“What more fitting tribute could there be to Nelson Mandela – a man so dedicated to forgiveness he invited his own captor to his inauguration – than for our country to lose our shit over a handshake.” – Jon Stewart
The refusal of Republican states to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion surely ranks as one of the most sordid acts in recent American history. The cost to the states is tiny, and the help it would bring to the poor is immense. It’s paid for by taxes that residents of these states are going to pay regardless of whether they receive any of the benefits. And yet, merely because it has Obama’s name attached to it, they’ve decided that immiserating millions of poor people is worth it. It’s hard to imagine a decision more depraved.
Conservatives hate it when you accuse them of simply not caring about the poor. Sometimes they have a point. This is not one of those times.”
- Kevin Drum
— "Dust," Dorianne Laux
The arc of history points out Republicans errors in judgment. AGAIN.
Iraqi student Zeidoun Alkinani protesting the posession of ancient Iraqi artifacts by Germans at the Babylonian Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum of Berlin.
Prior to World War I, German archaeologists excavated large numbers of ancient artifacts across what is today Iraq and shipped them to Germany as part of a larger phenomenon of cultural pillage by European archaeologists across the Middle East that continued for decades.
In 2002, Iraqi officials asked for the return of the Gate, to no avail. A year later, the US invaded the country.
NASA just landed a rover on Mars, this is the very first picture. This JUST happened minutes ago.
1:42am EST 8/6/2012