Guardsmen can’t arrest anyone, they definitely can’t fire on civilians, all they can do is wave to anyone crossing the border. So it’s not extremely clear what Perry expects them to do. Of course, this means that someone’s going to ask him what he expects, so someone did.

"I]f these children who’ve undergone these harrowing journeys, to escape the most desperate conditions in their home countries, have gotten this far, are they really going to be deterred by the presence of troops along the border who won’t shoot them and can’t arrest them?" Fox’s Chris Wallace asked Perry.

Rick didn’t have an answer. But all the ‘baggers and bigots — apparently completely ignorant of the fact that the Guard can’t actually do anything but soak up taxpayer money to pose for Perry’s grandstanding photo-op — are cheering it wildy. And that’s the point. This isn’t about Texas or America, it’s about Rick Perry ‘16.

Once again, Texas taxpayers are being forced to pay for Governor Perry’s grandiose political ambitions,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said in a statement. ”It is a costly misuse of our highly skilled National Guard to demand its service as a mere referral agent for children seeking refuge from abuse. Doing its job effectively, our Border Patrol does not need interference from either Governor Perry or vigilantes. We deserve Texas tough, but today we get only Texas Governor weak – weak on any bipartisan solutions, weak on any meaningful action.”

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The Killer’s Mr. Brightside entirely in strings.


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my biggest fear is I’m married & my husband says, “let’s cut sugar out of our diet” so I have to leave with the kids in the middle of the night

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The West Wing Rewatch
: Josh & Donna in ‘Requiem’ (7x18)

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"Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all."

—  Vincent van Gogh (via vincentvangogh-art)

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how many calories do u burn by sliding down a wall crying

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I want to be Dorothy when I grow up.

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this…this photo, man. it has all the greatest hits.
1.) Squishy toe-beans the size of your thumb.2.) Fuzzy spotted catbutt3.) Pink snootnose4.) Adoring expression shootin’ lovebeams into your very soul5.) Cat




this…this photo, man. it has all the greatest hits.

1.) Squishy toe-beans the size of your thumb.
2.) Fuzzy spotted catbutt
3.) Pink snootnose
4.) Adoring expression shootin’ lovebeams into your very soul
5.) Cat

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Aging of Queen Elizabeth II through £’s


Aging of Queen Elizabeth II through £’s

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The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

(via npr)