"time is passing. yet for the united states of america, there will be no forgetting september 11th. we will remember every rescuer who died with honor. we will remember every family that lives with grief. we will remember the fire and ash … the last phone calls … the funerals of the children."

— president george bush, speech to the united nations

"time is passing. yet for the united states of america, there will be no forgetting september 11th. we will remember every rescuer who died with honor. we will remember every family that lives with grief. we will remember the fire and ash … the last phone calls … the funerals of the children."

— president george bush, speech to the united nations

what makes me incredibly mad [and sad] about the whole ray rice incident is how his victim wife has adamantly defended his actions — blaming the media for embarrassing them + taking away their happiness. her statement about how they’ll ‘show the world what true love is' makes me livid, because i'm sorry, but this is not what true love is. what kind of example is she setting for women across the globe? that you stand by your man, no matter what? that you condone his actions because you feel you were partially to blame? no.
i can’t help but feel sick over the situation, in it’s entirety.

what makes me incredibly mad [and sad] about the whole ray rice incident is how his victim wife has adamantly defended his actions — blaming the media for embarrassing them + taking away their happiness. her statement about how they’ll ‘show the world what true love is' makes me livid, because i'm sorry, but this is not what true love is. what kind of example is she setting for women across the globe? that you stand by your man, no matter what? that you condone his actions because you feel you were partially to blame? no.

i can’t help but feel sick over the situation, in it’s entirety.

littlelaur
it’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. no man has a right to raise a hand to a woman. no means no. […] the one regret i have is we call it domestic violence as if it’s a domesticated cat. it is the most vicious form of violence there is, because not only the physical scars are left, the psychological scars that are left. this whole culture for so long has put the onus on the woman. what were you wearing? what did you say? what did you do to provoke? that is never the appropriate question.
joe biden, on today this morning // preach.

ray rice

i hadn’t even heard about the february incident until they released video today + the outrage i feel about how things were handled has me seeing red. actually, every part of this story has me seeing red for numerous reasons: from them not releasing the video, to the ravens organization defending his actions/character, the way the nfl handled the situation in it’s entirety, and his wife’s refusal to press charges or testify against him. and his comment about ‘her pain is my pain, my pain is her pain' comment really tipped the scale for me. while we all have our own opinions on the matter, i’m completely sickened by the fact that this man has gotten away with what he did with nothing more than a slap on the the wrist. i pray they bring the hammer down on him so hard it makes an example for all athletes + humans alike, to let it be known: domestic violence will not be tolerated — regardless of who you are, or what position you might play.

our cherry grove girls beach trip included the most gorgeous views, breathtaking sunrises + sunsets. a big ‘cooler of success’, where a bunch of random beverages are thrown in the cooler + whatever you pick, you drink! matching outfits + making up an elaborate story of being twins: brenda kay and linda fay. meeting new friends, and making fans — not friends. late night dance parties at local hole-in-the-wall bars + early nights cooking dinner while watching food network shows at the condo. perfect weather, naps, books, tanned toes, and the best mix of rest + relaxation a group of girls could ask for. until next year!