how do i tell my mom that this “minimalist wooden nativity set” she put up just looks like a forest of dildos
I honestly thought those were wooden dildos. .
Why do you get Christmas presents for your pets? They don’t know it’s Christmas. Save your money.
To those of you telling me to buy some more, those were the replacement cards. I still haven’t located the ones I bought in Korea before we moved.
So, I bought Christmas cards, put them somewhere in the house to keep them away from the kids and now I have can’t find them. Face-palm.
Police in Colorado say that an Aurora man will not be charged after he admitted pulling his gun on a woman with four children — including a disabled child — because she was taking too long to park her car.
Shakia Bushtold KMGH-TVthat she was waiting for a handicap parking space at a local Walmart recently and a man behind her started honking his horn.
When she got out to tell him to go around because she was waiting for the handicap space, she said that he started yelling obscenities and pulled out a gun.
“He showed it to me in the air, then held it to his chest and said, ‘B****, I have a gun. I will shoot your a**,’” she recalled. “My 10-year old son was saying ‘Mommy, he’s going to shoot you. I don’t want him to shoot you.’”
Bush said that she screamed that the man was “pulling a gun on a woman” before writing down his license plate number and calling 911.
“That’s when he got back into his car and took off,” she said.
Police identified the suspect as Justin West. But in an interview, he insisted that he had pulled the gun because he thought “people were going to jump out and attack him.”
According to his version of events, he told Bush, “I have a gun and will defend myself.”
“What was he defending himself from?” Bush wondered. “A mom and four kids? He was angry over a traffic incident. He hopped out of his car first and started yelling and screaming at me.”
“I think he felt a woman was talking back to him, so he needs to prove a point,” she said
Aurora police explained to KMGH-TV that West could not be charged because no gun could clearly be seen in the Walmart surveillance video.
“I really feel that people need to be held accountable for their actions,” Bush lamented. “My children were scared that something was going to happen to them.”
Former Denver prosecutor Karen Steinhauser told KMGH-TV that West could be charged for felony menacing for just holding a gun up to his chest and issuing threats.
“It’s menacing if your intent was to put someone in fear of their life,” she pointed out. “The question investigators have to ask is, ‘Was he in fear of imminent harm?’”
The mother and her children witness this man pull a gun on them in a parking lot. He admits he pulls a gun on them in said parking lot…and yet law enforcement doesn’t have enough to charge with? Color me skeptical.
This morning, I had about a dozen emails in my inbox, all about the same story: How the sign language interpreter who was interpreting Barack Obama’s speech at yesterday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela was a fake.
NOTE: This post was written by The Wire's Lilit Marcus.
This morning, I had about a dozen emails in my inbox, all about the same story: How the sign language interpreter who was interpreting Barack Obama’s speech at yesterday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela was a fake. An unqualified hanger-on flailing his hands into gibberish in front of a global television audience.
Since I’m a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and native signer who dabbles in ASL and Deaf activism, it’s no wonder that so many of my friends thought of me when they heard the story. But as much as I’d like to be able to give them answers about how this could happen, I’m coming up blank.
Faking sign language is nothing new. When I was a kid, other kids would make fun of my family by flapping their hands around. But even the meanest among these kids never pretended to actually know sign language or to be communicating in any way. The fake-signing usually lasted for a few seconds. But the man who interpreted President Obama’s remarks yesterday kept up his ruse for the length of the speech. Even worse, according to sources in South Africa, he has done this before at major events.
One of the first questions people ask is, how would you spot a sign language fraud? I’m fluent in American Sign Language, so I wouldn’t necessarily have known that Obama’s interpreter was not speaking South African Sign Language had I been watching yesterday. One clue might have been his lack of facial expressions, which (as you should all know by now) is an integral part of signing.
But wasn’t there someone, anyone, on the scene who was able to spot this impostor? Who was in charge of hiring the interpreter for this hugely important event? More importantly, were there any Deaf people there who complained or asked an event organizer what the heck was going on?
In the United States, professional sign language interpreters go through a rigorous training and certification process before they can be hired to interpret. Many have years of experience before they tackle a task as serious and pressure-filled as interpreting for the leader of the free world. There are similar procedures in South Africa, but the African National Congress appears to have ignored them, despite previous complaints from the country’s Deaf Federation. Does the government not have a list of ready, qualified interpreters who they can call on? Or was it a last-minute afterthought, akin to someone shouting “Is there a doctor in the house?” when there’s a choking person in a restaurant? When you’re in need, nobody stops to ask the man raising his hand and claiming to be a doctor whether he happens to have his medical school diploma with him. And only someone with a medical degree would have the courage to call them out on their incorrect CPR.
It’s particularly ironic that this faux interpreter appeared at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. Mandela was sui generis in his work to get rights for black South Africans, for women, and for other oppressed minority groups. But at his own memorial service, one of those minority groups was humiliated and disenfranchised by this impostor and by the person or people who allowed him to lie about his credentials. If someone had shown up purporting to be, say, a Russian translator, would that person been have been permitted to go up on stage and begin babbling away in a nonsense language without anybody noticing? Somehow I doubt it.
One of the most basic errors an interpreter can make is selectively deciding which things to interpret. For example, if an interpreter signing a play decided they would only translate one character’s lines while ignoring the others, that would be grounds for getting fired — or for never being hired to interpret again. The idea behind this philosophy is that, just as hearing people can go somewhere, overhear multiple conversations, and then decide which ones to ignore or eavesdrop on, deaf people should have those same options.
But simply choosing not to translate at all – or, in this case, allowing someone to denigrate and mock sign language without any oversight, while calling it translation – is one of the most offensive things that can be done to the Deaf community. Allowing this man to stand next to Obama and make up fake signs without anyone taking accountability is essentially the same as saying, “You don’t deserve to know what’s going on here, and you don’t deserve to be included.” Nelson Mandela, I suspect, would never have stood for that.
Yo. She is super-duper fly. #BadAsFuck
LAWD *clutches chest*
Come and talk to me, I really wanna know you. Can I talk to you?
Are you serious right now? I’m a fully certified neurosurgeon. I can break into people’s heads and rewire their brains and tamper with their memory, no problem. But this? This juice box? This sugary drink marketed for eight year olds? No. Sticking a straw into this juice container is apparently just too much for me to handle without fucking it up. I’m done. I quit. Goodbye.
A GOP consultant explaining why conservative Senator John Cornyn is facing a primary from an even more conservative challenger, US Congressman Steve Stockman.
Ht: Molly Ball, The Atlantic(via politicalprof)
Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) Pras, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mýa
Good morning, 1998.
Wait…Katrina left a WHITE BABY with BLACK PARENTS in the 1700s? You can barely get that shit to happen now!