This is the terrible reality for too many of our soldiers.
This is going to match perfectly with Australia’s hole in the ozone layer.
The Senate failed at their jobs today, refusing to give an up or down vote to background check legislation that specifically banned a gun registry while allowing for comprehensive checks.
“90% of Americans support universal background checks. Think about that. How often do 90% of Americans agree on anything?” —President Obama.
Here’s the full speech, if you’ve got time for the whole thing:
Every single senator should probably know what they’ve done. So I’d share this.
The amount of student debt has been rising for years, but has the amount of our concern been rising with it? I think it’s time it should.
PS – I’m just kiddin’ about you being better off with a credit card than an education!
Americans Now Have More Student Debt Than Credit Card Debt
And Here’s Why:
Share this now to raise awareness about this growing problem.
The more we hear about people “you wouldn’t expect” to stay in abusive relationships, the more that idea gets put away in favor of actual compassion for each and every victim.
TRIGGER WARNING: This talk contains verbal descriptions of domestic violence.
If you are in an abusive relationship, a crisis counselor is one of
the best and safest people to help you create an exit strategy. Do not
tell your abuser you’re leaving, and be careful about who you notify of
your plans so you can get out safely.
You can visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website to speak with a crisis counselor or call (800) 799-7233.
The family in this commercial looks a lot like my family, and that makes me happy.
Know what doesn’t make me happy? The fact that Cheerios had to disable the comments on this YouTube video because there was so much outrage that they’d dare show an interracial family in their commercial. C’mon, Internets! It’s 2013 and we’re better than that.
Know what makes me happy again? That Cheerios is standing behind this commercial. They told Gawker, “At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”
I’m suddenly craving a bowl of cereal.
When it comes to stuff like this, it’s probably best to have some scruples.
Here’s an article that explains how this loophole works, citing specific examples of how it can go horribly wrong. And this post, in which the author conducted an abbreviated version of the same experiment, boils the problem down to this punchy analogy:
“Requiring background checks in some places but not others is like locking three of your car doors, leaving one unlocked, and expecting that car to be secure.”
Universal background checks are sounding pretty reasonable about now, eh?
While the 112th Congress was busy screwing around with the fiscal cliff that they built for themselves, the Violence Against Women Act was left by the wayside. The VAWA was originally passed in 1994 but expired in 2011 when some of the more conservative congressmen voted against expanded protection for more diverse rape victims. The anemic, watered-down version passed in May, but any promise of a full-fledged Violence Against Women Act died when the politicians decided fighting with one another was more important than protecting rape victims.
You’ve heard all about human rights and labor rights and child labor. But now it’s 2013, so we’ve dealt with all that, right? Nope.
- At 3:50, he offers to show you a Chinese sweatshop down the street from Madison Square Garden.
- At 6:35, he says the problem is bigger than any one country can solve.
- By 10:30, he gets down to the one institution he believes can make a difference — if they use their power for good.
I don’t know that he has the best answer, but I do know that more ears need to hear about the problem.
Comedians spend years honing their stage persona, but when all-star comic Anthony Griffith tells the story of his life as a comedian and as a father, not even he can keep it together. To be honest, I couldn’t either when I watched this video. It’s so important to remember that the people we idolize aren’t the two-dimensional, easily digestible caricatures that we see of them in the media. I’ve seen some breakdowns before, and this was the first one that felt real.
At 0:56, he receives a phone call that will change his life forever.
At 3:04, he starts to tear up.
At 4:41, he describes the most bleak situation I’ve ever heard.
At 6:26, the doctors drops a serious bomb.
At 7:31, Griffith has his ‘Denzel Washington from Training Day’ moment.
At 8:33, the real truth comes out.