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I loathe it when wannabe cynical political commentators say things like “if voting mattered it would be illegal”.

When if you look at history, the opposite is shown to be true time and time and time again. Just focusing on what I know (the U.S.) we have rampant voter suppression against people of color in conservative-run states. We have gerrymandering in just about every state. We have oppressive systems that fought tooth and nail to deny the right to vote to women and to African-Americans. Literally all of this is because voting matters.

You can say the American electoral system is flawed (because it absolutely is) or even broken (sometimes I think it is). You have every right not to vote for any reason you choose. That’s perfectly cool.

But at a bare minimum let your commentary be rooted in reality, and not smug pontifications that fly in the face of history and ignore the fact that voting is a right that oppressors in this country have gone and continue to go out of their way to subvert. The above quote has it backwards. Voting matters, because if they could ban it they absolutely would.

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I have a confession to make.

Once at a Panera Bread I ordered a sandwich but didn’t want anything to drink. The guy behind the counter offered me a small cup for water because I guess I looked mildly haggard that day, as I tended to when I was in college. At Panera, all drinks are self serve. Instead of water filled the cup with Dr. Pepper.

Basically I stole 4 .oz of Dr. Pepper.

That’s been haunting me for a while.

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why do men’s razors have glow in the dark ball bearings in them now you can shave with a damn set of car keys if you try hard enough but you have these rocket ship razors

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feelknower1993:

caffeine consumption is so omnipresent as the de facto psychoactive stimulant drug among north american adults that people my age routinely understand it as weird that consumption of caffeinated beverages is not part of my daily routine

When I was 11 my teacher asked my class “who here drinks coffee?” (it must have come up in one of the textbooks we were reading). And I was one of three kids in my class who didn’t raise my hand. Then she said, with a strangely serious voice, “you should all be drinking coffee by now,” to which one of the other non-coffee drinkers responded “but I do drink tea every day.”

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Underwater Puppies by Seth Casteel  [website | facebook | amazon]

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dion-thesocialist:

Okay, so one day I’m just chilling in my dorm when I get a call from a friend of a friend. I didn’t even know this girl had my number. She says that she’s applying for this top secret military job and she needs recommenders for security clearance and wants me to sit down with her recruiter and confirm she’s not into any sketchy stuff. I say no at first, but she promises to “make it worth my while,” and I think I know what that means, so I met with her recruiter and confirm that she’s not part of any terrorist cells and has no ties to radical islam (literally that was the whole of the two hour interview).

Turns out, her making it “worth my while” is inviting me to a party she’s throwing that night. Okay whatever. So I gather my squad and we roll in moderately deep, like six or seven of my buds, to this party, and to my shock, it’s full of weeaboos in avenged sevenfold t shirts and skull caps and greasy hair. There are two dudes shirtless wrestling on the lawn. This girl keeps cheating on her boyfriend with other people at the party and he’s like “please stop cheating on me” and she’s like “okay, I promise I won’t anymore” but she keeps cheating on him. And I’m like alright, we have a party.

So I have a couple of drinks, nothing major, and these weeaboos are getting increasingly weird. I see a guy turn a fifth of vodka upside down and chug it like it’s diet coke, without flinching, like that’s just something human beings are capable of. That girl cheats on her boyfriend again, which is easily the fourth or fifth time that night, and he gets mad and blows her off to enter the lawn wrestling tournament. I’m like, it’s time to go.

I start looking around for my DD and find him on the lawn wrestling. The homie is intoxicated. So we can’t leave. I find the party host and let her know what’s going on and she tells me her parents are on their way home and they’re bringing this movie called Princess Mononoke. I have no clue what that is, but she says it with such conviction and kindness that I can’t help but believe it will save us all.

Her parents walk in as if the party isn’t even happening. They even have some parent-like conversations with these degenerates like, “Oh, tell your mom I said hi.” This was to the kid who turned the vodka upside down. I have no clue how he’s still alive, much less how he plans to remember to tell his mom this lady said hi.

The girl sits us all down and is like, “Let’s watch Princess Mononoke.” All these weeaboos instantly become entranced, and the party just stops. I don’t know if it was the drinks I had beforehand, or just my happiness that the chaos was dying down, but Princess Mononoke was an absolutely beautiful film and it kinda got tuck in my memory.

Anyway, yeah, that’s how I saw Princess Mononoke.

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sheikofthesheikah:

miss-nerdgasmz:

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ultrafacts:

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Capone prided himself as a man with style. If he ever killed someone himself, or one of his henchmen killed an important person, hundreds of dollars worth of flowers was sent to the funeral. In one fight between Capone’s men and another gang, an innocent woman was shot, not fatally, and required hospital treatment. Capone personally paid for all the hospital fees. He also would pay for all children’s hospital bills when he visited.

true gangsters

Not to romanticize gang violence, but why are old time street gangsters more honorable than the current shitty politicians and capitalists of this country?

that is an alarmingly accurate point you’ve just made.

Oh lord. We can do better than this. We can do far better to highlight the inadequacies of the government than even somewhat glorifying evil dudes like Capone. That he showed mercy to people caught in the crossfire doesn’t make him honorable, it means he wasn’t evil 24/7. Most evil people have some soft side. It doesn’t negate that he killed without remorse.
Like, I get it, I get the analogy being made, but this “look at this murderer, he did some honorable things too, now compare him to politicians” stuff always makes me profoundly uncomfortable. Not because politicians don’t deserve it, but because the language pretty much always dilutes the horrible things the person being favorably compared did. You can point to pretty much any ordinary, average human and favorably compare them to a politician. Why elevate someone who did evil things? Who murdered without remorse?
I mean christ, how is it honorable to pay for the funeral of someone you murdered when he murdered them in the first place. 
Someone who saves lost puppies 23 hours a day and kills for the mafia that last hour is still a horrible person.
 Pretty much any average person can be favorably compared to a politician.
Do not elevate people who engaged actively in horrible things to compare them to other people engaged in horrible things.
Also, Capone was a hardcore rah rah sis boom bah capitalist if there ever was one. Organized crime might be the most undistilled form of capitalism there is, because it doesn’t just disregard laws, it seeks business in that which is illegal, making it truly unregulated by the state. Capone’s entire business was based on exploiting demands in the market that laws created for maximum financial gain. And when competition arose, he had themmurdered.
If you want to point out the issues with politicians or capitalism, then better comparison than Capone. Just point to the first person you see today. They will almost certainly do the job better than him.

sheikofthesheikah:

miss-nerdgasmz:

princess-blitzscream:

pizzaismylifepizzaisking:

ultrafacts:

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Capone prided himself as a man with style. If he ever killed someone himself, or one of his henchmen killed an important person, hundreds of dollars worth of flowers was sent to the funeral. In one fight between Capone’s men and another gang, an innocent woman was shot, not fatally, and required hospital treatment. Capone personally paid for all the hospital fees. He also would pay for all children’s hospital bills when he visited.

true gangsters

Not to romanticize gang violence, but why are old time street gangsters more honorable than the current shitty politicians and capitalists of this country?

that is an alarmingly accurate point you’ve just made.

Oh lord. We can do better than this. We can do far better to highlight the inadequacies of the government than even somewhat glorifying evil dudes like Capone. That he showed mercy to people caught in the crossfire doesn’t make him honorable, it means he wasn’t evil 24/7. Most evil people have some soft side. It doesn’t negate that he killed without remorse.

Like, I get it, I get the analogy being made, but this “look at this murderer, he did some honorable things too, now compare him to politicians” stuff always makes me profoundly uncomfortable. Not because politicians don’t deserve it, but because the language pretty much always dilutes the horrible things the person being favorably compared did. You can point to pretty much any ordinary, average human and favorably compare them to a politician. Why elevate someone who did evil things? Who murdered without remorse?

I mean christ, how is it honorable to pay for the funeral of someone you murdered when he murdered them in the first place

Someone who saves lost puppies 23 hours a day and kills for the mafia that last hour is still a horrible person.

 Pretty much any average person can be favorably compared to a politician.

Do not elevate people who engaged actively in horrible things to compare them to other people engaged in horrible things.

Also, Capone was a hardcore rah rah sis boom bah capitalist if there ever was one. Organized crime might be the most undistilled form of capitalism there is, because it doesn’t just disregard laws, it seeks business in that which is illegal, making it truly unregulated by the state. Capone’s entire business was based on exploiting demands in the market that laws created for maximum financial gain. And when competition arose, he had themmurdered.

If you want to point out the issues with politicians or capitalism, then better comparison than Capone. Just point to the first person you see today. They will almost certainly do the job better than him.

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