You know who else wasn’t Abraham Lincoln? Hitler.
LTMC: Interestingly enough, Ari Kohen and I were discussing the Lincoln-Douglas debates earlier, and during those debates, Lincoln actually uses quite a bit of humor (albeit at times in defense of some morally dubious positions). Here’s a sample from the 4th debate, discussing anti-miscegenation laws:
I have never had the least apprehension that I or my friends would marry negroes if there was no law to keep them from it, [laughter] but as Judge Douglas and his friends seem to be in great apprehension that they might, if there were no law to keep them from it, [roars of laughter] I give him the most solemn pledge that I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with negroes. [Continued laughter and applause.]
Bear in mind that Lincoln’s “support” for the state’s anti-miscegenation laws was likely a tongue-in-cheek attack on Douglas. Lincoln personally said he wasn’t opposed to inter-racial marriage (although his other statements regarding political and social equality for Black people during those debates leave a lot to be desired). But at any rate, Lincoln definitely wasn’t afraid to use humor to promote his policy agenda.
An interesting article regarding the plight of American dancers who typically retire in their 40’s and must make a career transition. Apparently, some European countries solve this problem by providing early access to public pensions for dancers:
A report titled “Dancers’ Career Transition” by the International Federation of Actors explains: “In general, dancers in Europe can benefit from general national pension schemes applicable to all workers, provided they have contributed to the schemes.” It further mentions that “A few countries have specific provisions on early retirement of dancers. Conditions to access schemes and the amount of pension benefits vary considerably across countries.”
“Some of these early retirement schemes,” it goes on to say, “are applicable only to dancers employed in national companies/national ballet (France and Norway, for example). In Latvia, a specific law applies to early retirement of dancers (and other live performance professionals). Several other countries provide in their legislation for special conditions under which dancers can retire earlier (like Hungary and Poland). In Sweden, dancers employed in public owned dance institutions, can benefit from a special pension plan run by the state which gives the right (under certain conditions) to a pension between 41 and 65 years of age.”
In the United States, though, “There is no governmental support for dancers that transition from full-time performing,” James Fayette, a former NYCB principal dancer told me. “The only benefits American dancers receive are the same as every other American has access to, Social Security and Medicare at 65 years old.”
The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection is accused of detaining an Indiana woman at the airport without cause and then quizzing her about her sex life on knowledge the agents may have gained through the interception of private emails.
Christine Von Der Haar, a senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union and filed suit against the agency, saying it violated her constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizures. […]
The suit charges the only way authorities could have known that information and been able to question the nature of [her] relationship was by reading emails stored on [her boyfriend’s] hard drive.
Even more concrete evidence that yes, the government will use the information it gets from spying on innocent people.
LTMC: The amount of information that is just out there, floating in the ether of various government databases, would probably startle the average person. For example: The Social Security Administration knows every single job you’ve ever worked at where you paid payroll taxes. The IRS knows exactly how much money you’ve made every year that you file (assuming you’re reporting everything you make). If you use an electronic EZ-Pass for quick access to toll booths, your state’s Dep’t of Transportation knows the time and date of every instance that you’ve used them.
In some cases, it makes sense for the Government offices who run these programs to have this information. It can be used to hold Government officials accountable. For example, time-stamps on electronic “SunPass” toll booth records in Florida were used in a 3-month investigation that determined Florida police officers were habitually speeding on Florida highways in excess of 100+ mph. The public pressure led to an investigation and reforms in police departments across Florida.
The point remains, however, that most people are unaware that this information is out there, or that it can be used against you if you’re being investigated by government officials. It’s always good to keep in mind what’s out there, so you can protect yourself from liability.
Another amazing electoral victory for the Great Leader!
CPAC: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform
"You want to talk about real conservative governance? Shut prisons down." - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, CPAC 2014
Since this “submission” sums up a lot of other messages I’ve received from people who have a problem with this blog’s existence, I figured I’d go ahead and get it out of the way all at once. My replies are in bold.
[ ] Not told
[ ] Told
[X] TOLDASAURUS REX
[X] No country for told men
[X] Knights of the told Republic
[x] The Elder Tolds IV: Oblivious
[x] Command & Conquer: Toldberian Sun
[x] GuiTold Hero: World Told
[X] Told King of Boletaria
[x] Countold Strike
[x] Unreal Toldament
[x] Stone-told Steve Austin
[X] Half Life 2: Episode Told
[x] World of Warcraft: Catoldclysm
[X] Roller Coaster Toldcoon
[x] Assassin’s Creed: Tolderhood
[x] S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shatold of Chernobyl
[X] Toldasauraus Rex 2: Electric Toldaloo
[x] Told of Duty 4: Modern Toldfare
[X] Pokemon Told and Silver
[x] The Legend of Eldorado : The Lost City of Told
[X] Rampage: Toldal Destruction
[x] Told Fortress Classic
[x] Toldman: Arkham Told
[X] The Good, The Bad, and The Told
[x] Super Mario SunTold
[x] Legend of Zelda: Toldacarnia of Time
[X] Toldstone creamery
[x] Mario Golf: Toldstool Tour
[X] Super Told Boy
[X] Left 4 Told
[X] Battoldfield: Bad Company 2
[x] Toldman Sachs
[X] Conker’s Bad Fur Day: Live and Retolded
[x] Lead and Told: Gangs of the Wild West
[x] Portold 2
[x] Avatold: The Last Airbender
[X] Dragon Ball Z Toldkaichi Budokai
[x] Toldcraft II: Tolds of Toldberty
[x] Leo Toldstoy
[x] Metal Gear Toldid 3: Snake Eater
[X] 3D Dot Told Heroes
[x] J.R.R Toldkien’s Lord of the Told
[x] Told you that ps3 has no games
[X] LitTOLD Big Planet
[x] Rome: Toldal War
[x] Gran Toldrismo 5
[x] Told Calibur 4
[x] Told Fortress 2
[x] Castlevania: RonTold of Blood
[x] Guilty Gear XX Accent Told
[x] Cyndaquil, Chicorita, and Toldodile
[x] was foretold
[x] demon’s told
[x] Tolden Sun: Dark Dawn
[X] Biotold 2
[x] Told of the Rings
LTMC: Reblogging for epic list.
LTMC: It is also worth noting that a lot of people just don’t give a damn whether a person with a felony can get a job. ”Why should I care what happens to them? They’re a felon. Fuck ‘em. They’re scumbags.” They should care, though. Releasing someone into the world and then preventing them from being able to make an honest living makes them more likely to reoffend, thus making them more dangerous to you and your family. That’s the piece of the puzzle that most folks don’t get when they talk about the job prospects of convicted felons.
From the article:
Dozens of Israel teenagers signed a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Saturday, in which they announced that they would refuse to serve in the Israeli army come draft time.
According to the letter, the teenagers are refusing to enlist in the army due to their “opposition to the military occupation of Palestinian territories,” where “human rights are violated, and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis.” Aside from the ultra-Orthodox and Palestinian citizens of Israel, army service is mandatory for all Israelis (three years for males, two for females).
The letter goes on to decry the effect of the occupation on Israeli society itself, especially the way it “shapes the educational system, our workforce opportunities, while fostering racism, violence and ethnic, national and gender-based discrimination,” and promotes and perpetuates “male dominance” and oppressive gender structures within the army itself.
When asked about the possible consequences, [17-year old Elza Bugnet] says “We know that the outcome might be problematic, but we cannot be a part of an army that takes upon itself to occupy another people.” “I am sure there will be a big price to pay,” adds Segal, “but I don’t really want to live in a community that measures me by whether or not I served in the army.”
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