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Talk about situational ethics indeed. Thank God Alan Colmes actually grew a pair for a minute or two.

Urrrggggh. What an idiot.

Random Question Of The Day…

Sunday, November 30, 2008
Posted in: random musings

Why are slave fantasy books so damn popular? Seriously, why?


I love her version of Snow Patrol’s Run, I really do.

Here’s the original version for those who aren’t as familiar with the song:

I’d definitely say that she did the song justice.

Scions: Revelation, by Patrice Michelle

Third and last title in Ms Michelle’s Scions trilogy published by Silhouette Nocturne, Scions: Revelation comes out in December 1st. The first book, Scions: Resurrection, introduced the reader to a world where man-made vampires called Sanguinas exist. Scions: Insurrection, the second novel, revealed the existence of lab-made werewolves, self-identified as Lupreda. In this one yet another kind of paranormal being vies with the two other groups for supremacy… or at least, to carve out a niche for survival.

The three stories are connected by a prophecy which promises a way to a more peaceful future for all these paranormal beings.

Here is the back cover blurb:

They thought they understood the prophecy. They were wrong.

Caine Grennard was a werewolf, living among humans and lacking purpose–until the night he met a woman with an exotic, irresistible scent. A woman who might be his deadliest enemy.

When her aunt is kidnapped, Emma Gray swears to do anything to get the older woman back. Even if it means trusting the mysterious—and sexy—stranger named Caine.

But more is at stake than one woman’s life: Emma’s past holds the last key to unlocking a prophecy Caine’s clan is depending on. The fate of both their clans rests on them trusting the impossible, electric connection between them, even in the heart of betrayal…

Scions: A prophecy reveals hidden secrets and holds the key to fulfilling their ultimate desires.


Well, Lincoln’s all the rage at the moment, so why not?

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Abraham Lincoln

A wise man.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Hmmm, anybody would think he’d met one of the higher-ups from NCP.

The following quote is quite thought-provoking:

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.

I really love this one:

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.

I’ll leave you with one of his more famous quotes:

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

I’ll drink to that Mr Lincoln.

Moral Dilemma Friday…

Friday, November 28, 2008
Posted in: Moral Dilemma Day

I was watching IACGMOOH the other night, when one of the contestants – a former talk show host – put this moral dilemma to the rest of the group:

A woman is having an affair with a man, and she gets pregnant. The thing is, she’s not sure whether the baby is her husband’s, or her lover’s. The problem is, she still loves her husband and she wants to make their marriage work. Her lover is a bit of a player and wouldn’t want to be saddled with the responsibility. What should she do? Should she come clean to the husband, or should she keep stum, hoping that the baby is her husband’s afterall?

I guess the right thing to do would be to tell her husband, but then if she loves her husband despite her affair, maybe telling him would mean the end of their marriage, something that she fears greatly?

What say you?

Unfortunately, probably not, but I can’t say I ever envisaged pirate heroes quite like these reprobates.

No siree, not my idea of dashing romantic pirate heroes at all.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers.

This unfortunate couple were caught having sex on Jumeirah Beach, in Dubai, by a police officer. The couple who’d only met earlier that night (talk about a one night stand to remember) were found guilty of having unmarried sex, and breaching public decency laws.

Not only was the woman fired from her publishing job, but the pair were also ordered to serve three months in jail.


Never fear however, because the sentence has just been suspended on appeal, and the pair have now been deported back to England.

The moral of this story? If you are going to have sexual relations on a beach, try to avoid doing it in a middle east country, ok?


I totally LOVED Michelle Obama’s election night dress!

Apparently she got slated in the press for it though:

Mrs Obama wore a red and black scoop-neck dress by Narciso Rodriguez for the historic moment, a decision that has sparked instant debate among the fashion-focussed. Some branded it an eyesore, others said it was a simple mistake. Most agreed Ms Obama had suffered a rare lapse of taste.

“I voted for Obama, but I didn’t vote for that dress,” Jessica Bettencourt told the New York Times.

Amazing, I thought her dress rocked on a grand scale.

How can Fox News get away with having journalists like Sean Hannity represent them?

In the above clip, Hannity, defends that crazy bitch Ann Coulter, re her stance on the 9/11 widows.

This next clip however demonstrates his hypocrisy, when author, Christopher Hitchens criticizes the late Reverend Jerry Falwell, (a man that Hannity apparently knew and liked), regardless of the reverend’s offensive and hate-ridden rhetoric.

Sean Hannity: “I am asking for human decency, and and if you don’t think it has an impact on his family to use even the phrases tonight that he’s vulgar, fraud and a crook. I think you are incredibly mean, incredibly thoughtless..”

So basically, Sean Hannity calls for human decency from Christopher Hitchens re Reverend Caldwell, yet lets Ann Coulter get away with her comments about the 9/11 widows. This from somebody who called out Barack Obama on his relationship with Jeremiah Wright?

I rather like seeing Sean Hannity put in his place, and made to look like the petulant, hypocritical fool that he is.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with this guy, who came to the same conclusion that I did about Sean Hannity’s hypocrisy.

What an arsehole. Another perfect example of the kind of extremists that organised religion has managed to spawn. Urrgggh.

On a lighter note, I bet he is beyond pissed that Obama will be his next president.

He is undoubtedly one of the most evil figures of the 20th Century, but the fact is, many of the things he believed in still pervade our very lives today, be it in the form of racism, homophobia, or anything else that attempts to deprive individuals of their freedom to be who they are.

Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.

Adolf Hitler

This could be included in a manual on how politicians the world over, govern their people today.

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.

Adolf Hitler

Two words: Proposition. Eight.

Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.

Adolf Hitler

That quote could have come straight from a Fox News pundit.

Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.

Adolf Hitler

Ever the optimist huh?

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

Adolf Hitler

Aint that the truth.

Sixty-three years on, and his legacy of intolerance and hatred are still very much with us.

So, I was over at Beth’s the other day, when the link to this post caught my eye. The post was written by some broad called Dana Goldstein. It was entitled, The Indignities of First Lady-Dom.

Ms Goldstein writes:

Don’t get me wrong — I adore Michelle Obama. She will undoubtedly be one of the smartest and most accomplished first ladies in American history. She survived right-wing attacks to become a force to be reckoned with on the campaign trail this fall.

But tooling around on the transition web site last night, I couldn’t help but feel discouraged by the washed-up old gender ideologies reflected there. The president-elect’s bio is built around a story of pulling himself up by his bootstraps and forging a public service career. Michelle’s bio, on the other hand, leads with the comforting news that she puts her children first — no Hillary-style meddling in politics for this first lady! It defines Michelle Obama primarily by her personal relationship to others:

“When people ask Michelle Obama to describe herself, she doesn’t hesitate. First and foremost, she is Malia and Sasha’s mom.
But before she was a mother – or a wife, lawyer, or public servant – she was Fraser and Marian Robinson’s daughter.”

Sorry, but is this supposed to be a bad thing? The fact that she puts her children first, and has no intention of meddling in her husband’s work, is wrong somehow?

Goldstein continues:

Of course, this tone shouldn’t be surprising. The job of the first lady is, essentially, to fulfill arch-traditional wifely expectations. One’s career or academic successes are almost wholly irrelevant. It is, as Echidne of the Snakes writes, “the job with no paycheck.” And in that way, it provides the perfect opportunity for us to think about the unpaid labor done by every stay-at-home mom and wife:

What an utterly ridiculous and pointless column.

I can’t believe that she’s judging Michelle Obama for describing herself as a mother first and foremost. I’m pretty sure there are more heinous things in life, than somebody actually taking his/her job as a parent seriously.

As somebody who’s pretty career-oriented, as well as being a borderline feminist, if I had children, damn right I’d put them before my job. This doesn’t mean that I expect everybody to feel the same, but in my opinion, if you aren’t going to put your children first, why have them in the first place?

Michelle Obama is not going to be president, her husband is. What’s so hard to understand about that? Surely Americans don’t want a First Lady who’s going to be delegating from the wings?

And to those commenters who felt ‘uncomfortable’ about Michelle Obama’s alleged ‘Leave It To Beaver’ bio, get an effing grip, and belt up.

If more people were as dedicated to their children, the world wouldn’t be so effed up, and eight year old kids wouldn’t go round shooting people.


Love Me Still, by Maya Banks

A novella-length paranormal published in December 2007 by Samhain in the Perfect Gift anthology, Love Me Still is my first exposure to Ms Banks’ writing (even though I do have one of her novels published as Sharon Long in the TBR mountain range—must find and read asap).

This story could be considered inappropriate for minors because the premise involves a formal marriage/mating/relationship between two brothers and their wife, but there is neither language nor graphic sex in it. It is a brief and moving look at the complexities and resilience of relationships.

Here’s the blurb: (more…)

Yes, We *Still* Can…

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Posted in: American Politics, Azteclady Speaks

In the past ten days or so, I have been sharing the following clip with pretty much everyone I know, mainly for two reasons.

First, this kid is eighteen. Yes, you read right, 18 years old. He reached voting age just in time for this presidential election. Listening to him, I have felt my hope for a better future being renewed. Here’s a wonderful example of the generation who came of age during this time.

Second, I think that the sometime acrimonious conversation  over race, discrimination against homosexuals or other minorities, the financial crisis, and other matters, would benefit a lot by remembering that we are just at the starting point.

So, without further blathering ado, here is Daniel Brown:

Is Ann Coulter For Real?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Posted in: American Politics

Bring back Sarah Palin, all is forgiven.

So I discovered Ann Coulter via Youtube the other day… and God love her, but she’s a fucking lunatic.

Ann Coulter on Hannity and Colmes

“How do we know that these men weren’t going to divorce these harpies?” Apparently that’s a question that Ann Coulter asks of the 911 widows, in her book. Classy bird.

Ann being interviewed by Katie Couric

Ann being interviewed by the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy looks as disturbed as I feel when I listen to her.

How is this woman any different from a muslim extremist?

Jews need to be perfected?

Coulter is a great example of why organised religion should be avoided at all costs. Man she makes Sarah Palin look like an ultra-liberal lefty.

Talking with the Dead, by Shiloh Walker

Originally published by Samhain in November 2006, this novella length story by Ms Walker caught my eye recently when it was reviewed by the inimitable SBSarah here. Eagle eye readers will notice quickly that she gave Talking with the Dead a C-.

If you are familiar with the most irreverent Smart Bitches who love Trashy Books, you understand immediately why I would be moved to search for and read a story with such a grade. If you are not familiar with them… where have you been? Nevermind. Hie thee over to their blog posthaste, and edumacate yourself. (If you are truly pressed for time, you can see Ms Walker’s reaction to the grade here) (more…)

So, I was on Amazon the other day, and I happened to notice that the link to a book by an author, who’s latest book I wanted to purchase, wasn’t working properly, so I did the decent thing and e-mailed the author to let her know that there seemed to be a problem with links to her books.

Anyway, this is the e-mail that she sent back to me:

Hi Karen,

Thanks for your email. I am aware of the problem. Amazon and Hatchette, the parent company of my publisher, are in a dispute at the moment and this is Amazon’s way of getting at Hatchette. They’re doing it to several authors in different ways.

The dispute is over Amazon demanding bigger discounts from publishers, which aren’t to be passed on to consumers, and Hatchette said no. So, Amazon are doing things like this and will keep doing it, apparently, until the stand-off is resolved.


So Amazon are purposely messing up book links so that authors published by specific houses, can’t sell their work?

Does anybody know how true this is?

Fair warning for those who have strong religious beliefs and who identify with any particular organized religion or church: what follows is a rant, and it may be (will likely be) insulting to your sensibilities. Unless you want your blood pressure raised, you would be better off skipping it. Thank you.

And with that out of the way…


Salvation in Death, by J.D. Robb

Can I say how happy I am that we get at least one, and often two, new In Death books every year? Happy, I tell you. Who needs sleep?

Salvation in Death is the twenty eighth novel-length installment in the In Death series. Yup, you read right, 28 novels, and—lemme count—five novellas in multi-author anthologies. Some readers may wonder how on earth can a writer keep both the quality of writing and the freshness of the characters after this many books, and I’m here to tell you that, while I don’t know how she does it, Ms Roberts definitely delivers, each and every time. That is not to say, mind, that I enjoy every one of the In Death books or novellas equally, since more often than not I find stuff to quibble about (but then, I do that with pretty much everything I read), but that they are consistent in quality of writing, plotting, and characterization, and every single one is worth reading and re-reading. (more…)

Mrs Thatcher was the first and only ever female Prime Minister in Britain. I thought she rocked on a grand scale. She had some memorable one liners, but here are some of the ones that weren’t so well known.

If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

I’m totally on board with that train of thought.

If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.

True again. *g*

And I really loved this next quote, because it shows what a witty woman she was.

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.


Whether one liked her politics or not, she truly was a great lady, and living proof that Britain once voted for a female Prime Minister, who stayed in office for eleven years.