Common Sense is Not So Common
I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.

A proclamation by Texas Governor Rick Perry asking Texans of all faiths to pray for rain in the state of Texas. According to the proclamation, the state “is in the midst of an exceptional drought.” (via officialssay)

What a freaking joke. Texas ignores the fact that global warming is occurring and will do anything to get the EPA to stop enforcing environmental policy, but they pray for rain. The most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. This is what religion does to people, it takes away their ability to think for themselves and effectively brainwashes them. 

This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a Progressive, which he has said is the same as a “cancer” and a “Nazi.” What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews? I had the audacity—not of hope—but the audacity to give respect to the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to address childhood obesity. I’m no fan of her husband’s policies for sure, but I have appreciated her efforts that Beck misrepresented—either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to distort them to create yet another “boogey man” hiding in the closet that he and only he can see. The First Lady’s approach is about personal responsibility—not the government literally taking candy from a baby’s mouth. He seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts for his linking so many people and events together to describe a massive global conspiracy for pretty much everything. Sadly, he seems equally inept at recognizing the obvious fact that children are increasingly obese and that we now see clinical evidence of diseases in children that as recent as 20 years ago were found only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes. The costs to our nation are staggering in increase health care expenses, but it even effects national security with now 75% of young men between the ages of 17 and 24 are unfit for military service primarily due to obesity! His ridiculous claim that John McCain and I collaborated and conspired in the 2008 campaign is especially laughable. Is he not aware that McCain and I were competitors—-not cohorts? Beck needs to stick to conspiracies that can’t be so easily de-bunked by facts. Why Beck has decided to aim his overloaded guns on me is beyond me. But he ought to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time.

GOP presidential hopeful MIKE HUCKABEE, letting Glenn Beck have it.

I’m always for Republicans fighting amongst themselves, but occasionally, I’ll second their emotions.

(via inothernews

All about this.

(via reallyfoxnews)

I mean, I’m not a huge fan of the obesity boogey man (oh noes! fewer soldiers!), but I love a conservative speaking out against Beck. The idea that ANYONE believes him or finds him credible in any way is astounding to me.

(via stfuconservatives)

leftish:

Trump on Health Care in January, 2000
Not only does he have the most ridiculous hairdo on the planet, but he’s also The Ultimate Flip-Flopper!!

leftish:

Trump on Health Care in January, 2000

Not only does he have the most ridiculous hairdo on the planet, but he’s also The Ultimate Flip-Flopper!!

This just means that 48% of Iowa citizens are completely loony. There is too much evidence to the contrary. Apparently they don’t have news in Iowa or anyone that knows how to read.

I have to say, as someone who is not Christian, it’s hard for me to believe Christians are a persecuted people in America. God-willing, maybe one of you one day will even rise up and get to be president of this country - or maybe forty-four in a row. But, that’s my point, is they’ve taken this idea of no establishment as persecution, because they feel entitled, not to equal status, but to greater status.
Jon Stewart to Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show (via gayatheist)
mohandasgandhi:

Down goes WI State Senator #4: Republican Sheila Harsdorf
In case anyone hasn’t been keeping up, Senators  Luther Olsen, R-Ripon; Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac; and Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse have already had recall petitions submitted.  
To even submit 4 recall petitions is setting historical precedent.

mohandasgandhi:

Down goes WI State Senator #4: Republican Sheila Harsdorf

In case anyone hasn’t been keeping up, Senators Luther Olsen, R-Ripon; Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac; and Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse have already had recall petitions submitted. 

To even submit 4 recall petitions is setting historical precedent.

He wants to see Obama’s birth certificate, I want to see his hairline.
Robin Williams, on Trump for President (via walkinthesnark)
Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

Joseph Stalin

Stalin was right, and that’s why the state shouldn’t teach children.

(via missdaisyvo)

Well then Miss Daisy who should educate them? Parents? Yeah right, if the American Electorate is any indication then I wouldn’t want them to teach anything. Most adults can’t even educate themselves on the issues such as yourself. Children must have an educate and it has to be on a level playing field. Look what parents teach their children now. Look at the state of society and kids. There are all kinds of people in this country. Some are educated, some are hopelessly ignorant, and some couldn’t care less about their kids.

I’m not at all surprised by this move on behalf of the republicans. The reason laws were put into place was that businesses were taking advantage of young workers and working them so hard that they couldn’t properly attend school. Private business did the right thing during those times didn’t they? Well what makes them think that business will look out for kids now? The logic of these republicans makes no sense. According to the article child labor laws were put into place in 1847 and every Republican would love for us to be back in those times. This is a thinly veiled attempt to give businesses more ways to take advantage of young people. On top of that the friendly Republican party takes care of their business friends by saying, “hey, you can work them more and pay them less. Therefore you can lay off the people that you would have to pay some kind of a decent wage.” Businesses would lay off workers making normal wages to hire a bunch of teens that they can pay peanuts to and work like dogs. China anyone? Because we know businesses never use cheap labor while forgetting the human tragedy of their profits.

Rep. Bruce Bickford (R) - “This is in no way an attempt to abuse child labor, which some may look at and say, ‘We’ve fought hard for kids and we’ve done this or that,’” he said. “Kids have parents. Let the parents be responsible for the kids. It’s not up to the government to regulate everybody’s life and lifestyle. Take the government away. Let the parents take care of their kids.”

Bruce - Government is there to protect citizens. Parents were in charge of taking care of their kids before 1847 and you see how the kids were worked. Parents don’t always do what’s right. Some parents would work their kids as much as possible with no regard. That is why we have child services. We require kids to attend school in the US. Do you think if it was optional that all parents would ensure their kids attended? No. Child labor laws are in effect for a reason and many other regulations are. The logic of Bickford is so off. Republicans assume that if they give control to ordinary citizens then they will do what’s right. I’m all about freedom, but there are some things that have to be regulated.