What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Weekend Linkee-poo in my mind and in my car, we can't rewind, we've gone too far

SF/F writers on Women's History Month, female authors, and female characters. (Pointed to by Dan)

Kristen Lamb with the 7 things confident writers don't do.

"So if a woman has sex and gets pregnant, SDCC says she must be fired, because people can see that. But if a man has sex and gets his girlfriend pregnant, that’s fine, because penis." A good Christian Community College fires a unmarried female teacher because she was pregnant and didn't get an abortion. But then tries to hire the guy who got her pregnant for her old job. Classy.

Wow. Well, first we had the "Riding the Manatees", which I contend is the new political version of "Jumping the Shark". And now we have Fox and Friends "riding the manatees." I mean, sure, they've been there before, but interviewing historical re-enactors who have a political bent (in this case, creationism) and asking them about modern politics. Did Jefferson cut the budget? IIRC, yes he did. But by retiring debt incurred during the Revolutionary War (which were short term loans). Also that debt cutting weakened our nation in the face of the Revolutionary War Part II, aka War of 1812. Oh, and there's this little thing called "Louisiana Purchase" he pushed through which re-indebted the country and was considered in the popular press at the time as a great mistake. Seriously, the guy can't even get the Declaration of Independence right, you expect me to listen to him after that? (Pointed to by Dan)

"Anti-abortion Christians in America are rightly outraged by reports of compulsory abortion in places like China. We have compulsory abortion here in America too — it’s just compelled by market forces and the private sector rather than by the state." Yet another chance for the Pro-Life movement to show us just how much they're all about reducing abortion. Again they're choosing the anti-femanist course.

"But why would you insist on privatizing a health program that is already public, and that does a much better job than the private sector of controlling costs? The answer is pretty obvious: the flip side of higher taxpayer costs is higher medical-industry profits." Again, actions speak louder than words. In this case, conservatives putting corporate profits ahead of public good. Again. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"I'm not a publicist or an expert in p.r. but I think it's probably a bad sign when your rivals think it's hilarious to read your book out loud in public." Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli writes a book (said in a "Horton Hears a Who" way). (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"Let's put armed guards in the schools!" What could possibly go wrong? "A New York town that began assigning an armed police officer to guard a high school in the wake of the Connecticut massacre has suspended the program after an officer accidentally discharged his pistol in a hallway while classes were in session." I'm sure that didn't cause any problems. (Pointed to by Dan)

Conservatives deceiving their constituents over just exactly what they voted (and didn't vote) for? Why, that would never happen.

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