black holes and gray matter. in one thousand tangos.

“One of the standoffs that ultimately meant that the Violence Against Women Act disappeared after eighteen years of implementation was over Native American tribal rights. Cantor explicitly refused to back a bill that included expanded jurisdiction for Native American tribes in the prosecution of rape cases. One in three Native American women have been raped or experienced an attempted rape and in 86 percent of rape cases, the perpetrator was someone non-Native. Legislation that would have worked to allow tribal governments to exercise greater authority in prosecuting non-Native American alleged rapists was deemed unacceptable by Rep. Cantor.”

A reminder WHY Republicans let the Violence Against Women Act expire …


As I quoted the New York Times in this post in February (when the Republicans failed to reauthorize the act, which has now died), Republicans rejected the Violence Against Women Act because: 

The main sticking points seemed to be language in the bill to ensure that victims are not denied services because they are gay or transgender and a provision that would modestly expand the availability of special visas for undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence — a necessary step to encourage those victims to come forward.
So think of this way: the Republicans decided it was better to protect NO women than to ALSO protect gay women, or transgender women, or undocumented women.

"I built this column. 

I built it all by myself in this second American century. […]

What I do is build words one after the other, which may sound like a ridiculous way to earn a living, and in many ways it is. To learn to do this I had to get an education. Fortunately I got it from teachers who love children rather than teachers who love unions. Otherwise I might have imagined tax dollars and an education are in some way related — an awful European-type thought. […]

Because of my belief in individualism I never read anything. Reading what others write may compromise my entrepreneurial ability to build rugged, pioneering, can-do columns single-handed. […]

Now, I’d like to build in a mention here of love and respect. Ann Romney believes in love. Governor Chris Christie believes respect trumps love. (You get squabbles in the best families). He also believes in using the first-person pronoun as often as possible and the words Mitt Romney as little as possible. But that’s another story. 

What I want to say right here is that love is far more important than respect; that is a no-brainer for a self-built human being like myself. Respect for elders might lead to the conclusion that we owe seniors shelter and health care and a decent way to live out their days. We all know where that leads, folks. The road from respect to entitlements is paved with intentions that were not self-built. […]

With love and some arms sales to the Gulf, we will build this second American century! We will build it ourselves — without any help from each other.”

Roger Cohen: Made in the U.S.A. | NYT

“This speech was not only a bad speech, it was one of the most remarkable acts of political selfishness I have ever seen on a stage this big. This was a 2600-word speech in which he used nearly 1800 before he said Mitt Romney and as soon as he said Mitt, he went back to talking about himself for hundreds more words. This was Chris Christie accepting the nomination of Republican Party 2016…. I found it completely shocking.”
Rachel Maddow
“I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.”

Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s latest entrant in the seemingly endless series of young, prickish, over-coiffed, anal-retentive deficit Robespierres they’ve sent to the political center stage in the last decade or so, has come out with his new budget plan. All of these smug little jerks look alike to me – from Ralph Reed to Eric Cantor to Jeb Hensarling to Rand Paul and now to Ryan, they all look like overgrown kids who got nipple-twisted in the halls in high school, worked as Applebee’s shift managers in college, and are now taking revenge on the world as grownups by defunding hospice care and student loans and Sesame Street.”

Matt Taibbi: Tax Cuts for the Rich on the Backs of the Middle Class; or, Paul Ryan Has Balls

"Voters will now be able to see with painful clarity just what the Republican Party has in store for them.

More than three-fifths of the cuts proposed by Mr. Ryan, and eagerly accepted by the Tea-Party-driven House, come from programs for low-income Americans. That means billions of dollars lost for job training for the displaced, Pell grants for students and food stamps for the hungry. These cuts are so severe that the nation’s Catholic bishops raised their voices in protest at the shredding of the nation’s moral obligations.

Mr. Ryan’s budget “will hurt hungry children, poor families, vulnerable seniors and workers who cannot find employment,” the bishops wrote in an April letter to the House. “These cuts are unjustified and wrong.”

Mr. Ryan responded that he was helping the poor by eliminating their dependence on the government. And yet he has failed to explain how he would make them self-sufficient — how, in fact, a radical transformation of government would magically turn around an economy that is starving for assistance. At a time when state and local government layoffs are the principal factor in unemployment, the Ryan budget would cut aid to desperate governments by at least 20 percent, far below historical levels, on top of other cuts to mass transit and highway spending.

Those are the kinds of reductions voters of all income levels would actually feel. People might nod their heads at Mr. Romney’s nostrums of smaller government, but they are likely to feel quite differently when they realize Mr. Ryan plans to take away their new sewage treatment plant, the asphalt for their streets, and the replacements for retiring police officers and firefighters.

All of this will be accompanied, of course, by even greater tax giveaways to the rich, and extravagant benefits to powerful military contractors. Business leaders will be granted their wish for severely diminished watchdogs over the environment, mine safety and food quality.”

Paul Ryan’s Cramped Vision | NYT

12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan


1. Ryan embraces the extreme philosophy of Ayn Rand

2. Ryan wants to raises taxes on the middle class, cuts them for millionaires. 

3. Ryan wants to end Medicare, replace it with a voucher system. 

4. Ryan thinks Social Security is a “ponzi scheme.”

5. Ryan’s budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years. 

6. Ryan wants to eliminate Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students. 

7. Ryan supports $40 billion in subsides for big oil.

Read the full list at ThinkProgress

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