Late Night: Demons, Emergency Patches and State Sponsored RapePosted: February 26, 2013
Damn, I really wanted to make this a funny post. It is unfortunate that I have to start this late evening post with this news out of Indiana.
The Indiana state Senate on Tuesday approved Republican-backed legislation to require women seeking to end pregnancies through use of the so-called abortion pill to have an ultrasound examination.
If it becomes law, the proposal would make Indiana the ninth state to require an ultrasound prior to an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.
Senators voted 33 to 16 to approve the measure, advancing it for consideration by the state House of Representatives, which like the Senate is controlled by a Republican super-majority.
Republican Governor Mike Pence, a former U.S. congressman who strongly opposes abortion and championed federal attempts to cut off funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood, is expected to sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.
This state sponsored rape bill is not to get a surgical abortion. This trans-vag ultrasound is just so that women can take the RU486 “abortion” pill.
The bill as passed also would require clinics where RU486 medication is dispensed to meet the same standards as a facility that performs surgical abortions, a provision opponents said could force an Indiana clinic to close.
The two-pill abortion medication called RU486 has been legally available in the United States since 2000. By 2008 it accounted for about one-fourth of U.S. abortions performed before nine weeks of gestation, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
As approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol – are dispensed by prescription directly from a physician. They are not available in pharmacies. The medication is generally prescribed for ending pregnancies of less than eight weeks.
Opponents of the bill said it would effectively require women seeking an RU486 prescription to undergo an invasive transvaginal ultrasound probe, because that is the only exam capable of providing the information mandated by the bill during early stages of pregnancy.
Geez, it makes me so pissed. How I wish these PLUB assholes would get the fuck outta women’s vaginas.
If only Mercedes McCambridge were still alive, I’d have to sic her on the GOP…and I bet she would be able to kick their asses. All the times I have seen The Exorcist, and I never knew Mercedes was the voice of the Demon. I wonder if she had a picture of Joan Crawford taped to the microphone when she did the demonic voice-over…you know, for inspiration. Crawford and McCambridge really hated each others guts. Here are a few highlights on Mercedes McCambridge from IMDb:
A highly talented radio performer, who then appeared on the big screen, winning a best supporting Oscar for her screen debut. Although despite a career full of supporting roles, in recent years she has become something of a cult figure. Her memorable voice-over for the demon child in The Exorcist (1973) – has secured her place in movie history. Ironically, she took Warner Bros to court over her being uncredited for the role, which was probably the most important in the film.
During filming of Johnny Guitar (1954) she and Joan Crawford‘ fought both on and off the set. One night, in a drunken rage, Crawford scattered the costumes worn by McCambridge along an Arizona highway. Cast and crew had to collect the outfits.
[on Joan Crawford] She was a mean, tipsy, powerful, rotten-egg lady.
[on Johnny Guitar (1954)] When you are as big a star as Joan Crawford was in those days, you don’t allow anybody to photograph you outside. Not in harsh light, and only in long, long, long shots. If you are a cameraman and you think you are going to get any closer than the length of a football field to take pictures of Miss Crawford, in anything but elaborately diffused interior light, you had better get out of show business, and a few of them had to.
Here is an old radio interview with Mercedes McCambridge…interesting indeed:
This next link is something you have to look at, because it is one of the best movie scenes ever shot. From the TCM website, this video clip of an awesome scene between McCambridge and Crawford: Johnny Guitar — (Movie Clip) A Little Twisted
Johnny Guitar — (Movie Clip) A Little Twisted
Angry Emma (Mercedes McCambridge) wants to arrest Vienna (Joan Crawford) for the murder of her brother, leaving the Marshal (Frank Ferguson) and McIvers (Ward Bond) caught in the currents in Johnny Guitar, 1954.
View the TCMDb entry for Johnny Guitar (1954)
One more thing, Adobe issues emergency patch for zero-day Flash vulnerabilities
Adobe Systems released an emergency security update today that addresses a trio of vulnerabilities in Flash, two of which the company said were already being exploited by hackers.
Today’s surprise update — the company’s third for the browser plug-in this month — patches holes “that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,” Adobe said in a security bulletin.
“Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking a link which directs to a Web site serving malicious Flash content,” the advisory stated, identifying the vulnerabilities by their Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures. “The exploit for CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 is designed to target the Firefox browser.”
So update your Adobe plug-ins…
This is an open thread.