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The Crisis of Governance

America is in a crisis of governance. There is no adult in charge.

Instead, we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego, whose conflicts of financial interest are ubiquitous, and whose presidency is under a “gray cloud” of suspicion (according to the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) for colluding with Russian agents to obtain office in the 2016 election.

He’s advised by his daughter, his son-in-law, and an oddball who once ran a white supremacist fake-news outlet.

His cabinet is an assortment of billionaires, CEOs, veterans of Wall Street, and ideologues, none of whom has any idea about how to govern and most of whom don’t believe in the laws their departments are in charge of implementing anyway.

He has downgraded or eviscerated groups responsible for giving presidents professional advice on foreign policy, foreign intelligence, economics, science, and domestic policy. He gets most of what he learns from television.

Meanwhile, Congress is in the hands of Republicans who for years have only said “no,” who have become expert at stopping whatever a president wants to do but don’t have a clue how to initiate policy, most of whom have never passed a budget into law, and, more generally, don’t much like government and have not shared responsibility for governing the nation.

As a result of all this, the most powerful nation in the world with the largest economy in the world is rudderless and leaderless.

Where we need thoughtful resolve we have thoughtless name-calling. Where we need democratic deliberation we have authoritarian rants and rallies. Where we need vision we have myopia.

The only way out of this crisis of governance is for us – the vast majority of Americans who deserve and know better – to take charge. Your country needs you desperately. 

I fucking love Tina in this scene. She drags Newt to the MACUSA law enforcement department, and she’s all uppity and hardass at first. And then Picquery chews out Tina and she becomes this little kicked puppy. And Newt also totally looks like a kicked puppy. 

Look at these two kicked puppies standing together. They are OTP, but they don’t know it yet.

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

Hey, guys. If you have a second I beg beg beg you to sign this petition my university’s student council made to save the Art History department of our university. It takes almost no time to sign and is absolutely free. My university is German but there is an English translation of the petition on the page if you scroll a bit down! It’d mean the world to me and the art history students who have to fear losing their entire education to the Law department. Also, if you can please reblog this to spread the word. Thank you so much!

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“Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.””
- Joshua‬ ‭1:6-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

When Moses died, God appointed Joshua to take his place. He was going to have to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest leaders in history. On top of that, he would also have to lead the people into new territory—the Promised Land.

God’s command to Joshua was simple: be strong and courageous. Three times God gave him that command, each time with a different extension. The first time, God told Joshua to be strong and courageous because he was going to lead the people. The second time, God said to Joshua that if he did everything the Scriptures commanded he would be successful. And the third time, God told Joshua that He would be with him everywhere he went.

In the same way, we can be nervous about what the future has for us. But like Joshua, we can be strong and courageous when we remember that God will use us to lead others to Him, that God gave us His Word to guide us and make us successful, and most importantly, that God will be with us wherever we go.

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” Psalms‬ ‭56:3-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.”
‭‭- Psalms‬ ‭18:28-36‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Rabid Raccoon

Officers respond to a report of raccoon jumping at the homeowner. When they arrive it is flopping around, sick. They call animal control and trap it in a trash can. A little later they close it no report. So I asked them what happened….this is via message.

Officer 1: “No comment! Ask Officer 2.”
Me: “What happened?”
Officer 2: “Animal control took it. Ask Officer 1 what he did.”
Officer 1: “I ran away.”
Me: “No you did not.”
Officer 1: “I’m not ashamed. That thing was huge like a German Shepherd.”
Me: “Did he really run away?”
Officer 2: “Fast and far. Screamed, ran, and hid in the complainant’s house.”
Me: “Did you scream?”
Officer 1: “I ran over and knocked and very manly yelled ‘Open the door!’ It was intense.”

The introduction of Ke'i Nahoa
  • Ke'i, nervously: I was sent by Effluvia Marsh to work with you guys?
  • Me: Oh, great! Are you any good in a fight?
  • Ke'i: N-no...
  • Me: Oh boy. Whatever. My name is Caria, and that guy in sunglasses is Corncop, and no matter what he tells you, he is not actually affiliated with any police department or law enforcement anywhere-
  • Corncop: Hey! Not true!
  • Me, ignoring him: And the other guy is Perkins Loan, who... I don't actually remember what he does. Something.
  • Perkins: *laughs* Yeah, I do something all right.
  • Ke'i: Right... okay...
  • Me: Can I buy you a drink?
  • Ke'i: Yes, please.
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Despite being under constant attack by the media, Bay Area Law Enforcement were steadfast in protecting their citizens and visitors this Superbowl weekend.

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Our daughter did nothing wrong. You can’t take her away. Do you even know my daughter? She’s the smartest at school, she’s always first place. She got into Seoul University on her first try. Her childhood dream was to become a lawyer and she was qualified to go to law school, but the Department of Education offered her a scholarship. She took it so that her parents wouldn’t have to worry about money. She even got in without a tutor. You know Seoul University, right? The university where only the smartest kids in all of Korea can get in. Our daughter is like that.

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Next Generation Character Profiles [6/16]
Rose Weasley || Ravenclaw || 28 September 2005
Dedicated || Motherly || Hedonistic
“And she’s smart and she’s wild, all rolled into one.”
FC: Willa Holland
Quidditch Position: Seeker
Wand: Vine, unicorn hair, 8 inches
Hair/Eye/Body: Red/brown/average
Career: Department of Magical Law Enforcement

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Childhood/Family: Rose spent most of her childhood watching Chudley Cannons games with her father, visiting bookshops with her mother, and arguing with her brother Hugo. She enjoyed growing up; although her family wasn’t as well off as some of their cousins’, the Weasley-Granger family lived in a quaint little house on the outskirts of Ottery St. Catchpole and was reasonably comfortable. Rose was close to Lily as a girl, and the two started a secret club in the treehouse at the bottom of the Potters’ garden. Over time, the two girls drifted towards other friends, but they always felt like sisters to each other.
The only thing Rose found difficult as she reached Hogwarts age was the pressure she was under from her parents. Although they didn’t mean to cause harm, Hermione expected Rose to keep up with her academics, and Ron simply assumed that his two children would be Gryffindors and Chudley Cannons fans for life. Thankfully, once Rose reached her limit one evening and insisted that she would be her own person, the pressure stopped (something which Hugo was secretly glad about, and after that day started to wear his Tutshill Tornadoes shirt in public).
Hogwarts: Rose was Sorted into Ravenclaw, and quickly found herself a large group of girl friends. She was slightly sad that Al wasn’t in her house, but the two had certain lessons together, so it wasn’t too bad. During the first few years at Hogwarts, she split her time between gossiping with her girl friends and visiting the library to study with Al. In her fourth year, James convinced her to try out for her house Quidditch team; two weeks later she’d been made Seeker.
Up until that point, she’d been fairly reserved – she’d concentrated mostly on friendships and schoolwork – but once she found an active social life outside of her classes she began to grow much more confident. Indeed, she kept a Kiss Chart on her bedroom wall in her sixth year, and the amount of scores on it was rivaled only by Lorcan’s.
To her professors, Rose was a sweet, dedicated student; to her girl friends, she was wild and fun, and to her cousins, she was motherly and had a streak of Hermione’s old patronising nature. James once called her a goody-two-shoes when Rose was fifteen because she refused to participate in a Weasley prank, but she got him back at a drunken party that night by kissing one of his classmates. After that, James held nothing but respect for his cousin, and marvelled at how she managed to keep a perfect reputation whilst still loving to drink and party.
During Hogwarts, Rose’s best friends were Al and a Ravenclaw girl called Helena Davies. She became closer to Hugo once the two had reached their teenage years, and also spent a weekend each month going shopping with Lily and Dominique. As for James, the pair had spent the first few years at school finding the other’s attitude nothing short of ridiculous, but over time found a connection and became really special friends to one another.
Rose’s first boyfriend was Scorpius Malfoy, in their second year, and although it lasted for over a year it was never properly serious – they both felt that they were too young for that kind of thing, and no hard feelings were harbored by either of them. In fact, Scorpius was always the guest of honour at Rose’s parties, and the two came to love each other like siblings once they had grown out of their “childish” romance.
In her spare time Rose liked to sketch, read romance novels, study and party. She was also a Christian. Her favourite subject was Ancient Runes; her least favourite was perhaps Herbology. In her sixth year, the students sat mock NEWT examinations – and Rose, for the first time in her life, by complete fluke, failed each and every one of them (Al privately thought this to be very good for her). Thankfully, this was a mere blip on her otherwise perfect academic record, so she ended up finding it funny more than anything.
After Hogwarts: Rose didn’t feel like settling down as soon as she graduated, so she travelled the world for a year with Helena. Her best friend returned to England before she did; after that, Rose travelled alone, which is when she met a Muggle artist named Finn. The two bonded over their love of art, and, even when they happened to be separated by continents, wrote each other postcards from all over the world. After a few years of travel, Rose returned to England to apply for a post at the Ministry of Magic, but not before introducing Finn to her family as her boyfriend. Rose worked in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement as an intern for a year, before she progressed up the ranks until she eventually worked under her mother. Rose and Finn got married in Rose’s church during March 2036. They had two children together – Alstroemeria and Samuel – and the family remained close to the Potters and to Hugo Weasley’s family, too.