Benghazi is still the nothingburger it’s always been, and everyone knows it; the DOJ episode is a policy debate, not a scandal; and it’s vanishingly unlikely that Obama had even the most tenuous connection to the IRS targeting of tea party groups, the only genuine scandal in the bunch. — Obama to GOP: Put Up or Shut Up on DOJ Investigation (via wilwheaton)
Apparently he didn’t make it home last night, and he’s missing.
If if you live in Philadelphia and see or hear anything from him or about him, please contact 267-252-4447 or 856-577-4719.
What!!! Joey where are you!!
Eyes out Philadelphia.
Hate heat map shows where racist, homophobic tweets come from -
A group of researchers have created a “Geography of Hate” map revealing racist and homophobic tweet concentrations across the U.S.
Find out if you’re in the hot zone.
(ETA: Map does not account for population density in those areas)
New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart -
A new app allows you to scan a product in the supermarket aisle and learn who exactly is behind that box of cereal. More impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott groups of companies who may have lobbied against a cause you believe in.
I couldn’t scream SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY fast enough at this. And it’s free! Due to all the traffic, the app is down right now - the developer says he’s getting more than 10 new users every second. Download it! Vote with your wallet!
Freaking LOVE this!
Why isn't New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting a 'national tragedy'? -
“So I shouldn’t be surprised that the Mother’s Day Parade shooting has largely been forgotten. On Sunday, shots were fired into a crowd during a parade in the New Orleans 7th ward. Police said they saw three suspects running from the scene.
This is the largest mass shooting in the United States where the shooters were still at large after the crime was committed. Think about that for a minute. From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Fort Hill to Aurora, all the shooters were either killed or apprehended on site. But the person or people responsible for shooting 19 Americans are still free.”
One of the people who got shot was an antiviolence blogger. Somehow we aren’t seeing massive solidarity for New Orleans or the entire city going on police lockdown to find the perpetrators. Two reasons: 1) This mostly affected Black people, and we all know how much the media and the police give any fucks about Black people in New Orleans; 2) This was a gun crime, so we can’t criticize it because GUNS ARE FREEDOM!
(Source: daughterofalkebulan, via corporationsarepeople)
Charges dropped against Florida teen over amateur science experiment — MSNBC -
stfusexists:The 16-year-old high school student who was arrested after causing a small explosion on school grounds will not be charged with a crime.
GOOD. Good job making the right decision, Florida Powers That Be. That’s 1.
YESSSSS oh my god some actual good news this week
(Source: likestepsonthemoon, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)
(Source: jape-art, via fatchickinla)
Stories to Watch: 5/13/13.
Got a really late start on these headlines, so this is going to be brief.
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne holds up Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as the kind of mayor who talks sense about gun control. That’s the kind that makes the gun lobby nervous.
Harry Reid says that gun safety advocates will “settle” for legislation leaving gaping holes in the background check system. Harry Reid is very wrong.
Marco Rubio wants the president to “demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately” over news that the agency gave special attention to Tea Party groups seeking tax exempt status. The problem: there is no IRS Commissioner. The previous commissioner’s term ended during the last election year, meaning nominating a replacement was completely impossible. “The Republicans would block anybody that Obama sent up.” Jeff Trinca, a former chief of staff for the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service, said at the time. So Rubio’s demanding a resignation from a position that’s empty because of Republican obstructionism.
Democrats are fighting over what to do with California’s $4.5 billion budget surplus. A problem you want to have. Liberal economic policies work. Here’s living proof.
Finally, John McCain becomes the latest Republican to thank Fox News for all their help in hyping Benghazi.
[cartoon via Truthdig]
Nearly Half Of Recent College Graduates Are In Jobs That Don’t Require A Degree -
Remember that little shit who said people who work at Taco Bell are high school dropouts who want handouts from the government? Yeahhhh.
House GOP Votes To End Overtime Pay With ‘Working Families Flexibility Act’ -
The Working Families Flexibility Act will make it easier for employers to avoid paying for overtime and give workers far less flexibility in their lives.
A few people have asked why I’m against this bill. It’s a fair question: what’s so bad about getting to choose whether you get overtime pay or comp time (paid time off) at your job? If you’re a working parent, or you wish you had more time to travel, or whatever, getting comp time instead of overtime pay doesn’t sound too bad.
Here’s the issue: it lets your EMPLOYER choose which one you get. The Fair Labor Standards Act says your boss has to pay you time-and-a-half when you work overtime. If you’re struggling to pay the bills, you probably don’t want more vacation days. You want the money you earned by working ridiculous hours. You want to see your paycheck, not your PTO balance, reflect the time you put in.
Comp time is great. But you can’t trade it in for money - or for your electricity bill. It’d be great if workers could CHOOSE overtime pay or extra paid time off, but letting the employer choose on your behalf is a pretty clear ploy to let employers stop paying you more to work more.
i’m glad that benghazi is the biggest scandal in american history and bill o’reilly can still find time to have the guy from duck dynasty on his show