March122014
“FL-13: After an intensely hard-fought special election where total spending likely topped $13 million, Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink by a margin of 48.4 percent to 46.6 percent in Florida’s 13th Congressional District on Tuesday night, holding the seat for the GOP. Libertarian Lucas Overby ended up with 4.8 percent of the vote. Even though Barack Obama narrowly carried the district in 2012 by about 1.5 points, it appears Sink couldn’t overcome the troubling tendency for key chunks of the Democratic electorate to stay home during non-presidential elections. […]” Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest
March112014
alittlecoconuttart:

"Republican Lawmakers Sends Tweet Saying Street Crime Would Increase If NBA Folded" (Baragona 2014)
[Article excerpt]
After that tweet went out, Garofalo was bombarded with replies from people who rightly saw it as offensive and racist. Nearly three-fourths of the NBA’s players are African-American. Obviously, Garofalo is playing to the stereotype that all young black males are criminals and hoodlums. When initially confronted by his local news channel and ESPN, Garofalo was defiant and suggested that he was just being honest and truthful with his statement.
Below is what he said to ESPN on Sunday:

“I was talking about the NBA’s high arrest rate and that their punishment for positive drug tests are weaker than other leagues. No intent beyond that. The culture among many pro athletes that they are above the law is the problem, not people like me pointing that problem out.”

Also, he said the following to KARE 11 in Minnesota:

“I really don’t understand how being critical of a culture of pro athletes has anything to do with race. This is a behavior that transcends the race of the athlete, and it seems to be a culture in all professional sports these days.”

Of course, he might possibly be able to defend his position if it was true that NBA players get arrested at a high rate, especially in comparison with the rest of the country. However, on Monday, Kyle Wagner at Regressing, an affiliate site of Deadspin and Gawker, published an article debunking the notion that NBA players are criminals who are constantly getting arrested.
As the article pointed out, the arrest rate for the country as a whole is 4.25%. In Minnesota, it is 3.96%. Males aged 20-34, which is a better overall comparison to NBA players, have an arrest rate of 13.18.  However, the arrest rate for the NBA this season is 1.92%! Therefore, whatever point Garofalo was trying to make, other than he is an ignorant racist, was made absolutely moot.

alittlecoconuttart:

"Republican Lawmakers Sends Tweet Saying Street Crime Would Increase If NBA Folded" (Baragona 2014)

[Article excerpt]

After that tweet went out, Garofalo was bombarded with replies from people who rightly saw it as offensive and racist. Nearly three-fourths of the NBA’s players are African-American. Obviously, Garofalo is playing to the stereotype that all young black males are criminals and hoodlums. When initially confronted by his local news channel and ESPN, Garofalo was defiant and suggested that he was just being honest and truthful with his statement.

Below is what he said to ESPN on Sunday:

“I was talking about the NBA’s high arrest rate and that their punishment for positive drug tests are weaker than other leagues. No intent beyond that. The culture among many pro athletes that they are above the law is the problem, not people like me pointing that problem out.”

Also, he said the following to KARE 11 in Minnesota:

“I really don’t understand how being critical of a culture of pro athletes has anything to do with race. This is a behavior that transcends the race of the athlete, and it seems to be a culture in all professional sports these days.”

Of course, he might possibly be able to defend his position if it was true that NBA players get arrested at a high rate, especially in comparison with the rest of the country. However, on Monday, Kyle Wagner at Regressing, an affiliate site of Deadspin and Gawker, published an article debunking the notion that NBA players are criminals who are constantly getting arrested.

As the article pointed out, the arrest rate for the country as a whole is 4.25%. In Minnesota, it is 3.96%. Males aged 20-34, which is a better overall comparison to NBA players, have an arrest rate of 13.18.  However, the arrest rate for the NBA this season is 1.92%! Therefore, whatever point Garofalo was trying to make, other than he is an ignorant racist, was made absolutely moot.

(via quickhits)

March22014
“One of the factors evident in the support for Ronald Reagan in 1980 was nostalgia for the 1950s. Many conservative Americans had been alarmed by the cultural changes unleashed by the counterculture and antiwar movements of the 1960s and felt that something essential about the culture was fast slipping away. Reagan himself cultivated his image as a champion of traditional values. Just one of many examples was a “Morning in America” series of TV ads in his 1984 campaign depicting the small-town America of more peaceful and ordered days. Unquestionably, Reagan’s staunch anticommunism also evoked an image of the 1950s, a time when Americans were proud to be united by their flag-waving patriotism. Newly politicized revivalist evangelicals were no doubt attracted by this nostalgia, as were many other Republican voters, but they added their own variation on the theme. They were not simply proposing to bring America back to a time when traditional family values, respect for authority, and unquestioning love of nation were intact. Rather, they were blending such Reaganesque images with something more basic: America, they said, needed to return to its “Christian foundations.” And understanding what revivalist evangelicals had in mind by such rhetoric is one key to understanding the cultural wars and revivalist evangelicalism’s part in them.” Reagan’s Christian revolt: How conservatives hijacked American religion (via azspot)

(via silas216)

March12014
odinsblog:

Ronald Reagan: The Republican & Tea Party hero’s real legacy
Iran-Contra scandal, 14 convictions
Decisions being made by Nancy’s astrologer
HUD scandal, 16 convictions. $18 billion in taxpayer money lost
Savings & Loan scandal, over $1 trillion in cost to taxpayers
32 convictions in his administration during an 8-year term
Record deficits
7.5% average rate of unemployment
Supply side (voodoo) economics
Billions wasted on Star Wars spending, escalation of arms race, which delayed nuclear weapons reductions
Leveraged Buyouts of $64 billion/year destroyed many good businesses and companies [see also: vulture capitalism and Mitt Romney]
Destruction of the labor movement
At least 130 separate investigations against the Defense Department’s largest contractors
and not listed in the photo above; Ronald Reagan was severly racist

odinsblog:

Ronald Reagan: The Republican & Tea Party hero’s real legacy

  • Iran-Contra scandal, 14 convictions
  • Decisions being made by Nancy’s astrologer
  • HUD scandal, 16 convictions. $18 billion in taxpayer money lost
  • Savings & Loan scandal, over $1 trillion in cost to taxpayers
  • 32 convictions in his administration during an 8-year term
  • Record deficits
  • 7.5% average rate of unemployment
  • Supply side (voodoo) economics
  • Billions wasted on Star Wars spending, escalation of arms race, which delayed nuclear weapons reductions
  • Leveraged Buyouts of $64 billion/year destroyed many good businesses and companies [see also: vulture capitalism and Mitt Romney]
  • Destruction of the labor movement
  • At least 130 separate investigations against the Defense Department’s largest contractors

and not listed in the photo above; Ronald Reagan was severly racist

(Source: mobile.twitter.com)

February272014
“And that was when the Great God Reagan was president, and, listen, no, really, put down the strawberry daiquiri and listen: Reagan was an asshole. He supported and signed into law actual things that harmed women, still harm them to this day. He may have appointed conservative women to positions, he may have nominated the first female Supreme Court Justice, but he hurt everyday women. Badly.” South Carolina College Sophomore Appalled to Have Her Idiot Beliefs Challenged in College (via samuraifuckingfrog)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

January22014
December292013
corporationsarepeople:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

HOW THE REAGAN REVOLUTION DAMAGED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY
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It seems that you can look at a chart of almost anything and right around 1981 or soon after you’ll see the chart make a sharp change in direction, and probably not in a good way. And I really do mean almost anything, from economics to trade to infrastructure to … well almost anything. I spent some time looking for charts of things, and here are just a few examples. In each of the charts below look for the year 1981, when Reagan took office.
Conservative policies transformed the United States from the largest creditor nation to the largest debtor nation in just a few years, and it has only gotten worse since then……

Worst president ever.

corporationsarepeople:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

HOW THE REAGAN REVOLUTION DAMAGED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY

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It seems that you can look at a chart of almost anything and right around 1981 or soon after you’ll see the chart make a sharp change in direction, and probably not in a good way. And I really do mean almost anything, from economics to trade to infrastructure to … well almost anything. I spent some time looking for charts of things, and here are just a few examples. In each of the charts below look for the year 1981, when Reagan took office.

Conservative policies transformed the United States from the largest creditor nation to the largest debtor nation in just a few years, and it has only gotten worse since then……

Worst president ever.

(via other-stuff)

December132013

Right-Wing Media Defend Reagan’s Apartheid Record Following Mandela’s Death

mediamattersforamerica:

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported that “the U.S. wasn’t always on Mandela’s side. In the 1980s, President Reagan supported the Apartheid regime.”

Naturally, the right-wing attacked Mitchell for telling the truth. In fact, Reagan labeled Mandela and his party as “terrorists,” and vetoed sanctions against the pro-apartheid government that ruled South Africa

(via mommapolitico)

December112013
commodifiedsouls:

recall-all-republicans:

quickhits:

And so Gingrich’s brief dalliance with the right side of history comes to a close…

Actually it’s an opportunity to tell the truth about what an awful person/president that Ronald Reagan was.

Yeah, for real. Reagan should’ve thought about that before he supported apartheid.

commodifiedsouls:

recall-all-republicans:

quickhits:

And so Gingrich’s brief dalliance with the right side of history comes to a close…

Actually it’s an opportunity to tell the truth about what an awful person/president that Ronald Reagan was.

Yeah, for real. Reagan should’ve thought about that before he supported apartheid.

November292013