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Officer Chiola being shown a video of the marathon finish line. Being asked to locate himself in the video. #Tsarnaev

Carl Stevens ‏@carlwbz

There may be something wrong with video system.  Jurors look dismayed that they’re not seeing video that witness is seeing. #Tsarnaev

Laurel J. Sweet ‏@Laurel_Sweet

During a pause in his testimony Chiola looks at #Tsarnaev and shakes his head like a father admonishing a naughty child.

"Don't mess it up, Scott."

I know this is beyond sad and pathetic but I was delighted to hear Andrew Scott saying that’s what he told himself about the Bond gig (during the interview with Lorraine Kelly). Simple reason - for years now I’ve had the habit of using my surname when I’m admonishing myself for one reason or another and some friends and colleagues seem to think that’s just plain weird. It’s heartening to know I’m in such good company; I’d tell them “Well if it’s good enough for Andrew Scott…” only that’d just make them think I’m even weirder than they already reckoned. 


Negro Threat Level Assessment Chart.

Don’t peer suspiciously through your living room curtains at that colored person walking through your neighborhood without it.

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

—  Elmore Leonard (Ten Rules of Writing)

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Natalia: I was a fool. I thought my job was to help the suffering in places like Akzeriuth and the front lines. But I was wrong. I should have stayed by Father’s side and admonished him when he strayed down this errant path.
Tear: Natalia. You truly are this kingdom’s Princess.
Natalia: I want to be. I love this country, from the bottom of my heart.

The signs that Mandy cares about her brother were always there if you look closely enough.

- In season 1, Mandy went to her brothers when she (falsely) accused Ian of attacking her and they defended her without hesitation. She went to Mickey because she knew she could count on his unquestioned support.

- In season 2, Mandy went to juvie to pick him up and gave him a long, warm hug that said more than words could. The caring was evident to anyone paying attention.

- In season 3, Mandy found out her brother was gay and never once judged him for it. In fact, she gave her implicit approval by admonishing him for letting Ian walk away.

- In season 4, when she saw Mickey falling apart over Ian’s illness, she gently held his arm and tried to explain what bipolar disorder is. The love in her eyes in that moment is clear.

Their relationship is far from perfect. They are both products of a neglectful and abusive environment that has left them emotionally stunted and desensitized to violence. As a result, they often have difficulty expressing their feelings (to each other and others). And as with Mickey towards Ian pre-season 4, this is often misinterpreted as a lack of emotion. Yet despite this, we’ve gotten enough glimpses to determine that Mandy does care for her brother I’m her own way.

And if there aren’t more examples, it is due to the failure of the writers to develop and utilize her character properly. The seeds were planted for this to be a complex and rewarding relationship, but they were ultimately neglected in favor of romantic drama. Sadly, we’re left to fill in the gaps ourselves for what could have been one of the greatest sibling relationships on the show.

Kankri tries not to fuss over Karkat since he himself scorns that kind of treatment, but he will not hesitate to correct Karkat’s slumping posture, pushing his shoulders back and admonishing him with a soft but firm, “posture” every time Karkat’s shoulders arc.  Karkat used to bitch about it but he eventually realized little acts like this are Kankri’s way of showing his affection.

Idaho lawmaker thinks a woman's stomach and vagina are connected.

This is Vito Barbieri, a Republican in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Democrats wanted to advance a bill making it legal for doctors to prescribe medications to abort a pregnancy via web consult as opposed to an in-person conversation.  Barbieri asked if the women could just swallow a tiny camera to conduct a gynecological exam remotely.

Aside from the OBVIOUS problem here — that men are making policy regarding women’s bodies with absolutely no knowledge of how it works — where is the money coming from for all of these cameras?  Why are Republicans so intent on making it harder for poor women to secure an abortion while at the same time admonishing those same women for having children?

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Just because something squicks you about a canon character’s background, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen or exists. By not acknowledging it, and admonishing other duplicates by claiming “they’re wrong or disgusting” that DO play, write, or acknowledge it, doesn’t erase it from canon. Just because you hate that part of a canon character’s history, and don’t wish to play or see it, doesn’t give you the right to trash those of us that DO acknowledge, play, write, and keep it in its proper place in the shared canon’s background. Ugly things happen every day in life and in creativity. By ignoring these KEY subjects that appear purposely in a canon character’s life, and demanding everyone adhere to YOUR comfort zone, is a form of blind censorship that only prolongs the problem, and never truly addresses it. Writers put these ugly things in the backgrounds of their characters for a reason. A lesson. A relatable ill that helps explain and acknowledge “these things happen every day” and we have to see the consequences of these actions to prevent them. So. Stop it.

You don’t like it? Blacklist it, un-follow, go on your merry way and never look back. But don’t expect them to stop what they are writing, and don’t bully, gossip, or “warn others” about them for not doing what you don’t prefer.

Which is not to say that Brown should not be admonished for his actions. But in a time where John Legend has to call out the incarceration rates of black men at the Oscars, where Oscar voters find the #ICantBreathe movement “disgusting,” and Neil Patrick Harris makes frequent jokes about diversity at the Oscars while also having David Oyelowo make a joke at Annie’s expense (one of the few black-led films produced by a studio this year) — one has to call into question this activism. Is it only en vogue to discuss domestic abuse in Hollywood when we’re talking about Chris Brown? Should we forget about Sean Penn’s charges since they happened decades ago? Yes, Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna and violently threw a chair through a window on Good Morning America which is the epitome of shitty actions. But Sean Penn has done all this and more.

Is it that it’s easier to classify a young black musician as dangerous in the media than it is an established white actor? Why does the white actor get awarded twice by the Oscars and get to present the biggest award of the night without being publicly shamed by the White House?