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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Linkee-poo is a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people-eater

A video by the Historical European Martial Arts groups on how most sword fighting in the movies and in games is completely wrong. Actually, it's about a whole lot more, but that's how it's mostly being promoted. And, yes, most common beliefs are wrong. Also, today we focus highly on the sword (as do most of HEMAs members do), but there was a hellalotta more going on in the martial arts. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Some thoughts on why old women are the face of evil in fairy tales. I disagree a little with some of their interpretation of characters, and they don't hit the most obvious point (it was mostly men collecting these tales) nor the second obvious point (the war between the Pagans with their goddess centered worship and the rising Christianity).

The PBS episode of The Secrets of the Dead, Vampire.

Cassini is going to barnstorm Enceladus. (Grokked from John)

"… for the first time, scientists are poised to bring to the US market a virus that can help thwart cancer, a development that could herald a new age of viral therapies." (Grokked from Kelly Swails)

Paul Ryan, already selling you out to get his job. In this case, no immigration deal while Obama is in the White House, or one that the GOP doesn't like. Because the Freedom Caucus is totally against back-room deals. Except when it's their back-room deals. But then, "'Immigration is far and away the most important problem facing America because it changes the voter pool, thereby controlling the outcome of every single public policy challenge America faces,' (Rep. Mo) Brooks said…" Well, that's not racist at all. Thanks, Rep. Mo Brookes (why did I keep typing "Rep. No") for reminding everyone the GOP is mostly the "angry, white, old-men" party.

You know you're doing something wrong when the fact checkers send you a letter of TL:DR. "The reporters told Paul they eventually stopped vetting every chapter of (Rand's books) because, 'we don't have the time to check them all.'" Seriously, Rand Paul, this isn't a he said/she said thing. It's researchable. It's knowable. Stop mangling our founding father's quotes. I think George Washington said it best when he said, "Hey Rand, don't be a dick."

"'It’s certainly not the process I would want, but think about what the alternative was,' (Speaker John Boehner) said (about the compromise deal). 'I would hope that the process in the future would have a little more length to it and involve more members.'" Strangely enough, Speaker Boehner, it's exactly the same process you had to use to get any substantive work done in the House during your tenure. Exactly the same; secret deal without amendments, offered at the last moment, and needing an overwhelming majority of the Democratic votes to help get it passed. And while I agree the alternative is disastrous, that's because your caucus is full of whackaloons who don't play well with others and see no reason to. You can't get your own GOP sponsored bills passed the Hastert Rule. Maybe it's time to chuck it (the rule, that is). And it would have been a much larger catastrophe for the GOP. The RNC should get on their knees and kiss your ass for getting this done.

"Fox Host: We Don't Regulate Cars! Why Should We Regulate Guns?" Okay, I'll take regulating guns just as much as we regulate cars. I just don't have the fucking spoons for this total ignorance. Oh, and Andrea Tantaros, about your comment re: swimming pools, let me introduce you to the concept of attractive nuisance. This is why many jurisdictions require a lockable fence around any pool (there are also regulations on depth, cleanliness, and in some cases insurance carriage). JFC these people ignoramuses.

John Kasich has his come to Jesus moment. Note, John is also a far right whackaloon. We've had two general votes to overturn laws he supported and signed into law. So the pots are calling the kettles black.

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