I’m just a teenage girl, who is more privileged than at least 1/3 of the country, I acknowledge that. I am straight, white, and my family is middle class. But I am also scared for the future that these election results may bring. I know, I know, “What do you know about politics?” I admit that I don’t know half as much as I should, but it doesn’t mean that I’m ignorant to what party now practically controls the government. 

I am a high schooler, in a country where school shooting drills now have to happen just as often as fire drills. And Republicans don’t care for any gun laws, in fact, they fully support the NRA. 

I am a girl, in a country where our new leaders say that ‘God plans rape’ and that a fetus is more important than the welfare of women. Where certain Republicans have said that if women are allowed to the rights to their own body, then men should be allowed to rape them. 

I am almost a college student, and I can guarantee there won’t be any breaks for college loans, as they’ve voted against it before. 

My best friend is a lesbian, and my uncles are gay, in a country where our new lawmakers say that gay marriage is a sin. Where they might have their barely gained (not even in all 50 states) marriage rights taken away. 

But it isn’t just about me. It’s about my entire generation, and that includes people of every religion, ethnicity, color, size, shape, sexual orientation, and gender (or lack thereof). Many people are going to be negatively affected by this power switch in the government. Much more than I will be. 

I know I’m just a teenage girl and I must know nothing about all of this, but I myself fear for what comes next. It might be overdramatic, I might be overreacting, but I am afraid. 

To anyone who thinks their vote does not matter, I give you the Congressional race of Arizona’s second district.

With three quarters of the vote in, Martha McSally is leading incumbent Ron Barber by only 36 votes. The last time McSally challenged Barber for the seat, the difference in the vote was less than one percent, and this year’s selection could easily be decided by only a few dozen individuals. This race is so close that we will likely not know the final decision for several days.

36 votes. Your opinion matters.

D.C. police decide in advance how much money to seize from citizens

Civil asset forfeiture has become just another part of the budget for Washington, D.C. police. The police chief claims that seizing cash, cars, and other assets from citizens without charging them with any crime is about “removing the profit gained from facilitating a crime” — not raising revenue. But the department budget’s advance plans for use of seizure profits suggest otherwise.

A previously little-known practice in which police or other government agencies confiscate people’s money or stuff without advancing criminal charges, civil asset forfeiture has become increasingly controversial in recent months. For many police departments, it’s a convenient way to get “little goodies" — and millions in their coffers.

In the District, police make thousands of seizures per year with a median dollar amount of $141. The city council is set to vote on a bill on Tuesday that would make seizure more difficult and give individuals whose property is taken more legal recourse. —Bonnie Kristian

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This is one reason I’ve been enjoying the hell out of GamerGate. First, it has been awesome having a great big group of people witness the same bullshit that my industry has been dealing with for years. Second, SF/F people tend to be squishy and polite, with a handful of outspoken outliers like me and the rest of the Evil League of Evil, so SJWs have run roughshod over my industry… But gamers? Holy shit. You really think you can pick a fight with people whose brains are programmed to win? - Science Fiction Author Larry Correia

Meet the Big Damn Heroes.

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The media can sway pretty liberal — but how politically biased are other industries?

This week, political analysis firm Crowdpac released a report determining the political bias of different professions, based on campaign contribution data from individual donors dating back to the ’80s. The resulting analysis lets us see where various industries fall on the political spectrum.

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