November 9th, 2012

Let Me Tell You Why That's Bullshit

Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter. Get Mine While You're Down There.

Spoiler alert:  this post talks about cheerleaders.  I mention this because some of you might be wondering why I'm using the userpic I am instead of the "This Makes Me Moist" one.  I will explain anon.

The Dallas Mavericks basketball team started its season on the road, and recently returned for a three game homestand.  Lots of NBA teams have cheerleaders, and Dallas (home of the Cowboys football team that made sports cheerleaders a cultural phenomena) has one of their own.  During the homestand, the cheerleaders revealed their new uniforms for the year.  Let's take a look....

Dallas Mavericks Dancers

People are complaining that the uniforms are too sexy, showing too much skin, and are shameful.  Let's take a look at the puritanical outfits the cheerleaders wore last year:

Mav Dancers 2009

Oh, the difference is night and day!  No wonder people are so upset.

I'm sorry, but this amuses me.  As Molly Ivins so rightly pointed out about the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, they are open air coochie girls.  Their whole purpose is to look sexy.  The closest you will get to a modest cheerleader outfit is at either 1) a religious school or 2) on the male side of the squad (you've seen how the guys dress, they don't have to show the goods like the women do).  Halter tops, bare bellies, panty shots, all this has been going on for decades, but THIS is going over the line.

Hypocrisy is everywhere, but nowhere is it more obvious than when sex is involved.

Get A Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife With This Dreamer's Steam

Good morning, Gabe Newell!

Gabe is a great guy who is also the founder and head of Valve Software, who gave us Half Life, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and the amazingly awesome Portal.  When Epic and id were working on Linux versions of their games, Valve decided to stick to Windows and later the Mac.  Valve came up with the Steam client, a download app for software for their games.

Gabe has been very outspoken in his criticism of Windows 8, and his fears that the PC market will contract and anyone counting on M$ is going to lose.  So what is Gabe's solution?

Gabe has created a Steam client for Linux.  As in, it runs natively, no need for Wine or Crossover.

And that will go for the software, too.

What is the reaction of the Linux community to this?  Valve is looking for beta testers for when the service goes live soon.  600,000 people have signed up.  Only a small percentage of them will be accepted, but a workaround has been discovered that will let anyone download and run the beta.  Valve is aware of this.  They are doing nothing to plug the hole.  Read into that what you will.

Linux continues to grow, and doesn't need to push new hardware.  Plus, even going under the glue layer of Wine or Crossover, Valve projects run faster, more stable, and with better resolution than under the equivalent machine running Windows bloatware.

Welcome to the revolution, Valve.  You're going to be made very welcome here.
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When The System Fails Us, We Must Look Out For Each Other

Readers!  Come and honor heroes among us!

Welcome to Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Arizona.  A girl name Chy Johnson started school as a freshman there recently.

Johnson has a brain disorder.

So, to review, she's mentally handicapped, new to the school, and unable to defend herself.

She's a target.

Kids immediately began picking on her, at one point throwing trash at her.  School administrators did nothing.

In desperation, Johnson's mother went through her social contacts for anyone who had another kid at the school who could tell her who the other girls picking on her daughter were.  Only one name popped up -- a boy named Carson Jones.  He came up with the names of the girls, but he decided that wasn't enough.

Jones is a senior.  He's also good looking.  He's also the starting quarterback for the school's football team.  In other words, in the world of high school, he's the alpha male.  And he decided to use his powers for good.  He had lunch with Johnson every day.  And he got some of his buddies on the football team to walk Johnson to class when he couldn't.  Every trip down the hall, Johnson was accompanied by a small army.

An army that grew.

Most of the football players are now escorting Johnson and watching out for her.  They get no pay.  All they get is the thanks of Johnson and her mother.  And that's enough for them.  "It feels good to know that we helped someone else, because you know, we're doing good, everything for us is going well, but someone else needs to feel good, too."  That's a quote from Queen Creek senior Tucker Workman.

And the bullying of Johnson has stopped completely.

I take back every cheap shot I ever took at high school football players.  Hell, I take back every cheap shot I ever took at high schoolers.  My high school life was Hell.  But this shows me not to lump them all together.  There are good ones out there, and they do come through.


Come and honor these heroes among us.

Jersey Shore -- As In, Jersey Shore Don't Like When You Fuck With 'Em!

If Rob Liefeld ever grew a brain, he'd take it out of his head and play with it.

For those of you who don't know, Ethan Van Sciver is a comic book writer and artist who cut his teeth on CyberFrog for Hall Of Heroes (I did an interview with him years ago after Harris Comics took it over).  Sciver is from Joisey.  Which means he has 1) a killer sense of humor and 2) an attitude that could melt plexiglass.  He's a great guy (anyone who draws a comic where a character has a Lethargic Lad poster on his wall is okay in my book), but remember, he's from Joisey.  He will throw down with you.  His rap sheet includes:

1)  Running Rob Granito off from the convention circuit (he was doing pretty good with this on his own, but brought in Mark Waid for a shits and giggles team up)

2)  Doing a charity fundraiser where he drew a sketch and signed another person's sketch, "taking credit" for it.  The next artist drew a sketch and signed Van Sciver's.  This went on until everyone "Granito'ed" each other's art.

3)  Brought an electronic keyboard into the Artist Alley to screw with, annoying others around him like Mike Mignola.  Van Sciver's respons to the Twitter bitching was to actually get space in convention panels rooms to do "concerts" with songs like "Wolverine Is Gay".  Trust me, he sounds better than anyone on the Tails Forum.

Now, Van Sciver is a political conservative, who said in an interview that seeing artists draw Barack Obama as Superman bugged the piss out of him.  (It's what makes him and Mark Waid such odd bedfellows -- Waid is a staunch liberal.  They razz each other, but they never get mean or insulting.  They push each other's buttons and that's pretty much it.)  In the days leading up to the election, Van Sciver was stumping hard for Mitt Romney and talking about how Mittens had this in the bag.

And then, November 6th.

Shortly afterward, Van Sciver wrote on his Facebook:

"Conservatives who are bitter, please follow my awesome example.  You know that even when I'm wrong, I'm right, yes?  Obama won a second term, and by a very slim margin.  He says he's listened and learned.  I'm going to go easy on Barack for a year, and give him the benefit of a doubt.  I will become a fan of his, (if not his policies) if he's a big enough man to go to Congress and say, "the last four years didn't work out between us.  Let's start over again."  And then actually listen, instead of saying, "Well, I won." again.

"A lot of goofy Leftist stuff is going to be implemented.  Those are the spoils of victory.  But this is still about jobs.  Let's watch and see and hope that things are different this time.  Maybe Bill Clinton taught him something."

I'm sure you will agree with me that that is a very mature and reasoned response to his candidate losing the election.

But this is political discussion.  Maturity and reason have no place here.

Liefeld?  You're live on Twitter.  What would you like to say about Mr. Van Sciver?

"Some people over on Facebook made complete asses of themselves for months.  Crickets over there now.  My timeline thanks them."

"Trust me, it's us disgusted by you moron."

"This guy online is such an idiot.  Acted the fool online for MONTHS, now he is a political healer urging tolerance.  Can bear no more."

"Sorry, my earlier statement is about a loud mouth conservative who was as divisive as possible over last 3 months."

"Nah, last thing this guy needs is more attention RT @marvelzombiek @robertliefeld who is it?"

"I did not read a more insulting thread and postings than this guy now he's all " follow my example: ??? Dude, you are a douche."

"Unfriended, unfollowed this dork.  Moving on...."

Yes.  Rob Liefeld is picking a fight with Ethan Van Sciver.


Van Sciver wrote:

"Rob Liefeld is trash-talking me on Twitter because I am being a peacemaker over Obama.  I told him I'd check and see if that improves his Approval Rating. :)

"Twitterers, if you want to, feel free to ask @RobertLiefeld to be more polite.  Hashtag might be #BeLikeEVS"

That jerked the stopper.  Grab some popcorn and enjoy these choice tweets:

"@robertliefeld @EthanVanSciver isn't upping the sales for dark knight.  In my LCS orders went up more than all your dc books total #belikeevs"

"@robertliefeld Remember, when filling out job applications, print legibly and thank the manager for their time and consideration.  #BeLikeEVS"

"I once saw @EthanVanSciver save a baby from drowning, help elderly cross a road and saved 18 stray dogs, by 9 am.  @RobertLiefeld #BeLikeEVS"

"@robertliefeld It is both proper and decent to call a date the night after to thank them for a wonderful evening #BeLikeEVS"

"@robertliefeld Remember Ethan always says that double-dipping is a serious no-no.  Dip only once.  It's the right thing to do.  #BeLikeEVS"

"When under the weather, @EthanVanSciver ALWAYS makes sure to sneeze into his elbow.  @RobertLiefeld, #BeLikeEVS."

"@EthanVanSciver once drew feet for a legless man and they turned into magical real appendages.  That helped him fly. @RobertLiefeld #BeLikeEVS"

"@robertliefeld When Ethan leaves a job he says you should say nice things about your employer. It's the polite thing to do.  #BeLikeEVS"

"I hear that @EthanVanSciver never puts his well proportioned FEET up on the couch while wearing shoes. #BeLikeEVS #WWEVSD"

"@robertliefeld Ethan says you Always wipe your feet when you enter a house.  Feet?  Those things taht should be at the end of legs #BeLikeEVS"

"Ladies close to @EthanVanSciver are also happy to report that he ALWAYS opens the door for them. @RobertLiefeld, #BeLikeEVS"

"Puts his pants on a leg at a time, which include his feet.  Which he studies for art.  You should look at yours more @RobertLiefeld #BeLikeEVS"

"@RobertLiefeld you need to be more humble and polite like EVS, or I'll use my Omega Beams and send you to the 50's #BeLikeEVS"

"I hear at comic conventions, @EthanVanSciver can draw a crowd, and every member of that crowd has feet.  @RobertLiefeld, #BeLikeEVS"

In the midst of this, Liefeld tweeted:

"What's with all the Van Sciver tweets?  What are I people talking about?  I've been watching Deadpool on an infinite loop w@RobertKirkman."

Aw, Liefeld's so cute when he plays stupid.

The "conflict" died out quickly, but hopefully, Rob has learned that, when people try to extend an olive branch after a heated political contest, accept it graciously.  #BeLikeEVS

Get Ready For Trouble

Here in Illinois, Mike "The Velvet Hammer" Madigan controls the state.  He's the chair of the Democrats.

He redistricted the states, costs R five seats.

His D's won another four.

When the new state Congress is sworn in, he will control a veto-proof majority.

He wants his daughter, AG Lisa Madigan, to run for governor.  To help with this, rumors are circulating that he is going to use the lame duck state Congress to make the Quinn/Madigan 67% income tax increase permanent so it won't become an issue in 2014.  And even if he doesn't do it, he has a veto-proof majority in both houses now.  It will go through.

The people of Illinois weren't paying attention, and still aren't paying attention.

They deserve to get screwed.