boasting

The evening of Laurel Lance and Ted Grant’s wedding, no one gets punched in the face. No one gets kidnapped or held at gunpoint. No one even gets asked to leave for throwing back too much goldschlager and taking out the buffet table.

It is an altogether civilized affair, which is impressive given how many of the attendees can boast extensive rap sheets, concealed weapons, or small children.

Felicity watches a pack of them dash past the open bar, giggling and dodging grownups. Her three-year-old straggles at the tail end, stubby legs working as fast as they can. She is surprised to see that his tiny bowtie is not yet askew.

“Elaine Michaels Diggle!” she calls out.

The ringleader turns around with an expression strongly reminiscent of her father when Lyla is angry with him.

“No running inside. There’s a whole garden out there.” And all the picture-taking is over, so a little dirt can’t matter now.

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“Love is patient, love is kind. 

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

وَلَئِنْ أَذَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِنَّا رَحْمَةً ثُمَّ نَزَعْنَاهَا مِنْهُ إِنَّهُ لَيَئُوسٌ كَفُورٌ

And if We make man taste mercy from Us, then take it off from him, most surely he is despairing, ungrateful.

وَلَئِنْ أَذَقْنَاهُ نَعْمَاءَ بَعْدَ ضَرَّاءَ مَسَّتْهُ لَيَقُولَنَّ ذَهَبَ السَّيِّئَاتُ عَنِّي إِنَّهُ لَفَرِحٌ فَخُورٌ

And if We make him taste a favor after distress has afflicted him, he will certainly say: The evils are gone away from me. Most surely he is exulting, boasting;

إِلَّا الَّذِينَ صَبَرُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ كَبِيرٌ

Except those who are patient and do good, they shall have forgiveness and a great reward.
—  Surah Hud, Verses 9-11
philly.com
In video, Iran's drone flies over U.S. carrier
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and published video of the encounter Friday, the latest in a series of edgy naval incidents between the two countries in the Persian Gulf after the recent nuclear deal.

“This notion that America’s enemies are getting stronger is nothing but political hot air.”
-President of the United States, 2016 State of the Union address

How can you tell when your enemies are just quaking in their boots? When you have the most powerful naval force the world has ever known - superstructures like nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that can rain hellfire! And a rogue nation feels comfortable enough to fly a drone around it taking pictures and video of its operation. AND THEN, go on television boasting out what they’d just done. We flew right around the big, bad USS Harry Truman:

“Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of Iran’s navy, called the drone overflight "a sign of bravery.”

It “allowed our men to go so close to the warship and shoot such a beautiful and accurate footage of the combat units of the foreign forces,” he told state television.“

>LET ME MAKE YOU COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF FOR JUST AN HOUR<  
Say you get a call from your navy General, he’s a member of your Cabinet and he says, "Mr/Mrs. President, there’s an Iranian drone buzzing one of our carriers right now.”  

What do YOU tell him to tell that boat’s commander to do about it?

Arcane

I rarely see anything about Arcane here, which is fair enough because we don’t have much drama in our flight, but Arcane isn’t as sparkly and fun as we try to make it out to be. It’s extremely difficult to find people to talk to in Arcane, as there are multiple cliques in Arcane. If you can’t manage to wriggle your way into one of those, you end up being quite lonely. We like to boast that no thread goes without answer but many do. It’s not as nice as our ‘council’ makes it out to be. In fact, the council is what makes it so hard to get involved. They dominate all of Arcane’s activities and you have to appeal to them to be allowed to do things. It’s kind of frustrating.

A Curse on Donald Trump

You will need:

A black candle
string

How to:

Charge the candle with your intent. Think about what a xenophobic fascist sexist capitalist prick Donald Trump is. Channel that rage into your candle. Think about how desperately you want him to fail, how desperately you want to see him ruined. Envision his glorious fall, his humiliation, his destruction. Believe that he will fail. Know that he will fail. Oil the candle with an appropriate oil if thats your thing.

Light the candle.

Pick up the string. Say:

Donald John Trump Senior, son of Fred Trump,
I place a curse on your head


tie a knot in the string

Your racism, greed, and fascism
will be the key to your undoing
every time you open your mouth
you inspire your own failure

tie a knot in the string

May your boasting and compulsive lies
be found out and unravelled,
may your political campaign end in humiliating ruin
You will never be president


tie a knot in the string.


Release your intent into the universe. You can tuck the string away somewhere, or simply throw it away, though for best results I recommend mailing the string to Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

Forcing Laughter, Faking Smiles

A/N: so here’s the young!BenPoe fic I promised after being prompted by the lovely @calmturquoise!! Hope you guys like! (Also I’m Taylor swift trash that’s where the title comes from.)
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“Ben! Ben! Guess what?! Guess what? Look at me!”

Ben looks up at his friend. Poe is standing in front of him, huge smile on his face with his curls smoothed under a pilot helmet. Striking a pose, Poe boasts, “I’m officially a pilot! The best pilot in the Resistance… after my mother that is.”

The corners of Ben’s mouth turn up, amused at his friend’s antics. When Ben sees Poe looking at him, mouth agape, he quickly puts a frown back on his face. Poe pulls off his helmet, smiling widely at Ben. Excitedly, Poe asks, “Did you just smile? Did I make you smile?”

Ben looks down at the ground where he’s sitting, shaking his head no. With his eyes averted, he isn’t prepared for Poe tackling him. He growls up at Poe, “Poe! Get off of me!”

Poe smirks at his best friend, telling him, “I will. When you smile again.”

Annoyed, Ben gives a very weak attempt at a fake smile.

“A real smile.”

Ben only glares. Poe shrugs, then starts poking and prodding Ben’s sides. This startles a giggle snort out of him. Ben pushes at Poe’s hands, protesting, “St-stahap! Gehet off!”

Poe begins counting Ben’s ribs, relishing his best friend’s smile and adorably dorky laughter. Once Poe is satisfied with the bright smile he’s forced on Ben’s face and the snorts he’s produced, Poe flops on top of Ben with an oomph. Ben groans at the added weight over him, still smiling though. He asks, “There. Satisfied?”

Leaning up a bit, Poe nods and admits, “Yeah. You’ve got a cute smile and laugh. You should do it more often.”

Ben stares up at Poe, blushing slightly at those words. Poe, realizing what’s just spilled from his mouth, blushes as he bites his lip. As the silence drags on, Ben smirks, questioning, “Well, do you want to know something, little pilot?”

Poe sits up, raising an eyebrow as he nods, wondering aloud, “And what would that be, little prince?”

Smirk growing, Ben taunts, “Your laugh is cuter.”

Fingers connect with Poe’s sides, causing him to yell and fall back. Ben makes a grab for Poe, but he scrambles away, stumbling up to his feet. Picking himself up, Ben tilts his head, asking, “Do you really think you can prevent this? Me tickling you? You know I always get revenge.”

Already fighting a nervous and excited smile, Poe shakes his head. He may not be able to stop it- or really want to- but he can put up a fight. It’s more fun that way. Poe turns, running away from Ben. Ben calls after him, “You know I’ll catch you! I’m faster!

The two give chase, but it doesn’t take long for Ben to reach Poe, grabbing the back of his jacket. Poe stumbles, spinning around to face Ben, hands stretched out in front of him. He giggles, “Behen. Waaaait.”

Ben can’t help the laugh that bubbles out. He shouts, “I’m not even tickling you yet!”

“I knohow!”

Suddenly, Poe doubles over, arms wrapped around his stomach as it’s assaulted with ticklish jolts. He sinks to the ground, accusing, “Fohorce is cheheating!

"Oh hush,” directs Ben as he moves over to his helpless, squirming friend, pinning him to the ground. Ben starts off lightly wiggling his fingers into Poe’s thighs. Even with this being one of his less ticklish spot, it still causes Poe to let out a short shriek before succumbing to loud infectious laughter as his legs kick wildly. Ben moves his fingers up to Poe’s hips, drawing out breathy laughs as he squeezes them. Ben slows his tickling, only to then quickly drill them into Poe’s sensitive tummy, drawing out screaming laughter.

Poe’s laughter starts to turn hiccupy and his arms stop uselessly flailing about as he tires out. Ben slips off of Poe, allowing him to curl up on his side, letting out residual giggles. Trying to help Poe calm down and relax, Ben lays beside him and gently traces random patterns on Poe’s back. However, the giggles and squirming only continue. Ben blurts, “Seriously? This tickles too? Are you just ticklish everywhere?”

A nod comes from the giggling form that is Poe Dameron. Relinquishing his touch, Ben sighs, “Sorry. I’ll stop then. I’ve tortured you enough.”

A soft mumble is heard and Ben has to strain just to hear the noise itself, still unable to understand it. “What was that?”

When Poe rolls over to face his friend, his face is bright red and… incredibly vulnerable. Again- though this time just loud enough to be heard- Poe mutters, “I said you don’t have to stop. It’s not torture. It’s… nice…”

Ben vaults up to a sitting position, staring at his friend. He seeks clarification, “Wait. Am I hearing this right? You, Poe Dameron, actually like being tickled?”

Blushing even more, Poe hides his face in his hands. Heart swelling at his adorable friend’s embarrassment, Ben gently tries to pry Poe’s hands away from his face. Poe is rather reluctant, but a few well placed pines persuade him to bring his arms down. Ben smiles down at his friend, reassuring, “I’m not judging you Poe. Well, not in a bad way, it’s cute that you like tickling, you nerd. But I am absolutely going to abuse this knowledge. So, you like being tickled. Why?”

Poe squeaks, “Why?”

Ben nods. “Yeah. I think it’s more of an annoyance than anything. If I’m going to make you happy, well it would help to know why you like being tickled. What aspects you like. Plus embarrassing you is fun and you are so red right now.”

Squiring a bit, Poe wrings his hands together, contemplating. Finally, Poe confesses, “It’s just… it’s fun. I don’t know, it’s kinda like a game? And, well, I like laughing. Um… the, uh… the feeling is actually, um, really nice and… it makes me feel safe and loved and just… happy. And it makes us closer.”

Poe’s eyes are directed towards the ground, so he doesn’t notice Ben leaning in until his lips press against his for no more than a second. His eyes quickly flick up to Ben, staring. Ben has a light blush dusting his cheeks, but otherwise he looks… rather smug. Dismissively, Ben explains, “You were being cute and obvious. I took my chance.”

Poe smiles widely, ready to make some snide comment when Ben once again pins him to the ground. Poe, having found his usual swagger, snarks, “Woah, we’re moving passed a tiny kiss pretty quickly. At least buy me dinner first.”

Ben simply rolls his eyes before spidering his fingers over Poe’s abdomen, resulting in a bright peal of laughter. Loud enough to be heard of Poe’s laughter, Ben muses, “I’ve been wondering for a while how bad this may tickle you. Now that I know you ~like~ this, I’m sure you won’t object.”

Taking a large breath, Ben places his lips against Poe’s insanely ticklish neck and blows. Poe screams, kicking his legs out and wildly pushing with weak arms. As the raspberry dies out, Ben plants multiple tiny kisses on Poe’s neck, drawing out loud hiccupy giggles. Ben adds wiggling fingers against Poe’s tummy to the mix, receiving an odd combination of giggles, hiccups, and deep belly laughs. Ben continues until Poe is a puddle of giggly mush. He then rolls off Poe and cards his fingers through the unruly curls atop his friend’s head. Poe leans into the touch, catching his breath before curling into Ben’s lap. He then wipes tears of laughter from his eyes. Noticing this, Ben worries, “Was that too much?”

Poe weakly shakes his head no, yawning, “No. It was… it was great… was fun. Thank you.”

Ben shakes his head in disbelief. “I literally tickled you to tears and you thank me. You’re not just a nerd. You’re a giant tickle nerd!”

These words are punctuated by a squeeze to the back of Poe’s neck, causing Poe to squeal and scrunch up. Amused, Ben decides, “You’re cute. I’m keeping you.”

Poe nuzzles into Ben, clearly exhausted and ready for a nap. He mumbles, “Good. Cause I suit you. And you do make me happy. A lot. Just… stay put, okay? I don’t want you leaving me.”

Ben puts on a smile as he promises, “I’m not leaving. Not now or ever.”

10

Victorian and Edwardian  Architecture on the Amazin Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Índia

Built between 1928-1943, this grand palace of yellow sandstone covers more than 10 hectares of gardens, making it one of the largest private residences in the world. Boasts an Art Deco design and Renaissance features 2 pools and rewarding treatments at Jiva Spa.

”This hotel exceeds all expectations. It is an oasis in the midst of a world full of false promises. Get ready to live an unforgettable experience. We literally for to receive him. The staff go to great lengths to make you feel welcomed and comfortable, like a king in his palace.”


The spacious air conditioned rooms and suites are designed for royalty and all are equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player and spa bath treatments.

They include a pillow menu, a well-equipped and Molton Brown toiletries minibar. All bathrooms come with a bathtub.The Umaid Bhawan Palace overlooks the desert capital of Jodhpur, a 15-minute drive from Jodhpur Airport and 2.4 km from Jodhpur Railway Station. Within a radius of 9 km, attractions are like the Clock Tower Market, Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada Monument.

The unique walk with champagne at the Museum invites you to admire the fine collection of Victorian and Edwardian antiques with a glass of champagne in hand. The Jiva Spa offers traditional Indian beauty therapies, as well as whirlpool tubs and steam rooms. For the more health conscious guests, the hotel offers a yoga studio, gym and tennis courts.The Risala serves 

Continental and Indian fusion cuisine, while Pillars proposes Rajasthani meals. They are served grilled and barbecue dishes at Sunset Pavilion, and drinks can be enjoyed at The Trophy Bar.

Lawyerlarrie & Lapelosa

Are they one and the same?

Lawyerlarrie has a quotation from Anacharsis at the top of her blog. Anachasris was a Scythian philosopher in the early 6th century BC . Of course, his words about rich people being able to ignore the law are totally applicable to the 21st century.

So, who do we know in the larrydom who’s keen on quoting Greek and Roman philosophers and writing in Latin? Who likes to boast about their superior powers of critical thinking? Oh wait, that’s all of them. But…there’s only one interested in the Greeks and Romans…

Also of note is that Lawyerlarrie blocked me as soon as the blog was created. If not, I’d have satirised the hell out of that first post with the critical thinking ‘receipt’. How did Lawyerlarrie know to block me, I wonder?

anonymous asked:

Yoon wasn't really in the openings either, except for this little shot of a millisecond and that part where they were walking through the desert. Why do they seem to care so little about Yoon :( I love Yoon, he's definitely one of my favourite characters. If only he got more time to shine. He stole my heart in the Awa arc, where he said that he lived more underhandedly than anyone and could even boast about it, haha. And when he then protected Yona so bravely.

The confusing thing is that the anime adaptation didn’t necessarily take away from his character when it came to the actual story, for what it covered. It was just the promotion at the start and the OP sequences that were just like. Yoon? Who? Is? That? 

I feel like his character in the up-to-date manga stuff has been neglected, too. I’m expecting a new moment for him to shine soon, though. If Kusanagi is still doing solo shots for a character on volume covers and making sure to give that character some spotlight to match, Yun should be coming up. 

#YA CAN’T FOCUS ON EVERYBODY AT ONCE WITH SUCH A BIG CAST #BUT I STILL PREFER THAT OVER HAVING A SMALL CAST #THE STRUGGLE

why so many women feel superior just because they don’t use make up?? and boast that they don’t feel natural and it’s fake??
like if you don’t want to use make up, don’t fucking do it and let others do whatever they like to do!??

May your coffee be strong today & your relationship with Jesus even stronger!Happy Monday 😊
Strive to make a difference today. Encourage someone,make someone laugh (so long as it’s not at the expense of someone else), pray for someone,if given the opportunity help the homeless even if it’s just $1 without questioning what they’re going to use it for,& be the light where this is darkness!Don’t just sit around trying to be good until heaven,be the Church in the here & now…be active!Seek ways to serve others instead of being served.And rather than boasting in any selfless act/good deed or making yourself known,boast in the Cross because without it we wouldn’t be here today…make Him known through your actions.And if you find yourself having a rough day,pause & take a moment to thank God for Who He is & Everything He’s done.Have a blessed day!💜 #encouragement #thoughts #perspective #Jesus #faith #IDoNeedALotOfCoffeeToday

thehill.com
Dean: 'Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like’
Dean said the distinction is a "double standard" between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
By Mark Hensch

Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should not boast about his freedom from super-PACs given his ties with organized labor.

“I don’t hear anybody asking Bernie Sanders for transcripts of some speech he made for a labor union,” he told host Andrea Mitchell on “MSNBC Live.“

“For Bernie to say he doesn’t have a super-PAC…labor unions are super-PACs. Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like so we don’t go after labor unions.”
Dean then criticized Sanders for implying Clinton is in the pocket of Wall Street after giving paid speeches for major financial firms in the past.

“This is a double standard,” said Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "Why should Hillary Clinton have to put up with a double standard? I am tired of the attacks on her personal integrity.

“If Bernie Sanders wants to attack Hillary Clinton’s integrity, that’s up to him, Dean added. ”[But] I think that’s a mistake.

In their quest to blunt Sanders’ momentum and to defend Clinton, the Democrat establishment-wing is willing to burn down the whole platform. At the townhall last week, Chuck Todd was trying to cast individual donations as the same as superPACs, and now Dean thinks “Unions are superPACS” too.

But this isn’t just about protecting Clinton – it speaks to the central corruption within the Democratic Party, who, while they in public rail against Citizen’s United, really DO NOT WANT to stem the tide of money in politics. We will be seeing more of this “all money is the same” and “there is no bigmoney” the longer the primary contests go on.

This line of attack is a scorched earth policy that will leave Democrats indistinguishable from Republicans on economic issues – and it reveals the hidden mechanisms behind party politics.

As of lately I’ve been caught up in my Ego. As I have sense of self, I lack the realisation of love from others. Friends, family and significant other.. Why do I deny it? Why can’t I foster and claim it? I know it isn’t something tangible. It resides within me. So why do I feel inadequate and undeserving sometimes? When in my heart that is untrue? I have self value… But I’m not one to boast really.. My emotions are at an all time high and low. I need to find balance in my life once again… This journey is at times difficult but plan on growing through it. I only wanna focus on my goals, health all around and my loved ones. I don’t want to die and think of the things I could have achieved. I want to do so much. I can. I will. I need to drop this ego that has formed and trapped me inside. The evil forces can reside… For now

This Week in Robert E. Lee History:
1862 February 8. In Savannah, General Lee wrote his wife.

“The news from Kentucky & Tennessee is not favourable, but we must make up our minds to meet with reverses & to overcome them. I hope God will at last crown our efforts with success. But the consent must be long & severe, the whole country has to go through much suffering. It is necessary we should be humbled & taught to be less boastful, less selfish, & more devoted to might & justice to all the world.”

You can read the rest of the letter here: http://leefamilyarchive.org/9-family-papers/310-robert-e-lee-to-mary-anna-randolph-custis-lee-1862-february-8

Cheese in the Trap and the OST

The kdramas that stay with me well beyond their viewing have always had a strong, musically-rich OST (original sound track) at their base, and CITT is no exception. This drama boasts an OST with a refreshing folk/k-indie vibe that offers a smooth backdrop for our characters and yet reflects the inner richness of their emotions…..think folksy coffeehouse angst!

Some of the songs can be found on youtube; I recommend ‘Such’, 'Cosmos Hippie’, 'I am Love’ and 'Fill you, Erase you’ and 'Tearliner’.

I will have them on repeat to survive the long week without episodes!