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Monday notes on politics: Weiner’s weiner

By on Jun 20, 2011 in Politics

As his almost-constituent, I may have followed the Anthony Weiner scandal a bit more closely than most. After refusing to resign, then having Democrats throw him under the buss, and going into “therapy,” he officially resigned on Thursday. I’m fucking pissed about it. First of all, sexting with adults on twitter, while inappropriate is not illegal … like, say, sleeping with prostitutes (ahem, Elliot Sptizer) or getting a blow job from your intern and then lying about it under oath (ahem, Bill Clinton). I’m not even going to get into the Republican sex scandals, but suffice to say that for a political party that purports “family values,” they sure have a lot of politicians fucking hookers and soliciting gay sex in bathrooms. Second of all, what the fuck is wrong with Democrats? I don’t care if you don’t particularly like Weiner, you...

I love Elizabeth Warren and my microwave not exploding

By on Jun 8, 2011 in Politics

It’s not just Michael Moore who has a huge crush on Elizabeth Warren. It’s me too. I first heard Elizabeth Warren in the documentary Maxed Out, which will simultaneously blow your mind and make you cry. Those are qualities I dig in a documentary. After the economy exploded, she was made the chair of TARP. Later she was appointed a Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of the Presidency. As Ari Berman from The Nation says in his recent article, “Warren is a major celebrity in Washington, an Oklahoma-born Harvard law professor who’s done more than anyone since Ralph Nader to put consumer protection on the national agenda.” Her baby, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is currently under attack in Congress. The idea for the CFPB came out of an article Warren wrote in Democracy, which has the tag line “If it’s good enough for microwaves,...

Facebook rant of the day: Why unions are important

By on Feb 21, 2011 in Politics

A facebook friend posted this article by Penelope Trunk, which basically argues that unions are pointless in today’s society. I already kind of hate Penelope Trunk and the whole, privilege, upper-middle-class, I-should-let-my-boss-slap-my-ass-thing, but I also think she is totally and completely wrong. Here’s my facebook response:

Why is Wisconsin surprised?

By on Feb 21, 2011 in Politics

When I first heard about the Wisconsin protests against anti-union legislation by the new Republican governor, a protestor commented that she voted for “less government intervention,” but “not this.” Protecting the rights of citizens and minorities IS GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION.

Kristen Shaal on getting rape-ished.

By on Feb 3, 2011 in Politics

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Single Payer Action

By on Apr 29, 2009 in Politics

Do you, like most citizens including doctors, nurses, small business owners and health economists, think Universal Single Payer Health Care (aka Medicare for all or Canadian-style health care) is the answer? Check out Single Payer Action and then tell your representatives to support HR 676. Not sure about Single Payer? Try these … HR 676 – House bill introduced by John Conyers The Case for Single Payer, Universal Healthcare in the United States Physicians for a National Healthcare Program and their Single-Payer FAQHealthcare Now, What is Single Payer? and Cost control, universal care impossible without single-payer health system American Medical Students Association – Universal Health Care – scroll down to the “Educate Yourself”...