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The Foxhole Court, Chapter 12 – Road Trip To Embarrass… Who Again?

In which the squad goes to a talk show, wake-up calls go wrong, Neil goes live on national television, shipping goes well, and I go nuts, just a little bit.

Sounds good? Then it’s time for Nicki to read The Foxhole Court.

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A Hufflepuff’s Love

It’s the person patiently listening to you as you rant. It’s the warm cup of tea waiting for you at home after a long day. It is selfless kindness and memorizing all  of their favorite things just so you can surprise them later. It’s the text’s to go outside to check your porch. It is willing to break your heart just to heal someone else’s, and staying loyal to someone no matter what. 

It is late night phone calls and taking candid photographs. It is spending time making their favorite cake for their birthday. It is surprise parties and wiping their tears away and making sure that those you care for are always, always OK.

When a hufflepuff loves you, they love you deeply. They will protect you and take you own as their own, regardless of if you deserve it or not. They take on the hard work so you don’t have to, and don’t complain about it. They will carry your burdens on their back, even when it crushes their spine. 

A hufflepuff’s love feels like warm sunshine on a cloudy day. It is the taste of melted chocolate on your tongue, and cuddling with one another every chance you get. It is a child drawing their family portrait, or a mother holding her child close. It is pure, bright, glowing love that emanates from within, and brings peace to all those who experience it.

rimestar  asked:

Watching the NDP rally live- the sheer number of empty FB accounts and Christy Clark shills filling the livestream chat with hateful bullshit and outright lies is sickening. I'm astounded that there are even BC Liberal candidates spending time, right now, deliberately trolling. I thought the BC Liberals couldn't possibly stoop lower, but hey, cool to know they don't have a lower limit. This has got to be the end of Clark.

And for anyone that is skeptical that this is happening. From Journalist Shane Woodford:

anonymous asked:

im a 21 year old (ive never voted before) but i want to vote this time for bernie. can you please explain when voting starts, like what date and what should i do. i graduated high school 3 and a half years ago and i really dont remember that well when it comes to what needs to be done to vote

It takes some dedication to become involved in the political process, mostly because there are so many vested interests trying to keep you from doing so.

Also, I almost guarantee that what I am going to tell you was never covered in High School. 

Your First step is to: Register to vote.

In order to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Primaries different states will have different requirements.

You will not have to register for any party in order to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Primaries if you live in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

You will have to be either registered as a Democrat or be Unaffiliated In order to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Primaries if you live in: California, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington and West Virginia

You will have to be a registered Democrat in order to Vote for Bernie Sanders in the Primaries if you live in: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming

In many states you have to be registered as a member of that party for 30 days prior to the primaries in order to vote, although that isn’t always the case. So your best bet is to register now

Next, find the date of your primary or caucus and vote.

Due to the large amounts of money and time that candidates spend in the states with earlier primaries and caucuses, many states will spend this year changing the date of their events. Rules are also subject to change at the same time. 


As of June of 2015 here is the tentative schedule for the Democratic Primaries and Caucuses.

February 1, 2016 

Iowa Precinct Caucuses

February 9, 2016

New Hampshire Primary

February 20, 2016

Nevada Non-binding Precinct Viability Caucuses

February 27, 2016

South Carolina Presidential Primary

March 1, 2016

Alabama Primary
Arkansas Primary
Colorado Precinct Caucus
Georgia Primary
Massachusetts Primary
Minnesota Precinct Caucuses
North Carolina Primary
Tennessee Primary
Texas Primary
Virginia Primary
Vermont Primary
American Samoa Territorial Caucus (presumably)
Oklahoma Primary (presumably)

March 1-8, 2016

Democrats Abroad Global Primary

March 5, 2016

Louisiana Primary
Nebraska Precinct Caucuses

March 6, 2016

Maine Municipal Caucuses

March 8, 2016

Michigan Primary
Ohio Primary
Mississippi Primary (presumably)

March 13, 2016

Puerto Rico Primary (presumably)

March 15, 2016

Florida Primary
Illinois Primary
Missouri Primary

March 22, 2016

Arizona Primary
Idaho County Caucus
Utah Neighborhood Caucuses

March 26, 2016

Alaska Precinct / House District Caucuses
Hawaii Precinct Caucus
Washington Precinct Caucuses

April 1-15, 2016

Colorado District Assemblies/Conventions

April 5, 2016

Wisconsin Primary

April 9, 2016

Wyoming County Caucuses

April 26, 2016

Connecticut Primary
Delaware Primary
Maryland Primary
Pennsylvania Primary
Rhode Island Primary
New York Primary (presumably)

May 3, 2016

Indiana Primary

May 7, 2016

Guam Territorial Caucus (Party run primary) (presumably)

May 10, 2016

West Virginia Primary

May 17, 2016

Oregon Primary
Kentucky Primary (presumably)

May 21, 2016

Washington Congressional District Caucuses

June 7, 2016

California Primary
Montana Primary
North Dakota Legislative District Caucuses
New Jersey Primary
New Mexico Primary
South Dakota Primary (presumably)

June 14, 2016

District of Columbia Primary

November 8, 2016


As long as you followed the first step and registered to vote, your state will send out information about your voting location and what you need to bring to that location in order to vote.

I know this is tons of information and that it seems super complicated, it is set up that way on purpose. Those in power want you to react:

The powerful are banking on us acting this way. 

They know that the Millennial Generation is now the largest voting generation in History. They know that we have the ability to enact change in a way that has never been seen before and they are scared. 

This is our first chance to make the changes we want in government. I know it may be difficult to become involved but if we learn anything from our parents generation it should be that a lack of participation in politics only makes the system favor the wealthy and hurt the rest of us.

Let’s not make the same mistakes.

You can learn more about How to Vote here

No One Minds | Head Boy/Head Girl AU Dramione Fluff

This is AU “there was no Voldemort” fluff of the silliest sort.  There is no angst.  No war.  No misery beyond adolescent insecurity.  I’ll keep reblogging this post until I get to the end of Chapter 3, then start a new post for chapter 4.  At some point, I’ll port it to FFN.  You are the alpha reader(s) which means send suggestions/requests/corrections :)

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

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anonymous asked:

I totally agree with you that every citizen and candidate should spend 95% of their waking life obsessing over racism and sexism so that the only things our country ever accomplishes are whiney blog posts and YouTube videos.

You’re right, maybe I should spend my time sending whiny anonymous messages to people instead :)


As promised, here’s a little taste of fall in NY21. The very best fall color was visible from the road, with orange, red and yellow popping from the otherwise still green mountainside in bold splotches. Even in the short time I was here, the colors grew more vibrant and widespread. The candidates will spend the next 39 days driving hundreds of miles in this massive district to give speeches and shake hands. And at least for the next couple of weeks it is going to be absolutely gorgeous.

I have to get ready to fly home this morning, so I’ll leave the NPR On the Road Tumblr here for now. Thanks for joining me on this trip. The story airs Monday afternoon on All Things Considered (barring breaking news).

anonymous asked:

I am Canadian, can you explain to me the reason for the unending campaigns America seems to have. In Canada we have very limited campaigns of maybe a month or two and parties campaigning before an election is announced is seen as scandalous, but in America it seems like campaigning, especially for President, never ends

Here’s something I think about a lot: If you think the process seems interminable to you and me, think about what it must be like to be a candidate. 500 (or more!) days of endless grip-and-grins, long nights, old shirts, crappy pizza and instant coffee hurriedly gulped down in the back of an uncomfortable bus. And they’re the ones getting paid - what about the lowly intern, volunteering the best summers of her youth fetching coffee and food and papers for a long-shot chance at a low-level staffer job in the OEOB?

If it seems like Presidential campaigns are getting longer, well, it’s because they are. The answer to why is a little more complicated - but broadly speaking, it has a lot to do with the way that our national parties choose their candidates.

In the early half of the 20th Century, parties nominally chose their nominees at the national conventions in June. Images of “smoke-filled rooms” spring to mind, of corrupt elders deciding the future of their parties and indeed of the entire nation. But over the course of the century, the process began to democratize. As the above NYT article points out, John F Kennedy’s performance in 7 of the 16 Democratic primaries led to his being chosen as the nominee at the convention - not because he won the most delegates in the primaries, but because his performance convinced the party leaders that he was electable. Over the course of the second half of the century, more and more states began to hold primaries, until we reach the 50-state nomination contest we have today.

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John Oliver Shows that Judges can be Bought and Paid For Like Any Other Politician

At least $18 million in contributions was spent on state Supreme Court campaigns in 2014, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Additionally, at least $5.2 was million spent by state high court candidates on television ads, with some candidates spending exorbitant amounts on an individual basis.  

What practical effect does this have? As Oliver pointed out: “The problem with an elected judiciary is sometimes the right decision is neither easy nor popular. And yet, campaigns force judges to look over their shoulder on every ruling.”

Today in "I am publicly admitting I know nothing about the Constitution" -- Illinois edition

So Bruce Rauner is a mega-wealthy businessman running for the Republican nomination for Governor here in Illinois. He is all over the airwaves, running ads and using his personal fortune (made in finance) to advance his campaign.

So far, so good: in our modern world of campaign finance, the vision of rich people spending their wealth to advance their campaigns is nothing surprising. The list is long, and the spending is often fruitless: money can’t make your positions popular, and the highest spending candidate doesn’t always win.

The thing is, Rauner is touting his plan to bring term limits to Illinois. He wants the tenure of state legislators limited. Lots of people do, of course, but Rauner says he’ll “deliver.”

To which I say: bah. Read the Constitution of the State of Illinois and call me in the morning.

See, term limits would take a constitutional amendment, and there are only two ways to amend the Constitution in Illinois: 3/5 of the General Assembly has to vote to call a constitutional convention, or once every 20 years in Illinois voters get the chance to vote to call a constitutional convention.

Which happened last in 2008, and so can’t happen again until 2028.

So presuming the General Assembly doesn’t vote to hold a constitutional convention, one effect of which might be to create an amendment that costs them their jobs, Rauner can’t “deliver.” Legislatures, after all, get their power from the constitution, not the Governor/President.

This is akin to Rick Perry’s foolish claim that he would make Congress “part time” (like the Texas state legislature, which meets only every two years) if he was elected President. 

Because, like all real Americans, Perry loved the Constitution. Except for all those parts that gave Congress independent power in no way dependent on the president.

Readers may want to vote for Bruce Rauner. They may not. That’s your business, not mine. But don’t kid yourself: if he wins, Illinois will not have term limits at the end of his time in office.

Unless, I guess, he gets reelected so many times he’s still Governor and the whole constitutional convention process works in 2028. Which he can. Because the term of the Governor of Illinois isn’t  … term limited.

I don’t know why Rita was so hard on Lofty because it wasn’t like he was doing anything wrong!

She literally walks in on him saying “I know you’re on your break but-” HE WAS ON A BREAK! It wasn’t like he was supposed to be working but instead decided to spray tan himself. HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS in his spare time, it shouldn’t effect how he works on shift, and not even mentioning that he was doing it for charity. Most employers looking for somebody to promote would appreciate candidates who spend their SPARE TIME ON BREAK raising money for charity. Also Rita should understand that everybody has strengths and weaknesses and Lofty’s weaknesses just so happens to be in dominance, assertiveness and giving orders to people, BUT his weakness of never saying no can also be seen as a strength as he is tolerant, has a high work-ethic and doesn’t question/answer back to being given orders and always carries out tasks that he is told to do or even asked to do as a favour. What Lofty lacks for in leading a team, he makes up for in kindness and not being afraid to get stuck in and doing things himself instead of asking others, or his “inferiors”, to do it for him. A good manager/supervisor must know when to distribute tasks to other members of the team, but also when NOT TO distribute tasks and when to do the task themselves. Lofty would never fail to complete a task himself which is what I think makes him such a strong candidate (he even refused to ask jacob for help as his replacement in the charity auction until the end of the episode because jack asked lofty for help personally and lofty appreciates that). I think Lofty’s got amazing work ethic. The ability to give orders/hardiness/bossiness should not be the only important aspect in this promotion.