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John Boehner Makes Pouty Cry Face Over Supreme Court Decision

This is just epic. Fucking hilarious too :)

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Five Men Arrested In Ohio For Trying To Blow Up A Bridge With Fake Explosives.

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5 men who claim to be Anarchists were arrested late Monday afternoon, for attempting to blow up the route 82 bridge, just south of Cleveland Ohio. The explosives that they bought to blow up the bridge were fake, so I imagine they would have had a tough time with that endeavor if they had not been caught.

Dudes, you’re giving the rest of us Anarchists a bad name. Besides, isn’t it Governor Kasich’s responsibility to wreck shit in Ohio?

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A Real Ice Breaker: The Military is Preparing For The Effects of Global Warming in The Arctic Circle.

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This image shows the Arctic as observed by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 16, 2007. The image shows a record sea ice minimum in the Arctic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the debate over global warming in political, economic, and scientific circles rages on, there is one rather sizable faction that is convinced that climate change is a certainty: The military. As the polar ice cap continues to melt, military exercises involving many arctic circle countries are already taking place. Just last month, Norway conducted one of the largest military exercises ever, involving 16,300 troops from 14 countries. This exercise, named “Exercise Cold Response,” was used for training in everything ranging from extreme cold weather warfare to fighting terrorism. Two months ago, the U.S, Canada, and Denmark held similar exercises. In addition, military leaders of the U.S, Canada, Russia, Iceland,Denmark, Sweden, and Finland will be meeting in May to discuss potential security issues in the Arctic region.

So why, in the face of the rapidly melting ice cap, is security an issue? Why else? Oil and natural gas. It is estimated that 13% of the world’s undiscovered oil, and 30% of the world’s untapped natural gas lies beneath all that melting ice. As shipping lanes open in the great white north, the exploitation of its resources will not be far behind. KA-CHING!

This is why the energy companies are trying to dispute global warming; they know damn good and well that there are a plethora of natural resources underneath all that ice. It’s in their best economic interest to continue to destroy the planet. The collective military powers around the arctic circle understand this, and are rapidly preparing for oil wars that will most certainly ensue in the decades to come.

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Cain Admits That He’s Not Able: Finally Drops Out of Presidential Race

The alleged sexual harasser, serial cheater, and all around prejudiced elitist Herman Cain has finally dropped out of the 2012 presidential campaign. I would say good bye to bad rubbish, but Cain has threatened promised to stick around to remain a so called voice of the people. He’s even started his own web site in order to allow him to keep spreading the manure that’s he’s been dropping on us for the past year. I’m sure his website will be very insightful and enlighten dozens about such evils as socialism, immigration, same sex marriage, and those damned Muslims. So long Herman; do us all a big favor and take Perry, Santorum, and Bachmann with you. By the way, don’t let the door hit you in your dumb ass on your way out.

 

Boehner’s Barristers Back Out: Will Not Defend DOMA.

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A very interesting turn came about today, that will definitely put a hitch in John Boehner’s giddy-up to defend DOMA. The law firm hired to defend DOMA in federal court made an announcement today that they will not represent the government in any suit brought against this unconstitutional law. King & Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hayes had this to say in his announcement to the press:

Today the firm filed a motion to withdraw from its engagement to represent the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives on the constitutional issues regarding Section III of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Last week we worked diligently through the process required for withdrawal.

In reviewing this assignment further, I determined that the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate. Ultimately I am responsible for any mistakes that occurred and apologize for the challenges this may have created.

Further stirring this pot of Republican lead homophobic intrigue, is the fact that Paul Clement the attorney who was to handle the litigation, resigned to take another position with a smaller law firm run by two Washington D.C attorneys who worked in the Bush administration.

So why the sudden parting of the ways? Could it be that King & Spalding actually have a civil conscience? Or maybe it was the fact that if you’re going to feature on your website the fact that your firm is LGBT friendly, it might be a bad idea to handle federal lawsuits against DOMA. Because, you know, it may kind of make you look like a bunch of hypocrites.

As for Clement, well don’t be surprised if he still works for Boehner and the rest of his gay hating cronies from his new firm. If his new bosses worked for Bush, you can bet your ass they are as homophobic as Bush, Boehner, etc.

Stay tuned, this fight isn’t over. Not by a long shot.

Rick Santorum Is Making It Too Easy!

The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes, 1934

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I came across this little gem today at ThinkProgress. Rick Santorum, second in America to Fred Phelps in rampant homophobia, has a campaign slogan for his presidential bid.  Mr. Santorum is “Fighting to make America America again.” It’s a great thought; too bad Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes thought of it first. Hughes was a wonderful African-American poet during the renaissance. He wrote many poems that reflected the African-American struggles in white dominated America. He was also a very open homosexual. Hughes was a well spoken advocate for gay rights during a time when being out, particularly black and out, could mean a certain death sentence.

Santorum has stolen borrowed his campaign slogan from a poem of Hughes, titled ” Let America be America again.” According to the article from ThinkProgress, the poem is ” pro-union, pro racial justice, and pro immigrant.” Three issues that I’m sure Santorum holds dear to his heart.

Hmmm, maybe Santorum has decided to remove that massive, gay hating, christian stick from his ass, and is starting to view the world through rainbow-colored glasses. Naaah, it’s more likely he’s never heard of “Let America be America again.” Hell, he’s probably never heard of Langston Hughes. After all, there’s no mention of him in Leviticus.

Ryan’s Hope: More Tax Cuts For The Insanely Wealthy.

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Wisconsin is the home of the Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. Their fan base, which is anyone who is a football fan in Wisconsin, are affectionately nicknamed cheese heads, for the foam rubber cheese hats that they wear while watching the Packers play. In 2011, Wisconsin has become the home of another cheesy nickname: The cheese dick.

How does a Wisconsinite become a cheese dick? It’s simple: become a Republican politician. Governor Scott Walker has earned himself a lifetime pass to the cheese dick club. Walker now has company in this exclusive club; his name is Paul Ryan.

Congressman Ryan is chairman of the house budget and finance committee. On Tuesday, Ryan submitted a federal budget proposal that would cut close to $6 trillion dollars over the next 10 years, which is good; over the last ten years, the national debt has climbed immensely, while our economy has spiraled further down the toilet. There’s a problem though; over 2 thirds of Ryan’s proposed cuts affect programs that benefit the poor, the disabled and the elderly, while giving massive tax cuts to the massively wealthy. If this plan goes into effect next year, it will create the biggest gap between social classes in this country’s history.

Among those programs that Ryan is going after are Medicaid and Medicare. Ryan proposes that Medicaid should go on a voucher system, essentially putting the financial responsibility on the states to foot medical bills for those who can’t afford healthcare. The cost of the vouchers will not only hit financially strapped states even harder, the vouchers won’t even come close to covering the rising medical costs of the poor and disabled who may need it.

Ryan is also attacking Medicare for the elderly; under his proposal, Medicare would come under the control of private insurance that the elderly would have to purchase. Of course this is extremely problematic, as most of the elderly are on fixed incomes and can’t afford much of anything, let alone paying for their own health care.

The bill does benefit some though; under Ryan’s proposal, the Bush tax cuts would be made permanent, and estate taxes for the extremely wealthy would be eliminated all together. That’s great news for anyone with an income over a million dollars a year; they would be entitled to additional tax cuts to the tune of at least $125.000 a year.

Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” would be more aptly named “The Road to Ruin.” This plan is just another attack by the Republican base in their war on the impoverished. Our political leaders have learned nothing from world history. As empires demand more from those who do not have, only to turn around to give to those that do, class war becomes inevitable and empires crumble. Just ask the classical Roman and Persian emperors, or the French kings of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Republicans are so afraid of socialism that they are blind to this fact: Their policies of taking from the majority of the people, which are poor and middle class, and in turn giving to the minority which are the insanely wealthy, is indeed, socialism. Let’s just call it elitist socialism and leave it at that, shall we? Cheese dicks indeed.

Our Media Continues to Condone Rape by Vilifying The Victim.

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Amidst the headlines of war in Libya, continuing unrest in the Middle East, and the ongoing war against the middle class and poor by Republican Governors, there was a report about an 11 year old girl in Texas who was raped by at least 18 men between the ages of 14-18. I remember at the time when the article came out, that the report seemed remarkably biased against the young girl. There were comments from the neighbors that the girl was always hanging out in this high crime area, dressed like an adult, and hanging out with a crowd not exactly known as moral young men. In their view, the girl was asking for it, and what little media attention that existed, reflected this bias. The girl in the meantime remained silent, and who could blame her?

Today, I came across this article from the New Agenda, an online feminist blog. The article reminded me exactly how prejudiced our society is when it comes to rape. Marina DelVecchio, who wrote the article, goes in to depth about how our society continues to marginalize rape victims, and instead focus on the circumstances in which the victim was attacked, raising questions about  the victims actions. Her column is centered on the gang rape in Texas, and touches on many salient points to consider.  In addition, Marina provides a few links to other articles that expand and support her points. This passage taken from one of the blogs linked in the article which discusses the media’s role in marginilizing rape, particularly hit home to me:

“It contributes to rape because it normalizes violence against women. Men rape to control, to overpower, to humiliate, to reinforce the patriarchal structure. And the media, which is vastly controlled by men, participates in reproducing already existing prejudices and inequalities, rather than seeking to transform them.”

This quote nails the problem right on the head. While rape is sexual within the act itself, it is not an act of sex. Rape is indeed an act of violence and control, and it does perpetuate the patriarchal structure of our society by humiliating and maintaining control over women. In my opinion, it is committed by men who feel powerless for whatever reason, and are attempting to take back some of their power through rape. The male controlled media is of no help; most men simply do not understand this concept of an act of power versus and act of sex. Furthermore, there is a plethora of explicit rape scenes on television as well as movies that are crafted so that women are depicted as enjoying the act. At the very least many of these scenes were designed to titillate the viewer sexually. 

I completely agree with Marina; our culture thouroghly betrays women when it comes to rape. I can not repeat enough that rape is not about sex, nor is it a crime that should be glorified or defended through the media. It is a vile disgusting act in which the attacker is making a desperate attempt to recover his or her power by overwhelming their victim, and forcing them to submit. Unfortunately in our still predominately patriarchal society, rape is a crime in which the victim is forced to defend themselves. It is the only crime where the victim is presumed guilty until proven innocent. Neither the media nor our justice system is doing anything to reverse the situation. That, in itself, is an egregious crime.

“It’s Like Building on a Heap Of Tofu.”

There is a very interesting article on Yahoo this morning. It seems as if the Japanese government has been covering up many safety violations and accidents in their nuclear power industry. Go figure. Since the early 60’s, when the Japanese government decided to ween itself off its dependance of foriegn oil, the nuclear power industry has enjoyed a cozy relationship with federal regulators. There has been a history of accidents and cover ups in Japan that is only rivaled by the U.S. relationships with the oil industry. The list of Japanese power plant accidents is a long one, and includes

_In 1999, fuel-reprocessing workers were reported to be using stainless steel buckets to hand-mix uranium in flagrant violation of safety standards at the Tokaimura plant. Two workers later died in what was the deadliest accident in the Japanese industry’s history.

• At least 37 workers were exposed to low doses of radiation at a 1997 fire and explosion at a nuclear reprocessing plant operated in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo. The operator, Donen, later acknowledged it had initially suppressed information about the fire.

• Hundreds of people were exposed to radiation and thousands evacuated in the more serious 1999 Tokaimura accident involving JCO Co. The government assigned the accident a level 4 rating on the International Nuclear Event Scale ranging from 1 to 7, with 7 being most serious.

• In 2007, a powerful earthquake ripped into Japan’s northwest coast, killing at least eight people and causing malfunctions at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, including radioactive water spills, burst pipes and fires. Radiation did not leak from the facility.

 In 1978, control rods at one Fukushima reactor dislodged but the accident was not reported because utilities were not required to notify the government of such accidents.

In 2006, Tepco reported a negligible amount of radioactive steam seeped from the Fukushima plant — and blew beyond the compound.

There are currently 54 nuclear plants in Japan, with 2 more under construction, and 11 more plant proposals to build. All in a heavily populated nation that is a virtual earthquake and tsunami magnet. It appears that Tepco built all these plants while cutting corners, and ignoring many industry standards. Tepco and the Japanese government have managed to put the entire island, and now possibly the planet at a danger level of epic proportions. Thanks to them, it probably will not be long until we all become luminescent like so many glo-sticks at an ecstacy laden rave.  Considering the history of corruption in all of our energy industries, if this is President Obama’s idea of clean energy for America, I’ll pass. Thanks but no thanks.

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