Thirty two years old.
Liberal. Atheist. Feminist.
Portland, OR

So on behalf of all the progressives in America, Cheney family, allow me to say, “You’re welcome.”

Because while Dick Cheney’s party spent decades calling people like Mary deviant or unnatural, the liberals were fighting for her. When Karl Rove made same-sex marriage a wedge issue to divide Americans in the 2004 election, liberals were writing the checks to defeat that homophobic agenda. And when Fox News spent hundreds of hours lying about people like Mary Cheney and calling them a threat to traditional marriage, the very people Mary’s dad so deeply despises were the ones standing up for her liberty.

So you’re welcome, Cheneys, we were happy to do it.

John Fugelsang

(Source: towleroad.com)

jonathan-cunningham:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) announced new legislation on Wednesday that would create new tax brackets for earners who make significantly more than the baseline for the current top income bracket.

Schakowsky’s bill would create new tax brackets for earners making between $1 million and $1 billion annually, with tax rates starting at 45 percent with the millionth dollar and increasing on a sliding scale. The legislation would also tax capital gains and dividend income as ordinary income for those earning over $1 million in a given year. A full list of the new brackets appears below:

$1-10 million: 45%

$10-20 million: 46%

$20-100 million: 47%

$100 million to $1 billion: 48%

$1 billion and over: 49%

This is a long time coming.  For those of you who don’t know how our income tax system works, it’s called a “graduated income bracket”, meaning that your income is taxed at the exact same rate as everyone else, until it exceeds a certain bracket (10% of your income is taxed up to around $9,000, then 15% is taxed until around $35,000, then 25% until around $85,000, etc.).  The brackets currently stop at around $375,000: no matter how much you make, you will always be taxed at the same rate above that amount.  Jan Schakowski is proposing that we create new brackets, for incomes in the ranges above.  Be prepared for a media blitz of nonsensical defenses for the outdated and ridiculously low brackets (assuming everyone doesn’t just politely ignore it all together).

This makes sense and would be awesome. But because it makes sense and would be awesome, it probably won’t pass. For my taste, it doesn’t even go far enough. If you’re making over $100 million PER YEAR, you can certainly afford a top tax bracket that is higher than 48% and be damn thankful you live in a country where you have the opportunity to make that kind of money. 

Lawrence O’Donnell’s take on Bill O’Reilly

Do you ever get the feeling that Glenn Beck’s job is to be a smokescreen for Bill O’Reilly? Beck is busy saying so many utterly insane things that get him so much attention that it’s easy to miss O’Reilly’s lower voltage lies.

Sometimes I feel like America is just in a holding pattern. We’re basically waiting for all the people who are still bitter about modernity to pass away in large enough numbers that those of us willing to move into the future can actually capture the electorate. I never felt that so keenly as listening to Obama speak last night. It’s like living in a house where a cantankerous patriarch won’t let you fix anything up or clean anything, and you’re sitting around watching the house fall apart while waiting for him to die. (Vague memories of “The Secret Garden” surface.) And that’s pretty much exactly what’s going on, right down to our crumbling infrastructure and cannibalistic economy. The problem with this is that not cleaning up the house means that we’re seeping poison into the air, and that may not be something we can clean up when we get the signal to go ahead and actually start fixing things.

—Amanda Marcotte

(Source: pandagon.net)

7 1/2 hours and counting.

7 1/2 hours and counting.

What Obama Gave Away In Tax Deal (via TheYoungTurks)

"It’s like the Cowboys and the Giants are playing … and the cowboys are bragging, ‘Hey, yeah I gave up the touchdown to the Giants, but on the other hand I also gave them a field goal.’ That means you’re down 10-0 big guy. I hate to break it to you but you might now understand the rules here."

I’m definitely going with the idea that Obama doesn’t understand the rules of politics or the rules that the Republicans are playing by. The only other explanation is that he never wanted to keep his word or push for progressive policies in the first place. What a massive disappointment this is becoming…

I give up. I fucking give up.

When I first started hearing right-wingers claim that separation of church and state is a liberal myth, I wondered why no one sat them down, shoved the document in their face, and made them read those three lines out loud. Now I see that it doesn’t matter.

Something like 30% of the country has gone mad. That’s the only explanation I can think of. This is not an exaggeration. They are literally standing there pointing at the sky and saying “the sky is red” and when you try to convince them that it’s blue and bring them a color chart and other blue things for comparison they stare at you blankly for a few seconds and then go back to repeating “the sky is red”. And even if you convince them for a moment that it is indeed blue, you were being condescending while you did it. So you’re an elitist. And therefore you’re wrong. The sky is red.

No, I’m done with the appeals to bipartisanship, the platitudes that we all share a common dream, that people are just frustrated with government. A country where this kind of thing constitutes mainstream political debate is not worth fighting for. I’ll stay on the coast where it is relatively safe, but I’ll be ready to jump ship at any moment. I suggest anyone with half a brain do the same.

Gawker commenter on Christine O’Donnell not knowing, and then NOT BELIEVING that the first amendment contained the provision of separation of church and state during a debate with Chris Coons. Coons recited the text of the amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”, to which she responded “That’s in the first amendment…?”   (via littleorphanammo)

YES THIS.

So here’s where we’re at: everyone who cares about gay issues is mad at the Democrats. The homophobes are angry because the Democrats suggested that they might do something about gay rights; gays and lesbians are furious with the Democrats for failing to do something—failing to do anything—about gay rights. Since doing nothing pisses off the gay haters just as much as doing something, perhaps the Dems should’ve have done something and won the enthusiastic support of someone. Heckuvajob, gang.

—Dan Savage

jonathan-cunningham:

technipol:

Clay Bennett does it again.


The mathematics of politics.

jonathan-cunningham:

technipol:

Clay Bennett does it again.

The mathematics of politics.

Robert Gibbs:

"I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. I mean, it’s crazy.”

Glen Greenwald responds:

The Democrats have been concerned about a lack of enthusiasm on the part of their base headed into the midterm elections.  These sorts of rabid, caricatured, Fox-News-copying attacks on the Left will undoubtedly help generate more enthusiasm — more loud clapping — for the Democrats.  I know I’m eager to go canvass and clap for Democrats after reading Gibbs’ noble, inspiring vision.

Exactly. Does Gibbs seriously think that the progressives on the left that are criticizing the administration aren’t as responsible for electing Obama as anyone else in the party? How utterly insulting. As many have pointed out, WE’RE DOING WHAT YOU ASKED US TO DO: ”What I’m asking you is to keep making your voices heard. To keep holding me accountable” —President Obama, July 2010

So Gibbs? STFU.

Polls: Americans Are Progressive On Most Issues (via TheYoungTurks)

I never heard of any bad connotations with the word “liberal” until I started paying attention to national mainstream media as a teenager. But then, I grew up in an extremely liberal area. I will always be, very proudly, liberal and have never hesitated identifying myself as such.