ok all that controversy over trump’s speech at that boy scouts event and how it is “reminiscent of fascist youth rallies”……..who’s gonna tell these people that the boy scouts of america is basically a paramilitary organization that was founded by a literal actual fascist :)


Repost of Collin Rees’ Twitter updates [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] 03/10/17

Beautiful resistance rises in DC – thousands out on miserable day to stand w/ those fighting for clean water & existence! Powerful – native youth from Standing Rock forming the front [line] of massive march! Sleet is coming down harder & temp is dropping, but crowd keeps growing! Too important to stay home. Filling the streets & overflowing! DC looks wayyyy better today than it does on a normal day. [An] iconic moment as #NativeNationsRise march heads to Trump Hotel & erects tipi on front plaza. “We come from Chaco Canyon, where we also fight extraction. If we stand together, we can win.” Amazing native youth! Rally filling park in front of White House! We’ll be here to #resist for as long as we need to be.
Anne Frank Center on Twitter
“Alarming parallels of history escalate.”
  • “The President creates his own media.
  • “He exploits youth at a rally.
  • “He endorses police brutality.
  • “He demonizes people who believe, look or love differently.
  • “He strips vulnerable people of their families, jobs and ability to live.
  • “He believes Congress should change its rules to give him more power.”

“Never Again.”

Nothing is a, "Distraction," it's an onslaught

I get it, we want to think that Trump, Pence, and the West Wing cohort, along with Ryan, McConnell, and all the other scum-sucking toads trying to kill us and destabilize geopolitical Everything, are either savvy enough to have a strategy, or clownish enough that they have no strategy at all, and therefore, every time there’s something big (Healthcare, Russia,) we want to think that Trump shitstirs on Twitter like a toddler on a triple red-eye as some kind of bumbling sleight of hand, or Machiavellian whatever.

That’s not how it works.

Did you know that the House introduced over 800 pieces of legislation in the first weeks after the Inauguration? I believe the Senate was going at a pretty good clip as well, but that’s a different process. The House was mainly concerned with destroying reproductive rights, as is their way.

Why didn’t you know that? Ah, yes, Trump. The walking, talking, distraction.

Or, maybe, just maybe, NONE OF IT IS A DISTRACTION. We’ve been couped, and who knew what and when they knew it, is also a distraction from the fact that we have been couped bloodlessly (for now,) by the most venal, mealymouthed, and mortifying group of conspirators we could have imagined. But, none of it is a distraction. They’re trying to bring down the US govt and sell it for parts so they can profit, while stripping civil rights for shits n giggles, while whipping up the rabid dog of the future American SS with dogwhistles and memes, while draining the treasury via the most transparent scams we’ve ever seen, while peddling influence for fun and profit, while…while…while…

It’s all awful. It’s all the time. And not one single thing is a distraction. They don’t need a distraction. They have all the power. Not just federally, they hold the balance of power at the state level, too.

They are playing Jenga with the very structure of our Democracy, aren’t averse to starting an outright civil war if needed, and laid out a pretty clear game plan on the campaign trail, but in the meantime, as Trump tweets and the world shifts on its axis, what he’s doing, narcissistic bullshit and petty cruelties aren’t a distraction, they’re a trail of bread crumbs for his cult of personality and simultaneously serve to escalate the cycle of hate, and they are demoralizing to those of us being targeted.

But when you call manipulation in an arc of gradually suppressing a Free Press, instituting travel bans, The Wall, the insults to Hillary and therefore women, the inability to even perform concern about citizens in disasters, the assaults on Transgender servicemembers, the racism of dogwhistling about Chicago, when you call ANY OF THAT a distraction, you’re missing the point entirely.

It’s a playbook. We’ve seen it over and over and over again. This is what authoritarian, fascist, government looks like. He is a raging buffoon, but by attacking in random fashion, he’s not engaging in sleight of hand, he’s carpet bombing us.

If you think it’s a distraction, he wins, because you are prioritizing the threats of your own volition. Which means you are making a judgment about whose lives are worth your attention. Bannon, Putin, Pence, Ryan, McConnell… they’ll exploit that.

Just as they’ll exploit our reluctance to fight tooth and nail without the niceties of realpolitik (which, I’ll point out, Trump himself FAILS AT,) they’ll exploit what we decide we care about LESS.

That’s how they’ve won, all along. Nobody took Trump seriously, so nobody held him accountable for the constant lies, the violent rhetoric, the lack of a plan, the encouraging of thuggery at his rallies. Nobody thought our democracy was so fragile we’d elect an incompetent hack willingly, let alone that we were so vulnerable to a soft coup via bot farms and hackers.

He said, “Camps,” and, “Registration,” and, “Religious tests,” and nobody thought he meant it. The US Dept of Citizenship and Integration is now the department of Citizenship and Assimilation. He turned a Boy Scout Jamboree into a sleazy and terrifying Hitler Youth rally.

It’s not distraction. It’s setting up the dominoes and watching them fall.

Genocide via bureaucracy, is still genocide. Eugenics via bureaucracy, is still eugenics. White Nationalism, oligarchy, kleptocratic violent fascism via long cons and a slow asphyxiation of our liberties, is still a Reich by any other name.

It’s sloppy and patchwork, but if you look at the progression of any fascist regime, he’s tracking with the timelines.

And if you keep calling people’s lives a distraction, because they are other, because they’re not you, when they come for you, there will be no one left to speak for you.

ETA: (the second one I’ve had to write on posts in less than 24 hours, mind.) The Department of Justice just asserted that Title VII protections in schools and workplaces, no longer apply to discrimination on the basis of orientation. Every Queer Person in the US, just got told to stay or go back in the closet, or be at risk.

If we want a strong Germany, you must one day be strong, too. If we want a powerful Germany, you, too, must one day be powerful. If we want an honourable Germany, you must one day uphold this honour. If we want order in Germany, you must maintain this order. If we want to once again create a loyal Germany, you yourselves must learn to be loyal. You are the Germany of the future, and thus we want you to be what this Germany of the future must and will be. Therefore you must also avoid anything which impressed the stamp of dishonor upon the Germany of the past. You must cultivate the spirit of the great community. The German Volksgemeinschaft is anchored in you. For many centuries, people longed for what has become reality today. The nation expects you to be worthy of this great age. Above all, that is what this old, good Germany expects, a Germany which once made incalculable sacrifices for the Reich and the nation. Above all, this is what the great representative of this Germany of old, who has today become the benefactor and patron of our Volk, expects. Therefore let us greet the man who, for us, personifies three generations and in whom we see a symbol of the immortal life-force of the German Volk: to the German Volk, the German Reich, and our Reich President, Field Marshal von Hindenburg: Heil! Heil! Heil!

Speech delivered at a youth rally in Lustgarten, Berlin on May 1st, 1934 by Adolf Hitler, Führer and Chancellor.

Hey, whenwewasfab;
  You don’t follow this tumblr, but I’m sure this message will get to you somehow since you found it and sent an insult.

  Thanks for the laugh to start my morning. I might have taken you seriously (for about half a second) if you weren’t a frakwit who thinks Anti-Fascists are the enemy of every American.

  It’s too bad you sullied your Beatles blog with idiocy like that. You’re a joke. Have a nice day, and enjoy your Hitler Youth rally.


~ By Request ~

The Himmler Report

The awards of Reichsfuhrer-SS   Heinrich Himmler

These are the most commonly awards worn by him:

1. Illustration of his uniform showing awards and medal bar

2. Blood Order award   

[Participants in the 1923 putsch and been members of the party or one of its formations before January 1932 Unlike other medals, the ribbon was worn on the right breast of the uniform tunic in the form of a rosette]

3. Golden Party Badge

[awarded to the first 100,000 members who had joined and had uninterrupted service in the Party were given the right to wear it]

4. Luftwaffe pilot/observer badge (in gold with diamonds)

[ personnel who had already been awarded the Pilot’s Badge or Observer Badge]

5 SA sports badge (bronze)  

[awarded for physical fitness criteria]

6. NSDAP Gau badge 

[presented for outstanding service to the Nazi Party] 

7.Golden Hitler Youth membership badge 

[awarded those in the HJ and BDM who had been members prior to the first National Youth Day Rally at Potsdam in October of 1932, and had five years of uninterrupted service]

8. SS honor sword

[awarded in recognition of special merit ]

9. SS honor ring

[The ring was initially presented to senior officers of the Old Guard (of which there were fewer than 5,000) who had displayed extraordinary valor and leadership skill in battle]

Himmler’s authorized decorations were as follows:

Blood Order

Golden Nazi Party Badge

Golden Hitler Youth Badge

Nazi Party General Gau Badge

Nuremberg Party Day Badge

NSDAP Long Service Award (10 and 15 years service)

Honour Chevron for the Old Guard

SS Long Service Award (12 years service)

SS Honor Ring

SS Honor Sword

SS Zivilabzeichen 

SS Julleuchter

Olympic Games Decoration (First Class)

Social Welfare Decoration

Combined Pilots-Observation Badge (in gold with diamonds)

Anschluss Medal (Commemorative Medal of 13 March 1938)

Sudetenland Medal (w/Prague Castle Bar) (Commemorative Medal of 1 October 1938)

Memel Medal (Commemorative Medal for the Return of the Memel Region)

West Wall Medal (1944)

German Sports Badge (in silver)

SA Sports Badge (in bronze)

Himmler was granted foreign awards from Germany’s allies, Romania, Italy, and Croatia, which bestowed Himmler with high ranking orders. Himmler held claim to several German state decorations, most significantly from Bavaria, where he had previously served as Police President. Himmler rarely wore these additional medals, except at the most formal of state functions, when a full dress uniform was required.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I have been thinking about doing some kind of event for AAW in my school, but I can't really decide what should I do. I've been thinking of a meeting: first short introduction to queer identities in general, then some misconceptions about asexuality and aromanticism, and then a short debate, although I am still unsure about the subject. Do you have any suggestions? Or any other ideas of what I may include? It will have to be one meeting or event, because we have a break during AAW 💜💚

Hi, anon! So this is awkward on my part, but I’m not entirely sure what AAW is. If someone could fill me in that would be very appreciated.

I’m going to go on the assumption that what you’re describing is a GSA event or queer youth rally. If I’m 100% wrong PLEASE tell me and I’ll try to give you advice that is actually useful for you.

Making a slideshow that lists and defines different queer identities would probably be very helpful. Just be careful because different people define certain orientations differently. If I could give my two cents, I would recommend defining bisexuality/biromanticism as attraction to more than one gender, pansexuality/panromanticism as attraction to all genders, and asexuality/aromanticism as attraction to zero genders. Those are just three that I tend to see people define in some questionable ways most often. Since there are also so many different labels and microlabels, it would probably make some people very happy if you added in a slide at the end saying that those aren’t the only labels in the world, rather just some of the more common/well known ones.

Taking some time to correct common misconceptions about being ace and aro is a great idea. A lot of people seem to think that being a-spec means just not liking sex/romance and that every single asexual is sex repulsed. Setting them on the right path is a helpful notion. It might also be a good idea to take a second to bring up the split attraction model to say that some aces are gay, some aros are bi, some people are aro and ace, etc.

I honestly can’t see the debate going anywhere good. If someone voices a bigoted opinion or even one that’s just horribly uninformed, the safe space that you’re working to create becomes very unsafe, particularly for those whose identity is now a debate topic. I would recommend changing this part from a debate to a question and answer period. One trick of my bio professor is to hands out note cards for people to write their questions down on. The note cards then get passed back to the speaker and are answered from there. That way, shy people can be encouraged to ask their questions because of the anonymity.

I hope that this goes well for you, anon. The fact that you’re putting this together is beyond cool and you should be proud of yourself. Don’t be afraid to tell me how it goes or message me if you want to talk more!


Recap Day Four (St. Kitts and Nevis) - Caribbean Tour 2016

November 23: Prince Harry received an official welcome to St. Kitts and Nevis while inspecting the Guard. Between engagements, Harry made an impromptu visit to Half Way Tree Primary School to greet children who had missed their chance to see him due to the heavy rains. At his next stop, Harry attended a youth rally at Brimstone Hill Fortress where he watched traditional dances, heard Caribbean songs, and listened to local poetry recitals, all led by the inspiring young people of the country.  He also unveiled the St Kitts and Nevis dedication to The Queens Commonwealth Canopy Project during which he made a speech emphasizing the importance of the island’s youth. Next, Harry traveled to Charlestown Pier where he was greeted by crowds of local residents who had the opportunity to meet him on a short walkabout. At the local turtle conservation initiative on Lovers Beach which  is dedicated to developing a Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Harry was able to inspect turtle nests and release baby sea turtles into the water. That evening, Harry held an investiture and later attended a reception hosted by the Governor General at Government House where he was able to meet young leaders and people from St Kitts and Nevis. 


Caracas, Venezuela: Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) at the march against fascism and the U.S.-backed coup attempt, in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution, February 16, 2014.

Photos by Yerohan Ortiz

Val Schnurr must also grieve the murder of a friend she’s had since preschool. Fight through lapses in her ability to concentrate. Awaken each morning to a body riddled with 40 scars. And pray for moral guidance as the terror she experienced in the Columbine High School library continues to haunt her in different ways. Please do not refer to her, she asked, as the other girl who might have said “yes.” She said she knows what she said that day, bleeding as she crouched on her hands and knees. The rest of the world knows Cassie Bernall as the girl killed after affirming her faith. It’s now unclear if she did. Val, who was shot before she answered yes to believing in God, doesn’t know. And that is why she hasn’t said much more.

“I don’t have anything to clear up,” Val said in her living room over Columbine’s homecoming weekend. “I don’t want to be famous or deemed anything. I said I believed in God out of respect for myself and respect for God. That’s it.”

After considering her response silently for a few moments, “frustrated” is how 18-year-old Val describes her reaction to the legend of Cassie’s last moments. In the days following the shooting, Cassie’s story was repeated around the world, the label “martyr” soon a part of it.

During those same days, Val lay in a hospital bed, ravaged by sawed-off shotgun pellets that had entered and exited her body 34 times. Mark and Shari Schnurr held vigil by their daughter’s bedside, and she told them what had happened. How she and Lauren Townsend and three other friends were studying before AP English. How she saw the boots and heard the voices of two boys who pointed weapons under the library tables and fired. How she’d been praying silently when a blast hit her, propelling her out from under the table. How she was saying “Oh, my God, oh, my God, don’t let me die” when one of the shooters asked her if she believed in God.

Val said yes. He asked her why. She said, “Because I believe and my parents brought me up that way.” She said she crawled away as he reloaded.

Investigators say Val’s account has remained consistent and was corroborated by others. Investigators told Mark Schnurr that a student who helped authorities retrace the events in the library got physically sick when he realized it was Val’s table, not Cassie’s, that he was pointing out to authorities. “In the end it doesn’t really matter who said what,” Mark Schnurr said. “What matters to me is my daughter.”

Complex emotions

A father’s simple declaration belies the complex emotions and decisions that have faced the Schnurrs for months.

The Bernalls, though told by investigators of the conflicting accounts, wrote a book titled “She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall.” Shari Schnurr said she asked the book’s editor not to rush the publication and to wait for more details.

But Misty Bernall was eager to share Cassie’s other story, her transformation from a troubled teenager who threatened suicide to a Christ-loving girl eager to share her faith. Editor Chris Zimmerman said he had resolved any inconsistencies to their satisfaction. And so less than five months after the shooting, the book - with an introductory acknowledgement that the “exact details of Cassie’s death may never be known” - was released, marketed and titled on the premise that Cassie was shot after affirming her faith.

“Plough gets an A in marketing, an F in research,” said Mark Schnurr. “Cassie’s story (of transformation) would have been wonderful on its own.”

The book is a best-seller. A copy sent to the Schnurrs remains in its wrapper. They don’t plan to read it because they know well Val’s own account of the massacre.

Like several students affected by the nation’s worst school shooting, Val has been asked to speak about her ordeal and has felt compelled to do so. But because her experiences have been less publicized than Cassie’s, Val said she’s been accused of being a copycat and her “real” relationship with God has been challenged, once at a evangelical youth rally honoring Cassie and shooting victim Rachel Scott. That’s where her frustration was born.

“It’s hard to know what I experienced, to know what I know is real and then have it questioned - that’s hurtful,’’ Val said. "But you just give it up to God. You move on.

"The reason I’m saying anything about it now is that it’s hard to keep quiet when everyone is talking. So one last time, this is what happened to me. … I just don’t want anything I say to hurt the Bernalls.”

“Sincerely apologize’

On Saturday the Bernalls released a statement saying that "if any of our actions have hurt or offended anyone, we sincerely apologize.”

Mark and Shari Schnurr, knowing more details of the investigation than Val and having heard the 911 tape of the library carnage, have their own hurdles. They are proud of a brave, strong, God-loving child. They don’t want her to feel victimized yet again. “We thank God every day we still have her,” said Shari Schnurr, who still wears a Columbine ribbon. “Val should be able to tell her story without people doubting her. The issue shouldn’t be about who said what, it should be about kids and their faith.”

The Schnurrs discussed their concerns for Val and the Bernalls with close friends and clergy.

“Staying quiet isn’t taking the high road, it’s the right road,” said Mark Schnurr. “It keeps our focus on our family.”

The book is not foremost on Val’s mind. But the shooting, and childhood friend Lauren Townsend, who she tried to wake by rubbing her cheek, rarely leave her thoughts. She was too weak from her own wounds to carry Lauren out of the library.

“I feel survivor’s guilt every day,” she said. “It could have been me. She was a good person. … There’s got to be something to why I’m still here. … So I’m looking for it.”

Her eyes appear moist, but she does not cry. Val is too overwhelmed to say much more about her friend’s death. She e-mails and talks to the Townsend family regularly.