Rob Delaney (via sethjones)
Pretty sure this is from my open letter to Kim Kardashian about suing her for divorcing that basketball player she married for 20 minutes. Just reposting since my wife and I have now been married for eight years and have two kids. That’s nice.(via robdelaney)
The hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Beginning last summer, and continuing unabated until a few weeks ago, conservatives undertook a variety of efforts (both subtle and explicit) to discourage people, particularly young people, from enrolling in ACA-compliant health plans.
The idea was to deny state-based insurance markets critical mass, and sound risk pools, and send them into actuarial death spirals. In almost every instance, conservatives were appealing to strangers to undertake considerable personal risk in service of dubious ideological principles.
Though these efforts failed to achieve the larger goal, they almost certainly succeeded at convincing some people to skip Obamacare. And when confronted about the recklessness of their strategy, the most unscrupulous conservatives would say, No biggie! Obamacare allows people to enroll after they get sick or injured. So there’s no risk at all.
This was a lie. And if it weren’t such a dangerous lie, I’d be amused to find that conservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the Affordable Care Act creates limited open-enrollment periods each year to prohibit precisely that kind of free riding.[read more]
This is how the right planned it all along. It’s one of their favorite tactics. Kind of like throwing a wrench into a machine and then freaking out that the machine isn’t working.
Types of people who romanticize small town life:
- People who didn’t grow up in small towns
#THE LOCALS AREN’T QUIRKY#THEY’RE RACIST
#THERE’S NOTHING TO DO
#EVERYONE’S ON DRUGS
No media about the fact that there’s a All Male, African American High school on the southside of chicago who year after year has a 100% graduating senior class who ALL get accepted to 4 year universities/colleges.
they just want to talk about how whether a person’s death on the southside is gang related or not.
This is ridiculously impressive.
Seven years ago, 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh was fatally stabbed during a street brawl in Royan, a small town in the northern province of Mazandaran. His attacker, another young man known only as Balal, was sentenced to hanging by public execution. Hosseinzadeh’s parents were allowed to participate by knocking out the chair that would support him.
When the moment finally came this week, Balal, who wore a black hood over his face, and the crowd that had gathered to watch waited for the drop. Hosseinzadeh’s mother approached the gallows.
She didn’t kick. Instead, she slapped him.
Hosseinzadeh’s father then removed Balal’s noose.
My assistant told me this story and I thought she was doing so in an “Isn’t that powerful?” way, so I agreed. That is powerful. She’s a bigger woman than I am, and I don’t mean that disparagingly. I value that in this woman. Giving life to someone who only gave death is not something I could do very easily.
I was wrong though. She was telling me in an “Isn’t that ridiculous?” way, which turned into a discussion on capital punishment that made my head hurt. An eye for an eye turns the whole world blind, I told her. I’m pretty sure she thinks I got that off of a Cracker Jack box.
I told her of my friend who was killed by two 18 year olds and a 16 year old in cold blood when he was 20. His mother forgave them and didn’t want them killed because she loathed to think of what her life might be if it were dictated solely by the decisions she made at that tender age. I told her that I valued that sense of compassion. She told me that those boys were going to be “useless” when they got out of prison in their 50’s. I told her a life shouldn’t be predicated on its value to her, but solely on it’s right to continue. She stared at me like I was a child, then told me that would be great in an ideal world where we gave them resources to be able to live outside of those walls. I asked her if she planned to champion for those resources. She asked me who was going to pay for that? The implication being that not another cent should her taxes go up for something as silly as that when we could just kill them.
Killing people is cheaper than fixing them. That’s why we let the homeless die, and the poor get no healthcare, and the prisons overflow, and the mentally ill kill people including themselves. It’s cheaper that way.
And that mentality? It’s fucking cheap too.
Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R).
On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. While those with systems already installed won’t be affected, the new class of customers will now be charged a monthly fee — a shift that happened quickly and caught many in the state off guard.
As one of the commentators over on Think Progress said, this is like charging people for growing their own food instead of buying it at the grocery store.
The statement from Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. about “keeping it fair” seems particularly absurd. How is it “fair” to charge someone for not using your product - because when it comes down to it, that is precisely what is happening.
Fucking hypocritical Republicans. When it works in their favor, they’re happy to scream “FREE MARKET” from the top of their lungs, but when it means someone isn’t lining their pockets properly suddenly free market doesn’t work without government force. Oklahoma Gas and Electric isn’t offering those people what they want or need at a reasonable price, so they’ve taken their money elsewhere. They used it to purchase something else, from someone else, that better fit their needs and budget. THAT is free market. By all GOP standards, we should be telling Oklahoma Gas and Electric that if they don’t like it they had better change something to stay relevant, or else they’ll die, in that capitalistic “only the strong survive” way we’re told to hold so dear. Instead they’re doing what the GOP has gotten sooooooo good at doing, which is moving the fucking goal post.
Please Please Please let me give him a YouTube show. I would be really good at that.
I love this idea so much!