Reminder that bigopinion is still the best Joey and everyone else who did it after him is a low-level going-nowhere dickride
everyone dressed up as trainer characters were PISSED that i was there, to the point that one girl dressed as the Black/White female player trainer was like SHUT UP GO AWAY I THOUGHT I DELETED YOU FROM MY PHONE
From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey:
“Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause. They now join up to 600 people who are inside.”
From his Facebook page earlier today:
“Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied State Capitol of Wisconsin: ‘We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what’s right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you!’ Unreal.”
“In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”—Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in an address to West Point cadets on Friday. (Submitted by DannyDB.) (via officialssay)
A techno(club?)(house?)(8-BIT)(DUBSTEP? oh god no) remix of the Monster Hunter theme, played during the Panty & Stocking “No Pan Night!” party in Japan on the 26th. I watched this wacky shit over live streaming, it was bizarre. Cosplaying DJs and Japanese McIdols dressed as Panty and Stocking. The MonHan remix was probably the highlight for me, but there was lots of other good shit too.
“… “My most powerful source of motivation to keep going was Samus Aran. I covered my room in all sorts of Metroid paraphernalia to keep my wheels spinning,” explains Perl. “Samus is an ideal role model not just to me, but for many women to look up to as a powerful female icon. In a video game realm with princesses aplenty, Samus stands out as an atypical Nintendo gal holding the title of one of gaming’s strongest symbols of courage, power, and heroism.” …”—
"Inspired by Samus," a Nintendo Power article about a reader who takes up cosplaying Samus Aran (quite well, at that) as a means to cope with losing her mother to cancer in 2007.
hahaha i just realized that America is steadily becoming a place that most of its upstanding/affluent/innovative people will want to leave!
i mean it’s already started, the rich are familiar with at least traveling abroad. many super-rich have already left. as america turns for the worse, the rich will begin to leave for more pleasant, welcoming outside nations. that expatriation will begin to trickle down the chain as the rich slowly disappear and the american middle class dwindles, and then something amazing (and hilarious) will begin:
the middle class will start leaving too.
as jobs steadily become outsourced and middle class opportunities disappear, american entitlement complexes for a better standard of life will (if they have not already) cause severe dissatisfaction and disenfranchisement. as economic situations worsen, middle-class lifestyles will actually begin to worsen, and opportunities to work in middle-class positions will dwindle, leaving a large middle class seeking work.
eventually these workers will somehow put the funds together to expatriate and go elsewhere, hoping for better economic climates. the tipping point will be reached eventually and “all” of the middle-class job opportunities will be elsewhere, and so too will workers come.
just like mexican citizens hopping the border looking for better job opportunities!!!
suddenly americans hopping ships to england, france, spain! suddenly, canadians begin to militarize their border with north america, trying to keep illegals out! the middle east is trying to poise itself to become the business center of the world by 2030-2050, will it become a popular migratory area for middle-management? you would just be on-site management for outsourced workers, there’s no real change in actual job description. china will need to modernize its middle class, why not simply steal a modernized middle-class society and reverse-engineer their secrets?
this idea that america would be a bailing-out point for middle class workers to migrate to other developed/developing nations is goofy and the stuff of fiction but it creates a very interesting idea: that the world is steadily becoming economically regionalized, by necessity, from the bottom-up. if conditions aren’t hospitable to a number of workers, those workers find a way into more hospitable nations with better job outlooks. i’m sure this is not just a phenomenon unique to mexican immigration into america and i fear i may be flaunting my ignorance by not being able to cite any other specific examples.
it’s a very curious idea, though, because it begins to erode the idea of self-contained national economies participating as individual players in a world economy. if there were some kind of middle-class exodus out into disparate nations of the world from america, it would create yet another layer of a world economy as a singular entity. no longer could international economics be considered by nation, but rather by region of economic class. populations would become generalized by the economic classification of its majority. America would be the “lower-middle class” region of the world economy, after having lost its upper economic class tiers to expatriation.
classism on a global scale, and it could feasibly happen within our lifetime! just think about it! one more bold leap towards the science-fiction intergalactic economics, where entire planets are devoted to an industry or an economic class division. that presumes of course that it could be a sustainable economic model, which i highly question.
even if this post is highly unlikely, it is at least a very curious work of fiction.
I had a lot of discussion on my Facebook post of the same American inequality infographics I posted earlier today. One point that was hotly contested: American inequality is partly due to the fact that people are not “equally capable.” As in, some people are simply more capable of making tons of money than others. After some accusations of irrelevance and derailing and ignorance carried on all day, I stepped in:
I guess I should preface by saying that I personally have no desire to earn any more money than is necessary for a full life. In an age where we’re surrounded by iPads, full-conversion hybrids, multi-million dollar estates and prohibitively expensive urban life, this might sound like I’m expecting to make a boatload, but I’m far from such expectations. The ability to live in stability is more valuable to me than to live in excess. A “rich” life is not necessarily synonymous with capital wealth.
I agree with what’s being said about inequal earning capacity: not everyone has the privilege (and privilege is key), nor the potential, capacity, nor adequate opportunity to earn millions. Just as the world demands the necessity of rocket scientists and great thinkers, so too does it demand the necessity of strippers, street cleaners, and manual laborers.
I do not believe any of the top ten richest politicians would have been capable of potentially earning what they earned were it not for the unspoken privileges and opportunities they were born or married into. There are very few independent success stories in the White House. Obama can do no wrong to a great many because he as close as we can collectively get to the Great American Myth of Infinite Upward Socioeconomic Mobility.
Since the Boomer Era, America has been fueled by the idea that everyone deserves “better,” that these are “lesser” jobs for “lesser” people; that if you’re not in an office pushing paper or coding on a computer, you are somewhat less than the migrant worker that empties your garbage can, or the single mother with a GED and four part-time jobs that served you your breakfast sandwich.
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. Sadly, these attitudes have invaded government policy. Entrepreneurs and innovators (and only those that strike it rich) are rewarded for their past success by steadily recurring tax breaks and safety nets for their overaccumulated wealth. Meanwhile, a skilled laborer whose only fault is that they work a “menial” job are almost *punished* for performing adequately day after day by grossly disproportionate taxes, inaccessibility to desperately-needed resources, and a nationwide hiring climate that is so constricted and so selective that it discredits the character of the skilled laborer’s capacity to do good work based on the nature of the “menial” jobs they have held in the past.
To suggest that a man that spends five hours doing nothing but listening to a symbolic, empty filibuster deserves to be paid better than someone that commits their mind and body to serving 200 customers an hour is an anachronistic celebration of near-medieval oligarchy. To suggest that someone whose occupation involves sweating, bleeding, and straining more every day deserves shockingly unsatisfactory healthcare compared to politicians’ hefty health coverage implies an honest belief in divine right — that some people are simply ordained by God to be wholly better than others.
America is a nation of indentured servitude. It is, by all accounts, a medieval serfdom. “Lesser” laborers are forever indebted to their owners — mortgages, corporate bosses, politicians — to work the same job for, presumably, their entire lifetime. The denial of upward mobility through socioeconomic constriction is painfully obvious. The majority, the lesser workers, are forever doomed to deliver a product that creates value (and profits) for the minority, the upper class.
The only difference now compared to the past is that instead of simply ignoring this idea, politicians are now using this concept within their political platforms. The promises of equality and better treatment and material wealth are all made by politicians in quick, passionate bursts of raw kneejerk emotional response, and then after having taken from the masses their desired outcome, are promptly and indefinitely tabled.
There’s my one cent on American inequality.
Also, I’ll delete this thread if there is any further political discussion that does not first take into account the inherent value of being a white male in America. Once we are cognizant and aware of how unbelievably privileged white males are, I’ll be happy to let this continue.
And there’s my other cent, in reference to aforementioned “privileges.”
As I did during the Egyptian revolution, I am currently watching Glenn Beck’s take on the Libyan revolution. He has a remarkable imagination.
Apparently, Barack Obama wants Islamic radicalism to triumph globally. Beck’s logic is fairly hard to follow—it’s not really logical, after all—but as best as I can figure out, Beck believes that Obama has failed to support real democratic revolutions across the Middle East, while supporting radicals. In Iran, for example, Beck insists that Obama failed to support the anti-regime revolutionaries a year or so ago. Since Iran is a form of a theocracy, failure to oppose the government of Iran means we support Iranian radicalism. In Egypt, by contrast, our support for the revolution was tainted (in Beck’s mind) by the fact that some of the revolutionaries prayed during the revolution—meaning, apparently, that they are Islamic extremists. In Libya, Beck insists that Obama has not been sufficiently supportive of the revolution there, meaning that he is again opposing “real” democratic revolution in favor of Qaddafi’s horrific regime.
Basically, Beck insists Obama loves chaos. And since, apparently, the President of the United States can control everything that happens everywhere in the world just by talking about it, if he wanted to stop the chaos, he could. And since he doesn’t stop it, he must want the worst possible thing for the US and the world—which for Beck is political disarray and the emergence of an Islamic fundamentalist revolution.
There’s so much wrong here it’s hard to unpack. But let me just hit three points. First, it is possible to pray without being an extremist. Second, there might well be religious radicals among the anti-government forces in both Iran and Libya. Third, and this may be the most important one of all: it took 18 days to bring down the Egyptian regime, a government that had been in power for 30 years. We might be about to see the collapse of the Libyan regime, which has been in power for 40 years, in even less time. What, when it comes to promoting democracy across the world, is Obama doing wrong?
It’s just a question. But I think it’s a pretty good question.
I thought Republicans were gung-ho about spreading democracy? Whatever happened to rallying behind Bush sending US forces to “topple Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship?”
The blatant demonization of democratic revolutions not caused by the US military is astounding.
I’ve been reblogging disparate charts from this collection over the past few days and didn’t realize that they were all part of a set. Each individual chart is shocking in itself, but put them all together and it’s just scary. People voted for this.
how will cutting pbs do any good for anyone? won’t this just eliminate a lot of jobs?? i can hardly believe my fucking eyes when i see that the people elected to run the country are doing this.
it disseminates liberally biased information to the masses. to republicans the dissolution of PBS is less a fiscal move and more a political one. if it doesn’t push republican values, and it’s funded by the government, it’s going to have its funding cut under this congress. case in point: NASCAR.
i hate to admit it but i’m incredibly close to selling every piece of fighting game periphery and paraphernalia i own because i really don’t want anything to do with it anymore
also i finally met my new roommate. aside from smoking out the apartment earlier today he’s a pretty chill dude. also about six facebook friends all decided to cram their feet into their mouths and make me embarrassed for having ever associated with them
my play gets workshopped tomorrow, i hope they let me keep the old man talking about a photoshopped image of justin bieber’s face on a dog body
i boiled water for tea twice and forgot to actually make tea both times
i tried rooting my phone but apparently it’s such a niche product that’s going to be much more frustrating than the effort involved today
well there you have it, An Exciting Day In The Life i guess
Fandom and foster care are two subjects you probably never thought you’d see in the same essay. Save for one Buffy fan and one DC comics fan I happen to be following, I don’t see many people writing about the former, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the latter on my Tumblr dashboard at all. This essay will also be diving into the realm of feminism, racism, classism, ableism, and appropriation.
Trigger warning for victims of racism, sexual abuse, and child abuse all apply here.
The Culture of Foster Care
Little known to people who have never lived in foster homes, foster kids have their own culture. That culture comes with its own vocabulary, its own in-jokes, its own etiquette, and its own way of perceiving the world. Foster care culture can differ depending on your age, your race, the income bracket of your birth parents, the type of abuse or neglect you suffered before and within foster care, and the part of the world you’re in.
My own foster care culture had a hierarchy that was rarely acknowledged but understood by most of us. White kids with middle class birth parents were better than white kids with poor birth parents. All white kids were better than all brown kids, no matter what their parent’s economic status was. Brown kids were usually deemed better than black kids. Kids who were beaten by their caregivers were better than kids who were raped. Kids who were raped by someone outside of their family were better than those raped by their relatives. Your “foster cred” rose with the number of years you were in the system. There was no guide or pamphlet outlining any of this for newcomers. These were things you simply learned over time.
That doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what life in foster care is like, but I’d need several essays to cover it entirely, and even then I’d only be covering my own experience. Long story short: if you’ve never been a foster kid you’re not in a position to judge us or make assumptions about us.
Appropriation in Fanfic Communities
There are few things privileged members of fandom adore more than using child abuse to spice up their fanfic. Emphasis on privileged, because while it’s perfectly ok for a “normal” fanfic author to tackle the subjects of rape and violence, there is stigma attached to a victim of either crime who does the same thing. The former is an edgy writer of dark, exotic themes and taboo subjects! The latter is guilty of self-insertion, and if there’s an original female character involved you can expect the phrase “Mary Sue” to get thrown around a lot.
For anyone wondering at this point, no, I’m not a fanfic writer, but I enjoy other people’s fanworks very much. One of my first encounters with privilege denial within fandom happened in a fanfic forum before I even understood the concept of privilege. There was a discussion of unconventional pairings. The topic of shipping Nightcrawler and Rogue in the X-Men Movieverse came up. Someone immediately chimed in with a post along the lines of, “It’s not ok to ship them in the movies because they’re brother and sister in the comics. That’s incest, and anyone who disagrees with me is sick!” I remember this conversation fairly well because it was one of the few times I ever admitted to people in fandom that I was a former foster kid.
Here’s the thing about “brothers” and “sisters” in foster care: unless foster kids are related by blood, they rarely think of each other as siblings. Why? Because they’re not siblings. What they are is two or more survivors of child abuse who happen to be living side by side. Depending on what kind of fucked up foster parents you have, the other teenagers living in your home may be the only ones you are allowed any contact with outside of school. Even when that’s not the case, there is still a culture that ties you to other teenage foster kids that your “normal” peers will never understand. They have the right to form relationships with other members of that culture within their own age group. They’re not incestuous, they’re not sick, and they’re not any of your fucking business unless we choose to make it your business.
My reply to that ignorant message included most of the above. Nearly the entire forum ran to her defense with such gems as:
Anyone can pretend to be a former foster kid on the internet. Quit lying.
You can’t properly judge the experience of being a foster kid because you’re a former foster kid; you’re too close to the situation. Only a person with a NORMAL childhood is qualified to do that.
All foster kids are abuse victims, all abuse victims are crazy, and all crazy people’s opinions are invalid. Go take your meds and get off the fucking internet. NORMAL people are trying to talk here!
How foster kids perceive each other is irrelevant! NORMAL people perceive foster kids as brothers and sisters, thus they are! They should refrain from having those feelings for each other because NORMAL people are squicked by them. Incest! Incest!
Familial relationships between foster kids is a fantasy that NORMAL fanfic authors enjoy including in their stories no matter how little basis in reality said fantasy might have. How dare you ruin it with the truth! Fanfic is supposed to be fun! Can’t you think of someone other than yourself?
You’re only pretending that foster kids don’t think of each other as siblings because you probably fucked your own foster brother*, you incestuous slut!
Appropriation in Fandom RPGs
These behaviors and attitudes are not restricted to fanfic, nor are foster kids the only victims of it. Visit any PBP RPG in your favorite fandom, and browse through the character profiles. In most of them you will find backstories that either glamorize abuse, cite it as the reason characters become villains, or use it as a cheap way to generate sympathy for an otherwise unsympathetic character. The three worst examples I can think of:
A male character’s NPC sister is repeatedly raped throughout the course of the game. Roughly half of the character’s posts are the man pain variety, wherein he angsts over how hard his sister’s rape is on him, and all the problems it has caused him, and all of the therapy he needed to get through the ordeal.
A male character becomes a serial rapist and professional assassin. Why? Well, he was raped when he was a child obviously! I mean, what else do rape survivors do with their lives after that shit happens? And whenever too many characters in the game express disapproval of his behavior, he’ll simply find a way to work a story of his sexual abuse into a future conversation. Voila! Everyone loves him again!
A male player creates a female character who serves as a Mary Sue parody. Part of the parody is, of course, multiple instances of childhood rape with some Dissociative Identity Disorder thrown in for good measure. Because sexual abuse and mental illness are so gosh darn hilarious! A few months later another player makes a neckbeard misogynist parody, and gets banned because they “took it too far”. Oh, sweet mother of irony.
Attempts to discuss characters like this in any RPG community are dismissed with the usual derailing tactics:
Rape is a valid plot device, and I’m entitled to use it any way I see fit. Oh, you’re a rape survivor? That means you’re too crazy to form a logical opinion of rape. All of your input is now invalid! And it’s only a game. You’re just looking for something to be offended by. There are other women in this game who aren’t offended. My friend was raped and she’s not offended either! You’re just jealous because my special snowflake gets all the attention. And DID isn’t a real mental illness anyway. All the people who pretend to have it deserve to be mocked for being liars! It’s for their own good, really. All of these oversensitive, politically correct, cry babies should thank me for showing them the light with my l33t RP skillz!
Where Do Survivors Fit Into Fandom?
There should be a positive conclusion to all of this ranting of mine, or some helpful advice at least. I wish I had some for my followers. I don’t.
When I address these problems myself, I get shouted down, and run out of whatever little fandom corner I happen to do it in.
When I see others addressing these problems I offer my enthusiastic support, but solidarity only takes you so far when you’re outnumbered. We get branded as trouble makers, and we all get run out of that corner together.
When I remain silent, I eventually sever ties with people and remove myself from the corner. Nobody enjoys seeing the worst parts of their life stolen and used as cheap entertainment for self-entitled fanbrats.
*If you want to get technical it was my “sister”, you presumptuous heteronormative assholes. I’m an incestuous pansexual slut, thank you very much. ;)
Y’know…I thought this was kind of stupid at first, but after having read the essay and letting that seed grow in the back of my mind, I can’t help but be convinced that this is actually incredibly important, so I’m going to reblog this.
This is the kind of preliminary thinking that is going to open up entire new schools of thought and research in human behavioral psychology. “Roleplaying” and “fandom” is more prevalent than many would like to believe, and it’s often an uncanny look into the identity of the individual player or the community. Case in point: we’re often quick to assume that Twilight fans must all be battered, abused women if they sympathize or relate to Bella, the archetypal, ridiculously meek and strikingly un-feminist heroine of the saga. The safe thing to say is that this is not always the case, that she’s just a character and that it means nothing. While this is true, so too is the opposite, and we should not be afraid to acknowledge that one can, with alarming frequency, find new insight into a person’s identity through their relative attraction to this character.
I’ve often thought that online roleplaying is just the layman’s form of acting — untrained, unprofessional, often mimicking what little they know in order to achieve their desired outcome. The result is a lot of wish fulfillment, a lot of mindless pandering, a lot of subjectivity, and many strange, sometimes uncomfortable interpretations of fictional characters and situations. Not only do you have an individual trying to portray an already-established character, you have them portraying the character in self-gratifying ways—by enacting a behavior to achieve a result, even if it is contrary to the character’s canonical development, their actions reveal an innate desire for that result.
There’s a lot to be said about a person and what they really believe — whether they admit it or not — based on the personas they adopt when given the opportunity for near-total anonymity. Being given a clean slate often results in the metaphorical “slate” turning into a mirror, projecting to an outside observer an inner view into a person’s background, beliefs, and identity through the lens of an established fictional narrative.
This is just scratching the surface of considering the Internet and hyper-connectivity as a factor in human behavior.
A fantastic online game that raises awareness of the tough choices families have to make every day as you navigate a simulation of a month in the life of a newly unemployed parent.
my favorite one they throw at you mid-month as your money is dwindling: “Your child is invited to a birthday party. Do you a) send them with a present (10$), b) send them with no present, or c) keep them home. Right after you get through that one they hit you with a class trip that costs $15 and it is doubtful at that point in the month that you will have the money. A great tool for students (and some adults!) from more privileged backgrounds to actually walk through a month and gain at least some appreciation for how hard families are struggling and the tough choices one must make that impact your kids, your health, and everyone’s well being.
And they say edu-gaming is dead. Anyone under 18 that isn’t immediately repulsed by MTV’s Teen Mom series needs to play this game.
old roommate (the one that tried making peanut butter angel food cake sandwiches) moved out last week…new guy moved in today. i already smell either incense or weed smoke, can’t tell. all i know is i have a headache and the entire apartment suddenly smells of sensimilla or something. welp,
courtesy of somebody on twitter, in rebuttal to me saying that people complaining about the fact that $40 is just “too expensive” for 3DS games:
“40$ is just way to expensive for most 3DS games. xbox/pc/ps3 games for 40$ offer better graphics, more details, etc. “full” games offer multiplayer, details graphics, multiple gamemodes… all at a larger scale. Why should a smaller game cost the same as a “regular” PC/xbox/ps3 game? I think 20$ is a more reasonable price for a handheld game”
now, i’m not making this post to simply address this guy. there are a lot of people out there that have this mindset, and it doesn’t make any damn sense.
why is “scale” an issue? don’t you pay for games to play them? some RPG with no multiplayer and “undetailed” 2D graphics, as you may call them if you had this mindset, and one single-player campaign can cost $60, but as soon as it hits the handhelds, it has to be $20?
on handhelds, even modern ones, you are coding around limitations. you generally have to roll your own, and not work with prefab libraries (you know, like havok and whatnot) that work across all the PC-based platforms. coding around these limitations and working within them is much harder than having infinite room to work with.
alongside having to work under those constrictions, i’ll just come right out and say that as far as i’m concerned, keeping things looking good at a low resolution (3DS) is much harder than keeping things looking good at a high resolution (modern consoles) - reality is real, there’s no need to interpolate to create something that still looks like what it is supposed to look like at a lower resolution.
what exactly is is a “full” game? Call of Duty? why isn’t Pac-Man Champtionship Edition DX a “full” game by modern standards? it’s a tour de force of brilliant game design and simplified presentation that shines brighter than any modern million-dollar-budget hollywoodized game. but somehow, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX still gets shit for costing $10.
give them particle physics, give them photorealistic graphics, and give them a huge landscape to traverse. because that’s why a game should cost $60. who cares about design when you have no limits - an infinite plane of desert for creativity to adventure out into - and wither away before breeding, and die.
[it’s worth noting that by these standards of what a “full” game is that so many people demand, nothing i’ve posted to this blog at this point is a “full” game, and not worth much of anything]
“The House voted 281-148 on Friday against Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s amendment to ban military sponsorship of NASCAR teams.
…McCollum’s office issued a statement Friday after where she ”intends to introduce legislation to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for sponsorship of race cars, dragsters, Indy cars, and motorcycle racing, as well as repeal the $45 million special tax earmark for NASCAR and race track owners included in the 2010 law that extended the Bush tax cuts and added $858 billion to the federal budget deficit.’
…Most Democrats backed McCollum’s amendment on Friday, while Republicans overwhelmingly voted against it.
…The National Guard sponsors Dale Earnhardt Jr., the U.S. Army sponsors Ryan Newman and the U.S. Air Force sponsors AJ Allmendinger.
The Army pays $7.4 million to sponsor Newman’s car. The Air Force pays under $2 million, including activation, to sponsor Allmendinger. The National Guard decreased its sponsorship fees 35 percent from last year when it paid $20,075,000 in sponsorship fees on the No. 88 team last year and $12,700,000 in sponsorship fees for the No. 24 team at Hendrick Motorsports (for a total of $32,775,000 in sponsorship fees).
…Officials from the various military branches have defended their programs, saying they help with recruitment and awareness.
Lt. Gen Benjamin Freakley could not say how many potential Army recruits reached through the NASCAR program joined the military but said there’s more to it than that.
LET’S GO BACK TO THE REPLAY!
…repeal the $45 million special tax earmark for NASCAR and race track owners included in the 2010 law that extended the Bush tax cuts…
Yes you’re reading that right, repeal. "Repeal" as in $45M has already been appropriated for military advertising campaigns across race cars. This legislative repeal would have gotten rid of this $45M advertising expense dropped directly into funding NASCAR activities through the military. Democrats supported getting rid of this unnecessary expense. Republicans stood united for keeping it.
The bipartisanship gloves are coming off with this one. Republicans are rapidly pushing the effective end of Planned Parenthood, and yet they unite in support for what amounts to advertising money for the military.
I guess it makes sense. Steady dissolution of educational standards (cutting educational funding across the board) produces a resurgence of less-educated lower-middle class (white, yes I’ll say it) citizens. Killing Planned Parenthood makes more of them. NASCAR, not exactly known for its intelligencia, gives them something to balk at in their free time. What better opportunities would they have if it weren’t for the military, who is conveniently poised and ready to take them into its auspices?
Never mind that it affects, you know, the rest of US.
“For this mom, it was an easy decision. Girl Scouts simply isn’t the organization it once was, and it’s not compatible with my Catholic faith any longer. Yeah, I know… I´ll miss the cookies a lot. I´ve been known to eat an entire box of Thin Mints in one sitting, but not anymore. My faith is more important. My loyalty to Christ and His Church is more important, and my daughters´ hearts and minds are definitely more important.
[writer] is a Catholic Army wife and mother of four precious children (one in Heaven). She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online on topics of Catholic faith, family, Life and politics. She is also a serious chocoholic. Visit her at [blog link].”—
i like the “i used to eat tons of these things but now my faith is more important.” yes, only now that you have learned your seven dollars might contribute to treating gays and lesbians as more than sub-human. this is it. this is why this whole article disgusts me.
i wonder if hershey’s or mars or nestle have their hand in any political hot-button philanthropic funds. surprise! your snickers is pro-choice. your oreos love gays. sorry for your loss Chocoholic Mom Blog
I don’t say this lightly and I mean no disrespect to the moms and girls around the country who are part of vibrant, positive and generous troops who serve their communities with pride. However, it’s time to seriously examine the leadership of Girl Scouts on a national level and honestly evaluate their message and agenda. I believe it’s time to make a painful break for the sake of our daughters.
What I’ve learned over the last year tells me that the Girl Scouts organization has taken a very liberal feminist and pro-homosexual turn, and more disturbing, a sharp turn away from acknowledging God. For example, since 1993 the Girl Scouts USA curriculum now reads, “Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own beliefs for the word “God.”
While many will argue that Girl Scouts is simply respecting the beliefs or non-beliefs of its members, who come from varied backgrounds, this “tolerant” oath denies the One True God, allowing a girl to swear her oath to a tree or an animal or anything else she chooses to substitute for the word “God.”
This writer has some decent points (concerning flag-burning, mainly) but the rest of her oppositions are pretty stomach-turning. I really don’t want to trash her opinion, because it’s simply that — an opinion. That said, it’s delivered with such authority and conviction, I can’t help but shudder at the thought that vast scores of other readers are nodding their heads as they read this in agreement with every point.
I feel pretty strongly about this, I’m just not sure how. Do I get angry? Should I be disappointed? Should I try to empathize? I’m just going to leave this here for your consideration.
[HERBERT rustles his papers around, sorting and stacking his short pile of printed articles in different ways. He keeps doing this for a while, meticulously straightening the edges against his desk and lining up the perfect pile before resorting them again. After sorting in relative silence, he audibly sighs before being content with how he’s currently sorted his pile of paperwork…and then places it down beside his computer. He takes the mouse back up in his hand, clicking aimlessly. LORRAINE pokes around at her laptop.]
[Beat. HERBERT chuckles to himself. LORRAINE whips back around in her seat, glaring at him.]
Somebody put that Justin Bieber kid’s face on a dog.
Oh, come on!
It’s really goofy-lookin’…
Herb! You don’t have the time to be…farting around on the internet!
it’s just an intricate series of slip knots doubled one over the other a few times. it keeps shoelaces from being pulled and untied accidentally because of some miracle magic that i’ve not yet figured out because honestly it unties just like any slip knot
it’s also much more sophisticated-sounding than “that other knot i learned because i couldn’t tie my shoes until i was eleven and only thanks to a shoe store clerk”
i still can’t loop swoop and pull, thanks for nothing adam sandler
I’d bet the average Tumblr user is well under that age bracket.
Blog “purists” will tell you that Tumblr isn’t “real blogging” and define it as long form post that take time to put together, whereas Tumblr is mostly quick shortform posts with an emphasis on photo, video and links.
“Watson has lots in common with a top-ranked human Jeopardy! player: It’s very smart, very fast, speaks in an uneven monotone, and has never known the touch of a woman.”—Ken Jennings in his recent article, “My Puny Human Brain” that he wrote for Slate about playing and evenutally losing to the supercomputer Watson on Jeopardy!. (via bestrooftalkever)
oh man i hope it wasn’t anything important like someone calling in response to an internship application i sent out. the area code included all of downtown and west LA. including Santa Monica (where Capcom lives)(i want to apply for Capcom but have not yet???)(bad news) and i didn’t answer it. it came in at 7:55am…
now i feel dumb
and as though i have potentially missed something important