"Just keep working." Yeah, yeah, patience. How long with that take? (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Darth Vader, Tai Chi, with Jain (short sword - in this case light saber). For those of you that know, I based the sword technique in Bladesman on Tai Chi (although I changed the names to be evacuative of the movement without having to explain it). That's because Tai Chi is the appropriate style for Jain (short, straight, dual-edged blade). Also, while Tai Chi is a mostly formalized art these days (it's only seven-hundred years young), there are differences in style and forms between schools. What is not being shown here is how your opposing hand is used to balance and support the sword arm (talisman, IIRC). So if you wanted to get a better look at sorta what Gary is doing, here it is (minus the cape, of course). (Grokked from Tor.com)
Oh, look, domestic drilling doesn't decrease gas prices. Whodda thought it. (Grokked from Dan)
The Komen Race for the Cure in Arizona is facing a crisis in fundraising. I point to this article not just for the story about Komen's shooting itself in the foot because of the political ideology held by their board, but as an example of why the ACA is needed. Please read the story of the women who is co-chair of the race this year and note 1) for the 6-month program of Medicaid she was forced to become destitute (having helped put Bette's uncle in Medicaid last year, this isn't unusual, but a part of the program as changed by conservatives in the late 90s - because we wouldn't just want anyone applying for government aid, after all), 2) her cost after that 6-month program ran out, and 3) that she doesn't qualify for medicaid now because she's single and doesn't have kids (also, that 6-month emergency need program, that's gone now as well). I'll remind you that Arizona is controlled by conservatives (both legislatures and governor). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
"In each and every dark pit of desperation, I have never seen a pro-lifer. I ain’t never seen them babysitting, scrubbing floors, bringing over goods, handing mom $50 bucks a month or driving her to the pediatrician… sitting up for hours with an autistic child who screams and rages so his mother can get some sleep while she rests up from working 14-hour days… fixing leaks in rundown houses or playing with a kid while the police prepare to interview (the mother) about her sexual abuse. They’re not paying for the funerals of babies and children who died after birth… And the crazy thing is they think they’ve already done their job, because the child was born!" (Grokked from Absolute Write)
Revision to global temperature stats doesn't change the fact of global warming. In fact, it makes the case stronger. Also, it's good to see a little higher visibility, proactive action from this side. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
If they'll know we are Christians by our love, they'll know you're a racist by your racist actions. Okay, I want a copy of this dictionary all these conservatives keep referring to ("well, obviously you misunderstood me because you don't understand the True Definition of the words I used." - yeah, I've seen that defense one too many times). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Wait, there are private armies fighting the Somali pirates? And their floating arsenals aren't secure? What could possibly go wrong?
Alligator Quotient: Are you sure all of these are alligators?