January 19, 2013
upwithchris:

Newly elected Rep. Mark Pocan said on Up w/ Chris Hayes today that Congress is less popular than “cockroaches and traffic jams.” Why is that? Well, the Republican Party’s extreme rightward shift over the last three decades may be largely responsible for just how dysfunctional Congress has become.
According to new data published this week by political scientist Keith Poole, Republicans in the House of Representatives are now more ideologically extreme than at any time since 1879. And as a result, the distance between the two parties, as measured by Poole, is larger than at any time in more than a century.
A lot of the credit for this trend, according to conventional wisdom, goes to the Tea Party. But Poole’s data shows that the Republicans’ rightward shift began long ago, in the late 1970s. And not only that, but even the most moderate Republicans — the tenth ideological percentile, or light red line in the chart above — are now as extreme as the most extreme conservative Republicans were in the 1970s. Put another way, the most conservative member of the House of Representatives in 1976 would, today, be considered the most moderate.
That’s how far the Republican Party has drifted.

upwithchris:

Newly elected Rep. Mark Pocan said on Up w/ Chris Hayes today that Congress is less popular than “cockroaches and traffic jams.” Why is that? Well, the Republican Party’s extreme rightward shift over the last three decades may be largely responsible for just how dysfunctional Congress has become.

According to new data published this week by political scientist Keith Poole, Republicans in the House of Representatives are now more ideologically extreme than at any time since 1879. And as a result, the distance between the two parties, as measured by Poole, is larger than at any time in more than a century.

A lot of the credit for this trend, according to conventional wisdom, goes to the Tea Party. But Poole’s data shows that the Republicans’ rightward shift began long ago, in the late 1970s. And not only that, but even the most moderate Republicans — the tenth ideological percentile, or light red line in the chart above — are now as extreme as the most extreme conservative Republicans were in the 1970s. Put another way, the most conservative member of the House of Representatives in 1976 would, today, be considered the most moderate.

That’s how far the Republican Party has drifted.

(Source: upwithsteve)

January 3, 2013
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[F]ollowing the announcement of the buyout, Time Warner Cable announced that it will abruptly be dropping Current TV, which would deny millions of customers the access to this new channel that promises to give “voice to the voiceless.”

This move will prevent many Americans from being exposed to the progressive views of Current TV anchors and the award-winning coverage of global affairs that Al Jazeera has pioneered.

But while Time Warner doesn’t think its customers need access to this important knowledge, it does continue to offer dozens of channels dealing with…

— Porn: If you’re a Time Warner customer, you’ll have access to the television channels run by Hustler, Playboy and Penthouse (and the high definition versions). Who needs the Arab Spring when you have Hugh Hefner?

— High-end Shopping: The “Gem Shopping Network” will continue to be offered, and for those who don’t like that, there’s Shop Zeal 1-5.

— Movie Trailers: Time Warner doesn’t want to give space to Al Jazeera English U.S., but it will offer “Movie Trailers On Demand.” Yes, an entire channel dedicated to airing movie trailers.

"

Time Warner Drops Current After Al Jazeera Buyout, Continues to Offer Porn, Jewelry Shopping (via smdxn

I was surprised that Dish Network has carried both Current TV and Al Jazeera since I’ve been a subscriber. 

(via sp-a-m)

I’m sure that this decision will be reversed if Al Jazeera offers up a bunch of cash. What should happen is that customers inundate Time Warner with requests to carry Current and/or switch cable companies to one that does.

(via sp-a-m)

December 21, 2012
"I’ve heard of people being killed playing ping-pong—ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns."

Incoming Texas state Rep. Kyle Kacal on the deadly threat of — PING PONG.  (via officialssay)

Sounds like someone’s favorite movie is Balls of Fury.

(via officialssay)

December 20, 2012
motherjones:

A defense spending bill includes a broadened version of Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin’s anti-gay provision.

motherjones:

A defense spending bill includes a broadened version of Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin’s anti-gay provision.

December 11, 2012
glossylalia:

misamdry:

nationalpost:

Ikea monkey owner says she wants Darwin back as videos reveal her life with well-dressed monkeyThe owner of a monkey caught wandering outside a Toronto Ikea this weekend says the tiny primate rarely left her side until he was confiscated by authorities — and she wants him back.Yasmin Nakhuda says she initially tried to return the monkey she named Darwin to the breeder who supplied him, but changed her mind after hearing his heartbroken cries.After that, Nakhuda says Darwin was near her at all times, including while she slept and showered.“I know he cannot live without me,” said real estate agent Nakhuda.“And everyone who knows Darwin can vouch for this. He needs his mother like a child needs his mother,” she told CityNews Monday.

oh my god the monkey brushes his teeth and there’s video if you click through.
I’m so happy this thing is just getting more bizarre.

That monkey has hella outfits.

"Bad to the Bone," indeed.

glossylalia:

misamdry:

nationalpost:

Ikea monkey owner says she wants Darwin back as videos reveal her life with well-dressed monkey
The owner of a monkey caught wandering outside a Toronto Ikea this weekend says the tiny primate rarely left her side until he was confiscated by authorities — and she wants him back.

Yasmin Nakhuda says she initially tried to return the monkey she named Darwin to the breeder who supplied him, but changed her mind after hearing his heartbroken cries.

After that, Nakhuda says Darwin was near her at all times, including while she slept and showered.

“I know he cannot live without me,” said real estate agent Nakhuda.

“And everyone who knows Darwin can vouch for this. He needs his mother like a child needs his mother,” she told CityNews Monday.

oh my god the monkey brushes his teeth and there’s video if you click through.

I’m so happy this thing is just getting more bizarre.

That monkey has hella outfits.

"Bad to the Bone," indeed.

December 1, 2012
"The important thing to understand now is that while the election is over, the class war isn’t.

kateoplis:

The same people who bet big on Mr. Romney, and lost, are now trying to win by stealth — in the name of fiscal responsibility — the ground they failed to gain in an open election. […]

Consider, as a prime example, the push to raise the retirement age, the age of eligibility for Medicare, or both. This is only reasonable, we’re told — after all, life expectancy has risen, so shouldn’t we all retire later? In reality, however, it would be a hugely regressive policy change, imposing severe burdens on lower- and middle-income Americans while barely affecting the wealthy. Why? First of all, the increase in life expectancy is concentrated among the affluent; why should janitors have to retire later because lawyers are living longer? Second, both Social Security and Medicare are much more important, relative to income, to less-affluent Americans, so delaying their availability would be a far more severe hit to ordinary families than to the top 1 percent.

Or take a subtler example, the insistence that any revenue increases should come from limiting deductions rather than from higher tax rates. The key thing to realize here is that the math just doesn’t work; there is, in fact, no way limits on deductions can raise as much revenue from the wealthy as you can get simply by letting the relevant parts of the Bush-era tax cuts expire. So any proposal to avoid a rate increase is, whatever its proponents may say, a proposal that we let the 1 percent off the hook and shift the burden, one way or another, to the middle class or the poor. […]

So keep your eyes open as the fiscal game of chicken continues. It’s an uncomfortable but real truth that we are not all in this together; America’s top-down class warriors lost big in the election, but now they’re trying to use the pretense of concern about the deficit to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Let’s not let them pull it off.”

Paul Krugman: Class Wars of 2012

The idea that I would have to keep working past 70 scares me - it’s not like I’d be working just to have something to do, it would be because I have to work to live. I’m going to be old, tired, have health problems - and I’ll be lucky if I have a job. The rich folks that retire at 55, have all the money in the world to pay for healthcare, and have no worries won’t have the slightest clue.

(via upwithsteve)

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November 21, 2012
[BREAKING] Homosexual Agenda To Be Downgraded To Homosexual To-Do List

early-onset-of-night:

In a move that appears to have been forced by this year’s disastrous election results, the Right Wing will officially downgrade the dreaded Homosexual Agenda to the more homey, even amicable, Homosexual To-Do List. The move comes as a surprise to some, especially since the intermediate step, the Homosexual Itinerary, was skipped over entirely.

Pat Robertson, for one, was not pleased. 104 years old and suffering from the early stages of dementia, Mr. Robertson mumbled something creepy about Satan before dozing off and being wheeled away by handlers.

The move appears to be largely cosmetic, however. Number one on the list is still “Destroy America”.

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Filed under: news nothing 
November 18, 2012
upwithchris:

Workers at Walmart stores and the warehouses that supply those stores are striking across the country ahead of Black Friday, to protest what they say are poor working conditions and retaliation by Walmart.
In this photo — provided to Up w/ Chris Hayes by Warehouse Workers United — David Garcia and Manolo Fernandez, workers at a warehouse operated by a Walmart subcontractor in southern California, hold up a thermometer showing the temperature in warehouse at 102 degrees. Walmart says it does not control the conditions in the warehouses, which are run by the subcontractors.

upwithchris:

Workers at Walmart stores and the warehouses that supply those stores are striking across the country ahead of Black Friday, to protest what they say are poor working conditions and retaliation by Walmart.

In this photo — provided to Up w/ Chris Hayes by Warehouse Workers United — David Garcia and Manolo Fernandez, workers at a warehouse operated by a Walmart subcontractor in southern California, hold up a thermometer showing the temperature in warehouse at 102 degrees. Walmart says it does not control the conditions in the warehouses, which are run by the subcontractors.

(Source: upwithsteve)

November 17, 2012
"There is no fiscal cliff! What we’re facing is an obstacle course within a manufactured crisis that was hastily thrown together in response to inflated rhetoric about our federal deficit. … All the deficit chatter has distracted us from our real crisis - the immediate crisis of 23 million unemployed or underemployed workers."

— AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Thursday. (via upwithchris)

(Source: upwithsteve)

November 10, 2012
"My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELD"

An intriguing letter received by New York Times “Ethicist” writer Chuck Klosterman back in July … which strangely, seems incredibly relevant to the current news cycle. Klosterman’s take: “The fact that you’re willing to accept your wife’s infidelity for some greater political good is beyond honorable. In fact, it’s so over-the-top honorable that I’m not sure I believe your motives are real. Part of me wonders why you’re even posing this question, particularly in a column that is printed in The New York Times.” (ht Peter Feld; edited to get in more of Klosterman’s response)

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