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Why am I telling knock knock jokes to Kim Kardashian? Why is she here anyway?
The nation’s largest private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America, is on a buying spree. With a war chest of $250 million, the corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, this month sent letters to 48 states, offering to buy their prisons outright. To ensure their profitability, the corporation insists that it be guaranteed that the prisons be kept at least 90 percent full. Plus, the corporate jailers demand a 20-year management contract, on top of the profits they expect to extract by spending less money per prisoner.
For the last two years, the number of inmates held in state prisons has declined slightly, largely because the states are short on money. Crime, of course, has declined dramatically in the last 20 years, but that has never dampened the states’ appetites for warehousing ever more Black and brown bodies, and the federal prison system is still growing. However, the Corrections Corporation of America believes the economic crisis has created an historic opportunity to become the landlord, as well as the manager, of a big chunk of the American prison gulag.
Hypocrisy is a glorious thing, isn’t it?
After attacking Obama’s use of TelePrompter - Marco Rubio loses last page of speech, can’t continue.
“The most articulate and talented teleprompter reader in America.”
— Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), quoted by the New York Times, mocking President Obama in 2010.
“I left my last page of the speech, does anyone have my last page? Did I Ieave it with you?”
— Rubio, while giving a speech today at the Brookings Institution.
Video via BuzzFeed:
If only there was a better way Senator… if only there was a better way.
Y’know I have never and will never get what the deal is with the right’s problem with teleprompters. There have always been speechwriters, not every word that comes out of a politicians mouth came out of their head. All teleprompters do is use technology to display speeches in a way that allows the politician to maintain eye contact with their audience rather than fumbling around with pieces of paper on a podium.
With the added bonus of not looking like a total fool on stage like this guy.
And the top three captions we received for the adorable baby high-five photo are:
Late to the Party Blog: Coming to CBS this fall, he’s a baby, and he’s the President of the United States Together, they fight crime!
Huff Post Politics:Kissing babies is so passé.
Bizi Bee: The definition of cool.
The price of a college education up 80% in the last ten years. Wages down 5%? But double the interest rate on student loans. That makes sense.
Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the first version of the Violence Against Women Act to include specific protections for LGBT survivors of domestic violence.
The law was first enacted in 1994 but has never included language that specifically aided LGBT communities. The law will give more resources to programs for investigating and prosecuting in cases of domestic violence and support victim service programs as well. The law passed in the Senate 68-31, and the House will likely vote in May.
According to Sharon Stapel of the Anti-Violence Project, 25%-35% of same-sex relationships are marked by domestic violence and abuse, which is about the same rate as other relationships. However, LGBT domestic violence victims have fewer supportive services, and they often face discrimination when seeking help. This latest reauthorization ensures that all people are able to access services regardless of his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
“To be the target of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking is terrifying and traumatic,” National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey said in a statement issued shortly after the vote. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not immune from this violence, and their distress should not be further heightened by a lack of proper response from service providers or law enforcement. Imagine being assaulted, scared and in pain — and then being turned away from receiving basic services and care. No one should ever be subjected to such inhumane treatment.”
There’s been a lot of buzz around this bill in general, but it’s really important to acknowledge how it goes somewhere totally new for LGBT communities. We will certainly see how this unfolds - hopefully for the better.
The court could give Obama a galvanizing issue shortly before the election. Polls of Latinos show that 85% favor illegal immigrants being allowed to gain legal status and that a majority oppose current enforcement as too strict. Almost half find the very term “illegal immigrant” offensive. So, ironically, Obama’s support among Latinos is likely to be greater if the president loses before the court.
$20 says Arizona goes to Obama in November. :)
31 Republican men voted against the Violence Against Women Act in the Senate today. All 5 Republican women voted for it.
The No Votes (31)
John Barrasso R WY
Roy Blunt R MO
John Boozman R AR
Richard M. Burr R NC
Saxby Chambliss R GA
Tom Coburn R OK
Thad Cochran R MS
John Cornyn R TX
Jim DeMint R SC
Michael B. Enzi R WY
Lindsey Graham R SC
Charles E. Grassley R IA
Orrin G. Hatch R UT
James M. Inhofe R OK
Johnny Isakson R GA
Mike Johanns R NE
Ron Johnson R WI
Jon Kyl R AZ
Mike Lee R UT
Richard G. Lugar R IN
Mitch McConnell R KY
Jerry Moran R KS
Rand Paul R KY
Jim Risch R ID
Pat Roberts R KS
Marco Rubio R FL
Jeff Sessions R AL
Richard C. Shelby R AL
John Thune R SD
Patrick J. Toomey R PA
Roger Wicker R MS
Just so we know who they are when it’s time for their reelection.
Dear Ted Nugent,
This is how you do it. You tell people what’s happening and you encourage them to vote the person out of office.
You know…instead of acting like an immature, misogynistic douche with poor impulse control and access to weaponry.
I can hear the closed door Republican debate on the issue:
Republican Men “Are the Democrats for it? Okay, that means we are against. Debate ended.”
Republican Women “Hey wait, that might be a ba…”
Republican Men “YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTHS WHEN MEN ARE TALKING!”
Republican Women “FUCK YOU, DOUCHEBAGS! IF WE WANTED TO HEAR FROM ASSHOLES WE WOULD HAVE FARTED!”