In a groundbreaking move for the marriage equality movement, Newark Mayor Cory Booker began officiating same-sex marriages at City Hall at 12:01 a.m. this morning. However, not everybody was celebrating.
In the midst of the ceremony for the first gay couple, Booker noted that he must “do this by law” and asks if there is anyone present that objects to the union of the two men. In response, a heckler jumped up and began shouting, “This is unlawful in the eyes of God!”
Booker had the protestor removed to the sound of thunderous applause. The mayor then responded by stating, “Not hearing any substantive, worthy objections, I now will proceed.”
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (via mybrotherspeach)
#yuuuuup #’shadow in the east’ much? #’men of the west’ much? #the undying lands across the sea to the west much? #it’s sooooo funny how the men of the south and east are twisted mercenaries serving sauron #and the dunedain are blessed with long life #and are the ~noblest among men~ #and the men of rohan all blonde blue eyed and nordic #are the other ‘good’ group of men #funny that #and all you have to do is look at the movies #and look which cultures they drew costuming ideas from#i mean don’t get me wrong i love lotr it was and remains one of my favourite series#you’re lying to yourself if you think that they’re not racist
I just finished this book on Saturday, and lines like this totally destroyed me.
White privilege was growing up with these books and movies and never being hurt by this… or ever even noticing it.
A researcher has proved what stoners have known for a long time: alcohol is more likely to lead to hard drug use than marijuana. The idea that marijuana is a “gateway drug” is a myth that harkens back to the “Reefer Madness” era, which itself was a direct result of William Randolph Hearst’s efforts to get hemp banned to eliminate competition for his paper mills.
Last Friday I was watching Graham Norton and one of his guests, Miriam Margoyles, was commenting on the use of ‘like’ in English and ‘correcting’ Will.i.am and Adam Lambert – it was quite funny because all of them became so hyper-aware of ‘like’ that you could almost see the cogs going round when they were thinking of what to say, but they did tire of it after a while…even Miriam.
When Will.i.am picked up on her own use of ‘like’, she replied “yes, but I’m using ‘like’ as a verb.” It might be a bit too optimistic to hope that one day there will be a celebrity linguist who could then reply “yes, but I’m using ‘like’ as a quotative particle”, but I wish sometimes that people would pay just a little more attention to the language they’re criticising. The use of ‘I was like “x”…’ in English is not random and does not stem from young people’s inability to recognise ‘like’ as a verb or whatever – it’s a construction with particular functions that happens to have gained a lot of currency*.
At one point Miriam Margoyles said something along the lines of: I’m all for people expressing who they are but people have to learn how to express what they mean.
I was, like, “what?!” – the use of ‘like’ in these instances is actually very effective at expressing what people mean, it’s just different to the way Standard English does things. ‘Like’ can function as a quotative particle, i.e. it signals that what follows is a quote or, even more specifically in English, is an impersonation (either vocal or gestural). It can also function to slightly separate the subject from the literal interpretation of what follows, e.g. “it was, like, the funniest film ever!”, which can allow the speaker to exaggerate or approximate something without being taken at their exact word. And there are many more uses of ‘like’ in non-Standard English as well.
If only more people were, like, like to like ‘like’, like.
(*Incidentally, if an Old English speaker were around today they would probably think Modern English speakers strange for using ‘dogs like cats’ to mean that dogs are the ones who like cats rather than cats being the ones liking dogs – search Old English ‘lician’ or compare the German ‘gefallen’ if you’re interested).
4 for you Asami, you go Asami.
#HAHAHA YOU WANT SOME ICE FOR THAT BURN MAKO? #seriously #i was starting to understand that maybe you actually WERE conflicted #but it’s always the same huh?#your ass got mad that you got FOUND out rather than be sad that you hurt your girlfriend #and then you proceed to blame your brother #so THANK YOU ASAMI FOR GIVING HIM THAT REALITY CHECK #HE’S PLAYIN YOU BOTH #i just want korrasami 5ever #forget mako #ugh #i had hopes for you mako #I BELIEVED IN YOU #WE ALL BELIEVED IN YOU #4 for asami #you go asami #and none for mako BYE#omg and at that last gif he looks so shocked at first #like NO SHIT MAKO YOU CHEATED ON YOUR GF #SHE HAS EVERY FUCKING RIGHT TO BE MAD AT YOU#what the fuck did you expect?
finished design 3 for feminist shirts