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16 Dec 18:37

Depending on who you ask.

by Jessica Hagy

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16 Dec 19:21

More on Dick Cheney's defense of torture

Last week we named Dick Cheney Asshole of the Day for his response to the Terror Report:

But this was before he went on the Sunday shows and took it even further. He was pressed on what torture’s definition is, and what, if anything he rejects. This summary from the Atlantic covers it all:

Once 9/11 happened, Dick Cheney ceased to believe that the CIA should be subject to the U.S. Constitution, statutes passed by Congress, international treaties, or moral prohibitions against torture. Those standards would be cast aside. In their place, moral relativism would reign. Any action undertaken by the United States would be subject to this test: Is it morally equivalent to what al-Qaeda did on 9/11? Is it as bad as murdering roughly 3,000 innocent people? If not, then no one should criticize it, let alone investigate, charge and prosecute the CIA. Did a prisoner freeze to death? Were others anally raped? Well, what if they were?

If it cannot be compared with 9/11, if it is not morally equivalent, then it should not be verboten.

That is the moral standard Cheney is unabashedly invoking on national television. He doesn’t want the United States to honor norms against torture. He doesn’t want us to abide by the Ten Commandments, or to live up to the values in the Declaration of Independence, or to be restrained by the text of the Constitution. Instead, Cheney would have us take al-Qaeda as our moral and legal measuring stick. Did America torture dozens of innocents? So what. 9/11 was worse.

Read the whole thing. It’s horrifying.

16 Dec 20:27

robots-and-electric-sheep: stfumras: Oh my God. we have...



robots-and-electric-sheep:

stfumras:

Oh my God.

we have reached
ULTIMATE
DUDEBRO
C A P A C I T Y

17 Dec 03:15

fraternityboy: why is “in cahoots with” not a relationship option on facebook

fraternityboy:

why is “in cahoots with” not a relationship option on facebook

17 Dec 03:17

han-sangfuck: Group presentations where no one knows what the fuck they’re doing

han-sangfuck:

Group presentations where no one knows what the fuck they’re doing

image

16 Dec 21:30

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16 Dec 13:36

Build Up.

The stream kept going, eventually escaping Earth's atmosphere and putting a hole through the Moon.
16 Dec 05:00

December 16, 2014

Hpecker

heh


16 Dec 02:21

faithhealthlife: narwhal-noir: I took my girlfriend to an improv show the other night and during...

faithhealthlife:

narwhal-noir:

I took my girlfriend to an improv show the other night and during intermission we were passionately arguing over whether half a 5 Hour Energy shot would give you 2.5 hours of energy or 5 hours of half-assed energy so we turned around to ask the opinions of the three people behind us and one of them said “Are all your arguments like this because we heard you in the lobby earlier fighting over the right way to pronounce ‘egg’?”

Relationship goals

16 Dec 02:22

wetheurban: SPOTLIGHT: Nature Sculptures by Andy...





















wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Nature Sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations.

Read More

15 Dec 08:19

Poochie Woochie.

They also have an absolute obsession with making sure I'm good. They're a suspicious specimen.
15 Dec 19:02

batgirl and prince: long may they purple reign



batgirl and prince: long may they purple reign

15 Dec 07:28

Barbershop Quartets, Present at the Creation

Barbershop Quartets, Present at the Creation:
The common image of a barbershop quartet is of white men singing four-part harmony, but the musical form actually emerged from the barbershops and street corners of African-American neighborhoods. In the latest segment of NPR’s Present at the Creation series, Jim Wildman reports on the roots and styles of barbershop for Morning Edition.

A timeline: African American tenors improvise harmonies on church hymns to create distinctive sound patterns and perform in the places where black people create informal community meeting places (like barbershops and street corners). Later, groups record these distinctive “barbershop seventh chords” in studios, which favor these smaller groups as orchestras and bigger bands could not yet be properly taped. Competing companies promote and disseminate white quartets over the original black groups as they are seen as more “marketable.” Scholars will later incorrectly trace barbershop quartets back to England.

Many, many years later, Jimmy Fallon, a white comedian, creates several sketch comedy routines where songs by famous black artists (like R. Kelley and Marvin Gaye) are “hilariously” sung in a “white” way.

Nerdist writes, “Is there a whiter means of musical expression? One look at Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon’s group The Ragtime Gals, and the answer becomes clear — no, there most certainly is not. With their tutti-frutti suits, shiny shoes, boater hats, and squeaky clean faces, it’s unlikely one will find a less funky means of harmonizing than these a cappella dandies.”

Black people created amazing music —> white people took it —> white people erased black agency and creation —> forgot black inventors —> black people made some more amazing music —> white people sung it back to them using harvested black melodies, now colonized —> white people laugh at the hilarious juxtaposition, and it ends there?

or —>we can add this to the ongoing dialog about cultural appropriation and try to change it.

15 Dec 06:13

sairobee: My Dad died a little over eight months ago. I still...

















sairobee:

My Dad died a little over eight months ago. I still don’t think I’m quite ready to talk about him, but I thought it might help to talk about some of my own feelings. As much as I cried drawing these pages, I think it was good for me — I’m not always good at expressing my emotions to other people, so making this became a safe place where I could deal with things.

Anyway, I just want to thank you everyone who has sent kind words of support since April. And thank you if you take the time to read this. It was made with love.

Thank you for this

12 Dec 21:30

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13 Dec 05:00

December 13, 2014


The Augie preorder will close out on the 15th of December.
15 Dec 05:00

SMFW

wtfw it's like smho tbfh, imdb.
12 Dec 08:30

flyartproductions: Magritte, the Creator Not to be Reproduced,...



flyartproductions:

Magritte, the Creator

Not to be Reproduced, Rene Magritte (1937) / Yonkers, Tyler the Creator

12 Dec 05:00

December 12, 2014


Exclusive ZOMBIE COMIC over at The Nib!
12 Dec 05:30

the-fury-of-a-time-lord: memeguy-com: In case you were...



the-fury-of-a-time-lord:

memeguy-com:

In case you were wondering how the Big Bird suit works

SHUT THE FUCK UP

12 Dec 05:31

nerdsandgamersftw: stunningpicture: As a parent of identical...



nerdsandgamersftw:

stunningpicture:

As a parent of identical twins, this is how we kept sane at bedtime: Crib nets! And this was their response.

free them

12 Dec 05:31

james-fergo: rojerk: damnthatswhack: The South Dakota Office...









james-fergo:

rojerk:

damnthatswhack:

The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety might want to reevaluate their PSA informing people about the dangers of jerking the steering wheel.

lmfao no fuckin way

I was thinking about something completely different

11 Dec 20:58

TBT



TBT

11 Dec 21:30

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11 Dec 14:58

teganiamyours: nottonight-imonfire: youwilldream: shitshilario...



teganiamyours:

nottonight-imonfire:

youwilldream:

shitshilarious:

strawberryfck:

"I ATE MY DOG. TASTE WAS GOOD"

I HATE MY GOTHIC HAMSTER

I NEED IN MY COFFEE SOME SUGAR

I CAN MAKE ALL THESE HAND MOTIONS

I DEMAND ALL THE DAMN SHOE

11 Dec 00:27

Mark Wahlberg

Asshole of the Day, December 10, 2014: Mark Wahlberg

by GirlGetALife (Follow @GirlGetALife)

You might know Mark Wahlberg the movie star.  And, if you’re of a certain age, you might remember him as pseudo rapper Marky Mark. What you might not know about Mark Wahlberg is that he used to be a violent, racist jackass.

Yes, you read that correctly: before he helped save the world from Decepticons, Wahlberg terrorized people of color in his Boston neighborhood. Those violent and racist crimes, described here, happened in 1988. In one incident he threw rocks and yelled slurs at African-American children. In another, he attacked two Vietnamese men, again yelling slurs. He hit one man with a stick and punched the other in the eye, leaving him partially blind. It was this second incident that earned Wahlberg a stint in jail: 45 whole days.

Now, Wahlberg is asking the state of Massachussetts to forgive his violent past.  In his petition for a pardon, Wahlberg writes:

“Receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that I am not the same person that I was on the night of April 8, 1988.”

He goes on to add that he is “deeply sorry” for his actions ” and for any “lasting damage” that he may have caused the victims.

There are several issues with Wahlberg’s request for a pardon.
If he’s so sorry, why hasn’t he reached out to the victims to apologize? He’s a rich guy - he could marshal his resources to find the men he attacked. The Boston Globe did.

Why does he need a pardon, anyway? It’s not like his criminal record has affected his ability to make a living. The same can’t be said for the countless other individuals who, because of a youthful mistake, can’t even find entry level work.

Wahlberg runs restaurants. On the job applications for those restaurants, applicants are asked if they have a felony conviction. Hypocrisy? You decide.

Most disturbing is the timing of Wahlberg’s petition. Much of the country - the world, even - is still reacting to the decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, MO and New York City. Part of the outrage lead to the #crimingwhilewhite hashtag on Twitter - stories from white people who shared their personal crime stories…crimes that usually ended with the offender getting a verbal warning.

Wahlberg’s story speaks perfectly to the stark differences between the way the cops and the courts treat whites and people of color. Wahlberg certainly wasn’t a ‘good’ kid - he had a record - but the judge was very lenient with his 45 day sentence. Ask yourself why.

Look: we believe that everyone has a right to a second chance. Wahlberg has certainly gotten his: he’s a bad kid who got on the right path and made something of himself. Nicely done.

But he’s extremely unaware if he doesn’t realize that his 45 days sentence was a gift from justice, that he doesn’t deserve anything more. Especially when you consider the real reason he wants his crimes “erased” from the system:
His past actions are preventing him from getting a liquor license for his restaurants.
Wahlberg isn’t asking for a pardon as part of the fight for ex-offender’s rights. He’s not asking so he can start a job training program for people with a criminal past. Instead, he wants a pardon for a truly selfish reason: so he can get a liquor license that will allow him to make more money.

And, for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It’s Mark Wahlberg’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
11 Dec 07:48

spooky-boob: spooky-boob: did i ever tell you guys that one time i made a pun during a job...

spooky-boob:

spooky-boob:

did i ever tell you guys that one time i made a pun during a job interview?

i did not get the job

no one asked for the full story but here it is: one time i was interviewing at an in-n-out and they asked me what my responsibilities were at my previous job as a camp counselor. i said, “mostly i supervised the kids and helped them with their art projects, but i also did other things like making food, cleaning up the campus, and signing the kids in and out.” then I paused and was like, “haha, in and out. get it? because this is an in-n-out?” the interview ended shortly thereafter and i never got a call back.

10 Dec 09:34

singingsh0wtunes: subway sure doesn’t mess around when it comes...



singingsh0wtunes:

subway sure doesn’t mess around when it comes to puns

10 Dec 09:36

youwinagainsanta: Katniss, you’re named after a potato root get...



youwinagainsanta:

Katniss, you’re named after a potato root get off your high fucking horse

10 Dec 09:41

mooses-unicorn-in-the-tardis: thedoctorssupernaturalblogger: qu...



mooses-unicorn-in-the-tardis:

thedoctorssupernaturalblogger:

queenbroslob:

fierceisnotenough:

humorland:

image

shit i’d watch this so damn hard

Seriously, 12 straight men acting as gay as humanly possible, I would die.

Call it

"No homo"

How many notes does this need before we can make it happen?