Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin staged a little press conference to call out the hypocrisy of the NFL…and holy crap it was a doozy.
Can’t wait to see how the No Fun League responds to getting their shit called out in such a big way.
Watch: Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin mock NFL media policies – YouTube.
Given that the major networks all chose November sweeps over airing the President’s Immigration Reform speech, I figured it would be a nice thing to share. You know, informed electorate, and all that…
Read the full text of the President’s speech after the jump…
Give us your poor, your hungry…and we’ll tell them to F off.
With President Obama delivering a national address on the Executive actions he plans to take on Immigration Reform, Republicans and Obama-haters are already going full press on their oft-repeated claim of King Obama’s unprecedented abuse of Executive authority.
Problem is, Obama’s actions on immigration reform aren’t unprecedented, and they’re not abusive. It’s certainly ideal for Congress to actually debate, compromise, and legislate the issue rather than the White House fixing things by Exec Order, but Immigration reform is something EVERY President (including Republicans) since Eisenhower has acted unilaterally on.
It also bears remembering Obama isn’t creating new laws (that’s Congress’s job), he’s declaring how to the government should EXECUTE the already-established 1986 immigration reform laws – completely within his purview as leader of the EXECUTIVE branch.
In particular, one of the big issues Obama seeks to correct are the gaping holes in the 1986 law regarding deportation of illegal family members of legal citizens – something both Saint Reagan and Bush Sr. issued Executive Orders trying to fix. Surprisingly, there wasn’t the ABUSE furor from Republicans then.
Remember, these same partisan idiots have been looking for ANY reason to impeach the president, screaming about Obama’s alleged abuse of Exec Orders for six years. Unfortunately for fact-haters, Obama has issued LESS orders than every President before him in modern history, even less than Presidents who only served one term.
The other thing to keep in mind while Congressmen rant like uneducated morons, is that Congress has the ability to pass Immigration reform laws on their own, find compromise, and of course stop Obama’s alleged “controversial” execution of the law. But Congress refuses to act, despite promises to do so for years, and despite polls showing an overwhelming majority of Americans want immigration reform. Shit, the Senate passed an immigration reform bill over 500 days ago, but Speaker of the House John Boehner refuses to even allow the House to discuss or vote on it.
Fact: Immigration reform does not currently benefit the Republican party - and it’s not just because of racism in the base. Immigration Reform means more minority citizens, which means more minority voters as well as more Labor voters — both groups overwhelmingly vote Democrat over Republican. With the loud Republican opposition, any actual reform would be seen as a victory (and reason to show up and vote) for Democrats. It’s bad voter demographics, and probably the biggest obstacle to meaningful reform for over 11 million people living in the US.
Rather than address/debate/solve a problem affecting our country, our children, our families, our schools, our borders, our security, our economy — we’ll hear about how the President is an evil usurper breaking our Constitution because he hates America by acting when Congress refuses to find a legislative solution. Sigh.
While there is a rightful debate on whether or not Obama should use Exec Orders in this case, anyone screaming about such Presidential action being impeachment-worthy or shutdown-worthy is a partisan clown.
Below are some links from numerous sources to help you counter those screaming idiots:
Read: 2 GOP presidents acted unilaterally on immigration – Yahoo News.
Read: Reagan And Bush Made Immigration Executive Orders – Business Insider.
Read: GOP Lie Debunked: Every President Since Eisenhower Used Executive Authority On Immigration.
Read: ICYMI: Every U.S. President Since Dwight Eisenhower Has Taken Executive Action on Immigration – Immigration Reform | America’s Voice — Immigration Reform | America’s Voice.
Read: Obama team: Previous presidents did immigration orders.
Read: If Presidential Action on Immigration Is Impeachable, Reagan and Bush Should Have Been Axed | Alternet.
Read: Reagan, Bush Also Acted Without Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deportation.
Read: King Obama abuses Executive Orders, but only if “abuses” means issues less than every other President | The Ryno’s Horn.
Read: The best arguments for, and against, Obama’s executive action on immigration – Vox.
This dude can fart the Imperial March from Star Wars. Sadly, he’s probably more talented than you are.
Watch: I can Fart the Star Wars Imperial March – YouTube.
“Boeing CEO W. James McNerney Jr. took home $23.3 million last year—well deserved, if the standard was wrapping Uncle Sam around his finger. Boeing received a tax refund of $82 million in 2013, while at the same time winning $20 billion in government contracts. Between 2008 and 2012, the company received $603 million in research-and-development subsidies.”
Although big Corporations like to blame the government, “liberal” policies and lazy Americans for our economic failures and diminishing infrastructure, a recent study detailed just how many Mega Corporations don’t pay their fair share (or any share, for that matter) in taxes back to the American people.
From The Nation:
- Of the 100 highest-paid CEOs in the US, the study finds, twenty-nine of them received more compensation than their companies paid in federal income tax.
- The study reports that if seven giant corporations—Boeing, Chevron, Citigroup, Ford, General Motors, JPMorgan Chase and Verizon—had paid the statutory corporate tax rate of 35 percent, they would have owed $25.9 billion. Instead, the seven companies received a combined $1.9 billion in tax refunds, a difference of $27.8 billion. What might have been? What could we do with that lost tax income? How about running the VA for two entire months, the study asks. Or resurfacing 22,240 miles of four-lane roads. Or Universal pre-K for every four-year-old in the country. Three hundred and seventy-seven thousand more public school teachers. The list goes on and on.
These same Mega Corporations that claim taxes are too high and are hurting job creation – even though they’re not paying taxes at all.
These are the same mega-corporations keeping TRILLIONS of dollars overseas to avoid paying American taxes.
These are the same mega-corporations spending billions to influence our elections and buy public officials to do their bidding.
Read: When Mega Corporations Get Mega Tax Breaks, We All Pay | The Nation.
What the Frack is Texas doing?
Democracy? Voters? Ha! Although voters of Denton, Texas overwhelmingly voted to ban Fracking in their town (by a 59 to 41 margin), Texas Oil Railroad Commission Chairwoman Christi Craddick promises that Texas will continue to Frack the hell out of Denton regardless of what they voters want for their town.
Fracking — the process of injecting water, sand and chemicals underground to extract oil and gas from shale formations — has a long history in Denton, one of the most heavily-fracked towns in Texas. At the same time, residents have complained of poor air quality, disruptive noise in residential areas, and an increase in low-magnitude earthquakes.
Explaining her decision to continue giving oil and gas companies permits to drill in Denton, Railroad Commission Chairwoman Craddick also voiced opposition against the ban. She told the Dallas Morning News that the voters’ decision was likely based on “misinformation” about the potential dangers of fracking, and that the oil and gas industry should have done more to communicate with locals.
“We missed as far as an education process in explaining what fracking is, explaining what was going on,” she said. “And I think [the ban] is the result of that, in a lot of respects, and a lot of misinformation about fracking.”
However, education from the oil and gas industry seemed prolific in Denton in the months leading up to the vote. Indeed, the Dallas Morning News reported that the fracking ban represented the most expensive political campaign in Denton’s history, and most of the money came from the oil and gas industry.
Specifically, Dallas News reported that major oil and gas companies like Chevron, Enervest and XTO donated a combined $685,000 to influence the debate over the fracking ban, while environmentalists contributed about $24,000.
That’s right. The Oil Regulator says the voters in the most informed-matter in the town’s history were misinformed, because the Energy companies say Fracking is safe. Just everyone ignore all those pesky scientists claiming Fracking is the cause of their increased health problems, poor air/water quality and earthquakes.
After all, our elected officials should ignore the overwhelming will of the people if their financial backers don’t agree, amiright? Democracy in action, people!
Read: Texas Oil Regulator Says It Will Not Honor Town’s Vote To Ban Fracking | ThinkProgress.
ANT-MAN looks sick!
Watch this ant sacrifice himself to sting this spider to feed his colony. Not going to sleep tonight, are you?
Patriots maybe shoulda used the 1 million-and-first Twitter user.
Congress has historically low approval ratings (hovering around 11%), yet somehow 96% of incumbents were re-elected in the 2014 midterms.
In the House, 373 of the 390 incumbents were re-elected (4 are still in run-offs). In the Senate, 23 out of 26 incumbents won (2 are still yet to be decided).
So, the worst Congressmen in history were re-elected for (at least) another 2 years of still being the worst in history.
The main reason: America is stupid.
Besides that, you can blame blatant partisan gerrymandering, widespread voter suppression, and over $3.7 billion spent to elect puppets to keep the status quo.
Oh yeah, and only 36.4% of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2014 midterms, the lowest voter turnout since 1942.
Be proud, Amurika!
Read: Congress has 11% approval ratings but 96% incumbent reelection rate, meme says | PolitiFact.
Read: America’s Historically Shameful Election Day Turnout - Thinkprogress
A new survey of Republican voters shows that two-thirds of Republicans want their elected officials to “stand up to Obama, even if less gets done”, rather than “work with Obama, even if it disappoints some GOP supporters.”
Now that the midterm election is over, all the talk about working together, bipartisanship and fixing broken government is all thrown away and its back to “GOP-everything or bust”.
It’s such a shame that half of our voters and half our officials couldn’t care less about helping or even listening to the other half of the electorate that didn’t vote for them.
So much for intelligent debate and efficient, representative government.
Read: Republican voters prefer gridlock to GOP leaders working with Obama.
The Science Guy schools us on the undeniable facts (and dangers) of climate change.
Watch: CLIMATE 101 with BILL NYE – YouTube.
America has a huge Koch problem
A record $3.67 billion was spent on the idea-less 2014 midterms.
A record $554 million was spent by out-of-state groups to influence other states’ elections.
A record $100 million was spent on a single NC Senate Race alone.
Just imagine if that $3.67 billion was spent paying employees, creating jobs, fixing infrastructure, fighting hunger, bettering schools, expanding health coverage, or making neighborhoods cleaner/safer — instead it was spent buying politicians and airing manipulative lie-filled ads.
Read: 2014: The Year of Koch | Mother Jones.