• Becca commented on the blog post Chaos in Alabama

    2015-02-09 17:08:15View | Delete

    Sounds to me like another complaint needs to be filed with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), the same body which removed Moore from office after he defied another court order, this one to remove the Ten Commandments monument from inside the court building.

    And I’d say before that, the federal judge in this case, Judge Callie Granade should take a page from that of federal Judge Myron Thompson and start assessing fines against the state for defying a lawful federal ruling.

  • The part that really bugs the shit out of me is the fact he’s been working the same job for 12 years and is only making $10.55/hour.

    There are probably thousands more just like this man…but only he gets a respite because only his story won the Internet lottery and went viral.

    Is this what we’ve come to? More than a decade of this and it’s his ‘determination and faith’ that are rewarded? Where is the outrage over situation that no man or woman in America should have been asked to accept as ‘normal’?

    That’s the message I’m seeing here. Sure, it’s heartwarming to see this poor man finally see some good fortune, but what’s the real message? “You be a good little slave / indentured servant / grossly underpaid grunt-worker, because one day, Massah Moneybags might notice you, take pity on you, and set you free.”

  • Becca commented on the blog post MS Lawmakers Propose Making the Bible the Official State Book

    2015-01-18 18:50:29View | Delete

    Whenever there’s a reference like this to “the Holy Bible” as this (manifestly unconstitutional) Mississippi law reads, I always have to ask: “Which translation?”

    There are at this time literally dozens of translations — and that’s just in English!

  • So the Allies prosecuted the Germans and Japanese after WWII for doing stuff that was, at times, not even as bad as what the U.S. has been doing to its prisoners. Why exactly?

    Oh right: The hypocrisy of admitting finally it was only because they lost and had to surrender. Obviously the moral indignation was nothing but a sham.

    Josef Mengele would’ve been proud to see America turn into the Fifth Reich.

  • If these horrors don’t constitute crimes deserving of prosecution and imprisonment, this country has given up EVERY claim to decency and morality.

    The sad thing is I think we already know that nobody will ever be held responsible for these acts of evil.

  • There’s also effectively no such thing as “full time” when working at a Walmart as an “associate” (Translation: Underpaid, overworked peasant)

    Managers are under orders not to let people accrue enough hours to fall into the legal range of what would be actual full-time employment. My mom worked at a Walmart for a time, and she said that while she could never expect to crack 30 hours a week, she was nevertheless EXPECTED to be available at any time, on any day, for schedules that changed from week to week. There went any notion of being able to plan for family holiday events, vacations, or anything — excepting unless those plans were accompanied by notification of resigning.

    Realistically, working for Walmart means you take home a max of about 1k a month to start, rising to maybe $1200/month if you’re lucky. The only full-time people working at any Walmart are the managers. Far more typically, except during the holiday seasons, I think my mom was bringing home about $150/week from her Walmart gig.

  • Becca commented on the diary post Video of Police Shooting of 12 Year Old Child Looks Almost Like a Drive-By by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-11-26 20:16:49View | Delete

    I saw the video on All In with Chris Hayes earlier this evening. Kid’s by himself, just mucking around. Cop car rolls into the frame right next to him, stops, and he falls down dead not even a second later. It was an execution. And I can’t help but think about this guy here.

    It was a [...]

  • Blood is on Bauer’s hands, and if there is karma, one day he’ll be called to task for the evil he perpetrated, the hatred and bigotry he willingly spread, and the lies.

  • Becca commented on the blog post Congress To Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline

    2014-11-13 11:06:47View | Delete

    The proponents of the Keystone XL sludge pipeline never have been able to explain why the sludge needs to be sent all the way from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast — where all the oil tankers are — unless the entire purpose is to send it elsewhere in the world.

    Humanity is f*cked — all in the name of the almighty dollar.

  • The more I see of Gov. Christie, the more I realize he’s a monster.

  • Becca commented on the blog post Brownback Turns Harder to the Right, as if That Were Possible

    2014-10-18 11:30:00View | Delete

    Moreover, Brownback served in both houses of Congress. As such, he’s supposed to be familiar with the U.S. Constitution. And specifically, Article Six, Clause 2, commonly known as ‘the Supremacy Clause’:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

    It wouldn’t matter if “an overwhelming majority of Kansas voters” voted to reinstate slavery via state constitutional amendment. It would still be illegal.

    The Supremacy Clause combined with Marbury v. Madison is basically the precedent that says, “No, states do NOT have the power to nullify federal law or federal judicial decisions at will.” Besides, we had a war over it, and we know who lost that argument.

  • Becca commented on the blog post US Nurse Infected With Ebola May Have Broke Protocol

    2014-10-13 10:30:35View | Delete

    Or, she may have followed the current CDC recommendations which describe BSL 2-level protective gear, while Ebola is considered BSL 4.


  • We ran a series on this over on Americablog last year. Glad to see HRC is finally paying attention.


  • Becca commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Pickles by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-09-21 14:34:21View | Delete

    Although the picture shows it, the dill pickle list leaves off one of the most tasty alternatives: Home canned (in jars) pickles. And they’re dead easy to make, if you have basic home canning equipment. In fact, this year, my spouse and I have made more than 40 pint jars of delicious, crispy dill pickles. [...]

  • So… evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and torture in direct and manifest violation of international law would incite violence.

    Gee, y’know, maybe it wouldn’t incite violence… oh, if maybe the perpetrators and those who ordered it were called to justice before a court of law?

    It’s like saying, “We can’t release this evidence of an act of mass murder because people will be upset we never bothered to prosecute the crime.”

  • Becca commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Game Night by Elliott.

    2014-08-30 11:04:27View | Delete

    “Settlers of Catan.”

    It’s not new, having been around since 1995, but it’s one of the more enjoyable board games out there.

  • Slightly corrected title: “Americans Support Government Not Paying Ransom for People Kidnapped by Militants…Until It’s a Friend, Family Member, or Loved One.”

    It’s worth remembering that the American culture and psyche has, in recent years, been characterized by an increasing degree of empathic atrophy and tribalism.

  • I see. So Comcast’s definition of “utmost respect” is “belittle, patronize, berate, lie about service capabilities, treat with contempt and nag relentlessly.” Oh and “absolutely refuse to do as the customer asks.”

  • Yes, I read the post, but what you wrote — and the title of the post itself — implied “ASSIGN” a plan rather than “RECOMMEND.”

  • Automatically recommend a plan would probably be a good thing. In fact, I think this would be a great thing.

    Automatically assign a plan? Are you insane?

    I personally am a ‘single payer / universal insurance for all’ advocate. But having the HCEs do an automatic assignment just takes an already bad problem — private insurance companies receiving profit subsidies from taxpayers — and removes the one thing that makes it barely tolerable. That is, being able to choose a plan and, in most markets, which carrier.

    What if you’ve had nothing but horrible experiences with BCBS and want to choose an alternative, even if the other plan on paper doesn’t seem as ideal according to the HCE’s dictatorial algorithms?

    It’s be like the gov’t saying, “We know you might’ve chosen AT&T or Sprint or Verizon or one of these other companies as your phone company, but we’ve decided you have to take Comcast phone service. And you don’t get to choose which level of service or features, we’ve already decided that.”

    The ACA was already a GOP / Insurance Company plan to begin with. Removing what little choice remains just completes its conversion into a monopoly machine.

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