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anonymous asked:

hey sorry if this is a bad question but i was wondering what that 'jeremy sea' song was that dan and phil keep talking about? i'm probably misspelling it horribly but every time someone mentions it they say not to look it up if you don't already know but they've been making me really curious lol

hi anon! the song they’re talking about is this thing dan made use an app called ditty. Idk exactly how it worked (I never downloaded the app) but pretty much it created songs to a specific beat or whatever, which I believe is what phil keeps saying he gets stuck in his head. the jeremy c one specifically was one dan made after (?) the recent uk election which sand “jeremy c is one thicc bih, he got young people to vote.” (it’s nothing bad, really, just annoying and can get stuck in your head, which is why they’re saying don’t look it up, but if you do want to see it because my explanation is shit, you can find it here.)

James Comey Firing Overview

So you’re confused about this whole James Comey thing but also care about America so want to be less confused? Come with me!

James Comey was (until today) the Director of the FBI. A Republican appointed by Barack Obama in 2013. He made a lot of enemies in the Democratic Party when, 11 days before the 2016 election, he re-opened investigation into Hillary’s emails.

Turned out nothing interesting was in those new emails, and also that this probably did result in Hillary losing the election. Kinda uncool. Also turns out, he did not announce that the FBI was looking into links between Trump’s campaign and the Russian Government.

It is clear (though some still argue) that Russia actively worked to influence the outcome of the US Presidential election. They did this by hacking and releasing information on Hillary Clinton, and by creating and promoting incendiary and false news stories online.

The Obama Administration knew about this and got real mad at Russia, basically kicking all of their diplomats out of the country and creating new sanctions.

There are two main concerns that the FBI (and other agencies, including congress) have been looking into.

1. Whether the Trump campaign was in communication with the Russians before or after the election to say that the Obama sanctions wouldn’t last.

(This would be bad. Basically actively working against the existing government of the United States, which is illegal.)

2. Whether the Trump campaign actively worked with the Russians to time the release of negative information on Hillary Clinton.

(This would be even worse. Both could be considered treason.)

A number of people in Trump’s campaign and also his current team had conversations with Russian diplomats and lied about it. This includes Mike Flynn, who definitely violated the law and who was fired for lying to VP Pence about it. It also includes Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who agreed that he would not be involved in the Russia investigations because he lied under oath about it.

The FBI has had an on-going investigation into this stuff the whole time, and James Comey has been leading that investigation.

Quick note, a Grand Jury is a citizen panel that decides whether there’s enough evidence to try a case. These are usually secret, in order to protect the people who might not be even brought to trial, much less found guilty. But sometimes they need to gather information, like documents or testimony. And they do this with court summonses called subpoenas.

Well, yesterday, CNN reported that a Federal Grand Jury investigating Mike Flynn and the Trump Campaigns ties to Russia exists. That Grand Jury has issued subpoenas for more information, indicating to experts a high level of seriousness to the investigation.

It’s pretty clear that Trump campaign knows about this, and as it’s a Federal case, it was likely overseen by the FBI director, James Comey.

Suddenly, just before that story came out, the Trump team decided that Comey’s treatment of Hillary’s emails was bad, and fired him. The recommendation to fire Comey came from AG Sessions, who, again, recused himself from the Russia investigation after lying under oath. To be clear, both Sessions and Trump have previously praised Comey at length for his treatment of that investigation.

The response from Dems and also many Reps has been shock. It is very concerning for a President to fire someone who is investigating him. This seems to have happened very quickly. Comey found out he was fired the same time as everyone else, the letter Trump wrote to him was delivered to DC, but Comey was in Los Angeles at the time. Of course, the Deputy Director of the FBI is now in charge, but Trump has the job of appointing a new director, and has not made any sign that he has a list of candidates.

This seems the sort of thing that most congressional lawmakers, who have a mandate to check the power of the President, should be very worried about. Many are calling for a Special Prosecutor, who would be free to work without congressional approval, to be appointed.

Others want broad, unanimous support for Comey’s replacement, which would ensure someone who is not under Trump’s thumb.

The power to grant these things lies with congress. A congress that is controlled by the President’s party, but not by the President.

And that is where we are. It is pretty convoluted, thank you for taking the time to read.

The controversial points in this are:
1 Whether the Russian government hacked Hillary’s emails (many Republicans say there is no proof while every intelligence agency in the US said that it was orchestrated by the Russian government.

2. Whether Jeff Sessions lied under oath or if he just misspoke or forgot that he had met with Russian officials. In any case, he agreed to remove himself from the congressional investigation.

3. Whether the Trump Campaign investigation was the cause of Comey’s firing. The stated reason is that Comey “lost credibility” and damaged the reputation of the FBI by mis-handling the Clinton email investigation.

That’s as good as I can do, it feels like it’s a good deal more comprehensive and concise than most of what I’ve been reading. If it helped you, please show it around.

I like the nostalgia critic because his humor hasn’t progressed since 2009 but he still makes new videos reviewing recent things so it’s like looking into an alternate universe where comedy stagnated after the election of Obama

Sally Yates is a Patriot

I have a series of medical tests late this afternoon, so I won’t have a chance to post a recap of Sally Yates’ testimony. Her hearing is about to start now.

Three things:

1) NBC News broke the news this morning that three Obama officials have confirmed that, shortly after the election, President Obama warned Trump not to hire General Flynn, whom he had fired in 2014. And, of course, Trump had to fire Flynn three weeks after he hired him to be National Security Adviser because Flynn colluded with Russia–and Turkey–and lied to VP Pence about it.

2) Strongly urge you to read up on Sally Yates’ career if you haven’t already. She has a long, distinguished legal career prosecuting members of both parties. She’s highly esteemed by peers of all stripes. And Trump fired her in January from her job as Acting U.S. Attorney General because she refused to enforce his first travel ban Executive Order. Let’s note the 3rd Circuit separately ruled that Yates’ legal assessment was the correct one.

3) Yates is about to testify under oath now. In a stupid and venal attempt to deflect attention, this morning on Twitter, Trump both attacked Yates AND falsely blamed President Obama for hiring Flynn.

Let’s pay close attention. Yates has tremendous integrity and pertinent information. Today we learn what Yates knew about Flynn and Russia, what she relayed to Trump, and why she opted to get fired rather than enforce a travel ban she knew to be Unconstitutional.

Sally Yates is a patriot.

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In the last 6 months, there have been four major attacks by white supremacists in the US

  • It took President Donald Trump three full days to acknowledge the deaths of two innocent men in Portland, Oregon. 
  • Since Trump’s election, at least four attacks have taken place in the U.S. at the hands of white supremacists.
  • The deaths of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best
    • On Friday, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and 53-year-old Ricky John Best were allegedly stabbed to death by Jeremy Joseph Christian after coming to the defense of two teens Christian was harassing. Christian additionally injured 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher in the attack. 
  • The death of William Sims
    • On Nov. 12, 2016, just days after the presidential election, police in El Sobrante, California, discovered the lifeless body of 28-year-old William Sims. Sims, a black man, was a musician, retail worker and beloved member of his community. According to CBS, police believe he was attacked because of his race.
  • The death of Timothy Caughman
    • On May 22, James Harris Jackson, a known white supremacist, allegedly stabbed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death in NYC 
    • As Mic reported, Caughman told police the stabbing was “practice” for a larger attack against black men that he planned to carry out in New York’s Times Square. Jackson told police he specifically traveled to New York “for the purpose of killing black men." 
  • The death of Richard Wilbur Collins III
    • On May 20, 23-year-old Richard Wilbur Collins III was visiting friends at the University of Maryland campus when he was approached by 22-year-old Sean Christopher Urbanski.
    •  Urbanski allegedly told Collins to "step left, step left if you know what’s good for you,” according to University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell. When Collins refused, Urbanski reportedly stabbed Collins in the chest, killing him. Read more (5/31/17)
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Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is under FBI investigation

  • Donald Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner is being investigated as part of the FBI inquiry into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia according to both NBC News and the Washington Post.
  • The Post cites sources who claim that Kushner is being investigated because of “extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians.” After the election in late 2016, Kushner held meetings with top level Russian bankers and the Russian ambassador. Read more (5/25/17)

Democrats want Kushner’s security clearance suspended while FBI probes Trump-Russia ties

  • The Democratic National Committee called for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be suspended after news broke Thursday that he is being investigated by the FBI.
  • “The FBI’s Russia investigation reached Trump’s backyard, and now it’s in his house,” Adrienne Watson, the DNC’s deputy communications director, said in a statement. “Kushner’s security clearance should be suspended until the FBI’s findings are complete.” Read more (5/25/17)

McConnell famously declared in 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
 
 

ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis, author of a McConnell biography, “The Cynic,” reports former Republican senator Robert Bennett’s account of what McConnell told fellow Republicans after Obama’s election: “Mitch said, ‘We have a new president with an approval rating in the 70 percent area. We do not take him on frontally. We find issues where we can win, and we begin to take him down, one issue at a time. We create an inventory of losses, so it’s Obama lost on this, Obama lost on that.’ ”
 
 

And that’s what he did. By 2013, for example, 79 of Obama’s nominees had been blocked by filibusters, compared with 68 in the entire previous history of the Republic.

hollywoodreporter.com
Google's Diversity Controversy Mocked in Street Art Near Office
The posters were plastered onto bus-stop benches and behind glass looking like official advertisements

The politics of Google has been in the spotlight since the online giant seemingly fired an employee for challenging liberal orthodoxy. It’s a situation tailor-made for Sabo, and the conservative street artist struck before the sun rose on Friday, plastering the Venice area of Los Angeles, all around some offices where Google and its YouTube unit reside, with disparaging posters in some very hard-to-reach areas.

The posters, some of them exceedingly large and very high up, some plastered onto bus-stop benches, some behind glass looking like official advertisements, contrast Google with Apple, distorting the latter’s catchphrase to suggest that thinking different at Google won’t produce world-changing products, it will get you fired.

The controversy that Sabo is exploiting concerns Google’s VP of diversity, integrity and governance Danielle Brown publicly chastising an employee who wrote a memo chastising Google for what he thinks is an obsession with diversity.

The employee, James Damore, wrote 3,000 words in his memo, but some of the ones that got him in trouble went like this: “I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”

After some employees complained about Damore’s 10-page missive, Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired him.

In Sabo’s artwork, Pichai’s image appears alongside the image of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and both logos from the tech giants are also present.

In some posters, Apple’s tagline “Think Different” is alongside Google’s logo with the text “Not So Much.” In other posters, it’s alleged that thinking different gets you hired at Apple but fired at Google.

“It seems since after the election of Trump not only has the left lost their minds,” Sabo tells The Hollywood Reporter, “they’ve all decided to throw all their chips on the table by oppressing anyone who either voted for Trump, supports Trump, is right of center, or simply doesn’t see things their way.”

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How Vanita Gupta became the DOJ’s unsung hero at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement

One of Vanita Gupta’s earliest memories involved what some might consider a hate crime.

Gupta was born in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s to immigrants from India. Before her fifth birthday, Gupta’s parents had temporarily plucked her and an older sister out of the City of Brotherly Love, so their father could take a job in the U.K.

They arrived in England shortly after the election of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who had exploited Britons’ fear of immigrants in her rise to power. England’s racist skinhead movement was surging.

“There were skinheads sitting next to us [at a McDonald’s] and sort of flicking french fries at me and my grandmother and my mom and sister,” Gupta recently said in a sit-down interview with Mic. “They were yelling at us, ‘Go home Pakis! Get out of this country!’” Gupta recalled. “Paki” is a slur against South Asians.

More than 35 years later, Gupta has embarked on a career as a civil rights lawyer in the United States, has overseen racial justice cases at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and has served as head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Her time at the DOJ ended after two years, with the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January. Trump’s rise to power has been accompanied by a spike in hatreddirected at immigrants and Muslims, including members of Gupta’s family in suburban Pennsylvania. Things have come full circle for Gupta, and now she’s in a position to be part of the resistance. Read more (6/9/17)

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ATTENTION: Justice Department confirms 90 pages of swing state machine flaws in FOIA answer. Repeat: 90 pages of Voting Machines Malfunctions in Swing States. PA, FL, NC, WI and MI.

Start sharing this EVERYWHERE, because what we said RIGHT after the election and us wanting to #AuditTheVote is now being justified AND confirmed by the Justice Department.

MACHINE HACKING is what we’re talking about here. And I and all those who analyzed results KNOW that was the case, because the results in multiple precincts in different swing states NEVER made any mathematical sense. If you believe that in different precincts in PA and WI Trump got 100% of GOP, 100% of Independent AND 60% of Democratic vote (that’s what it would take to justify his result), even in heavily black precincts, then I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Russians DO NOT hack voter databases just ‘cause, they hack them to hack an election, LITERALLY, not just with fake news. No, machines DO NOT NEED to be connected to the internet to be hacked. They are hacked easily with the voter database hack, because COMPUTERS that were hacked when the voter database hack happened, program the machines via external hard drive/key that is then connected to/inserted in the machines. Any malware that the hackers made the computer system download when they hacked the voter database, is then DIRECTLY inserted in the machines. This is for the IGNORANT TRUMP TWITS who try the completely imbecilic argument that machines must be connected to the internet to be hacked. No, they must NOT.

THIS IS WHY TRUMP’S LAWYERS BLOCKED RECOUNTS.

But truth has a way: it comes to light. Start sharing this and start DEMANDING precise answers.

This quote from the morning after the election always stuck with me.

I found Hillary problematic, as most people do.

But, dear God, she tried her absolute best. Her whole life. 40 years. Worked hard and gave it her all.

And, in the end, she lost to an idiotic under-qualified man-child who only got into politics in the first place as a stupid PR stunt.

No matter what you think of her, that is kinda tragic.

The American people did not really choose Donald Trump. His presidency exists without the support of the majority of voters and, in turn, without a true mandate from the American people. Trump walks and talks instead like an authoritarian, and seems to believe he is above the people and the law, and need not answer to either. He wants to be untouchable. He behaves with impunity and acts as if legal standards like obstruction of justice don’t apply to him. 
  
 

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Our democratic legitimacy comes from the “power of the people”. When a president is duly elected by the people, that person is accountable to those people. After a president is elected by a majority of the people, it is self-evident that the people who gave them power can also take it away. But when a president wins the White House while losing the popular vote, this accountability to the people is lost.
 

The president took power in defiance of the people, and expects to be able to do so again. So the will of the people becomes irrelevant in the mind – and decision making – of an illegitimate president. An illegitimate president can fire the FBI director in order to impede an investigation into his own campaign, and believe there will be no consequences. If he can fire the head of the FBI, what else can he do?

i really cant emphasize enough to my (especially young) followers belonging to any minority like you fucking do not have to feel like you have to be an activist every 2 seconds and if all you do today is get up and shower and eat two meals, you’re already doing everything they don’t want you to be doing. your existence alone is revolutionary