Chris Kluwe: I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

Over at Deadspin, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe posted an excellent entry offering his opinion that he wasn’t released by the Minnesota Vikings because of salary or performance issues, but because of his activism for same-sex marriage rights. So there you have it. It’s my belief, based on everything that happened over the course [...]

” I Wear the Badge of Socialist With Honor “

So said Kshama Sawant of the Socialist Alternative Party at her swearing in ceremony as a Seattle City Council member on Monday. Here’s her speech in its entirety.

 

My brothers and sisters,

Thank you for your presence here today.

This city has made glittering fortunes for the super wealthy and for the major corporations [...]

Minimum Wage Versus The Cost of Labor

It’s time that I addressed my thoughts on the Minimum Wage and the Cost of Labor. The first term is getting plenty of press at the national and local levels sometimes including a Living Wage…but the Cost of Labor for the most part is being overlooked or given extremely short shrift. I am not an [...]

Federal judge strikes down Utah same-sex marriage ban

Yesterday a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, noting that the ban violated due process and equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due [...]

Strengthen our Safety Net to Strengthen our Economy

Congress has missed their first deadline in the budget negotiations that were constructed after the government shutdown. Paul Ryan and Pat Murray are co-chairing the committee, and Ryan is peddling his usual cuts to entitlement programs. Republicans persistently talk about cutting entitlement benefits under the guise of cutting the deficit and encouraging people to pull [...]

Latest Job Numbers Are a Boost for the Democrats in 2014, But Not for the People of Wisconsin

Scott Walker had a bad week. Or course he is too self-absorbed to admit or possibly even acknowledge that things are not looking very good for the state of Wisconsin.

The latest jobs numbers are out from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they look pretty good…for the Democratic candidate for Governor. From June [...]

WHY LATINOS NEED TO REGISTER AND VOTE

There has been some press lately about Governor Walker’s attempts to reach out to Hispanic voters…and the significance of the first Republican Latina being elected to the state legislature…all despite the fact the Republican sponsored Voter ID bills will disenfranchise Latino voters as well as African Americans and other minorities. But in my inbox tonight, [...]

2013 Elections and Beyond

On Tuesday night, Chris Christie won a second term as New Jersey Governor by about 20 points over his Democratic challenger, just as most pundits predicted. Many attribute this blow-out victory to the fact that he is perceived as a moderate Republican who can get things done. The fact of the matter is that Christie [...]

The Disrespecting of Mary Lazich

Mary Lazich, the sweet lady, the model of congeniality who holds profound respect for everything from woodland critters, to the mighty titans of society, was victimized by the Evil Lena Taylor, who refused to stop bullying a committee attorney. Senator Taylor’s grave crime involved trying to get an answer to a question even after Queen [...]

Illinois lawmakers approve marriage equality

ILLINOIS! SPRINGFIELD — The General Assembly today narrowly approved a gay marriage bill, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions.

The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the bare minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate, which quickly signed off. Democratic [...]

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