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Okay Kiddos: Let’s Talk About Blood Libel

- If you know anything about Jewish history, it’s that no matter where the jews have been, they’ve suffered.

- Lots

-Like literally all our holidays are about suffering

- Blood libel is specifically about accusing Jews of crimes they didn’t commit, as an excuse to make us suffer more. 

         - Specifically, accusing Jews of murdering gentile (often christian) children             for ritual purposes

- The earliest known claim is by Democritus, who alleged that Jews ritually killed greeks.

- The first classic example is by the citizens of Norwich, England, who blamed their local Jewish community for killing a child. A local monk spread the rumor that every year around Easter, Jews would gather to pick a gentile to kill. He also claimed that Jews believed that killing a gentile every year would help them return to their holy land.

- This trope continued in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, with libel inspired pogroms (mass riots to kill jews) often occurring around passover, with people alleging that Jews put gentile blood in their matzoh, which is wholly untrue.

-Blood libel still exists today, both outright, as in the case of a Jordanian Senate member named Sheik Bassam Ammoush accusing "In [the Gaza Strip] we are dealing with the enemies of Allah, who believe that the matzos that they bake on their holidays must be kneaded with blood. When the Jews were in the diaspora, they would murder children in England, in Europe, and in America. They would slaughter them and use their blood to make their matzos… They believe that they are God’s chosen people. They believe that the killing of any human being is a form of worship and a means to draw near their god.“

- But also Blood libel exists in liberal and leftist circles, especially in anti zioinist activism.

- Claiming Gal Godot killed Palestinian children, had notches on her rifle, poisoned wells or anything of that sort is blood libel. Why? Because she didn’t DO any of that. You don’t have to like or approve of her continual support of the IDF (I know I don’t), but it is historically crucial that you critique her with actual facts.

readerofmanyworlds  asked:

Do you happen to know why so many papers thought all the Titanic passengers were safe?

At 8:27 pm the night after the ship sank a wireless message apparently signed White Star Line was received saying “Titanic proceeding to Halifax, passengers will probably land there Wednesday all safe” was received by Congressman Hughes of West Virginia. Who sent this message, if it was indeed one single message and not a confused mix-up of several messages, is unknown.

So, first, wireless telegraphs were what were being relied on, and most papers basically ‘played telephone’, relaying the same information over and over from few sources. There was an order of precedence in general for telegraphic messages aboard the ships: first, ship service messages; second, personal telegraphs; and finally, press news telegraphs. 

Because of the volume of traffic, President Taft eventually ordered that all wireless activity that wasn’t from the Navy to be silenced so the Carpathia (which carried all those who were rescued) could get it’s telegraphs through. Still finding that there were little information being received, he asked a Naval ship to contact the Carpathia and find out what was going on, but due to miscommunication (different types of Morse code - American and British - basically a language barrier) this was mostly a waste of time. 

Another reason was that it took three days for the Carpathia to reach the dock in New York, so there were no personal interviews conducted before the 18th, which left some people holding out hope. 

Then, the White Star Line was roundly admonished for giving false information or withholding what they knew, although they claimed that this was solely because, while they had it on good authority that the ship had gone down and had an approximate number of passengers saved, they wanted to confirm with the Carpathia’s captain to prevent undue anguish to the relatives of those who might possibly still be alive or give false hope to those who had lost someone. 

The fact that J. Bruce Ismay (president of the White Star line) sent multiple telegraphs from the Carpathia asking that the Cedric (another White Star liner) be held up in New York to await the Carpathia’s arrival to carry himself and the surviving crew of the Titanic back to England at the first possible moment was considered suspect and senate subpoenas were issued that blocked this move.

There were also reports that the wireless messages stating the Titanic was safe were from amateur pranksters.

The Eagle, Bryan, Texas, April 16, 1912

The Scranton Truth, Pennsylvania, April 16, 1912

Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada, April 16, 1912

The Buffalo Commercial, New York, April 22, 1912

Finally, it was speculated that employees of Marconi Wireless Company, specifically Chief Engineer Sammis, and possibly the inventor Marconi himself, in collusion with the two wireless operators aboard the Carpatha, were involved in withholding the information in order to profit off the details of the sinking by selling the exclusive rights to the New York Times. Both operators, Cottam and Bride, gave their exclusive stories and received $750 and $1000 respectively from the New York Times thanks to Sammis.

Marconi said that, while he did say the operators were free to make as much money as they could from the story, he certainly never ordered them to withhold any information. 

The San Francisco Call, California, April 26, 1912

It was said that Sammis had ordered the telegraph operators aboard the Carpathia to “keep your mouth shut” and it was speculated that this was a gag order about the Titanic sinking in general. However, these messages were sent to the Carpathia only about an hour and a half before they docked. 

Sammis admitted it was true he’d authorized the telegrams in his name and helped set up the meeting with the reporters, but that he had only meant for the operators to not tell anyone about their personal experiences before speaking to the journalists, and justified his actions by claiming that he did it with the best of intentions. He said he was only trying to help the operators, one who had taken part in the rescue and one who survived the sinking, to make the most money possible, that he was trying to “spruce the men up, make them feel happy”, that he had done “nothing he was ashamed of”.

He was also asked if he had ordered the operators to keep quiet before this, to which he answered no, that there were 150 - 200 other vessels that also needed to use the stations and that it would be unfair for the Carpathia to monopolize them all the time, especially because the Carpathia’s messages needed to be retransmitted by another ship to reach shore some of the time. Cottam, the Carpathia’s wireless operator, also denied he’d been asked to “kill any message regarding the Titanic story” by Sammis or anyone else.

The Topeka Daily Capital, Kansas, April 18, 1912

Many of the messages sent to the Carpathia from people asking for updates went unanswered. Marconi himself had sent a multiple messages to the Carpathia asking why no news was forthcoming, about whether people like Astor, Guggenheim, and Isidor Straus had been rescued, and received no answer. Even the President’s request for information, specifically about Archibald Butt, was ignored (although that one wasn’t signed in his name - they probably would’ve answered it if it had been!).

Marconi explained that this was probably because the Carpathia’s operators were busy sending personal messages to victim’s friends and family members. The Senate inquiry cast doubt over this, wondering why they would pointedly avoid answering messages from the owner of the company that employed them, and that it seemed that the operators were not doing very much telegraphing during these days at all - although Sammis reported the two men had sent upwards of 5000 words or 500 separate personal messages. 

Harold Cottam gave testimony at the inquiry that he hadn’t been answering any requests for information because he was busy with official traffic and passengers personal messages (like Marconi said and like protocol demanded).

Cottam recounted that on Tuesday, after 36 hours with no sleep and almost 24 hours of constant telegraphing, he fell asleep at the job because he was so exhausted. Harold Bride, the second operator of the Titanic, came to relieve him, despite injuries to both of his feet and his back. He had been resting in the Carpathia’s hospital. From that time Bride continued to help Cottam, preparing messages to be sent and taking over when Cottam rested.

Three Terrifying Reasons for Trump’s Latest Rant

Early Saturday morning, March 4, the 45th president of the United States alleged in a series of  tweets that former president Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a “Bad (or sick) guy!”

Sunday morning, Trump called for a congressional investigation.

Trump cited no evidence for his accusation.

Folks, we’ve got a huge problem on our hands. Either:

1. Trump is more nuts than we suspected – a true delusional paranoid. Trump’s outburst was triggered by commentary in the “alt-right” publication, Breitbart News, on Friday, which reported an assertion made Thursday night by right-wing talk-radio host Mark Levin suggesting Obama and his administration used “police state” tactics last fall to monitor the Trump team’s dealings with Russian operatives.

If this is what triggered Trump’s tantrum, we’ve got a president willing to put the prestige and power of his office behind baseless claims emanating from well-known right-wing purveyors of lies.

Which means Trump shouldn’t be anywhere near the nuclear codes that could obliterate the planet, or near anything else that could determine the fate of America or the world.

2. The second possibility is the Obama administration did in fact tap his phones. But if this was the case, before the tap could occur it’s highly likely Trump committed a very serious crime, including treason.

No president can order a wiretap on his own. For federal agents to obtain a wiretap on Trump, the Justice Department would first have had to convince a federal judge that it had gathered sufficient evidence of probable cause to believe Trump had committed a serious crime or was an agent of a foreign power, depending on whether it was a criminal or foreign intelligence wiretap.

In which case we have someone in the White House who shouldn’t be making decisions that could endanger America or the world.

3. The third possible explanation for Trump’s rant is he was trying to divert public attention from the Jeff Sessions imbroglio and multiple investigations of Trump associates already found to have been in contact with Russian agents during the election, when Russian operatives interfered with the election on Trump’s behalf.

Maybe he’s trying to build a case that the entire Russian story is a plot concocted by the Obama Administration – along with the intelligence agencies and the mainstream press – to bring Trump down. This way, he can inoculate himself against more damaging evidence to come.

But if it’s all a big show to divert attention and undermine the credibility of the intelligence agencies and the press, Trump is willing to do anything to keep his job – even if that means further dividing America, undermining trust in our governing institutions, and destroying the fabric of our democracy.

So there you have it. We have a president who is either a dangerous paranoid who’s making judgments based on right-wing crackpots, or has in all likelihood committed treason, or is willing to sacrifice public trust in our basic institutions to further his selfish goals.

Each of these possible reasons is as terrifying as the other.

For Democrats to be the only ones sounding the alarm risks turning it into the new normal of partisanship. For Obama himself to respond would only dignify it.

So the responsibility falls to Republican leaders to stand up and call this what it is: Dangerous demagoguery.

Former Republican presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, former Republican senators and members of Congress, and current Republican senators and members of Congress, must have the courage and decency to stop this outrage.

We are in a serious crisis of governance, and their voices are critical.

Well, they’re special, they have the best that America has to offer and why not?  They work hard putting in 40 hours a month and vacationing 3 to 4 times a year. Please have some sympathy for these poor men who make these enormous sacrifices for you. They are real martyrs.

These same Senators and members of Congress should be forced to accept exactly the same healthcare for themselves and their families as they insist their constituents receive. Same goes for any other benefits or entitlements they vote on including compensation, pensions, etc. 

Except they are millionaires and can afford any health care they need.

Watching a documentary about this marvelous woman and compatriot, Tina Anselmi:

After being forced by fascists as a student to assist to the hanging of 31 young partisans when she was still in high school, she becomes a partisan herself.
First female minister of the Republic of Italy (first ministry of work and later of health)
Mother of Italy’s Universal Helthcare Reform
Champion of womens’ rights and equality between man and women (eliminated laws that required women to ask their husband’s permission for everything)
Despite being Catholic, introduced the abortion bill and made it a rule of law to have consultories on the territory to promote family planning
Victim of a terrorist attack by fascists who put a bomb under her home, fortunately she wasn’t harmed
President of the committee on one of the biggest enquiries into political corruption ever happened in the country, she was “punished” for doing too much of a good job and she was banned from candidacy in her traditional district to have her in a heavily right wing one, just to have her lose her Senate seat “legally”.
Member of a committee to investigate on the rise of sexual violence as a warfare tool in 1997 Somalia.
Member of a committee for the restitution of the possessions confiscated during the enactment of discriminatory laws against the Jewish citizens of 1938.

In short: a damn, great woman.

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

The move caused immediate controversy, sparking protests in cities and airports around the U.S. as federal authorities began enforcing the ban, preventing hundreds of travelers from boarding planes over the weekend. Other travelers and refugees landing in the U.S. have been detained or sent back. Federal judges quickly weighed in to issue temporary stays, and the future of the executive order will very likely be determined in court. The Trump administration has also come under criticism from scores of countries, including close allies.

At the same time, a recent poll by Reuters/Ipsos shows public opinion narrowly backing Trump’s action, with 49 percent of Americans agreeing with the order while 41 percent disagreed.

NPR and dozens of member stations wanted to help the public understand where its lawmakers stand on the issue. Collectively, we searched for public statements on Twitter and Facebook, on lawmakers’ websites and in interviews with us in public media or other news organizations. We did this for each of the 536 members of Congress — 100 senators, 435 voting members of the House, and the District of Columbia’s nonvoting House delegate.

Where Does Your Member Of Congress Stand On Trump’s Immigration Order?

Photo: Gabriella Demczuk for NPR

Day 18 of the Clinton Presidency

Everyone is too excited about the upcoming Education Secretary vote to sleep. Denise Juneau has citizens so excited, both for her incredible credentials and the prospect of the first openly gay and first American Indian cabinet member, that Senators of both parties have had their phone lines jammed with supportive phone calls. The Capitol Switchboard has been overloaded with calls in the past weeks due to the extraordinary slate of nominees the administration has lined up.

At the White House, President HRC is hosting an all-night all-issue teach-in and chardonnay party to celebrate. Even some Republicans showed up, and now Al Franken and Ted Cruz are bonding as they supervise the marshmallow roasting, having discovered a mutual affection for blackened marshmallows. A human s’more chain has formed across the Rose Garden, since the Secret Service is very picky about where open flames are permitted on the grounds. Cory Booker is taking his turn at the all-night teach-in and everyone is learning how to play “Born to Run” on the recorder, helpfully provided by the newly-established Bipartisan Commission on Music in Schools. Tim Kaine and Bill Clinton are joining in on harmonica and sax, respectively. 

call these people to oppose the nomination of David Friedman as ambassador to Israel. i think they’re taking a tally, so you don’t need any talking points.

Senator Bob Corker, Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee
(If that’s busy, try the Memphis office – 901-683-1910)

Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee
(If that’s busy, try the Rockville office 301-762-2974)

Padme Lives Imagine

A/N: Here’s my first imagine! It started running away from me a bit, so I took a lot of it out and tried to focus it on Padme only, and I ended it at the beginning of ANH. Enjoy!

After Padme gives birth to Luke and Leia on Polis Massa, she, Obi-Wan, Bail, and Yoda formulate a plan. Bail announces that Padme and her baby have died in childbirth, with the doctors on Polis Massa giving Padme a drug that simulates death. Padme’s “body” is transported to Naboo, where a public funeral is held.

Padme wakes up two days later in her sister Sola’s home with Bail waiting for her.

Bail takes Padme to the Outer Rim, where Obi-Wan is waiting with Luke and Leia.

They spend the next eight years on the run, never staying in one place for too long.

It takes years for Obi-Wan to convince Padme to let him train the twins, until their natural force-sensitive gifts begin to draw too much attention.

While living on the farming planet of Shiya, Padme meets a young man running from a team of Stormtroopers in the market. She rescues him, killing the Stormtroopers and dragging the wounded young man back to their hut.

They nurse the boy back to health and eventually learn his real name: Cassian Andor.

Cassian recognizes Padme from old holovids saved by the members of the Rebel Alliance. He asks them to return with him to Dantooine, the rebel base. They decline, and Cassian agrees to keep their existence a secret.

After Cassian leaves, Padme can’t get thoughts of the rebellion and her old friends out of her mind.

Seven years later, a Star Destroyer appears in orbit above the planet they’re living on. Padme contacts Bail for the first time in fifteen years, begging for help. Bail sends Cassian, now one of his top agents, to retrieve them and bring them to Yavin 4.

Padme has an emotional reunion with Bail and Mon Mothma, introducing them to her now-teenaged children.

Padme is also reunited with her niece, Ryoo Naberrie, now Naboo’s senator and a member of the rebellion.

Padme and Obi-Wan’s true identities remain a secret except to those closest to them, but Padme soon earns the respect of the rebels anyway.

Whispers of two powerful new members of the Rebellion - a beautiful woman and a mysterious man - reach Vader’s spies.

As more and more planets flock to the rebellion, it gets harder to hide who Padme and Obi-Wan are.

When Cassian returns to Yavin 4 with Jyn Erso, it is Padme who convinces Jyn to help them find Saw.

Padme sides with Jyn to send the rebel fleet to Scarif. She gives an impassioned speech, but they are still denied.

Padme works with Jyn and Cassian to sneak off of Yavin 4.

She also works with Admiral Raddus to quietly prepare the rebel fleet for battle, including her son Luke as part of Red Squadron.

During the Battle of Scarif, Vader senses Padme’s presence and realizes that she is alive and fighting against him. In the retreat following the destruction of Scarif, he allows Padme’s ship to escape.

Padme and Obi-Wan no longer hide their identities, becoming leaders of the Rebel Alliance.
If Trump knifes Obamacare, he’ll hurt his own supporters the most
It’s no secret President Trump wants the Affordable Care Act to die. “Let Obamacare implode,” he said in a speech on July 28, after Republican senators failed to repeal a law they’ve vowed to get rid of for seven years. What Trump isn’t saying, however, is that letting Obamacare implode would hurt

Of course, this is no big secret, and  RED STATE House and Senate members DO NOT CARE. This is the most valid marker of low-information nature of republican and evangelical voters I can think of.

In the opening of “War on Two Fronts,” the start of the Onderon Arc, Obi-Wan says that assisting rebels in their fight against their planet’s rightful government established a dangerous precedent. In a way, he was right. The rebels they trained there went on to fight the Empire. Ahsoka, one of their lead trainers and contact point with the Republic, performed a similar task on behalf of Bail Organa and his Rebel Alliance. Very prescient, Obi-Wan, well done, but I want to unpack his original comment, specifically the words “rightful” and “dangerous.”

What does it mean to be a ‘rightful’ government? In a democracy, the rightful government is one backed by the consent of the people, but I’ve already talked about just how undemocratic the GFFA actually is. With the exception of Naboo and Pantora, every planetary government we know of is either ruled by some sort of hereditary royalty/nobility or by corporate oligarchs. The Chancellor is elected by the Senate whose members are, in turn, appointed by the rulers of the planets they represent. The Jedi Order, of course, is run by the Jedi Council, a body of ‘wise’ spiritual leaders who appoint themselves without any input from the Jedi as a whole. In the real world, such rulers generally justify their rule either by claiming some sort of heavenly mandate or just by violently squashing anyone who opposes them. The Jedi Council, at least, justifies their rule as ‘the will of the Force’ which makes sense considering they’re a theocracy. Everyone else seems to be the ‘rightful’ government simply because they say so and have the power to enforce it. The point is, except for Naboo and Pantora, no government in the GFFA is backed by the consent of the people. In fact, at the time of the Clone Wars, a whole lot of people are actively not consenting.

Perhaps that’s why assisting the rebels is so dangerous. Yes, the current king is a usurper who came to power with Separatist backing and holds the old king prisoner. Yes, the current government is in opposition against the Republic, but by supporting rebels of any stripe, the Jedi Council is tacitly supporting rebellion. The Republic and the Jedi clearly have no problem interfering with the internal politics of non-Republic worlds, as evidenced by their backing of Satine on Mandalore, but backing a popular revolt is entirely different than supporting a ‘rightful’ hereditary ruler who supports Republic interests. It lends legitimacy to the very act of rebellion and might encourage others to think that they too have a right to decide how they are governed. When you’re a member of a un-elected council of theocrats talking to a knight with a history of following the dictates of their own conscience, that’s a very dangerous precedent indeed.

Call about the AHCA

Tonight and tomorrow, this is important to call about. You need to call your reps, and your senators and tell them to vote no on this. Trump’s new healthcare plan is terrible for those with pre-existing conditions.

5calls and it’ both have good scripts. You can email, leave a message, meet your rep, write a letter or postcard, etc. Be sure to leave your full address, including zip code, so they know you’re a constituent and don’t junk your message.

anonymous asked:

I don't think you've done a fic for where Chancellor!Obi-Wan actually present the evidence and starts the corruption investigation?

Lmao, replying two months later. Here’s how it went down.

Obi-Wan closes his eyes and takes long, deep breaths. Breathe out negativity, breathe in the Force. Out negativity, in the Force.

The information he’s gathered so far should be enough to convince the Senate to start an investigation into Palpatine and Amedda’s dealings. Obi-Wan isn’t especially worried about that. No, what worries him, what causes emotions to release, is Anakin.

Obi-Wan knows Anakin won’t take this well. Not at all. He’ll most likely see it as Obi-Wan launching an unjustified attack on Palpatine simply because he doesn’t trust politicians.

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anonymous asked:

For the SithandChild series: Sith aren't really well known for being so patient with kids. And I bet Sidious isn't very happy with all his Sith underlings being all hearteyes! over baby!Obi. And it seems like Qui-Gon is trying to get rid of Sidious. Maybe we can see something come out of that?

The Zabrak pushed open the door without consideration for the meeting inside, his face a thundercloud as he made his way to Serenus despite the Count’s eyebrows going high in disapproval and the shocked faces of the Senate members.

Serenus himself raised a puzzled eyebrow and leaned in to listen, his face turning into a thundercloud too at what the tattoo covered man was telling him before he quickly stood. “It appears Obi-Wan is missing.” The sith surveyed the Republic and Jedi, his eyes glowing in contempt and anger.

The apprentice trades a glance with the master, the two of them engaging in none verbal communication before the tall sith focuses on the Supreme Chancellor. “Give him back.” With that Qui-Gon swirls out of the room, Maul on his tail even as Dooku stands slowly.

“It seems the negotiation will have to wait.” He offers almost peacefully if it wasn’t for the way he’s clenching his right hand on his belt as if he wishes he was wearing his lightsaber. “We shall resume once we have located young Kenobi.” With that he follows after the other two.


“Sidious has clearly taken him.” Qui-Gon growled at Yan as the two went through the security footage. Maul, Savage and Asajj were already trying to locate any signs of Obi-Wan where the child was last seen. “If he has hurt him…”

“Patient Qui-Gon, it may be the Jedi.”

“They wouldn’t risk the treaty, not when its so close to being done. Anakin may be overeager and prone to acting out but not here, not now.” Qui-Gon clenched his hands on the desk and breathed out sharply. “That leaves Sidious.”

“Sidious?” Both turned in surprise, Yan still in the chair and Qui-Gon standing by the desk, to find Anakin standing in the doorway with Kit Fisto right behind him.

“Ah, revered Jedi. I see you’ve come along to…” Yan let the words linger in the air. Hinder or help, it was up to them.

“Obi-Wan needs to be found, regardless what.” Anakin stepped into the office. “Both Master Yoda and Master Mace agreed and we have orders to help.”

Yan and Qui-Gon exchanged long looks at that before the taller man focused back on the two Jedi. “Then it behooves you to know that Sheev Palpatine is also Darth Sidious, and he is currently very unhappy about the peace being negotiated.” Qui-Gon gave the Jedi a sharp smile.

It was almost amusing how Anakin’s eyes widened in horror.


“And we can be sure that he is the one that has Obi-Wan because it would serve both the function of destabilizing the negotiation and show his displeasure with his former apprentices.”

“I…what?” Anakin wheezed.

Kit was blinking rapidly, as if trying to make sense of what he had been told by rapid eye movement alone.

“He trained both Count Dooku and Darth Maul. He broke the rule of two from the line of Bane. From there Yan taught me and Asajj and Maul has taught Savage.” The tall Sith waved them off. “History lesson done, we have a Obi-Wan to find. Anything Yan?”

“No.” The older man growled. “The cameras cuts out for ten minutes while Obi-Wan is in the gardens. When they come back online, Obi-Wan is gone and there’s no sign of a skirmish.”

“Theories? Obi-Wan would not have gone willingly with a stranger.”

“Drugs. He’s a child. Easy to pick up, easy to silence and easy to carry away if you’re swift and use the Force. Especially if the person is stronger then him.”

“You think he personally involved himself?” Qui-Gon frowned.

Yan shrugged a bit. “For the price of the galaxy and the destruction of the Jedi? Yes.”

“Wait!” The blond was looking between the two older men. “Are you honestly trying to get us to believe that our supreme chan-”

“If you believe it or not does not matter to me boy.” The Count of Serenno stood, surveying Anakin with a look of contempt. “What matters to me is that Obi-Wan gets found in a healthy condition. The Jedi have lost their way but if I can make a piece of the galaxy where I can do my research and be free of them, then I am content.”

When the two Jedi looked to him, Qui-Gon shrugged. “The galaxy requires balance. To much darkness or to much light is not balance. But for now Obi-Wan is our main concern.”

Usually one to take lead, Anakin instead looked to Kit for guidance since the other was a council member and actually one Anakin tolerated.

“Finding young Kenobi is more important then our…suspicions.” The Nautolan settled on, nodding. “Suggestions?”

“Start where he was last seen. Maul, Savage and Asajj are out questioning people.”

“If the Supreme Chancellor really i-”

“He won’t help us.” Qui-Gon laughed at Anakin and his naivety “He wants this meeting to fail. He hasn’t killed Obi-Wan because Obi-Wan is still a wonderful bargining chip. But if Obi-Wan is in a healthy condition, I’m a banthas uncle…no, he needs to be found and found swiftly. Or else we will have a corpse on our hand.” Yellow eyes focused on the Jedi and they barely resisted the urge to step back. “And if that happens, there will be a mountain of corpses once I’m done getting my revenge.”
BREAKING: Senate Democrats Will Try To Filibuster Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday that he will force Republicans to find 60 votes to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. If they can’t, it will set up a showdown over whether Republicans will move to get rid of the filibuster for high court nominees.
By Zoe Tillman

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday that Democrats will try to mount a filibuster against President Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court.

The move will force Republicans to find a supermajority of 60 votes to advance Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to a confirmation vote. If they can’t, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans will have to decide whether to take the dramatic step of changing the vote threshold and essentially eliminating the filibuster.

The news came in the midst of the confirmation hearing for Gorsuch before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Schumer made his announcement from the Senate floor as members of the judiciary committee heard from witnesses for and against Gorsuch’s nomination. (Gorsuch finished his testimony on Wednesday evening and wasn’t at the hearing on Thursday.)

It takes a 60-vote supermajority to end a filibuster over a Supreme Court nominee, if mounted, and move to a confirmation vote. This cloture vote would end debate on the nomination. If Republicans don’t have the votes, though, they could attempt to change the rules — the so-called “nuclear option.” If that rule change is made, going forward it would only take a simple majority to advance a high court nominee.

Senate Democrats invoked the nuclear option in November 2013 to change the supermajority rule for lower court nominees, in order to push through President Obama’s nominees to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The effort was successful in getting Obama’s nominees confirmed, but it also means that it is now harder for Democrats to block Trump’s nominees to the lower federal courts.

Schumer announced the move by highlighting that recent past Supreme Court nominees reached a 60-vote threshold.

“To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules I say: if this nominee cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees, and President Bush’s last two nominees, the answer isn’t to change the rules – it’s to change the nominee,” Schumer said in his prepared remarks on Thursday.

Noting that Schumer had announced he would attempt to block any nominee before Gorsuch was even nominated, a McConnell spokesperson pushed back.

“After spending much of last year lamenting the consequences of a vacancy on the Supreme Court, he’s now arguing to keep the seat vacant for the next four or eight years. Try to figure that one out,” Don Stewart told BuzzFeed News via email. “I guess #WeNeedNine only applies when there’s a Democrat president.”

Stewart also pushed back against Schumer’s claim of the 60-vote “bar,” noting that the norm is not requiring a cloture vote on Supreme Court nominations.

“Historically, there are just simple up-or-down votes [on Supreme Court nominees]. Yes, Dems took the unprecedented step of attempting a partisan filibuster of Justice Alito. But that was the anomaly,” he said, highlighting that Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed with 52 votes — and no cloture vote.

Nonetheless, several Democrats on Thursday announced plans to oppose Gorsuch and to vote “no” on cloture, including Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. At least one Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, has said he will not support a filibuster, according to Yahoo News.

Asked about Schumer’s plans at Thursday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer deferred to the Senate leader.

“I am not going to start to tell Sen. McConnell what to do from here,” Spicer said.