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2020.08.09 02:08 CapybaraWookiee [S] Capy's Survivor: Pearl Island (S7)

Hello, and welcome or welcome back to Capy's Survivor! This season we are going to the magnificent Pearl Islands! We are once again playing the game of outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting your fellow castaways, whether that be by flirtatious behavior, backstabbing your opponents, or making plenty of allies. This is Capy's Survivor: Pearl Islands!
MEET THE CASTAWAYS:
Drake Tribe:
Morgan Tribe:
The Season: Capy's Survivor: Pearl Islands
Episode 1: The host welcomes the tribes to the camp, after getting off the boat. He announces that for the first time since Marquesas, there will be no twist deciding the tribes. After this announcement, he announces the tribes. On the Drake Tribe is Amos, Carter, Dex, Fadia, June, Neleh, Nick, and Sanna. On the Morgan Tribe is Allie, Ben, Brad, Emerson, Georgia, River, Romeo, and Tara. After announcing the tribes, he tells them that they can head back to their respective camps to settle in before their first immunity challenge tomorrow.
At the Drake camp, Dexter, Neleh, and Sanna connect immediately, and they form a very early final three pact. Amos, Carter, Fadia, and June form another alliance to combat that one. Due to Dex knowing about the alliance, he hopes to get Nick as a swing vote. At the Morgan camp, River isn’t hesitating to form an alliance, she chooses Allie because she seems nice and she could be helpful when it comes to mental challenges. She also chooses Romeo because he can be used as a meatshield. She approaches Ben for the same very reason. Brad knows about this alliance, and knowing his brother is in the alliance (Romeo), he wants to form a separate alliance, so he approaches Tara, Emerson, and Georgia with a deal for alliances. Georgia declines because she wants to hang low and play more under-the-radar, at least for the early game. But Emerson and Tara accept, and Brad hopes he earned Georgia’s trust and vote by approaching her, as River did not.
The Morgan tribe wins the immunity challenge, also winning water-proof matches. This means that the Drake tribe will be going to tribal. At the Drake camp, Fadia isolates herself, feeling as though she caused her tribe to not win, quitting her alliance in the process, but saying she will still vote with them. They say that they are voting for Neleh, which is a lie, as they are planning on voting their old ally out. They convince Nick to vote with them, as she is untrustworthy for joining the alliance, just to leave it a couple of days into the game. Nick tells the alliance of Sanna, Neleh, and Dex about this, and he claims it was Amos’ scheme. They approach Fadia with the plan, and she agrees to vote with them for Amos. River, even though she is the creator of the alliance, quits the alliance and isolates herself, because even though her tribe won, it was just barely, and she thinks she is the main cause of that. At tribal council, by a vote 5-3, Amos, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 2: The Drake tribe wins the reward challenge, winning themselves the first of three pieces of a treasure map to hidden treasure. They also send Carter to loot one item from the opposing tribes camp, he takes their matches. The Morgan tribe, even though they are now match-less, they still win the immunity challenge, meaning that the Drake tribe will be going to their second tribal in a row. At the Morgan camp, the alliance of Allie, Ben, and Romeo dissolves since their leader, River, left the alliance. Sanna, Dex, and Neleh approach Nick saying that they are voting off Carter, as he is a psychical threat. But Carter and June approach Fadia and Nick, claiming that Dex should be the one going home, as he is untrustworthy, and he holds the tribe back in challenges. At tribal council, by a vote of 4-3, Dex, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 3: The Drake tribe wins both reward and their first immunity challenge. Drake also wins their second piece of the treasure map, only one remaining now. They steal a couple of pieces of firewood from the opposing tribes’ camp. At the Morgan tribe, River approaches her old alliance, stating that she knows she betrayed them, but she wants Brad gone, as he is a psychical threat to their game at the moment. While Allison is hesitant at first, as she believes you should wait until near-merge to vote out people who can help in challenges. But Romeo rallying for getting his brother out sparks her interest more. While the other alliance is planning on voting out River, as she has proven to be untrustworthy. At tribal council, there is a tie, and only then does River realize her mistake in not approaching someone else, but shockingly it’s not Allie who wants to change her vote, it’s Ben, as he thinks that River can’t be trusted. At tribal council, by a vote of 4-4, and a revote of 4-2, River, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 4: Drake wins their third reward challenge, also winning the final piece of the map. That finally leads them to the buried treasure, which contains luxury items to make camp life easier. They also steal more firewood from the Morgan camp. The Drake tribe also wins immunity, and, because of the pirate theme this season, they get to kidnap a player off the other tribe to bring onto their tribe. They choose Brad, as they know he is good in psychical challenges. By kidnapping him, they also give him immunity because he can skip tribal council. Fadia and Sanna have a fight about not Sanna not doing her part in helping around camp. Tara, Emerson, and Brad become a very strong alliance, even though Brad is skipping tribal council that night. Allie and Ben want to vote for Georgia because she is a social threat. But Romeo isn’t for it, and he approaches the other alliance without his alliance knowing, and tells them what they are doing and that he will vote with them in exchange for safety. They agree to these terms and say they are voting for Allison, one, because if they don’t get her out now, she might float her way to the end, and two, with this new information, that puts a bigger target on her back. Allie and Ben approach Emerson, asking him to vote with them, because Georgia will socialize her way out of being the target. He acts convinced. At tribal council, by a vote of 4-2, Allie, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 5: Brad will be competing with the Drake tribe for only this reward challenge, as he was kidnapped by them, but will head back to camp with the Morgan tribe afterward. Despite this, the Morgan tribe wins their first reward challenge, winning a bunch of luxury items and their first piece of the treasure map. The Drake tribe secures its third immunity. At the Drake tribe, Fadia and Neleh have a major fight over Fadia arguing with Sanna about not doing anything, but she is truly the one not pitching in. At the Morgan camp, tensions are rising due to them having to vote out another person. Emerson, Brad, and Tara tell Ben and Romeo that they will be voting for Georgia. Romeo doesn’t agree, so he makes plans with Georgia and Ben to try to rock out someone. But Ben doesn’t want to take the risk of getting rocked out. At tribal council, by a vote 4-2, Georgia, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 6: The Morgan tribe wins the reward challenge, winning their second piece of the treasure map and stealing a blanket from the Drake tribe. They also win the immunity, sending Drake to tribal council for the first time since episode 2. June and Carter hatch a deal with Neleh and Sanna, in exchange for voting together, they eliminate Fadia, who has been a target since day one for her prowess in challenges and socially, and because she causes constant drama at camp. They agree, But then Nick and Fadia approach Carter and June with a plan to vote out Neleh, as she is an under-the-radar player, who might float her way to the end. But since they just sold their souls (votes) to Neleh and Sanna, they don’t think its a good idea to get on their bad side right now. At tribal council, by a vote of 4-2, Fadia, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 7: When the tribes head over to the immunity challenges, they see a strange sight, standing by the host is 6 other people, as they get closer, they realize those six people are the six eliminated castaways. The host announces that this is the Outcast twist. There will be 3 teams competing in the immunity challenge, and the Outcast twist works like this. If The Outcasts beat one tribe, that tribe will have to go to Tribal Council and vote a player off. The Outcasts will then vote one player back into the game. If the Outcasts beat both tribes, Morgan and Drake will both go to Tribal Council, and both vote a player off. The Outcasts would then vote two players back into the game in that scenario. If both Drake and Morgan win, The Outcasts' chance to get back in the game will be forfeited. The Outcasts win the immunity and they will be voting two people back into the game. The alliance of Emerson, Tara, and Brad dissolve, so they don’t have a target on their back heading into the double-elimination, and the merge.
At the Drake camp, Carter and June are targeting Sanna, while Sanna and Neleh are targeting Carter. Both of the duos approach Nick, and he decides on the person he most deems a threat comes to the merge, as he knows it is happening soon. At the Morgan camp, Brad and Romeo decide to team up against Brad’s former allies Tara and Emerson, as they are threats strategically and psychically, they also convince Ben to vote with them in exchange for safety. Emerson and Tara also offer the same thing, saying they are voting Romeo out, and Ben thinks, about who he should align with, and who he should vote out the psychical threat, or strategic threat.
Everyone arrives at the tribal council area, and sit down on the jury benches. The host announces that the Drake tribe is going first. At tribal council (A), by a vote of 3-2, Carter, the tribe has spoken. The host then announces that the Morgan tribe is up next. At tribal council (B), by a vote of 3-2, Tara, the tribe has spoken. Ben decided strategic is better to vote out, as it is better to align yourself with challenge beasts come to the merge. The host finally calls up the Outcasts, and they said, even though it was a hard decision, as everyone wanted to come back into the game, they decided that the first and last person eliminated should return. Therefore, Amos and Fadia are headed back into the game.
Episode 8: The host calls the contestants to the challenge area, and announces the merge. He also congratulates Amos, Ben, Brad, Emerson, Fadia, June, Neleh, Nick, Romeo, and Sanna on making it to the merge. Neleh and Sanna keep their final two pact, as they always intended. They also ally with Amos, Fadia, June, and Nick as the original Drake tribe, for votes. Ben, Brad, Emerson, and Romeo align as the original Morgan tribe, and hope to find a weak spot in the other alliance, and hope to poke it enough so that they either dissolve or vote one of their own members out. Neleh wins the immunity challenge. The Morgan tribe attempts to convince June that Nick is more of a threat than any of them and that they will just boot her when they need to. She disagrees, saying that they will boot the outcasts. The Drake alliance decides on voting out Romeo, as he is untrustworthy, a psychical threat, and a strategic threat. At tribal council, by a vote of 6-4, Romeo, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 9: Neleh wins the reward challenge, and already being in the majority alliance, decides to bring her final two partners, Sanna, for the reward instead of trying to gain someone’s trust. Neleh wins her second immunity in a row, painting a big target on her and Sanna’s back, making Neleh feel like she just made a big mistake. The Drake alliance decide that Fadia is the best target, even though she is in their alliance, they can spare the vote. But Amos tells Fadia about this, who goes to Emerson, Brad, and Ben with this info, and they tell them that they will vote with them for safety. They agree, and with this Emerson also tells them that June told the alliance that the Drake alliance would vote out the outcast if worst comes to worst, with this information, Fadia goes and blackmails Julie with it, saying that if she doesn’t give them their vote, she will get her eliminated. Julie agrees, and together they decide that Nick is their biggest threat, pulling a Borneo and completely forgetting in the heat of the moment that Neleh has won all three individual challenges. At tribal council, by a vote of 6-3, Nick, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 10: June wins reward and takes Fadia with her. Ben wins the immunity challenge. Sanna and Neleh tell Fadia, Amos, and June that they will be voting for Brad. But they keep June and Amos afterward to tell them that they are really voting for Fadia. Amos obviously, and obliviously tells Fadia about this, who takes June (unwillingly) to the Morgan tribe, and tells them the situation. They agree, but under one condition, they have to vote Amos out. Fadia doesn’t want to, but if it means saving herself, then she will. Once again she “convinces” June to vote with them in exchange for not revealing the secret and painting a target on June’s back. At tribal council, by a vote of 5-3, Amos, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 11: June wins her second reward challenge in a row, whilst Ben wins his second immunity in a row. June is approached by the Morgan tribe, and they tell her that they are planning on voting out Fadia in the next tribal. June happily agrees, but after thinking, if Fadia finds out, she will tell everyone about revealing her alliances’ information to the rival alliance, and she will be eliminated. Also, eliminating Fadia would mean that their alliance would be neck-and-neck in votes with the other alliance. Due to not sitting well with the rest of the castaways recently, the Drake alliance decides to vote for Emerson. At tribal council, by a vote of 4-3, Emerson, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 12: Sanna, June, and Ben beat Brad, Fadia, and Neleh in the reward challenge. Ben wins immunity for the third time in a row. Brad and Ben plan on voting for June, and Fadia, whilst hesitant, decides to vote with them, as she is certain that her alliance is voting for her. Her suspicions are correct, June, Sanna, and Neleh are targeting Fadia, but they tell her they are voting for Brad, trying to cause a 3-2-1 vote. At tribal council, there is a tie between June and Fadia, and there must be a revote. The revote is two votes June and two votes Fadia. Meaning that for the first time ever in the history of Capy’s Survivor, there will be a rock draw. The host calls Neleh, Sanna, and Brad up to draw rocks, as Ben has immunity. He instructs them to flip over their rocks. Brad, the tribe has spoken.
Episode 13: June shares her reward with Ben, hoping to gain his vote. Neleh just barely wins immunity over Ben, ending his streak. Despite her efforts, Ben and Fadia agree that they are voting June, and try to convince Sanna and Neleh. Afterward, they decide that they deny the offer, that Fadia is a much bigger threat than June in all aspects. At tribal council, by a vote of 3-2, Fadia, the tribe has spoken.
Finale, Part 1: Ben wins his fourth immunity. Sanna and Neleh are planning on voting for June. But June and Ben are planning on voting for Neleh and hoping to cause a fire-making challenge, as they think June would beat Neleh. But June doesn’t think so and thinks it should be Sanna, and Jake doesn’t argue back, making June think that he agrees, when he is really just getting her eliminated. At tribal council, by a vote of 2-1-1, June, the tribe has spoken.
Finale, Part 2: Neleh wins the final immunity. Knowing that she will win against Sanna, but not Ben, and she also has had a final two pact and a close friendship with Sanna all season, Neleh chooses Sanna to bring to the reunion with her. At tribal council, by a vote of 1-0, Ben, the tribe has spoken.
The Reunion: At the Reunion, after Sanna and Neleh both state their cases. Neleh states that she won 5 challenges in all, whilst Sanna only won 2, and one of those was a group challenge. Also, stating that she also got a lot less blood on her hands than Sanna. Sanna retaliates with she could have won more challenges if she had not allied with Neleh, a challenge beast. She also said that the only reason she had blood on her hands was that Neleh relied on her to do all the dirty work. Congratulation, Neleh Brown, you are the winner of Capy’s Survivor: Pearl Islands!
My Opinions: This was a similar situation to Marquesas, except with less flashy moves. Was an amazing cast, and a good season, but everyone relied on their alliances too much. Neleh and Sanna were a power duo and deserved to make it to the end. Neleh was definitely a deserving winner. Fadia was the evilest person on the planet. June and Fadia both made it surprisingly far, despite seeming to have their name on the block week in and week out. Ben was a challenge beast. River went too early, I think she could’ve been a real competitor. Despite starting out in a minority alliance, and then being just the two of them with a season full of giant alliances, I don’t even know how Neleh and Sanna survived. Ben’s move at the final four was genius. That’s all I have to say. Romeo would probably be the best pre-jury pick of this season (what I mean by that is the person on the pre-jury who I think would have done well if they went farther. Examples are Lexie in season 4, Nina in Season 5, and Mariangel in Season 6). I'm also happy about the first-ever rock draw!
Possible All-Stars: Neleh, Sanna, Ben, June, Fadia, Brad, Romeo
Leave your opinions about future all-stars, your favorites, and the season itself down below.
All-Star polls will be out shortly
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2020.07.14 06:18 Boyariffic Club Penguin Rewritten Blacklisted Words

As you may or may not know, Club Penguin Rewritten has not too long ago, updated it's chat filters to be far more strict. Now, while it is great that they're making CPR a safer place by stopping people from swearing, being bigoted, creeping on other users, etc., it doesn't come without its drawbacks, now with everyday conversations being a pain to uphold without everything you say getting silenced, without your knowledge.
I've taken it upon myself to test the filters with two separate accounts on two different computers and these are the words that I've found to be filtered. Some are more practical than others, in my opinion, and the removal of a lot of these words can be really obnoxious. So, if you're tired of being filtered, please refer to the list so you know what to avoid.
And if you know any other filtered words, not on this list, feel free to comment below and tell me. I'm 100% certain that this list will need to be updated several times before it is complete. Thank you.
Filtered Words/Phrases:
The stand-alone letters: "B, C, D, E, F, H, M, N, O, P, Q, S, T, W, X, Y, Z" get filtered unless they're actually part of a word. I guess they won't want people to trick the filters by saying one letter of a swear word at a time.
Also, the names of several different countries/continents, etc. get filtered too, with the exceptions of a few such as America, Albania, Antarctica, Belgium, Chad, Chile, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Switzerland, etc. I haven't had the time to go through all of the countries but those are the unfiltered ones that I've come across.
I forgot to mention this in my original post, but the names of other websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Discord, etc. will also get filtered.
Autoban Words/Phrases:
Obviously, all profanities, slurs, sexual terminology/slang, etc. are going to get you banned instantly and I don't feel there's any need to mention it. This list will only contain words that can be seen as innocent in certain contexts, yet are still auto-banned anyway.
Also, if you try to work around the filters by saying anything like "Duck you!" or "You're a beach!", the filters have already accounted for still like that and it will get you banned immediately for 24 hours.

Those are all of the filtered/banned words I know for now. Again, if you know any words I missed, please feel free to comment below so that this list can be expanded not just for my sake, but for the convenience of everyone else who's just trying to communicate on Club Penguin Rewritten without having their harmless dialogue filtered. Thank you.
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2020.06.05 14:48 Melaneigh How my gf and I met through overwatch

So I met her in early 2018 through an overwatch streamers discord. This was before she came out as Trans and I was currently out as lesbian. We became friends through an overwatch tournament and made some other friends too. It was so funny and sucked because we were mediocre at best, and got stomped by better teams. But I'd do it all again tbh.
Anyway, our group got closer and I started talking to her more. But I was scared of her catching feelings (oh and she def did) so I kept my distance. I found out she lived near Atlanta so I joked that I was going to get a passport so I could come meet her in summer 2018 (I live near Ottawa, Canada). I played dnd with her, her dad and sister before I went so I already knew the family.
Then it finally happened. Dec 31 2018, I find myself flying to Georgia to meet this stranger. My age. Similar interests. But a foreign country. Let me tell you it was awesome! Without the expectations of dating we just hung out and stuff.
I dropped out of uni at that point and was working full-time. When I got back, I got really bored of working and because I was living at home I had lots of extra cash I could burn. So, I went back in April 2019.
We ended up being a lot closer, and even having what we now call dates. I was starting to have feelings for her. But I was a lesbian. I couldn't fall for a "guy" because "I don't like guys (she still wasn't out yet, she didn't even know yet actually). All our cute dates and I wanted to tell her I liked her. One night I came out to her as bi, hoping she would think it was for her. She did think that. I actually did tell her I liked her, but not until I had gotten home again for fear of the rest of the trip being awkward. But like I said, we went on dates, looking back it was sooooooooo obvious that she had liked me back. When I told her she told me the same for her and we started dating. May 1 2019.
Skip forward past another month long visit to see her in June after I got kicked out, and me visiting again for Christmas 2019. She finally came to see me in Canada for my birthday in February 2020. I was so excited to be the one waiting at the airport. Then I saw her and my heart stopped. I nearly collapsed from excitement. It was just before this trip that she told me she thought she might be Trans. And while she was here, and actually able to wear feminine clothing and makeup she felt confident that she was in fact a woman. It was a big trip for her confidence.
We joked about getting married before but now we are super serious. Her family sucks and I can give her citizenship in Canada. We actually have cute matching rings in place as like engagement rings or whatever. So one day we will have our gayest wedding and be able to live together and not be 1800km apart. But for now we are dealing with our situation until I see her again. I was supposed to go next month but with everything happening and planes not flying from Canada to USA for non essential travel, I'm stuck.
Anyway feel free to comment or ask anything. I've always lingered here and never posted so here I am!
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2020.02.27 02:12 PrincessJayden 20 [F4F/]

Hey, I don't know what doing this will do but I guess I could give it a try. I'm a 20 year old female with a little bit of college and currently in military AIT (25 Bravo). I'm a virgin and I've never dated before but I'm 89% sure I'm a lesbian. Either that or I'm just not attracted to anyone. I thought about it and I decided that I might as well try dating before I die. At least one. I live in Georgia but I'm probably going to move soon. I'm into reading books, drawing, and anime. I also do cosplay sometimes. I don't really like people. I've been pretty much abandon by most people in my life so I guess I'm just wary of them. I also kind have a weird personality. I don't talk much and I'm sensitive due to the loneliness of my life. When I do talk though I'm pretty funny and I'm pretty in tune with other people's emotions. I know being a lesbian in the military might make you think I'm butch or a tomboy or something like that but that's really not the case. When I'm out of uniform I wear very feminine clothing and have a feminine personality. I look kinda like a child even though I'm 20. It doesn't help that I have kinda small breast and read comic books. People used to mistake me for a 14 year old back home all the time. Now I wear a military uniform and no one makes that mistake anymore. Though they do say I look young. In basic training I kinda got bullied for being a short 'child like' girl hauling around a big gun and a ruck sack that was bigger than me. Everyone thought I wouldn't make it, but I made it. Cause that's just the kinda person I am. I do what I want and I don't care what anyone else thinks. Though I don't wear make up I think I have a nice enough face. I just don't have the social skills to talk to people and a moody personality which is why I'm forever alone. I'm kind of an emo kid really. Other things about me would be..... I guess I wanna buy a motorcycle when I get out of AIT (also go on vacation basic training nearly killed me) and I study to be an IT specialist. I'm slender and I have a bit of guns to me from training. I have light brown skin and medium length hair. I'm only looking for a serious relationship here so don't message if you're looking for anything besides that. Like I mentioned before preferably female. Preferably American. Preferably near the Georgia area. If you show that your interested and real I'll give you my number. Though I may contact you at odd times since I'm currently living in the AIT barracks.
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2020.02.15 04:11 Ms-Managed Books For Other Lonely Lesbians Today

I made this comment on a thread asking for book recs, but it didn’t get that much traction and I put time into it, so I thought I’d give it its own thread. Plus I have nothing better to do with my valentines day hahaha dies inside
Author recommendations:
-Natasha West
-Jae
-Siera Maley
Reimagined Folktales:
-“Thorn” by Anna Burke
-“The Raven and the Reindeer” by T. Kingfisher
-“Selene & Endymion” by Lydia Claremont
Adventure:
-The Mermaids of Eriana Kwai series by Tiana Warner
-“Escape to Pirate Island” by Niamh Murphy
-“Ex-Wives of Dracula” by Georgette Kaplan
-“The False Knight on the Motorway” by Arden Ellis
Highschool Lesbians:
-“The Gay Girl’s Guide to Ruining Prom” by Siera Maley
-“Dating Sarah Cooper” by Siera Maley
-“Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel” by Sara Farizan
-“Her Name in the Sky” by Kelly Quindlen
College Lesbians:
-“200 Hours” by Natasha West
-“A Story of Now” and “The Sum of These Things” by Emily O’Beirne
Adult Lesbians:
-Literally anything by Natasha West
-Literally anything by Jae
-“Requiem for Immortals” by Lee Winter
-“Fresh Start” by Nicole Pyland
-“Tapping into Love” by Monica McCallan
-“The Do-Over” by Georgia Beers
-“Going Up” by A.E. Radley
All of these are guaranteed to have happy endings. I think I’ll leave it there for now but trust me, theres so many more great WLW books out there.
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2019.11.14 04:50 anadentone I'm on the verge of homeless

I use to live with my granny in a single trailer in Georgia. Well I still kinda do, the problem(s) is/are, my granny died about 2 weeks ago and the landlord agreed to let me stay rent free until we can see about finding a program that helps people pay their rent. I fear that coming from a small town that doesnt have a homeless shelter or even a soup kitchen, there might not be anything to help with the rent. I've grown up poor (ie po... too poor to afford the other letters) and still is due to panic and anxiety issues unable to work. The welfare and social security people in this town don't keep their crap together (took me 2 years to get food stamps started because the workers would shove it off into a pile and never send it in. Finally had to get someone from a bigger town to see about wtf was going on. They fix it but they were like "oh oops. well here's $54 a month in FS. Have fun) Ive tried over the years to get help from "help resources" people but all I get is the "I'm sorry, we don't do that" or Salvation Army's "Im sorry, but we're out of funds". I've dealt with so many brick walls and "eff offs" in town that I don't have faith in the system. My rent , if I don't apply (I rarely apply for anything in this own being a single, childless 38 year old woman) will be $550 but I only get a disability check for $805. That leaves $245 for electricity (water, cable and sewage is combined) which is often $220-350 a month, $54 car insurance which you have to have, and of course the fancy $54 food stamps. I'll have to choose a place to stay and starving or live in my car and not starving. I know people will say "Don't you have family you can stay with?" My brother and SIL : but there's a terrible history of abuse I suffered at the hands o my SIL and my brother is too scared to stand up to her no matter what. My niece, nephew and SIL are those kinds of people who manipulate others and who think theyre better than you. (I once got asked to leave the church we were going to. I found out later on from my SIL that she didn't like me being there and told the others that I was a lesbian who likes teaching the young girls about lesbianism (this is a small town baptist church- yeah they fear that) even though I'm not a lesbian, because I never had kids or seem to publicly date, they assume the worst. I told my brother about wanting to move from here and he started on how that would kill him if I left and how if I loved him I'd stay and over and over about moving in (even using his grandkids to try to get me to move in saying "(insert mom/dad/granny/grandpa/etc) says you dont love us no more and want to move away from us". Such things like that is driving me up the walls. I don't know what to do; I can't afford to stay here, I'm scared to leave because they can friends and are manipulative . I can't afford to get a van and my focus is too tiny to live in. I'm scared. :(
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2019.10.29 07:52 indecisivesidekick "friend" causes me to have a panic attack, causes me paranoia, and tries to help a p*dophile groom me

warning: p*dophilia, r*pe mentions, mentions of s*xual assault, s*icide, transphobia, paranoia, forced relationships, and close encounters with forced outing (under the wrong label, but i'm putting it here just in case)
okay, so you know the drill, this is gonna be a bit of a doozy because they did so many awful things to me. sorry if this gets really long but there's a lot that i have to go off of and about and i tend to get carried away with other details. here's a quick breakdown of the cast here;
i/me/Sidekick - me (sidekick regrettably isn't my name, but it's what i call myself here and i used a different name at the time of this, i'm no longer comfortable with that name so i won't be mentioning it) Zed (they/them in singular) - fake friend Duke (he/him) - another fake friend, different story i probably won't post here. he's important toward the end because they bring him into this and make a HUGE deal over it, and he's the one who got me to break off this friendship. Dreadful (she/her) - a great friend! we still talk a lot!!
for context, at the time of most of these i'm between the ages of 12-13. i'm now 17 and still suffer because of a lot of these.
so, for background, i had just moved and was in my school's girls' choir at the time (i'm a trans guy but i'm still not out to my family because i'm the lucky idiot who got a double serving of a transphobic mom and a dad who goes along with her transphobic ideals even though he doesn't believe them whatsoever, and i was still questioning my gender and identity as a whole, this will come up later in the story) and it was about halfway through the year. i hadn't talked to anybody and, despite being pretty small and shy and nervous, i had never talked to anybody in this class and i had intimidated most of the other girls. we were moving seats based on our vocal range (i had been wrongfully put in the soprano section and i'm classified as an alto under the school's guidelines, i'm actually metzo-soprano because i can hit higher notes than an alto and my voice can't go as low as most other sopranos) and i got seated next to Dreadful, who started up a conversation with me and i honestly felt intimidated by her at first and it was really hard to talk to her, but i eventually opened up and we became close friends. i met Zed through her when she invited me to sit with her and her friends, and i didn't really get along with anybody aside from her and Zed outright and i became pretty close with both of them. i used to walk home with Zed and Dreadful because they lived nearby and, at the time, my mom would come home from work, drop my sister and i off at school, then sleep for most of the day while my dad was at work (she and my dad aren't really good parents but you can probably already tell that from what i said before) and never really came to pick me up from school, and we lived too close to my school for a bus to pick me up and i refused to take the bus because of anxiety and sensory issues (i'm autistic and suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, again, this will come up later). i was eleven through most of this if i remember right because i only ever really celebrated my birthday with Dreadful once in person and that was when i turned twelve and Dreadful turned thirteen not long after me--i enrolled in school early for where i live, so she's older than me by a week off a year and Zed is the same age as her and they're older by a couple months over a year.
a few weeks after i met them i kind of break down and talk to Zed seriously about something really personal to me because they come over so often (more often than Dreadful did, actually), which was my gender. at the time i was still unsure and changed my label and pronouns around every few weeks, but i was using the genderfluid label at the time because i wasn't 100% inclined only toward masculinity at the time (i'm still not but i'm most comfortable being called a man/boy/guy/etc. and only having he/him pronouns used for me) and i was still very much in denial about being a guy because i had literally just stopped calling myself a lesbian because i realized i liked guys but i didn't feel comfortable being a guy's girlfriend, it's complicated and a thing a LOT of gay trans guys go through in the path to realizing that they're trans). so i explained the concept of gender identity, different pronouns, etc. and i told them that when talking about me i wanted to go by a certain name and only by they/them except for around my parents because they thought my way of coming out to them was some kind of joke. Zed was cool about this, and said "i don't really feel like a girl sometimes either," which i thought was interesting and i suggested that maybe they were nonbinary or genderfluid, too, and asked if they wanted me to use different pronouns. they said no, but they said they would let me know if they felt like the label/pronouns fit better. that's when things went to shit because they actually called it being a trend and said things like "all the kids are doing it!" and "being trans is the new cool thing" and outed me as the wrong label at every corner after i came out to them without my permission. they even referred to me as the name i asked them to call me when we weren't around my parents when we were talking to my mom and i had to cover by telling her it was a nickname that meant "loved friend" (not a lie exactly, but it was still really scary because my mom would literally kill me if she found out i was trans).
fast forward a few months and both Zed and Dreadful are moving! Dreadful has already moved to Germany with her family and she's aware of my identity (she was not great at the new pronouns thing, she used she/her for me for a long time but like, not out of malice, just out of confusion and uncertainty. she fixed it eventually and is a lot more respectful and learned a lot from another trans friend of hers that she met in Germany because he was able to explain things a lot more fluently than i could). but the thing is, Zed still called me by they/them around everybody and she/her online when i wasn't around because it was "easier for me to remember" (which isn't how it works!!) changed their pronouns to "she/he" (as in, they wanted people to call them "she/he" in passing, not as in "i use both she/her and he/him interchangeably", the former of which is actually in and of itself transphobic and disrespectful to nonbinary individuals), and kept referring to me as a lesbian because i still was sort of maneuvering away from labels that kept girls in my dating pool (i'm now 100% sure that i am not attracted to girls and i'm asexual to boot) and overall is being an awful support system and friend. and, surprise! they're moving in with me! which gives them the chance to attempt to out me to my parents as a lesbian at every chance they can get and claim to be able to see ghosts in my house and contact them for me! and, oh, did i mention that it gets worse? because what do they pull once i get diagnosed with depression and anxiety and get my autism diagnosis? they pull the "i'm mentally ill, too, see?" card! they claim to have psychosis, anxiety, depression, and even go as far as toting me as an accessory to show off as "my crazy psycho friend" even though i don't have psychosis, i don't show symptoms of psychosis, and i'm more likely to have PTSD and BPD because of the situations that i've been in.
so, after they've moved in with me temporarily and started all of this, they decide that ultimately i'm not believing hard enough in their lies about being able to see ghosts (which i was already far too in on and far too paranoid about because they would make inappropriate jokes about me being pregnant with a ghost baby despite only being twelve and being a csa victim). they decide that "Jules" (who i actually can't disprove as being fake, because i've always felt i have a certain guardian spirit around me but i've never been able to analyze who or what they are) is in love with me, is twenty years old, is bisexual, and is protecting me from the "multiple demons inside the house". and twelve year old me falls for it, because, just as i still am, he is kind of heart and dumb of ass. and i want to say that i'm still very much a believer in the paranormal and supernatural, i have a special interest in it and i'm very inclined to believe that, yes, my old house was haunted due to its age (it was a VERY old building--modernized but poorly maintained, there was an infestation of raccoons in the attic and the sink was broken when one got into the house and our landlords never fixed it and my brother got cut really badly and needed stitches because of it) and i used to see shadows that just didn't make sense elsewhere and have had experience with sudden calming waves and my whole family has experiences with the paranormal--especially on my mom's side--but this made me incredibly paranoid and scared for my safety. but, again, this was not the end of it. they had to go and fake being possessed, which then sent me into a panic attack, and then they spent time yelling at "Jules" to "go comfort your girlfriend" and made fun of me, laughed at my reaction to them (because i had hidden myself in a corner away from them out of fear of them coming at me and attacking me), and then they had the audacity to attempt to comfort me by hugging me and rocking me. i want to add that people touching me without permission and/or me being the one to initiate it unless i have a very close bond and/or relationship with them is on a hard no list for me as an autistic person, but i was too upset at the time to care about that. i was crying and hyperventilating and literally on the floor trying my hardest trying not to pass out or puke so it was very hard for me to articulate that they were upsetting me worse. they did the same thing when i had a meltdown because my dad yelled at me because he got mad at someone else and tried to wrench my laptop away from me (leading to me reacting in a similarly violent manner and throwing it, which was not a good idea, but it was moreover an instinctual reflex than me trying to damage it) and the same thing happened.
fast forward again and they've moved to Georgia for a couple of months, come back, and moved in with their dad's new girlfriend. i've only just started going back to school because i stopped going for mental health reasons (i was literally having such poor reactions to my medications, being on Prozac at the time, i'm currently unmedicated but i'm hoping that changes soon enough, that i couldn't handle going to school), and it turns out both Zed and i are in the same drama class. i hate to say it, but this is where things get really bad and it's only here that i start realizing that, oh, i'm dealing with an awful person. because at this point they're telling people that we're dating (without consulting me about my feelings on the matter), outing me to people in school as a lesbian (which, again, i'm not), and making me do things they want and telling people that "i can touch them any time i want because i'm their best friend!" (still misgendering me at any given time). and at the end of the year, we're in summer school together because we missed so much time (they were unenrolled for a period because of them moving). this is the point where i retell a story i've told before, but here goes; we were using Kik (which was an awful app even when we were using it because it is and was chock full of predators) to talk to each other and they force me into a group and lie to them about our ages (they're fourteen at the time and i'm thirteen, they said we were fifteen and fourteen respectfully) and in this group is a predator that they want to set me up with and who is simultaneously grooming them. they go about getting us talking in a separate group chat, and eventually, we start talking on our own. he asks me for pictures and i, being genuinely afraid of and hating having my picture taken, deny the request, and he goes about talking about how "pretty i must be". it turns out they also told him i was a girl, big shocker, and eventually i quote a song and he replies with outright flirting and i'm suddenly creeped out and start avoiding him because he set off a huge red flag because of that. i stop using the app all together until a few weeks later, when i come back under a new user because i really don't want anything to do with the other peole i was talking to, but i reconnect with them and add Duke because i met him elsewhere and he's the same age as me.
so, we both really liked creepypasta (it was a special interest that has gone dormant and has remained dormant because of paranoia related to it) and had detailed conversations about the main ones people know and tend to "latch" onto; you know the ones. and this is something that brought us together early on, it's only relevant now because this is about the time that they started using this to manipulate me and use me and make me feel unsafe. they actually started to pretend they were these characters, talking to me through text on their phone and trying to make me believe they were real. they outright used my interest in one against me because i related to him a lot (he's a character that isn't very popular, but i'll say here that he's an artist and is like, incessantly bullied and i saw a LOT of myself in him because i was new to art and went through a lot of bullying myself). they went all-out on this, too; they had designated typing styles and tones and they went really deep into how they would talk and put it into text to the point that i had a hard time telling if it was or wasn't them, and at one point they tried to talk me into getting into a relationship with the one that i liked the most (and i even started to hope i could talk to him more and more often because i was starting to believe he was real and he kept giving me different art tips and he started acting like a real friend to me, to the point of him saying he might be interested). and when i talked to Duke about all this he had to keep me metered because he knew i was slipping into a place he had been and warned me that this was a sign of someone manipulative and reminded me that these are fictional characters, they're not real.
eventually, i got the courage through Duke to cut off the friendship and i blocked them and contacted Dreadful to tell them that i didn't want to talk to them anymore. and they essentially went public with all of this--when i wanted to keep it all personal and out of the public eye, at the time i was kind of popular on this one writing website we were using (as i'm a writer myself and i still write a lot and love to create characters and worldbuild like there's no tomorrow) and some people who knew we were friends got worked up about it and thought i was being unfair. they brought up unrelated facts that they had never mentioned--how they had been r*ped and it was because of that (again, i'm a csa victim and so is Duke and he confirmed that they likely made that up if they only ever brought it to attention then and there), how they had tried to kill themself five times before they met me (which they never brought up with me), and how i was being a "horrible friend" and how i was "dumping them because they're damaged". like, literally, i asked them not to talk to me anymore. that was it. and then there was the day a few days later when they approached me on my birthday to give me a drawing of an "oc" i had made that was basically just me with short hair because i hadn't cut it yet--we called him Jay because it sounded similar to my birth name and it was "me as a boy"--and i hated every moment of the interaction, and then they told the teacher that i had thrown it away because i refused to talk to them or sit next to them because i was genuinely afraid of them at that point. i told the teacher what was going on and she offered to change our seating and did everything she could to help out the situation--even going so far as to asking me to fill in grades because i was the first to finish a test on the last day of summer school--and help me out of it. i'm grateful she helped me, but i was still scared by the end of the day because i remember them trying to catch up to me while i was walking home even though i took the long way around the school to avoid them. they were waiting for me where we used to meet and yelled at me to get my attention but i ignored them and just kept walking.
overall, i just had a very, very toxic and manipulative person on my hands and i'm grateful to have them out of my life. i'm still very shy and have an even harder time making friends because of all of this and it makes me feel like garbage to even think about them, but i'm glad to get this all out in the open and just talk about it. i mean, i'm still avoidant of the newer fanbase for creepypasta and such because of them despite seeing it's not that bad of a place, have trouble going back to a lot of good media, and have ocs i love but i have trouble reworking out of the plotline they formulated because of association with them, but i'm trying my best to reapproach all of it and i'm sure i will in due time! if you read through this, then by all means, thank you for just being here for the ride, and thank you for letting me agonize about this for a while. i hope you don't have to encounter anyone like this in your life. have a nice day. 💕
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2019.10.22 06:43 LGB-Tea Maybe my coming out journey will give hope to you

This is for everyone, closeted or not. My coming out wasn't all rainbows and butterflies but Maybe my story will give you hope.
Ps im on mobile
For reference im female and 20 on the 23rd, so still a teen. I came out to my mother in sophomore year of high school (15ish) i had just started figuring out my sexuality and dressing how i felt comfortable (more traditionally masc than fem, i just call it my style).
After going on a shopping spree in the men's sections at the mall with my mom, we got home and she asked me why i wanted to dress like a boy. In short i told her that it was how i felt most comfortable. She then asked me if i wanted to be a boy, at that moment i snapped and told her "news flash mom, I'm gay" the first thing out of her mouth was "are you going to tell dad?" I said no and we kept it a secret for a year. She was quick to acceptance, it just took a little getting used to.
In my junior year (16ish) i got tired of holding it in. I got a pixie cut, my dad didn't get the stereotypical hint. A few months later (a little before my 17 bday) i decided to sit him down right before my parents left for 2 days for camp. The only reasons i decided to do it then was because he was drunk, high, and going to be an hour away. Anyways, i told him initially that i was bi, and dating a woman (one im still with), he told me he was disappointed and that he knew he raised me wrong. We already had a bad relationship but cue rock bottom.
He would go on to try and tell me my girlfriend wasn't right for me and my sexuality isnt right. He tried to get my girlfriend (20 when i was 16 almost 17, still less than 4 years apart, so legal) arrested for statutory rape. When we talked, we yelled.
At 17 my gf came over for christmas eve, my parents, her and i watched venom, my mom texted me and said he was uncomfortable seeing us cuddle. Also, my mom was planning our wedding by this point (curse say yes to the dress)
When i was 18 i told him i was fully lesbian. We had a much better relationship at that point. My brother came up from Georgia to visit, my brother, parents, my gf and I all had a night of drinking, music and movies. It was amazing.
At 19 (this summer) he invited my girlfriend to come on vacation with us. She came for 3 days (she works so couldnt stay the week) white water rafting with us and we all had dinner while she was there.
Just 2 days ago he referred to her as apart of the family.
It does get easier. There will always be those who accept you, blood relation or not. And blood relation or not all of you young members, those questioning, old or young, she's, he's and they's--- you all have family in the LGBTQIA community. Me included. If you need anyone for anything. Im here. Unbiased opinions on new names- i got you. A shoulder to cry on or vent to- i got you. Advice on anything i can offer it on- i got you. Anything i can help you with- i got you.
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2019.10.22 06:41 LGB-Tea Maybe my [coming out] story will give you hope

This is for everyone, closeted or not. My coming out wasn't all rainbows and butterflies but Maybe my story will give you hope.
Ps im on mobile
For reference im female and 20 on the 23rd, so still a teen. I came out to my mother in sophomore year of high school (15ish) i had just started figuring out my sexuality and dressing how i felt comfortable (more traditionally masc than fem, i just call it my style).
After going on a shopping spree in the men's sections at the mall with my mom, we got home and she asked me why i wanted to dress like a boy. In short i told her that it was how i felt most comfortable. She then asked me if i wanted to be a boy, at that moment i snapped and told her "news flash mom, I'm gay" the first thing out of her mouth was "are you going to tell dad?" I said no and we kept it a secret for a year. She was quick to acceptance, it just took a little getting used to.
In my junior year (16ish) i got tired of holding it in. I got a pixie cut, my dad didn't get the stereotypical hint. A few months later (a little before my 17 bday) i decided to sit him down right before my parents left for 2 days for camp. The only reasons i decided to do it then was because he was drunk, high, and going to be an hour away. Anyways, i told him initially that i was bi, and dating a woman (one im still with), he told me he was disappointed and that he knew he raised me wrong. We already had a bad relationship but cue rock bottom.
He would go on to try and tell me my girlfriend wasn't right for me and my sexuality isnt right. He tried to get my girlfriend (20 when i was 16 almost 17, still less than 4 years apart, so legal) arrested for statutory rape. When we talked, we yelled.
At 17 my gf came over for christmas eve, my parents, her and i watched venom, my mom texted me and said he was uncomfortable seeing us cuddle. Also, my mom was planning our wedding by this point (curse say yes to the dress)
When i was 18 i told him i was fully lesbian. We had a much better relationship at that point. My brother came up from Georgia to visit, my brother, parents, my gf and I all had a night of drinking, music and movies. It was amazing.
At 19 (this summer) he invited my girlfriend to come on vacation with us. She came for 3 days (she works so couldnt stay the week) white water rafting with us and we all had dinner while she was there.
Just 2 days ago he referred to her as apart of the family.
It does get easier. There will always be those who accept you, blood relation or not. And blood relation or not all of you young members, those questioning, old or young, she's, he's and they's--- you all have family in the LGBTQIA community. Me included. If you need anyone for anything. Im here. Unbiased opinions on new names- i got you. A shoulder to cry on or vent to- i got you. Advice on anything i can offer it on- i got you. Anything i can help you with- i got you.
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2019.10.22 06:28 LGB-Tea Maybe my coning out will give you hope

This is for everyone, closeted or not. My coming out wasn't all rainbows and butterflies but Maybe my story will give you hope.
Ps im on mobile
For reference im female and 20 on the 23rd, so still a teen. I came out to my mother in sophomore year of high school (15ish) i had just started figuring out my sexuality and dressing how i felt comfortable (more traditionally masc than fem, i just call it my style).
After going on a shopping spree in the men's sections at the mall with my mom, we got home and she asked me why i wanted to dress like a boy. In short i told her that it was how i felt most comfortable. She then asked me if i wanted to be a boy, at that moment i snapped and told her "news flash mom, I'm gay" the first thing out of her mouth was "are you going to tell dad?" I said no and we kept it a secret for a year. She was quick to acceptance, it just took a little getting used to.
In my junior year (16ish) i got tired of holding it in. I got a pixie cut, my dad didn't get the stereotypical hint. A few months later (a little before my 17 bday) i decided to sit him down right before my parents left for 2 days for camp. The only reasons i decided to do it then was because he was drunk, high, and going to be an hour away. Anyways, i told him initially that i was bi, and dating a woman (one im still with), he told me he was disappointed and that he knew he raised me wrong. We already had a bad relationship but cue rock bottom.
He would go on to try and tell me my girlfriend wasn't right for me and my sexuality isnt right. He tried to get my girlfriend (20 when i was 16 almost 17, still less than 4 years apart, so legal) arrested for statutory rape. When we talked, we yelled.
At 17 my gf came over for christmas eve, my parents, her and i watched venom, my mom texted me and said he was uncomfortable seeing us cuddle. Also, my mom was planning our wedding by this point (curse say yes to the dress)
When i was 18 i told him i was fully lesbian. We had a much better relationship at that point. My brother came up from Georgia to visit, my brother, parents, my gf and I all had a night of drinking, music and movies. It was amazing.
At 19 (this summer) he invited my girlfriend to come on vacation with us. She came for 3 days (she works so couldnt stay the week) white water rafting with us and we all had dinner while she was there.
Just 2 days ago he referred to her as apart of the family.
It does get easier. There will always be those who accept you, blood relation or not. And blood relation or not all of you young members, those questioning, old or young, she's, he's and they's--- you all have family in the LGBTQIA community. Me included. If you need anyone for anything. Im here. Unbiased opinions on new names- i got you. A shoulder to cry on or vent to- i got you. Advice on anything i can offer it on- i got you. Anything i can help you with- i got you.
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2019.10.15 05:42 Kwbluegreen I dont if I should tell my parents I am an atheist

(Sorry about any typos I am on my phone and I am not that good at texting) *wow I made one in the title that's nice its 11 pm im lowkey tired sorry So heres some backstory. I grew up a witness. I dont how my grandma became one but she wasn't born in and neither was my dad. My dad met my mom and they had my older sister and I before marriage. I want to assume he was disfellowshipped because he was in nursing school. Anyways 2005 comes and my little sister is born and I am 2. We move to Georgia because of hurricane Katrina and thats all I know for them. My parents also married in august 2003 and I was born in june 2003. Anyways in elementary school I was one, I didnt celebrate holidays anyway so I guess they were POMI. Also my mom was not one prior to meeting my dad. Anyways fast foward to 9th grade year and my dad takes up a better job offer in texas but we stay in Georgia. Dont worry we are all still very close and stuff. In around late september 2017 we (mom sisters and me) stop attending meetings. Im pretty sure people were either treating us different, I wasnt paying as attention since I was focused on starting high school and getting used to that. Also it was around that time my mom introduced us to horror movies rated r. I love horror movies now so thats a plus. At that moment I still believed in jehovah and the borg. I didnt agree with the homophobia and blood transfusions though. I told myself that even though I was JW I wouldn't treat as nyone different. I slso didnt want to attend college because of the borg. My mom recommended I watch dexter and that started a train of amazing MA(mature audience basically r rated tv shows) rated shows. My second was the walking dead and she knew and still knows I watch these shows. Hell she even recommended more as I went into 10th grade. So during October of last year we are visiting New Orleans as a family and Halloween 6 is playing on tv. My dad was outdide on the phone and came in and started talking sbout how we dont watch that type of stuff and so I said ok I'll change the channel. Anyways I just put in my headphones and watched childs play again on my phone. Right now im in 11th grade and my older sis isnt a JW(neither is my lil sis she is s lesbian) and she is going to college in january. Anyways she will be staying at home and driving there. I feel like my dad doesn't want us to move out too quickly. I think the JW org is losing a grip on him since my older sister has a boyfriend and they can go on dates alone and stuff. The reason I want to tell them is because one we still dont celebrate holidays and thats sad two I want to be open and honest three I want to tell any other family members in about the fact that they are wasting their lives in the org and four I dont want to see anyone die from refusing blood. Im definitely not going to tell them now, probably when I turn 18. I feel if I tell them now they would take my phone and lose their shit. I feel like I have this big secret and I only told my older sister and my two "worldly" friends at school. Anyways the reaskn why I started thinking about college is because last year I took avid (college prep course) and that pushed me to consider it and now its becoming a reality. Hell I've taken the SATS once and 5 colleges have already sent me stuff about their schools. Its honestly amazing and I cant wait for the experience. I do have a job so thats cool. I just want to enjoy life and this organization doesnt allow you to. Its sad thinking about family members stuck in this life and how that was only me. Anyways what do you guys think I should do?♥️♥️♥️
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2019.05.18 23:05 Captain_Stottlemeyer [Spoilers S3E1] The American-Gilead Analysis


The following post was made to the best of my ability using information from the show, the book, and real life information available to me. All comparisons are made from real life events that could be connected to the settings of Handmaid's tale. While some comparisons or information may not be the truth revealed later in the series, or you do not agree with my input that is fine. That is your right as a viewer. This simply my personal think and comparison
There will be spelling mistakes and weirdly sentenced things, so I'm doing a double take after posting.
--Pre-Takeover--
The religious group known as "Sons of Jacob" had risen to power and popularity throughout the country with chapters located in at least 30 states. SOJ members most likely reached political or powerful government positions throughout the country due to the groups popularity and influence. In S1 E8, in a flashback we see Nick at the "Worthy Praise Career Counseling" with the business having a similar symbol to Gilead symbols. One of the original SOJ members working there, who eventually recruits Nick into the organization, is later named to be Commander Pryce, a high ranking member in the new Gilead. So the W.P.C.C business may have publicly been SOJ doing God's work and cleaning up the country to help the people get back on there feet, but also a recruiting place. Think about it; unemployed people who are down on there luck suddenly find a job and feel like they have a purpose with the group SOJ who are told they are doing God's working. Slowly paving the way for public SOJ support for Gilead. Even Ofglen #2 aka the Handmaiden bomber says " I used to get f***ed behind a dumpster just so I could buy a sixth of Oxy and a Happy Meal. I'm clean now. I've got a safe place to sleep every night and I have people who are nice to me. And I want to keep it that way." This gives an idea that for June , Lucas and Moira this new life is terrible, but for others like her. Its better then what they had before the takeover.
These members likely started Gilead foundation from within the government very slowly. We would see SOJ members be appointed to state and government positions; state attorney, senator staffer, Intelligence officers, governor. Appointments that would appear normal to the public, but was actually placing key members into positions of authority. Members were likely promoted within as well for increased authority.
Military personnel were likely members as well. Within the U.S Military we likely saw increased training exercises that seemed to focus more on seizure and less on defense , increased troop movement, non-SOJ officers would be removed from meetings, given lower security clearance. Regular troops would be encouraged to attend the public SOJ meetings at one of its many chapters to align with SOJ ideas, also be encouraged to attend Christian "Religious Services", that is if there isn’t already "Sons of Jacob" Religious services. This would help explain why there seem to be so many Guardians and those in the military that were willing to join Gilead. While there is no specific date given for the creation SOJ to the actually creation of Gilead, ranging from a few years to even 8 years. While to many this may not seem like enough time to gather enough members worthy of a full out civil war, the support for the SOJ is exacerbated by the fertility crisis. In comparison the Nazi Party it took them at least 10 years to reach 12,000 members, but had two million by 1933/4 . People were looking for an answer, a reason for this crisis. Who is to blame for our terrible birth rate and destroyed environment right now? Similar to the Weimar Republic’s economic depression and Hitler giving the stricken population somebody to point at, the Jews and the Boshloviks. Just as the Nazi party rose in popularity by giving them a purpose, so did the Sons of Jacob . Gilead would blame the fertility crisis on lesbians, gays gender traitors, and birth control; Weather or not it was true
The group “SOJ” was being investigated by the F.B.I . At least two members known to be specifically under investigation were Serena Joy and Fred Waterford. The exact extent of the investigation is unknown though SOJ was likely treated as a domestic terrorist group, similar to groups ; The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord and the KKK as they are considered radical militant christian group
--The Attack on the D.C , Levels of Government, and the President--
There is were things get bumpy due to the hazy timeline and little info about the attacks, the takeover, and the civil war. So real life comparisons will be used.
In the show Commander Waterford describes the attacks as three targets; Congress (Legislative) The White House (Executive Level), and the Supreme Court (Judicial). The attacks were in that order( S1E6) The Waterford’s were told that the plan was approved and issued order for the attacks in three weeks. Hitting the three levels of government would cripple any chance of political norm.
Lets go back almost 90 years for a history lesson.
in real life in 1933, four weeks after Hitler became the Chancellor, the Reichstag, (similar to the U.S Congress and the British Parliament) caught fire and was destroyed. The exact origins of the fire and its arsonists are still unknown to this day. The fire was blamed on a communist plot from within the government . This gave way to the“reichstag fire decree”which suspended many civil liberties such as habeas corpus, freedom of the press, and gave Hitler emergency powers . ( We all saw Star Wars and took history class, we know how this ends.)
A event known as “Night of the Long Knives” which started June 30th, 1934 and lasted three days saw all of Hitler and the Nazi Party’s enemies executed. The Gestapo, which we can compare to the Guardians, carried out the attacks all over Germany. Several important figure were killed ; "von Schleicher, the last Chancellor to Germany before Hitler, von Kahr, the former Bavarian prime minister during Hitler’s uprising in 1923, dozens of S.A members, several Reichstag members, and anyone else who could have opposed Hitler. This purge truly cemented Hitler’s power over Germany. Just as the D.C attacks would give SOJ power.
Back to Handmaids Tale, a newspaper dated September 15, 2014 titled “President's Day Massacre” is seen in S2 as an prop at the Boston Globe Newspaper.
It states the Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House were all attacked. The unnamed President took a gunshot to the chest and shoulder was taken to the Georgetown University Hospital were he died. The White House was bombed, so that means the President was either at Congress or at a unknown fourth location. In the books it was stated all the attacks were done by Islamic fanatics, but no official perpetrators are stated in the show. Though in our currently in our time, Islamic Extremists seems the most likely . Some wonder why there wasn’t a designated survivor which is only used for the State of the Union or Presidential Inaugurations and other such events. As the attacks didn’t happen during a State of the Union this explains why. Congress and the Supreme Court must have both been in session to make sure all targets were in place for the attack. Although these three locations are stated, there were most likely other individual targets across D.C; Lawyers who were at their homes, military officers who were stationed at the Pentagon, FBI & CIA directors along with other key targets who would have posed a threat to the rising Gilead government. Martial law was being declared right after the attacks came on the news with National Guard units being activated in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Chicago and other large cities.
Any survivors that miraculously ( conveniently ) missed their assassinations or weren't there that day at the attack were all most likely SOJ members. These survivors were now significantly higher on the level of government. Just as Bush JR addressed the 9/11 attacks with a national speech to the nation, so would the SOJ survivors. They would have recited a bible verse just as Bush did with Psalms 23. Something along the lines of "The fruit of our nation has been taken away from us, we shall find the villains who committed this act, with God's watchful eye protecting us we shall overcome". The surviving members would had a emergency government session and declared a national state of emergency. The nation was just attacked at the heart of its power, the people would have accepted into the new rules, no matter how totalitarian it was. Just as we did with our privates after 9/11 with the Patriot Act. The rest of the world would have given massive support. In addition is "Posse Comitatus Act" and the" Insurrection Act", which would support the legal precedence for the military to used as a domestic security force during martial law, The attacks are largely considered when SOJ truly controlled the remains of U.S. Government
So when you ask "Why did these soldiers who swore to uphold the constitution of the U.S against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same", betray the U.S?
Besides the previously mentioned high possibility that SOJ had high ranking officers in the military. The public faces of SOJ likely had outreach, youth programs, day cares, along side the WPCC. By the time SOJ starts as a community program before the creation of Gilead, that is more then enough time to grow propaganda or popularity into a kids and young adults head to enlist in the Gilead's future military .Think about it, how many pimple faced 17/18/19 year old's joined the military after 9/11 happened? The same thing must happened after the D.C Attacks, young eager Americans who just graduated high school wanting to enlist to protect their country. Just as Eden Blaine is such a true believer at 15 when she is married off. We see that she was raised to believe this by her mother, who probably just wanted the best for her daughter in this new Gilead world, We see that after the D.C attacks there is a stronger protection of children. The education system likely changed as well, with elementary and middle schools giving SOJ ideas into the children students, Don't think of Gilead's commanders in business suits taking over bases and troops, think of a Colonel or General that has been in the military since your mom was a baby.
New members of congress and other positions from each state would be nominated or chosen to replace the deceased. The time it would have take to figure who is dead, announce the new rules, decide who would run or be nominated would have taken time. The surviving members would have fast track the rest of SOJ members to replace. All of these is what they are saying in public to the american people, but in reality its all B.S. The new FBI director would have publicly stated that they are hunting down the conspirators. All while the country is still under martial law. The new government would lowered or removed foreign aid, putting in a private SOJ fund for the future Gilead government, recalled certain troops from the rest of the globe, recall one or two fleets into the U.S oceans to enforce its coastal waters to stop people from leaving and smugglers. When the fleets arrive, they replace Admirals and Commanders with SOJ supporters , The attacks didn't happen on a Monday and Republic of Gilead created on a Sunday, everything was slowly built up; supporters, popularity, laws, guardians. Three to 5 years pass until Gilead is official after the D.C attacks taking place in late 2014; according to the newspaper; with the current show time taking place around early to mid 2020s .
--The Civil War --
Just as hazy as the actually takeover, because there is no way of telling how fast events happened; month, year, 5 years.
SOJ has infiltrated the highest levels of government and the military. The laws have slowly but surely been built up to empower the Republic of Gilead. No specific date is given for when Civil War started perhaps its been 3 to 5 years, but you can guesstimate Hannah's birth, age when with parents, and when Hannah is seen again at the end of S1.
During the first American Civil War, things reached a tipping point and the nation was at war with itself. For this second civil war it is unknown if it was the actually creation and enforcement of the Handmaidens , a different important law for Gilead, or if one of the free state/s actually rose up against the rising tyrannical "U.S Government" that lead to a military revolt. The Civil War has begun, stars and stripes all over the eastern U.S are sent to the ground and replaced with the Republic of Gilead flag. Military units all over the United States would have been activated, Gilead controlled borders would have been shut down, newly formed Guardians would have been fighting police and loyalist N.G all over.
( This next bit is somewhat heavy guess work due to very little information known about the early conflict or current status of the Civil war and basing heavily off this map which can be seen on Commander Waterford's desk in S2E11/12?) Gilead most likely controlled everything east of the Mississippi River at the start of the war except for the south-east ironically known as the Bible Belt; South Carolina , George, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the other southern and south-eastern states.
Some things to know are currently
  1. 327.2 million Americans with at least 9 million living overseas as of 2019 , but again we can lower this number for H.T due to the fertility crisis.
  2. ; As of 2016 in the US there are; around 1,358,193 Active personnel for all active branches (their job is military 24/7)-with at least 450,000 overseas; stationed in Germany, Korea, Philippines and so on , and 14,000 in Afghanistan , 6-8 thousand in Iraq.
  3. Reserve personnel for reserves and National Guard around 811,000 ( They are trained for the military, but maintain civilian jobs and called be called in to active service if needed )
Just to give you a general idea of how many people could be fighting and how many Guardians there could be.
Although with the environmental problems and fertility crisis, we can expect this number to be somewhat lower because of the very little newborns to grow up and replace cycle of troops that the U.S needs every year to maintain its large troop status. Everything on the west side of the continental U.S is under the control of a new U.S Government; controlled by the governors with military support from each state's National Guard. This new US Government would recall any U.S Forces left around the globe. U.S. Forces would be setting off from Japan, Germany, the Phillipines. With the United States Forces in Korea having around 20-30,000 troops stationed there it could be iffy, if all U.S forces leave Korea that would leave South Korea heavily undermanned against a North Korea invasion. Then again, North Korea is already a nation crippled by lack of modern technology, mostly medical and farming, in the real world. So its possible North Korea is decimated by the fertility crisis and environmental problems. Leaving S.K to feel safe enough that N.K wouldn't invade even with most US forces gone from the peninsula. These U.S loyal troops would arriving all along the west coast of Californa, Oregon, and Washington (state) , traveling by any Naval units left in the region bringing along armored and aircraft units to reinforce the California front.
They would be reinforcing N.G units that likely faced heavy losses to the Guardians in the very start and early stages of the Civil War. The middle of the U.S , was likely the early defensive line set along Texas, Colorado, Montana line. Going back to the Gilead map, it appears most of the fighting is actually taking place to the south/south east and the West coast.. Most of Texas and nearly everything in Florida is in rebel controlled territory. Which is strange due to the oranges in S1 make it seem like Gilead has advanced on the conflicted territory of Florida from the "rebels". Then we look back to the map again seen at the end of S2, we see the U.S controls most of California, Oregon, and Washington state which then makes it strange in S2 when Eden offers the Guardian a strawberry "all the way from California" So Gilead is planting, farming, reaping, and transporting it all the way to the east coast while in U.S held territory? Think about those two things . Though the Commanders and the rest of Gilead call them "Rebels" we must assume Rebels are actually the U.S Military and not just resistance movements ,due to the size of the conflicts zones and Gilead not wanting to say U.S troops to give them legitimacy.) If there was a large amount of U.S military forces on the eastern U.S they likely retreated to the deep south of the U.S. If those units are not being able to be reinforced or replenished war equipment, the surviving Florida troops may have been evacuated to U.S Navy ships in the Gulf , retreated to U.S held Puerto Rico or even to the naval station in Cuba. Combative Naval Support may be limited for reasons of targets, collateral damage, or simply unable to provide naval support to U.S ground troops.
Now we turn to the North, in Season 1, June says there are American soldiers fighting with tanks in the remains of Chicago. When you look at the map again we see the northern parts of Wisconsin and Michigan are still under control of the U.S Remnant, with the rest of both states in blue stating that they are clearly in Gilead control without resistance. June's Chicago reference likely meant that at some point the U.S had control of Chicago, but was defeated by the Guardians of the Faithful. June mentions the Americans in Chicago sometime after she arrives with the Waterfords, but S1 takes place two-three years after her capture. So its possible that the fighting in Chicago had been over for quite some time.
"Maybe it was a U.S invasion of Chicago through Lake Michigan to combine the Michigan/Wisconsin front into one large battlefront?."
Nice to think that the U.S military has tried a aggressive strategy into partially reclaiming the Northern Midwest, but is unlikely due the massive damage the U.S Military has received all around. If M/W front collapses they should be able to retreat to the Canadian border and either be interned or allowed to assimilated with whatever remains of the U.S Military in Canada.
Where is NATO and U.S allies?
For those that don't know NATO ( NORTH AMERICAN TREATY ORGANIZATION) is a international alliance of 29 countries which include ; USA, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, England and so on. The initial reason for this alliance was to protect themselves against a invasion against the former Soviet Union back during the Cold War. Although NATO has been involved with humanitarian efforts and smaller conflicts like Kosovo and Libya. Article 5 states "a attack on one of us is a attack on all us". Which was to deter the Soviet Union from invading and annexing its neighbors. Article 5 has only been issued once, by the US immediately after the 9/11 attacks.
NATO maintains around 2 million active duty personnel. The main problem is that the US is the bulk NATO's military capabilities. Out of 29 member states, only 8 have reached or maintained 2 percent of its GPD (money funding). Some believe they that European allies have grown to comfortably relying on the U.S for NATO Military. So would NATO even be able to give basic logistical support to the U.S Government, let alone a full on NATO invasion of Gilead in any form?
Also the general idea for NATO and the US is that Russian would overrun the Baltic states, and reach the German border or possibly the Rhine River within nine days before the Americans could reinforce NATO -Europe which could take too long. So the idea of all of NATO's combat nations even just assembling to help America could take too long, especially if they are not maintaining its budget. Then factor in mobilizing countries that are also affected by the pollution and birth problems, then your moving weapons, equipment, ammo, food, gas, support personnel, across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada where they would have to set up staging areas all along the Canadian border into America/Gilead. Then depending on the status of Russia and China, they suddenly have a Europe empty of defense on the other side of the hemisphere. Could they really trust Russia not to invade? They are in just as much trouble and pain as the rest of the world.
In season 2, while Luke is in Little America, Ontario, Canada, he states that both Canadian and British troops have increased military exercises along the border. It's possible the military exercises are just for show. Similar to the U.S and S.K military exercises; a constant reminder to Gilead-Korea not to do something stupid or use W.M.Ds of any kind.
In comparison to real life, Canada currently has around 68,000 active personnel with around 27,000 in reserve. This is SIGNIFICANTLY lower to America's pre-civil war manpower. British Army force's likely reinforced Canada as they are a commonwealth country. The exact size of the British reinforcements are unknown. In comparison, when England sent the BEF ( British Expeditionary Force) during W.W 2 , it took them a month to send out 152,000 troops with ammo, vehicles, and supplies in France.
Now there's plans, ideas, fan fiction, thoughts and ideas from everyone on what would happen. That would just be insane from going over all of ideas on what could happen. So forget all those and only focus on my idea.
If Canada were to invade Gilead and liberate the rest of the U.S, it would be under a joint American-Canadian-British invasion force; with various combat support from other NATO allies. ACB troops would swoop down from British Columbia to reinforce the exhausted American troops along the west coast (Look back at the map) Troops would enter from Ontario-New York state border with troops from Quebec pushing south into New England / New Gilead District, as there seems to be heavy rebel fighting there already (Rebels in Blue Hills mentioned). The Quebec troops would push down to meet the Ontario troops. They would then peel off into the coast to spearhead into D.C. Canadian/ US Marines would seize Albany, New York as well as the coast of Maine.
Even with a combined Canada/ British/ American naval fleet to push on the Atlantic Ocean and liberate the coasts they would have faced heavy losses against the captured American turned Gilead fleet. Although during the early start of the war if there were Loyalist Navy members that were unable to escape with a ship or join a loyalist navy group, it is possible they scuttled the ships that were docked in ports to prevent Gilead making use of them. Similar to what happened in W.W 2 with the Vichy France
What about NUKES used in the Civil War and the Colonies?
So nukes are not to be taken lightly. Nuclear war has always been a terrible thought in everyone's head, especially during the Cold War when W.W 3 could have happened at any second. Nukes haven't been used militarily since 1945, when the U.S bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They were bombed because an American invasion of Japan could have killed over a million people; from the Americans, the zealot Japanese soldiers, and the civilians killed in the crossfire.
Currently the U.S has around 6,000 nukes, only 4,000 are active and ready to launch. Even semi General locations are Classified . We do know there are several silos in the Great Plains though. The U.S also has around 14 Ohio-Class submarines which carries a dozen nuke missiles each. There is no way of telling who is a loyalist and who is willing to join Gilead.So there could have been mutinies and infighting on ships all across the navy and missile bases across the country. If Gilead could actually use the nukes is unknown. They could be using it as a threat like North Korea does, is unwilling to use nukes, or another reason.
Full yield nuclear weapons like B-61, Titan 2, B-83 are possible reasons for the colonies, but doesn't seem likely for either side to use. If Gilead truly has pushed U.S Forces as far back as the West Coast, the U.S forces could use limited high yield missiles along the Gilead lines to push back the Guardians. Would Gilead use nukes back at them? What would the international community think of this action, even if it was a last resort, similar to Israel's plan. Now the large swaths of land are destroyed from the blast and the radiation, plus all that nuclear fallout is heading to Mexico. Now you have a city neither side can use, any potential farm land is irradiated. Things that neither side can afford if they wish to take over the Continental U.S
There are different types of weapon used for nukes : neutron (high radiation, low explosive ), atomic/fission, hydrogen. Depending on what was used and where it detonated, might be a plausible reason the wasteland/ colonies. You know what, just watch john oliver explain and get form your own idea.
When the Mexican ambassador visits Gilead and the Waterford she just says "My hometown hasn't had a child born in 6 years". She doesn't say anything along the lines of "Your nuclear fires have destroyed us even in Mexico."
We assume "The Colonies" are large swaths of land that are uninhabitable due to the radioactive waste, or fallout from the nukes. The colonies are cleaned up by women who have been sent there for their crimes. We know Emily /Ofglen and Nadine/Ofwarren were sent off to the colonies where they dig up the waste soil and thrown into bags, where they are hauled off by F.M.T.Vs. The closest known radioactive wasteland is seen below as "Arkansas nuclear one" which is a nuclear power plant. We have to assume that's not where Emily and Nadine were sent off off due to the massive distance.So its likely there are smaller radioactive/polluted lands near Boston and throughout the country.

Enjoy my terrible map markers I made in Microsoft paint

"Post"- Second American Civil War
Shout out to u/Kspence92 for making the U.S is now Taiwan comparison.
The Republic of Gilead now has control over most of the continental United States. The United States government is now in exile to Anchorage, Alaska where the new capital is set up. The 50 stars on Old Glory are now reduced to 48 hollowed stars and two normal stars; which represent the states of Alaska and Hawaii. Tens - if not hundreds of thousands of Americans are now refugees in Canada or other countries. The U.S is no longer the world's leading superpower, no longer the strongest country in the world, the world's bastion of democracy is now crumbling down on itself.
Official the S.A.C.W is still going on against the Gilead secessionists, while officially the civil war is over with only "rebels" (aka U.S Military) fighting a hopeless war. In Toronto, Canada is a neighborhood known as " Little America", a reference to the large areas of mostly Chinese neighborhoods throughout the U.S known as "China Town". In Nick and Moira's side of the story we what could have been the original U.S Consulate or just turned into location for the Americans to use. If it is the original consulate the distance is a 30 minute drive from the Pearson International Airport where the Waterford's arrive as diplomats in S2 E9. We see U.S Marines stationed there, they are called " Marine Corps Embassy Security Group ". It's possible they were originally stationed during the rising events of the Civil War and stayed as loyalists. U.S Embassies and Consulates across the globe may still be functioning, providing assistance to the Americans that were stationed or living aboard, as well as the Americans who were moved as part of the refugee program
Military strength is greatly weakened from its current 3-6 year long civil war. It's naval supremacy around the globe is now reduced to defending the West coast and its Alaskan / Hawaiian / and California sea routes. The new government consists of Governors, retired politicians who came back , and state senators who were able to flee to Canada or retreat to Alaska from California before the war reached them. This government is likely seen as the legitimate government across the globe except by nations who recognize Gilead simply as a "Screw you" to the U.S. The United Nations Building in New York is likely abandoned and being reused by Gilead. The new United Nations Assembly likely relocated to its second largest office in Geneva, Switzerland. Gilead as a nation is condemned and faces embargoes or tariffs all around. The E.U has done this as well and is hurting the Gilead economy, but it is hurting the E.U just as badly. Waterford even says " The Gilead economy will come to a crash in 6 months if the trade deal ( mexican-gilead trade ) doesn't work out"
Just before the Waterfords leave for Canada, Eden Blaine gives Nick chocolate chip cookies stating "never seen a ticket for chocolate before". This means the Mexican deal with through, and economically Gilead can continue as a nation for many years to come. Though long for the distant future?
In S2 E9, when the Waterfords are in Canada for negations, Serena Joy is approached by a man named Mark Tuello, he says he is "A representative of the United States government" . He then offers her asylum in Hawaii and to tell her story, in her own words. This is very plainly- " We give you a new home, keep you self, and you tell everyone how terrible Gilead is". Though it is unknown if he or the U.S Government is aware of the fact she was one of the key plotters for the coup. He offers her cigarettes , most likely the same brand she smoke. All of this is a clear sign of Tuello being a CIA agent trying to recruit Serena as a propaganda asset. A high ranking Commander's wife defecting would be propaganda coup for the U.S . The mere fact that John doesn't work in the semi official motto of the CIA , "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32) is clearly a missed opportunity by the show's writers.
The U.S likely maintains it seat on the Security Council and on the United Nations due its long term status as a superpower and ability to stay in the fight against Gilead. Similar right after W.W 2 , the Republic of China (ROC) continued it's civil war against the "Peoples Republic of China " ( Communists/ PRC,) . The Civil war was stopped after Japan invaded mainland China, afterwards the warlords and factions of China united as one until the Japanese were stopped. Eventually the Communists beat back the Nationalists to Taiwan, a island just of the coat of China. It wasn't until 1971 was the ROC expelled from the U.N and the PRC was officially recognized as nation. This is still a controversy to this day regarding the One China Policy and the Two Chinas.
Canada
( Personally in my opinion , this where I think things get sloppy on the wider narrative)
Although Canada allows most of the Americans as "guests", they still maintain relations with Gilead. During the Waterford visit to Canada we hear a news report say " Security was tight today at Toronto Pearson International Airport for a historic occasion. The first visit to Canada --. The identity of the official, seen here with his wife, has not been made public, nor has an agenda for the visit. Trade will almost certainly be a major topic of discussion. Our economy is still recovering from the loss of the former United States as trading partner. Another long-hoped-for-goal is calming tensions along the Canada-Gilead border. A lot of work to be done there, and today marks a promising start. A spokesperson for the American government in Anchorage expressed deep disappointment at Canada's perceived normalizing of Gilead and its controversial, even retrograde policies. The Canadian government did not respond " That night Waterford tells to Serena " We made progress this morning. Border security is on the table, maybe even extradition of illegal immigrants." We all know of course illegal immigrants are just the Marthas, Guardians, and so on, who escaped from Gilead. That same night they arrive, Nick gives Luke the package of letters that were smuggled out. That morning the Waterfords are kicked out of Canada and the talks are cancelled because of the letters. There's one single huge problem with this. Why would letters be the thing that kicks them out? We know people were trying to escape early Gilead because of its laws and you know, machine gunning protesters. People are still constantly escaping from Gilead . Moira's refugee consultant says " I go from having no one, to 14 people in one day". Moira talks to the Guardian defector who says "I was in the Army, then in a week i was a Guardian and hanging people for being "gender traitors". Moira was a Handmaid and a sex slave at Jezebels. All of these people probably gave a report of who they were before and were in Gilead, what they did, what they saw, who was killed, and how they escaped. So Canada and the rest of the world knows all the crazy war crimes in Gilead. Its like when people escape and defect to South Korea. We know Korea is terrible place, highly militarized, personality cults with the Kim family, and people disappear all the time to be killed or imprisoned in work camps. We already know all of these things , the people who escape just keep confirming what we already know. So why would letters from these people be the kill shot for the Canadian-Gilead talks?.
--If you've been reading this whole thing while using the restroom, please seek medical advice Also, I tricked you into reading my fan fiction!
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2019.03.19 18:45 anonymous20020 Employment Harassment- Employee Side

I will try to be as clear and open as possible. I won't actually say the explicit words but I will try to give hints. Please note I know that it is not illegal to be a jerk. I am just wanting to give a full picture.

I have worked at my current employer (private, financial institution with over 100 employees in the state of Georgia, Atlanta specifically) for about a year and a month (Feb. 2018). I am a 25 yo female who graduated from a prestigious college and had worked one job before coming to my current employer.

The man who approached me for this job and forwarded my resume along (we'll call him Michael for his privacy) is an owner of the firm, a manager of a different department than me and is also best friends with several other owners. He is the perpetrator in this. He cheered at the same university as I did and we're both the only few from south GA, so I thought initially we would be good co-workers with him serving as a mentor. Everything was going fine until about four months into my employment (late May). That was when my company had its annual field day. Field Day is when the whole company gathers, you're not allowed to not show up (if not, PTO will be used) and we play games like dodgeball, cornhole, etc. There is drinking at this event (only beer; event lasts from 9am-4pm). About midway through the day, Michael approaches me. He said that I should be wearing a leather two piece instead of my plain black bra (keep in mind, I was wearing a shirt so idk how he could tell that). Michael begins to tell me how hot I would look in a leather two piece, how my boobs would bounce with every step and how he bets my P***y would get wet and sticky in it. I told him to please stop. That he must be drunk and to not say that again.

I tried to let that scenario go and return to work as usual and not speak to anyone about this. I have later told HR.

Please be patient with my documentation. I did not report anything to HR until August. Looking back, I know this was a mistake. Michael has a wife and daughter so I really tried to believe the best in him. Again, he's an owner so I didn't want to piss them off by reporting this.

A month later (June sometime), he asks me to go to get drinks with him during the day. I said no because it didn't seem appropriate. After my statement, he tells me that that's stupid and that I'm not doing anything anyways. He proceeded to tell me that I am paid too much money here, I am not worth the money and I'm no fun. For about a week after this, he calls me prude, lame and stops me from going on meetings with a clients saying that I'll hurt the relationship since I don't drink (completely false. I drink PLENTY. I just didn't want to drink with him, alone).

Fast forward to August when the Ohio State abuse scandal was going on. Scene: I am at lunch in the office's break room surrounded by about 4 males and 2 females (all co-workers and one my manager). He proceeds to lecture me on how no one at this company would give a f**k if my boyfriend was abusing me. He said in fact he has pushed his wife in front of another owner and no one gave a f**k. I went to HR and reported him.

Now, I'll just listed the other things he has said to me.
Michael has said numerous times that the cheerleaders are always hot including me. That he would check us out on gamedays and that he always wanted to f**k one of us.
* That I should twirl at field day in a black, leather two-piece so that he can see my boobs bounce and what my a** looks like. (different than the previous time mentioned)
* Michael comments on my dress attire.
o That a dress makes my ass look great.
o Michael said that I should wear heels more often because they make my legs look sexy.
o Said I shouldn’t wear cardigans because I look frumpy.
o That when I wear pants I look like a lesbian.
* Michael has told me that he fucked a girl and that her pussy was wet as fuck. It felt good to put his penis in another vagina that was not his wife’s.
* He told me that him and his wife talk about who they have had sex with. Said that he asks her if his dick is larger than that guy’s. Said that he tells her who’s p***y is tighter.
* He has asked me how many guys I have fucked. When I refused to answer, he said he bets I fucked a lot of guys.
* When he found out I dated an offensive lineman, he said I like to fucked by large dudes and that he probably wrecked my pussy.
* Michael asked if I am on birth control. When I said no, he replied that means your boyfriends cums in you.

The final event that really broke my will to keep this quiet was when he groped me in the break room. It was one of those days that few people were in the office. I was heating my food in the microwave. He comes from behind me and so close to me that I can feel his hard d**k. I try moving to different areas, not saying anything. I then say stop. he continues. I pull my food out of the microwave and eat at my desk, crying. That afternoon, I tell HR for the third time. She says that she cannot control people's actions.

At this point, I obtain a lawyer consultant. I discuss my strategies with him. He says this is a he said, she said scenario which I agree with. I do not have any hard facts. I begin recording all conversations I have with management.

Within a week, HR brings me into her office where she tells me she is putting me on paid leave for three days while they do an investigation. CAN SOMEONE ENLIGHTEN ME ON WHAT THE INVESTIGATION MIGHT HAVE BEEN? I have asked everyone that sits by me and my manager if they were questioned at all while I was out. Everyone said no and they were shocked because I had told them what he did. To this day, they are still trying to say that an investigation occurred. I am calling their bluff. I don't believe anything happened.

They have given me the option of three month's pay (lump sum or bi-monthly like normal) but I have to sign a NDA and agree not to sue.

Please see the following from the president of this company:
"In previous meetings we have communicated to you that through our investigation we have not find any evidence to support the allegations you have made. We advised that you are welcome to continue to work here. You have previously stated that you do not feel safe. We want all employees to feel safe. To address this we have and continue to offer an Employment Transition Agreement.
The intent of this agreement is to provide compensation during your employment transition. We initially offered 2 months for transition and subsequently increased this to 3 months.
You have the option to sign the employment transition agreement.
You also have the option to continue to work here. We will support you as always. If you intentionally make false allegations like this in the future, we will take disciplinary actions including termination of employment."

Can someone advise what my next step should be?

I have already started interviewing at different companies. My plan right now is to leave this company without two weeks notice and without signing anything. I hope that when this happens again I can be a witness for another woman.

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2019.03.02 03:53 jbassy Sharing a v day story that happened a few weeks back

Hey ladies and readers. I wanted to share a great thing that happened to my wife and I a few weeks ago. It was the weekend after Valentine's Day, and we decided to go out of town to celebrate. I'm 3 months into my transition, and don't fully pass, but have been making an effort to transition socially in southwest Georgia. So make up, dress, heels! We went to a restaurant about 30 minutes away, and had decided to wait for a table, but sit at the bar for a drink before sitting. When we walked in, there was a noticeable silence, making me/us super nervous (more than we already were). The restaurant quickly returned to normal volume, and the bartender served us. When we were seated, a waitress came to us and greeted us as 'Ladies'. She then went on to say how awesome it was for another gay couple to be out socially (she was gay herself), and that our next round of drinks were on her. I almost cried. From then on out, it was like a normal date. Drinks, good food, great attention from the staff, and then dessert. The waitress wrote 'Love is Love' on our ticket and it's now hanging up over my make up station. We even got cat called outside of the restaurant. I haven't felt so loved, validated, and happy. Progress is real in the Deep South. Tldr - went out in full girl mode for vday with my wife, had drinks and dessert paid for because we were a brave lesbian couple
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2018.07.23 00:26 Cauterized Drew And Mike – July 22, 2018

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2018.06.13 18:07 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jun. 14, 1999

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • More bad publicity for WWF this week, as Sable quit the company and filed a $140 million lawsuit against them for sexual harassment among other things. The lawsuit couldn't have come at a worse time for WWF, which is still facing a ton of negative coverage after the Owen Hart tragedy and because they're still trying to get the pieces in place to go public and a major lawsuit isn't helpful. The issues have been going back for months and became somewhat public before the Royal Rumble, when Sable didn't want to wrestle a strap match against Luna, claiming she wasn't trained as a wrestler and was never signed to be one and didn't like doing it. At one point, she and Marc Mero both asked for their releases but they smoothed things over temporarily. Sable got a lot of heat for not wanting to wrestle since she was the women's champion. She also refused to wrestle on house shows or TV but was willing to wrestle on PPV since there's a lot of money to be made working those shows, which didn't exactly endear her to management or the rest of the locker room. She basically wanted the same contract that major WCW stars have: only work when she wants to, not do house shows, etc. In the WWF, not even Steve Austin has that sort of deal. WWF put up with it because she was so popular but it was becoming a problem more and more. Sable made an estimated $1 million last year through her Playboy and TV Guide magazine covers and her VHS tape that WWF put out which was a huge seller. But it led to a lot of resentment because a lot of people felt she got too full of herself. People in the company argued that there are a lot of beautiful women in the world, many who are better actors and athletes than Sable, and that she was only popular because WWF marketed her to be so. It's also felt that she only got her push because Sunny self-destructed. Sunny was seen as the more marketable of the two women, but she didn't want to go along with some of the more risque stuff that WWF wanted her to do, while Sable was fine with it, so she became the #1 woman in the company while Sunny ended up getting fired.
  • The problems with Sable actually go back more than a year, to WWF Unforgiven 1998. At that show, she wrestled Luna in a bra and panties match and when the PPV buyrate came in surprisingly high, Sable felt she deserved an equal payoff to what Steve Austin made, claiming she was equally as responsible for the buyrate, if not more, which got her a lot of heat in the locker room. In her defense, the next month's PPV (which had the same Austin/Mankind main event and without the promise of Sable being stripped to her underwear did a much lower buyrate, so she may have had a point). The famous body paint bikini PPV also did a huge buyrate which she took credit for. During 1998, Sable wasn't really a TV ratings draw, but leading up to her Playboy issue earlier this year, she actually became one of the biggest TV ratings draws in the entire business, with her segments doing huge numbers. She didn't want to drop the title and by then, it was clear to everyone in WWF that her days were numbered, so they got her to agree to drop it to Debra in a dumb non-match on Raw where Debra "won" by being stripped of her clothes. Sable had requested to drop the title at a house show but Vince threatened to hold her in breach of contract if she didn't show up to do it on TV. Sable still refused and showed up to the show with her lawyers and that's when they worked out the Debra match. They even wrote out a handwritten contract for the match which both sides signed:
Sable/WWF handwritten agreement before she lost the Women's title
"Notwithstanding any agreement between us and because we disagree about the fashion I would lose my belt, and because of my concerns of humiliation and safety, it is agreed that I appear tonight solely upon your contractual assurances that I will not lose my gown nor wrestle, and that the girl with whom I am interfacing agrees with her role. My appearance in Manchester shall be no more then parading in the ring and shall not include wrestling. I agree to make a scheduled personal appearance outside the ring, otherwise, I will have complete hiatus from the WWF until May 23rd, at which time we hope to have our contractual concerns resolved. Until such time, neither I nor the WWF, its employees or subcontractors shall speak disparagingly about the other scripted or unscripted."
  • After getting the title off her, WWF cancelled her future promotional appearances and pulled all her merch. On her last day with the company, backstage at the No Mercy PPV in England, someone smeared human shit all over her bags in the dressing room, which Sable later claimed should allow her to get out of her contract and keep her merchandising rights and the rights to the Sable name.
  • WWF was involved in getting the first Playboy deal for Sable, making sure it coincided with Wrestlemania. Sable initially turned it down, but when the money offer got raised, she agreed to it. Sable has another Playboy issue coming out in a few months and this time, she made the deal all on her own without going through the WWF. Needless to say, they weren't happy about that and threatened to use legal means to stop the issue from coming out if they weren't going to get their cut (since the whole reason the first issue sold so well is because WWF pushed it endlessly on TV). At that point, Sable and Marc Mero both asked for their release. WWF was willing to give Mero a full release (meaning he could go work in WCW if he wanted) but they wanted to enforce a non-compete clause on Sable meaning she couldn't show up for any other promotion for the remainder of her contract (until Aug. 2001) and she wouldn't be able to use the name Sable. Her lawyers have been fighting that point and part of the lawsuit is her attempt to keep the name Sable, since that's her whole public identity and nobody knows who "Rena Mero" is.
  • Sable's lawsuit claims that "the WWF controls its performers through carefully designed programs of intimidation and humiliation, including scripted sexual provocation (in and out of the ring), and staged stunts that are inherently dangerous under contracts that absolve the WWF of all responsibility." It also says WWF repeatedly asked her to have her breasts exposed on TV in a "scripted mistake" which she refused. She said Vince called her a "prima donna" and said they would move on to the next woman in the company. The lawsuit goes through Sable's entire tenure in the company, saying that when Rena Mero accompanied her husband to a contract meeting in March of 1996, Vince McMahon told her he was struck by her beauty and suggested she should appear as a valet with the company and she ended up signing a deal around the same time her husband did. A year later, Vince asked her to wrestle, which she was hesitant to do because she wasn't trained and because of the health risks of bumping with breast implants. She said she expressed concerns about drug use in the company and about the risque product and wanted to limit her wrestling appearances to pursue acting, and says McMahon was agreeable. In 1998, she says Jim Ross put a new contract in front of her, demanding she sign and she said she wanted to consult a lawyer first, but Ross demanded she sign immediately. She says she was lied to when Vince told her he would enforce the drug policy and that they didn't let her pursue acting jobs as promised.
  • She also claimed the company placed her in dangerous and morally compromising situations. She claimed male wrestlers would routinely walk into the women's dressing room "by accident" and that they would cut holes in the walls to watch the women dressing. The wrestlers also had "big nipple contests" and bragged about sexual encounters with women in the company. Sable was also asked to do a lesbian angle which she refused. She said that some wrestlers, in a "roid rage", threatened to physically harm her, including a specific allegation of a wrestler threatening to bite her face to ruin her career, and says WWF officials did nothing to stop the abuse and in fact participated in it. Her and other female wrestlers were told to engage in a sexually provocative manner that often made her uncomfortable. She also objected to things that Jerry Lawler and Shawn Michaels said about her on commentary: "Do you think she is horizontally accessible?" "She is accessible every which way from what I hear." And while holding the mic, "She certainly seems comfortable with that microphone up at her mouth like that." She says this violated the hand-written agreement that she wouldn't be disparaged on TV. All in all, she wants $10 million in loses from not being able to pursue acting as she was promised, another $10 million for the comments on TV, another $10 million for unsafe working environment, another $10 million because the environment caused her emotional distress, causing her to leave work and miss out on paydays, and another $10 million for emotional distress. Plus a lot of other shit that all comes up to $140 million. Dave says some of these allegations are silly but some of them have merit. That being said, $140 million is way over the top and Dave points out that she profited greatly from willingly exploiting her body for the company and went along with it for years and only seemed to have a problem with it after they started pushing Debra ahead of her (because she was less demanding). That being said, obviously no one should have to put up with the kind of sexual harassment mentioned in this lawsuit and just because she posed for Playboy doesn't mean the WWF should expect her to expose her breasts on live TV or in front of a crowd.
  • Vince McMahon's choice to air footage of wrestlers arriving at Owen Hart's funeral against the wishes of the Hart family has caused a lot of controversy. Martha Hart told the Calgary Sun she felt exploited by it and that she had asked McMahon directly several times not to air any video from the funeral. Also, she was angry because when she got to the funeral home on that day, the WWF had a big sign with a heart that said "Owen Hart" and had a big WWF logo on the side. Finally, she said that WWF did not pay for the funeral. Vince McMahon responded in the Calgary Sun a few days later, saying, "For the record, giving Martha Hart the benefit of the doubt in her time of grieving, I spoke to Martha after the death of Owen on approximately five occasions. At no time during any conversations did she ask me to not show footage from Owen's funeral. However, in fairness to Martha, she did indicate to Carl DeMarco (President of Titan Promotions--Canada, and, longtime Hart family friend) at one time, that she would prefer that the World Wrestling Federation not show the funeral footage. However, in a subsequent conversation, DeMarco explained to Martha that since she invited all other media to the funeral service and even to the burial, it would only be appropriate that the WWF show footage of Owen's funeral so that Owen's fans could say goodbye. Giving Martha Hart the benefit of the doubt, she may have forgotten that she changed her mind and addressed the situation with DeMarco and not me. I don't know why Mrs. Hart would publicly raise the issue of who paid for Owen's funeral. It was the WWF's expressed intention to Rob Wintonick of the McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home to pay for all funeral expenses. However, unbeknown to us, Mrs. Hart directed the funeral home that she would pay certain expenses. Incidentally, the WWF also paid for items such as: Limousine services, transportation of the body, flowers, service folders, video screen, public address system, buses, signage for buses, arm bands, catering, housekeeping, lawn cleanup, ladies and men's clothing, sunglasses, hairdressing, obituaries, a Canadian flag. The WWF also paid $152,200 U.S. for transportation expenses for WWF talent and personnel. Also, your article stated that Mrs. Hart instructed our flowers to be removed from the funeral home. Enclosed please find a rendering from our creative department to the local florist. In the funeral home, our flowers were indeed present. However, the WWF logo had been removed and Owen's initials, OH, stood in its place. I can only assume this was at Mrs. Hart's request. It is unfortunate that Mrs. Hart feels violated in any way, although her grief, which we share, is understandable. Out of respect for Owen and the wonderful human being that he was, I do not want to engage Martha Hart's allegations in a public form. I simply am writing so that you will have the facts."
  • Needless to say, Dave thinks the letter, especially making a point to list everything they paid for, comes across as extremely tacky and further gives the impression that WWF is trying to save face in the wake of negative publicity. The war of words continued the next day, with Martha saying, "Vince McMahon can say whatever he likes but I know the truth. I said 'I have no control over your matches, but I don't want you to show Owen's funeral on your crappy show'--that's exactly what I said to him." She was especially outraged at Vince's suggestion that she may have just forgotten that she gave them permission. "Owen died in the ring and they were almost mad because they couldn't wait to scrape him off the mat and get on with the show. When the accident happened, I was very decent to Vince McMahon and he said, 'I can't believe you're talking to me.' Everything he did, he did for his own self-serving interests; having the wrestlers here so he could show them on his show; getting speakers so the wrestling fans could hear the service--things like that."
  • Kansas City police revealed that there were no signs of drugs or alcohol in Owen's body and the harness that dropped him was tested and showed no signs of being tampered with and seemed to be functioning properly. It's now confirmed that Owen fell 91 feet and hit the corner ropes before bouncing in the ring. He did not die on impact, but he died about 6 minutes later and was already dead by the time they took him out of the ring. The cause of death was internal bleeding due to a ruptured aorta, which led to him bleeding to death internally extremely quickly. Owen was actually scheduled to win the IC title from the Godfather in the match and would have been a comedic champion. The "Higher Power" angle that they're doing on Raw now with Steve Austin was scheduled to have started later that night on the PPV but they scrapped it after Owen's death and delayed it for a week or two. Dave ends this part by saying that this is without a doubt the biggest story in the history of American wrestling.
  • WCW has announced the signings of rapper Master P and former NBA player Dennis Rodman. In the case of Master P, he's currently the biggest star in rap these days and just started a sports agency called No Limit Sports. He's expected to debut at the Nitro next week in the New Orleans Superdome and will also appear at a Nitro next month at the Georgia Dome. Word is Master P has been bragging that he will sell out both buildings. Not a chance. Master P's bodyguard, a guy named Swoll wants to be a wrestler and Master P is trying to help him out. Several people in WCW urged Bischoff to sign them before WWF could.
  • As for Dennis Rodman, he was just recently released by the Los Angeles Lakers and is basically unemployed now and seems ready to get out of basketball. Last year, Rodman headlined Bash at the Beach with Hogan, DDP, and Karl Malone and the show was the 2nd biggest PPV in WCW history. But despite being paid $2.25 million for that event, Rodman no-showed the Nitro 6 days before it and then showed up to the PPV in no condition to perform. And then, while the show was going on, he left the arena and WCW officials were panicking, not knowing if he was going to come back in time for the main event. Following the PPV, Rodman sued WCW for another $550,000 he felt he was owed. But that lawsuit was settled as part of this new deal and Rodman has signed a 5-show deal with WCW and will appear at the Georgia Dome Nitro and Bash at the Beach and Road Wild PPVs, along with a couple of other unannounced TV appearances. Speaking of Rodman, since being dropped by the Lakers, he's been a defendant in 2 lawsuits in Las Vegas. One is a woman suing him for assault and another woman is accusing him of grabbing her breast.
  • Wanna guess who won the ratings battle again this week? Anyway, the highest rated segment of Raw was Debra in a bikini, which shows that Sable clearly isn't going to be missed. Raw more than doubled Nitro's rating (6.68 compared to 3.16).
  • Keiji Muto is the current IWGP champion and Dave says that he might be the best all around heavyweight wrestler in the business right now (crazy to think he was still that good in 1999 but that was the end of it. His body starts to fail miserably within the next year). Anyway, after a recent title defense in NJPW, he issued a challenge to both Misawa and Kawada, so clearly the NJPW/AJPW angle is still unfolding.
  • To show how bad things are in Japan right now, NJPW held a show at Budokan Hall and failed to sell out the building, despite a packed lineup and the return of Shinya Hashimoto (in his first match back since getting wrecked by Ogawa back in January).
  • Vince McMahon's scheduled appearance on Larry King this week was cancelled. According to WWF sources, McMahon was "uninvited" on the day the show was supposed to air. After Vince McMahon was bumped, he was replaced by Jesse Ventura who spoke mostly about wrestling. Ventura tried to downplay Owen Hart's death, comparing it to an accident on a construction site. He talked about his lawsuit against McMahon a few years ago but also praised McMahon as a great marketer. He said wrestlers should unionize but disagreed that they were underpaid. He also balked at the idea that wrestlers are independent contractors and said they should have retirement benefits and collective bargaining. He talked about Hogan ratting him out on the unionizing talks back in 1986 and talks about how he didn't know it was Hogan until several years later when McMahon testified to it in court during their lawsuit.
  • Tammy Sytch did an online auction where she sold the implants she had in her breasts while she was in WWF. She's gotten new ones since then so these are the old ones. They ended up going for $11,999 dollars. (dude....what?)
  • Terry Funk beat Sabu at an indie show in Canada and announced that it was his retirement match. Dave says Funk has given more to the business than anyone and will be in pain for the rest of his life because of it. But he's also in his mid-50s and Dave says it's definitely time for him to hang it up. But he also says this is probably the 50th "retirement match" Funk has had since he first "retired" back in 1983 so...we'll see (of course not).
  • Now that the ECW deal with TNN seems to be imminent, the locker room morale in ECW has gotten a lot better since it means the company is no longer in danger of folding at any moment. The deal hasn't been officially announced yet but it's expected to be done in a week or two and TNN is already selling ads for the show, projecting it will do a 2.0 rating. TNN took a big hit last year on the RollerJam show because they sold ads projected at 2.5 and the show ended up averaging 0.8. But ECW is expected to have a lot more appeal than RollerJam. It'll be interesting to see how it goes because ECW is going to have to tone down the product (blood will still be allowed) but they're also going to have to do more shows (4-5 per week) which is a busier schedule than ECW has ever done (ECW on TNN never even comes close to a 2.0 but we'll spend the next year reading all about that).
  • New Jack was found not guilty on 2 counts (aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon) in the trial over the Mass Transit incident. In his testimony, the victim Eric Kulas testified that he was told he was going to face 2 dwarfs in a handicapped match but was instead put in the ring against New Jack, claiming it was an ambush and that he feared for his life. That testimony was contradicted by virtually every other witness who testified, saying Kulas knew what the match was and had agreed to be bladed well in advance. Of course, New Jack cut him far too deep causing massive blood loss and 50 stitches to close the cut. Tommy Dreamer testified that he was with Kulas for most of the night and that even after the match, Kulas had asked him if he'd proven himself and if he could get a job with ECW. Anyway, now that he's been acquitted, Heyman still intends to use New Jack, but not full-time.
  • Neither Chris Candido or Tammy Sytch were at the latest ECW shows and appear to be gone again. Axl Rotten also no-showed a show and is apparently fired. And, of course, Sid Vicious missed a recent show, no reason given, but it's Sid so you know how that goes.
  • WCW Nitro notes: it was a weird show and not entirely G-rated. Bischoff did commentary for the first hour and was dropping weird shoot comments all over the place, which he also did last week. He called Chastity "a well-known movie star." He also tried to spoil the reveal of Raw's "Higher Power" storyline, telling fans that it would be Vince McMahon. Raw was a live show, not taped, so Bischoff actually didn't know and was just making an educated guess, and lucky for him he was right. He also referenced Sable's lawsuit against WWF. They had a bit where Kevin Nash brought a duffel bag to the ring and it was sitting there behind Randy Savage during his promo. But then a contortionist got out of the bag behind him and dumped a bucket of poop on his head. It was almost a disaster because the lady in the bag was struggling with the zipper and almost couldn't get out. Bischoff pushed Benoit hard on commentary. After Bischoff left commentary, Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan goofed off for the rest of the show, laughing through other people's matches and not paying attention which Dave seems to find outright disrespectful. They gave Buff Bagwell a chance with the big boys, putting him in a back and forth promo with Roddy Piper, and Bagwell totally couldn't hang. Anyway, word is Bagwell is in line for a big push which Dave thinks is just swell since Bagwell is yet another guy who doesn't work house shows. And they did an angle where somebody in a Humvee ran into a limo with Kevin Nash inside. Afterwards, everybody used their low, serious voices, which is pretty piss poor timing so soon after the Owen thing. On the WCW website after the show, Eric Bischoff hinted that Sable was the driver. After making a huge deal about his debut last week, Tank Abbott wasn't even on the show this week. Neither was Jericho, who was there and just not used, probably since he's already got 1 foot out the door.
  • Ted Dibiase, who is still under WCW contract, was asked to come in as a manager for Van Hammer, Erik Watts and Evan Karagis (doesn't happen).
  • WCW has expressed interest in bringing in both Sid Vicious and Shane Douglas. They're expected to meet with both of them in the next week or so. Bischoff is the one who wants Douglas, but Nash (the booker) doesn't want him around so it'll be interesting to see how that goes. They're also still interested in bringing in Yokozuna for some stupid reason, even though he's banned from wrestling by every state that has an athletic commission, so Dave doesn't see the purpose.
  • Goldberg had knee surgery and will be out until late July. He's still trying to renegotiate his contract.
  • On the WWF side, Mick Foley also had both knees scoped and will be out until late-July as well. Undertaker is dealing with back issues and arthritis in his hip. Gangrel's elbow is inflamed and has been drained several times.
  • The new WWF schedule will have 4 shows per week, Saturday-thru-Tuesday. One Sunday a month will be PPVs, the others will be house shows. Monday will be a live Raw and Tuesdays will be Smackdown tapings. Sunday Night Heat is going to be changed and be taped the week before or may become a recap show (I believe this is basically the same schedule they still do today. Although it will likely have to change starting next year when Smackdown moves to Fox).
  • Raw notes: Bob Holly beat Kurt Angle in a dark match and word is Angle looks good in the ring and is ready to debut any day. They had a hard time putting out the fire for the Brood's entrance and it briefly caused a minor panic with the crew off-camera. Test asked Stephanie McMahon out on a date. "Those two need to go to acting school on their date," Dave says. Rodney and Pete Gas lost a loser-leaves-WWF match a few weeks ago, but they were back this week without any explanation given, which is some WCW-level shit. Too Much has been repackaged as a team called Too Cool which is basically a spoof of the Konnan/Mysterio team in WCW (eh, I dunno about that one).
  • Insane Clown Posse was supposed to return to WWF this week but it didn't happen for some reason. Their new album "The Amazing Jeckel Brothers" just debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts, selling nearly 141,000 copies the first week. Woop woop.
  • The negotiations between Shane Douglas and WWF fell apart. Basically, they made him an offer and wanted him to take a complete physical and a drug test because a lot of people told them that Douglas was damaged goods. His agent came back with a demand for $350,000 per year, and WWF basically said, "fuck that" and pulled their offer.
  • A man in Tennessee was sentenced to 10 days in jail for wearing a Steve Austin shirt in court. He was there on DUI charges and the judge decided wearing the shirt was contempt of court. The man's lawyer is appealing it, saying the judge overstepped his authority.
FRIDAY: Hart family files lawsuit against WWF over Owen Hart's death, Sable appears on WCW Nitro, Great American Bash fallout, and more...
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2018.06.11 19:53 nancyspungenismyhero Colonial Parkway Murders

Introduction
Longtime lurker here, and this will be my first post. I apologize in advance if I make any formatting errors or mistakes. This post gets a bit long, but I wanted to provide a comprehensive detail of the murders/investigation. Be easy on me!
Growing up in Hampton Roads, Virginia has led me to a pervasive interest in the paranormal and unresolved mysteries from a young age. One of the most infamous murders in this area is the Colonial Parkway Murders. Most believe that this series of murders took the life of four couples between the years of 1986-1989. Unfortunately to the friends and families of these victims, these cases remain unsolved. Many leads have been followed, and many theories abound- however, LE seems to be in the exact same position they were in the late 80’s- nowhere further to finding the killer.
Victims
Couple One: October 9th, 1986- Cathleen Thomas (27) U.S. Naval Academy Graduate Class of 1981 and Stockbroker & Rebecca Ann Dowski (21) College of William & Mary Senior
Victims were last seen on the evening of October 9th, 1986 as Rebecca prepared to go home for the small three day weekend break from school. Cathleen’s 1980 Honda Civic was originally spotted by a jogger on October 12th at the Cheatham Annex Overlook along the Colonial Parkway. Rebecca was found in the backseat of the car, and Cathleen was found in the backseat under the hatchback. Both women were fully clothed and there was no sign of sexual assault. Purses and money were also found inside the car leading LE to believe that robbery was not the motive.
Since the murders actually happened on federal property, the case became FBI jurisdiction and autopsies and further investigation led to some interesting finds. Nylon ligature burns were found on their necks and wrists, signs of strangulation, throats slashed, and diesel fuel poured all over their bodies and car. The killer was unable to ignite the flame, so LE theorized that is why the car had been pushed over the bluff and out of the view of travelers and joggers. Throats had been slashed in a left to right motion, implying the murderer may have been right-handed. There was a 3-inch piece of rope bounding the neck of one of the victims between the collar and the neck. Cathleen had apparently struggled in the scuffle because there was a clump of hair found in her hands. To top it off 150 latent fingerprints were found in the car that could not be matched to any person in the FBI database.
Couple Two: September 22nd, 1987 David Knobling (20) & Robin Edwards (14)
According to witnesses, David picked Robin up from home around midnight and went to go see the movie Dragnet with some friends. You may have noticed the huge age difference between the pair, but Robin looked older than the average 9th grader and was known for dating older men. On September 19th, David’s black Ford Ranger pick-up truck was found in the parking area of a wildlife refuge in Smithfield, Virginia (22 miles from the nearest entry point to Colonial Parkway) with windshield wipers and radio still on. In the car, LE found a pair of men and women’s underwear, and a pair of women’s shoes. The odd state of the car had families and LE fearing the worst. Unfortunately, the bodies of the couple were found on September 23rd by a jogger named Louis Ford on the Ragged Wildlife Refuge on the water’s edge of the James River.
Both victims had been shot in the back of the head, however, media never stated the caliber of the gun used in the crime. Most experts lean to the possibility of a .38, .32, or a .357 used. No shell casings were found and some believe a revolver could have been the murder weapon. Robin was found with her jeans unbuttoned and no shoes on. In the case of this murder, Robin’s wallet and presumably the money inside it were actually missing. Since the Ragged Wildlife Refuge is state property, this case was taken over by the State Police.
Couple Three: April 9th, 1988- Cassandra Lee Hailey (18) & Richard "Keith" Call (20) were classmates at Christopher Newport College (Now, Christopher Newport University)
Cassandra and Keith (the name he went by), who were on a first date together, were last seen leaving a party in University Square in Newport News at 1:30 am. On April 10th, Keith’s red 1982 Toyota Celica was found, unoccupied, with the driver’s side door open and keys still in the ignition in the York River Overlook on the Colonial Parkway. Keith’s father, Richard stated he saw his son’s car on the way to work the following day, pulled over and glanced through the car. When he looked inside the vehicle nothing seemed to be amiss and there were no clothes located inside. He went to work, concerned but thought the young couple may have walked down to the nearby beach for a romantic walk.
However, when LE contacted him later about his son’s abandoned car some personal articles were found inside: a woman’s purse, a man’s watch, a pair of glasses, car keys, and Keith’s wallet with $12 inside. Kassandra’s wallet was missing, as well as the money inside. Undoubtedly, this sudden emergence of items was concerning for his father as he did not notice a single one of them on his morning commute. To this day, their bodies have not been located and they are presumed dead. Since the crime happened on Colonial Parkway, this case was also under the jurisdiction of the FBI. They were able to pull fingerprints from Keith’s car. The family of this couple feels that the car was dropped off on Colonial Parkway since neither of two victims frequented this road or used it to travel from Newport News to Yorktown.
Couple Four: September 5th, 1989- Annamaria Phelps (18) & Daniel Lauer (21)
Daniel Lauer was moving from his hometown in Amelia County, to live with Annamaria and her boyfriend at their new place in Virginia Beach. They were last seen right before 11 pm on the 4th as they began their trek. On September 5th, Daniel’s tan 1972 Chevrolet Nova was found heading the wrong direction (moving west, while Virginia Beach is east) at the New Kent rest stop. The car itself was found parked near the parking area designated for big rigs heading toward the ramp, halfway on the shoulder and halfway on the road. LE was immediately concerned about the state of the abandoned vehicle and found that the car had driven over weeds in a field, or dirt forest roads. Annamaria’s wallet was missing and the killer had left her personal roach clip with feathers hanging from the rearview mirror. A signal that her family took as an insult.
Bodies of the two victims were found on October 19th, 1989 in New Kent County by two deer hunters in the woods near the rest stop where the car was last located, about 1.25 miles away. This area is approximately 30 miles from the I-64 ramp to Colonial Parkway. When the weeds found on the underbelly of the car had been tested, the weeds and dirt matched where the bodies were located. The hunters had come across a blanket in the woods and when they moved them they found two skeletons. At least one of the badly decomposed bodies appears to have suffered knife wounds, with definitive scoring on the bones of Annamaria.
Popular Theories
Theory 1: That all of these murders are connected by the same murderer. A psychic named Pam Coronado stated she felt another couple murder could be connected to the Colonial Parkway Murders- Mike Margaret & Donna Hall.
Mike and Donna were long-time sweethearts who lived in the trendier portion of West End Richmond. There were last seen at an intimate gathering of friends on August 17th, 1984 at about 11:45 PM when they left. They told their families that they planned to go camping for the weekend. When they did not return Sunday evening, their families filed missing person reports. Some family members prayed they chose to elope. On Tuesday, August 21st 1984, a retired dentist was walking his dog behind the King’s Crossing Apartments off Gaskins Road when he noticed a Jeep backed into a depression off the trail. The passenger side door was found open, keys in the ignition, ashtray open, and a bandana found hanging from the rearview mirror, and another tied loosely around the clutch. Two suitcases were found in the back with a paper bag full of clothing. He quickly noticed what could be dried blood on the passenger side seat and became concerned. He walked behind the Jeep and came across a foul smell and saw a checkered blue and red blanket about 20 feet away. There he discovered the bodies of Mike and Donna. Donna did not have on shoes and they could not be located in the crime scene, and no defensive wounds. No drugs were found at the crime scene, and three cigarettes had been smoked, a bottle of beer drank, and they were scattered in a line on the ground.
They has been drugged with Demerol, and their throats had been slit. According to the coroner, Mike and Donna has died between 1-2:00 am on August 18th. Three DNA blood profiles were found at the scene including Mike, Donna’s and an unidentified third. This person had a Type A blood profile and their blood was not splattered, but dropped all over the car as if the killer was searching for something. If this is connected to the Colonial Parkway Murders, it would actually be the first known murder, proceeding Cathleen and Rebecca by two years.
Theory 2: Detective Spingola believed that the murders could be the work of multiple killers- especially the murder of Cahtleen Thomas and Rebecca Ann Dowski. He believes that the Thomas and Dowski murder could be connected to the Shenandoah murders of Lollie Winans and Julie Williams who had their throats slashed in the Shenandoah National Park. Located 180 miles west of the Colonial Parkway. He theorizes that these two murders could be the work of a serial killer targeting lesbian couples.
On May 19th, 1996 Lollie, Julie, and a golden retriever named Taj entered the Shenandoah National Forest to spend two weeks camping. They were last seen on May 24th by a camp ranger who, after renewing their camping permits, dropped them both off at the Stony Man parking lot at about 5:30 pm. Lollie was expected back on June 1st for a friend’s wedding, and Julie was to return to work a few days before that. When they did not arrive, a search was initiated by William’s father on May 31st. On June 1st, their bodies were discovered by park rangers near the Skyline Lodge. Their wrists were bound and their throats had been slashed in a left to right fashion- Much like Cathleen and Rebecca. One of the women was found 30-40 feet from the tent in their sleeping bag, mouth covered in duct tape, wrists bound with cloth, and throat slit. The other was found inside the tent in her night clothes, mouth gagged, wrists and ankles bound with duct tape, and throat slipped. Neither women had been sexually assaulted or robbed.
Fret not animal lovers, Taj was originally missing. However, in the proceeding days Taj was found wandering around Whiteoak Canyon unharmed.
At one time Darrell Rice, a known woman-hater local to the area was a suspect in Lollie and Julie’s murders was put on trial for his possible involvement. He was seen inside the Shenandoah National Forest earlier that week, but was not there after May 26th, and coroners believed the women had been murdered the 28th-29th. His DNA also did not match the hair stuck to the duct tape or used in the cloth bindings.
Theory 3: Some investigators believe that the murderer(s) could be someone affiliated with the FBI, Virginia State Police, National Park Service Ranger, or the CIA. Pat Brown felt this way based off all the victims’ windows being partly rolled down. Something a person would do naturally if they were pulled over by LE.
Fred Atwell (now 70), deputy at the time of the initial slayings has been a person of interest for some time. At one point over 80 crime scene photos were illegally released to instruct future FBI photographers and Atwell was the one to discover this oversight. Many even viewed him as a hero. Unfortunately, the families of the victims have differing experiences with him. Stating he is obsessive over the murders and none to insert himself into private and intimate situations with the victims’ families. In September 2011, he was arrested in Gwinnett County, Georgia for robbing a woman by gunpoint, less than $100 stolen.
Questions for Discussion
  1. As you can tell from the provided information, 2 of the 4 initial murders did not happen on Colonial Parkway at all. Do you think they are all related, why or why not?
  2. I noticed all the murders (outside of Robin and Keith’s) happened on holiday weekends. What is the significance there?
  3. Robin and Keith’s murder was the only one in which a gun was used as a weapon. Why were they considered to be related? 4.Sometimes I wonder whether the moniker I-64 Murders would make a bit more sense. Thoughts?
  4. I personally do not feel Mike and Donna’s murders are connected. Both of them were known for recreational drug use. Could their murderer have been searching for drugs of some kind?
  5. Cathleen, Rebecca, Lollie, and Julia were the only victims who did not have their wallets stolen and throats slit in the left to right motion. Does that only further strengthen the theory that these two murders are related?
  6. Do you think Fred Atwell is a strong suspect in the murders?
Sources:
http://www.thequesterfiles.com/the_phantom_of_colonial_parkwa.html http://wtvr.com/2015/08/05/16-things-to-know-about-the-brutal-1984-murder-of-a-west-end-couple/ https://pilotonline.com/image_14f03a99-cf6e-5f22-8c87-b6ba935bf5de.html
Edited: Typos and name used for Richard "Keith" Call
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2018.03.14 06:44 PurpleGato42 In light of the controversy surrounding The Fabulous Moolah and her life, I decided to find everything I could on the subject and typed up this 6,000 word super post listing every terrible thing that Moolah has ever done with videos, interviews, quotes, and different sources to back everything up.

In the previous days following the WWE announcing a battle royal at WrestleMania in honor of The Fabulous Moolah, there's been a lot of talk surrounding The Fabulous Moolah and her life. And a lot of this has been outrage. With this, however, came a counter group that grew out of this talk, almost like a tumor, and, in this case, this group has claimed that Moolah did nothing wrong and that everything thrown her way has been nothing but hearsay with no definite proof.
And this is fucking stupid.
See, I've always had a fond place in my heart for The Fabulous Moolah similar to how there’s a fond place for Moolah in hell, and despite literal decades of proof and first hand experience on why Moolah is absolute dolt, the notion of this group coming out of the woodwork of Wreddit and shouting "fake news!" at it all is a little mind boggling. So, right now, at 3:12 am on a Monday night, I decided to take it up myself and start listing literally every single bit and piece I have on exactly what people have been saying about Moolah for the past forty years.
Just as a warning, this post is

LONG

because this is the laundry list of scandals throughout Moolah’s life. I’ll make sure to have a TL;DR at the end, but just know this takes time and I’m running out of coffee.
I'm gonna start this off with a lovely summary that does touch on most of the scandals throughout Moolah's career, and this'll almost be a TL;DR of sorts. I'm going to explain a lot of these in thorough depth, but this summary is here for you if you want the rough outline:
Over the years, various female wrestlers have come forward with stories accusing Ellison (Fabulous Moolah's real name) of being a pimp that often provided various wrestling promoters with unsuspecting female wrestlers that would be used as sex objects. One of the most notorious accusations is from the family of Sweet Georgia Brown (Susie Mae McCoy). McCoy, who was trained and booked by Ellison and her then-husband Buddy Lee, told her daughter that she was often raped, given drugs and made an addict in an intentional attempt by Ellison and Lee to control her. Ida Martinez, who wrestled during the 1960s, also recalls that many of the regional promoters “demanded personal services” before they would pay the female wrestlers.
In a 2002 interview, Luna Vachon claimed that when she was sixteen years old and training at Ellison's camp, Ellison sent her out of state to be photographed by an older man. Although she remained clothed during the photo shoot, Vachon stated she felt taken advantage of by Ellison and the older man. Vachon also stated that her aunt, Vivian Vachon, witnessed Ellison abusing alcohol and having sex with her female trainees.
Sandy Parker, a lesbian former pupil of Ellison's, also claims that Ellison forbade her from going to any gay bars and tried to press her to date men. Parker says this enranged her, because "(Moolah) was two faced because she had her own little dalliances that we all knew about."
As well as allegedly exploiting female wrestlers sexually, Ellison has been accused of using her financial influence to control the women's wrestling scene and ensure that other women did not gain greater recognition. In addition to being a key participant in the original screwjob on Wendi Richter, Ellison used her influence to take over the spot originally held by her protégé Mad Maxine on the animated series Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling. Maxine was about to receive a big push by Vince McMahon but left the WWF shortly afterwards, as Ellison was unwilling to provide her with additional bookings. Numerous other former trainees defected from Ellison after growing tired of sharing their paychecks with Ellison. Women wrestlers including Vivian and Luna Vachon, Ann Casey, and Darling Dagmar moved into other regions where Ellison had less control and negotiated their own payouts with promoters.
Both Judy Martin and Leilani Kai told in later interviews that Moolah would collect the women wrestler's pay from promoters, and after taking out her own pay, would only give the girls half of the money they were owed (keeping half of their pay for herself, plus her own pay) and telling them that was all the promoter gave her to give them. Martin stated that shortly before Ellison left the WWF in 1988 (shortly after falling out with Martin and Kai due to Ellison no longer receiving their booking fees), she sabotaged the duo while they were touring Japan. Martin stated that Ellison contacted Japanese promoters and informed them that the Jumping Bomb Angels were supposed to drop the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship to The Glamour Girls before Martin and Kai returned to the United States. This was contrary to the booking decision made by Pat Patterson before the Japanese tour began. Unable to reach Patterson by telephone, Kai and Martin agreed to win the titles from the Angels since Ellison had already misinformed the Japanese promoters. Martin stated that upon returning to the United States, Patterson was angry with them and confirmed that nobody within the WWF made the decision for the title change and that due to her long-standing relationship with the company, the WWF refused to listen to their explanation of Ellison's deceit. Shortly thereafter, the WWF phased out the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship. In a later shoot interview, Leilani Kai told that had things gone as the WWF originally planned, The Glamour Girls would have had a title match against the Jumping Bomb Angels at Wrestlemania IV and that Ellison's actions had cost the four girls what would have been ultimately their biggest ever payday.
Women that chose to continue allowing Ellison to work as their booker were kept under tight control. Velvet McIntyre was forced to compete against Ellison (whom McIntyre stated she didn't care for) at WrestleMania 2 instead of competing during an all-women tour of Kuwait with a group of Ellison's other female wrestlers. Their Wrestlemania 2 match lasted less than two minutes with the referee ignoring McIntyre's leg being on the ropes while she was being pinned. Women that did not agree to Ellison's booking fees faced limited options. Rhonda Sing stated that Ellison contacted her and offered to let her wrestle Richter in a couple of pay-per-view matches for the WWF in 1985, but demanded she receive half of Sing's pay check; a stipulation Sing was unwilling to accept. Penny Banner stated that her retirement was due in large part to Ellison refusing to allow any of her female wrestlers to accept bookings against Banner, which severely limited the number of bookings that Banner was offered by promoters.
Drugging of talent, pimping trainees for money, and holding down the entire North American wrestling scene to ensure that nobody surpasses you, just another Tuesday for The Fabulous Moolah.

Background

Mary Lillian Ellison, who would later go on to become The Fabulous Moolah, was born on July 22, 1923, in Kershaw County, South Carolina. The youngest of five kids, her parents owned a farm, a grocery store, and a service station, but the family was still struggling. After her mother died of cancer, Mary moved in with her grandmother and, at age eight, started working on her cousin’s cotton farm to make money. Having discovered wrestling at age 10, Mary knew two things: that she wanted to be a wrestler and that she never wanted to be poor again. At age 14, Ellison graduated from high school and married a 21 year old named Walter Carroll. Together they had a daughter named Maretta, but, at age 15, Mary divorced Carroll and left the baby with a friend to pursue a future in professional wrestling.
Every single shady thing that The Fabulous Moolah has done in her life can be attributed to one key thing from her past: her fear of going poor. Moolah never wanted to return to that lifestyle, and it was this fear that led her to success. It was also this fear that drove her to screw over anyone she could in an effort to make as much money as she could. Moolah’s greed caused the suffering of countless women throughout her career, and the stories I’m about to bring up are only a handful of those instances.

The Moolah Compound

Moolah liked to maintain a stranglehold on wrestling. Thanks to her status in the industry, The Fabulous Moolah managed to corner the market of women’s wrestling and became the only booker in town for women looking to break in the industry. Though Moolah obviously didn't train every woman in North America, Moolah became the top booker for women and demanded that any women looking for a job would have to sign an exclusive contract with her and allow Moolah to book for them and have any paychecks sent to her before anyone else. Another thing Moolah required these girls to do to ensure that they could not surpass her was that she demanded that the trainees at her camp rent a duplex on her property and live on her “compound”. There are plenty of first hand accounts of life on “The Moolah Compound”, but the one that I’m going to bring up is from Debbie Johnson, who trained under Moolah in Kentucky.
That's easy. Moolah... first of all, she was just plain evil. Never trusted her or liked her very much. She took advantage of all who worked for her, in many ways. People think it was all glamorous... Moolah managed to make a lot of people think she was some kind of goddess... but nothing could be further from the truth.
I feel it's way past time for the real truth to come out. I am not saying that everyone was treated the way I was. In fact, some were treated very well. I think part of it was because I was so young, and they thought I would always do what I was told to do. And I did for a long time, but when I saw others being treated differently from the way I was treated, it really pissed me off.
I guess that's when I started to fight back. I felt like a slave and I was treated as one. I wasn't allowed to leave the compound unless someone was with me. I was not allowed to have company on the compound, but no one else was, either. It was like a small fortress, an iron gate at the entrance, and they watched me like hawks.
I wasn't allowed to have any friends except for the other girls who were there, and I couldn't trust any of them. If I told someone something in confidence, it always got back to Moolah, and I would be dealt with for it. If I pissed her off too much, she wouldn't let me work, and that meant starving, so I had to walk on egg shells for a long time.
There is no way I can explain how awful my life was for a very long time. When it was all going on, it seemed like an eternity. But in a way, I owe Moolah and my mother a lot, because they were both very controlling and made my life a living hell... and that in turn made me the person I am today. I have worked very hard to not be like either of them.
I could never do to anyone the things that they did to me, and still today I wonder why they did it! Why did my mother seem to hate me so much? I know now why Moolah did what she did: I was one of her meal tickets, and she had to control me as long as she could.
She took 30% of everything we all made before anything else came out of our money. Then she took out our travel expenses, then food, then rent because we all... or most of us... lived on her property, and so we had to pay her rent. And she added the utilities, so I always ended up owing her more money than I made. I worked my ass off for her for almost two years before I ever had money coming to me, and the first time she paid me, I got $125.00 and I thought I was rich!
The women who worked for her made her a very wealthy person. It wasn't her talent that earned her what she had, but the talents of all of the women that worked for her. I wasn't the only one treated badly, but I think I am the only one that is willing to tell the complete truth.
The fact is that she was a user of anyone who worked for her. I hate to speak ill of the dead, but the truth is the truth. She was a bitch, plain and simple. She was one of the worst people I have ever known.
This account is backed up by another woman who was trained by Moolah that we’re about to talk about, Mad Maxine, who had this to say about her time at Moolah’s compound:
In "Meeting Moolah," the first chapter of a book she'll publish once she signs with a literary agent, Mjoseth writes about her arrival at Lillian Ellison's compound, where she was greeted by the perennial women's champion and diminutive wrestling star Diamond Lil, who Moolah referred to as "my damned midget.”
… Mjoseth was deeply troubled by the system Moolah established at her compound to keep her students under her control. The trainees were isolated and exploited. Moolah charged them both rent to live in the barracks at her compound, as well as training fees, which Mjoseth says amounted to $1,500. "The girls went into debt to her and she controlled their lives," Mjoseth recalls. "I made sure I had a job so I could have a phone and a car. The others were kind of marooned. It was an environment ripe for abuse."
Sources:
http://ladysports.com/stories/debbiejohnson.htm
http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/2014/08/30/21908686.html
ttp://thesmartmarks.com/article_1248.shtml

Mad Maxine

The first person we're mentioning is Mad Maxine.
Mad Maxine (heh get it) was one of wrestling's biggest "what ifs" and a unique character in the 1980's. Mad Maxine started training in 1984 when she moved to South Carolina to train with Fabulous Moolah at her wrestling school. With Moolah's influence and Maxine's impressive height of 6'2, Maxine would immediately begin working for WWF in 1985 as a potential challenger to Wendi Richter's WWF Women's Championship. It was clear that the WWF had huge plans for her, as Mad Maxine appeared in advertisements as a main character in Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling.. However, despite all of this, Maxine retired in 1986, just two years after debuting. And a large part of this was The Fabulous Moolah. Maxine would later describe Moolah like so:
"She was an evil person. I understand why. She came from nothing. Her mother died when she was just eight and she was never going to be poor again."
Maxine also mentions another aspect of Moolah's life that's a recurring theme when most wrestlers that worked with her talk about her.
The fact that she was an actual pimp.
Mjoseth didn't feel like her hard work was yielding any financial benefit, as months were passing, and there was no talk of any wrestling work. She recalled that Moolah did however, offer her trainees work of a different, insidious variety. "Moolah did send girls out to this guy in Arizona and pimped them out. I actually spoke to him on the phone and asked him what he was looking for. He said, 'If I'm spending all this money, you know what I want.' That was part of Moolah's way of making money. She was just a bad person. Moolah didn't have a good bone in her body."
Despite a guaranteed future with WWF, Maxine decided to leave the company, citing Moolah taking most of her money as a primary reason.
"Moolah was taking at least half of what I was earning," Mjoseth said, and so she, along with fellow trainees Luna Vachon and Peggy Lee Leather, decided to venture off on their own to Florida, where Wahoo McDaniel was booking. For all of the bad memories of Moolah, Mjoseth has only fond reminiscences of the treatment she received from the legendary NFL star and pro wrestler McDaniel.
Moolah would immediately take Maxine's role on Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling and take the title off of Wendi Richter, but we'll talk about that soon.
Source: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/2014/08/30/21908686.html

Sweet Georgia Brown

Sweet Georgia Brown was a protégée of Moolah’s and was a big deal at the time. Coming from the cotton fields of South Carolina, Brown was Moolah's first black student and went on to become a superstar in the industry. In 1964, Brown won the Texas State Negro Women’s Wrestling title and was ranked number four in the world that very same year by Wrestling magazine. Despite being a major draw in wrestling at the time, Sweet Georgia Brown much like many other cases in wrestling left the industry bitter and penniless. And the family of Georgia Brown cites two people as the main reason for it: The Fabulous Moolah and her common-law husband, Buddy Lee.
When Susie Mae McCoy left wrestling in 1972, shortly before her brothers burned her wrestling clothes, she was destitute and emotionally broken. She had wrestled to make a better life for her children, but, in the end, she lost nearly all her time with them. She knew she had been robbed, in many different ways.
Because of her years on the pro-wrestling circuit, she would later avoid relationships with men and refuse contact with whites. She spent the final 17 years of her life shuttling on the Columbia city bus between low-paying jobs, devoting what remained of her day to her children and her church, while trying to mend other family relationships that were nearly destroyed during her absence. Brown became a huge deal on the scene at the time. She attracted huge crowds and saw near superstardom in some areas as a inspiration to many at the time. She became so controversial that she would have to be driven from town to town in the trunk of a car to avoid possible conflict with the KKK. Despite this, however, she left the wrestling industry in 1972 a hollow shell of her former self. After a while, Brown finally came clean about her past in wrestling and the reality of her life working with Moolah. That Moolah and her husband would constantly drug her to keep her in line while also taking a large cut of her paycheck without telling her.
Years passed, and in 1972 Susie Mae McCoy came home for good. Her family treated her coldly, her children now recall. Her brothers and sisters were shocked and angry to learn that there were no savings. They concluded that it all had been a scam. Many of them chalked it up to dealing with white people.
Moolah went on to organize lady’s wrestling for Vince McMahon Sr., single-handedly determining who wrestled and where, and who won the matches.
Barbara asked about the white couple that brought her mother home in 1964. Susie Mae explained that they were Moolah and Buddy Lee. Moolah told Free Times last week that the event in front of the McCoy home never took place. She says she “never had a cross word” with Susie Mae.
But the McCoy family tells a different story. It seems that whatever happened on the wrestling circuit frightened the family into silence for decades.
On the road, Susie Mae received odd knocks on the door at strange hours. Then, she told Barbara, she would begin taking off her dress. When she didn’t comply, she was beaten, often brutally. Sometimes her eyes swelled shut. She had a tooth knocked out. And she was threatened with worse.
On the road, Susie Mae told her daughter, she was raped, given drugs and made an addict. Her family now believes that it was an intentional attempt to control her.
This goes in line with many other stories from the time of Moolah taking the paychecks of her trainees personally and then giving them a smaller cut later on, often times without telling them what they initially made.
In those days, the family received $30 to $50 a month from Susie Mae’s wrestling, Barbara says, and it came in the form of cash sent directly from Moolah or Buddy Lee. One of the stipulations of Susie Mae’s agreement with her bosses prohibited her from having her own bank account.
Susie Mae died of breast cancer in 1989. The name “Lillian Ellison” is still attributed to the “evils of wrestling” by the Mae family to this very day.
Source: https://www.free-times.com/archives/baby-of-sweet-georgia-brown/article_e82fe915-fb49-5d12-8848-42750f5dc785.html

The Original Screwjob

If there was one thing that Moolah loved, it was money. If there was one thing that Moolah did not love, it was other people having it. So Moolah, being the super genius she was, found the perfect medium, where she could not just make money but also prevent others from making money as well.
As we mentioned before in “The Moolah Compound” section, The Moolah Method basically worked as followed:
  • Moolah would first have all her girls sign contracts. These contracts basically made Moolah their bookers and gave Moolah 25%-35% of their earnings.
  • She would also make sure to deduct money for travel expenses and food, which were not included in the 25%-35%.
  • Moolah also made her students live in a duplex she owned while they were training, where they also had to pay for rent and utilities on top of all that.
Source: http://ladysports.com/stories/debbiejohnson.htm
So, Moolah had basically hustled her way to keeping down the entire industry of women’s wrestling, and this worked for literal decades. However, there was one specific talent that didn’t quite follow this, and that was Wendi Richter. Wendi Richter was a phenomenon in wrestling in the 1980’s, not just with a marketable look, but with the mainstream appeal she had thanks to the Rock ’n’ Wrestling Connection. Wendi challenged Moolah’s stranglehold on wrestling, and for that she had to be crushed.
That brings us to The Original Screwjob.
Around this time, Wendi Richter and WWF couldn’t agree to terms on a new contract, but, to Richter, there was no reason to worry about this since she was the WWF Women’s Champion. Even if plans for a new contract went south, Richter had no intention on leaving the company with the title and assumed she would just drop it on her way out. But that’s not what WWF thought, and on November 25th, 1985, WWF scheduled Richter to defend her championship against “The Spider”. Though she wasn't told who her opponent was under the mask, Richter immediately could tell that The Spider was Moolah, as it was a cheap flimsy costume.
“All I knew was, with [Moolah], I’ve got to look out for myself,” Richter said in the interview. “Everything. She’ll try to hurt you. She’ll try to pin you. And I knew she couldn’t pin me. She couldn’t. But what I didn’t count on was the referee getting paid off.”
Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/bs-mtblog-2010-02-the_original_screwjob_wendi_richter_vs_the_spider_lady-story.html
The match goes normally at first, with Richter being told the finish of her winning and going off that. Then, out of nowhere, The Spider tries to pin her with the shittiest small package I’ve ever seen and Richter kicks out at one. Despite kicking out at one, the ref still counts the three count and, with that, The Spider is now the new WWF Women’s Champion. Richter charges at The Spider and tears off her mask in a very Scooby Doo-esque fashion, revealing The Spider to be none other than The Fabulous Moolah.
Confused, Richter hits Moolah with a backbreaker and goes for the pin, but it’s too late. The match is over and The Fabulous Moolah is once again WWF Women’s Champion. Richter left the company and was, in a sense, blackballed from ever working for WWF again. Richter did wrestle for a few years following her WWF release, but as her love for wrestling fizzled out she quietly stepped away from wrestling. Richter would never be asked to work for WWE again until 2009 when she was contacted for the WrestleMania 25 Divas Battle Royal. She turned it down and, just a year later, was inducted in to their Hall of Fame Class of 2010.
Sources:
http://grantland.com/the-triangle/wrestlings-greatest-shoots-wendy-richter-vs-the-spider-a-k-a-the-fabulous-moolah/
http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2009/0309/516957/wendi-richter-wrestlemania-25-update/

The Glamour Girls and The Jumping Bomb Angels

So we’re at the part where Moolah actually destroys women’s tag team wrestling. In the late 1980s, Judy Martin & Leilani Kai formed a tag team called “The Glamour Girls”. The Glamour Girls started competing against The Jumping Bomb Angels in 1988, and it was around this time when they decided to stop working for Moolah. Pissed off at the fact that she could no longer make money off them, Moolah decided to hatch a scheme to bring down The Glamour Girls, a scheme that accidentally saw women’s tag team wrestling fall apart as a result. As the plans for the feud between The Glamour Girls and The Jumping Bomb Angels were to culminate in a match for the WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania V, Moolah decided that was a lame idea, and instead gave Judy Martin a call saying that the office decided to have The Bomb Angels drop the championship on the very last night of the Japan tour. Thus, on June 8, 1988, despite confusion by both The Bomb Angels and The Glamour Girls, The Glamour Girls won the title by count out.
About three days before we were leaving, Moolah calls the hotel and Judy answers the phone and she says "the office told me to tell you that The Jumping Bomb Angels need to drop the belt on the last night you're here.”
... it might have been Pat Patterson or someone from the office and said "you girls just screwed up”. And Judy asked why and he goes "How could you just go over our heads and switch the belts like that? You just messed everything up for WrestleMania." We tried to tell them about Moolah and it's just like they didn't hear it or care - they were just mad we switched the belts from them.
Because of what happened, The Bomb Angels weren’t asked to come back and the match between The Glamour Girls and The Jumping Bomb Angels at WrestleMania V was scrapped. The belt didn’t even make it to WrestleMania V either, as the WWF decided to retire the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship on February 14, 1989, just a few months before WrestleMania V.
Source: https://youtu.be/QSB3Vtd1eh8?t=7m17s

Luna Vachon

Luna Vachon always wanted to carry on the family’s wrestling legacy and, at age 16, began training under her aunt, Vivian, and The Fabulous Moolah. Luna didn’t stay with Moolah for long, as the industry was starting to change and Moolah’s grasp of it was starting to weaken, and in 1993 she signed a contract with WWF. Luna had a turbulent career with WWF, usually because of personal demons and backstage outbursts, but she still managed to find success in a WWF that didn’t revolve around The Fabulous Moolah.
In 2003, Luna Vachon and her then husband, Gangrel, had a shoot interview where one of the topics brought up was The Fabulous Moolah. The pair didn’t have any nice things to say about Moolah, and, instead, Luna opened up about how Moolah was everything wrong with wrestling at the time, with even Luna’s aunt seeing firsthand just how much Moolah took advantage of her students.
Fabulous Moolah- According to Luna’s Aunt Vivian, Moolah is indeed a lesbian. Moolah was a big drinker while Vivian was training and that Moolah would sleep with the girls at that time. When Luna started training, she never saw any of that. However, Moolah DID send Luna out west at age 16 to pose for pictures taken by a prominent cardiologist. The pictures were all with clothes on, but it was bullshit to send young kids out there to be taken advantage of when they thought they were going to learn how to wrestle. Moolah didn’t take advantage of Luna much longer because Luna left the camp shortly after that.
It’s worth noting that during this shoot interview, the moment Moolah was brought up, Gangrel interrupted the host to say that Moolah was “basically a pimp” and expressed his contempt that Luna had to go to “that douchebag Moolah’s camp”.
Though she remained mostly clothed in the photoshoot, Luna stated that she felt like she was taken advantage of, and said that her case was just one of many within Moolah’s camp.
Source: http://thesmartmarks.com/article_1248.shtml
Here’s some smaller bullet points of things that Moolah’s done:

Sandy Parker

The experience was a positive one at first. She says Ellison was very attentive and encouraging about her career and the trailers on Ellison's property that provided accommodation for the women were pretty good. But Parker's outlook changed after six or seven months. She felt ripped off by the fact that Ellison, not the women themselves, would receive their wrestling cheques first, she would then take her cut and only then pass the remaining funds on to the women. Opportunities were also granted to those who were on Ellison's good side. "Everybody knew that if you weren't on Lillian's good side, you got crappy bookings," comments Parker. "I wasn't on her good side because I wouldn't do what she wanted me to do. That was one of the reasons I never worked Madison Square Garden because every time the bookings came up, I'd be on her bad side. As far as I am concerned I could wrestle just as good as Toni Rose, Donna Christenello or anyone of those girls (who were on Ellison's good side)." Parker says that Ellison also interfered with her personal life. Despite Ellison's knowledge that Parker was gay she often suggested to her that she should go out with one of her nephews. As part of her number of rules, Ellison also told Parker she was not to go to any gay bars. These tactics enraged Parker.
Source: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/2008/03/14/5009196.html

Maryetta Carroll

When Moolah was 14, she had her only biological daughter, Maryetta Carroll, which she named after herself. When Maryetta was an infant, Moolah left her with a friend and, at age 15, went out to pursue a career in wrestling. Moolah would later reconnect with her daughter, who she then forced into wrestling. Maryetta wrestled briefly as Darling Pat Sherry in the late ’60s and early ’70s and was best known for her Marilyn Monroe-like looks. She didn’t last long in the business, and this newspaper clipping explains why:
DAUGHTER OF "SLAVE GIRL MOOLAH" - Mary Carroll, 15 year-old wrestler and daughter of "Slave Girl Moolah" is shown in everyday dress and in her wrestling outfit. Police of Somerville, Mass., are seeking her mother on warrant charging neglect of the girl. Mary claimed she was forced to grapple even though ill.
As a note, Moolah and her daughter were on good terms by the end of Moolah’s life. However, it’s still worth a mention that, in her younger years, Moolah still forced her daughter to go out and wrestle regardless of her health, just so Moolah could have a little bit more money in her pocket.
Source: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/09/ae/27/09ae2776a02a0b35e63a746c95ebbf8a.jpg
Goddamn, I don’t think I can write about Moolah any longer. Unfortunately, this only scratches the surface of everything that’s come out against Moolah, and I strongly encourage you to go out and learn more about it yourself.
As for that TL;DR I promised, uh, here you go:
TL;DR: Fabulous Moolah never wanted to be poor again, and out of that fear she:
  • pimped off her students to make money
  • trained women to be shit to ensure that she’d never be surpassed
  • destroyed careers and an entire tag team division to maintain her position
  • abused and drugged her trainees to maintain control of them
  • drugged Sweet Georgia Brown to control her and allowed her to be raped by promoters on the road
WWE is quick to mention about what a “trailblazer” Moolah was, and, while that’s true, Moolah was a trailblazer in another sense at the cost of the entire women’s wrestling industry. Moolah used her influence and power to make sure that women’s wrestling in the US never went past hairpulling because, shockingly, it’s tough to throw suplexes when you’re a 60 year old grandmother. Moolah’s title reign is officially recognized to be 10,170 days, due to WWE not recognizing title changes between 1956 and 1984. Moolah’s reign, itself, is a testament to how much she held back the wrestling industry. Moolah maintained her position as the top dog in women’s wrestling well into her 60s, and not only refused to put over people more than half her age, she outright sabotaged their careers out of fear over her spot being taken. It was only after WWF made her drop the belt to Richter that Moolah’s 28 year title reign was finally over, but that didn’t stop Moolah from taking advantage of a contract dispute at the time and using it to take the belt off Richter a couple years later where she still held on to it for another two years.
The Fabulous Moolah was a huge part of professional wrestling’s history. WWE is quick to mention Moolah’s legacy of playing a huge part in overturning the ban on women’s wrestling in New York, and, often from this alone, celebrates her as a hero and a role model in the world of wrestling. But Moolah’s legacy is a lot darker than WWE would like to admit, and leaving Moolah in the past is not on the WWE’s radar any time soon, as Moolah was a name of honor during last year’s Women’s History Month and is even having a battle royal in her honor at this year’s WrestleMania.
But, that doesn’t make it right.
I know this post won't mean anything to some people on this sub. I know that there will be people out there who will look at all this and still claim “fake news” all because it’s easier to think it never happened then to do research and find out the results for yourself. That’s why there are anti-vaxxers who think that vaccines cause autism, that’s why there are people who don’t believe in global warming because their thermostat still reads 63 degrees just like it did five years ago, and that's how people like Fabulous Moolah never get found out. There are Fabulous Moolahs in every industry. For any industry imaginable there will always be a predator out there to take advantage of the trust and naivety of others. The Fabulous Moolah was a predator and one that still gets praise by WWE to this day.
The battle royal in Fabulous Moolah's name, itself, is not a big deal. If anything, it's probably going on the pre-show alongside the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. But Andre left a legacy as big as his heart, and, unlike Moolah, sacrificed his health and happiness for an industry that he knew would go on without him. He didn't halt the progress of an entire company to accommodate himself and ensure he'd keep his spot, he knew where the industry was heading and let it go on naturally. Andre was a professional, and that's more than you could ever say about Moolah.
The Fabulous Moolah might have been a household word, but so is garbage, and it smells when it gets old too.
EDIT:
  • Reworded the Wendi Richter section to explain that she wasn't blackballed from wrestling entirely but rather didn't work for WWE until she was inducted to the Hall of Fame. I was going to explain this further but it slipped by me until now.
  • Put Fabulous Moolah's full name in the very beginning for clarity.
  • Fixed a couple spelling errors.
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2018.03.09 14:51 Scientist34again Better Know a State: New Mexico – discuss New Mexico politics and candidates

Welcome to our 48th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on NEW MEXICO. This post was written by hulagirrrl and thanks to her for all her hard work. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in New Mexico is March 13, 2018 (sorry I know that’s only 4 days from now). Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in New Mexico is June 05, 2018. New Mexico has closed primaries, which means that a voter must first be a registered party member in order to vote in the primary for that party. The deadline to register in a party and be eligible to vote in the primary is May 08, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from New Mexico are Tom Udall (D) and Martin Heinrich (D). Heinrich is up for re-election in 2018. He has one Republican challenger so far, Mark Rich, who is a construction company owner.
Martin Heinrich: Elected in 2012, Martin Heinrich serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Intelligence Committees. He is the ranking member of the Joint Economic Committee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. With a background in engineering, Heinrich brings a unique perspective to the Senate, a champion for New Mexico’s public land and growing a clean energy economy. Heinrich helped negotiate the long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits that support New Mexico’s growing clean energy industries. He has also supported the development of renewable energy projects on public and tribal lands, the adoption of innovative energy storage and battery technologies, and improvement to the security of our nation’s energy infrastructure.
A supporter of single payer health (Heinrich supports Bernie’s Medicare-for-All Senate bill) and other progressive issues, his website is transparent and straight to the point. Check out his voting tracker!
https://www.heinrich.senate.gov/priorities/issues
His voting record is pretty progressive (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 90%), but Ballotpedia describes him as a moderate member of the Democratic Party and predicts he will continue to break rank on some issues. https://ballotpedia.org/Martin_Heinrich. He is also one of the least wealthy members of the Senate and that may speak for him, as does his dedication to his constituents. He does not appear to have 2020 Presidential ambitions and looks as a very well respected Senator in his state that should not face major hurdles for re-election. http://www.businessinsider.com/why-martin-heinrich-isnt-running-for-president-2017-6
Campaign Finance Records: https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/summary?cid=N00029835
United States House of Representatives: New Mexico has 3 United States House Representatives, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), Steven Pearce (R) and Ben Ray Lujan (D).
NM-01
Michelle Lujan Grisham is a rather conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%), who is not running for her seat again, because she is running for Governor instead. There are a lot of candidates competing for her seat including 6 Democrats (Patrick Davis, Debra Haaland, Damian Lara, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Paul Moya and Damon Martinez) and two Republicans (Janice Arnold-Jones and Michael Hendricks).
Patrick Davis: Albuquerque City Councilor since 2015, a former police officer who is endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and would be the 7th openly gay member in the House of U.S. Representatives. His issues are very progressive and he believes that having a strong and principled congressional delegation is key for the state during President Donald Trump’s tenure. What makes this candidate interesting is his Law Enforcement background; he has seen the most pressing issues like education, guns, drugs and poverty and believes we must change them from the bottom up. Here is his webpage.
His fundraising record https://www.opensecrets.org/races/candidates?cycle=2018&id=NM01&spec=N
Debra Haaland: a lawyer for Tribal Affairs and would be the first Native American woman to ever serve in Congress. She is top scorer in fundraising for this district and judging by her contributors she is strongly supported by the Native American community. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/contributors?cycle=2018&id=NM01&spec=N
Her website covers all issues very distinctly and powerful especially on education, including free college education, as well as universal healthcare. Not less impressive are her goals for job creation and environment. https://debforcongress.com/priorities/
Elected as the chair of New Mexico’s Democratic Party in 2015 she became the first Native American woman in the US to chair a state party. This is a great read to learn more about her. https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/yw54bj/deb-haaland-congress-new-mexico-native-american
https://impact.vice.com/en_us/article/wjg5qq/this-native-american-congressional-candidate-wants-to-bring-environmental-justice-to-new-mexico-and-to-capitol-hill?utm_campaign=sharebutton
Damian Lara: an Albuquerque attorney with expertise in immigration and tax law, who has served as deputy Bernalillo County assessor, staff attorney for the state Legislative Council Service and legal clerk for the governor’s counsel under Bill Richardson. This is his first run for office. https://ballotpedia.org/Damian_Lara
His largest contribution to his campaign is self-funded. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/candidates?cycle=2018&id=NM01&spec=N
The campaign website gives a good outline of his priorities and issues as well as a biography and resume of his qualifications https://laraforabetternm.com/about-damian
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez: is a retired Law Professor at UNM for 27 + years, who then served as the executive director of Enlace Communitario, an anti-domestic violence non-profit that serves all and focuses outreach efforts in the Latino immigrant community of Central New Mexico. She is a Justice Democrat candidate and a supporter of Medicare-for-all and other progressive issues. She supports a women’s right to choose and extensive campaign finance reform. Her issues are progressive and she is very detailed about how she would approach to work on them. Also a major issue is what she would describe as a total lack of understanding our constitution in the current administration in Washington. Her hope is to bring her knowledge and experience and help to right that. https://www.abqjournal.com/990809/sedillo-lopez-launches-run-for-1st-congressional-district.html
Ms. Lopez holds believes that the state should move to accessible higher education for all and a debt-free college model for state and community colleges. https://antoinetteforcongress.com/issues/
According to news media and Open Secret she is the top fundraiser in this raise. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary?cycle=2018&id=NM01
https://www.abqjournal.com/1078721/damon-martinez-raises-impressive-amount-in-house-race.html
Paul Moya: is CEO at a consulting firm, Millenial Labs. His website does not have a lot of information on the policies he supports.
Damon Martinez: as a LTC in the Army Reserve that he joined as Judge Advocate after 9/11 he has an impressive record and after more than a decade in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, Damon was nominated for U.S. Attorney by President Obama, unanimously confirmed by the Senate, and sworn in on October 17, 2014. Of course he was among the 46 US Attorneys who were fired March 10th, 2017 by Donald Trump when he took office as 45th President. He declared his candidacy a little later that year. http://damonmartinezforcongress.com/about.html
Mr. Martinez declares on his platform that he stands for affordable and accessible health care for all New Mexicans and Americans (but doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All). His focus on schools is early education and to improve the High School graduation rate for his state by better funding of public schools and more teachers. He does not stand for free higher education but supports a women’s right to choose. Every other issue is pretty standard Democrat fare; he will also focus on prison reform and the Opioid epidemic.
As fundraiser on Open Secret he is in third place, behind Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Debra Haaland. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary?cycle=2018&id=NM01
Here however he is listed as the strongest fundraiser in this raise. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2018-02-02/ex-us-attorney-damon-martinez-surges-in-congress-money-race
The organization Vote Vets is endorsing Mr. Martinez. http://www.votevets.org/candidates/damon-martinez-for-congress
NM-02
Steve Pearce is a very conservative Tea Party Republican and member of the House Freedom Caucus, who also not running for his Congressional seat, since he is also competing for the Governor’s seat. There are 3 Democrats (David Alcon, Madeleine Hildebrandt and Xochitl Torres Small) and 4 Republicans (State Representative Yvette Herrell, Monty Newman, Andrew Salas and Jack Volpato) running for his seat.
Ballotpedia prediction for this district is leaning R https://ballotpedia.org/New_Mexico%27s_2nd_Congressional_District_election,_2018
David Alcon: as self-described lifelong activist and son of State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan) he declares: “the next Congress must take our country back from Donald Trump and his Republican cronies. I intend to be the ripple that takes back Congress for the Democratic Party.” https://alconforamerica.com/latest-news . The Green Papers has him listed as ‘apparently not a candidate’, because he doesn’t yet appear on any list recently provided by recognized election authorities.
https://www.abqjournal.com/1058762/david-alcon-political-consultant-launches-house-campaign.html
Besides ending the federal ban on marijuana, he believes that the ACA can be repaired to bring access to more residents in his state (but does not mention Medicare-for-All). Other issues he runs on are the Bullet Train Authority and to bring a NFL/MLS Stadium to the area. He believes borders can be safe without a wall and has a plan to work on. https://alconforamerica.com/federal-legalization
Mr. Alcon had trouble with the law (felony stalking) and those headlines may not help with his campaign. https://ballotpedia.org/David_Alcon
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2017/11/13/congressional-candidate-david-alcon-arrested-felony-stalking-albuquerque/858634001/
This after he has acknowledged a previous incident of stalking and having had extensive therapy to feel confident that this was a singular episode. https://www.abqjournal.com/1058762/david-alcon-political-consultant-launches-house-campaign.html
Madeleine Hildebrandt: Her website has the catchy phrase “get Mad”. Her biography describes her as a different kind of candidate, middle class working family person, a Veteran, and a military spouse. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, she went all the way to earn a PhD in History at University of Maine as the first person in her family to pursue, and achieve, advanced degrees. Mad has spent the last 18 years as an online History Instructor at Rowan College at Burlington County, a community college situated in New Jersey. She has also taught in the classroom at various colleges and universities, including Central New Mexico Community College (formerly Albuquerque TVI).
Her issues are all very progressive, she supports the ACA and moving toward Medicaid-for-all (does she mean Medicare-for-All?), a women’s right to choose and financing of Planned Parenthood as well as ending privatized prisons. She is also a gun owner who supports “common sense” gun regulation. Refreshing that she stands her ground and is not shying away from an issue on her platform. http://mad4nm.com/issues/
She does well with fundraising but is still lagging behind the GOP candidate. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2018-02-03/democrat-takes-lead-in-fund-raising-in-congressional-race
Xochitl Torres Small: describes herself as a water attorney. She formerly worked with Senator Tom Udall. Her website does not have any detail on the policies she supports.

NM-03
Ben Ray Lujan is a moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 80%). He does not support Medicare-for-All (HR 676). He currently has no challengers. His stand on affordable higher education is to create a savings account for students called the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) to help families save for college (but he doesn’t mention free college tuition). https://lujan.house.gov/education/
https://www.washingtontimes.com/elections/candidates/ben-ray-lujan-jr-56805/
There is however an interesting article written about him and it describes how managed as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He stacked it with lawmakers newer to Congress, naming vice chairpersons from regions across the country. He also worked to improve relations with minority groups in the House, particularly the Congressional Black Caucus, which often feels shortchanged in campaigns.
This is a good read to learn more about this candidate. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-lujan-democrats-trump-201707-story.html
Very straight to the point interview. http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2018/01/14/trump-racist-rep-lujan-says-town-hall-meeting/1032621001/
Governor: The current Governor of New Mexico is Susana Martinez (R), but she is term-limited and cannot run again. The current candidates are: Democrats Jeff Apodaca, State Sen. Joseph Cervantes, Peter DeBenedittis and US Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a Republican Rep. Steve Pearce.
Jeff Apodaca: the son of former New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca, he grew up in Santa Fe and Las Cruces. A former media executive and current entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience innovating, expanding, and creating businesses. His platform is covering issues like education. Implementing apprentice pathway programs within high schools and community colleges for trade skills, telecommuting, internships, online learning job opportunities. He is not specific on his health care vision beyond investing in residents who want to go to medical school and stay in the state. No mention of Medicare-for-all free college or women’s issues. Great vision on environment and bringing tech jobs and the Film Industry to the state. https://apo18.com/plan-turn-around-new-mexico/
A bit of negative press is the story of his unpaid property taxes that may hurt his candidacy. http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2017/11/29/records-show-nm-governor-candidate-jeff-apodaca-has-history-delinquent-property-taxes/905747001/
Joseph Cervantes: Sen. Joseph Cervantes, a southern New Mexico Democrat in the state’s swing region, is jumping into the race for governor. The architect and Las Cruces attorney formally entered the race in a direct challenge to Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and other Democrats wanting to succeed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. https://ballotpedia.org/Joseph_Cervantes
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2017/07/05/new-mexico-sen-joseph-cervantes-jumps-governors-race/452157001/
There is not much on his website except a youtube video, but he has an active Twitter account. It is hard to see where he stands on issues. https://joe4nm.com/
Here is a little interview that gives you some idea on issues. http://www.lamonitor.com/content/gov-candidate-cervantes-brings-experience-results#comment-form
https://twitter.com/SenJoeCervantes
Peter DeBenedittis: total outsider running for office. He received a Masters and Ph.D. from Penn State (1982 & 1992) in Speech-Communication, earning summa cum laude honors during his doctoral course work. Peter moved to Santa Fe in 1995 and has lived in New Mexico ever since. He founded Peter D. & Company in 1999, which has provided education and drug prevention services to schools, counties and state agencies across New Mexico. https://ballotpedia.org/Peter_DeBenedittis
Very progressive agenda, including healthcare-for-all, women’s rights, living wages, etc. http://peterd4gov.com/issues/
This is too long to copy and paste but a worthy read. This is a candidate who fights for progressive values from the heart and is very transparent about the process. If you want please check out his Facebook page, it is very active and up to date. http://peterd4gov.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PeterOneSheet.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-d-for-governoon-june-6th-the-day-after-the-primary-were-all-democrats/2038875636389553/
Michelle Lujan Grisham: a 12th generation New Mexican from Albuquerque, she is a former Bernalillo County Commissioner and served as secretary of Health and of Aging & Long-Term Services in New Mexico. Michelle Lujan Grisham has not supported HR 676 (Medicare-for-All) as a Congressional Representative. Grisham also has an association with one of the Awan brothers (Abid Awan).
She does not outline her stand on issues such as Medicare-for-all or Women’s issues. She is endorsed by Emily’s List. https://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/michelle-lujan-grisham
Her website is very generic and more focused on economic development. https://lujangrisham.house.gov/issues
Her announcement to run for Governor and her positions. http://nmpoliticalreport.com/135003/breaking-lujan-grisham-will-run-for-governo
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP –Missouri
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2018.03.09 14:50 Scientist34again Better Know a State: New Mexico – discuss New Mexico politics and candidates

Welcome to our 48th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on NEW MEXICO. This post was written by hulagirrrl and thanks to her for all her hard work. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in New Mexico is March 13, 2018 (sorry I know that’s only 4 days from now). Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in New Mexico is June 05, 2018. New Mexico has closed primaries, which means that a voter must first be a registered party member in order to vote in the primary for that party. The deadline to register in a party and be eligible to vote in the primary is May 08, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from New Mexico are Tom Udall (D) and Martin Heinrich (D). Heinrich is up for re-election in 2018. He has one Republican challenger so far, Mark Rich, who is a construction company owner.
Martin Heinrich: Elected in 2012, Martin Heinrich serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Intelligence Committees. He is the ranking member of the Joint Economic Committee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. With a background in engineering, Heinrich brings a unique perspective to the Senate, a champion for New Mexico’s public land and growing a clean energy economy. Heinrich helped negotiate the long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits that support New Mexico’s growing clean energy industries. He has also supported the development of renewable energy projects on public and tribal lands, the adoption of innovative energy storage and battery technologies, and improvement to the security of our nation’s energy infrastructure.
A supporter of single payer health (Heinrich supports Bernie’s Medicare-for-All Senate bill) and other progressive issues, his website is transparent and straight to the point. Check out his voting tracker!
https://www.heinrich.senate.gov/priorities/issues
His voting record is pretty progressive (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 90%), but Ballotpedia describes him as a moderate member of the Democratic Party and predicts he will continue to break rank on some issues. https://ballotpedia.org/Martin_Heinrich. He is also one of the least wealthy members of the Senate and that may speak for him, as does his dedication to his constituents. He does not appear to have 2020 Presidential ambitions and looks as a very well respected Senator in his state that should not face major hurdles for re-election. http://www.businessinsider.com/why-martin-heinrich-isnt-running-for-president-2017-6
Campaign Finance Records: https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/summary?cid=N00029835
United States House of Representatives: New Mexico has 3 United States House Representatives, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), Steven Pearce (R) and Ben Ray Lujan (D).
NM-01
Michelle Lujan Grisham is a rather conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%), who is not running for her seat again, because she is running for Governor instead. There are a lot of candidates competing for her seat including 6 Democrats (Patrick Davis, Debra Haaland, Damian Lara, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Paul Moya and Damon Martinez) and two Republicans (Janice Arnold-Jones and Michael Hendricks).
Patrick Davis: Albuquerque City Councilor since 2015, a former police officer who is endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and would be the 7th openly gay member in the House of U.S. Representatives. His issues are very progressive and he believes that having a strong and principled congressional delegation is key for the state during President Donald Trump’s tenure. What makes this candidate interesting is his Law Enforcement background; he has seen the most pressing issues like education, guns, drugs and poverty and believes we must change them from the bottom up. Here is his webpage.
His fundraising record https://www.opensecrets.org/races/candidates?cycle=2018&id=NM01&spec=N
Debra Haaland: a lawyer for Tribal Affairs and would be the first Native American woman to ever serve in Congress. She is top scorer in fundraising for this district and judging by her contributors she is strongly supported by the Native American community. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/contributors?cycle=2018&id=NM01&spec=N
Her website covers all issues very distinctly and powerful especially on education, including free college education, as well as universal healthcare. Not less impressive are her goals for job creation and environment. https://debforcongress.com/priorities/
Elected as the chair of New Mexico’s Democratic Party in 2015 she became the first Native American woman in the US to chair a state party. This is a great read to learn more about her. https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/yw54bj/deb-haaland-congress-new-mexico-native-american
https://impact.vice.com/en_us/article/wjg5qq/this-native-american-congressional-candidate-wants-to-bring-environmental-justice-to-new-mexico-and-to-capitol-hill?utm_campaign=sharebutton
Damian Lara: an Albuquerque attorney with expertise in immigration and tax law, who has served as deputy Bernalillo County assessor, staff attorney for the state Legislative Council Service and legal clerk for the governor’s counsel under Bill Richardson. This is his first run for office. https://ballotpedia.org/Damian_Lara
His largest contribution to his campaign is self-funded. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/candidates?cycle=2018&id=NM01&spec=N
The campaign website gives a good outline of his priorities and issues as well as a biography and resume of his qualifications https://laraforabetternm.com/about-damian
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez: is a retired Law Professor at UNM for 27 + years, who then served as the executive director of Enlace Communitario, an anti-domestic violence non-profit that serves all and focuses outreach efforts in the Latino immigrant community of Central New Mexico. She is a Justice Democrat candidate and a supporter of Medicare-for-all and other progressive issues. She supports a women’s right to choose and extensive campaign finance reform. Her issues are progressive and she is very detailed about how she would approach to work on them. Also a major issue is what she would describe as a total lack of understanding our constitution in the current administration in Washington. Her hope is to bring her knowledge and experience and help to right that. https://www.abqjournal.com/990809/sedillo-lopez-launches-run-for-1st-congressional-district.html
Ms. Lopez holds believes that the state should move to accessible higher education for all and a debt-free college model for state and community colleges. https://antoinetteforcongress.com/issues/
According to news media and Open Secret she is the top fundraiser in this raise. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary?cycle=2018&id=NM01
https://www.abqjournal.com/1078721/damon-martinez-raises-impressive-amount-in-house-race.html
Paul Moya: is CEO at a consulting firm, Millenial Labs. His website does not have a lot of information on the policies he supports.
Damon Martinez: as a LTC in the Army Reserve that he joined as Judge Advocate after 9/11 he has an impressive record and after more than a decade in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, Damon was nominated for U.S. Attorney by President Obama, unanimously confirmed by the Senate, and sworn in on October 17, 2014. Of course he was among the 46 US Attorneys who were fired March 10th, 2017 by Donald Trump when he took office as 45th President. He declared his candidacy a little later that year. http://damonmartinezforcongress.com/about.html
Mr. Martinez declares on his platform that he stands for affordable and accessible health care for all New Mexicans and Americans (but doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All). His focus on schools is early education and to improve the High School graduation rate for his state by better funding of public schools and more teachers. He does not stand for free higher education but supports a women’s right to choose. Every other issue is pretty standard Democrat fare; he will also focus on prison reform and the Opioid epidemic.
As fundraiser on Open Secret he is in third place, behind Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Debra Haaland. https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary?cycle=2018&id=NM01
Here however he is listed as the strongest fundraiser in this raise. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2018-02-02/ex-us-attorney-damon-martinez-surges-in-congress-money-race
The organization Vote Vets is endorsing Mr. Martinez. http://www.votevets.org/candidates/damon-martinez-for-congress
NM-02
Steve Pearce is a very conservative Tea Party Republican and member of the House Freedom Caucus, who also not running for his Congressional seat, since he is also competing for the Governor’s seat. There are 3 Democrats (David Alcon, Madeleine Hildebrandt and Xochitl Torres Small) and 4 Republicans (State Representative Yvette Herrell, Monty Newman, Andrew Salas and Jack Volpato) running for his seat.
Ballotpedia prediction for this district is leaning R https://ballotpedia.org/New_Mexico%27s_2nd_Congressional_District_election,_2018
David Alcon: as self-described lifelong activist and son of State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan) he declares: “the next Congress must take our country back from Donald Trump and his Republican cronies. I intend to be the ripple that takes back Congress for the Democratic Party.” https://alconforamerica.com/latest-news . The Green Papers has him listed as ‘apparently not a candidate’, because he doesn’t yet appear on any list recently provided by recognized election authorities.
https://www.abqjournal.com/1058762/david-alcon-political-consultant-launches-house-campaign.html
Besides ending the federal ban on marijuana, he believes that the ACA can be repaired to bring access to more residents in his state (but does not mention Medicare-for-All). Other issues he runs on are the Bullet Train Authority and to bring a NFL/MLS Stadium to the area. He believes borders can be safe without a wall and has a plan to work on. https://alconforamerica.com/federal-legalization
Mr. Alcon had trouble with the law (felony stalking) and those headlines may not help with his campaign. https://ballotpedia.org/David_Alcon
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2017/11/13/congressional-candidate-david-alcon-arrested-felony-stalking-albuquerque/858634001/
This after he has acknowledged a previous incident of stalking and having had extensive therapy to feel confident that this was a singular episode. https://www.abqjournal.com/1058762/david-alcon-political-consultant-launches-house-campaign.html
Madeleine Hildebrandt: Her website has the catchy phrase “get Mad”. Her biography describes her as a different kind of candidate, middle class working family person, a Veteran, and a military spouse. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, she went all the way to earn a PhD in History at University of Maine as the first person in her family to pursue, and achieve, advanced degrees. Mad has spent the last 18 years as an online History Instructor at Rowan College at Burlington County, a community college situated in New Jersey. She has also taught in the classroom at various colleges and universities, including Central New Mexico Community College (formerly Albuquerque TVI).
Her issues are all very progressive, she supports the ACA and moving toward Medicaid-for-all (does she mean Medicare-for-All?), a women’s right to choose and financing of Planned Parenthood as well as ending privatized prisons. She is also a gun owner who supports “common sense” gun regulation. Refreshing that she stands her ground and is not shying away from an issue on her platform. http://mad4nm.com/issues/
She does well with fundraising but is still lagging behind the GOP candidate. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2018-02-03/democrat-takes-lead-in-fund-raising-in-congressional-race
Xochitl Torres Small: describes herself as a water attorney. She formerly worked with Senator Tom Udall. Her website does not have any detail on the policies she supports.

NM-03
Ben Ray Lujan is a moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 80%). He does not support Medicare-for-All (HR 676). He currently has no challengers. His stand on affordable higher education is to create a savings account for students called the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) to help families save for college (but he doesn’t mention free college tuition). https://lujan.house.gov/education/
https://www.washingtontimes.com/elections/candidates/ben-ray-lujan-jr-56805/
There is however an interesting article written about him and it describes how managed as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He stacked it with lawmakers newer to Congress, naming vice chairpersons from regions across the country. He also worked to improve relations with minority groups in the House, particularly the Congressional Black Caucus, which often feels shortchanged in campaigns.
This is a good read to learn more about this candidate. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-lujan-democrats-trump-201707-story.html
Very straight to the point interview. http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2018/01/14/trump-racist-rep-lujan-says-town-hall-meeting/1032621001/
Governor: The current Governor of New Mexico is Susana Martinez (R), but she is term-limited and cannot run again. The current candidates are: Democrats Jeff Apodaca, State Sen. Joseph Cervantes, Peter DeBenedittis and US Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a Republican Rep. Steve Pearce.
Jeff Apodaca: the son of former New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca, he grew up in Santa Fe and Las Cruces. A former media executive and current entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience innovating, expanding, and creating businesses. His platform is covering issues like education. Implementing apprentice pathway programs within high schools and community colleges for trade skills, telecommuting, internships, online learning job opportunities. He is not specific on his health care vision beyond investing in residents who want to go to medical school and stay in the state. No mention of Medicare-for-all free college or women’s issues. Great vision on environment and bringing tech jobs and the Film Industry to the state. https://apo18.com/plan-turn-around-new-mexico/
A bit of negative press is the story of his unpaid property taxes that may hurt his candidacy. http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2017/11/29/records-show-nm-governor-candidate-jeff-apodaca-has-history-delinquent-property-taxes/905747001/
Joseph Cervantes: Sen. Joseph Cervantes, a southern New Mexico Democrat in the state’s swing region, is jumping into the race for governor. The architect and Las Cruces attorney formally entered the race in a direct challenge to Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and other Democrats wanting to succeed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. https://ballotpedia.org/Joseph_Cervantes
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2017/07/05/new-mexico-sen-joseph-cervantes-jumps-governors-race/452157001/
There is not much on his website except a youtube video, but he has an active Twitter account. It is hard to see where he stands on issues. https://joe4nm.com/
Here is a little interview that gives you some idea on issues. http://www.lamonitor.com/content/gov-candidate-cervantes-brings-experience-results#comment-form
https://twitter.com/SenJoeCervantes
Peter DeBenedittis: total outsider running for office. He received a Masters and Ph.D. from Penn State (1982 & 1992) in Speech-Communication, earning summa cum laude honors during his doctoral course work. Peter moved to Santa Fe in 1995 and has lived in New Mexico ever since. He founded Peter D. & Company in 1999, which has provided education and drug prevention services to schools, counties and state agencies across New Mexico. https://ballotpedia.org/Peter_DeBenedittis
Very progressive agenda, including healthcare-for-all, women’s rights, living wages, etc. http://peterd4gov.com/issues/
This is too long to copy and paste but a worthy read. This is a candidate who fights for progressive values from the heart and is very transparent about the process. If you want please check out his Facebook page, it is very active and up to date. http://peterd4gov.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PeterOneSheet.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-d-for-governoon-june-6th-the-day-after-the-primary-were-all-democrats/2038875636389553/
Michelle Lujan Grisham: a 12th generation New Mexican from Albuquerque, she is a former Bernalillo County Commissioner and served as secretary of Health and of Aging & Long-Term Services in New Mexico. Michelle Lujan Grisham has not supported HR 676 (Medicare-for-All) as a Congressional Representative. Grisham also has an association with one of the Awan brothers (Abid Awan).
She does not outline her stand on issues such as Medicare-for-all or Women’s issues. She is endorsed by Emily’s List. https://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/michelle-lujan-grisham
Her website is very generic and more focused on economic development. https://lujangrisham.house.gov/issues
Her announcement to run for Governor and her positions. http://nmpoliticalreport.com/135003/breaking-lujan-grisham-will-run-for-governo
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
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