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Calling your North Carolina Representative about voting against the Anti- LGBTQ Marriage Amendments

Click this link and look up your representative 

 House Bill 777 and Senate Bill 106 are the bills in question. Theses are state General Assembly bills (Not federal congressional. So call the right representatives!) 

You can just say something like this 

‘I’m leaving a message for Sen/Rep (NAME). My name is Kristen and I’m your constituent from (CITY) I urge you to oppose HB777/SB106, the anti-marriage amendments, to protect our constitution and to prevent needless harm to all NC families. Improving our local economy is what you need to focus your energy on, not furthering social injustices on our residents. Thank you.“

If you are actually able to speak with your representative (Mine was not taking calls at that moment according to his secretary. So I left a message.) you can say the same thing but maybe shake it up with personal reasons why you are calling such as

"I was raised by an LGBTQ couple,” or “I would personally be affected and harmed if these bills were to pass.”

One thing I included in my email was:

“North Carolina has historically been a progressive state in social issues, we elected African American Congressional Representative James O'Hara in the 19th Century. Please continue that image of progress and acceptance by voting against these bills" 

I know a lot of people think calling does no good. But it MIGHT and that little glimmer of hope is all it takes for me. 

I will be emailing my message to my representative as well. I want to make sure they actually hear from me. 

Any questions, my ask box is open. Please reblog this and help spread the word. They don’t vote until the end of the week. 

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One Hundred Years of the National Park Service

“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby created in the Department of the Interior a service to be called the National Park Service…The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

An Act of August 25, 1916, Public Law 64-235, (39 STAT 535) to Establish a National Park Service, and for Other Purposes, 8/25/1916

File Unit: Laws of the United States, 1915-16, 64th Congress, 1st Session, Part 3, Public Acts 163-241, 1789 - 2011Series: Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789 - 2011Record Group 11: General Records of the United States Government, 1778 - 2006

Yellowstone. The Grand Canyon. Yosemite. For many Americans, the mere mention of these sites conjures up images of grandeur and magnificence.

The Tetons - Snake River,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming., 1933 - 1942, from the series Ansel Adams Photographs of National Parks and Monuments, 1941 - 1942

As the conservator of the United States’ most storied and important landmarks, the National Park Service is charged with the preservation and operation of each of the nation’s 59 national parks, as well as hundreds of protected shorelines, preserves, and historical landmarks.

This summer, the National Archives will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service by displaying the document that founded the NPS, the Organic Act of 1916.

Though the first national park had been established at Yellowstone on March 1, 1872, it and subsequently designated national parks were only loosely managed under the Department of the Interior.

By establishing a National Park Service, the Federal Government ensured the efficient and responsible conservation of national landmarks for future generations.

The passage of the Organic Act was the result of a collaborative effort between businessmen, government officials, and private citizens, who together  had advocated for the establishment of a National Park Service for decades.

President Wilson signed the bill on August 25, 1916, and the National Park Service was born.

The Organic Act provided for the appointment of a full-time Director of the National Park Service as well as a support staff to manage the parks from Washington, D.C. These employees were to be paid out of a pool of funds appropriated by Congress. Additionally, the Parks Director was tasked with organizing the system of local officials and park rangers that operated each site.

Today the National Park Service employs over 22,000 full time employees as well as 221,000 volunteers across more than 400 park areas. Each year, the National Park Service enables more than 275 million visitors to experience the beauty and wonder of America’s protected landmarks.

The National Archives will be displaying the Organic Act of 1916 in the East Rotunda Gallery from June 30 through August 31, 2016. Plan your visit and see the origins of the National Park Service for yourself!

Originally posted by todaysdocument

(Dogs at Yosemite National Park,  excerpted from the film “Yosemite Valley“)

Keep reading at On Exhibit: One Hundred Years of the National Park Service | Prologue: Pieces of History

curearmin  asked:

"I got $100, what can I get?" (from Armin)

Eren smiled a bit and licked his lips sizing up his new client. College kid, most likely new and first year of college had asked for his services. “Well under normal circumstances not much, but seeing that you are the grandson of our state’s congress man, and that you are attractive, not to mention I trust you not to tell the cops, all night, bondage, and a lap dance if you so desire. You will provide the hotel room though, I will provide the condoms. And I promise you that you will enjoy my services.” Eren says looking the blond over. “The name is Eren by the way.” He then handed the blond a business card that simply said, “Eren’s room service”, and had his phone number on it. “And I will let you know, call me any time you want a good time.”

@curearmin (I got a little creative here. Hope the congressman idea is ok.)

There will be no new posts for a few days. I’m off to the Arizona highlands for meteor viewing - if the monsoon rains will abate and give us clear skies. 

This image depicts Perseus with Medusa’s head, from Urania’s Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London around 1825, and is from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Reading Room. 

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Blue Moped in front of Blue by Corey Templeton

   CODE TALKERS RECOGNITION ACT OF 2008

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of 
the United States of America in Congress assembled, ....

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

The purpose of this Act is to require the issuance of 
medals to express the sense of the Congress that--

(1) the service of Native American code talkers to the 
United States deserves immediate recognition for dedication 
and valor; and

(2) honoring Native American code talkers is long overdue.

SEC. 3. FINDINGS.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) When the United States entered World War I, Native 
Americans were not accorded the status of citizens of the 
United States.

(2) Without regard to that lack of citizenship, members of 
Indian tribes and nations enlisted in the Armed Forces to 
fight on behalf of the United States.

(3) The first reported use of Native American code talkers 
was on October 17, 1918.

(4) Because the language used by the Choctaw code talkers 
in the transmission of information was not based on a 
European language or on a mathematical progression, the 
Germans were unable to understand any of the transmissions.

(5) This use of Native American code talkers was the first 
time in modern warfare that such a transmission of messages 
in a native language was used for the purpose of confusing an 
enemy.

(6) On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, 
Hawaii, and the Congress declared war the following day.

(7) The Federal Government called on the Comanche Nation to 
support the military effort during World War II by recruiting 
and enlisting Comanche men to serve in the Army to develop a 
secret code based on the Comanche language.

(8) The United States Army recruited approximately 50 
Native Americans for special native language communication 
assignments.

(9) The United States Marine Corps recruited several 
hundred Navajos for duty in the Pacific region.

(10) During World War II, the United States employed Native 
American code talkers who developed secret means of 
communication based on native languages and were critical to 
winning the war.

(11) To the frustration of the enemies of the United 
States, the code developed by the Native American code 
talkers proved to be unbreakable and was used extensively 
throughout the European theater.

(12) In 2001, the Congress and President Bush honored 
Navajo code talkers with congressional gold medals for the 
contributions of the code talkers to the United States Armed 
Forces as radio operators during World War II.

(13) The heroic and dramatic contributions of Native 
American code talkers were instrumental in driving back Axis 
forces across the Pacific during World War II.

(14) The Congress should provide to all Native American 
code talkers the recognition the code talkers deserve for the 
contributions of the code talkers to United States victories 
in World War I and World War II.
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August 21, 1959

President Dwight Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. In March 1959, Congress had passed the Hawaii Admission Act allowing it to become a state. In June, the citizens of Hawaii voted on a referendum over whether to become a state or remain a US territory. 94.3% voted for statehood while 5.7% were opposed. Two months later, Eisenhower officially added Hawaii to the union, forming the United States as it exists today.

kinda feel like every politician in america should work their way up from the city/state levels before entering congress just because those more local governments are generally significantly less partisan and gridlocked and more focused on the practical aspects of governing

I don’t expect 6 years in a state senate to totally change a congressman’s political outlook but it’s about learning the basic skills of how to create a program that works in practice and knowing how local legislatures work - too many bills leave things to the states with the logic that they can handle it better than a single federal rule but then the actual revenue streams/regulations cause problems for the states because they work differently

only ever working in congress is like hiring a manager who’s got great marketing ideas but doesn’t know how to run a store day-to-day

The thing about congress is that congress does not want the president of the united states to be the president of the united states.

Congress wants to be the president of the united states.

After the Daily Prophet revealed the Ministry of Magic’s plans to build a new high security prison for enhanced “sub-humans,” the Quibbler was pointed in the direction of other attempts around the world to do the same thing.

The first example is, of course, The United States. The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) commissioned their own prison system six months after the disaster in London, sparked by repeated attacks in major cities across the northern continent. Though none were to the scale of what we witnessed here at home, several werewolf packs were targeting cities, staging protests which often turned violent, and were resisting arrest by law enforcement officials. The prison, hailed as a saving grace for the wizarding population, turned out to be little more than a tomb.

“The conditions were unspeakable,” said our American correspondent, Lily Eckleston, who has been researching the story on our behalf. “Reports trickled in from underground news sources about the treatment and living conditions of the werewolves housed in the cells there. Torture, yes, but the lack of care given to them was almost too much to even read about.”

While there are reports detailing the extent of the werewolf treatment in this prison, the Quibbler can reveal that werewolf inmates were often given only one meal a day, given clean water to bathe in once a week, and drinking water was often contaminated by waste. Needless to say, the first death in the prison didn’t take long, causing an uproar within the country - but it wasn’t until two, then three, then six died that something was finally done.

“They shut it down and split the prisoners up,” explained Eckleston. “No one knows where exactly they were shipped to - supposedly to smaller prisons, but the records are either expunged or confidential.”

The prison itself still stands, a hollow monument to the tragic and deplorable conditions that were made law by MACUSA. A government official denied to comment on their failed prison system, but wished the U.K well with their own. 

The second example is France, who experienced an upsurge in vampiric involvement in the push for equal recognition under the law of French Wizarding government. Due to their heightened strength, the French Ministry felt it necessary to act quickly to shut down the threat they posed to, as they described it at the time, “the physical and moral safety of our country.” A prison was constructed underground with reinforced cells and skylights that could be opened to weaken - and even kill - the vampire inmates.

Conditions in France were better, however the mistreatment in the form of starvation led to several vampires desiccating in their cells. Not much is known about the limits of vampires and the longevity of life without blood - but the French pushed boundaries, letting several vampires fall into a deep, coma-like sleep that took many months to rouse them from. Blood supply was low and often poor quality, leaving inmates to catch rats or mice from their cells to supplement their regime. 

The vampire prison program was shut down last year after photographic evidence of the desiccated vampires reached the public, causing outrage and horror. All inmates were rehabilitated and released back into the public, though when the Quibbler tried to reach any for comment, we failed to find them at their given addresses.

Such is the case for prisons housing supernatural creatures. What, then, can we expect from our own? Can we be better? Can we really expect our Ministry to uphold standards of health and safety in an unbiased and fair manner that all living things and beings deserve? We leave that to you, the reader, to decide for yourself.

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Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal In All 50 States Thanks To Congress
The federal ban on medical marijuana is finally a thing of the past. Slipped inside a major budgetary spending bill that was purported to prevent the government from shutting down, is an interesting earmarked section that finally lifts the federal ban on medical marijuana. The relevant excerpt of bill H.R. 83 text reads as follows: “Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the...

I sure hope this is true

Animals Are People Too?

The petitioners of this document highlighted the hypocrisy behind Southern states who were defending the Three-Fifths Clause in the Constitution. Southern states advocated that slaves were property, but in regards to representation in Congress these states also counted slaves as three-fifths of a person. The petitioners argued that animals in free states could be counted as persons in respect to congressional apportionment – just as slaves were being counted in Southern states. 

Petition for a constitutional amendment that representation in Congress be apportioned by including the animal property of the free states as well as the slave property of the slaveholding states, circa 1844, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives  

Learn more about the “Amending America” exhibit

@Regrann from @theunknownlyricist - Setting the Record Straight: Contrary to popular mythology and White Man Movie Fiction, the story of the Alamo is not some Grand Story of a Fight for Freedom. It is the story of a Fight to Keep Us in Slavery. The fact is that the defenders of the Alamo fought for White Supremacy and Slavery. The White“Heroes” of the Alamo fought and died for the constitution of the Republic of Texas which declared in Sections 6, 9 and 10: “All free white persons who emigrate to the republic…shall be entitled to all the privileges of citizenship.’ All persons of color who were slaves for life previous to their emigration to Texas, and who are now held in bondage, shall remain in the like state of servitude…

Congress (of Texas) shall pass no laws to prohibit… bringing their slaves into the Republic with them…nor shall Congress have the power to emancipate slaves; nor shall any slaveholder be allowed to emancipate his or her slave or slaves…no free person of African descent either in whole or in part shall be permitted to reside permanently in the Republic without the consent of Congress.” Unlearn What You Learned, So That You Can Remove the Blinders, Know the Truth, ReBoot and Free Your Mind.
Reference: http://www.counterpunch.org/2004/04/08/forget-the-alamo/ #Regrann

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Sega Facts #1

Sega was originally founded in 1945 as an American company called Service Games

Service Games was founded by Irving Bromberg, Martin Jerome Bromberg and James L. Humpert in Honolulu, Hawaii. It manufactured and sold slot machines for the US Military to give soldiers a leisure.

However, in 1951, The United States Congress of the Gambling Devices Transportation Act of 1951 prohibited slot machines in the US Military within the territory of America. In order to keep their company afloat, Bromberg sent Richard Stewart and Raymond Lemaire to Japan in order to promote their products.

The result was Service Games, then renamed to Sega, to be able to sell their slot machines to American military camps around South-Eastern Asia.