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I know I probably shouldn’t, but i feel bad for Melania Trump. I have been wrestling with this feeling in silence for a long time. 

She…always looks tense and her eyes are always panicked. She was clearly an  model or escort who probably thought she had landed a permanent meal ticket– to be endured and then left when appropriate. As a sex worker, I know that, i get it, i see it I’ve had it dangled in front of me. But as we all know, Trump is an incredibly controlling and violent man who micromanaged and raped his former wives.  I don’t know that Melania could escape him even if she wanted to. She avoids when he touches her in certain ways, and never looks happy when he kisses her. she looks incredibly nervous when she talks about him and goes stiff if he physically corners her. If they were a completely regular couple on the street, and i saw that body language, I would genuinely be worried about her safety. 

Not a lot of people know a lot about the modeling industry in eastern europe, but a lot of young women use it the way black people from the hood use rap and sports and group funding a single individual’s college education: as a way to escape and elevate themselves economically from an economy that sometimes provides so little options that a Hail Mary chance is worth the shot. When I heard where she was from and heard that she was a model, everything about her clicked into place. (x)(x)(x)

Melania is from slovenia– a small town in slovenia filled with mass graves from WWII. She came here and was working under trump in extremely dubious circumstances. She is uneducated and has extreme difficulty with english- but is in a country for which that is the dominant language. It would not even slightly surprise me if her narrative was that she left her small town, got a modeling job,  started working in america without a visa or anything and was completely at the mercy of her employer, found herself in the HIGHLY unusual and incredibly coercive situation of being plucked from among her fellow models by said employer, and then has been on a rollercoaster going at 190mph ever since. 

None of this is excluding or removing blame of her being complicit in her husband’s empire.And I am not prioritizing her, as an incredibly wealthy woman, over the millions of people trump has hurt and or will hurt….

Its just, every time I see her flinch away from him or i see panic in her eyes, I wonder, for a moment, if she is someone who Trump is hurting too. 

An open letter to the mother who kicked her young son out of his home for a mock school election

To the heartless birth giver who calls herself a mother,
You are undeniably an abusive parent. Your son is a child learning about the American voting system in school. It does not matter who he voted for: he’s learning.
This mock election his school had gave you the option to be not only a decent parent, but a decent human being, and turn it into a learning opportunity. A way to explain to him how to research, in modern day, the policies, beliefs and history of a candidate in order to determine their credibility as well as their qualification(s) for being the president of the United States.
This was your opportunity to teach your son about the president’s role in the republic of the United States of America. This was your chance to be a responsible parent, raising a (hopefully) responsible adult who would have the ability to make an informed decision in politics later in life.
Instead, you took this opportunity as a chance to terrorize your child; to make him feel afraid, and isolated, all for your political agenda. You did not parent him: you traumatized him. You showed him that he has to follow the status quo in order to be accepted and for his existence to be valid. You taught him that if he does not agree with you, you will take everything from him; his security, his comfort.
You are a tyrant, not a parent. You are a birth giver, not a mother. You are an abuser, rather than a protector.
Your children should be taken from you and raised in a home where they are not afraid to speak their mind and ask questions, or disagree with you.
Shame on you for being so heartless to your own child. You are not a mother, and to call yourself one is a disgrace to motherhood.
You are an intolerant, cruel, disgusting woman. Shame on you.
-Ragingcommonsense

A Curse on Donald Trump

You will need:

A black candle
string

How to:

Charge the candle with your intent. Think about what a xenophobic fascist sexist capitalist prick Donald Trump is. Channel that rage into your candle. Think about how desperately you want him to fail, how desperately you want to see him ruined. Envision his glorious fall, his humiliation, his destruction. Believe that he will fail. Know that he will fail. Oil the candle with an appropriate oil if thats your thing.

Light the candle.

Pick up the string. Say:

Donald John Trump Senior, son of Fred Trump,
I place a curse on your head


tie a knot in the string

Your racism, greed, and fascism
will be the key to your undoing
every time you open your mouth
you inspire your own failure

tie a knot in the string

May your boasting and compulsive lies
be found out and unravelled,
may your political campaign end in humiliating ruin
You will never be president


tie a knot in the string.


Release your intent into the universe. You can tuck the string away somewhere, or simply throw it away, though for best results I recommend mailing the string to Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

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Band of Brothers modern au: instagram aesthetics (6/?)

Malarkey, Skip & Penkala

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us humans, we’re always close to  d e s t r u c t i o n. life itself is but a series of close calls. i mean, how would you know you were alive unless you knew you could die?

<<i mean some people just, are supposed to lose?>>

                    << for balance in the universe?>>

First they came for the Muslims, and Jared Kushner said nothing

Dear Jared,

We don’t know each other well, but we’ve met a few times so I figured I’d give this a go. I’m writing to implore you, as President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, to oppose his immigration executive order. You are one of the few people who has the president’s ear and the power to stop him, or at least register your opposition.

Given your family’s history, part of you must be uncomfortable with this policy.

You’re the grandson of Holocaust survivors. You’ve defended President Trump against charges of anti-Semitism. Your own grandmother warned in an 1982 interview of the dangers of another leader like Hitler rising to power. “For the Jews, the doors were closed,” she said. “Even our good president, Roosevelt — how come he kept the doors so closed for us for such a long time?”

I’m asking you to show leadership at this dangerous moment when history threatens to repeat itself. Trump’s decision to restrict immigration from seven Muslims countries, including all refugees, is an affront to the U.S. Constitution. It goes against who we are as Jews.

As a journalist, I’ve traveled to war-torn Syria, where more than 450,000 Syrians have been killed and over 12 million displaced in the deadliest conflict of this century. I’ve visited refugee camps in Jordan, where 1.3 million refugees have resettled since the start of the civil war in 2011.

I’ve seen the toll of the refugee crisis first hand in countries like Greece. If you step onto the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, you’ll never look at a refugee the same way again. I still see the haunting images of shivering children piling out of overcrowded dinghies, screaming mothers cradling newborns in their ams, innocent teenagers suffering in agony because they’ve lost their siblings in a bomb attack in Syria and elderly men and women with tears streaming down their faces because they know they will never return home again.

What I learned from being in these places is just how inaccurate media depictions of refugees are. It’s easy — and politically convenient — to paint them as dangerous ISIS sympathizers. But they are fleeing the very same terrorists that America is fighting. Look into their eyes and you’ll see people desperate to escape war and who will do anything to protect their families. They’re charming, funny, witty. They have big dreams of falling in love and making it big in America and Europe. Banning these refugees does not keep America safe. Despite all the blustery rhetoric, no refugee has carried out a major fatal terrorist attack in the United States.

If that doesn’t move you, then consider how similar Syrian refugees’ plight is to what Jewish people faced during the Holocaust. Then, as now, the majority of Americans were opposed to admitting a vulnerable population into the country over fears they posed a national security threat. Anti-Semitism was prevalent, just as Islamophobia is today; polls conducted from August 1940 to June 1945 show that Jews were regarded as the greatest “menace to this country.” Sound familiar?

In 1939, at the height of World War II, 61% of Americans said they opposed legislation that would have admitted 20,000 Jewish refugee children from Germany into the United States. Congress rejected the legislation and cut refugee migration by 75 percent. In one incident that has become emblematic of U.S. policy at the time, 900 Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis were turned away from the United States because of immigration restrictions. More than 250 of those passengers were later killed after they were sent back to Nazi Germany.

That moment was a major stain on our history. No one would say today that turning away Jews was the right policy.

Yet today, a new Rasmussen poll shows that 57% of voters favor President Trump’s ban on immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Since 2011, slightly more than 18,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S, but that’s nowhere close to many of our allies; Germany, for example, took in over 1 million asylum seekers in 2015 alone. Trump has placed a temporary ban on any Syrian refugees coming in and pledged to cut the total number who can be resettled in the future by more than half. Once again today, human lives are at stake. For them, this is a matter of life and death.

I know standing up to Trump is not easy, but doing the right thing takes courage. It’s far easier to score cheap points by demagoguing against Muslims. But being president is not about doing what’s popular or good for business. It’s about showing leadership, and doing what’s moral and just.

Just like you, I grew up hearing the oft-repeated mantra “never again” in my synagogue. Well, it’s happening again. So, I’m asking you to condemn this executive order. Think of your grandmother’s words and what would make her proud. Then use the clout you have to persuade Trump to repeal it.

The country needs you.

Jake

can you just imagine mike and will’s first date? at castle byers?

like everyone is at the snowball but they just cuddle and talk softly under the blankets until it’s three in the morning?

ooookey
i’m not alright.