When Republicans appointed Pablo Pantoja to State Director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, they hoped he would be able to bridge the sizable gap that only expanded during the 2012 elections, when the state’s 4.3 million Hispanic voters supported Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a 20 percent margin.
But after months of inaction by Congressional Republicans on comprehensive immigration reform and stiff resistance by Republican-leaning groups like the Heritage Foundation, Pantoja has had enough; on Monday, he announced via email that he was leaving the party and registering as a Democrat.
Pantoja goes on to specifically cite last week’s revelation — that an author of Heritage’s false report on the cost of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill wrote a dissertation in which he suggested that Hispanics are at a permanent disadvantage because they have lower IQs — as the final straw in his political evolution.
And yet the right-wingers wonder why they have such a hard time with the minority vote.
Nothing about this surprises me
For the people on my flist who do arty crafty things:
Hobby Lobby has decided that their oppressive religious beliefs trump federal mandate, and are refusing to pay for their employee’s health care because it includes coverage for emergency contraception. They feel so strongly about denying this care to their female employees that they are willing to pay fines up to 1.3 million fucking dollars PER DAY.
That is how much Hobby Lobby hates and loathes and despises women. They hate women so much that losing 1.3 million dollars a day is worth it to them so long as they get to punish women that they think are godless sluts.
Please give your arty crafty money to literally anyone else on earth.
I have only seen this on my dashboard ONCE. It’s kind of a big deal to me, so if you’d consider reblogging I’d be grateful. It’s KILLING ME that Hobby Lobby make the vast majority of their money off of women, and yet are more than willing to be fined huge amounts just so they can deny the women who work for them their legally protected (the motherfucking SCOTUS stepped up) rights to reproductive control over their OWN GODDAMN BODIES.
And when I looked under the hobby lobby tag on tumblr most of what I saw was people wailing about how the Xtian fundamentalists who own the chain are being denied their religious freedom.
To me, this is the very definition of FUCKED UP.
Adding a media source to this so that anyone who was reluctant to reblog it without one can do so, because holy fuck.
to all my crafty bros and ladybros!
Since Mitt Romney lost the Hispanic vote in record numbers on Election Day, some Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits have openly conceded that the party has a “rhetoric” problem when it comes to the Latino vote and have begun advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.
However, the GOP’s new-found eagerness to appeal to Latinos took a hit on Thursday afternoon when Fox News ran a segment about “The Hispanic Vote In 2012″ and proceeded to show stock footage of people crossing the border illegally:(via fearandwar)
Relevant to this blog. Relevant to our herman@s Latin@s. This is unacceptable. Shame on Fox News.
- Romney: Obama won because of “gifts” he gave Latinos, blacks and young voters/[Mitt Romney is cray] (nbclatino.com)
- Mo Brooks on GOP calls for immigration reform: Only if future includes ‘catch illegal aliens and deport them’ program/[Mo Brooks real cray] (al.com)
- Latino voter impact ‘will be felt for generations,’ report say/[Why people like the aforementioned need to go] (sacbee.com)
Run a segment on “The Hispanic Vote in 2012,” use images like this. Not surprised.
WE CAN FUCKING SEE YOU! WE SEE YOU AND WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE FUCKING SAYING! YOU FUCKING COCKS.
My friends in Cleveland had to wait in line to vote early. My friend in Toledo was tweeting about being in line past 8 PM and there was still a shitload of people behind her. Meanwhile I walked in and right back out in Athens, Ohio…
Which voters waited on long lines to cast their ballots on Tuesday? According to a survey by the AFL-CIO, Obama voters were much more likely to wait on lines longer than 30 minutes than Romney voters, with blacks and Hispanics especially vulnerable.
The long lines were so bad, it took just two minutes for President Obama to mention them in his victory speech on Tuesday, with a rare flash of anger: “By the way, we have to fix that.”
this is SHOCKING
my life for the next 24 hours
I love this image so much.
I’ve seen some women who are offended by this and say it’s ridiculous that her cleavage is showing and things of that sort.
Personally, I think it’s great.
Why should we have an image of a women with her hair tied up and flexing her muscles like she’s a man? (not that that isn’t great too!) In a way it suggests that when our hair is down, our breasts are visible and we wear (GASP) lipstick, we’re somehow lesser than men? We can do it! We can be feminine and successful.
You see what I’m saying here, ladies?
You don’t have to lose your femininity. Being feminine is great. Being masculine is great. Strength is not limited to one way of being.
Yeah! Ladies, don’t be an awful, super masculine, iconic character in America’s history. be a ~sexy Rosie the Riveter. Cause you can be sexy! And really, that’s what’s important, ladies being sexy and therefore more palatable.
White conservatives are simply obsessed with race. Here’s another conservative bigot suggesting a black person is incapable of voting for a candidate for any reason beyond skin color:
…Shapiro can see no plausible reason why Powell would back Obama other than the color of their skin. But of course Powell has been telegraphing his worries about Mitt Romney’s campaign for months, even as he held back on endorsing either candidate. Powell famously battled with neoconservative foreign-policy voices in the Bush Administration, including John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney. In May, he went on Morning Joe to express his deep concerns about the number of neocons in Romney’s circle, noting in particular the Republican nominee’s claim that Russia was America’s greatest geopolitical foe.
“Come on, Mitt, think. That isn’t the case,” Powell said then. “I don’t know who all of his advisers are, but I’ve seen some of the names and some of them are quite far to the right. And sometimes they might be in a position to make judgments or recommendations to the candidate that should get a second thought.”
It should go without saying that Powell is an intelligent, accomplished man whose endorsement is going to be very well-informed, especially since he’s breaking with his party in such a public manner. He is a retired four-star general, has served as Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is profoundly racist as well as deeply ignorant to suggest that Powell is voting for Obama because they’re both black. Moderate Republicans should be ashamed of what their party has become.
“affirmative action general”
It’s really interesting how the idea that “Black people support Obama because he’s Black” has almost exclusively come from the right. No, there’s no way Colin Powell thought Obama’s foreign policy plan was better than Romney’s - has to be skin color. UGH.
It’s not like a general, with scads of foreign policy experience, might make a decision based on that, obviously not.
the nhl minimum wage for the 2011-12 season was $525,000.
that’s over ten thousand dollars a week.
the lowest paid player in the nhl earned more in two weeks than i did THE ENTIRETY OF LAST YEAR.
stop fucking complaining and suck it up.
yeah but their careers average less than 5 years, there are significant demands upon them from teammates to actually spend a fair amount of that money (ie on team dinners), and a lot of the players who make league minimum as enforcers or w/e go on to have huge issues with depression, money issues, etc. so it’s not as simple as “oh they make a ton of money”.
also on top of that I don’t think making more money than most people means they should have people even richer than they are dicking them out of money they’re contractually promised…?
Excuse me, they make a lot of money, that means they should just take what they’re given. I believe that’s exactly how life works. I mean, fuck labor unions, what a bunch of money-grubbing whores. They should take what their billionaire bosses expect them to take and not what they were promised. DUH.
i should have been more specific.
the lowest paid player made more in two weeks than i did in a year.
the average GM makes around $1.5 million a year.
i’ve yet to find a team owner who isn’t on the forbes most richest list.
i thought it was a given that because the players earn less than the higher ups, people would extrapolate from that, but clearly not.
my point is, that they’re arguing over their paychecks to play a sport. alright, a fairly dangerous sport, but there are people who put their lives on the line literally every day who earn far less. there’s the “ordinary” people, who admittedly don’t have a high risk of concussion or broken nose etc at their job but keep the world turning as we know it and would kill to earn a tenth of what they earn.
the owners are arguing over paychecks that are pocket change to them. a 24% pay cut to them won’t even register. the same pay cut to your average joe can mean the difference between paying all your bills & putting food on the table or deciding between the two.
I don’t see how “they make more than most people” means they don’t have the right to negotiate what and how they get paid. I mean, do I PERSONALLY wish that people like teachers made a shit ton of money instead of professional athletes? Sure! But that’s not a market reality?
So, in the real world, where professional athletes are valued at a high level, why is it somehow wrong for them to negotiate for fair distribution of hockey related revenue? Moreover, the players are looking to change revenue-sharing so smaller-market teams can compete with bigger market teams. I mean, obviously it’s not a perfect system and that’s where negotiation is going to come in, but it’s not like they’re trying to force the owners to take a bath on HRR or being unreasonable. They make a lot of money and will continue to make a lot of money but it’s not as though if they weren’t making a lot of money suddenly that money would disappear. Instead it would go to ultra-rich owners. Owners who, unlike players, stand to continue to earn at an incredibly high-level for decades, instead of say, 5 years. Someone is going to get the ridiculous amount of money a pro sports league (even a 4th-at-best tier league like the NHL) generates, why shouldn’t the players get their fair share? Or, as stated before, the money that was contractually promised by owners to them, many as recently as yesterday.
There’s a constantly-repeating meme about labor unions these days and I’d like for it to stop. The meme is that labor unions are just out to get money and that’s terrible. Because no, actually, there’s nothing wrong with looking to get fair pay. For anyone, even if they make a lot of money at their chosen profession. And especially when you’re involved in an incredibly dangerous sport that could, at any moment, permanently change your lifelong earning potential. Think about what players like Marc Savard and Chris Pronger have as options once their contracts run out. And those guys are near the higher end of the wage spectrum in the NHL. What about the guys who’re making closer to league minimum?
I guess I ultimately don’t understand what your point is, besides “wow, these guys get paid a lot of money” which anyone could have told you about a professional athlete. They should stop fucking complaining and suck it up, according to you, but I disagree.