but he's not going to be president! and that

In 2016, Elder Joaquin Costa of the Seventy came to my stake’s conference and I wrote about the experience.

This past weekend (Nov 2017), Elder Claudio Costa of the Seventy came to stake conference. Two Elder Costas!

While very different experiences, there’s some aspects that were similar:
Each met with the stake presidency and talked about marriage.
I got a shout out from each of them during stake conference.
I got a big hug and the stake clerk did not. 😂😂😂


The stake president invited his two counselors and stake clerk, plus their spouses, for dinner on Friday with Elder Costa. And me, too, the oh-so-single stake executive secretary. Elder Costa struck me as nice in a grandfatherly sort of way.

After the meal, we moved to a seating area and the conversation was all about marriage. Both Elder Costa and my stake president shared their conversion stories and went into detail about how they met their wives.

The next hour of conversation is when things turned awkward. Elder Costa said stuff like getting married is the most important thing in this life, it is our primary goal, and only married people will be exalted in heaven. He emphasized the need for these couples to continuously work on and improve their marriages. He had us go around the room and each of us say one thing that makes a successful marriage. Yikes! 😮 When he got to me, I asked to be skipped, he insisted but so did I. He even came back to me after everyone else had a turn.

Elder Costa went on to say single sisters who stay true to the gospel will not be denied any blessings in the next life (he didn’t say a word about the single brothers), the millennium will be a time when we’ll work on becoming perfected and they’ll work out all the things in their marriages. Marriage is all he talked about. 😓 I kept wanting the night to end.

I sensed others in the room felt uncomfortable for me. It’s good they got a taste of what church can be like for people who don’t fit a certain mold, like me since I’m not just single, I’m also gay.

That night I got a text from the stake clerk asking if I’m okay, that he imagined the night’s conversation was difficult for me, that there were a lot of generalizations made and he wanted to be sure I realize how important I am and the significance of my contributions. (Bless him for writing me)

Saturday when Elder Costa walked into the stake offices he paid me a lot of attention, spent time complimenting my tie and being super friendly (I bet General Authorities think a lot about ties, it’s the one splash of color in their otherwise uniform wardrobe of dark suits and white shirts). I wondered if my stake president had clued him in about me.

He asked us to each tell a little about ourselves, including our families. I said that I have 15 nieces & nephews. He compared me with Sheri Dew, a single woman who has had a tremendous influence in the Church, and how she’s always talking about her nieces and nephews. He also spoke about the other Davids he knows and they all share certain similar traits and so do I. He decided he was gonna keep calling me by my first name. It was charming, actually, that the whole weekend he referred to everyone else as Brother So-and-so or President So-and-so, but I was David.

After the introductions, Elder Costa asked the stake president what were some areas of the stake he’s concerned about or which need improvement. The stake president asked his counselors to weigh in and the four of them (stake pres, 2 counselors & Elder Costa) had a lively discussion, with Elder Costa occasionally saying “David, make a note of that.” Towards the end, the stake president asked the stake clerk and me to also share our opinions. The stake clerk went first and there was a good discussion around his points. Elder Costa began wrapping up the meeting and I raised my hand, “I didn’t get a chance to speak.”

My comment was that everyone needs to feel seen, heard and loved. We need to be friends, not just in church, but beyond these walls, invite others to dinner or to our homes. We should look for others who aren’t being included and reach over and invite them to join us. When we come to church and there’s someone we’re happy to see, or they’re excited to see us, it makes that day at church a good one regardless of what the speakers said from the pulpit. These are people who will serve each other and look out for each other in their struggles. This is how to bind hearts. It’s the great commandment to love one another.

With that said, we were out of time. We had a closing prayer and all headed over to a meeting for men in stake or ward leadership positions. Elder Costa came out from behind the pulpit and had an interactive discussion. At the meeting’s conclusion, he spoke about the stake president and his counselors and how he’s impressed with them. Then walked over to where the Stake Clerk and I were sitting, and said these two men are good help to the stake presidency. “We had a meeting just prior to this one, and David got the final word. He spoke for only about a minute, but he touched my heart.”  ❤️

During the rest of stake conference he continued to call me David, a point which other members kept commenting on.

After it was all over, we were in the stake offices and Elder Costa comes over, “David! It was so good to meet you!” and wrapped his arms around me in a hug. “The next time you’re in Utah, call me. I’ll take you to lunch…I’m serious!” 😍

The Stake Clerk was beside me. Elder Costa patted him on his suit lapel while saying, “nice to meet you” 😎 and out the door he went.


Things got off to a rough start that Friday night. He recognized it and spent time trying to make it right. He embodied the very point I tried to make, that we need to be seen and heard, to be loved, to have someone who’s happy to see us, who recognizes our struggles and stands with us.

gomutant  asked:

you can go bigger, Mark. more than president.

More than president. More than president! Oh, Mark Zuckerberg is so much more president. He is the beautiful man. Bringer of peace and bringer of hope to America. Bringer of sky to America. Dreams and dreams and dreams and dreams and dreams is Mark Zuckerberg! And Wil Wheaton is so much and Wil Wheaton is the geekiest vice president, and he is just loved, and he is just loved! And the new military come together here, to combat the Mobian and loyalist threats. So much and so much. He has hoped America, and we have heard! This is us. This is us. This is what we always wanted to be. And we will go home again. Together united, forever strong.

ethicalnecromancer  asked:

Opinions/predictions on what's going down in Zimbabwe?

Well, in it’s most basic sense, Robert Mugabe was a despot and political strongman who seized power by military coup, was seized by the military and forced to resign. He followed the path of most ideological dictators, stoking fear via external threats and uniting the people via inflammatory nationalist (and in his case racist) rhetoric. Violent against his own people, widely fraudulent, suppression of political opponents, and violent seizure of land for redistribution were all hallmarks of his 37-year presidency.

To put on my Bismark hat for a bit, the reason why Mugabe was seized primarily has to do with the dismissal of his vice president, Mnangagwa. Mugabe is 93 years old and Mnangagwa was a longtime Mugabe crony. With Mnangagwa ousted, Mugabe made the keyholders of power in Zimbabwe afraid that in a succession that they would not be able to retain power when Mugabe died or resigned. The deposition of Mnangagwa at the hands of Grace Mugabe made the rest of the power holders nervous, and they probably elected to seize Mugabe, remove Grace, and install their chosen successor to secure their own positions before their positions were jeopardized by the factional fighting within the ZANU-PF.

I’d envision that the ZANU-PF will attempt to make a big show about it being a peaceful transition but things will largely default to business as usual in Zimbabwe. It appears to have been a very successful coup. Mugabe will probably be threatened and coached into delivering a statement securing the transition and remain under house arrest. Grace Mugabe, assuming she is even still alive, will likely be pinned as a scapegoat to avoid tarnishing the name and political brand of Robert.

Thanks for the question, Necromancer.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

anonymous asked:

I'm seriously on the fence about the Al Frankenn thing. On one side what he's done in the past is absolutely stupid and there's no excuse for what he did. It's another example about how even Progressive guys are guilty of toxic male Behavior. And I put myself there, in my teenage years to my early 20s I was guilty of some stupid guy bullshit. But at the same time with a pedophile likely getting elected to the Senate and you know who being president I don't feel comfortable kicking him out.

I know that feeling. I actually like Al Franken too, but there is no way that anyone should ever defend what he’s done, it was inexcusable behavior. Yeah, that kind of behavior doesn’t need a label of being liberal or conservative to be honest. But the sad part about Roy Moore is that he most likely is sticking around because he knows he’s going to still win. I honestly don’t have faith that the people of Alabama will vote against him over him being a pedophile, as terrible and sad as it sounds.

SO YES the golf bag is real and it is so much better than I could have imagined.

1. It’s the most awful pattern of black and white. I hope this isn’t something they actually market, because…look at that. Also, it lacks gold trim or red highlights–both of which we know a certain someone is a fan of. 

2. His name is on it in freaking impact font like it’s some sort of garbage meme.

3. His name is President Trump–meaning that if/when he leaves, it’s either going to stick with him as a reminder of his failures and the worst four-or-fewer years of his life, or it’s going to be sold and discarded like the rubbish that is his tenure.

4. His name is on a golf bag. This is his legacy.

5. They have the “Stanley Cup Champions” there to remind him of what quality looks like. They’re tooting their own horn, signing this piece of magnificent trolling like a professional graffiti artist tagging their work. 

6. I can’t get over the Adidas logo for some reason. It’s just…up there at the top. Garish, gaudy, another piece of product placement along with everything else. Trump doesn’t even get to have his name adorning this thing along, it’s crowded in there with two other logos. 

7. They gave him a golf bag instead of a jersey. They broke with a longstanding tradition to give him a half-joke, half-insult. 

I’m proud of them for this. It’s so hideous.

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A YEAR WITHOUT A PRESIDENT

It seems like forever, but it was just one year ago that Donald Trump was elected president. So what have we learned about the presidency and who is running the country? 

1. The first big thing we’ve learned is that Trump is not really the president of the United States – because he’s not governing.

A president who’s governing doesn’t blast his Attorney General for doing his duty and recusing himself from an FBI investigation of the president.

A president who’s governing doesn’t leave the top echelons of departments and agencies empty for almost a year.

He doesn’t publicly tell his Secretary of State he’s wasting time trying to open relations with North Korea. Any president with the slightest interest in governing would already know and approve of what his Secretary of State was doing.

He doesn’t fire half his key White House staff in the first nine months, creating utter chaos.

A president who is governing works with his cabinet and staff to develop policy. He doesn’t just tweet new public policy out of the blue – for example, that transgender people can’t serve in the military. His Secretary of Defense is likely to have some thoughts on the matter – and if not consulted might decide to ignore the tweet.

He doesn’t just decide to withdraw from the Paris Accord without any reason or analysis.

A president who is governing works with Congress. He doesn’t just punt to Congress hard decisions – as he did with DACA, the Iran nuclear deal, insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, and details of his tax plan.

He doesn’t tell a crowd of supporters that he’s ended the Clean Power Plan – “Did you see what I did to that? Boom, gone” – when any such repeal requires a legal process, and must then withstand court challenges.

Instead of governing, Donald Trump has been insulting, throwing tantrums, and getting even:

Equating white supremacists with people who protest against them. Questioning the patriotism of NFL players who are peacefully protesting police violence and racism.

Making nasty remarks about journalists, about his predecessor as president, his political opponent in the last election, national heroes like Congressman John Lewis and Senator John McCain, even the mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico.

Or he’s busy lying and then covering up the lies. Claiming he would have won the popular vote if millions hadn’t voted fraudulently for his opponent – without a shred of evidence to support his claim, and then setting up a fraudulent commission to find the evidence.

Or firing the head of the FBI who wouldn’t promise to be more loyal to him than to the American public.

A president’s job is to govern. Trump doesn’t know how to govern, or apparently doesn’t care. So, logically, he’s not President.

2. The second thing we’ve learned is that Trump’s influence is waning.  

Since he lost the popular vote, his approval ratings have dropped even further. One year in, Trump is the least popular president in history with only 37 percent of Americans behind him.

Most Republicans still approve of him, but that may not be for long.

He couldn’t get his pick elected to a Senate primary in Alabama, a state bulging with Trump voters.

Republican senators refused to go along with his repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And they’re taking increased interest in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Business leaders deserted him over his remarks over Charlottesville. They vacated his business advisory councils.

NFL owners have turned on him over his remarks about players. Tom Brady, who once called Trump “a good friend,” now calls him “divisive” and “wrong.”

There’s no question he’s violated the Constitution. There are at least three grounds for impeachment – his violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution by raking in money from foreign governments, his obstruction of justice by firing the head of the FBI, and his failure to faithfully execute the law by not implementing the Affordable Care Act. And a fourth if he or his aides colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.

But both houses of Congress would have to vote for his removal, which won’t happen unless Democrats win control in 2018 or Republicans in Congress decide Trump is a political liability.

3. The third big thing we’ve learned is where the governing of the country is actually occurring.

Much is being done by lobbyists for big business, who now swarm over the Trump administration like honey bees over a hedgerow of hollyhocks.

But the real leadership of America is coming from outside the Trump administration.

Leadership on the environment is now coming from California – whose rules every automaker and many other corporations have to meet in order to sell in a state that’s home to one out of eight Americans.

Leadership on civil rights is coming from the federal courts, which have struck down three different versions of Trump’s travel ban, told states their voter ID laws are unconstitutional, and pushed police departments to stop profiling and harassing minorities.

Leadership on the economy is coming from the Federal Reserve Board, whose decisions on interest rates are more important than ever now that the country lacks a fiscal policy guided by the White House.

Most of the rest of leadership in America is now coming from the grassroots – from people all over the country who are determined to reclaim our democracy and make the economy work for the many rather than the few.

They stopped Congress from repealing the Affordable Care Act.

They’re fighting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s plan to spend taxpayer money on for-profit schools and colleges that cheat their students.

They’re fighting EPA director Scott Pruitt’s crusade against climate science.

And Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s attempts to tear down the wall between church and state.

They’re fighting against the biggest tax cut for the wealthy in American history – that will be paid for by draconian cuts in services and dangerous levels of federal debt.

They’re fighting against the bigotry, racism, and xenophobia that Trump has unleashed.

And they’re fighting for a Congress that, starting with next year’s midterm elections, will reverse everything Trump is doing to America.

But their most important effort – your effort, our effort – is not just resisting Trump. It’s laying the groundwork for a new politics in America, a new era of decency and social justice, a reassertion of the common good.

Millions are already mobilizing and organizing. It’s the one good thing that’s happened since Election Day last year – the silver lining on the dark Trump cloud.

If you’re not yet part of it, join up.

ok but imagine

  • top exy sports star neil josten publically roasting donald trump every fucking chance he gets
We Are Winning.

Yesterday, as I reflected on the recent days of Life Under Trump, I came to a realization about our Great Leader: he’s tiring.

I know he’s been tiring since he first started campaigning, but I mean that he, Donald Trump, the 71-year-old grandfather in the White House, is actually becoming tired. He’s played all of his cards, every single one–and he’s starting to have to rely on his old hits.

He’s just not tweeting like he used to. Back during the start of the campaign, he was making promises, attacking everyone he could, and rallying support for new candidates and promising results from new Cabinet members. He would talk about obstruction and wall funding, and eventually he started a war with the NFL.

He tried that again the other day…and it was pathetic. He just made the one tweet, only one comment, where normally he could have three or four or even six show up in one day. Granted, the longer format on Twitter means that he no longer has to use “dot dot dot”, but even that was just another weapon he used to cultivate suspense. Now, that weapon is gone. One tweet is all he gets, and I don’t even know if he has the energy for that.

He’s decided to fight LaVar Ball, of all people, in order to secure a victory that is really just him doing his job–he’s not even fighting for a victory, but for recognition of a victory. Had he let it drop and simply said “To the three young men I freed from a China prison–you’re welcome!”, he could have started a debate and projected confidence, forcing an air of gratitude onto them. Instead, he revealed that he had not been thanked and wanted the recognition…because he’s desperate. He’s not feeling his old pride anymore.

His travel bans have been defeated time and time again. Obamacare lives. Two candidates he supported both lost in humiliating elections, and he can’t send an endorsement to the current battlefield because it would mean endorsing pedophilia. People are turning their eyes back to his sexual assault scandals with a new hunger, sensing vulnerability. The Russia probe is closing in. Advisers and aides are being indicted, and he has already chosen the defense of “they’re really not affiliated with me”–a defense that could easily crumble when someone close to him succumbs. Stephen Bannon is gone. Sebastian Gorka is gone. Kelly won’t let him have the briefings he wants, and even Kelly himself has been questioned. He just got back from Asia, where he met multiple leaders who were smarter and more unchallenged than him, and it made him feel inferior. It’s cold, and he didn’t go golfing–and he knows the next time he goes golfing, the press is going to hound him. If he goes to Mar-a-Lago, the press will be there. They’ll turn it against him. The list goes on and on.

Do you want proof that this is working?

His last weekly address was on October 13th. Over a month ago.

He’s tired. He can’t go on like this. He’s stressed, he’s collapsing. He had a glimmer of hope with the Uranium One thing and the Donna Brazile story on “Crooked Hillary”, but even that little number is getting weaker and weaker–with Hillary simply shrugging and calling him “obsessed” with her.

Because he is. That’s the one political battle he could win, and now he’s staring right down the barrels of two more defeats: the tax plan and the Alabama election.

I’m making no promises, but if both of those turn against him–if the tax plan is shot down in the Senate and Doug Jones becomes a Senator–it could all be over. This could be the end of it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the man has a coronary before his one-year-President-anniversary.

He doesn’t fight. He doesn’t smile. He barely speaks. When’s the last time he held a rally? When is his next rally?

Old Man Donald needs a win. Taxes, Alabama, the border wall, he needs something. But he’s terrified that he’s going to lose them all.

Let’s see to it that he does.

Don’t relent, don’t relax. Push harder. Call your representatives and tell them to vote against the tax bill, campaign for Doug Jones and denounce Roy Moore, don’t bother defending Al Franken or any other ally who is accused of sexual misconduct, keep fighting the battles on Trump’s turf and break down his walls. His armor is cracked–go for the kill.

trump can’t go a week without whining on twitter, him and kim jung un keep exchanging insults like elementary school kids, and he blocks people with terminal illnesses just because they don’t agree with his polices. but some of y'all still wanna say that a woman would be too “emotional” to be president???????? lmao okay

Batfam- Highschool au headcanons

Richard Grayson: Literal walking sunshine, will befriend everyone and makes it his mission to never let a student sit alone at lunch. Wears colorful and bright clothing, but his favourite colour is baby blue. Is the head of the events organizational committee, an active member of many clubs such as LGBTQA+, Amnesty international, acrobatics, recently voted student body president and is head of the yearbook committee. Created Gotham High’s very first Romani culture club. Voted most likely to break a limb doing parkour. 

Barbara Gordon: Advocated for more disabled access throughout the high school such as ramps, wider doors, lifts between floors, specially designed desks and the incorporation of disabled friendly sports into the curriculum. Co-founder and president of Equal Rights for Disabled Students society and regularly organises protests, petitions, and meetings to better tackle the issues faced by the disabled society. A true computer nerd who once hacked into the school system and replaced all the test papers with the Bee Movie Script in protest of standardised testing. Ran over the football captain’s foot after he called her a derogatory slur because she refused to go on a date with him, benching him for a full season while he healed. Tutors Dick in mathematics in return for Dick’s homemade brownies. Voted most likely to hack into the Pentagon and replace all their screensavers with a Shrek meme. 

Jason Peter Todd: Classic Bad boy. Black leather jacket, ripped jeans and graphic t-shirts, always getting detention for smoking behind the school, GPA of 4.0 and is on the fast track to becoming valedictorian, member of the national honors society, book nerd to the max and is president of the high school literature debate club for the second year running as well as a long time member of the Academic Decathlon club. Flirts endlessly but treats women with respect and understands no means no, will beat the shit out of any asshole who is seen harassing anybody. He takes no shit and hates bullies. Is secretly the favourite of all his teachers. Voted most likely to get into a fistfight over Shakespeare.

Timothy Jackson Drake: Spends his time making robots and gadgets rather than paying attention in class. The nerd who sleeps during school because he’s too busy playing D&D and online RPGs at night to sleep like a normal person. Is intelligent at a subject he thoroughly enjoys such as computer science, programming, mathematics, and engineering. He also takes photographs for the school paper and other school events. Socially awkward and clumsy as fuck in general sports such as football but can pin his opponent on the mat in under 10 seconds. Voted most likely to build a robot that tries to take over the human race.

Damian Wayne: Earbuds always in, sketchpad in his hand, satchel covered in various animal rights and charities pins/badges. Member of the fine art society and drama club. Is very creative and likes to express his feelings through his art and poetry. His best friend is Colin Wilkes and has stabbed a football jock with a pencil because they tried to bully Colin by stuffing him into a locker. Nobody bothers Colin now. Is frequently seen around campus with various small animals stuff into his pockets, a stray kitten, an injured bird etc Once joined forces with Barbara to rescue the frogs that were scheduled to be dissected. The Wayne estate pond now has a beautiful population of amphibians inhabiting its waters, “no officer we have no idea where the frogs may be that were stolen from the school on the weekend”. Voted most likely to murder someone for wearing real fur. 

Cassandra Cain: Caring and helpful, always ready lend a hand to any of the boys, Steph or Barbara. Plays violin in the school orchestra and is a member of the classical music club, the Shakespeare association and is the reigning national chess champion three years in a row. Teaches self-defense classes to other students and anybody else who wants to join, her classes often feature faculty members, parents and other locals of Gotham. Is the president of the agriculture club and with Barbara’s help convinced the school Principle to source all their vegetables and fruits from the garden for the cafeteria food, and donate the remaining food to the local shelters. Voted most likely to be a secret ninja superhero

Stephanie Brown: Isn’t a member of any specific club but often goes to help aka bother her siblings at their respective clubs for fun. Totally chill and carefree, probably tried weed once but don’t tell Bruce. Is the most frequent Batfam member in detention, second is Tim for falling asleep in class. Has no brain to mouth filter. Clueless male teacher: Why do you need to take your bag if you’re only going to the toilet?? Steph: Because, my man, my dude, I am currently bleeding out of my vagina and I need my fucking tampons. Any other questions?? Teacher: *spluttering highly embarrassed, face bright red* DETENTION NOW!!! Voted most likely to start a fire cooking ramen noodles

Case Closed (Jungkook x Reader)

Admin: Candi
Request: Can i request a rough jungkook smut? Thx btw.. – anon”
Fandom: BTS
Member/reader: Jungkook x Reader
Genre: Smut, Lawyer!AU
Warnings: Smoking, language, hair pulling, daddy kink, spitting, slapping, choking
Words: 3.6k
Authors note: O this is a treat for all you jungkook stans, hope you enjoy it and lemme know what you think. Thank you! Also I ain’t a lawyer so don’t judge my case scene lmao.

           As a child you always thought you’d end up being a vet, then during your teens you wanted to be a tattoo artist since you entered the rebellious phase at that stage. Throughout the years you never saw yourself as a lawyer but here you are, your first case was happening today and you were going against the most respected and feared lawyer in the company. His name was Jungkook and he always won every case. You wanted to kick your boss in the teeth for putting you up against Jungkook for your first ever case but you were also quite flattered knowing that your boss thought you’re good enough to go against Jungkook.

           The case has been going on for a few months, your client was a victim of identity fraud and Jungkook was defending the person who did it. If the judge had any common sense you’d easily win the case but it’s not about that, it’s about knowledge and confidence, it’s much like having a debate; the more facts you put forward the more likely you’ll win.

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Trump to Puerto Rico: Your hurricane isn’t a "real catastrophe" like Katrina
And it’s "throwing our budget a little out of whack"
By Alexia Fernández Campbell

And while Puerto Rico clearly needs much more aid — including help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair its damaged infrastructure — Trump decided to focus on how much money it had already spent.

“You’ve thrown our budget out of whack,” he said. “We’ve spend a lot of money in Puerto Rico.”

The most uncomfortable part of his remarks came when he began to compare Puerto Rico to Hurricane Katrina based on how many people had died, implying what was happening in Puerto Rico wasn’t a “real catastrophe.”

“If you look at the — every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds of people that died and what happened here with a storm that was just totally over bearing. No one has ever seen anything like that. What is your death count?“

"16,” responded Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

“16 certified,” Trump said, and then told all leaders assembled that they should all be “very proud.”

Highlight this. Bookmark it. Wait.

If he wants to play things this way, he’s going to learn.

Kagami, Luka, and the Love Square

(spoilers obviously)

Also, just had to get it out there.

Kagami

Thoughts: 

  • She is bae honestly. Adrien proving he has a type; bad-ass, spunky Asian girls who can intimidate and/or kick his ass.
  • I think this is where angst comes in since unlike Marinette’s other rivals (Chloe, Lila), I can see her genuinely liking Kagami, and them getting along well together. And if she sees how Adrien and her might be drawn together because of their similar backgrounds, I can see her backing off as a sign of character development in wanting to be Adrien’s friend first and foremost. But at the same time, her heartbreak may also potentially cause her to be akumatized. 

  • Kagami means ‘Mirror’. From what we’ve seen of her she seems to be a foil to Marinette, really similar in appearance, but opposing in temperament. Where Marinette is clumsy (whenever she’s not LB), Kagami is lithe. Where she is expressive, Kagami is reserved. 

HCs: 

  • I can see her being bi, getting a mild crush on Marinette and also Adrien?  mean who wouldn’t have crushes on them? At the same time, I can see her being a wingwoman to both Adrien and Marinette. Go on and join the club! Alya’s president. 
  • She probably got the last spot at the fencing school and this is where she and Adrien probably become close.

  • I BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY IN THE HEADCANON THAT ADRIEN IS A WEABOO. KAGAMI IS HIS NEW ANIME BUDDY. BUT HE KEEPS ON WANTING TO TALK ABOUT SHOUJO AND MAGICAL GIRL ANIMES (Ouran High School Host Club, Sailor Moon), while Kagami just wants to talk about Shonen. THE CONFLICT. 

Speculations: 

  • I hope she gets the Peacock Miraculous, but that would mean working with HawkMoth, so it would be interesting to see how that would play out. Maybe she has a family secret relating to the Miraculous? Kwami (Quantic Kami) and Akuma are Japanese words. Maybe the whole lore and the first LB and CN started in Japan?

Luka

Thoughts:

  •  PLEASE LET HIM BE PUNK GOTH, PLEASE LET HIM BE PUNK GOTH. Please let him be the ‘bad boy’ to counter Adrien’s golden prince.
  • And to be fair, maybe Marinette mistakes him initially for Chat Noir just like how Adrien initially thought Kagami could be LB.

  • Probably outwardly flirty, but just overall a good-natured guy. I read somewhere that Luka means ‘bright one’ in Russian while Adrien could mean ‘dark one’, so I could see the two being foils like Kagami and Marinette. Adrien’s the golden boy on the outside while hiding a lot of deep sadness inside. Despite him smiling a lot, he holds himself back. Meanwhile, Luka could have a dark color scheme but act with much more freedom in his emotions, and is a really funny guy, creating a sort of image gap.

HCs:

  • I headcanon that Luka does parkour, has dark hair like Juleka, and has a sweet tooth. I’m pretty sure he’ll also have a good heart, since that part is what will likely attract Marinette (besides his possible resemblance to Chat Noir *cough cough*)
  • Maybe he and Marinette will have a meetcute, where he saves her or she saves him, and from then on gets a sort of admiration for her. He sort of flirts with her, but Marinette knows how to deflect it when it’s not Adrien, so they have this sort of easy going relationship. 
  • ADRIEN GETS SO JEALOUS. But he doesn’t really realize it at first. At first he’s maybe envious of Luka’s carefree personality, and also about the openness Marinette displays with Luka when he’s just a relatively newcomer, meanwhile it took a bit more time for Marinette to open up to him (from his perspective). Then he gets a bit uneasy because what if Marinette thinks Luka’s Chat Noir? But that shouldn’t be a problem for him right, since it’ll help protect his secret identity, but still WHAT IS THIS PAINFUL FEELING IN HIS CHEST? 
  • LIKE I AM SO READY FOR JEALOUS ADRIEN LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. We’ve already seen jealousy on him as Chat Noir, but I think it won’t be as outwardly apparent as when he’s Adrien, so from Marinette’s perspective, Adrien really just thinks of her as a friend, and then ANGST, because what if this development is what pushes her to try to give up on Adrien?

Speculation:

  • I kinda think this is how we get the Marichat balcony scene. They’ll grow closer and Marinette drops the bomb that she likes someone, and our poor oblivious boy automatically assumes it must be Luka. There’s that weird hurting feeling in his chest again, but whatever, Marinette’s his good friend, someone he treasures, of course he’ll help her get with the guy of her dreams. Matchmaker Adrien appears again, but this will inevitably hurt Marinette more, I mean can you imagine your crush blatantly pushing you towards another guy? (It hurts Adrien too, but he still can’t tell why.)
  • Since Luka’s going to be part of S3, I have this theory that he’ll be the one to succeed HawkMoth’s miraculous. I mean if Master Fu can pass his on to Nino, so can Gabe to another younger wielder, once he’s redeemed. That would be my dream team to be honest, Marinette, Adrien, Alya, Nino, Chloe, Kagami, and Luka to defeat a greater threat than HawkMoth (because I’m sure something more sinister will be coming for them). Tbh this theory is mostly me wanting Kagami and Luka to have their own miraculouses. 

Marinette & Adrien

  • No wonder they both can’t tell the other is their partner, despite all of the obvious proof literally right in front of them. From Riposte alone, Adrien thinks and knows about Marinette’s clumsiness. He can’t reconcile that with LB’s gracefulness. There’s no possible way LB could be clumsy. Meanwhile, we know also from the same episode that Marinette thinks Chat Noir is a natural-born flirt. Even until now, she probably still hasn’t realized (or is in full-denial mode) that she is his only one. She can’t reconcile that at all with her image of Adrien as a perfect prince. This season will probably focus more on the two of them seeing the flaws of their idealized loves, in order for them to see the truth that was there all along. 
  • This is a headcanon of mine that has no basis, but I think Adrien unconsciously tries to act like a perfect prince in front of Marinette. He rarely lets his Chat Noir out around her as compared to others like Nino, and even Chloe. Maybe it has something to do with how they got off on the wrong start, so he doesn’t want her to ever have a bad opinion of him ever again, so despite wanting to act more casual and friendly around her, he still reserves a bit of himself because her opinion really matters to him. So this is maybe where Marichat interaction can help, and one which I’m really excited for this season, since the both of them can act like they want to around each other as friends without the unexpected burden of expectations. 

a meta about one of the best yet most underappreciated character development scenes in the bnha manga.

this is very long, but i also think it’s very important. please take the time to read, and enjoy this long piece o’ work

ok, here we go.

i’ve been re-reading the manga and this scene is so emotionally charged and so underrated. i’m going to be salty for a bit but stick with me here.

ok, first of all, let’s talk about the details: the baku(rescue)squad’s expressions.

todoroki looks alarmed, shocked to an extent, but mostly confused. the question that todoroki should ask in this situation is “why midoriya?” because technically it’s todoroki’s fault along with kirishima. even though it’s understandable why he’s upset at midoriya, being upset to the point of punching him (despite the fact that midoriya isn’t responsible for the initiation of the mission) is placing too much of the responsibility on midoriya’s shoulders, and it’s unfair. but, we don’t see any of that in todoroki’s expression. todoroki and iida went through so much together and so did iida and midoriya, which is why it’s uncharacteristic for him to just punch him out of the blue. not to mention that midoriya just got out of the hospital, and everyone was worried, so why would he do that? do we see that in todoroki’s face? the answer is no. his expression isn’t accusing at the slightest.

todoroki is alarmed but he’s waiting. he’s waiting for the explanation. todoroki gets his own panel so we can focus on his reaction, but there isn’t much to it, and that’s exactly the point. todoroki is the only one that gives iida the benefit of the doubt, and that’s a good way of showing how much their relationship progressed without touching on the subject at all.

on to yaomomo, who looks shocked to her core. she looks terrified, and i feel so sorry for her in this situation, especially because she’s the one they’re going thanks to. she just wants everyone to be okay. she’s helping with this because she wants bakugou to come back safe, and she’s accompanying them because she can’t send them off somewhere dangerous without knowing what might happen to them. she wants kirishima to be safe and also todoroki and midoriya and iida, and she’s willing to break the rules to do so. seeing iida acting this way and injuring midoriya must be horrible (especially with her kind of thinking… in the todoroki/aizawa fight she was thinking about her every move, regardless if it was her losing confidence or executing the final plan. she had to ask herself and todoroki if what she’s doing is okay).

now, and this is the interesting one: kirishima. the other two’s expressions can be explained in a way that ties them to the act: momo looks shocked because she has no idea why iida would act up when midoriya has nothing to do with the decision (and because she’s subconsciously taking the blame for herself), todoroki looks alarmed– because why would iida take out his anger on midoriya? (but is waiting for the rest, because he knows him too well), but kirishima has no idea who iida is beneath the initial impression of a strict class president, and would have no clue as to what’s iida’s reason for punching someone (and especially when that someone is his best friend).

kirishima, bless his soul, looks disgusted. he looks confused but his brows are pinched in a way that tells us that he’s not okay with this. and why would he be? he wouldn’t, because kirishima is all around a boy that has a strong sense of justice. kirishima is definitely blaming himself for having to rescue bakugou in the first place, and is going against the rules because he feels guilty and thinks he can do something. he wouldn’t endanger his classmates, ask momo for a favor and secrecy, go against the police and the pro’s orders and spend money on this ordeal if he didn’t think he has a shot at succeeding.

from his point of view, i can only imagine that he thinks iida is being dramatic and violent. kirishima wouldn’t suggest an idea like that without having confidence that they can fix this (he had all of that confidence even when it was just him and todoroki), and he knows that (as a person that was there when it happened) it bugs midoriya the most. so he asks midoriya from the good of his heart  if he wants to come along. kirishima doesn’t know iida that well at all (well momo doesn’t either but kiri is mentally stronger than her, so he thinks about the wrong in the situation instead of overthinking what he did wrong) and it makes all of the sense in the world for him to be mad. iida is supposed to be a role model, and that’s why it’s so alarming to see him randomly punching his best friend, but kirishima is the only one that shows clear disapproval for his actions. idk i just think it’s neat.

ok, getting to the point now: iida.

iida is a very underrated character, and his development is especially underrated and looked down upon, but this scene is where he grabbed our attention again ever since he lost it after the stain arc. you see, if you don’t stan iida, i doubt you pay attention to him. people appreciate his extremely well-written character only when the focus shifts to him, which is not often at all.

now that i’m done being salty, think about the betrayal you’d feel if your best friend went under your nose to do something you specifically asked them not to go do. think about how hurt you’d feel when your friend ignores people who cares about him completely to do something reckless that might get him killed. midoriya didn’t take iida’s emotions into consideration at all.

in the stain arc, iida feels bad for midoriya and todoroki’s involvement. they got hurt for him, and almost died for him. not only that, but he caused major trouble to the pro hero he was working with at the time by doing something on his own accord. he knows better than anyone how acting on your feelings can affect everyone else. you’d think that midoriya learned that as well, right? but here he goes again, going under the pro’s noses to do something extremely dangerous. not only that, but thanks to yaomomo the police had a lead and the pro heroes had the situation under control for once lmao. the students shouldn’t have gotten involved because the police already planned out how to approach the situation–it wasn’t being ignored and they had a plan. kirishima and todoroki’s decision to save bakugou was selfish, and it was selfish of them to ask midoriya to join especially because he’s injured (even though midoriya did want to help), and it was selfish of them to ask for yaomomo’s help (and also keep that information from the pros. just to recap: they asked her to give them the location of the villains so they can do something dangerous and reckless when the police had a way to solve the situation, they asked her to not tell anyone and then they asked her to stay put. that’s the worst position a person could be in; knowing they’re out there, getting hurt, while not being able to say or do anything about it–that’s so difficult. todo and kiri are my faves but they were asking for so much, and it was so unfair to momo. no wonder that she joined them). it was selfish of them to do all of that, and tsuyu (+plus uraraka) made that very clear when she confronted them about it later on. 

but to iida, the most selfish thing that happened was midoriya actually going with them. he was going to get himself and other people in trouble. he was going to risk his life doing something pointless. iida knows how much that hurts people. he experienced it first-hand.

iida knows midoriya is frustrated, and he knows how it feels better than anyone else. the difference between the stain arc and the hideout raid arc is that the outside forces could do something about it, which is exactly why he has the right to get mad. he knows frustration; it drove him to do something reckless and selfish too. he risked his classmates’ life too, he ran off on his own too. he felt like he was cornered, he had no one to turn to, he was angry and endangered someone else selfishly, and he acted in the most non-heroic way an aspiring hero could act as. after all of that wrong he did, he realized his mistakes after seeing the damage his actions bared with them, and dealt with the consequences the best he could– by changing his attitude and learning from his mistakes.

iida moved on. midoriya was present for all of that; which is why iida is frustrated with him. midoriya acted selfishly too, and caused trouble for others too, and iida thought they learned that lesson together. midoriya said it himself: we were both wrong. let’s make up for it together.

… yet. even though he said all of that, he still repeats the same mistake iida did. the way midoriya planned to go with kirishima and todoroki despite what iida told him is a stab in the back. midoriya didn’t consider iida’s emotions at all. ever since the stain incident passed, iida made sure the class got their act together. he made safer choices and took other people into consideration, and he continued being the best class president a class could ask for. he was trying to make up for his mistakes. he grew and fixed his wrong doings, and midoriya was supposed to do the same. here he clearly goes against what he said to iida in the panels above. what he said back then changed so much for iida, but it seems like he’s throwing all of that away to go after bakugou in the hideout raid arc. that’s so unfair. that hurts. midoriya went back on his own word (the same words that changed so so much) to do something irresponsible again. in the first panel i showed you, iida says that he worries over everyone, not just bakugou. bakugou didn’t do anything outstanding/likable/rescue worthy, and yet iida worries about him. of course he would. iida cares for everyone in class a1, but he didn’t plan to do something reckless (and technically, illegal) for one of them, because it’s not his place. but midoriya did. iida still worried and cared and wanted to do something but didn’t. by totally ignoring iida’s request to step down (and the warning from the other classmates) he disrespected iida’s emotions and incredible self-restraint. iida and the rest of a1 made it clear that it was a bad and selfish idea, but the group still planned to go. that’s so cruel to the rest of the students who worried but restrained themselves. that’s so cruel to iida. midoriya’s supposed to be iida’s best friend but he can’t even understand that.

midoriya, as the person who encouraged iida’s new path when he lost his way, did something very wrong and heartless. midoriya was so selfish in this arc, it’s honestly amazing. the hideout raid arc is so well-written, and it gives midoriya such a flaw that made me like him so much more as a protagonist. it shows us that despite all of the things he went through, he has so much place to develop. iida is being completely fair in this scene, and midoriya kinda deserves the punch he got. i don’t think he realized how much he hurt iida by sneaking out of the hospital that night.

regardless of  that, iida still joined the group so he can keep an eye on them.

that only shows how much he developed. this conflict is truly one of the best in the entire manga.

every news story out of america for the last 18 months could be summed up with “Breaking News: Donald Trump is still a twat”