Here are highlights of my reading. All of these are published today.
Edit: Paypal account has been corrected.
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Octavius Lamb was the student of Melissawrites. When she learned the news of Octavius’ death she wrote this post. Her school recently learned that there would be no funeral or proper burial, and Melissa has asked me to get Tumblr’s help:
I hate to reach out to you especially under these circumstances, however I don’t know anyone with a stronger voice.
As you read, one of my students was killed on New Year’s Day.
This is a student who was a leader in JROTC and student government at school. When I student taught at the school I am currently now employed at he started a petition to help get me hired. He once reported that someone stole a pop from a fundraiser to me. He was a good and honest young man.
His family cannot afford to give him a funeral. His mother is homeless, his sister (another former student of mine) just had a baby at 17 and is living with her boyfriend, his other brother (and yet another former student) is locked up for the next 15 years. This young man was his family’s only hope, as mentioned on my blog he had a full-ride to school and turned it down to take a job (as a dishwasher of all things) to help provide for his family. He was not gang affiliated.
As a school we are attempting to provide a funeral for him, because if we don’t, no one else will. If the funds are not raised in time he will be given as what’s known as a pauper’s funeral in Chicago which leave him with an unmarked grave and no service. He doesn’t deserve this.
I’m turning to you to see if you can help me put out a blast to raise the funds for this incredibly sad event. I know that you do so much in the Tumblr world, however I don’t have nearly the followers that you do. I hate having to turn and beg for something like this, but if you could help in any other way, it would really mean the world to me.
Thanks so much,
Melissa, there’s no need to beg. This is how a community helps one another.
Melissa is under a very, very tight timeline. Her principal meets with the family on Monday. The cost of the funeral and burial is $5,000. Melissa’s goal to raise is $1,000 before Monday morning. I am hoping we can exceed it.
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Even the smallest of donations will help. Octavius Lamb deserve a fair-well worthy of the life he lived. I believe that the magic and love of Tumblr can help accomplish this. Please show Melissa the same love and support you’ve shown me over the years. Spread the word, reblog (and reblog again) — using the text post so it shows all the info), post it on facebook, tweet it, and tell your mother.
Here’s a signal boost for this, all.
this is nice clip. the debate will be very interesting on capital hill.
The photo that has captured everyone’s attention today: Tourist photographs NYPD officer giving a new pair of boots to barefooted homeless man in Times Square.
Photo: Jennifer Foster
it’s always cool to see things like this.
Screenwriter AARON SORKIN, on Steve Jobs, the subject of his next movie.
President Obama made it clear yesterday that he’s fed up with a do-nothing Congress and won’t be intimidated by GOP attacks.
At his first news conference since being re-elected, Obama dared Republicans to raise taxes on the richest Americans, and slammed two powerful GOP lawmakers for picking on his U.N. ambassador, challenging them to “go after me” instead.
With another four years in the White House stretching before him, a stern Obama took Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham to task for their “outrageous” swipes against Ambassador Susan Rice.
Rice has been under fire for remarks she made days after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She called the assault, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, a “spontaneous” act spawned by protests against an anti-Islam film. She later corrected herself, saying that intelligence subsequently had determined that it was a terrorist attack.
“If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” Obama told reporters in the East Room of the White House. “And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”
Use of Clint Eastwood related motifs are now ironic too.
The day after the election, the President made a surprise visit to campaign HQ in Chicago to thank staff and volunteers. Here’s what he said.
Makes me wish I didn’t live in a Red state.
Fox News calling it for Obama.
you know it’s official when Fox News calls it too. 4 more years.
Flooding Already Starting on the East Coast
what the fuck
In other words: A complete disaster.
i thought private prisons were already a thing. interesting.
In his 37 years of streak running, the Raven has amassed quite a shoe graveyard.
Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to work out every day? How long did that last? A week? Maybe a month? Well, in one man’s case, his New Year’s resolution has lasted almost four decades. And he isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Kudos to our friends at the New York Times for building this highly-entertaining and addictive game. Try it out by blowing up some of their articles here.
It’s stupid…but fun dammit! lol
A massive blow to Samsung
- Mosque burned to the ground in Missouri.
- Pig carcasses thrown at mosque in California.
- Air rifle shots at mosque in Illinois.
- Paintball attack against mosque in Oklahoma.
- Acid attack against Islamic school in Illinois.
I have nothing to say other than I am sickened by this increasing sensation of hate and intolerance. America, what are you doing?
I’ve lost count of the L’s the USA has taken in 2012.