shellytotter

Anonymous asked:

Is Teddy Roosevelt really as awesome as his depictions in pop culture has lead us to believe?

benito-cereno answered:

He’s kind of more awesome, really.

While in pop culture it’s easy to reduce him to a caricature of robust masculinity (I have to include myself among such offenders, but Tales from the Bully Pulpit was always intended to be a clash of cultural iconography, not actual historical figures), the fact is, the dude was multi-multi-multi-faceted and just completely amazing.

He pursued his vigorous lifestyle as a way to keep himself alive: he had terrible asthma as a child, and so developed his strenuous regimen to build up his health.

But while many people focus on this aspect of his life—his vigor, his time as a soldier, etc—the fact is, he had a lot more going on. He fought like a motherfucker on ecological and conservation issues. His biggest policy was the Square Deal, which was based on three issues he called the three Cs: 1) conservation of natural resources, 2) control of corporations, and 3) consumer protection.

I don’t know about you, but I’d say we could use another person like that in charge.

Also, people tend to focus on the “big stick” part of his famously repeated axiom, but forget that the first part was “speak softly”: diplomacy first. TR won a Nobel Peace Prize for basically single-handedly orchestrating the end of a war between Russia and Japan. Sure, I’m not huge on the idea of military expansionism, but the idea is that it’s big so that you never have to use it, and I can at least understand where that’s coming from.

Was he perfect? No, of course not. Certainly some of his positions would not be considered enlightened or even acceptable today. For example, as a young man he had some fairly appalling views of Native Americans, and also harbored some ideas about the sterilization of criminals that seem ghastly today.

(Though: his views on immigration and race are more progressive than you might expect. He was strongly in favor of a welcoming immigration policy as long as the immigrants properly assimilated into American culture, and he said of African Americans, “ the only wise and honorable and Christian thing to do is to treat each black man and each white man strictly on his merits as a man, giving him no more and no less than he shows himself worthy to have.” He also appointed the first Jewish cabinet member. But…still. Some of his views would still be pretty abhorrent today. Are they worse than those held by some currently active members of Congress? Certainly not, but it’s not a contest, I suppose.)

Anyway, in short: was he awesome? Yes. Was he as awesome as pop culture makes him? More so, but for reasons pop culture rarely gets into.

shellytotter:

Even Bart Simpson thought Roosevelt was sorta cool.

emlestrange
motherfuckingchickpeas:

bunnyfood:

Dog Tries to Save Fish:(

Look at how many notes this has
it’s almost like people think it’s endearing that the dog is trying to help the fish live
it’s almost like they think the fish deserves to live
it’s a shame that they feel more sympathy for a gif of a fish and a dog than the dead one on their plate

I don’t feel sympathy for the fish in this gif, rather for the dog.

motherfuckingchickpeas:

bunnyfood:

Dog Tries to Save Fish:(

Look at how many notes this has

it’s almost like people think it’s endearing that the dog is trying to help the fish live

it’s almost like they think the fish deserves to live

it’s a shame that they feel more sympathy for a gif of a fish and a dog than the dead one on their plate

I don’t feel sympathy for the fish in this gif, rather for the dog.

theappleppielifestyle

tylerslittleshit:

tylerslittleshit:

english is not my first language and all my life i thought brussel sprouts was the name of some celebrity

everyone is always like “i hate brussel sprouts” and all this time i was here thinking what the fuck did that poor guy do

Brussel Sprouts is okay but I can’t stand that Brussel Peters. And don’t get me started on Brussel Brand and Brussel Crowe.

shellytotter

i’m so writing this as a fanfic…

shellytotter:

okbjgm:

a few people have asked me to elaborate on my tweet about how “jessica raine as verity lambert” should be the doctor’s next companion…

OK… here’s my pitch… as a child growing up in canada, sydney newman spent a lot of time traveling through space and time in the company of a man he believed at the time was his grandfather.

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upon his return — following the unexplained disappearance of his grandfather — newman’s parents quickly convinced him that his adventures were simply his dreamlike embellishment of a series of travels taken to historical landmarks…

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newman was so taken by the man he believed was his grandfather that, upon becoming the head of drama for the BBC, he pitched a series based on his memories of childhood adventure. this pitch eventually became “doctor who”…

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…and when a man showed up at the BBC… in a blue box, claiming to be newman’s grandfather but looking nothing like the doddering, white-haired man described by newman, no one believed him…

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…no one, that is, other than a very talented young woman looking to break free from the patriarchal order around her and find new worlds of adventure…

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WHERE IS THE REST OF THIS?!

A+++ WOULD WATCH

franzferdinand2

daveexmachina:

laughterkey:

zoomwitch:

number-one-mollusc-fan:

snerky:

incredible

holy shit

look at this

I don’t even know where to begin.

this car is so happy