united states (country)

ID #21281

Name: Blessen
Age: 17 going on 18
Country: United States

Hi, i like writing, reading and watching tv shows. I’m very introverted and wouldn’t mind texting or messaging on an app. I live in the states, and the weather here can be finicky and off putting sometimes. I’m looking for a friend, or least someone I
can talk to without judgement regularly. I’m a infj and a loyalist (enneagram). I don’t have many friends and have trouble making friends.

Preferences: Any gender is ok, between 17-22 work.

anonymous asked:

I think the only question about the Civil War is whether it should be called the Civil War at all, considering it was actually a war between the United States and another country - even if the Confederates had seceded from the US and were traitors, it was still for all intents and purposes a different country. It was only a "Civl War" because the secessionists lost and were reabsorbed into the Union. That's as much a civil war as the Revolutionary War would have been if the English won.

That’s a reasonable question, I guess. None of this other shit about “southern pride” is.

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Meet Mona Haydar, a Muslim poet rockin’ her hijab in an empowering music video

  • Mona Haydar is a pregnant Syrian poet and she’s rockin’ her hijab.
  • In honor of Muslim Women’s Day, Haydar released her first single and music video “Hijabi” on Monday. 
  • The video featured numerous women — from diverse ethnic backgrounds — donning hijabs and dancing to the beat of her track.
  • The video provides a powerful counter-narrative to how Muslim women are perceived — often as oppressed or terror-prone — in the United States and other Western countries. 
  • Haydar’s lyrics, unapologetic in their delivery, serve as an anthem of resistance for Muslim women around the world. Read more. (3/31/17, 11:45 AM) 
ID #82056

Name: Ani
Age: 14
Country: United States

Hi! I don’t really know where to start but I’ll try my best here. My name is Ani. I play softball, volleyball, and do dance. I consider myself a musician. I sing and play a couple instruments. I spend a lot of my time listening to music, playing video games, or studying. I like bands like Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Eden, Pierce The Veil, and Twenty One Pilots. I really don’t know what else to say. Peace out mates.

Preferences: 18 and under

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4 (And maybe 5) Grounds to Impeach Trump

By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The fifth appears to be on its way.

First, in taking the oath of office, a president promises to “faithfully execute the laws & the constitution.” That’s Article II Section 2. 

But Trump is unfaithfully executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, president Obama, of undertaking an illegal and impeachable act, with absolutely no evidence to support the accusation.

Second, Article I Section 9 of the Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments. But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand – decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president.

Third: The 1st Amendment to the Constitution bars any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But Trump’s ban on travel into the United States from 6 muslim countries – which he initiated, advocated for, and oversees – violates that provision.

Fourth: The 1st Amendment also bars “abridging the freedom of the press.” But Trump’s labeling the press “the enemy of the people,” and choosing who he invites to news conferences based on whether they’ve given him favorable coverage, violates this provision.

A fifth possible ground if the evidence is there: Article II Section 3 of the Constitution defines “treason against the United States” as “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

Evidence is mounting that Trump and his aides colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.

Presidents can be impeached for what the Constitution calls “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The practical question is whether there’s the political will.

As long as Republicans remain in the majority in the House, where a bill of impeachment originates, it’s unlikely. Another reason why it’s critically important to flip the House in 2018.

ID #95663

Name: Grace
Age: 16
Country: United States of America

Hi, I’m Grace! I’m 16 years old and I live in Kentucky! I’m looking for someone to chat with online, whether it be texting, emailing, or whatever else.
I love world history! The Roman Empire, Middle Ages, and American Revolution are my absolute favorites. I also love writing and I write my own stories whenever I can. I play the clarinet and sing alto in my school choir. I love broadway and hope to be in a broadway show sometime!!
I love languages and religion!! I speak fluent English and Korean, but I’m learning Spanish and French.
Please contact me, I love making friends!

Preferences: Preferably people 14-17, but anyone will do!

ID #60724

Name: Ziv Bodhi
Age: 16
Country: United States

I am trans and pan (I like all the genders) and I guess I’m just looking for a buddy. I listen to all genres other than country (I like folk though) and I have a drive to travel, despite the fact that I haven’t really been anywhere exciting. I am kind of looking for a getaway. To be able to talk to someone who doesn’t know my story or my face from somewhere other than my small town. I like intelligent conversations and animals. I am passionate about the environment and preserving it as well as we can.
I go to a local art school and though I take photography there, I think my main passion is watercolour (frankly, im not very good at it). I have two years left of secondary school and I’m not quite sure what I want to do after that. I’m not fond of schooling only because I feel that my teachers tend to waste my time and effort and there could be so much more I could be doing, but that’s just me. I’m known for being reasonably down-to-earth and chill but there are a few things that I am very passionate about. I’m not really sure what else to say about myself other than that I am a very open person (I’m sorry, I’m kind of bad at these kinds of things).

Preferences: Maybe, 14+??? I’m not very picky as long as you have an open mind and like thoughtful conversations about life, religion, and the universe (I’m not kidding, sometimes my girlfriend tells me to just stop talking about all this for just one second lol). I like writing actual letters but I know international postage can be expensive so we can be online friends if you live in a different country.

ID #98203

Name: Yuliana
Age: 16
Country: United States

So I’ve been interested in gaining a pen pen pal for awhile now and finally decided to submit :)
I’m a bisexual female who enjoys anime, drawing (especially in watercolor), stand-up comedy, musicals and much more that I cant think of off the top of my head.

Preferences: None really :)

anonymous asked:

hi just wanna ask u, as a lebanese muslim, what defense do u have if any, for israel's invasion of palestine. i agree completely that Jewish ppl deserve a homeland just as any one else does but to invade an already existing and developed nation is cruel. i know ur not 100% pro-israel but i just want to hear ur side bc u don't seem to extremely support either israel/palestine. also, im antizionist but i fail to see how this makes me antisemitic? i have nothing against jewish ppl, just israel. ty

OK. I’m going to break this down a bit because there’s are many components to your ask and some of them are contradictory.

1. Agreeing that the Jewish people deserve a homeland is a form of Zionism. I’m frustrated by the term “anti-zionist” for a number of reasons, especially considering very few people who use the term seem to actually know what Zionism even is, or what it sounds like to most Jews. 

2. Many far right Jew haters use the term “Zionist” interchangeably with Jew and many anti-zionists who are predominantly concerned with the plight of the Palestinians end up buying into all sorts of antisemitic ideas because they’re sold as “anti-zionist.” This is incredibly dangerous to us as it allows antisemitism to be transmitted under a different label and far too few anti-zionists bother to challenge these ideas, allowing them to spread. This is dangerous for Jews and it makes it harder for us to take anti-zionists seriously when they say they aren’t antisemitic.

3. As far as Israel is concerned the circumstances are complicated and too many people try to simplify it by acting like either the Palestinians don’t exist as a people, which is wrong, or that the Jews were pure colonialist invaders which is equally wrong. This drives me nuts. So I’m going to have to break this down a bit. 

Most of the challenges I see to Zionism as practiced by Herzl and Ben Gurion are cherry picked and largely irrelevant to the cause’s necessity. Had there not been multiple waves of refugees, I probably wouldn’t support what they were doing. I also wouldn’t exist. Let me break this down a bit.

British Mandate Palestine’s Jewish Population DOUBLED between 1933 and 1939. The reason for this is twofold.

1. Nazi Germany came into existence, took over neighboring countries and began their steady process of destroying Jewish rights and safety. We all know where that led.

2. Britain, who was controlling Palestine at the time, kept immigration there open when most other countries, including the British mainland and the USA were closed. History has proven that they did, indeed, save their lives by fleeing there.

In 1939, the White Paper, in response to Palestinian protests and revolts, severely restricted Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine, left Jews with almost nowhere to run, right when WWII was beginning and the worst effects of Nazism were about to be felt. 

Now here’s my question. Would you bar Jews fleeing Nazism from entering the country? Knowing what we know now? Knowing that nowhere else was taking them in? 

Jewish immigration to Palestine slowed to a trickle during the Holocaust and Jews were literally trapped in Nazi occupied Europe and North Africa. 6 million died. This is historical fact.

After the Holocaust, the survivors who tried to go home faced pogroms, yet were barred from immigrating. They were forced to live in refugee camps. Again, no country made a significant effort to let them in. The USA wouldn’t until 1949 until AFTER Israel’s founding. My grandparents came to the USA because of the Refugee act of 1949. For survivors before 1949, it was Israel, pogroms or homelessness.

The next major wave of immigration to Israel were Jews in the Middle East and North Africa who were driven out of their own countries for being “Zionists” regardless of whether or not they actually were Zionists. These Jews actually form a majority of Israel’s current population. They were driven out and Israel took them in. What alternative did they have?

Finally Jews from the USSR and Ethiopia were facing brutal, systemic oppression and they came to Israel to live safely and freely among their own people, options they didn’t have elsewhere.

Now, here is my problem. Much of the rhetoric and tactics employed by anti-zionists don’t just demonize the Israeli government or state, but Israeli people, the majority of whom are Israeli because they were fleeing for their lives and safety. This is thrown in the garbage bin in favor of throwing out false equivalencies to the Boers or the British Empire. There is a level of hatred thrown at average Israeli Jewish citizens I don’t see thrown at the residents of any other country that is guilty of comparable crimes. I don’t recall seeing people damning Russian actors for being Russian the way I see Gal Gadot being damned for being Israeli. I personally live in the United States, a country built on slavery and genocide, and I don’t see instant hate the way Israeli Jews do. And, had circumstances been even slightly different, my grandparents would’ve moved to Israel instead of the USA after the Holocaust and they would’ve suddenly been treated as evil.

I don’t particularly care at this point about a one or two state solution, though I oppose the idea of annexation as being suggested by the Settler movement because it would result in genuine apartheid. What I do care about is fostering a reality where Jews and Palestinians can live side-by-side as neighbors either in neighboring countries or in the same countries and that will be impossible so long as demonization of Israeli Jews remains a major part of the pro-Palestine movement. How do you expect Jews and Palestinians to live as neighbors when they are taught to hate each other and are egged on by foreigners? 

Peace of any sort can’t happen until people actually want peace and the current environment is so grotesquely driven by hatred and demonization that I don’t see any solution as viable until we see major changes in how it’s discussed. But when Israeli voices, even moderate and liberal ones, are shut up, that is impossible. You can’t make peace with people you refuse to even talk to. This has to stop. 

ID #42787

Name: Alexa
Age: 16
Country: United States

I love all kinds of music ranging from Mozart to Ed Sheeran to Of Mice and Men.
I love reading, The Legend of Zelda, all kinds of sweets, and drawing.
I play the euphonium(baby tuba basically), trombone, and flute.
I’ve always wanted to have a penpal I’ve just been to shy to try and get one. I am very clumsy so don’t be surprised to hear about me falling down the stairs.

Preferences: People who are around my age would be fun, 15-19. No mean people please.

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➥The United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos) is a federal republic composed of 32 federal entities: 31 states and 1 federal district.

The territory of the Federal District, commonly known and referred to as Mexico City, serves as the national capital.

tasked by the government to defuse a bomb that has been planted into every single gamestop in the united states and any other country that has a gamestop in it that will go off in 72 hours, this rag-tag group of motherfuckers will stop at NOTHING to save the gaming industry and even the WORLD from total pwnage.

they are: The Expendabengers.