i should be responding to asks

anonymous asked:

Hi daddy. I'm extremely new to the sugar bowl. My biggest fear and possible the only one is being arrested or in trouble with the law. What are your suggestions on wording or phrases to use when asking for money so I avoid being in trouble with the law? Thank xoxo

I have a post on this subject that you should read:  How do I spot a real POT from a real COP? >.< ? Not sure if you’re the right person to ask, but I am.

Your chance of running into a cop, as opposed to a POT, is relatively small if you stick with standard sugaring websites like SA.  They go up dramatically if you’re posting or responding to posts on a site like Craig’s List.  

As I stated in the above link, the best way to avoid a cop’s attention is to watch for the red flags that I detailed.  Further, in initial messages, play up the approach that the allowance you seek is for companionship, a relationship, so to speak, and not strictly for sex. Also, insist on meeting the POT for a coffee or drink for the first time, not a hotel room.  Most cops don’t want the hassle of multiple messages and dates before springing the trap.  

There is no sure fire way of successfully avoiding a vice cop who is committed to busting you.  The problem is that legitimate sugar daddies want assurance that the allowance they pay is going to give them access to your pussy.  No way around that.  And, they’ll be mighty direct about it too.  There will be a lot of times you will sit there, scratching your head, wondering if the guy is a legit POT or a cop.  Some of the cops are real “good” at what they do, so you won’t know until it is too late.  However, if you do too much dancing around the subject of sex, a real non-cop POT is going to lose interest and move on.  

I know, it’s a conundrum with no concrete solution.  As with everything else in sugaring, you’ll develop a better “radar” over time and with experience.  

irl-hydra  asked:

Hi! Thank you so much for responding. So we are in Budapest for six full days (since we are flying out on a Friday and wanted to make the Saturday pool party). If we end up not doing the pool party, we will probably shorten that by a day or two to leave more time in Germany. Are there any tourist attractions we should definitely go to (aside from Gellert Hall and the Citadel and the Memento Park)? Also, any place you recommend for breakfast/dinner? Someone recommended Cafe Ruszwurm to me.

I find Memento park sort of underwhelming, to be honest. It’s 45 minutes outside of the city and then you pay to get in, when it’s really just a tiny area with some statues and they don’t even have plaques explaining them. (but if you have the time to do it, why not?) 

Side note, make sure you just pick up a 7 day BKK public transport pass, don’t buy that Budapest Card they try to trick tourists into buying – the discounts aren’t worth it unless you visit about 5 of the discounted attractions per day. The 7-day travel card is 4950ft. 

I highly recommend going up to the Fishermen’s bastion, you can take bus 15 from Deak Ferenc ter (city center) if you don’t want to walk up all the way there. This same bus also takes you to the castle, which IMO is not that pretty during the day but gorgeous at night.
In general, the views are incredible at night, and I’d recommend a trip to the lookout spots of Fishermen’s bastion both during the day and at night. The tram line 2 sort of gives you a cool little break if you don’t want to walk anymore and just goes along the river from the parliament (which it goes around slowly so you can marvel at it) all the way to Liberty bridge (if you get off there and walk across, you’re at the foot of Gellert hill where the Citadel is). Be warned, it’s quite a hike to get up to the Citadel, take some water with you. 

Heroes Square is quite nice, especially at night, and I think you’re bound to see it if you’re going to Szechenyi, as it’s located right next to it, in front of city park. The Basilica is also a must, make sure you buy a ticket to go up to the top, there’s elevators going all the way there now so you can enjoy the panoramic views without nearly dying on the narrow stairs. 

If you only do one museum, make it the House of Terror. Located in the former Communist and Nazi party HQ, it gives you a very interesting and comprehensive look into Hungarian history, especially related to WWII and the communist era. 

Other things if you still have time: Shoes on the bank of the Danube, stroll down UNESCO World Culture Heritage protected Andrassy Avenue, checkout the bizarrely fancy McDonalds at Nyugati Railway station (trust me), stop by Szimpla to see what the fuss is about with these ruin pubs, the Dohany Street Synagogue (biggest in Europe I believe), the Great Market Hall at Fovam ter. 

For breakfast, I can highly recommend Cafe Vian. They’re in several locations, my favorite is the one at Liszt Ferenc ter, as you can sit outside in the sun. A La Maison is also great. Solinfo Cafe is lovely (amazing Hungarian cheesy french toast) but usually packed, so you either check and hope for the best or call ahead to reserve a table. At all of these you won’t pay more than around 6-8€ for breakfast with coffee. 

For dinner, I think it depends on what you’re looking for. Good traditional Hungarian food is hard to find, as the spots claiming to offer it are largely aimed at tourists and very overpriced. For Sale Pub has cheap and great Goulash soup, and the portions are huge. Frici Papa is also a very cheap option, but if you’re looking for a comfortable sit down dinner, this is probably not the place. Cafe Vian, which I previously recommended for breakfast, has excellent dinner and lunch options as well. I cannot speak highly enough of Planet Sushi, which has the best sushi I have ever had, and I eat a lot of sushi. FoodTogether is fun, as you order your food on a little screen in your table, and the food is quite excellent too – anything from chicken to mexican to burgers and pasta/pizza. For street food, make sure you try langos at some point, there’s a nice stall selling them at the entrance to the Arany Janos metro station, five minutes from the Basilica. 

If you’re into sweet stuff, and honestly even if you’re not, you have to go to SUGAR! Walking into that place is like walking into a level of candy crush. They do brilliant cakes, shakes, ice cream, cupcakes, macarons….. really anything. It’s right across from the opera, so if you’re in the area, drop in for some ice cream. 

I really do believe that at least part of the problem of people distrusting science has to do with how we as scientists portray ourselves.

We have actively created a system where we derive authority from being seen as better/smarter/more competent than everyone else and then when people ask why they should trust us we respond with a very condescending version of ‘because SCIENCE IS FACT’ or something along those lines.

Like, consider how that would feel from the outside? Here are a small group of people who you have never met/interacted with who sequester themselves in impenetrable ~elite institutions that you can’t access and don’t feel party to who then tell you that what they say is fact because they’re smarter and better educated than you. And if you ever try to question them (no matter how reasonable your objections may be/seem to you) they condescendingly pat you on the head and say something like ‘don’t worry we know better. you can’t possibly understand what we do.’

Why the hell would you trust them? 

No one likes being told that they’re not smart enough to understand something, and no one likes feeling excluded from something they’ve essentially been asked to accept sight unseen. 

I don’t really have a solution to this, except some vague notion about working harder to portray scientists as people working a job, rather than geniuses who are above it all. 

And like trying harder to understand where people are coming from when they question science. And remembering that being better educated than most doesn’t make us smarter than most. It just makes us better trained in certain types of thinking.

I just think we need to keep in mind what we are asking of people. Which is to put a whole hell of a lot of faith in us.

  • Katie McGrath: I want to get a twitter. It seems so fun!
  • Katie's Agent: Katie NO!
  • Katie McGrath: Please!
  • Katie's Agent: Ugh...fine.Brandon is answering question on twitter. Help him along and if everything goes right we can talk about getting you a twitter
  • Brandon McLaren: Hey Katie they are asking me to describe you in one word. How should I respond?
  • Katie McGrath: Tell them I am completely fuckable
  • Katie's Agent: *smashes his head into a table repeatedly*

» halsey lyrics meme

Put a sentence in my ask to see how my muse responds.

  • ❝ I find myself alone when each day is through. ❞
  • ❝ Yes, I’ll admit that I’m a fool for you. ❞
  • ❝ You’ve got a way to keep me on your side. ❞
  • ❝ You give me cause for love that I can’t hide. ❞
  • ❝ If you wanna go to heaven you should fuck me tonight. ❞
  • ❝ I tried to hold these secrets inside me. ❞
  • ❝ My mind’s like a deadly disease. ❞
  • ❝ I’m meaner than my demons. ❞
  • ❝ Please stop, you’re scaring me. ❞
  • ❝ Goddamn right, you should be scared of me. ❞
  • ❝ Are you insane like me? Been in pain like me? ❞
  • ❝ You can’t wake up, this is not a dream. ❞
  • ❝ I think there’s a flaw in my code. ❞
  • ❝ These voices won’t leave me alone. ❞
  • ❝ Are you deranged like me? Are you strange like me? ❞
  • ❝ Keep on haunting me. ❞
  • ❝ I was as pure as a river, but now I think I’m possessed. ❞
  • ❝ I’ve been cold since you left. ❞
  • ❝ You’ve got a fire inside but your heart’s so cold. ❞
  • ❝ I’ve tried to wash you away but you just won’t leave. ❞
  • ❝ I came here so you’d come for me. ❞
  • ❝ You weren’t looking for me. ❞
  • ❝ I’m such a fool to pay this price. ❞
  • ❝ I don’t think he remembers. ❞
  • ❝ I don’t have to fucking tell you anything. ❞
  • ❝ That’s the beauty of a secret, you know you’re supposed to keep it. ❞
  • ❝ These days I can’t seem to get along with anyone. ❞
  • ❝ Your little brother never tells you but he loves you so. ❞
  • ❝ You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece. ❞
  • ❝ You were a vision in the morning when the light came through. ❞
  • ❝ I know I’ve only felt religion when I’ve lied with you. ❞
  • ❝ I’m still waking every morning but it’s not with you. ❞
  • ❝ I’m searching for something that I can’t reach. ❞
  • ❝ Kiss me in the corridor. ❞
  • ❝ You say that you’re no good for me. ❞
  • ❝ What happened to the soul that you used to be? ❞
  • ❝ Do you remember the taste of my lips that night? ❞
  • ❝ We’ll be running again. ❞
  • ❝ I’m a one night stand. ❞
  • ❝ I’m the violence in the pouring rain. ❞
  • ❝ I’m a hurricane. ❞
  • ❝ I found myself reminded to keep you far away from me. ❞
  • ❝ Well lately, I like ‘em crazy. ❞
  • ❝ I can never keep my eyes off this. ❞
  • ❝ All we do is drive. ❞
  • ❝ We know very well who we are. ❞
  • ❝ I’m headed straight for the castle. ❞
  • ❝ They wanna make me their queen. ❞
  • ❝ If you wanna break these walls down, you’re gonna get bruised. ❞
  • ❝ I just wanna feel your lips against my skin. ❞
  • ❝ I promised myself I wouldn’t let you complete me. ❞
  • ❝ I’m sorry but I fell in love tonight. ❞
  • ❝ I didn’t mean to fall in love tonight. ❞
  • ❝ Could we pretend that we’re in love? ❞
  • ❝ We’re the underdogs in this world alone. ❞
  • ❝ They can break our hearts, they won’t take our souls. ❞
  • ❝ Would you bleed for me? ❞
  • ❝ Let’s cause a little trouble. ❞
  • ❝ Would you lie for me? ❞
  • ❝ I wouldn’t leave you if you’d let me. ❞
8

He had never heard her like this. She had never been anything other than in control, on top of everything. Smiling, efficient, nothing ever threw her. To hear her like this tore him up.
   He tried to respond, but before he could, Pepper had brought herself under control. “I’m sorry,” she said.
   “You don’t have to apolo-”
   “No. I do.” Her voice had acquired it’s detached businesslike demeanor. “That was… unprofessional. You didn’t ask for this to happen. You did your best. We should be grateful that you weren’t killed in the attack. I have…” She paused, and there was a slight choke in her voice that she promptly shoved away. “I have every confidence that you’ll find him. And Mr. Stark is very resourceful himself. You shouldn’t count him out”
   “Absolutely. He’s probably building a matter transporter out of three paperclips and a toaster oven as we speak, and he’ll just beam himself out.“
   “You’ll keep me appraised.”
   “Absolutely, you’ll be the first one to know.”
   “Thank you, that means a lot.”
   “And Pepper-”
The phone beeped at him. The person on the other end had disappeared. He couldn’t tell whether it was a dropped call or if she hung up. Either way, the conversation was over.
   He pocketed his cell phone and wondered, not for the first time, if Tony Stark was aware of just how completely, totally and madly in love with him Pepper Potts was. For that matter, he wondered if Pepper herself knew.

                                                                                           - Iron Man Novelization, by Peter David

Tuesday Fic Rec #7

The Principal Thing by @mermaid-reyes / fuchs | Stiles/Derek | t | 4k

Out of everything wrong with the world, out of everything horrible that has happened to Stiles, out of kanimas and werewolves and sociopathic hunters and batshit insane high school students, Stiles had thought that his eventual and inevitable demise would be slightly more dramatic than this.

I LOVE THIS. IT’S SO HUMAN AND REAL AND I LOVE THE WAY THIS WRITING MAKES ME FEEL. I READ THIS OFTEN. I LOVE DEREK RESPONDING TO STILES’ PAIN AND AND ❤️❤️❤️❤️

who’s gonna run this town tonight by @callunavulgari | Stiles/Derek | m | 7k

“So,” Derek says, after they break free of the preserve. They’re maybe ten minutes away from the station. “Who is it? The John Doe?”

“Should you really be asking me that, Deputy Hale?” Stiles mutters into his knees, voice strangely weak for someone who spent the last thirty minutes mouthing off to the people arresting him. “I’m not afraid of you,” Derek says before he can stop himself, glancing quickly at the road before returning the majority of his attention to the rear-view.

“Maybe you should be,” Stiles whispers, and Derek jolts like he’s been hit. He returns his attention to the road, ignoring Stiles slumping back into his seat, so he almost misses the quiet voice from behind him. “Scott McCall. Someone killed my brother and I mean to find out who the fuck did it. Nobody’s going to stop me, not even you.”

Beautiful role reversal fic with Stiles as the omega werewolf that meets Deputy Hale after Scott is killed. Stiles is a little shit (◡‿◡✿) Derek cares about him anyway (◕‿◕✿)

The Importance of Vaccinating Your Lycanthrope by Stoney | Sterek | g | 5k

Herd immunity only works if the herd stays vaccinated, Derek. Well, it’s not like Derek had ever expected that he’d need an MMR, etc. Stiles. Good thing Stiles is awesome at sick beds. Yes he is, too, Derek.

Just some soft, gentle hurt/comfort fic with human!Derek that always warms my heart ❤️

Telling the Sheriff by kamawe | Stiles/Derek | Stiles/Derek | g | 15k

The couple of days leading to Stiles telling his dad about supernatural are not fun.

Sleep deprivation and exhaustion (◕‿◕✿) Relatable Content™ right here. Through a series of unfortunate events Stiles wears himself out between spending time with werewolves and his father and eventually…well. They tell the Sheriff. 

Carry on, Love is Coming by @finduilasclln | Stiles/Derek | t | 6k 

When Stiles breaks his knee after battling the latest supernatural disaster, he needs someone to take care of him.

With tags like “Hurt/Comfort” and “Derek Takes Care of Stiles” this fic pulls me in right off the bat. I love this fic, beginning to end. Stiles having human injuries and human emotions about being injured and I just thoroughly enjoy this fic, always. 

BONUS:

(Love) Sick and Dying by har1ey_quinn | Stiles/Derek | g | 5k 

“Do you need me to carry you?” Derek looks like anything Stiles says in an affirmative response will only result in him being thrown out the window.

“I-” Stiles squints at Derek. Apparently his lack of response is not good enough for the werewolf, so he takes it upon himself to try and shift Stiles into a sitting position on the bed. “Whoa, head rush. Ow.” Stiles brings his hands to rub at his temples, eyes shut in pain. The throbbing is getting unbearable now.

Stiles gets sick and Derek gets guilty. They work it out though and it’s the cutest, softest thing ever ❤️

Yuri snorted, trying to keep from laughing. Otabek looked up from his book curiously.
“What’s so funny?” He asked.
It took Yuri far longer than it should’ve to respond, breaking out into full on laughter. He rolled closer to Otabek, the comfort of the bed suddenly forgotten.
“I found fan art,” Yuri replied in between giggles.
“Of?”
“You. But you’re completely naked.”
Otabek’s face turned approximately six shades of red. “W- what?!”
“…I’m responding to it.”
“What are you saying?” Otabek made a grab for the phone in his boyfriend’s hand, but Yuri was quick to dodge.
“I’m only pointing out the inaccuracies!” He insisted. He hummed thoughtfully, examining the drawing. He began typing, speaking every word as he went, “Good, but inaccurate. His six-pack is not that defined, neither is his v-line.”
Otabek looked as if he were about to self destruct. Yuri reveled in this newfound side of the older boy. He smirked mischievously before adding, “Also, his dick is bigger-”
“YURA!”
This time, the Kazakh boy managed to grab the phone, but it was too late. The damage had already been done.
“Oops,” Yuri said in a way that definitely held no apologetic tones. Otabek groaned, embarrassed beyond belief. “I’m sorry, Beka, but they needed these details for future drawings.”
“How would you feel if you found a naked drawing of you online?” Otabek challenged.
“How would you?” Yuri shot back defiantly.
The older boy had no idea how to respond. He was finished.

8

Imagine being one of the originals

“Who are you?” the eldest Salvatore asked.

“The question you should be asking is what I am” you responded with the Mikaelson smirk.

TREVOR PHILIPS FACTS!

It’s four in the morning, but honestly I’ve fallen victim to my trash pairing (Trikey!) and I am no longer in control of my life, so here are some facts about Trevor. It is a mix of good, bad, and neutral. If you think I should do more about Trevor or another character, message me or leave me an ask.

• Trevor thinks that weed is a childish and weak drug.

• Trevor is bisexual. Through texts he comes close to saying it and shares sexual experiences through stories that have indeed involved a male. As a side note, when Franklin asked Trevor directly if he was gay, Trevor responded with, “No! Yes! Labels are whatever, man.”

• Trevor is a dropout.

• Trevor refers to himself as, “Uncle T”.

• Ron calls Trevor, “Crazy Trevor” to Trevor then calls Ron, “Nervous Ron”.

• Trevor was never accepted by the other children throughout his childhood due to his oddness and constant rage fits.

• Trevor is officially 6'1".

• Trevor is a victim or emotion, verbal, and physical abuse from both parents.

• Trevor has always had rage problems even from a early age. When he was young, Trevor says that he killed many animals and “drifters”.

• Trevor is addicted to Crystal Meth and owns his own drug selling company.

•Trevor has a brother named Ryan who is deceased. Trevor states in a conversation that he wasn’t fond of Ryan and that his death was “accidental”. It is unknown if Trevor killed him, which is very possible, or if his death was truly an accident caused by him or someone else.

• Trevor’s signature color has been confirmed to be orange. Orange reflects on his personality, having traits of amusement and madness.

• In a conversation while hanging with Franklin, Trevor says, “I grew up in five states, two countries, fourteen different homes, eight fathers, three care homes, two correctional facilities, one beautiful, damaged flower of a mother”, and also, “I served time, my country, your country and myself.”

• Trevor’s biological father abandoned him at a shopping mall as a child. Trevor, unknown how many years/months later, burned down the same shopping mall in anger.

• Trevor will hurt himself when he is upset. He mostly will slam his head against a hard object until his head is bloodied and bleeding.

• Trevor almost turned into a professional golf player.

• Trevor was kicked out of the Royal Canadian Air Force because the woman in charge of psychological evaluations saw Trevor as mentally unstable, resulting in Trevor’s discharge and grounding for life.

• Trevor is terrified of clowns and it is implied through his text that he was, in fact, sexually assaulted by a clown at a young age.

• Trevor was planning to only work with Brad and end his and Michael’s robbing partnership not long before Michael faked his death.

• Trevor openly admits that he prefers older women when having a choice.

• Trevor has a very strong urge to be held by another when he is upset or in distress.

• Trevor was also at one point expelled from a school. He claims that if he wasn’t expelled, he would have most likely had a profession in the arts (singer, dancer, writer, actor, etc). He says that he still has something “very big” to tell the world, yet he doesn’t know what it is.

• Trevor gets very defensive when it comes to his accent and being questioned if he is American.

• Trevor, through dialogue when hitting the “insult button” when next to Patricia (he will only say compliments), he tells her that he wants a very strong and confident woman, such as herself.

• Trevor, when it comes to women, wants someone that is as equally strong and crazy as he is. When chasing after Mary Anne, he says, “-It’s a recipe for disaster! That’s why it’s so perfect!”.
As a side note, he will call her “crazy cakes” and ask her to marry him immediately after he confess his love.

• Trevor’s mother, Mrs. Philips, was a prostitute/stripper.

today I recited Shakespeare to a small army of eight-year-olds

So last week an email got sent round my college asking if anyone wanted to read some poetry to primary school kids and I was the only one who responded and I asked if I could do some Shakespeare, since I have quite a lot of experience with it, and the teacher said that would be fine.

So I was discussing with friends what I should do and they said ‘er yeah, don’t do Shakespeare.’ And I was like ‘what why’ and they went ’well, maybe if they’re over 10 but otherwise you’ll just get blank looks’ and I went ‘well I don’t want to insult their intelligence’ and then another friend was like ‘hey you should do that kid’s song ‘When I Was One’, they’ll like that!!’ (it’s a really babyish song for toddlers with silly actions) and I thought about it and was ‘like nah actually, I’ll do the ‘Once more unto the breach’ speech’

So I learned that over the week, and I was walking up to the school, and the whole way I was thinking ‘Oh god this was a terrible idea they’re going to hate it, they’re going to look at me blankly like those kids in The Polar Express, my friends were right it’s going to be a disaster’, and I was there early, so I sat in the classroom for the first half an hour, got given a cupcake by some kids from a different class, said hello to some of the kids in my class, they got a look at me.

At half 2 the teacher mentioned I would be reading some poetry, and I asked if we could go outside, which she was more than happy to allow, and the kids were all so confused (‘where are we going? Isn’t it only poetry?’) and we got onto the field, the teacher got them all to stand an arm’s length apart from each other, so I could walk around them, and I did a brief overview of where the scene came in the play, how the king is on the battlefield, talking to his soldiers (“Could all you be the soldiers?” “Yes!!”) and they’re attacking the French, who are all in a castle (forgot it’s really a castle town), and they’re attacking them through a gap in the wall, the breach. Me and the teacher emphasised that if there was anything they didn’t understand, that was completely fine and they could ask me at the end. I asked the kids to watch for when I held my fist in the air, which is when they had to cheer loudly, we had a practise at that, and then I did the speech.

Everything I had been scared about evaporated. All the kids were totally engaged, they were all watching me, they all listened right the way through, I saw lots of excited faces, and they all cheered really well at the end.

Afterwards, there was a lot of chatter, several of them asked me questions (”how do you remember all those words?”, “what did you mean when you talked about nostrils?”), one boy asked me to do it again, they were all really lovely and had genuinely enjoyed it. It was so much fun, and they especially loved it when I told them how my big college friends had told me not to do Shakespeare because they wouldn’t like it. Those kids 100% proved them wrong

6

Soooo long story short, have two Wii U consoles and double up off games. Easiest way to get rid one is for a giveaway yay! Perfect timing for breath of the wild!


⭐️Details & rules:

⭐️This giveaway comes with a Wii U 8gb White console, a Pro Controller, Marino Kart 8, Nintendo land and Super Smash Bros.

⭐️All gaming hardware is region locked to Pal. I will ship worldwide, but it should be noted you will need to purchase Pal games to continue playing.

⭐️You must be following me and reblog or like this post. You can reblog up to 3 times for multiple entries.
Bonus entry for following my Instagram. Jaden.jpg . Leave your Instagram name in the tags if you followed.

⭐️You must have asks enabled and I’ll need to be able to message you.

⭐️If you don’t respond within 48 hours it re-draw and go to someone else.

⭐️Up to the winners choice if a public announcement is wanted. I will respect the winners privacy.

⭐️Winner must be comfortable with giving out their address to me.

⭐️Will be asking partner to randomly pick a winner for the prize out of the tumblr notes and Instagram entries.

⭐️Giveaway ends on the 20th of February!

Good luck!

lizzietheteenagewitch  asked:

What is the best thing about being a Hufflepuff? And do you miss Hogwarts and the common room?

Our fashion sense, I should think.  Not everyone can pull off yellow.

And I do, yes- very much so, in fact.  There’s nothing quite like a quiet afternoon in the Common Room, or a morning by the lake.  I hope to return, someday.

3

Should America Intervene?

“This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well…Even a neutral cannot be asked to close his mind or his conscience." 

- Franklin Roosevelt, radio address, September 3, 1939

When war erupted, Americans were divided about how to respond. They sympathized with the victims of aggression. But, remembering the horrors of World War I, most wanted to stay out of the conflict. Isolationists argued America should look to its own defenses rather than aid other nations. And neutrality laws passed by Congress during the 1930s prohibited American arms sales to warring nations. The country’s military was also woefully unprepared. All these factors placed limits on FDR’s ability to act.

In the dark months that followed, Roosevelt demonstrated his belief that America’s security depended on the defeat of the Axis Powers. His actions sparked a great national debate. Should the United States remain wholly neutral? Or should it find ways short of war to assist nations resisting Hitler?

The Reluctant Neutral

When World War II erupted in 1939, most Americans felt their nation could safely remain isolated from foreign troubles. But FDR recognized the grave danger the Axis Powers posed to American security. For two years, he pursued a cautious but deliberate policy of aiding Great Britain and, later, the Soviet Union in their war with Germany and Italy.

At every step, the President had to contend with deep-seated American fears about involvement in the war. He also had to manage a growing crisis in the Pacific, where Japan was expanding its empire into China and threatening Southeast Asia.

“It is easy for you and for me to shrug our shoulders and to say that conflicts taking place thousands of miles from the continental United States … do not seriously affect the Americas—and that all the United States has to do is to ignore them… . Passionately though we may desire detachment, we are forced to realize that … every battle that is fought, does affect the American future.”

- Franklin Roosevelt, Fireside Chat, September 3, 1939