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Bill, when I got your letter, I was at the Co. CP. Of course, everyone was interested to hear from you. Well, they said read it out loud. Well, the Co and the rest of company headquarters were there. I got halfway through and started to cry in front of all the guys. I just had to take off, Bill. Boy, I never felt so hollow inside in all my life. From now on when you write, please… leave anything about your leg out of my letters. Just do it as a favor for me. I guess I’m not near as good a man as I thought I was. […] All the guys told me how you took it cooler than anybody yet. Laying there shooting the shit when you were hit like that. Some guys about shit when they get nicked with a bullet and you get hit like that and just shoot the shit. Well, I just want to tell you right now, you’re so much better of a man than I am it isn’t even funny. I don’t mean only in combat either. You’re better than any officer or EM I’ve ever seen or ever will. You’re the first guy whom I’ve ever met I could hit it with and it’s just because you’re such a swell guy… For God’s sake, Bill, don’t let it get you down… I know you’re the kind of guy who will see it through to the end… I expect to have a lot of fun when we get back to the States. Buddy, we’ll rip her apart when I get back.
—  Johnny Martin in a letter to Bill Guarnere, January 12, 1945

right, right. so, i get why people don’t wanna be called queer as a like, personal identifier. i get that.

i won’t. but i need a word to refer to the community as a whole? and the letter salad is just not working, because it doesn’t look like a word at all and it messes with my brain something bad. like. *grumbles*

i’m going to use queer as a catch all term for the community as a whole, because i can’t language good at times?

okay so

graham-leslie-coxon THIS IS FOR YOU ROBERTA

so before we do anything please watch  these babbies be cute and helpful [you may notice that bassist paul simonon is a semi-professional supermodel jk - BUT SHORT MOUSE FACE TOPPER IS THE CUTEST]

the big hit THEY LIVE BY THE RIVERRRRR
arabs and desert hills are what make a good punk-to-80s-music transition
ugh joe wtf is your haircut
this is a personal invitation for mick jones to snog me
not even a video it’s just a HELLA RAD song
THIS SONG IS THE ACTUAL BOMB
this isnt the best song but the video is awwwwww
WE DONT CARE ABOUT YOU PISTOLS FANS JUST LOVE US WE’RE DESPERATE
i always imagine topper, paul and mick getting lost looking for cereal??
this song always hits me right in the feels, also, pay attn to first photo
the lyrical imagery is magical
this one is just plain good
it’s not like the studio recording, but it’s close and a good performance
THEY FOUGHT THE LAW BUT THE LAW WON
THIS IS THE ONLY SOLID SONG OF MICK’S SOLO CAREER, HE HAD A BAND

Brief history storytime (promise this wont be boring):
OKAY SO the clash are one of the most innovative punk bands ever playing with styles of reggae, rockabilly and dub (but not much so don’t be put off). Their biggest success is London Calling with its EPIC record cover of Paul where they take the mick out of elvis. They have very political lyrics and do not like police brutality.

WHAT HAPPEND WAS there was this one kid called john graham mellor who didnt want his name anymore so he renamed himself JOE STRUMMER okay and he was in this pub rock band called the 101ers bc they were all squatting in this flat that was number 101. this other kid called mick jones was in a band who never once played a live gig. his band, London SS, was managed by this friend of malcolm mclaren (sex pistols manager) and mick befriended some of the pistols. when london ss were having auditions this kid called paul simonon tried to be a vocalist and didnt pass. joe was busking around london and bernie spotted him (that’s the manager of london ss btw) and was like ‘DO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE BAND THAT COULD RIVAL THE PISTOLS’ since they needed a singer, or something along those lines involving a pub. bernie gave him 48 hours to think, joe took 24 to say yes.

THEN THEY BECAME EPIC WORLD HEROES AND FRIENDS WITH DON LETTS AND EVERYONE LOVED THEM AND MICK HAD THIS ONE SOLO PROJECT THAT WENT DOWNHILL BUT IT WAS STILL GR8 AND YEAH THEYRE FAVES

SORRY THIS TOOK SO LONG

PLEASE READ THE TAGS, ESPECIALLY THE LAST ONE, AND ALSO THIS PIC:

THAT’S JOE BTW

Tagged by femmecrip

Name: Tiffany

Time and date: 9:39 PM, 5/23/15


Average hours of sleep a night: Sleep? What’s Sleep? Average 4 good hours on a good night.

Last thing I googled: Pictures of Sidney Crosby. Don’t judge me! haha

Nickname: Tiffers, which I dislike. Thanks grandma!

Birthday: July 18th


Gender: Female


Sexual preference: straight 

Height: 5′9

Favorite color: orange


One place that makes me happy: the shore

How many blankets do i sleep under: One 

Favorite movie(s): Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, John Wayne movies, Casablanca. The oldies but goodies. 

What I’m wearing right now: Tank top and shorts

Last book you read: Devil In The White City by Erik Larson. I love history books. 


Most used phrase(s): probably fuck, and sexy

First word that comes to mind: gosh

What I last said to a family member: “come clean this toilet for me.”


Favorite beverage: Lebron’s sprite. That ish is the bomb.

Favorite food: Pizza


Last movie I watched in theaters: Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Dream Vacation: Italy. I want a gondola ride so bad.

Dream Wedding: I don’t know. I’d just want to get the day over with.


Dream pet(s): I like dragons and owls and mystical creatures. So I’d say one of those.

Dream Job: A Vet. I love animals. 

I tag shayvingcream josh592 joker-xoxo onetree00 and tinnuael

also, what’s with that ‘oh, you can’t use queer because it’s a slur’ and then a few lines further ‘and you can’t use homosexual because it was used to pathologise lgb people’

like. what the fucking hell do you even fucking think we should call ourselves? come on, i dare you find me a word for queer people that hasn’t been used as an insult, doesn’t have negative medical connotations, and is free of any sort of bad history.

i fucking dare you.

i’m not using queer because i’m clueless and stupid and brainwashed and know fuck all about history. i’m using it precisely because of its history, because there is an incredibly power in this tradition of taking the insults thrown at you and going ‘yeah, and in other news, water is wet, and this is what i’m calling myself anyways’. and you’re not going to take this from me with some sort of weird idea of why we need to learn our history.

we have a history of using insults and slurs to describe our community. it’s a thing we’ve done since there was such a thing as our community. how are we betraying or failing history if we keep with that tradition? how?

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History Meme (3/6) Women ~ Lagertha

According to legend Lagertha was a Danish Viking Shieldmaiden from what is now known as Norway and the onetime wife of Ragnar Lodbrok who she had three children with. 

Lagertha’s career as a warrior began when Frø, king of Sweden, invaded Norway. Frø put the women of the dead king’s family into a brothel for public humiliation. Ragnar Lodbrok came with an army to avenge his grandfather who Frø had killed and many of the women Frø had ordered abused fought at Ragnar’s side. Chief among them, and key to Ragnar’s victory, was Lagertha.

“Ladgerda, a skilled Amazon, who, though a maiden, had the courage of a man, and fought in front among the bravest with her hair loose over her shoulders. All-marveled at her matchless deeds, for her locks flying down her back betrayed that she was a woman.” 

Years later after Ragnar and Lagertha divorced, Lagertha came to Ragnar’s aid with 120 ships when he faced a Civil War in Denmark. When at the height of the battle, Ragnar’s son Siward was wounded, Lagertha saved the day for Ragnar with a counterattack. 

Upon returning to Norway, she quarreled with her husband, and slew him with a spearhead she concealed in her gown.

“usurped the whole of his name and sovereignty; for this most presumptuous dame thought it pleasanter to rule without her husband than to share the throne with him” 

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no but steven finds a box full of old stuff like snapshots of the gems. ever since cameras were developed rose insisted on taking as many pictures as possible. garnet in refined victorian dresses. amethyst in a newsboy cap and overalls. pearl with bubblegum spiked hair, saggy jeans and a biker vest. he can watch as they changed with the planet. at the bottom of the box, a certain picture catches his attention.

it’s a photograph of rose. a photograph of rose quartz photobombing the ghettysburg address

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In remembrance of the 123rd anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre. A little bit of real history today.

The Wounded Knee Massacre was a brief fight between the Native American Lakota people and the US Army. It took place at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota on December 29, 1890. About 300 Lakota and 25 soldiers were killed. The Lakota were part of the Sioux nation. The army had been sent into the area to take the guns owned by the Lakota.

The army was sent in to the Native American camps to arrest the leaders and take away their weapons until things settled down. Chief Sitting Bull was killed when the army tried to arrest him at Standing Rock Reservation of December 15, 1890. The army then went to arrest Chief Big Foot. On December 28, the army found Chief Big Foot, who was leading his people south to the Pine Ridge Reservation, near the Wounded Knee Creek. The next morning Chief Big Foot met with Colonel Forsyth.

During the meeting a shot was fired, and very quickly both groups began shooting at each other. The army had Hotchkiss cannons which fired into the tepees. Many women and children were caught in the gunfire. When the shooting stopped over 300 people had been killed.

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history meme - 10 Moments - The Hindenburg Disaster [7/10]

On the evening of 6 May 1937, the German passenger airship - an aircraft that was propelled using gas such as hydrogen - LZ 129 Hindenburg exploded while trying to make dock in at Lakehurt Naval Station in Lakehurt, New Jersey. 35 people perished in the explosion, which was covered in depth by various radio and new broadcast stations. The Hindenburg Disaster marked the end of the airship era as all public confidence in airship travel was diminished by the incident.

There are two kinds of historians:

Those who study and write about themes and issues with actual political and contemporary value,

And those who email “I WANNA WRITE ABOUT SHARKS” to a teacher (who studies qiant squids in 19th century and pretty much answers “COOL!!?”)

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History Meme (1/6) Women ~ Ching Shih

Ching Shih was a Cantonese prostitute in the city of Canton in her early years before she was captured by pirates. In the year 1801 she married the notorious Cantonese pirate Zheng Yi, who following his marriage to Ching created one of the most powerful pirate fleets in all of China; known as the Red Flag Fleet.

Ching participated fully in her husband’s piracy and in 1807 after Zheng died in Vietnam, Ching began manoeuvring her way into his leadership position. Ching began to cultivate personal relationshops in order to ensure her rivals to recognise her status and solidify her authority. Ching sought the support and aid of her late husband’s family to put a stop to any chance of open conflict erupting from her rivals, and then she drew on the coalition that had been formed by Zheng by building upon the fleet captains’ existing loyalties to her husband, making herself essential to the remaining captains.

Now that she held the fleet’s leadership position, Ching began uniting the fleet by issuing a code of laws. First, anyone giving their own orders (orders not issued by Ching herself) or disobeying those who were superior were beheaded on the spot. Second, stealing from the public fund or any villagers that supplied the pirates was strictly forbidden. Third,  all goods taken as booty had to be presented for group inspection. The booty was registered by a purser and then distributed by the fleet leader. The original seizer received twenty percent and the rest was placed into the public fund. Fourth, actual money was turned over to the squadron leader, who only gave a small amount back to the seizer, so the rest could be used to purchase supplies for unsuccessful ships.

Ching code had special rules for female captives. The pirates made their most beautiful captives their concubines or wives. If a pirate took a wife he had to be faithful to her. The ugliest were released and any remaining were ransomed. If a pirates raped a female captive they were put to death, but if it was consensual sex, the pirate was decapitated and the woman thrown overboard with leg weights.

The fleet under her command established hegemony over many coastal villages, in some cases even imposing levies and taxes on settlements. The Red Flag Fleet under Ching Shih’s rule could not be defeated (not by Chinese officials, not by the Portuguese navy, and not by the British). Finding it hopeless to defeat her, in 1810, amnesty was offered to all pirates, and Ching Shih took advantage of it. She ended her career that year, accepting an amnesty offer from the Chinese government. She kept her loot, and opened a gambling house. Ching died in 1844 aged sixty-nine.

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cutefeyrac asked:

lady comstock was based visually on alice roosevelt longworth, who's actually an interesting historical figure in herself. check her out!

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (February 12, 1884 – February 20, 1980) was an American writer and prominent socialite. She was the oldest child of U.S. President Theodore “T.R.” Roosevelt, Jr. (1858–1919). She was the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee (1861–84).

Alice led an unconventional and controversial life. Her marriage to Representative Nicholas Longworth III (Republican-Ohio), a party leader and 43rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was shaky, and her only child Paulina was a result of her affair with Senator William Edgar Borah ofIdaho.