Thursday, March 18, 2004

Helloooooo, world -- I mean, `sphere. I'm posting right in the middle of the first round of the Big Dance so my thought process -- already a couple of cylinders short of a full V-6 -- will be really misfiring writing and watching the games. But I'll give it a shot anyway.

Right now, go read this post ("Elections, Courage and Terrorism") over at the rapidly recovering Steve Gilliard's blog. He rightly jumps all over David Brooks' stupid argument that Spain should've cancelled elections after 3/11. What horseshit!!! I'm not able to expound on Mr. G's post -- just go read it for yourself. Short, succinct -- and definitely to the point.

As usual, I've let events pass me by -- or at least, this blog. I wrote at length here about the pending abortion vote in the state Senate that day. I just knew, given the current political tone, that bad boy would pass. But my God, what a difference a couple of days made. Senator David Fowler, the bill's sponsor, didn't get what he wanted, so he picked up his ball like a whiny little "bee-ahtch" and went home....or did he (or more importantly, the lobbyists) have a more sinister motive in mind behind the whole thing?
'' 'We'll be working to change some of the names and faces
that voted pro-abortion today,'' said Brian Harris of Tennessee
Right to Life.

Hmmm....looks our brave Commander of the RTB figured it out from the get go (here, and here.)

Gotta go...talk to y'all later.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Here we go again...there was a time last year, right after I started this blog, when there were seemed to be people dying left and right, be they famous or Mr. or Ms. Everyday People. (I was looking for the specific post in my archives, but it appears it's disappeared into cyber-ether.) Well like I said...here we go again: Oscar/Emmy nominee (and Emmy winner) Paul Winfield, and TV's favorite house painter, Robert Pastorelli. Yep, they all come in threes (see previous post).

Let me quickly say congratulations and "whoo-hoooo!!!!" on Steve Gilliard's return home from the hospital -- and to the blogging -- after heart surgery. He's been one of my favorites since his guest posting days over at Kos before and during the early days of the Iraq war, and his blog is on my list of everyday must reads. So here's a tribute to you, Steverino -- "Welcome Back":

(Sung to the tune of the "Welcome Back, Kotter" theme song)

Welcome back....your ticker almost gave out...
Welcome back....to the same ol' blog that we rave about...
When you left, Mister Bush looked invincible,
Now you're back, and we can dream the impossible...
Dubya's not a shoo-in (Dubya's not a shoo-in!),
And JFK Two may get the big win (JFK Two may get the big win!)
Yeah, we need ya a lot,
To put the Bushies on the spot,
Welcome baaaack!
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back....

Yeah, it stinks....but I'm a blogger, not a lyricist. Anyway, welcome back home, Stevie G. Keep gettin' better. (Oh, and you're finally on my list...right where I need you.)

Finally, I got this little ditty from my sis today. Hope the link works for ya. Enjoy....see ya later.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Hi gang...I was going to go straight to posting, no stopping at "Go", and no worrying about $200 that wasn't there to begin with...but the news of Spalding Gray stopped me cold. Terrible...just terrible. To be honest, of his filmed monologues, I've only watched several minutes of Gray's Anatomy, so like everybody else, I know him mainly from his most taked about roles (this, this, and of course, this late, lamented TV gem.) When I saw the news on Yahoo! , it featured a link to a eulogy written by a good friend of his shortly after Gray disappeared. Check it out.

Well, the state Senate is voting tonight on whether to amend the state Constitution and put it to the people whether to outlaw abortion. Again, the pro-life people say "activist judges" are the reasons to codify yanking the right of a woman to choose what she wants to do with her body and her future away from her. As I see it, when they use the code words "activist judges" they're harking back to the old Civil Rights court battles of the 50s & 60s, specifically the Warren/Burger/Marshall era when the tide began to turn to equality and personal protections for all of us. Of course, for most of us, those battles are either blurry lines in the pages of a yellowing history book, or the subject of the occasional PBS documentary. But it hits close to home for second and third generation conservatives, who may not have a racist bone in their body, mind you, but probably got that "activist judges" bullshit with all its nasty meanings rammed home each and every day from their progenitors (parents, grandparents, etc.) or teachers, preachers, you name it. Of course, they lost that fight (heh, heh, heh...), so they took it to other social issues, including abortion.

Well, sad to say, this is a fight they'll probably win...at least in tonight's Senate vote. But in the past few days, I've been wondering, just how many abortions are performed in the U.S every year? I mean really, I've never seen any numbers from any given year about the rate of abortions. The way the pro-life crowd makes it sound, there are thousands of terminated pregnancies every point-oh-five seconds. Really, I'd like to know -- how many abortions have actually taken place in the years since the Roe v. Wade decision, compared to the number of live births during that same time period -- and I want year to year data. See, I've got a theory: that since Roe v. Wade gave women the right to choose, the number of abortions have really gone down, because with the option of abortion open to them, more and more women have chosen the alternative. It was in the Dark Ages -- when being an unwed mother was frowned upon -- that women felt forced into going to those back alley butchers. But in this day and age, as women become more and more empowered, they choose to have the baby, or at least put the child up for adoption.

(I'm basing my theory, however cockeyed it may be, on a significant period of U.S. history: Prohibition. When the right to drink was taken away, people turned to the black market [i.e. speakeasies] for alcohol, which gave rise to organized crime. Ergo, you prohibit abortion, and you may just force women to turn to the aforementioned butchers.)

But again, without the numbers, it's just that...theory. So if ya got the numbers, help me out, `kay???

Later, gators.

Friday, March 05, 2004

First Jevon...then Robaire...now Justin???? Damn, free agency's a bitch.

And so is Martha Stewart...uh, I mean, what Martha Stewart is facing is a bitch. Why the hell didn't she just reach a plea bargain agreement, pay a big fine...which she could afford...and just drop the whole thing??? No, just because she wanted to save a (for her) measley 51 grand, she's now a convicted felon, looking at jail time (won't be much, now), and not only will likely get booted as "chief creative officer" (whatever that means) from her own company, but may have destroyed that very company she worked so damn hard to build.

That's not exactly a good thing.

Put this under the "Smart People who Do Dumb Things" catagory. Well, at least the prison she's going to will get a really nice makeover. ("These curtains have a beautiful floral pattern which would really brighten up this window...and it'll draw attention away from those awful bars!") And hey, her fellow prisoners will get some really sumptous meals...

Say folks, I've got this saying stuck in my head...I think it came from a move, but I can't remember. You say a person's name -- oh, let's say, Martha Stewart -- then follow it with "you bitch!" So it goes like so: "Martha Stewart, you bitch!" (Now that could go for anybody, so don't nobody get mad about me using Ms.Stewart's name as an example.) It sounds like something off of Saturday Night Live...but if the one or two of you who read this know what I'm talking about, hit me back on my e-mail, okay????

Speaking of SNL...guess who's hosting the show next month? "Janet...Miss Jackson, if ya nasty!" Can't wait to see that one...but I don't think we'll see a reprise of the Tit That Topped Texas...or will we?

Gotta go, folks. Later.

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