Oath-Taking

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Jamie looked around, thin-lipped, at the men surrounding him. Six clansmen, all in tearing high spirits at the prospect of the oath-taking and brimming over with a fierce MacKenzie pride. The spirits had plainly been assisted by an ample intake from the tub of ale I had seen in the yard. Jamie’s eye lighted on me, his expression still grim. This was my doing, his face seemed to say. 

He could, of course, announce that he did not mean to swear his oath to Colum, and head back to his warm bed in the stables. If he wanted a serious beating or his throat cut, that is. He raised an eyebrow at me, shrugged, and submitted with a fair show of grace to Willie, who rushed up with a pile of snowy linen in his arms and a hairbrush in one hand. The pile was topped by a flat blue bonnet of velvet, adorned with a metal badge that held a sprig of holly. I picked up the bonnet to examine it, as Jamie fought his way into the clean shirt and brushed his hair with suppressed savagery. 

The badge was round and the engraving surprisingly fine. It showed five volcanos in the center, spouting most realistic flames. And on the border was a motto, Luceo non Uro.

I shine, not burn,” I translated aloud. 

“Aye, lassie; the MacKenzie motto,” said Willie, nodding approvingly at me. He snatched the bonnet from my hands and pushed it into Jamie’s, before dashing off in search of further clothing. 

“Er … I’m sorry,” I said in a low voice, taking advantage of Willie’s absence to move closer. “I didn’t mean—”

Jamie, who had been viewing the badge on the bonnet with disfavor, glanced down at me, and the grim line of his mouth relaxed.

“Ah, dinna worrit yourself on my account, Sassenach. It would ha’ come to it sooner or later.” He twisted the badge loose from the bonnet and smiled sourly at it, weighing it speculatively in his hand.

“D’ye ken my own motto, lass?” he asked. “My clan’s, I mean?” 

No,” I answered, startled. “What is it?”

He flipped the badge once in the air, caught it, and dropped it neatly into his sporran. He looked rather bleakly toward the open archway, where the MacKenzie clansmen were massing in untidy lines. 

Je suis prest,” he replied, in surprisingly good French. He glanced back, to see Rupert and another large MacKenzie I didn’t know, faces flushed with high spirits and spirits of another kind, advancing with solid purpose. Rupert held a huge length of MacKenzie tartan cloth.

Without preliminaries, the other man reached for the buckle of Jamie’s kilt. 

“Best leave, Sassenach,” Jamie advised briefly. “It’s no place for women.” 

“So I see,” I responded dryly, and was rewarded with a wry smile as his hips were swathed in the new kilt, and the old one yanked deftly away beneath it, modesty preserved. Rupert and friend took him firmly by the arms and hustled him toward the archway. 

I turned without delay and made my way back toward the stair to the minstrels’ gallery, carefully avoiding the eye of any clansman I passed. Once around the corner, I paused, shrinking back against the wall to avoid notice. I waited for a moment, until the corridor was temporarily deserted, then nipped inside the gallery door and pulled it quickly to behind me, before anyone else could come around the corner and see where I had gone. The stairs were dimly lit by the glow from above, and I had no trouble keeping my footing on the worn flags. I climbed toward the noise and light, thinking of that last brief exchange. 

“Je suis prest.” I am ready. I hoped he was.

1.04 The Gathering

Things That Can Still Happen

-The electoral college will majority vote for Hillary on nov 29 despite what happened last night

- Trump will lose one of his court dates and will be kicked out of Presidency

- Enough people will protest and he will be impeached

- He’ll do something dumb enough to get himself impeached

- Republicans in congress will hate him enough to not let him do anything if he stays

- He gets nerfed by D.Va the day he takes oath

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Trump just vowed to protect the Constitution — but law scholars say he’s already violating it

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The magic meat stick. No, not that kind of meat stick.

While being tasked by an ancient goddess to go to the Ancient Temple to destroy a cursed spellbook, we have to take an oath and bow before her. Which we won’t do. We’re no one’s bitch.

Druid : “But why do you need us to go ? Can’t we just give you the book and you do it ?”

Ancient Goddess : “No. I can’t. Go, or I’ll curse you and you’ll all die in two weeks !”

Archivist me : “Fine. Then we’re dead and the book’s still here. Or we can go to your arch-enemy sister which we’ve encountered earlier and give HER the book so she’ll save us and give us great stuff and you’re screwed.”

Ancient Goddess : “…”

Archivist me : “While if you bless us with your godly powers, we have better chances of getting the mission done. And we get better. It’s a win-win situation.”

Ancient Goddess : “OK. Do the mission and then I’ll bless you.”

Druid : “How moronic is that ?”

Archivist me : “Yeah, just give us stuff dude. You surely have some magic baubles to help us right ? And a few gold coins to pay for the journey ?”

Ancient Goddess : “… OK” *gives us ice weapons and magic bows and staffs of fascination and all*

Druid : “Can you also enchant my staff so it’ll shoot beer ? And sausages maybe ?”

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                                                                            2 Days Later

DM : “You now arrive in the city port. But you don’t have any local currency, and the townspeople here don’t take gold coins.”

Druid and Archivist : “HEY WAIT A MINUTE”

And so, we managed to break the town’s economy by creating a new sausage-based economy.

Mrs Hudson and Sherlock are standing in front of the baptismal fountain, so it looks like, but that would make it seem like they’re the godparents…. which would make my heart break into a million pieces seeing Sherlock do that for John. Seeing him, without question, repeat after the priest that he believes in God (which he doesn’t) just because it is his duty and he’d do anything for John. To see him bow his head in prayer and actually participate because it fucking matters. I would start sobbing. Especially if something has happened to Mary, because the godparents take an oath to help raise the child to follow the path of the Lord, which would make Sherlock John’s right-hand man in his own family. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Never let it be forgot, that once a woman won the popular vote in the US Presidential election by almost three million votes. Never let it be forgot, that the same woman is standing there today watching the most unqualified candidate ever to stand for president take the oath of office. HRC is standing there as a future in white with grace and elegance, and I have never been as proud of her as I am now

The Oath of the Stage Manager’s Watch

The house is open, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until the last cast member has left the theatre. I shall take no breaks, answer no texts, check no Tumblr. I shall wear no color and receive no applause. I will live and caffeinate at my post. I am the glow-tape in the darkness. I am the watcher in the booth. I am the shield that guards the realm of actors. I pledge my life and honor to the theatre, for this show and for all shows of the run.

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From Beau Biden’s unforgettable speech introducing his father at the DNC in 2008:

The truth is, he almost wasn’t a senator at all. In 1972, shortly after his improbable victory, but before he took the oath of office, my father went to Washington to look at his new office space. My mom took us to go buy a Christmas tree. On the way home, we were in an automobile accident. My mom, Neilia, and sister, Naomi, were killed. My brother Hunter and I were seriously injured and hospitalized for weeks. I was just short of 4 years old. One of my earliest memories was being in that hospital, Dad always at our side. We, not the Senate, were all he cared about.

He decided not to take the oath of office. He said, “Delaware can get another senator, but my boys can’t get another father.” However, great men like Ted Kennedy, Mike Mansfield, Hubert Humphrey — men who had been tested themselves — convinced him to serve. So he was sworn in, in the hospital, at my bedside. As a single parent, he decided to be there to put us to bed, to be there when we woke from a bad dream, to make us breakfast, so he’d travel to and from Washington, four hours a day.

Any other law students and lawyers out there feel a dreadful weight on your shoulders? We are now a front line. We all take an oath to stand up for justice. It’s time to believe in that oath. We must protect the rights of those that cannot protect themselves. We must advocate for the human dignity of our fellows. It has become more important now. In my own militant stubbornness, I have more faith in all of you than I do in my government.

Originally posted by gamesoflol

Just think for a few minutes: Imagine it is January 21, 2017… and it is Donald Trump standing in from of the Capital…  imagine he is taking the Oath of Office and then imagine what it will be like to have him in the Oval Office, making the decisions that will affect your lives and your futures. Imagine having a president who demeans women, mocks the disabled, insults Latinos, African Americans, Muslims, P.O.W.s. Who pits people against each other, instead of pulling us together. Someone with a very thin skin, who lashes out at anyone who challenges him, who praises adversaries like Vladimir Putin, who picks fights with our allies and even insults the Pope.
—  Hillary Clinton summarizing only a handful of the reasons why you should not vote for Donald Trump and should vote for her (because nothing is guaranteed and I don’t want to live in a country run by the embodiment of all that’s evil in the world)

Gah. The whole clone thing in The Clone Wars is SO FUCKED UP. These are supposed to be the good guys and what they’ve done is the same thing that the First Order is doing to stormtroopers, essentially.

In the episode I’m watching now, Rex says they took an oath, but like, how did they possibly have a choice to take any oath?

Am I missing something, or is the Republic just that fucked up?

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Every single moment of today’s inauguration was breaking my heart. Seeing Hillary in the background watching him taking the oath she was supposed to take, standing in a place she was supposed to stand was like knife stubbed into my back. She is a people’s president, a president of people’s hearts 💕. With every moment of her life committed to service to American people she earned the presidency. Whether she ever becomes president or not our history will never forget her and a legacy she’ll leave will be the prove that this wonderful woman lived and she had a great life. She left her footprint on the sand of time and we will be forever grateful for that. If I’ll ever have a daughter I’ll make sure she’ll know who Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was. Remember, always keep your head high, look the world straight into the eyes.