Texas’s terrible abortion law

The political party that screams loudest about individual liberty is quick to deny that liberty when the individual is a woman.

Women should have a right to choose for themselves whether to terminate a pregnancy. Instead, the State of Texas, abetted by the US Supreme Court, believes that right belongs to any rando looking to score a quick $10,000. It is a terrible decision.

Some thoughts on the California recall election

  • The official party line from the Democrats is vote NO on the recall, then stop. Sign the back and mail it in.
  • That’s the party line from the San Diego Democrats, at least. I suspect it came down from the state.
  • I may deviate from party line and vote for Angelyne in part two because mandatory bubble baths.
  • Because the recall election is a shitshow, we could end up with Newsom getting 49+% of the vote and Elder getting 18% and Elder getting sworn in as governor in October.
  • If you have any elective medical procedures on the to-do list for this year, get ’em done now. Because we could have a Republican governor in October, and a few weeks after that, hospitals will over capacity, canceling elective procedures, and lining up the refrigerated trucks on the street to hold the excess dead bodies.
  • You think that last bit is hyperbole? That’s what’s going on in Texas and Florida, where Republicans are anti-mask and vax mandates because ‘MURRICA.

Rewatching M*A*S*H

A friend said he’d recently rewatched all of M*A*S*H, including the two spinoffs–AfterMASH and W*A*L*T*E*R. For some reason, that intrigued me, so I decided to do the same. So far, I’m 2.5 episodes in, so it’ll be a while.

Overall, the show still holds up quite well, once you adjust your head back to the 70s mindset. The laughtrack is annoying, but I quickly rediscovered the knack out to tune it out.

The video quality on Paramount+, where the show is now available for streaming, is amazingly good. I strongly suspect digital shenanigans to clean up the images.

The video quality is so good it’s downright distracting watching it on the 55-inch TV in the living room. Instead, it’s better enjoyed on my iPad, to re-create the experience of watching it on a 1970s TV.

Another way you have to adjust your brain is for the behavior of the doctors toward women. Their 1970s’ charming behavior looks like today’s sexual harassment.

Also, race: There’s a Black doctor in the pilot episode–to my knowledge he never reappears–nicknamed “Spearchucker.” At least in the books, the gag is that the character is both a brilliant surgeon AND a former star college football player, so clearly the name is intended to ridicule racism, rather than embrace it. Still, it does not go over well today, and the character does not put in another appearance in the series that I can recall, though he’s mentioned at least once.

I feel like talking about gender, race, and video quality are not very interesting, but that’s all I have to say at the moment.

I recall stopping watching the show a couple of years after Frank Burns and other original stars left and were replaced, and the show began to get critical acclaim. I felt like it had gotten holier-than-thou.

Also, I remember the generation younger than mine did not care for the show. They said the characters talked about how war is hell, but they always seemed to be having a great time, like summer camp for grownups. That criticism has a lot of merit. I remember one episode even had a singalong.

Housekeeping

I’m moving the links, memes, and other ephemera—98% of what I do here—to Mitch’s Tumblr, because Tumblr is better suited to that kind of thing.

So point your web bookmarks and RSS thingy there rather than here. Here’s the RSS feed: https://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/rss.

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As I’ve said before: I seem to derive as much enjoyment making fiddly changes to my blogging and social media setup as I do from blogging and social media-ing. So don’t expect this will be the last change.