October 23rd, 2012

Samuel L Jackson Pro Obama ad, “Wake the Fuck Up” SFW edition (NSFW version here.) | via iheartchaos

September 29th, 2012

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September 18th, 2012

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As we near Election Day 2012, where we choose whom we want representing us and our interests, I’d like to address my fellow Japanese Americans very specifically about the topic of civil rights.

I am a fourth generation Japanese American. Among other things, Executive Order 9066 and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is part of our cultural heritage. Even though my family was fortunate enough to live in an area that they wouldn’t be removed from, they still felt the effects. Differently than those at Manzanar or Tule Lake, to be sure. But affected nonetheless. Their civil rights as American citizens were taken away because they were also Japanese. Eventually, reparations and apologies were made, blame was accepted, and so on. But it still happened, and we, as Japanese Americans share this.

So, when I see or read of other Japanese Americans supporting candidates and/or legislation that would RESTRICT THE CIVIL RIGHTS of other Americans because they are [Pick one: Women, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Black, Hispanic, Muslim, Arabic, etc.], I am left positively dumbfounded. Seriously.

You may be of the belief that abortion is wrong, or that homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to marry. And that’s fine. Those are YOUR beliefs, and it is your right as an American is to express them. (Which also means you bear the responsibility that comes with expressing your opinions, but that’s another topic.)

What I am saying is that regardless of your reasoning, be it moral, ethical, religious, or other, as a Japanese American, you CANNOT back anyone or anything that would violate the rights of another American citizen in a legal fashion.

Before you make up your mind in a very definitive way by voting for a law or a candidate, I urge you to think about our history as Japanese Americans. Let our legacy be the protection of everyone’s civil rights.

September 4th, 2012
August 30th, 2012
GOP Platform: “We Will Outlaw Abortion.” | by Lawsonry.com
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GOP Platform: “We Will Outlaw Abortion.” | by Lawsonry.com

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wilwheaton:

This is now the third area in which Romney has refused to share specifics on the explicit grounds that so doing would be bad politically for him. Romney has repeatedly said he won’t release his tax returns because Democrats will find things in them to attack. And he has vowed to eliminate whole government agencies, but has confirmed that he won’t specify which ones precisely because his failed Senate bid taught him that getting too specific puts him at risk of losing. As Jonathan Chait has written, this is akin to saying: “One of the things I have found in previous elections is that announcing my plans makes people want to vote against me.”

(Emphasis mine.)

Do your job, media.

Do your job, reporters.

Do your job, cable news.

Do your job, newspapers.

Inform voters clearly and without the “both sides do it” false equivalency, that the Romney campaign is deliberately hiding what a Romney presidency would mean for the country, because the campaign knows that they will lose if voters find out their actual policy plans.

It is absolutely staggering to me that it is possible in this country for a person seeking to be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES can completely hide everything that person would do if elected and expect voters to be totally fine with that.

The cable news and national network news programs have a responsibility to clearly explain this to voters: Mitt Romney won’t tell you what he plans to do if you elect him, because he believes that if you knew, you wouldn’t vote for him.

That’s just astonishing to me.

AGREED.

August 20th, 2012

Article and commentary via Wil Wheaton (wilwheaton)

So I read this, and I got mad:

The U.S. Justice Department said it will not pursue criminal charges against Goldman Sachs Group Inc or its employees related to accusations that the firm bet against the same subprime mortgage securities it was selling to clients.

The decision not to prosecute Goldman, a firm held up by critics as a symbol of Wall Street greed during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, highlights the difficulty in prosecuting crisis-related cases.

“difficulty in prosecuting crisis-related cases” Isn’t that adorable? I wonder why it’s so difficult to prosecute these pig fuckers…

“The department and investigative agencies ultimately concluded that the burden of proof to bring a criminal case could not be met based on the law and facts as they exist at this time,” the Justice Department said in a statement late on Thursday.

Because the fucking banksters write the goddamn laws, and our worthless and corrupt congress cashes the checks and does what they’re told.

The Banksters own the American government, and until we take our country back from these motherfuckers, not a single one of them will ever face justice, because under the laws these sons of bitches have written, they haven’t done anything wrong.

Burn them all. Burn them to the fucking ground, and salt the earth where their ashes fall.

“GET A JOB”: DIALOGUE BETWEEN A CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSMAN AND A VOTER ON THE MINIMUM WAGE | via motherjones

VOTER TO REP. C.W. BILL YOUNG (R-FLA.): Jesse Jackson Jr. is passing around a bill to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Would you support that?

REP. YOUNG: “Probably not.”

VOTER: “It’s $10 bucks an hour. It would give us a living wage.”

YOUNG: “How about getting a job. Why do you want that benefit? Get a job.”

VOTER: “I have a job, but it’s not enough to get by on.”

(YOUNG WALKS AWAY)

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Silhouette Man Wonders WTF Is Wrong With Americans

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I Heart Chaos - Daily Discussion: Is America fixable or is she broken forever?

By iheartchaos: It’s been a small, but growing concern on both sides of the political divide in America— the question of whether or not America is permanently broken. 

We’ve had some of the most brilliant moments in world history. We’ve got so much to be proud of. We had a revolution and created a national social experiment like the world had never seen. We weren’t created out of a language or an ethnicity, but an idea. An idea that all humans are free— free to vote, free to have their opinions and voices heard, free to have our own home, our own life, our own livelihood and our own dreams. 

People from around the world continue to flood America’s borders, because they’ve heard it’s a place where you can start over. Give us your tired, your poor and your hungry, from all walks of life, all ages, all social strata and here, you have the promise that if you work hard enough and you’re a good enough person, you can live your dreams and the government will not infringe on your inalienable rights.

We’ve split the atom, we’ve conquered much of a continent, we’ve built great cities and hosted great feats of engineering, philosophy, literature, science and humanity. We were the first to plant our feet on another heavenly body, we invented the car and the airplane and the internet.

Certainly, there are far, far worse places in the world to live. But there are also far, far better. 

At this point however, the world has opened up and there are myriad choices. Through our experiment in democracy and our push for freedom worldwide and the defense of that freedom through blood, other nations have thrown off the chains of tyranny. Kings and queens and dictators have fallen, people have gone from slaves and servants to become legendary. But right now, in the 21st century, we’re starting to gain focus on our greatness and we’re beginning to wonder where we will stand in the long lens of history. We are the Byzantine, Roman, Chinese, Mongol and British empires. When will era end and how will it come to and end?

So it seems like the right time to ask whether America is at this point, permanently broken. It’s not George W. Bush’s fault, it’s not Obama’s fault and neither Obama nor Romney can fix it. Our schools suck, our justice system sucks, our political system sucks, our healthcare system sucks and our financial system sucks. Are we still a nation of people with real hopes and dreams or are just a herd of mindless consumers, bred to spend?

There are still plenty of ways for people to go from poverty to wealth on the strength of their own talents, and that’s not something that will go away. Every day, there are inventors and innovators and entrepreneurs in America that have a great idea and a conviction and the ability to do great things and they make it. I would argue that we still have plenty of good days ahead of us— we’re on the verge of so many scientific and technological breakthroughs that would greatly improve the lives of millions and enhance our understanding of our world, and there’s no reason to disregard those accomplishments. Yet as a whole, our entire system seems now more geared towards making the rich richer and the poor poorer and more complacent. Give them enough hope to carry on, long enough to keep getting cars and credit cards and TVs and shampoo.

Is there any way to fix it? Or is America just broken?

Read more at http://www.iheartchaos.com/post/28833698923/daily-discussion-is-america-fixable-or-is-she-broken#JAzWxiGXkrSzhA79.99

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President Barack Obama (GIFset) » Taking a quick break from Star Trek related posts.

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July 20th, 2012
The statement was made at the annual shareholders’ meeting at the Warner Bros studio in Burbank, California. (David) Ridenour asked: “What specific steps will Time Warner take to ensure that Mr Freeman avoids such divisive and insulting words while promoting his next Warner Bros film, The Dark Knight Rises?”

The shareholder, who runs a conservative thinktank, said Freeman’s views may have caused filmgoers to avoid Dolphin Tale, which performed more weakly than had been expected at the US box office last year. However, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said there was not much the company could do even if that were the case.

"What can we do about it? Is that the question? Not much," he said, to a smattering of applause. "It doesn’t usually have a significant commercial effect on the success of the film."
July 16th, 2012

newsweek:

Yesterday’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act was a “supreme win for women,” as our story by Jessica Arons, the director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress, helpfully explains.

Here’s the deal:

  • As of 2014, “gender rating”—where insurers can charge women higher premiums than men—becomes illegal in all new individual and small group plans.
  • Currently only 12 percent of plans sold in the individual market offer maternity coverage. Once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, about 8.7 million women will have guaranteed access to maternity and newborn care in all new individual and small group plans.
  • It’s common in today’s market for insurers to refuse to cover women because of gender-based “preexisting conditions.” These conditions can include issues such as having had breast cancer or a Caesarean section or having been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. This practice, too, will be outlawed under Obamacare in 2014.
  • Under Obamacare, insurers are now required to cover critical preventive services such as mammograms, Pap smears, and well-baby care without cost sharing.
  • In addition, starting this August, more services specifically for women will be added to the list of preventive care that must be covered at no additional cost. That list includescontraception, gestational diabetes screening, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, annual well-woman care (in other words, a visit to the OB-GYN), and screening and counseling for domestic violence and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and the human papillomavirus.
  • Other benefits for women include the ability to see their OB-GYN without a referral, guaranteed breaks and a private space for nursing moms to pump breast milk while at work, and home visiting programs for at-risk new mothers.

Pretty wild, right?  There’s more.