“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.
On today’s episode of “I’m Unreasonably Emotional And Can’t Help Myself” …Jasper’s first book from Dolly! #dollyparton #freestuffforkids #ilovebooks
To shave or not to shave, that is the question.
And the answer? It’s surprisingly clear: Don’t shave.
A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales and published in Evolution and Human Behavior found that women found men with beards — specifically 10-day-old beards — more attractive. Not just that but guys with full-beards were perceived as better and more protective fathers.
Both men and women had to rate the faces with varying levels of facial hair growth (clean-shaven, five-day stubble, 10-day stubble and full beards). While guys thought clean shaven looked better than a short, five-day beard, women actually rated smooth faces as the least attractive.
Past studies have found that men with beards look tougher, more aggressive and masculine and would make better romantic partners.
Ok. So normally I’m like *eye roll* about studies like this HOWEVER. Jack recently had a beard trimming incident which resulted in him having to trim his beard down quite a lot. He’s got that 10 day thing going on and the only thing keeping me under control is the constant presence of our giggly-super-sweet-but-somewhat-needy 2 month old baby and the fact that I might curl up and die if I got pregnant any time in the near future.
Is it the beard? Is it his super fathering skills? Is it the phase of the moon? I don’t know but I very much approve of beards.
My sweetie knows what I like…
Almost ready… #jaspersfirstchristmas
How many days were you in the hospital before being able to go home after birth?
I was there for 5 days. /:
Two with Jake and one with Abby.
4 days :( didn’t even need to be there that long really :/
Just 1 day. Needed to be there…
Ugh I had case on Saturday. I could have left Sunday but since it was a weekend the ped that has to okay him wasn’t there. So I had to wait until Monday morning. -_- and I was real fucking annoyed.
I was there for 5 days :(
Four hours at the birthing center after I delivered Todd.
Induced Thursday. Delivered Friday. Went home Sunday.
Naminé was less than 48 hours old before we went home.
2 days. We arrived at the hospital on a Monday, I had him that night, we slept there 2 nights and were discharged late Wednesdsy afternoon.
i had auggie at 3:00pm on December 31st and we were able to stay for 2 nights, leaving the afternoon of January 2nd. we were in a birth center, though, which was why we were in no hurry to get home. it was more like being in a bed and breakfast - meals were made for us or we ordered takeout, i got a massage and they ran baths for me every day - we’ll definitely be going back there if we have another.
at my birth center you couldn’t stay! I was out 4 hours after his birth, which was pretty crazy. But after the transport home, I was so glad to be in my own bed and to have our first night as a family at home and on our terms.
24 hours. Could not wait to leave. Total BS experience with the nurses.
I love all you Doctor Who fans and everything but I am irrationally angry at the amount of people live blogging the special. How in the fuck do people afford things like TV service (especially one that includes the BBC) and how in the shit have you already made gifs??
Tumblr, I wish I could quit you.
Starter diaper stash. 4 Thirsties Duo Wrap covers, 5 cotton sherpa doublers, and 24 cloth-eez prefolds.
I hope this works out.
6 weeks, three days after birth and Aunt Flo is back in town. I am going to eat an entire king size Hershey bar, 2 Advil, play my Philip Wesley Pandora station, and put my feet up while my little buddy alternates between snuggling and playing in the floor.
I lost 27 pounds between then and now. I was totally PMSing when they weighed me and 8 pounds of that was baby. Need to keep going. Very much miss my gym membership.
Jasper is such a good baby. I just love him so much I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes. I could document all the little things here but I won’t bore anyone with the minutiae. I’m a mommy and I feel like my baby is the best baby. Millennia of evolution distilled into one perfect little poop machine.