Archive for April 16, 2012
One way women abort fetuses when they don’t have access to safe and sterile abortions is to stick metal objects up their vagina:
Abortions won’t stop. What will happen is that women will die trying to rid themselves of pregnancies they don’t want and children they can’t afford to take care of.
Read more about the ways in which women self-induce abortions here.
Remember this in November people!
A proposal to implement the Buffett Rule was blocked in the Senate on Monday, but proponents of the millionaire tax vowed to keep the issue alive in the months ahead.
Republicans, as expected, garnered enough support to reject Democrats’ attempt to bring up the proposal for debate. The Democrats fell nine votes short.
Got that? Republicans blocked a debate, not a vote. Chicken shit ass bastards. They don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to have to argue — all of it documented on C-SPAN — why people who make a $1 million or more a year should pay less than you and me.
The GOP put the kibosh on the bill known as the “Paying a Fair Share Act,” which embodies President Obama’s proposed millionaire tax.
The bill would impose a minimum 30% effective federal tax rate on those with adjusted gross incomes above $1 million, although it phases in for those making between $1 million and $2 million.
Meanwhile there’s this:
According to a CNN/ORC International survey, 72% favor the bill, which is named for billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who has argued that it’s unfair that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Twenty-seven percent oppose the measure.
I love this but I wish it was more in-depth.
My mother always, always, served mint jelly with lamb. It might be old fashioned but it’s a delicious flavor combination.
The #1 story in the “liberal media” today is the GSA scandal:
The former head of the General Services Administration apologized Monday for letting a lavish conference near Las Vegas happen on her watch and said she shouldn’t have paid a bonus to a regional official who organized the event.
Martha Johnson, who resigned as the agency’s chief earlier this month, was speaking at a House hearing where lawmakers lined up to denounce its excesses.
Ms. Johnson said the staff conference in 2010, which cost taxpayers more than $800,000, was nominally a training session but “evolved into a raucous, extravagant, arrogant, self-congratulatory” event.
I agree that this was an outrageous, arrogant waste of tax dollars and we need to root out and end the culture that allowed for this kind of behavior. But when put into perspective, it’s a pittance:
The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.
The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a US congressional committee.
In the year after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 nearly 281 million notes, weighing 363 tonnes, were sent from New York to Baghdad for disbursement to Iraqi ministries and US contractors. Using C-130 planes, the deliveries took place once or twice a month with the biggest of $2,401,600,000 on June 22 2004, six days before the handover.
Oh, and over the weekend we learned that the “too big to fail” banks are even bigger now than when they were too big to fail. Maybe we should devote some airtime to that, heh?
Last month, the AFL-CIO endorsed Obama, quieting all the talk about any rift or lingering differences between the President and organized labor. Many Dems hope enthusiastic union support will help Obama limit losses among blue collar whites in the swing states — something that could prove decisive in the 2012 election.
Those hopes may have hit another snag: That rift has cracked open a bit once again.
In an interview just now, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka ripped into Obama for taking a key step this weekend towards the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement — which Trumka claimed would have domestic political ramifications for Obama. Trumka said continuing betrayal of labor would make it harder to turn out supporters this fall and was already muddying Obama’s efforts to draw a sharp contrast with Mitt Romney over who represents the 99 percent.
Bravo to Trumka. We don’t need another NAFTA. The corporatocracy has Obama’s ear and if labor (as in we workers) has to scream to get his attention, tragic as it is, so be it.
Republicans are just tickled pink that people are suffering:
[Colorado] Rep. Scott Tipton raised $378,000 in the first quarter of this year, a figure reportedly more than double the amount the Grand Junction Republican raised in the last quarter of 2011.
Tipton has $813,000 cash on hand to spend against his likely Democratic challenger, former House Minority Leader Sal Pace.
“It was a very successful quarter,” Michael Fortney, Tipton’s campaign manager, said in an interview. “It was a combination of fundraisers and Republican donors coming through for us across the state.”
Democrats say privately that the freshman lawmaker will lose his re-election bid. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee lists Pace as one of 18 “red-to-blue” candidates who will flip the district for Democrats. A Pace spokesperson did not return a call for comment.
Fortney expressed confidence in Tipton’s chances, although he stopped short of predicting victory outright this fall. “With gas prices doubled, the national debt doubled, and unemployment has barely moved, we feel good,” Fortney said.
Vote sadist in November!
Calling all foodies. A new “food and photography” magazine debuted today. It’s called “WH,” or Who’s Hungry:
Blending the worlds of food and photography,the magazine features travel stories and recipes from top food writers, as well as styling tips, interviews, and of course, stunning images by Stephen Hamilton.
Go here to look around. Gorgeous stuff.
I haven’t read the article but I take from this cover that working women fantasize about some sort of bondage thing all day?
Who in the world are they talking to?
This is what happens when (1) banks own the government and (2) they know they can essentially do whatever they want because We the People will bail them out if they get in trouble:
Two years after President Barack Obama vowed to eliminate the danger of financial institutions becoming “too big to fail,” the nation’s largest banks are bigger than they were before the credit crisis.
Five banks — JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. — held $8.5 trillion in assets at the end of 2011, equal to 56 percent of the U.S. economy, according to the Federal Reserve.
Five years earlier, before the financial crisis, the largest banks’ assets amounted to 43 percent of U.S. output. The Big Five today are about twice as large as they were a decade ago relative to the economy, sparking concern that trouble at a major bank would rock the financial system and force the government to step in as it did during the 2008 crunch.
“Market participants believe that nothing has changed, that too-big-to-fail is fully intact,” said Gary Stern, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
If you think about this for more than a few minutes you’ll get really, really nervous because this is insane.