Saturday, 3/16/13, Public Square


“Safe abortions have always been available to the rich, Dan. You simply want to deny them to the poor, and if you succeed, poor women will be forced to get them anyway. They’ll be forced into the alleys with hangers, plungers and vacuum cleaners, risking death or mutilation. But you’d like that, wouldn’t you, Dan? You sadistic, elitist, sexist, racist, anti-humanist pig!” – Saturday Night Live 3×18 .This aired in 1978. Thirty-four years later, it’s still a debate.


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12 responses to “Saturday, 3/16/13, Public Square

  1. From Rolling Stone magazine.
    By Dan Rys
    March 15, 2013 10:55 AM ET

    “The true rock legends truly changed the game,” said NPR’s Ann Powers by way of introduction Thursday at SXSW Music. “Stevie Nicks definitely changed the game.”

    Powers conducted a Q&A with the very busy Fleetwood Mac singer – in addition to performing with Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players at SXSW, she has a new tour and is set to release a new solo album. The talk ran down the story of Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining Fleetwood Mac, her regimen for keeping her voice in shape even at the age of 64 and her myriad performing influences. But it opened and closed with a discussion about feminism – not only in the largely male-dominated world of rock & roll, but in society today.

    100 Greatest Singers: Stevie Nicks

    “We fought very hard for feminism, for women’s rights,” Nicks said in response to a question from the crowd. “What I’m seeing today is a very opposite thing. I don’t know why, but I see women being put back in their place. And I hate it. We’re losing all we worked so hard for, and it really bums me out.”

    Nicks and bandmate Christine McVie were strong female figures in an industry where many male musicians were hero-worshipped by fans across the world, and Nicks said they worked to change the perception of women within the rock & roll circles of the Seventies. “I said to Chris, we can never be treated like second-class citizens,” she explained. “When we walk into a room we have to float in like goddesses, because that’s how we wanted to be treated. We demanded that from the beginning.”

    Nicks also recalled her days in San Francisco in the late Sixties and early Seventies, when she and Buckingham opened for headliners from Janis Joplin to Jimi Hendrix. “Flamboyance and attitude from Janis, humbleness and grace from Hendrix, and a little bit of slinky from Grace Slick,” she said. “Those were the three people who I emulated when I was on stage.”

    And while it’s been more than 30 years since she took up her place in Fleetwood Mac, her voice – bolstered by a vocal coach she has worked with since 1997 – isn’t letting her down yet. “Opera singers sing into their 80s,” she said. “I don’t plan to be doing [hundreds] of shows when I’m 85, but I do plan to still be out there singing when I’m a seriously older woman.”

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    • wicked

      JMHO, but I’ve never been a Stevie Nicks fan. For me, her voice is nasal and grating. However, I loved her clothes! 😉

  2. I found the one with lyrics so you wouldn’t miss the message of this piece.

    “She heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors;
    They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore;
    God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes;
    ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose.”

    ~ Erik Francis Schrody (Everlast), from the song, “What It’s Like.”

    • indypendent

      Don’t you find it very telling that these so-called Christians yell and scream at the woman entering the clinic – calling her a whore and sinner – but yet these folks don’t seem to care about the MAN that got her into that position – huh?

      Not one word of condemnation for him.

      Rather – these same so-called Christians wildly applaud and support politicians who publicly question ‘legitimate rape’. Or this is my personal favoritie line of theirs – if you are raped and become pregnant – then it’s God’s will.


      I listened to one woman giving testimony in that Senate hearing about the sexual assault epidemic in the military. This woman told the story of how she went to the Chaplain after being raped and guess what the Chaplain said?

      You guessed it – it was God’s will.

      So – I guess thos Anti-abortion protesters are only doing as THEIR puppet masters tell them – it is ALWAYS the woman’s fault – because, after all, it is God’s will when she gets raped…….You betcha …wink-wink

      If their God is that hateful, vengeful and downright mean – then why the Hell would I want to know him for eternity? I cannot even stomach his so-called Christians here on Earth.

  3. (from the link): It seems worth reiterating this morning that there is no basis on which Obama can make a deal with Republicans. Greg Sargent took note of a vote in the Senate yesterday that was telling. This was on an amendment designed to ensure that corporations could not use loopholes to avoid entirely the payment of income taxes. Note that word “entirely.”

    Every Republican on the Budget Committee voted no.

    • indypendent

      So does this mean when Mitt Romney and the Twit Boys are all yammering about how the tax code needs reformed and loopholes closed – and that is where to get more revenue……these Twits were not talking about corporations and wealthy losing their tax loopholes?

      The Twits were talking about Romney’s Disdain for the 47% that he sees as using one big fat tax loophole?

      Is that about it?

  4. A ‘behind the scenes’ look. Grab your popcorn, and enjoy! 🙂

    MoJo’s Running Coverage of CPAC 2013

  5. Blast from the past, a thread with ‘hits’ today. This one written by Iggy Aug 4, 2009.

    The Iggy Donnelly Disease: Socialistic Capitalism

  6. You can bet your bottom dollar this guy won’t be listened to. He makes waaaay too much sense! I’m sure the CPAC attendees can convince one another since he was wrong in his prediction about Romney being elected he is wrong about everything. Actually his speech was right about Roe v Wade, immigration, and the deficit. Of course republicans will do exactly opposite of what makes sense!

    Dick Morris Delivers Bad News To Republicans: Give Up On Roe V. Wade

  7. Andy Borowitz says:

    “The trick to making Sarah Palin look smart is having her speak before Ann Coulter.”