afarewelltoleggings:

Piedmont Carabinieri. With J. Crew jacket, revolver, and carbine.  Oakland Front, summer ‘14.

afarewelltoleggings:

10th Alpine Division “The Joy Division.” With Ramones t-shirt, pistol with detachable stock, Onitsuka Tigers, vintage eyeglasses. Oakland Front, summer ‘14.

The Joy Division

afarewelltoleggings:

Officer and fusilier of the 20. Hooded Fusiliers (“La Hoodie Rouge”) reconnaissance detachment. Oakland Headquarters (OHQ.) The Oakland Front, Summer ‘14.

I have started a new project: A Farewell to Leggings. Chronicles of dating in Oakland. + World War I.

Chicks with guns

sayitwithseaotters:

You Are Annoying On The Internet

I’m playing with a new format for Say It With Sea Otters

sayitwithseaotters:

#60

From my Say It With Sea Otters project.  A seabird dropping a cluster munition.

The Purpose Porpoise

The most dangerous idea is the only dangerous idea: that ideas can be dangerous.

We live in a world in which people are censured, demoted, imprisoned, beheaded, simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips, and vibrated some air. Yes, those vibrations can make us feel sad or stupid or alienated. Tough shit. That’s the price of admission to the marketplace of ideas. Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude, or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we’re in one. When all the words in our public conversation our fair, good, and true, it’s time to make a run for the fence. —Daniel Gilbert, Harvard Professor of Psychology

I never met Fred Phelps, newly dead leader of the Westboro Baptist Church hate group, but I certainly met members of his family at Westboro pickets in San Francisco.

I am reminded of this—my favorite quote—about the importance of the freedom of ideas.

Sometimes expression is a piece of art, a book, or a film that you love. Sometimes it’s the braying of a buffoon like Fred Phelps. You can’t have one without the other.

I show up in Rachel Maddow’s report on the Westboro Baptist Church at the 5:00 mark (for a Westboro counter protest I did a few years ago.) She finds me “adorable.”

Inadvertantly captured this cat animation while photographing a friendly neighborpuss.