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As with many of my fellow Americans, I don’t consider myself partisan politically - never have. I am a registered independent voter and have been for most of my life. With that in mind, I submit the following:

Can we please get this out of the way? None of what is happening at the top of government now is normal. None of it. And no one should normalize it. No one.

We have a President who lies without a second thought. Big bold lies that are easily disproven. That is not normal.

We have serious allegations around obstruction of justice by that President. That is not normal.

We have an FBI director fired for insisting to continue pursuing a serious investigation into the sanctify of our republic. It has never happened before in our history. That is not normal.

We have a hostile foreign power attacking and undermining our electoral process. That is not normal.

We have an Attorney General under a serious shadow of association with said foreign power, with indications that there is much more to this story than we yet know. That is not normal.

We have Federal judges, our closest foreign allies, and the free press under scurrilous attack from the President and his enablers. At the same time we have despots praised. That is not normal.

We have an Administration fanning the flames of division over race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. That is not normal.

We have an overhaul of our entire health care system being written in secret on a rapid time frame. That is not normal.

We have a sordid confluence of the President’s business interests and his political power. That is not normal.

What concerns me even more than any of these items is the fact that they are largely being met by a shrug or excuses from most Republican elected officials. Even many Democrats seem overwhelmed and are inclined to let some of this just ride. That may be how politics works. But this is bigger. It’s about our nation.

We are shifting the goalposts for our democracy. We are failing to be outraged by the outrageous because there is something even more outrageous that always seems to hit the news cycle. And that is dangerous.

What gives me hope is we have had waves of abnormality in our country’s history. And we’ve had times when what we would consider now to be not normal, like segregation, was considered normal. What has centered and saved our country time and again is civic engagement. I believe that most people in this nation don’t think any of this is normal. And they could very well vote out those elected officials in both parties who are normalizing these outrages.

100 Acts of Resistance

The first 100 days of Trump regime is critical and where he has the best chances to push for his agenda in the next four years. In townhalls I’ve attended and questions i see people always ask online is wanting specific directions and what concrete things can we do to resist Trump and GOP.

Below are 100 basic action items you can take to resist the Trump and GOP agenda in his first 100 days and in the next four years. These generic action items can be applied to take action on any current issue or on any specific issue you’ve been passionate about for a long time. 

While it’s encouraged to do as many of these as you can, especially in Trump’s first 100 days, the point of the list is to give you different options on actions you can take that will fit within your time and abilities, and it is by no means exhaustive. The goal is to motivate you to take an action no matter how small, and hopefully provide a jumpstart to take bolder actions in resisting fascism: 

  1. Follow all your representatives on social media, esp on Twitter and Facebook
  2. Save all the numbers of your elected officials on your phone & designate a schedule within your day or week to call them
  3. Visit your elected officials’ website, subscribe to their newsletter/events calendar/follow their bills
  4. Call your Senator #1
  5. Call your Senator #2
  6. Call the Senate Leader (Mitch McConnell)
  7. Call your Congressperson
  8. Call the House Speaker (Paul Ryan)
  9. Call the VP office (Mike Pence)
  10. Call the White House Call Donald Trump Hotels
  11. Call your Governor
  12. Call your Mayor/County Executive
  13. Call your City/County Council Member
  14. Call your State Senator
  15. Call your State Representative
  16. Write* your Senator #1
  17. Write* your Senator #2
  18. Write* your Congressperson
  19. Write* your Governor
  20. Write* your Mayor/County Executive
  21. Write* your City/County Council Member
  22. Write* your State Senator
  23. Write* your State Representative
  24. Write the House Speaker
  25. Write the Senate Leader
  26. Write the VP office
  27. Write the White House
  28. After initial letter or call, follow up with your elected officials
  29. Write letters to editors of local newspapers
  30. Attend a protest in your area
  31. Plan/organize a protest in your area
  32. Attend a townhall (with your representatives)
  33. Attend a city/county council meeting
  34. Attend a legislative hearing
  35. Attend a school board meeting
  36. Attend your rep’s public event
  37. Attend a neighborhood community meeting (esp with law enforcement)
  38. Attend a community event (with community leaders & grassroots orgs)
  39. Participate in a community conference call/grassroots webinar
  40. Plan/Host a community event
  41. Sign a petition
  42. Get at least five other people to sign a petition
  43. Start a petition on a local issue
  44. Invite a friend to participate in a protest
  45. Invite a friend to attend a townhall
  46. Invite a friend to a community event
  47. Invite a friend to community call/grassroots webinar
  48. Get a friend to write a letter to the editor of a local paper
  49. Get at least one friend or family member to call/write their elected official, esp those with GOP reps
  50. Schedule a meeting with one of your elected officials
  51. Read and Share news articles (help spread facts, not propaganda news!)
  52. Follow reputable journalists on social media, esp on Twitter & FB
  53. Follow local, regional and national newspapers on social media
  54. Follow government agencies on social media
  55. Follow activists on social media
  56. Follow civil rights organizations on social media
  57. Subscribe to text alerts and newsletters from civil rights organizations
  58. Participate in an online campaign to spread public awareness or get attention of Congress
  59. Volunteer for local affiliates of nationwide civil rights organizations
  60. Volunteer for local democratic party
  61. Volunteer for a local progressive organization
  62. Volunteer in a political campaign
  63. Volunteer for a local community service project (serve.gov)
  64. Volunteer for a civil rights organization (local & national)
  65. Volunteer for an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  66. Volunteer for an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  67. Volunteer for reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  68. Volunteer for a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  69. Volunteer for an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  70. Volunteer for an anti-homeless organization (local & national)
  71. Volunteer for an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  72. Volunteer for an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  73. Volunteer for a voting rights organization (local & national)
  74. Volunteer for a veterans organization (local & national)
  75. Volunteer for a disabilities organization (local & national)
  76. Volunteer for a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  77. Volunteer for a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  78. Volunteer for a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  79. Donate to a civil rights organization (local & national)
  80. Donate to an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  81. Donate to an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  82. Donate to a reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  83. Donate to a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  84. Donate to an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  85. Donate to an anti-homelessness organization (local & national)
  86. Donate to an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  87. Donate to an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  88. Donate to a voting rights organization (local & national)
  89. Donate to a veterans organization (local & national)
  90. Donate to a disabilities organization (local & national)
  91. Donate to a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  92. Donate to a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  93. Donate to a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  94. Donate to a local democratic party
  95. Donate to a political campaign
  96. Register to Vote
  97. Get at least one friend or family member to register to vote
  98. Vote on municipal, state and national elections
  99. Get at least one friend or family member to vote
  100. Run for office

*letters, postcards, fax, email, open letters on newspapers

Women’s Equality Day celebrates the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave many women the right to vote for the first time in the U.S. But women of color, people with disabilities, currently and formerly incarcerated people, and people who speak English as a second language or not at all were routinely denied their right to vote even after the 19th Amendment was passed. Many still face barriers to voting today. Everyone should have the right to vote, no matter their political beliefs, and no matter their background. We’re proud to work with organizations and people across the country who are engaged in voter education and civic engagement.

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Making your voice heard matters, so make sure you know how to stand out from the crowd and encourage your representatives to really listen. In today’s SPARK episode (link), Jackson Bird shares the tips you need to write letters, make phone calls, and craft social media posts that have a real impact on your representatives at any level of government.

 Today’s challenge? Use the skills you’ve learned to call your congressperson or a town council member and let them know how you feel about an issue that matters to you. If you choose to reach out over social media, be sure tag the HPA in your post, too!

I love how he says this as if it’s a bad thing. All that so-called “activism” and “organizing” and “civic engagement” and “getting involved in the policial process” and “paying attention to what’s happening” and “standing up for what’s right” and “being an active constituent who keeps the pressure on elected officials” is getting to Donald.

Task for Today (9/5/17)

–Call or fax your Senators and House Rep. (You can text “resist” to 50409 and it will walk you through the steps)

–If they have spoken out in favor of DACA or the DREAM Act, thank them for their support and tell them that you support them in this work.

–If they have not, or have spoken against it, tell them that you support DACA and that this is an issue that matters to you, and you would like to hear them voice support for it.

–Tell them that you believe that DACA must be extended until the bipartisan DREAM Act can be passed, that you want to see action on the DREAM Act and that you would like their support for Rep. Coffman’s BRIDGE Act, which will extend DACA for up to three years.

–Tell them that the final version of the DREAM Act *must* protect all people who came to the US as children and *must* keep families together, and that these points are non-negotiable (there is some talk that Republicans may try to pass a “lite” version of the DREAM Act so it is worth specifying these two points).

#🙌🙌🙌: How Chris Suggs Got Into His Dream School

To read about more inspiring students like Chris, follow the hashtags #BetterMakeRoom and #CollegeSigningDay on Instagram and post your college acceptance story. Use (#🙌🙌🙌), thanking your three biggest inspirations, for a chance to be featured on Instagram.

“My name is Chris (@chrisjsuggs), and I’m 16 years old. This fall, I’m going to my dream school, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, so I can continue my work in public service. 2014 was probably one of the darkest times you’ve seen in my hometown of Kinston, North Carolina — nearly every other day you were seeing a shooting on the news. I knew I had to do something, and I felt like youth needed a role. So, I invited local media, our mayor, city council members and our police chief to a meeting where I presented my idea for an organization. That was the start of Kinston Teens, a nonprofit that empowers young people through service, leadership and civic engagement. My work there led me to become the youngest recipient ever of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. And this past January, when the vice provost of admissions gave me a call personally telling me I was accepted into @uncchapelhill, I was overjoyed. I’m so excited to stay close to my community and continue to make a difference.

Three things I’m grateful for:

🙌 My organization, @kinstonteens. Our mission is to empower young people through service leadership, and it’s driven by my passion for my local community of Kinston. I’m committed to improving it.

🙌 Former President @barackobama and former first lady @michelleobama. They are definitely my biggest role models and always have been, throughout their entire time in office.

🙌 My parents. My mom is a teacher, and my dad works for our local government. As public servants, they have always inspired me to get involved — and stay involved.”

At the start, you were sweetly, naturally attracted to me

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Trigger warnings: Incubus Taehyung (so sexual powers and to clarify, whilst y/n is clearly affected by meeting him at the beginning, he’s not using his powers until after she has consented to it, non verbally in the club, possibly verbally later on), voice fetishisation, public sex, pet names, Pet/Master dynamic, degradation, cum play, thigh riding, overstimulation, bondage, sensory play in the form of ice play, clit spanking, implied aftercare, cock warming.

I picture Tae, in this fic, looking like how he did for the Korean BST video. I know Incubus Tae is obviously veering into fantasy territory but I do hope you like it.

Playlist for writing this fic: Often by The Weeknd, Mirotic by TVXQ (my original hoe song), Playboy by Jonghyun (at the Agit) {he wrote the song, although Exo’s version is equally worthy hoe-writing material}, Stigma by V and House of Cards by the BTS vocal line (I know these last two songs are very sad but the way they are sung and arranged sounds so sexy) and House of Cards/Playboy MASHUP by Ryuseralover (my ultimate hoe song) (seriously check them out for the most crackiest, most eargasm-y and best kpop mashups of your life).

Bambi x
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You were quite frankly bored. No one had excited you. You could very well excite yourself, your left hand and your Hitachi Wand could attest to that, but any recent conquests were dull.

You could very well find the boy “to take home to mum and dad”, your people skills and your endless helpful nature helping you to land the best boyfriend material the market had to offer. However they were all too… vanilla. Their definition of kinky being fucking you doggy style (and whilst you were a fan of doggy style, it didn’t satisfy all your sexual needs).

Surprise would be too weak of a word for your partners’ reactions to you just mentioning the word ‘overstimulation’. God forbid that those that you thought would be understanding ever hear you say the word ‘bondage’, they’d be absolutely flabbergasted.

You never understood why it warranted such an overreaction. Yes, you weren’t a Jessica Rabbit (although you did have the tits, thank you mama), you didn’t see why only the femme fatales of the world could be the only ones to have their sexuality recognised and legitimatised, at least by the men you encountered. In your eyes, it was simple: you could be a civically engaged, friendly and conscientious person and a hypersexual being at the same time. Or as said most eloquently put by Ludacris “we want a lady in the street but a freak in the bed”. You just wanted someone for once to take your sexual desires seriously, to see you for the ‘freak’ you were.

So that’s how you ended up in a suffocatingly tight, crimson red bodycon dress, stupidly high stiletto heels (no more jumper dresses and combat boots for you, for at least tonight) and a mug beat for the gods, or at least hopefully beat enough to get you a good dicking down. You would dance, act coy, be brazen yet somehow slightly aloof, doing anything to emulate the bombshells and the vixens who seemed to score the most sensual of men. Your unmet carnal desires demanded it.

Two hours in and you had yet to find any potential suitors, your gut instinct and pure frustration refusing to let you to settle for any mediocre lover. Putting up an act for so long had worn on your patience to the point that all pretences were gone. Little did you know your knight in a skin tight Gucci suit was ready to come and rescue you from Sexual Frustration Land, population: you.

He had been observing you all night, taking note of your try-hard behaviour. He couldn’t fault you, you were really putting in an Olympic effort to score some kinky action tonight. Before any of your antics, he had noticed you, or at least your aura. You seemed like someone he could have a lot of fun with, a lot of sinful fun with. Now he just needed to catch your eye.

You stood up, ready to admit defeat and head home and then you saw him. His eyes caught yours first, the cerulean blue seeming almost unnatural, but suiting an ethereal beauty like him perfectly. Your eyes darted down to him licking his peachy lips, only to rise to see one of his perfectly maintained brows lift up in amusingly accusational way. You had been caught. His even more amused smirk serving as proof of that. Whether you knew it yet or not, from this point on you were screwed, and very soon quite literally.

You’ve fallen for him, he noted, as you turned away. You were seemingly trying to play coy again, whether out of embarrassment or the slickness between your thighs, his heightened senses could already smell, or both. He couldn’t quite tell yet, but he would be damned if he let you go. Why of course, he saw you.

You didn’t know how you felt about this uncomfortably arousing feeling, whether you found it pleasant or even a healthy thing that you were already wet by just looking at a man. But it wasn’t just any man, it was him, or at least that’s what your sexual spidy senses were telling you. And so, you decided to make sure to keep locking your gaze with his from across the room, only looking away to tease him, to test him, to tempt him.

Although, you soon began to get bored of the pretence again, not because it wasn’t working but because you’d rather just cut to the chase.

Before you could make any move, he raised his eyebrow, as if asking for permission. You nodded, presuming he would come over, and then soon felt your body flood with overwhelming pleasure. Your first thought was that you must not get out much if you had already cum, just from some simple eye fucking alone. He then smirked and raised his eyebrow again, as if he knew. When you stared him down, as if challenging him, the second sudden orgasm took you less by surprise. By the third you knew he was the culprit and you were going to make sure he would deliver that pleasure again, but within a much closer proximity.

So as comfortably and calmly as you could manage, whilst wearing soaked panties, you headed towards your knight in a skin tight Gucci suit, the man who has held your gaze for most of the night.

Using your people skills, you decided to take the initiative to introduce yourself first. “I couldn’t help but notice you staring at me all night, so I thought I should come and introduce myself. I’m y/n and you are?” You were already shuddering, feeling another wave ready to burst all through your body as you wait for him to tell you his name.

He gives that same amused smirk from before, and you feel the tension within your stomach tighten, reaching breaking point as you hear his sinful voice for the first time. He steadies your body with one arm around your waist and through the haze of your orgasmic pleasure, the only thing you could make out was his name, Taehyung.

You somehow manage to hold in any sounds as you ride out the waves of pleasure, letting them slowly dissipate from your body. Taehyung, half amused and half impressed, brought your hand to his lips, kissing your hand, a playful smirk painting his face as he pulled away. You had slowly come to realise that Taehyung, this mischievous man, was related to the phantom orgasms you were having, so you smirked and lent in to whisper, hot breath fanning his ear and neck. “This may be very forward of me, but Taehyung, would you like to head back to my place? It’s just that you’ve been eye fucking me all night.”

He was shocked and highly aroused by your bold language (and not just because of his incubus lineage but because no one had been this forward with him from the get go). You were just perfect. He leant forward, to murmur in your ear, his deep voice making you even wetter, if that was humanly possible, “I’ll fuck you right here, if you’re game”.

You led your blonde beauty to the dance floor, the slight hiking up of the hem of your dress serving as an invitation. An invitation he was going to take.

Forever a tease, he began to dance with you, his back to your front, the only indication of his devious intentions being the phantom touch you felt against your glistening lips, spreading your juices. It was an appetiser for the main course.

With all your focus on the phantom hands, you had failed to realise what Taehyung was doing, his cock already freed from the fly of his slacks and the back of the dress hiked up enough for him to enter you. He let you feel him slide your panties to the side, one last non-verbal ask for consent and when you leant back into his touch, he gave you what you wanted.

Whilst his suit was tailored, practically a second skin, you had wondered how it mangaed to hide all he was packing. By God was he packing. He wasn’t uncomfortably big but his size was commendable, definitely bigger than average. You were grateful that you were so wet, needing all the lubrication you could get. And despite all that, all you could feel from the moment your skin made contact with his, the moment your eyes meet across the room, was the most divine of pleasures, of the most sinful kind.

His entrance was just like that, a slow burn and then a raging inferno all at once, all pleasurable but all consuming at the same time. You’d never felt this hot and bothered in your life and it was only the beginning. ‘Oh Lord have mercy’, you thought. ‘Oh if only you knew just how ironic that thought would be’, Taehyung’s thoughts responded in his mind, a smirk playing on his lips. He continued, this time aloud, by your ear, in his deep-ass voice that was practically dripping with sex, ‘I’m not the Lord and I won’t have mercy, but I’m a incubus and I’ll make you feel so good Baby.“

Half surprised and half not, you whisper yelled your response, “I didn’t say that aloud. How did you know how to reply?”

He let out a melodic chuckle before responding in his husky voice, “Sex demons have a lot of powers, as you’ve already… hmm let’s say… experienced. I try not to use them, but sometimes it’s just happens. I don’t like to read minds, its invasive, but yours has been siren, calling me the whole night. I couldn’t help myself even if I tried. Now I know it’s a bit to take in but do you still want me to make you feel good?” When you nodded, he smirked. (He wouldn’t tell you this now but he was also relieved, glad that such an enthralling beauty hadn’t rejected him and so he’d be at your service tonight).

As Taehyung got into a rhythm, you wondered how you both looked like to all the other patrons. Could they even tell that you two were fucking? Their bodies were pressed together, so close, surrounding you both on all sides. Their combined body heat would usually be stifling but Taehyung had already set you alight with his actions. The loud music and drunken haze of your fellow club goers helped to prevent the discovery of your sin.

As a add-on to your earlier note, you soon came to realise that not only was Taehyung hung but he clearly knew how to use it. Whilst there was clearly more to Taehyung than met the eye, he was otherworldly, as you just discovered, you were now too far gone in the throes of passion to care. You took what he gave you, and then some, and what he gave you was a lot. The thrusting wasn’t as harsh as you bet it could be, he could be, but it was deep, so very deep, and assured and all you needed. (Whilst Taehyung had no shame and didn’t care if you two got caught, he didn’t want you both to be kicked out before you had both climaxed at least once.)

You then grinded back against Taehyung, partly to disguise his thrusts, to make it look like you were both dancing, and partly because you wanted to make him feel as good as he made you feel. Yet, to you, the thrill of fucking in public was so incredibly hot, even with the threat of getting caught… especially with the threat of getting caught.

As you discovered from the moment Taehyung entered you, what was even hotter than his voice was his touch. His length was girthy enough to stretch you out exactly the way you’d like. It meant that your velvet walls could feel every throbbing vein in it’s entirety. It was also hotter in a more literal sense, every touch of his skin against yours licking your skin with a flame, leaving a warm tingle in its aftermath and only adding to the fire in your loins.

His length, girth and his deep thrusts not only allowed him to constantly rub against your g-spot, but for him to start touching your cervix. You couldn’t be happier, the obscene knowledge of him being so deep, whilst this fact was unbeknownst to the crowd on the dance floor, practically made you drip.

If you thought of the instant orgasms were torture, this was a slow and painful death. Everything was too much and not enough, the complete manifestation of lust. Or put in better terms, Taehyung was the compete manifestation of lust.

He chuckled lowly, the vibrations going through his body to yours. His delectable voice whispering by your ear, his warm breath raising goosebumps across you skin, “Hmm, you’re such a dirty slut, y/n. Letting me fuck you in a crowd, where anyone could see. It’s making you so wet Baby that you’re dripping all over my cock.“ He paused before he continued, “Hmm, can I call you Kitten, y/n? You’re just such good Kitten material.”

Usually you would tease your paramour, not giving in immediately, you had an interesting relationship with control at the best of times. An ordinary man would have earn such a honour to have you as his Kitten. But Taehyung was no ordinary man, he wasn’t a man full stop. He had you from the get go and for once, for at least tonight, you’d be happy to relinquish some control. “I’d like that Taehyung. Pet names are so fucking hot. They make me weak at the knees. Although I should warn you that I don’t give that honour to the many, so don’t disappoint your Kitten.”

His hands were encasing yours, places on your hips, fingers intertwined. He gave yours a squeeze, a silent sign of his gratitude and commitment to pleasure you like only an incubus could. You smiled at this, commitment acknowledged; your response being to grind harder against him.

Taehyung smirked and thrusted even harder, another important display of the unspoken body language between you two. The booming music of the club allowing him to speak using an indoor voice without getting caught, he finally gave you a verbal repsonse. “Hmm, well Kitten, I bet you could cum from just my cock. But the slut you are, my slut, you’ll always be wanting more. Won’t you Kitten?” And with that you felt your clit being rubbed, Taehyung’s hands still firmly on your hips, his naughty phantom hands coming out to play.

God you were done for. You were so damn close, the pleasure kept on building and building and you were anticipating the crescendo.

Aware of the effect that his voice had on you, Taehyung murmured against your ear, “Cum for me Kitten… Cum all over my cock.“

And that’s all it took, your moans drowned out by the thumping music. You melted into Taehyung’s hold; your legs turnt to jelly from the tsunami of pleasurable waves that came your way. Your clenching walls dragging Taehyung down with you after a couple more deep thrusts.

Once you were sure on your feet again, Taehyung pulled out, his seed surprisingly not dripping down your thighs. Once he had made sure you were both decent he spoke by your ear, in a hushed tone “I’d like to keep you full of my cum until I fuck you again later tonight. Now, I want you to give me a show, so let’s go Kitten.”

Taehyung took your hand, helping you through the crowd of unsuspecting dancers, to lead you to a VIP room. Three of the walls were made up partly by mahogany partition screens, allowing interesting streams of light through the cracks, illuminating a sinful man in a sinful way. It providing a risk of getting caught, just like your previous actions on the dance floor.

Taehyung sat down on an emerald-green deeply buttoned velvet sofa, his legs spread wide, his dark glint in his eyes. “I want you to ride me Kitten,” patting his thigh, his heated gaze never leaving yours.

As you came closer, he tutted. “Take your panties off, leave your dress on Kitten.” So you turned around and bent over, giving Taehyung an eye full, as you peeled off the soaked black lace panties. You then folded them into his jacket pocket, to serve as a reminder of your rendezvous.

Appeased by your actions, Taehyung pulled you down to straddle his left thigh, ready for you to give him a show.

Mind already clouded by lust from all that has happened earlier, you moved your hips with no inhibitions, grinding down hard on to the firm muscle of Taehyung’s thigh. Your unabashed riding turning Taehyung on no end, his pupils blown.

Your juices had already started to drip down onto Taehyung’s black slacks, making them even darker if that was even possible.

The material of his trousers helped to add to the delicious friction against your clit. So you continued to grind down with total abandon, working yourself up to your fifth orgasm of the night.

Taehyung couldn’t help but drink in the obscene sight of you, grinding down on his thigh, a lascivious smirk painting his face. A wink joining it as he flexed his thigh. His actions ripping a moan out of your throat, making you nearly topple over due to the extra stimulation.

Taehyung kept flexing his thigh, helping to add that extra bit of friction that you needed to build up to that sexual nirvana. How close you were was obvious this time, it being painted on your face, showing Taehyung how much he was affecting you. You were giving him the show he wanted.

By the time that the waves of your orgasm came, flooding your system with endorphins, you had practically soaked Taehyung’s trousers, them sticking to him better than any tailor could dream to achieve. His own seed still inside you, giving you that feeling of fullness. You suspected that Taehyung had something to do with that, but you didn’t want to get hung up on the details, as in this case the devil was inside you, beside you and he was too hot to handle.

You were brought back to reality by the sound of Taehyung growling by your ear, his grip on your hips practically bruising, yet oh so pleasurable. “I loved that little show you just gave me Kitten. You’re so dirty but we’re about to get practically filthy. I’m starving and it’s time for dessert.”

Ever the gentleman, he helped you to your feet, helping to smooth down your dress before he transported you back to his so-called ‘humble abode’.

“I wanted to go somewhere with a little more privacy, because I have plans Kitten… indecent plans… sinful plans. Are you down, Kitten?” You nodded, no words needed.

Taehyung was rubbing off on you in more ways than one, your own version of a lascivious smirk painting your face as you noted that he transported you to his bedroom.

“This may be very forward of me, but y/n, would you like to head back to my bed? It’s just that you’ve been cumming for me all night.“

Clearly you had rubbed off on Taehyung too, in more ways than one. The parallels not being lost on you for a second, neither was his intentions. There was only one way to respond.

“I’ll fuck you right here if you’re game”

That infamous smirk came back, the only warning before Taehyung’s lips crashes with yours, his sense of restraint gone out of the window. You had driven him crazy all night and now he was going to do the same to you.

In an moment of sincerity, Taehyung pulled away from the kiss and held you close, as he asked you to pick a safe word, your choice amusing him no end. The word you chose, ‘Lord’.

As the moment had come and gone, Taehyung proceeded to kiss you again, his naughty hands slowly peeled off your dress, leaving an pleasant warmth in their wake. When he pulled back, his smirk got even wider.

“No bra, Kitten? Hmm, you really are perfect Kitten material, prepared for your Master. Well your Master is prepared for you too, Kitten.” With that Taehyung threw you onto the bed and kissed up your arms, another silent ask for consent before tying your wrists to the bed posts.

Taehyung’s plump lips came down, ready to trace down your beautifully bare body. You shivered in anticipation and again when his lips left behind a confusing mixture of hellish heat and a chilling cold in the wake of their path. A little glimmer inbetween his lips giving away the secret to interesting blend of temperature and sensation. An ice cube.

By the third you were practically screaming for more, desperate for more stimulation, desperate to have Taehyung inside you once more. So desperate that you were not below begging. “Master please give me your cock. Please Master fuck me, I’m already so wet for you. Your cum is inside me, imagine how hot and wet a fuck your Kitten would be now.”

By now, Taehyung’s smirk was etched onto his, it a permanent fixture to your obscene actions. His next obscene action causing you to scream out his name, the riding crop being hit across your clit serving as enough to get you to cum again.

Taehyung soothed the pleasurable sting with his lips, kissing his precious Kitten’s clit. Whilst it soothed, Taehyung’s actions also inflamed, his heated touch diving you into the realm of overstimulation.

Just when you thought you couldn’t take anymore, it started to become pleasurable again and the desire for Taehyung’s cock grew (much like his cock did).

“Master, please your Kitten wants, no needs, your throbbing cock. Master, please your Kitten wants to be fucked by you and your throbbing cock. Please fuck me Master.”

Taehyung felt merciful.

His clothes were gone in a flash, giving you little time to wait for Taehyung’s entrance. His cum from your previous activities served as the perfect lube, it allowing him to glide that much more easily in and out of your heavenly pussy.

Taehyung couldn’t help but find the sight of his own cum on his cock a turn on, it driving him closer to the edge than he’d like to be. The only place he preferred it more was inside your cunt, which is why he kept on fucking it into you.

In all fairness though, everything you’d both done since fucking on the dance floor had driven him mad with lust and for a sex demon that’s quite a feat. He knew however that you were too far gone too and that it wouldn’t be long until you both cum again.

Taehyung deep voice commanded you for the last time tonight, “Kitten, look between your legs, looking at where I’m fucking you, how I’m fucking you. Look at how I’m fucking my cum deeper into you, my cum helping me to fuck your wet cunt. Now I want you to cum Kitten, cum from the sight of my cum-covered cock fucking you.”

This time you saw white, the outburst blinding you, robbing you of all your senses for a moment. It was only when you regained your wits that you felt warm seed painting your velvet walls again. The feeling of Taehyung’s cum inside you almost made you cum again, but even a sex-lover like you knew what your limits where.

But he proved himself, he did make you feel good, better than good. He made you feel so good that you felt legless, Taehyung deciding to magically clean you, since you were clearly in no state to leave his bed.

And so you stayed like that, limbs wrapped around each other’s bodies, Taehyung’s cock kept warm inside you, as he played with your hair. His melodic voice singing you a lullaby, sending you to sleep after a night of pure sinful bliss.

Things Trump has done for America (no lie)

Making the rounds:

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election:

1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They’re holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone’s forgotten he’s kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert’s “Late Night” finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today’s Jon Stewart.
16. “Mike Pence” has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
18. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
19. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
20. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
21. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
22. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
23. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
24. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.

- Susan Keller

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Now, if we can only hold onto and REMEMBER these things, past the initial crisis/awakening…

Politics is a great, albeit painful, example of social contract disengagement. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are making laws that they’re not required to follow or that don’t effect them, they’re engaging in behaviors that would result in most of us getting fired, divorced, or arrested. They’re espousing values that are rarely displayed in their behavior. And just watching them shame and blame each other is degrading for us. They’re not living up to their side of the social contract and voter turnout statistics show that we’re disengaging.
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Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown

A lot of people are very willing to blame voters for being apathetic, yet are unwilling to consider that the majority of our politicians, and the system they operate in, aren’t often deserving of our votes. Young people especially get criticized for low voter turnout, but if you ask me, we’re just better at seeing through their bullshit. 

If voting is a valuable form of civic engagement, and I think it definitely can be, we need to make sure that accountability goes both ways. 

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How Progressive Activists Are Leading the Trump Resistance
Grassroots progressives are rising up and fighting Trump – with or without the Democratic Party.

During the Fourth of July congressional recess, grassroots activists in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, flooded a town-hall meeting hosted by Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner. The crowd had come to hold their barrel-bellied congressman accountable for his vote in favor of the House Trumpcare bill, legislation that would have led to 23 million Americans losing their health insurance.

Ninety minutes later, as Sensenbrenner fled the public library parking lot in a black sedan – under police escort, sirens bleating through chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” – these protesters had demonstrated the power of a new wave of local activism in the age of Trump.

Nationwide, this tide of progressive resistance has sent GOP members of Congress into hiding from their own constituents, and steeled Senate Democrats into a unified opposition. “When you see Charles Schumer out there calling for ‘resistance,’ you realize something’s happening,” says Theda Skocpol, the famed Harvard political scientist who studies American civic engagement. “That’s not his natural state.”

This explosion of political action has the Democratic Party’s new leadership wagering that success in 2018 will hinge on its ability “to channel people’s energies not only into town-hall meetings,” says Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, “but also into the ballot box.” But this mission-critical job stands as an uneasy work in progress. Despite calls from national leaders to make common cause with resistance activists, state and local Democrats are often missing in action. Perhaps more troubling: The unifying purpose of opposing Trump has not papered over the party’s rawest policy divides.

Wauwatosa – “Tosa” for short – is a mixed bag, politically. The leafy Milwaukee suburb was the home of Scott Walker, and voters here backed the Republican governor in three elections. Yet Tosa gave Donald Trump just 35 percent support in 2016. And there’s the rub: Sensenbrenner touts a maverick streak, but he has voted with Trump 93 percent of the time.

The congressman gets credit for showing up. Nearly 150 Republican members of Congress have yet to hold a single town-hall meeting, but this is Sensenbrenner’s 83rd during the current congressional session. “You probably know some of these meetings have become very contentious,” he tells the standing-room-only crowd. His crotchety, Midwest-inflected voice is a dead ringer for the late 60 Minutes complainer Andy Rooney’s. “If, at any time, participants become rude or disruptive,” he says, brandishing a wooden gavel, “I will immediately adjourn the meeting!”

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Tasks for Today 9/14/17

Today is a long one. You should do each of these separately and not in the same letter if you are writing.

–Call/fax your Senators and Congressional representative and tell them you OPPOSE HR 620, which would allow businesses more freedom to not comply with disability access and would put the burden of asking for access on the disabled. (URGENT– this is on the docket for TODAY)

–Call/fax your Senators and Congressional representative and let them know you OPPOSE the Graham/Cassidy/Heller ACA repeal.

Key points to bring up: (choose one or two that matter to you most if you don’t want to write or say too much) 

–This repeal is estimated to cause a spike in premiums of up to 20% in one year.
–This repeal is estimated to allow 32 million Americans to lose health insurance.
–This repeal gets rid of the Medicaid Expansion which covers about 11 million low-income Americans.
–This repeal will gut pre-existing condition protections.
–This repeal will gut women’s healthcare and family planning in the guise of “pro life” actions but the blow to women’s health affects care far beyond abortion.

–End by asking them to support Medicare for All or a similar single payer program.

– NEW YORK AND CALIFORNIA 12TH DISTRICT: Call/fax Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi and tell them that you will not accept a border wall as part of a compromise effort with Trump over the DREAM Act. Reiterate that you will only accept a clean DREAM Act that protects ALL immigrants who were brought here as children (not only those who are able to go to prestigious universities or get high-paying jobs in lucrative industries) and that does not tear families apart.

–Demand more transparency on their meetings with Trump and make it clear that while you understand the necessity of private discussions among lawmakers in typical situations, based on Trump’s reputation, you do not feel comfortable with private meetings in this case.

You can do this with other Democratic Senators and Representatives, too, but Schumer and Pelosi need to hear us express concern that they may be compromising on things that are unacceptable to their constituents.

”There’s no question that civic engagement is a way to stand firm against the degradation of a representative system of government. At the same time, recasting the fundamental building blocks of civic engagement not as essential tools of public engagement available to all citizens in all times, but as acts of resistance we deploy only against extraordinary threats to our system, is a quick way to get those acts tagged as radical rather than normal.

We should be wary of adopting a renamed version of civic engagement that seems mostly intended to make ourselves feel good and brave about doing things we should have been doing in the first place. Meeting our basic obligations as citizens is not the same thing as revolutionary action.”

Calling basic civics ‘resistance’ will only make it harder to stand up to Trump

At a relatively young age, Jonathan Toews already possessed an incredible shrinking bucket list. And at age 28, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks was voted among the 100 Greatest NHL Players – quite the accomplishment for the all-purpose center.

But a look at his resume explains why:

Toews won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

He earned a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In 2010, at age 22, he became the second-youngest player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He had 29 points in 22 games.

In 2013, he was awarded the Selke Trophy, given to the NHL’s best defensive forward.

In 2015, he won the Mark Messier Leadership Award recognizing contributions to one’s team and community.

Prior to all of this, Toews was named captain of the Blackhawks on July 18, 2008, before his second season. He had played 64 NHL games. No player in League annals had been named captain faster.

Really now, what is left for this special talent?

“More Stanley Cups,” Toews said, matter-of-factly. “Winning is addictive.”

Entering the 2006 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks were in dire need of new blood and a new direction. They had qualified for the playoffs once since 1997, making an abrupt five-game exit in 2002, and fan interest had dipped precipitously throughout an Original Six market. In the words of no less an authority than chairman Rocky Wirtz, “We had become irrelevant.”

The Blackhawks could not afford to miss on the No. 3 pick. They knew of Toews’ decorated amateur career, first at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota, then at the University of North Dakota. They probably anticipated that his pedigree – in 2007 he would become the first Canadian to win gold at the World Junior Championship and World Championship in the same year, and did it as a second-year collegian – would bode well for his evolution as a professional on hockey’s greatest stage, the NHL. They might even have heard the story about how, when Jonathan was a tyke, he made a promise.

“He told me he was not only going to make it in the NHL,” said his father, Bryan. “He told me he was going to make it big and buy me a new truck.”

The Blackhawks did not miss. They studied the person and the statistics, but there was no guarantee that Jonathan Toews would point the franchise toward a golden era with his excellence and maturity. He made a quick impression, scoring on his first shot with the Blackhawks, against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 10, 2007, and got a point in each of his first 10 games, then the second-best streak by any player to start an NHL career. Toews had 24 goals and 30 assists in 2007-08, his rookie season in Chicago, but it was more than that. It was his presence, the example he set, on the ice, in the locker room, on the bus.

“If I hadn’t seen Jonathan being born,” said his mother, Andree Gilbert, “I would swear he’s older.”

Teammates didn’t need to hear that parental praise. They merely observed the businesslike manner in which Toews prepared for his job and applied himself. Patrick Sharp, who won three Cup championships with Toews, called him “Mr. Serious.” Then Brent Seabrook, also fitted for three championship rings with the Blackhawks, acknowledged that Toews bore all the trappings and intangibles of a captain. So Seabrook updated the nickname to “Capt. Serious” and it caught on. Toews never warmed to it, but deduced correctly that the more he would debate the merits of such a label, the more serious he would seem.

“It stuck, I guess,” said Toews. “As far as leaders go, well, I happen to think we’ve had a lot of them on this team as we’ve learned how to win. It’s an honor to be captain of this team. But the ‘Serious’ part, I don’t know about that. It’s not like I never laugh.”

But Toews never takes a night off, and when your captain operates in such a way that every shift matters, the effort is contagious. Toews has the ability to be among the most productive players in the League, but his unselfishness and devotion to duty when opponents have the puck are paramount. When it’s about risk versus reward, Toews opts for the grunt work. He has what it takes to score 40 goals, but did not exceed 34 through nine full seasons. During that period, he had a rating of plus-187.

“All Jonathan Toews does is make everybody he plays with better,” Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. Before he took over in Toronto, Babcock saw plenty of Toews as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, bitter rivals of the Blackhawks. Babcock also coached him with Canada in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. It is noteworthy that, for the latter, Sidney Crosby was appointed captain. But before he accepted, Crosby sought to determine whether Toews would be at peace with the designation. Such is the degree of respect bestowed on Toews, who gladly served as an alternate.

For his play with the Blackhawks, Toews has received lavish praise from coach Joel Quenneville as the perfect link between management and labor.

“It makes it a lot easier to do what I do when you have No. 19 in the locker room,” Quenneville said. “You can’t teach what ‘Tazer’ brings to the table. When your best players go about their way like he does, it affects everybody else. Johnny is zero maintenance.”

Whereas Toews stands out for exemplary defensive and faceoff numbers, he is renowned for taking over a game when required. He is especially noticeable in the spring, as a clutch performer in playoffs. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, he had already amassed 10 game-winning playoff goals, second only in franchise history to a contemporary icon Patrick Kane’s 11. Through his first nine seasons, of Toews’ 251 goals, 51 were game-winners – third most in franchise history.

“Jonathan brings it every night,” said Scotty Bowman, a Hockey Hall of Fame coach and the Blackhawks senior adviser to hockey operations. “It’s one thing to have ability, but another to compete. You are not going to outcompete Toews. He plays in all situations. Power play, penalty kill, 5-on-5.

“He’s a big guy. You see him out of uniform. He’s strong and thick. But again, it’s another thing to use the body the way he uses it. He takes it to all the tough areas and makes sacrifices. He plays the entire rink. He’s got everybody’s respect, his own guys, guys throughout the league, coaches and general managers. He never causes problems and is a tremendous representative for the Blackhawks, the League and hockey. He carries himself well, speaks well. He even speaks French. He’s got it all.”

In Chicago, a city that has enjoyed its share of sports legends, Toews quickly became among the most admired and popular athletes ever. He dedicated countless hours and support to local causes, including The Kitchen Community, which builds learning gardens in Chicago to connect children with real food, increase academic achievement and encourage civic engagement.

In his native Winnipeg, Manitoba, where there is a lake named after him, Toews donated $1 million to the Dakota Community Centre, a facility that includes the 95,000 square foot Jonathan Toews Sportsplex, housing two indoor rinks, a gymnasium, nursery school, skate shop and strength training area.

For a big-name NHL player, Toews is not pretentious; when he brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown in 2010, he took a public bus to the parade.

“My parents have instilled in me the importance of giving back,” said Toews, captain during the most successful era in Blackhawks history. As a 20-something, he achieved iconic stature with the franchise, as did Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, both of whom have monuments erected beside United Center.

Jonathan Toews is a statue waiting to happen.

—  Jonathan Toews: 100 Greatest NHL Players (Captained Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles, won Conn Smythe Trophy in 2010)