“After complaints from other customers aboard the aircraft… We make these decisions with the comfort of our customers and crew members in mind, and always with careful consideration,” airline spokesman Matt Miller told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas via email.
“It broke my heart to see those kids walk off with their little bags and to see this whole family walking off,” Jones said.
A representative for the resettlement group World Relief told Thomas the family is from the Central African Republic and they came seeking asylum. World Relief said it does not know why the family was kicked off the flight.
Jones said she wishes she had said more at the time to defend the family.
“Two hours is nothing compared to what a refugee has been through,” Jones said.
Are you fucking kidding me. I just. Why.
How far do you have to be removed from what is important to think you are justified in demanding a family be kicked off of a plane like that.
Someone fucking call American Airlines.
This is the best one yet. Love it.
Oh my Lord…
I swear, at least a third of the guys that message me have replied “yes” to the ,en being the head of the household question, as well as women being obligated to shave their legs. It’s like, did you read my profile? Is this real life? ;-)
- anyone who is determined to believe you are weak
- anyone who tries to tell you who you are and what you like
- anyone who would rather be comfortable than face the uncomfortable truth—especially if their comfort is at your expense
- anyone who does nice things for you but makes you feel guilty about it, like you don’t deserve it, like you owe them something
- anyone who doesn’t respect your experiences as valid and important
- anyone who expects from you what they don’t give in return
- anyone who doesn’t know how to compromise or sacrifice a little
- anyone who sets you up to fail instead of giving you opportunities to shine
all healthy relationships—not just romantic ones—should be based on respect, compassion, and believing in one another. no excuses.
Also this is still super, super important.
Watch for cycles of abuse.
This week, news broke that a Michigan school district is barring two teens from displaying their pregnant bellies in their school yearbook. The school district’s superintendent explained that depicting images of teen pregnancy in the yearbook goes against the school’s mission of “promoting abstinence.” One of the pregnant teens said she “went to the bathroom […]
Motherhood is never shameful, no matter the circumstances. I’ve seen pro-lifers shame girls for having sex, and pro-choicers shame girls for keeping the baby when they are poor/single/etc. Who is pro-mother and anti-shame?
dammit i just have to reblog this. like some moments are so bad ass you have to stop and give homage…
Whenever I have “Do I Want Kids” thoughts in my mind, the list of pros includes being able to make people morbidly uncomfortable by wearing whatever I want when I am pregnant and breastfeeding in public. I will passively aggressively take lives with my “disgusting,” desexualized mammaries.
Being pregnant how and when you want to be pregnant is a revolutionary act…..it is also essential for the survival of the human race….so…….why should it have to be revolutionary……just…..think….about…it.
There are very few socially acceptable ways to exist as a pregnant person (fewer still for queer people and POC), and if you venture outside of those, you literally risk your life because, at the very least, of poor medical care.
Why should a woman have to enter a state of danger in order to have a child.
This world is fucked.
Embracement of the cute/delicate/femme/etc… is a revolutionary and subversive act, for me, because I suffered from ingrained misogyny for most of my life, and I still do.
I am the oldest child, and was never treated delicately - was taught to “throw like a boy” and be strong and tough and shoot a gun. The binary caused me to place these qualities in a water-tight compartment of masculinism, and, thus, my disdain for the feminine grew. In fact, it grew to the point where I felt nauseous wearing a dress to Mass on Sunday, because a dress meant I couldn’t climb trees, because my underwear might show.
What I am saying is, when I wear heels, I am not just wearing heels, when I post pictures of bunnies, I am not just posting pictures of bunnies.
The feminine is not weak.
Think about what you are really saying when you say you like a girl in boots. Examine your preferences, always.
THERE ARE SOME THINGS money can’t buy—but these days, not many. Almost everything is up for sale. For example:
• A prison-cell upgrade: $90 a night. In Santa Ana, California, and some other cities, nonviolent offenders can pay for a clean, quiet jail cell, without any non-paying prisoners to disturb them.
• Access to the carpool lane while driving solo: $8. Minneapolis, San Diego, Houston, Seattle, and other cities have sought to ease traffic congestion by letting solo drivers pay to drive in carpool lanes, at rates that vary according to traffic.
• The services of an Indian surrogate mother: $8,000. Western couples seeking surrogates increasingly outsource the job to India, and the price is less than one-third the going rate in the United States.
• The right to shoot an endangered black rhino: $250,000. South Africa has begun letting some ranchers sell hunters the right to kill a limited number of rhinos, to give the ranchers an incentive to raise and protect the endangered species.
• Your doctor’s cellphone number: $1,500 and up per year. A growing number of “concierge” doctors offer cellphone access and same-day appointments for patients willing to pay annual fees ranging from $1,500 to $25,000.
• The right to emit a metric ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere: $10.50.The European Union runs a carbon-dioxide-emissions market that enables companies to buy and sell the right to pollute.
• The right to immigrate to the United States: $500,000. Foreigners who invest $500,000 and create at least 10 full-time jobs in an area of high unemployment are eligible for a green card that entitles them to permanent residency.
NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD to buy these things. But today there are lots of new ways to make money. If you need to earn some extra cash, here are some novel possibilities:
• Sell space on your forehead to display commercial advertising: $10,000. A single mother in Utah who needed money for her son’s education was paid $10,000 by an online casino to install a permanent tattoo of the casino’s Web address on her forehead. Temporary tattoo ads earn less.
• Serve as a human guinea pig in a drug-safety trial for a pharmaceutical company: $7,500. The pay can be higher or lower, depending on the invasiveness of the procedure used to test the drug’s effect and the discomfort involved.
• Fight in Somalia or Afghanistan for a private military contractor: up to $1,000 a day. The pay varies according to qualifications, experience, and nationality.
• Stand in line overnight on Capitol Hill to hold a place for a lobbyist who wants to attend a congressional hearing: $15–$20 an hour. Lobbyists pay line-standing companies, who hire homeless people and others to queue up.
• If you are a second-grader in an underachieving Dallas school, read a book: $2. To encourage reading, schools pay kids for each book they read.
WE LIVE IN A TIME when almost everything can be bought and sold. Over the past three decades, markets—and market values—have come to govern our lives as never before. We did not arrive at this condition through any deliberate choice. It is almost as if it came upon us.
This is a good post.
I was just thinking about this the other day when I read that you can now buy a more expensive ticket to Disneyland, which allows you to cut all the lines.
“The Happiest Place on Earth”…………but happier the more money you have!
Sext: Let’s unlearn shame.