Bisabuelo

Three kids, seven grandkids, two great grandkids. Eight girls and four boys in all that. I am not rightwing, religious, or a sports fan. I love anything Spanish, Foreign Languages, Sherlock, Mind Olympics and the odd pretty girl. I believe in equal rights for all so if you dont like it, with respect, piss off. Bisabuelo is Great grandfather in Spanish.

boootygod:

lmfaooo

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

They didn’t stand a prayer!

A federal appeals court has tossed a lawsuit by a group of atheists who challenged the display of the “Cross at Ground Zero” at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court ruled Monday that the cross recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center was more of a “genuine historical artifact” than a symbol of Christianity.

The judges noted that the cross — comprised of a 17-foot steel column and a crossbeam — became a “symbol of hope and healing for all persons” in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

No one was more pleased with the ruling than Frank Silecchia, 60, the ironworker who discovered the cross in the wreckage of the twin towers two days after the 2001 attacks.

“Faith won over atheism,” the retired Silecchia, who now lives in South Carolina, told the Daily News Monday. “I’m kind of proud because that was my initial goal: to help ease the burden of humanity.

“All I can do is thank God for answering my prayer,” Silecchia added.

The cross as seen inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGESThe cross as seen inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The American Atheists initially sued the Port Authority in Manhattan Supreme Court in July 2011. The case was transferred to Manhattan Federal Court, where Judge Deborah Batts dismissed it on summary judgment.

The group appealed, arguing that displaying the cross at the museum violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and state constitutions of New York and New Jersey.

The atheists contended the display of the cross at the museum “gave the impression of a Latin cross, a symbol associated with Christianity.”

They asserted that displaying the cross was unconstitutional, “particularly without any accompanying plaque or similar item acknowledging that atheists were among those” who died on 9/11 or participated in the rescue efforts.

The appellate judges ruled the atheists’ “challenge fails on the merits.”

The judges concluded that the “stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine, and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular.”

‘Faith won over atheism,’  Frank Silecchia, an ironworker who found the cross days after the attacks, said.ANTHONY DELMUNDO FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS‘Faith won over atheism,’ Frank Silecchia, an ironworker who found the cross days after the attacks, said.

The panel also noted that the Rev. Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest, welcomed all faiths to a  Mass he held regularly at the cross during the rescue effort. Jordan was one of the defendants named in the suit.

“The Cross at Ground Zero thus came to be viewed not simply as a Christian symbol, but also as a symbol of hope and healing for all persons,” the judges wrote.

Attorney Matthew Dowd, of the Wiley Rein lawfirm in Washington, filed a letter to the appeals court on Jordan’s behalf, slamming the suit as “a frivolous attempt to chill (Jordan’s) freedom to excercise his religion.”

"The outcome is also a victory for Father Jordan," Dowd said in a statement.

David Silverman, president of the American Atheists, said his group was “disappointed” and is deciding whether to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The (appellate) court relied on the words of religious persons, ignoring statements to the contrary from atheists, that a Christian cross is comforting to the non-religious population. The opposite is true,” Silverman said in a statement Monday.

“There are no better examples of Christian privilege and prejudice in this country than this decision and the refusal of the museum commission to work with us to honor atheists who died and suffered on 9/11.”

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thecorpse-bitch:

I know its hard to look past all the terrible grammar but I’m just gonna leave this here….

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the scum of the earth.

THIS. IS. RAPE. CULTURE.

also adding: the owner of this page automatically assumed this girl was a feminist, she could have very well been transporting a piece for a project. But given the information that she was a feminist, people took a negative approach to the situation 

People can be such assholes…

  • (A gay couple has just met up in the restaurant and kissed each other upon arrival. Another customer has seen this and is obviously angry.)
  • Angry Customer: “Damn f**s.”
  • Gay Man: “Excuse me?”
  • Angry Customer: “You heard me, you little s***. Let’s not make this into some little pride protest, okay? I have to accept that you’re going to live your lifestyle, and you have to accept that I’ve got freedom of speech.”
  • Gay Man: *quietly* “Is it too much to ask for a little human decency?”
  • Angry Customer: “Human? Listen up, what you’re doing is not human. I think I have the right to determine what I think is human.”
  • (The manager shows up. He’s a quiet Italian man who I assume is conservative due to the Christian imagery and portrait of Reagan he keeps around the restaurant.)
  • Angry Customer: *to the owner* “Hey, can you move either them or us to another table?”
  • (Instead of responding to the angry customer, the owner instead speaks to his wife.)
  • Owner: “I’m sorry ma’am, but we have a strict ‘no pets’ policy in my restaurant.”
  • Wife: “Uh, I, uh, what? I don’t have a—”
  • Owner: “Well, according to your talking monkey over here, I can determine who’s a human and who’s not. You bring an animal into my restaurant; I gotta assume it’s your pet.”
  • (The angry customer storms out. When I left, the owner was giving his description, and copies of security camera footage, to the biggest crowd of police I’ve seen. Apparently it’s a bad idea to not pay your bill at a restaurant that gives free coffee to cops.)
assholeofday:

John Boehner, Asshole of the Day for July 29, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Three weeks ago Sarah Palin spelled out the case for why she thinks "It’s Time To Impeach Obama". Since then there has been lots of talk about it— is it prudent, could it backfire, etc.
And of course on the Democrat side, there has been fundraising off this new turn. There was fundraising off previous showdowns — before and during— the shutdown last fall comes to mind, and the fundraising was on both sides. This happens. But Speaker John Boehner says it’s different this time— that it’s all a scam by Democrats:

"Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election," the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.
"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," a visibly frustrated Boehner said. "Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."

Really. A scam.
So if it’s a scam, then any talk we see happening would all be trumped up by Democrats and not by elected officials or major voices in the GOP, right? Let’s see:
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) refused to rule out trying to impeach Obama (7/27)
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) said efforts to impeach Obama “probably could” pass the House of Representatives (6/16)
Sarah Palin “It’s Time To Impeach Obama” (7/08)
Two-thirds of Republicans believe Obama should be impeached (7/14)
The Blaze: Here’s How to Impeach Obama…for Consumer Fraud (7/29)
Rep. Steve King Predicts Impeachment if Obama Grants Executive Amnesty (7/26)
And that’s really just 5 minutes on Google.
And yes, Speaker Boehner has himself ruled out impeachment, but let’s not pretend that he is so in control of his caucus that this could never happen. He said there would be no shutdown at this point last year. Then during the August recess the Tea Party wing drummed up the base for a shutdown, and lo and behold, the shutdown happened.
So it’s not a scam. It could happen. The House GOP has spent more time in the last 4 years on show votes (repeal! abortion!) and showdowns (debt limit! sequester! shutdown!) than on anything else, so they could return in September and start impeachment, even with an election staring them in the face. But John Boehner pretends like none of that ever happened. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is John Boehner's 10th time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo

assholeofday:

John Boehner, Asshole of the Day for July 29, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Three weeks ago Sarah Palin spelled out the case for why she thinks "It’s Time To Impeach Obama". Since then there has been lots of talk about it— is it prudent, could it backfire, etc.

And of course on the Democrat side, there has been fundraising off this new turn. There was fundraising off previous showdowns — before and during— the shutdown last fall comes to mind, and the fundraising was on both sides. This happens. But Speaker John Boehner says it’s different this time— that it’s all a scam by Democrats:

"Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election," the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.

"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," a visibly frustrated Boehner said. "Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."

Really. A scam.

So if it’s a scam, then any talk we see happening would all be trumped up by Democrats and not by elected officials or major voices in the GOP, right? Let’s see:

And that’s really just 5 minutes on Google.

And yes, Speaker Boehner has himself ruled out impeachment, but let’s not pretend that he is so in control of his caucus that this could never happen. He said there would be no shutdown at this point last year. Then during the August recess the Tea Party wing drummed up the base for a shutdown, and lo and behold, the shutdown happened.

So it’s not a scam. It could happen. The House GOP has spent more time in the last 4 years on show votes (repeal! abortion!) and showdowns (debt limit! sequester! shutdown!) than on anything else, so they could return in September and start impeachment, even with an election staring them in the face. But John Boehner pretends like none of that ever happened. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is John Boehner's 10th time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo

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ucresearch:

Chess & its Regional Variations


In Orthogonal/Diagonal, UCLA alumna Nova Jiang redesigns regional chess variants from Asia and elsewhere, by creating game pieces that sculpturally convey their rules of movement and relative power on the board. Eight of these games were 3D-printed and presented for the public to play with as part of an exhibition.

The variants presented include Chess and its predecessor Shatranj, as well as Makruk (Thailand), Janggi (Korea), Shatar (Mongolia), Sittuyin (Myanmar), Shogi (Japan) and Xiangqi (China). Unlike Western Chess, many of these variants are little known outside their region. Their common ancestor is the ancient Indian game Chaturanga, the exact rules of which are unknown today. Treating each variant as a unique iteration of the same ancient system, the artist aims to reimagine the games as a sculptural ensemble of related forms. The games were displayed on custom CNCed game tables.

Jiang is interested in the spread of games as well as other folk forms across cultures, as well as in their structural and aesthetic mutations. She wishes to redesign the surface of these games by reflecting their underlying systems. Chinese, Korean and Japanese chess are difficult to play for those who cannot read the language. This project helps break down language barriers by encapsulating rules into the the design of the game sets. By stripping away culturally specific references, the viewers can compare the games side by side as abstract systems, exploring their commonalities as well as differences.

chessclubcollective:

White roses.

Fin

thinksquad:

At least 6,593 hate crimes occurred in 2012, according to hate crime data compiled by the University of Michigan.

The maps below reveal where different groups are most likely to be victims of hate crimes. Each county is colored based on its hate crime rate, the number of hate crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012.

A key caveat is that local law enforcement agencies are not required to report hate crimes. The data here covers 91% of the U.S. population, and unreported hate crimes likely explain the gap in the Deep South.

The worst offenders, where we have the data, and their hate crime rates are called out in each map.

http://mic.com/articles/95132/hate-crime-maps-reveal-the-most-prejudiced-places-in-america

Do you know what it is like to be sold, squire? I do. My brother sold me to Khal Drogo for the promise of a golden crown. Well, Drogo crowned him in gold, though not as he had wished, and I… my sun-and-stars made a queen of me, but if he had been a different man, it might have been much otherwise. Do you think I have forgotten how it felt to be afraid?”

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eldonanan:

tell me How would you feel?

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stamatinafeys:

Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler [2/?]: s30, e1.

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aimlessme:

Wisconsin women’s hockey all-time leading scorer Hilary Knight poses nude for ESPN Body Issue

Knight: “There is this image of athletic women as small and petite — the yoga body type. Women in general, we tend to shrink ourselves and not have as much confidence as we should in presenting ourselves and our body types. It’s OK to be fit and healthy and comfortable within your body, whatever frame you have. Since gaining 15 pounds to be at the top of my sport [for the Olympics], I’ve tried to shatter the body image that muscular isn’t feminine.”

HOLY SHIT GOD DAMNNNNNNNNN

my body is ready

Date me already

I JUST BECAME REALLY INTERESTED IN HOCKEY :D