Mar. 5th, 2017

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My tweets

Mar. 5th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 15:22: RT @tedlieu: If wiretap was on Trump Tower, that means fed judge found probable cause phone lines used by agents of foreign power https://t…
  • Sat, 15:23: RT @RoguePOTUSStaff: Was there a classified FISA warrant to tap his phone as part of a Russia investigation? Is POTUS tweeting classified i…
  • Sat, 15:23: RT @MaxineWaters: Trump has been caught in lie after lie. Do not be distracted. Trump's campaign/associates did communicate w/ Russia. What…
  • Sat, 15:23: RT @RoguePOTUSStaff: POTUS has legal right to release (i.e. declassify) classified info to public. BUT! Does that now make it subject to FO…
  • Sat, 15:23: RT @TomPerez: Tearing apart innocent families is cruel and un-American. We must organize, march, speak out and vote.
  • Sat, 15:23: RT @MaxineWaters: Why would Sessions, Page, Flynn & Kushner all obscure meetings w/ Russia? What is Trump's #Kremlinklan hiding? We need an…
  • Sat, 17:51: Not sure if this is linner or dunch, but we're here!
  • Sat, 17:52: RT @DonCheadle: Hated him since he asked my friend's father at a Doral pro-am if he'd ever "f*cked a nigger..." Did it for me ... https://t…
  • Sat, 17:52: RT @KamalaHarris: I’m calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. Recusing himself is not good enough.
  • Sat, 17:52: RT @catvalente: Remember how some of you thought the end of Deathless was too weird and sad? Well, it’s probably easier to understand now t…
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Last year I did a few write-ups and drawings about some lady fighters from history who fought openly as their gender (there are plenty of disguised-as-a-man soldiers and plenty of trans soldiers, but those are outside the scope of this series).  This is by no means an exhaustive list; there were plenty of great figures that my schedule didn’t permit me to tackle (at least not yet).  But as Women’s History Month gets started tomorrow, I thought y’all might enjoy reading about some of history’s toughest broads.
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Last year I did a few write-ups and drawings about some lady fighters from history who fought openly as their gender (there are plenty of disguised-as-a-man soldiers and plenty of trans soldiers, but those are outside the scope of this series).  This is by no means an exhaustive list; there were plenty of great figures that my schedule didn’t permit me to tackle (at least not yet).  But as Women’s History Month gets started tomorrow, I thought y’all might enjoy reading about some of history’s toughest broads.
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Inspired by the Women’s March and my firm belief that these Princesses would be out there. Dream Big, Princess!

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Aries: Billie Holiday (African American jazz musician)

Taurus: Sandra Day O’Connor (first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court)

Gemini: Chien Shiung Wu (Chinese American nuclear physicist that contributed to the Manhattan Project and is often recognized as the First Lady of Physics)

Cancer: Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter known for her powerful self-portraits and artwork)

Leo: Amelia Earhart (first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo)

Virgo: Mother Teresa (20th Century symbol of humanitarianism known for her charity work and dedication to the Catholic Church)

Libra: Eleanor Roosevelt (changed the role of the First Lady as an activist, politician, and diplomat)

Scorpio: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (early leader of the women’s rights movement and writer of the Declaration of Sentiments)

Sagittarius: Emily Dickinson (revolutionized the world of poetry with her unique and unconventional writing style)

Capricorn: Zora Neale Hurston (African American novelist and anthropologist that gained notoriety during the Harlem Renaissance)

Aquarius: Corazon Aquino (first female president not only in the Philippines but in all of Asia as well)

Pisces: Kate Sheppard (appears on New Zealand’s 10 dollar note as a result of being the country’s most famous suffragette)
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Her name is Mira Rai, 29, and she’s a trail runner from Nepal. She can run in grueling mountain races up to 68.3 miles long.

Photo credit: Richard Bull

Rai unwittingly began her training by helping her mom carry necessities like salt and oil from the market to their home in the hills of eastern Nepal. And she would run the 45 minutes to school, too, typically on an empty stomach.

By age 12, she couldn’t afford to stay in school. So she joined the Maoist rebel army in the early 2000s at the age of 14. “I wanted to do new things. In the village, there’s no chance, every day watching goats, planting corn or millet, and then working in the fields every day,” she says.  

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In the army, she met people who encouraged her to join her first race. To her surprise, she crushed it. That was the start of her career as an athlete.

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Today, Rai boasts a stunning string of wins, including a new course record at France’s Mont-Blanc 80 kilometer of 12 hours and 32 minutes, and a second place finish at Spain’s Ultra Pirineu, a 110-kilometer race with a 6,800-meter vertical incline.

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“My grandma, she worked hard, my mom, she worked hard, but they didn’t have a chance to do something, to get respect,” Rai says. “I went around the world, which nobody ever got that chance, from my family or village.”

Read the full story here
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See her light up the night in the sea, she calls me. And, yes I know. That I can go!
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While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills:




1. H.R. 861: To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

This bill — cosponsored by Republican members of Congress from fossil fuel-producing states — is just one sentence long, and says nothing about what would happen to the multiple environmental regulations the EPA has instituted since 1970, or its multibillion-dollar budget, or its thousands of staffers. H.R. 861 is currently awaiting action in the subcommittee on environment.

2. H.R. 610: Tax dollars for private schools

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced this bill in January, which would redistribute funding earmarked for public schools in the form of vouchers for parents to send children to private schools. Over the long term, this would eventually bankrupt public schools, and create a stratified education system in which cash-strapped public schools would be unable to meet the educational needs of low-income students. The bill is awaiting action in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

3. H.R. 899: To terminate the Department of Education

If this bill, introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), becomes law, the U.S. Department of Education would terminate by the end of 2018. The bill’s brevity leaves many questions unanswered, like what would happen with Department of Education grants for public schools and universities, its budget, or its staff. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said she would personally be “fine” if the agency she heads were to be abolished.

4. H.J.R. 69: To repeal a rule protecting wildlife

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), whose constituents likely include hunters who kill wildlife for sport rather than for food, introduced this joint resolution voicing displeasure with a Department of Interior rule that prohibits “non-subsistence” hunting in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The resolution passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

5. H.R. 370: To repeal the Affordable Care Act

While President Obama was in office, House Republicans voted at least 60 times to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — despite its futility. However, the Trump administration has made the repeal of Obamacare a top priority, meaning the repeal bill from Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is likely to pass.

6. H.R. 354: To defund Planned Parenthood

Despite the widely publicized debunking of the video alleging the women’s health nonprofit was selling human organs, Republicans are still refusing to stop destroying Planned Parenthood. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill that would prevent any federal grants from going to Planned Parenthood for a full year unless they swore to not perform abortions. As the chart below from Planned Parenthood shows, only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood resources go toward abortions, while the vast majority of funding is used to help low-income women get STD tests, contraceptive care, and breast cancer screenings:

7. H.R. 785: National Right-to-Work legislation

Conservative ideologue Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is aiming to cripple unions at the nationwide level with a bill that would systematically deprive labor unions of the funding they need to operate. Unions often provide one of the crucial pillars of support for Democratic candidates and causes, and conservatives aim to destroy them once and for all by going after their funding. It’s important to note that right-to-work is bad for all workers, not just union members — in 2015, the Economic Policy Institute learned that wages in right-to-work states are roughly 3.2 percent lower than in non-right-to-work states.

8. H.R. 83: Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act

Multiple cities and states around the country have openly stated that they won’t abide by President Trump’s plan to aggressively round up and deport undocumented immigrants. A bill by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania) would strip all federal funding of any city that doesn’t obey Trump’s immigration policies for up to a year.

9. H.R. 147: To criminalize abortion

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) wants to aggressively prosecute pregnant women seeking abortions, along with abortion providers, by making abortion a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill is currently awaiting action in the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

To fight back against these bills, call 202-224-3121, ask for your member of Congress, and tell them to vote no.

While scare tactics worked with Republicans and many conservatives, let us be a little different. Make sure to read these PROPOSED bills as best as you can, and call YOUR reps.

I don’t know about you but I’m too busy to be shitting my pants every time these assholes fart “legislation”.

remember that it’s only 43 days into the new administration, and this huge overhaul is happening, since Republicans dominate both houses, what’s to stop them? not Trump. Calling your reps is the least you can do. What scare tactics are you referring to? Having town hall meetings? Having civil protests? It’s the only things that are making Republicans pause, at all.

I’ve got so many calls to make tomorrow.
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as in, stop quoting the fucking daily caller, for the love of god. we are all gross liberals/progressives/socialists here, so if you see any political post on your dash that uses any news outlet in the first list as its source, then there is like an 80% chance you’re about to reblog hyperbolic conservative propaganda with very little basis in reality. don’t do it, guys. don’t do it. check sources. save a life.


Fox News: should be obvious. don’t do it.

The Blaze: Glenn Beck’s personal news network. don’t do it.

The Drudge Report: mostly link aggregation, opinions section is some bad shit. don’t do it.

The Daily Caller: Tucker Carlson’s baby. you may remember Carlson as the human mouthfart that used to run Crossfire before Jon Stewart fucking eviscerated him ten years ago. don’t do it.

Hot Air: doesn’t vote the straight conservative opinion ticket, some columnists have more liberal social views, but still. on the top 10 list of popular conservative blogs. don’t do it.

Breitbart: conservative, neoreactionary, published an opinion this month calling for a limit to the number of women allowed into STEM fields. don’t do it.

National Review: tbh if you gotta cite a conservative news source, go with TNR. the print magazine and policy institute especially do some high quality pieces, but like as a rule, you’re probably not gonna like the conclusions they come up with. online-only content can be a bit more opinionated. maybe do it.

Wall Street Journal: so center-right the right has actually started to disown it. you’re not gonna like their economics, but they’re not scandal-mongering drivel like some of the blogs on this list. maybe do it.

The Washington Examiner: very good local D.C. reporting, actually, but like, the opinions section is still not gonna be anything you wanna read. maybe do it.

The New York Post: conservative AND a tabloid, do not look to for unbiased reporting or anything except like vile exploitation of tragedy. don’t do it.

Any British Paper That Isn’t The Guardian or The Independent: american newspapers tend towards center-left, british papers tend towards center-right. my sympathies to our cousins across the atlantic.

Special Mention: The Daily Mail: do not cite the Daily Mail for any goddamn reason, i will come to your house and rub your nose into your keyboard like an untrained dog.


The New York Times (plus Magazine): american paper of record and probably deserves it. will surely be too white elite new york liberal center-left for most of your commie asses, but still excellent.

New Yorker: i mean it’s not breaking news and it’s frequently so pretentious you get sucked up your own ass turning the page, but they do know their investigative journalism.

The Washington Post: on average, best political/policy reporting of any paper in the country. their wonkblog, even after Ezra Klien &co’s mass exodus, does excellent daily roundups of domestic political news.

The LA Times (and most other city papers): LA’s great, p much everything is center-left, some of them are gonna be better at covering national issues than others (looks pointedly at SF Gate). good for local, double-check for national.

Huffington Post: PROCEED W/ CAUTION, their news reporting is fine enough but the sheer number of bloggers attached to the site means there’s not always so much quality control. double-check that shit.

BuzzFeed: PROCEED W/ SLIGHTLY LESS CAUTION: be on the watch for bloggers here too, but tbh their staff reporting is some real good shit. they have a white house correspondent now and everything.

Slate: some good liberal shit.

The Atlantic: some good liberal shit. older than you. follow ta-nehisi coates on twitter.

NPR: some generally decent liberal shit. please donate to them.

Politico: some good liberal shit.

Mother Jones: some good liberal shit. older than you.

The Guardian: actually does some great US reporting, had reporters in Ferguson last summer.

Al Jazeera: also has an american bureau, good stuff, and, of course, international coverage unlike almost anything in the US.

BBC: doesn’t care as much about the US, but more foreign policy coverage worth reading.

Vox: where Ezra Klien and his crew all ran off to. unfortunate tendency for clickbait headlines, but their explainer cards do an excellent job of breaking complex news stories into easily digestible parts. i’m biased, but i love them.


The Economist: technically has a majority center-left readership, but you’re not gonna like their economics. they love themselves some free markets.

AP/Reuters: about as neutral as it possibly gets. all facts, no opinion. (pronounced roi-terz btw, impress your friends)

USA Today: well i guess making every hotel guest in the country step over it on their way to breakfast qualifies it as the most popular print paper in the country.

CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.: all technically left of center (by maybe a milimeter), but watch out for sensationalism. they are 24-hour networks after all.

The Daily News: i have no opinion on the daily news and i doubt any of you do either.

TIME magazine: i mean like, not objectively unreliable, but you could be making better choices.


The National Report: it’s satire.

The Onion: it’s satire.

Empire News: it’s satire.

I’m so glad there’s a link to that Jon Stewart tears into Crossfire video my soul needed that

A note on the BBC: they bust their asses trying to be neutral. If you need a source with little bias, the BBC is usually a good place to go, especially if you’re a UK person. I usually use it as a barometer of ‘this is story actually a thing’.

Reblogging mostly for the comment on the Daily Mail, but also to suggest ProPublica as another good liberal source, primarily for long form reporting.
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Call your Congressperson and stop Republicans from giving away our public lands! And protect the Environmental Protection Agency!
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Looking at this gives me such a precise emotional reaction of a 13-year-old girl imagining herself as being someone different.  IF SHE JUST HAD THE RIGHT DAMN CLOTHES.

outfits i could never pull off 

Delia*s was my style bible.

I think I ordered that blue sweater with the rainbow stripes and returned it because I thought I couldn’t pull it off. Teen self-esteem is the worst.

okay but can someone please explain those amazing captions though?

“moRe FrEsH ThAn A nEwLy FaLlEn SnOwBoarDeR”??

“tHe Two _______ KnEw it Was tIme tO Go”???

“hE’S So oPeN It CaUsEs DrAfTs”?????

In principle I like “sHe’S So SmArT HeR MiDdle nAmE iS OucH” BUT WHAT????????

Can I have all of these.
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