I am glad that Nelson Mandela lived to see the death of Reagan and Thatcher
Apparently, the NSA is worried about elves and gnomes recruiting spies.
You know the NFL as the National Football League. But the IRS knows them better as the Nonprofit Football League – that’s because the NFL has not paid any taxes since 1966 and average Americans are left paying higher taxes to make up for that lost revenue. Senator Coburn is trying to change that, and we support his endeavor.
The NFL has spent $3.6 million lobbying in recent years, and contributed more than $1.6 million to members of Congress. It leads all professional sports leagues in lobbying expenditures.
Lobbyists demonstrated their prowess by adding, “or professional football leagues” to the language regulating 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations back in 1966, and it has remained there ever since.
No wonder Senator Coburn has yet to gain the support of his colleagues – we know how powerfully corrupting money in politics and the role of lobbyists has become. The only way Congress will act in the people’s interest is if the people begin demanding it and show them where we stand!
PETITION TO THE SENATE: Please end the ludicrous subsidies to the NFL and repeal their nonprofit status now. Sign on to the PRO Sports Act.
In 1986, Nelson Mandela — the former president of South Africa who died Thursday at the age of 95 — was serving the 23rd year of what would ultimately be a 27-year prison sentence. The Western world was finally acknowledging the true horrors of Apartheid, a system of racial segregation that denied basic rights to blacks — including citizenship and the right to vote — and brutally oppressed a generation of South Africans fighting for equality.
In the U.S. Congress, lawmakers were ready to show their opposition to the South African regime with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, a bill that called for tough sanctions and travel restrictions on the nation and its leaders, and for the repeal of apartheid laws and release of political prisoners like Mandela, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC).
The measure passed with bipartisan support, despite strong and largely Republican opposition. President Ronald Reagan was among those most opposed to the bill, and when he finally vetoed the measure over its support of the ANC, which he maintained was a “terrorist organization,” it took another vote by Congress to override it. Among the Republicans who repeatedly voted against the measure was future Vice President Dick Cheney, then a Republican congressman from Wyoming.
Cheney’s staunch resistance to the Anti-Apartheid Act arose as an issue during his future campaigns on the presidential ticket, but the Wyoming Republican has never said he regretted voting the way he did. In fact, in 2000, he maintained that he’d made the right decision.
“The ANC was then viewed as a terrorist organization,” Cheney said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t have any problems at all with the vote I cast 20 years ago.”
Cheney went on to call Mandela a “great man” who had “mellowed” in the decade after his release from prison.
In 2004, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards tore into his counterpart’s congressional voting record, calling out Cheney for his vote against freeing Mandela.
h/t: Huffington Post
I like how this switched from “our government” to just obama. Like, I went to the same dumb American schools you did and I know the government and white supremacist foreign policy behind it doesn’t and won’t stop by electing a black guy.
I’M SAYIN THO
This is why the Breitbart minions hate Mandela so much — Reagan, on the wrong side of history, was his opponent. Rather than admit that St. Ronnie sided with the wrong team, they continue repeat Reaganite pro-apartheid propaganda to this day.
i will always reblog anti-reagan stuff. especially about this subject.
some fucking nerve (via native-detroiter)
On January 10, 2013, Erika Andiola and her family were at home spending time with each other. That evening, someone knocked on the door, and as Erika answered, the first thing she saw was an ICE officer handcuffing her brother, who had been outside talking to a neighbor. Another ICE officer stood in front of Erika asking for Guadalupe, her mother.
Erika asked the officer if he had a warrant and why they were taking her family. He answered that they were undocumented and had to go. The officers detained her mother before driving away.
Out of nowhere and in an instant, Erika and her younger brother were left alone in the living room, forcibly separated from their closest family. Erika is a national leader of immigrant youth; her story and activism are well-known. Recently, President Obama and ICE announced they would not deport individuals without a criminal record, yet our families continue to be torn apart every day. If this could happen to Erika, it could happen to anyone else.
End Guadalupe’s deportation now. Help us keep Erika’s family together by signing the petition.