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You can call me Arrows or a4p; other people who let me ride on their zombie dinosaur call me Kate. I'm a writer who is very fond of puns, cats, and assorted other things including Homestuck, Farscape, and the Dresden Files. This is a personal / fandom / whatever I want blog, but you should be able to filter by tags.
kennyvee:

kennyvee:

liberalsarecool:

ppaction:

NOPE. 

Republicans talking shit AGAIN. This @GOP tweet is the literal opposite of what they believe, campaign, and how they vote.

They know that no matter how outrageously they lie, their base will still believe them.

I reblogged this a couple weeks ago, but I’m reblogging it again because after sending that tweet out on September 1st, Republicans blocked equal pay (yet again) just two weeks later.

kennyvee:

kennyvee:

liberalsarecool:

ppaction:

NOPE. 

Republicans talking shit AGAIN. This @GOP tweet is the literal opposite of what they believe, campaign, and how they vote.

They know that no matter how outrageously they lie, their base will still believe them.

I reblogged this a couple weeks ago, but I’m reblogging it again because after sending that tweet out on September 1st, Republicans blocked equal pay (yet again) just two weeks later.

youcouldntseeforthelights:

politicalsexkitten:

youcouldntseeforthelights:

justplainsomething:

hermionegranger:

Real Time with Bill Maher: 6.6.14 — Anthony Weiner, Jim Geraghety, Nicolle Wallace

#FINALLYSOMEONESAYSIT

Holy shit, Anthony Weiner actually said something important.

Anthony Weiner when not involving his dick usually says at least relevant things.

Oh hey look, the blood is flowing to his thinking head this time.

Like I said when he’s dick’s not stuck in the media obfusicating the campaign issues he was never that bad. Just kind of a pretentious jerk with a short fuse with the right ideas politically. 

red3blog:

sourcedumal:

kirstinthereckless:

amuzed1:

bobbycaputo:

Republicans just killed a bill that would have allowed students to refinance their loans at lower interest rates because rich people would have to pay for part of it.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act didn’t even get past a procedural vote, failing 56-38. Warren said the bill was designed to ease the debts of 40 million Americans who collectively hold nearly $1.3 trillion in loans, at a stunning $30,000 per borrower.

Senate Republicans objected to the inclusion of the so-called Buffett Rule to pay for it, which would have raised income tax rates on rich people who obtain most of their income from investments. Raising taxes is a non-starter for the GOP in both the House and Senate. Just three Republicans signed on with the bill.

Read more | Follow @policymic

I WISH I only owed $30,000.

I never hated a group of people so much in my life… I fuckin HATE republicans.

Republicans need to GO. THEY NEED TO FUCKING GO.

Some background on the politics of this because I think political reporting tends to contribute to people’s misunderstandings about just what Republican obstructionism is doing.

When the article says the vote failed 56 to 38, what you need to understand is that it failed with 56 votes in favor and 38 against. This was a bipartisan bill, attracted the support of three Republicans and the entire Democratic caucus, a clear majority of the Senate. It failed because Republicans in the Senate are exploiting procedural rules to prevent votes on anything.

It is also worth understanding that the votes they are preventing aren’t even blocking any legislation. This bill would not have passed the House where Republicans hold a majority. Indeed, even if the bill COULD have passed the House with limited GOP support joining with Democrats, the House Republicans follow a standard where only bills with a majority of Republicans supporting it can go to the floor for a vote. So Senate Republicans are obstructing literally just to obstruct. I won’t get into the mess where a the last House election, Democratic candidates actually got a 50.6% majority of the popular vote but this only resulted in 46.2% of the House seats.

Also worth noting here is that Republicans objected to the inclusion of a tax increase to pay for this bill. This is because Republicans have arbitrarily demanded that all new bills be “paid for”. If you are wondering if they held to such strict fiscal responsibility when they were in control of Congress and the Presidency, please refer to the exploding deficits during the Bush administration which inherited balanced budgets. Mind you, this isn’t even necessarily fiscally responsible. At the moment, it is actually extremely inexpensive for the federal government to borrow money. Now is precisely the time to be running responsible deficits in order to stimulate the economy by things like, say, increasing the buying power of young college graduates. Every time a Republican scolds “Washington” for not being able to balance its budgets, understand that every American with a mortgage, a car loan, and (spoiler) student loans isn’t operating with a “balanced” budget by their definition. Because these kinds of investments leading to debt are routine and fiscally healthy. Which is why Republicans always forget about fiscal responsibility when they are spending the money. Because their concern is a sham and they know it.

Except, the new generation of Republicans DON’T actually know that. They’ve swallowed this rhetoric for years and now adhere to it with a religious fervor. And THAT is a scary glimpse into our future.

terrachained:

trollttorney:

billeager:

It’s so…. entertaining???????????? that this is happening in my country.

Entertaining if not for the millions of lives it is ruining

so let me get this right, the country and arguably a considerable chunk of the world is literally a week away from complete financial collapse, and they’re still talking about the semantics of healthcare and refusing to make any sort of compromise?

Basically. The votes are there to pass a clean budget bill, but Boehner won’t let it be scheduled because he knows it would pass (he’s been saying he won’t put it up because it won’t, which is a lie. It would clearly pass; it would have passed last week). But if he does, they lose the Affordable Care Act fight and he won’t be Speaker any more. Even worse, the Republicans’ next in line for his job is a Tea Partier. 

On the other side, Obama said he’d accept a short-term increase in the debt ceiling to avoid a default, but that needs to get rolling REAL QUICK if it’s going to be ready by the 17th. Which it isn’t, because the House Rs have refused to hear any debt limit bills so far too.

Their strategy is literally a staring contest.

bspolitics:

Let me reiterate, THE VOTES ARE THERE TO END THE SHUTDOWN, but Boehner won’t let it go to a vote.

He is afraid of looking “weak” and trying to protect his job while shutting down the federal government and putting some 800,000 people out of work while he does it.

Meanwhile, the media wants to act like this is some kind of breakdown of communication where both sides refuse to compromise. The problem with that narrative is that it’s one side that is causing all these problems right now and this false “neutrality” only benefits the side behaving badly.

So if anyone lives in a district with a moderate Republican Representative, you should probably email them and ask them to stop voting with the Speaker and support a clean budget bill. That would be pretty cool of you.  (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

persephonesidekick:

joehillsthrills:

To catch you up on current events, the House Republicans are currently lying on the floor, holding their breath, and turning blue, in a last ditch effort to get someone to make the Affordable Care Act (A/K/A Obamacare) go away. What terrifies them is not the idea that the program will fail, but that, in fact, it will succeed. And the thought of working people, children, and the poor having health coverage makes them panicky for some reason.
To that end, the Tea Party noise machine has done everything it can to spread misinformation about the law, prevent it from being implemented, and block the government from providing basic information about how the Affordable Care Act works. This is a familiar tactic from other recent political battles: frantically cut the legs out from under the law at the legislative level, then scream that it obviously doesn’t work, and try to have it eliminated.
Here are the facts the hissy-fit crew don’t want you to know:
If you have insurance, you keep it. Nothing changes.
If you apply for insurance, and you have a preexisting condition, most insurers can no longer deny you coverage.
If you can’t afford insurance, the government will help you pay.
Your insurance coverage, whatever it is - whether it is supplied by your employer, or you go and get it yourself in the new health insurance marketplaces - will help pay for everything from preventative care, to doctor’s visits, to prescriptions. Because working people shouldn’t be one accident or illness away from bankruptcy. This is a simple matter of decency and social fairness. I am confused why anyone thinks otherwise.
Some people worry if they don’t get insurance, they will go to jail. This is a falsehood. However, in 2014, if you do not have health insurance, you have to get some, or pay a fee. And you say: but why do I need health insurance?? I’m not sick and I don’t need medical care! But if you get hit by a drunk driver, you will need care. Or if you slip on the ice. Or if you’re diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Everyone is in the health care market… ill health is an inevitable part of the human existence.
Don’t worry signing up will be hard! Help finding a plan is available.
The ACA means your insurer cannot drop you just because you get sick. It also means insurers cannot set arbitrary limits on how much they will spend on your care each year. Need more care? Get more money.
The ACA protects your choice of doctors, and makes sure your children can stay on your health plan until they’re 26. It guarantees your right to appeal if your insurer tries to dick you out of your fair coverage.
Guess what else? The money you’re spending on insurance? The insurance companies now face an 80/20 requirement, meaning that they have to spend 80% of what they make on health care, not on marketing, or administration, or other happy-crappy. Now they have to do less selling, more doing.
There’s a lot more to learn, if you want - all the facts are right here - but there is no reason to be afraid of the law. The goal is to protect families from the worst: the debilitating illness that wipes them out financially and closes the door to opportunity.
For creative people, the ACA is probably the best thing to happen in decades. I can’t tell you how many comic book creators are one sickness from having everything swept away. The creative class has been one of the great engines of the American economy, and in that way, the Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act is an attack on what America does best: invent and create.
Again: all the information you need, including how to sign up, is right here. Take a few minutes and get some facts for yourself. You won’t need more than a few minutes - this is simple, not hard, and a positive, not a negative.
By all means, reblog this post. It’s important for people to get good information. You can help by passing along the essential facts.

Wait is this still going through?  Is it funded?

Yup, it’s up! Like lots of programs, funding was already allocated for however much time. Contractors continue to work while non-essential federal employees have to go home immediately; contractors stop when funding for our particular projects runs out or when the agency cancels the contract. (More federal employees and projects will stop as the money the agencies already have runs out.)
So enjoy. The Senate let the House shut the government down because they believe you deserve to have this.

persephonesidekick:

joehillsthrills:

To catch you up on current events, the House Republicans are currently lying on the floor, holding their breath, and turning blue, in a last ditch effort to get someone to make the Affordable Care Act (A/K/A Obamacare) go away. What terrifies them is not the idea that the program will fail, but that, in fact, it will succeed. And the thought of working people, children, and the poor having health coverage makes them panicky for some reason.

To that end, the Tea Party noise machine has done everything it can to spread misinformation about the law, prevent it from being implemented, and block the government from providing basic information about how the Affordable Care Act works. This is a familiar tactic from other recent political battles: frantically cut the legs out from under the law at the legislative level, then scream that it obviously doesn’t work, and try to have it eliminated.

Here are the facts the hissy-fit crew don’t want you to know:

If you have insurance, you keep it. Nothing changes.

If you apply for insurance, and you have a preexisting condition, most insurers can no longer deny you coverage.

If you can’t afford insurance, the government will help you pay.

Your insurance coverage, whatever it is - whether it is supplied by your employer, or you go and get it yourself in the new health insurance marketplaces - will help pay for everything from preventative care, to doctor’s visits, to prescriptions. Because working people shouldn’t be one accident or illness away from bankruptcy. This is a simple matter of decency and social fairness. I am confused why anyone thinks otherwise.

Some people worry if they don’t get insurance, they will go to jail. This is a falsehood. However, in 2014, if you do not have health insurance, you have to get some, or pay a fee. And you say: but why do I need health insurance?? I’m not sick and I don’t need medical care! But if you get hit by a drunk driver, you will need care. Or if you slip on the ice. Or if you’re diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Everyone is in the health care market… ill health is an inevitable part of the human existence.

Don’t worry signing up will be hard! Help finding a plan is available.

The ACA means your insurer cannot drop you just because you get sick. It also means insurers cannot set arbitrary limits on how much they will spend on your care each year. Need more care? Get more money.

The ACA protects your choice of doctors, and makes sure your children can stay on your health plan until they’re 26. It guarantees your right to appeal if your insurer tries to dick you out of your fair coverage.

Guess what else? The money you’re spending on insurance? The insurance companies now face an 80/20 requirement, meaning that they have to spend 80% of what they make on health care, not on marketing, or administration, or other happy-crappy. Now they have to do less selling, more doing.

There’s a lot more to learn, if you want - all the facts are right here - but there is no reason to be afraid of the law. The goal is to protect families from the worst: the debilitating illness that wipes them out financially and closes the door to opportunity.

For creative people, the ACA is probably the best thing to happen in decades. I can’t tell you how many comic book creators are one sickness from having everything swept away. The creative class has been one of the great engines of the American economy, and in that way, the Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act is an attack on what America does best: invent and create.

Again: all the information you need, including how to sign up, is right here. Take a few minutes and get some facts for yourself. You won’t need more than a few minutes - this is simple, not hard, and a positive, not a negative.

By all means, reblog this post. It’s important for people to get good information. You can help by passing along the essential facts.

Wait is this still going through?  Is it funded?

Yup, it’s up! Like lots of programs, funding was already allocated for however much time. Contractors continue to work while non-essential federal employees have to go home immediately; contractors stop when funding for our particular projects runs out or when the agency cancels the contract. (More federal employees and projects will stop as the money the agencies already have runs out.)

So enjoy. The Senate let the House shut the government down because they believe you deserve to have this.

Eurgh! Cons have no sense of personal responsibility >:( They were elected to represent their constituents and make sure the gov runs smoothly; instead they do their best to break it in hopes of making the other party look bad. GRrrrrrr >:[

Anytime a Republican pushes “we support our troops” in the future I will point to this moment, because the VA can only run with select employees for a month during a shutdown, and then benefits payments and EVERYTHING ELSE will stop.

Because delaying Obamacare for a year is just that important.

Happy Fiscal Cliff

Welcome to 2013, fuckers.

andythanfiction:

So, tonight…
We re-elected Barack Obama, who is now the first black/mixed-race President for TWO terms.
We elected the first openly homosexual Senator…and she’s a woman.
We elected the first Asian-Amerian woman to the Senate.
We elected the first combat-wounded disabled female veteran to Congress.
Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted for marriage equality.
Minnesota voted down an anti-marriage equality amendment.
Openly misogynistic rape-apologist legislators Akin, Walsh, and Mourdock were voted the hell out…two of them by women.
Record-breaking numbers of young voters, women, and voters of color turned out DESPITE extraordinary suppression efforts and hardship in many districts.
Women and the young were the majority of the electorate for the first time in history.
For the first time in history, the electorate reflected the actual racial demographics of the country, with 28% voters of color.
Mary Gonzales, a Hispanic woman in Texas, became the first pansexual State Senator.
Puerto Rico voted to petition to become the 51st State
In other words, tonight America proved that things really, SERIOUSLY do get better and that no matter how much kicking and screaming, we are stronger in our diversity.

I don’t often feel like I can say I’m proud of you, America, but well fucking done.

andythanfiction:

So, tonight…

We re-elected Barack Obama, who is now the first black/mixed-race President for TWO terms.

We elected the first openly homosexual Senator…and she’s a woman.

We elected the first Asian-Amerian woman to the Senate.

We elected the first combat-wounded disabled female veteran to Congress.

Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted for marriage equality.

Minnesota voted down an anti-marriage equality amendment.

Openly misogynistic rape-apologist legislators Akin, Walsh, and Mourdock were voted the hell out…two of them by women.

Record-breaking numbers of young voters, women, and voters of color turned out DESPITE extraordinary suppression efforts and hardship in many districts.

Women and the young were the majority of the electorate for the first time in history.

For the first time in history, the electorate reflected the actual racial demographics of the country, with 28% voters of color.

Mary Gonzales, a Hispanic woman in Texas, became the first pansexual State Senator.

Puerto Rico voted to petition to become the 51st State

In other words, tonight America proved that things really, SERIOUSLY do get better and that no matter how much kicking and screaming, we are stronger in our diversity.

I don’t often feel like I can say I’m proud of you, America, but well fucking done.

notmeganbutmaggie:

downlo:

Surprising exactly no one, there have been many reports of problems at polling places today, particularly in swing states. It’s also clear that most of these efforts to frustrate, confuse, and trick voters are being done for the benefit of Republican candidates. Undermining the…

fuck everything. i hate the world.

Maggie just stay off the internet until it’s over. Obama has a perfectly decent chance at winning, like 75%. Just go write fic.

notmeganbutmaggie:

beautiful-rulebreakingmoth:

so you think romney’s son buying voting machines in ohio isn’t going to make any impact on the election, right? WRONG. according to at least one person in columbus, ohio on the daily beast’s voter irregularity widget, machines with votes cast for obama are reporting as votes cast for romney. this is, in joe biden’s words, “a big fucking deal.”
spread this shit like wildfire.

please let this be a lie. godfuckingdamnit.

Maggie, you know those times where I tell you to stop watching the news because it’ll upset you? This is one of those times.

notmeganbutmaggie:

beautiful-rulebreakingmoth:

so you think romney’s son buying voting machines in ohio isn’t going to make any impact on the election, right? WRONG. according to at least one person in columbus, ohio on the daily beast’s voter irregularity widget, machines with votes cast for obama are reporting as votes cast for romney. this is, in joe biden’s words, “a big fucking deal.”

spread this shit like wildfire.

please let this be a lie. godfuckingdamnit.

Maggie, you know those times where I tell you to stop watching the news because it’ll upset you? This is one of those times.

An Open Letter to Undecided American Voters

fishingboatproceeds:

fishingboatproceeds:

Somewhere around two percent of voters are ostensibly still undecided about who they’ll be voting for in the Presidential election. These people are often ridiculed, because it’s easy to make fun of a small minority, but many voters (including myself) are balancing competing interests and also trying to make conclusions about a candidate’s true intentions, which are always masked by a degree of political doublespeak.

In general, I’m disappointed by the tone of the political conversation this year, which is too rarely about policy and too often mean-spirited. Nobody running for President wants to destroy America. Nobody is evil.

The policy positions aren’t even that different: In the end, the purportedly “pro-rich” Romney wants the top marginal tax rate to be 28%; the purportedly “anti-rich” Obama wants it to be 39%. That may seem like a huge difference, but it really isn’t: In 1962, the top marginal income tax rate was 90%. In 1986, it was 50%. 

I’m not going to give you a quiz that will tell you who to vote for; these already exist. Instead, I’m going to share what matters to me, and how I decided to vote to re-elect President Obama. This is a partisan attempt to convince you to vote for my guy, and I’m not going to pretend otherwise, but it comes from a true independent who has voted for many Republicans for state and national offices in the past (and will vote for a couple this year).

Here are the issues that matter to me:

1. The Economy: The Deficit. We can’t continue to take on debt without risking the long term financial health of the United States, but it’s really important to note that almost all of our current debt is extremely cheap, because interest rates are on T-Bills and the like are very low. So our current debt poses no risk to the American economy. (Here’s a further explanation.) But debt could become more expensive in the future, which could be a big problem. Both candidates for President have plans to reduce the deficit: Romney wants to cut spending and end some tax credits and deductions while also cutting overall income tax rates by 20%; Obama wants to cut spending and raise taxes, primarily by rolling back the Bush-era tax cuts on income over $250,000 a year. (Obama also wants to raise the capital gains tax modestly, from 15% to 20%, but this will never happen with a Republican congress.)

It’s not clear whose plan would cut the deficit more, because Romney hasn’t said which deductions he’d eliminate, and neither has really outlined what kind of spending they would cut, except for rhetorical stuff that isn’t very expensive (like federal funding for public broadcasting).

But to me, Obama’s plan is a lot more balanced and measured. It also incorporates a lot of Republican ideas, especially in restructuring Medicare costs to make them more sustainable, and if Obama is re-elected, the Grand Bargain that will need to be struck on deficit reduction will probably focus on spending cuts while also rolling back the Bush-era tax cuts on income over $250,000. I think Romney’s plan is just disingenuous; you don’t cut deficits by cutting taxes. You may spur economic growth (as we saw in the Reagan years), but you’ll never see surpluses that will allow us to better manage our debt (as we saw in the Clinton years). I think the current economic climate calls for a Clinton-esque response rather than a Reagan-esque response.

Some will say that President Obama shouldn’t be trusted with the deficit after growing it so much the past four years. But deficits are supposed to grow during recessions, and even during recoveries. (Indeed, that’s one of the reasons our debt is currently so cheap.) The deficit should shrink during times of economic expansion, which I expect the next four years will be no matter who is President.

2. The Economy: Jobs. Here’s my honest opinion: Presidents don’t create many private-sector jobs. It’s true that regulation stymies some growth that might lead to more employment, but it’s equally true that inadequate regulation can hurt the job market in the long run (as we saw with the banking collapse of 2008). I share a lot of Romney’s pro-business worldview, but most facilitating of private-sector job creation happens in local government, not on the federal side. (If Romney were running for governor of Indiana against Obama, I’d have a harder time making up my mind.)

3. The Supreme Court. The next presidential term will likely see one or two Supreme Court appointments, and while all the ink will be spilled about abortion rights and marriage (both very important issues), the biggest question facing the court to me is about the role that corporations play in our country and whether they should be treated as people under the law. Romney has implied he is likely to look to conservative justices who believe in corporate personhood; Obama has shown that he is likely to appoint judges (whom to me seem centrist but to conservatives seem liberal) who argue against corporate personhood. This is a defining issue of our time, and I don’t think corporations should have the same set of rights as individuals, so this is a big push toward Obama for me.

4. Foreign policy. This is pretty simple: Governor Romney wants to increase defense spending at a time when I don’t think it needs to be increased. I think the Afghan War has been poorly managed under Obama, but it was also poorly managed before. Vitally, he brought an end to the Iraq War (although again, we were put on that road by the Bush administration). 

My biggest foreign policy concern is that Governor Romney has advocated for more intervention in Syria and Iran. I don’t think the US should act unilaterally anymore on the world stage. I also don’t want to see us return to the aggressive and hawkish rhetoric of the Bush era. We can’t afford it, and it doesn’t make us stronger.

5. Social issues. I believe in marriage equality and abortion rights, which line up with the President’s positions better than Governor Romney’s. 

So that’s how I decided. A lot of people are going to choose differently, and that’s okay. I think President Obama is a better choice at this historical moment, but I don’t think Governor Romney is evil or even that he’d be a bad President. In short, I don’t blame you for being undecided. Thanks for reading.

Reblogging because tomorrow is election day.

I’d like to add that if Romney wins, the man a heartbeat away from the presidency will be one who really, really likes Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. (And then disclaimed it when someone pointed out the atheism, but that’s campaigns. Aquinas, yeah right.)

Just think about that. Or don’t, just that much is making my headache come back.