Gettin' back into a hobby.

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Hey guys! Man, the past few months have been Not Good. Anyway, I decided t'other day to get back into a hobby I've long neglected- for all my issues (and there are many, especially the treatment of women) with Games Workshop and Warhammer, I do love the games. So I have started a Bretonnian army.

It's a lot of fun a) starting a new army and b) having a set plan, after so long with the ever-expanding Empire. I know that a lot of you, particularly Real World friends, are also in the hobby so I thought I would mention things.

You can follow the army on a forum over here. I'll refrain from posting about it on the old livejournal to avoid boring the pants off everyone who doesn't care for miniature wargaming.

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Happy!
Busy not blogging blah blah. BUT! Catherynne Valente has posted the cover art for her new collection, Ventriloquism. Said cover features a female blemmya! THIS IS THE COOLEST THING EVER

If you don't realise why I feel this way you have never truly known me.

[and now I have the perfect image to create a 'medievalisms' icon yay]

Sep. 22nd, 2010

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When well-meaning Westerners, eager to promote respect for minority religions and cultures, ignore practices like forced marriage and confinement in order to "stop society from stigmatizing Muslims," they deny countless Muslim girls their right to wrest their freedom from their parents' culture. They fail to live up to the ideals and values of our democratic society, and they harm the very same vulnerabile minority whom they seek to protect.

--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nomad.

Discuss.

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via theweaselking, a place I would eat

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And from his comments: http://theblackoven.blogspot.com/

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Yes.

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On Patriotism

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Australia. Fun fact: there used to be four verses to “Advance Australia Fair,” but someone stole the last two. No, no, I kid. In fact what happened is that Australians decided to vote on their national anthem, were offered the opportunity to vote for “Waltzing Matilda,” which is a lovely song and completely endemic of their national character to boot, and instead they all voted for this song, which nobody in the entire country really likes (which is not surprising since it is, shall we say, boring) but which they feel is more “anthemy.” This tells you a lot about Australia. 55

The MightyGodKing reviews national anthems. Unfortunately for my country, this little story really does tell you a lot about us.

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Ouch.

HOLY FUCK
Remember the racefail of Avatar: the Last Airbender? Well, even the fans loathe it:

Hail the Red Queen!

Happy!
So Australia has a new PM, as of a few days ago. She's a member of the Left faction, an unmarried pro-choice childless non-religious woman who can't cook and is shacked up with a (male) hairdresser. I'm a little bit in love.

I am choosing at the moment to be optimistic, despite the fact that it was Right-faction politics which deposed K-Rudd and replaced him with Gillard. I desperately hope this faith does not wind up misplaced- as indeed it was with Rudd. Sigh.

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Live in Texas? RUN

WRATH
A few other people have already talked about this here and there and everywhere. The Republican Party of Texas has the craziest, most racist, homophobic, anti-science weird-arse motherfucker of a platform. Seriously, y'all should go read this crazy piece of shit. (pdf)

I'm at work right now, and so I thought I'd read through it and point out just a few of the items which send me into a red-eyed fury. I got depressed about half-way through, so feel free to leave comments pointing out whatever I missed.

First up, they consider only fetuses to be human! All other human life is not worth preserving:

PRINCPLE #4: The sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, which should be protected from fertilization to natural death. [p.1]

Right To Life – All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore, the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We affirm our support for a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution and to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection applies to unborn children. [p.7]

Capital Punishment – Properly applied capital punishment is legitimate, is an effective deterrent, and should be swift and unencumbered. [p.16]

This is an easy one; we already knew that Republicons held human life in contempt unless it was freshly fertilized.

Next up, we have a healthy dose of TRANSPHOBIA! Woo.

Family and Defense of Marriage – We support the definition of marriage as a God–ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman... [p.6]

Yeah, that 'natural woman' thing never gets old. HEY FUCKERS: transpeople are 'natural' men and women. They just have parts that don't match what you ignorantly think are the norm.

I don't even know how to describe the homophobia contained in this document. From now on, anyone claiming to be a Republican in Texas is dead to me. Anyone claiming that they are an 'undecided' or a 'moderate' in Texas is dead to me. How can you read their platform and not realise that these fuckers are the enemy?

Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. [p.7]

Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority
granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy. [p.7]

Pornography – We urge our governmental bodies to enforce laws regarding all forms of pornography. We urge more stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented businesses. We oppose the sale of “Not Rated” (NR) movies and video games to minors. [p.7]

Adoption – We support reducing the time, bureaucratic interference and cost of adoption. The law should assure mothers of a choice in selecting a traditional home for their children at the time of terminating their rights for adoption. We oppose mandatory open adoption and adoption by homosexuals. [p.10]


Every person who signed this platform is a diseased cock of a human being.

It also seems that they don't want *anyone* to have an interesting sex life, given that bit about Sodomy- no oral or anal sex for you! How dare you think of such things! Or want to watch pornography! Don't you know that would make you GAY.

OH HAY we like to remove women's choices! Remember- even if only a half-dozen cells, a human life is SAAACRRREEED:

RU 486 – We urge the FDA to rescind approval of the physically dangerous RU-486 and oppose limiting the manufacturers’ and distributors’ liability. [p.8]

Morning After Pill – We oppose sale and use of the dangerous “Morning After Pill.” [p.8]


They want AIDS victims to open themselves up to public pressure- and forbid them from marrying. Because Republicans are the FAMILY party.

...[AIDS/HIV] should be legally reported in the same manner as any communicable disease. [...] We urge the return to the requirement of blood testing in order to obtain a marriage license with the previous reporting responsibilities to prevent the spread of dangerous, infectious, and communicable diseases.

My personal favourite (as someone with health issues), is that folks with mental health problems aren't *really* sick. They are just PRETENDING so the US should remove all such folk from the Disabilities Act:

Americans with Disabilities Act – We support amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act to exclude from its definition those persons with infectious diseases, substance addiction, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, homosexual practices and mental stress, thereby reducing abuse of the Act. [p.11]

They also want to give parents the right to allow their children and those of others to DIE HORRIBLY:

Immunizations - All adult citizens should have the legal right to conscientiously choose which vaccines are administered to themselves or their minor children without penalty for refusing a vaccine. We oppose any effort by any authority to mandate such vaccines or any medical database that would contain personal records of citizens without their consent. [p.12]

One of the favourite methods of various colonial governments (and France) to suppress the indigenous populations of the regions controlled was to prevent them from speaking or even learning their native language. The Republicons want to do exactly that in Texas. Aren't they lovely?

Bilingual Education – English is the language of commerce, therefore a successful tiered language instruction program with the following provisions is recommended:
· Year 1: 70% English / 30% Native language (Year 1 indicates first year of U.S. based education)
· Year 2: 80% English / 20% Native language
· Year 3: 90% English / 10% Native language
· Year 4 and thereafter: 100% English (No bilingual education after year 3)
All students must pass recognized standard tests that verify each student’s English ability for their grade level before advancing. No research based evidence exists that a dual language program promotes the language of commerce. [p.12]


And this isn't even glancing at some of the anti-science and theocratic measures enshrined in the document. I got depressed with what I already had. Most of the other writers who have commented on this appalling platform are amused, but I don't think anyone who lives in Texas ought to be. Why? Well- this is the party's platform, their itinerary of what they wish the world would look like...

Of the 150 seat House of Representatives, 77 are Republicans.
Of the 31 seat Texas Senate, 19 are Republicans.
Governor Rick Perry is, of course, Republican.

They have a majority. Everyone who is not a white, conservative, protestant Christian cisgendered mentally healthy adult male needs to get the fuck out.

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