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VOTE KATE! Photograph by Craig McDean

VOTE KATE! Photograph by Craig McDean

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TODAY.

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Olivia Wilde, Shepard Fairey, and President Barack Obama — Official Election Night Victory Party at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2008
Click here to see the progress of the 2008 election on Tumblr.
One of the primary reasons for creating this tumblr in 2008 was the presidential election. From the primaries early in the year I was entirely immersed, personally and professionally I was dedicated to the single, imperative goal of making sure Barack Obama would be president…
At the time, Tumblr was relatively new — a community of young, creative individuals sharing content, aggregating information while adding context or critique, it was an entirely new and uniquely democratic way of discovering news, art, media — of embracing a shared nostalgia with people around the world who also loved Fraggle Rock, The Goonies, Shoop by Salt & Peppa, Lisa Frank stickers, the hand-slap game, neon slap bracelets… it was a lot of things, but most importantly it was NEW.
Tumblr became the first thing you did when you woke up, the thing you did constantly throughout the day — you could get news on Twitter, but on Tumblr you could share long form, short form, rich media, news and links from around the web… for the first time in history, each member of the audience had the power of a television producer or newspaper publisher. Amid the Sassy Magazine scans, Scott Fitzgerald quotations, and  Uffie bootlegs, at a time when a few cable news channels thought they had an oligopoly of information, that their audience had no [real] alternative for political news, Tumblr became the crowd-sourced face of the election.
It’s overwhelming to begin to think about how much has changed since then, but the same way I’ll never forget November 4, 2008 — tens of thousands of people on Avenue of The Stars, millions of people around the world partying in the streets, my friends calling me from St. Mark’s Square saying it was like The Ghostbusters just saved Manhattan, my mom calling me from New Mexico crying, me calling everyone I knew, also crying, president-elect Obama crying… the same way I’ll remember that night forever, I’ll also never forget the months leading up to the election, the energy, the action, and the hope of my Tumblr community.
That night Barack Obama said of his victory, “It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.”

Olivia Wilde, Shepard Fairey, and President Barack Obama — Official Election Night Victory Party at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2008

Click here to see the progress of the 2008 election on Tumblr.


One of the primary reasons for creating this tumblr in 2008 was the presidential election. From the primaries early in the year I was entirely immersed, personally and professionally I was dedicated to the single, imperative goal of making sure Barack Obama would be president…

At the time, Tumblr was relatively new — a community of young, creative individuals sharing content, aggregating information while adding context or critique, it was an entirely new and uniquely democratic way of discovering news, art, media — of embracing a shared nostalgia with people around the world who also loved Fraggle Rock, The Goonies, Shoop by Salt & Peppa, Lisa Frank stickers, the hand-slap game, neon slap bracelets… it was a lot of things, but most importantly it was NEW.

Tumblr became the first thing you did when you woke up, the thing you did constantly throughout the day — you could get news on Twitter, but on Tumblr you could share long form, short form, rich media, news and links from around the web… for the first time in history, each member of the audience had the power of a television producer or newspaper publisher. Amid the Sassy Magazine scans, Scott Fitzgerald quotations, and  Uffie bootlegs, at a time when a few cable news channels thought they had an oligopoly of information, that their audience had no [real] alternative for political news, Tumblr became the crowd-sourced face of the election.

It’s overwhelming to begin to think about how much has changed since then, but the same way I’ll never forget November 4, 2008 — tens of thousands of people on Avenue of The Stars, millions of people around the world partying in the streets, my friends calling me from St. Mark’s Square saying it was like The Ghostbusters just saved Manhattan, my mom calling me from New Mexico crying, me calling everyone I knew, also crying, president-elect Obama crying… the same way I’ll remember that night forever, I’ll also never forget the months leading up to the election, the energy, the action, and the hope of my Tumblr community.

That night Barack Obama said of his victory, It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

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A 19-year-old Mitt Romney demonstrates in favor of the Vietnam War, though his status as a Mormon missionary exempted him from the draft. (via AP)
To clarify, not all Mormons were/are exempt from war, I’m sure countless Mormons fought proudly and died to protect The United States throughout the brief history of the nation. This is not about religion, it’s about hypocrisy and privilege.
Click here for the full story.

A 19-year-old Mitt Romney demonstrates in favor of the Vietnam War, though his status as a Mormon missionary exempted him from the draft. (via AP)

To clarify, not all Mormons were/are exempt from war, I’m sure countless Mormons fought proudly and died to protect The United States throughout the brief history of the nation. This is not about religion, it’s about hypocrisy and privilege.

Click here for the full story.

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Take a Stroll…with Rob Delaney - On Hating Gay People

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I studied jazz, tap, and ballet for years. I’m terrible at sports and I’m an excellent chef. I think Judy Garland is sublime. I realize those facts are like a spacious warehouse of red flags broadcasting homosexuality, but the fact is, I’m straight. If I had to guess, the chief indicator that I’m straight is that when I think about or stand near women, my dick gets hard. When I’m around guys—even fit, muscular ones with no shirts on—my dick remains in its dormant state. When I’m around women, I think about my dick and how it might feel inside of their body somewhere (like their vagina; not like in France or something, though that would be nice too (I just remembered that I speak French too, which can often identify an American man as “le gay”)).

When I’m around men, I don’t think about my dick, unless it wriggles out of my boxer flap, as it sometimes does, and touches a cold button of my jeans’ fly, and then I’m like “Get back in your cubby, you little rascal!” and nonchalantly adjust myself.

Bepenised Texan Rick Perry’s been in the news over the last few days for releasing a nakedly bigoted anti-gay ad that he believes will help revive his dying campaign. It won’t, but it made me think of a story I recently heard that illustrated the mindset and motivation of someone who actively fights to reduce and take away the rights of homosexual human beings.

It’s the story of a young man slowly discovering and accepting his homosexuality and it is extraordinarily painful and beautiful to hear. I cried. What’s most interesting is that the guy in the story used to actively and publicly campaign against gay rights.

People who concern themselves with the rights of other adults who engage in consensual acts involving sex, love, and/or eating croissants together are damaged and in pain.

Hating them won’t work. That doesn’t fix anything.

So far, the greatest quote I’ve heard in my 34 years is this: “Hatred never ceases by hatred in this world. By love alone it ceases; this is eternal law.” Gotama the Buddha said that about 2,500 years ago. Since it’s eternal, as he said, that means it applies right now.

I’m not suggesting that Rick Perry or those who campaign against gay rights are gay themselves. Some of them are, some of them aren’t; I don’t care. But they are damaged by, and damaging with, their hatred. I hope, for them, and for the people they are actively harming, that they can begin to experiment with some kindness and sympathy, and try on for size that Golden Rule that benefits both the giver and the recipient with real and immediate peace.

Homophobes aren’t going to hell, like they often say their perceived opponents are. Rather they are in hell, and they prolong their stay with each hateful act, word, and thought. They can leave whenever they want.

I hope you will listen to this story, because it is wonderful. It’s from an episode of This American Life called “So Crazy It Just Might Work.” It’s about a guy named Benny, whom you’re going to love.

Listen (via vicemag)

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This Morning’s Short List

Rep. Joe Barton is poised to chair the House Energy Committee (the man who, this summer, apologized to British Petrol when the Whitehouse asked them to please remove their oil from our ocean).

Even states are forced to cross the border for drugs. Arizona’s tough border policy bends to allow foreign drugs that state officials need to kill prisoners. That DNA evidence exonerated the man in question of the crime that resulted in his death sentence was of little concern to the clemency board.

While on Arizona and its controversial border law that passed this spring, it is now evident that the law was drafted and fast tracked by Corrections Corporation of America (among other patriotic corporations such as Exxon, The NRA, and RJ Reynolds), the largest private prison company in the country which, not coincidentally, is contracted to detain illegal immigrants in the state of Arizona. In Corrections Corporation of America’s annual report, executives announced that "immigration detention is the next big market," and that they expected Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide a significant portion of revenue. Two of Arizonas governor Jan Brewer’s top advisors, her spokesman Paul Senseman and her campaign manager Chuck Coughlin, are [former] prison lobbyists.

I wouldn’t be surprised to find that a lot of anti-legalization propaganda is funded by these private corrections companies that earn substantial revenue housing prisoners convicted of minor drug offenses.

On a personal note, I think I’m finally ready to embrace the Tea Party. The US defense budget for 2011 is between $1.003 - $1.223 trillion dollars, so the day they’re willing to eliminate that expense from the US budget, I’ll sign up. Or maybe vouchers? Conservatives love vouchers - but instead of suggesting free-market economics for education, why not give Americans military vouchers? Those patriotic homeland heroes among us can buy all the bullets and tanks and Bourne Identity black ops they wish, and the rest of us… well we just have to hope that tens of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani citizens find another way to be killed without our tax dollars.

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One Year…

One Year…

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devilishdelish:davehyndman:
I love this shot of Obama meeting with aides in Paris. This is what real people look like when they’re working, talking. One guy is even wearing flip-flops.
When I signed up for tumblr several months ago I had an incredible sense of urgency and anxiety - this blog was originally a way to keep track of current events and share political news - it seemed everything I did, every decision I made, somehow revolved around the presidential election and Barack Obama.
He won.
And we celebrated. And in January he took control, and again we celebrated.
It’s June, so lets take a second to remember why we’re here, what issues need to be addressed, what commitments need to be fulfilled, and decide where we’re going. At this moment in history we’ve got infinite potential to change the world with our actions, and now more than ever it’s time to just do it.

devilishdelish:davehyndman:

I love this shot of Obama meeting with aides in Paris. This is what real people look like when they’re working, talking. One guy is even wearing flip-flops.

When I signed up for tumblr several months ago I had an incredible sense of urgency and anxiety - this blog was originally a way to keep track of current events and share political news - it seemed everything I did, every decision I made, somehow revolved around the presidential election and Barack Obama.

He won.

And we celebrated. And in January he took control, and again we celebrated.

It’s June, so lets take a second to remember why we’re here, what issues need to be addressed, what commitments need to be fulfilled, and decide where we’re going. At this moment in history we’ve got infinite potential to change the world with our actions, and now more than ever it’s time to just do it.

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GPOYW - Olivia Wilde / Obama / OBEY / IBTC / Things Are Looking Up™ Edition
This picture is a lot of things to me right now. We’re at the Presidential victory party - November 4, 2008 - celebrating what seemed like the only thing that mattered in the world, and just as I let out a sigh of relief I had been holding in since February when I started actively working on the campaign, I got a text message from my brother saying, "don’t forget, this isn’t over, it has just begun."
A lot of promises were made that night, the words “hope” and “change” were thrown around quite a bit, so I hope we haven’t forgot why we did it and what it felt like… but my brother was right as usual, it wasn’t just the end of the hardest battle most of us have ever fought, it was the beginning of a new world, one where we decide our future and we don’t wait for the world to change around us, we change the world.
May always tears me apart, flips me upside down… So much is going on right now, and I’m pretty excited about it.

GPOYW - Olivia Wilde / Obama / OBEY / IBTC / Things Are Looking Up™ Edition

This picture is a lot of things to me right now. We’re at the Presidential victory party - November 4, 2008 - celebrating what seemed like the only thing that mattered in the world, and just as I let out a sigh of relief I had been holding in since February when I started actively working on the campaign, I got a text message from my brother saying, "don’t forget, this isn’t over, it has just begun."

A lot of promises were made that night, the words “hope” and “change” were thrown around quite a bit, so I hope we haven’t forgot why we did it and what it felt like… but my brother was right as usual, it wasn’t just the end of the hardest battle most of us have ever fought, it was the beginning of a new world, one where we decide our future and we don’t wait for the world to change around us, we change the world.

May always tears me apart, flips me upside down… So much is going on right now, and I’m pretty excited about it.

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A Billi Freestyle / I Have A Black President - Jay-z

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