Southern Flight

officialandraste:

I have way too much free time, so in my infinite boredom I did a closet cosplay of my love Merrill.

and yes that’s a feather boa (don’t ask why I even have one because I have no clue).

mumblingsage:

mswyrr:

quietandsarcastic:

Oh yeah, you gotta read this. 

Yesterday, Politico published a leaked report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups on how the party can better attract female voters. The report, based on a recent poll of 800 female registered voters as well as a series of focus groups, is titled “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities.” The central challenge facing the Republican party is that women—particularly single women and women who have graduated from college—are “barely receptive” to its policies, and are likely to consider the party “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past.”

Here’s where the “real opportunity” comes in: If only the Republicans could explain to these women that they are wrong, their votes would come flooding in. The report says that it is a “lack of understanding” between women and Republicans that “closes many minds to Republican policy solutions.” Republicans can attract the female vote by attacking the Democratic claim that GOP policies do not promote “fairness” for women and dealing “honestly with any disagreement on abortion” before moving on to “other issues.”

Today, R.R. Reno, editor of First Things (a journal that promotes “economic freedom” and a “morally serious culture”), published a very helpful essay illustrating how this fresh new strategy might work in practice. Reno begins his piece with a richly-drawn portrait of a hypothetical female Democratic voter: She is a “single, 35-year-old McKinsey consultant living in suburban Chicago who thinks of herself as vulnerable and votes for enhanced social programs designed to protect against the dangers and uncertainties of life.” (Reno does not specify the number of cats she owns, but for the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume the answer is “several.”) Reno speculates that this woman (whom he has invented and preprogrammed with opinions) feels “judged” by a Republican platform that opposes gay marriage, because “she intuitively senses that being pro-traditional marriage involves asserting male-female marriage as the norm—and therefore that her life isn’t on the right path.” So she votes for the Democrat, who does not appear to be “intolerant” of her lifestyle.

Here comes the part of the exercise where Reno carefully instructs this fantasy lady liberal that she has chosen poorly, and that the Republican party is the logical choice for a woman in her circumstance. This woman is suffering from “various kinds of personal unhappiness related to the lack of clear norms for how to live,” Reno writes. She secretly “wants to get married and feels vulnerable because she isn’t and vulnerable because she’s not confident she can.” And so, actually, she should support the party that wants to force people into traditional marriages, thus improving her chances of getting married herself. (Perhaps she can marry a gay man?) If only our hypothetical cat lady could get on board, she would get a husband, the Republicans would get another married woman to add to their key demographic, and gay people would get totally screwed. (Yay?)

In short, Republicans understand women plenty—it’s women who don’t understand themselves. Sounds like a promising strategy that will work with many, many sad single ladies that Republicans have invented in their brains. Next step: Finally granting imaginary women the right to vote.

A woman can’t object to legally mandating “traditional marriage” because it’s a homophobic, misogynistic airless room from hell and/or she’s queer, no, it must be that she hasn’t had the right dicking yet/found the right man. It’s not possible for a woman to have an actual, like, ideological objection to anything.

Please ignore the long history of intellectual and ideological work done by women throughout history and all the thoughtful women talking about their diverse needs and advocating for themselves today. That’s all just hysteria!

Women are only capable of being bitter, sad, Miss Havishams with a hole in their soul only marriage to a man can fill.

Right.

Suddenly I understand very clearly how Republicans can think same-sex marriage is a threat to traditional marriage. I mean, if traditional marriage is something women have to get lured into and might break away from at any instant…’cause they’re hysterical, of course…

when you mom going to come home and have lunch with me

ann-o-nyme:

Yoshitaka Amano

ann-o-nyme:

Yoshitaka Amano

oldpainting:

John Reinhard Weguelin (British, 1849 - 1927), “The mermaid” by sofi01 on Flickr.

mamalaz:

Sebastian Stan - Behind the Scenes fight training for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

kronos-keeper:

tinaconte:

underscorex:

mma-gifs:

Sport Science S02E11: World’s Toughest Woman (June/21/2009)

"Gina can land all 8 blows in a blistering 3 seconds. And how much does this maelstrom combine to generate? An amazing 4,800 pounds of force. That’s like a North Pacific giant octopus pounding you with all 8 of it’s arms. Translation: In 3 seconds, Gina could brake your ribs, give you a concussion, shatter your nose, rupture your spleen, cause internal bleeding, and put you down for the count."

but women can’t be superheroes

I want to be her.

ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW THIS SHIT. 

newyorksjojo:

disco-garudyne:

Naughty Dog abandoned their tradition. First they make 3 main games, then the 4th is kart racer. Crash 1-3 then Team Racing, Jak 1-3 then Jak X but now it’s Uncharted 1-3 and not 4. Where’s my Uncharted kart racer? Where’s Unkarted?

at this rater we’re going to get The Fast Of Us before we get Unkarted

aerialsquid:

asofterbucky:

hi friends!

this is chun li’s spinning bird kick. she is about five years old, a mystery mutt, and peeing blood.

this morning we went to the vet. she’s currently there while i’m hanging around at home eating lunch, because she’s in the middle of getting x-rays and an injection.

so far, we think it’s just a UTI. that still stinks! it’s gross and uncomfortable for her, but we’re hopeful it’s nothing more serious.

the grand total is $286 for antibiotics, a shot, x-rays and the exam. overall, not too shabby!

that’s still a ton of money for me right now! usually i’d be able to handle it. i’m an adult with a full time job; this dog is my responsibility, yadda yadda. the dilemma here is that i am moving at the end of september, so for once, i don’t really have the money to spare. it’s dumb, i know.

THE POINT OF ALL THESE WORDS:

i am open for commissions, because i like to draw things for people! it’s awesome! my usual FIVE DOLLAR PONY BONANZA is also a thing if you don’t have a ton of money AND you want a picture of a pony. shoot me an ask or email me at keepitupbro at gmail dot com and we can hash things out!

i am also up for donations. if you’re like “wow, chun li is a cute dog and i want to help her feel better in a way that won’t render her owner unable to pay rent!” then i am not averse to that, you know?

whatever you can do to help, know that i will be very humbly grateful, and so will my little dog.  (even just making, like, half the money would help me out a lot.)

Chun Li is a supersweet dog and Grim/Soft is a supersweet artist (in the skater sweet way). Anything towards the dog fund is helpful but this is also a good place to get art for that OC RP account icons or that fursona profile pic you’ve been wanting.

the-crimson-question:

did-you-kno:

A homeowner in England left the window to a spare bedroom open for three months, eventually discovering that thousands of wasps had taken over the bed with a nest that measured 3’ wide by 2.5’ deep. Source



that poor afghan! D:

the-crimson-question:

did-you-kno:

A homeowner in England left the window to a spare bedroom open for three months, eventually discovering that thousands of wasps had taken over the bed with a nest that measured 3’ wide by 2.5’ deep. Source

that poor afghan! D: