i mean honestly
There have been some pretty quality blogs following me lately and that makes me A+ happy.
- accept that no pun is actually Good, but that the true nature of a good pun is to be so terrible that it becomes good.
- say every pun that occurs to you. i’m so serious about this, sometimes the most well received puns will be ones you considered not saying.
- ALWAYS laugh at your own puns, even if nobody else is. (especially if nobody else is.)
- know that you are hilarious. puns are a limitless resource and you have taken it as your duty to bring this gift to humanity. you are a hero.
Oh wow I found my bible
Why isn’t anyone talking about this?
we cant even be nerds while black
The cosplay was apparently coincidence. But, I’ve read this and a few other articles and here’s what fucking bothers me. The officers were not immediately interviewed, so they have had time to develop and corroborate their stories. They said Hunt lunged at them with the (fake) sword. So my question is, even if that were true, why would that action require lethal force as a response?
There are two armed officers and one guy with one (fake) sword. How did he lunge at both of them when they’re standing at either side of him?
Jocelyn Hansen, who was filling her car at a gas station opposite the bank, has said that seconds beforehand she saw Hunt and the officers in conversation. She said that after taking a photograph of the scene, which showed Hunt smiling and with his hands at his sides, she got into her car in order to leave and then heard gunfire.
The bold is my emphasis.
How do they both feel so genuinely threatened that their immediate response is to draw their weapons? Once the guns are aiming at Hunt, do they ask him to surrender or do they open fire immediately? Do they even try to incapacitate him first? When did it become shoot to kill?!
The family believes he was running away. Their independent autopsy shows he was shot from the back. How are you ever in imminent danger if the person who threatened you has his back turned to you and is running away? Running away is the most vulnerable position someone can be in with a gun aimed at them. You can’t avoid being hit by something you can’t see.
When someone — especially one without a firearm — exposes their backs to run away from you, the threat to you no longer exists. You no longer have the right to say “I feared for my life.” What are they going to do? Charge backwards at you? Run in a circle at superhuman speed and sneak up behind you? No.
Even if we’re operating on the basis that the sword was real, and the young man did lunge, how is a lethal shot a proper response? “Bringing a knife to a gunfight” is a saying precisely because, a blade and a gun are not comparable. A lethal blade has neither the speed or range of a bullet. A trigger pull is easier than a lunge.
If a gun is necessary — and that’s a big ass fucking if — you don’t aim for the killing blow, you aim to incapacitate; you aim for the legs and to the arms, so they can’t run and can’t draw weapons. You do not shoot to kill!
Like, I don’t really give a shit what Darrien was doing with his (fake) sword. I can’t see any scenarios involving a single individual with a single sword — real or otherwise — that require lethal force, unless were dealing with trained fucking Samurai’s and ninjas and shit. I see no reason for a young man to be killed. He was not a threat. He didn’t deserve to die.
We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.
And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice.
I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."
State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.
She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixon — to the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.