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Also, many listeners never picked up on the fact that it was a critique of the Vietnam War, and adopted it as a fist-pumping, pro-USA anthem. They just identified with what they thought was the aggressive, nationalistic pride of the chorus.
Yeah, I remember Republicans used to use it for rallies and shit :-p
Cheech did a parody song called “Born in East L.A.” and then he did a pretty terrible movie based on the song!
I’m going to start responding to any and all complaints with, “it has cobras!”
"I think you’re being harsh. - "It has cobras!"
"The soup is a little salty." - "It has cobras!"
"You added instead of subtracted there." - "It has cobras!"
It’s the perfect universal excuse.
-tumblr user guru-grady
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Re. that post by nextyearsgirl that’s going around, the one that reads:
It’s not men’s job to subvert, mock, parody, or critique femininity. You don’t get to tell us how much you hate the cage you put us in.
The person who posted this is an anti-trans radfem. She considers trans women to be “men”. She is attacking us with this post by invalidating our identities and experiences.
Please stop reblogging this, alright?
(And now you see why I didn’t just reblog the OP: I don’t want to show up in her notes.)
I thought something was fishy about that quote. It’s stated in a nice cadence but once you think about it a little bit… yeesh. Yeah, she’s a TERF.
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We walked over the wet sand that the tide had left behind. Emanuel wore shoes woven out of leather strips, fisherman sandals. He left solid footprints. My sandals dragged until I took them off and slung them from my left hand as I walked. The wet coolness of the sand rasped against the soles of my feet.
Just as I expected, the brim of his hat stayed effortlessly tilted despite the breeze. There was something comforting in that.
“I watched some of your scenes,” he told me. I kept to his right and slightly behind, not making any eye contact. I was incredibly nervous. I didn’t know how to act, how to project myself.
“Did you like them?” I asked, like they were test reels of school plays and soap commercials.
“You’re good at what you do. Do you enjoy it? I’m asking on a professional level.”
On the other hand, I love that song by Steve Earle where he sings about coming home from Vietnam and becoming a dope farmer and using the tricks he learned from the Viet Cong to set booby traps for the D.E.A. if they try to raid his fields
I just had a weird blast from the past. The song Born in the U.S.A came up, and I said I remembered when it was a huge hit on the radio—I was a kid—and it scared the pants off me. I’d hear the line, “send me off to a foreign land / to go and kill the yellow man” and I’d hunch up and look over my shoulder.
Eventually I was old enough to understand the entire meaning—as a critique of the Vietnam War, so I’m cool with it—but in context with other stuff going on the 80s, I don’t have the most positive associations with it.
- 15 people were killed while attending a wedding in Yemen on Thursday, after military officials apparently mistook the wedding party for an al-Qaeda convoy and reportedly used an unmanned drone to bomb the site. source
Today in Irresponsible, Unforgivable Drone Warfare.
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It’s reading comments under articles about the recent reinstatement of Section 377 (criminalisation of any homosexual sex) which makes me make blanket statements like: sab saale gore haraami kuttey hai.
This is why I hate (non-Indian) Western rights activists who attempt to talk about India, and seem to care so much for LGBT rights, while simultaneously slathering the entire country with their xenophobia. They will call India backwards and hateful, while vehemently denying their own history.
The entire comment thread is FULL of hateful opposition against Gopal for daring to mention that Section 377 was implemented during British colonialism of India. She didn’t even say that the British should be held responsible, or that this lets off the Indian Supreme Court - all she did was mention that when the Indian constitution was made, many Imperial laws were not removed, and were chosen to be continued. That’s it. And the whole comment thread is full of colonialism-denying sarcastic arseholes, talking about how India has always been backwards.
Oh, and they are flippantly mentioning things like Sati, to “make a point” about how India is an inherently a cruel society, and that Indians are over-religious savages. Yes, I don’t know about you, but flippantly mentioning some of the most atrocious human rights violations in India is a great way to make a point about how much you care about Indian LGBT people.
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