The Georgia 6th was drawn in a way to guarantee that a ham sandwich, a wet tablecloth, Team Rocket or a Margo Martindale clone will win any race so long as they have an “R” by their name. There was no ‘message’ from Jon Ossoff on how he was going to turn college educated Republicans into Democratic special election voters. There is no cheat code to make up a 9 percent registration deficit that Bernie, Obama, Bill Clinton or JFK could have come up with to change the election results. Privately, most Republicans in Atlanta will acknowledge that Jon Ossoff ran about as flawless a campaign possible given the circumstances, but he couldn’t overcome the structure of the district.
Day: June 22, 2017
The Muslim community is mourning the passing of Nabra, a 17 year old young woman from Sterling, VA. Nabra was beaten to death with a baseball bat and left in a pond after going missing while walking to a mosque with her friends. Hate crime against Muslim Americans is at its highest point with more than 67% increase since 2016. Nabra is another example of the escalating violence towards Muslims Americans. Activists gathered at Union Square to hold a vigil for Nabra and her family and to stand against violence against Muslim Americans.
I saw this beautiful pigeon up London.
So. My mom had a visitor to her house today. This is Opie. He apparently only eats baby food sweet potatoes and he tried to nest in my moms hair.
It has actually cooled down here enough today that turning out some kind of warm food is a reasonable plan for supper. Figuring out what is a different matter, though. I’m still feeling kind of like my brain’s been steamed like a dumpling 🙄
New plan: Sandwich Night 👍
You’re an Indian giver in the way you love: Everything you give, you take away.
What is an Indian giver?
A person who gives something and than wants it back.
what did the Indians want back?
More specifically, the term “Indian giver” arose from a series of incidents in which European colonists would borrow food and supplies from the local First Nations, then turn around and go “oh, we thought it was a gift” when the locals later tried to collect on the loan.
Modern history books like to bang on about “cultural misunderstandings”, but if you look at contemporary records, it’s clear that there was no misunderstanding – the colonists totally understood that they were being extended a loan, and simply didn’t want to pay it back.
The myth that Native Americans liked to swindle people by giving them gifts and later claiming that the gift had actually been a loan – hence, “Indian giver” – thus developed in order to retroactively justify the colonists stiffing the locals when those loans came due.
(In the interest of clarity, interest-bearing loans were not commonly practiced by North America’s First Nations at the time, though they did exist among some groups; in this context, the term “loan” simply means “I give you something you need right now, and you give me back something of equal value at some specified or unspecified future date”.)
Per usual things white people made up.
It’s worth noting that reciprocity is a common enough practise in many cultures – the unspoken notion that any goods or service given deserves a return of equal value later, with or without interest – but white people are one of the few cultures notorious for hiding behind the combined of a) not knowing enough about other cultures that they didn’t pick up on this in the instances where it was just a benevolent misunderstand (which, in this case, it most definitely was not) and b) have maintained a state of oppression and systemic authority that they can practically respond to getting called out with ‘what are you gonna do about it?’
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WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK, YOU GUYS
Another day in Trump’s Amerikkka, another moment while I excuse myself to go vomit.
DC Metro ADAPT has also been posting updates on this
Yeah, I really wouldn’t go so far as “socially progressive” by current standards there, in a number of ways. But the overall point still stands
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