'Give up' on the Constitution?!'Give up' on the Constitution?!2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
The New York Times just ran an editorial, "Let's Give Up On The Constitution." I don't think this effort can be considered some kind of anomaly. Virtually all of the media campaign for gun restrictions is based on precisely the idea that the Constitution has no relevance for public policy. So I see this article written by the professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, Louis Michael Seidman, as simply cover for what is already going on.
"Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the offici
I Am the 99 PercentI was a near 4.0 student in high school.I Am the 99 Percent4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
By age 17 had already served my country as a civil servant twice as a Congressional and State Senate Page.
Since as long as I can remember I've wanted to be an Astronaut.
So I worked hard and with the support of my family and a letter from my Congressman, got accepted into a good college to study Aerospace Engineering.
I've studied hard, and thanks to the government's FAFSA loan program and a some help from my family have been able to go to school for four years without a private loan.
My grades aren't great, but I love what I wanna do too much to give up when things get tough.
I've never expected help from anybody, and have always been willing to make it on my own steam if I have to, but I appreciate all the help I can get, and will take any advantage I find.
My parents worked hard their entire lives and have always lived within their means.
When the company my dad had worked for folded, he started his own business at 55 and thanks to years of
Naruko Uzumaki - Chapter 1Naruko Uzumaki - Chapter 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
So it was a normal day in Konoha's academy
When Iruka sensei was questioning the class as usual the classroom door was opened by someone … A girl came out and I was shocked when I saw her , the reason is that she looked like me .. She had blue eyes and long blond hair, she put her hair in two ponytails which looks cute on her.
"Is this um... Iruka's class?" The Blond Girl Asked
"Yes … so you are the new girl aren't you?" Said Iruka
"Yes I am" The Blond Girl replied
"Then please come in and introduce yourself" Said Iruka
"Okay, My name is Naruko Uzumaki and I'm 13 years old" Said Naruko
Then all the class looked at me and then back to Naruko .. I can understand why
"Wait how she can be an Uzumaki?! I'm the only Uzumaki here Believe it!!" Said Naruto
"I think you should calm down a little bit Naruto" Said …
"Hmm? Oh hey old man" Said Naruto
"Welcome Mr. Hokage, is there something wrong?" Said Iruka
"The new student .." Said The Hokage
"What about her?"
TTNG: Alliance chpt 5.2TTNG: Alliance chpt 5.25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Following Ferio's call, all the titans plus Tito attacked head on. The girls reacted by dodging their attacks but barely.
"Quick give the baby to me!" Boulder instructed Violet Ray as she quickly carefully handed in the baby into Boulder's arms. "You and Hammer just try to hold them off while I'll stash him somewhere!"
"Got it!" Violet replied as she stopped the attacks by creating tentacle-like rope of her energy source where her arms are and dismantled them.
Meanwhile, Boulder made a dash for it carrying the baby while turning herself into her metal form to pick up a faster pace. Ferio notices her running down to another area of the factory and motions Tito to come with him as they both flew off to follow her track.
Violet Ray managed to disable Team B's attacks a few times but immediately was caught off guard as one of Sparrow's gadgets hit Violet, setting them off and causing a minor explosion which had Violet being thrown off from the ground. She lands on her back with a gasp rupt
Una navidad con Naruto. Capitulo finalUna navidad con Naruto. Capitulo final3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Capítulo V (Final)
Las luces de navidad titilaban pausadamente adornando el gran árbol de navidad que se encontraba en la plaza central de Konoha. La verdadera navidad estaba a la vuelta de la esquina, faltaban tan solo una hora para que las agujas del reloj marcaran las doce de la noche. Habíamos finalizado la hora de la cena, cuando ambas parejas salimos del restaurante donde habíamos ingresado una hora y media atrás, nos habíamos quedado un buen tiempo, ya que luego de comer pedimos el postre y comenzamos a hablar de diversas anécdotas, vivencias etcétera, hasta que finalmente concluimos con una pequeña taza de café.
Con el estómago lleno nos dirigimos hacia la plaza central, donde una hora después debíamos encontrarnos con las demás parejas, caminamos juntos, Sasuke tomando de la mano a Sakura, y yo a la par de Naruto, mientras que él intentaba tímidamente tomarme de la mano, como lo hacia fácil
WaitingWe were the generation born into a world of such promise and prosperityWaiting5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
We were raised to believe that there were certain things that simply didn't change.
Money would always be there
Families stick together
There is good and there is evil
No one can take away your freedom
We are safe
It has been more than two decades since we came into this world
Two decades for us to learn that all we were taught was a lie
You are entitled to nothing
Families are self destructive
There is only interest, no good, no evil
Your freedom is negotiable
We aren't safe
We aren't bitter, we are apathetic.
We tried to change things, and when we need to be heard, they just pushed us aside.
We've given up, they still run this world, and until they're finally buried in the mountain of the filth they created, we'll take over, and realize the potential that our parents squandered.
For now we sit and wait, staring at our monitors, chatting with people we've never met, sharing ideas without borders, and finding frien
Equestrian Office Party memeEquestrian Office Party meme3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Equestrian Office Party (taken from a Facebook Meme)
Note: To ensure the randomness of this, I took the name of ponies or other MLP characters featured in pony-related Favorites (first page only) on my DA page, skipping repeats.
1) Running around topless singing "Jingle Bells": Twilight Sparkle
2) Spiked the punch and then consumed most of it: Applejack
3) Dancing on the desk singing "Can't Touch This": Princess Celestia
4) Has Rolodex making prank calls: Fluttershy
5) Spinning around in office chair screaming: Derpy
6) Locked in bathroom hugging the toilet: Pinkie Pie
7) Passed out under their desk: Rainbow Dash
8) Sitting on copier making Christmas Cards: Big Mac
9) Throwing fruitcake at people outside: Discord
10) Playing spin the bottle with cleaning crew: Rarity
Things I Cannot Do - Hetalia1. I am not allowed to call Belarus a stalker. This will end in injury.Things I Cannot Do - Hetalia5 years ago in Humor More Like This
2. I am not allowed to say 'It's a lover's spat!' when Germany and Prussia argue.
3. Nor when England yells at America.
4. Not even if it is.
5. I will not tell Belarus Russia wants to become one with her.
6. Nor will I tell Russia I will become one with him.
7. Not even if I would.
*8.I am not allowed to annex Latvia. No matter how cute he is.
9. I will not scream 'Latvia' when ever I feel it is necessary to make him jump.
10. Not even if it IS fun.
11. I will not help Prussia harass Austria.
* 12. I will not stalk Russia.
*13. Especially not chanting 'Married'.
*14. I will not find a random wall and sob about it being the Berlin wall.
*15. I will not try to grope Prussia's armpits.
* 16. I will not make Florida jokes. Even if they are funny.
17. I will not sing the muses part of "I wont say I'm in Love' every time I see Romano
* 18. I will not pull Romano's curl.
*19. Or Italy's.
*20. 18 and 19 were lies.
21. I w
Libertarian SpeechLibertarian Speech3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Liberty. Freedom. America.
Every candidate in every political party will use those words, trying to make you believe that their party is the patriotic choice (and therefore the only choice).
I will not.
I will not tell you that, if you are a true American, our party is the only option. I will not say that a vote for me is a vote for George Washington, or Abraham Lincoln, or Chuck Norris. I will definitely not state that to vote for my opponents is to vote for Communists or Nazis. I will not say any of that, however true it may be.
I will, however, tell you what a vote for me does mean.
It means minimum taxes and maximum protection of your privacy.
It means minimum gun control regulations and maximum liberty.
It means a free market for business. It means letting states try out education ideas and not forcing the federal government's ridiculous tests on all kids. It means protecting doctors from lawsuits when they were just trying to save a life.
The poster you see here says that
Sasuke's Way and Hinata's Time of CompletionSasuke's Way and Hinata's Time of Completion3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She stayed silent as she watched the scene before her. Sasuke Uchiha had Naruto pinned on the ground. She stepped from the crowd of Shinobi and closed her eyes. "I will not let you hurt Naruto, Sasuke." She got the Uchiha's attention. "Get out of here Hinata! I can't let you die!" Naruto cried out under Sasuke's grip.
"Let him go!" Hinata opened her eyes as her byakugan was activated. Sasuke pulled Naruto up by the collar of his jacket. "Sasuke! Leave Hinata be!" Naruto tried to release himself, but was too weak to do so. The fighting behind them was very loud, but they did not hear it. The breeze gently swayed Hinata's long hair.
Naruto passed out, and Sasuke dropped him. "Naruto!" Hinata took a step towards Naruto, but was pushed away by Sasuke. "I want your eyes. Come and join us, and you will not die." Sasuke growled and pulled out a sword. "I would rather die than to be against the Hidden Leaf!" Hinata got into her fighting stance,
Sasuke chuckled and swiftly got behind her. "Then
Why Free Market Capitalism FailsIn this essay, I expose the flaws in the two mechanisms that are supposed to power the free market: Adam Smith's invisible hand and trickle down economics. The notion of the invisible hand holds that in a free marketplace, the buyer's self-interest will tend to drive the price down, while the seller's self-interest will tend to drive the price up, so that both parties' self-interest will naturally cause the price to settle on an amount that both find reasonable. Trickle-down economics maintains that the rich are the ones who start and expand businesses and hire employees, so the laws should favor them increasing their wealth as much as possible so they can hire more people, thus growing the economy.Why Free Market Capitalism Fails3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
These concepts look good on paper, but the best way to evaluate any idea is to see how it works in practice. Let's start by analyzing nationa
Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 2Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Siempre pensé que mi primo era muy sobre protector conmigo, pero jamás imaginé que tanto así. El día del sorteo, luego de que comprara la lana y los palillos, futuros regalos navideños para Naruto, me encontré con él. Ahí estaba en la esquina de la cuadra, detrás de un poste de luz, esperándome. No supe cuánto tiempo estuvo ahí parado, vigilándome u observándome, pero algo me dio mala espina, algo no andaba bien.
-Hinata ¿Qué hacías a estas horas por aquí? No deberías tomarte tu tiempo en un lugar donde estás lejos de casa, Hinata-sama. Su vida puede correr peligro, y el señor Hiashi-sama no me perdonará si algo te ocurre ¿No es así? Consultó enfadado con los ojos encendido de fuego, y con la mirada fría, apoyado sobre el poste de luz y con los brazos cruzados.
-Lo siento muchísimo, Neji-sama. Yo
How I Became an AtheistHow I became and AtheistHow I Became an Atheist3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
In my life I've been asked many questions on how I became an Atheist. They were more or less the same. They asked "are you angry at God", "did something happen","have you read the Bible","how is it possible not to believe" and other similar to these. If you're an Atheist you know what I'm talking about. These are pretty common. Also, these questions remind me the same questions asked to the gay people when the gay rights movement first started. The people behind these questions? More or less the same. These questions will be asked by your average theist person that has no idea what an Atheist is and most possibly is scared to ask questions and doubt his own faith.
I was brought up in a Christian Greek Orthodox household but my parents didn't have strict control over my beliefs. That was step one. We were a family that liked to travel abroad a lot, specialy in Europe and because one of my aunts is married to a Turkish person (surprise!), I
War Torn Heart"What a long horrible day." Ivan sighed as he sat down on a bench. He leaned back and looked up at the warm sun then closed his eyes. "I wish it is always this warm." He muttered to himself. As he leaned back forward he heard a familiar plop sound. "Not again." He sighed. He looked down and sitting in his lap was his heart. As he was about to put his heart back he stopped for a moment to look at it. He never noticed how beat up it was. Some parts of it where scarred and bruised and it seemed to be struggling to keep going. "Is it really beaten up this bad?" he wondered "I remember it was in a lot better shape, but that was a long time ago when I opened my heart to everyone. Before they betrayed me." His face saddened at these thoughts. He continued to stare at it thinking it could stop any second now.War Torn Heart5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey what are you looking at Ivan?" "I know that voice." Ivan thought as he looked up. Alfred was standing right in front of him. As
Naruko uzumaki - Chapter 5Naruko uzumaki - Chapter 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After 2 hours of waiting I had this bad feeling like Naruko is not going to wake up
I wanted to hear her voice at least one more time ...
"Kakashi-sensei Naruko is going to wake up right?" Said Naruto
"Don't worry Naruto, just be patient" Kakashi Answered
(Come on Naruko wake up I can't stand seeing you like this) In Sasuke's Thoughts
Then I saw Naruko's peaceful face
"Naruko .." Said Naruto
(I can't move .. what is this sound, I'ts like the hospital ..) In Naruko Thoughts
Then I opened my eyes and look at my right side when I saw Naruto, Sasuke and a white haired man
"NARUKO yay!! you finally woke up" Said Naruto while hugging me
"Naruto I can't breath .." Said Naruko
"You idiot!! let her, you are hurting her" Sasuke yelled at Naruto
"Sorry Naruko but I was happy hehe" Naruto Replied
"So you guys are ok?" I Asked
"They are fine Naruko" The white haired man Replied
"And who are you?"
"Naruko he helped us" Said Sasuke
"Yes he is Kakashi-sensei" Said Naruto
PrincessA/N: I thought of what it'd be like if Beast Boy called Terra "princess". I don't own the Teen Titans or Wall-E. Enjoy!Princess3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Terra opened her eyes up to the star-lit-night mural on the ceiling of her room at Titans Tower. She yawned and stretched before she got out of bed. Terra then went to her closet, picked out a clean uniform, and went to the bathroom to shower and dress. She then made her way to the main room where she knew the other Titans were eating breakfast. As the doors slid open and she entered the room, she was greeted by her green-skinned boyfriend.
"Good morning, princess," smiled Beast Boy as he kissed Terra on the cheek.
'Of all the nicknames he could have picked, why did he choose THAT one?' Terra thought as Beast Boy kissed her.
Before Terra had rejoined the Titans, they'd met her older half-brother Geo-Force and found out she was the daughter of the king of Markovia. When she rejoined the team and found out they knew of her origin, she tried to have them treat h
A United Front Against the RIAA and MPAAWhen I had first drawn breath as I was released from my mother's womb I was completely oblivious to the oppression that the community of the World Wide Web has suffered. I actually never had a computer until my mother had started going to college at the University of Tennessee. After my first click I was introduced into a cybernetic world full of wonder and valuable knowledge. Although the web is full of wonders, it has a darker side as internet pornography is explicitly exposed and users who desire to harass and abuse others who dwell within this global network. The abusers are called Trolls as they feed off of the hated thrown towards them by the web's casual users.A United Front Against the RIAA and MPAA3 years ago in Letters More Like This
But now the music and movie industry lobbyists are trying to destroy the free world wide web and internet created by Tim Berners-Lee. The RIAA and the MPAA are determined to convert the world wide web in to a corporate shopping network where they would employ their diabolical corporatist ways. The creation of congressiona
TTNG2: Alliance Chpt 4Trees all around, drenched from the pouring rain. Darkness consuming the area, not showing a sense of happiness of some sort.TTNG2: Alliance Chpt 45 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The green pyromencer was on his hands and knees, tears streaming down while the rain drops were mixed in.
" I can't take this anymore, everything that I've done 'till now....shit."
He clenches the ground and the mud pools in his hands while he clenched his eyes so tight, they could rip.
"...all because that I couldn't control myself and now look what that's brought meh...maybe I deserved this, all of the pain I've caused."
Out of the shadows, a figure wearing a light blue 2 piece dress walks towards him carrying an umbrella. She pauses infront of Ferio, cocks her head to the side, and then kneels down in front of him.
"Something troubling you?"
"Heh...you can say that." He replied while not looking up as he closed in eyes in shame.
The mysterious woman made a puzzled look on her face but then sets her umbrella down, covering the both of them, and sits next to
Uzumaki Life: Hinata HelpUzumaki Life: Hinata Help3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The time was around two o'clock in the morning and the home of Naruto and Hinata Uzumaki, and their two children, was peaceful and quiet; but, not for long. Right when the time changed to 2:01 a.m. a loud, high pitch cry played out a baby monitor that was sitting on Naruto's nightstand. Naruto's eyes twitched as the noise began to wake him up. Naruto then tiredly opened his eyes. He then rolled over from his side, onto his back and wiped his whole face and groaned. When Naruto finally sat up on the queen sized bed that him and his wife, Hinata shared, he saw his wife roll over and rub one of her eyes.
"What's going on," she asked tiredly.
"I think Songo woke up," Naruto said as he tiredly scratched his head. "Don't worry I'll handle it. You go back to sleep." Naruto then leaned down and gave his wife a kiss on the forehead before getting up from then bed. While he was walking out of the master bedroom, Hinata rolled back over on her side and fell back asleep.
Naruto walked into the bed
Conservatives and ReactionariesThe meaning of words is too important to ignore in politics, and there is one word that has been mutilated into something grotesque by the worst elements of our political discourse. Conservative. Its an idea that advocates trying to preserve things as they are by emphasizing stability and continuity. It is an ideology that does not fear change, but simply wishes for it to be managed well. Too many politicians identifying as conservative today are in fact reactionaries. Reactionaries oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were," a goal historically being both futile and self destructive; something the current Republican party is demonstrating with startling persistance. True conservatives are not concerned with trivial changes in our culture, but rather the long term continuity of the national spirit. The Reactionaries have been given their moment, and it is time to send them back to irrelevance where they belong.Conservatives and Reactionaries2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 1Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Una navidad con Naruto.
Jamás pensé que desde que lo conocí me haría su amiga, una de sus mejores amigas, aunque quisiera que fuera más que eso. A veces pienso que quizás no sea la persona que él está esperando, pero al menos lo intentaré, pero el problema es ése. Nunca tuve la demasiada confianza en mi misma para darle la cara a mis sentimientos hacia él, y mucho menos para que lo supiera, soy muy tímida y una tonta que no sabe aprovecharlo.
El día en que lo conocí lo recuerdo como si hubiera sido ayer, la lluvia caía intensamente como si una terrible guerra se desatara desde el cielo, y aunque eso era cierto yo era la que peor la estaba pasando. El diluvio había inundado todas las calles de tierra y era casi imposible pasar entre ellas, si pisaba algo mal o algo por el estilo era más que seguro que me caería me embarraría y mi ropa se ensuciaría, deb
Opinions - the standThe world is full of opinions, so people tend to think there's dose not matter.Opinions - the stand3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
they think, i am one grain of sand in the Desert
you have to believe in your voice and opinion!
you may only be one grain of sand, but if you move you could cause ever other grain to move slide or fall as-well
ever thing you do matters what you think of your world, are world, it Counts.
To believe in your self is to believe in other.
What do you believe?
Where is your voice?!
Can your life be tasted?
in your cooking?
Can the love, hate, sadness, and fear be seen?
in your art?!
Can your heart, your mind, or you life be read?
in a story book or on a page?
do you Have an idol, a hero, or some one you just look up to?
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny.
When the government fears its people there is Liberty.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.'
Franklin D. Roosevelt:
the Only Thing We Have to Fear Is F
A short speech to our hero Chris KyleChris Kyle is the best sniper I know, he's also my hero and the most favorite sniper. he had killed 160 enemy soldiers while on duty in Iraq, had deployed 4 times and only suffered 2 shots and 6 IEDs explosives, he even kill the enemy top sniper known as Mustafa over 2100 yards or 1920 meters until this record was beaten by Cpl of horse Craig Harrison in 2009 but it doesn't matter. He still the greatest sniper, husband and father I know. He's willing to fight and die for his country and his teammate, he will kill anyone who threatens his fellow marines even the one are woman and child, he will do anything to keep USA safe and away from any threats. Chris Kyle, the best and deadliest sniper ever. Today is the day 2 years after his death, all of us will remember you Kyle, always remember you.A short speech to our hero Chris Kyle3 months ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
You Can't Get MarriedYou can't get married. No, I'm talking to you. And if you are married, it's going to be annulled. You may only live with your "spouse" as a citizen of the United States. You may not be carried on your co-habitant's insurance. You may not inherit any of your cohab's property when they die. You may not be allowed into the hospital room with them because you are not family. Any children you have go to your cohab's parents because they are their relatives, not you. And if you decide to go live somewhere else, you get what you came into the house with. You're a roommate. You're a booty call. And if you're being supported by your roommate and have sex with them you are trading sex for goods and services. In other words, you are a whore.You Can't Get Married3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
If all marriage laws were dissolved tomorrow, this is what would happen to families. And without those laws, our married citizens would h