Changed strings and did a minor setup for the show tonight. Come out to the milestone! #punk #punkrock #guitar #themilestone #ghettofortress #music #livemusic
I live in Georgia. The General Assembly is in session. It is our annual celebration of stupidity, ignorance, pandering, baiting, and hate. It is open season on history, the Constitution, science, mutual respect, and common sense. It is a loathsome time. 40 days and $20 billion in public cash. One party, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for some.
This is an election year and our elected cannot legally accept campaign contributions while in the legislature is in session. The pressure is on in a hurry to protect poor little Georgia from big meanie pants Washington. Blame Obama. Praise Jesus. All hail the NRA and Georgia Carry [our most rabid pro-gun group]. Cut taxes, but give give give to bidness.
Now please don’t misunderstand, many of our leaders are not stupid. They just lead the stupid. To be elected from most places in Georgia, a candidate has to have a Bible in their pocket, one hand on a gun, the other in your pocket and both feet on the poor. The more outrageous cruelty they can spew, the more electable they become.
I left my flannel shirt on the studio floor….someone decided it made a better bed…heh #dogs #pitbull #boxer #puppies
Bob Jones University’s History of Sexual Oppression and Insanity
Fundamentalist Christian institution Bob Jones University has sparked controversy for recently firing the consulting group it hired to investigate its handling of sexual assault claims at the college. The school hired the group Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) in 2012; its findings were due to be released this March.
The New York Times on reports from former students and staff members: “For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist Christian community would damage Jesus Christ. Administrators called victims liars and sinners.” The article goes on to interview some of these people, including Erin Burchwell. After accusing a university employee of sexually assaulting her in the late 1990s, “their idea of an investigation and counseling was to ask me what I was wearing and whether it was tight, and to tell me not to talk to anyone about it because it wouldn’t look good for me,” she says.
In light of this disturbing news, it seems appropriate to highlight some of Bob Jones University’s oppressive, harmful, and dangerous—not to mention batshit crazy—policies, practices, and beliefs.
Remember former Bob Jones student, Chris Peterman? According to the Advocate back in April of 2012: “Chris Peterman says officials at the conservative Baptist college began targeting him after he organized a group dedicated to ending sexual abuse. He was cited and given demerits for frivolous reasons like returning late to his dorm and not shaving, he claims.” He was finally barred from graduating from the college, he claims, because he was caught watching the TV show Glee.
Then there’s the college’s dress code for women, which includes such rules as “clothing should be loose enough to conceal undergarment lines and not to draw attention to the figure” and “jeans are not appropriate away from home.” And this is from 2013, not 1953. And guess what the school’s policy on interracial dating was up until the year 2000? The year 2000!
Speaking of dating, want to see what the road to marriage is like for students at Bob Jones University? Here’s a thoroughly depressing video.
To really understand the college, it’s important to consider its founder. Here’s self-proclaimed prophetess Cindy Jacobs (yes, the same Cindy Jacobs who said that birds were dying in Arkansas because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal) talking about a “prophecy” that Bob Jones had in 1997, in which he “predicted” the oil spill and hurricanes in Louisiana that would occur after the death of Oral Roberts.
And last but not least, here’s an example of the utter cluelessness of the folks running the show at Bob Jones University—which would be funny if it wasn’t coming from a place that’s been shaping the minds of young Christians for the past 87 years. – by Christian Nightmares
My feet were cold so i put on my warmest socks….because flames…. #flames #snowpocalypse #motorcycles #socks #pigsonbikes #coldfeet #charlotte #clt #minthill
Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.
Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that effective deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.
City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.
Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.
This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.
How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail says for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but the keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.
This is amazing.
People have been saying for years that outright giving away homes to the homeless would actually save money in the long run but I had no idea ANYWHERE in America had the balls to try it.
Also props to those Churches who were told to stop feeding homeless people and said (in a more Church-friendly way, I’m assuming) fuck the police.
Utah finally does something freaking right.