enlightened states of america

Simon Vouet (1590-1649) - Eight Satyrs Admiring the Anamorphosis of an Elephant (circa1625), a red chalk, courtesy of the Hessisches Landesmuseum of Darmstadt, via the Web Gallery of Art, makes through Hyperallergic.com, for an interesting “op-ed” around the numerical or even numerological word of eight.  It is, further more, satirical, which, hereto, fits the picture.  The eighth person attending Donald Trump, Jr’s meeting in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, has been identified as Ike Kaveladze.  According to The Washington Post: A native of the Soviet republic of Georgia, who came to the United States in 1991, Kaveladze was the subject nearly two decades ago of a congressional inquiry into Russian money laundering in U.S. banks.  Although he was never charged with a crime and [his attorney, Scott Balber] said there was never any sign of wrongdoing by Kaveladze, Carl Levin, who at the time was the senior Democrat on a Senate investigations subcommittee and retired in 2014, issued a statement Tuesday calling Kaveladze, a “poster child” of the practice of using shell companies to launder funds and that the inquiry helped spark reforms.–end of [that] statement.  It is enlightening how, the 45th Presidency of the United States of America, seem to suddenly find a correlation possible, between a 17th century Baroque and a 21st century , still uncatalogued, ‘Character’.

   All virtues come down to courage, at the sharp end of the sword. But courage must be tempered by prudence. Courage wasted by misdirection is the most heart-breaking of all tragedies. If there is an eighth deadly sin, it ought to be stupidity, by which all virtues run out into dry sands.

Yet where does prudence end and cowardice begin? That’s a very good damn question! – Lois McMaster Bujold

The Spirit RingFall down seven times, stand up eight. – a Japanese Proverb

…by the way, Simon Vouet also painted the Fortune Teller, I wonder what she ‘foretold’ about this… something in between “7th heaven” and “Cloud Nine”, I suspect… particularly if one considers the more “phallic” version that exists and circulates about this particular work.

Today We Celebrate President Barack Obama

As you close out the last year of your presidency, we at CARTER™ Magazine would like to wish you first and foremost a Happy Birthday Mr. President.

Second we want to thank you for all you’ve accomplish in the eight years you served as our President of The United States. We may never understand what is feels like to be the head of a country, however you accomplished a feet that brought us closer to the possibility of accomplishing any goals we set forth in life, because you raised the bar of HOPE.

Your legacy has just begun, as we know your next best step forward will be the light that enlighten us all, to bring forth the United States of America we seek, is in arms reach.

- CARTER Magazine

seeingpurplereignred  asked:

For the fic thing you asked (good luck with all of your other work :)). Either CS or Ichabbie; contract marriage. It is one of my favorite tropes *whispers* especially in Asian dramas. The two begin this practically hating each other only to discover the other is their other half. But the other doesn't think the other feels the same way. And angst ensues. So please full of cutesy, adorable moments that is also full of tension. And either CS or Icabbie, it is up to you. Again, good luck! :)

@hookedoncaptswan​ asked: Per your request for fic prompts: Ichabbie x ‘fake dating for some important mission reason but it’s fake so why are you driving the other guy I like away are you really that jealous’ ?? (I’m thinking Danny/Abbie/Ichabod but feel free to switch it to make it from Abbie’s POV!)

Anonymous asked: Ichabbie x fake dating ;)

okay, I’m combining these because apparently fake relationship Ichabbie is a thing the people need. And because I had this idea and I love it.

Ichabod Jeremy Crane and Grace Abigail Mills have known each other for two months, been engaged for forty-eight hours, and not entirely loathed each other for perhaps fifteen minutes when they are married in the drawing room of the Mills family home, a modest clapboard bungalow in Westchester, New York. The bride wears lace gloves, a broad-brimmed white hat, and a Jackie O dress; the groom wears bell bottoms, a striped shirt, and a mustard velvet jacket, looking very much like a member of the four-man rock-n-roll band from Liverpool currently taking America by storm. It is 1964, and their nuptials are illegal in all fifty states of the Union, so the Mills family’s AME Zion pastor, Daniel Reynolds, is risking jail or worse by officiating it. If so, he’s ready to go. This was all his idea. He’s determined to force the state of New York either to recognize an interracial marriage, or to prosecute it, and as such drum up public awareness and sympathy for the burgeoning civil rights movement, and the challenges it faces even here in the supposedly liberal North. No matter that at one time, it was generally assumed that he and Abigail (Abbie, she’s called) were going to be married. The mission of ending Jim Crow, of saving his suffering brothers and sisters, is bigger than all that.

He hardly could have chosen two more different people. Ichabod is in fact upper-class British, as posh as they come – old money, country estate, educated at Eton and Oxford, expected to take a job as a barrister in London or be elected to Parliament – but he’s fled the stifling strictures of class and country to be a hippie in the States, to the utter horror and disownment of his family. He stands a foot taller than his slender, diminutive bride, who stares directly ahead, bouquet of lilies wilting in the summer heat. She’s grown up working-class with her mama and her sister Jenny; Daddy is long since out of the picture. Served shakes and fries at the diner, scrubbed floors, worked as a secretary to pay her way through Spelman College in Georgia, where she saw things that shocked her awake and solidified her belief in the movement, to the point she’s willing to marry this obnoxious, oblivious Englishman to do something about it. Barely. He truly wants to help, which is more than she can say for almost everyone else, but he has no damn idea what that looks like.

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You Only Hate America Because You Think it's Special

Did you know: ‘Murica is a country of murderous, racist hypocrites who use Jesus and patriotism as an excuse for all kinds of crimes against the world.

Did you also know: The United States of America is a bastion of democracy that guarantees peace and freedom for all the nations of the world, partly using its tremendous arsenal of weapons, but moreso using its grand tradition of enlightened humanism.

Or maybe you know: The United States of America is falling apart and on the decline due to urban decay and the social ills brought on it by abandoning its wealth John Galt industrialists.

But then you might know: The United States of America is a shithole because it’s ruled by windbag “industrialists” who inherited daddy’s trust fund, blew their noses full of coke, and decided they’re John Galt.

Or maybe, this is all crap, and maybe, the truth about a country isn’t so simple as the little narratives some jackass like me can put on his blog.

Let’s. Find. Out.

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Dear Red States: 

We’re ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics and we’ve decided we’re leaving.

We in the Blue States intend to form our own country . 

In case you aren’t aware that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast. 

We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A). 

To sum up briefly:

You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. 

We get stem cell research and the best beaches. 

We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin. 

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand. 

We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. 

We get Harvard. You get Ole’ Miss. 

We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. 

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states pay their fair share. 

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. 

With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country’s fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation’s fresh fruit, 95% of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulphur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Cal Tech and MIT. 

With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. 
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you. 

38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties. 

We’re taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico. 

Sincerely, 

Citizen of the Enlightened States of America

Enlightened States of America Manifesto

Found this hilarious (but sobering) post on Facebook in regards to blue versus red states.  Do yourself a favor (no matter your politics) and read through it–it’s economically minded.  It was first posted on About.com.

Dear Red States:

We’re ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics and we’ve decided we’re leaving.


We in New York and California intend to form our own country and we’re taking the other Blue States with us.

In case you aren’t aware that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast.

We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).

To sum up briefly:

You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.

We get stem cell research and the best beaches.

We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand.

We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.

We get Harvard. You get Ole’ Miss.

We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs.

You get Alabama.

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.

With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country’s fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation’s fresh fruit, 95% of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

We’re taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.

Sincerely,

Citizen of the Enlightened States of America
Red State/Blue State by Anonymous

I am not sure who wrote this, but it is awesome!

Dear Red States:

We’re ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics and we've decided we’re leaving.

We in New York intend to form our own country and we’re taking the other Blue States with us.

In case you aren’t aware that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast.

We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).

To sum up briefly:

You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.

We get stem cell research and the best beaches.

We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand.

We get* Intel* and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.

We get Harvard (*Princeton, Penn, Haverford, Colgate, U of R)*,. You get Ole’ Miss.

We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs.

You get Alabama.

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.

With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country’s fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation’s fresh fruit, *95% of America’s quality wines* (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

We’re taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.

Sincerely,

Citizen of the Enlightened States of America