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The Way My #TeamPetty Is Set Up... :Hopes, Dreams and Shade for Penessa and Fauxlake in 605

A/N: This post is dedicated to #TeamPetty. You know who you are. Also= Peter + Vanessa (h/t @jarmstrong05)


It’s time for one of my favourite pastimes: shading Jake  and Fauxlake (past works cited at the end).  A few stills from #Scandal’s next episode, “They All Bow Down” (605), have emerged:


There are more, but you can find them yourself. The  photos have some in the fandom all aflutter with fantastical assumptions, about which I feel shady enough to address:

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Disney Announces Live Action Remake of “Moana”

FIJMU News 10-8-16

The latest film in Disney’s recent trend of remaking their animated classics as live action will be “Moana,” the original of which has yet to be released.

“We at Disney feel that Moana is our best animated film yet and we won’t wait to adapt it as a live action feature,” said Disney representative Mike Pence (Not to be confused with Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence). “With successes like “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” and the upcoming “Mulan,” and “Beauty and the Beast” films, we feel the time is right to adapt Moana for a 2019 release.”

Disney is not without its critics however. According to film critic Tim Kaine (Not to be confused with Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine), “Disney is all about money now, they’ll remake anything they’ve got for a quick buck.” There’s no denying the trend, but with high box office results and good reviews, many feel the remake fad is delivering some of the studio’s best works. Moana has received very good reviews from preview screenings, and the live action version will surely be worth seeing.

Moana comes out on November 23rd, 2016, and again in live action on December 15th, 2019. Scarlett Johansson has been confirmed for the lead role.

ok but what really scares me about this election is that, in the event he does win, trump is facing criminal lawsuits in the very near future (including one for the sexual abuse of a child). so, if trump does win, is prosecuted and found guilty, his vice presidential candidate becomes the elected president by default. meaning mike pence, governor of indiana, a man who has an actual record of passing terrifying legislation (including mandating people who receive abortions to pay for the cremation or funeral for the aborted fetuses), becomes the president. and he scares me a hell of a lot more than donald does.

A new ad from a political action committee is focused on the possibility of Hillary Clinton making history as the first woman president of the United States.

The ad — titled Man Smart (Woman Smarter) and featuring the song of the same name — opens with a shot of Michelle Obama and her quote: “So much history yet to be made.” It then rolls through a “who’s who” of pioneers in women’s political history including the first woman Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman vice presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the first African-American woman secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

The ad then pauses on a still of an open presidential lectern in the White House with the words “It’s time” suspended above. Next, we see a black-and-white still of a smiling Clinton. “Vote Hillary. #FirstWoman,” the ad concludes.

Michelle Obama featured in #firstwoman ad from pro-Clinton PAC

(Photo: Patriotic Artists and Creatives)

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Despite the somewhat early hour on a now curfew free Friday night, Madeleine doesn’t feel much like going out, so she and Westley curl up together and flip on the television. After channel surfing for a while, West eventually settles on a long-running late night talk program, The Evening Show with Ray Simo.

“Ugh, his face annoys me,” Maddie groans and collapses back on to the bed beside Westley. “Maybe it’s his ginormous chin or those smug, beady eyes, but every time I look at him I get the heebie jeebies. Like he knows the punch line to the world’s funniest joke, but I have to take off my top before he’ll tell it to me.”

West smiles, interlacing his fingers with hers. “Yeah, I’m sure he’s an asshole. Wealth seems to have that effect on people. The more money you have the more distance it puts between you and the rest of the population. Like this guy,” he says as he motions to the handsome, well dressed man who just walked onto the stage. “Everything about him screams money, from that expensive suit to his pretentious smirk and condescending little strut. And how much do you want to wager he’s some well-to-do politician or high level businessman?”

“Not taking that bet,” she laughs without glancing up at the TV. 

“Oh, he’s from Bridgeport,” Westley frowns, scanning the caption at the bottom of the screen. “Theodore Davenport, newly elected governor and son of Thaddeus Davenport, the longest serving governor in Simington state’s history and the national vice presidential candidate in the elections of ‘28 and ‘36… I wonder if he’s related to Arabella from the museum?” he muses out loud.

“Gianna’s never mentioned it before, but she wouldn’t-” Maddie freezes midsentence as the man’s laughter spills from the television speakers and into the hotel room. “W-what did you say his name w-was again?”

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Message sent by Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall to Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge following Coolidge’s nomination as the 1920 Republican Vice Presidential candidate, June 13, 1920.

Marshall, who served eight years as Woodrow Wilson’s Vice President from 1913-1921, was famous for his humorous quotes and observations, particularly when it came to the insignificance of the Vice Presidency.

Some of Vice President Marshall’s greatest hits:
•"I don’t want to work [after leaving office], but I wouldn’t mind being Vice President again.“
•”[Have you ever heard the story of the man who had two sons?] One went away to sea and drowned, the other was elected Vice President. The poor father died of a broken heart – he never heard from either one afterward.“
•”[Indiana] is the mother of Vice Presidents, home to more second-class men than any other state.“ – Explaining why it made sense that he was from Indiana after his original nomination for Vice President in 1912.
•"The Vice President’s Chamber is adjacent to the Senate Chamber, and so small that to survive it is necessary to keep the door open to obtain the necessary cubic feet of air. When the Vice President is in the room [Capitol tour guides] go by with their guests, stop and point him out, as though he were a curiosity. I stood this for about as long as I could, and then went to the door and said: ‘If you look on me as a wild animal, be kind enough to throw peanuts at me; but if you are really desirous of seeing me, come in and shake hands.’ In that way I think I restored myself to the position I have always desired to occupy; that of an American, who looks up to nobody, looks down on nobody, but tries to keep a conscience clean enough that he can look everybody in the face.” – Anecdote from his autobiography, Thomas R. Marshall: A Hoosier Salad
•"From your only Vice, Thomas R. Marshall" – Inscription that Marshall made in a book about Indiana that he gave to President Wilson.
•"To acknowledge the insignificant influence of the office; to take it in a good-natured way; to be friendly and well disposed to political friend and foe alike, to be loyal to my chief and at the same time not to be offensive to my associates.“ – Marshall’s philosophy about his role as Vice President
•"In the city of Denver, while I was Vice President, a big husky policeman kept following me around until I asked him what he was doing. He said he was guarding my person. I said: 'Your labor is in vain. Nobody was ever crazy enough to shoot as a Vice President. If you will go away and find somebody to shoot at me, I’ll go down in history as the first Vice President who ever attracted enough attention even to have a crank shoot at him.” – Anecdote related by Marshall in his autobiography, Recollections of Thomas R. Marshall: A Hoosier Salad

politico.com
Bernie Sanders floats Elizabeth Warren for VP
Bernie Sanders on Tuesday provided the name of Elizabeth Warren when discussing which women would be qualified to be his vice president.

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday reached for a familiar name when discussing which women would be qualified to be his vice president: Elizabeth Warren.

“I’m not going to commit — you have to look at the best candidates you can,” Sanders told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The women of this country, the people of this country understand it would be a great idea to have a woman as vice president and something I would give very, very serious thought to.”

Asked whether there are any women qualified for the job, Sanders responded, “Are there are any women? Yes, there are many women qualified for that job.”

As far as whether he could name a few, Sanders said it is “a little too early to be speculating on that.”

“But I think, as you know, there are people in life today, Elizabeth Warren, I think, has been a real champion in standing up for working families, taking on Wall Street,” he said, referring to the liberal Democratic senator from Massachusetts. “There are other fantastic women who have been active in all kinds of fights who I think would make great vice presidential candidates.”

Meet Marietta Stow

Marietta Stow ran for Governor of California in 1882 as a member of the Women’s Independent Political Party.   Two years later, Belva Lockwood ran for president of the U.S.; Marietta joined Belva on the ticket as her vice presidential candidate. The women represented the Equal Rights Party.  Their platform focused on suffrage as its primary cause.  Marietta Stow died in 1902, nine years before women gained the right to vote in California.

Campaign-ending moves:
  • 2004: Candidate’s voice cracks in a funny way while celebrating his campaign’s momentum in primaries. Losing candidate in general kind of rich and stiff and out of touch.
  • 2008: Vice Presidential candidate says being able to see Russia from parts of Alaska means she has foreign policy experience.
  • 2012: Candidate is kind of rich and stiff and out of touch, clumsily refers to his collection of resumes submitted by women’s groups as “binders full of women.”
  • 2016: Nothing. Bragging about sexual assault? Calling for the assassination of your opponent? Claiming you’ll only accept the results of the election if you win? All totally fine apparently.

anonymous asked:

Do you think either Julian or Joaquin Castro will be tapped for Hillary's vp?

They are frequently mentioned as potential VPs (Julián more than Joaquín), but I’m sold on either of them. I think it’s a little too soon and that both of them are still lightweights. Julián is put forward more than Joaquín, but at least Joaquín has spent a few years in Congress and a decade in the Texas legislature. Julián is mentioned because they see his time as Mayor of San Antonio as executive experience, but it’s not. The Mayor of San Antonio is one of the weaker Mayors of any major American city; it’s the City Manager who possesses pretty much all executive power in San Antonio. Now he’s the HUD Secretary, but that’s not exactly a stepping-stone to the Vice Presidency (and his appointment as HUD Secretary was seen as a way to pad his resume before 2016).

I think the Democrats could do much, much better when it comes to a running mate for Hillary Clinton. Senator Booker would be a very strong candidate and balance the ticket. I’ve heard Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s name mentioned and he’d be another strong candidate that checks a lot of the boxes that Hillary should be looking for in a VP – he’s Hispanic, he has a mix of experiences in and out of the government, he’s got major civil rights credentials, and much more. The Virginian Senators – Mark Warner and Tim Kaine – are always a possibility. An outsider might appeal to the folks who have been supporting Bernie Sanders, but I’m not sure who that could be.

If Hillary Clinton asked me to pick her running mate, I’d actually choose Senator Al Franken – yes, “Stuart Smalley”. Senator Franken would be a very interesting pick. He’s a true-blue progressive and a really good Senator now in his second term. Despite his Senate service, Franken is still a bit of an outsider after spending most of his career in entertainment; at the very least, he hasn’t spend most of his adult life in the Washington bubble. I think Senator Franken would be great on the campaign trail and be able to balance the ticket in various ways. Minnesota is a solidly Democratic state, so he wouldn’t be bringing a state into the fold. But another way to look at it is that a Franken Vice Presidency (which would result in the loss of a sold Democratic Senate seat), likely wouldn’t cost the Dems a Senate seat because Minnesota Democrats should be able to fill it without too much trouble. Some people will roll their eyes and say, “Yeah right, the guy who played Stuart Smalley is a terrible idea”, but that’s what in the Obama campaign when I was suggesting Joe Biden as VP while he was still in the 2008 Presidential race, as well as when I predicted Mitt Romney would choose Paul Ryan MONTHS before Romney became the 2012 frontrunner. I’m good at choosing Vice Presidents. 

anonymous asked:

Sorry, that was a bit of a joke, I couldn't resist. (I could have suggested Vince McMahon.) Seriously now, though, what about Jon Huntsman? He's an office holder, very successful governor, might defuse some of the "crazy" factor, and would be popular with swing voters. Trump has indicated recently that he's interested in someone with political experience. Would it work.

I’m one of the biggest Jon Huntsman fans in the country, and have been for a long time. In fact, in 2011 I even suggested that I would vote for Huntsman if he was the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee. He’s definitely not crazy, and that’s why he’d never accept the 2016 GOP Vice Presidential nomination and share the ticket with Donald Trump. 

In 2012, when Huntsman was unsuccessful seeking the Republican Presidential nomination, most of the GOP candidates made a trip to Trump Tower to try to win over Trump’s support. Huntsman refused and said that he wasn’t going to placate Trump or “kiss the ring” – and this was back in 2012! I had a ton of respect for Huntsman before that – resigning as Governor of Utah to accept the nomination of a President from the opposite party to serve as Ambassador to China was a truly patriotic move. Refusing to bow to Trump for what Huntsman’s campaign called “Presidential Apprentice” reinforced my respect for him. Huntsman would never join Trump’s ticket, and Trump is so insecure that I’m sure he still holds a grudge against Huntsman for not joining the other 2012 candidates in “kissing the ring”.

Voting in US presidential elections matters (even though the president isn’t quite directly elected)

Anonymous asked: Re: voting: Why does your vote for president matter when the electoral college chooses the president?

Realsocialskills answered: Your vote for President matters because the voters determine who the electoral college chooses in your state.

Each state gets a certain number of electoral college votes. After the state’s polls close and the votes are tallied, the electors meet. The electors vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidates the majority of voters voted for. So, the voters in your state, including you, determine how your state will vote.

(The legal mechanics of this vary state-by-state, and in some states they are technically not legally required to vote this way. But in practice there is a very, very strong tradition of always doing so, to the point that there may as well be a law.)

Your vote also matters even if it doesn’t influence the outcome of the election. It doesn’t just matter who wins, it also matters how much they win by. Because politicians and political parties want to keep winning elections, they pay close attention to what’s popular and unpopular with voters.

When a large majority of American voters vote for a particular candidate, it shows that their strategy for getting elected was really effective. Other politicians, and political parties, take this into account when they make decisions. Anything that wins a lot of votes will influence what politicians do to seek political power, and what they do with their power once they have it.

This means that presidents who win by a huge majority of votes have much more power to keep their campaign promises. Most campaign promises are in significant part about changing the law. There are some things the president can do unilaterally, but most of the really important changes require Congress to vote on new laws.

Senators and members of Congress can decide to support the change, oppose it, or remain neutral. When a president wins by a large majority, politicians have to consider the possibility that opposing the president’s agenda would cost them votes.

If the president didn’t win by so much or even lost the popular vote, senators and members of congress don’t have to worry so much about opposing them — and may even get the message that opposing them will get them votes. (It’s particularly important how people in their state or district voted, even if it doesn’t influence the outcome of the national election. Even if the candidate lost in your state, if they got more votes than expected, your politicians will notice.)

The outcome of the popular vote also influences how likely presidents are to keep the campaign promises that they *are* in a position to keep unilaterally. Presidents want to get elected for a second term, and they want candidates from their party to keep winning after they leave office. When they win a strong majority of the popular vote, it sends the message that keeping their campaign promises will help them to get reelected and will make their party stronger.

It also influences the positions and strategies of the political parties. When a president wins by a lot of votes, their political party will usually focus on continuing to appeal to the voters who voted for them. The other party will also usually try to figure out how to appeal to those voters more. This affects which candidates they pick, and which positions they support and oppose.

Politicians want to get elected, parties want to run candidates who can win. When appealing to a certain group gets a party a huge number of votes, they’re more likely to keep doing it. When it doesn’t influence the election much, they’re more likely to conclude that that group isn’t an important demographic for winning elections. When it makes them lose, they’re likely to distance themselves.

For instance, a political party may run a campaign based on appealing to marginalized groups. If this wins them the election by a large margin, they get the message that winning elections depends on continuing to work on issues those groups care about. That will influence how winning candidates vote, and it will influence how all candidates campaign.

Similarly, a party may run a presidential campaign based on appealing to xenophobic racists. If this causes them to lose an election by a wide margin, they’re more likely to distance themselves from xenophobic racists. Likewise, if a party’s position on immigration, education, taxes, or whatever else gets them a lot of votes or loses them a lot of votes, it will influence their choices about whether and to what extent they continue to promote that policy.

Also, your congressional representative, your senator, and your state officials are directly elected. So is your school board, your city council, your mayor, and probably your county sheriff. So if you’re going to show up and vote for them, you may as well also vote for president. Every elected office matters, and every vote ultimately counts.

Tl;dr The mechanics of voting for President of the United States are fairly odd, but your vote matters anyway. Scroll up for an explanation of why.

anonymous asked:

do you have any thoughts on who'd be the best running mate for Hillary?

There are a lot of possibilities. I’d actually like to see Hillary get someone who isn’t in Washington – a statewide elected official (like a Governor or Lieutenant Governor) or Mayor, or a total outsider, like a major CEO or progressive business leader.

If she wants someone from Washington, I’m really thinking that Senator Al Franken – who I mentioned would be a great Senate Majority Leader if the Democrats regain control of the Senate – would be a fantastic branch to the more progressive branch of the Democratic Party. He’s a smart guy, he’s well-known, he’s great on the campaign trail and on television, he’s experienced, and he’s a perfect balance in every way for Hillary Clinton. I think there are some members of the party that the party needs to start turning to, and Senator Franken is one of them.

And, yes, I just earnestly recommended that Stuart Smalley be the next Vice President of the United States.

In this election, place a lot more weight on the potential vice president then you normally would when making that decision.

It’s likely that Clinton or Trump would not serve a full term if elected. Trump has already had an assassination attempt, and if he were to get elected, he could very well get killed in office. Clinton, on the other hand, is probably not as likely to get assassinated, but still might not serve a full term. Her health is clearly failing, first off. She was recently diagnosed with pneumonia, and there are speculations that she has other health issues as well. Even if Clinton manages to make it through the four years without her health failing her completely, I suspect that she may get impeached during her term. Just knowing her track record of being surrounded by controversy, it’s a fair assessment. Trump is controversial as well, but he’s mostly controversial for saying dumb shit. Clinton is controversial for lying and cover ups and actions of dubious legality. Trump could get impeached as well, but I think assassination is more likely.

I’m not saying that either candidate will absolutely die or get the boot before their term ends, but I am saying that it’s very possible. That’s why you should make sure you do your research on the vice presidential candidates, because they may end up as president some day.