Friendly reminder to anyone who is planning on participating in 479er week:

Miles Luna said at Comicon 2013 his favorite RVB ship name is “Four Seven Nine Oh Lina” because its fun to say.

So. Enjoy that.

Grand juries rarely indict police officers who shoot citizens

The failure of the St. Louis County grand jury to hand down an indictment against the officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown caused uproar and protest, but law enforcement experts say that indictments against police officers are rare.

The perceived lack of indictment of police by grand juries could be due to multiple reasons, including a Supreme Court decision in a case involving orange juice, as well as the complex relationships between police departments and district attorneys.

There have been close to 1,000 people killed by police since January 1, 2014, and over 1,750 since May 2013, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.

Against those figures is data from the FBI Crime Reports – based on police departments’ own records – which say that of the 533,895 police officers hired to protect and serve 247 million Americans, 27 officers died in 2013 in the line of duty. In 26 cases, those deaths were caused by males. Fifteen of the men were white, 11 were black, and all had criminal records.

Missing from official records, though, is how many police officers were indicted for excessive force. An independent study in 2010 by researcher David Packman showed 4,841 reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 police officers. Of those misconduct complaints, 3,238 resulted in charges being made, but only 33 percent were convicted and 12 percent incarcerated.


Saints Are Still Being Made: Meet Chiara Corbella Petrillo

From Lisa Cotter, FOCUS — A few months ago I received an email from a friend of mine who had recently encountered the life of an extraordinary woman while in Rome. I was so moved by the story I shared it last week with the women at SEEK 2013 and now want to share it with you. It’s the story of a life often seen as full of folly and tragedy. But if you understand the Christian life and if you can see the joy that can come from suffering, you can recognize that it is anything but sad. You can see that Chiara’s life is a reason for rejoicing, a reason for hope.

Chiara Corbella Petrillo met her husband Enrico while on pilgrimage [in Medjugorje]. Several years later they married and conceived their first child. They were no doubt thrilled with the news of the life growing inside of Chiara, but in the middle of the pregnancy the doctors informed Chiara that the child was not developing properly and would not be able to sustain her own life outside of the womb. Rather than abort baby Maria, Chiara carried her to full term, held her briefly, and watched her pass into the next life.

Again Chiara became pregnant. And as I can only imagine they began preparations to welcome their new little one. But again, in the middle of the pregnancy the doctors informed Chiara that the child would not be able to sustain his life outside of the womb and for a second time Chiara carried her baby, David, to full term, held him briefly, and watched him pass into the next life.

Rather than become bitter, angry, and shut off from life Chiara and Enrico began speaking publicly about the gift of life, even a brief one. Chiara had this to say:

God gave us two special children, but He asked us to accompany them only until birth. He allowed us to hold them, baptize them, and return them to the hands of the Father. There was a peace and joy that was unlike anything else we had experienced.”

video of one of her testimonies was recently translated into English by a friend of mine, and you can view it on her official site. It is a beautiful example of God’s peace in the midst of suffering.

For a third time Chiara conceived a child. And this child was healthy and growing. But in the middle of the pregnancy the doctors informed Chiara that while the child was well, it was she who was sick with cancer. Because of the intensity of the prescribed treatments Chiara decided to postpone them until her son, Francesco, was born in order to ensure that he would in fact be born and have life.

Baby Francesco arrived happily and healthily, and Chiara began her treatments. Soon it became clear that death was immanent for Chiara, so she prayed, “Lord, you can ask me anything, but I can’t do it if I am surrounded by such sad faces.” Her prayers for joyful visitors were answered, and with much peace she bore her suffering.

The joy and peace that surrounded Chiara and Enrico was so tangible Chiara said: “Even if the Lord heals me, the greater miracle will have been that He helped my family and I live this trial in peace.” In response to the negativity Chiara and Enrico received from those who called their situation sad and tragic they said, “Where is it written that death is terrible and undesired? That having two children who lived only a half hour is a tragedy?” Enrico once heroically remarked, “If my wife is going to be with Someone who loves her more than I, why should I be upset?”

About a year after the birth of Francesco, Chiara laid on her deathbed. In an interview with Vatican Radio, Enrico had this to say about her final hours:

“I spent a lot of time this year reflecting on this phrase from the Gospel that says the Lord gives a cross that is sweet and a burden that is light. When I would look at Chiara when she was about to die, I obviously became very upset. But I mustered the courage and a few hours before – it was about eight in the morning, Chiara died at noon – I asked her.  

I said: ‘But Chiara, my love, is this cross really sweet, like the Lord says? She looked at me and she smiled, and in a soft voice she said, ‘Yes, Enrico, it is very sweet.’”

On June 13, 2012 Chiara passed from this life into the next. My friend in Rome was able to attend her funeral. She described the event as full of joy with jubilant songs written and sung by Enrico, clapping, hugging, and tears of joy. In reflecting on the experience she said:

“What they lived was, by human standards, very intense and difficult. We might be tempted to say, ‘I could have never done what Chiara did.’ What Chiara did though is take little doable steps each day (‘Piccoli Passi Possibile’, literally ‘small possible steps’). Her prayer was that they would have the ‘grace to welcome the grace’ which God would give them to keep going forward. No matter what circumstance we are in, personally, this is what we should pray for with great faith: grace to be open to receive the grace needed to face everything in our lives.”

When I look at the picture of Chiara above all I can think is “Look at that joy.” Despite the marks of cancer that were clearly taking her life, look at that joy. That joy only comes from holiness. That joy only comes from living a life for Christ, from taking small steps each day to live as He has called us to live. I want that joy and I want that joy for you. Piccoli Passi Possibile, small steps can.

Be saints, it’s worth it.


throwback to last time Lorde preformed on Jimmy Fallon

october 1, 2013 // november 25, 2014

The hours following the somber verdict of Darren Wilson not being indicted for killing Michael Brown, an online poster quickly circulated through social media urging everyone, and specifically Black Americans, to boycott this upcoming Black Friday. As the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter becomes a national call to action, calls for a protest of Black Friday would be another effective way to send a message to the government about the extreme level of injustice towards Black people. Since Black lives apparently don’t matter, it may be time to show how the market could look once “Black” wallets don’t matter either. 

In 2013, a general study was done in that by 2015, African-Americans will collectively have a buying power of $1.1 trillion dollars to spend. That’s a lot of moolah to go around towards companies that have sometimes, even regularly, do not appreciate the service of Black shoppers. The Nielsen Company originally reported that the power of the Black consumer is actually “underrepresented”.

Pro-Black reporters have suggested we spend our hard-earned money at independent stores than large-scale corporate retailers before (especially when last year, there were higher than usual instances of racial profiling, or “shopping while black” that occurred). You can also use the other Black Friday boycott hashtag #notonedime that’s also been making the rounds.

What do you guys think?

infantcassie asked:

Hello. What does Jaejoong's tattoos read?

Which one? LOL



Between August and September 2008



Between September and October 2008 
The wings designed by Jaejoong himself

“0126 0204” (Jaejoong’s birthdays) in Roman numerals

in his chest:


Before October 2009 
(Accuse no man, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet)

in his back:


Before October 30th, 2010

Before November 25th, 2011 
“Without faith (beliefs), you are dead.”

The most recent ones: 

this butterfly: (2013 if I am not mistaken?) 


and this quote, in his belly few months ago

“Ama et fac quod vis” – St Augustin, which means “He loves & does as he will” 


anonymous asked:

not to hate, but aren't you just a copy of: textfromtitankillers?

wrong! to correct your rather passive aggressive comment, I’m a copy of one of the original text blogs: textsfromgayswimmers. (I think she was the first??? I have no idea.) I didn’t even know there WAS an optimistic counterpart but that’s hilarious. idk which of the two of us was first, you’ll have to check the archives but I’ve been here an embarrassingly long time. 

it doesn’t matter how many blogs there are like this, they’re all silly and it’s just for fun. I wasn’t the first to have the idea for a text blog, and I won’t be the last.

It has finally come to this.

No longer will I quietly talk shit about Greg behind his back (and sometimes directly to his face). It’s time to call out Greg’s Bullshit once and for all, for everyone to see.


Gather ‘round, my children, and let me tell you the story of Greg, The Creeper.

For those who don’t know, Downtown Disney Homestuck Meetups, lovingly referred to as DTDstuck meets, have been run by Central Florida Homestuck, and were generally always hosted by two fabulous leaders, Connor and Hadi.  They have always been amazing meetups of exceptional quality, usually once a month, or at least for most major holidays, such as Gristmas, 4/13stuck, etc.

Until Greg showed up.

Greg started coming to DTDstuck meets about a year ago. I think Halloweenstuck 2013 was his first one, or at least the first time I had seen him there. Almost all of my female friends I have made at these meets agreed that they felt there was something… off about him. He very much gave off that creeper/nice guy vibe that the Anon mentioned above. Trust me Anon, you certainly are NOT alone. I have had SEVERAL girls (some under age) approach me and tell me that Greg has made them feel uncomfortable (unwanted advances, touches, invitations to go places, to meet up alone, those sorts of things). Being the Mother Hen that I am, this is when I started watching Greg like a hawk.

Setting aside his general creepyness factor, Greg also took it upon himself to start hosting meetups on his own. Every other week there seemed to be a DTDstuck meet, hosted by Greg.  These meetups were CONSIDERABLY lacking in quality and structure, the likes of which had been offered by Hadi and Conner for years past.  Some newer DTDstuck attendees probably have never experienced a really well put together meet up, if you’ve only started coming within the last year.

At first, we let these shitty meetups slide. They were decent excuses to get together, cosplay, hang out with friends, goof around and socialize.  They had never really been for any particular holiday, so the lack of structure could be overlooked.

Until 4/13stuck, 2014.  An announcement had been made on the Central Florida Homestuck’s facebook page that they were planing something very big, and requested that nobody else make any plans for 4/13stuck, because they wanted it to be a big surprise.  Greg, of course, made a DTDstuck meetup for 4/13stuck himself any way.  The CFLHomestuck’s Derse and Prospit Games Event, despite tons of planning and money spent, suffered a HUGE loss in attendance, and was ultimately a failure, because everyone ended up going to Greg’s DTDstuck meet instead. Which, by the way, was ALSO a huge failure because that meet was a fucking wreck in comparison to 4/13stuck’s past.  There was no structure, Greg is a terrible leader, and it will probably go down in history as one of the most boring, under planned and unorganized 4/13stucks ever.

A few more months of shitty DTDstuck meets after, along with several more complaints about Greg and his creepyness during meets and conventions, and I had finally had it. I decided I was NOT going to allow Greg to ruin my favorite holiday, and decided with a group of friends that we would host Halloweenstuck 2014 ourselves.

Waffles was kind enough to make the event page on Facebook. It was soon after that we discovered that Greg (surprise surprise) had already made an event page for his own Halloweenstuck meet, dated to take place the week before ours.  We didn’t let that discourage us though. We were going to take Halloweenstuck for ourselves, even if that meant competing with Greg. Not that it was much of a competition.

We had gotten the seal of approval for our event from Hadi and Connor and the rest of the CFLHomestuck Facebook group. This was when the shit hit the fan and some people (myself included) started to finally call Greg out on his bullshit hosting skills from the past year. You can read the whole thing here (No names will be blocked out, because this took place quite publicly):

After that shitstorm of comments got deleted, Greg sent me a private message on Facebook, inquiring about what his meetups were lacking. And as they say, ‘I have a policy about honesty and ass kicking, which is: if you ask for it, then I have to let you have it’. You can read the whole thing here:

Ultimately, Greg canceled his event.  So Waffles, Skittles, Jon and I hosted our Halloweenstuck meet, which Greg had the gall to attend, but it didn’t matter.  Because we hosted a fucking KICK ASS event. We had people approach us (the hosts) and tell us that it was one of the best events they had ever been to.  And I honestly still enjoy stroking my ego, among other things, about that.

I think that about covers it. Up until of course Greg making his post about his support of the scumbag cop that shot and killed Mike Brown:

I had wanted to avoid causing drama but… alas. Someone has to be the bitch and call Greg Young (stuntedminds) out on his bullshit. And as usual, that bitch had to be me.