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#1098541 Mar 16, 2014
#1098543 Mar 16, 2014
While Gov. Rick Scott is in office, the Republican-led legislature is racing ahead with an expansion of the tax-credit program that drops the artifice of it being motivated by some overriding concern for poor people.
A new bill would make families who make 260 percent above the federal poverty level eligible for the private tuition money. That means a family of four that makes $62,000 would be eligible to receive grants to send their kids to private schools.
The bill also provides a yearly expansion of the corporate tax credits that can be used for the program. The cap of tax dollars converted to private grants would grow from $390 million next fiscal year to $873 million by 2018 — a far cry from the $47 million cap on tax credits when the program started.
The net result of all this diversion of tax dollars to private hands will take a toll on state revenues, creating a $32.2 million hole next year, and comparable shortfalls in the three following years, according to a legislative analysis of the bill.
This is bound to be bad news for the state’s poor, who, as always, will bear the brunt of the cuts.
Let’s just say that doesn’t bother you, either.
#1098544 Mar 16, 2014
In recent hearings on the Keystone Pipeline, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) invoked nearly all the climate change denial talking points in his exchange with climatologist James Hansen, director of the Program on Climate Science. Below is one of the more pivotal moments in the senate hearing:
Johnson: "I live in Wisconsin. There were 200-foot-thick glaciers in Wisconsin. How do you explain change before man ever had a carbon footprint?"
Hansen: "The statement that you just made is blatantly false—"
Johnson: "How do you explain—"
Hansen: "We do know."
Johnson: "How do you explain climate change that occurred 10,000 years ago before man had a carbon print?"
Hansen: "There are variations in the earth’s orbital elements. The eccentricity of the earth’s orbit, the time in the season in which it’s closest to the sun."
Johnson: "Those variations just end right now, so now it’s all man-made?"
Hansen: "No one has said it is all man-made. However, the man-made effect is now dominant, And we can measure that, because we can measure the energy balance of the planet, and we can see that there’s more energy coming in than there is going out. So therefore, the planet is going to continue to get warmer. It doesn't mean each year is going to get warmer, because there are natural fluctuations. But this decade is going to be warmer than the last one, and the following one will be still warmer."
Johnson: "I agree with Ms. Harbert, I think the science is far from settled."
#1098545 Mar 16, 2014
First, as we all know, Johnson is a Koch brothers shill and, in keeping with his standard MO, espouses the unadulterated idiocy of "for profit" climate change denial. Climate scientists have well-supported explanations of the factors that led to the end of the last ice age and can enumerate the specific forces that contributed to these changes, as exemplified here -- Fact sheet excerpt from Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/ ....
Also, Ron Johnson, like his Koch-funded cronies, is committing the standard logical fallacy that anchors climate change denial arguments. As noted in the report cited above:
These examples illustrate that different climate changes in the past had different causes. The fact that natural factors caused climate changes in the past does not mean that the current climate change is natural. By analogy, the fact that forest fires have long been caused naturally by lightning strikes does not mean that fires cannot also be caused by a careless camper. FAQ 2.1 addresses the question of how human influences compare with natural ones in their contributions to recent climate change.
#1098546 Mar 16, 2014
Senator, your arguments are not supported by climate science but for the moment, let's not worry about the carbon emissions-climate change link. Let's talk instead about ocean acidification - do you understand the causes and ramifications of that?(Extrapolation on that issue). And the problems of rising carbon emissions do not stop with the devastation of our oceans. Do you understand that carbon emissions lower air quality which directly translates into higher rates of asthma, emphysema, cancer? Can we please talk about the costs to health care system and Americans' quality of life that comes from that undeniable consequence? And can I remind you that these pandemic health problems did not exist when glaciers covered your fine state of Wisconsin. Can we factor in these costs when debating the Keystone pipeline? How many children are you willing to have suffer or die from asthma so that large energy companies can continue to exploit the dirtiest source of energy on the planet?
#1098547 Mar 16, 2014
Some White People Tried To Rally For Their Race Today
A smattering of white people on Saturday stood up to discrimination against their race that exists only in their minds.
The so-called "White Man March" was the brainchild of an organizer named Kyle Hunt, who wrote on his website that he expected "thousands" of people to take part in "coordinated pro-white activity."
By the looks of it, his vision may have been a bit lofty. The demonstrations appear to have mostly involved a few people here and there holding up signs decrying "diversity."
Hunt's movement did, however, earn a ton of mockery on Twitter with the hashtag #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns.
here was some participation though. Individuals from Missouri, Arkansas and even New Zealand posted photos on the event's website. Most of the photos showed no more than a couple white guys holding banners that read "'DIVERSITY'= WHITE GENOCIDE," apparently the event's rallying cry.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on a local group in Florence, Ky. that held pro-white signs at a busy intersection for a few hours on Saturday.
Robert Randsell, who organized the event in Florence, said white people were overdue for their own movement.
"As far as anyone in opposition, I would say it is 2014. That is one thing you guys love to say,'it is 2014, how can these racists be out here?' Well, it is 2014. It has been six or seven decades since white people stood up for themselves and it is about time we start doing so," Ransdell told the Enquirer.
Police in Birmingham, Ala., meanwhile, removed four of the "white genocide" banners that were displayed throughout the community.
What were Hunt's motives? A page on the website did little to answer the question. Hunt wrote that he aimed "to spread information through activism, but also to make a statement that White people are united in their love for their race and in their opposition to its destruction."
He wanted to show that "White people are organized and impassioned, that we know what the anti-white agenda is all about, and that we are dedicated to waking up as many of our folk as possible."
And Hunt said that the demonstrations would show that "the old stereotypes about pro-white activists are false."
But if you think his goals for Saturday's events were a bit misguided, Hunt told Vice that he has some big plans for himself, too.
"I very well may be president of the United States in 2020, but for right now I am supporting some pro-White candidates from the American Freedom Party," he said.
anti-white agenda? pretty sure there are some whites who've been at that for a while. i think they call them ....conservatives.
what? anyone who acts like they do in public has to realize that they're not helping their image.
Since: Jan 11
#1098549 Mar 16, 2014
Yea, they were buzzed. I see it as a very tragic mistake. The attacking boats follow suit after the planes thinking they're enemy because of the planes. It isn't unheard of to fly a false flag. They thought it was Russian due to the hull markings. I don't hate anyone due to a screwed up FO.
We were attached to the 4th ID for a time in '67 at Duc Pho. We were a bastard tank company that got sent where needed. Have gun, will travel.:-) Peace, my brother.
This may clear up some misinformation concerning your opinion with religious nuts and tea parties. We would like to see them go away also. They steal the show and obscure the message. It's from a left wing site too.
#1098550 Mar 16, 2014
GOP Changing Its Primary Process Because They’re Scared Of Candidates Saying Crazy Things
Priebus reassured the audience that this wasn’t an ‘establishment’ takeover of the party and an attempt to squelch independent voices within the GOP. However, that is exactly what this is. The Republican brass saw what a train-wreck the 2012 nominating process was for the party and they do not want to give the crazies another potential chance to completely destroy any electoral chances they may have ahead of Election Day. By drastically cutting down the number of debates and having complete say over the moderators, the GOP can control and limit the possible opportunities for embarrassing flubs (looking at you, Rick Perry) or cringeworthy moments (like audience members wanting uninsured people to die.)
This goes hand in hand with the party moving up the convention and nominating process. Instead of GOP candidates campaigning against each other through the spring and summer in an effort to capture the nomination, this completely cuts it off at the end of spring and allows the Republican Party to have a nominee established and in place months ahead of Election Day. Once again, this is an all-out effort by Priebus and the RNC to get a handle on the fringe element of the party in an attempt to keep them out of sight.
Priebus and other GOP leaders see the huge hole they’re in now and are looking for a way to get out of it. While it is still more than 2 years before the 2016 Presidential election, the GOP field looks awful and has the potential for lots of troublesome situations and confrontations. With Tea Partiers like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio looking to get involved, along with the religious right warriors like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, the potential for alienating large swaths of the American electorate is high. That is a very scary proposition right now for the Republican Party.
#1098551 Mar 16, 2014
This Iconic Actor Is Bolting The GOP
(Topix) Acclaimed actor Robert Duvall - one of the few open conservatives in Hollywood - is leaving the Republican Party calling it "a mess".
"Let me say it this way: my wife's from Argentina, she's been here for a while, and she's very smart. She calls herself a 'tree-hugging Republican,' but she might even vote Democrat next time because the Republican Party is a mess. I'll probably vote Independent next time."
#1098552 Mar 16, 2014
The Jeep Plant Mitt Romney Said Was Moving To China Is Booming In Ohio
(TPM) The auto plant at center of a misleading TV ad run by Mitt Romney's campaign during the 2012 presidential election is booming, Bloomberg reported Friday.
Not only is the factory in question still in Ohio, demand for Jeeps is so great that Chrysler is planning on hiring up to 1,000 part-time workers as a way to alleviate pressure on regular employees who work 60 hours per week.
#1098553 Mar 16, 2014
Gotta love the byline. Lol
Harry Reid says Kochs blocking Ukraine aid
(Politico) Harry Reid said the billionaire Koch brothers’ influence extends so far into national affairs that the Kochs are blocking a bill to aid Ukraine.
Democratic leaders alleged on Thursday that GOP House and Senate leaders want to trade a delay in IRS rules changes affecting the political activities of nonprofits for passage of a broad Ukraine aid package including controversial International Monetary Fund reforms. Those IRS rules could affect the Koch-backed Super PAC Americans for Prosperity, which is running millions of dollars of attack ads against incumbent Democratic senators.
#1098554 Mar 16, 2014
Another majority win for carol the tea party?????
Poll: 64% Of Americans Say Obamacare Should Remain Law
(TPM) A substantial majority of Americans believe Obamacare should remain law, either exactly as it is or with small changes, according to a new poll. Bloomberg News found that a combined 64 percent of Americans said they support keeping the law in place. That includes 51 percent who said it should be kept but may need some small changes and 13 percent who said it should be left alone. Only 34 percent said it should be repealed.
#1098555 Mar 16, 2014
Republican book burning
As an American librarian I am glad to be living in the European Union where library funding isn't under attack to the extent that it is back home in the United States, because readership, literacy and an open based knowledge system that is publicly funded is still valued. In America, library budgets have become low hanging fruit for conservative local and state politicians. Louisiana is the worse case in point where Gov. Bobby Jindal has eliminated state library funding all together. Not only does it beg the question will your state be next but it asks the question what will you do when they come for your library and your kid's summer reading program? Do you really know how many books it's really going to take to make that special child or grandchild in your life a lifelong reader. Do you think you have anywhere near those numbers of books in your private collection?
Please let's remember the voluminous studies that have been done year after year, decade after decade that show us that prison inmates for the most part are functionally illiterate and that teen pregnancy is directly linked to literacy rates.
Christian Science Monitor: November 18, 2013
Louisiana residents choose libraries over jail to receive funds Residents of Lafourche Parish in Louisiana recently voted down a proposal that would have used money currently going to local libraries to build a new prison.
Literacy statistics and juvenile court
85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
More than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate.
Penal institution records show that inmates have a 16% chance of returning to prison if they receive literacy help, as opposed to 70% who receive no help. This equates to taxpayer costs of $25,000 per year per inmate and nearly double that amount for juvenile offenders.
Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice states, "The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure." Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
According to UNICEF: " Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them are women."
#1098556 Mar 16, 2014
Privatized scab teachers at charter schools can groom their minority students for privatized 'for profit' prisons by expelling them at a disproportionate rate than whites. Awesome.
Corporate America finds the answer to black male unemployment.
Since: May 11
#1098557 Mar 16, 2014
The recall is not direct control.
The carbon tax is all about reducing carbon emissions through capitalism. We have had a successful nationwide cap & trade since around 1990.
What you have is just another ignorant reaction that the uninformed typically have.
#1098558 Mar 16, 2014
Do your part for the climate!
Lick Al Gores Balls!
#1098559 Mar 16, 2014
Shut up cracker before I choke you out...
#1098561 Mar 16, 2014
on one or very
Since: Mar 14
#1098562 Mar 16, 2014
I miss Motown. Good music. What happened to blacks making good music?
Good morning shinning.
Since: Mar 14
#1098563 Mar 16, 2014
So does everyone have their health insurance lined up? 15 days left if you don't.
I'm still curious if anyone on here under the age of 39 signed up for Obamacare who didn't have insurance before and doesn't have employer-based coverage and who doesn't qualify for the subsidies.
Thought there might have been at least a few on here who fall into that category.
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