29 9 / 2013

"Representative John Culberson of Texas said that as he and his colleagues were clamoring for a vote, he shouted out his own encouragement. “I said, like 9/11, ‘Let’s roll!’ ” That the Senate would almost certainly reject the health care delay, he added, was not a concern. “Ulysses S. Grant used to say, ‘Boys, quit worrying about what Bobby Lee is doing. I want to know what we are doing.’ And that’s what the House is doing today, thank God.”"

Quote from this NYT piece: http://nyti.ms/18c1efc

Dear John Culberson,
You are not a brave American making a last stand against terrorists, sacrificing yourself to prevent a greater harm. You are not a Union soldier protecting the United States from insurrection. You’re a self-aggrandizing asshole. Learn a little humility, and don’t ever invoke 9/11 like that again.

27 6 / 2013

Anti-choice male governor telling a woman how her own life experience should impact her stance on reproductive rights has got to be the mansplain-iest thing I’ve ever heard.

Anti-choice male governor telling a woman how her own life experience should impact her stance on reproductive rights has got to be the mansplain-iest thing I’ve ever heard.

13 11 / 2012

I will admit that it is time to stop celebrating Obama’s reelection. If you believe in math, it wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t even that dramatic: you could have gone to bed at midnight knowing that Barack Obama was going to keep bringing the hope and the change and the Beyonce/Jay Z to the White House for 4 more kick ass years.

Last Tuesday was a good day to be a Democrat, but now I’d like for us to channel our beloved “No Drama” Obama and just chill out. Not because we’re not excited, but because we want conservatives to stop whining. 

If I read one more Facebook status from a conservative person who feels bullied by liberals, I’m going to lose my mind. Woe is me? That’s your post-election stance? Ok, I’ll send you a fainting couch on Farmville.

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01 7 / 2012

Subject: reply to Excuse Me

I’m not going to lie. It’s been a long, long week. 

I went straight from celebrating the upholding of the ACA to working again. And while working again, I realized how broke I am. It’s pretty broke. Partially because I’m not making much money this summer, partially because the one employer who is actually paying me takes 3 weeks to deposit a paycheck. That’s actually one week longer than a pay period itself. Crazy, right? 

Anyway, every damn day is a pretty important fundraising deadline in my life. Because I am very poor. I gave you some dollars, I’m giving you my vote. I’m tapped out after that. I’m poor, you’re running to help poor folks like me, so there’s not a lot of money in this game for either of us. It’s a tough nut. But I don’t email you and whine in an arrogant tone every time I’m feeling strapped for cash. Can you stop doing that? We’ve all got problems. Don’t be such an ass about dealing with yours!

Subject: reply to Excuse Me

I’m not going to lie. It’s been a long, long week.

I went straight from celebrating the upholding of the ACA to working again. And while working again, I realized how broke I am. It’s pretty broke. Partially because I’m not making much money this summer, partially because the one employer who is actually paying me takes 3 weeks to deposit a paycheck. That’s actually one week longer than a pay period itself. Crazy, right?

Anyway, every damn day is a pretty important fundraising deadline in my life. Because I am very poor. I gave you some dollars, I’m giving you my vote. I’m tapped out after that. I’m poor, you’re running to help poor folks like me, so there’s not a lot of money in this game for either of us. It’s a tough nut. But I don’t email you and whine in an arrogant tone every time I’m feeling strapped for cash. Can you stop doing that? We’ve all got problems. Don’t be such an ass about dealing with yours!

28 6 / 2012

This makes me so angry. If you’re in grad school or about to go, you should be enraged too. I’d grab a poster and go protest in DC, but I’m actually too busy pursuing my professional degree to go complain about how hard Congress is making that pursuit.

I’m going to law school. To be a lawyer. That’s a real job! I’m not asking the Feds to throw me some affordable loans and sympathetic payment schedules so I can go be a dream-catcher in Brooklyn. I am trying to get one of those hardworking jobs that made America thrive. I am doing everything I’m supposed to! Why isn’t congress?

Just remember this, you assholes: I hold a grudge and I vote.

10 5 / 2012

"Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that… I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize."

- GOP nominee Mitt Romney, sort of apologizing for bullying a gay classmate in high school.

Listen, no one is at their best in high school. I was mean and sullen most of the time and I cared about all the wrong things. But hopefully my character will be a lot stronger by the time I’m 65 than it was when I was 17. If I did the wrong thing at 17, I hope I can make it right by apologizing for it or fixing it when given the chance. At 65, this is the best attempt at an apology Mr. Romney could muster. When I was a kid, I was basically awful. My family nickname was Attila (the Hun). I had a lot to apologize for, so my parents taught me to do it right. I was taught that an apology should be so specific that the person you’re apologizing to knows exactly the incident or comment you’re apologizing for and so heartfelt that they actually feel better. Here, Romney does not name his victim. He categorizes pinning a person down and cutting their hair against their will as ‘hijinks.’ He isn’t sorry that he hurt someone, he’s sorry that they had feelings that could be hurt. He isn’t sorry that he had the wrong response to a gay peer, he’s sorry that he’s been caught having the wrong response.

This isn’t an apology, it’s a gussied-up version of “boys will be boys.” But now Mitt Romney claims to be a man. He should apologize like one.

28 4 / 2012

barackobama:

think-progress:

31 Republican men voted against the Violence Against Women Act in the Senate today. All 5 Republican women voted for it. 

Today in sad phrases: “Voted against the Violence Against Women Act.”

I’m reblogging this because I want as many people as possible to see and remember the faces of the 31 men serving in our government who don’t think supporting efforts to combat violence against women is an important policy priority. Violence against women should be something we all want to stop. The immigration status or sexual orientation of the victim shouldn’t matter, but a lot of these men thought sending a homophobic or anti- undocumented immigrant message was more important than protecting battered women. 
I hope soon these are the faces of 31 people who aren’t serving anymore (undecided voters: Note the grinning face of Marco Rubio among them. Republicans think he’d be a great VP choice. Do you?).

barackobama:

think-progress:

31 Republican men voted against the Violence Against Women Act in the Senate today. All 5 Republican women voted for it. 

Today in sad phrases: “Voted against the Violence Against Women Act.”

I’m reblogging this because I want as many people as possible to see and remember the faces of the 31 men serving in our government who don’t think supporting efforts to combat violence against women is an important policy priority. Violence against women should be something we all want to stop. The immigration status or sexual orientation of the victim shouldn’t matter, but a lot of these men thought sending a homophobic or anti- undocumented immigrant message was more important than protecting battered women. 

I hope soon these are the faces of 31 people who aren’t serving anymore (undecided voters: Note the grinning face of Marco Rubio among them. Republicans think he’d be a great VP choice. Do you?).

24 4 / 2012

"For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.

And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago."

—President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)

Whoa, that is actually shocking to learn!

10 4 / 2012

shortformblog:

Maryland is set to become the first state to ban employers from requesting the Facebook account information of current or potential employees. The Senate passed the new measure unanimously, with overwhelming majority support in the House as well, and lawmakers managed to squeeze the finalized bill in just before the end of the current legislative session. Now the bill heads to the desk of Governor Martin O’Malley. source

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I think this is a privacy issue that sort of transcends liberal and conservative divisions, and I’m all in favor of it.

But hearing about a good idea from the MD state legislature reminds me: now that I live in a dark blue state, it is so weird to hear about state politics and think “Well, that just seems like a good idea!” It’s nice, but a little part of me is sad to feel the chip on my shoulder about being the political underdog when I lived in TN and TX being filled in with contentment. That’s healthy, right?