Tarry for the Nonce

March 31, 2004

David Was One Thing . . .

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 10:07 am

The Dress Up Jesus refrigerator magnet is not cool.

I think it’s the devil costume that ticked me off. It’s so unnecessary.

I know they have canceled the line, but I still hope Urban Outfitters loses business. Can you imagine the outrage if the religious figure had been Islamic?


Bellucci Expecting

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 9:56 am

I found a Jewish weblog today called “The Yada Yada Yada Blog” (which I refuse to link because I don’t much care for their bent.) But the website also has this point:

Mary Magdalene is expecting: The Passion of the Christ actress Monica Bellucci will soon have her own little baby. No word yet on who the father is.

Of course, the link they supply says this:

The Italian former model is expecting her first child with her husband, French actor Vincent Cassel.

‘Tis certainly a vigorously researched site.

George Bush, Man of Action

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:34 am

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, al Qaeda’s purported operations chief, has told U.S. interrogators that the group had been planning attacks on the Library Tower in Los Angeles and the Sears Tower in Chicago on the heels of the September 11, 2001, terror strikes.

Those plans were aborted mainly because of the decisive U.S. response to the New York and Washington attacks, which disrupted the terrorist organization’s plans so thoroughly that it could not proceed, according to transcripts of his conversations with interrogators.

Huzzah for rapid U.S. response!

Off to Hokkaido!

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 8:32 am

I stumbled across the 25 Greatest Getaways for Men. I’m not a man, but I am intrigued.

March 30, 2004

John Kerry, Too Cunning to Be Understood

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:22 am

“Today we are told that, after 3 million lost jobs and so many lost hopes, America is now turning a corner,” the pending Democratic presidential nominee said. “But those who say that, they’re not standing on the corner of Highland Street, where two 15-year-old teenagers were hit in a drive-by shooting last week.”


A Burger for Your Clothes

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:38 am

I heard about the restaurant strip searches on the radio this morning:

It might seem implausible that any manager could be compelled by an unknown caller to order someone to entirely disrobe and submit to a humiliating search for drugs or stolen money. Or that someone would succumb to such an examination. But investigators say there have been dozens of similar cases since 1999, involving Burger King, Wendy’s, Applebee’s and others. Similar incidents have been reported in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Indiana, Utah and Ohio. The managers and the victims of such incidents have been male and female. Investigators have begun linking the cases and say they believe the hoaxes are the work of a single person calling from North Florida public telephones using a phone card.

I knew the humidity in Florida was psychologically damaging.

TVA Lives

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:27 am

The <a href=”http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2004/03/22/story1.html&#8221;Atlanta Business Chronicle reports:

. . . nuclear experts say the necessary framework for new nuclear plants is falling into place. American reliance on nuclear energy is likely to grow significantly in coming decades as stricter air pollution laws and rising natural gas prices entice energy companies to invest in fuel that doesn’t create toxic emissions, said nuclear industry executives and academics . . .

Surveys by the Nuclear Energy Institute consistently indicate 60 percent of Americans favor the use of nuclear power.

I think the move is a wise one, but it was only a matter of time.


Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:21 am

Mohamed Suharto has received a dubious honor from Transparency International, which named the former Indonesian president the most corrupt world leader of the past 20 years.

It’s good to keep track of these things.

Instinct or Environment?

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 9:17 am

When all is said and done, I find it interesting that I still have an immediate loss of respect when I discover that someone has been divorced.

John Kerry, Catholic Inspiration

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:13 am

I wish Scrappleface would stick to parody:

The strict anti-abortion stance of Pope John Paul II is “tragically not nuanced,” according to U.S. Democrat presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry, a practicing Roman Catholic.

“I pray for an America where rosary beads are sold in abortion clinic gift shops,” said Mr. Kerry. “But I won’t be a Catholic president, or even, as John F. Kennedy called himself, ‘a president who happens to be Catholic’. I will be a president who happens to say he is Catholic but doesn’t feel constrained by the black-and-white teachings of a church which is the bedrock of values, of sureness about who I am.”

Mr. Kerry made the remarks as he left Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Flexible Doctrine.

“I dream of a nation that honors people who understand the difference between personal beliefs and public actions,” said Mr. Kerry, who just last week hurried back to the Senate chambers to vote against a bill that makes harming a fetus a criminal offense. “All during that Senate vote, I was meditating on the rosary…you know, quietly repeating ‘Hail Marys’ and ‘Our Fathers,’ etcetera, etcetera, ad infinitum.”

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