“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy (via coketalk)
When the liberals get Kennedy, they really get Kennedy.
9:25 am • 26 June 2013 • 166 notes
“Governor Rick Perry has already said that if the bill makes it to his desk, he will sign it. And Wendy Davis said fuck no that is not happening. So she’s filibustering it.”
— Not Socially Acceptable (via bobbyfinger)
(Source: ood-on-a-lamp, via bobbyfinger)
2:44 pm • 25 June 2013 • 204,441 notes
One grade-school summer, I wore a rust-orange jersey with the words “Iowa Malleable” printed across the chest while standing in left, center or right field, being generally terrible at baseball. The foundry was one of a handful of manufacturers in town that sponsored Little League teams: There was a brush plant, a washing-machine manufacture, a subsidiary of Rockwell International that fabricated truck and trailer parts.
I wrote an essay for The Billfold about the economy of the small Iowa town I grew up in and about buying a house in a hispanic neighborhood in Los Angeles—the second time I’ve been a gentrifier.
11:08 am • 24 June 2013 • 5 notes
A few marigolds planted alongside the tomatoes were the only non-productive flowers that graced these food-producing plots. Herbs were religiously pinched to keep them from going to seed, and the tight furls that dotted the heads of broccoli only opened up in a profusion of mustard yellow blooms when we were all away on vacation. Pea, bean, pepper, tomato, strawberry, cucumber, zucchini, cherry, apple and pear flowers all made their appearances, but as a means to an end—the vegetables and fruits that followed the blooms is what my dad was after.
I wrote about growing flowers and the gender dynamics of my parents’ garden.
10:05 pm • 23 June 2013 • 3 notes
Los Angeles County Fire Department - Forestry - Vegetation Management - Goat Contractors
County of Los Angeles Fire Department
Just in case you want to rent a herd of goats and write an essay about people judging you for it.
9:20 am • 19 June 2013 • 2 notes
James Turrell and Richard Diebenkorn both lived and worked in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica.
10:27 am • 18 June 2013 • 2 notes
“Libraries aren’t in the real world, after all. They’re places apart, sanctuaries of pure thought.”
Paul Auster (via picadorbookroom)
I wonder if Paul Auster has been to one recently, though.
Libraries have actually become, in the US at least, de facto homeless shelters and centers for the mentally ill, as well as a resource for those needing childcare as well as the unemployed seeking work. There’s now signs on some of them in New York barring people from bringing ‘large packages’ which basically means ‘homeless people cannot bring their life’s belongings in here’—but they allowed it for almost a decade as homelessness in New York reached epic proportions. There’s actually very few places in American life so of this world, more than a library. Most public libraries are where you can see what is really going on for most Americans in a way you won’t ever see on the news or in a television show, or even in most fiction or nonfiction. And it is to the credit of most librarians that they continue to operate, despite budget cuts, the outlandish depravity of austerians and privitization mongrels. So, let’s not treat libraries like delicate flowers or temples withdrawn from the concerns of the world. They’ve shown themselves to be much tougher than that. Let’s instead make them what they should be, a better thing than what they’ve had to become—and look to what has been laid at their feet as a map to what our country really needs from its government services.
9:19 am • 18 June 2013 • 1,163 notes