Saturday, August 29, 2009
Police found a crack pipe and prescription pills in the apartment, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. Paramedics had to break down the door to the apartment before they found him, shirtless and wearing sweatpants, in his bed at about 5:20 p.m., the official said.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Kennedy 'wanted to go to heaven' says priest who stayed at his bedsideWas it ever in dispute that he wanted to go someplace else? Did I miss a report that "Kennedy weighs options: Beirut or Heaven for Eternity?"Thursday, August 27, 2009, 7:33 AMThe Irish priest at Teddy Kennedy’s side as he died says “Teddy wanted to go, he went in peace and it was beautiful.” Monsignor Patrick Tarrant, a native of Cork who has been a priest for 56 years, was called to the Kennedy home on Tuesday evening from the nearby Our Lady of Victory Parish when Kennedy took a turn for the worse.
The truth is, the priest said that, “he expressed to his family that he did want to go. He did want to go to heaven. He was ready to go."
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Worked busily a day, and there she stands.Will't please you sit and look at her? I said"Fra Pandolf" by design, for never readStrangers like you that pictured countenance,That depth and passion of its earnest glance,But to myself they turned (since none puts byThe curtain drawn for you, but I)And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst,How such a glance came there; so not the firstAre you to turn and ask thus. Sir, 't was notHer husband's presence only, called that spotOf joy into the Duchess' cheek: perhapsFra Pandolf chanced to say "Her mantle lapsOver my lady's wrist too much" or "PaintMust never hope to reproduce the faintHalf-flush that dies along her throat:" such stuffWas courtesy, she thought, and cause enoughFor calling up that spot of joy. She hadA heart - how shall I say? - too soon made glad,Too easily impressed: she liked whate'erShe looked on, and her looks went everywhere.Sir, 't was all one! My favour at her breast,The dropping of the daylight in the West,The bough of cherries some officious foolBroke in the orchard for her, the white muleShe rode with round the terrace -all and eachWould draw from her alike the approving speech,Or blush,at least. She thanked men - good! but thankedSomehow - I know not how - as if she rankedMy gift of a nine-hundred-years-old nameWith anybody's gift. Who'd stoop to blameThis sort of trifling? Even had you skillIn speech - (which I have not) - to make your willQuite clear to such a one, and say, "Just thisOr that in you disgusts me; here you missOr there exceed the mark"- and if she letHerself be lessoned so, nor plainly setHer wits to yours, forsooth, and made excuse- E'en then would be some stooping; and I chooseNever to stoop. Oh sir, she smiled, no doubt,Whene'er I passed her; but who passed withoutMuch the same smile? This grew; I gave commands;Then all smiles stopped together. There she standsAs if alive. Will 't please you rise? We'll meetThe company below, then. I repeat,The Count your master's known munificenceIs ample warrant that no just pretenceOf mine for dowry will be disallowed;Though his fair daughter's self, as I avowedAt starting is my object. Nay, we'll goTogether down, sir. Notice Neptune, though,Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity,Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me.
Does that make sense? Errrr...
We identify a number of social psychological mechanisms voters use to maintain false beliefs in the face of disconfirming information, and we show that for a subset of voters the main reason to believe in the link was that it made sense of the administration’s decision to go to war against Iraq. We call this inferred justification: for these voters, the fact of the war led to a search for a justification for it, which led them to infer the existence of ties between Iraq and 9/11.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Historically, "vagabond" was a British legal term similar to vagrant, deriving from the Latin for 'purposeless wandering'. Following the Peasants' Revolt, British constables were authorised under a 1383 statute to collar vagabonds and force them to show their means of support; if they could not, they were jailed. Under a 1495 statute, vagabonds could be sentenced to the stocks for three days and nights; in 1530, whipping was added. The assumption was that vagabonds were unlicensed beggars.
Vagabond, adj: aimless, destitute, down-and-out, drifting, errant, fancy-free, fly-by-night, footloose, idle, itinerant, itinerate, journeying, mendicant, migratory, moving, nomadic, perambulant, perambulatory, peripatetic, prodigal, rambling, roaming, rootless, roving, sauntering, shifting, shiftless, straggling, stray, strolling, transient, travelling, unsettled, wandering, wayfaring, wayward...
A person who leads an unsettled life; traveler
...bindle, black sheep, derelict, drifter, floater, gutterpup, guttersnipe, hobo, stiff*, tramp, transient, vagrant
* = informal/non-formal usage
Main Entry: vagabondAnd not forgetting...
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: person who is idle, worthless
Synonyms: bad lot, black sheep, bum, loafer, ne'er-do-well, no-good, profligate, rapscallion, scalawag, scamp, tramp, waster, wastrel
"These vagabond shoes / Are longing to stray / And make a brand new start of it / New York, New York / I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps..."The first time I heard the word vagabond may have been (no surprises) from the Bible, which my father read aloud daily at home. First mention is in Genesis chapter 4, verse 12, part of the curse God puts on Cain for murdering his brother, Abel:
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
NEW YORK TIMES — Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.WEIRDO ALERT:
Experts are also considering whether the surgery should be offered to adult heterosexual men whose sexual practices put them at high risk of infection. But they acknowledge that a circumcision drive in the United States would be unlikely to have a drastic impact: the procedure does not seem to protect those at greatest risk here, men who have sex with men.
Circumcision will be discussed this week at the National H.I.V. Prevention Conference in Atlanta.
Among the speakers is a physician from Operation Abraham, an organization based in Israel and named after the biblical figure who was circumcised at an advanced age, according to the book of Genesis. The group trains doctors in Africa to perform circumcisions on adult men to reduce the spread of H.I.V.[Inherent in Operation Abraham, I suggest, is surely this unpleasant logic: "Thank goodness for HIV! It has allowed us to dress up our weird and barbaric religious mutilation ceremony in a costume of medical legitimacy!"]
Members of Intact America, a group that opposes newborn circumcision, will protest the conference. “Circumcising babies doesn’t prevent H.I.V.,” said Georganne Chapin, who leads the organization.RELATED:
Time Out New York, a weekly better known for its exhaustive cultural and restaurant listings, introduced a “Sex and Dating” section in early July. Along with articles on finding strippers and getting checked for sexually transmitted diseases, it features photos of local singles in the hunt, with e-mail contact information.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I must say, this really helped me get over my initial horror and revulsion at the latest news of child abuse by Catholic Church staff. Just knowing that Father Mernagh was plodding along wee wet country roads, gamely encouraged by idiots who had his cell phone number, certainly made me think that he and the Church were really seriously penitent.