"19 Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,
21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.'
25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'
27 And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father's house--
28 for I have five brothers--in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
29 But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
30 But he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!'
31 But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Yahoo! News - Long-defunct pop band The Smiths inspire academic conference
World Magazine - Weekly News | Christian Views: "Last year, the local bishop is reported to have prohibited the mention of Mrs. Schiavo in area churches; he yielded finally to allow such mention - but only in prayers. "
Well. that's a relief: "Schiavo received last rites and communion before her feeding tube was pulled, and federal judges have repeatedly ruled that Terri Schiavo's religious rights have not been violated."
Lisa De Pasquale: Rock the Victim mentality: "Among Rock the Vote's top ten reasons that young people should oppose Social Security reform is that the current system is 'retro chic,' 'politicians want to trick you' and 'investments are a gamble.' Their number one reason - it's better to 'visit your grandparents--at their house' because 'before Social Security, for most families, all the generations lived under one roof.' This is how Rock the Vote views their constituency - a bunch of shallow, ditzy victims who don't want to live with their grandparents.
So, how do you make an apathetic generation care about Social Security? Sell t-shirts, trucker hats (so much for 'cutting edge') and thongs emblazoned with 'I (heart) Social Security'. "

Reminds me of the Kursk -

Of course this Terri Schiavo thing really bothers me. It brings back bad memories of the Kursk disaster, which threw me into a depression for a few weeks. In case you don't remember the Kursk, it was a Russian submarine that ran aground underwater, far from land. The sailors sent a distress signal to their compatriots in the Russian Navy. It took almost a full day for this message to be relayed to President Putin. Unfortunately for the sailors, to save their lives, rescuers from other countries would have to be called. But it seems that the Kursk was on a mission that was classified, especially from the U.S. and France, who were the most likely rescuers. So the Russian government stalled, trying to decide whether to accept foreign help. Putin did not treat the situation urgently because he believed the men had little chance of being rescued. He did not even return from the vacation he was enjoying in the Black Sea.

Meanwhile, 118 sailors were trapped at the bottom of the sea. Tapping noises emitting from the sub were thought to be morse code messages from the men. Some of them were still alive, but facing declining supplies of food, water and most essentially, oxygen. Once the rescue attempts were begun, they were foiled by bad weather. When the sub's escape hatch was opened, one week after the Russians announced the disaster, every soldier was dead. "One of the sailors, Dmitry Kolesnikov, did write in notes salvaged later that 23 sailors had survived the blasts and made their way to the back compartment of the submarine after checking that the reactor had shut down. But Kolesnikov wrote his last message at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, according to Flynn, who concurs with the official report that an oxygen-producing device must have fallen into the oily water and started a fire, poisoning the air for those still alive."

Terri Schiavo is at the bottom of the sea. I do not know how many of her faculties will recover if we can save her, but I imagine her, trapped in an isolated part of her mind, waiting for rescue, trying to send messages to us that she is still inside. But rather than giving her medical attention for her now near-death starvation, we are filing briefs, and making speeches, and posturing. If she dies, and I believe that she will, she will be killed by the very same thing that killed the men of the Kursk: stubborn, stubborn pride.
Ragged Edges: Why I Don't Believe Michael Schiavo


open book: A Florida bishop speaks out
PC Protects Predator: "The Arizona Daily Star paints a chilling portrait of a sexual predator who ran amok at the University Medical Center in Tucson in part because staffers who suspected foul play were afraid to speak up for fear of being labeled racists.
Daniel Lugo Perez, a former UMC patient-care technician, was convicted of sexual assault for raping and sodomizing a number of patients during the 23 months he worked at the Arizona hospital.
Investigators attempting to figure out how he was able to do this under the staff's noses said one of the reasons is political correctness. At least three UMC nurses thought Perez was staying too long in female patients' rooms, but the one who spoke out was immediately pegged a racist and shouted down by the rest of the staff."
Ann Coulter: Freeze! I just had my nails done!: "It turns out that, far from 'de-escalating force' through their superior listening skills, female law enforcement officers vastly are more likely to shoot civilians than their male counterparts. (Especially when perps won't reveal where they bought a particularly darling pair of shoes.)
Unable to use intermediate force, like a bop on the nose, female officers quickly go to fatal force. According to Lott's analysis, each 1 percent increase in the number of white female officers in a police force increases the number of shootings of civilians by 2.7 percent. "
ScrappleFace: Judge Rules Separate Restrooms Unconstitutional
O.O. says, "He has the political sense of a hog who had its head cut off and replaced with a bug's head."

But don't feed Terri Schiavo!

Brent Bozell: Ari's bias briefing: "One of the juiciest anecdotes in the book concerns ABC White House reporter Terry Moran, whose sharply opinionated questions make him look like he's auditioning for the role of the next Helen Thomas. On April 28, 2003, President Bush made a speech to Arab-Americans in Dearborn, Mich., proclaiming his confidence in the ability of the Iraqi people to create a new democracy and his commitment to helping build that vision. The crowd went wild in an emotional response. But ABC only gave the speech two sentences.
Fleischer asked Moran: Why so little coverage? 'I couldn't get it on the air,' Moran tells him, adding: 'If they had booed him, it would have led the news.'"

Am I the only one

who wonders what the calculator thinks of the numbers I am adding? I was adding up tenths and then I added 712, and I thought, "Will it be suspicious?"
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Four Ways in Which My Life Is Just Like Pac-Man's.
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Necrophiliac Pickup Lines. This list is extremely wrong, but very funny if you have a twisted dark sense of humor like I do.
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Thirteen Leading Synonyms for "Deliverables" in 2005.
King of Pop Praying With Jesse Jackson
Does this mean Jesse Jackson is molesting kids too? You may recall that after Jesse Jackson "spiritually advised" President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, we learned that he impregnated his mistress during these same weeks. To his credit, the good Reverend did not abort the resulting little girl, however.
Calvin and Hobbes Archive
USCCB - (Office of Media Relations) - Bishops' Committee Launches Roe V. Wade "Reality Checks"
Pill as abortifacient: "Question from Tom on 03-15-2005:
Do you have information on the percentage of the time that the pill works an an abortifacient / how many times a year a woman on the pill will ovulate?
Answer by Judie Brown on 03-15-2005:
Dear Tom,
Here's a comment on that question from Pharmacists for Life International. You can read the full document online at
'The answer to this question can be found by comparing the rate of break-through ovulation and the detected pregnancy rate. The ovulation rate has been reported to be about 27 ovulations in 100 women using the pill for one year. But the detected pregnancy rate is much lower at around 4 pregnancies per 100 women using the pill for one year. As you can see, there is a big difference between the number of women who ovulation (27) and the number of detected pregnancies (4). What has happened within the woman?s body to reduce the high ovulation rate to such a low number of detected pregnancies? I suggest that one answer to this important question is that pregnancies have begun, because ovulation and fertilization have occurred, but some of these pregnancies are terminated because implantation cannot take place. The pill has damaged the lining of the womb, stopping implanation.'
That may be a bit technical, but I hope it helps.
Judie Brown "
Marines snub UAW olive branch - 03/15/05
Bowling Balls Come in Different Scents
O.O., on his predilection for speaking in a crazy accent around the house: "Sometimes I go to Spanglandia, and I want to fit in. It's somewhere between Spain and England, but it's not France."
The secret life of moody cows: "Cows have a secret mental life in which they bear grudges, nurture friendships and become excited over intellectual challenges, scientists have found.
Cows are also capable of feeling strong emotions such as pain, fear and even anxiety - they worry about the future. But if farmers provide the right conditions, they can also feel great happiness. " - Hispanic teen sex study puzzling: "As Hispanic teens shed the language of their native countries and immerse themselves in American culture, they become dramatically more sexually active, a new study shows."

Not puzzling at all...
Necrophilia among ducks ruffles research feathers: "The strange case of the homosexual necrophiliac duck pushed out the boundaries of knowledge in a rather improbable way when it was recorded by Dutch researcher Kees Moeliker. "

I blogged this just for The Rat.
New meme via Eve: "What movie character do you identify with the most?"

Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate.

Star Parker: Why is the NAACP against Social Security reform?: "The NAACP was once at the vanguard of the civil-rights movement. That movement began because blacks wanted freedom. Yet blacks hear today from their leaders that they are incapable of being free, that they are incapable of taking care of themselves and their families, and that staying on the government dole is the only answer for them. "
Thomas Sowell: High noon for judges: "It is painfully ironic that we should be promoting the spread of democracy abroad when democracy is shrinking at home. "
Phyllis Schlafly: Feminists find no solace in science that disagrees with them: "When MIT Professor Nancy Hopkins rushed from the room, claiming her 'heart was pounding' and her 'breath was shallow,' she reminded us of Miss Pittipat Hamilton in 'Gone With the Wind' calling for her smelling salts before she swooned."
A Biocultural Approach to Breastfeeding: "Cultural behavior can also be spectacularly non-adaptive. In 18th-century northern Europe, it was considered low-class to feed babies at the breast or even to feed them milk. Mozart considered it proper that his babies would be raised as he was--on sugar water. Four of his six children died in the first three years of life primarily because as infants they were fed mainly sugar water. The terrible health that took Mozart's life at a tragically young age may have been related in part to his 'proper' Austrian diet as an infant. "
LILEKS (James) The Bleat: "I'm amused by those old devious anti-Mad Av stories that warned us how we were being manipulated by the clever brain-clouding evil geniuses of Madison Avenue. They used sex and beauty and attractive colors to entice us. Really. Sink me, Percy. I guess that's why never see a big pull-out ad with a feces-smeared crone spelling out “FRESCA” by vomiting into the snow."
eBay item 7137070817 (Ends Mar-04-05 04:35:34 PST) - 303 brass NOT AMMUNITION - no powder - no primer: "THIS SPLENDID 303 BRASS IS??.

Less Swearing on TV, Demands Former Sex Pistol: "Mar 4, 12:00 PM (ET)
LONDON (Reuters) - 'Wanna be an anarchist?'
At least one of the Sex Pistols, now middle-aged and a father of two, no longer does.
Former Pistols Bassist Glen Matlock has called for swearing on television to be curbed, nearly 30 years after the provocative punk rockers sent shockwaves through Britain by using derivations of the dreaded 'f'-word on live TV.
In 1976, the volley of abuse, chiefly from the punk band's Steve Jones, catapulted the group into a media firestorm that ended the career of TV interviewer Bill Grundy.
'It's pathetic when people swear for the sake of it,' Matlock told a television show to be broadcast Sunday. 'Something ought to be done about it.'
Matlock, 48, also told 'X-Rated: The TV Shows They Tried To Ban' that he hated it when his young children heard obscenities on the airwaves.
As a teen-ager, Matlock co-wrote some of the Pistols' most enduring anthems like 'God Save The Queen' and 'Anarchy In The UK.' He left the group early in 1977 and was replaced by Sid Vicious.
Matlock was taking part in a Channel 4 program which looks at how attitudes toward swearing and censorship have changed to the point where profanities are broadcast nearly every night of the week. "
The Onion | Cocky Pope-Hopeful Ready To Make Some Changes Around Vatican: "Don't worry, Catholics. I've got your back."

10 things I have done that you probably haven't -

Inspired by Eve and Cacciaguida.

1. Reflected on the fact that most of the answers that immediately come to mind are embarrassing or depressing.
2. Won an essay contest, and then a second contest between the winners of the first, sponsored by the Rotary Club on the many benefits of applying The Four-Way Test to all parts of life.
3. Locked myself out of my client's house while babysitting, with the baby still inside.
4. As a child, dressed up as Elijah after reading books of Bible stories.
5. Shown a .33 blood alcohol level four hours after I took my last drink. Gotten on a plane twelve hours after that. Ouch.
6. Gotten 1510 on the SAT, pre-"recentering." So that score is no longer possible. Yes, this was 11 years ago. But I'm still happy about it.
7. Eaten ostrich. Don't remember what it tasted like.
8. Won several contests in which I had to guess the number of objects in a large container. In one contest, the price for guessing the correct number of M&Ms in a jar was the jar itself. In a previous life, the jar had contained pickles. So I ate a massive jar of pickle-flavored M&Ms.
9. In sixth grade, gotten disqualified from a spelling bee for spelling a word correctly, because a teacher had written down "governor" as "govenor." I pointed it out to the adults, but they would not put me back in the contest, probably because they would have had to admit the mistake to the audience. Classy, huh?
10. Learned to hold my writing instruments incorrectly - I balance the pen on my ring finger, rather than my middle finger.