And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekend Linkee-poo dreamed he met a Gallilean

Ferrett sells a novel. If you're a writer who hasn't broken through yet, go read his post. Heck, even if you have, go read his post.

"'It's a staff issue, so we're taking care of the staffing error,' (District spokeswoman Mary Kay Roth) said. 'It wasn't supposed to be sent home.'" Um, how about it should never have been written let alone copied. Seriously, don't tattle on bullies? Exact opposite of what kids should be doing.

So, there was this whole thing after the 2012 election when conservatives both failed to take back the White House and the Senate, and also lost seats in the House, about making sure that next time conservatives would hew to the message and not stick their collective feet in their mouths again. How's that working out? Well, I'm sure that's just one candidate speaking out of their ass. Okay, well, at least they're not engaging in the war on women any… Yea. At least in the manner of sticking ones foot in ones mouth, they don't seem to have much control there this year. So, how's the whackaloon count going? Oookaay. How about the other hate thing? Sigh.

Well, there's one life Obamacare helped save. (Grokked from Steven Gould, I think)

"What you’re doing is attempting to limit my choices, and I don’t appreciate that… There are young women my age who are extremely smart but they hide it because they get messages from women like you that if they are too smart or successful, boys won’t like them. They get messages from women like you that pleasing a man should be their number one goal." A 12-year old sees through Phyllis Schlafly's comments (linked to above). The unfortunate thing is, not many people do (although I'm heartened that more are). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The lawyer who argued for California's Prop 8 in front of the Supreme Court has an adopted daughter who is gay and wants to marry her partner. And Charles Cooper is adjusting his views on the matter. So, good on him. Although I'll note here that 1) not every lawyer believes every argument they make and 2) it took a close family member for his to re-evaluate his stance. It's strange that once people actually realize they actually know actual gay people, they're no longer afraid of "the gay agenda." (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"Republicans have absolutely no intention of letting go of Obamacare, their No. 1 campaign issue in 2014. The positive new sign-up figures unveiled by the White House -- including 5 million on non-exchange private plans, 3 million on Medicaid, 3 million young adults on a parent's policy -- won't change that because the issue animates the conservative base like none other." Again, if they lose, they know they'll lose the Congress for another decade or two. Conservatives, beating dead horses to dust since 1980.

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