chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Springsteen looks like such a kid in this, although I think he was actually close to 30 at the time. The in-concert energy is palpable even over the Intarwebs, both among the band members and out in the audience.

Looking at this and listening to it just makes me feel so much better. Because even today, the Boss still loves us and stands up for what's right.

ETA: The video embed service on DW seems to be messing up—it doesn't load, and at one point I got an error that the server (on DW) wasn't responding. You can view it over at LJ or use the YouTube link. It's a live performance of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" from 1988.

chomiji: Chibi of Tenpou Gensuit from Saiyuki Gaiden, reading a scroll (tenpou - job)

Of course, I've been at work. But now all of us can get back on the job. I woke up to an e-mail with the official notice from OPM (Office of Personnel Management, the uber-Human Resources agency for all the federal workers):

Federal Government

Applies to: October 17, 2013
Status: Open


Open. Employees are expected to return for work on their next regularly scheduled work day (Thursday, October 17th for most employees), absent other instructions from their employing agencies.

Due to the enactment of a continuing resolution, Federal government operations are open. Employees are expected to return for work on their next regularly scheduled work day (Thursday, October 17th for most employees) ... .

\o/

What a huge relief!!!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

I am so blessedly relieved about the presidential election. I think people finally got good and scared of the anti-women knee-jerk hateful Republican party (and fed up with all the voting shenanigans), as well they should have! It was scary close: apparently a lot of people can lie to themselves about a flagrant lying liar if he smiles pretty and invokes God.

I am also proud to bursting about my home state! Go, Maryland, go! Now so many of our friends and neighbors can get married: it's a new morning, and they can become the families they've always wanted to be. And they can do it in Minnesota and Maine and (maybe) Washington state, too. And Maryland's Dream Act law was passed, as well!   \o/

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

Thank you, Mr. President!

(Manually reverse cross-posted, because DW doesn't have a mobile client that I know of, and my eyes and manual coordination aren't good enough to try a DW crosspost on the smartphone browser.)

chomiji: Revy, the violent yet appealing lead in Rei Hiroe's manga Black Lagoon: two guns, no waiting! (Revy - gun)

"Many of you have heard that the Susan G. Komen Foundation (the folks who do all that pink-related branding regarding breast cancer) is withdrawing its financial support from Planned Parenthood, which in the past did breast cancer screening and education for lots of poor women with funds offered by the Foundation. The Komen folks swear their choice to do this is not politically motivated ... ."

- SF Author John Scalzi

You can read the rest at Scalzi's blog, Whatever. And if you like his writing or were thinking of trying his stuff, he has arranged to give the proceeds of the sales of his eBooks for the next week to Planned Parenthood. He has links for lists of the books in question on the blog.

And if that's not your cup of tea, or you don't yet do eBooks (*raises hand*), you might consider giving Planned Parenthood a donation.

And if you have religious or other reasons not to support Planned Parenthood, then you might do some legwork of your own and try to find some other organization that will provide these types of services for poor women - and give them a donation. Because fewer poor women are going to be able to get these services now that SGK has cut off their contributions to PP.

Thanks, you all.

— cho (stage 1 breast cancer diagnosed September 2007; post-lumpectomy, wide re-excision, and radiation; Tamoxifen therapy continuing)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

SOPA, PIPA lose support from lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid blackout

Co-sponsors who say they can no longer support their own legislation include Senators Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, and Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat ... .

- Washington Post

Ben Cardin is one of my Congress-critters, and I wrote to him this morning! Yay! (Yes, I know that chances are he hasn't yet got to my message, and may never, but still - feels good, you know?)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Hotaru - uh oh)

A couple of items I found by searching Google note that elections for the Duma, the Russian congress/parliament, are December 4. If the DDOS is politically backed (which is likely), I imagine that we can expect problems at least through that date.

Long live free speech, and the Russian bloggers who are trying to exercise it!

ETA: The Guardian also thinks that the elections are the issue in the current DDOS attack.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Orihime - fall)

It was uneventful. I walked down from the Metro, avoided the pamphleteers in the parking lot of the school, was informed by the registration lady that The Mr. and The Young Lady had already been by, and did my civic duty.

I'm pleased that The Young Lady made it there. It was her first election - she didn't get her registration in early enough for the primary. We left it up to her to figure out how to do the deed.

My supper so far is a slice of cheese pizza I bought from the bake sale people in the school lobby and three miniature candy bars - Krackle, Kit Kat, and Milky Way - left over from Sunday night. The Mr. said something about getting a haircut and grabbing supper nearby, so I think I'm on my own for nutrition.

XD

chomiji: Tenpou and Kenren from Saiyuki Gaiden; caption: Love is a land withoout borders (Tenpou-Kenren - no borders)


The Washington Post editorial cartoonist had a pretty scathing cartoon on the subject this morning, bless his catty little heart!


Cut for cartoon )
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuki-dreaming)

People are outside cheering, beating drums, and banging on pots and pans!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (kukaku-kaboom!)

When we talked with my Orthodox uncle on Saturday - the man I used to refer to as "a Jewish Archie Bunker." And he said he was voting for Obama. The reason he gave was practical - he said he lost interest in McCain when Fannie Mae went down. But then he started getting all misty-eyed, and reminiscing about JFK's victory ... .

:-D

chomiji: Gojyo from the manga Saiyuki, with the heart and letter K from the King of hearts in a deck of cards (Gojyo - hearts)

I have voted! Yes, I did! And my neighborhood was all appropriately electoral ... On my way from the polls (I waited about 40 min.) to the Metro, I saw a red minivan plastered with general patriotic emblems (stars-and-stripes shield etc.) trailing about 2 dozen blue balloons (and one lone red balloon) from its roof rack, a house with an "Impeach them both!" sign and a patriotic pictorial flag with Americana and "USA" in front of it, a classic Victorian home with a huge "OBAMA 2008" banner stretched along its upper porch railing, and numerous other campaign signs (mostly pro Obama and pro Chris Van Hollen, our local Dem congressman).

But it was a long slog up Maple Avenue from the polls - there's a steep hill, and I had to dodge garbage cans and recycling bins - because it was, perhaps appropriately, garbage day. And of course that made me think of Saiyuki, and Gojyo's inability to remember garbage day, which figured prominently in Hakkai's decision to stay on with him at the end of the "Be There" arc!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Cho-vatar w/ kaede mon)

Wow, I am just meme'ing all over the place lately ... this one was ganked from blue_hobbit. I am simply shocked - shocked, I tell you! - to discover that I am a liberal Democrat, bordering on Socialist.

;-)

cut for the big picture )
chomiji: Shigure from Fruits Basket, holding a pencil between his nose and upper lip; caption CAUTION - Thinking in Progress (shigure-thinking)

My results on a 2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz:

94% Barack Obama
92% Chris Dodd
91% John Edwards
90% Hillary Clinton
84% Joe Biden
81% Bill Richardson
77% Mike Gravel
77% Dennis Kucinich
45% Rudy Giuliani
33% John McCain
32% Tom Tancredo
28% Mitt Romney
25% Mike Huckabee
15% Ron Paul
15% Fred Thompson













Not exctly a surprise ... but it did clarify some of the diffs between my top choices.

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