This accumulation of wealth and power is getting worse and worse and worse. So, the cost is the loss of our democracy and the loss of our liberties. This was the basic truth that previous generations of Americans understood.

From Free markets killed capitalism, an interview with Barry C. Lynn, on Salon. Fantastic reading.

Date posted: July 1, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

Again, I’m disappointed but not surprised by the current Supreme Court and their decision to exempt Hobby Lobby from the Obamacare contraception mandate. Corporations are people, but women are not, apparently:

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the contraception rule “would put these merchants to a difficult choice: either give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits, available to their competitors, of operating as corporations.”

Right. So minimum-wage female employees have to find some other way of affording expensive birth control in order to keep working, lest they lose their jobs or dare to use all six weeks of their maternity leave.

Date posted: July 1, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

Two decades after Nevada’s founders proclaimed unswerving obedience to federal authority, Cliven Bundy’s family first settled the land where he and his supporters now make their heavily armed stand against federal power.

I’ve always found the people who deny federal authority to be interesting from a legal point of view; the Atlantic does a little historical backgrounding on The Irony of Cliven Bundy’s Unconstitutional Stand.

Date posted: April 15, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

It says what it is right on the label: Fuck You, Congress.

Date posted: October 10, 2013 | Filed under humor, politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

Here’s a sobering and concise take on the government shutdown: How the White House sees the shutdown (and debt ceiling!) fight, via the Washington Post. Basically: Asshats.

Date posted: October 3, 2013 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

Fuck yes, this is why I live in a blue state:

Because same-sex marriage is illegal in Ohio, and because the Supreme Court ruling left marriage bans at the state level intact, Arthur and Obergefell couldn’t marry here. The prospect of travel was difficult because Arthur is bedridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive neurological disease that robs patients of their ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe.

…Maryland required only one partner to come for the license. Then a 48-hour waiting period.

It was an hour and 10-minute flight.

This might work, they decided: A destination wedding in Baltimore.

 

Date posted: July 15, 2013 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

Right the fuck on.

This almost makes that shit-tacular decision from yesterday a little better.

Date posted: June 26, 2013 | Filed under politics | No Comments »

John Cusack, writing about the NSA leaks:

It cannot be criminal to report a crime or an abuse of power. Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder Daniel Ellsberg argues that Snowden’s leaks could be a tipping point in America. This week he wrote “there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material,” including his own leak of the Pentagon Papers.

via Boing Boing.

Date posted: June 17, 2013 | Filed under politics | No Comments »

David Simon : Stray penises and politicos.

Date posted: November 15, 2012 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

Update: We won. Thank God.

Celebrate

Update: Todd Akin got spanked by Claire McCaskill. Bye bye, douchebag! And the other rape-apology senator got whupped too.

I was proud to see one of the questions on my ballot this morning was for recognizing same-sex marriage here in Maryland, and it made me glad to live here. While I’m nervous to see the results of the overall election (right now it’s 157 – 153 in electoral college votes) I’m more nervous to see the local ballot measure results. We don’t need any more casino gambling, and as much as I worry about how things will get paid for, I believe everyone has the right to a quality education in this country.

Date posted: November 6, 2012 | Filed under politics | No Comments »