Good against Evil, Michoacan, Mexico
Photography © Florence Leyret Jeune
The stage is set.
I feel like I’m raining on the parade by mentioning that the picture of Mexico is one chosen from a U-23 team that failed to make it to the 2008 Olympics, only one of the players even has a shot of making it to the 2014 world cup, and there are even a couple of players in the picture that have taken an early retirement from football because of injuries or because they were pretty awful at it.
But you know whatever, futbol!
A’ight ebay seller, I’ll pay your ridiculous $16 shipping and handling cost but I’ll be praying to the the sun god Huitzilopochtli that you get violent diarrhea.
Why are we so much more enthusiastic about historical fiction when we see it on TV (or in film)?
Meanwhile me in my bedroom:
God damn that’s a lot of white folk.
These 3 tweets hit the nail on the head for me.
And with that said, I won’t say anymore about Madiba today. He’s lived a long life. He was 95. He’s now at peace. I just don’t like how the mainstream press is framing his life in a very easy and digestible narrative, but that is to be expected. It really is nauseating to see imperialistic vultures chiming in with their condolences. I mean, we have people who were part of a system that sought to crush Mandela weighing in to tell us about what an exemplary man he was. My words cannot express how disgusting that is, but the show must go on. All that is left is for Dick Chaney and P.W. Botha’s children to start singing Mandela’s praises.
How could something so basic be in such short supply? Diapers are expensive—up to $100 a month—particularly for women who don’t have transportation and must rely on bodegas and local convenience stores. Some women reported spending 6 percent of their total income on paper nappies. And before you say, “Let them use cloth,” Marie Antoinette, bear in mind that diaper services are expensive, few poor women have their own washing machines, most laundromats don’t permit customers to launder dirty diapers and most daycare programs don’t allow cloth diapers. Like fresh fruit and vegetables, humanely raised meat and dairy products, and organic baby food, cloth diapers are the province of the well-off.
Despite this clear need, however, diapers are not covered by the food stamp program (SNAP) or by the Women, Infants, and Children feeding program. The government apparently finds them unnecessary, like other hygiene products (toilet paper, menstrual supplies, toothpaste, even soap), which are also, unlike food, subject to sales tax. Never mind that babies can’t choose not to pee and poo and did not select their parents. Never mind, too, that those grandmothers who are the hardest hit caregivers are performing a crucial social task—and saving the taxpayer millions—by keeping those kids out of foster care.
Food, it’s true, is even more basic than diapers. But some people believe low-income children don’t really need that either. If House Republicans have their way, 4 to 6 million SNAP recipients may soon find themselves bounced from the rolls. This, at a time when the Department of Agriculture tells us that 17.6 million households regularly go hungry, up from 12 million ten years ago. Proving yet again that there really is a difference between the parties, Republicans want to cut the food stamp budget by $40 billion over the next ten years.
I think it’s time to put up my tacky 15 year old artificial Christmas tree and then decorate it with equally tacky ornaments.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
L.A. Mexican Fiesta festival - c. 1940s - 1950s
What?!! But according to films and television, Mexicans didn’t exist in Los Angeles back then!
Someone needs to make a “love quotes that don’t want to make me vomit” tumblr.