So a couple weeks ago, a pitcher on the New York Yankees, Michael Pineda, had pine tar on his hand as he pitched against the Boston Red Sox (pine tar gives the pitcher a better grip, meaning more control over the pitches — it is against MLB rules for a pitcher to in any way tamper with the ball).
The cameras caught it, but the Red Sox never brought it to the attention of the umpires because by the time they were told, it had been wiped off so there was nothing for umpires to find, so he got away with it. He later said that it was dirt.
So fast forward to tonight. Michael Pineda is pitching against the Red Sox again. Naturally, after the kerfuffle over the pine tar that was on his hand (as nobody bought the “dirt” story, including the league — but since, again, the Red Sox didn’t call attention to it, he was not punished), Pineda would have to be an absolute fool to pitch with pine tar coating his hand again.
This time, the Red Sox noticed. For one thing, Pineda struggled in the first inning. Then, suddenly, in the second inning he was pitching exceedingly well. Not something that’s impossible, of course, but then there’s that new dark smudge on his neck that wasn’t there in the first inning.
So the Red Sox notified the umpires, who first inspected the baseball, then inspected Pineda’s neck. The home plate umpire rubbed the spot with his finger, after which he looked at the finger, said the words, “That’s pine tar,” and promptly ejected Pineda from the game. (gifs of this part are here — they’re too big for tumblr)
You’d think, after barely getting away with the pine tar on April 10th, Pineda would have been smart enough to lay low. Instead, he’s now looking at a mandatory suspension for cheating.
Transphobes will still hate trans people regardless of how nice we are.
Queerphobes will hate queer people regardless of how nice we are.
Sexists will still hate women regardless of how nice we are.
Racists will still hate people of color regardless of how nice we are.
It doesn’t matter what we say or how we say it, they will still hate. And if your “support” is totally dependent on oppressed people’s tone and attitude, then you weren’t a supporter to begin with.
This is completely incorrect. If that was the case, how has change come about in any way then? I’m not saying it’s not okay to be angry, trust me I understand how well anger can fuel your desire to battle adversity and persecution. However, shouting insults with little to no actual logical argument to stand on will never change another person’s opinion on a topic.
Funny thing: I calmly and kindly spoke with a homophobe about their views and why they were wrong, and ten minutes later I had them sobbing in my arms telling me about how they were Gay and sent to this terrible reform program and only bullied others because they reflected the hate onto themselves and thought it might “fix” them.
Also, in the end, we kind of want to teach people that their ideals are wrong. This hate comes from things unknown and not understood, so while getting angry might make YOU feel better, do you remember your teachers at school who yelled at you and insulted you? Our teachers at out French school would yell at us for speaking English in the school. Did it make us want to speak French more? No. It made us HATE the French language and speak English to our teachers out of spite.
And most of the dreams weren’t too bad, at least as far as I remember.
I slept from 1:00am-9:00am and was angry that I got up so quickly. But after a quick potty break I went back to bed and slept until 5:00pm. I felt like crap (major headache), so I took some Ibuprofen and Excederine and then drew a hot bath and got into it, and then promptly fell asleep until 10:00pm (with a couple brief wakeful periods where I replaced the water that had gotten cold with another round of hot water).
All in all, it was about 20 hours if I take out the times I was awake here and there.
Now that I’ve had a bite to eat, and watched a bit of the replay of the Mariners game (it’s the 7th inning of the replay but I’m pretty sure I can tell who’s going to win who won earlier, and the “50-hour” goal is starting to seem silly.
I’ve been up for over 48 hours now without so much as a quick nap, and I think it’s time I finally give in and take the sleeping pills and go to sleep instead of trying to hold out for 50 hours for no particular reason.
I’m hopefully going to miss a very large chunk of the day, so @ me or send a message if you want to be sure I’ll see something. I will probably be out long enough that I won’t be able to catch up on everything — especially if I achieve my goal of sleeping for around 20 hours to make up for the length of time that I was awake.
Just downed 4 doses of sleeping pills (I was thinking 6, but sometimes that makes me feel funny so I decided to cut back). Hopefully that will do the trick. I don’t want to wake up in four hours and not be able to get back to sleep, like what somehow happens if I only take one pill.
I’ll leave you with a musical farewell for the evening after this post because why the heck not? I kept most of the music on the other blog when I was posting songs earlier…I can put one on this blog tonight.
why do straight ppl think they can whine about gay ppl “throwing their sexuality in our faces” when almost every waking second of every minute of every day of my life is filled with heterosexual romance media and heteronormativity. like u think 2 girls holding hands in public is rubbing their sexuality in ur face you have no fucking idea what queer people go through on a daily basis shut the fuck up
Does this happen often? That doesn’t seem like it’s healthy!
It’s happening more and more often lately.
Here’s the Reader’s Digest version (old-people speak for condensed version) of my recent history. I’ve had a headache since May of last year. It got to the point where, between the headache and heavy stress, I was hardly sleeping at all. Granted, I’ve had trouble sleeping since I was a little kid, but it’s been worse. (And before you ask, I can’t see a doctor — I just can’t afford to, and I’m not going to deal with collection agencies if I go anyway. I don’t qualify for Medicaid because my parents claim me on their taxes, and they have decent money. I don’t, but since they claim me their income counts on the application.)
Then I started doing surveys and small transcription jobs and things on MTurk, and started earning a little money that I could spend on Amazon (I’m long-term unemployed, so I don’t have any real money). It’s not much — usually $5-10 per week on average. And for years I’ve been curious about sleep aids. So I bought some. And they worked.
But I don’t want to take them constantly. Yet when I don’t, this happens.
But I can take 4-5 days’ worth and sleep for 18 hours if I’m lucky. And since I’m usually pretty miserable anyway, I sort of like doing that — but again, I don’t want to completely overdo it. If I take too many in too short a period, I tend to feel nauseous, and my legs tense up all restless leg syndrome-like, and that keeps me from getting sleep too.
I’m still trying to figure out the balance. But usually I wait until I at least feel a little tired before I take anything, because otherwise I’ll lay here for hours, even after taking pills. And so far I’ve been lying here in bed since about 5:00 this morning, and there’s been no hint of sleep on the horizon (I got up at 12:30am — not this morning, but yesterday — Easter morning).
Is it too blasphemous if I start looking for a cave to lie down in on the third day?
Believe me when I say I didn’t want to pull this card. Sadly I don’t have a choice in the matter anymore.
I make plushies. I make plushies because it has been a whole year since I graduated High school and STILL I can’t even get so much as a damn interview. I make plushies because, in the last two weeks, I have had breakfast a total of once, supper only three times and lunch? Yeah, no. Forget lunch. My dad is CONTINUOUSLY putting off VERY IMPORTANT knee surgery because it means he will be out of work for an entire year. I have been reluctant to accept the help I need for my mental health because I am not even sure if we can afford it/the medication.
So yeah. Shit is definitively very difficult, and I need all the help I can get. I know my plushies/stuffed animals/whatever you want to call them are not the absolute best. I can’t afford food, I sure as hell can’t afford minky and all those other expensive and fancy fabrics. What I can give you is hand sewn creatures or people that are VERY inexpensive and crafted with donated items or scraps of fabric. In fact, my human dolls are made out of socks!
I also write stuff. Details under the cut for your convenience. PLEASE pass this along! I need ALL the help I can get.
Oregon 1,937 millionaires would get an $87,000 tax break.
Middle class families would pay $2000 more in taxes.
44,617 seniors would pay more for medicine by bringing back the prescription drug donut hole.
8,950 college students wouldn’t receive Pell Grants.
1,058 domestic violence victims would lose access to the STOP Violence Against Women Program.
1,550 children would lose access to Head Start.
Dial up the numbers for your own state.
The actual budget (pdf file) makes it all the way to page 5 before stating the intention to repeal Obamacare and take access to health care away from those who have gained it under the Affordable Care Act.
That may seem like a lot of restraint before they got to that, but here’s the first few pages summarized:
Page 1 is the title page. Page 2 is blank. Page 3 is the Table of Contents. Page 4 is blank. Page 5 promises to repeal Obamacare, taking away health care from those who just got it, and promises welfare reform. Page 6 invokes 9/11 (still the go-to Republican excuse to rule with an iron fist) and then says that the budget doesn’t actually include the welfare reform plan that it promises on page 5. Then they finally start the introduction.
Voting is going to be incredibly important this November.
First, this entire incident speaks to the continued power of right-wing mythology. For many of the protesters, this isn’t about a rogue rancher as much as it’s a stand against “tyranny” personified in Barack Obama and his administration.
Second, it won’t happen, but right-wing media ought to be condemned for their role in fanning the flames of this standoff. After years of decrying Obama’s “lawlessness” and hyperventilating over faux scandals, it’s galling to watch conservatives applaud actual lawbreaking and violent threats to federal officials.
Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?
Somehow, given the degree to which right-wing media traffic in racial paranoia, I think we’d be looking at a different situation if the Bundy Ranch belonged to a bunch of black people. And as someone who closely follows the regular incidents of lethal police violence against blacks and Latinos, I also wonder whether law enforcement would be as tepid against a group of armed African-Americans. Judging from past events, I’m not so sure.