Yet another Republican says odious things about rape. I swear, it's as if they are doing damage control for Obama - no sooner does he step in it than they come in swinging to punch themselves in the face.
What's Social Security worth? A lot more than people who "just" want to "adjust" it for people under 55 will ever admit. To generate the same amount of income they would be receiving from Social Security taken at age 70, the individual would have to pay $436,517 today into an immediate annuity, says Mr. Meyer. (via) See? It'll be easy for the under-55s to "plan for the future" when they've killed Social Security for you!
Sam Seder did a particularly interesting interview with Matt Taibbi on The Majority Report, where Matt talked about seeing how Russia became an instant oligarchy and then coming home to watch the same thing happening in America.
It happened on Wall Street, and in the pharmaceutical industry, too, and in the latter case it means that research just doesn't thrive.
Paying taxes to your boss: "I suppose there's a certain elegance to Republican thinking. Instead of giving your tax dollars back in tax breaks, why not let your boss keep it? Oh, and those services your money was supposed to pay for? Try not to think about it." No, really. From the story: "Republican Governor Tom Corbett is deciding whether or not to sign legislation that would require some workers to pay taxes to their bosses. Yes, you read that right. The bill, which would allow companies that hire at least 250 new workers in the state to keep 95-percent of the workers' withheld income tax, is an effort to recruit Oracle to the state."
Colorado voters may have the impression that the marijuana regulation amendment to the state constitution is legalization - but it isn't. "Regulation of marijuana, by definition, creates more prohibitions on the time, manner and place of marijuana use. Legalization would be the removal of all prohibitions on marijuana, but A64 doesn't even remove one criminal penalty from the books. A64 creates more laws regarding marijuana and empowers the Department of Revenue to create even more unlimited new rules and regulations regarding marijuana. A64 will result in more prohibitions on marijuana, not fewer." Spread the word.
That acceptance speech for the Human Rights Visibility award was kinda awesome.