Texas lawmaker: Asians should change their names to make them ‘easier for Americans to deal with.’

From Think Progress:

On Tuesday, State Rep. Betty Brown (R) caused a firestorm during House testimony on voter identification legislation when she said that Asian-Americans should change their names because they’re too hard to pronounce:

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Question of the Day

What movie do you always end up watching over and over again when you come across it while channel surfing?

Every time I’m channel surfing late at night and come across Big Trouble in Little China I toss the remote aside and bask in the greatness that is Jack Burton and Egg Shen (and the lightning guy who wears the wicker hat)(oh, and that random bigfoot monster. Best. Random. Monster…Evah).

Red Dawn will make me toss the remote pretty fast also now that I think about it. (WOLVERINES!)

Archaeologists Unearth a Female ‘Vampire’

From My SA News:

ROME — An archaeological dig near Venice has unearthed the 16th-century remains of a woman with a brick stuck between her jaws — evidence, experts say, that she was believed to be a vampire. The unusual burial is thought to be the result of an ancient vampire-slaying ritual. It suggests the legend of the mythical bloodsucking creatures was tied to medieval ignorance of how diseases spread and what happens to bodies after death, experts said.

The well-preserved skeleton was found in 2006 on the Lazzaretto Nuovo island, north of the lagoon city, amid other corpses buried in a mass grave during an epidemic of plague that hit Venice in 1576.

“Vampires don’t exist, but studies show people at the time believed they did,” said Matteo Borrini, a forensic archaeologist and anthropologist at Florence University who studied the case over the last two years. “For the first time we have found evidence of an exorcism against a vampire.”

Medieval texts show the belief in vampires was fueled by the disturbing appearance of decomposing bodies, Borrini told The Associated Press by telephone.

During epidemics, mass graves were often reopened to bury fresh corpses and diggers would chance upon older bodies that were bloated, with blood seeping out of their mouth and with an inexplicable hole in the shroud used to cover their face.

“These characteristics are all tied to the decomposition of bodies,” Borrini said. “But they saw a fat, dead person, full of blood and with a hole in the shroud, so they would say: ‘This guy is alive, he’s drinking blood and eating his shroud.'”

A Day in the Life of Neil Gaiman’s Assistant

Apparently it’s a lot like playing Zork.

Wake up. Drive to Boss’s House. Think to myself “way way to early” . Make tea. Get ready to wake Boss for an early morning conference call with editor. Attempt to wake Boss. Find what looks like a corpse. Remember Boss promised to have an ” Early Night” and wake upon the dawn like a lark, refreshed and ready for the day . Realize Boss has only been asleep for an hour or so.

Shake corpse. Corpse attempts speech. Corpse fails. Tea, I say, over and over, in conversational tones. Boss makes it to tea, which is bedside the bed, not a far leap for many, but a large one for Boss. Asks me to find the Last Big Contract for the Last Big Project but I am to smart for that trick. Wait until Boss is actually working thru morning e-mail until I leave the room.

Make more tea. Start to go thru the mail, which comes in a bucket sort of thing every morning. Throw away the junk. Bucket thing still full. Start to open the Mail and sort into piles. Important, Black and Whites of Comics in Progress, Galleys of Books in Progress, Case of Mangos ( look, if you want something from me, case of mangos gets that request right to the top ) contracts, requests for quotes , fan mail, gifts from fans and friends, Things From Editors, Publishers, and Studios, cd’s people have sent, and really odd things. ( see essay on Top 10 Things Never To Send Your Favorite Writer ) Notice one of the cd’s. Stop. Impressed. Love her work. Pop cd into the player. Ah, yes….

Quote of the Day


“I curse you. I curse this place. I want to see this destroyed. I want her destroyed”, Father Commolly, a priest from Pennsylvania upset about a pirate statue.

But it wasn’t really a curse:

“Nor did I curse in the sense of putting a curse on them. In fact I did quite the opposite. I blessed them,” Father Commolly said.

And some video of the pirate temptress and the cursing priest.