Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings from President Obama


Oligarchy, Plutocracy, either way we're screwed


AFL-CIO 2013 Convention: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Addresses the Delegates


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Interactive: Texas Has Received Millions in ACA Grants | The Texas Tribune

Interactive: Texas Has Received Millions in ACA Grants

Interactive: Texas Has Received Millions in ACA Grants






Despite strong opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act by Gov. Rick Perry and other state leaders, Texas has still received nearly $100 million in grants through the law. And as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns to defund Obamacare, the majority of the grants — 25 of 34 grants awarded since 2010 — have already been spent or will expire at the end of this month.

This interactive chart explores the grants Texas has received through the ACA. Use the drop-down to sort by largest to smallest grants; grants issued to expand existing services; grants issued for innovation, planning and research; and grants focused on preventive measures.    

This story was produced in partnership with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.




| The Texas Tribune

New Report: More Than 100 Hate Crime Murders Linked to a Single Far-Right Website | Alternet

New Report: More Than 100 Hate Crime Murders Linked to a Single Far-Right Website | Alternet

After a two-year investigation, the SPLC said (pdf) that since Stormfront became one of the first hate sites on the internet in 1995, its registered users have been disproportionately responsible for major killings. The report was released a month early after white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was accused of killing three people at a Jewish center in Kansas City on Sunday.

“We know that the people who are going to commit the kinds of crimes, like the kinds of crimes Miller committed last weekend, this is where they live,” said Heidi Beirich, report author and a director at the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. The report, released on Thursday, calls Stormfront the “largest hate site in the world” and “a magnet and breeding ground for the deadly and deranged.”

Friday, April 18, 2014

Clinton Library Releases Memo Explaining How Republicans Manipulate the Media With Lies

Clinton Library Releases Memo Explaining How Republicans Manipulate the Media With Lies

The game is the same as when Bill Clinton was president, and this memo provides some great insight into how Republicans take conspiracy theories and get the media to turn them into legitimate news.

Abortion Rates Lower Under Obama Than Reagan Or Bush | LiberalAmerica.org

Abortion Rates Lower Under Obama Than Reagan Or Bush | LiberalAmerica.org

Of course, abortion rates are determined by a number of factors and which party is in control of Washington is a relatively minor factor. However, what the numbers do tell us is that electing “pro-life” politicians does not necessarily translate into lower rates of abortion and electing “pro-choice” politicians does not actually increase the incidence of abortion. Access to improved contraception appears to be far more useful than abortion restrictions in reducing abortion rates. Interestingly, the region of the country where abortions decreased the most was the Midwest where abortions declined by 17 percent, in the only region of the country where the number of abortion clinics actually increased over the same time period. Iowa which increased the number of clinics providing abortion from 10 to 17 (a 70 percent increase in the number of clinics) saw a drop in abortion rates that was slightly above the national average.
  Um, some readers may want to share this information with friends who vote Republican because liberals and democrats are "baby killers". And you might want to remind them that when GW Bush enjoyed working with a Republican House for 6 of 8 years and a Republican Senate for 4 of 8 years he and the Republican Party did not move to reverse Roe V Wade or in any other way to curb the rate of abortion, abstinence education doesn't count. Roe V Wade and abortion are the goose that lays the golden campaign eggs. No politician is ever going to kill that goose, but he'll definitely choke it until you come up with the gold. If you're trusting a politician to reduce the incidence of abortion in this nation by legislative edict you're being played ... like a Steinway in Carnegie Hall.

'Duck Dynasty' Is Over As Bible Belt Stage Show Is Cancelled Due To Low Ticket Sales

'Duck Dynasty' Is Over As Bible Belt Stage Show Is Cancelled Due To Low Ticket Sales

"This past season saw a huge decline in ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ ratings. Overall, the show has seen a decline of 30% in the ratings from a year ago. In the key 18-49 demographic, the ratings drop has been even more severe. Last month’s season finale saw a 28% drop from last April’s season finale and a 40% drop in the 18-49 demo. It appears that Americans in general are just plain rejecting the Robertsons and their brand of entertainment. As Jason Easley pointed out in February, the show’s ratings plummet is further evidence that America really is a liberal nation."
  To my friends in the Democratic Party I would propose that if it's true that this is a liberal nation it follows that liberals, long perceived as the base of the party, are not going to be encouraged to go to the polls with a lot of Republican light talking points.

Thom Hartmann: How America killed the middle class


You can see this trend today in America. When we had heavily regulated and taxed capitalism in the post-war era, the largest employer in America was General Motors, and they paid working people what would be, in today's dollars, about $50 an hour with benefits. Reagan began deregulating and cutting taxes on capitalism in 1981, and today, with more classical "raw capitalism," what we call "Reaganomics," or "supply side economics," our nation's largest employer is WalMart and they pay around $10 an hour.

If You Think Both Parties Are the Same, You’re Nuts | The PCTC* Blog

If You Think Both Parties Are the Same, You’re Nuts | The PCTC* Blog

I mean, it would be different if it was true. But come on; what sane human being can compare a Boehner-ed House with a Pelosi-led House and see any similarities? And if you see any similarities between the Obama and Bush Administrations, put down the narcotics.