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thebiscuiteternal: lay-some-hate: wahbegan: teaboot: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder You fucking monster GET HER PRUDENCE No wonder why her name is PRUDENCE Time for the annual reblog! Reading an advice columnist absolutely eviscerating someone who obviously wrote in hoping to get their shitty attitude validated is always a delight. : Slate.com 5 hrs . Slate Dear Prudie: Do I have to give them candy? aT T-T Help! Kids From Poorer Neighborhoods Keep Trick- or-Treating in Mine. Slate.com Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more "modest" streets-mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn't a social service or a charity in which l have to buy candy for less fortunate children Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what's the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids? 91.6K 705 Slate Slate.com's Post See More thebiscuiteternal: lay-some-hate: wahbegan: teaboot: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder You fucking monster GET HER PRUDENCE No wonder why her name is PRUDENCE Time for the annual reblog! Reading an advice columnist absolutely eviscerating someone who obviously wrote in hoping to get their shitty attitude validated is always a delight.
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memesandmagik: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder Literally, the entire point of the tradition of trick-or-treating involved feeding your hungry neighbors in exchange for blessings, prayers for your dead, and good luck. To deny someone of a “treat” was bad luck and thought to anger the fae.  So yeah I hope her house gets egged and her wealth mysteriously dissipates without warning.  : Slate.com 5 hrs . Slate Dear Prudie: Do I have to give them candy? aT T-T Help! Kids From Poorer Neighborhoods Keep Trick- or-Treating in Mine. Slate.com Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more "modest" streets-mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn't a social service or a charity in which l have to buy candy for less fortunate children Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what's the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids? 91.6K 705 Slate Slate.com's Post See More memesandmagik: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder Literally, the entire point of the tradition of trick-or-treating involved feeding your hungry neighbors in exchange for blessings, prayers for your dead, and good luck. To deny someone of a “treat” was bad luck and thought to anger the fae.  So yeah I hope her house gets egged and her wealth mysteriously dissipates without warning. 
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Is it that hard to not be a jerk for one night: brakehagev2 Slate.com 5 hrs Slate Dear Prudie: Do I have to give them candy? Help! Kids From Poorer Neighborhoods Keep Trick- or-Treating in Mine Slate.com Dear Prudence I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more "modest" streets-mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn't a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what's the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids? Slate.com's Post See More > guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this goodtimegang "more than enough" oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates rune-midgarts lol this is amazing ryulongd Dear 99, In the urban neighborhood where I used to live, families who were not from the immediate area would come in fairly large groups to trick-or-treat on our streets, which were safe, well-lit, and full of people overstocked with candy. It was delightful to see the little mermaids, spider-men, ghosts, and the occasional axe murderer excitedly run up and down our front steps, having the time of their lives. So we'd spend an extra $20 to make sure we had enough candy for kids who weren't as fortunate as ours. There you are, 99, on the impoverished side of Greenwich or Beverly Hills, with the other struggling lawyers, doctors, and business owners. Your whine makes me kind of wish that people from the actual poor side of town come this year not with scary costumes but with real pitchforks. Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live. -Prudie Dear Prudie I think I just witnessed a murder teaboot You fucking monster wahbegan GET HER PRUDENCE Is it that hard to not be a jerk for one night
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wahbegan: teaboot: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder You fucking monster GET HER PRUDENCE : Slate.com 5 hrs . Slate Dear Prudie: Do I have to give them candy? aT T-T Help! Kids From Poorer Neighborhoods Keep Trick- or-Treating in Mine. Slate.com Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more "modest" streets-mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn't a social service or a charity in which l have to buy candy for less fortunate children Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what's the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids? 91.6K 705 Slate Slate.com's Post See More wahbegan: teaboot: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder You fucking monster GET HER PRUDENCE
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goawfma: HERE. FOR. THIS: Marina Preciado @oxminaox Follow LOS ANGELES CITY VOTED 11-4 TO LEGALIZE STREET FOOD VENDORS!!! THIS MEANS OUR LOCAL TAQUEROS, ELOTEROS, & PALETEROS CAN SELL PEACEFULLY 8 LEGALLY WITHOUT WORRY!!! 1:24 PM-18 Apr 2018 43,236 Retweets 158,493 Likes089o Saiyan Mami @CCGOLIFT Follow LA has legalized street food!!! Now cops can worry about actual criminals & stop messing with people who are trying to hustle/make money to support their family!!! ll T-Mobile LTE 12:03 PM undocumedia undocumedia Los Angeles Has Officially Legalized Street Food for the First Time Ever There are still some framework discussions that need to take place by Farley Elliott | Apr 17, 2018, 3:25pm PDT f SHARE A pushcart vendor in Echo Park | Farley Elliott T-Mobile LTE 12:03 PM 45% undocumedia undocumedia Absolutely Historic! 100 #LegalizeStreetvending . . . Via @uniondelbarriola:0HISTORIC: 4/17/18 #LACityCouncil votes 11-4 in favor of #LegalizeStreetvending! With NO #Businessveto! Great job #Streetvendors and allies! The work isn't over. We will be back to hear the draft ordinance in 60 days. Stay up to date and follow @elaccorg. Tonight we rest and tomorrow morning we meet up with #SenatorLara in #Sacramento as he continues to push forward #SB946, a statewide legislation that would legalize and protect vendors accross all of#California! ¡Adelante Compañerxs! "Essentially today's City Council vote was to establish a pathway forward for legislation, and to work out some basic framework issues that have been plaguing the conversation for years. Chief among the advocate's concerns was the idea of a business veto, which would essentially give brick and mortar business (restaurants and beyond) the ability to say no to sidewalk vendors within their immediate area. The issue has proven so tense that seven female protestors from the LA Street Vendor Campaign were arrested in front of City Hall last month while campaigning against the measure The new plan is to work out a compromisebetween business owners and street food vendors about where, and when, they can all operate together. A motion put forward by Councilmembers Joe Buscaino, Curren Price Jr., and Jose Huizar to leave out the business veto was ultimately approved and successfully voted on today, and now Huizar and others have 60 days to create a draft ordinance for what shape street food legalization will ultimately take FULL ARTICLE ON IG BIO LINK #VendedoresUnidos #StreetVendors #EstaEsMiTierra #EstaEsMiLucha #WorkersUnite #Solidarity #UnionDel Barrio IO goawfma: HERE. FOR. THIS

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crissle: defending-lesbians: teaboot: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder You fucking monster Prudie ain’t playin It’s not really about the candy. She doesn’t want to see their poor colored asses in her rich ass neighborhood. : Slate.com 5 hrs . Slate Dear Prudie: Do I have to give them candy? aT T-T Help! Kids From Poorer Neighborhoods Keep Trick- or-Treating in Mine. Slate.com Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more "modest" streets-mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn't a social service or a charity in which l have to buy candy for less fortunate children Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what's the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids? 91.6K 705 Slate Slate.com's Post See More crissle: defending-lesbians: teaboot: ryulongd: rune-midgarts: goodtimegang: brakehagev2: guys this is actually real like a real person wrote this “more than enough” oh you fucking saints, absolutely pouring wealth onto the unfortunates lol this is amazing Dear Prudie, I think I just witnessed a murder You fucking monster Prudie ain’t playin It’s not really about the candy. She doesn’t want to see their poor colored asses in her rich ass neighborhood.
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<p><a href="http://friendly-neighborhood-patriarch.tumblr.com/post/164974800512/thespectacularspider-girl-poorpoorpitifulme" class="tumblr_blog">friendly-neighborhood-patriarch</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://thespectacularspider-girl.tumblr.com/post/164974727869/poorpoorpitifulme-boyonetta-sunderlorn" class="tumblr_blog">thespectacularspider-girl</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://poorpoorpitifulme.tumblr.com/post/164974366977/boyonetta-sunderlorn-finally-someone-said" class="tumblr_blog">poorpoorpitifulme</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://boyonetta.tumblr.com/post/164960162684/sunderlorn-finally-someone-said-it-all" class="tumblr_blog">boyonetta</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://sunderlorn.tumblr.com/post/164487606354/finally-someone-said-it-all-of-it-all" class="tumblr_blog">sunderlorn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>FINALLY 👏 <a href="https://twitter.com/brandonlgtaylor">SOMEONE</a> 👏 SAID 👏 IT. 👏 ALL OF IT.  👏ALL AT ONCE. 👏</p> <p>(Thank you <a>@fallingawkwardly</a>​ for bringing this to my attention.)</p> </blockquote> <p>if u tell me u would read three hundred pages detailing the extensive process of domesticating the wheat that made the bread that the main character is eating ur either lying or ur really into wheat in a way i’m not entirely comfortable with</p> </blockquote> <p>Besides, in the real world, wheat was domesticated around 8000 years ago in the Middle East and spread to Europe (assuming the kinds of fantasy stories he’s complaining about are set in Fantasy Europe) long before the medieval era, so it’d be completely realistic for people to just act as if wheat were always domesticated and not think about it. </p> <p>Also, there really weren’t many entrepreneurs during the feudal era given that limited liability wasn’t a thing and getting stuck in debtor’s prison for a failed business venture was basically a death sentence. There would have been craftsmen and merchants and suchlike, but not really the culture of “small business owners” he seems to be envisioning. Equally, the middle class as a large-scale phenomenon wasn’t so much of a thing until the decline of feudalism in the late fifteenth, early sixteenth century.</p> <p>And all the nobility being established at the same time and all more or less recognising each other’s claims was basically exactly how the history of England went after the Norman Invasion. All the major noble families of the feudal era (and most still around today) could trace their lineage directly back to the first group of conquering nobles that came over with William I, and this difference in their origins from the common people would have been immediately obvious even after hundreds of years.</p> </blockquote> <p>Pedantic:  The Twitter Screed</p></blockquote> <p>Pedantry without true knowledge</p></blockquote> <p>I mean if you want to get pedantic and specific on a fantasy world you could always read the entire appendixes for LOTR.</p>: Brandorn Follow @brandonlgtaylor In a fantasy novel, how come everybody can afford high-grade wool? Also, how come everyone eats the same soups and drinks the same beer? 5:03 am - 21 Aug 2017 362 Retweets 1321 LikesO 50ti 362 1.3K Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Replying to @brandonlgtaylor How come in a fantasy novel, if the winters are so hard and cruel, you end up with all those pages of huge ass thick oak trees????? 2t25 276 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 IF THE WINTERS ARE SO HARD AND THE SOIL IS SO CRAGGY AND ARID, THEN HOW COME YOU GOT ALL THESE FORESTS?! IT DON'T MAKE SENSE 5 t28 325 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 How come nobody invents anything. How come all your carts look the same? WHY ARE THERE NO SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE?! 05 t: 21 292 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Your middle class. Where is it. Like, where is your merchant class, fam. Your realm has an economy, surely, where are they 07 t: 20 317 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You're probably doing feudalism wrong 93 ti 17 256 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, yes, tell me about how all of the nobility have been in power for the same duration and they all recognize each other as legitimate tl 16 263 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Your cadet branches. Where are they 4 196 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Why do you think agnatic primogeniture is remotely interesting? GIVE US COGNATIC GAVELKIND 99tl 23 316 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Why are you so afraid of science. Why. Why. How boring Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, a literate woman who must hide her intelligence and scheme behind the scenes. How groundbreaking. Wow Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 More gay sex. For everyone 91t24 369 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Gender. Get rid of it. 2t3 332 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight as a warrior. How feminist of you 93 ti 30 284 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You want to be realistic when it comes to patriarchy, but your characters' teeth aren't rotting out and everyone wants to kiss them. Okay ti 74 468 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You devised several schools of magecraft, but you expect me to believe that the kingdom's laws are applied uniformly throughout the realm Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You spent the entire book telling us about the succession of the king, but forgot all the succession laws in the individual fiefs. Oh. Okay 93 ti 13 188 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Why is your king not worried about his dukes consolidating power via marriages and alliances? Idk. Seems important. 93 t5 260 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, your main character is a religious cynic so you don't have to worry about creating a system of faith for your world. How convenient. 5 tl 22 269 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Who domesticated the wheat that you're using to make that bread? 4 t 217 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Who invented the process of making all that ale your characters are drinking. And why are they drinking it year round? How???? Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Uhm, also, who is breeding all of these horses? And where did they come from originally? Like, how did they end up here? Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 How did they agree on a systematized measure of time? Or of anything for that matter? Distance? Weight? Volume? Are there time zones? Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Epic fantasy reads like the notepad doodlings of the laziest history nerds on the planet. <p><a href="http://friendly-neighborhood-patriarch.tumblr.com/post/164974800512/thespectacularspider-girl-poorpoorpitifulme" class="tumblr_blog">friendly-neighborhood-patriarch</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://thespectacularspider-girl.tumblr.com/post/164974727869/poorpoorpitifulme-boyonetta-sunderlorn" class="tumblr_blog">thespectacularspider-girl</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://poorpoorpitifulme.tumblr.com/post/164974366977/boyonetta-sunderlorn-finally-someone-said" class="tumblr_blog">poorpoorpitifulme</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://boyonetta.tumblr.com/post/164960162684/sunderlorn-finally-someone-said-it-all" class="tumblr_blog">boyonetta</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://sunderlorn.tumblr.com/post/164487606354/finally-someone-said-it-all-of-it-all" class="tumblr_blog">sunderlorn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>FINALLY 👏 <a href="https://twitter.com/brandonlgtaylor">SOMEONE</a> 👏 SAID 👏 IT. 👏 ALL OF IT.  👏ALL AT ONCE. 👏</p> <p>(Thank you <a>@fallingawkwardly</a>​ for bringing this to my attention.)</p> </blockquote> <p>if u tell me u would read three hundred pages detailing the extensive process of domesticating the wheat that made the bread that the main character is eating ur either lying or ur really into wheat in a way i’m not entirely comfortable with</p> </blockquote> <p>Besides, in the real world, wheat was domesticated around 8000 years ago in the Middle East and spread to Europe (assuming the kinds of fantasy stories he’s complaining about are set in Fantasy Europe) long before the medieval era, so it’d be completely realistic for people to just act as if wheat were always domesticated and not think about it. </p> <p>Also, there really weren’t many entrepreneurs during the feudal era given that limited liability wasn’t a thing and getting stuck in debtor’s prison for a failed business venture was basically a death sentence. There would have been craftsmen and merchants and suchlike, but not really the culture of “small business owners” he seems to be envisioning. Equally, the middle class as a large-scale phenomenon wasn’t so much of a thing until the decline of feudalism in the late fifteenth, early sixteenth century.</p> <p>And all the nobility being established at the same time and all more or less recognising each other’s claims was basically exactly how the history of England went after the Norman Invasion. All the major noble families of the feudal era (and most still around today) could trace their lineage directly back to the first group of conquering nobles that came over with William I, and this difference in their origins from the common people would have been immediately obvious even after hundreds of years.</p> </blockquote> <p>Pedantic:  The Twitter Screed</p></blockquote> <p>Pedantry without true knowledge</p></blockquote> <p>I mean if you want to get pedantic and specific on a fantasy world you could always read the entire appendixes for LOTR.</p>
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christheodore: The ProblemSince the early 1980s, rules which had been in place for decades to protect the public from too few media corporations controlling too much of Americans’ judgement have been dismantled.  The result has been a cycle in which these media companies exert an influence on policy in order to grow ever more powerful that threatens the integrity of US democracy.  However, the cycle has reached a new limit in which the dominant media companies have become vulnerable to a public that increasingly doubts not only their relevancy but legitimacy because of the extent to which they have failed the public, the Internet’s power to provide information from original sources, and a global, political awakening in which the public increasingly seeks political truth.  In fact, the tube and all other major media channels have become dominated by a fewer and fewer number of companies and individuals.  Since the early 1980s, local radio stations, magazines, newspapers, and TV stations have been bought up and shuttered or their reporting dramatically reduced by companies seeking to maximize short term profits.  Thirty-five years of accelerating media consolidation has been a death spiral for news and information in which the decline in the value of the information provided– the result of cost cutting– has lowered the value of the news-providing business itself, which further lowers the value of information provided.  The result: the standard at which communities across America are informed and engaged has plummeted.  A 2012 Gallup survey showed Americans’ trust in the dominant media has never been lower.The SolutionThe force to power honest information which may create a historically significant new level of political accountability nationwide exists.  Likewise, a channel that can bring this information free to all and may create this new level of political accountability exists.  But the force has yet to be channeled and the channel has yet to be forced to this purpose.  In 2013, half of the $136 billion spent in the local advertising market was spent on some form of print advertising and of the entire $136 billion, more was spent on direct mail– $35.6 billion– than any other form of media, $14 billion more than the amount captured by the next most popular media, print newspapers. That print newspapers captured $21 billion in 2013 of all local ad spend, and the next largest share after direct mail, is important because advertisers in print newspapers have historically been amongst the easiest to persuade to use the print Reader Magazine because of The Reader’s lower overall prices and higher penetration of advertisers‘ customer base. Twenty-seven million U.S. small and mid-sized business owners, who together produce $8.4 trillion– half– the nation’s GDP, and the majority of the U.S. population are without an authentic local media channel which champions their interests regionally and nationally and makes the powerful accountable to them. Robert McChesney and Victor Pickard write, “As the basis for self-government is an informed citizenry, and [the press] is the institution with primary responsibility for making an informed citizenry possible, the existential crisis for news media is, in fact, an existential crisis for self-government”.  These individuals collectively spend $65 billion on local advertising each year, a force capable of providing them world-class local advertising because it is alongside world-class journalism that champions the interests of SMEs and small communities nationwide. : Caliiopta RII BORE HEMISPHA ET TERRA ALIS COELI CASCENO SPH N.R I PHIA. Cepbras GRA- Braco Cyyus EMayic 00 Agada Artionas CANCER ComutCoon Serfens Crcalus VIRGO quinoctialir Cratero Hydra Ceajaurus Tera ০ JS San christheodore: The ProblemSince the early 1980s, rules which had been in place for decades to protect the public from too few media corporations controlling too much of Americans’ judgement have been dismantled.  The result has been a cycle in which these media companies exert an influence on policy in order to grow ever more powerful that threatens the integrity of US democracy.  However, the cycle has reached a new limit in which the dominant media companies have become vulnerable to a public that increasingly doubts not only their relevancy but legitimacy because of the extent to which they have failed the public, the Internet’s power to provide information from original sources, and a global, political awakening in which the public increasingly seeks political truth.  In fact, the tube and all other major media channels have become dominated by a fewer and fewer number of companies and individuals.  Since the early 1980s, local radio stations, magazines, newspapers, and TV stations have been bought up and shuttered or their reporting dramatically reduced by companies seeking to maximize short term profits.  Thirty-five years of accelerating media consolidation has been a death spiral for news and information in which the decline in the value of the information provided– the result of cost cutting– has lowered the value of the news-providing business itself, which further lowers the value of information provided.  The result: the standard at which communities across America are informed and engaged has plummeted.  A 2012 Gallup survey showed Americans’ trust in the dominant media has never been lower.The SolutionThe force to power honest information which may create a historically significant new level of political accountability nationwide exists.  Likewise, a channel that can bring this information free to all and may create this new level of political accountability exists.  But the force has yet to be channeled and the channel has yet to be forced to this purpose.  In 2013, half of the $136 billion spent in the local advertising market was spent on some form of print advertising and of the entire $136 billion, more was spent on direct mail– $35.6 billion– than any other form of media, $14 billion more than the amount captured by the next most popular media, print newspapers. That print newspapers captured $21 billion in 2013 of all local ad spend, and the next largest share after direct mail, is important because advertisers in print newspapers have historically been amongst the easiest to persuade to use the print Reader Magazine because of The Reader’s lower overall prices and higher penetration of advertisers‘ customer base. Twenty-seven million U.S. small and mid-sized business owners, who together produce $8.4 trillion– half– the nation’s GDP, and the majority of the U.S. population are without an authentic local media channel which champions their interests regionally and nationally and makes the powerful accountable to them. Robert McChesney and Victor Pickard write, “As the basis for self-government is an informed citizenry, and [the press] is the institution with primary responsibility for making an informed citizenry possible, the existential crisis for news media is, in fact, an existential crisis for self-government”.  These individuals collectively spend $65 billion on local advertising each year, a force capable of providing them world-class local advertising because it is alongside world-class journalism that champions the interests of SMEs and small communities nationwide.

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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/102042643135/two-lesbian-business-owners-defend-christian">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote> <h1>Two Lesbian Business Owners Defend Christian Printers Rights</h1> <blockquote> <p>So far we have received pretty 99% positive response.  I have heard much from the gay community as of yet, but we feel this really isn’t a gay or straight issue.  It’s a human issue.  No one really should be forced to do something against what they believe in.  It’s as simple as that.</p> </blockquote> <p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="277" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/8c2ea5ae6f1a1b38d8b51cab5f64979c/tumblr_inline_neodob7fKw1r1jtxd.gif"><img alt="" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/8c2ea5ae6f1a1b38d8b51cab5f64979c/tumblr_inline_p6m7r8xWyA1rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-height="277" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/8c2ea5ae6f1a1b38d8b51cab5f64979c/tumblr_inline_neodob7fKw1r1jtxd.gif"/></figure></p> </blockquote>: is EAZ E POLITICS PHOENIX WOTERS REJECT PENSION OVERHAUL BACKED BY BILLIONAIRE 40 PM C <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/102042643135/two-lesbian-business-owners-defend-christian">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote> <h1>Two Lesbian Business Owners Defend Christian Printers Rights</h1> <blockquote> <p>So far we have received pretty 99% positive response.  I have heard much from the gay community as of yet, but we feel this really isn’t a gay or straight issue.  It’s a human issue.  No one really should be forced to do something against what they believe in.  It’s as simple as that.</p> </blockquote> <p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="277" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/8c2ea5ae6f1a1b38d8b51cab5f64979c/tumblr_inline_neodob7fKw1r1jtxd.gif"><img alt="" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/8c2ea5ae6f1a1b38d8b51cab5f64979c/tumblr_inline_p6m7r8xWyA1rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-height="277" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/8c2ea5ae6f1a1b38d8b51cab5f64979c/tumblr_inline_neodob7fKw1r1jtxd.gif"/></figure></p> </blockquote>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://orwellianlegacy.tumblr.com/post/90384882296/hi-anon-this-is-a-good-question-because-theres">orwellianlegacy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Hi Anon,</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is a good question, because there’s a lot of misinformation about this case floating around.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’ll do my best to explain the situation, as I understand it…</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>It’s not just about “contraception.”</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hobby Lobby’s issue isn’t with contraception in general. It’s with abortifacient contraception in particular.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Affordable Care Act includes a “<a href="http://rare.us/story/malkin-thank-you-hobby-lobby">‘preventive services’ mandate, which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, abortion-inducing drugs including the ‘morning after pill’ and ‘week after pill’ in their health insurance plan.</a>”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Regardless of where you stand on abortion, I think we can all recognize that it’s a huge social issue that people regard with strong, ideological convictions.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So there’s a lot more at play here than the simple word “contraception” fully conveys.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Paychecks and Health Insurance are different.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A paycheck represents a single exchange: Employees provide time and labor to Hobby Lobby, and Hobby Lobby compensates employees with money.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That is the end of the exchange. What an employee chooses to purchase with their paycheck is no longer Hobby Lobby’s concern. Hobby Lobby isn’t directly involved, so it isn’t responsible.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Health insurance represents a different exchange. Hobby Lobby offers the benefit of a healthcare plan to employees, and the employees can accept or reject it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But in this case, the Hobby Lobby is providing an ongoing service to the employee. So the nature of the health care provided is very much Hobby Lobby’s concern. Hobby Lobby is directly involved, so it is responsible.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Employee options aren’t at stake.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hobby Lobby isn’t trying to prevent its employees from seeking abortions. It just doesn’t want to be forced to pay for those abortions.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And, contrary to the conclusion many jump to, that doesn’t actually restrict the freedom of anyone working for Hobby Lobby. Freedom isn’t about what our employers allow, it’s about what our government enforces.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So Hobby Lobby’s employees still have several options if they want these kinds of contraception:</p> <ol><li><span>As you said, they can spend their paycheck however they choose. So if they choose to spend it on an abortion, they’re free to do so.<br/><br/></span></li> <li><span>They can also choose not to participate in Hobby Lobby’s employer-provided healthcare plan and instead find a private healthcare plan that provides their desired contraception. (The Affordable Care Act has created huge obstacles to this option, but that’s the government’s fault, not Hobby Lobby’s.)<br/><br/></span></li> <li><span>Or if employees really want an employer-provided healthcare plan that includes their desired contraception, they’re free to find a new employer that provides it. Job searching sucks, but nobody is being </span><em>forced</em><span> to work for Hobby Lobby or for any other company that provides a healthcare plan they don’t like.</span></li> </ol><p class="MsoNormal">The Supreme Court’s decision doesn’t actually restrict Hobby Lobby employees’ healthcare options. It’s just restricts <em>one method of paying for a specific option.</em> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to stop employees from doing what they want to do. It just doesn’t want to be a part of it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>People should be free to run their businesses as they see fit.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So long as an employer has control over the design of the healthcare plan they offer and employees are given the option of accepting or rejecting it, everything is voluntary.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But the Affordable Care Act effectively removed Hobby Lobby’s voluntary involvement. The benefit Hobby Lobby once offered is now an entitlement the government requires it to provide.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And, while Hobby Lobby could once design its healthcare plan however it saw fit, it is now forced to provide a government-regulated plan — one that included drugs it considers morally compromising.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At this point the debate usually arises about whether corporations have rights.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Corporations aren’t people, they’re property.</span><span> So</span> corporations don’t have rights, but their owners still do.<span> </span><span>And the way a corporation like Hobby Lobby operates is an extension of its owners’ economic and religious liberty.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So when the government forces a corporation to operate against its owners convictions, the government is infringing on the owner’s liberty.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And corporate owners don’t have the option of going another route the way their employees do. Owners either comply with government dictates, or they close their businesses.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Thankfully, because the Supreme Court has chosen to protect the economic and religious rights of business owners, Hobby Lobby won’t have to do either …and that’s good news for its employees.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Everyone wins when liberty is protected.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s easy to see the Supreme Court’s decision on this case as a win for conservatives or corporations or the pro-life moments. But the reality is that this is a win for everyone.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Because the case was only about pro-life, corporate and conservative rights <em>this time. </em>Next time might be different.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If the Supreme Court had forced Hobby Lobby to adhere to the contraceptive mandate, it would have set a precedent for favoring government regulation over economic and religious liberties.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And that could just as easily work against liberal, non-profit or pro-choice rights. Ideologies shift, but power doesn’t.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So the decision today wasn’t one ideology winning over another. It was liberty winning over tyranny.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Individual employees should be free to do what they want with their money and their bodies. Corporate owners should be free to do what they want with their money and their businesses. And the government shouldn’t be allowed to dictate how either one operates.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I hope that explanation makes sense. Thanks for getting your question to me — and for asking it so politely.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Peace, love and Jesus,<br/> -James</p> </blockquote>: Anonymous said: I don't have tumblr so I had to ask this account. You just posted about hobby lobby on your other account. I just don't understand why providing the means to contraception is so wrong. Regardless of whether or not contraception is okay, giving someone the option isn't forcing them or necessarily endorsing it. HL pays their employees money and the employees could use that money to buy drugs or hire prostitutes. But that's their choice, not HL's. Contraception doesn't seem so different to me Anonymous said: Their salary is the means by which they can buy things that HL may or may not agree with. The health coverage is the means by which they access health care that HL May or may not agree with. It just seems like it's not HL's choice at all. HL can't directly pay their employees rent and grocery bills to keep them from buying, say, excessive amounts of alcohol. So why should they be able to or argumentative. Thanks! <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://orwellianlegacy.tumblr.com/post/90384882296/hi-anon-this-is-a-good-question-because-theres">orwellianlegacy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Hi Anon,</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is a good question, because there’s a lot of misinformation about this case floating around.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’ll do my best to explain the situation, as I understand it…</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>It’s not just about “contraception.”</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hobby Lobby’s issue isn’t with contraception in general. It’s with abortifacient contraception in particular.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Affordable Care Act includes a “<a href="http://rare.us/story/malkin-thank-you-hobby-lobby">‘preventive services’ mandate, which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, abortion-inducing drugs including the ‘morning after pill’ and ‘week after pill’ in their health insurance plan.</a>”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Regardless of where you stand on abortion, I think we can all recognize that it’s a huge social issue that people regard with strong, ideological convictions.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So there’s a lot more at play here than the simple word “contraception” fully conveys.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Paychecks and Health Insurance are different.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A paycheck represents a single exchange: Employees provide time and labor to Hobby Lobby, and Hobby Lobby compensates employees with money.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That is the end of the exchange. What an employee chooses to purchase with their paycheck is no longer Hobby Lobby’s concern. Hobby Lobby isn’t directly involved, so it isn’t responsible.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Health insurance represents a different exchange. Hobby Lobby offers the benefit of a healthcare plan to employees, and the employees can accept or reject it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But in this case, the Hobby Lobby is providing an ongoing service to the employee. So the nature of the health care provided is very much Hobby Lobby’s concern. Hobby Lobby is directly involved, so it is responsible.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Employee options aren’t at stake.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hobby Lobby isn’t trying to prevent its employees from seeking abortions. It just doesn’t want to be forced to pay for those abortions.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And, contrary to the conclusion many jump to, that doesn’t actually restrict the freedom of anyone working for Hobby Lobby. Freedom isn’t about what our employers allow, it’s about what our government enforces.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So Hobby Lobby’s employees still have several options if they want these kinds of contraception:</p> <ol><li><span>As you said, they can spend their paycheck however they choose. So if they choose to spend it on an abortion, they’re free to do so.<br/><br/></span></li> <li><span>They can also choose not to participate in Hobby Lobby’s employer-provided healthcare plan and instead find a private healthcare plan that provides their desired contraception. (The Affordable Care Act has created huge obstacles to this option, but that’s the government’s fault, not Hobby Lobby’s.)<br/><br/></span></li> <li><span>Or if employees really want an employer-provided healthcare plan that includes their desired contraception, they’re free to find a new employer that provides it. Job searching sucks, but nobody is being </span><em>forced</em><span> to work for Hobby Lobby or for any other company that provides a healthcare plan they don’t like.</span></li> </ol><p class="MsoNormal">The Supreme Court’s decision doesn’t actually restrict Hobby Lobby employees’ healthcare options. It’s just restricts <em>one method of paying for a specific option.</em> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to stop employees from doing what they want to do. It just doesn’t want to be a part of it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>People should be free to run their businesses as they see fit.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So long as an employer has control over the design of the healthcare plan they offer and employees are given the option of accepting or rejecting it, everything is voluntary.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But the Affordable Care Act effectively removed Hobby Lobby’s voluntary involvement. The benefit Hobby Lobby once offered is now an entitlement the government requires it to provide.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And, while Hobby Lobby could once design its healthcare plan however it saw fit, it is now forced to provide a government-regulated plan — one that included drugs it considers morally compromising.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At this point the debate usually arises about whether corporations have rights.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Corporations aren’t people, they’re property.</span><span> So</span> corporations don’t have rights, but their owners still do.<span> </span><span>And the way a corporation like Hobby Lobby operates is an extension of its owners’ economic and religious liberty.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So when the government forces a corporation to operate against its owners convictions, the government is infringing on the owner’s liberty.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And corporate owners don’t have the option of going another route the way their employees do. Owners either comply with government dictates, or they close their businesses.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Thankfully, because the Supreme Court has chosen to protect the economic and religious rights of business owners, Hobby Lobby won’t have to do either …and that’s good news for its employees.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Everyone wins when liberty is protected.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s easy to see the Supreme Court’s decision on this case as a win for conservatives or corporations or the pro-life moments. But the reality is that this is a win for everyone.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Because the case was only about pro-life, corporate and conservative rights <em>this time. </em>Next time might be different.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If the Supreme Court had forced Hobby Lobby to adhere to the contraceptive mandate, it would have set a precedent for favoring government regulation over economic and religious liberties.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And that could just as easily work against liberal, non-profit or pro-choice rights. Ideologies shift, but power doesn’t.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So the decision today wasn’t one ideology winning over another. It was liberty winning over tyranny.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Individual employees should be free to do what they want with their money and their bodies. Corporate owners should be free to do what they want with their money and their businesses. And the government shouldn’t be allowed to dictate how either one operates.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I hope that explanation makes sense. Thanks for getting your question to me — and for asking it so politely.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Peace, love and Jesus,<br/> -James</p> </blockquote>

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atleedala: I’m about to get all sorts of political. If you don’t like it, this is not the blog you’re looking for. Move along. Four years ago, I voted for a man who promised to bring change to our country. This year, I am planning on making the exact same vote. Plenty of people have many negative things to say about Barack Obama. Out of everything that has been said throughout not just this election year, but throughout the last four years, there is one simple statement that I absolutely cannot stand… “Obama hasn’t done anything the entire time he’s been in office.” (well, that and the whole, “OBAMA IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST” because believe it or not, there are still some idiots out there that truly believe this…) Here I have for you, ladies and gentlemen, is a list of 108 things Obama has accomplishedduring his presidency so far.  1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry 2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along 3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world 4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay 5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation 6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part. 7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize 8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan 9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court 10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles 11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans 12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues. 13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc. 14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops 15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales 16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan 17. Closed offshore tax safe havens 18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan 19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information 20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts 21. . Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB. 22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules 23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings 24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports 25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09). 26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions 27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back 28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards 29. . Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology. 30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices 31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date 32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources 33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient 34. Established a new cyber security office 35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children 36. Expanding vaccination programs 37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses 38. . Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans. 39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research 40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools 41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti 42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters 43. . Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy. 44. Improved housing for military personnel 45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals 46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan. 47. Improving benefits for veterans 48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect 49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits. 50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program 51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market. 52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel 53. Increasing student loans 54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones 55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers. 56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000 57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House 58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost. 59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration 60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured. 61. Lower drug costs for seniors 62. Making more loans available to small businesses 63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration 64. . Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis 65. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans 66. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care. 67. New federal funding for science and research labs 68. New funds for school construction 69. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending 70. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices 71. . Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals. 72. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan 73. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions 74. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families. 75. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic 76. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research 77. . Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24 78. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel 79. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols 80. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles. 81. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters 82. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy 83. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner. 84. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program 85. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards 86. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced 87. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job 88. The FDA is now regulating tobacco 89. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date. 90. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010 91. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying 92. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed 93. US financial and banking rescue plan 94. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast 95. . Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system. 96. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office 97. Improved relations with Iran 98. Improved U.S. policy on climate change 99. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops) 100. Improved relations with Russia 101. Improved relations with the Islamic World 102. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation 103. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing) 104. Drastically slowed down the recession 105. Saved Wall Street 106. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay)107. HEALTHCARE REFORM 108. Ordered the military operation that killed Osama Bin Laden On top of all of this, Barack Obama has just become the first president to endorse gay marriage.   Yup, here we have just described a man who has clearly done nothing but sit around the oval office and twiddle his thumbs the last four years. Obviously, voting for someone who is for universal equality and bettering not just this country, but the entire world, is the wrong way to go. -___- OBAMA 2012 Just gonna leave this here, dudes. : DOESNT WANT TO BANPORN RESTRICTYOUR INTERNET,OR TAKEAWAY YOUR GUNS SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE, EDUCATION FOR ALL, AND UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE atleedala: I’m about to get all sorts of political. If you don’t like it, this is not the blog you’re looking for. Move along. Four years ago, I voted for a man who promised to bring change to our country. This year, I am planning on making the exact same vote. Plenty of people have many negative things to say about Barack Obama. Out of everything that has been said throughout not just this election year, but throughout the last four years, there is one simple statement that I absolutely cannot stand… “Obama hasn’t done anything the entire time he’s been in office.” (well, that and the whole, “OBAMA IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST” because believe it or not, there are still some idiots out there that truly believe this…) Here I have for you, ladies and gentlemen, is a list of 108 things Obama has accomplishedduring his presidency so far.  1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry 2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along 3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world 4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay 5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation 6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part. 7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize 8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan 9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court 10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles 11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans 12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues. 13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc. 14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops 15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales 16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan 17. Closed offshore tax safe havens 18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan 19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information 20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts 21. . Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB. 22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules 23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings 24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports 25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09). 26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions 27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back 28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards 29. . Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology. 30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices 31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date 32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources 33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient 34. Established a new cyber security office 35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children 36. Expanding vaccination programs 37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses 38. . Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans. 39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research 40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools 41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti 42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters 43. . Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy. 44. Improved housing for military personnel 45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals 46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan. 47. Improving benefits for veterans 48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect 49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits. 50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program 51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market. 52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel 53. Increasing student loans 54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones 55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers. 56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000 57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House 58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost. 59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration 60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured. 61. Lower drug costs for seniors 62. Making more loans available to small businesses 63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration 64. . Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis 65. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans 66. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care. 67. New federal funding for science and research labs 68. New funds for school construction 69. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending 70. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices 71. . Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals. 72. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan 73. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions 74. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families. 75. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic 76. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research 77. . Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24 78. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel 79. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols 80. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles. 81. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters 82. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy 83. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner. 84. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program 85. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards 86. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced 87. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job 88. The FDA is now regulating tobacco 89. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date. 90. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010 91. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying 92. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed 93. US financial and banking rescue plan 94. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast 95. . Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system. 96. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office 97. Improved relations with Iran 98. Improved U.S. policy on climate change 99. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops) 100. Improved relations with Russia 101. Improved relations with the Islamic World 102. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation 103. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing) 104. Drastically slowed down the recession 105. Saved Wall Street 106. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay)107. HEALTHCARE REFORM 108. Ordered the military operation that killed Osama Bin Laden On top of all of this, Barack Obama has just become the first president to endorse gay marriage.   Yup, here we have just described a man who has clearly done nothing but sit around the oval office and twiddle his thumbs the last four years. Obviously, voting for someone who is for universal equality and bettering not just this country, but the entire world, is the wrong way to go. -___- OBAMA 2012 Just gonna leave this here, dudes.

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