Anne Frank was born today in 1929. This quote is from her diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl” which was written while her family was in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. She died in 1945 and her diary was published in 1947 by her father, Otto Frank. You can get a copy of her diary at the library.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you get when you stand up to a man who beats his young girlfriend in public. Not the black eye, not the broken nose, but the sense of being a fucking great human being.
Earlier today while I was waiting for the bus I witnessed a man walk up to his girlfriend, who couldn’t have been older than 18, kick her handbag, spit on her and scream in her face that she was a cunt. He walked back into the bus shelter after telling her she was worthless and pathetic and kicking her in the gut then as she tried to follow he turned around to grab her. I got in between them and told him that he should never EVER spit on a woman, hit her or talk to her in that way. He laughed in my face and said he would “fuck me up”. I looked him square in the eye and told him that I was not afraid of him. He proceeded to scream obscenities at her as I took her away from him, then he shouted to me that he could walk round the corner to get people to kill me. Feeling defiant, I said “go on, I dare you, there’re plenty of people around to witness it.” The prick then walked right up to me and head butted me in the nose. I am now sporting a swollen face and the beginnings of a black eye but the police took swabs from my nose to get his DNA and they know exactly who he is. Cunt’s going down for assault. Motherfuckers don’t treat women like that and get away with it. I feel heroic.
That’s right bitches. Women deserve respect.
holy shit you fucking excellent human we need more people like you
A true hero.
I, and I suppose many others, am perfectly aware that this NSA program is not *new*. I’m also perfectly aware that the program is probably legal under every existing rationale applied to the Fourth Amendment by our nation’s courts.
…consider the backdrop of these revelations. This week, the Supreme Court announced that law enforcement could collect DNA samples from non-criminals provided there was an arrest. There are thousands of pre-textual arrests a day, and a speeding ticket could lead to your DNA being logged and your being held in jail for 24 hours without trial, arraignment or access to counsel. We are a nation of mass incarceration, often for non-violent crimes like drug possession. So for many many Americans it is only ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ that they aren’t in jail, with the loss of autonomy and voting rights that entails. We have spent the last decade debating whether it’s OK for the government to visually inspect our genitals to determine whether we’re going to blow up a plane. This story is not merely about a single program, though that’s how the discourse has treated it so far. This thing is about a state whose relationship to its citizenry is out of balance. This is not the state the Founders envisioned.