How to Draw What? How to Draw Fantasy Females: Create Sexy Cyberpunks, Seductive Supergirls, and Raunchy Action Heroines: Books: Chris Patmore

I saw this in the gigantic how-to-draw section of the local B&N’s.  I like fantasy females as much as the next guy, but I can’t get past the subtitle on this one.  “Raunchy”?  When I hear the word “raunchy” I’m thinking more Larry Flynt or Bob Guccione than Luis Royo, Olivia, Frank Frazetta, or Boris Vallejo.  I guess there are action heroines for whom the word would be appropriate, but most of them live in the darker pages of Heavy Metal magazine.  Weird.

Imminent Terrorist Attack Not So Imminent After All

NBC: Disagreement over timing of arrests – Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit –

LONDON – NBC News has learned that U.S. and British authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on the suspects in the alleged plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.

In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.

Yeah, I kinda figured it was mostly hype.  That “confiscating liquids” thing was a nice theatrical touch though.

Terrorist Plot to Destroy Macinack Bridge — With Cellphones! Newslogs tells us:

Apparently the proof of their terrorist intent was that they are of Palestinian origin and they purchased a very large number of cell phones.

I shudder to think what the destruction of the Mackinaw bridge would do to America’s economy. Forcing people to drive through Wisconsin to reach Escanaba instead of going straight over the bridge. It could completely disrupt the flow towards lower Michigan of… well, of whatever it is they make in the U.P…. Moose pelts, and I think fudge. No, fudge is Mackinac Island, not the U.P.

Yeah, with all the industry sucked out of Michigan and gone overseas, the last thing we need is having our supply of souvenir copper nuggets cut off. Scary.

UPDATE: more snark in the comments at America-hating MeFi.

Thank You, Wingnuts

Reuters Photo Fraud

The right wing of the blogosphere has performed a valuable service:  exposed false or misleading reporting (mostly photojournalism) in the Middle East.  I can’t follow them into their “evil mainstream media all hate Israel and lie about everything” territory, but I appreciate anybody who makes it harder to get away with not telling the truth.

Good job, little green freaks.  Believe it or not, I’m not being sarcastic.