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Friday I will

I will donate to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
I will be gentle with those I find in contact with at work, at home.
I will pick up dinner on the way home, something I like that is tasty, then watch a silly or stupid movie that has no value beyond pure entertainment.
I will look up into the sky many times during the day and night, enjoying the colors, shades of grey even because it is beautiful.
I will do something nice for a stranger.

Alternatively, I will be angry, cussing, sick to my stomach, fearful, mourning, full of hate.



10 Discworld Quotes You'll Desperately Need for the Next Four Years

http://io9.gizmodo.com/10-discworld-quotes-youll-desperately-need-for-the-next-1791086730
There is almost no subject that Terry Pratchett hasn’t explained better, funnier, and more times than just about anyone else on the planet. Reading his Discworld novels is reading a master at work, and it seems like he gets more relevant the more time passes. Here are 10 of his most relevant passages to keep in mind throughout the next four years.

1) Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase “The innocent have nothing to fear,” believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like “The innocent have nothing to fear.” - Snuff

Pratchett deconstructed this argument several times. Obviously in Snuff, but he also brought it up in Men at Arms (“The axiom ‘Honest men have nothing to fear from the police’ is currently under review by the Axioms Appeal Board.”) and in Unseen Academicals (“It was all very well for the Watch to say ‘the innocent have nothing to fear’, but what was that all about? Who cared about the innocent and their problems when the Watch was on its way?”). People always trot this out when people protest expanding police powers, especially in the realm of surveillance. Vimes’ (and Pratchett’s) point is that people who say you have nothing to fear will eventually give you a reason to be afraid.

(More at link)

Donald Trump Never-Dry (from Twitter)

"Are we living in Nazi Germany?". OMG

PeeOTUS elect's last tweet.

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/819164172781060096
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?


Seriously Don? A free press = Nazi Germany? Criticizing you = Nazi Germany? You little narcissistic POS.

Trump, PeeOTUS elect fires back. He's pissed.

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/818990655418617856
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!


And
https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/819000924207251456



"Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place." Who's the aut

Not Borowitz.

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/817579925771341825
Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place.The Republican National Committee had strong defense!





Edited to make sure you know I didn't write or believe this.

Don says he's a "big fan" of intelligence

Words fail me.


The media lies to make it look like I am against "Intelligence" when in fact I am a big fan!


https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/817004210529116160
Posted by uppityperson | Thu Jan 5, 2017, 04:15 PM (9 replies)

President Obama Grants 153 Commutations and 78 Pardons to Individuals Deserving of a Second Chance

Source: WH blog and HuffPost

Today, President Obama granted clemency to 231 deserving individuals — the most individual acts of clemency granted in a single day by any president in this nation’s history. With today’s 153 commutations, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, including 395 life sentences. The President also granted pardons to 78 individuals, bringing his total number of pardons to 148. Today’s acts of clemency — and the mercy the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients — exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances.

The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance. While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them. For the pardon recipient, it is the story of an individual who has led a productive and law-abiding post-conviction life, including by contributing to the community in a meaningful way. For the commutation recipient, it is the story of an individual who has made the most of his or her time in prison, by participating in educational courses, vocational training, and drug treatment. These are the stories that demonstrate the successes that can be achieved — by both individuals and society — in a nation of second chances.

Today’s grants signify the President’s continued commitment to exercising his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office. In 2016 alone, the President has granted clemency to more than 1,000 deserving individuals. The President continues to review clemency applications on an individualized basis to determine whether a particular applicant has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance, and I expect that the President will issue more grants of both commutations and pardons before he leaves office. The mercy that the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients is remarkable, but we must remember that clemency is a tool of last resort and that only Congress can achieve the broader reforms needed to ensure over the long run that our criminal justice system operates more fairly and effectively in the service of public safety.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-commutation-pardon-clemency_us_58581b72e4b0b3ddfd8db881
President Barack Obama shortened sentences of 153 federal prisoners on Monday as part of a clemency push before he leaves office in a few weeks.

Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 people during his presidency, and has pardoned 148. The announcement came as the president and his family were in Hawaii for a holiday vacation.

“The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post Monday. “While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them. For the pardon recipient, it is the story of an individual who has led a productive and law-abiding post-conviction life, including by contributing to the community in a meaningful way. For the commutation recipient, it is the story of an individual who has made the most of his or her time in prison, by participating in educational courses, vocational training, and drug treatment.”

Those whose sentences were commuted on Monday, granting them early release, were convicted on drug crimes. Some will be released in 2017 and 2018, while others will have to wait several years before their release date. Obama also granted pardons to 78 individuals on Monday.


Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/12/19/president-obama-grants-153-commutations-and-78-pardons-individuals-deserving-second

Four Washington state electors break ranks and dont vote for Clinton

Source: Seattle Times

Only eight of 12 Democratic electors in Washington cast their votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state in November.

In an act of symbolic protest, three electors voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one cast a vote for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American elder from South Dakota.

Its the first time in four decades that the states electors have broken from the popular vote for president. Washingtons 12 electors met Monday afternoon in the state Capitol to complete the constitutional formality.
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After the vote, several electors said they hoped the attention to the event would carry forward into the future and possibly result in the system being replaced by a national popular vote......


Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/four-washington-electors-break-ranks-and-dont-vote-for-clinton/



wtf

Yeah, because no one would've noticed if you hadn't thrown away your vote. Not even to Bernie, but Colin Powell and Faith Spotted Eagle?

wtf

Electoral College live updates, ETA kitten cam & polar bear cam

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/electoral-college-vote-live-updates-state-state-voting/sy5C2hooqtnMG8tEviTATN/

My apologies if it's posted already, a quick look didn't find it.

Here is a kitten cam for sweetness and a polar bear one for iciness, because.
http://explore.org/live-cams/player/kitten-rescue-baby-kittens
http://explore.org/live-cams/player/polar-bear-cape-churchill-cam
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