i didnt want les mis to become another fandom that added stupid shit to irrelevant posts but i understand there’s a bad part of EVERY fandom. i accepted this. but this is just ridiculous. this isn’t a hahaha jokey joke added my gif to a non-fandom post!!!111! no this is making fun of rape. this is why rape culture exists. this isn’t an issue to make jokes around. this is fucking serIOUS AND YOU NEED TO STOP
From Mother Jones:
So there’s that.
It obviously isn’t this video game that makes people shoot other people; it’s all the other ones except this one. This video game is surely wholesome.
But even if reasonable people want to disagree about the wholesome nature of this game, one thing we know for sure is that guns are not the problem.
All the shooting that people do of one another doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with the guns. It has to do with absolutely anything else you can think of.
Ah, right, the NRA made their own shooting video game. But shooting games contribute to violence and that’s bad. Except when gun makers make the games. I guess.
You’ve probably seen an image similar to this one before. Despite every single person with common sense telling them that it’s a bad idea, Springdale Drycleaners in Cincinnati, Ohio, thinks the best way to convince people to be anti-abortion is by putting their pro-life message on a wire hanger.
THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek.
We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths.
Neither Mr. Meacham, who mostly ignores Jefferson’s slave ownership, nor Mr. Wiencek, who sees him as a sort of fallen angel who comes to slavery only after discovering how profitable it could be, seem willing to confront the ugly truth: the third president was a creepy, brutal hypocrite.
Contrary to Mr. Wiencek’s depiction, Jefferson was always deeply committed to slavery, and even more deeply hostile to the welfare of blacks, slave or free. His proslavery views were shaped not only by money and status but also by his deeply racist views, which he tried to justify through pseudoscience.
There is, it is true, a compelling paradox about Jefferson: when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, announcing the “self-evident” truth that all men are “created equal,” he owned some 175 slaves. Too often, scholars and readers use those facts as a crutch, to write off Jefferson’s inconvenient views as products of the time and the complexities of the human condition.
But while many of his contemporaries, including George Washington, freed their slaves during and after the revolution — inspired, perhaps, by the words of the Declaration — Jefferson did not. Over the subsequent 50 years, a period of extraordinary public service, Jefferson remained the master of Monticello, and a buyer and seller of human beings.
Rather than encouraging his countrymen to liberate their slaves, he opposed both private manumission and public emancipation. Even at his death, Jefferson failed to fulfill the promise of his rhetoric: his will emancipated only five slaves, all relatives of his mistress Sally Hemings, and condemned nearly 200 others to the auction block. Even Hemings remained a slave, though her children by Jefferson went free.
Nor was Jefferson a particularly kind master. He sometimes punished slaves by selling them away from their families and friends, a retaliation that was incomprehensibly cruel even at the time. A proponent of humane criminal codes for whites, he advocated harsh, almost barbaric, punishments for slaves and free blacks. Known for expansive views of citizenship, he proposed legislation to make emancipated blacks “outlaws” in America, the land of their birth. Opposed to the idea of royal or noble blood, he proposed expelling from Virginia the children of white women and black men.
Jefferson also dodged opportunities to undermine slavery or promote racial equality. As a state legislator he blocked consideration of a law that might have eventually ended slavery in the state.
As president he acquired the Louisiana Territory but did nothing to stop the spread of slavery into that vast “empire of liberty.” Jefferson told his neighbor Edward Coles not to emancipate his own slaves, because free blacks were “pests in society” who were “as incapable as children of taking care of themselves.” And while he wrote a friend that he sold slaves only as punishment or to unite families, he sold at least 85 humans in a 10-year period to raise cash to buy wine, art and other luxury goods.
Destroying families didn’t bother Jefferson, because he believed blacks lacked basic human emotions. “Their griefs are transient,” he wrote, and their love lacked “a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation.”
Jefferson claimed he had “never seen an elementary trait of painting or sculpture” or poetry among blacks and argued that blacks’ ability to “reason” was “much inferior” to whites’, while “in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous.” He conceded that blacks were brave, but this was because of “a want of fore-thought, which prevents their seeing a danger till it be present.”
A scientist, Jefferson nevertheless speculated that blackness might come “from the color of the blood” and concluded that blacks were “inferior to the whites in the endowments of body and mind.”
Jefferson did worry about the future of slavery, but not out of moral qualms. After reading about the slave revolts in Haiti, Jefferson wrote to a friend that “if something is not done and soon done, we shall be the murderers of our own children.” But he never said what that “something” should be.
In 1820 Jefferson was shocked by the heated arguments over slavery during the debate over the Missouri Compromise. He believed that by opposing the spread of slavery in the West, the children of the revolution were about to “perpetrate” an “act of suicide on themselves, and of treason against the hopes of the world.”
If there was “treason against the hopes of the world,” it was perpetrated by the founding generation, which failed to place the nation on the road to liberty for all. No one bore a greater responsibility for that failure than the master of Monticello.
I have a very personal grudge against PETA for very many reasons. I actually forgot this existed for a while but I was reading this excellent article (TW for images at the link for like, EVERY TRIGGER SRSLY) smashing up PETA’s bullshit and I was reminded, oh yeah, yet another reason PETA are complete and uttery godawful asshats.
MILK DOESN’T CAUSE AUTISM.
THAT’S A COMPLETE AND UTTER LIE.
This is voter fraud. No matter what she says this is a felony and this is illegal. I am making this rebloggable. Spread like wildfire guys. Report her! This is despicable!
wow, great. you have so much hate that you want to spread all her private info on the internet and report her .. even though she said her grandmother didn’t care?
Republicans are engaging in voter fraud, but I don’t see you complaining about that. Just one girl who voted for her grandmother, who says she did not care.
And even though it is fraud, this is less likely to make as much of a difference as rigged voting machines that register a vote for Obama as a vote for Romney, limited early voting and shorter voting hours in Democratic-leaning counties, preventing people without specific IDs from practicing their basic right to vote and participate in the political process.
You talk about how awful and despicable this girl is despite the fact that you know nothing about her. I guarantee that if it was a vote for Romney and Democrats were up in arms, you would be mad as hell at them for invading her privacy and vilifying her.
YOUR SIDE is the one committing voter fraud. One individual purporting to have committed voter fraud has become your cause as opposed to the voter suppression your side engages in?
Practice what you preach.
In 1963, Mitt Romney lost a “dear” and “close” relative to an illegal abortion. Ann Keenan was the sister of his brother-in-law, Loren “Larry” Keenan, husband to Mitt’s sister, Lynn. By all accounts, her death at age 21 “deeply impacted members of the family.” Romney’s sister, Jane, explained, “‘She was a beautiful, talented young gal we all loved. And [her death] pretty much ruined the parents — [she was] their only daughter. You would do anything not to repeat that.” The Keenan family asked for donations to be sent to Planned Parenthood in her name.
Ann Keenan apparently “was very close” to Mitt personally and he, too, appeared moved by the loss explaining, it “obviously makes one see that regardless of one’s beliefs about choice, that you would hope it would be safe and legal.” During a debate with Senator Ted Kennedy in 1994, Romney pledged, “It is since that time my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter. And you will not see me wavering on that.”
But Romney’s dear young relative seems to have disappeared from his memory (as has his promise to not waiver.) He no longer “exhumes” her body to serve as proof of his pro-choice credentials as he did routinely when running for governor of Massachusetts. These days, he’s promising to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Eric Boiling, adding to his ever-growing long list of offensive statements as a Fox News correspondent.
Worth sending back around.
As if I needed another reason to vote Democrat.
MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING: rape, instructions to rape
My friend who goes to Miami University in Ohio sent me this picture of a flier that was taped up in a men’s bathroom there. I don’t need to explain why this is horrifying, do I? She’s asked that we signal boost the shit out of it and get the word out about the degree to which rape culture pervades the campus. Please help her out with that if you can.
…yeah, that’s my university. I think I’m going to be sick.
If I wasn’t pissed before getting to this post I’m sure as hell pissed off now.
Rape culture totally doesn’t exist tho.
reblogging as text because it’s very triggering and I don’t want someone to be triggered. you can click through to read it. what the fuck
Burn me once, etc…
Back to the good ole days of George W Bush
If they don’t want you to hear what they’re really thinking, there’s a good chance you can’t trust them with the highest office in the nation.