lykomancer: (Going in for the Kill / Sasuke)
I might do this more seriously if I know that anyone's reading it. The news is freaking wacky shit, kids.

Let's start with this dude-- Allen Quist, a Republican who is seeking to defeat Rep. Tim Walz in southern Minnesota’s First Congressional District, who claims that liberals-- NAY! RADICALS!-- are a bigger threat to this country than terrorists.
...god damn it. Stop trying to out-crazy Michele Bachmann, people. This is not a contest where anyone wins.

Then there's Sarah Palin, who is still talking for some reason. She thinks that having an expert in Constitutional law as commander-in-chief is dumb. Also, apparently she "forgot" that the Shoe Bomber was tried in federal courts during the Bush years.

Republicans don't think Obama says the word "terror"...which is just false. And meanwhile, this jerkass is trying to raise campaign money by using the fear of terrorism renewed by the would-be Underpants Bomber.

This is also pretty ridonkulous: sending female soldiers lipstick and Cosmo-- really? That seems a little, uh, generic. And insulting.


Probable triggers in these*:
The battle for reproductive rights is ON in Wisconsin.
That article brought my attention to this little gem of WTFry from the Human Life Alliance: “I am familiar with no case of incest-related abortion that did not make matters worse for the victim.”
Really? No case? None? Ever? REALLY?


And a just and righteous skewering:
Brit Hume claims that the only way Tiger Woods can make any (emotional/professional/etc.) comeback is to drop Buddhism and convert to Christianity. Jon Stewart and Aasif Mandvi take this on brilliantly.


EDIT: This snarky ridicule bothers me. Maybe it's because I'm a great, big, fat, raging GEEK with pre-existing clinical depression, but I admit that I often feel upset/sad/depressed to realize that the fictional worlds I love don't exist and never will.


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* I'm guessing; I admit that I actually have no idea what triggers other's traumas. But it's better to be safe and label it, right?
lykomancer: (I Brought This Upon Myself)
1) I just melted a plastic baking pan in the oven while trying to cook dinner.

Positives: I saved the pork chops; the melted plastic drips broke off of the metal baking rack easily under cold water.

Negatives: It was Jinya's mom's baking pan; there are now pools of superheated melted plastic in the bottom of the oven.



2) Jon Stewart has clarified that someone like me can, in fact, take part in governmental politics.
He said, "For God's sake, the whole point of being Vice-President is to be a snide humor magnet. To deflect any douche-arrows from people like me that might head toward the President. It's "Who's the best Executive Branch rodeo clown?"!

...I WOULD BE THE BEST FUCKING VICE-PRESIDENT EVER

EVER.

WTF NO.

Jun. 21st, 2009 10:18 pm
lykomancer: (Weather Report Fits of Rage)
Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis (R) thinks families who are going hungry are just learning motivation.

Yeah. Not fucking kidding.


Why have meals at home with your loved ones if you can go to the government soup kitchen and get one for free? This could have the effect of breaking apart more families.

Anyone under 18 can be eligible? Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator. What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals?

Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break.(*)

Families may economize by choosing to not waste hard earned dollars on potato chips, ice cream, or Twinkies. Perhaps some families will buy more beans and chicken and less sweets.

They are using a "crisis" to create an expansion of a government program. Parents naturally love their children and enjoy caring for their children just as much as ever during an economic downturn...Laid off parents could adapt by preparing more home cooked meals rather than going out to eat.

The problem of childhood obesity has been cited as one of the most rapidly growing health problems in America. People who are struggling with lack of food usually do not have an obesity problem.




Honestly, this is so sickening, so ignorant, so heartless, it knocks me speechless.


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* Also, this is not true.
lykomancer: (Ok in the End)
HEY, HEY.

A knowledgeable friend-- one who works in the industry-- told me this tonight:

IN JULY, THERE WILL BE A NEW STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT OPTION: INCOME-BASED.

PAYMENTS CAN BE AS LOW AS ZERO (dollars/month).



That's not all.

There's also going to be a student loan forgiveness program for people working in certain job sectors. In this case, after ten years all remaining debt will be forgiven.



In other words, NOW is the time to start paying attention to any outstanding student debt. Collect company names, phone numbers, and account numbers-- you're going to need them come July!


Check it out!
lykomancer: (UU Jihad)
Pastor Dan from Street Prophets: Let me tell you one thing: whoever it was that shot George Tiller as he entered church this morning was no Christian.

Sara Robinson:
[L]ynchings typically occurred on courthouse lawns as a symbol that the mob had overridden the authority of the state and taken justice into its own hands. So what does it mean when right-wing terrorists start gunning down progressives in the pews of their own churches?

As she points out, two occurrences aren't a pattern. But it's still kind of alarming that we can even think about two different murders that took place in churches in the last year.

We are no longer safe, not even in our own houses of worship.

One could even amend that to read: we are no longer safe from domestic terrorism, not even in our own houses of worship.

Homeland security, my ass.

news

Apr. 28th, 2009 12:35 pm
lykomancer: (Shikamaru's Winning)
Legistalker is possibly the most interesting and useful website I've found in a while.


On that note:

My congressman participated in some civil disobedience protesting the expulsion of aid groups from Darfur. And then got arrested for it. I'm-a gonna call his office and tell them that I approve of Mr. Ellison's actions.

The Democratic Congressional Committee made a Michele Bachmann watch website. This woman is batshit insane.
lykomancer: (Perception is Suffering)
This? This sudden explosion of swine flu?

Is fucking terrifying.

Holy everloving god, it scares the fucking bejezus out of me.

Why? Because it seems a little bit too much like the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic which killed somewhere between 20 and 100 million people.

...yeah, I got the willies something bad here.

News

Apr. 24th, 2009 11:20 am
lykomancer: (I Give Up / My Head Hurts)
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota recently said she fears that Obama will build "reeducation" camps to indoctrinate young people. -- taken from here.

"Reeducation"? Hmm... Sounds like...
HEY WAIT THAT SOUNDS KIND OF LIKE WHAT YOUR HUSBAND DOES TO "CURE" GAY PEOPLE DOESN'T IT?

Goddamn, I hate that woman.



Mr. Olbermann, I don't actually know you, but I think I love you for this.

DIAF

Apr. 7th, 2009 12:14 pm
lykomancer: (Weather Report Fits of Rage)
An 84 year old woman is "lucky" to still be waiting tables.

"It's shocking that in the richest most powerful nation in the world, an 84 year old woman has to be grateful that she still has a job and a paid-for roof over her head. The CNN correspondents must have been shocked, as I was, to see this woman, bent over with osteoporosis, carrying plates and taking orders ar her age and wondered what had gone wrong in our society that such a thing could be necessary, right?

"Well, not exactly:

"Guttierez: 'You look at somebody like Mildred, she's 84 years old. She's still waiting tables, but she's doing it to supplement her social security income. The most important thing here is that she has no mortgage. [...] She doesn't have the monkey on her back that we all have and so she doesn't have to worry.'"




... WHAT.



I burst into tears when I read this. How humiliatingly cruel!
Those self-righteous bastards!

Listen up.

Feb. 12th, 2009 11:57 am
lykomancer: (UU Jihad)
Some of you may remember the shoot-out in the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church last July that killed two people and wounded eight more.

There's been an update on that, and here's the word's straight from the horse's mouth: It was a deliberate hate crime against liberals.

Progressives should take three lessons away from Knoxville:

"One: we are no longer safe, not even in our own houses of worship. It's ironic that progressives -- the subgroup of Americans who were most determined not to abandon reason and succumb to overblown fears of Islamic terrorism in the wake of 9/11 -- now have good, serious reasons to fear real domestic terrorism against themselves.

"Two: A significant part of this country's media infrastructure is thoroughly devoted to inciting people to commit horrific acts of violence against us -- and now, we know for a fact that people are acting on those incitements. It's time to start taking this far more seriously. What goes out across our airwaves these days isn't all that different from what went out over Radio Rwanda a decade ago, spurring that country to genocide. At this point, it's only a difference of degree.

"Three: The right wing has, as usual, grossly underestimated our courage and our commitment. The members of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist quickly and effectively disarmed and captured this man within seconds after he opened fire. Adkisson expected fear; what we got was determined resistance. It's why he's still alive today, and why more UUs aren't dead by his hand. The TVUUA congregation should be our enduring example of liberal grace under fire."



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Street Prophets has a new "News from the 'Net" up I recommend their NftN posts; they have a definite liberal bias, but it's nice to see someone on the religious left's political opinion and ideas of what's newsworthy.
lykomancer: (Perception is Suffering)
Top 11 Compounds Found in US drinking water.

Yep, that's what we be drinkin', yo.
lykomancer: (WTFWTFWTF)



WTFWTFWTF.

Travel's going to be impossible.
What's work going to be like?
Were any of my coworkers there?

My God, Tom had literally just crossed it when it collapsed. He said he heard the rumble of it falling and when he looked behind him the bridge was gone.

I'm kind of baffled as to what my week's now going to be like.


...although the woman on the radio saying repeatedly, "A bridge in America...just shouldn't fall down" is making me laugh a lot. Probably more than I should.

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