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THE WIDDERSHINS LOUNGE IS OPEN!

Posted on: March 9, 2012

My Lord what a week!

And don’t we seem to be saying that every week?  Let’s do a quick rehash of some of the week’s events.  Sit back and relax.  Please give your order for an adult or soft beverage to our Widdershins bartender who will gladly prepare your beverage for you.  By the way, the bartender was hired by moi.  😉

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-asshole-VA) signed the ultrasound bill, albeit with a change.  Yes ladies, you won’t have to be probed with a transvaginal ultrasound wand.  You only have to have a regular traditional ultrasound of your tummy.  To quote CBS news:

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a revised version last week that allows women to “reject” a transvaginal ultrasound and instead opt for an abdominal ultrasound, which generally yields less information in the early stages of a pregnancy.

In a statement Wednesday, McDonnell reiterated his support for the bill, which he argues will provide additional information that “can help the mother make a fully informed decision” about having an abortion.

“This bill does not legally alter a woman’s ability to make a choice regarding her pregnancy,” the statement said. “It does, however, put Virginia in line with 23 other states that have some type of requirement that a woman be offered a view of an ultrasound before an abortion can be performed.”

Yes wimmenz, you will still be able to have an abortion if needed, however you will have to go through a needless hoop which will yield no significant medical information.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council chimed in with his two cents worth, saying

“This law is a victory for women and their unborn children. We thank Gov. McDonnell and Virginia’s pro-life legislators for their work to ensure that women have all the facts and will no longer be kept in the dark about their pregnancies…

He added: “Ultrasounds are vitally important to doctors when determining the health of an unborn baby. Women considering whether to have an abortion should be just as informed as doctors about the child they are carrying. This law ensures that they are.”

Thanks for those words Tony especially the part about ultrasounds being very important to doctors.  Gee, since you know this, I guess you have some medical experience and background, right?  What’s that?  No?  Oh, I see.  Here are Tony’s credentials.  Oh yeah Tony that ” undergraduate degree from Liberty University” makes you eminently qualified in matters medical.  🙄   Here’s a thought for you Tony.

Advice for Tony

(Sigh)  Has everyone had a drink yet?

Moving right along, let’s go to Texas.   It used to be funny to read about the Texas “Lege” as Molly Ivins called it.  Here’s how she referred to it one time:

They are outta here! The 76th session of the Texas Lege has disbanded, allowing many a village to reclaim its idiot.

Apparently those were the good ole days.  These days not so much.  In their infinite wisdom the Texas Lege cut family planning funds by two-thirds.  Now, half of the state-supported clinics are closed.  The state clinics had served over 200,00 women.  That number is now reduced to serving only 40 to 60 thousand women.  (Remember folks, we’re talking Texas here, not a small place to begin with)  Moreover, there are another 130,000 women who got assistance through Medicaid who may be losing those benefits because of the hubbub over receiving those benefits (contraceptives and other services) through Planned Parenthood.  The People’s Community Clinic in Austin says that except for the poorest of the poor, they will have to start charging for some items that used to be free:  $5 for a dozen condoms; $10 for a month of birth control pills; $225 for an IUD.  As one young woman said:

“I have no clue what I’m going to do,” said Rhetta Pope, 22, of Austin. A stay-at-home mother of two, she lives off disability payments of less than $1,500 a month.

Pope said after paying basic living expenses, she has so little left she scrimps on electricity by keeping the lights off and takes her laundry to an aunt’s house. She can’t imagine how she would pay for birth control.

“I guess I’m going to have to stop using it because I don’t have the money,” Pope said. “I’m pretty shook up. I really am.”

Legislators said the cuts were necessary and many other programs got cut. (Sounds like Lil Bobby in Louisiana)  However a budget board said that rather than saving money, the cuts will cost Texas dollars.

The board projected that women unable to get low-cost birth control would deliver 20,500 additional babies – costing state and federal taxpayers $231 million in prenatal, maternity and infant care. The state’s share would be close to $98 million – significantly more than the family planning cut savings.

There’s a lot more to the story which you can read here.  It kinda makes me ill to read it, but I’ll give you one more quote from the article:

Advocates of defunding Planned Parenthood say they regret any service disruptions for poor women. But they call it a necessary price to pay to take a moral stance on abortion.

“We’re just doing what we think is best,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, which opposes abortion.

A PLUB* if ever I heard one.  (PLUB = Pro-Life Until Birth h/t to, I believe, Minkhoff  Minx from Sky Dancing)

Lastly Widdershins, a note about Peyton Manning.  Peyton was cut from the Indianapolis Colts this week.  He was there for his entire pro career until now.  He’s now out seeing which NFL team wants to sign him, and there are plenty.  But Peyton…please…consider retiring from the game and coaching.  You have fused bones in your neck.  You can’t take a hit anymore.  Peyton was in North Carolina for something and his party went out to eat.  Apparently he was very generous with his tip and an 18% gratuity had already been added, but Peyton still tipped an additional amount.

Peyton's Tip

It’s good to know that Archie and Miss Olivia raised their NOLA boy right!

Unfortunately, the waiter who got the tip tweeted the photo and then got fired.  His tweeting of the photo violated a privacy policy of the restaurant.

Now what’s on YOUR mind this evening.

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42 Responses to "THE WIDDERSHINS LOUNGE IS OPEN!"

Prolix: You had a comment from a prior post that ended up in spammy so I released it. Sorry ’bout that. 😦

Hey Fredster, I’ve actually gotten on my computer for the first time in about a month! How ya doin’? Great Feminist Friday Lounge – and I love the bartender! 😉 😉

I am just sick about Texas. I have a lovely co-worker from that state, who says that Rick Perry got Texas Monthly’s “Bum Steer of the Year” award for 2011.

I doubt he’s putting that one on his mantle. 👿

You know what I want. Just pass it over here.

@4 – Shall I bring the bottle? 😉

For Uppity and Chat, if she’s here:

Okay Mad and Upps who was it that liked the Balvenie?

Mad, the thing with Texas is that it’s going to cost them money to do this! I didn’t even go into the clinics that were shutting down in other parts of the state, like in Dallas.

Mad said: How ya doin’?

We miss you. 😦

I’m here Fredster – Exercising my left hand – seems to work okay so I”m back to touch typing – yay.
You posted a song by Mario Lanza – I’ll love you forever. I know he wasn’t one of the greats, but by gosh, when I was a teen I fell in love with his voice – didn’t know what he looked like, but that voice – that voice.

Re your reply to my comment about my experience with the silver spoon crowd in the last thread, it would have been really devastating had I not been raised the way I was. My father had a rather important job – not one where one accummulated wealth, but one where we met all kinds of folks. My mom insisted that we were educated – at school and home – I had read all of Winston Churchill’s books by the time I was 13. Yeah, we were a bit bizarre, but that didn’t protect me from feeling less hurt, however the day after – screw them, their loss. Today, my heart bleeds for all those youngsters who are posting all those videos on youtube asking perfect strangers to comment. Why are they inviting negativity into their lives?

Cecilia Richards (is that her name) of Planned Parenthood was on Jon Stewart’s show – what a great spokesperson.

WRT to the War on Woman – there are a lot of crackpots that want to move us into the era of the Handmaid’s Tale, but I have to wonder, why aren’t they being reined in as they have been for the last 40 years. Why now are they being unleashed? What is coming up that needs this kind of distraction?

Luv’s ya fredster, and your choice of bartender is – hmmmm. If I were twenty years younger, I’d give you some competition. Today – not interested.

@8 – I know….family planning ALWAYS saves money. I remember when they were trying to federally defund Planned Parenthood, there was a study done that showed that it would cost them billions, and they would only get a few million back.

I LOVE the Balvenie! That is one of my faves. I do think The Glenlivet is great, though.

I miss you all too. I’m actually writing a piece for next Friday. Woot woot! Pat can finally have a break.

Hi HT! Glad you’re feeling better.

Mario Lanza had a gorgeous voice. It was not as heavy as some, but the quality was superb.

madamab – welcome back, you have been so missed. Is your work schedule back to semi tolerable?

HT said:
but I have to wonder, why aren’t they being reined in as they have been for the last 40 years. Why now are they being unleashed?

HT: I think these troglodytes have been working themselves up in the conservative movement for years. They started out on the local level, then moved to the state level and now the federal level.

My thoughts are that as they move further and further to the right, they will loose a *bunch* of the independent voters. I don’t think they are interested in this nonsense.

Re the bartender…it’s amazing what you can find on Angies List. 😉

I LOVE the Balvenie! That is one of my faves. I do think The Glenlivet is great, though.

I miss you all too. I’m actually writing a piece for next Friday.

About the Balvenie…I gave a bottle to a friend who drinks Scotch and he said “yeah,it’s okay, but had a sweet taste. I like Johnny Walker Black better.” Heh…it’ll save me on *my* wallet.

That’s great on the Friday post. It will be a Feminist Friday piece?

Fredster, thank you so very much re “Re the bartender…it’s amazing what you can find on Angies List. ” That is the first full on belly laugh I’ve had in a month. Thank you so very, very much, I needed that.

That is the first full on belly laugh I’ve had in a month. Thank you so very, very much, I needed that.

The great thing is that you get recommendations or thumbs down also!

@13 – Thanks for asking, HT. It’s not, but it will be!

@15 – Yup. You can do a Lounge if you want. 😀

I lost a comment somewhere. Anyway, was going to say I felt bad for the waiter who got fired for tweeting the picture of the tip from Peyton Manning. I would expect they normally got decent tips when the subtotal is $700. LOL!

Uppity where did ya go? Did you take your booze and run? Don’t be using that to wash down a pain pill.

Darn you Fredster, you’ve awakened my tenor love – now I’m listtening to Ben Heppner and I’m about to visit all my other favorites. It’s your fault, darn you. How’s Chloe?
BTW, I’m partial to GlenMorangie single malt – I can’t afford it, but would appreciate a shot tonight.

HT: Since it’s been awhile since we’ve had the Lounge open, you’ll have one coming up in just a sec.

BTW, don’t pinch lil A.J. on the ass when he brings it over to you. 😆

I’ve been having some of this lately. It’s not bad.

Damn! I wanted to watch Supernatural tonight but instead I’ve got the SEC quarterfinals basketball game. Bleh.

@6: I’m home long enough for a drinkie. Thanks for thinking of me. Then it’s off again to get things ready for the SPD parade Sunday – yea, it’s approaching the High Holy Day.

Hey chat!! (waves)

I hope Peyton listens to my advice but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. I hate to see the train-wreck that may happen if he gets back on the field.

chat said: Then it’s off again to get things ready for the SPD parade Sunday

You got your cabbage ready?

Had the shot of whiskey and did not pinch A.J. – been celibate for 20 years, so frankly no interest, however one does appreciate good looks, interesting looks, fascinating looks – none of which are inter-related or inter changeable. Have to walk Milly do a few crosswords, listen to my favorite radio program and continue with Alias Grace (for the second time), then bed. You didn’t reply to my query about Chloe. I do hope she’s okay, but if not, I understand. Been there. See ya tomorrow.

Oh I’m sorry HT! Nah, Chloe is fine.
Re: A.J. I figured with three of us gay guys, plus all the women, beefcake was a good criteria to have. 😉

Well I’m off to fix something to eat. I have some Select Harvest Mexican Tortilla Soup that looked good in the store. Think I”ll try that and a sammich.

Take care y’all.

Fredster, you are truly a “pearl beyond price”. Good night friend.

HT said: Fredster, you are truly a “pearl beyond price”. Good night friend.

Nah…just someone trying to schlep through the world as easily and painlessly as possible. But I do thank you for the kind thoughts.

Fredster, I came here!

And WHAT did I find?

Re: A.J. I figured with three of us gay guys, plus all the women, beefcake was a good criteria to have.

Oy! I’ll leave A.J. for you guys lol

HT! HT! HT!

How good to see you! xxoo

lorac said: And WHAT did I find?

I soree! 😯 I’ll arrange for a female bartender to help out next week. 😉

Sorry I missed the party Fredster. I just got on the net and started surfing around trying to catch up, maybe next time.

BTW, I was out for the evening with my husband……date night. I’m sure you understand.

Somebody, that’s *more* than okay. We’re going to try to do another next week. I’m sure there will be enough outrageous news that we can comment on.

Hope you had a good time with your hubby.

fredster, kick ass post! Sorry to get here so late, we went out. What an insane week indeed. I can hardly believe any of it.

Hey HT! Hope you & twosome are doing well! laker & I send our best!

Hey socal (waves) Glad you stopped by. We’ll try to do another one next week. I think I’ll make it a later post so maybe more of y’all can be here.

Hey lorac and socal, good to see you! give hugs to Laker for me. Twosome are fine – moved out months ago and living a mom free life, so it’s just Milly, Zeke and me. Zeke meows Hi to all.

Why stick around when you’ve been handed a whole bottle of Glen?

Uppity said: Why stick around when you’ve been handed a whole bottle of Glen?

I see your point.

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