Iconoclastes

Apr 01

quote Robert H. Richards IV, a wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune, has been spared prison after being convicted of raping his three year old daughter. Delaware Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden sentenced the admitted serial child-rapist to probation on the ground that he “would not fare well” in prison. The case echoes the affluenza scandal in which a judge spared a rich child a prison sentence after he had killed four people on the grounds that he was so rich that he couldn’t distinguish right from wrong.

Rich, admitted child rapist granted probation because he “would not not fare well” in prison [trigger warning] - Boing Boing

This judge and prosecutor should be disbarred, and Robert H. Richards IV should spend the rest of his life in jail. This is a disgusting and reprehensible miscarriage of justice.

(via wilwheaton)

Grrrrr! Who cares how well he “fares in prison”! He didn’t much care for the welfare of his own Three Year Old Daughter when he RAPED her!

Apr 01

quote In California, a police officer who ejaculated on a woman he’d detained at a traffic stop -and threatened to arrest her if she took action against him- was let off even after admitting what he’d done. Why? Well, the victim was a stripper on her way home from work. In officer David Alex Park’s 2007 trial, Park’s defense attorney argued that the woman “got what she wanted” and that she was “an overtly sexual person”. The jury (composed of one woman and eleven men) found Park not guilty on all counts.
Similarly, a judge in Philadelphia ruled that a sex worker whom multiple men had raped at gunpoint hadn’t been raped at all -she’d just been robbed. The victim, a twenty-year-old woman, who’d worked for an escort service and obtained clients via Craigslist, had agreed to certain sexual acts with the defendant for a set amount of money. But he lured her to an abandoned piece of property and pulled a gun -then more men started showing up. When a fifth man was invited to assault her, he instead helped her get dressed and leave because he saw that she was crying. But municipal judge Teresa Carr Deni insisted that what happened to this woman wasn’t rape -it was “theft of services”.
“I thought rape was a terrible trauma,” Deni told a Philadelphia Daily News columnist. “[A case like this] minimized true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped.”
Women who are “really” raped. You can’t get much clearer than that -a sex worker just doesn’t classify as one of these victims.

Jessica Valenti - The Purity Myth (via misandry-mermaid)

That rapist was re arrested like 4 days later for a similar crime…and that judge was re-elected.

(via christel-thoughts)

Apr 01

The conversation about #CancelColbert was stupid, but probably not for the reasons you thought it was. →

letsreadsomeinternet:

Look, I didn’t join in #CancelColbert. I thought the original tweet from the Colbert show was disgusting, discouraging, and disappointing, but I came to the conclusion that I didn’t believe Colbert’s show should be cancelled, so I refrained from participating in that…

Apr 01

Tumblr Top Hat “Pro”

Couldn’t resist. Now the Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit is all class, with a snazzy top hat.

Jan 25

Celebrity Brats

I can’t muster any sympathy for that young asshole Justin Bieber. He made his bed, and isn’t even being made to lie in it. $2500 bail? For a DUI? Fucking slap on the wrist. The little prick will probably get “community service” and a suspended sentence,  with him maybe having to go to “rehab” at some posh place. Ordinary people lose their license, pay huge percentages of their income as bail and fines, and often do serious jail time, and become less employable because now they have a criminal record.

Celebrity is not a fucking license to do as you please, break any law, and treat people like shit. It is not a damned “Get Out Of Jail Free” card. It does not relieve you of the responsibility of being a decent human being and a law abiding member of society.

Just like Lindsay what’s her face, or the stupid Kardashians, we give entirely too much leniency to the pampered rich celebs. Yeah, they have to put up with asshole paparazzi,  but if people didn’t try to live vicariously through them, their wouldn’t be the demand for the tripe they print.

I don’t mind if an actor or singer is good at their job, and popular for it. But obsessing over every piece of their lives, and letting them get away with breaking the law for kicks? No, they haven’t earned that, no matter how accomplished they are. Plus, if all they do is dumb stunts in public, not real professional performances? Then they should be relegated to the crime blotter, and not reported on outside of their home town.

Seriously, people who “follow” celebrities and their every action need to get a fucking life. If they excuse serious lawbreaking by their favorite celeb, like drunk driving, they need to examine their lives and their priorities, preferably with professional help.

Celebrity worship is a waste, and worshipping asshole celebrities is evidence of a wasted life. Enjoy their professional performances, for art is art, but don’t obsess over their lives.

Jan 25

winglssdemon:

maximusawesomus:

Visitors at the NASCAR race using a disabled parking plackard are checked. Plenty are abusing it and are getting fined big time.

Justice is a bitch, right? *muhahah*

Hells yeah. And hey, this is totally how you police disabled parking. Not by trying to judge if the person needs it, but if the placard’s connected to their ID/driver’s license.

ALSO EIGHTY-THREE PEOPLE IN ONE DAY

As a legitimate placard holder, I approve of this.

Jan 10

radiation-turned-it-white:

juicyjacqulyn:

obscurefan:

lady-banner:

beeishappy:

TDS | 2013.11.12 Chicago’s deep dish pizza

Stewart you are dead to me until you take all of this back.

CHICAGO PIZZA OR NOTHING

Oooooooh… <_< this is awkward….

genuinely could not understand calling that a pizza

agree with him

PREACH

So, Stewart is a gastronomic philistine. Ah, well, I’ll forgive him, he’s just a New Yorker, he has no understanding.

Now I want a real deep dish pizza, which are hard to find here in California. Everyone makes that thin cardboard cheap crap.

Jan 07
thepoliticalfreakshow:

Dying Marine Gets Dying Wish After Being Discharged For Being Gay Getting Honorable Discharge 58 Years Later
Hal Faulkerner did not come out of the closet to his family until he was 70 years old. This, in spite of the fact he enjoyed a twenty-year committed relationship, and in 1956, was discharged from the Marines when a someone whispered to his commanding officer that he was gay.
Faulkner was given an “undesirable” discharge, which stung the young man who had given the Marines three years of faithful service, rising to the rank of sergeant. Even now, 58 years later, it still rankled.
When Hal Faulkner was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that “undesirable” discharge weighed heavily on his mind. He knew now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell had been rescinded, soldiers who were discharged because they were gay could request a review of their service records and an upgrade of their discharge status. But could it happen in the time Hal had left? Doctors gave him six months, where the military is concerned, hardly enough time to get a fingernail under the beginning of the red tape, much less to unwind it.
Hal turned to his family for help, and they didn’t let him down. They contacted Outserve-SLDN, the group that advocates for equality in the military. Outserve found Hal a pro-bono lawyer, who managed to get his record changed in two weeks time, and Sunday, two uniformed Marines presented Sergeant Faulkner with his upgraded discharge.
In his power scooter, a frail Hal Faulkner took the document in trembling hands and read the word he has spent 58 years waiting to see: “honorable”.
“I will always be a Marine.” Sergeant Faulkner told his fellow jar heads. “Thank you. Semper fi,” to which the Marines grunted “Hooraah!” as only Marine can.
Yesterday, Hal Faulkner posted this photo, along with a thank you, on Outserve-SLDN’s Facebook wall:
Dear Supporters: 
Almost 60 years ago, I enlisted in the Marine Corps to serve my country. After three years of exemplary service, I was discharged with a “less than honorable” service record when an acquaintance told my commanding officer I was gay. A simple allegation was all it took back then. The shame that I privately carried with me for six decades came to an end last week when the Navy corrected my discharge to “honorable.”
I have OutServe-SLDN to thank for this measure of justice.
Following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” it became possible to correct one’s service records. When I learned that I had terminal cancer, I contacted Outserve-SLDN and they made this happen. The work of this fine organization must be supported.
I’ve lived a rich, full life. I now die knowing that my country finally — finally — recognized my service.
Sincerely,
Hal

Photos Outserve SLDN Facebook


Damn, I think I have something in my eyes&#8230;

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Dying Marine Gets Dying Wish After Being Discharged For Being Gay Getting Honorable Discharge 58 Years Later

Hal Faulkerner did not come out of the closet to his family until he was 70 years old. This, in spite of the fact he enjoyed a twenty-year committed relationship, and in 1956, was discharged from the Marines when a someone whispered to his commanding officer that he was gay.

Faulkner was given an “undesirable” discharge, which stung the young man who had given the Marines three years of faithful service, rising to the rank of sergeant. Even now, 58 years later, it still rankled.

When Hal Faulkner was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that “undesirable” discharge weighed heavily on his mind. He knew now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell had been rescinded, soldiers who were discharged because they were gay could request a review of their service records and an upgrade of their discharge status. But could it happen in the time Hal had left? Doctors gave him six months, where the military is concerned, hardly enough time to get a fingernail under the beginning of the red tape, much less to unwind it.

Hal turned to his family for help, and they didn’t let him down. They contacted Outserve-SLDN, the group that advocates for equality in the military. Outserve found Hal a pro-bono lawyer, who managed to get his record changed in two weeks time, and Sunday, two uniformed Marines presented Sergeant Faulkner with his upgraded discharge.

In his power scooter, a frail Hal Faulkner took the document in trembling hands and read the word he has spent 58 years waiting to see: “honorable”.

“I will always be a Marine.” Sergeant Faulkner told his fellow jar heads. “Thank you. Semper fi,” to which the Marines grunted “Hooraah!” as only Marine can.

Yesterday, Hal Faulkner posted this photo, along with a thank you, on Outserve-SLDN’s Facebook wall:

hal faulkner 2Dear Supporters: 

Almost 60 years ago, I enlisted in the Marine Corps to serve my country. After three years of exemplary service, I was discharged with a “less than honorable” service record when an acquaintance told my commanding officer I was gay. A simple allegation was all it took back then. The shame that I privately carried with me for six decades came to an end last week when the Navy corrected my discharge to “honorable.”

I have OutServe-SLDN to thank for this measure of justice.

Following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” it became possible to correct one’s service records. When I learned that I had terminal cancer, I contacted Outserve-SLDN and they made this happen. The work of this fine organization must be supported.

I’ve lived a rich, full life. I now die knowing that my country finally — finally — recognized my service.

Sincerely,

Hal

Photos Outserve SLDN Facebook

Damn, I think I have something in my eyes…

Jan 04
I despised him then, and I loathe him and his intellectual heirs still.

I despised him then, and I loathe him and his intellectual heirs still.

Jan 04

jamietheignorantamerican:

Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!

I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:

White privilege, I has it. This explains it. I try to not be an ass about it.

Even though I get discriminated against on other axes, I still have white privilege.