naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pride and Prostitutes)
Hey! Pride and Prostitutes is on the bestsellers list at Smashwords!

Right now, the link is here. It's currently at #14!

It must be determined by how many copies have sold in a given time period, because it can't be quantity. I've sold 34, which is awesome, but probably not enough to qualify, on its own, as a bestselling anything.

Still! Keep up the good work, 'cause this is awesome! Thank you guys so, so much.

And don't forget! If you link and spread the word, then comment on this entry, you have a chance to win either a free e-book of your choice (of two, I know, the options are overwhelming, try not to hyperventilate) or a free month on [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams! I'll be doing the drawing after midnight US Central time tonight.

And the coupon code NK74H entered at checkout will still get you 20% off until tomorrow!

So happy. It's a tiny thing, but at this point I'll take any validation I can get!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pride and Prostitutes)
Hey! Pride and Prostitutes is on the bestsellers list at Smashwords!

Right now, the link is here. It's currently at #14!

It must be determined by how many copies have sold in a given time period, because it can't be quantity. I've sold 34, which is awesome, but probably not enough to qualify, on its own, as a bestselling anything.

Still! Keep up the good work, 'cause this is awesome! Thank you guys so, so much.

And don't forget! If you link and spread the word, then comment on this entry, you have a chance to win either a free e-book of your choice (of two, I know, the options are overwhelming, try not to hyperventilate) or a free month on [livejournal.com profile] fever_dreams! I'll be doing the drawing after midnight US Central time tonight.

And the coupon code NK74H entered at checkout will still get you 20% off until tomorrow!

So happy. It's a tiny thing, but at this point I'll take any validation I can get!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Warning: Death Ray)
In a move that Paul Constant of the Slog called "the greatest day for American women since August 18, 1920", Cathy Guisewite will retire comic strip "CATHY" on Oct. 3, 2010.

I sincerely cannot express in words how I feel about this. Still, let me try:

Disgusting, unwelcome, slimy, and tenacious as an Olestra fart, this vapid and insulting depiction of stereotypical American female life has been offending my intelligence since I was old enough to read. It is, in my opinion, right up there with Precious Moments in terms of its absolute indefensibility, except Precious Moments at least has the virtue of being easy to make fun of. Cathy was never even that interesting.

I'm with the guy from the Slog. I hope she goes out like a suicide bomber and takes Family Circus, Marmaduke, and Garfield with her.

To Cathy Guisewite: I am going to eat something especially vile on Oct. 2 so that, as I flush the toilet the next morning, I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I just contributed more to the world in five minutes than you did in 34 years.

Good fucking riddance.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Warning: Death Ray)
In a move that Paul Constant of the Slog called "the greatest day for American women since August 18, 1920", Cathy Guisewite will retire comic strip "CATHY" on Oct. 3, 2010.

I sincerely cannot express in words how I feel about this. Still, let me try:

Disgusting, unwelcome, slimy, and tenacious as an Olestra fart, this vapid and insulting depiction of stereotypical American female life has been offending my intelligence since I was old enough to read. It is, in my opinion, right up there with Precious Moments in terms of its absolute indefensibility, except Precious Moments at least has the virtue of being easy to make fun of. Cathy was never even that interesting.

I'm with the guy from the Slog. I hope she goes out like a suicide bomber and takes Family Circus, Marmaduke, and Garfield with her.

To Cathy Guisewite: I am going to eat something especially vile on Oct. 2 so that, as I flush the toilet the next morning, I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I just contributed more to the world in five minutes than you did in 34 years.

Good fucking riddance.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
Historic Victory for Northern Rockies Wolves at Defenders of Wildlife.

From the press release:

  • U.S. district court overturns Interior Secretary Salazar’s action that removed wolves in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list
  • Ruling makes it clear that subdividing a wild population based on political boundaries rather than science violates the Endangered Species Act
  • Defenders calls for update of science and regional stakeholder collaboration to ensure continued wolf recovery and proper removal of federal protections


  • I am very pleased about this. The wolf management plan these states had come up with was irresponsible and based on prejudice and wishful thinking, not science. I am not opposed to legalizing the hunting of any animal, provided it is done humanely and provided the population can bear the burden. I want to see the gray wolf de-listed in the Northern Rockies, but it wasn't time, yet. It was too soon. The overturned ruling allowed and encouraged destructive wildlife management strategies which, if implemented, would have drastically reduced and then fragmented the wolf population, setting reintroduction efforts back twenty years.

    Hopefully this decision will encourage the development of responsible, coordinated efforts across state lines to establish and manage a healthy gray wolf population.

    States will still be allowed to kill or relocate problem animals, and Defenders also works with the local human population to reduce the wolf threat to livestock through effective nonlethal means (training guard dogs, establishing fladry fencing, surveying wolf populations on pastureland so that animals are not grazed near dens during puppy season), meaning that ranchers are not without protection from what is, after all, a predatory species right on their back step.

    I am not without sympathy for both sides, here, wolf and rancher. The people I don't have sympathy for are the middlemen, the policy-setters, local wildlife management, which would rather throw wolf populations and decades of effort and research on the part of wildlife experts under the bus than work with ranchers and wolf experts to come up with ways to reduce negative human/predator interactions. These people are meant to act as advocates and protectors of wildlife, as well as management. They have been failing in this duty because the simplest answer to the wolf problem is no wolves at all. Hopefully this won't be allowed to continue. It's not an easy job. It's not meant to be. Trying to make it easy by eradicating not just problem animals but a problem species from a given area is a dreadful approach.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
    Historic Victory for Northern Rockies Wolves at Defenders of Wildlife.

    From the press release:

  • U.S. district court overturns Interior Secretary Salazar’s action that removed wolves in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list
  • Ruling makes it clear that subdividing a wild population based on political boundaries rather than science violates the Endangered Species Act
  • Defenders calls for update of science and regional stakeholder collaboration to ensure continued wolf recovery and proper removal of federal protections


  • I am very pleased about this. The wolf management plan these states had come up with was irresponsible and based on prejudice and wishful thinking, not science. I am not opposed to legalizing the hunting of any animal, provided it is done humanely and provided the population can bear the burden. I want to see the gray wolf de-listed in the Northern Rockies, but it wasn't time, yet. It was too soon. The overturned ruling allowed and encouraged destructive wildlife management strategies which, if implemented, would have drastically reduced and then fragmented the wolf population, setting reintroduction efforts back twenty years.

    Hopefully this decision will encourage the development of responsible, coordinated efforts across state lines to establish and manage a healthy gray wolf population.

    States will still be allowed to kill or relocate problem animals, and Defenders also works with the local human population to reduce the wolf threat to livestock through effective nonlethal means (training guard dogs, establishing fladry fencing, surveying wolf populations on pastureland so that animals are not grazed near dens during puppy season), meaning that ranchers are not without protection from what is, after all, a predatory species right on their back step.

    I am not without sympathy for both sides, here, wolf and rancher. The people I don't have sympathy for are the middlemen, the policy-setters, local wildlife management, which would rather throw wolf populations and decades of effort and research on the part of wildlife experts under the bus than work with ranchers and wolf experts to come up with ways to reduce negative human/predator interactions. These people are meant to act as advocates and protectors of wildlife, as well as management. They have been failing in this duty because the simplest answer to the wolf problem is no wolves at all. Hopefully this won't be allowed to continue. It's not an easy job. It's not meant to be. Trying to make it easy by eradicating not just problem animals but a problem species from a given area is a dreadful approach.

    Studio!

    Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:23 pm
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Awesome)
    I have a serious update brewing, and I will probably be scarce over the weekend because it's time for Conestoga, but for now, I must share news. News and pictures!

    The studio is done!

    The whole thing has been a load of work. Remember that this room was the one with the pink shag carpeting and the Pepto-pink walls under a single coat of white paint.

    Studio 01

    That's the door to the hall and the door into the bathroom.

    You must click this. )

    Studio 12

    My happy little plant.

    Sargon deserves major cred for helping me with this. He cut the molding and helped me lay the floor and moved the ladder around for me occasionally. He also put up with me taking a two-month vacation in the middle because I "didn't feel like" painting. Sorry.

    Okay, now here's the part where I go all infomercial on you. The walls in my house are knockdown plaster, which severely limits my choices when it comes to paint techniques. I finally settled on a kit from Murals and Faux Painting Inc. Specifically, the Poofy Pad. I could not have done this without it. Going up on the ladder to paint the high spots, the foam palette was indispensable. I did the entire greatroom, I did the master bedroom, I did the studio. It is fast, it is super easy, and it's pretty damn cheap. If you are stuck with butt-ugly knockdown and want to add some depth to it, this is not a bad choice at all.

    I also used Sherwin-Williams paint because I could not get the darker greens in Olympic, which I prefer (S-W is better, but it's also way expensive.) Stay away from Valspar if you can, at least in the deeper colors. The smell of formaldehyde is truly profound, and unlike the cat pee smell of the S-W, it doesn't go away in an hour or so.

    Studio!

    Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:23 pm
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Awesome)
    I have a serious update brewing, and I will probably be scarce over the weekend because it's time for Conestoga, but for now, I must share news. News and pictures!

    The studio is done!

    The whole thing has been a load of work. Remember that this room was the one with the pink shag carpeting and the Pepto-pink walls under a single coat of white paint.

    Studio 01

    That's the door to the hall and the door into the bathroom.

    You must click this. )

    Studio 12

    My happy little plant.

    Sargon deserves major cred for helping me with this. He cut the molding and helped me lay the floor and moved the ladder around for me occasionally. He also put up with me taking a two-month vacation in the middle because I "didn't feel like" painting. Sorry.

    Okay, now here's the part where I go all infomercial on you. The walls in my house are knockdown plaster, which severely limits my choices when it comes to paint techniques. I finally settled on a kit from Murals and Faux Painting Inc. Specifically, the Poofy Pad. I could not have done this without it. Going up on the ladder to paint the high spots, the foam palette was indispensable. I did the entire greatroom, I did the master bedroom, I did the studio. It is fast, it is super easy, and it's pretty damn cheap. If you are stuck with butt-ugly knockdown and want to add some depth to it, this is not a bad choice at all.

    I also used Sherwin-Williams paint because I could not get the darker greens in Olympic, which I prefer (S-W is better, but it's also way expensive.) Stay away from Valspar if you can, at least in the deeper colors. The smell of formaldehyde is truly profound, and unlike the cat pee smell of the S-W, it doesn't go away in an hour or so.
    naamah_darling: A tiny week-old tabby kitten with her paws raised and her eyes half-closed. (Kittens)
    Short version, they've been seen by a vet and will be okay, but there is still an outstanding vet bill that needs to be paid. So, over to [livejournal.com profile] celticmistress for the details. Also, a reader wants to provide incentive for people to donate, and thus makes an offer it's hard to refuse. Read on. The bit with naked bottoms is at the end. Sorry, had to rescind that.

    From this entry:

    Western Union and the wal-mart reload packs seem to be the most immediate way to get the money to me for the Vet. I called and got them an appointment for Monday which is the soonest appointment the Vet Office had. That gives me time to pick up any money you guys can get to me and have it for when they go in!

    After the appointment I will let you all know what was said about their health and give an update. I'll even remember not to lock the post or comments!!

    Also I'll give you all a total of the monies collected and let you know how it was spent on the kittens as well. Any extra money will either be donated to the Vet for future kitten help or will be held in reserve to neuter and spay the kittens when they get to be old enough. I leave that choice up to you all.

    For anyone who would like to Western Union the funds, You need my name and the city I'm in. ((Amanda Magee, Perry, MI)) And then I need an email from you with your name and the city you're in ((they require that when I pick it up)) You can send the email to celticmistress@gmail.com

    If you want to put it on a wal-mart card reload pack, then after you've purchased the pack I need the codes at the bottom of the receipt to be emailed to me. ((Usually a huge font and in bold))


    And about the vet visit:


    EDIT: The kittens visit cost more than I had, but the nice vet said I could bring the rest too him. I felt a bit like a schmuck for not having the cash on me, but the vet is a good guy and knows his trade. He also gave me a container of special dry kitten kibble which the babies seem to like and he also gave me a coupon for it as well so I can buy more later.

    As for their health, Yeah. Not so good, but not horrible either.

    The Grey poop apparently means there are intestinal parasites so they both got wormed.
    They have ear mites so I have drops to put into their ears twice daily.
    They have respiratory infections so I have antibiotics to give them twice a day.
    And Apparently the eye thing is treatable too so they both have antibiotic goop to go into their eyes three times a day.
    Also, Vet thinks Grace does have a UTI, but the antibiotics for the respiratory stuff should also help her with that. Yaay double use antibiotics!!

    I am going to be a busy gal.

    And a HUGE Thank You to the Lady who did send me money for the babies. They would say thank you as well but they are nursing their pride from the thermometer they got stuck in their bums!


    Sorry re: the last point. Don't make offers you can't back up because you aren't over 18. I assume most people reading me are over that, and that most people aren't going to make an offer they know could get their asses busted, so that's totally my bad. Foot in mouth.

    Thank you all so much. I really don't think they would have made it without help. That's all very bad stuff. Their little systems were just not going to get any relief from any quarter without help.
    naamah_darling: A tiny week-old tabby kitten with her paws raised and her eyes half-closed. (Kittens)
    Short version, they've been seen by a vet and will be okay, but there is still an outstanding vet bill that needs to be paid. So, over to [livejournal.com profile] celticmistress for the details. Also, a reader wants to provide incentive for people to donate, and thus makes an offer it's hard to refuse. Read on. The bit with naked bottoms is at the end. Sorry, had to rescind that.

    From this entry:

    Western Union and the wal-mart reload packs seem to be the most immediate way to get the money to me for the Vet. I called and got them an appointment for Monday which is the soonest appointment the Vet Office had. That gives me time to pick up any money you guys can get to me and have it for when they go in!

    After the appointment I will let you all know what was said about their health and give an update. I'll even remember not to lock the post or comments!!

    Also I'll give you all a total of the monies collected and let you know how it was spent on the kittens as well. Any extra money will either be donated to the Vet for future kitten help or will be held in reserve to neuter and spay the kittens when they get to be old enough. I leave that choice up to you all.

    For anyone who would like to Western Union the funds, You need my name and the city I'm in. ((Amanda Magee, Perry, MI)) And then I need an email from you with your name and the city you're in ((they require that when I pick it up)) You can send the email to celticmistress@gmail.com

    If you want to put it on a wal-mart card reload pack, then after you've purchased the pack I need the codes at the bottom of the receipt to be emailed to me. ((Usually a huge font and in bold))


    And about the vet visit:


    EDIT: The kittens visit cost more than I had, but the nice vet said I could bring the rest too him. I felt a bit like a schmuck for not having the cash on me, but the vet is a good guy and knows his trade. He also gave me a container of special dry kitten kibble which the babies seem to like and he also gave me a coupon for it as well so I can buy more later.

    As for their health, Yeah. Not so good, but not horrible either.

    The Grey poop apparently means there are intestinal parasites so they both got wormed.
    They have ear mites so I have drops to put into their ears twice daily.
    They have respiratory infections so I have antibiotics to give them twice a day.
    And Apparently the eye thing is treatable too so they both have antibiotic goop to go into their eyes three times a day.
    Also, Vet thinks Grace does have a UTI, but the antibiotics for the respiratory stuff should also help her with that. Yaay double use antibiotics!!

    I am going to be a busy gal.

    And a HUGE Thank You to the Lady who did send me money for the babies. They would say thank you as well but they are nursing their pride from the thermometer they got stuck in their bums!


    Sorry re: the last point. Don't make offers you can't back up because you aren't over 18. I assume most people reading me are over that, and that most people aren't going to make an offer they know could get their asses busted, so that's totally my bad. Foot in mouth.

    Thank you all so much. I really don't think they would have made it without help. That's all very bad stuff. Their little systems were just not going to get any relief from any quarter without help.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Keyboard Kitty)
    I want to thank you all for helping [livejournal.com profile] omimouse out with her itteh bitteh kitteh problem. Her very very cute problem.

    Costs have been covered, and a home has been found. The plan thus far is, Omi takes care of her until she's a month old, then she goes to her forever home, which will be equipped to deal with her by then. I will keep you updated periodically, and if anything else comes up, I'll let you know.

    As a reward, here are pictures of her in a sock sweater.





    She climbed out of it shortly after these pictures were taken, alas, but it was adorable while it lasted. There are links to other pictures from Omi's journal. I got all teared up.

    You are all such wonderful people. Thank you to everyone who spread the word, donated, and offered good kitty vibes. Another happy ending courtesy of youall. You do good work, and it couldn't happen without you. Thank you most humbly.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Keyboard Kitty)
    I want to thank you all for helping [livejournal.com profile] omimouse out with her itteh bitteh kitteh problem. Her very very cute problem.

    Costs have been covered, and a home has been found. The plan thus far is, Omi takes care of her until she's a month old, then she goes to her forever home, which will be equipped to deal with her by then. I will keep you updated periodically, and if anything else comes up, I'll let you know.

    As a reward, here are pictures of her in a sock sweater.





    She climbed out of it shortly after these pictures were taken, alas, but it was adorable while it lasted. There are links to other pictures from Omi's journal. I got all teared up.

    You are all such wonderful people. Thank you to everyone who spread the word, donated, and offered good kitty vibes. Another happy ending courtesy of youall. You do good work, and it couldn't happen without you. Thank you most humbly.

    Good News!

    Sep. 20th, 2008 04:36 pm
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
    From Defenders.org, US Fish and Wildlife to place Northern Rockies wolves back on the endangered species list.

    WASHINGTON - According to recent statements by senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials, FWS intends to rescind its own wolf delisting rule - issued in March - sometime this week. This will place the Northern Rockies gray wolf back under federal protections.

    More below. )

    The Fish and Wildlife Service is going to reevaluate its decision in the coming months. If you have a moment, send a note to Dale Hall, head of the FWS, thanking him for his decision to rescind the delisting, and encouraging him to adopt a more reasonable, responsible management plan for wolves in the Northern Rockies.

    And don't forget, we still need to pass the PAW Act to end aerial hunting.

    A good article explaining aerial hunting, and why it's so dreadful, is here at Slate.

    There are other ways you can take action on other wolf-related issues at the Defenders Save Wolves page. It only takes a minute.

    And, just because it's fun, a neato article about wolves learning to hunt bison in Yellowstone is here at the Billings Gazette. Link goes to printer version, because the comments on the regular version aren't worth reading.

    I'm sorry I haven't had the energy to run the auction I wanted to run this year, though some people have donated items and I will hopefully auction those off before I move. I do want to thank everyone who took the time to write in about this or donate to Defenders or who, last year, participated in my fund-raising auction to benefit Defenders by either donating auction goods or buying them. The money you helped raised for the Bailey Carnivore Fund and the Defenders legal fund made a very real difference. Our confidence in Defenders of Wildlife was not misplaced. This is my second year on the President's Council, and I plan to stay there.

    This is a huge step, but it's not over, and it may never be over. The wolf is one of the most unjustifiably hated and maligned animals on the planet, and in a world where we cannot even get human beings to agree that other human beings are worthy of fundamental human rights, there is little doubt that some will always begrudge the wolf its wild places. I, for one, wouldn't want to live in a world without them, and as long as there are others out there who feel the same and are willing to stand as allies to our world's carnivores, I am confident that the wolf will continue to flourish alongside us.

    Good News!

    Sep. 20th, 2008 04:36 pm
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
    From Defenders.org, US Fish and Wildlife to place Northern Rockies wolves back on the endangered species list.

    WASHINGTON - According to recent statements by senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials, FWS intends to rescind its own wolf delisting rule - issued in March - sometime this week. This will place the Northern Rockies gray wolf back under federal protections.

    More below. )

    The Fish and Wildlife Service is going to reevaluate its decision in the coming months. If you have a moment, send a note to Dale Hall, head of the FWS, thanking him for his decision to rescind the delisting, and encouraging him to adopt a more reasonable, responsible management plan for wolves in the Northern Rockies.

    And don't forget, we still need to pass the PAW Act to end aerial hunting.

    A good article explaining aerial hunting, and why it's so dreadful, is here at Slate.

    There are other ways you can take action on other wolf-related issues at the Defenders Save Wolves page. It only takes a minute.

    And, just because it's fun, a neato article about wolves learning to hunt bison in Yellowstone is here at the Billings Gazette. Link goes to printer version, because the comments on the regular version aren't worth reading.

    I'm sorry I haven't had the energy to run the auction I wanted to run this year, though some people have donated items and I will hopefully auction those off before I move. I do want to thank everyone who took the time to write in about this or donate to Defenders or who, last year, participated in my fund-raising auction to benefit Defenders by either donating auction goods or buying them. The money you helped raised for the Bailey Carnivore Fund and the Defenders legal fund made a very real difference. Our confidence in Defenders of Wildlife was not misplaced. This is my second year on the President's Council, and I plan to stay there.

    This is a huge step, but it's not over, and it may never be over. The wolf is one of the most unjustifiably hated and maligned animals on the planet, and in a world where we cannot even get human beings to agree that other human beings are worthy of fundamental human rights, there is little doubt that some will always begrudge the wolf its wild places. I, for one, wouldn't want to live in a world without them, and as long as there are others out there who feel the same and are willing to stand as allies to our world's carnivores, I am confident that the wolf will continue to flourish alongside us.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Morningstar)
    Thank you all immensely for the good juju. You are my miracle workers.

    Our third offer was approved, and we close on October 3rd.

    I'm scared. Of course I am scared. I am so scared.

    There's a lot of work to do, the transition is going to be so hard because this place is so different from the house we have now, from anyplace I have ever lived, and finding out how and where we will fit into it is going to be rough.

    But let me tell you, it is simply an amazing house. It's so beautiful. It's very white on the inside – the former owners were obviously afraid of bold colors – but that white is like a blank canvas. A big, naked canvas, just begging me to have my way with it. Architecturally it's got all kinds of interesting things I can work with. When I'm done with it, it will be simply amazing. Oh, my friends, oh, oh, oh. I never thought to have anything this wonderful!

    I will tell you about all of its awesome features once we've closed, but not before. I'm too scared that something will go south to risk rhapsodizing about it. Way too scared. It's not perfect in every way, but there is a whole hell of a lot to adore.

    Keep it crossed for us. The third. They moved the date up a week because they don't want to make another payment.

    Two weeks. We're moving in two weeks. Oh, shit.

    Edit: I actually should throw a huge shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva, who drove down the nigh-invisible side street on a whim and found the house, and brought us a flyer even though it was out of our price range, and bugged us to go look at it, because it is not even a mile from her house. Which is actually the coolest thing about all of this, really.

    So, if this all goes as planned, I will live very close to my dad, and very, very close to my best friend. I told you. It's fucking awesome.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Morningstar)
    Thank you all immensely for the good juju. You are my miracle workers.

    Our third offer was approved, and we close on October 3rd.

    I'm scared. Of course I am scared. I am so scared.

    There's a lot of work to do, the transition is going to be so hard because this place is so different from the house we have now, from anyplace I have ever lived, and finding out how and where we will fit into it is going to be rough.

    But let me tell you, it is simply an amazing house. It's so beautiful. It's very white on the inside – the former owners were obviously afraid of bold colors – but that white is like a blank canvas. A big, naked canvas, just begging me to have my way with it. Architecturally it's got all kinds of interesting things I can work with. When I'm done with it, it will be simply amazing. Oh, my friends, oh, oh, oh. I never thought to have anything this wonderful!

    I will tell you about all of its awesome features once we've closed, but not before. I'm too scared that something will go south to risk rhapsodizing about it. Way too scared. It's not perfect in every way, but there is a whole hell of a lot to adore.

    Keep it crossed for us. The third. They moved the date up a week because they don't want to make another payment.

    Two weeks. We're moving in two weeks. Oh, shit.

    Edit: I actually should throw a huge shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva, who drove down the nigh-invisible side street on a whim and found the house, and brought us a flyer even though it was out of our price range, and bugged us to go look at it, because it is not even a mile from her house. Which is actually the coolest thing about all of this, really.

    So, if this all goes as planned, I will live very close to my dad, and very, very close to my best friend. I told you. It's fucking awesome.

    Howl!

    Jul. 19th, 2008 03:38 pm
    naamah_darling: Tribal design of a wolf's head. (Wolfie)
    Holy shit, guys!

    We won!

    ***

    Judge restores protection for Rockies wolves



    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer
    Sat Jul 19, 12:36 AM ET


    A federal judge has restored endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, derailing plans by three states to hold public wolf hunts this fall.

    Read the rest of the article. )

    It's a temporary injunction, but it's an excellent start, and will prevent the wolf hunts that were scheduled for this fall.

    The article above seems biased against the decision to me. It doesn't address the fact that the government of key states had explicitly stated to the press that their intention was not just to allow wolf hunting, but to exterminate them down to the bare minimum necessary to keep them off the endangered list, thus slowing or halting its recovery in neighboring states. Simply put, 300 wolves in a state is not enough to provide for the kind of expansion and recovery I would like to see.

    This injunction is the first step toward restoring full protection until such time as the wolf's recovery is assured, and its position less precarious.

    Over the past two years, with the help of friends, I've passed along a lot of money to Defenders of Wildlife. Last year, you were all instrumental in helping me out with the auctions to raise money for the Bailey Carnivore Fund, and this year after the wolves were delisted, I flat-out wrote them a $2k check for their legal defense fund with the intention of having another auction to recoup that money.

    That auction is still forthcoming, by the way, but it will be much smaller. I already have a few things donated by friends, and I plan on supplementing that with some of my own stuff. The earliest I can do it is the first of next month, since I've got a ton of crap to do next week.

    I want to be clear about something. With the exception of methods such as poison traps and aerial gunning, I'm not opposed to trapping or hunting. I believe that responsible hunting and responsible hunters play a vital role in the preservation of our national parks. When the day comes that the gray wolf has recovered its former range in significant enough numbers that controlled hunting will not negatively impact its population; when the day comes that state governments are willing to work with wildlife experts to produce a management plan that focuses on maintaining a healthy population while still allowing controlled hunting; when that day comes then I will be glad to see the gray wolf removed from the list of endangered species in the Northern Rockies.

    Until that day, I want them to have all the protection against human stupidity and ignorance they can get.

    (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ewin, who pointed this out to me before I caught it.)

    Howl!

    Jul. 19th, 2008 03:38 pm
    naamah_darling: Tribal design of a wolf's head. (Wolfie)
    Holy shit, guys!

    We won!

    ***

    Judge restores protection for Rockies wolves



    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer
    Sat Jul 19, 12:36 AM ET


    A federal judge has restored endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, derailing plans by three states to hold public wolf hunts this fall.

    Read the rest of the article. )

    It's a temporary injunction, but it's an excellent start, and will prevent the wolf hunts that were scheduled for this fall.

    The article above seems biased against the decision to me. It doesn't address the fact that the government of key states had explicitly stated to the press that their intention was not just to allow wolf hunting, but to exterminate them down to the bare minimum necessary to keep them off the endangered list, thus slowing or halting its recovery in neighboring states. Simply put, 300 wolves in a state is not enough to provide for the kind of expansion and recovery I would like to see.

    This injunction is the first step toward restoring full protection until such time as the wolf's recovery is assured, and its position less precarious.

    Over the past two years, with the help of friends, I've passed along a lot of money to Defenders of Wildlife. Last year, you were all instrumental in helping me out with the auctions to raise money for the Bailey Carnivore Fund, and this year after the wolves were delisted, I flat-out wrote them a $2k check for their legal defense fund with the intention of having another auction to recoup that money.

    That auction is still forthcoming, by the way, but it will be much smaller. I already have a few things donated by friends, and I plan on supplementing that with some of my own stuff. The earliest I can do it is the first of next month, since I've got a ton of crap to do next week.

    I want to be clear about something. With the exception of methods such as poison traps and aerial gunning, I'm not opposed to trapping or hunting. I believe that responsible hunting and responsible hunters play a vital role in the preservation of our national parks. When the day comes that the gray wolf has recovered its former range in significant enough numbers that controlled hunting will not negatively impact its population; when the day comes that state governments are willing to work with wildlife experts to produce a management plan that focuses on maintaining a healthy population while still allowing controlled hunting; when that day comes then I will be glad to see the gray wolf removed from the list of endangered species in the Northern Rockies.

    Until that day, I want them to have all the protection against human stupidity and ignorance they can get.

    (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ewin, who pointed this out to me before I caught it.)
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
    Well, [livejournal.com profile] celticmistress stayed with me overnight on Wednesday, and has now moved on to Michigan. The last I heard, early this morning, was that she was home; I am assuming that she's been sacked out or recovering ever since. I know I would be after a drive like that.

    A wonderful foster home has been found and, to the best of my knowledge, [livejournal.com profile] celticmistress's cats will be there very soon. That part is a little out of my hands at this point, given that they're a long way off.

    But I thought I would let you know that she left a nasty situation despite a critical lack of support from key individuals and some incredibly annoying delays, and has successfully returned home with self and cats intact.

    Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This goes way above and beyond anything I had expected, and I am insanely, incredibly grateful for your help, because I could not have done this without youall. I don't know who it was who forwarded the link to the foster couple, or who forwarded it to them. I don't know how it happened. I do know that without the collective effort it wouldn't have happened at all, and my friend might very well still be stuck down there.

    And, Babe, I don't think I said it the other night, but I will say it now, right here in front of everyone. I am so, so proud of you.

    Love you, babe.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
    Well, [livejournal.com profile] celticmistress stayed with me overnight on Wednesday, and has now moved on to Michigan. The last I heard, early this morning, was that she was home; I am assuming that she's been sacked out or recovering ever since. I know I would be after a drive like that.

    A wonderful foster home has been found and, to the best of my knowledge, [livejournal.com profile] celticmistress's cats will be there very soon. That part is a little out of my hands at this point, given that they're a long way off.

    But I thought I would let you know that she left a nasty situation despite a critical lack of support from key individuals and some incredibly annoying delays, and has successfully returned home with self and cats intact.

    Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This goes way above and beyond anything I had expected, and I am insanely, incredibly grateful for your help, because I could not have done this without youall. I don't know who it was who forwarded the link to the foster couple, or who forwarded it to them. I don't know how it happened. I do know that without the collective effort it wouldn't have happened at all, and my friend might very well still be stuck down there.

    And, Babe, I don't think I said it the other night, but I will say it now, right here in front of everyone. I am so, so proud of you.

    Love you, babe.

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