Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to…
To people who follow politics these two facts are obvious. But they’re not part of most “tragedy of gridlock” false-equivalence stories, and I believe they would come as news to most of the public. The two facts are:
If the House of Representatives voted on a “clean” budget bill — one that opened up the closed federal offices but did not attempt to defund the Obama health care program — that bill would pass, and the shutdown would be over. Nearly all Democrats would vote for it, as would enough Republicans to end the shutdown and its related damage. (And of course it would pass has already passed the Senate, repeatedly, unless the minority dared filibuster it, and would be signed by the president.) For illustrations of the wanton damage, see here and here.
So far House Speaker John Boehner has refused to let this vote occur. His Tea Party contingent knows how the vote would go and therefore does not want it to happen; and such is Boehner’s fear of them, and fear for his job as Speaker, that he will not let it take place.
These two points are why the normal D.C.-poohbah moanings about the need for compromise do not apply. The Democratic administration, and a sufficient number of Republicans,
already agree and are ready enough to compromise to solve this problem. If the normal machinery of democracy were allowed to work, the manufactured crisis would be over. The only reason the senseless damage is being done is that hostage-takers have terrorized members of their own party
Let me reiterate, THE VOTES ARE THERE TO END THE SHUTDOWN, but Boehner won’t let it go to a vote.
He is afraid of looking “weak” and trying to protect his job while shutting down the federal government and putting some 800,000 people out of work while he does it.
Meanwhile, the media wants to act like this is some kind of breakdown of communication where both sides refuse to compromise. The problem with that narrative is that it’s one side that is causing all these problems right now and this false “neutrality” only benefits the side behaving badly.
THE DEMOCRATS COMPROMISED ALREADY ON THE LEVEL OF SPENDING.
That’s another fact that needs to be in every story about the shutdown. The Senate bill, the “clean” one? Already was changed to lower the amount of funding to meet Republican demands.
Democrats already did their “meet in the middle compromising” part of this whole mess. Republicans HAVE GIVEN UP NOTHING.
A former Billings Senior High School teacher who pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old student who later killed herself has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by a judge who said the victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as the teacher.
Rape culture? What rape culture?
If you feel like calling him up and telling the “honorable” judge what you think of his decision his number’s on the district court website… Just saying…
Hon. G. Todd Baugh 217 N. 27th Street, Rm. 601 P.O. Box 35042 Billings, MT 59107 256-2922; 256-2970 fax
ATTENTION ALL GIRLS AND LADIES: if you walk from home, school, office or anywhere and you are alone and you come across a little boy crying holding a piece of paper with an address on it, DO NOT TAKE HIM THERE! take him straight to the police station for this is the new 'gang' way of rape. The incident is getting worse. Warn your families. Reblog this so this message can get accross to everyone.
I will always reblog things like this, it won’t ruin your blog or the look of it, and this could potentially save a life.
so theres this douche in my neighborhood, who i get horrible vibes from but that’s a different story. he’s a young-ish kid, maybe my age or younger (24).
several times now, while out walking the dog he has made some comments about her that have made me incredibly uncomfortable:
"that’s a good…
That sucks! Though the worst thing is that there is not much you can do unless he takes action. The best you can do is to go file a harassment report against him. Yes, the polices are not going to do anything, hell they may even try to dissuade you because it will mean more paper work for you, but if you truly feel that it would escalate, go file the report. This way in case something did happen, you have evidence and paperwork that he showed prior intent. This is a long term thing because, again, it only works when something does happen. Short term, you can try and tell the guy that his comments makes you uncomfortable and to please desist from making any further comments. Hopefully, that would work but if not file the report and try to find a different route. Sorry, I can’t be more of a help. Good luck!
I saw the heroine of our story sitting on the BART. The train wasn’t busy in the afternoon along the “anti-commute” line, so it was only a few of us spread out far and wide. She was thin but not skinny and wore one of those wispy…