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Now on your restaurant bill: Obamacare fee

I’m fine with this. If it means said place is complying with the ACA instead of trying to get around it by kicking their employees on to the exchanges via cutting hours to part-time, great. Here’s two dimes.

Twenty cents for a bill of over $20. So that employees get health insurance. This is a fucking ADVERTISEMENT for Obamacare.


No lie. 


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Conservative fears of nonexistent or overblown boogeymen — Saddam’s WMD, Shariah law, voter fraud, Obama’s radical anti-colonial mind-set, Benghazi, etc. — make it hard not to see conservatism’s prudent risk avoidance as having morphed into a state of near permanent paranoia, especially fueled by recurrent “moral panics,” a sociological phenomenon in which a group of “social entrepreneurs” whips up hysterical fears over a group of relatively powerless “folk devils” who are supposedly threatening the whole social order…

Consider the recent wave of hysteria over Central American children turning themselves in at the border. There were the hordes of angry demonstrators protesting busloads of children, like it was Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. There was the congressman/doctor Phil Gingrey’s warning letter to the CDC, claiming that the children might be carrying the Ebola virus — a disease unknown outside Sub-Saharan Africa. There was the ludicrous myth of the “$50 million illegal alien resort spa.” But above all there was the most basic, fundamental fact that the children were turning themselves in at the border — it was anything but a failure of border protection, although that’s what the right-wing hysteria portrayed it as.

Put simply, none of what conservatives have been doing in the recent “border crisis” moral panic makes any sense in terms of pragmatic problem-solving. But it all makes perfect sense in terms of expressively defending a threatened group identity — and that is very much in line with what researchers have found to be the defining characteristics of conservatism.


"Judging the Jury" - Valerie P. Hans and Neil Vidmar

Image is a screenshot of an excerpt from “Judging the Jury” - Valerie P. Hans and Neil Vidmar, with underlining in blue pen:

We must also consider the fact that trials are about justice as well as law.  The inescapable fact is that despite attempts in recent years to recruit minority group members and women into the judiciary, the overwhelming majority of judges are still white males who come from a privileged sector of our society.  Often their views of the world reflect their backgrounds.  Some rather rigidly adhere to a narrow perspective of justice and fairness that is not consistent with that of the general community …

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Steve Rogers did, in fact, realize that something was off when he saw the outline of the woman’s odd bra (a push-up bra, he would later learn), but being an officer and a gentleman, he said that it was the game that gave the future away.


No, see, this scene is just amazing. The costume department deserves so many kudos for this, it’s unreal, especially given the fact that they pulled off Peggy pretty much flawlessly.

1) Her hair is completely wrong for the 40’s. No professional/working woman  would have her hair loose like that. Since they’re trying to pass this off as a military hospital, Steve would know that she would at least have her hair carefully pulled back, if maybe not in the elaborate coiffures that would have been popular.

2) Her tie? Too wide, too long. That’s a man’s tie, not a woman’s. They did, however, get the knot correct as far as I can see - that looks like a Windsor.

3) That. Bra. There is so much clashing between that bra and what Steve would expect (remember, he worked with a bunch of women for a long time) that it has to be intentional. She’s wearing a foam cup, which would have been unheard of back then. It’s also an exceptionally old or ill-fitting bra - why else can you see the tops of the cups? No woman would have been caught dead with misbehaving lingerie like that back then, and the soft satin cups of 40’s lingerie made it nearly impossible anyway. Her breasts are also sitting at a much lower angle than would be acceptable in the 40’s.

Look at his eyes. He knows by the time he gets to her hair that something is very, very wrong.

so what you are saying is S.H.E.I.L.D. has a super shitty costume division….

Nope, Nick Fury totally did this on purpose.

There’s no knowing what kind of condition Steve’s in, or what kind of person he really is, after decades of nostalgia blur the reality and the long years in the ice (after a plane crash and a shitload of radiation) do their work. (Pre-crash Steve is in lots of files, I’m sure. Nick Fury does not trust files.) So Fury instructs his people to build a stage, and makes sure that the right people put up some of the wrong cues.

Maybe the real Steve’s a dick, or just an above-average jock; maybe he had a knack for hanging out with real talent. Maybe he hit his head too hard on the landing and he’s not gonna be Captain anymore. On the flipside, if he really is smart, then putting him in a standard, modern hospital room and telling him the truth is going to have him clamming up and refusing to believe a goddamn thing he hears for a really long time.

The real question here is, how long it does it take for the man, the myth, the legend to notice? What does he do about it? How long does he wait to get his bearings, confirm his suspicions, and gather information before attempting busting out?

Turns out the answer’s about forty-five seconds.

Accepted as truth.

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The Moon and the Sun could eclipse a thousand times over and there still wouldn’t be enough shade to encompass how deep this went.

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r.i.p. every single post that i’ve ever clicked “like” on with the idea that i’d look at it later

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Steven ‘Steve’ Rogers, U.S. Army

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Hello. I hope you don't mind, but do you know of any good resources for learning ASL?
kickair8p kickair8p Said:


No problem at all!

The majority of my ASL comes from self-studying (though practicing often with two Deaf friends I had was crucial), so hopefully I’ll be able to provide some good resources!

Firstly, I think it’s important to say that the way I learned ASL is at the beginning is largely through vocab acquisition. I think most people learning ASL start off signing with very English word order and structure, and over time as you get exposed to grammatical aspects as well as aspects of ASL that I hesitate to mark as grammar—it might be more appropriate to say that it is style instead—you get away from English. So if you want to just start off translating a song word for word (as I see many people on YouTube doing) by using a dictionary and practicing that way, that would work! That’s kind of how I fell in love with the language. Though it’s very important to say that this type of signing is not ASL but rather something like SEE (Signing Exact English).

With that said, onto the resources:


Amazing website. This is how I got started with ASL. You can use their dictionary for words you want to know as well as lessons which can be found here to get you going. I like this one because, although the focus is mainly on vocab, there are some very important grammatical lessons (body shifting, what to do with your eyebrows with questions or in general, topicalization, non-manual markers, etc.).


Huge dictionary: you will see on the left a series of dictionaries, of which I really have only used the Main Dictionary page, but the Phrase Dictionary looks awesome for absorbing aspects of grammar. This dictionary is a must.


Another ASL dictionary. Apparently there are better features for paying members, but I’ve never paid for it and it’s useful nonetheless.


Another dictionary. Not much to say about this one besides that it could be a good resource.


Obviously awesome resource if you want to look something up, such as something about the grammar, a word that you can’t find in the dictionaries, and so on.


Also amazing resource because you can get tons of exposure to a variety of styles of signing. ASL has a huge amount of variation with style, with some people using English word order and words like to be and the and then others whose signing does not resemble English whatsoever. Most people are somewhere in the middle, but because ASL isn’t incredibly unified you are going to see a lot of variation in terms of vocabulary, how ideas are expressed, and so on. Basically just search anything with ‘Deaf’ in it, ASL storytelling, ASL lessons, etc. and you will find some helpful resources. I have a YouTube channel that you can get to by clicking here that may be of some help to you! I post occasional ASL videos (in ASL with English captions) and, though I am not a native signer, most Deaf people I have met didn’t realize I wasn’t deaf until I said it directly, so I probably sign moderately well?

Signing Naturally book series

Though these books are old and not organized in the best fashion, it’s a good resource for picking up grammatical aspects of ASL. I’m not the biggest fan of it but I’ve spent a lot of time dissecting the stories and scenarios (storytelling is a huge part of ASL and you will be seeing it and hearing about it all the time if you learn ASL), though I don’t think I really went through the third book. They really need to get on updating those books

Some things to consider:

Because most of the resources I have put here are pretty old, many of the signs are outdated. That’s why it’s important not only to search words in multiple dictionaries but also to ask signers. All Deaf people I have met are very willing to help out, and all of my Deaf friends have told me that it’s a relief to have someone 

I would highly recommend you take a class after you’ve got the basics of ASL down. I spent the first semester of my first year of college self-studying, and then I took ASL 4 (I was more appropriate for the advanced ASL discussion course but they felt uncomfortable letting me skip 4-5 classes and it was already hard enough to convince them to get me into level 4, but anyway). Like I said, getting exposure from a variety of signers is important, and teachers at higher levels generally use very beautiful, interesting, and helpful styles of signing. 

Taking a class also exposes you to Deaf culture, which is a HUGE part of ASL learning. Like, you just HAVE to learn the culture along with ASL. The language and the culture are so tied together, so much of ASL poetry (most interesting and beautiful thing in the fucking world, let me tell you) and storytelling have to do with Deaf people’s experiences, struggles, and so on. Even the history is interesting to learn—and I can’t stand history except for that of Deaf people—and much of it is about discrimination, audism, Deaf pride, Deaf vs. deaf, Deaf rights, etc. 

It is very common for people to use what is called Simultaneous Communication (SimCom), which is basically signing and talking at the same time. I do it all the time with one of my best friends who is Deaf but hears and speaks well because of cochlear implants and speech therapy. The signing obviously becomes more English, so I would recommend avoiding this type of signing so as to learn “real” ASL (i.e. signing without speaking), but, since this is a very common means of communication, you might want to get used to it too, depending on who you interact with.

Kind of similar, but there is a wide variety of degrees to which people mouth the English translation of their signs. For some, they literally just mouth the English sentence while they sign, which is more or less SimCom but without voicing. For others, it is most of the individual words that they are signing such that, if you took the words mouthed and put that into a sentence, it wouldn’t be grammatical (or maybe even understandable) in English. Still others only do it for some words and in particular not when you have some kind of non-manual marker (I might make a post or a video going into greater detail about this later). And finally, there are some who do not mouth anything and use only non-manual markers—you will find this most often in storytelling and not often in casual conversation or even a classroom or professional setting. This mostly depends on one’s background with signing, how fluent they are in the native, etc.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something but I hope this helps to some extent! Of course, if you (or anyone else) has any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try my best!







After a fuckton of obsessive sleuthing, I found out where Steve’s apartment was in Dupont Circle. That was my first touristy order in DC—I have priorities, people!

Now off to find the exact tree where Sam and Steve meet cute.

YES. I knew it was around Dupont, but I haven’t been in for a work meeting lately, so no chance to sleuth it out yet. The building where Bucky is reprogrammed is a bank in Georgetown on Wisconsin Ave., in case you’re looking for that one, too. Last weekend I took a ghost tour around the WH area and kind of hijacked the tour guide for a second as we passed the Occidental because I was flipping out over CapAm 2. I may or may not have whispered “Hail Hydra” at my husband as I bounced around the stairs. 

I also had to pretend to be fancy so I could use the bathroom at the Willard Hotel, which is next door to the Occidental.

Oh thank you for that—I thought I remembered the Russos saying it was in Cleveland! So now I have something to do on Tuesday!

Oh, so now I’m second guessing myself. I could have sworn that the exterior of the building where Bucky is being reprogrammed is Riggs Bank on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and M St. NW, but it might actually be a similar building in Cleveland. I didn’t know so much of the movie was filmed there! I suppose they used just enough DC to get the iconic shots. 

And…a quick search tells me that I am, indeed, wrong. The bank exterior is actually in Cleveland. Sorry :(

BUT…the Willard Hotel and Occidental bar are really beautiful, well worth a visit.

Frak! I was so excited about that. I know what you mean about the Occidental—my friend took me there last time I was in town, and he lives in power suits but there I was in my polar fleece hoodie. And it was filled with senator stern types, ugh. I do love the round bar at the Willard, tho.

Wow Steve’s apartment is—I must be visually dim, it looks nothing like I remember. Though I guess we mostly see it from the side as he pulls up in his motorcycle.



i have seen the future and this will never be okay


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With Vonderrit you have the structure saying trust me while we find the truth. But how can we trust you in the midst of all of this? How dare you demand my trust when you continue to violate our ability to be alive, our freedom to assemble and continue to threaten the assembly of black bodies.

We’re out here because people are dying. We also refuse to live in a world where blackness is a death sentence. I refuse to let that be my reality.

DeRay McKesson, Ferguson protest organizer (x)

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the whole ‘aromantic asexual people are just straight people’ says a lot about people’s belief in ‘straight is the default’

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