Missy Giorgi - 22 - MI
I am a giggly, goobery, artsy fartsy, nerdy, doe eyed musician / flower child / vixen. I like impromptu adventures in the wild and dancing around in my undies to upbeat tunes when no one is home while pretending I’m a DJ. I love new friends!

 

I think it expresses the frustrations that the American people feel that we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country, all across Main Street and yet, you’re still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on abusive practices that got us into this problem in the first place. You know, the protesters are giving voice to a more broad based frustration about how or financial system works

Obama on The Occupy Wallstreet Movement

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Mitt Romney’s response to a question about the movement: “It’s dangerous, this is class warfare” 

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(Source: thesoapboxschtick)

I could not be more excited about all the options in the GOP presidential field. These candidates are like the perfect appetizer sampler platter. You’ve got pizza bites (Cain); crazy bread (Bachmann); boiled potato (Gingrich); Texas toast (Perry); foie gras (Romney); imitation foie gras (Hunstman); uninspected squirrel jerky (Paul); all with a Santorum dipping sauce.

STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)

I nearly pissed myself laughing at “squirrel jerky”

(via cornachio)

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

Republican Ron Paul: We don’t need FEMA
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(Story from Aug. 2011) As Hurricane Irene barrels along the U.S. East Coast, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas  said the nation would be much better off without the Federal Emergency  Management Agency.
…..
Citing the Galveston hurricane in 1900 that obliterated much of the Texas  coast, the libertarian-leaning congressman said Americans were able to rebuild  their cities and put up a seawall without the federal government’s help. […]
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/27/ron-paul-we-dont-need-fema/

And didn’t rick perry call for fema’s help with the wildfires going on in texas? Did I read that correctly awhile back?

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

Republican Ron Paul: We don’t need FEMA

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(Story from Aug. 2011) As Hurricane Irene barrels along the U.S. East Coast, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said the nation would be much better off without the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

…..

Citing the Galveston hurricane in 1900 that obliterated much of the Texas coast, the libertarian-leaning congressman said Americans were able to rebuild their cities and put up a seawall without the federal government’s help. […]

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/27/ron-paul-we-dont-need-fema/

And didn’t rick perry call for fema’s help with the wildfires going on in texas? Did I read that correctly awhile back?

Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are,

Republican On Fox News Says Minimum Wage Should Be $3/hr

stfuhypocrisy:

Here we go again, more radical rhetoric from Fox News. On Fox & Friends Thursday morning, Republican businessman and former Senate nominee, Peter Schiff claimed that the minimum wage was too high and that it affected the young and the poor in a negative way. Schiff even had the nerve to say “One Of The Most Anti-Poor People Rules Is The Minimum Wage.” A part of the transcript is below.

SCHIFF: Well, one of the most anti-poor people rules is the minimum wage. It keeps people poor. What the minimum wage does is says that if a person that has very little skills, and generally they’re young or they’re poor, you can’t hire them unless they can produce

KILMEADE: Right. SCHIFF: — $7.25 worth of value, but it’s not just that. It also has to compensate you for all the mandatory benefits and taxes and risks associated with hiring people.

KILMEADE: Right.

SCHIFF: And people that have no skills, it’s not just worth it to hire them

KILMEADE: Peter, I want to get through, too

SCHIFF: — maybe $3 or $4 an hour, if that’s what they’re worth

As the real world looks at the extremely low minimum wage, Republicans and their conservative members want to lower it even further. Presidential nominee, Michele Bachmann, has even said she would want to completely eliminate minimum wage as part of her plan to lower unemployment. This is just another example of the disconnect between the conservative mind-set of the Republican party and reality. Whether you consider yourself liberal, progressive or an independent, you can see pretty clearly that the wealth gap in the United States is growing. If the Republicans have their way, lowering the minimum wage will just grow the gap even more.

(Source: stfueverything)

ajonesco:

You might be a conservative if…
1: You’re irate over the president taking so many vacation days on the taxpayer’s dime (61 thus far), but you thought George W. Bush earned every minute of his leisure time (196 days at the same point in his presidency).
2: You’re happy with your 40 hour work week, paid vacations and company-provided healthcare, but you’re strongly anti-union, because those commies haven’t done anything for you lately.
3: You strongly support the First Amendment and it’s guarantee of religious freedom to all, but you don’t think Muslims have a right to build an Islamic Community Center in Manhattan.
4: You believe Ronald Reagan was a devout Christian, even though he hated going to church, but any president who spends twenty years going to the same Trinity United Church in Chicago must be a Muslim.
5: You believe when a Republican governor creates a healthcare package with an individual mandate for everyone in his state, that’s a good idea. But when a Democratic president does it, suddenly it’s unconstitutional.
6: You’re so enthused about demonstrating your Second Amendment rights, you can think of no finer place to brandish your pistol in public than at a presidential rally.
7: You believe Bill Clinton was responsible for Osama bin Laden’s escape ten years ago, but thankfully George W. Bush caught up with him and killed him in Pakistan.
8: You believe in putting American jobs first, except when president Obama rescued 1.5 million GM and Chrysler autoworkers, because that was socialism.
9: It angers you that you can’t communicate with the Mexican busboy at your local Olive Garden, but when you took a vacation to San Francisco’s Chinatown, you thought it’s quaint that so many Chinese-Americans are holding fast to their traditional language. Because that’s America!
10: You deny that the lunatic who tried to murder Gaby Giffords was a conservative, even though he targeted a Jewish, pro-choice, pro gay rights, Democratic Congresswoman.
11: You thought it was perfectly normal that every president in history had an untethered right to raise the debt ceiling when warranted, but when Obama asked the GOP held congress to do it, you thought it only natural that it be tied to cutting Social Security and Medicare.

ajonesco:

You might be a conservative if…

1: You’re irate over the president taking so many vacation days on the taxpayer’s dime (61 thus far), but you thought George W. Bush earned every minute of his leisure time (196 days at the same point in his presidency).

2: You’re happy with your 40 hour work week, paid vacations and company-provided healthcare, but you’re strongly anti-union, because those commies haven’t done anything for you lately.

3: You strongly support the First Amendment and it’s guarantee of religious freedom to all, but you don’t think Muslims have a right to build an Islamic Community Center in Manhattan.

4: You believe Ronald Reagan was a devout Christian, even though he hated going to church, but any president who spends twenty years going to the same Trinity United Church in Chicago must be a Muslim.

5: You believe when a Republican governor creates a healthcare package with an individual mandate for everyone in his state, that’s a good idea. But when a Democratic president does it, suddenly it’s unconstitutional.

6: You’re so enthused about demonstrating your Second Amendment rights, you can think of no finer place to brandish your pistol in public than at a presidential rally.

7: You believe Bill Clinton was responsible for Osama bin Laden’s escape ten years ago, but thankfully George W. Bush caught up with him and killed him in Pakistan.

8: You believe in putting American jobs first, except when president Obama rescued 1.5 million GM and Chrysler autoworkers, because that was socialism.

9: It angers you that you can’t communicate with the Mexican busboy at your local Olive Garden, but when you took a vacation to San Francisco’s Chinatown, you thought it’s quaint that so many Chinese-Americans are holding fast to their traditional language. Because that’s America!

10: You deny that the lunatic who tried to murder Gaby Giffords was a conservative, even though he targeted a Jewish, pro-choice, pro gay rights, Democratic Congresswoman.

11: You thought it was perfectly normal that every president in history had an untethered right to raise the debt ceiling when warranted, but when Obama asked the GOP held congress to do it, you thought it only natural that it be tied to cutting Social Security and Medicare.

[T]he Republican Party has lost its way. A lot of people came back to me in my last [GOP] debate post saying “You liberals would cheer if you heard a bunch of babies had been aborted!” but this is just nonsense.

Most liberals do want safe, legal abortions to continue unimpeded, but the goal of the pro-choice movement isn’t to abort as many babies as possible. It’s just to keep that procedure accessible and safe.

I think most liberals would be absolutely thrilled if contraception and sex education led to a huge decline in abortions, and would cheer that in a heartbeat. I also think liberals might very well cheer expansion of access to women’s health clinics where abortions are performed. I would be very surprised to hear the same sort of hooting and hollering over a similarly phrased question in regards to abortion.

E.D. Kain, on the phenomenon of a GOP debate audience member cheering the thought of letting someone die who can’t afford health insurance. (via letterstomycountry)

Rick Perry’s Execution Record Includes The Deaths Of Juveniles And The Mentally Disabled

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

purv-dog:

By Travis Waldron on Sep 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The amount of executions held in Texas during Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) 11 years in office has come under scrutiny in the early stages of his presidential campaign, most notably for the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted of murdering his three daughters and put to death despite evidence showing that he was likely innocent of the crimes. But even as the Willingham case receives the most notice, many of Perry’s decisions regarding execution have begun to garner attention.

Texas has held 234 executions on Perry’s watch, more than the next two states combined have executed since the death penalty was restored 35 years ago. While Perry can only grant clemency from death sentences if it is recommended by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, he has rarely used that power. According to the Texas Tribune, Perry has commuted only 31 death sentences, and 28 of those resulted from a 2005 Supreme Court case outlawing the execution of juveniles. Meanwhile, he has allowed a host of controversial executions to go forward, the Tribune reported today:

JUVENILES: According to the Tribune, three people who were juveniles at the time of their crime were executed between 2000, when Perry took office, and 2005, when the Supreme Court banned the execution of juveniles. Before Napoleon Beazley, who committed a murder at 17, was executed, 18 state legislators wrote Perry asking him to grant clemency, and the trial judge who eventually had to sign his execution order asked Perry to commute the sentence to life in prison. Perry’s response: “To delay his punishment is to delay justice.” 

MENTALLY DISABLED: Ten executions during Perry’s tenure have involved serious questions about the prisoner’s mental health and stability. One was Kelsey Patterson, who was judged as mentally fit by a doctor known as “Dr. Death” because he rarely found patients mentally unfit for trial. During his trial, Patterson testified about having devices planted in his head by the military, and once in prison, he sent incoherent letters to courts. The Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended to Perry that he grant clemency, but Perry rejected the recommendation. Another was James Clark, whose final statement was, “Howdy.” Two Texas prisoners with mental health concerns have been executed in 2011.

INADEQUATE COUNSEL: Five men executed since 2000 have had major questions about the adequacy of their legal counsel, including Leonard Uresti Rojas. The appellate attorney appointed to Rojas was on probation with the state bar, suffered from mental illness and missed multiple deadlines to file appeals on Rojas’ behalf. New attorneys took Rojas’ case before the Court of Appeals asked Perry to stay the execution but were denied. After the execution, an appeals court judge wrote a dissenting opinion against the court, saying Rojas’ attorney had “neglected his duties.”

In addition, Perry has overseen the executions of seven foreign nationals and two men who were accomplices but did not actually commit murder.

Perry’s statewide opponents have had little success in using Perry’s execution record against him. In her unsuccessful attempt to defeat Perry in the 2010 gubernatorial primary, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) brought together a focus group to find out if Perry’s death penalty record was a point of vulnerability, only to have one respondent tell her campaign, “It takes balls to execute an innocent man.” 

But Perry’s criminal justice record is now making its first major news during his presidential campaign. A Texas inmate named Duane Edward Buck, who is set to be executed Sept. 15, has petitioned Perry for clemency from his death sentence. Though Buck’s guilt is not in question, the way the prosecution secured his death sentence is. To prove Buck’s “future dangerousness” and secure the death sentence, prosecutors used the testimony of a psychologist who claimed that Buck was more dangerous simply because he was black. 

The case, tried in 1995, was protested by Sen. John Cornyn (R), who was serving as the state’s attorney general at the time. Perry has not yet commented or made a decision regarding Buck’s clemency request. But with his criminal justice record playing a larger role in the narrative around his presidential campaign, and with voters and politicians becoming more conscious of both the social justice and budgetary costs of the increasingly expensive death penalty, it will be interesting to see if the case of Duane Buck becomes one where Perry stands up for justice, or if it will be another blotch on an already spotty record.

Uhm. Oh my fucking god. <—-Basically all I can say ._____.

darthprolif:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

faunslabyrinth:

oinonio:

I’m looking at you, Tea Party.

My aunts response to this was “Well I might as well just get a poor persons job then if they’re going to steal all of my hard earned money!”You sit on a computer and type in words. You have complimentary all expenses paid fine dining outings and an office massage therapist (also free). You went on a fucking cruise last year. You constantly are on a (Paid) vacation.I can’t afford to go to school or pay my rent or get food and I work my ass off on the midnight shift with no compensation for gas for my newspaper route that adds up to 70 - 90 miles a week. I get paid only 30 cents for my delivery, I run to every single one of my almost 200 customers, I don’t get paid to assemble and roll the papers, and I am not allowed to call off a single night of work. Even if, say, I was in the hospital after getting into a car accident that destroyed my car (True story).I make $120 (if I am lucky) a week.FUCK your couple grand paychecks you didn’t WORK HARD for. You are lucky simply because you work for a corporate powerhouse.FUCK YOU. 

Reblogging for awesome commentary.

I’m sorry, but a good sum of those people who have really great paychecks HAVE worked hard to get that paycheck. You know, like, go to school, graduate. Go to college just to get an higher education for a better job. I don’t know about you, but to me they worked hard for that. 
My father stressed that to me all my childhood, so I wouldn’t have to bust my ass. I can see why, you work so hard as a kid and when you grow up, you have the right to have an easy job and a great pay check. 
They get bigger tax cuts because their taxes are MORE simply because they make MORE. Tax the hell out of the rich, you know, people like your boss. They lose money, thus that, they cut employees to cure that. So YOU don’t get a cut of their money, it’s only natural and fair. 
But that’s how I see things. 

Okay, take into consideration the fact that there are individuals with their PhD&#8217;s who are homeless. I&#8217;d say they worked hard, right? So why aren&#8217;t THEY racking up the cash? Simple. Because not everyone who works hard gets what they deserve and most people at &#8220;the top&#8221; got there by sheer luck, being related to someone rich enough to send them to school (so they didn&#8217;t have to pay for it themselves like the rest of us poor folk), or they &#8220;knew someone&#8230;&#8221;, if you catch my drift.Here&#8217;s a few facts you may not know:There is more student debt in the US than there is credit card debt (by like, a fucking lot.)The average amount of time it now takes to find a job in the US is 34 - 38 WEEKS. (Not to mention how many scams a person has to fish through before they find something legit.)47% of workers live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet25% of all workers reported they save nothing each monthIn the recent years we actually had a negative savings rate for the first time since the Great Depression era.
"&#8230;sometime between 2030 and 2040, mandatory spending (primarily Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the national debt) will exceed tax revenue. In other words, all &#8220;discretionary&#8221; spending (e.g., defense, homeland security, law enforcement, education, etc.) will require borrowing and related deficit spending. These agencies have used such language as &#8220;unsustainable&#8221; and &#8220;trainwreck&#8221; to describe such a future.&#8221;-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debtSo it isn&#8217;t that I&#8217;m NOT working hard that puts me where I am, it is this economy and the people at the top&#8217;s refusal to accept any change that helps us &#8220;poor folk&#8221; if it inconveniences them.If these were people who could fucking appreciate hard work, they wouldn&#8217;t be so quick to let those busting their asses off in poverty JUST to buy a fucking gallon of milk and some eggs without breaking the bank, fall to shambles when in need. They wouldn&#8217;t sit back and let people who WANT to go to school and WANT to be successful work a horrible job (IF they can even find one) fall to shambles when in need. They wouldn&#8217;t let us hope to god we don&#8217;t overdraw (even if that means we&#8217;re left with only 1$ to our name) because we have no emergency savings.They wouldn&#8217;t let us fall to shambles knowing that if there were THIS MANY FUCKING PEOPLE IN POVERTY, the problem OBVIOUSLY wasn&#8217;t because we weren&#8217;t &#8220;working hard&#8221; and that they can take the goddamn tax cut and help the entire nation that they fucking live in out, or they can be the very reason we suffer. And no, just because I have a fridge does NOT mean I am not poor.I don&#8217;t care that these people worked hard, that doesn&#8217;t mean us in poverty DON&#8217;T work just as fucking hard. 

darthprolif:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

faunslabyrinth:

oinonio:

I’m looking at you, Tea Party.

My aunts response to this was “Well I might as well just get a poor persons job then if they’re going to steal all of my hard earned money!”

You sit on a computer and type in words. You have complimentary all expenses paid fine dining outings and an office massage therapist (also free). You went on a fucking cruise last year. You constantly are on a (Paid) vacation.

I can’t afford to go to school or pay my rent or get food and I work my ass off on the midnight shift with no compensation for gas for my newspaper route that adds up to 70 - 90 miles a week. I get paid only 30 cents for my delivery, I run to every single one of my almost 200 customers, I don’t get paid to assemble and roll the papers, and I am not allowed to call off a single night of work. Even if, say, I was in the hospital after getting into a car accident that destroyed my car (True story).

I make $120 (if I am lucky) a week.

FUCK your couple grand paychecks you didn’t WORK HARD for. You are lucky simply because you work for a corporate powerhouse.

FUCK YOU. 

Reblogging for awesome commentary.

I’m sorry, but a good sum of those people who have really great paychecks HAVE worked hard to get that paycheck. You know, like, go to school, graduate. Go to college just to get an higher education for a better job. I don’t know about you, but to me they worked hard for that. 

My father stressed that to me all my childhood, so I wouldn’t have to bust my ass. I can see why, you work so hard as a kid and when you grow up, you have the right to have an easy job and a great pay check. 

They get bigger tax cuts because their taxes are MORE simply because they make MORE. Tax the hell out of the rich, you know, people like your boss. They lose money, thus that, they cut employees to cure that. So YOU don’t get a cut of their money, it’s only natural and fair. 

But that’s how I see things. 

Okay, take into consideration the fact that there are individuals with their PhD’s who are homeless. I’d say they worked hard, right? So why aren’t THEY racking up the cash? Simple. Because not everyone who works hard gets what they deserve and most people at “the top” got there by sheer luck, being related to someone rich enough to send them to school (so they didn’t have to pay for it themselves like the rest of us poor folk), or they “knew someone…”, if you catch my drift.

Here’s a few facts you may not know:

There is more student debt in the US than there is credit card debt (by like, a fucking lot.)
The average amount of time it now takes to find a job in the US is 34 - 38 WEEKS. (Not to mention how many scams a person has to fish through before they find something legit.)
47% of workers live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet
25% of all workers reported they save nothing each month
In the recent years we actually had a negative savings rate for the first time since the Great Depression era.


"…sometime between 2030 and 2040, mandatory spending (primarily Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the national debt) will exceed tax revenue. In other words, all “discretionary” spending (e.g., defense, homeland security, law enforcement, education, etc.) will require borrowing and related deficit spending. These agencies have used such language as “unsustainable” and “trainwreck” to describe such a future.”
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt

So it isn’t that I’m NOT working hard that puts me where I am, it is this economy and the people at the top’s refusal to accept any change that helps us “poor folk” if it inconveniences them.

If these were people who could fucking appreciate hard work, they wouldn’t be so quick to let those busting their asses off in poverty JUST to buy a fucking gallon of milk and some eggs without breaking the bank, fall to shambles when in need. They wouldn’t sit back and let people who WANT to go to school and WANT to be successful work a horrible job (IF they can even find one) fall to shambles when in need. They wouldn’t let us hope to god we don’t overdraw (even if that means we’re left with only 1$ to our name) because we have no emergency savings.

They wouldn’t let us fall to shambles knowing that if there were THIS MANY FUCKING PEOPLE IN POVERTY, the problem OBVIOUSLY wasn’t because we weren’t “working hard” and that they can take the goddamn tax cut and help the entire nation that they fucking live in out, or they can be the very reason we suffer. 

And no, just because I have a fridge does NOT mean I am not poor.

I don’t care that these people worked hard, that doesn’t mean us in poverty DON’T work just as fucking hard. 

oinonio:

I’m looking at you, Tea Party.

My aunts response to this was &#8220;Well I might as well just get a poor persons job then if they&#8217;re going to steal all of my hard earned money!&#8221;You sit on a computer and type in words. You have complimentary all expenses paid fine dining outings and an office massage therapist (also free). You went on a fucking cruise last year. You constantly are on a (Paid) vacation.I can&#8217;t afford to go to school or pay my rent or get food and I work my ass off on the midnight shift with no compensation for gas for my newspaper route that adds up to 70 - 90 miles a week. I get paid only 30 cents for my delivery, I run to every single one of my almost 200 customers, I don&#8217;t get paid to assemble and roll the papers, and I am not allowed to call off a single night of work. Even if, say, I was in the hospital after getting into a car accident that destroyed my car (True story).I make $120 (if I am lucky) a week.FUCK your couple grand paychecks you didn&#8217;t WORK HARD for. You are lucky simply because you work for a corporate powerhouse.FUCK YOU. 

oinonio:

I’m looking at you, Tea Party.

My aunts response to this was “Well I might as well just get a poor persons job then if they’re going to steal all of my hard earned money!”

You sit on a computer and type in words. You have complimentary all expenses paid fine dining outings and an office massage therapist (also free). You went on a fucking cruise last year. You constantly are on a (Paid) vacation.

I can’t afford to go to school or pay my rent or get food and I work my ass off on the midnight shift with no compensation for gas for my newspaper route that adds up to 70 - 90 miles a week. I get paid only 30 cents for my delivery, I run to every single one of my almost 200 customers, I don’t get paid to assemble and roll the papers, and I am not allowed to call off a single night of work. Even if, say, I was in the hospital after getting into a car accident that destroyed my car (True story).

I make $120 (if I am lucky) a week.

FUCK your couple grand paychecks you didn’t WORK HARD for. You are lucky simply because you work for a corporate powerhouse.

FUCK YOU.