Ranting and Raging

General raging of the political persuasion.

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  1. hello loyal followers

    it’s been a while. sorry about that. the state of our world, country, and state got me depressed and panicky so i decided to dial back my obsession with politics a little bit. and after i was away from political blogging for a little while i realized i was just as informed as i used to be, but less stressed and angry all the time. so it’s pretty obvious that staying away is probably better for my health.

    that said, you followers mean a ton to me. i have a personal blog, and you are welcome to follow it. but in an effort to maintain a little more privacy i’m not linking here. so if you’re interested, send me an ask here, or drop me an email at rantingnraging@gmail.com. 

    parental advisory: explicit content warning
    my personal blog contains lots of the following: cursing, frank discussions of sex, sexuality, drug use, gratuitous amounts of self-pic spam, occasional nudity, and pictures of cats. and even occasionally things resembling politics.

    Posted 2 years ago

  2. face-down-asgard-up:


family values




    family values


    (Source: youbreathwhenyoulie, via stfuconservatives)

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  4. For women, obviously birth control is not a religious topic: it’s a health topic, and 99 percent of women in America use it. And at Planned Parenthood, we provide birth control to millions of women every single year, so yeah — I think they’re kind of mystified by what the ‘controversy’ is all about.

    …I think we’re seeing in this presidential primary this sort of, like, race to the bottom, where every presidential candidate on the Republican side is trying to say ‘I would be absolutely the worst for women.’

    CECILE RICHARDS, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)

    Her interview was so great.

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  5. misterdelfuego:

    Family of Florida boy killed by Neighborhood Watch seeks arrest

    ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The family of a 17-year-old African-American boy shot to death last month in his gated Florida community by a white Neighborhood Watch captain wants to see the captain arrested, the family’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

    Trayvon Martin was shot dead after he took a break from watching NBA All-Star game television coverage to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad, the family’s lawyer Ben Crump said.

    “He was a good kid,” Crump said in an interview, adding that the family would issue a call for the Watch captain’s arrest at a news conference on Thursday. “On his way home, a Neighborhood Watch loose cannon shot and killed him.”

    [Related: Fla. teen avoids deportation]

    Trayvon, who lived in Miami with his mother, had been visiting his father and stepmother in a gated townhome community called The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, 20 miles north of Orlando.

    As Trayvon returned to the townhome, Sanford police received a 911 call reporting a suspicious person.

    Although names are blacked out on the police report, Crump and media reports at the time of the shooting identified the caller as George Zimmerman who is listed in the community’s newsletter as the Neighborhood Watch captain.

    Without waiting for police to arrive, Crump said, Zimmerman confronted Trayvon, who was on the sidewalk near his home. By the time police got there, Trayvon was dead of a single gunshot to the chest.

    “What do the police find in his pocket? Skittles,” Crump said. “A can of Arizona ice tea in his jacket pocket and Skittles in his front pocket for his brother Chad.”

    Zimmerman could not be reached for comment on Wednesday evening at a phone number listed for him on the community’s newsletter.

    Crump said the family was concerned that police might decide to consider the shooting as self defense, and that police have ignored the family’s request for a copy of the original 911 call, which they think will shed light on the incidents.

    “If the 911 protocol across the country held to form here, they told him not to get involved. He disobeyed that order,” said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the family.

    “He (Zimmerman) didn’t have to get out of his car,” said Crump, who has prepared a public records lawsuit to file on Thursday if the family doesn’t get the 911 tape. “If he never gets out of his car, there is no reason for self-defense. Trayvon only has skittles. He has the gun.”

    Since Trayvon, a high school junior who wanted to be a pilot, was black and Zimmerman is white, Crump said race is “the 600 pound elephant in the room.”

    “Why is this kid suspicious in the first place? I think a stereotype must have been placed on the kid,” Crump said.

    (Editing By Cynthia Johnston and Peter Bohan)

    (Source: reuters.com, via stfuconservatives)

  6. This is not a scholarly difference of opinion; their facts were flatly wrong. This was an abuse of the scientific process to reach conclusions that are not supported by the data.

    — Remember that 2009 study about how abortion was linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety? Turns out it was a bunch of bullshit. Repeated studies have shown NO LINK between mental illness and abortion. -Jess (via stfuconservatives)

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  7. Gone are the days when the Republican party used to put forward big, bold, visionary stuff. You know, I thought about Eisenhower and the Interstate. I thought about 40 years ago, this month when Richard Nixon stepped off the plane in China and changed the world by that balance of power relationship. You think about Ronald Reagan, you know, bringing an end to the Cold War. A lot of big, bold, visionary stuff locked up in the history of the Republican party and I see zero evidence of people getting out there and addressing the economic deficit which is a national security problem for heaven’s sake and addressing the trust deficit.

    — Jon Huntsman

    (via jonhuntsmanjr)

    (Source: MSNBC, via stfuconservatives)

  8. The FACTS about the cost of birth control →


    • Oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” can cost $1,210 per year without health insurance. 
    • Women of reproductive age spend 68 percent more on out-of-pocket health care costs than do men, in part because of contraceptive costs.
    • Surveys show that nearly one in four women with household incomes of less than $75,000 have put off a doctor’s visit for birth control to save money in the past year.
    • Twenty-nine percent of women report that they have tried to save money by using their method inconsistently.
    • More than half of young adult women say they have not used their method as directed because it was cost-prohibitive.
    • Nearly half of women ages 18–34 with household incomes less than $75,000 report they need to delay or limit their childbearing because of economic hardships they’ve experienced in recent years.

    (Source: americanprogress.org, via stfusexists)

  9. Obama has gained support among white and suburban women. In both groups, the president is up to a 45 percent approval rating from 40 percent in December. Overall among women, approval for the president rose to 54 percent versus 40 percent disapproval. In December, both his overall approval and disapproval among women were 47 percent.

    Obama’s support among women increases - Kate Nocera - POLITICO.com (via sarahlee310)

    These numbers don’t really make sense to me, but I’m glad to see improvement. I don’t speak for all women, but between the Lily Ledbetter act and the birth control mandate (not to mention the badassery of refusing to cave on PP funding to come to a budget agreement)? He has EARNED the hell out of my vote.

    (via stfusexists)

    totally agree with this. he isn’t perfect, and there’s A LOT i would like to see him do, but his support of women’s issues is huge for me. 

    (via stfusexists)

  10. Can we finally put this to bed now? Can we acknowledge that perhaps preventative care is a good priority for the government to have as part of the whole “promote the general welfare” part of its function? Or, at the very least, can we all act like adults that sometimes have to pay for things that they don’t use or like as the entrance fee to living in a society?

    Because I for one am sick of explaining all of these facts over and over. It’s the political equivalent of telling people to eat their broccoli. Eat your damn broccoli and read Leviathan.