Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Know I'm Seeing Things

Chased by a dragon

Pinocchio's nose grows

Kokopelli visits
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  1. ... continued from last night.

    Thanks for the link, Mary. Looks like a fun link. Have you read Ouellette's "Physics of the Buffyverse"? Love that book.

    Spring training ... I love the sound of those words, Farf.

    Sweet dreams of recall votes, Kelly.

    ... back to today.

    Here's one win for us: the fight to work bill has been killed in Indiana.

    And of course, I'm open to other suggestions on my icy Rorschach tests. :)

  2. Andi, congrats on y'all's win in Indiana. (And yay to getting your power back!) I hope that here in Ohio we can protect ourselves from Kasich. He clearly does not think he won an election as much as he thinks he bought a piece of property with a rider providing him with all of the attendant feudal lordship rights to control said piece of property along with its inhabitants.

    Kelly, thanks so much for the good wishes. E is still having tests. None of the results have been scary so far but it is all still sort-of mysterious and we know they don't catch everything. She is the same age as her dad when he had his first heart attack, so we will be vigilant about follow up. We are extremely fortunate to be able to access and afford the care/tests she needs, at least so far.

    And, yeah, this union-busting shit is just as off the hook as the rampant woman-hating bills they've been introducing all across the country. Clearly there was some kind of back room organization going on amongst the newly elected Republicans because as their genius plan to address the nation's catastrophic financial problems unfolds, we can now see that the whole enchilada rests upon eliminating the following: middle and working classes, reliable contraception and safe abortion care, what little enforcement exists around rape laws, WHEEEEE! Gah, I have nothing but contempt for these people and anyone who supports or enables them.

  3. We won that one, Jen, but they're probably going to succeed in passing all their anti-teacher bills. :(

    I like Tom Tomorrow's take on the Republican war on women.

  4. Morning… nice ice sculptures there! I had no problem seeing what you described in each one, and I'm often pretty obtuse in that regard.

    Good to hear that much of the Midwest still wants to be part of Planet Earth. Here on Planet Georgia, the wingnuts won that war long ago and it shows. High school grad. rate of 58%, test scores in the bottom 5, and the pod people are just peachy with that. They seem to think ignorance is a badge of pride, when it's just intellectual sloth — they're too lazy to think for themselves and too proud to admit they're wrong. I think it was John Stuart Mill who said "not all conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservative."

    Speaking of stupid, The Boy has gotten back together with Snippet. She's not coming back to the manor, and he may not either.

  5. Hi y'all! Just got in from San Diego, and wanted to say that I saw Nancy's book for sale in the newsstand in the airport - how cool!

    Glad you won one in Inidiana. The union-busting crap and women-hating crap and public television funding crap and oh heck, everything Republicans want to do is making me crazy. WHy did anyone vote for those schmucks?

    Jen, I hope is okay (and that you are too!).

  6. You should try living in NJ - Christie thinks that we should all agree with him or be bullied into agreeing with him.

    We are still waiting for the focus on getting jobs. So far it seems to have been on eliminating jobs.

    PS - love the pictures!

  7. Late to the game. Worked 20 of 24 hours yesterday - egads. Back at it again this morning, but hoping to sneak out and breathe fresh air soon.

    I saw fish bones in the first one, andi! Very cool.

    Sorry about the Boy, Farf. Hopefully he'll figure it out one of these days.

    The political news makes my head spin.

    Going off-line for a while. Too many hours staring at the screen. Enjoy your day, all!

  8. Howdy All,

    Andi, that top one looks to me like the skeleton of an ice dragon, waiting only for a new fall of snow to give it fresh flesh and a new lease on life. Gorgeous!

    Jen, yeah the political news is going to make my blood pressure go high enough to blow the top of my head off if I'm not careful.

    I miss the Republican party of my 20s. I didn't agree with them, but conversation was possible and they were mostly sane. Often wrong, but mostly sane. Hell I even voted for one for Governor once* because the Dem had gone round the bend. Now? The Republican elected officials at the state and national level look like insane clown posse on parade. They're primarying Dick Lugar because he's not conservative enough--WTF?

    *He's since left the party because it moved too far right for him

  9. Wow, lookitchuguyz! Gettin' all political and stuff LOL

    Some guy called Walker saying he was Kock. Got through and they discussed putting in agitators into the crowd... Bastards. Worse is the news still isn't covering this accurately.

    I'm thinking the women of this "free" country should be rallying in the streets or goig on strike. But nothing but crickets. I wonder if they even know about the bills and HR3?

    What the American Taliban is doing while most of our women watch American Idol.

    Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

    1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't.

    2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

    3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

    4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

    5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

    6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

    7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

    8 ) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

    9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

    10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).

    Kelly, take care out there and dont' worry about getting back to me. I just wanted to let you know that I'm making decisions and "plotting" :) I have a dear friend who has been one of the few people to read some of my earlier stuff, she and Wayne harrass me to write my kids stories. But I'm going to write down all my dark erotica I think. Is that crazy? First and foremost, I'm just gonna' write for me.

    Weather wonders: It didn't snow last night - no Snowpocalypse. Now they are saying tonight or tomorrow. Whatev!

  10. Oh drat, Farf. I was hoping you never had to deal with her again. Here's hoping it's short-lived.

    Hope you got some warmish weather to welcome you back home, CG. Then again, I'm sure seeing Finny and the rest of the boys produced enough sunshine to heat the whole house. :)

    Yeah Dina, from the congress to the state legislature, creating jobs somehow doesn't seem to interest them much.

    Wow, Beth -- 20 hours! I hope you're making some nice money from that.

    I like the idea of the ice drago waiting for its snowy flesh to form. I thinking that it has to wait for an ice spider to spin an ice web over its bones to catch the snow.

    I think I'm about to get politic'ed out, Janet. It is really disheartening. Plus I'm tired of dreary winter weather. Maybe we should switch to talking about this year's dragon boat races. :)

  11. Is that the same as submarine races?

    I dunno, I'm feeling more hopeful for our country what with all the peole standing up for workers' rights. It's actually an electric, brilliant time right now. But I've been doing this for some time. My burn out point is more about safety measures. Plus we've got to keep Wisconsin on the front burner because these guys are talking about National Guards being used on our citizens again.

    I love the ice figures. Look like fossils.

    Cripes gotta jump in the shower. Or hopscotch.

  12. Janet, all this time in Portland and you've never seen the dragon boats?

  13. I wish, andi. Not really. I keep hoping as the company grows, they'll find a way to make working for them more lucrative. So for now, I'm paying my dues. But some days it's kind of a high price for not very much reward.

    Off to nap.....

  14. Andi, I've watched the flugtag, where they boats go off a pier and try to flyyyyyyyyyyyyyyycrash.

    Now I know whatcher talkin' about.

    Still no snow here. It's trying though. People are stocking up, it's crazy here at work. But the time is flying by.

    I told the kids to clean up the house so we can play tomorrow IF we get snowed in. Heh.