chief-of-staff

anonymous asked:

Here's an idea: Sabo gets captured by the marines (part of his plan to get inside because he's a reckless bastard) and he's put into a cell right next to Luffy XD they're sitting there waiting for their chance/crew to come and Luffy yells "OI SABO I'M BORED." "ME TOO." "WANNA DO SOMETHING TO PISS OFF THE GURDS?!" basically they sing really loud and annoying and get half the prisoners to join in and piss the guards off before help finally arrives, and they're loving it XD

omfg.  YES.  ABSOLUTELY.  i love everything about this saoijfosaijf they absolutely would

i’ve always headcanoned that while sabo can obv be a goof in his general life, he just gets, like, 200% more annoying and goofy when he’s around luffy.  like he feels like he can drop what maturity he has to have as chief of staff and act like a kid again.  and that just encourages luffy to be even more silly too, if that’s possible.

which of course results in them becoming the Unholy Duo of Ultimate Childish Annoyingness together, to their enemies’ chagrin :’)

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Trump White House asked FBI to shoot down a story, violating rules on communication

  • Trump’s top White House officials went to the FBI earlier this month to ask that they push back against media reports that Trump officials had communicated with the Russians during the campaign, per CNN.
  • According to CNN, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus went to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to persuade the FBI to dispute the Feb. 14 reports that say Trump officials spoke to the Russians.
  • This would be a violation of long-standing rules that prohibit the White House from talking to the FBI about pending inquiries. Read more (2/23/17 9:52 PM)

On heels of FBI news, Trump decries leaks

  • Trump once again decried the leaks coming from the FBI about his administration’s alleged connections to Russia.
  • Trump’s concerns ring hollow as seen above, his own staffers only recently asked the FBI to leak information.
  • The hypocrisy and coincidental timing of Trump’s tweets was not lost on political pundits on Twitter. Read more (2/24/17 9:22 AM)
re berkeley

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.”

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

-Staff-

  • 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
please reblog: steve bannon

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.

Please COPY AND PASTE this update as opposed to sharing the post.

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75th Anniversary of the Women’s Army Corp (WAC)

Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts proposed a bill in May 1941 with the support of Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall to establish the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC). The bill was passed a year later and the first enlisted auxiliaries arrived for training at Fort Des Moines in July 1942. In July 1943, the Reserves was incorporated into the Regular Army and reestablished as the Women’s Army Corp (WAC). During WWII, about 150,000 women served in the WAAC and WAC.

During the war, Eleanor Roosevelt continued the ceaseless activism that had long marked her as America’s most public First Lady. Mrs. Roosevelt was outspoken in her support for gender equality. She championed women’s entrance into the armed services.

‘I Basically Ran On Adrenaline’: A Staffer Remembers Obama’s White House

Former Obama staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco is well acquainted with the privilege — and sleeplessness — of working in the White House: “I basically ran on adrenaline, almost, for six years,” she says.

Mastromonaco began as President Obama’s director of scheduling and advance, then became his deputy chief of staff for operations. Her responsibilities ran the gamut from overseeing the confirmation process for cabinet secretaries to managing the president’s daily schedule and foreign travel.

Mastromonaco remembers boarding Air Force One for the first time as a “humbling, awe-inspiring” experience. “There is nothing like walking off the steps of Air Force One,” she says. “You always feel so proud. The reception, too, of other people in countries, when they see that beautiful blue and white plane, it always gives you goosebumps.”

But, she adds, the presidential plane wasn’t always the most comfortable way to travel — especially on overnight flights. “There aren’t beds for us on Air Force One,” Mastromonaco says. “We had those Snuggies that you buy on QVC and we would sleep on the floor … and then you’d get up and everybody shares two bathrooms.”

Though Mastromonaco loved her work for the president, the unrelenting pace took a toll on her. In 2014, she decided to move on. Now an executive at A&E networks, Mastromonaco revisits her White House years in the new memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House 

Reince Priebus says Trump has “looked at” amending Constitution to sue journalists

  • President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, told ABC News’ This Week the administration is still looking into fulfilling Trump’s threat to “open up” libel laws and go after journalists.
  • Priebus responded in the affirmative when host Jonathan Karl asked whether the president was considering a constitutional amendment to do so — you know, pulling one over on that whole First Amendment thing.
  • The president has limited authority to go after journalists for critical coverage because there are no federal libel laws, and state statutes on the matter are broadly difficult to sue under, as the ACLU noted
  • A constitutional amendment to quash negative coverage of the administration would require a supermajority in both houses of Congress or a constitutional convention, as well as ratification by three-quarters of the states, and is thus very unlikely to happen. Read more (4/30/17)
Jim and Harvey take Ed in for questioning on Oswald's disappearance
  • Jim: what I don't understand is why you would hurt him. You two had a good thing going on
  • Ed: Well. Nothing lasts forever
  • Harvey: Well you two seemed you would, Gotham was rooting for the two of you
  • Ed: I. Not. Following.
  • Jim: ...
  • Harvey: ..
  • Jim: Oh wow
  • Ed: Wow what?
  • Jim: Ya know, for a mayor and chief of staff, you guys were very out of touch with your people
  • Ed: What are you talking about?
  • Harvey: Seriously? You don't know??
  • Ed: ..
  • Harvey: EVERYONE IN GOTHAM THOUGHT YOU GUYS WERE DATING!!!!
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Trump planning a new travel ban to address legal concerns, but it’s likely still a Muslim ban

  • According to the WSJ, Trump is planning a replacement executive order that’s intended to be court-proof — and could be ready by Tuesday.
  • The WSJ obtained a State Department memo on a draft of the revised order. The latest version would place a few qualifiers on the ban to make it more legally viable. 
  • Reportedly, it will not apply to green card holders from the target countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
  • It’s also possible the new executive order will drop the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, a State Department source told the Wall Street Journal. Two White House representatives, however, denied that claim.
  • The memo reportedly suggests the new order wouldn’t prioritize Christian refugees as the old one did. Read more (2/19/17 5:31 PM)

Trump fires senior national security staffer for criticizing him

  • A senior National Security Council staffer has been fired over his criticism of President Donald Trump’s administration.
  • According to the AP, “current and former administration officials” said Western Hemisphere division chief Craig Deare was terminated following remarks he made Thursday at a private talk at the Wilson Center, a D.C.-based think tank. 
  • One source told the Associated Press that Deare criticized Trump’s Latin American policies — particularly his relations with Mexico. Read more (2/19/17 3:40 PM)

Reince Priebus blasts media for using unnamed sources, then uses unnamed sources

  • White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus really hates when the media doesn’t name its sources. He also wants you to know that all those stories with unnamed sources aren’t true, because someone whose name he can’t disclose told him so.
  • “I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff,” Priebus said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday talking about the NY Times’ Russia report.
  • Late, in a separate appearance on Fox News Sunday, Priebus pushed back against those allegations, citing his own unnamed "top level” intelligence officials. Read more (2/19/17 1 PM)

Have you ever thought of a Supercat West Wing au, where Cat is still Cat Grant, CEO of CatCo World Wide Media. She’s going along with her life, kind of just coasting (I mean. Coasting for her), and she’s a bit bored with her life, but there’s not very much she can do to challenge herself at this point—she’s built her empire, she’s made her legacy. But she’s feeling a bit restless, the same restlessness that got her to this point, that drive to be more.

And then one day, someone from her war correspondent days walks into her office, one Hank Henshaw, who saved her life when she was just a rookie war correspondent who knew absolutely nothing, comes to see her. And he’s talking about this New England small time politician he wants her to go see, at some retirement center, and that’s it. He’s never called upon that debt, never used her for political or financial gain. Cat’s just thinking no way is she the real thing, at this point (especially without Sunny Danvers in her life), more than a bit jaded with humanity and pessimistic.

But the man who once saved her life is asking her for a favor, and it’s not power or money or a position of influence. It’s simply to go to this place in Middle of Nowhere, New Hampshire, and hear some imbecile speak. And this is what old friends do for someone who owes a life debt (and maybe she herself is just a little bit hopeful, just a little bit curious. This is someone who has Hank Henshaw’s faith. Henshaw might be the most honorable and decent man she knows—and for someone who’s life’s work is to ferret out secrets, who refuses to keep her head in the sand, that means something).

And then on the way, maybe she stops in New York to visit her old friend Lucy Lane, who’s working for gage whitney, making rich white guys even richer. Both stuck in their ruts, uninspired.

And Lucy tells her to come back if she sees the real thing. Cat gives a bit of a sarcastic laugh and asks her how the hell would she even know—and Lucy tells her she’s seen Cat excited before, truly excited. Lucy will just know.

(and maybe Cat did her background research on her way there—she was a journalist first. Foster child, with a life plagued by tragedy, adopted by one of the state’s oldest families. Some went to college on military scholarship, had a bit of a career as an artist after serving her 4 years of active duty. Single. Spotless record. Very few relationships, married to her work. Cousin’s a journalist, two tattoos, worked as a diplomat after the artistic stint, majored in art and political science, minor in linguistics. Licensed pilot. Polyglot. Sister of Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, former army medic and Surgeon General. Again, she’s Cat Grant—she does her homework)

So Cat goes to that retirement center and is just prepared to have some really mediocre chicken. She’s barely paying attention—she even has a crossword in front of her—even has it be paper, to prove a point that she’s not busy with a work email or something truly important on her phone Nope. It’s a crossword puzzle. And then there’s the question from the dairy farmer—why did she vote on the way she did on those milk subsidies? That hurt a lot of dairy farmers.

And then there’s just this pause before Kara goes, “Yeah. I screwed you on that one.” And Cat’s head just rockets up and she immediately stops what she’s doing because this is something Cat’s never seen. And she watches as this politician explain that the reason that she didn’t do something very politically advantageous—in a state where dairy farms are big, this small tiny state where those votes really do matter—was because she didn’t want children to go hungry. She wanted children to be able to buy milk.

What you are taught in every college political science class, every high school civics class, in every democratic society, the goal of every politician is to be reelected. And yet this is something that won’t score her any political points, will make her lose constituents—she didn’t offer justification, like oh I voted for this because they’d give us better grazing laws, or anything. This was flat out “I did it for starving children. Not for you.”

And just. She’s almost a little bit pissed because goddammit Hank was right, Cat is absolutely  hooked. She’s completely bamboozled and yeah like Josh she’s just in awed shock and she comes into Lucy Lane’s firm, dripping wet, hair a frizzy mess, outfit ruined,—and this is Cat fucking Grant, she never looks anything but pristine, not a hair out of place—just grinning. And Lucy just stops talking to the client about the deal that would have made her a partner, the culmination of her career and everything she’s been working for her entire adult life—and it’s one of the easiest decisions she’s ever made.

And then Winn, drunk off his ass because he thinks he’s going to get fired tonight because he told if she’s asked about her vote against the dairy farmers tonight she should, and only because it’s the easiest thing to remember, tell the truth.

And then Alex comes in and fires everyone but Winn—which Kara protests wildly at because Kara still doesn’t think that she’s actually going to get elected, that she’s just doing to keep her opponent honest and talk about some issues and be very comfortable conceding the race but Alex has been in politics, has plans for Kara and knows that they could go all the way to the White House, Hank as VP for anyone worried about having such a young woman as President, Alex as Chief of Staff. (and there’s a reason Alex has never planned on running for the White House and that’s a)she is horrible at any type of public speeches and b) Sierra Tuscon, drinks, and pills.)

And then Winn goes all the way to California to visit his old friend James (complete with the James falling into his pool scene with the sheer white shirt because I may be gay but I have eyes and EQUALITY). Winn lets James know that. Well. Yeah, you’re right kara’s never heard of you but Alex sure has. And yes, Kara Danvers is a good person. And that’s all it takes for James to pack up from his 500k a year job to the one that pays 600 a week.

And so now Kara has a team of Lucy Lane, Hank Henshaw, Alex Danvers, Winn Schott, James Olsen, and Cat Grant. And she’s worried now, because she was never supposed to win. She’s just there to make her speeches and keep her opponent honest because they may live in a time where a woman could be president and a black man can be VP—but a straight female president. Not a gay one. But Alex was right and they win and they’re off to the White House. So Kara keeps her secret, and hopes (prays) that no one finds out, because she’s been so very careful, not even Alex knows.

And if Kara thinks that Cat Grant is witty and fierce and determined and witty and sarcastic and absolutely radiant? Well, she’ll keep that to herself.

You knew he was toxic. But that was probably why you kept coming back. Everytime you make the decision to leave him, his charm still manages to capture your heart, imploring you to come back to him

The first two lines of some shit I wanted to write but I had zero plot or storyline for.

Fun fact: If it ain’t obvious enough, Yandere!Sabo :^)

Hey if anybody wants to continue this sad excuse of a two-liner please be my guest

Casually summons @stardustgalaxy and @sabo-writer-princess if y'all wanna give it a go whoops

anonymous asked:

Israel never dehumanized anyone. The "Palestinians", on the other hand, dehumanize Jews from the womb, teaching hate in schools, making Jewish blood cheaper than water. Talk to me when Hamas or Fatah decriminalize marijuana or homosexuality.

Israel never dehumanized anyone? Ok then let’s take a look at some statements made by Israel’s leaders and founders. 

  • Palestinians are beasts, they are not human.” - Deputy Minister of Defense, Eli Ben-Dahan
  • The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more.” - Ehud Barak, when he was Prime Minister of Israel
  • The Palestinians are beasts walking on two legs.” - Menahim Begin, Former Prime Minister of Israel 
  • When we have settled the land, all the Palestinians will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.“ - Rafael Eitan, Former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces
  • We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel… Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.“ - Rafael Eitan, Former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces 
  • There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed.” -Golda Maier, Former Israeli Prime Minister 
  • “We shall reduce the [Palestinian] Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters.” - Uri Lubrani, Former Israeli Prime Minister’s special adviser
  • We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” - Shlomo Lahat, former mayor of Tel Aviv

Haunted By War: Jared Kushner Just Woke Up In A Cold Sweat After Having A Flashback About Getting A Blister During His 2-Day Trip To Iraq

The horrors of war can have significant impacts on those who experience them, and it seems like the president’s son-in-law is no exception: Jared Kushner just woke up seized with terror after experiencing a flashback to a blister he got on his foot during his two-day trip to Iraq.

What an incredibly harrowing experience.

Dreaming he was back in the war-torn country he visited last week, sitting with military generals in a climate-controlled room, Kushner broke out in a cold sweat as he was forced to relive the trauma of having his big toe rubbed raw by a pair of shoes he had not yet had the chance to break in. His mind replayed scene after scene in which he had to excuse himself from conversation with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in order to limp to the bathroom and shake any grains of chafing sand from his new loafers. A phantom pain in his heel throbbed as he repeatedly clapped his shoes together in his dream, only to find the Italian leather insoles covered in a fresh layer of sand every time he slipped them on his aching feet. The terror of the nightmare proving to be too much to handle, Kushner gasped audibly as he bolted upright in bed, eyes bloodshot with the horror of the injury he had sustained in Iraq.

Trauma can be difficult for anyone to overcome, and these flashbacks to his 48 hours in Iraq spent 10 miles away from any fighting show that Jared Kushner is having a tough time adjusting back to civilian life.

As he kicked off his covers and tried to catch his breath, Kushner was plagued by visions of the long hallways he had been forced to painfully traverse with the soldiers who’d put their lives on the line every day, his blister growing redder with each passing step as they told him about their fellow service members who had not made it home alive. He was haunted by memories of meetings with military strategists, in which he had stoically endured hours of discussions about the future of the United States’ involvement in Iraq without a single opportunity to apply an ointment or soothing balm to his foot.

Kushner attempted to clear these thoughts from his mind as he tried to fall back asleep, but they kept him awake for hours more. The sunburn he’d gotten on his nose still felt as fresh as ever, even though by now it had faded into a tan, and he could swear his shoulder still felt the slice of the uncomfortable seatbelt in the Humvee in which he’d had to ride on the second day.

This just goes to show the serious horrors Jared Kushner faced for our country. We hope he has a strong support network to help him get through this grim chapter of his life and work past the traumatic blister flashbacks that haunt him and disturb his rest. No one should have to live like this.

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Drain the swamp? Trump exempted top staffers from White House ethics rules, negating his executive order

  • Trump has exempted at least 16 people, including some of his top White House aides, from an ethics executive order that he claimed made good on his promise to “drain the swamp,” the New York Times reported.
  • Three of Trump’s top staffers — Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway — are exempt from a provision that would have prohibited them from working with former clients.
  • A waiver that allows all executive office appointees to talk to the media allows Bannon to contact Breitbart News reporters.
  • Others were given waivers to work with issue areas that they served as lobbyists prior to their White House tenure. Read more (6/1/17)
Idiot, Whore, Liar

Pairing: Thomas Jefferson x Reader

Request: None.

Summary: Scandal!AU: You work through your own issues while trying to fix someone else’s.

Warnings: Cheating, swearing, political assholes.

A/N: I love this show, so I thought it would be fun!

Tagged: @pearltheartist

Word Count: 3071

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