heathershaped: (films: it's nice to be nice)
Not only is the new Governor of PA Republican, but Toomey is giving his acceptance speech for the Senate.

I realise PA has a tendency to swing, but I haven't lived here long enough to experience that in a practical way.

can i move back to MD now, jw
heathershaped: (Obama bw)

+ Please vote today everyone! If you're not sure where your polling place is, Find Your Fucking Polling Place. Most of them close at 8pm.

I will be watching the results with bated breath tonight.

+ I meant to post yesterday, but good luck to everyone doing NaNoWriMo/Wrisomifu/NaBloPoMo/various other November-themed events wot involve lots of typing! I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. I... am not doing any of those. *loser*

+ Couple things I am watching that I haven't been talking about!

- Lost Girl. CRACKTASTIC CANADIAN URBAN FANTASY WITH CHICKS. I described it thusly to [livejournal.com profile] fruhlings on tumblr the other day:

"It’s … well. It’s campy but fun. It’s like if Xena took place in modern-day Toronto, complete with subtext between super-powered lead female and younger female protege who adorably insists on tagging along with her wherever she goes, if Xena were a succubus and Gabrielle were a grifter who was into disguises. And lead female has sexual tension with almost everyone she meets, male or female, just like Xena! There is diversity and lots of ladies and every episode title incorporates the word Fae in a way that’s probably going to get pretty old pretty soon.

…I think I’ll keep watching."

- The Walking Dead. Not too sure about this one yet. I mean it's mostly enjoyable - super-gross, really well-done zombie stuff, a great score and production values, good performances. But the opening was kind of gender-faily, and I'm not very engaged with the characters yet so I hope that comes later. Also I want to meet Glenn and get to know the supporting cast better because the lead guy is... well. Anyway, I'm giving it another shot.

- Dexter. Mixed thoughts on the season so far as a whole, but if you look closely, there is an utterly delightful buddy-cop dynamic emerging between Deb and Sierra. ♥ Deb remains the greatest, btw. Quinn is gross, and also orange.

Things I am behind on, mostly for lack of time:

- Undercovers. Hot married spies, cuteness, slowly developing actual tension and drama as the season progresses! IT CAN STAY. ♥
- Nikita. Improbable spy plots, unconvincing male love-interest types, but a Mentor/Protege dynamic between Nikita and Alex that I am in love with, and also Maggie Q with guns! IT CAN STAY TOO.
- Lip Service. Crack! Pretty lesbians in Glasgow! I'm only one episode in and I am taking my time catching up for some reason; mostly it makes me want to rewatch early seasons of The L Word, and also I keep getting irrationally annoyed that Angel Coulby is not in it? IT'S A LONG STORY. I can't explain my weird emotions at this time.

can i just

Aug. 4th, 2010 10:46 pm
heathershaped: (gael and diego)

via [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields by way of tumblr

brb celebrating.
heathershaped: (ASH)
*hugs to my flisties in the UK*

*buys you a drink*
heathershaped: (HP: Harry)
+ JK Rowling has The Single Mother's Manifesto; remains awesome while doing so.

Nobody who has ever experienced the reality of poverty could say “it’s not the money, it’s the message”. When your flat has been broken into, and you cannot afford a locksmith, it is the money. When you are two pence short of a tin of baked beans, and your child is hungry, it is the money. When you find yourself contemplating shoplifting to get nappies, it is the money. If Mr Cameron’s only practical advice to women living in poverty, the sole carers of their children, is “get married, and we’ll give you £150”, he reveals himself to be completely ignorant of their true situation.

+ Britney Spears releases photos of a recent photoshoot before and after airbrushing; win.

Some stuff wot I read recently:
+ Your Guide To Fandom Ships And New Characters That Interfere With Them by [livejournal.com profile] obsession_inc
+ CNN Will Grind A Debate Out of Anything, Baby, ANYTHING from Wonkette - and you can actually read the comments!

+ Finally, my bb Jay Smooth continues to win at life and pwnage. "I don't judge people for being ignorant, but I do judge people for being arrogant about their ignorance."

I about died at 2:05. Who says there's no use for auto-tune?
heathershaped: (Obama bw)
Health care reform passed.

I really, really wish it were as liberal or as socialist as its opponents keep saying it is! Why we still can't manage single payer healthcare with a public option is beyond me. I wish there was more actual discourse about what's wrong with the bill (there's still a LOT wrong with it) rather than all the nattering about death panels and the USSA.

I'M STILL THRILLED IT PASSED. (hee, sorry to everyone I spammed on Twitter, btw) It's nowhere near enough, but it's a start. Obama, Pelosi and Reid achieved something that eluded their predecessors for decades.

Cautiously hopeful right now, but here's a list from Crooks and Liars (ganked from [livejournal.com profile] apocalypsos) of the ten benefits that will come online within six months of the President signing the healthcare bill:

1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents’ policy until their 27th birthday
2. Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
3. No more lifetime or annual caps on coverage
4. Free preventative care for all
5. Adults with pre-existing conditions may buy into a national high-risk pool until the exchanges come online. While these will not be cheap, they’re still better than total exclusion and get some benefit from a wider pool of insureds.
6. Small businesses will be entitled to a tax credit for 2009 and 2010, which could be as much as 50% of what they pay for employees’ health insurance.
7. The “donut hole” closes for Medicare patients, making prescription medications more affordable for seniors.
8. Requirement that all insurers must post their balance sheets on the Internet and fully disclose administrative costs, executive compensation packages, and benefit payments.
9. Authorizes early funding of community health centers in all 50 states (Bernie Sanders’ amendment). Community health centers provide primary, dental and vision services to people in the community, based on a sliding scale for payment according to ability to pay.
10. AND no more rescissions. Effective immediately, you can't lose your insurance because you get sick.

I seriously did not think this would happen.
heathershaped: (Glee: Sue)
+ Signal boost! [livejournal.com profile] zahrawithaz has a list of 50 books by queer authors of color, in honor of the opening of [livejournal.com profile] queerlit50 and the continued radness of [livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc. If anyone's attempting either challenge, that list has got it all. Zahra's journal is full of a variety of thought food, btw; you should look her up.

+ Speaking of thought food, something I read today: I actually don't care whether anyone is offended. What I care about his harm.

+ Bidding closes at [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti at noon EST tomorrow. My offer for fic is here; my offer for graphics is here.

+ [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda has an open letter to celebrities and fandom. Summary: fangirls, you're at a ten; I'm gonna need you to be at a four. (Lurking at their houses, really? Really?)

+ [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24's new BSG vid, "Wicked Game". A Dee vid! The only full-length Dee vid I've ever seen, anyway. It's fabulous.

+ Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee? Is a jackass. (Glee spoilers at the link.) First of all, I like Puck/Rachel but just say no to fanservice. Second of all: "I thought people would find her to be far too irritating for him?" WHY IS THAT EXACTLY. Personally, I find being a cheating asshole, however lovable and male, slightly more "irritating" than being a little intense about one's career goals.

+ Massachusetts, what are you doinnnnnngggggggg
heathershaped: (Merlin: 99 problems but a dude ain't one)
+ Mad Men is the best show on television.

+ UNRELATEDLY, I am watching Xena at the moment. I couldn't say why, you'd have to ask [livejournal.com profile] fiiishy; she's the one who put visions of Gwen and Morgana: WARRIOR PRINCESSES in my head.

Anyway, I haven't seen this show in years, and it is even slashier than I remembered. Not surprising considering that I was v. v. young and without slash goggles at the time, and I STILL SAW IT. It's the first episode and Xena and Gabrielle are already in love. Gabrielle doesn't want to stay with dull boring betrothed!guy, she wants to go with Xena and she doesn't even care where! ♥

(Also, this guy appearing in the first episode is Chase from Legend of the Seeker. His name in this is Draco, and he was hot.)

+ In other news, screw the US House of Representatives for buying historic health care legislation at the price of reproductive rights. WAY TO THROW US UNDER THE BUS, ASSHOLES.

most random post ever, y/y?
heathershaped: (Obama bw)
Obama's been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.




(Also, yes, it is early. This is more of a show of good faith and belief that Obama can and will see his initial efforts (for de-nuclearization and his efforts at multi-lateral diplomacy which is not our usual pattern to say the least) through, and that the WORLD is going to hold him to that. And that? Is a huge fucking deal considering our standing in the world even a year ago. It's more of a "Yes, this, finally, you should really keep doing that" from the rest of the world.)


Now I've got to get back to work. This news cycle should be ...interesting.
heathershaped: (Obama bw)
I was pretty pessimistic going into this, but that speech kicked ASS.

Thank you, Mr. President, for framing health care reform as the moral imperative it absolutely is.

And I'm sorry, but can anyone remember a President EVER being heckled by a member of Congress while addressing a joint session of Congress? The level of disrespect shown for a sitting President is unprecedented. (Yes, I am looking at you, Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina (who can be emailed here, and reached at (803) 939-0041, (843) 521-2530, and (202) 225-2452). Here's the name of the guy who's running against him.)
heathershaped: (HP: Harry: nobody fucks with)
Rantiness and politics ahead, in which I am sick of watching the news, so read at your own risk.

+ PSA: For anyone who cares, here's a list of the members of the 111th Congress and their contact information. Best thing to do push for the health care public option is to call/email your senators and, well, push for the public option. Right now I don't know whether Obama's backing off of it, pushing forward with it, or what, but we need to make it clear to them what we want. Clearer than we did when we voted to elect a Democratic president, 60 Democratic senators, and a damn near two-to-one Democratic majority in the House. So, yeah. Contact information at the link.

+ Also: Ten Awesome Things That Would Happen If Health Care Reform Passes and Fact Check on Health Care.

+ Also, also, the death panel thing is hilarious. No, really. HILARIOUS. Not that it's TRUE or anything, but don't insurance companies get rich by determining who is and isn't expendable?

+ Also also also, people who want to 'take their country back': From whom? Where has it gone? What exactly does that mean?

+ To change the subject of this post, but not the overall tone, have I mentioned how much I'm not watching Stargate: Universe? Because I'm not. The racism and sexism in SGA was bad enough, but now with this new endeavour they want to add ableism and homophobia to their repertoire? Not with me watching, they won't. (spoilers at both links.)

And Joe Mallozzi, of course, responds to the fail with more fail. Just a draft, was it? Convenient, but somehow I'm not reassured by the fact that you thought it was okay to pass that garbage amongst each other when you thought no one was looking and actually consider running with it. Once again you make utter thoughtlessness into an art form. (bonus fail at the link.)

+ Blah. I wanted to say something else but I forgot. :P

(also, [livejournal.com profile] kendas, I'll be going over your thingy after work, thanks for being patient!)
heathershaped: (SGA: Athosian for 'dumbass')
Trying to discuss the health care bill on Twitter, 140 characters at a time, with folks who don't appear to even know what's in the bill, is generally not advisable. It only leads to headdesking.

That is all.
heathershaped: (HP: Harry: nobody fucks with)
+ Okay, FINE. I'm seeing HBP tonight. I can't wait till the weekend and miss all your squee/rant/lulz posts. :P I've bookmarked all your reviews and will add my two cents to them later. And probably tonight, you will get a rambly, capslocky and very-likely biased review from me, such as I provided after OotP. :D

*bounces around*

+ Also, am having serious Azkatraz envy at this time. STOP ALL YOUR SQUEEING. D: D: D: D: (kidding. XD) I hope all of you (and there are SO many of you) who are going have lots of fun! And travel safe! ♥ ♥ ♥

+ I'm debating whether to listen to today's Sotomayor confirmation hearings. Yesterday's weren't exactly good for my blood pressure, and if I hear the words 'wise Latina' one more time I may break something. Preferably Lindsay Graham. If any of you are reading my Twitter, you're probably hoping I don't listen today. >__>

eta: Oh goodie, they're grilling her about her speeches AGAIN. That's okay, the law is boring anyway. ;_;

+ Hugs to everyone who needs them, and I hope you all have a great day. ♥
heathershaped: (Merlin: Gwen smile)
+ In before mic-job ends up in Urban Dictionary: Holy CRAP, KARL URBAN; WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING IN YOUR MOUTH. Do you know where that's been?

BRB, perving.

+ New Katie and Angel pics from the season 2 Merlin set. There should be a law against that much pretty. Keep smiling, my lovelies.

+ In the 'It's about goddamn time' department, Minnesota supreme court rules Al Franken as the winner of the MN Senate race. Unanimously. Filibuster-proof, bbs. PARTYTIME.

eta: I may have just had an iced coffee. I never really drink coffee. Bwee. *changes mood to hyper*
heathershaped: (Rahm for fuck's sake)
Using Megan Fox's body to illustrate (a skewed view of) American politics?



May. 26th, 2009 01:30 pm
heathershaped: (kick)
Turns out equal rights? Not constitutional after all.

Way to fail, California supreme court.
heathershaped: (real men snap)
+ Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage. Legislatively. You go, Vermont. Four for you, Vermont.

And hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] birdseyeview for pointing to this. I'm beginning to suspect that Nate Silver really does have a model for everything. Maybe he can ~see the future~.
heathershaped: (Obama bw)
So, after this post, my moratorium on political stuff in this journal is back into effect. Mind you, that doesn't mean I won't talk about any issues at all, but politics and issues aren't the same thing. Obviously, now that the election is over, I doubt I'll have anything pressing to discuss in the way of politics. I expect things will go back to the way they were before around September. FTR, I don't think I posted anything offensive anyway; at least, not intentionally. I've tried to stay mostly positive.

Unfortunately, my last political post does start on a negative note. The (now-official) passing of Prop 8 has me very disappointed. FAIL, California. And with all due respect? Fuck off, Mormon church. Sorry. But that's ridiculous. If you don't like gay marriage, don't have one. How is it more complicated than that? As a straight woman, I don't feel any potential marriage I might have would be in danger, nor do I fear what will happen to any kids I might have, if same-sex couples are able to marry. It's nothing but legalized discrimination. And while I'm on the subject, Arizona, Arkansas, and Florida, you also get three tickets on the Fail Boat (tm). Please proceed single file.


There was some good news on some ballot initiatives, though. SD and CO had victories with reproductive rights. And yay for Michigan and Massachussets on medicinal marijuana reform and Washington state on assisted suicide.

In other news, I'm still thrilled about Obama's win, but I'll stop spamming your flists about it. I know you all are sad. :P

Now, at least, I feel extra motivated to finish my [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry fic. Next week, [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus.

Hope you guys are having a good day!
heathershaped: (Obama f*cking Matt Damon)
Today I went canvassing around my neighborhood, trying to get out the vote for my guy. I went into the office at around 10 am, but it was so slow that I ended up hanging around the office until some more canvassers started showing up. I didn't particularly fancy canvassing alone. I don't mind that; I man the office often anyway, and it's fun talking to the other people there and such. It really picked up around 12:30-1pm, and it's great seeing people who came into town from all over -- Baltimore, Philly, Boston. Just coming to help get out the vote this weekend. Eventually I got paired with this spry old guy from MD who was really quite sweet. I was dressed pretty warmly because it's about 50 degrees right now, and I grabbed a bottle of water because we were going on foot.

You guys, I had no idea my neighborhood was so fucking big. )
heathershaped: (JGL chest)
So, Joseph Gordon Levitt just posted a video about why he's an Obama guy. He doesn't actually show his face in it (or even announce his name in it b/c he's too awesome to do it for attention), but he sounds sexy so I've played it through twice already. :P And I must share it because so many of my flisters heart Joe too.

It's political, obvs; pls to be not watching if uninterested: )

What a dork. ♥

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