“Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive simpletons.”—(via katoleary » smart-tart » dendroica » bebrightasyellow)
“That was where he wanted to be if he had to be there at all, instead of hung out there in front like some goddam cantilevered goldfish in some goddam cantilevered goldfish bowl while the goddam foul black tiers of flak were bursting and booming and billowing all around and above and below him in a climbing, cracking, staggered, banging, phantasmagorical, cosmological wickedness that jarred and tossed and shivered, clattered and pierced, and threatened to annihilate them all in one splinter of a second in one vast flash of fire.”—from Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
That simple phrase will haunt every individual, resident or tourist, of the great state of Arizona. It places an immense burden on counties, cities, towns, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Simply, it negatively impacts the quality of life for all.…
…It saddens me that today, on April 23, 2010, Governor Janice Brewer signed into law a bill that places law enforcement, our cities and our communities in a no-win situation. As a city, we are placed between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, we break federal law by potentially racially profiling individuals. On the other, we break state law by not requesting proof of citizenship of individuals who an officer may or may not believe that “reasonable suspicion” exists when it comes to an individual’s citizenship. There’s that phrase again.
We, the city of Phoenix, must now brace ourselves for the cultural and economic impact. We need to adopt measures to protect our taxpayer’s hard-earned dollars. We need to find innovative alternatives to avoid spending our extremely limited resources on unnecessary issues that arise because of that, now nationally famous, phrase “reasonable suspicion.” We need to focus our resources on protecting our neighborhoods from real crime rather than “reasonable suspicion.”
My first recommendation is to have our Phoenix Police Department require proof of citizenship from every individual that is stopped. It does not matter if they are Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, European or of any other race or ethnicity. We must protect our officers and our city from any racial profiling lawsuits, thus ensuring our city’s resources are better spent. Second, I urge President Barack Obama to file a federal injunction against this law. Lastly, if the federal government refuses to file an injunction, we, the city of Phoenix must do so. At this point, one lawsuit is better than the numerous ones that we will encounter, thus it is seen as an investment towards our city’s future.
“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”—from Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
“Captain Black knew he was a subversive because he wore eyeglasses and used words like panacea and utopia, and because he disapproved of Adolf Hitler, who had done such a great job of combating un-American activities in Germany.”—from Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”—Marcus Aurelius (via 5oh7, justbesplendid) (via misterjt)
“…it seemed to all but ignore the most obvious counter-arguments that could be raised to any of its assertions. This sounds to me like a pretty good plain English meaning of epistemic closure. The problem with this, of course, is that unwillingness to confront the strongest evidence or arguments contrary to our own beliefs normally means we fail to learn quickly, and therefore persist in correctable error.”—Jim Manzi, “Liberty and Tyranny and Epistemic Closure”, via Balloon Juice
“As you can tell by my radio silence, I really have nothing to offer on this fine state of affairs that we are in. I sat and stared at the monitor today and all I could think of was, “If I have to write one more fucking thing about the stupid fucking teabaggers I will go fucking insane.”—When you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose | TBogg (via silas216)
WALL STREET MAKES ME SO MAD. Yeah, but they're the economic engine of this country. Of the world! YES BUT THEY ACT LIKE COMPLETE DICKHOLES! But dickholes are necessary for the world to survive. YEAH I GUESS.
I think it’s an unwarranted assumption that these dickholes are necessary for the world to survive. Surely, the world did a pretty good job surviving for billions of years and even human civilization flourished for a few thousand before these dickholes came into existence. I say we gut the fuckers and burn it to the ground. Who’s with me? :D
“On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.”—Stewart Brand
It’s funny how no one ever quotes the entire context of the quote “information wants to be free.”
“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’”—Charlie Brown (via jessicachu) (via alexelizabeth) (via anatomyofamuse)