Archive for March 2005

Looks like it’s just one of those days…

Pope John Paul II isn’t doing so well and has been given last rites.
I find that I can’t actually pray for him to get better but rather just that God’s will be done.

Mitch Hedberg dead at 37

Mitch Hedberg, a St. Paul native whose space-case persona was as much part of his soul as it was his act, died early Wednesday morning in a New Jersey hotel room. He was 37. A medical examiner hasn’t issued findings, but Hedberg’s family is told he suffered a heart attack.

He was a damn funny guy.
“I like an escalator, because an escalator can never break. It can only become stairs. You’ll never see an ‘Escalator Out of Order’ sign, only ‘Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.'”
“I wrote a letter to my dad – I wrote, ‘I really enjoy being here,’ but I accidentally wrote rarely instead of really. But I still wanted to use it so i crossed it out and wrote, ‘I rarely drive steamboats, dad – there’s a lot of shit you don’t know about me. Quit trying to act like I’m a steamboat operator.’ This letter took a harsh turn right away…
…and then at the end of the letter I like to write “P.S. – this is what part of the alphabet would look like if Q and R were eliminated.”
“I got in an argument with a girlfriend inside of a tent. That’s a bad place for an argument, because then I tried to walk out, and had to slam the flap. How are you supposed to express your anger in this situation? Zip it up real quick?”
“I like vending machines, because snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at the store oftentimes I will drop it, so that is achieves its maximum flavor potential.”
“I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughtnut…I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut – I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I can’t imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, Don’t even act like I didn’t buy a doughnut, I’ve got the documentation right here…”
“This shirt is dry clean only. Which means…it’s dirty.”
“I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, ‘You’re gonna have to move, you’re blocking a fire exit.’ As though if there was a fire, I wasn’t gonna run. If you’re flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.”

The decline of Zero Tolerance

The Christian Science Monitor has an article on Zero Tolerance policies and how the tide is turning against them.

Texas – one of the nation’s toughest-minded states when it comes to crime and discipline – is now at the forefront of a small but growing movement to relax zero-tolerance policies enacted by states in the 1990s.
More than a dozen bills that try to bring a less rigid approach to school discipline have been introduced in the Texas legislature this session, including one that requires school officials to consider a student’s intent. The bill is currently moving through the House of Representatives.
“We have seen a number of states toy with the idea of scaling back or trying to make the process of school discipline more rational,” says Bob Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. “But Texas is ahead of the curve at this point.”
Indiana, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania are also weighing the issue at the legislative level this year, with the introduction of several bills aimed at softening strict school-discipline policies.
“Just talking about it suggests that, if not a pendulum swing, a pendulum creep is in play,” says Mr. Schwartz, though he cautions that many states have given their school districts discretion when it comes to discipline, making the issue hard to legislate.
It’s particularly difficult to talk about relaxing discipline right now, a week after the school shooting on Minnesota’s Red Lake reservation. But even the Red Lake school district Superintendent Stuart Desjarlait has admitted that zero- tolerance policies can’t keep kids safe if a student is motivated to kill.
“It goes to show that if something is going to happen, it’s going to happen – no matter what you do,” he said at a news conference last week. Red Lake High School was equipped with a metal detector, security cameras, and guards.
Christian Science Monitor (Hat tip Kirk)

Ahhh… can you imagine a world where common sense ruled? Unfortunately, (and I think I’m paraphrasing someone here but I have no clue who) those who understand the intent of the rules don’t end up becoming bureaucrats.

Terri Schiavo dead

Terri Schiavo died today, 13 days after having her feeding tube removed.
I wonder how much longer the media circus lasts.

New C-Paw escapes into the wild

UC’s new athletic logo wasn’t supposed to be released until June 1st in conjunction with the move into the Big East Conference. Instead it managed to find its way out into the wild on T-shirts at area Krogers.

My first impression… I don’t like it. But I’ll admit that it’s grown on me a bit in the small time since I first saw it, so who knows what I’ll think with a little time.

It seems Kofi Annan’s depressed

KOFI ANNAN, the United Nations secretary-general, is said to be struggling with depression and considering his future. Colleagues have reported concerns about Annan ahead of an official report this week that will examine his son Kojo

Speaking of blogging trouble…

…I’ve got no problem with light-to-no posting when a blog author just doesn’t have anything to talk about, but when you write a tech blog as part of your job and the launch of the PSP goes totally unnoticed because you haven’t posted in 18 days then there’s a problem.

Boy, this blogging thing can be tough…

…especially when the only thing people seem to be talking about is something your determined not to talk about. It’s even cutting into my media consumption options, I’m not going to sit and listen to endless cries of “sanctity of life” this and “persistant vegitative state” that and the absurdly hypocritical shrieks of “exploitation!” coming from the media.

Fantasy draft done

The Fantasy Draft has never been one of my strong suits. We’ll see how this goes…
My team:
C J. Varitek (Bos – C)
1B D. Ortiz (Bos – 1B)
2B J. Kent (LAD – 2B)
3B C. Blake (Cle – 3B)
SS M. Tejada (Bal – SS)
IF A. Dunn (Cin – 1B,OF)
OF M. Ord

Hal McCoy: Leaning towards not voting for Bonds & McGwire fore Hall of Fame

The AP has a story in which a little less than a third of Hall of Fame voters were polled and asked whether they’d vote Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire into the Hall. Of those who showed an inclination one way or the other McGwire only had 55.6% support while Bonds had 80.8% support.
Dayton Daily News Reds beat writer Hal McCoy’s thoughts:

“Right now I’m sort of sitting on the fence, but leaning toward not voting for McGwire or Bonds because they cheated,” said Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News, himself a member of the Hall’s writers’ wing.
“McGwire had the opportunity to say something, but didn’t. To me, that’s sort of like pleading the Fifth Amendment and not denying he did it,” he said.
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