10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down
In one survey, nearly 1% of Americans reported using guns to defend themselves or their property. However, a closer look at their claims found that more than 50% involved using guns in an aggressive manner, such as escalating an argument.
Heh, yep. I’m not surprised to hear this at all. You’ve already got a bunch of white dudes with most of the guns, and then you hear that they think they’re defending their property when really they’re pulling some castle doctrine bullshit and using their odd little machismo complex to defend nothing but their fragile sense of masculinity.
ObamaCare and Its Opportunity Costs
I bring this up because one of the consistent claims ObamaCare apologists make is that single payer wasn’t “politically feasible” (and never mind favorable single payer polling, or the possibility of nuking the filibuster when it would have mattered, in 2009, instead of when it didn’t, in 2013). Leaving aside the bizarre idea that politics is about accepting what is feasible instead of changing it — “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not” (RFK) — ‘Oh, I thought this was ObamaCare’ could show that indeed, there was already a ready-made constituency for a government health care program; that’s what they thought ObamaCare was! (Market state solutions are still relatively unfamiliar, I guess.)
People literally think that Obamacare is a government-run health insurance plan. We’ve spent all of this time and energy and money (and trust me, there stand to be a lot of winners of this government-mandated cash cow as this article points out), but it turns out a lot of people who would have been opposed in theory to Obamacare are totally fine with it, or have at least accepted it as reality.
South Carolina Sheriff Refused to Lower the Flag for Mandela Today
South Carolina’s sheriff laid down his law, refusing follow President Obama’s order that all flags be lowered to half-staff today to honor Nelson Mandela. Sheriff Rick Clark had lowered the flag over the weekend to honor a fallen local police officer, but raised it again on Monday morning in defiance of the order.
A dumb xenophobic honkey decided not to respect our totem of fascism which we use frequently as a political weapon. He’s an idiot. We’re dumber for having cared. More news at 11.
Satanists seek spot next to Ten Commandments monument on steps of Oklahoma's Statehouse
In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse steps.
Good. Just to piss these crackers off, I hope that Muslims also consider a monument as well—after all, we owe major advances in civilization to the Islamic Empire when it was at its peak and the squabbling Europeans had regressed. And since we’re so concerned about our nation’s history (that’s what this is for, right?) we should respect our Founders’ deep affection for Islam.
jethroq asked: Which part of "peer reviewed" you didn't understand? Also, most "reseach" about how the wage cap isn't real is published on MRA websites without any scientific backing or scrutiny. Stay pressed.
I don’t see any scientific journals among those, most of which are opinion pieces.
Literally one of your sources says that dudes are okay if women make more money, but it does not say that women make more money. This is not quite the slam dunk you think it is.
The Backroom Deal That Could've Given Us Single-Payer
This means that buying out the entire health insurance industry at an enormously generous premium of, say, 100 percent, would have cost the Treasury $240 billion – about 2 percent of 2009 gross domestic product. And this figure is highly inflated —premiums for buying out well-established companies rarely exceed 50 percent and are usually closer to 20 percent. Also, I am valuing the dubious claims of non-profit policyholders on par with the more vigorously-enforced property rights of for-profit shareholders.
No deal, dude. We don’t buy out parasites. We exterminate them. I cannot fathom why this idea is even in Jacobin, but fuck this. You don’t pay for rights.
How Vulnerable Is a Congressman Without Health Insurance?
And then there’s Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas tea party luminary and an outspoken opponent of the ACA. Rather than participate, Gohmert says he intends to pay a fine the law imposes and remain uninsured when the ACA’s individual mandate kicks in early next year. “I’ve pledged that I’m not taking the subsidy,” he told Politico. ”Too many people in my district have lost their insurance because of Obamacare…and because of Obamacare, the remaining insurance is just too expensive. So I’m not going to have insurance, it looks like.”
Please please please let this dipshit get a heart attack. I want these assholes to dogfood this awful law until they adopt single payer healthcare.
Servers being forced to pay for walkouts is surprisingly common.
Even in states where the practice is technically illegal, the threat of being retaliated against—as Parratt allegedly was—is so great that servers don’t stand up to bullying tactics from managers who see workers as disposable, precisely because they’re not required to pay them an actual wage, says Vincent Mersich, a labor lawyer in Pennsylvania. “Restaurants can transfer so much of their operating risk onto employees by paying them significantly less than minimum wage,” Mersich told me. Employers in these scenarios are essentially saying, “ ‘You haven’t assumed enough of that risk; you also have to assume the risk of people walking out on their checks,’ ” Mersich added. “At that point it seems exceedingly exploitative.”
I worked Thanksgiving Day at one of the busiest restaurants in the city and ended up making about $300 in tips after the kitchen’s cut. One coworker left with less than $25 because a table of 8 walked out on him and their check was almost $250. We knew they jacked the prices up exorbitantly—a burger cost $26—and I felt terribly for the guy but I was so desperate to make rent that I couldn’t do much for him.
The Social Movement Romance
Electoral politics can force activists to step outside of their comfortable ideological cocoons and think creatively about crafting persuasive arguments. Attending campaign meetings, going door-to-door, calling strangers on the phone and, yes, supporting candidates who are not perfect all entail abandoning the security of the herd. Real- world politics involves confronting or convincing those elements of society with whom we disagree. If progressives cannot do this, we are not a movement at all—we are a dinner party.
I think you might be making the assumption that people who are politically active on the left are A) progressives and B) interested in participating in our flimsy excuse for a democracy. That might be why you see so many jaded folks on the left.