Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
Jackman is everywhere, it seems – as Wolverine and Jean Valjean – and there are pics!
Now for the bad news, which never seems to get any better. We all know how all these women just lie, lie, lie about the “Rape Issue™”, am I right? Idaho now wants women to go home and have a good think about it, to wrap their pretty little heads around the question of whether it was really rape or not. Alaska thinks a woman’s pregnancy isn’t “hers” to begin with, and thinks that she should get the consent of whoever impregnated her in order to get an abortion. An interesting issue if it’s the product of rape, but then again, maybe after going home and having a good think about it, everything should look ever so clear. In Arizona (of course it would be Arizona, wouldn’t it?) women should apparently be forced to watch a video of an abortion before they’re allowed to have one. I’m wondering if maybe this will be instituted for all surgeries – you know, in the interest of real informed consent. Everything from tonsillectomies to brain surgery, yep, make people sit down and watch a video, see what it’s like, and maybe they won’t want to get that surgery after all. Right, okay. Utah has a three day waiting period. I guess they want women to go home and have a good think about it too. Not to be outdone, there’s a firebombing in Texas. I wonder. If the perpetrator had had to go home and think about it good and hard for three days, or if they were made to watch videos of people being burned alive in fires, if that would have stopped that from happening? </sarcasm>
This poster for The Wolverine teases the Japan setting, and definitely looks like it could be official, but we’ve received no word from 20th Century Fox either way. It’s possible that this is simply production artwork that someone took a picture of, or it could be entirely fanmade. Whatever the case, it’s pretty cool and definitely worth a gander.Poster via Screen Rant. [collider/Adam Chitwood/20 Mar 2012]
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. [collider/Adam Chitwood/20 Mar 2012]
Idaho Senator Chuck Winder can’t make it any more clear that he wants to save “babies,” no matter the cost to women. First he proposed a bill, passed last week in the Senate, that would force women to obtain two ultrasounds prior to abortions– first a “free” ultrasound from a non-medical, ideological crisis pregnancy center and then a second expensive, medically-unnecessary ultrasound performed by the clinic that does the termination. Now he’s now explaining why he believes abortion shouldn’t be allowed for rape or incest.
Yes, you know, that pesky “rape issue” about which women tend to lie so frequently. [alternet/RH Reality Check/20 Mar 2012]
When Idaho Senator Chuck Winder proposed a bill that would force every woman to undergo a mandatory ultrasound prior to an abortion, he admitted two things: he had no idea exactly what sort of ultrasound he was mandating, and he had no idea how women would pay for them. [firedoglake/RHRealityCheck/19 Mar 2012]
State Representative Alan Dick (the jokes write themselves) doesn’t think that a woman’s pregnancy is really “her pregnancy” and would have “a little more peace” about this nasty abortion business if the impregnator was required to consent to the impregnatee’s decision to terminate the pregnancy. [balloon-juice.com/ABL 2.0/20 mar 2012]
Alaska is, apparently, itching to be among the growing number of states in which the GOP is proposing or already requires that women undergo invasive, expensive, medically-unnecessary forced ultrasounds before obtaining an abortion. But one state GOP representative, apparently itching for a grand entry into the ol’ boys misogyny club in the lower 49, suggests women should have to get permission from whomever impregnated them if they wanted to terminate the pregnancy. [RH Reality Check/Robin Marty/20 Mar 2012]
FORT WORTH — Police are trying to identify the man who entered the West 7th office of State Sen. Wendy Davis Tuesday afternoon and threw two firebombs just outside the door. Two staffers were in the third floor office when the attack occurred around 4 o’clock. One of them had to leap over the flames to escape, then went to the break room, grabbed an extinguisher and put out the fire. Investigators said Sen. Davis was not in the office at the time of the incident, but was at her law office closer to downtown Fort Worth. A staffer told News 8 the Democratic lawmaker was alerted about what happened and that security at Davis’ other local office was tightened as a result. No one was hurt, but the lawmaker’s office was damaged by the fire. [balloon-juice.com/ABL 2.0/20 mar 2012]
This is just getting out of hand:
Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure”. If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else.
Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain – I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living – I will be voting YES.” (Read the rest)
So now we’re traumatizing women just for shits and giggles? Is that it? [balloon-juice.com/ABL 2.0/20 mar 2012]
SALT LAKE CITY, March 21 (UPI) — Women seeking an abortion in Utah will have to wait 72 hours before a doctor can perform the procedure under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Gary Herbert. The measure, which is to take effect May 7, calls for the longest waiting period of any U.S. state, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. South Dakota passed a similar law but it is tied up in the courts, the newspaper noted. [upi/21 mar 2012]