So number one, Reading Rainbow was not cancelled because it was not effective. Reading Rainbow was the most used television resource in our nation’s classroom. In 2009, it was [cancelled] due to No Child Left Behind. That government policy made a choice between teaching the rudiments of reading and fostering a love of reading. So the idea that I am trying to somehow revive a failed endeavor is bullshit. That’s right. I said it. Bullshit.

LeVar Burton (via franfinethesecond)

You just have to read these two articles to realize: Obama can’t please anyone.Obama administration targets coal with controversial emissions regulation
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What Angers Environmentalists About Obama’s Global-Warming Rule

You just have to read these two articles to realize: Obama can’t please anyone.

Obama administration targets coal with controversial emissions regulation

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What Angers Environmentalists About Obama’s Global-Warming Rule

'Latino voters are repelled, and the loud but small contingent of immigration opponents have backed the Republican Party into a corner that they don’t have the courage to break out of,' Gutierrez said during an impassioned House speech Tuesday. 'So, Mr. Speaker, I give you George W. Bush, the man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history.'

An impassioned speech by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) warns House Republicans that they are digging their own grave. 

Democratic Lawmaker Warns GOP It May Never See Another Republican President | Huffington Post

The Good ol’ Boys strike again: Senate Republicans Block Bill on Equal Pay

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women, framing an election-year fight between the parties over whose policies are friendlier to women.

It should be noticed that Senate Republicans didn’t just block the bill, they blocked a discussion about the bill. (Sorry about the picture…couldn’t resist.)

The Good ol’ Boys strike again: Senate Republicans Block Bill on Equal Pay

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women, framing an election-year fight between the parties over whose policies are friendlier to women.

It should be noticed that Senate Republicans didn’t just block the bill, they blocked a discussion about the bill. 

(Sorry about the picture…couldn’t resist.)

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Why the #CockInASock Thing Is Vain Bullshit 
Last week, 2.6 million women sacrificed their makeup, raised their tired arms in the air, pouted, and took a #nomakeupselfie to raise awareness for breast cancer. This week, boys have found their own inane counterpart: the #cockinasock.
The cock-in-a-sock concept, though probably as old as socks themselves, was most memorably championed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and since then it has gone from strength to strength, appearing in American Pie and bringing the homoerotic LOLs far and wide, from boarding school dorms to stinking holiday flats in Tenerife. That is, until now, when it’s become the latest weapon in the fight against ball cancer.
If you’re wondering what putting a sock on your dick and posting a picture of it on the internet has to do with raising money for charity, the mechanism is the same as the #nomakeupselfie. Take your picture, text the word “BEAT” to 70099 to donate three bucks to fighting cancer, and then encourage the giggling co-workers on your Facebook page to do the same. It’s the kind of viral campaign that gacky brand marketers strive a lifetime to come up with.
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vicemag:

Why the #CockInASock Thing Is Vain Bullshit 

Last week, 2.6 million women sacrificed their makeup, raised their tired arms in the air, pouted, and took a #nomakeupselfie to raise awareness for breast cancer. This week, boys have found their own inane counterpart: the #cockinasock.

The cock-in-a-sock concept, though probably as old as socks themselves, was most memorably championed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and since then it has gone from strength to strength, appearing in American Pie and bringing the homoerotic LOLs far and wide, from boarding school dorms to stinking holiday flats in Tenerife. That is, until now, when it’s become the latest weapon in the fight against ball cancer.

If you’re wondering what putting a sock on your dick and posting a picture of it on the internet has to do with raising money for charity, the mechanism is the same as the #nomakeupselfie. Take your picture, text the word “BEAT” to 70099 to donate three bucks to fighting cancer, and then encourage the giggling co-workers on your Facebook page to do the same. It’s the kind of viral campaign that gacky brand marketers strive a lifetime to come up with.

Continue