Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Lose a bet, walk a donkey
B.H. Anderson, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of Butler, Pennsylvania, was so convinced that Theodore Roosevelt would win the presidential election of 1912 he made a bet that if Roosevelt lost, he would walk either a donkey or an elephant (depending on whether the winner was Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson or Republican candidate William Howard Taft) from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.
In this picture, held by the Library of Congress, Anderson stands at the corner of Fore Street and Exchange Street in Portland, Maine, with his donkey already outfitted for the 1916 election.
He set off on March 4, 1913 - the inauguration date of President Not Roosevelt (Woodrow Wilson). Part of the bet stipulated that he would stop by the White House and pay his respects to the winner, which, according to a newspaper article unearthed by Flickr user Richard Norton, he did on July 21, 1913.
So, really, the only question is: what would he have walked if Socialist Eugene Debs won?
Smaller version of this 1936 FDR reelection poster already hanging on my wall. I haven’t found a place for this smaller one in my apartment yet.
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., told a crowd of libertarians Thursday that Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are on the extreme fringes of American society in terms of their views on war.â Speaking at the Liberty Political Action Conference, Amash was responding to a question about Graham’s request to seek military action against Iran as well as Syria. âIâve had a lot of town halls in my district â there is basically nobody who thinks like they do,â Amash said. âSo, you know, itâs a very small percentage of the population and I think you can basically dismiss what theyâre doing.â Amash also spoke at length about his amendment that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s program to collect massive stores of consumer telephone records and metadata from innocent Americans.
I’m going to try really hard to ignore that Rep. Amash is fixated on the idea of moon bases and engineered talking bears …
But to his point, dismissing the classified briefings on Syria as pointless is the kind of misanthropy that sums up his near two-terms.
If only there were someone in Congress with the first hand experience of Syrian hardship, the refugee crisis therein, and the necessity to emigrate from the region. And if only that certain Congressman took the initiative to use such experience to educate colleagues in the house.
But I digress … moon bases and talking bears.
I know hes not a Dem; but, we’re adopting Abe.
Our nation is in debt to you Ms. Giffords; and through it all you came back to keep giving to us.
Good luck as you recover!
Rick’s Santorum - Gays. (Dan Savage).
Newt Gingrich - Blacks. ex-wives.
Ron Paul - Jews/Banks/Gays/Blacks/The Media
Mitt Romney - Himself as Massachusetts Governor.
This week’s cover: although the presidency is theirs for the taking, America’s Republicans are in danger of throwing it away.
ows vs. tea party
younger, more educated, independent, employed vs. old, uneducated, rich people.
via: good magazine.
the whole Herman Cain interview stumble reveals, most of all, how hollow conservative opposition to the President is.
they hear the name Obama and they immediately knee jerk into the standard “oppose”; regardless of how informed they are of how events transpired or what his stance on policy is.
this isn’t just a trend for conservatives (even though its totally left our country shit out of luck in terms of a productive Congress); but its also the trend for anti establishment liberals, libertarians, political-hipsters, non conformists, etc.
dissent is a form of patriotism, but it should be the result of an the inability to reason out favorable understanding; not default.
compromise makes great leadership.
thanks Herman, for revealing how transparent (and hollow) your logic is.
— 18th century slave auction; ann coulter
THE 53% MYTH: BELOW. The 53% Reality: Attack the poor with a campaign of misinformation ->
In response to the growing 99 Percentmovement that has tapped into the energy of Occupy Wall Street to unleash nationwide protests against economic inequality, a smattering of right-wing bloggers led by Erick Erickson and Josh Trevino along with conservative filmmaker Mike Wilson have created a new tumblr about the “53 percent.”
The tumblr features various people explaining their economic circumstances and often boasting of being self-made and not needing help from anyone. The flippant disclaimer for the tumblr explains that the 53 percent number was chosen because the site’s originators believe that this is the percentage of Americans that pay taxes:
So, like, when you’re, like, community organizing for solidarity and stuff, it’s totally cool to have this little hashtaggy thingy when you’re on twitter, so other people, like, totally know what you’re talking about and stuff. So if you’re, like, totally gonna spread the word about being one of the 53% of people who actually, like, pay taxes in America and don’t just, like, hang out protesting stuff all day… like, here’s the hashtaggy thingy. See you at the protest! #iamthe53
But the founding principles of the tumblr and the “53 percent” meme itself is flawed. It is true that 47 percent of Americans did not pay net federal income taxes in 2009 — the number is unusually high because of the depression in incomes following the recession — but it is completely false that only 53 percent of Americans pay taxes.
For example, if you look at state and local taxes, the working poor actually pay a higher percentage of their income in these taxes in every state except for Vermont. In “Alabama, for example, low-income families (which make less than $13,000) pay 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes, while those making more than $229,000 pay just 4 percent.”
And it is worth noting that Americans who are too poor to be asked to pay net federal income taxes are not a good target for those complaining that some aren’t paying their fair share. If there’s one group of Americans that is paying less and less as the median American family is asked to pay more, it’s the super-wealthy. As this chart from Wealth for the Common Good shows, the top 400 taxpayers — who have more wealth
than half of all Americans combined — are paying lower taxes than they have in a generation, as their tax responsibilities have slowly collapsed since the New Deal era as working families have been asked to pay more and more:
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