There are so many historic wins coming out of Election Day 2017. Black women (both cis and trans) winning mayoral races, legislative seats, and Lt. Governor seats, a trans woman ousting a known transphobe, a Sikh man winning his mayoral race. Wow.

Everybody really fucked it up this election. A Sikh man was elected mayor in New Jersey. The first woman mayor in a long ass time won in New Hampshire, Dems have full control of Washington state, 2 black Lt governors were elected, Charlotte elected its first black woman as mayor, VA has its first openly trans state legislator, another trans woman was elected to Minneapolis city council!! An independent black woman was elected to the city council in Charlottesville Virginia!!!!! Don’t let this die, this is truly amazing, as fucked up as our political system is. We have the power to elect people that actually represent us. Let’s keep up this fucking amazing momentum

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Flint Smith have declared May 23rd BEYONCÉ DAY! in Minnesota. Today marks the one year anniversary of this proclamation.

The official proclamation notes that “Beyoncé’s impact and success has been widely recognized” and that she “has influenced many young girls and women with powerful, positive messages in her songs,” which is a nice way of saying what the Beyhive has always known from the start: Beyoncé is the queen.


Adams 1851 revolver

Manufactured by Deane, Adams and Deane c.1853 and presented by Lt. Governor John Russell Colvin to Ram Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur - serial number No.7199/R.
.52 cap and ball six-shot cylinder, double action, matte black finish, gold inlays on every square millimeter of steel, ivory grip with cabochon’d rubies.

Must have been nice being a ruler in 19th century India.
For a while at least.

“On April 21st, 1967, the 100,000,000 GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville. A blue, 2 door Caprisse. There was a big ceremony, speeches, Lt. Governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her, but they should have. 

Because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car…. No, the most important object In pretty much the whole universe.


WHAT A NIGHT! Democrats won EVERY statewide office in Virginia, Governor! Lt Governor! Attorney General! as of right now Democrats have picked up 13 seats it looks like they’ll end up controlling the House, anti-trans Bastard Bob Marshall author of the Virginia bathroom bill was beaten by a trans woman, (and former heavy metal guitarist) Danica Roem, in New Jersey Democrats won back the Governor’s office meaning total Democratic control of New Jersey state government! and finally Maine voted to expand Medicaid giving 70,000 people health care! this is good, this is a good night. 

Why move to Canada if you can move to Washington State?

Hey y’all. This is a scary time for a lot of people, and all those jokes about moving to Canada might be coming true. But international travel isn’t an option for everyone, and emigrating to Canada actually takes years so, I thought of an alternative - why not move to Washington State? 

Seriously! If the fact that our electoral votes went to Hillary didn’t convince you:

-we just re-elected Jay Inslee/Cyrus Habib for governor/lt. governor (democratic)

-we elected Bob Ferguson (democratic) for attorney general

-We elected Mike Kreidler (democratic) for insurance commissioner

-Both of our U.S. Senators are female Democrats, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

-75% of our energy comes from renewable sources (hydroelectric, mostly)

-the Seattle music scene is INSANE (remember, we gave you Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain)

-We have marijuana coffee


- We have oceans, rainforests, and volcanoes OH MY

-Our tax system isn’t awesome for poor or middle-class folks, but we do have one of the highest minimum wages in the country, and we JUST passed an initiative to raise it AND require paid sick leave

- We rank 15th for fewest registered firearms

-We have state discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity/expressions (although no official ban on conversion therapy)

-it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (and as a native I’m in no way biased)

This is Palouse Falls btw.

I’m not saying we don’t have A LOT of problems and there’s a lot of things to consider before you move. That might not even be possible for you. But don’t give up on America just yet. There’s a lot left worth sticking around for. 

Besides, here we’re just a few hours away from the Canadian border anyway.
‘Discrimination Sunday’: Texas rushes to pass transgender ‘bathroom bill’ and measure allowing bias in adoptions, foster care
The bill is somewhat narrower than the one that caused such a ruckus in North Carolina, leading to business boycotts of the state.

Texas is on the verge of passing a discriminatory bathroom bill that will deeply affect the tens of thousands of trans youth living in the state. Under the banner of “privacy and security” this law would require students to use bathroom and locker-rooms corresponding to their “biological sex.” It’s not as broad as North Carolina’s HB2 (or the previously proposed SB6), but this will have a tremendous impact on a very vulnerable group of students who often have little choice in where they go to school.

No matter how frequently legislators deny the discriminatory intent behind these bills, the message from them is clear: that trans identities are not accepted, legitimate, or worthy of protection. That kind of messaging has a long history in the United States. Take it away, Democratic Representative Senfronia Thompson:

“I happened to be a part of this society during a period of time in this state and in this country when we had ‘separate but equal’ and I remember those days. You remember? Bathrooms: white, colored. Bathrooms divided us then and it divides us now and America has long recognized that separate but equal is not equal at all.”

Bathroom legislation discriminates, and it creates a school environment in which trans students (who already face plenty of challenges) are less likely to feel safe and comfortable - and are therefore less likely to succeed.

I am not sure that pressure on the Governor will do much of anything (this legislation has been championed by the Lt. Governor in Texas), but if you live in the state, please speak up.

And while this law is almost certainly going to face immediate legal challenge, things at the federal level are more than a little murky. With the Supreme Court declining to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, and the Department of Justice/Department of Education rescinding trans-inclusive recommendations, there is plenty of gray area for states and local municipalities to enact bathroom restrictions. This is certainly not the last bill we’re going to see of this kind.

anonymous asked:

you've talked a lot about the virginia election, any thoughts on the nj election?

Murphy has never polled under a 12-point lead, he’s running against the lt. governor of the most unpopular governor in the country, there is essentially no way he can lose.

Virginia and New Jersey have elected Democratic Governors and Lt. Governors.

A Virginia bigot responsible for a state bathroom bill just got owned by a transgender woman. Meanwhile, Minneapolis has chosen the first trans council member in a major American city.

Charlottesville, NC leaves a black woman in charge of the mayor’s office, while Hoboken, NJ goes for a Sikh to lead their city.

Washington State becomes fully Democratic blue, while several of its major cities are leaning towards women to be their mayors.

Tonight’s been a good night for those who preach love. And a huge disaster for those who call for hate.

Our fight has only just begun. On to the midterms!

So as the state- and parastate professional suburbanism of Greater D.C. swallows Northern Virginia, the state’s trended further blue; on the fundamentals the gubernatorial race was expected to be a clear victory for the Democrats (represented by moderate Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, who beat off a Bernie-flavored challenge in the primary) over the Republicans (establishment insider Ed Gillespie, who came shockingly close to losing the nomination to a Confederate-flavored challenger)

As it stands now the polling shows a neck-and-neck tie; the smart consensus is half the gap was cut when Gillespie managed to directly appeal to threatened white identity without alienating moderates and the other half when he was attacked for this by the left, alienating moderates

On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville. A blue, two-door Caprisse. There was a big ceremony, speeches, Lt. Governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her; but they should have.

Because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car… No, the most important object in pretty much the whole universe.

She was first owned by Sal Mariarti, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he’d drive around delivering Bibles to the poor. “Gettin’ folks right for judgment day,” that’s what he’d say.

Sam and Dean don’t know any of this, but if they did, I bet they’d smile.

After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used car lot in Lawrence, where a young Marine bought her on impulse.

This is, after a little advice from a friend.

I guess that’s where this story begins…and where it ends.

The Impala, of course, has all of the things other cars have…and a few things they don’t. But none of that stuff’s important. This is the stuff that’s important: the army man that Sam crammed in the ash tray. It’s still stuck there. The LEGOs that Dean shoved into the vents. To this day, the heat comes on and you can hear ‘em rattle. These are things that make the car theirs. Really theirs.

Even when Dean rebuilt her from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed. Because it’s the blemishes that make her beautiful. The Devil doesn’t know or care what car the boys drive.

In between jobs, Sam and Dean would get a day, sometimes a week if they were lucky. They’d pass the time lining their pockets. Sam used to insist on honest work, but now he hustles pool like his brother. They could go anywhere and do anything. They drove a thousand miles for an Ozzy show. Two days for a Jay Hawks game. When it was clear, they’d park her in the middle of nowhere, just sit on the hood, and watch the stars for hours without saying a word.

It never occurred to them that, sure, maybe they never really had a roof and four walls, but they were never in fact homeless.

So what’s this all add up to? It’s hard to say. But me, I’d say this was a test…for Sam and Dean. And I think they did alright. Up against good, evil, angels, devils, destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And well…isn’t that kinda the whole point? No doubt — endings are hard. But then again…nothing ever really ends, does it?

—  Chuck Shurley, 5.22 Swan Song 

anonymous asked:

That thing about intelligence just makes you sound like a poor person whining. It's truly sad really. There should be a separation of intelligence and there is no racial connotation behind it. Poor people are usually dumb and breed amongst themselves rearing more idiots.

i’m having flashbacks to 2010 when sc lt. governor andre bauer compared free school lunches to feeding stray animals

but “sapiosexuals aren’t ableist/classist! we just want to love people who share our own interests! nothing wrong with that! uwu”