you can vote

Things you won’t hear Eurovision fans say:
“Aw yis more ballads”
“You can vote for your own country”
“Britain’s got a really good song this year”
“Alcohol is not free”
“Sweden are terrible hosts”
“This dance number makes total sense”
“Less gay please”

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Don’t touch my man men, boy

Bonus:

Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 are here!

Me when Square Enix releases a survey for FFXV’s future content and you can only vote once and all of the options should’ve been in the game since day 1:

Originally posted by lilsparrow72

to armys worried about bts going to the bbas:

no matter what happens and what hate, disrespect, and racism comes their way (which, lots will), they’re not walking alone. they’ve got us. they’ve dealt with hate since day one but the difference between then and now is the literal millions of people behind them. as you can tell by the voting we’ve obviously got a strong online presence that we gotta use to cheer them on and shape the narrative in their favor. bangtan defends army, army defends bangtan. they’ve talked about this plenty of times and have always given us overwhelming love and thanks. they trust and rely on us. we’re the reason they don’t have to worry and can focus on growing bigger and better. this is the time to show that and show how no hate can slow them down or dampen their shine even a little. we’ve easily got the numbers to call out any bullshit ignorant western critics wanna throw at them. tho please be careful because how we behave reflects on them and we want to make the boys proud so dont be an asshole, dont be petty or disrespectful, but dont stand for bullshit. lets earn the thanks they will no doubt give us win or lose.

lets be real yall, more fame and attention in america and the west does expose them more hate. gross racists are going to call them chinese, make north korea jokes, make fun of their english, reference asian stereotypes. misogynistic assholes are going to ridicule them for defying gender roles, for putting effort into their appearances, for having a largely young girl fan base. ignorant fucks will try to devalue and dehumanize them by treating them like a “cute little boy band” but none of that shit is gonna stop them from being mother. fucking. bangtan. sonyeondan. the internationally acclaimed, world tour selling out, record breaking, amazingly strong and hard working group that we love. and this is just the beginning cause they’re only going up from here.

at the end of the day the boys are gonna be true to themselves and we’re gonna be there supporting them. let’s make them bulletproof.

I know a lot of my followers are American and maybe don’t know what’s going on with Scotland/Brexit/independence referendums, and I’m really fucking mad about it, so I wanted to make this post.

Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, has told us we aren’t allowed to have another Independence Referendum before 2019. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had been meeting with the PM to try and negotiate a suitable time for us to take another vote on Independence, and she (along with most Scots I would think, I know I am) is shocked that the PM has turned around and said no to a vote before 2019.

Why do Scotland want another Independence Referendum? We want one because Scotland voted to REMAIN in the EU. We don’t want to leave, and if we stay a part of the UK we will be forced to leave the EU. We don’t want this to happen, we’d rather be a part of the EU than be joined with England any longer. That’s the shortest way to say it, EU > UK.

Why 2019? Nicola Sturgeon and other members of the SNP (Scottish National Party, the party that holds the most chairs in Scotland) have been thinking about making autumn 2019 a good time to hold another referendum. This means, if we chose to leave the UK, Brexit wouldn’t be in full effect yet and we could happily stay in the EU. It’s also far enough away to give everyone a good amount of time to campaign, and think about how they want to vote.

Why has Theresa May said no to 2019? May has said no because she wants to give Scotland an ultimatum. Basically by saying no to 2019 she’s telling us, sure, you can have another vote after that time all you want, but you can’t have it before the whole UK is already out of Brexit. She’s done this because she thinks that us Scots should give Brexit a chance and see what it’s like before we go leaving the UK. It also means Scotland would have to go through the hassle of joining the EU again, and she thinks this will deter us from voting for Independence.

Why is all of this a problem, and y u so mad about it Moody? Well, friends, lemme tell you a thing. First of all Theresa May is the leader of the Conservative Party, a party which out of 59 available House of Commons seats in Scotland, only hold 1. They hold 1 seat. And they’re dictating to us when we can and cannot hold a vote. Forget that she’s the PM for a second. Think about that. 1 out of 59 seats in Scotland, and she’s telling us how to run our country and thinks she understands what the Scottish people want? No.

Secondly, she’s made this decision before she even hears what the SNP have to say on the matter. The SNP are holding a meeting on Wednesday (from me posting this, next week) to talk about another referendum. May doesn’t even know what the SNP fully want to do yet because they haven’t had their meeting yet, and without hearing the SNPs general opinion post-meeting, she has said no. Jumping the gun a bit, huh?

Thirdly, it’s not up to her, it’s up to the Scottish people. I mean sure, she’s the PM, she’s said no to 2019, that was her decision. But what exactly is that achieving? Other than making it harder for Scotland to join back with the EU after we leave the UK. Nothing. She just doesn’t want to deal with Brexit and Scotland leaving the UK at the same time. Learn to multitask, PM, or hand your job over to someone who can.

Scotland want independence because we are sick and tired of having to follow everything England does. The entirety of Scotland voting one way could be overruled by the entirety of London. Just London, one city. We have less say than one English city. We’re sick of this bullshit. Did you know that England’s nuclear weapons program, Trident, is located in Scotland? That’s right, just in case someone decides to bomb us to get rid of our weapons, they put them in Scotland so they’d bomb us instead of England. Tough shit on you if we get our independence, looks like you’ll be having to deal with your own nuclear weapons from now on. Get that shit away from us.

I am angry because my country doesn’t have a say in its own future, I am angry because the English government that rules over us doesn’t give a crap about us, I am angry because we are treated as worthless ‘lesser Englishmen’, when our culture and people are entirely different to England’s. I am angry because I’m tired of the English government shitting all over my country. Fuck you, we want Independence, and delaying it won’t stop it from happening.

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I thought I’d post this here since it’s sort of fandom relevant ;D

It’s national child abuse prevention month so CASA (court appointed special advocates for children) held a door decorating awareness contest at our courthouse. This is my departments entry that i made for us :D

An unpopular thought

There’s people all over the world who’ve died for the right to vote. Wars have been fought viciously over it. Revolutions have raged to give people a say.

Even in areas where there hasn’t been a war, people have died to vote. Take Emily Davison, the woman who threw herself in front of the King’s horse to assist women becoming enfranchised.

So it will always disgust me when people abstain from voting.

Let me be clear on this. If you have a choice between multiple candidates and you don’t like any, you can spoil your ballot. I don’t care if you write ‘Cunt’ beside every name. I don’t care if you draw a giant ejaculating penis.

However, if there is a choice between two candidates and one of those candidates is a fascist. It’s your moral duty to resist them.

Too many people on the left simply 'decline to vote.’ “I don’t believe in the system,” they say. Meanwhile you can count that voting en masse and the opposition abstaining is exactly what the right wing is after.

Key example:

I detest Jeremy Corbyn but if I was in England and the choice was between him and Theresa May. I’d be campaigning for Corbyn.

So for any people who are reading this and thinking I’m a cunt, please take your ego and shove it firmly up your arsehole.

Luckily for my arse, I’m in a country with a different option.

Draco x Hermione: Rival Candidates for Minister of Magic
  • Hermione begrudgingly accepts that she’s the best choice for Minister of Magic candidacy
  • Draco has spent decades cleaning up the Malfoy name, so of course his final play is to run for Minister of Magic
  • As soon as they both announce it, the Wizarding World goes crazy
  • Although Hermione has the young vote, the older generations will always prefer a Malfoy to be in charge
  • Even if this Malfoy has done everything in his power to stop being associated with pureblood elitism
  • He even donated to Granger’s S.P.E.W for fuck’s sake!
  • But Hermione isn’t buying any of it
  • So during their first official private meeting she accuses him of doing it all for the press
  • Which, alright, he is
  • But that’s not the whole reason and he claims he’s actually changed
  • The campaigning starts and they’re both forced to see each other in various political events
  • They end up arguing every time
  • Sometimes publicly and sometimes not
  • In the end they must bite their tongues and shake hands
  • The debates are always interesting, and they’ve both won and lost
  • Until Hermione (with the help of her advisor, Ginny) starts a really nasty campaign bad-mouthing the Malfoys for all they did during the war
  • His poll numbers start to drop almost immediately 
  • And that night he barges into her house, unannounced, and in a fit of rage
  • “What the fuck, Granger!? That was a low move and you know it!”
  • “Oh like you haven’t been playing dirty, Malfoy!”
  • “I haven’t! But if that’s what you want, get ready because I will. Fuck. You. Up.”
  • “I’d like to see you try”
  • Neither of them notice how close they are to each other
  • Or how heavy the air suddenly got around them
  • But next thing they know, Hermione’s tearing off his clothes as he pins her against the wall
  • Draco makes sure to kiss that infuriating mouth of hers as much as he can before reality sets in
  • And boy, did it set in
  • Right after they finish, Draco leaves. He doesn’t make a public appearance for two weeks
  • Everyone thinks he’s gonna drop out at that point
  • And maybe he is, he just doesn’t know anymore
  • But Hermione knocks on his door the day before a very important public event
  • She convinces him to return and apologizes for her unfair campaign
  • “We started this together. No matter the results, I think we should finish it, together.”
  • Draco returns, stronger than ever, and his poll numbers quickly pick up
  • It’s a very close race and nobody knows what’s going to happen
  • What also nobody knows is that Draco and Hermione have been seeing each other secretly behind the scenes
  • Eyes meeting across conference rooms
  • Quick get-togethers after an intense debate
  • “Randomly” running into each other during their capaign tours
  • They can’t help it, being together is the only thing getting them through this whole deal
  • Which is highly ironic because they’re both terrified of what’s gonna happen once somebody actually wins
  • They don’t mention it, though, because this their thing was supposed to be for “fun” and “I still want to win”
  • The closer the voting is, the more they fight, in and out of the spotlight
  • And they’ve both thought about quitting multiple times
  • But when the day finally comes, neither of them can bear to watch the results without the other
  • So they organize a big party with both their teams in the name of ‘unity’
  • The tension is high, the race is extremely close, and they wait for the results well into the night
  • They walk up next to each other seconds before the announcement
  • And they hold hands
  • “The newly elected Minister of Magic is…”
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Lots of narratives have been going around about why Hillary lost. Most are placing the blame directly on the candidate herself, ignoring a few key points:

1. Hillary won the popular vote by 3 million votes. Yes. 3 million. To minimize this or not take it into consideration proves you are bias in your analysis of why Hillary lost. You don’t win the popular vote by 3 million if you are a truly bad candidate (Hillary also won every single debate). And for historical reference, Al Gore only won the popular vote by 500,000. Hillary won it by 3 million. 3 million votes is no small feat. You cannot ignore this fact if you want an un-bias analysis of why Hillary lost the election. The last two Republican Presidents lost the popular vote!

Also – both popular vote winners Al Gore and Hillary Clinton were hurt by progressives (Nader and Bernie) who got too comfortable after 8 years of a Democrat in the White House. Our side seems to shoot itself in the foot after 8 years in power. As we learned yet again – every vote counts, especially in the swing states. Because guess what? You can win the popular vote and still lose the election due to the electoral college. Progressives blew it big time for the second time in 20 years and hurt our popular vote winners Al Gore and Hillary Clinton. A cumulative 3.5 million more votes for the Democrats!

2. In U.S. politics, one party usually has power over the White House for only 8 years. Very rarely does a party hold onto the White House longer than 8 years. The last time was when Bush Senior won after Ronald Reagan, but then he quickly lost re-election to Bill Clinton. Democrat Al Gore couldn’t even win after Clinton left us with a surplus and booming economy. This usually happens because the side that isn’t in power tends to rise up, while the side that occupies the White House gets lazy and complicit. From a historical perspective, America was already headed towards a Republican Administration in 2016. Combine that with the racist backlash to Obama, and Trump exploiting the rise of worldwide racist nationalism, it’s no wonder their base turned out and ours didn’t. Remember – under Obama, the Democrats have lost 900 legislative seats nationwide and most of the Governorships and state legislatures, too (in addition to the White House and U.S. Congress). The backlash to Obama has been strong and was bound to hurt us in 2016. Point is – in American politics, very rarely does the same party occupy the White House for more than two-terms. This especially holds true when you combine that with racism and the rise of nationalism working against the first African American President. Conservatives were out for blood after 8 years of Obama, while our side shot itself in the foot by allowing Bernie to run as a Democrat (Nader all over again).

3. Just as in the United Kingdom (Brexit), there has been a worldwide resurgence in a nationalistic white working-class. Trump exploited this in a way Bernie Sanders never could have. Why? Because nationalism is being used to scapegoat immigrants and minorities. The 2016 election truly was an election about which party was going to turn out their base (whites vs. minorities). That’s why Hillary spent her time trying to convince us of the dangers a Trump Presidency posed to minorities. And if we had voted in levels similar to 2008, our base would have triumphed. But a core part of our base was missing – young voters that showed up for Obama but not Hillary. Why? Bernie fucking Sanders. Most of the “Bernie-or-Bust” voters I knew were young male progressives who puked at the thought of ever voting for Hillary. They even called Bernie a “sell-out” when he half-heartedly campaigned for her. What a shame. Because in the face of Brexit, every vote counted. Remember – Trump only won the swing states by a total of 80,000. How many “Bernie-or-Busters” were in the swing states? Seriously – never underestimate angry white men showing up at the polls (Brexit and Trump). Our side is much harder to turn out. That’s why every vote counted. And yes… I’m looking at you, college students!

4. Comey. The momentum the 3rd debate victory produced was lost after the Comey letter. The 3rd debate was the debate where “Nasty Woman” was coined. The closet thing the Hillary campaign came to naturally produced momentum. And it (luckily) came near the end of the election in the final stretch. Hillary was riding high after the 3rd debate domination – 11% polling lead. Everyone thought she was going to win and Nate Silver gave her over a 90% chance of winning. But then came the Comey letter. 

His letter also came after the release of Trump’s “pussy grabber” tape. The media narrative switched from “pussy grabber” to “FBI re-opens Clinton E-mail Probe.” The headlines became anti-Clinton rather than anti-Trump. And in American culture, media momentum is huge. That’s why they call it an “October Surprise.” Late deciding voters heavily broke for Trump due to the Comey letter and that’s what made the difference. 

Hillary ordered a complete analysis of the election and the Comey letter was the only new variable from her 11-point polling bump after the 3rd debate to election day. “Pussy grabber” was old news. “E-mails” became front and center yet again. This is why there is currently an independent review of Comey’s actions as we speak. Official protocol says to never release anything about a case if it may sway an election. Why? Because it might turn out to be false. Just like what happened. Comey ultimately retracted the letter in the final hours of the election, but the damage had already been done. Hillary was finished. Her 11-point debate lead – gone. That’s why there is currently an official investigation into Comey breaking official protocol and swaying the election in Trump’s favor. Once this investigation is complete, I’m sure you’ll be hearing from the Clintons.

5. Sexism. The 2016 election proved a far more qualified woman can still lose to a far less qualified man. Actually, Hillary was the most qualified person (man or woman) to ever run for the Presidency. Any man with Hillary’s accomplishments and qualifications never would have lost. It wouldn’t have even been close. Period.

6. Russian interference. We’ll never know exactly how much Russia swayed the election, but the influx of “fake news” targeting Hillary Clinton definitely had an impact on her public perception, especially in regards to her “trustworthiness.” Putin had a vendetta against Hillary because he held her responsible for the protests he faced after his re-election. He also thought Hillary would be far more aggressive and effective than Obama. He’d rather have a puppet and buffoon as President (Trump) than the brilliant Hillary Rodham Clinton.

7. The media. Hillary’s e-mails were made to seem just as bad as the millions of horrific things Trump did over the course of his 4-times bankrupt career. The false equivalence was mind-boggling. In the pursuit of trying to appear “un-bias” by saying both sides were equally corrupt, they ended up being bias against Hillary and helping Trump win the Presidency. The actual un-bias viewpoint is that nothing Hillary has done is anywhere near the level of deplorable things Trump has done. But the media made Hillary seem just as bad as Trump in order to give the impression that they were being “objective.” 

I truly hope the media did some soul-searching after the 2016 election. Tearing down Hillary and glorifying Trump – giving rise to his “cult-of-personality” has really bitten you in the ass, hasn’t it? Now you have at minimum 4 years of covering a manipulative propaganda artist con-man who just likes to play head games. Have fun!!

8. Republican witch-hunts. Republicans abused their power, which led to 8 separate Benghazi investigations. More investigations than Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination, and 9/11. Yet Hillary was never found of any wrongdoing and came out victorious after her triumphant 11-hour Benghazi testimony. Unfortunately, after so many fake “scandals,” Hillary’s image had been damaged. Which was the entire point of these fake scandals – even if Hillary isn’t guilty, we can still accuse her of corruption and plant seeds of doubt. But rather than viewing the Republicans as the corrupt ones, manufacturing fake Clinton scandals and wasting tax-payer money, many Americans drank the Clinton hate kool-aid (even progressives).

All of these factors led to the “perfect storm.” Which is why we needed every single vote in every single state. Yet Hillary still managed to win the popular vote by 3 million despite Russian interference, Bernie mania, multiple witch-hunts by Republicans, 11-hour Benghazi testimony, sexism, a media hell bent on false equivalency, a rise in worldwide racist nationalism, one party historically only occupying the White House for 8 years, and the devastating Comey letter. 

3 million more votes. Despite it all. A majority of Americans agree with our vision and our values. By the millions. And that’s not even taking into consideration ID laws and voter suppression of minorities, which greatly decreased the amount we won by.

“But, you know, then at the end, we had the Russians and the FBI deal. She couldn’t prevail against that. She did everything else and still won by 2.8 million votes.

The finest vote counter in America is Nate Silver. He told you what costed the election.” ~President Bill Clinton

A political icon and legend. Was going for round 3 in the White House. And we all know she ran it the first two times.

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