This blog was created for the purpose of sharing info about and my experiences with occupy. I'm a former reformer who never really found a proper or complete place with activism, until I met occupy.
Today, somebody posted on FB about their frustration over Obama not doing the will of the people, when it comes to legalizing marijuana. I pointed out that from the very beginning, he has flat out said screw the will of the people, I’m not doing that! I know this because I watched as Change.org and the similar system Obama himself hosted on the White House website, had asked The People to submit and vote to support the legislative ideas they liked the most, then the top three or so would go straight to Obama for his consideration. BOTH sites proved that legalization was the NUMBER ONE choice of the people and not long after that, I watched as a young man (at something like a town hall) asked him to legalize and he straight up said NO.
I also said things like, do people even realize that there are currently 650,000 people in prison over this and that VERY few are in on trafficking/dealing, that nearly all of them are in on possession charges ALONE?! Easily over half a million people have been criminalized for simply smoking pot; which can easily hamper their ability to be employed, amongst other things. Lots of this type of thing was offered, including medical benefits and so forth.
But an Obama-bot came into the thread, talking about all the “great achievements” of Obama’s and repeatedly insisted that he had NO POWER whatsoever over things like the DEA continuing to raid LEGAL dispensaries in states that have legalized them. I talked about how presidents regularly direct agency’s to focus their enforcement efforts on particular things, now presidents might make arguments like…because I don’t want the DoJ’s resources to be tied up in legal battles about overriding state laws, I’ve directed the DEA to focus their radius efforts within states that have NOT legalized marijuana.
But this woman kept insisting that the president could do no such thing, kept saying that I didn’t know how government worked, that the president couldn’t *override federal law* - which of course, I NEVER FUCKING SAID! It didn’t matter how many times I’d said the president can direct agencies and the people he’s accounted to head them up to PRIORITIZE particular types of enforcement that any given agency has the power to enforce, she just kept saying that the president can’t override federal laws.
So I said, think about it, whenever a president appoints somebody to head up an agency, they say, “I’ve appointed this person because they agree that this agency’s PRIORITIES should be X, Y & Z.” I also noted that if an appointed person were to do the opposite or not do what they agreed to do (went a different direction), that they would be pressured to resign or would be fired, that this was common practice for presidents. She kept insisting that presidents can’t override federal laws, that Obama was helpless until congress changed the law.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’d repeated that wasn’t what I was saying at all. I asked her if she even knew the difference between overriding laws and setting priorities. She kept insisting there was nothing Obama could do, that he was somehow forced to enforce the laws to their fullest extent.
So I posted a link to what a presidential executive order was; which of course, she never bothered to read. I copied and pasted the info into the thread. Of which she AGAIN said presidential orders/directives cannot be used to override laws. I said…who said they could? NOT ME!
Then finally, I linked articles to the one thing this administration did to help dispensaries, which was allowing banks to do legal business with dispensaries. She claimed the banks did that. I linked articles that said the Treasury AND DoJ did that, asked her if she really thought those agencies could send out those memos, without knowledge and consent of the president, who appointed the heads of those agencies, without them being fired. She again said the banks just classified the dispensaries as a certain type of retail business. Didn’t bother reading the article again, because ya know, it didn’t agree with her zealous, blinding love for Obama and her determination to frame him as completely helpless to do anything.
Something tells me that had the president in this discussion been Bush, it would’ve been an entirely different story for her - as in, THEN the facts would’ve mattered.
i was totally awkward today i worded everything so badly that i think i made it sound like i liked this dude - and i was talking to him! but i don’t.. and wow. i only thought after i spoke i just suck lol like forreal. how.. could.. i. i’m just messed up lol smh nour x10000000000
A partner of mine was once on his way to my place for a date. He’d borrowed a car that was quite nice and he’s a musician, so I suppose he looked like he could be a famous rocker or something (tattoos, piercings, long hair, etc). He was coming from a wealthy neighborhood too and another man, who also appeared to be wealthy, in a nice suit, driving an expensive car, pulled up next to him at a light and said to him, “I like your style!” My partner said thanks and the guy asked him if he’d like to hang out some time, asked him for his phone number; to which he said sure and rattled it off without thinking twice about it. When he arrived at my place, I opened the door and he said, “I think I might have a new boyfriend!” LMFAO!l
im thinkin of dropping spanish (or just finishing it this semester, idk which) and then taking either french or italian ‘cause i live in california so there kinda is no need to take a spanish class, plus it’s kinda sorta easy and similar to arabic. i was thinking of taking french though cuz i can learn bout lots of african countries through french sources, but i was thinking italian cuz some of my family speaks it and i can learn about libya and other places like that too. idk.
Just wanted to say how awesome this is, because I’m so often frustrated with people in the US who are clearly spoiled by the idea that they don’t “need” to learn other languages (because English is officially, yet inexplicably IMO, the “international language”).
I used to speak French and Greek semi-fluently, but have lost most of it because I also live in CA and have too few people to speak those languages with, so it went away :(
Spanish is actually the native tongue for more land on Earth - quite practical! I used to speak some Spanish too, but when I first moved to CA, most of the Spanish speakers teased me a lot, because I learned in Spain and that particular dialect is funny to them I guess. Now it’s been long enough that most of that is gone too; so I’ve been thinking it’s a good time to relearn, in another dialect.
I’d learned Spanish and then French. I found French a MUCH more difficult language to learn, mostly because it’s tough for your ear to distinguish words, with the flat tone and the blending of words together (for example, articles ending in vowels, become one word when the noun starts with a vowel). Most of my learning was learning to listen and it took a long time before I was truly hearing it clearly - much longer than any other language. And that was while I lived in Paris, despite having had three years of it in school (though school was about 10 years before I lived there).
Then I started to look at Italian, because I considered traveling to Italy. I had a feeling that I’d be able to pick it up fairly easily, because most of it seemed to be very close (in root word, as well as pronunciation) to either Spanish or French; plus it’s more clearly pronounced, more expressive sounding, like Spanish. So I’d recommend you learn French.
ppl from california who never stop talking about california…..and in n out burger….and weed…..and the beach…..like…….speed up those tectonic plates and just become an island already….no one cares
A friend of mine who does maintenance work at people’s homes, was working while his clients were watching the Oscars last night. My friend can barely speak without being bitterly ironic and was blown away by how interviewers talking to actors were saying things he would, only VERY sincerely. It was the people interviewed from “12 years a slave” that got to him the most, managing to fit compliments about $30k dresses and how “brave” their roles were, almost as if they were braver than actual slaves who survived those horrors. Only in LA do people think playing make-believe could be that important and say it’s “brave” to be pampered in private trailers between cuts.
He said if any of those people actually cared about anything besides calming white guilt, that they would have given the millions it cost to make the movie, to the ancestors of slaves who still struggle from the everlasting ripple effects of it (ie would’ve given the money to black communities). Reparations aren’t produced by Hollywood.
Marissa Alexander’s now faces a 60-year sentence for firing a warning shot into the wall to stop her abusive husband’s attack. Her legal team is working pro bono, but she still owes over $250,000 in legal expenses. The prosecutor, Angela Corey, is the same who couldn’t get a conviction for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Self-defense against domestic violence does not deserve life in prison.
you realize that 1021 days is only 2.8 years right?
still fucked up, but it’s not 60 years.
One thousand and twenty-one days is the amount of time she’s already spent in prison (hence the #howmuchlonger hashtag). She is now under house arrest and awaiting retrial, which could triple her original sentence.
A woman is like a tea bag - you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Welcome to Women’s History Month
There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.
While the rate of police officers officially charged with murder is only 1.06% higher than the current general population murder rate, if excessive force complaints involving fatalities were prosecuted as murder, the murder rate for law enforcement officers would exceed the general population murder rate by 472%.