|Rep. Joe Walsh has a meltdown on CNN (37) | Posted on July 7, 2012, 3:35 a.m.|
ThinkProgress has it at 93.
|Rep. Joe Walsh has a meltdown on CNN (36) | Posted on July 6, 2012, 12:49 p.m.|
|92 times. I actually counted, and he said Ashleigh 92 times.|
I got about 77 but I know I missed some.
|Remember that 13 year old conservative wunderkind from 2009's CPAC? (1) | Posted on July 4, 2012, 1:47 a.m.|
Turns out he changed his mind a little bit.
Jonathan Krohn took the political world by storm at 2009s Conservative Political Action Conference when, at just 13 years old, he delivered an impromptu rallying cry for conservatism that became a viral hit and had some pegging him as a future star of the Republican Party.
Now 17, Krohn who went on to write a book, Defining Conservatism, that was blurbed by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Bill Bennett still watches that speech from time to time, but it mostly makes him cringe because, well, hes not a conservative anymore.
I think it was naive, Krohn now says of the speech. Its a 13-year-old kid saying stuff that he had heard for a long time. I live in Georgia. Were inundated with conservative talk in Georgia. The speech was something that a 13-year-old does. You havent formed all your opinions. Youre really defeating yourself if you think you have all of your ideas in your head when you were 12 or 13. Its impossible. You havent done enough.
|Epic immigration debate on my facebook (10) | Posted on June 18, 2012, 12:26 a.m.|
|Yes, please post the convo.|
|Notice anything funny about the new Time magazine cover? (25) | Posted on June 16, 2012, 8:25 p.m.|
|Also looked in my issue of TIME and it turns out many of the people on the cover are from different countries such as Chile, Nigeria, Israel, etc.|
|Notice anything funny about the new Time magazine cover? (21) | Posted on June 16, 2012, 7:43 p.m.|
|Honestly though, this is what I am talking about.|
We can debate over whether it should be illegal or not, but right now it IS illegal. How are all of the people on that magazine cover not arrested?
Can one get arrested for a misdeamnor? Also I would think the police would have more dangerous/violent criminals to arrest instead of harmless people like these dudes.
|What is so horrible about Glee? (1) | Posted on June 16, 2012, 7:27 p.m.|
|Glenn Beck said that it was "horrifying" what the show was teaching high students. My question is, what is the show teaching?? I don't remember anything bad in there.|
|Glenn Beck will rescue the youth of America from the scourge of Glee plaguing it (25) | Posted on June 16, 2012, 7:20 p.m.|
|"It's horrifying some of the things that they're teaching high schoolers," the talk radio host said.|
Could someone please explain this to me? I've only seen Glee here and there but the hell is the show promoting? I never saw anything bad in it so could someone explain the horror that Beck is seeing?? 0.o
|My former U.S. gov. teacher posted about Superpacs on FB. (Sigh) (1) | Posted on June 15, 2012, 10:32 p.m.|
He posted this link.
Someone then posted: so this makes super pacs OK? and his *fact* on individuals spend more on super pacs, well, those folks got thier money from their corporations. Super pacs are still awful, period, no matter who thy fund.
To which he replied: My point is that there is information about PACs that the media is being untruthful about, like the fact that Obama gets just as much money from Super PACs as Romney. Also, I don't care how much any person spends on electing a person. In a free society a person is allowed to distribute their wealth or property as they see fit, whether that be on gadgets or political campaign contributions. That is the truest sense of the definition of liberty and freedom.
I'm sad that he cited Breitbart.com as his source frankly. Eww. Just, eww. And I think a person do has to care how much a person spends because not everybody can afford that. The author of the article even said, "If I had billions of dollars like Adelson, I'd use my God-given Constitutional right and every penny I had to retire President Obama." Well, not even has the same amount of money (i.e. "free speech") that you would have would they?
What think ye about this article and my teachers comment?
|Obama's Dream-esque executive order might be good for the economy. (1) | Posted on June 15, 2012, 10:45 a.m.|
President Obama will announce a new immigration policy today that will allow some undocumented youths to avoid deportation and receive work permits to remain in the United States. Students in the U.S. who are in deportation proceedings or those who would have qualified for the DREAM Act and have yet to come forward to Department of Homeland Security officials will not be deported and will be allowed to work in the United States.
Though exact details of the plan are still unclear, it could benefit as many as one million undocumented students living in the country, and it will almost certainly have tangible benefits for the long-term health of the American economy.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the DREAM Act which Republicans blocked in 2010 would increase federal revenues by $1.7 billion over the next 10 years, reducing federal deficits by $2.2 billion over that time. DREAM-eligible students would generate between $1.4 and $3.6 trillion in taxable income over the course of their working lives, according to a study by UCLAs North American Integration and Development Center.
DREAM-eligible youth could also help fill the 16 million shortfall of college-educated workers that is expected to hit the U.S. by 2025, and with 31.5 percent of science and engineering graduates coming from Latino backgrounds, Obamas decision could add 252,000 new scientists, engineers, and technical workers to the nations dwindling supply in those fields.
The decision will help raise wages for American workers too. As long as a cheap, compliant pool of undocumented labor is available, employers have every reason to take advantage of the situation, keeping wages as low as possible, Cristina Jimenez wrote in the American Prospect in 2010. Only when undocumented immigrants have the ability to exercise complete workplace rights will they help exert upward pressure on wages and labor standards that will benefit other workers.
These benefits are obvious even to leading Republicans. The economy will be better when that [undocumented] kid is able to fully realize his potential and break the pattern of his parents illegal activity, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said in 2010. Obamas decision isnt just good because it protects young adults who have spent most of their lives establishing homes in the United States, its good because it will help our struggling economy too.
|How racist are we? Perhaps Google knows. (1) | Posted on June 14, 2012, 2:16 a.m.|
|Watching Grizzly Man. (1) | Posted on June 13, 2012, 2:33 p.m.|
|Timothy Treadywell is a little nutty.|
|Fox News already proclaiming Obama is done (9) | Posted on June 10, 2012, 10:58 p.m.|
|Ooh, another screenshot to go in my election prediction folder.|
Please post these screenshots post-election time.
|Did the Republicans deliberately crash the economy? (1) | Posted on June 9, 2012, 11:40 a.m.|
This opinion piece from The Guardian argues so.
|Obamacare in reverse. (1) | Posted on June 8, 2012, 8:56 p.m.|
One tragedy of the Affordable Care Act is that we already know what its regulations will do to insurance markets, because the states have been conducting policy experiments since the 1990s. But we also know from the states that the damage is reversible, as shown by Maine's emerging insurance turnaround.
In 1993, Augusta passed coverage laws that resemble those that ObamaCare is about to impose nationwide: Insurers could only vary premiums within narrow bands regardless of age or health status, a regulation known as community rating. Four of Maine's five insurers in the individual market stopped offering coverage and fled, and the state entered an insurance "death spiral" in which premiums don't cover underlying medical costs. That leads to higher premiums, consumers dropping coverage as a result, and still higher premiums in turn.
The state also created a reinsurance fund that taxes all health plans by $4 a month. If someone ends up requiring extremely expensive care, the fund picks up some of the costs, which means insurers can better manage their future liabilities and pass the savings on to individuals.
The returns are now rolling in for the new coverage that can be offered starting on July 1, and premiums are falling by as much as 69% for Maine's dominant insurer, Anthem.
According to the Maine Bureau of Insurance, a married couple age 40 to 44 with one child will pay $1,919 a month for a policy with a $2,250 deductible in 2013 if they choose to re-up their current policy. If the same family switches to the new health plan, or buys the plan for the first time, their premium will fall to $920, a 52% decrease. A couple over 60 could buy the same policy for $1,290, down from $2,466 under the old system. Or a young adult 25 to 29 could buy a high $10,000 deductible plan for catastrophic expenses for $232, previously $665.
The old and new products are not identical, so the comparison isn't perfect. On top of the rule changes, the benefits are slightly different, such as separate deductibles for in- and out-of-network services. And many of the year-over-year reductions are less dramatic, in the range of 10% to 20%, while a few older consumers will see rate increases.
Still, any premium decrease is remarkable on the U.S. health cost escalator, which is being accelerated by ObamaCare. Maine consumers who choose to stay with their current policy (same benefits, old rules) will see an average premium rate increase of just 1.7% from 2012 to 2013compared to an historical trend of about 10%. Some 46% of the existing book of business will see a rate decrease.
The major irony is that Maine's reform merely brings its community rating rules into compliance with ObamaCare, which is actually less restrictive than the rules the state passed in 1993. The new national health law will block a further Maine liberalization that is due for 2016.
Maine learned the hard way that the most heavily regulated insurance markets are the most expensive. But the more ominous lesson out of Vacationland is for the 33 states that had the wit never to make the Maine-ObamaCare mistake. They're the ones that are about to see premiums spike under the Affordable Care Actperhaps by as much as 69%, and likely by far more.
|C/D Bloomberg, keep your Legislation off my Big Mac! (9) | Posted on June 1, 2012, 3:21 p.m.|
|Obama apologizes for "Polish death camp" gaffe. (1) | Posted on June 1, 2012, 12:24 p.m.|
President Barack Obama has written a letter to the Polish president expressing "regret" for an inadvertent verbal gaffe that caused a storm of controversy in Poland this week.
Obama on Tuesday used the expression "a Polish death camp" while honoring a Polish World War II resistance hero rather than wording that would have made clear that he meant a death camp that Nazi Germany operated on Polish soil during its wartime occupation of Poland.
Warsaw has been waging a campaign for years against phrases such as "Polish death camps" or "Polish concentration camps" to refer to Auschwitz, Treblinka and other German killing sites. The language deeply offends Polish sensitivities because Poles not only had no role in running the camps, but were considered racially inferior by the Germans and were themselves murdered in them in huge numbers.
"In referring to `a Polish death camp' rather than `a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,' I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many Poles anguish over the years and that Poland has rightly campaigned to eliminate from public discourse around the world," Obama wrote. "I regret the error and agree that this moment is an opportunity to ensure that this and future generations know the truth."
"The events of the past few days and the U.S. president's reply may, in my opinion, mark a very important moment in the struggle for historical truth," President Bronislaw Komorowski told reporters.
Obama made the verbal slip-up while posthumously awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who struggled to tell the outside world about the murder of Jews in his country. Karski, who was Catholic, smuggled himself into the Warsaw Ghetto and a death camp, witnessing the atrocities committed against the Jews firsthand. He then took that information to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other Allied leaders, imploring the world to act.
Karski later became a professor at Georgetown University and died in 2000.
For days, Obama's words have dominated the news in Poland. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the entire Polish nation felt affected.
"We always react in the same way when ignorance, lack of knowledge, bad intentions lead to such a distortion of history, so painful for us here in Poland, in a country which suffered like no other in Europe during World War II," Tusk said Wednesday.
Komorowski's reaction was more muted. He said Wednesday that he knew Obama's words did not reflect any bad intentions but that the words were nonetheless "unjust and painful." He wrote that day to Obama, and Obama's letter came in reply to that.
In his response Obama noted that "the Polish people suffered terribly under the brutal Nazi occupation during World War II."
"In pursuit of their goals of destroying the Polish nation and Polish culture and exterminating European Jewry, the Nazis killed some six million Polish citizens, including three million Polish Jews during the Holocaust," Obama wrote. "The bravery of Poles in the underground resistance is one of history's great stories of heroism and courage."
Anyone think the right will jump on Obama for this in order to corroborate their claim of him as an "apologizing" president?
|Why so much animosity towards 9Gag? (1) | Posted on May 31, 2012, 9:44 p.m.|
|Just wondering. It seems everybody seems to hate the site for some reason.|
|"90 percent of college graduates are liberals; that proves they're smarter." (25) | Posted on May 31, 2012, 5:32 p.m.|
|I could swear that socialist quote was by Bernard Shaw.|
|Honor Student Diane Tran doesn't have to worry about a criminal history anymore. (1) | Posted on May 31, 2012, 3:50 p.m.|
|She's also gotten about 100,000 dollars in donations from 49 states and 18 countries. Glad to see things turned out well for her in the end. Goes to show the power of the internet.|
Diane Tran, the Texas honor student who was jailed last week for missing too much school, will not have to worry about telling future employers or college admissions offices that she has a criminal history.
Lanny Moriarty, the judge who ordered the 17-year-old to go to jail after more than ten unexcused school absences, has set aside the contempt of court order he entered last week, according to Tran's lawyer, Brian Wice.
"She can now truthfully say that she doesn't have a criminal history," Wice told The Huffington Post by phone on Wednesday afternoon. He added that he's now going to find a lawyer to expunge the record.
Tran, a junior at Willis High School who takes AP and college level courses, works both full and part-time jobs to help support herself and two siblings, according to KHOU-11. She sometimes misses class because she's so tired from work.
"She goes from job to job from school," Devin Hill, one of Tran's classmates, told KHOU-11 last week. "She stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework."
Her story resonated across the country and throughout the world. Nearly $100,000 in donations have come in from 49 states and 18 countries, according to HelpDianeTran.com, a site established in part by the Louisiana Children's Education Alliance (LCEA), a non-profit that focuses on education reform.
"We read the story and our hearts just broke thinking about what this girl had gone through," Charlie Davis, the president and founder of the LCEA, told HuffPost. "At same time we were infuriated that she'd become a victim of both the public education system and the judicial system, and we wanted to do something to help her, to show her some support."
Davis stressed that 100 percent of the money donated outside of the credit card processing fees will be donated to Tran, and said that he's hoping to give the money to the high school junior next week.
Meanwhile, 240,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling on the judge to "to cancel her fine and sentencing."
"I don't think anybody could have conceived of any script where this is the ultimate outcome in the third act," Wice, Tran's lawyer, told HuffPost. "The outcome of support has been, in a word, overwhelming. I know that Diane is beyond grateful."
|Watched the Avengers, Captain America made me laugh. (1) | Posted on May 29, 2012, 11:23 p.m.|
|Black Widow: You can't follow him Captain America, you won't stand a chance. He's basically a god!|
Captain America: There's only one God that exists and he doesn't dress like that.
|In honor of your service this Memorial Day, we're taking away your right to vote (6) | Posted on May 29, 2012, 4:28 p.m.|
|What is wrong with ThinkProgress?|
|Trump Knocks Wolf Blizter Into Next Week (1) | Posted on May 29, 2012, 4:14 p.m.|
It's a big conspiracy guys.
|Atheist banned from holding office in seven states. (1) | Posted on May 29, 2012, 4:06 p.m.|
I'm finding a lot of interesting stuff on Reddit ever since I started browsing there a couple days ago. I'm rather enjoying it.
|So what were the arguments against the DREAM act, again? (23) | Posted on May 29, 2012, 1:27 p.m.|
|If those coming in can rest assured that bills like the DREAM act would come ever so often once the generation of illegal babies starts getting in trouble, it would encourage those activities. That just makes sense.|
Even if the Dream Act would encourage more illegal immigration, wouldn't these immigrants have to make sure their kids go to college or enroll in the military? I see where you're coming from in that the Act could encourage more illegal immigration but wouldn't the Act only grant citizenship to immigrants to are going to college or to the military? Wouldn't that be a good thing?
|Biden speaks about death of wife and daughter to troops. (3) | Posted on May 28, 2012, 4:03 p.m.|
|Great story, but I don't think he was talking to troops, but the close relatives on troops who were killed.|
That's completely correct. I slipped up regarding the topic title.
|Biden speaks about death of wife and daughter to troops. (1) | Posted on May 28, 2012, 3:49 p.m.|
Vice President Biden says he learned the awful temptations of suicide after plunging into grief over the death of his wife and daughter nearly 40 years ago.
"For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide," an emotional Biden said in recalling his wife's fatal car accident in a speech to survivors of slain military service members.
"Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts, (but) because they'd been to the top of the mountain and they just knew in their heart they'd never get there again," Biden said. "That it was never going to be that way ever again. That's how an awful lot of you feel."
Biden spoke at an event organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit advocacy group, in connection with Memorial Day weekend.
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"There will come a day, I promise you, and your parents, as well, when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye," Biden told the military survivors. "It will happen. My prayer for you is that day will come sooner or later. But the only thing I have more experience than you in is this: I'm telling you it will come.
Much respect to him.
|U.S. troops massacred Iraqi family (2006) and called air strike to hide evidence (1) | Posted on May 28, 2012, 3:12 p.m.|
|Student reprimanded for defending a victim of bullying. (1) | Posted on May 27, 2012, 3:04 p.m.|
"Caution: This campus is 100 percent against bullying. Speak out," reads a sign outside Umatilla High School, and one senior said she did speak out and has been punished for doing so.
Stormy Rich, 18, thought she was doing the right thing in reporting bullying incidents she witnessed against a mentally-challenged middle school girl by a group of girls on morning bus rides to school.
"I'm a very outspoken person," Rich said. "I stick up for what I feel is right. In the school code of conduct handbook, it is clearly stated that bullying is a non-tolerable offense."
Rich was riding that middle school bus because she earned enough credits to avoid having to take a first-period high school class and an earlier high school bus. The two schools are only a few blocks away.
Rich -- who said she felt compelled to speak out because the girl couldn't even comprehend she was being pick on -- first complained to the bus driver but the bullying continued. She then complained to a high school official, who said he would contact the middle school, but nothing changed.
"I would sit on the bus every single day and see the bullying was still going on and nothing was being done," Rich said. "It was aggravating."
The senior demanded the bullies stop, which worked for a while. She said they then began threatening her, even though she complained about this to school personnel on almost a daily basis for about two weeks. The mother and daughter even contacted police.
"Enough is enough," Rich said in her written complaint. "Something should be done."
That something was a letter sent to Rich's mother, Brenda, on May 4, saying her daughter was kicked off the middle school bus. A district school official said Rich displayed bullying behavior in her comments.
"She said what I did made me the bully, with me telling the kids that if they didn't stop, and if the school didn't do anything, that I would have to handle it," Rich said. "To me, it was just going too far."
According to Christopher Patton, communications officer for Lake County Schools, a courtesy had been extended to Rich to ride the middle school bus.
"Due to circumstances on the bus, the privileges were revoked," he said.
Patton said he could not discuss the bullying complaints filed by Rich or her mother. He also could not say if any action was taken about those complaints.
"I can't comment about student discipline, unfortunately," Patton said. "I think you're heading down a dangerous path because you've got one side of the story. ... There are other parents that are involved in this."
Asked if the district had additional complaints on the issue, Patton replied: "Just this one parent."
"My daughter was punished incorrectly," said Brenda Rich. "Stormy was standing up for a child with emotionally challenged disabilities that should not have been bullied. The district's policy clearly states that anybody in good faith files a report on bullying will not face any repercussions and she is."
Brenda Rich said she has met the bullied student and the young girl does not comprehend sarcasm or even understand what "hate" means. She views everybody as her "friend."
"Just because she doesn't understand what people are doing to her is wrong, it doesn't mean its OK," said Brenda Rich, who questions if the schools' anti-bullying policies are really working.
"...This child doesn't have the ability to stand up for herself, she has no voice. Stormy was her voice, even more so than the girl herself."
Her daughter won't have school transportation issues much longer.
|Abandoned by parent, honor student working 2 jobs arrested for support siblings (35) | Posted on May 26, 2012, 2:56 p.m.|
With video. She isn't just taking honors classes. Dual-credit U.S. History, Dual-credit English 3, College Algebra, and Spanish 3 AP are just some examples. **** this judge.
|PBS Documentary about the Ethnic Studies Program and the debate around it (1) | Posted on May 25, 2012, 4:41 p.m.|
I figured I'd share this here since it's the Politics board. The Doc. will be hosted until June 7th so don't forget if plan on watching it later. :) All relevant discussion welcomed!
|What do you think of this anti-Obama picture? (1) | Posted on May 24, 2012, 9:28 p.m.|
Is it in the right and do you agree with it?
|2pac talking about poverty (4) | Posted on May 20, 2012, 11:15 p.m.|
|His hands are everywhere. It's humorous.|
|I miss Carlos Fuentes CE :( (1) | Posted on May 20, 2012, 11:12 p.m.|
|He was such a sensible and funny guy...it sucks that he's gone :/|
|Ukrainian reporter tries to sexually assault Will Smith and gets slapped (3) | Posted on May 19, 2012, 2:12 p.m.|
|Clash of culture?|
|Juvenile or jail time should be an automatic punishment for bullies. (20) | Posted on May 19, 2012, 12:14 p.m.|
|Do you really think that is applicable?|
Eh, sort of. It's the most relevant picture I had.
|Juvenile or jail time should be an automatic punishment for bullies. (18) | Posted on May 19, 2012, 11:26 a.m.|
|So much for the 1st amendment.|
|Income inequality rarely discussed at Ted Talks conferences (3) | Posted on May 17, 2012, 5:10 p.m.|
|Was going to post what WhiteBlackFlame posted.|
|The myth of "Job Creators" (10) | Posted on May 17, 2012, 2:18 p.m.|
|I think both the workers and the employers play an equal part in creating wealth, so it's a bit silly to vilify one and adulate the other. Both should be praised imo.|
|ABC: Trayvon Martin had THC in his system when he was killed. (3) | Posted on May 17, 2012, 2:15 p.m.|
|question about including gay couples in the Violence Against Women Act (12) | Posted on May 17, 2012, 1:42 p.m.|
|Can't the bill just apply to anybody who is being abused in a relationship?|
|You know who was cool? Malcolm X. (9) | Posted on May 17, 2012, 1:22 p.m.|
|MLK became more like Malcom X after Malcolm's assassination actually. After 1964, MLK realized his views were inadequate to describe the situation in the northern and western states, so he adopted much of Malcolm X's rhetoric; even taking some of his stances on black nationalism.|
Interesting. Do you have any sources or do you remember where you got this? I mean I believe you, but when I tell my friends about this they're going to want more proof.
|Liberal commencement speakers outnumber conservatives 7:1 (14) | Posted on May 16, 2012, 11:53 a.m.|
|I bet plenty of conservaitve people got invites but we're turned down. Just as John Huntsman being fluent in Mandarin was seen as a negative by some, giving a commencement speech would probably piss off the base.|
I remember when I learned Hunstman knew Mandarin. Man, he was so cool.
|You know who was cool? Malcolm X. (1) | Posted on May 16, 2012, 1:18 a.m.|
|I love MLK and everything, but Malcolm has a cooler name and managed to self-teach himself in college. Of course his rather militant stance towards segregration and race relations in general was lamentable, I still think he was cool. If only he hadn't been assassinated so we could have seen his views undergo a peaceful transformation so that they would have more like MLK's.|
Oh, and Richard Wright. Richard Wright was so beast and wrote so gewd.
So what political figures do you guys admire?
|Liberal commencement speakers outnumber conservatives 7:1 (1) | Posted on May 15, 2012, 2:21 p.m.|
Probably unimportant but I was bored so eh.
|Mexican author Carlos Fuentes died today. :( (1) | Posted on May 15, 2012, 1:02 p.m.|
|How do we know the world we live in wasn't created five minutes ago? (5) | Posted on May 14, 2012, 1:13 p.m.|
|What do you mean by Law of Conservation of Mass?|
Since we can't know does that not prove that it is true?
|How do we know the world we live in wasn't created five minutes ago? (1) | Posted on May 14, 2012, 12:43 p.m.|
|How do any of us know that everything wasn't created five minutes ago and all our memories implanted in us?|
|TIME magazine breastfeeding photo causes controversy. (8) | Posted on May 11, 2012, 4:32 p.m.|
|I wouldn't know, my first issue of TIME hasn't arrived yet. :/ I ordered it about two and a half weeks ago but it still hasn't come. Does anyone here know when a new subscriber typically gets their first issue?|
|If it's possible to win with 22 percent of the popular vote, isn't it time for (1) | Posted on May 11, 2012, 4:05 p.m.|
|electoral college reform?|