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The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion ~every single day.

theriverwanders:

  • We have the lowest number of public-sector employees per population since 1968.
  • If we merely restored government employment to its 2007 levels, there’d be 1.7 million more jobs.

Republicans:  The government cannot create jobs because it is a job creator.  Only billionaires are job creators and therefore must be given preferential treatment.

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robot-heart-politics:

howardbealing:

Mutt Romney on the cover of a Boston gay advocate newspaper in ‘94. “I’ll be better than Ted Kennedy for gay rights.”

Hee.

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ryking:

Rob Tornoe, “Tradition of Marriage.”

If anyone knows about traditional marriage it’s a guy like Rush Limbaugh. He’s had four of them.

ryking:

“Heads or Tails:” A victim of Romney’s vulture capitalism tells America not to trust the Republican.

abaldwin360:

Billionare Sheldon Adelson the man whose net worth, by Forbes’ calculations, has jumped more ($21.6 billion) during the Obama administration than any other American — Mark Zuckerberg included — wants to take the president out for economic reasons.“What scares me is the continuation of the…

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So it;s official: North Carolina is officially okay with threesomes …

inothernews:

So it’s official: North Carolina is officially okay with threesomes (see photo above) so long as God is involved but they’ll now join 29 other states in saying fuck you, marriage equality.

Hey, everyone, no need to check your calendars: it really is 2012, it really is the 21st Century, our country really is divided and there’s still people telling other people that they’re somehow inferior and different and that they should really just deal with it and here’s a Neanderthal law that says so and by the way so does God because he had a bunch of white dudes write it down in the Bible.

Jesus H. fucking Christ and God damn it all.

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theatlantic:

America’s Secret Growth Weapon: Why Immigration Really, Really Matters

Immigration is a big part of what distinguishes the U.S. from, say, the EU. Immigration makes us younger. That’s what you see from the graph above. Immigration makes us smarter. Half of all Silicon Valley start ups have a co-founder no more than one generation separated from an immigrant. Immigration makes us work. The U.S. fertility rate is below 2.1, so it’s immigration that pushes us above replacement level growth.

But don’t gloat. There are cracks our armor.

One in three U.S. immigrants today was born in Mexico, making it the “biggest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States,” according to the Pew Hispanic Center. But that wave hit a wall. Thanks to a weak U.S. economy, a growing Mexican economy, and a handful of other policies, net flow of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. has possibly reversed for the first time in several decades.

At the same time, “highly educated children of immigrants to the United States are uprooting themselves and moving to their ancestral countries,” the New York Times reported just two weeks ago. The factors aren’t all the same, but they rhyme. India is getting stronger relative to the United States, and, once again, public policy is getting in the way of immigration. We don’t block foreign-born students at the Texas border. We kick them out if they can’t marry, find a job, or snag one of a limited number of visas. In the race for human capital, this is a deliberate losing strategy.

There are reasonable arguments for using government laws and resources to limit immigration and protect jobs for American-born workers. But the broader picture is that the U.S. is failing to recognize a free and automatic virtue of being America: People want to move here and work in exchange for money.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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