JON STEWART, on reports that the Minnesota Vikings reversed their decision to not suspend child abuser Adrian Peterson only after major league sponsor Anheuser Busch said they were “not yet satisfied” with how the NFL handled the case, on The Daily Show.
Stewart adds, “How crazy is this — a company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL… Maybe one of the only substances that is proven scientifically to increase the likelihood of domestic abuse — that company is saying to the NFL, ‘You’ve got a real problem here.”
It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.
So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.
What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.
In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.
basically every song I was exposed to since moving to these United States
i like how the music videos get progressively weirder
In 2000 I was unmarried and childless. Watching this video took me through my first child’s birth, my first marriage, my second child’s birth, my marriage falling apart, my divorce, subsequent relationships and break ups, and into my second marriage. The music near the end of the video, though I know and enjoy some if it, isn’t mine. It’s music for my children, who weren’t even alive when that first song came out. This was really super weird for me. I feel 100 years old right now.
As a Muslim, my religion and personal ethics prevent me from speaking ill of the dead, as they have passed on and are no longer here to defend themselves.
But acknowledging Joan Rivers made a living off of mocking, degrading, and humiliating others for their physical appearances and saying innocent Palestinian civilians deserve to die isn’t speaking ill of her, it’s just fact.
The Inspectorate of Constabulary says that police now tell victims of property crimes to “solve the crimes themselves,” directing them over the phone to review CCTV footage and canvas their neighbourhoods for witnesses.
The police say that in austerity Britain, they can’t give priority to property crimes and don’t have the personnel to attend the scenes of such crimes in person. However, the UK’s domestic security apparatus does have millions to squander on a full-time Julian Assange stakeout, mass surveillance, a titanic DNA database, endless and racist stop-and-frisk harassment, undercover infiltration of peaceful environmental groups, and the imprisonment of countless people convicted of petty drug crimes.
My daughter’s iPhone was stolen and using Find My Phone, we located it. I called the police with the address, uninterested in confronting a thief by myself. They told me they don’t have the resources to look for stolen phones. That was it. The end.
Essentially, it has been decriminalized where I live. Stealing things under a value of $1,000 has no repercussions here.