kateoplis: US soldiers killed: 4,481 Seriously wounded: 32,195 Psychological damage: 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3-4 months of returning home. Journalists killed: 229 Iraqi Police & soldiers killed: 10,125 Estimated Iraqi civilian deaths: Between 108,000 and 150,000 although there’s criticism that that only includes deaths reported by media agencies. Coalition deaths: 318 Private contractor […]Read more
You got kids? Kids always act up the most before they go to sleep. And when I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism’s almost over. Because this is the last — this is the act up before the sleep. They’re going crazy. They’re insane. You want to get rid of them — and the next thing you know, they’re fucking knocked out. And that’s what’s going on in the country right now.
Anonymous Strikes Again: This time taking down the site of the Koch Brothers-funded activist group, Americans for Prosperity and posting the letter above.Read more
If you want to know what the federal government is really doing, just look where it’s spending our money. Two of every five dollars goes to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, all of which provide some form of insurance. A bit more than a buck goes to the military. Then there’s a $1.50 or so for assorted other spending – education, infrastructure, environmental protection, farm subsidies, etc. Some of that, like unemployment checks and food stamps, is also best understood as forms of insurance. And then there’s another 40 cents of debt repayment. Calvin Coolidge once said that the business of America is business. Well, the business of the American government is insurance. Literally. If you look at how the federal government spends our money, it’s an insurance conglomerate protected by a large standing army.
If New York is Superman; and Chicago is Batman; and Los Angeles is the Flash; then Austin is the Green Lantern.
We are a city without fear. We are a city that can create anything we can visualize, through sheer force of will. We are a city with a special charge to shine a light into the darkness and lead the way to a new and better day.
These gangs are cockroaches. They’re nothing. They’re not one percent of the Libyan people.
You put Lloyd Blankfein in pound-me-in-the-ass prison for one six-month term, and all this bullshit would stop, all over Wall Street. That’s all it would take. Just once.