the 2. amendment

hansolosmother said:

Pls report on Prop 58 in California! It’s to bring back bilingual education!!

rachelwhatareyoudoing said:

Maine is voting to legalize recreational marijuana!

milk-bubbles said:

Florida has two pretty important amendments to vote on. Amendment 1 is backed by Florida’s big utilities who are trying to discourage customer solar power use by removing their tax breaks and imposing unfair fees and discriminatory penalties. The wording is very misleading (to the point where it’s going to court for misleading voters) so to facilitate solar power use, we need to vote no on Amendment 1. And Amendment 2 is to allow medical marijuana use. So voting yes will allow that to pass.

safestsephiroth said:

I don’t think it’s wildly important or anything (not on a national level) but the Oklahoma ballot includes a motion to completely eliminate the separation of church and state and allow the state to fund religious organizations directly. On the ballot they framed it as being solely so they can have the ten commandments monument in front of the state capitol and I think it’s unethical and misleading to phrase it that way because the legal ramifications would be far-reaching and terrible.

safestsephiroth said:

oh Oklahoma also had another measure that boils down to “hey you know how we have the death penalty let’s triple down and make absolutely sure that shit’s on lock” and that’s really gross


Thank you for letting me know about these! I will add them all to my list of ballot measures to follow and report results on!!

Is there an important ballot measure in your state you think I should report on?

7 Moments when ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Saved Me
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1.  “Seize the moment, ‘cause tomorrow you might be dead.” - Welcome to the Hellmouth, 1x1

2. “Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.” - Becoming Part 1, 2x21

 3. “Strong is fighting! It’s hard, and it’s painful, and it’s every day. It’s what we have to do.” - Amends, 3x10

4. “You have to be strong … the hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live.” - The Gift, 5x22

5. “Life’s not a song. Life isn’t bliss, life is just this. It’s living. You’ll get along. The pain that you feel can only heal by living. You have to go on living. So one of us is living.” - Once More, With Feeling, 6x7

6. “ They’ll never know how tough it is … to be the one who isn’t Chosen, to live so near the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody’s watching me. I saw you last night, and I see you working here today. You’re not special; you’re extraordinary” - Potential, 7x12

7. “When it’s something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they’re lame morons for fighting. But they do. They never… They never quit. And so I guess I will keep fighting, too.” - Chosen, 7x22

Character Development

Some characters get the flashy, in-your-face character development (Willow, Wesley, Spike, Cordelia) and there are those characters whose character development is so subtle that you barely notice it, but it’s there. 

Xander Harris and Bangel

Xander was a jerk to Buffy and her feelings for Angel on many occasions, like this:

and this:

and this:

But…

Later on Xander will:

1) Admit that he was an ass about Angel and will help Buffy save him in Amends:

2) Witness a lover’s quarrel between Buffy and Angel and genuinely asks if he can help in The Zeppo:

3) When Angel falls ill due to Faith’s poisonous arrow in Graduation Part 1, Xander is there to help Buffy save him. Not only that, but when Oz and Willow are hesitant to reveal the cure, he’ll say:

4) Graduation Part 2, after the battle, Xander reassures Buffy that Angel survived the fight and gently tells her that he might have left after:

Xander Harris DOES learn from his mistakes. He DOES grow up and change. I’m sorry if his character development isn’t as flashy as the other characters, but Xander was never meant to be a larger than life character. He’s a simple human being like the rest of us and changes accordingly. 

au where amethyst plays a prank on peridot by telling her that on earth you show people respect by giving them a big forehead kiss and so she tries this out on garnet first to make amends 2 her…she straps her cans to her feet and everything so she is at Optimal Height for forehead kissing, gayness ensues, 

10 FACTS ABOUT GUN "RIGHTS"

1. Gun ownership is a privilege, not some God given, inalienable right. Assault weapons and guns are not necessities like air, food, water and shelter

2. The Second Amendment…is an AMENDMENT. Moses didn’t bring the Second Amendment down from Mt. Sinai, so it’s not written in stone. It’s not immutable. It can and should be changed 

3. All mass shooters were previously “law abiding citizens” and every adult who left a loaded weapon laying around probably thought they were a “responsible gun owner” before a child found and used it to accidentally shoot themselves or someone else

4. Obama is not coming to take anyone’s guns away. People who believe that should be automatically barred from gun ownership

5. People are not being “punished” or “treated like criminals” if they have to go through a simple background check before being allowed to buy deadly weapons

6. It is not “punishment” if someone does not get to own a military style assault weapon

7. Having a gun does not grant the owner magical super powers or spider-sense. Gun owners can still be taken by surprise and killed just like anyone else

8. Having a gun does not grant the owner zen-like calmness or mind reading abilities that allow them to instantly tell “the good guys” from “the bad guys” in a fluid, chaotic situation where even trained professionals frequently miss and shoot innocent people

9. Having a gun does not magically grant the owner perfect aim (or common sense) 

10. Owning a gun (or even several guns) will not make a small penis bigger. Owning a gun won’t make women suddenly find you more attractive. Gun ownership won’t make you taller or thinner, won’t make you better looking, won’t increase your IQ, won’t improve your credit score, and guns don’t prevent balding or a receding hairline. Gun ownership does not cure halitosis. If you were a loser before you got a gun, you’re still going to be a loser after you get a gun, probably more so. And owning a gun does not make anyone more “patriotic” than the next person

Bonus Fact: Not everyone needs or even deserves to own a gun. Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible to live a long, happy, meaningful and fulfilling life without ever owning a gun or an assault weapon

buzzfeed.com
BREAKING: Supreme Court will hear four cases challenging same-sex marriage bans

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. By June, the Court could potentially strike down same-sex marriage bans across the country.

From BuzzFeed:

The two questions granted by the court for argument are: 1) “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?” and 2) “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?”

There will be 90 minutes of argument on the marriage question and 60 minutes of argument on the marriage recognition question, per the court’s order.

The coming showdown before the justices over same-sex couples’ marriage rights has quickly become seen as inevitable following the Nov. 6, 2014, decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The ruling set up a disagreement with other appeals courts to have considered the issue; the 4th Circuit, 7th Circuit, 9th Circuit, and 10th Circuit courts of appeals all have struck down such bans on various grounds.

LET’S DO THIS.

Article I, section 2, of Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th Amendment.

Just 14 days until “Amending America” opens.

AMENDMENT XIV

Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.

Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,* and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3.
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

*Changed by section 1 of the 26th amendment.