Thursday, March 11, 2010

WVUM Newscast

In case you missed it this morning...

Newscast 3-11-10 by killingly

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday Trailers (Wednesday Edition!)

Sorry I couldn't get around to this yesterday (had a very long day at school), but here are some ultra fab trailers for you until next week!

The Runaways - I was a little iffy about this at first, but I'm hoping for the best. It's got Joan's personal approval and while she's always been pretty private about her personal life, there's definitely going to be some relationship-stuff between Joan and Cherie. Plus, even though I've never actually seen Kristen Stewart act, and I'm not really thrilled about watching any Twilight films anytime soon, i'd like to see what she can really do.

The Good Heart - Brian Cox and Paul Dano look like they'll be pretty brilliant in this strange buddy film. Plus the bar they're working at kind of reminds me of my visit to McSorely's in NYC, though maybe a *tad* less gruff and a smidge less Irish.

No One Knows About Persian Cats - Rockin In Iran? You bet! This looks really great. I think my favorte line from the trailer was "I love indie rock! 50 Cent... Madonna..."

The Harimaya Bridge - I guess every time an American goes to Japan, i'll first think of Lost In Translation. This looks nothing like it, but not necessarily in a bad way. Addressing racism in a different light, there's definite potential in this flick.

Mid-August Lunch - A man somehow gets stuck being a care taker for the elderly women in his area? In Italian!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

WVUM Newscasts

From now on, I'm going to try and upload my weekly newscasts to my blog. Hope you enjoy the news! :)

Newscast 3-9-10 by killingly

Monday, March 08, 2010

Happy International Women's Day!

Jane Goodall

Just wanted to get in a quick post to say Happy International Women's Day to all my wonderful ladies out there (and to all others who have special women in their lives in one way or other!!) We're half of the human population and we are the only ones who can carry other human beings to term, amazing beings that we are. And that's not all of course, not by a long shot. Women, who have been made to succumb to the "power" of men historically, are now making their voices loud and clear and making it known that we will not be silent. We've certainly come a long way since the First International Women's Day and we will continue to push foward and strive for a much better, more equal tomorrow.

Kim Deal

Today, like every day, I can say that I am happy, proud, and blessed to be a woman. Even when I'm crouched over in pain, cursing my cramped up uterus, I still love being female.

My female heroes are as talented and incredible as they are diverse. It would probably take forever to list them all, but here's a few for now:

Dian Fossey

Rachel Maddow

Wonder Woman

PJ Harvey

Marlene Dietrich

Kate Winslet

Gladys Bentley

Frida Kahlo

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore

Emma Goldman

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Ariel Schrag

Ani Difranco

My mom :)

My abuelita :)

Who are your female heroines? Who are the women that inspire you on a daily basis?

Love Your Glasses!

Love Your Glasses.

So thanks to the wonders of the internet, I was chosen by a random Twin Peaks loving stranger to be on a website about people who wear glasses. Completely random as hell, but I take it as flattery and some self-promotion, cause hey, why not? Check it out if it should tickle your fancy!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Child Onset Schizophrenia.

Someone on my Livejournal friends' list posted a link to this blog. It's written by a man who, together with his wife, is raising a daughter, January, who has child onset schizophrenia, the most unusual kind. It's completely heart wrenching to read what this man goes through, and to try to imagine the day in the life of someone raising a child that is thus afflicted. If you're interested in learning about the challenges of mental illness, especially such an extreme case, please read:

January First.

LA Times Story about Jani.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Pot Box!

Florida Needs YOUR Help!

Antichoice lawmakers are at it again! There's an abortion ban bill underway in our state's legislature that would even prevent abortion in cases of rape and incest. In fact, there are several bills that are working toward slowly minimizing out right to choose. Take a moment to read all about these bills on NARAL's website and what you can do to prevent them from happening!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Pro-Choice Wednesdays

The right to choice is something i've always felt incredibly strongly about. Hopefully I can continue this as an ongoing weekly component I can add to my blog. Here's some headlines for now:

A woman decided to upload a YouTube video and live Tweet about her abortion experience in order to let people that it isn't as scary or shameful or any other negative thing that people stigmatize it to be. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and now she is receiving death threats for being vocal about an experience that too many are forced to be silent about.

- Racial conspiracy on an anti-abortion billboard/campaign? Seriously... "Black children are an endangered species"?? Someone needs to tell these people that ALL HUMANS are the SAME species. And if this statistic about 40% of African American pregnancies ending in abortion IS true, maybe they need to address the more pressing issue of why this is happening, and working to do away with those problems (because let's face it, racism is still strong in America and many African American women don't have the same advantages and privileges that, say, white males do in this country.

- A controversial abortion bill in Utah may end up criminalizing miscarriages if the woman acted in a "reckless" manner. Granted, I'm not too fond of the fact that a 17 year old girl paid someone to beat her up so she might have a spontaneous miscarriage, but then maybe we should wonder why this girl chose such an extreme method in order to induce a late term abortion of sorts. Obviously no one could make such an extreme decision lightly.

Miami Clinic Access Project!

The Miami Clinic Access Project is composed of an array of wonderful, dedicated individuals whose focus is to make sure that the women in Miami continue to have a choice in their own reproduction. They arrive every Saturday morning at 6 a.m. at A Choice for Woman, a clinic in Kendall, and stand outside with signs and support in order to make the pro-choice stance known. Pro-life/anti-choice activists have been arriving at the clinic for a number of years now to harass and scare off women who are already making a difficult, personal choice. MCAP, therefore, provides a counter-presence, essentially the real voice of the pro-choice movement, and show those who work at and those who require the services of A Choice for Women that they are on their side and that they won't let anyone be intimidated.

I didn't find out about MCAP til perhaps sometime last year. I'll admit, I was a bit intimidated to go. As most of my friends, I thought that I might lash out at one of the pro-lifers. However, I decided to put all this aside and made my way to the clinic last Saturday to essentially show that I am also committed to the Pro-Choice movement. I went with my friend Allie and we met up with another friend, Christian, upon arriving. The pro-life side wasn't as big as I was anticipating (I'd estimate about 15-20 in total) and at least by the time I arrived, no one had any signs with unpleasant looking abortions thankfully. I met the MCAP group whose names sadly all escape me (I'm terrible with names but hopefully I learn all their names soon enough) and was given a sign to hold. My instructions were basically to try and block the view of the pro-lifers whenever a car drove in or out of the clinic. Asides from one old woman with a rosary telling me she thought i'd "make more money as a prostitute"*, there were no real negative incidents while I was there. The group actually has a camera running at all times just in case an incident should occur (I was told by one girl that one time, a man from the anti-choice side ran up to one of our defenders and purposely cut himself on one of our signs and called the cops to try and say we attacked him. Luckily, the cops didn't believe him.)

SnakeGirl actually created this short documentary about the defenders some years ago:

If you're interested in joining the defenders, just show up at A Choice For Women (6660 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, FL) any and every Saturday morning between 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. MCAP provides water, signs, and even coffee, not to mention awesome company :) Make sure to park at the BJ's lot across the street by Sunset Drive. If you want to learn more about the group, contact Julie at I'm hoping to attend at least once a month from now on and I hope you'll join us!

*I was later told by one of the girls that the anti-choice side has a conspiracy theory that we don't actually want to be there but that we are paid by the clinic. Boy, are they wrong.