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June 23rd, 2009

Book Meme

Ganked from speccygeekgrrl


Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

1.Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov
2.A Gift of Magic-Lois Duncan
3.The Tipping Point-Malcolm Gladwell
4.The Sun Also Rises-Ernest Hemingway
5.The Celluloid Closet-Vito Russo
6.I Lost It At The Movies-Pauline Kael
7.Big Screen, Little Screen-Rex Reed
8.Suspects-David Thompson
9. Have Spacesuit, Will Travel-Robert Heinlein
10. Time Travelers Strictly Cash-Spider Robinson
11. Steal This Book-Abby Hoffman
12. All The President's Men-Woodward & Bernstein
13. Ladies and Gentlemen-Lenny Bruce!!!-Albert Goldman
14. Nickel and Dimed-On (Not) Getting by in America-Barbara Ehrenreich
15. Fast Food Nation-The Dark Side of the All-American Meal-Eric Schlosser

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I mean the Jason Jones stuff in Iran was (IMAO) totally not funny even before all hell broke lose. Some people are good at that "being a Jerk" put-on style, but I honestly think Jason does it a little too well, and those "interviews" were just plain uncomfortable to watch.

Then finding out that three of the people who were interviewed have been arrested? EEEEP!

Jon had (I THINK) the son of one of the men who was arrested (the cleric?) and tried to do a little bit of snark about the fact that it was an old man who'd been arrested in the hospital. He said something like "What are the authorities doing to make sure he doesn't escape?" and boy did that go flat.

I thought Asif Mandvi's bit was great. (I LOVE ASIF) and I also loved John Oliver's stoney-faced annoyance at Britain being the "#1 threat."

Huffpo Link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/23/daily-show-on-and-in-iran_n_219424.html

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Meanwhile, I wasn't surprised that neither Keith, nor Rachel mentioned MSNBC basically dropping the ball over the weekend, but it would have been cool if they had. Keith made up for it by having John Hodgman on the show and by highlighting the worst person in the world, who pretty much hit a new low.

Check this out:
In her June newsletter, Rep. Cynthia Davis, a St. Charles County Republican, offers some rather provocative commentary on child hunger. In fact, she says, there are actually hidden benefits to a child going hungry. Who would have thought?

"Hunger can be a positive motivator," writes Davis, who chairs the Missouri House Special Committee on Children and Families. "What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals? Tip: If you work at McDonald's, they will feed you for free during your breaks."

In questioning the need for a summer food program to serve thousands of low-income Missouri children, Davis goes on: "Bigger governmental programs take away your connectedness to the human family, our brotherhood and our need for one another...It really is all about increasing government spending, which means an increase in taxes to buy more free lunches and breakfasts.


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One more moment in punditry:

This is an interview that Ana Marie Cox did a few months ago. (You can tell it's old because she has long hair instead of her cute, adorable pixie cut.)
Anyway...among all the delicious snark, she tells a story about Howard Fineman, that is extremely unflattering. It's a long-ish clip, so make sure you have the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1ZCqqHl4Yc

Little Bitty Pretty Pimp Post

Torchwood/Who-verse

The countdown goes on, but real!Jack is still making appearances.


Two Double Drabbles from the delicious and delightful drunken_hedghog. One is Nine/Donna and one is (SQUEEEEEEE!!!) Jack/Owen featuring real!Jack. No smut, but lots of snark and no doubt regarding what he really cares about. YUMMY!!!! Go. Read. Give love!

Hot off the presses: Boom Boom Pow
Cute little ficlet, showing that real!Jack lives. (Includes J/I and Gwen/Rhys, but really Jack/Gwen.)


One from the vaults of the Chelsea Drugstore.
Perception Filter
Very angsty Jack. Missing scene from Journey's End.

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Life on Mars
You Can't Always Trust White Light by iwant2believe2

Sam in 2006 being haunted by a certain ghost from 1973. Not overtly slashy, but plenty of angst, and lots of snark from the Guv.

*****
Royal Pains
Horse of a Different Color by vanillafluffy.
New fic for a new fandom. What can I say? CUTE!!! Even if you haven't gotten into the show yet, go do a Wiki read-up and then read the fic.

*****

House MD
lillithisbitter is doing the Stump the Author meme and I won myself a drabble featuring Cameron and Wilson. Hot stuff, and just a little bit cracky.

The One Where Wilson the Manslut and Cameron Get It On


The Heart of the Matter by pwcorgigirl.

Written for the ppth_support Drabble Challenge for Failure to Communicate.

Remember the heart patient that House prescribed Viagara for? pwcorgigirl tells the story beautifully.

*****
Original Fiction

Heaven Knows, a vignette by my lovely friend toddyboi. Written for the Song Lyric Prompt Posted here

This is toddyboi's first time sharing his original fiction, so we'd both appreciate it if you went over and offered your opinions.

Song Lyric Prompt-a-Day 2009 Day 175

Prompts can be used for any fandom, pairing, or even original fic, if you like. (Yes, any.) All I ask is that you credit me with providing the prompt and comment with a link to the entry.



Prompt #175

(Suggested and provided by crashgirl82.)



I walk the streets through seven bars.
I had to find just where you are,
The faces seem to blur, they're all the same.



Love Remains the Same-Gavin Rossdale
Written by Gavin Rossdale and Martin Frederiksen
From the album WANDERlust

RIP Ed McMahon

Now Ed & Johnny are hosting the Tonight Show in heaven.





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