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Even after the #Zimmerman #Verdict, these are still my thoughts over a year later.

Love is driving to see friends who  are like family before they move 2 time zones away; on the same weekend, visiting other friends we rarely see 2 more hours away; and then driving 6 or so hours back home to drive your mom around 2 towns to find a pharmacy that is carrying her Rx. My husband, Troy, is da bomb.

Love is driving to see friends who are like family before they move 2 time zones away; on the same weekend, visiting other friends we rarely see 2 more hours away; and then driving 6 or so hours back home to drive your mom around 2 towns to find a pharmacy that is carrying her Rx. My husband, Troy, is da bomb.

campaignmoney:

Today’s the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act. Read this new report from Demos on how it’s worked and the “next era of voter registration.”

Great milestone.

campaignmoney:

Today’s the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act. Read this new report from Demos on how it’s worked and the “next era of voter registration.”

Great milestone.

The Greatest Thing I Ever Learnt Is I Don’t Know A Thing
The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about Basketball Diaries?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.
Roger Ebert (via 100newfears)

True dat.

motherjones:

Wanna sweep dark money out of politics? We made you a DIY guide.

motherjones:

Wanna sweep dark money out of politics? We made you a DIY guide.

There are so many problems with our current campaign finance system that the least President Obama could do is make sure the agency overseeing it is in working condition. Appointing new commissioners to the FEC is something he could easily do right now.
Public Campaign Communications Director Adam Smith on the White House’s less-than-enthusiastic response to a petition by reform groups.
campaignmoney:

The Center for Responsive Politics reports today that outside spending on the 2012 election has reached the $100 million mark.
And that money isn’t coming from regular people. As Paul Blumenthal reported recently:

“At the end of January, there were 59 donors who had given $500,000 or more to at least one super PAC. These donors, whose contributions total $80.12 million, accounted for 61 percent of all contributions to super PACs. Contributions from donors giving over $100,000 — $111.1 million in total — account for 85.5 percent of all super PAC donations.”

Elections of, by, and for the wealthiest Americans.

campaignmoney:

The Center for Responsive Politics reports today that outside spending on the 2012 election has reached the $100 million mark.

And that money isn’t coming from regular people. As Paul Blumenthal reported recently:

“At the end of January, there were 59 donors who had given $500,000 or more to at least one super PAC. These donors, whose contributions total $80.12 million, accounted for 61 percent of all contributions to super PACs. Contributions from donors giving over $100,000 — $111.1 million in total — account for 85.5 percent of all super PAC donations.”

Elections of, by, and for the wealthiest Americans.

singyourlifemeow:

“I’m not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” -Iggy Pop

singyourlifemeow:

“I’m not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” -Iggy Pop

Think about that: we seem to be turning into a country where crony capitalism doesn’t just waste taxpayer money but warps criminal justice, in which growing incarceration reflects not the need to protect law-abiding citizens but the profits corporations can reap from a larger prison population.
Paul Krugman, “Lobbyists, guns and money.