Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Perhaps Jose Canseco Could Give Him a Refresher Course

MSNBC - Schwarzenegger prepares to do battle

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came to office 16 months ago determined to shake the political system to the core, but few envisioned the boldness of his ambition. Today, he is girding for what could be the most contentious political confrontation the nation's most populous state has seen in years.

From the looks of the picture (posted earlier), Arnie better get back on "the Juice".


A Confederacy of Dunces

The "other" Roger Ailes has some great background info on the fascinating folks who are standing vigil outside Terri Schiavo's hospice:

Amazing Stories: The Christian Right's Mainstream Violent Bigots

By skipping remedial reading class once again, my good friend Michelle Malkin finds plenty of time to wonder "why the mainstream media was ignoring some amazing stories of pro-life activists and evangelical disabled advocates who have been peacefully keeping vigil outside Terri Schiavo's hospice." I'm happy to highlight those overlooked stories for Michelle, but someone else will have to read them to her.

The Story of Pro-Life Activists Scott and Joshua Hildreth:
NEW YORK As protests outside the hospice housing Terri Schiavo in her final days mounted last week, numerous newspaper reports, many based on an Associated Press account, mentioned or quoted 10-year-old Joshua Heldreth and/or his father, Scott Heldreth. Josh was one of several youngsters arrested for crossing police lines in Pinellas Park, Fla., in an effort to take water to Schiavo. None of the stories revealed that Scott Heldreth, a religious activist and anti-abortion crusader, is a registered sex offender in Florida -- until The Charlotte Observer mentioned it on Sunday.A widely published AP story on Sunday by Allen G. Breen had painted a warmer picture of the Heldreths, noting that it was young Josh who insisted that his father take him to the protests from their home in North Carolina, not the other way around. "God's with me," Josh said. ...The Charlotte Observer story, however, revealed that Heldreth had pleaded guilty to sexual battery, was in jail for parts of 1992 and 1993, according to court records, and served time on probation. “The former Naperville, Fla., resident remains listed on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's sex offender registry," the Observer reported, “but he's not registered on North Carolina's; the N.C. equivalent applies to offenders convicted on or after Jan. 1, 1996."...Heldreth declined to discuss the specifics of the incident that led to his jail time. Online research shows that Heldreth was arrested after an incident at Ohio University and charged with two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping.

The Story of Disability Rights Activist and Pacifist Bill Tierney, apparently profiled here, who shares some of Malkin's passions:
Bill Tierney . . . had just returned from eight months working as an interrogator for US forces in Baghdad, and had come to talk, on the record, about torture."The Brits came up with an expression -- wog," Tierney said. "That stands for Wily Oriental Gentleman. There's a lot of wiliness in that part of the world.". . .After explaining his various psychological tactics to the audience, interrogator Bill Tierney (a private contractor working with the Army) said, "I tried to be nuanced and culturally aware. But the suspects didn't break."Suddenly Tierney's temper rose. "They did not break!" he shouted. "I'm here to win. I'm here so our civilization beats theirs! Now what are you willing to do to win?" he asked, pointing to a woman in the front row. "You are the interrogators, you are the ones who have to get the information from the Iraqis. What do you do? That word 'torture'. You immediately think, 'That's not me.' But are we litigating this war or fighting it?"...Asked about Abu Ghraib, Tierney said that for an interrogator, ''sadism is always right over the hill. You have to admit it. Don't fool yourself there is a part of you that will say, 'This is fun.' ''
More here.

The Story of Pro-Life Family Man Randall Terry
As CNN noted on March 4, 1998, Terry was named in a lawsuit -- seeking to "force anti-abortion leaders to pay for damages caused in clinic attacks" -- which was filed by the National Organization for Women (NOW) under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and Terry settled with NOW out of court....According to a June 14, 2003, report by the conservative World Magazine (no longer available online, but reprinted on the right-wing bulletin board Free Republic), Terry solicited donations by declaring on his website that "The purveyors of abortion on demand have stripped Randall Terry of everything he owned," but failed to disclose that the money would be used to pay for his new $432,000 house. The report noted Terry's defense: "Terry told World that he wanted a home where his family will be safe and where 'we could entertain people of stature, people of importance. I have a lot of important people that come through my home. And I will have more important people come through my home.' " World noted that the same month he paid the deposit on his new home, a court ruled that Terry, who divorced his first wife and has remarried, "was not paying a fair share of child support." In an article on his website, Terry denounced the World report as "journalistic trash, a 'hit piece' of malice and misinformation."Terry's words and personal life have also stirred controversy. As the Fort Wayne (Indiana) News Sentinel reported on August 16, 1993, at an anti-abortion rally in Fort Wayne, Terry said "Our goal is a Christian nation. ... We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism. ... Theocracy means God rules. I've got a hot flash. God rules."...According to the February 12, 2000, Washington Post report, Terry was censured by his church, the Landmark Church of Binghamton, New York, for a "pattern of repeated and sinful relationships and conversations with both single and married women." Terry denies the accusation.

And don't forget the heartwarming story of pro-life disability activist and situational pacifist Gary McCullough.
And the "mainstream media" gave these peace loving, Christ-like gents plenty of warm and fuzzy coverage, while missing these stories.
(Inspired by the work of Amanda Marcotte at, S.Z. at World O'Crap and the others linked above.)


A Pro-Death Strategy that Everyone can agree on!

If he has, then let's remove his feeding tube!

Tuesday, March 29, 2005


How the mighty have fallen!

Those who live by the steroid shall die by the steroid.


A Matter of Opinion

The Reverend Jerry Falwell preached on the topic of Terri Schiavo in his Easter Sunday sermon:

[T]erri, who is not on life support, has never been on life support, she had a feeding tube in. A month ago, I had a feeding tube and I was on a ventilator, but I was not in a persistent vegetative state --

Where was Michael Schiavo when we needed him?

Monday, March 28, 2005


Lacrosse Stars: Future & Past

Jonathan G., (future) Johns Hopkins '17, currently defenseman & goalkeeper Linganore Lancers


Jerry Schmidt, Johns Hopkins '62, Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the only lacrosse player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Sunday, March 27, 2005


Victory over the "Hoos" is always sweet!

Freshman Paul Rabil scores 2 goals In Johns Hopkins' 9-7 win over UVA.

Thursday, March 24, 2005


Irony of the Day

According to the Washington Post, a sympathetic customer at a Potomac, MD seafood shop freed a 15 lb. lobster that had been destined to be sold and eaten:

...the oversized crustacean, estimated to be between 35 and 40 years old, yesterday began a 400-mile journey back to its home waters off the coast of Massachusetts. One of the lobster's admirers purchased it for $150 -- about $30 more than Grolig [the storeowner] paid the wholesaler -- and he agreed to coordinate the animal's liberation with help from his friends.

When last seen the lobster was wearing a button that said "Save Terri".

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Rick (rhymes with "Dick") Santorum

I've been reluctant to blog on the subject of Terri Schiavo.

In a coldly rational world, Mrs. Schiavo would be given a quick injection and have her brain dead existence ended. To kill her by dehydration is barbaric. To allow her to die by dehydration allows "us" to say that no individual is responsible for her death; she just died "naturally". We put up with this barbarism because (thankfully) we don't live in a coldly rational world. Killing by lethal injection is too close to the method used in the Nazi euthanasia scheme which eliminated the insane and "feeble-minded" because they were "unworthy of life". This was a slippery slope which ended in the horrors of Auschwitz. The American medical profession is rightfully reluctant to even approach this type of "rationality". Thus, we are stuck with "letting nature take its course".

Politicians and interest groups on the Right view this case as a "right-to-life case". Politicians and interest groups on the Left view it as a "right-to-die case". In my view it's neither. Mrs. Schiavo is brain dead. The C.T. scans (available on various web sites) show that the portions of her brain which control thought and "consciousness" have been largely filled with spinal fluid. For all intents and purposes Mrs. Schiavo is dead. It really doesn't matter if her body's functions stop today or twenty years from now--Terri Schiavo is gone and she ain't coming back.

This case fills me with sorrow. Having personally faced the decision (together with my sister) of attaching a "do not resuscitate" order to my father's chart and then explaining our reasoning to his lady friend, I am somewhat familiar with the pain involved.

However, we should never underestimate the ability of American politicians to use tragic events for their own personal political ends. My nomination for the most egregious offender in the Schiavo case is Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. His attempt to explain the Schiavo bill is ludicrous. His press release says:

“The actions on the part of the Florida court are unconscionable. Yesterday in California, Scott Peterson, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to death, yet his constitutional rights were upheld to ensure the he received due process and fair consideration in court. The Florida court has been trying to ultimately end the life of Terri Schiavo, who committed no crime, but is being penalized for not filing a living will."

Gee, so that's what this is all about. Terri Schiavo didn't file a living will, so the Florida Court system has imposed the death penalty. Of course, if she had filed a living will and asked that no extraordinary measures be taken to keep her alive, Santorum would probably have wanted her jailed for attempted suicide.

This is the guy who has such a great devotion to the sanctity of human life that when his wife miscarried after 20 weeks:

The couple took Gabriel's [the fetus] body home to let their three other young children see and hold the baby before burying him, according to Karen Santorum's book of the ordeal, "Letters to Gabriel."

I'm surprised he didn't have it stuffed and use it in campaign ads.

Today, in reaction to U.S. District Judge James Whittemore's denial of a request for a temporary restraining order which would have required Terri Schiavo's feeding tube to be re-inserted pending a trial on the merits, Santorum had this reaction:

"You have judicial tyranny here," Santorum told WABC Radio in New York. "Congress passed a law that said that you had to look at this case. He simply thumbed his nose at Congress."

"What the statute that [Whittemore] was dealing with said was that he shall hold a trial de novo," the Pennsylvania Republican explained. "That means he has to hold a new trial. That's what the statute said."

No, Rick, what you have here is attempted Congressional tyranny. Congress passed a law that said that a federal judge had to hold a trial de novo. It didn't and couldn't dictate that the judge had to issue a t.r.o. and it didn't and couldn't dictate the outcome of the trial. That's why judges get to sit up in the Big Chair. They get to make the decisions. Congress gets to set the jurisdiction and even dictate the procedure for federal trials, but it doesn't get to say who wins.


Spring in Delaware!

So much for global warming!

Sunday, March 20, 2005


Your own clockwork bird


Now, you, too, can get your own clockwork bluejay...

robin, cardinal, yellow warbler, scarlet tanager, bluebird, or yellow throat. Well, maybe not clockwork, but electronic & mechanical. Through the wonders of Japanese technology, you can buy a plastic bird with a motion-activated photo-sensor which will chirp, sing and move its head and beak. I got my bluejay today and its perched on my computer. A metaphor become reality...for only $14.95! or less (mine must have been on sale)

Friday, March 18, 2005


What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women! -- Conan the Barbarian

Greg Peyser scores his third goal in over-time to lead the Johns Hopkins Bluejays to a 12-11 victory over the Syracuse Orange


There is no joy in Orangeville!

Lacrosse: Hopkins 12-Syracuse 11 O.T.
NCAA Basketball First Round: Vermont 60-Syracuse 57 O.T.

The Department of Homeland Security has rushed psychiatric counselors to Syracuse, New York in the light of these terrorist attacks.


Steroid Hearings

Yesterday, I watched about 90% of the steroid hearings on Capitol Hill. Beyond Mark McGwire's shamefully evasive testimony ("I'm not here to talk about the past") and Sammy Sosa's admission by denial ("To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything. I've not broken the laws of the Unites States or the laws of the Dominican Republic", translation "I took oral steroids in the Dominican Republic where they're legal"), I was amazed by Rob Manfred, MLB's chief labor negotiator. This jerk epitomizes the arrogance and thick-headedness of Major League Baseball. His grimaces and yelling when caught in half-truths and misstatements were a sight to behold. He made Bud ("Buy a used-car or a porous drug enforcement regime from me") Selig look positively avuncular. I am a baseball fan. This performance on Capitol Hill makes me sad and ashamed.


Spring is on the way?

Winter in historic New Market, MD. That's why I haven't been blogging


Hopkins vs. Syracuse tonight at 7:00 in the Carrier Dome. March Madness lacrosse style.

Do you think these guys like each other?

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