You’ve got to be fuckin kidding me right now. Just as I was about to pull out of my spot a tour bus blocked me in. It can’t move forward because there are three cop cars in the way. Fuck you.
The girl from this gif is actually bat shit crazy
Me, when I’m alone in my car.
Here is the thing I can’t stop thinking about with what’s happened here in Minnesota over the course of the past week: the display of support in the Twin Cities was staggering. The level of f*cks not given to those who might be offended by this acknowledgement of equal rights under the law was amazing.
But mostly, mostly. I think about a queer kid, riding in the back of her parents’ car seeing the city lit up like this. Maybe she hasn’t come out yet, maybe she’s been bullied, at home, at school, for being who she is. I can only imagine what seeing this would mean. And then I get teary and proud all over again.
Way to go, Minnesota. Who’s next?
My state has it’s moments.. Not often! But when they do, it’s great ass fuckin moments
This really is such a huge, moving gesture.
This is a time where I’m glad to say I’m a minnesnowtan.
I love Kimmy K, but I feel like this dude’s doing floral better than she did.
Why isn’t New Orleans Mother’s Day parade shooting a ‘national tragedy’?
I did briefly talk about this on Sunday after finding out that a friend of mine was one of the victims. briefly because it’s painful and it’s exhausting and I still don’t want to talk about it, to be honest, but here I am.
the local FBI field office, speaking to the AP, referred to the shooting of 20 people, including two children, as a “flare-up of street violence.” it’s been normalized in the national mind as a thing that just happens in some places to certain people, and everybody nods their heads and quietly agrees that as long as what happens in the hood stays in the hood, that’s normal, and nobody needs to talk about why it happens at all.
Adam Lanza and James Holmes shoot up a primary school and a movie theatre and it sparks a “national conversation” about mental health. they’re given the benefit of doubt that something caused their attacks, some circumstance or state of mind, they were troubled. people start talking about how we can stop these tragedies before they start.
Aiken & Shawn Scott—those are the names of the two young men who’ve been arrested in NOLA today, and charged with the parade shooting—may have been gang members. NOPD seems to think so, and maybe they’re right. but nobody’s asking why these kids (19 and 24 respectively) would be in a gang to begin with, why these kids might’ve felt like they had to open fire in the middle of a parade. nobody’s asking because they assume they already know: this is just how they are. that’s what they do. a flare-up of street violence.
so there’s no national conversation, there’s no talk about how to stop these tragedies before they start, because talking about poverty and race is uncomfortable, and it doesn’t bring in ratings. because it sucks when you can’t lay ultimate causal blame on some easily identified other, like the gun lobby, or the mental health profession, or religious extremism (but only if the perp is a Muslim). admitting that we caused this shooting, America, our white supremacy and our fucked up social norms and our insistence that some lives are of greater value than others.
I don’t really know what else to say. life in New Orleans is a lot of sharp highs and lows. we have so much violence that it really does start to feel like it’s normal, even though we know it shouldn’t be, in a just society. in a just society, none of these young men (and women) would have grown up feeling like violence is a natural answer to a problem. and a 19 year old kid’s problems wouldn’t be questions of life and death.
and my friend wouldn’t be lying in the hospital for doing nothing more than dancing in the street.