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Texas Lawmaker Uses Ethnic Slur To Describe Child Victims Of Hurricane Katrina

This is one of those words I learned about by encountering it. I remember seeing the anger behind a Cajun friend’s face in NYC when another Gulf-Coaster dropped it on him. I heard coastal family members use it as an odd term of endearment to describe a relative’s new girlfriend, who they adored.

The most memorable way I heard it used was by a man of Cajun descent in Baton Rouge. He asked me, “what’s the difference between a coonass and a jackass?” I of course had no clue.

"The Sabine River," he said solemnly, nodding like some sage imparting his wisdom.

We are acclimating ourselves to the public slaughter of our fellow citizens, over and over again, because our political system has become so riven with well-financed cowardice that it can’t do anything about it, and therefore, we must have a country in which being asked not to bring your combat weapon into a fast-food joint is a blow to liberty tantamount to the Writs Of Assistance, and we must have a country in which we accessorize deadly weapons or else we will forget our birthright as free citizens.
Charles P. Pierce (via seriouslyamerica)

Man beaten, three SAPD officers investigated for possible excessive force after case of 'mistaken identity'

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I witnessed terrible things, which I knew were wrong, but there was nowhere to go for help. Worse, there were those who condoned the abuse. I heard police or ambulance men, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.
Patrick Stewart on violence towards women (via jmaisonlilhouse)

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hanabi:

ssfrostiron:

 Agent Coulson is down

#gif warning #avengers #okay but why does nOBODY EVER TALK ABOUT THE GENERATION GAP #come on guys this is the MOST INTERESTING THING #look if steve had lived through the war he would have been part of that post-wwii generation #imagine steve in the 60S GUYS #you think he would have put up with those young folks disrespecting those soldiers and his country by protesting the war? HECK NO #remember that scene at the beginning of ca:tfa where he tells off that guy in the movie theater? THAT WOULD BE STEVE IN THE 60S #and tony is in his 40s!! tony is gen x! tony is NOT EVEN A BOOMER #tony is TOO YOUNG TO BE A BABY BOOMER tony is YOUNGER THAN OUR PARENTS #tony doesn’t know what it’s like to live in a country that’s in total war! tony doesn’t know what it’s like for loyalty to your country t… #to be something that almost everyone has! #look guys we make fun of america ALL THE TIME we mock patriotism and nationalism and the usa CON STANT LY #when steve hears the word soldier he equates it with the word hero #and when tony hears the word soldier he hears an insult. #because steve’s war is wwii #and tony’s wars are vietnam and iraq and afghanistan and tony knows that when america fights wars it is not necessarily the good guy! #and steve cannot even BEGIN to comprehend that #steve barely knows what WATERGATE is for god’s sake steve probably still trusts the government #steve doesn’t know about jfk conspiracy theories! steve doesn’t know about the patriot act #(and let me remind you that in 616 canon steve actually fought a war to bring down the expy!patriot act) #god america has grown up SO MUCH since steve’s day #americans are sarcastic and cynical and plugged into the media 24/7 #americans depricate themselves constantly americans hate america more than anybody else does #pearl harbor turned america into a unified force for change in the world; 9/11 turned america into something paranoid and bitter #steve no longer represents america #he represents what america wishes it had ever been #and tony? tony understands the usa a whole lot better than steve does and he knows it and steve never will #and tony understands how war can destroy and steve only understands how it can save #holy christ why would you write porn when you could write about that

Oh my god I

I hate this reading of World War II so

much

I hate this reading of Steve Rogers so much

Okay I just

Steve Rogers’ story, as much now as it was in 1941, is very much the myth of the United States’ foreign policy identity leading up to, and especially following, the attack on Pearl Harbor. Steve Rogers doesn’t want to kill anyone. Steve Rogers just doesn’t like bullies. Steve Rogers, big strong handsome blond man with a shield, wants to protect the little guy because he knows what it is to be the little guy. Because a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion. It is, therefore, critical to our understanding of Steve Rogers, for the purposes of the cinematic universe, that he should be encased in ice somewhere around 1943 or early 1944, before the U.S. started launching its aerial attacks on the Japanese civilian population. Back when the American strategy in the Pacific was still largely one of island hopping—of pushing the bad guy out of its ill-begotten territories. Along those lines, it is equally important that Steve Rogers’ war is almost exclusively the war in Europe—leaving aside the history of the racialized violence that characterized the war in the Pacific, the European war is one of physically liberating civilians, of pushing the invaders out of people’s homes. Because the U.S., like its captain, does not like bullies.

Steve Rogers was not complicit in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because on multiple levels, he was not there.

But he would have hated it.

Steve Rogers didn’t go all in for war because his country asked it of him. In fact, until he was chosen to be Captain America, Steve Rogers actively chose to break laws in his attempts to enlist when the army told him that he couldn’t. Steve Rogers went all in for war because it was ideologically sold to him in terms that made sense and that mattered. Because the U.S. was still able to make the argument that it was the country that he wanted it to be. And to say that Steve doesn’t know about Watergate and about Vietnam when all through the Avengers he keeps talking about his lost bearings—(“they didn’t say what we lost”/”I hope I’m the right guy for the job). No, he knows. Whether SHIELD told him up front or he had to ask about it or he went out and sat in the back of a city college classroom to listen to someone about Tony’s age tell him about the sacrifices of his generation that were nothing, from this distance, but the groundwork of the United States becoming the country he never wanted it to be—with the help, of course, of weapons manufacturers like Stark Industries (the weapon you only have to fire once—that’s how America does it.)

of course he knows.

Steve Rogers would have hated the war in Korea. Would have hated the war in Vietnam would have hated the war(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan. Would have wondered why the U.S. didn’t do more earlier to interfere in Bosnia, would have screamed until he couldn’t breathe over its lack of action in Rwanda. 

And Steve Rogers isn’t a fool. Steve Rogers knows how public opinion is generated by a man in leggings made out of rationed wool saying empty words in order to sell an identity to a nation in order to convince it to fund a war against unseen others overseas. Saying that America has “grown up” since “Steve’s war” is to ignore the fact that his participation in this machine was always constrained by his own set of ideological terms and conditions—and to ignore the direct lineage that led us from one war into another. And then another. And then another.

Because at the end of the day, America hasn’t grown up. And that’s the point. The point is that Steve Rogers continues to be the dominant myth of our foreign policy identity. Steve Rogers isn’t what we wish we ever were, Steve Rogers is what we think we still are. What we thought we were going into Vietnam in 1954—and what we were convinced we still should have been slinking out of it in 1975. And the basic point, here, for better or worse, is that Steve Rogers isn’t happy with the things that led us from point a to point b. It’s not about the defeat, to him. It’s about the abuse of power, the abuse of strength.

The material point is that Steve Rogers is disappointed.

Steve Rogers is disappointed in part because even the war he was fighting wasn’t the war that he thought it was. And to deny him the reasoning capacity to understand that is basically to reduce him to the same dancing monkey in tights that he was at the start. Steve Rogers gets it, guys. The point is not that he accepts the American mythology uncritically or all the way. The point is that he has been made into the American mythology and that, knowing how it has failed, he now wants to make it right. Because the purpose-driven Captain Rogers has to do something. And where America will not, he still wants to make it right.

Well damn.

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​The Two Organizations Trying to Destroy U.S. Science Education

greenthepress:

This is a story that needs to be shared. 

Fossil fuel money backs the Heartland Institute, which has been working to dismantle the teaching of global warming in public schools.

This latest development shows how far they’re willing to go to push their anti-science education agenda. 

The vast majority of “x” people do this. I’m not talking about all of them, just most of them.

I know this because my experience in the world is so broad and encompassing that I can see beyond the confines of my minuscule experience due solely to my objectivity and superior intelligence.

I also have special insights and wisdom based on when I met a rich asshole my dad knew and had a teacher that was not nice. Plus I volunteered at a shelter with coworkers one time and developed super intuition powers to understand everyone’s life motivations.

Everyone, apparently.

iammyfather:

america-wakiewakie:

Rich Guy Is Pretty Sure His Megayacht Counts As Philanthropy | NY Mag

Pharmaceutical gazillionaire Dennis M. Jones “was struck by an intriguing coincidence" upon upgrading his 151-foot yacht to a 164-foot, custom-built yacht named the D’Natalin IVthe Times reports. That coincidence? That the D’Natalin IV’s $34 million price tag was roughly equivalent to the $34 million he’d given to charity since 2000.

Which got him thinking: $34 million on curing disease and helping the homeless, $34 million on “high gloss raised panel walnut cabinetry and inlay stone floors" for a floating mansion. What’s the difference, really?

No, really, that’s the thought process that went through Jones’s mind, according to the Times.

Could the purchase of a superyacht be more than an act of self-indulgence? Could it provide something as significant, Mr. Jones wondered, as the financial aid he has given to children, homeless people, drug addicts and groups that promote education and entrepreneurship?

The answer to all of those questions, of course, is “hell no, are you crazy?” (In fact, studies have shown the exact opposite — that high-end luxuries like yachts and sports cars actually perpetuate inequality.) But that didn’t stop Jones from rationalizing his Scrooge McDuck lifestyle as an act of charity. He even called in the CEO of Christensen Yachts, which built the boat, to testify about how truly meaningful his order had been to the once-struggling company.

“It costs $170,000 a month in crew, insurance, moorage, fuel and the crew buying all their things for the boat,” said the CEO. “It’s a constant cash flow machine for the local economy whenever one of those things pulls in.” A friend of Jones’s added, “I’d call it ‘fire hose economics’ because the money left his account that fast.” And Jones himself chimed in with some self-congratulations: “The [yacht-maker] is up and running better because of us.”

Mr. Jones said he wanted to encourage other wealthy people to think about how their opulent lifestyles could provide jobs just as their charity helps people in need,” the Times said.

Truly, Jones should be cheered for his selfless act of buying a big-ass boat. Perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize is in order for Kim and Kanye’s wedding, too?

He needs to pull into Detroit Harbor for a few weeks.  Har Har.

liberalpropagandagroup:

We all know the propaganda of the gun toting communities: mass shootings only happen in gun free zones. It turns out, like everything else that comes out of the gun lobby’s mouth, that it is a lie. Only 14% of mass shootings happened in these gun free-zones. What does this mean? That the likelihood of a mass shooting in a gun free zone is actually substantially lower than in one where gun use is unrestricted. 

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