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Read the Gilens-Page Study. Right Now.

Read the Gilens-Page Study. Right Now.

“Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens”
Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page
Perspectives on Politics
Fall 2014

Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page have made careers out of studying economic inequality and the power of political elites, and a brief review of their academic work suggests that these gentlemen are probably not card-carrying members of the…

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Rand Paul Calls Out Dick Cheney

Rand Paul Calls Out Dick Cheney

Rand Paul: Cheney Pushed War For Halliburton”
Ron Dreher
The American Conservative
April 8, 2014

Dreher and I agree that Paul went a bit overboard on this one. But he makes an important point: the GOP has gone from being the biggest foe of the Iron Triangle between DoD, Congress, and defense contractors, to being its biggest cheerleader.

Embarrassing. Ike is doing triple salchows in his grave.

His…

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mrsrandallboggs:

deadbilly:

mrsrandallboggs:

deadbilly replied to your post:My cousin is going to California for her Master’s…

Other than the Reagan Library, there isn’t much I’d want to see in California. If at all.

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are you literally out of your mind?

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Look forward to having you out here whenever you get around to it.

God bless.

“It’s kind of sad when normal love of country makes you a super patriot.” – John Wayne

“It’s kind of sad when normal love of country makes you a super patriot.”

– John Wayne

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Forgiveness

In the name of national unity, after a war that killed more Americans than any before or since, Abraham Lincoln called for a national reconciliation with millions of his fellow Americans who not only disagreed with him, but hated him with an unmitigated passion: “With malice toward none, and charity for all…”

If Lincoln could utter those words after a disagreement that wrought unspeakable…

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You are being lied to about pirates

k-ingsfoil:

spoopyfag:

keyboardwarriorprincess:

takethespearandpuncturetheflesh:

incisiveredneck:

Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the 18th century.”

They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.

Oops, turns out piracy is pretty much always a term like terrorist that gets slapped on whatever we don’t like despite being a general reaction to the status quo. And nothing’s really changed.

And when african pirates were captured by the British they were forced into the slave trade.

Horrible Histories taught me about pirates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwn5K89dE5c

They were generally democratic, disciplined, communal - they even had pensions! If you wanted out of the pirate life, you would be taken to a destination of your choice (anywhere in the world) and given a lump sum to help you with your new life.

interesting

Honor among thieves.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU YES i’ve spent like two years studying piracy (back when i had time to devote to reading and research) and yes pirates are actually all very interesting and democratic and great

And they never killed anyone, or burned, or raped, or pillaged. Is that what we’re saying?

I’m all for truth-telling. But let’s not whitewash things: these were criminals. 

theatlantic:

How Higher Ed Contributes to Inequality

In 2011, Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler highlighted poll results showing a striking phenomenon: About half of the Americans receiving federal assistance in paying college tuition or medical bills believe they have never benefited from a government social program. The results are evidence of what Mettler has termed “the submerged state”—a series of policies, like tuition tax credits or federally-guaranteed student loans, that are practically invisible to citizens. That invisibility, she argues, erodes public support for the very idea of government playing an active role in people’s lives.
Now in a new book, Degrees of Inequality, Mettler reveals how, over the past 60 years, American higher-education policy has gone from being visible and effective (the GI Bill and the Pell grant program) to being invisible and inefficient ($32 billion in federal funding for for-profit colleges with abysmal graduation rates). Congressional polarization along party lines, it turns out, played a major role, as did plummeting federal and state support for four-year public universities.
I spoke with Mettler about why Republicans and reform-minded Democrats switched positions on for-profit colleges; why the liberal arts are underrated and MOOCs (massive open online courses) are overrated; and why corporate lobbyists are able to achieve so much influence in Washington for relatively little money.
Read more. [Image: Butch Dill/AP Photo]


Stop funding for-profit universities with taxpayer dollars. 
Put that money where it belongs: in public universities and community colleges. 
Let for-profit universities make it with private money.

theatlantic:

How Higher Ed Contributes to Inequality

In 2011, Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler highlighted poll results showing a striking phenomenon: About half of the Americans receiving federal assistance in paying college tuition or medical bills believe they have never benefited from a government social program. The results are evidence of what Mettler has termed “the submerged state”—a series of policies, like tuition tax credits or federally-guaranteed student loans, that are practically invisible to citizens. That invisibility, she argues, erodes public support for the very idea of government playing an active role in people’s lives.

Now in a new book, Degrees of Inequality, Mettler reveals how, over the past 60 years, American higher-education policy has gone from being visible and effective (the GI Bill and the Pell grant program) to being invisible and inefficient ($32 billion in federal funding for for-profit colleges with abysmal graduation rates). Congressional polarization along party lines, it turns out, played a major role, as did plummeting federal and state support for four-year public universities.

I spoke with Mettler about why Republicans and reform-minded Democrats switched positions on for-profit colleges; why the liberal arts are underrated and MOOCs (massive open online courses) are overrated; and why corporate lobbyists are able to achieve so much influence in Washington for relatively little money.

Read more. [Image: Butch Dill/AP Photo]

Stop funding for-profit universities with taxpayer dollars. 

Put that money where it belongs: in public universities and community colleges. 

Let for-profit universities make it with private money.

Erick Erickson and the GOP

Erick Erickson and the GOP

Why This Fight”
Erick Erickson

RedState
19 February 2014

In this highly readable editorial, Erick Erickson of RedState joins the chorus of voices calling for a Republican Party that stands for something, not just against Barry O and the Democrats. I don’t agree with everything he says, but he is correct in so many places.

He is right – we must stand for something again.

  • We must stop being the…

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policymic:

Cleveland baseball fans stand against racism by #DeChiefing their gear

In the past few months, debate surrounding the use of racial caricatures as pro sports mascots has reached a fever pitch. Just ask the Washington Redskins, who’ve endured significant backlash for both their refusal to change their name and their half-assed attempts to placate their critics.

But a few miles west, fans of the MLB’s Cleveland Indians are taking a stand. In a motion of solidarity, a small but growing number have been “de-Chiefing” their paraphernalia by removing the offensive “Chief Wahoo” mascot from caps and jerseys that bear its likeness.

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The Cleveland Native Americans. 

Doesn’t that just roll off the tongue?

Michelle Obama’s trip to Ireland cost taxpayers over $7.9 million

talkstraight:

You tax dollars at work for the First Couple of Par-Tay!

Okay, I get the China trip: that’s public diplomacy to the single most important foreign relations target in the world. 

I get trips to India, even to Africa.

But to cancel tours of the White House because of a funding shortage, only to put FLOTUS on a plane to kiss the Blarney Stone, is an investment with insufficient returns. 

Unless there is something about our relationship with Ireland that the White House isn’t talking about…

redbloodedamerica:

thelogicofstupid:

Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Mary McLeod Bethune, A. Philip Randolph, Jackie Robinson, Sen. Edward William Brooke III, Martin Luther King, Jr. - all Republicans. Democrats started the KKK.

T-minus 15 seconds until we get the legendary “the parties switched” excuse…

The Parties did not switch. Barry Goldwater started us down a long path to the extremist right, which only picked up steam when the Neocons and the religious right got behind the party and pushed, particularly after Reagan. 
We need to come back to being the party of Lincoln’s Emancipation, of TR’s trust-busting, of Eisenhower’s Silent Majority, and of Ronnie’s Big Tent. 
That’s a GOP most of America could stand behind. That’s the GOP these men would join today. 

redbloodedamerica:

thelogicofstupid:

Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Mary McLeod Bethune, A. Philip Randolph, Jackie Robinson, Sen. Edward William Brooke III, Martin Luther King, Jr. - all Republicans. Democrats started the KKK.

T-minus 15 seconds until we get the legendary “the parties switched” excuse…

The Parties did not switch. Barry Goldwater started us down a long path to the extremist right, which only picked up steam when the Neocons and the religious right got behind the party and pushed, particularly after Reagan. 

We need to come back to being the party of Lincoln’s Emancipation, of TR’s trust-busting, of Eisenhower’s Silent Majority, and of Ronnie’s Big Tent. 

That’s a GOP most of America could stand behind. That’s the GOP these men would join today. 

Apr 9

What I love about the Marvel universe: it’s not just about special powers and learning to deal with them. It is first - and foremost - about character. 

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Do You Have a WordPress Blog?

If you have a WordPress blog, please post your URL so I can follow you there from mine. 

A bill that would require craft brewers to sell their suds to a beer distributor and make them buy it back to sell at their own breweries has cleared a Senate panel.
 
The measure (SB 1714) has so infuriated craft brewers and beer enthusiasts that some on Twitter have christened it with the hashtag “#growlergate.” The Community Affairs committee approved the bill Tuesday.
 
Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, was so incensed at the idea of craft brewers having to pay someone else to sell their own product that he likened it to a mobbed-up racket. Latvala has championed the microbrewery cause.
 
The requirement is similar to paying “protection to ‘Vinnie’ in New York,” he said.
 
The bill also is favored by the Big Beer lobby, which is feeling the heat from craft beer’s competition.

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‘Big Beer’ wins a round in legislative battle with Fla. microbreweries

Well, this is a giant mountain of bullshit.

(via wilwheaton)

Yes. Let’s make it even harder for entrepreneurs to find opportunity in a business increasingly dominated by a shrinking number of very large corporations. 

America may not promise equality of outcome, but it does promise equality of opportunity. This is NOT the United States of Imbev. 

The End of Tolerance

The End of Tolerance

What troubles me most about this country is that we seem to have moved from the American ideal – “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” to the Soviet ideal: “I disapprove of what you say, and I will fight to see to it that you are punished for saying it.”

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