Her name is “Nikki Kitchen?” What happened to the good old days when you couldn’t swing a cat by the tail in a witchy supply store without hitting a Silvermist, a Dragon Rainfire or a Rowan Lyricsong? FWIW: witches don’t work for Satan; he doesn’t include dental.
2. The short at the beginning of Cars 2 is worth the price of admission alone. It has displaced “Partly Cloudy” as my favorite Pixar short.
3. Cars 2 is getting a REALLY bad rap from critics and it’s completely undeserved. I had a great time (could’ve been the medication but who the hell cares?). Who gives a fuck if it’s not Up or Wall-E? It’s not supposed to be! It’s an action movie! Gee, why can’t “Die Hard” be “Sense and Sensibility?”
“So many parents don’t even care where their children are, or what they’re up to, no matter the time of day or night. Not Darth Vader. When he couldn’t find Luke, Vader dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space. This was in spite of the fact that Luke had just become the Galaxy’s Most Wanted terrorist, almost killed his dad and blown up 1.3 million of his friends and workmates. Are those the actions of a bad father? He even went to visit Luke on the ice planet Hoth and see how he was going at work, despite how far away it was and the fact that the climate there really plays hell with your cyborg body parts.”—Death Star PR: An Open Letter to TIME Magazine re: Darth Vader
Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuit
The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., saying sweeping class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers was simply too large.
So you can discriminate as much as you like so long as you discriminate against a shitload of people.
On May 23, [Rosalie] Whiley’s attorneys poked fun at [Governor Rick] Scott’s claim to “supreme executive power” by suggesting that “the Governor’s theory seems to have come from a Monty Python skit. See the discourse between ‘Arthur, King of Britons’ and ‘Dennis the Constitutional Peasant,’ from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
In that scene from the 1975 cult classic comedy, King Arthur explains to Dennis, a filth-covered peasant, that Arthur rules over all Britons because a mystical Lady of the Lake “held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king.” Dennis responds: “Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony … You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power because some watery tart threw a sword at you.”
There’s nothing wrong with courts and attorneys having a sense of humor, said [attorney and former FSU President Sandy] D’Alemberte, who wrote the Monty Python brief. “I’m not accusing the governor of going quite as far as the Arthur character in Monty Python went… but he does assert in [a subsequent order, issued April 8] this idea of supreme executive power as though it’s magic.” The Python sketch, he added, “is still one of the funniest pieces I’ve ever seen.”
"The Committee directs the National Arboretum to maintain its National Boxwood Collection and the Glenn Dale Hillside portion of the Azalea Collection [and] encourages the National Arboretum to work collaboratively with supporters of the National Arboretum to raise additional funds to ensure the long-term viability of these and other important collections."
While azaleas are being carefully tended to, the bill would cut $832 million from a program that provides food assistance to low-income mothers and children. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that the reduction could result in as many as 475,000 people being turned away from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) if food prices continue to rise.
Really, wake the hell up. Now. I understand that most of you have 9-to-5 jobs, that you leave tired and come home tired and just wanna chill in front of SportsCenter with a bowl of chips. But, seriously, you have no remote idea:
Being a stay-at-home parent is exhausting.
At the office, you can hide. You can take lunch. You can pretend you're working while scrolling the Internet for Yankees-Blue Jays and, ahem, Lindsay Lohan news. You have genuine social interactions with folks over the age of, oh, 12. People ask questions about your day -- and listen to the answers.
I envy you, but I sort of pity you. Kids grow. Age 1 turns to age 3, which turns to age 7, which turns to 15 and 18 and 21, all in the blink of an eye. If you're there, as I am, it flies. If you're not there -- if you're almost never there -- it barely exists at all. Which is why I just can't stomach those millions of dads who view their days at home as recovery from work, who'd rather rest than engage, who have no problem with passing the tykes off for more alone time with mom and who, literally, moan to their wives, "You have no idea how hard I work."
“I support intelligent design. What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don’t think it’s a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides.”—- Michelle Bachmann
“In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC. The judge ruled that Righthaven did not have the legal authorization to bring a copyright lawsuit against the political forum Democratic Underground, because it had never owned the copyright in the first place. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and Las Vegas attorney Chad Bowers are defending Democratic Underground.”—Righthaven Copyright Troll Lawsuit Dismissed as Sham | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Yep, that’s Mitt Romney, some unemployed derelict with nothing but millions of dollars and several homes to fall back on for comfort. He does not have a job and that is his “story.” What will he do to pull himself up by his bootstraps? Oh, just battle President Barack Obama over millions of dollars worth of Wall Street campaign handouts, like all the hobos are doing.
For one night, fans of the Peoria Chiefs can have their own replica of LeBron James' first championship ring. Call it the cheapest promotion in sports history because, like James' ring, the handout doesn't exist.
"Replica rings" -- also known as air -- will be handed out by stadium workers as fans enter the park, according to Chiefs spokesman Nathan Baliva. ...The Chiefs said they are "looking into" whether they can skip the fourth inning -- another poke at James, who scored just 18 points during the fourth quarter in six NBA Finals games. "We aren't sure if the league will allow it," Peoria president Rocky Vonachen said in a statement. "But if LeBron doesn't need to show up for the fourth, maybe we won't, either."
Among the other James promotional digs planned:
A fan will win a "replica" of James' Finals MVP award (which actually went to the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki), and Heimlich maneuver classes will be offered to help prevent people from "choking in a big situation."
This is one of the series I liked to read when I was a teen. This particular story is about teen Lori, who is sleeping with the father of the kids she babysits (see cover, title). Yeah, today’s YA is so racy *eye roll*
For publicly performing copyrighted material and uploading those to sites like YouTube, the bill presents a very steep penalty: up to five years in prison.
Ben Sidbury practices copyright law, including audio recordings and digital media. “The way the statute is written. It would now criminalize anybody that performs a copyrighted work, which is essentially nowadays any song under the sun,” said Sidbury.
So, YouTube sensations like 16 year-old Keenan Cahill would be guilty under the bill even if he doesn’t make any money.
“In theory at least, the record companies or the Department of Justice could go after a 9-year old or a 12 year old or a 30 year old for publicly performing a song,” said Sidbury.
From talent shows to home videos, the bill aims to close loopholes of copyright law in the digital age.
I’m part of the Girther Movement. That means we DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR PENIS ON TWITTER! We also don’t want to see your naked, hairless chest reflected in your bathroom mirror. You are a 40-something year old man (congressional representative, professional quarterback, whatever), not a high school boy. Stop it. And for the love of god, put on your clothes.
Barbara Gordon is a beacon for the chronically ill, mobility impaired and disabled. Her adventures over the last 20 years, particularly in Birds of Prey (written primarily by Chuck Dixon and Gail Simone), have depicted a handicapped person — a handicapped woman — not only with basic human dignity, but also with a mental, emotional and indeed a physical capableness that’s made her the hero of her own stories as well as invaluable asset to other heroes in the DC Universe. Even more importantly, Oracle has developed deep friendships with able-bodied people of all types, some of which were even romantic and presumably sexual, demonstrating that people like her don’t have to be segregated to the unseen fringes of society. For those readers and others who recognized her status, Oracle made a rarely seen transcendence from pop culture artifact to genuine role model.
…While the Oracle stories of the last 20 years will not just disappear from our bookshelves or comic book stores when Barbara Gordon reemerges leaping, fighting, and swinging from the post-Flashpoint DC Universe in September, an important symbol of strength for the differently-abled will have been retired with no obvious replacement in sight to inspire the next generation of fans that DC hopes to acquire with this latest kind-of-Crisis, many of whom will doubtlessly be reading those comics from within eyeshot of a wheelchair.
Missing from the list: his claim that he ever represented me as a Pennsylvanian. His choice of Somerset (a.k.a Shanksville/Flight 93 memorial) as a backdrop to announce his candidacy is particularly onerous. Yet not surprising given his track record of offending the people he claims to represent. I’m putting him back on permanent ignore.