ash heap of history

anonymous asked:

What do you think about Senator Joseph McCarthy

Joseph McCarthy was perhaps the most despicable human being (and I hesitate to even classify him as a fellow human because it’s offensive to the rest of us) ever elected to public office in United States history. I can’t think of one redeeming quality belonging to McCarthy. The best service that he ever provided to our country was drinking himself to death while still relatively young.

It is sometimes suggested that those who ended up on the wrong side of history were relegated to history’s ash heap. Well, that’s far too dignified a place for a piece of garbage like Joseph McCarthy, who ruined many lives and tarnished the reputations of even more people with baseless allegations, petty gossip, hearsay, and outright falsehoods during the witch hunts that made him notorious, disgraced the Congress, and should have both embarrassed and infuriated all free Americans. Rather than the ash heap of history, McCarthy belongs in history’s sewer sludge. His reprehensible little partner, Roy Cohn, belongs right there with him, too. McCarthy and Cohn – authors of one of the most disgusting chapters of American history.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry about the outcome of the election, Emma. I am sure that many people must feel a sense of betrayal towards a lot of their family/friends/neighbours etc who voted for Trump/third party, and are feeling lost and overwhelmed. I am not American so could you please tell me a bit about why Pence is so dangerous?

Ah, let’s see. Here are some fun facts about our next VP.

  • Pence advocated for conversion therapy, a practice that seeks to “change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight.” (x)
  • In 2015, Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a bill that made it legal for business or religious institutions to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals by asserting their “religious freedom.” (x)
  • Pence wants Roe vs. Wade (the Supreme Court decision that protects abortion) to be “sent to the ash heap of history.” (x)
  • In Congress, Pence has repeatedly sponsored legislation to give “personhood” rights to fertilized eggs, which would ban all abortions and possibly some forms of contraception. (x)
  • In 2007, Pence was the first member of Congress to introduce legislation to defund Planned Parenthood - this set off a trend that continues to this day and has gutted access to contraception, STI screening, and other basic health services, as well as abortion. (x)
  • After Pence cut funding for a rural Planned Parenthood, which was the only HIV testing center in Scott County, Indiana, it was forced to close its doors in 2013 and two years later, that county became the epicenter of an HIV outbreak (x/x).
  • Pence sponsored other extreme anti-abortion bills while in Congress, including one that would have that would have allowed Catholic hospitals to deny abortion even to pregnant women who would die without it. (x/x)
  • Pence signed every bill restricting reproductive health in Indiana that crossed his desk. (x)
  • Pence agrees with Trump’s plan to profile immigrants. (x)
  • Pence issued a discriminatory order barring Syrian refugee settlements in Indiana, which a judge ruled “clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin.” (x)
  • In 2014, Pence suggested that climate change being man-made isn’t a “resolved issue” in science. He also said in 2009 that science is “mixed” on the issue of global warming. (x)
  • In 2014, Pence overturned an energy efficiency program enacted by his predecessor, despite that fact that the Indiana Public Utility Commission estimated the program would create more than 18,600 jobs. (x)
  • While in Congress, Pence voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases and voted in favor of opening the Atlantic to offshore oil drilling. (x)
  • Pence has worked to build opposition toward the minimum wage. (x)
  • Pence has passed legislation that supports mass incarceration. (x)
  • Pence enacted harsh sentences for drug offenses, despite the fact that Indiana legal groups opposed the legislation. (x)
  • Pence believes that more gun ownership makes communities safer. (x)

And this isn’t even everything, but it should give you a good idea of why people should be very frightened of Mike Pence. Trump is absolutely despicable, don’t get me wrong, but Pence has a long track record of successfully pushing awful, discriminatory, and regressive policies. He also just holds a lot of terrible views in general, so we definitely wouldn’t want him as our president either.
Roe vs. Wade will be overturned if Donald Trump wins, Mike Pence says
GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Thursday predicted Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion,...
By Los Angeles Times

“I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it,” he said during a town hall meeting here. “We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”

So when we talk about stakes being high this election it is not just hyperbole.  Whoever is the next president will decide at least the next four judges on the Supreme Court.   If Donald Trump wins Roe v. Wade is gone.  Affirmative action is gone.   The Voting Rights act is gone.  The gains LBGTQ have made in the last 25 years will be erased. Citizens United will stay the law of the land and become even stronger.  It will lead to the most radically to the right Supreme Court in the history of the country and erase close to 100 years of progress in this country.  And if they have a Republican Congress with a Republican President it will make George W. Bush look like kindergarten. 

These people are not joking.  They are serious.   

anonymous asked:

Hi ! How do you see Littlefinger future and downfall ? He seem so clever, ruthless, and ungettable.

Hi there! Littlefinger is unquestionably very clever and extremely ruthless, but if you mean “ungettable” in the sense that he’s invulnerable, I must disagree. Petyr Baelish has some gigantic weaknesses, chief among them his ego, a fire that demands constant feeding. No true chessmaster, for example, would spread the rumor that he slept with both Tully sisters. Doing so exposed Littlefinger’s primary motivation and social-climbing ambitions to the higher-ups at court; he gets away with it only because said bluebloods are blinded by their class biases (though I do still find it hard to believe that Tywin, upon his arrival in King’s Landing, never realized the danger posed by Littlefinger’s domination of the capital’s bureaucracy). The master of coin taunts Ned and Tyrion constantly throughout their respective Handships, drawing a near-fatal amount of attention to himself. Meanwhile, Varys shows us how it’s done: arrange private meetings that are respectful (if occasionally threatening) in tone and remain focused on vital business, and then go back to melting into the background.

Moreover, Littlefinger’s constant improvisations speak to his recklessness as much as his intelligence. As racefortheironthrone​ has pointed out, his framing of Tyrion for the second assassination attempt on Bran was actually completely unnecessary. If Littlefinger wanted to set the Starks and Tullys against the Lannisters, he could’ve easily done so by telling the truth: Robert won the dagger from him, and so the culprit (probably Joffrey) must have slipped it from the king’s stores. That Littlefinger lied anyway suggests two mutually reinforcing possibilities: that he lied for the hell of it or that he was actively trying to endanger Tyrion. The former neatly undercuts one of the more frustrating Littlefinger myths: that his enjoyment of “the game” for its own sake makes him insightful and intimidating. No, it makes him a superficial, self-indulgent asshole!* The latter certainly finds support in Littlefinger’s puzzling, self-defeating antagonism towards the acting Hand in A Clash of Kings. It’s certainly possible, as many have suggested, that Littlefinger is prejudiced against Tyrion due to the latter’s stature, but I think it has more to do with the former’s strong dislike of anyone as clever and witty as him. Tyrion essentially usurps Littlefinger’s role as the dry, droll court commentator, and that pricks Littlefinger’s aforementioned ego. Again, compare this self-worship to Varys, who takes genuine pleasure in Tyrion’s sharp mind and sets out to pool their intellectual resources.

After all, contrasting Littlefinger with Varys has become cliché for a reason. Varys is willing to sublimate his ego for a higher cause. Littlefinger’s ego is his higher cause. Don’t get me wrong, both have been directly and indirectly responsible for mass suffering in Westeros and deserve nothing but condemnation and incarceration for it, but IMO Littlefinger is both more loathsome and considerably more pathetic.

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Why the Supreme Court Is the Most Important Issue of the Election
The next President will determine the make up of the Supreme Court for at least the next generation, and probably longer.

Election 2016 is the probably the most important election we will ever take part in. Why? Because extremely important issues are at the forefront of this election, especially for women and minorities.

At this time, there are eight Supreme Court Justices, four are conservative, and four are liberal-ish. Only one is under 60 years old. Three are 78, 80, and 83.

The next President will determine the make up of the Court for at least the next generation, and probably longer.

Supreme Court Justices serve for life.

With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a far right conservative, in 2016, the Court is already short one Justice. Since the Congress refused to act on the nomination of Merrick Garland, a moderate, the next President will very likely be called upon to nominate not just one, but potentially four, Justices.

A conservative Court could cost many Americans dearly, and Trump has promised to nominate very conservative justices.

The Supreme Court is of paramount importance.

This is why it is ESSENTIAL that Hillary Clinton wins this election. Hillary wants to appoint liberal Supreme Court Justices to continue the progress in this country. Donald Trump stated at the 2nd debate that he wants to elect ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justices like Scalia. If this happens, all of the progress we have made since the 1960s will be in jeopardy.

Thank about it. Voter rights for minorities. Abortion rights. Marriage equality. All will be at risk.

We must make sure that Hillary wins on November 8, and (to use Mike Pence’s statement about abortion rights) that Trump and his ilk are “consigned to the ash heap of history.”


“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” - Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court

“By virtue of this ruling, same-sex couples who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married same-sex couples will be recognized as such in the Commonwealth.”

In future generations, the label “same sex marriage” will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by “marriage.” We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.
—  From U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III’s decision striking down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.
We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III.

This George W. Bush-appointed (and Rick Santorum-endorsed) judge concluded his opinion striking down Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban with quite the sentence, didn’t he?

captainjackslog-deactivated2016  asked:

So I was wondering, what do you think Littlefinger's exact endgame is? And how do you think all the x factors about to hit Westeros (Stannis defeating the Boltons, Rickon's return, the second Dance, the Others, etc) will screw with that?

Hiya! I don’t know if Littlefinger has a specific endgame in mind, especially given that Sansa wasn’t part of his plans until he meets her at the Hand’s Tourney, yet she’s now the be-all and end-all. I think he’s simply going to keep climbing the ladder until he’s stopped. It’ll never be enough for him; like Euron, Littlefinger wants to eat the world. 

Speaking of him being stopped, yeah, all those factors you mention are going to thoroughly screw him over. Stannis taking Winterfell and restoring Rickon* will give him a huge political advantage over Littlefinger in the North, and there’s no way the king doesn’t call for the mockingbird’s head as soon as the latter shows up in White Harbor with Sansa, Harry, and their Vale army. (I must say I’ve long, long wanted a direct Stannis-Littlefinger showdown as a climax to their series-long proxy war.) 

Even before the second Dance hits in ADOS, Aegon’s successful campaign for the Iron Throne in TWOW will mark Varys’ victory over Littlefinger in their long cold war, and I think the latter will be caught utterly flatfooted. And then there’s the Others, who I’ve predicted will be the ones to finish the mockingbird off after Sansa brings him down and leaves him broken. I think GRRM’s ultimate purpose for Littlefinger’s character is to undercut supervillainy, exposing him as glib, shallow, arrogant, reckless, and riddled with blind spots. IMO the perfect culmination of that deconstruction would be for Littlefinger to realize in his final moments that it’s all been for nothing, that his machinations are about to be tossed on the ash heap of history by ice demons and their zombie army: the interloping self-appointed series antagonist wiped out by the true series antagonist. (Moreover, I really think the impact of the Others’ invasion will be blunted if they only kill heroes; the terror of “winter is coming” is that neither cold nor the army of the dead discriminates.) 

*Although come endgame, I think Sansa rules on the ground rather than Rickon, because GRRM named the latter’s wolf after an extremely long-winded joke with no punchline, the humor of which is how long the joke-teller had you on the hook before refusing you a climax. Hint hint. And I say “on the ground” because as we see in ADWD, Bran has become Winterfell’s metaphysical ruler (its god), as foreshadowed by his internal conviction in AGOT that he was “lord of the castle, in a way even Robb would never know.”