With the day job, I am sorely behind in my reading again and not likely to catch up for a bit. Sorry. So I may post things I haven't read very closely, I apologize for any future misleading links I make (although today I think we're good).
If you run a blog or comment board of any type, this certificate from Teresa Nielsen Hayden is something you'll need.
Lev Rosen on how to handle a critique group.
I've been trying to come up with a coherent post on Nora Ephron, but John Scalzi beat me to it. And then Random Michelle goes and gives us Nora's advice for living. The last half of that first line is a hard won lesson of the past few years. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
An interview with Catherine Schaff-Stump. (full discloser, Catherine is a fellow VP XIIIer). Also related, what Catherine took away from Toas Toolbox, which echos Jay Lake's answer to my writing question.
Gary Kloster reveals how he finds agents to query (there's at least one thing I haven't done on that list).
The Obamacare mandate decision in plain english. (Grokked from Avram Grumer @ Making Light)
Jay Lake is wise and bitingly to the point (which is his wont) about the fallout over SCOTUS's ACA ruling.
Fred Clark with a wrap-up of how Obamacare helps actual individuals.
"Know what that is called? Fatal stupidity." (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)
Some charts of the "political positions" of SCOTUS justices tracked over time. I've said it before about how this country has gone to the hard right, but maybe this quote will convince you. "When he was appointed in 1975 by President Ford, Justice John Paul Stevens was considered one of the court’s more conservative members. By the time he retired in 2010, he was heralded as its liberal lion."
Approaching a neo-dada-ism, Neil Gaiman's New Year's wish as typographic poster. Which, thinking about, maybe it is time for a Dada revival. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)
So, basically, after disclosing over 7,600 pages of documents (3 times the size of the ACA which everybody complained about it's size and how "unreadable" it was), and talking smack about conspiracy theories of it all being "Obama's plan to get gun control", Issa admits to it being a fishing expedition which he doesn't feel would have exposed anything. But I'm sure if he kept asking for documents, eventually he would have gotten the confrontation he's now enjoying (it plays to his base and his pledge to investigate and slow down the Obama Administration). Proud of the GOP yet?
Alligator Quotient: I didn't teach them to tango, did you?