In 1991, at the end of Desert Storm, a 19 year old US Army Cavalry Scout Private who had just spent 8 months at war sat out on a street at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. He sat there on his duffle bag with his Battalion around him for 4 days waiting for the buses to come and take him to the King Fahad Airport so he could go home. Unfortunately, the politicians of the day never planned for how to bring so many soldiers home after the war ended so there was a shortage of planes. Finally, the buses came and took the young man to the airport. The planes waiting were from Tower Air. The owner of Tower Air had volunteered his planes and staff to bring soldiers home for the cost of fuel only. Happily, the young veteran got home just in time for Easter weekend in 1991, and spent that time emotionally healing with friends and family surrounding him. That Private was me. The airline owner was Donald J. Trump.
Ron Knouse who proudly voted for President Trump
And Maxine Waters was a Representative for CA 29th District at that time. So she and others like her have been continually screwing up for 26 years.
For fans of Marvel’s comic book and inematic Universes, “The Avengers”
is a team whose name brings to mind different members. Some may think
of Captain America, The Hulk and Ant-Man while others think of Thor,
Black Widow and Hawkeye. As amazing as these teams are, there is
something special about the teen lineup of the “Young Avengers”, especially the team put together by regular creative collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
While the Young Avengers’ original lineup had members that were
connected to The Avengers, this relaunched roster had each member
attempting to distance themselves from the past. With a backdrop of
gorgeous art, creative comic panels and a youthful spirit, the Young
Avengers could strike out on their own and save the world. Here are
15 reasons why this run is the best.
leverage season 1: let’s help a hardworking, honest young patriotic veteran w/ a disability who just wants to get back to the workforce
leverage season 3: let’s steal a federal witness and set him up for murder, fuck the courts. let’s steal the department of defense it’s not treason as long as we give it back probably.
leverage finale: lets fucking find out every company who got a government bailout they didn’t earn after the crash and DESTROY THEM. destroy the us banking system destroy the companies let’s take on interpol to do it goddammit
leverage if they’d gotten another season, presumably: lets travel back in time and kidnap george washington and then steal the declaration of independence and erase all eagles from existence by stealing the first ever eagle
Justina Machado and 'One Day at a Time' look to reshape the Latino narrative on TV
Actress Justina Machado stars in Norman Lear’s reboot of “One Day at a Time.” The revamped version is set in Echo Park and centers on three generations of a Cuban American family.
Justina Machado didn’t realize she yearned for a show with people that looked like her — mostly because it just wasn’t the norm.
“That’s why ‘The Cosby Show,’ for me was so important because I had never seen a family like that on television that wasn’t Caucasian, and I was like, wow,” Machado recalled during a recent visit to The Times’ video studio. And it’s why she was watching Jimmy Smits on “L.A. Law” in her youth, despite the adult subject matter.
“I did yearn for it, but I didn’t know,” she said, referring to the lack of shows with Latino characters. “I had no idea [it was possible].”
It was and it is. And she’s helping contribute.
Machado stars in Netflix’s reboot of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, “One Day at a Time.” The revamped version is set in Echo Park and centers on three generations of a Cuban American family.
The 44-year-old actress, who until now was best known for her role on “Six Feet Under,” stars as Penelope, a war veteran and recently single mother of two children whose mother (played by Rita Moreno) lives with her.
What was your initial reaction to Netflix doing an all-Latino version of the series? Were you nervous, hopeful? I think I felt confident. I didn’t know [co-showrunners Gloria Calderon-Kellett and Mike Royce] … but I was confident, because it was Norman Lear, that it was going to have a lot of heart and it was going to have a lot of laughs and it was going to be something that I wanted to be involved in. And then when I got the script, then I knew we were on the right track because this was a story that was universal and we weren’t the butt of every joke. Our ethnicity wasn’t what drives the show.
Did you watch the original? I watched reruns of it when I was growing up, but by the time I started watching it, you know, the girls were already older and so I didn’t really get what everybody loved about it. But what I did do was, when I had my first audition, was see the show. I went home and watched it, and that gave me a lot of permission. I was like, “Oh, this is like a play.” And Bonnie Franklin took her time, everybody took their time, and it was real. That gave me a lot of confidence to go in the next day for the audition.
After 20-plus years in the business, this is your first lead role. It’s funny because I did get a lead role in the late '90s and it was a show called “I Love Lupe,” and I remember that we shot the pilot, it was a fantastic pilot, and one of the things that was said to me, when it didn’t get picked up, was that they didn’t think America was ready for a Latino family.
Now, I was so young back then, it was kind of a shocking thing to hear, but I just had to keep hustling, you know? And it’s amazing that it’s taken this long to have another lead. I almost thought it wasn’t going to happen. I have to be real honest. I always knew I was going to work, I always knew I’d be a working actress. I never thought — I started to believe that [a lead] wouldn’t happen … So this is unbelievable.
How does it feel to play a version of the all-American mom? I think it’s about time. I mean, maybe it’s incredible to everybody else, but to us, it’s about time. It’s like, yes, this is a universal story, it’s being told through Latino eyes, and we’re trying to change — you know, as other shows are — the Latino narrative that’s being put out there. So I think it’s fantastic.
What was your reaction upon hearing that Rita Moreno was going to be playing your mother? Well, she doesn’t remember, but she worked with me twice before. [laughs] But no, I mean, [it’s] great. I knew that it was going to be awesome. You never know what it’s going to be like until you sit down and you do that first reading. I mean, she is Rita Moreno, she’s a legend.
What has been some of the feedback you’ve gotten about the show? Just so many Latinas and Latinos thanking me for representation, really just saying exactly what we said, like, we were excited, but we don’t know because sometimes we’re like, oh, come on, really? Really, there’s another piñata? You know what I mean? We’re eating tacos, great. We eat other things, people. So all of those things. So it was just — I loved that they feel — especially single moms, veterans, young kids, so there’s so much — our show has so much representation on so many levels that it’s all been positive. (x)
On the wall of the Chase-Jackson home, there was a photograph that stood to the end of time, immortalized the two young demigods that were veterans of two wars. It was back before they were haunted by the nightmares of hell itself and the earth bringing them in her embrace. It was a photograph that was printed on vintage film and then charmed to never wear out or to be torn. Often enough, the two lovers would look upon the grandly framed photograph as if it was one of their wills to live that life again.
Some cute AU Finnrey thoughts since I’m suuuuuper early to my PT apppointment, and I’m sitting in this huge, gorgeous lobby made almost entirely of glass, with a cute lil coffee stand on one side:
-Finn’s a young veteran, freshly discharged due to a spinal injury. He comes every week to the Takodana Medical Clinic for physical therapy.
-His therapist, Maz, is the first practitioner he’s really connected with since the war. Most of his doctors have treated him like nothing more than a number, but Maz listens, and makes him feel validated. She makes him feel, for the first time, like he’s not alone on the long journey toward healing.
-After a few weeks of PT with Maz, Finn’s improving by leaps and bounds.
-One day he stops for coffee in the atrium, and meets Rey for the first time. She winks as she hands him his drink, telling him it’s on the house. His heart does a funny little flip-flop inside his chest.
-The next time he has PT, he makes sure to bring his homework along. He’s working on an associate’s degree, trying to find his place in the world post-war. And well, if the clinic’s atrium just so *happens* to have the perfect amount of light to study by, who is he to argue?
-Rey’s wiping down the table next to his (and taking longer than strictly necessary to do so) when she sees what Finn’s reading.
“Research Methods 204?“ she asks, curious. “Is that with Professor Calrissian?”
-Turns out Rey went to Finn’s school a few years back, and she’s studying for her engineering degree now. Finn, of course, promptly “forgets” all the answers to his homework, and asks her for help.
She smirks at him, and he’s *sure* she’s seen right through his ruse, but she sits down with him anyway, and talks him through it.
Rey reaches across him to point out a diagram in the text, and when her fingers brush his hand, Finn forgets how to breathe.
-After that, Finn lingers in the atrium after his apppointments, studying and chatting with Rey. She comes by his table suspiciously often, ostensibly to see if he needs more coffee, but actually to look over his homework with him, her leg brushing against his under the table.
-After a particularly hard week at school, and a particularly grueling PT session, Finn emerges into the lobby, exhausted.
He goes to order coffee, as usual, but Rey avoids his eyes and turns away as soon as she takes his order, her pale cheeks burning red.
“Rey?” he asks cautiously, suddenly worried. “Are you okay?”
She turns back around and shoves his coffee cup into his hand, letting out a little embarrassed squeak as she does.
Finn raises an eyebrow and looks down, chuckling in relief as he reads the words scrawled hastily onto his coffee cup. “Dinner tonight at my place?” followed by her phone number.
He looks up at a still-blushing Rey, and places a quick kiss on one of her flaming cheeks. “I’d love that.”
Hi! I am interested to hear your headcanons for Ardyn's and Gilgamesh's relationship as healer King and shield. Friends? Trouble makers? or only together because of duty? :-) You always have such detailed thoughts. <3 xoxo
Yeah, it’s really intriguing to see Gilgamesh’s story unfold through subtle hints in the game, and it’s kinda cool how such an iconic character of the game managed to wiggle its way in in such an interesting way to the story! Like, I remember reading the original Epic of Gilgamesh in one of my college classes. And, ironically enough, the story deals with themes of immortality vs mortality, redemption, modesty, and other elements that we see in Cor’s tale and even Ardyn’s tale. It’s pretty cool, and definitely worth the read. Or, at least, a summary look over. :D
But I can probably give you a few headcanons about Ardyn and Gilgamesh, because it’d definitely be interesting to discuss! So sit back and enjoy. I’m breaking this down into a general story headcanon, as well as more silly detailed thoughts behind these two as well!
The Epic of Gilgamesh… And Ardyn – FFXV 2000 Years Ago Headcanons
Once Upon a Time…
Two thousand years ago, the founder king – the first king of all Lucis – had decided that it was Gilgamesh would would become the king’s shield. A seasoned war veteran of the Great War of Old, a survivor as Lucis and the other kingdoms began to rise into power.
You figured that you would pick someone who was close to the king for the task, but no. The king was a man of very aloof mannerisms. Despite being kind to his kingdom, he never really established any solid relations. Thus, the advisors bestowed the king with Gilgamesh’s watchful eye.
Needless to say, however, Gilgamesh was far from pleased when he witnessed the king in his glory. Running about the markets with Gilgamesh being forced to track him down, flirting with the locals, etc… This man was to become king?
My stomach is tight and my mood is grim. I just finished watching Going Clear, an excellent documentary on the cult of Scientology.
I’m always deeply grateful when an ex-cult member shares their personal, painful, even shameful story. They do so at great personal risk, and to add insult to injury, many are swift to laugh at them. “Who are the dopes who buy into this stuff?” one Internet commentator wrote. After all, Scientology is a ridiculous story concocted in order to exploit people for money and sex. Satirists are quick to quip, “So it’s basically Christianity!”
It apparently comes as a surprise to a lot of people that you can be intelligent, educated, and in a cult. I personally think that every last one of us believes something false, but beyond that, there’s a good reason so many otherwise normal people sign up – and I think we’re going to see many more join cults in the next few decades.
Corvo Attano: Terrifying sass monster with twisted sense of humor.
Personal headcanon that after Emily has been crowned Empress for several years and court life has resumed to something passing for normal, the young Empress decides to host a ball, which she is persuaded by her friends to turn into a masked ball. Everyone will be there, young, old, court veterans and rising new money families as well. It’s going to be the social event of the year.
As a joke she decides to wear a golden cat mask, causing Callista to silently despair and Sokolov to snicker when she asks him to make it. Corvo simply rolls his eyes.To her dismay, Corvo and his guards won’t be wearing masks and Corvo won’t even be there. He’ll be out patrolling the palace making sure no gate crashers get in and he refuses to budge about the guards wearing masks. He is very strict about this. No armed men can walk in the palace while their faces are hidden, it is against the Rules put in place for her safety. And not to mention bad for his blood pressure.
On the night of the party however Corvo finds himself looking at the guest list and recognizing most of the names from another masked ball years before, made up largely of the conservative elite that have struggled and fought against Emily’s reforms since before she was even seated on the throne. Shrugging into his royal navy coat and picking up his sword, Corvo heads for the door, then stops, turning back to look at the box kept locked on top of his wardrobe, a slow grin spreading over his features…
The music scratches to a halt and the sound of glass shattering on the marble floor tinkles loudly as a cascade of champagne flutes are dropped. Several courtiers faint outright, but most remain fixed in stunned horror, like rabbits caught creeping in the garden by the hound. Those who remember either draw back or shudder like leaves in a winter
wind as they pass, and those who know the stories gasp in scandalized
delight. And those who know him best stand off at the side, head in
hands, though it’s not certain whether this is from despair or
laughter. The spell of terror is broken by the swirl of gold cloth and Emily’s raucous laugh as she runs for her Lord Protector, hooking herself onto his right arm and dragging him into the midst of the party where her favorites are—most of them young and newly wealthy and shockingly liberal— grinning openly or laughing at the shocked horror of all the others. Samuel is there he notices, standing out in the crowd like a scarecrow in a sea of gilded splendor. His own mask is pulled up over his head, ruining the whole concept of a masquerade, but Corvo is not surprised. He’s smoking a dog eared cigarette, much to the dismay of the royal servants who are begging him to smoke a cigar, and Corvo gives him a little nod, which the old man returns, chuckling as they pass.
“I didn’t think you’d be coming,” Emily says lightly, features framed perfectly by the feline structure of the mask, making her cheekbones even sharper and giving her an inhuman beauty, the light from the candles dancing on the polished metal, “If you wanted to really fuck with people, I’d say dropping down from the chandelier was a nice touch, they’ll be talking about that for years.”
Corvo grins behind his skeletal mask, accepting a cider glass from a servant and inclining his head to the masked sender, a lady in white who raises her own glass to him, lips curved in a knowing smile.
“Well you know me,” he replies, unhooking his arm from hers and stepping off to the side door, ready to take his leave “I like to make an exit.”
inspired by (x): “
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.”
he grew up reading comic books and watching superhero cartoons.
he loved learning about famous historical figures and his country’s heroes
his classmates bullied him from a young age.
and like harry, he sometimes did accidental magic when trying to protect himself
his mum instilled a positive sense of self, which contributed to his overall positive nature.
“have courage and be kind” she’d say to him.
his dad gave him a camera for his 9th birthday. his favorite thing was to take photos of his family. he loved them so much.
the day he found out he was a wizard was the best day of his life.
like hermione, he had read Hogwarts: a history before school started. And when he heard that he’d be going to school with Harry Potter, he was over the moon.
“Harry Potter! A real life hero!” he kept saying to his mum.
he couldn’t understand why people were turning on Harry during the Triwizard Tournament or the year that followed. he tried very hard to convince people that Harry was honest and trustworthy, even though it cost him the few friends he had.
when he found out about Dumbledore’s Army and joined without a second thought.
even though he didn’t think of himself as extraordinarily brave or heroic, he felt that one should do heroic deeds if given the chance.
his best friend was his little brother, who was like his shadow.
was hiding out with his family when his galleon gave him and dennis the signal to return to Hogwarts.
he brought his camera with him to the Battle of Hogwarts.
he felt it was his duty to capture the images of the battle, to tell the story to those who were not there.
he was good at the impediment curses, so he used it to save his peers.
but he had always struggled with the disarming curse. and when a death eater cornered him, and then disarmed him, colin quickly realized that he wouldn’t make it.
he vowed to die like the all heroes he admired, so he started to run towards the death eater in an attempt to tackle him.
he died before he took his second step.
dennis, his brother, had colin’s photographs published a few years after the war, in honor of his brother, his hero.
becoming a best-seller among young Hogwarts students and veterans of the war, it was a watershed publication in the development of the anti-war and muggleborn rights movement in the wizarding world.
Aight keep being a dumb bitch. The tg fan base is a cancer and you know this too. If it's not complaining about tooru not being trans Karen being non binary or hidekane
Look, like I said.
Fandom is……a pretty standard beast anywhere you go. I am guessing you are young and not a veteran of the Fandom world, since you seem to think this is something extraordinary or awful.
It really is not. It’s par the course, the kind of drama you see in ANY fandom from time to time. It’s routine, and will pass along quickly enough.
People get bent out of shape over shipping.
Or character deaths.
Or other major events.
You either learn to shrug off those respectfully keeping stuff to their own space, or you spend all your time pissed off. It isn’t worth it, and you just end up unhappy and stressed.
You don’t have to force everyone to agree with you. In fact, doing so is IMPOSSIBLE and a waste of your time. Save your energy for people that harassing Ishida or going after other fans. Otherwise, you just…..will burn out very quickly.
This old lady has been active in online fandoms since the early 2000s. This shit is NOTHING, believe me.
You need to learn to pick your battles, and shipping is generally best to ignore.
Whatever, so people got mad about their ship sinking? Who cares?
Remember, the fandom is comprised of everything from young teenagers to old folks like me. You’re going to find a wide range of responses to things, both reasonable and illogical. As long as they aren’t causing a huge issue for everyone, leave it be.
Better than going to yell at what could be a 14-year old kid in their first fandom, just because they got upset on their own blog about something.
This too shall pass. It always does.
Just go look at some cute animal videos for a bit or something.