Eric Cantor explaining why Republicans won’t help natural disaster/Joplin victims without more budget cuts.
Also strangely, he’s describing a situation that argues for Health Care Reform since people don’t have unlimited funds they deserve to die when they run out.
FUCK THIS MOTHERFUCKER.
I want every single voter to read this quote and think about it, just for ten seconds. Hell, just for five seconds. I don’t need to point out that his position is heartless and vicious. However, I really want to draw attention to the particular amount he chose to use - ten thousand dollars. Ten thousand dollars. I’m not just outraged that he’s arguing a family should be happy to wipe out their savings to pay for healthcare. I’m also horrified (though not surprised) that he thinks ten thousand dollars would cover jack shit in the case of serious illness or injury. If you have a condition more serious than a cold, ten thousand dollars barely gets you in the door. Have a condition that requires surgery or a few nights in the hospital or physical therapy? Fuck you. Is more than one member of your family sick or injured? Fuck you. You still have to feed your kids and put a roof over their heads? Fuck you. Did you need that car you were saving for to get to work or school? Fuck you.
What’s that, victims of natural disasters? You lost your house and your means of transportation? You don’t know when you’ll be working again? You’re living off your savings? Your kids still need shelter and food and clothes and doctor’s visits and school supplies? Well, the Republican party has a message just for you. FUCK OFF AND DIE. You should have saved up a decade’s worth of income when you had the chance, whiners.
Yeah I didn’t consider how comically low that amount was. If there’s a serious illness in your family it’s not a matter of “well darn, now we can’t buy that subaru we were saving for” it’s a matter of “how the fuck are we going to pay the mortgage now?”
Just read this interview where Chris was asked about Adam Lambert and he said, “He’s a sweetheart.” and I thought it was sweet.
I’d make a quote post, but it’s three words and not really that big of a deal, so…
I have somehow managed to get myself roped into hosting a 16 year old baby-butch for the summer. I am now more terrified than Burt Hummel when Kurt asked for those black pumps.
I know nothing about lesbians. All of the teens I work with are straight/bi girls and gay/bi guys. Let alone butch lesbians who make me look like the nelliest thing that ever lived. I mean, ok, girl is pinging my baby-trans-dar more than a bit, but even if I wanted to make blanket gender assumptions based on the very little I know of her…I know even less about straight trans guys than butch lesbians.
I know, logically none of this should matter. She’s a teen who needs a safe place to stay for a few months and I happen to have a reputation for taking in strays. They’re always guy strays though, not to mention strays that have found their way to me on their own rather than being shipped off because their relatives know me. They’re easy, I just let them meet a few of my friends to see that there’s a wide variety of happy gay guys out there and eventually they start opening up. That’s not so much an option this time, my only butch lesbian friends are my surrogate mommies and they’re on the opposite coast.
I am in so over my head. Help? What the hell are teen lesbians even into these days anyway? I’m guessing talking about how hot Darren Criss is won’t help me here…
LESBIAN FOLLOWERS: Any of you want to help? NotAiden is awesome and obviously in need of some advice.
Better than expected with some parts, worse in other areas. I really like all the people here, I think I can connect well with them because we’re all ecology nerds (we are so much different from your average science nerd, but I think you’d know that somewhat from your environmental studies). I’m a little unsure about the project that I just wrote a proposal for, which is the bad part, but I’m sure I’ll be more confident once I talk with my mentor a bit more and with the permit review committee about how to make my project better.
And I’m going to the Grand Canyon tomorrow! I’ll be gone from the internet until Monday morning or night, I just realized. I think I can survive.
Cages. Consider a birdcage. If you look very closely at just one wire in the cage, you cannot see the other wires. If your conception of what is before you is determined by this myopic focus, you could look at that one wire, up and down the length of it, and be unable to see why a bird would not just fly around the wire any time it wanted to go somewhere… . There is no physical property of any one wire, nothing that the closest scrutiny could discover, that will reveal how a bird could be inhibited or harmed by it except in the most accidental way. It is only when you step back, stop looking at the wires one by one, microscopically, and take a macroscopic view of the whole cage, that you can see why the bird does not go anywhere; and then you will see it in a moment. It will require no great subtlety of mental powers. It is perfectly obvious that the bird is surrounded by a network of systematically related barriers, no one of which would be the least hindrance to its flight, but which, by their relation to each other, are as confining as the solid walls of a dungeon.” —
Marylin Frye, “Oppression,” from The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory.
This metaphor is wonderfully useful for explaining to people with little exposure to feminist theory society’s continuing need for feminism(s). Also for discussing anti-racist and other struggles.
Racism: A Primer~*
Racism is sociologically defined (and therefore not going to be used in the DICTIONARY) as policies and practices put into place to enforce hierarchies. These hierarchies are also known as ways to keep white people in power.
In short, racism = prejudice + power. Power being the way that white people exert their power just by having white skin. Although race is a biological concept and therefore it has no place in being used in conversations tied to one’s worth, it is still used as a tool to support racism.
Being the good citizen that I am I have uploaded some amazing articles written by mostly men (so hopefully you will take them more to heart but some of these men aren’t white so idk) who have degrees and shit in sociology and this is taken as fact and this is their life’s work. They have been published in journals! Read them.
Works on post-racial/post-privilege:
- Becoming Post-White: Robert Elliot Fox
- The Persistent Power of Race: Harrison
- White Americans, The New Minority? (THIS ARTICLE IS NOT WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE IN THE TITLE SO FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T CITE IT WITHOUT READING IT): Warren and Twine
- From Bi-racial to tri-racial (something about exploring racial stratification): Bonila - Silva
*THE MOST IMPORTANT TEXT YOU WILL READ. IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT THE REST OF THE POST I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT
And then you go on to say wow but racism is only in America!1!! Something about Africa to disprove my theory!!!
Racism in South Africa:
- From Racial Class to Apartheid: Bond
- Beyond Racism (discusses in SA, Brazil, and the US): Fredrickson
Racism in Brazil:
Racism in Germany:
Racism in Europe:
*also good one on who’s allowed to culture and who is not
The only reason I am doing this is because I can’t just keep trying to explain this to people and I think it’s a damn fucking shame that people do not want to learn about this. Additionally, I have the privilege of taking a solid class on this but I did learn from the internet. There is some privilege in learning but in no way should I have to put up with racist and sexist remarks everyday (online or off) and be okay with it.