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Change is a cacophony. It is ten different music scores playing all at once and just slightly off-key and/or off-tempo. It is the pounding of a waterfall with a motorcade of motorcycles and every high-pitched dog barking at the same time. It is a garage band practicing some new song while you’re passively aggressively playing Alice Cooper at top volume while trying to carry on a conversation. It…

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Bernie Sanders, Wife Attend Broadway Musical ‘Hamilton,’ About Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (ABC News):

Following a rally in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, Sanders and his wife Jane made a beeline to Manhattan to catch the evening performance of the critically-acclaimed musical “Hamilton,” about founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Sanders arrived in Times Square, exited his motorcade, and walked a block to the 1,319-seat Richard Rodgers Theater, where he and Jane entered through a side door. Although he didn’t enter through the main entrance, theatergoers waiting in line cheered as he walked by, waving with one hand, and holding Jane’s hand with the other.

Sanders was mobbed by theatergoers inside the lobby and received a standing ovation when he entered the theater. The Vermont senator also met with the cast backstage after the performance. Both the Sanders campaign and a source with the production say Sanders paid face value for his tickets.

I hope that you…. bernnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn [x]

you think in the future when the president rides around in a space shuttle they’re going to have a bunch of other space shuttles in the motorcade?  thats going to be so expensive.  im not paying for that
Why Sanders Is Going All Out for Native Americans
By ABC News

Bernie Sanders took his motorcade down a remote highway to visit the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in rural South Dakota, one of the poorest in the country where an estimated 70 percent of high school students will drop out before graduating.

Before addressing the packed gym Thursday, the Democratic presidential candidate met privately with leaders from tribes in the area. They draped him in a traditional white-and-blue quilted blanket and exchanged gifts.

Jane Sanders, the senator’s wife, had brought a pewter and glass tealight from Vermont, and by the end of the day, Sanders’ staff was carrying moccasins, blankets and a bundle of sweetgrass handed to him as a gift from someone in the crowd.

From Minnesota to California, Sanders has met privately with Native American leaders from dozens of tribes in the past four months and spoken publicly, at each of his campaign stops, about the hardships their communities face.

His effort has not gone unnoticed, especially in the remaining primary states out West, where “Natives for Bernie” has become a visible and vocal part of the senator’s coalition.

Walter C. Fleming, head of the Department of Native American studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, said he was not surprised Sanders is advocating for such issues on the trail. “Sanders is picking up a lot of support more recently, probably owing a lot to the visits that he is making, particularly out West,” said Fleming, who belongs to the Kickapoo tribe in Kansas. “Jewish people, generally, have always been interested in causes about equal treatment and justice.”

Sanders himself echoed the sentiment when asked about the origins of his interest in the issue.

“It comes from, I think, a political life of trying to do my best to protect the least amongst us,” Sanders told ABC News after his visit to Pine Ridge. “I try to get an understanding of the reality of American life, and I’ve learned a lot in this campaign.”

‘At Least We Matter to Somebody Out There’

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“I am American citizen with Mexican roots.

Pope Francis, I want to tell you that my heart is sad and I would like to ask you to speak with the president and the Congress in legalizing my parents because every day I am scared that one day they will take them away from me.

I believe I have the right to live with my parents. I have the right to be happy. My dad works very hard in a factory galvanizing pieces of metal.

All immigrants just like my dad need this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect.

They deserve an immigration reform because it benefits my country and because they have been working hard harvesting oranges, watermelons, carrots, onions, spinach and other vegetables.”

– Five-year-old Sofía Cruz, an American-born girl of Mexican parents, got through a police barricade and read a letter to Pope Francis as his motorcade wound through Washington, DC.

Republicans immediately sniffed and demanded she be sent back to Mexico, we’re sure, because that’s what Jesus would want.

(Pool photo: Alex Brandon via the New York Times)


1959: Visitors to the Lincoln Memorial appearing as small as toy soldiers. That year, even Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the Soviet Union, bowed in the 16th president’s presence, and he seemed eager to offer his admiration. “He was a really great man. He waged war against slavery,” The Times quoted Mr. Khrushchev saying during a visit to Washington. “The streets were virtually empty as the motorcade drive [sic] past the Jefferson Memorial,” an article read. “The nearest thing to an incident came as the cars passed an Army bus full of school children who shouted ‘Hey, meatball.’ ” Photo: George Tames/The New York Times


You know the tragedy of this? Here are her policy positions:

  • Incentivize nuclear non-proliferation
  • Ratify Kyoto, in 2008
  • Set an example for hybrid vehicles usage (“You can ride in the motorcade with a hybrid Pink Escalade”)
  • Set an example against old white male supremacy (“Not another oldie cliché”)
  • Legalize same-sex marriage, in 2008
  • Hold a stand against enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding
  • Not be a climate change denier, and a proponent of clean energy

And honestly, okay, some of the other stuff is a bit weird — like replacing the Cabinet with a walk-in closet, and appointing Simon Cowell as Supreme Court judge, painting the White House pink, moving to Maui and establishing a new law-enforcement arm called the Fashion Police, but honestly? Not only does her policy positions look better than 100% of the Republican positions for two elections running, she gives Obama a run for his money.

Seriously, America. You have done a lot worse since then.

coworker: why do you look so tired
me: i was up until 4 making weed jokes about 1d
coworker: lol what?
me: yeah they leaked a video of them smoking weed
coworker: they leaked it?
me: yeah they were mentioning weed every five seconds, has to be fake
coworker: haha were they like, (really obnoxious voice) “I’m smoking weed RIGHT NOW. WEED. look at me SMOKE this WEED. i’m BLAZING IT. WEED FUCK YEAH”
me: oh god you sound just like him STOP IT NOW


coworker: they are bad boys though right?
me: lol no harry knits before shows
coworker: that’s completely uncool wtf

Obama celebrates Earth Day by flying jumbo jets, helicopters, and 30 car motorcade to Everglades

Happy Earth Day, everyone, from your President! 

from Washington Times:

President Obama is celebrating Earth Day by flying in his jumbo jet down to Florida so he can tour the Everglades.

The 1,836-mile roundtrip will consume 9,180 gallons of fuel on Air Force One, according to CBS White House reporter Mark Knoller. And that’s just the president’s plane.

There will a half-dozen support planes along for the trip, Marine One helicopters, and a 25- to 30-vehicle motorcade belching exhaust into the air.

“While in Florida, the President will take a tour of the Everglades, and deliver remarks at Everglades National Park on the threat that climate change poses to our economy and to the world,” the White House said.

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Remember, they won’t drive the Presidential limo and the other vehicles to the Everglades. No, those cars get their own C5 military transport plane to make the trip:

Nothing like a little self-righteous hypocrisy to help you point the finger at others for their nasty carbon footprint.

UPDATE: Obama’s trip emitted 5 times as much CO2 as the average American emits…in an entire year.

As Olivia hears the motorcade and goes to meet him in the elevator, the 47 different emotions that cross her face are what killed me. She goes from irritated, to pissed, to incredulous, to annoyed, to “oh, you really gonna do this,” to “alright, bring it,” and then the elevator doors open to Fitz standing there and she’s stunned speechless for a moment. And Kerry Washington did all without saying a word.
—  Someone amazing, who knows how to amazingly review an episode of Scandal (AngelaMRomack on Twitter)
BREAKING: Obama And Mourners Farewell Beau Biden, A Man With "A Mighty Heart"
"Beau Biden was an original," the president told mourners. "He was a good man, a man of character, a man who loved deeply and was loved in return."
By David Mack

Mourners gathered in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday to farewell Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden, the late son of Vice President Joe Biden, who died May 30 from brain cancer at the age of 46.

The death of the Delaware Attorney General, Iraq War veteran, husband, and father of two had unleashed an outpouring of bipartisan grief in Washington, D.C., with top Democrats and Republicans alike expressing their sadness and condolences to the Biden family.

Among those in attendance for the funeral mass at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church included President Obama and his family, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Former Attorney General Eric Holder. A number of Obama administration cabinet secretaries and top Congressional leaders also made the somber trip from the nation’s capital.

As the official motorcade passed through the city on the way to the church, onlookers held signs reading “God bless the Biden Family” and “God bless Beau and Joe.”

Dressed in black, the Biden family held each other close as Beau’s flag-draped casket was unloaded from the black hearse. Wearing his trademark dark aviator sunglasses, the vice president gripped the hand of his granddaughter before putting his hand to his heart as his oldest son’s coffin was carried into the church.

“God on high, hear my prayer. In my need you have always been there,” a man’s falsetto voice echoed throughout the church to the tune of the Les Misérables song “Bring Him Home,” as the Biden family proceeded to their seats. “Bring him peace. Bring him joy. He is lost. He is only a boy.”

President Obama eulogized Beau Biden as a man with a “mighty heart.”

“Beau Biden was an original,” the president told mourners. “He was a good man, a man of character, a man who loved deeply and was loved in return.”

His voice wavering as he fought back tears, Obama offered support to his grieving vice president, calling him his “brother.”

“The world noticed,” Obama assured the Biden family of Beau’s presence and dedication. “They noticed. They felt it.”

The two most powerful men in America then hugged, as Obama kissed Biden on the cheek.

Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff, paid tribute to Biden’s military service, posthumously awarding him the Legion of Merit in addition to the Bronze Star he had been recognized with while alive.

“He was committed to his community, to his home state, and to his nation —frankly, a nation I thought Beau might one day lead,” Odierno said.

“Although Beau’s life was much too short, his legacy will live on in the thousands he touched, the thousands he influenced, and the many he loved.”

Coldplay’s Chris Martin had heard through friends that his band was a favorite of Beau’s and volunteered to sing at the service.

Strumming an acoustic guitar as the church organ hummed along, Martin sang his band’s 2005 song “Til Kingdom Come:” “For you, I’d wait ‘til kingdom come, until my days, my days are done. Say you’ll come and set me free. Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me.”

anonymous asked:

Imagine Steve meeting the Pope back when he was in DC. Not because he's Captain America, but because he was Steve Rogers, and Pope Francis could tell he needed a moment of blessing in his life.

It wasn’t a secret to anyone who cared to ask (or read a history book) that Steve was a good, Irish Catholic. It just wasn’t ever really discussed among the Avengers, so it wasn’t really considered. When Steve disappeared for a couple of days, it didn’t make sense why until Bucky, alone in an apartment in Brooklyn, was watching footage of the Pope’s visit to DC, and there, in the crowd standing out by stature alone, was Steve Rogers.

A few hundred miles away, Steve was standing in a crowd along the road, hands deep in his pockets and a lot quieter than the masses of people around him. He wasn’t even entirely sure why he came, but it felt right that he was here.

The motorcade was slow moving, and it took a long time to reach where Steve was. He watched as the Pope reached out to babies and children, but it fascinated him when he would connect with adults, and Steve almost ached to know their stories. Were they like him? Maybe a little lost, looking for spiritual guidance?

For a moment, he lost concentration, and suddenly became aware of a lot of eyes on him. Pope Francis was pointing at him, gesturing him forward. Several people from the procession came to pull him through the blockade, and Steve very hesitantly walked towards the man. His heart was pounding.

When he was close enough, the religious leader leaned down, touching Steve’s forehead and lightly drawing a cross with his fingertips. He said something in Italian. And man next to him translated. “He says God has not forgotten you.”

In English, his eyes welling, Steve replies with a simple, “I had hoped not.”