"So why would someone like Dante Parker or Eric Garner resist arrest? Here are six good reasons:
1. The idea that “if you didn’t do anything wrong, you don’t have anything to fear” does not hold true for black people. Most people who end up being exonerated for crimes they served time for, but didn’t commit, are people of color.
2. Blacks routinely serve higher sentences than whites—for the same crimes.
3. Once in custody, black men are rough-handled by police more often than whites.
4. Racial profiling and bias in police departments across the country is well-documented.
5. There are many well-known cases of police torture directed at blacks in prison, such as the dozens of black Chicago inmates who were systematically tortured over a span of 20 years.
6. Scientific studies shed light on how racial bias can influence witness testimony, like this finding that race can make people “see” guns, or a reach for a gun, where no weapon was present.
Asking why a black man with even the slightest bit of awareness of these facts wouldn’t fully cooperate with the cops is a bit like asking why William Wallace didn’t simply extend a warm welcome to the invading English forces. Here’s a better question: What are law enforcement agencies doing to heal their relationships with the black communities they’re supposed to protect and serve?”
It’s tragic that Michael Brown was killed. It’s even more tragic that this kind of incident isn’t as rare as it should be.
We have created a society where shoot-and-kill-first has become the norm and I’ve seen more than five articles in the past three days of accidental shootings or family members shooting each other over mistaken identity.
Our gun-obsessed culture has become a culture of death. We have become more fearful of trespassers and home invaders and robberies even as violence and crime have gone down. We need to put a stop to this before these incidents become even more common. They’re happening almost every day now.
One of those stories involved a police officer shooting and killing his own daughter. A police officer who is trained to handle situations like break-ins killed his own daughter because he mistook her for a burglar.
Instead of shooting blindly, people need to warn and try to communicate first instead of shoot and ask questions to the corpse later. Guns are supposed to be a last resort, not the first retort in an uncomfortable interaction with another human being with a will to live.
“The absurdity runs deep: America is using American military equipment to bomb other pieces of American military equipment halfway around the world. The reason the American military equipment got there in the first place was because, in 2003, the US had to use its military to rebuild the Iraqi army, which it just finished destroying with the American military. The American weapons the US gave the Iraqi army totally failed at making Iraq secure and have become tools of terror used by an offshoot of al-Qaeda to terrorize the Iraqis that the US supposedly liberated a decade ago. And so now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.
I haven’t had a chance to see the season ending of Game of Thrones, but it appears we get to meet not just new characters, but something magical and new.
Whenever I read a fantasy book, I don’t imagine a different world. I like to think the world in Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire books isn’t some far off world or a different universe, I like to imagine our world being this world in the story.
And that’s especially what I love about Martin’s books: he takes all this magic and turns it into something that could be almost real, like you could almost imagine it existing in some long lost history of Earth.
Like the from the history of Westeros, the Children: the way you’re supposed to think of them are in a way like you’d think of fairies or pixies, but if fairies and pixies were real in our world.
Think of Tinkerbell in the cartoon version of Disney’s Peter Pan. Now imagine her with real flesh and bone. That’s what I think G. R. R. Martin has done with our myths, fables and legends. He took them and injected their magic in a way subtle enough to be almost real enough that it can exist in a world where the Wars of the Roses (the actual historical even of English history) happened.
And the magic that is truly magic is incredibly mysterious - in the same way that a Walkman would seem magical to people from the 15th century. And when it’s presented, it’s either dark and frightening and not at all beautiful.
That is what I love about those books. Magic is there, but it’s so mundane or frightening that it almost seems like it can actually exist in our world.
This is why I think G. R. R. Martin has transcended all other fantasy writers and have left them behind in his wake.
DC made a mistake giving their movie rights to Warner Bros. Pictures (they’re going to wreck it, I’m sure).
But Marvel really needs to work on getting their own house in order.
In an interview on the Pointless Podcast, Guardians director James Gunn explained why certain aliens, like the Badoon, could appear in Marvel movies, while others will not. It’s not that Marvel Studios, producer Kevin Feige, and Gunn didn’t want to include the Badoon in the new film, but it boils down to the film rights. In other words, Marvel doesn’t own them. Gunn explained, “Marvel only partially owns Skrulls, and also for the record, we don’t own the Badoon either. So people were asking why we have the Sakaarans in the film, we don’t own the Badoon.”
The new Fantastic Four movie reboot cast doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before. They’re much younger and the Human Torch is black.
Considering Fox owns the film rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, Columbia owns Spider-Man, and Marvel still has the Avengers and their attached heroes, maybe we can chalk up the different studies as different universes in the Marvel multi-verse and the Fantastic Four and X-Men stories have been so bizarre because they’re one Marvel comics has never encountered.
The religious right doesn’t voice it well because they’re coming from a place of ignorance on the details, but they do have one point right.
Promiscuity can most definitely lead to problems with the formulation of happy, healthy, steady, long-term relationships.
It’s going to get more difficult as men in society realize they can get what they want most at a young age (physical relationships) without having the type of personality which most women would find desirable in the long-term.
That’s why the assholes tend to get the girls and it seems like nice guys finish last.
Both men and women are complicit in this where young women tend to be more attracted to guys who are confident in themselves and put a front of being good guys who want to treat a woman well; in fact, they’re just trying to get into the woman’s pants. Those guys know what they’re doing.
The nice guys are far too open and willing to please, making themselves too approachable and, as a result, a turn-off. Why would a woman want someone who falls in love so easily? Can someone like that be trusted?
Then again, can a guy who just wants to wet his wick be trusted, either?
So when a young woman says it’s so difficult to find a good guy, you might start to realize that the religious conservatives may have a point. They just don’t come from a place of wisdom and parrot the good point from previous generations of religious and moral philosophers.
Of course, I’m not an advocate of celibacy. Promiscuity forever, if you ask me. However, if we’re going to live like this and society is going to be a more promiscuous society, we need to rethink “relationships” and stop depending on two people to maintain a home.
1) Park your car correctly in your parking lane with a decent amount of space on each side. This isn’t simply a rule, it’s common FUCKING courtesy - even in an empty parking lot, you jerk.
2) 15 items or less, motha fucka. Did you fail remedial math? Do you even know what remedial means, dumbass?
3) Pick a grocery store lane. Do not park your stinking cart on one side and then park your lazy fat ass on the other side so you take up the entire god damn store.
4) Don’t walk slow down a lane like you’re contemplating the meaning of the universe. This isn’t your personal toilet at home where you can smell your stink while reading a magazine. Get the hell out of the way, old lady, or you’re going to find out you’ve fallen and made sure you can’t get up.
5) Don’t honk your horn in the middle of a grocery isle and chit chat with someone you haven’t seen for the last 10 minutes. Nobody cares and you literally just stopped right in front of me. Do you want me to butt into the conversation you’re having right in my way? You won’t like what I have to say, you dick.
6) Magazine is not a lending library, you cheap piece of crap. And stop getting your Cheetos covered fingers on all those birthday cards, those aren’t yours. I know you went to the grocery store without your wallet or money, cheapskate.
7) Have your money, check, credit or debit card ready at the cashier. Nobody wants to wait 3 hours after your 300 coupons are scanned for you to check your penmanship on your stinking check. Do NOT dot your stinking I’s.
I watched a Young Turks video about an amateur adult model who arguably doesn’t have what it takes to make it big and the person wondered why anyone would put themselves out there like that when all they’re doing is limiting their future outside of porn and not making much money in the mean time.
Yeah, being an amateur adult model doesn’t make you much money but it’s very likely that model is also working at a local strip club on top of that. The adult modeling gig is probably getting them more customers at the club more than anything (on top of the additional revenue from modeling).
Even those adult performers who “make it big” still work at strip clubs occasionally to both please their fans and for extra money.
Wife: “You know I have to go to bed by a certain time, else I turn into a frog.”
Me: “No you won’t.”
Wife: “Yes. I will! See? I can barely walk. Now I’ve got a frog leg.”
Me: “Well stop walking, you’ll break your frog leg!”
Wife: “Kitty’s trying to eat my frog leg! She’s trying to get rid of me so she can have you all to herself.”
Me: “That’s stupid. The kitty won’t get to have me all to herself. She knows better than that.”
Wife: “She’s a kitty, she don’t know nothin’.”
Me: “Sure she does. She’s my kitty. She’s special.”
Wife: “She’s going to eat me. She’s always been jealous of us. You see how she reacts whenever we cuddle.”
Me: “Well sucks for her, ‘cuz you’re my 1st choice for wife. If something happens to you, I’d have to go with my 2nd choice and that’s Kat Dennings. Kitty’s not even on that list, because I’m not a sick pervert.”
Wife: “Yes you are, even if she’s not on that list. Besides, she’s a kitty, she doesn’t know that.”
Me: “Kitty, stop trying to eat my wife’s frog legs.”
…the conservative view can be expressed with a line from Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: ’The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.’
In other words, only the “colorblind” are capable of stopping racism. What’s more, the inverse is also true: if you’re not colorblind, then you are incapable of stopping racism.
Because Obama acknowledges race as a force in American life—and because he even suggests that there are racists among us—he becomes the “real racist,” a construction designed to give conservatives moral high ground, while allowing them to insult Obama.”