Maybe They Should Just Call Themselves ‘Radfems’

That cures all evils, no?

Banks’ support of payday lenders under scrutiny

Major banks have quickly become behind-the-scenes allies of a raft of Internet-based payday lenders that offer short-term loans with interest rates sometimes exceeding 500 percent.

With 15 states banning payday loans, a growing number of the lenders have set up online operations in more hospitable states or far-flung locales such as Belize, Malta and the West Indies to more easily evade statewide caps on interest rates.

Maybe.

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Why I Prefer Minor League Baseball to NASCAR

Reason No. 349,201: I stand a decent chance of surviving – uninjured – when I catch a ball that goes into the stands.

Highway to Bedbugs of a Vomitous Feather

Curious:

Curiouser:

Sounds pretty poisonous to me, but you go with that.

Interesting:

Including jobs that might involve selling, using, and standing in the way of the removal of lead paint?

As much as loan sharks payday lenders taking food out of the mouths of children by keeping their mothers economically enslaved to the greed of the payday loan industry?

Hmmm….

So that must include:

Curiouser and curiouser indeed…

but oh so believable.

So Much for Romney Losing

Why bother with Pres. ‘Corporations are People’ when there are plenty of Mini-Mes to do his bidding?

A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections:

Provision for vote by corporate property owner. (1) Subject to subsection (2), if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election as provided in [section 1].

I won’t copy it here, but there’s nothing in that subsection 2 that would prohibit an ‘own one square inch of Florida’ or ‘buy a Scottish title’ scheme that would enable an infinite number of distinct corporations from magically coming into existence and, thereafter, each owning one square inch of “real property within the municipality” to, thereby, manufacture any number of votes necessary to erase any and all electoral influence by real people.

The idea that “corporations are people, my friend” as Mitt Romney put it, is sadly common among conservative lawmakers.

The bill does contain some limits on these new corporate voting rights. Most significantly, corporations would not be entitled to vote in “school elections,” and the bill only applies to municipal elections. So state and federal elections would remain beyond the reach of the new corporate voters.

For now.

In fairness to Lavin’s fellow lawmakers, this bill was tabled shortly after it came before a legislative committee, so it is unlikely to become law.

For now.

According to the Center for Media and Democracy, Lavin was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) now defunct Public Safety and Elections Task Force.

Frogs…

Pots of water…

Increasing heat…

Yadda, yadda, yadda….

Blood on Boehner’s Hands

From Crooks and Liars:

A depressed Florida man shot his wife and two children before killing himself after closing his hot air balloon business and facing losing his job as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector because of automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

Former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour on Tuesday told Fox Business that “I hope and believe that Republicans will allow the sequestration to go into effect, so that we can start down a path of trying to get control of spending and reduce the deficit.”

Boehner, Cantor, Barbour, McConnell, Capricorn and stones.

The 1%: angling for the pain, suffering and demise of the 99% in any way possible.

Purple-N-Yellow Memories

From Queer Channel Media, Dec. 3, 2004 (sorry, no active link):

Rosen brings Hill experience to HRC post
Former RIAA head noted for political savvy
By Adrian Brune
Dec. 03, 2004

In 1999, [Hilary] Rosen came under fire after San Francisco gay activist Michael Petrelis questioned her $2,000 campaign contribution to [Republican Utah Sen. Orrin] Hatch, who once received a 0 percent rating from the HRC for his opposition to gay rights initiatives, while [Elizabeth] Birch was its executive director.

Rosen had long since left her position on the HRC executive board, but some gays still took her to task for donating more to the campaign of an anti-gay senator — despite his prominent position on the Judiciary Committee — than to Tammy Baldwin, a gay representative from Wisconsin.

Food for thought when analyzing the motivations of people who claim to be looking out for the interests of LGBs (much less Ts.)

Vomit: Its Not Just for Bugs Anymore

“Barf” just doesn’t do it justice.

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