Gambling as a Backup to States’ Budget

gambling

It seems in the aftermath of the recent economic crash a lot of states having begun reversing their policies on gambling in order to combat their budget constraints and expand the amount of money they pull in from taxation.

Online gambling and slot machines in lottery halls are common sight across the UK and other European countries, in fact you can visit a website like paypal-casinos.co and within minutes you’ll be playing a slot game.… [Read more]

Do we really need a government?

small government

I wondered about political feelings and attitudes during my recent break. On the right, we have the radical way of thinking being pushed (and mostly financed) by corporations and many wealthy people whose goals are not what their followers believe. Corporations and other moneyed interests will tell you “No”, they believe the government must be small and stay away from businesses.… [Read more]

Are Small Arms Really the Antidote to a Tyrannical Government?

Federalist Papers

Gun ownership is the only thing that stands between us innocent citizens and a government with the potential to turn tyrannical at any moment—or so the gun lobby would have you believe.

As the argument usually goes, the citizenry needs access to semi-automatic and automatic weapons in order to protect itself if the government decides to violently subjugate its own people.… [Read more]

Tyranny in the Private Sphere

Labor activist Kalpona Akter holds up Wal-Mart clothing found in the recent fire in a factory in Bangladesh that resulted in the arguably preventable death of 112 people.
Photo Credit: provided to The Nation by the International Labor Rights Forum.

The large, tyrannical state has always been one of the greatest threats to freedom and liberty. And even in our current age, unchecked government power continues to stifle human progress and expression, not only abroad but in the United States as well. For, in even in our country, the state, both at the federal and local level, still punishes its citizens for indulging in the “wrong” types of narcotics—it still denies equal rights to those of a different sexual orientation, it still retains the unchecked, lethal authority of one person, the executive, to sentence death upon any citizen the president deems a “terrorist.”

Labor activist Kalpona Akter holds up Wal-Mart clothing found in the recent fire in a factory in Bangladesh that resulted in the arguably preventable deaths of 112 people.… [Read more]

Occupy, But Read Too

Stand up, lay down, hug

Stand up, lay down, hug

Work: it’s what we do to eat.  It’s where we meet most of the people we know when we first move to a new place.  It’s where we spend most of our hours awake, and sometimes sleep there when we’re tired and nod off behind the computer.  We are the one country that people from other nations think that, “lives to work.”

What happened to that?  … [Read more]

What To Get Your GOP Crush For Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Elephant

So it’s Valentine’s Day, and even though you totally decided last week that you LOURVEE [GOP primary candidate] and totally want to go steady with him, you just were too busy and forgot to get the Valentine’s chocolates/card/Super PAC you meant to. Now all you can imagine is him sitting at home alone chugging caviar-covered Haagen Daaz (or whatever rich people eat), sobbing bitterly and ruminating on those sad, sad Elementary years when Joanie McAmerica would pass them by for the older, cooler candidates.… [Read more]

The Hubris of Heterosexuality

We're queer. Get fucking used to it.

We're queer. Get fucking used to it.

It’s amazing what people think they can say to you.

“I mean, I don’t accept your lifestyle, but we can still be cool.”

Whatchu mean you don’t accept my lifestyle, but “we” can still be cool?   Who the fuck do you think you are?

I’ve pretty much had it with benevolent acceptance of willful ignorance.  … [Read more]