We all know Serena Williams for her athleticism, and as one of the best tennis players of all time. However, Williams has raised a few eyebrows with one of her latest interviews, which exposed her views on why she chooses to no longer date black men. Read the interview and tell me if you think she has any valid arguments?
Here’s what is so truly absurd: We wouldn’t have a deficit crisis, if we had more people working. The revenue that would come from halving our unemployment rate would reduce our long-term debt to manageable levels.
Seems to me that’s the sort of policy debate Congress should be having right about now: What’s the best way to get more Americans working? When was the last time you heard a peep out of Washington about that?
”—Suze Orman. While I dislike comparing national finance to personal finance (her specialty), she has some interesting points. (via nom-chompsky)
“Consider the following: faith is based upon a belief in that which cannot be proved or demonstrated by normal means. Faith is also immune and separate from tests of empirical proof. Not to be overlooked, the contemporary Republican Party is home to the Religious Right. Consequently, the primacy of “faith” as the decision rule in political decision-making is both a perfect and logical fit for conservative populism. When coupled with conservatives’ penchant for authoritarianism, their adherence to simple moral scripts, and a either/or binary world view, the allures of faith mated with fiction are irresistible to the Republican Party. Thus, the idea that politics should serve the common good for all is truncated and superseded by the pursuit of a common good that is only for the faithful, the few and the ideologically pure. This cognitive framework colors a wide range of the Republican Party’s policies. For example, in the face of overwhelming evidence the Tea Party GOP continues to deny the existence of global warming. Doubling down, history is made into a plaything; the U.S. Constitution is transformed into a fetish object where the intent of the framers is almost magically divined by “strict constructionists” who pray at conservatism’s altar. School boards in Arizona and Texas rewrite the historical record at a whim in order to indoctrinate students into right-wing ideology. And conservative darlings such as Mike Huckabee and “scholar” David Barton pander ideologically correct, snake oil, flimflam versions of U.S. history to the Tea Party GOP faithful who are suckered into buying their books and videos. In all, the Republican Party is possessed by a spirit of willful denial: aided and abetted by the right-wing media, Conservatives can bend the world to their wishes; reality is subject to their fantasies; any belief, however specious, is made true because they want it to be so. This is a pathology that extends both to the debt ceiling debate and the broader assault by conservatives on the country’s social safety net. Both are examples of a frightening pseudo religion called Free Market Fundamentalism—a faith based on a set of assumptions that are immune to interrogation, challenge or the collective weight of reality.”—
I have been saying this for years and years, mainly to my lurker who has in the past insisted that Real Republicans are completely divorced from Christian conservatives. They talk a good line, but the fact is the GOP is well aware a good number of their voters have been trained at home and in Sunday school that questioning authority is not just disrespectful, it is dangerous. So-called Real Republicans (god it hurts to type that) copy those tactics to their own ends increasingly frequently. And frankly, if someone walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it ceases to matter if they think they’re too smart or rich or rational to be ducks. Congratulations Donald, you’re a god damn duck.
Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker Edgar Galvis has finally received a compensation check — for zero dollars.
The 51-year-old Queens man, who suffered sinus problems and then throat cancer after months of removing toxic debris from the World Financial Center, was relieved to get a check in the mail for his court settlement with Merrill Lynch, whose offices he had cleaned.
But he was stunned when he saw the amount: $0.00.
His award had been $10,005, but his lawyers at the firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli Bern lopped off $2,579 for unitemized legal expenses.
Then they took a 33.3 percent fee of $2,124.
They also subtracted $352, a fee to the lawyer who referred him.
The remaining $4,950 was withheld for unspecified “liens,” the letter says. Galvis thinks this was repayment of workers’ compensation for aid.
“I have hit rock bottom,” said Galvis, who is jobless and $30,000 in debt. “I was expecting a check, and you can imagine how I felt when I opened it. I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a joke.”