Boos & Bravos: Jan. 29
Bravo to the reunion of The Lonely Island on "Saturday Night Live." Without Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, we would still be using the now-famous motto "YOLO" in the wrong context. We thought it meant "you only live once" but according to the new digital short, "YOLO" by The Lonely Island ft. Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar, the slogan actually stands for "you oughta look out." Who knew?
Boo to New Mexico's House Bill 206, which would make it a third-degree felony for a survivor of rape or incest to obtain an abortion. State Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, has backed off of the bill's language since its introduction and insists that she meant to prevent rapists from forcing victims to terminate pregnancies so they could hide forensic evidence of the crime. It seems that the bill was a thinly veiled attempt to outlaw abortions for the very same women that most Americans agree should be able to access abortion services. If the main concern was deterring and punishing sexual violence, shouldn't the sponsors have focused on strengthening the penalties against convicted rapists or increasing funding for counseling services? Bravo to the Department of Defense for officially acknowledging the role of women in combat. While women have been integrated into various parts of the armed services for years now and have even been injured, they were not eligible for certain combat positions (more than 200,000 different jobs) thanks to this blanket ban. This is a victory for badass women veterans everywhere.
Boo to the Brazil club fire that killed more than 200 people and hospitalized 90 more. According to reports, security guards prevented many club-goers from exiting the building, which led to even more mass hysteria. Three people have been detained in the investigation of this needless tragedy.
Bravo to the Boy Scouts of America for reconsidering its ban on openly gay scouts or leaders. While the organization has a legal right under the freedoms of association in the First Amendment, it is encouraging that its seem to be re-evaluating this policy.
Boo to the 61 percent of NFL players that were polled that disapproved of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s job so far. Players were upset about Goodell’s fines, which he has been handing out for hitting defenseless players, and how he handled the entire Saints bounty scandal. Say what you want about the guy, but he saved an entire season from a lockout, punished a Saints organization that deserved to be punished and is trying to make the game safer. Players should show some respect.
Bravo to Screen Actor's Guild Awards for finally slowing the awards show juggernaut "Mad Men" down with a win for the BBC's "Downton Abbey" and for recognizing the great work of Tina Fey in "30 Rock" and Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook." Next stop on the awards show express: the 85th Academy Awards.
Boo to Arizona's inability to handle rain. From driving in it to dressing for it, every time the rain gods see it fit to bestow the gift of precipitation upon us, we all go to pieces. Get it together, guys. Boo-ravo to the bipartisan immigration reform bill sponsored by, among others, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Bipartisanship in a volatile political climate is always good, but the"bipartisan blueprint" may need some tweaking. Creating a "pathway to citizenship" for undocumented workers is a step forward but requiring that applicants learn English — not so much.
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