Here’s the story from USAToday (I can’t keep up with the latest Right Wing denials: Is that a mouthpiece for the “liberal media?”)
“The government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007.
The government says the change is a clarification. But critics say it’s a clear signal of a more directed policy targeting the sexual behavior of adults.
“They’ve stepped over the line of common sense,” said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that supports sex education. “To be preaching abstinence when 90% of people are having sex is in essence to lose touch with reality. It’s an ideological campaign. It has nothing to do with public health.”
Again, traditional conservatives: Your votes are enabling the Jesus-Freaks. Wake up.
The B.P.R.D. Wants You!
I’ve mentioned this to some of you, but here’s the official announcement. With away on weekends Limey-ing, we’re holding off on getting back into the Serenity RPG, since it wouldn’t be fair for her to have to miss it. So, in the meantime (and in honor of the season), I’m going to run a campaign of the Hellboy RPG from Steve Jackson Games.
WHO: Your characters are operatives of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. You can be literally anything. A Mulder-esque FBI agent, a psychic, a modern-day sorcerer, or even a strange creature who (like Hellboy or Abe Sapien) now works for the BPRD. You’ll be “bumping back” against the Things that Go Bump in The Night.
WHEN: Sundays, starting at 1 or 2ish, and wrapping up no later than 9. I’d like to get started this Sunday, if possible. Let me know if this is good for you.
WHERE: The Skarka Estate, in Lawrence.
WHAT: First session will be devoted to Character Creation and general mood-setting inspiration, including viewing of the new HELLBOY animated film (yes, I nabbed it, and I’m burning it to DVD along with a copy of Mike Mignola’s Amazing Screw-On Head, which is also inspirational) and the Director’s Cut of Guillermo Del Toro’s HELLBOY film. All you need to bring is yourselves, a character concept, some munchies/drinks (some will be provided, but the more the merrier), and we’re good to go!
WHY: Because it rocks on toast, and will be nifty-keen.
As seen on various LJ’s:
Remember that cool costume you wore as a kid, the first one that springs to mind when you think of Halloween? Find an appropriate image on the ‘Net of who you were dressed as and post it, along with this meme in your LJ.
The one that will forever spring to mind for me (partially because my parents have a picture of me wearing it to a Kindergarden Halloween party) is a full-on, cheese-tastic early-70s Batman costume, complete with plastic, breath-restricting face mask and flammable plastic poncho. And just in case you didn’t recognize the mask, or the huge bat-symbol with “BATMAN” written on it on my chest….they put another bat-symbol on the forehead!
Even at age 5, that pissed me off.