Caucus

Tomorrow is the 1st Day of ‪#‎SocialWork‬ Month, and  your message of empowerment could launch the ‪#‎Ysocialwork‬ campaign.

From now until 5PM on March 1st, if you would like your message of empowerment to be selected follow these few easy steps. Print out the attached campaign sign, write your message of empowerment, upload to Tumblr using the #YSocialWork hashtag. It could be either a photo or 30 second video.

Even if your entry is not included in the messages selected to launch the campaign, I will still be sharing the powerful messages of empowerment I receive throughout the entire month on all SWH social media platforms. Here is your chance to tell the social work community #YSocialWork is important to you.

Social Work Helper will officially launch the #YSocialWork campaign in conjunction with Barbara Lee chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy - CRISP, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work and Catholic University of America (CUA).

Happy Social Work Month Eve!

House of Cards: Season Three

While nowhere near the perfection of the first season, the newest run of House of Cards can rest easy in the fact that it’s at least a major improvement over the sophomore year. It’s much more focused again, even if the end result has far less stakes than the first two seasons. The first builds to the vice presidency, the second to the presidency and the third to the….Iowa caucus? What it’s really about though is the marriage at its center, and that was the natural place to take it after the heavy plot machinations of the first two seasons. This one is much more about Frank and Claire and while that can make the stakes feel minimal, it also gives the writing a firmer grounding than having to rely so much on keeping the plot moving and twisting around the characters.

As such, while it retains the “Shakespeare in Washington” melodrama and theatricality that has always defined the show and made it so much fun to watch, it thankfully pulls back on the silliness from the second season. Well, for the most part. There is the occasional weak plot thread (as much as I love Michael Kelly, Doug’s whole storyline is repetitive and has some pretty hard to believe moments) and the show makes no pretense about trying to maintain any subtlety or realism, but there’s nothing that’s even a fraction as terrible as a good half of the plots from the second season. I rolled my eyes more in one episode of the second season than I did over the entire thirteen here. The writing also continues to benefit from being able to digest the whole season so quickly, allowing for plots to disappear and reemerge when it benefits the story rather than spending too much time loading it up with filler.

The weakest aspect of the third season was devoting so much time to trying to humanize Frank, which simply isn’t something that’s capable of happening at this point. Maybe in the first season, but not after all of the things we’ve seen and it loses its luster somewhat in its failed attempts to get the audience to sympathize or even empathize with such a monster. It makes sense that they would want to put in the effort since this is much more character-focused than the first two seasons, but it doesn’t work. Not after everything that’s come before. Kevin Spacey hams it up harder than ever, which makes watching Frank chew the scenery quite entertaining but also even harder to invest in him on the deeper level that the season strains for.

Claire gets a lot more out of the shifted approach, and while I wish that we had gotten more time with her overall (the season tips the balance of attention a lot more in the favor of Frank this season than ever before), she ultimately has the strongest arc and a fantastic finale. Robin Wright continues to excel and for the second year in a row she’s best in show among the cast, which included some solid new additions from Kim Dickens and Paul Sparks. Ultimately, I love the style of this show and find it incredibly entertaining no matter what, so while it almost definitely will never come close to matching the first season again it’s at least nice to see it return to form after the messy and disappointing second year.

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Quick fandom caucus- Slenderverse

Because I’m weird and do math and stuff in my free time, I have been wondering about this- how big is the Slenderverse fandom? How big are we in comparison to other fandoms? How big are we- you get the idea.

So I’m staging a quick caucus. Reblog to count yourself, I’ll judge how many people are in our fandom by how many reblogs it gets.

So please help out my little experiment and REBLOG IF YOU’RE IN THE SLENDER FANDOM

Announcement was made February 15th on the floor by Congressman Henry Waxman. A “caucus” is basically an informal group of people within a bigger group, in this case 22 members have agreed to form the “Safe Climate Caucus.” These 22 Congressmen and Congresswomen will discuss climate change everyday that Congress is in session.

For comparison, out of the 435 members of Congress, the Tea Party Caucus has about 50 members and is lead by Michele Bachmann.

Most likely the Safe Climate Caucus will take to the floor and make a one minute speech about the impacts on their districts, including jobs. I’m unclear what else they will do, but more to come in the following 4 years.

For example, here is one of the first speeches on the floor by Rep. Jared Huffman. Huffman talks about the economic and environmentalproblems in his northern California district:

The goal of the caucus is to create momentum to help pass a climate change bill, one that will address emissions and emergency response (adaptation). Ideally, the long-game is to push the US back to the treaty-signing-table with the UN.

Official statement from the Congressional Record:

Mr. WAXMAN. Mr. Speaker and my colleagues, today, 22 Members of the House have banded together to create a Safe Climate Caucus to end the conspiracy of silence in this House of Representatives about the dangers of climate change and the Republican denial of its existence and their rejection of the science.

   We are committing to talk every single day on the House floor about the urgent need to address climate change. President Obama is leading the way. He says we must respond to climate change because to do otherwise would be to betray our children and future generations.

Via Library of Congress.

iamharrietthespy submitted:

Four years ago, I was sitting on a bus in Washington DC with about 50 college students who were there for a conference with the ONE Campaign. We had just finished dinner and were on our way to take a night tour of the monuments. Suddenly, there was a loud roar from the back of the bus. Steven, a student from Iowa, came charging up the center aisle, phone in hand, yelling, “He won! He won! Barack Obama won Iowa!” The entire attitude in the bus changed. Republican, Democrat, what have you, all 50 of us understood that we were witnessing a major shift in our country. People were cheering and screaming all the way to our first stop on the tour.

Twenty minutes after Barack Obama won Iowa, I was standing where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll never forget that moment.

More than 3,000 people have registered to vote in Ferguson, MO, since the death of #MichaelBrown

"More than 3,000 people have registered to vote in Ferguson, Mo., since the death of Michael Brown — a surge in interest that may mean the city of 21,000 people is ready for a change.

Since a white police officer shot the unarmed black 18-year-old on Aug. 9, voter registration booths and cards have popped up alongside protests in the city and surrounding neighborhoods. The result: 4,839 people in St. Louis County have registered to vote since the shooting; 3,287 of them live in Ferguson.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/02/ferguson-vote-registration/16572305/ #RespectMyVote

Ron Paul: Black Politicians Only Against War Because They Want That Money For Food Stamps

Ron Paul: Black Politicians Only Against War Because They Want That Money For Food Stamps

Ron Paul has long fought back against accusations that he is a racist, but 2015 seems to be the year he gave up the fight and embraced it.

According to “Buzzfeed’s” Andrew Kaczynski, the former Texas representative and perennial Republican presidential hopeful told a group assembled for a discussion on possible sanctions for Iran that he didn’t think the Congressional Black Caucus should get…

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Bridget submitted this beautiful photo and note tonight:

This is a picture of my son on November 4, 2008—about ten or eleven weeks old. January 3, 2008 was the first time I saw an ultrasound image of my son—he was 7 weeks in utero. It was a beautiful and exciting day, seeing him, knowing this new life was growing inside me. It seemed a lovely parallel as I listened to President Obama’s speech following the Iowa caucuses breathing new life into this country. I was in tears—and not just from the hormones.

MODEL UN PICKUP LINES

"You’re pretty well developed for a third world country"

"I motion to table the chair"

"I would like to invade Djibouti with the aid of Greece" 

"Is that a gavel in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?"

"I would like to moderate your caucus"

"Belize let me hold you"

"I Ecuador you"

"Belize let me hold you"

"If you were a gavel I’d bang you all night long"

“It’s not about how big your gavel is, it’s about how hard you bang it.”