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Non-American People, Let Me Explain You A Thing

So, us Americans are annoying. And we understand that entirely. It’s actually one of the things we’re famous for, so some of us wanna rock that… Well, we hate that side of us too. Now, onto the 4th of July.

Most of the time, we kinda hate our own country (or at least how it’s run). Not quite as much as all of you seem to… But we do. We hate it because we live here, and we see from the inside all of the little flaws. We’re attacked and hurt by these flaws. From the outside, sure you see our…interesting government and our annoying boastfulness, but you don’t see the little things that make us hate us.

The 4th is our one day of the year when we recognize that, sure our “free” country is ridiculous and rather terrible sometimes, but we should love it here. And we do. For one day (the whole week when it comes to fireworks…), we get to blow stuff up into pretty colors, we get to gorge ourselves on all the meat, pie, and alcohol we can, and we get to pretend that, at least for 24 hours, our country still signifies everything it used to.

We realize that our country isn’t as free as we say it is, and we realize that there are countries with similar, if not far better, human rights to ours. It’s just… Unlike most countries, we fought for ours, then had to build it from the ground up. Many countries fought, yes, and they deserve to go crazy on their Independence Days too. We attempted an unheard of and seemingly impossible war against the biggest and strongest empire in the world, and we won. We were just 13 little colonies, a ragtag group of misfits with a dream beyond what colonies could accomplish.

We may get a little (okay, a lot) annoying boasting about our “freedom,” but the 4th is not about that. What we’re celebrating today is that, in the most impossible war, we broke free.

Not that we are free.

That we broke free.

jvoorhees1946  asked:

You heard about what happened tonight on Survivor?

Yes. It’s absolutely deplorable that somebody would go to such lengths just to win a stupid competition.

For those who are unaware, a Survivor contestant outed a transgender competitor. Luckily, that stunt got him booted off the show.

Oh, and here’s a quote from the guy who was outed, per USA Today: Fellow contestants rallied around Smith as he explained, “One of the reasons I didn’t want to lead with that is because I didn’t want to be like, the trans Survivor player. I want to be Zeke the Survivor player.”

Food for thought, Tumblr.

I had faith in you

He won. He fucking won. I can’t believe this. I literally just woke up and the first thing I did was cross my fingers as I went on a news website, and Trump is the new president.

Here’s to hoping he won’t be as bad as he seems, but honestly I think we’re all fucked. At least you guys are, let’s see if his stupidity crosses over to Europe as well.

Sherlocked USA questions

Hey fellow Sherlollians!

I will be heading to Sherlocked USA next week, and I wanted to see if anyone in our group had some good questions that I might can ask the crew.  If you have a burning question, please reblog this and add your question, or you can send me a message too.  Below is a list of people who will be there!

Louis Moffat (young Sherlock in S3)
Timothy Carlton (Benedict Cumberbatch’s father, played Sherlock’s father)
Wanda Ventham (Benedict’s mum, also played Sherlock’s mum)
Alistair Petrie (Sholto)
Arwel Wyn Jones (set designer)
Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson)
Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes, writer)
Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson)
Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty)
Sue Vertue (Executive Producer)
Steven Moffat (writer and head showrunner)

I’ll do my best to ask things during panels or whatnot.  I’m actually nervous as heck…but I will do my best!  Thank you!

anonymous asked:

Jae Scenario where you're new to school you walk in class and he just staresss

Title: Neh?
Characters: Jae, OC
Type: Fluff, AU

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“Attention.” The class president stood and had the class bow to the teacher, before sitting himself.

Almost immediately, students started to whisper to each other. The teacher tapped her wand on her podium. “Alright we have a transfer student from the United States here. Welcome her warmly.” Some groaned and others answered with a ‘yeh.’ “Come in.” She said loud enough for me to hear.

Walking in, snickers and chuckles echoed around the room. “Annyeonghaseyo.” I bowed and shakily said, throwing my pronunciation off track. “My name is Cristina Kwon. Nice to meet you.” More and more people started to laugh and you stood staring at your feet in embarrassment. Were they laughing at the way you looked? You were born and raised in the states but your mom was Puerto Rican and your dad was Korean. You had Korean features but for the most part you looked hispanic. Was it your poor Korean? You agreed it wasn’t great, but it was understandable.

You never thought being from a foreign country would’ve made you the laughing stock. “Hey hey, hush.” The teacher pointed to a seat by the window. “Take a seat there.” You bowed and scampered to your seat.

When you were about to sit, you could see a fairly cute guy, staring at you intensely. You refused to look in his direction and sat down. “Why is he staring at me like that?” You whispered to yourself. “Just focus on the teacher.” Homeroom was fine. Not everyone payed you much attention after 20 minutes. But he still was. “What is so weird about me that he keeps looking at me?” You thought.

Homeroom soon ended and you started to gather your stuff as fast as you could to get away from that guy. When you stood up to leave, “Hey!” That guy called out to you, making others look at you even more as they existed the classroom.

You snapped around, “Yah! Could you draw anymore attention!” You frowned. “W-Why do you keep staring at me?! Are you are pervert or something?!” You gulped at your natural sass. Korean culture was so different from American culture, you hoped you didn’t offended him or anything. But he was being strange and you wanted to know why.

He blinked in a bit of a shock before shaking his head, “No no! I just was trying to get your attention to tell you your blazer is inside out. I thought staring at you hard enough would’ve got your attention.” He rubbed the back of his neck.

“Neh?” His word’s hit you and you froze. He gestured to your blazer and you looked down. Now you knew why everyone was staring at you. At least they weren’t judging you by your race, completely. You face-palmed yourself and quickly changed it around. “S-Sorry. But thank you…”

He nodded with a grin, “It’s ay-okay! By the way, I’m Jae!” He held out his hand and you took it in your own with a shake. “Glad to meet a fellow USA-ian!”

“You’re from the States?” You exclaimed in English with a now bright, relaxed expression.

Jae tilted his head from side to side, “Born in Argentina, raised in LA man.” He threw up the LA sign.

You couldn’t help but laugh. “Born and raised in Ohio to a Korean dad and Puerto Rican mom.” You told him. You never knew that you’d be relaying all this information to anybody. You didn’t think you’d find someone that you’d get close to that fast.

“Explains the sass, señorita.” Jae laughed sarcastically and you slightly blushed at his remark. Jae cleared his throat, “Hey, we should sit together at lunch.” He suggested rather quickly. You stopped and blinked at him in hesitation. “I mean you don’t have to! I was just-”

“Sure! That would be perfect! I have no where to sit anyway.”

He shoved his hands in his pockets with a wink, “See ya then home skillet.” As Jae walked away, you grinned widely. Unbeknownst to the fact that you couldn’t see the uncontrollable smile plastered on his own face or to the fact that he wasn’t only staring at you because of your blazer.

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YAY A SCENARIO AFTER FOREVER!
-Chris님

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Cards Against Voltage 

A simple game to play with your fellow Voltage USA Lovers.

Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. The player that asked the question from the black card, reads the responses on the white card and chooses a winner for that round. Rotate and play another round. 

Start with a 5 card hand or start with a 3 card hand! No Rules!

Let us know what your funniest matches are!

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Ryan Lochte 'DWTS' Protest: Derek Hough, Maks, Val, More React - Us Weekly

They’ve got his back. After protesters rushed the Dancing With the Stars stage following Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke’s debut performance on Monday, September 12, fellow cast members including Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy showed their support for the visibly shaken Olympic athlete.

As Us Weekly previously reported, Lochte and Burke, both 32, were listening to judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s feedback when two audience members wearing anti-Lochte shirts ran onto the dance floor and caused a commotion before being tackled and escorted out by security guards. A group of women wearing the same shirts continued to boo from the audience, prompting dance pro Hough to walk over and yell at the women (who were also removed from the premises).

“I feel like this is my home, and you don’t bring that into my home. You don’t bring that into our home,” Hough, 31, told Us Weekly after the end of the season 23 premiere Monday night. “This is a positive place, it’s a loving place, it’s a place of learning, of triumph … and I got upset because I’m so sick of this world judging each other and condemning each other. There’s so much negativity.”

The six-time DWTS champ continued, “I just watched [Ryan and Cheryl] dance and I was super proud of them, and I was like, ‘This guy is out here doing what he can and trying to be himself and he put himself in a vulnerable position.’ … I hope it puts emphasis on people just letting it go. Because [the protesters] looked so stupid. They looked so foolish and cowardly.”

Lochte’s name made headlines countless times toward the end of last month’s 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He and three fellow Team USA swimmers (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen) vandalized a Rio gas station bathroom and were asked by security guards to pay for the damage. Lochte was under fire because he initially claimed he was robbed at gunpoint, but authorities later learned there wasn’t evidence of a robbery.

Chmerkovskiy, 36, who returned to the DWTS ballroom after a four-season break Monday night with partner Amber Rose, was also alarmed by the protesters, specifically because his pregnant fiancée, Peta Murgatroyd, was watching from the front row.

“I felt uneasy that Peta was in the front row, so I ran out, and when I saw that they weren’t near her, I was good,” the Ukranian hunk told Us. “I don’t encourage anybody running up to you and telling you what they think about what you did — because that’s none of [their] business. You don’t do it!”


Maks’ brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, expressed similar sentiments. “It was just unusual and unnecessary and it was a distraction, but [Cheryl] handled herself like a champ and she kept it together. I’m very proud of her. She didn’t let it bother her,” Val (who is partnered with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez this season) told Us. “I’m always protective over my partners, but this season it’s very different. I’m not working with some freestanding adult that knows what she’s doing. I’m responsible for [Laurie’s] well-being from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to sleep. … So if someone could run out like that, are you kidding? I will protect her, absolutely.”

Pro dancer Allison Holker and her partner, music producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, hit the dance floor before Lochte and Burke’s performance and were backstage when they heard the commotion.

“I [didn’t] know what was going on, but in this ballroom as a pro, as a celebrity, we all come together as one, and we are supposed to be unified and support each other,” Holker told Us. “I’m sending so much love to Ryan — he’s here, and we should all be forgiving in our lives, and he’s doing something for himself right now.”

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ON DRINKING IRISH BEER:

Luke (Ireland): What to order? If this isn’t your first question about St. Patrick’s Day, you’re not actually celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Will you have a Guinness? Sure! When someone suggests a drink the correct answer is always yes. And St. Patrick’s most divine contribution is a glorious global excuse to accept booze. But just one round of Guinness. You know we have other drinks, right? In fact, we have our own drinks, since Guinness is about as Irish as a bulldog smoking a cigar. It merged with something called “Grand Metropolitan Incorporated” over a decade ago. The only thing that could sound less Irish than that is “Diageo.” Which it’s now owned by. Understand: All that money going into Guinness goes to London.

Brendan (USA): Hey there, fellow Irish-Americans! Want to connect to your lost culture liver-first? Too bad! They’re all owned by beer’s three remaining macro-brewers: English Diageo, Belgian Anheuser-Busch InBev, and even more Belgian Heineken. That’s why Guinness is the perfect drink for St. Patrick’s Day. Like us, it hasn’t been truly Irish for decades.

Besides, Guinness is creamy and delicious. It’s obsidian beauty with white piping, a classic like a tuxedo or whitewall tires.

Luke (Ireland): Of course you should enjoy a pint of Guinness. But don’t let them take the entire Irish-American-alcoholic-economic output. Which has to be enough to fund a small revolution by now. (Hell, “Drunk Irish-Americans in bars” managed to fund a terrorist organization over here for decades.)

5 Reasons Irish People Don’t Love American St. Patty’s Day: A Transatlantic Debate

Sen. Jeff Sessions: "We must stop Emperor Obama"

Just last year, Obama told reporters that he could not ignore the laws on the books and defer deportations for illegals because he was “not the Emperor of the United States.”  In a 180 degree flip-flop, last night Emperor Obama held his own coronation ceremony.  

This morning, Senator Jeff Sessions writes an op-ed in USA today urging his fellow members of Congress, including Democrats to take a stand against Emperor Obama’s lawlessness.

from USA Today:

Americans defeated President Obama’s disastrous amnesty plans both in Congressand at the voting booth. Tonight, President Obama defied an entire nation and declared that he will impose his rejected amnesty through the brute force of executive order.

[…]

In addition to providing formal amnesty benefits for 5 million illegal immigrants, President Obama has also eliminated virtually all enforcement with respect to the other nearly 7 million illegal immigrantsin the United States. As the president’s own former ICE Director, John Sandweg said: “if you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero.”

All you have to do is get into the country from anywhere on globe — whether through the border or by overstaying a visa — and you are free to remain, take jobs and receive benefits. This year alone, the White House has released into the United States more than 100,000 illegal immigrants who simply showed up at the border and demanded entry.

And now, with a single pen stroke, President Obama is obliterating what little remains of Americans’ immigration protections. Not only will millions of low-wage illegal immigrants rush into the labor market, but they will collect billions in taxpayer dollars as well. These costly government benefits range from child tax credits, to public housing to the likelihood that amnestied immigrants will rely on taxpayers for medical and retirement benefits.

Only a short time ago, President Obama himself admitted this action would be illegal and unconstitutional: “I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own” he explained, adding “that’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” President Obama also said that: “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”

Apparently, America now has its first emperor.

[…]

The great task before the nation now is to resist this imperial decree and return control of this nation to its own citizens — as our Constitution established.

That task begins with Congress refusing to allow a dime of money to be spent executing this unlawful amnesty. This a routine, constitutional and crucial application of congressional power.

If Democrat lawmakers join Republicans in blocking funds for his unlawful plan, the president will be stopped. Americans must ask their representatives this one question: do you serve the citizens of this country and their Constitution — or not?

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To the Democrats out there who are cheering Obama’s lawless executive order, I ask you this: “What happens when a future President decides to simply ignore laws that you like?”  What kind of precedent are we setting by letting Emperor Obama ignore the Constitution?  

Even if you agree with Obama’s goals, any principled person should be able to look honestly at Obama’s methods and say, “This is not the right way.”