A healthy mix of philosophical awe and ridiculous humor~This blog contains the following (Click each for the link!):
James, 22, Pennsylvania, Part-Time Panda
A campaign ad for the most electable candidate ever.
On January 22, 1987, the day before his sentencing (for bribary), Budd Dwyer called a press conference to “provide an update on the situation.” Many expected Dwyer to announce his resignation from office. At the conference, an agitated and nervous Dwyer once again professed his innocence, and declared that he would not resign as state treasurer. Those attending would hear his final words:
“I face a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison and a $300,000 fine for being innocent. Judge Muir has already told the press that he, “felt invigorated” when we were found guilty, and that he plans to imprison me as a deterrent to other public officials. But it wouldn’t be a deterrent because every public official who knows me knows that I am innocent; it wouldn’t be a legitimate punishment because I’ve done nothing wrong. The guilty verdict has strengthened that resolve. But as we’ve discussed our plans to expose the warts of our legal system, people have said: “Why bother?” “No one cares.” “You’ll look foolish.” “60 Minutes, 20/20, the American Civil Liberties Union, Jack Anderson and others have been publicizing cases like yours for years, and it doesn’t bother anyone.”
At this point, Dwyer stopped with his prepared text and called to three of his staffers, giving each an envelope. It was later discovered that one contained a suicide note to his wife. The second was an organ donor card and other related materials. The third was a letter to the newly-inaugurated governor Robert P. Casey. After handing out the envelopes, Dwyer opened a manila envelope and withdrew a .357 Magnum revolver, advising those in the crowd, “Please leave the room if this will offend you.” Those in attendance cried out to Dwyer, pleading with him to put the gun down (“Budd, don’t!” was heard on television.) Some tried to approach him. “Stay away, this thing will hurt someone,” he warned. Amid the cry of “Budd, Budd, Budd!” Dwyer put the gun barrel into his mouth and pulled the trigger. He collapsed against a wall in a sitting position, blood pouring from his nose, all in front of five television news cameras. Dwyer was declared dead at the scene at 11:31 a.m.
Rep. Tina Kotek of Oregon was elected House Speaker by fellow Democrats this week, making her the first out lesbian to lead a state legislative chamber.
Openly gay leaders will control legislative chambers in five states, according to the AP, up from two before the election last week. Senator Ed Murray, who is openly gay, was elected majority leader in neighboring Washington this week, while Rep. Mark Ferrandino was elected Colorado House speaker.
Woohoo! Read more here.
Jon Stewart takes Mike Huckabee to task for his views on abortion and marriage equality, and it is so good.
on one hand, i dont want mitt romney to be elected
on the other hand, ive always wanted to form an underground rebellion and lead them in overthrowing the government
idk its a tough choice
Know your rights before you vote.
Please reblog this!
If you were teaching a graduate seminar in public policy and challenged your students to come up with the most difficult possible problem to solve, they’d come up with something very much like climate change. It’s slow-acting. It’s essentially invisible. It’s expensive to address. It has a huge number of very rich special interests arrayed against doing anything about it. It requires international action that pits rich countries against poor ones. And it has a lot of momentum: you have to take action now, before its effects are serious, because today’s greenhouse gases will cause climate change tomorrow no matter what we do in thirty years.
No candy for you, Kevin Drum. Your completely logical point and 110% truthy take on the political difficulties of dealing with climate change is like the worst trick when I asked for a treat.
But it’s something we need to hear.
Source: Mother Jones
Seth Meyers on the Steroid Era of storms.
From last night’s Late Night filmed during Sandy, with no audience members.
At least someone in New York is hitting home runs in October. Bravo, Seth Meyers!
I SPIT OUT MY DRINK.
I can only imagine what Tumblr will be like on election night if Mitt Romney wins.
us Europeans will log on and be like
The world wants Obama!
pakistan u ok
oh we are screwed
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