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Are we doing THIS sh*t again?

In my mailbox this morning…

Demand Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors pull their advertising after his rape comments »

During a rant on sexual assault, Rush Limbaugh asserted yesterday that sometimes “No means yes.”

Sign your name and demand that companies pull their advertising from Rush’s program:

Your Name: Not Confirmed 
Petition Signature: PENDING »

FUCK TO THE NO……

There’s simply no excusing Rush Limbaugh’s comments.

I know you’re not surprised that Rush said something offensive, but Rush’s comments yesterday were truly heinous:

“[According to Ohio State policy,] consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn anytime, and the absence of “no” does not mean “yes.” How many guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that no means yes if you know how to spot it? … Are these [policies] not lawsuits waiting to happen? ” — Rush Limbaugh, yesterday

Comments of this offensive nature are inexcusable — especially at a time when our country is having a long-overdue conversation about violence against women. Plain and simple — Rush Limbaugh is advocating for the tolerance of sexual assault. He should be taken off the air immediately.

Listen, sign your name and demand Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors pull their advertising from his program.

Your Name: Not Confirmed 
Petition Signature: PENDING »

AGAIN, FUCK TO THE FUCKING NO!!!!!!

The women Rush’s comments attack — all women — are customers of the companies that advertise on his show.

But this isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s up to all of us to stand up and send a loud, clear statement: there is NO excuse for sexual assault.

So I hope you’ll stand with me on this. Tell Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors: if you want people to buy your products, pull your ads from Rush Limbaugh’s show.

http://action.dccc.org/Drop-Rush-Limbaugh

Thank you for standing with us,

Steve

Steve Israel
DCCC Chairman

Stevie…do this old liberal a favor….can you and the folks at the DCCC kindly concentrate on keeping the Senate and taking the house, and stop bothering me with your censorship BULLSHIT?  Thank you.

What’s interesting to me is that we, as a country, support football. They’ve had studies that show it’s life-threatening to every player. They have traumatic brain injuries. They’re taking steroids, which really changes their judgment. They’re encouraged and paid to be violent. Same with fighters, with boxers. It would be wonderful if they were able to separate the violence of their job with the violence in their life, but I don’t think that’s how human brains work. And believe me I don’t excuse any violence towards anyone, but I do understand how a guy who knocks people over and pushes them down for a living and gets cheered might do that in his private life, even though it’s wrong.

Rosie O;Donnell on the View 9.15.14
Nails it!

Nails it!

A message from Uncle joe….

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

The Internet Slowdown is coming, and it's going to be huge.

fight4future:

Hey there,

Exciting news! The Internet Slowdown net neutrality protest planned for September 10th is really taking off. This morning, a dozen of the world’s largest websites announced that they’re joining in a big way. Sites you know and love like Etsy, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Vimeo,…

I found this line, of all places, at the tail end of a Superman comic book. It is so true. 
LA River/Canoga Park. 9.6.14. Sunset.

I found this line, of all places, at the tail end of a Superman comic book. It is so true.
LA River/Canoga Park. 9.6.14. Sunset.

The MYTH of the $15 and hour living wage. And no, this is NOT a CONSERVATIVE screed.

As I type this up, a few things I want to make very clear.

First, if you read the newspapers and online news sources, there are massive walkouts of fast food workers in every major city. Including Los Angeles where, (A) I live and (B) I haven’t seen one protester today. Maybe the food union guys don’t want to soil themselves in this part of town.

Second, no one is more pro-minimum wage hike than I am.  In 2014, $8.00hr is chump change.

Here’s the problem.  So is $15hr.

We keep hearing that 15hr will lift people out of poverty, give people more buying power, bla, bla, bla.  You know, rising tide lifts all boats.  The problem comes when the boat has a hole in it.

With that I made a few calculations.  Since right now my #1 concern is housing, I added up what a minimum wage of 15hr. would cover.

First, simple math dictates that 15 x 40 x 4 = $2400.  That’s a lot more than people are getting at $8hr, right?

Problem is that you’re not gonna get THAT.

You see there is the matter of all those taxes they take out every pay period. Using a calculator provided by ADP, they guys who probably do YOUR paychecks, I did some income calculation for four cities: Los Angeles, New York, Austin TX, and Tupelo MS. then I went to rentjungle.com for LA, NYC and Austin, and apartmentguide.com for Tupelo. The findings were….shall we say…interesting,

And of course, YMMV, especially if you used Craigslist and your renting a room from that couple on the child endangerment list to save money. And you know who you are.

Now remember, ever economist breathing says that you should be spending only 30% on housing.  Keep that number in mind. And remember: 40 hour week at $15 and hour, adjusted for taxes…

LOS ANGELES

  • One bedroom average rent $1465
  • Average monthly income $1500
  • Percentage spent on rent 97%

NEW YORK CITY

  • One bedroom average rent $2666
  • Average monthly income $1562
  • Percentage spent on rent $170%

AUSTIN, TX

  • One bedroom average rent $984
  • Average monthly income $1710
  • Percentage spent on rent 57%

TUPELO, MS

  • One bedroom average rent approx. $800
  • Average monthly income $1600
  • Percentage spent on rent 50%

None of these come close to 30%.

Oh, and the real fun part: some the folks who are advocating a $15hr minimum are also the same people advocating a 30hr work weeks instead of 40, And if those new higher wages take hold…and they will, the 30hr week would be one 99%er idea the 1% would gladly embrace.

Again, to be clear: I WANT….DEMAND A HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE. I just think $15 is not enough.

Meanwhile, the boat is taking on water.

Dinner! #MRE #KindnessOfStrangers

Dinner! #MRE #KindnessOfStrangers

Jon Stewart Has A Message For ISIS

(Source: tumblr.com)

What Jon Stewart said last night.  It can go for other things as well…

What Jon Stewart said last night.  It can go for other things as well…

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The Violence That Black Trans Women Face

[content warning: transmisogynoir] Tiffany Edwards, 28 years old, is a Black trans woman who was shot to death in Ohio. Cemia “Ci Ci” Dove, 20 years old, is Black trans woman who was stabbed to death and her body was further brutalized in Ohio. Mia Henderson, 26 years old, is a Black trans woman who was killed and her body experienced “severe trauma” in Maryland. Brittany-Nicole Kidd-Stergis, 22 years old, is a Black trans woman who was shot to death in Ohio.

They are just a (recent) sampling of the young Black trans women who face astronomical rates (such that most homicides among LGBTQ people are of trans women of colour, particularly Black trans women) of violence and homicide because of anti-Blackness, racism, sexism, misogyny, misogynoir, colourism, classism/economic violence, for some, misogynoir specific to sex work, and transmisogyny in general. There are so many intersecting oppressions and one that is regularly eclipsed when violence on Black trans women is discussed is anti-Blackness itself, which alludes to the ways in which the socially acceptable hatred and oppression of Black women in general amplifies for Black trans women. Even in death, as anti-Blackness never allows death to be the final act for Black people, these women are misgendered and immediately associated with crime, versus their gender and humanity honored and their lives respected. Blackness alone, let alone their other intersecting oppressions guarantees that the latter is unlikely.

Whenever street harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police harassment, police brutality, extrajudicial violence/execution and State violence are discussed, Black trans women’s experiences have to be included. Whether the violence is intraracial (re: what Laverne Cox explained about this, not as arbitrary Black pathology but inherently occurring because of the impact of anti-Blackness, White supremacy and more on gender for Black people), interracial (as some violence occurs to Black trans women just for existing, as with CeCe McDonald, while some is related to transmisogynoir and sex work), extrajudicial or State violence (such as the consistent willful violence from the police as in what Monica Jones experienced, healthcare and legal systems), Black trans women’s experiences have to be included. (And there’s much to be said about the impact of oppression on Black trans women and mental health since almost 50% Black trans people, in general, have attempted suicide.)

Information on violence against Black trans women and structural factors that contribute to this (some includes other LGBTQIA populations):

Devastating to regularly encounter these stories. This is also violence on Black people. Tiffany’s, Cemia’s, Mia’s and Brittany’s lives mattered. Black trans women matter.

(via dizzydezzi)