“None of this will bring our beloved Martin back.”—
Parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. In their statement after the younger Tsarnaev was caught, they expressed their appreciation of law enforcement efforts, but end it with this.
(Through his attorney, Tsarnaev agreed to voluntary detention. Because a) he can’t walk, or move, in any case, and b) we just shut down an entire city to find this guy. Pretty sure they’re not going to let him go. Also, I really hope I don’t have to be in court the day this guy is arraigned.)
In a chaotic, violent overnight that began with a robbery, the fatal shooting of a MIT police officer and a stolen car chase, police officers traced Boston marathon bombing suspects from Cambridge to Watertown. During the chase, one suspect was killed, according to police, and a second remains at large.
WASHINGTONCalling the last four days of American life just…I mean, talk about a goddamned punch in the gut, citizens across the nation confirmed today that, Jesus, this week. This fucking week, sources added. Christ. Seriously, can we wrap…
And it’s on the news now, shattered and smoke-filled. I live here. I see these pictures, and I just think - I was there. Shortly before those explosions, I was there. I work here and drink here and dance here and live here.
You should be flattered! I hadn’t been on tumblr for quite awhile, and was scrolling through my dash, and thought, “Huh, I don’t see any posts from Amanda. Has she really not posted at all today? Or yesterday? Is she STILL THERE?”
And then I spent a good few minutes trying different combinations of your blog URL (my browser thought it was s-tayinbedgrowyourhair, what’s up with that?) and then AHA I found it and weirdly I wasn’t following you. Evidently Tumblr makes you randomly unfollow people? Because I definitely was following you last time I checked in on tumblr, but then… not.
I was typing in Word for Mac 2011 and my 35 page paper suddenly turned into asterisks. I closed the program and reopened, and it was still asterisks. It’s just this file. Tried re-opening in Pages and Text Edit, same thing.
Has anyone ever had this happen and can anyone help?
Dear LGB people, we’ve fought for and supported your rights, mind returning the fucking favor?
Bolded for fucking emphasis.
oh my god are you kidding me
i’m so so so incredibly sorry, trans folk
i’m sorry that we’re failing you this hard.
Ugh. Also, while of course it’s not a choice, who cares if it were? In all of these debates, I wish people would say: “Being a gender-identification or sexual minority is not a choice, but even it were, this bothers you why and affects you how?”
I’m going to be working next summer in Montgomery, Alabama, and I do not know anyone in Montgomery nor have I ever been there nor do I know much about the city (or its apartment-sublet market). So, if you are in or around Montgomery and feel like giving me an education, inbox me! And thanks.
In case you wanted yet another place to read me chatting/ranting/explaining my life as a law student. And in case you’re wondering, yes, BU pays me for writing these, but no, they do not pre-clear posts. I post them through Wordpress’s CMS on my own.
“He wanted something sweet, he wanted to get out of the apartment for a while. He slid open the glass door of the patio and slipped out into the steamy Florida twilight, an ordinary thing on an ordinary night.”— John Richardson in Esquire, weaving a thoroughly reported and gorgeously written story of what got lost in the politics and anger and fear when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin through the heart: a boy was killed.
My parents have a rule: don’t talk about Hillary Clinton.
They have been happily married for 25 years, obviously love each other, mock each other, make each other laugh, generally agree on politics, and occasionally screech at each other.
But they don’t talk about Hillary Clinton.
This is because my mom thinks she is awesome, my dad thinks she is terrible, my mom thinks my dad thinks that because he’s sexist, and my dad is mad at my mom for thinking he’s sexist. So they just don’t talk about her.
“…only a Supreme Court wholly divorced from reality would review the record on voting rights since Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in 2006 and conclude that a key pillar of the law was no longer needed.”
So all we need is a Court not divorced from reality?
“If another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue.”—Karen Hughes, former speechwriter for George W. Bush (via politicalprof)
When I’m at the Wal-mart or grocery story I typically pay with my debit card. On the pad it comes up, “EBT, Debit, Credit, Cash.” I make it a point to say loudly to the check-out clerk, “EBT, what is that for?” She inevitably says, “it’s government assistance.” I respond, “Oh, you mean welfare? Great. I work for a living. I’m paying for my food with my own hard-earned dollars. And other people get their food for free.” And I look around with disgust, making sure others in line have heard me.
I am going to step this up. I am going to do far more of this in my life. It’s going to be my personal crusade. I hope other libertarians and conservatives will eventually join me.
being on food stamps is not “free food.” you do actually have to qualify. people who participate in SNAP spend more on food than they would without the program. meaning, without food stamps, PEOPLE JUST WOULDN’T EAT.
is OP suggesting that people are willfully being poor? that they don’t mind being hungry? that they are filled with glee when they get the opportunity to buy some potatoes, tortillas, and whole milk (the three foods participants are more likely to consume, probably because they are cheap and filling and with the exception of milk they don’t go bad very fast)??
there is definitely someone in this scenario that should be feeling horrible about themselves. but it’s not the people on food stamps.
Also, unless you are a child, a former interpreter for the U.S. military overseas who was brought to the U.S. under a special immigrant visa because people were trying to kill you because of your service to the U.S., a domestic violence victim who has left the abuser relatively recently, a Cuban/Haitian entrant, or a refugee/asylee, you basically can’t get SNAP without working at least 30 hours/week.
I was poll-watching with (nonpartisan) Election Protection yesterday. In Massachusetts (where I live), the rule is that you only have to show ID if you are a first-time voter who registered by mail. Doesn’t have to be a photo ID - anything with your name and address will suffice, like a social security letter, a pay stub, etc. Idea is that at some point, either when you register or when you vote, you have to show something corroborating that your word that you live where you say you live. Not a fan, but it is indeed the law.
But say you register at the RMV. At the RMV, you show ID right there - you’re usually *getting* some form of ID. So if you register from the RMV, no need to show ID at the polls. But it’s also a law in Massachusetts that when you apply for benefits (food stamps, SSI, TANF, etc.) your worker has to ask you if you would like to register to vote. Generally applying for benefits does not require showing ID, so when DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance) mails in your registration form, you’re still going to have to show something with your name and address on it.
Bad news first: The hurricane is either here or very close. Boston is getting hammered. Not too much flooding, but this wind is insane.
Good news: Power’s still on!
Bad news: Worst of the storm is over the next couple hours, and despite NStar’s very calming emails and robocalls, power is unlikely to stay on. Though if NStar does manage to keep our power on through this whole thing, I will officially forgive them for the outages this summer.
Good news: I’ve accepted an internship for next summer at the Southern Poverty Law Center! So excited, you guys. It’s in Montgomery, where I have never been, so if you know anyone in Montgomery who wants to tell me something about the city, message me.
To argue that the female body has the means to ‘shut that whole thing down,’ or that the torture of women is somehow divinely sanctioned takes more than just an accident of biology. It takes the ability to speak about things of which you are ignorant as though you are informed. It takes unacknowledged blindness.
IF I DIDN’T NEED A ROUND TRIP I’D BE THERE IN A HEARTBEAT
GIVE ME A FEW DAYS, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO SWING THIS
THIS WOULD BE SO AWESOME! Re-blogging to tag Alex and Hope because HELLO you should ALL COME!
Keep me posted.
WHAT IS HAPPENING???? ARE WE GOING TO BOSTON???? ok, honestly though, if we are serious about it i could possibly maybe afford it? assuming my parents don’t mind just buying me a plane ticket for christmas?
Well so I am serious as a heart attack - you are all totally welcome any time. I am off school mid-dec.-mid.jan., and my parents would be thrilled to pieces to see you here! And, as I said to Amanda, Catherine would probably implode. So if you can swing it, COME.
Because I just finished it, and man oh man, I kind of want to run around screaming about it for awhile, but since that’s socially unacceptable, I’m doing the next best thing: yelling about it on the internet.
To be fair to Rosin, the title of her book is somewhat sensationalized. She’s not really arguing that men are ending. If I were titling her book for, say, an academic journal, it would probably be more accurately titled: “The Inevitable Changing of White, Childless, Single, Highly-Educated, Affluent, Heteronormative 18-35 Year Old Women’s Gender Roles, Obligations, and Identity.”
Which is to say, she completely leaves out 1) poor nonwhite men “ended’ a long time with hyper-incaraceration, 2) poor women definitely do not have the kind of power she imagines, and 3) women with children or without advanced degrees are likewise left out. But even if you focus her argument just in the milieu she’s talking about, it *still* fails.
This reminds me a little of how when Obama was elected POTUS or affirmative action policies were put in place plenty of white people were all, “Alrighty then, racism over!” I worry that misleading saying we’re at the “end of men” will lead folks to do the same with sexism.
“While Foucault might argue that Renaissance perspective never managed to fully disentangle itself from the significatory system of the preclassical episteme where the relation between observer and observed was set within a framework “coeval with the institution of God” (The Order of Things 34), Descartes’s own meditations on rationality and substance in the seventeenth century to which the classical episteme is indebted were part of an excursus on divine existence as well.”— A typical sentence from my Critical Race Theory reading this week, from Robyn Wiegman’s American Anatomies. It is times like these I realize what I missed by basically skipping a liberal arts undergrad education. Been awhile since my reaction to every other sentence in a reading has been a “WHAT?” of confusion rather than anger/annoyance.
“Science professors at American universities widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills, a new study by researchers at Yale concluded.”—ugh.