Monday, July 1, 2013


What Would Tami Taylor Do About the Second Special Session in Texas?

Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry calls the state legislature back into session in an attempt to pass the sweeping abortion restrictions that were blocked last Tuesday by the efforts ("the unprecedented anarchy," in Perry's words) of Wendy Davis and other Texas Democrats. With 100 state troopers called in to control them, thousands of Texas women have rallied at the capitol to protest. Because this is a 30-day session, the abortion bill cannot be filibustered, and Perry has vowed that it will pass.

"They'll probably be a little bit smarter about how they try to move this bill in this next session starting on Monday," Davis said to Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation last week. "But what they now have to confront is that the eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country are watching. And they are going to be held accountable for the decisions that they make in this process."

In a lovely show of support, national role model Connie Britton has partnered with Planned Parenthood to commission a T-shirt asking "What Would Tami Taylor Do?" The back of the shirt, which is available in all colors of the rainbow, gives the answer: she'd stand with Texas women. Previously, Britton voiced her support for reproductive rights in an op-ed criticizing Mitt Romney's use of the Friday Night Lights slogan in his 2012 campaign:

Brian "Smash" Williams' mom worked [at Planned Parenthood], Tami got a pregnancy test there, and, after being abandoned by her parents, Becky Sproles was able to get a safe and legal abortion there. So as women, let's take "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts" back and use it as it was always intended: as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness.

You can view the live feed from Austin here if you are interested, or send a message to lawmakers, or read an eloquent essay at the Rumpus about last week's filibuster and the bodies that matter in Texas:

Our bodies are intractable, inescapable realities, and so little about them has to do with choice. I cannot choose whether to be hungry or thirsty, healthy or sick. A slave cannot choose to be free, a woman cannot choose to be equal, and no one on earth can choose to be safe from the violations others inflict on their bodies.

Related: newly passed, severe and unpopular abortion restrictions in Ohio.

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@Scandyhoovian This is so not germane to the (horrible, horrible) issue at hand, but did you know that Madeline Kahn improvised that whole scene, which is why Martin Mull looks so entirely confused while he's staring at her in the background?


I love that! I love that she blew his mind. Also, I used to mix up Madeline Kahn and Bernadette Peters a lot when I was a kid.


@melis I did not know that! Gah. She was amazing.








@melis but it's so much easier to write about things that are AWESOME and not THE WORST OF ALL TIME


@melis Omg, what is the Ender's Game piece? I want to read it right now.


@melis Clue is my FAVORITE MOVIE I work in a historic mansion now and every day feels like Clue.


@j-i-a If you guys do both an Ender's Game piece AND a Clue trivia piece, you might actually kill me dead. Please, please do these things. For America.

Faintly Macabre

@melis I mix up Madeline Kahn and Gilda Radner all the time, even though they don't really look alike and I don't think they ever worked together. Probably it's because of the Gene Wilder connection and all the a's and d's and n's in their names. But my brain can't seem to hold both at the same time--as soon as I see the name of one, I forget the other.



@Scandyhoovian hahahahah sorry sorry sorry don't want to raise heartbeats too much but GO CONNIE BRITTON RIGHT??




Only tangentially related, but more than one elected official has called St. Wendy Davis & her supporters "terrorists," and I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THAT. Like, oh OK, you clearly are a very serious and reasonable person, please tell us more, but also I love the idea of these fuckers finally being scared of us. YOU SHOULD BE SCARED YOU BASTARDS, WE'RE COMING FOR YOU.


@hallelujah I love how when people on the other side bomb abortion clinics it's somehow not a huge deal to them but when people dare to shout them down it's a terrorist act.

Faintly Macabre

@Scandyhoovian Well, it's women shouting.


This is best,nice and cute :D@y


Sorry, guys, I don't have a whole lot of word-creating rage in me, I've gone right over the edge into I NEED GIFS TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS territory.


The Ohio thing is terrifying. OLD WHITE MEN: "Oh, let's change some basic biological truths AND deprive women of healthcare and stick it at the end of this bill so we don't have to debate it because what we're doing is so ludicrous we can't even possibly defend it in public."


@C_Webb AND reallocate the money that we would have given to PP to CPCs! I just. See gifs above.


@Scandyhoovian It's a beautiful day in Chicago, and my plan was to come home from work and sit on my patio and drink champagne (just because I happen to have a bottle so why not?) and now.......now I just want to punch things. And maybe hulk smash the [empty] bottle of champagne and send the shards in an envelope to these Ohio fuckwads along with a letter written in my rage tears.

sarah girl

This part of the Ohio bill in particular makes my blood boil:

- strip funding from rape crisis centers that give their clients any information about abortion services

I don't even have words. Let's not even pretend this is about anything but shaming women.


@sarah girl I think the picture of a bunch of middle-aged white dudes in nice suits pretty much paints the picture perfectly.


Good on Connie Britton! It's so nice when people use their powers for good, especially when it might be unpopular or even dangerous to do so.


Shirt acquired. I used the cheap shipping option, so the bill will probably pass before I get my shirt lolsob.


Ugh, I am originally from Pennsylvania, and this makes me want to, like, pick up my state and move it aaallll the way across the country so that it doesn't have to be neighbors with Ohio anymore.

Also, ugh, god why isn't Connie Britton my aunt/mom/sister/best friend?

Faintly Macabre

@olivebee Though Pennsylvania isn't much better than Ohio or Texas at the moment :(


@Faintly Macabre Hah, yeah, I know. Everywhere sucks. But it's like, so your dad is a little bit racist, but you still love him because he's your dad, but his nextdoor neighbor is an active KKK member. And you just want to be like, "OMG dad, move! You don't need his horrible ideas in your life."

A. Louise

@olivebee ughhhhh OHIO

I love my state, but shit like this makes me want to move. You hear that, Ohio? I'll leave your ass for Portland if this keeps up, low rent be damned.

Little Wren

@A. Louise You guys, I live in Ohio. What do I do? Besides give all my extra money to PP (like $20 maybe, ugh). And write to my representatives. Are there any protests planned?? I am horrified! HORRIFIED and embarrassed for this state and raging at the fuckwads who think this is an ok thing to do.

Hello Dolly

@Little Wren One thing for sure is to vote Kasich out in 2014. Unfortunately, I can't think of anything to do in the year in between then and now. It was a damn shitty move that they put this in the budget, the BUDGET, where voters don't have a say at all. All the curse words, directed at Kasich & his fellow asshats who put together the budget bill.

A. Louise

@Hello Dolly @Little Wren There's a White House petition to repeal it here, I don't know that it could alter anything in the here and now, but it'll make me feel better to sign it.


@A. Louise Girl, I hear you. Texas girl, and usually I'm a proud Texas girl. But recently I am embarrassed. Texas is now the boyfriend that was so GREAT and brought you flowers and knew when you needed a hug just because but then goes to your friend's party with you and gets drunk and makes offensive jokes and insults people and pukes on the floor.
I love my state in general but sometimes I want to GTFO.

and it's not even my birthday

I can so see a scene in FNL where Tami tells Eric she's thinking of going to the Wendy Davis protest. Eric would give her just a bit of a hard stare, and Tami would demand to know if he has a problem with that. Eric, getting up to put his dinner plate in the sink, would go into his semi-agitated fast-drawling mode: "Naw, I don't have a problem with it, if you wanna go to a protest you go to a protest." Tami: "Well alright, then, I'll go." Eric, now looking at Tami: "Awright." Julie, coming out from her room: "What are you guys talking about?" Eric: "Nothin'. Wanna get beat at ping pong?"

Cut to the next day's practice, with Eric running a drill as Buddy Garrity, tie flapping in the wind, ambles over to inquire why Tami is not in her office, as he has some important paperwork for her to sign regarding locker room remodeling.


@and it's not even my birthday Let's just write Friday Night Lights fanfiction all day.

polka dots vs stripes

@and it's not even my birthday This is so perfect.


At the rally at the Capitol today, thousands of people in unison started chanting "women will not be bullied." It was awesome.


You know how some pilots do dog rescues? Like they find dogs in shelters that are going to be put down and they fly them to another shelter that has more room, or a breed-specific rescue, or to fosters out of state?

I think we gotta get a bunch of pilots to be on-call for Ohio and Texas, to do quick flight runs on demand, to get ladies to safe states for abortions and then return them later. Free or low-cost or donation-only.


@PatatasBravas I know that pre-Roe there used to be buses from states that didn't have abortions to states that did. What with all the mandatory waiting periods, though, the burden for women who have to travel is going to be that much bigger.


@Devushka My plan is ideally to get some rich person with a superjet involved, so that all the regular people with Piper Cubs can swoop from a backyard pickup and transport the women to a medium-large airport, and then the superjet can fly them to a city/state without stupid regulations, then get them back in the timeliest manner.

Ideally this would be a same-day operation. A woman in Texas would text us, and we'd be like "Can you call in sick tomorrow? We'll get you an appointment in Manhattan, our Secret Chain will pick you up at the local soccer field, get you to Minneapolis, and then we'll superjet you in for 11:00 am appointment in Manhattan, and you'll be home by 7:00 pm with a heating pad."


I'm now imagining a few action flicks that could emerge from our heroics. "Twenty-Four Hours... to terminate." "The Fast and the Furious: womb evacuation."


We're gonna get Connie Britton cast, obviously.


I want to be the flight attendant! I will serve booze and homemade desserts and research large piles of misandry in-flight movies.
...Seriously though, who do I throw money at to make this a thing.
Can we co-adopt an old helicopter and like add a bus to it or something.


Just bought a shirt!

Linda Allen

That's a good Review, I love this and will must come: https://medium.com/p/b40856d60582

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