My new favorite politician. Oklahoma Senator Judy Eason McIntyre holds a sign at a pro-choice rally yesterday that reads, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d fuck a Senator.” (It’s too bad, though, that the mainstream press seems focused on this particular sign rather than the fact that so many people came out to protest the awful personhood bill.
The scene from Zuccotti Park in the dark early hours of Tuesday morning were surreal and provocative and caught on tape and pixels. Could Occupy Wall Street have wanted it any other way?
The protesters were lucky to be kicked out of Zuccotti last night for two reasons — the logical reason and the macro reason. Logistically, these people weren’t going to live on the grass through February, anyway. Eventually, they were going to leave. Last night’s raid gives them a banner headline in newspapers across the country and lets this particular occupation with a bang instead of the whimper of a three-month trickle-out. Just as nationwide enthusiasm was starting to wane, the raid reminds the nation where the movement started.
But the geography of Occupy Wall Street can’t become more important than its message. Whether there are tents in Zuccotti Park is secondary to the question of how do you turn a movement veering into a drug-and-violence protest into an inclusive campaign that non-marching liberals can feel a part of?
In the weeks before today, OWS’ national — and then international — movement had been listing into dangerous territory. Oakland and New York and other protest sites around the country were becoming pockets of violence. We can parcel blame for this violence between law enforcement and protesters, but most Americans aren’t interested in parceling. They’re interesting in macro impressions. And the macro impression was that Occupy Wall Street was awakening anarchist tendencies that won’t find an audience in the quiet frustrations of the American living room. Read more.
It’s halloween weekend! In Los Angeles!
DID I LEAVE THE STOVE ON?
NO, I DIDN’T. UNLESS I DID. BUT I PROBABLY DIDN’T.
NO, I’M AN ADULT. I WOULDN’T JUST LEAVE THE STOVE ON.
UNLESS I JUST FORGOT AND MY APARTMENT IS ON FIRE RIGHT NOW.
WHICH IT ISN’T, RIGHT? UNLESS IT IS. BUT IT’S PROBABLY NOT. UNLESS IT IS.
DID I LEAVE THE FUCKING STOVE ON?
I was SO disappointed not to be able to go to SlutWalk NYC this past weekend. (Between my car breaking down and basically my whole house getting the flu, there was no way we could make it.) But seeing all the pictures and reading the tweets made my heart glad, and I feel like I was there in spirit.
For those of you who couldn’t be there either, Therese Shechter (who is an amazing filmmaker working on a doc about virginity!) took some footage that gives you a sense of the amazing activist energy of SlutWalk.
Are you f*cking joking me? This IS old and f*cking TIRED.
For the amendment’s supporters, the fact that the new law would not allow exceptions for rape or incest is something to be highlighted. Riley’s “Conceived in Rape Tour” this spring was an attempt to counter the notion, held even by many pro-lifers, that abortion is acceptable in cases of rape or incest. Those are “a tragic occurrence,” Prewitt says, “but you don’t execute the product of the crime, and that’s what abortion does.”
|—||Today’s must-read: The most radical anti-abortion measure on the ballot this fall—and the Christian secessionist behind it. (via motherjones)|
Reno Travis with the 2,000 bicycles left on the playa at Burning Man 2011. Most will go to the Reno Bike Collective and other bike organizations, some will be repainted and added to the BRC Yellow Bike program.
Burners, Y U NO LEAVE NO TRACE?
Photographs by Jim Mc Hugh.
“Studio Visits” opening in Los Angeles on Oct. 15th, 2011 at Timothy Yarger Fine Art. Beverly Hills
You know what, LA? I do miss you, and still love you.
sunset sky, from west hollywood (sunday september 4, 2011 7:30 pm)