January 11, 2013
On the 11th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay, 100’s show up in DC to send a message to Barack Obama.
CC: everyone who says “wahhhhh i don’t want to pay for your birth control”
Heres an idea! How about we save all the dollars and just stop having sex outside committed relationships that can actually handle the stress of a unplanned pregnancy? You fuck up, you pay for it. End of story. I honestly don’t see why I should pay for someone else’s birth control when I can barely afford it for myself. Know how I save money and don’t get knocked up? I don’t have sex! Novel idea.
Also, to all the people who are going to try and give me shit for what I just wrote. I am not attacking anyone. I am not attacking a woman’s right to have sex. I am merely stating the fact that the most logical solution to ending the billions of dollars of taxpayers money is to try and educate the general public on the benefits of not having sex, and keeping it in their pants until they are able to actually afford a child (both financially and emotionally), even one who was unplanned.
You say that such a thing will never happen in our generation? Well why not. We’re supposed to be one of the most intelligent, technologically savvy, and gifted generations to come so far, why would we let ourselves get held back by an urge as primal as sex? We have a heavily evolved brain, lets listen to it instead of our bodies/hormones.
Hey guys, “[w]e’re…one of the most intelligent, technologically savvy, and gifted generations to come so far”. So instead of making it easier for people to get birth control, let’s just ask everyone to abstain from sex. It will totally work because COMPUTERS AND STUFF!
So let’s see: throughout history, people having illicit sex has been a continuous Thing That Has Happened. Louis XIV got syphilis after a wild party in Versailles. “Sexually active popes” has its own Wikipedia page. Countless presidents, prime ministers, senators, governors, and other heads of state have been caught cheating. Abstinence-only education has been an abysmal failure everywhere it’s been tried. History has proven, again and again, in every possible arena, that it’s impossible to get folks to stop fucking, even if it threatens their career, health, social status, finances, or really anything. Other than asexual people, just about everybody fucks, or at least thinks extensively about fucking.
And you think American teenagers are going to subvert all of that, all of human history, because they have iPhones???
Young undocumented activists wary of Obama’s new policy; deciding whether to apply
October 28, 2012
Viridiana Martinez has been on the front lines in the debate over immigration reform, organizing protests and getting arrested in acts of civil disobedience. But when the president announced a policy allowing young people like her to temporarily avoid deportation, she was anything but elated.
“It’s all political theater,” said the 26-year-old who came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico when she was 6 and grew up in North Carolina. “For me, at this point, applying for deferred action would be like accepting that theater, and I can’t do that.”
The lukewarm responses of Martinez and other leaders of the so-called DREAMers movement come after they have spent months or even years traveling the country while openly declaring themselves “undocumented and unafraid.” They have gotten themselves arrested, boldly given interviews to the press and allowed their pictures to be taken, and many are known to immigration authorities, who have taken no steps to deport them.
The policy shift announced by President Barack Obama in June provides a two-year protection from deportation to certain young people brought to this country illegally and the chance to apply for a work permit. Now the young activist leaders are deciding whether it’s worth accepting a deal that falls far short of what they’re asking for.
Some, like Martinez, are rejecting the program because its narrow scope doesn’t provide a path to legalization or any security for their families. But others have decided to apply despite misgivings, lured by the chance to get a driver’s license and qualify for in-state tuition in some states and to get a work permit.
Throngs of young people have turned out at events nationwide where immigration lawyers have offered free guidance on completing applications. Still, some are concerned about signaling their presence to immigration authorities. And there are other obstacles: the $465 application fee and the extensive documentation required to prove eligibility.
Last spring, groups of young activists staged sit-ins at Obama campaign offices around the country and gathered signatures asking the president to issue an executive order halting deportations for anyone who would be eligible for the DREAM Act had it passed.
Some believe confusion about the new policy has ended up giving more credit to Obama than he deserves, and that more comprehensive reform may be shelved.
“I’m just afraid that people will push aside immigration as if it was addressed,” said Kim.
The program is not an executive order, but rather a policy directive that will those who are approved in a state of limbo. They will also not be eligible for certain benefits that legal immigrants and American citizens can access.
- guardian.co.uk,Wednesday 31 October 2012 07.45 EDT
New York is battered, paralyzed, partially drowned. But Mike Bloomberg, who has not always performed well in moments of crisis, is still standing. Our eternal mayor spent the weekend calmly preparing the city for this dreadful storm, a beacon of seriousness amid the media alarmism. And at 10.30am on Monday night, while half of Manhattan went without power, there he was at the office of emergency management, praising New Yorkers for working together and insisting:
“We’ll get through this the way we always do.”
I have never been an admirer of Mike Bloomberg. He should not even be in office for this extra, legal third term, and his post-9/11, get-rich-quick administration has continuously eroded the civic connections he extolled last night. But in the midst of disaster, and with other regional politicians desperate to appear in charge and on camera, Bloomberg’s deliberate, unprepossessing governance has been a massive relief. Alongside a team of public officials, he has detailed everything from the height of the waters to the state of the power grid, and when reporters have asked him for impossible statements about the cost of the disaster or the second that transport will resume, he’s brushed them off with an understandable exasperation. Prognostication is not his job.
Whatever Mitt Romney has claimed about privatizing Fema, a storm like this makes even the most corporatist figures value our public services and the unique abilities they have to put things right. And while Bloomberg has rarely shown respect for the public sector, these past few days have been different. The transit authority, the emergency services, the school system, the parks department: Bloomberg has gone out of his way to work with them, and, at last, after a whole decade, he’s acting like a mayor rather than a CEO.
Elsewhere in the region, our politicians are playing to type. Cory Booker, the showboating mayor of Newark, deluged Twitter last night with promises to come pick up individual Newark residents, like some governmental carpool mom, or else regurgitated treacly stiff-upper-lip Victorian verse – the same verse, I can’t help but mention, that the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh chose as his final testament. Or else there was Chris Christie, wearing a custom “Chris Christie: Governor” fleece and angry as usual, who berated New Jerseyans who’d stayed in their homes as “selfish and stupid”. Luckily, some adviser told him not to scare off the children: Christie promised that, if conditions warranted, he would sign an executive order to reschedule Halloween.
Dannel Malloy, the Connecticut governor, had warned of “catastrophe” and issued “a Katrina-like warning” Monday. And New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo – a man with keener presidential ambitions than even his New Jersey counterpart – was down at the World Trade Center site last night, desperate to project first-responder machismo. Bloomberg, by contrast, stuck to the facts. He understood that real reassurance comes not from TV or Twitter antics, but from seeing government in action.
The real challenge starts now. The New York subway system, over a century old, has experienced its worst disaster in history; if trains are running later this week, it’ll be a miracle. Power could be out for days. Parts of Manhattan are underwater, while in Queens, homes have been washed away or have gone up in flames.
What matters now is not only that New York recovers, but that the recovery takes place on an equal plane. Socially and economically, this is a city divided; we lavish money and attention on the most prosperous neighborhoods while peripheral sections fray and fester.
You can already feel that in the media coverage. Whole neighborhoods of outer Brooklyn and Queens have been devastated, but what are the two emblems of this storm so far? A flooded carousel designed by one of the world’s richest architects, and a crane alongside the most expensive residential building in the country. The majority of the city, and their suffering, is already at risk of being forgotten.
We have been here once before, however. In his 11 long years in office, perhaps no moment has shamed Mike Bloomberg more than his response to the 2010 blizzard, when Fifth Avenue got ploughed immediately, but the less prosperous neighborhoods suffered for a week or more. It was deplorable. The press flayed him for the unequal response, and Bloomberg’s ratings dove; they have barely recovered since.
That blizzard, sad to say, now looks like nothing more than a test run for the real crisis of Bloomberg’s mayoralty. When Hurricane Irene threatened New York last year, Bloomberg was keen to avoid the mistakes he’d made during the snowstorm. During that hurricane, Bloomberg showed that he would not be rumbled twice.
Now, the disaster is really here. The recovery is going to be grim, arduous and very expensive. So, here are some words I never thought I’d write, and doubt I’ll have occasion to again: right now, I am glad that Mike Bloomberg is in charge.
— Hari Kondabolu (x)
— George Orwell (via myheadisweak)
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