- The Gentleman Gamer: I've heard Lily Tomlin is great in The Hobbit.
- The Nerd Wench: ...
- The Gentleman Gamer: ...
- The Nerd Wench: What the fuck are you talking about?
- The Gentleman Gamer: Lily Tomlin. The elf chick with Legolas.
- The Nerd Wench: ...
- The Gentleman Gamer: Is that not the right actress?
- The Nerd Wench: Evangeline Lily!
- The Gentleman Gamer: Oh! Lily Tomlin was Bartlet's Secretary!
My dad got my mom roses, but when she put them out he said she was missing a rose.
I immediately shouted “So is the Doctor!” and made a sound like a wounded dog.
I am a horrible person because I immediately wanted to do this to my wife. Who would then poison my food, as well she should.
A few thoughts on one of my most favorite of holidays.
1. Clever is better than expensive
See: Fifty Shades of Gray. A clever take on a pop culture trope or well-known topic can lead to very interesting, budget-friendly costumes.
2a. The right props are transformative
In other words, you don’t have to splurge for a fully authentic costume if you get specific details right. A cheap costume hat and whip can turn almost any dark leather jacket, white shirt, and khakis into Indiana Jones.
2b. Re-purpose existing clothes
Open your closet and see what you have, stuff you may not wear every day, through the lens of costume ideas. I have tons of suits, so five minutes in an image editor gave me a S.H.I.E.L.D. ID badge and logo I could tape onto a coffee mug, and a pair of shades completed the look. Total cost to look like a badass: $0.
3. The thought always, always, always counts
Everyone can spot a costume cop-out. Nice party clothes and an award sticker that says “Worst Halloween Costume”? Just ditch the sticker and admit you didn’t want to think something up.
4. Enjoy yourself
As long as you know what you are, and you’re having fun, it doesn’t matter whether everyone else thinks you’re a country singer when you’re actually Starswirl the Bearded. The fun comes in making something you are proud to show off.
Those bells are FANTASTIC, by the way.
There’s a story making the rounds today about voter ID laws in Texas discouraging / blocking women voters because it requires photo IDs that show their current name… that means if they ever got married a birth certificate isn’t enough to prove they’re who they are and should be able to vote by Texas standards. The hay to be made is that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, she of the pink sneaker pro-choice filibuster, could attract a very significant number of women voters and is thus making the Republican, pro-life crowd currently in charge nervous.
I want to draw your attention to a different story, though: one which demonstrates why “Oh, just get a driver’s license” is a wrong-headed reaction to voter ID laws. One that shows just who Texas is worried about getting through their very strict new laws, laws that wouldn’t have passed muster until the Supreme Court invalidated portions of the Voting Rights Act until new data could be produced to show it was still needed.
This is story of 84-year-old Dorothy Card, denied the right to vote three times because of Texas’ ID laws. She has to go through a mountain of paperwork, and still was denied, which is more than many younger voters would be willing to wade through just to be able to make their voice heard.
"It’s a good thing I don’t meet the man who is over this because he would hear from me good and proper," Card said.
Men? Unless they changed their name for some reason (very few do as compared to women) never have to worry about this. They can show any relevant photo ID, while women have to make sure theirs has their current legal name on it. That’s a hurdle almost solely reserved for younger, newly-married women, who are of childbearing age, and demographically poised to vote for candidates like Wendy Davis in very large numbers.
Voter ID laws are supposedly in place to stop the serious problem of voter fraud, which according to public records… doesn’t exist in any statistically-relevant form. According to a Department of Justice study in 2006, there were, nationwide, just 40 instances where people were indicted for voter fraud between 2002 and 2005. That’s 40, 8 times 5, out of 197 million. Of those only 26 , or about .00000013 percent of the votes cast, resulted in convictions or guilty pleas.
So, what do these voter ID laws actually do? Put a mountain of paperwork and a series of hurdles in the way of people who are just trying to vote. They hit certain demographics harder, specifically the poor, minorities, and now married Texas women, all of whom are now finding it much more difficult to make their voice heard, and more likely to just give up and not vote at all.
Those demographics also trend to vote more heavily Democratic than Republican. Voter ID laws? Put in place by Republicans almost exclusively.
It’s so blatant that Republican strategists have said, flat out, that voter ID laws will help their candidates win. In 2012 Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) told the Republican State Committee that voter ID laws would help Mitt Romney win the state of Pennsylvania in the upcoming presidential election.
Seriously. That’s on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87NN5sdqNt8
Oh, and how about the federal judge who voted to uphold the nation’s first voter ID law? A ruling that was later upheld by the US Supreme Court and pointed at by most voter ID proponents? He says today he made a mistake, and wrote in a new book he was “guilty” of upholding a law “now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/opinion/second-thoughts-on-voter-id.html
What does this all mean? That the Department of Justice’s challenge to the law isn’t some attempt at Democratic intervention in state’s rights… it’s the balance of power, a judicial challenge to legislative screw-uppery by lawmakers who are majority white, male Republicans who want to keep their power in a state that’s quickly turning both purple and more predominantly Hispanic.
I’d also suggest it’s a bad idea to tick off an entire state full of gun-toting women, but that’s just me. We’ll see what happens next.