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Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. - Cyril Connolly
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Empty
Well, apparently Blogger decided to take Broadsheet off-line for a little bit all on its own. Sorry about that folks! But, we're back, and I'm now officially out of time.

I grabbed some sleep between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., but I'm back on my feet and on my way to the airport.

Blogging will be little to none until Tuesday unless my friends Chuck or Spatty bring their laptops, or I hit an interent cafe (I have no laptop). I'll post a day by day wrap up when I return.

In the meantime, hold down the blogosphere for me (post something Jwer!!), and I'll see you Tuesday, if not before then.

What happens in New Orleans - STAYS in New Orleans......

So... C'est tout. I'm off to Fais-do-do in the Big Easy and laissez les bons temps rouler!!!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Running on Empty
Aggghhh...... I've got exactly 24 hours before I leave for New Orleans, and about 72 hours of things left to do.... I hate this feeling. Also, my assistant has been out of the office since last Wednesday doing her duty to our country in the Army Reserves. Can you say working with one hand tied behind my back? The phones alone are enough to drive me nuts. Guess I'll sleep on the plane, I won't be getting any tonight.... out.
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Monday, April 25, 2005
Long Live Labor
Please help me. I have a long running love/hate relationship with Chris Hitchens that is far more likely to veer towards the latter, but I have to give him props (mostly) for this support of Blair. Please forgive me for posting this, but he makes a good point, and as always perhaps, a far too short and narrow one.....
There are things to dislike about Tony Blair. His rather sickly piety is one, and his liberal authoritarianism, on matters such as smoking and fox-hunting, is another. I can't forgive him for calling Diana Spencer "the People's Princess," or for seeking the approval of the Fleet Street rags, and he is one of those politicians who seems to think that staying "on message" is an achievement in itself. Nonetheless, he took a bold stand against the establishment and against a sullen public opinion and did so on a major issue of principle. It is absolutely necessary that his right-wing and clerical enemies be humiliated at the polls.


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Dude - We're Just Friends!
It's springtime for Bush....With many apologies to Mel Brooks:

The Saudis were having trouble
What a sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore
Their former glory
Where, oh, where was he?
Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me
LEAD TENOR TOM DELAY:
And now it's...
Springtime for Bush and the Saudis
Arabia is happy and gay!
They're marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the oil race



This is a riff off the "Man Date" NYT article (which was very funny BTW) a couple of weeks ago, but I have to admit to stealing the idea from Atrios
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:23 PM   0 Editorial Opinions
Canada attempts another publications ban
Man, didn't they learn anything the first time they tried this stunt? U.S. Websites are immune to this media blackout, and have already proven themselves more than eager to ignore any attempt at a publications ban by the Canadian gov't.
The Gomery Commission is scheduled to go after some big game in its hunt for the perpetrators of the federal sponsorship scandal, and once again it will have to go undercover.

The inquiry, headed by Justice John Gomery, is investigating charges by the federal auditor-general that $100 million of the $250-million program intended to boost national unity in Quebec through favourable advertising went to a group of Quebec ad firms with Liberal Party connections who liberally siphoned money out of the program while doing little or no work to earn it.
This scandal will almost certainly signal the end of the long reigning Liberal Party in Canada. As this article points out, Prime Minister Paul Martin has had all the bad news he can use this month:
Paul Martin hardly needs another scandal, but the news that Maurice Strong has stepped down from his UN post as special envoy to Korea in the wake of allegations related to the Iraqi oil-for-food debacle is potentially damaging on several fronts.
Um, yeah.
posted by Broadsheet @ 11:08 AM   1 Editorial Opinions
A Boldface Name Invites Others to Blog With Her
Looks like Arianna Huffington is actually going to make a go of blogging by hosting a web site where 250 of her celebrity friends can post.
She has lined up more than 250 of what she calls "the most creative minds" in the country to write a group blog that will range over topics from politics and entertainment to sports and religion. It is essentially a nonstop virtual talk show that will be part of a Web site that will also serve up breaking news around the clock. It is to be introduced May 9.

Having prominent people join the blogosphere, Ms. Huffington said in an interview, "is an affirmation of its success and will only enrich and strengthen its impact on the national conversation." Among those signed up to contribute are Walter Cronkite, David Mamet, Nora Ephron, Warren Beatty, James Fallows, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Maggie Gyllenhaal, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Diane Keaton, Norman Mailer and Mortimer B. Zuckerman.
Watch this space: www.huffintonpost.com Although she claims the site will be neither left nor right, I have a hard time believing that given even the short list above.


And why oh why can I not sleep tonight?? Sigh......
posted by Broadsheet @ 2:27 AM   1 Editorial Opinions
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Freezer Burn
I worked really hard this weekend and got a lot accomplished. Yeah me! Got stuff done for our Homeowner's Association, touched base with family and friends (on the phone), dragged all my summer clothes out of storage and laundered and ironed everything for the New Orleans trip, but most importantly, I reviewed five contract proposals and completed a REALLY time consuming staffing analysis for work. All 12 hours of it.....

Reward time! Got a nice filet, made a great cognac and green peppercorn sauce, found a potato to bake, opened a bottle of cabernet, and grabbed a bag of green beans out of the freezer. Opened the bag, and found grey sticks of ice..... ick. Made a salad instead.

Note to self: frozen green beans don't keep past, oh, a year or so....
posted by Broadsheet @ 7:12 PM   2 Editorial Opinions
Tory fury as BBC sends hecklers to bait Howard
Yikes - this sure sounds like a bad idea on the part of the BBC.
Last night a BBC spokesman said: "This is a completely legitimate programme about the history and art of political heckling. The programme observes hecklers at other parties' campaign meetings and not just the Conservatives. The hecklers were not under the direction of the BBC and their activities did not disrupt the meeting in any way. The incident at the Michael Howard meeting only plays a small part in the overall programme. However, we will be investigating the complaint very fully and will be replying in due course."
The History of Heckling?? Come ON. How lame is that? Who would watch a show like that anyway?

HT: Instapundit
posted by Broadsheet @ 11:21 AM   8 Editorial Opinions
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Emergency Room Manners
Oh boy, this post is burning up the healthcare blogs. It is SO spot on to what happens in a busy ER, especially in a big city / urban environment. I'm guessing she's not from a huge medical center, or she would post more about drug related ED visits.

I remember my roommate in grad school when she was doing her ED residency. She would come home after a 36 hour shift, sobbing about the woman in the ER whose nasal cavity she had rebuilt for the second time in her rotation, due to cocaine abuse.

Summary of the post follows - but PLEASE go read it - it's more real and better than any episode of ER ever written.

To review:

1) Don’t be an asshole
2) Lose the weight, stop smoking, take your damn psych meds, and take care of yourself!
3) Its not our fault or responsibility that you’re sick/injured. In fact, it’s probably yours.
4) Folks that arrive dead usually stay dead
5) It’s not like on TV
6) Years of patient abuse have (clearly) left us all a bit burnt out and jaded, so. . .
7) Don’t forget your manners when you come to my ER : )
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:41 PM   1 Editorial Opinions
Fathers, Go Love your Daughters (Jack Johnson)
God Bless Messy Hair Girl. Again.

Go. Read it now. This is my life.

As the daughter of a quasi well known architect who moonlights as a furniture designer, I spent my younger (and some of my older) years sanding, painting, staining, landscaping, and hauling things around our family property. As 70's era kids grew up with hippie parents, I grew up with "remodeling" parents. I did not live in a "finished" house till I left home for college. I grew up thinking plastic sheeting in the kitchen and cold water showers were normal. Drywall was a finished surface. I stained and/or sanded more square footage of deck, board and baton as a kid than any US Labor Standard should/would know. Child emancipation laws. As you might expect from this, about a month after I left for college, my folks turned my bedroom into a new en suite marble and gold fixtured bathroom which we affectionately called the "sex palace".

Since my parents were the same age I am now when they dropped me off at college (??!!!) I see their point (finally). Being the house of an architect, (i.e. always on display), it was also always a work in progress. But here's where MHG makes the same point I want to: I was always the "finisher" in the process (i.e. sanding, painting, staining, etc.). The more detailed construction tasks were left to my brother, and I never understood why. To this day, my sisters and I have benefited from my mother's extraordinary culinary daring and expertise. We were always part of her dinner parties and holiday meals, and still spearhead those celebrations to this day. My Dad and brother hibernated in the 'shop,' and while they gratefully ate the meals we prepared as much as we appreciated the decks, bookcases, desks, storage sheds, repairs, and other 'manly' creations they provided, for some still as yet unexplained reason, those two worlds have never met. I chalk it up to the era (70's / 80's), but seriously, we were all treated so equally in SO many other ways, that this part of my upbringing seems odd. I don't remember rejecting working in Dad's workshop any more than I remember my brother rejecting to cook. But then again, and more worrisome, I don't remember the offer from either side. Was it THAT polarized? I think we both missed a huge opportunity.

As an adult, and as a result of this background, I have inherited a better set of tools and hardware than I am capable of using thanks to my Dad. Like my mother with clothes, jewelry, and accessories, Dad provides 'hand me down' tools and materials to his girls. A few years ago I asked for a cordless drill for Christmas since I was a new homeowner. My Dad decided to give my brother a new drill and "re-gift" his old drill to me - which was quite literally - older than me. Thanks Dad - I'll have the therapist send the bill to you.....
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:31 PM   2 Editorial Opinions
Blogspotting - BusinessWeek Online
In response to their cover story on blogs this week (which is a must read - seriously), BusinessWeek Online has launched their own blog called Blogspotting which does just that. It's a riff on the definition of train spotting, but they hope to track the phenomenon of how media, business, and blogs meet head on in the internet. I think it's going to be really interesting.....

UPDATE: Finally! Someone agrees with me (or is at least as skeptical as I am) about the future business model of blogs (at least for now). Straight from the horse's mouth - so to speak. Could it be that we misread the phenomenon, and that blogs won't even change business?
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Congress confuses file sharing with manslaughter
There's not much I can add to this headline. Stupidity seems to be the rule of the day in Congress.
Since involuntary manslaughter brings, on average, anywhere from 0 to 36 months' incarceration, one might well question the morality of going harder on those who trade files than on those who negligently cut short the lives of fellow citizens. But the 109th Congress is about nothing if not morality, and it understands well the essential sacredness of the nation's ruling cartels. Sigh......

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SportsStuff Sumo Tube
Oh man - aside from the fact that this makes you look completely ridiculous, I'd love to try it!! Watch the video......

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City turns to goldfish to test water quality
I've heard of having a canary in the mine shaft to test air quality (about 100 years ago), but this is ridiculous.
"Currently, wastewater is held at the plant. No one knows if it is safe to release into the city's waterways or if it needs further treatment first. "
Excuse me? "No one knows??" Don't they have a lab for heaven's sake? With today's sensitive testing equipment and gas chromatography - you should be able to do some pretty simple tests to determine water quality and safety besides waiting for a goldfish to go belly up. This just seems really backward. My advice? Drink bottled water.
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Friday, April 22, 2005
Springsteen reveals soul in rare show
Oh boy, I know someone who is gonna wanna see this!!. I better set the Tivo in case it's not airing across the pond....
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New Pope condemns Spain gay bill
Gee, that took all of what? 48 hours? And given that Benedict was head of the Office of Inquisitions before they renamed is something more PC, I think it's pretty telling that he claims the Spanish law is "profoundly iniquitous".

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Agenda Items for the next Meeting
As someone who had to deal with more than her fair share of office politics, Human Resource disasters, and stress this week, I found this a perfect Friday funny to realize that I take myself WAY too seriously (I know that comes as no surprise to those of you who know me!). This arrived by email from my friend who works for an unnamed scientific government agency (USGA) somewhere in Colorado. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. Enjoy.

Proposed Discussion Topics for the Next Branch Meeting

I did not attend the last Center-wide staff meeting because I had to choose between: 1) attending the meeting, or 2) standing on a desolate, treeless road in eastern Colorado in freezing cold and howling winds to count non-existent long-billed curlew. Obviously, option two promised to be the least painful so I chose it. Nevertheless, I have been told by some who did attend the staff meeting that it was all doom and gloom and that the really important problems facing the Center were not discussed.

Consequently, I’ve compiled a list of the really important problems I think we should discuss at our next branch meeting.

1. The fern in D’s office has become so large it is scaring the other ferns in the building (for example, it is causing the fronds on my fern to turn yellow, curl, and fall to the never-vacuumed carpet of my office). Perhaps we should discuss whether city leash laws also apply to enormous, frightening ferns, and whether conducting regular controlled burns on the fern should be placed in Dean's performance standards.

2. Does B’s coffee mug, which is of sufficient mass that if hurled properly could kill a charging bull elephant or if dropped would cause a magnitude 4.2 earthquake, represent a safety hazard to USGA employees? Should USGAS employees be required to take the new web-based safety training module entitled “Working Smart and Safe Near B’s Mug?”

3. Word on the street has it that a nefarious secret society called “The Girl Scouts” has infiltrated USGA and has placed an operative in a high-level position (code named “MOM”, but who also goes by the alias “S”) that is trafficking in Girl Scout cookies. This may explain recent, sporadic reports of marauding bands of short people dressed in green (not to be confused with those delightful Keebler elves), going office-to-office kicking open desk drawers and file cabinets searching for and confiscating competitor’s cookies. We should discuss whether or not someone should prepare an S.O.P. entitled “Protecting Your Pecan Sandies and Double Stuff Oreos at the Office.”

4. In recent months tiny, screeching wails have been heard emanating intermittently from the vicinity of E’s office. (editorial note: E brings her infant to work) Covert surveillance has revealed that fellow employee T. is NOT the source of these sounds, despite assertions to the contrary. Instead, many now believe E’s office is obsessed by an Elvin spirit with an affinity for milk and mashed peas, and that the creature must be exorcised as expeditiously as possible. I propose we discuss whether to add a 5% assessment to all USGA proposals to cover the costs of hiring an exorcist of sufficient caliber to perform the exorcism.

5. I would like to discuss whether it is legal to sell the answers to the test questions posed in the web-based safety training USGA employees are required to take, or if this information must be made available at no cost via the Freedom Of Information Act. If the latter is the case, then is a Manuscript Transmittal Form required?

6. In recent months a malevolent-looking five-car motorcade of black limousines, fitted with presidential flags, has been spotted creeping slowly through the USGA parking lot, stopping only to view J’s bumper-sticker-adorned truck. This has caused traffic congestion and has prevented people from getting to work on time (we know this because admin. secretly viewed the secret video footage from the secret cameras secretly placed at the front entrance…you can not escape their surveillance) because they have to detour to Starbucks and return an hour later after the congestion has cleared. The only clue to the identity of the simian-like occupant in the middle limousine, the one where “U.S. Government” on the I-tag is incorrectly spelled “S.U. Government”, is a single red M&M candy found near J’s truck. Evidently, admin discovered the letters “MM” were written in a secret government code, and after months of applying abstruse mathematics and using a supercomputer powered by a nucular power plant…er, I mean a nuclear power plant, they cracked the code on the coded M&M and learned the secret to the secret code is that it is printed upside down. When decoded properly it read “WW” (i.e., “dumbya dubya” [sic]). I propose we discuss whether or not J should be “strongly encouraged” to park this “spectacle” he calls a truck elsewhere so as not to create further congestion in the parking lot. However, we could perhaps relax this sanction if J were willing to convince the local newspaper editor to “reconsider” certain rejected publications prepared by USGA staff.

7. The instructions on the photocopier explaining how to remove paper jams appears to have been written using an arcane alien script that is unintelligible to normal humans. I propose that we use an FTE to hire an exobiologist with a minor in alien linguistics to translate the script into English. We should discuss whether to hire this individual through Johnson Controls or using a student contract, but may instead want to consider placing PI’s in our branch on a 10.4-week rotation to fill the job so they can recoup 20% of their salary.

8. In recent news, Federal Protective Services (FPS) theorists announced they suspect terrorists of a plot to undermine the U.S. government by placing defective toilet paper dispensers in government restrooms. The plot came to light when janitorial staff at USGA reported that approximately every two days they would find hundreds of thumb-sized pieces of toilet paper littering the floor of the 3rd floor men’s restroom. Further investigation by FPS intelligence analysts concluded that defective terrorist-manufactured toilet paper dispensers were trapping federal employees in bathroom stalls, because the backup roll of paper would drop prematurely and jam against the nearly-depleted first roll as well as the metal housing of the toilet paper dispenser, thereby preventing the roll of toilet paper from dispensing smoothly and without resistance (colloquially this is known as the “Metamucil Effect”). Evidently employees, frantically tearing at the jammed toilet paper roll with their thumb and pointer finger, would produce enormous mounds of 1.5 cm x 2.5 cm (SE = 0.15 cm) pieces of tissue and in some cases would be trapped in bathroom stalls for hours, preventing them from attending to “really important government paperwork” like MTFs and Credit Card Logs. The result of this sinister plot was a net reduction in government employee productivity, which appears to have manifested itself beginning November, 2004. At our next branch meeting, I propose we discuss whether OSHA, DOI, and USGA safety regulations mandating that employees be provided with appropriate protective gear when working in hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions, should be interpreted to mean that each member of the branch be issued a discretely packaged, delicately-scented ration of two-ply toilet paper to be used in the event of an emergency.

Clearly this list is incomplete. For example, it has not escaped notice that the numerous problems that have befallen our branch coincide temporally with the arrival of P to our lab, and some have voiced suspicion he might be afflicted with “Bad JuJu” and that it is contagious. Thus a cleansing ceremony, complete with chanting monks and authentic beeswax candles, is probably in order. For a few extra bucks, we might even get the exorcist hired to clear E’s office to help out. However, serious problems like Bad JuJu may be best handled at the Center level and could form the theme of the next Center-wide staff meeting.

posted by Broadsheet @ 12:38 PM   2 Editorial Opinions
Who Pays $600 for Jeans?
Yet another fashion trend that I am more than happy to ignore. I remember when Gloria Vanderbilt, Sassoon, and Calvin Kleins were all the rage in high school. I think they were something like $50 (outrageous at the time) and I begged my Mom for a pair. I got them, along with the Lacoste and Ralph Lauren shirts I whined about.

Nowadays, I'm quite content with Eddie Bauer bootcut jeans and whatever Chicos is offering. Although, I will admit to spending more than is reasonably required for good handbags and household accessories.
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Thursday, April 21, 2005
Laura Bush Blogs!
Well, at least the UK equivalent Sandra Howard does. Surprisingly and candidly so at that.

Sorry - link was broken. fixed now.

HT: Steve
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:30 PM   2 Editorial Opinions
WTF??
First, we have the story of a SEVENTEEN year old trying to fraud the insurance company on his $50K car so he can UPGRADE to a Bentley?? Excuse me - WHERE are your parents??!!

And then there's this even more disturbing story about a kid facing felony child pornography charges for trying to dis his girlfriend, and these kids are only 15 and 16 years of age!!

I was no angel as a kid (but I was pretty squeaky clean by other standards), and I know that the internet, cell phones, etc., has totally changed the playing field for parents and families everywhere, but I RESPECTED my parents. I looked up to them and wanted them to be proud of me. I still do. I hope that hasn't changed, but apparently, in a few extreme cases, it has.

These articles are far more sad than outrageous.
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:10 PM   4 Editorial Opinions
Chef ignites cravings
Oh Boy. I'll say. I think I have a crush. Damn, he's married. But he sure is easy on the eyes. Take a hike Jamie Oliver. I think Ludo gives a whole new meaning to the term "food porn".

posted by Broadsheet @ 1:17 PM   3 Editorial Opinions
UN body fails to condemn Sudan
More empty rhetoric from the UN. This is meaningless!
The Europeans wanted what is known as a naming and shaming resolution clearly condemning the government of Sudan for its responsibility for some of the atrocities taking place in Darfur.

The African group, among them Sudan itself, opposed this, so the final resolution is milder.

It condemns human rights abuses by all parties in Sudan without specifically naming the government, but it does contain a key demand of human rights activists - the approval of a special investigator on human rights to Sudan who will report to the UN General Assembly.

Our correspondent says it is a compromise that prevented a messy row, something all sides wanted to avoid at a time when many say the commission lacks credibility.

But the fact that it took so long to agree on a resolution which does not even go as far as the UN Security Council which has already referred Sudan to the International Criminal Court is, human rights groups say, simply another sign that the UN's top human rights body needs reform.
Gee - you think?

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A Good Time Was Had By All
At last night’s Baltimore Blogger Happy Hour(s).

In BaLtiMoRe RoLL’s absence (we missed you!), I will try to list everyone who made it. We had a lot more room to maneuver in Club Charles than we did last month at Dizzie Izzie’s, so people had an easier time talking to everyone, although the smoke factor got to me after a while (but I’m old and cranky, so there you have it.)

Let’s see, and if I leave anyone out – I’m sorry!! Fool’s Fate should be posting photos of the less anonymous attendees at some point. Also, you might wanna check out Fool's "R rated" version of the evening's event. Very amusing.

So, in no particular order, we had the usual suspects:

Our gracious hosts who organized this month’s event Anonymous Coworker and his trusty friend and roommate Kmart. Thanks guys – you’re adorable! (and I can only say that cause I’m old enough to be your mother…sigh).
Jwer - meh.
Zenchick - thanks for the ride home cute Jewish girl with a zen kitty.
Malnurtured Snay – good luck finding the rowhouse of your dreams (and thanks for lending me the DVD).
Messy Hair Girl - whose hair is not the least bit messy.
eebmore - so glad you came! It was great to finally meet you.
Cara of Team Moose and Squirrel - thanks for hanging out with us.
Amanda of Crablogs, thanks for being the catalyst to this little group.
Goblin’s Dad, David of Uppside Down Hippo - sorry you couldn’t stay longer sweetie…..
The ever affable (unless you’re talking about hockey) Jason J. Thomas
Tracy, from Textureslut - sorry I didn’t have a chance to visit with you more.

Oh, and non blogger Donnie and a couple of friends whose names I didn't get - sorry!
posted by Broadsheet @ 11:59 AM   3 Editorial Opinions
Going cold turkey from drug reps.
Good article on the ethics and psychology of the relationship between physicians and pharmaceutical reps. Dilbert pretty much says it all....

posted by Broadsheet @ 9:31 AM   1 Editorial Opinions
NBC Chief Mulls Blogs for Top News Anchors
Hmmmm - not quite sure what to make of this. Blogs are interesting in that they reflect a person's thoughts and opionions about news items and current events, but news anchors only deliver the news - they don't editorialize. I highly doubt that Zucker would turn Brian Williams "loose" and allow him to offer opinions. Some staffer will likely write the blog anyway. And as a celebrity blog? Eh - I'm not interested. What about you?
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:15 AM   2 Editorial Opinions
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Luxury Problems
So.....The schedule for the New Orleans Jazz Fest is out.

So begins my dilemma. There are 11 stages at Jazzfest(10 not counting the Kids Stage), all playing music simultaneously from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Therefore, you kind of have to build your own personal schedule around the master schedule for each day. Needless to say - with all the groups playing, and all the groups I want to see - there is bound to be some conflict where two groups are playing at the same time, and I have to make a King Solomon decision as to which one I'm going to. Like I said - luxury problem.

So here are the major conflicts. Opinions welcome:

1. BB King versus Jack Johnson vs Waylon Thibodeaux = I'm thinking Jack Johnson. I've heard BB King in concert before, but he does put on an awesome show. And Waylon Thibodeaux? Damn, I hate giving that one up just because it's real Cajun fiddle.

2. Jaimie Cullum vs Better Than Ezra = Jaimie Cullum may win this one. I saw him at the Newport Jazz Festival in September and he blew the crowd away.

3. Madeleine Peyroux vs Allen Toussaint = I think I gotta go with Madeleine on this one. Her latest album is just hauntingly beautiful, but then again Allen Toussaint is the real deal. This is hard!

4. OK - this is the worst one of all: Elvis Costello vs Dave Mathews Band = What were they thinking putting these guys on at the same time??!! I HAVE to see Elvis, so this one is less hard, but I know it's going to splinter our happy little group, and it annoys me to no end to have to choose between them.

5. Los Lonely Boys vs Trey Anastasio vs Terence Blanchard = This is a tough one. I'm a fan of all three and they couldn't be any more different. I think I'm giving it up for Trey on this on, but I might cop to Terence at the last minute depending on how the day is going.

Sunday is ridiculous. They have Isaac Hayes, Pete Fountain, The Neville Brothers (who always close the Festival - it's a tradition), AND a Coltrane tribute show featuring Ravi Coltrane and McCoy Tyner playing at the SAME time. It's like trying to pick your favorite child or something.

Ugggh. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
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Speedy Return
I filed my Maryland State taxes Friday afternoon (I know, I know, I procrastinated). I filed them electronically, and got a return email indicating that they had been accepted at 10:09 PM on Saturday. The refund hit my account yesterday. That's a little more than a 24 hour turnaround time from acceptance to payment, and much quicker than it would have been had I requested a check as opposed to direct deposit into my bank.

Way to go Maryland.....
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The Best Restaurants In The World for 2005
Interesting list, although none too surprisingly, the best restaurant in the world and the best retaurant in Europe are both in the U.K. (stop sniggering), and the magazine that compiled the list is.....you guessed it - a U.K. publication.

I've only eaten at two of the places on the list: Chez Panisse - Alice Water's place in Berkeley, CA, and The Spice Market in NYC. So...lots of places to go to!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Court Declines Case of Reporters Unwilling to Disclose Sources
I can't believe this case may be headed to the Supreme Court
Today's decision, by the full federal appeals court in Washington, declined to reconsider a unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the court. The earlier decision, in February, required the reporters to testify about conversations they might have had with government officials concerning Valerie Plame, an undercover C.I.A. operative, whose identity was first disclosed by Robert Novak, the syndicated columnist.
And I still don't understand why Bob Novak gets off scott free? Can someone shed some light on that? I'd appreciate it.

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Robert Blake Elected Pope!
From CNN:

"In the Vatican, he has been the driving force behind crackdowns on liberation theology, religious pluralism, challenges to traditional moral teachings on issues such as homosexuality, and dissent on such issues as women's ordination."

Oh, and that little stint as a member of Hitler's youth party in 1943? That was nothing.....

And is it just me, or does it look like they just elected Robert Blake as Pope? Maybe there's hope to reviving his acting career after all.

And that rushing sound you hear? That's what's left of the American Catholics leaving the church.

UPDATE: Can you say ecclesiastical totalitarianism? And Andrew Sullivan is REALLY upset.

UPDATE #2: It appears that Ratzinger's involvement in the Hitler Youth Party was compulsory - not elective, as was his conscription into the army. He later spent time as a POW in a German detention camp, before being allowed to return to the seminary. I don't think ay comparison to Kurt Waldheim or other reputed Nazi sympathizers is warranted - he was only 18 at the time.

UPDATE#3: I just loved this. Gawker thinks he looks like Paul Wolfowitz in a Halloween outfit. Heh.
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140 reindeer chased off cliff
I had a day at work just like this one yesterday....
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Woe Canada
More on the latest in a series of Canadian scandals. America's squeaky clean cousin to the North is neither squeaky or clean as it were.
Over the past few weeks, a judicial inquiry in Montreal has heard charges that Canada's governing Liberal Party was running a system of extortion, embezzlement, kickbacks and graft as dirty as anything Americans might expect to find in your run-of-the-mill banana republic.

Just last week, for example, Canadians learned that one of the closest friends of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien was paid more than $5 million for work that was never done and on the authority of invoices that were forged or faked. It is charged that this same friend then arranged for up to $1 million to be kicked back in campaign contributions to Mr. Chrétien's Liberal party.

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Monday, April 18, 2005
Inmates March To New Jail In Pink Boxers
I almost don't know what to say regarding this story.

Especially in light of this recent post by my friend and neighbor, Crumblord
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Hello?
OK - to all you new people traipsing through this site and giving my site meter fits - stand up and introduce yourself! I feel like I've been Instalaunched or something. Welcome!
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Indulgences
We all have them. Those seemingly critical items that you can't do without, but in reality, are simply a way of spoiling ourselves and making us happy. Some of them cost money, others are simply guilty pleasures to which we devote inordinate amounts of time and attention.

Some of my indulgences are costly, and I rationalize them based on the fact that I have a very demanding job that pays me relatively well. I have a housekeeper every couple of weeks, I spend WAY too much on my hair, and even more on good wine. I like to travel, and do so frequently. I eat out a lot because that tends to be how I socialize with my friends. I like to entertain and host dinner parties for the same reason, and that's not cheap either. I tend to overgift when it comes to friends and family - I love to spoil people because it makes me feel good to make others happy (yeah, yeah, I know - issues alert), and I will pay for convenience because I don't have the time to seek out the best bargain, or because I just procrastinated too long to get the best price.

Other indulgences are less costly: Cable TV, magazine and on-line subscriptions, The NYT, season tickets to various theater groups/ museums/ musical events/ charities / organizations. Yoga class, concert or sports tickets, favorite food indulgences at the grocery store (pot stickers!), and a toothpaste that I order from Europe, that I got hooked on during a relationship with someone in Vienna years ago (yeah - that one is stretching it, but until you've brushed your teeth with Elmex, you don't know what you're missing).

The free indulgences are mostly TV shows (I am a hopeless "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fan, along with any good "B" Horror Movie), walking in the neighborhood, and of course, blogs.

So, that's the intro to this evening's indulgence.

The weather in Baltimore has been gobsmackingly, utterly gorgeous for the last 5 days or so. The kind of weather that simply makes you smile and breathe deeply, no matter what's going on in your life.

I came home this evening and opened all the windows to enjoy the evening breeze while I made dinner. I have so many beautiful flowering trees around my house, and then I sat down to the evening ritual of opening the mail, catching the news, having a glass of wine, and returning phone calls and email.

The first thing I noticed was the smell. This beautiful, fragrant, flowery bouquet. One of my indulgences is fresh flowers. I always have a fresh bouquet or two around the house. Every week without fail. I usually put them together from the floral selection at Whole Foods. People that know me well, know this, which is why I have a bouquet of bright yellow Fuji Mums and purple Statice from Andrew last week which are still going strong. This week's bouquet is made up of Star Gazer Lillies, Bells of Ireland, and pink Statice. The Star Gazers were the culprit of the smell.

Oh. My. God.

So wonderful and intoxicating.

So..... go indulge yourself. Go buy some flowers - you'll feel better, trust me.
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Ms. Right is wrong
Time has jumped the shark with this cover story. Someone tell me this is a joke? It looks like one of those parody Time covers you see at "The Onion" or something. I almost want to pick up a copy to see if they can paint this woman in anything but an unflattering light. I hope they return the favor and make Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, or Anne Marie Cox the next cover person.

UPDATE: Speaking of Wonkette head on over to see the photo used in the Time article that is actually a fake. They were duped.

Also, despite the lovefest article, apparently Ms. Wrong is very unhappy with the photo. I can't imagine why.....and Jwer - I updated the photo just for you!



And if you go to the main page for Time's online edition, you get this photo and caption.




"Inside the cozy relationship between Tom DeLay and D.C.'s most notorious lobbyist. Could it take the leader down?"
That's Jack Abramoff of course.

The captions that could go with this picture are mind boggling. I'lll buy a beer at the blogger happy hour on Wednesday to whomever offers up the best one.

And finally, in this week's issue, we have the Top 5 Big City Mayors inlcuding our own Martin O'Malley.

Just chock full of stuff this week.
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Baseball Team Plans 5:30 A.M. Mother's Day Game
Just what Mom wants. Tickets to a 5:30 AM baseball game. Why not just schedule it another day??
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Sunday, April 17, 2005
Steinbrenner fuming after O's sweep Yankees
Better get that motivational coach in there George... Nyah, nyah, neh, nyah, nyah

Enough is enough. I am bitterly disappointed as I'm sure all Yankee fans are by the lack of performance by our team," Steinbrenner said in a statement issued immediately after the game.

It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start the season in such a deep funk. They are not playing like true Yankees. They have the talent to win and they are not winning. I expect Joe Torre, his complete coaching staff and the team to turn this around.


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Sunshine
Today was most definitely the nicest day of 2005 thus far, and will be pretty hard to beat weather wise. I spent the morning cutting the grass and cleaning up the yard of its winter detritus and got the flower beds ready for planting and mulching, cleaned the house from top to bottom, and settled in to watch the Yankees game and read the NYT while waiting for my cousin and his wife to arrive.

They showed up around 3:30, and we visited while watching the rest of the game - SERIES CLEAN SWEEP!! Orioles are now #1 in MLB - don't blow it guys.

After the game, we went for a walk in the neighborhood - it was SOOO pretty - and stopped for an early dinner at 'b', and sat outside at a cafe table. They had never been there before, and we had my favorite waiter, Michael, so we were treated very well as always. They loved it. They are off to an event at the Meyerhoff Symphony this evening, so my hosting duties are complete.

Just a nice, nice, nice, spring day....
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Saturday, April 16, 2005
Mr. Natural's Creator Visits the World of Art
Great article in the NYT regarding a rare appearance at the NY Public Library by the legendary iconoclastic cartoonist R. Crumb, and art critic Robert Hughes. Talk about an odd couple.

I've been a Crumb fan since I was a kid. His more sexually explicit works were part of our coming of age, and the 1994 documentary film by Terry Zwigoff is well worth seeking out - if not a little disturbing. If you thought you might have had a weird childhood, you'll count your blessings repeatedly when you meet R. Crumb's mother and brothers.

During the discussion with Mr. Hughes - which did not stint on classic Crumb references to fellatio, beheaded nuns, near-severed penises and throwing up while on LSD - Mr. Crumb often seemed to be of two minds about his fame and increasing acceptance in the gallery-art world, which ignored him for so long. He said that as a disaffected young man, if he had not had the outlet of drawing, he probably would have ended up sketching his lurid, big-bottomed female characters "on some prison wall or in a lunatic asylum someplace, or I'd be dead."
He's even got his own website now.

And if you live in Baltimore, the next time you go here, treat yourself to a Devil Girl Candy Bar...
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Shoot the Horses!
Best. Baseball game. Ever.

The Sosa photo I put in the last post proved prophetic.....

"Tejada and Sosa hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning last night and contributed five RBIs to a seven-run outburst, and left-hander Bruce Chen went the distance to defeat the New York Yankees, 8-1, before a sellout crowd of 48,061 at Camden Yards."

It was Sosa's first home run at Camden Yards, so it was really exciting to be there for that. He still has to hit one out of the stands at Washington's RFK Stadium, Cleveland's Jacobs Field and Texas' Ameriquest Field, to have hit a homer in ever US ballpark.

We had the bleediest of nosebleed seats along the third base foul line, but aside from some depth perception problems, there really isn't a truly bad seat in that stadium. Honestly.

Props to pitcher Bruce Chen. He was amazing and is gonna do great things for us if he keeps this up.

In addition to a GREAT baseball game. It was terrific meeting some new friends (courtesy of our tickets), so Hi to Pavin, Alexi, Lindsey, Dan, Seth, and of course, Laura and David - hope to see you guys again! I'm sure I'll be seeing Laura thanks to Mark. We also ran into Andrew, Denise and her daughter Melinda, Jwer, and Jay - all of us were there independently of each other!

After much text messaging in the stands, we all met up after the game briefly, and a few of us went on to Dizzy Izzies for one more beer before happily heading home.

As for the title of the post - you just had to be there.......
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Friday, April 15, 2005
Play Ball
First game of the season!!! Friday night!!! Beautiful Spring Day!!! Good friends!!!

Things are looking up.....

Off to see the Yankees and the O's. Last time I went to a Yankees / O's Game, was back in September - on the 11th to be exact. The weather was equally glorius (although a tad warmer!). Seems forever ago....

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Get Ready for.......
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Thursday, April 14, 2005
Yankees hire "Motivational Coach"
The Yankees hired Chad Bohling on Wednesday as their newly created director of optimal performance according to the NEW YORK TIMES.

I'm sorry. Did I miss something?? The Yankees have a payroll of more than $200 million dollars and they have to hire a MOTIVATIONAL coach?? How much more motivation do they need???

Good luck with that - let me now how that works out for you....Sheesh.
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MD Governor Vows to Veto Healthcare Act
Props to Wonkette on this one!!

Oh, and go sign the Petition!
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Superhero Costumes , made by Grandma
I know knitting is all the rage (ahem, David), but this seems a bit over the top.



And I love the art gallery pretentiousness of the review:
"Newport works in and around an arena which, no matter how hip, still must be considered under the particular jurisdiction of the adolescent male: comics and the comic-book hero. However, he subverts the obvious appeal of violent conflict between forces for good and evil by accenting the decorative aspect of comic work via embroidery…over select faces and details…and through descriptions of a kinder, gentler alternate hero…The artist's use of needle craft, typically considered well within the realm of "women's work," establishes a challenging relationship between the young man implied by these works, the voice of popular culture/media, and a father's voice."
Come on - it's a knitted Batman costume!
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I Scream, You Scream, the President Screams for 'Ice Cream!'
Here she goes again.

What's left to reveal other than his favorite sexual positions? ewwww - don't answer that.
The President had never eaten ice cream before three months ago when his daughter Jenna brought home a pint of Mama Lucy’s Chocolate Chip Exxxtreme and left it on the living room couch. He sampled it and has loved it ever since!
Although I think she meant to insert "Mama Lucy's" in the first sentence here. I can't believe the President has never eaten ice cream - I mean how Unamerican is that??
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Screen Clean
Kitty goodness

HT: Orac
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The Beetles
Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have been christened slime mold beetles. Heh
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld can now also be called bushi, cheneyi and rumsfeldi, or simply slime-mold beetles.

Two former Cornell University entomologists named three species in the genus Agathidium after the U.S. leaders, Cornell announced on Wednesday.

Quentin Wheeler and Kelly Miller christened 65 new species of slime-mold beetles, named for the fungi-like molds on which they feed, which they discovered after collecting thousands of specimens for a study of their evolution and classification.

Wheeler, who after 24 years as a professor of entomology and plant biology at Cornell is now the keeper and head of entomology at the Natural History Museum in London, said the U.S. leaders were being honored for having "the courage of their convictions."
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Arrabers
Warning - this is a Baltimore centric post....

On my way home from work this work this evening, two very fortuitous things happened...

One, was a true sign of Spring:

Arraber

An Arraber. Arrabers go back to the Civil War as a representation of Freed Slaves in the new post war economy at that time. They are small, horse drawn fruit carts driven by African American men, who sing in a patois like the market vendors I encountered in East London last year. Translation? If you're not from here/there - you won't understand them. I see them all the time in my neighborhood, I just never have the presence of mind to photograph them. Until today.

"Holler, holler, holler, till my throat get sore.

If it wasn't for the pretty girls, I wouldn't have to holler no more.

I say, Watermelon! Watermelon!

Got em red to the rid, lady" - Earl Dorsey, Arabber

The other fortuitous meeting was in the local market on the way home. I had no groceries at home to speak of, and just needed a few things to tide me over since I have plans to either go to dinner with friends, or go out of town shortly, so I just needed some snack things for a day or two.

In the checkout line (and it's a very small market) was Cornelius - the father of Marcel, my neighbor, and the provider of Stroopwafel. Lovely, lovely man. He, and his wife Nellie, are the same exact age as my parents, and I had them for Thanksgiving dinner along with my family and 10 other friends a year ago. They've kept in touch with my parents as good friends ever since. I also had Cor and Nellie over for an Indonesian Rijstafel meal when they were here a few months ago, to thank them for all the Indonesian spices they supply.

We laughed about the coincidence since they only visit once or twice a year from Rotterdam, and then I offered him a ride home (he had walked from our house), where upon we saw the Arabbers. Cornelius had never seen them before and was completely fascinated by them. So - there you are.

Baltimore 101.
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France Honors Actor Bruce Willis
First Jerry Lewis, and now Bruce Willis??

Boy, is David Hasselhoff gonna be jealous!
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An Ancient City Becomes More Receptive to Modern Architecture
Rome is building a new museum of contemporary art designed by Zaha Hadid. I'm a big fan of Zaha Hadid's work. She used to be partners with Rem Koolhaas.

I like the play on words for the new Roman museum: "MAXXI" = Museum of Art, 21st Century....

If she was trying to emulate the Italian Army Barracks that once occupied this site, I'd say she succeeded. Have at it Mark and Jwer.

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800 Pound Man Removed From Home
Only a Baltimore news station would dispatch the "Skye Eye Chopper 13" to photograph this poor man. Have some dignity people.
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South Sudan passes donor target
Some much needed good news. Now, if we could just get someone to do something about Darfur.....

And in other good, human rights kind of news, Saudi Arabia has finally banned the practice of forcing women to marry against their will. In 2005 - imagine that. Like some of the old customs regarding women in India that have now been outlawed (like throwing yourself on your husband's funeral pyre), I suspect this new law will take time to work it's way into the culture. Unless a woman complains to authorities that she is being forced against her will to marry, I'm not sure how they will enforce this, and I would think the social repercussions of going to the authorities would be enough incentive to prevent most women from doing so. Still - it's a step in the right direction.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Best Birthday Gift Ever
At Easter, I did a post highlighting the importance of family and good friends. This evening, I got a call that just so perfectly illustrated this - that it absolutely made my day. And trust me - my days could use some making lately.

On a cell phone, from behind home plate at the Milwaukee Brewers / Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, I get a call from my dear buddies Phil and John to wish me a Happy Birthday. Now, while that might not seem so unusual, John has been living in CHINA for the last 7 years, first as a rep for an industrial speaker/sound system company, and now for an export company, and intends to stay there. He is home in Milwaukee for his Dad's 80th Bday, AND to play drums in a Morrissey tribute concert in Chicago. His brother is playing bass. John has always been a huge rocker, and is a great musician. I keep meaning to get over to China to see John, but life doesn't always work that way.

John, Phil and I met at a Wisconsin Alumni event in Philadelphia about - oh, God, going on 12 years ago now? We, along with Diane, Julie and a handful of others, quickly became lifelong best friends. The kind of friends that simply do not come along every day.

Within about 5 years of meeting, we all got split up. John to China, Diane to Conneticut, Phil back to Madison for his Ph.D., and me to Baltimore. Julie now lives in Melbourne, Australia - so ditto that. I've managed to send three of my friends to stay with Julie (and her husband Andrew, and 4 yr. old daughter Thea) - including my neighbors Marcel and Barbie this Xmas. So I am now the pimp to the "Julie and Andrew, Kilda Beach B&B". If anyone out there wants a place to stay in Melbourne (Kilda Beach to be exact) - just let me know!

Anyway, our little gang used to LOVE going to baseball games together. We were HUGE fans of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and devised many a drinking game to amuse ourselves on warm summer evenings. And oh, let's not forget about Buckley's shall we?? I seem to remember (or not - as the beer might prove), many a happy night on their rooftop, eating "Buckley Burgers". In fact, I seem to remember celebrating John's 40th B-day there before he left for China (and him swooning when Diane and I might have tongued his ears playfully as a birthday present).

Despite the distances, we've all kept in touch one way or another over the years. Actually, this blog has helped us reunite and keep in touch more frequently lately. Members of our little band of merry makers will be headed to New Orleans in 15 days!!! for the New Orleans Jazz Festival, but I will be venturing out to Madison this fall and go to a Badgers Game with Phil.

And John? I want to come to China and hear you play the drums sweetie.

WHAT a great feeling to hear such familiar voices on the phone, with a baseball game in the background, that took the time to remember a friend's birthday.

I couldn't ask for more. Thanks guys.

I warned them I would blog this, so boys, if you're out there - kisses and hugs and thanks for making my day!!
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Speaking of Tom Ford.....
Well, I did in the comments section of the Royal Wedding review.....

Anyway, Campbell and I saw Tom Ford at Claridge's in London back in November. Actually, Campbell pointed him out, or I would have missed him. And yes, he is that good looking.

What a life. - a truly talented designer / businessman with enough money to take on just about any project he chooses, from fragrances to directing in Hollywood. Wouldn't it be great to be able to play at whatever you chose?

Although the Tom Ford brand is likely to be welcomed by retailers and fans, more skeptical members of the fashion business might ask why this startup should succeed when so many others have struggled to break even, and inquire whether Mr. Ford can really be both designer and cinéaste.

"I have quite a few directing projects and I plan to have two parallel careers," Mr. Ford said. "When you think that any musician or actor these days is trying to have a clothing brand, it does not seem so strange."
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Blogging the Royal Wedding
As promised, our friends Campbell and his partner, Colin were among the select few to attend the Royal Wedding on Saturday in person. I was lucky enough to go to Windsor Castle back in November and remember the grandeur of both St. George's Chapel and the Hall. They are very impressive indeed. So, without further ado - here's is Campbell's account of the event.
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Colin and I got to Windsor about 11.45, all gussied up in our morning coats, we had decided top hats were just de trop. I am happy to report that, having given me a very hard time about spending £30 more on the hire of my suit than him, Colin rumpily admitted that I looked much smarter than he did. I already knew this but, in the interests of harmony, condescended to be gracious about it.

It was a beautiful day, breezy with white clouds in a bright blue sky, warm in the sunshine but definately nippy in the shadows. The Royal Standard was flying above the Round Tower and Her Maj was obviously pushing the boat out, as it was the biggest flag I'd ever seen - it looked about the size of a tennis court. Very grand however; all that heraldic blue and red and gold floating against the sky. We walked up the hill from the Eton bridge trying to look casual but just loving the fact that everyone we passed knew exactly where we were going; you can get a terrible crick in your neck you know: trying to appear nonchalant and suave!

Colin had booked lunch in a hotel right opposite the Guildhall but in the end we saw almost nothing of the arrival and departure as the front rows of the crowd were all press photographers perched on ladders. Colin, clocking in at 6'4" was a big hit with little old ladies who were queuing up to hand him their cameras so he could get the souvenir snap they had set their hearts on. It will surprise no one to know that the crowd was entrirely friendly apart from one lone loon holding up a placard ranting on about aldultery and the Wrath of God; well her, and Peter Tatchell.

Peter has become a British institution, an agressive Gay Libber, he has invaded the pulpit at Canterbury while the Archbisop was preaching, has tried, twice, to effect a citizen's arrest on Robert Mugabe and no major public event can consider itself successful unless Peter is there. This time round he was carrying a poster that said 'Charles and Camilla Can Marry Twice. Gays Can't Even Marry Once' No one paid him any mind at all apart from one chap about 3/4 feet from me and on the front row of the crowd who started yelling abuse at him - up strolls a policeman, "Now now sir, that's enough of that. It's a lovely day and we're all here to enjoy ourselves, even Mr Tatchell" The crowd laughed and our token homophobe looked very silly.

We had to be in our seats for 2pm for a 2.30 kick off so I had plenty of time to enjoy the architecture of the Chapel. If you have never seen it St George's is one of the great Gothic buildings of England. With a stupendous fan vault it has been, in effect, the family chapel of every English monarch since Edward IV as well as being the home of the Order of the Garter which is the UK's absolutely grandest honour possible. To become a Garter knight you have to come from a very grand family, do something really remarkable, or be a retired Prime Minister or be a visiting Head of State whom we REALLY want to butter up.

So anyway what have we got?: we have a very nice lunch, sun through stained glass, golden stone, the smell of lilies,soothing music played by a fine string orchestra and thirty minutes to wait before anything happened. I am bruised in the ribs where Colin had to keep nudging me to keep awake.

2.30 came round and bang on cue the Queen and Prince Philip appear in a side aisle, pass through the choir screen, followed about three minutes later by the Prince and the Duchess. It set the tone for the service that instead of arriving to some great organ voluntary or fanfare both couples came in to soft gentle music - Grieg and then Albinoni. The mood picked up sharply with the processional hymn which was ' Immortal Invisble'. This is an old old favourite, and anyone who went to church as a child has probably sung it a hundred times. The same went for the other two hymns 'Love Divine All Loves Excelling' and 'Praise My Soul The King of Heaven'. The effect of choosing such familiar hymns meant that the congregation was really able to let rip, enjoying a singalong and a wallow in a bit of nostalgia; all very pleasant.

The service went along its own sweet way - a reading from Wordsworth, the Credo very beautifully sung in a Russian Orthodox version and the much discussed Confession of Sin. A lot of crap has been talked about how 'humiliating' this was for them both. This was put about either from malice or pig ignorance or possibly both as the Confiteor is a standard part of most church services and is recited by the entire congregation.

A reading from Wordsworth, the blessing and then Charles and Camilla walked down the length of the church out through the West Door and on to the terrace at the top of the stairs. I know that this will pay merry hell with my status as Chief Cynic in Residence to the Follicly Challenged of Reservoir Hill but I have to say she looked smashing and he looked very very happy indeed. So there! I have been saying it for years but she is a very attractive woman, funny, down to earth with a good, if old-fashioned, figure and great legs. Diana was great fun but always there was the sense of risk, Camilla is relaxing and great at putting you at your ease.

The guests then walked up to the Castle for the party. The main event was in St George's Hall, recently reopend after the fire and all I can say is that it was a very nice party indeed. Excellent drink and lots of it nice food and lots of that too and lots of people that Colin and I knew from the charity world plus C's celebrity mates like Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry. The silliest part of the whole afternoon was nipping over to a window for a smoke only to find myself cheek by jowl with the King and Queen of Greece. I mean what do you say ?? I was inspired and I offer the following remark to all of you who may, one day, find themselves in a similar position "Oh hello! Isn't this a lovely party!" Pretty damn witty stuff eh?

So the afternoon passed; drink, food, ciggies and constantly saying to oneself "My word that guy looks just like x. Oh lord it IS x " I doubt many of the names will mean much to Baltimoreans but as well as Lumley and Fry my score included Valentino, Kenneth Branagh, David Furnish, Tony Blair, The A/bish of Canterbury, a raft of royals including Norway and the Netherlands, and even a Duchess (but not that one). This is not to say that I knew any of these people it was just that it was the kind of party where everybody was talking to everybody, so that you'd be prattling away to a pretty woman in a smart hat and suddenly you'd think "Blimey I am talking to the Crown Princess of Norway!"

After the speeches we all went outside to watch them being piped out of the Castel on the way to Scotland. It was this point I got my best look at the William and Harry - if you can think of anything prettier than two tall handsome boys in morning suits then I'd like to know what it is; and Harry is much much more sexy than his brother . They were obviously having a great time so any rumours about being anti the marriage seem truly scotched.

And that was that, tired, but happy, we wended our way back to real life; stopping only at the Berkeley Hotel for a couple of martinis.

OK Linda, that is just about the best I can do!!
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With the Yankees Watching, the Red Sox Get Their Rings
Sweet
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Unintentionally sexual comic book covers
I think this speaks for itself, don't you?



hat tip: boingboing
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Old People Do Not Get Punk
OK - I deserve this, but I defend my criticism of the "One Chord Wonder" opening act - Hell, I played better guitar in the Folk Band at Catholic Mass in the 70's. Use a kapo for Ch__ - I mean heck's sake!!.

My elderly low point in the evening came when our young colleague, Steve, admitted he was 7 years old in 1987 regarding a concert event. I had already well graduated from college at this point! It helps that he's hopelessly cute!! (but yes - very white) as Jwer notes in his review.

The rest of the review is accurate as far as I remember, which is much less certain than even Jwer gives me credit for. And yes, I was pretty obviously the oldest person at the show which is even more extra special.

Rock On Dudes!

The Old Lady
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Monday, April 11, 2005
Automatic condom fitters
I'm sorry, but if you have to use one of these, you just aren't doin it right ladies.

PS Let's just see how much traffic that little post generates - shall we?
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The Horse Whisperer
Ah! Come on!! I had to - it was too good to pass up. The early romance of Charles and Camilla is to be made into a film.

Sadly, they are ignoring my sage advice and calling it "Whatever Love Means" . Whatever.
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President Bush's iPod
I love Elisabeth's Bumiller's little essays on the more mundane side of the President's predilections. She has covered everything from his choice of books and movies, to examining his inner iPod.
Mr. Bush has had his Apple iPod since July, when he received it from his twin daughters as a birthday gift. He has some 250 songs on it, a paltry number compared to the 10,000 selections it can hold. Mr. Bush, as leader of the free world, does not take the time to download the music himself; that task falls to his personal aide, Blake Gottesman, who buys individual songs and albums, including Mr. Jones's and Mr. Jackson's greatest hits, from the iTunes music store.

....."This is basically boomer rock 'n' roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It's safe, it's reliable, it's loving. What I mean to say is, it's feel-good music. The Sex Pistols it's not."

Mr. Jones, Mr. Levy said, was nonetheless an interesting choice. "George Jones is the greatest living singer in country music and a recovering alcoholic who often sings about heartbreak and drinking," he said. "It tells you that the president knows a thing or two about country music and is serious about his love of country music."
Funny, I thought it tells you that the president knows a thing or two about alcoholism.

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The Perils of Philanthropy
So I get this e-mail from the CEO today, which reads in part:
Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to report that Terrence P. O'Brien, M.D, has been named the inaugural Tom Clancy Professor of Ophthalmology. The professorship was made possible by a $2 million endowment by one of the world's best-selling authors, Tom Clancy.

Mr. Clancy, Dr. O'Brien's patient, is the literary master of best-selling thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games," and a long-time supporter of the Wilmer Eye Institute. The author has included the institute in his books: Cathy Ryan, wife of Clancy's fictional hero Jack Ryan, is a surgeon at Wilmer.
You see - the problem with philanthropic donations around here is that people insist that their name be associated with it - no matter how unfortunate that may be. This is why I have the The Dana & Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases to contend with, named for the creator of the James Bond movies and his wife.

Philanthropic naming can also cause directional malfunction. When I first got here, my assistant would hand me a schedule with my meetings for the day on it, and it would read something like: 10:00 AM - Meeting X /Smith Room, 1:00 PM - Meeting Y/ Harriet Lane Room, and so on. This is all well and good, but it doesn't tell me jack about the rooms actual location! Even more confusing, is that all the building on campus are named after someone. So, in order to determine an exact location, the "address" could be: Eudowood Room, Weinberg Center, of the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Building. Good luck finding it.
posted by Broadsheet @ 2:27 PM   1 Editorial Opinions
A Roshanda by Any Other Name - How do babies with super-black names fare?
On the surface, this would appear to be a somewhat racist article, but it's actually kind of interesting, and points out inherent flaws in a "cause and effect" basis for the statement made. It also explains what we refer to in my nieghborhood as the "eesha" syndrome. At the market closest to my house, which is arguably in not the nicest, wealthiest, or safest part of town, the checkout girls are known as "eeshas": Tyeesha, Loeesha, Raeesha, Kyeesha, etc., with a wide variety of spellings throughout.
The data show that, on average, a person with a distinctively black name—whether it is a woman named Imani or a man named DeShawn—does have a worse life outcome than a woman named Molly or a man named Jake. But it isn't the fault of his or her name. If two black boys, Jake Williams and DeShawn Williams, are born in the same neighborhood and into the same familial and economic circumstances, they would likely have similar life outcomes. But the kind of parents who name their son Jake don't tend to live in the same neighborhoods or share economic circumstances with the kind of parents who name their son DeShawn. And that's why, on average, a boy named Jake will tend to earn more money and get more education than a boy named DeShawn. DeShawn's name is an indicator—but not a cause—of his life path.

For the top 20 names list - click here. According to this list, the checkout girls should be names Jasmine instead.
posted by Broadsheet @ 10:27 AM   0 Editorial Opinions
date4dud
Oh, this is funny, if it weren't so pathetic.

At least he could have callled the site date4dudE.com - Not Dud.
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Sunday, April 10, 2005
Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt
Yep - pretty much.......

I spent all morning doing my taxes (finally). The refund was squandered weeks ago on new windows and counter tops. I'll try to celebrate the B-day later this week. I feel like a particularly old soul today. Maybe not old, so much as just really, really tired, and a little bit cranky. Had to work all day today in preparation for work tomorrow which begins with a big meeting at 7:00 AM and ends with another one at 7:00 PM. Working today was a welcome distraction from a lot of things, but it was really sad since it was SUCH a perfectly, lovely, warm and brilliant Spring day. I would have loved nothing more than to have met a friend for brunch at a cafe, and go for a long, long, walk in the sunshine and clear my very cluttered mind.....

It's really hard being an adult some days..... I was working in my den (with the new $$$ windows open), and the neighbors' kids were out playing in the courtyard. Jabbering away in Spanglish, they were just 3-5 years old, but were SO happy and giggling and free. I really, really envied them. Life is way too complicated. Why can't it just BE?

And yet, no matter how complicated things get, or how disappointed I become, I am reminded of how very, very lucky I am compared to a lot of people dealing with a lot more upsetting things and doing it with more strength, grace and dignity than I could ever imagine, let alone demonstrate.

So - bring on the next year. I hope to be in a very different place.
posted by Broadsheet @ 10:52 PM   8 Editorial Opinions
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Cash in on Record High Malpractice Payouts
Can you say tort reform?
“At the average contingent fee agreement of 40 percent, Pennsylvania trial lawyers pocketed $805 million,” said Robert B. Surrick, Esq., Executive Director of the Politically Active Physicians Association (P.A.P.A.).

Since April 2002, doctors have been required to file reports with their licensing boards when they have been sued for malpractice. Last fall, an investigation by Surrick revealed that trial lawyers had filed 5,600 lawsuits against Pennsylvania physicians between May of 2002 and November, 2004. Of those lawsuits, the Pennsylvania Medical Board had reviewed 3,600 cases, and found only four (4) that showed merit.

“Trial lawyers have sued our doctors at the rate of six per day, seven days a week, for thirty months,” said Surrick. “Yet out of thousands of cases filed, only four have been deemed worthy of further investigation. We don't have rampant medical malpractice in Pennsylvania. Rather, we have rampant medical malpractice lawsuit abuse.”

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Saturday, April 09, 2005
Blogging the Royal Wedding
Just received a cell phone report from our friend and intrepid reporter Campbell who is live on the scene at the Royal Wedding of Chuck and Camilla. He has agreed to ruminate on all the festivities over the weekend and guest blog what it was like to actually attend the event on Monday. Inside scoop!! Stay tuned.....
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Blogging the UK election
OK - so apparently I'm not the only one to think that if the venerated Financial Times "got" UK election weblogs, they would make them accessible to the masses.....

Hell...this article from the New Economist shows that even THEY are exempt from the subscription that Zero Five (The Financial Times Election Blog) is subject to, and they note how important election blogs have/ will be in this election. And I must stress how important this particular blog will be.

Has the Financial Times finally grasped the potential significance of weblogs in accelerating the dissemination of news and comment, and influencing political debates? I don't think so.

If the FT really 'got' weblogs why oh why would they have put their 2005 election weblog Zero Five by Steve McGookin behind a subscriber firewall - thus preventing most bloggers from linking to it?
Most people will never know. The rest of you can link here, and read for yourself.
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Friday, April 08, 2005
Coordination
Headed down to DC tonight to see this band at the 9:30 Club. That is, assuming we can all manage to meet up for dinner and get there by 9:00. You'd think we were staging the invasion of Normandy or something....
posted by Broadsheet @ 11:37 AM   6 Editorial Opinions
Heavy Hitters Swing for the Seats
Ah...The games people play. Especially in a town like Washington DC, where appearances are everything. Including, it would seem, your seating at a baseball game. This is the Washington equivalent to the Races at Ascot.

Bob Novak certainly didn't do himself any favors when he complained that his right field season tickets were "too close to Baltimore", before he called to complain and have them switched to a firrst row 200 level between home and first base.

Major League Baseball is returning to Washington after a 34-year absence, but the game of connections and status never left town. So for months, VIPs from business, politics and the media have been working to get choice tickets to Nationals games, with the best seats at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium taking on the cachet of a prime table at the Palm.
Not too surprisngly, lobbyists and large corporations often have the best season tickets, which they then dole out to members of Congress or the Senate.

Ah, baseball. The sport of the common man......
posted by Broadsheet @ 11:24 AM   1 Editorial Opinions
Well, OK then
I was reluctant to cut and paste from a site that required a subscription, but Steve has set up a mirror site for his UK Election blog here, so I guess it's OK to link to it if the author says so! Anyway, head on over and keep up with ALL the goings on across the pond leading up to their elections on May 5 - it's an interesting process in comparison to ours for sure.
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Thursday, April 07, 2005
Dead Stiff and Site Traffic
My site had the third highest number of "new visitor" activity today in its history. It was in the thousands+. (OK, this blog has only been around 3 months - but this is publicity people!)

When checking out the referring link for these mighty pilgrims, I discovered that a Google search for the words "Pope" and "embalm" in various configurations, drove the traffic.

Lots of ghoulies out there. Play nice everyone.
posted by Broadsheet @ 11:46 PM   2 Editorial Opinions
A Reminder To Not Sweat The Small Stuff
I got this letter from my friend who is serving at the US Embassy in Baghdad with her husband today, just about the time I was losing my temper over some small annoyance at the office. In this excerpt, she reminds me of an important life lesson - namely being kind to those around you, even at the expense of your own discomfort or displeasure. I admire her convictions and faith, and wish at times I shared them more.

Since we both arrived in Iraq nine months ago, R. Has had missiles fired at him in both airplanes and helicopters. We have both been as close as two city blocks from rocket and mortar explosions. In one case, R. Was a corridor away from a rocket blast in the Palace where we work. I was in a road ambush and nearly kidnapped.

I thought that perhaps going to Baghdad would be a life-changing experience. I'd always wanted to ask people who'd been in dangerous circumstances how the experience had changed them. But quivering on the floor in a flak jacket and helmet over a housedress is really about as mundane, unattractive, and insignificant as it gets. Frankly, all that Baghdad has taught me is what I'd suspected all along, that it is devotion, not circumstances, which has an impact on my faith. Faith influences my response to circumstances, rather than circumstances influencing my faith.

Baghdad is no different than Abu Dhabi or Tokyo or Topeka, Kansas. The temptation comes in sneaky ways: at the checkpoint when you're bored and irritable, at the office...All the usual daily frustrations.

One would think that frequent reminders of one's own mortality would alleviate pettiness, but how about skipping a memorial service because of irritation at seating priorities and having to stand in the sun too long on your half day off that week? How about impatience at the reservist moving too slowly down the corridor in front of you because he's laden with his usual 50 pounds of gear and has been in 130 degree heat for the last four hours while you've been in your air conditioned office? How about resentment against an Iraqi employee crying in the corridor because her family's been threatened again, and you're late to a meeting, and really don't have time for this stuff?

The real lesson of Baghdad for me is that the real heroes are those who stick it out for the long haul, doing this to serve their faith, not for themselves.

And that's people like you.

Thank you for your prayers and your support. God bless you.
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A Blog Rattles Canada's Liberal Party
The NYT has picked up on the Canadian scandal (still sounds funny).
Mr. Gomery, meanwhile, is considering lifting the (publications) ban, now that so many people know so much about the proceedings.

"This is a historic moment for blogs," Mr. Morrissey said in a telephone interview. "The point of having free speech and a free press is to have people informed. These information bans are self-defeating for free societies. The politicians know, the media knows, but the Canadian voters are left in the dark and that's a backwards way of doing things."


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Counsel to GOP Senator Wrote Memo On Schiavo
Ugh... I'm glad this is finally over.

"They just shouldn't lose their memos." - Joe Biden

heh.
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Dreamy Ode to Ridiculed Love
Oh, this poor, poor man. All the really awful, terrible limericks, stanzas, quattrains, iambic pentameter and haiku's that come rushing to mind, but he has to come up with real poetry to "commemorate" this event? Every job has its share of burdens I suppose.

How do you solve a problem like "Camilla"? If you are Andrew Motion, Britain's poet laureate and the man charged with producing a cheerful commemorative poem about Prince Charles' impending marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, none of the obvious rhymes - vanilla, flotilla, Godzilla - seem appropriate, somehow.
I just hope he manages to work in an equestrian theme.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Introducing the Blair watch project
OK, I'm amused by The Blair Watch Project, and Election blogs for the UK are a wonderful and very informing thing, but by FAR the best one out there right now belongs to this gentleman, and can be found here. Sadly, they have hidden it away behind a subscription page, and I doubt very much that my cutting and pasting of it here would be looked upon kindly by his employer (for all 50 or so regular readers out there).

UPDATE: The 50 or so of you that read THIS blog - not his! Sheesh - that sounded funny.
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Popapalooza
Fill out your Pope bracket!

hat tip: Kos
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How many more must die before Kofi quits?
Ken Cain, one of the co-authors of this book detailing their experiences as UN peacekeepers in the 90's, has a scathing articleabout the UN in the Observer today.

It's a haunting description of the Rwanda's new Genocide Museum in Kagali, and another call for Kofi Anan to step down. Read the whole article - it's quite good - if not disturbing:
Our book is often criticised by fellow travellers on the left because we hold Annan and the UN accountable. As head of peacekeeping then, and as secretary-general now, Annan's power to effect any change on the ground, our critics remind us, is constrained by the interests of the Security Council (the US and France didn't want to intervene in Rwanda, the French again in Bosnia, and China and Russia now in Darfur). Therefore it's unrealistic to argue that Annan should risk his job by exhorting his Security Council bosses to do the right thing in the face of genocide.

Our response? Annan asks - no, orders - unarmed civilians to risk their lives every day as election observers, human rights monitors, drivers and secretaries in the most dangerous conditions all over the world. They do it, heroically, every day. And, in the service of peace, some pay with their lives; others with their sanity. How can he then not ask of himself the courage to risk his job in the cause of preventing genocide? At the very least, he could go down trying to save lives, as opposed to going down trying to explain why he didn't.
Aslo - it's worth hopping over to Coalition to Darfur. Today is the 11th anniversary of death of the Juvenal Habyarimana, the president of Rwanda. His plane was shot down over Kigali and his death served as a catalyst for the resulting genocide. There's a nice collection of article updates at the site.
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Physician of the Year
I heard this story while I was cooking dinner last night and nearly dropped a knife.

For a mere $1,250 donation to the National Republican Congressional Committee you get a pretty plaque, designating you as "Physician of the Year" by Congress, and it's open to anyone.

And guess who started this little diploma mill? First three guesses don't count:
Republicans, under the direction of Tom DeLay, came up with the idea for the awards five years ago as a means of helping to raise funds for the congressional campaign efforts for their party.
Delay and Bush were the speakers / presenters at this year's "awards" ceremony. There are no qualifications required to obtain this award - you buy it. This is the kind of egregious scam that usually prompts congressional scrutiny if it happens in the private sector, but since the NRCC is reaping the benefits, there won't be any investigation.

These guys have no shame at all.....
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Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Popes in Wax
OK - so this is a bit macabre. I noticed on the news reports today that John Paul didn't look quite as - how shall I say this respectfully - "fresh"? - as he did when he was first laid out on Sunday. I was actually questioning the skill of the morticians.

On tonight's news coverage, they admitted that his body has NOT been embalmed. It will lie in state (literally, in situ) until the funeral on Friday.

The reason?

The faithful claim that if the body does not show signs of decay, that this would be the miracle required for his eventual sainthood.

I'm not making this up.

The task of embalming a pope is not one to be undertaken lightly: the penalties for getting it wrong are severe, in terms of public obloquy if nothing else. When Paul VI died in 1978, the morticians were instructed only to embalm the corpse lightly, as it was expected that it would be closed in a coffin for the lying in state. Instead the body was put on open display, despite the intense heat of August. After 48 hours, it is reported, decomposition become painfully obvious: a sagging jaw, discoloured face, fingernails turning grey. The morticians were summoned to provide emergency aid, but the rot went on. This time too, Vatican officials responsible must be banking on the unseasonably mild weather continuing.
Ick, ick, ick, and - oh, ick.
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Canadian Blog Scandal
Yes, I realize that the term "Canadian Scandal" is actually an oxymoron. I mean, when was the last time you heard anything even remotely scandalous about Canada?

Well, for one reason, if a trial gets sensitive, they lock down their media and issue a publications ban to ensure a fair trial. A media blackout. Quebec advertising executive Jean Brault is facing six counts of fraud relating to the way his agency handled five federal contracts. Mr. Justice John Gomery imposed a publication ban to ensure a fair trial for those facing criminal charges related to the scandal.

That is, until the the bloggers got involved. It's one thing to ban Canadian based media outlets and bloggers from publishing - fines can be levied, charges can be filed, etc., but Americans can blog all they want about it with impunity - and they have been.

Conservative deputy leader Peter MacKay even suggested yesterday that the testimony, which is under a publication ban, could lead to criminal charges against senior party Liberals.

"I have no doubt in my mind that more charges could be laid," Mr. MacKay said yesterday.

"If this thing breaks loose, the ripples on the water could be felt right up to the highest levels of this government, and then it begs the question, are they going to pull the pin themselves or orchestrate their own demise to avoid all of this coming out? This goes to the No. 1 issue, which I think is going to be the defining issue in the next election, that's ethics."
Apparently, people are talking about it, and relating trial testimony to one another in e-mail and it's making it's way to US bloggers - who are simply doing what bloggers do best - publish.

Slate had a good article on this today as well.

Canadian Scandal - heh. It even sounds funny.
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Peter Jennings Diagnosed With Lung Cancer
Man, oh man. Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and now this. The times they are a changing
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The Price of Infallibility
Tom Cahill has an op-ed piece in the NYT today that addresses the true legacy of Pope John Paul II in very frank, and I felt, quite realistic terms.
But John Paul II's most lasting legacy to Catholicism will come from the episcopal appointments he made. In order to have been named a bishop, a priest must have been seen to be absolutely opposed to masturbation, premarital sex, birth control (including condoms used to prevent the spread of AIDS), abortion, divorce, homosexual relations, married priests, female priests and any hint of Marxism. It is nearly impossible to find men who subscribe wholeheartedly to this entire catalogue of certitudes; as a result the ranks of the episcopate are filled with mindless sycophants and intellectual incompetents. The good priests have been passed over; and not a few, in their growing frustration as the pontificate of John Paul II stretched on, left the priesthood to seek fulfillment elsewhere.

The situation is dire. Anyone can walk into a Catholic church on a Sunday and see pews, once filled to bursting, now sparsely populated with gray heads. And there is no other solution for the church but to begin again, as if it were the church of the catacombs, an oddball minority sect in a world of casual cruelty and unbending empire that gathered adherents because it was so unlike the surrounding society.

Sadly, John Paul II represented a different tradition, one of aggressive papalism. Whereas John XXIII endeavored simply to show the validity of church teaching rather than to issue condemnations, John Paul II was an enthusiastic condemner. Yes, he will surely be remembered as one of the few great political figures of our age, a man of physical and moral courage more responsible than any other for bringing down the oppressive, antihuman Communism of Eastern Europe. But he was not a great religious figure. How could he be? He may, in time to come, be credited with destroying his church.
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Marauding Turkeys Menace Michigan
Menacing Turkeys. Hmmm.....Now there's a headline you don't see every day...
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Monday, April 04, 2005
Training Veterinary Students
I really have to question why something like this is even neccessary in a country like Scotland where there is such a natural abundance of local "talent" to teach students.

Especially in Glasgow...

As Jwer noted: "reading about this made me wonder if this was Campbell's first job out of school, and if he is now ruing that such a device did not exist when he was, ahem, a tender lad..."

posted by Broadsheet @ 10:47 PM   2 Editorial Opinions
Al Gore and Joel Hyatt Unveil Current ...
Current? What's next, a TV station for the 35-50 age group called "Present"? Or one for the 50 and older crowd called "Past"? Oh wait - that would be CBS.....
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Drugstore Cowboys - The strange timidity of liberal bioethics.
Bill Saletan has a review of a national bioethics convention that took place in Philadelphia on Friday in Slate this morning.

I had the very great pleasure of studying under Arthur Caplan in graduate school before he went to Penn and admire him and his work tremendously. His bioethics class was a real standout in my curriculum. He is really at the top of this game, and despite the tone of the article and the conference, I would hardly call Art Caplan "tame" as a promoter of liberal bioethics!

The Slate article reviews the keynote address by Mike Gazzaniga, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, and the author of a thought provoking book: The Ethical Brain. He wants to turn the field of bioethics into a Mobius strip that turns in on itself by promoting the argument that biology explains ethics, so ethics cannot judge manipulations of biology.

Fascinating stuff - I would have loved to attend.

UPDATE: Here's the second half of the Bill Saletan article on this conference, where he specifically reviews Art Caplan's keynote address "The Rights and Wrongs of Eugenics: What Can We Learn from the Past. The conference is all the more apt because it was held in the grand hall of the Philadelphia College of Physicians, which is also home to one of my favorite museums in the world - The Mutter Museum. I used to work about 2 blocks from the Mutter Museum and went there often. It's also a very popular place for health care related events and lectures in Philly, so it was also a bit of an occupational hazard. The juxtaposition of this lecture at that location speaks volumes.

(PS I hope blogger lets me post this!! - It's been cranky all day)
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