Senator Bernie Sanders would be a fantastic addition to the 2016 US Presidential race!!  His entry might provide a civics lesson for voters less informed about democratic socialism, a system that resembles democracy in northern Europe (tangentially related).

Unless, of course, we want to blindly follow the Koch Brothers’ bidding and abolish things like democracy, public education, government, medicare, medicaid, and social security while we give tax breaks to people who don’t need huge tax breaks.

We get to choose.

This is hysterical, except that it is also very sad.

"Are you f**king kidding me!? Are you f**king kidding me!? How far back to the elementary school core curriculum do we have to go to get someone on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology caught up?" http://on.cc.com/1v64gga

(thanks/via: thedailyshow)

This is hysterical, except that it is also very sad.

"Are you f**king kidding me!? Are you f**king kidding me!? How far back to the elementary school core curriculum do we have to go to get someone on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology caught up?" http://on.cc.com/1v64gga

(thanks/via: thedailyshow)

Bill O’Reilly “does not believe in white privilege,” saying it’s a “big lie that is keeping some African-Americans from reaching their full potential.”

Now back to reality:

  • One in 3 black men can expect to go to prison at some point. 
  • A black college student “has the same chances of getting a job as a white high school dropout.” 
  • Media cover 19.5% of cases with missing African American children, while 33.2% of missing children cases involve black kids. 
  • At least “4 million African-Americans and Latinos experience housing discrimination each year.” 
  • While black Americans make up 14% of monthly drug users, “they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses.” 
  • We could go on and on and on

Yes, this is the same multimillionaire who "exempt[ed]" himself from “that white privilege banner” because he used to “paint houses” and “cut lawns.”

(thanks/via:  mediamattersforamerica)


Kal’s cartoon: this week, policing in America

America has placed inordinate emphasis on its miliary and carbon-based energy economy and these things are beginning to bite the master?
(thanks/via: theeconomist)

Kal’s cartoon: this week, policing in America

America has placed inordinate emphasis on its miliary and carbon-based energy economy and these things are beginning to bite the master?

(thanks/via: theeconomist)

Thank you to John Oliver for bringing this discussion to his viewers with  hopes more people will understand.  As Jay Nixon, governor of Missouri, says in the video  “The eyes of the world are watching.”  Sadly Governor Nixon clearly does not seem to understand his state’s inhumane treatment of the citizens (and the press) has not impressed Human Right WatchAmnesty International, or the press.  More on how the world views this situation.

Michelle Obama announces 1 Million Votes for 2014.

If you are alarmed, if you care, if you’re frustrated, then you should absolutely vote plus you should read Robert Reich’s post titled The Disease of American Democracy.  Right now.

(Image via: LabNo4 on Etsy)

whitehouse:

“If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, let’s team up. Let’s pass some bills. Let’s help America together.” —President Obama in Austin on GOP obstruction in Congress.

Yes. Please do reach across those aisles and DO something for We The People. Surprise us. Perhaps start with immigration?

 

BREAK THE KOCH MACHINE

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves. They’re using their fortune – they’re the fifth and sixth richest people in the world — to create their own political machine designed to protect and advance their financial interests. The Koch machine includes:

1. Political front groups pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into elections at every level of our democracy, while disguising the sources of the money.

2. Giant advertising campaigns to convince Americans climate change is a myth, the Affordable Care Act will harm them, unions are bad, and wealthy people deserve tax cuts.

3. A network of think tanks designed to come up with findings the Kochs want. For example, over $23 million for studies arguing we should abolish the minimum wage or keep it where it is forever.

4. A campaign to suppress the votes of minorities. In the last presidential election, funding white “poll-watchers” where minorities vote, leading to complaints of voter intimidation. And peddling a Voter ID bill to state legislators across the country, designed to make it harder for many to vote.

5. A nationwide effort to bust unions.  Funding anti-union campaigns in states like Wisconsin, and pushing an anti-union law that’s been used in dozens of states to undermine workers’ collective bargaining rights.

And 6. A long-term strategy to unravel America’s campaign finance laws, even organizing secret meetings with sympathetic Supreme Court justices. 

The Koch political machine would be troubling in any circumstance. But it’s especially dangerous in present-day America, where wealth is more concentrated than it’s been in over a century and the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates to big money.

The problem isn’t that the Kochs are so rich, or their political views are so regressive. The problem is they’re using their exorbitant wealth to impose those views on the rest of us, undermining our democracy.

More than 200,000 of you have already signed my MoveOn petition denouncing the Koch brothers for undermining our democracy.

The Kochs won’t care what we say, but when a half a million of us stand up to them, politicians will have to think twice before taking their money. When a million of us stand up to them, their money will be a political liability.

Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society. Please join our petition — and stand up for our democracy. The link to the petition is at the end of the video.

Or go to http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-denounce-the-koch

Our democracy is not for sale.

(thanks/via: R

 

Earlier this month, digital rights activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC, a super political action committee aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance laws.
To date, the Super PAC has raised more than $1.2 million in pledges from 17,500 people. Through Mayday, Lessig hopes to turn the mechanism of corporate influence in politics against itself. “If we are effective,” he says, “we will reduce the power of money.”
The goal, according to Lessig, is to raise a total of $12 million by the 2014 midterm elections. Several Silicon Valley billionaires have lined up to match all donations to the Super PAC.
That money, Lessig hopes, will be used to elect five candidates as a sort of proof of concept—showing lawmakers and voters alike that the issue of money in politics does matter and can be influenced by everyday citizens.
If successful, Lessig and his supporters plan to launch during the 2016 election a much larger campaign aimed at reversing recent laws that have granted corporations unprecedented political influence.
Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs

(thanks/via: newsweek)

 

Earlier this month, digital rights activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC, a super political action committee aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance laws.

To date, the Super PAC has raised more than $1.2 million in pledges from 17,500 people. Through Mayday, Lessig hopes to turn the mechanism of corporate influence in politics against itself. “If we are effective,” he says, “we will reduce the power of money.”

The goal, according to Lessig, is to raise a total of $12 million by the 2014 midterm elections. Several Silicon Valley billionaires have lined up to match all donations to the Super PAC.

That money, Lessig hopes, will be used to elect five candidates as a sort of proof of concept—showing lawmakers and voters alike that the issue of money in politics does matter and can be influenced by everyday citizens.

If successful, Lessig and his supporters plan to launch during the 2016 election a much larger campaign aimed at reversing recent laws that have granted corporations unprecedented political influence.

Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs

(thanks/via: newsweek)

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