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jellyfishery:

Step 1: Take the Political Compass Test
Step 2: Reblog with
which political box your result falls in
what you consider your political beliefs to be
Step 3:???
Step 4: Profit!

jellyfishery:

Step 1: Take the Political Compass Test

Step 2: Reblog with

  • which political box your result falls in
  • what you consider your political beliefs to be

Step 3:???

Step 4: Profit!

(Source: horseghost)

Nov 6
freckles04:

rinjirenee:

neairaalenko:

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….Okay, that’s cool.

freckles04:

rinjirenee:

neairaalenko:

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….Okay, that’s cool.

(Source: metal-potato-alex)

Nov 6
ilovecharts:

Which independent candidate best fits your beliefs? 
Take the voting quiz

ilovecharts:

Which independent candidate best fits your beliefs? 

Take the voting quiz

Nov 5
Oct 4

Mexican cafe gets death threats after refusing Romney visit

stfuconservatives:

supersoygrrrl:

tal9000:

abaldwin360:

The Mormon owners of a Mexican cafe in Denver says that they have gotten death threats, hate calls and fake orders after refusing to allow Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make campaign stop at their restaurant.

“One person who called said, ‘Watch your back. We know where live and we’re going after you,’” Oscar Aguirre, the son of the owners of Rosa Linda Mexican Cafe, told KMGH. “We just didn’t want our business used as a campaign stop.”

Aguirre explained that callers had been misinformed that the restaurant had refused to serve Romney.

“It was presented to us that [Romney] wanted to do a political stump here,” he said. “[He wanted to] talk about our small business [and] because we share our religious views with the candidate and are Latinos it would be great for him to do a campaign stop.”

“We did say ‘no’ because we are not Republicans, nor are we Democrats. We will welcome any sitting President of the United States. But, we did not want to be a campaign stop.”

The Mexican Cafe has also been flooded with fake orders and canceled reservations, according to Aguirre.

“Two people ordered $150 worth of food for lunch to be picked up today. They called later and said, ‘Oh, you’re the one who doesn’t want Romney in your business’ and they canceled their orders, even though the food had been prepared,” he recalled.

Aguirre said that the trouble began after an article published by Denver Westword earlier this week reported that their mother had refused the Romney campaign’s offer because “religion and politics don’t mix.”

“Since this article came out we have been getting hate emails, from people across the country, people sending us death threats and people calling us telling us we are racist… that they hope we go out of business,” Aguirre wrote in a letter on Wednesday. “If we do go out of business our Annual Thanksgiving Feast to the needy would end. Last year we fed 5500 meals, this year we may serve above 6000 meals.”

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Why is it whenever you hear about shit like this happening (the death threats, the attempts to put a small business out of business) it always comes from the right?

The party of “family values” and “morals” will threaten to fucking kill you if you’re not on board with them. 

This needs to go viral. 

Republicans are so pro-small-business they will try to put them out of business for refusing to be a campaign stop.

Also I don’t remember reading about any death threats against the white republican pizzeria owner who hugged Obama that angered the right. He got a lot of negative yelp reviews and threats of boycotts but I don’t recall death threats like a POC owned business did. Hm…

Right, because when we boycotted Chick-fil-A, we hated freedom, but when they send death threats to a business for expressing their views, it’s totally cool. Got it.

Oct 2

By the Time You Read this, I will Be a Criminal.

nissie:

On October 3, 2012 (in my timezone, which would be early October 2 for most of you), I and millions of internet users in the Philippines have officially become criminals, liable to be jailed for up to 12 years.

I will understand if you don’t care. After all, the Philippines seems like such a small, inconsequential place for most to bother with. But if you believe in the right to free speech, the right to express yourself even when you’re in the minority, then please. Listen, understand. Help us spread the word, get others to condemn this act, for one simple reason: the restricting of one’s freedom to express ideas, thoughts, and opinions, for whatever reason, is wrong.

On October 3, a law called the Cybercrime Prevention Act takes into effect in the Philippines. While this sounds very right and proper, this particular law bans (among other things that should be rightfully banned, like hacking, child pornography, and the like) cybersex and online libel.

Well, you think. Online libel can’t be that bad.

Oh, it gets worse.

The Philippine definition of online libel is best summed up as “anything that can be misconstrued as criticism against any one individual, regardless of whether it is the truth or otherwise”.

Criticizing a corrupt politician constitutes online libel.

Complaining about inefficient administration constitutes online libel.

The problem with the Philippine definition is that online libel is so broad and unspecific that nearly anything you say can be counted as it, as long as it’s in opposition to what the ‘injured’ party says. The fact that it is so broad enables politicians or people in positions of power to exercise this law against people with dissenting opinions or to stamp out critics, regardless of whether the latter is in the right.

And libel is criminalized here. It’s not a civil suit. (This is a throwback to the days of America’s shaky colonial rule over the Philippines, where libel was criminalized to dissuade critics. This was in the 1940s. No one has thought of changing it since.) With regards to curtailing freedom of speech and content, it is in many ways similar to the previously squashed SOPA bill. Even worse, considering the jailtime.

Oh, wait. There’s more. You’re going to love this.

1. Liking, tweeting or resharing said ‘online libel’ will also mean YOU get jailtime, too. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t write the original entry.

2. Posts, likes, and tweets are retroactive. That means they can jail you for posts, tweets, or likes you’ve made BEFORE the law went into effect, as far back as 2009.

3. Sarcasm still counts as libel.

4. The Department of Justice can block your access to the internet or to other computer files without a search warrant.

5. Convictions can mean up to twelve years of jail time or a P1,000,000 fine (about $20,000. Minimum wage is roughly $10 a day, but usually for jobs with a diploma. Actual wages can go 50% lower than stated, and that’s a GOOD wage for most of the poor).

6. Then they can charge you again for another law that bans printed libel, resulting in more jailtime. They do not apply double jeopardy in this case.

Cybersexing is a crime, too. Well, maybe child pornography can be avoided with this, right? Except child pornography has already been addressed by another law, it’s merely reaffirmed here. Owing to the Filipino lawmakers’ penchant for broadness, ‘cybersex’ is literally anything that constitutes “The willful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favor or consideration.” Sounds a lot like just plain ol’ pornography, don’t you think? The Philippines, I might add, is an industry geared toward exporting labor. This means husbands / wives are forced to find work abroad for better pay, and do not return home for months.

How did this all start?

Once upon a time, there lived this Senator called Vicento “Tito” Sotto III. He was against the Reproductive Health bill, which if passed, would provide contraceptives and sex education to the poor to minimize overpopulation in the city and infant / maternal death rates.He is a strong backer of the Philippine Catholic Church, which considers contraceptives akin to “abortion” (despite abortion not being a part of the RH bill. It is, in fact, still illegal). The Church has a strong hold in this country, with over 80% Catholics, and funds many politicians.

In Sotto’s speech where he denounces this bill, several bloggers and internet users discovered that he plagiarized text from at least five different U.S. bloggers, including one named Sarah Pope, and from another who was pro-choice, but twisted in his speech to sound anti-choice. Both bloggers expressed dismay at being plagiarized, and he was called out for it. Sotto refused to apologize, and claimed he hadn’t plagiarized because ‘she’s just a blogger’, despite his lawyer confirming that he, in fact, did.

In another speech, Sotto then plagiarized a portion of U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy’s speech, then claimed this was not the case, as the text had been converted to Filipino. Therefore, he argued, it can’t be plagiarized because Robert Kennedy can’t speak Filipino.

You might at this point begin to realize the quality of intelligence of some of the senators here.

Bloggers and internet users refused to back down. Sotto then issues a veiled threat regarding ‘regulating blogging’. A few days later, he inserts an online libel provision to the CyberCrime Prevention Act bill that was not present during previous readings of the bill, which was duly passed with only one dissenting vote from a Senator Guingona.

President Noynoy Aquino then proceeded to sign it into law. The irony is not lost on many of us here. His father, Ninoy Aquino, was an advocate for freedom of speech during the 1970s martial law, and literally gave up his life in the process for it. Ninoy’s popularity is what ushered his relatively inexperienced son into office - only to sign what constitutes as E-Martial law instead.

A couple of senators later came forward to admit that they hadn’t read the amendment clearly, which makes it all the more frightening that they voted for something they didn’t even understand in the first place.

The Reproductive Health bill has been in limbo for nearly fourteen years in the Philippines. Same goes for the Freedom of Information Act, which would ensure government transparency. And yet this bill with its controversial clause was enacted into law within DAYS.

Facebook accounts turn black in protest, the law is trending on Reddit. Human rights groups have condemned this law. Anonymous Philippines has been active. Forbes has spoken out against it. But government here has been notorious for turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the protests of the people, instead pandering to cronies and corruption instead.

Sometimes I can’t help but admire friends living in Western countries. Vote republican or democrat, this labor party or that, but you are still free to express yourselves however you may. Living in a country where religion is the all-powerful, I can no longer say the same. Many people believe this is a ruse to take people’s attention away from the RH bill, and I don’t disagree.

But despite all this, many of my fellow Filipinos refuse to back down, and have resolved to continue posting, liking, tweeting, and resharing what they like, regardless of consequence. Because when you back down, they win. It’s as simple as that.

So for any of you people it will be a normal day at October 3 (or 2), 2012.

I, on the other hand, will be living in October 3, 1970, because this law has just set this nation’s progress at least forty years back.

Be thankful for the freedom that you have, and keep fighting for it.

That’s what we’re doing.

The Cybercrime Prevention Act law.

(Source: whatnowrin)

foulmouthedliberty:

minus53:

Don’t get cocky, kids.
PLEASE REBLOG!

Happy Saturday. This fight’s far from over.

foulmouthedliberty:

minus53:

Don’t get cocky, kids.

PLEASE REBLOG!

Happy Saturday. This fight’s far from over.

Eager to shoot down President Obama’s legislative agenda just weeks before the election, Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a measure that would have provided $1 billion over five years to help veterans find work in their communities.

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Today’s New York Times: “Veterans’ Jobs Bill Blocked in the Senate” (via barackobama)

wickedclothes:

I Survived the Bush Administration Shirt

Screen-printed by hand on a white unisex American Apparel shirt. Sold at Print Liberation.

Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney

stfuconservatives:

abaldwin360:

From the description at the link:

This is an unbiased comparison of the policies and positions of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties respectively in the 2012 election for President of the United States.

In most cases, their political positions and are aligned with the typical liberal and conservative ideologies in the U.S

This is VERY helpful as a reference for when your conservative Facebook friends make wild accusations about Obama’s plans and policies.

Jul 1

We Didn't Start the Fire
Billy Joel

the-vashta-nerada:

andrewbaggott:

Billy Joel - We Didn’t Start The Fire

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television, North Korea South Korea, Marilyn Monroe, Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom, Brando, The King and I, The Catcher in the Rye, Eisenhowervaccine, England’s got a new queen, Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser, Prokofiev, Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist bloc, Roy Cohn, Juan Perón, Toscanini, Dacron, Dien Bien Phu falls, Rock Around the Clock, Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team, Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, ElvisPresley, Disneyland, Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev, Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac, Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge on the River Kwai, Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California, Baseball, Starkweather homicides, Children of Thalidomide, Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia, Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go, U-2, Syngman Rhee, Payola, Kennedy, Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

Hemingway, EichmannStranger in a Strange Land, Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania, Ole’ Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson, Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex, JFK, blown away! What else do I have to say?

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again, Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, Punkrock, Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline, Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan, Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy metal suicide, Foreign debts, Homeless vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz, Hypodermics on the shore, China’s under martial law, Rock-and-roller cola wars

Are you kidding me? This is perfection. 
Educate yourselves, buckos.  

WHAT A GREAT POST

scarygodmother:

My condolences on the death of your evil plot to ensure that millions of people would get sick or die.Via someecards

scarygodmother:

My condolences on the death of your evil plot to ensure that millions of people would get sick or die.

Via someecards

fuckyeah-nerdery:

wilwheaton:

inothernews:

republicanidiots:

quickhits:

Missouri taxpayers soaked twice for Limbaugh statue. Because nothing says ‘fiscal conservatism’ like blowing $10,000 on a bust of a man so hated that it requires an $1,100 24-hour security camera all its own.

And frankly the damn thing doesn’t look like him at all.

hey that’s not fair only like ten million conservatives listen to rush limbaugh which is not all of them amirite?  oh yes here’s a bust of rush limbaugh molded from guano.

Remind me again what, exactly, it is that “conservatives” actually conserve? Because it sure as hell isn’t money.

It looks like a constipated Perry White.

But using money to help the poor is “petty theft”, amirite followers?

fuckyeah-nerdery:

wilwheaton:

inothernews:

republicanidiots:

quickhits:

Missouri taxpayers soaked twice for Limbaugh statue.

Because nothing says ‘fiscal conservatism’ like blowing $10,000 on a bust of a man so hated that it requires an $1,100 24-hour security camera all its own.

And frankly the damn thing doesn’t look like him at all.

hey that’s not fair only like ten million conservatives listen to rush limbaugh which is not all of them amirite?  oh yes here’s a bust of rush limbaugh molded from guano.

Remind me again what, exactly, it is that “conservatives” actually conserve? Because it sure as hell isn’t money.

It looks like a constipated Perry White.

But using money to help the poor is “petty theft”, amirite followers?

(Source: cartoonpolitics)

May 5
mothernaturenetwork:

Hawaii bans plastic bagsThe island state is giving businesses two years to adjust to a world without plastic shopping bags.

Excellent, excellent.
Now just ban bottled water, too.

mothernaturenetwork:

Hawaii bans plastic bags
The island state is giving businesses two years to adjust to a world without plastic shopping bags.

Excellent, excellent.

Now just ban bottled water, too.