Retired football star Deion Sanders, who played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens. He is, of course, talking about Michael Sam. This is so important. (via Gay Star News)
You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
My grandmother is on SSI from being incredibly sick, etc. The government has taken about $25 dollars from her foodstamps within the past 2 months ALONE. To some people it’s only $25 dollars but to her that could equal up to 4 or more meals that she no longer can afford. The worst is that you can’t buy toilet paper, soap, etc. I don’t think you realize how much money is actually needed for these things until you can’t afford to buy them. It breaks my heart because there are people out there that genuinely NEED help and are unable to get it because of assholes like this who spread false information about something they just don’t understand or know anything about because it doesn’t pertain to them. There are also people out there who abuse this system to no end, giving it a bad rep for the ones who actually need help. I think I’m just super sensitive to this because it affects someone who I love but either way, some things in this country are really fucked up.
Wow please tell me no one watches this shit and takes it serious. I don’t have a tv and I’m glad I don’t if they’re spreading false information like this on a supposed news station. This is disturbing as fuck to know how unintelligent a lot of people really are and then more unintelligent people actually agree with them/think this info is correct…how?????
so much head nodding i’m basically headbanging in sadness … which is a pretty good name for a goth metal album
All of this, yes.
pretty tired of people equating a lot of the names Black Americans give their kids, with being ghetto or ratchet. And really, it all seems to be targeted at Black girls and women. All of those names have roots spanning across various parts of Africa, Asia, and the Arab nations.
Since I obviously have to school the Original Poster, and the 90+ people who liked and reblogged this before me (including the person I’m reblogging this from); get out ya pens n notepads, kids..class is in session:
Laquisha is merely one of a handful of derivatives of the name LAKEISHA.
La - being just a prefix
Keisha - being the root name (and spelling) of Queisha. Ergo the name La-Queisha/Quisha
It’s a peculiar name overall, in that it bears multiple origins; African (Bangi/Bobangi and Swahili), Arabic, and Hebrew.
• In Bangi, Queisha means - ‘favourite’
• In Swahili, Lakeisha means - ‘favourite one’
• In Hebrew, Queisha is most likely the variant of KEZIA, meaning - ‘cassia tree’ CASSIA is the generic name for a variety of trees and shrubs, one of which produces cinnamon. So Queisha is often interpreted as meaning ‘cinnamon’, too.
Further still, it being Hebrew, affords it some Biblical roots. Kezia/Keziah was the name given to Job’s second daughter, who was born after his sufferings (Job 42:14). Interestingly, her name has been seen to symbolise female equality; since Job’s three daughters shared equally with their brothers, in their father’s inheritance (Job 42:15). This was against the custom of things back then. Women did not receive an inheritance, nor could widows claim their deceased husband’s assets. In short, Keziah and her two sisters represented freedom and equality for women, in a time when such a thing was unheard of.
• And in Arabic, Lakeisha means - ‘alive’ or ‘she who lives’
so before you dummies look down on us for our names, keep in mind that their roots date back further than where majority of your great-great-great grandparents can trace their lineage.
We are not jokes. We are not cognitively deficient. And we are certainly not here to appease your ridiculous standards and expectations for what a child’s name ‘should’ be. We are not ghetto, and our names are not rachet. Our names have meaning, and they have soul.
Perhaps next time you feel to make a joke at the expense of our culture, just keep in mind that you’re a lowkey racist for playing on racial stereotypes..and we ain’t really smiling bout’ that.
A great reminder to not judge other human beings by cultural standards and expectations. #StaySmart
Had a weird day today working on a freelance job for bits of time but mostly not able to do anything about it till tomorrow, but feeling a worky energy all day that prevented me from having a relaxing Sunday, so I took the energy and built myself a new leemeredith.com page! It is SO LONG overdue - the old one hadn’t been updated in like 3 or 4 years, yeesh. Each of the 4 photo spots randomly rotate between 5 possible photos. There are links to alllll my internet places, and the background color matches my tumblr! Yay!
The reversible 2-color slip stitch pattern looks totally different on the two sides.
The construction makes a double-layered cowl with no twists!
Use any weight yarn from worsted to super bulky; choose your preferred cowl height paired with your choice of cowl length.
The simple color version works great with color blocks and is easy-ish to make.
The switching colors version, a more advanced pattern, features diagonal lines throughout as colors switch between main and contrasting.
Either version looks great with contrasting solids, or with one solid color paired with a self-striping or variegated colorway. Main sample features fabulous Space Cadet bulky Elara yarn in neons!
whoever wrote this line needs to receive a medal
I will reblog this until my fingers bleed
Seth Myers wrote that line, that’s why he’s smiling.
Hahahaha cool ranch.
Chivalry is dead and feminism killed it.
Chivalry is an outdated, archaic social code built on the infantilazation of white women and the dehumanization and erasure of women of color.
Maybe worry less about emulating idealized notions of medieval knighthood ethics, and focus more on just being a polite person, yeah?
Knitting pattern donation drive! During these first 4 days of the Olympics (now through Monday), I will be donating a big chunk of leethal knits pattern sales proceeds to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission - you can see all the details on my big blog over here. Patterns can be bought on leethalknits.com or on ravelry here. In short, donations will be:
Also check out ALL the designers doing donation drives during the Olympics, listed on Bristol Ivy’s blog over here! Buy patterns, help human rights organizations, and knit knit knit!
This has all ended, but I want to tell you the awesome news that in my 4-day donation drive I raised $340 for the IGLHRC! Not bad! And I know from twitter that donation drive grand organizer Bristol Ivy surpassed $1000!! Amazing! Hooray knitters!
(I bought Bristol Ivy’s Wainwright asymmetrical cardigan pattern during the drive, and I’m super excited to knit it, I think with some contrasting color stripes tossed on there! Might be quite awhile before that happens, but someday…)
A point Jon Stewart and EVERY OTHER GAY GUY wishes you could comprehend.
Gonna tack this on too:
Hey, what if you’re not naked (because you’re totally asking for it that way)? What if you’re just walking down the street minding your own business and he starts catcalling you and telling you all the sexual things he’d do to you? Why should that make you uncomfortable? Shouldn’t you should take it as a compliment? Jeez, you’re such a frigid bitch. You’re not even that hot anyway.
OH DEAR GOD. SHOTS. FIRED.
"Homophobia: the fear that gay men will treat you the way you treat women." -quote that was going around awhile back and is now an urban dictionary definition, but I have no idea who first said it. Of course, this only addresses men being homophobic of gay men (I guess women aren’t involved in the issue of homophobia except as the ones being treated badly by homophobes), but it very much applies to the clip.
This reminds me of this quote by Rosario Dawson from when she had to lose a bunch of weight to play a sick drug addict in Rent:
"I remember everyone asking when I was doing press for the movie, ‘What did you do to look so thin? You looked great’ and I’m like, ‘I looked emaciated’ … It’s a form of violence, in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be — for what sake? Not health, not survival, not enjoyment of life but just so you could look pretty."
Also, I like the mention in the comic that “for some, size 0 is healthy.” Some people are naturally thin, others are not; nothing about a person’s health should be assumed or judged based on their body alone.
Rock on Olivia Wilde. I love this story:
As part of a panel on the “State of Female Justice,” the actress told a fascinating — and very telling — story about doing a gender-swapped reading of the script for American Pie. The swap resulted in the women getting “all the good lines” and laughs, while the men were sidelined to the roles of supporting props.
"The men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast," Wilde said. "It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterwards, when they said, ‘It’s boring to play the girl role!’ And I said, ‘Yeah. Yeah. You think?! Welcome to our world!’"
Good trip!! I got: Cher holding a cat (50cents), Loretta Lynn ($2), Pointer Sisters ($2), The Clash’s London Calling ($2!?!), the new The National at full price because I’ve been obsessed with it for months, Patti Smith Group ($1), Miriam Makeba ($1), Ramones ($1), and Isley Brothers ($1) - LOVE Portland record shops <3 <3
starbucks (@starbucks) logo traces roots back to Africa.
Info via citizins (@citizins)
When you see that Starbucks logo, you probably think the same thing as me: “There’s that ‘smiling mermaid’ logo”. What isn’t known to the world is that this is a picture of Yemaya, also known throughout West Africa and the Caribbean as Yemoja, Yemowo, Mami Wata, Janaína, LaSiren (in Vodou) is an Orisha – said to be a Goddess of the traditional Yoruba religion that was brought by the enslaved Africans of what is now Nigeria to the west. She is the patron of women, in particular, pregnant women. When slaves were transported across the ocean, it was said to be Yemaya who protected them on their journey and kept them safe. She is kind and giving. She takes a long time to anger but when she does, watch out, you have a hurricane on your hands. She is said to be the “mother whose children number as the fish in the sea” and that is why she is presented as a two-tailed mermaid.Yemaya is said to bring forth and protect life through all the highs and lows, even during the worst atrocities that can be suffered. She reminds women to take time out for themselves, to nurture their own needs and to respect their deserved position in life.
Happy Black History month everyone!
Starbucks says their original logo is an image copied from a 16th century Norse woodcut, and that the ‘twin-tailed mermaid’ is a siren.
This is 67% incorrect. It is ripped off from a woodcut. But its not Norse. And since sirens are nearly universally depicted in original Greek myth and later Italian and German romantic reinterpretations as looking like human women with legs - it’s not a siren. What the image actually is based on is an alchemical symbol called a ‘Melusine,’ a different figure of European folklore about a woman with a hidden serpent / fish / dragon form that had more to do with medieval fears and misconceptions of female anatomy than much else … and these also were not portrayed with two tails in the original versions.
So where did the two-tailed Melusine come from? Alchemy was the pan-theism of it’s day, taking magic formulas and rituals from any and every source it could find in the ancient world. Consider that during the beginning of the European Renaissance, Europe was coming out of a dark age. General knowledge was at a relative cultural low - 1000 year old Greek and Roman math, science, and engineering were often far more advanced than current European knowledge with a few secret societies (like Masons) keeping some specialized forms of math and engineering partially alive.
So where was knowledge kept alive and flourishing in these times? Africa. Specifically, Alexandria and Timbuktu. Both had universities and libraries of such power, influence, and magnitude that it’s very hard to imagine that reality by today’s standards of relative ease of access to knowledge. This was hundreds of years before the invention of the printing press - so written records of science, culture, magic, and everything else were especially prized (and why when the library of Alexandria burned, it was such a tragedy).
It’s well known in academic circles that African ideas of math, science, magic, and ritual were hugely influential in the art and architecture of Europe up to and after the renaissance. But did you learn it in school?
When you took European history in high school - how often was the superior knowledge of the Ottoman empire and the Moorish influence on the art, architecture, ideas, and economies of Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey mentioned? Despite the talk of Mediterranean trade and idea exchange (from Homer’s Odyssey all the way to the Italian Renaissance), how important was it for the teacher and textbook to teach you that WELL OVER HALF of the Mediterranean Sea’s rich trading ports for thousands of years were in Africa and the Ottoman Empire?
The Starbucks logo, its told story, and its untold story, is yet another example of Eurocentric rewriting of history, of the silencing of all other voices and cultures - and we see this logo on nearly every city block in every city in this country.