“With the most recent sweeping passage of the extension of the wiretapping bill (at Obama’s insistence), I’m just flabbergasted. At least Republicans are consistently dimwitted sociopathic assholes. Democrats are just spineless, hypocritical, reckless, irresponsible, ignorant sheep. For eight years you were outraged at Bush’s wars, torture, and domestic abuses of your rights. Now, Obama and our government is slaughtering the second world left and right, continuing policies of torture and deliberately non-transparent government action, and most recently extending Bush’s warrantless wiretapping of electronic communication. And you simply do. not. care. Or even worse, those of you who are aware, refuse to acknowledge it. Get a freaking backbone. Stand up for something. I’m disappointed in all of you. You’re directly responsible for electing these monsters. Act like you actually care about something in this world.”
— (via disobey)
4:57 am • 29 December 2012 • 31 notes
“The federal government will continue to access Americans’ emails without a warrant, after the U.S. Senate dropped a key amendment to legislation now headed to the White House for approval. Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amendment attached to the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act (which deals with publishing users’ Netflix information on Facebook pages) that would have required federal law enforcement to obtain a warrant before monitoring email or other data stored remotely (i.e., the cloud). The Senate was set to approve the video privacy bill along with the email amendment, which would have applied to a different law, the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. But then senators decided for reasons unknown to drop the amendment.”
— Congress, at Last Minute, Drops Requirement to Obtain Warrant to Monitor Email | AllGov (via theamericanbear)
Well that’s that I suppose.
12:36 pm • 26 December 2012 • 59 notes
“People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live. They have the right to be happy. They have the right to peace. When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights. When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable. I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism.”
— The World Cries for Newtown’s Children, but Few of Us Think About Dead Brown Babies, Dr. Boyce Watkins (via finedineonmyvegangenitalia)
(Source: maarnayeri, via socialwerq)
12:30 pm • 26 December 2012 • 9,739 notes
Nobody complains about “you” being plural and singular but the second you want “they” to be used the same way all hell breaks loose
(Source: genderflummox, via helpimtrappedontheinternet)
12:30 pm • 26 December 2012 • 4,537 notes
when it comes down to it i just don’t think sexuality/sex acts should be something that can be purchased or sold because that is one very small step away from making the human body something to be purchased or sold
This is capitalism. What is all labor but the buying or renting of human bodies?
8:37 am • 24 December 2012 • 5 notes
Sign the petition to recognize Westboro as a hate group
The notoriously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has, unsurprisingly, promised to picket the funerals of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, saying that “God sent the shooter” as a response to America’s acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. It’s time for this abuse to stop.
If you are so inclined, sign this White House petition asking the Obama administration to recognize Westboro as a hate group. The petition is well above the 25,000 signatures needed for the White House to acknowledge it, and though the government doesn’t actually designate “official hate groups,” it may be time to start.
Of course, this does pose some serious questions about free speech, freedom of assembly, etc etc. However, we have regulations on hate crimes for a reason. Do Westboro’s actions constitute hate speech that could be considered criminal harassment? I’d say so.
Picketing funerals is a hate crime..
Obama is awesome, look how transparent he is with this online petition thing!
Like maybe there are implications to doing this, but whatevs.
What bad could possibly come from banning protests you don’t like? I can’t think of anything.
3:12 pm • 21 December 2012 • 280 notes
Gay rights advocates in Duma, Russia started kissing in the streets (in subzero temperatures) to protest a bill in the works that could ban gay “propaganda.” Favorite kind of protest. More.
4:10 pm • 20 December 2012 • 173 notes