im praying for every gay and lesbian individual living in kansas. my heart goes out to all of you. and if you have no idea what i’m talking about, please read this.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW!?!??
While the Kansas House passed it,
it’ll never become law rephrase because never say never, but: it doesn’t seem like it will be law? Yesterday the Kansas GOP Senate President publicly spoke out against the bill, asking her fellows to follow:
“With fewer than half the 32 Senate Republicans supporting the bill, it would need Democratic support to pass the 40-member chamber, an unlikely prospect since Democrats are lined up against it.”
And this is why bicameral legislatures are a good idea.
anyone else feel hella uncomfortable about how self-rightous the US is being about Russia’s anti-gay policies during the olympics?
in my state its still perfectly legal to fire someone for their sexuality and the government basically doesn’t realize that trans people exist
shut the fuck up
1) If one would like to continue to generalize about entire populations or governments based on the actions of a few, the whole world is being self righteous about it. Athletes from multiple countries have flagrantly displayed rainbow gear to give Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law the public middle finger. Why are we complaining about this again? That’s a good thing. Just because our own countries aren’t perfect yet doesn’t mean we can’t critique a shitty policy and use this event as a policy mic. It’s like those people who try to derail feminist debates by saying “why are you worried about this when people are starving in Africa and we still have homeless on the streets in the US?” Because I’m capable of complex thought and holding multiple ideas in my mind simultaneously.
2) I think one can acknowledge a few things here. First, that the United States Federal Government has no laws on the books banning the freedom of gay people to express themselves, no laws that literally put you away in federal prison (and if you followed the Pussy Riot jailings or know anything about the antibiotic resistant tuberculosis epidemic in Russian prisons, you know how sus they are). Second, in a survey from nov 2013 most Americans mistakenly believed we already had laws banning gay discrimination in the work place (assuming it would be covered under the federal law that bans other types of workplace discrimination), and most supported laws fixing the oversight in wording. At the end of 2013 Obama and his staff started bringing more awareness to the oversight, gaining public support from US companies to fix the federal law’s wording. This is set to be a major issue that gets addressed in the coming year.
I acknowledge the imperfection of my country, hell yes I do, but at least we have an environment where we can advocate and work to forward progress without fear of the federal government taking our lives from us. We’re not perfect but being imperfect doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to critique, or else we would all remain silent because there’ll always be something new to make progress on. The growing awareness of trans issues is already leading to positive policy change in places like Los Angeles school districts where trans students can use the bathroom of their gender identity. It’s coming. Equality marches closer. It takes blood sweat and tears as it always does, the slow lumbering bastard, but it’s coming. Our current government sees a gap of equality in federal law and is trying to close it. The Russian government saw a gap of equality in the law and spouted bullshit about how being gay makes you pedophilic and made policy to drive a wedge into and increase that equality gap and shut down free speech (using that in a general sense).
Idk, lgbt friends please tell me your thoughts? Sierra I’m especially interested in your input, because of how I covet your brain and all.
Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. A look at the cultural factors behind the statistic.
Heavy stuff but important stuff for everyone to read.
This is a beautiful thing.
Samantha Bee talks to Peter Schiff, financial commentator and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc.
And can we please discuss how the part of this quote that is left out was him talking about increasing support for maternity AND paternity leave? Fuck yes.
Kelly Thomas, schizophrenic and homeless, cried for his dad as he was beaten. His assaulters were found not guilty
Jan. 13 2014
Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who suffered from schizophrenia, died in hospital in 2011. He had beaten, tasered and kicked to death by cops from the Fullerton County Police Department while begging for mercy. The sickening incident of police brutality was caught by a surveillance camera.
On Monday, three former police officers (removed from the force following the incident) walked free: Two were found “not guilty” of murder by a jury while charges against a third officer were then dropped. Those familiar with the case have reacted with disgust at the impunity.
We know from surveillance footage that former Fullerton officers Manuel Ramos and Joseph Wolfe and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli gave the 37-year-old, unarmed, mentally ill man confusing orders that he could not follow. We know that he tried. He cried out “I’m trying,” “I’m sorry.” We saw some of the six officers involved in the incident stretch Thomas’ arms behind him until he cried out in pain. We heard Thomas scream “Dad! Dad!” 30 times as he was lying on the ground gasping. We saw that the beating continued. Officer Ramos said to Thomas, “Now see my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up.” A graphic (warning) image of Thomas’ face following the beating surfaced on line and can be seen here.
But a jury has ruled these men not guilty of murder.
As the verdict was read Monday, NBC reported, the victim’s father Ron (himself a former Fullerton PD deputy) “burst into tears, kicking or stomping his foot.” ”Where do we really find justice any more in our justice system? It has been proven right here today that they will get away with it. They will get away with it,” Thomas’ father said.
And it indeed seems the courts will provide no justice here at all. And so what is left to say, except: No justice, no peace.
Pakistani teenager Aitzaz Hasan died Monday after tackling a suicide bomber trying to enter his school. By sacrificing himself, he saved the lives of the 2,000 students studying inside. Hasan’s father says, ”My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”
This is bravery. This is selflessness. This is true courage.
I love that no matter where you are in the US right now, you are freezing your ass off and we are united as a country over this.
California (or at least my local region of it in SoCal) had about three inches of rain last year and it has been in the 80s until this week (70s). Sorry, rest of the US, you are on your oooown.
I am not tagging this. you all need to read it.
Just cried reading this
He hadn’t even figured himself out yet omg
I watched this as it aired, and i am not lying when i say that this broke my fucking heart. Just reading it, and remembering the pain in her voice, made me cry like an idiot all over again. Something needs to change.
I don’t understand how they were not prosecuted?
Yeah I don’t understand how this didn’t get prosecuted either. Is this England? Is this a country where killing people is, y’know, illegal?
A while ago, Kelly Sue let us know about the WASP float at the Rose Parade. It raised the funds it needed and I saw it on television! But. But it was only there for a few moments before the camera cut away and I can’t find any pictures of it ATM. Did anyone get a shot of it or is…
EXCELLENT, thank you!
in 7 years its going to be the 20s again so we can bring back swing music and the aesthetics of that era but keep modern values who’s with me
you can’t repeat the past
can’t repeat the past? why, of course you can! of course you can.
*begins picking out extravagant beaded flapper dresses for the occasion* So basically I have to stop dressing like I just rolled out of bed. Challenge possibly accepted. Do I get a snuff box and free cocaine with my disenchantment, too?
This one is for all the political activists. I am so sick of seeing people praying and wishing for the government to start enforcing a high income tax on the rich to redistribute the wealth of the people. There will always be rich & poor people in a society, some more unevenly distributed than others. But quite frankly the way I see it is that the government has no business going into an individual’s bank account and STEALING 50%-60% of their income. If that person has lawfully and honestly earned that money, then no one ought to be able to take it away.
Think of it this way: as a student working hard in a challenging class you finally receive the well deserved 100% in the class. Shortly after you see your report card you are informed that 50% of your grade will be taken and redistributed to the students in class with the lowest grades. You have no control and no say in the fact that your 100% will now be seen as a 50% despite the numerous hours you put in to earn that A+.
Money is an incentive to work harder, to be better. Taxing the rich is discrimination, believe it or not. When I was little, I wanted to grow up and be rich and help my family. Nowadays, how could I strive for that when I know my hard-earned money will be taken from me?
If you want to do something about the uneven wealth distribution and its effects, go to the SOURCE such as regulating business and cleaning up budgets, NOT stealing from the well-off citizens to balance the mess.
I’m sorry, but I’ve lived in Sweden, and that’s not how it works. Also note that that number, for Sweden at least, is the MAX income tax percentage possible. But that’s not my issue here. Let’s talk about how this money is redistributed.
Do you live in the United States? If so, please tell me about the state of the roads in your area? If it’s at all like where I live in the good old US of A, they’re shit. Why? Because the governments, local and state and federal, don’t have enough money to keep them in good repair. In Sweden, a nice chunk of that tax money goes toward making sure the roads are well kept, because if the roads are well kept, then odds are better your car is not going to be damaged by them and oh hey then that’s less money you have to spend on the upkeep of your vehicle.
Tell me, how’s your health insurance? Can you go to any doctor or clinic in town and be seen for a nominal fee? Of course not! This is America, where everything’s privatized and we’re all looking to make the best profit. What about hospital visits? We all know those kinds of things can bankrupt a family here; it does on a regular basis. And yet you’re putting down a country with a higher income tax when I know for a FACT that a good portion of that money goes into the healthcare system that ensures that ALL residents have access to healthcare for minimal out-of-pocket fees. And you know what else? If you spend more than a fixed amount in doctor’s visits within a year, you get a nice little card that gives you FREE doctor’s visits for a year from that first payment. You know, so people are not having to forgo having sufficient food or new clothes because they have to go to the hospital. Oh, and the hospital visits? You don’t pay out of pocket for the treatments; you pay for your bed and food in the hospital, an amount that ends up being something around $10/day. And they can do this because their doctors are paid reasonably for the work they do, and also they don’t have ridiculous amounts of student loan debt to pay off.
Which brings me to my next point: higher education. Tell me what’s your student loan debt like? I just saw a statistic that we, in the United Stated, have a trillion dollars in student loan debt. Why is that? Well, we’ve privatized education. You want to know how much my husband paid to attend university in Sweden and get both his Bachelor’s and his Master’s degrees? $0 in tuition. That’s also what I paid to attend an intensive Swedish language course while I lived there. Now, you still have to buy your books and pay your student union fees, but that’s nothing compared to the $44,000/year I was paying in tuition here in the US. You know when I’m looking at paying all of that back? Maybe by the time I retire. Maybe. In fact, students in Sweden can actually receive a stipend from the government to help cover things like living expenses, so they are not forced to have a side job in addition to going to school full-time. It’s a nice feeling, knowing that the government actually wants you to graduate from university without having to worry about things like what you can afford to eat. I’m not saying it’s the most generous stipend, but it’s enough to rent an apartment (maybe with a flatmate) and have a moderately healthy diet.
Not being burdened with that amount of debt is a huge relief when you’re fresh out of university and getting a job. Then again, the wage gap isn’t NEARLY so severe over there. Those who make the most in the company don’t make terribly much more than those who make the least. So the company VP isn’t making hundreds of thousands more than the guy on the factory floor.
Of course, remember that your numbers here don’t take into account the cost of living in these countries. What’s the cost of housing, food, transportation? Many people in these countries make use of excellent public transportation, made possible because of the higher taxes and the money invested into this stuff.
So when you say that 50% of your money is “given” to people who don’t make as much, that’s not actually accurate. It’s invested in the infrastructure that supports ALL the people of the country, no matter their income. If taxing the rich is discrimination, then isn’t taxing anyone discrimination? You should pay taxes proportional to your income, so that you can support your society. Otherwise you might as well go take your money and hide in a cave for all the good it would being you and the rest of the country.
Reblogging for the commentary above and also because the taxes and the average salary stated above are a lie as far as Sweden goes, so the entire argument is flawed to begin with. The national annual average salary in Sweden is 36, 167 USD and taxes in Sweden work as follows:
- For a person who earns less than 2906 USD in a year, no tax is applicable.
- For a person who earns between 2907 USD and 65, 566 USD in a year, the income tax payable is between 29% and 32%, depending on the council area one is living in.
- For a person who earns between 65, 567 USD and 93,005 USD in a year, the income tax payable is between 49% and 52%, depending on the council area one is living in.
- For a person earning more than 93,006 USD in a year, the income tax payable is no more than a maximum of 56%.
In other words, most people pay a maximum of 32% in taxes on a yearly basis and this pays for free healthcare, free education (including university), free school lunches, roads, 18 months paid parental leave, income insurances if you find yourself unemployed, and a shit-load of other things I don’t have the time to list.
Another thing worth mentioning; the mimimum wage in the States is 7,25 USD an hour; Sweden hasn’t got a national minimum wage and instead uses collective agreements to set minimum wages based on profession, and the average minimum wage set by collective agreements in Sweden is 12,75 USD. Not only do our taxes pay for an awful lot most Americans can’t dream of affording, we earn more than you do as well.
Taxes do not equal the end of the world. Quit swallowing right-wing lies. Having relatively high taxes is not the same as living in Soviet under Stalin.