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I'm so tired of the right-wing being hateful, cruel, spiteful, dishonest, and attacking everyone who is not like them. I am a voice in the wilderness of a red city deep within a red state, surrounded by the hate of the GOP.

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  1. ultrafacts:

    Abraham Lincoln vs. John F. Kennedy Source

    If you want more facts, follow Ultrafacts

    Kennedy’s Secretary was named “Lincoln” & Lincoln’s Secretary was named “Kennedy”

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  3. "If men’s kindnesses toward women were really only kindnesses, a man would be pleased if another man or woman offered these kindnesses to him. He would be pleased if another man or woman lit his cigarette or pulled out his chair for him. He would be pleased to derive his income, prestige, power and even his identity from his partner. He would take pride in another man’s or woman’s offer to walk him to his car at night. But in fact, “one of the very nasty things that can happen to a man is his being treated or seen as a woman, or womanlike."

    (Frye 1983, p. 136).”

    Dee L.R. Graham (1995), Loving to Survive

    (via quoilecanard)

    Yeah!  This reality hit me a few months ago when a teenage boy at work said to another teenage boy, “ladies first!” in order to insult him.  Chivalry is not about respect or kindness.

    (via my-sundown)

    Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrongity wrong.

    Chivalry is in fact a manner of behaviour that treats all persons with respect and courtesy. TRUE Chivalry, that is. Historical Chivalry. The old-fashioned, old-school, middle ages Chivalry. It was a strict code of conduct, ethics, and personal responsibility towards all others, including (and especially) the poor, infirm, and mistreated social groups. The Knights Hospitallers of St. Mary (better known as the Templars) are a good example. It was also a guideline and rulebook for being a kick-ass deadly fighter.

    The “chivalry”you’re thinking of is the 1950’s style little woman must stay home to cook, clean, care for the children, and have the martini ready when the man of the house gets home from work that the Greedy Obstructionist Plutocrats would force on us all if they had their way.

    (Source: radfeminist)

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  5. salon:

Will The Simpsons ever be good again?

When was it ever good?
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  9. ABORTION IN TEXAS: 9 Facts About Abortion Rights a Federal Judge Is Forcing Texas Republicans To Heed


    You probably heard that a U.S. District Court in Texas blocked Republicans from implementing the latest stage of their anti-abortion crusade, which would close reproductive health centers in rural areas and the Rio Grande Valley on Monday. But you may not know how U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel’s  ruling threw cold water—the law and the facts—on the anti-abortion side’s overheated rhetoric and arguments, which were led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor.

    Abbott, predictably, said he would appeal. But it’s worth looking at the actual decision, which is plainly written and describes the U.S. Supreme Court precedents protecting abortion, and then cites facts that both sides agreed about pregnancies in Texas.

    “The expert’s testimony substantially contradicted each other and, predictably, reached opposite conclusions,” Yeakel wrote. “Such is the nature of expert testimony. Of more value to the law are the parties’ stipulated facts.”

    What follows is the law—according to the U.S. Supreme Court—and those facts, showing why closing the state’s few remaining reproductive health clinics would be unconstitutional and would truly hurt women across the large state.

    1. The U.S. Supreme Court has said no to harsh barriers. “A law is unconstitutional if it imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion,” Yeakel  wrote, quoting the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1992  Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania v. Casey ruling. That precedent said, “A finding of an undue burden is a shorthand for the conclusion that a state regulation has the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus.” 

    Yeakel focused on two requirements of the Texas law slated to take effect Monday: that a physician performing or inducing an abortion must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles; and that clinic must meet the minimum state standard for an “ambulatory surgerical center.” (A coalition of reproductive health clinics sued the state, saying those thresholds would force clinics in El Paso and McAllen to close, and the surgery center requirement also threatened all women across Texas.) 

    2. Texas would be left with seven or eight clinics. That would be the result if the “ambulatory surgical center requirement” took effect, Yeakel  said. The “remaining abortion facilities will be located along the I-35 [interstate highway] and I-45 corridors; there will be one facility in Austin, two in Dallas, one in Ft. Worth, two in Houston, and either one or two in San Antonio.”

    3. The anti-abortion law, HB2, creates a crisis. “The evidence introduced by the parties at trial reveals the breadth and effect of House Bill 2,” Yeakel  wrote. “Texas contains nearly 280,000 square miles, is 10 percent larger than France, and is home to the second highest number of reproductive-age women in the United States. Such women account for approxinately 5.4 million of over 25 million Texas residents. In recent years, the numbers of abortions in Texas has stayed fairly consistent, at approximately 15-16 percent of the reported pregnancy rate, for a total number of approximately 60,000-72,000 legal abortions performed annually.”

    4. The law has already shut half the state’s clinics. “Before the enactment of House Bill 2, there were more than 40 licensed abortion facilities providing abortion services throughout Texas,” he  wrote. “That number dropped by almost half leading up to and in the wake of enforcement of the admitting privileges requirement that went into effect in late October 2013… If allowed to go into effect the act’s ambulatory-surgical-center requirement will further reduce the number of licensed abortion providers to, at most, eight.”

    5. Texas has already left multitudes of women out in the cold. “The number of women of reproductive age living in a county more than 50 miles from a Texas abortion clinic has increased from approximately 800,000 to over 1.6 million,” Yeakel  wrote, referring to the part of the law that required abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of a clinic, which took effect last fall. “Women living in a county more than 100 miles from a provider increased from approximately 400,000 to 1,000,000; women living in a county more than 150 miles from a provider increased from approximately 86,000 to 400,000; and the number of women living in a county more than 200 miles from a provider increased from approximately 10,000 to 290,000.”

    6. The surgery center requirement would double those figures. “If not enjoined, the ambulatory-surgical-center requirement will further increase those numbers,” he  wrote. “After September 1, 2014, approximately 2 million women will live further than 50 miles, 1.3 million further than 100 miles, 900,000 further than 150 miles, and 750,000 further than 200 miles.”

    “Even presuming a wide margin of error in these calculations, the inference is straightforward,” Yeakel said, “the cumulative effect of clinic closures and the lessened geographic distribution of abortion services in the wake of the Act’s two major requirements is that a significant number of the reproductive-age female population of Texas will need to travel considerably further in order to exercise its right to a legal previability abortion.”

    7. Renovating clinics could cost several million each. The judge also looked at how much it would reproductive health clinics to build surgery centers that would meet the state’s hospital standards. “If a clinic is able to make renovations to comply, those costs will undisputedly approach $1 million and will most likely exceed $1.5 million… The cost of acquiring land and constructing a newly compliant clinic will likely exceed $3 million… Existing clinics, unable to meet the financial burdens imposed by the new regulatory regime, will close as a result.”

    8. The state’s claim that women will still get abortions isn’t true. Yeakel really came down hard on the state’s claim that Texas women seeking an abortion will find a way to get one. “At most, eight providers would have to handle the abortion demands of the entire state,” he wrote. “This would result in each facility serving between 7,500 and 10,000 patients per year. Accounting for the seasonal variations on pregnancy rates and a slightly unequal distribution of patients at each clinic, it is forseeable that over 1,200 women per month could be vying for counseling, appointments, and followup visits at some of these facilities. That the state suggests that these seven or eight providers could meet the demands of the entire state stretches credulity.”

    9. Travel time and financial hardship are real issues. The ruling went on to affirm that low-income women, and women in rural areas also face hardships if they have to travel to a large city to get an abortion. “The Act’s two requirements erect a particularly high barrier for poor, rural, or disadvantaged women throughout Texas, regardless of the absolute distance they may have to travel to obtain an abortion,” Yeakel wrote. “A woman with means, the freedom and ability to travel, and the desire to obtain an abortion, will always be able to obtain one, in Texas or elsewhere. However,  Roe’s [Roe v. Wade] essential holding guarantees to all women, not just those of means, the right to a previability abortion.”

    Source: Steven Rosenfeld for Alternet

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  11. BREAKING: Ferguson Police Department Implements Body Cameras


    Image AP Photo/Damian DovarganesA Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera, similar to the ones implemented in Ferguson, Mo., during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles.  (AP PHOTO/DAMIAN DOVARGANES)

    Police officers in Ferguson began wearing body cameras over the weekend, as residents continue to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager three weeks earlier.

    About 50 body cameras were donated by two security firms, Safety Vision and Digital Ally, last week, after talks with the Ferguson Police Department in response to differing stories coming out the of the shooting on Aug. 9 of Michael Brown Jr. by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

    Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said that officers are adjusting to working with body cameras, but that the overall response is positive now that nearly the entire department has been trained.

    “They are really enjoying them,” Jackson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “They are trying to get used to using them.”

    More than 150,000 Americans have petitioned the White House to create the Mike Brown Law, which would require all state, county and local police officers to wear body cameras. 

    Source: Allen McDuffee for The Wire

    Created by someone from Richmond County, Georgia no less.

    It’s a sheriff’s department that also needs watching.

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  13. securelyinsecure:

Little League star Mo’Ne Davis

Awesome baseball player, mind-boggling pitcher, force of nature girl power.


    Little League star Mo’Ne Davis

    Awesome baseball player, mind-boggling pitcher, force of nature girl power.

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  16. lol-post:

I think we all know who was behind the Kaley Cuoco leak..http://lol-post.tumblr.com/


    I think we all know who was behind the Kaley Cuoco leak..

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  18. progressivefriends:


Fox News Logic
By Nick Anderson
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  20. "Jackson Hunt" c.1979?
In a photo recently released as part of a small group of documents hacked from Agency archives. 

It’s easy to see what Martha saw in him.

    "Jackson Hunt" c.1979?
    In a photo recently released as part of a small group of documents hacked from Agency archives.

    It’s easy to see what Martha saw in him.

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  22. daily-meme:

The great debatehttp://daily-meme.tumblr.com/

Option C


    The great debate

    Option C

    Option C

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  24. buildabitchworkshop:

    according to popular show like pretty little liars

    teen girls dress like this everyday


    with a completely different outfit every single day never wearing the same thing


    at school


    and they are all flawlessly beautiful and have impeccable bodies


    u know what teenage girls really look like?


    or this


    or this


    and wear shit like this


    adn this


    why is it so fucking hard to have a show that portrays girls in a realistic flawed way. why do we keep lying to ourselves so much

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  26. "

    Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

    “Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

    “I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

    In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

    The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

    That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

    On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

    It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

    Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

    In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

    Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

    Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

    At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

    About 20 will die.


    Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

    So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

    They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

    So what on earth are you worrying about?

    It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.



    Roald Dahl, 1986

    (via brain-confetti)


    (via watchoutfordinosaurs)


    roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.

    (via ultralaser)

    Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting

    And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.

    (via autistiel)

    And thanks to anti-vaxxers, measles is back in the United States.

    (via thebicker)

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  28. kurgs:



    what’s the difference between a dirty bus stop and a lobster with breast implants ?

    one’s a crusty bus station and one’s a busty crustacean

    #i’ve told this joke a million times and it NEVER fails
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