The #NotMyPresident Protests

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Shortly after the results of the 2016 presidential election were called – people took to the streets to protest. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump got the most Electoral College votes. Donald Trump was named President-elect. It is pretty easy to see why an election outcome like that one would make the majority of voters upset.

The ACLU points out: The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy and at the core of the first amendment.

In this blog, I have tweeted photos and videos of people who are engaging in their right to peacefully protest. (I also included some Instagram posts that were linked to on Twitter.)

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The Chicago Cubs Celebrate Javy Baez’s Birthday on Twitter

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Javy Baez is a Cubs player who has a lot of energy. You never quite know what he’s going to do, and he’s made some fantastic plays.

The Chicago Cubs Twitter account celebrated Javy Baez’s 24th birthday by posting a series of GIFs that featured him doing what he does.

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Results of the 2016 Presidential Election

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The 2016 presidential election is over and done with. When I blogged about the primaries (and caucuses), I posted the percentage of the vote that each candidate got. As such, I decided to post the percentage of votes that each candidate got in each state for the general election.

I’m completely drained and exhausted by the 2016 election, so this blog will have a bunch of numbers and facts and absolutely no commentary or opinion.

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Ford Was Never Planning to Move a Plant to Mexico

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On November 17, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he saved jobs by preventing the Ford Motor Company from moving one of their production plants to Mexico. The reality is that Ford was never intending to move any of its plants to Mexico.

President-elect Donald Trump was spreading misinformation that was apparently intended to make him look like he had saved American jobs in the timeframe between when he was officially named President-elect and when he was officially sworn in as President of the United States.

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I Live-Tweeted the Third Presidential Debate – 2016

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On October 19, 2016, the third, and final, presidential debate of 2016 happened.  It was held at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The moderator for this debate was Chris Wallace, who was from Fox News.  The candidates, of course, were Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to live-tweet the third presidential debate.  The Chicago Cubs were in the Playoffs, and there was a game on at the same time the debate was being live-streamed.  Eventually, I decided to live-tweet the debate (and step away from it every so often to see how the Cubs were doing).

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Advice for Voting on the California Ballot – 2016

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The California ballot for the 2016 general election was incredibly long. In addition to voting for president, senator, representative, and local elections, there were a whole bunch of propositions to consider – and one measure. It can be overwhelming!

I vote by mail in ballot. Doing so gives me the opportunity to sit at home in front of my computer and fact-check all the propositions (and the measure). I’ve made a huge effort to be a very informed voter this year – but I still felt the need to look things up.

I live-tweeted my thoughts as I went through the California ballot. I am putting those tweets into this blog in the hopes that people who have not voted yet will find the information in this blog to be useful.

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World of Warcraft: The Dwarves Enjoy Hallow’s End

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The Dwarves are Hansbrix the Hunter (and his pet bear, Fridge) and Bradanna the Priest. My husband and I have been playing these two characters together and working our way through Azeroth, zone by zone.

In addition, The Dwarves dabble in the World Events that happen at certain times of the year. They had a little bit of time to do some trick-or-treating in Azeroth.

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The Cubs Won the 2016 World Series!

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The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series! Shawn and I had been watching the games this season, and things started to get exciting when the Cubs made it to the Playoffs. He and I grew up in Illinois and both of our families were Cubs fans.

When the Cubs made it to the 2016 World Series, we were cautiously hopeful (as all Cubs fans probably were). We watched the last two games of the 7 game World Series at home with Shawn’s mother joining us. It was nice to share the moment that the Cubs won the 2016 World Series together.

I know just enough about baseball to enjoy watching the Cubs play, but not enough to eloquently write about it. To make up for that, I am relying upon a collection of tweets that I wrote while watching the games, and a bunch of stuff that I retweeted.

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Planned Parenthood Celebrated Its 100th Anniversary

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On October 16, 2016, Planned Parenthood celebrated its 100th Anniversary.  Planned Parenthood got its start on October 16, 1916, when Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel Byrne, and fellow activist Fania Mindel, opened a birth control clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn.  Nine days later, the police raided the clinic and shut it down.  Right from the start, Planned Parenthood was having to fight in order to help women access birth control.

Planned Parenthood helped me when I needed birth control and did not have health insurance that would help lower the cost.  I wanted to take a moment to commemorate Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.  My way of adding to the celebration was to gather up tweets that showed happy people celebrating.  You can enjoy those tweets here – without having to see any of the mean tweets that some people felt the need to post on Twitter.

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This Election Needs to End So America Can Heal

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On October 14, 2016, I posted a series of stream-of-consciousness tweets about how the presidential campaign season was making me feel. The words just fell out of my fingers and onto my keyboard.

To put things in context, this series of tweets was written about a week after the Trump Tape had been released. There was a little over three weeks left until Election Day arrived, and I’d been weighed down by the multitude of insults and threats that Donald Trump had been spewing.

Later, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one who felt emotionally drained by what the Republican nominee for president had been saying. I came across tweets, blog posts, articles, and a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, that expressed what I had been feeling.

One of the ...

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