Tuesday Bits & Bobs

26 Jun

2171ab38dd7c11e29ef522000ae91450_7It was another long day at work and since I’ve been home, I’ve been riveted by whats going on in Austin. Sen. Wendy R. Davis has been filibustering to protect reproductive rights in Texas for the past 10 hours. The shit has been going down, people. The TX GOP just (as I started writing this) ruled her off topic for the final time because she was talking about sonograms in relation to abortion (she had two previous “strikes”). WTF?! There were chants of “Let her speak!” in the chamber. Anyhow, to quote Wendy: “Lawmakers need to stay out of the vagina business or go to medical school.” Yes, yes they do. So ends my political ranting for tonight. But you’ll get more tomorrow because the US Supreme Court will be voting on marriage equality – something else I feel passionate about.

So, um, now on to something completely shallow as we are wont to do. Cris & Irina are on a private jet. Where may they be going you might ask?

Apparently, Bali, where Cris is helping save trees in some way. Here he is with Indonesia’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and family (via @ Edhie_Baskoro)

BNpuszsCQAAwiQnXabi, Nagore, Ani & Jon continue to be perfection all over Cadiz. Nagore posted this shot on Instagram saying “Jonny & me #biglove



Clarice posted a couple of shots from her travels (those are her captions)…

Salvador, Bahia

Salvador, Bahia

Fortaleza, Ceará

Fortaleza, Ceará

DLo & Iria are spending time with friends/family. I wonder if Zoe is at her grandparents or something? I cant wait to see more of her coordinated bonnets. I miss her.

8e8352d6dd7b11e2a77c22000a1fbb14_7 97efb1dadde311e29c4c22000a9e0896_7Calleti, Juanmi, Marta & Alba are still in Praslin, Seychelles and are putting up so many schmoopy pictures, its kinda hilarious.

3da0d01edd9911e2ac7c22000a1f96a8_7 9599200add9411e28d1322000a1fb079_7 ae6ab3badd9811e2892122000a9f13f9_7Morata is looking extremely happy on his well deserved vacation, isn’t he?

BNoejWNCQAAK62jLena is in London on a modeling assignment and was tickled to find that the gym she was working out in had a DJ. Sounds like my idea of hell. I prefer to pick my own music while sweating, thanks.

32048162ddce11e2ba5222000a9f3c5a_7Karalyn and Stu are on their way to NYC to participate in Steve Nash’s Showdown in Chinatown annual charity footy match. It takes place today  (June 26)  at 6:30 PM at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side (Chrystie Street between Stanton and Rivington). Bleacher seats are free to the public (first come, first serve) and you can donate to get even better goodies and a ticket to the after party.

8c520b24ddad11e2a39f22000aa8011e_7Mesut posted a rather confusing (to me) shot on Instagram tonight. It must be said – he looks like a garden variety frat boy douchebag. Sigh. I’m not digging this look. But what can you do? Maybe it’s a phase. I hope its a phase. I prefer scarf wearing Eurosensitive faux-lesbian style Mesut personally.

5ad6c9b0ddfb11e2bc4e22000aaa05b3_7Okay y’all, I’ve been listening to the coverage while I type and finding it hard to concentrate on this post (which explains why it took me so long to write).  I really need to get back to what’s going on in Texas.  I mean, FFS, even Judy Blume is standing with Wendy!

judy blumeSo yeah, things are getting tense in Texas as they are debating parliamentary procedure and all sorts of other dramz relating to the filibuster. Its a huge balagan. Good live blog here.

– Lozil

22 Responses to “Tuesday Bits & Bobs”

  1. Jules June 26, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Texas, you’re a hot effing mess and I don’t miss you. The damn Senate rules are only 125 pages long, how did no one bother to prepare for this? The chair is just making up rules and procedures and sticking his fingers in his ears going LALALALALA when anyone points out his mistakes. It’s just staggering to see him turn to Karina Davis literally every time he tries to formulate an answer; I understand the parliamentarian is the wonk on hand to help tease out procedural nuance, but it makes it even more blatantly obvious that he has no idea wtf he’s doing and no way to back it up.

    Totally off topic rant over.

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 26, 2013 at 12:58 am #

      Whats going on right now is blowing my mind.

      • Jules June 26, 2013 at 1:09 am #

        Goosebumps listening to the cheers, but also a crushing sense of inevitability. Impossible to fight when the other side doesn’t recognize their own rules. Past midnight yet the session’s still open?

        • headbandsandheartbreak June 26, 2013 at 1:21 am #

          It’s ridiculous, illegal and disgusting. It was so important for Wendy to follow the rules but they can break them? Gross.

          Something is going on now.

          • Jules June 26, 2013 at 3:29 am #

            We live to fight another day! Though that day will now need to be caffeine infused.

  2. movietard June 26, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    I’m Indonesian. Just wanna give more info, Cris is a mangrove tree ambassador for Indonesia, and this week he’ll plant some mangrove tree at Bali.
    Speaking of Bali, I think he and Irina will spend some more time to enjoy Bali’s beach. Just like what some footballers did during their holiday, Xabi was in Bali last year and Neuer visited Bali (and Lombok) few weeks ago

  3. number1barcachick June 26, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    well i don’t live in the states but im kinda pro-life but i also think we have no right to judge another for there decision’s however something has to change after the kermitt gosnell trial for many was an eye opener and you did a wonderful job with the post im also watching the debate and god knows i couldn’t multi task like this

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 26, 2013 at 1:51 am #

      I believe a person has a right to choose what happens to their own body. Operative word being “choice” And that goes both ways. This is not just an abortion issue, it’s a health care issue. With the restrictions that would be put in place, there would only be *5* clinics left in Texas which has 26 million people. A state that is 268,820 sq miles in size. To put it in perspective, Spain is a third of the size of Texas. Don’t even get me started on access to health care or I’ll be here all night.

      I’m also afraid because what can happen there can happen anywhere. A woman’s right to choose is vulnerable. Men are sitting around right now, who will never know me, and they’re making decisions about what I can do with my body. Frightening.

      • Lici June 26, 2013 at 9:18 am #

        I’m pro-life but all that means is that I wouldn’t abort my own baby, I’m also a christian so I wouldn’t marry another woman.
        I hate that people try to enforce their beliefs on others, how is what I believe relevant to someone else who doesn’t and why should it dictate how they live?

        It really winds me up that the freedom to choose is being discriminated against on the basis that it will affect everyone who is already free to do what they want. Such injustice.

      • Dr Heidi June 26, 2013 at 11:27 am #

        Sorry, but it’s a sad when society sinks to a level of litigating animal abuse, but killing babies is okay.

        The aborted child doesn’t get a ‘choice’. I don’t think if they did, ‘please kill me’ would be the answer. I’m sorry ladies, but I am very passionate about this. That’s it, I’m done.

        • Dr Heidi June 26, 2013 at 11:28 am #

          ‘wouldn’t be the answer’ is what I meant to type.

        • headbandsandheartbreak June 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

          I’m very passionate about this as well. I guess it depends on when you feel life begins. I respect your right to do what you want with *your* body. I would just like the same respect. I would not presume to choose what is right for you because I don’t know your circumstances. Nor would I think it was fair to make that choice for any other woman. What of the woman who was raped? Or the girl who was molested? Would I want laws to force them to carry a pregnancy to term if they didn’t want to? Absolutely not. People say “It’s not the baby’s fault” in those cases but neither is it the mother’s and why should she suffer? The psychological toll of an unwanted pregnancy, esp. in situations like that is substantial. As someone who has extensive personal knowledge of the foster care system, I’ve seen close hand what can happen to children who aren’t wanted. And I don’t think that would be a life a child would choose either. It would be nice if every child could come into the world wanted and loved but that’s sadly not the truth. Forcing someone to have a child they don’t want is going to rebound on that child, plain and simple.

          Better/low cost access to birth control & sex education would be helpful but many of the same lawmakers think abstinence education is a valid substitute which is unrealistic.

          I don’t think any woman makes the decision to terminate a pregnancy lightly. But I believe it is her decision to make. And if that is their choice, I would rather that they are able to do it safely and legally. I don’t want this country to return the pre-Roe v. Wade days of back alley butchers.

          • consuela June 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

            Well said. I would hate it and sometimes I see it coming of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. I totally agree with you about making the decision. It is hard.

          • Dr Heidi June 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

            There is a huge pschological toll on the mother post abortion too….which no one talks about, but is absolutely proven. Also, what about the father of the child? the mother decides, not him? They are equally involved in the creation of life, and only she gets to decide the end of it? I’m sorry, it’s murder, and it just brings me to tears to see how people place so llittle value on life. Also, there are so many couples who WANT kids and for whatever reason, cannot conceive. Are you not aware of how painful it is for them to not have what they truly want, but see others who don’t want what they have? I really am torn apart by what society has become, and this ‘I’ll do with my body as I please’ is a bunch of nonsense. It’s destroying our society, and I can’t believe young women who are otherwise very intelligent would succumb to this. The fetus is a living thing, and terminating that life is murder. There is no gray area. Again, as I said, everyone is outraged over animal abuse, but abortion is acceptable. I’m sorry, but it’s not. *off the soap box*

            • la-la June 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

              I’ve got literally nothing civil or constructive to say to you. But please belive that I think you’re not aware of any wider arguments outside of your own point of view. And I don’t think that point of view is informed at all. Like I said in some other post, just cuz you got the skills to type your opinion into a blog don’t mean its in anyway valid or interesting

            • headbandsandheartbreak June 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

              As I said, I don’t think any woman takes this decision lightly. Any choice this serious is going to have psychological effects. As for the father, well, most couples I know who have been in this situation have discussed it together. If the woman was raped, then hell no, I do not believe the “father” deserves a say as the fetus was not created with the woman’s consent.

              As for couples who want children, I do understand that can be painful. However, I have also seen many people in this position not want to adopt because having their “own” child is more important to them than actually having a child, period. And don’t get me started on how it seems that everyone just wants a healthy white baby while many other kids never find a home. I’ve seen this time and again. And what of gay couples, who are often blocked from adopting because god forbid they should actually put kids in a loving home because the parents are of the same gender?

              Here’s one of my main issues many pro-life crusaders: They’re all up in everyone’s face about it being murder but they seem have no interest whatsoever in what happens to that child once it pops out of the woman’s vagina. It’s just important for the fetus to the ‘getting born’ stage and then, pfft, whatever. I think it’s a greater sin to bring an unwanted child into this world. Or a child who will starve. Or be abused and unloved. I could tell you stories that would give you nightmares. I love kids and know first hand what a toll that takes. That’s why I’d rather not bring one into this overpopulated, crazy world. I’d rather focus on the ones who already exist.

              As for your assessment that we’re young women “succumbing” to something, well, honey, I’m not that young and I know my mind. I’m not brainwashed. I’m well educated, but I came up rough so I have very clear ideas and opinions on this. They’re not going to change and I find it insulting that you think that because I don’t agree with you that it makes me somehow less intelligent. You have no idea about my life and where I come from. There may be no gray area for you, but for me and many others, there is.

              You don’t want to have an abortion, then don’t have one. But I’ll be damned if you or anyone else tells me what to do with my uterus.

              Since we’ll never agree on this issue, perhaps we should get back to discussing football.

              • la-la June 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

                Amen to that. Brazil got though then, are we looking at a Brazil v Spain final or will Italia redeem themselves from last years horror show?

                • headbandsandheartbreak June 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

                  I think it’s going to be Brazil vs. Spain. Although as a life long supporter of Italy (the fatherland for me!) I would always be happy to see them win. I fear that the Spain juggernaut will be unstoppable though.

            • Lily June 28, 2013 at 10:20 am #

              Wow, did you really compared animal abuse to abortion?? Not polite. At all… Of course abortion takes a massive emotional toll on a woman. No woman with all the hormones in her body would make the decision to terminate the pregnancy unless she was desperate. So respect her decision about her life and her body.

              We don’t have the social welfare in this country to take care of others’ children, so how can we force them to have children? When there is free daycare, free health insurance and free pre-natal care, then this bill is appropriate. America will end up with a massive crisis if we ban abortion without having such programs in place.

              Absolutely do not have an abortion if you don’t want to. That is your right. However, the baby is in the woman’s body. You cannot cuddle it, feed it or take over the development of her fetus for her…. therefore a woman’s pregnancy is her personal gynecologic concern. We don’t have the ability to take care of someone else’s fetus, therefore we cannot force them to go to full term. That’s just cruel to her.

        • la-la June 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

          A couple of points:
          Please read the wikipedia entry for ‘Abortion in El Salvador’ to see what a ‘pro life’ agenda looks like in practice. Women who miscarry are routinely jailed as they can’t prove they didnt miscarry spontaneously (its assumed by default they tried to abort the baby themselves). Also? Women arent incubators. Its not like the second you get pregnant you life becomes secondary to the baby you’re carrying. In UK law the opposite is deemed true, a pregnant woman can’t be forced to (for example) have medical intervention to save an unborn baby if she doesnt consent to it. Another point? Not all women have a realistic option of refusing consent in the first place (see El Salvador again).

          Freedom gives you the responsibility to make difficult decisions because thats how life works. Neither the church nor the state has the right to deny me the right to make decisions about my own reproductive system.

          Finally: GO JUDY BLUME! I love that lady

          peace out

  4. Mehreh June 26, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    i have a democracy hangover from watching old ladies get arrested for being in a government building until 2:30 this morning. that’s all i’ll say about the matter.

    oh dear. mesut does kind of look like your average bro you’d see at the pool in vegas. he’s a man of variety, that’s for sure.

    baby morata posting pictures of the sea life he’s seen on vacation has been super sweet. i’d be all over the sharks too! neat!

    oh, the callejon twins. they’re just too adorable. i swear i say this out loud every time i see jose and marta together, but… WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO GET MARRIED ALREADY? i want my real madrid wedding! soon!

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