A Thank you™ post is needed so I just want to give a big UP to THE ENTIRE FANDOM for the amazing job done with streams and itunes gifts and everyone who bought the song, every stream gift and purchase counted to achieve this big #3 for Louis. Also, thank you to the amazing team of @projectjholdon who did everything they could to promote the song and help the fandom with their posts and explanation. It was a real pleasure to work with all of you, @idareyoutotakealook@aaronbutterfield@conscious–ramblings@claudiyah@lhrry@proudoflou thanks for letting me join you for this. Thank you for your work, thanks to @verily-i-say for doing The Thing, and all her 450 streaming devices she had for this, thank to the entire world who made this possible and I hope you all felt part of great family like I did. Thanks to every larrie I follow (you are too many to tag also Tumblr is acting weird) for every reblog, for spreading the world, everything you did.
All the love to everyone, if I forgot someone just tag yourself, you’re all included.
Love this crazy ass fandom we are SO GOOD, I swear. ❤
[…] This isn’t going to be some silly article where I point out that both women made hay out of their famous beaus and talk about how their both great at shaking off the haters (though, I mean, come on). It’s also not going to be some vague connection that ends in a sentiment of general girl power. The connection between Clinton and Swift is unique and real because they both are painfully aware of the struggles of uniquely powerful women.
The Taint of Corruption
While it’s certainly not a completely gendered issue, there’s something about women on top that leads to the general public believing that they are in some way evil or corrupt. Beyonce calling out her corny Illuminati haters isn’t going to stop them from assuming she’s pulling hidden levers and stuffing bodies in the floorboards of her tastefully decorated penthouse.
And Clinton and Swift have been dealing with the same sort of issues for most of their careers. The public assumes that they’re up to something and from that biased vantage point everything looks like evidence. […]
It simply doesn’t matter that Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for three decades and none of her “scandals” have ever led to charges. It doesn’t matter that we’ve waited for Taylor to slip up for 10 years and she hasn’t. We just know they’re up to something.
A Sort-Of Validation
With Clinton and Swift firmly written off as Cheaty McCheatersons cheating the system, it becomes that much easier to discredit what they’ve done. In fact, in spite of their major successes, both women have only seen their talents validated when they are held up by other, less qualified men. […]
In both cases, it’s an example of a man that the general public views as “real” and “authentic”, who throw the edifices that Clinton and Swift have built into stark relief and allow us to marvel at how impressive they are.
They’re Just Fake
Talking about a built-up persona leads to one of the biggest criticisms that both Clinton and Swift face. Both stand accused of being inauthentic, of measuring their words too much and plotting every little action with mechanical precision.
This is one of the few criticisms that holds water. But, let’s be real. Of course Clinton and Swift are calculated. They are a politician running for president and one of the biggest pop stars in the world, respectively. You don’t get to that point (at least not until this election) without thinking very hard about who you are and what you want the world to see of you. Mega-famous musicians and candidates for the most powerful position on the planet are meant to be immaculately polished.
I’ve managed to sort of side-step it up to this point, but here’s where we can no longer ignore the idea of gender playing a factor in their criticism.
The HRC we see on television is no more of a ruse than President Barack Obama‘s public face, it’s no more of a put-on than Mitt Romney repeatedly telling folks he loves “sport.” Taylor’s well-timed tweets and #squad mentality are no less planned than Drake‘s petty and meticulously crafted Instagram posts.
If you want to be world-renowned, having a very good idea of your persona comes with the territory. And it seems we punish ambitious women more heavily for this inescapable fact than we do their scheming bro counterparts.
In spite of all of these criticisms and attempts to tear them down, Clinton and Swift just keep on coming. They’re Type-A women who refuse to held back by a few naysayers. They seem to be the only people who routinely face this sort of bashing, but that just gives them something to bond over when they inevitably meet in the White House. Oh and while we’re here, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday. You know what makes a nice soundtrack to voting? 1989.
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It's always so weird swapping from a sorcerer back to a fighter, because there's nothing to cross off. There isn't a limited number of hits I can make with my rapier, I can just fucking hit the thing all day.
When I played a fighter, I used to make the joke that, alright, I'm making my spell list for today: Stab, Cut, Slice.
Yeah, exactly. I cast Sword on it.
Rain of Heavy Blunt Objects.
I seriously made a character like that one time.
What, who cast Rain of Heavy Blunt Objects and then just threw marbles at people?
He was a dwarf, wasn't he?
Yeah. He would just make up random names and then hit people. That was one of my favorite characters, too.
It's a dwarf with delusions of casting, or at least who likes to mock casters all the time?
And also he hated real spellcasters. That was the trait that I picked: he hated magic.
(west wind) celebrate the coming of spree fourth or fifth my first supposed invitation last lost May warm our backs and the air was based (a long distance cyclist gasping human concern) while we ran high-resolute into a new campaign (the purity of mineral water, pristine till the flood of stifling numbers) holism of hyacinths, books cityscape with petrichor and daffodils (tumblr is full)
WASHINGTON — A three-judge federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously refused to reinstate President Trump’s targeted travel ban, delivering the latest and most stinging judicial rebuke to his effort to make good on a campaign promise and tighten the standards for entry into the United States.
The ruling was the first from an appeals court on the travel ban, and it was focused on the narrow question of whether it should be blocked while courts consider its lawfulness. The decision is likely to be quickly appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
That court remains short-handed and could deadlock. A 4-to-4 tie in the Supreme Court would leave the appeals court’s ruling in place.