Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Iceland’s first female prime minister (and the world’s first lesbian world leader
that we know of) is leaving office after the election tomorrow. She’s been member of parliament for 35 years and most of her time has been spent working tirelessly for social causes. Under her leadership the country managed to navigate a disastrous economic crash and come out of it relatively unharmed.
Today people gathered outside the Government Offices of Iceland and said their goodbyes and thanks by giving her a single red rose - each.
8 awesome Black women in political media. Gwen Ifill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Goldie Taylor, Tamron Hall, Anthea Butler, Donna Brazile, Zerlina Maxwell, and Joy Reid. They’re smart, educated, accomplished, and insightful. Some have previous media experience and writing/publishing experience as well as activist work. I appreciate their voices, whether their particular views on a topic matches mine or not—their voices are important.
Gwen Ifill, Melissa Harris-Perry and Tamron Hall have their own shows; Washington Week, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and NewsNation, respectively. Donna Brazile is a CNN commentator and political strategist/analyst. Goldie Taylor frequents MSNBC shows for cultural criticism and political commentary. Anthea Butler is a frequent political analyst guest on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and Joy Reid frequents MSNBC shows and was recently on an episode of Meet The Press.
name the LatiNegra!
Apple, Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Intel — over 250 employers — are filing amicus briefs in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases asking the Supreme Court to make same-sex marriage legal.
There is a petition on Whitehouse.gov that will restrict congressmen and senators salaries to $75,000 a year for the next THREE YEARS to pay off the deficit! It needs 20,919 signatures, And it’s still under 5,000
HELP GET THIS DONE!
SIGNAL FUCKING BOOST
One of my favorite comic book artists with a very real statement.
The Nation has obtained audio of Lee Atwater’s infamous 1981 interview on the GOP’s southern strategy. The legendarily brutal campaign consultant explains how Republicans can win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites…. “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Now, the same indefatigable researcher who brought us Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks, James Carter IV, has dug up the entire forty-two minute interview from which that quote derives.
Hear the rest of the interview here.
Pardon me, won’t you, if I don’t get a big rubbery one over “state’s rights”… I don’t deny the importance and fundamental need for them but something about the undertones of those arguments (especially as of late) just sticks in my craw.
I’m just so amused at the obtuseness of people… the sheer, unmitigated, blind hatred and ignorance… the pompous presumptions masquerading as certitude… just out and out stupidity.
To be honest if Romney wins I’m going to have to jerk off till I bleed to make this night OK.
As Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney refused to let the state alter its birth certificates for gay parents—forcing couples to cross out “father” and write “second parent” in ink, the Boston Globe reports. A Department of Public Health lawyer warned that such hand-written alterations hurt “the integrity of the vital record-keeping system”—and might give children problems “later in life”—but Romney held firm. What’s more, his office insisted on reviewing each request for a birth certificate by gay parents