I really need y'all to understand that your freedom of speech does not allow you to make baseless hate speech, threats, or intimidation. Your freedom of speech has an asterisk and it comes with consequences. I don’t condone the acts taken against Charlie Hebdo, but if you are hashtagging ‘I am Charlie Hebdo,’ you’re saying you’re racist, islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, and just about every kind of bigot you can think of. Just FYI.

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Rand Paul for Prez? JUST SAY KNOPE!

Review of Rand Paul both as politician and person:

Here’s why:

Rand Paul slams gay rights in unearthed 2013 interview: “I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior” 

“I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,” Paul said.

As Seth Meyers joked, “I guess you’ll never use the words ‘hey, I’m president!’ either.”

Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul to appear in documentary featuring “ex-homosexuals”

Watch Rand Paul Explain to a Female Reporter How to Ask a Question, also Rand Paul to Female TV Anchor: ‘Shhhhh,’ ‘Calm Down’ 

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Legislators had a little party at the capitol to honor the anniversary of the state’s same-sex marriage ban

Texas officials are already trying their damnedest to un-marry the state’s first-ever legally married same-sex couple, but it seems that for several lawmakers, it’s simply not enough to make sure Texans don’t have marriage equality. Nope — anti-LGBTQ discrimination and bigotry, especially when codified into state law, are things to be celebrated! Things to be celebrated with smiles and joy — and cake!

Terrible.

I want Tumblr to be a real place with no money like a secondary Universe that we can all populate that just has a system where the most well-researched and cohesive arguments are currency like think about it how quickly would straight white men fall to the bottom of the food chain.

There are so many bigots out there who seem to recognise the hatred in their opinion but don’t want it linked to ‘negative words’. 

I have seen so many people hate on Arab Muslims specifically then act offended if you call them a racist. If you call them Islamaphobic they don’t seem to mind so much. 

Xenophobic/Islamaphobic doesn’t have the same reach and impact in people’s minds so it becomes a more acceptable term, a gentle way to soften the blow of their hatred.

Sometimes they will even try and bust some half assed and inaccurate linguistic knowledge with lines like: “I’m not homophobic, I’m not afraid of gay people, I just don’t agree with them!”

They can own their own hatred but they don’t want to be associated with one of those big, well known, well used terms for their hatred.

This Land is My Land
  • Guy at Bar:I don't get why they don't just learn the language. This is America! Learn our language, or GTFO!
  • Me:O-nen ki' wahi'! (Mohawk "Goodbye then!")
  • Guy at Bar:Uh, what?
  • Me:Oh, you don't speak the language of this land? Then go back to Europe!
  • Surrounding pals:*laughing at him, and giving me high-fives*
  • This concludes my Tuesday night.

I’ve seen some people complaining about that “being white means never having your name mispronounced” post that’s going around. On the one hand, they’re totally right: I’m a white guy with a Ukrainian surname, and it gets mispronounced all the time. I’ve had to correct just about everybody I know at some point.

You know what’s never happened, though?

Nobody’s ever asked me if they could call me a different name that’s easier for them to say instead.

Nobody’s ever reacted to having their pronunciation corrected with a look of utter incredulity, like I’d just asked them to sprout wings and fly.

Nobody’s ever just straight-up refused to acknowledge the correction and continued to mispronounce my name has they had before.

Nobody’s ever tried to convince me that I’m pronouncing my own name wrong.

Back when I was in school - and I mean straight on through university, not just primary school - I saw all of the above inflicted upon other students on a regular basis, including folks whose names were, by any reasonable metric, much less tongue-twisting than mine.

Can you guess what all those folks had in common?