Finland's Parliament confirms marriage equality law
The law ends the distinction between same-sex unions and heterosexual marriages.

Good news from Finland! The country’s Parliament voted down a petition to repeal a recent law legalizing marriage equality, securing same-sex marriage rights that will take effect next month. 

The law, which was passed in 2014 by the previous parliament, will end the distinction between same-sex unions and heterosexual marriages, giving same-sex couples equal rights to adopt children and share a surname.

Finland has been the only country in the Nordic region not yet to recognize same-sex marriage, although gay couples have been able to enter into registered partnerships since 2002.

Hooray, Finland! 


Growing up, Viola Davis depended on the school lunch program the GOP wants to gut

  • For Viola Davis, who won best supporting actress at the Oscars on Sunday, free school lunches were a lifeline that helped her through a tough childhood.
  • “Most of the time, the school lunch was the only meal I had,” Davis told AARP magazine in 2015. “I would befriend kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day and go to their homes when I could.”
  • If Davis attended U.S. schools today, there’s no guarantee she’d benefit from the same anti-hunger programs.
  • Republicans hope to slash the budget of school meal programs, meaning fewer students would get free or subsidized meals, PBS reported. Read more (2/27/17 2:44 PM)

Trump will sign new travel and immigration order on Wednesday, official says

  • Trump is expected to sign a new executive order on immigration and refugees on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported Sunday night, citing an unnamed senior administration official. 
  • The new executive order will likely include updated, specific language to make it more defensible in court — but critics have suggested that no matter the tweaks, the end result will be an order that’s as close as Trump can legally get to the Muslim ban he promised as a candidate. Read more (2/27/17 11:19 AM)

Trump in speech: “We have to start winning wars again”

  • Trump on Monday called for a return to the days when the United States won wars, declaring before a room full of current governors from across the country that, “We have to start winning wars again.”
  • Trump’s war comments come as he prepares to release a budget that will call for a $54 billion increase in defense spending, according to Reuters.
  • To be sure, budgets are nonbinding documents that don’t actually appropriate funds. They serve as guidelines for Congress. Read more (2/27/17 11:37 AM)

asthspace  asked:

If EBT could be used to buy anything, then what is the incentive to buy food with your own money? Why should the tax payers have to pay for welfare receivers to get luxury food???

Many people do not know this about me, but I have been on Snap benefits. I lost a job in 2009, shortly after the Great Recession, and I had nothing. I had to wait in lines at a food bank to get two small grocery bags of canned food, some toilet paper and a bar of soap a week and I applied for and received SNAP benefits. 

Let me tell you, there was no luxurious eating. Unless, you think a diet of pasta, rice, beans, canned veggies, canned tuna, peanut butter and bread IS opulent. If you think going down to the Wonder Bread factory and buying their expired products is lavish, being on SNAP is the life for you.

But even if I did buy as much expensive food as I could, who cares what anyone else eats? It is a set amount of money each month. If someone wants to blow all $126 they get a month on one meal, who am I to say no. They are the ones that are going to have to figure out how to eat for the remaining 89 meals that month.

Should we require that “Welfare” Recipients eat garbage so that you can feel better than them?

On average they get about $1.40 a meal in SNAP benefits. Basically, we are requiring them to eat garbage, but still, that seems like too much for you. 

- @theliberaltony

Just to stave off the stupid responses a bit: 

  • I spent less than a year on SNAP. 
  • Yes, I have a job now.
I’ve read Edgar Allan Poe. I’ve read H.P Lovecraft. I’ve read Stephen King. But I can truly say: Trump’s Twitter feed is the scariest thing I’ve ever read in my life.

When you realize a literal mad man has nuke codes and is in charge of the biggest military in the world..

Ain’t no haunted hotel can compete with that shit.