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No angel.
When I was 18, I was no angel. Hell, when I was 15, 16, 17, I was no angel. When I was 13, I stole change out of cars that were parked in the church lot for bingo night. By 14 I was smoking pot every day. I got caught shoplifting at Korvette’s and spent an hour being interrogated by security before they called my mother to pick me up. I cut holes in the pockets of my winter parka to make it easier to steal candy from 7-11. I sold joints to my fellow classmates at Holy Trinity High School. I had rough patches. I cut out of school to drink alcohol. I listened to angry and vulgar punk rock. I often got into fights with kids from the neighboring town.
So all those times when Officer Goldberg stopped me as I walking down the street and asked where I was going and what I was doing, he would be justified in shooting me because I was a troubled kid with a questionable past?
See, all those things were not relevant. Because Officer Goldberg didn’t know any of those things about me beforehand. And even if he did, they had no relevance on the fact that I happened to be walking down the street on any given evening.
Someone’s history does not always define their present. Being a “troubled” kid who once climbed over a baby gate or wrote on the walls in their house with pencils does not mean one deserves to die in a hail of bullets at the hand of a police officer. And it’s odious for anyone to imply as such, especially in a major newspaper on the day of the dead boy’s funeral.
The media suddenly seems to be in bed with the Ferguson police, posthumously trying Michael Brown for the crime of being young and black while walking in the street, bringing his past into the present. Calling him “no angel” has big implications, none of them good. 
We’re all “no angels” in one way or another. No one is perfect. No one has a past clear of any transgressions, even the smallest ones. No one should have to carry the burden of their past with them when they’re doing nothing more dangerous than walking down a street. Because Darren Wilson knew nothing about Michael Brown when he confronted him. When he killed him.
And we shouldn’t be learning these things about him now, like this. It’s unfair.

lnthefade:

Screen shot from a New York Times article.

No angel.

When I was 18, I was no angel. Hell, when I was 15, 16, 17, I was no angel. When I was 13, I stole change out of cars that were parked in the church lot for bingo night. By 14 I was smoking pot every day. I got caught shoplifting at Korvette’s and spent an hour being interrogated by security before they called my mother to pick me up. I cut holes in the pockets of my winter parka to make it easier to steal candy from 7-11. I sold joints to my fellow classmates at Holy Trinity High School. I had rough patches. I cut out of school to drink alcohol. I listened to angry and vulgar punk rock. I often got into fights with kids from the neighboring town.

So all those times when Officer Goldberg stopped me as I walking down the street and asked where I was going and what I was doing, he would be justified in shooting me because I was a troubled kid with a questionable past?

See, all those things were not relevant. Because Officer Goldberg didn’t know any of those things about me beforehand. And even if he did, they had no relevance on the fact that I happened to be walking down the street on any given evening.

Someone’s history does not always define their present. Being a “troubled” kid who once climbed over a baby gate or wrote on the walls in their house with pencils does not mean one deserves to die in a hail of bullets at the hand of a police officer. And it’s odious for anyone to imply as such, especially in a major newspaper on the day of the dead boy’s funeral.

The media suddenly seems to be in bed with the Ferguson police, posthumously trying Michael Brown for the crime of being young and black while walking in the street, bringing his past into the present. Calling him “no angel” has big implications, none of them good. 

We’re all “no angels” in one way or another. No one is perfect. No one has a past clear of any transgressions, even the smallest ones. No one should have to carry the burden of their past with them when they’re doing nothing more dangerous than walking down a street. Because Darren Wilson knew nothing about Michael Brown when he confronted him. When he killed him.

And we shouldn’t be learning these things about him now, like this. It’s unfair.

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mentakingup2muchspaceonthetrain:

Right now.

One time I got stuck on a plane on the Newark tarmac. I’d just taken an eight-hour flight from Berlin, boarded my flight to Austin, and then my fellow passengers and I began what would eventually be a three-hour-long wait for an available runway. 
My vantage point for the entire three hours looked just like this, except the guy was texting so he had his elbows out too. It was hot and miserable and I was literally trapped in the foot-wide space between my lava-balls seatmate and the side of an airplane. I still don’t know how I kept myself from jumping out of my seat and running up and down the aisle screaming. 

mentakingup2muchspaceonthetrain:

Right now.

One time I got stuck on a plane on the Newark tarmac. I’d just taken an eight-hour flight from Berlin, boarded my flight to Austin, and then my fellow passengers and I began what would eventually be a three-hour-long wait for an available runway. 

My vantage point for the entire three hours looked just like this, except the guy was texting so he had his elbows out too. It was hot and miserable and I was literally trapped in the foot-wide space between my lava-balls seatmate and the side of an airplane. I still don’t know how I kept myself from jumping out of my seat and running up and down the aisle screaming

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darnhomosexuals:

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satanicdemona:

officialjeffgoldblum:

satanicdemona:

satanicdemona:

darnhomosexuals:

why the fuck does kimberly get less coffee
get rid of jeffrey and keep his mug

This is the perfect visual metaphor for heterosexuality.

I really can’t get over what a good metaphor this is.

they could’ve just made them square but that’d probably be too gay 

but then how would the dude be in the lady’s space, expropriating her value? D:

#misogyny #sexism

What the hell is THIS - the font on the men’s mug is much too effeminate.

but it has a blue shadow, so it’s hella #masc

it also has the little lightning bolt as the dot for the ‘i’ so you know it’s for men

see it’s not just hella #masc, it’s very hella

darnhomosexuals:

dovah-sosa:

darnhomosexuals:

metal-thimble:

daughterofargus:

satanicdemona:

officialjeffgoldblum:

satanicdemona:

satanicdemona:

darnhomosexuals:

why the fuck does kimberly get less coffee

get rid of jeffrey and keep his mug

This is the perfect visual metaphor for heterosexuality.

I really can’t get over what a good metaphor this is.

they could’ve just made them square but that’d probably be too gay 

but then how would the dude be in the lady’s space, expropriating her value? D:

#misogyny #sexism

What the hell is THIS - the font on the men’s mug is much too effeminate.

but it has a blue shadow, so it’s hella #masc

it also has the little lightning bolt as the dot for the ‘i’ so you know it’s for men

see it’s not just hella #masc, it’s very hella

(Source: initiallyyoutoo.com, via feminists-rage-in-texas)

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thepeoplesrecord:

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tyleroakley:

Damn.

I love this so much

We are also one of three nations without paid maternity leave, and the only developed (“first world”) country without maternity leave.

We are the only Western country without universal healthcare.

It costs more to have a child in the US than in any other country.

In many countries you don’t have to pay for college, and if students do pay, it’s nowhere near the amounts that the US students pay.

I could continue, but I think I’ve made my point.

Although this show annoys the fuck out of me with all its teary eyed nostalgia for imperialism, this is a good moment from the show. 

Turns out that 7 gifs is the exact amount of Aaron Sorkin I’m willing to experience at a stretch.

(Source: magnus-thegreat-redundancy)

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acatnamedhercules:

tubofgoodthings:

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gunslinger:

She would break them over her knee ala Bane in Knightfall.

Buffy would absolutely destroy those assholes and have time to make a snarky remark about it.

Bonus points of she takes them out with pies.

Remember the s5 finale when Buffy threw that guy off the tower without even breaking stride? It’d be like that

I once described SPN as “Buffy but if you replaced every character with Riley” so needless to say it wouldn’t even be a close fight

(Source: buffytardis, via kourtneyleibman)