and this year its an elective

well im not old enough to vote yet so i guess my only choice is to shove 13 american flags up my ass and fucking pray

Hi so please vote Hillary so trans people can stay on hormones and go to the bathroom.

It would be nice if you could save your shows of write-in candidate bravado for a year when trans people aren’t being openly attacked and attacks on them literally aren’t part of the Republican platform.

I mean Bernie gave Hillary his endorsement and if he’s obviously gonna vote for her and not himself or a third party I think it’s time to vote for Hillary to not wreck a bunch of people’s lives for the sake of a spiteful political gesture.

This trans person says thanks.

3 alarming hate crime numbers that have emerged this week:
  • Using data from the beginning of the year through Nov. 6, Politico New York showed there have been more hate crimes in 2016 in New York City compared to all of 2015. Two areas of continued concern: anti-Semitic attacks and targeting based on sexual orientation.
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of America’s premier organizations for tracking and monitoring hate groups. Three days after the election, the group announced reports of more than 200 incidents of “hateful harassment and intimidation.” NBC News reported Monday the tally had risen to more than 300 incidents reported directly to SPLC.
  • On Monday, the FBI released its annual Hate Crimes Statistics report. The report noted a 6% overall increase in hate crimes in 2015. But more dramatically, anti-Muslim attacks grew by 66% in 2015. According to the Washington Post, such attacks are at their highest rate since after 9/11. The FBI report also looked at anti-black and anti-Semitic hate crimes.
You want to know what makes me angry?

BARELY 50% of the people in the U.S. voted. Think about that. We have been condemned to four years of that racist fucking cheese puff. We have MILLIONS OF PEOPLE whose rights and livelihoods are in jeopardy and half of this country doesn’t even care. Couldn’t even be bothered to vote.

Men and women have fought and died for that right and they just threw it away. If I ever meet an American who tells me they didn’t vote this year (if they were eligible), I’m going to just fucking deck them.

THERE ARE LIVES AT STAKE.

Donald Trump won the presidency with 59,480,726 votes.

That’s 1,452,778 votes FEWER than Mitt Romney lost with.

It’s 467,597 votes fewer than John McCain lost with. 

(And 200,372 votes fewer than Hillary Clinton lost with. Just saying.)

This was the WORST VOTER TURNOUT since the 2000 election. A full TEN MILLION PEOPLE fewer voted than in 2008. Over ONE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE didn’t vote when they were eligible to. 

You know what? Correction. I’m not angry. I’m fucking livid.

Trump Won.

But now ain’t the time to roll over and die.
We fight harder than ever is what we do.
We go to every local and state election.
We vote on every referendum.
We push hard.
We destablize the partisian comfort of the Republicans
We educate ourselves.
We get political.

These four years gonna be hard and they’re gonna be ugly but by god we can get through them.

My heart is out to all of my fellows out here scared tonight -

All my LBGTQIAP+ kids
PoC
Women
The disabled
Muslims

Everyone.

Its hard and its scary and its gonna be hard and scary.

But we are not done! This isn’t the end if we don’t let it be!

DO NOT LET THIS PILE OF ROTTEN BONES AND CIRCUS PEANUTS TAKE LOVE FROM YOUR HEART AND THE LIGHT FROM YOUR EYES.

You will overcome
We will overcome!

An Open Letter to Hillary

I was eight years old when you became the First Lady. I remember that I liked your hair, and your headbands, and how pretty and young you seemed, standing with your charming husband, waving at the crowd.

There were jokes about you in my small town. You were too powerful, too bold, too attached to your maiden name. You made people nervous. In my house, though, you were admired. My father called you “Mrs. Clinton,” and we were proud to see you in the White House.

And then when I was older, following politics on my own, you were in the Senate. All the people who had said you were too smart, too pushy, too much, to be a First Lady, had to see you succeed all on your own. I wasn’t from New York, but it still felt, a little, like you represented me.

I was so happy when Obama appointed you Secretary of State. I canvassed for him in 2008, as charmed and energized by him as everyone else, but I wished that it hadn’t had to be at the expense of your own campaign. Seeing you as Secretary was a balm, and you seemed to thrive. Do you remember when that picture became famous, the photo of you texting on Air Force One? God, I loved it. You had arrived. You looked like the most powerful woman in the world, like all of that responsibility rested easy on your shoulders. You were a badass.

As I watched you this fall, debating against a man who made a mockery of democracy, I took comfort in the way you handled yourself. You looked like a president, for all that we’d never had one who looked like you before.

I didn’t believe you could lose this thing, Hillary. When I cast my ballot for you, it felt momentous. It felt like it meant something. And it did. It did.

That’s what I want you to know. I can’t imagine how it felt when you realized that somehow, for reasons that hurt my heart so deeply I can barely breathe, Trump was going to win. But I want you to know that you did not fail. America failed you, but you did not fail.

Because you know what? I’ve grown up with you. Your very presence in the world has changed the parameters of mine. I grew up watching you fight your way through Washington, and every step you took was also a step for me, and for every other woman in this country.

So thank you, Hillary, for the work you have done and will continue to do. I’m sorry you won’t be my president, but I hope you realize that you’ve been so many other things to so very many women.

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What You Need To Know About The Secret Trump Dossier
An unverified memo alleges ties between Trump and Moscow. Trump strongly denies them. So does Russia. Facts, analysis, and more on this ongoing story.
By anthonycormier
  • The dossier, which is believed to have been written by a member of the British intelligence community, contains unverified allegations that Russian operatives have been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for years and have compromising information about him, and that Trump advisors met with high-level Russian officials in the months before the election. After CNN reported that President Obama and President-elect Trump were briefed on a two-page summary, BuzzFeed published the entire 35-page document, along with a warning that its contents were unverified.
  • Trump responded to the allegations with outrage. On Twitter he scolded intelligence officials for allowing the dossier to leak and asked: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” Over 13 hours, he tweeted seven times, denying the claims and calling their publication “FAKE NEWS.” Trump is supposed to conduct his first press conference in 167 days at 11 a.m. today.
  • Multiple Russian officials denied the country’s involvement with Trump or his advisors. A Kremlin spokesman called the dossier “pulp fiction” while the former director of the FSB, Russia’s security service, told the Interfax news service that the Obama administration “has pulled all efforts to compromise the winner of the presidential race.”
  • One of the key players, Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen, denied any involvement with Russian officials. The dossier claims Cohen traveled to Prague and secretly met with Russian officials in August. Cohen has since said he never visited Prague, and told The Atlantic that the dossier is “totally fake, totally inaccurate.” The Washingtonian reported that officials at the University of Southern California confirmed that Cohen visited the Los Angeles campus on Aug. 23-29 —though the dossier does not specify the day on which Cohen is alleged to have visited Prague. CNN’s Jake Tapper reported that it was a different Michael Cohen who visited Prague. Meanwhile, the metadata on Cohen’s Twitter account indicates that he was in the U.S. for the majority of August. The longest period where his tweets are dark are two consecutive days, Aug. 15 and 16.
  • At least one top Democrat has called for an investigation of the allegation. Sen. Dick Durbin said that dossier merits a congressional inquiry or a special commission, with the power to issue subpoenas, led by “people of integrity like General Colin Powell or Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.” Durbin said in a statement that he reviewed both classified and unclassified intelligence reports last week, before the publication of the dossier. It was not immediately clear whether the allegations would surface during today’s confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is being considered for attorney general.
  • Trump supporters started a misinformation campaign about the dossier, circulating images on 4chan and Reddit that include passages not contained in the original document. They claim the entire dossier is made up and that it was sent to a Republican strategist, Rick Wilson, last year. Wilson denied being the source of the leak. He has been involved in a long-running battle with Internet trolls after he called Trump supporters “childless single men who masturbate to anime” last January.
  • Some journalists criticized BuzzFeed News’s decision to publish the dossier. Kelly McBride, an ethicist at the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies, wrote that the “act of publishing the dossier in its entirety isn’t journalism” and said BuzzFeed News could have done more to fully vet the document and explain to readers the steps it took to verify the claims. Trump linked to a story on lifezette.com, which is edited by Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio host and Trump supporter, calling the publication of the dossier a “shocking breakdown of journalistic ethics.” Richard Tofel, the president of the nonprofit investigative site ProPublica, defended the decision and wrote on Twitter that “citizens should have evidence to consider for themselves.”

2016′s word of the year is…

Oxford Dictionaries has declared ‘post-truth’ to be its international word of the year. The use of the term has increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. Oxford Dictionaries explains that this is in context of Brexit and the US presidential election. Last year’s word of the year was the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji: 😂

A bunch of high schools in my back yard woke up to swastikas and anti gay rhetoric spray painted all over the school today (by literal children!!!), Mexican students were threatened and when I was at lunch during work the table full of teenaged boys next to me was hard at work singling out one member and repeatedly saying racist and really homophobic shit about him the entire time

I’m so tired and I’m not even directly going to experience half of what so many others are already experiencing as targets

I’m so tired

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There’s a legal way for states to end the Electoral College — without a constitutional amendment

  • There’s some good news for those hoping to see the Electoral College go: There’s already a solution to end the Electoral College, one that’s been percolating for years.
  • It’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. 
  • It’s a state-led effort to ensure that whoever wins the national popular vote in a presidential election will win the White House.
  • States that sign the compact pledge to give all of their Electoral College votes to whichever candidate won the national popular vote, regardless of which candidate won their state’s popular vote.
  • For example, Trump won Michigan by a little more than 10,000 votes, but if the state had signed the compact, its 16 Electoral College votes would go to the winner of the national popular vote: Hillary Clinton.
  • The compact’s supporters point to the fact that, under the Constitution, states are allowed to decide how they wish to dole out their Electoral College votes. Read more

And while everyone’s attention is on Trump, the Romanian government has just overturn an anti corruption law and set free inmates serving sentences of up to five years for non-violent crimes.
This means that about 2,500 people, including several elected officials and magistrates who are behind bars after being convicted of corruption, will be released.
The law allows anyone that has stolen or will stole less than 45k euro to not face charges. The law was approved tonight at 10 pm even though people are protesting for weeks against it and last night 40000 people protested only in Bucharest.
I have always loved my country even though people don’t have the best opinion about us but now, in this moment, I am ashamed, I want to scream and I just want really really bad to just fucking punch them. They have humiliated us, they have ignored us and they’ve approved this law like cowards in the middle of the night.
We will not stop here. We will do all we can to stop them. They are sending us away and just sell the country piece by piece but we will not go down without a fight. Not as long as we are breathing!

official announcement

ATTN: adoring fans, U.S. citizens, etc.

for the last 8 years, my url has had a significant meaning as party barack was in the house every night. however, now that a new president has finally been elected, party barack will soon no longer be in the white house.

it is with a heavy heart that i announce my url will not be changing to its sequel: andeverybidenjusthaveagoodtime. unfortunately joe biden will not allow that

NOW, for the moment i know you’ve all been waiting for:

i have received several inquiries about what will happen to my url when barack is no longer president. ah ignorant fools, party barack will always be in the house *points to your heart*
that house

thus, my url will not change

sincerely,
The Official Committee on Partybarackisinthehousetonight’s URL Status Post-Obama Presidency™

(verified by The Official Committee on Verifying Important Things™)

The GOP finally busted an “illegal” voter — and she’s a Republican

  • On Thursday, a Fort Worth, Texas, judge sentenced 37-year-old permanent resident Rosa Maria Ortega, a mother of four who has lived in the U.S. since she was an infant, to an eight-year prison term for illegally voting in elections in 2012 and 2014, the New York Times reported.
  • The harsh sentence came down as part of an effort to show “how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure,” according to a statement from state GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton.
  • Ortega is a registered Republican who says she simply did not know she was ineligible to vote, according to the Times. 
  • Her lawyer says she voted for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, as well as Paxton, the Republican attorney general prosecuting her, in 2014. Read more (2/11/17 6:22 PM)

How Sebastian Stan Stealthily Became Tumblr’s Boyfriend in 2016

The Captain America star is Tumblr’s most reblogged infatuation this year.
This has been a year of monumental change for this country and the world. The earth moved under our feet during the election; it was the hottest year on record; and Prince died. With so much uncertainty, it stands to reason that preferred Internet boyfriends would also be in flux. On Tumblr, a platform that all but runs on fan interaction with Internet boyfriend and girlfriend ephemera, Chris Evans was dethroned as the most reblogged actor in favor of his opposite in Captain America: Civil War. Yes, Tumblr has chosen its boyfriend for 2016 and it’s Sebastian Stan, formerly of Gossip Girl, currently playing Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers’s childhood friend turned brainwashed armed assassin.

It almost seems fated. Sebastian Stan’s last name means the ultimate fan in Internet parlance. But also his story is one of someone in need of being saved. Evans, the every-bro from Boston, has been overturned by Stan, a Romanian immigrant. Captain America has been overturned by his childhood friend, who is in a tight spot, to say the least. Rooting for the underdog is back.

Amanda Brennan, Tumblr’s Content Insights at Tumblr, or rather “Meme Librarian,” is responsible for putting together the site’s year in review. Brennan found that the last year has seen interest in Stan skyrocket, with searches up 622 percent, and original posts up 536 percent—76 percent and 13 percent more than Evans, respectively.

Brennan also noted to Vanity Fair that while the meme content for Evans is lighter (like GIFs of him working out), Stan’s are more often serious fashion portraits. His Captain America character is darker, maligned by the system, and more likely to look handsome while brooding in a turned-up leather collar. (Steve and Bucky, a.k.a. “Stucky”, are also the eighth most popular “ship,” the definition of which you can find here. It’s such a popular fan theory that Civil War’s directors leave the relationship implied in the film open-ended in large part.)

“Bucky Barnes is kind of this broken character who’s been through so much stuff in his life and now he’s the subject of this civil war in the movie,” Brennan explained. “He’s a beautiful man that you want to take, put a blanket around, and give him a mug of hot chocolate. It’s very much a story of protection.”

Wanting to hold a person, virtually: so hot in the uncertain world of 2016.

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Benoit Hamon is known as the Bernie Sanders of France — and he just won the Socialist Party primary for president
He is a radical left-winger often described as a Gallic Bernie Sanders , and was viewed as a complete political outsider just three weeks ago.
By Kim Willsher

He is a radical left-winger often described as a Gallic Bernie Sanders, and was viewed as a complete political outsider just three weeks ago.

Benoit Hamon handily won France’s Socialist Party primary on Sunday, making him the party’s best hope to maintain its grip on power in presidential elections this spring.

A clear majority of the more than 1.3 million voters in the primary cast ballots for Hamon, crushing the political hopes of former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, an economic liberal who had been seen as the favorite heading into the election.

The Socialists have governed France under the increasingly unpopular President Francois Hollande for four years, and are given little chance in the presidential election this spring. But as Hamon has already demonstrated, political fortunes can change.

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The Alt-Right’s Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama
While the alt-right movement may be new, its current drama is as old as the internet itself.
By Katie Notopoulos

Things have gotten bumpy for the alt-right online movement since the election. It’s facing an identity crisis (what does it mean to be the “alt” if you’re getting what you want?) and grappling with certain fundamental questions like “Are we OK with Nazis?” (Even if its very name was coined by, well, Nazis.) The handful of leaders who emerged over the last year or two are at odds with each other over those and other questions, forcing helpless anime-avatared Twitter trolls caught in the middle to choose sides.

The kerfuffle surrounds the DeploraBall, a black-tie-optional party in DC the night before the inauguration. There has been nasty and public fighting among the organizers. Stick with me here: Mike Cernovich, a lawyer who became an alt-right leader after taking up the GamerGate mantle, feuded with a fellow leader (and former BuzzFeed employee) who goes by “Baked Alaska” and announced that Baked Alaska had been removed from headlining the event because he had said anti-Semitic things on Twitter. Another leader, Bill Mitchell, announced he was no longer part of the alt-right after they started using the racist hashtag #WhiteGenocide. And just recently, Baked Alaska accused (and sources confirmed to BuzzFeed News) one of the DeploraBall organizers of planting a “rape Melania” sign at an anti-Trump protest in an attempt to make protesters look depraved. In the latest surreal twist, a popular alt-right podcaster and founder of the website The Right Stuff was revealed to have a Jewish wife, which sent his fans into a tailspin.

At first, this disarray might seem surprising. After all, the alt-right claims to be an unprecedented political phenomenon that memed a president into office. But if you want to understand what’s happening there, it’s helpful to think about it as an internet-first creature. While it’s possible — and necessary — to view it through the lens of political or social thought that it echoes, the other way of making sense of it is to look at it as a digital community, regardless of its politics. And if you view it as an online community rather than a political movement, its trajectory starts to look very, very familiar.

What we have here is a classic case of “mod drama.”