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Okay, no politics here for a while.

I don't like being cranky, but not liking it doesn't actually make me less cranky.

ETA: My pants are on fire.
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A cube hovers in front of a saucer:

"We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own."


The answer? )
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This situation developed because Alaska's transparency laws allow anyone to file Freedom of Information Act requests. While normally useful, in the hands of political opponents FOIA requests can become a means to bog down a target in a bureaucratic quagmire, thanks to the need to comb through records and respond by a strict timetable. Similarly, ethics investigations are easily triggered and can drag on for months even if the initial complaint is flimsy.

Let. me. get. this. straight.

Sarah Palin. Was chased out of office. By FOIA requests??!?

The prospect of having to tell people what their state government was up to was so daunting that the governor had to quit. As opposed to hiring two new college-educated minions to deal with the massive onslaught of documents.

Look, having to deal with discovery-as-harassment sucks. I admit this freely. But this woman, who has the First Amendment exactly backwards, gets none of my sympathy. The government is accountable to the people, period, end of story. If it took her this long to realize she'd be subjected to more scrutiny as a governor than as a private citizen...

... Sweet Zombie Jesus.

I await the inevitable chorus of FOIA baad!, led by the usual evil suspects.

Karl Rove acknowledges the unusual battering Ms. Palin has endured in recent months, but told Fox News that GOP leaders are still puzzled by her decision. "If she wanted to escape the ethics investigations and save the taxpayers money, she's now done that," he said. Unfortunately, he added, her decision "sent a signal that if you do this kind of thing to a sitting governor like her, you can drive her out of office."

Oh, gee. Karl Rove has an opinion about this. Shock.
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Title: Smile of the Rani
Characters: Donna Noble, the Rani
Spoilers: Mild through JE
Rating: PG-13 (cursing)
Summary: The Rani needs a consultant.

Cursing her hangover and whomever it was at the door that had the extremely poor taste to be knocking, Donna Noble wobbled up to her peephole and surveyed her front walk.

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Everybody- meaning most of us- has written a love letter, and they're almost uniformly mortifying. Needling someone over their crushed-out mushiness is perfectly acceptable and hilarious; reading someone's love letters out loud, as though the reader himself hasn't written letters just as stupid, is stomping on the Bro Code.
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(Translator unknown)

2.62: Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

2.195: And spend in the way of Allah and cast not yourselves to perdition with your own hands, and do good (to others); surely Allah loves the doers of good.

4.93: And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell; he shall abide in it, and Allah will send His wrath on him and curse him and prepare for him a painful chastisement.

5.77: Say, O followers of the Book! be not unduly immoderate in your religion, and do not follow the low desires of people who went astray before and led many astray and went astray from the right path.

5.98: Know that Allah is severe in requiting (evil) and that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
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"5.77": Say: O followers of the Book! be not unduly immoderate in your religion, and do not follow the low desires of people who went astray before and led many astray and went astray from the right path.
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I gotta stop paying attention to the Supreme Court.

It turns out you can't actually constitutionally strip-search a 13-year-old girl if you suspect she has prescription-strength ibuprofen (!) in her undies. So that's good. But, if you're the girl, you can't sue the bastards that did it, because the law is unclear on the issue.

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Okay, get this

My sister, who is coming out of the Nerd Closet, insists we must go see Revenge of the Transforming Robots in IMAX. She bullies a large group into the 7:45 show. The fancy-pants theater is an hour and half away. So far, no big. Everyone hustles to be ready by 5, we basically are, and all is well. But no!

At 4:15, she calls to say she has an "important project"- which apparently sprang from the sea-foam like Aphrodite, sometime in the last two hours- and we're going to the 11 PM show.

I love my sister. But...
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The word "Allah" is the Arabic word for "God." Muslims use this word to refer to the "God of Abraham." Arabic Christians use this word to refer to God- "Allāh al-ʼAb" means "God the Father", and that construction is used to distinguish Christian from Muslim.

I don't know this because I am some great scholar. I looked up "Allah" on Wikipedia, that's all.

I am posting this because every time I hear someone say, "They don't worship God, they pray to Allah!", I want to slap the taste out of that person's mouth.

There is plenty of room for doubt and mystery in pondering what god, goddess, or whomever there might be. If you are an atheist, a pagan, or whatever, good on you. But I never again want to have to sit through a conversation with my ignorant neighbor, who thinks that to refer to God in a language he doesn't speak is to refer to a different God.

Jesus Christ.
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Did you ever have something you *really* wanted to come out a certain way but you were afraid to jinx it?


The world rarely works the way I think it's supposed to. (Not that my reaction is particularly relevant.) O Lord, please let them not get crushed.


I ask the police and army personals [sic] not to “sell their religion”, and beware that receiving orders will not excuse them before god. Recognize the protesting youth as your children. Today censor [sic] and cutting telecommunication lines can not hide the truth.

I pray for the greatness of the Iranian people.

-- Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, "reformist cleric in Qom, and once the designated successor to Khomeini", tr. unknown, todayish

He's right.
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World, you're making me not want to be with you. Why you gotta be like that?

Moron DOMA

Jun. 12th, 2009 09:58 pm
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This is a comment I posted in [ profile] digital_eraser's journal, extensively revised because I am really getting pissed off here.

Marriage needs defending. Because if the law doesn't *force* heterosexuality, it will die out. )

Legal hackery: not just for torturers anymore!

ETA: The sarcasm quotes around the word "marriage" in the congressional report on DOMA are a particularly classy touch.
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After five six years(!), I seem to finally be getting the hang of this linking business.
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So the Department of Justice filed a brief that amounts to a defense of DOMA in federal court on Thursday. A married gay couple wants federal benefits; I assume it's because one of them is a federal employee. More here.

A letter I sent to the White House )

Looking at it now, I feel I was too reasonable. What I've seen of the brief is shameful, and the idea that the DoJ "must" enforce it is horseshit. I suspected it was, and now I have proof. This is just crap piled on crap. Epic fail is too mild.

The President does a lot of stuff I agree with, and I admire him. But not for this. This is bigotry and bullshit, and he should know better.
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(Those are X-Men characters. If you didn't know that, you may will be better off scrolling past this entry.)

This relationship is often viewed as a grotesque mishandling of both characters. It pees all over one of the sacred romances in comics. IIRC, it happened entirely because of editorial mandate, and in-text divine intervention is the only thing that kept the two of them together.

I love this 'ship to pieces and I will cry big sad fanboy tears if/when it is done away with.

Why? )
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Avatar: The Last Airbender came to my attention because it has an entry on every. single. Tvtropes trope page, and because people were complaining about EPIC FAIL in the casting of the live action version. I resisted watching it for a long time because it was something that everybody liked, and everybody's tastes don't agree with mine most of the time.

But in this case? Everybody's right. This is a really good show.

Live Action Casting FAIL )

So I'm off to watch the last two (sob!) episodes.

Iroh rules.
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The high court, in a 5-4 ruling, overturned the 1986 Michigan v. Jackson ruling, which said police may not initiate questioning of a defendant who has a lawyer or has asked for one unless the attorney is present. - Wall Street Journal

It's really poor form to root for someone to die. But I very much wish the Chief Justice were someone a hell of a lot better, and it's a lifetime appointment.


President Barack Obama today announced his nomination of James Madison to the Supreme Court. Madison, who has served as the fourth President of the United States and the recording officer of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, and played a key role in the drafting of the Bill of Rights, was attacked as "insufficiently qualified" for the position, having never served as a magistrate in any court. Critics say Madison, whose Bill of Rights is extensively concerned with the rights of accused and convicted criminals, is "dangerously out of touch" and "pro-crime, to a disturbing degree." Some are bothered by Madison's presumed stances on such issues as abortion and gay marriage, as these topics are not mentioned anywhere in Madison's extensive body of writings.

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