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Saturday, May 7, 2005

Young Adult Lit: Young Adult Library Services Association Popular Paperbacks Nominations

So, Digital Manga Publishing's Desire is on that list. Now, I love DMP very much (see these reviews [1, 2, 3], but if Desire and its ilk are going to start winning Young Adult Lit awards, then I really think they should come with an introduction that explicitly tells teens in no uncertain language that if your boyfriend rapes you, it's not sexy. It might be kind of sexy in the manga, but in real life, it's not at all sexy and please don't be confused about it. Ginger Mayerson is here to tell you that if you have sex and it hurts, scares, scars, or creeps you out in any way shape or form, IT IS NOT SEXY. Also, you can say no, and stop, and if that doesn't work, well, there are laws about that kind of thing. If it's helpful to say "Ginger Mayerson says you're wrong," you have my blessing to say that. And safe sex, well, that's a battle for another day. (What's wrong with young people? Don't they know they have to grow up and save the world?)

As I recall, growing up was a hell, so add in confusion about what is or isn't sexy, or is or isn't a rape, and you have hell squared.

The good folks at One Good Thing occasionally write very well about this very confusion that I'm writing very badly about. This is a tough subject for me and that's all I have to say about it. (For now*)

But back to Young Adult Paperbacks, I see that Only the Ring Finger Knows (or "Only That Ring Finger Knows," as K Togi, the famous Japanese pianist in Berlin very kindly pointed out to me) is on that list and I approve of that. That book is all about love, unrequited, requited, other, with lots of confusion in the process. What's that about the course of true love never running smoothly? Well, here you have it! Oh, and while you're clicking around, please sign this petition to get OTRFK novels translated and published in English. Would that not rock? That would so rock! Digital Manga is trying to determine if there's enough interest (outside of me and a few other Shonen-Ai OTRFK freaks). You can use an alias.

(*Oh, but while I just happen to be thinking about it, the most annoying part of Desire for me is that Ryoji could have had anything he wanted from Toru with just a little seduction. Force is way overrated in manga, really. Please see Margaret O'Connell's great essay on the subject. I also wish Toru had given the other guy more of a chance, but oh well; what can you do?)

End of Sermon

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:30 PM PST [Link]

"Investigative reporter Buck Williams, we learn here, was headed to London to meet with his old college friend Dirk Burton. (For those keeping score at home, our list of male porn names thus far: Buck, Steele, Plank, Dirk.)"
The Slakivist reads the Left Behind Series so you don't have to!

You know I love you people, but not enough to read the Left Behind Series for you. So, we're blessed, I tell you, blessed!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:10 PM PST [Link]

Friday, May 6, 2005

May 6: MoveOnPlease and Mr. Dan Kelly

May 7: Wood S Lot and FindLaw

May 8: Obsidian Wings and Black Looks

May 9: Online Journal and Pam's House Blend

May 10: Philip K. Dick and Pratie Place

May 11: President Boxer and Honey where you been?

May 12: Public Health Press and Red Fish

This list is alphabetized by url.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:16 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, May 5, 2005

Does anybody understand today's Boondocks?

It went right by me.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:59 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Blackwater Training Center was founded in 1996 to fulfill the anticipated demand for government outsourcing of firearms and related security training. Blackwater has the finest private firearms training facility in the U.S. Blackwater has set a new standard for firearms and security training and is recognized as the industry leader in providing government outsource solutions in training, security, canine services, aviation support services, range construction and steel target equipment. Since its inception, Blackwater has trained over 50,000 military and law enforcement personnel and provided solutions to hundreds of satisfied customers.

As seen on Something Awful. This cute, but somewhat grim, bear can be ordered from "Official Blackwater Items".

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:07 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday Pin-up Blogging, compliments of the King of the Internet, Mr. Dan Kelly.

RetroCrush and www.BernieDexter.com

I wouldn't mind looking like this for a couple of weeks.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:26 PM PST [Link]

"PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (AHN) - The controversy over whether a 13-year-old girl in DCF custody can have an abortion ended Monday after a Palm Beach County judge ruled she had a constitutional right to the procedure despite DCF's objections.

"'Legally speaking, it's not a difficult decision to make,' Circuit Judge Ronald Alvarez said. 'Morally speaking, it's a very difficult decision for this court to make. ... But I'm not here to make the moral decision. I'm here to make the legal decisions.'"
Via Suburban Guerrilla, May 3, 2005

Hey, rule 'o law! Whaddya know?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:28 AM PST [Link]

Monday, May 2, 2005

"Rockefeller deplored the failure of his Senate colleagues to investigate the CIA's detention and interrogation practices.

"He said that the handling of terrorist suspects must be conducted "within the bounds of our laws and our own moral framework."

"'Congress has largely ignored the issue,' he said. 'More disturbingly, the Senate Intelligence Committee is sitting on the sidelines and effectively abdicating its oversight responsibility to media investigative reporters,' he added.

"Rockefeller is a voice crying in the wilderness. He's also a Democrat in a Senate run by Republicans -- and so his views aren't likely to be acted on.

"Where are the other committee members? Nowhere."
Why Does CIA Send Prisoners To Other Nations? Those Who Know Of 'Extraordinary Rendition' Stay Silent, by Helen Thomas, Hearst White House columnist (via Cursor)


Pat Roberts, Kansas

Orrin G. Hatch, Utah

Mike Dewine, Ohio

Christopher S. Bond, Missouri

Trent Lott, Mississippi

Olympia J. Snowe, Maine

Chuck Hagel, Nebraska

Saxby Chambliss, Georgia


John D. Rockefeller IV
West Virginia, Vice Chairman

Carl Levin, Michigan

Dianne Feinstein, California

Ron Wyden, Oregon

Evan Bayh, Indiana

Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland

Jon S. Corzine, New Jersey

DiFi, well, why dontcha let me down again? The U.S. is sending citizens to be tortured in other countries and not a peep out of you. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:07 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 1, 2005

"Now, understand this: I have absolutely no quarrel with Wood's politics. Nor do I have any disagreements with his, or the story's, descriptions of the economic situation confronting poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in the U.S. today. In fact, I think he's right on the money (pun intended).

"What I find impossible to believe is that the U.S. military would let John Hatfield go home.

"Think about it. The guy, a private first class, has willfully disregarded a direct order. Worse, he has made a statement -- 'I just wonder what makes people assume I'm always going to be aiming at the enemy?' -- that is a fairly explicit threat against other members of the United States military. Does anybody really think that the Army is just going to wish him well and wave bye-bye?"
An Eisner Win for Demo #7 Would Be Highly Illogical, by Denise Sudell, Sequential Tart, May 2005

So, okay, Demo #7 "One Shot, Don't Miss" is so famous even I own a copy and I just re-read the section in question. Logically, one would think that anyone who even obliquely threatened an officer would end up doing some quiet time in the brig. On the other hand, our Military is not the most logical creature on earth. The CO might decide this was a sociopath he didn't want to deal with anymore, give him a dishonorable discharge and send him back to civilian life.

However, I understand Denise's objection and when I read this comic last year, this gave me pause as well.

Military readers, help me out: is this so farfetched? Seems like a fair number of soldiers are dishonorably discharged because they don't/won't/can't fit in or they've done something minor and it's just too much trouble to prosecute them.

I'd need to see what Demo #7 is up against in the Eisners to know if it should win for best single issue, but whether it wins or not, it's a very powerful read even if you have to suspend your disbelief a little further than usual.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:50 PM PST [Link]

"Singular you is first cited around 1350. By 1550, the thou/you contrast was in full bloom. And in 1648, something happened that would eventually expunge thou from the language and leave English the only major European language without a singular or a familiar second-person pronoun: George Fox founded the Society of Friends. The Quaker insistence on addressing all folk by the familiar singular was a revolutionary act, an outright refusal to observe the forms of worldly power structures. As a backlash, you was embraced so completely that it became the default, and within a century thou was in a sharp decline, soon to vanish entirely from most English dialects (though, as with so many other features of early English, it held on much longer in the North.)"
English for Time Travelers, part 1: The Past, by Evelyn Browne, Reflection's Edge, May 2005

Oh, well, that explains everything.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:36 PM PST [Link]

The Bounce House

I must be more domestically challenged than I thought. Who knew you could do all that with dryer sheets? I don't even use them in the dryer. Although, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have used some kind of dryer sheet to get static out of my clothes and hair more than once.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:02 PM PST [Link]

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