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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-02-06 05:42
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Don't forget to put an entry into the new Green Amazon ] ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — And yes, there will be goodies for the person whose nominee wins.

ladnews on psychotic persistence

tltrent on patience and the aspiring writer — Not bad advice for the working writer, either. Especially her comments about jealousy.

Wondermark manages to fit an entire SF short story into an 8 panel webcomic

A brief personal history of altweekly comics in America — Tom Tomorrow on the alt-comics apocalypse. Some interesting, and sobering, reading there for us fiction writers.

Lego Steampunk — (Snurched from jimhines.)

A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue — Some seriously weird flavor issues here. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

'Living doll' made of human cancer cells — Wow. (Nicked from Warren Ellis.)

Sessions: GOP Insurgency "May Be Required" — Now kids, put on your "let's pretend" hats and imagine if Barney Frank had said this about Democrats back during the days of the Permanent Majority. The spittle on Limbaugh's microphone wouldn't be dry yet, while the New York Times would still be tut-tutting. But when a Republican says it? Your Liberal Media doesn't even notice the story.

Hastert Launches a Partisan Policy — Hey? Remember this? Hastert's position, which is drawing fire from Democrats and some outside groups, is the latest step in a decade-long process of limiting Democrats' influence and running the House virtually as a one-party institution. Republicans earlier barred House Democrats from helping to draft major bills such as the 2003 Medicare revision and this year's intelligence package. Nope, nobody else remembers it either, especially no one in conservative America with their much-aggrieved and newfound concern for the rights of the political minority.

John Cole on bipartisanship — The current Republican opposition to the stimulus bill isn't making much sense, even in their own terms. Let alone in the reality-based community. And after the multiple political and economic disasters of the last eight years, I don't understand why anyone takes them seriously, outside the narrow procedural requirements of the Senate. The entire GOP political strategy seems to be to force Obama to fail so they can blame the outcomes of the Bush era on him and use that as a lever to restore their fortunes. If that isn't putting partisanship over patriotism, I don't know what is. Are you proud of your Republican party?

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2/6/2009
Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 219.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville


Originally published at jlake.com.

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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2009-02-06 14:10 (UTC)
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Thanks for the Wondermark link. That was great!
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User: jess_ka
Date: 2009-02-06 14:22 (UTC)
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Not bad advice for the working writer, either. Especially her comments about jealousy.

Yes, jealousy bad, no fun, and unhealthy. And so annoyingly persistent. We hates it, my precious.
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Twilight: Goodnight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2009-02-06 14:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Goodnight
On Insurgency - FWIW, at this story made a Big splash on Rachel Maddow & Keith Olbermann last night...And HufPo is covering it as swell - but out side of The Examiner.com (not the SF paper), it's only showing up in blogs (everywhere).

Ya gotta wonder how the hell they can scream "liberal media" when sh*t like that doesn't show up in the mainstream news.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-02-06 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They can scream "liberal media" because the terms of the argument have been reduced to "if it's in the media, it has liberal bias." That's long since become a self-reinforcing meme.
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Twilight: RachelBase
User: twilight2000
Date: 2009-02-06 15:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:RachelBase
Yea - and it's never made sense to me as a meme - as I sit watching the traditional media cover the same old stories in the same old blue suits - so it makes even less sense to me with this kind of situation.

Not that I don't recognize the label hasn't gained power - it just *never* made sense to me as I grew up in Berkeley, watching Dan Rather and Huntly/Brinkly do the news every night :>.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2009-02-08 23:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've just boiled down my reply to this as "So what are they saying, exactly, that isn't true?"
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-02-06 15:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sessions said he believes Republicans can take back the House.

"We believe our job is to aim to win the majority," Sessions said. "I've never aimed to come in second place."


I'd really like to see less of this attitude, and more of the attitude that a legislator's job is to make laws that serve the will of the people.

The attitude Session expresses here neatly sums up why I don't trust the GOP.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-02-06 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-02-06 15:34 (UTC)
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The current Republican opposition to the stimulus bill isn't making much sense, even in their own terms.

What do you think are "their own terms?"

How is money from the stimulus bill is being allocated?

How are we going to pay for the stimulus package?

I'm wary of the stimulus package because the emotion pushing it through the Legislature is so strong, it borders on unreason. We're devoting a lot of funds to a solution that, IMO, we haven't looked at very carefully.
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mcjulie
User: mcjulie
Date: 2009-02-06 16:39 (UTC)
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Money quote:

I'm not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that's not what we're saying.

In my head, this whole thing plays out like a Monty Python skit.

"Like the Taliban? No, no! That's not what I meant at all. No, I just meant that the Republicans should be terrorists. No! Wait! Did I say terrorists? I meant Nazis. No! Wait! I didn't mean Nazis. I just meant that the Republicans should chop up little babies and eat them with sauce. Wait! Did I say babies? I'm sorry, I meant kittens. No! Wait!"
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2009-02-08 23:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>Sessions: GOP Insurgency "May Be Required"<<

T'aint that big a pretend. Remember the Democratic "insurgency", as it was called, awhile back?
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