thistlerose: (safe place)
*snort*

This story is from Mother Jones. The earlier start of Daylight Savings Time might not save us a damn thing. )

I'm not liking it at all. Before, when I woke at 6:15, the sky was beginning to lighten. Now, when I wake at the same time, it's completely dark. It's depressing.

General Pace is an asshole homophobe. Sir, you're violating one of the Commandments. You don't get to dictate morality.

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Went to the gym yesterday and today. I think five days a week is a good number. This is Operation Fit Into Cute New Jeans By May.

Damn. Still haven't finished the Buffy story. It's about 600 words long right now, and I feel like I'm right at the middle part. I need to a burst of inspiration to get the rest out.
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lupinslittlesis! *snuggle*

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I refuse to get explodey about Virginia until it's official. I remember the media calling Florida for Gore in 2000. And besides, Robert Gates (Rumsfeld's successor) is kind of scary.

Still. WE GOT RID OF RUMSFELD! (Okay, Bush got rid of him. But we told him to!) And we took the House. And these political cartoons filled me with glee. )

I'm not going to grumble about conservative Democrats. It's enough, for now, that we've got the majority. It's a start.

Instead I'll grumble about the fact that we don't have instant run-off voting. If we did, third-party candidates would have a chance, and a minority of voters might not take the prize, which is what happened in MN's gubernatorial race. (Republican Pawlenty won with 47%, Democrat Hatch received 46%, and Independent Hutchinson got something like 8%. Which means that a clear majority of the voters did not want Pawlenty. And yet he won. That's how he won the last time. That's not fair.)

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I wonder if ABC has the newest Lost episode yet. I forgot all about it and watched West Wing's "Two Cathedrals" instead last night.

I've got a question for people who read and write QaF fan fic. If I'm writing about the American cast, is it somehow poor form or cliche if I use plot points from the British series? Not that there are many ways I can interweave the series, but for example, if I gave Brian lines similar to Stuart's "It was good enough for me" speech, would that be frowned upon, do you suppose? I don't read much QaF fic, so I don't know what's been overdone. I mean, the American series mirrored the British for a while (and was better, IMO, when it did). Not that that's what I'm going to be doing. I'm just tossing ideas around. Hmm.
thistlerose: (change)
Breaking News 12:53 PM ET:
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Intends to Resign, Republican Officials Told the A.P.



AIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

OMG, it's true!!!

Also, the Associated Press is calling Montana for the Democrats, though Burns hasn't conceded yet. Webb is declaring victory in Virginia, but I believe's he's ahead by only a third of a percentage point, which means there has to be a recount.

Oh please, oh please, oh please...

Of course, even if we take the Senate, fucking Lieberman could still fuck things up.

Okay, and livejournal is still acting wonky. Like refreshing when I hit "update."
thistlerose: (decadent)
Two Senate races are still up in the air, but it looks like the Democrats have a chance. Gah.

Minnesota's Republican governor was re-elected. Bleh. Next time, we need to do better than Hatch.

I read somewhere that MA's Deval Patrick is only the second black US governor. Seriously? I'm surprised. Though maybe that's naive of me. After all, people in Virginia are willing to vote for a racist who keeps a noose in his office. O_O

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Anyway, the real purpose of this post is to pimp these amazing icons that [livejournal.com profile] fleshdress posted yesterday. They're the Harry Potter spells, artistically interpreted.

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I almost wrote a drabble last night about McDreamy getting eaten by a bear. But I always used to grumble at the people who wrote death fics for Relena and the other Gundam Wing women just because they didn't like them. So I refrained. But I enjoyed imagining it.

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ETA: Okay, this is a little too much fun. Smack Bush!

ETA II: Arizona rejected the gay marriage ban. Not that gays can marry in Arizona; the state just decided not to amend its constitution.
thistlerose: (travel)
OMG, the Nazi Cow won. Dammit. But since the Democrats took the House (WOOT!) I don't think she can do to much damage. And maybe, once people realize what a nutjob she really is, they'll vote her out next time around.

Meantime, Minnesota elected its first woman Senator (it's about time!) and the country's very first Muslim Congressman. We still don't know whether or not Hatch will beat Pawlenty, but I am so tired. I've been so jittery all day and it's caught up with me.

The New York sweep made me happy, as did the ousting of Santorum. I really hate him.

Five Seven states voted to ban gay marriage. GRRRR. Why are people so full of hate? At least the South Dakota abortion ban was defeated.

Anyway.

While waiting for the returns, I watched "Wordplay," which I recommend...if you like geeking out over crossword puzzles.

ETA: OMG, we got Missouri! Two more! Two more!!
thistlerose: (puppylove)
Okay, now I'm not getting reply notifications.

Oh, look! Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death two days before the mid-term elections. How...timely. I don't actually think it will improve the Republicans' chances.

Frank Rich has a nice op-ed in today's NY Times. Did you know that Lynne Cheney had written femmeslash? I had not known that.

Ted Haggard has come out of the closet. He's apologized for his "sexual immorality." Now he can apologize for being a fucking hypocrite. Part of me wants to feel badly for the guy, because I'm sure he was brought up to hate homosexuals. But I just can't. Because he claimed to preach the words of Jesus, but Jesus was all about love. But this guy preached hatred. So, yeah. Big fucking hypocrite.

ETA: Here's the Frank Rich article, for people who don't get Times Select: Read more... )
thistlerose: (letter writing)
I watched Watership Down (1978) tonight. It was...rather abreviated. And more than a little trippy. But sweet. Zero Mostel provided Kehaar's voice; that was his last film. Bigwig is the best, bravest bunny ever.

This really isn't funny at all, but...

U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Guide

By WILLIAM J. BROAD
Published: November 3, 2006

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.


How nice. Maybe now they'll shut up about the NY Times and other newspapers publishing not-so-secret secrets.

On a lighter note, Golden Retriever puppies. Puppies! *ded from teh cute* <-- [livejournal.com profile] casirafics, take a look at the puppies' names.

I still don't have a title for the story I wrote this afternoon. It's about Percy and Ginny, set after HBP, more an exercise in dialogue than anything else. I'll post it tomorrow, I guess.

Heh. I'm toying with ideas for a semi-epic, Faith-centric story. I don't want to write it. I want to have written it.
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Here's a video (via YouTube) of a veteran and former Republican Representative campaigning for Democrats. It's worth watching especially if, like Rep. McCloskey, you've been a Republican all your life but don't feel comfortable with the current Administration's policies and *snort* values.

I wrote a story today, but I can't post it until I find a title that doesn't suck. Grrr.

New Grey's tonight! Heh. And Blockbuster sent me the animated version of "Watership Down." Please to be sending me SPN, Blockbuster. It's been at the top of my queue for a good long time now.
thistlerose: (thoughtful)
I could be wrong about this, but aren't the Republicans supposed to be the ones who believe in non-interference in the individual decisions of states?

Also, if Norm Coleman insists that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, why is he so concerned about reducing emissions?

I want Al Franken to run against him in two years.

I don't know what to get my brother for his birthday. He says he doesn't want anything, but he's turning 21 next week.

There was no [livejournal.com profile] fannish5 yesterday, was there?

*tries to find something to do*

ETA: Still taking prompts for [livejournal.com profile] humbuggery. I said I'd stop on Friday, but we need more. I'll take them through Wednesday of this coming week. Come on, guys. 22 people expressed an interest; about four have suggested prompts. It's not a committment.
thistlerose: (Bite Me/Will/pissed off)
Under federal law, pensions can be denied only to lawmakers' same-sex partners and people convicted of espionage or treason.

Isn't that nice? Gay marriage ranks up there with espionage and treason. But then, we've got Michelle Bachmann calling gay marriage evil (she actually used that word) and she could well win a seat in the US Congress.
thistlerose: (chicks with swords)
Bob Herbert (one of my favorite NY Times opinion writers) has some good words (IMO) about misogyny in America. It's pretty depressing, but he's right; there's a problem.

Why Aren’t We Shocked?
By BOB HERBERT

“Who needs a brain when you have these?”

— message on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt for young women

In the recent shootings at an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania and a large public high school in Colorado, the killers went out of their way to separate the girls from the boys, and then deliberately attacked only the girls. )
thistlerose: (hope)
[livejournal.com profile] littleguineapig alerted me to this:

Call-in Week: Stop the Killings in Darfur

The crisis in the Darfur region is at a crucial point: the Sudanese government formally called on the African Union last week to pull its peacekeepers out of Darfur by the end of September if it continues to support a U.N. takeover of the mission. Without U.N. or AU boots on the ground, there will be nothing to stop the situation from spiraling out of control.

Strong pressure from the United States government and other countries can change the tide. It is vitally important that a U.N. peacekeeping operation be deployed immediately with sufficient size and mandate to protect civilians in Darfur. Your help in encouraging the U.S. government to take action is crucial.

Make a Call

We've designated this week as a national call-in week because phone calls really do make an impact.

For more information, including background, a sample script, and the phone number you should call, go here.
thistlerose: (indoors)
Not sure how I feel about this new navigation strip. It took me a little too long to figure out how to change my userpics. (The option is not under pictures, where you'd think it would be.)

Anyway.

Heh.

Colin Powell (and others) defy Bush on torture legislation. Redeem yourself, Colin.

This, in particular, amused me:

Firing back, White House spokesman Tony Snow said Powell was "confused" about the White House plan. Later, Snow said he probably shouldn't have used that word.

"I know that Colin Powell wants to beat the terrorists, too," he said.


No, really?

News flash: we all want to beat the terrorists. It's just that some of us think that torture and denying defendants the right to see evidence being used against them is wrong.


Also, Smith didn't make it into "The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students." They only profiled 100 schools, but still. So long as Wellesley didn't make it, either. :P

Here's the article, c&p'd from nytimes.com:

Is This Campus Gay-Friendly?
By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM

THIS fall, stacked amid the hefty new college admissions books like “The Best 361 Colleges” and “Financial Aid for the Utterly Confused” is a guide about an entirely different sort of college acceptance. )
thistlerose: (seasonal)
Keith Olbermann asks Bush, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" (At youtube.)

Keith just gets sexier and sexier.

Also, Katherine Harris won the Republican Senate primary in Florida. This should be interesting.
thistlerose: (change)
[livejournal.com profile] raletha made this icon for me. *loves*

Harper's has an interesting (and short) editorial on The Bush Administration and Godwin's Law.

ETA:

Also courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] raletha (she's like my political soul mate!)

Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.

Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson kicks ass. (That seems to be the phrase of the week!)

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Story in a bit. I just need to figure out what to call it. I suck at titles. (But I have a nice one for the Remus/Jenny story.)

Btw, check out [livejournal.com profile] seviet's latest post. Even if you don't ship Harry/Ginny...OMG. It's a large image but WS, and...spectacular.
thistlerose: (hope)
[livejournal.com profile] amberlynne and [livejournal.com profile] raletha alerted me to this.

Pissed off by Donald Rumsfeld's derision of...well, pretty much everyone who disagrees with him?

Keith Olbermann was, and his smack down is a thing of beauty.

FTW, man.

Also FTW is [livejournal.com profile] xylodemon's 15 unpopular fannish opinions. I agree with just about all of them.
thistlerose: (peace)
Without denying the tragedy of JonBenet Ramsey, here are some beautiful dead girls who aren't all over the news.
thistlerose: (hope)
Yay for Lamont! I sincerely hope Lieberman doesn't decide to run as an Independent. Joe, give it up. Haven't you hurt the Democrats enough?

iTunes is feeling political, too: Dylan, Dixie Chicks, Neil Young... (I like some of Neil's songs, but his voice grates like nails on a blackboard. I don't mind Dylan's voice half as much.)

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