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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Skiffy Books I’ve Read by Women Before 1997

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Reading — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:54 AM (04:54)

For me, a partial list:

Margaret Wander Bonanno

Diane Carey

Carmen Carter

Jeanne Cavelos

Karen Rose Cercone

C. J. Cherryh

Carolyn Clowes

Sonni Cooper

Melissa Crandall

A.C. Crispin

Myrna Culbreath

Kathryn Drennan

Diane Duane

Julia Ecklar

Barbara Hambly

Laurell K. Hamilton

Janet Kagan

Judy Klass

Dana Kramer-Rolls

Majliss Larson

Jean Lorrah

Sondra Marshak

Anne McCaffery

Vonda N. McIntyre

Barbara Paul

Selina Rosen

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pamela Sargent

Melissa Scott

Josepha Sherman

Kathleen Sky

Melinda Snodgrass

Susan Shwartz

Laurie S. Sutton

Jeri Taylor

Lois Tilton

Della Van Hise

Susan Wright

H/T Frank Ney — Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:51 PM


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Monday, 4 April 2016

New Mexico, the Failed State

Filed under: Fun, Humor, Musings, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:17 AM (06:17)

Yes, the State of New Mexico is a failed state, just as the Powers That Be have labeled Somalia.

Of every list of the states that a state’s people should want “their” state to be at or near the top, New Mexico is at or near the bottom. Examples include math and reading proficiency among students, median income, economic opportunities, etc.

Of the lists where you would want “your” state to be at or near the bottom, New Mexico is at or near the top — violent crime rate per capita, DUI rate, corruption among public officials, tax burden, etc.

Now consider that the Political Classholes in Santa Fe and the various county and municipal governments seem to be perfectly happy with this sorry state of affairs, just so long as their bread is getting buttered, and their sponsors are satisfied. Why should they care about the rest of us and what we think of this, when we keep re-electing them?

I propose a simple solution:

Eliminate the State of New Mexico as a State.

Simply split the State down the middle — give the western part to Arizona, and the eastern part to Texas. Use either the Rio Grande as the dividing line.

So a few counties and municipalities might get cut in half or whatever. So what — let the politicians worry about that.

Or we could split it along I-25, or along the 106th meridian. Either way, we get to watch the political class have fits over who gets what.

Or we could give Arizona 16 of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 17 to Texas. Or vice versa. Either way, some of the multi-county districts (State House, State Senate, Public Regulation Commission) are going to get carved up a bit.

Again, so what? Let the politicians worry about that, while those of us Productive Class people go about our business.

No matter how we do it, the self-appointed Ruling Classholes lose a bit in the turmoil, and we get to have some fun at their expense.

Imagine Ben Ray Lujan, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich having to justify their continued presence in Imperial DC. They might have to actually do some work as lobbyists or whatever. Which side of the line would Michelle Lujan Grisham land on?

If Albuquerque (and thus Bernalillo County) were to be cut into two pieces, what would happen to the local politicians?

Just the thought of watching the politicians sing and dance to justify their continued sucking at the public teat would make it all worthwhile.


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Thursday, 21 March 2013

[LPNM] Patti Bushee and Pat Davis Hinder, Not Help, the LGBT Cause

Santa Fe City Councilor Patti Bushee and ProgressNow New Mexico’s Executive Director Pat Davis will tell you that they are all in favor of expanding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. In reality, they are ultimately hindering the LGBT cause, as opposed to helping it.

“How so?” you might ask. After all, both of them have been rather outspoken in support of same-sex marriage.

In today’s Albuquerque Journal, Bushee was quoted (and her hand photographed) as “urging county clerks to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses.”[1]

And ProgressNow New Mexico joined in yesterday with an email blast and Facebook posting.[2]

Now remember that in 2005, Democrat Attorney General Patsy Madrid filed litigation against same-sex marriage licenses issued by Victoria Dunlap. Those with good memories for the political scene will note that Dunlap was the Republican County Clerk in Sandoval County at the time. After Dunlap left office, Patsy dropped the lawsuit she filed against Dunlap’s actions.

The lesson to be learned from this is the Democrats will treat people of the LGBT persuasion as a political soccer ball, to be kicked around at a whim. Why shouldn’t they, as LGBT people will vote overwhelmingly for the Democrat regardless of what Democrats do between elections?

And it should also be noted that both Bushee and Davis regard the rights of others not in their political circle as soccer balls, to be kicked around at their leisure. If not as flies to be swatted.

On the latter, I’m referring to one issue in particular, specifically the individual right of private civilians to own and carry weapons, for the purpose of self-defense.

On 20 December 2012, Bushee said that she would sponsor a ban on civilian possession of “assault weapons” – military-pattern semiautomatic rifles – within the city limits of Santa Fe[3]. Warbling in tune with Bushee, ProgressNow NM has kept up a steady flow of strident, hoplophobic catcalls on behalf of the victim disarmament cause[4].

Consider that since it was founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party has supported the rights of LGBT people to live their lives free from coercion just the same as we libertarians support the rights of conservatives to live free from coercion.

How many conservative-type people in New Mexico really care per se about LGBT people being of the LGBT persuasion? Probably not many. So when I bring up to them the idea that LGBT should be just as free as they are to live without coercion, my case is undermined by Davis, Bushee and their ilk clamoring to infringe upon other, equally-cherished rights. “Why should I care about their rights when they don’t care about mine?” goes the question.

In short, if Bushee and Davis want their cherished freedom to be LGBT to be upheld, it would behoove them to respect the rights of others to own and carry weapons, among other rights.


  1. Albuquerque Journal: 20 March 2013 – City Attorney: Same-sex marriage OK
    Santa Fe New Mexican: 19 March 2013 – Santa Fe leaders ask county clerks to honor same-sex marriage
  2. ProgressNow New Mexico – Facebook page post and email blast
  3. Albuquerque Journal: 20 December 2012 – Assault Weapons Ban?, 14 January 2013 – Coss Headlines Santa Fe Gun Control Press Conference
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Saturday, 18 August 2012

SF vs. Fantasy (and Horror, too!)

Filed under: Media, Philosophy, Principles, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:33 AM (02:33)

Current mood: cynical

Recently I read Tomorrow, the Stars, which was edited by Robert A. Heinlein (at least in part – in the preface, he says that Truman Tailey. Judith Merrill, Frederick Pohl and Walter Bradbury helped out there). In that preface, Heinlein mentions a significant difference between science fiction and fantasy

From page 8 of the Berkeley Medallion Edition (15th printing – June, 1967)

“Science fiction is sometimes miscalled ‘escape literature,’ a mistake arising from a profound misconception of its nature and caused by identifying it with fantasy. Science fiction and fantasy are as different as Karl Marx and Groucho Marx. Fantasy is constructed by either denying the real world in toto or at least making a prime basis of the story one or more admittedly false premise – fairies, talking mules, trips through a looking glass, vampires, seacoast Bohemia, Mickey Mouse.”

In the next few sentences of that same paragraph, Heinlein sets out what distinguishes science fiction from fantasy (and horror, as well). Again, from page 8

“But science fiction, no matter how fantastic its content may seem, always accepts all of the real world and the entire body of human knowledge as the framework for the fictional speculation.”

Back in 2003, I was hanging out at Bubonicon 35 with L. Neil Smith, who summed it up very well

In science fiction, the universe is knowable and people can figure it out.

Thus my conclusion that the books in the genre of sword-and-sorcery fantasy belong together with the horror books, if anywhere, rather than with the science-fiction books.

In my view, fantasy and horror stories are more mature versions of fairy tales and campfire ghost stories.

And why do I often feel as though I’m the only one that sees most of the cast of the typical horror movie as complete idiots, simply begging to be slaughtered at whim by the monster or slasher or demon?

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