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Thursday, March 31, 2005Terry Schiavo is not without those who are sticking up for her.
Here's a scathing rebuke of all the murderers involved by Nat Hentoff, entitled "Terry Schiavo: Judicial Murder". He excoriates the ACLU in particular, always an easy, but necessary, thing to do. He lets Michael Schiavo have it too, pointing out that he has done nothing at all for Terri's benefit as her "guardian", and has actively opposed treatments that might help her. Hentoff also points out an interesting fact I didn't know: Terry has never had a lawyer protecting her interests. Her case was decided for her without the benefit of legal counsel. Even the most craven child molester gets a lawyer. And here's a quote: "Do you know that nearly every major disability rights organization in the country has filed a legal brief in support of Terri's right to live?"
If you did, you didn't get it from the major news outlets. Finally, he points out another excellent point: The courts haven't ordered a cessation of medical care, they have ordered here to be "made dead". We have a word for that in English: kill.
Joe Ford has Cerebral Palsy, and when he was a baby, a doctor tried to kill him, so he knows what he is talking about in "Bigotry and the Murder of Terri Schiavo"
Wednesday, March 30, 2005Here's my assessment of the quotes below - most of them are lame. I won't even waste time enumerating them, they know who they are. Which of them would I keep? All of the Godfather (I & II) lines are classics, they stay. Also keep the lines from E.T., Field Of Dreams, Ferris Bueller, A Few Good Men, Forrest Gump, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters, Gladiator, Gone With The Wind, Goldfinger, It's A Wonderful Life.
Here's my favorite lesser-known quote from (who else?) Bogey: "I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me." What a guy.
They left out a few. From Ferris Bueller, "Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?" From Wonderful Life, "Sentimental hogwash!" and "I'm alright, I'm alllright." and "We'll wait for ya, baby." and THE very best, "I see it still smells like pine needles around here."
We're getting close to the June unveiling of the American Film Institute's Top 100 movie quotes. Our review of the list of 400 candidate quotes continues (#110-188):
It's a long list, I know, but just remember, America needs us.
Saturday, March 26, 2005Powerline pointed me to this terrific account of the heroic deeds of the Kentucky National Guard in Iraq. (I think this was the headline we saw in the paper at your house last Tuesday, Gary.) I love few things better than a good tale of terrorists getting killed. Seems that the Kentuckians followed the textbook procedure for an ambush and attacked right into it. Only disciplined well-trained troops will do that sort of thing. In any event, just seven US troops kicked the crap out of a herd of terrorists. What a wonderful story.
And holy mackaral! The terrorists were taking video of the whole thing, and our guys captured it.. Sweet! The link is at the bottom of the page. There's really not much to see, but it's not every day that you get to view the home movies of a dead terrorist.
In the end, Michael Moore's "Minutemen of Iraq" end up dead. Excellent.
Want to read a book with a terrific, clear, unmistakable message about the value of life? Read Horton Hears a Who, and you'll learn everything you need to know about the value of life. Quite a book to read to your kids as our government sanctions the starving and dehydration of Terri Schiavo.
Friday, March 25, 2005With all the attention Terri Schiavo has been getting (rightfully so), you might have missed some good news from Iraq. The Hindrocket summarized yesterday what's been happening. Highlights:
Jonah pointed me to this Fame Audit of William Shatner.
Now, the FameTracker site is a hoot. Very funny. I particularly love the "2 Stars, 1 Slot" feature that compares actors and actresses the fit into a specific niche. (Think Vin Diesel vs. The Rock as "Beefy Bald B-Movie Bad-Asses").
One of my favorite shows these days is Boston Legal, mostly because of Shatner and James Spader. Terrific characters. Shatner is particularly good -- as the aging, somewhat bumbling but somewhat "I-still-got-it-especially-when-you-are-sure-I've-lost-it" Denny Crane. Very funny indeed.
So the fame audit of Shatner hits the nail on the head. The guy is shameless, has literally done just about everything you can think of for a celebrity to do, but somehow we love all of it. Either he's the biggest horse's ass in the history of show business or the biggest genius. Or maybe he's both.
Either way, I love the guy.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005Man, is Derb ever way off base on the Schiavo case. Holy cow.
Ramesh Ponnuru just rips him to shreds, and rightly so. Ramesh's post is a thing of beauty to be sure.
God Bless this kid.
When two country clubs in Florida play each other for the cup, they bring out the big guns.
TIGER & TAVISTOCKGood grief.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005You know the saying, I'm not going to repeat it.
ESPN has an online poll today comparing Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt and former North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith. I especially liked the last two questions. Go check it out.
Friday, March 18, 2005Follow the Schiavo situation at Jews for Life. I heard this woman on the Michael Savage show tonight. God bless her.
Peggy Noonan really tells it.
I am utterly repulsed that anyone, anyone, thinks it's a good idea to pull Terry Schiavo's feeding tube out and let her die of dehydration. It's sickening. It's repulsive. It's abhorrent and disgusting. What kind of sick mind does this sad, pathetic excuse of a husband of hers have to be fighting so strongly to kill her? (And that's what it is when you forcibly and purposefully deny someone water. It's murder. Let's call it what it is.) What is gained by this? What is lost by letting her live? The guy doesn't have to lift a finger for Terry, doesn't pay a penny. Her family cares for her. What is with this dude?
It's sick. Just plain sick.
Let her live.
Thursday, March 17, 2005The Washington Post has found several hand-wringing Euro-weenies (not too difficult a task) to react to the President naming Paul Wolfowitz the next President of the World Bank. Here's a cheese-eating surrender monkey - I picture him hiding in a dark back office, eyes darting back and forth, sweat beading on his upper lip -
"The pessimistic interpretation is that this administration has to give sop to the far right. There was Bolton and now Wolfowitz -- where does it stop?"First let me say this, President Bush doesn't "give sop." Wolfowitz was chosen because he and the President agree on what needs to be done and he is eminently qualified. Lefties and Democrats "give sop," President Bush gets things done.
Greenpeace called it "a disaster to put the World Bank, which should be delivering sustainable development, into the hands of a man who clearly will put U.S. and oil industry interests first."Who cares. I'm surprised Greenpeace still exists.
Some guy from ActionAid
said in a statement that the announcement "speaks volumes for the need to reform a process which is neither transparent nor based on merit. . . . As well as lacking any relevant experience, he is a deeply divisive figure who is unlikely to move the Bank towards a more pro-poor agenda."Hey, Action-Man, democracy and freedom are pro-poor. Totalitarian governments are anti-poor.
But, finally, there's an 'old European' with some sense (and he's French, no less):
Francois Heisbourg, a leading French defense analyst who knows Wolfowitz, said the first reaction of many was "fear and loathing," but added, "Paul is a man who has intellectual depth. He's not a one-agenda, single-point man." He said that as U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, Wolfowitz helped steer the country toward democracy.There you go, Francois, there's hope for you people yet.
Friday, March 11, 2005In National Review (digital version just out today), Judge Robert Bork deftly shreds the Supreme Court's recent Roper decision regarding the execution of murderers who were under 18 when they murdered. Here are some of the most damaging cuts:
The Court majority once more exhibited for all to see that dazzling combination of lawlessness and moral presumption which increasingly characterizes its Bill of Rights jurisprudence.Judge Bork then moves on to analyzing where we are and where we're going.
What is really alarming about Roper and other cases citing foreign law (six justices now engage in that practice) is that the Court, in tacit coordination with foreign courts, is moving toward a global bill of rights. Neither our courts nor the foreign courts are bound by actual constitutions. Prof. Lino Graglia was quite right when he said that "the first and most important thing to know about American constitutional law is that it has virtually nothing to do with the Constitution." That is certainly the case with the Bill of Rights. From abortion to homosexual sodomy, from religion to political speech and pornography, from capital punishment to discrimination on the basis of race and sex, the Court is steadily remaking American political, social, and cultural life. As Justice Antonin Scalia once said in dissent, "Day by day, case by case, [the Court] is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize."If only Judge Bork had survived the confirmation process, Justice Kennedy would still be twiddling his thumbs wherever he was and we wouldn't have decisions like Roper to deal with. We would have a court more likely to uphold the constitution than trample it. If only ....
The situation in Lebanon is obviously far from settled and the excellent Claudia Rossett offers a great assessment of the dynamics at play.
Monday, March 07, 2005You remember the Argentine soccer star, don't you? He was once at the top of the physically demanding sport - an international star. Well, look at him now. Yikes! Does anyone have Richard Simmons' phone number?
Thursday, March 03, 2005You've GOT to hear this. (Linked by Jonah in The Corner.) Who knows if it's authentic or staged, it's still funny.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005I know I haven't blogged in a while, but this post by Shannen Coffin in The Corner (which I haven't read very much at all over the past weeks) about the ridiculous Supreme Court decision prohibiting the execution of minors caught my eye.
There are few joys in life better than reading a dissenting opinion by Justice Scalia.
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