Kage Baker, RIP

Via Jeff Vandermeer, and others, Kage Baker’s fight with uterine cancer has been lost.
I’ve only read one of her novels, and didn’t particularly care for it. Her work was well regarded. though, by friends, and others in the community. Therefore, I consider the failing to be mine, not hers, and now she will not write any more stories or novels for me to try and reassess my opinion of her work in a more positive light.
Rest in Peace.

Democrats, grow a pair of &*$&^@ Balls and a Spine

You would think, from the reports, and from what Democratic politicians are saying, that yesterday’s election was a loss of 20 Senate Seats, 100 House seats, and the Republicans are now in control of Congress.
With 58 Senators, Democrats are helpless to pass health reform or anything else? With a large majority in the House, they are stuck in place and after a year(!), Health Care reform is dead?
Give me a break!
“Oh, the Republicans will filibuster. Oh, Ben Nelson won’t like it. Oh, Joe Lieberman will hate it.”
God damn it. So what? Let the Republican’s filibuster. If they do that, then you go on the airwaves.
“Republicans don’t want an up or down vote on Health care reform. Republicans–why do you hate America?” Let them be assholes–and call them on it.
Barney Frank, one of the most liberal members of the House, has said that the Senate bill, already passed and would only need the House to pass to get to Obama’s desk, no matter when Brown is seated, says that HCR is dead.
I thought Frank had a pair of testicles. Guess I was wrong.
Democrats are pussies and Republicans are insane.
If, with 58 senators and a comfy majority in the House, we can’t join the rest of the first world in getting health care for our citizens, then forget about climate change legislation or anything else. Forget it all.
This country is so screwed.
You know, its times like this that make me want to take my camera, move to Rome and take pictures of tourists for money.

Gamers helping Haiti

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=78023
http://www.deadlyfredly.com/2010/01/midnight-post-help-haiti-get-1400-free/
For a $20 donation to Gamers Helping Haiti, you get to download a bunch of assorted gaming PDFs for free, courtesy of DrivethruRPG.
I can see a couple of PDFs that make this definitely worthwhile for me. I’m going to have to pick this up when I get home this evening.

2009 Playoffs: Saints,Colts…Vikings and Jets?!

Okay, so my playoff predictions for the Superbowl are shot.
I admit my mistaken predictions. The Saints winning–that wasn’t really out of the line for my prediction. The Colts winning–well I did say the Ravens weren’t Superbowl bound.
The Cowboys (thank God) on the other hand, disproved half of my Superbowl pick in definitive fashion. I thought, with their successful December, that the house that Jerry built now had a team that could make a run–and they did run, all right. They ran into the Purple Buzzsaw. Zzzzzzap!
As far as the Jest….err, Jets, that I didn’t see coming. Even with three minutes left in the game, I expected the Jets to screw it up somehow. (And in that 4th down and 1 call at the end of the game, I expected the Jets to get stuffed and give the Chargers the ball with a good chance to tie or win).
So now the Vikings travel to New Orleans and the Jets go to Indianapolis. The Saints were in the Championship game three years ago (being spanked by the Bears then), but this is the first time they have ever hosted the NFC Championship. The Vikings were last in the NFC Championship in the 2000 season…the infamous 41-0 loss to my beloved NY Giants.
The Jets haven’t been to the AFC Championship since the 1998 season (when they actually had the defending Superbowl champion Broncos on the ropes before they screwed it up and lost, Jets style), the Colts were there last in the 2006 season, when they beat the Patsies and won the Superbowl.
Onward toward the Championship games for this year!