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ricktimus:

Neil deGrasse Tyson is not impressed with all your sexism.

mollyalicehoy:

Basically every conversation I had this past week.

mollyalicehoy:

Basically every conversation I had this past week.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has been outspoken about his opposition to immigration reform, on Saturday indicated that Republican leaders support immigration reform because large donors like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pushing them to.

GOP Rep.: House Leadership In The Pockets Of Large Donors

King strangely failed to mention that literally every single member of congress supports and opposes bills and issues that affect real Americans according to the wishes of large donors, because Citizen’s United legalized bribery.

(via wilwheaton)

wilwheaton:

mostlysignssomeportents:

This is exactly what all sports coverage sounds like to me*
*With the exception of corruption stories e.g. stories about Fifa/Ioc mismanagement, bribery, etc, which I absolutely dote on. I wish Radio 4 did a “Corruption in Sports” radio segment every 15 minutes with the morning news.

SPORTS!

wilwheaton:

mostlysignssomeportents:

This is exactly what all sports coverage sounds like to me*

*With the exception of corruption stories e.g. stories about Fifa/Ioc mismanagement, bribery, etc, which I absolutely dote on. I wish Radio 4 did a “Corruption in Sports” radio segment every 15 minutes with the morning news.

SPORTS!

wilwheaton:

(via Condition: Fleshwound)

When you’re wrong, you say so.

wilwheaton:

Unless you’re John Boehner.

On Monday, Speaker of the House John Boehner sent out a tweet about a man who claimed Obamacare wouldn’t cover his baby.

That would be terrible—if it were true. Turns out the man, a failed conservative political candidate, forgot to put his toddler on the application and never bothered to fix it.

Boehner knew the story wasn’t true and created a media frenzy about it anyway.

Days later, Boehner has yet to take the message down. His 78 assistants have yet to issue a statement correcting the record.

Here’s what I don’t understand: if the Affordable Care Act is such a giant disaster that’s bad for everyone, why do Republicans keep making things up about it, trying to confuse Americans what it does and doesn’t do, and lying at every opportunity about it? If it’s as bad as they say it is, shouldn’t the truth be enough?

When the first attempt by the United States to launch a satellite into orbit, in 1957, ended in disaster, did Democrats start to cheer, and unify to stop a space program in its infancy? Or, when Medicare got off to a confusing start, did Republicans of the mid-1960s wrap their entire political future around a campaign to deny government-run health care to the elderly?
 
Of course not. But for the entirety of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart.
 
I get it. This organized schadenfreude goes back to the dawn of Obama’s presidency, when Rush Limbaugh, later joined by Senator Mitch McConnell, said their No. 1 goal was for the president to fail. A CNN poll in 2010 found 61 percent of Republicans hoping Obama would fail (versus only 27 percent among all Americans).
 
Wish granted, mission accomplished. Obama has failed — that is, if you judge by his tanking poll numbers. But does this collapse in approval have to mean that the last best chance for expanding health care for millions of Americans must fail as well?
 
Does this mean we throw in the towel, and return to a status quo in which insurance companies routinely cancel policies, deny health care to people with pre-existing conditions and have their own death panel treatment for patients who reach a cap in medical benefits?
 
The Republican plan would do just that, because they have no plan but to crush the nation’s fledgling experiment.
 
But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy — medical debt?
 
All of that is what we had before. And all of that is what we will return to if some version of the Affordable Care Act is not made workable.
photoshopwilwheaton:

Never…
What the Democrats are trying to do is not to end the shutdown for its own sake, but to break the cycle of crises governance, where they are constantly being asked to make absurd concessions merely to keep the government operating. They want to take away the Republicans’ ability to hold a gun to our country’s credit rating and take away their will to shut down the government. And, since this is the priority, helping the Republicans save face by giving them some reward, no matter how paltry, is entirely counterproductive.
 
To put it in parent/child terms, if you have a boy who throws a lot of tantrums, your problem isn’t the particular tantrum he is throwing right now, but the fact that he throws tantrums whenever he doesn’t get what he wants. When you bargain with the child, you ensure that he will continue the behavior in the future because it is effective.

kennyjb:

 The Government Shutdown explained in the best way.  

(Source: sandandglass)