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Donald Trump names Reince Priebus chief of staff and Steve Bannon as counselor

Donald Trump made one of the most significant initial choices regarding the composition of his future presidential administration choosing Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as his future chief of staff and appointing former Breitbart chief executive Stephen Bannon as special counselor. Trump’s statement regarding the appointment is chilling.
Open wide, it’s Fandometrics.

Television: Lorelai and Rory get the Netflix reboot treatment.

Gilmore Girls makes a return to No. 7 as fans prep for a return to Starry Hollow.
Eyewitness news: It has debuted at No. 9.
Stranger Things falls to…No. Eleven.

Originally posted by primvrose

Movies: Reel ‘em in.

Doctor Strange is Chief of Staff at No. 1.
☆ Rumors of a third How to Train Your Dragon (No. 10) are swirling.
⬆ Feeling the residual effects of last month’s holiday, Hocus Pocus moves up to No. 12.

Music: Track and Field in Music.

5SOS jumps a respectable three back nicely into No. 1.
Niall Horan is reaping the bennies of going solo, leaps eight spots to No. 3.
Drake vaults twelve spots to No. 7.

Celebrities: Your fave is problematic.

Steven Yeun debuts at No. 2. Let’s not talk about why.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (No. 5) splits time between the Walking Dead and Supernatural fandoms.
⬇︎ Even Captain America can have a bad week. Chris Evans falls five to No. 13.

Originally posted by vela-salcedo

Games: A new challenger approaches.

⬆ Be still our Kingdom Hearts (No. 5). Every single KH game will be rereleased on PS4.
☆ Web-based visual novel Eldarya debuts at No. 19.
⬇︎ Splatoon (No. 18) may be the most well-traveled game on Fando. It’s been up, but this week it’s down.

Web stuff: Good-bye Vine and all you have given us.

Homestuck’s recently released epilogue and credit sequence earns this comic No. 1.
Thomas Sanders moves up to No. 7 after opening up about the ending of Vine.
⬇︎ Troye Sivan has fallen to No. 18, can he get back up?

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Yesterday, Trump removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.

This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.

Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.

What You Can Do:
- Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.
- Spread the word about this news to your networks, since this is not getting a lot of coverage right now.

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In surprise ceremony, Obama awards Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama bestowed the nation’s highest civilian honor on Vice President Biden Thursday, calling his running mate and presidential understudy “the best vice president America has ever had.”

The surprise State Room ceremony was alternately humorous and poignant, with Biden turning his face from the audience to wipe away his tears.

“I had no inkling,” Biden said, saying he thought the event was supposed to be for first lady Michelle Obama. He jokingly fired his chief of staff for not telling him. “I don’t deserve this, but I know this came from the president’s heart.”

Only two other vice presidents have received the honor. President Gerald Ford awarded it to his vice president, Nelson Rockefeller, in 1977, and President Jimmy Carter awarded it to Lyndon Johnson’s vice president, Hubert Humphrey, in 1980.

But Biden’s medal also came with an additional rare honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. That additional designation has been bestowed to only three others: Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan and former secretary of State Colin Powell.

(Photo: Michael Reynolds, EPA)

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Army Lifts Ban on Dreadlocks, and Black Servicewomen Rejoice
Critics said the change ended what were years of scrutiny and confusing enforcement of rules about the soldiers’ appearance.
By Christopher Mele

“Black women serving in the United States Army are cheering revised regulations that permit hair locks, ending what critics said were years of scrutiny and confusing enforcement of rules about their appearance.

The change surfaced last month in an Army directive that focused largely on grooming policy changes related to religious accommodations. Buried in the directive was text allowing female soldiers to wear “dreadlocks/locks,” which were previously banned.

The change was made in the Army’s regulations about grooming, which are detailed in a larger collection of rules about appearance and uniforms, known as Army Regulation 670-1.

Sgt. Maj. Anthony J. Moore of the Army’s office of the deputy chief of staff for personnel said the new rules offered female soldiers another hairstyle option.

“We understood there was no need to differentiate between locks, cornrows or twists as long as they all met the same dimension,” he said, according to The Northwest Guardian, a publication of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. “Females have been asking for a while, especially females of African-American descent, to be able to wear dreadlocks and locks because it’s easier to maintain that hairstyle.”

Reince Priebus is Trump’s White House Chief of Staff. This is his statement on Trump neglecting to mention the Jewish or any other specific victims of the Holocaust. This is how they turn a targeted genocide into “something that happened.” A majority of Jews in Europe and enormous numbers of Jews in the Middle East and North Africa were murdered because of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Erasing that fact is antisemitism. Telling Jews to shut up about our own genocide is antisemitism. If you want to talk about the other victims, mention who they were. Don’t universalize. Don’t omit. The Holocaust was not universal. To pretend otherwise is Holocaust Revisionism and Holocaust Denial. Do not normalize it.

Making Sense of it All

Well, it happened. Despite all our efforts and tireless campaigning first for Bernie and then for Hillary Donald Trump won the election. The American people have spoken. What they said is “we are entirely clueless”. Still, we must play the cards we were dealt, aces and eights. None of the so-called  “experts” saw this coming. One person called it perfectly. Way back in early August, when Hillary was polling 8 points above Trump, filmmaker Michael Moore said Trump would win. He said middle America would vote for him, not because they love him, but as a giant f**k you to a political system which is out of touch with mainstream America.

Is Trump going to go to war with a newly belligerent Russia or China? Drop the bomb maybe? Nah. Contrary to popular belief there is no “button” for the H-bomb. He will have to deal with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In fact, Trump is going to discover that being president is a lot like being a prisoner. His movements are controlled by the Secret Service. He can’t have a Twitter. He can only have a government issued Blackberry no personal cell phone. Heis going to have to go to work and Trump hates to work. He is a delegator so we might expect that Vice President Elect Pence will get the lion’s share of the work while Trump will do the high profile ceremonial stuff. That’s fine with me. Pence has some ridiculous opinions such as denying evolution but he is an able executive administrator. 

Trump is an old man. 70. He is overweight and tires easily. Who knows what might happen. I hear that people on Facebook and Twitter are suggesting that he be assassinated. That is stupid. America is not supposed to work that way. Besides the Secret Service has greatly refined its techniques since the attacks on JFK and Ronald Reagan.

No, what we do is stay calm. Just accept it for what it is. Trump is restrained by a little thing called the United States Constitution. Presidents are not kings. We survived invasion in 1812. We survived a bloody civil war. We survived two world wars and a depression. We survived the resignation of Richard Nixon and we will survive a Trump administration. We will be fine.

Oh, one last thing. To the rest of the world: I’m sorry that we let you down. 

Consider this poll out today from Politico and Morning Consult, which asked whether respondents agreed with Donald Trump’s assertion that, as the poll read, “the issues around Clinton’s emails are worse than Watergate.” Eighty-two percent of Republicans said they agreed. Eighty-two percent.

So that’s become an almost universal belief among Republicans: Clinton’s use of a private server for her emails is worse than the worst political scandal in American history, in which an entire panoply of crimes was committed by dozens of people, including break-ins and money-laundering and document-forging and obstruction of justice, in which those who went to prison included the attorney general, the White House chief of staff, and the president’s chief domestic policy adviser, in which the president of the United States resigned after his own party informed him he was about to be impeached and would surely be convicted. The email story is worse than that.


This is not merely wrong or ahistorical. It’s lunacy. It’s like saying, “This paper cut I got on my finger? Worse than pancreatic cancer.”

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Eureka Seven remake film trilogy announced. First film in 2017. Second in 2018. Third in 2019.

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  • Chief Director: Tomoki Kyoda
  • Director: Hisatoshi Shimizu
  • Script: Dai Sato
  • Character Designer: Kenichi Yoshida
  • Mechanical Designer: Shouji Kawamori
  • Mechanical Animation Director: Shingo Abe
  • Animation Director: Shigeru Fujita, Ayumi Kurashima
  • Animation Production: Bones
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Trump Taps Reince Priebus As Chief Of Staff, Steve Bannon As Chief Strategist
The president-elect announced his pick Sunday. Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, brings establishment credentials, while Bannon has long been a firebrand of the far right.

Steve Bannon, whom trump has officially chosen as his Chief Strategist, is an anti-semitic white supremacist, who formerly ran the ultra conservative website Breitbart News. 

Putting a man of his ideology in a position to shape a president’s policy objectives is incredibly dangerous, and must be met with strong resistance.

It is important that we educate ourselves and each other about Bannon and the other members of trump’s cabinet so that we can focus our protest against them and their policies in informed ways. 

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From a friend: “We totally begged UC Berkeley administrators to cancel Milo months ago. We begged them directly to cancel this thing earlier this week after we read aloud death threats we and others have received for even so much as asking them to consider cancellation. But they refused to listen.

When a student asked Nils Gilman (Chancellor Dirk’s Chief of Staff) under what conditions administrators would cancel the Milo event, he responded, ”…If there is a ‘clear and present danger'—this is the standard articulated by Justice Brandeis a number of years ago—but 'clear and present danger.’ That can only happen when the event is either basically happening or about to happen in order for it to be clear so you can actually literally see that there is a danger. So in other words, if there’s about to be a riot, and the police judge that there is about to be a riot, the police could, as a matter of public safety, say, 'This is not a situation where we have enough manpower where we can control and provide public safety. We’re gonna shut this thing down.’ But that can only happen if there is, as I say, a clear and present danger. That’s basically the standard that the supreme court, a hundred years of jurisprudence, has upheld. Did that answer your question?“

Conclusion: the UC Berkeley administration wanted a riot.”

I just called my senators & congressman & asked them to make public statements that they oppose Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as his Chief of Staff.

Here’s what I said:
“Is Senator _________ aware of Bannon’s ant-semitic comments, and that he is supported by white supremacist groups like the KKK?”
“Well, I know that Senator ___________ is as appalled by ant-semitism & white nationalism as I am. I encourage him to publicly state his disapproval of Bannon, making it clear that extremists like him have no place in public office. I look forward to hearing his statement.”

Then I ask if they need my zip so they know I am a constituent.

WHAT GOOD WILL THIS DO:

Conventional wisdom is that 1 phone call to a congressperson represents 50 unheard voters. We need to let our politicians know we are mobilized.

We need to make it clear to conservatives that siding with Trump is going to be a political risk for them. Many Trump voters don’t actually love Trump, and republicans know that. They are on shakey ground. We need to drive a wedge within their party.

If by some miracle we stop Bannon’s appointment it will make for a saner 4 years. It will also be a symbol of Trumps weakness. Trump followers hate weakness. It will make him lose face.

If you have a progressive congressperson: Let them know they have your support in speaking out, or your gratitude if they’ve already done so. You can email them or write if you don’t want to overwhelm their phone lines.

Be nice to the person you’re talking to. They are aides.

SAVE YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE’S NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE. YOU WILL BE CALLING THEM A LOT IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

GEORGIA PEOPLE: These are our senators, and the rep for GA district 10:

Senator Isakson
Local office: 770-661-0999
DC office: 202-224-3643

Senator Perdue
Local Office: 404-865-0087
DC Office: 202-224-3521


Congressman Hice (GA district 10)

Local Office: 770-207-1776

DC Office: 202-225-4101


This is what the “Muslim Ban” is helping to distract us from…
“What is unfolding inside Washington right now is, for all intents and purposes, a step-by-step coup e'tat against constitutional government. Steve Bannon has played, and will continue to play, the leading role in this usurpation – his positions effectively shield him from any government oversight or accountability. That Bannon has largely succeeded in shielding from public view his neo-Nazi associations and contempt for the American constitution should be cause for still greater alarm. What much we do know is gravely worrisome in itself.
This post concerns Donald Trump’s elevation of Bannon to leading roles within the National Security Council. To review: the National Security Council (NSC) comprises important high-level government officials including the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Director of National Intelligence. Its main job is to use this broad expertise to advise the President on national security matters and assist in carrying out security directives.
Yesterday, the President removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the NSC. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.
This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.
Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military adviser in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.
What You Can Do:
- Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.
- Spread the word about this news to your networks, since this is not getting a lot of coverage right now.”

  • Edward: Pursues Oswald in Season 1
  • Edward: Saves Oswald from the woods in season 2
  • Edward: Helped Oswald regain his confidence
  • Edward: Gave Oswald a place to stay
  • Edward and Oswald: Become actual friends
  • Edward: Checks up on Oswald while he is locked up at the GCPD
  • Oswald: Visits Ed while he is in Arkham
  • Oswald: Breaks Ed out of Arkham
  • Oswald: Has Ed help him with his campaign
  • Edward: Helps Oswald realize that people do love him and he does believe in him
  • Oswald: Makes Ed his chief of staff
  • Edward: Puts together a whole plan to expose Butch as the traitor in order to make Oswald look good
  • Edward: Stays in harms way to protect Oswald
  • Edward: Tells Oswald that he would do anything for him
  • Oswald: Confesses he has feelings for Ed
  • People: WOW THAT JUST CAME OUT OF THE FUCKIN BLUE
Trump and Bannon’s “America First”

Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council – elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top inter-agency group advising the President on national security. 

Meanwhile, the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will now attend meetings only when “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed,” according to the presidential memorandum issued Saturday. 

Political strategists have never before participated in National Security Council principals meetings because the NSC is supposed to give presidents nonpartisan, factual advice.

But forget facts. Forget analysis. This is the Trump administration. 

And what does Bannon have to bring to the table? 

In case you forgot, before joining Donald Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism.

This is truly scary. 

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice calls the move “stone cold crazy.” Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also served under George W. Bush, says the demotions are a “big mistake.” 

Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CBS News, "I am worried about the National Security Council. … The appointment of Mr. Bannon is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” McCain added that the “one person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view.”

Here’s the big worry. Trump is unhinged and ignorant. Bannon is nuts and malicious. If not supervised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, their decisions could endanger the world.

In Trump’s and Bannon’s view, foreign relations is a zero-sum game. If another nation gains, we lose. As Trump declared at his inaugural: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First.”

Some of you are old enough to recall John F. Kennedy’s inaugural, when the young president pledged to support any friend and oppose any foe to assure the success of liberty. 

But Trump makes no distinction between friend and foe, and no reference to liberty. As conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer observes, Trump’s view is that all other nations are out to use, exploit and surpass us.

Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.

Trump’s and Bannon’s version of “America First” is no less dangerous. It is alienating America from the rest of the world, destroying our nation’s moral authority abroad, and risking everything we love about our country.

Unsupervised by people who know what they’re doing. Trump and Bannon could also bring the world closer to a nuclear holocaust.

Handy Dandy Guide of Appointments made by Trump:

-Steve Bannon: chief of policy [certified white supremacist]
-Jeff Sessions: attorney general [deemed too racist to be a federal judge, said he was fine with KKK]
-Reince Preibus: chief of staff [opposes same sex families : said “What the facts say” is … “the best scenario for kids is a loving mom and dad.”]