November 19, 2009
Alan Moore having best day ever
Jessamine County, Kentucky is a place with a name that just screams for something exactly like this to happen:
Amy Wilson in the Lexington Herald-Leader has an in-depth story on just what went on when two Lexington, KY library workers were fired for withholding a copy of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER from an 11-year-old girl.
According to the story, Sharon Cook, 57, above left, and Barbara Boisvert, 62, above right, basically colluded to keep the book out of circulation -- Cook, who had become disturbed by the book's imagery, checked it out for a year, meaning no one else could check it out. However, when an 11-year-old girl put it on hold, Cook was unable to continue her delaying tactic -- and Boisvert stepped in, removing the hold, and keeping the book out of circulation.
Both were fired for their actions. The Jessamine County Public Library has not commented on what they call a personnel matter.
Cook seems to have some kind of obsession with the book -- she's still carrying it around in her knapsack, the dirty parts marked with post-its.
I truly cannot get the image out of my head right now of Alan Moore hunched over in a plush throne-like chair before a fireplace deep in some secluded cave in England cackling maniacally with a remote control in one hand and an empty bottle of whiskey in the other.
November 17, 2009
Some incredibly gifted people are making an 8-bit conversion of Left 4 Dead.
I want to play this badly.
Something I really don't get about the conservative love for Sarah Palin is how they always seem to highlight- as signs of their praise, mind you- examples of how she is both an asshole and an idiot.
Case in point, this selected quote from NRO, via LGM:
"If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore: If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat? I always remind people from outside our state that there's plenty of room for all Alaska's animals - right next to the mashed potatoes."
1. What an asshole. I mean, Christ.
2. Seriously, who the fuck actually calls themself a "carnivore?" Even Fogo de Chao has a goddamn salad bar. Humans aren't carnivores, Sarah, they're omnivores. But to be fair, I'm assuming reading a human evolution book isn't your strong suit.
3. Seriously, who brags about saying this to a dinner guest? What an asshole.
November 16, 2009
"If We Really Had 'Pro-life' Legislators"
I make it a habit to refer to people against abortion rights as "anti-choice," but mushy moderates like those who threw women under the bus last week with the Stupak amendment seem desperate to maintain the "pro-life" label. I know I'm no one in terms of shaping rhetoric, but as of last week I can't use that term without quotes anymore, in any context. We don't have a single "pro-life" member of Congress. If we did they'd vote to stop the actions that cause actual deaths, or at the very least vote for things that make lives better.
November 15, 2009
Thrilling adventures in proving my point
Once again, I had the pleasure of joining Matt Lewis on Bloggingheads to talk about a few of the big issues this week -- the netroots boycott of the DNC over promises President Barack Obama made to the LGBTQ community, the Stupak-Pitts amendment, and the attack at Fort Hood.
Oh good, gay rights and the Stupak amendment. I don't mean any disrespect to Fernholz or Lewis here, but it's two white guys talking about minority groups within the Democratic Party. If you don't have the ten minutes to spare, let me give a spoiler hint: guess what they think about those groups' concerns?