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Dear Author/Jane Litte Defense Fund

I recently mentioned how publisher Ellora’s Cave/Jasmine Jade Enterprises is suing Dear Author/Jane Litte…because Jane wrote an article about the strange financial and unprofessional activities coming from Ellora’s Cave in her post The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave.

Well after much demand there is now a GoFundMe fund for Dear Author/Jane Litte’s defense. You can donate here. I have!

Dear Ellora’s Cave, Go Fuck Yourself or Boycotting Ellora’s Cave

Dear Ellora’s Cave,

Go Fuck Yourself.

Sincerely,

A Reader who will never buy your company’s products ever again

Sunday night I was casually surfing the internet when I discovered my favorite book blogger, Dear Author, was being sued. By Ellora’s Cave owner and author Tina Engler (AKA Jaid Black).

Over this blog post: The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave. I have copied portions of the post below, hoping to spread this info as much as possible. Please go to Dear Author for the full article.

Basically, Tina Engler is pissed off that Dear Author called her, her business practices, crazy actions and bullying behavior on the carpet. And Tina Engler responded with a lawsuit. A SLAPP (Strategic lawsuit against public participation) lawsuit. And Ohio (where Tina filed) does not have an anti-SLAPP law.

Everyone knows Tina Engler’s end game: she wants to shut people up. And the best way to do that is to scare people. Well, Tina, I just have to say FUCK YOU. Yes, I’m upset and a little scared that even posting this could get me sued. But you know what? I refuse to allow Tina Engler’s bullying tactics to work on me.

Author Courtney Milan has started publicly tweeting and commenting about Ellora’s Cave and Tina Engler’s actions – using the hashtag #notchilled – showing that although Tina Engler wants to chill our speech via her SLAPP lawsuit, it will not be chilled. I don’t tweet so my contribution is this blog post. And my boycott of all Ellora’s Cave published works. I will not post any reviews of any works published by Ellora’s Cave/Jasmine Jade Enterprises nor will I buy their books.

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WTFery in the News: 25-Aug-2014 (The Comic Fail Edition)

New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie ‘Curses’ Daphne From Size 2 to Size 8 – Because the worst thing that can happen to a woman is to “curse” her to gain weight. /sarcasm

…when Daphne comes face-to-face with the bad guy, she is “cursed” with losing the thing that she holds most dear: her small frame. With a simple hex, the cartoon character instantaneously balloons from a size 2 to a (cover your eyes!) size 8.

Considering the average clothing size American women wear is a size 14 (plus-size is considered anything over 12) and that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average woman in the United States is about 5’4” and weighs 166 pounds, being a size 8 shouldn’t be considered the worst thing that could possibly happen to Daphne, or any woman for that matter.


Check Out Spider-Woman #1, Starring Spider-Woman’s Ass
– You gotta look at those photos plus check out the Less Tits N’ Ass, More Kickin’ Ass for some awesome do-overs. But seriously, while I love a good presentation as much as the next gal, I kinda find it laughable that she’s “face down, ass up,” her legs are spread so far apart that I can assume she’s prepping for a pap smear AND I can see the complete crack of her ass. Wow.

Oh, Marvel. Come on. You know better than this —this being Milo Manara’s cover for the upcoming Spider-Woman #1. If you’re wondering what the hell Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman is doing, I believe it’s what’s known in the animal kingdom as “presenting.”

WTFery in the News: 22-Aug-2014

Woman has Sex with Dog, Tries to Murder Witnesses – I’m speechless

Police arrested a New Mexico woman, Shari Walters, 53, after she tried to poison her roommates when they discovered she had been having sex with two German shepherds and called the cops on her.

Walters … admitted to putting rubbing alcohol (poisonous) in both roommates’ water, as well as toilet bowl cleaner (also poisonous) in their food.


Pageant Mom Fed Her Daughter Tapeworms to Make Her Skinnier
– Because “what price beauty?,” right? *gag* I hope no one else thinks this is a good idea.

Cabral-Osorio said that a teenage girl came into the emergency department complaining of stomach pains…

It was not until the girl went to the bathroom, though, did they figure out exactly what the ‘something’ was.

It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms!” the nurse said. ”It was so gross and she had pooped all these tapeworms. There were a couple that were very long and wiggling around trying to get out of the toilet bowl.”

She added that the medical staff could not figure out how the girl could have possibly have gotten a tapeworm infestation in her gut.”We were wondering, how did she get those tapeworms? And then we saw the mother turn white.”

Turns out, the mother had put tapeworm eggs in her child’s food so that she would lose a few extra pounds.

WTFery in the News: 20-Aug-2014 (Tear Jerker edition)

Cop to see tot he saved in ’94 become a bride – We’re seeing a lot in the news about police brutality and the militarization of the police force – things that terrify the general population and separate us from those who are supposed to protect us. It’s nice to see a reminder that real police officers do serve and protect – and when they do lives are changed for the better.

A young Palestinian-American nursing school graduate in Buffalo and a career police officer from Yonkers ordinarily might not have much in common.

But fate brought the two together 20 years ago, after 2-month-old Shammarah Hamideh went limp and stopped breathing. It was then-Sgt. Joseph Barca who arrived first outside the apartment building where the father stood crying with a lifeless baby in his arms. Barca cleared an airway obstruction and breathed life back into her on the way to the hospital.

On Aug. 17, Hamideh will be married outside Chicago. Barca and his wife, Helen, will be there.

Before graduation, a moment with the mom he never knew – This story made me reach for the tissue. This young man started life with a disadvantage – born on the same day his mother was murdered – but you can tell he wants to do something with his life that would make his mother proud. Graduating from high school is just the first step.

His blue gown swaying in the breeze and a tassel dangling from the mortarboard on his head, Tyshon Malik Williams stood before his mother’s tombstone.

He let himself shed one tear but no more. No crying, he thought, today is a happy day. He knelt in the fresh-cut grass and started talking.

“Mom, I’m graduating today,” he began.

WTFery in the News: 19-Aug-2014

Arizona teacher accused of being drunk in class – It’s funny but it’s sad at the same time. It seems this teacher has been fired for being drunk at work in the past. How did she get another teaching job??

Jardine initially denied being intoxicated. She later admitted that she had been drinking the night before, that morning and during lunch in her classroom.

The math teacher had a blood-alcohol level of 0.205 percent, which is 2 1/2 times the legal limit for drivers. A school security officer found a bottle of vodka, a bottle of white wine and a bottle of Sunny D orange drink in her classroom. Authorities said Jardine told them she took a taxi to school because she thought she was too intoxicated to drive.


Woman critical after drinking chemical-laced tea
– This one is pretty scary. Somehow the chemicals used to degrease deep fryers was confused with sugar.

…the tea was laced with a highly toxic industrial cleaning solution meant for degreasing deep fryers, authorities said. It contained the odorless chemical lye, the active ingredient in drain cleaners.

Four days later, Harding was in critical condition Thursday at a Salt Lake City hospital’s burn unit, unable to talk and fighting for her life, lawyer Paxton Guymon said. She hasn’t improved since Sunday, when she and her husband went to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in South Jordan after church.

Investigators and the restaurant manager have told the Hardings that a worker mistook the cleaning product for sugar and accidentally mixed large quantities of it into the iced-tea dispenser, Guymon said.

WTFery in the News: 18-Aug-2014 (The Health Edition)

The Suburbs Made Us Fat – I hate to say it but I think I agree with this article. I lived in a large city for years. Although we had a car – we rarely drove it. We did a lot of walking and biking instead – in fact I averaged about 4-5 miles of biking per day just getting back and forth to work, let alone doing anything else. Now I live in a suburb. It’s a beautiful suburb with wide tree-lined streets and lots of safe cul-de-sacs. And I’m getting fat. I’ve gained over 20 pounds from my city weight – and this is with exercising 45mins-1 hour a day (5 days a week). I want to move back to the city.
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