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It is difficult to imagine an America that would be so cruel and insensible to the terror of others.

Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k).

Several of the mutual funds in Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan have stock holdings in companies that manufacture the specific drugs and devices that the Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, is fighting to keep out of Hobby Lobby’s health care policies: the emergency contraceptive pills Plan B and Ella, and copper and hormonal intrauterine devices.

This is an actual spam email I got.  I’m really baffled at the laziness of criminals who can’t bother to run a spell check.  That would increase their odds of successfully scamming people significantly. 

Though The X-Files fan in me got a real kick out of getting an email from the “FBI” and then being given “Walter Skinner” as my contact there ;)

Articles like this make me:


As I commented on SBNation:

wheelchair =/= paralysis

They may be faking but millions of people who use wheelchairs are capable of standing and walking short distances. At major events like the World Cup there is a lot of standing in lines, walking around and enduring hot weather. None of these things are easy on healthy fans, for the chronically ill, they may be prohibitive without the assistance of a wheelchair or other accommodation.

Constantly accusing people of ‘not being disabled’ creates an awful stigma for those with invisible disabilities in particular. I had a roommate in grad school with a heart condition. She was in her early 20s and had a disabled parking placard because some days her energy was so low that it was difficult to walk more than a short distance. She was constantly harassed by ‘well meaning citizens’ for abusing the parking system, of stealing her tag from a grandparent, of lying to get it, etc. That type of harassment helps contribute to psychological issues of anxiety and depression for those of us already struggling with health issues.

So, please, avoid making knee jerk accusations about the disabled in your daily lives. We’d really appreciate it.



Last night on Fox News, Megyn Kelly had Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney on to talk about their ridiculous, accusatory op-ed about Iraq (for which we named Dick Cheney Asshole of the Day). And I’m sure the Cheneys thought they would get a friendly reception to continue to accuse Obama of being…

I almost cried when I saw the results of this vote because FINALLY congress is taking this issue seriously.  Civil liberties aren’t dead yet! 

Very happy to see my Rep. Hultgren voted for the amendment. 

So good.

btw, Obama is only the 4th sitting president to visit a Reservation?!?!?

All your pills in a labeled dose pack instead of a instead of separate bottles.  For stable dose meds this makes so much sense.  Very cool idea.

Shep Smith continues to be an island of awesome in the barren wasteland that is Fox News.

Fascinating piece, explains a lot about the success they are having in taking over cities. It’s been entirely unclear so far from the US coverage which has basically been “cowardly Iraqi army runs away!” and “these guys are so evil Al Qaeda disowned them!” ISIS is a lot more sophisticated than I thought and are employing some very smart strategies to bring the Iraqi public on board.   

But, yes, neocons, let’s start bombing the shit out of Iraq again, I’m sure that will totally win hearts and minds this time!  >:|

It’s probably a good thing I didn’t have all these social media platforms when the Iraq war started because I don’t think I’d be able to resist re-tweeting/blogging/etc everything I as saying at the time because, man,