Asshole of the Day, October 17, 2013: Chris Christie
Now that the government shutdown is over, all the assholes who aren’t in Congress are finally getting their chance to be heard again. And today’s asshole is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that if one of his four children came out as gay, he would “grab them and hug them and tell them I love them.”
He would also tell them “that Dad believes that marriage is between one man and one woman,” he said. […]
“My children understand that there are going to be differences of opinion in our house and in houses all across this state and across this country,” Christie said.
Got that? “I love you, but because you’re gay, I don’t think you should get to have the same rights and chances at happiness that I do. And sure, there may be other parents in New Jersey who want their gay children to have the same rights as everyone else, but you’re stuck with me.”
It’s time to stop calling this asshole moderate.
It is Chris Christie’s 2nd time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for wasting $24 million on a special election just to run up the score in his own reelection.
And for all those people who think Chris Christie is not as bad as the rest in his party because he took aid from Obama for Sandy, I leave you with this:
Supporting Chris Christie because he helped Hurricane Sandy victims is like giving someone a medal for paying court-ordered child support.— Ann Coultergeist (@OhNoSheTwitnt)
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The world’s tallest slum.
Welcome to the world’s tallest slum: poverty-ridden Venezuela’s Tower of David. Squatters took over this very unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, and they’ve been there ever since. The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower’s namesake, David Brillembourg.
Today, as the government is grappling with a citywide housing shortage, the tower is a stark monument to what could have been in the country’s crime-plagued capital. The tower is dogged by accusations of being a hotbed of crime, drugs and corruption. But to residents, many of whom have spent their entire lives there, it’s just home.
Watch as Vocativ climbs the tower and gains the rare in-depth access to residents’ daily lives inside this unique and sinister establishment.
Few cameras have been allowed into the depths of the tower. It is an experience not to be missed.
We answered some frequently asked questions about our Tower of David video here: http://voc.tv/15I8iPE
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COIFFURE LE BIRD BY SOUVEREIN
Souverein (tumblr / facebook) - “Free work done by the photographer Rene Mesman. They are a series of bird portraits done together with a hairstylist and an art-director. It was also shown in Volkskrant Magazine. Retouching and integration was done by Souverein.”
Owl / Crow / Falcon