio.

He was speaking in support of Issue 2. Issue 2 is the ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, the bill in Ohio that stripped collective bargaining rights. Enough signatures were gathered to put SB 5 on the ballot as Issue 2.

A ‘yes’ vote means the voter supports SB 5 and Issue 2. A ‘no’ vote means the voter does not support SB 5 and Issue 2. So if you don’t support it, and you’re the relative of someone who does, Mike Huckabee thinks said relative should keep you from voting. 

Thought experiment: What if a Democrat said this? What if Howard Dean said this at a fundraiser? Fox News would have a collective aneurysm. Instead, Huckabee’s comments are defended as “just a joke” online. Gotcha.

(Source: masonbuzz.com)

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You know, the Supreme Court of the United States on a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong. That child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of conception. And it is a human life.

And we in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who’ve been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion I think is- is too much to ask. And so I would - I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough.

Sen. Rick Santorum, at the Ames Debate August 11th, explaining why he supports no exceptions for abortion whatsoever and claiming that an abortion after rape is “victimizing twice”. However, Santorum supports one exception - to save his wife’s life. Fortunately, he is a long-shot for the presidency.

So why post this disgusting quote? One reason: At the end of the paragraph in the transcript is the notation “[BRIAN] YORK: Thank you, Senator. (APPLAUSE)” 

Brian York, a moderator from the conservative Washington Examiner, asked Santorum if he thought his views on abortion might be too much for everyday Americans. In a debate punctuated by fairly sharp follow-up, Santorum’s response went unchecked. That chilled me, along with the audience applauding and hooting throughout Santorum’s response.

We cannot forget, in the debate over the economy and jobs, that there are GOP candidates like Santorum who want women to be living in a universe akin to A Handmaid’s Tale.

After the decades of struggle our grandmothers, grandfathers, fathers, and mothers underwent for us to have the limited reproductive rights we enjoy today, us young people cannot allow ourselves to just not care about politics and government. I fear it could be the undoing of these freedoms, piece by piece, and a severe disservice to those who fought so hard in the past and are continuing to fight for gender equality and reproductive rights. The people in that audience cheering for Santorum will vote. I don’t care how disenchanted you are with government - don’t let them be the only voice. 

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

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