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The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know…

There was a hockey game [Saturday] where they didn’t even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that, and said, ‘Oh man, I’m the thug? What’s going on here?’

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks addressing the reaction to his Sunday postgame interview, and the media’s use of the word “thug.”

He’s right. It’s a beyond a dogwhistle. It’s a foghorn.

Read the full story on Deadspin: http://deadspin.com/richard-sherman-explains-what-people-mean-when-they-cal-1506821800

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amedio3k:

This just came up on my FB feed because an acquaintance “liked” it. My head just about exploded.I suppose I’m not terribly surprised, since the image was posted by an account called “Catholic Church” (their info states: ‘This is not an official page approved by the Catholic Church. It is a lay initiative and has no approval from any Ecclesiastical Authority.”), and links to uCatholic (motto: “Catholic Traditions in the Modern World”.I’m not even surprised that the acquaintance “liked” the image, since she’s a devout LDS, married with three kids. I really don’t care about someone else’s religious belief, or sense of morality.What has me raging, however, is the blatant misinformation…the generalization…and the projection of one group’s sense of morality onto others.Not only is this a slap in the face to those who don’t want to get married or can’t get married , but it’s an incredibly dangerous assertion when you consider the truth about HIV and other STIs. I’m sorry (not really), but a ring on your finger and a signed marriage license aren’t going to protect your health.Fidelity won’t necessarily protect your health.Sex is not the only way that HIV is transmitted…and the idea that marriage and/or fidelity equates “safe” sex is just one of many myths that has allowed for the rapid spread of HIV infection, particularly among couples in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, about one out of every ten couples living in Kenya has at least one partner who is HIV+. Among married people who are living with HIV, 45% have a partner who is uninfected.According to Population Action International: 
“In a study of five African countries, two thirds of HIV-infected couples are serodiscordant (one partner is HIV-negative, while the other is HIV-positive). 
In Rwanda and Zambia, it is estimated that over half of new infections occur within marriage or in cohabitating relationships, and just under half in Uganda.
 While risk of transmission in discordant couples can be drastically reduced, this can only happen when partners are tested, disclose their results, and use condoms. “There’s really nothing righteous about lying and promoting ignorance. This sort of bullshit “wishful thinking” is killing people. It’s beyond infuriating. It’s despicable. 

amedio3k:

This just came up on my FB feed because an acquaintance “liked” it. My head just about exploded.

I suppose I’m not terribly surprised, since the image was posted by an account called “Catholic Church” (their info states: ‘This is not an official page approved by the Catholic Church. It is a lay initiative and has no approval from any Ecclesiastical Authority.”), and links to uCatholic (motto: “Catholic Traditions in the Modern World”.
I’m not even surprised that the acquaintance “liked” the image, since she’s a devout LDS, married with three kids.

I really don’t care about someone else’s religious belief, or sense of morality.

What has me raging, however, is the blatant misinformation…the generalization…and the projection of one group’s sense of morality onto others.

Not only is this a slap in the face to those who don’t want to get married or can’t get married , but it’s an incredibly dangerous assertion when you consider the truth about HIV and other STIs. 

I’m sorry (not really), but a ring on your finger and a signed marriage license aren’t going to protect your health.
Fidelity won’t necessarily protect your health.

Sex is not the only way that HIV is transmitted…and the idea that marriage and/or fidelity equates “safe” sex is just one of many myths that has allowed for the rapid spread of HIV infection, particularly among couples in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, about one out of every ten couples living in Kenya has at least one partner who is HIV+. Among married people who are living with HIV, 45% have a partner who is uninfected.

According to Population Action International

“In a study of five African countries, two thirds of HIV-infected couples are serodiscordant (one partner is HIV-negative, while the other is HIV-positive). 

In Rwanda and Zambia, it is estimated that over half of new infections occur within marriage or in cohabitating relationships, and just under half in Uganda.

 While risk of transmission in discordant couples can be drastically reduced, this can only happen when partners are tested, disclose their results, and use condoms. “

There’s really nothing righteous about lying and promoting ignorance. This sort of bullshit “wishful thinking” is killing people. It’s beyond infuriating. It’s despicable. 

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Novelist Gore Vidal dies at age 86

This is sad.

Two of my favorite quotes from a brilliant writer:

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

And:

All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.

I’m glad you didn’t.

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W. Mittens Romney

 ohmeursault replied to your quote: “You know, there’s a very popular contrast and…

I have to just throw in that I LOVE that you call him Mittens. That was one of the funniest things I heard this year and you’re helping keep it alive!

I relish calling him Mittens. I feel like that was his original middle name, but finding Willard too embarrassing, he shortened his middle name. Plus, I think he’s the kind of guy who goes around saying, “The DAVESTER! Makin’ copies! MIKE-O-RAMA! Drinkin’ coffee!” And then the awkward moment when it’s Jim and Paul, not Dave and Mike, but fuck it — he’s the MITTSTER! Makin’ money! Like he has time to remember shit like people’s names.

I think he could embrace Mittens. It could be good marketing. 

See?

On Jan. 16th, I wrote: “Want to protect yourself from germs carried by the underclass on the campaign trail? Get yourself a pair of germ-fighting Mittens by Mitt. They’d be carefully knitted by downsized victims of Bain Capital. Each mitten would be lovingly crafted from luxurious Huacaya Alpaca fibers and lined with cashmere pre-washed in the tears of orphans.”

Did his campaign call me to capitalize on this? No. What terrible capitalists.

Call me, Mittens. Let’s do this.

Cheers,

Meg

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Republicans approve of the American farmer — but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home — but not for housing. They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage — the smaller the minimum wage, the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all — but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.
Harry S. Truman

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I swear, College Republican was in my Race and Ethnic Relations class. Professor discusses marginalization of American Indians in advertising, he asks: “Well, what about Irish Spring soap? And the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame?! That’s racist, too!”

And yes, he was 100% serious, and he would not listen or accept any explanation of why that was racist apples and oranges. Because he wasn’t racist, you see! He was just sick of people forgetting that whites are becoming the minority, so if we stoke minority hatred of whites, they’ll punish whites! If you persisted, he’d remind you he was only in this class for a diversity credit, not to debate.

If he passed that class, I feel like we all failed somehow.

I swear, College Republican was in my Race and Ethnic Relations class. Professor discusses marginalization of American Indians in advertising, he asks: “Well, what about Irish Spring soap? And the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame?! That’s racist, too!”

And yes, he was 100% serious, and he would not listen or accept any explanation of why that was racist apples and oranges. Because he wasn’t racist, you see! He was just sick of people forgetting that whites are becoming the minority, so if we stoke minority hatred of whites, they’ll punish whites! If you persisted, he’d remind you he was only in this class for a diversity credit, not to debate.

If he passed that class, I feel like we all failed somehow.

Filed under race racism College Republican meme truth politics not the same thing I can't even