Thursday, March 31, 2005

What Have We Learned?

Terry Schiavo has died, but the story isn't over. I hesitate to draw any specific conclusions or interpret any specific shifts in the nation's social consciousness from the Schiavo case because it's so unique; I suspect that this sort of thing goes on all over the country, and has gone on, and everybody's sad about it, and nobody involved is evil. The reason this case spurred debate and passion among so many people was because it was on TV.

So now we all know about it, we've all heard about it, read about it and talked about it; now the putative law of the land is that you can kill people even if they aren't terminally ill, and even if there's no iron-clad proof of their wishes. I'm not making a judgement on that, per se; I'm just pointing it out. I don't think the Schiavo case will open the floodgates of assisted suicide and the murder of undesirables, but, I think the gigantic leap from Terry Schiavo to the Groningen Protocol is slightly less gigantic than it was a month ago.

And, on a semi-related note: what's with Holland? Between Groningen and the issues arising from the Theo van Gogh situation, I propose we all resolve to keep a close eye on the Dutch.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

I Was Just There (Almost)! They TELL You You Have to Declare Food!

These might be -- if read only on their own -- the most incongruous final two paragraphs of any news story in history.

Unsubstantiated Rumor

Haven't been blogging much; let's see if we can't change that (my guess: we can't).

Anyway, a buddy of mine just heard from a friend (and Kings fan) who bumped into Wayne Gretzky in a bar in New York. I guess Wayne got a little drinky (nothing wrong with that; he's an adult, and we've all been there), and when my buddy's friend asked him if there will be hockey next season, Wayne said, "I don't care."

Apparently one of Wayne's "people" quickly turned to my buddy's friend and told her, "uh, he cares."

Still, the lesson: if even Wayne Gretzky (in any condition) has lost interest in the NHL, there's trouble. Personally, I think that if it weren't for the tradition associated with the Stanley Cup, the smart thing to do would be to scrap the whole thing and start over. Whole new league.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Someone told me that this was going to happen, and I didn't want to believe it until now. It's almost too awesome to comprehend.

Can't wait.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

And We're Back!

It took a little longer than we thought, but, we're back!

If you want to see pictures of the Australia trip, they're here.

Sports-wise, it looks like the problem of how to feel about Barry Bonds breaking the home run record might have solved itself for us, though I doubt this will be the end of it; plus, it looks like we can look forward to a few months of the "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" routine from Barry. That's nice. That's incredibly attractive in a grown adult.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Help a Brother Out

This will be the last post for a little while, as I'll be out of town and unable to blog until the end of next week.

In the mean time, I'll need your help, and I'll tell you why: one of my reality TV girlfriends was sent home last night, but, the other one is still alive, and, she's the one we can do something about. So look alive out there, people!

See you on the 16th (at the earliest).

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Beware the Hoodie

I know football is a business, but, this is cold. Cold!

And, after seeing it, I was struck by the realization that I've never seen this guy and this guy at the same place at the same time. Hmmm. . .

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

WrestleMania Trailers Update

The "A Few Good Men" trailer has been put up (follow the link in the previous post)...

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