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Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi • Speaking, visibly shocked, to Buncombe County, North Carolina GOP party official Don Yelton, who said a number of extremely racist things during an interview with Mandvi about the state’s voter ID law, as well as this shocking admission of the law’s intention: “The law is going to kick the Democrats In the butt.” He was forced to resign today, because, seriously, what the hell? (via shortformblog)

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Colbert Report:
AmericansElect.org CEO Elliot Ackerman believes that individuals should have the power and tools to draft and directly nominate their own presidential candidate.

This sounds awesome but I really need to look into it more. If anyone has any info or opinions about it, shoot me a message!


Newton to the rescue: Embattled Missouri Senate Candidate Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin may have been abandoned by the Republican establishment, but he’s not entirely without friends: Akin is getting an assist from failed presidential candidate and “Definer of Civilization“ Newt Gingrich, who will be attending a $500-a-plate fundraiser for Akin’s candidacy this Monday (Photo credit: AP). source

the newt is bizack, baby


Posting this again because I just turned on the TV to hear Neil Cavuto blathering on about everyone needing “skin in the game.” This is probably the dumbest, most disingenuous conservative meme I’ve seen in the past few years and it keeps showing up day after day. 

“The truth is that the talking point that half of all Americans pay no taxes is a misrepresentation. Here is the full quote from the Tax Policy Center,

The fraction of tax units paying no income tax varies widely by filing status and type of unit. About 47 percent of single filers will owe no tax, compared with 38 percent of joint filers and 72 percent of heads of household. More than half of elderly tax units and tax units with children will pay no income tax this year.

The 47% statistic is not all Americans pay no taxes, but single filers who will pay no federal income taxes. According to the Center On Budget and Policy Priorities the real reason why 47%-51% of Americans paid no federal income taxes in 2009 is,

The 51 percent figure is an anomaly that reflects the unique circumstances of 2009, when the recession greatly swelled the number of Americans with low incomes and when temporary tax cuts created by the 2009 Recovery Act — including the “Making Work Pay” tax credit and an exclusion from tax of the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits — were in effect. Together, these developments removed millions of Americans from the federal income tax rolls. Both of these temporary tax measures have since expired.

The combination of the recession and the Obama stimulus cut taxes to low and middle income Americans led to fewer Americans owing federal income tax in 2009.

The Tax Policy Center has tried to correct Fox News and the right wing media’s misuse of their research. In April 2010, Howard Glickman of the TPC wrote,

Let me explain—repeat actually—what this means: About half of taxpayers paid no federal income tax last year. It does not mean they paid no tax at all. Many shelled out Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes. In fact, only 14 percent of Americans didn’t pay either income or payroll taxes. Some paid property taxes and, it is fair to say, just about all of them paid sales taxes of one kind or another. So to say they pay no taxes is flat wrong.

However, this class warfare-like rhetoric plays to a perception that the income tax is a chump tax: Only hard-working folks like us pay it. The welfare queens don’t. The super-rich don’t. It is a powerful emotional argument. It is also flat wrong.

The actual number of Americans who don’t pay any taxes isn’t half, but 14%. This group of non-taxpayers of any kind is largely composed of the elderly and disabled. The people who don’t pay taxes do so because they can’t work.

The myth that the wealthy are carrying the tax burden for America is used to justify tax cuts for the rich. Conservatives use the inaccurate statistic hand in hand with their, “wealthy are the job creators argument.” One statistic that was intended to demonstrate the loss of income due to the recession, along with the impact of the Obama tax cuts has been distorted and misused to justify a policy of not asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

The truth is that 86% of Americans pay taxes. In one recession strapped year (2009), less than half of single filer taxpayers paid federal income taxes.

Millions of Americans are not being told the truth that almost 90% of us pay taxes, and that much of the reason why there were fewer people paying federal income taxes in 2009 was that Barack Obama signed the largest tax cut in US history.

Since the truth undercuts the conservative’s reverse Robin Hood steal from the poor to give to the rich policy, they are going to do their best to keep the facts buried under a mountain of misinformation.

Anytime anyone tells you that half of Americans paid no taxes, do your country a favor and straighten them out. We have the facts. It’s time to tear down this talking point.”


Huntsman to exit race, according to ABC and NYT.

(via breakingnews)




On Wednesday’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” Jon Huntsman hit back at Ron Paul regarding the anti-Huntsman tweet Paul sent out during the Iowa Caucuses.

“We found your one Iowa voter, he’s in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks,” read the tweet in question. It was deleted shortly after it was sent out and then put back up.

Paul was on the program before the segment with Huntsman and blamed the tweet on his staff. “That was done through staff. It was supposed to be good humor. And, I mean, I just didn’t think that was a big deal…. I was in the midst of a rally or speech when that was going on…. It was supposed to be something, you know, a little high-spirited, a little funny,” he told Morgan.

When Morgan asked for Huntsman’s response later on, the former governor of Utah took a dig at Paul and those racist newsletters he published throughout the 80s and 90s. “You’d think he would have learned the perils of ghost-written subject matter by now.”

Now that’s funny.

Huntsman went on to explain he actually found the tweet from Paul humorous. “I actually found it to be pretty humorous. … You’ve got to have a little bit of levity and humor in this business or you’ll go crazy,” he said.



(via brosephstalin-deactivated201212)


Rick Perry doesn’t know what Larence v. Texas isYou know, the major SCOTUS civil rights case from 2003 that made anti-sodomy laws illegal in the United States, the ruling that was decided while he was governor of Texas and defacto defendant in the case.

(via pieceinthepuzzlehumanity-deacti)


The entire Republican party hasn’t quite figured that one out yet… or more likely they have and don’t care.


The entire Republican party hasn’t quite figured that one out yet… or more likely they have and don’t care.


(via stfuconservatives)


The ten stupidest objections to the Occupy movement

This is just perfection.

(via stfuconservatives)

Has anyone else wondered whether Herman Cain is intentionally providing the dumbest and most scandalous campaign possible to promote his books?

p.s. Wow, I wrote that halfheartedly (*half*) and just found an article by NPR about quite a similar point. here.