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This officer was fired after he didn’t shoot a black man in distress. Now he’s suing.

  • Stephen Mader, a former police officer in Weirton, West Virginia, is suing the city and local police department for firing him after he didn’t shoot a black man trying to commit suicide by cop.
  • In May 2016, Mader encountered Ronald Williams, a distressed African-American man whose girlfriend had called police to their Weirton home after Williams reportedly threatened to harm himself.
  • Williams was holding an unloaded gun and pleaded with Mader to “just shoot me,” according to the former officer’s lawsuit.
  • Mader, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, said he relied on his training in the military, and attempted to de-escalate the situation and prevent any loss of life. But when two of Mader’s fellow officers joined him on the scene, one of them fatally shot Williams in the head.
  • The use of lethal force rattled the community, in light of the facts that Williams had apparently been experiencing a mental health crisis and that Mader, a white officer, had attempted to save the black man’s life. Mader was fired following the incident.
  • Mader’s lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in West Virginia, alleges that the city violated his rights against unjust termination, his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution and other rights under the Constitution of the State of West Virginia. Read more (5/10/17)

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Remember when I asked if you all wanted a ficlet of Feyre finding Rhys’ mother’s and sister’s wings in Spring Court? And all you Maasochists said yes?

Well, here you go…

Originally posted by blmglove


I climbed the stairs to that part of the manor that I’d never visited before. Tamlin had never outright ordered me not to venture here, but it was always an unspoken understanding we had. Before everything that happened, before Rhys, Tamlin always came to my room when we spent the night together, I was never invited to his. Maybe that’s what drove me to explore while he was far from the manor. Not that I was afraid of him, I hadn’t been afraid of him for a long while now, but it would be so much easier to look around without him hovering over me.

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Anti-LGBTQ attacks aren’t hate crimes, according to West Virginia Supreme Court

  • On Tuesday, in a 3-2 decision, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s hate crime law does not cover anti-LGBTQ assaults, Slate reported.
  • The narrow decision stemmed from the West Virginia v. Butler case.
  •  According to West Virginia Metro News, in 2015, Marshall University football player Steward Butler allegedly attacked Zackary Johnson and Casey Williams for kissing in public. 
  • Butler reportedly saw the men from his car, exited his vehicle, shouted homophobic slurs, then physically assaulted both men. 
  • Following the incident, Butler was charged with battery and later for violating both Williams’ and Johnson’s civil rights. 
  • As Metro Newsreported, the current law in West Virginia prohibits civil rights violations based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation or sex. Read more (5/10/17)

Temple of the God Horus at Behdet (Edfu):
the west side of the “Court of Offerings” (that is the Forecourt) with its twelve columns, view from the entrance-gate of the Pronaos. On the foreground, one of the two statues of Horus in His form of sacred falcon (wearing the Double Crown) flanking the entrance-gate of the Pronaos.
On the top left, the north face of the west tower of the Pylon

Judge Orders Trump-Owned Golf Resort to Pay Millions
The decision is the first court judgment against a company owned by Mr. Trump since he became president last month.
By Barry Meier and Susanne Craig

In a highly unusual turn of events for a sitting president, a federal judge in Florida on Wednesday ordered a golf resort owned by President Trump to pay $5.7 million for refusing to refund deposits to members who wanted to resign from the club.

In his ruling, the judge said that Mr. Trump, by sending a letter in late 2012 denying access to members who wanted to resign from the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter — a process that could take years — had set off a contract clause that should have resulted in an immediate refund of their membership fees. Instead, the money was withheld….

Wednesday’s ruling — by Judge Kenneth Marra of Federal District Court in West Palm Beach, an appointee of President George W. Bush’s — calls for the club to pay $4.85 million in withheld fees to 65 club members involved in the lawsuit, plus an additional $925,000 in interest and other costs. As a result, those members will receive refunds of $35,000 to $200,000, depending on their level of membership in the club.

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Plot Similarities in ACOTAR and the Fairy Tales they Draw From

A Court of Thrones and Roses was based on Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun and West of the moon.

A Court of Mist and Fury was based on the myth of Hades and Persephone.

Here are some similarities between the two tales that I found:


- Feyre is taken by a beast or in this case Tamlin who is a High Fae (this happens in both of the stories)

- The Servant’s have masks instead of becoming the objects themselves

- Feyre like Belle has something that she loves to do that Tamlin/The Beast let her do (painting v. reading)

-  There is a spell that must be broken and the heroine does so

- There is an old woman who helps the heroine out in getting to the Mountain (Alis in ACOTAR and an old woman in EotSaWotM)


- There is a bargain that ties the woman to the dark place and it is a bargain that makes them stay in that place multiple times (Hell in Persephone’s case and the Night Court in Feyres case)

- Feyre like Persephone grows to love Rhys (or Hades)

- People try and get back Persephone like they do with Feyre because they don’t trust Hades/Rhys

Now Sarah J. Maas has said that ACOTAR book 3 could also draw from Snow White, so here is where I think the similarities will be

- The Mirror is the cauldron

- The Evil Queen could either be the King of Hybern or Tamlin

- The Dwarfs/The Huntsman, her allies, will be Lucien and Alis in the Spring Court but also the Court of Dreams, her sisters and then some of the other courts too.

- Similar to how the Evil Queen was shocked by the Huntsman’s betrayal so will Tamlin be when Lucien chooses to help Feyre instead of him

- Feyre in order to destroy the cauldron and save everyone will have to use a lot of her magic or have to be put under a spell or does something that puts her in a trace that in order to break she needs True Loves Kiss … RHYSAND !!!!!!!

I’m not saying that the last book will follow the story of Snow White by the book, but like the previous two books, it will draw some major similarities in plot or events.

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s hate crime law does not cover anti-gay assaults or any crime committed on the basis of sexual orientation. Its 3–2 decision marks a setback for civil rights advocates’ efforts to persuade courts that laws prohibiting violence and discrimination on the basis of sex also protect LGBTQ people. The loss, however, is a narrow one—and the poorly reasoned majority opinion is unlikely to affect the growing consensus in the federal judiciary that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is always “because of sex.”

Tuesday’s decision in West Virginia v. Butler emerged from a disturbing case of anti-gay bias. In 2015, Steward Butler, a college football player, allegedly attacked two men for kissing in public after shouting homophobic slurs. Prosecutors charged Butler not only with battery but also with a hate crime. West Virginia’s hate crime statute does not explicitly include sexual orientation, but it does bar violence “because of sex.” Prosecutors argued that Butler’s alleged attack fell under this prohibition because it was motivated by sex stereotyping, and because sex lay at the root of the brutality: Butler allegedly beat each man for intimately associating with a person of the same sex, and if either were different sex, he would not have assailed them.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Allen H. Loughry II rejected this theory, writing that the “common and ordinary meaning” of the word “sex” simply “imparts being male or female, and does not include ‘sexual orientation.’ ” He reached this conclusion by citing several dictionary definitions and ignoring Supreme Court precedent interpreting sex discrimination to encompass “the entire spectrum of disparate treatment of men and women resulting from sex stereotypes.” Loughry also noted that the legislature has repeatedly tried and failed to add “sexual orientation” to its hate crime statute. Its failure to add these words, Loughry asserted, indicates that the legislature did not intend to protect LGBTQ people from hate crimes.

In a forceful dissent, Justice Margaret L. Workman, joined by Justice Robin Jean Davis, criticized Loughry for giving “the shortest shrift to real critical thinking.” The majority decision, Workman wrote, “is overly simplistic and constricted,” because “the absence of … those two magic words”—sexual orientation—“does not definitely resolve the question presented by this case.” In reality, Workman explained, “certain individuals are targeted for violence because they are perceived to violate socially-established protocols for gender and sex roles. The perpetrators in such instances have drawn conclusions that the victim has contravened certain unspoken rules” regarding men and women. When he acts on those conclusions, “the bias-motivated crime” is committed, quite literally, “because of sex.” Workman elaborated:

“If a man stands on a corner kissing a man and is beaten because he is kissing a man, has he been assaulted because of his sex? Yes, but not simply because he possesses male anatomical parts; rather, the crime occurred because he was perceived to be acting outside the social expectations of how a man should behave with a man. But for his sex, he would not have been attacked.”


anonymous asked:

This is a small thing but it just shows how bad the editing of ac0war was: while in the autumn court with lucien, feyre says they can't go east because that brings them too close to the borders of the summer court and west is too out of the way, even though the summer court is to the west of the autumn court?? it's right there on the map and no one caught it

That’s a really small thing but could’ve been easily fixed while editing I think.

anonymous asked:

Being treated unfairly is not the same as oppression. Oppression is systematic, widespread, and typically ingrained in law. In the US, we have recourse for discrimination. The country is becoming ever more secular and inclusive. If what LGBT people and women here, on a grand scale, go through is oppression, they need a new word for what they go through in the Middle East.

“In the US, we have recourse for discrimination.”

Just a week ago a West Virginia court ruled that attacks committed on the basis of sexual orientation are not considered hate crimes and therefore the attackers can be tried on lesser charges. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty fucked up ruling in a country that is supposedly free of oppression.

Not to mention oppression does not need to be institutionalized in order to be oppression. Social oppression exists and it is a very real and dangerous thing. Do you think my friend is the only person whose family has disowned him for being gay? Do you think LGBT+ people stay in the closet just for fun? Just because you see a gay couple on a TV show doesn’t mean everyone in this country now accepts gay people. 

Not to mention the millions of people who are disabled, mentally ill, living in poverty, struggling with addiction, or have been imprisoned who can’t find work because employers think they’re unreliable and then have to deal with asshole conservatives who think they’re parasites for needing help from the government.

You do not get to pick out the worst countries in the world and then tell me that because we’re not like them everything is perfectly fine in the good ole USA. Many people who are oppressed recognize that they are lucky not to be living in those places. Hell, look at illegal immigrants who risked everything to get here, knowing that awful people would take advantage of them and pay them outrageously unlivable wages, because they knew that would be better than whatever regime they were living under in their home country.

And considering that many people who reblogged that post were part of the Tumblr Catholic community and you’re here on my Catholic blog, if you are Catholic or even Christian I’d ask you to take a long hard look at whether you are being compassionate to God’s children. I’ve seen Tumblr Catholics say some pretty awful things about people who do not share the same beliefs as them or who are different from them and I’m fed up with it. These people are suffering and I am not going to sit here and watch fellow Catholics delegitimize that suffering because they don’t understand it. I think everyone on this website could pray for some more charity.

If you send me another ask I’m going to tell you right now that I may not respond to it because I am not going to waste my time arguing with someone who’s unwilling to open their eyes to all the pain going on around them.


Winter light over Bristol rooftops by Chris Guy
Via Flickr:
Mist and sunlight at mid afternoon on 1 December 2016 in Cliftonwood, Bristol