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Anti-abortion politics are terrible, roundup part 2457345398 March 26, 2015

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“This is my idea of how this passage in Nicolae might have read if Rayford Steele stuck to a truly biblical view on abortion.

The women fighting for equal treatment in sanitation services, sewer work, and coal mining. “Just because you aren’t paying attention to the feminist movement doesn’t mean that the feminist movement is nonexistent.”

“‘God does not regard the fetus as a soul no matter how far gestation has progressed,’ wrote professor Bruce Waltke of Dallas Theological Seminary in a 1968 issue of Christianity Today on contraception and abortion, edited by Harold Lindsell, a then-famous champion of biblical ‘inerrancy.’ His argument rested on the Hebrew Bible, ‘[A]ccording to Exodus 21:22–24, the destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense. … Clearly, then, in contrast to the mother, the fetus is not reckoned as a soul.’

My babies were loved and wanted. They had names. They are not fodder for campaigns. They are not fodder for asking for donations.”

“The people who talk about black genocide are the same people who defund Head Start and food stamps and are now trying to dismantle public education by encouraging voucher systems—all of the systems that need to be in place to take care of those black babies. It’s diabolical.

“White men were also concerned by shifting ethnic and racial dynamics in the United States, worrying that the low birthrate of the white upper class would lead to racial inferiors and un-American immigrants overrunning the country.

“Yet as I pursued my career as an OB/GYN, I saw the dilemmas that women found themselves in. And I could no longer weigh the life of a pre-viable or lethally flawed fetus equally with the life of the woman sitting before me.

“Want to require a bunch of unnecessary visits before a woman is allowed to have a procedure? Now you need to do that for a biopsy, too. Want to force abortion clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center standards and abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges? Well, dentists will have to meet the same standards before they can drill a tooth. If this bill passes (more on that below), states would be forced to let abortion providers operate in peace or make everyone else—including, gasp, men—endure the same kind of hassles and mistreatment women seeking abortion now have to endure in much of the country.”

“I would be abandoning my own conscience and judgment if I held a position that I no longer believed appropriate. I have come to believe that we must trust women and families—not politicians—to make the best decision for their lives.”

“Other things I’m grateful for include the many benefits of living in a state that hasn’t been taken over by misogynist barbarians who like tormenting women at what may be the worst moments of our lives. Or creating worst moments of our lives on purpose.

Monday Roundup, 3/16 March 16, 2015

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But I’m A Cat Person
Spangles and Flags (cover art | Sparrow, Cybele | worksafe)

Fake News
Winter Colbewart (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)

Game of Thrones
Daenerys/Missandei (FF2015 art | Daenerys/Missandei, dragons | worksafe)

His Dark Materials
Marisa Coulter – The Deceiver (art | Mrs. Coulter | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 46 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Man in the Tan Jacket 4koma part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7 (comics | Cecil, TJ, Carlos | G)
Ringtone (fic | Cecil(/Carlos) | G)
Say it’s just a show / On the radio (art | Steve, Renée | G)
A selection of Josies (sketches | Josie, Erikas | worksafe)
Earl Harlan – The Scoutmaster (art | Earl | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Josh is having kind of a hard time with people’s expectations of him. Also, he never said he was the Messiah. That was all you.

Erin Watches: Fringe, Continuum, Warehouse 13, Leverage, Scandal, Black Butler March 13, 2015

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Various things I’ve Netflixed or streamed over the past…oh, year or so.

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Fringe. Got all the way through to the end! Continued to mostly like it. I love that we got case-of-the-week episodes in the alt!verse, humanizing the characters and giving us a sense of what their normal life is like. The whole mytharc was really well-thought-out in the early seasons.

Needed more Astrid-centric episodes, and the later seasons should’ve developed Olivia’s powers rather than forgetting about them. The last season was kind of a mess (the ending, in particular, expected you to just not notice that one of the characters ended up in entirely the wrong universe). I’m glad it was short, so the storyline was contained. And when they did do callbacks to earlier continuity (the various fringe events, everything about the opening), it was great.

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Continuum. Early episodes were so promising. A cop from the corporate-fascist-controlled future gets accidentally flung back to our present, where she meets the teenage version of the genius who developed her tech, and they team up to track down time-traveling terrorists. Our heroine starts out thinking her corporate fascist overlords are great, so while you sympathize with her whole “keep the terrorists from blowing anything up” mission, you’re waiting to see her start to rethink her whole worldview.

Well-done time travel is my catnip, and there’s a lot of it here. The twist at the end of the first season seems to foreshadow a whole lot more of it.

And then the show stops engaging with the worldview dilemmas, and then a couple of characters jump into an alternate timestream, ripping up everything they had been building up about the rules of time travel. They try to pull a whole “which is the Good Double and which is the Evil Double” dilemma…on two copies of a character who have identical experiences except for the past week.

Fringe managed to keep my investment through a pan-multiverse retcon. Continuum, not so much. It’s been renewed for one more season, and maybe it’ll get great reviews, but for now it’s off my to-watch list.

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Warehouse 13. Early episodes were not promising. This one was on the verge of losing me early on, but I asked FFA for advice (particularly “I hear the characters named Myka and HG Wells are super gay together, when does that start?”), and ended up skipping forward to watch all of s2 and s3.

Some of it was good. The Escher Room was fantastic. The team dynamics got more tolerable. Claudia was neat. A lot of it, though, fell oddly flat, and I can’t put my finger on why Fringe grabbed me and this didn’t.

I do have enough backstory now to read HG/Myka fic when it gets recced, so that’s something.

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Leverage. Funny, smart, and if you have any kind of competence kink, this will blow you out of the water. Seriously, this has spoiled me for all lesser shows with heists, cons, schemes, and/or secret plans, because the setups have so much forethought and detail. If there are plot holes, they’re not on the “but, but, code does not work that way” level — not obvious enough to throw me out of the story.

I’m into the canon ships, and the fandom’s favorite OT3. The romance arcs work; they don’t bog down the substance of the story.

And it’s such a feel-good show. The villains are IRL no-goodniks, usually corporate operatives screwing people over to make money. Our heroes have their missteps and their uncertain moments, but they always win; the pleasure is in seeing how they win, not being afraid for their safety. And they’re always fundamentally the good guys. You never have to worry about them approaching the Evil Line for the sake of drama. Unlike in, say….

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Scandal. Another one that started off looking amazing. The premise is Leverage meets West Wing: a group of freelance do-gooder lawyers hanging out in Washington DC. Everyone talks a mile a minute. The lead is an incredible, hyper-competent black woman who holds the admiration and loyalty of everyone on her team. Bad guys hate her. Good guys whose philosophies clash with hers will still grudgingly admit that she’s amazing.

And over the course of a few seasons, the show slowly destroys the likability of every single character. It’s kind of impressive how thorough it is. (There are team members who literally torture each other!)

Not going to watch the current season, and not even going to start How To Get Away With Murder, because from what I can tell it has exactly the same problem.

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Black Butler. I don’t understand why nobody made me watch this show ten years ago. Or at any time during the span when I was squarely in the target audience, and actively flailing about Hellsing.

As with Leverage, every character is hyper-competent, in a way that is incredibly satisfying to watch. And they cut trim figures in nice suits while doing it. And there’s a supernaturally-reinforced master/servant contract, heaped with loyalty and obedience. Ciel in the English dub even sounds like Integra.

I’m going to look up the manga in the local library system. I liked the series so much I would consider outright buying it — but it’s 20 volumes and counting, and I don’t have $200 to drop on reading material these days. (I haven’t even bought the Madoka manga, or the Kodansha Sailor Moon release.)

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Also, some things I tried but ended up dropping after a few episodes: White Collar, The 100, The 4400, Eureka, Life Unexpected, Farscape, Bob’s Burgers, Parks & Recreation. (If any of these is your fave, feel free to try to sell me on it again using any spoilers you want, and/or by saying “start at episode n, that’s when it gets good.”)

Four lovely things that have brightened this week March 11, 2015

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(1) Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss III is a real name of a real person.

Not only did somebody think “Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss” was a great name, but three sets of parents in a row had the same thought. Either that, or Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss Sr. was so unhappy with his lot in life that he decided to relieve the misery by sharing it, and Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss Jr. figured this was a great and sensible tradition.

Just. You guys. Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss III.

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(2) Bloodstone parasol handle. Definitely a parasol handle, and not an ornately carved bloodstone version of…um, some other object.

There’s one of these stashed in Cecil Palmer’s bottom drawer, is what I am not saying.

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(3) The sudden realization that you can cook rice in a crock pot. Which seems so obvious in retrospect, but I have wasted so much rice by boiling it on the stove and inadvertently burning some, never realizing there was an easier way.

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(4) Wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower.

Artistically cohesive wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower. Gosh, those are classy. How soon can we install artsy-but-functional wind turbines on everything else? Because it should be sooner.

Monday Roundup, 3/2 March 3, 2015

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Adventure Time/Shortpacked
Robin and Princess Bubblegum (FF2015 art | Robin/Bubblegum | worksafe)

His Dark Materials
Serafina Pekkala – The Protector (art | Serafina, Kaisa | worksafe)

Marvel
Kamala and Carol (FF2015 art | Kamala Khan/Carol Danvers | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 45 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Janice and TJ (art | Janice, Man in the Tan Jacket | worksafe)
Got you, kitten (sketches | Cecil/Carlos, daemons | worksafe)
Man in the Tan Jacket 4koma part 1, part 2 (comics | Cecil, TJ, Dana | G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Josh talks about the well-dressed Beings he met while traveling, and the Donkey’s origin is revealed.

Mondayish Roundup, 2/24 February 24, 2015

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.hack//SIGN
An and Mariko (FF2015 art | An/Mariko | worksafe)

But I’m A Cat Person
Stars and Scrapes (art | Timothy, Reseda, Patrick, Walker, Blake, Cohen, Bennett, Cybele | worksafe)
BICP Prom Dresses (art | Patrick, Poe, Cybele, Kara Lynn, Reseda, the Donkey, Blake | worksafe)

Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23
June and Chloe (FF2015 art | June/Chloe | worksafe)

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
Fate and Nanoha (FF2015 art | Nanoha/Fate, Vivio | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 43-44 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
The Faceless Old Woman – the creeper (art | FOW | worksafe)
Sees-Ill Palmer (art | Cecil, Carlos | worksafe)
Delphine Cabrera – The Officer (art | Janice’s mother | worksafe)
Five Anonmeme Threads About Carlos (fic | Carlos, family, nonnies, sunnies | G)
Night Vale’s Finest (art | secret police officers | worksafe)
Various Night Vale Angels (art | Marcus, Quentin, Vithya | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Reunited with Josh, and finding out his new life mission. It involves telling stories to kids a lot.

One more fake news retirement February 10, 2015

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Aaaaand there goes Jon.

Wonder if he’s going to go off and do more movies, or if he really will retire and take the opportunity to relax for a while. Go on vacation. Spend more time hanging out with his kids, and/or enjoying his tens of millions of dollars.

Can’t say it’s a surprise — I wasn’t expecting Jon to stay too long after Stephen moved on — but, aaahhh, what happens next? Will the Daily Show move on to a third host? It survived the Kilborn-Stewart transition, but it’s a lot harder to imagine the Stewart era being topped. And the correspondents with the most hosting chops keep moving on to do their own shows.

(On the bright side, if TDS gets a new host who is a handsome guy in his ’30s, who perhaps has chemistry with some of the latest round of fetching young correspondents, and they’re all settled in by the time we hit the upswing of political interest around the 2016 election…we just might see a fake-news-fandom renaissance.)

Monday Roundup, 2/9 February 10, 2015

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But I’m A Cat Person
BICP Sketches – Getting Historical (art | the Donkey, others | worksafe)

Evangelion/The Magic School Bus
This Is (Not) A Normal Field Trip (art | kids, Ms. Frizzle | worksafe)

Legend of Korra
Korra and Asami (FF 2015 art | Korra/Asami | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Shiori and Juri (FF 2015 art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Ami and Minako (FF 2015 art | Ami/Minako | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 40-42 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Blinking Light sketchpile (sketches | TJ, Janice, not!Cecil, not!Carlos, Dana, Maureen | worksafe)
Spooky Earl (comic | Earl, Cecil | G)
Megan Wallaby and Fey – The Dreamers (art | Megan | worksafe)
Tiny Carlos Montage (art | Carlos, warriors | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Gold wallpaper texture (stock texture, free to use)
Recs: Top 5 yuri manga (canon recs)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Getting to know our new characters. Partially through the power of sparkle effects.

Five things accomplished this week February 7, 2015

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1) Got enough groceries in one trip to use a “$5 off, as long as you spend more than $50″ coupon. (It required a last-minute grab of some of whatever was in the displays by the checkout. My cupboards now have unexpected trail mix. But it was free trail mix!)

2) Herded a confused pigeon out of a subway car it had accidentally walked into. Poor pigeon.

3) Sent $10 to the xkit guy. I don’t have anywhere near the resources to throw money at everyone on the Internet who deserves it, but Tumblr’s latest code push broke some of xkit’s features and highlighted just how much time and effort those features have saved me, so it felt like a moral duty to support his efforts in fixing them.

4) Reread the Narbonic archives. I originally got into it back when it was running, and it’s one of those series that’s really rewarding to read all in one shot. What a good comic.

5) Finished the week’s BICP pages nearly on time, and got an early head start on next week’s. Changing up the style for this interlude — we’ve had other flashback pages in sketchy pencil with soft greyscale shading, but this one is also being done in Photoshop rather than Paint Shop Pro, so the shading is several orders of magnitude fancier. It’s a storyline I really want to look classy.

Charges dismissed against the cop who shot and killed a sleeping 7-year-old February 1, 2015

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because there is no justice in the world.

I can’t imagine how the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones must be feeling right now. And I can’t fathom what the judge and juries involved were thinking. There is no sane logic by which you conclude that someone should be able to kill a seven-year-old and face no consequences. None.

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