The FCC just granted itself the power to defeat a raging, fire-breathing monster: the monopolistic network owners who can kill Internet freedom by blocking websites — or by creating an Internet fast lane for the privileged, few, rich tech companies that can pay for it.

via CNN.

Date posted: February 26, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Last week, the Attorney General put an end to the federal law allowing state and local police the power to seize cash and property without warrants or criminal charges.

The Post found that local and state police routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, pressed them to agree to warrantless searches and seized large amounts of cash without evidence of wrongdoing. The law allows such seizures and forces the owners to prove their property was legally acquired in order to get it back.

Shameful.

Date posted: January 19, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A Frederick, MD Councilman, woefully misinformed about, well, everything to do with the laws concerning freedom of speech, denies his local newspaper permission to use his name and threatens legal action. And gets the Streisand treatment in glorious response.

For reference.

Date posted: January 7, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

File this under AWESOME. The Nashville Chief of Police got a reactionary email from someone in his community, and took it on, point-by-point, in truly epic clarity.

The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people.  Being respectful of the government would mean being respectful of all persons, no matter what their views.

Truly brilliant. Read it all here: A Christmas Message for the MNPD from Chief Steve Anderson.

Date posted: December 28, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

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 | Leave a Comment »

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 | Leave a Comment »

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 | Leave a Comment »

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

Date posted: October 10, 2013 | Filed under humor, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

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 | Leave a Comment »

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 | Leave a Comment »