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Friday Night in the Big Town: Gonna Say Something Political, and Then Be Irrelevant Again.

Well, here we are again, civil readers.  It’s the weekend and all you really want to do is get drunk.  I don’t blame you.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my weekend is full of booze.  This past week has been kind of an ulcer wrapped in a tension headache with just a touch of panic attack.  But whatever.  We’ve all had those weeks.  So now it’s time to cut loose and forget for two days what has been plaguing us for the last five.  So pop a top and kick back.  I don’t even care if you’re reading this while you’re still at work.  It’s casual Friday, after all.  And what’s more casual than a beer with those jeans that they let you wear today?

Here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.

February 26:  Walk for Choice

I, along with every other woman in this country, have been personally attacked by the GOP.  In some ridiculous attempt to prove that they will not stand for abortion, the house Republicans, along with 10 Democrats have voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

But here’s where it gets really dumb.  With the passage of the Hyde amendment and the Stupak-Pitts amendment, there is no federal funding for abortion already.  So why would these politicians decide that they wanted to stop federal funding to Planned Parenthood?  I don’t know what these politicians were going for, unless they were literally trying to guarantee that uninsured women went into debt for simple check ups.  Either give the people healthcare or give them access to affordable services.

Planned Parenthood provides these affordable services to women, children and yes, even men.  Without federal funding, it’s hard to imagine that uninsured people would be able to attain such common and absolutely necessary services such as breast exams and pap smears.  I, myself, have used their services and I don’t know what I would’ve done without them.  In fact, I can’t think of many women who haven’t used a Planned Parenthood at sometime in their lives.

If you’re as pissed off about this as I am, good.  You should be.  Show your representatives that you won’t take this bullshit sitting down.  Stop politicians from denying access to incredibly important healthcare.

I’m off my soapbox now.  I promise for the rest of this post I will be the same charmingly irrelevant Marisa you’ve grown to love.  And my mom doesn’t like it when I get too political.  It’s not polite.

February 26:  Single in the City Date Auction

Patrick covered this event pretty well earlier in the week, so I won’t dwell too much on which of these auctionees has weird hair or looks like a douche bag or who the douche bags that refer to themselves as “entrepreneurs” are.  What I will say is that this does benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and who doesn’t want to go on a date for a good cause?

On a sidenote, this all goes down at Skyy Bar in Bricktown.  I’ve never been there, primarily because I’m not a Bricktown fan and the only times I go to Bricktown are when I have to attend a bachelorette or birthday party.  Bricktown is just too damn expensive.  I’m a Norman girl, and college town beer is the best beer of all because I can have like, 20, and still only spend about $20.  But, if it’s going to a good cause, bust out your wallet, amigos.

February 26:  Red City Radio CD Release Show

Clearly it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of Red City Radio.  Any time they play in the state I try to mention it.  I saw them two weeks ago in Tulsa and I’m crazy excited to see them at the Conservatory on Saturday.  If you haven’t heard their new record, you are in the minority.  There are oodles of reviews swirling around the internet, and they are all very good.  And from my humble personal review of the record, let me just say that it’s so much fun to listen to and it makes me want to jump around or drive around with the windows down and the stereo up.

I’m such a big fan of Red City Radio that I’m going to try to see if Garrett will give me singing lessons.  I’ve been gargling broken glass and drinking nothing but whiskey so I can get that raspy quality to my voice.  If he says no, well, I’m still drinking the whiskey.  If you happen to come to the show, come say hi to me.  And by that I mean buy me a drink.  I like whiskey.

That’s it for now, civil readers.  It’s time for a beverage.  It may or may not be 5 o’clock somewhere.  I don’t really care.  I don’t hold myself to outdated practices like not drinking before noon.

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    • “With the passage of the Hyde amendment and the Stupak-Pitts amendment, there is no federal funding for abortion already.”

      The funds in question would go to pay for the “protection” you want so badly for these “stupid, lazy” people to have.

      And, yes, I would, definately, consider paying for your vasectomy.

      • Who would know better than the good folks at the ACLU:

        “Currently only seventeen states fund abortions for low-income women on the same or similar terms as other pregnancy-related and general health services. (See map.) Four of these states provide funding voluntarily (HI, MD, NY,1 and WA); in thirteen, courts interpreting their state constitutions have declared broad and independent protection for reproductive choice and have ordered nondiscriminatory public funding of abortion (AK, AZ, CA, CT, IL, MA, MN, MT, NJ, NM, OR, VT, and WV).2 Thirty-two of the remaining states pay for abortions for low-income women in cases of life-endangering circumstances, rape, or incest, as mandated by federal Medicaid law.3 (A handful of these states pay as well in cases of fetal impairment or when the pregnancy threatens “severe” health problems, but none provides reimbursement for all medically necessary abortions for low-income women.) Finally, one state (SD) fails even to comply with the Hyde Amendment, instead providing coverage only for lifesaving abortions.”

          • We all know the game. Raise your operation costs, then use the money that previously went to that for abortion.

            From 2002-2008, Planned Parenthood received more than $342 million in federal taxpayer money through Title X funding alone. In its 2008-2009 annual report, Planned Parenthood revealed that it received $363.2 million in various federal, state, and local government grants and contracts for that fiscal year, a significant increase from the prior year. During that same time period, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions, which equates to 888 abortions each and every day.

  1. YAY, Marisa. I’m tired of being told that women are too simple to make ANY decisions for themselves, including, it seems, birth control and whether or not to die of cervical cancer.

  2. I just think that the repubs are against government healthcare, and planned parrenthood is the closet thing to that, so they have to get rid of it by fear.

  3. The really asinine part of it is that by cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, and limiting the access to affordable/reliable birth control, the GOP will virtually ENSURE that more women will NEED ABORTIONS by becoming pregnancy when they aren’t prepared for it! So way to go guys!

  4. Socialist clowns are always looking for something “free”. 50 years ago “free” insurance was unheard of. Get off your lazy ass and go make a dollar and pay for it like the rest of us. Oh, and this isn’t a GOP vs. DEM deal. This is a conservative vs. liberal discussion. Somehow it doesn’t suprise me you don’t get that.

    • (It isn’t a GOP issue… it’s conservative/liberal issue).

      Your argument is weak. Wait… it’s perfect. Yes. It completely takes away reason and accountability

      If “GOP” takes away my free/discounted stuff, the GOP will ENSURE that I will become irresponsible and get knocked up when I am not prepared for it? Is this what you are saying?

      WTF? Have you ever heard of responsibility? Do you really think that cutting funding will cause women to make poor decisions regarding their body? Give yourself some credit here.

      • Do you know what birth control costs without subsidies? I do, because I am a woman. Do you know that even though I have a job that pays me well and insurance, birth control of the reliable, non-breaking kind,(before I got a government job) still costs me $72 a month, (on top of my monthly insurance premium) because most insurance doesn’t cover contraception? I think they generously negotiated a $2.00 break. Oh, and because I am a woman of child bearing age, my private insurance for my previously self-employed body was well over twice what a man of the same age and health history would have to pay? May every woman you meet, in the name of “responsibilty” deny you the sweet love.

        • Yes, I do know these things. I also know that it wasn’t covered what, 30 years ago? I also know that women are equipped to deliver a child. I further know that child birth is quite expensive, and when you ask your insurance company to pay for it, your premium will be astronomical. I understand it is twice what a man would pay. Men don’t ask insurance companies to pay for child birthing.

          What is your point?

          • So, now I get it. Women (stupid, lazy creatures that they are) become pregnant, solely of their own accord, and should be completely responsible for the financial and emotional aspects of giving birth.

            Wow. Time warp. Is it 1920?

    • The reason this becomes a GOP vs DEM deal is the House amendment in question was proposed by REPUBLICAN Rep. Pence of Indiana and endorsed/supported by the GOP caucus.

      Yes, I have heard of responsibility, and no, taking away all my “free stuff” won’t encourage me to make poor decisions with my body. HOWEVER, many MANY people (of both genders) make less than perfect decisions about SEX on a regular basis.

      Until men are able to experience:
      hyperemesis gravidarum, molar and ectopic pregnancies, impregnation by “forcible” rape, post-partum hemorrhage, eclampsia and pre-eclampsia, amniotic fluid emboli, intraoperative stroke and MI’s, ceserean hysterectomy, pruritic and urticaric plaques and papules of pregnancy, stretch marks and uterine/bladder prolapse, etc, etc, etc,

      there will be no true ACCOUNTABILITY.

  5. In honesty, this is as pro-abortion as conservatives can get. They sell cutting funding to Planned Parenthood because one of the many services they provide is abortion, but if everyone used Planned Parenthood, there would be no abortion because pregnancies would be for lack of a better term, planned.

    • I’m against abortion, but I think cutting funding to Planned Parenthood isn’t the right move. I was surprised when I heard the news. And as others have said, I think it will have the negative effect that conservatives are looking for.

  6. Sure it’s a conservative versus liberal deal. As in “conservatives who support this have their heads up their collective ignorant asses.”

    You seriously don’t see that that there is a substantial public interest in promoting responsible procreation? Really? Wow.

    Good post, Marisa.

  7. @okielicious No one said they were cutting all funding. It’s not the end of the world. You can still go get your free stuff. PP has as much to do with “responsible procreation” as the gas chamber does with crime prevention. If you think either of these two scenarios are preventative measures, then you might need to pull your head out, too.

    • That’s EXACTLY what they said. They are cutting off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

      • Its not completely run on federal funding. Do you understand? Donations, profits charities, whatever- fund a large portion of it. Cutting federal funding does not mean “closing the doors and shutting down.” So no, its not EXACTLY what “they” said.

    • Well, since I, like many other women I know, used the services of Planned Parenthood for contraception in college and young adulthood, didn’t get knocked up, graduated, got a job, got insurance, got married, had kids when I could afford them, pay taxes, and have never taken one dime in public money to support my family, I guess you could say that know a bit more about this than you do.

      But thanks for offering up your uninformed opinions anyway, because you are proving the point for us.

      • Thank you for your half life story. I stand corrected. PP is the whole reason you are a good and responsible adult. Nothing to do with your good character or upbringing.

  8. You do realize that whether it’s fair or not, a human life is more “valuable” in the early stages. During pregnancy and childhood, a human is considered innocent and defenseless. A lethal attack on said human is not just labeled as mean, but evil.

    Once out of the “innocent” stages, killing a human is still considered horrible, but it doesn’t bring the cries that it would had it been a child. Example, the shootings in Arizona. Besides Rep. Giffords, who did everyone focus on? Who’s death was the bigger tragedy?

    War and death penalties, whichever side you stand on, is not a subject about innocent people. Soldiers are not “innocent” civilians, nor are they defenseless. People on death row are not SUPPOSED to be innocent either, and are there because they committed a horrible crime.

      • Travis B, the point I was trying to make is you can’t say abortion is wrong, but it is ok to cut funding, or eliminate altogether, programs provided by the government to take care of those that need it.

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