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.
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.”
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)
|—||Public Campaign Communications Director Adam Smith on the White House’s less-than-enthusiastic response to a petition by reform groups.|
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.
“I’m not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” -Iggy Pop
|—||Paul Krugman, “Lobbyists, guns and money.”|