Wednesday, July 27, 2005

nuns <3 santorum

The problem with being a politician, is that no matter what you do, someone, somewhere will find something that they don't like about you and bitch. This is not unusual. That being said, it's worth nothing that when you've got a nun writing letters to the editor of a major newspaper, perhaps it might be a good idea to reassess your public image.

As a teacher for the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 14 years, one important lesson I learned was that no matter what I said to the child, whatever the parents said superseded my message. What parents say and how they live sends a message stronger than any teacher's voice no matter what the issue.

Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife have taught their children a powerful lesson on civic responsibility by refusing to pay any tuition money to the Penn Hills School District for their children who attended the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School ("Penn Hills Loses Bid to Charge Santorum", July 12). Released from that payment on a technicality shows that even an upstanding, moral gentleman like Sen. Santorum teaches his children the following lessons:

1) Take advantage of the system whenever you can.

2) The little guy pays while the rich and powerful guy gets away with it.

3) As a Catholic, you have no obligation to pay your share to the common good in spite of Catholic social doctrine.

Finally, I am shocked that our religious leaders who see Sen. Santorum as some sort of faith-and-morals hero have not spoken up on this issue at all.

Sisters for Christian Community


Wednesday, July 20, 2005


The Army increases the max enlistment age from 35 to 42.

The Pentagon’s request to raise the maximum recruit age to 42 is part of what defense officials are calling a package of “urgent wartime support initiatives” sent to Congress Monday night prior to a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee.

If there is one thing I can thank this administration for, it is for teaching me the meaning of the word shadenfreude.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

things that suck, #743

Found this while randomly reading a page about car work.

A good buddy at work recently finished months and months of work restoring his 1977 Lotus Esprit. (That's the sports car James Bond drove off the pier and which turned into a submarine.) So after many hard months of work his dream had finally come to fruition. He drove it in yesterday and we all checked it out; a very clean car. And yet only a few hours later it had burned to the ground due to a fuel spill.

That has got to suck.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

ebbers gets 25

"He can never repay me or the tens of thousands like me whose lives disintegrated in the blink of an eye," said Henry K. Bruin, 37, a national sales employee from White Plains, N.Y. "Where do I get my life savings back from? Where is the attempt to make victims like me whole, not just class action litigants?"

I think he got off easy. linky

Thursday, July 07, 2005

george galloway, again.

"We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such warnings." - George Galloway.


So BBC's website has a memory test on it. Naturally, I sucked.


Friday, July 01, 2005

things that piss me off, #47

Slow moving fat fucks that take up the entire hallway or aisle or whatever, and don't even make the slightest effort to get out of your way even though they know you are behind them and they know they are slowing you down.


Sandra Day O'Connor has announced that she is retiring. This is huge news, given that she has been pivotal on some key decisions, and is notable for her defence of Roe v. Wade.

Repost from kos follows.

Whatever happens with the Supreme Court nomination battle that is about to ensue, it's going to happen fast. Here are some things you can do right now:

  • If you have a cell phone, sign up for People at the American Way's Mass Immediate Response site. This way, you'll be able to receive text message action items instantly as events break. (If you signed up during the nuclear option fight, you'll need to re-sign up.)
  • Also sign up with the Save the Court, another PFAW website devoted specifically to this issue.
  • Recruit friends and family members to the cause.
  • Write to the President, telling him he should choose a consensus candidate to replace O'Connor.
  • Contact your Senators to tell them the same thing.
  • If you have a blog, please post these action items on your site. If you don't, e-mail them to your like-minded buddies and relatives.